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2756 posts • joined 16 Jul 2007

Apple drones reject American drone-strike tracker app

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"Operation Enduring Freedom"

Otherwise known as 'Freedom From Above'

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Sharp's slim screen factory 'flogged to death' by Apple

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Meh

Yields

Now I'm not one to say 'told you so' but...

Well. Actually I am.

Are Sharp the only guys that can do the sensor-in-pixel thing?

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Cheer up, Samsung: Tokyo judge bins Apple's sync patent claim

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Re: please

That would be funny although apple would make a counterbid for sure and that would be worse if they got hold of Foxconn (which I suspect they already have, in the boardroom).

Would make big sense for Sammy to own their own assembler though, given the range of stuff they produce and the range of stuff Foxconn is tooled to produce.

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Re: again

That was my first thought about Foxconn/Hon Hai's (?) interest in Sharp.

Sharp are another co that failed on yield for retina display panels, though aren't they? I thought (IIRC) only Sammy could get the yield & quality for those, ironically.

Personally I give apple until the end of the Xmas season 2013 before they embark on the downward slope unless they actually invent something of their own (meaning technology not different combinations of other peoples' technology). We'll see, anyway.

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Apple and Google in talks to end patent war?

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Did no one yet mention...

That perhaps, just perhaps, some lawyer looked at the Motorola patents and told Tim Crook

"My Liege, my Overlord and Glorious Master, we can't bullshit or countersue our way out of this one, they have us bang to rights for blatantly not paying for their patents in everything we make and they can prove we've known about this for years and even have recordings of the laughter. We must do a deal"

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UK: 'We're legally bound to arrest Mr Assange'

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FAIL

British government willing to see sense

But unfortunately is completely unable to think clearly with Yank Cock stuck so far up its arse.

Special Relationship. 'Special' as in 'Special Sauce'

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Targeted firm smacks back, chucks patent sueball at Overland

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All the real innovation really is happening in The East isn't it.

While the yanks all try to 'monetise' their IP - e.g. have lost the ability to invent new shit.

I bet training Taiwan/China/India/etc to make all your crap for slave labour prices seems a really clever idea now.

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Apple: You'd want hi-fi streamage from us, not poor-people Wi-Fi audio

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IOS + iphone

Both also trademarks of Cisco & Fujitsu IIRC

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More of Kim Dotcom's booty released by court

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Re: This could be a good show

No love for the guy, but if he's a catalyst for wider action....

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Build a wall round 'em

Put Apple in charge.

Let all foreign nationals and assets out who want out.

Leave em to it.

I for one would like to apologise on behalf of my ancestors for Britain's contribution to the forming of the USA. It feels a bit like having an errant offspring that mugs old ladies at night and your neighbours, while polite to you know you're partly responsible.

Flame on, merkins, I've closed the window.

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Apple: I love to hate, and hate to love thee

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Patent litigation

Have they patented that yet? ;o)

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Apple demands a quickie, aims its torpedo at 8 Samsung mobes

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I think that strategy is called

'Setting Precedent'

For further litigation down the line.

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Samsung fights to stay on US shelves as Apple calls for ban

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It is when you (apple) gets to look at the jury selection list and chuck ones off you don't want which is what I believe happened based on a piece in El Reg on Friday...

Apple would need idiots on the jury who'd never done anything technical or designery as any designer will say something like 'Well yo'ure not going to make it with sharp corners, that's obviously silly. So, now you know you need rounded corner you UI should have rounded corners to maintain consistency, and now you've decided on icons then a grid is the most logical arrangement..' and so on.

So if the jury selection list shows the jobs and ages of the jurors you can easily filter out the smarter more individual-thinking ones and reject them. Plus comparing their age/sex/etc (if noted on the sheet) you can also select likely fanbois as you know your own marketing demographic.

This assumes they get to toss folks off the jury selection list of course but I think IIRC that's standard practice

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Re: power corrupts

Financial power.

They have deep pockets and an OCD-autistic desire to spend on mullering the competition anyway they can.

They'll have to keep playing supplier bingo though, for all the touchscreens and other components as they continue pissing everyone off, and that's going to bite them in the arse fairly soon I should think, especially if LG's sensor-in-pixel screens have a crap yield, which is likely.

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Cook's 'values' memo shows Apple has lost its soul

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Re: Cloud talk

...patents encumbering car design...

