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Apple to dump Intel CPUs from Macs for Arm – yup, the rumor that just won't die is back

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Re: Business as Usual

My first thought was is it Apple-Intel contract renewal time again?

I struggle to believe the savings/scale from owning the whole chip supply chain on Arm exceeds the scale that Intel get on x86 chips from a whole industry. This is an attempt to knock a little bit more off Intels margins. Even though many of Apples intel chips are special SKU's just for them, they are mostly just limited to enabling high end features lower down the range (ie hyperthreading).

The only way Apple *might* get enough synergies is if the iPad and Mac use the same sku's - and I doubt that will happen for practical reasons - ie a CPU for a full fat PC is still different enough from a Tablet PC CPU running iOS to make it impractical.

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Finally. The palm-sized Palm phone is back. And it will, er, save you from your real smartphone

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@Phil. Have a look at the "prison specials" on Amazon.

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Virgin Media? More like Virgin Meltdown: Brit broadband ISP falls over amid power drama

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Helpful VPN advice. Ironically my Virgin BB was restored after being down for most of Monday morning a few hours before this big outage and it stayed up. I was busily shopping for one of those Wifi routers with in-built 4g Modem when it came back.

In the meantime I was running over my phone tether and can confirm that 3 sims don't have the VPN restriction. At least their 'full fat' phone sims any way, cant confirm their data-only sims, but 3 are usually less 'death of a thousand cuts' than the rest of them. ie no extra charge for tethering etc etc.

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Bloodhound Super-Sonic-Car lacks Super-Sonic-Cashflow

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Re: Not wishing to sound unsympathetic, but...

I have to agree. Not sure how much they have spent to this point but £25m is a lot of dosh to spend on a pretty pointless willy waving expedition. Ultimately who cares, its an engineering dead-end.

To put it in context - Reaction Engines has been pootling along for much longer and for much the same kind of budgets (low tens of millions). If I had £25m to flush down the bog I know where mine would go.

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Apache OpenOffice, the Schrodinger's app: No one knows if it's dead or alive, no one really wants to look inside

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Re: Reminder for macos users

For $29.95 how does it compare to a minimum of 5 copies of Office 365 on the M$ family plan @79.95 . (with discounts lower)?

Plus 1TB per user, plus web/mobile installs too.

You'd have to be a dyed in the wool M$ hater to buy it.

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Samsung Galaxy A9: Mid-range bruiser that takes the fight to Huawei

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Re: Headline says a lot..

Danger Will Robinson Sammy fanboi alert!! Im not convinced its that one sided.

But face it - Apple could chrome plate a turd and sell it for a grand.

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Re: GT-i9300

Just to insert a sense of perspective. 6GB is more than even Windows needs. How times have changed.

Ok Windows aint great with <8 Gb but you get my point.

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Remember that lost memory stick from Heathrow Airport? The terrorist's wet dream? So does the ICO

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Re: Use of old classification

Its a good point but Im not clear on the relevance to the story anyway. Surely if HAL are a private company the names they give their security classifications are irrelevant when compared to similarly named ones used in Government? Its the definition of those classifications which are important.

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Don't make us pay compensation for employee data breach, Morrisons begs UK court

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Re: We are missing one important question...

I thought the whole point of vicariously liable meant that Morrisons were found not to have taken reasonable steps?

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Re: I do have some sympathy for Morrisons

Not sure I do - he was an auditor for gawds sake. Surely he should have been monitored more closely? Its the accounting version of not monitoring your sys admins.

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Watch Series 4: What price 'freedom'? About as much as you'd expect from an Apple product

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Re: Umm

Thats always been the case. You only have to fail saving roll on a wisdom check and it p0wns your soul.

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Re: Not for me...

Hmmm

1. Tend to agree.

2. Not a big issue *most* of the smart watches require removal from your wrist at bed time for charging purposes - only a big issue if you are desperate for sleep tracking constantly. Even then you can probably get a decent squeeze of charge whilst showering.

