* Posts by Steve Davies 3

5175 posts • joined 24 Jun 2009

What if tech moguls brewed real ale?

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The inevitable EULA

that you have to read (all 500+ pages) before they will license you to drink a pint.

They will be along later to collect the same amount of urine because the EULA only allowed you an 18 hour loan of the liquid.

Failure to give up the urine will lead to a law suit being filed before you can blink an eye. They will allege IP theft, wilful patent violation(triple damages) and anything else that the $1000/hour lawyers can think of.

Sadly, I'll be in Haggis land when the GBBF is on but I hear that the Isle of Skye brewery in Uig brews a pretty decent pint.

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Friday FYI: 9 out of 10 of website login attempts? Yeah, that'll be hackers

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Re: Another reason this is such a successful exploit

Have an upvote for talking about the site username.

Forcing people to use an email address for the username is tantamount to leaving the door half open.

Once a user has their email hacked, all their contacts get slurped away and the hackers have a lovely lot of data to start using for hacing other sites.

IMHO, it should be a criminal offense to force users to use an email address as a site username.

The sentence should be something like helping to remove fat-bergs from sewers. That will stop them re-offending.

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♫ The Core i9 clock cycles go up. Who cares where they come down?

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Re: Dave Lee

Who in their right mind would believe in a youtuber, whose job is to blow hot air.

I wonder if this is the same 'Dave Lee', who is a BBC Tech Correspondent who lives in LA and is a serial subscriber and owns nothing.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-44829976

Probably not but the same name got me thinking.

Anyway, time for a Pint of Firebird and to watch the end of todays stage on the TdF.

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Architects? Power-hungry GPU fiends? HP has something for you

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Re: desktops in a rack?

This is HP we are talking about so it must be for their next round of

HOT Downsizing.

Every day, there is one less chair for the stafff to use when sharing the one PC in the Office.

Those without a chair are escorted from the building P45/pink slip in hand.

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Bonkers Azure bookings give Microsoft a record-breaking $110bn year

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Re: Intelligent cloud

Doh!

You pay a lot more for Intelligent Cloud as it has a lot more Buzzwords in its description and we all know that for PHB's, the buzzword count is critical (or more likely the only thing they use to make their decisions)

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Loads of Money

So someone must be buying[1] their shit. Can't for the life of me understand why but at least it isn't Amazon and especially Oracle.

[1] By 'buying', I should have said renting and/or subscribing. Apart from some hardware you don't buy anything physical from MS.

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Windows 10 IoT Core Services unleashed to public preview

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Re: Wow, that's appealing

And the cheapo end of the market will look at $0.30/device/month and laugh the MS Sales droid right out of their offices. They have BSD or Linux for free.

As for them updating their devices once they have shipped?

ROFLMAO

Finally, aren't these things already a huge security risk? And that's without installing an OS that is well known for 'phoning home' with all sorts of data. And then what happens when the OS decides that it has been pirated and stops the device from Operating? No lights in your house then.

I wonder what those in Redmond have been smoking?

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Wearable hybrids prove the bloated smartwatch is one of Silly Valley's biggest mistakes

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Well done Mr O

A whole article on wearables and not one mention of that fruity company that this site just loves to slag off.

Keep up the good work.

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Shouting lager, lager... Carlsberg's beer AI can now tell pilsners apart

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Re: Merkin Food

M'Lord, I offer up Cheese made in the USA, especially anything with a 'Cracker Barrel' label or named 'Colby' or 'Sharp' Cheese as evidence of how simple ingredients can be turned into something rubbery and inedible.

M'Lord, the prosecution rests.

PAris as even she can tell that something is crap.

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‘Elders of the Internet’ apologise for social media, recommend Trump filters to fix it

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Trump Filters?

Wot! you don't mean filtering out everything that 'TheRealDonaldTrump' tweets?

Do that and the world will be a far safer place.

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'Fibre broadband' should mean glass wires poking into your router, reckons Brit survey

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Re: the survey is, at heart, a piece in a PR campaign

The number of times I've been asked a sucker sales question disguised as a survey...

I just say, "What are you trying to sell me???"

99% of the time, they hang up.

Those that remain I say,

"I don't answer surveys truthfully and my name is Glenda so bog off!"

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It's 2018 so, of course, climate.news is sold to climate change deniers

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Re: PhD

Can also mean

"Public House Drunkard"

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Indictment bombshell: 'Kremlin intel agents' hacked, leaked Hillary's emails same day Trump asked Russia for help

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Re: "It's about securing the West's systems"

Oh, you must mean the ones that are now 100% Managed from or are physically in India... ????

