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World's first turbine powered Batmobile hits roads

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That panting and moaning you can hear is..........

.............Jeremy Clarkson having a "private moment."

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Captain America: Super Soldier

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35%!

A modest proposal for when the review object is *that* pony. Why not have a, ahem, "shit list" where the names of everything not worth more than, say, 40% get posted? It was clearly not worth the dignity of a full review. I took one look at your mark and hopped straight to the comments section to write this without bothering to give the piece itself more than a cursory glance. I have to say that I sympathise - it cannot be much fun to have to review something like this.

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TSMC begins making Apple A6 iDevice chips

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Interesting.

That Apple were more dependent on Samsung's expertise than they are keen on admitting. That Apple will likely be doing more in-house is (from their point of view) a logical move. However, I would love to know what *really* prompted this spat between Apple and Samsung. I do not believe for one moment that some months ago SJ suddenly awoke one morning and send "fuck me, the bastards have ripped off our 3GS". Something else is behind this quarrel, what it might be however completely escapes me.

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Samsung Chromebook: The $499 Google thought experiment

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Apart from wondering what the point with this machine is...........

............I also have to say that your point about the likely price in the UK is (if you will forgive me!) right on the money. When one notes that one can get a pretty decent netbook for that kind of money or indeed, for example, the Asus Transformer *with* the docking station at that price point one ends up with a feeling that Google did not exactly think this one through in the commercial sense.

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Rebekah Brooks quits - Murdoch accepts this time

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@TeeCee Re Maternity Leave

"Maternity leave? But that would mean that someone..........OMFG, it's too horrible to think about!"

The gentleman concerned may simply have followed the advice allegedly given to Victorian ladies -

"Close your eyes and think of England"

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Re "The hypocrisy is astounding."

That is indeed one of the most striking things about all recent statements from key players within the senior levels of NI, the impression of hypocrisy one get. However, IMO, it is likely the case that to a considerable extent they do *not* actually get it, hard though that may be to believe. Hypocrisy requires that one *knows* that one is pretending to have a moral code whilst not actually practising what one is preaching. One should not underestimate the self-justifying pathology that such people are capable of exhibiting. Such types are fully capable of believing in their heart of hearts that they have not done anything wrong even when what they are doing is blatantly illegal. An American hotel-heiress who got caught bending by the US tax authorities a decade or so ago famously remarked that "rules are for the little people" (one assumes she was referring to me and thee and not leprechauns!). In this way these sociopaths (for that is what they are) manage to project (before they are eventually caught out) a very convincing front - because they have succeeded in convincing themselves.

BTW, if anyone feels that I have gone a touch over the top in using the term "sociopath" I include the URL to a list of the symptoms - I think that you will recognise many of the characteristics the moment you read them! A certain wealthy and influential businessman and his chums are positively *clinical* examples.

http://www.sociopathicstyle.com/traits/classic.htm

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Microsoft rolls out One Big Windows strategy

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"What profiteth a man if his reach doth not exceed his grasp?"

If it really is the case that MS *are* concretely aiming to unify Windows across *all* platforms then it is both risky (very) and logical (very). They are aiming very high indeed but (to recoin an old phrase) "the devil is in the implementation". In order for this to work then Win8's conventional GUI and its touch UI are going to have to be a first class user experience. Each of the interfaces will have to be at least as good as the best of each type that are on the market today on its own or other operating systems. Furthermore, *both* the x86 and the ARM versions will have to combine being a proper full song with choruses os with being as lean and mean with battery use as possible. I am not saying they *cannot* do it but it is a hell of a task they are setting themselves. If they fail then the rise of the tablets (getting more powerful for the same power usage, almost by the day) will see the beginning of the demise in the consumer electronics market of a Microsoft confined to a steadily decreasing (in the long term) conventional pc market. If they get it right they will still be entering a market with established competitors in a context very different from their traditional dominance of the desktop computer market. In that sense Ballmer is right when he says that Win8 is a gamble for MS because even if they get it right with Win8 and the os *is* a major cross-platform success the long term disruption of the market place will likely mean that their capacity to dominate a monolithic market will, quite likely, be gone for ever (all to the good IMHO, it is not healthy for one company to dominate any market however much one might like this or that product from them). That does not mean that even *if* they get it right they won't earn handsomely on it, they likely will - just that it will not be a re-run of the nineties/early noughties.

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FBI probes claims of Murdoch 9/11 hack

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@Mako RE "Couldn't agree more".

