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An EMC-HP Borg cube will totally ANNIHILATE its storage worlds

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Weren't similar things said before the merger of HP and Compaq ?

Just saying as I have no loyalty to either HP nor EMC. Sure it could be a disaster, but HP have been there before and come out quite quickly smelling of roses.

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Renault Twingo: Small, sporty(ish), safe ... and it's a BACK-ENDER

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Re: Fiat 500?

Almost certainly this will get sportier engines - don't forget the Twingo II was launched with just a couple of semi-asthmatic petrol engines and a slow diesel one. The warm and hot versions came later.

I'm looking forwards to trying one of these. The whole FF layout was all about safety as even an original Fiat 500 or 126 could end up in a nasty/embarrassing spin in the wrong circumstances (I had a rear puncture in a 126 as it was turning a corner - ended up facing the other way as the front spun round). It's a shame there's no front space - I assume this is again due to crash protection

Do wish with we'd got the original in the UK. I occasionally look for a second hand one over here but they command high prices and tend to be suffering from bad rust.

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Slap my Imp up: Bullfrog's Dungeon Keeper

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Re: I'm STILL playing this!!

I'm another still playing it, though also preferring DK2. Only problem is I find it very hard to make much out on a modern hi resolution monitor, and yes that's when windowed, not full screen.

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Best shot: Coffee - how do you brew?

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Re: Filter Best For Me

Before the euro it was a lot cheaper as well as there being a far larger selection.

One thing to be aware of though, if you see a brand you buy in the UK (beans, ground, or even instant) don't assume it'll be the same in France as I have found that some times the roasting/flavour does differ.

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Moka all the way

While it's no good for a work place, every time I've tried another form of coffee making I've always found myself going back to my trusty moka pot.

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Forrester says it's time to give up on physical storage arrays

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Until workmen outside cut through your comms cable ......

It can and does happen (Power cable for one company I worked for, water mains for another).

We hear all about the resilience built up at the other end to near guaranty your data, but there's always single points of failure much closer to home.

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Fiat Panda Cross: 'Interesting-looking' Multipla spawn hits UK

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Re: Multipla

The last Multipla in pre-face lift form was incredbly marmite in looks, but also a very capable 6 seater load lugger. I had one for a few years as a run around, quite happilly did distance driving with large rugby players inside who were not scrunched up while carrying kit in the boot (you can get suitacases in upright without having to dro a seat).

It really did mix opinions amongst my friends, some loved it's quirky external looks, others hated the it - one even nicknamed mine the Uglipa.

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Sonos AXES support for Apple's iOS4 and 5

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Re: Sonos legacy support...

@ Timbo - cheers for that - was not aware. I suspect it will just get it's version number updated in the future. At least it's not being scrapped as it is easier to use than the latest app and also is waterproof so can be used when listening to music in the bath (erm).

@ Hitmouse - you get prompted about upgrading so it's not some thing you can do easily by accident.

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You only need the new software update (when it comes out) if you upgrade your Sonos firmware

Sonos have a habit of bringing out new functionality as well as fixes with their software updates. Also Sonos works by all your components being at the same level, so when an upgrade occurs then all components are matched to the new level - you are prompted before any of that happens. Sure with the CR100 this might just be a change to the version number to keep it working (or some thing similar), but what it means is that you do not have to go for an upgrade.

Net result, if your only controller is an early iDevice which can not be upgraded to iOS7, or for some other reason you do not want to update your compatible idevice device to iOS7 then simply do not upgrade your Sonos system. It won't stop working. The only thing is you will not be able to add new devices (or second hand ones at a different firmware/software level).

On a side note - as well as dedicated controllers, you can also run the software from Android devices, plus PCs and MACs - personally I prefer the desktop software from the controller software (especially after the 'Android friendly' redesign.

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Another day, another Firefox: Version 31 is upon us ALREADY

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Re: Irrelevant?

I've been suffering with Firefox memory slurping for a long time now - even disabled flash in it at one stage (it's amazing just how much online content relies on flash). I don't like the feel of Chrome (yeah I know Firefox are trying to copy them)- actually found the latest versions of Explorer to be faster and more reliable (stop the cat calls) however with no addblock+ available for IE I'm not going to be moving across.

