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GRAV WAVE DRAMA: 'Big Bang echo' may have been grit on the scanner – boffins

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Importantly!

Wonderful Boffinry

I have no idea though why some people are trying to drag in Religion.

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Science vs Religion

There is no competition. One is about measurable things and the other is about meaning. There should be no overlap. Religion should have almost nothing to say about science (be Ethical). Science has nothing to much to say about Morality, Love, Hate, Justice, Mercy, Faith.

You need both, even if your 'religion' is 'Rational Atheistic Humanism".

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I sold 10 MILLION iPhone 6es at the weekend, says Tim Cook. What did you do?

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Re: Queue

It's only a Media/Web/Phone.

I wish there was a better name than Smartphone. They are not smart, just multifunctional

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Queue

I queued with the kids for a harry potter book once. Just because it was a fun street party, people were asked to come in Fancy Dress. Getting the book the night before the normal daytime release was irrelevant.

I can't imagine queuing again, or EVER for a piece of technology. If there is an apocalypse I'll queue if it's the only way to eat.

So are there Apple Street parties? Is it for 11 year old kids? Why would Adults queue outside of some bizarre dictatorship or post apocalyptic world for anything?

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Mushy spam law's IDEAL for toothless watchdog: Spamhaus slams CAN-SPAM

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Spamming old Databases

Three after taking over O2 in Ireland spammed both ex O2 customers and those that O2 had stopping emailing as they had asked for no more.

Three should never have been allowed to purchase O2. But that is another story.

Anti-spam legislation seems to be pointless. But the underlying problem is how email was designed in the first place. Step 1 should be "xyz" wants to add you as a contact, Yes/No. If No is selected then every email from "xyz" should be bounced from first SMTP / MX not under "xyz" control. Implementing this with the current systems is impossible as "spoofing" an approved contact as "from" is trivial.

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India vs America: Earthling invaders in race to MARS

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Re: Not sure it is that big of an accomblishement

Beagle anyone?

USA needlessly messed one too by mixing Metric & imperial.

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About 1 bowl of rice

India's poor would rather that India has a space program that creates employment.

in 2013 India's population was 1.252 billion

They spent about 6c per person.

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Pop open this iPhone 6 and see where the magic oozes from ... oh hello again, Qualcomm

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Re: Which major chipperies missing?

ARM design enhanced by the ARM SoC design house Apple bought in so they didn't have to keep buying Samsung (1st iPhone was using Samsung SC6400 family).

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Your chance to WIN the WORLD'S ONLY HANDHELD ZX SPECTRUM

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Meh

They want extra bits of your soul to accept an answer. I could make it up I suppose!

But I'll leave it to someone more enthusiastic.

Now to customise my PCW8256 (which already has a 1.44 3.25" 2nd floppy, extra RAM, dual Serial port and Mouse added by me) into a "netbook" using a separate WiFi to Serial port module. and nintendo / console style wobble stick. It also has franken tilt and swivel base. So seriously lacks value as vintage computing artefact.

I also had a stupidly slow 1 bit scanner attachment that used the printer with ribbon removed.

SuperCalc clone, New-word Wordstar Clone, X25 PAD modem SW, for 1987 email via Telecom Gold gateways to Telex and Bitnet. Spice & DTP, Prolog, Pascal and Modula-2 all on CP/M.

I can't remember there being any games.

I did buy a ZX Spectrum in 1982 possibly as a Test Card Generator.

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Why Oracle CEO Larry Ellison had to go ... Except he hasn't

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Oracle is now late on cloud

Bananas

Cloud is just marketing remote hosted services.

Thus logically every cloud provider is a potential customer. But Oracle licensing doesn't suit cloud providers and their DB is overpriced for everyone.

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Does this float your boat? Dead Steve Jobs to hijack yachts from BEYOND THE GRAVE

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Tesla

What did Tesla use to control the remote controlled wireless demo model boat around 1897?

@ZanzibarRastapopulous

The Price of Patents..

But the USPO doesn't seem to check anything, They are supposed to. Or is operated for the benefit of US lawyers?

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Man buys iPHONE 6 and DROPS IT to SMASH on PURPOSE

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Sapphire

Sapphire is more scratch resistant but cracks more easily. Hence suitable for watch faces / screens. Unsuitable for out to edge phones.

