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Apple CEO Tim Cook tells world: 'I’m proud to be gay'

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Coincidence, surely

But this is the only Reg article about Apple for about a year that hasn't used the adjective "fruity".

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Re: Yes it does matter to some people

> Then there is Uganda where engaging in a gay relationship could get toy sentenced to death.

There go those Bert and Ernie dolls, then.

(Autocarrot got you, right?)

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Microsoft fitness bands slapped on wrists: All YOUR HEALTH DATA are BELONG TO US

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Re: "Band can measure heart rate, steps, calorie burn, and sleep quality"

you should write an app for that.

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Re: @ dogged (was: Why, exactly ...)

you reap what you sow, old thing, and you sneer at everything.

Yes, humans have been around a long time but life expectancy now is not what it was 10,000 years ago because of this thing we modern humans call "technology". This may or may not be a means of producing a data sample big enough to suggest ways of extending that lifespan and physical health a bit longer but we'll never know if we just come out with your eternal "oh, humans have existed for centuries without your newfangled "cooking" bullshit, go away".

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Re: what is this an inferior copy of, exactly?

Find one with GPS at that price, anonymous hater.

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Re: Microsoft still haven't learnt

what is this an inferior copy of, exactly?

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You could maybe charge it while you're writing comments on the Register.

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Re: Why, exactly ...

Because you don't know. Nobody really knows. Do I sleep better if I eat earlier? Maybe. Do you? Maybe. Do you follow exactly the same set of rules that I do? Unlikely.

Hard data is hard data. It's up to us to decide whether to use it or just to sneer about every new idea or device that comes along - oh, it's jake, nevermind.

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Re: Swimming

This one's dustproof and splashproof but not swimming-proof. Personally I wouldn't swim with anything that wasn't resistant to 10ATM but the capabilities of this thing are only matched by Garmin and Suunto gear that costs over $500 so you can't really fault it on value.

And GPS+HR monitor means that cycling analytics is just a software problem, so there's that.

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Lumia 830: Microsoft hopes to seduce with slim 'affordable' model

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Re: Impressive @Terry Barnes

Your 820 needs a wireless charging shell - it's not built-in.

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Re: Impressive

> Is that a first in the Lumia range

I think it is. The 1520 has Qi and MicroSD but I don't the battery is removable.

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Weekend reads: Russell Brand's Revolution and Joy Division's Ian Curtis gets lyrical

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Re: "“All desire is the inappropriate substitute for the desire to be at one with God.”"

> Insert gatekeeper to divinity of your choice, then. You can't give your money to God directly, so you give it to the gatekeeper, the guy who told you it is inappropriate to care about anything (e.g. money or family) than god.

Neither was money mentioned. And although I'm not a believer, I have read the NT and Jesus had a low opinion of money.

I'm still confused at your need to invent a gatekeeper - JC didn't. Neither do zen buddhists.

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Re: "“All desire is the inappropriate substitute for the desire to be at one with God.”"

I didn't see the word or even concept of "church" mentioned at all.

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This is why we CAN have nice things: Samsung Galaxy Alpha

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That's no reason not to tease the author about it.

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Re: How many

Tell it to my old Lumia 920.

You could beat a bear to death with that thing.

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> the most aesthetically pleasing phone ever to leave a Samsung assembly plant in the back of a truck

Do Samsung usually keep assembly plants in the back of trucks?

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PEAK APPLE: iOS 8 is least popular Cupertino mobile OS in all of HUMAN HISTORY

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I see you clicked.

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MEN: For pity's sake SLEEP with LOTS of WOMEN - and avoid Prostate Cancer

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Re: Self-selecting, er, sample...

Thanks for that. Cue the music.

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Re: Rubbish science

argh, TMI.

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Re: Does it follow

Not necessarily. It may simply be that women are able to subconsciously select males who are less susceptible to prostate cancer and therefore, those males get more.

Oh William of Occam, you old spoilsport, you.

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Looking for a job in Europe? Experienced IT staff needed in UK, Italy and Germany

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Microsoft shows off spanking Win 10 PCs, compute-tastic Azure

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>The idea is that provisioning a corporate PC could be as easy as getting a new iPad, though this can only work for apps that can be deployed from the Store.

Maybe not.

apt-get for Windows 10 incoming?

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Microsoft to bake Skype into IE, without plugins

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Re: What? More bloat?

IE runs pretty well, especially compared to the mungy bloatfest that is Chrome.

I still prefer Firefox but it's getting flaky as it ages.

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Microsoft has Windows Server running on ARM: report

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Re: Apps?

Yeah, losing it with a 94% share. What a disaster.

Go away.

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Re: Apps?

> A windows version for arm will be just like windows for alpha, ppc, mips and ia64... Absolutely useless because there will be little or no native software for it.

Not quite. Expanding the WinRT API would provide application-level compatibility across any Windows kernel. Which would be nice, really, and a rather better development experience (write once, er, that's it) than even linux provides.

I note, however, that the report does not indicate any useful expansion of WinRT.

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How iPad’s soft SIM lets Apple pit carriers AGAINST each other

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thumbs down for annoying facts. I understand. It's okay.

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Painfully trendy: Someone just spent $200k on ebola.com

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Local version

I note that ebolacola.co.uk is available...

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Game of Thrones man stars in sci-fi bit on comet-catcher Rosetta

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Re: GAME OF THRONES MAN?

It's that Irish bloke who's good at accents and was in Queer as Folk.

