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BEST EVER broadband? Oh no you DIDN'T, Sky – ad watchdog

Wyrdness

Though you don't have to use the hubs internal wifi. You can connect any wifi router you like to it.

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Ofcom snatches 700MHz off digital telly, hands it to mobile data providers

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The main reason that TV uses this spectrum is historical. TV's tend to be large, heavy and fixed in one place. So it would make sense for their content to be provided by cable, satellite or internet, and use the broadcast spectrum for mobile devices.

Of course, in practice this will be difficult to achieve, but it may happen eventually.

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The late 2014 Apple Mac Mini: The best (and worst) of both worlds

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For desktop *nix, OS X is so far ahead that I've given up hoping that Linux will ever catch it.

Though for server *nix, OS X is a complete non-starter.

Much as I love Linux (and use it all day long at work), I still reluctantly pay the 'Apple Tax' and put up with the almost non-upgradable hardware for my home machines, just so that I can enjoy the best deskop OS.

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Sky ponders 200,000-customer MVNO 'trial'. Soft launch, anyone?

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Re: Voicemail

Depends on how famous you are.

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Caterham Seven 160 review: The Raspberry Pi of motoring

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Re: My dad and my brother...

What about using something like the Suzuki GSX1250 (Bandit) engine in one? It's certainly not a mega-powerful race engine at under 100bhp, but is an absolute torque-monster with around 81 lbf·ft (108nm) at just 3,750rpm. I was once lent a Bandit 1250 and it's a cracking powerplant for road use.

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Fiat 500S: So pleasingly sporty we didn't want to give it back

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Re: I have a...

My 2.7 diesel s-type Jag with an auto box reports an average of 35mpg. In contrast, my previous 2.0 manual diesel Mondeo would average 45mpg (and get up to 60mpg on motorways).

It sounds as if the EU testing needs some rethinking.

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Moon landing was real and WE CAN PROVE IT, says Nvidia

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Re: Nvidea, did you also manage to explain

When they shot the moon-landing photos in a studio, not only did they forget about the stars, but they also brought in a huge fan to make the flag flutter.

That's the only possible explanation ;)

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Emma Watson urges UN to back feminism – trolls threaten to leak her 'nude selfies'

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I can only imagine that these trolls are blessed with the similar good looks and intelligence as other, recently convicted, internet trolls such as John Nimmo and Isabella Sorley.

http://www.itv.com/news/topic/caroline-criado-perez/

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US team claims PARIS paper plane launch crown

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Re: Not playing fair

Send the Americans a cask of London Pride. That should help to even the odds somewhat. Though most of their team would be too young to drink it.

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5.5in iPhone 6, iWatch hypegasm: What will Apple reveal - BE the rumour

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Re: "What will Apple reveal tomorrow"

iBob?

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

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I'm not convinced by this. Us 45-year olds have grown up with technology, from the Spectrums, BBCs, Ataris and Commodores of our youth, though the PC era to todays tablets and smartphones.

My 6-year old is pretty technically savvy (and can leave me in the dust at Super Mario), but there's no way that he could match my tech skills.

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Chrome browser has been DRAINING PC batteries for YEARS

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Re: I, personally, am not surprised

"Firefox is well-behaved these days regarding memory"

I came in to work this morning and found my (Linux) PC almost completely unresponsive.

top showed that Firefox was using 95% of the 12GB ram and, including swap space, a total of 17GB.

So about as well-behaved as a ravenous sabre-toothed tiger.

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Banning handheld phone use by drivers had NO effect on accident rate - study

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Bans don't work unless they're enforced, and I don't see a lot of that happening in London.

I was riding over the Brent Cross flyover this morning and passed a woman in a car who was holding her phone in front of her face and texting. When I hooted her, she put the phone down and gave me the finger. I was tempted to wait until the traffic stopped and then conduct a little experiment on whether a car wing mirror could stand up to the impact of a fist in a motorbike glove. Decided against it as there was another biker behind me and I didn't want to hold him up.

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Why has sexy Apple gone to bed with big boring IBM?

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Re: All-colour?

Yes, the picture is from 1983, the first monochrome Macs were launched in January 1984 and the colour Macintosh 2 in 1987.

At that point, I assumed that the author is clueless and didn't bother reading further.

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Microsoft swings axe at 18,000 bods in its largest ever round of layoffs

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So Microsoft is cutting jobs to focus on mobile and devices. And two thirds of the cuts are coming from former Nokia staff who probably have more expertise in mobile and devices than the rest of Microsoft put together. That's synergy, folks!

