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Facebook bans Russia's RT ahead of Trump's Inauguration Day (then changes its mind)

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@Wonko The Sane "To do that I'd have to have started using it. Upvoted anyway"

You and me both. :)

Furthermore, from the article:

"Whether or not the ban was over a copyright kerfuffle, the Kafkaesque stone-walling is not a great look for a social network that's used by more than a billion people and wields unprecedented power over the media and populations. Facebook declined to comment when poked by El Reg last night.®"

Is it not hilarious that when it comes to stonewalling legitimate questions FarceBook manages to out-Kremlin the Kremlin? Indeed in a contest to treat your "voters/customers" with studied contempt I am not sure who would win, Vladimir Putin or Mark Zuckerberg.

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Why Theresa May’s hard Brexit might be softer than you think

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Re: Plausible

She cannot be bothered to be remotely honest: "Her logic, she said, was that UK had voted overwhelmingly to end open borders". Voted overwhelmingly? What was the difference between the "leavers" and "remainers" - a few percentage points? That does of course not in any way change the fact that the vote was for departure. However, when the Prime Minister herself is willing to characterise the balance of the vote in such a transcendentally dishonest fashion one has to despair of any degree of honesty from our politicians. It was a close vote (that of course does not change the result), however pretending that she in practice has a large majority of the country on her side is one big steaming fat porky.

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SpaceX makes successful rocket launch

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@Alister RE:"IT WAS NOT A FACEBOOK SATELLITE!"

Pity.*

No, I am not hostile to Space X. See icon.

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Google nukes ad-blocker AdNauseam, sweeps remains out of Chrome Web Store

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@Terry 6 Re: ".........that we get if Microsoft is even so much as mentioned."

Indeed. It is amazing how much howling and hosing you get on any thread even remotely connected with Win 10 whereas it is very much quieter both in terms of the nature of the postings and the number of them that we see on any thread which involves Google's privacy issues. I am not in any way implicitly or explicitly making excuses for the serious privacy issues with Win 10 but when it comes to data "slurping" Google could give master classes to world plus wife plus dog and Microsoft.

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Trio charged with $4m insider trading by hacking merger lawyers

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I am depressed. For one wonderful moment I misread the headline as:

"Up to seven New York law firms targeted by Manhattan prosecutors".

What a bummer when I realised it was just my little dream. See icon.

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Crim charges slapped on copyright trolls who filmed porn, torrented it then sued downloaders

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The reactions from the tech community, proffesional and amateurs alike can be summed up as:

"Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive."*

The threads connected to articles about this in the US itself make very entertaining reading.

eg. This from Arstechnica:

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2016/12/breaking-prenda-law-copyright-trolls-steele-and-hansmeier-arrested/

*Wordsworth.

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EU dings Sony, Panasonic over rechargeable battery cartel

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How often is Samsung going to be allowed to grass its way out of bother?

This is the third time that I remember that they have got away with monopolistic practices simply by squealing. If memory serves the previous occasions were in the European TV market. It is one thing to reduce their punishment in return for cooperation and quite another to allow them to get away scot free every time.

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Germany warns Moscow will splash cash on pre-election propaganda and misinformation spree

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@Archtech ".....that strategy has very little in common with John Maynard Keynes."

Indeed. It is refreshing to see somebody post something about Maynard Keynes that shows they actually know what they are talking about. A very informative and concise summary of what he was in fact recommending. See icon.

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Re: "their current far-left quasi-dictator"

Just how right-wing are you Big John if you regard Merkel in such terms? You regard Attilla and Ghengis as your homebois perhaps?

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Qualcomm, Microsoft plot ARM Snapdragon-powered Windows 10 PCs, tablets, phones

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Well Bob, given your predeliction for caps lock.................

........."Bombastic" was probably a good choice.

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Re: "How do you license something.............."

AFAIK Microsoft do not charge a license fee for devices with screens under seven inches. As for performance we will have to see what the combination of the new cpus produced by Qualcomm and the emulation layer deliver in practice. It may indeed be a complete bust but we do not know that yet. I said that I thought that it was interesting - not that I was automatically sold on the idea. We will just have to wait and see what comes out in the wash.

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Re: Very interesting but not entirely surprising.

