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2361 posts • joined 17 Apr 2007

NASA: 2012 solar flares could DEVASTATE CITIES!

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It does a bit... Especially given that the Sun will eventually burn out and expand to such an extent it will engulf the inner part of the solar system - which includes Earth.

Don't worry, we've a few million years to either find a fix, and wipe ourselves out first.

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Boozed-up ball-biting mum spared jail

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@MrNo

Well I don't know about you MrNo, but I for one am very grateful to El Reg for notifying us males about this woman!

If you want to risk bumping into her, then that's your proclivity, personally I'm glad to now know enough to keep a very safe distance away!

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Deep-sea squid go from transparent to dark as fast as a Kindle

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This is new?

Since when is this a discovery? Have they never seen a cuttlefish?

Far more impressive.

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Yelp update ridicules Republican (ex)-hopeful Rick Perry

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History of alcohol problems, short attention span, makes US politics a laughing stock...

There's nothing that'll stop him winning is there.

If history teaches us anything, he'll go for two terms.

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Apple applies to patent a SIM you can't remove

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Mixed feelings...

It's nice to see a network operator being kicked into the "dumb pipe" gutter where they belong. One of Nokia's failings was that it continually bowed to the operators causing enormous delays to firmware updates for anyone who was stupid enough to buy a phone through a network, or even a country variant as we have in the UK, which even though it ran standard firmware, would still be subject to a random delay thanks to some unknown issuing agency.

Apple never went with that model, they pushed out their firmware updates to everyone, at the same time. Although this did tend to crash their servers, it did mean everyone could be updated within a few days of each other (if they so wished).

However, I don't know if I trust Apple enough to agree to be locked into them... Actually, I do know the answer, and no I don't like it.

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Nokia's Windows comeback: Great but what's next?

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I don't know where you live, but I think any country that got the N97 was being used as a test market!

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Nah...

Forget the OS, for me it will be a long long time before I trust Nokia enough to get tied into a long contract for any phone they make. Last time I did that they abandoned the phone before I'd finished my contract, and never admitted the list of faults which were regularly reported all over their own forums.

I ended up buying an HTC Android handset just so I didn't have to use the PoS Nokia I was still paying for. First handset I have ever bought outright, and it was to escape a Nokia.

Says it all really.

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NASA tells Voyager 2 to save its strength

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@atomic jam

You appear to have a Jewish Scotsman doing your countdown!

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Not always, they've had some superb failures too... Like mixing up the units for the mars probe, and smashing it into the surface, or did it miss the planet entirely? Can't remember which.

I really have no idea what kind of crazy fool would even think of doing scientific calculations with imperial units, but it appears NASA do/did.

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Ten... high-end Android tablets

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1... Recommended?

So after mentioning the lack of removable storage, badly placed charge socket, no HDMI, proprietary connectors etc etc, it still gets a recommended?

Weird. You can't really give them plus points for Swype when you can go and download it yourself, for free - 'tis good though, got I put it on my phone.

Companies that insist of daft connectors when there are plenty of nice standard ones which are equally small and neat don't get much of a look-in with me... and no removable storage is just the nail in the coffin.

As you say - copying all the wrong things about the ipad.

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Honda upgrades humanoid robot to SERVE BEER

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I for one...

Welcome our new beer serving overlords :-)

(Hey, where's the Welcome doormat icon gone?)

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Siri gets over her huff, returns useful as ever

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As also recently demonstrated by Blackberry, this is exactly why you should think very carefully before having functions and features offloaded into the ether. You never know what is at the other end doing the hard work, it could have (and both BBM and Siri seem to have) several single points of failure.

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The Great Smartphone OS Shoot-out

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He missed...

He missed the entire idea of Android widgets from the real time update section. This is especially odd considering he's using an HTC, and sense comes preloaded with a load of widgets which give combined feeds from the likes of facebook, twitter and even flickr.

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Apple admits iPhone battery suckage, promises fix

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I can't help but wonder...

I wonder when we'll see Apple awarded a patent for a process which randomly drains the battery in an excessive way.

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As iPhone 4S battery suckage spreads, fixes appear

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Too hot?

You must be holding it wrong, try just making contact with the edge of case with your finger tips... That should prevent burning... Oh hang on...

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@ThomH

The N8 may indeed be a fine phone, and for those that have bought them, I hope it is, but it was too late to retain me as a customer.

Come to think of it, after the N97, I don't think anything would have retained me as a customer. The whole experience just revealed what can only be described as utter contempt for the end user. Abandoning support for a phone with outstanding bugs that many users are still paying for on excessively long contracts is just disgusting.

