* Posts by Green Nigel 42

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What's MISSING on Amazon Fire Phone... and why it WON'T set the world alight

Green Nigel 42
Mushroom

Back in the board room

Amazon, your fired!

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Flame

Zero hours

Two problems with this phone

1. Costs way 2 much (£132 in the USA vs rip off UK £399!)

2. Its over here.

A zero value phone & deservers zero take up.

Amazon, do you really dispise us that much?

No thanks Amazon!

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HUGE SHARK as big as a WWII SUBMARINE died out, allowing whales to exist

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Re: New meaning for the phrase "pinpointing the date"

No, it was a Fryday.

(groan, I'll just down vote myself now to save anyone else the bother!)

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It's not you, it's Three. Mobe network goes titsup across UK

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Re: Indian support support

My Mrs got her Pac code ok when she went to Orange from 3 a couple of years ago ( then moved to Giff Gaff a year later due to poor signal strength in the house).

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Green Nigel 42

Indian support support

I have to be fair & say that 3 support have dealt with the various teething problems very quickly & politely. I appreciate that they do have to run down the checklist of reboot your phone ect, which probably sort the majority, but they have achieved for me by sorting a sporadic iPhone texting to setting up a signal booster box & its subsequent crashing issue.

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

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To be sure

Apple should submit all their phones to lzod impact testing if they are so sure of their figures? Or better still for research & best validation purposes of coursewhile its in a fanboy/girls pocket (front & rear) !

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Green Nigel 42

Pointless point loading

All load paths are kept as short as possible in an efficient design.

I do question if such a three point test is representational of a real load case.

Should it not be a point load (hard chair or something),reacted by an uniformably distributed load (bottom fat) ?

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Green Nigel 42

Re: "Rarity" is not the point

I guess you would have to omit work hardening & fatigue life as well.

The question has to be asked if stress relieving was performed to remove the work hardening generated by the original machining of the case.

The larger face area & minimal sectional height makes the stress cases to be considered, design, dimensional tolerances & keeping within the material spec all the more critical.

I do wonder if any one or combination of any these factors are exceeded, would cause the these failures. This could therefore be a case of a break down of Apples quality control, afterall quality is expensive!

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Green Nigel 42

Whats cooking? Why its Apple Pie!

Apple appear to have tried to distort the laws of physics again with their belief of the power of Art in making form trump function & Newtonian physics!

My feeling is that Apple in the pursuit of the slim light body beautiful have gone beyond the capabilities of the comercial & cost effective materials available to them, since sectional stiffness & (resistance to bending) is calculated by the 2nd moment of inertia,(I=bd Cubed/12). They have not appreciated that the cubed part becomes vitally imporant the thinner you go, as halfing the width does not half its stiffness, but reduces the stiffness by that cubed factor.

Cosiquently your stress calculations, load cases to be considered, the tolerance to dimensions & to material spec have to be so much more exacting.

It appears that this permanent distortion due to the Aluminium Alloy exceeding its elastic limit, (this has occoured with the phone in front pockets as well as back ones).So I believe this is a design flaw through sloppy engineering & you can't go on to blame the customers for using it in the same manor as they have treated all their phones.

I have yet hear this happening to Samsungs Note series, Nokia 1520 or HTC One's (Al Alloyed too).

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Germany strikes again over Amazon warehouse pay

Green Nigel 42

Re: Who's being exploited?

My objection to Amazon is the combination of benifit subsidised wages & tax avoidance. This not only see's the money you & I pay in taxes, (but also that from our vital SME's, stifling their growthi), sail off shore to bolster their profits, but also effectively gives the likes of Amazon free use of our infrastructure.

I agree with you, our tax & benifits system would benifit the economy greatly if it was deeply rationalised as you outlined. I would also like to see a flat rate of tax too rather than this hodge podge of income & consumer taxes. Suprisingly & by accident, most income groups contribute tax roughly the same proportion of their income of 30%, (the rich end predominantly by income & the poor predominantly by consumer tax such as Vat & fuel duty). With greater simplicity comes greater transparancy and greater difficulty in avoidong ones responsibility.

