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Apple MacBook Pro 13in Retina display review

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Re: Maybe, but ... (Laptops for wireless)

No, I was buying laptops before wireless, so that isn't the reason. It's nice (and required now maybe) but I don't use it exclusiefly - even at home. Try copying a few gig across a wireless connection that lots of people are using.

As for the Air not having space for an adapter. No.. Not really. It is the wrong shape for an ethernet port, but it is certainly wide enough for one without the form over funtion design of it.

My Vaio Z has a gigabit port and is the same thickness as the air.

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007 hardware: Gadgetry, spyware and things that make you go Boom

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Re: Invisibility Cloak

And apparently I have no ability to type today :( Is there a gadget for that?

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Invisibility Cloak

I would have agreed with the comments about the invisibility clock until I saw the Bond 50 years Top Gear special a couple of Sundays ago.

They took a transit and covered in TV screens. And whilst it was not perfect, it did sort of work. Looked very strange.

OK in Bond they took it too far with making it paint that siddenly becomes a TV screen, of course - they's what they do, but I would not have thought you could have got close until I saw that. Now it doesn't seem as stupid as it did when I saw it at the cinema... (Stil over the top, but less so)

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Naughty-step Apple buries court-ordered apology with JavaScript

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Re: Has anyone checked country redirect?

Not any more... It used to redirect to the Dutch page from .com though...

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Analyst slams Apple innovation FAIL

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Re: "touch surfaces want to be horizontal."

Track ball and MS Natural Keyboard (where most of the letters have been worn off) mean that anyone who can't touch type on a curved keyboard just lets me keep control of the computer on my desk.

Mind you watching people who do touch type still struggle because all of a sudden they can't see the letters that they never look at anyway is fantastic!

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Re: Simply becuase

I agree that the touchpad sucks, but attach a bluetooth mouse and it's fine - so I don't blame android.

I would have agreed that the idea of a touch laptop was daft until I got the transformer and now both me and my partner keep touching the screen of our laptops forgetting that, nope, doesn't work here!

Not for everything, especially anything where accuracy is important, but a mouse and touch screen is a perfect mix!

Now, where were my screen wipes! (Yup, that is a problem and a pain!)

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Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid car review

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Re: @Stacy pedant alert...

Eek!!!

Pinking is detonation, and it can rip the tops of the pistons and p destroy the valves if you leave an engine doing it for long enough! Modern cars don't generally have this issue as combustion is very tightly controlled by the ECU, but it's something that you need to be careful off when you have to set the car yourself - an old classic for example. I don't worry about it with the V70, but my Spitfire gets tuned regularly to ensure the timing hasn't crept out.

And not, not all combustion is not the same as exploding. When petrol burns it expands quickly and puts pressure on the piton head to push it down, expanding all the time to keep the force on the piston throughout the stroke. When it pinks, explodes, there is an instant force on the top of the piston. This force is initially far greater and hotter causing both too much force on the bearings, piston rings etc and also causing hotspots due to the greater, more localised heat. Once the explosion has ended there is no longer force on the piston head to finish the stroke causing an imbalance in the engine - putting even more atypical stress on the components.

If left untreated (timing change, using a different fuel, getting the compression ration checked etc) then you will do serious damage to the engine.

If they make a V70 plug-in maybe it would be something that I would consider

You're right, electric motors have instant, 100% torque. And yet most modern cars using them suck when comparing them to petrol engines. Same for motorbikes. At present they just can't produce the instant bang of power from the battery packs that petrol engines can do from a petrol tank. Battery technology is just not there yet. It'll get there, and I'll be happy when it does. But it's not there yet - if it was then more cars would be electric (and the ones that are available would have *much* better performance ;p)

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Re: @ Those talking about dual clutch automatics...

Because the gear change is oh so smooth! Speed? Nah, not really - quicker than all other automatics than I have driven, but seeing as they are controlled to look after the engine I would think that a snap change in a manual would be better. Much worse for the drive train, but quicker.

But the manual V70 is not as much fun to drive, scratch that. It's not as pleasant to drive, it probably is more fun...

My dad, who hates automatic gear boxes, even likes the ride in the V70 due to the gearbox (I'm pleased to say, it being a nice place to make a journey was one of the top reasons I brought it).

@Ben Rose

As for clutching at straws for the parts... Personally I think you are doing the same. You're gearbox broke. It was expensive to fix. You had bad luck, but it was fixed under guarantee. My power steering pump broke in my last car - it cost nearly a 1000 including labour to replace (Volvo rates...) Does that mean I should never buy a car with power steering again. I just think that if you have the bad luck for part of that hybrid system to break you are also going to be looking at serious cash to fix. The same as *any* other modern car.

