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That sub-$100 Android slab you got on Black Friday? RIDDLED with holes, say infosec bods

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Re: $$$???

@Ken - "We're not part of the USA, yet"

Only cause 'Merica doesn't want your drivers on the wrong side of our roads screwing up all our traffic.

Although Congress would love to get their hands on the Crown Jewels and the Royal Palaces - we could auction them off at half-price and pay for a couple of days worth of our national debt interest payments.

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We have a winner! Fresh Linux Mint 17.1 – hands down the best

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Re: mousepads...

@Chika - "I'm also an opensuser but I don't mind having a peek. My biggest problem is the intense dislike of KDE4 and more recent GNOME, so Cinnamon is certainly a possible contender for a replacement."

Agreed, and I'm also an opensuser, but I won't be bothering with Mint 17.1. Stick me with a nearly year-old kernel? NO THANKS. I prefer my systems to have access to current drivers, graphics system updates and kernel optimizations.

Guess I'll remain an opensuser, struggling along with KDE.

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Lenovo: We'll say HELLO MOTO to profits in 18 months

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Re: Lenotorola?

Motorovo. Rolls off the tongue a bit better.

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Google's Chrome to pull plug on plugins next September

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Re: Wow, I'm way out of touch...

There's still a bunch of educational websites using Silverlight to deliver DRM-locked content. Universities, K-12 education, textbook makers and the like. Companies that want to deliver content at ridiculously high prices without giving you the ability to copy and paste it into a document.

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iPhone sales set to PLUMMET: Bleak times ahead for Apple

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Re: Even the regular 6 is too big

The larger sizes could be trouble for those who are addicted to texting/facebooking/emailing while driving. Around my community, if you pull up to nearly any stoplight you can see people in their cars one-hand stabbing on the glass of what appear to be iPhones.

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It's 2014 and people are willing to blow $6.8m on things like Z.com

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Re: All this really shows is...

Can't spare them right now. Trying to put together $7 billion to purchase "zz.com".

Can you IMAGINE how popular that will be? It's so amazingly 3D. And stuff.

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All this really shows is...

...how completely worthless $1 million dollars is now.

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Mozilla remembers 2013. Y'know, back when it still gobbled at the Google money-trough

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Re: Lots of fat to cut from their budget

Maybe it's just me, but it seems like the mobile OS itself IS the biggest distraction they need to get rid of. Very expensive to develop and run a mobile OS, and so far the benefit looks extremely tiny - basically selling cheap handsets in countries that already have tons of cheap handsets.

But again - maybe it's just me.

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Re: Remember the old Firefox you used to love?

Very interesting - thanks!

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Google Contributor: Ad-block killer – or proof NO ONE will pay for news?

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Re: Or use AdBlockers, a Hosts file, & NoScript for no ads whatsoever.

Yup, what he said. When ads started carrying malware and attempting to track my every move, that's when I pretty much flushed then all. You can advertise to me again when you:

a. Secure your stuff so malware isn't being injected

b. Don't try to drop anything - cookies, trackers, whatever - on my system

c. Make your stuff non-annoying, by which I mean text based, no need for photos and autostart videos and do forth

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Re: huh?

There must be a huge number of people who don't use their online time like I do for online ads to be worth any money at all.

The last time I saw an online ad?

Can't remember - years. Probably more recently, but I didn't notice. AdBlock really works.

The last time I read an online ad I inadvertently saw?

Can't remember - years.

The last ad that I remember any information from?

Can't recall any in particular. Some of the old Microsoft ads were annoyingly funny in their attempts at tech-speak and their lack of truthfulness. Those old Bill Gates and Jerry Seinfeld online videos were almost humorous.

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Windows Phone will snatch biz No 2 spot from Android – analyst

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Re: Windows 10

Oh, good lord that was funny. You owe me a new $200 keyboard, pal.

And I'll take a new mouse while you're at it. And a nice set of speakers. Don't get me anything that says "Beats" on it, please.

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Nexus 7 fandroids tell of salty taste after sucking on Google's Lollipop

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Re: Google finally finds out how it feels....