This won't end well.

Bring those systems home people. You know it makes sense from a security POV.

Or

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Re: Scary trump pic, or is it?

That envelope will obviously be tainted with some [redacted]

Now if Putin played Golf.

IMHO, it is clear that Trump only came here for two things.

1 - To be seen with the Queen (didn't Mrs T look awful in that suit???)

2 - To play Golf to while away the time between meeting Merkel and Putin.

Next week, there will be another crisis and where will the POTUS be? Oh yes, playing Golf. Between Twitter and Golf sort of sums him up perfectly.

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Microsoft: For God's sake, people, cut down on the meetings!

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Yes, get back to your cubicle

Then you cam be doing real work that we can slurp and give to our [redacted] paymasters.

OR

Just get the meeting maniacs to sit through a whole day of John Cleese's "Meeting Bloody Meetings"

If that does not stop them, then it is clearly time to get a new job and pronto.

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Crumbs. Apple has tweaked the MacBook Pro keyboard

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Re: "I almost fainted."

You mean that your projector has only a VGA input then?

Mines the one with a HDMI to VGA and a HDMI to DVI adapters in the pocket

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Microsoft adds subscriptions for SQL and Windows Servers

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Re: Put it another way:

I get the distinct idea that MS has been attending the Larry Ellison 'school of Software Licensing' and especially the class called 'How to use the Cloud to rip your customers off'.

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FBI for the Apple guy: Bloke accused of stealing robo-car tech

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Re: Jobs is probably spinning in his grave at this...

Perhaps this bit of light fingering happened when his department were moving to the 'flying donut'? With so much stuff moving it is often quite easy for things to get diverted/lost.

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Tim? Larry? We need to talk about smartphones and privacy

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Google will have a big get out clause

"We don't know what the likes of Samsung, Xaomi etc do with these bits of Android on their phones"

We all know that makers love to tinker with stock Android. Most of the results are bad and again most of us have encountered those apps that are started at boot and keep on running and can't be removed unless we root the phone.

This could be the one time that Google has a get out of jail card thanks to the mess that is Android in the real world (i.e. not stock releases).

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NAND the beat goes on: Samsung to fling out 96-layer 3D NAND chip

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When will we see them?

The price of 1TB SSD's has been dropping and 128Gb ones are dirt cheap now but anything more than 1TB still costs silly money.

So yes, where are the 4TB or 8TB Consumer SSD's? I'd really like to get rid of rotating rust ASAP.

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Infrastructure wonks: Tear up Britain's copper phone networks by 2025

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Re: Rolling in cash

The BREXIT Dividend will be spent on the NHS as was promised by BoJo and Farage and co. Infrastructure will never see even a bent penny of it.

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re: hugh amount

I don't believe it! {see Icon}

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Intel, Microsoft, Adobe release a swarm of bug fixes to ruin your week

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Re: BBC Still putting out Flash

I don't have (And will not have) Flash installed on my Laptop yet I can't remember the last time a found a BBC Vid that is less than two years old that required flash. Sure, a lot of the old content does but even that seems to be improving.

Care to give an example of a new post that needs flash?

As for 'flash' itself, the sooner Adobe consigned it to the wastebasket of history the better. The thing must only be patches on top of patches on top of patches and on top of yet more patches.

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Apple emits iPhone cop-block update – plus iOS, macOS, Safari patches

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Secret Unlocking

If Apple colluded with the FBI which is a direct contradiction to their Company Policy, AND it got out that they had done so, Lawyers (remember them, the scum of the earth) all over the USA and beyond would be filing billion dollar law suits against Apple.

There could be millions of class actions filed. If could bring down the company (no cheering at the back !)

Do you really think they'd risk that?

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You're indestructible, always believe in 'cause you are Go! Microsoft reinvents netbook with US$399 ‘Surface Go’

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Obvious questions that will be asked

Apart from the usual

"But does it run Crysis?"

there is the

"Is the bootloader locked so I can't install Ubuntu on it?"

The answer to the first is 'who cares' but the second is good to know.

Provided MS has learned from the H/W issues that have afflicted several (or even all) other Surface models and made sure that this device does not suffer from then, it might be a good Linux platform.

No slurpage or forced updates so what is not to like...? {don't answer that, we know the answer}

See Icon as there were several choppers buzzing around yesterday as the Farnborough Air Show got underway. I can see the displays from my office window.

