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'Long Time Ago' and 'Far, Far Away' records broken by new GALAXY

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'Far, Far Away' records broken by new GALAXY

For a few moments I thought Samsung had released yet another version of the greatest smartphone around today!

Given that this discovery involved the aged Hubble Telescope, we have to grateful that the engineers fixed the wrong formula optics and that NASA has always found enough funds to send the maintenance crew up there.

How many other investments have returned such a bang for the government buck as has Hubble? The US Government deserves a hat tip for this one.

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BBC iPlayer downloads BORKED by Adobe Air update

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AND PEOPLE question the wisdom of not ....

putting upgrades into immediate effect but rather waiting a week, or month, or two.

I always wait a week and wait for the 'testers' to bitch before upgrading software. Look at Firefox, rarely does a upgrade come down the wire that sn't followed by patches to patch the patch!

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Cisco offers pint-size cell relief, lets mobile data spurt freely

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Has Ciso never checked TP-Link's catalog?

TP-Link portable 3G/4G Wireless N Router, model TL-MR3020with wireless speeds up to 150Mbps.

And the US Congress has never accused TP-Link of having back-doors.

I have used TP's products for years with great success. A poorly kept secret is that you an boost WiFi transmitter output with software patches available on line!

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China's cut-price drones attract Asian and African buyers

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So why are BAE wasting it's time in Wales?

There were pieces in several newspapers recently saying Britain was about to make drones and they would be cheaper than US and Israeli units and Britain 'would capture a decent market share.' They showed some abandoned airport where tests were being conducted.

As is so often the case Britain's effort is too little, too late.

Cheaper in China, as usual.

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Vietnamese Google-killer searches like it's 1996

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Whether this is enough to mount a serious challenge to the web giant remains to be seen

I usually use Google to search for Vietnamese sources, even without using diacritical marks, with great success.

The problem is < www.alibaba.com > and when you go there it is presenting the whole spectrum of countries with China usually first, which isn't much use when you are sourcing in VietNam.

There is another web site I use for VN and that is < www.PanPages.com > which indexes suppliers both with and without web sites which is very beneficial since Vietnamese don't usually use the InterNet for sourcing. Often, to source something you have to use reverse and lateral techniques.

Even the countries largest supermarket, which has weekly paper-based promo's, doesn't up date it's web site every week.

For example, I needed to locate someone with a polycarbonate heating oven. I inquired of a polycarbonate wholesaler and learned from them the name of a polycarbonate manufacturer. Contacting the sales department, and explaining my dilemma, they gave me a few names of their customers who were volume purchasers. After contacting three, I located one with an oven of sufficient capacity.

I think Wada has a good chance of success as even manual sorting/categorising is cheap over here given the salaries paid.

I have a CNC shop offering laser and water jet cutting and we have recently gone to 24/7 operation as business is so good - all without a web presence - and I am a partner in a web site authoring company! We simply cannot handle more work without a new premises.

WADA filling a needed void!

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Forklift fondleslab 'fellas flee with vast haul of iPad Minis at JFK

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So much for ...

super secure Homeland security.

The biggest theatrical farce in existence, and likely the mist expensive, too.

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US petitions Obama for better policing of its mega-cities

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better policing of its mega-cities?

The US has only one city that justifies the term "megacity" and that's New York. Ypou have to get around 10-millon souls (living) before you get to be mega.

And that city has police chief Kelly who is a law unto himself, he doesn't bother with judges.

AND the NYPD even has liaison offices in London and Toronto, etc.

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Anonymous attacks Israeli websites over Gaza bombings

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"... they could find themselves fingered very quickly ..."

So what, who do the Israeli's think they are? The USA?

It's high time the UN enforced all it's outstanding decisions against damn Israel including the inspection of their nuclear equipment - the original radioactive material having been delivered from US stocks.

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Is that a truncheon in your trousers, officer, or ... an antenna, you say?

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Why do we need to reinvent the wheel? And why countries need their very own GPS

Every day, legions of laddies and a few of their women walk around, electronically tethered to Plod or their bail supervisor, using devices attached to their bodies allowing their whereabouts to be monitored.

