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Dell chalks up tablet PC

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shiny

yes because everyone's noticed how fingerprints are SUCH a problem for iPhone screens and it's crippled sales of the device hasn't it??

presumably you've never used any device with a shiny black screen even though you feel the need to disparage them, but when there's a bright light behind the screen, you won't see the fingerprints on the front. and when it's powered off, you're not looking at the thing anyway so who cares

if you're THAT vain that you have to check your reflection in the screen every 10 seconds then buy a small mirror you freak!

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hello? hello?

only if that is a microphone in the bottom right corner of the screen

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Ion add-on to equip iPhone with full Qwerty keyboard

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but...

surely the whole point of wanting an external keyboard is to enable text entry without the virtual keyboard taking up so much screen space. but without being able to override the iPhone's keyboard popping up, all this does is remove the portability of the iPhone - if you need a fullsize keyboard that much, get a laptop!!

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Ghost of Gates' tablet haunts Microsoft's future

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kinda missed their goal?

it'd be easy to assume that the reason for the announcement was to try and steal some of the media frenzy that is building ahead of Apple's announcement later in the month. showing three devices, referring to tablets as slates, etc.

but if that's the case, they seem to have gotten it wrong. by such a lacklustre announcement surely they've just made Jobs task all the more easy. No need to turn the RDF up to 11 when all you've got to do is do better than Ballmer's effort

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Paramount prepares to scale Dune

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i do not beleive this

how can you have a movie based on battleships? it's the stupidiest idea ever

perhaps it will have an M. Night Shyamalan twist at the end where, you think he'd finally found the 5 squares of the last enemy battleship, but it turns out to just be a submarine and a cruiser together in a line

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Welcome to the out-of-control decade

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"can choose to avoid"

the trouble is, but taking ourselves out of the loop and keeping control of our "digital dots", the few times we do show up on the radar screen is going to loop suspicious and we'll end up being the first against the wall

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Hackintosher's new line: Linux and T-shirts

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Mac - not Dell or HP or Sony or any other

You don't know very far then.

Mac is a brand name. If it says you can only run it on a Mac computer with an Intel processor then you can only run it on a computer with the Mac brand on it (and Intel chips inside). and currently, those are only available from Apply.

Nike trainers are not any old trainers that you can put your feet into. In the same way, a Mac computer is not any old computer that you can load OS X on to.

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what about an ebook

when you buy an ebook, you purchase a license there, don't you?

and if amazon had their way, you won't only be able to read it on their proprietry hardware

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Microsoft wants someone to turn Xbox into Xphone

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re: Microsoft caught in temporal shift

there's nothing new about this - i have a bumper sticker at home somewhere that says "Windows 95 = Mac OS 89" - all that's happened is the magnitude of the temporal distortion has decreased. Conversely, in the past, when Microsoft copied Apple, they made lots of money from it, these days, they're not *cough*Zune*cough*Vista*cough*...

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Googlephone debuts Jan. 5, says everyone but Google

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mx5

god i miss my psion mx5

that was such an awesome machine at the time

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Apple ejects Dalai Lama from Chinese iTunes

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get real

and understand how the real world works

EVERYONE in the whole world wants to do business in china because it's the only economy that's currently working at the moment

even freetards want to capture some of the chinese market

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Speculative Googlenetbook specs surface

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Ferrari for the price of a Cooper?

somehow, giving the pricing of the googlephone, i doubt that will be the case

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The best (of the worst) patent claims of 2009

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games

isn't Microsoft's idea for realistic avatars is just going to open up a new avenue of income for those gold-farming spam emails that now, instead of just grinding the money-making parts of the games in their sweatshops, will now all take your avatar account and train it up to full fitness in an intensive 3 day, 24 hours-a-day regime, all for just $60

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Top Gear tops iPlayer hit list

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re: LAMO...

yes, that's because we have a sense of humour and enough intelligence to understand a joke. whereas by contrast, you see a joke and use it as your OS

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Apple iPad to launch January 26 (maybe)

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iPad interaction

you missed the most interesting part of the latest rumours.

on this NYT blog http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/12/23/2010-the-year-of-the-tablet/

a "source" has told them "you'll be surprised by how you interact with the tablet"

does this mean you finger? (not so surprising considering the iPhone)

a stylus? (shocker - considering Jobs' view of phone stylii)

or something althogether more rude??

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World's first iPhone worm Rickrolls angry fanbois

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not fanbois

technically, the ones being rickrolled aren't proper apple fanbois - the True Believers of course haven't jailbroken their iphones

it's just the freetards who jailbroke their phones - and most of those are probably penguin-fiddlers

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Apple under Jobs: from muck to mountaintop

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re: It's ironic.

but the thing is, they tried all those things you suggest in the 90s when they got rid of Jobs and very nearly killed the company until Jobs came back, and put his vision and his controls back in place

what's changed in the last 15 years that means it'd be any different if it happened again now?