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This Changes Everything? OH Naomi Klein, NO

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Re: Not as simple as that indeed....

> no one points to the (thawed) mammoth in the room: i.e. that we have absolutely NO IDEA of what's going on with the climate.

True. Which makes this statement -

"In order to work out whether Flipper is going to be boiled or just scalded, we need to run computer simulations of what emissions are going to do to the climate" a particularly impressive bit of bollocks since it's effectively asking a blind man to create a computer simulation of a hologram using only the power of interpretive dance.

Seriously Tim, how the fuck are you supposed to model "the climate" when it has an almost infinite amount of variables and you don't know how any of them really work?

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Fanboi-and-fanfare-free fondleslabs fail to fire imagination

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Re: Ah!

> If you however wiped the OOTB software and installed a proper Linux

on your iPad...

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Let's make an app that POSTS your POO to APPLE HQ

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The Belgians.

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Preview redux: Microsoft ships new Windows 10 build with 7,000 changes

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@M Gale

That line was from the wind-up post with the trollface.

Nobody except pirithous took it seriously.

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Re: Windows 10 ?

> If you don't believe me open a command window and type ver on Windows 7 or 8. Spot the difference? Is Microsoft the only company to call its software by a different version number to what it actually is?

You're referring to the kernel version and every linux distro is far in excess of the linux kernel, the answer to your question is a resounding "no".

And /ver doesn't work in Win8 but thanks for playing.

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Re: Allegedly

That's basically the problem although if you've managed to install .NET on Win95 you're some kind of sick genius.

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I see a lot of "everyone knows" and "it's all over the internet" from you cited as evidence but please try to remember that consensus doesn't mean you're right. It just means that a lot of people agree with you.

A lot of people believe in angels.

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Re: No no children

> So why not take the time to answer the poins (yes some are verging on rants) before gettin abusive.

Because mine was a new comment entirely unrelated to the troll's and not posted in reply. Therefore I feel no impetus to answer the troll's points, regardless of their merit or otherwise.

Let it rant and pass it by, hopefully we can have a civilized discussion, was my thought. The immediate attack in an unrelated post, however, makes that sadly unlikely.

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Adding Battery Saver and Data sense is an interesting move - handy for corporate laptops with data sims.

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Microsoft promises Windows 10 will mean two-factor auth for all

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Re: What about apps I develope

Obviously, or testing would be impossible.

Duh.

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Microsoft to enter the STRUGGLE of the HUMAN WRIST

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FAIL

Somebody didn't read the article.

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> we'll wager Redmond would like to wipe it from the collective memory forever.

Why? It did what it was meant to do. It worked. There just wasn't any point to it. The engineers did as requested so they can be pleased with it. Management? Not so much.

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Doctor Who and the Dalek: 10-year-old tests BBC programming game

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Re: hold on...

@Lusty - upvoted for the idea of fewer project managers. That's always going to help productivity.

I seem to be unpopular with the 14 programmers who couldn't bear to leave VB behind today.

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Re: hold on...

> Maybe we should give toddlers oil paints then rather than wax crayons.

reductio ad absurdam doesn't help your argument and fails in any case. There's nothing wrong with crayon art. There is no reason why something done with crayons can't be worth millions or why crayons couldn't be used to design something that changes the world.

What you're not going to do is write a program that changes the way the world thinks about anything in Pascal. You'll bin it. You will waste idea after idea on a dead language.

It's like suggesting that kids should write all their essays in Saxon English rendering them effectively worthless for the future.

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Re: hold on...

This is the same reasoning that forced kids to learn Latin (and I should know because I had to) which was eventually discarded as an absolute waste of time.

It's a different waste of time if it's code, is it? A useful waste of time? "Oh, we're teaching them to think?"

Fuck that. Teach them something you can use and make actual things that don't suck with. Then they will make actual things.

Pascal is electronic Batik.

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Re: hold on...

Because it's wasted knowledge. You will literally never use it outside of education.

I wouldn't teach Java either. It only just got lambdas, for christ's sake. As for working sensibly with an expando equivalent - forget it.

I can't recommend python because I don't know it and have never felt the urge to learn it. It might be perfect or it might just be something that people who are bad at C++ like to tell me is wonderful. I try not to judge.

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hold on...

Is this thing using some kind of graphical logic loop or is it using VB?

I'd be cautious about teaching kids VB as a starter language. It can create some horrible syntactic habits in older programmers, god knows what case-ignorance and polymorphism without inheritance could do to kids.

Which brings us on to thinking about what might be a good starter language for kids (or anyone). Not Javascript, not even just the "good" parts. It's incoherent and inconsistent. Not C, not C++, not C# - there's too much scope for writing horrible code without a commitment to best practise and understanding testing and refactoring. Not bloody Pascal. Ew. So what does that leave?

F#? .... actually, you could do a lot worse. It'd be good for their maths skills too.

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'Cowardly, venomous trolls' threatened with TWO-YEAR sentences for menacing posts

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Re: Baldy, Baldy, Bastard...

Careful, oh liker of crisps.

That might have been interpreted as sarcasm.

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Re: Nothing to do with "free speech"

> What is not acceptable is abusing and making threats to harm/rape/kill someone because you disagree with them.

Which is why we already have laws against it. No new ones required.

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Apple's new iPADS have begun the WAR that will OVERTURN the NETWORK WORLD

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Re: No More Burners

I'd go with "until" rather than unless, but your point is well made.

And I'm sure the Powers That Be will wholeheartedly support such an arrangement.

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