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Poll: Porn-watching, net-savvy kids are a myth

Turtle_Fan

Why is pr0n a problem...

...in the first place?

If my lad wants to drool over it it's fine by me esp. after he's 10.

Compared to being a bigot or a bully, I'd take pr0n any day. After all, those teenage hormones and stresses need some relief (pun intended) instead of stifling them until they become destructive and uncontrollable.

Best bit is about how conversation and listening puts most of the problems in order. This I need to work on harder.

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On its first birthday, LibreOffice has reason to celebrate

Turtle_Fan

Can someone enlighten me?

I do like LO and it has replaced OO wherever I had it. However, ever since work upgraded to Office 2010 and that dreaded .docx format nothing opens properly and the formatting as seen in LO is all over the place.

The guys at LO even admitted as much on their homepage when I last looked at it.

So, how are they going to lure win users and enterprises when the (unfortunately ubiquitous) Office is incompatible with LO?

And what about inetgration and seamless working with Sharepoint (where you can edit/save things directly on the sharepoint without "checking out" the relevant files)?

My thinking is that unless the presentation and layout is identical and seamless between LO and MSO adoption will lag.

Which is a great shame as I cant see why the world should rely on payware for such fundamental tools purely because of inertia.

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Boffins boost battery life with underclocked Wi-Fi

Turtle_Fan

Cool story bro

Amen to that

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Foxconn churns out '150,000' iPhone 5s a day

Turtle_Fan

Can someone enlighten me?

OK, I get it, Apple's gizmos are all the rage etc. etc.

BUT: There was a time when having an iPhone could mean some sort of exclusivity, a sense of belonging to a club of select few, the in crowd, yada yada yada.

Right now, at the numbers this thing is selling is more like queuing up for a Volkswagen rather than brandishing a bespoke, customized, limited edition Aston Martin. So what gives?

iPhone now, is as mass market box as it gets. Hell, Volkswagen (occasionally) even gives you a choice of colours....

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Would you be seen dead with a shopping computer?

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...I've not seen and in-depth info as yet

I have and it's utter crap.

There's another article with first impressions and some specs for it, somewhere in the reg dungeon.

Can't find the link but think: 2-finger multi-touch, no camera, no 3G (not sure about GPS, compass etc.).

Not very whelming at all...

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Amazon's cloudy vid-tablet breaks cover: Not an iClone

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If this product flies, I'll eat my hat

If the specs are accurate as per the report then this is a major POS that will tank in no time.

It's not an e-ink reader - Rather, it's your usual glossy, hard to read under any light direct light, back-lit lcd. So all the avid fans of e-ink under bright sunshine are gone. Add to that, that kindle 2 has a week's worth of juice (sans 3G) whereas this is less than 10 hrs. Groovy (...not!)

It's not (much of) a tablet either: 2 finger multi touch? Single core? Only 6GB? What about connectivity? USB, HDMI etc.? No camera? No 3G?

Whoever called this a tablet needs their brain checked. And I'm well happy amazon's customisation will not resemble android at all. I wouldn't want such an underpowered device to sell well and become synonymous with Android.

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Turtle_Fan

Ever heard of Calibre...?

No?

Thought not.

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=calibre

Yes, it's closed but it can both browse to other stores (there's no hard-coded list of allowed sites) AND you can load anything you get from those other stores.

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Turtle_Fan

Try that with the wife....

if anyone told her that the e-ink is giving way to any sort of backlight whatsoever she'd have apoplexy!

One thing that Kindle excels at, is being unobtrusive and virtually unnoticeable so that focus and attention can go the content, i.e. the flamin' book!

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OCZ plays its joker in the hybrid drive card game

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Not in my view

I still prefer to segregate. Stick all the criticals on a red hot pci-ssd and offload all media to cheap storage.

Jack of all trades, master of none? I guess it will come down to pricing but I won't be buying. Especially as mainstream ssd's are getting dirt cheap.

When I first got my z-drive I had to shell upwards of 1000 squid. Now sata3 drives are available for less than 100.

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Ohio man cuffed for shagging inflatable pool raft

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Unhappy

As a long time ADD suferrer

I hate nothing more than seeing what is a pretty tough condition being cited as an excuse for being a dick. ADD is real and it's pretty hard to get people to understand it without it being mentioned as reason to shag inflatable boats.

Enough already!

