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897 posts • joined 24 Dec 2011

Four Apple execs among US top five best-paid in 2012

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Hey, speaking of Blamer

We're 3 months into 2013: Microsofts year of hell and ZDNet has announced the death of Windows 8. It's such a shame - I really enjoyed giving it a good kicking.

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Facebook Home gets SMACKDOWN from irate users

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It's a great way to instantly identify assholes though.

That's anyone using it beyond the 5 minute curiosity window. 100% reliable, too.

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New York cops testing Big Brother crime-data Android app

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New York Cops use Google Maps

Keystone Cops used Apple Maps

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Google tool lets you share data from BEYOND the GRAVE

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That's funny - one just popped up in Cupertino

Dear Google,

Just letting you know all's well up here and just because I've been quiet recently it doesn't mean you're not to drop me off Google services please. If I had to rely on iPhone maps I'd be wandering round forever lost in limbo.

One more thing - can someone get legal onto the shape of the corners round the pearly gates here, I'm sure we could get a result. Looks like there a bolt there you have to slide to unlock too - double win!

Cheers

Steve

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Ahoy! Google asks US gov't to help sink patent 'privateers'

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Where are Microsoft and Apple though?

Anyone else notice the two biggest patent trolls in the business for some reason modestly declined to sign up to this?

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Microsoft: 'Facebook Home just copies Windows Phone'

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But with Microsoft and Android, its "Patents First"

Blamer is on dangerous ground slamming anything Android - the $5 per handset they extort from its manufacturers is by far and away their largest revenue stream from mobile.

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Apple handed victory in Samsung text-selection patent case

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You're selecting text wrong

Now no handheld device prior to 2007 allowed text selection? Or some pointless obvious variation thereof so it gave Apple a foot in the door to then go on and own the whole concept?

Oh, wow...

This again is good news - it just adds more to the torrent of ridicule the whole patent system is being deluged with.

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Major blow for Apple: 'Bounce back' patent bounced back by USPTO

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Think different

Judge to Apple, after last years "victory" over Samsung: "Just one more thing..."

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Re: They'd be wise to let this go

Nah ... the humiliation isn't complete until they've been forced to apologize in the press. Then apologize again for, err, apologizing wrong the first time.

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Microsoft's summer update will be called Windows 8.1

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Keep on polishing the Win8 turd till it rubs away to nothing

Now that's a policy I'll certainly raise my glass to.

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Steve Jobs to supervise iPhone 6 FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE

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You're haunting it wrong

Jobs: "Siri, can you guide me to the pearly gates please? Yes, using Google Maps of course."

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Facebook prepares to dominate Android

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"making the social network an ever-present companion for people with extremely low IQs"

FTFY

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Apple files patent for iPhone with wraparound display

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What a good idea

Samsung had when they showed it first: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3E7fUynrZU

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Apple in Chinese court over patent rights for Siri

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Its them Wound corners

Siri, can you demonstrate to us what we mean when we tell others we can't have them stealing our inventions please?

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Bill Gates offers big bucks for better condoms

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Wait a minute ... this Microsoft disease - does it affect all senior management in ways too filthy for mere mortals to comprehend? I mean, here we are reading about how Bill Gates is into condoms now, whereas the last we heard he was into toilets. Is Windows 8 the logical product of this unhealthy obsession?

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Wireless charging on the Galaxy S4: Samsung goes VHS not Betamax

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Why all this fuss?

It's not on an iPhone so clearly no one has a use for it.

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Apple debuts two-step verification for Apple IDs

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Re: Half Baked Attempt

That's a great idea. You could use NFC so that all you need is to tap the token on the back on your phone and you're done.

Oh, wait...

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Third step - they sue everyone else using it.

Let's not forget the mantra - if it's not being done by Apple, you don't need it. When they finally catch up and launch their copy, with some pointless miniscule distinguishing feature their sheep can cream themselves over (round corners etc), the whole magically now somehow becomes their invention, so they'll see everyone else in a court they bought in Texas.

