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Trojan targets Mac's built-in security defences

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so one more reason then...

to avoid installing Flash player.

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Sony names PlayStation Vita release day

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to be honest...

I would love to dismiss this, saying that in these days of iOS and Android gaming, there's little place for a dedicated gaming machine.

But I know full well that as soon as there's a GTA game released specifically for the Vita and not available on the PS3, then I'll be buying this. So I'd better start saving up I guess...

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Apple slips, moneymen pounce

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didn't they tell us this was going to happen

I thought that in the results of the last quarter, Tim Cook said they were expecting the figures in the comming quarter to be down due to transition of a new product. so Apple both recognised this themselves and told Wall Street it was going to happen 3 months ago. But seems so-called analysts are only content to listen to themselves and unnamed rumour sources.

the economy would be in a far healthier state if got rid of all analyst roles right now.

Or even, sack all the current analysts and replace them with a room full of monkeys with typewriters. I doubt anyone would know the difference.

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Apple: 4m iPhone 4S handsets sold, thank you very much

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worrying

this just proves to Apple that it's worth delaying their releases. Expect the iPhone5 not to be released until October 2013 now, and they'll be selling 8m on the first weekend

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World+Dog goes bonkers for iPhone 4S

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i think they meant they sold more in the first hour in 2011 than they did in the first hour in 2010, not the entire year.

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Dell signals Windows 8 fondleslab range

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so

So what does Win8 give that Android doesn't? Are they assuming it's a free pass for adoption in the enterprise space because it has the Microsoft badge on it?

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ViewSonic intros tablet sized to strike at iPad

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yes, it'll need to be around that price to be a success. but chances are, it won't be.

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Sony network ransacked in huge brute-force attack

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that's why i changed my PSN password to a long random string that isn't used anywhere else, because it was obvious this was going to happen again some time

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iPhone 4S pre-orders obliterate sales records

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Because you can tell Siri "My wife is ...." and then when you tell it to send messages to your wife, it looks up the previous contact you linked.

Seem to work for most familial relations. Although, not sure if caters for the more convoluted family trees such as "brother-uncle" "mother-sister" etc etc.

Maybe it auto-sets a bango ringtone for those contacts

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Stallman: Jobs exerted 'malign influence' on computing

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snore off Stallman

Some of us like it inside our walled garden. Walled gardens allow for protection against the elements, so it looks nicer, and neater, and the weeds get routinely pruned. We don't get foxes coming along at night and eating the chickens, and there's a nice gazeebo affair in the middle, where you can enjoy a cuppa tea without getting rained on or the wind whipping away your cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches (crustless, cut in triangles, obviously).

Just because it doesn't fit into your weed-induced-hippie-utopia vision of the perfect world doesn't give you the right to knock down our walls and trample over the gerberas and drink our kool-aid and pinch the chicken drumsticks off the bbq, you bloody oik!

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News of Steve Jobs' death causes market jitters

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because the markets also listen to the 'analysts' who were positive there'd be a iphone5 this week and that the iPod classic was getting the axe.

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Ten reasons why you shouldn't buy an iPhone 5

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then again

The article is 10 reasons why you shouldn't buy an iphone5.

But all the evidence is that an iPhone5 isn't going to be released this month, it'll be an iPhone4S that's announced tonight. So perhaps Lewis is just winding us up and the 11th reason he'll give us tomorrow: that the iPhone5 is just rumour and guesswork at the moment

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no

no it's not.

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oh i dunno

1) Never had a problem with any of mine. Had a few close calls, admittedly, but sometimes it's nice to spend the last 5 minutes walking home from work, listening to the birds in the trees, being aware of the cars zooming past me

2) if you use iTunes and it's Smart playlists properly, you won't have a need for extra memory.

3) it would seem that Amazon would wish to argue that walled-garden businesses are the way of the future. buying an iphone or a kindle just puts you at the front of the new age.