3. Its Apple.

4. Its Apple - and the Android Wear app on iOS is a waste of space.

My major complaint right now is the LTE carrier locking to the same carrier as your phone. Thats gotta be an antitrust/monopoly situation I reckon. Although like most carrier exclusive type deals I expect this to be removed in 1-2 years.

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Super Micro China super spy chip super scandal: US Homeland Security, UK spies back Amazon, Apple denials

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Re: "It is bonkers to think it would have screwed up a story this huge"

Who Shorted SuperMicro recently?

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Microsoft resurfaces Surface kit alongside Windows 10 update

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Re: $350 headphones?

Cortana built in*

*requires PC or phone and internet connection.

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MIMEsweeper maker loses UK High Court patent fight over 15-year-old bulletin board post

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Im confused

Did the good guys win or lose this one? Or is it the usual US Patent car crash where the consumer loses?

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Former Apple engineer fights iPhone giant for patent credit and denied cash, says Steve Jobs loved his 'killer ideas'

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Re: On to a loser here

Well duh. That why I wear the name of commentard with pride.

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Re: On to a loser here

DevOps LARP'ing - I lol'd. I wouldn't be seen dead doing DevOps personally but each to their own. But what I have done is supported staff at grievance hearings, raised grievances myself AND been a management reviewer at grievance boards. I worked for managers that took criticism well and others who would do anything to make it your fault.

I agree its hard to tell from the story whether its a straight factual representation of the situation or not, it could be that, it could also be a legal negotiation tactic to paint apple as big and mean or it could be total paranioa - my (badly made) point was that none of us can know that. I rather suspect the truth of the issue is somewhere in between.

I do stand by my comment that anyone who assumes he can carry over a personal relationship from one CEO to another without any consideration that the new guy might not appreciate it is a muppet of the highest order.

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On to a loser here

So basically he didn't get on with his manager and got fired. The rest is window dressing. He doesn't even make it clear when he raised his point about the Patents.

Bringing in everything else is just a waste of time, and just looks more like a disgruntled employee. Especially if he presumed that Tim Cook had any interest in using him as a back channel, just because Jobs did. You see this quite often in focussed techies with low emotional intelligence - just because you enjoy a privileged position at one point in the company doesn't mean you retain that whilst the company changes.

TL;DR if you wander around moaning about how the place has turned into a crap hole, and keep spamming the CEO, and don't respect your boss - regardless of whether they deserve it - you ain't going to last long.

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New theory: The space alien origins of vital bio-blueprints for dinosaurs. And cats. And humans. And everything else

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Also doesn't a post formation origin for all sorts of stuff fail the volume test? Presumably there has to be gazillions of comets/roid's hitting proto-earth to deliver enough phosphorus material for life to spontaneously develop.

Isn't deposition prior and during proto-earth formation far more likely? Especially since you have all the time the Earth took to both develop an atmosphere and/or a magnetic field for high power cosmic rays to hit the embedded phosphorus.

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The 2018 ThinkPad X1 Yoga: A bendy-legged workhorse walks into a meeting

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I think you mean that functionality that MacOS perfected years ago?

Pats his new work MacBook lovingly whilst glaring at the smoldering HP in the bin. No I don't really need one. Do I love my boss for authorising one, why yes, yes I do. Best boss EVER!

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HMRC contractor scores IR35 payout after yet another taxman blunder

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Newsflash. Retirement wont stop HMRC coming after you if they think you have done something wrong.

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UK.gov won't Airwave bye for another 3 years, plans to phase in ESN services

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You beat me to it! have an upvote.

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Vodafone and EE ship Apple's Watch 4, but not without LTE teething issues

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Re: No Roaming with AppleWatch 3/4

Do you mean it doesn't roam in the EU? Isn't that illegal?

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Fallover Friday: NatWest, RBS and Ulster Bank go TITSUP*

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Re: Its really not that difficult.

@Dwarf. Thus spake the theoretician, take some time to look at architecture in the real world.

I disagree with your disagreeing.

Firstly any given system in any big corporate is a hodgepodge of 20-30 years of tech, many of which are complete black boxes with the techies responsible for them long gone.

