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Lost phone? Google's got an app for that, coming this month

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It was definitely there on WM6.x devices such as, for example, my old HTC Touch.

Perhaps you weren't looking for it?

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British ankle-biters handed first mobe at the age of SEVEN - Ofcom

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Re: Phones don't talk to me about phones

I think the problem here may be in your choice of incubator.

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@hplasm

Not twice!

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Meh

I have all this to learn, as the father of a four-month old boy.

I was rather hoping that the fish/ponds/relative size thing could be solved by judo and boxing from age 4 or 5, in much the same way that working my arse off on a farm sorted it for me.

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Oi, trolls, BEHAVE! Twitter tweaks rules to tackle abusive twits

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Re: Live by the twit...

Tetchy, aren't we?

Point out where I condoned anything, little miss sunshine.

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Re: Live by the twit...

"Live by the twit" is accurate, if only because the feminist in question campaigned to get Jane Austen on a banknote via Twitter. She apparently said there weren't any women on banknotes, somehow having never seen the front face of a Bank of England note since 1953.

The abuse is bad, really bad but the medium is her medium. She used it. Now she is being abused by it. There's a slightly poetic irony in that which is ugly but still of more worth than anything ever written by Jane "Mr D'arcy will make it all better" Austen.

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Re: Can't we just get rid?

The problem with removing a service that allows numpties to post unregulated nonsense online is that they would find new places to post their drivel.

Yes, but nobody reads the BBC's "Have Your Say" pages.

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They don't recognise us as HUMAN: Disability groups want CAPTCHAs killed

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Re: Other ideas

"Send an SMS message" would be setting yourself up to get pantsed via premium rate numbers.

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Holmes

*That one might catch a colour-blind person, of course.

Tell me about it.

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Re: DUMP CAPTCHAS - Just add colour

My eyesight is better than 20/20 but I suffer from degenerative monochromachia. One problem this causes is that coloured text often becomes illegible.

When it's been deliberately munged AND coloured on top, it's literally impossible to read.

I don't have a solution but I really wish that captchas didn't come in so many multicoloured varieties.

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Current State of the Tablet Market

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Current State of the Tablet Market

I've been thinking about this and the usual slew of car analogies are wrong.

It's not like the phone market. It actually reminds me of nothing so much as the Home Computer market in the late 80's. The myriad of 8-bit Home Computers has pretty much died, people are buying Segas and Nintendos for their kids and Ataris or Amstrad Word Processing boxes for themselves, usually running CP/M.

And then there's this new thing called Windows RT which is kind of like buying a 286 running DOS. You'd have to be an idiot to buy one of those. Right? DOS sucks, after all. DOOM hasn't been written yet. You can't play Mortal Kombat on that thing and it costs a fortune.

Much the way that the 286 PC should have died on the vine, logically speaking, RT should also die on the vine. The 286 went on to become the box we're all using - yes, even you, Mac user - mainly because IBM.

The real question here - and please leave the gibbering fanboi arguments at home for this one - is, are Microsoft powerful enough to be IBM in this century? It's an interesting one. Almost every damn business in the world runs their stuff so they're arguably even stronger. And it's not as if IBM were ever well liked by their clients - far from it, in fact - so can we not stoop to the "but people hate..." stuff, please?

If they are, the tablet market may eventually follow the home computing market. If they're not, it won't.

That's my theory. What's your take on it?

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MS brandishes 'Katana' HTTP/2.0 server

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Re: C# runs fully compiled

Why should I? If you're going to spread FUD about languages being interpreted or otherwise, what use are you?

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Re: C# runs fully compiled

And then if you modify the source, it is recompiled AT RUNTIME, which is essentially INTERPRETTING

Yes. Once. And then it runs fully compiled.

However, distributed binaries cannot be modified without trashing them anyway so any new souce modification comes from the developer and is then distributed and runs, er compiled.

You dick.

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Microsoft Surface sales numbers revealed as SHOCKINGLY HIDEOUS

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WP9 is already slated to not be compatible with WP8. Its going to be an improved and incompatible device to old WP8 devices.

If you believe every rumour that Eldar Murtazin shits out, possibly. I don't.

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The numbers don't lie?

I think they do. For example, when MS wrote down $900m on Surface, that was their total remaining investment. Any further surfaces sold are pure profit. This articles seems to lead us to believe that they are gone and that $843m is all the sales they'll ever make. Disingenuous, El Reg. And you know it.

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The O2 4G Lottery: Are YOU in one of the three LUCKY cities?

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Coverage

So, the West Country in 3412, as usual?

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O2 pulls plug on OAP-monitoring service

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Re: Nice Idea bad implementation

Because it would have a battery life of about 45 minutes and crash suddenly when the customer falls over.

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MS, Chinese boffins team up on Kinect-powered sign language recog

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Re: Crap for games, great for everything else

Crap for games?

Depends on the game. Call of Duty? Yeah, crap for that.

Dance Central? Try that with your controller, couch-bound fatboy.

So... horses for courses.

This research, by the way? Great. Truly great. Keep up the good work, Chinese Boffins+MSR.

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Nokia flops out its 4G, 4.7-inch WHOPPER: The Lumia 625

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@Dave 126

the fag-lighter is his Transit is buggered

Dave, on a Transit you can actually reach into the central console from the passenger's side and swap out the fag-lighter with a replacement.

Should take you about 5 minutes and cost you maybe £3 from Amazon.

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Yeah, it was in the Grauniad so it MUST be true.

Except that a whole bunch of companies say it isn't are going to the Supreme Court and the Attorney General (or whatever his title is) to get the secrecy overruled so that they can prove it's not true. The list includes Yahoo, Google and, er, Microsoft.

You are eadon and I claim my £5.

