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Motorola Milestone 3 no longer bound for Blighty

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Bluetooth...

I now have a BT keyboard connected, then I can case my phone easily, and have a full sized (95% of laptop) keyboard when I need it...

Mine's the one with a folding kb in the pocket...

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Google sees 15% speed boost with HTTP tweak

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So...

Can anyone tell when they are in the 1%?

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HTC U-turns over Desire Android 2.3 update

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Presumably...

The rest of the HTC range will benefit from the slimmed down SenseUI

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Malware abusing Windows Autorun plummets

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So...

Tell your machine that when it sees this UUID device (For which you can sub a readable name) that is should run a certain program with parameters.

Preferably a program held on the PC, not the device, but it doesn't really matter if you trust your devices.

Such a system can't be that hard (udev?) for a behemoth like Micro$oft to wrap a pretty gui round for your granny to use. Backup drive manufacturers could even interface with it..

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No Gingerbread snack for Desire owners, says HTC

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WTF?

For Android 2.3.3 install cyanogenmod...

Other after market firmware versions are available...

It's not nearly as hard as I thought it would be (although I did get into a reboot loop once, it wasn't terminal)

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Smart Fortwo Electric Drive e-car

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So - where do you park during the day?

Why not charge up at work - where spaces are more reliable - 3 phase is probably available as well.

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'Dodgy Android apps are breaking our phones' - Motorola

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No...

A reset to eliminate software issues before a hardware return.

Not every week - just when a customer is suggesting that their handset is broken.

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Antimatter hangs around at CERN

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Only if...

Only if the containment was too large.

Nukes convert a miserly fraction of a percent of their mass into energy - an antimatter bomb would release it ALL. Of course it would release it mostly as Gamma, whereas a nuke releases large quantities of heat as well (due to the reaction of the remaining mass.

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3D printer produces working house keys

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Print in wax

Then use in a lost wax casting.

Chrome plate the result...

Overkill for a one off entry (such as that required by the AA, or a thief)

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Samsung must cough up Android prototypes to Apple

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Pixels

You copied my pixels Waaa WaaaHaaaaa.....

Amazing - if they'd lifted the graphics then that it one thing, but to assert ownership over a pretty obvious shape, after all my chopping board is that shape.

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Dell intros world's thinnest 15in laptop PC

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WTF?

What's with...

the apple keyboard in there?

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Eureka! Google breakthrough makes SSL less painful

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Verisign who?

What we need to do is to have a standard DNS record for SSL keys.

With DNSSEC implemented you have a full trust relationship (to your DNS root provider), and there is no need to have these third party certificate signing authorities...

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Google rolls out fix for Android security threat

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Read it again

A) Cyanogenmod (other aftermarket firmwares are available)

B) It's a server side fix (refusing the HTTP connection makes handsets try HTTPS)

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David Davis: Jobless should dig trenches for fat UK pipes

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Missed the point

Your job is still needed. The skills are still needed.

But you can't do much (other than planning) without some actual cable (optical or electrical or other yet to be discovered/invented) in the ground.

Digging a hole does not require networking knowledge, just a spade. Once they have laid conduits you're network hardware colleagues can simply come and blow the cables along...

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BMW tests laser-guided car junction buddy

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Good thing

it's been designed to detect pedestrians - Oh, wait. It hasn't.

So now BMW drivers will fly round corners safe in the knowledge that they'll only hit something squishy.

PS -Yes I read the speed limitation on the system.

PPS - Yes I realise that this is no different from many BMW/Audi drivers at the moment.

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99% of Android phones leak secret account credentials

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cyanogen

Aftermarket firmware is the only way to get upgrades in a timely fashion.

Carriers don't care - you're already paying

Manufacturers don't care - they want to sell you a new phone

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Endeavour heads off on final mission

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Most vehicles aren't "Veteran" after just 24 journeys...

Although measured in miles, or fuel consumption it could be valid.

Now can we design the orbital vehicles we need?

Like a small crew vehicle, and separate cargo vessels - so that the crew is carrying less fuel, and can be further away from it...

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Peugeot compo cam aids amateur espionage

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NP blurring

is automated, so of course it will happen to car transporters...

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164XXX jubs shake Middle England

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No...

Just, no.

I do hope that she has to pay for corrections to the spinal deformity she is undoubtedly cultivating.

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Boffins develop method of driving computers insane

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"The hope is that this kind of modeling will help clinical research."

Is it just me who read that as meddling, not modelling?

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Google moves to extract more from Apps

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And charities / community groups?

Will I still be able to throw up a cheap, easy, reliable, well featured service to support community groups?