4) but then again, really, who bothers to phone anyone these days? if you can't txt or tweet it, it's not worth saying

5) not so. all those other fools have the old iphone model. therefore you must be seen with the very brand new on to stand out from the crowd.

6) Just because he's a celebrity and expresses his opinion, doesn't mean he's wrong. and besides, you don't find many other celebrities gushing about the android alternatives do you?

7) Same can be said about BMWs and Fords

8) Surely this is a reason TO buy the new one, as it'll have a new antenna design, rather than the old iPhone4 (on which, i might add, i've yet to find the antenna issue occur without getting cramp in my hand trying to force it to happen)

9) bigger isn't always better. Bono's sunglasses cover more of his face than other sunglasses, but i still think they look ugly

10) as before, gotta buy at the start before the hoi poloi get their hands on it

and there's a great reason to buy the phone:

just as you've no doubt revelled in trolling the apple fanboys with this article, merely by buying the latest iPhone on release day, we get get to troll every windows and android fanatic at once. and that's worth any amount of apple-taxation :-) :-)

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New iPhone offered for sale via unauthorised outlets

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so, he's sourcing them from the US, and therefore making money on the exchange rate and lack of VAT, AND marking up the price by twice what is suspected? nice bit of work if you can get it

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Samsung reveals release for 5in tablet

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why?

just because there is a numerical gap between 3.5 inch smartphone screens and 7 inch tablets, doesn't mean that it needs to be filled.

if anything, this is just going to eat into potential Samsung Tab sales...

...or is that their cunning plan to avoid Apple suing them and blocking sale of the device?

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iTunes beta, Vodafone flag up iPhone 4S

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iPhone 4S reference has been in iTunes beta for some time now:

[quote from MacRumors article]

So, the "iPhone 4S" reference first appeared in the iTunes Betas back in iTunes Beta 6.1 which was released on August 29th, 2011 -- a little over a month ago. [/quote]

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UK punters happy to pay £3 to top up e-wallets

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3 quid a time? WTF?

There's another alternative, I'll continue to put paper cash into my physical wallet and use that instead.

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Amazon's Kindle Fire is sold at a loss

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"I see a very well specified tablet on the horizon, price dependent on your annual spend"

"provided they can avoid the desire to play god in the future"

The only way they will be able to afford to produce that future tablet is if they do play god and ensure that your annual spend is all from amazon's own stores. If the majority of fire owners are the type to root their device and source their content from alternative, torrent-supplied locations, then amazon's strategy will fail

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@StooMonster

you missed this El Reg article then:

http://www.reghardware.com/2011/09/29/amazon_accepts_kindle_fire_android_tablet_will_be_rooted/

[quote]The retailer will apparently do nothing to prevent hardware hackers getting into the gadget's software innards, Jon Jenkins, director of Amazon's Silk browser project, suggested to PC Mag.

"It's going to get rooted, and what you do after you root it is up to you," he said.[/quote]

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this is going to be the crucial matter. Amazon surely can't let anyone buy their content from anywhere else, otherwise there's no high-margin sales to offset the loss (or zero-margin) sale of the fire.

then again, i know such a concept seems blasphemy to most El Reg readers, but a closed eco-system seems to have worked, and continues working, for Apple. So why not Amazon?

it's the other tablet manufacturers that are going to get screwed. They blatantly can't produce a decent tablet for retail $200, otherwise they would have done so by now. And they can't make one and sell it at a loss either, because they don't have the means to provide the content that users will purchase, so won't get any profit there either.

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Apple victorious: Courts deny hackintosher's final plea

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Re: true...

" regardless of the whole 'I could buy a small island for that price' factor ;)."

And who's being biased now?

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Examples please

The whole "macs are overpriced" argument is always rolled out with vague statements.

"go compare the prices between a mac and pc"

"look at the cost of a part"

But never any actual examples. Are you talking about replacement power supplies or batteries? or screen/mouse/cpu box?

