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BENDY iPhone 6, you say? Pah, warp claims are bent out of shape: Consumer Reports

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Re: Laboratory Street

MyBackDoor, you can answer your own question by looking at the data on the Consumer Reports annual reports page, where you can also find tax returns and audited financial statements for Consumers Union, the publisher of Consumer Reports. As an example, between 2012-06-01 and 2013-05-31, they had 234 M$ of subscription and newsstand sales. Do you expect to know all of their four million subscribers personally?

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Racism?

FormerKowloonTonger, to which race does Apple Inc. belong?

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Sun of a beach! Java biz founder loses battle to keep his shore private

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Re: Federal law from late 1800s applies

Kev99, in the particular case of Florida, the law in question could have been An Act amending, and supplementary to, the “Act for ascertaining claims and titles to land in the territory of Florida,” and to provide for the survey and disposal of the public lands in Florida. (AKA the Act of March 3, 1823 [3 Stat. 754]), which in its Section 12 established that all navigable rivers and waters of Florida (thereby including its coastal waters) were public highways.

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Good grief! Have you SEEN BlackBerry's SQUARE smartphone?

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Does it have a removable battery?

James 51, I took a terrific battery, sealed 3450mAh as meaning that it was non-(readily-)removable.

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Apple iPhone 6 Plus: GORGEOUS FAT pixel density - but it's WASTED

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Re: doubled?

Tromos, a 480 × 320 resolution is doubled either with 960 × 320 or with 480 × 640 — either of these will accommodate two copies at the original resolution. A 960 × 640 resolution will accommodate four copies at the original resolution — hence quadrupled.

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doubled?

Adam and Alan,

The original iPhone, back in 2007, had a resolution of 480x320 pixels. When Apple moved to Retina displays with the iPhone 4, it simply doubled that to 960x640.
since (480 × 320) pixels = 153,600 pixels, and (960 × 640) pixels = 614,400 pixels, perhaps you’d meant “quadrupled”?

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NSFW: Click here, watch iPhone 6 being TORTURED

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Re: I hope he took AppleCare

Martijn Otto, if he did have AppleCare on one of the departed devices, and they made a video of going to the local Apple store to make a claim on the remains while acting as if it were his first ever mobile phone — that would be funny. “It was running slowly, so I pressed that big button a couple of times, and all of a sudden, BOOM!”

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Apple iPhone 6: Looking good, slim. AW... your battery died

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I know of one who’s returned his iPhone 6 already. And yes, I said “his”.

But did you mean an epicene “his”, or a masculine “his”?

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TOR users become FBI's No.1 hacking target after legal power grab

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the US never ever extradites US citizens to the UK for any reason whatsoever

Vociferous, I’ll refer you to this post from 2012, which points you to a written answer in Hansard from late 2011, which will provide you with the minimum number — a positive integer — of US nationals who have been extradited from the US to the UK. (Extraditions from the US to Scotland were not included in the answer.)

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Oi, London thief. We KNOW what you're doing - our PRECRIME system warned us

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Re: More like…

Convergent Technologies Operating System? shudder

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Why Oracle CEO Larry Ellison had to go ... Except he hasn't

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Aged 70, Larry is three years past the official US retirement age.

Gavin, given his year of birth, his “official US retirement age” (i.e. when he qualified for full Social Security benefits) was 66. People who were born after 1st January 1960 are the ones who’ll need to reach 67, presuming that the Social Security Trust Fund still has something in it to pay out then.

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Bonking with Apple has POUNDED mobe operators' wallets

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Re: I don’t like it.

msknight, you could take your custom for everyday goods to places which don’t accept credit cards, so that your cash isn’t used to subsidize cardholders.

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Yawn, Wikileaks, we already knew about FinFisher. But these software binaries...

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Multiple platforms

Tom 38, it might not be an issue for FreeBSD, if not other BSDs as well.

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Brit telcos warn Scots that voting Yes could lead to HEFTY bills

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Re: Number ranges

rhydian, the first three digits after +1 determine the country of a NANP telephone number (some Caribbean countries are also part of the NANP). If UK telephone numbers have a similar geographic prefix, then a similar solution ought to be possible there.

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Re: The real issue here

Ledswinger, like the UK, Denmark has an opt-out from the euro, and they still use their krone. It is in ERM II, though, so it follows the euro fairly closely.

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Re: If prices go up, we’ll know whom to blame.

dmck, the difference with the Irish situation is not the EU, but rather the CTA. If Scotland votes yes and needs to apply as a new EU member, it would need to implement Schengen unless it were granted an opt-out, so that it could remain in the CTA. Alternatively, it could follow Sweden’s example with the euro and purposely never meet at least one of the Schengen prerequisites, if the rest of the EU were willing to turn a blind eye towards that.

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Re: for an IT site

Lionel, Wales is not a kingdom. Northern Ireland is what remains of the Kingdom of Ireland.

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Scottish independence: Will it really TEAR the HEART from IT firms?

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Re: What’s in a name?

