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2232 posts • joined 8 May 2007

BBC pulls plug Ceefax ahead of analogue TV's end tonight

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fondly remembered, but not missed

I remember being taught how to write ceefax pages when i was 7 at school - gave me an appreciation for what was required by the people who made them each day for the telly.

while i made a lot of use of it as a kid, looking up tv listings, the top 40 results, grand prix results, i don't think i've used them since the early 90s. certainly, now that it's gone i won't notice the difference.

a shame, but purely for nostalgic reasons.

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Slideshow: A History of the Smartphone in 20 Handsets

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Re: Nokia N-Gage?

i guess the N-Gage does deserve to be here - it's a prime example of everything that was wrong with smart phone and why people weren't buying them, prior to the current golden age of Android and iOS devices

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A lesser-known new feature in iOS 6: It's tracking you everywhere

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Re: Sensationalistic title

this is El Reg - titles and the facts of the story do not often correlate.

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iPad voice app back after patent spat: Mute kids get 'voices' back

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what the deuce!?!?!

A patent law suit where the out come is a bit of common sense?

Is this the first sign on the coming of the end of the world or something? Next Hell will freeze over, seas will boil, the moon will be as blood, cats and dogs living together, seven seals being broken, harpers harping with their harps..... somebody tell us about the Twinkie!!

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Vote NOW for the vilest Bond villain

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what no Onatopp?

i can see Pussy Galore not being a villain, she'd fall into the Bond Girl category. But surely Onatopp was pretty villianous, especially with her preferred method of assassination, no?

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El Reg VULTURE logo FOUND ON MARS

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mars

hah! reminds me of that episode in The Tick where the villain tried to write his name on the moon...

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Samsung shoots Galaxy S III with shrink ray, unveils 4in Mini

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copying again?

<trolling>

so Apple bring out a 4" screen phone and [SHOCKER] Samsung rush to copy and produce a phone of the same size.

</trolling>

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Boffins baffled: HUGE EYEBALL washes up on Florida beach

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there is, as Qui-Gon Jinn once said, always a bigger fish...

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Japanese cellco drops veil on futuristic hands-free video phone

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But, when this is productionised for consumers and enclosed in a robust package, is it not going to end up looking like those huge VR headsets we used to have to wear to play those VR arcarde games back in the early 90s?

I think I'd rather have a vid conference with someone looking slightly below my face than have to wear something like that everytime i go into a meeting room.

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Microsoft plans midnight launch for Surface

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They'll take a queue from their new partners Nokia and they'll fake it by getting their own employees to queue up at midnight to collect their free Surfaces.

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Samsung claims Apple jury foreman LIED to get REVENGE

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Seagate?

But... Apple make use of Seagate drives as well? I don't see how, if the foreman is prejudiced against Seagate, he would have a bias either way in the trial as both companies work with his former employer.

This smacks of Samsung clutching at straws. Further evidence that these lawsuits will never, ever end. Future generations in 200 years will still be contesting the results and holding appeals and retrials without any knowledge of why...

(there's a cherry thought to get your Friday morning started :) )

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BYOD cheers up staff, boosts productivity - and IT bosses hate it

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VM the solution?

I was thinking about this - would it not be possible for the employer to provide a VM image which contains a locked down environment that only contains licensed software and only connects to the office network and is also ringfenced from the laptop it is running on. That way, you can BYOD, but it stops any garbage you've installed on it yourself from accessing the office network or corrupting work files. And also could be set up to prevent people moving files out of the VM environment? And at the worst case, the employer could remote wipe the VM image or re-deploy a clean image, saving the effort of troubleshooting (because all work documents should be being stored on office network anyway).

Or are these the kind of things that they're talking about in the article when they say the tools are likely on the way in the near future?

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$3500 will get 13.3in Mac tablet in your mitts

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Dumb, dumber and Apple buyers ToddRundgren I guess?

fixed it for you

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From Dr No to Skyfall: The Reg's one month of Bond

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and this is why El Reg is the best tech website i read :)

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Samsung Galaxy Note 2 review

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no thanks

too big to be a phone, too small to be a tablet

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US court lifts ban on Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

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Re: Now, let this be a precursor to ending

Ending? You missed the part in the article where it said Samsung's case to ban the iPhone 5 will be in 2014?

This isn't ending any time soon, the lawyers and courts are making far too much money. $2.6m held by the courts? How much interest do they make out of that while it sits in their bank account?

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Oregon farmer devoured by own hogs

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Re: Strange...

more like a sequel by Thomas Harris, no?

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Sharp punches out über-retina phone screen

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Retina quality eyes? now there's a novel idea...

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WD hopes biz barons will grab its new 4TB data tubs

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But, Hitachi do a 4TB external drive for 170 quid - people have been buying those, ripping them out of their enclosures and putting them in their servers.

I know, not enterprise level, but that's a massive price difference between pro and home use isn't it?