I wear a GPS device whenever I am out of the office and I rarely lose signal other than in jungle forest areas with heavily whetted leaves.. Others use the Joy GPS personal tracker, such as Spot.

Why is it so necessary to have new 'toys' for police and the military when off-the-shelf civilian equipment would suffice?

Besides. we all know where to find the Plod - down at the local greasy spoon scoring a big, free, cup of tea.

The need for having multiple GPS system systems is obvious. Although the US GPS system is wide open, thanks to Bill Clinton, the US has and does degraded the signal accuracy when the need occurs.

The USA and Europe don't always agree with each other and having Galileo gives Europe the ability to give the Americans the finger sign when the need arises.

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Watchdog halts Toyota Grand Theft Auto-esque advert

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Damn Nanny State ...

these commercials are seen in other countries without a general collapse of civilisation.

Parents have to be parents and decide what is suitable for their children

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So you broke our encrypted files? Ha! They were DOUBLY encrypted

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General David Petraeus and his recent squeeze, Paula Broadwell, really needed this

If this lovelorn couple had these facilities to hand, likely the FBI would be busy trying to decrypt their love letters and Petraeus would still be CIA chief.

And what of Cameron's "what you see, we see" plan? May be he will have to resort the old bLIAR trick, your password or your freedom.

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China's Danger Maps highlight health hazards

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Having lived in China ...

I can say most of China's populated areas suffer from pollution. I often visit GuangXi Province, in the south-west of the country, and the river that flows through NanNing, the capital, is so heavily polluted it is almost possible to walk across the surface in places.

I have seen the river burning, even.

Unfortunately, Chairman Mao's proclamation that there would be an iron smelter in everyone's back yard was the beginning of the heavily polluted period.

The other problem is that the building zoning regulations are weak and poorly enforced, read bribes vary planning conditions, which means residential properties can end up surrounded by industry,

The final problem is lack of pride through ownership. In countries such as China, Russia and VietNam the people, through the State, own the land and individuals and companies lease the land from the provincial level governments. This means a leaseholder really has no incentive not to pollute the land and therefore conditions can deteriorate badly, quickly.

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ViewSonic VSD220 22in Android mega tablet

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The optical sensor often picks up your finger proximity ...

reminds me of an early HP screen that used a matrix of IR emitters and detectors to determine the position of an operator finger. When an operator touched the screen, a pair of IR beams, one in either axis, would be broken and the appropriate action would be triggered.

Obviously, in the development labs in California, HP has a paucity of flies and other pests that are attracted to bright screens.

We were in an area where air-con was not needed, with fans quite sufficient to cool the staff, who also left the windows open. Flies and other multi-legged objects would land on the HP screens and go walkabout, which caused the systems to malfunction.

It took some time to determine the reason for the erratic operation, let's hope Viewsonic technology has overcome this hazard.

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Toyota motors ahead with radar crash avoidance tech

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Re: Given Toyota's previous experience with failing brake systems in the USA ...

@petur

Thank you.

When driving in extremes, not those Mickey Mouse conditions that happen occasionally in the UK, the last thing you need is automation of any kind other than non-locking disk breaks.

I have driven hundreds of thousands of miles in extreme conditions. For example, when snow falls and stocks to the road surface, if the temperature continues to drop to -30 or -40 (C or F makes little difference), it is perfectly safe to travel at 80-100 MPH as the snow, unless packed hard, will "dry off' as the humidity is so low. The bare, freshly cleaned road surface is all that is left. Northern Ontario also have an insulation layer of about six feet of white foam under the otherwise normally constructed road. The foam reduces spring temperature cycling which causes roads to crumble.

In northern Ontario it is also common to drive across lakes, in the winter, when even fully laden log trucks cross the water then, although there might be a spacing of 5 miles to allow for stopping.

If you cross a frozen lake in a car/SUV, where there are no trucks, getting off the ice and onto the embankments also requires no automation.

The safest way to drive is to stick your rear end right in to the fold of the drivers seat, tighten the seat belt as hard as possible and then use fully non-auto settings. It's also what the truck drivers do.

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Re: Given Toyota's previous experience with failing brake systems in the USA ...