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Ford unwraps Evos cloud-connected concept car

Turtle_Fan

That was GM

I think you're referring to the ex-GMAC GM's leasing and banking business.

It's now called, Ally and is a State Owned Enterprise.

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Turtle_Fan

Is it just me...

who thinks this grille is awfully similar to aston martin's?

Good looking thing, too bad it will remain a concept.

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Tricky Xbox 360 hack claimed to work 1 try in 4

Turtle_Fan

Most companies are already protecting themselves, though OnLive is not the answer

Most successful games have their multi-player section cordoned off and available to authenticated users only.

So unless you're after a single player experience, piracy won't get you too far.

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New UK 'leccy meters remotely run via Voda 2G

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@Andrew 87

Not paid your bill = Power off

Well, I thought this was the girst of the essence of the thing all along. And I'm sure it happens in pre-paid meters (yes, even with the meagre "emergency credit").

And yes, almost all smart meters (and plenty of dumb ones too) have integrated disconnect breakers.

But these relate to the entire supply, not individual appliances...

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simple really

Because connectivity and by extension, control of the meter must under no circumstances rely on the end user.

Not to mention support costs to explain to joe public how to hook it up to the usually wpa'd router.

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Apple ejects FT app from iTunes

Turtle_Fan

How times change...

One year the FT app is awarded some award for being an excellent showcase of apps in this field, and a few months later struck off and nowhere to be found.

I still think the ft was right. 30% and exclusion from data is not just audacious but downright blackmail.

Oh, and what became of that Murdoch's app-exclusive, quasi newspaper thingie? You don't know? Hm, neither do I .

Content really is king.

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Acer to announce ultrabook at IFA

Turtle_Fan

Wordplay

Minmal or minimalist, if the acer model looks anything like asus' UX netbook then good things may happen on the design front.

Having said that. I'd love to see some performance and cost figures for this proposition.

Source: http://www.corpasia.net/taiwan/2357/events/47/EN/IR_2011Q2.pdf page 17

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Vogel's RingO iPad mounting system

Turtle_Fan

Pedantry at its best....

Well, there's a floor tool, a brush tool and the long slim bit called the crevice tool.

Take your pick

/pedantry

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Ferocious Asian mindshare assault preserves Asus

Turtle_Fan

"You want a title? You can't handle a title"

Sounds like a credible strategy to me.

I wonder how the unexpected success of the transformer will influence its results.

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BlackBerry handsets will be able to run Android apps

Turtle_Fan

Best sub-heading of the year

Right there...

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Acer insists fondleslab 'fever' is fading

Turtle_Fan

So what DO you use?

OK, so Win is out of the picture and you ditched Linux too.

So are you saying that only OSX "just works" without any configuration from your side?

IF (and I mean it, as I can't really tell) this is the case then it's pretty disingenuous of yours to claim that; as OSX was made for a handful of strictly controlled reference platforms and not ready to accommodate anything and everything people can put together to resemble a PC.

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lol w00t???

OK, I see the point about jobsian gadgets but pause for a moment and look at the reasons those things flopped:

- Xoom: Came out when honeycomb was a dog and asks for top-dollar pricing without necessarily justifying it.

- BB Playbook: From the company that's synonymous to enterprise e-mail and messaging, a tablet that won't do either on its own.

- Asus: w00t!? The TF is selling at much higher numbers than even Asus predicted (as reflected in their guidance statements and brief delivery shortages in June/July).

The TF, as the only reasonably priced and truly innovative bit of kit is doing way better than expected. As for putting a dent in apple's numbers this may take an iteration or two.

Mine's the with the TF (sans dock) in the pocket

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'Apple is not going to change,' new boss says

Turtle_Fan

Yeah, good luck with that

So, given a refresh cycle of 6-9 years (depending on your source) for TV's how would anything built-in to a TV be up-to-date 6 years from launch?

Or do you think that i-Shinies will make people refresh every two years and throw away perfectly functioning nearly-new TV's worth £££'s?

Apple TV and associated thingies are fine as people would not mind changing a little box every now and again. But a huge, big f-off, screen? Prolly not!

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Linus Torvalds dubs GNOME 3 'unholy mess'

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Good point

I have to concur that even if a myrriad of options exist, the help and documentation for the newbie average Joe is abysmal.

