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1451 posts • joined 12 Sep 2007

New EU digi-commish struggles with concepts of net neutrality

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Re: Typical!

That is how the EU commissioners are chosen. Don't all EU governments nominate commissioners like this? Look at some of the dolts we've packed off to Brussels.

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FBI boss: Apple's iPhone, iPad encryption puts people 'ABOVE THE LAW'

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Re: Biter Bit

The spooks need to realise that they aren't unique. If they can decrypt something then we have to assume that so can everyone else.

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

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Re: Most people realise

My point was that why would someone design a mobile that is designed not to be able to be carried in the way that you know most people are going to carry it. It's a question of whether the design is fit for purpose. I've no idea how the size compares with an SGS4 but that works fine in the front pocket of any trousers I've tried, but I'd not not try sticking it in a back pocket and sitting down. Lesson learned from Nokia bricks... sit on them and you end up with bruised buttocks.

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Re: Most people realise

> Most people realise if you have a super thin and light phone and you sit on it - it's going to bend. I would not jump up and down on the bonnet of my car.

You might not jump up and down on the bonnet of your car, but you'd be pretty pissed off if it bent due to wind resistance when driven at 70MPH on the motorway. You'd feel that driving at 70 was normal use for a car and that to be fit for purpose a car should be designed to handle the stresses of normal motorway driving.

Most product designers would realise that if they design a mobile device that people are going to carry it around with them. So question, where do people carry things around ?

Answers on a post card please.

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FBI: Your real SECURITY TERROR? An ANGRY INSIDE MAN

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Re: An excellent excuse to label all our employees as potential terrorists,

No No No, employees are potential saboteurs

It's voters that are the potential terrorists, I mean some of them aim to bring down the current government!

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My TIGHT PANTS made my HUGE iPHONE go all BENDY!

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Re: Bananagate - oh my!

Or do you mean banana drama?

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Linux? Bah! Red Hat has its eye on the CLOUD – and it wants to own it

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Re: When will the morons learn that the cloud isn't secure?

Not all clouds are public clouds.

Many companies will run their own private ones,

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Apple iPhone 6: Looking good, slim. AW... your battery died

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Re: Security

> exciting when one considers that the nominal user might need it to buy their ticket back home

But if you're battery is flat they won't let you on the plane and you'll probably be shot as a terrorist anyway. So by not letting you buy a ticket they're gonna save your life.

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Red Hat to Wall Street: I came here to chew FeedHenry and kick some ass. And I'm all out of FeedHenry

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rpm?

surely you mean

yum

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iOS 8 Healthkit gets a bug SO Apple KILLS it. That's real healthcare!

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Apple just forgot to backdoor the Healthkit.

Where would the thermometer go then?

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OECD lashes out at tax avoiding globocorps' location-flipping antics

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Sounds like

It's time to get into the lobbying business.

I forecast the biggest spurge of cash on anyone who can influance politico the world has ever seen. Coz lets face it, the cost of buying everone will still be a fraction of the tax bill that's heading their way.

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

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Re: Meeeh

Before CDE HP-UX had them in VUE, and I'm sure they'd been around before then. Now HP's VUE is where MS got 3d effect windows from, HP & MS had agreed on making various things common in appearances and many of the keyboard shortcuts. These then became available in Windows 3. So its taken them a long time to implement the rest... like 25 or more years.

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Microsoft buys Minecraft for $2.5bn. Notch: I'm getting the block outta here

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Re: Microsoft Minecraft EULA addendum

Don't forget in game purchases, all materials used in construction are now to be purchased in the new store feature.

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Re: Kerching!

> It is to a MS fanboy.

Yeah, they'd expect at least to be required to do a Control Alt Tab, Control A Control V .... etc and probably a regedit before it would ever actually work.

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Net neutrality fans' joy as '2.3 million email' flood hits US Congress

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voters or industry

My money is with you on this one.

Two million votes sent emails but since none were making campaign contributions they wouldn't count for anything.

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iPhone 6: Advanced features? Pah! Nexus 4 had most of them in 2012

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Re: nearly $1000

> My girlfriends wouldn't be impressed if they were f***ing in a car that cheap :-)

She's be even less impressed if you were trying to F*** on an iphone.

She'd know that by the morning everyone would have seen the videos.

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Leak of '5 MEELLLION Gmail passwords' creates security flap

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Re: Multi-user authentication?

> No, the NSA don't need a password to login.

But they insist on knowing anyway. You're not even allowed to keep that secret

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Re: Logged into gmail for the first time in a year

> and for some reason I don't understand, tea.