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NEW Raspberry Pi B+, NOW with - count them - FOUR USB ports

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Rounded corners

The new B+ board has ROUNDED CORNERS. And you know what that means, folks!

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London officials won't take Uber to court – because cabbies are suing the drivers anyway

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Regardless of the rights or wrongs of Uber, the London Taxi Drivers Association suing individual Uber drivers is a really nasty tactic.

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Beautiful balloon burst caught on camera

Wyrdness

Amazing photos. This is the kind of thing that we read the Reg for.

The Replay XD camera looks really good too. I'm looking for a motorbike helmet mounted camera, and this might be ideal to capture those near-misses caused by brain-dead drivers.

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MacBook Air 13-inch: If you squint hard enough, you'll see a lesser-spotted Apple Price Cut

Wyrdness

The ipad air already has a retina display and that's pretty thin. And with advances in display technology, it's bound to happen sooner or later.

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94% of Brit tech bosses just can't get the staff these days, claims bank

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Have you actually tried recruiting talented people recently? It's not easy. The place I work is really struggling to find good Java developers, even at £60K+, no long hours (and lots of tea breaks) and loads of benefits. It's almost impossible to find applicants, let along anyone who's any good (or has the potential to be good, with training and mentoring).

So from where I'm sitting, it really does look like there's a skills shortage. Otherwise I think that we'd be swamped with applications.

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Will Apple's $130bn cash infusion keep investors onboard?

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So they've got loads of luvverley money, but they can't actually touch it because they don't want to pay tax on it. I find this somewhat amusing.

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Minecraft players can now download Denmark – all of it – in 1:1 scale

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Something is blocky in the state of Denmark.

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Look behind you, 'declining' sub-$5bn iPod. The iWatch has come... to EAT YOU

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Re: Watch for music - headphones?

This strikes me as a far more interesting topic of conversation than the latest churnings from the Apple rumour mill.

I used to defrost frozen mice in the microwave, when I had a snake. I can confirm that they don't need anywhere near 15 minutes before they explode. Trust me when I say that you don't want an exploded mouse in your microwave.

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Leaked pics show EMBIGGENED iPhone 6 screen

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Re: Hateful

It's fashion. Eventually they'll start shrinking again, once tiny phones again become the next 'must have' for fashion victims.

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Apple beats off troll in German patent fracas

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A Troll Bridge

...founded in 2007 "to establish a bridge between patent developers and patent users."

Which naturally they live under.

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Apple Mac Pro: It's a death star, not a nappy bin, OK?

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I'm waiting for an enterprising accessory maker to devise a small Barbie-sized seat to go around the base, a la Cray.

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LOHAN cops a faceful of Raspberry Pi

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Don't fry the Pi

The Pi-Cam is notoriously static sensitive, so don't go poking it with ungrounded mitts, or indeed other body parts, once it's epoxied in place.

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SCRAP the TELLY TAX? Ancient BBC Time Lords mull Beeb's future

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Re: Just a News Operation

So no more Dr Who, or other drama shows from the Beeb? Bollox to that.

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Apple investor Icahn backs down on share buyback plan

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Re: Greed or stupidity?

You're asking us if a man who's made around 20 billion dollars from investments, is greedy or stupid? I'd advise you against a career setting Mastermind questions.

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It's Satya! Microsoft VP Nadella named CEO as Bill Gates steps down

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Cowboys & Indians

After years of being led by a cowboy, Microsoft will now have an Indian chief.

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El Reg preps relaunch of Cash’n’Carrion online merchandise emporium

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Glowrings?

I've still got some tritium glowring radioactive key fobs from the original cash'n'carrion store. 12 years later and they're still glowing, albeit a bit fainter these days.

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Sony brings 4K shooting to the masses in weeks

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> I hope it goes the way of 3D.

To be honest, I think that it's even less appealing than 3D. The law of diminishing returns kicks in and you won't notice any real difference in quality over 1080p for moving video. If you've got really good eyesight, you might notice a tiny difference for still images at normal TV viewing distance. At best, it's a slight incremental improvement at the expense of a huge increase in bandwidth.

At least 3D does provide some new functionality, even if it's not always that impressive.

4K really does seem to be a solution looking for a problem. The only possible real benefit to us is if results in affordable 4K monitors for our computers.

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Ian Williamson: The engineer who gave Sinclair his first micro

Wyrdness

From the Lunchtime O'Booze school of journalism, perhaps?

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Oz couple get jiggy in pharmacy in 'banned' condom ad

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Re: Who would want to ask for a 'Small'?