Joe doesn't want to go to the forum, search through countless posts and then read the chinese wall of text to pry the answer out. Just clicking on the question mark should be enough to introduce him to the wealth of goodies he can't currently access or comprehend.

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Turtle_Fan

True...

My 6 year old loves Unity too.

It runs on an archaic dell from 2003 but I added a touchscreen to it and hey presto he's quit using the mouse in most cases.

Unity works well for touchscreens and kids, but had my nerves in tatters trying to configure it for him. I'd need to be paid top dollar to be subjected to it again...

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OCZ jumps harder on enterprise PCIe bandwagon

Turtle_Fan

Not my experience

As an early adopter of an enterprise E84 Z-Drive way back in its initial iteration I must say I disagree with you with some of your comments.

Indeed (I laugh about it now but it was painful back then), my Z-Drive bricked within 10-days of being delivered on account of its LSI controller.

However, the experience of their customer service and RMA process was as professional and courteous as I ever come across.

The replacement which arrived within a week, has been doing sterling work on my rig for the last 2 years on a 24/7 basis.

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Boffin hacks Wi-Fi to double mobile gadget battery life

Turtle_Fan
FAIL

Anti-climax

There's me going into the article thinking of some quirky code to be inserted into the WiFi function to make my phone last 3 times as long and all I got was a three page article summarised into "less WiFi = more battery".

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Bloke ordered to remove offensive numberplate

Turtle_Fan

Yeah right....

First of all if we're talking a licence from any of the EEA or "approved countries", 42 countries in total then no you don't. You can happily get a UK licence without having to prove nothing to anyone.

Oh, and just because you sound so stuck up, here's a tidbit: UK authorities have accepted that possessing a Zimbabwean, Korean or Hong Kong driver's licence is on a par with UK standards. No questions asked. Just exchange them with a UK one.

http://www.adviceguide.org.uk/index/your_world/travel/driving_licences.htm#driving_licences_issued_abroad

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Anonymous claims LulzSec merger

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Quite older

How can they be just teenagers or as the poster above called them "script kiddies".

I think the HBGary coup took more than your average script kid to pull off.

Defacing and DDos-ing are way more elementary than the combined techniques employed on HBGary.

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Google bypasses admin controls with latest Chrome IE

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for the record

just for the record I built my first PC in the late 90's after uni and have been building them myself since. I too have a small network of boxes but they're mostly NAS's and supporting my wireless cameras round the house etc. All of which are connected in a vpn with my holiday home's 2 boxes.

And as for support, I've ended up building and maintaining about 7 more boxes of the entire extended family.

Yet, the only fully locked down box/account is my 9 year old nephew's. Everyone else has admin credentials to elevate their accounts if need be.

I'm more willing to accept Captain Underpants' version of symptoms/ailments. When any senior in our top 3 tiers of management can plug in a USB stick and go away with the "family silver" (and the leavers/dismissed ones regularly do), then fretting over installing ABP in FF and the like is just pants.

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Turtle_Fan
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Valid questions...

Yes, I'm just an amateur, but with a healthy appettite for new knowledge.

Q1: When I'm willing to pay myself for a RAM upgrade how likely is it I'd ask my IT dept to foot the bill?

I was involved in the purchasing deal and all H/W comes with on-site repair warranty for 3 years and they're then replaced as soon as that expires. Colleagues who don't clean/look after their kit,have it bricked much earlier than the 3 years and the IT guys hold a bank of spares for these eventualities. I actually make mine last way longer than others with similar jobs as I tend to clean it thoroughly and regularly (as we're allowed to buy them for a token price at replacement time, so this little dell is in essence, my mum's next lappie).

Q2: I'm glad it's you asking this and not my boss, nuff said :)

Re S/W audits: I don't object to the principle, I object to the frequency. And I think a much better way would be to skin alive and in public the first person found in breach. That would focus peoples' minds way better than any audits. Or better, any non-compliant S/W found must be bought with funds coming from the idiot's takings (Acrobat anyone?). Responsibility works both ways and despite everyones' downvotes, I prefer people were made to be responsible and live (or die) by that freedom. You're not my legal guardian so you should neither answer for my failings or prohibit me from doing (and paying for) them.

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OCZ Vertex bashes users with Blue Screen of Death

Turtle_Fan

D'oh Facepalm

Just as I ordered 2 agility 3s on Monday.

Fingers crossed...

