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End of buttons? Apple looks to patent animating iPhone sidewalls

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This could be a good thing

If they start putting displays on the side of the phone, this will remove, or at least mitigate, the "requirement" of ever-thinner phones. Maybe Apple will put in a real, beefy, battery to use some of the space, and actually have a decent span between charging.

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Oz fed police in PDF redaction SNAFU

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PDFs are believed to be non-modifiable.

According to many managerial/HR types PDFs are not modifiable. You can change the data in a form, but the text and images of a PDF are inviolate.

When I get a new employment contract I have to resist the temptation to abuse this belief, and alter the contract (add an extra 0 to the salary, remove the clauses for termination with cause, etc.)

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Today's Facebook fury: Coppertone-like baby pic ban baffles US mom

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Mine do.

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NYC, LA mayors hammer Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger

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Just Say No

This merger seems to have absolutely nothing good for anyone, except TWC and Comcast (and whoever is on the receiving end of fat brown envelopes).

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Boffins attempt to prove the UNIVERSE IS JUST A HOLOGRAM

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I seem to recall reading this experimental procedure before

Wasn't this process the core of the Michelson-Morely experiment?

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Best shot: Coffee - how do you brew?

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A close second to the quality of the coffee is the cleanliness of the equipment. I have gotten positive, surprised comments from co-workers about the quality of the coffee I brew for the communal pot, simply because I take the time to scrub off the brown gunk that had accumulated in the pot and grinder.

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Re: Acidity ...

If you are drinking cheap coffee, you may be getting a robusta blend (higher caffeine than arabica, grows in more places, but is bland and bitter. If you need coffee in the worst possible way, this is coffee - in the worst possible way).

A dark roast Arabica (probably a Costa Rican) should reduce the distress from overly cheap coffee.

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Re: Moka

The moka pot is also great for making cuban coffee, as it is easier to clean out the re-crystallized sugar.

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

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I want the glass!

But I think I'll have to settle for a mug. It would be ...difficult to explain to SWMBO that I drpped ~$74 for a pint glass (and a good cause). ~$35 on a coffee mug (and good cause), she may be more forgiving of.

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

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Re: Interesting, but....

In any proper test, you have one variable at a time. This is why many papers have the ubiquitous "more research needed" at the end; this one has "more beers needed".

There may well be another Pub Crawl to distinguish the makes of phones on one network.

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New voting rules leave innocent Brits at risk of SPAM TSUNAMI

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Re: DPA

Rather, there should be a box that you tick that says "Please Spam me."

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Who needs hackers? 'Password1' opens a third of all biz doors

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Re: Two factor ...

I have soul but I'm not a soldier.

I was a soldier, but had no soul. Then I quit and got my soul back. I think the Sargent was holding it for safe keeping.

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Re: Two factor ...

A token (RSA-type updating code, chipped card, a key, etc) is something you have, a bio-metric (finger print, iris/retina scan, DNA sample) is something you are.

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Re: Password fields need to be bigger.

Obligatory XKCD (We were all thinking it)

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Know what Ferguson city needs right now? It's not Anonymous doxing random people

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Re: One wonders, MkIII

Sorry jake, the footnotes don't help. It's a matter of trust. Why would someone be hurt that their wife had one affair when there are prostitutes in Nevada?

Also, my taxes aren't paying the gang members to shoot at me, and they are also not paying for the bullets, training, and range time so the gangs can shoot me more efficiently.

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Google's ANDROID CRUSHING smartphone rivals underfoot

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Re: Shipment v Market share?

"the number of shipped handsets"

If one of those ships sunk would there be a lot of armless people around?

Well, the ship did sink because the captain was legless....

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Murder accused DIDN'T ask Siri 'how to hide my roommate'

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Re: What a Siri idiot

Can an Android device be formatted with ReiserFS?

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The internet just BROKE under its own weight – we explain how

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Re: IPv6 like OSI is far more complex than necessary

So the sublimation of an engineer, without combustion, can only be accomplished after said engineer goes through a Lorentz Transformation?

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London cops cuff 20-year-old man for unblocking blocked websites

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Re: Bail

Did they arrest him for Resisting Arrest? That would work nicely, no mention need be made about what the (original) arrest being resisted was about.

