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Belkin YourType Folio

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Cloth

A piece of cloth over the keys?

Some Dell Laptops circa 2002 had an issue with some keys eventually marking the LCD.

A Belkin product that might be worth getting? What a novelty. Maybe eventually a Mac Air will be like this?

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Sysadmins: Chucked your Exchange servers up? Let's enable SSO

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Re: Or SBS

SBS = MS Crippleware versions of MS Server Applications

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Or

How about how to get rid of MS Proprietary Clunky products like Exchange and SSO needing to support MS authentication and use lighter weight, multi-platform alternatives?

The Domain Server architecture and Exchange are horrors. Especially for smaller offices.

After using MS Server since NT 3.5 (1994?) I'm migrating to Linux and abandoning MS Windows Update Server.

Migrated LONG ago from MS Mail, then Outlook + Exchange to MDaemon on Windows and a succession of mail clients. Yes I know Outlook and Exchange do appointments etc.

I don't miss Sharepoint either.

I used to install MS Solutions, had MCP cert, wrote and gave training course in NT Admin etc. No longer.

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Rival mobile networks hang up on EE's 4G call

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Tell Comreg.

In Ireland Comreg is insisting on 5MHz allocations for LTE!

LTE in SAME spectrum actually isn't much better than HSPA+ unless the mast is heavily loaded. Then in 5MHz it is twice as fast! 250Kbps approx rather than 125kbps approx!

The only sensible solution *IS* a single RAN for each band, which is then wholesaled to each retail operator. That would typically double performance for many users.

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MPs wrestle slippery bureaucrats in intellectual property Jell-O

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Why?

"Sir Humph" always has a logical reason. Even if it's stupid and self serving. What do the Bureaucrats get out of damaging Copyright?

Though the protection period is probably too long, format shifting for personal use needs to be legal and what constitutes "fair use" extract copies needs to be clarified. But the proposals of Hargreve et al are stupid.

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Wireless remote control inventor zaps out at 96

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Re: There were of course

The BBC R4 report was particularly stupid.

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There were of course

Earlier Radios in 1930s with Wireless Remote (one used an actual radio transmitter and a telephone like dial).

Also Earlier US and even UK and European sets did have wired remotes.

But still, a real innovator and as usual El Reg report it far better than the BBC.

Later remotes (the first "clickers") had a tuning fork, which gave way to Modulated Ultrasonic.. Many modern IR remotes actually use the same modulation of the IR as the Ultrasonic frequency and then modulate that modulation with the OOK modulation used on Ultrasonic remotes. (33KHz to 42KHz main "carrier"). This allows good sunlight and Mains flicker avoidance.

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Facebook IPO plunge sparks tidal wave of lawsuits

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The shares will fall more

Maybe to under $10 in a year.

Income is from advertising. A 100:1 share value to annual earning ratio is mad, especially as in most of the West they are near saturation penetration. Most of the people not using it don't want it.

Bubble is spelled B E B O

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Why on Earth is Microsoft moving to Euro pricing now?

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MS European HQ

Is in a Euro currency country.

Probably HQ for Middle East & Africa too.

They also do Localisation for S. America (Particularly Brazil) in Dublin. But there is a more logical reason for that than Euro Pricing.

Would Sterling Folk "Like" the Euro to fail, even though it would hurt UK terribly? The Euro may be ill-conceived and Greece being allowed to join idiocy (better if UK had joined), but unravelling it all would be more painful for everyone (Europe, Asia, USA) than continuing to bandage Greece.

Mines the one with EMEA economic outlook in the pocket.

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Canary Islands host long-distance quantum teleportation

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Re: synchronise time

Both use a pulse from the same very distant stellar source. Is that why those stars exist? Convenient Galactic Navigation beacons and clock synchronisers?

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Encryption

The use of Alice and Bob suggests the reason behind this experiment isn't to develop an Ansible, but make communications more secure (at the same speed).

I'm sure Eve is watching with interest.

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Re: Ok, perhaps I am being dumb...

maybe Eve fiddled with it.

Sadly while extremely wonderful research it's never going to lead to an Ansible. Actually the article doesn't explain why this would be better than existing communications systems.

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US space programme in shock metric conversion

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Re: Good luck with that

Commie Plot, Curious they think that, seeing as as the French invented it over 100 years before Communism and the French supplied the Statue of Liberty and helped them against the English in the War of Independence. Odd.

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Orange pulls out of women's Fiction

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Re: The Colour Purple

That's more a sort of Vodafone colour?

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Re: "Five Quarters Of The Orange" by Joanne Harris

A good read too.

