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Finally, a practical use for 3D printing: Helping surgeons rehearse

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Re: "The company doesn’t currently produce models from ultrasound,....

Hmm none of those links lead to anyone who actually offers the service. They are either dead links or stories about companies which claim to do it.

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The Register Monopoly Pubcrawl Mobile Map: VODAFONE VICTOR in LONDON

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We tested Fenchurch but when we looked at the data it was suspect and so in the interests of rigour it was disregarded. I'll as Dr Carter to expand on this in his live chat.

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Huawei: 'Tizen has no chance', Windows Phone is 'difficult'... it's Android all the way

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Re: Let me guess why networks want Tizen

No, it's because they think that Google and Apple are stealing apps revenue from them. This ignores the networks (other than NTT DoCoMo) having had a five year run at apps and having screwed it up.

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Bright lights, affordable motor: Ford puts LED headlights onto Mondeo

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Re: "Slim headlamps can make a vehicle’s exterior appear more determined and aggressive"

A lower profile can also reduce the damage an impact does to pedestrians.

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Roll up for El Reg's 3G/4G MONOPOLY DATA PUB CRAWL

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Re: All I know is....

When you use data to a level where you are stress testing the network with multiple threads and doing it all day you find that even the most generous fair usages policies can kick in. Managing this was a major undertaking.

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Re: Interesting, but....

[Satire]* We used Samsungs not Apples

*http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/08/18/facebook_experiments_with_satire_tag/

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Re: Do not pass Go

Pentonville

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I don't see dead people: Twitter to nix some images of deceased folk

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I wish LinkedIn would do this

It keeps asking me if I know Guy Kewney.

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UK mobile coverage is BETTER than EVER, networks tell Ofcom

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Re: Independent Survey?

An Independent Reg survey?

Sounds like a plan. Actually one we already have well underway. Watch this space.

As a mark of comparison while Ofcom reports 98.9% Call completion rates, fixed lines are touted as offering "five nines" availability, that is 99.999%

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Chinese Bitcoin farms: From scuzzy to sci-fi

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Bitcoin isn't looking bubble-like anymore. The price has been pretty stable for the last six months.

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LOHAN acquires aircraft arboreal avoidance algorithm acronyms

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It's not just LOHAN

Trees attract kites too. I used to work in a kite shop and saw a number of mangled kites on a regular basis.

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

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Re: "The e-Golf is the first Volkswagen to have LED headlights"

Quite. The Audi Matrix stuff is very impressive.

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Cor blimey: Virgin Media pipes 152Mb fibre to 100,000 East Londoners

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Virgin is not quite uncapped

I had a rogue bitcoin miner that was for some reason I never got to the bottom of, hammering the upload bandwidth and Virgin capped me.

I even had an engineer call.

The email discussions got quite technical and I was promised a copy of the capping guidelines but this never arrived. I upgraded to new mining hardware and the problem has gone away.

This was all as a regular £60+ a month customer on the 120Mb package, not as a writer on The Reg.

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Fiat Panda Cross: 'Interesting-looking' Multipla spawn hits UK

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Yes, sorry, my fault. The back seats do fold flat.

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Re: 80 bhp?

That depends on what it weighs.

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Trying to sell your house? It'd better have KILLER mobile coverage

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BT won't tell you where they have 300mbps broadband

They have a checker on the site which tells you want you can get at a location but not where you need to be to get the top speed.

I tried quite hard, the online chat person didn't know - I had to explain the question several times as he kept on saying "just type your postcode into the box", and eventually he gave me a number to call where I was on hold for half an hour before the person who answered said there was no way to get the information I was after.

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June Whitfield and EE to old folk: Would you like a nice cup of tea and some internet, dear?

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I rather think we are in a bubble of techieness

I'm 50, grew up on C=64s, BBC Bs and CPCs. When I was a kid there we eighty different computer magazines in WH Smiths all teaching coding.

There may be Raspberry Pi and Scratch today but that's niche.

It's not just seniors who struggle with technology, it's kids too.

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A very smart guy from Orange was on the standards board which arrived at the mini-USB connector. The standard does allow for a barrel connector but no-one has implemented it.

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What the world needs now is... a Bluetooth-enabled baby's dummy

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The problem I see with this is..

If it's completely sealed you don't have a little hole in the teat. And if you don't have a little hole how can it work as a pacifier? I mean, how do you get the whisky inside?

