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Just how good is Nokia's PureView 41Mp camera tech?

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Re: "Wait for the 920" I agree as far as that goes.

We have a fully updated N8 in the house (primarily my good lady's phone although she will sometimes allow me to take some snaps with it :)) and our view after living with it for about eighteen months is "lovely camphone, shame about the os". I know that Symbian has it's supporters/aficionados here at RegHardware but both La Señora and I find it (still after a year and a half) clunky and counter-intuitive. Whatever else one may opine about the "facilities" in the winphone os it is not in any sense difficult to use. If one is a digital photography enthusiast and needs/wants the best camera available (defined here as the one you always have with you) then taking a look at least at the 920 when it's released would certainly IMO be the way to go.

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'It is absolute b*ll*cks that contractors aren't committed'

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Re: "Mercenary" I can see your point and in a market where............

..........there is a certain "balance of power" I can see that it would work well for the individual contractor. However, I would point out that in labour markets where the employers have to upper hand due to market conditions (it does not take very high rates of unemployment to make in an employers market) then life as a "temp" becomes a very different experience. I temped in the eighties - trust me, you would not have wanted that experience. The icon? That "down and out look" was pretty much how I felt at the time.

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Bone-bothering boffins pull TINY fanged dinosaur from drawers

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That is one...

....nasty looking sucker!

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Samsung Galaxy Note 2 review

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@Dave Fox "Samsung don't have a one-size-fits-all mentality,"

Precisely the point - indeed it is a point that a particular section of Apple's fan-base miss (or at least pretend to). There are of course two different business strategies at work here. When it comes to phones Cupertino specialise (very successfully) in a very limited range - fine, it clearly works for them. Sammy's strategy is somewhat different, "imagine a niche and then fill it". It is fairly ridiculous to compare apples and oranges (no pun intended). People should by all means compare the SGIII and the iPhone5, they are after all direct competitor devices but the rest of Samsung's repertoire in this area has absolutely nothing to do with the f****** iPh******!

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@AC 3rd October 09:12 "Stylus = fail."

Please share with us which equipment you have used since 1995 which had a modern touch screen and a good quality digitizer pen, hmm? We're all agog to know why you think they are such a waste. Surprising as it may seem the equipment has improved quite a bit in the last seventeen years.

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"let’s stuff everything we can into a phone and ram it up Apple’s jacksie"

Now there's a thought. A modest suggestion for Sammy's next marketing campaign, "so good Apple want it banned".

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Top admen beg Microsoft to switch off 'Do Not Track' in IE 10

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@The BigYin Re: "It won't help....The companies will just ignore it...."

Indeed, that is precisely what they will likely do. However, that will also result in them placing themselves right in the spotlight, hmm? I agree that Redmond's move will not in and of itself change the situation (in practice) but it does in fact put the cross-hairs in the political sense squarely on the backs of the companies concerned. No, I do not see MS as any big hero here but they have IMO, for whatever reason, made the right move. The reason why these companies are protesting like fuck despite the fact, as has been pointed out, it has no enforceability is precisely because this move by "The Great Satan" has in fact (no doubt for their own reasons) put those buggers right on the spot.

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Amazon UK: We're hiring 3,000 Xmas temps? Make that 10,000

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" fulfilment centres"

They're opening brothels now?

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Steve Jobs resurfaces in Hong Kong

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Re: "Hmm..." Excellent - the only problem is that some people are satire-blind. :)

See title.

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"Steve Jobs resurfaces in Hong Kong"

Where is the expected Elvis-sighting joke then?

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EU, US edge closer to mega-transatlantic patent system

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Re: "Well..." I am assuming that you were of course being ironic :)

What of course we have every reason to fear is that the influence of the large European and American corporations will tend to ensure that we get the worst of all possible worlds.

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Conroy wants telcos to wear undies on heads

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Hubris much?

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Analysts slash Ultrabook sales estimate by over 50%

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AC 2nd October 04:14 As far as conventional boxes are concerned...........

