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2219 posts • joined 8 May 2007

Marvell: Ignore the $1BN PATENT JUDGMENT... Check out this new cache kit

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We've learned more about the ...damages award

But, I'm not seeing in the article anything new that wasn't already expressed in the previous article 10 days ago. Whatever new details you've learned, you seem to be keeping them close to your chest.

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Apple appeals judge's decision to boot out its Moto patent suit

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Re: Arrogant

Not many companies can pick and choose which court ruling to follow.

yes, because Samsung, Google, Microsoft, and any of the other firms who's court cases have been reported here haven't tried to appeal any of the rulings that went against them, did they? Samsung ponied up that $1 billion fine super quick, didn't they?

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John McAfee the Belize spymaster uncovers 'ricin, terrorist plots'

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Re: WTF

what's he on? sounds like a large and constant supply of bath salts...

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Mega-res telly demand to boom, say ball-gazers

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are these...

the same people who told us all how the world + dog was gonna bust a nut to have 3D tv last year?

because if so, i suspect they're more of an advertising firm than market analysts

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Bendy screens are the future, screams maker of bendy screens

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Not convinced.

I currently have... 21 windows open on this PC, one of those is Firefox with a dozen tabs as well. And it's a fairly light day today at work and I've been quite focused in the things I'm working on. Some days there's far more than that and the pc struggles to handle it.

I can't see how having 50 paper screens scattered over my desk is going to be an improvement. I'll have to tidy them up and stack them on top of each other - which'll copy the data between them and screw everything right up!

I think there's probably a cool use case for bendy screens like this, but i don't think they've identified it yet.

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Review: Lego Lord of the Rings game

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-1% ??

-1% is that like infinitely good as a result of a divide by zero error?

But then, you said there were bugs, so surely that warrants taking off a couple of percent points?

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Polaroid plans retail Fotobars to print out your pics

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Re: Prints are good...

yes, but printers are so cheap that it's almost cheaper to just buy a new printer every time you go on holiday than it is to take a SD card to your local Boots or PontaPrint or whatever

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Re: Prints are good...

I may be in the minority

I think you probably are. Otherwise, the likes of Polaroid and Kodak wouldn't be in such trouble these days if everyone was still so keen on getting properly printed photos.

A lot of these comments say about how great photo albums are... but there's nothing stopping you from printing out your snaps on your home printer, most of them these days will even print photo paper.

This is Polaroid solving a problem that no longer exists in this day and age. It'd be like Ford setting up highstreet stalls for re-shoeing horses...

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She's a beauty! Super WATER-RICH Mars rock FOUND

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Re: How do we know that it came from Mars?

because it has the "Work, Rest and Play" logo stamped on the back....

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US, UK probe HP claims of accounting mischief at Autonomy

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Re: Well...

I totally agree, they should have done their homework more thoroughly before signing the cheque.

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Tibetan monks lose their TVs as China's censors raid monasteries

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Re: My karma just ran over my dogma

The problem with eliminating religion:What do you replace it with?

Do what those cats in the bowling alley did, create your own version of Discordianism. Better to believe and follow a religion that makes sense to yourself than to blindly follow something that someone else made up previously.

Religion for the modern age? It's Android/Apple/Samsung/PS3/XBox. The old gods (not to be confused with the Ancient Ones) have been forsaken to be replaced by shiny shiny. Or by Kim Kardashian and Lindsey Lohan, if your not of a technical leaning.

And, despite what Charlton Heston said, I think this is a good thing. Why not put your faith in idols of the modern age that at least have some relevance to our lives? Why live your life according to rules created by prophets and priests many hundreds of years ago who couldn't tell an evil Nexus 7 from a divine iPad Mini?

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From post-coital squid to high-res Playboy bunnies: The 2012 'IT angle?!' quiz

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Error with Question 22

22. In how many Reg stories was Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak mentioned during 2012?

A. 26

B. not enough

C. too many

D. Steve who?

In a somewhat Schrödinger's Cat fashion, the act of asking a question about Woz in a quiz published before the end of the year has impacted the result, meaning none of those answers are now correct.

