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Apple: iOS7 dayglo Barbie makeover is UNFINISHED - report

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Re: Knocked together too fast

Yeah, the individual app screens (the Calender, for example) look good, simple, clean, very Braun... but that home-screen looked a mess.

Someone dropped the ball.

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Re: User choice

>can't you change icons/colour scheme on an iphone?

I understand you have to 'jailbreak' it first.

My Android phone gives me a breakdown of what uses up the battery - the screen is normally responsible for most of it. Without knowing any better, I assume that a white/bright theme would use more battery than a dark theme. Can anyone here confirm or refute this?

I tend to use the Dolphin browser, but it has an unfortunate habit of displaying a blank white screen whilst it is waiting for a page to load.

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Re: pre-release software may not be final version

Apple normally pay great heed to the old adage "Never explain, never apologise".

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Oversimplification:

Man: "Oohh, what does it do?"

Woman: "Yeah yeah, what does it do for me?"

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Apple said to be 'exploring' 5.7-inch iPhone

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I was talking to a retired doctor in the pub the other day- he doesn't have a smartphone (said he was waiting for one clear winner to emerge, 'like Betamax or VHS'... no matter), but cited a 91 year old gentleman who has always had an iPhone, until he got a Galaxy S IV- he thought the bigger screen would suit him better. However, the old boy didn't get on with it to well, probably because he was used to how his iPhones did things.

A larger screened iPhone would have his custom.

The cheaper model of iPhone rumour... Apple's entrance to the low-end could explain why Tim Cook was being derogatory about Android at WWDC.

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Re: There's nothing wrong with copying

Here's a lovely email exchange between Penguin Books Ltd and David Thorne, discussing David's use of a stylised penguin on his second book- and how removed from Penguin Book's logo they would like it to be:

http://www.27bslash6.com/covers.html

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Who's to be the next Dr Who? Sherlock beats Maurice - says you

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David Oyelowo

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Scientists investigate 'dark lightning' threat to aircraft passengers

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Re: Specially sheilded?

A Whole Lotta...

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Asus FonePad: You may feel a bit of a spanner

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Re: Does anyone make a bluetooth handset?

Take one Bluetooth headset, one chunky pen and some superglue- sorted!

Actually, a pen-sized Bluetooth handset (that lives in one's breast pocket, for example) would be a more useful device for many people than a 'smart watch'... it could do simple notification alerts too, maybe a simple LCD screen for dispaying th name of incoming calls / SMS.

One could hold it to ones ear like a normal phone, or perhaps perch it behind the ear like a builder does a pencil.

Advanced gyro-equiped models could act as a paperless pen - sending handwriting to the connected phone/tablet. And let's go wild, and stick a roller-ball cartridge in there!

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MacBook Air now uses PCIe flash... but who'd Apple buy it from?

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Re: it's a chimney

>I'm assuming you mean local raid i.e. G-RAID rather than networked servers?

Yeah, a Thunderbolt RAID setup, as made by G-Technology and others, not a NAS!

>Check out Chase Jarvis' site

Cheers, a good video. Good to see they are taking no chances with their data!

They have one RED camera, which the output of which they merely back-up in the field, waiting until they get back to the studio for the processing. The HD footage they back up, and start to process in the field. People are starting to use the RED transcoder card in Thunderbolt enclosures when on site.

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Re: Looks like an ash tray

I don't think a large enough percentage of Apple's profits came from the Mac Pro line for it to bother Wall Street very much.

http://www.wired.com/business/2013/06/apples-flat-design-falls-flat-on-wall-street/

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Re: This is a ridiculously self-indulgent design

>This design smacks of engineers trying to do "we're Apple and we're so cutting edge cool and over the top

At first glance, maybe.

They could have retained the triangular thermal chimney concept and yet made it Tolberone-shaped... but then people would be tempted to place it on its side which would prevent the convection from working.

On a second look, it appears that they have actually put some thought into it.

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Re: A true Apple design

That one one of the issues with the G4 Cube, though 3rd parties tried to remedy it.