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Audio tech upstart DTS takes on Wi-Fi speaker juggernaut Sonos

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Re: Bollocks

Don't knock the Sonos mesh network - friend of mine extended his network out to his garage (where his fitness gear is) and the end of his garden using his Sonos system, (he could have used home plugs for only part of that).

Also if you have a large house, or too many thick walls, then your range is not limited to distance between receivers and your wifi hub, but rather between nearest units.

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Feel free to BONK on the TUBE, says Transport for London

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Oyster was made to work by pricing out the alternatives ...

I remember when Oyster first came in to being in the UK (I already had an Octopus card from HK so was familiar and happy to use them). What was noticeable, however, was that there were suddenly a number of fare rises for existing season tickets and traditional pay by cash tickets making them considerably more expensive.

It did not stop there, however, as it was cheaper for regular travellers to pay by period, not by journey - even with the daily cap, so next period charges rose several times until they became too expensive with the end result being that the only economical way to regularly travel by tube was to use a pay-by-journey oyster card.

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Battle ready: Valiant Hearts and Company of Heroes: Western Front

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Will Ubisoft now rerelease Historyline 1914-18 ?

With Ubisoft producing "Valiant Hearts: The Great War", would lvoe it if they looked at their back catalogue and re-released Historyline 1914-18 (which they got when they bought up Bluebyte). Nonly only was it a great battlefield comamnd game, but it was full of historical information and back ground.

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Stop bullying SUPER FAT GODZILLA, urge movie stars

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Re: Modern weapons

Ah but all that extra blubber he's put on in recent decades acts like composite armour by compressing with energy being expelled through the waves of fat coming from the impact point (a but like an organic vesion of chobham).

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Big Blue's GPFS: The tech's fantastic. Shame about the product

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Miss running GPFS systems

I'm another GPFS fan, however I also fear looking at the costs. I describe it as the sort of product where if you have the requirements and the financial backers then it is worth it, however if you're missing one of those it's just too expensive.

Back in ~1999/2000 (almsot a decade before I started using it) I remember there were three tiers - a basic very limited free version, a cheap version with no resilience, and the full fat resilient version. Think the first two got dropped as people tried running setups with them then and then complaining that it was a useless sytem when they had a disk failure or a node went/was taken down.

BTW - with experience you can get it up and running rather quickly, it just depends on what additional complexities you want to introduce.

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HTC One M8: Reg man takes spin in Alfa Romeo of smartphone world

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Any Wireless Charging Options

Yup some one has to ask and yes I am one of those who got a Qi charging pad for their present phone (Nexus 4). Jokes aside I don't regret the pad, however it's a pain looking for a new phone that will use it. Having played a little with the M8 it is rather tempting ....

... so does anyone know if it will wirelesly charge or if there's an official Qi case for it (as Samsung are supposedly brining out for the Galaxy S4 and S5) ? (though it'd be a shame to put a case on some thing that looks and feels the way it does).

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Ah the gold old sound of my Busso 3.0v6 engined Alfa 164 used to make me feel happy again after having just splashed out to get yet more electrical gremlins fixed. Never quite had the same sensation when my Desire Z started to play up (after the HTC Gingerbreakyourphonebread update).

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Re: MyPhoneExplorer

MyPhoneExplorer struggles on Android 4.3 onwards - been using it since 4.2 on a HTC Desire Z. Main issue for me is it duplicating the address book on your phone or not syncing it properly. It's one of the complaints on their forum but one they seem little interested in fixing (having said that it is free).

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Ancient telly, check. Sonos sound system, check. OMG WOAH

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To be honest, if audiophiles want to go for wireless streaming then they should be looking at the CM100 (now Sonos: Connect). This is designed to connect in to your stereo system/amp, allowing you to stream while also maintaining audio quality (remember Sonos does support FLAC).

For some reason, while still selling the the latest generation of their original unamped and amped units Sonos hide those on their website and try to push their speaker inclusive units. No issue for the likes of me with no real ear for music quality (or so I claim), but useful for those wanting to expand on existing setups.

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Playbar will work without any other Sonos components. The Bridge is just a link in to your network - one Sonos component must then the rest communicate wireless through the mesh network (meaning range is determined by distance between Sonos units, not to the central router). In reality it can be any Sonos unit connected to your network, the bridge is just a cheap method of doing so without having to sacrifice where you want to place a speaker or how you tidy a cable up.

