* Posts by Khaptain

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Mastercard and Visa to ERADICATE password authentication

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Re: Biometrics

The most recent one that I have seen captures your DNA and Blood, sends a sample to a local Vogon spaceship, anaylses the results for any traces of Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster, calls up Zaphod directly, asks he was drinking with you lately and if not zaps you into oblivion.

Why the importance of this diatribs, simples, it's great to have highly advanced techniques but they MUST BE AVAILABLE before anyone can use them and this takes bloody years......

meanwhile as I reach for a bottle of good Ol' Janx Spirit.... ------>>> Yes it's Friday

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Could YOU identify these 10 cool vintage mobile phones?

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6 out of 10

All I got was 6,

Were the Pebl, MPX 300, Aura and Sendo really well known ?

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BlackBerry comeback: BES12 server revealed – it will manage ALL THE THINGS

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Too late

We are still running an early version of BES, 5 I think, which already didn't support the latest batch of BB terminals.

Our current terminals are reaching their end of life and I have difficulty finding terminals that are supported. Guess what, we will be leaving BB to slowly wither away and have already started moving towards an Airwatch( Android and IOS) solution (Echange on the rear end)..

As much as I like my BB for email I have not alternative but to forego it for an Android/Apple alternative...

As far as I am concerned BB threw themselves out of the market... So it doesn't matter what they now offer they are simply too late.

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SLURP! Flick your TONGUE around our LOLLIPOP – Google

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Re: Longer battery life

A few years ago we said the same thing about laptops, look where we are today. All that changes are the manufacturers goals...

If the marketing bods came to the realisation that battery life sells better than biometric readers then they would push for better battery life than than some silly gadgets that fool the fools into buying..

Battery life will increase but it is simply not a current priority.

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Re: Longer battery life

2 does not equal 7

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Re: Longer battery life

>Go back a few years, and that would have stopped you from being a mobile worker. I remember members of staff whose laptops had an extra battery in place of the optical drive, plus they carried 2-3 extra batteries when they went on business trips. It was the only way to get the thing to last more than a couple of hours.

Yes, I wholeheartedly agree but that was several moons ago.

Now we have laptops with 13" screens that have 8 or 9 hours of autonomy so their has definately been advances within the battery technology ( Ok, I digress it is also due to lower Processor requirements and SSDs for the power consumption decrease).

But look at the smart phone market the screens are at least double what they were intially and yet the power duration remains the same. So there have obviously been advances here too, just not enough of them.

Larger screens, brighter screens, scratchless glass, fingerprint readers etc certainely are appealing

but it seems that the research is far to heavily biased on Marketing rather than on function...

The smartphone market hasn't really provided us with anything world changing in the last year or so, maybe we ahve reached peak gadgetry. I can only hope that it will go the same way as laptops and that they will now start to concentrate of developing durability rather than marketability

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Re: Longer battery life

Since the article is about Nexus 6, ie we are talking smartphones....

The idea of carrying an extra battery pack defeats the purpose...I wouldn't carry a laptop and 4 extra batteries either... The whole idea is to keep things as light as possible whilst requiring the minimum of gadgets/extras/chargeers/cables etc.... The more you need the more likely that you will forget/lose something.

Which smartphone do you know of that has a full weeks battery life and has a screen size larger than 3.5". And I obviously don't mean a smartphone that will remain unused, doesn't surf the web and doesn't receive email from either 2G/3G or Wifi.

I have had several Samsungs which I like but their batteries are certainely not capable of any more that 2 days without requiring a full charge and that is only with the lightest of usage.

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Longer battery life

I truly wish that the manufacturers would start playing a competition to increase battery life to at least 1

week, Instead of the race to have larger screens, thinner frames etc ..... Can't they make a true smartphone for the road warrior...

Whether I go on a trip for 1 day or for one week I always have to arm myself with extra cables and chargers. Sometime I can use my laptop as a charger, sometimes I can't, so it is always necassary to have at "least one" extra mini usb hiding somewhere.

