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Ubuntu's shiny 10th birthday Unicorn: An upgrade fantasy

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Re: The best thing about Ubuntu is...

Personally, it's Ubuntu Mate for me rather than Xubuntu (I'm not averse to an XFCE desktop or two, but I prefer mate)

But the _best_ thing about GNU/Linux is that we're all using it and we all have what we want, even if some people like Unity, it doesn't mean we have to use it. So that's nice.

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Google+ goes TITSUP. But WHO knew? How long? Anyone ... Hello ...

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Hangouts weren't working

I know that because I kept getting "message not sent" this morning and I was forced to retreat to the stone age and use text messages instead.

Combine that with someone sending me an actual paper cheque last week and it's like I'm living in a Dickens novel!

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It's even GRIMMER up North after MEGA SKY BROADBAND OUTAGE

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Re: @rpb - Currant in Yorkshire

Oooh, egg tart.

I've not had one of those in years. Of course, I live in the desolate wastes of the South now (Cambridge has only one Greggs and that's a Greggs café, bloody barbaric I tell you), so such pleasures are lost to me.

Ask for a bacon barm round here and they look at you funny. Ask for a donner kebab and they serve you some anemic little thing in a sodding pitta rather than a proper portion in a naan like you get back in Manchester.

I do miss it there. One day I shall move back and revel in proper food and being near hills again.

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Trolls have DARK TETRAD of personality defects, say trickcyclists

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Re: Trolls....

Stop! You're making me nostalgic for my days on the WoW forums.

Ahh the way you could really annoy people by being completely literal. I do look back on those days with fondness. The best bait was to leave out a line which was sure to get some bites, then dissect every reply for logical fallacies which of course generated masses more ranting until you got people banned.

Such good sport.

I do still have a WoW account...

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BEND IT like YOGA: Newest Lenovo gadgets have built in PROJECTORS

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Re: UK price

http://shop.lenovo.com/gb/en/tablets/lenovo/yoga/?cid=uk:sem:E9r805|g-c

Apparently it's £279. Now I need to decide between this and the galaxy note pro 12.2 for Christmas for myself...

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Windows 10's 'built-in keylogger'? Ha ha, says Microsoft – no, it just monitors your typing

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Re: All the more reason...

I've been playing WoW on Linux (Fedora core 6 what what I started with) for years.

I currently play Diablo 3 on Linux.

It's not hard to play Blizzard games on Linux, yes you need Wine, but it's pretty trivial to do it, especially with things like Play on Linux. They even do a Mac port of all their games so you get OpenGL mode as well as DirectX.

Complaining about not being able to leave Windows because of Blizzard games is silly.

I've assumed you mean Blizzard games as opposed to Activision games because you explicitly said Activision-Blizzard, as opposed to just Activision.

Amsusingly I can't play Diablo 3 on my Windows 10 test machine because the Nvidia Optimus drivers are borked on Windows 10. Other than that it's a nice little system. I was well aware of the tracking, it's a test release after all, it's expected.

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Vanished blog posts? Enterprise gaps? Welcome to Windows 10

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Re: Docking

Damn you elinks, you're making me look slow.

*mental note to refresh pages before posting*

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Re: Docking

Select the window you want, press the windows key and left or right as appropriate.

I was happy when I discovered that.

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Spammer uses innocent hacked blogs to punt NAKED PICS of JLaw, McKayla Maroney

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Re: Am I the only one here...

Jennifer Lawrence was in X-men: First Class and X-men: Days of Future Past, and the Hunger Games films (which I've not seen, but people seem to like them).

She's not a z-lister or anything. She's actually a very good actress.

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Forget bonking, have ONE OFF THE WRIST with Barclaycard's bPay

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Preloaded contactless

that doesn't mean I need to get a card or phone out of my pocket?

I'm interested, I won't lie. I might look like a plonker waving my wrist at the till, but at least I'll be a plonker who can call it early adoption.

Hurrah! If I can add cash to it from my phone it'll make it extremely convenient for me. Hopefully it'll mean the end to my shrapnel piles around the house if it takes off.

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Apple Watch will CONQUER smartwatch world – analysts

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Re: Sleeping

I also read everything about the Android wear watches, then bought my Pebble.

I really like that I can charge it when I remember, like my kindle. They both last long enough that I never get anxious about their battery life.

