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Top ten car gadgets: Get your motor running with new shiny-shiny

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Re: iODB2 Engine Data Reader - Cheaper option

Beat me to it.

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Google Glass faces UK cinema ban: Heaven forbid someone films you crying in a rom-com

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Mushroom

Re: Glass Eye of the Pirate: Cams on the High Seas

There's these things, you may have heard of them, called re-views where somebody, stay with me here, who has ALREADY SEEN THE FILM writes down their opinion of said film in a medium you can access, such as a website or magazine. Now, I know precisely what you are going to say here; "How do I know that the re-view-er" (for that is what these self-less individuals are called) "thinks the same as me?", well, I'm glad you asked, what you can do is view their previous re-views for films that you have also viewed and see if their view matches your view! I know, right, it's mind-blowing! And get this, you can even read/watch multiple re-views for the same film from different people to get different views!

You're welcome.

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Google adds 'data protection' WARNING to Euro search results

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Meh

Is this proven or are you just postulating? If the former, do you have any live examples?

Another article I read on the subject suggested that they use location based logic to determine what should be missed off the results.

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'THERE'S BEEN A MURRRDER!' Plod probe Street View 'slaying'

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Holmes

It's a good job that they had a pick-axe handle just lying around ...

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Hello Moto... It's the Nokia Lumia 630

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Re: No front facing camera

Oh, you went there!

(Have an upvote)

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EBay, you keep using the word 'SECURITY'. I do not think it means what you think it means

Jim 48

I think some people just down-vote if there is a bit of 'blue' language.

(And I agree with your 'not linking ebay & paypal' sentiment)

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Motorola Moto E: Brill budget blower with one bothersome blunder

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Re: Front facing camera

A down-vote, really? I'd love to hear the chicken-shit excuse for down-voting a personal anecdote that backs up a statement by the reviewer.

It must be the latest hipster must have (not); "hey, my phone is so cooool that it doesn't even have a front facing camera, other people photo _my_ beard"

Some people seem to be so small minded that they can't imagine a scenario why they'd want to use something (x-ref; Facebook & Twitter articles) so they seem to feel they can slag off anybody who might be able to.

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Jim 48

Front facing camera

"The Moto E doesn’t have a front facing webcam, an omission that rendered me slack-jawed with surprise when I first noticed it. Initially, I assumed it was an oversight on the spec sheet."

Ditto

My eldest needs a new phone and I would have been all over the Moto E but this is a deal breaker. As it is I got a 16GB Moto G for £20 more and son-of-mine can have my Galaxy Nexus.

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Kingston DataTraveler MicroDuo: Turn your phone into a 72GB beast

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Re: I don't get it. Can someone answer if you have one?

The other end is a USB-A male connector so you can attach it to your computer, allowing you to copy items from & to the device.

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That's it, we're all really OLD: Google's Gmail is 10 ALREADY

Jim 48

Re: Shame about scanning emails to target advertising though

It's free, get over it.

If you want private mail you have to pay for it.

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Ugh! This DUNKABLE wearable tech is REPELLENT

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Re: Memories

Investigating this I've found that the BBC has an archive of _some_ TW episodes at

http://www.bbc.co.uk/archive/tomorrowsworld/

I can't find the waterproof drill one though.

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Jim 48
Boffin

Memories

It's funny the things that trigger long buried memories; this has reminded me of an edition of Tomorrow's World where a spray coating had been applied to an electric drill and the inventor put the connected drill in a tank of water and started it. It must have worked as he wasn't immediately fried. I think the presenter at the time was Maggie Philbin.

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Reg tries out Google's Chromecast: Yep, we even tested smut sites

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Go

I've had an import for a few months and have just received a UK edition. For my use-cases it works perfectly, everything is done from an Android device and the content I use it for is mainly from Google Play Movies (both rented & bought; Game of Thrones series 3 was available a long time before you could get it on DVD), YouTube and now iPlayer. I also use an Xbox360 for streaming LoveFilm or NowTV but it's rare that I don't get any buffering though this, the Chromecast seems to handle it better when I have one kid skyping and another watching youtube.

I have a RaspBMC for streaming local content from my NAS.

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Florida bloke cuffed for pit bull shag outrage

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Re: Takeover imminent

It's probably the context of the story, but I read that as "fisting for a buy-out"

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LOHAN chap brews up 18% ABV 'V2' rocket fuel

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FAIL

I think that's bollocks, I don't believe there is a legal limit on the alcohol level but it is illegal to produce alcohol by distillation.

