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Dr Dre's crew gets Beats-down from Apple: 200 jobs to go – report

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Re: 200 'mostly in' HR?

Once HR departments reach a critical mass they become self sufficient in terms of work generation

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SOULLESS machine-intelligence ROBOT cars to hit Blighty in 2015

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Re: Will these night time trucking lorries

"have special software in them to accommodate the need to pass other lorries in an overtaking manoeuvre that lasts at least ten minutes?"

If (MySpeed - OtherSpeed > 0.00000000000001)

AllowOvertake = True

Else

AllowOvertake = False

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It will be taxis

Lorries quite often carry expensive freight which will need chaperoning and cross legal jurisdictions which adds to the legal complexities.

Milton Keynes introducing driverless public transport pods by 2017

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Philip K Dick 'Nazi alternate reality' story to be made into TV series

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inconvenience?

Torrenting is still more convenient

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Climate: 'An excuse for tax hikes', scientists 'don't know what they're talking about'

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More Education Is Needed

And taxes to pay for the education

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18,000 Apple employees could get bite of profits with class-action lawsuit

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Re: Hey APPLE!

"Wheres you're much vaunted "Do no EVIL" now?!"

That's Google

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don't_be_evil

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Home Office threw £347m in the bin on failed asylum processing IT project

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IBM

Now there's a name I would never associate with a massively over spent IT project

</sarcasm>

I wonder how many Indian IT workers made their way to these shores on the back of that project

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Banning handheld phone use by drivers had NO effect on accident rate - study

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Re: flouting the law

"do basicallu no drop "

Were you driving whilst you typed that post?

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iWatch 'due November'... Y'all know what time it is? Now you do

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Re: Who actually wears a watch anymore?

"going to sleep before 5pm in December (here in the UK) which is not really practical for most?"

I'm sure they tried this in an episode of the Good Life

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Re: Who actually wears a watch anymore?

"Well, until the railway timetables start having entries like "around sunrise" or "around about noon"....."

Welcome to the TransPennine Express

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Google YouTube U-turn: Indie music doomsday 'postponed'

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Re: Heres your freedom, mofo!

Interesting concept.. will the Google Death Drones serve up some relevant ads before they open fire?

P.J. Flowers Funeral Directors

Mike's Discount Flak Jackets

Al's Low Cost Will Writing

Pretty Pollys Perfect Pet Parlour

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Reg reader fires up Pi-powered anti-cat garden sprinkler system

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For about £30

You can buy one of these from Amazon

What would be an interesting use of some sophisticated computer equipment would be if it could track the animal as it made it's escape and know the difference between cats and people.

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F1? No, it's Formula E as electric racing cars hit the track

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Re: Are electric cars really usefull?

"And take a look at its price tag of around £34k for a car the size of an Astra. You've got to be a rich eco-warrior to be able to afford one."

You need to offset the price against the potential fuel savings.

You can get a used one for about £20k

They are a bit bigger than an Astra, more like an Insignia

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Cambridge Assessment exams CHAOS: Computing students' work may be BINNED

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Re: Ironic though...

Its called research

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SPACE: The FINAL FRONTIER. These are the TEN-YEAR images of star probe Cassini

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Re: A hearty well-done to NASA and Cassini.

"maybe a fly-through the rings?"

Which would certainly mean the destruction of the space craft.

After its given so much I'm not sure I would have the heart to do that!

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LG drops G3 quad HD Android mobe with FRIGGIN' LASER camera

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Re: Why 3000mAh?

Standardisation of measurement units through convention.

if you were measuring the dimensions several objects, e.g. furniture you would not want to keep switching between mm, cm and m. It would just be confusing.

Batteries of this ilk are normally measured in mAh, the question is what compelling reason is there to break from convention?

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You want a medal for writing a script? Sure: here it is!

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Re: Nice

Personally I don't need the gratitude.

I enjoy developing stuff like that for its own sake and feel that the world is a better place when the drudgery is automated.

Agree about the reasons for the medal!

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DISPLAY DESTRUCTION D'OH! Teardown cracks Surface Pro 3 screen

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Re: Planned obsolescence @ Annihilator

"The car warranty thing is a bit of a sham though. A 7-year warranty doesn't cover a fair bit (clutch is one significant one that I've seen) and depends on you sticking to a fairly hefty maintenance schedule (at your cost) at authorised dealers only."

