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Raspberry Pi Linux micro machine enters mass production

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Altoids tins in the States have taken over from the non-pc tobacco tins.

http://artofmanliness.com/2011/01/30/22-manly-ways-to-reuse-an-altoids-tin/

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Bit-part actress slings sueball at IMDb over age gripe

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Trivia quote is priceless

"Her scene in "Big Momma's House 2" and "Tropic Thunder" was deleted."

Grammar as per IMDB.

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Archos G9 101 8GB Android tablet

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Impecunious???

Are you effing kidding, Archos stuff is notoriously pricey and comes with lots of nickel and dime shit.

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'Mainstream media' mute in SOPA piracy debate

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Land of the Fee more like.

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This is not unusual

The broadcasters here (USofA) are almost all politicized to some extent, the Occupy Wall Street protests were effectively ignored for the first 3 weeks or so, in fact the BBC coverage was being punted around US facebookers to call attention to ssomething that should have been front page and headline news. News in the USA is opinion, editorialisation, conjecture (hysterical and otherwise) and self interest. In depth analysis and objective comment have given way to airhead newsreaders and 15 second soundbytes. How else can you make sure you have working class republican voters, now there's an oxymoron.

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Apple legal threat to Steve Jobs doll deemed 'bogus'

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I wonder

what the dead peasant, sorry essential personnel, payout for Jobs might have been.

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Amazon says soz for foisting mag sub onto Kindle-touchers

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Amazon App store

Has the same wording for Free Apps, Has done since it's inception, never caused any hassle there.

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Sony creates paper battery

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Devil

And for this!!!

"The upshot is a very thin battery which, Sony reckons, can drive annoying musical birthday cards and such."

The inventors will spend all eternity in the 9th circle of Hell!

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BT's gift to Google: A patent war over ads and Android

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Paris Hilton

Titmuss 1 & 2

didn't realize the Leslie shagger was so involved in Tech, suppose GPS guidance may be useful in directing various objects towards various orifices.

Paris cos we aint got no Abi.

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Seagate matches and raises WD disk warranty cuts

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The larger HDDs

Do seem to have a higher failure rate, no absolute figures on this apart from the number of 1 egg reviews on Newegg, and even the best 1TB drive has 10% of its reviews as 1 egg almost always due to drive failure.

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FCC (finally) cracks down on BLARING! TV! ADS!

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Constant channel volume

Next up. Switching from one channel to another can cause you to be jumped out of your seat as the audio volume levels from channel to channel can be almost an order of magnitude different.

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Churlish gadget cusses those who use it

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Missing

The ultimate word, seems they don't want to go to Scunthorpe. The app says $96 to buy, Wtf!

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Mythbusters cannonball ‘myth-fires’

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True

However most locales would have to bring the bricks from far away as brickyards are relatively rare in the US. Think importing bricks from Warsaw to build your house in Cambridge. Solution use local materials.

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Motorola Xoom 2 10in Android tablet

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Viewsonic Gtablet

My 6 month old g-tablet with clemsyn Beasty ROM returns 6400 on AnTuTu. More importantly it cost $239.

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Snowbound Alaskan survives on frozen beer

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I live there mate

And you are correct, but the 1000s of excellent beers very rarely make it to the other side of the pond. They generally get the watery crap. Hence the canoe beer.

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Coors Light

referred to as Canoe Beer after the famous, "what do American Beer and making love in a canoe have in common?", "They're both fucking close to water!", joke.

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Flash prices FALL

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SSD v HDD

at the moment only competition I see is in boot drives, 64GB is about right for that, any large storage and it's going to be a long time (even with the current price increases) before SSDs will compete with HDD on cost. Power consumption may have to be taken into account but not really an issue for home users. Only SSD I own is a boot drive in my HTPC, serves its purpose very well, I may invest in a 128GB SSD for my laptop in the near future, but no rush.

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Printed-out dissolving bones, teeth work well in rats

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Please tell me it

Costs 6 Million Dollars!

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Microsoft prepping Office for iPad?

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Big Brother

I wonder

whose phone was hacked to get that nugget.

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Smart TV shootout

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Cost premium

is still too much compared to using a small HTPC box loaded with something like Mediaportal and a few plugins, most notably OnlineVideos which will deal with most if not all of the content these TVs have. You can use a nettop, they are currently out of favour and selling at reduced prices and if you buy the right one it'll mount discreetly behind the TV.

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Apple MacBook Pro 13in Core i5 laptop

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FAIL

Price

JHChristmas. An i5 Dell with 6GB RAM and 640GB HDD and W7 HP is about $650. Apple still playing the premium card shit for no reason.

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Chromebooks: the flop of 2011?

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Coulda been a contender

If the price had been realistic, they would have nailed the educational market. The lease model with included hardware support and restrictions on functionality is exactly what the education market needs, unfortunately the price for the chromebooks makes them an unattractive alternative to the white shiny Pomme laptops.

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Chief Rabbi: I admire Jobs and Apple and use my iPad daily

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Re Archbishop of Canterbury and the Spice Girls

Would have been more down with the kids if he had said he had bedded them all, individually and then collectively!

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Brussels: Water cannot be sold as remedy for dehydration

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Stuff is dangerous

Should be banned immediately, have these people not heard of DHMO and the damage it can do!

http://www.dhmo.org/

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Harry Potter director takes on Doctor Who movie

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Happy

Can only be

Danny Dyer.

On a more serious suggestion, I think John Malkovich would be a brilliantly maniacal doc a la Tom Baker.

