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So you invent a wireless network using LEDs, what do you do next? Add solar panels. Boom

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"Professor Harald Haas, who came up with the Li-Fi idea"

In the mid '80s, Apricot were using LEDs to communicate from keyboard to PC, and Research Machines were using them for data communication between machines. No doubt there were plenty of other examples, too.

Then there's the whole "data down an optical fibre from pulsed LEDs" thing that powers just about all modern communications worldwide.

Remind me again, what did Haas come up with?

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

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@RobHib Re: @Geoff Campbell -- @RobHib

Oh, no, you won't :-)

(Panto season appears to be hanging on in there quite late this year...)

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Re: @RobHib

Nah.

(To counter accusations of TL;DR - I did read it, all, but decided that taking on entrenched views, even badly wrong ones, was a bit futile, really.)

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Re: Irrelevant Here.

Um, yes.

And what, precisely, is stopping you from doing exactly that? No-one is going to take your XP away from you.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 in El Reg's claws: This time the 'S' is for 'sensible'

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Re: USB port cover only

Samsung will be selling an official replacement back for wireless charging, I read. Probably worth the extra money in this case, to retain the IP67 rating.

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Re: Huh?

Every bloody time...

Dude, inverse snobbery ain't attractive. The Nexus is a very nice phone. The Galaxy S5 is also a very nice phone. The latter offers rather more than the former. Make your own mind up as to which offers what you want at a price you are willing to pay. Do not presume to make those decisions for other people.

Personally, I will be getting an S5 - IP67 and decent thought being given to the ergonomics of how a phone is held is worth a huge amout to me, and a removal battery and expandable storage is worth some more. Enough so that I'll happily pay the monthly premium to get hold of one, hugely though I like the value of the Nexus range.

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Dell charges £16 TO INSTALL FIREFOX on PCs – Mozilla is miffed

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Re: Sounds about right

What a bunch of miserable, misanthropic curmudgeons you all are.

I try and fix computers for friends and reliatives whenever I can. It's a skill I have, and they are people I like, so I try to help them out. They, in turn, do things for me when they have skills that can help me out.

GJC

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Mens sana in fibro sano: Virgin Media network-level smut filters are ON

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An age rating on every web page?

Well, it's good to know someone has a solution to the unemployment problem.

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Larry Ellison: Technology has 'negatively impacted' children

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Re: GCHQ

She's well trained, she used her sister's phone...

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Mushroom

<shrug>

I have two teenage daughters. I'm really proud of what they have learned and achieved so far, and I certainly don't recognise in them the pictures painted by grumpy old men such as Ellison.

(Recent amusing anecdote - SMS from eldest asking me to buy her coffee filters, ammonia, and iodine. I was very proud. And yes, I did, I don't think she'll blow up anything too important.)

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Mountain bike mishap man suffers SEVEN WEEK stiffie

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Re: Just to be boring ...

And in what way does that change what I said?

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Re: Just to be boring ...

Or, in the case of the partner, a lucky accident.

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Apple asks judge to axe ebook price-fixing watchdog

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Re: wish i could charge $1100 an hour just for talking to people...

You can.

Whether or not you will get paid is, of course, an entirely separate discussion. And probably quite a short one.

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Ghosts of Ballmer and Gates haunt Microsoft CEO job hunters

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Holmes

Meh.

CEOs are answerable to the board. That's how companies work.

If you can't handle the pressure and manage that situation, don't apply for the position. Bloody lightweights.

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'F*** off, Google!' Protest blockades Google staff bus AGAIN – and Apple's

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Re: Rent Control wont work either

Simply by removing some potential customers that might otherwise use public transport, the Google buses change the arithmetic, potentially making some routes less viable. I have no idea of the actual impact this might be having, however, not having any relevant figures to hand.

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Re: Rent Control wont work either

Are the buses neighbourhood-friendly, though? They seem to me to work against the deployment of decent public transport that everyone can use, and from that perspective I can see the point of the protesters. I wonder if the Google and Apple employees would choose to live in Oakland if they had to rely on public or private transport to get to work, rather than these buses?

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Ubuntu unleashes dual boot tool for Android mobes'n'slabs

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On a tablet, certainly.

I've had dual-boot Android/WebOS on an HP Touchpad for a while now (couple of years? Can't remember when the Touchpad fire-sale happened).

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TomTom GO 6000 satnav chews on smarties and tablets

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Re: How Much????!!!

Trouble is, if they aren't in the hardware business, then they are selling pure software. Which puts them directly in competition with Google Maps and Apple Maps, which may not be perfect, but which are free. Free (especially when coupled with "pretty good") is difficult to compete with.

