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Apple to flush '£37bn' down the bog if it doesn't flog cheapo slabtops

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I said it ages ago

When they killed the OS X servers I said that eventually the OSX laptops would be killed and replaced with more locked down iOS versions.

They are just not ready yet. Perhaps they will wait till the XPocalyspe Hype dies down to get maximum OSX sales from that. So no earlier than next year.

The CPU performance and compatibility is not that important to Apple. They don't have "loyalty" to the niche customers that actually need CPU performance. Likely they will keep a high end OSX machine for a while longer than that.

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VAT's all folks: Telecoms and services tax to be set at consumer's homeland rate

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Re: Glad I live in Switzerland...

And Toblerone, Salami, Cheese and Swatch Watches etc are Cheaper in UK and Ireland.

I do like the trains there though.

Nice scenery, but cheaper to look at in EU (Austria). A Swiss guy told me.

I do like the lack of street rubbish, the lack of big billboards etc too in Switzerland. But there is a reason why a lot Swiss shop in France, Austria, Italy, Germany ...

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Re: What has the EU been smoking?

No, Zero is lowest,

I think

Children's clothes, Children's shoes, Food (cake not biscuits though!).

Not sure about books and magazines.

Varies from country to country.

eBooks have full VAT though usually.

Is there VAT on house rent?

So not entirely regressive.

Extra duty on Petrol & Diesel? Why?

Toll roads when Car Tax (not been Road fund for years) is nearly 40% cheaper to collect is madness.

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Qualcomm uncloaks new chips for 'ultimate connected mobile computing experiences'

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Apple

CPU core licence from ARM. They bought a company that can use the ARM core IP and then someone has to make it for them. The first iPhone used a Samsung 6400 family. But that was only the main application CPU. The phone part all bought in chips.

Phone & RF Hardware?

I doubt Apple have the 2G, 3G or 4G IP. When did they start designing RF chips?

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Mad Raspberry Pi boffins ripped out its BRAINS and SHRANK them for your pleasure

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Re: An old dog

A HUGE number of projects & designs do not need even as powerful as the Pi, but well documented dev tools, less than £200 cost and convenience. I've used an embedded 486 kind of thing at £200 because it had the I/O I needed and a single 12V jack.

There are LOADS of ARM chips sold every week replacing the kind of stuff PIC, Atmel, Z80, 8051 etc is used for. Down to $1 each or less. These can't even run Linux.

State of the Art and CPU power isn't the only consideration.

Microchip sells LOADs of PIC chips which have a joke architecture over 30 years old. Probably every IR remote control handset has one.

Horses for courses.

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I like it.

The existing board is an awkward layout with connectors all around it, and not ideal for GPIO projects.

A board to one's own desire with all the HW that is driven by the GPIO and more sane PSU and I/O will be good.

I look forward to this and the documentation. Where do I find the correct connector for Eagle?

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Oracle smacks JD Edwards help site with cease and desist order

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Ego wins out over common sense.

No surprise.

Open Office

Java

MySQL

Hudson

Solaris

Sun Sparc

Oracle has form.

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Samsung's thumb-achingly ENORMO Galaxy Note Pro 12.2

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Re: re. use in portrait orientation

Or sketching?

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Technology is murdering customer service - legally

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Frightening

With some products there are helpful people out there that know MORE than the Company's R&D. Unfortunately there are others who are total ignoramuses but posting as if they are expert. You need a certain threshold level of expertise to tell them apart :-(

It doesn't help that the HW appears to be designed from application notes written by the OEM suppliers Intern / Co-op Student and the firmware / drivers/ application / user manual produced by other students and possibly badly ported from ancient C or the User Interface (buttons on a radio with minuscule text LCD, or Camera with random GUI and buttons) designed by a Chimp/Alien/Rat with no human understanding or logic (perhaps a Corvid would do better).

42 languages of user manual that's mostly disclaimers or warning about incorrect battery insertion (they ignore the excellent battery manufacturer's app notes on how to design battery compartments so batteries CAN'T be inserted wrongly!).

