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BT: Hey guys, we've developed NEW MOBE TECH! It’s called... 2G

dave 93

If BT made their 2G service free...

They would get millions of 'registered users' then they could sell themselves to Facebook

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iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms

dave 93

Not much to go wrong with a tablet

Apple kit is usually quite long-lasting, and with virtually no moving parts a well treated iPad will last until the battery dies. If laptops are anything to go by, then five years should be about it.

The iPad was launched in 2010, with peak sales in 2012-13, we should see the first round of replacements starting next year and peaking in 2017-18.

Love them or hate them, iPad style tablets are here to stay because people love the form factor, the interaction style and they just work.

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Urinating teen polluted 57 Olympic-sized swimming pools - cops

dave 93

'Safe' drinking water is allowed to be a bit contaminated

http://water.epa.gov/drink/contaminants/#List

I agree with the idea that it was just to justify harsh charges, and they definitely kept the water, because it's impossible to prove they didn't.

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Behold the world's first full-colour 3D printer

dave 93

Re: to widen the discussion...

I like your thinking! Voids can be 3D printed using a filler material that can be easily removed afterwards. In the concrete printing you describe, perhaps some kind of urethane foam that hardens to support the next layer? Depending on the resolution, and the materials available, you could even print ABS support members into the concrete as you go...

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Re: A 3D printed cycle helmet?

If they are reasonably durable, then custom printed helmet liners, shoe insoles, seat cushions etc. would be immediately useful, particularly for any people with non-standard shape bodies that will never be catered for by mass market manufacturers. Just sayin'

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Microsoft: Don't listen to 4chan ... especially the bit about bricking Xbox Ones

dave 93

Warranty should cover it

Do the manuals warn you not to try messing with the settings?

I am sure MS can repair them - it's only software, right?

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Best budget Android smartphone there is? Must be the Moto G

dave 93

I am tempted to make an iOS 6 to Android switch

My iPhone 4 is still on iOS 6, and I have seen them struggling with iOS 7, and given that the new look and features would take some getting used to, I have held off updating because I know I will end up wanting a new iPhone - 500 quid.

I am seriously considering the Moto G with its big screen and fast processor, and learning Android's way of doing things instead, because it will be interesting and offers a bit more freedom than iOS - 150 quid.

I might just keep the iPhone 4 for another year or two, because it is still fine on iOS 6. - 0 quid

Hmmm -not trolling, just sayin'

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New Retina iPad Mini not sold out HOURS after launch - world REELS

dave 93
Facepalm

It's Xmas soon. Just sayin'

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HTC phone STOPS BULLET, saves Florida gas station clerk's life

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Happy

Another argument in favour of VLPs

or a tablet toting jacket!

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Lenovo stands up rinky-dinky new Yoga tablet

dave 93

Re: they really have nothing

I thought it was a new apple wireless trackpad - http://images.apple.com/magictrackpad/images/hero_1.png

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iPad Air not very hot: Apple fanbois SHUN London fondleslab launch

dave 93
Meh

A bit harsh

"few cosmetic changes and some minor weight loss."

New 64bit architecture, and a 33% weight reduction are significant updates however prejudiced one may choose to be.

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Pop OS X Mavericks on your Mac for FREE while you have LUNCH

dave 93

It's not about Microsoft

It is about aligning iOS users' experience of free OS updates and lots of free software if you buy Apple products.

It is also about eliminating 'fragmentation' of the platform because Apple only has to support one OS - if you have a problem with Mountain Lion or Lion, Apple will just tell you to install the free upgrade.

The other advantage is that older hardware will struggle with Mavericks, nudging you towards purchasing a new machine. These are all good business reasons for appearing to give away stuff for free

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Slip your SIM into a plastic sheath, WIPE international call charges

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Re: What happens when you are outside the UK?

3 have thrown down the gauntlet with 3LikeHome. My EU based contract lets me visit the UK and several other countries and use my bundled minutes, texts and data. You do need to check the carrier ID before you call though.

I pay around €30 a month including a few hundred minutes of international calls, including mobiles.

I think Nicholas Negroponte (remember him?) said that the cost of calls is trending down to zero...