Phil O’Sophical, it is an independent kingdom, albeit one that has always had its monarch in personal union with that of the kingdom of England. My only point was to propose that in the event of Scottish independence, the term United Kingdom could still apply to the remainder of the current UK if “England” were substituted for “Great Britain”; the only applicable precedent was when “Ireland” was changed to “Northern Ireland” after the establishment of the Irish Free State, in the Royal and Parliamentary Titles Act 1927.

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Re: What’s in a name?

No, I will not fix your computer, what Ptolemy wrote about in that part of Almagest was general characteristics of many parallels of latitude in the northern hemisphere, and he associated three of those parallels with where he believed they crossed “Little Britannia” (Ireland). Since those three parallels were 58° N, 59°30′ N, and 61° N, his information on where Ireland could be found was off by about 6°30′.

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Re: What’s in a name?

Ken 16, did you mean the Government of Ireland Act 1920, which established the Parliament of Southern Ireland and the Parliament of Northern Ireland? If so, please point me to the part of that act which extinguished the Kingdom of Ireland. (Note also that that act was repealed by the Northern Ireland Act 1998.)

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Re: What’s in a name?

Pen-y-gors, is Northern Ireland not what remains of the Kingdom of Ireland, since the Union with Ireland Act 1800 is still in force there? In the case of an independent Scotland, either with a president or with Her Maj as head of state, wouldn’t the “United Kingdom of England and Northern Ireland” remain a possible name for the remainder of the current UK? (As you’d noted, Wales is technically part of England.)

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City hidden beneath England's Stonehenge had HUMAN ABATTOIR. And a pub

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Not exactly.

Destroy All Monsters, it was becoming a priest of Cybele which was forbidden to Roman citizens, not her worship. (Her mendicant priests had to self-castrate, and it was castration which was forbidden by Roman law to citizens.)

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Limits to Growth is a pile of steaming doggy-doo based on total cobblers

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Re: Parameter error

Identity, I have on my bookshelf The Century Book of Facts, published in 1900. It lists exactly ten cities with a population of greater than one million:

  • 1. London: 4,231,431 (1891 census)
  • 2. New York: 3,200,000 (estimate from 1892 state census)
  • 3. Paris: 2,536,834 (1896 census)
  • 4. Berlin: 1,677,351 (1895 census)
  • 5. Guangzhou: 1,600,000 (estimate)
  • 6. Vienna: 1,364,548 (1891 census)
  • 7. Tokyo: 1,268,950 (1895 census)
  • 8. St. Petersburg: 1,267,023 (1897 census)
  • 9. Philadelphia: 1,142,653 (1892 state census)
  • 10. Chicago: 1,099,850 (1890 census)
It didn’t go into detail as to why the New York population was an estimate, despite the census; since Brooklyn was a separate entry in the list, and didn’t become part of New York City until 1898, it’s not clear whether Brooklyn was included in New York’s total. As of 1898, China had never had an official census. Beijing was estimated at 1,000,000, and Moscow fell slightly under at 988,610 (1897 census).

If your 1900 numbers are accurate, then London’s 53% increase in population over a nine year span is remarkable.

PS: El Reg, please allow ordered list HTML elements in comments.

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4th Century GOBLET could REVIVE CORPSE of holographic storage

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Re: Romans: people who knew what’s what

perlcat, they certainly would have used an early version of Mosaic to view their pictures.

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Re: Made in China

JimmyPage, Factus est in Sina might be closer, since craftsmen typically used fecit in taking credit for their work.

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Re: Forget the article for a moment...

Phil O’Sophical, since we still have Vitruvius’ De architectura and Frontinus’ De aquaeductu available to us, the assumption that the creators of those viaducts and aqueducts understood engineering is not unreasonable.

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FCC boss Wheeler: Lack of broadband choice is screwing Americans

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Re: Saturation

DougS, the choice might depend upon the pricing — at least for one Reg reader. I have 3½ Mb/s DSL, and although my ISP reserves the right to cap, it has not yet done so on the usage at Deficient House. (Granted, the usage here doesn’t get anywhere close to 3½×24×7×52; I think that our single largest download to date has been the Mavericks installer — 5.3 GB — which was done as an overnight task.) Faster cable broadband is available here, but given its cost, we continue to choose the DSL.

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Work in the tech industry? The Ukraine WAR is coming to YOU

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Re: Yup. had that in apartheid South Africa

Ledswinger, running the printing press is a possible solution for Russian corporate finance’s debt rollover if their debt is denominated in rubles. If their debt is denominated in euro, dollars, yen, &c., then they’d also need partners who would be willing to accept the inflated rubles in exchange for whichever currencies are required to discharge the debt.

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The BNP can rip off your works for ‘parodies’ – but only if it's not racist

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the dangers of being too clever by half

moiety, I suppose that if legislatures and judiciaries couldn’t distinguish between an -ism and a satirized -ism, one could avoid creating derivative satire and create original satire instead, such as Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.

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Second hacking crew joins Syrian Electronic Army on Team Assad

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viruses (virii?)

Mpeler, almost.

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Getting into software development...

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Re: Getting into software development...

Aaiieeee, you’ve piqued my curiosity — since you’re not a programmer, why is your friend asking you for pointers on programming as a career?