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BlackBerry claims ugly duckling Passport mobe is a swan in the offing

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one of the issues Blackberry will have..

Is selling it in. The channel is stuffed with Z10s. I bumped into my local phone dealing in the street tonight and he said he'd been offered them at silly money but would have to take huge quantities to get the price. He's only got a couple of small shops. I does however mean he won't touch Blackberry at all as he knows the big boys will beat him on price.

The channel in the meantime won't touch the Passport until they have cleared the Z10s.

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F1? No, it's Formula E as electric racing cars hit the track

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Oh..

And the FE cars look a lot better than this year's F1 cars with their ill-thought out safety ideas on nose height. I also like the bigger wheels in FE and it will be interesting to see what comes out of today's F1 tyre tests using 18" wheels.

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Thank you Formula E

Now that we have a green racing formula we can stop arsing around with fuel, and fuel-flow limits in F1.

Anyone who cares that much about being green thinks F1 is an abomination anyway and this is just tokenisim, and F1 fans see it as detracting from "hammer time" proper racing.

I like cars, all kinds of cars. Electric ones, diesel ones, whatever. I expect I will go to the London Formula E race and am tempted by Monaco.

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UK mobile sales in the toilet: Down by FIVE MILLION this year

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The thing is..

When you go into a shop to look at a phone you can see it has a bigger screen with smaller pixels. You can feel that is thinner and mess around with the UI to judge speed. You can't get an impression on battery life.

No-one believes the figures quoted on this the only authoritative source would be the mobile networks which can see, on average, how well all the phones do comparatively, but the relationship with the vendors is too important to them to jepordise by publishing the information.

There was a time when Carphone Warehouse put return rates in their catalogue - both faulty and no-fault found numbers but that's the closest I've seen.

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Google buys shagadelic playlist biz Songza

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Itichypoo park

The fart of noise

Shitting by the dock of the bay

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Catch cack-handed baggage handlers in the act with Ericsson's SPY SUITCASE

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Re: Lady in the first photo

Is part of the team which developed the electronics, not everyone who can use a soldering iron and IDE who has long hair also has a beard, sandals and an Iron Maiden T-shirt.

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We got behind the wheel of a Tesla S electric car. We didn't hate it

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Re: Practicality

I mailed Tesla to ask about towing, they say the Model S doesn't support it, and that the company does not offer a tow bar. It's under consideration for the Model X

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Google's Oculus-defying VR headset is made of CARDBOARD – no joke

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Lots of this stuff around

I know of at least three commercial products which are similar to this and the Unity middleware supports side by side 3D. The quality with a good mobile phone is better than a standard definition Oculus Rift.

The things I'd like to see are a 3D modelling program of the calibre of Rhino which let you use a headset and model at the same time, and much more ambitious something which used two cameras on the back of the phone to let you see "through" it to the real world and then superimpose VR stuff on it then tracking hands with something like a Leap Motion to let you interact with the virtual elements in the 3D world.

You could have a UI for creating 3D models - which where then put into games or 3D printed - which could be much more like natural sculpting - than the 2D world.

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Gid E-Up? Vulture's claw presses pedal to metal on VW's 'leccy motor

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Thank you

This is the stuff which makes Reg Commentards (not a derisory term) so wonderful.

I once drove a Peugeot 205 1.6 which had been turbocharged, it torque steered like a pig. I got out and told the garage which was selling it that it had ruined a very sweet car. I bought an Integrale instead.

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Re: Will they be doing a Northern version

Oh, silly name? No-one has ever mentioned that before.

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That's no plane wreck, that's a Google Wi-Fi balloon

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Spectrum

What are Google using for Spectrum in their NZ tests?

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US marshals leak list of possible Bitcoin buyers

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This is all going to be very bad for bitcoin

No-one who wants to hide their wealth is going to give the US Marshals service a goverment issued photo ID and a $200,000 wired deposit. It was announced at quite short notice so pretty much the only people who could apply will be companies with $200,000 sitting in a US bank account.

That narrows the field to companies which are reputable in the US and don't worry about what message buying bitcoin sends and who have ~$1m to spend on a lot.

Which is a small number of bidders. The vast majority who will have the profile of wanting to buy cheap from the auction and then see a return by selling, at least a substantial part, through exchanges. Of course they won't dump the coins but will trickle out at a sell value.