YOU are the one who first mentioned => Toyota's "unintended acceleration" <=, I was talkng brakes, for which millions of vehicles were recalled. Try Googling.

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Re: Given Toyota's previous experience with failing brake systems in the USA ...

Who said => never having had an 'at fault' accident <=?

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Given Toyota's previous experience with failing brake systems in the USA ...

I wonder if they should be tinkering with them.

Automation applied to road vehicles can be dangerous in certain situations.

Having driven in weather extremes in Northern Canada (Yukon and Ontario) certain types of precipitation an fool (trick) automatic systems and create situations that are unsafe that might not have without the system.

And what of the system mouse trails? Will they leave evidence in memory that can be used to prosecute the driver as is the case with seat belt triggers in North America? The Ontario Provincial Police regularly seize these modules to determine a drivers actions prior to a seat belt trigger. I removed mine from my SUV in Ontario so the OPP's Sgt. Cam Woolley types are unable to use them,.

P.S. My last 'at fault' accident was over 26 years ago, n case some do-gooder objects.

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Google stats show government net spying on the rise

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I am disappointed in Google ...

for even entertaining take down notices that aren't baked by a court order. I know MS works overtime and is one of the biggest users.

Google should publish the URL's of the subject takedowns so that we, the public, can be the judge of the reasonableness of these request, particularly those from the UK government.

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Sex offenders need internet access, judge rules

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What's with BRITISH BEAKS?

Mr Justice Collins has got to be one of the more reasonable Beaks in the UK justice system, a realist.

Better the 'perp' be allowed to humour his needs on screen than getting into shampoo bottles!

These sentences handed down excluding the use of the InterNet is unrealistic and simply begs for offenders to re-offend and risk jail.

Congratulations, Mr Justice Collins!

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Windows 8 security is like a swiss cheese flak jacket - sez AV firm

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"at least Windows Defender is capable of repairing the operating system if damaged"

Yet more, interminable, StartUp-Repair. That's all we need for Tuesdays.

Whooppee!

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iFixit CEO launches open Toshiba service guide scheme

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The answer is as obvious nose on your face

Don't buy Tosh - let's see how much lower we can drive their profits!

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Devs cook up 'leakproof' all-Tor untrackable platform

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So why is Cameron wasting taxpayer money on new GCHQ e-goodies costing billions of pounds?

Cameron, and GCHQ, should realise that as hard as they work sticking their long snouts into peoples private business, others are working just as hard to keep them out.

Silent Circle is securing the smartphone so the snoopers playing field is narrowing.

Why the public is accepting of these intrusions for all this security theatre beats me. All that is necessary is for the UK government to let the Middle East sort out it's own problems and the Blighty will disappear from these so called terrorists sights.

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Sorority girls gone WILD: '1 to 3' casual sex 'hookups' every MONTH

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Hooking Up -Chinese style

It is quite common for Chinese students to 'hook up' with Foreigners to earn some cash on the side to buy electronic bling, school books, clothing, etc.

The usual amounts are between USD$40-70 for a few hours of close encounter. They even use Bluetooth to attract strangers who might be seated in a restaurant and who have, unwisely, left their Bluetooth wide open.

I have chatted with some of these young women and what I find surprising is that they don't find it anything like 'hooking'. t seems there is a difference between living off prostitution and occasionally dabbling in fund-raising.

And in case you guys see it as a likely opportunity on a visit, bear in mind that STD and HIV is rampant!

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Windows boss Steve Sinofsky exits Microsoft

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Wrong guy.

Should have been Balmer.

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'iPhone 5S' said to begin trial production next month

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Apple TV, hardly worth the trouble

Gven the absolute garbage that passes for TV these days, does anyone really want access improved?

Do you want to see some ageing matron of a Tory MP getting squeezed in a box with 5,000 bugs and labelled 'reality'?

We need more quality drama from the BBC as well as David Attenborough-type shows so children can learn.

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Kim Dotcom's Mega pops up AGAIN, now in New Zealand

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We need more like Dotcom ...

even if only to let the US know it's money isn't worth that much, any more.

