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

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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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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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BBC: We're going to slip CODING into kids' TV

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Oh Dear.

This will go badly.

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Broadcom reveals $20 'Pi in the sky' IoT development widget

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£30 isn't bad though

Presumably the tools will allow applications that run on a server and are accessed by Web Clients, Android, Windows, OS X and Linux, not just iOS. I presumed the iOS was only an example?

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Google flushes out users of old browsers by serving up CLUNKY, AGED version of search

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Obnoxious

They keep putting banners now and again telling me that I ought to use Chrome. That's abuse of their dominant position,

I prefer Mozilla's spyware.

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If you think 3D printing is just firing blanks, just you wait

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the kit's been discontinued?

Where does the typical home user get the CAD model?

Also the car parts etc. Most people can't use CAD SW to draw anything much more than a cube or pyramid. If that.

Even if someone has a decent 3D scanner, it's not like scanning books.

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The File

Where are the decent CAD models, 3D scanners etc even if a home 3D printer produced better than kitch nik-naks?

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Britain's housing crisis: What are we going to do about it?

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Planning

You STILL need planning laws.

Otherwise mad stuff happens.

I agree Rent control doesn't work. But this is very very hard stuff.

Also increasing Rent allowance or 1st Time buyer Grants etc doesn't work. Also "buy to let" doesn't work either (you get incompetent landlords). The supply only increases a little and prices go up.

There needs to be conditions on providing Infrastructure or the Developers won't do it.

Nor oddly are Developers smart enough to build houses or the kinds of apartments people want where they want them. We have a shortage of housing in Ireland yet empty ghost estates.

Selling off Council housing is only laudable if councils build more accommodation to rent. That increases supply and keeps rents down. It's absolutely the only way to help with housing for poorer. Giving poor increased rent welfare only creates a marginal increase in supply. Mainly it puts the price up.

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Love XKCD? Love science? You'll love a book about science from Randall Munroe

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science is really, really cool

Also can be Weird and Dangerous.

I'm temped to drop hints to anyone buying me a Christmas present.

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RIP MSN Messenger, kthxbai. Microsoft finally flicks on KILL SWITCH in China

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Skype, QQ is good alternative

Even before MS bought it, it was getting broken.

It's been unusable on many Win7 machines (recent ones).

Since June MS started killing Skype log on of older Windows Clients.

What alternatives to Skype? Loads but some are too complicated for Consumers (Teamviewer) and others creepy (Google & Facebook). Others are poor

QQ seems to be one

QQ is better functionality than Skype, and I worry less about Chinese than Google/Facebook/Microsoft/NSA spying on my messages.

Only gripe is that "Search" only searches your EXISTING contacts. You click on an Icon with a Cluedo Head and + to add a Contact, then click on new form to "find people you might already know". Also nickname search failed. But QQ ID number worked. The Image Caphta thingy on International Sign up page doesn't work, but using English on the Chinese site Signup page (which is presumably why the blog post has two URLS / Domains) does work.

BBC had this MSN news too

End of MSN Messenger

Probably redirects to bbc.com outside UK.

I still have IRC but that's very limited. I used MSN and ICQ a million years ago before using Teamviewer and Skype. QQ seems fine.*

(* Can I have my free stuffed Penguin now?)

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Boiling point: Tech and the perfect cuppa

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Temperature

Equally important are:

Blend of Tea chosen: Not just Red vs Green etc. Personal preference largely.

Temperature: A problem at higher altitudes for open "kettles" to get 100 C

Water: Pure distilled deionised isn't nice. The water has to be just right hard/soft. The sort that only causes very slight limescale, not too much nor none. I think water from peaty or granite source isn't as good. Obviously should have no taint from excess chemical treatment. But this may be personal preference.

Oxygenation: Water reboiled too much is too low in dissolved gas.

Brew Vessel: (pot or cup, Metal, type of china, Glass, etc)

Brew time (also on Stove or natural): Depends on personal preference

Cup : A cup only used for tea. Different kinds of tea seem nicer in differing styles of cup / mug.

Additions: Natural, Milk (low, normal, UHT, condensed etc), cream, whitener, Lime, Lemon, Rancid Yak butter, sugar etc are in the realm of personal preference. I prefer tea with only water, or occasionally lemon or lime slice in certain red (black) teas.

