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

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@AC 10.50 GMT 21/07 Re: "I personally think that texting while driving......."

As far as texting while driving is concerned I entirely agree - utterly insane. It is simply not possible to both drive a car safely and at the same write text messages, an activity that also requires concentration. If one has to answer a text then pull over as soon as you can and then do it. As far as this study is concerned on the subject of talking on the phone I remain agnostic.

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For Lenovo US, 8-inch Windows tablets are DEAD – long live 8-inch Windows tablets

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Re: Why would anyone want Windows (especially 8) on a tablet?

Well funnily enough some people do have a user-case for a highly mobile form-factor that can run full fat Windows. I am sitting at my kitchen table typing this post on my - yes, you guessed it - ThinkPad 8. I rebuilt our heavy-lifter for our home office 2 - 3 months ago for the very obvious reason that there are clearly tasks that can only in reality be performed on a full desk-top pc and it was worth plonking down the 600 quid or so that I spent on the upgrade. However, this little fellah is pretty nippy and has no trouble running the likes of Office. I would of course be the first to concede that that would be a fairly painfull experience without my compact little blue-tooth keyboard! Personally I have no interest in trying to persuade others who have a different user-case which excludes this type of device, all I can really say is that I like it and am finding very usefull. Each to their own and all that.

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Manic malware Mayhem spreads through Linux, FreeBSD web servers

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@Ole Juul "a comment can sometimes be good even if I don't agree with it."

I entirely agree. I have in fact on several occasions upvoted a well written post even where I disagreed with it. If someone clearly is trying to make a contribution (as someone further up has already said) why not post and engage with them? Downvoting and not posting is very often (albeit not always of course) the equivalent to the childhood game of ringing on somebody's doorbell and running away.

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Europe: Apple could NOT care less about kids' in-app cash sprees

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Regardless who is the good boy here or the "less bad boy" I feel ......

..........that a little bit of rewriting is in order. In my opinion the following:

"to prevent direct exhortation to children,"

should read as:

"to prevent direct extortion to children,"

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PICS: Nokia Lumia 930 – We reveal its ONE unique selling point

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I have to say that (I own a Lumia 1020 that I am very pleased with) I am now inclined .....

...to at least evaluate whether or not I should avoid the upgrade to 8.1 when it arrives up here. ("Up here" being the arctic arse-end of nowhere). I have read reviews by people I also respect that have a rather more positive take on 8.1. However, thank you for a very frank review Andrew all the same. I look forward to those posters (usually AC, natch) who have posted the usual "shill" accusation garbage on other threads connected to your articles related to the Lumia range having to eat their words.

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Nokia emits Windows Phone 8.1 'Cyan' upgrade for Lumia gear

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@ZSn "Yes I know, I like windows phone 8.1, go on flog me if you like.." I say old chap......

......steady on. I feel not the slightest desire to engage in that kind of thing. Especially since I am very happy with my Lumia 1020! I look forward to getting the 8.1 update.

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Microsoft's Lumia 930... a real HANDFUL

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@JudeKay "............legally actionable wrongdoing........"

If the tosser concerned does not realize that a website will end up in very deep shit if they publish/relay libelous material without evidence to support the allegations then he deserves to have his arse modded, end of.

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"That's going to be tricky, since only reviewers have the bloody things"

Then maybe the aforementioned AC should have kept his gob shut when it came to such "comprehensive" howling - so much howling that he actually succeeded in getting modded here of all places....hmm?

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Apple rats on Google to FTC: You thought WE were in-app-ropriate?

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Re: Just use profiles

Good tip for those who have not tripped over that one before.

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Re:.... "But they'd make it look good..." Good God!

It takes a very dedicated iPhanboi to boast that the Fruities would make suicide look cool and stylish!

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Re: @Dan 55 "They really should give the option.........."

Entirely agree.

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@Dan 55 Sorry old chap, but the very idea............

"A point in their favour is they do send an e-mail immediately on purchasing or downloading a free app so you know exactly what apps are being bought or used by your little darlings."

........that our "little darlings" would ever have been in a position to buy anything at all with my (or my good lady's) hard earned without having to ask us first brings us both out in hives. We would have under no circumstances ever have given them that kind of access. Some parents, in our not so humble opinion make a gigantic rod for their own backs.

