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Google's self-driving car breakthrough: Stop sign no longer a problem

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Re: Congestion

Did you read the article or have you just woken up from a 5 year coma?

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Why two-player games > online gaming: See your pal's shock as you bag a last-second victory

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Re: My fondest gaming experiences have been two+ player:

Add to this list

Super Bomberman (SNES)

and the game pad wrecking International Track and Field (PSX)

Brings back fond memories of student life in the late 90's

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Startup CEO Chahal fired for domestic violence incident

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Re: lovely

Not to sound bigoted here

Bigot alert!

Do you also find yourself starting sentences with "I'm not racist but..."

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Teen student texter busts 20-second tongue-twisty SMS barrier

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Re: Who the hell cares? What's the point? Is there any worth to this?

Allow me:

Who the hell cares?

You, clearly, hence your post

What's the point?

Of what?

The world record? Simple one-upmanship which has been going on since the dawn of time

The Article? Entertainment and ad revenue

Your post? There is none apart from stoking your own ego

Is there any worth to this?

Again - you need to be more specific

The world record? In itself no but it does confirm that input methods into mobile computing devices is getting better

The Article? It will contribute to someones income

Your post? No

As someone who has worked with computers for a number of years I know the value of being clear and specific in my writing.

Maybe you should try the same

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Apple, Google, Intel, Adobe, settle employee-fiddling class action suit

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FAIL

Not that great a win

The class action included some 64,000 engineers

The "win" was for $300,000,000

Average payout will be under $5,000

Companies escape after only losing a bit of pocket change

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Dell charges £5 to switch on power-saving for new PCs (it takes 5 clicks)

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Re: @DrXym

"But your warranty will be invalidated and the SOGA won't help you."

Dell don't (or at least didn't) invalidate your warranty for opening your own equipment and swapping components.

Of course if its the new component that causes the problem then you're on your own.

They even supply manuals on how to take your stuff apart. Here's the OWNERS manual for mine direct from Dell, notice the emphasis on owner not engineer.

ftp://ftp.dell.com/Manuals/all-products/esuprt_laptop /esuprt_xps_laptop/xps-15-l521x_Owner%27s%20Manual_en-us.pdf

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Some of it is quite good - like my Dell XPS 15 - L421x... or my old Precision M65 laptop which after 6 years of on the road contractor misuse has been re-purposed as a media center for the living room TV

Most of Dells image problem stem from clients purchasing the cheapest kit possible even if it isn't fit for purpose.

Written from a very very crappy Lenovo "ThinkCentre" that barely manages to run Visual Studio and Excel at the same time.

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95 floors in 43 SECONDS: Hitachi's new ultra-high-speed lift

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Top Floors

"presumably for use by the rich execs who work at the top of it"

More likely the top floors will be a bar or a restaurant (or both!) with a express high speed elevators.

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Battery-production problems delay anorexic 5.5-inch 'iPhone Air'

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Re: So let's see if I understand this...

Its called click-baiting

and you clicked

you 'bater

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Systems meltdown plunges US immigration courts into pen-and-paper stone age

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The biggest danger here is that this forced return to pre-computer methods might make people realise that they can do without massively expensive and complex computer systems.

Butlerian Jihad anyone?

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Ubuntu 14.04 LTS: Great changes, but sssh don't mention the...

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Re: @AC, whatever. (was: whatever.) @h4rm0ny

"I though that Mint might be a possibility, but it feels too parasitic to be regarded as a distribution in it's own right. This is true of all of the Ubuntu derived distributions."

Correct me if I'm wrong (not uncommon) but if Ubuntu is itself based on Debian then surely Ubuntu is a parasite too.

If you don't like Mint because its based on Ubuntu then try LMDE - derived straight from Debian

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Leaked pics show EMBIGGENED iPhone 6 screen

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Joke

Re: Strange picture

Simple explanation: Apple have made the screen bigger than the phone

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As a Sanmsung S3 and then Note 2 user

iPhones do feel absurdly small.

The larger screen is very nice for web browsing and emailing during the day

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

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Re: @asdf The desktop deadend.

I was shot down for this the other day, here is the method for upgrading:

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2014/04/09/windows_8_1_update_review/#c_2160410

Not actually used it myself. I'm on Mint 16 ATM having started on 15 and then reinstalling from scratch (had a new laptop anyway). 17 will be my first upgrade

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Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray

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Finally

Audio quality to match my speaker cables:

AudioQuest Terminated Speaker Cable

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Windows 8.1 Update: Throws desktop drones a bone but still as TOUCHY as ever

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Re: @janimal Windows 8 was built for one reason only

"I personally use mint on my laptop, the only thing that annoys me about that though is the upgrade process (at least the last time I updated)."

