* Posts by The lone lurker

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Man, its smartphones are SQUARE. But will BlackBerry make a comeback with them?

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I actually want one...

I really miss having a physical keyboard on my phone and as an existing Amazon customer this does seem to tick a lot of my boxes. The aspect ratio of that screen looks like it'd be great for eBooks etc. as well.

However, after their about face on the promised Playbook update I just cannot bring myself to get back in their camp though. I'm sure I'm not the only one.

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Chinese Moon rover, lander duo wake up after two-week snooze

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@ Dalek Dave

If you do not already believe that men landed on the moon then I sincerely doubt that some Chinese pictures will convince you otherwise.

The evidence is already visible from The LRO images from orbit.

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/apollo/revisited/#.UtUeD_RdXIc

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/LRO/news/apollo-11.html#.UtUfrfRdXIc

http://www.space.com/12835-nasa-apollo-moon-landing-sites-photos-lro.html

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Oh Mr Darcy! You're PRESSING MY BUTTONS

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Re: Yes Absolutely true.

I agree with your sentiment but I recently found out my 12 year old niece has no idea who Charles Dickens was and had no interest in finding out.

Anything that might get new people reading the classics is a good thing, simply making them aware of their existence is a start.

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HUBBLE turns TIME MACHINE: Sees GLINT in the Milk(yway)man's EYE

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Boffin

It's turtles all the way down.

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SPACE, the FINAL FRONTIER: These are the images of the star probe Cassini

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Re: tides

"Tides on Titan raised by Saturn's gravity can be as high as 30 feet (10 meters)."

The mind boggles when you consider the distances involved just within the Saturn moon system.

http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/video/videodetails/?videoID=246

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Re: I want a Neptune orbiter

There are various proposal for what to do with Cassini when it completes it's current mission. One of these is to send it onwards to Uranus...

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S009457651200149X

There is some uncertainty however that there would be sufficient power available to do any signifiant science at destination given the decade or so that it would take to transit.

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New US Apple factory will make INVINCIBLE sapphire glass for SHINY iThings

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Re: Ditch the aluminium

Sapphire is already transparent Aluminium (oxide)!

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A steam punk VDU ?

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How about something like a Magna Doodle?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magna_Doodle

I envision it to be similar to a mechanical typewriter but the keys would have magnetic letters and instead of striking an ink ribbon they would be placed upon the surface thus drawing up the ferrous material in the shape of a letter. A user adjustable wiper could be used to erase letters and a carriage return much like a standard typewriter would move the writing surface when a line was fully populated

Printing might be an issue but some kind of photography could be utilised to store the finished page of text before you had to wipe it all of and move on to the next.

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Chaos Computer Club: iPhone 5S finger-sniffer COMPROMISED

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Joke

Re: Embedded RFIDs in your hand

"Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark"

Revelation 13:16-17

Is Steve planning his next big thing?

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Intel touts 2-in-1s, the 'new' reincarnation of convertibles

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Fame-hating planets don't need to hang around STARS – boffins

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Re: Don't really understand why this is surprising

I believe the current theory is that it is a Brown Dwarf if it is below 13 Jupiter masses and does not orbit a star or stellar remnant.

Some also argue that it must not have experienced fusion in it's existence to be a true Brown dwarf - Most known brown Dwarf candidates are Lithium rich which cannot be the case if fusion has occurred.

Surprisingly they tend not to become much bigger than Jupiter as this is the limit of the Coulomb pressure and they are purple.

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Apple can't dump Samsung, it needs those iPad displays – report

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WTF?

Re: Samsung screens - the sought after ones.

Care to share with the group how to ensure we find and recieve such a mythical beast?

I've bought 2 Ipads in the past and have never been allowed to rummage around in the shops' inventory in order to find the 'cream of the crop'.

I'd also be interested to know what the differences are, perhaps a link please?

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Vulcan? Not on our tiny balls. Pluto moons named Kerberos, Styx

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Re: pretty obvious really

Enterprise was built between 1974 and 1976. The Approach and landing test program finished in 1977 and the decision not to convert Enterprise to an orbiter was made in 1978 so it was still assumed during the naming of Enterprise that it would fly in space.

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Re: pretty obvious really

In fairness Enterprise was always intended to be converted to into an orbiter after the ALT program completed. Under the original plan she would have been the second functional shuttle to reach space.

The unexpected number of changes that had to be made to the shuttle design during Columbia's construction ended up precluding Enterprise's conversion on the basis of cost.

