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Text-and-drive teens ratted on by AT&T mobe tech

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That's very similar to the US open container law... Even your passengers can't have a drink when you're driving.

Hopefully that stupidity won't make it over this side of the pond... Then again, there are those trying to ban people smoking in their cars to protect child passengers (which is fine and understandable) except they're trying to get smoking in cars banned for everyone, even if you don't have children, let alone passengers!

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Samsung's Wang was up 22 hours a day, had no time to copy Apple

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@AC 14:22 - Re: Throw out the case

Whilst every inventor has the right to defend their work, that is not what we are seeing here.

Apple haven't really invented anything. Touch screen devices existed long before the iPhone. Some of them had icons, and some of those were even rectangular with rounded corners. All Apple did was take ideas from various sources and then refine them. I admit they did a nice job (eventually once they fixed all the short-falls of the IPhone 1).

Rounding the corners off of things, so they are not sharp, is not innovation. It's common place. Real physical items have been manufactured like this for centuries. Even Mr Chippendale (C 18th) was known to rub a bit of sandpaper on his furniture. It is more pleasing on the eye. Applying this to a virtual object is so obvious it's not even funny.

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Re: Throw out the case

You could do worse than have a play with a Nexus 7... Very nice bit of kit. A complete bargain, and it fits into a generous sized pocket (back pocket of my genes for example).

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Ten apps to install on your Nexus 7 first

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Re: If you root your Nexus

Even without rooting it you can use a keyboard and mouse (via a hub) with an OTG cable. Quite amusing watching a mouse pointer flying round Jelly Bean... And baffled a few friends when my Draw Something pictures suddenly became a lot better!

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Re: First App

It might not be supported, but it certainly works.

They just have a "not available" filter set for it in the market, sorry play room/store/site.

I just side loaded it from my Gingerbread mobile along with BBC iplayer. Sorted.

So my first app when I got the Nexus was AppSend on my mobile :-)

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Apple pounces on Samsung doc as proof of 'slavish copy' claims

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Re: Confused about what they are buying.

I don't buy this at all. Nobody buys a Samsung instead of an iPhone by accident!

Cars basically look the same, and I've never heard of anyone going out to buy a Ford and accidentally coming back with a Toyota!

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Apple patents shopping lists

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Re: Ye gods...

Yup!

I wonder if I can patent the idea of patenting stupid/obvious things?

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Russian rocket fails to orbit 2 satellites after booster bungle

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@Mike Richards was Re: $7m for a satellite?

Nasty stuff hydrazine. Given the chemical nature of the burn, it really doesn't leave much to fail does it. Probably a stuck valve or someone didn't solder the valve activation wire on very well.

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Re: AMERICA, F*CK YEAH!

Yes, best you ignore the manned side... They still have one!

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"until the emergency commission, which is likely to be established soon..."

Aka the Siberian tourist board...

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Foldable NFC keyboard could tempt Android users

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Re: Can't replace the battery?

Throw away instead of charging... Not very green is it!

And at that price, not what I'd call disposable.

I'm sure given the silicone construction, it wouldn't be long before someone cuts it open and finds a way to power it externally.

Now the other problem I see is the layout. I can't imagine it's too nice to type on spaced like that, and it also limits the user base... If the gap is for a smartphone, a Nexus 7 won't fit. If it's 7" tablet sized a bigger one won't fit, and phones will look a bit lost in the middle.

Surely a better design would be to have a standard keyboard layout and have the NFC part unroll to the top? (and a way of charging it of course).

I think I'll stick with the Nexus 7, OTG cable and mini USB keyboard all the same. Somewhat cheaper and not like typing on dead flesh!

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British radio telescope genius Sir Bernard Lovell dies

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RIP

A truly great pioneer and inventor.

RIP Sir Bernard.

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HP yanks 2-week-old VMware server crown from Cisco

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Horses for courses...

Now what's the price comparison.

How about x@y per £?