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Siri, did we just take a hit in that voice-recog patent fight?

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What was it that Lance Corporal Jones used to say?

"They don't like it up'em Captain Mainwaring sir."

Indeed it appears that Cupertino (judging by their own choice of words in response, a choice that indicates strongly that they know that they are on a sticky wicket) does not "like it up'em". Words like "hoist upon ones own petard come to mind".

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But WE want to rule the Internet of STUFF – Intel, Dell, Samsung & chums

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Oh dear, oh dear. With Intel in one group and Microsoft in the other.............

...........some of our compadres in our little congregation here at El Reg will not know in which direction to explode.

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German spy agency staffer spied for NSA during gov probe into NSA spying – report

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Re: A Good Time Was Had By All

Not if you make sure that you are upwind of the other contestants.

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"Which side of the pond are you on?"

The side that Columbus came from old chap.

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Well, well, well. I perfectly well understand that the expression "allies"....................

.......largely means people we are not likely to bomb anytime soon but I think we should all rethink this transanlantic alliance. Not in the sense of flushing it down the lav, more in the sense of trying to persaude our friends on the other side of the pond that this kind of behaviour is counterproductive.

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Google de-listing of BBC article 'broke UK and Euro public interest laws' - So WHY do it?

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@Don Jefe RE: "'broke UK and Euro public interest laws' - So WHY do it?"

"Will it work? It already has. The purpose is to broaden the audience who hears your complaints. That being the case, this is a 100% success."

I am not so sure. The answer to El Reg' subbie's rhetorical question is of course, IMHO, that like so many other examples of BigCorp, they figured that they could do what they liked. I don't think that the current public mood (in Europe at any rate) is particularly well disposed to arrogant multinationals. 100% success? I would not bet the farm on that.

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AVG: We need laws to stop biz from tracking our kids

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Here is the problem with modern Capitalism in a nutshell.

""Big companies don't care unless there is a law. Life today is different and children live in a different environment. Companies that collect data and infringe privacy are not necessarily the bad guys, but they often end up doing things which society considers wrong."

Nobody asks "should we do this?", they ask "can we get away with it?". When it appeared that it was all going to go down the shitter a few years back everybody asked "how could this happen?". The "Cognoscenti" of the Chicago School began to howl about "moral hazard" if any of the poor bastards that got caught up in that poisonous shit got, even partially, forgiven their debts. Where is the "morality" in the "can we get away with it" attitude in the current climate? There are some serious questions to be asked, and even the most fervent supporter of the "Holy Free Market" ought to be willing to discuss the issue without starting to howl like a dog if anyone dares mention the obscene word "regulation".

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Sorry, chaps! We didn't mean to steamroller legit No-IP users – Microsoft

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@Trigun Re: "meh" Whilst I entirely agree that Redmond do not seem to be handling.....

..........the technical side of this action very well I did feel that the following from the ISP's spokeswoman was more than a bit cheeky.

"At 6am, they seemed to make a change to forward on the good traffic, but it didn’t do anything. Although they seem to be trying to take corrective measures, DNS is hard, and they don’t seem to be very good at it."

I am sorely tempted to paraphrase her remarks in the following fashion:

"Although No-IP claimed to be taking corrective measures to prevent their service being misused by malware bandits, secure Internet service provision is hard, and they don't seem to be very good at it."

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NASA aborts third attempt at finally settling man-made CO2 debate

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Re: Might need more of these

I am also very interested in what will happen if the results do not match the "warmers" expectations. I suspect that the howling will be deafening.

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Samsung admits its Chinese supply chain STILL has labour-rights and safety problems

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RE: "So now it's Samsung............... " Fe, fi, fo fum... I smell a iPhanboi.

"Tech firms like Sammy and Apple go in for the kind of liberal aspirational branding and reputation that doesn’t sit particularly well with the exploitation of workers in China,...."

That is in fact a reasonably objective description of the situation that firms like Sammy and the Fruity Company find themselves in. If you object to this description of the situation then I am forced to conclude that you are yet another example (AC, naturally) of the low forehead knuckle-dragging tribalists (regardless of the sect to which you belong) that we have all too many of here at El Reg.

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REVEALED: Reg trails claw along Apple's 'austerity' 21.5-inch iMac

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Re: ".....there is a business support option............"