Another issue with the Cube was that being flat and fanless, its top made an inviting surface on which to place pieces of paper, with less than ideal thermal consequences.

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Re: And if you bored with it...

I feel ashamed that my Futurama knowledge has been exposed as deficient. I shall have to rectify that soon! Cheers!

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Re: it's a chimney

>>> You certainly wouldn't get better performance from internal cards ...

Is a statement about the external cards, not the bus they are connected to... though thank you for giving us the numbers because they have been confused by some people!

I'm not sure what external card would saturate the Thunderbolt 2... Rendering stuff doesn't saturate IO, because it takes much longer to render than it does to output the results. People have been using 4K transcoder cards with Thunderbolt cheerfully enough already. There is a limit to how many times faster than real-time you need to be able to shunt video around... if you can get it off your RAID very quickly at will, it kind of negates the need to bulk transfer into your machine to edit it.

Having the expensive expansion cards housed externally means they can be shared between workstations, or even taken on the road for site work with a Macbook - so a useful resource isn't tied down to one user's desk.

An external enclosure means that RAID storage can be accessed very quickly locally by Thunderbolt, but also be available to colleagues (more slowly) over LAN without your Mac having to be turned on.

Having stuff housed externally means that the Mac's PSU doesn't have to be over-specified.

Making the Mac Pro smaller and out of less material will allow it to be cheaper than the old design with the same components- savings you can use to buy enclosures. You'll still likely be left with more free desk space than at present, too.

However, for all that, I'd wait for reports of how it performs in the real-world.

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Re: And resemble... look like..

Butt-plugs are designed to go in, but then be easily removed. What you are thinking of is a 'loader', used by drug mules to conceal contraband in the same orifice. Form follows function.

I haven't heard of pachyderms being used to smuggle drugs, but it might explain why an elephant is transported from Florida to Texas in Smokey and the Bandit II.

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Re: Cost

People have been making estimates based on the cost of the AMD cards, the RAM and the Xeon chippery... but compared to the price of the kit you will likely be using with it (as you say, the displays, plus accelerator cards, RAID storage, cameras, etc) it will probably look quite reasonable.

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Re: A true Apple design

They are PCIe cards, but with a custom shape... nVidia or AMD may release compatible cards for it down in future. However, extra storage and PCIe ( 4K video transcoder, RAID, audio, graphics) cards can be added through the 3 Thunderbolt 2 controllers.

Video production is often fast moving - you want to shunt raw video onto the machine for editing, and then get the the result off it again for distribution, archiving and redundant storage.

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Re: Uh oh..

What it needs is a proximity sensor, so when it detects a scrunched up piece of paper heading its way it whacks the fan up to 'turbo mode' to deflect it.

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Re: And if you bored with it...

"wang-coffin" - I've not heard that phrase before, but it immediately put me in mind of a currently popular TV series. That, and John Bobbit- though his wife didn't use a container and threw it out of a car window.

Is a term you need to use regularly? : D

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Re: it's a chimney

The only person I know who uses (and has to use) Mac Pros for his video production company also has racks for storage (RAID speed and redundancy). I'm not sure that the Thunderbolt 2 will be the bottleneck when bringing raw video into the system, and people have already been happily using high-end video transcoding cards in Thunderbolt-PCIe cases (for on-site work with Macbooks).

If the Mac Pro is meant to sit near the user, then taking thermal design (with its acoustic implications) as the starting point is very sensible. Storage and and accelerator cards (more than you could fit in an old MacPro, you could now have a little GPU render farm in a rack) can live elsewhere.

Should the Mac Pro fail, just unplug it and plug in a spare Thunderbolt-equipped machine - storage and accelerator cards will still be available to it. Some people might not even need to bother with a new Mac Pro, and will plug in a Macbook Pro.

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Ex-Palm CEO Rubinstein wishes HP sale never happened

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Re: webOS had the wrong name

> although a Chromebook is as much as silly.

