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Buying memory in an iPhone 6: Like wiping your bottom with dollar bills

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@Richard 12

> Yes it is. Mostly because it's the same chip with the same interface.

Neither the same chip nor the same interface actually. And that's part of the reason why it's not (even remotely) as fast. But again, it doesn't really matter for the expected uses of a smartphone, except perhaps way-too-high-pixel-count video shooting.

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Re: "A little eBay shopping and you can find 128GB Micro SD cards for under a tenner"

"Is an SD card as quick as built-in memory? I assume it is, if you get a decent card?"

Not even remotely close, but a decent speed class card is usually fast enough that you won't notice the difference on a phone, unless perhaps if shooting insanely high-square-pixel video directly to card.

AFAIK as a rule of thumb the speed for such devices is internal flash>CF card~USB drive*>>SD card

The internal memory of the iPhone is compact flash, and with a high-speed interface I would expect, so it's expected to be massively faster than a SD card. By a factor 10 at the very least I would guess. Again, for most uses it probably won't be noticeable very often especially on a phone. For example my Pi can stream 720p video seamlessly from a relatively low-speed (class4) SD card.

*both USB devices and CF cards speeds vary enormously depending on the interface, the storage hardware and the iteration, so they leapfrog each other on a regular basis; they are not usually direct competitors though, so the comparison is not really relevant)

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Your chance to WIN the WORLD'S ONLY HANDHELD ZX SPECTRUM

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Re: Can we be told ......

I assume you want these data to calculate your chances of getting your mitts on the sweet, sweet bo[ou]nty

A good rule of thumb for this kind of questions is "not a fucking chance in hell".

Didn't prevent me from entering the draw though.

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Re: In order to stand a chance at winning

Admittedly it would be funnier if there was a bonus for the most entertaining combination in answers. With a short text explaining the choices of course, perhaps Fry-Style.

Still entered the expected answers (I think) because, well, DO WANT!

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Getting to the BOTTOM of the great office seating debate

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Buy a proper camera FFS

Were these snaps taken through a 18th century handcrafted wine decanter?

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Man buys iPHONE 6 and DROPS IT to SMASH on PURPOSE

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The downside of using "good" materials

Not taking any side here, but the strong selling point of the iPhone is its luxury feel, coming from the use of materials that feel sturdy. That is exemplified time and time again when fanbois deride the competition: the first argument they use is usually "cheap plastic feel".

Thing is, when you drop a "cheap plastic" shell, its deformation will absorb and spread a lot of the shock and keep the rigid screen relatively protected. The case might also get a dent in the process, but usually not even. The (more rigid) metal back may pop off if present, but pick the thing from the ground, reassemble as needed and you're good to go.

Now when you drop a sturdy-feely rigid case it won't deform (it may dent but that doesn't dissipate nearly as much energy). So the shock is transmitted in full to the gorilla glass, which is many things but not flexible. >SCHATTARZZZ<

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Oi, Tim Cook. Apple Watch. I DARE you to tell me, IN PERSON, that it's secure

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Yup, back to normal soon methink. Although...

If Apple's PR dept blew a fuse over "snow lepperd", I don't think "fruity führer" will do their arteries any good.

But El Reg now has considerably more clout than back then; it's recognised as one of the leading tech publications in the English*-speaking world. So perhaps Apple will be willing to let a few disparaging comments slip through...

*English and related languages such as Strine or Murkin.

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I saved Bitcoin and the PERFECT DRAFT OF HISTORY, says Assange

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Re: Book promotion...

True except for the bit about Bush. I'm pretty sure he never wrote a book. Proof: the book is not written upside down

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: TV is TERRIBLE and stuck in the 1970s

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What is this "TV" thing the guy is referring to?

TV? Stuck in the 70s? Seriously?

Nowadays almost everyone I know (bar the really old) have a huge-ass monitor stuck on the wall (or a projector) through which they, in turn, channel the output of a digital tuner (with autorecord, replay, ad skipping etc), their computer, their phone, a gaming console or 3, the content of a USB stick or the SD card with their holiday snaps to name but a few. Some are stuck with a traditional remote control for everything, which sucks -although less than the ATV one- but most also have a wireless keyboard with touchpad too (and of course the consoles' own controllers for appropriate situations).

