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Satellite broadband rollout for all in US: But Europe just doesn't get it

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Re: Not Needed

Exactly what I was going to say.

If there was no other choice then I might think about it, but given the their 5Mb/s down, 1Mb/s up, for $40 has to compete with ADSL2 and now FTTC which are both faster and cheaper, their only real market are those who live in the middle of nowhere, which isn't that many.

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Vote now for the ULTIMATE BACON SARNIE

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Re: Recipe for 'VEGETARIAN' bacon sarnie:

I have a veggi friend who has confided that the only thing which could possibly turn him is a bacon sarnie.

I eat a lot of bacon sarnies in front of him.

Oh, and BTW, don't mean to ruin the traditional blighty bacon sarnie, but have you checked where HP is made these days? It might have a picture of the houses of parliament on it, but....

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Re: The Guacamole Goulash

But green stuff...?

Oh, and my Hungarian friends (of which I have several) are screaming "Goulash is a soup!".

They scream that a lot over here in Blighty.

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WTF is... NFC

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In my case it's not the lack of will on behalf of the shopper...

"the tech is already embedded in millions of UK credit cards for pay-by-pat functionality, though despite the wide scale deployment shoppers are still reluctant to embrace the technology. It's common to see NFC credit card receivers in sandwich shop chains, for example"

I've had such a credit card for over a year... It also does Oyster transactions for travel in London. Whilst it has seen excessive use on the tube and buses, I've yet to ever use the credit card side of the NFC. I guess I don't hang out in enough sandwich shops?

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iPhone 5: the fab slab to grab

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Plus most of his examples involve stepping out of a large building with I presume only a wifi guided lock as the GPS has only had a view of the sky for a few seconds.

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New I-hate-my-neighbour stickers to protect Brits' packages

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Re: What to do?

Is the "drop with neighbour" permission inherited?

If everyone in the road is out at work, bar the little old lady at the end, is she going to end up with a house full of boxes for the entire road (and possibly further if the delivery bod has the patience?).

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Politico's locked room mystery Linux install crime solved

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Re: Still weak explanation!

Indeed... First the machine has to be set to boot from CD, then rebooted. Next there are dozens of selections and menu options before partitioning... And that's hardly straight forward even if you want to install it!

I say someone was told to install it, but put it on the wrong machine and is now hurriedly covering their arse.

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Rumour: Asus rejects $99 Nexus 7... rumour

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Tightly tied to the play shop?

"hopes to make selling content through its Google Play shop to which the Nexus 7 is tightly tied."

I wouldn't say the Nexus 7 is tightly tied to anything. I installed the Amazon Appstore(tm) - *snigger* without any kind of fight, no rooting required, just check the box to say "I want to install from sources other than the Play Store".

Now the Kindle *is* tied to the Amazon Appstore.

As for trimming the N7 to make a $99 tablet, I can't see it being the success the original N7 is. Dropping the screen resolution and removing the GPS would reduce it to yet another crippled budget tablet. The screen resolution, GPS and bluetooth were the big tick boxes I'd been waiting for on a budget tablet.

I'd say they would be better off making the 3G version which was rumoured a while back. Although for me that is not an issue. Plenty of wifi points for me to access, with very occasional tethering when required have kept mine happily fed with data since the 4th of August.

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Samsung slaps swift patch over phone-wiping Galaxy S III vuln

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Re: Not a (just) Touchwiz problem

It's not just an HTC/Samsung add-on issue. I just tested on CyanogenMod 7.2, and it brought up my IMEI without me having to press dial.

I'm on the verge of going back to 7.1 anyway (7.2 seems to eat all the memory and bring the phone to a grinding halt within an hour or two of being turned on). This might be just the push I need to revert to my previously saved CM7.1 nandroid image.

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Vandals break into congressman's office, install Linux on PCs

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Re: Non-story

"a "police source" tells the New York Daily News that it "appears that a campaign staffer wiped the hard drives accidentally after mistakenly inserting a Linux system disc into a Windows machine.""

