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HP: We're still running the ARM race with Moonshot servers

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Re: Rhetoric vs. Delivery

Anything delivered by HP will be

- next to impossible to configure let alone order unless you are a Fortune 500/FTSE 100 company (in that case HP will do it for you)

- Horribly late

- Overpackeged (beyond belief)

And...

Cost you an ARM and a leg when compared to the comptition {pun intended}

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LOHAN Kickstarter bid IS GO: Back our Vulture 2 spaceplane launch

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Re: Beer

There are some great beers BUT BUT BUT

For a head brewer to say that a beer is ok to drink when it is really cloudy with yeast is beyond the pale.

He was proud of his un-pasteurised, un-filtered beer but had never thought about letting a barrel settle before tapping into it.

Words failed me.

{happened in a town in Colorado last May}

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GitHub.io killed the distro star: Why are people so bored with the top Linux makers?

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The other thing is...

That most of the time, the new releases of the likes of Fedora 'just work'. Unless you have some unique use case then for the majority of us this is the case.

It didn't use to be. That is great progress IMHO.

I mainly use CentOS and OSX at home. A bit of FreeNas and that's it.

I do try the odd release of Fedora now but I don't have the need to dig deeply into it any more apart from the integration with Windows AD. {The real world job and all that}.

The stability that a distro like CentOS offers me and my current needs is right on the nail.

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

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Spot on Mr Reyonlds

His works tend to be rather lengthy. As a fellow author I have to totally agree with him about word and how crap it is in handling long documents.

I've just finished a Technical Manual for work that is some 300+ pages in length. It is also 22.5Mb in size because of the numerous pictures and illustrations.

Office 2010 freezes when navigating ove a TOC that spans several pages. This is on PC with a Quad i7 CPU, 32Gb or Ram ans SSD's for HDD.

I only suffer this when putting the final document together. It is all in short sections and only comes together to create the TOC and resolve references.

This freezing does not seem to happen with Office 2011 for Mac on my IMac.

For my own Novels, I use Scribus on the iMac. Works like a charm especially for eBooks.

(Published under a pseudonym)

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Leak: Intel readies next round of NUC

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Re: Meanwhile...

What has an android Tablet being remaindered have to do with a SFF PC Post?

I know is it a Bank Holiday (but some of us are working) but this puzzled me.

IMHO these do not compete with each other at all but I am willing to be proved wrong...

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Not so cheap

Well the existing ones aren't if you want one using an i7. I guess that cooling is a problem. Perhaps the 'Braswell' ones will be better. Perhaps it will give them the (performance) uplift needed.

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Best shot: Coffee - how do you brew?

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Instant vs Brewed

I used to be able to drink Instant (apart from original Nescafe) until I got Leukaemia. Now it all tastes like dishwater even though I've been in remission for 5 years.

Coffee (As served in the US) so weak it should not be called Coffee. Hot flavored water is more apt IMHO.

Starbucks Hot Chocolate is not so bad.

French Coffee is usually so bitter that it is almost undrinkable. Again, hot Chocolate is often pretty good.

At the moment I have a pot of Guatemalan blend waiting to be drunk.

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Get ready: The top-bracket young coders of the 2020s will be mostly GIRLS

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Beemers are old hat

The new arsehole drivers are those driving an Audi. The worst IMHO are Black TT's.

I've found most BMW drivers are very polite. No I don't drive one. I drive a 10yr old Saab.

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What do we want from Coders?

If you want 'code-slaves' who follow the specificatino to the n'th degree without daring to questioning obviously crap ones then frankly we don't have a chance. Besides, there are a gazillion of them in India just crying out for these jobs.

If we want smart developers who will do a proper job the IMHO it does not matter a whoot who they are but once again, I think we are doomed. Universities are churning out people with qualifications but do not have a clue about how to use them in reality. Recent Grads I have interviewed were useless at one key skill and that is problem solving. Out of 20 candidates only two had even half a clue about problem solving.

Frankly, we are doomed.

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Roll up for El Reg's 3G/4G MONOPOLY DATA PUB CRAWL

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Re: Beer?

