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2300 posts • joined 17 Apr 2007

iPad Mini maquette spied on web

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Somehow I doubt Apple will be selling this at $200 though!

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Climate was HOTTER in Roman, medieval times than now: Study

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Axis!

A graph without an axis is utterly meaningless!

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Google Nexus 7 Android tablet

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Baffled...

I'm really baffled by the number of people who say "It must have 3G"...

Are you seriously planning on carrying a 7" tab an using it as a phone too?

No, thought not, so you mobile phone will still be in your pocket, a few feet from your tablet. So tether it! One mobile contract, one SIM... Simples.

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Re: 3G

Totally agree... If you have a reasonable smart-phone in your pocket it will already be able to act as a wifi access point, so you just use that...

Those that don't have a reasonable smart-phone will have already bought an ipad anyway.

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Burnt Samsung Galaxy S III singed by external source, probe reveals

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Re: Rule 2 @ A/C 10:27

Assuming the bucket is plastic, then I'll do it.

</science pedant>

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Re: Rule 2

Cleaning off any residue left by your liquid bath of choice is essential. So yes, sometimes the best thing to do when your electronic device gets a bath in one liquid, is to pull the battery and clean it with the purest water you can find. Melted ice from the freezer is pretty good in that respect (just filter out the peas and sweetcorn).

Then just dry with a cloth, place in a sealed bag with something to absorb the water (rice as mentioned or silica gel as used in packing) and put it somewhere warm for a day.

I've saved a laptop from orange juice (complete with pulp bits - this required gentle scrubbing with a soft tooth brush), another from a pint of beer, and a mobile from coca cola using just this technique.

I would hasten to add only the beer on the laptop was my fault. The orange was neither my fault, or my laptop. The mobile was mine, and 2 weeks old when my brother managed to spill an entire glass of cola on it.

once the power is removed, the main risk is the LCD panel. You don't want liquids getting inside that, so if you can remove it, do. If not, be very very careful.

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Trekkie pays £45,000 for rusty shuttle

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Re: vinyl front tier

Please don't encourage him! PLEASE!

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Did your iPhone 'just stop working' - or did you drop it in your BEER?

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Re: Unbelievable

Easy, the USPO is funded by the patents it files. The more it files, the more money it makes.

It's far more profitable than just taking the money for a patent search and saying "Sorry, already exists" or "Sorry that's obvious". So take the money and grant a full patent. Then let their friend in the legal profession make loads of money arguing over the granted patent a few years down the line.

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Europe's prang-phone-in-every-car to cost €5m per life saved

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Nanny state...

I'm sure the emergency services will be overjoyed to hear of every little knock.

When I took my driving lessons I was told you ring the police and report accidents. When the inevitable finally happened, I rang the police.

"Is anyone hurt?" - "No"

"Are the vehicles off the highway?" - "Yes"

"Thank you, goodbye"

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Boffins pull off room-temp quantum computing with home-grown gems

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1s sounds pretty good to me. Sounds like all they just need a bit of a refresh. Exactly the same as DRAM.

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GPS spoofing countermeasures: Your smartphone already has them

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They could have easily got it from you.

Have you ever had your wifi and GPS turned on at the same time?

Did you check the option to say you're willing to share the wifi positional data is acquires with google? (You can change your mind by going into location settings and unchecking the "use wireless networks" and then checking it again. It asks for confirmation each time).

Then again, even if you didn't, someone else walking past (doesn't have to be a streetview car) could easily have been.

It's actually a useful feature. It allows the device to locate your initial (vague) position very very quickly. A cold start on GPS can take half a minute or so without it, which is a damn long time when you're sat at the front of a queue of traffic trying to work out where you are.

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CANNIBAL! Apple's 7.85in iPad will EAT 9.7in iPad sales

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Re: It would be Tim Cook big second mistake at Apple...

"While maybe a 5" updated iPod with a pair of embedded analog sticks could make sense to completely annihilate expensive portable consoles"...

By replacing it with an even more expensive Apple branded console?