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Formlabs preps first home stereolithic 3D printer

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I so want one of these. I've no idea what I'd actually use it for, and I'd certainly end up getting bored and stop using it after a week, but it'd be a week filled with wonder and marvel.

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iPhone 5: the fab slab to grab

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Re: I must be missing something...

I've always found the Google Maps app on iOS5 is excellent (and I use it a lot). I have no intention to upgrade to a poorer experience.

but the point of the article is that you should really be comparing the maps app on iOS6 to the maps app on iOS1 - or rather, the very first time that google release maps.google.com to the world.

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JK Rowling's adult novel arrives on ebook full of FAIL

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Re: Tax

and 20% on £11.99 is only a couple of quid.

So if it was tax free, they'd be charging us £9.59, which you just know they'd round up to £9.99 anyway.

The lack of a physical product to print, combine into a book and ship to distributors _must_ save the publishing companies more than just 2 quid a book doesn't it?

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Fuming fanbois flood 'flimsy iPhone 5 Wi-Fi' forum

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Re: inaccurate headline

I thought the article made that perfectly clear. The headline section that you're referring to is in quotes, further clarified in the article text as being the title of the forum on the Apple discussion site. If the whinging fanbois get it wrong, why should they be misquoted?

But that's not the case. The forum title is "iPhone 5 wifi issues" (as mentioned within the article).

But the headline quotes this as "flimsy iPhone 5 Wi-Fi"

Anna has taken the liberty of capitalising and hyphenating the word wifi AND adding the word 'flimsy' to the front in order to further her own anti-Apple agenda. If she's not going to quote the name of the forum correctly in the headline, then why bother quoting it at all, and instead could accurately represent the facts within the headline, instead of using 'iPhone 5' to artificially draw in clicks and Google search results.

As you say, the article itself is fine - it's the headline i've taken exception to as that's where the errors are.

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inaccurate headline

new iPhone 5s as well as iPads and older iPhones

So actually, it's an iOS6 issue then, not iPhone 5 specifically?

Such poor reporting is to be expected in the hoi poloi presses, but this is a technical news website, one would hope that the reporter was at least a little bit technically literate to understand these things.

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Virgin ramps 4G to a whopping 90Mbps - and switches it off

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Re: Been here before?

another comedy winner from TRT !!

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Japanese boffins unfurl banner above newly-discovered Element 113

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please don't let them call it unobtainium!

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Want a Leica camera from Jony Ive? There CAN BE ONLY ONE

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Re: Sycophants

kinda helps if you read the article before you comment on it, makes you look less daft.

the images in the article are of a Leica camera, but Ive hasn't even started on his design of the camera yet, so those images aren't of his one.

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'Sub-arctic' atmos at RIM UK as jobs apocalypse looms

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Re: Maybe it's sad, but...

@crowley i have an old Betamax machine around here somewhere if you'd like?.....

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New benefits website at risk of hackers, no Plan B - ministers

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No Plan B?

How about Ray Winstone?

"Shut it you slaaaag you're nicked!!"

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Apple forecast to sell 8m iPhone 5s next weekend

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Re: Wait a tick.

there is only a set amount of stock set aside for the pre-orders via the internet store. the rest are allocated to be sold through either the mobile phone operators own pre-order mechanism, or through the high street stores.

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Re: What irks me...

WOW! That was only up for a couple of minutes

or, instead of it being fanbois down voting you out of blind loyalty, could it, perhaps, be people down voting you because you're post was complete rubbish.

what are you suggesting, that Apple should have pre-built 20million iPhone 5 units and then sat around on them, hoping they'd eventually sell them all? and in the mean time, stop production until those are sold and then have to start up the production lines all over again?

everyone goes on and on about Apple being arrogant, yet the criticise them for erring on the side of caution in their initial production runs.

yes, i agree, the publicity it generates does not hurt. and it's a publicity wave that every single iPhone launch has ridden. But equally, it's laughable to suggest that they should have over-estimated the number of units to produce and then incurred the costs of sitting on unsold stock.

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Fanboys order 2m iPhone 5s in 24 hours

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Re: 5 million?

and how long was the pre-order window for the S3? and does that include the blue on that didn't come out until weeks after the white one was released?

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Apple time is now world time

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Re: Why not buy a much better Samsug Galaxy S3 today?

i agree with Tibbs.

the SIII is just too big for me to be comfortable with. if i want to view something on a big screen, i'll view it on my ipad. the phone is for portability, nor for watching entire seasons of 24 in one sitting.

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Re: Is it just my imagination...

whenever the apple store is down for updates, or unavailable, there is a graphic of a post it note saying "Back Soon" in the centre of the screen.

I imagine this gif is meant to sit in the middle of the post-it background image, at that angle.

