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What the 4K: High-def DisplayPort vid meets reversible USB Type C

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Re: Good cables are better

Do your Thunderbird cables have gold plated connectors?

Are those for Lady Penelope?

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Bono: Apple will sort out monetising music where the labels failed

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Can't be pirated?

If it can be played aloud then it can be sampled, and if it can be sampled it can be recorded.

Perhaps not to the same quality as the original, and not with all the fancy stuff, but it's still the songs in the end.

That said given the reaction to the recent give-away, maybe it's something of a moot point in their case when some people don't want their outpourings even for free..

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Plucky Playmonaut parties as LOHAN hits Kickstarter goal

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Re: Not sure about the one in the bikini ...

I dunno, the one on the left looks more like a younger Mary Berry to me, complete with bomber jacket.

I need to get out more...

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Damien Hirst, eat your heart out - these guys chop up TAXIS

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Re: Prior Art

That episode (or at least them doing it) was what sprang to mind when I read the article too, although my Google-Fu hadn't got as detailed as yours in finding it again. So have an upvote for saving me the trouble.

Making furniture and other stuff from car parts has been around for years even aside from that, although I guess the pedigree of some of the stuff in the article lifts it above that somewhat (and does something similar to the price). Certainly the chair is nice though.

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Driving with an Apple Watch could land you with a £100 FINE

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Re: Knee Jerk Off

The average PC is probably more pissed off that on his salary he can't afford the iStuff himself...

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Amazon rekindles e-readers and Fire OS without weeks of whack-a-leak fun

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•The Fire HD Kids Edition, a US$149 machine that offers a “kid-proof case”

So they like a challenge do they? That's fightin talk where I come from, or where my kids are concerned... ;) Both are on their second Hudl's (which to be fair Tesco provided without any quibble at all) after the initial ones micro-USB ports went bad and to charge the things you had to wedge the cable in at a weird angle with a pen.

They're both getting (original keyboard 3G model) Kindles for Christmas, as Staples had a few reconditioned return ones that they were flogging off for a tenner each. They look and work fine (for now), and at that price you can't say no...

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Top Gear Tigers and Bingo Boilers: Farewell then, Phones4U

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Look it up?

So that's several entries for next year's OED then I presume?

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4K-ing excellent TV is on its way ... in its own sweet time, natch

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Re: Chicken and Egg

Isn't it just that we're at an evolution vs revolution argument? The ones that need everything to be re-bought tend to be the revolution ones, whereas the ones that are "backward compatible" are the evolution ones. And it tends to be the revolutionary items that need (and hopefully give) the incentive to update.

For example:

Film projectors --> VHS - convenience of viewing on the telly, plus being able to fast forward/rewind easily without the risk of your media ending up around your feet.

VHS --> DVD - random access, bonus features, not having to rewind the damn thing afterwards, physical size (for physical storage and transportation) and durability.

DVD --> Download/Stream - playable on wider range of hardware (e.g. phones and tablets), no physical media to store (but nothing to own either, plus DRM), reliance on net connectivity.

Blu ray of course was an evolution of DVD, giving nothing new, just stuff that was better (resolution mostly, but also maybe more extras due to higher capacity). Blu ray 2 (or Violet ray, or whatever it will be called) will be more of the same, but again better still for resolution.

I would wonder between discs as physical media and streaming for non-physical if there would be anything more that could be revolutionary rather than evolutionary, as there's not much more that could really be bolted on or made more convenient?

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Re: Alternative name for Blu-Ray 4K...

UHDD

That sounds like porn-star milk...

*'scuse I whilst I go and wash my brain out after that thought*

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eBay promises to refund seller fees after latest MASSIVE OUTAGE

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Re: Difficult to compensate

And the useful trick is also never bid a round pound/dollar/euro (as appropriate) amount - always add a touch on. For example, if your bid would be £10, bid £10.12 or something like that. It seems that most people (sellers and buyers) like round figures, so they will tend to bid them. If you bid loose-change over that, then your bid will be larger than theirs and you win.