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Sony unwraps Android 3.0 tablet pair

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I could break my Sony boycott for that...

Boycotted all things Sony (electronics) since the rootkit fiasco, but that clamshell look schweet

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Multimillionaire's private space ship 'can land on Mars'

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Only if...

The abort system ignored the obvious method (the shuttle itself).

IIRC the latest theory is that the crew component of the shuttle went off on a graceful arc before a fatal collision with the sea.

"According to the Kerwin Report:

The findings are inconclusive. The impact of the crew compartment with the ocean surface was so violent that evidence of damage occurring in the seconds which followed the disintegration was masked. Our final conclusions are:

the cause of death of the Challenger astronauts cannot be positively determined;

the forces to which the crew were exposed during Orbiter breakup were probably not sufficient to cause death or serious injury; and

the crew possibly, but not certainly, lost consciousness in the seconds following Orbiter breakup due to in-flight loss of crew module pressure.[13]

Some experts, including one of NASA's lead investigators, Robert Overmyer, believed most if not all of the crew were alive and possibly conscious during the entire descent until impact with the ocean.[17]"

Wikipedia

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Mummy, mummy, there's a nuclear monster!

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Clarity.

http://xkcd.com/558/

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iPads mooted for Qantas flight manuals

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FAIL

Except...

Fisher did the research, not NASA, and the Russians could easily have suffered major failures from floating grains of graphite.

Now a wax crayon...

http://www.snopes.com/business/genius/spacepen.asp

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Floating Image

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Nice

Makes my desk at work a little less boring.

Just need to check all my pictures are SFW

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Hydrogen powered hybrid stratocraft prangs during test flight

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solar powered lifting body airships...

could surely survive for months on end (longer if we can ferry up helium canisters -fairly easy to have a big catch plate on top of the airship surely...

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Human heart could power an iPod

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Better than a bottle dynamo?

Eccentric cams on a pedal cycle (maybe in the BB) would be a good application, nice discreet powerful "dynamo"

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George Lucas 'very happy' with 3D Phantom Menace

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Hit the screen?

"The Phantom Menace in 3D is due to hit cinema screens on 10 February next year."

Surely due to float in front of cinema screens...

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Network failure closed hospitals to ambulance admissions

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IF?

"A full investigation into the network design and components is being undertaken to verify if there are any design issues to be addressed."

There is clearly a nasty single point of failure here. I am going to stick my neck out and suggest that it isn't the only switch which could have gone pop (as they had to systematically close off the network).

Is this stuff not monitored?

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Artificial leaf produces electricity through photosynthesis

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45 Hours continuous operation

So it's useful at the poles then. I rarely get 45 hours continuous sunshine this far south/north.

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iPad 2 tougher than iPad 1. True

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Erm...

That looked like they put alot more force into the iPad1 screen...

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Chain Reaction finds and plugs security hole that led to fraud

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Hats off to them...

Good response - which is much more important than being invulnerable to start with.

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Judge to music industry: 'Worth trillions? Forget it'

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AND

costs against...

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Radioactive Tokyo tapwater HARMS BABIES ... if drunk for a year

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Point

The water won't be radioactive (above normal levels) all year.

It's won't have significant levels after a month (assuming that the contamination was a one instance release)

An office worker needs to work 40 hours a week. They may (with flexitime) choose to work more on a Monday and Tuesday, and less on a Thursday and Friday.

That doesn't mean that they've done too much work on Monday, just that they've redistributed their working week.

(Sorry - not a good analogy, but the best I can come up with in zero time)

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Fukushima's toxic legacy: Ignorance and fear

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Precautionary limits

Main reason the limits are set:

- Precaution.

There isn't a evidence for any risk at levels significantly higher than the legal limits. But, partly due to wild mistrust of anything with the "N" word, we have these very low limits in place.

If I recall correctly, when I was at school it was the case that normal tea bags were actually sufficiently radioactive that technically they should have been dealt with as Medium Level Waste. (Note that I can't currently spot anything to back that claim up - not that I've tried very hard)

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Fukushima: Situation improving all the time

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Safe...

As in didn't collapse (except the crane) or suffer significant structural damage from what we can only describe as an $EXPLETIVE big earthquake followed by an $EXPLETIVE big tsunami.

Following that there have been a couple of explosions, and the occasional evacuation for limited time.

Seriously - that's what's good about this place, you can see and predict the dangers which are happening.

If I was outside the plant at the time of the quake/tsunami then I'd likely not care what was going on - I'd be on a cloud with a harp already...

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Because...

irradiating the land you aim to occupy is such a good plan.