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What is the Nokia Secret Plan if Windows 8 isn't Windows gr8?

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True. Nokia had rather started to implode before the arrival of Elop.

Their customer support and quality control had become dire. The moment they introduce OTA updates the thought it perfectly acceptable to ship alpha firmware. I should have seen this coming with the N95, but they finally got their act together with the firmware, and it was (and is) a great little phone.

Those that bought the N97 were just left to hang out and dry. Complain about it in the forums and you were hit with the mod hammer for "disrespecting Nokia". Basically they disappeared up their own backside.

That's when I jumped ship after 10+ years of owning nothing but Nokias and went Android, where I am quite happy to remain with a wide range of suppliers wanting my business. A few months later Elop arrived and I smiled to myself and muttered "serves you right". To be honest, even if Nokia did ship an Android phone, I don't have any confidence in their hardware or customer service any more.

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Re: Android HAS to be Plan B ..

Not that cunning. Everyone has been saying that since Elop arrived!

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Plan B

Would, implosion, liquidate assets and switching the lights off for good count as an "alternative strategy"?

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ITC denies Apple an emergency ban on ALL HTC PHONES

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Re: "Software petents" - WTF ?

Well at the moment it's mainly the USA. Unfortunately as patient zero, they have a horrible habit of sharing.

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Apple's UK smartphone lead shrinks

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The Android share of the phone market has already passed that of the iPhone.

iOS only dominate in tablets these days.

I agree about the apps though. Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of apps, and plenty of good ones, it's just unfortunate that a some big companies seem to just have the iphone app converted and not take advantage of any of the extra features available on Android, such as the menu button for setting etc.

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UK.gov proposes massive copyright land snatch

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Amazing...

You'd think HM Govt would try to hide just how much Big Corp controls them, but there's no hiding from it in this case.

1 - If Joe Public "steals" a piece of music, and shares it with others (note, not even selling), he's a criminal and will have his internet cut off.

2 - If Big Corp "steals" a photograph, and sells it to others, NADA!

I'll either be emptying my Flickr account, or adding a huge watermark diagonally across all the images.

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Google unveils Nexus 7 tablet, Android 4.1 and Nexus Q

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@A/C 22:04 was Re: Google Now

You own a mobile phone don't you?

You carry the mobile phone with its connection in you pocket 99.9% of the time don't you?

Well you set the phone to act as a wifi hotspot, and connect the tablet via that. Tada... One mobile contract, one sim, and it's kept the cost of the tablet down.

That's assuming you have a mobile which can act as a wifi hotspot - hint, Android phones can.

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Multimillion-pound hoard of 50BC GOLD PIECES found in Jersey

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Re: Searching over the same field for 30 years?

It's only a small island and you can't dig the rocky bits.

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Raspberry Pi to skipper microship across Atlantic

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Re: The power of Pi

It does sound like a bit of overkill... I can't help thinking an ATmega could read a serial GPS and control a rudder/motor perfectly well for only a few milliamps.

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I can see this ending in tears...

If this works, I suspect the English channel will become clogged with hoards of little self navigating boats trundling across from Amsterdam and all the way up the river Cam with supplies.

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BT Vision beats rivals to honour of being worst UK Pay-TV

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Not much sympathy...

"BT pointed out to The Register that its telly service is dependent on the quality of customers' Freeview reception and broadband, as opposed to the other big boys in television Sky and Virgin Media, who deliver via satellite dish and cable respectively."

Very true, and freeview signals can be patchy, but *YOU* are the ones charging that monthly rent on the 50 year old corroded pair the customers broadband has to struggle along!

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Microsoft: no plans to make own phones

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Re: They may not have to...

They don't need to make their own phones... They pretty much have Nokia owned and bent over the kitchen table.

Nokia have burnt and sunk all their other boats and sacked anyone that know another way. So they are the MS "premium partner" until death do they part. Why would MS need to make their own phone? Nokia will do whatever they say (they have to for survival), and Nokia might still even remember something about building phones too (bonus).

