* Posts by Goldmember

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Fact: Huawei now outspends Apple on R&D

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Not surprising

Apple's ethos is pretty much this:

"September is looming. What are we churning out this time?

- New iPhone; same square design we've used for the last 10 years, same UI as the last iPhone, slightly faster processor, same extortionate price based purely on brand status. Check.

- New iPad; same square design as every other iPad, same UI as the last iPad, slightly faster processor, same extortionate price charged purely on brand status. Check.

- One curveball product we know won't make any money but will make us appear 'innovative'; erm, another watch? Same design, some new expensive wristbands, stick a faster processor in it, same extortionate price, same pointless featues? Call it the Watch 2? Check."

To be honest, it's hard to see where $8bn actually goes. At least Huawei have made significant progress with their product line in recent years.

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Remember Netbooks? Windows 10 makes them good again!

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Re: Madness

"but I can't see any reason why they wouldn't have run Windows 7 quite well."

My 2GB Atom NC10 (which I only bought around 18 months ago from ebay for £45) ran Win 7 like shit. But with a recent upgrade to a 240Gb SSD and Win 10, it's now a perfectly usable machine, and is great for travelling. I too run Visual Studio on it for occasional airport lounge/ plane coding, although it's mainly for films and email. It's knocking on a bit so it's not the quickest, but the weight and battery life are good, and it does the job well enough for now.

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Fans demand 'Lemmium' periodic table tribute

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Re: Yes, we do know why.,,,

I read on some site or other last week that it was 'lemmy a quid', as he'd developed an addiction to slot machines whilst still in school

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US Marines kill noisy BigDog robo-mule for blowing their cover

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Re: your tax money at work

So... new inventions and techniques should never be researched or attempted, just in case they fail?

If nothing else, seeing someone kick down a robot dog which is then able to get back up makes for a cool YouTube video.

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How long until we can build R2-D2 and C-3PO?

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Re: Before we get on to Rosé the Maid(bot)

Watch this recent Channel 4 series first.

THEN come back and say you want flying cars and holo TVs before your very own Gemma Chan bot (or "synth").

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"it’s unlikely that we will see a full version of either of them in any of our lifetimes."

Awwww :-(

That's put a downer on my Friday.

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Apply online to go to Mars. No, seriously

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Re: Salary

"And no coming back either."

The Mars One project is a one-way trip to colonize the place (and funded by reality TV), but this is a different project. NASA want to go there and come back again:

https://www.nasa.gov/content/nasas-journey-to-mars

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Tablet computer zoom error saw plane fly 13 hours with 46cm hole

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Re: Errr..clarification

"baggage holds aren't (to my understanding at least) pressurised anyway."

Many flights carry animals in the baggage holds, which obviously need pressurisation. Depending on whether there are animals in there determines the need for heating.

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JD Wetherspoon: A 'hacker' nicks 650,000 pub-goers' data

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Re: The Cloud

Always assume every company operating a "cloud" or similar service (pubs, coffee shops, airports) is storing whatever info you put in there. That's why I've got a disposable email address, fake name and fake DoB I use for that kind of thing. All of which is easy for me to remember, even when pissed ;-)

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Re: Beer Goggles..

Real food? You do know the story is about Spoons, don't you?

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Remember Windows 1.0? It's been 30 years (and you're officially old)

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Count yourself lucky... I had the misfortune of playing one. And then stupidly clicked on another.

How Ballmer ever became a billionaire other than being in the right place at the right time is beyond me.

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At Microsoft 'unlimited cloud storage' really means one terabyte

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Re: Bait and switch

"I agree, there always seems to be someone without manners or hesitations that tries to game the system and thinks it's cool."

No.

"On the other hand companies usually can very easily identify these cases and just terminate the contract without harming the rest of their customers."

Again, no.

"Unlimited" means just that; a service with no limit. If a company offers an unlimited paid-for service, it needs to realise people will use that service as much as they see fit. For me personally, 75TB is way more data than I've ever had a need to store (not counting my physical Blu Ray collection etc. of course). But if I had paid for an unlimited service with that intention and spent months uploading it, I'd be pretty pissed off if I suddenly had to find an alternative.

Taking advantage of such a service is not gaming the system, and has nothing top do with manners. Cancelling contracts on a whim because a user has used an "ill-mannered" amount of data is bollocks.

If MS (and others) don't want people using more than 1TB of space, then how about they just sell a capped 1TB plan? They shouldn't try to drag people in with an "unlimited" one which actually has limits, or gets revoked down the line.

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Bacon as deadly as cigarettes and asbestos

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Re: re-reporting the daily mail?

" So... there is no evidence, there is no WHO report yet and you are spreading this typical daily hate horror story. "

To be fair to the journos of El Reg, they're not usually in the habit of spreading Daily Fail horseshit (well, without laughing about it). But this is a subject very close to the hearts - and stomachs - of many readers, and I don't begrudge the rehash of it, as I may not have heard about it otherwise.