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Dropping

All my phones from my Analogue Mobile up to my E65 survived multiple dropping. The later ones are too skinny, awkward to hold, too sealed (flying apart reduces risk of breakage).

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Oracle's Larry Ellison quits as CEO – new bosses are Hurd'n'Catz

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Eh?

I can't see how this is going to work.

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POW! Digia straps Qt into ejector seat, gleefully pulls handle

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QT Framework

It's a nice alternative to Java GUI classes/libraries to have a cross platform framework, but can be faster due to underlying C++ and other languages. You can in theory do a lot of GUI without using the real programming languages. But I doubt you'd do a real application in QT without the underlying design in C++ or something. It's a wonderful way to do the GUI part of any application.

It was a pity that Nokia didn't adopt it earlier to produce a new GUI for Symbian instead of S60 GUI, they should have just outsourced that to Trolltech instead of buying the company. By 2002 Nokia could no longer manage software.

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First Irish boy band U2. Now Apple pushes ANOTHER thing into iPhones, iPods, iPads

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Re: OS vs apps: Paint

Ah, clever sarcasm.

Original iPod

Apple enters MP3 player market after Creative and others, but does better marketing and end to end ecosytem. People are convinced iPod is original MP3 player.

Original iPhone

Apple does a phone with no physical keypad based on off the shelf chips (Samsung SC6400 family ARM CPU) that is an iPod merged with a reference phone design.

They do a lovely port of OSX as iOS (derived from Next, derived from BSD) with a very slick UI designed for capacitive low resolution touch (ignored from 1980s because foolishly the goal was handwriting recognition which needs a resistive screen to get resolution).

The original iPhone is hugely successful because it's the first with a decent Data plan from phone operators. Other smart phones are only usable on WiFi or by business due to x100 data cost. Yes the simplicity and slick GUI helped a lot.

Ever after they have been accused of innovation.

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Amazon REINTRODUCES Kindle swindle vulnerability

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Mitigation

1) You have to be NOT using USB storage mode to copy books. Why would 'pirates' risk sending their books via Amazon. Surely Amazon monitors everything sent to a kindle.

2) You probably have to be getting 'pirated' books

Does this work on any Kindle reader?

There are three different kinds:

1) eInk type Kindle

2) Kindle Fire, a Tablet

3) Kindle reader app for Windows, Mac OS, iOS, Android etc.

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OECD lashes out at tax avoiding globocorps' location-flipping antics

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Tax Rate

There does need to be a universal system system without exploitive loop holes. having NO corporation tax and tax elsewhere MIGHT work. Because you can tax the income of dividends, tax sales, tax workers and Management etc.

I have no idea if zero corporation tax everywhere would solve this. But at least there is agreement that big international companies are getting an unfair advantage over small local companies and distorting the economies.

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Re: probably not enough

Corporations like Apple & Google do not act the same way as Super Rich people.

Apple actually BORROWED money to pay a dividend, rather than pay tax on their offshore cash mountain.

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probably not enough

But a start.

Dragons depress the economy by sitting on cash rather than putting it into circulation.

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As bankruptcy looms for RadioShack, we ask its chief financial officer... oh. He's quit

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Maplin is likely next.

I think online became the only feasible way to buy electronics parts ages ago. The SAME part as in Radio Shack or Maplin from Asia, 1/5th price. INCLUDING postage.

Selling "boys toys" and junk tools won't save maplin.

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Microsoft splurges 2½ INSTAGRAMS buying Minecraft maker Mojang

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Re: WTF?

They bought Skype already, which used to do Text Chat fine!

Though they are messing up Skype

QQ is a good alternative From the #2 Social Network company you never heard of.

If the aim is a whole platform, it's daft. Actually this is just bonkers.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: TV is TERRIBLE and stuck in the 1970s

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TV

The content was good up to 1980s (but not so good in USA), but the technology was poor.

Now TV tech is good but the content is poor. Apple can't fix that. It's USA media domination that makes it poor!

Radio content hasn't gone down hill as much. But the available AM/FM sets are poor compared to 1980s (or even 1930s to 1950s) and DAB is pointless. Terrible concept, bad UI, bad delivery and no decent sets.

