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Cable guy, Games of Thrones chap team up to make Reg 'best sci-fi film never made' reject

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Re: Putting the Mars into Marxist

Is it adobe or something else?

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The link doesn't work but it isn't hard to find the books on the site.

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George Clooney, WikiLeaks' lawyer wife hand out burner phones to wedding guests

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Wouldn't handing out cameras have achieved much the same effect? Unless the couple were using the phones to corral guests e.g. mass text Dinner is being served

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Netflix bullish after six-country European INVASION

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Does this finally mean that if you have a holiday in France you can watch something when it's raining? Probably not.

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Man's future in space ... Barack Obama: Mars. Narendra Modi: Mars. Vladimir Putin: Er, Moon

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Any chance this is for domestic consumption? Just might be something to boost his image at home or perhaps it is the new way to keep thousands of troops going for a walk in places where they've got nothing to do but twiddle their thumbs.

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Good grief! Have you SEEN BlackBerry's SQUARE smartphone?

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Reread the article and spotted the word sealed. That's okay. Guess by the time that becomes a problem something will have broken first.

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Does it have a removable battery? Not the deal breaker it use to be but a micro sd slot is. And here's hoping that Amazon have gotten the video streaming working (not working on my 10.2 Q10).

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Ordnance Survey intern plonks houses, trees, rivers and roads on GB Minecraft map

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Tescos are selling official minecraft books and clothing. Note that's books. One for building, one for resource gathering, one for fighting and I am sure there is more.

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Apple iPhone 6 Plus: GORGEOUS FAT pixel density - but it's WASTED

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"Technically, meanwhile, the 2208x1242 to 1920x1080 scaling is so obviously suboptimal that the iPhone 6 Plus feels like a stopgap, launched to establish a class of device before the technology had been fully worked out. It doesn’t seem fanciful to wonder if, like the iPad 3, it might be rather speedily replaced."

Given that Steve Jobs was infamously a perfectionist and wasn't shy about berating employees who disappointed him, I wonder what he would make of this (and the watch too).

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Dyslexic, dyspraxic? No probs, says GCHQ

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Re: Duh

Yea but most people will be at the centre of the curve, neuro diverse are probably more towards the edges.

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Man, its smartphones are SQUARE. But will BlackBerry make a comeback with them?

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Let's not forget the classic which looks more conventional if the passport is not your cup of hot caffeinated beverage.

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Yes.

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Oz carrier Tiger Air takes terror alerts to new heights

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Re: Targeted

No need to focus on one area or one group or one side. There's plenty of blame and barbarity to go around.

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Re: Targeted

they might have felt threatened but:

"The firing by soldiers of 1 PARA on Bloody Sunday caused the deaths of 13 people and injury to a similar number, none of whom was posing a threat of causing death or serious injury,"

"The overall assessment". Report of the The Bloody Sunday Inquiry. 15 June 2010. Retrieved 15 June 2010

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloody_Sunday_Inquiry#Conclusions

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Before 9/11 he would have been chucked off for health and safety. It's morons who are the real problem but these stupid laws/policies don't help.

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NASA's MAVEN enters Mars orbit to sniff its gas

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Any chance this mission could last a lot longer than planned like the rovers?

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Lumia rebrand begins: Nokia's new UK web home is Microsoft.com

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Maybe I can pic up a 1020 cheap. Do Microsoft have the ability to put out. 1030?

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TOR users become FBI's No.1 hacking target after legal power grab

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Re: And here we go again...

Why do you think the tories want out of the EU?

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Re: And here we go again...

Violating the right to silence to (jack)boot but there you go. And once you've done your time, they can ask for the keys again.

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So if they hack a computer based in the UK will they be using Asperger syndrome as a defence against extradition for violating the computer misuse act?

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Russian botnet suspects cuffed over romantic MMS spyware allegs

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Sberbank

That was their biggest mistake. If it hadn't have been a Russian bank they might have gotten away with it.

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Does this float your boat? Dead Steve Jobs to hijack yachts from BEYOND THE GRAVE

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Re: Repeat after me.

Actually, there's a tale (probably apocryphal) about how a submarine patent wasn't awarded or invalided because Jules Verne described the workings of the Nautilus in such detail. On a side note that book should be renamed 20,000 lectures under the sea.

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JINGS! Microsoft Bing called Scots indyref RIGHT!

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Re: Looks like many are missing the point

My points highlighted punishment of an entire region of the UK for political purposes. That's not unfair allocation of resources. It using a metaphorical stick to beat one of the poorest regions of the UK into obedience and there by taking action it's clear the entire region was against in the case of water charges and most are against in the case of the cuts to welfare. And note those cuts aren't just the welfare budget minus the money Westminster thinks shouldn't be spent. A £100 million fine is being imposed

The rest of the UK outside of the south east has had chronic under investment for decades. Ironically Scotland leaving is the best chance the north and west of England have of addressing that.

I didn't suggest any form of PR. I might be a step in the right direction but only if it leads to governments that represent all of the UK.

