* Posts by Bassey

1097 posts • joined 23 Sep 2008

Japanese boffins crack arse-based ID recognizer

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Re: Whistledink

"all the ass jokes come off as ... amateurish"

You know some professional ass-joke writers?

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New ATLAS particle part of 'everyday mass'

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I'm probably going to regret asking, but.....

How is it a new "particle" if it is made up of two particles?

Isn't that a bit like saying Sodium Chloride is an element?

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Smartphone accessories

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Bottle Opener

That bottle opener case is so superb I momentarily considered getting an iPhone just so that I could get the case. The insanity passed...

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Motorola Pro+ Qwerty Android smartphone

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Re: A J Macleod

I agree to an extent. I'm amazed there isn't a verticle slider on the market with a standard keypad on it. These were all the rage five years ago (Nokia 7650 etc) and would seem ideal as a decent compromise between touch-screen entertainment and keypadded "getting things done".

That said, I've owned full QWERTY keyboard phones for the best part of a decade and, despite being 1.92m with coal-shovel hands I have never had a problem with them. Sure, they take a few days to get used to but then T9 takes me a few days to get used to each time I have to go back to it and capacative screens caused months of frustration after many years of resistive/stylus use.

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Ofcom grills pirates, loses report under fridge for two years

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Lies, damned lies and more lies

Surely last weeks "sexual partners" survey proved once and for all that asking the public in order to ascertain the truth is entirely pointless. For those that missed it that survey published results last week in which the average man claimed to have had 15 sexual partners and the average woman claimed to have had just six. Which proved that either the vast majority of men are homosexual or everyone lies in surveys, particularly on moral issues.

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Lovefilm buys right to stream Sony Pictures content

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The Karate Kid? A Kids film? How very dare you?

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eBay scam nets suckers on both sides of the road

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Re: They could have at least put a block of wood in it!

Nah, that would cost more to post. These scammers have their profit margins to think about!

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Southampton Uni climbs aboard LOHAN spaceplane project

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Mixed feelings

Whilst I join the others in positively glowing with pride that the UK is producing such engineering talent and am pleased to see such people anthusiastically jumping on LOHAN - I do wonder if the project is perhaps veering too far from its "Men in Sheds" ethos?

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The moment a computer crash nearly caused my car crash

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Cut the crap

Whenever there is a car thread in here a bunch hollier than thou morons come on and tell everyone "well, if you were driving properly..."

Bollocks.

I want ABS because the prick at sat in his driveway up ahead might not see me and could pull out in front of me. In that scenario, I have done nothing wrong but ABS might prevent us both winding up dead.

Just because you feel the need to jump on a public forum and tell everyone what a wonderful driver you are doesn't mean there aren't compelete pricks out there that could kill you in a flash.

There is no prize for being "dead" right.

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Asus Zenbook UX31E

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So you quite like it then?

I must admit to having been a bit of a fan of Asus hardware over the last couple of years. It has generally tended to be well built, well priced, well specced and well thought out.

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Fuel taxes don't hurt the world's poor - they don't have cars

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more economic

"People can choose a more economic vehicle, public transport, a motor bike instead of a car etc etc and the more you consume the service the more you pay towards its cost"

I hear this argument a lot. Politicians, when asked what people can do about rising fuel costs, often go on about how people could insulate their homes, shop around for the cheapest supplier etc etc.

I did that. Several years ago. I double insulated the loft. Had cavity wall insultation injected into the walls. Replaced the boiler with a super-efficient condenser. Had all the windows checked and re-sealed. Sold the old 1.2 Clio (45mpg) and got a 1l Hyundai that does about 65mpg. I lift share with two people in my village. I swapped my mobile contract for one costing just £7.50/month all in. I'm on the cheapest broadband and the cheapest everything else.

I haven't had a pay rise in four years but my wife and I have an extra mouth to feed now. There IS no public transport where we live and we can't sell our house (on the market for over 2 years) to move nearer to work. I was spending about £150 on petrol getting to work. Thanks to fuel price rises It is now around £250 and with 30% hikes in gas, heating oil, electric etc....

What the fuck do I do now?

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eBuyer £1 sale fail: Customers vent fury... on Facebook

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A lot of fuss

People do get a bit hot and bothered about this sort of thing, don't they? Almost as if they have some inherent right to be the one to get the deal.

I wasn't actually aware of the £1 sale but tried to visit eBuyer to purchase a nettop. As the site wasn't responding I got it from Amazon instead.