As the owner of a car with a 7 year warranty (which is due to expire soon)

Wear and tear is NOT included in the warranty, however servicing can be done at any reputable garage not just authorised dealers.

Having said that the only warranty work I've had to get done is to get the stereo replaced.

The clutch on mine still works fine but then I don't ride the clutch. Clutch plates (like brake pads) by their nature are going to wear out faster if misused and it won't be difficult for the garage to check for excessive wear.

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Labour vows: We'll pause one-dole-to-rule-them-all for drastic fix-up if elected in 2015

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As an IT contractor

I welcome changes in Government with open arms

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Auditors blast Blighty cops over binned multi-million pound IT project

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Blood Suckers

"Memex Technology Ltd (Memex), did not make up for this shortfall in terms of managing the risk to delivery."

Most vampiresconsultancies willfully neglect the risk management. Its how they make their money!

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Apple SOLDERS memory into new 'budget' iMac

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Re: How many people ACTUALLY upgrade ram???

JINX!

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Re: How many people ACTUALLY upgrade ram???

HP DL580 G7

up to 2TB Ram

http://www8.hp.com/uk/en/products/proliant-servers/product-detail.html?oid=4142916#!tab=specs

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Researchers warn of preloaded spyware in Android handsets

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The Only Real Fix

Root and install alternative (hopefully malware free) firmware

Some info at good ole XDA:

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2247537&page=12

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Chap builds rotary dial mobile phone

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Re: You can dial on a tone line...

You can "Tone Dial" by simply playing the tones through the mouth piece. There used to be available devices which would do that for you giving the phone "automatic" dialing capability

You're probably thinking of pulse dialing

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Microsoft 'Catapults' geriatric Moore's Law from CERTAIN DEATH

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Re: A troupe of boffins?

A Toupée of boffins?

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Alienware says it WILL ship a Steam Machine in 2014 – running Windows

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Re: In other news

Only 4 years after Windows :D :D

Hardly a reason to celebrate is it! Lack of games (that I want to actually play) on Linux is the only reason I need to run GRUB and Windows

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DOCX disaster recovery: How I rescued my wife from XM-HELL

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Re: MS Word is not immune to this either

"or stops working with some add-on from a third party reference manager.

MS Word is not perfect."

I think the add-on might be the culprit here

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GAME ON: Top 10 tellies for a World Cup kicking

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Re: WTF is this "article"?

It's aimed at contractors

HTH

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Oh, wow. US Secret Service wants a Twitter sarcasm-spotter

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Re: I'll do it for free

Guaranteed to be correct 99.9999999% of the time

with a 0.0000000001% error rate

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Re: Headline, about a year from now

"US Secret Service seeks double entendre-spotter for Twitter"

Entrants must pass an oral exam

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Former Microsoftie becomes US ambassador, opts to swear in on KINDLE

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I personally hate it when filthy do gooders stop me sweating on the bible.

I'll sweat where I goddamn want to

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The fresh Mint of dwell there: This is a story all about how 17 is here for a while

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If you're googling for solutions then make sure you check out Ubuntu fixes. What works on Ubuntu usually works on Mint too

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Re: Sounds mint

Having upgraded recently I can assure you that you have made a sensible decision (for now at least). There aren't any "must have" features in the new release and if everything is working for you then you might as well stick with it.

FWIW: The only reason I upgraded was that I had broken the blue tooth components and could not get it working again. Serves me right for trying to install and then uninstall some shady software without backing up first.

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Kardashian's bottom plumps down on Instagram throne

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Re: @ Acerimmer Why does

"no danger of seeing 'mine is better than yours' arguments"

Indeed, they actually descend into my not caring is bigger than your not caring!

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Re: Why does

Everyone who posted in here that's who!

After all they cared enough to click the article link, then click comments, then make a comment thus giving El Reg and all who advertise in her lots of reasons to carry on publishing this crap.

If you truly don't care (and I'm sure that most of you who commented on here wanted a good view of ol' Kim's arse) then DON'T FUCKING CLICK on it

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Google's driverless car: It'll just block our roads. It's the WORST

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Re: Highway neutrality

"Want to drive, do a track day."