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Huawei's new 7-inch MediaPad Vogue feeds Wi-Fi+3G phablet frenzy

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Re: Presumably...

So you cut people off as soon as part of your body comes into contact with the touch sensitive part of a phone - like when you press it to the side of your face? Presumably this device can turn off the screen when it detects that it is close to your head, just like most phones already have done for a long time already. Alternatively the software could ignore all inputs except in certain areas of the screen as soon as the device goes into call mode.

It's more likely that this is simply a promotional picture and you're nitpicking to jump on this particular bandwagon.

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House bill: 'Hey NASA, that asteroid retrieval plan? Fuggedaboutit'

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Re: Stasis guaranteed

The Saturn 5 blueprints still exist, as do the plans for the Ford model T. The primary issue is that the huge Saturn 5 assembly lines and in some cases the manufacturers themselves simply do not exist anymore.

The cost to start fabricating Saturn 5's again would never be funded... Unless there's another country threatening to beat them to it again!

If funding wasn't diverted from the Saturn 5 program in the 1970's in favor of the Shuttle it would have been possible to assemble the ISS in only five launches!

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Latest NASA ASTRONAUT class is HALF FEMALE

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Re: Parallel parking in space

Stick to the Windows jokes where you're just annoying. This kind of post just makes you look like a twat.

Women have always performed well in space, testament to that is that Eileen Collins was chosen to command the return to flight STS-114 ( that did indeed require a docking at the ISS).

It is also interesting to note that when Valentina Tereshkova flew in Vostok 6 she logged more time in space during a single flight than the entire American Mercury program combined.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8: Proof the pen is mightier?

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Re: Remember windows tabs?

You never 'needed' a stylus, they just made things easier with the resistive touchscreen technology. The Apple Newton and Palm pilots etc all had styli.

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Cameron eyes 'non legislative options' for more spook snoop powers

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Re: Scaremongering clap trap of a man on his Ibiza holidays @ Mycho

Mechanical pencils existed and they were used in space. Fischer developed a space pen but did so independently with no input from NASA.

Jim Lovell's notebook clearly shows some rubbings out in his calculations of the burn time to get the CM on the correct trajectory for the free return.

This article has a rather nice image of it:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2068588/Jim-Lovells-notes-brought-Apollo-13-Earth-sold-388-375.html

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Windows 8.1 Start button SPOTTED in the wild

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Re: This seems rather half-arsed @ roland6

Certainly they can, if it was provided in a similar way to the third party offerings. They could provide it as a download from a support website or possibly as an optional update. Perhaps a 'start menu' choice screen to preempt the EU bureaucrats?

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First Cook, now Intel bigwig pokes Google in the eye over Glass

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Methinks they doth protest too much

I get the distinct impression that they might be somewhat worried about it in reality.

It might not be perfect but there is at least a working product in people's hands, and there's lots and lots of attention being paid to it and Google.

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Apple cored: Samsung sells 10 million Galaxy S4 in a month

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Meh

Re: not sure i see what Apple has to 'fear' @D@v3

Something similar to what you are suggesting happened with their computer ranges back in the 90's. Apple ended up with this bewildering array of models each trying to target a certain part of the market and it nearly destroyed them.

It was only the return of Steve Jobs and his consolidation of the product lines that pulled them out of the tailspin. This time round it's unlikely he's going to be able do the same.

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More than half of Windows 8 users just treat it like Windows 7

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re:screen res

Go into regedit and search for "Display1_DownScalingSupported"

Change all instances to "1" and reboot, you can now select higher resolutions on your netbook... Some things will look slightly strange as you cannot magically create pixels but for browsing etc. at arms length the higher vertical resolution is a godsend!

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Nine-year-old Opportunity Mars rover sets NASA distance record

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WTF?

Re: Now for Opportunity to...

I have read and re-read your comment, then I read it again. I still have not the faintest idea what you're talking about.

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Re: Now for Opportunity to...

You're thinking of Voyager 1 and 2! Pioneers 1 and 2 were built to study cislunar space but in both cases the third stage of the rocket failed only allowing a ballistic flight. Both probes lasted less than a day before re-entering Earth's atmosphere!

This was all in the days before the USA had really started to use their Germans to build rockets so they had a tendency to fail often!

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Tablet? Laptop? HP does the splits with Tegra-based SlateBook x2

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Nice resolution.....

