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1518 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Dubstep ringtone wins Nokia compo

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Devil

Don't hold back

Tell us what you're *really* feeling!

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Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro Qwerty Android smartphone

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Hmmm

What's the keyboard quality like? If the buttons are solid and responsive, I might look at ditching my Nexus One and getting one of these instead.

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Laptop shoots spike into owner's hand

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A least Toshiba are making amends

Let's give them a big hand, ladies and gents.

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iPhone 4S pay-monthly tariffs compared

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And 2 years from now.....

Mephistophiles shuts down Hell due to a lack of souls. Apparently the department that offers deals for mortal souls has been driven out of the market by telcos.

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Google hits the boozer with own brand of beer

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Well...

It's got to be better than that soft drink they pushed out - "Mountain View".

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Post-pub nosh deathmatch: Kapsalon v quesadillas

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One infamous snack

....that springs to mind are deep-fried Mars Bars. An almost mythical delicacy in my neck of the woods but I've never forgotten the taste after all these years. I've no idea what would make a good deathmatch rival though...

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Sony wants Ericsson's half of their mobile biz

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Sony Ericsson

Sony Ericsson used to make big strides in phone development - they introduced one of the first phones with a colour screen (the T68 & T68i), even going as far as to make one of the first MP3 attachments and camera attachment as well.

In the smartphone sector, there was always strong rivalry between UIQ phones such as the P800, P900, etc and the Communicator range but as @Red Bren pointed out, the P990i was starting to lose ground against its better functioning competitors.

I also recall the series of Palm based PDAs that Sony produced many, many years ago. Again, there were some really solid designs (my T37 lasted a very long) and they seemed very determined to bring out new ideas (including the first PDA with an OLED screen - released in Japan only).

If Sony can recapture these glory days and use this acquisition to bring greater diversity to the phone market (rather than just flat touchscreen slab, no buttons, kkthanxbai) then it could really rejunvinate their presence in the phone market. If, on the other hand, they are merely doing this for IP and patents, with a view to ditching Ericssons engineers, then what happened with HP & WebOS will seem like a rousing success story by comparison.

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Gay-bashing cult plans picket of Steve Jobs funeral

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More to the point

If God hates the world and its people (ok, the second one I can kinda sympathise with), He really has no-one to blame but Himself.

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Apple cofounder Steve Jobs is dead at 56

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Unhappy

Woah

When I first heard about this, I thought it was some hoax. Kinda stunned at the moment. So long Stevie and thanks for all the Macs.

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Ten reasons why you shouldn't buy an iPhone 5

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Ahhh, just what I needed.

A nice big bag of popcorn and an article like this.

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Violent videogames reduce crime

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You degenerate monsters!

How can you be so thoughtless? By refusing to ban such filth as Kirby's Dream Land or Nintendogs, you are merely encouraging the next generation of brutal psychopaths! I cannot supervise my child due to regular PTA meetings, my high profile business career and my Daily Mail column, so I often have to leave him with his Xbox and a copy of Tiger Woods Pro Putting Simulator. The thought that he could be playing something as foul and evil as Little Big Planet makes me sick to my stomach.

Won't someone PLEASE think of the children?!

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Amazon's Kindle Fire is sold at a loss

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As I said in another thread

At these prices, it will screw over quite a lot of the competition so although in the short term they may make a small loss, they'll claim a large section of the tablet market from their rivals. After all, the savings they make can be used to buy ebooks and programs from Amazons TotallyNotAnAppStore.

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007's car outdrives iPhone in battle of the brands

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I can see it now.....

<The scene: Two figures are fleeing from the towering HQ of an evil conglomerate. Several machine-gun carrying are chasing them>

"James, they're chasing us! How are we going to get away?"

"Don't worry, my dear. I'll use my iPad to plot an escape route in Maps that will take us to the nearest bus stop."

"WE'LL NEVER MAKE IT!"

"Hang on! I can use my trusty iPad as a bulletproof shie-"

*crack*

*splat*

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RIM defends PlayBook as more execs bail

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What's wrong with the name?