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Do you remember mid-1970s fears of global winter?

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Do you remember mid-1970s fears of global winter?

A Sino-American collaboration has come up with an explanation for the cooling — an approximately 60-year salinity-driven cycle in the Atlantic — and their study has been published in Science.

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Ninja Pirate Zombie Vampires versus Chuck Norris and the Space Marines

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in the other meaning of the word

fearnothing, what the Vogons do in the privacy of their spacecraft is none of my concern.

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Re: I fear for the future

Chris, since the question was “Who would win in a fight?”, one might expect the answers to skew towards nasty violent types — or perhaps those are just the preferences of Homo sapiens nationum quinque ocularum.

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Boiling point: Tech and the perfect cuppa

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Re: Quick boil - until the EU bans them.

Pen-y-gors, perhaps the goal could be to put a ceiling on simultaneous aggregate demand rather than on energy consumed, to try to limit the need for infrastructure upgrades.

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Zip HydroTap: “Assuming a cost of 10p per kW […]”

Rather than assuming a cost of 10p per kW·h? (From £3,000? I don’t want to know the “to”.)

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Tim Cook in Applerexia fears: New MacBook THINNER THAN EVER

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Re: Exclusive picture of new laptop

hammarbtyp, they’re crenellated now? What will Ive think of next?

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MEN WANTED to satisfy town full of yearning BRAZILIAN HOTNESS

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Re: Do they have high speed internet?

Anonymous Coward, given the village’s rural location, define “high speed”. Learning Portuguese might help, even if you choose not to speak it. (Who knows — your not saying a word might be a plus for somebody there.) Once you’ve picked up some Portuguese, you could look for a documentary named Noivas do Cordeiro (a play on the village’s name) to learn more about the people there. The sentence Todos trabalham, todos comem o que plantam should provide a dose of reality.

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Re: Amazonian Women

stu 4, Noiva do Cordeiro is in Minas Gerais, about 100 km from Belo Horizonte — it’s nowhere near the Amazon.

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China building SUPERSONIC SUBMARINE that travels in a BUBBLE

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US government debt

Charles 9, monthly summaries of “the actual books” can be found here (for a list of holdings by country) and here (for a categorized breakdown). Thus, at the end of June 2014, foreign holders had 6.01 T$ of the 12.57 T$ total US public debt (47.8% of the total), of which China’s share was 1.27 T$ (10.1% of the total). Thus, 52.2% of US public debt was held domestically at the end of June; a majority of it, but not most of it.

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… or are you just happy to see me?

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Surely a better headline?

Ken, I’m not certain that a sporran was the container in question; perhaps a different news article on the arrest might provide confirmation.

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… or are you just happy to see me?

Here’s a brief news item about an unacceptably tight-fisted bargain hunter. (I presume that the “front pouch” mentioned in the article was a sporran?)

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introduction of the Weekend Edition

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Re: introduction of the Weekend Edition

By utilizing my dulled sense of irony, of course.

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introduction of the Weekend Edition

The introduction of the Weekend Edition overlaps the 200th anniversary of the Bladensburg Races. Coïncidence?

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Three new charges laid against alleged Silk Road kingpin

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Re: FFS!

Elmer Phud, are you unfamiliar with figurative usage of the word “corner”, such as Any part whatsoever, even the smallest, most distant or secluded, in reference to a planet?

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grasp of the language

Version 1.0, of Americans grasp? damming? loose faith? (And many here might point to his defense and the offense.) Whether the past tense was appropriate or not would depend upon when that entry had been written; it would be entirely appropriate for a “how I got here” retrospective look.

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Which audio format sounds better?

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Re: Which audio format sounds better?

Evil Auditor, I’ve found that (nominal) 192 kb/s Vorbis suffices for me from a Rockbox-equipped player — that is, for Vorbis, I can’t distinguish any significant difference between 192 kb/s and a higher bitrate. However, that wasn’t a blind test either, so make of it what you will; people listening to different musical samples, or people who have better hearing, could well draw different conclusions.

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Best shot: Coffee - how do you brew?

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yet another coffeetard’s kitchenalia

I use a vacuum pot myself — an all-glass Cory “double bubble” made during WWII, without even the rubber gaskets of the pre-war or post-war models — with home-roasted beans, ground just before brewing. I consume a potful at a sitting in mug-sized portions, unlactified and unsucrified, but I don’t do so daily. For crema fans, one inconvenience of this method is that the crema needs to be spooned out of the upper pot before the coffee falls back into the lower pot; otherwise, it gets trapped in the grounds.

For sweetened coffee, I’ll brew Turkish style using a little Russian cezve.

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Galileo, Galileo! Galileo, Galileo! Galileo fit to go. Magnifico

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the Galileo testing facility in Redu, Belgium

— almost an example of nominative determinism to an anglophone.

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Renegade NSA, GCHQ spies help fix Tor vulns, claims project boss

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Re: "BEWARE ROMULAN'S BEARING GIFTS"

What a delightful surprise! But you really shouldn’t have — I’ve already got more apostrophes than I know what to do with.

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