I've won several auctions over the years by doing that, combined with using sniping rather than early bidding.

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Edge Research Lab to tackle chilly LOHAN's final test flight

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We really are going to have to define the "Scottie Scale" as an el-Reg unit of measurement, aren't we?

The question would be whether it's a unit of work, effort, achievement or probability...

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Drones CAN'T deliver goods ... oh. Air traffic control system backed by NASA, you say?

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Re: Paging the Fat Controller...

@A_C a couple of posts above - OK, maybe adding the word "random" into my line above that you quote would have been more accurate to what I meant.

At ground level, everything is in 2D, and a lot of the changes (crossings, roadworks, parked vehicles and perhaps even accidents) would be fairly easy to have notified and/or detected (crossings and road works would presumably have some sort of transmitters to make all the automated stuff aware there they're there, and vehicles will have that to talk to one another anyway for synchonisation and ensuring that their autonomy works).

In the air, you have another dimension to worry about (although in fairness also another one to maneuver in, presuming you have some height), but the random variability either tends to be more natural in origin, or not related at all to the transit system and so less likely to be squawking out that it's there and so will need to be dynamically reacted to.

But in any case I would guess the economies of scale are working against them too. The drone use is the pizza delivery model, whereas the requirement is more the UPS/Fedex multi-drop model to make it worthwhile. I entirely agree that if the use of drones is going to have a future then something like the ATC will be needed and will be fine for the "highway" part of the journey, but it's the local bit (especially the "parking" at the end) where things will fall down.

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Paging the Fat Controller...

•The drone's aerial environment is 3D-mapped to a high degree of granularity: similar, perhaps to the roads mapped by Google's self-driving cars.

Problem being the road environment is much less prone to change than the low-level aerial one. Even things like trees growing, sprouting leaves and blowing in the wind for example would be much more variable, not to mention similar temporary hazards like flags/banners, washing lines and other nice drone-snares.

•Every flying vehicle in that environment is controlled by the system. That's the only way possible, we think, to rule out controlled vehicles crashing into un-controlled ones.

Even leaving aside the uncontrolled elements like birds, quite how would control be achieved? Everyone knows quite how difficult it is to get a signal into built-up areas (sat navs vs urban canyons for example), plus the tussling between the requirement for overall control vs local autonomy so any drone could avoid the uncontrolled obstacles already mentioned.

If this kind of automated air traffic control was so easy, we'd already have it for our existing transportation like cars (ok, not air traffic control, but general control) and more integrated with that for normal planes or even small ones.

Plus to carry anything worthwhile (ie more than just a single small package over a very short distance) you'd need a large and powerful drone which would probably be getting to the realms of a small helicopter equivalent anyway.

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One sixth of the ENTIRE PLANET will buy a new smartphone this year

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Re: Good enough is the enemy of great

So it was for PC's, and so it shall be for smartphones and tablets...

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eBay DROPS DEAD AGAIN - tat bazaar says sorry, scrambles to resurrect site

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Re: Tinfoil Hat time?

And this is before the IoT dawns and everyones fridge, toaster and bathroom cabinet join the fun.

Who thought that was a good idea again?

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The Apple Watch and CROTCH RUBBING. How are they related?

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Re: Friday afternoon?

I'm still in two minds whether it's better as a Friday wind-down work avoidance device, or a Monday morning one to get me going before trying to get back into it all again. This Dabbie on a Sunday concept is still odd though, I mean who wants to avoid doing stuff on their own time (or could get away with it when applied to SWMBO rather than your work-boss)?

Generally I agree Friday is preferrable, although could perhaps be alleviated if Simon was a bit more regular in BOFH output. Any chance Mr D?

Or at least change the title from "Something for the weekend" to "Something on the weekend"?

