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Dyson alleges spy stole 'leccy motor secrets for Bosch

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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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WTF?

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

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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Re: put a lock on the OBD port

I don't know about BMW's - but my V70 has a key hidden in the keyfob that is used for nothing except unlocking the car when the battery is dead and locking the glove box when it's serviced (if you want to do that).

Why not simply use that to secure the ODB port. No special tools are required as per EU instructions.

There again, how long would it take them to force the lock and just gain access anyway? Would making key setting a main dealer only item then make fall foul of the EU law?

Could you have a two tier system:

- program key from key = non main dealer

- program kays from nothing = main dealer

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Nintendo Wii U launch and pricing disclosed

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Is not the price, or the controller for me

It's the games.

We have a PC and an XBox for the block type buster titles.

We had a Wii for the more family centric titles - then they died off and the Wii usage died off with it.

If they bring more family orientated games out then I'll buy them, otherewise I'll stick with the Xbox and PC

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Asus Transformer Pad Infinity 64GB Android tablet review

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Re: Pricey! - Right Click Test

Sure - I just did :) Typing this using Jump to talk to my development machine now. Right click on the track pad works the same as it does on my mouse.

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Re: Pricey!

Thankyou! I have a couple installed, and they work fine for what I needed, but were not perfect - plugging a mouse into the Infinity I now have a 1920*1122 RDP machine that has pin sharp letters and works like a regular RDP machine - making it even better than I thought it was before. That good I may even put my credit card into the play store to buy the full version (something I thought I would never do!)

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Re: Dock

To use yoru words... Not even slightly true :)

At least not in Holland. My infinity came in a box resting on the rubber pads of the keyboard dock. (Which is the TF201 as you have said)

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Really nice machine

I've been using one of these as a note taker for the last week - it's a fantastic peice of kit!

RDP to a windows machine and having a better resolution that the desktop it is connecting too, whilst still being readable, is really usefull!

Movies look just absolutely stunning

Working on documents and presentations, comfortably, whilst out and about is great (actually the reason I brought it).

And it fits in my handbag without being too heavy (which is just one reason why I would not a crappy notebook for the same price)

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Microsoft reveals Windows RT OEMs

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Re: Looks like the TF Infinity

What I was expecting... No really biggie, but it would have been nice to try :)

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Re: Looks like the TF Infinity

It does, and it is... But can I install RT on my current infinity???

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Ice Cream Sandwich still a no-show for most Android users

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Re: Oh I do miss Apple at times...

Not True...

On the box for the Xperia S was the sticker for 'Upgradabe to ICS!' It was promised, and came (and did a great job of improving the phone too) - it just took too long.

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Job ad seeks 'mediocre' developers

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@They promote slacking off

Where? I read the posting and nowhere does it say that.

It just sounds like they want honest programmers to me. Some of the best programmers I have met, and employed have not been people who class themselves as shit hot. Some of the worst have.

And I would not take a developer who wanted the job just because of the salary - in my experience they are without fail the last people you should want to employ! Sure it's a factor, but I'd take a lower paid (but still suiting my lifestyle), better atmosphere job over a higher paid crap environment job anytime.

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Samsung: 'Apple's proto-iPhone Jony is a Sony phone phoney'

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Re: Pretty solid case

What does this say about best buys customers? They went into a shop and picked up a box that said 'Samsung Galaxy Tab' on it and with a picture of a tablet with 'Samsung' written on it that is even readable on poor quality low res youtube videos; let alone in real life! They then returned it saying they thought it said 'Apple iPad'...

Are their customers really that poorly educated that they can't read?

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Apple Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion review

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I was wondering whether to get it

Until I saw that some features are artificially disabled for anything other than the expensive new models. (I mean really, why do you need an SSD for powernap?)

Hmm... I know people love these machines but I just can't see why - after not quite a year of ownership I have come to loathe the damn thing...

This kind of thing just add's to the list of reasons why... Shame really becuase it does look and feel much better than my day to day Vaio that I use constantly...

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Spy Hunter

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But no mention of the...

Ability of your car to transform into a boat, and then blow up as you miss the ramp to get out of the water and back onto the road :)

How much time did I waste on my C64 in the 80's :)

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Build a bonkers hi-fi

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Re: This whole episode proves:

Some do, I don't know about all. A couple of years ago brought a pair of CM9 speakers for home. The seller showed me lots of speakers and then said if I had more money to throw at a system... Don't. The difference between the 1800 CM9's and the 7000 800 series is negligable at best.

Then again I have been using the same shop now for many years as they have always been briliant in both pre and after sales. My first half decent stereo came from there and they also recomended a set cheaper than my budget as the difference between the two was the amount of lights on the amp :)

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Even Apples sometimes have worms in them, admits Cupertino

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@Hans 1

No... OSx can't get infected. I am running Windows 7 on my MacBook Pro perfectly fine, and in accordence with licensing (hell, Apple even provide most of the drivers!) so the Mac can get infected quite easily!

So that would be 300,007 for the Mac then... Wow, 7 more than my Vaio!

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Canon PowerShot G1 X compact camera

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Re: "Once the novelty of an interchangeable lens compact has worn off"

I think that either you missed the poin that the author was trying to make, or I missed your point :)

I have a 5D, and three Sigma EXDG lenses for various uses, as my main camera and I am really very happy with it.

But... I go on special trips with it, or I set it up for photo shoots at home. It is not something that I can carry arround with me constantly.

Compact cameras on the other hand can be carried around with me, but the quality of the sensors is terrible. Good for web use or snaps but when you get up to poster sized prints you start to see too many artifacts (for me anyway - these things are subjective). And of course you have no control over the shot - it's point and click, exactly what it was designed for - and what my other half likes about their camera.

The new range of CSC provide a nice inbetween step. Small enough to be caried, versatile enough to make some nice shots. Well some of them at least (the Sony NEX range with their larger sensors look interesting, as does the Panasonic range. The Nikon on the other hand produces the same artifacts as the standard compact camera from the shots I have seen as it also uses an extremely small sensor).

But... Do you need the hassle of interchangable lenses on the CSC ranges in order to get the control or quality? If I can get a handbag sized camera with a good lens, sensor and manual controls do I care that I only have the one that it came with? 120mm seems a little short for some of the shots I like to take, but I wonder if I couldlive with it...

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