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US tops the class in IT competitiveness

Efros

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!

Efros

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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Megaphone

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

Efros

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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Efros

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

Efros

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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Oi, Android, get gaming sorted out NOW

Efros

Amazon appstore

They also do one paid app for free daily. Not being a gamer the quality/availability of games on my gtablet or archos doesn't really bother me, what is annoying is the appalling way the app stores in general are organized, or should that be disorganized.

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Amazon's anti-iPad arises 'in October'

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Bring it on

Amazon device will be rooted and running an unencumbered Android image within a month of its release. These subsidized tablets just give a good source of value hardware to the users who know how to get around their 'walled gardens'.

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Most Adobe Reader installs are out of date

Efros

Needs a diet

Adobe reader is just too big! Needs to go on Atkins for a while. I either use Foxit or SlimPDF.

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Tablet fever cools as e-readers heat up

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Oh yes

Used a Kindle, the original huge one, also a DX version, I've also used an Ectaco Jetbook (LCD screen), a Sony PRS350, an Archos 7HT with aldiko and A B&N nook color, all for significantly more than 10 minutes. In fact on the nook color I've racked up 9 novels in the last 3 weeks, only problem I've had with it is the easy distraction of angry birds. So not FAIL.

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Nook Color

7" android table masquerading as an e-reader, has been rooted and demonstrated to run Android 3.0, coming in at $250. 'er in doors has one, and it has about persuaded me to get one too.

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Ballmer leaves investors speechless in Seattle

Efros

Only in this market

would that profit to turnover ratio be rated as a failure.

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Moderatrix kisses the Reg goodbye

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Unhappy

Nice one

We'll miss the 'trix! Bon Voyage etc.

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BMW intros revamped Mini as sporty MG-alike

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5th gear

You ever have the problem of needing 2 people to change gear 4th to 5th? Apart from that foible I agree the maxi was a much underated car and given its front wheel drive was very capable in hilly snowy country.

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Lenovo chief says netbook's day is done

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Pint

Netbooks

Not enough profit for the manufacturers. Tablets at current prices seem to be more lucrative for them. I do think tablets will stay in the market but not the large 10" slabs but more the 7" and 5" pocketable ones, multifunction ereader/email/casual browsing. The netbook niche will not be filled by the slabs. Pint is the perfect accompaniment to some browsing in the pub.

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Hannspree Hannspad 10.1in Android tablet

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Hannspree :-)

I have a few Hannspree monitors and picture frames and recently have bought a 42" Hannspree LCD TV, all are working as they should with the oldest being 3 years. Reliability or build quality don't seem to be issues with this manufacturer and I will definitely be in the market for one of these little babies once the price drops a little.

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Barnsley clamps down on foul-mouthed fu*king locals

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Unfortunately

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/35585018/ns/us_news-life/t/cuss-free-week-calif-lawmakers-voting-it/

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=102x4378935

Also seen as a money maker in PA at least.

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Here comes the zettabyte, says Cisco

Efros

So what they gonna do

when they surpass yotta, we going to have compounded prefices? Go out and buy a Mega yottabyte drive or a giga zettabyte or a tera exabyte. There will be tears!

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Robot air fleet can launch mid-air from cargo plane's ramp

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House of Dolmann

All the world's future history is predicted in 'The Valiant'!!

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Making a storage mountain out of a molecule

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Happy

erm 1

but then I am a chemist.

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Big Brother man: TV viewers will swap privacy for content

Efros

Screw it

Sometimes you just wish it was Friday afternoon...

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Efros

Sorry lack of citation

I agree, just couldn't remember where I had I heard it before.

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Efros
Paris Hilton

Bazalgette

Guy who runs this is the ancestor of the man who designed and built the London sewer system. Interesting that he is now pumping shit into peoples homes and his ancestor did the opposite.

Paris: well you don't have to give any information to watch her.

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Geek.com visitors attacked by DIY exploit kit

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Doesn't surprise me

A number of years ago I bought 3 digital frames from them, when mounting them on a VM within ubuntu they were all found to infected with a trojan. Geeks are not the most responsible of vendors IMO.