You don't even get what you pay for as often the expensive brand is same product as cheap one.

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Time is on their side: NIST's new atomic clock accurate for 300 MEEELLION years

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Only NIST?

What about ANSI then?

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There is better

In theory there is some tech orders of magnitude more accurate.

"The estimated amount of uncertainty achieved corresponds to a Yb clock uncertainty of about one second over the lifetime of the universe so far, 15 billion years, according to scientists at the Joint Quantum Institute (JQI) and the University of Delaware in December 2012."

NIST in USA have at least two prototype clocks far more accurate than this one. But their standard time isn't based on them.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atomic_clock

Also there some development of Optical Clocks instead of Microwave (as the one in article is Microwave). Would that be a Crystal Clock?

Why is the handle on my clockwork winder on the back where I can't reach it?

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One Win 8 to rule them all: Microsoft talks up 'universal apps' for PCs, slabs and mobes

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For Fart Apps

and pointless widgets.

You can't write a serious GUI application for every platform without differences in design.

I hate to bang on about this AGAIN

But this is garbage and always has been except for trivial widgets:

" Finally, at long last, developers can use "90 per cent" (its figure) of the same code base to create Universal Windows apps for Windows Phone, RT, desktop Windows and now Xbox."

No you need DIFFERENT GUI and UI strategies for

1: small phone/screen

2: big phone

3: tablet

4: Desktop / laptop etc

5: TV with only a remote

6: Games console with game pad etc/

7: Server, even if GUI as it has to be bandwidth / Remote Access friendly

Underlying non UI related code could be the same in some cases. But writing the SAME non-trivial application for these is fantasy. The same GUI dehydrated death no matter if old idea of miniaturising Win9x for WinCE 320 x 240 or expanding Zune GUI ported to phone up to a desktop.

Sinfofsky was doubly mad forcing one tile GUI yet different APIs.

Obviously APIs to access storage / files / draw primitives / print / communication etc should be the same. But even if EVERY API was identically compatible for the 7 platforms there you'd be moron to port say the same 3D modelling or accounts package with no GUI or design changes. I'd guess a trivial thing like an eBay sniping tool could be a little "widget" the same on all.

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Nothing's as SCARY as an overly aggressive SOFTWARE PIMP

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Wonderful

Best ever.

You can have a coffee or cup of tea here any time you are passing.

The commentards arguing about pro or con of XP vs Win X have missed the point.

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I QUIT: Mozilla's anti-gay-marriage Brendan Eich leaps out of door

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Re: byy bye moz.

Except Google, Microsoft and Apple are possibly far more immoral than Mozilla. Mozilla has possibly made a mistake. The other three have consistent clear policies of anti-privacy, dubious corporate pressure and consumer exploitation (respectively).

Of course this is only my opinion. But unlike Eich I can't be sacked for it as corporate greed, ponzi schemes and inept corrupt regulation I had no control over lost me my job and the the entire Department.

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Re: Here's a fun thought

However it's not very funny and bordering on gibberish.

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Re: WTF Bigot

So if someone has a contrary opinion and puts money where their mouth is they are a Bigot?

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Maybe Marriage is the problem

Perhaps the State should not do marriage at all. Only Civil Partnership. Then the only "Marriage" is within faiths that have such an ceremony or sacrament and according to their own rules.

Civil Partnership can have all the state legal consequences that Civil Marriage has today. In fact the two kinds of Marriage are separate and only confusingly share the same name.

Of course Agnostics and Atheists and others want to be more equal. To eat their cake and have it, which will destroy the Faith based Marriage concept and leave a "Marriage" that is identical to Civil Partnership.

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Re: Animals

It seems the LGBT community wants to be more equal than the Hetrosexuals. Disagree with their opinions and face a "witch hunt".

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Speaker bods Sonos chuck FREE TELLY* in with discount offer

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Re: Affiliate programme?

Not a premium system as it is poor speaker system. Too small drivers and too small case.

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Not the TV channels

No tuner.

