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BEHOLD the HOLY GRAIL of TECH: The REVERSIBLE USB plug

James Pickett

What is wrong with a plug/socket that is obviously asymmetric, like, say, Firewire? Doesn't KISS apply any more?

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Win XP usage down but not out as support cutoff deadline looms

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Even 10% (which seems a low estimate to me) of a very large number is still a large number. Come April 9th, when the sky hasn't fallen in, most XP users will just carry on as before, but without the nagware.

My 15-year old Toshiba laptop (upgraded from Win98 to 2k) was in use again last week, queuing up and playing sounds for a local theatre production, as it has done for a decade. I'll change it when it breaks.

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Microsoft: Let's be clear, WE won't read your email – but the cops will

James Pickett

"they don't offer Office 365 for Service Providers"

BT use it for their 'btconnect' email - is that not the same thing?

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QUIDOCALYPSE: Blighty braces for £100 MILLION cost of new £1 coin

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Re: ROI

"the non-parasitic local government members of the BPA"

Who they?

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It hasn't occurred, then, to the BPA that coins might change from time to time, and to make provision for same? Careless, and their problem.

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BT caught in data gaffe drama: Whistleblower squeals over alleged email fail

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"the company's CEO David Ratner"

Any relation to Gerald? It could explain a lot...

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Netflix needling you? BBC pimps up iPlayer ahead of BBC3 move

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Our (rural) broadband is just about fast enough to stream Youtube in low res, and radio programmes on iPlayer. I'm guessing that BBC execs don't get out and about much.

And HTF does taking BBC3 off an existing UHF network save money? I thought the major expense was making the programmes!

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Murdoch dumps Microsoft, prepares to Hangout with Google

James Pickett

"Don't they have Office 365 available in Aus?"

Presumably they do, hence the switch.

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Plusnet goes titsup for spectacular hour-long wobble

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Plusnet aren't perfect, but their customer support is generally good, and calls get answered by people whose first language is English (well, Yorkshire)...

The wires are still BT, of course, but that's the same for almost everyone on copper.

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Steve Jobs statue: Ones and ohs and OH NOES – it's POINTING at us

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Re: From the people who brought you..

"the people who picked the 2012 Olympics logo"

I wondered what had happened to them.One of the better features of the Winter Olympics was the legible logo, I thought.

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"the result of a competition"

Did they print the list with an ascending sort rather than a descending one? Or just hold it upside down..?

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Terrifying photo special: 'Electric Cannon' anal orgasmo-probe in use ... on a BULL

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Re: It´s me ,Rubén Prieto

"hard, dirty but beautiful"

A fine phrase.. :-)

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Tired of arguing with suits? Get ready to argue with engineers!

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"Nothing's changed since the 90s and Allen-Bradley PLCs and the Rockwell control software."

CNC machinery started it all in 1952, but I wouldn't expect Gartner to know that. Or much else, really.

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Treasure hunters dig up LOST RELIC of dead Steve Jobs

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I want the one that James T Kirk tried to talk into on his visit to the then present. Or was it Spock..?

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"donated by Steve Jobs himself"

Follow the gourd...all ye who call yourself Gourdenes!

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The future of storage: disk-based or just discombobulated?

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I think I'd rather have a conventional drive full of Helium than a 'shingled' drive with overlapping tracks...

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How Britain could have invented the iPhone: And how the Quangocracy cocked it up

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"No one at Nesta has a science or engineering background"

Which says it all really. Does anyone know how much PWC got for their involvement?

Thank you Andrew for the insight, depressing as it is. Plus ca change...

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Oh no, RBS has gone titsup again... but is it JUST BAD LUCK?

James Pickett

" just patching it up and moving on."

Just like Windows, then.

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OHM MY GOD! Move over graphene, here comes '100% PERFECT' stanene

James Pickett

"Tin film"

They've had those in Ireland for years.

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On the matter of shooting down Amazon delivery drones with shotguns

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But the one you're most likely to hit is the one bringing your Christmas present.. :-(

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Think unpatched Win XP hole's not a big deal? Hope you trust your local users

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Re: Quote "XP is like 13 years old. Get with the 21st Century."

" better locks, immobiliser and alarm"

Which it only needs because it is new! My 16-year old vehicle has a built-in anti-theft feature - it's not worth stealing. It also gets me about at minimal cost and when it becomes uneconomic to fix, I shall lavish another £500 on a replacement. In the meantime, I can enjoy a better class of refreshment when 'm not driving...

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Qatar whips covers off giant footballing vagina

James Pickett

I hear the Cambridge University Netball Team are looking for a venue. It looks quite inviting to me...

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How d'ya make a JP Morgan banker cry? Ask him questions on Twitter

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"They're fucking brilliant."

What - for being morally bankrupt? Better they were the other sort.

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JESUS battery HEALS itself - might make electric cars more practical

James Pickett

"they can only do 100 charge cycles before starting to lose performance"

That doesn't sound like an improvement to me.

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Microsoft fears XP could cause Indian BANKOCALYPSE

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" The move to a modern OS like Windows 8.1 will not only alleviate the risks for users and businesses but will also open up opportunities posed by modern technology, like the cloud"

You mean you can't access 'the cloud' on XP? Someone had better tell my computer, as it seems to be under the impression that Dropbox, Google Docs, Livedrive etc. are all working...