It appears that MS are fully recompiling Win 10. At least according to Mary Jo Foley:

“The coming version of Windows 10 for Qualcomm is not Windows RT. It is a version of Microsoft's full Windows 10 desktop that's compiled natively to run on the Qualcomm CPU. It can run Universal Windows Platform apps. But it also will allow Win32 apps to run via emulation. According to Microsoft, existing peripherals and enterprise features that are currently supported in Windows 10 for Intel PCs will work on Windows 10 on Quolcomm devices.”

How well such an emulation layer will work remains of course to be seen. It is also interesting that "enterprise features" are mentioned in this quote. One of the things that killed Windows RT stone dead was of course the lack of such enterprise features active directory, setting group policy, remote desktop support and so on and so forth.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-to-pc-makers-lets-make-some-windows-10-arm-based-pcs/

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Very interesting but not entirely surprising.

Given Intel's apparent abandonment of x86 cpu development for mobile devices (whether phones or smaller form factor tablets) it was clear that the only way forward for MS in this area was ARM-based. That being the case the only “big thing” they could offer the punters was something that in practice* was a full port of their desktop OS such that relatively small form factor devices could genuinely function as a full pc when docked (as apposed to the very limited experience that Continuum currently provides).

*Please note that I say in practice rather than necessarily in the literal technical sense of a complete recompiling of Win 10 to run on ARM.

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UCam247 tells El Reg most of its cams aren't vulnerable to GET vuln

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@John Robson Re "I like that expansion of IoT"

I wish that I could claim that it was intentional. I simply wrote my comment without noticing that felicitous acronym. Must have been a stream of (un)consciousness thing. :) Nice comment BTW - see icon.

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@Mephistro Re: Good...

Indeed. I was open mouthed when I read this letter. Polite, informative and as far as one can see, showing a proactive and constructive approach to such challenges. Clearly he has not read Ignore, Obfuscate, Threaten and Litigate 101!

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ExoMars probe snaps photos of your next dystopian home world when Earth goes to crap

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"Volcanoes to the left of me, chasms to the right, here I am –

- sniffing the atmosphere for you"

Very nice Stealers Wheel reference in the title of the photo at the top. As a service to those who were not young adults in 1972 here is the obligatory youtube link.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8StG4fFWHqg

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Hackers crack Liechtenstein banks, demand ransoms

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Why is it that I am having difficulty working up any indignation on this occasion?

Must have something to do with the nature of the target. I have some difficulty sympathising with banks whose collective name should be TaxEvasions R'Us.

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NASA trying to rein in next-generation super-heavy lifter costs

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Re:"Cleaner air, a diversified energy production portfolio more efficient electronics etc..."

I entirely agree. Although I have my reservations about the scale of the human contribution to global warming claimed by some of the most ardent warmers I accept entirely that the measures that we need to take if it is true are a good thing in themselves for several other reasons. I.e. Let's do it anyway without bothering about the theology of either side of the arguement.

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Qualcomm taps Samsung to make next-gen 10nm Snapdragon

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"will give it a 27 per cent performance increase or cut power consumption by 40 per cent"

Anyone betting against the phone manufacturers expending very little of that on improved battery life?

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Facebook Fake News won it for Trump? That's a Zombie theory

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Re: Just say No.

I agree and I do. Which is why I routinely refer to "FuckBook", "Shitter" and "SlapTwat" whenever I post on the issue of social media.

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Russian banks floored by withering DDoS attacks

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Doctor Syntax Re: "In fact regulation as evils is no argument at all."

Indeed Doctor Syntax, I entirely agree. Adam Smith the Grandfather of modern capitalism (born 1723) and a keen supporter of free markets understood that ensuring they function as intended required regulation. Possibly his most famous quote is the following:

“People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices”.

The fact of the matter is, as you point out, we regulate markets for a number of reasons to ensure that they are efficient and constructive rather than inefficient and destructive. This is a classic example of where the lack of regulation is having very unfortunate and destructive effects which impact everyone on our little rock. Whatever the barking wing of the neo-liberal school of economics may believe regulation is the saviour of a constructive and efficient market economy. Without it the system would eat itself.