Indeed. What we have seen revealed demonstrates that they had/have *exactly* the necessary poisonous blend of stupidity, arrogance and self-justifying hypocrisy to be capable of it. If it does turn out to be the case I think it is highly likely that the US will go after NI with almost as much eagerness as they went after Bin Laden. Though perhaps not in *quite* the same way - although we can always wish, can't we?!

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Oh dear, oh dear.

If this is true, the Dirty Digger may indeed be facing the last round-up. The reaction of the American public and Congress if it is in fact proved that they attempted to "hack" the phones of 9/11 victim's families can readily be imagined. IE They will go completely berserk. Best of all he is an American citizen - boy oh boy, is NI now in trouble or what. This whole business on our side of the pond has already attracted a lot of notice "over there" and the effects may be catastrophic for that fine upstanding company - could not happen to a nicer bunch.

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Murdoch man who also worked at Scotland Yard ARRESTED

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How far out on the extreme barking swivel-eyed end of the right wing do you.......

..........have to be to post that kind of garbage Ivan 4? Been spending too much time with your homeboy Ghengis lately have we?

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Amazon's anti-iPad arises 'in October'

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Re "You can type and watch TV on your girlfriend?"

The lady clearly has first class hardware.

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@Efros

Agreed. In fact if the offering is popular there will no doubt be a number of good custom roms sporting 3.2 available. It will be interesting to see whether it ships with a locked boot-loader or not. I'm guessing that it will, although why they bother I do not know given that someone will work out how to prise it open.

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It will be interesting to see customer reaction.

If the rumours are true and it is an 8 incher they are planning (assumption "widescreen") then the external dimensions of the tab will be almost identical with the current Kindle and in portrait mode very close to the current Kindle's screen width. Given that the 10 inch form-factor is the main favourite in the market *at the moment* it will be interesting to see what effect Amazon's effort has on public perceptions of which is the most useful/desirable form-factor.

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Microsoft plans to open 75 retail stores in US

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@Anonymous Coward

"Odd that Apple won't let Mac OS be sold as an OS for a standard PC."

Yes, I have yet to see a convincing explanation other than than one or both of the following:

1. Apple do very good business from their hardware sales and wish to discourage customers just buying the os and doing their own thing with regard to the hardware.

2. They do not want a situation where straight sales of OSX per se could be compared with straight sales of Windows. (By straight sales I mean full version machine independent. Not pre-loaded, that would give Windows an unfair advantage in the comparison).

I am inclined to place more weight on the first of the two.

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Actually no.

What it *does* say is that it is pretty sad that Apple cannot (in that particular market) sell their hardware unless it is loaded with Windows (Or "Windoze", "Micro$oft Shite" or what ever form of howling/screaming you prefer).....hmmm?

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News Corp kills BSkyB bid amid 'difficult climate'

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Re ""Dude""?

"Just turn left at Prestwick, keep swimming for 3000 odd miles and you'll bump into Merkinsville. You'll feel right at home there."

Nah, he probably comes from Prestwick - just another yankee-gangsta-wannabee.

Yo, bro, how's it hanging? - and all that.

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"But will besmirched Murdoch try again in 2012?"

I think we will discover that the Dirty Digger's troubles are only just beginning. The US senate is now making noises with regard to any possibility that the same stunts have been pulled "over there". Furthermore, the difference in the UK between the issue for Labour and for the Tories is political dynamite. Even the average member of Joe Public is aware that the Labour party in government did not cover themselves in glory with regard to NI because they were shit scared of them. Not very impressive I am sure you will agree. On the other hand the Andy Coulson affair shows that the present Tory government have been actively in bed with Murdoch's hyenas - and that is a difference that even the great British public are capable of noticing. If "call me Dave" actually is willing to contemplate allowing Murdoch back in the game in a year or so he will be handing the Labour party an open goal. Even "Dave" could not be *that* stupid.

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Apple's chief patent lawyer exits, says report

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On a more serious note it is possible.........

............that he is not happy with the current policy of all out patent wars. Not every lawyer would necesserily feel that Apple's current tactics are the wisest they could employ.

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German cops hunt HUGE ERECTION-inducing SPIDER

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Our eight legged friend leaves you (hopefully temporarily) feeling like.....

........"Jake the Peg, diddle-iddle-iddle-um

With his extra leg, diddle-iddle-iddle"

Sorry Rolf!

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HP TouchSmart 610 touchscreen all-in-one PC

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"As an all-in-one computer, the TouchSmart 610 mimics Apple’s iMac series...."