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Re: Ampera

OK- double clutch gearboxes are expensive and I hope mine never breaks.

But how much do you think the CVT transmisson of the Prius (is deos have one, the engine is not connected directly to the wheels) will cost to replace if it dies? Or the batteries? Or the regenerative braking system? Or the logic board that controls it all? Or the large LCD display? Or any other of the systems that your Diesel car didn't have?

Cars cost money when they break - don't think that the Prius is a simple 'mechano' car that has nothing to go wrong on you - I don't think it could be further from the truth!

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pedant alert...

Sorry, but I have to correct something. Engines do not 'explode' hydrocarbons. If you do (in a petrol engine) it has the name pinking, and can cause serious damage to the engine. You burn the fuel.

However, I agree the internal combustion engine is old, inefficient technology. But until I can load up my V70 and set off on a 1600km journey knowing that when the battery is flat it's only a short stop and I'm moving again it won't be something usable.

Plus I want the performance of the petrol car. They may not be efficient but they can provide a lot of power almost instantly. EV's are not there yet... This Prius, despite being smaller, slipper and lighter, is still 4 seconds off of the V70 0-60 pace. Electric motors can be powerful enough, but if I understand correctly the batteries cannot release the power quick enough to propel a real sized car at any decent pace yet.

Hopefully when the V70 is replaced in 5 years the battery / motor technology will be there so I won't need to buy another petrol car. But I am not going to hold my breath!

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Dyson alleges spy stole 'leccy motor secrets for Bosch

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Re: "mine hasn't"

Sorry to hear that... You have got the setting correct haven't you? (Mine runs on Eco 90% of the time, but never less)

My Panasonic (1st) and Bosch are great machines. When it does eventually die (no expecting it to for some time yet - barring stair issues ;p) it'll probably get replaced with the same Bosch machine again - a friend has the new version of it and is just as impressed as I am.

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@ Robert

Cheaper does not mean inferior...

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Re: "mine hasn't"

That is a comment I have had about the Bosch from people I know with Dysons. How much have you spent on bags over those years (maybe 30 euros...) I don't know they cost very little for boxes of 5. Certainly not the 200 euro difference in cost!

And yes.. The suction! With their innovative design it's like having 20% more power! And the ones with bags lose 20% suction! Even if I beleived that (our Bosch keeps going full tilt till it's really, really full or at least it still sucks up everything on the floor...) as the salesman tried to get me to when I got the Bosch instead of the Dyson at more than 3 times the price, it would still mean the Bosch at least suction had 20% more suction than the Dyson as it had a patheric motor in it.

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Re: "mine hasn't"

I hear this at a lot... Are you really surprised that a hideously expensive cleaner lasts 5 to 7 years (with only a few repairs!) and you think that is good?

Since 2000 I have brought two cleaners, less than 160gbp combined. They are both still going strong, one is now 12 years old and was only replaced as I moved into a house with parket floors and I didn't want to scratch them using the one with plastic wheels (so I got a Bosch Parket cleaner)... Neither have had repairs of any sort.

I like the idea of the Dyson, but they cost twice what they should for what they are.

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N00bs vs Windows 8: We lock six people in a room with new OS

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I agree - though I don't get the point of removing the orb from the task bar...

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Samsung ships two smartphones for every one Apple sells

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Or not...

iPhone 4 Black and White

iPhone 4S Black and White

iPhone 5 Black and White, in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB

It's been a while since I went to school, but I count more than 1 phone there.

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Apple unveils iPad mini, upgrades its big brother

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Larger Display?

Or just physically larger? I can't help but noticing in the pictures comparing screens they show the larger screen for the iPad Mini (which in itself seems odd... hey we made a smaller device that's bigger!) show the smaller screen showing more of the website than the larger screen...

Unless the larger screen is supposed to be the smaller android screen...

http://cdn.macrumors.com/article-new/2012/10/NewImage35.png

(Seeing as something like the Amazon Fire HD has more than 1000000 pixels vs the Mini's nearly 800000. How is 200000 pixels smaller 49% bigger?

Where's my question mark icon? I'd rather than that the WTF...

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Why James Bond's Aston Martin Top Trumps the rest

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Re: Performance

Shame isn't it? I was thinking my V70 T5 is not far off of that (both in power and performance - and all that from a load lugger with just a 2.0T engine!).

Oh, but the noise they make is far better than any hot hatch or modern 2.0T engine can produce!