Many people (more than half UK Internet users, note I didn't say broadband) don't have the cap for streaming video. Also it doesn't scale well compared to Broadcast channels.

Satellite, Cable and Terrestrial has TV channels. Internet has has media servers. Not same thing, complementary.

So NO "TV Channels" included. How do they describe it in the adverts?

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In three hours, Microsoft gave the Windows-verse everything it needed

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I hate to bang on about this AGAIN

But this is garbage and always has been except for trivial widgets:

" Finally, at long last, developers can use "90 per cent" (its figure) of the same code base to create Universal Windows apps for Windows Phone, RT, desktop Windows and now Xbox."

No you need DIFFERENT GUI and UI strategies for

1: small phone/screen

2: big phone

3: tablet

4: Desktop / laptop etc

5: TV with only a remote

6: Games console with game pad etc/

7: Server, even if GUI as it has to be bandwidth / Remote Access friendly

Underlying non UI related code could be the same. But writing the SAME non-trivial application for these is fantasy. The same GUI dehydrated death no matter if old idea of miniaturising Win9x for WinCE 320 x 240 or expanding Zune GUI ported to phone up to a desktop.

Sinfofsky was doubly mad forcing one tile GUI yet different APIs.

Also ditch the stupid ribbon and Win 2.0 themes.

Fix the damm bugs in Explorer there since 1995 instead of messing with new features.

Obviously APIs to access storage / files / draw primitives / print / communication etc should be the same. But even if EVERY API was identically compatible for the 7 platforms there you'd be moron to port say the same 3D modelling or accounts package with no GUI or design changes. I'd guess a trivial thing like an eBay sniping tool could be a little "widget" the same on all.

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Lego is the TOOL OF SATAN, thunders Polish priest

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Re: I guess it's official

look at the real statistics, not the newspapers.

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Re: I guess it's official

Not as much as people who are not Priests and Nuns actually. Humans are the problem.

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In the dark, bare feet

At least he isn't in UK. Is the UK mains plug the most evil thing to tread on in the dark at home?

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Soz, BT: All EE's 4G goodies still won't give you 'seamless voice'

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Re: Perhaps this is not what it seems

Really??

"EE has proved it works in Cumbria"

What is "it" and definition of "works"?

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Amazon sets FIRE to your living room in bid to shake up TV streaming

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Re: UK version?

Some folks thought Amazon was going to release a Game Console. Still, a so called "Smart TV" adds €200 to €400 price of a TV and this is $99 and does more.

Competition is Roku, Google Chromecast and so called Apple TV (no tuner or screen so how is it a TV?).

Why do people buy an Apple TV or Chromecast rather than a Roku or Tablet + hdmi cable?

Apple TV needs an iThink (iPad or iPhone) to work properly so this is cheaper.

All Smart TVs need a smart phone or tablet to access all features easily.

The Google Chromecast dongle is barely more than than Wireless HDMI as it seems to do nearly nothing without a hosting device (Laptop, tablet, smartphone etc).

If this is usable without paid content, works with your own attic server and comparable to a Roku it ought to do well. Smart of them to put Netflix as well as their own services.

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How Microsoft can keep Win XP alive – and WHY: A real-world example

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Re: I hate shopping with a gun pointed at my head. Hello, it's you, Microsoft?

UNIX/Linux Family is used by 67.5% of all the websites whose operating system we know.

ALL versions of Windows 32.5% of all the websites whose operating system we know.

[A lot of them seem to be Server 2003!, the Server version of XP]

OSX about 0.1%

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Updates

OS X newer versions and Linux newer versions at least usually have some sense.

Vista (& Win 7 SP for it) and Win8 are not upgrades. They are just awkward and don't fix annoying GUI bugs in Explorer also add new GUI bugs.

Wine + Mint for new HW and the olde HW will keep running CP/M, DOS, WinForWorkgroups 3.11, Win 98SEWin2K and XP.

