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Caterpillar B15: The Android smartphone for the building site

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Interesting until the killer spec missing from the front page:

"512MB of Ram"

That would be lucky to get acceptable performance out of Gingerbread, but Jellybean?

So very close to a useful phone to recommend, let down for the sake of another RAM chip. Stupid corner cutting fail.

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Android sig vuln exploit SEEN IN THE WILD

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Re: @Reda

Manufacturer's customisations are a pain in the butt.

Network customisations are even worse!

I gave up with network customised phones many years ago. I was using Nokias at the time. The UK networks never updated their custom firmware. Eventually I unlocked, reflashed the model number to generic Euro and got back on Nokia's direct update train which turned the Orange supplied N95 dog into a very useful smartphone. I still use it as my backup (3 days+ battery life is good for things like that!).

After Nokia completely lost the plot I jumped to Android. They're all unlocked. The instant HTC failed to pass on an update for my old Desire Z it was unlocked, rooted and jumped to Cyanogenmod which had the security update rolled into its build within a week.

These days it's Nexus devices all the way.

It's swings an roundabouts. If you want a phone which you have no control over, and you can endure the shortcomings, then you can buy an iPhone and you'll be pretty much safe (just don't plug in that USB cable eh?).

If you want more choices than you can shake a stick at, then go Android, but you'll probably want to install an good AV app.

Want to have the latest updates first, get a Nexus, or vanilla version S4 etc.

Oh, almost forgot, want a novelty phone with squares all over the screen, go windows.

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Help! I’m trapped inside the Chamber of Hollers

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Accoustic tricks...

If you want to cut down on echos you need surfaces that don't reflect (d'uh) or if you can't avoid some reflecting surfaces, stop them reflecting continually by making them a bit "pissed", that's UK pissed, not US pissed (you can try US pissed, but in my experience, casting aspersions on the marital status of the divider's parents is usually unsuccessful).

Anyway, sound bounces about like a ball (minus gravity), so making the place a bit wonky will bounce the sound off into one corner where it can die).

It's also a good way to drive arty-farty creative designer type from the building, they'll hate all the non 90 degree angles.

Add a few soft furnishings (mediaeval banqueting hall wall hangings style) and you should be good to go.

Alternatively put half a dozen cloth bags over the noisy Scot.

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Apple dangles Spangles while Dabbsy's cables rankle

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Re: The apple tax...

And print it in badly kerned comic, just to make their arty-farty eyes bleed as a punishment.

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MacBook Air now uses PCIe flash... but who'd Apple buy it from?

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Re: Coil

You don't actually need two of them, in fact that would hurt the transfer of magnetic flux, you want a common core with multiple windings.

Which this new pro will rapidly resemble as soon as it's got a few lightning cables tied round it!

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Daft design...

Apart from looking like the bass-bin from the boot of some hoody's Vauxhall Corsa, I suspect they've been so busy trying to make it look "Ahhhh", that they've repeated the cube's design flaw.

Namely that if you put anything on the top (like any of the expansions, tethered via the expensive thunderbolt cables), it'll over heat!

The old Mac Pro was a very nicely put together piece of kit, practical to work on inside, with great expansion potential (although the lack of Sata3 and OSX's terrible support for non-Apple branded video cards was/is damn annoying).

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Magpie Apple plunders the competition for cosmetics, as egos run wild

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Re: Blackberry 10

The Blackberry 10 gave the mobile world true multitasking?

I'm sorry, what rock have you been under?

Android has had it for years, and before that, Symbian.

Interesting to see how Apple spin the multitasking side of things, given they've claimed to have that the last few versions already!

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Re: Give 'em skins

Yup, support for skins and end user customisation.

And then that will be it... It finally will be Android phone, but with a play store controlled by a megalomaniac.

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WTF?

Somehow I couldn't see those "arty-farty" icons making it past Jobs if he were still alive.

