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London Underground platform Wi-Fi set to cost £2 daily for many

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Re: How much?

15 minutes per day on a Tube platform? I'd be amazed if it were 5 on an average day.

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Just what you needed: A cell phone with a remote control. No, really

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Re: Wow, just wow...

You mean you whistled several times, looked like a nutter to passers-by and occasionally got it to generate the tone. Or alternatively you coughed, slammed a door, boiled a kettle or dropped a pin and it would generate a tone too.

Such was my experience with them anyway!

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NASA admits hiding 'really good' news from Martian soil

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Re: Blue skies on Mars?

Not really, the sky is usually blue at sunset on Mars, and reddish during the day. Pretty much the opposite of Earth.

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Yup, think the article's oversimplified it. Curiosity isn't designed to detect life directly, only the elements required for life (as we understand it), "organic" compounds and biosignatures (or evidence life existed).

Although if a ma-hoooo-sive spider crawled across the ground where a camera was pointing, they could probably claim that one

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Boffins biff over ‘twisted radio’

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Re: The fundamental things apply

"Let me brake it down for you"

Probably destroyed your argument before you even began sadly.

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Black Ops 2 takes HALF A BEELLION DOLLARS in just ONE DAY

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Re: Unfair comparison

Not to mention there have been 9 "pure" COD games to date (not including the various PSP/Vita/DS alternates).

So yes, thing that cost 5x as much and has had more releases, outsells other thing. Good news.

I reckon it cost me less to see the entire Star Wars saga at the cinema over the years than a single copy of a COD game. Heck the bluray release last year cost less the same.

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And is dead, last I checked

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UK digital terrestrial TV turns 14 today

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Channel 5

" Back then, Brits seemed satisfied with a pair of BBC channels, whatever broadcasters was running ITV in their region [...] and Channel 4"

And whatever soft grumble flick Channel 5 were screening. Red shoe diaries or similar I'd imagine.

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Ooh I remember the vaguely threatening letter asking for the OnDigital back when they went belly up! Then I recall they broadcast a message to the boxes congratulating themselves for having a change of heart and giving us a free gift. Presuably they realised the cost of getting them all back would be more than the assets they'd get would be.

Mine was cheerfully in service until it blew up in 2008. Though I was under the impression the original ones stopped working after the digital switchover?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ONdigital#Set_top_boxes

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Rockstar ramps it up with Grand Theft Auto V reveal

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Re: Beware the hype

"Biting the hand that feeds IT" as the saying goes...

There's a reason el Reg is on the Apple blacklist :-D Long may the attitude continue.

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Skyfall makers 3D printed Bond's DB5

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Re: Fag-packet calculation

Airfix will flog you one for a tenner, some assembly required. 1:32 scale though...

I suspect they get the 3D model from Aston Martin though.

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Omnishambles beats off mummy-porn, becomes English word of 2012

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Re: Twaddle

Clusterfuck trumps them all I'm afraid.

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Sorority girls gone WILD: '1 to 3' casual sex 'hookups' every MONTH

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Re: I think it's mostly comforting news.

"At a recent debate at a prime UK university, more than half the students voted in favour of the thesis "casual sex is morally wrong""

Except the research done in this case was "hook up" which apparently included "kissing", which makes it seem all the less remarkable. 3 snogs a months? I imagine most people are aiming for that on an average night out.

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Sky rudely barges TalkTalk off the top-three UK ISP podium

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Suggestion

Maybe you could treat these sorts of stories the same way you're planning to report Giff Gaff outages?

More customers realised today how awful TT are, and crucially how easy it is to leave. In other news, Giff Gaff suffered a network outage, bear defacated in woods, film at 11.

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What a clockup! Apple's Swiss clock knock-off clocks up $21m fine

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Re: Paltry

"I'd have demanded more, though how do you quantify how much a clock is worth."

Depends if you're buying second hand...

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'Perfect' INVISIBLE SHED stuns boffinry world

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Re: Be careful where you leave it

"Just look out for hungry birds."

Tch, Rovio doing another Angry Birds crossover release, this time with Hungry Hippos?

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When GiffGaff falls over, is it even news any more?

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Re: Effected

"'I could care less"

It's meant to be sarcastic. Shortened from "Oh like I could care less"

But yes, affected/effected bugged me and I came rushing (too late) to the forums to chip in too.

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Crafty app lets phones send data by ultrasound with speakers, mics

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Re: Hmmm...

Well it's too low for ultrasound anyway, which by definition is above 20KHz

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Box shifters cram UK market with crusty PCs to make room for Win 8

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Re: Windows 7 v 8

"Windows 7 support ends in 2020, so they should be OK for a while yet."

