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Hackers attempt to BLACKMAIL plastic surgeons

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Through its contact form?

Sounds like SQL injection - have we stepped back 10 years?

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Chrome makes new password grab in version 34

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Re: I'm not entirely opposed...

So if your master password gets compromised then anyone anywhere will be able to work out the passwords to any sites you use?

If you forget the master password you lose access to all sites?

If you wish to change your master password you have to change the password on every site you've ever used?

You have to keep the device with you wherever you go?

You would have to type whole URLs and Master Password onto - i presume a small keyboard every time you want to visit a site?

Surely - KeePass or similar would be far easier.

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Re: I'm not entirely opposed...

"and enough code to say 'oh hello computer, I am a keyboard.' "

" the idea of this thing is to use the URL"

Keyboards aren't told the URL of a web page so there must be more to it than that.

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Microsoft crows about 149k-seat Office 365 deal that costs it MILLIONS

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But you can always finance the spend over x years and then you also get to keep the goods at the end. As long as you amortise the capital properly and budget in advance for future upgrades you can be the hero with management for saving the company gazillions and not tying yourself into a long term contract with no asset.

When the idea starts spreading that "well Microsoft bring out a new version every three years so we'll need to keep buying more anyway". Just remind them that Window XP is over 12 years old and the Office 2003 you are using is over ten years old - big software upgrade projects often don't happen on the manufacturers schedule.

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EE dismisses DATA-BURNING glitch with Orange Mail app

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Re: I love this standard response...

Yes, it's these sort of "PR" responses that just make things worse. Some companies treat PR as a strange "arse-covering" exercise rather than thinking of it as a customer service opportunity.

If they had instead stated "We are really grateful for the hard work that your reader has done to try to track down an issue with their Orange handset. We cannot confirm his findings at this time but we have escalated it to our development team and hope that this new information can be used to provide an even better user experience. We would also like to apologise that this issue wasn't escalated when we were first contacted and will ensure training amongst our front line staff to better recognise the helpful feedback given by the more technically-literate of our customers."

...or something similar then it could make the situation so much better. Instead of thinking "this is a company that hates it's customers" you could think "well they dropped a ball but they sound like they are going to try to help". The outcome might be the same, i.e. naff all. But from a PR point of view it would surely be a better response?

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Windows Phone 8.1: Like WinPho 8, but BETTER

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Re: Incorrect

No they don't there is no Microsoft Tax. There is plenty of FUD and analyst speculation (such as Mr Foss Patents) who will gladly steer your thinking but just do a bit of research. There is no Microsoft Tax on Android devices.

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Incorrect

"This means it will cost manufacturers less to make a Windows Phone than an Android phone"

Eh? Android is completely free and no, there is no "Microsoft Tax" or "Apple Tax" on making an Android phone. Even Google Mobile Services does not have a licence fee (despite what some sources may have stated).

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Google hands over $1.4m for unmarked Street View cars in Italy

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Re: Google cars are obviously recognizable!?

But the 86 year old Italian lady would obviously know what it was if it had the words Google street view emblazoned across it.

She would, moist likely, have seen the website, which she checks every three days, and known it was visiting before it arrived.

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iFixit boss: Apple has 'done everything it can to put repair guys out of business'

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Re: plus ca change c'est la meme chose

"If someone offered me a car with a sealed bonnet (apart from washer fluid) but a good warranty in return I'd be open to it."

So the fact that you'd only ever be able to get it serviced every year at their dealership at whatever price they charge now (or in the future) and only ever use their spare parts and have to have that same clause on any second-hand buyer of your car would not worry you?

You would only be able to use either their breakdown service or be only eligible for tows back to their garage (and sleep in the car until they open in the morning) if you broke down - even if you were off on holiday with kids in the car?

If their local dealer goes out of business, you'd also be then required to travel, possibly a few hundred miles to the next nearest.

To me, doesn't matter if they offered a free 7 year warranty and throw in some fluffy dice I wouldn't buy the car.

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Entry-level HP SAN array stoops to conquer small biz bods

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Or in even simpler terms without any technical details:

A NAS is like attaching a file server to your network

A SAN is like attaching a remote hard disk or disks to your PC/Server(s)

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Passport PIN tech could have SAVED MH370 ID fraudsters

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Re: Where's the data to support the fact it's needed

Every time I've gone through passport control in anywhere resembling a reasonable airport the staff swipe my passport (or RFID check it) which reads the passport number off the page or off the chip.

There is no reason why this number can't be sent to a remote service and require just a four or five option response, "Okay", "Alert", "Call", "No Fly" for instance.

The agents don't need access to the database itself or to see any actual details.

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Gr8, it's the new M8! Ideal for that celebrity funeral selfie

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Re: Wheres the proper keyboard?