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Windows 8 ads hit US screens: Death Metal, exploding laptops

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Re: Win8 FAIL - touch screen PC's will FAIL

LIke I said, on a desktop I can see it being more difficult and the thought of moving a foot or more to reach the touchscreen would not be good. Dumb terminals, or machines kitchens / workshops not withstanding of course - where a simple touch would be better than a keyboard and mouse. (And this is nothing new, in manufacturing touch screen terminals have been used for years for this reason)

But on a laptop your fingers are by default next to the screen, and that is what for me makes it so easy to switch to touch without thinking about it.

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Re: Win8 FAIL - touch screen PC's will FAIL

I was with you until the last but one paragraph.

As I said until we started using the transformer we would not have expected it - indeed I would have thought it was a pain in the neck.

But... After just a few months it's so useful and intuitive that I'm slightly dissapointed that our laptops don't have it.

As for designing your OS around it... I haven't played with 8 yet so I don't know how I am going to feel. Time will tell.

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Re: Win8 FAIL - touch screen PC's will FAIL

Not as much as you think.

Me and my partner have been using a Tranformer Infinity for a few months now, and whilst it is no laptop replacement we have started to see the intuitiveness of touching the screen when working on a laptop to the point where we are touching the screen of our actual laptops and then going "Doh! Not the Asus!"

Sure for pixel perfect work a mouse is better, but you would be amazed at how useful it is to touch the the screen for the larger actions (task switching, web sites, even selecting the icon from below this list). I guess the reason is that keyboard to screen is easier on a laptop than keyboard to mouse which is on the sofa or table.

I'm not sure how well it would work on a desktop where the screen are further away though.

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Sony Vaio T13 Ultrabook review

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Re: The Register failed to review this Sony notebook properly

The Z or the Ultrabook? The Z does (according to the Device Manager - I haven't used it)

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Re: The Register failed to review this Sony notebook properly

If you need or want to run virtual machines it's a very good point. I have just brought a Vaio Z and according to CPU-Z it is enabled - but I don;'t know if it is reporting if it's enabled, or just if the CPU supports it...

I do remember being annoyed that my TZ21 wouldn't! (as it is not something I need anymore I didn't bother worrying about it this time)

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Re: 1366 x 768???? Vaio Z

There is, but at 1600 euros for a reasonable model (ie i7, 256GB and Full HD) and 400+ for the Power Media Dock I don't think that it is in the same category as this ultrabook.

Plus of course the Z is a real DTR (I can play CS: GO at full HD with most of the options turned up).

The Z is a wonderful machine (personally I think it's the best laptop at the moment) but if you are thinking of spending 700 pounds it's not going to be on your radar.

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From Dr No to Skyfall: The Reg's one month of Bond

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Re: Surely that should be...

Brosnan: Yes, a homage to Roger Moore type character with the one liner (and poor plot!). And just... Who could argure against Pierce?!?

Dalton: I just thought he was one of the closest to the book character - who is, lets face it, a pretty cold killer!

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Re: But what about the books?

See this is why you should read the books as well as watch the film :) (OK - why I should) I never realised his martinis in the film were based on gin!

Hangs head in shame...

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Re: Surely that should be...

Have you tasted the difference :) As a lover of Vodka Martini I can say it's not picky if it's your drink :P

Favorite Bonds...

1) Pierce Brosnan

2) Roger Moore (I grew up with him as Bond...)

3) Tough one. It's a choice between Sean Connery, Daniel Craig or Timothy

4) George Lazenby

Though that doesn't mean I don't like the Australian - the ending to OHMSS makes him a very human bond...

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Surely that should be...

Physics of a Vodka Martini!

Even Dr No knew to make Bonds Martini with vodka rather than the traditional gin. (Because of course Bond is such a secret agent that everyone knows his favorite tipple :p)

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Apple MacBook Air 13in review

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Re: So like the new iPhone

Er no... I beleive that I said I was wrong. You see, not being a fan girl, but a grown woman I can admit to mistakes.

What I said is that I think this years machine is lacking.

I admitted my mistake, are you adult enough to so the same?

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Re: So like the new iPhone

Oops :) I just re-read the review... My bad I thought that the Air was 2009, not 2008. I stand corrected (and in which case, yup I can see that it was pretty impressive for the time).

So yes, it seems to have beaten the TT...

I stand by my comment that the current one isn't that great when comparing with the alternatives though.

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Re: So like the new iPhone

Bull! How many other 11" laptops from the time had HD Ready screens, built in optical drives, full connectivity and real processors instead of Atoms?

There is a reason it was many times more the cost of a NetBook or 15" laptop - because it was a full computer in a tiny, carbon fiber case! Before I killed it by dropping a large peice of metal on the screen (Oops!) I ran VS 2010, TFS Server 2010 and SQL Server 2008 on mine so that I could develop on the move. If you can say which other 11" laptop from the time would do that I'd be impressed!