Perhaps the American visitors couldn't get their head around 'real beer' after all, they come from the land of Bud, Coors and Miller Lite.

Will the next installment reveal their preferences. It is London Pride or some other ale?

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

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Rules for Prosecutors

1) Always tell the world the MAXIMUM Sentence possible. It makes them look good.

2) Throw the book at the perp. The more charges the better. Then they are more likely to make a deal

3) EVERYONE is guilty of breaking laws, even Felonies. They don't know it, but you do. More barganing power.

There is a downside but they rarely have to face it

-1) Be prepared to face the wrath of the Judge in a case where you press for multiple Felonies when the crime is really nothing more than a mistemanour.

This only happens when the 'perp' refuses a deal and goes to trial.

The cases shown here make sobering reading

http://www.threefeloniesaday.com/Youtoo/tabid/86/Default.aspx

Just the tip of the Iceberg folks.

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

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Re: No.

You don't have to read this forum you know!!!!!!!

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Re: Weeeekeeeend....

Especially the one coming as it is weekend until Tuesday Yay!

That give plenty of time for a few (see Icon) and Steam on the SVR(http://www.svr.co.uk/) as a prelude to a big bash next weekend at the GDSF (http://www.gdsf.co.uk/) unless the location is a quagmire that is.

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Creaky PC? SanDisk gives users a NAND with speedy '3-bitter' SSD

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El-Reg? are Units a problem?

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The original device did sequential reads up to 280GB/sec and sequential writes up to 270GB/sec. Ultra II blows these numbers away with reads up to 550MB/sec and writes to 500MB/sec. Random performance is up to 99,000 read IOPS and 83,000 write IOPS.

Spot the error there?

What is the difference between the Sandisk drives and the Crucial M550's? To me that is more important that comparing these to the AMD/Radeon re-badged ones.

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Microsoft: Azure isn't ready for biz-critical apps … yet

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Suckers

That's who MS think we are.

Those companies that have moved their business to Microsoft (and don't tell me that MS can't see your data if they have a mind to...) should really think carefully about what they have done.

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The Return of BSOD: Does ANYONE trust Microsoft patches?

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Well Doh! Haven't people learned by now

that WE the users are the field testers for their patches as well as their new releases.

They (MS) don't care a jot if their crud borks our systems. They won't come and fix it so we are stuffed with living with their crap.

It is rather sad but at least with releases from the Fruity company they do have retail stores when you can take your Macbooks when their updates go wrong.

Like many posters on El-Reg today I never update with MS Patched until at least a week after they get released. So what if my systems are 'vunerable'. None of them are directly connected to the internet nor do they have an client connections from outside our firewall.

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Microsoft cries UNINSTALL in the wake of Blue Screens of Death™

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Re: Ahh.So this explains

jobby?

No 2's my dear fellow. Lets not be crude although the <redacted> stuff to come out of Redmond seems like a load of jobby hitting fans at times.

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Top Gun display for your CAR: Heads-up fighter pilot tech

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Paris Hilton

Man drives a 'Ka'?

What? are you mad?

The Ka is for girly girls only. They don't need anything more than a speedo and fuel gauge.

Paris becasie she couldn't give a Ka.

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Microsoft punts FREE Office 365 mail migration, but some are not chuffed with the idea

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Re: Heavy Lifting

So basically you didn't get what you signed up for.

1) Caveat emptor

2) Kill the MS Salesman

3) Sue them (just like HP & Autonomy.... ?????)

I thought it was common knowledge that MS Salesmen are running on snake oil and you should not believe a word they say until it is demonstrated on your premises.

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Intel teams up with rap chap 50 Cent on heartbeat headphones

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Re: So, exactly how fast...

Quite fast

if they are called REO Speedwagon

Ok, Friday, coat, down the pub.

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Time to move away from Windows 7 ... whoa, whoa, who said anything about Windows 8?

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anyone but Canonical

your comment is excellent but for one thing. Canonical

They appear to want to be in everything these days and IMHO in danger of becoming a master of none.

