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NSA man: 'Tell me about your Turkish connections'

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Re: Entering the US

We got some of them newfangled airports up here in Canada now, ya know? Some people can fly directly into here now.

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Say goodbye to landfill Android: Top 10 cheap 'n' cheerful smartphones

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Re: You sure has hell don't see Samsung supporting anything older then the Galaxy 4 now do you?

Actually, just got the OTA upgrade to KitKat on my S3

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Apple 5S still best-selling smartphone 8 months after launch

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The 5c didn't get a good reception in the Apple paid focused tech press either

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Microsoft's Lumia 930... a real HANDFUL

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Re: er, specs?

Might want to remove some apps from that phone. My non-crappy S3 wakes up and opens apps just fine.

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Canuck reader threatens suicide over exact dimensions of SPAAAACE!

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Re: Babcock the Canuck

Nomenclature:

Hockey played on grass = 'field hockey'

Hockey played in a gymnasium = 'floor hockey' or 'ball hockey'

Hockey played on ice = 'hockey'

And the only reason for the winter sport/summer sport thing is lacrosse was originally Canada's national sport dating back to the original settlements, but hockey has taken over, so the politically correct way to handle it is to slowly phase out lacrosse by declaring them co-national sports for a while, until lacrosse can be quietly retired.

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You 'posted' a 'letter' with Outlook... No, NO, that's the MONITOR

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Re: The summer heat brings them out...

"the Trashcan icon changes to an Eject icon when you start dragging. So I call bullshit there."

It does on OS-X, yes. It didn't on previous versions of Mac OS

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Re: The summer heat brings them out...

I did tech support in a prepress department back in the days of the beige Macs. One day, I noticed out of the corner of my eye, one of the women who had worked there for a long time and was quite experienced with the Macs poking a straightened-out paper clip into the emergency floppy eject hole. I wandered over and said, "Disk stuck?" She answered, "No, everything's working fine."

After some investigation, I found out that she had been using a paper clip to eject the floppies from Macs ever since she'd started, years before. I remember the wonder on her face when I demonstrated dragging the disk icon to the trash, and the disk popped out with the little motorized whine.

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Re: Turn off the computer, then turn it on again...

It doesn't matter how computer literate they are either. If they actually sort of know how to use the thing, then they'll inevitably call me and say their computer popped up an error.

What did the error message say? "I don't know, I just closed it."

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iWatch watch: Apple tags sales bod from luxury Swiss watch firm

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Re: The iwacth is going to be sooooo expensive!

An Apple product? Expensive?

Thanks for the news flash.

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Re: Nostradamus

Knowing the wannabe Nostradamus intellectuals, I'm sure if you asked a few of them, they could sufficiently twist around something he reportedly said to mean that Apple was going to invent the wristwatch.

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You need a list of specific unknowns we may encounter? Huh?

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Re: school days

No, even in America, 'could of' is still wrong. At least for now.

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Supermodel Lily Cole: 'I got a little bit upset by that Register article'

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Re: "Is she important to humanity?" "Are you?"

Possibly, possibly not, but I'll bet Jason isn't using his celebrity status to scam your government out of your tax dollars.

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'Hashtag' added to the OED – but # isn't a hash, pound, nor number sign

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What about the pentathorpe? Sounds much better than 'asterisk'

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How practical is an electric car in London?

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Mr. Fusion to the rescue

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SLOW DOWN: Insecure-by-design software on road

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Re: I'm so tempted...

HOW DADDY IS DOING

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Jellybean dominates Play, still seated atop rising KitKat

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Re: More statistics please

Yep. My cheap tablet is running JB 4.2 and I highly doubt it'll ever see an upgrade. Don't really care though - it works fine and runs everything I want it to run.

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NeoPost: This is how you DON'T do PIN security

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All I can say is it's good to see that Canada Post isn't the only post office in the world that seems to go out of their way to make things as difficult as possible.

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I am NOT a PC repair man. I will NOT get your iPad working

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Re: It wouldn't matter what you tell 'em...

I think it's universal. I'd be willing to bet cops get a lot of "My neighbor's dog keeps crapping on my lawn. Can you do anything about it?"

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Android is a BURNING 'hellstew' of malware, cackles Apple's Cook

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Re: Desperation.

The widgets that Android copied from OS X, those widgets?

Yes, the widgets that Apple copied from Konfabulator. Those widgets.

Just doing my part to torpedo the usual "Apple invented everything" rhetoric.

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Re: Adam & Eve left their garden

And the origin of all of Adam and Eve's problems? An Apple.

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You know what today's movies need? MORE DRONES

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Re: The only thing that needs more drones...

Also another application where a separate audio track would come in handy...

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HP reveals Apple-powered Android 'SlateBook'

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Now that Apple has bought Beats...

Maybe HP et al will stop incorporating it and perhaps partner with a sound company that's more about sound quality than logo recognition.

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Samsung mobes to get an eyeful of your EYE in biometric security bid

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Re: Lower security than passcode-only models

I think the idea is devices with biometric sensors are a lot more secure than devices with no security enabled at all. It just might entice a few of those people who think entering a pin to unlock their phone is too big a hassle into actually securing their device.

