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Apple rubbishes rumours of iPhone for the masses

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Re: Snigger..

I was thinking more along the lines of Family Guy, when Peter tries to teach Meg how to date guys:

"Meg when I get through with you, you're gonna be beating guys off with both hands!"

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Snigger..

"beating off competitors with a cheaper iPhone"

I find hands to be more effective.

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Is this possibly the worst broadband in the world?

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Well you know that at 2.5km away from an exchange, it's probably closer to 5km line length. And you can see from the exchange details that it's an ADSL Max exchange (and tiny, so next to no chance of ever expanding to FTTC, certainly even on the early planning stages). So it's a situation that's never likely to improve.

http://www.samknows.com/broadband/exchange/NDWOR

It's a good example of the fast/slow broadband divide that's only ever going to get wider sadly. Plusnet are unlikely to be able to perform miracles either.

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Forget 3D: 13,000 UK homes still watch TV in black and white

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Re: Hmmm...

In many ways, yes :-)

1 - [number of people owning black & white TV] will include those who already have a colour tv & licence

2 - [number of B&W licenses] <= [people who require one!]

3 - [number of B&W licenses] will also contain the set [those buying B&W licence to get the inspectors off their back and know to turn the colour off in the very unlikely scenario where someone comes round]

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Latest exoplanet discovery is a virtual CLONE of Earth

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Re: Thanks

Ta for the reminder of how many days there are in a terran year - I can NEVER remember!

It's closer to 365.256 ;-)

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Fireflies donate gut feelings to LED research

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Re: I dunno about the lenses

Don't get too excited, it'll no doubt get cancelled after just one series...

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Buying a petabyte of storage for YOURSELF? First, you'll need a fridge

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Re: Does it really need all that much stuff?

"Does it really need all that much stuff?" - to make it useable/useful, yes.

Plus something for them to plug into and consolidate it into a storage array. Thunderbolt allows 7 (or 6? not sure if it includes the host) daisy chained, so a machine that has 8 or 9 ports would be in order. Plus a floor that would support ~ 400kg, and power into the room that could support ~3kW (plus whatever server) across 50 plugs. In one room.

For "race to the bottom" storage, I picked up a 3TB external USB3 drive from PC World over christmas (was an emergency in my defence!) for under £120. Get 334 of them for £40K. But by the same token I wouldn't consider 6,100 floppy disks as a useful alternative to a DL DVD :-)

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Toy train company bids for West Coast Mainline

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No need for the big wad of cash, just a misleadingly optimistic revenue projection that leads to a big shiny prize at the end of the term (with no obligation to actually pay that)

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Re: Safety

Bob Crow would be delighted, just think how many maintenance contracts would need to be put in place! And the strike actions while the drivers' jobs are made safe!

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Segway daddy unveils DIY weight-loss stomach pump

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Re: Some sympathy the larger folk

"I'm one of those Thin on the Outside, Fat on the Inside people who drinks and eats with seeming impunity"

I used to be one of those people. Rejoice not though, at some point your metabolism will give way!

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Adobe offers free trip to PowerPC era

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Re: Gimp Schmimp

@Captain Underpants "It's also about not having a single application run in half a dozen windows (each of which is recognized as its own executable) which is what I found last time I tried to use GIMP. (You can imagine how much fun it is trying to use alt-tab in that context)"

^ That. A thousand times that.

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Sky watchers prep for early 2013 asteroid fly-bys

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Re: Rather humbling

"I've always been curious about this... How do we know that we know where all the big ones are?"

Short answer - we don't.

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Re: Rather humbling

"We know where all the big ones are"

We know where the ones we know about are!

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Rather humbling

Our biannual companion 2012 DA14 passes us by at the same sort of range that your Sky transmissions come from, yet we didn't see it until last year. Makes you wonder what else is up there, unseen, ready to create another Tunguska event. Or worse, extinction level event.

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Scottish Highlands get blanket 3G coverage

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Re: Voda Femtocell

I find mine needs a reboot on an almost weekly basis. Occasionally the DSL connection reboots and the Voda box doesn't seem capable of reestablishing a link. Just blinks forlornly saying the connection was lost and never thinks to retry.

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Re: Not sure I understand this...

"Now all I have to do is winkle something out of BT that talks to whatever PAYG mobile my father happens to have this year, and also my Virgin"

Not quite, it has to come from the mobile operator in question - has nothing to do with BT (or whichever broadband provider). They're also single-network only, so would only work for (say) Vodafone. In fact Vodafone seems the likeliest solution for you, as the others provide them only to "valuable" customers who complain enough. Seems unlikely your father would spend enough for them to care?