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Euro NCAP to mandate auto-braking in new-car test

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Re: @iCode

Very true, but the likely hood of the old Bill deploying a forensic team to your RTA is rather slim.

Unless of course the driver behind happens to be an MP, large donator to the ruling party or a free mason.

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Re: @iCode

It does indeed.

Hitting someone up the arse is almost always the fault of the person behind.

You might have a hope of arguing it was the car in front which caused it if their brake lights didn't work, but given you'll have just converted their rear lamps into the world's most impossible jigsaw, you might have problem proving it.

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I'm quite looking forward to this... It could be the end of tailgating Audis... Just deploy a favourite British technique known as window. Aka a load of bits of aluminium foil deployed from the rear of the vehicle.

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Copyright bot boots NASA rover vid off YouTube

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Do Scripps local news have a channel?

Maybe we should start issuing take-downs...

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Black helicopters circle Street View car crash

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Hmmm...

It could very well be genuine, but the blatant promoting of the travel book shop makes me suspicious.

In the picture on Flickr the guy is even wearing one of their T-shirts!

The picture isn't as casual as it looks either, there appears to be a fill or reflector to the front right of the T-shirt guy too.

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Curiosity needs OS upgrade before getting down to science

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Nowhere is safe...

... from patch Tuesday!

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Acer Iconia Tab A510 10in Android review

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Design...

"Externally Acer could have been a little more adventurous with the design. As it is the A510 looks very similar to the Tegra 2-based A500"

They probably decided to stick with that design as it is tried and tested... Any chance could risk in a letter from Apple informing them that they've accidentally used a corner curve with a patented radius or something!

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Curiosity landing live from NASA's JPL: How the drama unfolded

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Re: The Register was THERE!

They're all busy at the 'lympics!

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Time zone....

Note to the author...

When posting stuff on the intarweb with an international audience, it would be nice if times where given a timezone, not just left floating. Preferably a timezone that the whole planet can relate to such at GMT or UTC...

Not giving a time zone, or using one which is obscure or meaningful only to one nation is a tad insular.

Even worse when I'm reading this on a .co.uk website, and the times were obviously not from a time zone you would assume for a .uk domain.

/end rant.

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Success! Curiosity Mars lander arrives precisely on schedule

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Re: "Hmm... Another indication of which OS is preferred by The Best and the Brightest™"

Given that this was an automated landing, those Macs wouldn't have been doing anything more than consuming a datafeed and displaying it. Something which could be done of pretty much any hardware.

It's not like they're actually going to trust the piloting job to a commercial laptop, although I wouldn't have minded having a go, I used to be good at Lander back in the 80s... Although the latency might make this version a bit more challenging.

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Curiosity success 'paves way for Man on Mars by 2030s'

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Nice one...

When I saw the Horizon program last week I gave up trying to count the number of ways this could go wrong, so well done to them for getting Curiosity onto the surface intact and the right way up!

As for a manned landing, I'd love to be a fly on the wall when they tell the boffins they need to learn to abseil! :o)

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Microsoft tightens grip on OEM Windows 8 licensing

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Ah-ha!

At last, the *real* reason Microsoft were making such a fuss about needing the new improved BIOS.

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Nikon D4 DSLR review

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Re: Incredible quality

Found a side-by-side review.

http://mansurovs.com/nikon-d4-vs-d3s-vs-d3-iso-performance-comparison

Not much to choose between the D3s and D4 in the high ISO battle. I think the reason I was a little disappointed is because the D3s was such a huge improvement over the D3.

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Re: Incredible quality

Low levels of illumination in a scene will certainly show noise more than higher levels across all ISOs. It's down to bits per pixel decreasing with each stop of underexposure. Which is why it's important to try to expose properly. To my eye there really isn't anything special about that ISO200 shot. I've just looked at a few of my raw files also shot at native ISO 200 (I do a lot of night shots) and there really is no difference noise wise - as it should be. I don't do any noise reduction on camera, I save that all for post.