The rare fourth step is when they try this in a country unswayed by their crap, and end up having to apologize in their press. Then apologize again for apologizing wrong :-)

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Apple pulls iForgot password recovery system over security bug

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Their quaint little legacy phones continue to excite and amaze.

It's the superior Apple user experience, stupid. Nanny says so.

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Apple fixes iOS passcode-bypass hack with 6.1.3 update

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Re: You're securing it wrong

Yes.

By the way - you're trying really hard to make people forget how arrogant Apple are, wrong.

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You're securing it wrong

Well, you were until this update. Now at last you've finally got it right, you stupid little user.

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Samsung's new co-CEO: 'Windows isn't selling very well'

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Re: what's that noise?

The Samsung guy makes a very astute observation here.

I wonder - do you think he knows which religion the new Pope subscribes to?

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Re: It's not that Windows is not selling well

Spot on. Everyone in the chain saw what they'd done to the PC business so went out of their way to stop it happening in mobile. It's clearly worked - the chickens have indeed all come home, and that's the way it's gonna stay, folks.

Nokia were dead anyway - the microsoft tie up was a postmortem spasm.

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Re: More dire news for Microsoft

Correct, but before we hear the sound of tears and violins for microsoft remember these are the patent trolls extorting $5 per handset from the good guys, thus making them a return orders of magnitude greater than their own comedy efforts.

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Samsung's new Galaxy S 4: iPhone assassin or Android also-ran?

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Cupertino, start your photocopiers

This is the second generation of tech they failed to innovate from Samsung. Guess the first generation such as NFC, wireless charging, proper screen sizes etc they are still innovating from the first S3 will be here any year now.

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First Samsung Galaxy S4 review leak: Stop FONDLING, start FINGERING

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Re: 8 processor core? 8?

The point on Android? Mucho - it's a true multi tasking OS, unlike the half assed "tombstoning" comedy effort Apple brainwashed their iSheep into believing is just the same, and hence can't make use of that kind of horsepower no matter how much they innovate Samsung.

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New Apple TV may hint at Apple-Samsung divorce

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But what shape are its corners?

I can't wait for Apple to innovate a large, black rectangular device for watching moving pictures with sound on. It's what the human race has been waiting for all these years, and when they do finally think different and bring such a stunningly original genius invention to market, it's only right and proper they go round suing everyone else who copied their idea over the last 20 years.

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Microsoft exec selling his Surface tablet

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The buyer would be wise to check the serial number

Caveat emptor

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HTC slays Nokia's two-headed Android patent dragon in Germany

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More to the point, which set of bastards are pushing Nokia this way?

Some evil losers are clearly pulling their strings - you can smell their desperation.

I just can't think who though. And since Nokia lost, this mysterious puppeteer can claim all ignorance, natch.

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Next Windows 8 version can ditch bits of Metro

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Making Windows 8 look like Windows 7 isn't a climbdown?

Wow - I thought Apple had monopolized the reality distortion field.

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iPhone 5S and lower-cost sibling coming this summer?

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Still with the tincy-wincy liddle screen?

I find it quite amusing watching them squirm around in the corner they've painted themselves into with this. One the one hand (ho ho) there is the famous "one size fits all so why change?" approach, and on the other there's the "gosh, the world really does want a bigger form factor - look at Samsungs' sales" but they can't because their software is totally unprepared for fragmentation, unlike a certain well known competitors who has been dealing with it for so long it has perfected it.

And no, I don't mean just adding another row of icons to a homescreen and letterboxing all the existing apps when needed.

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Global smartphones sales set to outpace standard handsets in 2013

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Re: Definition please

There's no formal definition, but if you had to go for one distinction I'd say heavy internet support, so that covers browsing, email, downloadable apps etc.

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Google revs Motorola innovation with Guy Kawasaki hire

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Rats, sinking ship, mountains of unsold iPhones...

Think different

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Tito's Mars mission to use HUMAN WASTE as radiation shield

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Re: Nooooooooooooo way

"Forgetful" Ed Balls too, but hopefully not in his Nazi outfit or his claim they come in peace would have as much credibility as his election manifesto.

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Judge slashes Apple's pile o' cash Samsung judgment

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"Another slap in Cupertino's face"

And it's a face decent folk everywhere just never tire of slapping.