However, I'll not be saying goodbye to my occasional bacon or ham intake, even if the WHO raises its threat level. The "everything in moderation" ethos should see most people through to their timely dying day.

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SAP CEO McDermott loses AN EYE, almost his life in horror plunge

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Re: Mundane

"Keeping a bottle of water by the bed doesn't seem very eco-friendly to me"

Er, plastic bottles don't self-destruct after you've finished your first use, you know. They can be refilled and - gasp - used again!

Also, they have screw tops so don't spill in case a flailing arm wipes them out during sleep. And of course are not made of glass, so can't shatter and go through your eye socket.

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Bloke clicks GitHub 'commit' button in Visual Studio, gets slapped with $6,500 AWS bill

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Re: How about...

In this case it may not have flagged it up, as the repository it was supposed to go into was private.

But yes, if the plugin scans for AWS keys (full stop) then simply says 'don't do it' upon finding any, it would be a good idea.

On another note, the article doesn't mention who now foots the bill for this. Will GitHub be paying AWS for this cockup?

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Bitcoin can't be owned, says Japanese court, as Karpeles sweats in cell

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Er, you should probably look up the word 'tangible'...

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Abort, abort! Metal-on-metal VIOLENCE as Google's robo-car nearly CRASHES

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Re: A World's first: an Audi that aborts a lane change.

They'd have less dislike for you if you weren't driving a Prius.

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BOFH: Don't go changing on Friday evenings, I don't wanna work that hard

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Re: All of our updates are on a Friday

"we can spend all weekend fixing it"

And there's the kicker. And the reason all of our changes are done prior to Friday. As soon as my (and almost everyone else's) clock hits 6pm, the office ceases to exist, and doesn't reappear again until 09:30 Monday morning.

Just one of the reasons I'm a coder now and no longer a PFY :-)

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Manchester car park lock hack leads to horn-blare hoo-ha

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Re: Hanlon's razor

"So it is not necessarily a jammer. A mummy with a toddler driving a Toyota is equally possible."

Indeed it is. But the Fort is in the shithole that is Cheetham Hill, so a hopeful but ultimately incompetent thief is the most likely culprit.

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ALIBABA Vs AMAZON: Let the Global Tat Bazaar war begin

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Nah, ebay is on its deathbed. And as an ex ebay seller, I say good riddance.

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SHOCK! Robot cars do CRASH. Because other cars have human drivers

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Re: Chaotic California roads ?

"I also wonder how these cars are at passing. Getting behind some tourist who is scared *hitless and driving in the middle of the road at 30mph can get pretty tedious after 10 miles, and I do think that it takes a real person to figure out how to deal with that in a safe manner."

The safest thing to do in that situation is to sit behind them until they pull over or turn off somewhere. Passing them, especially if they are driving down the middle of the road, is certainly NOT the safest way to deal with the situation. Computers don't acknowledge tedium or frustration, so in this case the self-driving car would get its occupant(s) to their destination with much less risk than a meatbag driver would, albeit a fair bit slower.

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AUTOPILOT: Musk promises Tesla owners a HANDS-OFF hands-on

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Re: Speculation

"I suspect that in practice that would cause the driver to be less attentive."

Indeed. This is just what America needs, a further downgrade in the standard of driving. Why not remove the safeguards on the big ass touchscreen in the centre console and allow video playback whilst driving while they're at it?

I just hope the UK doesn't catch the Tesla bug if this is the way the cars are going.

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Fanbois: We paid $2000 for full satisfaction but now we have SPREADING STAINS

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Facepalm

In case you still don't get it AC, the clue is here: Windows.

Must try harder.

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Crap employers banned from enforcing backdoor crim records checks

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And how many people...

.. are going to rat out their new employer? You usually get these done on the commencement of a new position. If a company (which has just offered you a job) asks you to do an SA request as opposed to doing a full CRB check themselves (which costs 5 times as much and takes longer), it puts you in a very difficult position.

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Shove off, ugly folk, says site for people who love themselves

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Re: Tawnie Lynn (pictured)

"What is wrong with specialist dating sites in principle?"

Nothing, I suppose. Each to their own, and all that. Putting aside the comments of the girl in the picture and taking the view of the airheads who frequent such a site, she isn't all that hot. Sure, caked in makeup and with the professional (or decent amateur) shot plus possible retouching she looks moderately attractive in the photo, but take all that away and she's just plain. I imagine she's no beauty first thing in the morning.

But she talks of herself as though she's a stunner, and has completely set herself up for scrutiny. That's what I take issue with.

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Snowden leaks LEGALISED GCHQ's 'illegal' dragnet spying, rules British tribunal

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Wow...

