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[NomadPHP July 2013 Free Tickets] – Win (TWO) ‪#‎Free‬ Tickets To Hear +Corey Ballou (@cballou) talk about ‪Creating Realtime Applications with #‎PHP‬ & ‪#‎Websockets‬ 

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Gutted, Apple.
 
I can't make this stuff up

I'm sitting in a Starbucks doing random whatever over an iced americano. While I waiting for my drink, I watched a guy with his friend, pick up a newspaper; and start to remark on the Samsung Apple verdict.

Guy: "Wait, so what they're saying is, Samsung is the same as Apple?"
Friend: "I know, right? Makes me think twice about how much I paid for my Mac Book"
Guy: "Seriously"

Not 10 minutes later, a husband and wife, same newspaper:

Husband: "... Samsung's iPad is the same as Apple's iPad, and I paid how much for the Apple one? Honey, I told you they were a ripoff", after looking up the Samsung tablet on his iPhone.
Wife: "Oh wow," looking at the screen, "... that's a lot cheaper. Think we can return it?"

I put my Samsung QX410 on my table, and started to plug in, when he leans over to me, "Sorry, you don't mind if I ask, how much did you pay for your Samsung laptop?"

"Oh, no worries, it was $700." I replied. 

I watched shock overcome his face, like actual shock. He looked at me, blankly, for an awkward amount of time, "Mind if I have a look?" he asked. 

So, I obliged, and showed him a few things. He commented on Windows 7, so I opened up my virtual machine of OS/X... By the time the conversation was over, he was ready to kick Cupertino in the nuts, I think.

... Now, the punchline: 

I'm writing this post after the FOURTH group of Starbucks patrons have made the connection that Samsung is now the same as Apple. They don't know the details, they don't really care, what they know is Apple is saying that Samsung is the same as Apple ... and with one simple Google Search, you get prices that are basically half for what seems to be the same products -- for nearly everything. 

Two of these groups (including the husband/wife) asked me about my Samsung laptop, the second group noticed my Galaxy phone (also by Samsung)... Best billion dollar ad-campaign Samsung ever had.
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I don't deny they make good quality and build, but there really is a premium for the brand. For the same specs you can't deny other brands are cheaper, but admittedly build quality varies vastly. I've had Vaios which survived being dropped on marble floors, and one that fell apart, so I agree about inconsistencies in quality too. I'm a firm believer that if you are careful with hardware it'll last as long as you want it to (physically) but the rest is in the hands of the manufacturer of course. Similarly if you chuck a MacBook around like it were a toy, even with an aluminum unibody chassis it won't last forever... At the end of the day, I don't have anything against Apple, they undeniably make superb hardware (not such a fan of OSX though), but I prefer not paying the premium for the brand (other brands also cost nearly as much, like Sony Vaio, so its not just Apple). However, I just hope that consumers will be given a choice. Just like we have a choice of different SPAGHETTI. I like spaghetti.
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About The Company. A great opportunity to join one of Hampshire's most exciting companies. The Ed Group provides great financial products both online and by phone. We've been trading since 2003 and re...
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Interview with me about PHP Hants user group :)
 
2nd set of How To Start A PHP user group, this time with James Titcumb & Organisers Of PHP Hampshire
– “Be Decisive & Take The Lead”

http://7php.com/howto-php-usergroup-james-titcumb-phphampshire/
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7php have done a post all about PHP Hampshire!
 
[Know Thy PHP User Group] - Make Some Noise For The PHP Hampshire User Group! -– Find An Independent Venue Rather Than Conference Venues
http://7php.com/php-usergroup-phphampshire/

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#interview   #php  #phpc #usergroup #ug #phpug   #uk  #Hampshire
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Apparently Google doesn't care that someone made a false rape accusation on G+ and won't remove it. Not funny at all.

It would be great if you could flag that particular comment as inappropriate or something!

In the mean time, The Deco definitely does not have a rapist working for them, please come and visit the pub, it's actually a rather great alternative pub!

https://plus.google.com/107183490642157918140/about?hl=en
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Ah right, I was thinking that if they make a derogatory statement against him then as he worked for the pub then it brings the pub into disrepute as well, therefore making it deformation and slander on the pubs good standing name. At least that's what I think I am basically try to say but sometimes I can't put it down the way I want to. In an case the point I am trying to make is that I'm in complete agreement with you on the whole thing and things it's complete wrong of Google to have left such a comment up.
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well that's one way to lose a few customers lol. hope your not to hungover, i'll take the blame, again lol.
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    Development Manager, 2008 - present
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