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Green Nigel 42

Re: Who's being exploited?

Well put, the same level of exploitation, false market economy, if not cosiderably worse exists here in the Uk, even to the extent of giving Amazon goverment assistance through a subsidised living wage through benefits & tax "efficiency"!

Prehaps we should take the Germans initiative & resort too industrial action too, fight them globaly as it seams our government will only listen & do zero to stand up to zero hours contacts, virtual zero taxation & soaring profits.

Prehaps if we as consumers boycotted Amazon with regard to the high true cost we pay.

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'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux

Green Nigel 42

Re: Power toy

The power toy was not only on XP (which I still enjoy, thanks to W7 not being compatible yet with mission critical systems (dig @ MS)), but also Vista.

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Warrantless phone snooping HAPPENS ALL THE TIME in Blighty

Green Nigel 42

Re: manifest promises

It is hard enough in the UK to ensure that Government policy stays within the bounds of the legislation it has passed! It can be done, Jeremy Hunt (the health secretary of state) has been taken to court a few times over deemed illegal actions he has sanctioned ( most notably the his attept to closing Lewisham A&E which he lost, but then he went back to parlament changed the law, so he could close other Nhs depts if he thought fit despite local & clinical opposition). To do anything in law costs an awful lot & Jeremy was brought to rights only after a local & national campaign groups fund raising performed, media support achieved & petitions delivered.

To pass a bill to make manifesto's legally binding is not going to happen, a true and full appreciation of the situation & the need to rapidly adjust it to meet future conditions will probably be cited amongst many other reasons

The thing is, voting every 5 years is not enough, we need to take part if we are not to be guilty of delegating our responsibility.

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Green Nigel 42

Re: Be afraid, be very afraid.

God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it." -- Daniel Webster (1834)

You are right, people now, as they have done in past, are unknowingly or even willingly trading their freedom for peace, comfort & security. These, of course will be the first thing to go.

If we do not continually watch & challenge our elected representitives by talking to, writing to, signing petitions, going to meetings, raising awareness in others, protesting and ultimately principled civil disobedience, do we actually deserve to be free?

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Green Nigel 42
Megaphone

Welcome to the Village

Prisoner: Where am I?

Number Two (not identified as yet): In the village.

Prisoner: What do you want?

Two: Information.

Prisoner: Whose side are you on?

Two: That would be telling.... We want information...information...information!

Prisoner: You won't get it!

Two: By hook or by crook, we will.

Prisoner: Who are you?

Two: The new Number Two.

Prisoner: Who is Number One?

Two: You are Number Six.

Prisoner: I am not a number; I am a free man!

Two: [Laughter]

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Green Nigel 42
Big Brother

Be afraid, be very afraid.

With these deeply intrusive & abusive sweeping powers of RIPA, why was there the need for DRIP legislation to be brought in under emergency measures convienently just before the parlamentary summer recess? Was this not supported by manuipulating the fear and orchestrating excessive public knee jerk reaction to the actions of a few radical groups, plus the fear that the Telco's could now wipe the data? Reassurances were also given regarding that the content of messages & calls would not be available under DRIP (true), but the combination of DRIP & RIPA is truely worrying.

We elect these people every five years to run & lead the country based upon their manifesto's. Every time they fail to deliver, do the opposite of what was promised with the "we did'nt relise the true situation" excuse, or blatently run rampent over thier mandate to govern & put in place more powers to preserve the status quo.

No wonder people have little faith.

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Shitty what? Almost half of MPs have never heard of Tech City

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Black Helicopters

Why the big suprise?

Quick reference to the professional break down of our MP's reveal very little, if any practical business experience, 24% are professional politicians with PR, marketing, law, finaciers, media & business consultants making up most of the rest.

http://www.smith-institute.org.uk/file/Who-Governs-Britain.pdf

Is it any wonder Government continually write poor contracts based upon a cronic lack of understanding of technical matters & a real appreciation of what we actually need, then demonstrate this by abysmal (if any at all) project management.