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@Chris 211

I would agree right up the the N95. Although it eventually turned out to be a reliable phone, the initial few issues of firmware were buggy as hell, and the GPS was best not even used unless you had 5 minutes to stand still for it to lock.

That should have been a warning that things were heading the wrong way... But it took me to buy an N97 to realise Nokia had been caught with their pants down, raped and left traumatised and shaking when they should have been designing (and supporting) new phones. A phone that was released at least 12 months before it was ready, and abandoned before I'd got halfway through the 24 month contract I'd stupidly signed into. Prompting me to outright buy a replacement phone, just so I didn't need to use the N97 any more. The N97 ended its days with a Hegazy firmware on it, which is a little better, but it still suffers from serious hardware issues - GPS again for starters. It's now used simless as my MP3 player, thanks to its 32gig of storage MicroSD and Nokia headphones with the built in remote buttons.

Symbian was/is a fine mobile OS. Very lightweight and seriously battery friendly. It could have been a contender, but not when it was managed and owned by a company that had all the manoeuvrability of an oil tanker.

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Android voice assistant shootout

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You got it in one!

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Siri is not *that* good at context. Try laying in the gutter after being hit by a car and saying "Call me an ambulance".

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Koreans get touchless gesture-controlled Android phone

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Neat...

I hope that none of the gestures involve a sharp downward chop motion towards the phone, or there's going to be a very gooey "splat" noise (and muffled audio).

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97% of Three's network traffic is data

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Unlimited.

Hardly a surprise given 3 are unique in the UK market for offering a real unlimited data connection, and on a £25 a month tariff. Orange's best is 1gig a month!

I'm on the verge of switching.

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Argentina stakes online claim on Falklands

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@Argies

.fk.u

Don't make as re-commission HMS Conqueror.

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This weekend: First ever iPADS IN SPAAAACE

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Oh gawd...

That's gonna play havoc with the physics model of Angry birds.

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UK CB radio crowd celebrates three decades of legality

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Actually, the radio control bands were the Alpha channels, gaps in the US 40 channel range.

Some rigs could get to them, but it wasn't a standard feature.

Although you were still at risk if the rig was close, badly aligned (over modulating), or was running some boots with poor filtering bleeding over into your allotted gap.

Having said all that, IIRC, wasn't 27Mhz usually for ground based RC vehicles with RC aircraft usually found on higher frequencies?

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Inside WD's flooded Thai factory

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LOL. Not often a shopper buying from PC World has a chance to be smug when confronted with a seasoned online shopper.

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DEGAUSS?

Blimee granddad, you need to get a new computer TV.

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Well...

If this was a tsunami you could have said...

A working Sea-gate would have protected the WD factory.

But it wasn't

So you can't.

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Porsche finds top gear with BlackBerry design

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Odd....

I thought a "Porsche Design" would just be exactly the same shape as last years, but with a very minor tweak.

Repeat for 60 years.

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A rapid first hands-on: Nokia’s Windows phones

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So who's running the book on how long it is before the 710 has its boot broken and Android installed?

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Nokia's Brave New World is (almost) Finn-free

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eh?

What's the deal with these numeric numbering schemes? They've only got two phones and it's already meaningless!

Old Nokia did attempt some kind of logic to its naming scheme, although hid it well, but 710 and 800, what on earth do these relate to?

if you're going to use numbers, at least make them refer to something... BMW, Merc and Ferrari manage it. A phone doesn't have cylinders, but it does have cores and RAM.

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Apple gets patent for ‘unlock gesture’

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Hmmm...

Sounds like the norm for the US patent office.

Given the wording, if you just used the text "LOCKED" you could be okay. The patent specifically says image. Then the lawyers could have a lovely argument about the difference between images and text :-)

Having recently seen an ios 5 device, I can't help but notice it now has a top status bar which is revealed by pulling down the screen... Which rather reminds me of a non-ios device I have in my pocket. Now I could be wrong, this could be something ios has had for year, but it is certainly the first time I have seen it.

One thing that does amuse me, it appears it took 7 people to invent that... LOL!

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Gulf of California terrorized by ONE-EYED MUTANT SHARK!

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Well there's the down-vote from the tea party representative.

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That's evolution for you...

Mixing of the genes and random corruption throws up all kinds of weird and wonderful twists. The good twists survive. The daft ones such as a single eye providing no depth perception and reduced peripheral vision will get munch for dinner by something they didn't see coming.

It does look like a human glass eye stuck on the front of a small shark though!