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Amazon axes hated Fire Phone price: 99 pennies but a niche? Ain't none

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As of yesterday, you can get instant prime video on stock android phones. It was added yesterday afternoon, just make sure your amazon app is updated and you can then use it to download the amazon instant prime video app.

It's not enough to make me keep prime after it runs out later this year, but it's close.

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Chumps stump up $1 MEELLLION for watch that doesn't exist

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Re: Rampant Imaginings

Ah, you've been to a user requirement meeting then?

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Reg man looks through a Glass, darkly: Google's toy ploy or killer tech specs?

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I wasn't impressed

My office has them, had a play over the recent long weekend, and despite my being a complete google fanboy, they were much less impressive than I had hoped.

They did very little that my pebble doesn't do, except the pictures. Sadly as alluded to in the article, these aren't great. The navigation was a nice touch, but the voice recognition was terrible compared to my Nexus 4. Conversely I found battery life to be quite decent when integrated with my general working day, but I was never able to dismiss the overlay of the prism from my vision, it was very annoying.

General view for me was, it's fantastic for taking bad pictures quickly.

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Echopraxia scores 'diamond cutter' on the sci-fi hardness scale

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Re: I don't think the coriolis effect is that hard science

Just found out the earlier book in this series is under 2 quid for the kindle.

So that's the weekend sorted then :)

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I don't think the coriolis effect is that hard science

It's not like you need to understand the maths behins QCD to follow that reference. If you've done any reading involving snipers, bathtub draining myths or weather patterns, you'll be well acquainted with it.

Still, this has piqued my interest and I might just indulge in a new book for the bank holiday weekend now.

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Apple's iWatch? They cannae do it ... they don't have the POWER

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Re: Quick Reader Poll:

My pebble lasts a week or so quite easily, and I use it to control my music on my commute and netflix on the Chromecast at home. It also controls my heating (via nest, so I suspect a lot of commenters will loathe me on sight for such blasphemy as enjoying a connected house)

So weekly's good for me, only takes a couple of hours to charge too.

Though sometimes I do miss the reassuringly solid feel of my old Citizen ecodrive.

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Premier League wants to PURGE ALL FOOTIE GIFs from social media

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Re: Oh ye glods, not more

Yeah it's like those people who read fantasy novels instead of playing D&D or Pathfinder.

I mean why watch someone else tell a story when you can do it yourself?

Or possibly you can enjoy watching something as well as doing it.

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Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner: Capital is top target for computer thieves, say police

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Re: Bad typo in first sentence

Actually they're database theives.

It's a whole new paradigm in tech theft, they actually delete the data they copy from the compromised system.

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Nuts to your poncey hipster coffees, I want a TESLA ELECTRO-CAFE

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Re: Scarcely relevant musing

So you pronouce pâté as pate?

How do you deal with fiancée? The accents aren't just decoration.

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Wireless charging stretches the friendship by 45mm

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Re: Splendid!

Indeed, I can't wait for this, if one charger does multiple devices, it's going to make my bedside table a lot neater.

edit: just discovered that you can already buy multiple device chargers for qi, well it's still nice, but I can neaten it up by tomorrow if Amazon Prime actually works today.

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Dungeons & Dragons relaunches with 'freemium' version 5.0

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Re: Any suggestions

5th ed looks good to me, my players say no though, we did the play test and they weren't impressed.

Pathfinder, on the radar, but I was never a fan of 3rd ed (didn't play 3.5). Shadowrun, I used to play and enjoy, wouldn't mind seeing what my players think of that.

Paranoia is my business trip game (we send nerds to all corners of the world!) :)

Maybe later in the year I'll run a pile of one shots, see what people think. All these suggestions are appreciated, thanks.

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Re: Paper shortages

I'm just wondering what it's better than, as in which edition of the D&D rules? And in what way?

I've been running a 4th ed session for some co-workers recently, but there's likely to be a few leaving and some fresh blood joining so I am seeing if I can get more opinions on the options before I splash another couple of hundred on a pile of books.

The criteria are:

Dragons are a must.

The rules have to be reasonably simple in the basics.

The dice have to be within the normal set (4,6,8,10,12,20)

Suitable for groups between 4 and 8 people.

Any suggestions?

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LOHAN seeks stirring motto for spaceplane mission patch

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Re: per ardua ad carlton

In that vein:

Playmonaut est in astra, playmonaut asphyxiat.

