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Google's Eric Schmidt's shock confession: Steve Jobs is.... MY HERO

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Sorry, I'm too busy...

...oh, you meant the other bloke...

And I don't mean Tom Tolbert.

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EE coughs to BROKEN data usage metrics BLUNDER that short-changes customers

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Re: Yup, random figures...

... today, the My EE app now says 195MB used (compared to 207MB in DroidStats), with 2 days left until the month resets. They now more or less agree, with the benefit slightly to me instead of comparatively hugely to them.

Anyone else suddenly have the My EE app roughly halve the previous day's total in the past day or so?

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Yup, random figures...

...got my "out of data" message 3 days after putting in a brand new EE SIM (previously T-Mobile), but before the number had ported properly so the phone was basically used in emergencies only...

Currently the phone says 202MB used, DroidStats says 201, My EE say 364MB since the month began. Mind you, I note that they say WiFi should be off for accuracy... but it makes no difference. The app is way out, so it seems a good job that I looked at average monthly figures and doubled it to be safe...

It's not all bad news, however: since going from a 3G TM SIM to a 4G EE one the phone has had better signal in more places, and the battery lasts longer. It's only a 3G SGS3 - I went SIM-only because the handsets are fine enough for now.

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That glass of water you just drank? It was OLDER than the SUN

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It can be purified...

...by brewing. For best effect, that should be carried out in Masham... ;-)

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Microsoft on the Threshold of a new name for Windows next week

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Windows MfCf...

...in a rush I read that as "Windows MuffCuff".

After thinking a bit more about it, I have no idea what that means, or how I am going to banish it from my mind...

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SpaceX blasts a mischief of mice, a 3D printer and a cuddly toy* into SPAAAACE

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Re: small sailing boat

Only if we can rig up the printer control software to play "Heave! Heave!" on each pass...

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But...

...there were no butterbeans on the inventory, and as for breadcrumbs - positively hazardous in zero/v.lo g... maybe they can make a small sailing boat instead?

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Oh God the RUBBER on my SHAFT has gone wrong and is STICKING to things

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Re: Cheap rubber

Never had a Psion 3, but a colleague had the Acorn rebadged one, which collected fingerprints nicely.

I also remember peeling my UK-model Psion 5 of the nice matt rubber coating after a few months - looking tatty around the edges, flaking away - it looked good afterwards, even if a bit more shiny. Curiously, it wasn't a problem for the later US-model 5MX...

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Tip off...

"Ooh no you don't! I saw that film!"

I never had a Wacom tablet last long enough to use the spare tip they bung in the package...

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Coffee/keyboard

Like Creative Cloud.

Ha! New keyboard please... ;-)

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Microsoft splurges 2½ INSTAGRAMS buying Minecraft maker Mojang

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Ye gods...

...every block dropping or sliding into place to the sound of gunshot or lazer zap...

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Read The Gods of War for every tired cliche you never wanted to see in a sci fi book

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I can see the back cover now...

"There’s something compelling ... about this book..." Brid-Aine Parnell, The Register

Just like so many third-rate movie/book promos do, though usually quoting the paid-off Daily <whatever> critic arts and media press release reporeater...

Excellent review, BTW - had me laughing as I read it, having experienced books like that before.

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DUCKCROCZILLA 'alien' dinosaur could emerge from THE SEA

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So it's a quadruped...?

Oh dear...

I must stop getting my information from Hollywood...

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Who on Earth would buy a digi-watch? Answer: NUDISTS - in their millions

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"Nice apples..."

"Big leaf"

"Good grief" <serpent-facepalm-equivalent>

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TROUT and EELS in SINISTER PACT to RULE the oceans

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I am The Shadow, and I never miss...

"Beau Brummel in purple pants probe." "King talks to tree. Phew! What a loony."

”Oi, moray! There's a tasty fish in that crevice, be a good chap and ferret it out for me would you?”

God, the Times New Scientist has really gone downhill recently.

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Virgin Media hit by MORE YouTube buffering glitches

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It's not relevant...

...but might slip in under the buffer glitch...

Stewie's Genetically Perfect Pig

Unless, of course, there is a way of linking a mutant GM pig to the network formerly known as Cable&Hopeless...

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LOHAN premieres spaceplane mission summary vid

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I see no pipe...

...not even a liquorice one - are you sure that the rules of boffinry are being upheld here...?

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DREADNOUGHTUS: The 65-TON DINO that could crumple up a T-Rex like a paper cup

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Re: Futalognkosaurus...

... ahh, the hot-dog of sauropods - if you think that's big, you should have seen the onions and squeezy mustard bottle...

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BBC: We're going to slip CODING into kids' TV

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Don't copy from screen...

...link to a handy online repository for the code - kind of like the old tape-based mags from the 80's. Use the show to set up problem-solving scenarios in the TV show that need the user/viewer to edit the code (spot errors, complete sections, gradually building up to more independent stuff). Add competitions, time-trials, recognition for originality of solutions, etc. - it could work quite well, providing it doesn't just get farmed out to the lowest bidding producion company, or the one who kills it with too much reliance on expensive tie-in magazines.