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GitHub given Windows 9x's awesome and so very modern look

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Re: Web 3.0 look

The current 'fad' for oodles of vertical white space is really frustrating especially when most of us are using letter box shaped screens (eg 16:9 ratio). MS is just one of the culprits here and are not alone in this. This plague is spreading.

The need to have to keep scrolling up and down forms is frustrating for the average user and time consuming and IMHO destroys any residual 'ease of use' left. At a time when companies are being encouraged to produce documentation that is clear, consise and easy for mere mortals to understand why are many of those same companies going in the opposite direction when it comes to online?

As for flyover panels (as on this site). Ugh. They are IMHO, a real PITA and just get in the way of doing stuff.

YMMV...

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Every step you take: We track you for your own safety, you know?

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Re: flightradar24.com

There is far too much going on on that site. How about this one as a substitute for watching paint dry.

http://gridwatch.co.uk

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Hoping for Microsoft's mythical Andromeda in your Xmas stocking? Don't hold your breath

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Re: Drawing BOARD ? Isn't There SOFTWARE For Drawing ?

If you saw the last round of MS Surface adverts then you would know that they have drawing apps. They keep telling us that 'you can't do that on your Mac'.

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United States, you have 2 months to sort Privacy Shield ... or data deal is for the bin – Eurocrats

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Re: Next Two Months?

How about until after the US Mid Terms are done and dusted?

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Re: We know what comes next...

Trump could well tweet something like...

"All that European Data is a threat to National Security. As a result I have ordered the NSA to block all traffic from Europe starting at midnight."

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UK.gov: New London courthouse will focus on crimes of a cyber nature

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Re: economic crime

You know like people that siphon off the pensions and sell the company for it to go bump later down the line.

Like most venture capitalists then? If the result is not a company about to go bust then the amount of debt left behind is only going to delay the inevitable by a short while.

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Thunderbird gets its EFAIL patch

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Re: Using GPO's

And exactly what percentage of 'normal' users out there will even know about GPO's let alone how to use them for this purpose.

Not everyone is in a corporate environment you know.

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'Plane Hacker' Roberts: I put a network sniffer on my truck to see what it was sharing. Holy crap!

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So... who pays for the 3G/4G data connection?

If all this data is being slurped who pays for the connection?

If the slurp software can't phone home for a period does the car simply stop working?

The ownership of the data is also questionable.

Leasing is very popular which means that you don't own the car so slurping in IMHO out of your control. After all, the leasing company needs to know when to start billing you £1/mile once you have exceeded your miserly 4,000 miles a year that they give you in the lease don't they? /s /s /s

If you own the car outright (bought upfront with cash and no finance) then IMHO, the data is yours. If you don't then holding title to the vehicle is not worth the paper it is written on.

There are wider implications.

I also see many similarities here with Windows 10 and the forced updates to non business users (even if there are ways around this, how many normal users would know how to block them?). MS are forcing changes on your computer. This could be construed as 'hacking' or Misuse and could be illegal.

Then there are the appliances we all use at home. Increasingly these are 'connected' devices. Who do you sue if your device stops working because you have denied said appliance the ability to connect to your internet so it can 'phone home' at regular intervals?

Lots of questions and very few answers. In the meantime, see Icon

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New Android P beta is 'very close', 'near-final' but also just 'early'

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Re: Not as exciting as I thought at first

But.. will it be a Damp Squib or a Roman Candle?

Coat with a fire extingusher in the pocket

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Dell is still a work in progress as it seeks to dominate all data

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Dominate Data?

Dell Technologies revealed it wants to dominate data – the making, gathering, transporting, connecting, viewing, storing and analysis of it, wherever any or all of that happens.

Getting a bit envious of Larry and his bunch of Sharks over at Oracle then?

Paris because it will end in tears for at least one of them.

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The Notch contagion is spreading slower than phone experts thought

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Re: End game

Ok, who?

It can't be Apple because they don't meet all 3 your top conditions on the same iDevice (yet)

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When Google's robots give your business the death sentence – who you gonna call?

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Computer Says No

And

All your business now belongs to us.

The shape of things to come

Big Brother is Watching you. (even inside your cloud instance!)

I hope this is a warning to those who have gone all in with the cloud. All it takes is for a Credit Card to expire and your business is toast.

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Micro Focus offloads Linux-wrangler SUSE for a cool $2.5bn

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VC's and Hedge Funds

seem to me to be nothing more than 'Debt Generators'.