I was thinking that... until remembering numerous reports of massive fines handed down to public organisations in the U.K for losing laptops and memory sticks containing data of private citizens. Larger organisations can put together a VPN and a customised Linux distro for laptops, but small/medium business don't have the resources to do the same, and are increasingly being targeted by criminals on-line whose MO is to encrypt business-critical machines and then hold the business to ransom.

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Interwebs taunt Sir Jony over Apple eye candy makeover

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Yeah.

http://www.core77.com/blog/ux/ios_7_preview_leaves_no_doubt_whether_hardware_or_software_ives_got_the_juice_25031.asp#more

Looking at the screenshots here, most things look clean and simple - it is only that Home Screen with its dodgy icons and unhelpful wallpaper - that look bad. The 'control centre' doesn't look too bad, but since it is translucent it is showing the garish faults of the homescreen that sit 'behind' it. I like the way it has four shortcuts to applications other than those that sit at the bottom of the homescreen.

However, there's nothing there to make me switch from Android (though 3rd party hardware accessories and apps might tempt me)

The screenshots of many of the applications remind me, aesthetically, of the UI on the iRiver Spinn: http://cache.gawkerassets.com/assets/images/4/2008/09/iriver-spinn-official.jpg

(the irony is, the Spinn UI looks 'Flat', yet is skeumorphic in that it resembles the dial of an FM radio)

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Microsoft in sexism strife again over XBOX rape joke

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Re: @h3

>Blimey - so forcing a woman to have sex was fine as long as she was your wife?

h3 didn't say that. h3 was just talking about the old definition of the word in a legal context, and made no mention of whether or not it was correct. The fact that they mentioned it - thus drawing attention to how 'law' doesn't always mean 'justice' - suggests that h3 doesn't think it is fine to force your wife to have sex with you.

It used to be the case that a widow could not marry her dead husband's brother. Why? Because the bit about 'being one in the flesh' in Genesis was taken as meaning that husband and wife became just that- a widow would be committing incest by consummating her marriage with her dead husband's brother.

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Re: Nothing like a Daily Mail rant....

It was a "fighting" game, in which characters attempt to exert power over each, and the human players are playing with the concept for fun. Even a board game like Monopoly is about imposing power over another person ("Rent!" "I can't pay"... What happens when the Iron makes the Dog bankrupt? Does the Dog find itself on the street, and turning to prostitution to avoid being sent to Battersea? Being subject to economic power can sometimes be as damaging to ones physical and mental health as being subject to physical power... both forms of power, alas, have been used innumerable times over the centuries to compel people to do things they rather wouldn't)

Without an imbalance of power, there couldn't be rape- it would just be consensual sex. So I can only assume it is the power that people find offensive, yet it is power that is at the core of so many games- so it is odd that people have to transpose the comments to another scenario in order to feel offended by it.

Games that make friends swear at each other (Worms, being the one I've played most recently) are fun, and are only good for the friendship - they are games! "Nice shot, you jammy f$%ing b$%tard!" Smiles.

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Re: Forget innuendo, XBox is all about DRM rape

Way to abuse and devalue the word 'rape', Eadon.

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Magpie Apple plunders the competition for cosmetics, as egos run wild

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Re: Give 'em skins

>c'mon world+dog, make up your frikken minds

Mind change, through experience if nothing else: In 2005, few people had used a capacitive touchscreen device, and perhaps benefited from skeumorphic cues. These days, the vast majority of iPhone users will have used a smartphone before, and so no longer need said cues.

I ain't going to judge it by screenshots, other than I don't like the white... how can that be good for battery life?

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Re: Sometimes you're up; sometimes your down

Indeed, people are judging iOS 7 on screenshots, not use. Criticism of it will have more force if they are made once this new version is released.

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Re: It kinds...

>The iPod was a ripoff of creative players.

Revisionist, much?

The Creative player that preceded the iPod, a Nomad Jukebox, resembled a portable CD player - never the best form for a portable machine, and not a smart decision. The iPod, using a smaller HDD, resembled a more pocket-friendly cassette Walkman- much better.