Scratch is okay, as is Alice, but I get more progress from a wider range of students using MIT AppInventor, at least in terms of mobile phone app development, which might be more like what Auntie is considering (rather than diving into scripting with Notepad+, LaTEX, or venerable editors like PFE).

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Volcanic eruption in Iceland triggers CODE RED aviation warning

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Re: 'BROWN ALERT'

Rimmer: Step up to red alert.

Kryten: Sir, are you absolutely sure? It does mean changing the bulb.

Rimmer: There's always some excuse, isn't there?

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Our LOHAN spaceplane ballocket Kickstarter climbs through £8000

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Re: Come one, this has got to work!

I thought the idea would be to dip twice for things that didn't come in a standard offer - like a tankard and the £100 t-shirt/mug/stickers combo would require two donations... ;-)

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Re: Proper Boffinry

From the Kickstarter update:

"For the record, 12-year-old Katarina doesn't really smoke a pipe. She says it affects the taste of her afternoon gin and tonic."

:-D

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Re: Spaceport Fees

... "The Blue Danube" waltz now playing in my head...

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Re: Punch Richard and Judy...

...it's a bit harsh, but I understand from those who watched their show that they used to raise such a response from deep within viewers... ;-)

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Goog says patch⁵⁰ your Chrome

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"lokihardt@asrt the rare "

I thought that was his full title... mobe pagination and stray eyesight leading to Medieval titling timeslip.

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Why has the web gone to hell? Market chaos and HUMAN NATURE

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Cimrman...

...reminds me of Baron Munchausen. Or Dr Evil's dad, inventing the question mark. Two answerphone messages/three missed calls aside, he's a fascinating character.

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Next moneybags kingpins of tech: Fondleslab game devs

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Re: "no llamas"...

...for shame - especially with ElReg's perennial question about Sheep in Space, velocity thereof! But at least Jeff Minter is still producing the goods...

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Ballmer leaves Microsoft board to spend more time with his b-balls

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Re: @Mr T (was: 2 billion US dollars?)

I'm not B A Barracus either ;-)

I know a few people who operate businesses as tax sinks for their other concerns, not to offset the purchase but the on-going expenses against some part of their other companies. They're not at the megabucks level of sports teams though...

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Re: 2 billion US dollars?

Probably, but can he offset any of this against his tax bill?

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Cargo truck crammed with garbage explodes IN SPAAAAACE

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Cameras inside.

When ATV-5 re-enters in about 6 months, it will include video footage from inside as it goes, which might give a virus' eye view of what it might feel like. My guess would be 'OW!', before the camera burns up too...

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Google straps on Jetpac: An app to find hipsters, women in foreign cities

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Mahoney!

"We can spot lipstick, Blue sky Oyster Bar views, hipster moustaches and more" ... Where's the party at?

And to think when I first saw this news I thought it was Google's move into retro gaming.

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Rupert Murdoch says Google is worse than the NSA

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Re: Murdoch?

Unfortunately it'll be parrotted out by the editors of all his newspapers soon enough. Still, it makes a change from him having a go at all his competitors (BBC, etc), either directly or by proxy.

I prefer to hear about the various missives of the Dirty Digger and all Murdocracy concerns by reading Private Eye...

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Re: my guess is...

...he hasn't seen his own NSA file... ;-)

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Tricked by satire? Get all your news from Facebook? You're in luck, dummy

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Re: [satire] I see what you did there

Especially if it was posted on the T&C pages, particularly if the icon goes near phrases like "Privacy" and "How we protect your information..."

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Don't think you're SAFE from Windows zombies just 'cos you have an iPhone - research

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Didn't we see something similar...

... almost exactly a year ago? In that case it was fake power adapters that infected iPhones via USB, whereas here it's the same basic system using Windows malware instead of a custom piece of hardware masquerading as a charging socket.

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Premier League wants to PURGE ALL FOOTIE GIFs from social media

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Re: on-screen logos...

... ah, now the penny drops why most of the TV channels plaster a ghost logo in the top corner...

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New voting rules leave innocent Brits at risk of SPAM TSUNAMI

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Re: Central Government...

... the owners of services like 192.com having influenced whichever wonk they buddy up to in Central Government to push this through in the first place. Very similar to the proposed NHS patient data sell-off, to the insurance industry wallahs who play croquet or polo, or went to Eton with, Johnny Thisthator-Theother MP.

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Brits' BORKED Samsung kit held up after repair centre slips into administration

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Even better than that...

...Dell sent someone to my house when the Nvidia graphics card went in my (then) 4.5yr old laptop. Swapped mobo and graphics card, leaving me with one that had twice the RAM. I guess it helped that in the US that Nvidia had been subject to a class action for knowingly shipping faulty GPUs to big players like Dell and HP.

No Gregorian Chant CD or cat bra needed...

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NASA's rock'n'roll shock: ROLLING STONE FOUND ON MARS

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Re: Pass me my towel...