See also Chai

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Vulture News anchor Regina Eggbert is (sort of) LIVE from London

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Audio

Is it the Accent, my tiny laptop speakers or the Audio encoding quality?

I couldn't make out a word.

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Ofcom will not probe lesbian lizard snog in new Dr Who series

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Bestiality

Philosophically is a sentient entity who isn't Homo Sapiens a beast? Surely only sexual activity with Beasts (Animals) is Bestiality and a lizard like sentient being is something not quite envisaged in past Moral codes. Or was it?

It's not clear who the "benei ha-elohim" and "ha-nephilim" were. Maybe Eric Von Danken claims they are Aliens, I don't remember.

The Koran and Hindu writings have strange beings.

Greek Myth has Zeus as Bull seducing a woman.

http://www.desy.de/gna/interpedia/greek_myth/zeusLover.html

Genesis 6:1-4

"And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them, that the sons of God (benei ha-elohim) saw the daughters of men that they were fair, and they took them wives of all which they chose. And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be a hundred and twenty years. There were giants (ha-nephilim) in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God (benei ha-elohim) came unto the daughters of men, and they bore children to them, the same became mighty men (ha-gibborim) which were of old, men of renown."

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Agenda

BBC seems to care more about promoting LGBT than actually decent plots / Stories any more. I'm not saying I agree or disagree with "promotion of LGBT" but if you think it is your mission surely it should not be amateurishly shoe horned into kids programs. Well Dr Who used to be for kids long ago.

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Siri: Helpful personal assistant or SERIAL APP KILLER?

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Most Apps are pointless

No surprise.

A decent Web browser with big enough screen and decent User interface makes most of them pointless.

The only App I've added was a "Jotter" that makes text files. I'm not going to sit talking to it, even assuming the speech recognition is good enough to replace writing.

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Software bug caught Galileo sats in landslide, no escape from reality

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Re: Russian sanctions against European sanctions about Ukraine

Certainly a good one for the Tin Foil Hat users.

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Reg man looks through a Glass, darkly: Google's toy ploy or killer tech specs?

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Re: does not remove their Google Glasses is doing." Seriously?

Potentially.

But the privacy issues for the poor wearer (the real victim) are worse.

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Bit feeble

It needs to be about x 3 resolution

optionally both eyes

Less obtrusive and the electronics demountable from holder and mountable on ANY spec frame.

Can it use a battery & feature expansion pack styled like a phone/MP3 player/pocket radio with cord only needed for power? If not, why not.

Needs to be configurable for any services including your own home server. I'm never EVER going to buy a "walled garden" gadget again. It becomes a brick if vendor loses interest or goes bust. At least my Kindle can be used still if Amazon vanishes, though its "Share" feature is stupidity as it only works with Twitter or Facebook, but at least the notes can be read as text via USB storage (but missing context!).

The Glass appears to be uselessly Google centric and invasive to privacy of the user. (who has really just taken out a lease rather than actually buying a gadget.

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Pay to play: The hidden cost of software defined everything

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Obsolete gear

I have a DVB-S test meter. Satellite TV now has a lot of DVB-S2. Now DVB-S2 needs new hardware. That's fine.

My gripe is that the purely software update to allow the test meter to have a poor spectrum analysis feature (900MHz to 2200MHz approx) is hundreds of ££.

I have an Archos with now uselessly out of date Flash on its browser and no way to load my own applications. Only Archos supplied applications. The flash / HDD bootloader is so crippled with DRM that if you ever replace the HDD because it fails the replacement will not work.

Both consumer and professional equipment you can assume that support is stupidly expensive (cheaper to buy new model) or non-existent.

Lots of electronics goes to landfill needlessly.

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LOHAN tunes into ultra long range radio

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900MHz

The 900MHz option is probably only USA. Illegal in EU.

900MHz doesn't exactly need LOS, but all UHF (400MHz to 1200MHz approx) has HUGELY BETTER range LOS than not. Obviously too the 470MHz TV gives better non-LOS coverage than 790MHz TV. TV used to be up to 862MHz.