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Apple bags top Windows feature: Blue Screen Of Death arrives on iPhone 5S

dave 93

"We're dealing with Apple, after all, and our role as consumers is to simply sit back and wait until Cupertino's iOS engineering team releases an update."

As opposed to what, exactly? Whipping up your own OS in VB?

At least you will get an update, and another, and another... until your old 5S is obsoleted with iOS X on the new iPhone 8S in 3-4 years

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Video thrilled the radio star: Tracking the history of magnetic tape

dave 93

Re: Tip for cheap, long digital audio recording - think DJ sets, parties etc.

Just googled the Nicam specs, and as well as the digital stereo recorded diagonally, there is also a linear analogue copy along the edge of the tape - a built in backup for compatibility with non-Nicam players.

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dave 93

Tip for cheap, long digital audio recording - think DJ sets, parties etc.

Snag yourself a Nicam Digital Stereo VHS machine on ebay and stick a 4hour tape in.

Just use the audio inputs and forget the video input, unless you're on the mixing desk, then why not plug in a camera as well, and you have something ready for YouTube.

I believe the audio quality is the same if you use LP and EP to get 8hour, or longer, recordings.

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Google menaces Apple's 3-year-old toddler with its cheap stream tech

dave 93
Meh

"take your phone to your friend’s house, you can play your games"

No you can't (unless they are web-based)

AFAIK - Content from YouTube, Netfix, Google Play, and anything that will display in a Chrome browser window.

No Angry Birds, Doodle Jump etc.

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Pirate Bay bod and pals bag $100k to craft NSA-proof mobe yammer app

dave 93

It's not what you say, but who you say it to...

IIUC - The NSA and GCHQ are much more interested in who messages who, and not what they say, so, to a large extent this app may not help - unless of course IDs are encrypted and random delays are introduced for messages to mask sender/recipient pairs. Just sayin'

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Rise of the machines, south of Milton Keynes

dave 93

Re: Tremendous place, this museum

Hmm, and deliberately sending thousands of seamen to the bottom of the Atlantic as 'bait' for the U-Boat convoys so they wouldn't guess the Enigma had been compromised. War is not a noble pursuit, sorry to disillusion you.

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dave 93
Meh

Bletchley IS Milton Keynes

They might not like it, but Bletchley is definitely part of Milton Keynes, and Bletchley Park is in the middle of Bletchley. Just sayin'

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NSA Prism: Why I'm boycotting US cloud tech - and you should too

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Re: Hello pot, this is kettle - Ah, the irony

Good article. As an alternative, we should start sending letters again - only one copy with a letter!

Just as governments are leaning on multi-nationals for globalizing their tax arrangements, to successfully and legally avoid their financial responsibilities.

Is it a coincidence that those same governments are now revealed to be globalizing their intelligence gathering to avoid their constitutional responsibilities?

It should be a good fight.

I hope 'We the people' get a bit more respect and transparency from governments and businesses who have taken us for fools!

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New 4TB drive spaffs half a telly season into your eyes AT ONCE

dave 93
Meh

Impressive numbers, but...

is it the last gasps of the 'rotating rust' technology?

A 4G solid-state drive could stream many more simultaneous feeds.

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How to save UK's open data: Meet the 'Fair Value Licence'

dave 93
Coat

News organisations too?

When you say 'realise its commercial value', surely selling ads around topical content counts as commercial?

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Are biofuels Europe's sh*ttiest idea ever?

dave 93
WTF?

Re: to answer the headline question

No, this article misses the point, and ignores the difficulty of changing human behaviour.

Raising awareness of all alternatives to unsustainable fossil fuels, by kick-starting initiatives and investment to produce sustainable fuels, of which biofuels and wind power are notable examples, is a 'Good Thing'.

Putting the Climate Change debate to one side - Left to market forces there would be no alternatives until the fossil fuels started to run out - and this is another example of the selfish theft from future generations that we, 'post-Industrial Revolution' humans, will be remembered for.

Nice to be able to comment on Andrew's articles for a change :-)

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Are the PCs all getting a bit old at your office? You're not alone

dave 93
Boffin

Re: Fallacy

A virtual machine XP-in-a-box is the future! Clone your old machine and run it on a secure platform .

Linux could finally invade the desktop, as a secure VM babysitter for a legacy powerhouse!

