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3245 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Barnes & Noble Nook HD and HD+ hands-on review

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re. multiple user profiles

" ...drag down from the top of the screen and tap a photo icon to activate one – allowing a tablet to be easily shared among family members."

I assume a profile/user password is required to protect kids from fifty shades of bad writing?

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Google swims with the fishes

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Re: Quite useful

But I still can't find Atlantis. Maybe iOS6 maps has it?

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NASA releases stunning image of our universe's distant past

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Re: Great image, but

My immediate reaction was to make a comment along those lines. However, ....

If you see a collection of family photographs, the oldest of which shows your great-grandfather as a newborn baby, would you say 'here is the youngest person in the collection'? It is a photo of the 'youngest person at the time'. Semantics ...Pendantics......

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Brave copper single-handedly chases 'suspicious' Moon

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Re: Sheesh

To be fair, although Worcestershire is a rural area, the copper may have been a young townie. They often get confused in rural areas at night, when they see lots of stars in the sky and the moon shining through trees.

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Samsung slams Apple patent jury, wants new trial in US

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Two questions

1: AFAIK, in the UK it is illegal for the jury to discuss their deliberations with anyone, even after the trial. Is this not the case in the USA?

2: People talk about the expense of lawyers, understandably. Are the lawyers and legal teams involved actually the long term employees of Apple and Samsung? (In which case the marginal costs are travel, accomodation, any court administration charges, etc.)

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Mmmm, delicious new sugar batteries keep gadgets up all night

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"... a battery anode, which is the negative (-) terminal of the device."

I disagree; but I've had this argument before. That is all.

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Last remaining reason to order an iPhone 5 disappears

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When I read an article by Lewis ......

.... I have to use the dictionary more than with most writers here. Thank you for 'cynosure' Lewis. It's derived from the greek for "dog's tail".

Now, what is the greek-derived word for "dog's bollocks", or just "bollocks"?

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Myspace mutates Windows 8 with new look

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Re: @frank ly

How do you think I feel? I just spent 30 minutes scrubbing myself in the shower. (The voices in my head can be too persuasive at times.)

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Yes, but

Maybe you have, but is your presence 'social'? Can people interact with you and express themselves in a multi-faceted and meaningful manner and develop their own paradigms of presence with shared visibility from 'your-space'?

If not, then I would suggest that..... er, ...... you're in a fortunate position.

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Samsung ready to drop faster SSDs

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Why not make 'smaller' ones?

For me, 32GB would be enough for a boot drive (including all installed software) since I keep all my data on my home network. For taking my laptop 'on the road', I'd be happy to buy an external 128GB SSD drive.

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The Register lands in Australia

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Re: A small problem .....

Guess what .... as I write, this article is not listed on the main page.

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A small problem .....

Congratulations and best wishes of course, but please note the following:

I've often picked up articles from your Australian correspondents via a headline on the RSS feed and later found that the article is not listed on your main front page. I hope that was a temporary situation and they will be fully incorporated into El Reg from now on.

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Apple demands $707m more from Samsung

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I'm confused (often)

"any other product with a feature or features not more than colorably different from any of the infringing feature or features in any of the Infringing Products.”

I try to keep up, but this derivative of the word 'colour' has me stumped. Can anyone explain what it means?

I think I know what the entire sentence is trying to say.

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Made for each other: liquid nitrogen and 1,500 ping-pong balls

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Interesting point

Notice that the bin lifted into the air in a quite dramatic way. Perhaps the students could be set the task of explaining why that happened. It's supposed to be about learning isn't it?

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Space shuttle to slip surly bonds of Earth one last time over California

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Re: British Spelling

Until you mentioned it, I never realised that. Thank you :)

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Reg readers serve up bacon sarnie amuse-bouche

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re. Matt Hamilton picture

At first sight, I thought that was a grand piano with two white suited pianists playing a duet in the distance. I was pleased and quite excited by the thought of surreal/arty backdrops to all the sarnie shots. Then I had a closer look at it........

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Senate hears Microsoft and HP avoided billions in US taxes

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Re: Tax law is too complex

" ...tax income received within the country and leave it to the managers to decide how best to ensure the remainder leaves them with a return."

Consider the gold smelting company that sells £1,000,000 of refined gold p.a after spending £500,000 on buying gold scrap (numbers for illustration only) and then has premises, staff and other operating costs. You think it's sensible to tax the income instead of the profit? I realise that's an extreme example but it illustrates why companies, that have structural and necessary costs, should be taxed on profits.