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Fanbois, prepare to lose your sh*t as BRUSSELS KILLS IPHONE dock

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Cables?

How charmingly retro. Can't remember the last time I plugged any form of cable into my phone.

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UK.gov dangles £10m sweetener over bumpkin broadband hopefuls

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Re: BT Label

For ten million, I'll stick whatever label you want on it.

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Best budget Android smartphone there is? Must be the Moto G

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Re: Charger

Good. I'm swamped with the bloody things.

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Look at how many ways we ruin your life, Redmond boasts

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Re: On the other hand

Absolutely. I've also managed to take the family on several long holidays a year whilst running my own company, on the grounds that I can log into my email account for a few minutes every morning and check that everything is well with my customers. These days I'm on a salary, but rarely need to go into the office as I have everything I need locally. All of which gets switched off at 17:30 on the dot.

This shite *is* empowering, so long as the user ensures they control it, rather than vice versa.

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ULTIMATE ELECTRIC driving machine? Yes, it’s the BMW i3 e-car

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Re: Real world driving conditions

Was never a problem in my Aygo, which is quite similar in size, shape, and weight.

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'Burning platform' Elop: I'd SLASH and BURN stuff at Microsoft, TOO

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Business leadership for the 21st Century:

Making things work is hard. Selling chunks of the business to achieve short-term profit is easy. Sell, baby, sell!

FFS, near-on 30% market share for Bing, and XBox number 1 in the market, and he can't be arsed to try and make them profitable? The man's an idiot.

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BIG, CURVY Apple models: Just right for SLAP AND TICKLE

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Re: Not enthused by this

Mmmmm, crunchy!

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Latest global menace: ELECTROPULSE NORKS, apparently

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Re: Nah.

Quite funky, certainly, but not really much different to shooting any conventional directional weapon at a target. The point of an EMP is that it will, supposedly, take out anything in a given radius from the device. Trouble is, the inverse square law means that "given radius" is pretty damn small.

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Nah.

Inverse square law trumps EMP, every time.

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Anonymous hacktivists' Million Mask March protest hits London

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@AC 11:59

Why is it insane?

I'm with him. I've not voted in a general election since 1997. This is not apathy, or laziness, or some mis-guided idea that my vote is worthless - I value my vote highly, and absolutely refuse to cast it for someone just because they are not someone else, or for any other reason than that they (or, at a stretch, their party) are worthy of my vote.

Give me a candidate worthy of my vote, and I will vote again. Until then, fuck 'em all, and the horses they rode in on.

GJC

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Google's Nexus 5: Best smartphone bang for your buck. There, we said it

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Re: MicroSD slot?

Google have never had a problem with Nexus devices being rooted.

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McDonalds ponders in-store 3D printing for Happy Meal toys

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HP "considering entering the market"?

Um, what was the HP DesignJet 3D, then? Really, HP, amnesia in a major IT supplier is not an attractive attribute.

http://www.engadget.com/2010/04/21/hps-designjet-3d-series-start-shipping-to-wealthy-european-prot/

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Reding: NSA, friends don't spy on friends. Europe, let's team up for our own SPOOK CLUB

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Bloody hell, Don...

I think we've got enough problems of our own already, thanks, without taking on your useless numbnuts politicians. Do you hate us that much?

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Oh FFS, really?

"There's too much spying in the world. What we need to fix this is, obviously, MOAR SPYING!!!"

Fuck off, Reding, and take all your power-hungry, empire-building, corrupt politician buddies with you. I don't know about anyone else, but I've had enough of this. Can't we just declare the whole sorry experiment as a failure, and move on to something more sustainable?

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Watch out, MARTIANS: 1.3 tonne INDIAN ROBOT is on its way

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Re: Spending

Actually, we do have the figures this time - £45million for the rocket, versus a population somewhere north of 1 billion. Let's use 1 billion to make the sums easy, we get 4.5p per head. You might just squeeze one meal out of that at Indian prices, but it's only going to be a small one, and pretty bland - rice and lentils, perhaps.

Money well spent, I'd say.

GJC

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IT'S ALIVE! IT'S ALIVE! Google's secretive Omega tech just like LIVING thing

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By "emergent behavior", Magnusson is talking...

...out of his arse.

That's not emergent behaviour, it is inadequate system monitoring tools.

