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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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Can climate change be changed back again? Maybe, say boffins

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"Of course, because the greenhouse gasses are still building up, it takes more and more ice each time, thus solving the problem once and for all."

"But..."

"ONCE AND FOR ALL!!"

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Apple iPod Nano 7G review

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Re: Camera? What Camera?

Be even odder if it did have a 1080p camera, given it can't playback those files!

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iPhone 5 is the 'most difficult, scratchy device Foxconn has ever made'

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Re: Far cry

"But the iPhone4 average UK TCO was well over £1000 at launch.....(yes you paid less cos your amazing, but almost everyone didn't)"

Google "TCO smartphone". You'll find that most smartphones (including iPhones) have a similar TCO according to analysis. iPhones may seem to be premium but as already pointed out, hold their value at the end, which gets taken into the TCO calculation.

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O2 kicks out Ericsson server for breaking its network

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Re: So...

"Their annual upgrade & expansion costs are in the region of £550M. Spending £10M on one piece of kit that has caused two big outages (and maybe causing internal headaches) plus a massive dent in customer (and investor) confidence is a reasonable business decision."

Yes, now it's a reasonable decision - but the OP was suggesting replacing it after ONE incident.

Also, be under no illusions this is one piece of kit - it'll be one system.

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Earth-sized planet found at Alpha Centauri B

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Re: A planet by any other name ....

"why do you need to call it an 'exoplanet'?"

Maybe it used to be an Irish planet? Previously it was an O'Planet, now it's an ex-O'Planet...

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Re: Orion

Orion - the local galactic arm? The nebula? The constellation? The space craft? The nuclear propulsion project?

You'd think with all the words we have available to us, we wouldn't have to be overlapping so massively in space-faring term :-)

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Foxconn: THESE child workers were NOT making Apple products

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@Cam2A - yes but the post above (big ted's, which I suspect they were trying to reply to) did.

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Re: Not a reason to refuse to buy an Apple product................

"But definitely a reason to not buy anything they produce until they get a positive report that all the problems are sorted and the workers are happy with conditions etc."

Or an Xbox... or a PS3... or a Wii... or a Kindle... Or... Or... the list goes on.

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Femto fail: Vodafone's Sure Signal gets a bit shaky again

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Re: What happens if...

I believe it's limited to geolocated IP addresses, same way as iPlayer works. Requires a bit of VPN to work.

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Miniature Baumgartner jumps from 128,000ft

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Record?

Don't think it's been declared an official record yet. I suspect that's because they're mulling over whether they have to do the usual speed record thing of asking him to repeat the feat in the opposite direction...

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British car parks start reading number plates

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I did wonder this, seems a bit draconian that the system as it's described can assume agreement from a driver to pay just by driving onto a piece of land that may or may not be clearly identified as a paid car park. Are there even barriers involved here? I assume if I pass a barrier, I'm probably going to be paying something, but I also assume there will be a space for me.

And don't get me started on the multitude of airports that are now charging a quid just to pick up or drop someone off..

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And the latest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize is ... the EU?

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"Still, all of us EU citizens now have 1/503,492,041th of a Nobel Peace Prize. Let's raise a glass to that"

Yup, in yo' *face*, Rest Of World! Haven't felt this proud since I won Time Person of the Year back in 2006 :-D

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MYSTERIOUS GREEN GLOW seen on iPhone 5s

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Re: OMG, my TV and monitors must be broken too then

My CRT TV has a weird after-glow when I switch it off, help! :-)

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Re: When will the fanbois realise...

You're right, we should probably write off an entire product line whenever we find a fault in specific instances.

I'm no fanboy one way or the other, but sheesh!

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Why is solid-state storage so flimsy?

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Re: SSDs and HDDs both require backup...

No one is saying it's a backup strategy, but yes it's true that HDs tend (granted, not always) to signal their failure (SMART indicators for a start, physical signs of death like clicking) allowing you to get most data off it if you haven't already and total failure of disks still generally allows for some element of recovery at specialist labs (again, not cheap, but possible).

SSDs on the other hand tend *not* to signal their failure in advance and the options for recovery once they do are a lot more limited.

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Cloud company foraged for hard drives to stay afloat

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Re: External Drives

Was just thinking that, I'm pretty sure a large number of people (including me) were realising just how cheap the external disks were in PC World compared to internal drives via the usual channels. Made for a nice change at least. Probably part of the reason they were also sticking up signs limiting 2 per customer.

On a non-IT related note, coconut milk went through a similar supply shortage.

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It’s official: Google shrinks the world!

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Re: Errmmm...

So play with the numbers however suits you best - it's a lighthearted calculation based on a google fubar. Reduce the radius by x and increase the mass by y, where xy=10^6, as already explained.

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Re: Errmmm...