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Samsung Wallet slavishly copies inspired by Apple Passbook

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"Copy" legacy phones?

Apples quaint miniature toys have been frozen in time since 2007 - what kind of ass-backwards reasoning is this?

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Judge bins Apple's plea to slash $368m FaceTime patent damages

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You're haggling it wrong

I can hear the laughter all the way from South Korea :-)

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Microsoft finally ships Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7

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Does it download Chrome any faster?

Surely that's the one and only time users get to see IE these days, after buying a system with Windows pre-installed or installing it themselves.

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Microsoft brings Azure back online

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Microsofts "customers" get Ballmered again

Having stuffed them on phones, tablets and their comedy new desktop OS, destroying their faith in their cloud offering is an essential step in the slow car crash suicide that is 2013: Microsofts year of hell.

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Success for Einhorn: Judge blocks vote on Apple's Proposal 2

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You're hoarding it wrong

Quite proud of that one!

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Microsoft secure Azure Storage goes down WORLDWIDE

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For crying out loud! How many times????

This is a whole different kind of incompetence for which a word has not yet been invented. Seriously - this is the same me-too comedy "Cloud" offering from Microsoft which fell over last time because it didn't know about leap years? So hows that "lessons learned" thing coming on then?

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New blow for Microsoft Surface: Touch Chromebooks 'on sale in 2013'

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Re: "Blow"?

Lets face it - if it was announced the Babbage Analytical Engine was to be relaunched it would be a blow to Surface.

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Google stokes hype machine over Project Glass robospecs

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Google glass is innovative. Really, genuinely innovative.

No effing wonder the best Microsoft can do is just look on green with envy, whilst sniping childish jealous taunts. The last innovative thing to come from them was their CEO's comedy furniture rearrangement antics.

I can hear the photocopiers in Cupertino starting up, too.

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Clarkson: 'I WILL find and KILL the spammers who hacked me'

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WTF?

I thought he just took out a superinjunction against those he disliked?

Then again, how would anyone know?

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Bill Gates: Windows Phone strategy was 'a mistake'

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Microsoft are in the mobile phone business?

Well I never. Next you'll be saying they have a search engine of their own, rather than merely chucking up some script kiddie style wrapper round Googles.

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iOS 6.x hack allows personal data export, free calls

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You're securing it wrong

Apple has responded: "Just don't secure it that way.

You stupid little user."

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Inside Microsoft's Surface Pro: A fiendishly difficult journey

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Fallapartgate still an issue?

They keyboard that is, not this particular vendor.

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Are you lonesome tonight, tech firms? Let our dating service fix you up

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Well, that's one way to spin what Microsoft did to Nokia

"And of course, Microsoft itself might think it best to pick up the pieces of its wounded partner"

Wounded having been raped sideways by, err, Microsoft to make it so.

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Apple releases fix for iPhone 4S iOS 6.1 connectivity cockup

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You're updating it wrong

Users are so stupid. Why on earth can't they use Apple products properly?

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iOS 6.1 KNACKERED our mobile phone networks, claim Vodafone, Three

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Re: it won't even talk to the BBC on this issue.

Apple handsets are now legacy.

You'll see a lot more of this as they try to catch up with Android by attempting to copy, err, sorry, innovate its latest features into their quaint little old handsets - the ones which close users into their AOL-style walled garden as used in days long gone by.

Gosh how things change.

Skeuomorphic design is now about as fashionable as the Bay City Rollers. Market share is falling. The one-size-fits-all handset decision made at the start has come home to roost in spades - this approach so off target you can feel the embarrassing pain of the diehards trying to excuse them next to the S3s and N4s of this world.

And all the while you hear of Android demolishing them in handset sales, about to overtake them in tablets having just matched their share there, and manufacturers using it in fridges, washing machines, cars etc. This just highlights the wisdom of the closed vs open approach greedy Saint Jobs lumbered them with, snobbily turning up his nose at such crudities.

Still, they're currently still making a handsome profit from the remaining iSheep yet to realize what's being done to them, and that's all that matters. Whilst it lasts.

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