Numerous IT & engineering projects they have commisioned have failed after falling behind & grossly over budget as a result in both civil & military fields. My favourite at the moment is the unholy alliance between Lockheed Martin & BAE that our Government (Labour & Alliance) has through compiling, not checking, released such badly written contracts, it has hobbled our new aircraft carriers (no cat & trap), & made sure we can only take the troubled, increasingly expensive to buy & run F35C Fighter. Not to mention the recent Border control fiasco, NHS records & Police data base.

A Silicon roundabout is appropriate, not as a node to communicate or go some where, but just to go around & around!

Who do they blame, industry.

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Heads up, Chromebook: Here come the sub-$200 Windows 8.1 portables

Green Nigel 42
Trollface

Re: Meh

Christmas is coming! Best time to unload turkeys (& puppies! )

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e-Borders fiasco: Brits stung for £224m after US IT giant sues UK govt

Green Nigel 42

Re: Clusterf**k

Is Clusterf**king the new Snafu?

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UK Parliament rubber-stamps EMERGENCY data grab 'n' keep bill

Green Nigel 42

A stitch in time

If they can rush through Drip so quickly to defend the country, why can't they do the same with the Recall bill & save democracy from drowning in justified cynicisim? That bill was promised 5 years ago & has been progressively watered down to another stitchup.

You may think that vested interests are fully at play, but I could'nt possibly say that. Watched the original "House of cards" last night, chuckled a lot in how little has changed. Though I also believe that "Yes Minister" is also hit the nail on the head!

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Green Nigel 42

Re: Punish the innocent

My statement "terrorists will easily evade these measures" is retorical in effect. As it implies that they will useless as counter insurgency measure, or for that matter catching pedophiles (especially as they have told everyone the method!!), so leaving the innocent to be punished, controlled, by installing the paranoia of being snooped upon and loss of another bit of liberty, (so protect & preserve the status quo).

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Green Nigel 42

Punish the innocent

So the terrorists will easily evade these measures, and we not only have another bit of our freedom compromised, but pay for it in our taxes!

We elect these people every five years to run & lead the coutry based upon their manifesto's. Every time they fail to deliver, do the opposite of what was promised with the "we did'nt relise the true situation" excuse, or blatently run rampent over thier mandate to govern & put in place more powers to preserve the status quo.

No wonder people have little faith.

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Green Nigel 42

Rubber fun

E mailed my MP voicing my concerns of yet another emergency measure rushed through that takes away that which we are supposed to be defending!

Also pointed out the past eye wateringly high cost of such Government IT projects & the dismall success & performance they deliver. Asked how does this tally in these austere times. Also asked what measures they are to be put in place to protect our data against leaks (another Gov IT failing), but also about it being flogged off, ( like our medical & tax records!).

To be fair to my MP, he does respond in sufficient to too much depth, but still tows the party line.

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Boeing CEO says no more 'moonshots' after 787 Dreamliner ordeal

Green Nigel 42

Outsource Flaw.

Can it just be that a team will always beat a a group of individuals? Outsourcing breaks the job into a series of discreet projects, making essential communication, its speed, iteration of solution, sharing of technical breakthroughs or dangers, team building & much much more, difficult if not impossible. Examples MRCA, Eurofighter, F35, & 787 all demonstrate what can & will go wrong!

Was not the success of the Skunk works built upon a close knit multidisciplined team to the extent of desks touching plus Kelly Johnsons iron rule & genius? Results cost effective designs including the SR71 to the Stealthfighter.

So the real suprise about the 787 is that there is a suprise!

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Green Nigel 42

Re: Very similar to the APT

With our technical advances are often binned by poor management understanding of development program & ignorant UK press. For example its been sold back to us in the form of the Italian Pendolino!

Boeing often benifits from bleeding edge risks, didn't they gain considerably when we shared the invalueable airframe fatigue data from the Farnbourgh Comet tests post tragedies, so they could check, revise & enhance the 707 performance & saftey?

Funny we never see 2 way traffic from the special relationship.

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Green Nigel 42

Re: Boeing is not too bad at moonshots...

At least the a B17 got to the Moon! ref WW2 Bomber found on Moon", as reported & photographed by Sunday Sport National newspaper in the 1980's!!!