I had no idea there was an alternate spelling of "judgement" without the "e" until today.

I'd rather not burst into fits of rage/ uncontrollable laughter/ tears of frustration at the ridiculousness of this ruling so close to beer time, so will refrain from further commenting on the article.

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Alibaba's magic cave empties as it misses revenue target

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Re: It aint just fakes.

It's aimed at wholesalers/ retailers, not consumers.

Although there are those on there who will sell singles, just depends on the product.

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UK official LOSES Mark Duggan shooting discs IN THE POST

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FFS...

... Not this again. And still using DISCS IN THE POST to send sensitive info? The ICO should issue the maximum fine for a data breach for that act alone, plus a fine for each case.

I really hope the discs were encrypted, but gov agencies have form for not doing so. And if not, then another maximum fine should be issued for each disk that failed to have this in place.

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Top smut site Flashes visitors, leaves behind nasty virus

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Re: Adblockers?

Wouldn't having all that in place block the actual video, too? Or would you need to add every video to the whitelist?

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Grand Theft Auto 1997: 'Sick, deluded and beneath contempt'

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Re: Memories

"Nah, the 18 rated was not official, that was a games industry self regulation recommendation."

Wrong. It WAS official. While most games of the time didn't require a BBFC games rating as they were under the equivalent of today's PEGI (I think it was called ELSPA), certain games which featured "gross violence" and other extreme content were referred to the BBFC for a rating. All GTA and Resident Evil games had a BBFC rating until a few years ago, when it was decided PEGI would be the universal games rating authority for the UK.

I was 12 when GTA came out and couldn't buy it in good old Electronics Boutique as I got asked for ID. When the next one came out and the same happened again, I did as another poster said and bought it from an indie shop. Good times

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BILL GATES DRINKS 'boiled and treated' POO. Ah, 'delicious'

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Re: Well..

"The amount of water estimated to have been drunk by all humans that have existed is a tiny fraction of all the world's water"

Indeed, but surely some bodies of water get recycled more often than others? For example, some bottled mineral water (such as that in Buxton) is estimated to have been sat underground for 10 000 years or more before bottling. Whereas I imagine shallow lakes, man-made reservoirs and the like will end up in the loop more often as rain will fall in the mountains and refill said shallow lakes etc.

I could be wrong about this, of course. Much sleep has been had and much beer has been consumed and subsequently returned to the planet since my Geography lessons of 20 years ago...

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Well..

All water we drink has probably been consumed many times by people and/ or animals at various points over the last couple of hundred thousand years. But as for actually watching the process and drinking the results? Pretty brave, Bill, pretty brave.

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Sony-blasting Lizard Squad suspects quizzed by UK and Finnish cops

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Good

If he was part of it then I hope he gets the book thrown at him, the [alleged] little shit.

Mainly because I was unable to play my newly-received copy of Destiny on Crimbo day until Sunday.

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Microsoft: Hey, don’t forget Visual Basic! Open source and new features coming

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Re: No need to move away from VB

"I think the article author could have made a better job of pointing out that he was referring to VB.NET, not "proper" VB/VBScript/VBA."

If we're being pedantic, the '.NET' suffix hasn't officially been in use with VB since 2005. So the author was right in simply referring to it as 'VB'.

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MP caught playing Candy Crush at committee meeting: I'll ‘try’ not to do it again

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Bloody hell...

People in the wild still use Blackberrys?

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Sick of the 'criminal' lies about pie? Lobby the government HERE

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Re: Even worse

Ah, that would be one of those fancy "deconstructed" pies.

I've never understood how a flatpack pie costs more than a built one, but that's the world we live in I suppose.

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Two driverless cars stuffed with passengers are ABOUT TO CRASH - who should take the hit?

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Re: What I want to know is...

"...what damfool, braindead, script-kiddie program allowed both these vehicles onto a single-lane mountain road going in opposite directions at the same time?"

That's a stupid argument. Is every driverless car supposed to know the whereabouts of every other driverless car in the world, at all times? If that was true then yes, they could avoid driving down a single track road if they knew there were vehicles coming the opposite way. But in reality, how would it know a vehicle had driven onto the opposite end of the road, 30 miles away?

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Re: collision detection systems can't currently see around corners

" it just needs things like sensors and cameras placed strategically along the the road transmitting data about conditions further along and other cars similarly passing data along."

What, along every single track road? Do you have any idea of the cost of such an operation? There are miles and miles of single track, national speed limit roads in the Highlands of Scotland alone. Roads which don't see a lot of traffic, but have the potential to cause very serious accidents. They would all need a network of cameras/ sensors, which would need fitting and maintaining, and would need power etc. Then there's the proprietary standards system that all car makers would need to interface with.

I'm not saying it isn't possible or worth doing, but it's certainly not "easy", and I seriously doubt it'll be in place by the time driverless cars are let loose on such public highways.

