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E-tagged insects a buzz for research

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covered in beeeeeesssssss

I like my coffee like I like my bees, with an RFID chip....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xs-tl6GBOBo

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Oh those crazy Frenchies! Parisian cabbies smash up Uber-booked rival ride

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Re: circumventing the heavily regulated systems

why don't the cab companies implement a similar system then? like the Halo thing some of the cabs here in London have?

They're still licensed cabs, aren't they? But you can book one via your phone so much easier than wandering the streets in the rain looking for a cab that isn't already taken.

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Mozilla CTO Eich: If your browser isn't open source (ahem, ahem, IE, Chrome, Safari), DON'T TRUST IT

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Every major browser today...

So... he's admitting that Mozilla is no longer a "major browser" these days?

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Think your brilliant app idea will earn some big bucks? HAH. You fool

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odds and earnings

one in ten thousand

That's still WAY better odds than playing the lottery then.

Also - make less than $1,250 a day

That's 760 quid a day. (don't scoff, we're not all big bucks consultants y'know)

Three or four months of that and i wouldn't need to earn anything else for the rest of the year. very nice thank you. and still, better odds of achieving it than spending £2 every week on the lottery.

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Ban-dodging Mac Pro to hit Blighty's shops as Apple bows to fan fears

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usual fail at journalism

"A shipping date has been set..."

Did it not, at any point, seem like it might be a good idea to include details of what that shipping date is? Even if it is something as vague as just "February" it'd be, you know, helpful and informative to your readers.

Or do you assume that all readers of this article will be fanbois and so you despise them all?

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Slurped self-destruct selfie slinger Snapchat so sore, suddenly says sorry

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well done!

there is an art to the alliterative headline and this one is a masterclass! bravo sir!!

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US Air Force turns up dubious Autonomy accounting in reseller contracts probe

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someday

they're going to make a movie out of this

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EE and Voda subscribers to get 2G and 3G INSIDE the Channel Tunnel

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but...

how are we supposed to intercept international bad guys from uploading and selling their ill-gotten state secrets now? all the Tom Cruises in the world won't be able to prevent it from happening now!!

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'Leaked' iPhone 6 pics will make cool fanbois WEEP - it's a PHABLET

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Re: highly dubious

I don't think they have consistent design direction.

but the point about the lightening connector makes sense, no?

they moved the headphone jack to the bottom because there is space there - it also means, if you put the phone in your trouser pocket while listening on head/earphones, the phone is upside down in your pocket - so when you reach in to take it out and look at it, it is the right way up in your hand.

that's the kind of weird attention to detail that Apple love. would seem odd for them to abandon in within one design iteration, no?

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highly dubious

Weren't these already disproved yesterday? All the features on these photos resemble the pre-iPhone5 design.

http://www.macrumors.com/2014/01/08/iphone-6-frame-photos/

- The part appears to be a midframe such as that found in earlier iPhone models, allowing components to be attached to both sides of the part before being enclosed in the device's shell. Apple did away with midframe components as of the iPhone 5, opting for a unibody rear shell design that allows components to be mounted directly to the shell, yielding a thinner design. A return to a design requiring a midframe part would seem unlikely given Apple's emphasis on thinness.

- The frame seems to show accommodation for a headphone jack at the same end of the device where a circular feature presumably corresponding to the device's rear camera is positioned, undoubtedly the top end. With the shift to the narrower Lightning connector in the iPhone 5, Apple shifted the location of the iPhone's headphone jack to the bottom edge of the device, matching the position seen on the iPod touch since its launch and allowing the headphone cable to naturally fall so as to not interfere with viewing of the device's screen. Moving the headphone jack back to the top edge of the device for the iPhone 6 appears unlikely, though not impossible.

In the face of those apparent inconsistencies with Apple's design direction, there is essentially no evidence in favor of this part being from an iPhone, leaving only the original poster's claim as support. The part is rather unremarkable with what appears to be fairly poor finish quality, meaning that it could be from one of any number of devices in the Asian supply chain.