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Samsung Galaxy Nexus Android smartphone

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Three simple rules

There are three simple rules that most technology literate smartphone users will stick to.

A smartphone MUST have;

1) A memory card slot - preferably MicroSD

2) A Proper SIM slot

3) A removable battery

So many of the flagship smartphones from ALL manufacturers seem to be breaking 1 or 2 of these rules just recently and without any consistency. Manufacturers seem to be sealing in the battery one week, then opening that back up but omitting the memory card slot the next. It doesn't seem to make any sense. They KNOW this pisses customers off and harms retention so why do it?

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Spillover from 400lb man squeezed fellow flier into galley

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Re: Excess Baggage

That seems a bit harsh. I'm 1.92m tall. So, despite the fact I'm fairly trim (I run ultra-marathons) I probably weigh the same as a short lard-arse.

BMI is also a useless system as it assumes people are 2D and so punishes the tall. Is there a system for differentiating people who weigh a lot because they are tall and/or muscular and people who weigh a lot because their eat/move ratio is out of whack?

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Sony demos Augmented Reality on PS Vita

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Google gives up on saving world from cheap coal energy

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Re: Let's do solar PV properly

I see two main problems;

Firstly, sandy desert isn't great for solar panels. On the other hand, there are plenty of other types of desert that would better suit.

Secondly, the infrasctructure in deserts tends to be rather minimal making the building, maintenance etc prohibitively expensive. Nothing that can't be surmounted but problematic none the less.

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Man nearly faints with relief as cops drop chopper charge

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Re: Iainn

"Again with no explanation of what a 'chopper' is until 3/4 way through the article? Jeez..."

That was the whole point, Iainn. Double Entendre fall a little flat if you explain them beforehand. It's called humour?

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Coders are creatives too: Where's our love?...

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Wholly Crap

A bunch of so-called "Developers" (I still call myself a programmer) whining about their feelings and how society misunderstands them. For christs sake. It's like the bastard child of Twighlight and Loose Women.

Grow a pair!

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Bug silences Samsung Galaxy Nexus

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Re: you're not singing anymore

Hadn't spotted that - certainly naughty of them to release it without mentioning the lack of Flash. Okay, they don't need to list every feature that isn't present but most people would take Flash on Android as a given - especially as it is often provided as an example of a differentiator.

A quick Google suggests it IS coming soon though;

Adobe issued the following statement on the matter: “Adobe will release one more version of the Flash Player for mobile browsing, which will provide support for Android 4.0 — expected to be released before the end of this year.”

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SQUID calls 'virtual photons' into real existence

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Fan-bloody-tastic. Thank you

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Kindle Fire: An open letter to Jeff Bezos

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Re: Baffled

Good grief Chris. I know it is early on a Monday but wake up man. He didn't mention WHAT article or WHICH author. This isn't a post. It is a BOT getting in a 1st "relevent" post to try and get around the spam detectors.

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PETA claims anti-Mario campaign was a joke

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Skinning Animals Alive

Seriously? Skinning Animals Alive? I just don't believe that happens as common practice for several reasons.

1) It would be several times more difficult to skin them alive, whilst wriggling, screaming, biting etc. than whilst dead

2) It would be pointless. They aren't sheep. It won't grow back.

3) The fur would get covered in blood. Far better to drain the blood first (and keep it - very tasty).

4) PETA stated it

Doesn't mean there aren't sick bastards out there that do it sometimes for kicks but as a standard business practice it is an awful lot of extra hassle with no benefits.

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Orange revisits San Francisco with another budget blower

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CPU

Anyone know what generation ARM CPU has? I believe the last one had an ARM6 processor which put a limit on some of the apps you could run. Mine still flies along with the latest CyanogenMOD though.

As for the memory, mine has 512MB of RAM so I'm not sure that counts as an upgrade.

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DOOMSDAY 2012 MEGA VOLCANO 'UNLIKELY' - NASA

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Dull

"Indonesia, New Zealand, the United States, and Chile"

So miles away from me then. Who cares?

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Motorola Razr Android smartphone

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Re: Where are the non-removable battery haters?

They stopped reading the review after the words "non-removable battery", obviously.

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Google serves up Ice Cream Sandwich code

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Re: Ooooh

Google promised to release the source code.

Lots of people predicted it wouldn't happen and that they were just stalling

Google have now released the source code so that those of us with older devices can get the latest OS on them.

Do you mind explaining why any/all of that is soooo terrible that you felt it necessary to vent your spleen publicly?