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Re: Tax law is too complex

"... paid $40 million in taxes on $2,507 million income ..."

Company taxes are paid on profits (and a few other things), not income, quite rightly. Large and 'skillful' companies with trans-national operations have developed methods to disguise their true costs and hence their true profits; this is the problem.

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Re: "But ethically, at least to this El Reg hack, the situation stinks."

"I do it on a personal level ..."

Do you, (can you), have your salary paid into a foreign bank account of a service company and then loan yourself money and pay interest to the foreign service company and then pay yourself foreign earned dividends on the profits the foreign service company makes?

If you could, that would be wonderful and you'd think that was perfectly ok. Why can't you and I do that?

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China plots 2017 mission to plan MOON COLONY

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Re: Neil DeGrasse Tyson was right...

Why don't the major powers work together on space exploration if it's for the benefit and advancement of humanity? Or is it just nationalist dick waving along with military capability development?

I'm thinking about how international teams collaborate on disease and biological research and basic science. Then when it comes to getting to the moon, they go their own way. Is NASA helping the Chinese, with information about the lunar surface and their experience of orbital insertion and landing?

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Re: off topic

That would spoil your up/down ratio. What is your ratio by the way? And your monthly/annual average, and your seasonal variance? I've given you an upvote, so please remember to give me an upvote :)

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iPhone queue ‘superficial and pretentious’ says queuing fangirl

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Happy shiny people all around

" ...it is pleasingly light, so much so that an Apple Store staffer joked it may be disconcertingly so."

He was then taken into a back room by two black shirted staff, for re-education and attitude adjustment.

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Swiss railways ticked off at iOS clock knock-off

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That was my first thought too but the second hand may be the deciding factor. It is very distinctive and you can't make a logical argument for it based on function. I think the big blob on the end looks silly, but that's just personal opinion.

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Deep, deep dive inside Intel's next-generation processor

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re. Skin Tones

Just wondering, what happens if you have a picture that includes pale skinned people AND dark skinned people (like in a production with talking heads, (or bed-action bodies), etc).? How does it know what a 'skin tone' really is?

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Conflict-of-interest scandal could imperil Wikimedia charity status

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Re: Wikipedia madness

I can't find anything about 'Gell-Mann Amnesia' in Wikipedia. Are you sure this thing exists?

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Human Nature is what it is

If there is money to be made, in a way that is not obviously illegal, there is sure to be somebody who will take advantage of whatever position they have. The only good thing to come out of this seems to be that the Wikipedians are (at last?) waking up and smelling what's happening.

I'd be happy to rely on Wikipedia for cold dry facts, as written by engineers and scientists (and reviewed and pounced on by other engineers and scientists) , and I often use it to do simple research on technical subjects and medical conditions. Given that it can be edited by anybody, anything that has a whiff of PR (like promoting a tourist destination or investment opportunity) must be taken with a very large pinch of salt.

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Google's Android celebrates fourth birthday

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I'll be out for Sunday lunch and a pint .....

... with my HTC Wildfire, HTC Incredible, Advent Vega and my Asus Transformer T300.

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How hard is 3D printing?

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Thank you .....

... for an interesting and informative article. With an initial purchase cost of about $2000, it's not a bad price for serious hobbyist equipment and a very low price for any small company that could use such a capability.

Christmas is coming....... :)

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Win8 tablets may cost MORE than iPads – AND LAPTOPS

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Re: Taichi

Apart from jokes about 'Tai Chi' and martial arts, note that it says " ... easy to share files between two users".

I think the selling point is that when you are using it as a laptop, your Tai Chi partner can sit on the other side of the desk and use the tablet screen. With headphones, you can play independent videos or perhaps play Battleships, etc. (I'm using my imagination here and it's getting weird.)

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Smack your phones up, says Microsoft

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This patent is just whacking off

(see title)

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Key evidence in Assange case dissolves

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Very strange

In these 'modern' times, especially in a modern country such as Sweden, how could anyone be so stupid as to submit fake evidence of this nature? As a separate point, how did it take so long for these DNA tests to be performed?

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Hong Kong visitors get all-in-one guidebook and phone

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Re: Calls to mobiles

In the USA (and other places), for mobile calls, the called party pays (via a bill charge or from minutes allowance). In the UK (and other places) it's the calling party that pays.

Is there any particular reason for this, such as legal/cultural/traditional? As a Brit, it just feels 'wrong' to me that the called party should pay for an incoming call.

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Reg hack uncovers perfect antidote to internet

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So ......