In EU there is licence free SRD in 864MHz to 868MHz. But it's low power. (SRD = Short Range Device) similar to 433MHz allocation. The EU 446MHz allows more power but only with built in aerial walkie talkies, not random function devices such as 433MHz (usually wireless weather stations, door bells and IR remote extenders, such as back channel on 2.4GHz video senders).

In general there are few Radio transmitting gadgets that are able to be EU (CE) and USA (FCC) legal. Amateur Radio doesn't have to use approved equipment for full licence in most of EU so USA 420 to 450 MHz equipment can be used by Full Licence people in most of EU as long as they only transmit in 430 MHz to 440MHz band.

Note: Just because you can easily buy a transmitting gadget doesn't make it sensible or legal in your own country.

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Tim Cook: I'm NOT worried about CRAP iPad sales. It's just a 'speedbump'

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Re: performance hike?

What, for Cat videos?

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Raspberry Pi B+: PHWOAR, get a load of those pins

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Flash vs SD

The reason to use external SD (or Micro SD) rather than onboard flash:

Allow swap of projects faster

Reduce likelihood of bricking

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Re: The B got a memory memory in a previous rev

It's not a Media SoC. Not in the sense of Home Media, It's support for media on a phone device!

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Re: desktops, media players

There are LOADS of solutions for that.

That isn't the aim of the Pi Foundation.

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Re: XBMC & Media Hubs

You need to research difference between MPEG4 H.264 DVB-T (SD & HD) (or DVB-T2 MPEG4 H.264 HD) and ripped discs. It's not a driver issue. The Pi was NEVER intended as a Media Box solution (it's not even cost effective as one). It'san ARM SoC chip for cheap phones (that use a separate ARM SoC for the phone functions on a break out board for learning and experimenting with HW controlled by your own SW.

Obviously some people simply don't get it!

Also a media box that can't use SATA drives directly is pretty crippled.

I'd not buy a Chromecast or Apple TV. But there are good DIY solutions far better than a Pi for media if you don't want a Roku.

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XBMC & Media Hubs

Waste of nice HW using Pi for Media applications. It can't manage MPEG4 HD and DVB-T stick properly and basic media solutions don't need all the GPIO etc. Plenty of good products for a Media solution. No built in SATA.

It's an embedded Linux controller, not a Media box!

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Show Mother Russia you love her: Click HERE and AHHH NYET!

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Tesco

I'm sure loads of people are fooled by the Tesco survey offers.

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LG pokes G3 Stylus at Samsung's Galaxy Note

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Depends on detail

Price with no contract.

Battery life when typing or annotating.

Er.. Price and Battery life.

200 dpi is in the realms of "good enough" unless I put on really strong reading glasses. Obviously at same size of font the 533dpi or what ever will look like 600 dpi laser print to an extent, but if anti-aliasing is used then 200dpi is better than 400dpi laser and near 600dpi as it can't do intermediate shades.

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Cleversafe CEO: We would tell you about the 8TB drive, but...

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The 5.25" twice CD /DVD drive height?

Or something smaller, later.

Or something bigger (8" maybe 14"?)

Stability, yield, power consumption, heat/thermal issues/calibration. For larger diameter you have poorer random access time and also a lower spin speed. DVD drives in data mode are limited in speed due to desire of the disk to turn into shrapnel.

Power consumption is perhaps linear vs number of platters, but possibly a cube law on rotational speed, hence 4800 rpm laptop drives and "Media drives" (PVRs) are often 5400 rather than 7200 so that they can record / replay without having to stop and do thermal recalibration.

15K rpm 3.25" was pretty much fastest. I think more than twice the 10K rpm disks consumption. Very old drives have wider tracks and thus didn't have built in thermal calibration. But a low level format at -1C in an unheated warehouse was a bad idea!

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So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL

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Re: Breakthroughs

Apple didn't even invent the iphone concept, Just successful at marketing it and forcing carriers to offer attractive data plans. A simple GUI stuck on existing HW and similar did exist from niche companies. Just not from Nokia, who had real smart phones from 2002, but messed up on GUI and also data wasn't affordable.

No innovation on original iPhone. I had a Samsung 4.3" touch screen dev kit (not a phone) based on same CPU Apple used. QT phone edition and some other GUIs pre Nokia take over and iPhone release were fine too.