Much as I dislike Win2K, I found I could get some newer XP stuff to run on it and all the old NT4.0 stuff to work, so the laptop once with Dos/Win3.11/Win98/NT4.0/Win2K and Red Hat Linux only has DOS,WFWG3.11, win98, Win2K (using NT's boot ini). Mint and XP are on two other laptops.

One PC with XP and Satellite cards, two as servers with different Linux distros. We had NT4.0 servers for about 10 years and a short dalliance with Server 2000 and Server2003 before moving all the data to Debian.

I have also a dedicated CP/M and DOS machines "archived" in the attic. Dosbox isn't suitable for some old HW.

Some fancy expensive ISA HW I have I managed to get the 3.1 driver to run on Win98SE (no modern version).

This isn't a new problem. There was not this "panic" response from MS at previous EOL.

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'Dads from the Midwest' pull down their email-spaffing LinkedIn plugin

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Plugin isn't the problem

This is yet another Linkedin fail in particular and social media fail in general.

1: Create a new email real address you can abandon or delete later. It needs to work.

2: Add it to Linkedin and confirm it

--- 3. now you can make the new address the Primary and delete everything including the "real" email addresses.

4. rename your self and add false country and profession

5. logout

6. Delete temporary specially created email address in (1) or never access it.

I've been on Linkedin over 6 years maybe and had recently begun to think it was as useless as Facebook.

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Dark SITH LORD 'Darth Vader' joins battle to rule, er, Ukraine

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Crimea

It's baffling that it remained with Ukraine after 1991.

But two wrongs don't make a right. Of course it makes more sense for Crimea to be part of Russia than Ukraine. But Russia didn't use due process. They just seized it.

If a neighbour mysteriously ends up with my 1965 classic car I can't just go and and take it back. There are proper procedures.

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Three daddy Hutch has no interest in O2

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But

Three are only a Phone contract seller.

All engineering is outsourced

The Irish Network too many data users as they mis-sell it as Broadband

They and Irish Government may be investigated for using €75M of taxpayers and EU money to fund base stations Three obligated to roll out and hadn't in breach of licence. Complaint is with EU

Three Ireland massive debt and never made profit.

Three are efficient at marketing/selling, nothing else.

They inappropriately install repeaters designed for Malls, underground carparks and tunnels in ordinary houses for so called broadband instead of outdoor aerial and 3G router.

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LaCie adds fire to Fuel: Revs Wi-Fi external storage gadget to 2TB

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Wot?

No XP or Linux support?

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Intel's DIY MinnowBoard goes Max: More oomph for half the price

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Cheap NAS controller?

Though maybe NAS without drives are cheap. I haven't looked lately.

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BT Tower to be replaced by 3D printed BT Tower

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BT Tower memories

Always reminds me of a giant kitten.

GG, BO and TBT

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FCC doubles 5GHz spectrum in prep for one-gigabit Wi-Fi

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There are ALREADY Rural Fixed wireless using LICENSED spectrum. Using licence free WiFi spectrum for outdoor FWALA (Fixed Wireless) proved to be a disaster 6 years ago. Real commercial WISPs (Wireless ISPs) all changed to licensed spectrum years ago.

The problem is that Mobile Data is subsidised by voice and mis-sold as broadband. Hence there is now little investment in real Fixed Wireless Broadband. It's not a lack of Spectrum or Technology.

Also 5GHz band is really only line of sight. If you are going to be limited to LOS there is cheap good gear at licensed 10GHz band, much more capacity. Or if you need better outdoor coverage there is licensed 3.5GHz band which is much better than 5GHz.

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Grey imports

Have they checked what everyone else is already doing with that band?

Once China starts producing the WiFi Airpoints and Routers and Dongles we'll be flooded with the gear in Europe. No-one sensibly polices CE mark

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Dropbox nukes bloke's file share in DMCA brouhaha – then admits it made a 'HASH OF IT'

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Or

Your own domain and a hosting service.

Dropbox, Google drive etc are lazy solutions for people that can't be bothered or don't want to set up their own solution.

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Newsnight goes sour on Tech City miracle

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Re: Posting anything anywhere?

