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2223 posts • joined 8 May 2007

SLAPPING an iPhone out of a corporate drone's hand: You're not the only one who longs to do it

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"must have" apps

finally a lot of the "must have" apps are popping up in the store

every couple of months there's an article here about Windows Phone and each time it always seems to include that sentence.

i'm wondering, does the list of "must-have apps" keep changing, so the platform is never able to reach the required level? or are these must-have apps that are appearing then turning out to be rubbish?

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Darth Vader outs self as iPhone fanboi

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The Empire managed to run, in reasonable order, an entire Galactic Empire. Of course they need tech "that just works"

Can you imagine an Empire run on WindowsRT?

And that said, history is written by the winners - we only percieve the Empire as the evil ones because the Rebels won at the end. this whole "Dark Lord of the Sith" stuff could be entirely propagander by Ackbar's PR department (much like Microsofts anti-Google marketing tactic at the moment)

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Keeping warm in winter the el Reg way: Setting a NAS box ON FIRE

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by bell and by book next?

Does this unit also claim the extreme waterproofing as the other unit you tested earlier?

Or do you need one each for each element you wish to protect against?

How does the cost of one of these compare to less hardy enclosures? Are you paying a hefty premium for the peace of mind that even the coming of Ragnarök will not affect your data?

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Apple snubs discounts, sprays Black Friday zombies with gift cards

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Not in Europe

Still had discounts here in the uk (and the rest of Europe as I understand it)

This article and the above posts are funny though. The day after Thanksgiving and you're moaning that someone didn't give you stuff cheap. That's real thanksgiving spirit right there!!

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REVEALED: How YOU PAY extra for iPHONES - even if you DON'T HAVE ONE

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Who is to blame here?

Could it possibly be all the "expert" analysts and industry journalists who spent the last year going on and on ad infinitum about how Apple *HAD* to produce a lower cost iPhone to satisfy the demand they were sure was there.

So now Apple have, and you're paying for it, literally.

If you hadn't insisted that a 5C type of iPhone was so critical to Apple's continued existance, then they might have just produces a 5S, which would have sold as it has, and so wouldn't be costing non-Apple purchasers.

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Build your OWN Apple iBeacon with a Raspberry Pi

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Re: Excellent Article

but they'd need to install your app onto their phones - and presumably, if they do they a) they won't be annoyed or b) they know exactly who you are and can find more painful ways of annoying you back

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UK.gov's web filtering mission creep: Now it plans to block 'extremist' websites

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Re: Nanny state.

El Reg must be quaking in it's boots. I wonder how long it is before this site is added to the censor list?

And then, of course, each of us in the UK who's registered on this site just needs to wait for them to track our email addresses to our home addresses before the knocks at the door and the black bags over our heads....

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PS-PHWOARRR: We review Sony’s next-gen PlayStation 4

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Re: @jai

good point. but Uncharted 4 will be on PS4, so that swings the vote for me.

(well, i'm a lifelong sony fanboy, so that also swung the vote somewhat too if i'm honest - but if i wasn't....)

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Re: This Generation is known for what is missing

dude, seriously, get your games from amazon.co.uk - only 48 quid!!!

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Re: I'd just be happy if...

but i thought one of the big things about the PS4 is that the OS/game/app updates are all done in the background now?

so at the most, you've only got a small wait for them to install when you switch it on.

that said - doesn't that already happen with the ps3? or is that because i'm on PS Plus?

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Re: I will get one because....

because next year you'll get to play WatchDogs and StarWars Battlefront and the new FF and the new MGS, etc etc

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PS4 with Black Friday underway: TOUGH, you CAN'T HAVE ONE!

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old news?

Amazon made the announcement two weeks ago that if you didn't order before the 14th then you wouldn't get it before Xmas. On the 14th in fact.

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False widow spiders in guinea pig slaughter horror

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kill it! kill it with fire!!!

Take off an' nuke the site from orbit, it's the only way to be sure!!

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Hello! Still here! Surface 2! Way better than iPad! says slightly desperate Microsoft

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I prefer to see head-to-head comparisons

but there's no way you're going to get a head-to-head comaprison in an advert that is focused on pointing out only what is wrong with the competition's product and only what is good about their own.

head-to-head comparisons are what you get from (hopefully) unbiased reviews.

so for advertising, it's better if each company just concentrates on extoiling the virtues of their products, that way, you can watch both and do your own head-to-head comparison.

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These lucky people get paid to play CYBER WAR GAMES

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WOPR

Shall we play a game?

How about a nice game of chess?

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BBC's 3D blunder BLASTED OUR BRAINS – Doctor Who fans

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simple solution

watch the non-3D version on iPlayer instead then

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XBOX ONE owners rage as HDMI SNAFU 'judders' Brit and Euro tellies

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has anyone seen...