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Re: Looks like many are missing the point

Name a council anywhere in England that could have people there (and just in the area covered by that council) forced to pay punitive taxes or have schools, hospitals and police stations shut down solely because the councillors can't get their act together and the hope is instead of blaming Westminster, people will blame the councillors or because the councillors disagree with some policies and aren’t implementing them.

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Re: Looks like many are missing the point

Perhaps, but you're setting up a large permanent underclass who have nothing invested in the current system and populations who get collectively punished because their leaders disagree with Westminster politics. Two instances I can recall off hand affect in N.Ireland. When the (and I use the term loosely) politicians there were at a log jam Westminster was going to introduce a water tax despite the water company there being a public owned utility and paid for in the rates. They were forced to get work together to prevent that from being imposed. An example of the power being used for good perhaps but because Sinn Fein are refusing to buy into the austery narrative, the money allocated to N.Ireland is being cut by £100 million. England might comprise the majority in the UK but that does not give them license to effectively neglect and abuse the rest of the UK.

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Re: Looks like many are missing the point

The way the system is setup Wales, Scotland and N. Ireland can get rode over rough shod if one of the big two (most likely the tories but Blair managed it in '97) gets enough MPs in England. You can probably add the west and north of England to that list too. I'll never vote for a party that will be in goverment because of accidents of history and geography and so if you're not in the south east of England you can pretty much get shafted for all the good the Westminister will do for you. Reform would go some way to even out the massive imbalances of power inherient in the system but I can't see the English people or Westminister parties allowing that to happen.

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Re: If i had a vote

I distrust Brussels less than London. There's your main problem.

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Re: If i had a vote

The weather in Scotland isn't good enough for it to be part of the UE anyway. I wasn't aware France was a member either.

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PORTAL TO ELSEWHERE scried in small galaxy far, far away

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I was thinking exactly the same thing but checked before posting. Who knows, maybe Webb or the one that follows us will be able to produce images like that.

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Amazon rekindles e-readers and Fire OS without weeks of whack-a-leak fun

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If the amazon app really does stream video now it will be interesting to see how may of these sell.

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Top Gear Tigers and Bingo Boilers: Farewell then, Phones4U

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No wonder I am the customer from hell when I walk into phone shops. Don't fall into those pre-defined roles.

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POW! Digia straps Qt into ejector seat, gleefully pulls handle

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Re: QT Framework

Ah, the n900. Probably the best thing Nokia ever made (though the 1020 would come a close second).

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What, no reference to Jolla and Blackberry?

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Get your Indian Landfill Android One handsets - they're only SIXTY QUID

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"has a 1,700mAh battery, 1700mAh removable battery"

It has two batteries? If hotswapable interesting concept.

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Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water

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Depends if they had bought the handsets outright. If so they might try to return them for a refund or sell them on to a comerical buyer.

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Always thought phones4u was a bit more expensibe than CPW but the lack of competition can't be good.

As for who said what to whom and why they had to close now, I am sure it will all come out in the lawsuits.

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DARPA-backed jetpack prototype built to make soldiers run faster

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we could call them swift claws

40K come to life then.

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spɹɐʍʞɔɐB writing is spammers' new mail filter avoidance trick

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The B in backwards was the normal orientation. For the few people who can mirror read and write that looks quite interesting.

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This flashlight app requires: Your contacts list, identity, access to your camera...

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This is one of the reasons I like BB10 so much. If an app wants lots of privlages I can deselect them and the app will still work. With android it's either bend over or walk away.

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Forget silly privacy worries - help biometrics firms make MILLIONS

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Biometrics are usernames, not passwords.

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Which is why I turn stuff like that off.

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

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"Did they buy the moulds from the Blackberry Z10 production line?"

Given that there's no micro sd card and the battery is non-removeable, no.

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Some of the gimmicks in the phone sound interesting like the tilt to scroll (until you need to run to catch the bus anyway). Best reason to buy one of these is still to get the instant prime video but it's a lot cheaper to buy a kindle fire for that.

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Who us, SHARE infrastructure? Networks reject gov proposal

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It all depends on the fees the other networks have to pay to use when they don't have their own coverage.

Or perhaps some public body could put them up and charge the networks based on market share for the roamers.

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New Lumia mobes nudge Microkia ever closer to biz customers

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Microsoft buying nokia was a bit like a dog chasing a car. Now it's caught it, it doesn't know what to do with it.

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Nokia Lumia 530: A Windows Phone... for under £50

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All in all, if you're a social networks animal, you're currently better served with Android Blackberry. FTFY.

Still, with here maps and if amazon release an instant video app for it would be a bargin if it is £50.

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Beer in SPAAAACE: Photographic PROOF

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Good point. I didn't think it would be air tight but it's possible.

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Wouldn't the alcohol have boiled off with the low air pressure on the way up?

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Heads up, Chromebook: Here come the sub-$200 Windows 8.1 portables

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Not advertising for anyone but I had a quck look around and here is an example of what the Asus is up against:

http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/59386363-Lenovo-S210T_1556397.html

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1Gb of RAM?

I wish they would stop crippling these things by design.

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