Because, if you can't back up your vague assertions then stop wasting everyone's time

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Ico & Shadow of the Colossus Collection

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cannot wait!!!!!

i canNOT wait to get home and play SotC again.

it was the one game that made me keep hold of an original PS3 for so long, so i could go back and replay it. But eventually that finally died at the start of the year, I moved to a PS3 slim. (but made sure i kept a working ps2 in the cupboard incase i felt the need for some colossus bashing).

Sadly, i missed out on ICO, so totally looking forwarding to playing that for the first time.

But it's SotC that i'm dying to play. To relive that first moment, when you get to the top of the cliff and behold the sheer size of the beast you've got to battle... and then, that 3rd bstard with the sword! and the flying bird thing!......

and for it all to be in hd graphics... i just can't wait. might have to fake a stomach bug and skive off work for the rest of the afternoon....

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Human 'alarm clock' enzyme discovered

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I don't have an enzyme

I have the dog. If the alarm clock doesn't do it's job, then having a dog leap on the bed, step on your genitals and proceed to lick your face generally does the trick just as well.

Although, presumably he has this enzyme because he does it to me every morning at the same time. Am waiting for scientists to discover how to tell this enzyme that it's the weekend and there's no need to go fro a walk for at least another 2 hours...

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Don't bother with that degree, say IT pros

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have never needed to use anything i learnt while at university

Actually, that's not entirely true. I taught myself HTML 1.0 and Javascript when it first appeared. But that wasn't part of my degree, I picked up those skills when I should have been studying more between lectures.

Haven't ever used any of the so-called Computer Science they taught us. The one course that might have been useful was the Database design one, but it was boring as hell so I tended to stay in the flat and playing Fallout and StarCreft instead of going to the lectures. Even then, I've picked up all the database knowledge I've needed through using google when a problem has presented itself.

The IT world changes so much that by the time you leave uni, what was useful when you started is going to be old-hat and out of fashion. So there's no hope for whatever topics they put on the curriculum 5 years before you signed up, unless they constantly change it every 6 months

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PlayBook stock mountain: RIM slashes prices

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if mail client gets feature

horse, bolt, door, stable

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Meter Readings

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thanka!

every single month, without fail, i forget to take a manual reading and, instead of taking one there and then, promise to myself to read the meters at the start of the following month.

so this is exactly the kind of app i need, thanks so much for featuring it!!

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Amazon intros $199 movie Kindle

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3G

But Tony Smith's article (http://www.reghardware.com/2011/09/28/amazon_launches_kindle_fire_ebook_tablet/) says the Fire doesn't have 3G.

Does that mean it doesn't have WhisperSync and the only way to get that is to use a Kindle Touch?

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Toshiba outs 7in Android 3.2 tablet

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movies on a 7" screen will be little better than movies on a phone screen. probably looks exactly like watching one on a 10" 4:3 screen.

i'd argue that reading books is a much bigger use case than reading digital magazines and one which this device should really be catering for because it's going to be competing against the amazon fire.

if a page is designed to work in 16:9, then it's going to be very wide, but display very little content vertically before you need to start scrolling. annoying for the user, annoying for the designer. design it for portrait viewing isn't going to make things any better either. most people may have 16:9 monitors (or here at work i have two 4:3 next to each other) but i still view the web is a 4:3-ish window floating in the middle.

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The Secret of Monkey Island

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by Lucy Orr?

Lucy Aaarrr more like :-)

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Woman nabbed for 'senseless' stiletto ATM attack

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don't trust CCTV, can be easily faked

if it's not a playmobile reconstruction, it probably didn't happen

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Google+ chases MySpace for second place

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it's still here?

the real news here is that MySpace is still around and that people actually still visit the site! shocking!!!!

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Android outsells Apple 2:1

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smart phones OS

This is a comparison between the OS of the phones, not the manufacturers. So looking at non-smart-phones would be irrelevant.

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Google unfurls Dead Sea Scrolls

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continuing the 'missing page' theme

There's a piece missing from the Great Isaiah Scroll:

3:23 And the gauze robes, and the fine linen, and the turbans, and the mantles.