If Linux was to be used then IMHO it would have to be either RHEL or SUSE.

RHEL gives you a 10year support like OOTB. That would be the sort of metric that the NHS cares about, not the latest whizzo idea to come from Canonical.

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Clouds don't last forever

The only future for company solutions and cloud is to have their own private clouds. Would any company in their right mind allow MS/Amazon/Google to basically 'own' their business data especially as the NSA will have guaranteed easy access to it bacause these companies are subject to US law wherever they operate.

Then we are basically back to the 1970's/80's environment that looks a lot like the good old mainframe with dumb terminals.

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Re: Gartner is, as usual, smoking crack.

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So a Win7 to Win9 jump would only be financially viable IF and ONLY if MS agrees not to EOL the damned thing before people get to validate, certify, and deploy it in the first place.

Spot on BUT if you were MS and needing to satisfy your hungry shareholders (in case a few chairs were setn flying towards Sataya...) this is exactly the thing you won't do. You wil shorten the life of everything. You could even force the subscription model onto businesses and make them pay just to keep their existing systems going even if they are old versions of Windows that you don't care a jot about...

Thus what is the likelyhood of your ideal world happening?

Oh Wait, is that a squadron of flying sheep I see heading towards Thames Valley Park?

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FEAST YOUR EYES: Samsung's Galaxy Alpha has an 'entirely new appearance'

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Re: ORLY?

The latest round of 'Apple phones are shit because they need recharging every day' Ads would lead me to believe that Samsung has not yet thrown in the towel.

Their 'S5 is the bees knees' ads were everywhere on a recent trip to the US espeically in several of the Airports I travelled through. Now they are putting the 'S5 is great' around the mobile device charing points in the terminals.

The sad thing is that most mobile device users, no matter what type of device they own would take the opportunity while waiting for a flight to charge their device. to me, it is a no-brainer even if my phone lasts 3-4 days between charges.

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No Apple fanbois here: Man United BANS iPads from Old Trafford

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Facepalm

doh!

you must be new around here (sigh)

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We told you jailbreaking your iThing was dangerous

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Perhaps

There is something to be said for the apple walled Garden

{ducks to avoind incoming missiles}

mines the one with an old dumb Nokia in the pocket.

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Red Hat spruces up 2011's enterprise Linux with RHEL 6.6 Beta

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Re: flame on

You don't have to use a distro that has adopted systemd you know.

You have the choice.

RHEL 6 does not (AFAIK) use systemd so you can carry on as before for a number of years with RH support (if that is your choice)

Then there is the fact that RH does (like the other distros) release the sources.

That means you are free to engineer a version of RHEL 7 (minus the RH branding) that does not use systemd if you feel so inclined.

You have that choice.

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Password manager LastPass goes titsup: Users LOCKED OUT

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Re: Why trust any third party?

"considerdollarbaseready fARSEbook"

Fails at least TWO common business password rules

1) requires at least 1 Numberic

2) Does not allow two characters next to each other that are identical viz 'oo'.

Next?

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4: 4G Android tablet is easy to swallow

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Facebook

Can you remove all trace of this plus Twitter and any other Social Media application from it or is it like the last Samsung device I had where you couldn't even stop the Facebook application without rooting the device. Even then it would somehow restart and try to connect to its Mothership even if you were in Flight Mode.

If my fairly simple requirement is possible then I might be tempted to buy one otherwise, Samsung you can take a hike.

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Chomp that sausage: Brits just LOVE scoffing a Full Monty

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Re: So basiclly,

Us the lard-asses? May I humbly suggest that you visit the US and see the real Lard-asses of the world for youself.

Whilst not exactly small in stature myself (ex No 8 forward) I pale into insignificance when compared to our friends (meh) in the US. A great plase to watch is just about any branch of a fast food joint with a scottish name at Breakfast time. There will be plenty of oversized locals breaking their fast on a Hamburger.

Now back to the real subject in question.