That papers headlines used to lighten & brighten my sundays trip to the Newsagent, never bought it thou

(honest, might be worth somthing now if I had and kept it!)

Its probably as truthfull as much of the garbage we are fed by the papers of today.

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Green Nigel 42

Re: overpriced, overbudget and designed by a committee of clueless people

The Eurofigher project is a paragon of lean & mean if you compare it to the Lockheed Martin cluster fucked F35! They will not likely to be awarded a prime contractorship by the Dod again!

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Official: British music punter still loves plastic

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Re: C30 C60 C90

C120

Snap!

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Green Nigel 42

Re: Back to CD

MP3 will remain the dominant download format as long as people continue to buy the flashy cheap low quality audio systems as they always have, (always seams to be the girls who do this, including my wife who wants it to match the decour first!). The Hifi system I built back in the mid 70's still serves me well & only have added a Cd deck. Its prime purpose is to be audably transparent & let all the music through (thou wife would like it tobe invisible too !) Checking out new equipment, my ears have not found anything within my budget that would improve on it & can easily tell the difference between Mp3, digital remastering & the superior Cd (unremastered!)

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Green Nigel 42

Try before you buy.

Been doing it from borrowing & sometimes recording mates Lp's, copying singles off the radio on to Cassette, to rummaging around You Tube, ( now to check if I really want the Cd of my old Vinyl). In all cases the act of borrowing/copying has resulted in an introduction to new artists & future purchases.

The thing is, there is evidence to support that freedom to lend, borrow, record & rip has been benificial financially & expanded the market of the music industry, Big corporate labels DRM & copyright have not.

Downloads now appear to me lack this type of portability, ( DRM gone but still a painful memory). Add to this its apparent fragile, low quality (lossy MP3 & digital remastering) & temporary nature (inherited vinyl of 40 aged 40 years & is still playable, a bucket load of 3 year old dead hard, flash drives & players). I can see the compact portability benifit Mp3's, but the cost outlined above, the additional time needed to maintian a viable backup, transfer to new equipment & that the big labels like it, all put me off big time!

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Samsung leaps out of volume PC game as UK market crashes

Green Nigel 42

Bricked up Samsung

Although they have probably patched a fix, the loss of trust that Samsung's UEFI firmware bug introduced, that bricked up many of their laptops when adding Linux or a different Windows release put these on my naughty list. This and other personal experience of short lived other products, the introduction of region locking (Note 3), have placed a doubt in my mind to their quality image.

Samsung leaving the PC market, never mind!

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Amazon floats 'Prime Air' drone delivery plan

Green Nigel 42
Black Helicopters

Is it 1st April already?!!!

Or is the 2nd Dec the new 1st April?

I didn't realise we were so short of news that this actually got air time!

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Guardian lets UK spooks trash 'Snowden files' PCs to make them feel better

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Too close for comfort

With all these warnings, threats, detentions at airports, symbolic destruction & whatever comes next, it could be deduced that something of high importance, that can only be seen when added to the greater scheme of things, has been compromised by the files?

Problem with that of course is, why draw attention to it and make such a hash at destroying it?

My only conclusion is that the Establishment did this in order to put pressure on the media to consider further releases very, very carefully with these serious FUD tactics.

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Snowden journalist's partner gave Brit spooks passwords to seized files

Green Nigel 42
Black Helicopters

Re: New Synonym?

What, anyone called Dave?

Yes because we have to be sure!

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Green Nigel 42
Happy

For some odd reason, this poem/thought reminds me of the actions of the establishment.

Every night they visit you,

Every night they come,

And bit by bit they steal your brain,

And feed it to their Mum

The Madness Hamsters by Edward Monkton

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Green Nigel 42
Happy

Hi!

Just to say a big hello to those at GCHQ & their NSA chumms!

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Green Nigel 42
Happy

With that statement you could be considered subversive in some circles!

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Green Nigel 42
Big Brother

Re: Journalism is dead, long live the Queen

Heading to a future of perpetual servalance & corporate servatude, sorry but we are there. All achieved by legislation brought in, supported by manuipulating the fear and orchestrating excessive public knee jerk reaction to the actions of a few radical groups.