Ok when you have the cables it's really not a problem but when you don't...... the frustration levels really rise quickly.

A new user interface, so what .... A new app, so what..... unlock with your fingerprint, so what...... We already have most of what we need, except the damned battery life.

5 day battery life, now we are talking...

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Bible THUMP: Good Book beats Darwin to most influential tome title

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Re: Don't Panic!

The part about the fairy tales never changed..

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Re: "most important book"

I would argue that moral values have existed since the beginning of man otherwise we would have wiped ourselfs out a long time ago.

The fact that those morals were written down has very little importance other than as a means of propoganda ( albeit with an altruistic leit motif).

If that book had been written without all the Sky Fairy nonsense then it would have been a very good but very short book.

Everyone also seems to forget that Occident societies were not the only people on the planet. Moral values, I believe were well know and even documented within the middle kingdom..

Confuscious was around 500bc...

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Re: The bible is a book ?

@Plee

>I'll get my primary school-age daughter to help you out, if you like.

That is a very disturbing statement. Whatever you do , don't let them grow up without first filling their minds with dogma.....

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The bible is a book ?

Personally I thought it was propaganda, can someone explain the difference.

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PRAISE the $DEITY! Quantum preaches the joys of StorNext for religious video folk

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The other commandments

* Thou shall not create or record Porn.

* Thou shall not flame thy neighbour.

* Thou shall not venture into the Silk Road

* Thou shall not make religious parody videos.

* Thou shall not worship false idols( S. Jobs. is not a deity)

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Stop coding and clean up your UI, devs, it's World Usability Day

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End of the line - Need new requirements

I think that there are only so many ways that one can create a UI before it simply becomes are re-mash of the existant..

We are after all limited to a 2d surface and regardless of which pointing device is implemeted, be it physical mouse, touchscreen or finger placement sensor the actions always resolve to the same end function -ie that of moving the cursor. Same goes for the keybaord and character entry.

Until such times as the needs arise for a new kind of entry, ie not a pointing device or character entry device, things will continue to remain kinda much the same.

Windows 8 tried to add something new but in the end it was just a mashup between borderless windows + active icons that were arranged in a new manner. It wasn't so much an improvement as a different way of seeing things.

Maybe what we we need next is a mood detector : ie the screen changes according to our moods.... Or an anger level management system, whereby the UI/OS automatically injects us with morphine or something pleasant whilst we fly of the handle...

In any event as long as we remain with the same material nothing much is likely to "truly" change.

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MOULDY DICK: France aims to snatch EXPLODING WHALE crown from U.S.

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The whale has now been moved. It was removed by JCB digger and sent of to an abbatoir.

FYI : Removal by sea was a problem because of sand banks.

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We interrupt this cat video to say you're out of data

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Re: Cat videos?

Since the article relates to our antipodean contigency, shouldn't that be baby kangaroo, koala or maybe even wombat videos ?

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The last PC replacement cycle is about to start turning

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Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose

The last phrase was probably the most important as it actually describes the whole article. ( see title).

Effectively, there is a movement towards small devices, but I hasten to add that the movement is within a particular demography. I can't say who that demography are but I might be able to who they are not. I would suggest that the following is a non-exhaustive list of those they will not move towards the smaller devices regardless of how much power they have.

Hardcore gamers. (There strife for power is never ending)

CadCam (was mentioned the article)

Video Editing ( was mentioned the article)

Photoshoppers ( again need lots of power).

Photographers ( need huge storage and large screens with reasonable CPUs).

Admins ( Any admin that is working solely on one small tiny screen must have a vey quiet life)... Multi-remote sessions require screen estate and a good keyboard, not a dinky thing where finding the Pipe Symbol is a major challenge)

Game Developers.

Big Data crowd...

etc etc etc

One of the major differences between the two platforms lies in their "Duree de Vie"... A smartphone has about a 2 year lifespan; a PC is usually closer to 4. This means a much quicker and expensive refresh.