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Samsung Android 4.0 smartphone priced for Blighty

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Unfortunately...

Samsung have obviously been copying Apple, there's no removable storage, so as a UK user you'd only have 16gig for your apps and those 1080p video recordings.

Muppets.

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My Council Services

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Gritting...

I wonder if there is a way of requesting gritting, or will my road, and the 3 others I have to take before I reach a gritted bus route, turn into a wreck-strewn ice-rink for a month - as usual.

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Cassandra database now ready for mere mortals

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Twitter?

Hardly the best endorsement given the number of "broken bird" pages that service displays!

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Michael Dell declines to eat his Apple (humble) pie

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@Goat Jam

Hindsight is 20-20.

In 1997 I don't think anyone could have predicted what Jobs could and would do with Apple, and I doubt anyone else would have managed it. It was "his baby" after all. He was a rather unique driving force, and we'll have to see what happens now he's gone.

In the parallel universe where 1997 saw the end of Apple, I don't think anyone will be casting any blame for not sticking with it. Jobs pulled off a 1000:1 shot.

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Apple 'prepping smaller iPad'

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re: Riiiiiiiight

Well actually they are. They are still making the 3GS, that's your cut down budget iphone.

So unless they have some new "super" feature for the ipad 3 they have a problem. How can you sell an ipad1/2 as a budget option if there's bugger all difference to the ipad 3? Also the margins might not let them slash the price of the budget option enough to get in and mix it up with the Android tablets. Hence they might need a real budget model.

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re: Corrections..

I thought the mini ipad had already been release, it was called the iphone and they managed to squeeze wifi and 3G into it (well after a couple of goes anyway!).

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Odd...

I assume the iphone4/4s box does include sandpaper then?

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Re: Cost

Yup, quite a few... The only parts which presently impose a size limit (and a premium if you were to go smaller) are the battery capacity and the users fingers. Everything else is miles away from any kind of super small size premium level.

Screens are actually easier to make smaller, just try and find a large OLED for example! So the screen will be cheaper. A smaller screen will use less power, which is handy as the battery (as always) is really going to be the compromising component.

I doubt they could keep the current margins, and might have to cut it a bit, but that's always the way with a product range. Top end products have the margin. That's how Nokia managed to fail, they dominate the low end, and lost the top.

At the end of the day, a mini-pad would be firmly aimed at those that might go Android, to tempt them into the collective and convert them.

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iPhone 4S: Our *hit list

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90%

We really don't need to comment here do we... You at El Reg can argue if it's a 90% gift of the gods, or a slight update with beta software released a bit too early (rather reminds me of a once great Finnish company).

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Team Philippines solar car in self-combustion drama

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Errr...

You seem to be staying in Dexter Morgan's kill room!

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Apple iPhone 4S

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This website is a strange one... You publish a "Ten... Androids to outshine the iPhone 4S" and then review the 4S and give it 90%.

If you keep bouncing across the fence like that you're gonna get splinters!

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iPad baby baffled by paper magazine

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I wonder...

I wonder if Apple would like to use my new advertising tag line, it is available for a reasonable fee...

The #insert_tablet_name_here#, an essential tool for those with poor motor skills.

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Virgin Media broadband in two-day wobble

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If it's that bad then it probably impacts the voice phone line. Try reporting that and tell them you get crackles, pops etc on the line when it rains. They tend to respond to problems with voice lines with a little more professionalism.

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Leo DiCaprio slated to play Turing in biopic

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Don't forget...

I hope they remember to include Hitler's master code inventor, Abdul.

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Apple: 4m iPhone 4S handsets sold, thank you very much

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Siri

Go on, have a laugh, tell it to call you and ambulance.

No prizes for guessing what happens ;-)

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OccupySF BOFH runs protest network on pedal power

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@A/C 09:47 GMT

If you continually charged from one battery of the pair, then sure, it would upset things, but they have multiple phones requiring charge, so allow hookup to both sides of the centre tap and things will even out.

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Sixth of Britain's cellphones have traces of poo on them

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Why pick on phone, good daily-fail headline grabber I supposed, but they should check a few more surfaces.

I think you'd be hard pressed to exit a pub toilet without getting something on your hands from the taps, door handle etc etc etc... Then stand on the bus/tube on the way home and grab something to steady yourself... Oh dear...

So as always, wash your hands before sticking them in your mouth or cooking.

Oh, but don't go completely anal about it, exposure to things does help the immune system, it's one of the theories why there are more allergies these days, kids just don't get out into the garden and eating worms like they used to - they don't get past the door way before an over protective parent dives on them with an anti-bac spray.

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