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BSA name-and-shame tactic may have backfired

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FAIL

What a twonk

The PAST TENSE... I'm sure there's more than one of them.

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Happy

crimes against software

Title phrase could be applied to any of the major applications release in the last 10 years.

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Go back to the future with Red Dwarf

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Hopefully

a better effort than the last abysmal offering.

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Eleven - if you will - rocktastic music movies

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Yeah ye can

You just need to find the director and a big enough stick.

What about Tommy?

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Amazon's Kindle Fire burns iPad momentum

Efros

TBH I hate using my tablet for email/browsing, I will do so if I have to but it is definitely not my appliance of choice for those activities. If you analyse my usage I can almost guarantee it would be 80% reading, 10% media playing (Playon works very well under android) and 10% other activities mostly downloading, trying and deleting the Amazon free app of the day. For reading/video/audio it it's great, for web stuff not so much to my liking mainly because of the screen size and the keyboard or lack thereof..

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re:And what percentage....

Similarly those future buyers of the recently announced nook tablet, I had honeycomb running on my wife's nook color 2 days after we received it and she hasn't looked back. Personally I bought a gtablet (bigger screen for my failing eyes) and run a version of notion ink adam on it.

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Consumer Watchdog lambasts Los Angeles over Google Apps

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They are indeed

Privately funded but have an interesting track record of sticking it to the man, the man being in turn the auto insurance industry, big pharmacy, big health and a variety of other industries that are the core of the malaise in the USA today and now they're having a go at Google, more power to them.

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Reg hacks confront really wide Oz load terror

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Not houses but blades

Had these going by the house for about 4 months now.

http://docrobb.winkflash.com/

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Jobs was 'working on future product day before he died'

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Coat

Future Product

The iCasket?

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Apple cofounder Steve Jobs is dead at 56

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Polo neck is British, turtleneck is USAian. Same thing, don't own one myself as they tend to interfere with my beard.

Respects to Jobs and his grieving family, in all the fluff that will be puffed over the next few days we need to remember that, he and his contemporaries have indeed shaped our current technology, not because of any altruism but because they wanted to make money. No problem with that but don't make him out to be some great humanitarian, he was a motivated, clever, business man with a very large ego and a flair for success.

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US tops the class in IT competitiveness

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I agree

The US does have some good things about it, mainly its people, if we could just do something about the corrupt morons that seem to get into government here (USA) then we would be all set.

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Microsoft moots mobiles with interchangeable accessories

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Original

and not obvious to an expert in the field... I think not.

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Winter for webOS, winter for Droid, but springtime for iPad!

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Springtime

"Don't be stupid be a smarty,

Come and join the iPad party."

Definitely a cult.

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French letter shock: Tax us more, demand rich people

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Reason is less altruistic

I think the rich may be getting an inkling that the poor unwashed masses may not put up with the shit sandwiches for much longer. Certainly the perception and the fact is that the rich pay proportionately less tax than much poorer people, maybe the poorer people will wake up smell the roses and start polishing the guillotine again. Where's me knitting gone?

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Steve Jobs resigns as Apple CEO

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Freefall anyone?

Wonder how many percentage points will be shaved off Apple's stock.

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Google settles illegal drug ad probe for $500 million

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Is it just me

or do some of these investigations by various state and federal entities seem to be some way of extorting money, fuck the money, go to court and start throwing some of these white collar pricks into jail.

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Sky Movies too expensive, says Competition Commission

Efros

Could this be

Rupe's annus horribilis?

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People don't want tablets, they want iPads

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Apple store

Has iPad2 32GB wifi +3G for $729 add tax to that and you get to about $760 depending on your locale. The BOM is fairly widely available and varies by only a few dollars, the number I quoted came from slashgear, and the percentage profit Apple makes is widely available as they have to report their company results. As to marketing costs, I have no clue, but I doubt it could make up anywhere near the difference between the BOM and the retail price.

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Gtablet

Similarly I just bought a Viewsonic Gtablet, The stock firmware really sucks the big one but I have flashed it with a version of the notionink adam ROM and it works beautifully. 1.5GHz Tegra 2 CPU 512Mb RAM with 16GB internal storage and another 16GB microsd. Works very well despite Viewsonics best attempts at screwing it up.

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Hmmm

The 32GB iPad 2 WiFi + 3G costs Apple $326.60, retails at $739 at Amzn, so nearer a half rather than a third. Apple made an approximate 40% profit on everything they sold in the last quarter.

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The Apple Competitors

Tried to compete at the same price point, they needed to seriously undercut the iPad in terms of price whilst maintaining a similar level of performance. Failure to do this has consigned a whole generation of reasonable to very good tablets to the electronics equivalent of remainder stores.

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Peaches Geldof explains Kubrick's 2001

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Pint

Clarke

I believe Arthur himself (Clarke not Dent) had stated that he didn't get it fully, and he wrote the damn thing. Kubrick's thoughts (if he ever had any that weren't opaque) I don't think were ever recorded on the matter.

Pint as the first of 12 I'd need to watch it again, although I'd probably need 24 to watch Solaris.

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Gordon Ramsay sues father-in-law over alleged spyware plot

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Couldn't

have happened to a nicer bloke. I would pay money to see some poor bastard on one of his shows deck him.

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iPad maker to replace 1 million staff with robots

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Pint

waiting

for Del Spooner to arrive to vet the robots.

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Apple Flash buying clout will give it the ultrabook edge

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FAIL

Hmmm

Obviously mass market devices, given their $1000+ price. [/sarcasm]

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