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Nuts to your poncey hipster coffees, I want a TESLA ELECTRO-CAFE

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Re: If you want a proper coffee

Raw beans smell like lentils.

I wonder if how they'd be in a soup.

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I do believe that 'flat white' is cafe au lait, which is brewed coffee & milk. A latte is 1/3 espresso combined with 2/3 steamed milk (may or may not be frothed); a cappuccino is 1/2 espresso and 1/2 steamed and frothed milk.

I personally have been experimenting with a light roast espresso, and have been quite happy so far.

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Lawsuit claims SpaceX laid off hundreds without proper notice, pay

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WTF?

It does seem hard to spin it as lay-offs if they (SpaceX) are still hiring. On the other hand, sacking 5-10% of the work force as firing under-performers does strain credulity.

I would love to jump on here and defend SpaceX, lambasting the plaintiffs with much vitriol and frothing at the mouth, but I need more information before I can develop an informed rant.

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Brit kids match 45-year-old fogies' tech skill level by the age of 6

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Re: As a budding old fogey

I wouldn't make a habit of it, but it is something I think I'll try once, one of these days.

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Help Australia's PM and attorney-general to define metadata

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Re: Bad poll

I was hoping for something a bit more in the "where should they store it" question. Something along the lines of "They can stick it up their arse!"

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The Register is HIRING technology hacks for the WORLD

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Re: I might have been interested until I saw who wrote the pitch

Erm.. Probably because he's The Editor, so he'd be the one hiring the writers?

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Nice computers don’t need to go to the toilet, says Barclays

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Re: Computers don't need to go to the toilet?

Much like a toddler, a computer doesn't go to the toilet - it just shits itself where it is.

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Boffins spot weirder quantum capers as neutrons take the high road, spin takes the low

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Re: Great attempt at explaining the unexplainable

More than Once.

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Bad back? Show some spine and stop popping paracetamol

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Re: Never ran into paracetamol.

"You have a bad chair, you might as well lie on the floor and have your kids use your back as a judo practice target. Nothing better than getting a chair configured to fit correctly."

Odd, when my back acts up, that is how I get relief, having the (small) children jump on it and use it as a judo(-ish) practice target.

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Reg Latin scholars scrap over LOHAN's stirring motto

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Re: An Old Favorite

Carpe Puellae

Or

Carpe Pecunium

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New BOMB detect-o-tech 'could give sniffer dogs competition': TRUE

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Re: Curious about the dogs

As I recall, Drugs dogs do well opposed to bomb dogs because the dogs are actually addicted to the drug(s) they are sniffing for. This is why they have a short working life.

I'm guessing the cancer detection came up as part of Canis Lupis to help them ID the sick prey, and also avoid the possibly dangerous bits.

The bomb-sniffing just doesn't have the evolutionary edge that cancer has, or the motivation of needing their next fix that drug-sniffing has. All it has going for it is the "nose thing".

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Unbridled BONKING and rampant ROGERING at YOUR office!

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"Sickening and Obscene" button in Instagram

I thought all of the images on Instagram were "Sickening and Obscene", no button needed - Just a decent eye for photographic quality and a sensitive stomach. I find Instagram in general to be a perversion of photography.

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That stirring LOHAN motto: Anyone know a native Latin speaker?

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Re: and this is why...

"Latin's a dead language

Dead as dead can be.

First it killed the Romans

And now it's killing me."

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Writing about an Australian Snowden would land Vulture South in the clink

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Well, That's AUS off the list

Is there ANY decent technological country where English is a primary/common language that isn't going down the shitter; preferably with a coffee-drinking culture? I'm looking for where to go in 5-10 years. Switzerland looks promising, but the cost of living seems a tad high.

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British cops cuff 660 suspected paedophiles

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Re: for some definition of paedophile...(@Ivan 4)

Really? I was thinking it was Claire Perry.

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Listen: WORST EVER customer service call – Comcast is 'very embarrassed'

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Having once dealt with Comcast

I can believe this. They were loathe to let me cancel my 'service' two weeks after signing up, apparently "It doesn't work, never has, and your engineers never showed up to fix it" wasn't quite a good enough reason to cancel.

Then they tried to bill me $500 for the Engineer Callout.

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Oracle: You wanted SQL on Hadoop? How about SQL on Hadoop and SQL ON NOSQL?