But, according to my talking penguin companion, given the level of improbability at which we were crujsing at the time, that positional transference was also entirely probable.

It's a nice day so far - I wonder of there's a match on at Lord's? Ah, SEP, unless my giant running shoe-shaped conveyance can zap me there quickly...

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Pass me my towel...

...it looks more like the spine of a long-dead sperm whale that hit head first in the top-left before falling sideways - we need to check for tunnels. The smaller oval impacts are a bowl of petunias, a teacup and saucer, and a digital watch... the scale might be improbable, but there's a penguin here who assures me that anything's possible.

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Totes AMAZEBALLS! Side boob, binge-watch and clickbait added to Oxford Dictionary

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Binge-watch...

Kangaaaaa! Can doooo....!

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Sir, sir, my cloud ate my homework: Google touts grading tool to teachers

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Re: Moodle...

...and pretty good it is too - I've been using it since 2005. However, it does need a bit of skill to support - I've also been lucky to have excellent techs backing up my systems.

What made me laugh about the article was Google's epiphany moment that teachers talk to students in between setting work and handing it in - what's known as 'formative marking', and absolutely expected in most courses on the way to the final grade. It's how many courses show students making progress - the dialogue between student and teacher that may otherwise have been marked in an exercise book where comments and interim grades have a direct response from the student in the next version submitted.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4: 4G Android tablet is easy to swallow

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Cinema mode...

... if that was the only reason to now like an AMOLED display, then why not activate it on earlier models? GS3 has had the 'Movie' option for ages, which banishes the garish 'Standard' colour balance for something far less eye-watering...

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Fifteen countries KO'd in malware one-two punch

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UTC +4...

... also known as Mauritius Time, Moscow Time or Seychelles Time...

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I wonder what anyone in the Indian Ocean area could possibly have against the former Soviet states...?

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World's only flyable WWII Lancaster bombers meet in Lincs

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Here's another...

... Brian Shul giving a great account of his time as a pilot, and how nearly burning to death in a crash changed his outlook on life. He's the SR-71 pilot in the famous LA Center speed check story, which he mentions near the end (it's an hour long, and please ignore all the 'trendies' at Le Web who can't do anything unless it involves a smartphone or tablet). Brian is also a photographer and it seems he has more photos of the SR-71 variant of the Blackbird family than anyone outside of the Skunkworks, many included in his presentation in this video.

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Re: Love that noise

A Lancaster flew over my house earlier today, (Durham), about 13:30...

Sadly, the weather has spoiled the meet-up between the two and the BBMF Lancaster is reportedly grounded, so I guess it was the Canadian Lanc flying in...

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Good move...

... since that one does a lot of movie work (tail-up taxi runs etc.) - but have they renamed it? Last time I saw, it was "Just Jane"...

Having spent a lot of time working on the Halifax reconstruction and Elvington airfield in the early days of Yorkshire Air Museum, my dad managed to get a turn in the East Kirby Lanc, and was most excited when allowed to sit in the left-hand seat on an engine run, with the real pilot in the co seat.

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Tiny transforming bots: Meet these self-assembling 'thoughtful' droids

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Research sponsored by IKEA...

... with money saved from not having to include an Allen key in every pack. Help desk support calls also reduced to a single recorded message - "Please insert batteries into your <comical-name>** and direct it to the location you prefer..."

** As just one of many, many examples, they had a range of wooden storage crates called Dick, but on one visit to the Park 27 branch near Leeds they only had the small size on display... yes, MrsT did ask the question about other sizes, to a guy who had, apparently, heard it all before...

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Stalwart hatchback gets a plug-in: Volkswagen e-Golf

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Even skinny spares are a problem...

Picked up a sharp in the NSF some time during flood-dodging in Hampshire in Feb this year, but didn't realise it until I'd joined the A34 about 5 miles up from Winchester. Resulting blowout and shower of sidewall rubber (tyre face had separated completely from both walls) put me in pickle because the skinny was only rated at 50mph for 50 miles, and I had 250 or so to do that day.

Green Flag came out to check the braking etc hadn't been damaged so it was safe to continue to a tyre fitter that had winter rubber in stock, which they contacted and arranged so it was only about 90 minutes delay.

Luckily the alloy only had one small ding in the outer rim and was serviceable with the new rubber (and hasn't leaked since), because I'd have been in a fix if the wheel needed replacing as well - not many tyre fitters carry wheels for any and all makes of vehicle.

That's not to say I haven't had punctures before - one time on a narrow country back road something in the hedge bottom ripped a sidewall out - but in all other times I've had a full-size spare to continue on without restrictions. MrsT's current vehicle is spare-less and I'd be looking at a no-spare recovery instead of wasting time with the tyre-wrecking gloop.

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Farmville maker Zynga delays new games after losing 57 MILLION users

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Zynga has no USP...

... just a bunch of copycat games that add nothing to the various genres. The whole business stems from following a trend, aggressively pushing their seemingly carbon-copied version until the originators curl up and go away. They might stand a better chance if they changed their track and created something worthwhile, instead of knocking off Madden and Scrabble.

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