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'Inexperienced' RBS tech operative's blunder led to banking meltdown

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Re: no backup of the schedule?

The same way call centres work... Crib sheet.

Press this, click that, just say "Yes" to anything it asks you to confirm.

Now off you go.

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Even Apples sometimes have worms in them, admits Cupertino

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Re: @Steve

D'oh, yes, sorry... Missed the point on that.

Nope, not a friend of Ms Leach, just not enough coffee in the system yet!

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Re: iOS PCs?

PC is an acronym for Personal Computer, there is no mention made of any specification beyond that it is a computer for one person to use.

So there's nothing technically wrong with calling a Mac an iOS PC in the same way you have a Windows PC and a Linux PC.

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Ford touts tech to bottle up traffic jams

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2 wheels?

If it can't handle cyclists, then the only place it might work is on the motorway... Unless it also can't handle motorcycles either. In which case it just doesn't work at all does it!

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Nintendo supersizes 3DS

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Re: Since when does $$$ to £££ actually add up ?

Indeed. I'd be more up in arms about their complete inability to use a calculator!

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Kodak's using bankruptcy to rob us of our rights – Apple

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Re: Apple demonstrated ideas without patenting them first?

I too found the idea of Apple not having patented something the moment they thought of it as rather odd.

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Major London problem hits BT broadband across southeast

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Re: OOPS!

Well the tape unit is an old Revox reel to reel. I have one in the attic... How you'd control it automatically, when most of the mechanism is mechanical, is the big question!

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Ten... pieces of tat for Apple fanboys

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Re: I can just imagine

I couldn't help notice it seems to be the single bed variety...

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Ten... celeb headphones

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Re: @jeebus

There is "spoiling you ears" and "throwing money away"... When the premium headphones cost over half the price of your chosen top of the range smart-phone or tablet, I have to react with WTF?!!!

There is just no justification for those prices. It makes the iPhone profit margin look positively frugal!

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Vodafone's small, controversial tax bill validated by UK.gov

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Re: We can negotiate for a lower tax bill!?

Looks like it.

And judging by the "it was a reasonable deal considering the cost of taking legal action against the company." though process, all I have to do is offer them my tax bill minus expected legal cost + £1.

Given a lawyer costs a few grand per hour, and that my paperwork is a mess, I have recalculated my current tax bill to be -£127K. I shall be writing to Mr Osborne shortly.

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HBO 'sorry' for skewering Dubya

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Joke

A wooden spike is probably the first solid useful thing to ever exist between Dubya's ears!

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Reborn UK internet super-snooper charter to be unveiled today

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"half a million requests to intercept communications data"

WTF?!

If anything that figure should be used to show why the interception should only be done via a warrant. There is no way that level of intrusion is justified. It proves there are a hell of a lot of very nosey people out there.

What I would like to know is how many of those half million were approved as justified, because if this law is passed, all the previously unjustified will have their head in the pipe. Not to mention all those that didn't bother applying for access as they already knew they had no real justification.

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Asus Transformer Pad TF300

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re: invalidating warranty

That would be an interesting one to see play out in the UK (and probably EU) courts.

There are statutory rights which you have, no matter what you sign or agree to. If you root it, and the case bio-degrades within 6 months because it's made of the incorrect plastic (for example), you would still be able to throw the sales of goods act at them. (Unfit for purpose).

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Apple's Retina Macs: A little too elite?

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"the optimal video editing Mac just got a lot more expensive this week."

I'm not sure a laptop, even a high spec'ed Macbook Pro could be considered an optimal video editing platform.

If you perform any kind of rendering, After Effects, Maya etc etc, you need cores, RAM and lots of it.

So something with at least a couple of Xeons please.

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Germany reveals secret techie soldier unit, new cyberweapons

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Re: Weird morals...

I agree with what you say, but there is no mention in the article that the cyber unit has even been used. Merely that they maintained an operational unit, in just the same way as they maintain an operational army, bombers and artillery. The article states that there are no details on any operations it may have carried out, i.e. "none" is a possibility.

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Weird morals...