Lets not re-write innovation history simply because Apple was better at marketing and Nokia was drowning in internal politics and had a stupid GUI (as had MS, Sony, Motorola, Ericsson etc). Nokia wasn't the only phone maker then. The GUI is actually minor part of the design and not even part of the OS.

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Re: One Trick Pony

One at a time. for example the any Mac is tiny volume compared to iPhone and iPod is nearly dead.

There is no breadth of product range.

OSX is essentially free. It's not a real product like MS Windows, never has been.

IiTunes is a service to monitise the iProducts.

The Mac Server line is dead. Mac OSX will be replaced by ARM based iOS iBook Mac Air look alike as soon as they decide that gives more control (iTunes only source) and profit.

Apple have no loyalty to users. Apple fans really don't get it. I'm familiar with Apple since the original Apple II.

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Cloud

Why is Cloud listed? It's not a thing or product. Just marketing speak for remote hosted services such as:

iTunes

email

Instant Messaging

photo hosting

So called social media

Real Websites

Collaborative documents (like Google Docs)

Hosted storage (you're mad to rely on it as sole copy, Amazon, Dropbox, Google Drive etc, or your own private hosting.)

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One Trick Pony

Apple II

Mac

iMac

iPod

iPhone

(Though all good ideas let's not consider Pippin, Newton, Lisa)

It could be a few years till the next "trick".

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Best shot: Coffee - how do you brew?

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Italy

I was on cloud nine for days once because an Italian told me my choice of coffee brand wasn't bad, especially for Ireland. They do serious coffee. If in Netherlands avoid the local Dutch mud (Rombutts, also very common in Ireland) if you like Italian style.

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Mud Coffee?

*MUD Coffee*

Very fine ground espresso of high quality

Put in tall mug

carefully pour in boiling water, don't stir!

dribble cold water to sink any grounds.

(This is not proper Turkish / Greek / Balkan / Middle East method but needs no equipment and works well. Do NOT take last mouthful).

I have the lovely Alloy two part pot in 1st photo in two sizes. Wonderful.

I usually use a cheap supermarket (< £15) filter maker with deluxe tinned espresso grounds. Keep coffee grounds in freezer or sealed jar or damp makes it bitter.

Sometimes for a change I use my cheap glass and steel сafetière à piston. I have a single and multicup size. Choice is good to have.

I also have a cheap pressurised espresso maker (under £20). It's microswitch failed but I have a bag of those. Tastes as good as any espresso with lovely creme, also can make Latte. Choice of grounds is more important than machine. Personally the only things I ever add to coffee are Water, Brandy, Whisky/Whiskey or possibly the Galliano amaretto liqueur stuff. I regard stuff from tits in Tea or Coffee as an abomination. It's for kids or cornflakes. Even muesli I microwave just with water.

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Your move, sucker! Microsoft tests cloud gaming system that cuts through network lag

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Stupidity

There is no way to mitigate the Round Trip delay.

Only the most trivial repetitive actions can be anticipated. But also this adds jitter. A fixed latency is better than a high amount of jitter.

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No, thank you. I will not code for the Caliphate

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Re: > Isis please.

We used ISIS II for 8085. Giant cake cover disk packs in enormous blue boxes. 1983

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Brit Sci-Fi author Alastair Reynolds says MS Word 'drives me to distraction'

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Re: @ Khaptain (was: Personally ...)

I just wrote about 140K words in last two months using notepad++

Tabs for open documents

Wonderful regex search and/or replace on selection, document, all open documents, all in directory or including subdirectories.

Minimal markup when imported later to something else:

_and_ for auto itallics

*and* for auto bold

Auto tables from comma separated lists

Auto headings base on line spacing

I now distribute copies for proof reading etc to Kindle etc using .prc fornat

(text -- > Word or Libre Office --> Save as filtered HTML --> Mobi Creator --> eBook)

Kindle DXG is nice for proof reading and allows markup. The "share" feature is rubbish sadly.

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BBC goes titsup: iPlayer to News websites down – Auntie working to fix it

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BBC.com

BBC news text / web content inaccessible outside UK too.

Why should the Websites, Sony PSN and BBC iPlayer be related? Three completely different things.