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Twitter co-founder wraps tentacles around Q&A market, squirts out Jelly

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what does "free" mean?

i take it by "free" you mean there is a cost somewhere?

is it a bombardment of adverts?

an in-app-purchase to unlock the ability to view the answers to your questions?

or just the part of our soul that you inevitably lose to the demons of social media?

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Apple asks judge to axe ebook price-fixing watchdog

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Re: *Sigh*

wish i could charge $1100 an hour just for talking to people...

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Apple: Wow, thanks for the $10bn-a-year App Store. We'll be on the beach with our 30%

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But i thought it was a rubbish Xmas for app devs?

Previous article on El Reg suggests that downloads from app stores is slowing down because people aren't buying hardware as quickly :

http://theregister.co.uk/2014/01/03/christmas_app_downloads/

This article and Apple's figures seem to suggest that, contrary to last Friday's article, in fact there's no correlation between hardware activation and app store downloads, no?

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Malware! tainted! ads! infect! thousands! of! Yahoo! users!

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Re: The real story here

That was my first thought. Surely to place an ad you have to deal with someone. Even if it's an agency that is bulk managing adverts with Yahoo, surely they can trace it back to source? Someone had to have paid to get these ads on the network surely?

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Alicia Keys throws in towel on BlackBerry's creative director job

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It is unclear whether Keys decided that the job wasn't for her, or whether the ailing Blackberry manufacturer decided they could no longer afford her.

The NY Times article on this that I saw this morning was later updated to clarify that she was only contracted for 12 months anyway. So she's neither stepped down, nor been sacked, just neither party renewed the contract.

That said, i was completely unaware of either the STEM or Keep Moving programs.

Seems the only real impact her being signed to this was the flurry of free publicity it generated for the BB10 phones when she was signed, and now the flurry of negative publicity with everyone's initial reaction being "leaving a sinking ship"

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Seoul-blackening disappointment for Samsung backers as stock droops

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Falling share price? copying Apple as ever.

yet interestingly, El Reg hasn't slapped a PEAK SAMSUNG subheading label over this story like they did with similar Apple articles last year. Where's your journalistic impartiality El Reg? hmm? you've sold out!

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Apple loses sauce, BlackBerry squashed and Microsoft, er, WinsPhones (Nokia's)

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Re: iOS 7

What are you saying?

I was saying that that the phrase "most people... would gladly swap" was offered with absolutely no evidence that it was anything more than made up for the article. IF it were the case that >50% of people would rather have the old version, you'd have think they'd have be loud and shouty about the fact and the other 50% of the users would have heard and NOT upgraded their phones from iOS 6. Instead, the El Reg articles I quoted suggest that more and more people have upgraded over time. If they are all upgrading, as you suggest, because the phone is pushing it on you, then at the very least it suggests that those who have already upgraded are really THAT concerned about the new style, because they aren't going out of their way to warn others. In fact, the only people going out of their way appears to be tech journalists - but is that really because they object to the new OS interface? Or just because they know that an article about Apple anything is click-bait and garners more advertising revenue?

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iOS 7

Many people, offered the old look-and-feel with the new control panel and gestures, say they would gladly swap.

When exactly did you perform this survey? Was it one week after it's release?

http://m.theregister.co.uk/2013/09/27/half_of_all_american_fanbois_now_using_ios_7/

or was it at the start of the month when three-quarters of users are now using the new OS?

http://m.theregister.co.uk/2013/12/09/just_one_in_four_fanbois_has_failed_to_download_ios_7/

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How the NSA hacks PCs, phones, routers, hard disks 'at speed of light': Spy tech catalog leaks

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naming conventions

good grief! do they really name all their software code in ALL-CAPS???

Or was that just done in the report to make them sounds more terrifying? Also makes it harder to read the TLAs in the report. Damnit I spent several minutes trying to work out what WISTFULTOLL was an acronym for...