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Re: So like the new iPhone

Err, extrememly small, light, ultra portable, with a good screen.

They are the factors that seperate the TT and the Air from other machines. At least until Intel introduced it's UltraBook standard.

The point I was trying to make is that contrary to what the review says the Air was not the first laptop to bring this type of machine to market.

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So like the new iPhone

Less features for the same or more money, but it's (supposedly) pretty.

The original Air was a cheap and heavier take on the Sony TT (Released around 2008 or so IIRC). Hardly revolutionary.

If screen real estate is what you need Asus has a much better option in the same bracket. If power and screen real estate are what you need Sony's Z series without the media dock comes in for a similar price these days with full HD not just 1400*900. Much better SSD, memory and processor (a full spec IvyBridge rather than the U version) - and at 2lb is even lighter, whilst keeping the 6+ hours battery life. (And personally I think the Carbon Fiber Sony looks oodles better...). Oh.. And all the connectors you need for day to day without having to buy an adaptor.

Why does this score so high?

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Carbon fiber MacBooks to appear soon?

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Re: Madness

What's fun is that half the people defending it on here are saying read the patent - it's design and so is valid! And the other half are saying read the patent it's not design and so is valid!

Though I have no proof (having never dismantled a carbon fiber laptops) I can't beleive that no one has ever added a spine to a carbon fibre structure to it to increase it's rigidity.

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Re: So...

No, No, No - Asus has already made a Bamboo laptop.

No one has ever made a Carbon Fiber laptop before!

Damn, forgot - typing this on a carbon fiber laptop... Oops - Patent away!

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Apple iPhone 5 review

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Re: @Koyaanisq

Let's see...

I want to quickly and simple pass a file to a friend who also has NFC.

Should you be that way inclined to use your phone as payment at kiosks and things (as is being trialed in certain countries I believe) - I wouldn't BTW, but some people would like the option so why not give it to them?

Or how about doing something really innovative and thinking about how it could be useful...

My Xperia S comes with two NFC tags, which can be set up to make the phone do certain things. Kind of like a macro.

So for example I have a different options that I want on my phone in my house than in my office.

: I have a tag on my monitor and a tag on my coat stand. A quick swipe and dozens of settings can be set to what you want. You don't even need to unlock the phone!

Are any of these 'needs'? Of course not, but then I 'need' a phone that makes calls (actually I don't even *need* that - I managed for 17 years without a phone after all). But they are sure nice to haves!

No doubt (as the article stated) once the iPhone does have NFC the fans will suddenly declare that it is the best thing since sliced bread.

The real killer for the iPhone 5 for me is the amount of fanbois (and I use that deliberately, not to confuse them with sane people who buy Apple products) who shout loudly that no innovation is a good thing! Ouch.

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Re: 'The thinnest, slickest, fastest iPhone yet.'

Yup, the 3G was great - as much as I wanted to hate it when I tried a collegues I brought it.

The only thing in the article that I thought was non biased - the interface when it was released was great. But the others caught up so quickly, after even 18 months it was outdated to the competition.

Since then... Not so much has changed...

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Apple slip-up slows iOS 6 upgrades

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Re: iOS6 update broke on my iPhone 4

@jowlymonster

You missed the punctuation "It *just* works"

Or at least that was my impression after an iPhone and MBP :(

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Re: 20 hours

Good for you :)

Mine look amazing close to the ones posted by Andy ORourke

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Re: 20 hours

It's something I noticed when I got my MacBook Pro - Microsoft Minutes are positively accurate compared to Apple Minutes.

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Dell sets out Win8 tablet, Ultrabook, all-in-one stall

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Re: How is 1355*768

1366x768 even

Oops :)

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How is 1355*768

A highlight?

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Win8 tablets may cost MORE than iPads – AND LAPTOPS

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Re: Sad thing is, I wouldn't bet on it

It also depends on the tablet. If you take the top of the line model that was in the article then it has a full HD screen. Assuming that the screen is pin sharp you should be able use excel with no probolem.

When RDP'ing to my desktop using my infinity O can use Excel just fine.

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Got a BMW? Thicko thieves can EASILY NICK IT with $30 box

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Re: put a lock on the OBD port

Unfortunately they will, but I am not sure what else you can do...

I know for my R6 it's even worse. I have a 'red' key. It doesn't start the bike, but does put it in learning mode for if you need a new key.

Should you lose the red key and then break your black keys you need to replace the ECU to get the bike working again. Gulp!

My red key is in a safe place!

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