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Androids in celluloid – which machine deserves the ULTIMATE MOVIE ROBOT title?

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Isn't Vincent a cyborg rather than an android?

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All aboard the Poo Bus! Ding ding, route Number Two departing

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Alone things like biogas and biodesiel aren't complete solutions but they could be smaller pieces of a bigger picture.

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We're not, er, 'cut-throat' capitalists – VC formerly known as ISIS

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Isn't living bridge the sequel to the human centipede?

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Intel offers ingenious piece of 10TB 3D NAND chippery

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Re: Long range weather forecast

Mobile networks will like it if it reduces the strain on creaking networks.

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"He said there could be 1TB, 2mm thick mobile device flash products using the technology as well, suggesting tablet and mobile phone storage capacity could increase."

And how much is apple going to charge for that?

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Hey, it's ... Gecko man, Gecko man, does almost whatever a GECKO can

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No one else thinking of no more nails?

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What should America turn to for web advice? That's right: GOV.UK – says ex-Obama IT guru

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Aye but the suggestion was that these are guys/gals that should be emulated.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/12/02/dwp_letters/

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Re: Emulating the UK.

I think someone who worked on direct.gov is downvoting us :P

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It's frightening to think how bad things must be in the US if they're looking to the UK goverment for IT advice.

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"the message was so full of lengthy legalese that many people couldn't understand it and so were kicked off the program"

Which was probably the point.

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Call the Commish! Ireland dragged into Microsoft dispute over alleged drug traffic data

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Re: A suggestion

When dealing with the US it's obligatory to gay Paris, France/Europe as opposed to gay Paris, Texas.

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There are crimes not prosecuted in the UK because the police and 'internal intelligence' agencies don't want details of their surveillance technologies or techniques to be exposed in a court as the the bad guys could develop counter measures or learn the identify of agents and people who have cut deals. Greater good and all that. Probably something similar here.

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Sailfish OS tablet is GO: Fans stuff cash into Jolla's cap in hand

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Re: Will Nokia buy Jolla?

http://www.cnet.com/uk/news/nokia-is-making-an-android-tablet-and-it-costs-250/

Having sold off the hardware manufacturing division, Nokia has partnered with Chinese manufacturer Foxconn to build and distribute the N1. After the failure of several previous licensing strategies including Symbian, Series 60 and the MeeGo partnership with Intel -- not to mention the relatively short-lived adoption of Windows Phone -- Fogg warns that the company will have to do better with its licensing, especially if it is to maintain Nokia's reputation for decent hardware.

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Re: Will Nokia buy Jolla?

The N1 is foxconn rebranded kit so if Nokia wanted to go independent that is how they could do it. Of course the owners of Jolla would have to be willing to sell it to them. Given that most if not all of them were laid off from Nokia that's not a forgone conclusion.

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Are you talking about the UI that got laid over it or the underlying OS? In terms of power management at least Symbian was way ahead although I heard it was a pain to program for.

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When my playbook finally dies this could be a replacement. Actually, the bridge between phone and tablet could be replicated.

Otherwise somewhat ironically the nokia tablet looks good too.

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What a Mesa: Apple vows to re-use titsup GT sapphire glass plant

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Took me a moment to remember you weren't talking about Nokia and Microsoft.

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Banks have been doing that for years.

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on preserving jobs tax breaks in Arizona.

FTFY

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Go on, buy your workers a smartphone. You know it makes sense

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Re: Buy a smartphone? In enterprise?

Blackberries can have full device encryption and it doesn't slow it down. Good for email too.

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CYOD or more in more traditional offices you can choose to use it or someone else will.

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Re: Buy a smartphone? In enterprise?

If they disable the usb port, how does it charge?

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Nokia's N1 fondleslab's HIDDEN BRILLIANCE: The 'Z Launcher'

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Re: Nokia Strat

If they can get the amazon instant video app working that would be impressive.

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Re: Will Nokia be properly supporting the N1 tablet?

Would be interesting to try to stick Windows 8.1 on it.

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Feds to auction off second tranche of Silk Road Bitcoins worth $19 MEEELLION

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“law enforcement may seize physical assets and cash if they believe they were either the product of crime or likely to be used in the commission of a crime. Agencies can then use the money to supplement their budgets.”

“While criminal forfeiture has been a legal statute for many years, those rules require the suspected criminal to be actually found guilty. In comparison, civil forfeiture doesn’t require suspects to be arrested or even charged before their assets are seized.”

“unlike thousands of Americans who face lengthy and uncertain court battles to recover their assets.”

This isn’t a recipe for perverse incentives or just outright corruption. No siree. Move along or I might decide that your car could be used as a get-a-way car or you might go speeding.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-echochambers-29228851

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FCC: Gonna need y'all to cough up $1.5bn to put broadband in schools

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The internet can be very useful. If I get an error I don't understand the first thing I do is duckduckgo it. One chemistry teacher tried to create a periodic table on youtube. It's not a replacement for trained and motivated teachers however.

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Are MPs smarter than 5-year-olds? We'll soon find out at coding school – Berners-Lee

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Good luck to him but even thirty years from now we'll be lucky if MPs don't get their understanding of technology in what ever the future equivalent of Tron or Neuromancer is. The way politics is structured at the moment it is a profession in itself so they don’t get a chance to experience life as most of their constituents live it. Just look at the number of engineers in parliment as an example.