Now, if you could 'slide' the OS and hypervisor (whatever) on to a system, so XP and the user didn't even know, you might have a serious business opportunity. The Window of opportunity is there.

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Movie, TV ads annoying? You ain't seen nothin' yet

dave 93
Meh

Google Glass anyone?

Then you can have targeted ads and virtual product placement - in your own home/office/whole life!

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dave 93
Happy

Clever people make. Clever people break!

If you can use 'processing power' to insert branded crap, it is only a matter of time before someone writes a 'plug-in' that uses your computer and a library of brand images to remove the branded crap and replace it with cute kittens, or whatever.

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Drilling into 3D printing: Gimmick, revolution or spooks' nightmare?

dave 93
Facepalm

I stopped reading here...

"3D printing does not represent a pervasive, durable and penetrating transformation of the dynamics and status of manufacturing."

Bullshit for controversy's sake from someone who has probably never tried to 'manufacture' anything other than opinions.

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Samsung's new Galaxy S 4: iPhone assassin or Android also-ran?

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Nice product

I have has two iPhones, and am getting bored with the iPhone 4 and all the stupid hoops you have to jump through to share things with myself and others. It is actually the Google software running this phone that is tempting me - you can be sure LG, HTC et al. will have similar spec phones out in a few months. I know Google is trying to kill the Android 'brand', but as an OS it seems to have got all the features I want, and is a little more open than iOS, although Google Play seems to be developing Apple tendencies - they just killed an app that let you block ads.

8 cores in a full HD phone! That is still kind of awesome if you are a nerd born in the 60s or the 70s :D

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1 in 7 WinXP-using biz bods DON'T KNOW Microsoft is pulling the plug

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Happy

Re: Most XP machines would choke on 7 or 8

I just got rid of a trolley full of Dell Mini 10s with 1G RAM running Windows 7 Pro. 10 minutes to boot and load Firefox and Word - 10 minutes! If it were my decision, I would have downgraded them to XP (not allowed), or put Linux on them (nobody wanted that). Replaced them with 5 year old Intel Macbooks - everyone is happy now.

Wintards commence your trolling!

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dave 93
Meh

Most XP machines would choke on 7 or 8

2GHz or less CPU, with 1G or less of RAM is a functional XP machine.

You are entering a world of pain trying to run 7 or 8 on that spec.

You could always get a nice new Windows 8 box and run XP as a virtual machine cloned from your old system! :D

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Google takes Chromebook upmarket with touchy-feely Pixel

dave 93
Meh

No touch, but more of everything else, for about the same money

13-inch: 2.5GHz

with Retina display

I don't feel like touching my laptop screen very often, despite using a touchscreen phone and a tablet quite a lot.

I could be wrong though, and touchscreen tech could be the future for all computers...

Nice looking machine - can we have it with a cheaper screen, and more built in SSD (just in case cloud based Chrome doesn't work out!) for $500

13" Macbook Pro with the 'retina' display

2.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i5

Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz

8GB 1600MHz memory

128GB flash storage

Intel HD Graphics 4000

Built-in battery 7 hours

In Stock

Free Shipping

$1,499.00

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IT pro or manager? Go East, young man. But don't expect servants

dave 93

Check out international schools as well

..either for a qualified partner, or as a school IT manager - you get free education for your kids, and often get accommodation thrown in too. Try to find out about UN jobs as well, they have a fair bit of IT, offices word-wide and tax free salaries.

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Steve Jobs speaks from beyond grave: 'iPads are toys'

dave 93
Facepalm

So the headline 'quote' from Jobs is actually made up...

'iPads are toys' is an unlikely statement for Jobs to make years before the iPad was created, don't you think?

I can see how it would be a good headline if it were true, but it isn't. I am guessing the 'toys' he referred to were tablet PCs running Windows, and you know what - he was right. From all the Metro/Windows 8 review I have seen so far, he is still right.

Basing your article on this bit of self indulgent fantasy is actually quite funny, but at El Reg's expense, not Steve Jobs'

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Amazon offers cloudy app test drives

dave 93
Happy

It would be a nice new web standard

That renders the site on the server and sends the screen to your device. I think mobile Opera does this a bit, but they do all the rendering. If it was a plug-in for Apache with standard screen sizes, every web server (well - 70% ish)) could also start serving displays up to resource poor browsers who ask for it. Great way to push the same media-rich, interactive sites to everyone.