Where have you been for the past 5 years?

There have been plenty of Android phones with hardware keyboards including some that have a nice flipout mechanism. However they weren't great sellers.

Manufacturers aren't going to make phones in their thousands for a niche market who wouldn't be prepared to pay niche prices, they will make them in the millions for the popular masses.

However if you want one then take a look here http://www.digitaltrends.com/best-qwerty-phones/#!BqL78 for starters.

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QUIDOCALYPSE: Blighty braces for £100 MILLION cost of new £1 coin

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Risk Management?

Surely in the risk register of the company designing the coin-collecting machine there was a section about coins changing and how to mitigate this risk.

It's not as if coins haven't changed many times before, and we already have non-round coins (20p, 50p) and also bi-metallic coins (£2). Therefore it can't have been beyond reason to expect that a machine, during it's lifetime may need to recognise new coins and if it costs £500 to do it then they obviously haven't planned for it very well (or just decided to take the hit).

In reality it will be many years before the old £1 goes out of circulation after the new one is introduced so the transition period will be quite long.

However, parking machines in many a car-park can't even give out change even though they can request you fill in your full car reg (oh yeah, one makes them more money, the other stops them losing money).

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Google wearables: A solution looking for a rich nerd

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Not scared to try

A lot of modern tech companies don't know if these ideas will take off, but they have the money and the vision to take risks that is why technology in some areas is progressing so fast.

Apple might not have imagined the iPhone would become so popular, and I'm pretty sure they knew the iPad was a gamble but they went ahead anyway. Google probably didn't know their self-driving cars would ever be truly capable of being seriously looked at as a possible real-world product and within a few years every major car maker is looking at self-drive with licences being granted for real world trials and pundits expecting public availability within a decade.

It was reported that Nokia always had a fear factor about new, innovative products, as management weren't prepared to take the risks http://www.afr.com/p/technology/next_nokia_insider_who_knows_why_Z8at1lqZLp3mAutUO0ye0H.

Microsoft have been accused of similar with their main motive being profit and unprepared to invest in anything that didn't have a definitive Roi (until they went into catchup mode).

'Wearables' are just another part of this, they might go mainstream and become 'the Next Big Thing' or they might not. But if they do you want to be a market leader and there is not a business killing loss if they don't.

It was also a response to the manufacturers that this came about. Google did not invent a piece of hardware here (smartwatches). There were many companies building these watches, many of them Android partners. It made sense for Google to put together an API and make a common platform for developers to use. It also keeps Google relevant in this arena.

I could think of many uses for my app that would make perfect sense on a watch - displaying a OS grid reference out on the hills or alerting you to when you go off track, displaying a radar to your target, or a simple map overview. Much quicker on a watch display, especially in bad weather than a phone. There are watches that do some of this, and dedicated GPS hill walking devices but none of these are programmable with your own app on a common platform (Some Chinese watches are android powered and have some of these capabilities).

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PAF! MPs go postal over postal location data sell-off by Coalition.gov

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Re: PAF 18 years out-of-date

The PAF is updated regularly. That is how RM & resellers makes money selling it.

Companies could well be using outdated PAF files which are not up to date as they don't want to pay the yearly licence.

However counties are no longer part of an address, therefore most databases allow the end user (business) to choose a county type to use - the old 1970s style, the newer unitary-authority ones or the one RM was using before they scrapped them.

Officially, however an address shouldn't have a county.

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Beastie Boys settle with toy maker over Girls copyright dispute

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Re: Who sued who?

It gets quite confusing now that some El Reg authors have started using the word 'drop' and 'dropped' in an illogical way which can make a sentence at best ambiguous but often incoherent.

However in this case you are correct that the author was exclaiming that Goldieblox was the antagonist in the original lawsuit. They sued because the Beastie Boys, or more likely their representatives, had threatened to sue due to their unlawful use of their music.

Goldieblox sued in an attempt to get a summary judgement that their use was fair use (presumably it is advantageous to be the plaintiff in a suit rather than a defendant).

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Google slams Play Store password window shut after sueball hits

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Re: Reminds me of....

Not everything you read on the Internet is true, I'm afraid.

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FCA drafts new rules to protect crowdfunders' lenders

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Re: Huh?

Of course Kickstarter tries to avoid any liability they are quite open about it.

For instance, many people believe that by pledging a certain amount to a project they have some kind of guarantee to that product, but that is not necessarily the case. Kickstarter will tell you that their terms of service require the reward to be given or a refund given but that is a 'contract' between the project owner and Kickstarter not the donor.

So if the project fails to deliver, even if it appears that there has been some misappropriation of funds, Kickstarter will not help. They will refer to their terms of service and tell you to speak to a Lawyer. However it would require Kickstarter to sue the project owner for breach not the backer who has limited rights.