Sure but you don't read every day about, say, Mercedes Benz trying to arse-rape Audi over some indicator stem function like a bitchy little girl.

Because pretty much all the car co's behave like grownups for the most part with no stroppy over-privileged little kids in the playground to fuck it up for everyone else. If Apple tried to make a car they'd get brutally bitch-raped on day one by the Germans and Japanese, pre-emptively, because of how they've behaved in the phone sector. Rightly so, too, given their form.

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Jury awards Apple $1bn damages in Samsung patent case

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That's what apple excel at

Pretty gadgety mashups of existing tech invented elsewhere and their marketing.

Mind you the iThing design is looking really dated compared to what everyone else is making.

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Re: Hardly surprising

Maybe that's all for the appeal. The trial has been so bizarre that I wonder if maybe Koh is handing it all to Sammy on appeal, intentionally cos she's so sick of having apple lawyers parked in front of her.

Alternatively maybe Sammy have already lined up an appeal in Texas where they're investing several Bn in a chip fab they have there and might be intending to play the 'Sorry, all the money for those jobs that were gonna be created might be going to apple's wallet instead...' card

Pick your favourite conspiracy theory (or invent a more interesting one, of course)

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WTF?

I find it very odd that...

Nothing at all was awarded Samsung whatsoever cos unless I misunderstood all the claim and counterclaim stuff (there's certainly plenty of it), aren't apple still knowingly and blatantly using a Samsung patent which they have openly refused to pay anything for?

Isn't it evident even to the most 'patriotic' of juries that they must pay some amount for their use thereof?

Maybe it's a separate case - I thought it formed part of Sammy's arguments as to why apple might owe them 500M.

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Facebook updates iOS app, still poking around for mobile dollars

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Re: Lucky Bill Ray

My S3 didn't come with Farmbook, which was a pleasant surprise.

It always irritated me that I couldn't remove it from my previous Desire HD

I really wish Google would put permissions switches into the system so you could deny stuff to apps - like location to Farmbook for example. It's always making the location icon blink, prompting me to turn off GPS which then annoys me when I turn satnav on and it reminds me to re-enable it.

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Train crash knocks out fibre cables, delays 9/11 hearing

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Re: Luckily

Nukular, surely ;o)

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LG making thin screens possibly FOR THE NEW iPHONE

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Re: iPhone 5!!!!!

I am actually still genuinely unsure if the original post was ironic or pavlovian...

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Re: iPhone 5!!!!!

<DavidAttenboroughMode>So now we glimpse again the Fanboi at home in his native habitat...</>

So. NOW can I say .... FAPPLE

Or even now, in the face of this, is it a puerile and assinine epithet?

(..In the face... Fnarrr)

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Didn't LG have to bail on retina displays

Due to low yield? (Maybe it was Sharp)

Doesn't bode too well.

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AT&T defends FaceTime price gouge

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Isn't it more like

You want to use facetime? So you agree you're a disproportionately data intensive user which drives up resource contention for our other users. Therefore, being a greater-than-average burden on our infrastructure we're requiring you pay a higher tariff.

A possibly more sensible option would be to limit facetime minutes on the standard tariff to what the internal profile of an 'average user' is and allow a tariff upgrade for heavier users, though that itself means a certain degree of network management which if not already present (and linked to customer accounts) is quite an overhead to implement on that scale vs a blocked/not-blocked policy with associated tariffs.

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Re: Lovefilm not so bad

Kim Bauer is the dumb daughter yes?

Jack would have been so better off to have said 'Look, whatever you do, you absolutely MUST NOT single handedly defeat the terrorists and bring them all to justice. ABSOLUTELY, do you understand?

Then she'd have fixed everything by the following episode with bad guys clapped in irons.

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Citi rubbishes Nasdaq compensation offer for Facebook IPOcalypse

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Not compared of course

To what they lost since as Failbook marches ever onward toward a more realistic valuation.

Not like anyone forced those Citi clowns to buy the rubbish in the first place.

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Investor pulls out of Facebook, pumps cash into pork-printing joint

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Prior art ?

The Fifth Element Mila Jojovich Construct-o-tron machine?

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Lawyers: We'll pillory porn pirates who don't pay up

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Massive fail in the making

The ghost of ACS Law past is coming to visit...

