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Google+ GOING, GOING ... ? Newbie Gmailers no longer forced into mandatory ID slurp

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Re: Am I the only one...

Yup. Always fun to see what some of the techies are posting about on G+. Can't do that on Facebook - way too busy website and interface. I've never really posted anything to G+, but tons of fun to browse it.

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Yahoo! Made! $8bn! In! One! Day! And! You'll! Easily! Guess! How!

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Re: They sold off 6%

@goldcd - "I'm reasonably sure, they're not too upset over this."

They left $3 billion on the table today, which is more than all their earnings last year. So whoever in their executive suite is not too upset should probably be looking for a new line of work. I can't imagine their investors are real cool with it.

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Leave it to Yahoo...

...to sell 121 million shares at $25 less per share than the day's high price.

Even when they make out like bandits they screw it all the hell up.

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First Irish boy band U2. Now Apple pushes ANOTHER thing into iPhones, iPods, iPads

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@werdsmith - "Great. But the problem with that is that these features are on Android devices, and I haven't got time for all the fiddlarsing about that Android demands. Nor the clutter, and the all over the place interfaces."

That is called being a sheeple. It occurs when you prefer that Apple decide what you are allowed to do or not do on your own phone. It gives sheeple a sense of safety and comfort.

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Reg bloke zips through an iPHONE 6 queue from ZERO to 60 SECONDS

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Re: call that a queue?

100,000 people line up to see a soccer game - it's just another game.

100 people line up to buy a phone - it's international news.

Just another example of the media dreaming up interest in non-stories.

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iPhone 6: The final straw for Android makers eaten alive by the data parasite?

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Re: An unsually poor comment

Andrew - I'll bet you predicted the sky was falling when Dell decided to cut its losses and get out of the mobile phone business? When Blackberry stopped making the PlayBook tablet? Were you scared when HP couldn't survive in the mobile phone market? When the HP Slate didn't take the world by storm?

Just because a "big name" loses money in a fast-changing market doesn't mean there is anything particularly wrong with that market. It speaks more about the inability of a monolithic company like Sony to compete against younger, more nimble competition.

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iPhone 6: Most exquisite MOBILE? No. It is the Most Exquisite THING. EVER

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Re: tl;dr

Does your iPhone have a humor filter, dynjo?

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Re: meh

Meh - I logged in just to say I'm not impressed by how much JDX is not impressed. Step your game up pal.

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Oh noes, fanbois! iPhone 6 Plus shipments 'DELAYED' in the UK

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Re: £699

I'm responding to "dz-015" about how restrictive iPhones are, and lo and behold "Mag07" jumps into the fray to defend Apple as if I was talking to him all along. What - was it shift change time in the shared cubicles again?

Come on Cupertino - can't you ever come up with a new playbook? Every year when the new iPhone are announced, all the paid comments start showing up again from "new" users. Why don't you just let the tech forums have their own discussions and spend your advertising billions on TV soccer matches or something else? How many times do we need to call you out for paying off people to pump the positive comments and reviews, or for standing in lines outside the stores?

Shameless.

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Re: £699

@dz-015 - "I've never connected my iPhone to iTunes. That hasn't been necessary for a long time now. You should maybe check your facts before you hit the Reply button."

So -- why do you have an iPhone then? You've enjoyed tapping your emails one letter at a time on a small screen for how many years? In portrait mode only? You wanted to make sure your phone memory couldn't be expanded? That your battery couldn't be replaced? If you aren't going to tie into Apple's services, I can't imagine why any tech savvy individual would hamstring themselves for several years with such backward technology.

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Stonehenge's HUMAN ABATTOIR was just a prehistoric Burning Man hippyfest site

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Not bad enough...

...to have to scroll past Trevor Pott's meth-fueled diatribes once a week. CoTW has to regurgitate them???

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Not pro Bono: Apple's audio junk mail made spammers' lives easier

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Re: "...it's my device..."

You can't say an Android "isn't my device", because I can make it mine as I please just by rooting.

However, all Apple devices, including their computers, are definitely NOT "your device". They are locked, unlocked, erased, and changed at will without need for your approval. Nothing you can do about it. And the moment your data hits one of their devices, it becomes Apple's data.