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UK mobile broadband carriers compared

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femto cells for free. : Coverage Maps

Yes, well, they should pay YOU to use a Femto cell. You are paying for the traffic on your Broadband!

Mobile Operators will LOVE 3G and LTE (so called 4G) Femto cells as it gives them more income, more network capacity and more coverage.

Now if the "real" ISPs would only improve the "real" Broadband they could supply even more of them.

Ironic that Mobile Internet is set to really benefit from any major Fibre roll out to cabinet or home as it makes their mast backhaul cheaper and simpler and makes Femto cell deployment in Malls, Offices and Homes much more viable. Also reduce the number of "fixed" users on Mobile making performance up to x5 better for people on the move.

Mobile isn't Broadband and never will be. It's for "on the go" Internet use. "Mobile" use!

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Inaccurate and unscientific

No Mobile operator offers Broadband. It's mobile Internet.

* Latency can exceed BB latency

* Never always on

* virtually impossible to get a static IP

* Some don't even use Public IP

* The only contention control mechanisms are mast getting "full" and "Data cap"

* The quoted mast speeds of HSPA+ is typically only for 1.5% of coverage area and assume only one person per sector is downloading/ fetching email/ loading web page. Speeds can vary between 0.12Mbps and 21Mbps according to distance from mast and number of people using it.

If there are 20 simultaneous streams of data (Skype, web page, email, video, anything) then if EVERY user has perfect signal the speed can't exceed 1/20th of 21Mbps with a perfect system. In practice the overhead of CDMA with multiple codes for different users means 1/40th of peak speed is more likely.

Thus an adhoc test by one user of Mobile is meaningless.

Such tests of cable is representative of what users can get.

Such tests of DSL at known distances of 100m, 250m, 500m, 1km, 1.5km, 2km are representative assuming all are ADSL2+ with enough backhaul on exchange.

If a 3G mast sector is busy you may not even connect. Voice calls cost 100x to 200x less for the operator (comparing revenue vs connectivity costs), so unsurprisingly Data connections will be dropped if the capacity is needed for voice.

Will LTE be better? yes and no. Lightly loaded it's the same in same channel width (5MHz), the higher speed is if there is 20MHz channels (x4 speed). Loaded with 20 simultaneous users connections data speed approaches 1/20th of peak speak for the signal level rather than 1/40th.

You can't break laws of physics. Driven as "hard as possible" the speed MUST go to about 1/4 (with only one user connecting) every time you double distance to mast. So LTE still only does the peak speed for 1 user in 1.5% of mast area.

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Noise can improve quantum computing, says ANU scientist

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Coffee/keyboard

Not Good :(

I'm beginning to get an impression that we are a long way off having a Quantum Computer.

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Dish Networks locks horns with broadcasters over ad skipping

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Adverts

They paid for people to watch them once live. They want people to watch the recordings and not pay a 2nd time?

The Storage requirements for Network PVR are daft. Esp if someone buys Dedup storage!

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Ten... Qwerty mobiles

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Ugly and wasteful form factor

I really hate the "Blackberry" form factor. I'd hardly call it a QWERTY at all. Even if there was a Clamshell version it would be slightly better. They are awkward.

I'm only interested in the "landscape" "proper" QWERTY keypads. IMO none of those are really QWERTY.

When I upgrade it will be to one with a "proper" QWERTY mini key pad.

Battery life?

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Microsoft to devs: Don't ruin Win 8 launch with crap code

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Re: Marketing is working

"Marketing is working

All this talk of Windows 8 keeps reminding me I have to hurry up and buy a new PC.

While Windows 7^H XP is still easily available."

Fixed it for you.

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APIs that are outside the SDK

But MS will use them.

And invent more they don't tell about when it suits them.

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RIM-Moto sketch THIRD nanoSIM design as peace offering

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Alert

Get rid of the SIM and you can fit another chip in there:

With increasing integration of SoC and reducing number of chips, lack ot keypad and big screen I think it's more about making it awkward for users to swap SIMs.

I find it hard to believe than that even the current small Apple SIM is needed. My older phone uses regular SIM yet has more chips, a keypad and longer battery life than an iPhone.

Apple in reality want phones to be like the consumer unfriendly CDMA-1 phones with no SIM.

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Facebook jumps then slumps in first few minutes day's trade

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"What has facebook produced..."

Irrelevant.

They make money selling adverts because they are dominant in Social Networking. But it is precarious. They could crash and burn faster than you say "bebo".

So how long does it take to make $115 in Adverts per user? Obviously they are overvalued.