(so the mobile site doesn't do pictures )

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Apple will 'own games industry'

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Erm, no way!

While I'd applaud the spirit of innovation and whackiness a small radical outfit could bring to the table, your idea is the equivalent of switching an Avatar/Titanic production quality with some experimental/indie/short length film production.

I'd love this to be a stepping stone for those truly innovative souls out there but I'd don't want to go back 20 years in production quality just so that some whizz kid get his chance.

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Apple iMac 27in

Turtle_Fan

Good question

Well, seeing as two people asked here's my user case.

I started off with a 1366 mobo. At the start I went with the cheapest cpu to fit in it. As prices dropped and my finances didn't I swapped it out for the next gen's "second best" (I never go for the absolute top as it's ridiculously priced).

Back in 2008, SSD's were flaky and infantile so I went with a velociraptor. In the last 3 years, I added 2x1.5 TB HDD's for storage, started with a small patriot SSD (utter crap btw) and upgraded to a PCI-based Z-Drive that goes like mad.

Similarly my ram went from 4 to 6 and now to 16GB's (10GB RAMDisk).

As for GPU's I was never a fanboy so only one iteration from a 260 to a 480.

So, 3 years down the line, I've got a 3.4GHz i7 with 16GB DDR3, a bad-ass SSD and a mediocre GPU. I can safely predict this to see me through to the first price drop of the LGA 2011-platform whenever that happens in 2013.

If I were locked in to the 2008 original spec, I'd be itching for an upgrade as soon as the SB enthusiast platform hits the shelves.

During those 3 years, I had an HDD, RAM sticks and a GPU die on me. Each time, I used the warranty rebate coupon and added a pittance to actually upgrade. Not once did I have to give my PC up for any period of time. The PC on the whole remained operational and functional (albeit limited somewhat).

On a related note, I'd rather the HW choices were my own and not some 3rd party's; for good (Z-Drive) or bad (patriot).

And to those who think, I've got money to burn, there's the salvaging.

Even if I change PC entirely, I'll still carry much of the guts of my current rig over to the next. Optical Drives, the Z-Drive and most of the RAM being prime candidates for salvaging/cannibalising.

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Thumbs UP

I will upvote for beer...

Joke aside, the reason i hate apple and oracle is jobs and ellison.

As for the hate, I DO use their products, que 2 160GB iPods (but i use them sans itunes), good honest players with plenty of storage.

Nothing else from their range fulfills my needs better than alternatives.

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Turtle_Fan

I (grudgingly) agree

I hate Apple with a passion but their screens (gloss aside) are top notch. I only found 1-2 equivalents and they're both professional kit with some exotic colour calibration functions and they cost a bomb.

I really regret the dearth of choice in this area, because those screens are really miles apart from the competition.

I'd still never surrender the modularity that comes with my tower but damn those screens look the business.

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Gloomy forecast, job cuts, product delays at RIM

Turtle_Fan

So then...

RIM is selling the CIO/CTO's dream gear. Is it any wonder then that they don't get very far on other segments?

Funnily enough they also seem to make some limited inroads to the teen texter crowd but that's hardly enough to give them an "ooph" factor or improve their financials.

And while on arant, what's with the suicidal underspeccing of memory on their handsets?

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Stand by for more big, windfarm-driven 'leccy price rises

Turtle_Fan

Not quite...

I can see how I may have come across as a complete tree hugger even though I'm a petrolhead through and through.

OK, I came across so stupid 'cause what I have in mind (and what the legislation has too) is not what we have today. I was talking about a good few years/decades in the future.

> Wind Turbines

Whatever their failure rates were (think early automobiles) I'm talking about turbines many generations later that have been perfected in terms or reliability

>EV's

OK, if you think of EV's as the wheezy, plastic, impotent boxes on offer today then yes. But I'm on about EV's with a good range (350+ miles) with proper amenities and levels of trim. By which time they will be the clear majority of vehicles on the streets and ic engined cars will be niche players. At that time (consider that a majority of cars are parked at any one time) the balancing will be unnoticeable to any individual car but it will be substantial on a grid level

>Coal will always be cheap and abundant. The question is do we want to use it? And that question has been answered negatively for quite a few years now.

Back to my cave to seek refuge from the downvotes....

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You don't sit on the fence do you...?