Popcorn please!

(Popcorn icon please, too!)

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Re: Oh, joy -- our US gun nuts have reached El Reg.

"could own guns -- or Ak-47s; or bazookas -- for pleasure, nor for hunting or any other"

Yet they do, don't they.

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Samsung strides onto the catwalk

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WTF?

Seems a bit odd

But then Yamaha make motorbikes & pianos...

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New nuclear fuel source would power human race until 5000AD

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Re: The Usual Silliness

MMmmmm bananas

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Ubisoft: 'Vast majority of PC gamers are PIRATES'

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Re: They just don't get it, do they.

WINE can run a surprising amount of stuff these days in linux, might be worth 20 mins trying it ?

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Plus...

It's obviously still making enough money to produce PC versions as well as XBOX/PS varieties, else you'd assume they'd move to console-only for new releases if there was no money in PC.

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Also

Conveniently seems to ignore secondhand sales?

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Apple's patent insanity infects Silicon Valley

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Re: Disingenuous reporting

Why? When the pictures are so pretty...

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Re: Absolutely Wrong

Given the main component of a tablet is the screen then Samsung/Sharp have probably done the most 'innovation' in the tablet space. You don't think these components are provided without datasheets and reference software (so whomever's using it can base code from it) for implementing software interface, tap, multitouch, centroid detection, etc do you? Perhaps you do.

The CPU's, memory and network stuff remaining are just (by now) well-trodden computing bits. All of this is obvious to most technically minded people.

Slapping a UI in and stuffing it in a shiny case are apple's specialities, not grass roots 'innovation', they do gadgetry mashups well and marketing extremely well.

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AMD snubs hackers' tiny package, will fix raided blog

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Crappy haxx0r name

When's some group of kids gonna call themselves H4ng0nAsec or W41tAsec.

Plus root beer smells like Germoline which makes me think of nappy rash.

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Everything Everywhere to be Nothing Nowhere in rebrand

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Re: Cinzano Bianco

Martini, then

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But surely...

'EE By Gum' for the northists

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Boffins zapped '2,000 bugs' from Curiosity's 2 MILLION lines of code

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WTF?

"That particular cock-up was caused by transatlantic boffins who mixed up their measurements in inches and centimetres."

Need a bigger facepalm. How long has the world had metric standard units for now?

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Nikon snaps first Android-based camera crown

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FFS, Nikon

It's rectangular with round corners when looked at from the back.

Cue sueball.

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WikiLeaks' secrets weren't, says former MI5 chief

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Re: Logic and Actions of the US

Ahhh I see what you did there, you put 'Logic' and 'US' in the same sentence. 'Because we can' doesn't need logic, in fact it abhors it.

4 out of 10 - must try harder ;o)

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Samsung spends $4bn tarting up Texas factory

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Or perhaps...

It will 'regretfully no longer be able' to create those jobs and opportunities in Texas due to the outcome of Apple's pernicious litigation against the company.

or even more simply...

Sammy knows it'll get an appeal in Texas.

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Apple, Samsung brass hats' patent spat chitchat falls flat

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So in other words

Both companies are so confident they will ultimately prevail they're not giving in.

or possibly...

One company is being shitty so the other company is saying well if you're not compromising nor are we.

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Facebook sued by Chinese firm over Timeline

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F8

I think cameras have had that a tad longer...

;o)

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Google loads Moto Mobility cannon, fires patent shells at Apple

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A fair price?

Surely 30% would be a very reasonable figure, it's certainly someone's favourite number

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Beck's open-source challenge to freetards: play it yourself!

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It's sort of ingenious in a way

You'll doubtless get some pretty talented folks knocking up some excellent versions (err interpretations) of the stuff and some unlikely remixes, etc.

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Ready to patent that 'new' invention? Google is here to dash your hopes

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Gotta be one of ....

Rectangle

Round corner

Slide to unlock

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Assange granted asylum by Ecuador after US refused to rule out charges

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Re: Going back a dozen or so centuries...thank goodness the British Royal Family...

1200 years ago there wasn't a Britain. Closest you get is Briton or the Latin name for the island Britannia. Which is different.

Mind you, 1200 years ago we were actually here...

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Re: @FrankAlpha

I thought the UK hired them to save Europe with all that gold and businesses handed over.

Still. Bacon. Mmmmmmmmm

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