Not support I'm concerned about, it's them walking into PC World picking up a machine for £300 and having no choice about OS in the future.

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Windows 7 v 8

Reminds me, now that Windows 8 is on sale, what's the general plan for Windows 7 on consumer devices? Are they phasing out Windows 7? Cos if so, I need to tell my parents to replace their aging PC now before it's too late... I wouldn't be able to cope with the multitude of phone calls for a Windows 8 transition. Windows 7 would be a doddle tho.

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Are you an IT pro? It's no longer safe to bet your career on Microsoft

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Re: Good one! -Notes

"Er, because of all those home users buying Notes?"

Na, Outlook Express was usually forced on home users. Choice between Notes and OE, isn't much of a choice.

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Re: So can anyone suggest a realistic alternative....

"C++ to parse "semi-structured" data? You must be a masochist. Try using something like Perl instead."

Depends what you need it to do. I'm hoping and assuming that if he is doing it in C++ he's relying heavily on Flex++ or similar.

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Good one!

"Gone are the days when the users neither knew nor cared if their email client was Notes or Exchange... now they do care and they do blame you for choosing Notes."

Oh come on, users have always hated sysadmins for inflicting Notes on them.

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New trend: Trojan which steals your pics instead of your text

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Gigabytes

Well, when I think about the quantity of jpegs I have on my systems, and think about the length of time it took to backup to Carbonite on a DSL line, they'll probably have a looooooot of sifting through innocuous pictures of landscapes before finding anything remotely salacious. By which time, you'd think someone would notice their internet running slowly.

Finally, BT saves us with their crap infrastructure!

Although a good trojan would scan the files locally, looking for a higher proportion of pink hues and selectively uploading to reduce the bandwidth requirements and increase the chances of success..

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Apple shifts 3 million iPads in 3 days: But how many were Minis?

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The usual benchmark missing

How many stores "sold out"? That's usually how Apple define success. And usually what causes people to claim that it's artificially limited.

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You know who else hates Windows 8? Hackers

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Windows Defender

Didn't that become Microsoft Security Essentials?

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Sony KD-84X9005 84in ultra-HD TV review

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Horizontal from vertical

One thing I've been consistently confused by - why the switch from measuring vertical to horizontal? Everyone's used to 720, 1080 as sizes. 4K makes it sound like it's 4x taller (and ultimately wider) thus 16x the resolution. Whereas in reality it's only a doubling.

Just marketing trickery?

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Re: Will it ever be cheap?

Sadly I left my crystal ball in the office, but generally speaking, yes.

Ultra massive of this scale probably won't fall to the same levels (purely because volumes will be lower due to few people having room to fit the damn thing in!)

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New iPad's innards: Good news for recent fondleslab buyers

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"Their competitors have a 6-9 month product release cycle, while apple has had a 1 year one. That doesn't cut it anymore."

Remind me when Apple last released an iPad? March was it?

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We don’t talk any more... on the commute

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Re: Nicely put

" the majority of us are private individuals who value that time to ourselves, just thinking, reading, texting, day dreaming etc"

and occasionally glaring at the other prat on the train who has seemingly decided to turn his headphones into high frequency loud speakers. Although the best way I've found to stop that is to either mouth along to the lyrics (if you know them) or failing that, dance.

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Inside the iPad mini: Pray you never have to open one

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"My car is bloody hard to repair but do I moan?"

Erm, it's generally not. As for the rest of your examples, nope, they're not too hard to open and repair either.

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Microsoft reveals Windows Phone 8 support for Mac

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Re: I presume....

No, MS have clearly followed the Apple style-guide for the app so it fits in with the OS. Unlike Apple who imposed their own style-guide on the Windows version of iTunes - although that's just one of many reasons Windows iTunes is abominable.

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Microsoft reveals Windows Phone 8 support for Mac

Both users reported to be delighted.

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EE 4G LTE review

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Hack devices

The most interesting thing from this article (the review was self-explanatory - new network, fast, only where available, v expensive) was that el Reg give out iPhones to their staff. Odd considering the mocking that Apple "fanbois" tend to be given here...

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Re: Error in article??

@Alan - the point was that in the US the phones can apparently do 3G voice and 4G data concurrently (nothing about VoLTE). It is a bit odd that the phone can't use both 3G and 4G simultaneously but it's perhaps down to the antennae layout or the chippery inside.

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The Register's iPhone app gets a makeover

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Generous!

"Fingers crossed, the rating for our app should improve from a frankly pathetic two stars."