................I would agree with you - their margins are very thin because the vast majority of such kit is at the low-end and medium-low-end price points. However, the x86 tablets are most unlikely to turn up at those price points any time soon. It is not (from my point of view) first and foremost the price-points concerned, it is what they are willing to supply at those price points that is the question. Judging by what we have seen so far it has been, in relation to what they have been willing to offer, rather shabby. As far as Redmond's influence is concerned I think that can be exaggerated in this context. They do not remotely have the same influence that an original producer/designer like Apple, by definition, has and I do not think that they deserve being excused on those grounds. One of the reasons why Vista (in addition to it's own intrinsic failings which were considerable) ended up selling relatively poorly was word of mouth amongst the punters when they "experienced" the appalling kit that the OEMs released it on - 1Gb RAM anyone? A very large number of those boxes were in practice a fraud perpetrated on the punter given that they were in no way capable of doing very much more than get the os out of bed in the morning. That was most definitely not in Redmond's interests at the time and I do not see how the OEMs can escape their responsibilities for what they did. They are fully capable of being short-sighted and greedy without any help from MS.

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Well who would have thought it?

""So far, the PC industry has failed to create the kind of buzz and excitement among consumers that is required to propel ultrabooks into the mainstream" said Craig Stice, senior principal analyst".

Well one can certainly see why he is a senior principal analyst (yes, that was irony :)). Indeed, he is a veritable font of wisdom.

"When combined with other factors, including prohibitively high pricing, this means that ultrabook sales will not meet expectations in 2012."

Never mind of course the very mediocre specs that you get for the money. RegHardware's review of the HP Spectre XT for example - magisterially dismissed by the first poster with "1366x768.... next...".

Yet more wisdom.

"especially with fierce competition from new mobile computing gadgets such as the iPhone 5, Kindle Fire HD and forthcoming Microsoft Surface."

The only relevant device here in his list, if we are talking high-end computers (not phones), is the Win 8 Pro version of the "Surface". We note the fact that (according to all the reports at least) it has fine build quality, pretty highly specced and has a high-res screen. If however we look at the various tablet announcements from the OEMs it is not obvious to me that they are going to do any different with their tablet offerings than they have with their ultra-books. Over-priced, underspecced, and soon to be over here - no doubt raising the same kind of yawn that their "thinnies" have been raising. Common factor IMO? The OEMs won't contribute shit to growing a market. They've had two decades or more cruising on the back of Windows doing bugger all other than "banging out boxes" and they see no reason to change their habits now - and absolutely no reason to accept lower margins at the outset to establish a market. I am not surprised that Redmond decided to build "benchmarks" themselves with the two versions of the Surface, they must have strongly suspected what they and we are going to see on the market this Autumn.

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HP Spectre XT 13in Ivy Bridge Ultrabook review

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Re: "1366x768.... next" Yep, and not only that they appear to have misunderstood why our.......

I have just noticed that iSuppli have had to downgrade their estimate for ultrabook sales in 2012 by about 50% - I wonder why? Couldn't possibly have anything to do with the OEMs selling mediocre kit at premium prices by any chance?

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"1366x768.... next" Yep, and not only that they appear to have misunderstood why our.......

..........nick-name for such a device is a "shiny". It does not mean we want the screen like that! Matt and higher res or go screw is my personal message to the OEMs.

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Bloke jailed for being unable to use BlackBerry Messenger freed

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Re: Hmm, should this have ever gone to court?

One does have to wonder what the DPP uses for brains these days. This guy, they alleged, deliberately sent this message to his girlfriend and his, mother-in-law, his ageing grandparents (of both genders), likely his father and his mother etc, etc. In other words to "world+plus+wife+dog" within his circle. They could not see that this could not possibly be anything other than a mistake? WTF? One also has to ask what the hell the judge in this case was doing.

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US said to designate Assange 'enemy' of the state

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Re: "Maybe they should check Artic Fox for brain death"

If you wish to post an ad hominem attack concerning another poster's intelligence you might at least try spelling his/her handle correctly.

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@Bit Brain "Re: Optional @John 104" Ah, but you see old chap as their.........

.........brain-dead chimpazee former president G W Bush said "if you're not with us you're against us". As far as a very particular section of the US body politic is concerned if you do not play ball you are classified as "un-American" or "anti-American" depending on which passport you hold. However, in reality as far as they are concerned this is merely a formal distinction - everybody they don't like is a traitor and should be subject to the "appropriate" penalties.