... you did get a happy ending after all.

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Australian retailers make just 3% of sales online

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re. " ... down the rabbit hole"

When a government bureau of statistics decides which companies are 'innovating' and 'non-innovating', then you really have gone down the rabbit hole.

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Intel builds 'can't be built' working digital RF transceiver chip

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They forgot to update Clark's first law .......

"When a distinguished but elderly scientist [/engineer/manager] states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong."

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Apple iPhone 5 hands-on review

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Thank you Steve and Fats

Time for me to do some web research/reading.

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@FatsBrannigan Re: A serious technical/usability question .....

Let me try to understand this by asking a different question: If an iPhone 4S/5 user switched to using a Galaxy S3 (say) and got over the hurdle of setting up a Google account and installing needed apps, what would they miss about the iPhone that they could not work around?

To save you the effort of a detailed reply, can you recommend any particular iPhone user website/guide?

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@Dave 126 re. Little legs so it can walk around your desk

If they'd made the case out of sapient pearwood ........

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A serious technical/usability question .....

Can anyone tell me if the iPhone5 is capable of doing something noticeable better or in a usefully different way from high-end Android phones? Please note that using any of Apple's walled garden facilities does not count, nor does using an esoteric app that has only been developed for the iPhone.

I'm asking as someone who's had an HTC Incredible for 18 months and is quite satisfied with it, but is now considering an upgrade (maybe HTC One S, maybe not .....) I prefer to buy my phone unlocked and have a SIM only contract.

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New monkey species with massive blue arse found in Africa

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Poor quality pics

The pictures of the 'blue' area, in the linked article appear to be overexposed and almost white (or is it my screen?). I was promised a blue arse and I feel disappointed.

P.S. I can't think why anyone would be offended by those pictures. It's an animal in it's natural state. If there is anyone who's unaware that male primates have external genitalia, then it's about time they learned.

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iPhone 5: skinny li'l fella with better display, camera, software

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Re: Expensive No Doubt

This seems like a subtle clue that they're getting ready to use the Galileo satellite navigation system.

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Microsoft preparing for diskless Windows 8 PCs

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Many possible solutions

I have an old USB memory stick that has a 'secure' hidden partition that is manipulated by a supplier utility. This reports itself as a separate drive when plugged in. It's definitely possible, all that's needed is for everybody to agree to a standard. The possession of patents in this area may be a sticking point.

Why not go for external SSD drives connected by a short SATA cable?

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Information is the UI in Windows 8, says design guru

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Just wondering .....

"The author travelled to TechEd, ate and slept, as a guest of Microsoft."

When he woke up, were there two small puncture wounds on his neck?

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Viewsonic 22in Android 'tablet' hands-on review

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Frozen meal packaging tells you the instructions and heating times for various powers of microwave oven. I can't think what other information you'd need in a kitchen or why you'd want to spend much time there.

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Google skids car insurance comparison engine onto rivals' lawn

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Use disposable e-mail addresses and type in a false phone number. (I realise that the false phone number may be regarded as anti-social, since there will probably be a victim, but you can give the phone number of another car insurance company.)

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WD to parade flash-disk mutant for Wall St moneybags this week

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"Personal cloud storage hardware (aka external hard drives)"

Laughing, crying, spluttering and shaking my head at the same time. (Do not try this at home).

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Archos 101 XS 10.1in Android tablet review

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Good typing and mousing experiences

The Asus Transformer Pad has a full size USB connector at the back of its keyboard base, which will drive wired mice and wireless mice (at least the two particular species of mice which I possess). It will also drive a USB keyboard, which is useful if you want to do lots of typing and prefer a full sized 'proper' keyboard, as I'm doing right now.

I'd be happy to have a tablet (screen only) device that had two USB connectors (probably small or micro size) so that I could use a 'proper' keyboard and mouse (via connector adaptors) when I felt the need to do so. Has any tablet manufacturer done that?

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HTC's 4G patent beef could get iPhone 5 BANNED in US

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HTC missed a trick ...

They should have sold the patent to Samsung.

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NZ beaks give climate skeptics the bird

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Re: Spelling, . .

That's because they are American and not English. They speak (and write) a very similar, but different, language.

Color me surprised, that sort of snuck up on us.

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Spammers, phishers escape proper punishment

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"... effective and appropriate punishments."

Chop their fingers off !

(I've recently been getting a slew of mobile spam texts and also some phishing attempts on an e-mail address that I've managed to share only with 'trustworthy' organisations for ten years now. I'm not in a good mood.)

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