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@Palpy "Until regulation requires it. Which makes the manufacturers bark with dismay, "

I take your point and I have to say that given the threat level that insecure IoT devices represent then it is precisely that we are going to have to do. Make such devices illegal unless they comply with basic security procedures. If this is what is necessary then as far as "evil socialist totalitarianism" is concerned in this context, I say "bring it on"! I do not give a shit what the short term self interest of these companies is, what I do care about is that we may end up in a situation where one of the most important technical achievements that humanity has ever created might be destroyed by cowboy companies who do not care about anything other than the bottom line.

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Re: Leaving security to the end user = no security

I must first make it clear that I am an organic chemist not an IT pro and my suggestion may have enoooormous holes in it. What about the first part of the setup routine being a mandatory change of pass word? The setup process could also require that the password be of a reasonable level of strength. I.e. Nobody gets to use "password" or "1234". Would this contribute? I would be very interested to hear the opinions of IT pros.

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Siri, clone yourself and dive into this Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone

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@Disk0 Re: Up next

"your IoT washer gets hacked and now is now instructing you to send bitcoins to Ukraine, or it will explode."

Unfortunately that scenario is far from unlikely. See icon.

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Unstoppable Huawei draws level with Apple

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@Six Re "....... they're almost two parallel markets ........."

I agree with much of what you have said however I would point out the following. Apple has been very keen to really make progress in the Chinese market. That is now going to be a lot harder with the progress that Huawei has been making. Given Apple's dependence on the iPhone as its biggest earner in a market which is displaying signs of slowing down in the West (in common with the table and pc markets which started doing this earlier) it is very bad news for them that the last big one (market that is), China, has companies that can really give them a run for their money (literally and figuratively). Apple's increasing dependence on one product as far as its hardware sales are concerned leaves that side of their business looking vulnerable for the future.

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Any questions? No, not you again at the back, please God no

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@Alistair Dabbs Re"I hear that some men will pay for that sort of thing."

Am I allowed to describe that as a sick joke?

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No spin zone: Samsung recalls 3M EXPLODING washing machines

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@Jack of Shadows It would appear to go back quite a long way.

"To summarise, the saying as we have it is a 19th century translation of an index entry, written by Joshua Barnes in 1694 in his edition of Euripedes. The entry summarised rather than translated the content of a couple of lines of Greek. The lines were originally by a scholiast on Sophocles, quoted in the 2nd century AD by Athenagoras, and supposed to be by Euripedes by early editors of that author. Barnes in turn was almost quoting James Duport in his 1660 work on the ideas to be found in Homer."

http://www.roger-pearse.com/weblog/2015/10/31/is-those-whom-the-gods-wish-to-destroy-they-first-make-mad-a-classical-quotation/

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Windows 10 market share stalls after free upgrade offer ends

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Re: "you didn't buy the new PC unless you wanted the new OS. "

I fear I may not have made my point with Win 7 clearly enough. If you look at the timing of the PC market beginning to flatten out and then start on a downward curve something rather ironic regarding which Windows iteration actually contributed to the current state becomes clear. One of the two most popular and well regarded versions of Windows (XP being the other one of course) may very well have been one of the triggers for the processes that we have seen at work in that market.*

*I would wish to point out that in saying this I am not remotely being snide about Win 7 - I installed it on 4 different rigs and was always very pleased. An excellent OS. However, I do feel it is legitimate to point out that if one is going to assign some of the "blame" for the current weak state of the PC market to a particular version of Windows then one has to look at the timing of the beginnings of that weakness - they predate in fact both Win 8 and Win 10. This is of course entirely seperate from what you, I, or anyone else here on the threads at El Reg may think about 8 or 10 as operating systems.

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Re: "a new version of OS used to trigger purchases of new PCs."