Apple didn't rip off Creative's unfortunate decision to solder the headphone jack directly to the main PCB on the 'Creative Nomad Jukebox Zen'. Unsurprisingly this part on my Zen broke, so I took it back to the shop and got a iRiver H320 instead - superb.

http://anythingbutipod.com/2008/03/10th-anniversay-of-the-mp3-player/

The website's name should give you a clue that they are anything but (biased towards) iPods.

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Re: Cue the rampaging responses from Apple fans

Is iOS7 released into the wild, yet? There is every chance this criticism is valid, and if so it will still be valid after someone has spent a week with this new iOS version.

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Sony sucker-punches Xbox on price, specs, DRM-free gaming

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Re: WMA

>Just imagine what the state of music would be if Apple hadn't introduced the iPod. At that time, pretty much every mp3 player would do mp3 and wma.

Without Apple, Sony might have been the company to create the first high-end cum mass-market HDD audio player... if so, we'd have been using ATRAC and SonicStage (shudder). But yeah, I take your point: Apple became big enough to dictate terms to music publishers regarding DRM. I like them for that, just as I do for standing out against Flash, and for advocating 16:10 laptops.

Sony's new tablet works with Dualshock3 controllers out of the box, and it is easier to get the same Sony DS3 controller to work with a PC than it is a wireless Xbox controller (it requires a dongle).

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NSA PRISM deepthroat VANISHES as pole-dance lover cries into keyboard

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$200,000 salary - pole dancing girlfriend...

I'm sure there was more information in the article but none of use to me, given we've all always assumed the NSA collected whatever data they wanted. Haven't we?

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Apple at WWDC: Sleek new iOS, death of the big cats, pint-sized Mac Pro

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Re: Let me get this straight...

>Unix has never been cool or uncool - it's a professional tool and is 'cool-factor' exempt.

Garth in Wayne's World 2 would beg to differ.

Garth: That's a UNIX book.

Girl: Yeah.

Garth: Cool.

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I'll wait for real-world tests before dismissing the concept

Curiously, this article from eighteen months ago seems to predict this new Mac Pro, suggesting the concept isn't too alien to video production professionals:

http://9to5mac.com/2012/01/25/macbook-air-thunderbolt-editing-4k-video-shows-why-the-mac-pro-as-we-know-it-can-die/

"The concept proves with enough RAM and a powerful processor, Thunderbolt could enable smaller Macs to do the work of a Mac Pro. Hard Drives, PCI cards and everything besides the processor and RAM can now be connected via Thunderbolt rather that being built into the box.

Apple could modularize for their Pros. Think about starting with a Mac Mini with a XEON Processor and lots of RAM (OK, the cooling stuff might turn it into a cube)."

And that was using the less flexible Thunderbolt 1, not the newer TB2. These guys also seem to find TB for RED Rocket acceptable:

http://www.reduser.net/forum/showthread.php?80661-Thunderbolt-RED-Rocket

As for desk clutter, the people who are processing this much video are likely to have a rack mounted solution for storage already. Should a Mac Pro fail, it is quicker to plug a spare machine (even a Macbook Pro) into the Thunderbolt than it is to swap the drives (and exotic PCIe cards) out of the dead machine, allowing the studio to get on with chasing that deadline.

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Re: Agreed

>Far more likely that the markets reacted to the lack of announcements on new iDevice and other consumer hardware.

Really? Even though Tim Cook had said well advance that there wouldn't be any new iDevice hardware?

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Boffins hide cute kitty behind invisibility shield

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Re: a lab toy with zero practical use.

>zero practical use.

didn't they say the same about LASERs?

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Re: @Wise

A fake would look much better!

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New Android plan: Gurn at your phone to unlock it

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Re: Funny you should say that.

'belming'... curiously, when I googled that term I found

http://news.bbc.co.uk/dna/place-lancashire/plain/A19367814

which appears to be a page entirely copied-and-pasted from H2G2

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Re: I claim prior art

>I noticed years ago that a "tongue protrusion" always gained me entry.