Then the US marshalls will announce the sale of the rest of the coins they have something like 144,000 of them. That's 10% of the coins in circulation.

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Today's get-rich-quick scheme: Build your own bank

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Being a retail bank is the easiest business in the world

It's a billing system. Every business has one of those. It's also a confidence trick. Banks are mandated to have a set of accounts which would get any other business shut down as trading while insolvent.

Stock is other people's money. It's not subject to fashion, doesn't come in sizes or perish.

All the complication in running a business isn't present in being a bank all they need is decent customer service and yet they can't even stay open when customers want to visit.

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How practical is an electric car in London?

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Re: And yet...

This is what was behind the Japanese Kei car concept. It produced some amazing little cars like teh Honda Beat, S-cargo, and the Suzuki Cappuccino. I had a Cappuccino but really lusted after an Autozam AZ-1.

If we had a car industry where the factories were British owned there would be more incentive for regulation which as closed in the same kind of way.

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Re: How to Improve electric cars

And the Deltawing did a whole electric lap, but there is a huge difference between this kind of bleeding edge and practical stuff.

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Psst. We've got 400Gb/s Ethernet working - but don't tell anyone

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Re: Mobile Fantasy

Even if everything went mobile, the mobile industry still needs fibre back-haul. Kit like this is essential for the infrastructure.

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Re: First modem

2400? Luxury!

110 baud acoustic coupler from school to the local college ICL1900 then 300/300 or 1200/75 to Essex MUD on a Commodore 64.

Cue. shoebox int middle 't road comments.

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Apple is KILLING OFF BONKING, cries mobe research dude

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'sfunny reading all these comments when you go to an NFC conference it's full of people saying that NFC is just what the market wants.

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Re: Disintermediate - Yet another word for the Bullshit Bingo list

I used to work with someone who used the word in every single discussion.

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Silent, spacious and... well, insipid: Citroën's electric C-Zero car

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Yes, it was 42 kilometers, c. 25 miles. It had been sitting at Mitsubishi HQ for years not being driven. I think most of the miles it had done have been the boss of the dealership taking it home.

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

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Use email

My target customers are older users. They send cheques and often don't have email.

Even when I can sell from the website and they do have email I'm selling mobile phones so at some stage something has to be posted.

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Using other cartridges

When I gave Neopost the right of reply on the piece it hinted that there was no issue with third party ink but stopped (just) short of recommending it.

As an exercise I worked out that if I filled the fuel tank of a £300,000 Lamborghini Aventador with printer ink bought at Neopost's prices the ink would cost more than the car.

The Neopost jargon for a printer cartridge is "headset". Neither the word "media" or "headset" are used in the knowledgebase.

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Look inside ELON MUSK'S CAR! Tesla S wundervehicle has voom

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Re: the actual cost of the electricity isn’t that great

No, it won't be electricity which gets taxed. It will be the roads. The agenda behind road-pricing (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/6349027.stm) is that the government wants the flexibility to charge whatever you use for motive force.

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Ericsson: There'll be over 9 BILLION mobe subscribers by 2019

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Re: 9 Billion

That's 9 billion connections. Phones, Tablets, vending machines, parking meters, sat navs, smug electronic doors.

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Broadcom: If no one buys our modem biz, we'll DITCH IT

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Re: No Point

There might be IP reasons to buy.

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Re: Incoming...

No, MediaTek is a very much stronger player in this market than Intel. Remember Intel dropped out of this space before selling it's mobile chip business to http://www.marvell.com/.

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ProDesk colour 3D printer's secret: It gives hot models great head

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There was the File2Part Gutenberg project which coloured as it printed but I've not heard anything of it for a long time.

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It's Google's NO-WHEEL car. OMG... there aren't any BRAKES

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http://sniffpetrol.com/2014/05/28/google-announces-shitty-car-for-idiots/

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Feature-phones aren't dead, Moto – oldsters still need them

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Doro 3G

Doro has a bunch of clams which do 3G. Look for the 622 and 621.

I prefer the 614 and 615 which are an older model. The difference between the two is that the 615 has a camera.

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We'd switch mobile networks, but we can't be bothered – survey

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Re: I wish...

I looked into 07777 a while ago. BT has been allocated it and not used it. But the MNO/MVNO deal with EE is coming soon.

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a little list

http://www.mvnodynamics.com/mvno-companies/eu-mvno-companies/uk-mvno-companies/

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