The Googlers are just trying to keep up with the Jobs's. They heard there were massive profits to be made putting out broken software and bendy phones...

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Be real, Apple: In-app goodie grab games AREN'T FREE – EU

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Re: Jeez...

@Ted - don't be silly. We all know that Ebola was caused by systemd.

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Official: European members prefer to fondle Apple iPads

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Re: Obviously...

Oh dear - I hope this doesn't mean that they'll start showing up for work in skinny jeans.

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SEX BEAST SEALS may be egging each other on to ATTACK PENGUINS

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Re: As a long-time Linux user...

More like SCO.

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As a long-time Linux user...

...I'm really feeling butt-hurt over this.

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You know where Apple Pay is getting used a LOT? Yes - McDonalds

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Re: So....

Not the recession. Here in good ol 'Merica, Walmart is now one of the biggest sellers of iPhones and iPads. Can't walk into a Walley-mart without being bombarded with signage for super-sales on Apple goodies.

And you know where Bubba and Cindylou are headed once they've picked up their new shiny-shiny from Walmart? Straight to Mickey-D's for a double-bacon double-cheese BigMac, super fries and an extra large DIET Coke (got to watch those calories, you know). Fortunately for Bubba and Cindylou and their aching knees, most Walmarts in 'Merica now have a McDonalds right inside the store.

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Now Uber can take EVERYONE for a ride

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Ass, gas or cash - no one rides for free. By K-Dee (produced by Ice Cube)

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Walmart's $99 crap-let will make people hate Windows 8.1 even more

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Re: eh???

Well, this Toshiba one is good, even with the 1GB ram and the Atom processor. "Encore 2" it's called. I'm running MS Office, Libre Office, Adobe Acrobat Pro, Chrome, MS Note, all kinds of video and audio programs - no problem at all. Haven't tried any games or video editing, but I'm not much of a gamer or movie maker, One thing I'm surprised to find is that it has GPS. It's certainly a lot more useful than my old Kindle or my wife's iPad. At least it has real programs and a desktop. Doesn't seem any slower than an iPad or Kindle for anything I've tried - really it's about as fast as my laptop when it comes to opening programs and web pages and so forth.

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Re: eh???

Yeah, I got a Toshiba Win8 tablet as a no-charge replacement from BestBuy when I turned in my borked Kindle a few weeks back. It's just got 1 GB ram and the Atom processor, but works real nice. Not slow at all, unless I try to open too much stuff at once. But when you consider most iOS and Android tablets don't really multi-process at all, it's a pretty sweet little deal probably for $99. I've been using it quite a bit.

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The last PC replacement cycle is about to start turning

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"and run all the important apps"

This is why laptops (and yes, even desktops) will remain relevant far longer than another "replacement cycle" - content creation apps on smartphones and tablets are complete and utter garbage.

Ever try scanning 10,000 pages into a tablet, OCR'ing them, keyword searching, cropping relevant portions, and inserting those portions into a slide show or video presentation? I just listed 6 things you aren't going to do effectively on a smartphone or tablet anytime in the next couple of replacement cycles, because the apps simply don't exist at all or don't have anywhere near the necessary functionality. And yet, those functions are necessary for most law offices - so you've just taken the entire legal profession off the map.

What about design engineering? Architecture? Accounting? Etc, etc, etc. The apps don't exist, or the ones that do are such complete and utter crap as to make working on one for professional content creation completely impossible.

Yes, a sysadmin could do a little coding, and remote into some systems on a smartphone, and throw an image onto a larger screen, and connect a keyboard - we've all experienced it. Yay! That functionality has existed in some fashion since the Palm Pilot was hip though, keep in mind. I did nearly all those things with my first Blackberry just for kicks. Telling me that a sysadmin can keep some servers running from a handheld is absolutely nothing new, and has absolutely nothing to do with "the death of the PC".

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SO LONELY: Woman DARED to get rid of her iPHONE - Apple DUMPED all her TXTS

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Tim Cook...

