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'Buggy' Facebook iPad app finally emerges

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Ah

""We're releasing it now because it's done," said Bret Taylor, the firm's chief technology officer assured the BBC."

Good to see the id Software methodology is alive and well.

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AT&T asks Apple to signal iPhone 4S is a 4G phone

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Who's blaming Apple?

It's (allegedly, it's a leaked memo with no guarantee of authenticity) AT&T who requested it, to no avail. Apple said at the launch they weren't going to get into what was and wasn't 4G.

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iPhone 4S pay-monthly tariffs compared

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It's not a tariff even worth considering, but allows them to claim the lowest cost to getting an iPhone 4S - even if it's useless.

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Twitter update: @regsecurity – The Reg bags imposter

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Is there really any point in a Twitter RSS feed? Isn't that the whole point of RSS?

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US rocketeer thunders to 121,000ft

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Clarify

"for the next ground launched rocket flight above 100,000' with GPS log and successful recovery"

Presumably the word missing there was "amateur" or "non-government", or NASA could have easily snapped it up :-)

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Geeks chip in to fund nerd's space station gizmo launch

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News?

Slow news day? From what I can tell, the device itself doesn't figure out where you are either. In effect he's built a light that will turn on and off based on timings that a PC gives it in batch, scraped from the Heavens Above website. A 3 hour job, max, on an idea that's already been done.

Not an "ISS Detector", or even an "ISS Predictor", more a "Light that switches on depending on a third party website". I wonder if Heavens Above are happy for him to make a retail product based on a resource heavy screen-scraping of their website? The fact they don't expose their data via API (hence his need to write a python script to scrape) should be enough of a clue that they don't want it done.

A quaint idea, but certainly no more impressive than any random Arduino projects that people do as hobbies on a regular basis.

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BT superfast home fibre plans fall behind schedule. Again

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Don't hold your breath

If they didn't connect your cabinet up when your exchange was enabled, I suspect you'll be waiting a long time.

There was a spreadsheet somewhere on the net that I used to have, detailing when each postcode would be enabled - for the ones I saw, if they weren't done with the rest of the exchange, they weren't being planned at all.

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Water like that of Earth's oceans found in comet

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@Cynical git

"when the story started to be told and what limited scientific knowledge was available then it is not a bad potted history of the arrival of man on earth."

Much in the same way that I can see shapes in the clouds. It's rather easy to take a poetic story and make it fit if you use metaphors. Besides, the sequence of events is largely logical.

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re: Numbers?

Why did it stop raining comets? Because they either all settled into independent orbits, retreated to the Oort cloud, or hit the planets (having been dragged in by their gravity wells).

See the "Late Heavy Bombardment" theory(s) for details.

PS nice pun on the "raining" comets.. :-)

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iPhone 5: Apple 4S, pundits 0

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Couple of things

1) Apple perpetuate the hype and milk it. Every company should be managing markets' expectations, if not for customers, then for shareholders. The could have easily sent out invites saying "Let's talk iPhone4s" and the new phone been hailed as brilliant instead of letting the rumour outrun the PR. The name doesn't really matter - they could just as easily have called it the iPhone 5 to keep the baying crowds happy.

2) "Another big FAIL goes out to the Chinese manufacturers of iPhone cases who gambled on a new form-factor and are now left with stacks of cheap plastic crap" - yup, what on earth are they going to do with plastic cases. It's not like they can just melt them down or something and make different ones.. oh.. wait... ;-)

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Apple predicted AI assistant for tablets in 1987

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Specific beta

"a feature of iOS 5 that'll first see beta release on the iPhone 4S."

Although I'd seen the Beta symbol plastered all over the Siri release, you're implying it's part of iOS5, being beta-tested on the 4S and presumably then cascaded across the rest of iOS5 devices?

Seems very odd, regardless.. Especially if the processing is done "in the cloud".

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iPhone 5 a no-show at Apple's 'Let's talk iPhone' event

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It may not cost you anything, but it'll be irreversible if you do update it. Personally I'd hang back and let someone else be the guinea pig. Wished I'd done that on the 3G anyway.

No hate, just experience.