Accidentally inserted the disk, rebooted the machine, clicked OK, YES, Continue a dozen times each...

Yes... a total accident.

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Re: Or-

Don't be silly.

If they were iOS6 fans they would have never found the office.

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NZ bloke gets eel stuck up jacksie

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Re: Nobody tell Noel Fielding about this.

That ain't no jelly mate, so be careful.

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Samsung slams Apple patent jury, wants new trial in US

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Re: Well, DUH!

I'm not sure Wall Street has done much good recently!

As for "I'm taking my ball back"... We'll have the world wide web (Thanks for that Sir Tim) and how about all the ARM microprocessors... Enjoy your Apple door stops ;-)

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Brave copper single-handedly chases 'suspicious' Moon

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I'm sure....

I'm sure the moon's continual motion has been accepted as resisting arrest, and a warrant issued.

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Christian footie match ends in almighty brawl

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Re: Christian football...

A well judged check of the anonymous box there...

Don't worry, we'll find you... One day...

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Re: Of course

Indeed... No religious people ever caused violence.

May the footballers had seen the news that Jesus had a wife and found it so inflammatory they decided to kick off in a completely unrelated location?

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Apple scrambled to hire iOS 6 maps engineers DAYS before launch

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Too little too late!

- The Register notes that Apple has hired 15 peeps into the maps team this year, starting on 5 July with a call for a "maps engineering project manager, iOS SW".

- Since 11 September Apple has posted six job vacancies for iOS software engineers in the maps division.

Looks like they sacked almost half the team when they saw the sh*t they'd produced!

Pity they didn't postpone the launch or issue the maps change as an update in 6 months time.

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Samsung chips evicted from iPhone 5, autopsy reveals

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@A/C 12:15 GMT was Re: Relativity

I remember watching my brother update his iPhone once (backup, update, restore)... Two words came to mind... F*CKING SLOW!

That's why people skip backups.

Plus there is the other issue with backing it up and sending it off... What exactly are you supposed to use for a phone whilst the "genius" is dribbling over your phone whilst replacing the battery?

Final issue, for a Li-ion battery to be reduced to the required <50% capacity within 12 months is very very unlikely. Two or three years down the line is far more like it... Now what are you going to do (assuming you're not a good fanboy and didn't instantly upgrade your phone as soon as you were able).

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Microsoft drives German patent tank into Google's front room

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Welcome to software patents - we tried to warn them...

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'Apple's iOS 6 maps app is SHOCKING, rushed and half-baked'

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Re: Meh ...

It will probably get better - it damn well needs to - but releasing beta software and making you pay for it? No thanks.

They said Siri was in its early days too... That was a year ago... Does it work properly outside the USA yet? I asked my Iphone4S owning brother last night. His reply "Oh God it's so annoying, I don't use it".

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Swiss railways ticked off at iOS clock knock-off

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@TRT - was Re: It's similar but not the same.

Similar but not the same... You mean like Samsung phones?

Apple did rather open this Pandora's box, so this story does make me smile. The rash of over litigious companies is not good for progress, with lawyers (and BMW dealerships) coming out on top.

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Google's Android celebrates fourth birthday

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Re: Inquiring Minds Want To Know

LOLZ!

Just to be boring and serious for a second, the alphabetic confectionery names start with Cupcake. The previous version was known as "Petit Four".

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Who queues for an iPhone 5? Protesters, hipsters and the jobless

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Re: Waiting for

Oooh, idea...

Did you hear they've just found some old bit of paper which mentions Jesus having a wife?

Well I'm deeply offended by the blasphemy, and was looking for a completely unrelated location in which to stage a violent protest.

I think I've just hit two birds with one stone!

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Re: Waiting for

Joke?

I thought it was a proven fact that 50% of Apple queues are made up of carers?

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Apple iOS 6 review

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COME HERE BOY...

"It's satellite snaps seem more detailed"

Tut tut tut...

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Raspberry Pi patch adds warranty-safe overclocking

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Re: Watercooling!

There are some easier first steps, such as installing a heat sink!

