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WOW! Google invents the DIGITAL WATCH: What a time to be alive

DuncanL

Re: power

The charging is almost certainly via wireless (Qi); so the idea will be that you just dump the watch on your bedside table with a charging pad (along with your smartphone and smart glasses...) and don't worry about pro-actively charging it.

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Plusnet goes titsup for spectacular hour-long wobble

DuncanL

Re: DNS

Sounds like a possible explanation. As anecdotal evidence to back that up; I've been working from home all day on my Plusnet and it's been exactly the same as usual - but I use the Google DNS.

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Snap! Nokia's gyro stabilised camera tech now on open market

DuncanL

Re: Comparing the camera cost to headphones isn't very helpful

Ah - I assumed it was a complete camera unit. Ta!

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DuncanL

Comparing the camera cost to headphones isn't very helpful

Surely a better comparison would be to a standard phone camera component? So we know whether the new one is twice\three\fifteen times as expensive as the part it replaces in a design.

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I've seen the future of car radio - and DAB isn't in it

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Re: In 2014?! A new service "offering" 48Khz?!?!?

Sorry; as others have pointed out I made a typo - I meant 48kb/s, not 48Khz

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In 2014?! A new service "offering" 48Khz?!?!?

Are you stone cold barking mad? That must sound like sticking your head in a goldfish bowl. Even with the latest in psycho-acoustic magic there's not enough data there.

For a site that like to bash DAB as often as possible for it's "quantity over quality" approach (and coverage, and cost and anything else...); praising something that poor seems odd.

Plus at least with DAB (and analogue) it's "pay once" and you're done. With this you're forking out hundreds of pounds a year for the privilege of appalling quality sound.

Just connect your MP3 player full of high-quality rips\purchases and be done with it all.

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Ofcom: UK beats the US... in race to buy online tat

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"we're used to getting parcels delivered to our homes"

And it gives us a chance to have a good moan about how crap delivery companies are - HDN\Yodel\Hermes name your villain of choice!

And there's nothing us Brits like more than a moan on a forum! ;-)

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World's OLDEST human DNA found in leg bone – but that's not the only boning going on...

DuncanL

Re: African or European?

Denisovan?

Well, I didn't vote for him.

There's some lovely filth over here!

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KRAKOOM! iPad Air EXPLODES in FIREBALL, terrified fanbois FLEE Apple store

DuncanL

"therefore a bit rubbish when you remember how exciting the first one was all those years ago"

I have no fruity devices and no interest in an "fanboi" groupings, but that does seem a bit of a daft dismissal of a device that will sell millions. Surely that's true for just about anything ever - the first version is the game changer; everything that follows are merely refinements

The latest Ford Escort is just a bit better version of a Ford Model T, but plenty of people are still interested in them and certainly doesn't make them "a bit rubbish".

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Japanese pussies slurp 'meow meow' sex wine

DuncanL

Defeats Google translate...

in an amusing fashion...

"It is after it has ended up pussy get along two people in bed, in a dose"

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Windows Phone 8 INFLATED by Microsoft ... to satisfy lonely phablets

DuncanL

Re: 1080

Not where I live. Every HDTV I have ever seen is 1080P.

I think JDX means that HDTV as provided by Freeview and Sky is only transmitted as 1080i (for bandwidth reasons and most people don't notice the difference). Almost all displays are 1080p capable, it's the source material that's generally below par. The only real source of 1080p is Bluray.

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Amazon DENIES launch of iPhone-killing freebie smartphone

DuncanL
WTF?

OTT? WTF?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Over-the-top_content

Ah!

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Barnes & Noble knock Nook slate down to £79

DuncanL

For anyone looking for the CyanogenMod page for the HD+, it's buried under the codename "Ovation"

http://wiki.cyanogenmod.org/w/Ovation_Info

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Xbox One users will have to pay extra for Skype and gamer-gratifying DVR

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Coat

"and no less than 32 nanospleens."

Pah! The PS4 has 64, and they're DDR5 so give you a 27% performance improvement per interocitor cycle...

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Google patents swish, swosh, swoosh pattern unlock app swipe

DuncanL

My first patent....

I'd like to propose an extension to that patent that prevents users from picking overly obvious patterns - such as a C for camera. Or at least pops up a warning "this gesture is a bit flipping obvious, are you sure?"

This would need a database of characters that covered other languages too; but wouldn't be hard to do.

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SAP boss cops jail time plea after Lego barcode bust

DuncanL

"dish liquid"?.....

OK USAians - what the flipping heck is "dish liquid"?

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Jokes of no more than 2 lines

DuncanL

Aahhhh the classy baby jokes - popular when I was at school.

What's pink and fluffy?

A baby in a tumble drier....

Hard to imagine that was an acceptable joke!

