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SPECIAL iPHONE TROUSERS will ease Apple into the fashion world

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Re: Incompatability

>What about the small of the back?

Agree. I can't understand why 'the office' hasn't been claimed as yet for use in toting around slab-like things of various sizes.

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Microsoft WINDOWS 10: Seven ATE Nine. Or Eight did really

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FAIL

Someone apparently has slipped more than a bit of random into the water table in Redmond.

This will end in tears, I think, but Microsoft will long be able to afford--unfortunately--to pay people to be up'n'smiley about whatever-the-fuck they're doing with Windows any given day of the week.

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TEEN RAMPAGE: Kids in iPhone 6 'Will it bend' YouTube 'prank'

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Re: Norwich has an apple store?

Oh, Captain, don't be such a natsi! I'm sure yore not perfect. Everyone has there good daze and there bad daze.

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Michael Thibault
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@conel

and the kids were told, in response to a specific question on the subject, that the phones couldn't be bent... So

either:

the kids were merely gaming the assertion of the sales clerk in response to that question.

or:

the kids were actively misinterpreting the interdiction of bending the phones issued by the sales clerk wise to the threat posed by the kids.

HTH/FTFY

Anyway: As ye reap, so shall ye sow

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Regina Eggbert gives her signature rundown of the week's tech news

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Eggspurtly done

Almost.

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A Norsified Linux for Windows and OS X wobblers

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Re: Bottom Dock/Panel

"Plank"!? WTF? Looks supiciously famil... Oh! Don't mention OS X. Or the war.

>In OS X you can have the dock left or right mounted too

In OS X, you can have the dock left-, right-, or even top-mounted, too.

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My TIGHT PANTS made my HUGE iPHONE go all BENDY!

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>most people (males at least) carry their phone in their pockets. Seems like a rather serious design fault to me.

Recall the males? I've seen a fair few females whose back pockets have the tell-tall bulge of a phone, though.

What I don't get, at all, is why you'd put a complex object/tool for which you've just paid real money into a pocket of your pants, or into the bottom of your [m|p]urse, to grind along with whatever else ends up in there. Akin to putting a camera, loose, into a purse, backpack, or pannier. Makes no sense; retrieving a phone from a pocket is fiddly (front dress pants pockets aside) to boot. There's a huge market for dedicated cases. And shirts still come with pockets, du-uhn't they?

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EU dangles $6bn threat over Google in endless search abuse probe

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>Go back to displaying 15 blue links and ads and nothing else. Otherwise, they are unfairly displaying their products in a nicer way than those of competitors, which are only displayed as typical search results.

Not to argue against Something Being Done, but how do you police such a solution (and who does it) without requiring that Google reveal trade secrets?

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Le whoops! Microsoft France boss blows lid off 'Windows 9' event

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Un-hunh

@ElReg

>It works for Apple because there's a rabid fan base out there that wants the earliest access to the sexy products.

It works for Apple because there's a very large pack of journalists out there, and each one of them needs to collect a paycheck in order to eat.

FTFY

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Apple iPhone 6: Looking good, slim. AW... your battery died

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Re: How much?

>a decent smartphone that does all yours does, love, for less than half the price

"Same, same... but different!"

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I sold 10 MILLION iPhone 6es at the weekend, says Tim Cook. What did you do?

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Re: 10 million!

No one is surprised, so what's your point?

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It's a phone grown up!

TFTFY

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Home Depot ignored staff warnings of security fail laundry list

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Re: Get a proofreader.

"We sell eyeballs"?

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iPhone 6: Most exquisite MOBILE? No. It is the Most Exquisite THING. EVER

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Re: Hmmm.....

Something about the wavelengths of the language gives me pause; Mr. AO is the usual suspect, I agree, but let's not forget this upstart ADabbs person--noob-kids-on-the-block do try harder...

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First Irish boy band U2. Now Apple pushes ANOTHER thing into iPhones, iPods, iPads

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First, world problems...

Only as far back as the 4S! Sue the bastards!

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DARPA-backed jetpack prototype built to make soldiers run faster

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Re: Human flea instead?

>good to have quick release to then dump it and move on.

And, to prevent a net accumulation of those same booster packs on the backsides of the current enemy, drone tech built in to giddy-up the nearly-depleted-of-fuel boosters back to lines, where they can be lathered, rinsed, and repeated.

I generally agree with comments about dronifying gun barrels: that's much more efficient, militarily, as guns don't have stomachs. However, DARPA is doing the sensible thing in funding research of this kind: you never know what kind of consumer shiny might come out of it, ultimately--and wars are fought to ensure that civilians have something to live for.

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Apple Pay is a tidy payday for Apple with 0.15% cut, sources say

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00.15% is probably enough

for Apple to pay for the bonking gear that they'll foist onto retailers globally after making 'an offer they can't refuse' i.e. 'use our kit or the money gets it'.

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>you and your peers insist on telling us, over and over and over and over again, at tedious fucking length, how much you "don't care what others think"

Bingo! I suspected that there was a pattern here, but until now I've been unable--you know--to put my finger on it. Thank you, endlessly, STB!

(I'd use an icon displaying a very different digit, flipped in the direction of the twitcherati, if one were available--but no such luck. Anyway, I'm off to the agora so that I can posture and flash my Apple tat. I'd add 'and to wind up the twitcherati', but apparently they never need winding, never need winding, never need winding. Tah!)

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Apple's SNEAKY plan: COPY ANDROID. Hello iPhone 6, Watch

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Regulations, regulations, regulations...

On apple.com:

"Apple Watch has not been authorized as required by the rules of the Federal Communications Commission. This device is not, and may not be, offered for sale or lease, or sold or leased, until authorization is obtained."

Quoi?

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Are you a HOT CELEB? Think your SEXY PICS are safe? Maybe NOT

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Re: i dont understand

>why would you cover your nipples in a selfie

Personally, I do it so as not to let my market cap slip--which can happen if you start giving the product away. I can't speak for others, though.

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You are here => Earth is in 'the suburbs' of an IMMENSE HEAVEN

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@Alister

You. are. not. alone.

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Re: and to think that ...

>... just one guy created all this in six days, 6000 years ago ...

Or so it is claimed. There having been apparently no one else around at the time to vouch for him, though, leaves me a little suspicious of the claim.

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Re: Yeah...

You think you're astounded, do you? You are deluded, my fellow commentard, deluded.

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Re: And we're still...

Relatively safe here, IOW. Right?

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Hot Celebrity? Stash of SELFIES where you're wearing sweet FA? Get 2FA. Now

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Re: What I don't get

>Who has nude pics of themselves anyway?

And why? Are the pictures more real, or something? What?!

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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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Childcatcher

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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