From my experience the CPU isn't a hot spot either, it's the ethernet chip which runs hottest.

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Still? Good greif...

I ordered my Pi's back In March, one RS and one from Farnell.

Then somehow I messed up and ordered a second from Farnell (this may be beer related).

I received my first Pi from Farnell. My second from Farnell turned up two days after they removed their "one per customer" restriction two weeks later.

My Pi from RS turned up 6 weeks after the second from Farnell.

I gave the extra one to a family friend's son who hasn't come out of his room since!

Over 6 months is a long old time to sort out a supply problem. I think RS should just give up, they're not making any friends with that level of service.

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Lightning strikes fresh iPad Mini shots

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Re: ummmm

Have Apple copied Samsung's 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity then?

Didn't think so.

And for anyone who says "Bummer if you've just bought a Nexus 7"... My reply will be "Is the ipad mini available for under £200?".

Just because you've bought a tablet device that isn't an ipad, it doesn't mean you really wanted an ipad.

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Fanboys order 2m iPhone 5s in 24 hours

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Re: Innovation doesn't mean new gimmicks...

The Nokia circular keyboard was indeed weird, but don't forget that that was only one of a wide selection of phones they were producing at the time. Often with very similar internals.

So if you wanted a circular keyboard, you could have one. If you didn't, you could have a standard layout too. Consumer choice.

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Ten USB 3.0 HDD enclosures

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I'm rather partial to the Icy Box enclosures. I've been using them since the IDE days and now have several of the SATA cases too.

The nice thing is amongst their huge range, they also seem to offer the old design cases with newer internals, which means the USB 3 IB-351StU3 model matches all my old cases (although the IDE one I have is silver).

Plus they're only about £24 inc VAT.

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Apple time is now world time

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Re: Animation.

They'll be animating in a far more frustrated style when the entire world hits one call centre and is "Held in a queue" even though their call is "very important to us".

It's a rather stupid plan to be honest... Time zones are a great leveller of call volumes. They could go as far as to say that the lines will be open from 12:00 to 12:59 local time and give everyone a one hour window, a window that slowly scans round the planet.

But no, they want to appear to be fair to the entire planet (at least that is probably what they say) and will cause chaos in the process.

It's almost like Apple want to cause stories of jammed lines... No they wouldn't deliberately create a story like that would they...

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iPhone 5: skinny li'l fella with better display, camera, software

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Re: Headline

The legal venom spat at Samsung now just looks like good old jealousy.

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@Charles 9 - was Re: Lightning?

The Nexus 7 uses a standard micro USB connector and has a 2A 5v charger.

You're right about the drain though, when connected to a standard 500mA 5V USB socket, the N7 only charges when you have the screen turned off and you leave it alone. If you sit there fiddling with it then it doesn't manage to put any charge back.

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Addendum

SanDisk Mobile Ultra 64GB Micro SD XC Memory Card Class ...

£59.99 - Play.com

And that's not the cheapest.... Now I wonder why Apple don't install a slot.... Hmmm...

I think I'll wait for the first tear down and then see if the missing RAM can be added... I have reflow and hot air soldering equipment and I'm not afraid to make a huge profit converting 16GB to 64GB models!

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Coffee/keyboard

Sorry, say that again...

"$199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB, and $399 for 64GB, all with a two-year contract."

You owe me a new keyboard!

If I cough up that amount of cash, I'd expect it to be mine instantly and delivered by Swedish identical twins who deliver it wedge between their ample cleavages, and then stay for a coffee.

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Everything Everywhere's 4G: Why I'm sitting this one out

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4G? I barely use 3G!

My phone is currently set to 2G... In fact that's how it spends 90% of its life.

If I really need some data I switch it to 3G, then curse the crap signal, hang out of the window, grab the data, and then go back to 2G.

That's when I don't have access to wifi, which isn't many places to be honest. Home and work are covered and I'm on all my friend's APs. The pub and local high street are all covered by the cloud, and having a BT internet connection at home gives me access to all their wifi points too.

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Re: "the communications equivalent of the change the jet engine made over steam".

