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Tim Cook: I'm NOT worried about CRAP iPad sales. It's just a 'speedbump'

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Re: It's all a matter of perspective

I think he meant: "from a great height..."

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Apple analyst: fruity firm set to shift 75 million iPhones

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acronymically

Would that be the "YOY-phone", or the "WOW-phone" you've just created?

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Steve Jobs had BETTER BALLS than Atari, says Apple mouse designer

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Re: Seriously?

>I never want to be on the same roads as him.

All roads lead to Rome.

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Re: I had a home version Atari trackball

>does anyone remember the original Sun optical ones that required their own specific metal pad with a pattern on it?

I once saw something like this--an optical mouse with required grid-equipped metal mousepad--running on a Mac Plus (and no bullshittin'). Large WTF? factor at the time. The system in question, though, must have had at least six (6) complete systems (System plus Finder, pre-System 7) installed in various places on the hard drive, which tended to make it a little 'wobbly'.

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Re: How many fingers am I holding up?

>But why did they keep churning out one-button mice when everyone else had a three-button.

One of which did nothing whatsoever, while the other had only very limited use, you mean? Jeez, 'dunno. Maybe they designed the interface so that it only required a single button--rather than graft someone else's mouse onto the system and call the second rarely-used button, and the third never-used buttons "features". Could be. Could be.

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Take the shame: Microsofties ADMIT to playing Internet Explorer name-change game

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Re: New browser names:

"bloo-ey"?

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YES YES YES! Apple patents mousy, pressure-sensing iVibrator

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Re: It's that featureless mouse thing again!

>Apple have instructional videos built into the mouse's Preference settings that show you how to use every gesture.

Bastards! Evil bastards!

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Re: so just like...

>i once put the flywheel counter weight in 180 degrees out on my single cylinder honda 100 motorbike. i know all about haptic feedback...

>why the fuck would

anyone design a drive train so that it was even possible to mis-install a single part--let alone the flywheel counter-weight--incorrectly at all?

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Anonymous threatens to name cop who shot dead unarmed Michael Brown

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Re: "they would release the name of the daughter of St Louis County’s police chief"

A good principle to apply, even if you're a vigilante, is 'measure twice, cut once'. Another relevant principle is to stay on task.

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No more turning over a USB thing, then turning it over again to plug it in: Reversible socket ready for lift off

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And so, sooo very ...

user-serviceable. In a pinch, I mean. Like the sockets. And the cables will cost the moon at the outset. The sockets the earth. And they'll both be fragile. However, Sum Won Somewhere will make loads o' cash selling barely-functioning facsimiles. Unless, of course, someone else comes along and decides to put a cap in this whole USB madhouse, which would be the preferred outcome in a rational world.

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Hollywood star Robin Williams dies of 'suspected suicide' at 63

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Re: Happier Days

>It was a nice article until I got to the point about the “pompous series” of Apple ads.

I can't agree more. That line is the current low point in the writing on The Register. It's gratuitous and contemptible, as it appears to be the only reason the article even appears on this otherwise-IT-centric feed at all. An apology from the author and the editor(s) is reasonably expected.

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Re: Mork Calling Orson

>Sad news. When will we take mental health seriously?

When will we take the pharmaceutical industry out behind the shed for a long and serious talk?

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Apple's new iPad WON'T be late: Tablets kicked to suppliers' factories

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Re: Market Share means nothing!

The trade-off is between market and margin. Apple does have the option of making a move here: squeeze hard and some of the other players will drop out of the game. Squeeze harder, or for longer, and the market changes even further...

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Yosemite Siri? Apple might plonk chatty assistant on your desktop - report

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Re: This sounds so wrong...

Considerate of you to think of Siri's emotional well-being, but it's much too early for that. Eventually, though, you'll have to preface every command/request/activation with a "Siri, may I touch you?" or a "Siri, do you mind if I put my finger(s) right here?".

I expect that voice control is inevitable, and it will improve iteratively, eventually evolving into a portable personal AI-like assistant you can invoke from any computing device (bearing the relevant logo, anyway). The one thing I'd like to see guaranteed--in the near-term at the very least--is that that Siri, or its descendant agent, neither tolerate, nor resort to, uptalking.

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Brit kids match 45-year-old fogies' tech skill level by the age of 6

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>It is surprising how many people don't twig when they meet the rarely used left hand thread on a piece of hardware.

Almost everyone--even the generally-competent, and even those who are aware of the existence of that class of threaded objects and who attempt, informally, to enumerate and catalogue them--will fail to twig if such a thread is used and its use violates the principle of least surprise. An example: an inexplicable, never-before-seen instance of a reverse-threaded bolt in a bicycle's stem/quill.

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Check your Clungene, Irish women warned

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Re: OMG

>I always thought clunge was a word used to describe the everyday discharge from the female vagina that, when not cleaned regularly, turns into some kind of orange crust.