That's interesting old chap - how much does it cost?

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'Our entire corporation cannot send or receive emails from Outlook'

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The effect of the US' hysterical attitude to "homeland security" is something.......

...............that several of us here in our little congregation have already commented upon. Particularly with regard to the likely effect on the capacity of US tech companies to do business abroad. Only recently we saw the German government cancel a large contract with Verizon citing security concerns. The US already has enough difficulty facing the new economic challenges from the BRIC countries (if memory serves I believe that stands for BrasilRussiaIndiaChina) without shooting themselves in the foot in this way. I suggest that the current generation of American politicians review the slogan than one of Bill Clinton's advisers gifted his boss with when the aforementioned stood for reelection for the presidency, "It's the economy stupid".

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Snowden's HELPING public clouds says VMware hybrid head

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I have seen some fairly eye-crossing examples of whistling in the dark in my time but.........

..........that chap's comments take the biscuit!

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Bloke squeezes Apple's boules, predicts millions of iPhone 6s, iWatches

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@Vic Re: "Doubling of earnings?" I agree, personally I think its a load of......

...........boules.

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Crucial MX100 256GB SSD: Cut-throat competition in flash land

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@kokoro " Not confident to touch crucial again after this tho obviously a bad batch."

Good to know, that possibility was of course why I expressed myself cautiously with regard to quality. It is a major league PTA even when the company concerned behaves properly (replaces, refunds or whatever) because of the disruption/delay that kind of crap causes. Personally I have owned/used three Intel SSDs so far and am pleased with the quality if not impressed by the price! I have also heard good things from friends/workmates regarding Samsung's offerings.

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I am amazed.

I have not used any of Crucial's kit and cannot say anything about the quality but the prices are astonishing. SSD prices (per gig) appear to going through the floor in comparison to the painful not to say eye-watering reality of only a year or two ago.

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Huawei WILL make a comeback to US market, policy wonk predicts

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I think that both the US political establishment and the US enterprise sector...........

.............have found themselves in a very embarrassing and potentially very costly pickle in the wake of the Snowden affair. During the last few years (pre-Snowden) it was becoming very obvious that the American political establishment and their paymasters friends in the US enterprise sector were using security concerns (both genuine and bogus) as a way of reintroducing a degree of protectionism via the backdoor which otherwise would be illegal under various international trade treaties that the US (ironically enough) had vigorously campaigned for during the last decade of the previous century. Given what World+Wife+dog now know about what the NSA have been up to, the American enterprise sector and their political cheerleaders are facing the serious prospect that individual firms outside of the US will start to avoid doing business with them where they can and that governments will start to regard US firms (as well as the American Spookerati) as a security threat that they would wish to avoid even if they at the same time do not wish to confront the US directly. The situation is starting to rebound on them in ways that they did not anticipate. I suspect that a great deal of rowing backwards will, albeit slowly, become visible in the medium term.

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Apple, Cisco line up to protect offshore data

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@Trevor_Pott Re: "You're still left with the question................"

To be honest I am not sure that that is the most important question. The question is (IMHO) for how much longer is the US going to be the single most important market on the planet? Answer? A few more years max. Certain consequences are likely to flow from that inasmuch as the travails of the aforementioned US manager/company may become less and less important for the rest of us earthlings if their economy starts to become of lesser importance on a global basis.

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Intel pleads for €1bn EU fine to be overturned, is DENIED

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Re: Fines don't work

Agreed. The only thing that would work is personal fines on the directors plus jail time. The damage that those bastards cause society demands nothing less.

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@P010nium "Without that deal........."

It is far from unlikely that were it not for the demonstrable and very considerable damage to AMD that Intel's illegal tactics caused AMD would not have had any need to sell their Fabs to SAD.

It is further unlikely that the deal they settled for was anywhere near enough to compensate them for the long term damage that Intel's behaviour caused, however the situation they were in meant they had little choice but to accept the deal. This situation may very well have contributed substantially to the decision in the end to off-load their Fabs. In total Intel has ponied up about 2 billion but gets to keep a monopoly that earns them vastly more than that. You'll pardon me if I remain unimpressed.

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@P010nium "They paid it when........."