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Charlize Theron to travel Mad Max's Fury Road

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this could be great.... but i fear it won't be

the old films look so very dated

it'd be cool to see one with modern special fx

but it has to be all about the battles on the Road.

the first one's a brilliant classic

the 2nd is great, the finale battle with the tanker is ace, but it's criminal that his Interceptor gets toasted before that

and the 3rd, if he's not chugging along in a train he's trekking through the desert finding quicksand or upto his pelvis in pigsh!t

what we want to see is a heavily modified 1973 Ford XB Falcon Hardtop burning along endless barren roadways, with either Max or his protege at the wheel dispensing much needed justice in a world gone to hell

i fear what we'll get is something heavily sponsored by Honda where all the scum of the post-apocalyptic wasteland are seen to be car-pooling in their environmentally freindly hydrogen powered vehicles

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New York Times Editor drops Apple tablet in talk

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@cody

yes, and what's the down side?

i'm already orgasmically excited by the thought of an iSlate - when it finally comes out my mind's gonna just explode in joy

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Today marks 'least productive' day of year

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that's rubbish

the worst one is the one in January when you get an hour's less sleep

today's been a great day so far

normally, if i fall asleep for an extra hour in the morning it's followed by 20 minutes of sheer panic and terror as i rush around trying to get to the train station so that i'm only late for work instead of unemployment-inducingly late

but today, the alarms went off, i hit the snooze 60 mins button, woke up when they went off the 2nd time and still got up, felt refreshed, and was even in the office early!

they ought to put the clocks back every weekend!!

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Wikileaks publishes BNP 'member list' (again)

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@Mark Lockwood

genius idea

i'd vote for any party called "Badgers, Not Potatoes" regardless of their political views.

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Astronomers spy 32 new exoplanets

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nuke from orbit, it's the only way to be sure

if there are exoplanets in a habitable zone, is that a good or a bad thing?

in theory, any life to have thrived on the planet would be spead out much more disparetely across the surface, so possibly less likely for the secific conditions to generate intelligence to occur

but then again, on a planet that size, natural resources will be bountiful. no need for natural alternative energy sources, they're probably heading towards us in their steam powered spaceships as we speak

we ought to strike first, just to be on the safe side

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Video games linked to ADD? Say it ain't ooh butterfly

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where's the control group?

this experiment only compares two types of gamers - there's no correlation to other activities

what about people who are down the gym training for more than 4 hours a day? compared wiht those who don't work out that much?

people who's work requires them to drive a car for more than 4 hours a day? compared to those who's daily commute is 30 minutes?

people who sit in research labs doing stupid experiments for more than 4-hours a day compared to those of us who use our time for worthwhile projects?

i suspect, if there is indeed a link, it's more likely that anyone who does a similar task for 4 hours each day will get into the habbit of reactionary thinking because of the repetative nature of their daily tasks. those of us with more varied daily activities (regardles off what that activity is) have to think more proactively because we're likely to be faced with different situations.

I don't see the link to ADD there, it's just the human brain adapting to the environment it is in

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Playmobil figures feared lost in Great Fire of Guildford

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the images are too terrifying

oh the huma.... i mean the playmobilanity!!

i fear the worst for the baker and his wench :(

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Android to overtake iPhone in 2012 - analyst

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stating the bleeding obvious

this isn't a market analysis, it's just stating the obvious

Android is a platform that's available to any hardware manufacturer that wants to use it. iPhone is only available to one. it's not economics that tell you that Android has the potential to be in more people's phones, it's basic, junior school mathematics

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Kraft cans Vegemite iSnack2.0

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doesn't rhyme or fit the song

Buying bread from a man in brussels

He was six foot four and full of muscles

I said, do you speak-a my language?

He just smiled and gave me a iSnack2.0 sandwich

And he said.....

[all together now, sing along!!]

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USB supreme court backs Apple in Palm Pre kerfuffle

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@The BigYin

"force Apple to standardise the library format and have it made an ISO standard"

please read the rest of the comments on this thread - and every other time this topic has been mentioned on El Reg

last i was aware, XML is a restricted subset of SGML which is ISO standard 8879

iTunes library is accessable via XML

Palm just need to put a couple of hours work in to build an app that'd parse the file. there's tons of 3rd party shareware apps that do this, i don't understand why Palm have so much trouble

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O2 confirms UK Pré launch date

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tarrifs

i thought there was an article recently form one of the "expert" analysts who claimed that the iPhone tarrifs were loss-leaders for the phone companies and an unsustainable model?

but it seems that the model must have been successful enough for O2 with the iPhone otherwise they'd have changed it for the Pre, no?

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Microsoft mobiles spied online?

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FAIL

no comment.....

...too busy laughing at this Epic fail to type

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Dual-screen Microsoft 'booklet' uncovered

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nice

am happy to admit that i'm an apple fanatic and wear my blue jeans and black turtleneck under my work suit, but i like the look of that

somehow, i suspect it won't look anything like that if it's finally released and it prove frustratingly annoying to use

still - can someone will find a way to hack OS X on to it and then it'll be worth getting

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Citroën redesigns the 2CV

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pfffffft

i like it actually

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Apple iPod Touch 3G

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@ Jimmy Floyd

re: Brand allegiance "Is that really an issue for gamers? Or, indeed, anyone?"

damn right it is - you're obviously not a real gamer. when was the last time you started a game in the evening and didn't quit until sun rose the next morning?

as obsessed as i am with the GTA series of games, i drew the line at owning an Nintendo product just so I could play GTA Chinatown (i borrowed my mates one, but hated every minute of using it)

thankfully it's now coming out on the PSP so I can give back the wretched DS and play the game instead on a decent platform (at least until the iPod/iPhone version comes out, which i expect will top both of them).