Hmm.

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Dutch doctors replace woman's skull with 3D-printed plastic copy

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Re: I want...

The teeth picking up Radio Waves myth was started by Lucy (Lucille Ball). It's no basis in fact.

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Original iPhone dev team was 'shockingly small' - Apple engineer

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Re: A hideously inefficient hardware design

Yes, but Nokia in the same year had great HW, a great OS (symbian) spoilt by a bastard GUI (S60). They had lost the plot on management and GUI etc back around 2002. So Apple only had to make it shiny and simple to use, not needing every HW feature or great Battery life.

It was quite sensible to assemble phone chips, a capacitive screen (which are as old as Resistive ones) and an iPod for Mk1 iPhone.

MS tried gluing the Zune on everything from Phones to PC Desktop proving that sometimes simplicity doesn't work when taken too far.

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It didn't need a big team

Actually Big teams are counter productive.

Most of the development was the revised GUI on the OS adapted from OS X as iOS.

They didn't develop any phone or CPU hardware, that had all become virtually commodity parts by then. From the late 1980s the reason for resistive screens was for two reasons:

1) Stylus use of stupid concept of miniaturised desktop GUI.

2) Holy Grail of Handwriting recognition.

Capacitive screens were ignored due to low resolution. Their big step was to say "forget handwriting". The idea of gestures wasn't invented by Apple. That dates back to 1980s or earlier. The stupidity of using a desktop "WIMP" GUI on a small screen was identified in late 1980s. But MS and others wouldn't listen (WinCE ). Part of it too was that for a long while (i.e. Nokia Communicator) a high end phone with GUI and applications was seen as a Business tool, not a consumer gadget.

The best way to do any product is a small team. Or several very small teams working on unrelated aspects.

Maybe if Steve hadn't killed Newton they could not have see their way to an iPhone as it is known today.

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Microsoft frisks yet another Android gear maker for patent dosh

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Xbox?

What connection is there between Dell and Xbox?

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ECCENTRIC, PINK DWARF dubbed 'Biden' by saucy astronomers

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kilometres Fahrenheit

You need Miles or Yards if you want Fahrenheit

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Facebook Oculus VR buyout: IT WANTS your EYEBALLS

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free content ad network.

You mean "content free ad network"?

I know an old joke.

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Facebook swallows Oculus VR goggle-geeks. Did that really happen?

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Re: Vociferous NOooooOOoooo

Sony is suddenly looking better.

But Nintendo was really going to be big on this. But shades of Red?

I'm reminded of Lucifer's Hammer, Ursula Leguin's "neareal" and John Brunner.

Hmm.. Is it good either way, I don't know.

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Ancient telly, check. Sonos sound system, check. OMG WOAH

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Agreed

Needs Optical I/O & multiple HDMI passthrough as well as analogue(s) in.

It's a gimmick. Like an iPhone dock

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It's rubbish

4" speakers will do for something portable.

6" main drivers for any living room sound.

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Apple vows to add racially diverse EMOJIS after MILEY CYRUS TWITTER outrage

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Oh Noes

Only the symbol ones work from here

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emoji

Perhaps my OS is a strict Moslem?

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As WinXP death looms, Microsoft releases its operating system SOURCE CODE for free

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Re: Forgot Something

Word for DOS and Word for Windows are unrelated. Yes the WINDOWS versions of Word and Excel were real MS software and on Mac first. But not the DOS version.

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GSMA: EU net neutrality reforms are the enemy of business

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Well? Bears in Woods etc

They'd argue nearly anything imposed on them is bad. Mobile only likes voice and SMS. Comparing the costs for £15 Voice and £15 Data sale, the Data costs them 130x more at least. Overpriced voice and SMS is subsidising Data. Also it's MOBILE. They are are in many cases offering caps to high and mis-selling as Broadband. It's for ON THE GO usage.

They need to realise that people just want to rent a connection. They need to stop blocking & throttling stuff and have more honest marketing. Mobile has limited capacity.

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