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'Perfect' INVISIBLE SHED stuns boffinry world

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The British Shed

An institution replicated no where else on earth.

Good for unapproved smokes, railway train setups, and even garden tools.

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How to spot a terrible tech boss within SECONDS

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I remember an IT manager, now dead, who worked for Rubbermaid ...

and he had a full head of hair except his sideburns and temples were bare (bald) as he tugged at the hair when was tense.

And a service manager for a scientific instrumentation company, in Toronto, who lectured service job applicants on integrity and honesty (equipment was used for forensics). I declined the paltry pay offer.

Last thing I heard he was arrested for theft of platinum wire used for servicing the instruments!

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BBC places news chief and her deputy beyond use in Savile row

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Tory 'Get Even' time

The BBC has an enviable world-wide reputation that should be damaged by some a*se-wipes from Downing Street.

The BBC belongs to the citizens of the UK, and is NOT a political football.

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iPhones now 'safe' for Restricted UK.gov info, but not Secret

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Silent Circle by Zimmerman is ...

ONE HUNDRED PER CENT SECURE from penetration by NSA, GCHQ, Humpty Dumpty and all.

And cheap at the price.

Bye, bye, Cameron.

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Quarter of Brits don't believe that cell towers improve phone reception

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Re: "one in four Brits are morons"

About one in two or one in three in the USA.

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Actually getting too close does degrade an RF signal

If you take a handset to the immediate vicinity of a cell base, as in at the foot of an antennae, the signal does degrade, as in distort.

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Tech support blog removes Toshiba manuals after legal letter

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So post copies on US sites

How about < http://www.scribd.com/ >, < http://leakdirectory.org/index.php/Cryptome.org >.

For a greater selection of 'leak' sites check oout: < http://leakdirectory.org/index.php/Leak_Site_Directory >.

These people eat Toshiba threats as snacks. Toshiba, a computer NOT to buy.

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Coffee next on climate chopping-block

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Re: @Eddy Ito (No 'coffee' shortage as long as we have Soy Beans)

@Jake:

I live in VietNam - largest coffee exporter for a year or two - and your corn popper(?) is a very interesting idea, I wish this forum had PM's.

There is an Italian coffee machine emporium here in SaiGon but the prices are nuts.

P.S. The recipe above for Soy beans is genuine, only trouble is that if you drink too much your guts will rot!

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No 'coffee' shortage as long as we have Soy Beans

Who needs coffee beans to make coffee?

The Chinese, who clearly lead the world in alternate food products, with melamine in baby food, 'fruit freshener' for wilting fruits, etc., have the answer for 'coffee'.

Method: You take soy beans, now predominantly GM types, roast them until they are black, and then after soaking in the chemical mixture overnight, the soy beans are dried in an oven. When dried they are ground up, packaged and sold.

The soaking mixture is made from Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, used to make shampoo or dish-soap, toss in industrial colour powders along with Carboxymethyl Cellulose (CMC) and antibiotic Chloramphenicol.

So next time you are in your local 'bucks, or whatever, and think the coffee is dodgy, test it.

It is not difficult to differentiate between real and fake coffee in the market. Coffee is black; fake coffee contains chemicals which easily fade when ice is added while real coffee doesn’t.

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Asus offers compensation to pre-price drop Nexus 7 buyers

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Smart ASUS - generates goodwill, unlike ...

Apple and scratched 3 with it's shortened gap until V4 drops.

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Microsoft Surface Touch keyboards self-destruct – and more

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Watch out! The Ghost of Jobs will be after you for patent infrigement - How to hold Portable Device

Obviously, as with Job's blaming iThingy users for holding the defective model incorrectly, MS has to issue a similar admonishment.

At such time, Apple will jump up and say: We invented Wrong Way Holding!

Buy an Android, they have no restrictions.

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Walmart workers filmed playing iPad frisbee

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Finally, a healthy use for a ...

iCrap product.

Now, how about a Mac for weight lifting or football.

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China blocks all Google services as new leader anointed

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And does the US impose sanctions?

This simply highlights how stupid and short-sighted US policies are when it sanctions Iran.

No travel or monetary sanctions for China.

AND they have the NUCLEAR BOMB!