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SanDisk's record-busting 512GB SD CARD will fit perfectly in your empty wallet

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Re: "and will still work after being run over by a five-ton truck."

I notice they don't mention how quickly a two year old could destroy one...

Or one of the brainless numpties on the Gadget Show (or are the two equivalent these days?)

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It's official: LOHAN's arboreal avoidance algorithm is PANTS

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Re: I'm glad that LOHAN has PANTS

Anything else would be just to Britney for words...

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Even better than the iThing: Apple's Cook is strictly pro Bono

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They'll be watching you?

which it hopes fanbois will use to track their every step, breath or heartbeat.

Maybe they should have got The Police to reform for the event instead?

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Moto 360: Neat gizmo – if you're a rich nerd

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Kill the beast...

Maybe the Tamagotchi will be reborn and save the day?

No - just no. Please, don't even go there.

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Google recommends pronounceable passwords

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Why?

And there was me thinking that you were never actually supposed to tell anyone your passwords, making pronouncability meaningless (unless of course you tend to mumble them to yourself whilst typing them). Not to mention ending up with words that are recognisable and so memorable for anyone who may have a view of your keyboard whilst you type and are key-reading.

In two words, "sod that" - I'll keep my shifted and substituted passwords thanks. I can quite easily remember the baseline word(s) from which they're generated, but what gets typed and used is moved from that.

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3D scanning made easy: Reg man ponders terrifying Xmas pressie

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Re: There's going to be a lot of landfill

I dunno - I can see a marked for 3D-printed stress relief toys like those little rubber balls & figurines you can get.

Imagine having a little figure with your bosses face on it that you can pound to a pulp - could be the most satisfying 3D-print you ever invest in.

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Look out, world! Space Station satellite cannon has A MIND OF ITS OWN

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Re: Nightmare at 20,000'

Or shades of Moonraker - those acting eyebrows are also nightmare inducing.

And we haven't even got a shuttle with a frikkin laser beam on its nose left to chase them down!

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Finally, a USEFUL smart device: Intel boffins cook up gyro-magneto-'puter bike helmet

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Re: All that safety...

I wouldn't make that assumption - in some of the cases I mentioned I've been able to clearly hear the music as a 3rd party, so quite how loud it is in their ears I don't know.

From my daily ride to/from work I have differing experience to you obviously, where in lieu of rear-view mirrors or eyes in the back of my head being able to hear traffic around you is a good back-up for being able to see them without having to twist your head around so much you end up falling off or veering into traffic yourself.

I'm not thinking here of a car behind that will hit you anyway regardless, I'm thinking more of the scenario of cyclists turning across or veering in front of cars that they haven't seen or heard. For that kind of spacial awareness hearing is rather useful. Similar thing applies on the cycle-paths with earphone wearers (on and off bikes) who are so engrossed in the ride and the music that they don't think anyone else may also be using the paths.

Maybe it's just a local thing about the pedestrians and cyclists around here though. But I wouldn't trade my normal cycle helmet for one of these things.

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Re: dropped

@Caff - one would hope they'd have included a sensor inside to confirm it's actually being worn before triggering any response. But as also noted above, given they've seen fit to include the huge safety issue and distraction of streaming music and calls it certainly doesn't go without saying that they did...

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All that safety...

...and yet they still include the music and calls stuff, thus ruining it? I know for a certain category it would be a key selling point, but from experience both as a cyclist and a pedestrian, a major reason for collisions between the two (or with cars) is usually one or other (or occasionally both) being so engrossed or deafened by the call/music respectively that they're not aware of the surroundings that they are navigating through.

The number of times I've been cycling along and had some schoolzombie being led by the nose by their phone step out in front of me is depressingly large (and I've witnessed it happening at least 3 times with them stepping off a kerb into the road without realising they were doing so, once almost ending up in an RTA with a car).

I would also wonder about whether it would have been better to include some kind of head/neck airbag system, probably coupled with a sensor to confirm that the thing is actually being worn in case of sudden acceleration, to differentiate between a collision and it just getting dropped.