Secondly - nearly every IT professional I know has had a WFT? moment when some extreme edge case has hit them causing unexpected results.

Thirdly - do some research on emergent behaviour.

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London tipped to lead European data market. Yes, despite Brexit!

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Re: London Ahead?

Sorry thats utter bollocks on all fronts. Have you ever even worked in Banking?

HFT is a tiny bit of what banks do from a personnel perspective, if that was a blocker they would have a small HFT hub in the City and everything else outside...

Very few traders need/want to live in the City when their bonus can buy a big house in the burbs and an Aston or E8 and wang it in at 6am. That applies equally to FFT and LON.

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Now here's an idea: Break up Amazon to get more shareholder cash

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question

At what cost does AWS provide services to the retail business? And if it is at cost, how does the moron suggesting this think forcing AWS to supply those services at Market Value (to avoid competition issues) will add value to either business?

These suggestions tend to come from looking at the *perceived* value of a split then coming up with *synergies* (or other BS) to justify it.

Remember you cant have Analyst without needing an arsehole.

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Lenovo Thinkpad X280: Choosing a light luggable isn't so easy

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I have never forgiven Lenovo for moving the FN key from outside on the X220 to 2nd key in on the X1.

My muscle memory never coped with it. Stupid unnecessary change that alienates all your loyal users.

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The grand-plus iPhone is the new normal – this is no place for paupers

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Agree with everything you say except the depreciation on iPhones (and most apple tech) is substantially less than nearly any other brand. So whilst you might depreciate it fully as an accountant, in the real world 1 year old iPhone X's are going for north of 700 quid for a BIN auction. Refurbed iphone 8's are going for 75% of new prices. (All on ebay).

If you are smart and careful with your iPhone you can probably get away with a £300-400 investment every year to stay "hip".

Not for my tastes I went Android (phone only everything else is Apple) years ago but a lot of people may care enough to do it.

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Has anyone seen REM lately? No, we mean rare earth minerals

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I look forward to seeing Tim Worstal there

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2-bit punks' weak 40-bit crypto didn't help Tesla keyless fobs one bit

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Would have been nice to target the right manufacturers El Reg

Calling out Tesla in the headline who fixed it versus everyone else who didn't in a minor footnote at the end isnt really a nice way of biasing the story.

It almost seems as if you were using the Tesla name as headline clickbait, and if so bad McLaren, good Tesla would have worked just as well.

Not a Tesla fanboi - just irritated that the article focus is on the guys that responded correctly and not in a particularly positive way. Still it is El Reg I suppose. Tesla should consider their hands well and truly 'bit'

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Generally Disclosing Pretty Rapidly: GDPR strapped a jet engine on hacked British Airways

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Re: re. Reporting a breach shows awareness

Eh? That makes no sense. Worldwide Turnover was specifically chosen for GDPR because its easy to calculate and difficult to hide.

There may be a couple of arguments about which GAAP standards its calculated under but I cant see it being particularly easy to "hide" turnover. Especially since that may attract the ire of both the Tax Authorities and the Stock Exchange.

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'World's favorite airline' favorite among hackers: British Airways site, app hacked for two weeks

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Re: We take the protection of our customers’ data very seriously.

@wookie. I agree with the seniment of your post. BA aren't anywhere near an oligopoly though...

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Good Advice

Great advice - one caveat

I wouldn't necessarily choose Willie - he's just the CEO's Boss. (i.e. another busy CEO)

BA Board members can be found here.

https://www.bloomberg.com/research/stocks/private/board.asp?privcapId=256565

IAG Board Members here

http://www.iagshares.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=240949&p=irol-govboard2

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I tend to agree with you - 2 observations

1. It was both the App and the Website - so presumably that narrows it down further.

2. The detailed timing of the window suggest it was associated with either a BA or Thirdparty code release to me, or worse an explicit intrusion that they have already traced. Considering they only shut down the breach on Wed they have gathered a big chunk of forensics in the first 24hrs.

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HTC U12 Life: Notchless, reasonably priced and proper buttons? Oh joy

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Re: Right decisions?

agree. Even at 5.5" my well liked Moto Z Play is too big for my tiny man hands.