...morphing into Bill Gates right before our eyes...

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Patch Windows boxes NOW – unless you want to be owned by a web page or network packet

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Re: "Someone, come up with a catchy logo for this SSL hole"

ASSLSHOLE?

I'm a little confused...

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Re: Update FAIL (?)

@Swiss Anton - "thankfully other browsers seem to be OK so I can still access El Reg"

Proof - There IS a God in Heaven! What would you do without your daily Reg?

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Got an iPhone or iPad? LOOK OUT for MASQUE-D INTRUDERS

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Malware on my wife's iPhone

Dear Reg,

My wife was having all kinds of trouble with her iPhone last week, and she asked me to look at it. I found that it has a massive chunk of malware/spyware on it called "iOS8". It seems to apparently be vacuuming all her personal data, emails, credit cards, thumbprints, etc, into a hideously slow, second-rate music-sharing app called "iTunes".

Anyone know how to get rid of it? Can I just replace it with CyanogenMod and get her back to using a functional phone? Or do I have to buy her a proper Windows 8 phone?

Sincerely,

Anxious in America

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OFFICIAL: Fondling of Apple's slab declines – iPad sales DOWN in Q3

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People who say "umm" on the internet...

...are too afraid to simply say "you are a lying f'ing liar". Don't live in fear any longer. Leave your "ummm" addiction behind.

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Fanboi-and-fanfare-free fondleslabs fail to fire imagination

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Re: Whats next?

Since the apps are almost all on the level of children's games (same goes for Android), and you can't get much real work done, what's next will obviously be Windows and Linux (Ubuntu or distros with KDE Plasma) fighting for control of the tablet market. As anyone could have predicted 5 years ago.

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Apple's OS X Yosemite slurps UNSAVED docs into iCloud

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Re: So....

What could possibly go wrong?

Man sits at shiny new Mac, starts Word document promoting his company's new skin creams:

"Your wrinkles will melt away with AceCo's nuclear bomb treatment".

Damned auto-correct!! Corrects text to read:

"Your wrinkles will melt away with AceCo's New Clear Balm treatment".

Hears wife from the foyer - "Dear, there are men dressed in black with guns drawn at the door!!"

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Let's make an app that POSTS your POO to APPLE HQ

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Re: My first Wooden Twig of Fail

Amazingly it does have a weird glow - like a twig that fell out of a Unicorn's magical ass. Remarkable really. And it dances quite nicely to Blondie's "Atomic".

I'm going to reproduce it, call it the "iTwig", and sell it for $1,399 each. The 32GB version will cost $1,799, and will have a thumb-sensor and NFC for easy pay-bonk.

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My first Wooden Twig of Fail

Such a proud moment. Sniff. Right up there with the births of my children.

And thank you fanbois nation for this amazing shiny trophy. I couldn't do what I do without your wonderful, predictable downvotes and rant responses anytime I compare Torvalds to Saint Jobs. I'm going to keep my Wooden Twig trophy on my mantel - right next to the iPod Nano with the cracked screen and the download of the entire "Eat to the Beat" album by Blondie.

(BTW - I did get 17 upvotes, so I beat the Ploppr "bump to dump" commenter 8.5 to 1).

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Revealed: The amazing magical innovation in the iPad Mini 3 – a lick of paint

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Re: Thinness.

@AC - "Also Applecare now includes insurance for accidental damage - so smash up your iPhone / iPad and you can it fixed or replaced for an excess of about £50..."

Who are you talking to? Why would I care? Your comments aren't even responsive to anything I said in any perceptible way. I was discussing the ribbon cables being glued down, and how it seems to be done in order to ensure repairs are not attempted. Are you just copying and pasting Apple promo for some reason? News flash - the purchasing public isn't reading this forum - I don't think your evangelizing efforts are going to gain you any new iWorshipers.

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Re: Thinness.

Not sure why thinness means that you have to glue down all the ribbon cables. Seems like the only reason to do that is to make darn sure no one ever repairs one. Keep that upgrade purchase cycle alive and well.