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BlackBerry comeback: BES12 server revealed – it will manage ALL THE THINGS

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Not just secuirty people either. A new playbook would be nice but then my four year old one is still going strong.

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Apple expands mobile device management program beyond USA

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Re: > [Apple] just made its wares more attractive to lots more businesses.

Sounds like you're issue was with an under-specced PC rather than any inherient advantage of the Mac platform. Still it's nice you got something which works for you.

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Re: > [Apple] just made its wares more attractive to lots more businesses.

Was talking to someone who was supporting the sales people from another company. He said that every time a new iphone or ipad came out this person had to have the latest model with the biggest capicity. Not because they needed any new features but so that person could impress other sales people by whipping it out at lunches. They had a mac too for being on the road but in the office there was a desktop PC sitting there.

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European Commission decides it won't have a science advisor after Greenpeace pressure

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So if Greenpeace get offered the job, they won't take it?

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Philae healthier... beams CHEESE: Proud ESA shows off FIRST COMET SURFACE PIC

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Re: More photos kept back >-(

If raw data was published the instant it was measured this would happen on a daily basis:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faster-than-light_neutrino_anomaly

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Re: More photos kept back >-(

Might be a throw back to the first photos from Mars were they got the colours wrong and are checking them for glitches. More likely they are trying to maximise the impact of the photos and say this was money well spent, please keep funding space exploration.

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The XKCD coverage is worth a look.

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Sky: We're no longer calling ourselves British. Yep. And Broadcasting can do one, too

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Beat me to it. Was going to say

"he merger obviously also means more staff on Sky's books with the headcount now reaching 31,000 across 30 main sites" not for long.

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Stop coding and clean up your UI, devs, it's World Usability Day

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UI design is one of those potato/potaato situations. 'You're hiding info from the users/You've reduced screen clutter and information overload.' 'We should expect a certain level of ability in users/new users log a lot of support calls' etc etc

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What kind of generation doesn't stick it to the Man, but to Taylor Swift instead?

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“government was treating songwriters citizens, apparently to protect the profits of a few politically connected industries”

FTFY

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Bendy, but hangs loose too: Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 10-inch Android tab

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Don't know if it is baked into the silicon or the license but I've never seen a machine with this atom cpu and more than 2gb of ram.

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Tablet specs are starting to approach lower end laptops. How long before we'll be able to stick ubuntu or something else like that on without too much fuss?

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BlackBerry chief vows: We'll focus on 'core devices' and on, er, NOT LOSING MONEY

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Re: What's the need they're trying to fill?

Because everyone else still does. Personally I'd love an epub editor.

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Re: What's the need they're trying to fill?

Usually I don't feed the trolls but here you go:

A: Depends on your friends. If they're business people who want to be productive on the move then things like the passport and the classic might. Otherwise, trying to be cool is what got them into this mess in the first place.

B: If you're a business person or a big IM/Facebook user then yes. The Hub is still the best messaging centre of any handheld OS. Most android apps will work natively too.

C: Haven't used maps much but it's hard to image it being worse than apple's offering.

D: Up to you really.

E: The Passport has a voice based assisstant and it's rolling out to other handsets with the next update but haven't tried it yet.

F: No clue.

G: You get documents to go for free which is office compatible and there's a few other office apps available.

H: Dropbox is baked into the OS and there's plenty of apps for other cloud based services.

Just my 2p but Nokia lost their way thanks to bad managers and trying to be no.1 in the US instead of settling for being no.1 in the rest of the world.

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Samsung spam the market with new phones in the hopes of stumbling across something that works. BB don't have the resources to do the same so they are focusing on a small number of handsets aimed at a specific market. They won't trouble Samsung or Apple for the top spot but it's a good stragety to keep themselves going but doing one important thing very well.

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Don't assume public trusts you, MI5. 'Make a case' for surveillance – Former security chief

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And if we don't trust any of them?

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Raspberry Pi mini-puter TOO BIG and EXPENSIVE for you? Think AGAIN

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It looks like this is aimed at embedded computing rather than being a general purpose teaching tool. Sure there are plenty of robots and interactive displays that will benefit.

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Boxing clever? Amazon Fire TV is SO CLOSE to being excellent

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Thanks. Guess I'll just hang on till I see one second hand for £50. Would be nice to have that functionality for train/plane.

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Out of curiosity, can you cache shows to view off line the same way you can with a kindle fire?

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"Fire TV can't stream soundtracks to Bluetooth headphones either"

They've missed a trick there. That's something I and I am sure many others would find useful.

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There's no option to hide the paid for content in the amazon apps or on the website when you look through prime instant video. The instant video doesn't work on android tablets and doesn't work on blackberry handsets even through they are running the same .apk which works on native android phones. Amazon are messing their customers around and it annoys me.

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First space Hasselblad goes under the hammer

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Re: from the 3rd photo

http://asd.gsfc.nasa.gov/archive/hubble/multimedia/astronomy.html

http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2006/2006/33/image/b/format/xlarge_web/

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AT LAST! London gets BONKERS FLYING PRINTER TEST LAB

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Swarming drones with 3D printers. Add good manipulators and this could be proper si-fi stuff but I suspect that is some decades away.

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