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We give Panasonic's new 5-inch Toughpad phablets a kicking

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As another (corporate) Windows Phone user, I'd love to know as mine is still on 8.0 and saying it's fully up to date...

Our IT people don't know why none of ours seem to have updated yet (it's an HTC 8x on Vodafone), and I'm somewhat loathed to take matters into my own hands via the beta app method.

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If they're that tough...

...they should have used a blender rather than an ice-bucket ;)

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A Terabyte in my HOUSE? Got more than that in my POCKET

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Re: Not really useful

Was quite interested in this until I saw the price.

For a bit over half the cost I have a WD MyPassport 2TB and a Ravpower Filehub which between them do exactly the same job. OK it's two devices rather than one, but both of them together fit perfectly into an Amazon Basics MyPassport case and has the added benefit that the Filehub can also act as a battery/power source for any device via it's USB port (as well as driving the HDD that way).

May be another alternative for those who are interested in such an application. Two versions available, cheaper/older one (£30) with 3000mAh and SD, or new V2 for £45 with 6000mAh, LAN (Ethernet), microSD and DLNA (both with SMB, wifi hotspot and USB2 over it).

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BBC: We're going to slip CODING into kids' TV

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Re: Don't forget his sidekick

Or Fred Harris, or even "Freff".

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Foundations

It's a good and noble idea in theory, but it strikes me as missing two fundamental foundation parts.

Firstly and most importantly would it not be better actually train the teachers first before just chucking in a whole new curriculum with coding in it? It's well known that a great and inspirational teacher who knows their stuff can work wonders, but the mirror is also true and one who doesn't know or care can wreck any possible interest in the subject forever.

Secondly before the kids are taught to program, wouldn't it be better to introduce the underlying stuff like logical thinking and planning? I recall from eons past when I was at school we were always taught to plan all the stuff out first before going near a computer, and it generally worked much better that way than freeform typing. But now of course everyone in the popular media is painting the image of expecting 10 year olds to come home and program Pi's before teatime and tablet apps that will be at the top of the app store charts by Christmas.

As the father of bright 10 year and 8 year old girls I can see this being an area for some more parental support and extra education where I can.

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Ofcom will not probe lesbian lizard snog in new Dr Who series

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Re: What?

Omnishambles ?

I've got a bet on with a colleague as to whether that word will appear in the script somewhere before the end of the season. My side says it will, and somehow I think I'm odds-on for winning the beer.

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Re: @Charlie

Also I seem to have some different memories of the original Who series, especially around the Tom Baker/Peter Davison eras. The former always used to enjoy an innuendo and a letch, plus assistants like Leela (Louise Jameson) running around in basically a bikini for most of it. Plus I think there was a story set on the planet "Kly Torus" or some similar spelling, and at least one monster that looked like an overgrown organic dildo.

Plus there is of course the famous death/regeneration scene with Peter Davison acting his heart(s) out before bloating into Colin Baker, but all male eyes were drawn to Nicola Bryant's cleavage floating just over his head at the time.

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Re: Six complaints

On the Bake-Off one, I thought it more amusing that people were demanding that the sabotaged contestant got reinstated, given that the whole series was recorded back in May-June time.

Makes you wonder that people think series like this (and indeed a lot of other clones of the idea) are recorded day to day or week to week just before broadcast...

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Brit balloon bod Bodnar circumnavigates planet

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Looks so simple...

But I bet it ain't. And doesn't the payload look like a mini Hubble telescope in the pic, or is that getting too nerdy?

Anyway top marks to him, and an obligatory pint of the good stuff (without the "benefit" of having been sent aloft itself).

Ad Astra Tabernamque - as they say in Spain.

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BOFH: The Great Backup BACKDOWN

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Re: responsibility

What could possibly go wrong?

Nothing that would be their fault, or at least that they'd take the blame for rather than passing that on too.