But why can't we get the same screen on the windows version?

My mind boggles at why a major computer manufacturer can see the need for high vertical resolution on Android devices but cannot go the one logical step further and realize that Windows devices could benefit from this too. The windows version has a poor 1366 x 768. This is lower than my 4 year old laptop!

Apparently the PC market is in the crapper, this is why.

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Opportunity rover stuck in standby mode after Martian blackout

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Re: And the pertinent question is,....

I was much more annoyed by the animated bear on the Russian probe that handily gave instructions to non Russian speakers.

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Pirates scoff at games dev sim's in-game piracy lesson

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Re: gamers and pirates

Yes, and home taping was going to kill the music industry...

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Apple fanbois get one last chance to see spectre of Steve Jobs

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WTF?

Re: Pretty soon...

I'll just leave this here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8sJaWTvxe4

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Review: Nokia Lumia 520

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Re: Where's Eadon....

EADON APPEARANCE FAIL!!!

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Microsoft to unveil new Xbox console on May 21

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Re: Always on - obviously, this isn't 1998

During the recent bad weather my internet connection along with the phone service was out of commission for almost six weeks. I would have been pretty pissed off if this had also taken away my ability to play the games I had paid for.

Not to mention the fact that my broadband speeds are so pathetic that we can barely get a PC to stream, having a console constantly slurping bandwidth would not be appreciated by the other half when she wants to watch her programs. I know I'm not alone in this situation.

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Huawei preps new mobes to overhaul Apple

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Re: Pronunciation

Phonetically it's "HOO - A - WAY" which when you look at it is not all that far of from "HU - A - WEI".

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The Reg puts Vulture inside the Large Hadron Collider

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Re: SUSY is already dead

think that disproving a theory through empirical observation has as much merit as proving the theory.

If the current theories are proved false then new theories will be formulated and experiments created to attempt to prove or disprove them it's why we need theoretical physicists in the first place.

Less career ruining, more like career expanding.

EADON FAIL!

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Apple alert as half China's fanbois consider switch to Galaxy S4

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Re: damn percentages again!

Lies, damned lies, and statistics!

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Re: Another dodgy survey?

I think you might be in the minority there! Many people I know upgrade the same week the contract ends, If not before. Two of my friends are planning to buy themselves out of their contract early to get the S4 at a cost that exceeds what they would have paid to stay in the contract until end.

I think mobile phones have stopped being mere tools quite some time ago. It's no longer about what is best for your circumstances but rather about how many pixels there are per square inch or the fact that it might be 12% thinner etc etc.

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Mars orbiter finds remains of pioneering Soviet Mars 3 probe

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Re: Musing...

Cydonia was pareidolia at it's finest, they've had high resolution scans of that region for some time now, nothing but rocks after all! There is however a smiley face in Galle Crater!

http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/gallery/craters/PIA01676.html

The NASA or Wikipedia page has some good comparison images of the Cydonia Mesa:

http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/planetary/mgs_cydonia.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cydonia_%28region_of_Mars%29

Unfortunately searching for "Cydonia" on Google very quickly leads you into the weirder parts of the internet where Richard Hoagland is king.

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Rocket boffinry in pictures: Gulp the Devil's venom and light a match

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Re: I aim for the stars @ Graeme

The Blue streak missile was developed to completion. The Black knight sounding rocket and subsequent Black Arrow rocket were derivatives of this system.

The Black Arrow was the satellite launcher and was also completed but the program was cancelled just before they were about to test launch. However as the parts had been produced and were actually in transit to Woomera the go-ahead to launch the three completed rockets was given.

Only one launch succeeded and lifted the Prospero satellite to orbit in 1971.

Interestingly, prior to Black Arrow cancellation NASA had offered to launch British payloads for free but this offer was withdrawn after the successful launch of Prospero.

If you can find a copy there is a fascinating book called "Black Arrow. A Vertical Empire" that details the internal politics that led to the cancellation.

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Lost CASSiE search moves up a gear

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Thriving Space Industry?

Since the cancellation of Black Arrow in the 70's Britain remains the only country to have successfully developed a satellite launch system and then to have abandoned it.

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Torygraph and Currant Bun stand by to repel freeloaders

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Re: The Sun

You'd only make about £3 then, perhaps £4 if you didn't linger on the pictures.