There's another kind of vagina?!

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Thirteen Astonishing True Facts You Never Knew About SCREWS

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Re: Barry Rueger - Robertson Rules!

@Nuke

Never heard of Robertson? It's a 'square socket' done right, before the square made the scene; the Robertson has a Morse taper that allows the driver, holding the screw, to be held vertically, downward-pointing, and to be used one-handed (left or right, according to taste).

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It's Google HQ - the British one: Reg man snaps covert shots INSIDE London offices

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Re: those ... sofas ... seem ... well-polished

>...the same team that developed W8

Nah. Dogfooding is big at Google! And Android is (based on) open source, isn't it? There's your answer, right there.

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Apple gets patent for WRIST-PUTER: iTime for a smartwatch

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Oh! Oh! Teacher, teacher!

>The device could also use sensors to detect arm or wrist motions and perform actions accordingly.

Brain bleach, please.

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Apple orders huge MOUNTAIN of 80 MILLION 'Air' iPhone 6s

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"iWaif"?

Nah, let's call it the iWaffer--it will almost certainly hit the market a few tenths of a millimeter thinner than something else.

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'Ribbed' for your pleasure: Jony Ive unveils NAKED IPHONE

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Re: Remember what happened to transparent keyboards?

Opaque aluminum! When did they invent that?

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British and European data cops probe Facebook user-manipulation scandal

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Re: The internet is now ... closed for business

>Get rid of all instances of this and we're back in the days of Gopher and newsgroups.

You make it sound so easy. If only... If only...

That aside, it seems to me that the outrage is necessarily constrained to the question of permission/notice/consent; Facebook is built almost entirely on emotional manipulation as it is, so their formally undertaking research to make the tool sharper isn't much of a reach. Offensive that Fb couldn't content itself with the impetus of the juggernaut it's created--fueled almost entirely by people's insecurities about their social position-but not a surprise. Probably the bean-counters or the shareholders put the fear into management about 'are you doing enough?'.

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Firefighters deliver trapped student from GIANT GERMAN LADYPARTS

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Re: I'm sure he'll end up in court over this one.

Upvoted that, in spite of it being a groaner.

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Samsung peddles tyred Smart Bike concept

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Re: Magnetic "connection"

>Either that magnet is so strong that the phone will break when I try to remove it, or it's weak enough that the first time I stray off a velodrome it will jump off and smash under the wheels of the following truck.

Or there's a pair of neodymium magnets, with appropriately-positioned poles in each of the bracket and the phone back that, when lined up (and possibly constrained by nesting rings) means that the phone can be released only with a twist about an axis centered on the bracket and mount point on the camera back. Nature doesn't do twisting like that. Not anymore, anyway.

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Code Spaces goes titsup FOREVER after attacker NUKES its Amazon-hosted data

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Re: @Jan 0

@Jan 0

>He might be Australian. We use "c*nt" colloquially, the same way Brits use "bastard" and Americans use "asshole", and it isn't intended to be misogynistic.

And context should have told you that, Jan0. "cunt", as used by non-antipodeans, doesn't usually convey--and isn't ever intended to convey--'meany', 'bastard', 'bad person', 'Doctor Evil', etc., so your interpretation of its use as misogynist suggests that you perceive the word to be wholly appropriable, or to have a particular or singular use, and to have a narrow definition. I've found myself reminding a visitor from 'down there', though, that the word is used in these parts differently, when she was expressing anger at having had her bicycle stolen and referring to the thief as a "cunt". Different strokes...

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AV for Mac

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Re: Install the free Sophos AV for home users ...

And don't forget to uninstall Sophos, with prejudice, then install clamXav and configure its sentry to stand guard.

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So, what exactly defines a 'boffin'? Speak your brains...

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Boffins...

read textbooks (any field) linearly, for interest's sake.

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Apple seeks 'friendly' mouthpiece after losing tight-lipped Cotton spinner – report

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Re: What Apple needs is someone...

Or spread the wealth and hire a charm of magpies.

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Compare Apple's and oranges: LaCie's hi-vis jacket-wearing disk is not for hipsters

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Re: Worth every penny

>I'd hope that the interior circuitry / connectors would be more rugged in the lacie

They're counting on you doing just that. Vain hope.

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Report pegs Apple for October smartwatch release

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That can't be right!

3-5 million a month! That would mean shifting, at most, 60 million of these things in a year. The shareholders are gonna freak! Eyes will bulge out! Heads will roll!

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Google's driverless car: It'll just block our roads. It's the WORST

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Re: FUD

>"sufficiently advanced "

Aye, there's the rub!

"Sufficiently" will almost certainly create a vacuum of power in the management (read: control) of traffic lights: the self-driving cars will be working, cooperatively, towards an ideal or an optimum, somehow defined--and that, I think, almost of necessity requires that the programming of the cooperating vehicles involve communication of information to, and receipt of information from, the programming that goes into the traffic lights. Once such a channel is open... resistance is futile.