TV sets now universally need decent external speakers as otherwise they are like a 1970 pocket disposable Hong Kong AM radio with 2" speaker.

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eBay DROPS DEAD AGAIN - tat bazaar says sorry, scrambles to resurrect site

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Fire Alarm

And if a member of staff set it off accidently?

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Radio hams can encrypt, in emergencies, says Ofcom

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Re: 470kHz?

used to be around the 1950s

but 455kHz is the standard since Asia took over.

It would be bad for cheaper sets as they have almost no IF rejection!

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Boffins say they've got Lithium batteries the wrong way around

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Re: Scientists...pah

It's well known that charging and discharging isn't uniform. That's why NiCd get dendrites.

But interesting research to quantify it.

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What?

This was known AGES ago about Alkaline cells (which unlike Zinc Carbon can be somewhat or entirely recharged if not discharged too much).

I was sure I read it a year ago about Lithium Ion cells.

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Evil mining firms? Please. Obeying profit motive is KINDER to the environment

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Hillarious

Wonderful Tim.

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The Apple Watch and CROTCH RUBBING. How are they related?

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U2

I've heard of YouTube.

Remote controls are free and a replacement is under £20. I agree mostly with the sentiment ...

BUT

1) Needs to run a week between charges not one day

2) Needs to be under £50

Apple have lost the plot.

If I'm honest I seem to remember something called the Joshua Tree

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Starship Troopers beat Aliens, Robots AND Chuck Norris to WIN in a FIGHT

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Army powered suit

They are also advanced on an exoskeleton that allows load/unload of freight in forward area with no hoist/forklift.

Also Mule replacements.

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Sleepy spotless summer Sun's shock solar storm surge stuns scientists

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Re: " ... our nearest star."

I hope it is our start or the back rental / leasing bill will be horrible.

I suspect none of the others are ours.

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Italy's High Court orders HP to refund punter for putting Windows on PC

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OS refund ruling

Wasn't there a similar ruling some years ago somewhere else?

Certainly I heard of Dell purchasers getting Windows OS refunds.

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spɹɐʍʞɔɐB writing is spammers' new mail filter avoidance trick

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Meh

opening random email attachment no matter what it is called is stupid

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Apple iPhone 6: Missing sapphire glass screen FAIL explained

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Sapphire

I doubt it will be on larger mobile devices ever. Break too easily.

Smaller gadgets. like a watch. Or a pebble sized tight jeans pocket flip phone. with two screens like a powder compact.

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Intellifridge terror: Internet of Stuff kit must fend off hackers of the FU-TURE-TURE-TURE

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Re: Simple solution

Black listing on router doesn't work if the neighbour can pick it up directly.

Actually some stuff is so badly done, the likely scenario is that it connects to Internet with neighbour's public WiFi (stupid people think it's good to encourage people to share public WiFi) without the owner even knowing they bought an IoT gadget.

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Simple solution

Don't buy an Internet connecting Fridge.

If you buy a gadget with the stupidity of built in WiFi that can't be disabled and no other way to operate it, take it back as "unfit for purpose" under Sale of Goods Act.

No matter what you do with your Router/Firewall, you can't make a WiFi gadget secure.

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Scottish independence: Will it really TEAR the HEART from IT firms?

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Re: The REAL problem with Scottish independance

Most of the price is already Excise duty and VAT. Scotland will decide how much it is taxed in Scotland, The UK situation will be unaffected. Unless for some bizarre reason the Scottish put an export duty on it.

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Re: What's in a name? Little Britain

If we are going to be pedantic, Great Britain is in contrast to Little Britain, AKA Brittany, Never Ireland.

Meanwhile N.I. is going the opposite direction. Its assembly doesn't work.

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Geneva Convention

Even the current UK Nationals Grandchildren will be probably be UK citizens.

All people who had parents or grandparents born anywhere in the Island of Ireland before 1922 are UK Citizens with right of abode in UK. (Under EU law any Irish Citizen has right of abode in UK even if they are not eligible for a UK passport).

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Ulster Bank & RBS

Maybe Scotland will be better off WITHOUT idiots like the RBS.

The UK has negative balance of payments already. Nearly £40 Billion of UK exports will become Scottish Exports. Maybe more.