Up to and including Windows Vista each successive iteration of Redmond's OS virtually mandated a new pc (or a significant hardware upgrade) in order for it to run with anything like decent performance. Microsoft's minimum recommended specs were always a bad joke given that a on a machine that had those specs the iteration concerned could just about get out of bed. It was always the case that you needed substantially higher specs in order to get reasonably acceptable performance. This changed with Win 7. For the first time if you had a box which had ok specs for Vista then Win 7 would run with an acceptable level of performance. If you then add to that the transformation of the private retail market in terms of the rise of mobile devices meaning that you have phones, tablets and PCs all competing for the punter's hard earned one has then a situation which IMO cannot be fully explained in terms of disatisfaction with this or that iteration of Windows. I would agree that Win 8 was very clearly not any kind of hit with private retail customers but that is not remotely an adequate explanation for where the pc market has been going in recent years. Indeed if we look at the tablet market we can see that it also began to stall about three or more years ago and the mobile phone market began to show the same signs a year or so ago. The Windows OS can scarcely have anything to do with those phenomena! I think that the processes at work hear are market saturation, maturation and three different device classes trying to attract the punter's spons in a context where people do far more on their phones than they ever did before thus making the PC a lower priority than it once was. If we add to that the fact that modern tablets and smart phones continue to have perfectly adequate performance for several years it becomes clear that the whole personal tech retail market is becoming a very difficult place in which to do business.

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"It looks like users won't adopt it if they have to pay for it"

That is nothing new at all. The percentage of Windows OS sales to private retail customers intending to install it on an existing pc running the previous iteration has always been a vanishingly small percentage of Windows' turnover. The overwhelming proportion of sales of Windows licenses to the private sector has always been driven by the purchase of new PCs.

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Let's praise Surface, not bury it

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It is in fact interesting that the last three years or so have seen something that.....

...........some of our fellow members of our little congregation here at El Reg are unwilling to admit.

"So Surface is an attempt to revive interest in the very idea of personal computing. It's had a hugely positive impact on the quality of the established PC players. Lenovo, Dell and HP have all gone back to the drawing board and returned with their best products for years."

Microsoft has in fact as far as hardware is concerned given the entire paradigm a genuine kick in the arse. The effect on the OEMs has been considerable. Just consider HPs Spectre x360 for the private retail market. The latest iteration has excellent battery life, terrific design and one of the best keyboards and touchpads available out there as well as a gorgeous screen. Andrew's point is well taken. Regardless of our concerns regarding the privacy issues with Win10 it is not possible to argue that MS under "SatNav" does not innovate. Better late than never we might say but "there is more joy in heaven over one sinner that repenteth" etc. etc.

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Sysadmin flees asbestos scare with disk drive, blank pay cheques, angry builders in pursuit

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@TRT Re:"Do you mind a little advice? Starfleet captains are like children. "

Thank you TRT, lovely to hear Scotty's voice again. Highly entertaining. See icon.

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Two new dinosaurs walked from South America to Australia, via Antarctica

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@Elmer Phud Re: "Is that the old Routemaster or the new one?"

It will of course be the old imperial Routemaster. You were surely not expecting that El Reg would go metric?

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‘Alan Turing law’ to give posthumous pardons to 59,000 men for 'gross indecency'

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@Aladdin Sane Re: "If?!"

I agree entirely and I say burn the heretic!

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Think virtual reality is just about games? Think again, friend

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Hmm.....

""It was shocking, so shocking to me. And I pulled off the headset and I was in the middle of this party with people drinking beer and partying, and I've never felt so alone," she confessed. The intensity of the experience is such that the filmmakers considered whether there was an ethical consideration to ensure viewers didn't feel the disparity between the virtual world and the real world too strongly or too quickly."

Whilst I do not for one moment suggest that these film makers should not be experimenting with the possiblities that this new creative form of cinema may offer I am obliged to wonder how some emotionally/psychologically fragile people may or may not be able to cope with it. Something to be aware/beware of perhaps.

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Apple’s macOS Sierra update really puts the fan into 'fanboi'

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@Dan 55 "Force Quit Safari. Then remove it from the dock and/or desktop."

Then bury it at a crossroads with a head of garlic in its mouth and a stake through its heart - you cannot be too sure.

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"VLC seems to be getting better these days"

Indeed. Available on Linux, Windows and MacOS (or however one is supposed to italicise Cupertino's offering these days). Unless you are so deep into i-Tunes that you cannot get out there is no excuse for installing that shit regardless of your choice of OS.

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The exploding Note 7 is no surprise – leaked Samsung doc highlights toxic internal culture

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@Ashley_Pomeroy "Don't hold back - tell us. I get the impression you're not keen."

I imagine that Donkey Molestor X is currently closeted with his paramour and is unable to reply.

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British jobs for British people: UK tech rejects PM May’s nativist hiring agenda

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@Jamie Jones Re: This article is a load of leftie rubbish

Were you by any chance being a touch satirical old chap? See icon.