In reality for projects that you don't want to get "involved with" or projects where you don't want to help through altruism (i.e. you want to donate just to receive the finished product cheaper) it is far more savvy to wait until the project is completed, it has been reviewed (and compared to the competition) and then buy at full price with a full raft of statutory rights, warranty, credit card protection etc.

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"In this instance the FCA's dead hand is grasping operations like Kickstarter, and will undoubtedly strangle them"

In what way is it doing that? What regulations are strangling Kickstarter?

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Re: Loan based crowdfunding sites?

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=loan+based+crowdfunding

Isn't the Internet wonderful?

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So long, Samsung! TSMC is fabbing Apple's A8 chip, insiders claim

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Really? Where are the other 20nm plants?

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I would think Apple are smarter than to have all their eggs in one basket, especially a new supplier.

Could you imagine if there was a problem with the new chips and production had to be stopped, or there was a lightning strike on the plant? (Ericsson v Nokia, The Albuquerque Fire)

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Nutanix photo-bombs VMware's selfie with delayed patent release

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“The mere fact that it was granted means it has been examined by the USPTO for prior art and was more than worthy to attain patent status,”

Yeah, right!

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Bloke rattles tin for giant 3D two-headed beast

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Maybe because when you stop doing a salaried job to start on a new, risky, business venture you would prefer not to be using your last reserves of money and betting the house on it.

You might want to use any reserves you have to pay for your food and bills.

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"...can still get an "early adopter" LATHON kit for $1,450"

Well you can pledge a donation of $1,450 to support the project and as a reward they might send you a 3D printer, as long as everything goes to plan...

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Review of UK data protection: Should fines go OVER HALF A MIL?

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Re: No no no...

And then an agreement will be (already is?) written into the contracts that the public body will indemnify the Chief Executive for any legal action taken against them while in the course of their duty.

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We test Intel's 730 480GB SSD Skulltrail scorcher

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Re: Not overclocked

Isn't that what Stu said?

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MWC: The good, the bad ... and the Galaxy S5

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Re: For some reason...

"I haven't seen a useful app except memory managers..."

Memory managers? Seriously?

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Yes: You CAN use your phone as a satnav while driving – appeals court

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Re: Not in the UK.....

Well sorry to say, you are therefore a cop who doesn't know the law.

The law in the UK states that if your engine is running you can be prosecuted.

See here for the government site: https://www.gov.uk/using-mobile-phones-when-driving-the-law

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Re: Not in the UK.....

It's all very well not allowing it while driving. Seems sensible enough and then you get prosecuted after being stationary in a traffic jam for 15 minutes and you call someone to let them know you will be late. Doesn't seem so sensible.

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Massive new AIRSHIP to enter commercial service at British dirigible base

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Re: Question to someone sciencey.

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..." or the plan of compressing the ship's helium to the point where it becomes heavier than air - as the Aeroscraft "Pelican" ship is supposed to do."

So apparently yes, but maybe unproven.

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Google coughs up $6.8m for FREE BUSING for San Francisco youth

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Re: Tallinn

If only your local bus company could get a law that everyone in a town/city had to pay them a set fee every month and in return they could get free bus rides.

They could save so much money not having to market their services or be prone to market/weather fluctuations or even worry about competition.

In fact other things that are deemed beneficial to everyone - free high-speed internet (everyone pays a monthly subscription to cover it), free PCs for everyone to improve education levels and knowledge (subject to a law being passed which makes everyone pay a monthly fee) .. etc..

Just because everyone has to pay for it monthly/annually doesn't make it free.

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Tallinn

Is it free?

Or does every resident have to pay for it (whether they use it or not) through taxes?

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G20 gives Google, Microsoft, Apple et al tax deadline

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I think the point Eguro was making was that the price of the end product is unlikely to change and the paying of tax will have to come out of their (vast) profits because if they could've charged the customer more for a product they would have anyway, regardless.

In a capitalist economy with normal market forces major companies will generally charge the highest amount they can to the consumer/retailer/distributor to generate the greatest amount of profit.

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Infinidat quietly files THIRTY-NINE patents. Let's take a closer look

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Interesting Tabs in the screenshot - does one say "Whistleblowing"?

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Anyone have BT.net 100/100 Leased Line (BT as ISP)?

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I'm still after this if anyone can post the results?

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Anyone have BT.net 100/100 Leased Line (BT as ISP)?

If so could you run a speedtest.net and report your results using a standard PC or normal server.

Our upload speeds are really slow and I'm trying to confirm that a speedtest result, although not overlyaccurate, should at least be returning some better stats..

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CCTV warning notices NOT compliant with data protection laws – ICO

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Re: What about Bus Lane cameras

Not quite true it depends on how you store that data, if it is manually indexed it can still fall under the DPA.