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BOFH: We CAN do that with a Raspberry Pi, but think of the BODIES

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Soo missed the point

This is like a Dilbert Story.

The PFY has fallen into the trap of being Dilbert instead of being Wally.

The Pi is irrelevant. It could be the Game port on an Apple II in 1979. Story identical

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Is it an iPad? Is it a MacBook Air? No, it's a Surface Pro 3

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2160 x 1440

The resolution is nice 2160 x 1440, but a taller same width screen 1920 x 1440 is better for Documents and Internet.

Stylus, keyboard, touch screen and 256G or more and 4G or more RAM is OK.

But the price is stupidly high. 8G RAM 512GB storage is £1,649 ex Keyboard. I'd rather have the keyboard, pay £500 and have 250G HDD and 4G RAM. Maybe if I had it I might pay £800 for the right spec and OS.

I'd want XP or Debian/Mint as the OS. Or a later than Win8.x that is more like NT4.0 but "modern".

Who is the customer? People with too much money will buy Apple. It can't replace my Kindle DXG, Tablet or Laptop. Not any one of them. Even if it was free.

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Boffins build CYBORG-MOTHRA but not for evil: For search & rescue

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Devil

Anyone feel creeped out?

I mean killing and eating stuff is one thing.

Training horses, sheep dogs, guide dogs or African cane rats (which are not really rats) is another thing.

But enslaving creatures as if they are gadgets?

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UK.gov sinks another £1.6m into Internet of Stuff spec HyperCat

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WWW

Nothing related in significance to Hypertext.

Nor will you have other cats when you click on a Hypercat link

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The Register to boldly go where no Vulture has gone before: The WEEKEND

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However

Examination of traffic and posting times / dates suggests most reading (and posting on all Forums) must be from Work computers and 9 to 5 approx for the time zone of user.

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Gigantic toothless 'DRAGONS' dominated Earth's early skies

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ROC

There was a very large NZ bird (contemporary to humans) that may be the origin of the Arabian Roc myths.

These though are not Dragons. Maybe Wyverns.

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TV transport tech, part 1: From server to sofa at the touch of a button

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Re: Interesting terminology...

1955

The UK Band III converter to add ITV to TVs that only had Band I BBC (made before 1955 or 1954) was a set top box. The TV then was as deep as a record player.

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Rupert Murdoch says Google is worse than the NSA

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Pots and Kettles

Though Google is worse at privacy than Murdoch, who may be envious. I'd not hazard an opinion on which is worse, Google or NSA. I don't want either spying on me.

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Detroit losing MILLIONS because it buys CHEAP BATTERIES – report

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Re: Alkaline

"A" sized cells are probably pre WWII, 1930s anyway,

Three "B" cells are still in the 3R12 4.5V torch battery. Old 1289 rear cycle lamp, a size still common in mainland Europe

"F" Cells are still inside the spring top 6V "996" Lantern battery.

"A" cells did exist. AA was a 1914 smaller version for "penlights". The AA, B, C, D, E, F and G USA sizes are actually 1947 designations.

The American 'A', 'B' and 'C' designations for old tube radios (mostly prior to 1938 for 'C') refer to Filament (heater), HT (anode) and Bias (grid) supplies, not particular sizes or voltages of battery.

E and G seem to have vanished during 1950s (and only inside other packs even then). So today we have AA, B, C, D and F of the pre 1938 batteries. The D and F are before 1900. The Radio 120V packs common before 1939 had 80 of the B cells.

F is not Flag, a Flag, Bell or Igniter battery (all same size) is very large, but the 7.5V round 90AH Zinc Air Fencer battery has 5 cells the same size as Flag / Bell.

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Re: sell by?

For new Alkaline (not Zinc Layer, Zinc Carbon or Zinc Chloride) a 10 year date is feasible. A 7 year date would be fairer. But assumes storage between +5 and +21 C.

An unaffiliated Battery Boffin site Blaukatz

Carbon Layer cells are better than regular cylindrical Zinc Carbon or Zinc Chloride and can work out cheaper than branded Alkaline 6LR61 PP3, with only 30% less life at normal temperature and very low current. At higher current or extended temperatures they can be 90% less capacity. Shelf life is much poorer above 15C.

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