I'm amazed it got such a high score! It was pretty appalling to begin with ;-) May well take a look, if only for the offline reading - as noted I'd be inclined to just use the browser app built into most smartphones otherwise

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Re: Bah to El Fan Boyz

Did you just read the title and then rush in a blind fury to the comments section?

"Android owners, we have not forgotten you. The Reg's Android App upgrade should go live in a couple of weeks, subject to tests."

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Forstall ousted from Apple after refusing to apologise for Maps

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Re: Guess the fairness of it depends on the situation

A lot of people angry about various hyoptheticals that are happening only in people's minds.... Strange.

Bottom line, he either said "it's not ready" and blew a fairly hard deadline tied to the Google renewal, or shipped it with minimal attention to quality control. Either option is a fairly big "oops" moment for a SVP's team. Not to mention Tim Cook getting the team he *wanted* and not inherited was long overdue. As for tribunals, he's a SVP - short of plundering the company (and even then...) you leave with an almighty golden parachute regardless of reason for exiting.

As an outsider and slightly back on topic, I'm rather excited at the prospect of Sir Jony heading up hard and soft design, anyone else?

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The new Mac mini eviscerated with ease

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Re: Not sure the purpose is lockdown

"If the purpose wasn't lockdown they wouldn't use screws that require specialist tools to remove."

Those screws being Torx screws? Hardly specialist, you need one to change the bulbs in my car.

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4G: Bad coverage, crap battery life - but at least it's really expensive

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Re: What's the point of 4G...

"One thing I do wish however, is they'd depricate older technology as newer tech becomes the mainstream. For instance somebody mentioned the number of 2g phones. Why?"

Well they'd have to provide UK-wide 3G support first. I think you'd be surprised at how little coverage there is and how much of the population is dependent on 2G coverage:

http://maps.ofcom.org.uk/mobile/index.html (and change the radio button between 2G and 3G)

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America mounts attempt to top the Register's world record spaceflight

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Bow release

Any indication of how they're triggering the release though?

As said, best of luck to them.

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ESO's nine-gigapixel galactic image has 84 MILLION stars

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Re: It's not just a big distance to cross... there's a lot of history

Pretty high - life started on Earth (and effectively the universe) pretty much as soon as was practically possible. Very broad stroke, but in terms of the universe forming and going through the various stages of element creation through the various stars up to Population I stars (like ours) and a surrounding solar system, the formation of the earth, life started pretty much (in astronomical terms) as soon as the conditions were right.

If we assume the rest of the Population I stars underwent a similar cycle (and no reason to doubt they didn't) makes it extremely likely that life would start on similar timescales across the universe.

In short, for a lot of history across the universe, life wasn't possible. And even without that, we know that life on Earth has existed for about 1/6 of the universe's life.

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Re: So....

"Does anyone still think we're alone?"

You fool! God's clearly up there! :-)

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Yeah, but it's largely pointless on the minituarised screens embedded in their watches

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New Mac mini: Business in the front, party at the back

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Re: Am I showing my age...

Not just you, hence my reply. Though would suggest OP makes sarcasm a bit more obvious if that was the case... unless they genuinely thought Apple were supplying a 500MB drive?

But little hint, if you set out to pedantic, make sure you're also correct - for example, what's a "500mb" drive? Would that be a milli-bit? Meaning the disk can only store 500 milli-bits, meaning 0.5 bits? How would that work then? Stretch it further to question if it's a milli-barn if you like..

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barn_(unit)

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"Where does Apple find 500mb hard drives? And, why bother."

Because it's a 2.5" disk, and that's quite a popular capacity for that form factor?

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Ubisoft forgets to ship activation codes for music game

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Hurrah!

"Fortunately, the company said it will give affected customers free downloadable content, with instant access to all Rocksmith mini-games, by way of an apology."

Cue people unaffected scratching off their activation codes, claiming they didn't get one, getting a fresh activation code to give to their friend AND a bonus of DLC and the mini-games. Result!

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Black hole spews out 2-million-light-year-long stream of WTF

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Hmm

"Astronomers have spotted a supersonic cosmic jet blasting two million light years from the centre of a distant galaxy's supermassive black hole."

Really?...

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Big labels try for ISP blocking on 3 more 'pirate' sites

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"Profit"?

"“Like The Pirate Bay, these websites are profiting illegally from distributing music that isn’t theirs, without permission and without paying a penny to the musicians, writers and producers who created it,"

Are they just allowed to outright lie these days? Not sure where they're profitting from it, but it's certainly not through distributing music.

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