All of Scotland will still get BBC on Freesat if BBC pull out. STV (not part of ITV), C4 and Five won't. Given the stupidity of the BBC lately maybe Scotland will be better off having their own TV tax (aka TV licence) instead of the misused BBC funding. I'd miss BBC Radio Scotland in the evenings, but maybe they can do better.

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Apple Watch will CONQUER smartwatch world – analysts

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129 per cent

Tiny when the market is tiny.

Also the stupid battery life makes Sinclair's daft LED black watch look good.

Very very niche product. Without the cache (or is it Cachet? I can't spiel) of being a true luxury brand.

In other news the price cut of Apple's poor iCloud offering is now only twice the price of the competition. Some day the iFans will stop paying the Apple Idiot tax. Apple have the BIGGEST MARGIN in the industry. So irrespective of how good the products are and the market share people are paying far too much.

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What's an Ultrabook? Now Intel touts 2-in-1 typoslabs to save PC biz

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Cables?

If I'm at my own desk I like cables. No pesky batteries to run out.

Reliable fast data transfer

Mouse always works

Fast SCSI scanner

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Apple's ONE LESS THING: the iPod Classic disappears

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Re: Other options

Only stupid tinny gadget speakers have no Aux In. Every HiFi since 1950s can be fed from an earphone socket with a suitable cable.

Also the data has to be changed from Digital to Analogue somewhere. Some phones and MP3 players have better DACs than your typical plastic dock with 1960s transistor radio speakers inside jazzed up with alloy domes on the voice coil.

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Cloud & Streaming?

Don't be daft.

That costs a lot.

No ubiquitous universal Internet coverage in ANY country, nor will there ever be.

Streaming and Cloud is complementary to having your own copies.

I have all my music on CD/DVD/Vinyl/78 etc as well as saved on my Server, my laptop, my media PC, my 160G Byte Archos player and only a subset on my Android phone. I don't yet have any of it stored on my "personal cloud" aka hosting. I may do that as an off site backup, but at someone's house that has fibre and no cap. Too slow on my broadband.

Does any current iProduct take an SD card?

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Heavy VPN users are probably pirates, says BBC

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The Solution

The solution the TV content providers appear to have currently is to make the content so rubbish no-one would want to pirate it.

Personally they'd have to pay me to watch some of the Garbage.

1) Invest in better content

2) More Local TV companies will buy it (more profit)

3) Have a sensibly priced Netflix style service. (more profit)

4) Offer it at sensible prices on DVD & BD. BBC sets are mostly overpriced. (More Profit). Less than 1/2 people have suitable broadband for (3).

Then piracy will not matter.

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Jony Ive: Apple iWatch will SCREW UP Switzerland's economy

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Re: Dieter Rams

I know all about classic Braun designs. Since before I bought an Apple II (which is pre-Apple Copy Braun Era)

But spelling is what I'm worst at.

My Magery is purely in technical stuff. I have studied Dieter Rams and know that he does believe that 'Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery'. But most deluded iFans think Apple is original and deserves their patents, of the design kind and the technology sort. Having worked in Electronics and Computers and studied the artistic side (industrial) as well as engineering design since late 1970s I regard Apple as a very successful confidence trick.

I suspect he was was only half joking.

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Dieter Rams

Ives is deluded.

Now that he has already copied all of Dieter Rams he's clutching at straws.

I doubt that this will displace any luxury product, nor does Switzerland rely on watches (or Cuckoo Clocks, or Toblerone).

I'm sceptical that it will do much better than the Newton or Pippin. But who knows how many chumps are out there.?

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Oi, you don't work here, MR ANYTHING BUT incisive – get your grubby mitts off our commentards

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Re: a quick Google tells us exactly who you are

I see what you did then Jack.

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Jimbo tells Wikipedians: You CAN'T vote to disable 'key software features'

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More Like Facebook?

How ghastly.

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Epiphany hits Raspberry Pi founders, users

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Cheap PIC

The Pi is fine if you want / need RiscOS or Linux and I/O.

If you want a veroboard and PIC, and a £10 (inc everything) solution then PIC programmed in JAL is far superior learning or DIY embedded environment to BASIC (or C). What ever bits of OS you need you write or port yourself. Ardunio is a 3rd different market again.

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