Playbook is a perfectly sensible name for an enterprise business sector that prides itself on a slightly macho image:

"Ok, I need to make some notes on this meeting, I'll get out my iPad 2."

"I'll use my Galaxy Tab."

"......I'll get my Playbook."

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Stars say relativity still works

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Easily measurable

To the kitchen scales!

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Reebok used 'very fit woman' in buttock-related deception

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Yep

It's come around to bite them in their muscley well-toned ass.

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Amazon intros $199 movie Kindle

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Never mind the proxy

Those price points are *really* going to fuck over the Android tablet market.

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Apple loses bid to trademark 'multi-touch'

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Trademarking "normal sex"

The potential profit in this idea is astronomical.

"Engage in BDSM or be sued."

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iPad maker Foxconn catches fire, claims no casualties

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Trollface

In other news

Apple reports absolutely no overheating problems with new iPhone 5 battery, nuh-uh.

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Amazon to kindle Fire tablet tomorrow

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And even now

Reg hacks are patiently waiting for the first malfunctioning Kindle 2 battery, just for the headlines.

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NASA to trial laser-powered space broadband

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IT Angle

Finally

This should shut up people that a) whine about the lack of scientific benefits from space exploration and b) whine about the lack of an IT angle in said articles.

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Drinking alcohol wards off asthma

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Funny

Mankind spent ages searching for the Elixir of Life, only to find it was in the pub all along.

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MPs label police IT 'not fit for purpose'

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Quite right

What we need to do is develop a national IT program for the police force to sit proudly alongside our NHS one.

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Oz Territory terrorized by MUTANT CANE TOADS!

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I for one....

....welcome our cane toad devouring overlords and whatever we introduce to then get rid of them.

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US Matrix-style Cyberwar firing range moves forward

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Oo

Did that description actually make sense to anyone?

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MS denies secure boot will exclude Linux

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"No, no, we're not saying that at all."

"But we're certainly thinking it loudly."

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Samsung-Apple patent lawsuit tally hits 21, and counting

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Well duh

It was clearly Apple that invented them.

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Ministers kill off failed £12.7bn NHS IT revamp

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....beep....beep.....

Beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep.

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Attention metal thieves: Buy BT, get 75 MILLION miles of copper

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How does the defence plead...

"to the petty theft of Britains entire telephone network?"

"Not guilty, yer honnor, the vulture made me do it."

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Lancs shale to yield '15 years' of gas for UK

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Meh

Ambivalent about this

I can't say I'm completely in favour of fossil fuels, what with potential greenhouse/climate stuff and it's limited duration. An *efficient* and *effective* renewable source would be my preferred choice, along with the elimination of world hunger, death sentence for all politicians and an Android phone that has regular updates.

That said, gas is one of the less damaging fossil fuels, there's a heck of a lot of it just waiting to be used and the spare change sure as heck could come in handy at the moment.

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EMC exec flames El Reg

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Flame

This is a flame?!

Where's the bad spelling? Where's the prolific use of impolite adjectives? Where are the foul insinuations about the author's parentage and behaviour of his mother.

0/10 fuking terible, must try harder, noob.

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Assange™ pens world's first unauthorised autobiography

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An error in the article

I noticed on 9 separate occasions that a trademark wasn't correctly identified as such.

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Mars trips could blind astronauts

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Meh.

So it looks like whatever ship is built for the task needs some way to generate even a minimal amount of gravity-like force.

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Mathematicians slam UK.gov plans to fund statistics only

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Probability analysis

....suggests a highly likely outcome that you are correct.

Meanwhile the geometrists are telling the government to get bent, the fluid dynamanic analysists are watching their funding dry up and the astronomers are beseeching the heavens for answers.

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HP axes up to 525 webOS hardware staff

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Riiiight.

Someone needs to tell HP that "cutting edge" tech doesn't actually involve an axe.

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Online gamers strike major blow in battle against AIDS

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Almost

This is a perfect example of why gamers are awesome.

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Baltimore 'toilet bomber' acquitted

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As opposed to people nearby who were crapping themselves.

