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Hey, Scots. Microsoft's Bing thinks you'll vote NO to independence

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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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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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Flurry of solar flare-ups sets off COSMIC PLASMA EXPLOSION

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These are the types of stars and their explosive tempers I want to watch on a Saturday evening.

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Europol picks Brit to lead new international cybercrime taskforce

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Suddenly I am filled with the joys of Spring. No, truely.

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Google has spaffed more cash on lobbying this year than Big Cable

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I can see some problems with this arrangement before I even start but what about having a body of professional civil servants who hear what lobbyists have to say, does some fact checking and then writes a summary/report/whatever of the meeting and their findings and that gets passed onto the politicians who make the decision? If the money is at least one or two steps removed, perhaps it would look less like big companies buying the laws they want and are treating politicians as non-executive board members.

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Nokia: Read these Maps, Samsung – we're HERE for the Gear

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Best reason by far to buy one of those watches.

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

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So, how long before the 3D version comes out?

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The title is too long

"If you don’t use Gmail, don’t have your contacts in Google and don't store your music on Google Play, there is arguably little point in buying Glass."

Should start the review with that.

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Chipzilla gives birth to a TINY comms chip

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Could this be put into cheap, lower power phones? I know that data rate isn't great it would be a step up for Nokia 100.

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Finally, a practical use for 3D printing: Helping surgeons rehearse

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If 4-D ultrasounds haven't taken off it's hard to image this doing the same.

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EE accused of silencing customer gripes on social media pages

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It's good to talk, but not to listen.

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

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Sigil. I know it's not being developed anymore but it still does everything I need.

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Primetime precrime? Minority Report TV series 'being developed'

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Re: Who is Tom ...

I think for well-known read someone they can afford. It could be good but given the movie ended with them scrapping the system it would have to be a prequel or hit the reset button. That or it's set after with the precogs looking to right wrongs that haven't happened yet. Touched by a leaping precog?!?!?

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Memory troubling you, Android? Surprise! Another data slurp vuln uncovered

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What about BB7/BB10?

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Facebook needs to defend Austrian privacy violation case

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Illegal terms in contracts are not enforceable.

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Don't even THINK about copyright violation, says Indian state

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Sounds like a tool for harassment rather than law enforcement. Wouldn't this count as a thought crime?

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Is it an iPad? Is it a MacBook Air? No, it's a Surface Pro 3

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I think getting pen input right on tablets could make them hugely more functional. I did a lot of proof reading and note taking on my PRS-350 and now my T3 (the e-ink screens help too). Now we just need to wait a few years still Sony get back in the business or tech like this comes down in price.

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Boffins propose security shim for Android

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Re: Or

You beat me to it. When I installed a torch app on my Q10 it asked for stuff like GPS, contacts, internet etc etc but as it was a native app I was able to deselect them all and the app still worked (as turning the flash on required none of those things). With ported Android apps or running those apps directly, you have to accept or reject the entire app. Huge, huge flaw in Android design.

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Barnes & Noble: Swallow a Samsung Nook tablet, please ... pretty please

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I've said it before and I have no doubt I'll have cause to say it again. When I go on holiday my tablet needs charged when I get to the hotel. My e-reader needs charged when I get back home. I do no reading on the tablet. It is poorer in every single regard except it has colour.

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Stand clear! Will HTC's One act as a defibrillator for Windows Phone?

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I would have thought if Microsoft keep plugging the imaging technology in phones like the 925 and 1020 they've have a ready made niche right there.

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Felony charges? Harsh! Alleged Anon hackers plead guilty to misdemeanours

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It upsets the people who bought paid for their elections so go to come down hard on it.

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Hello, police, El Reg here. Are we a bunch of terrorists now?

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It's like the forms you have to fill in when you go to the US i.e. are you planning to commit a crime while you are here. Of course you tick no but if you get caught jay walking then you've lied on that form which can be quite a serious offence. They probably won't go for the reporter unless they want him for something else and can't prove it. Then they'll wheel this out and try to run him down with it.

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The Register to boldly go where no Vulture has gone before: The WEEKEND

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Any Coincidence that Dr. Who is starting this weekend as well?

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Germany 'accidentally' snooped on John Kerry and Hillary Clinton

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Re: James 51

Judging from news reports the NSA went after everyone and everything regardless of its value to them and even broke the laws they were suppose to be uploading in order to do so. I've only seen a few articles on this but both of them said that the politicians weren't the main targets of this surveillance and when they realised what had happened the recordings were destroyed. Given their recent past Germans are a lot more sensitive about this than most western countries it could be that they’ve got not only checks and balances but enforce them as well.

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Would be interesting to know if they really did delete it once they realised it was irrelevant to the case they were investigating. If so their moral authority isn't that badly dented.

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Uh, Obama? Did you miss a zero or two off Samsung's Chinese supplier 'fib' settlement?

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The size of the fine needs to be a lot larger than any profit made otherwise it's just the cost of doing business. But the article doesn't state the size of the contracts or an estimate of Samsung's profits on them.

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Twitter displays our 'Favorites'. That is, like, PRIVATE, huff naive users

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Is there any proof that these ads represent good value for the people who are paying for them?

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Premier League wants to PURGE ALL FOOTIE GIFs from social media

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If the fans take a video of something that happens in front of them and uploads it, they are violating copyright? I know there are big money contracts signed for broadcasting matches but this does sound more like breach of contract that copright violation (am assuming there is something in the ticket small print).

At least now we know the reasaon why Man U banned tablets.

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A-level results: Before you smile at that jump-for-joy snap...

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Re: *every* IT post?

three years is maybe a bit much. Use to help train new starts and always told them it would be at least a year before they started to work independantly of their mentor.

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I saw an ad in 2013 asking for three years experience with server 2012 once.

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