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LG to bring Palm's webOS BACK FROM THE DEAD in TVs next week – report

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Re: Qt 5 framework on a Smart TV

From a user point of view, it seems WebOS's main benefit on the phone was the card/stack way to navigate the currently running apps.

I'm sure there's plenty behind the scenes, but I remember that was what everyone was so impressed with when it was a phone OS with a hopeful future.

But that's not going to work on a TV is it? using buttons on a remote control to navigate a menu like that is going to feel clunky and really, on a telly, who needs that many apps multi-tasking in the background? with the exception of PVR and EPG screens (which anyone with a satellite or cable box will be using via external equipment anyway) if the app isn't in the front being watched, it might as well be closed or at least hibernating.

But then, without the funky multi-task user interface, is there really much else that WebOS can deliver that other telly OS's couldn't, if the manufacturers could be bothered?

As others have said - a telly is for viewing. I don't want a Smart Monitor connected to my desktop PC, it'd be a pointless duplication of function. Similarly, whydo i need a Smart TV connected to my (Tivo/Cable/Satellite), my (Playstation/Xbox), my (AppleTV/NowTV/Roku/etc/etc), all of which are already far smarter and more capable than the Smartest of TVs?

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Gay hero super-boffin Turing 'may have been murdered by MI5'

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MI5 itself genuinely had been infiltrated at a high level by a ring of Soviet agents

Isn't it obvious then? Evidently* Turing must have uncovered this fact. He probably decrypted their secret messages back to the motherland and was about to blow the whistle on them. So they had him killed and attempted to cover it up as a suicide.

*the evidence that this is what happened is that he was found dead. Apparently by suicide. but many suspect it was made to look like that. Quad Erat Demonstratum!

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Tim Cook gets weensy 1.9% increase - but it's still twice an average joe's salary

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not exactly

Doesn't the small print say that he didn't take much of his holiday allowance, meaning that 35k of that 80k is money for days he worked when he needn't have had to. How much would your "average Joe" make each year if they also worked (and got paid for) their holidays?

This amount represents: ... (iii) vacation cash-out in the amount of $35,000.

anyway - that said - this isn't a pay rise. it's his 2013 salary. so technically, it's a "pay rose" and it happened nearly a year ago. must be a slow news day if you've nothing better than "this is what leader of very rich company earnt a year ago!!"

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Google and Apple in DRAG RACE: It's fanboi Mercs VS fandroid Audis

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typical analyst

The car is becoming the ultimate mobile device

No, i think you'll find something like a phone is still the ultimate mobile device. I can use it both in a car, and a boat and a train and an underground tube and in a house and in the middle of a field and when i'm walking or even have it wake me up when i'm sleeping.

Whereas a car, i can only use when i'm in the car. It's very restrictive in it's use cases.

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Get lost, fanbois: Nokia pulls HERE Maps from Apple's App Store

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HERE is wildly popular on Windows phones

that sentence is something of a paradox isn't it?

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Note-jotting and mapapp firms VANISH into Apple's MAW

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@Sean Timarco Baggaley

All valid points. Jasper was obviously searching hard to find a way to stick the book into Apple on this article so had to fall back on old "isn't Apple Maps rubbish?" propaganda from ages ago.

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What is the difference between a drone, a model and a light plane?

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oh...

when the subtitle said "we go shooting"... i had quite a different expectation of the article

i was looking forward to an anti-Amazon-aircraft artillery adventure article...

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British Second World War codebreaker Alan Turing receives Royal pardon

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Re: @ sparkiemj : What A Crock of SHIT

making a mockery of marriages

sorry, but i think you'll find the likes of the Kardashians are doing a fine job of mockery making all by themselves, the "whole LGB thing" as you put it, if anything seem to take marriage far more seriously.

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The Pirate Bay changes domain again … TWICE!

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Re: Metaphor

game of legal battleships?

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BlackBerry ends write-off of a year with $4.4 BEELLLION write-down

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On the positive side...

BBM now has 40 million users

But, does BBM provide any revenue? it's a free app on Android isn't it?