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Re: Never seen that airlock before

Pretty much what I came here to say.

Also, in my experience, mead is a brew that benefits from time, unless you are just going for alcohol for alcohols sake which seems to be the case here.

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Blasphemy! Finns trample over Windows Phone home screen

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"a folder opens in a couple of seconds"

After you've tapped, a couple of seconds for a response can feel like a lifetime. People want instantaneous, no0lag, nowadays.

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Shopping list for Tesco: Eggs, milk, bread, tablets (the £60 7in Android kind)

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Presumably that's the Nook HD? A very good device for the money; no camera (don't need a screen on a tablet) & no GPS (I tether to my GNex if I ever want this) but the same screen resolution as this Tesco jobby.

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Re: cheap cheerful

"but does it have a memory card slot?"

RTFA, you only needed to get to the end of the second para.

And a very quick search says it does have a GPS.

That wasn't too difficult was it?

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Exposed: RSPCA drills into cops' databases, harvests private info

Jim 48
Megaphone

This does not surprise me. The RSPA has always been a rogue organisation which tries to scare the general public into believing that they are part of the police force by the use of uniforms and calling their agents 'officers'. They do do some good work, but they also persecute others, especially those that aren't taken in by their bully-boy tactics.

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London Mayor shows off GIANT BLUE COCK in busy square

Jim 48

I really should hate Boris as I am against everything that his politics stand for, but when he comes out with stuff like:

"This beautiful sculpture: if you were to Google it in a few years’ time you would probably not be able to find it because that search engine would probably collapse at the behest of the Prime Minister."

you just can't help liking him a little bit. That still doesn't mean I have any respect for him though.

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BlackBerry's retro-look QWERTY Q5 mobe: Resentment by design

Jim 48

Anecdotal evidence is anecdotal, but I would like to say that I've had a Q5 for a few weeks and I actually really like it. I can use it quite happily with one hand and it does everything I want from a _business_ phone. I've also used a Z10 and, as mentioned in a separate el reg article, I do find myself swiping up on my Galaxy Nexus so the muscle memory must like that particular action.

BlackBerry have ballsed up on the price though, IMHO it should be <£200 sim-free.

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Give porno danger classes to Brit kids as young as FIVE - parents

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Re: Out lawing porn

"They really need to go and read the story of "King Canute"."

I think you'll find that you need to read the actual story, Cnut was demonstrating that the power of the king was nothing compared to the power of their god. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cnut_the_Great#Ruler_of_the_waves

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Nine-year-old Opportunity Mars rover sets NASA distance record

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Obligatory xkcd(ish)

I know it references Spirit rather than Opportunity, but the same principles apply; http://xkcd.com/695/

Also, I'm surprised how little we've actually covered the Moon or Mars, if I'd thought about it before I'd would have probably guessed at hundreds of miles, not twenties.

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BlackBerry Messenger unleashed: Look out Twitter and Facebook

Jim 48
Holmes

Re: the fat lady is warming up

Blimey, you are right! Why have we never realised this before? Sod consumer choice, we should all just select the current best device, which is obviously the S4 because you said so, and ignore everything else.

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BlackBerry's Q5 QWERTY gets flirty with buy-curious teens

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Considering the other announcement about opening up BBM to Android and iOS it'll be interesting to see what happens with the yoof market.

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Samsung Galaxy chip confusion halts bonking plastered apps

Jim 48

It looks like the Galaxy Nexus uses the NXP chip as well.

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Review: Jabra Revo Wireless headphones

Jim 48

How would this compare to a thirty-quid BT audio dongle such as the Sony MW600 or Samsung HS3000 (both of which I own, and am very happy with), as you can use your own headphones with?

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Maybe don't install that groovy pirated Android keyboard

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Alert

WHOOOOOOSH!

Hear that sound? That's the point of this article going right over your head.

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Ten ten-inch tablets

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Re: Nexus 4-style supply cock-ups?.

You're beginning to repeat yourself, I smell FUD. As I also said on your 'Torvalds' post:

"Or you could have gone to one of the various bricks & mortar stores that stock them; pc world, asda, argos, ..., and bought an N7."

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Torvalds asks 'Why do PC manufacturers even bother any more?'