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DOH! Google’s internet of things vision is powered by… Mac OS

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In fact that last I looked, mac is the default platform at Google.

When you're out and about trying to tempt students to become interns, you often see Google stands about and they always have a macbook on.

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Warrantless snooping on American man was LEGAL in terrorism case, rules US judge

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Re: Now THAT is what surveillance is for

I thought the point was that it wasn't warranted?

As in they quite literally were without a warrant. If they had a warrant, I don't think many here would complain, you have to be able to do that kind of thing, but judicial oversight is a safeguard.

What you need to be asking is how many innocent people had their rights violated because this kind of warrantless tapping was/is going on?

Reasonable suspicion, go to a judge, get your warrant, get the baddie (or not if it turns out they're innocent). That's how it's supposed to work. A judge will say "yes, this looks like reasonable grounds" or "No, you're just fishing, stop it."

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Hate phone games that make you buy in-app gumble? Congrats, you're a niche player

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Re: There's precious few mobile games that I've actually spent money on.

I did drop about £20 on Final Fantasy: Dimensions, but that's because it was a Final Fantasy game you can't get on non-mobile platforms.

No in game purchases though, I paid my money, I got a game (and patches/bug fixes, which is nice).

Only time I've ever spent money on a game on a phone.

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Fantastic fantasy four-way fling – and family-friendly fun

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RoS was what saved Diablo 3 for me

Before RoS I had played a little D3, finished inferno and pretty much gave up, then I got RoS and frankly it's now the sequel to Diablo 2 that we always wanted, PvP needs work, but when ladders and seasons come in with 2.1, I can definitely see a lot of my free time vanishing into the ether.

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Redmond slow to fix IE 8 zero day, says 'harden up' while U wait

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Re: @ Kristian Walsh (was: Harden your browser)

it was built to transmit jake's wisdom to the great unwashed.

May his tecknowledge shine on us all.

Of course I don't need his knowledge, it's like I told Archimedes when he was having a bath (different times, told him a few things about displaced fluids too, very excitable those ancient Greeks), "Archy", I said, "It's like jake always says, everything that isn't a ranch owned by jake is suspect. You have to install a hardware firewall on your datastore."

Daft bugger set fire to Alexandria.

Still you can't help everyone.

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French software developers are all beautiful women

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Re: Too sensitive

Sadly you did not spell it correctly.

Professional only takes one f.

I could not stop myself replying with this answer for a quite large bag of wasabi peas. A beer would have stopped me though.

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El Reg posse prepares for quid-a-day nosh challenge

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Re: Find a restraunt supply store open to the general public.

An insular island.

Jake, the master of tautology.

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Skygazers prepare for 'blood Moon' caused by Earth eclipse

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Re: Why is this a problem?

Not necessarily , it could be orbiting at an angle, so the time it spends in shadow could be much lower, or possibly never in shadow at all.

If it's in an elliptical orbit it can skim close to the moon on the day side and then swing far above the moon's shadow on the night side too.

So there's a couple of ways it can not experience this in normal operation.

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SpaceX Falcon tests HOVERCRAFT tech – despite ISS outage

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Re: At last!

Ideally it should launch from a swimming pool, for security reasons.

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Facebook splats in-app chat, whacks brats into crack yakety-yak app

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Exactly my thought. The facebook messenger is a horrible thing on the website and much worse in the mobile app. I can't wait to be able to ignore it even more plausibly.

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Candy Crush King sees IPO go sour as stock price heads south

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Re: Which will be the next flash in the pan billion dollar IPO?

I pray they never work out how to get money from 2048.

If they do, I'm lost.

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Forget sledgehammers – crooks can CRACK ATMs with a TEXT

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Sure it's easier than digging a tunnel

but is it art?

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No Notch niche: Minecraft man in rift with Oculus after Facebook gobble

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Re: EOF

As you wish.

You're thinking of the Latin "ante" as in antechamber, the a in am and "upping the ante".

Anti means opposed to, which is Greek.

Edit: gah too slow

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Move over Microsoft: RealNetworks has a GOOGLE problem

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Re: Wow, RealPlayer.

Realplayer, oh dear me.

I remember rmvb being the only format that vlc wouldn't play out of the box. I don't know if it's still true because like the dodo, the format is dead.

