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Apple takes blade to 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display

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Re: Upgrade the display ??

Yes, the whole point of the "retina" marketing is that the eye cannot discern the individual pixels, so putting in any more is a completely futile exercise.

Whoops Apple - might have backed yourself into a corner there!

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Detroit losing MILLIONS because it buys CHEAP BATTERIES – report

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Re: Is it a false economy

He might have had qualities that you don't possess though, such as an ability to spell...

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Re: They may indeed have used alkalines

My experience for toys and other high-drain devices is that you need your head examined if you don't use rechargeables. And with today's low self-discharge varieties that argument extends all the way into "pretty low-drain" territory too.

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Re: sell by?

Mystic Megabyte, I think you mean self-discharge rather than internal resistance.

I bought a cheap set of Keter electronic kitchen scales from Argos some 20 years ago, which I use a couple of times a week. The four "Tesco Extra Long Life" alkaline AAA cells they contain, in a natty black and gold colour scheme, have a best before date stamp of June 2001, and the low battery indicator hasn't come on yet...

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solar cells

AC you've obviously failed to engage your brain today before putting your keyboard warrior hat on, as a simple search for "solar parking meter" will show you. The cells are quite large so "some dirt" or "a piece of paper" is not a trivial solution to apply, and the meters' internal storage means they will work for ages even with the cells blocked - certainly long enough for the sort of amateur vandalism you suggest to be remedied by the wardens who enforce the parking regulations.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4: 4G Android tablet is easy to swallow

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Re: Storage costs aren't always commutable @ Kubla Cant

Accessed identically, with the advantage that the device can still access it at the same time.

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Re: It's also a phone!

...because otherwise you'd need to carry a Bluetooth headset, Bluetooth headphones with mic or wired headphones with mic?

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O2 and 'leccy firm's MNVO bid flops as £25m glugs down the drain

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Lycra Mobile?

Have you let the Tour de France go to your head?

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Mobe battery flat? These ELECTRIC PANTS will pump things up

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Re: Inefficent

@Wanting more: I was going to make a comment about efficiency too - it's clear that these techno-trousers are a stupid idea. I've read that the transfer efficiency of wireless chargers is 70-80%, yet yours only appears to be 50%. How did you measure it - ammeter on the input side and some reading from the phone on the output side? Or just the rating printed on the charger, which doesn't mean that it's actually delivering that amount of current? If it were only 50% efficient, given a 5V supply the thing would be dissipating 3.75W which would make it rather warm.

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Ohio man cuffed AGAIN for shagging inflatable pool raft

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"simulated" sex acts?

Why a simulated sex act? I thought only actors did that.

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Apple, Beats and fools with money who trust celeb endorsements

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Re: Ordure of Bull?

I would be interested to read about this, but a search of your name and loudspeaker didn't find anything.

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There's such a stark parallel...

...between hi-fi nuts and anthropomorphic climate-change deniers.

Let the downvotes roll in. ;)

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Re: paper cone piston

Yes, I agree with most of that, apart from bit rates - lossy compression is usually tuned down to the level where the effects are audible.

And as for Bose, well although most of it is doubtless brand engineering, I have to admit I was amazed at the amount of bass you get out of a Soundlink Mini. They really have done something clever there.

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Room acoustics

Now that's really cinderella. Yet people seem to think a loudspeaker will sound the same wherever it's put. The differences are enormous.

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Re: Beats headphones?

You think that multiplex managers have control over the sound level?

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Re: Yup

@Alan Brown: Don't you mean the bit depth rather than the sampling rate? More bits per sample are generated by the multiplications and additions of mixing, which need to be dithered away rather than chopped off; more samples per second are not.

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Re: Pono Player

@ I ain't Spartacus: "Sadly for Neil Young, I can probably get a Moto G or cheap Nokia Lumia for £100 - and put a 128GB SD card in that."

You'll have difficulty putting an SD card in a Moto G.

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Google Maps adds all UK public transport timetables

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Re: "eventuates"

Wow - I was just about to post asking that the author could speak English.

"If that outcome eventuates" indeed! What sort of little bubble of jargon do they live in?

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Reg hack hacked off by iPhone 5 repair notice

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Corporate Doublespeak

Maybe it's just an Atlantic language barrier, but "The iPhone 5 serial number you entered is eligible for this program," rather than an admission that it's faulty, makes it sound as if you've just won the lottery!

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Opportunity selfie: Martian winds have given the spunky ol' rover a spring cleaning

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Re: The trip should take about two years

If it were European it would have had at least a 1 year warranty...

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How long will it be?

About as long as it takes for it to stop raining permanently and for the earth to be covered in fine dust. In which case we'll have more important things to worry about than how much power our solar panels are producing.

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Re: Are ALL THE MATHEMATICIANS DEAD?

As any fule kno, there is no such thing as a 60% efficient solar panel, so the figure cannot be referring to the proportion of solar energy being converted to electrical energy. Instead, perhaps it's referring to the proportion of power being generated compared with what was expected? In which case, it's now even better than what was expected.

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Re: Strong winds

Then presumably the thing will sit there comatose until there are more moderate winds which blow the dust off the panels again. Let's hope the thing shuts itself down before the batteries are discharged beyond repair!

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Bird droppings

Thankfully there aren't any bird droppings on them - a bit of wind, or indeed a bit of rain, wouldn't shift those.

Is there another power/energy fail going on here, el Reg? What does "to more than 615 watt hours" mean? That's a measure of energy: how long does it take to generate 615 watt hours? One Martian day? Article could be clearer, like the panels.

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Kingston DataTraveler MicroDuo: Turn your phone into a 72GB beast

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Re: 500mA power draw

You can only infer that it draws more than 100mA some of the time.