The most you can do in reality is rent Apple's devices. Something to think about.

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What's an Ultrabook? Now Intel touts 2-in-1 typoslabs to save PC biz

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I've got one

Fantastic little beast. Eleven hours of battery between the "tablet" battery and the keyboard battery. SSD drive, Haswell chip. Best little lapper I've ever used.

Wish they would stick more than 2 USB ports on them though - until "wireless everything" becomes reality, I'm still missing my 7-USB ports from my 8-pound Dell monster from a few years ago. But I don't miss the sore shoulder from carrying the shoulder bag through airports, or having to find an electrical outlet after 40-minutes of use.

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City hidden beneath England's Stonehenge had HUMAN ABATTOIR. And a pub

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Re: So basically...

Don't want to be passing out drunk in that pub...

"What's this?!? Where's my flesh? Very funny you a-holes!! Give me my flesh back." Could have been a Python skit.

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We give Panasonic's new 5-inch Toughpad phablets a kicking

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Re: Nice to see...

But who's going to buy them when drop-proof water-proof Androids are available at almost half the cost? Only if your company requires certified military level protection, probably.

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Why Apple had to craft a pocket-busting 5.5in Plus-sized iPhone 6 (thank LG, Samsung etc)

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It's all about the screen size

No one but the most rabid fanbois are buying a $350+++ watch that looks like an iPod Nano with limited capability - especially outside the Christmas season, and the watch won't be available for Christmas.

And pay-bonk is already a crowded field. Doesn't matter how many customers Apple has - Visa and Mastercard have far more customers, and they've had a horrible time getting retailers to switch to pay-bonk.

This is all about screen size, and trying desperately not to lose more market share to the Android sellers. It's a good move - I was thinking if they continued on the same path as the iPhone 5s, they would end up being the next Blackberry or Nokia - a once dominant phone maker reduced to rubble.

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Apple's SNEAKY plan: COPY ANDROID. Hello iPhone 6, Watch

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iPhone didn't used to look like Galaxy. iPhone 5 doesn't look like Galaxy.

Just sayin...

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Yeah - compare it side-by-side with an S5 - hard to tell them apart, other than the shape of the home button at the bottom.

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Re: That side-on picture of the phone looks just like...

I thought the thing looks remarkably like a Galaxy.

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Apple's big bang: iPhone 6, ANOTHER iPhone 6 Plus and WATCH OUT

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That iPhone 6 looks eerily similar to a Galaxy.

Just sayin...

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Finally, a USEFUL smart device: Intel boffins cook up gyro-magneto-'puter bike helmet

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Re: As someone who always wears a cycle helmet when out and about on the pushbike,

As someone who always wears a helmet on my bicycle but hasn't had a crash in 30 years - this seems like overkill. I do like the built in music speakers though. That would be much better than the music I get from the Android mounted on my bike handlebars. But would I pay $300 dollars or whatever obscene amount of money this is going to cost? No way in hell.

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Apple analyst: fruity firm set to shift 75 million iPhones

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Re: 75 million

Eh - are they finally getting the swipe this year? Too bad - it was a good troll for such a long time.

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Re: 75 million

75 million --- new phones that still can't swipe.

Tap-tap-tap, fanbois...

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Clock ticking for Surface 3 as Microsoft preps for globo-launch

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Re: "Surface is a B2B machine"

You're the one that said "box to bin". If I did pay for one I would certainly figure out how to use it rather than binning it.

I've got an HP ultrabook with Win 8.1 and a screen that detaches as a tablet - and I've got plenty of use out of it. About the last thing I would do would be to throw it in the trash.

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Re: "Surface is a B2B machine"

@hplasm - "Box to bin?"

Why - are you incapable of figuring out how to turn one on and use it? I've never laid hands on one, but I certainly don't feel so stupid that I couldn't get some use out of it.

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Now even Internet Explorer will throw lousy old Java into the abyss

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Re: the world is weird now

I've been administering different versions of Windows safely and productively for many, many years now, including quite a few current instances of Win 8.1. I also use different flavors of Linux, Android, and Chrome OS when I need them - also safely and productively. The right tool for the right job.