Icon for share price obviously.

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Does Britain really need a space port?

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Alien

South America

Even the Russians are using the "European" Space port in French Guiana. Presumably that's where the UK should put a launch pad if it's needed.

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It's primarily a matter of us buying satellites?

"It's primarily a matter of us buying satellites, mainly from other countries, and using them to sell multimedia content – mainly to ourselves."

BskyB/Sky or Freesat don't buy ANY satellites. They rent bandwidth from Eutelsat and SES Astra.

Pay Satellite TV isn't really to do with Space. Ducts are a really important because Virgin Media/ Cable-TV uses them. But unlike Sky, Virgin Cable actually has significant infrastructure in terms of cable and fibre. Also Virgin own the set-boxes and Modems. Sky Boxes are the customer's property.

So it's really 1Billion, not 8 Billion.

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Is it time for enterprise PC outfits to carry Apple Macs?

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No

No.

Overpriced and near zero enterprise support. Linux Laptops and Workstations are more sense if Win8 is disaster.

Dunno why people buy so many iPads either.

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Shoreditch's sparkle smokescreen leaves BBC journo 'tech-struck'

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Phew

I listen to R4. Glad I missed that!

The "Internet" doesn't make ANY money...

Replacing old Skool mail order catalogues advertised in Magazines with Sales of the SAME stuff simply using the eCommerce as a Tool makes Money. Buy Shares in Couriers not dot.com bubbles.

Selling Advertising space on visited websites makes money.

Selling instant downloads of Music, Software, eBooks makes money. (Video possibly the best model is instant streaming of lower quality and a DVD or Bluray in the post till everyone has Fibre and there is an infrastructure to support it,)

How many Facebook/Twitter/Googles are there? Also they make their money from adverts and being near monopolies. You will lose your shirt trying to copy them.

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Amazon drops planned 8.9in Kindle Fire for 10.1in job

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Larger eInk

"I would very much like to buy a large Kindle and wish there were a competitive "DX+" device out there."

Agreed.

A4 & Letter size PDF documents

2 x paper back pages side by side

The shops are full of regular size Kindle and also there is some online competiton. But the DX is only online and the only one that size I know and WAY too expensive. Is the display made out of rare pearls or unicorn tears? The rest of the hardware can be done for maybe $10 excluding WiFi, 3G and storage. If it had an SD card slot and USB socket (power and read/write the SD card) would be enough.

If I want WiFi, Web pages, video, 3G etc I'll buy a regular Android tablet.

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Txt-speak is a sign of humanity 4 U

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Telegraph

A lot of Txt Spk is identical to that of 1840s and later.

They only had one button

Mines the one with a straight key in the pocket.

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Wild excitement over terahertz wireless demo

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10m?

In free space..

With a couple of roof top dishes it might be more useful for connecting a couple of buildings on a campus till you get fibre in.

100GHz to 400GHz wireless has been around quite a while. I wonder what exactly is new about this.

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75,000 Raspberry Pi baked before August

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Ardunio no good for Linux

Pi doesn't really make sense as a Media Streaming box. More sense as Embedded system running Linux on battery. If mains or car electrics is available a micro ITX for media might be more flexible.

If you want a volume low power low cost Media on TV solution you are going to use ARM, ST20, MIPS SoCs and DSP especially for that.

In one sense the HDMI is redundant until there are cheap 3" to 5" HDMI touch screens with 4:3, 16:9 and 3:1 form factors for cheap embedded GUI. Like a simulating a radio Dial on portable radio or home media IR remote with optional WiFi, Or CNC control panel

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Stuxnet ≠ cyberwar, says US Army Cyber Command officer

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Re: cyber = bollocks!

Just be ready to grind up the wedding ring if the Cybermen come. Borg will get the court papers any day now.

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LightSquared files for bankruptcy

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Doomed I tell ye!

Sometimes Ch. 11 isn't a breathing space. You can't usually resuscitate a corpse.

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Headbanger plays Star Trek theme on floppy drives

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Re: You're not wrong about the date.

I think we had an ACT Sirius 1 no later than 1982. Before anyone in N.I. saw an IBM PC

And yes tune playing was an early feature.

As was such things unavailable on IBM PC (in USA) as standard then as

Non-glare matt black screen

800 x 400 graphics

GPIB bus

Audio I/O

Parallel port

Serial port

RTCC

1.2M or 2.4M drives rather than 360K

It was the first time you could easily damage a PC by programming. It was possible to program incorrect graphics timing and blow the monitor fuse :)

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Stuck in a dull conference? You need Verity's survival guide

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Wonderful

keep up the good work Verity

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Shy Venus in rare Sun crossing next month

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Re: Dont purchase anything

The cardboard might go on fire.