I have Mint too and although I love it I can see the lack of a clear upgrade method being a major issue for a lot of people who decide to ditch windows for Linux.

In my (very humble) opinion, every linux distro I've seen still lacks the completeness of product you get with Windows or OSX and they just aren't yet ready for the very casual user who wants something that works. Even I, a reasonably competent IT pro, managed to completely break my first Mint installation and had to reinstall from scratch.

FWIW here's the upgrade path from windows 1 upwards

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPnehDhGa14

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Dell Wyse Cloud Connect: Pocket Android desktop

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You're somewhat missing the point

The use case for this is a possible replacement for the CORPORATE desktop PC for people who computing needs are relatively low.

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IBM was wrong to force UK workers off final salary pensions – judge

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Read between the lines

IBM's "Project Waltz" was implemented in 2009 to help the company meet its 2010 target for earnings per share (EPS) and cut costs.

and

"IBM <snip> remains committed to providing its employees and retirees compensation that is competitive and in line with market conditions."

Should read as

IBM remains committed to paying its employees and retirees as little as we can get away with so we can pay our shareholders more.

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Chrome makes new password grab in version 34

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Chrome warned me about running as a background service and asked me permission to do so.

You can turn it off in the advanced settings, it's not difficult to find for someone technically competent

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Windows XP still has 27 per cent market share on its deathbed

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Re: Underlying meanng of the data ...

"So what exactly was your point ?"

Only 10 down votes ... people are starting to warm to jake's opinions.

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Why ever leave home? Amazon wants to turn your kitchen into a shop

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Re: What foods have a barcode?

No offense taken! Although I think you achieved new levels in meta-sarcasm.

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Re: Computer says no

"And what happens when the deliveries stop, when you click the button and nothing happens"

Happened already (about 100 years ago) when the middle classes stopped relying on domestic staff to do everything!

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Re: What foods have a barcode?

We get the majority of our family groceries (eggs, meat, cheese, veg, bakery products) from the local market... nothing, has a barcode on it.

I live in the UK

FWIW our local market is typically cheaper and better quality than the supermarkets.

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I QUIT: Mozilla's anti-gay-marriage Brendan Eich leaps out of door

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Re: Is calling a bigot a bigot, being a bigot?

Luckily Mozilla is a NPO

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Re: I have lost a little respect for the LGBT community

"Sure, he's allowed to donate to a cause which seeks to hound people out of their right to marry. And likewise his opponents are allowed to hound him out of a job.

That's democracy."

Brendan Eich donates to a political cause which goes to public vote to become enshrined in law - That is democracy

The law was repealed as it was deemed to be unconstitutional and discriminated against minorities - That is due legal process

Extremist Pro-gay activists deciding that one person needs to suffer and be forced to give up their job. - That is a witch hunt.

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Re: I have lost a little respect for the LGBT community

"deny others the right and respect to live and love and build families and hold jobs themselves."

Proposition 8 - which he contributed to financially - tried to set in law that marriage was between a man and a woman.

It did not set out to destroy anyone's ability to build a family or have a job.

These sort of over exaggerations do nothing but hurt attempts for true equal rights

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LaCie adds fire to Fuel: Revs Wi-Fi external storage gadget to 2TB

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Re: Brave or Foolish?

"SO Reg readers don't want to see new tech?"

Correct

One just has to witness the wailing and gnashing of teeth on here from the bearded sandal wearers any time anything new is introduced

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Three's money man reveals UK mobe firms' DARK PRICING dealings

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Re: A lot of common sense there

"So what actually is your concern?"

I just posted a comment with links which will probably take a few hours to be moderated.

There was some recent news about Three scrapping unlimited tethering. As its a feature which I too make a lot of use of I'm justifiably concerned about it being limited or scrapped.

Edit: This comment is also being moderated! Why?

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A lot of common sense there

As a Three customer my only current concern is tethering using the all you can eat data plan.

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AMD: Why we had to evacuate 276TB from Oracle DB to Hadoop

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Re: @intrigid

"276 TB is small in the database world."

I'd wager that more than 99.9% of databases in existence are smaller than 276 TB

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EE...K: Why can't I uninstall carrier's sticky 'Free Games' app?

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Ahem

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/containing/2143005

Did you read the comments?