That roaring noise you can hear is a suborbital writ delivery system taking off from Cupertino as we speak.

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'Being cyber-stalked is as bad as being raped, or in a war'

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"'Being cyber-stalked is as bad as being raped, or in a war'."

Er...... No it fucking isn't sunshine. Just talk to the women and children who have been mass raped as a weapon of war in several conflicts in recent years. Then you just might, possibly, not make a complete and total arse of yourselves with such statements.

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Burg 5 watch phone

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A style statement for 10 year olds

That's all.

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Dell's faulty PC legal woes worsen (again)

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@Piro "Not initially Dell's fault". Well yes up to a point.

Yes, I agree that Nichicon *are* a reputable (far more so than Dell IMHO) and one can say about their fuckup that shit happens sometimes. I would also agree that it would have been insane of Dell to *knowingly* at the outset ship defective goods. However, having said that it is impossible to believe that they succeeded in shipping nearly 12 million units before they noticed something was wrong. At some point they must have known and continued to ship. At that point they became just as guilty as if they *had* knowingly and deliberately shipped defective crap from the beginning. They should IMO be sued in the normal way for *all* defective units shipped and (if the law permitted it) prosecuted over every single one of those shipped after they *did* know. Until this kind of crap actually risks jail time (whatever the judicial position, this kind of thing is, morally speaking, a form of fraud) for the directors as well as damages nothing much is going to change.

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Airport screener stuffs stolen iPad into (own) trousers

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Is that a 10 incher you have in your pocket........

................or are you just pleased to see me?

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Nice try, Amazon: 'One-click' payment too obvious to patent

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I think it is wonderful, I congratulate Amazon on a top class attempt to.........

..........discredit the patent system even further (if that is in fact possible). They quite obviously agree with us here at El Reg are doing their bit to bring about reform by satirising the system with a patent application of transcendent idiocy. I mean, they are aren't they? It could not possibly have been a *serious* application that they thought they could get away with could it?

On a slightly more serious note I think that the "big boys" should start thinking a bit. Much more of this kind of crap and they actually will in the end provoke the kind of reform that they would sooner gnaw their own legs off than have implemented.

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iPhone 4, iPad mole faces 30 years' federal porridge

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Companies leak information all the time..........

..........in an attempt to improve (amongst other things) their share-price if they are feeling under pressure - particularly if they see a hostile bid on the horizon. Given that that clearly is done for financial gain can we look forward to the sight of directors of plcs/corporations regularly getting 30 years inside? No, I thought not.

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Cameron backs public inquiry into NotW hacking claims

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@Steve Crook. Re "Labour".

The difference is that whilst New Labour were frightened of the Dirty Digger and News Corp, the ConDem government are in bed with them. Who was "Dave's" press-secretary until the shit became so public that he had to resign?

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Apple orders millions of iPhone 5s for September release

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Judging by the downvote pattern there are some *very* sensitive.....

.................people lurking in the shadows, I wonder who they are and why.

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Panasonic TX-P65VT30 65in plasma 3D TV

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@Mark 65 Power consumption, pah!

You just turn the central heating down - think of the saving!

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Given Lewis' enthusiasm on the subject if.......

.........the local authorities do not play ball he will probably take off and nuke them from orbit.

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I am sure that it is a great piece of kit, the operative word being "great" as in......

.........frakking gigantic. More seriously it is definitely drool-worthy, however, whilst Mme Arctic Fox is willing (just about) to live with our 55 inch Sammy, another 10 inches (ooo er missus) on the diagonal would mean divorce proceedings! Plus the fact that we would have to sit out on the terrace to be able to watch it from a sensible distance.

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One per cent of world's web browsing happens on iPad

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@M Gale Re "Uhm"

I see from your reply on the same point that we "paralleled" each other! I will admit that although I had the impression that what the graph shows us actually was the case, it was not until I set the display to make precisely that comparison that I realised how stark the contrast actually is. The next couple of years in "tab space" are going to be very interesting. What with hardware development roaring ahead (eg Nvidia's KalEl quad-core offering), the Android os doing gangbusters and seeing what impact Win8 has in the tab market end of 2012/beginning of 2013, it is pretty certain that we are only just seeing the beginning of a *serious* disruption/paradigm shift in the personal computer/mobile communications market. I should also add that although the received "wisdom" here at El Reg says that the upcoming Nokiasoft phones have to be greeted with howls of "Fail", "Nokia's been borged". "Elop is Ballmer's bumboy", "Micro$oft", etc etc it *is* just possible that Nokia may succeed in making positive waves with their "mangoed" WP7 phones. If that happens the market is going to get even more "complicated"! I speak BTW as the happy owner of a Desire Z - I just get fed up with the insistent beat of "Do you wanna be in my gang, my gang, my gang, do wanna be in my........." that we see so much of on some threads. I do not wear anybody's "colours", I just want to read about and discuss tech and sometimes get the impression that that is too much to ask!