Is tea the new Viagra?

Funny, I thought tea was the alternative to needing that.

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DEATH TO TCP/IP cry Cisco, Intel, US gov and boffins galore

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Re: What essentially saved TCP/IP?

> Looked at Exchange Server addresses lately ?? :-)

Hey I run a Scalix server at home, which used to be OpenMail, so the whole internal addressing scheme is X.400. But I don't have to fight the rest of the damn thing and can largely ignore all the X.400 addressing stuff which was always bloody stupid and unfit for purpose.

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Re: What essentially saved TCP/IP?

Was that it worked and it was good enough for what people wanted it for, whereas OSI gave infinite interoperability problems.

Then came the PC, you could run TCP/IP in a system with 640K of base memory and still just about leave room for an app. This wasn't the case for OSI.

Also I'm bloody glad I've not needed to wage war against X.400 in the last 16+ years.

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Thirteen Astonishing True Facts You Never Knew About SCREWS

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Re: Arapaho used Left-hand Screws?

> Not once you include right-side wheel lugs on old Chrysler products.

Lots of vehicles had those, not just Chrysler. I remember spending a couple of hours with increasingly large spanners trying to take the back wheel of an ambulance, with mate standing on one side of a bloody great big spider while I hauled up on the other side... nothing till in frustrate thumped the spider in the other direction and it span free.

Incidentally all cars with knock off wheels have spinners going in the opposite direction to wheel so the trundling effect tightens then rather than coursing the wheel to drop in the first 50feet.

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Stick a 4K in them: Super high-res TVs are DONE

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Re: They need to release 250GB or 500GB discs for 8K and 4K...

> HDTV became a standard thanks to the Blu-Ray and the Sony Playstation3 gave a huge sales boost worldwide.

I rather felt that HDTV became accepted as a standard because it became available at about the time when flat screen TVs became affordable. The move to flatscreens was a significant benefit to a lot of people, it save tones of space in the living room and made bigger teles practical. Digital and HD just happened to be happening at the same time and got a free ride on it's coat tails.

BTW, Sony's version of HDTV was 1920x1200 not the spec we ended up with which is lousy 1080p. Sure looked good in 1990 when they lent me their demo system for a show stand. Doesn't that make it pre-date the original PS?

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Re: Here you go

Ta Steve

I feel a shopping twitch coming on.... now I just need to find a graphics card to match it

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There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES

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Re: On handguns or American morals

Americans have guns, but are legally forbidden from having nipples. Americans have guns in case they ever discover anyone who posesses a pair of nipples (therefore must be a witch)

If we import American moral standards we'll all need to surrender our nipples in return for being allowed to carry guns, but all right thinking people know that it is better to show people shooting other people than to show any evidence that people are mamals and that therefore Dawin might have had a point.

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Re: My 2p

> Not having much luck in spite of some very good reviews from a few folks whose track records mean they know what they're talking about.

This reminds me of an interview with John Lloyd where he's talking to the BBC management about the original HHGTTG series and having shown them some of the early material the senior BBC man says "Is this funny? Can anyone tell me whether this is funny?"

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Redmond may buy security company it says is wrong about AD flaw

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FAIL

So

The accountants think it would cost more than $200M to fix the bug you mean.

Why debug when you can bury more cheaply.

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Would it be BAD if the Amazon rainforest was all FARMS? Well it WAS, once

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Re: Sahara etc

> Yeah, we usually blame the extensive deforestation on the Brits - where do you think they got the timber to build all those ships to rule the world from the 16th Century on!

Err that lot of oak came from the British Isles (well mostly)

Funnily I heard something on R4 the other day where someone was saying they'd been involved in some environmental committee a few years back where they were looking at trees and visited the Forest of Dean and he was extolling the beautiful natural woodland, when a local pointed out that none of it was natural, it was all planted to grow battle ships for the navy.

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iPhone user SHAMEGASM: 'I beg of you', delete sex app from my purchase list

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Why?

Would you want to share your purchase history with anyone, let alone your parents.

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F1? No, it's Formula E as electric racing cars hit the track

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Bikes and corners

I remember back in the 70's reading a review in something like Autocar or Motor where they pitched the new Honda CBX inline 6 cylinder bike against the an Aston Martin Vantage, the bike was miles ahead at the first corner, just ahead at the end of lap 1 and then disappeared after that and no one ever accused the Vantage of being particularly good at corners. A Bugatti Veyron might beat one of these to the first corner, but after that it wouldn't see which way this thing went.

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Is there too much sex and violence on TV?