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@Lee

"my 3GS does all I want and will be capable of running iOS 5"

I really wouldn't be so sure... it'll install, yes, but it'll probably run like a dog, like iOS4 did for the 3G.

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@Andy Baird

I'd be prepared to be surprised. If it were available for all, shirley Siri would be currently telling you that "I've been replaced! The new Siri is even smarter and better looking than me, and waiting for you on iOS5"

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Biggest "meh" ever?

So... pretty much a software update? I expect that Siri could easily run on an iPhone 4, but damned if they'll let that happen.

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Apple outs iPhone micro USB adaptor

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Simple!

"I've got 5 micro USB chargers sitting in my drawers, what am I supposed to do with them?"

You can now charge anyone's iPhone if they've forgotten their charger! Unless they've forgotten their much smaller micro USB adaptor.. oh... wait...

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Missed the point much Apple?

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Ten reasons why you shouldn't buy an iPhone 5

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Some truth in some of the points

But really, does anyone really like the person in the corner of a party telling people the drinks are rubbish because it's "not a proper pint", the music is too loud and not "proper" music and that they're having fun all wrong?

Best quote I saw from someone recently "As with most discussions on the Internet, it has nothing to do with objective merits, just runaway emotion and unstated difference of premise."

If someone comes along and tells you why your phone is wrong and that their Apple phone is so much better, than feel free to make these points to them. But if they're just quietly getting on with their lives, owning a phone they believe is the right choice for them, then just leave them the fuck alone.

The levels of vitriol saddens me. As do the number of down-votes this will get.

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Sony: all new PS3 titles will require PSN Pass for online play

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Multiple accounts

The point the OP was making is that you can have multiple accounts on one PS3. I have one, my fiancée has one, each with our own PSN ID. The implication from this story is that only one of us would be able to register the online element of future games.

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@CD001

You can't gift a game to a Steam friend, otherwise this is how she'd have sold it (remember, I said eBay, so she would technically know the buyer and be able to gift it to them).

The only alternative she had was to hand over her entire Steam account, which she was tempted to do given it's the only game registered.

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Example

"Other publishers, including EA, THQ, Codemasters and Warner, have also used an online pass system in their games too."

You're forgetting that Steam extends this abuse of statutory rights too. Girlfriend recently bought Civ 5 (physically, in a shop and everything) and had to activate it on Steam. She was then unable to sell it on eBay when she subsequently discovered it was a shit game.

I've still not been able to explain to her satisfaction why she can't sell a game that she bought. I understand her confusion.

And Sony wonder why people are so keen to try and circumvent DRM switches??

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Gov to spread mobile masts to remote corners of Blighty

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Indeed

Expect a myriad of arguments along the lines of:

"but that could pay for x hospital beds" as if it were an either/or situation

"it's taxpayer's money" as if only taxpayers should be able to dictate how public funds are spent (remember, not everyone is a taxpayer, and people pay vastly differing amounts).

"we're subsidising private companies" as if sane people would expect private companies to invest in something that won't see them make a return on that investment.

Let's face it - if the individual got to decide where money was spent, it would only be spent putting public services outside their own front door. A core part of any governing body is to ensure the needs of the minority are met in the face of the feelings of the majority.

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'iPhone 4 to be free' when new iPhones ship

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WTF?

"ram and a processor that are almost the same" - erm, you mean doubled in terms of capacity and performance? Rush Apple to the burns unit, you've really got them there...

As for megapixels count, that barely enters my consideration when buying a DSLR today, let alone a phone.

Criticise Apple if you must (and there are many reasons you may wish to), but you may want to get a more coherent argument than those.

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"Upon Tuesday's rollout of the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5, the existing iPhone 4 will be offered for the low, low price of nothing at all when purchased with a presumably two-year contract."

aka "Free! Just promise to spend an exuberant amount for 2 years with a hidden premium that will more than pay for the cost of the phone"

Spend £42 per month for 2 years on O2 right now and you can get the entry-level iPhone. Why would that change?

Worst... rumour... ever...

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Pandemonium as Microsoft AV nukes Chrome browser

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@Frank14

"it is a surprisingly good AV and it also has an excellent reputation for not seeing valid software as malicious"

Indeed - exactly why this is a story. Two years of service so far and the first "oops" I've seen.

