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NASA: THE TRUTH about the END OF THE WORLD on 21 Dec

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Re: not the end

i thought the whole point was that the Mayans took digits away from a date, and thereby the 21st Dec 2012 is actually day 0. it's a mathematical exercise to get to day -1, but is such a thing possible in physics?

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you mean it's coming through the middle of the sun?

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ORLY?

What's the more likely?

1) The world is going to end and NASA know this to be true, and a public message to advise us all to spend the next 4 weeks kissing our backsides goodbye

or

2) The world is going to end and NASA know this to be true, but they issue a public message anyway to tell us all it's not going to happen, thereby avoiding 4 weeks of chaos as mankind descends into hell, rioters taking to the streets, wide spread looting, law and order breaking down, mob rule taking over as no one bothers to go to work and many people dying horribly?

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Unlocked iPhone 5 on sale in US, cheaper than UK - but not cheap

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Re: Is the only difference between the models the storage amount?

because Anna doesn't have an axe to grind against Dell?

or perhaps because none of us would have been at all inclined to read it?

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Re: Let me add to the chorus of comparison FAIL chanters

The actual difference (inc VAT, not the fabricated different they report in news sites like this) for the 3G was about 30 quid I think. or was it the MacBook Air that I was pricing up a couple of years ago?

So seems to be a standard figure that Apple add on to cover shipping or admin or whatever. But i don't think it's changed much in the last few years, which, with inflation, makes it a good thing as it's getting cheaper in real world terms.

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Re: Wow

I don't think people do it every time a new model comes out.

More likely it is every other time because they are still on the two year contract from the previous phone. When that contract is up, and the new phone comes out, you take advantage of the upgrade offer to get the phone cheap and lock you in for the next two years. But there's sufficient enough people on the anti-cycle that are in the middle of their contract at that point.

At least, that's the way I do it. I wouldn't be so presumptuous to presume that I'm unique in this approach.

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LG claims UK Ultra HD TV first

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kin ell

i'm not sure i even have a wall in my lounge that's big enough to fit an 84 inch telly on, even if my bank account was 100x better off than it currently is

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Apple ships 'completely redesigned' iTunes 11

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i'm liking it

i really like the artists/album view thing - most especially on the Movies and TV Shows tabs. Nice to be able to see all the key details from the ID3 tags displayed at a glance instead of having cmd-i to see it.

there's a bug on the device sync screens where it tries to size the group box on the left with the item box on the right. So when you have some TV Shows, and some of them have a LOT of episodes, scrolling around to see shows further down the list gets interesting. Surprising really, scroll boxes in OS X are usually independent of each other and respond to where the mouse is hovering, not the window it is in, so perhaps it's the bug they've been trying to fix all month long.

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Boffins BREAK BREAD's genetic code: Miracle of the loaves

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Re: Colour me unimpressed

wierd - cos a quick google suggests that 10% of the population are allergic to rice. so by that comparison, wheat is the better option.

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good timing

feed the world!

let them know it's christmas time!

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Windows 8 launch outdoes Windows 7's, says Microsoft bigwig

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win7 : not dead yet

Our corporation will be upgrading from XP to Win7 at some point next year.

I doubt we'll see Win8 here for many years

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Annual reviews: It's high time we rid the world of this insanity

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Re: Buy yourself out

that's brilliant! i'm so going to try that next week!

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'007' job ad for an assassin appears on official UK.gov website

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no women, no kids

An SIS/MI6 spokeswoman said the advert was fake

well, they would say that, wouldn't they?

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Dogs would say: SIZE is IMPORTANT, shape - not so much

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Re: I always wondered...

from what i've seen by watching lots of shows on Alibi, lycra is very much NOT the preferred clothing material of the criminal classes.

possibly, that explains why joggers wear it. the only reason i'd ever wear the stuff was out of fear of being mauled by a police alsatian if i wore normal clothes.

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APPLE goes on crazy, price-SLASHER Black Friday RAMPAGE

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this is news?

it's no different than any other year

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Lawrence 'Empire Strikes Back' Kasdan to pen future Star Wars script

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Re: Why not...

but but but HUGE frikken dreadnought spaceships! i'd love to see those on the cinema screen.

but also, Zahn's triology don't take place long enough afterwards, do they? Luke and Han and Leia aren't as old as their actors are right now.