The smartphone would have to be permanently connected to a power source, thereby removing it's advantage of being portable ( I agree that it will retain a least a few hours of autonomy though).

Smartphones are fragile, they definitely cannot take the beating that a PC/Laptop can take. Walk into any office and have a look at the scuffmarks on the PCs that are floor bound... Also have a look at a 2 year old road warrior smartphone, they get pretty beat up...

Personally I don't see a massive migration the smartphone as the sole device, it definitely has its place but not as the sole device... It is more of a compliment to the existing arsenal.

Currently there is a huge choice of platform PCs, Smartphone, Tablet, Tablet that resemble smartphones or PCs ( IBM Yoga style). Most of these devices can have a keyboard added, removed etc so they are quite adaptive. But each will eventually find its own crowd and probably retain them.

If I had to choose between the Smartphone, Tablet and my PC, I would definitely keep my PC and buy a very cheap "talk only" phone.

Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose

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GOD particle MAY NOT BE GOD particle: Scientists in shock claim

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Re: if it looks like a duck, swims like a duck and quacks like a duck...

@I am sorry, anyone who thinks Donald in anyway resembled a real duck has never encountered a real duck.

Yes but he could be a Higgs Boson Duck.

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Re: Thoughts from an uneducated person

http://www.askamathematician.com/2012/11/q-could-kurt-vonegets-ice-9-catastrophy-happen/

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Thoughts from an uneducated person

<Flamebait warning>

[Do not read ahead withough having read the first line in this comment. you have been warned]

Since the CERN announced that they found the Higgs Boson I always had the "uneducated" feeling that their annoncement was far too media orientated. Almost as if they were in a position whereby they had to make a discovery in order to justify the expense.

It's a bit like the Big Data thing that is going on, we have loads of data, we can see things happening, we just don't know how to explain them, yet. So let's give it a name....

Very few people truly understand what the Higgs Boson actually is, could be, I certainely don't and I presume that the very large majority of the planet don't either. So how can we truly be sure of what has or has not been found. Are they just giving the name to something new and as of yet unexplained or have they indeed found what they are looking for.. Who is truly in a position to be the judge ?

These Danish scientists are challenging the finding which is a good thing. Science does not always come up with the correct answer the first time....

Uneducated : Other than having read ICE-9 I have no further education physics, quantum mechanics etc knowledge whatsoever, just a passing interest in what is going on in the region in which I live. If things went wrong in the Cern I always imagine that it could be kinda nasty...for humanity....it's the ICE-9 effect....

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>if it looks like a duck, swims like a duck and quacks like a duck...

The problem is that you would have to know exactly what a duck was before a definitive decision could be made and even then there are many kinds of ducks...

Donald looked, swam and quacked lick a duck but was in reality only a 2 dimensionsal animated character.

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The Pirate Bay co-founder exits jail, now, er, free to eat vegan food

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Re: This is what it takes to get into the high security wing of your local clink.

Harmony, Lets have a look at my initial comment :

"You can't really drain an economy, you can merely change the distribution of who takes which percentage, overall the entire sum remains a constant."

In the above statement do you see the word "Wealth", no neither do I , so please stop referring to my usage of Wealth, I did not mention anything about wealth..

Wealth and economy are 2 different subjects even though that they posses a relation.

If you reread the comment - you will see that I spoke about the "distribution of percentages". When dealing with percentages it is a given that the sum of all percentages will be 100%.

I think it is obvious from my initial statement that the "economy" ie 100% of that which is in circulation, can never be more than 100% of itself. All that ever changes is how that economy is distributed. For example : 20% of the economy is held by the people, 40% by business and the remaining, 40% by the banks ( purely hypothetical figures) , not that the sum is of all that is available is 100%.

Tommorow this distribution of percentages might change, i.e. 43% to the people, 37% to business and the remaining 20% to the banks. Still this represents the same initial 100% percent of the economy..