If you can't figure out how to do the same, that reflects more poorly on you than on anything M$ has or hasn't done.

While sometimes a bit slow and cranky, Windows has been a completely adequate OS since XP. The folks who have problems are the ones downloading pirated music, movies and warez - and it's hard to feel much sympathy.

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For Lenovo US, 8-inch Windows tablets are DEAD – long live 8-inch Windows tablets

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Re: Why would anyone want Windows (especially 8) on a tablet?

Oh, I dunno. Maybe to run your productivity programs if you work in an office that uses Windows-only software? Like about 80% of the offices in the world? Dumbass.

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Chrome browser has been DRAINING PC batteries for YEARS

Andy Prough
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My thoughts exactly.

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Chromebook Pixel owners' promised free data plans being prematurely axed

Andy Prough
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Oh no - I'm not getting my free 100mb of data per month

Guess I won't be able to watch those six-and-a-half minutes of Game of Thrones re-runs I was looking forward to in July.

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Foxconn to take on 100 THOUSAND workers prior to iPhone 6 launch

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But...

It will have a "6" on it.

The Buzzgasm will be larger than the Big Bang.

Silly Reg - not seeing "innovation" when it drops from the sky onto their heads and wraps it's tentacles around their faces.

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Researchers warn of preloaded spyware in Android handsets

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Re: Malwarebytes for Android free

@sandtitz - I wasn't trolling (for once). I don't think Malwarebytes will do any good on compromised hardware like this Chinese handset. I was just throwing it out there that I found the app useful on Android, nothing more. And I wouldn't download any Android security software from a non-play store location. Just like I wouldn't recommend anyone download security software for an iPhone from a non-iTunes site.

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Malwarebytes for Android free

Been using it recently. Seems like a fairly similar experience to the desktop version - real time scanning, some daily schedule scans. Haven't noticed any performance hit at all. It's in the Google play store.

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Ericsson: There'll be over 9 BILLION mobe subscribers by 2019

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Double duty

When I go to meetings anymore, I'm one of the few people who only has one cell phone sitting on the table. Mine sits there quietly as I switch it to no sound or vibration and send everyone to voicemail. Some colleagues, however, sit and fiddle with both phones throughout the meetings. The iPhone users are the most likely to have two and to be constantly playing with them.

Strange world. I read a book by PJ O'Rourke some years ago in which he described Hong Kong as the busiest city in the world, with nearly every citizen seeming to own two or more businesses and seeming to talk into two cell phones at the same time, one in each ear. America's got that beat now - our folks can Tweet and Facebook on two phones at the same time.

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Google: OK world, make our 'End-to-End' crypto tool SPOOK PROOF

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Re: Google, privacy

Could you possibly suck more, AC? You would prefer to trust your privacy to M$ and Apple I'm sure? Maybe AOL? Yahoo?

Have you ever thought for a second that at least Google uses and supports open source software in their efforts, and many of their tools can be audited?

Dipshit.

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What data recovery software would you suggest?

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FBackup

FBackup 5. Mirror backup everything onto an external hard drive. Grab the drive and go - instant on the road access to all your files from any system. Fast and free.

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SCIENCE explains why you LOVE the smell of BACON

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Re: Yank my chain

The Brits can't even get bacon right? I guess I shouldn't be surprised. They can't drive on the correct side of the road, can't play a proper game of baseball, and have no idea how to pronounce "garage" or "vitamin" or "mobile".

It's a damned good thing my ancestors fought and died for my freedom over 235 years ago. Give me freedom to eat crisp, fat bacon slices or give me death.

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New 'Windows-8.1-with-Bing': How's it different from Windows 8.1?

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Not until MS does a major overhaul of the Office interface. The menus and buttons are so tiny that trying to use Office on anything less than about a 13.3 inch touchscreen is quite tricky, probably requiring a stylus of some sort. I've got a 13.3 inch tablet, and even there some of the menu items are nearly impossibly small to stab with a finger.

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Office website HACKED: Passwords, addresses, phone numbers slurped

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Re: I see what you did there

Evil el Reg.

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Rap chap tapped for $3 BEELLION: Apple buys Dr Dre's Beats

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Re: WTF?