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500mA power draw

It won't draw 500mA - at least not continuously. Something that size dissipating 2.5W would be red hot. Presumably it (probably erroneously) identifies itself as a high power USB device - requiring 500mA as opposed to 100mA low power - which is why you get the warnings.

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Batten down the hatches, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS due in TWO DAYS

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To avoid straining their servers

...and your broadband connection, and your time, try apt-cacher. I have it on the plug computer in my airing cupboard and it helps a great deal if you have multiple machines to update.

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Sticky Tahr-fy pudding: Ubuntu 14.04 slickest Linux desktop ever

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Re: Have they fixed the irritatingly shit window resizing borders?

That was fixed even in 12.04 a long time ago.

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TEN THINGS Google believes you believe about Glassholes and wishes you didn't

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Oh really?

"Cops and the feds can already use a mobile as a tracking device, voice recorder and video camera without the owner being aware of what is going on, even if the handset is apparently switched off."

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Wii got it WRONG: How do you solve a problem like Nintendo?

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Re: the créme de la créme of gaming aristocracy

If the article's author wants to show off by using accents, he should not embarrass himself by using the wrong ones...

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Re: You want to loose weight?

If you're prone to "loosing" weight you'd be advised to wrap yourself in a protective silicone sleeve like a Wii Remote.

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Google's SECRET contracts: Android lock-in REVEALED!

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Replaceable browser

It's possible to replace the Chrome button with something else (I use Firefox) in its prominent position at the bottom of the home screen. Methinks that they don't dare to prevent that because it might just bring back too many memories of what a certain other software company did with browser lock-in.

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Facebook adds 50+ gender options: Stalking your 'Friends' just got more LGBT-friendly

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Re: @ h4rm0ny

I always thought the labels were not much to do with people but more to do with getting another piece of information out of you with which to target you with advertising.

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Stephen Fry rewrites computer history again: This time it's serious

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Erm, no

In context: "Gates insisted that he could licence [sic] his MS-DOS" - i.e. it is a verb, and the verb is to license, whichever side of the pond you are standing.

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ESA rejoices as comet-chasing Rosetta probe wakes from 3-year nap

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"We should be able to upvote/downvote articles"

We could, for a while, rate them on a scale of crap to brilliant (or equivalent). Strangely, that facility has been withdrawn...

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Now we're cookin' on gas: Google crafts sugar-alert contact lens for diabetics

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"an antenna thinner than a human hair."

So what? The average PCB track is about a third of the thickness of a human hair!

Besides which, it looks much wider than a human hair.

Human hairs are really quite thick.

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Hong Kong’s mobile-mad cabbies told to ditch dashboard devices

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arse over tit

"This reporter has travelled in Hong Kong cabs with as many as eight dashboard-mounted mobile phones and they’re no safer than those with none."

Erm yes, and...? Or has the "can't underestimate" sense reversal disease spread further?

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Virgin Media spanked by ad watchdog over 'in your neighbourhood' fibs

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Slightly less misleading paper spam nowadays

They used to disguise it completely so you were tempted to go to the trouble of opening it to see what it was. Nowadays I see they are admitting on the envelope what is inside. Whether they were forced to do that or decided their devious methods were counterproductive I don't know.

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App to manage Android app permissions

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Re: PS

...posted by someone so "insecure" that they have to press the Anonymous Coward button?

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Creepy privacy settings

When I opened a Twitter account (yes, I know!), my partner was instantly informed. How on earth? It was because the official Twitter app wants access to your contacts list, in which was my email address. Seesmic is an alternative which is less intrusive; I'm sure there are others too.

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PS

We are still just about the United Kingdom - there are Scots, Welsh and Northern Irish here too.

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Re: Looks dodgy as fuck

Why have you suddently become AC? Have you changed your permission settings?

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Samsung snafu at CES causes Michael Bay meltdown

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"Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen"

So he's worked for Asus too?

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Cyanogen grabs $23m, will ship mod-installed N1 smartmobe on Xmas Eve

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Indeed

I installed Cyanogen 9 (ICS) along with a software unlock on a Motorola Defy, and the main thing which doesn't work is wifi tethering. The code hasn't been maintained for nearly 18 months. (People were putting Cyanogen 10 on it too, but I got the impression this was too troublesome.)

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Re: Larger Body@AC22:04

Interesting theory but I fear the real reason is much more mundane: fashion. With little to distinguish between phones in the show-off department, manufacturers will tap in to a "mine's bigger than yours" mentality. And once the market's saturated with unfeasibly large phones, they'll start getting smaller again, tapping into a "mine's smaller than yours" mentality.

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DJANGO UNCHAINED: Don't let 'preview' apps put you off Fedora 20

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You might save yet more space

if you call it "space" rather than "real estate".

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Station to station: Ten DAB-Bluetooth combo radios

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Re: Dock prices

Just a note that if you want to convert an existing audio system to Bluetooth you can do it for not much more than £3 with a USB-powered adaptor from China via eBay.

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Lightning strikes USB bosses: Next-gen jacks will be REVERSIBLE

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Re: still crap, try harder

Perhaps you missed the phenomenal number of concentric circles required to accommodate all the connections, which would make it far too big to use in slim devices. And if done like a headphone jack, the short circuits which happen each time it is inserted.

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Re: Why is it..

Funnily enough, Micro USB is more robust than Mini USB, both in terms of lifetime (insertion cycles) and reliability (positive locking).

The BlackBerry Playbook reverse insertion problem is because it uses a Micro USB A-B socket, into which it is easy to plug a Micro USB B plug the wrong way round, especially when used to the impossibility of doing this with a Micro USB B socket. Bad bit of design, that.

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