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WebOS developer? 'Grab a slab, while stocks last'

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Re: Brian Cox

It was on "The Infinite Monkey Cage" that he denied all responsibility for the penning of "Things Can Only Get better", fully acknowledged that it contravened the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics and insisted he had written the little known B-Side, "Entropy Will Always Increase" but claimed the Labour party just weren't interested in using it as an election slogan.

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Logitech Wireless Touchpad

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Alternatives

I got something similar to this several years ago in the hope it would sort out my RSI from years of mouse useage - particularly the scroll-wheel which is a real killer for me. Whilst I found the touch pad easy to use and the scrolling was fine the motions were too similar to operating a scroll-wheel so the RSI reared its ugly head again.

Now been using a Kensington Expert Mouse trackball that has staved off RSI for 3 or 4 years.

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Hands on with the Sony PlayStation Vita

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Re: Where on earth did you get that price form?

Erm, the paragraph above where he had just pointed out the memory stick will be £100.

£270 + £100 + 1 game = £400 near as makes no difference.

And, lets face it, that design REQUIRES a case - so add £20-30 on for that.

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Another hushed HTC blower set for 2012 debut

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Re: Quad core

Actually, the article states "1.5GHz dual-core processor" so it isn't quad core. However, the general idea of the multiple cores is that you can have more processing power AVAILABLE but without cranking up the power. For example, the latest multi-core arm design has five cores. One, low power core is running most of the time for mundane tasks and uses little-to-no power. The other four cores only kick-in when more grunt is required and then shut back down again with ARM quoting power savings of 30% or more.

So multi-core IS about getting back to a practical battery life - even if it won't be marketed as such because, like it or not, amazing battery life doesn't sell to Joe Public.

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Snap!

I call snap. That is EXACTLY the same spec as the Sensation Beats XE apart from the Battery and OS version - and HTC has already confirmed the XE will receive ICS in the New Year. So this is the same phone but with a slightly smaller battery.

That strikes me as a rather difficult differentiation to sell to the market!

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Russian Mars mission launches after multi-year delays

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Oops

Looks like this was posted an hour or two too soon. Shame. I really don't care who is carrying out Interplanetary missions as long as someone is. Kudos to the Russians for keeping trying and lets hope they can salvage something out of (what looks like) a complete nightmare at the moment.

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Ryanair ponders in-air mucky movie service

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Usual O'Leary nonsense

O'Leary's usual trick of making up nonsense to get himself a bunch of free advertising from brainless churnalists at the Sun.

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New pics of giant black sphere hurtling toward Earth

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Re: It almost clipped the moon

Bloody good point. Everyone goes on about earth impacts but what about a serious moon impact? After all, this object is going to pass a lot closer to the moon than it will to us. And a serious smash on the moon will be far more serious for us, long term, than a 400 kilo-tonne bomb going off (the estimated impact of this thing if it ever hit).

Is anyone tracking potential strikes on the moon?

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BeWeather

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Was sounding good

Sounded good until "Weather data is ... near enough identical to the BBC’s weather information"

Given that the BBC's weather forecast is complete and utter shite I won't be bothering.

I must admit, despite their being seemingly hundreds of weather apps for Android it is one area I Find disappointing. I'm a hill walker so I'm interested in detailed, accurate weather information but find it very hard to find. Accuweather is brilliant on the web but their Android client is woeful. The best I've found so far is Wetter.com but some of the interface is in English and some in German.

One test I have is looking up the weather for home and work. There is a bloody great range of hills and mountains in between so the weather is usually different in one place to the other - even though there is just 11 miles between them. The BBC always has them as having the same weather.

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Ubuntu republic riven by damaging civil wars

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I've never met a group more resistent to change than IT types :)

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Iceberg DEATHMATCH: Berlin vs Manhattan

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Isn't this quite straightforward

The Berlin is the metric equivalant of the Imperial Manhatten. As long as NASA don't need to carry out space-craft related projects that require converting one to the other we should be fine to use either and/or both.

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Ten... Blu-ray disc players

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Re: Why would I not get a Sony PS3?

Because it is big, ugly, noisy and consumes more power than your average toaster. But I agree, I'd still rather that than most of these on the list. Although I actually got a Sony SB160 second hand for £60 a couple of years ago and it plays blu-rays - which is all I really wanted from a blu-ray player.

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Modern Warfare 3 flogged on eBay for a grand

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Amazon

Amazon shipped out their advanced orders on Friday and they arrived Saturday morning. A guy at work has been playing his for a few days now.