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

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Re: Get off my lawn!

Before I was sentient I think.

So sometime pre-1985.

I'm calling it an established term.

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WTF is … the multiverse?

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Re: The long drawn out tea-time of the soul

I don't follow why using all the "energy" for want of a better term would lead to the universe disappearing. I assume you're thinking of a halt to expansion and then a big crunch?

Current evidence suggests that we're accellerating, not slowing down, so no crunch in our future.

Penrose has a nice idea about heat death and minimal entropy being indistinguishable from maximal entropy that I find quite satisfying, I can tell you that we can probably work out when the heat death of the universe will occur.

I have no clue why you think energy and space/time are interchangable. I am sure I don't remember anything about that. Energy/matter can affect space/time, but the one isn't the other.

In other words, do you have a real hypothesis here or are you just trying to put a different spin on something you don't understand well enough?

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Wireless charging standards war could be over 'as soon as 2015'

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Re: Oh please...

It's definitely not slow charging, my nexus 4 charges as fast at least on the Zens pad by my bed as it ever did on a cable/wallwart.

A Qi charger shouldn't have any issues keeping a phone topped off with the screen on, though I have seen some handsets drop charge while plugged in if they're thrashing the radios and CPU and screen, so it could still discharge slowly even while being charged on QI I suspect (but what I saw was on some benchmarking so probably not real world scenario).

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Blighty teen boffin builds nuclear reactor INSIDE CLASSROOM

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Excellent stuff

More of this kind of thing!

Better than the year of code, the year of 'splode!

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But... you work in IT... Why aren't we RICH?

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I actually want in on that.

My contribution, Spong can pitch shift your voice message past 21KHz so oldies can't hear it and overlay it on the song bit.

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Mozilla takes wraps off 25 DOLLAR Firefox OS smartphone

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If it's rootable

And it has USB OTG (unlikely, but I can hope), it's suddenly my new raspberry pi replacement, with an integrated screen, built in Wifi and it's own little UPS in the form of that battery.

Ok I'm assuming a fair bit with the OTG, but it's not beyond the realms of possibility. It'd make a lovely little hack project for me at that price point.

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Amazon fuses LoveFilm, subs service, calls it Prime Instant Video

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As another Linux user, I can tell you they're video streaming services. It's not like you can't run Netflix in Linux.

https://launchpad.net/~ehoover/+archive/compholio/

You can even get Lovefilm in there too, it's a little wine container that lets silverlight run. Works pretty well.

I'm assuming you were being a facetious troll, but it might help others who would like to use these services. (I use Netflix far too much).

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Help! Apple has snaffled the WHOLE WORLD'S supply of sapphire glass

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Re: Yeah right Anonymous Coward

If Apple or Google had started shipping phones which plugged into a dock and became desktops, he would have had a point.

Saying that devices of the future will have better processors and RAM isn't exactly clear evidence that people are copying him. It's like the above example of storage space, exactly like that.

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Spam, a lot of it: Bubble tea is the Seoul of wit

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My best spam

Was a rather enchanting little piece to my work email address imploring me to buy an oscilloscope.

I'm guessing that because I downloaded some BSPs they think I actually do hardware. Mind you I've never been so tempted by spam. I mean I don't _need_ an oscilloscope, but it's something you can imagine always being handy.

*goes to dig out the mail and see if there were any good oscilloscopes in there*

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El Reg talks beer and binaries with a boffin named Boffin

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Happy

The icons are still here.

And salut to a fellow astroboffin!

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Baby's got the bends: LG's D958 G Flex Android smartie

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Re: Good grief

I think the equivalent of 3D-TV in the phone world was actually 3D phones.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_3D-enabled_mobile_phones

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STRIPPED DOWN and EXPOSED: Business kit from the good old days

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Re: I'm obviously missing something...

For the sake of sanity, I'll assume you're serious.

A ram raid is when someone uses a vehicle to break into premises to steal something.

In this case the author has cleverly used the non-existence of said ram raids for the article in question (type-writers) to mock the squirrelling away of many of these articles instead of, for example, putting them in the bin or some other central location. (like a skip, tip, charity shop or E-bay)

I assume the word notorious was used to highlight the utter non-existence of type-writer theft or associated coverage.

I think that's pretty much killed that joke. Sorry Mr Dabbs.

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