"Legislators reportedly expressed surprise at the existence of the unit and questioned whether military commanders had the legal authority to launch attacks on foreign networks."

So it's normal to research and plan for a war where you'd flatten a country with explosives, tanks and nukes if you so chose, but surprising and legally dubious that you'd consider interfering with their ability to post a facebook status update of "OH NOES! WE ARE BEING BOMBED!" ?

These legislators must live in a strange little world.

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HP Z1 quad-core Xeon 27in PC

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Re: Why oh why

For that money you could build yourself a couple of SSD based Shuttles of similar CPU and RAM grunt and plug them into IPS panelled Dell U2711 monitors of identical size and resolution, *but* with a practical matt screen instead of the Apple-esque "Must only be used whilst wearing black" gloss screen. Yes, *that's* why Mr jobs always wore than turtle-neck.

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1,000 Foxconn iPad workers trash dorms in riot against guards

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Anna Anna Anna....

What's with that factual sentence listing other companies using Foxconn's services?

The Appletards aren't getting to you are they?

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O2, Be Broadband axe Pirate Bay access

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Re: Right or wrong

Next week's news:

Music business flood all media channels with propaganda. Within 2 months 90% of the population believe VPN is an acronym for "Virulent Pirate Nastiness" and campaign groups spontaneously (with backing from mysterious benefactors) spring up to outlaw such heinous systems.

Next year's news:

VPNs and all encrypted transport systems have been found to be used for 49% piracy and 50% terrorism, and all forms of encryption now carry stiff custodial penalties.

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Re: Still accessible for me

Read sentence 3

"We have no option but to comply with this order and will be doing so overnight,” an O2 spokeswoman said today.

Come back tomorrow and report.

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Some Be Broadband customers hit back by claiming they would take their "business elsewhere".

Ummm...

Dunno quite how to break this to you, but unless you are planning to emigrate, you are going to discover finding a UK ISP that hasn't (or isn't about to) block TPB is a little tricky.

Options are:

1) Emigrate as previously mentioned (not a bad option to be honest!)

2) VPN

3) Use a private tracker that's kept its head down.

4) Wait 5 minutes for a different, unblocked domain/IP to appear. Use it for 6 months whilst the wheels of the court go round and round. Once blocked, wait another 5 minutes. Repeat until Music industry resort to using contract killings on pirates with HM Govt blessing.

Changing from one UK ISP to another will not have the slightest influence on the above, except BT moving at their typical glacial speed is actually a slightly beneficial to the end user just this once!

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Strong ARM: The Acorn Archimedes is 25

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Re: As an Acorn fan girl...

IIRC the first 3 byte pairs of the 6502 memory map were the jump points for reset, NMI and IRQ... Although I could be wrong, it's been a while!

I shall consult Rodnay Zaks when I get home tonight!

Other scary things stuck in my mind:

VDU23,224,24,60,90,255,24,36,66,36

No wonder there's no room left for anything useful!

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Windows 8: We kick the tyres on Redmond's new tablet wheels

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Re: I finally get it! It all makes sense now...

And I just covered the last base by patenting the circle.

First letter being drafted to Tefal as we speak.

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*rolls eyes*

Correct me if I'm wrong, but M$ are "forcing" a UI designed for a touch screen tablet onto their entire desktop user base just so they can claim "Work on your tablet just like you do on your desktop" on the advertising blurb of the Windows tablets.

They're crippling their desktop users just so they can have a punt at 3rd place in the tablet market - aka over taking the abandoned WebOS!

Oh well... Guess that's me sticking with Win 7 for a while... Which at the moment is hosting an XP VM!

Hmmm, I've got Windows 2.0 floppies somewhere, I wonder if I can find a floppy drive...

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Terror cops hunt laptop snatched from retired MI5 spookmistress

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Re: You'd think she, of all people, would be more careful

I don't think she even know Mr Fugu!

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Re: You'd think she, of all people, would be more careful

You forget, MI5 are a government department, so they just spend all their time telling others how to be careful and whilst in practise still being about as data secure as my mother.

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