3:24 And it shall come to pass, that instead of sweet spices there shall be rottenness;

and instead of a girdle rags; and instead of curled hair baldness;

and instead of a stomacher a girding of sackcloth;

branding instead of beauty

3:25 Thy men shall fall by the sword, and thy mighty in the war.

3:26 And her gates shall lament and mourn; and utterly bereft she shall sit upon the ground.

3:27 And if you ask me how I'm feeling

3:28 Don't tell me you're too blind to see

3:29 Never gonna give you up

3:30 Never gonna let you down

3:31 Never gonna run around and desert you

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Samsung-Apple patent lawsuit tally hits 21, and counting

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what's a win?

I wonder what Samsung are hoping to get from this.

Best case scenario is Apple are banned from selling iPhones. But surely Apple's lawyer will see if it heads this way and Apple will either reach into it's big sack of cash to come to a settlement agreement with Samsung, or they'll be paying them 0.05c in every $10 of profit Apple makes from each iPhone sale. Eitherway, all Samsung benefit from is a small monetary income, which needs to be offset against the loss of revenue as Apple move to using other suppliers for iPhone parts. AND they still won't be shifting as many tablets as Apple. AND 72% of their phone customers will still be looking to switch to another brand.

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EMC exec flames El Reg

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King Solomon?

There's only one way to settle it.... put a call in to Harry Hill...

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How to go from the IT dept to being a rogue trader

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sarcasm?

i dunno about the sarcasm, the article sums up precisely the environments i've seen at every investment bank i've worked in over the past 11 years.

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Google shamed by Apple in race to HTML5

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by which you mean

this article doesn't agree with my views, therefore it is biased?

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Star Wars: The Complete Saga Blu-ray disc set

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bought it, i have

just trying to convince the girlfriend that what she really wants to do on saturday is to sit down and watch all six movies in a row, back to back, with the only breaks allowed for going to the toilet and making cups of tea, and even then, only while the end credits of each film rolls by.

am not having much luck with that so far, but there's still 2 days for me to convince her "these are the films you're looking for"...

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Cloud startup's business model defies laws of physics

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but i guess that won't occur to the majority of punters who will be baffled by all the technospeak, but understand that when a phone company says 'unlimited' it doesn't actually mean unlimited, so when someone says 'infinite' obviously they're telling the truth

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Lincs bloke fined in deceased hedgehog outrage

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this is why they should bring back hanging

I mean, seriously, what kind of smeghead is going to look at a dead headhog and think, 'i'll take a dump on that'. And do we really need that kind of scumbag to continue to be a member of society? Surely, for the greater good, this guy should be euthanised at the earliest possible opportunity.

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Unlikely contender tops rankings in Nokia ringtone quest

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can't play it :)

am dying to hear what it sounds like but won't play on my work pc :(

shall have to wait until i get home, oh the suspense!!!!

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Cello C42T71DVB-3D 42in passive 3D TV

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Facepalm

Page: ← Prev 1 2 3 Next →

Try reading beyond the first page of the review?

This comment must rate as one of the worst ever!

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Apollo 17 Moon landing: Shock revelations

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Coffee/keyboard

bravo!!

i always knew there was more than they were telling us

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Google brings out new programming language

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there's nothing wrong with javascript...

...that jQuery can't fix

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Driver San Francisco

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FAIL

such a shame

the original Driver was a fantastic game, and i was throughly looking forward to this updated version. yes, the graphics are great, but wtf is all this shifting crap? totally put me off the game when i played the demo

why was it necessary? it would have been an awesome game if they hadn't bothered to include that stupid idea

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Apple plan to rate shops etc by number of iPhones visiting

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great for users, not so good for companies that advertise?

am thinking that, for the end user, this will be great as it'll increase the chances of your search returning a useful result.

but for companies, unless they're the big popular franchises, their hit rates will drop.

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Hey Commentards! [This title is optional]

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woohoo no title required!!

but apparently the post itself is still mandatory? such oppression to our basic rights of expression!!!

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