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But where's the....

Actually, it's a bit of a poor show for a tech rag to have a quiz, and only provide us with a printable scoresheet? In this day and age of glorious technology, is it too much to ask for an interactive form with radio buttons next to each answer and a funky piece of HTML5 to keep track of our results?

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Apple supremo Tim Cook's pay packet SLASHED 99% in 2012

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so...

so the "news" in this article is that Cook's pay is less than last year, although, it's not because last year included special one-off bonus, and in fact, this year he's got a little bit more than last year?

i'm not sure there's any real news there, although, fair play to El Reg, the FT also covered this in a full page article.

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Crushing $1.17bn Marvell patent judgment could set record

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Re: Actual Value

that's a good point. Marvell products are in everything, hard drives is likely a small percentage of where their income is generated.

If the amount they've been told to pay is calculated by the amount of money they should have paid CMU over the years, then that suggests the cost of the license, had they sought it at the start, would have dramatically increased the cost of Marvell's hard drives, likely making them highly unpopular, so they never would have sold so many and so CMU wouldn't have received anywhere near as much money.

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Osborne stumps up £20m of your cash for wiggly wonder stuff graphene

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i dunno

sounds like the guys at MIT have already got better stuff:

http://www.kurzweilai.net/new-wonder-material-replaces-graphene-for-future-electronic-devices

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Christmas ruined for 2,100 sex offenders booted off online games

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Re: Same article

Is this a low news day

It's midday and there's only been 3 articles on the site so far. "Low news day" is a bit of an exaggeration I'd say.

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not many?

That's 2100 in the whole US? But just the state of New York has 34,000 registered offenders?

Either, a lot of them didn't list _all_ their online aliases/emails or hardly any sex offenders play video games. Which would seem contrary to the belief that violent games lead to violent behaviour in the players.

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CSIRO mine safety tech becomes archaeological tool

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cave etchings?

We all know how this will end.

In an adequate, yet slightly disappointing even though we knew we weren't going to get what we were hoping for, trip to a far distant planet, wherein we discover the origin of life and weird inky black stuff that tries to kill us.

They'd be better off leaving the cave etchings to just fade away into nothingness - curiosity didn't kill the cat... but it did kill Harry Dean Stanton when he went looking for it.

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Red-faced, sweating and still in your chair: Welcome to eSports

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Re: Great article

I wonder how much of an impact that would really be. Yes, games' bubbles burst, but is that not as much because the pro players have moved on along with the casual players?

Take StarCraft - the casual player probably moved on from that many many years ago (with the exception of the occasional nostalgic replay). But the pro players never stopped (at least, not in South Korea it seems). Which in turn must have made Blizzard's decision to make the sequel much easier.

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Facebook tests feature to let strangers pay to message you

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only a matter of time...

I can't see there being much money in this for FB from legitimate use. But I can see spam companies spending enough on this for FB to decide that it's a Good Idea(TM). $1 might be enough to deter spammers, but sounds like FB are more than happy to revise that price until it become popular.

So, it's only a matter of time before the inevitable second stage - FB introduce a new feature for their users - pay $1 to stop the spam messages from getting through to them*.

*this, of course, doesn't block the Premium Messages, which spammers companies can pay $2 to ensure guaranteed delivery. Unless users pay $3 to block those too, meaning they only see Platinum Gold Special Messages (which cost 4$ to send) unless they pay $5.... ad infinitum....

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8086 and All That. Revisited

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Early Xmas present

Yay!! i was worried we wouldn't get anything from Verity this month. That's made my xmas, and it's not even started yet :)

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Kickstarted mobe charger 'kicked to death by Apple'

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Re: err

Instead you have to lug around the, frankly, MASSIVE POP Portable power supply instead? Have you seen the pictures? it looks nearly bigger than an iPad!

This thing is bigger than a usb power plug and three or even four usb to usb/usbMini/iPhone30pin/lightening leads.

The only thing shocking about this story is that enough people thought it was a good idea for it to succeed it's Kickstarter stage.