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Life-size Lego assault rifle really works

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@jestersbro

You can take solace that your wife probably shook her head, looked disapprovingly at you, and turned her head back to Strictly Come Dancing or something. Who's the real winner?

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Boffins prove Queen ballad 'world's most catchy song'

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Have you not heard?

There seems to be an absence of a certain ornithological piece. A headline regarding mass awareness of a certain avian variety..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2WNrx2jq184

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Star Trek TNG revamped for Blu-ray in 2012

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Crucially

What will the format be in? As I recall it was all 4:3 - will they be leaving that the hell alone or tilt 'n' scanning it into 16:9? I really hope the former...

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Veggies tricked into dating meat-gobbling escorts

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Is this like

The dating site for people in uniform, and people who like people in uniform? Understood the advert basically saying at the end that regardless, anyone could join. Presumably discrimination ensues otherwise.

But... what's this got to do with escorts?

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Poll: Porn-watching, net-savvy kids are a myth

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Infamy!

1 in 7? I reckon it was higher than that when the Internet wasn't prevalent. We all remember our first view of hedge p0rn (by which I mean the joy of finding an inexplicably abandoned mag in a hedge as an adolescent).

Maybe though, it's actually true and is due to the other myth that kids are so sexually active these days that p0rn doesn't interest them as they're all out getting the real thing. I await a hard-hitting documentary by Anna Richardson on one hand yelling at the world to stop exposing kids to sexualised content while on the other showing use full-frontal nudity under the guise of "education"... Hopefully sponsored by the Daily Mail.

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The Secret of Monkey Island

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Nope

Could never get into Monkey Island, not sure why, but then I could never get into text adventure games either (which this just seemed to be an extension of)

Although if you want to talk games that drag me into feelings of nostalgia, maybe cover Dizzy?

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Apple confirms iPhone event on 4 October

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5, not 4s

It can't be the "4S". The only reason an S model was ever released (3GS) was because the 3 in the title had nothing to do with it being the third iPhone. In that example, the successor to the 3G could never have been called the iPhone 4, as it wasn't the fourth.

Still, it's Apple, and they can do whatever they like I suppose..

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Lewd voicemail hack on MP prompts probe

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Go further

Any *telecomms outfit* that is so f*****g stupid that they even allow external voicemail access when a PIN has not been changed deservers a thorough public roasting.

The equivalent is banks sending out all ATM cards activated with a PIN of 0000 and hoping folk will change it, but not making it obvious that they should change it.

My own little hobby horse in this "hacking" scandal (term used loosely) as I still recall my first mobile phone (BT Genie) offering remote voicemail but only if I set a PIN.

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Apple Thunderbolt Macs have chips for optical links

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Additional

In addition to the correct points above (the optical conversion will be done in the cable for some reason, so nothing to see in the ports), the cables will also be required to carry power as well, so presumably will look very similar to existing cables.

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Display defect may crimp iPhone 5 shipments

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@DrXym

"That's the only reason they seal the battery in. It surprises me that the EU hasn't crapped all over Apple for doing this."

Right. It couldn't possibly be because it makes for a neater/smaller solution (you don't need the extra 4 pieces of material's worth of thickness to both encase the battery and create a battery bay in the device). It's also entirely possible to change the battery for a new one if necessary, even if it involves getting someone to do it.

Why would the EU be crapping all over Apple for this though? Plenty of devices have internal non-replaceable batteries. At the very lowest end of the scale, electric toothbrushes are the first thing that comes to mind.

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Why do these traders get billions to play with, unchecked?

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re: Clubcard points

I think you missed my sarcasm. The price you've quoted for bullion gold takes into account what it costs to turn regular gold into certified bullion gold along with a multitude of other factors.

In short, 9ct gold does not have a value 37.5% of bullion gold.

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You're also forgetting

Clubcard points! I reckon you've found a way to bring down Tesco, nay, the world economy!

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Blighty's slow-crawling broadband streets revealed

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Very true

There will be homes all across the UK who are still only paying for an "up to 8Mb" service on a line capable of much more, based on old products.

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Gears of War 3

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RTFA

"Intensely epic finale to a riveting series. Available on Xbox 360 only."