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Custom ROM

This is extactly why I rooted and flashed my S3 only a few months after I got it.

Result = no more Samsung crap software which I neither need nor want clogging up my phone.

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Keep your quinoa, hipsters: Boffins back healthy slabs of choc

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Re: Almost daily ...

"Imagine the irony if you were to get run over by a bus tomorrow."

And the double irony of the paramedics turning up wearing Google Glass

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Previously stable Greenland glaciers now rushing to the sea

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Generally tech people I know are empirical, logical thinkers and will investigate things and make their own mind

I can only presume that you don't frequent these comment boards

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Web inventor Berners-Lee: I so did NOT see this cat vid thing coming

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Re: @ lesession (was: Whatever.)

" is there anyone well known you think did do anything good, or useful, or maybe just a wee bit better than you, in the history of this stuff?!

Al Gore! It was him and Jake what invented the internets

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Dying for an Ubuntu Linux phone? Here's how much it'll cost you

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Re: @ Michael Habel

"Does Linux come with spelling and grammar checking options?"

Some do but not for his distro

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The browser's resized future in a fragmented www world

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Re: browser restrictions

MS had a browser monopoly

Emphasis on HAD. Their share is down to 10% now

They've lost out to Chrome

Personally IE is my favourite browser... for downloading chrome

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My work-from-home setup's better than the office. It's GLORIOUS

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Re: Company Car vs Company PC

A few years ago, the IT team at the company I was at announced that they were removing admin rights from our laptops. The email chain went something like:

IT: "Can you please schedule a convenient time for us to access your laptop, we need to fix the access to remove admin rights to non IT staff"

Me: "Before you do that, I need a copy of your call out rota"

IT: "We don't do out of hours call out"

Me: "We do, I'll just call your mobile at 3am when my laptop needs support and I have an urgent production issue to fix"

IT: "Forget it"

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Satisfy my scroll: El Reg gets claws on Windows 8.1 spring update

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"Like most people my PC is at a desk"

Define most people!

Most people outside of the techie circles are ditching their PCs in favour of tablets and laptops. Just look at the sales stats. The desktop is dying

The only significant people left buying PCs are enthusiast gamers and techies who market wise are in the minority and should know how to fix an OS to suit their means anyway.

FWIW I can count the people I know with a desktop PC on one thumb and personally,as a travelling contractor I've relied on laptops for the past decade

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Distro diaspora: Four flavours of Ubuntu unpacked

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Re: Too much choice for the average desktop user

Too much choice:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/9a/Gldt1009.svg

It's a shame, linux has the capability to be an amazing OS but the fragmentation comes with 2 major problems:

1. It puts off new users in a big way

2. Duplicated efforts. Instead of everyone trying to make a small number of distros better they decide to break off and do their own thing.

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Dell charges £16 TO INSTALL FIREFOX on PCs – Mozilla is miffed

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Re: RE: service charge

You seriously need better clients if installing firefox (or anything else) for 10 minutes is going to piss them off

8 years of contracting - 6 of which at top rate (based on itjobswatch.co.uk) and 12 clients and I have never ever had a client complain about their time/money being wasted.

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Google gives Maps a lick of paint, smears it over screens worldwide

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Re: Road Colours Still Wrong

"True, but you could make the same argument about traffic lights too. By custom and practice we've come to expect that red means stop and green means go."

Look up the Vienna Convention which sets international conventions for road signs and traffic lights

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Tech Data execs: Nooooo... It's the INCREDIBLE SHRINKING payslip

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$4.31M to $4.2M

My heart bleeds

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Is modern life possible without a smartphone?

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Re: 236kbit=2g?

How do you know if they are working?

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Apple stores? Samsung says two can play at that game

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They will probably be more reminiscent of Sony Centers which IIRC pre-date the Apple Stores

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Apple: That 'white screen of death' nightmare? We'll fix it... AT SOME POINT

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It Just Works ™

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9,000 heads to roll at Dell? Tosh. It'll all go down in Feb and it's THOUSANDS more - insiders

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Being a Satisfied Customer of Dell

Is the loneliest feeling in the world

Maybe I'm a distant relative of Michael Dell

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Still buying CDs?

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Bin them

External drives are cheap and so much quicker to back up to that you'd be wasting your time backing up to DVD or CD.

There is a reason they are being phased out of laptops - slow and low capacity!

I've also had problems with the reliability of data DVD's, although it was 10 years ago when I stopped using them for backups.

Just remember to have an "off site" solution of some type if not for everything then at least for critical/valuable data

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