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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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"500 - 850mAH"

Oh dear AC - you seem to have caught Quirky Spotter Disease.

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Best budget Android smartphone there is? Must be the Moto G

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Re: Micros SD is against google policy

And the "official" explanation is very unconvincing. I thought the same about FAT licensing, but if it doesn't support FAT it won't have to pay the fee.

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Re: Charger

"negotiating with the charger" in this case is a fancy way of saying it employs Ohm's law.

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Sensors and sensibility: Quirky’s Spotter multi-purpose monitor module

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Power requirements: 3.3 volts 0.6 ampere-hours?

WTF?

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HP’s ENORMO-SLAB: The Slate 21 MONSTER tablet

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Re: Google knows what it is doing

No, Chrome is not "basically Linux" - there's an awful lot more to an operating system than a kernel. But even if you want to dismiss the rest of the OS, the kernel itself is not free to Google because it has spent money contributing to it - akin to the Microsoft R&D of which you speak. It's not a charity, so how do you think it recoups its investment? Either by advertising or by selling cloud services.

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Re: 10/100Mbps Ethernet socket,

Good thing they don't care about your peculiar requirements then.

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Google knows what it is doing

Google won't release a Chromebook with a 500GB drive - the Google business model is built on targeting advertising at you by mining your data, so it ensures it gets its grubby mitts on it by preventing you storing it locally. Proprietary OSs don't come cheap you know.

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BBC's 3D blunder BLASTED OUR BRAINS – Doctor Who fans

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Judging by the number of people on this thread who have talked about the "license fee" I think you're flogging a dead horse.

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Re: Fixed

Good. I await the update, and the withdrawal of such a head-scratchingly bizarre attempt at Beeb-bashing. Surely there are far easier targets to pick on? Or was it just calculated that nothing attracts the eyeballs like combining both sides of this site's schizophrenic attitude towards the BBC - everything about it is awful, but, erm, Dr Who is great - into one article?

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US House and Senate push patent troll bills

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Re: Pig, lipstick, head, sand, bury.

@jonathanb: you perfectly describe Microsoft's behaviour re Linux - I notice it isn't one of the companies reported to be supporting this bill.

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Dell orbits Linux a third time with revamped Sputnik notebooks

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Re: Excuse Me Dell

Unfortunately, while it will be sans the heavily discounted price of OEM Windows it won't benefit from the crapware subsidy, so it might cost more without it...

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Re: How could they find an SD-card reader....

No it won't. My Samsung Series 7 has a USB card reader ("Bus 003 Device 002: ID 0bda:0129 Realtek Semiconductor Corp. RTS5129 Card Reader Controller") which has not worked in Ubuntu until Saucy (13.10). USB just adds another layer of abstraction to the problems.

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Oh My GOD! Have the TORIES ERASED THE INTERNET?*

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"he had to leave some years ago, but we remember him well."

"Had to leave"?

"We remember him well"?

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Google preps Chrome password-blab bug fix

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You can set a master password in Firefox which is then demanded if you want to look at the stored passwords (at least in the preferences GUI) and (possibly) before it will give certificates out.

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Is it TRUE what they say about the 'Moto G'? We FIND OUT on the 13th

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I'm not so sure

The photo shows a silhouette of a micro SD card with the caption "STORAGE 8GB". The article interprets this as "8GB of SD card storage," which is ambiguous but implies an SD card slot. I don't: I interpret it as 8GB of internal non-volatile storage, as the internal storage figure is not given elsewhere and an 8GB SD card doesn't cost a fiver nowadays so isn't really a selling point. Use of the silhouette to represent non-volatile storage is an ironic reminder of the good old days before Google declareth that SD cards were evil.

The Motorola Razr I has an SD card slot. Google hasn't had time to sew it shut.

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Tim Cook stands firmly behind pro-LGBT, anti-discrimination law

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Remember this is the Untied States of America.

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Re: is it 'cause I is black

Seeing as Prez Obama is described as "black", is anyone actually "white"?

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Re: Nice to see America catching up to the rest of the civilised world.

Indeed - created equal, but then recruited by those filthy homothexuals whereupon they chose to be "sinners".

And like Queen Victoria, that says nothing about lesbians.

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