A proper 'Full monty' Breakfast is not complete unless it has some high quality Black Pudding on the plate. I hail from the soft south of England but it is always a pleasure to visit the parts of the country that serve proper (in my eyes) Breakfasts.

They will set you up for the day ahead.

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Chromebooks to break out of US schools: Netbook 2.0 comeback not just for children

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Re: There do seem to be a lot of Chromebook haters on here...

Can't run Office?

Well that makes them naff all use for ICT and a lot of other stuff because they mandate MS Office.

Not that not running Office is always a bad thing.

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PwC says US biz lagging in Internet of Things

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Childcatcher

Perhaps the US is as sceptical

as we are on this side of the Pond.

sure there will always be some advocates for the latest Toy but do we really need everything electrical in the home/office/world connected to the Internet? Where is the USP (Unique selling proposition) that would make all of us go out and get Lightbulbs with an IP (i.e. spying capable) connection?

will someone please tell us why we need this stuff? Will we all get consigned to a retirement home tomorrow if we don't IP enable everything in the home?

Come on, I (and a more than a few others) are waiting.

Now IOT Fanbois, this is your chance. Go for it!

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New twist in China Apple hardware ban riddle: THE TRUTH at last?

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Please explain

Are you trying to say that everything you do in an 'i' device is sent to Apple so that they can use it for <redacted> means? And that there is no way to stop or disable it.

I thought that you had to do some things to the phone first in order to 'enable' these features such as trusting a host computer and connecting the deivce to it.\

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Stalwart hatchback gets a plug-in: Volkswagen e-Golf

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No spare wheel?

What happens when you get a puncture then?

Perhaps it is another £500 for run-flay tyres?

As with other posters, the range is abysmal. not enough to allow me to visit the In-laws. Oh Wait... maybe it does have an advantage after all.

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Clock ticking for Surface 3 as Microsoft preps for globo-launch

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Watch out for...

Wall to wall Surface's in Dixons-CarphoneFlophouse at the end of the month.

I am sure there will be a lot of people playing with the things but how many will buy them and instead plump for a cheapo Dell/Hp Laptop or even a MacBook rather than one of these?

No doubt the MS PR Machine will be going full blast with 'spokesperson' popping up on all sorts of programmes but how many will they sell? Enough to cover the cost of the PR/Ad campaign? Lets hope so.

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Ex-Apple man Sam Sung - for it is he - sticks namebadge on eBay

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Re: Do Apple lawyers have a sense of decency?

If Apple did stop this sale then they would get a load of bad publicity. Striesdand Effect and all that.

Apple (good or bad) do donate a lot of time and effort to Charity. Tim Cook takes part in the Pride Day.

Apple could do the right thing and not only let this continue but donate an identical amount that the items get sold for to the same charity (as long as Samsung does not buy it... )

Then again, there is no accounting for the stupidity of Lawyers whose only thought is to line their own pockets.

Children Icon naturally.

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Americans to be guinea pigs in vast chip-and-PIN security experiment

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Re: Not such a big change

Which is why I use CASH most of the time for purchases under £20.00.

When traveling in the US I make a point of NEVER EVER using a card at a convenience store even though I have a card that bills me in USD.

I also use one card for Fuel and nothing else. Another Card (from a different bank) is only used for online purchases (I have forgotten the PIN).

Spread your risk and use different PIN's and you will have done everything you can to keep your money safe.

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Microsoft throws old versions of Internet Explorer under the bus

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Re: Best Browser

sorry, but my

'yum' beats your 'apt'.

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Amazon 'adware' laden Ubuntu passes ICO's data smell test

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Lost the plot

That's what I think that Canonical has done.

They still have a good following but they are doing their utmost to drive them away as quickly as possible.

tho prime examples are

Unity

Amazon

Buggy releases and getting worse since 10/04

Like a previous poster their behavior has drivem me away. I've gone to the other oasis of stability, CentOS. I was a RH user before getting on the Ubuntu steamroller. That steamroller is IMHO running out ot steam rapidly.

