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Sprint will KILL OFF WiMax in 2015 – report

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Re: Was WiMax better or worse than LTE?

I have to laugh every time I hear someone talk about AT&T's "good reception". On our business conference calls, it is ALWAYS the guys on AT&T cell phone service who drop in and out and have shitty garbled reception.

But not being an AT&T customer, what do I know. Maybe it's just the market those folks are calling from.

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Nokia Lumia 735: Ignore the selfie hype, it's a grown-up phone

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Re: roll on 2015

The only constant in the mobile phone industry is change...

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IBM goes gunning for Intel with Nvidia GPU-charged Power8 servers

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Re: It never ceases to amuse me

I was referring to the failed marketing head-to-head attempts with various products. There was nothing technically wrong with Power PC, OS/2, or even some of the Lotus lines of products for that matter. But the fact is, IBM kept getting into weird marketing competitions with their former partners, failing miserably each time from a total market share perspective.

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It never ceases to amuse me

The irony that over 30 years ago, Intel and Microsoft were completely beholden to IBM, and Big Blue could have bought both companies with a few million from the piggy bank.

And almost ever since, IBM has pursued all these wild strategies (OS/2, Lotus Notes, Lotus Symphony, Power PC, etc etc etc) to try to steal business back from them.

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You folks probably don't have much to say on the Comcast-TWC merger ... FCC extends deadline for comments anyway

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I have something to say

I hope that these combined companies weren't counting on my $139.95 per month to help finance their tens of billions in financing. I threw out the televisions and ripped the cables out of the wall years ago. And I've found that fewer and fewer of my neighbors are paying for their absolute crap programming and endless torrent of garbage advertisements.

Anyone seriously worried about them monopolizing the webernet can probably relax. Sit back and enjoy the show as these two debt-laden dinosaurs drown in their own excrement.

To quote Forrest Gump: "that's all I have to say about that".

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EFF: Cops' spyware for parents is insecure – and a fat waste of money

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The EFF uses Wireshark on Windows XP to do its packet sniffing?

Strange days indeed. Home or Pro I wonder?

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BENDY iPhone 6, you say? Pah, warp claims are bent out of shape: Consumer Reports

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Re: Headline should read "Note 3 Twice as Strong as iPhone 6"

@AC - "up to 2 replacements over 2 years for a £55 excess on a £500-700 phone"

What do you do when you bend the third one then? Besides giving up and buying a Samsung instead?

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Headline should read "Note 3 Twice as Strong as iPhone 6"

End of story.

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Microsoft on the Threshold of a new name for Windows next week

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Re: Next Windows name is.........

@John Tserkezis - "A menu that takes up so much screen real estate that not only can't you find what you want (because they've moved it) that you don't have any space to do your work."

Sounds like the little "Collapse the Ribbon" arrow has escaped you over the years. I can see how that could be very frustrating. It's in the upper right corner -- looks like a little up arrow. It's also one of the 5 options on the context menu if you right-click on the ribbon.

By the way, I too use LO and OOo, along with MS Office - whichever one is best for the job at hand.

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Re: Next Windows name is.........

@channel - "Why are patches only put out only once a week, rather than when ready?"

You couldn't be more wrong. But that's ok.

There is something called Patch Tuesday. It's on the 2nd Tuesday of the month. Unless it's also on the 4th Tuesday of the month.

One thing it is not is weekly.

And there are also daily and other patches. Which are released daily and at other times. Sometimes those times correspond with when the patch is ready. Daily updates usually include malware definition updates for MS security products.

So, the answer to your question is: you don't have the slightest clue what you are talking about. Now go back to fondling your shiny iToy and let the adults figure out what to call the next version of Wiindows.

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Hoary Hedgehog

I always liked that one.

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Bendgate backlash: Apple claims warped iPhone 6 Plus damage is 'extremely rare'

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Re: "Backlash"

Life. Death. Taxes. RIM making pots of money. Apple getting bailed out of bankruptcy by Bill Gates.

These were givens in yesterday's world.

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Re: "Rarity" is not the point

@Ledswinger - agreed, I was thinking about bringing up plasticity, but I don't think the discussion participants are intellectually capable of going there.

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Re: "Rarity" is not the point

@SuccessCase - I assume you will get a nice check in the mail from Cupertino for reprinting their press release?

Interesting that I never spoke about foot-pounds of energy nor denied that the event is rare. I stated that permanent warping and deformity is the issue, and that you will see more of it as time goes on.

Nothing you have copied and pasted from Apple's press release is in any way responsive to that issue.