Perhaps Cook's TV is stuck in the 70s. That's not a problem any new tat from Apple can solve.

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Hey, scammers. Google's FINE with your dodgy look-a-like apps

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Google apparently sells a lot of things too

I keep receiving all these adds from the fine chaps at ads.google.com. There must be a fierce competiton though, because the guys at Bing and at Yahoo! appear to stock approximately the same goods.

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iPhone 6: Advanced features? Pah! Nexus 4 had most of them in 2012

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Re: Speak about your personal experience

"Speak about your personal experience and use and get downvoted. That is the ElReg way these days I'm afraid."

What the fluking flack? The post in question is not a "p ersonal experience" or anything about the device use but a direct and gratuitous attack on a competitor. It's been downvoted instead of being reported as abusive, that's already quite lenient; what are you complaining about?

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@cambsukguy Re: Take my money! Oh, you're too busy... @h4rm0ny

Yup, works pretty well for hard-discount shops around the world. It's the Online-shop-without-delivery model.

Good value for money usually. Also, fast service. No comment.

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Re: Take my money! Oh, you're too busy...

" There's an app for that. Run up the Apple Store app, scan the barcode of the item you want to buy, fill in your Apple password, wait for confirmation and walk out of the store with it in hand."

Funny that, there's a tech store near my place that works like that (but better because they offer the same through a standard web interface, not just a silly app).

They do it to keep the costs down: it's a heavy-discount store. Glad to see Apple keeping up with the "premium" image...

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Re: Take my money! Oh, you're too busy...

Same experience here. Both times I entered an Apple store to buy something I ended up leaving empty-handed, cursing them for the lost 45 minutes on my lunchtime, and buying the stuff in 10 minutes in a "regular" shop.

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Sun's MASSIVE solar storm belch to light up Earth's skies

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@ Tom Re: Dear Americans,

So you'll start doing proper science when we start using improper spelling?

I can't see a problem with that... (notice how CNN says "English" units were at fault despite said units being specific to the USA? Interesting innit.)

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Re: theregister.co.UK

"When the ESA is monitoring these things and releasing press releases, they can (and presumably will be) Eurocentric. When JAXA does them, the maps will likely be centered on Asia. "

You'd think that, heh? Well, you'd be wrong. The "only us" mentality on that kind of subject is pretty much specific to the USA. Scientific reports on worldwide phenomena from that strange RestOfTheWorld country ALWAYS give data for the whole blue-orb-thinggie, because it's the sciencey thing to do. What's more, even NEWS REPORTS local to this strange RestOfTheWorld country almost always mentions the consequences on other RestOfTheWorld parts*. Not to mention the USA which always get prominent mentions as should be, The One Country That Matters and all that. So now, you know.

*I know, I know, it may come as a surprise for you, but RestOfTheWorldians sometimes feel different from each other. Fools the lot of them.

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Re: theregister.co.UK

Most definitely south. Although not quite directly so.

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Re: Climate Change

> don't see or hear any actual scientists claiming that solar phenomena have anything to do with Earth's atmospheric chemistry,

There's a rather huge pile of actual scientists claiming that solar phenomena and Earth atmospheric chemistry are closely linked actually. In fact, not a single real scientist would deny that. Ask them. Where do you think ozone comes from?

On a more controversial, banned-from-BBC-airtime note, there's also ample evidence that sun flares are the single major factor influencing Earth climate (and thus, as a consequence, CO2 and methane concentration in the atmosphere).Of course it's easier to prove on a small timescale as flares are temporally well-defined phenomena, so it may be just that.

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Only the US?

Is it going to be only visible in the US and only affect the US grid, or is it another case of only-US-mattersitis?

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spɹɐʍʞɔɐB writing is spammers' new mail filter avoidance trick

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Re: Odd...

"Plus, don't use an email program that renders HTML. That's probably the second most stupid thing you can do"

I use an email reader that renders HTML... but I do tell it to not do so. It nicely translates the bold to *bold*, the italics to /italics/ and the <span style="text-decoration:underline;"> underline </span>* to _underline_ for me and that's it. I do sometimes miss out on the "included the latest 10-page memo (relevant line in red)" type of message, and the tables directly pasted from MSExcel to MSExchange are often mangled, but it's well worth it.