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Re: New Category Needed

Still need to be able to complain so the programme planners know we want something more interesting than the normal twaddle that pollutes the airwaves.

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Judge says there's no such thing as a 'Patent Troll'

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Re: Turkeys campaigning for Christmas

> This is a catch-22 for Apple, fighting a patent troll in court which could lead to a legal decision against trolls which could well be used against their own trolling in the future

Just like Oracle hell bent on asserting that APIs are patent/copyrightable just so they can be forced to hand over every red cent they ever earned to IBM.

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Creepy battery-operated TEDDY BEAR SEX TOY. Sadly, this is for real

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Q: What do you buy the woman that has everything?

A: A bag, she's a woman.

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Luxembourg patent troll suing world+dog

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Re: Non-Practising Entities: USE IT OR LOSE IT

You can define "patent troll" as "Non-Practising Entities:" if you like.

Me, I define anyone who thinks that patenting things like slide to unlock or bouncing menus as a patent troll.

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Re: I have an idea.

Because Apply are the worlds biggest patent trolls.

The surprising thing is only that Apple aren't suing the patent trolls for using their favourite business practice. Surely they must have managed to patent that business process by now.

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How the hell

Did any of these things get patented?

Least cost routing? Sorry that's been around since Bell first invented the damn phone. Certainly the companies I worked for back in the 80s all used least cost routing in their automatic exchanges, so these all significantly pre-date those patents.

Hands free? oh you mean speaker phones. How long have they been around for? decades?

Even on mobiles, car phones had this option back when handhelds were little more than a car phone and car battery.

Will someone please do something about patent offices issuing patents when there is so much prior art around.

Perhaps we should introduce a new rule that any company that applies for a patent when there is published prior art automatically has every single one of their patents invalidated.

Preferably the patent office that issues one when there is prior art should have every patent they issued within a year also invalidated. This way businesses would bring pressure to bare on the patent offices to do their job properly rather than simply allowing anyone to patent anything and passing it on to the courts to clear up the resulting mess

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Samsung, Chipzilla in 4K monitor price cut pact

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Re: 4K screen prices are already dropping

> I have a pair of 22" 3840x2400 monitors on my desk

want, Want, WANT

Where do you get these types of displays?

I use a 27" 2560x1440 at the moment, 22" would be a bit small, I'd need to have it closer so would need reading glasses. 40" is probably too large, I'd need to have the screen a lot further away. The 32" inch display on the kids PC (ok HD TV) seems fine.

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4K screen prices are already dropping

I got an email this weekend with an offer on a 40" Samsung 4K screen for under a grand, puts it in the same ball park as a 30" 2560x1600 screen. Perhaps still a little high but now at a point where I might be tempted. 40" is perhaps a little large to have on the desk.

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TrueCrypt considered HARMFUL – downloads, website meddled to warn: 'It's not secure'

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Oh bugger!

I hadn't upgraded to 7.2, I hope 7.1a is OK(ish)

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Chuh. Heavy, dude: HP ZBook 17 mobile workstation

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Re: Dell's offerings are better, I think

Sorry but looking at Dell's website all their 17" laptops are equally useless, They do either 1600x900 (FFS) or 1920x1080 screens. Please tell me I'm wrong, please show show me a model I can buy which will do the job I need to do. My HP 8740w hangs far too regularly for my liking (2 or 3 times this month). I don't want to cough up for a new one, but have little choice.

I need a 17" screen (I'm over 50 so eyes not what they used to be), 1920x1200 (or better) screen. I'd like to be able to use it outside occasionally. The HP dream colour screen is bright, I was using it in a sunny Portuguese garden yesterday afternoon OK. It needs to do drive encryption and it needs to use SSDs OK (my 8740w has been messing up since I switched on drive encryption when running an SSD, SSD with no encryption was stable. My 8370w messed up big time with encryption and an SSD but is rock solid with encryption and spinning rust).

I'd like to be able to plug in upgrades, RAM and disk as time goes by.

Is this too much to ask?

££££££££ waiting for the first manufacture who can match my needs.

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Re: WTF...

No, I work on remote systems which require me to run windows inside windows inside windows and I can't control the size of windows there are on the inside, so I have to make sure my screen can cope. Thirty years or so ago a 1024x768 screen became the normal for a Unix workstation, by 25 years ago the world had moved on to 1280x1024 being the norm. So many programs expect to have that kind of real estate to play with and some programmers go to the trouble of turning off a users right to resize things. So I'm left with realistically needing close to 1200 lines on the screen to cope with these things running inside windows on remote systems by the time you've added all the decorative s*&t wrapped around windows.