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It is tempting to use a proper SQL language

...When do you think Oracle will implement one?

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Samsung threatens to cut ties with supplier over child labour allegations

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Clean, simple troll

The material is trite, but highly emotive

I give this troll 8/10 : Minus one for spelling, punctuation and grammar (too correct), and minus one for lack of swearing.

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Child diagnosed as allergic to iPad

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Re: Plastic cases

I remember a trend about five to ten years back, where a lot of personal computing goods were being made with bamboo casings. I rather liked that trend, but I guess the bamboo didn't hold up to the constant handling, or the economy of forming metal/plastic is much better than the economy of forming wood/bamboo.

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Flaw in Google's Dropcam sees it turned into SPYCAM

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Stating the Obvious

"If someone has physical access, it's pretty much game over,"

-Maxim of Computer Security since Time Immemorial (the 1960's)

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Canuck reader threatens suicide over exact dimensions of SPAAAACE!

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Re: Shmoptional

But that is only one star, and space contains many. Surely it is SP****CE, or as we don't know how many: SP(*+)CE.

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World Meteorological Organization says climate data is uncool

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The colonies ! = whole planet.

LIES! As the most important country in the world, and the only one that counts we ARE the only country on the Planet! </sarc>

Altho being on the inside it does feel like the US considers itself the only country on the planet, and all other Sovereign States are merely extensions of the US.

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What the world needs now is... a Bluetooth-enabled baby's dummy

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Meh

I can see the good things about this, mainly being that it will be easier to get a child's temp from a pacifier. I usually used ear-canal thermometers on the sprogs, as they can (sometimes) get the temp before the wee spawn wriggle lose. I can also see it being useful for an illness to track the temp, to know when the antipyretic has kicked in.

I can also see overly nervous parents using this obsessively and neurotically to constantly monitor for "early signs of illness" and driving themselves insane with worry over every quarter-degree variation. (factoid: A fever of up to 39.5C/103F will not do lasting damage, and is only doing its job. Above that is when it's time to worry).

The "find me" feature is a beautiful idea.

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Re: Well Kirstin...

I wouldn't think that it qualifies as HIPAA data being just a time/temperature, as it will measure the temp of your tea (see comments above) as well as the baby.

If it were programmable to the point where it had the child's name, or any personal Identifier, it may cross into HIPAA territory.

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What's your game, Google? Giant collared by UK civil lib minister on 'right to be forgotten'

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A nomination for Quote of The Week

"[D]iverting money is normal Government business." - One of the only clear and true things to come out of a politician.

Yes, I know, taken out of context and all; but still a beautiful soundbite.

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Would it be BAD if the Amazon rainforest was all FARMS? Well it WAS, once

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Re: Sahara etc

I'm pretty sure the karst landscape of the Burren is an artifact of glaciation. It would be ...difficult... to justify calling the last (much less any previous) ice age man-made.

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Cyber-Senate's cyber-security cyber-law cyber-scares cyber-rights cyber-fighters

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Re: Hopeless

"Your just a number in the system."

...Until you're not.

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Re: Yet more unconstitutional remedies to unconstitutional treatment

The Federal Gov't is a state (as in "a nation or territory considered as an organized political community under one government."). So that amendment should still apply.

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Google buys shagadelic playlist biz Songza

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In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida

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Web moguls ask YOU to stump up big money to STOP big money from winning in Washington

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Re: Farcical and so /very/ dated!

Why the joke alert icon?

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Search, done. Ads, done. What next for Google? Domain registration

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Re: Monopoly?

"Thirdly they were not rapped on the knuckles, sanctioned or fined for driving business to their other entities, an investigation took place but Google agreed to make changes during that investigation to ensure there would be no implication of illegal activities."

I think having to reform your business to not be illegal, or risk being found to be illegal, counts as a rap on the knuckles.

The key here is that a "Dominant position" counts as a monopoly position. MS was considered a monopoly with Windows. Apple existed, as did Linux, but Windows was the dominant player. When they used that dominant position to drive their browser business, they got into trouble.

Google was a dominant, but not sole, player in search, and still faced anti-trust issues.

I hope that it won't become an anti-trust issue, but with Google, any new web product/service could become an anti-trust issue, because they do have a dominant position in search, and most people find a web product or service via Google.

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