He'd be bellowing "What the f*ck is that? What does that look like to you? It looks like crap, that's what it looks like"

*phone whizzes past ear*

I do believe it is the beginning of the end. The designers have taken over, with little input from engineers or end users. The new Mac Pro is a case in point. The moment you start using it and wanting to expand things, you end up with a pile of external devices and expensive thunderbolt cables all over the place. Basically a mess.

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Apple at WWDC: Sleek new iOS, death of the big cats, pint-sized Mac Pro

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"Apple came out swinging"

If that's how you swing, you'd get beaten up by a blind-folded, one-armed eight year old.

<mental image>The Family guy British episode fight with the chicken/pheasant</mental image>

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSr4-q6VLeY

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Reseller Computacenter LITERALLY smokes out squatters from offices

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Bosses then ran into the building...

I seriously doubt that!

They were probably standing about outside, if not sitting at home on the sofa.

Their poor underlings would have had to do all the running!

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CRUNCH: 'Drunk' chap cuffed in high-speed car nookie prang rumpus

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She wasn't driving. They've charged him with driving offences.

I imagine they could charge her with indecent behaviour or something, but they're minor charges compared to his. Probably couldn't be bothered with the paperwork.

As for refusing to give a blood sample, I imagine there wasn't much left to sample, they should have just collected it off the cactus!

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Bobbies need broadband-enabled gear, insist 4G LTE fans

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You want to rely on 4G for critical systems?

Ha! You fool!

Customers may have "access" to 4G, but it is seriously limited by the small print (not available everywhere, won't work where you want it, no chance at your house, no chance at work either. You might be lucky and catch it in one corner of the pub once. Only once. It will never be seen again, and nobody will ever believe you).

Let's hope an emergency network 4G has somewhat better coverage... Although hearing continual "hello?", "repeat please", "A what?" on Police Camera Stop Accident Crash Action would be rather amusing.

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First bricks of Great Firewall of TAIWAN are being laid, netizens fear

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They already have... Have you tried accessing TPB recently?

Although in typical government fashion it's a harf-arsed solution, probably proposed by an IT consultant who's only qualification is he once wrote "Hello World" on the PC's at Dixons, and he went to School with "Dave"'s cousin.

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Woolwich beheading sparks call to REVIVE UK Snoopers' Charter

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Knew it...

Right from the moment the incident happened I was unhappy with the rapid "terrorist" labeling.

I thought Ms May will be out saying "We warned you" any moment now.

Resurrecting the snoopers charter would be pointless, they'd already snooped on at least one of the "men" involved and not deemed him a threat.

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The bunker at the end of the world - in Essex

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And get yourself spray painted Orange.

On the bright side... The word on the high street is the owner of the sugar hut wishes to break his ties with the Orange vacuous ones, so with any luck TOWIE will be moving!

(Also very proud to be an Essex boy!)

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Stephen Hawking nixes Intel voice upgrade plan

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Re: I know that voice! @dgharmon

The hardware one was based on the tones of BBC News reader Kenneth Kendle.

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Currant Bun erects £2 paywall: Wraps digi-paper around free footie

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Re: "The Daily Telegraph introduced a subscription last month, with the first 20 articles free"

As staggering as the graudian's grammar and spell check?

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Borked your iDevice? Pay EVEN MORE to have it fixed by Applecare

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"This move is likely to be welcomed by eco-warriors, as there is less waste involved, and customers too, because they may be able to keep their phone's contents."

Given the sheer pain involved in doing a backup and restore of an iPhone (I've sat and watched with disbelief at how slow and painful it truly was when my Brother had to have his iphone4 replaced twice) this can only be good news.

I'll stick with my little green robot thanks all the same.

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Astronaut Chris Hadfield's Space Oddity ends in Kazakhstan

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Given what passes for a celebrity these days, I can't argue with you!

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The IT Crowd returns to Channel 4 for a final episode

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Matt Berry

Matt Berry is the voice of pretty much every jingle and promo on Absolute radio.

Never fails to make me smile.

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'Liberator': Proof that you CAN'T make a working gun in a 3D printer

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Re: All very true, but..

"a device that throws a projectile" - Merriam-Webster

Like a catapult.