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Microsoft said to be building Apple TV adversary

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Re: I wonder...

would it not make more sense to put the TV in the games console?

the games console market is already established. all those hoards of xbox owners are mostly guaranteed to upgrade to the new version anyway - but why should they then also buy another product to connect to the tv in order to stream video?

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Mighty 4 Terabyte whopper crashes down on the desktop

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Hitachi

Hitachi have had 4tb usb drives out for a while - they're about 180 quid on amazon, i've bought 3, although 1 did fail.

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Apple cultists slaver as Mothership landing now foretold in 2016

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Re: LHC?

i thought it was Google that was all about the Segways wasn't it?

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Nokia HERE iOS maps app review

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summary

in that last sentence, it sounds like it would have been easier to list the things that are right about Here than list the things that need fixing. i'll stick with Maps for the time being then, thanks.

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Re: Wrong Luton

are you sure you're spelling Luton right? it gets it right for me every time i've tried.

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Nokia HERE today with decent mapping on Apple devices

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Obvious choice?

Is Here really such an obvious choice? Considering I drive in London perhaps once a year and the rest of the time I use a map app it's usually because I'm driving down b roads and country lanes in Leicestershire and Lincolnshire? (which, btw, Apple's Maps app handles perfectly well).

Or was this whole article just trolling?

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US paper spaceplane disintegrates at 107,000ft

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Re: Yeah right..

methinks he doth protest his innocence too much

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'Mount Doom' rumbling ominously

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Re: Theories about why this is happening

Well, it's almost only a month to go until the end of the Mayan calendar....

Got to expect some ill portents to start portending about now.

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LIVE NOW: Speak Your Brains on Windows chief's defenestration SHOCKER

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that word

I do not think it means what you think it means.

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Galapagos islands bombed with 22 tonnes of Blue Death Cornflakes

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a downvote? really? on a friday of all things?

it's all but mandatory that someone makes that quote in this situation, i was going to myself if i hadn't been beaten to it.

or, did you think it was a serious suggestion??

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OMG! Aaaah! Apple TV! Yes! No ... Probably! Sometime!

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Re: Apple TV 2

when they say AppleTV in this article, they mean 30" flat screen LCDs with, effectively, the hockey puck sized ATV3 embedded inside it.

btw, yes, you are a version behind - the ATV3 can't be jailbroked yet and also doesn't handle digital audio as well as the ATV2.

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Boffins: Proto-humans had stone spears HALF a MILLION YEARS BC

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Joke

El Reg : At the cutting edge of technology.... :)

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Samsung readies bendy smarties for 2013

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Re: Bendy??

if it's a parabola then it'd reflect the sunlight back up at your face, not down at the ants, no?

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Re: Cyberpunks will soon have

I was going to comment about how this tech has zero practical use in the mobile phone market - but a cyberpunk style smart phone device wrapped around my forearm? oh yes please!!!

Sadly, i doubt it'll come to that. Those prototypes in the picture suggest that while they can create a curved screen, they don't want you changing it after it's been produced. Which means we'll just get a load of phones that look a lot like today's phones, but with a slight curvature into the screen that picks up a reflection from any light in the room now.

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Rockstar ramps it up with Grand Theft Auto V reveal

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Re: Meh

where have you heard that there'll be some exclusivity around the Xbox release this time? i've google'd but all i see are rabid fan "predictions" from 6 months ago.

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omg that's better than sex!!!

can't WAIT!!! looks so awesome. *skeet* *skeet* *skeet*

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Watchdog halts Toyota Grand Theft Auto-esque advert

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just TWO people?

Where's the complaints commission that I can write to so that I can complain about two small minded petty idiots with nothing better to do with their time?

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When GiffGaff falls over, is it even news any more?

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results

Results so far show it's a neck-and-neck race. Reminds me of a recently election they had in the colonies...

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Analyst: There are LOADS of iPhone 5s, Apple is keeping them back

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laugh hardly? as in not very much?

not surprised, you're all probably out of breath from having to heft such a HUGE frikken phone about

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At last, a bionic arm that passes the Beer, Egg and Looks Cool tests

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Re: Good stuff.