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Obama gov wants 3 yrs porridge for infrastructure hackers

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Off

With Their Goolies!

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Brazilians slap health warnings on knickers

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Coat

They need to be told

that they shouldn't be smoking the damn things. Speaking of smoking, I wonder what the proposers of such a measure were smoking when they came up with it. I wonder if you can get cancer from secondary contact with knickers, or worse tertiary contact.

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Nothing to lose but your desktop PCs

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I don't get frustrated with my desktop

I fix it!

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Crystal Acoustics PicoHD5.1

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Paris Hilton

These things

Have been coming out of China by the bucketload for the last 3 years or so, I bought a similar device about 18 months ago, could take USB drives, a 2.5" internal HD and an SD card and play just about any format you chucked at it including RMVBs. $35 including shipping. Lifetime and reliability may be an issue but mine is still running 18 months later.

Paris, well you have to play something on these devices.

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Nutter preflames El Reg 'cockheads'

Efros
Joke

Fanbois

Enough of the pro-apple flummery Thou droning tardy-gaited pignut!

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Vote now for the best sci-fi film never made

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Stranger in a strange land

Purely for the apoplexy that it would cause amongst the scientologists.

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Samsung countersues Apple on new ground

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OK

Beer and popcorn required for this, could be a good one.

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Google to sell subscriptions to Chrome OS notebooks?

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If this is true

and there is a bulk discount I can see this cleaning up the educational market in the US. At the moment this is pretty much dominated by Apple, the agreements are 3 year leases at about $300 per year. At $240 a year with hardware and software (hopefully less), repairs and updates, coupled with cloud storage for student files (constant headache), Google docs, most cash strapped school districts will jump at the chance.

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Watchdog sniffs Rihanna's 'gently thrusting buttocks'

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Buttocks aside

Rihanna's appearance proved the girl can't sing! Not live at least. Aguilera at least has a set of pipes unfortunately neither of them have a clue about the material they are punting. as for whether it broke TV guidelines, WTF I'd say they broke TV guidelines when they discovered this thread of reality programming and decided to punt it. Manufactured storm in a manufactured teacup, much more important shit going on elsewhere.

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Apple stuns Wall Street with 95% earnings surge

Efros

Could

be that they'll throw a rod. Having said that they haven't had a major marketing effup in quite a long while, even the problems they have had, antennagate, battery debacles etc haven't affected their core buyers loyalty. I've tried Apple products and I just don't like 'em, I don't find them easy to use, their user friendliness obviously works for some but definitely not for me. The obsession about locking everything down really irks as well, my one trip into OSX land was to install it onto a non Apple computer just to do it. played with it for a couple of hours and then installed Debian. I am still of the opinion that any organisation that is making those sort of profit margins (approaching 25%) is ripping some poor bastard somewhere. Microsoft would fall into the same category along with various media conglomerates. Need an Astrolube icon to show that someone is getting shafted.

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Calling all commentards: Want some new icons?

Efros

Controversial

Retire Paris, she's given good service (nudge nudge) but is well past her sell by. New Charlie Sheen Nutjob icon. I think a lube icon of some kind vaseline, astroglide, just to hint that we may be getting shafted.

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Fast-fingered oldster relieves shop worker of iPhone cash

Efros

More Like

"actions likely to endanger the financial well being of the intellectually challenged." Send him down!

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Death threats against 'worst song ever' YouTube teen

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gone off the boil

PR firm needing more attention for their lil earner, resurrect the death threat.

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Kindle beats Apple's closed book on choice

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Aldiko

epubs on Android with aldiko, Kindle books can be easily unskindled to allow reading on non kindle apps.

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New tech lets you drink exhaust fumes

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Happy

cough

Guess you failed too,

2C12H26 + 37O2 -> 24CO2 +26H2O

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Efros

Alkane combustion

Is taught at O level, besides anyone who has used a paraffin heater or its ilk would know about the condensation issues.

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Little known fact????

WTF, maybe to backwoods bandits.

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