Or my arm?

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Review: Crucial M500 960GB SSD

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Re: I'll give it a pass

The only failures I've experienced on spinning platter drives in the past ten years have been of the total death variety. Usually the spin controller.

Result, zero data, completely screwed. Luckily, in all but one of these cases the drive was part of a RAID.

The one that wasn't was in a laptop which was being used at the time... Just went BSOD, and that was that.

So in that respect an SSD with it's degrading of cells and not centrally crucial, and mechanically based, function like the motor controller, is a far nicer way to find your drive is on the way out.

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Don't bake your Raspberry Pi - now you can WATER COOL it

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Re: The real story here is that pump!

You mean like, erm, convection?

No idea what bore pipe you'd need to make that setup handle 95watts though.

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VTOL hybrid flying car promises the skies

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Re: 1 MW Electric - What about the Batterys

"would not IC based one be better sharing the same fuel tank as the main rear drive."

Yup, but the autogyro has already been invented, so they couldn't get a patent on that.

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Re: Aerodynamics

Indeed.... I can't look at that image without thinking where all the lift is coming from... Especially as it's designed to seat 4 Americans... That's gotta average about half a ton of passengers these days.

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Thousands rally behind teen girl cuffed, expelled in harmless 'explosion'

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Re: Quickly! Check the state prosecutor's home!

Or a car... Aka a weapon of mass destruction in the supermarket car-park (well she is female!).

*ducks*

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Nick Clegg: Snooper's Charter 'isn't going to happen'

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Re: Err, I thought a coalition was in government, now Clegg says his lot are in charge

As in charge as they were when they stopped the tuition fees...

Oh.

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Apple fanbois' accidental bonking ruled too obvious by watchdog

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Re: Call me paranoid

I can only assume the US patent office charges less for rejecting a patent than accepting one.

So it's better business to just approve everything, and let the lawyers (who are probably from the same lodge) sort it out.

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Sord drawn: The story of the M5 micro

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Re: 30th anniversary of every man and his dog releasing a Spectrum-basher

ARM, which started life as a project at Acorn, the manufacturers of the Atom, BBC Micro and Electron.

Acorn didn't die, it evolved by designing a chip they wanted instead of compromising on an existing processor.

And didn't it work out well!

Funny the think the low power consumption was actually an accident of design!

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Review: Disgo 8400G 7.9in Android tablet

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"Disgo quotes 512MB of RAM but apparently this is shared with the Adreno 203 GPU, with the system info showing around 384MB left for the CPU."

There's your bottle neck. My old mobile has enough of a problem running Gingerbread with that amount of RAM, let alone Jellybean.

If they'd just been a bit less tight and spent a couple more $ to make it 1gig, and it might have been a contender.

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Inside Secure snatches BBC iPlayer downloads from Adobe

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Re: BBC Android developers are incompetent.

"You don't need a TV license for this...."

Are you sure about that.

IIRC when you start iPlayer for the first time it specifically reminds you that you need a TV licence.

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@Captain Underpants..

Too right. Blaming the withdrawl of flash, when the iPhone never had it to begin with, is completely illogical.

I still think I'll stick to get_iplayer though... A nice uncluttered mp4 I can copy over from my home server (thanks BT infinity) and store/play indefinitely on my phone no matter what flavour I choose.

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P2P badboys The Pirate Bay kicked out of Greenland: Took under 48 hours

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Re: .so

It's a pity the military forces don't go after the Somalian pirates with the same kind of drive the lawyers have for TPB. Which is a little absurd as last time I checked, TPB had never killed anyone.

(FYI, Somalian pirates have a habit of throwing all the AK47s over the side and claiming to be fishermen when intercepted).

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The ten SEXIEST computers of ALL TIME

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Spectrum and ZX81 sexy?

They looked exactly what they were... Cheap!

Maybe that's how you define sexy...

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Review: Intel Next Unit of Computing barebones desktop PC

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Power lead...

I thought it was a legal requirement to provide a UK plug on all goods sold in the UK intended to be connected to the mains.