That's quite a worthy rant you published there, right up there with J. Sweeney's scientology rant (ahem, maybe not, Sweeney may have had a point).

So, renewables are costing more and conventional powerplants are being disadvantaged to make way for renewables. That's been the bloody policy from day one. Make conventional power more expensive to give renewables more of an impetus to see investment directed its way.

And yes it does work. Solar panels have reduced in costs to the point that they match peak-hours prices in the US. And they've not even started.

Storage, surges, disconnections of turbines? Under present conditions yes. But turbines with an average lifespan of 40+ years could be operating in a wholly different world. As soon as Electric cars become more widespread, expect to see them participating actively in load balancing of the network. The potential of EV's to act as balancers is tremendous. Better reliability, lower costs, better resilience.

I'm not a tree-hugger by any stretch of the imagination and I too think the plan is a little ahead of its time. But hey, we must look into adapt for the future. And the future is EV's in most cases.

As for oil-fired plants, tell me that you believe in your heart of hearts that we don't have better uses for oil other than setting fire to it.

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LulzSec hacks US Senate

Turtle_Fan

lul w00t?

Who needs 100's of password?

Get a mailinator address and use for all your forum/site/commentary/FB/twitter accounts (basically anything non-e-commerce). So they get your address and password, what's the worst that would happen? Spam posted on fora in your name big deal.

99+% of sites can be relegated to disposable addresses and password. For the 2-3 that are commerce related, sign up to the enhanced security authentication schemes (verfied by vi$a and the like) and only use them in private sessions only when necessary. Alternatively, pay by bank transfer and keep all your data to yourself.

Job done.

Do people still use one address for all activities?

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Codemasters pulls website after hackers pwn customer database

Turtle_Fan

Ever heard of malinator?

Simple, easy to use disposable addresses that are easy to keep track of (rss) and hard for others to track.

Ever since they implemented alternative domaims, only my bank has my email address.

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Turtle_Fan

codemasters of op flashpoint infamy...

I really don't mind seeing lenton's smug, arrogant, bespectacled face take it on the chin.

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Apple bars WinXP users from iCloud

Turtle_Fan

Err, no

Tried to sync an ipod shuffle ( 1st gen) lately? No? Thought so...

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Hannspree Hannspad 10.1in Android tablet

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RAF Eurofighter Typhoons 'beaten by Pakistani F-16s'

Turtle_Fan

A bit disingenuous

Iirc you were lamenting on earlier articles the limited fly time the typhoon pilots get.

Even if they got plenty close quarters dog fighting wouldn't be their staple.

Give one of those babies to a Greek or Turkish pilot who are constantly at each other over the aegean and see what happens. Even the Pakistani bloke said as much.

Close quarters dogfighting? isn't it against health and safety regulations?

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Dynamic ninjas kill off free DNS service

Turtle_Fan

Call me a schizo but...

I find myself agreeing with both posters above despite their seemingly contradictory arguments.

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Spot-the-fake site launched

Turtle_Fan

Yes & no....

Brands are most certainly overinflated price wise. However as a long time buyer of far-eastern (first trip back in 2001) knock-offs I can assure you that it's not the case on all products.

Clothing and to a lesser extent footwear is fair game. Not so on electronics, luggage and watches. Example samsonite: a genuine article will withstand the rigours of Indian baggage handlers when the knock off will have turned into a loose assortment of disparate bits. As for watches there are high quality knock-offs but they will still set you back a grand or so (still a bargain over the 5K+ genuine but I digress). As for electronics, I leave that to you. In fact, it's much safer to buy Chinese branded electro-gizmos and "teach them English" than to ever try an imitation 'known brand' knock off.

Are genuine articles over-inflated? Hell yes. Are knock-offs like-for-like replacements? No, not by a longshot. Of course, as long as you accept the risks it's fine but don't be in denial; knock-offs != genuine articles.

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Android app sales skimpy, sluggish, slack, scanty...

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Android version?

I'm puzzled. On one hand you say you won't root your phone, yet you're telling me that you installed clockwork recovery and even did a re-partition job without rooting the phone?

If the thing is rooted, then just go to the market, get A2SD install, reboot, done.

As this is not a help forum, go look into MoDaCo as they have an entire section dedicated to your Desire (pun intended).

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World Health Organization: Mobile phone cancer risk 'possible'

Turtle_Fan

LOL

Which is why I love thereg....

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