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Moto sets out plans for crafty snap-together PODULAR PHONES

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Re: BAD idea

Yeah, sure, phones do occasionally hit the ground for unavoidable and explainable reasons. But in the huge, huge majority of cases, the reason is "User is a blithering idiot who has their attention elsewhere than what they are doing with a £500 electronic device". This I find hard to understand, and I find it even harder to understand that those who do regularly drop their phones always have an excuse ready. So they shell out lots of money for a new phone, and do it all over again, because they have lied to themselves about why it happened.

I think I have finally made this point stick with my eldest daughter, simply by ensuring that she pays for her own phones, and pointing out how much time she has taken to earn the money to do so. We'll see how long her new one lasts.

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Re: BAD idea

You could always try not dropping it.

I mean, quite a radical suggestion, I know, and apparently flies in the face of modern sentiment, but I do rather like to take care of fragile devices I have paid hundreds of pounds for.

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Lenovo stands up rinky-dinky new Yoga tablet

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Idiot

Android is an operating system. A piece of software. It does not have a brand, whatever the hell one of those is.

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WD slips bullet between teeth, gets ready to hand $706 MEELLION to Seagate

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I would pay good money...

...to be a fly on the wall in Dr. Mao's next performance review:

"Achievements: Several new and innovative improvements to blah, blah, blah...

Room for improvement: Losing the company $706 million by acting like an unprofessional idiot.

Recommendations: Firing squad. The one with the really *big* guns."

GJC

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Toshiba brings out terabyte laptop drive (yes), miracle enterprise-grade TLC

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Re: The Tardis?

Apparently so, given that it should be capitalised, as it's an acronym.

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Coding: 'suitable for exceptionally dull weirdos'

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Re: Comment from the Cockwomble in question

Ah, right. So you wanted to generate a debate, and figured doing so by insulting people was the best way?

Given you are a professional writer, I'm *astonished* that no-one has ever told you that cheap insults are lazy writing. But then, looking at the quality of your writing, perhaps I'm not that astonished, after all.

For the record, having been in the industry for thirty years, I'm proud and humbled by just how many extraordinary people I have met who work alongside me keeping the 21st century on track.

GJC

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LG G Flex: A new cheeky curvy mobe with a 'SELF-HEALING' bottom

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Ease of handling

I always look at how easy a phone is likely to be to pick up and move around in the hand. Possibly coincidentally, I have never dropped a phone, in twenty years of ownership.

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Anonymous and pals gather in support of girl at centre of rape case

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Re: @Steve

Speak for yourself. Our two have been taught proper grammar, and the importance of its use, from an early age, and never was my heart so full of love and pride as when I saw our eldest correcting a poster's poor grammar on Facebook recently.

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Locked into fixed-term mobile contract with variable prices? Not on our watch – Ofcom

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"But it's not really a loss; it's the amount one pays to transfer the risk to the operator. "

It seems to me that EE have just rather eloquently dismissed the whole concept of insurance for smaller risks. I'm pleased to see they have come around to my way of thinking, finally.

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Samsung to take stake in Gorilla Glass maker Corning after LCD deal

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Re: Will this impact Apple?

I'm not sure where you're coming from with that question. Samsung already supply the processors for a lot of Apple gear, including the new iPhones, so why would them re-arranging a small stake in Corning make any difference?

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Re: @ribosome

Have you ever seen a teenager with a mobile phone?

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Pop OS X Mavericks on your Mac for FREE while you have LUNCH

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The cynical half of me wonders...

Well, OK, the cynical 95% of me, wonders what hardware support will be like on future OS X releases. Nobody can complain at limited latest-device-only support from the OS if it is given away free, right?

However, that may be overly cynical even by my standards. We shall see.

GJC

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UK's tech capital named: Read it and weep, Tech City startup hipsters

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Re: Molly Millars Lane

Well, that rather depends on where they've built the new Lidl. I've not really been back since 1985ish.

It was Safe Computing, which IIRC was the first office building on the left-hand side at the Two Poplars end of the Lane.

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Molly Millars Lane

Back in the late Jurassic, I started my IT career working for a software house on Molly Millars Lane in Wokingham, which had a few tech companies even then. 1983, I think it was.

I had my suspicions at the time that this cluster was mostly due to the number of decent pubs within a short walk of the place, these being the happy, carefree days when the IT industry was mostly pissed a large percentage of the time.

GJC

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Bacteria-chomping phages could kill off HOSPITAL SUPERBUGS

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Re: "despite being the most abundant life form in the universe"

A good point. Wouldn't it be cool to find, at some point in the future, some sort of extremophile organism living on the surface of the metal sphere at the core of the Earth?

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"despite being the most abundant life form in the universe"

Or, more accurately, in the known universe. To put it another way, within our solar system.

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