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Microsoft: We're SO SORRY for Media Center TV guide titsup

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EPG

The other article mentions how the old WMC can't read the broadcast EPG and so has to get it via the Internet/MS. What isn't mentioned is why on earth it can't be patched to just read the EPG data from the broadcast stream like every other device under the sun? It's baffled me for years when I previously used it.

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Ancient Mars: Covered with life, oceans, clouds, and imagination

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Re: The chances of anything coming from Mars

Depends on how you define "intelligent life". Life has existed in some form for around 3.5bn years on Earth. Intelligent life has existed for some 500m years, not many of it would have evolved into beings that could comprehend life outside their own planet.

Who's to say that without a large asteroid impact, dinosaurs wouldn't be the dominant species today and that they'd be just as big and dumb as they were then.

It's quite easy to suppose that life will pretty much always start given the right conditions (as it did with our planet), it's quite another thing to assume that life will always evolve to a species that has the capability to leave the planet.

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Anonymous turns private eye in Ohio rape case

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Sadly, yes, by the accounts she was drugged and carried from party to party

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iPhone 'Do Not Disturb' bug to self-destruct on Monday

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"not to mention the company itself has become the most hated on earth"

You mean "by you"? It's entirely possible to neither love nor hate Apple you know. Google "most hated companies" if you want a real list.

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Re: *Time* for change ?

"I remember Nokia introducing scheduled profiles years ago and they didn't suffer from any of these issues.. you know why ? they actually tested their code. Back then updating phones software was not as easy/commonplace as it is today"

Granted, it's a stupid bug on Apple's part, but comparing it to a Nokia profile schedule of the 90s (when I recall it on my 3310) isn't particularly fair. Yes they probably did have better test coverage, but I suspect it was a much smaller code path on of the old Nokia OS and so a lot easier to achieve that coverage compared with a smartphone. The demand for features wasn't as great either.

But yes, old Nokias had bugs too, even the aforementioned 3310 (had trouble operating when "no service" was displayed and rebooted).

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What's THAT, you say? Apple MIGHT be making a NEW iPHONE, iOS?

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Re: WTF !?!

@A Non e-mouse - yup, selectively quoting and missing off the end of that paragraph (namely "not that anyone sane was suggesting that") is a clever way of getting a different point across. Or did you just stop reading at that point and rush to the comments?

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Re: Really?

"Stop thinking so much about your advertising revenues and BITE THE HAND."

And you don't think a massively sarcastic article about Apple hype is doing just that?

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Making MACH 1: Can we build a cranial computer today?

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"Of course, this being a lithium battery, our hero’s bosses in the SIS would need to ensure the power pack can be eventually removed and replace"

Unless it was created by Apple, in which case it would be welded to your skull...

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Thunderbolt interface strikes YOUR PC: What's the damage?

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Re: FW800 slower than USB2?

I think it might a symptom of the Firewire cards used in the test being PCI, not PCIe

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Re: USB 2.0

What's more interesting to me is that USB 3 is "only" 2.5x faster than USB 2 in realworld tests.

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Re: Charts: Mb/s or MB/s ?

I'd assumed Megabit/s, but you're right by the looks of it as I just did the maths. Otherwise ~50MB/s would be quite tame.

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Official SCIENCE*: HIGH HEELS make you SEXY (Ladies)

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Re: Really?????

"What a waste of time."

Consider why it was published:

1) it was part of a study of human behaviour, these sorts of things are useful to know in evolutionary studies

2) (most likely) it's a good advertisement for Portsmouth Uni, coincidentally 2 weeks before admission deadlines close (15th Jan), particularly for the Sports & Exercise Science course starting in September.

3) (less likely, but plausible), it's not uncommon for sponsored research work. Wouldn't be at all surprised if I saw Schuh or similar quoting the results.

But of the likeliest options, I'd go with 2, with a mixture of 1.

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When your squash partner 'endorses' your coding skills on LinkedIn...

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Re: AAAAAAAAAA++++++++++ Article

You forgot "would reccommend", "would recomend", "wood reccomend" or the highly unlikely "would recommend"

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Craptastic analysis turns 2.8 zettabytes of Big Data into 2.8 ZB of FAIL

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Re: Delta Tango Oscar

It's Greek, therefore older than America, let alone "American-business-twatspeak nonsense". I first encountered it in school when I learnt calculus. I've also encountered it in the phonetic alphabet which you've perhaps ironically used.

As FDR mentioned, perhaps you'd have preferred "difference", but that wouldn't have accurately fit, given the author could then have been talking about the differences in the data sets, not the difference gap. So yes, it's quite a good word. I use it when describing data sets as just one example.

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Review: Kingston Hyper-X 3K 240GB SSD

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Pictures

If you're going to put a vulture logo in the pictures to protect yourselves from theft, at least make the photos worthy of stealing? Did you take it on an old camera phone, print it out on a dot matrix and then re-scan it?