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Google loses Latitude in Maps app shake-up

DuncanL
WTF?

Re: Offline maps gone... or not?

A bit of Googling later and it seems offline maps will eventually return and that there is currently a way to cache any visible area, via the very strange ui of typing "ok maps" into the search bar....

https://plus.google.com/+GoogleMaps/posts/C3GgC3sGoVJ

Which says to me "unfinished feature, but marketing have decided we're launching anyway".

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Re: Offline maps gone... or not?

Ah - I see... Chocolate teapot is the phrase...

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DuncanL

Offline maps gone... or not?

The opening paragraph says offline maps are no longer available; but then later we get:

Currently users can download maps of cities and location and cache them on the phone for offline perusal. With the new app, users select a map area (be it city, borough, or neighborhood,) and save a street map of that locale.

I can't see the difference between these two options. They both seem to be "download a map for offline use" - which is what I want since I don;t have a data contract on my phone but do use the GPS and maps while cycling.

What am I failing to understand?

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Play the Snowden flights boardgame: Avoid going directly to Jail

DuncanL
Facepalm

Boring as it may be - amusing suggestions of space based escapes would be rather harder for Putin to pass off as "not helping" than simply introducing a new Aeroflot route for a few days...

How about a tunnel through the centre of the Earth instead?....

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HGST: Enough of those MUTANT HYBRIDS. We'll do an Apple, thanks

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Coat

"SSHD's dingle interface"

Childish snort time! He said "dingle"! Tee-hee-hee!

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Windows 8.1 start button appears as Microsoft's Blue wave breaks

DuncanL

Re: So...

Did MS actually revive the Start Menu on this one

No.

the Start button go to the kiddy toy thing?

Yes.

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Glasgow subway's new smart tickets aren't, moan passengers

DuncanL

Re: "based on an interoperable open standard"

Bllimey! Are you sure this is a government project? That sounds far too sensible and reasonable.

It'll never actually work - someone will screw up the infrastructure...

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Boffins light way to photonic computing with 1PB DVD tech

DuncanL
Terminator

Re: 9mn, 9nm

Phased plasma rifle in the 40-watt range?

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Flash flaw potentially makes every webcam or laptop a peephole

DuncanL

Re: 2) They should have an indicator light hard-wired to the webcam power

Some do - my Logitech Pro 9000 has an orange ring that fades up and glows round the lens. Never really thought of it as a security feature before - neither I suspect did the designer who did it because it looks "cool"!

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CIA spooks picked Amazon's 'superior' cloud over IBM

DuncanL

Re: The real reason

But on the downside it will come in a box that's twice as big as it needs to be, delivered by a Home Delivery Network driver in a Ford Fiesta and abandoned on the doorstep in the rain...

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Gourmet chemists sniff out ultimate cheese on toast

DuncanL

Welcome to the National Cheese Emporium!

"I don't care how fucking runny it is. Hand it over with all speed."

And on topic; I would heartily recommend the Hairy Bikers recipe for Welsh Rarebit, featuring stout and lots of cheese - http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/welsh_rarebit_05821

Most excellent.

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Google whips the sheet off new Gmail interface

DuncanL

Re: well some of those tabs will never be visited by me...

You can't re-arrange them but you can select which ones you want to use (including none, to keep the display the same as it currently is).

And they're just a set of auto sorting "folders" with some default rules based on your mail usage - there's no social or advertising tie ins linked to them and nothing to do with Google Play.

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DuncanL
Go

Available now

Try turning it on...

Go to the Gear menu in GMail, select Configure Inbox and hit Save.

It seems to work pretty well - it's just a way of automatically categorising your mails - there's no magic linkage to Play, Plus or anything else. The Reg has come to conclusions nor borne out by the reality - it just means that the example image has had an email for Google Play and it's sorted into the Updates "bucket".

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Office Software Checkpoint

DuncanL
Facepalm

Re: Can't wait for the Nook Metro

I think you wanted to be over here... http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2013/05/09/microsoft_nook/

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Retro-tech fan seeks cash for Commodore 64 clones

DuncanL
Facepalm

Money for nothing?

With the best will in the world; this seems pointless. The bloke has none of the skills necessary to make this happen, and no intention to get the rights to make something that even looks like the machine he want to emulate.

So what he's proposing is a generic "computer in a keyboard" - which has been done many times.

In his case he could just do this: http://hackaday.com/2012/07/09/refurbing-a-c64-with-a-raspberry-pi/

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The Metro experiment is dead: Time to unleash Windows Phone+

DuncanL
Coat

Windows Phone+ is a poor name

Windows on phones, tablets and other mobile devices? What could they possibly call it? If only MS had a spare trademark lying around that might be suitable...