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World's power-grid cyber breach traced to notorious Chinese crew

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Re: "I'm not so sure." Indeed, it is in fact not necessarily obvious..........

...........that the assumptions we so often see reported in the press accurately reflect the motivations behind this particular raid.

It is possible that it was straightforward industrial espionage carried out on behalf of a Chinese company operating in the same area. The automatic assumption that if it has anything to do with China then it must be a government-sponsored attack pursuing a cyber-war agenda is nothing more than just that, an assumption. The assumption may indeed sometimes be correct, however it is highly likely that the situation is more complex and varied than tabloid headlines would suggest. However, it is certainly perfectly possible that private criminals might use this information to carry out a "your money or your networks attack" as indicated in the article.

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Snack-slinging robot restores faith in Yankee ingenuity

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"binaural popcorn delivery system"?

Has this got something to do with delivering the popcorn to both ears at once?

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Satellite broadband rollout for all in US: But Europe just doesn't get it

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I think that this matter is not simply driven by ignorance on this occasion.

Satellite-dish sellers (regardless of the primary purpose of the dish) have a reputation amongst the general public that is on a par with double-glazing and used car salesmen.

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Intel outs initial Windows 8 Atom tablet line-up

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Re: "More would be nice, of course, but it's at least at the minimum level."

That is the point IMO. We have had those resolution specs as standard for how many years? When we take into account what the OEMs are likely going to charge for these devices there is no excuse for a resolution that was "cutting edge" most of a decade ago. I accept that the resolution is "good enough" in the sense of being usable, but if one is going to persuade punters (enterprise or home retail) that they should be willing to blow the dust off their wallets then the OEMs are going to have to do better than this. I am not surprised that MS decided to "benchmark" the market with their "Surface" devices - they clearly had a gut-feeling with regard to what their "partners" could be expected to produce.

:)

AF.

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Funny, I did a bit of googling to get the specs of Dell's offering.

All the usual connectivity etc etc and a powered dock giving no fewer than 4 usb ports. There's a full size usb on the tablet itself and a mini-hdmi. I was getting quite interested and then I saw the screen resolution. Yes, that's right, you guessed it. NFW are they getting a penny piece off of me if the best they can offer is 1366 x 768. Most of the x86 tablets are going to be priced as high-end or medium-high-end kit. Manufacturers who think that they can get away with screens like that at the kind of prices they are likely to be charging can kiss my *******.

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Apple MacBook Air 13in review

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Re: "And as someone who sometimes works out of coffee shops," You're out, you're proud.......

.....and you're a Barista? :P

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Japanese boffins unfurl banner above newly-discovered Element 113

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Perhaps it might be, "Elementary my dear TeeCee".

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*This icon was selected for the sake of the quotation in the title and the literary reference therein. No sarcasm was intended or deployed during the uploading of this posting.

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Tibetan STATUE found by 1930s NAZI expedition is of ALIEN ORIGIN

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Re: "......also known as 'The Statue of the Fallen Vaiśravana with Big Boobies'."

Thumbs up for the "*Ello, 'Ello" reference.

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Euro watchdog to charge Microsoft on web browser choice boob

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@ AC 27th Sept 10:51: ".........which further suggests balls up". Whilst we know that.........

..............that Redmond has considerable form in this area I have to say that on this occasion I am inclined to agree. Apparently the "fat, sweaty, chair-throwing maniac" (as a certain section of the cognoscenti here affectionately refer to him) contacted the commission personally to assure them that MS were coming in with their hands up and did not dispute that they were in breach. On the basis of the evidence so far it does appear to be a case of "do not ascribe to malice what stupidity can explain" - or at least the cock-ups that a large and fairly bureaucratic organisation can explain.

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Microsoft's Bing bods exploit fanbois' Apple maps misery

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I have to say Gavin that when it comes to "slight sarky"..............

"If Microsoft cares, though, it should to do more to woo them than merely penning a slightly sarky blog post on a relatively obscure Microsoft web page. "

.................and having read through your article I am obliged to say, "kettle meet pot".

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Intel launches ARM battery life Windows 8 Atom chip

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Well, if Intel's claims about this chip's performance are......

