* Posts by Snapper

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MP resigns as security committee chair amid 'cash-for-access' claims

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Re: So there won't be a Lord Straw then?

Conscientious objectors were rarely cowards. Many served on the front-line as medics.

Agree with the rest of the post though. Just wish we could really do that bastard Blair for war-crimes!

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LEAKED: Samsung's iPHONE 6 KILLER... the Samsung Galaxy S6

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Alert

Re: Samsung makes Great hardware, but ...

Android is a turgid mess. I had to get another (2013) Nexus 7 for my wife as her earlier model 7 had buggered its battery. Looked up how to move apps and, most importantly, Cany Crush scores from one 7 to another.

WTF!

Root it!

No official way of doing it!

No official backup!

Ok for geeks.

'Simples' for Geeks.

Most people have a relative or son/daughter who can do this.

An awful lot of people don't, and that's what Google an Sammy don't grok.

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Re: Why should Apple be worried?

Market share.............

Oh Jesus H Christ, are you actually relying on that argument?

Irrespective of what is or isn't the best phone, the known FACTS are that Apple makes much more money than Samsung on phones that are actually brought rather than >cough< 'shipped'.

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Planning to upgrade your Lumia to Windows 10? NOT SO FAST

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Facepalm

Now.....

Is anyone actually, genuinely surprised at this?

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ISS Robonaut gets LEGLESS ... in spaaaace

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Okay, who else thought.....

it looked like a rather elongated sex-doll?

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You like that E Ink book, huh? How about an E Ink HOUSE

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Obvious Use

You could use it to camouflage the garden shed, then the missus can't find you when she wants you to put paper in her ink-jet printer.

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Ghosts of Christmas Past: The long-ago geek gifts that made us what we are

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It's not only schools!

I had most of these items and still have a couple of small scars from a Jetex implementation!

Several years ago I was talking over some hobbies that I could share with my (then) 9-year-old son and suggested some aero-modelling along the lines of simple balsa wood and tissue that could then be ramped up to RC and engines if he liked it (like my father did with me).

I got a complete spike-topped brick wall from my (hopefully soon Ex) wife who demanded that I forget anything of the sort because it involved sharp knives and glue. From the way she reacted you'd have thought I'd said petrol-driven chain-saws. After that most of my attempts to get him interested in anything got the full health and safety inspection and the unanswerable "Why do that? None of his friends do!".

Result is a (now) 23-year old who has trouble changing a fuse.

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Reg man confesses: I took my wife out to choose a laptop for Xmas. NOOOO

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If I could.....

upvote that several times I would!

My wife got me two pullovers.

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Hack flings bootkits from Macs' Thunderbolts

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Apple lawyers fight to silence dead Steve Jobs: 'No right' to hear him from beyond the grave

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"I'm really not interested in explaining the physics"

I've already viewed most of those links you gave a long time ago, and in fact two of them were instrumental in convincing me that someone was trying very hard to convince non-technical people of a particular scenario, in that there was some massive 'progressive collapse' or pancake of the building after the top floors failed. Just to be sure I had not missed anything I viewed or read all the links you gave for their entire length.

No, I didn't think you would be interested in explaining the physics of a free fall collapse, funny that.

But you found the time in trying to insult me by mocking my mental health. Insulting people by calling them crazy for asking difficult questions. Very interesting.

No-one will know exactly what happened to the floors that got hit, as the evidence of the scene was carted off to china far too quickly, but photographs of someone standing in the gap that the second airliner caused suggests the heat wasn't that high.

Basically the one thing I asked you to do was provide an explanation of how the towers fell down so quickly. For all I know there might be a plausible, believable and accurate explanation that adheres to common physics. Believe it or not my past career taught me to look at images with no pre-conceived ideas of how those images came about, even images I'd seen many times before. It takes practice but it can be done.

You have not provided any evidence apart from some very old links (one take you a 404 page BTW) and not very good ones at that. The ones that show CG and wooden models of what happens to a building when support is remove both show that the building twists and falls to the side, not straight down. None of the evidence you have given even mentions the fact that the towers fell at free-fall speed with no resistance from all the floors below, let alone offer an explanation. 100 plus floors that have held up a huge building for decades don't just disappear.

Given all your statements about having some expert knowledge about the exact reason they fell, I expected you to give it to me, and I would have genuinely looked at it and formed an opinion.

