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Feast your PUNY eyes on highest resolution phone display EVER

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Re: Laptop resolutions...

Agree entirely -- laptop screens are useless at affordable prices.

However, what are you waiting for? I'm going to get one of these and see if I can set it up as a second monitor.

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Crap flap-app flap chap yaps: Yes, FLAPPY BIRD is comin' back

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> I got a life!

I heard you get an extra life at 500. Thought it was a myth.

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GRAV WAVE TSUNAMI boffinry BONANZA – the aftershock of the universe's Big Bang

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"instant after that moment", "grapefruit sized", "mere moments"

Are these measurements going in the El Reg official units of measurement?

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Actually, there is an Arapaho word for 'pliers'

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> I'm rather glumly looking at a box of paper-clips as we speak.

I think you're writing a letter!

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O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay! Friday is Pi Day

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Re: Like so many other web stories, this only applies to America.

If you define Pi to be the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter (which many people do) then all you need to do is significantly warp space-time (a singularity would do it) to alter the value of Pi (in the vicinity of the warp). Perhaps this is what they're aiming for in Indiana?

If the universe is a hypersphere (debatable, the hyper torus looks more yummy) and you draw a circle big enough (imagine you're standing at the north pole and draw a circle around the equator) then Pi is equal to 2. Make the circle bigger (you standing at north pole and drawing a circle round the south pole) and Pi becomes less than 1 (the diameter is longer than the circumference), shrinking down to 0.

Yep, you heard it here first -- Pi is variable and depends on the size of the circle and your locality.

Oh wait, Euclidean geometry? balls.

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166 days later: Space Station astronauts return to Earth

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Re: that man-made dot in space

I remember going out in 2000 to see it go overhead with my mum (I mean I was with my mum, she wasn't on board). She'd seen the original Sputnik go overhead in the late (19)50s, but seemed oddly unimpressed by the dim ISS that went across (BUT THERE'S PEOPLE ON THAT ONE MUM!!!)!

14 years on and it has a tonne more solar panels and so can be VERY reflective (and I love it when it just disappears mid flight as it enters the Earth's shadow) outshining Jupiter at even positive magnitudes. Well worth a look. The http://www.heavens-above.com/ site has magnitude estimates as well as the info on the NASA site so you can see if it's worth staying up to watch :)

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Bletchley Park board member quits amid TNMOC split-off spat

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The problem with all the old outdated kit is that they don't use the same I/O standards or protocols so no real communication can go on between them.

The machines are quite old too.

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Fee fie Firefox: Mozilla's lawyers probe Dell over browser install charge

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Re: Are they blond?

I asked my solicitor about this and he said the rates were completely unreasonable (+£10.30). For some reason he was also interested to know if Dell were hiring.

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Magnets to stick stuff to tablets: Yup, there's an Apple patent application for that

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> What really narks me is that adding "on a mobile device" to any existing invention seems to make it unique enough to repatent.

Can't agree more. I'm going to patent this but on all specifically silver and white mobile devices.

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First man/machine nerve grafts restore amputee's sense of touch

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> First? Not by a long chalk

You forgot to mention the first neanderthal to use furs for clothes. Definitely the first cyborg.

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El Reg BuzzFelch: 10 Electrical Connectors You CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT!

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> Where should I stop?

When you've listed 10

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ISS astronauts to grow tomatoes and rice …. IN SPAAAAACE

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Why no

Pork Chops IN SPAAAAAACE?

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New Doctor Who's new costume newly REVEALED by Beeb

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> do we know anyone else with an iconic coat that's blue with some red detailing?

I can think of Mendoza from the Mysterious Cities of Gold. (really it was a cape). Who were you thinking of?

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Stephen Fry rewrites computer history again: This time it's serious

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Re: he sort of reminds me of a polished Boris

Looks like there are plenty of other pedants than me reading to advice that licence is a noun. You know what they say: practise makes perfect.

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he sort of reminds me of a polished Boris

At least with Boris everyone knows he's spouting nonsense.

BTW, I congratulate you on "licence [sic]"

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Handsome young autopilot reports for spaceplane duty

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> Surely, someone can improve upon that.

Yes, I would have thought so ;)

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Re: Weighty matters

Any mileage in attaching four or six bicycle dynamos with propellors on to the wings instead of batteries?

JOKE

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Plusnet is working on a network-level filter to block pirate sites

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Re: Court Orders.

BT owned Plusnet blocking websites that claim to allow users to download whole television series to their devices on payment of a fee. www.sky.com

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Google Glass driver told she CAN wear techno-specs while on the road

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No need for logs

The NSA will be streaming the pictures live

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Boffins find ALIEN WORLD orbiting the Sun's LONG LOST TWIN

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> find a way to communicate in real time

Unfortunately this will reveal that there is no intelligent life on earth

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Audiophiles: These Wi-Fi speakers have a stereo drift of less than 25μs – good enough for you?

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Re: For hifi wifi transmission the best air is no air

Excellent advice on all the Monster polish and cloths etc. I think I'm going to get out some of my old C90 compilations and see how good they sound now!

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Boffins: Antarctic glacier in irreversible decline, will raise sea levels by 1cm

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Re: Ice Ice Baby

Are you suggesting the researchers have a grudge against the ice? :)

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> transporting fallen snow to the ocean

One correction here where your model falls over. There is practically no falling snow in the antarctic (I think it's the equivalent of 5cm of rain per /year/). It's technically the biggest desert in the world! I think that would tend to imply rate of loss is not affected by fallen snow.

The problem, especially in Antarctica, is that this ice has been on ground for ... some time, and now it's not going to be. Melted or not it's going to raise the sea level.

