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Furious MyCloud users descend on WD website as borkage continues

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Doesn't surprise me, neither the borkage nor WDs ineptitude in fixing it. Their attitude to their customers hasn't changed either.

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Original iPhone dev team was 'shockingly small' - Apple engineer

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I did post on this forum, but it seems to have been disappeared, foil hat anyone?

Anyway my comment was that the swipe to unlock feature patented by Apple had tons of prior art and the patent should never have got beyond the trash can. USPTO will at some point live up to their name, or at least we live in hope.

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Middle England's allotments become metric battlefield

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Re: Back to school

Had to be anaglypta!

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Reg tries out Google's Chromecast: Yep, we even tested smut sites

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Living in the colonies I've had access to the Chromecast for a few months now. I recently bought a second one if that tells you anything about what I think of it. The advent of local content casting with the Plex app has really increased this doodads appeal. A poster up the page a bit quite rightly says that tabcasting is not the main use of this, although it is useful, using your phone or tablet to control content on your TV is. At this, the Chromecast excels. 30 pounds is a bit steep, my second one cost me $30, the first one was $35 with 3 months of Netflix free.

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Google settles copyright suit with Viacom over YouTube vids

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Probably tired of paying legal fees, wish this fatigue would spread throughout the industry.

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Speaking in Tech: 'The iPhone DIDN'T do everything at first'

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Nice to have the timings, do you think you could put a timer on the reg player?

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Apple patents touch-sensitive controls for MacBook

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Okay not on the bezel

But my 6 year old lenovo Ideapad Y550 has a bunch of soft controls above the keyboard that are part of the casing and are touch sensitive. Not a leap of imagination to shift them up about 1/2 an inch onto the bezel of the screen, shurely not patentable, hopefully the filing is filed where it is most appropriate.

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Computer expert and broadcaster Ian McNaught-Davis dies at 84

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Not a mention of him on the BBC site

for shame BBC.

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Time Warner merger great for Comcast, but not for anybody else

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Re: What?

I've noticed too that TWC seem to throttle the connection at peak viewing times, they will probably claim it's traffic, but it seems to consistent in terms of timeframe.

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SCRAP the TELLY TAX? Ancient BBC Time Lords mull Beeb's future

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I'm sure this has been said but...

The so called tax pays for some of the finest programming in the world, consider how much most of us pay for cable or satellite telly on a monthly basis and equate that with the quality of the programmes delivered. I am an ex-pat and would happily fork out $100 a month for BBC access. If you think the mindless pap you get there is bad you really need to spend some time on this side of the pond and watch some really really shit TV. Mindless pap is a compliment to most of it and it makes Channel 5's offerings look like Bafta award winning material.

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Comcast Corp to merge with Time Warner Cable in MONSTER $45bn deal

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Customers to get shafted

I would suggest buying shares in lube, but I'm sure Comcastwarnercablecorp will go in dry.

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WD My Cloud EX4 four-bay NAS

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Hmmm

Not exactly the same piece of kit but I have a 16TB box which I put together for about $650, taking that down to 8TB it would have cost about $350. Also it's not WD which means not having to deal with their not Smartware.

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Jean Michel Jarre: Je voudrais un MUSIC TAX sur VOTRE MOBE

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"The second objection is more practical: levies just don’t raise very much money. Apple sold 51 million iPhones in the last three months of 2013. Even with a levy of £23.60 per iPhone, that would have only realised £200m for labels, publishers and artists. It would make more sense to grow the market for Deezer, Spotify and the other dozens of me-too streaming services."

Am I being dense, not unusual, but at 23.60 per phone that means in excess of 1.2 billion raised on 51 million iPhones. Personally I'd be annoyed by the levy as I use my phone to text and make phone calls, I like my music to have some fidelity.

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Apple’s Mac turns 30: How Steve Jobs’ baby took its first steps

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Re: Floppy Eject

Pulling a USB flash drive out of a Mac without ejecting properly can trash the drive let alone your data. You also have to allow the mac time as the drive will continue flashing after the drive icon has disappeared from the screen, it lies I tells ya!

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Re: Floppy Eject

Logic of that has never scanned for me. I want to eject the disk so let's throw it in the trash.

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Almost everyone read the Verizon v FCC net neutrality verdict WRONG

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No choice

For a fair amount of America there is no choice in the ISP that you use. You can have multiple dial ups (they still exist here), maybe a crappy DSL connection, or a cable connection. Outside of major population centers in the US it is the norm to be subject to a monopoly or, at best, a duopoly as far as broadband is concerned, while that is the case the providers can pretty much charge and do what they want. Same market forces apply to mobile phones here, the consumer get's screwed.