Studbucket33 and Steve Ballmer in the same room together?

Maybe we've found the real reason why he announced his step down in the summer, he's taking a new career direction.

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Xbox One FAILS to beat PS3 - yes, PS 3 - week one sales

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Re: PS3 outsold Xbox One

possibly - but at least half of that is because the PS4 isn't available here until Friday.

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What's wrong with Britain's computer scientists?

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Re: Outsourcing?

or undertaking. even long haired hippies with no need of hairdressers need someone to put them in the ground when they're ready to start pushing up the daisies.

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Reg man inhales the smooth, non-cancerous, taste of USB nicotine

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halo cigarettes

my gf uses the ones sold at ecigarettedirect.co.uk

before, she'd tried again and again to stop smoking by all sorts of methods but none of them stuck.

but she got a starter kit of these Halo ones and hasn't had a proper cigarette since. that was at least 18 months ago.

she says it's because she can still feel herself breathing something in, and she can see the vapour being exhaled. those are the things she missed when using patches.

i figure, even if these things aren't 100% healthy, they're still a lot better than inhaling burning tar, right? So it's a step in the right direction at least.

and a lot cheaper.

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Doctor Who: From Edwardian grump to Malcolm Tucker and back again

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Re: It is not an unknown incarnation

My reading of the article was that it was analysing how each incarnation of the Doctor portrayed a variation in moods/motives/attitudes/etc.

And by that readeing, then Hurt's Doctor is unknown, because we've not seen enough of him to know whether he tends to anguish over the tough moral decisions, or relish the process of wiping out the Daleks and the Timelords for the greater good.

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Bill Gates orders HITMAN to KILL right-hand man STEVE BALLMER

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at least, that's what Gates WANTS us to believe....

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iPHONE 5c FACTORY SHUTDOWN: Foxconn 'halts' mobe rebrand op

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But i thought all the analysts and journalists earlier in the year were adamant that a mid-range iPhone was the only hope to Apple's continued future?? I'm shocked, shocked that the industry "experts" opinion hasn't turned out to be in line with what the customers really want.

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The ULTIMATE cuppa showdown: And the winner is...

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WAIT!!!!

before i read this, need to go get meself a cuppa....

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London businesses to signal UNSWERVING LOYALTY to capital with .london domain

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patriotic directors?

technically, the OED defines patriotism as

"support for one’s country"

so really, patriotic directors will be sticking with .co.uk domains, surely.

but i don't need to tell you lot that, you're journalists after all

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Build your own WORKING Sonic Screwdriver... for a UNDER A FIVER

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hurrah!

i've been anxiously awaiting this article since you first announced the Who-fest :)

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Apple, for one, welcomes its ROBOT factory OVERLORDS

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you're suggesting that before the iPhone, someone had built and used a machine to test that the gyroscope inside an iPhone worked? that's rather a chicken/egg situation isn't it?

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Re: How much?

planning to bring back production to the US?

i suspect that is exactly the reason behind this

they made a big thing of how the new Mac Pro is entirely built in the US. i wouldn't be at all surprised if they're looking to move as much production back to the US as possible. it's a good PR move. no one will question the fact that it doesn't really lead to the creation of many new jobs

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Apple's new iPad Mini: ALREADY set for Black Friday PRICE SLASH

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Re: I think Target knows what it is doing

How does Target choosing to use it as a come on mean it is "no longer a premium gadget"?

Because Jasper is incapable of writing an article without putting an anti-apple spin in there somewhere. It's like muscle-reflex, i suspect he's not even aware he's doing it anymore...

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KRAKOOM! iPad Air EXPLODES in FIREBALL, terrified fanbois FLEE Apple store

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Re: Good one…

Jasper's not one to let facts get in the way of a good piece of anti-Appletism

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Star Wars VII set for Xmas release. Ho, ho, ho... not THIS Christmas

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Re: Talks eh ...?

Mark Hamil is more famous, these days, for being the voice of the Joker than he is for being Luke Skywalker.

Plus, his deal with the early films was to get one copy of every Star Wars merchandise that was made. He keeps them all in storage. Just imagine, his retirement plan is going to be to sell off all those mint, unopened packets of original toys, you know, the ones that sell for thousands and thousands.

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Re: I have one request

and _that's_ your problem with the prequels???

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Here's what YOU WON'T be able to do with your PlayStation 4

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Re: CD support is an issue? Really??