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Google TOO WHITE and MALE, says HR boss, looking in mirror

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Re: yeah whatever

>You know where else you see very few women? Garbage collection.

But when you do, you know they're serious. And, incidentally, they're almost always pretty buff.

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TrueCrypt turmoil latest: Bruce Schneier reveals what he'll use instead

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All this...

Confidence-inspiring, no?

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How to strip pesky copyright watermarks from photos ... says a FACEBOOK photo bod

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Re: Interesting points above but...

>My other half will be graduating this year and I doubt we will be able to afford the official photos so we will be taking our own before returning the gown.

Brilliant! Absolutely fucking brilliant! And inspiring, too. Why, I'll bet you could even ask a friend who owns a camera to do the photography for you. The possibilities are suddenly limitless!

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Windows XP fixes flaws for free if you turn PCs into CASH REGISTERS

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On the horns of a dilemma

If you apply the .reg file, and a hack-aware MS subsequently attempts to lock out others from adding their XP machines to the unholy host via a patch, you'll likely continue to be protected by virtue of hiding in the midst of the flock of POS machines, right? If so, then the time to apply the hack is immediately. However, MS might also go to some lengths to carve out the genuine from the non-genuine POS machines, and expose those machines to the wolf they deserve. On which subject: it's tempting to give this a shot on the lone ewe I'm aware of still burdened with XP (you know, for the added security), and not expect much blow-back from MS, but I'm more concerned that the updates (especially if visible to the user of said machine) would lull the user into the false sense of security *cough* they've enjoyed for more than a decade.

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Hackers lay claim to exploit that defeats iPhone anti-theft tools

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Re: It would appear

@Steve Roper

there's going to be a problem (at least in) securing the means to detonate it--which makes the cure at least as bad as the disease.

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Microsoft blinks, extends Windows 8.1 Update deadline for consumers

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Legerdemain

>Other bugs cropped up as well, including several that would cause the installer to fail with a variety of cryptic error codes.

Imagine that: "cryptic error codes".

What a time to be alive!

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'Executed ex' of Norkers' bonkers Kim Jong-un rises FROM THE GRAVE

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Thruth is...

Referring to KJ-u as "chubby" is politically incorrect: he's going to develop a complex if you don't stop. And if he does develop that complex, how will that make you feel, hmm?

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OpenStreetMap declared ready for paid use after satnav app debut

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Re: Better or cheaper?

@Thomas Wolf

A good question. More research is needed. Of course.

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Urinating teen polluted 57 Olympic-sized swimming pools - cops

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Re: Some math

> I await more sober, scientific comment in due course

Monday, then. Probably Tuesday.

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Re: Some math

> Yes, so give us that in pisticles-per-million.

Oh, Lester! That would be both to remain on topic and to answer the question directly. Your expectations for this bunch--especially on a Friday--are much, much too high.

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French software developers are all beautiful women

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It can't possibly be stereotyping when all the women you know look and vogue like that.

Thought so.

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Early! Do! Not! Track! Adopter! Yahoo! Says! It's! Rubbish, Bins! It!

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'does not work' means: 'you can't make no money from it'.

It's useful to contrast Yahoo's current position with the next-nearest one that they didn't take: had they said they'd only respect a single 'standard' (i.e. any specific one) of DNT, they'd have been in a position to say, honestly, that their heart was still in it, but that there's a looming problem in metastasizing 'standards'. IOW, DNT is not the issue; 'standards' is.

ObXKCD: I'm aware of that strip about standards.

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NASA's Curiosity rover set to give Mars its THIRD HARD DRILLING

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Interesting bumps!

Right... there.

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Faster Macbook Air pops out: What, a NEW Apple thing and ZERO fanfare?

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Re: Just for completeness

>therefore (slightly)faster cpu & storage, plus cheaper.

Shock! Stop the press! Stop, I tell you!

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Re: Wow

"Same, same... but different!"

Ah, yes, I see.

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Apple patents Wi-Fi access point location lookup

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It would be eminently sensible to apply a FIFO approach to the data, and thus make the local db as small as practicable. Moving along any line, you'd necessaryily have the db updating in small dribs and drabs, but always remaining relevant; the data itself determines what of the data should remain, and what can be replaced.

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Selfies are so 2013. Get ready for DRONIES – the next hipster-cam-gasm

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Re: Obvious, really!

Babylon! Cacophony! Only three commentards answered the question directly--which is to be expected when you lead off a verbal exchange in a largely-XY setting with reference to any automobile!

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Re: @Eponymous Cowherd (was: Boring.)

>copy & paste

We're using drag & drop, this millenium. Try to keep up!

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Obvious, really!

SkyGnat.

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