*Hu? That was supposed to work... well, you get the idea

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Re: How long did it take the Editor to write that title?

Tech site. Pro'lly was faster to implement than to come up with.

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Apple's Watch is basically electric perfume

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I'm sorry you ARE required to know your way around basic maintenance

CU20 Using a vehicle with defective parts or accessories

CU30 Using a vehicle with defective tyres

So I should have been more precise: you're not under any bligation to know how to change a bulb: you always have the option of parking your vehicle right away and finishing your journey on foot.

You may also want to have a look at these:

https://www.gov.uk/vehicle-maintenance-safety-security

https://www.gov.uk/rules-drivers-motorcyclists-89-to-102/vehicle-condition-89

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Re: Nailed it

"Not everyone wants to wrestle with Windows, or become a Linux geek - in much the same way that many car drivers have no desire to learn how to be a mechanic."

In much the same way as you're not required to know what kind of gas goes in your tank, how to change a wheel, a bulb or similarly basic maintenance on your car to drive it. Oh wait, you ARE required by law to know how to do that on your car. Good thing Apple doesn't make cars. Your analogy sux salty balls by the dozen.

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Well there's SOMETHING a gadget could solve for me

and this thing is secure authentication. Really secure, not the watered-down-to-please-the-morons things that we currently have on gadgets.

These days I use a combination of PGP (barebones, not in cuddly-feely -and broken- plugins), a unique code generator card reader for my banking, and my FSF smartcard. None of these is really convenient in terms of mobility. I have my PGP keys on a USB dongle but I need a PGP-enabled computer to use them. The FSF smartcard needs a card reader (d'uh). The code-generating cardreader my bank gave me comes close but I seem to keep forgetting it when I most need it. Ideally a phone or watch or shoe or whatev's, on which I could "bonk" a physical token, then enter a passphrase, and that would spit out an unique code for me to type would be good.

Of course we can't have that because it's all too difficult to use for the morons, so we'll stay stuck with permanently-tied 1-factor wirelessly broadcast shit, wide open to all sorts of mischief.

Oh well.

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Apple Watch will CONQUER smartwatch world – analysts

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I predict that, having created the concept of large-screen smartphones with their latest product anouncement, Apple will dominate the market between now and 2015. At which point Asian Android phone makers will probably try to copy them and begin to sell large-ish copycat phones. But of course at this point Apple will already dominate the market of large phones, so the lesser Android makers will have to tremendously improve on their offering if they want to be able to nibble on Apple's vastly dominant market share."

See, that's how it's done. You, too, can do it if you want. Just replace the product name by whatever the Apple rumours are about, and the eejits will gobble it up. The difference between an analyst firm and a crackwhore is that the crackwhore still has a sense of ridicule, deep inside.

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WTF?

"lesser" wristbands?

The market will be pretty much saturated by the time the Apple Watch hits the shelves, including by smartwatches much more capable that the Apple one (see the latest Sammy, which is the first and only to really deserve the prefix "smart"; unlike, notably, Apple's projected one).

It doesn't mean that Apple watch won't sell of course, if they play the "premium" card well they can make a killing; it's what Apple does best.

The surrounding "they invented a new market and will dominate it until the Asians manage to copy them" bullshit is just preposterous, especially in the present case where said Asian launched the products a few years ago and Apple is blatantly playing catchup after having dismissed the very concept at the time.

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BONEHEAD FANBOIS encamp outside Apple Stores

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Re: Jog on, pal!

"Let evolution take it's course when a load of pissed up revellers walk past this coming Friday night!"

The pissed-ups and the pissed-ons...

These tents better not be leaky!

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Re: not a Delivery?

"they do have to take it offline to update the inventory, that's why the refurbished store disappears every 24h."

Excuse me? Even brick-and-mortar shops (where inventory is _extremely_ more complicated to follow) usually only close for a day once a year for that. Online stores are basically just inventory management tools; why would they need to be taken offline to update inventory? None does, bar the Apple one.

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'Stop dissing Google or quit': OK, I quit, says Code Club co-founder

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Click bait!