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Re: I don't buy the premise

Yes, but collision detection systems can't currently see around corners. Imagine a single track mountain road with a 50 MPH speed limit, with steep hills and tight bends. No car has right of way, so there's a plausible scenario where collision detection systems wouldn't have enough time to stop the cars fully before impact, thereby forcing them to decide on either evasive action or simply allowing the accident to happen.

GPS could help with this of course, but as well as the need for military-grade GPS tech being fitted to each and every car, you'd have to have a global standard with the agreement of all vehicle manufacturers sending customer tracking data to a central source for it to work.

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BOFH: WHERE did this 'fax-enabled' printer UPGRADE come from?

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Re: Secretaries hate network printers!

Public sector workers are the same. I used to work in a large hospital. At the time, it had around 2000 PCs and over 1000 printers. There were many rooms dotted about the place with more printers than PCs in them; a networked printer in the corner and a personal inkjet for every user. The IT dept had an entire room dedicated to the storage of HP cartridges and toners, which would be delivered a few times per week.

They didn't even have the prospect of impending job cuts to worry about. It was always under the guise of "oh, my work is important/ time critical/ confidential" (unlike every other department in a HOSPITAL, of course). But in reality it was purely because they couldn't be arsed getting off their lazy backsides to walk over to the shared printer, which was more often than not in the same room as them.

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The Nokia ENIGMA THING and its SECRET, TERRIBLE purpose

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My first thought

After PC was 'games console', maybe an Android-based one (or a VERY long shot; a Symbian OS one).

But the weed vaporizer would probably be more successful.

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Million Mask March: Anonymous' London Guy Fawkes protest a damp squib

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Re: Dear Reg....

What, loan him the talking candlestick from Beauty and the Beast?

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So long, thanks for all the ...er, FISH BRIGHTER than boffins thought

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Many people who have kept fish

... have known that fish aren't as stupid as is commonly believed. The 7 second memory thing in goldfish is bollocks, too.

When I kept them in the past, at first they'd always be timid and hide behind the ornaments whenever I disturbed the water. But as time went on, they'd recognize the blue tub of goldfish flakes and go crazy whenever I picked it up and held it near the tank. I even had a few that would eat the food from my hand when I held it at the top of the water.

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Apple spent just ONE DOLLAR beefing up the latest iPad Air 2

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"of the £400 retail price about £67 are VAT, which Apple sends straight to the government"

No, it bloody doesn't. Is your memory unable to retain Apple's registration in Ireland, deals with the government and creative accounting? All of these are well publicized. Apple (not unlike other megacorps, I might add) certainly does NOT pay its fair share of tax.

However, your comments about marketing are correct.

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Return of the disk drive bigness? Not for poor old, busted WD

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Shame

I've always found WD drives to be the most robust, generally speaking. Of course some do fail, but from my experience (and others I've spoken to) the failure rate tends to be lower.

The article doesn't list any possible reasons why WD is doing badly but Seagate is doing well...?

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iPhone 6 shunned by fanbois in Apple's GREAT FAIL of CHINA

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"...Xiaomi, which Apple regards a bit of a dodgy Del Boy kind of firm, fond of drawing inspiration from its competitors."

Completely unlike Apple, of course.

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Sun of a beach! Java biz founder loses battle to keep his shore private

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Re: Federal law from late 1800's applies

"there was a federal law from the late 1800's that declared all navigable waterways were the property of the citizens of the US and therefore access could not be denied by anyone to these waterways."

He wasn't blocking access, he was stopping people accessing by crossing his land, which happens to be the only land side entrance. There was nothing he could do to stop people accessing it by boat. But that was obviously more than a little inconvenient.

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My TIGHT PANTS made my HUGE iPHONE go all BENDY!

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Re: It's not a fault...

"Jobs would have gone thermonuclear on his own senior staffers had he survived to witness this."

I doubt it. Jobs would more likely have blamed the sheeple stumping up stupid amounts of cash for his company's inferior product, for misusing it in some way.

And then he'd probably try to sue them for slander.

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Joan Rivers promotes iPhone 6 from BEYOND THE GRAVE

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Yarrrrr!

Sorry. Didn't want to miss out on Pirate Day and I didn't have an actual response to this seriously creepy story.

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Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer

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Re: They are making profits of over £100m...

"There is something rather fishy about this statement. If they were making that much profit then it may be true that they are being forced into an orderly winding-up of the business but being forced into administration means they've made a loss and there are creditors looming"

I suspect it's more to do with hurting their former partners' businesses publicly and as much as possible. There's nothing for them to gain in simply bending over and quietly taking a rodgering. If it's happening anyway, may as well burn those bridges and try to lose EE and Voda some customers in the process.

That's how I'd play it at this juncture, anyway.

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