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Speaking in Tech: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella - IS HE ONE OF US?

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Reg player

Although you helpfully have the time shown to skip forward to any useful part using the "Reg player" there is no time markers on the player to know where to skip forward to (at least not using Chrome).

Surely having a time marker as you move the slider forward would be more useful?

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Android users running old OS versions? Not anymore, say latest stats

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Re: JB? I Dream of JB!

I can't understand your rant at all. You bought a phone you know hardly anyone had heard of, knowing there would be no hope of an upgrade and knowing that a major ROM creator would not support it and then complain that it didn't include an indefinite support and free upgrade contract from the manufacturer.

Whereas you could have just bought a new Moto G or any number of second-hand phones which are supported by cyanogen or others for little or no difference in price.

Your carrier wants to charge you through the roof and you choose to buy a phone that is obsolete the day you bought it but this is somehow the fault of the OS which is continuously updated and has security fixes and is made available free of charge and usually open-source to anyone?

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How many keys can one keyboard have? Do I hear 200? 300? More?

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Re: Much as I normally like physical keys and detest touchscreens...

They have customisable keys as well to add any important new ones.

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This is kickstarter

"although customers can preorder them for as little as $89."

You can't pre-order anything on kickstarter. You pledge money to help make the project successful, you are a backer with no rights or shares just goodwill. If you pledge a certain amount they might send you a gift for your support, if the goal is reached, then again they might not.

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Reading this headline? You and 9.47 million others

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Re: Uniques?

We don't use Unique visitors any more as they it is so inaccurate nowadays.

It used to be that Proxies and NATing would mean your Unique Visitors was under rated. So cookies came in to do tracking however this over reported as they were cleared down and lots of browsing being done in private mode.

Now though multi device makes all stats of unique visitors pointless as a track of audience levels other than as a relative figure. There are so many web consuming devices, phones, tablets, PCs at home and work etc that I'm sure most Unique Visitors numbers can be cut by half if not a third.

Year on year growth is also affected by worldwide (or key market) smartphone and tablet growth - if that grows by 30% then it is likely that your unique visitor count will grow by a similar amount.

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EU gives Google JUST WEEKS to submit stronger search biz concessions

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Re: Far reaching changes? Really?

But then you'd need to use standard page-rank on every search result and you'd be back to a sprawl of SEO spam filling every search result.

Their current algorithms work far better than page-rank for useful results.

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Why Flash storage will be fast and furious in 2014

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Using cheaper flash for servers

Due to the lower life expectancy of the consumer grade SSDs it is never recommended for servers and critical applications.

However the price difference and capacities are many times more attractive and if you are not able to use enterprise grade then is there a solution using consumer grade...

How about running 2 x SSD in a RAID 1 with different initial usage. So if MTBF is 2 years for your current usage profile you put 2 x SSD in your machine and after a year move the second drive to a new machine with a new SSD in a new RAID1 (or the same machine to provide an extra volume or create a RAID 10 array). Obviously this could be extended to different RAID types to create a RAID 10 array of many disks or you could start with RAID 6.

This minimises the chance that both disks will fail at the same time (probably less than two enterprise units installed at exactly the same time). As long as you have hot spares the data should remain safe and also be magnitudes faster than using HDDs but within a sensible budget.

Thoughts?

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Microsoft tries to trademark 'Mod' in the US

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Re: Makes sense to me...

"'TM' in the UK *is* a registered Trademark. The 'R' is non-existent here."

Eh? The ® signifies a registered trademark in the UK. ™ Symbol has no legal significance but can be used to show that you believe that the mark would qualify for protection from passing-off.

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Google tells EFF: Android 4.3's privacy tool was a MISTAKE, we've yanked it

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Re: The info is there

They can.

AOSP is the android open source project. There are also forks and ROMs which can add and remove anything they want. Cyanogen Mod is one of the more popular ones.

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Ballmer: 'We made more money than almost anybody on the PLANET'

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Re: Making money is one thing...

Not even making a steady revenue. Today companies that think Profit, Profit , Profit will start to crumble.

The difference with Apple and Google is they are risk takers who try new and innovative ideas with no guarantee or even a mapped out path to profit.

Other tech companies have built first and then looked at how to profit later and sometimes make a killing out of it (even without actually making the profits).

It epitomises MS when Ballmer talks about wringing every last cent out of his customers for profit. You start to hate your customers and they start to hate you (look at Ryanair!) and eventually your profits plummet.

Do a bottom down approach, treat your customers as key and provide them what they really want. Despite many hating Apple, they have a large loyal fanbase. Apple have created a magic aura about themselves.

Nobody ever 'loved' Microsoft or their products as far as I have seen.

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