I think we can do at least as well as the Egyptians did a few thousand years ago when they buried their kings/gods. That would be a legacy ;)

Think about a couple of reinforced concrete pyramids ;) Of course we could also go for deep, deep sea storage, or (when we finally build a space elevator) we could chuck it back at the greatest local nuclear reactor of all - the sun.

Oh, and the minor point that most fission power stations have some quite significant defences (in the form of concrete and steel).

Looking around the area one of the safest places to be was inside the power plant - new information indicates that the tsunami was twice the height of the defence design specification. There have been a handful of "normal" deaths (i.e not related to ionising radiation sources).

The buildings survived rather well - the shutdown was well in progress when the tsunami took out significant amounts of the infrastructure (but still not the buildings)

We should carry on building nuclear reactors as safely as we know how, we should look at non-weapons tech to build safer reactors still. We should look at mini plants (substation sized).

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Microsoft: IE9's web privacy hole? A feature, not a bug

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FAIL

Why

What's the point in allowing a second list?

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WTF?

Whitelists == OR

Blacklists == AND

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Fukushima one week on: Situation 'stable', says IAEA

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required, and must contain letters and/or digits.

Better than them (or say the petrochemical plants) being totalled by the quake.

If they'd just vented straight to atmosphere initially, would we have had the hydrogen explosions?

Maybe that's the important bit here - In cases like this we should just vent anything with a half-life below 10 minutes (or above a few trillion years (that's >1000 times the most stable uranium isotope)) direct to the atmosphere.

Or maybe we'll use dedicated, remote, intermediate chambers...

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Sanity

My daily dose.

Although I saw something about Libya on the news today - is there something going on there?

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Sexy eco-bulb wins Design of the Year

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Dimmable

And fitting in my existing light fittings.

Else I'm sticking with incandescent - they even contribute to my household heating.

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Site-saving workers evacuated from Japanese reactor disaster

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Or...

We should look at that <50 fatalities over 40 years and then look at each reactor. We might want to look at their backup systems better, and look at what the design considerations were.

Some may then be retired early.

We should however look at the more modern breed of reactors, and see what we can do about developing non weapons tech power generation from nuclear sources.

I'm remaining massively impressed with the over engineering of these reactors - in the same way that I was impressed that the twin towers stood for over an hour after being hit by a completely unenvisioned* attack. It's not that it's a good thing, but it's not nearly as bad as the petrochemical** fires burning all over the affect areas, nor the general collapse of buildings, destruction from the tsunami...

I am getting somewhat concerned that the world is ignoring the massive crisis occurring outside the gates of these plants.

* They were designed to cope with an unladen, slow 737 (largest plane at the time) searching for the airport - not fully fuel laden, full speed 757s.

** Including the various gas fires from broken gas mains.

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Data-mining technique outs authors of anonymous email

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Thank you

For finally asking the question that had been floating round my head since the article...

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Fukushima is a triumph for nuke power: Build more reactors now!

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WTF?

Chocolate poinsoning

I should be dead then.

I've eaten 4kg in 90 minutes on more than one occasion without any ill effects ($SUPERMARKET had a BOGOF on 2kg bars, I left my self control behind)

I can't imagine than an extra 4kg would be fatal

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Giant 5-year-mission aerial wing-ship to fly in 2011

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Why "plane shaped"

The concept of a (possibly lift generating body) airship has got to reduce the required power for flight.

Or a lifting delta...

I can't imagine than "long thin straight rigid wing" is absolutely ideal - it just doesn't look it...

Might be limitations to do with required speed to overcome any wind...

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Cute download Firefox, 'treat a cub' vid downed by IE glitch

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More likely

That the Panda farm is running it?

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Anti-religious campaigners smack down census Jedis

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My complaint exactly.

Although I come at from a different angle (evangelical Christian) I agree that there is a world of difference between:

- No religion

- Atheist

An Athiest has a FAITH - albeit a faith that there is nothing.

Not spoken to many antitheists, but wikipedia (all hail) suggests that this is also a faith position.

The honest answer for most people who don't KNOW that their answer is different is "agnostic" or "don't know"

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Spaniards bemoan 'joke' speed limit cut

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Alonso?

"This argument is unlikely to cut much ice with F1 driver Fernando Alonso, who was quick to criticise the new limit and warned it was so low that drivers could nod off from boredom, with fatal consequences."

Err - what?

Maybe they shouldn't be on the road if they are within a couple of kph of "dropping off from boredom"

Heaven help them if they ever get to a town, city, corner, traffic jam - anything that requires them to drop their speed by more than a few furlongs per fortnight...

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