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Merde! Dummkopf! Google Translate used as spam cloak

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Re: " because it may easily be used to lute users into visiting malware-tainted websites."

We did... But only for a minuet.

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Re: " because it may easily be used to lute users into visiting malware-tainted websites."

Ha!

Pot calling the kettle drum black!

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Re: " because it may easily be used to lute users into visiting malware-tainted websites."

Will you lot please remember to conduct yourself in a civilised manner.

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Steve Jobs to supervise iPhone 6 FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE

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Ummm...

"Horace Dediu, who once worked for Nokia and now runs the Asymco consultancy, pointed out that long production cycles were normal in the industry."

And we all know how well that Oil-Tanker of an R&D operation did against the competition don't we... Even under Microsoft's control, sorry, I mean Elop's, HTC released Windows based phones before Nokia.

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Animal Liberation drone surveillance plan draws fire

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Re: Mid Air Collision?

I would suspect that the downdraft of a real helicopter would blow the over-sized toy out of the air... Unless the big chopper happened to fly *under* the toy chopper... Then that could get messy.

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How the iPad ruined the lives of IT architects

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I made it as far as "For IT departments with staff that grew up with 9 to 5 working hours"...

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Inside Adastral: BT's Belgium-sized broadband boffinry base

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Re: I miss working @Adastral

It was probably a cheap Chinese (like their home router gear) lift, so made of this metal so you can free yourself with nothing more than a good kick when it inevitably breaks down twice a week.

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I was wonedring that too...

"an engineering HQ that takes top-flight technology and works out how to deploy and operate it the real world."

So why are they shipping that cheap Chinese Home Hub with all the bugs?

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Freetard den isoHunt loses appeal against search ban

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Big Brother

Canadian website, US judges

Surely it is down to Canadian courts to make this kind of decision?

Or have the Canadians sold themselves down the river to an extent the British government can only dream about?

BTW, this isn't a pro freetard comment, just questioning the legal process.

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Young model ruthlessly fingers upskirt iPad petshop pervert

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"The model lamented the lack of big stick under local law for snapping people's privates."

In that case she might want to consider wearing some knickers.

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BT engineers - missed appointments

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@Goldmember - Re: I used to be with BT...

This goes back to the early days of opening the network... Anyone remember Mercury Communications?

Anyway, Mercury used to lease lines from BT on a massive scale. The problem for BT was that if they even looked like they were giving preference to their own faults, as opposed to ones on Mercury lines, all hell broke lose with the regulators. So when a Mercury line developed a fault it was all hands to the pumps.

I believe this is still the case today, if not worse as the local loop is now opened up.

I'm sure that if Sky/TalkTalk et al get the slightest feeling of second class treatment, they're straight to the big red phone and contacting the regulator.

The result is as a BT customer, your engineer is likely to be pulled off your job (before he arrives) and sent to deal with a Sky customer.

Oh, and yes, I had a no-show for my Infinity install. No call, nothing. Eventually phoned them as 5pm to be told "Oh, he couldn't make it today".

At least that's better than what I see in the offices where I work... Engineers installing lines and cutting off other offices down the hall. Engineers turning up to setup broadband before the line is even live at the exchange... For a communications company they really suck at communication, even internally!

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Android 'splits' into the Good and the lovechild of Bad and Ugly

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Amusing he picks MS as the way to do it... Aren't there a load of recent Nokia customers stuck on 7.5 because their reasonably new handsets won't run 8?

That sounds like fragmentation to me, which is impressive given then minor market share.

(And yes, I'm ignoring all the earlier mobile windows versions).

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BRITAIN MUST DECLARE WAR on Cervinaean menace

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@g e - Re: And can I pop in a vote

Wild boar and venison... Yum yum.

Dammit, now I'm hungry!

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iPhones, 'droids go to WAR: US soldiers invade TOP-SECRET cloud

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"Putting US soldiers in the cloud will give them an edge, added the report:"

Well it'll certainly make capturing some of those trickier portals in Ingress a little easier!

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