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Microsoft warns of post-April zero day hack bonanza on Windows XP

Green Nigel 42

Linux market share

Post April next year & judging by the intent of many here to run XP virtually within Linux, it will be interesting to see if Linux substantially breaks the ( mythical?) 1% share!

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Microsoft to fund Blake's 7 return as Xbox Live exclusive

Green Nigel 42

X B7 live?

Requires XBox live, so B7 remake will comes with strings attached in the fine tradition of the original

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USA reverses iPhone, iPad sales ban

Green Nigel 42
Mushroom

Wheels within wheels?

Now there is nothing to stand in the way of Apple taking up a license from Samsung & paying their dues (or have Apple just been hanging back to gain Presedential backing to force a lower licence price against a deal on tax repatriation? ).

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Dead STEVE JOBS was a CROOK - Judge

Green Nigel 42
Devil

Apple Crumble

With such bad Karma, prehaps Steve is destined to be reincarnated as a Korean to work for Samsung?

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MoD signs Microsoft mega licensing deal for 180,000 PCs

Green Nigel 42
Happy

Re: One Hundred and Eighty ?

Prehaps we can add MOD procures 180,000 Windows 8 licenses ( bargain none downgradable version!) that list of disasters!

No one said it was Windows 7.

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Apple dodged all UK corporation tax in 2012

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Re: Avoid the tax avoidance!!!

As you can see, I agree with you on a sales / transaction tax & the reduction/ elimination of Corporation tax . The benifit being that it should not effect those who have been paying their taxes, if done properly, Corp tax reduction should be balanced by sales/ transaction tax increase.

My only concern is that this is too good &there is bound tobe some Brussels regulation that will either knock the simplicity out of it or prohibit it altogether!

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Green Nigel 42

Re: blah

Is it not the ever growing complexity of the tax system that is allowing these corporations to legally find & exploit loopholes?

The solution will not be found by yet more layers of regulation, international agreements, wholescale rationalisation of the tax system (desirable but no political will & massivelymayexpensive/disruptive & bound to befudged by vested interests).

As we are losing tax revenue by trying to retrive what is an increasingly difficult to apply corporate tax, would not be more effective & fair to replace it with a point of sale tax ? After all we the consumers only see the final price & if the likes of Apple do pass it on to us, the laws of supply & demand may come into play with a more even playing field for the local competition & at least it stays in the economy rather than pilfered out of the country.

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Green Nigel 42
Meh

Re: Why don't they just close the loopholes?

Such Corporations do actually benifit by exploiting their Uk employees with wages only livable on through subsidies from welfare, Nhs, education, they also benifit from using the infrastructure, the legal system (Apples main r&d!) which of course is all funded by taxation from you, me & small medium businesses.

So I do object to seeing my tax being sucked out of our economy,bolstering these corporations profits, giving them an unfair advantage over local competition & increasing the tax deficit.

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UK sitting on top of at least 50 years of shale gas – report

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Trollface

Corporation tax

Any estimates on how much tax revenues the multi nationals will actually contribute to the UK from tbis Gas Bonanza!!!! Probably as much as the real recoverable reserves/ estimated.

Another point, any one else notice how the North/ South border moves in relation to the economies perceived strength? I keep hearing how HS2 will benifit the north. Last time I looked Birmingham was in the Midlands! Sorry but that was before the City canonbalised our manufacturing base funded by North Sea Oil.

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Windows 8.1: 'It's good for enterprises, too,' says Redmond

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Re: Suspect it won't be 'that much' of a lemon from MS's perspective

The average Joe & Jane have mostly been told by their friends that W8 is awful. Being none technical they have invested years getting used to doing things one way, only to find the rug pulled out from under them with W8.

So when they go into Pc World, they play with the W8 Laptops they can afford, (none touch), then amble over to the tablets & find that they do all that they want, without hassle. The salesman seeing this closes the sale rather than watching them walk out the door with nothing. Result, the average consumer now realises there is a real choice to the over spec'd Wintel offerings forced on in the recent past. Prehaps this is what Steve Jobs decided to exploit & labeled the post PC era.

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