Don't forget that a long haul train journey in the days of steam was generally faster than it is today!

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Dutch unleash intelligent robot bins: No ID, no rubbish

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Re: It might work in NL,

Indeed...

For some reason local authorities can't seem to see the stupidity of excluding commercial waste from council tips (or charging them huge amounts) and then having to employ clean-up teams to patrol the area, find fly-tipping, dig through it trying to find something to link the rubbish to someone, failing, and then having to pick it all up and dump it properly.

I guess not enough fly-tipping occurs near their homes, maybe a list of addresses should be published (assuming that publishing that kind of thing isn't a terrorist threat these days?).

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Windows 8? Nah: Win Phone 8 should give Apple the fear

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Re: @Steve Evans

I'm sure there are a few other companies, and probably the EU lawyers who would regard that as US protectionism...

Queue different crowd of lawyers to the feeding trough!

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WP8 may not be Android...

But if they have icons with round corners, or one of the other ridiculous patents the US patent office has granted Apple, they will have Apple coming for them.

If Apple don't defend their patent, they risk losing it.

Unless MS pay Apple a large chunk (see quoted rate from Samsung trial) for each phone of course.

In which case why should Apple care? The iphone might have a good margin, but I doubt it works out as well as getting $40+ per device out of MS and not having to do a cent's worth of work or support in return.

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Google's Nexus 7 tabs 'can't perform' if flash RAM crammed

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Re: You say false advertising, I say lack of understanding of technology.

The shit's really gonna hit the fan when he discovers his 2 litre car is really a 1996cc...

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Curiosity clears things up

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Life not malfunction!

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Nokia apologizes for faking Lumia 920 ad

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@Avatar - Re: So...

I hadn't thought of it like that, but they certainly do have a track record of some great camera phones (and the first IIRC).

The old N95 with 5mp camera I still have as a risky activity backup camera still takes superb pictures, easily surpassing a lot of modern 5mp camera phones.

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@A/C 18:04 - was Re: some extra lighting...

Nice one, everyone loves to be right :-D

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So...

An entire teaser to show off the camera... Nothing interesting to say about the OS then?

BTW, my inner photographer is looking at the still night shows and suspecting a fowl in the shape of some extra lighting on the girl in the "good" pictures.

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Judge: Apple not liable for dropped, broken iPhone screens

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Re: They seem fragile to me...

Apple attention to detail is all about cosmetics and appearance. It rarely strays into the real world.

Remember the G4 cube that looked nice, was quiet, but you could murder simply by putting something on the top of the case (as you do, my phone and N7 are sitting on top of my PC right now) and accidentally blocking the air-flow?

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Re: Back to Front

I do see a lot of broken glass on iphones, in fact I can't remember the last broken glass (front or rear) I've seen which *wasn't* an iphone (this excludes an acquaintance of mine who is on a mission to get an upgrade via his phone insurance and has been whacking his old HTC against a wall!). Glass is broken, phone refuses to die much to our amusement.

There might be more success if someone tried the UK trading standard regulations. Unfit for purpose, aka badly designed.

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'World's first' dog to sniff out pilfered cabling is Brit black lab

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I hope...

I hope their forensic markers are tough, as the standard way to liberate the valuable metal from their protective plastic wrapping is a good old bonfire.

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You'll be on a list 3 hrs after you start downloading from pirates - study

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Re: BitTorrent = Honeytrap

Not only that, but unless they actually download from you, all they've proved is that you have an interest in a particular torrent hash... In exactly the same way *their* system has expressed an interest in the torrent hash so it can join the swarm and collect IPs.

If you're a student doing an IT course, you have the possibility of claiming you were monitoring (exactly as they were) for a paper you are writing.

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Apple confirms 'surprise' September 12 event

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Re: no iPhone rumours?

If they feel the need to do that within 24 hours of announcing the iPhone5 then it's tantamount to admitting the iPhone5 is a stop-gap you shouldn't bother buying...

They couldn't do that two years running could they?

Or maybe they'll announce Siri actually working outside the US of A?

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