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Europe loves to pay by bonk* - survey

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I do not care it this makes me a boring old fart or some kind of luddite......

............there is no chance in hell that I am giving my phone access to my bank. Regardless of the protestations of the usual suspects that secure systems are in place. It is just yet another attack vector for the various toss-bags out there who want to part us from out hard-earned. I am not suggesting that our banking should revolve around storing banknotes under our mattresses but there are limits. At least for this example of the Canidae.

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Samsung to Galaxy Note 7 users: Turn it off. Now

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Re "You make it sound like no phone has ever successfully....."

Your Galaxy S6 has a conventional micro USB 2 port the techonology of which reputable producers thoroughly understand and have considerable experience with in the area of rapid charging. I wrote "I also wonder (my added emphasis ed.) whether a lack of/limited experience with correct implementation of the USB type C standard..." I was scarcely being didactic old chap and my comment was specific to the context of USB type C.

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Re: "Sincerely hope so!"

I entirely agree with the points you have made. I also wonder whether a lack of/limited experience with correct implementation of the USB type C standard (currently true of all producers) may also have exacerbated the situation. The behaviour of that port has to be very precisely regulated or the device will end up in trouble - particularly when when we are of course by definitition talking about rapid charging which can under certain circumstances lead to battery damage (if incorrectly regulated) with, potentially, the kind of problems we have seen with the Note 7.

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Boy, 12, gets €100k bill from Google after confusing Adwords with Adsense

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RE: "Why did the kid know the family bank account details?"

A very good point, exactly what I was about to post. How on earth does a twelve year old know his mum and dad's banking details?

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Google may just have silently snuffed the tablet computer

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@RIBrsiq "I remember a time when tablets were supposed to kill the PC"

In addition we also see that the smartphone market has been showing signs that it too is flattening out prior to serious slowdown (the first indications that mobes were affected as well as tablets and pcs started to appear about a year ago). Quite what is killing what I do not know other than it is quite obvious that refresh cycles for all these three types of shiny are getting longer and longer. I note that a certain section of our little congregation here at El Reg post regularly claiming that Win 10 is destroying the pc-market. I wonder what their explanation is for condition of the tablet and smartmobe markets? Given that the Demon Lords of Redmond have a low percentage market presense in both those areas. Something is definitely going on and whilst one can speculate about market saturation, commoditization and so on and so forth it is still somewhat of a puzzle.

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EU turns screws on Android – report

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Re: And Apple? "Why isn't the EU shafting them?"

It is a matter of scale. Whilst I do not disagree with your characterisation of Cupertino's store the sheer all-pervasiveness of the Android OS means that it in effect has a market dominant position as far as its percentage of the total smarphone market is concerned. That, IMO, is why the EU are prioritising going after Google.

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Oh Snap! How intelligent people make themselves stupid for Snapchat

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Well done Andrew

The best description of SlapTwat that I have read to date.

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Smelly toilets, smokers and the Kardashians. Virgin Media staff grill top brass

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Re: "Keeping up with the Kardashians"

I have noticed on a number of previous threads connected to articles where the Kardashians are mentioned that there appears to be a certain confusion between that family and the Cardassians from Deep Space 9. As a public service I offer the following clarification. A Cardassian would be deeply offended if you asked him to "walk with the Prophets" whilst a Kardashian would always be delighted if you asked them to "walk with the profits".

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Pull the plug! PowerPoint may kill my conference audience

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@GrumpenKraut "It came to my rescue that I brought my talk (outline) on paper, as I always do.....

..............Paper. Always. Works."

I hear you brother. Been there, done that, bought the T-shirt, read the book. Bringing some chalk with you in case they have something so impossibly old fashioned as a blackboard is not to be despised either.*

*Not so unlikely as you might think in the university sector where I work.

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Larry Ellison today said really nice things about rival Amazon's cloud

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@smartypants "This Larry person does seem a bit of a nob though....."

He may very well think that he is a bit of a nob (as in a cut above the rest of us mere mortals) whilst we think that he is a bit of a knob.

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Good luck squeezing saturated market, Euro mobe firms, say Orange, Telefonica

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"..............their market was based on roaming charges"

"..............their market was based on fleecing the customer."

There, FIFY.

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