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Google improves Chrom’s spel checkr

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Meh

Re: Oh look, it needs a constant connection to the net @ Dan 55

Then just don't use Chrome! If you are really this paranoid about Google then you're certainly not using any of their other services like search, Gmail or Drive are you? If this is the case then this has absolutely no effect on you and makes your posts ultimately pointless.

Firefox and Opera have had multiple spell check add-ons for donkey's years, use them instead. They both also have an offline mode so you can continue to do your web-browsing without an internet connection.

I fed the troll and I liked it.

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Dragon capsule makes fiery entrance, safe splashdown

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WTF?

Re: Bah! "Who scooped it out of the ocean?"

The people taking the picture?

I assume they had a boat or something...

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Ubuntu support periods slashed

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Re: With Unity being pushed down the throat, who cares

It's been a while since I played with Mint but is there not a version based on Debian?

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Brussels 'mulling probe' into brutal Apple negotiations with networks

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Meh

Re: If Only They Made usable Telephones For a Sensible Price

No-one makes you buy an iPhone or any other phone with 'touch rubbish'. Nokia for example makes a complete range of phones that still follow the older form factor. Try this:

http://www.carphonewarehouse.com/mobiles/mobile-phones/NOKIA_100?colourCode=BLACK

Or, if that is still not to your liking then Doro make phones with even smaller screens with huge buttons for those who just cannot stand to look at their phone. With one of these you stand a good chance of hitting the right button even with your eyes closed.

http://www.carphonewarehouse.com/mobiles/mobile-phones/DORO_506?colourCode=BLACK

I realise now, after re-reading your comment, that I may well have been trolled softly but I'll let it stand in case you really are this much of a Luddite!

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NASA chief: Earth is DOOMED if we spot a big asteroid at short notice

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It's based on estimations and models of what should be left after the Solar system formed and has been ticking over for the last 4.6 billion years.

Short answer is: They're guessing.

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Samsung Galaxy S 4: A slim stripper with palms hovering over its body

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Re: Build it and they will come @Thomas Wolfe

I saw a similar article... The one I read was parroting information from an interview conducted with Gene Munster (A senior analyst apparently) by a clearly Apple biased reporter from Bloomburg who actually said that he normally only covers Apple. At no point was there any mention of Google being worried Gene Munster mentioned that he thought Google might feel this way later down the line.

I took it as FUD in the same way that the claims of Android fragmentation becoming a serious issue are periodically trotted out.

Why would Google care that one vendor has the majority of the market anyway? We'll all still be using Google's services regardless of the vendor/manufacturer. If Samsung make the decision to fork android and try to lock everyone into their own services then I think many people would stop buying Samsung phones.

If Google were really worried then they would be using Motorola's hardware division to flood the market with Nexus devices to counter Samsung.

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PC market to spend ANOTHER year soaked in blood, warns IDC

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Re: the majority of people that use computers to work with

I'm not denying that, I'm just refuting that tablets and mobile devices are the best replacements for 'full computers'

As I said before I own several examples of these devices. In all cases I have bought them and then managed to find a use case for them to justify the purchase rather than the device itself filling a requirement.

I've just sat here for five minutes trying to think of one thing my tablet does better than my laptop and can't actually think of one.

I suspect this is the same as a lot of other people whether it is conscious or unconscious. I view the whole tablet craze as a collective ''Ooh, look at the shiny!'' ( and I LOVE me some shiny!)

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Re: Just wrong. (@AC 18:37)

I think you missed the point. YOU obviously have managed to convince yourself that a tablet is a full desktop replacement but I would feel confident in saying that is not the case for the majority of people that use computers to work with. Yes, the iPad comes with up to 128GB, but what happens when you need more? on my full computer i can simply use a USB thumbdrive or even upgrade the hard disk. I have an iPad and a Nexus 7 but would never consider either the best tool for anything more involved than web browsing or watching iplayer.

In a pinch it is true that most computing tasks can be accomplished on a tablet but my experience doing so has been painful and the apps always appear to be attempting to work around the deficiencies in the system. The article never said that productivity was impossible on a tablet but stated that the focus was elsewhere. Count the number of items in the app store and compare the number of entertainment/games apps to the number of productivity apps and then come back and deny this.

I cannot address the other points in your comment as I stopped reading properly at ''App-centric" which you somehow think is a good thing. Windows 8 is "App-centric" but that is roundly hated it seems.

jabbing at a small screen with sausage fingers on a crippled OS is never going to be better or easier than using a full computer to complete actual work.

You sound like a manager who has had to defend his new shiny toy.

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