And regarding Credas' post, I assume his problem with you is that you have no idea what the f*ck you are talking about regarding 100 lbs of force. Just a wild guess.

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"Rarity" is not the point

It doesn't matter how many units fail in the first 3 days.

What matters is that these devices are a serious financial investment, and a huge percentage will bend or fail due to this design flaw over the course of 1-2 years of regular use.

All of the youtube bend videos clearly show one thing - other phones have some degree of flexibility but retain their original shape. The iPhone 6 Plus bends and warps and retains the new warped shape.

I can't see any other outcome here than a massive recall.

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CURSE YOU, 'streaming' music services! I want a bloody CD

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Re: Oh so true...

@Triggerfish - "Yes but with a CD or DRM free downloads I own my music."

Why the hell would you want to own your own music when you can rent it from Cupertino and beg the Apple security department for access to it on 5 devices of Apple's choosing??

Get with the program kid. "Owning" stuff is soooo 1800's.

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Yahoo! dumps! thing! that! made! it! Yahoo! and! told! to! bed! AOL!

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Goodbye Yahoo Directory

Before Google, you were our only map of the web, Yahoo Directory. The only one who would take us by the hand and guide us through the webernet. Besides Excite and Alta Vista and AOL and all the others, that is.

But you were the best, Yahoo Directory. Kind of. Well not really, actually you were a pretty crappy, disorganized guide and half your links were broken.

OK never mind - good riddance you worthless piece of garbage.

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Re: Um...

Old people love using AOL, and old people have money.

They love hearing "you've got mail". I've seen it too many times to discount it.

So yeah, there's still value in that name. Believe it or don't.

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BlackBerry slowly pulls out of power dive into toilet

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Re: Bravo!

@AdamT - "I get the feeling AO has had that one ready for some time"

Orlowski shoots -- FOR THE WIN!!!! AND IT COUNTS!!!

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Apple iPhone 6 Plus: GORGEOUS FAT pixel density - but it's WASTED

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re: all day battery

@AC - "It's the first smartphone I've owned that really does seem to last a full day on a single charge."

You've been using shitty phones then. Hell, if all you want is all-day battery, the Moto G will handle that quite well for you for ~$100.

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A Norsified Linux for Windows and OS X wobblers

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You lost me at "no minimize button"

Arrrgh.

I agree with the earlier poster - why not just use Debian (or my favorite openSUSE) with a much more mature desktop like KDE or XFCE? Is eye candy really that important?

Even Ubuntu has a minimize button now, and was very slick last time I tried it.

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While you queued for an iPhone 6, Apple's Cook sold shares worth $35m

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@AC - "Fat ars*s sitting on iPhones is a storm in a tea cup"

Except some of the bent complaints come from fanbois who had it in a front pocket of loose trousers. We may be looking at a massive recall if this continues.

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The Schmidt hits the brand: Apple's iPhone 6 is a year late, scoffs smug search supremo

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Re: Schmidt is wrong

The first youtube complaint about bending was from a guy who had it in the front pocket of his loose suit-pants at a wedding all day.

So you can't just blame it on fanboi fatness and tight jeans.

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Schmidt is wrong

Samsung has never had a bendable phone. Apple is first - as usual.

Oddly enough, Apple no longer needs to release an iWatch. Fanbois can simply wrap their iPhone 6 Plus's around their wrists. Wall Street should be celebrating Apple's coup of taking over the phablet market and the smartwatch market all in one fell swoop.

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Apple 'Genius': iPhone 6? We've had NO COMPLAINTS about our BENDY iThing

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Re: So what's the actual problem?

@AC - "Dick-heads putting a large phone in their back pocket, sitting down, and wondering where all the consequences are coming from?"

Except one of the first complaints was from a guy who had it in the front pocket of his suit pants at a wedding. Not exactly the same as sitting on it.

So who is the dick-head now? That's right, it's you, coward.

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FBI: Your real SECURITY TERROR? An ANGRY INSIDE MAN

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Re: Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

6. Vin Diesel. He guards stuff by killing every living thing. Simple, quick, effective.

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re: simple solution

And unplug the servers. And the "cloud" - wherever it is - find it and burn it.

Don't need any of that old crap anymore anyway. We've all got iPads now...

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Good grief! Have you SEEN BlackBerry's SQUARE smartphone?

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Re: "keyboard doubles as a capacitive multitouch trackpad"

Now that I've spent the past 2-3 years getting good at swype, not sure I really want to go back to double-thumb-punching a Blackberry again. That would slow me down quite a bit.

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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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