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Billionaire Google founder splits with wife, allegedly beds Google Glass minx

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I would pay good money to see Ellison, Ballmer, Brin and Page on the Mrs Merton show, having a heated debate.

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Google cursed its own phones with wacked Wi-Fi, say Nexus users

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Re: The Skype android client (MS funding)

I didn't mean Skype would lose funding, only that its Linux client would.

At which point I'll probably move to finch as my client and abandon all pretense at using GUIs.

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Re: The Skype android client

Actually the Linux client is really quite nice.

They've done the minimum of work on it, so it's got a small, functional GUI and it has been running on my desktop for about 3 weeks now without a break.

I assume MS cut all funding for it so it'll eventually die due to some protocol change, but for now it's actually the best IM client I've got.

The Windows one is pretty dire though. Lots of cruft like glueing chat windows to the online list (which you can disable thankfully) and hiding who's online in group chats in some awful little hidden panel, which only holds 4 names per page and you can't order them.

Still better than the Android client though.

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The Skype android client

Is marginally worse than just shouting and hoping someone will hear you.

It likes to randomly disconnect, without changing its status in the notifications. It likes to not send messages, keeping them for a while so as to better make you look like a prat when the same message fills the screen three times.

It likes to display other peoples' messages to you only when you actually check, defeating the whole point of notifications.

Trying to leave a conversation to go back to your list of conversations doesn't work. So you hit the back button, which does work, but that also can drop you to the homescreen, so you need to re-enter the application to enter any other conversation.

The new "tablet mode" is unusable on a tablet, assuming you like seeing what other people write to you. Or what you've written.

Not totally germane to the subject, but that application fills me with rage.

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Lenovo to ship all new PCs with Start Menu replacement

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Re: "in the next several weeks,"

Closely followed by "Up to several weeks."

So somewhere between zero and an indeterminate number?

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Barnes & Noble booked for running out of £29 Nooks

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A Nook's a cheap android e-ink touchscreen with a micro SD card slot.

You can even put the play store on there with a little tinkering.

Me, buy toys like that just to muck around with?

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YouTube Wars: Microsoft cries foul as Windows Phone app pulled again

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Re: voice of reason

Firefox OS?

I mean it basically is a browser, and any "apps" for it should run on pretty much anything that can handle HTML 5.

Sort of going in the right direction for you.

Personally I often prefer applications when they go beyond what the browser alone does, like notifications or a different UI more suited for the mobile (like an RSS reader with slide out lists from the side and so on).

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Posh potty owners flushed by dodgy Bluetooth password

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So when they fix this...

Will it be throne clear of attack?

Mine's the one with the book of shamefully bad puns.

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Sergey Brin's 'test-tube burger' cooked, eaten, declared meat-like

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"It's almost like these rich geeks feel it is their purpose in life to make bad sci-fi concepts reality."

You say that like it's a bad thing.

Shadowrun implants next please.

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Murdoch machinations mean Microsoft must rename SkyDrive

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Re: Crowley's Bentley

Good Omens reference, but at least it's not Dick Turpin.

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China's army releases FPS trainer game

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Re: Sounds like fun

America's Army gets its own knock off, nice.

11 years later, but still, it's definitely flattering.

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So, who here LURVES Windows Phone? Put your hands up, Brits

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Re: "unless someone has their phone out"

Here in Cambridge, I don't see any.

Though I still see a fair number of old Blackberries around too. In the pubs it's all android here, the odd iphone. Reverse that for the coffee shops and locations closer to the uni.

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Re: "unless someone has their phone out"

It seems people have issues with sarcasm on the internet.

I even typed the wrinkle in the paper above the m.

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Yet to see one in the wild

I work with phones, I habitually check what phone people are using when I see one and I've yet to see a windows phone in the wild.

So if people are buying them, they're not using them in public as far as I can see.

Anecdotal evidence is still evidence, it even says it right in the name.

Mind you, if they're as hard to get as a Surface RT with the uni deal (still no sign of it, started the process as soon a I saw it was announed), I'm not surprised.

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Chromecast: We get our SWEATY PAWS on Google's tiny telly pipe

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Re: Well I want one, but am I a small and unusual?

I stream video over 3g nearly every day (Well HSDPA or whatever the random abbreviation is).

I don't have any problems with it.

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Ubuntu boss: I want to make a Linux hybrid mobe SO GIVE ME $32m

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I've been using Ubuntu Touch on and off since it announced

And, I just can't love it.

It's got naff gestures, a lack of buttons (it's a lot like Meego in that respect, if you liked meego, you'll love Ubuntu touch. If like me you hated meego, ubuntu touch is painful.)

I really, really want a proper Linux phone, and if I could get one with a better interface and less of the Unity, I'd be all over it..

I would point out though that anyone giving it a try now really should be aware of the limitations that it has as a work in progress. On a Nexus 7, for example - it's one of their reference devices, a lot of remarkably basic things don't work, like landscape orientation.

I want to love it, I keep going back, but the basic design just keeps putting me off. I hope they have an awesomely good product to bring to market, but at the moment, the implementation is leaving me cold.