Is there an advertising stream that they can tap into via it then?

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Asteroid-hunting beauty AWAKENS, takes cheeky snaps of neighbours

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use: http://m.theregister.co.uk/ - no annoying adverts

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Apple won't bag HUMUNGOUS 4G deal... 'cos China HATES plastic iPhone 5C – analyst

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shocker!

Analyst's earlier claims haven't come true. So analyst makes different claim instead.

Wake me up when there's detail from someone who actually know anything about what's really happening, rather than some schmuck in a suit being paid to guess.

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Picture this: Data-wrangling boffins say they have made JPEGs OBSOLETE

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Re: Wow!

Have an upvote, sir, for your upbeat and positive comments. A rare thing on an El Reg comments page - it must be a Friday :)

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Re: Bring out your jpegs! Bring out your jpegs!

http://ytmnd.com/ would beg to differ.

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Tube be or not tube be: Apple’s CYLINDRICAL Mac Pro is out tomorrow

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So you use the 4 USB3 or up to 5 Thunderbolt connections to attach local drives? You don't _HAVE_ to network the storage on this thing.

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Fanbois, prepare to lose your sh*t as BRUSSELS KILLS IPHONE dock

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Re: Meh

Meh - micro USB does the job, charges the phone.

BUT haven't they just announced they're going to create a new USB standard that will be reversable like the Lightening connector is? No more scrabbling around in the dark trying to work out which way up the plug is, scratching the bottom of your phone in the process?

So surely after that is done, there'll be a new microUSB that is the same.

So which "standard" of connector are the EU suggesting everyone conforms to? The existing cables of today that'll be outdated by 2017? Or some as-yet-unknown standard that they'll think up over the next year, meaning that EVERYone will have to buy a new charger?

Why don't they do something useful, insist every phone supports wireless charging, that way, no issue with connectors and a lot less waste as no wires to throw away.

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Re: Not only but also

these bespoke sockets don't just charge

I think this where the problem is going to be.

instead of having one socket, you'll now have two. one for charging via the universal connector that won't do anything else, and then another one that'll be used for the data syncing, AV output, peripherals, etc etc.

So now, every phone will come with two cables, and a charger. Instead of the one cable and charger that they now come with. Way to "reduce unnecessary waste" !!!

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more propagander hate-articles by Jasper

Just spent 50 quid on the latest iPhone dock? You'd better start saving for a new one

For starters, you've been ripped off as even the official Apple docks are only 25 quid!

And secondly, it's three years until this comes into force - you've got a very low opinion of El Reg readers if you think it'll take them 3 years to save up 50 quid. And anyway, aren't you always suggesting that Apple owners have more money than sense, so by that logic the cost of a new dock will be negligable to us.

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Gran Turismo 6: Another glossy, gorgeous Mario Kart on steroids

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complete overhaul of the series in GT7?

I thought GT5 was going to be a complete overhaul - and that was YEARS late in it's arrival.

So we can expect GT7 as launch title for the PS5 perhaps?

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Speeding cops, fearsome drops and Death Star shops

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Re: TDS

Theres a strategy to follow in TDS?

Well, for starters, I guess once you've filled up an Appartment floor with 6 residents you have a 9 rating in the shop they're working in, then any visitors to that level are of no benefit to you. So I when a Mover VIP turned up, I'd rearrange the Apparetment levels if possible to alays be the odd-numbered levels. That way, assuming it's truely random for which level new arrivals go to, hopefully it ensures an even chance of the new arrival generating you money.

Similarly, can easily tell if i want to bother taking them to the requested level, or down to an Imperial level where they can be put to use. (A better plan might be to only put the appartment levels in the top half of your Death Star - once filled you don't need to take the elevtor to visit them again, so you can therefore all you're elevator movements are quicker as you'll only have to travel the first half of the levels to get to the revenue-generating levels)

Plus - don't spend bux on anything by elevator upgrades, at least not to start with.