<TonyStark> Throw a little hotrod red in there. Jarvis </TonyStark>

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Volkswagen Beetle car review

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weird

When i saw it on the teaser trailer on tv, i really liked the look of it

But in these pictures, not so much, it's too big and fat in the rear. is the one on the advert a top-of-range model with something different about the bodykit?

So I'll be sticking with BMW Minis then.

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Apple is granted a patent on the rectangle. No, really

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Re: Should be interesting

Let's see how the fanboys manage to defend this

Apple are providing a service, you should all be grateful.

For YEARS now you've been complaining about how broken the patent system is. Yet nothing has been done and the system hasn't improved. Apple are obviously being helpfully, doing what the readership of El Reg have been unable to - they're pushing the patent system as far as possible. Sooner or later, with Apple's high profile in the media, the powers that be are going to notice, and then take some action to fix the system. And you'll all have Apple to thank when that day comes. Instead of complaining, you should be singing their praises :)

(well come on, you did ask for that)

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007 hardware: Gadgetry, spyware and things that make you go Boom

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Re: Invisibility Cloak

RIde a bike in London and you become totally invisible to all other road users.

Funny thing though, seems pedestrians, traffic lights and pedestrian crossings are all invisible to bicycle riders in London too

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A history of personal computing in 20 objects part 2

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Re: Hmm, iPads?

the PalmPilot should be... that is where tablet computing began for me..

fair enough, then the Apple Newton should be there too because "that is where tablet computing began for me" and three years earlier than the first Pilot too

but it's all academic. the Psion Organiser is the grandfather of all of these, and that is in the article

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Apple shifts 3 million iPads in 3 days: But how many were Minis?

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and personally i'd take an apple product over a google or windows one, but that's just me. my biased outlook on life counterbalances yours, and the world spins on in harmony...

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Beep! NASA here, a 400 tonne spacecraft is about to buzz your house

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obligatory...

That's no moon!

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Android: Google's baby ate 75% of smartphones in just 4 years

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troll is obvious troll

iPhone 6? you're posting from 2014 are you?

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Mexico to Apple: You WILL NOT use the name 'iPhone' here

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shame Anna didn't pause to research the facts before posting her vindictive article

turns out, this article is almost completely wrong. you kinda expect this kind of shabby journalism from the tabloid press, but El Reg is supposed to be a tech site that knows what it's talking about - instead we get this poorly researched regurgitation of other people factless articles.

if you want the real information on this story, you're going to have to look elsewhere:

http://www.theverge.com/2012/11/2/3591380/iphone-ifone-and-apples-mexican-trademark-standoff-whats-really-going

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Mars rover Curiosity snaps explicit selfies from ALL ANGLES

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I took a selfy this morning - at least, I think it classifies. it was of a CCTV monitor on the train platform, showing the view from the camera that at that point was watching me, as I photographed the monitor. I got quite lost in the meta-existentialism of photographing something else that was photographing me at the same time that I almost missed my train

So I can quite emphasis with Curiosity. It's gotta get a bit boring up there of mars, why not take a break, have a kitkat, and take a holiday snap of yourself :)

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Post-pub nosh deathmatch: Souse versus scrapple

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not so sure about this weeks selection

if i'm honest, and i staggered home with a belly full of beer, and went to eat either of these, i don't think i'd have a full belly anymore, just a pending cleaning bill and the prospect of the following morning spent working over the kitchen floor with a bucket and mop and disinfectant...

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We don’t talk any more... on the commute

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When I first started working in the smoke, mp3 players were popular, but not really in much evidence on the 6am commuter train filled with suits. But as you say, then as now, people didn't really have conversations with each other. No one talked. The oldies read newspapers, loudly and annoyingly. And for the most part, I slept, snoring loudly and annoyingly I presume.

These days I'm watching videos, reading books or listening to podcasts on my journey, and i feel much more awake and alert when i get to the office than i ever did when i was younger.

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UK iPad Mini FRENZY: Queues stretch SEVERAL FEET from till

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surprised?

this is a niche product - those that want a full tablet will already have an iPad. If you don't then you've got an iPhone. There definitely seems to be a market for the iPad mini, but if the highly unscientific sample set of people in my office is an indication, then the market is about 1/5th that of the full size iPad and a tiny fraction of that for the iPhone.

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Captain Kirk does a Crapp on the iPhone: 'Shatoetry' for 'Shatisms'

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KHAAAAAANNNNN!!!!!

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