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Apple iPhone 5 hands-on review

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Re: its rubbish

"Yep, same old UI."

windows did a pretty big UI overhaul with Vista - that was a remarkably successful example of what a good idea it is to change the UI that everyone loves. In fact, microsoft must have been so pleased with the results because they've gone even further with win8 and totally changed all the bits that user liked about their old UI.

yep, AC @13:02 is absolutely correct, totally changing the UI is the best thing any company could do

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Apple: Thanks for the iPhone 5s, China, now get to the BACK of the queue

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yes, i'm sure that's the only reason for why China aren't included in the initial round

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New iPod nano and touch: Lightning strikes again

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Re: I've said it elsewhere - accessories/docks FFS

less rev share? what about all the adapters that they are going to sell? what about all the new usb cables that everyone is going to buy because adapters will be annoying.

actually, i dunno that the adapter will be that much of a problem. The old 30-pin connector generally has quite a good connection to the iDevice. I suspect it'll prove to be a tougher connection than the new Lightening connector provides, and so the adapter will remain connected to your lead or peripheral device and so you're experience of just plugging in the device will remain the same.

and lastly - you may or may not be right about how few El Reg readers have an iTouch/iPod/iPhone as a primary device, but also, El Reg readers (and techy types) are not the core demographic of Apple's customers by a very long way. If we all /ragequit over this, i doubt Apple will even not the fluctuation in their monthly sales charts

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The iPHONE 5 UNDERMINES western DEMOCRACY: 5 reasons why

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weird - of all the iPhones i've owned, i've never, ever, had a need to swap the battery.

i dunno why you lot get so hung up on it as a feature.

It used to be, before Apple came on the scene, that if you had a small pocket computer then you or anyone else could write programs for it and you could run them on your machine that you owned without asking the people who had made it.

you know, you can get the SDK for free. you can write apps for yourself to your hearts content.

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Apple's iCloud goes titsup, email evaporates for unlucky 1%

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Re: Just Fuck

midweek entry to be considered for QotW?

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NASA's spy sat snaps Curiosity rover burning tracks on Mars

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Re: hypocrisy of the human race

Probably did it in Photoshop anyway! :)

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hypocrisy of the human race

When Top Gear went to Africa and left tire tracks across the Makgadikgadi Pan, there was outcry and calls for the show to be taken off the air (again).

But when NASA do it on another planet, why then that's all right then, because at least it's not our undisturbed scenery that's being irrevocably damaged is it?!?!

Bunch of hypocrites the lot of us!!!

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No Apple TV this year: Media moguls still won't cough up content

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shame

I'd love a device where FreeView, VirginMedia, or whatever, were just apps alongside 4oD, iPlayer, etc, and YouTube, Netflix and streaming from my desktop machine. Ideally, an interface that did away with channel numbers and just presented me a way to browse everything that's showing live right now, or switch to a different app to stream from iPlayer or whoever.

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South Korea probes 'mobe patent bully-boy' Samsung

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Re: Chilling effects on innovation

But then, someone else's tech that achieves the same result in a sufficiently different manner to not infringe upon your patent does become part of the standard and world+dog uses that tech instead of yours, and pays them a license for it instead of you.

Having principles is all very well, but it doesn't pay the bills or put food on the table.

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Apple eyes $$$ iDevice adapter bonanza

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the thing is..

...the third party usb-to-30pin-iphone leads i've tried over the years have all been rubbish. cheaper, yes, but soon fail and require replacing. whereas the Apple branded ones i've either got with the iDevices or bought to replace the crap 3rd party ones, are all still working.

so, yes, i'll happily pay Apple 6 quid an adapter, i'll probably buy two, because in the long run, that's cheaper than having to buy six that are made by a third party which then fall apart after a month.

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The world's first Windows Phone 8 hands on – what's it like?

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too big

a centimetre thick? helloooo this is the 80s calling, we want our brick-phone back!

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Third of iPad owners want smaller slabs

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Samsung's Note is practically the same size as the SIII

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"without looking at the report"??

I quite agree, they probably didn't do any of those things, and their sample size was ridiculously small, but you can't slag off the quality of their research if you're not going to put any time or effort into doing your own to find out if the report details any of these things.

Oy there, Mr Pot, let me introduce to you the esteemed Mr Kettle.....

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Windows 7 passes XP, Mac OS X passes Vista

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Linux

1.1%

Year of the Linux!! woohoo get in!!!

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Virgin Media broadband outage - six days until fixed?

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Virgin Media broadband outage - six days until fixed?

Anyone else having trouble with Virgin broadband? Mines been offline all day, I'm in Hertfordshire, but friend of mine in Edinburgh has had trouble since before the weekend.

I call the help desk and apparently there's a known fault on their network, engineers expect it to be at least 6 days until its resolved!

6 days! That's a bit rubbish, what on earth is going to take six days unless its hardware or infrastructure that's busted?

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Sharp's slim screen factory 'flogged to death' by Apple

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And it's only going to get worse as we get closer to the 12th Sept. and more and more rumours flood the press.

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