Important rule to remember in this type of case - no good deed (or personal initiative) ever goes unpunished.

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Revenge is a dish best served...

...hot in a metal drawer, or failing that a waste paper basket.

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Nice computers don’t need to go to the toilet, says Barclays

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Re: Errrr?

It's my fault for surprising the Reg subs...

I dunno - first airplanes in the form of PARIS and LOHAN and now subs!

We'll have to set up Vulture Pacific soon, in its own volcano lair hideaway...

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English?

I will need to say communicate with her and customer-facing staff in London do not speak English.

Are you sure it's her English you need to be worried about?

Or couldn't you decide whether to say or communicate?

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Brit amateur payload set to complete full circle around PLANET EARTH

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Re: Just to make it interesting

And a suitably large forest to land in... ;-)

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Re: Pfffrrrtttt

Nor any race or creed of small plastic pilot...

I mean, where's the fun in that?

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Thirteen Astonishing True Facts You Never Knew About SCREWS

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Re: The simple answer is usually the obvious one

I thought that was loose lego bricks and dropped drawing pins (which of course always land pointy-side up as well)?

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Senate introduces USA FREEDOM Act to curb NSA spying excesses

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Re: Acronym wanted: must be inscrutable

Federal Evidence Collection and Knowledge Overriding Foreign Freedoms

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Too rich for an iPhone 6? How about a gold-plated Brikk?

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Re: All that money...

Nah, obviously a Brikk employee in the future has sent this thing back to before the iPhone 6 is released, so that once it is they can sue Apple, make billions for the company and then relax by bashing out their brains with Gargleblasters (lemon optional) before they get taken over by Megadodo Publications who know a good marketting idea when they see one.

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If you're that damn rich...

you don't touch a phone at all, that's what you have a PA and other sycophantic hangers-on for.

Still I guess you can buy one of these abominations for them I guess, to really rub it in.

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You didn't get the MeMO? Asus Pad 7 Android tab is ... not bad

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Similar experience to the above with Hudl's - got a pair for my daughters and both storm along (certainly quicker than my old 2012 Nexus 7). The only problem we had with them was one ended up with a dodgy micro-USB connector (due to the kids inexperience with plugging/unplugging the cable I think and generally insisting on using them with cables plugged in but forgetting they've done so). And even then one call to the support line had them immediately replaced under warranty, after a quick back-up/restore via ADB onto my laptop they were back up and running almost immediately.

The other thing I was extremely pleasantly surprised at is that the Hudl supports dual-band wifi (not sure if it's at 802.11n or 802.11ac speed offhand, I suspect the former). Both the kids ones are happily connected to the 5GHz network on my Netgear 6200 along with my HTC 8X phone, whereas both my N7-2012 and the boss's MotoG are still stuck on the 2.4GHz network.

Overall rather happy with them, albeit with the same caveat as above about the micro-USB port positioning when the device is used in a stand-case.

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LOHAN's stirring motto: Ad Astra Tabernamque

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Re: Serious answer

I would expect it's probably a motto most easily pronounced after it's applied, ie after launch, retirement to pub and imbibing of several pints of non-stratospheric ale...

Or at least doing so would suitably increase the merriment of your audience when you did attempt it.

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Microsoft bakes a bigger Pi to cook Windows slabs

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Re: Irrelevant

Microsoft reckons it's a good buy

Meanwhile everyone else just reckons it's a good-bye...

It does sound almost like they're looking to unload old Surface stock by uncasing them and selling the bits bare-boned.

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Vote now for LOHAN's stirring mission patch motto

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Re: Awesomesauce

Latrine!

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Re: Vote?

Cheres big man. Bloody work proxy server, trying to get us to do work on a Friday! I ask you...

Can't see it that way via IE, but via the back-door wifi network and Android, all fine and voted.

And as I just missed out on the shortlist, you can stick a mission patch in the tree where LOHAN finally lands instead ;)

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