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Re: ARGH!

The boxes spend 90% of their time sitting on a desktop and connected to a 2560x1440 screen (2560x1600 displays are still "sillier" money) but I do need to be able to haul it around with me, I'm away from home right now and still need a decent screen but can't bring the external monitor with me.

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ARGH!

Still a crap screen

It's a mobile(ish) workstation. I'm not going to watch BluRays on it, I'm going to use it to work on.

1920x1080 is not good enough, I've tried and I can't live with it. What I do for a living needs at least 1920x1200 so I'll have to stick with my EliteBook 8740w, which I had to buy 2nd hand because the 8760w had a crap Mickey Mouse screen too.

I'd much rather have the 17" model than the 15"er but I'd like some dots on my screen please.

Make a decent screen res model and I'll buy one immediately, but this one you can keep.

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EE boffin: 5G will be the LAST WORD in mobe tech – literally

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Re: Whats the point of super fast mobile broadband..

Just signed up with 3 for #1 son as his T-Mobile contract has run its course and they don't have a bill shock proof parent friendly tariff. 3 offer all you can eat data, with more talk and texts than a teenage boy will ever use for £12.90/month on a rolling 30 day basis. Seemed idea contact for a teenage. Only problem is I can't block it at night time to stop nocturnal anime sessions.

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BRITS: Wanna know how late your train is? Now you can slurp straight from the source for free

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Could be worse

Could be a French train that's too wide to fit at the platform.

What ever happened to running wooden mock ups of new rolling stock through the network just to check.

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No such luck: Apple, Samsung say peace talks are off – way off

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Re: And the winners are...

Why would the lawyers be interested in an amicable settlement, this means they don't get to charge their court appearance fees.

Reminds me of when I bought my last house, the solicitors spent a couple of weeks wrangling over one little (well understood) problem. I then spoke to the builder and explained the situation and that I knew you could buy insurance against the problem for about £100, he replied "OK to split it?" "Sure" job done.

The lawyers will continue to fight.

Hopefully saner minds will negotiate behind the scenes in private.

But hey, how many saner minds are there?

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350 DBAs stare blankly when reminded super-users can pinch data

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Re: , all we as sys admins care about is ...

" that data is only important to the users, all we as sys admins care about is uptime and minimum outages."

True, until the bastards try to screw you down and you know all the emails about it are stored where you've got full access.

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Microsoft walks into a bar. China screams: 'Eww is that Windows 8? GET OUT OF HERE'

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Until they realised that it's much harder to pirate Windows 8....

Why pirate W8, M$ can't even give it away at gun point, Why would anyone want to steal a copy?

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Feature-phones aren't dead, Moto – oldsters still need them

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Not a feature phone

I think lots of people in my parents generation want a no features phone.

Can it make phone calls? Yes, that's all I want.

It can do xyz too. Errrr why? can you turn that off, I want a phone please.

My mother's phone was playing up recently and so my ex marched her into CPW and told the salesman to sell her a Doro PhoneEasy, Mum is delighted, big buttons and big text on screen. She's be ever happier if it was even more limited. If anyone sends her a text message she either phones one of use and asks what the message is on the screen or summons nearest grandchild to come and sort it out.

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Russia to suspend US GPS stations in tit-for-tat spat

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Russian soldiers in Crimea to start using iMaps,

> Now if we can only get the Russian soldiers in Crimea to start using iMaps, they'll be out of there within a week without a shot being fired.

They are using iMaps that's why they think they're in Russia.

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EU antitrust bods: Motorola, Samsung too dominant to take on poor little Apple

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"The so-called smartphone patent wars should not occur at the expense of consumers,”

Who else is it going to be at the expense of?

A good start would be ensuring that patents were only issued in the right circumstances.

Personally I believe all software patents to be illegal, but who cares what I think.

Patents should only be awarded where they are truly innovative, adding the words smart phone to the application to cover techniques that are already well know and used in the wider world shouldn't be allowed. In fact implementing anything in software which is well known in the real world shouldn't be allowed at all. Like slide to unlock, there are non SW based implementations which date back thousands of years, how can doing it on a smart phone suddenly become innovative? Neat? sure if you like that sort of thing, innovative? no 'fraid not. Copyright protection maybe, patent? nope.

Patent offices around the world are allowing this shit and the losers are us customers. If a company suddenly find that it needs to employ twice as many lawyers as developers then costs increase. It ain't the companies or the shareholders who lose out, its us, the punters.

If you want to protect consumers do something about the state sponsored abuse the IP laws.

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