On holiday in the channel islands one year, girlfriend and I realised that we hadn't packed any condoms. So we went into Boots to buy some. There was a cute girl, possibly late teens/early 20's, behind the counter. I looked at the large selection of condoms on display and exclaimed, "Damn, they haven't got any in extra small!". It made her laugh.

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World-leading IT expert? We'll fast-track you into Blighty, promises PM

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Re: The wages are rubbish - so is the tax

I hate to break this news to you, but if you're only capable of earning £40K in IT in the UK, then you're probably not very good. There are some pretty poorly-skilled IT contractors out there who earn £500 a day. I know this because I've interviewed them and turned them down because they're not capable enough.

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From working with 'superstar' experts, I'd say that they're more than worth their money. They might cost you three times as much as an average employee, but they'll give you far more than three times the value. If they're not delivering that, then they're not true 'superstars'.

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Digital GIANTS in BLOODY battle to put your EYEBALLS in a JAR

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Re: Digital GIANTS in BLOODY battle to put your EYEBALLS in a JAR

Agree completely. I'm far less likely to click on stories with randomly capitalised titles, as I tend to assume that they won't be worth reading anyway.

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Thai man reportedly dies clutching his scorched iPhone 4S

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Re: The wonders of having a metal phone body

Apparently the switching power supplies actually deliver half of the mains voltage though the metal case. So if you're in a 230v country, the phone will be live with 115v. The current is so low that this is considered safe. However, a cheaply made and uncertified power supply might well be capable of delivering a much higher current through the case.

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

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Re: Still won't upgrade; even for free

I think that fink-nottle meant that he could upgrade from the G4 to a new Mac, then run Tiger on that within VirtualBox. Since Tiger has Rosetta PPC emulation, his old game might still run.

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Re: Why are we using memory compression?

To avoid swapping out memory to disk, and therefore increasing battery life on laptops.

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What the CUFF? Nokia shows how a smartwatch really OUGHT to work

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Is the iWatch a bluff?

Of course, it's possible that Apple isn't planning on making a smart watch at all. They could just be spreading rumours so that competitors rush to spend their R&D budgets on wrist-wear, whilst Apple do something entirely different. I doubt that anything would please Apple more than to have competitors with warehouses full of unsold watches, whilst they smugly clean up with the iPoo smart-loo (or somthing).

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THE TRUTH about beaver arse milk in your cakes: There's nothing vanilla about vanilla

Wyrdness

I normally skip over Reg articles with shouty CAPSLOCK titles, but I'm (almost) quite glad that I looked at this one.

Does anyone know if beaver butt milk is used in food sold in the UK. Wikipedia says it's used in the US (unsurprisingly) and Scandinavia.

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Five SECRET products Apple won't show today

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Re: Utterly Butterly...

What you'd actually discover is that they'd rant about how utterly unbuttery it tastes.

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LOHAN cops a faceful of smutronyms

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SMUT

Spanish Manual Un-Tetherer

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EXPLICIT VID: Man filmed trying to bang brand new 'budget iPhone'

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Are Reg hacks really unable to tell the difference between a USB stick and a small vibrator? Your office must be a fun place to work.

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Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid: Eco, economy and diesel power

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I'm laughing at the cost / mpg ratio

My newest vehicle is giving me an average of 47mpg in London rush-hour(s) traffic. It does 0-60mpg in around three and a half seconds and it's British. It also, IMO, looks better than any Volvo, and only cost me 5 grand brand new (in May this year).

The main downside is that it can only carry one passenger and has no boot space at all.

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Violent Hamlet 'bard' by British Library Wi-Fi filters

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FAIL

He mentioned in his blog that it takes about 70 minutes for the British Library to fetch a physical book. That's why he thought that accessing an online copy would be easier.

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British ankle-biters handed first mobe at the age of SEVEN - Ofcom

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Kids these days are born into a world of technology. Gadgets like smartphones aren't something new to them, they're just how the word is. Mine's been using my iPhone for educational apps and games since he was a baby. At around 18 months he could swipe to unlock the phone, swipe to the second page of apps, open the folder of toddler apps and launch the app he wanted. That caused some strange looks on the train, I can tell you!

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Royston cops' ANPR 'ring of steel' BREAKS LAW, snarls watchdog

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Re: Its not just in Royston

Those ones on the North Circular are the Low Emissions Zone cameras - at least that's what they tell us.

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Brit fantasy artist sues James Cameron over Avatar world

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Re: The last Airbender

Dances with Smurfs?

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