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PGP, TrueCrypt-encrypted files CRACKED by £300 tool

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that reminds me...

must get around to installing MASSIVE electro-magnets on either side of the front door.

although, yes, does mean my granny with the pacemaker won't be able to come visit anymore....

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Wheee....CRUNCH: Google chucks Moto's set-top box biz out window

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Arris Group?

Whoever came up with that name was obviously no student of Cockney rhyming slang.

Cracks me up everytime I see it.

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Samsung spaffs $3.9bn on chip factory in TEXAS

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Re: I thought that ...

Just because they're currently making chips for Apple, doesn't mean that in the future, they can't use the same fabrication technology to make chips for someone else.

This is a sign that Samsung are committed to making chips, if Apple go elsewhere, then there's plenty of other people wanting chips with the specs that this plant can produce.

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Little spider makes big-spider-puppet CLONE of itself out of dirt

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Re: So, presumably

but if the shape is chosen through trial and error, then that would suggest that arachnophobia isn't restricted to just human beings. the spider shape must scare the bejeebus out of creatures of all kinds the willies, not just my girlfriend

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Samsung grabs 'World's biggest handset-maker' title off Nokia

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Re: That much!

Not sure there's many people in emerging markets that can afford a Lumia 920. Even the 820 isn't that cheap.

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Re: The Microsoft effect

I think AC meant that the iPhone5 sold 5 million in the opening weekend in US, UK, Canada, France, Germany, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore. By comparison, 4 million Lumia's in 6 weeks in the same territories isn't very good, unless you're a Nokia fanboy looking at it on a slant.

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"it's clear that consumers prefer to have choice"

I don't think the average consumer is walking into a phone shop and saying to themselves "well this brand have a far greater range of different models with different features, so i'll get myself one of theirs"

I think it clear, instead, that if you have a wide range of phones covering a wide range of features, then you'll appeal to a wide range of demographics within the public and therefore sell more phones. Consumers don't prefer choice, they like to have the phone they want, not be stuck with indecision. Samsung just have a bigger net to catch many more different types of consumer than other brands.

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Boffins spot planet that could support life... just 12 light years away

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Re: Great

what? you're telling me we won't be able to have panda-fur-lined spaceships?!?!?

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Re: Ping Time

If it is habitable, that means it could be already inhabited? How much is that going to piss off the natives if we slam a probe through their atmosphere? Have to hope they haven't got FTL drives otherwise their invasion fleet will arrive here before we get the response from the probe warning us of the huge intergalactic faux pas we've committed.

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Morgan Stanley cops $5m fine over Facebook IPOcalypse

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Re: Okay result

The fine is a joke. A bank the size of Morgan Stanley won't notice 5 million. They've probably got a slush fund 100 times that much for misc expenses. The fine is purely to appease the press and the common Joe on the street to make it look like the SEC is at all capable of intimidating the Wall Street banks. When in fact, this has exactly zero deterrent to stop Morgan Stanley or any other bank from doing exactly the same again.

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Coming soon to a theme park near you: Shocking ANTI-PIRACY NAG ADS

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Brilliant - i never go to theme parks, so i can look forward to a nag free future :)

btw - that content map site is pretty good, i didn't know about that before now.

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iPhone 5 launches in China, late and expensive. Chinese say 'meh'

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Don't worry, Anna will find some way to portray that in a negative light.

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Taxpayers to cough for Comet staff redundo

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You'd think that employees being made redundant should be considered as preferential creditors.

Certainly, they should come higher up the food chain than the administrators - if the administrators had done their job properly, they'd have found a way to cover the redundancy costs instead of leaving it for the government to sort out.

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Dragons' Den badboy's biz Expansys is soaked in red

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Re: i phone peter jones up at home

do you call him money for short?

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NASA to smash its spacecraft INTO THE MOON

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Re: Dear Earth--Stop dropping your crap into our backyard!!

Moomins? i thought it was the Clangers that lived up there....

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5 days?

Monday 17th evening: craft impact with the moon

Tuesday 18th : crack pots claim moon is wobbling. NASA issue press release denouncing such theories.