Also, keep hold of the Big Spender VIPs when they arrive. Get the Marriage level (it was the level that produced the highest number of 3-coin item of all the levels I saw while playing it. I guess later in the game it will be superceeded by a better level). While you manage the stock of all levels, pay special attention to the Marriage one. Try to get it so that you run out of 1-coin and 2-coin items close to when you'll complete fully stocking the 3-coin items AND have a Big Spender VIP waiting on the first floor. As soon as the 3-coin items are avilable and there no 1-coin and 2-coin, use the Big Spender on the Marriage level, and they have to buy all the 3-coin items, netting a big chunk of coins.

Fortunately the 3-coin item on the Marriage level takes so long to re-stock, it seemed to me that nearly always another Big Spender VIP would turn up before the the item was stocked, so you can do it over and over.

i didn't get around to working out the coins per hour rate though to see how it compared to some of the other levels, but it seemed to be the best on the quick rough maths i did in my head at the time

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TDS

was really enjoying playing TDS, to point where one weekend i decided to restart from scratch, spent a chunk of real money so i could jump through the early stages quickly and set up the levels in more optimum way now i understood how the game played.

then, on that Monday, a new patch for the game was released, which reset my death star to square one, and no sign of any of the purchases i'd made.

kinda lost the appetite to do it all again from the start for the 3rd time so cut my losses and just deleted the game instead.

am instead playing Space Hulk on the iPad which despite some bugs and flaws they are ironing out, has proven far more fun and far less frustrating

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Apple's GOLDEN BLING MOBE still the top selling US handset

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Wot no Peak Apple header?

It's been a couple of weeks now since an Apple article on El Reg had the smug "PEAK Apple" subheading on it.

What happened El Reg? Did the stats and charts and trends turn against you?

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Big goolies-grabbing black snake nips unlucky bloke's trouser snake

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Re: Spoilsport though I know I'm being...

given the stereotypical high-proportion of males in the IT industry, technology or not, I imagine the majority of the readers can sympathise with the subject of this article.

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Samsung loses against Apple ... this time in SOUTH KOREA

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Keyboard keys have always been black on laptops.

pretty sure my dad had a Sony Vaio with blue keys.

i think the point is, keyboard keys used to always match the colour of the casing, which was mostly always black plastic as well.

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Samsung uncloaks 'industry's first' one-terabyte mSATA SSD

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so... someone could put a raid interface or similar on two of these and connect a SATA connector and thus produce a 2tb drive that's still less than 9mm thick and so would fit in my PS4 ?

the only downside being that it'd probably cost many multiples of the cost of the PS4 in the first place, but still...

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To fel with you! There's an NSA spook in my World of Warcraft

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a cunning plan

Was this not just someone's bright idea of getting paid to play games while at work? It's awesome - you can probably spend all weekend gringing to level up AND put in a claim for overtime as well!! Where do i sign up to join?

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Wasn't there a NCIS episode about exactly this?

Sometimes fact is stranger, or at least, exactly the same, as fiction...

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Apple sends in the bulldozers as Fruit Loop construction begins

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Re: A Canteen?

"I will have the penne al'arrabiata."

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sv5iEK-IEzw

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Justin Bieber BEGGED for a $200k RIM JOB – and got REJECTED

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"Justin Bieber! Nobody f%$king neeeeeeds yaaaa...."

Any listeners of the Hollywood Babble-On podcast here?

Every week for months now they've had some story about how the Beiber is increasingly tarnishing his previous "cute kid from Canada" image.

While RIM's fortunes have taken a turn for the worse and the comment “This kid might outlive RIM” may yet prove valid, there's a good chance that having used him as their marketing campaign would have accelerated the company's downfall.

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RBS MELTDOWN LATEST: 'We'll be the bank we should be ... next YEAR maybe'

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Re: Like Batman

lol

great minds think alike... and don't work at RBS :)

And also - i should read all the comments before i post :)

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Like Batman

"making RBS the bank that our customers and the UK need"

RBS are the bank the UK deserves, but not the bank we need right now...

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