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Games review site goes titsup at launch

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Mind you.....

"We do, however, expect a rash of stories with headlines like “Teen dies after 48-hour non-stop gaming session” some time soon."

I'd probably die after a 48-hour *cough*gaming session*cough* as well, not to mention the wrist cramps.....

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Chinese bloke gets eel lodged up todger

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"Pics or it didn't happen"

I bet Lester does have piccies but he's just trying to wriggle out of it.

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Samsung preps anti-iPhone 5 lawsuit before it's even out

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I've just had a brilliant idea!

Why don't all the electronics giant patent absolutely everything, then we we can halt the progress of human development completely. In a few decades, civilisation will be reduced to a crumbling wasteland, populated by a strange, rodent-like scavenger that kills things by spraying them with sheets of paper secreted from a bodily orifice.

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Verity's secret shame revealed

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Oh, oh God....

It's all making sense now. Put me down for a pre-order of the HP Glados xd666c, with a side order of the Wheatley OS/2 Warp module.

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3D printing for artificial blood vessels

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Cue moral outrage in T minus 5

It's a good advancement but my concern would be the residual plastic left in the blood stream after an artifical cell breaks down. Until the process can use fully organic and swiftly biodegradable plastics, I wouldn't feel happy about it being used in a transfusion.

However, if we're going to start speculating, this plastic blood could be used in things like replacement limbs, if you had some sort of membrane that could transfer oxygen from blood cells in the central body to the limb.

Another use could be the development of organic computers as a potential power source of some description, although the complexities of it would be way beyond my understanding.

"Science - it WORKS, bitches!" - XKCD

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Nigerians panic over killer calls

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Mental note

*create an email address ID09141@yahoo.co.uk and watch Ring for tips*

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Blue Screen of Death gets makeover for Windows 8

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Meh

I prefer the intimidatory feeling of the old BSOD. If I were making the changes, I'd make sure even more technical stuff filled the screen, possibly with an alarm sounding as well and a descending countdown timer.

But then, I really hate playing tech support for colleagues.

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Feds probe naked Scarlett Johansson outrage

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So just to clarify

Did they probe Scartlett Johansson as well?

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Newsnight presenter pwned by snarky hack

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I'm guessing

....that this is why the El Reg hacks don't have bio pages, because it would just turn into an endless war to see who could write the most inflammatory and snarky page.

Would make for great entertainment though.....

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Star Wars: The Complete Saga Blu-ray disc set

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Yeah, I heard about this from another forum. It's fucking disgraceful that one of the most iconic characters of film history hasn't been rewarded for his efforts.

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Is this a good review?

Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.

Unofrtunately, while the reviewer is not a Star Wars obsessive, a lot of the people that are going to be interested in the boxset *are* and what the review misses is that a lot of key scenes have been altered.

The one that has turned into an internet meme is the fact that now Vader pointlessly shouts "Nooooooooooooooooooooooooo" before tossing Emperor Palaptine down the well, the unnecessary scene in A New Hope featuring an appalling CGI Jabba confronting Han in Mos Eisley, the removal of the "yub-nub" song from Return of the Jedi, placing Hayden Christainsen in the line up at the end of Return of the Jedi, the whole "Han shot first" thing.....the list goes on.

"I have altered the Original Trilogy. Pray I don't alter it any further." - George Lucas.

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Now Windows 8 goes into the ring to face Apple's iOS

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Hmmm

I wouldn't describe HP's foray into the ring as being the equivalent of "cannon fodder".

A more suitable metaphor might be a kamikazi pilot. The flight starts out normally enough, before taking a sharp nosedive with a gibbering madman at the helm before exploding in a spectacular fireball. The damage is fairly minimal and short lived, leaving you with bits of wreckage scattered all over the flight deck.

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Nintendo 3DS gets more stick

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Inclined to agree

It does look extremely ugly but it might improve the ergonomics of the d-pad. I find it uncomfortable to use it for too long on my 3DS but fortunately the left stick is still accurate enough for platforming shennanigans like Castlevania.

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