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Steam and Origin gamers knocked offline by SEPARATE DDoS attacks

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Seems to have been widespread major DDoS attacks going on

3 of the largest private trackers have been under attack for the last 4 days, two have been knocked off the net. Conspiracy theories abound, zeiko has been blamed, Hollywood, MPAA, RIAA, and Old Uncle Tom Cobbley.

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Gift-giving gotchas: How to avoid Xmas morning EMBARRASSMENT

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The biggest hit

About four years ago I bought my kids' families each a media tank that gave dumb TVs a little bit of smarts, access to online material, local media on their built in drive and network shares, and through a media server access to Hulu, Netflix etc. They have pretty much been in constant use ever since then, last year I upped their storage to 1TB and the kids and grand kids love them.

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Google Glass pics will BAFFLE admirers: Nudge nudge, WINK WINK

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POV

Just got more sneaky.

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James Bond's 'shaken not stirred': Down to trembling boozer's hands, claim boffins

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He's probably

Like Captain Vimes, without a few drinks under his belt he is knurd, he needs those drinks just to achieve the normal level of sobriety.

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Zuck you! Facebook introduces 'Dislike' button... in Messenger

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I always found

:poop:

in a reply works well.

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Is Google prepping an ARMY of WALKING ROBOTS?

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Big Brother

Nope they have to

Complete Skynet before they can move onto the robots.

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Massive! Yahoo! Mail! outage! going! on! FOURTH! straight! day!

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Yahoo still does mail!

really they do?

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Inside Steve Ballmer’s fondleslab rear-guard action

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Similar type of person totally different experience. I've had a tablet for about 4 years now, it is used for reading, playing games, casual pre snoozing browsing, and that really is it. For anything requiring extensive use of a keyboard, I dig out my laptop at home or get my backside in front of a desktop. Tablets are just no use to me for productive work, wonderful for wasting time and for leisure though.

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Apple bests Dell for first time as preferred US consumer PC choice

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Robert Heinlein

Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.

*I'm sure he nicked that from elsewhere.

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Boffins devise world's HARDEST tongue-twister

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I think this is definitely to do with what Americans find difficult to say compared to Brits. I too ran this through a few times and had no difficulty with it. Leith Police and Sheikh's sheep I find a lot more difficult.

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iPhone slips in Europe as Windows Phone claims OVER 10% market share

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I'd like to think

That what we're seeing is a move to "I'm not paying that sort of money for a F#@*ing phone".

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Vintage WINE laid down in SIXTEEN HUNDRED BC was 'psychotropic'

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Re: "The 200 year old booze, which was the oldest ever found"

The Independent a propaganda site?

At least you agreed he was a dick. I have no problem recognizing his accomplishments I also have no problem realizing that his "wildlife" exploits are indeed exploitative and little to do with the wildlife.

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Re: "The 200 year old booze, which was the oldest ever found"

Nope nothing to do with cultural superiority, the man was a dick. Even as a kid watching his programmes I twigged that what he was doing had nothing to do with observation of animals in their natural habitat but everything to do with playing to the cameras.

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Re: "The 200 year old booze, which was the oldest ever found"

Cousteau was a dick who didn't observe animals but molested them. His brother's antics earned him a trial after WWII, it seems that Jacques beliefs may not have been that different fomr his.

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/20000-lies-under-the-sea-the-fishy-world-of-jacques-cousteau-1102346.html

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Cupertino clears Apple's Fruit Loop HQ - provided it coughs up more taxes

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Agreed

Any community in the US at the moment would have bent over backwards to get this sort of investment in their area, I'm just glad they managed to get some dosh out of them.

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Apple's secret 12.9-inch MONSTER needs a good fondle, say biz sources

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Becoming a bit like

very expensive Willy Waving. I wonder what they reckon as the fanbois tax on one of these things. I'd say a minimum of $1000, more likely closer to $1200.

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WHO ate all the PIs? Sales of Brit mini-puter pass 2 MEELLION

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They're in my class

I use them with my electronics students as a means of showing them how to use digital I/O.

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Wozniak: Please, whatever you do, DON'T buy me an iPad Air

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Re: Why the obsession with thin?

First thing you do is stick it in a case which normally doubles the thickness of the tablet and then actually makes it gripable rather than slipoutofyourhandstosmashintosmithereens-able.