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Peugeot looks to 1940s for quirky e-car design

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FAIL

so sloooooow

i watched the video on facebook last night and it honestly looked like it'd be quicker to walk.

to heck with global waming, i'll stick with the supercharger in my cooper s thankyouverymuch and future generations be damned

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Italian Job sat nav driver cops £900 fine

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"users should be made more aware they should only use them as a guide"

and there really ought to be a minimum IQ level below which you are not allowed a driving license, for your own good

if you need to be told not to follow TomTom regardless then you really shouldn't be allowed Outside without medical supervision

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Muse eye Bond theme

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possible

if they did it, it'd have to be more in line with their heavier tracks. more in the style of the Super Massive Blackhole tracks than those on the latest album

Bond themes should really be loud and anthemic, which Muse can do well

but one of their slower tracks just wouldn't work

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AMD Eyefinity promises 'six panel, one GPU' gaming

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perfect

just what i need for multiboxing Eve Online - i want one!!!

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Cobain band mates denounce dead rocker's Guitar Hero gig

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pffft

the only good Nirvana song is the Wierd Al Yankovic version, Smells Like Nirvana

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Apple gives Palm the boot - again

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preTunes

why doesn't Palm care enough about it's users to build a proper method of syncing their music? instead of having to resort to skullduggery and all this cat and mouse

apple aren't loosing that much buisness - the number of Pre users are miniscule compared to ipod users

it's Palm that are risking loosing customers because people will eventually get annoyed with all this mucking about and go and get themselves an Android or RIM phone instead (because, presumably, they're anti-iPhone types and the Pre's iTunes compatibility was not the reason they went with it)

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Hubble back in form with stunning new images

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re: Stunning stuff

all the littlle green men are standing _behind_ the Hubble lens, sniggering

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Apple yanks C64 emulator from App Store

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WTF?

@ Red Bren RE : where do you plug in the tape recorder?

you don't - you convert the tape to mp3 and then load those whistles and beeps in that way :)

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Post-Vista Windows flaw creates Blue Screen risk

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<---- smug OS X user

nuff said

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Palm introduces Pré junior

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makes sense

people have been banging on and on about there ought to be a smaller, cheaper iPhone - so it makes sense for Palm to target that supossed market

but - is there really a market for this level of smartphone that doesn't have wifi?

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Windows 7 versus Snow Leopard — The poison taste test

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Gates Horns

yay \o/ OS X ftw!!!!

in your face you wintards!!!!!

flameon!!!

:-)

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Xbox 360 'least reliable' console

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yay \o/ sonyftw !!!

because the wii isn't a serious gaming platorm anyway

flameon!

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Channel 4 to go 3D

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so much failsauce

the polorized ones they have at the cinema are the only ones that work for me - one of my eyes doesn't focus, so the two colour specs don't work for me

i'm not totally sure how the cinema ones do work, but i certainly get a 3D impression - perhaps not as much as normal people - but it's better than just seeing everything in green.

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Apple to offer own-brand HDTV, claims analyst

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FAIL

can i have some of what he was smoking

Gene Munster's track record isn't exactly great.

http://guides.macrumors.com/Gene_Munster_%28Analyst%29

he's been right a few times, when he forecasts have been vauge enough

he's been wrong a few times

and sometimes he's been a bit right, and a bit wrong

those sort of odds smack of someone picking ideas out of the air at random

i can't believe these guys get paid for this rubbish and more so, i can't believe El Reg is reporting this guys random guesswork as fact

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Zombie plague analysed by Canadian maths prof

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have a nice cup of tea and wait for all this to blow over

time to re-check my survival plan for the Zombie Apocalypse then.

it's only a matter of time before that ant-zombifying fungus follows swine flu and begins infecting humans

mines the one on the coat rack beside the door at the Winchester

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iTablet to rake in $1bn, claims analyst

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analysts shmanalysts

i want to get a job as a tech analyst - you get paid to spend all day reading the rumour sites and after a couple of weeks, randomly shove a few of them together, make up some financial figures and issue it as a report

as jobs go, it's gotta be easier than weather forecasting (another profession where you still get paid no matter how wrong you are)

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Microsoft stores to get in Apple's face this autumn

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product?

what are they going to sell? is it just going to be shelves and shelves of Windows7 boxes?

fail stores will be epic fail, i fear

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Apple preps iPhone face recognition

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museum?

not sure about the museum example myself

last time i took a mobile phone out in a museum and pointed it at a piece of art the security guy couldn't run across the room fast enough to stop me from taking a picture

i doubt you'd be able to fob them off by saying, i was just looking up more information becausae your little plaque here doesn't say anything useful

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