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PM writes ISPs' web filter ads for them - and it must say 'default on'

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Re: Cameron's looking pretty stupid on this one. But he wants all Britains to feel like this->

Britons, surely?

That aside I agree with your argument, opt in is the only sensible route.

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FRBs and variable forces: a big week for astronomy

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Astronomers are physicists.

And we're more awesome than the other types of physicist, the only reason you can be in a room with an Astronomer and not instantly worship them is that our awesomeness is _very far away_.

Think about it; "Oh I discovered a new kind of sub atomic particle that exists for a zillionth of a second." "Really? I watched the birth of a galactic civilisation and the death of another in a fiery nova. Also there were lasers."

Astronomer wins.

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Rest your head against a train window, hear VOICES in your SKULL

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Re: I had Sky Go once...

If you use something like Super SU, you can tick a box to "temporarily unroot" your device.

I do it all the time when I want to watch Flixster or the like on my Nexus 7. It's a bit of a bugger, but it works.

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Space miners reach funding goal for telescope

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That is what they based the name on, according to various blog posts from them.

For my money it sounds like a Scouser's little brother. Our Kid.

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Something's going on with Google Reader but nobody knows what

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Re: It's not easy, being green

The Feedly widget currently only points to a web page saying that they'll have a new widget on the 10th of July for me.

I couldn't find a setting to make it actually work as a widget like it used to (though it was bloody useless indeed)

I'll give gReader another look, it was based on the Google backend last time I looked, if it's running off the Feedly backend now, it might be worth it, thanks :)

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Re: Feel sorry for the saps

Does opera sync across multiple mobile/desktop devices?

Because if it does, I'm willing to give it a go.

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It's not easy, being green

Feedly has, at the moment, no Android widget. Which is what I'll be missing most from Reader. I had the same widget on my phone homescreen and my tablet homescreen so I could scan and choose the stories I wanted to read without diving into the app. Feedly, apparently, will be popping out a new widget on the 10th, I only hope it's better than their last widget.

I might give some of the newer ones a try, many didn't exist when the cull was announced but feedly is an OK, if not perfect replacement at the moment. Tomorrow will be the real test, when I can't see what's in my feeds without opening the feedly app.

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MoD signs Microsoft mega licensing deal for 180,000 PCs

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Re: Margin might be thin

Surely Japanese paper houses are rife with ninja?

I'd take that security.

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Myanmar picks for telecoms jackpot stoke controversy

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Re: Never heard of the place!

Indeed, I can't see it on my map.

I think it neighbours Elbonia.

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Throwing arms let humans rise above poo-flinging apes to play CRICKET

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Eadon got modded

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/user/34672/

As you can see, his post history is now a lot less ranty.

I think I prefer it.

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Mint 15 freshens Ubuntu's bad bits

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It's worse than that, have you seen what happens when somone plants it in a garden?

Nuking from orbit is really the only way to be sure. Sadly my landlord frowns on me deploying warheads in the garden so it's just a constant struggle.

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Sony unveils latest attempt at an Android SmartWatch

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Re: not many use cases so far...

You just made me check if I could control Spotify from it and apparently I can.

If the 2nd gen watches go cheap, I'll definitely pick one up, make cycling to work and listening to music just a little easier :)

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Internet daddies win Blighty's 'Nobel for engineering'

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Number 4

Which are you counting as the fourth major party?

Do UKIP count as major now?

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Moses tablets ease Noah's flood headaches

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Re: NOAH then MOSES .....

Joint Evacuation and Survival Unsinkable Submersible

for some kind of rescue sub with... aerated crash foam which fills compartments in the event of a hull rupture or something and keeps the blighter floating?

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Our week with Soylent: Don't chuck out your vintage food quite yet

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Re: Organic?

"Where did you get the idea that it's made from soya and lentils?"

Probably from the name, Soy(a)Lent(il).

(Yes, yes, I know about soylent green, I'm just suggesting a mechanism for thinking it's made from soya and lentils, as far as I'm concerned it looks like it's made from concentrated boredom and evil.)

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Reg hack prepares to live off wondergloop Soylent

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Re: Pink wafer biscuits = Soylent Pink

Dead fly biscuits count as one of your five a day.

Jaffa cakes are 2 because they contain both orangy bits AND chocolate, which is made from a bean.

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At #guardiancoffee, we can now TASTE THE FUTURE through a PRISM!

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Re: errrm .....

My dear boy, Steve Bong! is one of Britain's leading digital lights! To suggest otherwise is simply offensive.

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We want to put a KILL SWITCH into your PHONE, say Feds

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Re: Useless Move

They only get striped if they've been spotted.

The whole business has a chequered past.

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Mooreslaw: Chopping up chips for the future

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It's still findable

http://www.computinghistory.org.uk/det/3315/PC-Business-World-16-April-1991/

Correct publication?

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Google Glass eye-cam to turn us all into right little winkers

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Re: Life or Death?

Not safe, decidedly unsafe.