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It's big, it's expensive and it's an audiophile's dream: The Sonos Sub

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@Steve Todd Re: Sorry, Audiophile and Sonos in the same sentence?

In which case you can plug a CM100 (or is it 120) unamped unit in to your stereo and take advantage of streaming over your decent HiFi system. Leave the play 1/3/5s to other rooms.

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Re: have they fixed the horrible lag?

Never had that problem myself, however I know that issue is meant to exist with the Play Bar.

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Pay-by-bonk on the blink: O2 loses Wallet

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The real problem is people like real cash

Let us not forget there have been previous attempts to move us on to electronic direct money transfers - let us not forget Mondex from the late 1990s (or was it later) - great idea of having your own digital wallet and being able to do direct transfers of small amounts to others without having to go through a banking system (literally an electronic cash wallet for those too young to remember). In theory it was a great idea, but when tested no one wanted to use it and it died.

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Who's the best-built bot that makes the US military hot? SCHAFT!

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Re: That naming!

You beat me to it. So what's the bets the next one will be called Shinohara ?

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HP mounts channel attack on EMC: We're a Bugatti, they're a VW bug

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So if this is a true comparison ...

... does this mean HP lose money on each 3PAR array they sell, just like VAG do on the Veyron ?

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Sonos and I: How home media playback just gets SO FRUSTRATING

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Re: Nice.... but not quite there yet !

To the two above

1. Power supply - Sonos units all plug in to the mains - which is a shame as it'd be nice to have a fully portable unit to take out in to the garden.

2. Mono - nope all devices are at least stereo, however with the Play series you can use a pair as 'stero' speakers - i.e. one covering left and one covering right.

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LG’s G2: The phondleslab that wants you to TOUCH ITS BEHIND

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No Qi Wireless Charging

For some reason LG have done a deal with Verizon so onlty their version gets in-built Qi charging. now 4 months ago I'd not have thoguht about this, but since then I've been using a Qi charger with my Nexus 4 and now can not do without it.

Sure LG have said there will be an accessory, but having to use a specific add-on (almost cerainly a case) does part defeat the object

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Top architect: The TRUTH about dead Steve Jobs' new spaceship Apple HQ

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Re: reminds me

You forgot to add that many of Foster's buildings are badly flawed - main issue being leakage when it rains (including his university library building ....), and sun heat traps.

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Shopping list for Tesco: Eggs, milk, bread, tablets (the £60 7in Android kind)

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Re: @jonathanb @Steve Foster

Not only are Scottish £1 notes legal tender in England, but you could get them as change in the internal shops of a certain Scottish based bank I used to work for in London. Said notes were used with no problems in the local stores.

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it ... Win Phone 8? No, it's APPLE'S iOS 7

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Another Hater Here

While the old wireless hotspot issue appears not to have raised its annoying head at work (where a wifi DC ends your certificate), I've struggled to like it since upgrading my iPad last night. There's just too much visibly wrong with it. Sure I like what they've done to the calendar app and also making newstand an app so I can file it away is also a good thing, but it's just too garish, too obtrusive, poorly designed, in your face.

The old look may have been dated but it just felt right, from first time till I upgraded last night. This is just proof that Jonny Ives might be a great technical designer but he shows little knowledge of user itnerfaces (and/or was stoned when he signed this off).

What sums it up for me is the fact it askde me to give permission for the Weather App to have access to Location Services - however the iPad does not get it ....

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Modular smartphones floated by Dutch designer chap

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Glad I'm not the only one who remembers an Israeli start up demoing actual prototypes about 5-10 years ago. Was covered here at the time - can't remember much of the details except a combination of ooh nice idea and ooh looks fugly.

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US highway agency awards Tesla Model S RECORD safety score

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Re: Yep

There was a nurse who survived all three tests !!! (o.k. the last one did not result in a sinking, but I seem to rememebr reading they still did an Abandom Ship for safety.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Violet_Jessop

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New blinged-up 'iPhone 5S' touted by Jobs FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE

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Re: I can’t wait, give it a few years…

Could have sworn I saw some one who looked just like Steve Jobbs serving in a take away last week in Lodnon. Some one else told me they saw him in a post office queue in Edinburgh ....