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Wanna hop carriers with your iPad's Apple SIM? AVOID AT&T

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Call me crazy but...

...no way in hell I'm ever paying rent to Apple AND AT&T for the right to access my content on a freaking TABLET.

So no - I won't be having switching problems. This is apparently a problem for rich, hipster goofballs. Thanks for the word of warning though.

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Happy 2nd birthday, Windows 8 and Surface: Anatomy of a disaster

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Re: Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory...

"All M$ had to do was the option to change between metro and a start button and it would have been a great release"

All MS had to do was nothing and let Classic Shell take over the desktop menu. Which is exactly what happened for any intelligent user of Win 8.

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Jeff Bezos rolls up another $437m, lights Amazon's cigar with it

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How much did they blow on Fire phone?

Got to figure they've blown a couple billion easy on putting out one of the worst phones of the year. If you can't get over a 2-star review rating on your own website for the phone, might as well drop it.

If all they do is stop chasing boondoggles like that, they'll be out of the red pretty quickly.

And by the way Amazon - your Kindle is a wonderful device, but your app store apps get older and dustier by the day. Let the people have Chrome and access to the Play Store - clearly you aren't making much money off 2-year old versions of apps.

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DOUBLE BONK: Fanbois catch Apple Pay picking pockets

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Re: #Bonkgate?

Bonkgate and Bendgate - Apple seems to have a one-track mind recently...

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

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Now that's just going too far

"Similar to what Henry Ford did with the Model T, Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs put technology directly in the hands of the people".

That quote applies far more to the work of Torvalds than anything the two Steves ever did. Without cheap LAMP servers, broadband internet would be too expensive to afford, and there would be no services like iTunes, Google, etc to connect to. Without cheap as chips Android phones, half the world still wouldn't be connected with any kind of computing device.

The vast majority of everything that we have in terms of interconnectedness of billions of people rests on one fundamental decision - Torvalds' initial decision to license the Linux kernel under the GPL.

Compared to the work of Torvalds, Apple is practically just a savvy marketer of high priced luxury goods for the ultra-wealthy.

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Google puts Chrome credentials on USB drives for two-factor authentication

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Kind of nice

The new keys are cross platform - Win, Max, Linux.

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UNIX greybeards threaten Debian fork over systemd plan

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Re: the "fun" part about systemd

Again - if you want to install Gnome under Gentoo then systemd is the default, and really the only way to install it without doing some serious mucking around under the hood. To just say "systemd is not the default on Gentoo" kind of twists that fact.

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Or they could just do what long-bearded hippies have always done...

root@slackware:/# setup

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Whisper tracks its users. So we tracked down its LA office. This is what happened next

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Yes - Apple has totally responded to bendgate and selfie-gate. They blamed them on users, of course.

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Meanwhile inside the office...

The execs are all gathered around a window, asking "do you think it will just go away, or do we have to shoot it with this totally legal assault rifle? Turn off it's posting privileges again, see if it leaves."

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FYI: OS X Yosemite's Spotlight tells Apple EVERYTHING you're looking for

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Re: I've had enough

@AC - "Assuming your not a troll and are serious, with what are you planning to replace you Macbook with?"

I'm sure he will want to replace his Macbook with "the most secure computer you’ll ever own":

http://www.theverge.com/2014/4/29/5664884/this-is-the-most-secure-computer-you-ll-ever-own

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Xperia Z3: Crikey, Sony – ANOTHER flagship phondleslab?

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Re: 16GB

@AC - "My apps take up more than 16GB".

You have too many apps. Do you really need all 50 Flappy Bird clones?

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Re: Software

I'm waiting for them to put Ubuntu on it personally.

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Whisper chief: 'We're not infallible but strive to do right by our anonymous users'

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Might as well buy a new device. I'm sure they've got their tendrils deep into your chips by now.

And a tinfoil hat wouldn't be a bad idea. Since they are probably tracking your brainwaves too.

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

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Apparently you missed the big ruckus this past year with phone carriers complaining about their iPhone contracts due to the huge handset purchase requirements.

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