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Re: Poaching...

Think it was more a case of HTC flogging off the family silver to keep the roof over their heads.

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Russian volcanoes fingered for Earth's largest mass extinction

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Re: The Ends of the World

Do we need any more why than for the simple joy of existing?

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Boffins bork motion control gear with the power of applied sound

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Re: Gyroscopic screwdrivers?

Having only just googled what they are am I the only one who thinks they are a solution looking for a problem and also a potential RSI nightmare?

They are basically screw drivers that are activated by a twisting motion rather than a trigger.

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EU tosses Nokia a small loan of €500m, tells it to go crazy with 5G R&D

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Re: Nokia?

@Nick Kew

Phones have very little to do with it. A little edumacation for you.

https://www.telecomlead.com/telecom-statistics/ericsson-closes-the-gap-in-mobile-infrastructure-market-share-with-huawei-82888

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Don't let Google dox me on Lumen Database, nameless man begs

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Big Brother

thus the old adage

"He who represents himself has a fool for a client"

Kudos for getting away with it for a year though.

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Internet overseer continues wall-punching legal campaign

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More an irredeemably stupid force.

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SuperProf gets schooled after assigning weak passwords to tutors

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Re: How do they send out the new "secure" passwords?

I admire your security principles but that's how 99.9% of password resets that are not links are sent. Let's not be too anal eh?

As long as the passwords or accounts are expiring no harm no foul.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch: A tough and classy activity tracker

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Re: Half a Review?

And Garmins work with Strava and half a dozen other fitness apps.

A fitness watch with none of the common fitness apps is about as useful as a turd wrapped around your wrist.

Sorry Sammy I've been desperate to like your watches for the last 5 years but until you throw some cash at third party support you're a dead dog.

Also no black or silver smaller version for my spindly man wrists? Shame on you!

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Wasted worker wasps wanna know – oi! – who are you looking at?

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Re: I don't mind wasps

Wasps like 6X? That explains a lot about Devizes. All that's missing from the angry mashed up locals is a stripey yellow and black jumper.

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Re: Wasps / Apple fall

Second the karcher washer or even a normal hose pipe if your water pressure is reasonable providing the nest is outside.

The wasps don't seem to realise you and the water are connected and it makes a right soggy messy of the Bastard Jasper house,

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Motorola strap-on packs a 2,000mAh battery to appease the 5G gods

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Would be interesting to get one of these for the UK

Then go sniffing for all the 5G trial kit. Are driveby attacks over GSM kit a thing?

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Re: Shannon

Whilst your point is valid for a bit of information at a given frequency, there is plenty of room for improvement across frequencies as the restrictions at this point are mostly regulatory than physical.

My physics isn't up to scratch enough to understand how close mobile phone frequency quanta are to the discrete physical limits imposed by the quantum state jumps in the actual EM photons. If indeed that is actually a thing, I presume most of the non-frequency spread solutions are well tried at this point.

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Internet overseer ICANN loses a THIRD time in Whois GDPR legal war

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Hahahahahahahaha.

Such a body does not and cannot exist. Look at FIFA, F1, and the EPO for other examples of the same failure modes.

Now if you had just said marginally better governed I would have agreed with you.

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ZX Spectrum reboot latest: Some Vega+s arrive, Sky pulls plug, Clive drops ball

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Re: As with all these cases, eveyone out for themselves, the customer comes last

Caveat emptor? The successful legal challenge against Indiegogos "orders" not withstanding presumably all the "customers" knew what they were getting into by using a crowdfunding site?

I feel sorry for them - but tempered by the fact no-one can claim they didn't know what they were getting into.

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OpenAI bots thrash team of Dota 2 semi-pros, set eyes on mega-tourney

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Re: I hope

Yes but. If the Libido-bot has similar restrictions in place as these OpenAI bots it will only be able to get its freak on with 18% of of the available population and only those flashing it the goods in a mac every 5 secs.

Under those conditions I think we are safe for a while yet...

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