.............within hailing distance of reality (I want to see some kit with this chip in it first) then the "Bay Trail" version which, allegedly, will be coming out towards the end of next year may be very interesting indeed.

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NYPD: iPhone thefts rising ten times rate of other crimes

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@toadwarrior RE:"The police aren't in apple's back pocket. "

I can assure you that I was not suggesting that they were and furthermore my "nerdy fanboy senses" are at all times fully under control. :P

I was referring to the desire of the police to be seen to be doing something when the crime concerned is attracting public attention and (implicitly) how more serious offences don't get the attention they should.

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@ AC 2012 01:47 That is, I suspect, a little bit tricky for a certain *particular* section........

........of their customer base for whom a great deal of the point of the exercise is that everybody should know that they own a product from A Certain Famously Cool Mobile Phone Producer. The fact that after dark in certain areas of the average major city this is equivalent to walking around wearing a large billboard saying "please mug me" does present them with something of a conundrum. I will admit that the mental image of a couple shadowy figures lurking in a doorway watching their mark strolling down the street and the one saying to the other "me first with the barista" is irresistible.

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Crimewave?

Except where the theft involves serious violence against the owner I would have thought that a major US urban police force might have higher priorities than petty larceny? An example of "PR-policing" from the NYPD perhaps?

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Samsung slams Apple patent jury, wants new trial in US

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@Marshaltown Re: ""Judge Lucy's" displays of temper"

That is highly likely IMO. A jury in that situation need to feel that the judge is sympathetic to the highly onerous task they have been faced with. It is of the first importance that the judge makes it clear that he/she not only welcomes such questions from the jury but regards it as part of the jury's job to pose them such that the jury-members feel reassured that the judge is supportive. If they are however drowning in a complex case, are also faced with potential public humiliation at the hands of a "bad tempered beak" and have a saloon bar know-all in the jury room one ends up with the kind of situation one sees here.

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Re: "Stuff" I have to say that I am not sure.

My guess is (and I admit it is a guess) that they were so intimidated by the avalanche of evidence and decisions required of them that they were only too grateful that somebody appeared to know what they were doing. It takes some self-confidence to insist on going back into court in order to ask for guidance from the judge - and risk feeling that you have made a complete fool of yourself in a very public fashion, a feeling that is very intimidating for many people when they are being asked to cope with something as complex as the arguments presented at this trial.

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Geoff Campbell Re: "a hilarious explanation given by Hogan "

It is of course for precisely that reason that jurors in such complex cases are given a very clear instruction which can be roughly summed up as "if you need any guidance on points of/interpretation of the law ask the Judge". It has to be that way because (as you have indicated) it you get a saloon bar loudmouth/fast talker in a complex case where the jury are struggling you end up with this kind of mess. The guy's fearless belief in his own "perspicacity" and "knowledge" are exactly the kind of thing that can totally fuck up any chance of a rational result from a lay jury. His overweening ignorance remarkable self-confidence led him to utterly disregard the clear promise/oath he had signed as a jury member and the sheer complexity of the trial that the rest of the jury were drowning in led them to accept his dubious leadership when they should (given that they had signed the same promise) have told him to shut the fuck and, if necessary, complained about his behaviour to the Judge.

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Re: Jury was fatally flawed.

Hell.I cannot believe it. I've actually upvoted one Barry's posts - I need to lie down.

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@nematoad Re: "I'm sure that Apple will be wishing that jury foreman Hogan "

Once other members of the jury had started to speak in public about the case (as they inevitably would, especially given that the press would certainly be pursuing them for interviews) it did not matter whether he had opened his mouth or not. In fact, once the foreman of the jury had disregarded his oath as a juror within the jury room during the course of the trial in the blatant way that this guy by his own admission did, then the case for ruling a mistrial was always going to become known and Samsung's lawyers would be "on the case" (so to speak :)). The verdict in this trial appears (with the wisdom of hindsight, natch) in practice to have been a ticking bomb ever since it was delivered - the issue now is, in whose backyard the blast craters are going to end up.

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"Meanwhile, Hogan himself told Bloomberg TV the same thing."

""Some were not sure of how prior art could either render a patent acceptable or whether it could invalidate it... (I) laid it out for them," he said."