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@Martin Hill "We are comparing operating systems". By all means let us compare......

...........operating systems. If you go to StatCounter Global Stats at:

http://gs.statcounter.com/#mobile_os-ww-monthly-200812-201106

......you can set the graphical comparison to display the various flavours of os. If you set it to display only iOs and Android for the period from Jan 2009 up to the present you will see something very interesting. Whose os is exhibiting a positive slope and whose is exhibiting a negative slope over this time period taken as a whole? I'll give you a clue - you will not like what the graph shows you.

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Actually the significance should be seen in a little bit larger context.

As in, what proportion of the worlds population own *any* kind of pc? Furthermore the proportion that actually own any kind of *tablet* is several orders of magnitude smaller than that. In other words the proportion of the worlds population that own an iPad is still vanishingly small (although its penetration of the consumer market in "advanced" countries is of course very impressive). On a lighter note if such a small proportion of the world's population (who own an iPad) manage to generate as much as 1% of the total internet traffic on the face of the planet one has to ask whether they have time for anything else in their lives. They must be "on" morning, noon and night. An endless diet of FaceBook, Twitter etc perhaps?

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Phishers switch focus to targeted attacks, warns Cisco

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Just goes to show that being part of a social network.........

...........on the web is may be not such a clever idea.

"containing high levels of personal info gleaned from dossiers collated on social networking sites, press releases or company correspondence."

Much of the information about us that these scumbags use to attack us is info *we* have put out there *ourselves*. Richly ironic that our (very) human tendency to gossip about ourselves and others is being amplified and "megaphoned" around the whole planet in a way that is unique in human history, thus providing these criminals with rich pastures to graze in - particularly when planning attacks involving a significant element of social engineering.

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Microsoft bags two more Android patent deals

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And furthemore, what about the dog that has not barked?

..........We have not heard so much as a "woof" out of Mountain View so far, have we? When you consider that Apple went into bat recently (albeit somewhat slowly) for their partners it is striking that all we are hearing from Google is a deafening silence.

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Re "Which patents exactly?" Yes, that is a point that has puzzled me......

....and I have done quite a bit of "clicking" trying to find out. Whilst I have no doubt that MS is (in common with the rest of "BigCorp") fully capable of behaving like a patent troll now and then the question remains, are they doing so on *this* occasion. I realise that this will not earn me any brownie points amongst some of the S-key dyslexics here at El Reg but without that information it is impossible to *know* whether that is the case this time. Microsoft may very well have acceptable/unacceptable motivation for being tight-lipped about which patents are involved but why are the ones (several of whom are big enough not to need to automatically bend over for MS) who are refusing to pay up not letting it be known what the alleged breeches are if they are confident of their case? PR is after all and integral part of this kind of how's your father normally - why not this time?

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Microsoft: Office 365 outages 'will' happen

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Yes, I see that several have remembered the rules concerning.......

..................The Great Satan From Redmond.

1. Microsoft do not make it clear that this or that service is *not* 100% guaranteed and do not make provision for customer compensation. You absolutely have to log on and howl - do not forget the $-sign next time.

2. Microsoft *do* make it clear that this or that service is *not* 100% guaranteed and *do* make provision for customer compensation. You absolutely have to log on and howl - do not forget the $-sign next time.

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Google Apps v Microsoft Office 365: Rumble in the enterprise

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The 500 lb gorilla in the room is........

......affordable and adequate bandwidth. This is particularly true in the US where they are complaining (with good reason) that their connections are slower and more expensive than in Europe. However, the spare capacity in Europe is not much to boast about if we are all going to go "cloudy". It does not matter when you get down to the nitty gritty whether you are talking Google, Apple or Microsoft, the infrastructure is woefully inadequate if we really are talking about a paradigm shift here. This "solution" threatens to be *very* expensive and the telcos are not exactly going to bust their nuts investing the *huge* sums in infrastructure that will be necessary and in case the cloudy cognoscenti have not noticed there is not a lot of public money available for the present time, a situation that is not likely to change any time soon. So, to sum up, it is going to cost eyewatering amounts, is possibly going to be a touch insecure (to put it tactfully) and "BigCorp" is going to own your arse as far as your data is concerned. Anyone care to explain to me why this is such a wonderful idea?