All that has changed between the two scenarios of the "distribution of percentages". If the economy, at the given time, was worth 54 Trillion dollars in both scenarios this amount would not have changed.. Hence the usage of the word "constant".

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Re: This is what it takes to get into the high security wing of your local clink.

>You said that only distribution of share in the economy changes, but that the entire sum of it is fixed. That is wrong.

I think that is quite obvious that we are talking about a fixed point in time and not over a period.

Obviously over a period the economy will change.

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Re: This is what it takes to get into the high security wing of your local clink.

@Harmony,

Did you actually see something in the comment that stated "that wealth is a fixed constant". I think not, please read again and try to understand rather than remain up high in the tree....

If you have a 1000$ to distribute there are many ways in which you can distribute it but you can not distribute more than the 1000$. Hence, the entire sum remains a constant. Therefore money spent on a car cannot also be spent of software. What I don't spend on software is availabe for other purchases. I am sure that you get the picture.

I don't recall having mentioned anything about the accumulate total since the beginings of time, inflation rates, stock markets adjustements or variable interest rates in my original comment. The lack of these variables removes the insipid thought of "stupid idea of wealth as a constant "

Most of the monkeys in the tree would have understood this, they were successful enough to climb down from the tree.

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Re: This is what it takes to get into the high security wing of your local clink.

You can't really drain an economy, you can merely change the distribution of who takes which percentage, overall the entire sum remains a constant.

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This 125mph train is fitted with LASERS. Sadly no sharks, though

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I read through the article thinking to myself, how much I would love to go to work like this. it's techy, it's fast, you get to travel (lol), you change locations each day but come back to base in the evening ( I presume).

Yes, definately looks interesting,a little bit unique and would certainely make a welcome change from my daily BAU office environment...

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Apple fanbois are 'MENTALLY UNSTABLE' but you still have to 'SERVICE' them

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No better

>Tim Cook bravely came out last week, sparking a a furious reaction from dickhead homophobes the world over.

If someone doesn't agree with the Homosexual lifestyle can please explain why that would qualify that person as a "dickhead homophobe"....

A lot of people don't agree with a lot of things in life but I don't understand why that should automatically qualify then as "dickhead <insert whatever you don't care for here> phobes".

Think yourself fortunate that you live in a place where contrary views are still possible.

By the way, what do you call homosexuals that really don't like all this media attention. Those that were quite happy to live quietly without all the media fuss. Are they "Dickhead Homophobes" too..

Yes, this kind of article really does piss me off, by it's attitude of "holier than though" more so than it's actual content.

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Be Your Own Big Brother: Going to pot

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Re: Tamagochi in the real world

@xj25vm

I can sympathize with you, my wife is an avid gardener. BUT that is exactly the point I was getting at, if you can garauntee that everything will always be perfect you are removing half of the challenge..

There are obviously some plants, vegetables, fruits etc that are not suited to our climate, it's nature's way of adding variety, and hence are almsot impossible to grow correctly. Obviously with some electronic gadgetry things can be made to grow with a higher success though.. ( bit like pesticides really, I know there is a positive side but there is also a very negative side).

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Tamagochi in the real world

Something is in contradiction here. The idea of green fingered gaiens bowing down before the cult of the IOT......

What's next, adding a webcam and recieving alerts when it rains, is too sunny, a dangerous looking slug is in proximity.....

By adding technology and we removing the possibilty of failure the garden becomes a factory rather than a playground.

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Virgin Media CUTS OFF weekend 'net surfers after embarrassing smut-filtering snafu

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VM keeping you safe

Whether you want it or not, there is not going to be any fappenings in VM residences from now on... You guys have no idea how lucky you are, it was horrible and I mean downright nasty...

Give VM some Facebook likes or Twitter tweeties for having them save you from the montrosity.

Quote from one of the greatest cinema monologues of all time ( well nearly, my excuses Mr Brando).

"I’ve seen horror, horror that you’ve seen. But you have no right to call me a fappener. You have a right to fap me. You have a right to do that, but you have no right to judge me. It’s impossible for words to describe what is necessary to those who do not know what horror means."