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Re: At least google will deliver to him!

Or you could have gone to one of the various bricks & mortar stores that stock them; pc world, asda, argos, ..., and bought an N7.

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Apple's iOS 6 maps STILL muddle Mildura

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FAIL

No, precisely not just with a "state of the art GPS" device. At best they should be in addition to paper maps, training/experience, spares for your spares and lots & lots of water.

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Google stealthily coalesces UK music cloud into being

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US to UK services

I've been using the US Google Music service for a while and do like it, although, as mentioned, it did take an age to upload my music (and it exceeded by broadband cap so I found myself speed-limited for a while). To be able to buy songs on my device I had to clear the data for the Play Store but everything else seems to have transitioned to the UK version OK. I usually buy MP3s from Amazon but I may switch to Google, although I will always do a price comparison first.

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At last, a bionic arm that passes the Beer, Egg and Looks Cool tests

Jim 48
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It should be the law that all prosthetics sound like that!

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Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7in Android tablet review

Jim 48
Facepalm

Not read War Machine but have endured BioHell & Kell's Legend (all three books). I kept promising I'd not continue every time they'd get to the end of a chapter with some seemingly impossible-to-get-out-of-life-or-death-situation but they kept dragging me back in.

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The hoarder's dilemma, or 'Why can't I throw anything away?'

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Nokia 6310i x ?

Nokia 9000 Communicator

Toshiba e570 Windows CE PDA (including leather case & cradle)

Handpsring 56k modem but NO Handspring Visor!

Sony Ericsson M600i

Linksys NSLU2 (slugged up but retired)

...

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Toxic!

With the brilliant "Marshall Law"

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Aga-saga doyenne ponders how to put ebooks in public libraries

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Re: One person at a time

The DRM on the ebook expires

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My local library already lends ebooks and it works quite well, there's a limited number of books you can borrow/reserve at one time but you can define how long you would like the book for. The range is quite extensive and new books are being added all the time, although the categories can be a bit esoteric sometimes. The idea that an ebook can only be borrowed by one person at a time seems a bit strange at first, but it kind of makes sense in the library scenario. The eBooks are protected using Adobe DRM and I download & read them using Aldiko on my Android phone/tablet.

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Ten external battery packs

Jim 48

Re: HTC

My Desire HD (running Cyanogen Mod 7.1) can run for two days plus and that includes standard email, twitter, facebook, ebook & music usage. The only thing I do to preserve the battery is to turn wi-fi off when I'm away from home.

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Why lock your digits to a phone? Telefonica to flog cloudy numbers

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Re: Yac Yac Yac

Indeed. I signed up to Yac ("You're Always Connected") when it was free and still have a Personal Number through them. It's very rarely used but I have found it useful for fax and when somebody/site insists on a telephone number but I'm not going to give them a main one.

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Doctor Who Sonic Screwdriver Universal Remote Control review

Jim 48
Angel

Re: Where's the custard?

Fish fingers & custard (the fish finger is at the bottom).

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Post-pub nosh deathmatch: Bauernfrühstück v bacon sarnie

Jim 48
FAIL

Butter

Just say NO!

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Finnish boffins don tinfoil hats, admit Northern Lights are noisy

Jim 48
Megaphone

If the aurora borealis claps and there is nobody to hear it, does it make a sound?

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FolderSync

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SyncBack for the desktop

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Why MongoDB? It's the developers, stupid

Jim 48

"Candygram for Mongo"

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Fans get date with Lara Croft

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Re: Doubts...

I think the operative word is 'reboot', it seems to me this is the start of the road where Lara develops her skills and her confidence.

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Jabra Clipper

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You have no imagination.

I use a Sony MW600 to send music from my laptop to the speakers that are on the other side of the room. In fact, I was recently looking to get another one, or similar, as I could do with one for music and one for using as a phone headset and this looks like it would fit the bill.

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Twelve... classic 1980s 8-bit micros

Jim 48

I remember them all. When it came for me to buy a computer for helping my computer studies at school, I had the choice of a BBC-B, a few on this list, a Tatung Einstein (IIRC BBC compatible) and I went for a ... Sharp MZ-700, a machine with hardly any games, character graphics and you had to load the OS from tape every-time you wanted to use it. Mine had the built in tape drive & plotter. But it was £2 cheaper than the BBC-B \:-|

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