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E-reader barons file FCC plea to opt out of disabled-friendly regs

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Re: Not everything can do everything

Be interesting to hear what they would be forced to provide. The Kindle already comes with a (some what dull) audio reader and i assume so do the others.

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Google Glassholes to be BANNED from UK roads

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Re: incompatible

@ Adrian Midgley 1

My main drive - a Citron C6, also has a HUD and it's so instinctive I find myself struggling to find the speedo in my other cars \00/ - I do feel its safer. However, my HUD (nor the ones in other Citrons, Peugots, BMWs and Audis), does not allow me to browse G+, FB, twiter, etc, nor does it alert me to new emails or relevant social network posts.

The key thing is, it is not the fact that it provides some thing useful, it's the fact google glasses will also provide lots of distractions.

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Chromecast: You'll pop me in for HOT STREAMS of JOY, hopes Google

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Shame it's HDMI 1.4

Did cross my mind this might be a cheap solution for those of us with older TV sets who want the ability to get services such as Netflix (my BD player gives my LoveFilm and BBC iPLayer, but not said Netflix), however I suspect quite a lot out there, like my TV set, only have HDMI 1.3

Now I'm not exactly TV knowledgeable so feel free to tell me it makes no difference.

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Star Wars missile intercept fails for fifth year running

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Re: Can't they have a word with the Israelis?

Actually the Iron Dome system was meant to have worked remarkably well with very few missiles getting through and hitting human occupied areas. The system is clever enough that on detecting an incoming missile it will calcualte where it will land and if that's waste land, desert, the sea, etc, then it will leave it be and save the missile for the next potential target.

As others have said, it is only a defence against short range missiles (though theoretically also agaisnt SCUD type) and is part of a three tier solution. Middle tier will be the replaement for patriot (which had only about a 50% success rate during the Gulf War), and the third tier a theoretical defence agaisnt ICBMs.

Iron Dome is Israeli tech, not a joint project, however I do understand they are looking to sell it to the US.

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Douglas Engelbart, PC pioneer and creator of the mouse, dies at 88

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Re: Maybe they will know him now.

I think the problem came about because he did slip in to obscurity as the world was not yet ready for his work. After all just how many of the general world (and a lot of the IT world) have heard of him, or Joseph Licklider. Without the pair of them we'd almost certainly not have the computer aided world we have today.

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British Bebo founder buys back social network for $849m profit

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Re: $849m profit????

Out of the $595 they gave chunks of it to their staff and while comapred to the over all total it would not heave been much, many of the original staff became millionaires. A friend of mine who had been there for about 8 months as a mid to senior level techie was given well in to 6 figures (sterling).

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Better Place electric car outfit goes titsup

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Re: Doomed idea

Almost certainly not helped as well by Ghost declaring that Renault (and Nissan) are dropping out of the pure electric car market and instead ill be looking towards hybrid technology.

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Things that cost the same as coffee with Tim Cook - and are WAY more fun

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Re: SU-100 tanks

If you're going to be a pedant then get it right. it's a Self Propelled Gun, genus Tank Destroyer (and no not an assualt un - that's what the SU-122/ISU-122 was).

;)

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Mobile tech destroys the case for the HS2 £multi-beellion train set

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FAIL

Tim Worstall = HS2 NIMBY ?

Because he sure comes across that way with this piece of reporting.

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Ten ancestors of the netbook

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I still occasionally miss my old Psion 3 MX

It was my first PDA, and my jump across from a filofax. i used it for many years, not just as an organiser, but also, through the serial cable, as a terminal. Was perfect for when I needed to go in to a machine room where there was a dodgy terminal or workstation monitor.

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Black-eyed Pies reel from BeagleBoard's $45 Linux micro blow

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Re: Ahh

Strange, I have distinct memories of it's backers harping on about how they were influenced by the likes of the Acorn Atom and ZX Spectrum and wanted some thing to throw at kids in schools to help influence them in to carrying on the UK tradition for tech thinkers and doers.

The fact it can be used as a half decent PC was purely a side benefit.

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Ten Windows 8 Ultrabooks

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I might have to revist the S200

I tried oen in PCW and liked it but was put off by the low hardware spec as I will be wanting to process photos on it ( though it did cross my mind that my present travel laptop is 6-7 year old technology and so probably much slower).