Thanks for that, I was not aware. However, I have to say that yet another example of "BigCorp" dragging out a case for as long as possible even when they must have known that they were toast over the AMD business is not very edifying. One can just hope that their legal costs were as sky-high as possible.

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To be quite honest I had not realised that the beggers.......

...........had not yet paid up. Any chance that it could include a substantial interest payment on top by way of making the point that time wasting and frivolous attempts to avoid their very clear obligations should not be permitted to pay?

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Apple is KILLING OFF BONKING, cries mobe research dude

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@Don Jefe. "...... doesn't fill a need gap......."

In a nutshell.

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"Apple is KILLING OFF BONKING"

Possibly because their customers are too "involved" with their shinies to concentrate on, ahem, bonking*.

*Or have I possibly misunderstood what El-Reg is referring to here? :P

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Report pegs Apple for October smartwatch release

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Sorry folks.....…..…

...at least another four months of iWatch stories.

Why?

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Redmond is patching Windows 8 but NOT Windows 7, say security bods

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@Gav "I spy publicity stunt"

Not to mention that this bunch may have a commercial interest here. In fact the accusation is, IMHO, unlikely. Win 7 is still crucial for Redmond within enterprise. Bluntly put, they cannot afford to piss around like that.

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First iOS, now Android to get fondleslab Office ahead of Windows

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@dogged Re:"It's mandatory for anyone......" Be fair now, he didn't use.........

..............."Windoze" even once. Nary a mention of CONVICTED MONOPOLIST either. (Do please excuse the use of caps, I was just trying to convey the flavour of the oeuvre).

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The Strippers, Unicorn Computers and Martian Watches of Computex

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I'm chuckling, not quite sure why but I am.

"...........or unlikely homages like the flock of iPad cases with keyboards that are seemingly based on Microsoft's Surface."

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Lupita Nyong'o, Game of Thrones' Brienne join Star Wars cast

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@Neil B.

"They failed because the story and dialogue were, for the most part, dreadful."

Dead right Neil B - see icon.*

*I should say here that my lady and I are major league devotees of the original trilogy.

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"Why yousa dun likey the jar jar?"

Stop that. Stop that at once. Or I may just take off and nuke El Reg from orbit and take the rest of you with me. Mwaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!

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The enemy of my enemy is my, well, temporary ally: Apple and Microsoft in pact against Google

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Re: "It's interesting to note................" No, unfortunately.............

Mainly because there is a nation called China and a population who are generally known in the West as Chinese. However, there is no such thing as "the Chinese language". There is Cantonese, Mandarin etc, etc, etc.

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Kardashian's bottom plumps down on Instagram throne

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@JDX Re: "A positive thing." Actually JDX I have to say that I agree with you.

Whilst my interest in the Kardashian clan per se is zero, I find the response of those who were interested strangely human and, dare I say it, reassuring. I wish neither of those two people any harm and I hope that their marriage works out for them - although I would probably run a mile if I ever bumped into them in a bar somewhere!

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HP breaks ranks: Foresees data ARCHIVING on Flash

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If you are going to do irony AC (of course, what else would you be).........

........I suggest you work on it before you post. That was, to say the least of it, somewhat laboured.

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What is the world coming to?

You actually referred to FarceBook in an article of this kind?

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Sony Xperia Z2: What we REALLY thought of this Android fondleslab

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@Dave 126 Re: "I use my kettle every day"

You of course downloaded the manual before purchase?

Sorry Dave 126, I could not resist that. In fact I am geeky enough that I not only RTFM I indeed DTFMBIBI. (Download The Fucking Manual Before I Buy It).

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Watch: Kids slam Apple as 'BORING, the whole thing is BORING'

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Re: When I were a lad

This is surely not the room for an argument.

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Asus Z97-A puts Intel's 9 Series chipset through its paces

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@Semtex451 Re: Please Sir, can I have some more?

I am obliged to agree. I thought for a moment that I had logged onto Anandtech by mistake! Very welcome if it continues.

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Apple vows to squash iMessage SMS-KILLER

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Oh right, just a little accident then, no harm meant.........

"Cupertino's problems were compounded when it experienced a server glitch which prevented Apple users from reliably disabling iMessage from their hardware before exchanging it for another device from outside Apple's walled garden."

.......nothing to see here, move along now.*

*Yes, if you think that I am being satirical you'd be right.

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