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Re: Screen resolution too low

They don't seem to be undercutting the Lumia 520.

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FAIL

* looked to see what it was, saw Nokia hence windows phone, threw in a quick fandroid troll*

Fixed that one for you.

Honestly, it's a fucking Nokia. What did you expect it to run? iOS?

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Re: looks like a great midrange handset

Runs quite happily, takes over a day to rinse the battery. If only it ran Android!

Then it would take about 4 hours to rinse the battery.

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Dead STEVE JOBS 'touts rival Lenovo gear' FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE

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Cheap clones?

Seriously? Lenovo make nice kit. You can't beat a Thinkpad for quality.

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Devolo dLAN 500 AV Wireless Plus: Triple-tech connectivity for the home

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Re: Zyxel PLA4225

What I'd really like is an ADSL/Wireless-n/Powerline router. Clear out ALL the boxes and powerbricks in one fell swoop. Sadly, i can't find one anywhere.

Any ideas?

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For pity's sake: DON'T MOVE to the COUNTRY if you want to live

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Just one thought; being in the country often means that you are further away from access to emergency services when compared to those in urban areas.

True but they're less likely to let you die because they're stuck in traffic.

On the other hand, a speeding ambulance on a single-track country road is not a good thing for anyone.

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WAR ON PORN: UK flicks switch on 'I am a pervert' web filters

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Re: censorship in the UK

Thumbs up for "hedgeporn".

Porn was always in hedges when I was a kid.

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Re: No need to ban porn

The benefits are debatable anyway.

I mean, if paedophiles are busy flicking one off to anime child porn instead of molesting children, won't this cause a massive and thoroughly horrific disaster?

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Big Brother

Furthermore...

Quite what will happen to the lists of adults who disable the filters is not clear.

But they will know who you are and they can read what you read via GCHQ.

Learn to love Big Brother.

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Fever pitch as Dublin tar drop fall captured by webcam

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Re: You're on a sticky wicket there ...

I know. But Britain != England.

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Lenovo ThinkPad Helix Ultrabook: Your new summer convertible?

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WTF?

Why is this thread full of Macintards who are presumably not in the market for this device?

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Hold on a mo: Brits blow £56m a year on the blower to gov minions

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Re: @Rol

Virgin, then?

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@Rol

Where did you get a broadband only service? In my experience they ALWAYS soak you for a phone line as well. Plus £15/month protection money to BT for allowing you to communicate at all.

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Re: David Pollard Hospital and prison telephones

Nobody's suggesting that hospital phones should be free, you silly little boy.

Merely that they should NOT be charged at loan-shark rates.

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@Irongut

Not that I'm a Tory supporter but it annoys me when they get blamed for policies that were actually brought in by Blair, Brown and their cronies.

Oh, quite. I don't support any of them (and won't until they stop tacitly funding organized crime via prohibition) but my point was, this report is likely to meet with a "good, let 'em pay" from George Osborne and his goldplated cronies.

As for Matt Bryant - a), you're still a cretin and b) one pound per head would indicate that everyone except the very very rich are on benefits/pensions. While doubtless this would suit Iain Duncan Smith's propaganda machine, it's probably not the case, is it?

Is maths too hard for you?

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Looks like Tory policy to me.

TAX THE POOR!

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Ex-prez Carter: 'America has no functioning democracy' with PRISM

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Statuesque

iPhone autocorrect, I suspect.

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Re: When it comes to the direction of America 'The Simpsons' say it best :-

May I refer you to the opening nine minutes of The Newsroom?

"Greatest Country in the World" relies heavily on your definition of "Greatest". During the space race? Possibly. Before or since? Not even slightly.

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Re: Spy on the Spies

But then, who oversees the overseer?

The electorate, in an elected position?

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"they don't give you the Nobel Peace Prize for nothing"`

Remind me, what did Obama get it for?

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Microsoft admits it's '18 months behind' with Windows 8 slabs

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Re: I really hate to say this...

I thought the Apple way was to give one single experience on one hardware platform and sneer at all others.

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Spotify strikes back at Radiohead - but artists are still angry

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Catweazel

Thanks for the memories.

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Tweet like escaping Hell depends on it, Twitter Catholics told

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Headmaster

God has an ego and is one hell of a pendant

I know, that was a typo but presumably it's an intangible pendant which dangles ineffably?

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@loneranger

Presumably your imaginary friend is bigger than the Pope's imaginary friend, then?

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Worldwide smartwatch shipments predicted to top 5 million next year

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You can doubt that all you want to. I haven't warn a watch since my employer started routinely providing me with a cell phone more than 12 years ago. A while back we did a spot check on gaming night - only 1 watch amongst the 4 men in the room and 1 for the woman.

Because anecdotes are indisputable evidence, right?

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Pedometer, I suspect. And remote control for your phone, maybe. Both of these are useful functions but hardly world-shaking.

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Re: May I dare to disagree

Watches have now been superseded for most people by mobile phones

I doubt that. In fact, I'd bet that worldwide watch sales make worldwide mobile phone sales look laughable.

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Psssst: If you wanna be rich, make the next privacy Robocop app

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Re: Microsoft?

Given how Microsoft put back doors into Outlook for the NSA to access a users stuff (according to Snowden), why would anyone trust a system with MS OS on it under any circumstances?

Given that MS dispute this and claim that the Grauniad has misreported what Snowden said - and is allegedly going to court for the right to tell people what information they've given NSA as reported here on the Reg - while Google (for example) aren't denying anything.... why the hell would anybody choose Android or ChromeOS for anything?

But nice try, Eadon.

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GitHub to devs: pick a license, we dare you

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MIT

The MIT license is popular in code you're giving away as a public service.

Everything I have on t'interweb for free download uses it. It's nice and simple.

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