"Maybe I'm missing something obvious but if the escape velocity has increased 1,000 fold along with the gravity, how exactly has the radius shrunk?"

Because escape velocity is calculated using both the mass and the radius of the earth, specifically it's sqrt(2GM/r). So to achieve the thousand fold increase, you can either keep the mass or radius constant and change the other by a factor of 1,000,000 (Mass up by this value, or radius down by this value), which if you read the rest of the article, they do both these options.

Or you can play and get a variety of options. You could put mass up by 1,000 and radius down by 1,000 and achieve the same result. Or any other factors of 1,000,000 (m up by 2, radius down by 500,000

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Sites can slurp browser history right out of Firefox 16

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Re: 16 now?

What's more insane is the suggestion to downgrade to the older version, 15.0.1??

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Facebook says it's LOSING money in the UK ... pays hardly any tax

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Re: How effing much?

You know there are more to staff costs than salary, right?

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Six months under water and iPhone 4 STILL WORKS

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"If any of our readers would like to test this, please share your results in the comments below. Ah, go on…"

Sadly the comments for this page will probably close before any reader experiments could conclude

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Jaws restored Blu-ray disc set review

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"Few would argue that the film deserves its legendary status."

Can't tell if you've phrased this badly or are saying it doesn't deserve legendary status? I'd be ony of many to argue that the film deserves its legendary status.

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Mystery martian object is relic of (our) civilisation

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If that was the first and only picture they'd taken with that camera, then sure. But it's not.

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Ballmer aims chair at Apple after Windows package miss

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Rather pointless comparison, but no, I don't think that article asked for your sympathy anywhere. Merely reported on the remuneration packages of the top brass at an IT company, generally seen as a view of how well or badly a company is doing currently.

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SpaceX Falcon 9 flameout leaves commercial satellite in wrong orbit

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Re: "a satellite belonging to sat-tracking firm Orbcomm"

"But who tracks the trackers?"

"I dunno, coastguard?" - Homer J Simpson

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Re: Frequent flyer

Agreed - suspect Orbcomm would have known the risk parameters when they signed up to be an additional customer on that flight. From reading the article it appears it technically could have placed the sat in orbit but due to ISS constraints it wasn't allowed, Orbcomm would have known that this sort of variance was possible.

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Rover spots 'possibly artificial' MYSTERY SHINY OBJECT on Mars

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Re: Look, Sir droids!

Look! A penny!

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SpaceX confirms Falcon rocket suffered engine flame-out

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Re: Though

More specifically, it's nine times more likely to suffer *an* engine failure (and even then, not quite), but certainly not nine times more likely to fail entirely.

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Astronomers tell story set a LONG time ago in a galaxy far, FAR away

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Re: Space, and the enormity of it

"It is doubtful that 'we' are in the centre of the universe (contrary to many religious credos) but it is remotely possible. So yes, space is mind boggling big, probably even bigger!"

As I understood it, we *are* in the centre, but so is everything else, only because to have a centre, you need to define an edge.

Easiest way to consider it is to think of yourself on the surface of the earth - are you in the middle of its surface? Is anyone?

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Mars rover Curiosity gets ready to blast its first rock

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Re: Language, language!

Raises an interesting point, you would say "trundled across the Earth for six days", so why not "the Mars"? I reckon that technically it's correct - though doesn't scan easily... yet

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Just be relieved they haven't started Instagramming the pictures...

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Google to axe IE 8 support, cuts off Windows XP lifeline

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Re: Confusing..

re: the "bullshit" a/c comment. I didn't say you couldn't uninstall IE8, just that it was a convoluted process:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/950719

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Raspberry Pi patch adds warranty-safe overclocking

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Buy it from another supplier then - mine took a week in the giddy days of the month-long waiting lists. Granted it's now sitting here on a desk with nothing to do yet...

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Re: Why?

OK, I'll bite. Overclocking works because the manufacturer of the chip has tested it for the highest guaranteed clock. They err massively on the side of caution in the majority of the times, and so there is always room for overhead. The tolerances involved in the manufacturing process means there is always a safe overhead (they won't build a chip that *just* operates inside the clock frequency, as a minor glitch could make it go wrong) so it's a case of figuring out where that overhead reaches you. It's trivial to find too, run soak tests until it goes wrong. Pretty much every CPU will find 10% margin and that's without tweaking voltage levels.

Where are you finding a faster system than a Pi in that price range and that form factor then?

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NASA working on faster-than-light drive capable of WARP TEN

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A hologram of your former crewmate, a creature who evolved from the ship's cat, some Scutters and a talking toaster.

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Freeview kit to require retune tomorrow

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Re: Again and again and again

I did see the article and think "oh, it's Wednesday, must be re-tune time..."

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iPhone 5 has 'laser keyboard, holographic images'

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Re: If true...

Erm, if true, you'd think they'd have mentioned it in the keynote.

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