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At last! Now you can STIFLE dull chums you can't really unfriend on Facebook

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Coffee/keyboard

Ironic

Social network site creates tools that enables less social networking....

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Brit cops nab six in Silk Road 2.0 drugs sting

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Re: I'm impressed

Pen-Y-Gors,

They have been doing it for years..

I read a short book about, what was at the time, one of Britains largest LSD factories which was located somewhere in the middle of nowhere in Wales.. I do not know if you know it but the bust itself was called Operation Julie, it's worth a quick read if you can get your hands on a copy...

Factory as in "operation" not as in building, as it was located in a small welsh cottage. LSD does not require a very large establishment to create huge quantities.. I think that a one litre bottle in the drinking water system is easilly enough to knock out the population of London, possibly more, for a couple of hours.

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Re: TOR is compromised

@Cliff

Yes, even taking it to the level of being the Super Root or whatever the top level Admin is thereby becoming the host of hosts... Which would then have the potential of created the worlds largest honeypot, provide an amazing piggybank full of Bitcoins and the equivalant of a top of the range Dyson SuperHoover for collecting user details...

Next time I want to invest in some Sativa, Indica or Ruderalis I'm going down the pub...

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Re: TOR is compromised

Is it TOR that is broken or have they managed to gain access to a database that holds all the names and address of the various parties ?

Or there is a super snitch, or the NSA have simply shared details of what they managed to gleen from the exit nodes that they pwned...

In any event some deep thought will probably now go into building a deeper, darker web...

The criminals, cough, businessman/politicians, cough, stand to lose too much if the TOR et al are not brought back into production...

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EU cyber-cop: Dark-net crooks think they're beyond reach (until now)

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I wonder how much this operation cost in relation to the catch

Wouldn't it far more cost effective and in the public's interest to de-penalize cannabis and de-criminalize Class A Drugs

The tax revenu from the cannabis alone would easily amount to several hundred times the magnitude of this small catch. This money could then be used to treat/support the serious addicts and there would still be some left over to pay for other public services. It would also free up police time in order for them to catch the truly serious criminals.

On the contrary the current Cannabis Lords and Class A top level distributors are living the life of Flynn whilst remaining beyond the reach of the law... No-one collects any taxes, the police are running around playing whack-a-mole and junkies continue to make life miserable for themselves and their families.....

[Or is it because some of them are actually in public positions, ie own private jets or have diplomatic immunity.....which would thereby cause some public outcry....]

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Ex-NSA lawyer warns Google, Apple: IMPENETRABLE RIM ruined BlackBerry

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Re: What a lot of bol****

I gave the article a quick read and from what I undertood the problem that worries them most is that the data is encrypted/decrypted, ie controlled, by a third party, in this case RIM. The servers/switches/routers are located in other countres and they are unsure about what actually happens behind the scenes.

The fact that they, the French companies, do not have control of the entire End to End process puts doubts into their heads about the security, which is completely understandable.

They have not actually demonstrated any problems or possible hacks, they simply do not have 100% faith and therefore prefer not to use BBs. As mentioned in the article they have their own methods of which they control one end to the other.

The same is true of any security process which uses a third party. If you do not control the entire process you can never garauntee the security.

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Re: WTF?

Now why would the American govt play a hand in the downfall of a "Canadian", difficult to crack, hide info from the NSA capable, non NSA owned, business phone making company......

Thinks hard for about 0.0001 micro-seconds.

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Yes! It's DRONE PORN. And we don't mean shiny pics of UAVs

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Re: Strange

>I can only presume that this is a marketing stunt.

After having a quick shufti through their other stuff, it is actually marketing. This is actually what these guys do, they make small films, and from the looks of some of them "extreme" is actually the leitmotif... Not porn extreme, just OTT extreme.

Some of them are quite well done.. especially the DroneBone one, there is a bit of something for everyone if you look closely.