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Mozilla and Google blast IE-only Windows on ARM

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Copying Apple

Obviously Windows RT has little in common with how Windows CE gadgets sold and nothing in common with x86 PCs. It seems it's a Microsoft Clone of the iPad environment, basically a Tablet appliance, only running Metro phone like apps like iPad/iPhone apps.

So not an ARM alternative to the "open" x86 Tablets that have run "closed" Windows for years.

M.S.

Apple isn't making huge margin and great sales primarily because it's closed (that's a separate issue) but because

1) It's Apple

2) Fashion and Styling

3) Good and consistent GUI experience not messed up with each release

MS GUI changes since NT4 have in reality added NOTHING to productivity and some (ribbon) on WS notebooks are plain stupid. Aero/Vista/Win7 is foolish eye candy. "metro" UI is stupendously stupid on anything larger than 7"

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US TV overlords retreat from White Space invaders

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Pirate

but it turns out that's both impossible and impractical

Every qualified RF engineer in world knew that.

There will be tears to come when users hack the gear and disable the database. It's too early yet to see what a disaster this.

Also this gear for US market will be "grey imported" everywhere else. Very irresponsible of FCC. But they are more interested in Boutique strategy than protecting Licensed Spectrum. The Lightsquared fiasco is partly FCC's fault too.

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NASA spots the light of a ‘super-Earth’

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Alien

Surely with no rotation any atmosphere is a mighty wind from hot side to just past twlight where it permanently rains.

All life is on a thin pair of segments just at the edge of twilight.

Or maybe I misunderstand the description.

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Samsung outs Ivy Bridge notebooks

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a 17.3in, 1600 x 900

I want a 15" 1600 x 1200 or better. Which is what I have. But I want a new one.

What are these for? Coffee table or Starbucks table video watching for 2 or 3 people?

15" 1920 x 1440 4:3 would be excellent for documents. I don't mind black bars top & bottom if I do happen to watch video on it.

Or even a laptop with a rotatable to portrait mode 4:3 screen 15" 1920 x 1440 Why have we gone back to scrolling? Books invented about 2000 years ago. That's what "codex" means. More efficient than scrolling.

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Cloud data fiasco forces bosses to break out the whiteboards

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ha ha

Clouds ...

For copies of your info, a Publishing method. Like Newspapers, TV, Websites.

For actual work be in control of your own data^H^H^Hestiny

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Cisco hits the roof in Olympics marketing dash

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Coffee/keyboard

Really!

Do Cisco believe this guff or did an Agency write Fry's script?

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Java jury finds Google guilty of infringement: Now what?

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There is a mistake in the article

Re: Copyright

"Defeat could potentially allow an extension of copyright into previously undisputed areas, such as programming languages and APIs."

In reality these have ALWAYS been copyright, it's just that the originators have either not put any usage terms or placed the work in the Public domain.

Writing up a Computer language specification or API is no different to creating any other new written work.

Actually Zilog used different mnemonics for the common instructions of Z80 with 8080 and 8085 because indeed the 8080 & 8085 mnemonics are (c) Intel.

The reason for whole existence of BSD, GNU (before Linus wrote his Kernel) was in fact a copyright law war between Bell Labs (AT&T) and the Universities over UNIX ownership. Obviously Google has tried to sidestep Java ownership in a more clackhanded manner than GNU and BSD vs AT&T/Bell Labs.

GNU = Gnu is Not Unix

Mines the one with the Z80 handbook in the pocket

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Microsoft ejects DVD playback from Windows 8

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MS OS is grossly overpriced in Retail

but what is the OEM price that they have to do this stupidity?

What about Blu Ray disk (BD) video playback?

What about Media Center [sic] MPEG2 for DTT & Satellite and MPEG4 H.264] for DTT USB sticks* and Satellite cards?

[* Some countries and UK after October 2012 use MPEG4 for SD not just HD]

This seems like shooting their toes off at the knee. A gift to OS 10 and Linux.

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Samsung shows 'designed for humans' handset

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I hope, I really do

That it will open the pod bay doors for me

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O2 drops Joggler family tablet

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Re: Barstewards

Erm.. the stuff they are replacing relies on their services and simply won't work at all soon.

What they are doing sounds reasonable.

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Standing NEXT to an HTML coder is like standing NEXT TO GOD

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Boffin

My Eyes!

Ouch!

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