Of course this story has nothing to do with dissing Google, but everything to do with internal PR bods going nuts. The lass resigned because she refused a new policy, not because she was asked to as a result of dissing anyone. Moreover, as I see it she was aiming squarely at UK.gov*, not Google**.

*recently caught in deliberate blanket surveillance

**not -or rather, less- recently caught in deliberate blanket surveillance

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Samsung Gear S: Quick, LAUNCH IT – before Apple straps on iWatch

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Re: That's some serious spin.

> Anyone care to elaborate?

Unless I've missed something, all the "smart" watches now are just dumb extentions to a smartphone. This one is an autonomous device. That's a pretty big difference. Both have 2 wheels but a light trailer is not the same thing as a motorbike.

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Re: Battery life

"Might be nice to have one that supports motion-based charging (like my Seiko does) but you probably need some serious wrist action for enough charge!"

With sufficient data bandwidth and the right demographics that may be a self-solving problem...

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MEN WANTED to satisfy town full of yearning BRAZILIAN HOTNESS

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Re: spiders

"Didn't Camille Paglia recently say that if it was left to women we'd still be in mud huts?"

Very tidy and well-decorated mud huts though.

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Re: Did you read this?

And you joined just to post this comment?

Wow.

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Looking for week-end slaves really

Apparently some of the women there are married but the husbands have to work out of town all week and are allowed in town only on the week-end. There <u>are</u> chaps interested in a wife and family, but this kind of family? Not too sure. That's a college fratboy kind of family life, and I doubt the townies and fratboys would be a good match, not least because I doubt the hubbies are supposed to have sex while away from home (all week, every week, for life)

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Raspberry Pi B+: PHWOAR, get a load of those pins

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Re: Too bad about the video

Thx I must have missed that bit.

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Too bad about the video

I guess having more USB ports can't hurt, but it's not something that I would have put very high on the wishlist: with my everyday Pi I use a powered USB hub that provides both the power for the board and the extra USB ports (a D-LINK - DUB-H7, if you want to know. Excellent little piece of tech).

On the other hand I sometimes use the video output (not everything has HDMI even nowadays, and HDMI is also more fickle), so I'd miss that. Up until last year I still had a TV set hooked up to a Pi's video output with sound going to an external system.

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BOFH: We CAN do that with a Raspberry Pi, but think of the BODIES

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Re: @ ElReg!comments!Pierre (was: Get a life, Simon.)

> my dawgs

A new Big Data project for El Reg WE Edition perhaps? In a fight, who would win, the BOFH or Jake's dawgs?

> Please lose it, ElReg.

Alternatively, you not reading it would result in the same overall effect as El Reg not publishing it, with one big upside: it's something that you can realistically make happen.

I agree on the Verity part, though it was never a reliably regular column.

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Re: Get a life, Simon.

> If you insist on nuking my post, how about nuking [...] the "thumbs" involved?

Things Simon has:

-your IP

-a bolt cutter.

Careful with what you ask for.

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6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)

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Re: @AC - Orlowski articles as ads

> I wish some of the other authors or editors would stop his type of abuse.

Tough luck: he's the Executive Editor.

I almost always strongly disagree with his views and his arguments, but El Reg was never a readocracy.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/02/01/register_comments_guidelines/

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Re: Orlowski articles as ads

> 0) HumoUr is in the eye of the reader.

Of course

> 1) Until recently, comments weren't usually permitted on Orlowski's articles.

Wrong. Comments were not disabled on all articles, mostly on the ones about filesharing and how it stole billionaires' lunch.

> 2) Even where comments are now sometimes permitted, it seems they generally need to be pre-modded

Yes, though not from everyone it seems. Mine always require manual check, and are often refused; but

> A delay like this does not normally make for "exhilariating comment threads"

is wrong. Usually the funny factor comes from the amount of pantytwist that gets crammed in there. Most of the time I don't really read the article in details, or at all (and I specifically avoid anything on El Reg that deals with Intellectual Property as I know it's going to be apoplexia-inducing). I almost always disagree strongly with the articles, and find the reasonning in them specious at best. So I often jump directly to the comments...