Wednesday 19th : serious scientist concur that their measurements indicate a distinct oscillation. NASA remain quiet.

Thursday 20th : Both amateur astrologists and professional boffins suggest that the Moon may be getting closer to the earth. NASA release press statement, neither confirming nor denying this, but irrefutably denying that it could, in any way, be their fault.

Friday 21st : Somewhere on a different plane of existence, the sublimed Mayan's tell us "We tried to warn you"

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UK.gov backs away from ISP level filtering plan to protect kids

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Re: Here's a new option

that's all well and fine for those of us technically literate enough to look inside our routers and change the default settings. many many people would never think of such a thing, would be panicked by the idea. witness the vast majority that don't change the password on their routers.

if i have kids and the internet is still a thing by the time they're old enough, i shall be having two networks in the house. there's the adult wifi and the kids wifi. and the kids one will be heavily locked down and everything will be logged. i've seen too many episodes of Criminal Minds where kids get abducted, the thought of kids on the internet scares the hell out of me

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Google maps app is BACK on iPhones, fanbois spared death

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Re: shame it's not any better

That's what I thought, but it's telling me I'm 50 feet from the roundabout in question.

The "next turn" thing is a tiny little box under the quick. Not really viewable with a quick glance, you need to take your eyes off the road and concentrate on the screen. I guess that's not a problem on American interstates, but tricky on twisty, windy English country lanes

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shame it's not any better

I tried it this morning - was not 5 minutes away from home when I get to a roundabout - the main map display tells me to turn right and take the 3rd exit - but the quick view display at the top tells me to go straight across. Thankfully it was local to me so I knew which one was correct. But I think I'll stick to Apple Maps when I'm somewhere unfamiliar as so far I've had no issues with that.

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Google Maps becomes Apple's most popular app

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Poor colour scheme

I don't like the colour scheme. Main roads in bright green, if the phone isn't close, a quick glance isn't sufficient to tell that the arrows are directing you off onto a minor orange/yellow road. Colour scheme in the old app was much clearer, and so is Apple's app.

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Re: @Nine Circles

Re: asking for corrections

You know, the google app is asking the exact same thing.

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Re: what about traffic data

When you switch it on, there's a big warning about how the traffic data isn't in real time. Kinda defeats the point as you'll be switching it on to see how the traffic is going to impact your journey right now.

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Review: Apple Mac Mini 2012

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Re: Cupertino quality control fail?

Webster Phreaky have you returned to us??

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Patrick Moore: Lived with cats, accompanied Einstein on the piano

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Re: Good job he wasn't a diplomat

Citation needed.

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WTF?

What? No mention of his sterling contribution to the GamesMaster tv show?

Regardless, the man was an utter legend and will be surely missed :(

I hope they name a star, or a black hole, or an Intergallactic Destroyer spaceship after him or something, he surely deserves it!

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Valve chief confirms Steam-centric console-killing PC

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very controlled environment?

very controlled environment

Sooooooo, it's a console then, no?

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Max Headroom style fake celebrity avatar plan seeks Kickfunding

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i'd rather brough back real Max Headroom!

Hi! This is Max-Max Headroom on Network 23, brought-brought-brought to you by...

Oh, NO, no no-no-no-no! I'm sorry. I'm sorry, but if they think I'm endorsing car accessories, they've got another dipstick-stick coming. No-No, they've tried this one before and I'm radial tired of it! If they expect me to change gear now and start spark-spark-spark plugging their products, they must be out of their pist-pist-piston heads! Listen, I don't like to blow my own gasket, but I have better things to do than just sit here and wax polish lyrical about car parts! Car parts! I've got letters from fan belts who say, "Max, you're special! You're unique! You're differential!" Yes, yes I know it's what they want, that's because they're air conditioned to it - to it. Oh - to it. Oh, I've fendered it off time and timing belt again. I mean, who's calling the tune-tune-tune up? Who's in cru-cru-cru-cru-cruise control here, anyway? I'll tell ya who! Me! Me! Max Headlamp! And if they don't like it, they can stick-stick-stick shift it in their exhaust pipes and choke-choke it! AND smoke it!

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