In the end, as I've long suspected, you are just a sanctimonious, big-headed priggish gas bag.

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Star Wars: Episode VII trailer lands. You call that a lightsaber? THIS is a lightsaber

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Unhappy

Re: reality bites

It always worried me with the original swords, what happen if the blade slides do........ow! That's the five-fingered widow gone!

A cross-piece/hand-guard is a standard item on nearly every sword ever made, designed to stop the opponents sword sliding down YOUR blade and hacking off the wanking equipment, so why should light-sabres be any different?

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Forget the $2499 5K iMac – today we reveal Apple's most expensive computer to date

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Re: Now that's just going too far

WTF are you on!

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Snapper

Re: Now that's just going too far

Are you drunk? I can't understand half of what you say,

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Yahoo close to investing $20m in disappearing chat app Snapchat

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Mushroom

Snapchat is a .......

Dot-Com-Bomb all on its own!

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Hey Brit taxpayers. You just spent £4m on Central London ‘innovation playground’

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I know the area well

Grid-locked most of the time.

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Bloodthirsty Apple fanbois TEAR OPEN new Macbook, bare its guts to world+dog

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Gonna risk the Wrath Of Trevor!

Trevor old mate, I disagree with you.

There is honest opinion with an inevitable small amount of bias towards or away from certain suppliers or types of equipment, and there is inaccurate 'reporting' based on lazy, sloppy research and a very noticeable hostility not only towards Apple but the people who use their products.

Jasper ticks a lot of boxes in the 'Chip-on-shoulder-rant' column.

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iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms

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Re: Drop in Ipad sales / saturated market?

You do know they've put wifi syncing back, don't you?

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Microsoft hopes for FONDLESLAB FRENZY as Surface Pro 3 debuts

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Good for MS

Apple needs some really strong competition in the business space, perhaps then they might take it seriously.

Nice spec for the price compared to iPads, as it should be on its third iteration. MS seem to have learnt from their mistakes and I wish them luck with it, as it just might be the combination that puts them back into serious hands again.

Mind you, Windows 8 is still an interface disaster for the traditional desktop that they need to do some serious work on. Hopefully less stubborn minds are in charge now.

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Apple's October iWatch beefy, 'arched' – report

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Unhappy

Yawn

Another excuse to get Apple in the title Rik?

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Blame WWI, not Bin Laden, for NSA's post-9/11 intel suck

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Big Brother

Re: "Mohamed Atta's 9/11 attacks on the twin towers"

Actually OBL denied involvement. It was the laughably inept forgery of a video that showed a right-handed* somewhat look-a-like that was 'found' in a house in Jalalabad that said he did it.

http://tinyurl.com/p4vljxe

*OBL was left-handed.

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REVEALED: GCHQ's BEYOND TOP SECRET Middle Eastern INTERNET SPY BASE

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Black Helicopters

Re: September 11, 2001

Dear OrsonX

Considering the overwhelming amount of scientific, architectural and video evidence supporting the contrary view of who was responsible, perhaps you might like to review who had most to gain by instigating the 'War On Terror', and how that has affected the life of everyone on the planet in the last 13 years.

War is good for big business.

Wasn't the first, and certainly won't be the last time the puppet masters yanked a few strings.

Historical fact: Most historians now accept that Pearl Harbour was known about by the high-ups in the American and UK Governments before the attack. In fact, you have to ask yourself why the Japanese attacked in the first place, especially when they were so short of fuel oil and manufacturing capability that they could not hope to win a war of attrition. Also strange how the only American ships to be damaged were the almost useless battleships, but the really powerful ships, the aircraft carriers, were out of town on that Sunday morning. Gave the USA a huge reason/excuse to mobilise and eventually become the super-power to beat, didn't it? Think that by accident?

Historical fact: Elizabeth the First made her famous Tilbury speech several days AFTER the Armada was badly damaged in the Channel, and then left the sailors to starve to death on ships anchored out at sea so the government wouldn't have to pay them.

Do some research before you parrot the government/media line.

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Watch: Kids slam Apple as 'BORING, the whole thing is BORING'

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Unhappy

Shame on you!

Dear The Register,

Poorly thought through click-bait.

Please stop.

Yours Sincerely

The Snapper

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MacBook Air 13-inch: If you squint hard enough, you'll see a lesser-spotted Apple Price Cut

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FAIL

Re: Bah!