So they had an amateur patent lawyer on the jury who regarded his oath as a juror to be a minor irrelevance - according to the contrast between his signed promise/oath when he became a juror and his own words in the aftermath.

Furthermore, I do not feel that it is going too far to wonder if his experience as a patent holder might perhaps be thought to have had some influence on his attitudes with regard to a US company complaining that a foreign company was ripping them off - particularly such a famous US company as the one involved. Given that he was the foreman of the jury and other jurors have said that he provided them with "guidance" and he has admitted that himself, it is clear that there is a serious risk that he was steering a jury who were virtually drowning in that large and complex trial towards the verdict he preferred.

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Berkeley Lab proposes 4D clock

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@Tim Starling Re: "If there are enough ions in the ring"

Thank you - :)

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"how does one use them as a crystal?"

I think that part of the conundrum is explained in this paragraph:

"However, there’s an escape clause at the quantum level: the ions can be given a push with a weak magnetic field, to get them rotating, and since they lose no energy to the outside world, that rotation should continue forever – even, according to research leader Xiang Zhang, after the “heat death” of the universe. And since there is no energy output from the crystal, it doesn’t break the rules to offer a perpetual motion machine."

However, what is not clear to me is how one is meant to "read" this clock. The action in so doing would surely impart energy to the system, a sort of "observer effect"? If by observing one imparts energy to the system is it not then above the zero state referred in the article? It is of course highly likely that I am missing something here because this is not my field. Is there a physicist in the house?

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Ah, but can it re-sharpen razor blades as well as keep time?

"a spatial ring of trapped ions in persistent rotation will periodically reproduce itself in time, forming a temporal analog of an ordinary spatial crystal. With a periodic structure in both space and time, the result is a space-time crystal."

Sorry I could not resist that. It is in fact a very interesting concept, it is just that the description had a certain "new age" ring to it.

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Smartphones may soon listen in on you while they sleep

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No, my phone won't.

Not unless it wants to be buried at a cross-roads with a stake through its cpu.

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Scientists: 'Castration is the key to a longer life'

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'Castration is the key to a longer life' You first.

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Researchers reveal NFC subway bonk-nonpayment scheme

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"Permanent, plastic cards that offer more complicated fare schemes are not affected."

Yet dear boy, yet. I foresee a large market in "snide seasons".

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Apple begs ex-Google bods to fix crap maps app

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I think that it is possible that this needs a little bit of translation work.

"Still, despite the insider's account of lukewarm salary offers of $85,000 (£52k) plus moving expenses, it appears Apple is simply picking up people whose contract work with Google has ended."

I.E. "Cupertino has now realised that they are in fairly deep shit as far as this particular issue is concerned and are desperate enough to employ Mountain View's leavings". That interpretation may or may not be fair but on the basis of the available evidence it is as valid as any other call. I repeat a comment I made on another thread, it is impossible to believe that their former CEO would have allowed this out the door. That they are now reduced (if this article is the "real deal" as far as the information in it is concerned) to hiring those whom Google either do not wish to keep or do not need to keep says everything that needs to be said. I still do not understand how they could have released an app so important to so many users as the navigation/mapping app in this condition.

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Samsung ready to drop faster SSDs

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@lawndart "Is it just me.....or did anyone else read the headline as" No, me too. It was only.....

............after some head-scratching that I realised that they meant "about to drop" in the sense of about to "hatch" - so to speak. :)

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40 Foxconn staff hospitalised after CAMPUS RIOT

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"This article is definitely written from a hard left position" I beg your pardon? WTF?

"This article is definitely written from a hard left position"? If you characterise the tone of this article as in any way "hard left I am obliged either to assume that you have never talked politics with anyone from the outside left or to ask you just how right-wing you are if you actually believe what you have just written.

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Now Apple cuts back on Samsung displays

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"including being chewed on by a raccoon " Chewed on by a racoon? WTF!

I love it!

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iOS 6 maps can't find Sydney Apple Store

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"........but in this case I'd say it is definitely justified."

I think that is indisputable. If there is one thing we can say with certainty it is that's Mr jobs definitely did not enjoy being left looking foolish. One can readily imagine the fate of the manager concerned if he was still their CEO. Though it has to be said I don't think that he would have let it out of the door in the first place.

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