I want to listen to my music from my pc upstairs, WHILST playing FIFA....

you stream it to your iPhone/iPad/etc surely

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iPad Air not very hot: Apple fanbois SHUN London fondleslab launch

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at just under 100 as Apple prepared to open its doors at 9am.

well that's the problem right there, they opened at 8am

you're missing an hour's worth of people

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Nokia wins UK patent spat: Quick, let's boot HTC One out of Blighty

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Re: Oh my

+1 for George Takei request!

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Re: Conflicted here

the article suggests that this is the OG Nokia:

The Finnish firm ... in its new guise as a patent-peddler now that its devices business has been sold off to Microsoft

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Toshiba unveils SSD: Claims hard-as-nails kit has the write stuff

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what's the point in such a claim? is anyone going to set these up as individual drive and see the claim and think "well i shalln't bother with a raid or backup redundancy setup then, at least, not for the next 59 months..."

better off buying cheaper disks that are likely to fail, because then at least your data redundancy process is justified and not a complete waste of time and effort and money :)

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Ahhh, SATISFACTION: Watch while we set a NAS on FIRE

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excellent stuff

it's like an episode of Brainiac!!

well played El Reg

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HOLY how-did-we-get-here?: Batman Arkham Origins

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really enjoying it.

but yes, for something that feels a lot like a copy/paste from the previous game, there's a lot of bugs and graphics glitches that i wouldn't have expected. Rocksteady obviously paid a lot more attention to detail when they were in charge.

but all that said, it's great fun and hasn't disapointed yet.

but i quite agree, they're allowed this one to be very much the same as the last one. i'd like to think that if there's a next one, i'll wait for the reviews to ensure it's an improvement.... but i won't. it's a Batman game where you get to roam around Gotham punching evil in it's turkey neck (as Kevin Smith would say) so i'll be buying it regardless.

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Re: Very much more fo the same

amazon currently has it for £35

if you'd pre-ordered it, the price was actually only £30 quid at the time they sent them out (dropped from £38 when i placed my pre-order and thanks to amazon's policy, i only paid £30)

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Microsoft investors advised: Sack the guy searching for Ballmer replacement

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Re: Innovative ?

you gotta admit, he was using the courts in that way long before the likes of Samsung, Apple, Motorolla, et al

so yeah, i'd say he innovated and brought that particular corporate strategy into the mainstream

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Google in PRODUCT RECALL for its Glass spy-goggles

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These are small… but the ones out there are far away. Small… far away…

yes the screen is very small... but it's also right in front of your eye. so probably appears not so small when in use

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Ahoy, scalliwags! FBI claims another haul of Silk Road booty - $26m of it

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Oblig.

"Inconceivable!"

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Reg mobile correspondent Bill Ray hangs up his Vulture hat

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all the best

Right or wrong, you'll still be missed. Articles have always been interesting and worth reading, even the infamous iPhone one. That O2 moment is an utter classic though! Good show! All the best with your next endeavour!

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How I BLEW my co-workers' HEADS OFF ... without going to jail

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Smarties Racing

Another favourite on a friday afternoon was the Smarties Race.

Occured most often in the weeks around the Grand National.

As the youth in the office i was dispatched to the nearest sweet shop to purchase two tubes of Smarties.

Then we'd all put in our quid and pick a colour.

Once all the bets were in and more importantly, everyone had put their quid down on the desk, then the first tube would be opened and the first Smartie would be taken out, and it's colour tallied down on a notepad.

After two tubes, the colour that had occured the most won the pot of quids, and possibly the big pile of Smarties too.

Looking back, we used to get REALLY bored in that office and found anything a worthy distraction...

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Curling

Used to work in an office with polished wooden-effect flooring, and all the chairs have wheels.

When the traders would get bored on a friday afternoon they'd wander round, grab one of the guys by the back of his chair, and whizz him down the length of the office, in between everyone's desks.

I never got 'curl'ed, my job was to man the brush, furiously scrubbing ahead of my speeding coleague, trying to steer them in a straight line and not piling in to the back of someone elses chair.

good times.

my current place of employment has carpets. can't get up any kind of speed or distanceon carpet :(

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Wozniak: Please, whatever you do, DON'T buy me an iPad Air

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fullHD?

also, it's a 9.7 inch screen. you don't REALLY need to see a comedy sketch show about geeks in 1080p. downsample the videos (should take only a few seconds in Handbrake on a new MacPro) to divx size and then he'd easily be able to fit them all on the big iPad Air

or, watch a decent show like the IT Crowd. it's funnier, and has a lot less shows to worry about :)

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meh

really? if he's that bothered about being able to watch the Big Bang Theory why doesn't he just buy one iPad for every series?

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It's NOT an iPad - but that's FINE: I learned to LOVE Microsoft's Surface 2

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If you had to /learn/ to love it...

...then it's instantly a fail.

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