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Apple’s long divorce from Samsung near final

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Re "Missing the point"

You likely have a point there. As far as "under the bonnet" goes Apple may well have been a touch more dependent on Samsung than they were willing to admit. They may have realised that they had in a certain sense "farmed out" a bit to much and are now in the process of bringing some of it back in house, which I guess would make sense from their point of view. However, as others have said I do not think that Samsung are going to loose any sleep over this. Indeed Nokia and Microsoft may be smiling - AMOLED screens anyone?

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Samsung Series 470 250GB 2.5in SSD

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Re Distrusting storage benchmarks run on Windows.

Given that the vast majority of punters installing this kit will be installing on a Windows system benchmarking it on a Windows based rig would seem to be reasonably logical, hmm? Benchmarking it on a setup that a majority, even amongst El Reg readers, will not be installing on would seem a touch eccentric? If, for example, CrystalDiskMark cannot be relied on to read accurately in Windows that would imply that any software running in a Windows setup on this drive would not deliver the read/write speeds recorded by the benchmarking tool which is itself only another software package. In other words if you benchmarked this drive on, let us say, a Linux based setup the figures you would obtain could not readily be related to the disks performance in a Windows pc. So, even if you are correct in believing that benchmarking tools run in Windows cannot be relied on (a contention that I regard as somewhat dubious) running them in any other system to test the drive could not be related to real performance with the OS that a majority of us use. To sum up, if you are correct your point is meaningless and if you are not correct then you have posted b****x.

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Nokia's Windows phone outed on video

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Predictable?

Yes, this "leak" is entirely predictable - as are the reactions to it we see on this thread.

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Norwegian diplomats brush up on black metal

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@Chris Wareham Re "Re: lulz"

The posting is clearly retailing the same tendentious garbage that a certain section of the European and US right wing have been peddling for the last twenty years or so. Hitler called his party "National Socialist" and combining that with some circular logic based on the existence of dictatorships which arose from left-wing political systems and the resemblances that *all* dictatorships have to each other these political geniuses argue that the Third Reich was a left-wing regime! Their basic argument is that *any* dictatorship of any real size is by definition left-wing. They are attempting to argue that their political model has nothing to apologise for in the historical context since it was (according to them) lefties that produced *both* Stalin *and* Hitler (they tend to go a bit quieter if you mention Mussolini and Franco).

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EFF backs away from Bitcoin

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Dear me.........

.......I do appear to have touched a raw nerve or two, hmm?

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Cites concerns? I should bloody cocoa!

"It cited questions about the legal standing of the crypto-currency with relation to “securities law, the Stamp Payments Act, tax evasion, consumer protection and money laundering”."

I have noted that *some* people here seem to get a little upset when one points out that an "untraceable currency" is, (how shall we put?) open to abuse. Indeed it is fairly obvious that that is its major attraction for some people given that it is in most other respects a *highly* risky investment proposition for any honest citizen.

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Apple will 'own games industry'

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Immersive?

What have the games industry spent years doing? They have spent years trying to get you "inside" the game. That takes serious graphics, a screen of a certain minimum size and a decent sound system (for some games). Assassin's Creed, Empire Total War etc - that type of experience on an iPad? The premise of this article is preposterous.

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Asus Eee Pad Transformer Android tablet

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Re. "ordered mine Sat 18th. "

Enjoy!

:)

AF.

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Microsoft's Hyper-V 3.0 coming to Windows 8?

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Nice if true.

If the virtualization works smoothly without the "treacle effect" then MS will have solved one of their biggest challenges with any major changes/improvements in the fundamental architecture of Windows in Win8. IE. How to keep legacy customers on-board. Two question remain, can they implement it really well and will they ensure that it works in *all* versions of Win8 - not just some high-priced "business/ultimate edition".

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World+dog yawn over NFC smartphone shopping

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Loosing your mob is already a major league pain in the arse and.......

...........and now they want to ensure that if the worst happens you are left *completely* bare-arse, loosing your wallet at the same time. As to the security implications, they do not even bare thinking about.

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Bitcoin collapses on malicious trade

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Am I to assume that you are of the opinion that the US tax system is.......

.......the be all and end all of everything? I suggest you consider the fact that the world does not end outside the borders of the United States. I further suggest that you take notice of the fact that this is primarily (all though not exclusively) a *British* website and you might be expected to understand that postings will in general be rooted in (all though not exclusively) British circumstances.

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