Scenic routes where manual control is allowed would be preferable to a track.

I don't really fancy power sliding with a vomiting 2 year old in the back

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Middle Laners Anyone?

"So you’re driving along at 60mph and come across a slower platoon of some twenty vehicles moving at 55mph. You overtake them, noticing there’s no gap between each car in the platoon that’s large enough to let you in, and then you come up to the exit ramp you need to take but can’t get onto it because the platoon prevents you passing though it."

Already happens in the UK all the time. just change the speeds to 70mph and 55mph and "platoon" to "Middle Lane Morons"

Anyway if you're idiot enough to start over taking when your exit is coming up then you deserve to drive a few extra miles.

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100% driverless Wonka-wagon toy cars? Oh Google, you're having a laugh

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Re: Weather conditions

" how do they cope with snow, of for that matter bright sunshine reflecting off a wet road?"

How do you cope with it? Have you got some sort of special x-ray vision which these robot cars won't have?

The driver-less cars will cope the same as everyone else... slow down, increase the safety margins and use a different reference point.

As for the bright sunshine reflecting off the road. The cars will probably have a few advances over the human eye when it comes to disadvantageous sun and rain positions.

Given some the shoddy and downright dangerous driving I see on the roads every day, these cars can only be an improvement on the average driver. (and if you think otherwise you're probably a below average driver in denial)

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Valve's Steam streaming service lets you play games on the toilet

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Super

I can run the game on my serious machine, and play it on the much much bigger TV screen using the TV PC as a guest

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Honey, the satnav app says you're to leave at 6am... Yup. I'll have that coffee off you

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Because.....

Newer sat nav and sat nav apps give you live traffic information allowing you to reroute as appropriate.

Although from my experience the information about the delays tends to come when I'm already stuck in the tailback its warning me about.

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Dixons and Carphone Warehouse confirm £3.7bn MEGA-BORG

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At least it saves me some effort

Now instead of ignoring Carphone Warehouse AND Dixons I have only 1 company to avoid.

Now if they can merge with PCWorld, Vodafone and Halfords the consolidation of shit would be complete

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Game of Thrones written on brutal medieval word processor and OS

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Wrong Software?

The problem he seems to have had is that modern word processors are not built or at least not aimed at people who are trying to write a novel.

There are specialist authoring tools out there which are much more suited towards writing a 600+ page epic.

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How to catch a fraudster – using 'top cop' Benford and the power of maths

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Re: Dear Prof.

I can accept that - appropriate thumbs up applied

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Dear Prof.

Can I ask why the addition to the length of the river is a function of the length of the river?

Then we extend the river several times, each extension being a random per cent figure of the length of the river in question.

i.e why are we using

Xn+1 = Xn + f(Xn)

instead of

Xn+1 = Xn + f(R)

Where R is a random length factor added to the river independent to the length of the river

If I added a rock to the path of my river and it extended the river length by 5 meters it shouldn't matter if my river is 5 or 5000KM long

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Scientists warn of FOUR-FOOT sea level rise from GLACIER melt

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Re: Reducing CO2 emissions?

"The biggest 15 supercargo ships put out the same crap as all the world's cars *put together*."

For the record - 15 super container ships do not emit the same CO2 as all the worlds cars put together,

However, due to the low grade fuel they use they do emit the same pollutants (mainly sulpher based compounds) as all the worlds cars.

http://www.gizmag.com/shipping-pollution/11526/

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No no no no no

More CO2 FIXES the problem

hot air makes Antarctica COLDER

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Hey, does your Smart TV have a mic? Enjoy your surveillance, bro

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Headmaster

just add a webcam and voila.... You have a telescreen

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Cost-cutting Barclays bank swings axe on 5,600 IT and ops bods

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"Around 6,400 IT and operations staffers are being chopped by Barclays Group - employees who'd worked across the retail and investment banks."

They'll be replaced by an even greater number of contractors before the year is out

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The ULTIMATE space geek accessory: Apollo 15's joystick up for sale

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Re: Eh?

"Did Scotty dismantle this prior to stage sep before de-orbiting, and then carry an extra, unplanned object of unknown mass back in the CM to Earth?

It CAN'T be the one from the LEM, even if it is an original NASA controller."

And thus the greatest hoax ever carried out was slowly unraveled

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