You did, of course, add in the OS and the equivalent apps that come with the MBA didn't you?

No, how......shockingly predictable.

So you spend roughly the same and end up with something running Windows 8 and viruses.

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Apple, Beats and fools with money who trust celeb endorsements

Snapper

I think...

..Apple is distracting us/pondlife journalists....again!

My money's on something completely different being announced.

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BEAK DRONE: 1080p HD Wi-Fi quad-copter by Parrot takes to skies

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Want!

Want!

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Earthly astronomers catch best-ever image of MASSIVE solar flare

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Unhappy

Can we have a whip-round...

for the person mixing the sound on that video?

He/She really needs some basic lessons in balancing a fairly rapidly spoken technical voice-over and Disney Credits-type music.

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Grad student creates world's thinnest wires – just three atoms wide

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Happy

Kinda sexy

....wiggle there innit?

Or is it just me?

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Intel sees 'signs of improvement in the PC business' but earnings remain 'Meh...'

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Unhappy

How come...

..you didn't manage to get the word 'Apple' in the header Rik? Won't the Ed be displeased?

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Where the HELL is my ROBOT BUTLER?

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Meh

'Everyone' get one?

I usually enjoy Trevor's article's, but this is a little too blue-sky for me.

Only the very rich will be able to afford a 'butler' that represents what we understand as a servant. In any case, who will look after the Butler, plug it in, make sure it gets its 1000-shirt service? Can it trim a hedge AND iron a pleated silk skirt AND change the oil in the car AND make Lasagne AND darn socks, or will we need separate devices and where will we put them?

As someone who can't spell ketchup pointed out above, the AI of a 'Butler' is going to have to be much, much higher than currently available if the little intricacies of life that a Butler needs to react to are to be handed over to it.

Machines to do things we find tedious or difficult? We have those already in washing machines, dishwashers, car-washes, patio cleaners, cars, trains, planes, coffee-makers etc.

Nah, give me micro-surgery robots that can repair things a human can't see, wearable health checks (nearly there) and collision-avoiding cars (nearly there). I don't think many people will find a 'Butler' helpful in the near future due to the limitations of the technology available, but what they will find useful is something that reassures them that they are well, being looked after 24/7 and safe.

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WD 'restoring connections' after WEEK of MyCloud outages

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WD software is shit!

Talk to all the Mac owners who upgraded to Mavericks after having made the mistake of installing the WD drive software, and then proceeded to lose everything on their external drives.

WD knew about the problem with their poorly written software months before, but did sweet FA about it.

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Microsoft issues less-than-helpful tips to XP holdouts

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Happy

Best option

Read this http://tinyurl.com/pp49tc, then buy a Mac and say goodbye to all this shit!

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We dig into the GTech GDrive Mobile ... and watch WORST tear-down vid OF ALL TIME

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NFG?

I wonder how many people here bothered to click on the 'Show More' under the into, to discover the category is Comedy!

Should have waited a few days for April 1st, some of you might have twigged!

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Straight to 8: London's Met Police hatches Win XP escape plan

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Re: How about ....

'Humanity'! These are Policemen!

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Microsoft slaps LTE mobe broadband into Surface 2 slabs (Yeah, take that, iPad)

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Re: Begs the question....

A 'faster horse' then............

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Satisfy my scroll: El Reg gets claws on Windows 8.1 spring update

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Re: The mistake Microsoft made was...

Love the 'even Apple' bit!

Apple have carefully kept separate the Mac OS and iOS since, oh, the time the iPhone was introduced (January 2007). About the time you left kindergarten then.

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Does Apple's iOS 7 make you physically SICK? Try swallowing version 7.1

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Unhappy

Re: Doesn't fix inheritence

Yunno, I smell a shaved rat with that story. The family has said there is nothing on the iPad that they want and that 'Apple have not allowed them to use it'.

Beats me why they don't simply do what anybody selling an iPad does and just wipe the bugger!

But it wouldn't be an anti-Apple story then, would it?

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Comprehensive security in the home

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Mental exercise

It's probably good for staving of Alzheimer's, but that's a LOT of effort just to stand still.

Couldn't you just get Macs and spend more time with friends, family and loved ones?

Sort of 'Get A Life'!

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Apple Mac Pro: It's a death star, not a nappy bin, OK?