Remember, an image of an angel becomes an angel. For a given episode.

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Brits on benefits: 'Dole office site only works on PCs over 10 YEARS OLD'

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Re: Re:That Warning about peanuts in peanuts in peanut packets

In all fairness, peanuts aren't nuts.

So they don't contain nuts.

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Fried-egg sarnies kick off Reg man's quid-a-day nosh challenge

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Re: What did you fry the eggs in?

Conversely, the more basic the pan, the longer it seems to last.

I've got a wok my father brought with him to the UK the best part of 4 decades ago which is still perfect. I need to oil it after I use it, but that's par for the course for caring for metal for me.

Got a cleaver of even more ancient provenance which I don't know how old it is, but the handle is worn nearly smooth and it's bamboo. Oil that after using it too and it's going strong too.

I actively avoid non-stick coatings and the like, I find they wear out in short order and tend to flake. Plain old steel's good enough for me.

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CURSE you, EINSTEIN! Humanity still chained in relativistic PRISON

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I did of course mean the closest star that wasn't the sun.

Reaching the Sun in less than a year is definitely possible.

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Nearest star is 4 Ly away, travelling at accelerations humans can stand, years is definitely the minimum. Leaving aside the energy costs, it'd take nearly a year to hit C, so you'd have travelled about .5 LY in the first year.

Lorentz dilation doesn't take it down much in the velocity changing phase given that for a long chunk of speeding up and slowing down you'd be experiencing only minor dilation.

Of course at lightspeed (if such a thing were possible) you wouldn't experience time, but the two subjective years of speeding up and slowing down would be longer than a year my back of the envelope maths tells me.

Of course the bonus about accelerating to lightspeed and then travelling at it is that all journeys would,subjectively, take exactly the same time.

In reality of course the energy requirements get sufficiently onerous as you get faster that constant acceleration is a non-starter.

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Alibaba comes again with Android-unfriendly mobile OS

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Re: That's a real site?

So you've not actually read the story then?

Ali Baba is not the thief nor even affiliated with them. Opposed would be a more accurate description.

That's like saying that since you associate cops with robbers, calling a site "cops.com" would imply it's run by criminals.

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Apple the victim after Chinese scammers exploit returns policy

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Re: Seems like...

60 kuai for a meal is definitely achievable, but it's not going to be that nice.

I'll be honest, the food in China wasn't as good as I was expected, I've been spoilt by Malaysia I suppose. I wouldn't even differentiate it bewteen Chinese and western restaurants. Most expensive meal I eve had in China was at the top of the LG twins and it was exclusively Chinese eating there, and proper Beijing foods (still not awesome though).

That was a few hundred quid for four people and it wasn't value for money.

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Re: Seems like...

An engineer in a city would not be earning <£25 a year.

Living in a city in China is not the cheap proposition you might imagine it to be. I spent quite a lot of time in Beijing (admittedly right next to the LG twins, so not the cheapest part of town), and it's more expensive to live there than Manchester I'd say.

If it were farmers out in the sticks, you might have half a point, but the wages for people in the cities are not massively different from people in the west.

Of course if they pushed out 300+ phones at £100ish profit a time, that's £30k, which is walking around money no matter where you live.

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Another 170,000 Freeview homes to be freed from reality TV - possibly

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Re: Why don't you...

It was a kid's tv show http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Why_Don%27t_You%3F

So not sanctimonious, just a mildly obscure reference designed to amuse those who got it.

I was amused.

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Hold on! Degrees for all doesn't mean great jobs for all, say profs

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In all fairness though, if you want to do _anything_ you should really know Latin.

I did Astrophysics at uni, but damned if I don't use Latin more in my day to day life*.

*Largely using it as an etymological base for doing the Times 2 Crossword at lunch.

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RAF graduates first class of new groundbased 'pilots'

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Re: @Gwaptiva

moutuus est? But he was in the garden only a moment ago!

Damn it, poor guy.

Also it shouldn't be terram I don't think, now I look at it, as nothing is happening to terra.

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Re: @Gwaptiva

I am not certain that you can actually, since ad means to.

If it were ab (from) you could use the ablative absolute, but hazy memory tells me that that was a two parter too.

I'm not certain that there is a counter part for ad. (Ablative absolute was drummed into me as " by from with in", happy days. Caecillus is in the garden you say? Sitting?)

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Firefox: Use new stealth window to satisfy your wife, suggests Mozilla

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Re: Really?

ctrl+shift+y on Linux.

Yes, it's annoying as hell.

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Forget the invisibility cloak: Boffins invent INVISIBILITY FISHNETS

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Re: Can they tailor this to other wave lengths?

Beta and protons are stopped by hulls on spacecraft, that's not a (pressingly major) issue. Gamma and X-ray are the ones I'm thinking of and I was wondering if they could apply the same principle to say, oh I don't know, a layer of material of the right shape grown on the surface of the hull providing a small, light, effective means of shielding.

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Can they tailor this to other wave lengths?

For example, oh I don't know, damaging solar radation such as might be experienced by space craft?

Because that would be really quite useful.

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