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Cor blimey: Virgin Media pipes 152Mb fibre to 100,000 East Londoners

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Re: Q from the US

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Intriguingly a lot of properties that could have a cable service have preferred to stick with copper. One may well wonder why.

Why?

Around here every house is connected to an ancient VM cable. During the evenings the average download speed is 2-4Mbits.

Why on earth should I give up my 80/10Mbits FTTC connection for some infrastructure that is clearly well past its sell by date.

The FTTC Cabinet is 100ft from my front door and so far only 4 other residents have signed up for it (info from BT Opernreach engineer who fixed a problem in the copper bit of my link a month or so bacl).

This means that each of us has our own fibre connection back to the exchange. Thankfully most of my neighbors are hooked on VM or failing that Sky so I won't have to worry about much contention for the forseeable future.

My friends in the use are on the whole stuck with Comcast. No choice at all. We can count ourselves very lucky on this side of the pond (even allowing for the odd VM, Sky, TT and BT cocckups).

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Whoops, my cloud's just gone titsup. Now what?

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Re: Cloud

It rained last night. I guess that was the Daily Flail storage washing away then..

mines the one with a copy of the 'I' in the pocket.

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Watch this Aussie infosec bod open car doors from afar

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Mushroom

Dangerous picture

The picture of 70% Nitric Acid is probably enough to get the SWAT teams knocking down your door at 04:00 in some parts of the world.

Isn't this one of the key components of Nitro Glycerin?

Yeah, I know it could be used to get that the circuits inside a chip but that won't stop the jackboots & ski-masked troops from raiding your abode.

Explosion for obvious reasons.

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New iGasm: Apple to unveil not one but TWO iPhone 6 models on 9 Sept

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Re: Still with the rumors

You are late, far too late. A whole slew of Chinese 'Analysts' have been predicting all sorts of production problems with the new models for months.

The only thing remarkable is that they are speaking out of the part of their body that the first four letters of their job title name and they don't seem to realize it yet they continue to 'find' new stories almost every day.

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PEAK APPLE: One MILLION fewer iPads sold this quarter

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Re: Invested?

Toy investment can be very profitable.

I have a collection of 500+ Dinky, Corgi 'toys' plus an extensive collection of Hornby 3 Rail '00' Gauge track locos etc. All boxed and in mint condition. Worth a heck of a lot more dosh than what was paid for it.

Back to the Apple thread.

I would hazard at a guess that an Apple Toy (viz iPad) will be worth more after 2 years than the equivalen Android or Surface devices in terms of % value retention.

For many people a Tablet (of whatever sort) is not a toy, it is a tool. If the device you have helps you get things done then it is IMHO, not a toy.

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Perhaps?

The current models on sale do the job they are meant to do perfectly well?

Did anyone ask if people were dissatisfied with their iPads?

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Robot snaps on yellow RUBBER GLOVES, preps to invade Canada

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Mushroom

good job they are doing this in Canada

I'm sure that in some parts of the US, the locals will use it for target practice.

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Surfing the web from Android? We KNEW it – sorry, iOS fanbois

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FAIL

A 1% drop is a slump now?

Forgetting the fact that up to 3% can be regarded as statistical errors.

So including those errors the situation is about equal. Neither one is trouncing the other.

Time for you to have some lessons in Statistics then Jasper?

Failure all round.

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Danes cram 43 Tbps down ONE fibre using ONE laser

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Re: 288 fibre strands

Backhoe?

don't you mean JCB?

Unless you are a former Colonial....

Mines the Donkey Jacket with lots of Hi-Viz stripes

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Microsoft blasts sueball at Samsung over Android patent royalties

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If Samsung has the Balls

to fight MS all the way then they will go a long way towards forgiveness in my eyes (HDD warranty issues).

Every other victim of these patents will be silently wanting them to succeed as well.

However, I can't help think that they will roll over and pay up after some sabre rattling. I would love to be proved wrong.

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Quicker, easier to fly to MOON than change web standards ... OR IS IT?

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Re: Okay...

Like proper Java then?

<ducks for cover as missiles start heading in my direction>

Mines the one with lots of kevlar.---->

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