The King of the Lossy Codec purchases a bass-boosting acoustic-disruption hardware biz for $3 billion.

What's to lose? Besides 10%-20% more of the musical quality.

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Google crafts neural network to watch over its data centers

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Re: doesn't seem very amazing

@Nate Amsden - "The term 'neural network' sounds very sophisticated but the system described seems like a collection of scripts and some algorithms that look at these 19 points and react based on them."

Agreed - this is still just programming, although clearly a bit sophisticated. But there's no true "learning" going on - just an adjustment to new inputs.

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Facebook exec: I HATE the INTERNET and I REALLY hate journalism

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@AC - you are on the wrong site. I don't recall many instances of "yay piracy is awesome" on el Reg. You must be thinking of slashdot. Around here, it's mostly "pirated content and software is a massive risk for malware".

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Yup. Content in this day and age is completely underwhelming and lackluster. The only thing worse than the journalism content is the social media content.

I hate the fact that I have an awesome smartphone, an awesome tablet, an awesome ultrabook, and hardly any worthwhile content to use them with. And Hollywood movies and TV shows are getting more shit by the year for some strange reason. More and more technology, and yet their stories are more and more shit.

Thank god for the Reg.

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Tech sector still loves its slaves: study

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Re: Meanwhile...

@Charles Manning - "The labourers clamour for these jobs because the other jobs are WORSE! From a perspective of an employee, these are often excellent jobs."

Some of the manufacturing and packaging jobs, yes. But one thing the group is saying is that many of the minerals being used are being extracted from the ground via slave labor, and it's in the big company's best interests to "not know" about it. I doubt too many workers are clamoring to become slave laborers.

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Microsoft Surface 3 Pro: Flip me over, fondle me up

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Re: "Surface ***3***. i.e. this is our 3rd attempt after 2 dismal failures"

@Kris - "> It's extremely rare to get it right first time.

Keep telling yourself that."

Yeah - we all know Apple never got anything wrong.

I mean besides the Apple III.

And Lisa.

And Puck mouse.

And the ROKR iTunes phone (what you didn't know Apple tried to sell a screwed up piece of garbage phone in 2005 before they figured out the iPhone?)

And Newton.

And Pippin (what? You didn't know Apple tried to sell a PlayStation competitor that flopped so bad it never sold 100,000 units?)

And eMate.

And QuickTake digital camera. (and Quicktime for that matter).

And iPod HiFi.

And MobileMe.

Should I continue?

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Re: "Surface ***3***. i.e. this is our 3rd attempt after 2 dismal failures"

Yup. Xbox too. They just keep grinding along until they have a winning product.

Except don't say the word "Zune". Bad word in Redmond, apparently.

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Nice!

I'll take two. This is exactly what MS should have done - the 10 inch screens are too small for the tiny MS Office menus.

Just send the bill to someone else please.

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More chance you came a cropper on a UK road than bought a Chromebook this year

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Boffin

I got one, messed with it, tried crouton, took it on a couple of simple business trips. Nice and light - I liked it. Then one day my daughter picked it up to do high school homework with - I haven't touched it in over a year now and she loves it. And I spend zero maintenance time on it. Best $250 I ever spent on a family computer.

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Tennessee bloke cuffed for attempting to shag ATM – police

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Re: Here is hoping...

@Longrod - "Here is hoping... They cleaned the ATM afterwards!!"

Apparently you haven't been in a bar in Tennessee recently.

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Latest Snowden leak claims NSA bugged ALL mobile calls in the Bahamas

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@Christoph - "The US has constitutional rights to protect 'real' people - US citizens. Everybody else is considered sub-human and doesn't have those rights."

And your point is??

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BEAM ME UP SCOTTY: Boffins to turn PURE LIGHT into MATTER

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Re: Whats the matter?

"Demonstrating the Breit-Wheeler theory would be the final piece of research needed to describe the simplest ways light and matter interact and help to solve one of physics’ greatest mysteries - gamma ray bursts, THE BIGGEST EXPLOSIONS IN THE UNIVERSE."

-- has anyone stopped to think that this experiment might be a BAD IDEA??

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