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Strange

On the Drone Boning videos the people are in unusual places, difficult to get to, or highly unlikely for a quick bit of nookie, and yet there are never any clothes, bags, jackets or anything else lying around. Everything is simply too perfect.

I can only presume that this is a marketing stunt.

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Lindsay Lohan ignores El Reg's tender twitterly advances

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Give her a little bit more time

Apparently, the bars and the cells in her neighbourhood have very poor 3g reception.

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Cheap blow-up baby incubator bags James Dyson award

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Welcome to the machine

Why would anyone want to blow up a baby in an incubator ? or is this a Matrix kind of thing when the humans no longer create power....

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Not even 60,000 of you want an ethically-sourced smartphone

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Re: Name change Please

@Gordon

>But does the name really matter

The names not only matter, sometime they are the product....

Try telling the Yoof that "Emporio Armani" jeans are not better than Lois ( even thought the denim is the same).

Do your Lacoste poloshirts last any longer than those at half the price.

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Trying telling Apple to rename their phone.

Anyways, you get the meaning, the name really is everything in some cases.

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Name change Please

Please, do not call a phone a "FairPhone". That's just pandering to the PC/Ethical crowd and thereby strongly limiting the market. [ The PC/Ethical crowd are cheap, so not a good target market].

Call it something like The Blade, Excalibur, The Matrix Black, something with a little bit of punch.... The Yoof would love it. The insides will still be nice and ecologic but at least it won't be so embarrassing to pull out the phone in front of others.

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Apple strap-on wristjob: You WON'T be able to spend more than $5,000!

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Over a perdiod of 20 years that watch will keep it's value, even gain value in some cases..

The iPhone will be worth next to nothing. The iPhone is not jewellery it is just a minor fashion item.

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Microsoft's TV product placement horror: CNN mistakes Surface tabs for iPAD STANDS

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Re: It's cool.

The last time I watched Dr Who it was in the time of Tom Baker and K9, I have never seen a single episode since.

Also gave up TV in the last century, the advertising annoyed me and the news made me depressed. I presume that it has never changed.

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Ireland's data cops: Yes, we probed LinkedIn. Don't ask what we found

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Suggestions for what they found

They have developed an API that spammers can purchase a direct connection to.

They have statistics to show that the percentage of people that actually manage to get a job through LinkedIn is smaller than a very small thing....( To the theme tune of BlackAdder obviously)

That LinkedIn is actually a tax avoidance scheme funded by Amazon.

That LinkedIn is actually just another NSA/GCHQ phishing site.

None of the above, they just found it to be incredibly underwhelming and that it is a far better idea to just nip of down the road for a quick Guiness..

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Why Comrade Cameron went all Russell Brand on the UK’s mobile networks

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Re: What

> Do people forget that many city dwellers also have a country residence.....

>pretty sure if I had one I would not any phone signal whilst I was there.

Our home is actually in the country but both myself and my wife have an appartment in town(s), we work in different cities. The internet/telephone is our lifeline during the week. My wife has lots of vacation so she is at home for half of the time.......

And as much as I love being at home, I really, really wouldn't like to lose my connection. Think about it, no internet or phone during the weekends or holidays.....it's not as easy as it sounds.

The ISPs love us as we have to pay 3 Internet connection bills + 2 mobile phone bills, and no we are not millionaires or high flyers but life is not easy without a connection... We have the cheapest subscriptions to all and we do not have television.

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Russia to ban iCloud.. to PROTECT iPhone fiddlers' pics 'n' sh*t

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Re: That rifle

I can't find a reference to a Baikal 18 mh that is not a break action, (an express), rather than a bolt action rifle as we can see in the image ?

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I can't remember where I read it but I liked it .

"In Russia, it's the president that assassinates you."

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Can you really run your business on a smartphone?

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Re: Everyone apart from me, obviously...

It probably means that it is an POP3/IMAP crossover installation rather than a full blown POP3 or IMAP server. Most of the ISPs seem to provide these solution for their clients.

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