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Re: Ads as Articles

The guy loves to be irritating, too. Before the meaning of the word was changed by the mainstream media I would have said "he's trolling". The articles themselves are usually unsupported opinion (a.k.a. bollocks) but make for amusing reading and exhilariating comment threads.

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Brit Sci-Fi author Alastair Reynolds says MS Word 'drives me to distraction'

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Re: Personally ...

> The best editor for markup is LaTex. Everything else is just handwaving.

ERP DERP

> As soon as it goes for publication the first thing that will happen to your document is that it gets fed into LaTeX for reformatting

Nope. the first few things that will happen will be proofreadings and sub-editing; the people who do that are used to MSWord and Acrobat and that's why most editors require everything in .doc (or .docx) and sometimes .pdf. Which is a pain in the backside, but no big deal since my document processing software can output pdf and ODF (which is then easy to convert to whatever crap they want).

I've even had someone tell me they wished I stopped sending files in "that weird .txt format" as they had to copy and paste them into Word to read them. I kid you not.

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Re: are the change tracking features in ODF and DOCX compatible?

What do you mean by that? Compatible, how?

The software I use when dealing with MSOffice users can read and write ODF and DOCX, including change tracking features, so I can open a DOCX doc and save it as ODF and vice versa but that's a feature of the software not the documents. If what you want to do is copy/paste bits between the source XML, forget it: ODF is pretty clean but DOCX is a mess, trying to faff around with the source has always resulted in a corrupted document in my hands (Although I've only ever done it to try and get something from an already corrupted file so that may be the reason).

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Re: @ Khaptain (was: Personally ...)

"A pencil and paper 'just works'. That doesn't make it a sensible choice."

Very right. Let's spend billions on the developpment of a pressurized ballpoint pen instead.

http://www.snopes.com/business/genius/spacepen.asp

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Re: Personally ... (@Primus...)

> But for a complex technical document with tables, illustrations, and captions, you may not have the time to faff around trying to remember the Latex directives.

If you only have tables, illustrations and captions (all quite simple) you can use something simple like aft or ReStructuredText.

For more complex stuff I prefer Lout to LaTeX, as the whole install is around 1 MB instead of 5-700 MB for a usable LaTeX setup. It is also a single piece of software, maintained coherently, which means that everything from the C code to all the high-level metacommands is coherent. Makes it very easy to remember the parameters you may want to faff around with.

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Re: Personally ...

Why so? For simple things (text, the occasional title, table or image, regardless of length) rst markup is enough (usually I just rst2pdf it). For more complex stuff I use lout. Never a problem with putting half a word in italics or with randomly-shifting left alignments etc. That alone makes it worth trying... not to mention, the result is beautifully typeset.

For collaborative work, comments and corrections à la MSWord are a source of problem as often as a solution, so while I understand the reason people use them, I personally find inline corrections with comments markup (or a quick diff) more useful.

Matter of taste and work habits I suppose. There's something you can't argue against though: ressource usage. I typed entire sections of my last article on my Ben Nanonote.

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IT blokes: would you say that LEWD comment to a man? Then don't say it to a woman

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Re: Another solution

> if people wouldn't drink they would get into alcohol-related trouble, full stop.

That's stupid. If groping is the problem, just cut them hands off, problem solved, shirley.

These are not alcohol-related problems: although alcohol may act as a magnifier in some cases, the real trigger is the informal setting. The event where alcohol is served are always voluntarily "friendly" touchy-feely gatherings intended to make people feel like they're not at work. In these occasions jerks will tend to act as jerks, alcohol or not.

It's definitely not only men, either. In my line of work there are more galz than doodz, and the ones behaving in an inappropriate manner are more often women (although the men who do behave in an inappropriate way still do it in a more spectacular way usually, perhaps because they think they're not making a fool of themselves)

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Bright lights, affordable motor: Ford puts LED headlights onto Mondeo

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Re: Fun factor

Alternatively, you could get a LED floodlight like this one:

http://www.bltdirect.com/led-floodlight-120w-daylight-7000lm-ip65-720w-alternative-black-finish

Together with a sufficiently-powerful inverter (I have one that is rated for 120W, what a piece of luck), that should at least be enough to earn ou a not-so-quiet word with the fuzz.

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