What I do find confusing in the article though is it says both "the rate of loss will continue at this rate for the foreseeable future" and later on "increasing the speed with which it slides into the ocean". So do they mean the rate of increase of loss?

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Google is developing flight 'price comparison thing' with us, claims Ryanair boss O'Leary

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You /will/ be able to see the true cost of the flight

but you'll need to pay an extra £4 per head to google play

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Google gobbles Wi-Fi thermostat maker Nest for $3.2 BEEELLION IN CASH

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here's an alternative then

http://www.tado.com/gb/

Featured in el reg's 10 geek gifts for Christmas (or some other list).

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Light, fast ... and pricey: Toshiba's Portégé Z30 – now THIS is an Ultrabook

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Pixel density

Think how much heavier it would be with more pixels though

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Ah! I only read up to "screen resolution isn't full HD but is 1366 x 768 pixels", didn't know what he said straight after that.

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Samsung: Men, our Gear smartwatch will make you a hit with the sexy ladies

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There's nothing more attractive than

a man with more money than sense. Anyone with a Samsung Gear can easily be identified as such...

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Worried OpenSSL uses NSA-tainted crypto? This BUG has got your back

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Yes but...

which computers are logging and decrypting your communications between you and that IP? GCHQ/NSA aren't interested in accessing your machine, they're interested in decrypting all the traffic that goes in and out.

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Fees shakeup: Freephone numbers will actually BE free – Ofcom

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Re: You can easily blow 100 mins on a 0800 number while on hold!!!!

it's not clear to me that you're referring to the giffgaff charges alluded to in this particular thread, but when giffgaff say free, they mean free -- they're not charged out of credit and they don't come out of your pre-paid minutes! I think you can genuinely call an 0800 number with 0 credit and 0 minutes (or no package [goodybag]).

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PS-PHWOARRR: We review Sony’s next-gen PlayStation 4

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Re: Ho hum

False implies false is true

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Re: I will get one because....

Just buy one, then send it back unopened with a post-it saying "Wife says no" on, and hope for the best...

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Want to reach out and touch your Chromebook? How does $299 grab you?

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Re: Eh?

Vertical resolution of at least 1024 like we had 15 years ago would be nice! Just chop them off the side and stick them on the bottom!!

Is the slogan "touch every pixel"? 1366x768 on a 7" tablet is noticeably blocky. This is the 21st Century! come on make something I want to buy!!

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You DON'T need a new MacBook! Reg man fiddles with Fusion, pimps out vintage Pro

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great article!

Excellent article -- not enough on upgrading an old Apple.

I can't wait for the missus's MacBook Pro to conk out now. Any tips for speeding this up? ;)

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BBC's 3D blunder BLASTED OUR BRAINS – Doctor Who fans

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Re: watch the non-3D version

Judging the plot I'd say the normal version is at least 4D

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Possibly EXPLODING or GLORIOUS Comet ISON: The (GIF) MOVIE

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Re: As any fule kno

Only concentrated jif was infringing on the compression algorithm patent.

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ULTIMATE ELECTRIC driving machine? Yes, it’s the BMW i3 e-car

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How well does an i3 drive over a sandy bridge?

Has well as the zoe?

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Three Men in a Tardis

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I would complain if you didn't start at zeroth.

Starting counting at 0 is a perfectly good thing to do. If only historians had done it.

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Microsoft advertises Surface, Excel with maths mistake

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Clearly the Surface has gained sentience

and looking at its own price has realised things are priced $500 more than they're worth.

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Galaxy is CRAMMED with EARTH-LIKE WORLDS – also ALIENS (probably)

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Re: Hopefully some of it has better TV than us too.

I can just picture the euphoria at SETI when they start detecting the first extra-terrestrial television signals, only to be deflated when they receive the subscription bill from Sky the next day.

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Aussie bloke hacks way to top of music charts with MIDI-based tunes

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I've been working for years on a similar system

to fake upvotes in the register. They catch me every time.

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Comet ISON perhaps NOT GARBAGE after all - glows GREEN in latest snaps

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Re: OhOh

The zombies had better look out for the carniverous walking plants first! Or the heat-ray equipped tripods. or both.

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If my admittedly bad memory serves me right, Hale-Bopp didn't look dis-similar. A definite head and (short) tail, so long as you looked long enough for your eyes to become slightly dark-adapted (half a minute would do).

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Robot WildCat slips its leash and bounds around parking lot

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Why is there no video

of someone riding it?! YEEEEEHAAAAAAAAAAA!

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Dixons preps home 3D printer for plastic-piping punters

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> refund if my mini-liberator explodes

But that would be accurate. The Liberator did explode at the end of series 3.

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ZERO-G DINOSAUR made from bits and bobs by space station flight engineer

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purple dinosaur

Barney is a dinosaur from our imagination

He's made from all the bits that fall

out from my mum's space station.

I never watched it. honest.

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Our magnificent Vulture 2 spaceplane: Intimate snaps

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Re: Does the addition of gloss cause changes to the aerodynamics?

I thought you were answering your own question there:

"Just a skin"

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Rare gold iPhone 5s goes up against 50 caliber high precision rifle

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Apple: You shouldn't get that kind of damage

if you were holding it right.

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Valve aiming to take the joy(sticks) out of gaming with Steam Controller

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What's wrong with

Q-LEFT

W-RIGHT

SPACE BAR-JUMP

?

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Apple iOS 7 makes some users literally SICK. As in puking, not upset

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> Cheap copies of the market leader usually has this effect.

You are at least half wrong. In what way are they cheap?

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