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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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I'm an old fan (pushing 50) and I like both versions

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Samsung Gear splurge skews smartwatch market Google’s way

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Re: Lies, damned lies, and statistics.

Yes, but can you dive to 100M and then update your Facebook status to "OMG I'm 100M below the surface!!" on your watch?

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Treasure hunters dig up LOST RELIC of dead Steve Jobs

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Indiana Jones and The Mouse of Jobs

Here we see Indy on another quest, this time to recover the fabled, lost Mouse of Jobs, rumoured to be protected by the Undying Fanboi Brigade in a secret temple far below the Colorado Rockies.

After battling Nazis, Thuggees, and his smart-ass father, he succeeds is retrieving the Holy Relic, and emerges to adulation (and a hot female or two) holding the Mouse aloft.

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Google's SECRET contracts: Android lock-in REVEALED!

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Re: I just wish I could remove the ****ing Facebook app

You can disable it... Not as good as uninstalling, but at least it stops trying to hog your bandwidth and processor, and it won't want to update every two days.

But yeah, it would be nice to be able to uninstall the crapware without rooting.

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The perfect fantasy flick for the online Valentine you've never met: Her

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In the future, 70's porn star moustaches will make a comeback.

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Random car shutdowns force Toyota to recall Prius hybrids - AGAIN

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Re: "Patch Tuesdays" for cars?

<Fumbling with various levers sticking out of the steering column>

"Hi! I'm Clippy! It looks like you're trying to turn on the wipers. Would you like to:

- Dim the headlights

- Crank up the stereo to 11

- Just f off and leave you alone."

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Apple pushes back release date for 'dustbin chic' Mac Pro

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But then they couldn't sell you the extremely expensive Thunderbolt to 10Gig adapters

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Apple's Hacker Princess dumps fruity firm for Elon Musk's Tesla

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Re: "fruity firm"

So you're saying that Old Handle is holding that exclamation mark wrong?

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WHEEE... CRUNCH! iPad Mini tops list of most breakable slabs, mobes

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Lemme guess, there are 9 in total?

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STRIPPED DOWN and EXPOSED: Business kit from the good old days

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Re: Help

Beats the heck out of only have a 3 1/2 inch one

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Woz he talking about? Apple co-founder wants iPhones to run Android

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One thing would happen though

Remember the Samsung commercial with the iPhone lineup and the one guy with the 'head explodes' over them moving the headphone jack?

Put Android on an iPhone and a lot of hardcore fanboys' heads would literally explode

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Twitter shares tank as blabbergasm implodes in full glare of unforgiving investors

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But, but, it's Techno Stuff! And the yoofs use it, so it must be worth billions!

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Android users running old OS versions? Not anymore, say latest stats

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Re: JB? I Dream of JB!

The other option is to dump Telus. They're masters of upping your charges every time you sneeze.

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Apple's STILL trying to shake off court-imposed antitrust monitor

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They're probably hoping that the President will step in and make it all better like he did when they were anticipating iPhone and iPad import bans

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Put down that iPad! Snoopware RECORDS your EVERY gesture, TAP on iOS, Android

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Re: "unmodified Androids provided they were connected to a computer."

Details like that don't generate as many scary 'We're all DOOMED' headlines

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Bletchley Park spat 'halts work on rare German cipher machine'

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Re: Don't mention the war between BP and TNMOC

Kind of ironic that it was all set up to help win the war and is now the victim of a war

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Apple seeks patent for mood-sensing technology

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"You seem to be depressed. Might I recommend a few bottles of this fine Merlot?"

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El Reg BuzzFelch: 10 Electrical Connectors You CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT!

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Angry American

I've always thought they looked more shocked (get it?) than angry... Either that or reminiscent of blow-up sex dolls' facial expressions

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Re: F---ing connectors

Yeah, all 573 varieties of SCSI, and whenever I needed one, I didn't have the cable with #327 on one end and #182 on the other, so I'd have to plug in an abandoned SyQuest drive or something to act as an adapter between two cables.

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New Doctor Who's new costume newly REVEALED by Beeb

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Re: Bugger...

Thanks for that... Only Alexei song I could get off the top of my head was 'Didn't you kill my brother?' which made no sense whatsoever

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Blocking BitTorrent search sites 'ineffective': Pirate Bay ban lifted for Dutch ISPs

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Re: Netflix/Lovefilm US v. UK

Thanks for the 'hint' - I'd never heard of Media Hint, and Canadian Netflix is the worst of the bunch. Wish there was some way to run it on my Roku though...

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Judge sighs at 'whack-a-mole' lawsuits as Apple deals blow to Samsung

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Re: Once again, the USPTO invites keel-hauling of itself

The good ol' Apple 'on a mobile device' method of repatenting previously patented items.

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Walking while texting can – OUCH! – end badly, say boffins

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Re: possibly some shit sherlock

Are bears Catholic? Does the Pope shit in the woods?

As for bears, the grizzlies and black bears in the Canadian Rockies seem to prefer cutlines and access roads, and the occasional highway...

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Thanks for suggesting eBay should flog PayPal. It's not happening, CEO tells Carl Icahn

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"Is he trying to make quick profits on his investments? Or maybe he just like seeing his name in the headlines?"

Yes

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If you reckon Google will never tap into Nest's Wi-Fi thermostats, guess again

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Re: El Reg is missing the real story

Er, if someone leaves something on your property for months after you've repeatedly asked them to remove it, isn't it considered abandoned, and you have the tight to dispose of it? Maybe a letter to that effect sent to the company would hasten the removal process?

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UK smut filter may have sent game patch to sin-bin

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That's why there seems to be a push to rename all of the varieties of rape seed 'canola' even though that's only one of the many variations.

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Good news: 'password' is no longer the #1 sesame opener, now it's '123456'

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That site should be renamed 'How long is my password'

If you type in the uber-secure aaaaaaaaaaaaaaa, it claims it would take 13,000 years to crack.

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Pregnant? Celebrate your proudest moment ... by 3D-printing a copy of the foetus

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Re: Smile?

My thought as well... Why do they need the 3D/4D scans of the fetus if they only supply one of two poses?

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Hadron Collider urinal cake tale wins El Reg's LHC book giveaway

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Is that where the camera zooms in on your face after the winner was announced and you have to plaster on a fake smile and clap a few times to show what a gracious loser you are?

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KCOM-owned Eclipse FAILS to cover up the password 'password'

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Re: Fire the spokesman

It's sad - seem to be seeing a lot more of the 'We haven't done anything wrong" responses lately (or so it seems). The Snapchat fiasco springs to mind.

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Apple hires medical techies, raises spectre of iStuff slurping data direct from your bloodstream

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monitors heart rate, respiration, motion, and temperature

Obvious use case? Measuring fanbois' reaction to the latest iThing announcement/rumour.

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