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Digital radio may replace FM altogether - even though nobody wants it

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"the major radio industry players desperately want a unified standard"

Really? I thought they just wanted to sell more sets (and possibly batteries). People don't buy new radios very often, as they last so well, so the desperation probably has very little to with 'unified standards'. As for batteries, our only recent radio purchase (a £10 Lloytron) bought three years ago and in daily use, is still on its original two D-cells.

I might add that 50% usage is a very low bar. What about the 49% who either can't get or don't want DAB? How much of the licence fee can we withhold..?

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Is computer biz Viglen about to GET FIRED? Lord Sugar's firm in rumoured sell-off

James Pickett

I'd no idea Viglen was still going! I'm no fan of Lord S, but his WP machines (and the wonderful Locoscript) were bullet-proof. I also recently helped an old lady adapt to her new Windows laptop, after the final failure of her 25-year old twin-floppy Amstrad PC1512, which I got the distinct impression that she preferred. Mostly on the grounds of speed.

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Google Nexus 5: So easy to fix, it's practically a DIY kit - except for ONE thing

James Pickett

"virtually no bending"

No unpleasant bending, surely?

(you have to be a certain age..)

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Child protection group's creep-catcher passes Turing Test

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Nowhere near passing the Turing Test.

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None of your Bezos: Jeff's wife gives one star to journo's Amazon tome

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"even though Jeff wouldn't be interviewed for the book"

Is that a clue?

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McDonalds ponders in-store 3D printing for Happy Meal toys

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Even if HP doesn't do it, I think cost will be the problem. How much are McD currently paying for their toys, 2p?

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Windows XP folks: At least GOOGLE still loves you ... UNTIL 2015

James Pickett

Still using FF with Win2k on two old laptops. Mercifully free from nagware, too.

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One day we'll look back and say this was the end of the software platform

James Pickett

"Redmond would do well to leave the team alone"

But (in the tones of Alan Bennett) they won't, will they?

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Psst.. Wanna Android all-in-one PC? We have the chip tech, says Intel

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A 21" tablet? Blimey.

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Microsoft's $7.1bn Nokia gobble: Why you should expect the unexpected

James Pickett

I am finding it hard to distinguish between the picture of Elop and a cat rewarded with a large saucer of cream.

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Air mattress blast blows German man across room

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Really?

"heat from the pump ignited the spray's gas"

It would have had to get pretty hot! Rather more likely to be a spark from the commutator...

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Why Teflon Ballmer had to go: He couldn't shift crud from Windows 8, Surface

James Pickett

He had to go - there was nothing left to sit on.

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Microsoft: That $900m Surface write-down is smarting

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"hapless CEO Steve Ballmer"

Isn't he always?

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Boeing batteries back under spotlight as 787 burns at Heathrow

James Pickett

Composites do seem to burn more easily than aluminium, but I suppose it's an improvement on the dope-covered fabric used on the Hindenberg...

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Bigger than Twitter: Opera releases rebuilt Chromium-based browser

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@Lee D

"For years I used your browser because it WAS integrated.."

Same here. I'm using it to browse this, with around 20 other tabs open and over 50,000 emails in six mailboxes immediately accessible under one of them.

I shall miss it.

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Windows 8 hype has hurt PC makers and distributors - Gartner

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"We believed the hype"

From MS, who gave us "the wow is now"?

I've no sympathy at all.

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BBC's Digital Moneypit Initiative known to be 'pile of dung' for years

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"commissioned PwC to investigate the DMI failure"

Haven't they spent enough already? They won't learn anything they didn't know already!

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Al Gore: Stop using the atmosphere as 'AN OPEN SEWER'

James Pickett
Unhappy

"It's obvious that we have to make a change."

Who's this 'we'? Not the Goracle, whose own lifestyle must be responsible for a significant amount of CO2, even when he's resting (which hardly ever seems to happen).

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Gourmet chemists sniff out ultimate cheese on toast

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FAIL

So, a foodie competition is to be judged by a chemist and a bunch of poets? Sounds about right...

FWIW, smallbrainfield's recipe sounds pretty good, but our national culinary skills must be a bit lacking if competitions have to be run to discover how to make cheese on toast!

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Microsoft parades Windows 8.1, the version you may actually want

James Pickett
Headmaster

Language

Since when was "architected" a word?

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UK.Gov passes Instagram Act: All your pics belong to everyone now

James Pickett
Unhappy

If metadata (e.g. exif) can be automatically stripped, how can you prove that it was ever there in the first place? There must be some mileage in a subtle watermarking program (or digital signature) that is harder to remove...

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Londoners in mass test of telly tech savvy as 4G filters mailed out

James Pickett
Headmaster

Re: What about flats

..or the 2-stroke motorcycle, the goddess from Warhammer, or the symbolic name for Jerusalem?

I keep telling my teenager that spelling is still important!

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Smart metering will disrupt weather forecasts, warns Met Office

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Re: Reality

"the monitoring of power consumption ANYWHERE in the house where there's an ordinary mains socket"

Monitoring is not the same as controlling. For that you need a switch.

Also, power line communication is dirty and interferes with other sorts of communication. Scale it up to every household and it may even interfere with itself!

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O2 tries something completely new: Honesty

James Pickett

I'm a PAYG man myself, but I assume a lot of the profit with contract phones is in the unused minutes, messages and bandwidth. I don't suppose that's itemised...

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