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Apple, Beats and fools with money who trust celeb endorsements

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Re: cool factor and marketing

I don't think anyone buys Beats based on a review anywhere. It's all about image. <insert celebrity name here> uses this product, so I must use it too.

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SMASH AND GRAB iThieves run car through front of Berkeley's Apple Store

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Re: Hasn't El Reg heard of ramraiding before?

...and the really fat ones are probably more like 0.01 mph

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Hey, does your Smart TV have a mic? Enjoy your surveillance, bro

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Re: Background noise

Thanks bloke

It always amazes me how every time there's a mention of a webcam built into something, someone always jumps in with "SMASH IT! BREAK IT! It's the only way!"

Black electrical tape - cheap and non-warranty-voiding

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Japanese cops arrest man with five 3D printed guns at home

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Re: Do a closer comparison

Believe it or not, Canada does actually have a few places where there are more than ten people per hundred miles now. Or were you attempting to make a funny?

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Amazon granted patent for taking photos against a white background – seriously

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Re: Prior art??

" I have a patent in the works for taking picture of a white box, with an object in the foreground."

How about taking a picture of an object in front of a white background on a mobile device

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Vinyl-fetish hipsters might just have a point

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Re: Dual track is nothing new

We had a board game back in the 70's with the same idea (can't remember the name). You 'released a song' and then played the 3-groove 45 to see if it was a hit, a flop, or broke even.

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Leaked photos may indicate slimmer next-generation iPad

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Wafer thin mint?

Instead of adding functionality/battery, let's just make it thinner and thinner because looks are everything

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BEHOLD the HOLY GRAIL of TECH: The REVERSIBLE USB plug

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Re: Getting USB plugs the right way up is easy

Also special mention to Apple and their attempt to make proprietary USB connectors back in the days of the G4. The keyboards had a little footlong cable, and they supplied an extension cable, but it had a little bump in one side on the socket end so that nothing else but the Apple keyboard could be plugged in.

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Google's Nest halts sales of its fire alarm – because waving your hand switches it off

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Re: I have a smoke alarm in my house

Maybe there is someone in the world who doesn't have stairs positioned exactly beside the smoke alarm? Someone with disabilities? Someone who has a house with 10-12 foot ceilings?

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TV sales PLUMMET. But no one's prepared to say what we all know

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Re: it is fairly obvious

Yes, I think that the TV manufacturers have forgotten that people used to buy a TV and use it for 20 or 30 years until it got flaky or died. I think the younger management at these companies assume that people will rush out every year to get the latest model because it's 3D or Smart or 4K just to get the latest and greatest like people do with personal electronics, when that's just not the case with big ticket items like TVs

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BuzzGasm: 9 Incredible Things You Never Knew About PLIERS!

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Re: Waste of Time

"This article wasted my time, so I'll go and waste more time in the comments section writing a comment about how my time was wasted."

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Re: Pliers, Wiring, No 2.

1) Always use the right tool for the job

2) A hammer is always the right tool for the job

3) Any tool can be used as a hammer

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Brawling neighbours challenge 'quiet' cul-de-sac myth

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Re: Kitty litter

I might be alone here, but I'll take looking out the window and seeing a cat peeing on the lawn over seeing you doing it...

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Show more CANADIAN-MADE PORN, insists Canadian government

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As a Canadian, I have to ask...

WTF is a gotchie?

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Apple to grieving sons: NO, you cannot have access to your dead mum's iPad

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Re: What do you want?

Then their low level customer service needs to be better trained what to do in situations that they're scared of dealing with. Better to refer it to someone higher up the food chain than to be belligerent to grieving relatives of a deceased customer.

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Windows XP market share GROWS AGAIN, outstrips Win 8.1 surge

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I find a lot more users are of the "Click the 3rd icon in the 2nd row of icons on my desktop" variety. The ones who complain that they don't have such-and-such program on their computer if they don't see a shortcut to it on their desktop. People like this could probably work quite well with a properly organised Win8 Start page.

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Samsung and Apple BEWARE: Huawei is coming to eat your lunch

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Re: Pronouciation

Sadly, a lot of English speakers will pronounce it "Hi YOON die" because it's one of them Asian brands and they're all alike.

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Antarctic glacier 'melted JUST as fast LONG before human carbon emissions'

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Re: It's all the penguins fault !

Penguins driving huge luxury SUVs

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Mac Pro fanbois can rack 'em and stack 'em like real sysadmins

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Oversize cupholder for your datacentre

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Chihuahua TERROR: Packs of TINY hounds menace Arizona

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Pedant Alert!

Chihuahuas are not hounds. They just barely qualify as dogs, but they definitely are not hounds.

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Help! Apple has snaffled the WHOLE WORLD'S supply of sapphire glass

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Re: Sapphire Glass is crap...

Yep, and exclusivity of the marketing "We have this and nobody else does, so you should buy our stuff" variety, whether it's any better or worse is beside the point.

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American Idol host's keyboard firm smacks back against BlackBerry in patent spat

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Hmmm, American company founded by American 'star' goes to American court over a patent owned by a foreign company.

Can't see this ending well for BB.

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Apple Mac Pro: It's a death star, not a nappy bin, OK?

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Re: Dell service

I didn't know their on-site service caused random carriage return bugs.

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Re: Dell service

Yep, people can badmouth Dell all they want, but their on-site service is probably the best in the business

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