The real balls of a sensor shows when the ISO gets higher, and although those ISO 3200 and 6400 shots are good, they don't look as good as the article lead me to expect. I remember the D3S's shots being more impressive.

Now I've got to go find some good side by side ones to compare!

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Re: Incredible quality

I wouldn't expect any noise at ISO 200 from either the D4 or your 5D MkII or my more modest D300 either. That's native ISO. There should be no amplification to cause the noise. If you do have noise at native ISO either someone has lied about the native ISO of the sensor, or you've got a fault.

To be honest I was looking at the 3200 and 6400 ISO shots (dark regions) and I wasn't as impressed as I thought I would be. I'm sure I've seen far better from the D3S, then again, they might have had some PP.

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Post-pub nosh deathmatch: Bauernfrühstück v bacon sarnie

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HP Sauce...

As manufactured in the Netherlands.

Another great British institution sold off to Johnny Foreigner.

It can't be long before HM Queen is sold off to the Germans... (Yes, I already know she's part way there genetically already!).

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Oi, missile boffins! Stop ogling web filth at work - Pentagon

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Re: I for one...

Rather explains the shape of ICBMs though...

Aerodynamics my arse!

Hmmm, bad choice of words.

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Hundreds of websites go titsup in Prime Hosting disk meltdown

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Tut tut...

RAID is about availability, it is *NOT* a backup solution.

/end lecture.

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Nexus Q preorders halted, price dropped to $0

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@ h4rm0ny - was Re: Disappointed?

I wouldn't expect A/C to explain his opinion. I seriously doubt he's ever seen one, let alone touched or used one.

Then again they probably didn't stopped him badgering Apple to let him order an iPhone5 in March.

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Re: Disappointed?

I wouldn't be disappointed in a free gadget, even if it had some flaws.

From the article it looks like Jason Miller resolved his complaints by changing the firmware, in which case the hardware looks like it is fine and a change of software makes it a usable box (sorry, ball).

Then again, given Jason has the moniker "Hacker" it's not exactly a shock he'd change the firmware and mess about with it. Maybe a normal consumer customer would have been very happy with it as delivered?

Anyway, I look forward to seeing Ball 2, the sequel. The existing one didn't really grab me as a "must have" device, which is why I didn't order one, and why I'm not about to receive a free one. D'oh!

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Anonymous declares war after French firm trademarks its logo

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Stupid or suspicious?

It could be an incredibly stupid company (that owns no computers for safety reasons), or, as the more suspicious side of me suspects, a honey pot.

What better way to catch the hornets than to poke them with a pointy stick?

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Hobbyist builds working assault rifle using 3D printer

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Re: For those w/o time in the military:

It doesn't need to be rifled to be a lethal weapon at closer ranges.

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Boy cuffed after Twitter troll's drown threat to Olympic diver Tom Daley

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Re: Arresting is over the top but...

Don't worry, they'll be arresting Tom for his apostrophe abuse shortly.

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More reports that Apple plans iPhone 5 September surprise

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Re: "sources who have proven accurate in the past"

I've just checked with a reliable source, and they have confirmed rumours that the media will print any rumour that contains the word Apple.

I would have hoped somewhere outside of the tabloids might be a little less prone to hype and rumour, but it appears not.

Can anyone recommend a true facts only tech site, or should I start writing my own meta-site?

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Apple reverses resistible rise of Android

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Re: Samsung

Not surprised sales were down... Apple successfully held to two most wanted models on the docks for weeks.

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Samsung: 'Apple's proto-iPhone Jony is a Sony phone phoney'

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I personally like page 5... The original Samsung iPhone.

This whole saga really is a bit sad and repetitive. There's really nothing new or innovative about rounding off the corners of an icon. That's nothing more than basic ergonomics as seen on scrabble tiles.

As for the phone design, there are only so many shapes which can be held in the hand, fit in the pocket and line up with ear and mouth.

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China denies US chopper tech espionage claim

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Don't worry...

I'm sure they did something good with the illegally gained funds...