Whereas Roger Moore merely had to raise an eyebrow.

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Author Iain (M) Banks falls to cancer at 59

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Re: RIP indeed

Spoiler Alert (minor):

In the film Hot Fuzz, an apparently forgetful desk sergeant is later revealed to be two separate police officers, both played by Bill Bailey. Re-watching the film, one of the desk sergeants always reads an Iain Banks book, and the other an Iain M. Banks novel. http://www.edgarwrighthere.com/2013/04/03/in-praise-of-mr-iain-banks-and-mr-iain-m-banks/

He originally dropped the 'M.' at the insistence of his publishers, who feared negative associations with the novelist Rosie M. Banks. I have no idea what she is like as an author, but she is referred to in some of P.G Woodhouse's stories (in the 'Blandings' series, I think)

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The Reg's best-looking reader reveals list of jobs for the beautiful

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Re: Good looking on Radio

>Although that James Naughtie bird is definitely a bit of a minger

Yeah, but I like it when he talks dirty - "Jeremy Hunt, Culture Secretary..."

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Re: During the meanwhile ...

Or 'Beauty Knows No Pain', by FZ ( You Are What You Is)

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Re: Good looking on Radio

>Now list me a few female presenters who aren't at least passably good looking.

No, I shall not sir. To do so would be ungallant!

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Oops!

I wrote 'Heart FM' above when it should have been 'Heat Milton Keynes'. Silly me.

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>"The advert did not say why it was important for a radio presenter to be good looking."

It's perfectly possible that Heart FM had posted the advertisement for the same reason the Reg have had a reporter apply to the site - to get an edge on a story of interest.

Two friends of mine, already couple, applied to www.beautifulpeople.com some years ago for a laugh- she got in quite easily, but it took her boyfriend quite a few attempts - and they then exchanged spoof flirtatious messages before 'getting together'. The website contacted them "Congratulations! Actually, you guys are the first couple to get together on our site, could we discuss using your story to promote our site?" at which point my friends confessed to just messing about.

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The toy of tech: The Mattel Aquarius 30 years on

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Re: Who are we kidding?

>Now we have vast hardware capability, and all it's used for is yet another 3rd person shooter.

Fair enough. Though if you are looking for reasons to be optimistic, the recent Reg article with Ian Livingstone highlighted the originality that can be found in games for phones and tablets: a forced rethinking of control schemes, more limited hardware placing the emphasis on game play, a market model that can aid indy developers, connectivity as standard encouraging play amongst other people locally or remotely...)

Personally, last week I spend a great night with old friends playing an Amiga-era game, Worms, on their XBOX 360... a game works if it gets a friend to shout "You f%$ing bastard! I'll get you for that!" as you uppercut her last worm.

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Study: US iPhone owners tend to be rich, educated, white

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>Android is a more flexible and robust mobile OS and it costs much less

And if the user has no need for that 'flexibility', then why would they want it? Anyway, you're only looking at the OS - if you look at the peripheral hardware available for iDevices, you'll notice that iOS offers more choice and flexability (docks, car integration, wide selection of 3rd party head-phones with remote controls that work, high quality condenser microphones etc). There are also software categories that are better represented in iOS (music creation, graphics creation and mark-up etc), just as I'm sure there are categories that are better supported on Android.

Whatever, buy whatever device suits you and leave others to do the same.

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>so its no more elitist than any other phone.

Huh?

In the UK, there is a difference between a £20 /month contract (very respectable mid-range Android phone phone or other) and a £35 /month contract (iPhone).

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Re: Who cares about ethnicity?

>So white people like me are more rich?

'...like me are richer'.

To paraphrase (I think it was) Dave Chappelle:

"There is a difference between being rich and being wealthy. Michael Jordan might be rich, but the man who signs his cheques... he's wealthy".

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Re: erm what?

According to Felix Dennis, many rich people are technically in debt for tax purposes.

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