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Cisco sets ex-CIA spook to hunt down leaking staffer

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Guess it's harder to accuse Alcatel-Lucent of ...

having 'backdoors' in it's equipment (as they all do) when it's a US-company.

Perhaps CISCO could complain that Alcatel is French? We all know how the US loves France.

CISCO - overpriced stuff MADE IN CHINA!

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Worried dad invents pepper-spray iPhone case

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Another stupid iThingy accessory ...

that is ideally positioned to be bought buy people who have the challenged mentality to buy anything Apple.

Makes you wonder why Apply is so hell bent on 'thin' when people buy accessories like these.

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US whacks sanctions on Iranians for web, TV censorship

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And the USA wonders why it is so despised world-wide?

On the scale of international affairs this is just so petty. No wonder the bastards get bombed and attacked.

Of course this international defender of freedom doesn't do anything illegal like planting Stuxnet, etc., and it expects countries to allow it to carry on without retribution?

All smart terrorists have long moved any assets from the States and, knowing they would be denied visas in any event, don't include the US in their itineraries unless they are planning an encore to 2001. Singapore is a far better destination for bent money.

Israel has nuclear weapons, and no inspections or restraints, nor does India or Pakistan. I'd rather Iranian ragtops had nuclear weapons than Pakistan. At least they are stable.

China now manufactures high-voltage, high-current trigger switches - one brand in the US is coloured a delightful light blue - which are used to trigger a nuclear explosion. So yet another US-restricted component is freely available.

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iPhone senses you typing on table, bit of wood etc, turns vibes to text

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Unlike many Apple products, this at least has ...

novel thought behind it.

I was thinking what other sources of vibration might produce unique outputs. I would suggest some but El Reg is not in the same genre as Health and Efficiency magazine!

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Apple seeks cooling fan patent for iPhone, iPad

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A properly designed piece of portable equipment ...

rarely requires fan cooling except where excessive heat is generated. If Apple considered functionality ahead of 'thin' they might not need forced air cooling. I occasionally use a 2-way radio with a minimum high output of 9 watts RF and it doesn't require cooling.

As we all know, heat is wasted energy and already Apple has battery problems. Adding a motor will only exacerbate battery drain.

Likely this is just an Apple patent everything move.

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Prime Minister on Twitter: Me and Obama, we're like THAT

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'Outstanding partnership' = between a master and a sychophant ?

A very easy test.

How many military bases does the UK have in the US? How many military bases does the US have in the UK?

Some 'partnership'.

And, Cameron, after you've fixed the extradition treaty, how about tossing that load of US spy dishes, in Yorkshire, into the garbage and reclaiming at least a modicum of British pride.

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iPhone maker Foxconn hatching US factory expansion plan?

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Coals to Newcastle or teachiing the Americans high-tech

There is a talking book I have insisted my partners listen to, we can actually read, called That Used to Be Us. How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back by Thomas L. Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum .

The book, written two or three years ago, predicted this reverse transference of knowledge would happen, following America's decline in so many areas..

You can download it from PirateBay - get the talking book version, it's so much easier to follow - believe me it's a must read, just change America with the UK and it is just as appropriate.

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Storage upstart Huawei snatches NFS filer crown

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Any day now the US Congress will have a hearing about ...

security, back-doors, etc. built in to storage systems.

Americans can't accept that other companies/countries can successfully compete without copying.

Well done, Huawei!

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Revealed! Prime Minister's iPad 'dashboard' for controlling Britain

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Cameron ... the one finger typer

He needs a screen so he doesn't have to read big words.

Pure bloody Apple PR. At least we know the Americans can read what he is doing - they love tapping cell systems. Ask the Greek government.

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Medical scan record that the NHS says will cost £2k to retrieve: Detail

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In Canada, stored images ...

only cost CAD$5 and, unless they are hard copies, can be e-mailed to you after payment is made.

Looks like the NHS is screwing patients, again. And whose copyright is it, anyway, the camera operator or the 'model'?

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Edible iPhone case goes on sale in Japan

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An ideal product neatly attuned to the ...

mentality of the dummies who have the stupidity to buy an iThingy in the first place.

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