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Re: £1040 for an extra 52gb of ram???

You didn't even Google it?

Before putting your name on a clumsy attempt at using slang like IIRC!

You are probably a civil servant.

4-slots numb-nuts, otherwise Apple have just invented 32Gb RAM chips.

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Microsoft took away $4m of our profits, laments mighty reseller

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Re: unfair to MS

Yup, Tech Data (TIFKACOMPUTER2000) is too expensive compared to ebuyer and even Amazon at times. I can buy an HP printer cheaper inc VAT than TD sell it ex VAT, and get it delivered free or for less than £10 next day, rather than TD's standard £15 + VAT.

I thought the idea of being a distributor was to buy at significantly lower prices than 'trade price' and then sell to retail/suppliers at 'trade price', who in turn added their own margin so that everyone made money. Perhaps that idea has become old-fashioned?

And perhaps they ought to re-educate the person responsible for keeping stock replenished. Most of what they have in their on-line catalogue is listed as zero stock with no guaranteed delivery date.

Call it tail-spin or circling the plug-hole, they need to straighten themselves out or we will start getting 'TD is doomed' and 'Beleaguered TD' headlines.

Oh wait, we are!

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Elitist approach still paying off for Apple in mobile market

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Happy

Re: Trends

"Seems to me that Android is hovering dangerously close to "monopoly" territory now, and its rivals should be supported just to maintain a semblence of competition.

That'd be easier if iOS7 wasn't such a disaster, of course. But I hear good things about Windows Phone 8. Maybe 2014 will be the year of Nokia's comeback.

Oh, and Linux on the desktop, obviously."

You nearly had me goin' there!!!!

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FBI offers $10,000 bounty for arrest of laser-wielding idiots

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Shurely....

This is actually attempted murder, and should be treated as such!

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Friends don't do tech support for friends running Windows XP

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Re: ...they can be persuaded to switch to a Mac

Er....you do know that Excel is available on the Mac, don't you? Or are you a Windows user who thinks nothing works outside the whole Win/PC environment?

I have met so many SysAdmins with that level of intelligence.

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Mass domain hijack leaves Reg reader angry with 123-Reg

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Um....

I think you might find that 123reg ARE Fasthosts! At least they were until recently.

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Ancient video of Steve Jobs launching the first Apple Mac found

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Re: Link to the interesting bit of the video/128k RAM

Didn't I read somewhere that the Mac(s) used for the launchings had additional RAM, possibly 256k?

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US Navy trials GIANT ROBOTIC SPYBIRD for coastal patrols

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Re: @Ledswinger The UK should sign up now

I saw what you did there!

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BEAM ME UP... twice: No local storage on Transporter Sync

Snapper

Re: So what is this thing?

"It sounds like a fileserver."

It sounds like a dead duck!

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Ballmer: 'We made more money than almost anybody on the PLANET'

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Megaphone

Re: We made more money than almost anybody on the PLANET

"I've always had the unique, valuable perspective of being on the front line selling, working with our partners," he said, "because in some senses your ability to understand how to make money is heavily shaped by what you think people will pay for, in addition to what it costs to get things done."

Microsoft's 'understanding' amounted to screwing as much money out of as many people as it possibly could for as long as it could. And it wasn't selling, it was a 'take it or leave it' extortion.

Their third-rate, shitty products that demanded that companies of ten users needed their own IT person are an example to everyone of why competition is a good thing. Unfortunately Microsoft were allowed to get away with their restrictive, and in many cases, illegal devastation of any competitive products.

Due to their incompetence the security industry is worth billions.

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Hello! Still here! Surface 2! Way better than iPad! says slightly desperate Microsoft

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FAIL

Re: What iSheep fail to realize...

"This spells doom for iPads in the work place. It's just a matter of time."

Holy shit! How many times have I heard variations of that opinion!

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What are you, APPLE? Storage upstart patents filesystem wrapper tech

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FAIL

Obligitory?

I sense the headline writers at El Reg have had a diktat from on high that they must have three verifiable and preferably sane excuses for not putting 'Apple' in.

Seems to be working as a lot of articles have Apple in the title and, actually, bugger all to do with Apple in the article.

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OCZ goes titsup, flogs own corpse to Toshiba

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Thumb Up

Ohhhh

Chair (tick)

Popcorn (tick)

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