Is the US still funding the Contras?

<American Dad><sing>Ollllli North</sing></American Dad>

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Facebook's Zuckerberg awarded privacy patent

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Re: Prior Art

The USPO gets paid per patent they issue. So they grant pretty much anything.

If that's the way they are going to be paid then fine, but they also have to suffer a bigger fine for every patent they issue which is subsequently thrown out of court as obvious, no invention or prior art exists.

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Buzz: iPhone 5 arrives September 21, demand 'unprecedented'

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Well rumour is the only thing feeding the annual iPhone n+1 fest, so why not allow some negative rumours along for the ride.

If Apple want positive publicity they can pay for it just like everyone else.

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Re: Unprecedented? No.

This is unprecedented demand for the iPhone5. Never has a device called the iPhone5 been in such demand.

Also in the news, I'm reaching unprecedented levels of apathy. Normally I don't reach these levels until there are at least some basic specs on the new fruity product, but this time might break all records.

I can only guess the depths of abject boredom that I sink to over the coming months.

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Apple wins EU-wide Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 ban

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Headline: "Apple wins EU-wide Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 ban"

First line of article: "A German court sided with Apple today and agreed that Samsung's Galaxy Tab 7.7 infringes iPad design patents, granting Cupertino permission to push for a European Union-wide ban."

So which one is it?

So they haven't got a ban, just permission to attempt to obtain one. During the time between now and then there will be appeals, counter appeals etc etc.

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LOHAN acquires mighty igniter arsenal

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Re: Careful with all those explosives!

Good point!

I wonder how long this can continue before El Reg is classed as one of those "terrorist bomb making website" you hear about in the news.

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UK Border Agency to create 'national allegations database'

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98% assessed within 48hours?

Jeez, I thought they were supposed to be short staffed?!

To manage that kind of performance they're either not investigating properly, or they have fleets of investigators and cars waiting on standby 24/7 to "pop round" and check documents.

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Pentax K-01 16Mp APS-C hybrid camera review

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HDR? NOOOOOO!

OH no, it's got an HDR setting, please NOOOOO! I can't take any more.

Don't get me wrong, HDR has its place, but I prefer HDR to be pretty much unnoticeable. That's what it is for.

It isn't there so you can turn all the tone map and saturation settings up to 11 and burn all the phosphor (or whatever TFT/IPS panels have instead of that these days) off my screen!

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Why British TV drama is crap – and why this matters to tech firms

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You may have a point...

I was trying to think of the last BBC drama I enjoyed watching... Might have been Ashes to Ashes.

Now what about the last US one... Prison Break was great. I can't wait for Dexter to return. Heroes, was fun the start with, then I'm not sure what happened to it. I think the BBC moved the time slot, I missed bit, decided to catch up "on-line" and ended up watching a different series and totally baffled!

CSI is a bit, well, tired now, and I sometimes have a hard job turning off my "WTF are you talking about" reality filter when they make some ridiculous scientific or technical claim.

The problem is from over here in the UK we get to see US drama through rose tinted glasses. I really only get to see what the UK TV companies have passed. There are certainly still plenty of crap ones where they expect the audience to have the attention span of a gold-fish. The advantage the US has is it has far more milk being produced, so more cream available for export.

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Vodafone silences punters in mini-mast upgrade bungle

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So...

So you have a patchy network and you expect me to pay you for a box to cover the gap. Then you charge me for the minutes I use on your network, even though I've provided the initial route all the way to your backbone via my ISP?

Can't for the life of me see why it didn't catch on.

We do actually have one here in the office (a few directors are on Voda) and even before the update it was a moody box of annoyance. No complaint so far today, but I'm sure they'll come soon, they always do.

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Google Nexus 7 shipping cock-up enrages fandroids

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I guess...

Google wanted to just run out of stock and leave thousands disappointed, yet manage to spin this into glowing press reports of unprecedented demand and "flying off the shelves".

Unfortunately their lawyers warned them Apple have already patented this technique.

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