By that I mean they leave a lot of generated debt behind when they take their money and run.

IMHO, the involvement of these sharks in a business is as good as the Grimm Reaper telling you that you are going to die.

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While you were basking in the sun, the relentless march of the Windows-maker continued

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A wonderful intro

Seven days is a long time in the Microsoft world, although possibly not long enough to complete an April 2018 Update of Windows 10.

ROFL. Brilliant.

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Automated payment machines do NOT work the same all over the world – as I found out

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Re: Meanwhile, in Oregon

Same with New Joizy.

I actually prefer it to the armed fortresses that are gas stations close to JFK who refuse out of city credit cards (no NYC Zip code == no fuel even when paying cash).

The only issue with filling up in Joizy is having to pay the stupid toll on the Verazzano (other bridges and tunnels are available) but that's NYC for you. Apparently there is a way to get from JFK to Joizy and the Freeway to Albany without paying the tolls but I never found it.

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Yep!

Microsoft Maps on my old company phone was doing fine until I crossed over into Detroit from Windsor in Canada. Then it proceeded to take me on a tour of what I found out later were three of the most crime ridden areas of that truly bleak city.

I wasn't aware of it until a local policeman stopped me in his car.

Him: "Don't worry sir, we get this all the time. Were you using Microsoft Maps by any chance?"

Me: "yes why?"

He chuckled.

Him: "almost all the people with Canadian plates are using their [redacted]."

Then he added.

"If you would follow me Sir, I'll lead you to the right Freeway on-ramp."

And people still lament the death of MS phones????

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Oracle, for one, says we'll welcome our new robot overlords: '90%' of you will obey an AI bot

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What are they smoking?

Quote

Nine tenths of us pathetic meatbags are just itching for a benevolent AI to take charge of our affairs and make all the big decisions.

Really? Well perhaps for the Trump supporting knuckleheads maybe but for the rest of us and especially those who comment here? No way in hell especially if Oracle have anything to do with it...

Eat this Oracle -->

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UK.gov is not being advised by Google. Repeat. It is not being advised by Google

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Pull the other one it has bells on it.

If anyone believes that they aren't helping HMG then watch out, the men in white coats will be along shortly.

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Apple fanbois ride to the aid of iGiant in patent spat with Qualcomm

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re:Another excuse to manufacturer iThings in the USA!!!

Then sites like this would be able to gloat over how much that i-Tat that is made in USA costs.

Win-win then?

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Git365. Git for Teams. Quatermass and the Git Pit. GitHub simply won't do now Microsoft has it

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how about...?

Deserted Island Hub?

Pretty soon all that will be left will be MS's own code and no one wants to touch that with a bargepole. MS will be watching you!

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The butterfly defect: MacBook keys wrecked by single grain of sand

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But...

It is all very well to say that the Cupertino Idiot Tax company could not be reached but as this site opten points out, {cr}Apple are nothing more than a product re-badger and make/assemble virtually nothing themselves.

Shouldn't El Reg be 'reaching out' (crap PC term if you ask me) to Foxconn and anyone else to puts these pieces of crap together.

Now back on topic

I looked at getting a 2016/2017 MBP and after a while in an Apple store, I just walked away and decided to make do with my 2012 MBP which has been working perfectly for one month short of 6 years now. Ok, so at least a dozen keys don't have any lettering on anymore and the case has a dent or two but it has yet to fail me. These modern ones don't have that sort of reliability. Until that improves dramatically, I'm keeping my wallet firmly closed.

At least with the Apple stores you can at least see, feel and use the 'tat' before you part with your money. Try doing that for anything other than what cheap 'End Of Line' crap PC-World are peddling at inflated prices that week. This is about their only saving grace.

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Koh YEAH! Apple, Samsung finally settle iPhone patent crusade

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Re: Self inflicted

Apparently.... Apple has turned to LG for a big chunk of the OLED displays for the next iPhones. This dilutes Samsungs stranglehold over Apple. Perhaps the thing that settled the case was Apple saying to Samsung, 'how about zero OLED panels for the next 5 years? Now do you want to settle?"

Pure speculation naturally. Time for a Beer or three (Firebird Best Bitter) and to watch the footy.

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Microsoft has another crack at fixing Chrome problems in Windows 10

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Here we go again

Same old, same old.

When will they get it right?

{don't answer that!}

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Google kills AdWords!

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Re: Google Phones

Apple does not make their i-Devices themselves. They are made by Wistron/Foxconn and re-branded as this site is constantly reminding us.

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