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Belkin Chef Stand and Stylus for tablets

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Sounds good

As I was reading this I was thinking how handy it would have been last week when I made a lemon meringue pie - as my phone kept getting smeared with "stuff" as I was flicking through the recipe.

Then I remembered the 20 minutes I had to spend cleaning whisked egg white from every exposed surface in the kitchen. That's fine with my £99 SanFran or £70 no-name tablet. But I don't think I would want to expose an iPad to that kind of treatment.

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Shale gas operations triggered Blackpool tremors

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Re: JaitcH might like to know

"Maybe - certain documentary-makers go the extra mile when they hardly need to - but what about the other remarks?"

What other points? They said Yeo was a lieing, obsequious little shit (paraphrasing slightly) and I agreed. I was only pointing out that the main environmental pressure groups are just as bad.

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Re: Lies and more Lies

"Register readers might be interested to know that an Oscar-nominated documentary called GASLANDS made much of a householder's flaming taps, where methane in the water could be ignited from the tap."

JaitcH might like to know that the makers of Gaslands have since had to apologise and have admitted that scene was entirely bogus after videos of that same tap being lit BEFORE the fracking occured came to light. That bloke has been showing off his flaming water for many years and it has NOTHING to do with fracking. But then, the obsequious environmental campainers are just as free and easy with the "truth" as Yeo and his backers. In their view they have the moral high-ground so any miss-truths they tell are all for the greater good.

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A rapid first hands-on: Nokia’s Windows phones

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Don't diss Mr Tumble!

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Airbus brews Scandium smackdown for carbon Dreamliner

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Superb

Excellent article. These pieces are the main reason I read the Reg. Thanks very much.

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Public transport 'is bad for commuters' health'

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Isn't this fairly straight-forward

Those who live close enough to the city centre to walk/cycle are also able to afford city centre rent/mortgage so are generally high-income individuals. Those living within 30/60 drive/bus are in the poorer parts of the city or just outside. Those greater than an hour away (as suggested in the report) are also high earners.

All this report has done is identify the spread for the cost of housing as you move away from the city centre. Not that disposable income HAS to correlate to health but it is certainly easier to be healthy if every last penny isn't being spent on accomodation, fuel and travel.

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Samsung bleats 'bout bendy blowers for 2012

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RE: What about the rest

I may be wrong (it happened once before) but I reckon they are talking more along the lines of that Sony phone with a split screen that folds in half down the middle. Imagine that but without the annoying strip down the middle where the hinge is. That way, the screen bends but the rest of the electronics can remain usefully solid.

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Stallman: Did I say Jobs was evil? I meant really evil

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Re: Journalistic Balance?

What makes you believe a journalists job is to present balance? Their job is to either;

A) Report the truth; or

B) Present their opinion

Nothing to do with balance. Indeed, "balance" has become the shield of lazy and/or insecure journalists. "I can't (be arsed to) check whether or not what I'm reporting is the truth so I'll just put the exact opposite at the end to cover my arse and call it "Balance". ".

And are you SERIOUSLY suggesting that once someone has died they are beyond criticism because they are unable to respond? What a claustrophobic, narrow little world that would be. It would pretty much put an end to the study of History, too.

Truly Bizarre.

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Feds nab granny in moon rock sting

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From another point of view

Turning the story around ever so slightly to view it from the supposed point that neither NASA or the Feds have ANY evidence this old lady has done anything wrong and you have;

Feds/NASA kidknapp old lady, hold her hostage for two hours and only release her after stealing $1m from her purse.

Just saying....

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Porsche finds top gear with BlackBerry design

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I like it

I really don't like Porsche design and I'm not a fan of Blackberry's. But I really like the look of this. I haven't got $2000 to waste on a phone, mind, but if I happened to win the lottery some time soon I could see myself stumping up for one of these - even if the keyboard does look like a pig to use.

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As iPhone 4S battery suckage spreads, fixes appear

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Sounds like

Sounds like Apple are just starting to experience the same problems that other OSs have had for a while. The more complex and capable they become the more problems they will have. I've had my Android phone about a year and 3, maybe 4 times over that year I've put it down nearly fully charged and a couple of hours later it has pinged to say the battery is low. When I've picked it up it has been warm to touch. A quick reboot sorts it out. Plenty of other Android users have reported similar problems and it used to happen all the time on Windows Mobile.

With maturity and complexity come problems. Apple tried to avoid this by keeping the iPhone simple but the market has pushed it towards greater complexity so random problems will occur. And, because of the vast numbers sold and the huge hype, every little problem will be magnified a thousand times.

He who lives by the hyperbole.....

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