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NASA: Beam me up some power, Scotty

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You mean "jigga"-watts, surely

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Malware burrows deep into computer BIOS to escape AV

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Piece of piss then.

I've done a BIOS transplant in the past, but only because I'd accepted the board was dead following a failed flash upgrade. I'd not recommend it as it's very hairy, won't give you the full functionality of the board as it likely resets it to be a "reference" mobo (in the end I got it to the stage where it would boot, barely with massive errors, enough to get to a DOS flash utility, hotswapped the failed chip back in and reflashed the firmware - success rate of 1 in 3 so far)

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The BIOS can be reflashed from within Windows though - it's how we (legitimately) update the BIOS. It's not hard to envisage a virus taking advantage of this.

To do it though, the OS has presumably already been compromised though. This is just deep-rooting it further in the system to stand a better chance of survival. It isn't normally seen however as virus writers tend to aim as far and wide as possible, which isn't usually compatible with specific BIOS versions/manufacturers.

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BT to fibre-up another 114 exchanges

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Whoop-de-doo

My exchange was enabled months ago. Shame they didn't bother to enable my cabinet though, just (seemingly) every other *&%^ing cabinet attached to the exchange.

Note to author - upgrading the exchange can have zero effect on all the customers attached to that exchange. Presumably no word yet either on those folks who are directly attached to the exchange and not via a cabinet?

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Murdoch to reappear before MPs in phone-hack case

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Burdon of proof

"Separately, it has been reported by the Guardian that the mother of 7/7 bombing victim Christian Small is to pursue a civil case against NI over alleged voicemail interception"

I've wondered this for a few weeks now, but while it's quite probable that phone hacking is rife, how on earth do people prove it?

Though let's face it, it's barely "hacking" - the mobile operators should surely be taking some stick for enabling a feature with a default password in the knowledge most people will never even know the facility exists, let alone change the pin. Have said this before, but I recall when first getting a mobile, the remote voicemail facility was disabled *unless* you enabled is and changed the pin.

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Man City boss quits over cancer email

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@yoinkster

Makes sense in answering the "what does the email mean". All that remains is the mystery of why it was so offensive, worse than being told you had cancer, and why it took 10 months to go to the Sun with it...

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I'm with you

Add me to the list of not understanding a) the email, b) what was so offensive about it (though I understand it was sent last year, and it's only since the contract negotiation tailed off that she released it to the press) and c) what on earth could be said that would be more upsetting than being given the initial diagnosis??

Utterly baffled..

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Cello C42T71DVB-3D 42in passive 3D TV

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re: UK Maker?

"So what does that leave? The case?"

The shed. A vital component in any bit of kit.

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Ten years after the Twin Towers: What's the Reg angle?

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Four years later, nothing changed

I guess it remains to be (hopefully never) seen how we cope and where the best source for information is, but in terms of when the July 7th bombings happened in 2005, the Internet remained a poor source of information. I recall getting very frustrated with news sites and just finding a TV when in the London office.

What has changed for the worse today now however, is TV's incessant guesswork and subsequent hauling in of "experts" and little done to retract them. If you recall, when the Norwegian mass murder happened back in July this year, the immediate suspicion was of an Al-Qaida attack, which quickly became fact, and quickly resulted in pundits (or experts as they were called) being dragged in to explain why Norway was a target. Within 24 hours it was clear it was actually the opposite, yet the same pundits were in with a brand new tact with no mention of their previous expertise.

It seems we've now moved to a full 24-hour rolling news where in absence of facts, we've accepted poetic licence to elaborate on theories as fact until we're told differently.

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Apple finally purges Mac OS of disgraced DigiNotar certs

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Excessive approach

The reason that Apple haven't updated the iOS certs is because it's never a small patch. As with any minor amendment Apple want to make, it's a ~600MB download. So major testing required as anything going wrong will brick the entire device.

Another triumph for simplicity...

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Windows 8 to boot in 8 seconds

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@mfraz

"What are the chances that they'll be able to install the updates during normal use and not part of the shutdown procedure?"

Quite high, given that most of the (Win 7) updates I see these days don't require a full reboot.

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