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@ Eadon Re: Wrong title...

Ok I bite on this one

Xerox Star -> Original Mac -> Windows 3.1.

X-Windows -> Mac OSX -> Vista/Aero.

Rio MP3 Player -> Creative DAT -> iPod -> Zune

Decades of Sci Fi -> MS Windows Tablets -> iPad -> Surface.

SE 800 -> SE 900 -> SE910 .... -> iPhone -> Windows Phone 7/8. (assuming you mean a tile or user friendly interface, as the iPhone was a huge step backwards hardware wise for the Europeana dn Far-Eastern markets)

Apple copying everyone else .......... Steve Jobb's real skill (aside from anoying the crap out of most people who worked with/for him) as marketting and trend analysis. Successfuly Apple products have never been original in idea, it was Steve spotting when the market aws finally ready.

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Hardware hacker unifies 15 retro consoles in format frenzy

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When's it going on Kickstarter

I know it's not feasable, but I doubt the price would reduce from what this masterpiece cost, but we can dream :)

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Review: Renault Zoe electric car

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The Electric Car Is Dead !

Sorry guys but, I'll quote the author first

"To argue that the electric car has already failed is farcical. To date only one mass-market EV from an established car maker has been launched in the UK: the Nissan Leaf. Even I’m not fully convinced by the Leaf. I think it’s too big, too ugly and too expensive. A revised, cheaper, longer-range Sunderland-built model will address some of those failings, but I can’t see it changing my essential feelings towards it.

No, in my opinion the only two cars that will fly the flag of the e-car in a convincing manner in 2013 are Toyota’s Prius Plug-in hybrid and Renault’s new Zoe BEV. If in two years’ time global sales of these two are still piss poor then, and only then, will I discuss the “failure” of the e-car."

And now I'll like everyone to do a google ot look for press releases in recent months by Carlos Ghosn. He's the head of both Nissan and Renault. He has been the main driving force behind the pure electric car and the reason why Nissan and Renault sell these where as all their rivals only do hybrids and are only researching hybrids and/or hydrogen power.

So the head of the only main stram manufacturer of electric cars made an announcement a month or two ago. Basically Ghost said that he still liked the concept of a pure EV but as an enterprise it was a failure and as a result Nissan-Renault will now be dropping research in to them and instead look towards developing a range of hybrid cars based upon existing models.

This leaves no major motoring manufacturer in this field, with only Tesla seeming to be developing the technology and they can harldy be considered significant. Oh and don't bring G-Wizz up - no news of any new cars and even their existing one used old tech.

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Review: Living with Microsoft's new Surface Pro

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Re: Guess I'll got one - it looks great to be used together my camera.

I was also thinking the same thing - also great for processing photos out of the house (i.e. on location or holiday).

@ Dave126 - iPad is useless for DSLR owners due to lttle in the way of options, a reliance mainly on expensive additional cables or wireless adapters (unless you have the latest generation of high end professional cameras - assuming you have access to a wirelss network for connectivity - I still seem to find hotels with either no conenctivity, Internet only in the foyer/louge/bar area, or cable conenction in the room) and no high end photo processing options. With a Surface Pro tablet (or a PC or MAC laptop) you can have full camera control (again missing from the tablet toy apps) and decent processing software.

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The truth on the Navy carrier debacle? Industry got away with murder

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Re: Lewis misses the point

If the Jutland book is blaming German shells penetrating the magazine armour then it's both out of date and inaccurate. Lots of proof now that many of the ships in Beatties BC squadron had all the doors/traps open between the magazines, powder stores and the guns so they could fire as fast as possbile (Beattie was obsessed with rate if fire and not accuracy as he believed if you fired often enough some shells would hit ...). Net result was that a non-penetrating shell exploding could, and in multiple instances, did result in ships exploding. The RN knew about Beattie's effects (he also penalised crews of slow firing ships) before thae start of the war, plus it came out in the internal enquiry, but was then put under Official Secrets so it would not show that Beattie (who soon after replaced Jelicoe as admiral in a politial manouever) was an incompetant donkey. The British press by that stage, while jingoistic, was also intrisive, hence the blame going on the lack of armour on the battle cruisers.

Think we've some what segued here.

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