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Lego quad-copter: your ultimate drone nightmare

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"It's a fantastic piece of kit, limited only by the range of your iDevices"

And wallet

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Re: Technic LEGO for 21st Century..

Kits are very expensive. Generic sets of blocks, a lot cheaper. You're usually paying for the design (or copyrights for the Star Wars, Harry Potter, LOTR et al) when you buy specific kits.

Just buy the blocks, let the kid's imagination do the design - will be a lot more satisfying too.

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Boffins cook raw numbers, hope to bake PERFECT kilogram

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Presumably the new standard will match the old one on day 1, and the old standard will gradually drift.

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Ten... tech stocking stuffers

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FAT32

Why would it be useless formatted to FAT32? I have terabyte drives formatted to FAT32, think the limit is 2TB (or even 16TB if you up the sector size)

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Siri: Can you make a Raspberry Pi open a garage door?

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Re: in my experience it would be more like...

This is your reminder to call the vet

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DARPA planning 100 Gbps wireless

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Bingo!

I got a full house at "synergistically" - where do I collect my bullsht bingo prize?

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North Korea's satellite a dud, say US astroboffins

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Re: Good

Does the X-37b have an offensive ability?

Yeah, it's got a picture of a guy giving the bird as it flies past.

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Chinese spacecraft JUUUUST avoids smashing into Toutatis

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Re: Micro gravitation changes?

"Does such a close encounter have any gravitational affect on the asteroids orbital path?"

Yes, a very very very (...etc...) slight one. In the same way any craft does when using gravity assisted accelerations or deccelerations.

"Might it now be on a collision course with us in another 5,000 years?"

It might, but then again it may have nudged it off a collision course. Our ability to calculate orbital paths of small objects isn't as accurate as that.

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Google maps app is BACK on iPhones, fanbois spared death

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Re: Ooh, voice-guided turn by turn nav?

And somehow, miraculously, Google have managed to make voice guided TBT navigation available on the older kit too - something Apple insist can't be done (no voice recog/Siri or TBT on their Maps app on an iPhone 4, only 4S and 5).

There has been speculation that Google weren't able to update their map app as frequently as they'd like when it was embedded in iOS - I think this app goes some way to support that theory.

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LOHAN fabricates full-fat fantastical flying truss

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Amendment

"The Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team"

*cough* hydrogen now *cough*

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'UK DNA database by stealth' proposed in £100m NHS project

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Re: Health insurance

I think that's the grim reality hidden beneath this message:

Now that costs have supposedly plummeted, the market is ripe to be exploited by private companies hoping to cash in by using these rich datasets to create "personalised medicines and individualised treatments".

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Tor node admin raided by cops appeals for help with legal bills

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Really?

"The system is used by journalists, activists and military organisations around the world to bypass censorship and communicate securely."

The *military* uses Tor?? Really?? Would expect it to be a fairly tin-pot military that resorted to Tor.

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FCC urges rethink of aircraft personal-electronics blackout

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Re: Status > Landing

@asdf - There are anecdotal stories that speak of pilots hearing the tell-tale mobile phone interference in their headsets.

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GPU-stuffed monster cracks Windows passwords in minutes

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Re: Shock Horror

You're rather overselling NTLM by describing it as "crypto" I reckon :-)

As I recall from whenever one of my parents forgot their password on XP it was a case of removing a single file in the System32 folder. Their profile name with an extension but I forget which (.key, .pid, .sam?).

"Cracking" XP is about as impressive as cracking a diary's padlock.

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Tim Cook: Apple to manufacture Macs in US in 2013

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Re: Globalisation is coming back home

"About time stop all businesses outsourcing or moving production."

Outsourcing <> shipping to China. Apple will still outsource production, even if it's in the US. Every company outsources something, be it the cleaner, security guard, electrician or IT.

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Latest Call of Duty sequel shoots past Avatar sales benchmark

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Re: 8bitStyle

You paid £5 for River Raid?? Mine was £2.99 on cassette ;-)

Am amazed Activision have survived too. I'm sure I was told back at the time that tape 2 tape was going to kill them off.

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Moon riven by colossal cracks

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Re: Also in the news..

Well they will now there's a reference to it on the Internet that can be quoted out of context! ;-)

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McAfee seeks asylum in Guatemala

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"I faked that EXIF data!"

aka "Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!"

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Hero Playmonaut lost at sea as SPEARS ditches in Channel

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Re: Hydrogen?

"Helium is for softies."

Indeed, such was the frequent point made in the forums/comments sections and disregarded every time. Glad it's changed, just surprised there wasn't a browbeaten article from Lester :-)

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