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Windows 8.1: A bit square, sure, but WAIT! It has a Start button

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Re: Old hand meet new hand

1) I find hitting the power button will do a proper shutdown, provided you've set it up right.

2) Typing "Control Panel" in the address bar of an explorer window will bring it up.

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“You cannot install Windows on a USB flash drive from Setup”

If you get this error, which seems to be common if you have an original w7 upgraded to w8.0, then the value of PortableOperatingSystem key in HK_Local_Machine/System/CurrentControlSet/Control/ needs to changed from 1 to 0. Apart from that hiccough the upgrade was pretty smooth, SSD system.

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Cannabis can CURE CANCER - cheaply and without getting you high

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Without getting you high

And where's the fun in that!

If you have to take the stuff this is probably a situation where the side effects would be quite welcome!

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Post-PC world? POST-MAC WORLD more like

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A lot of the US education market did not replace their Macs this year, This year the State of Maine offered their school districts choices including Windows machines for the first time alongside the Apple option. Many school districts are feeling the pinch and opted only for the 7th and 8th grade freebies from the State and declined the replacement program for their 3 year old MacBooks that their 9-12th graders have. The tech people in our local school district are looking seriously at Chromebooks coupled with a school Google domain as the best cost effective option for future investment.

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Do-it-yourself Dropbox: Western Digital's My Cloud 2TB NAS box

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♫ Get off My Cloud ♫

These things are truly awful, the whole My.... range is bedeviled with problems. I had a My Net Central for about 5 months, it died completely as far as the wireless and routing side of it was concerned and then had to be gutted to get at the hard drive that had required material on it. $199 for five months is not a good deal. Most of the remainder stores have been selling these off with massive discounts. If this thing is using any of the hardware that was in WDs previous boxes then I'd steer well clear of it!

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Samsung Ativ Book 9 Lite: 13.3-inch slimline notebook with a secret

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Too much moolah for too little performance.

500 quid, they're pulling your leg shurely!

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UK plant bakes its millionth Raspberry Pi

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Re: Nostalgic fortysomething

Damn right, did my teething on an AIM65 development system.

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LOHAN twangs BRASTRAP to unfetter mighty orbs

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BRASTRAP much more likable than the Apollo LES.

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Microsoft relents: 'Go ahead, install Windows 8.1 on clean PCs'

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Re: Upgrade a 7 pro to 8 pro installation

I know that, but the trick here is that under 8.1 microsoft want you to tie your account on your PC to a microsoft account to use Skydrive. So if you have an account dobbiesnutsack@hotmail.com and have skydrive associated with that account when you log onto windows 8.1 you have to log in as user dobbiesnutsack otherwise the skydrive app is not available. Any attempt to reinstall an older version results in immediate upgrading and back to where you were. So essentially if you don't tie your account to a microsoft account you don't get to use skydrive under 8.1.

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Upgrade a 7 pro to 8 pro installation

I have a few PCs running W8, one of which is an upgrade from 7 pro to 8 pro and is my main development machine, tried the 8.1 upgrade, no dice. Seems I have to reinstall my original w7 installation and do the upgrade from there. WTF.

Another thing I've noticed is that Skydrive seems to need the user to sign in with a microsoft ID to use it, or am I missing something.

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Now we know why UK spooks simply shrugged at SSL encryption

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They're doing their job.

What is surprising is the surprise that people are expressing that these organizations which have been setup to spy and decode encrypted material are actually doing what they are paid to do. If I was in gummint I would be annoyed if they weren't. How afraid I, as a private individual, should be of this sort of thing, I really don't know.

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Chrome turns five, gains new 'desktop apps'

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TV ads

Chrome is now being advertised on TV in the US.

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Furious Frenchies tell Apple to bubble off: Bling iPhone isn't 'champagne'

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Pomagne

The sparkling plonk of choice for thousands of students was originally called champagne cider, but this was before the protected status thing. Sunny Wednesday afternoons, cold Pomagne liberally laced with vodka, the flight of the frisbee, the hangover ahhh!

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'Anonymous' to Reg hack: We know SEA leaders' names

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Re: dude, yer dating yourself.

Yeah but they want it done properly!

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Ten top new games for phones ’n’ slabs

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Re: Real racing 3

Well I did download it, and played it, for a couple of hours on my rooted nook hd+, and it is indeed very nice. Unlike others here I found the controls very easy, it does remind me a lot of Burnout Revenge on the PS2.

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Real racing 3

780 MB download FFS!

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