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Apple screws UK disties, punts just 13,000 iPads to channel

dave 93
FAIL

El Reg is still smarting about Apple's refusal to have any official contact with them

Quite funny really, if a little sad that The Register has to pretend not to care that Apple still snubs them. I bet Apple are really worried that you keep taking digs at them - not!

You do give Apple a lot of free publicity, and their tech gives you a LOT of visitors

Grow up and make friends so you can actually report first hand on future Apple stories, or is that too much to expect from a professional tech news outfit like yourselves?

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Dutch birdman admits flight was filmic fantasy

dave 93
Go

It must be possible...

What about that girl on youtube who uses a swarm of robot quadcopters to fly around?

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Apple announces dividends, share buy-back

dave 93
FAIL

meh

Like Apple shareholders really need an extra $10 a year profit on every share. It would have been much more interesting if they had funded a Steve Jobs foundation with a mission to make the world better somehow. Think Bill Gates...

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Charge of the Metro brigade: Did Microsoft execs plan to take a hit?

dave 93

Re: Good stuff

And well done for pointing out the annoying black strip of nothing. This also seems to be a 'feature' of Windows phones that has always puzzled me. Real estate on small screens is precious - why waste it?

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iPlayer repeat fees threaten BBC earthquake

dave 93
FAIL

Re: One flaw

This article is BS. Sure, the BBC wants to launch an iTunes like store for paid downloads - so what?

You already have to pay for BBC shows from iTunes et al, or if you want a DVD copy. One thing you won't pay for is repeats of BBC shows on the iPlayer for a week or so after broadcast, so, no change there then. I wonder if Andrew O. will allow comments again - he doesn't usually.

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dave 93
WTF?

€5 a month for the Gobal iPlayer is a bargain you can't get in the UK

Plenty enough BBC for me, and the radio is still free.

The idea of charging for repeats is stupid, and I suspect Mr Orlovski just made it up for dramatic effect. Charging for new stuff maybe. I expect the BBC will move toward a subscription model to replace the lost licence fee revenue, but just for non-UK customers - i.e. the other 99% of the world.

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TuneIn Radio Pro

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Best €1 I ever spent

I got this app on iOS when it came out and it is a fantastic piece of software. Try out the website for free access to internet radio, but the podcast archives accessible via the app are awesome.

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'The new iPad' revealed: Full specs, rumor scorecard

dave 93

Classic Apple

Another 'Goldilocks' upgrade - not too little, not too much. Gets your attention without pissing off existing customers.

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Netflix vs Lovefilm

dave 93

Netflix works fine outside the UK too

If you have a simple UK proxy server. Even lets you use it on many computers simultaneously.

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New forum Wishlist

dave 93

Avatars could work

Alongside your username as part of your account, please no animated gif though!

I was thinking more of the post icon selection panel having an 'Other' button for something to go alongside the post.

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dave 93
Go

Meh. Just repost if you're really bothered

This isn't a collective masterpiece , it's a comment forum. Silly or factual errors are part of the life blood, plus they expose the twatdangles who don't read/check their own posts!

I could support a 5 minute 'oh shit!' window of editing opportunity, I suppose, but real life doesn't have that, does it?

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dave 93

Icon uploads was my idea right?

:-)

The post is required, and must contain letters.

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dave 93
Go

What about ratings?

They are everywhere, but little baby vultures, not stars. Yes or no just isn't enough sometimes.

And while you're at it, not picture uploads, but maybe icon uploads?? Aw, go on then, picture uploads as well. Let's have a party!

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dave 93
Unhappy

Doesn't that just break the thread?

If you correct some mistake after that mistake has been discussed, what do you do with all the posts about the mistake?

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Google exec questions Reding's 'Right to be forgotten' pledge

dave 93
Facepalm

When was the last time you had a job?

SHOUTING AT THE COMPUTER isn't a job, but every job I've had involved communication, often using internet technologies, like email, websites, forums, blogs and even shared calendars.

It is practically impossible to have a modern professional life without leaving little traces all over the place.

Who's responsibility is it to track down and remove them all if I change my mind about participating in society?

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