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Asus: PC market still burning, but folks are guzzling our tablets

DuncanL

"product transition"

"In fact it warned sales of tablets would dip sequentially to 2.8 million in Q2 due to a product transition."

Hopefully this is a tacit confirmation of the end of the current Nexus 7 and replacement by something new and even shinier.

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Acer reveals 'floating' screen to save desktop, self

DuncanL
Go

Re: No pictures?

Indeed - pretty serious omission from something that's all about the design\looks

So, to save people a Google search - here's a couple of articles with useful pictures:

http://www.pcpro.co.uk/blogs/2013/05/03/acer-aspire-r7-review-first-look/

http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/acer-aspire-r7-everything-you-need-to-know/

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New NASA rover lands in frigid alien hell tomorrow

DuncanL

And the second version will reveal it's secret identity as...

SUPER GROVER!

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Review: Kobo Arc Android tablet

DuncanL

Re: Charging it?

Maybe... "Always use the included wall charger to charge your Kobo Arc; it may not charge at all or charge very slowly if you use a computer and USB cable (not included)."

http://kobo.intelliresponse.com/answer/?interfaceID=16&requestType=NormalRequest&source=4&id=4416&sessionId=98bfb0c1-3f7c-11e2-a436-a5aac3bf00f1&question=How+do+I+charge+my+Kobo+Arc

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DuncanL

Re: Unless I'm missing something:

From other sites:

http://www.kobo.com/koboarc/techspecs/

http://www.techradar.com/reviews/gadgets/portable-video/portable-media-players-recorders/kobo-arc-1094905/review

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?s=b561e139e3a7f0318eefd3335d1eb62e&t=1912330&page=2

http://kobo.intelliresponse.com/answer/?interfaceID=16&requestType=NormalRequest&source=4&id=4416&sessionId=98bfb0c1-3f7c-11e2-a436-a5aac3bf00f1&question=How+do+I+charge+my+Kobo+Arc

No MicroSD, OTG, Bluetooth, HDMI, GPS or 3G

One front facing camera (720p)

USB charging seems to be "unsupported" it might work but to quote their support page "Always use the included wall charger to charge your Kobo Arc; it may not charge at all or charge very slowly if you use a computer and USB cable (not included)."

Basically very limited unless you want is purely as a reader. (Which, to be fair, is how they are marketing it).

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DuncanL
Headmaster

Pricing clarification

"By flogging the entry-level 16GB model for £160 – the same price as a Nexus 7 – and its 32GB model for a tenner less, it’s relying on..."

I'm assuming that sentence is intended to mean that the 32GB is a tenner less than the Nexus 32GB, and not 10 quid less that the 16GB Kobo; which is how it reads.

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Curiosity out of safe mode, doing science again

DuncanL
Alien

Why has the B computer got it's own set of hardware if they never intended to use it? I suppose it's multiple redundancy; but it you're chucking this stuff millions of miles surely you want to use every available instruments as much as possible, and be able to control them from both computers, not lock it off in the "other half" of the system?

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Microsoft begins automatic Windows 7 SP1 rollout

DuncanL
Boffin

Re: But will it remove all the previous patches?

No - the point of side-by-side (WinSxS) is to keep old versions available so that programs can use the exact versions they were built expecting, rather than introduce issues with later updates. The approach these days is that "Disk space is cheap, let's use it". Whether you agree or not; that's the way it works.

Assuming you don't want to ever uninstall the service packs and updates, you can use a combination of tools to reduce the amount of space taken up.

Use CCleaner (http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner - remembering to go for the freebie version hidden at the bottom, not the pay links!) with the option to remove update uninstallers checked.

Then open a command prompt and run this:

dism /online /cleanup-image /spsuperseded

It will take a while and won't make a massive difference but it does chop a few gig out of the Windows install size.

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SimCity 4

DuncanL
Headmaster

Where the "report errors" link gone

"From then on you could stalk them at your leisure, watching them work, rest, play and even die – there heirs assuming the deeds to the house in an ever growing family tree of descendants."

That should be:

"their heirs"

Their!

THEIR!

Gah...

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Six things a text editor must do - or it's a one-way trip to the trash

DuncanL
Facepalm

Stob - never one to let facts get in the way of a good rant...

However Notepad++ has had a new "piece of paper" icon that won't offend your sensibilities for many versions now.

And yes; I do know that Stob is (intended) to be humour more than information.

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SpaceX Dragon eventually snared by ISS

DuncanL

Re: "or am I missing something?"

Have a shufty at the Welsh flag...

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Barnes & Noble to sling their Nook - report

DuncanL

Re: What???!

No; the "ass-hat" thinks they can make more money selling e-books for the hardware platforms that actually sell in significant numbers - i.e. Android tablets, iPads (and rather more spuriously) Microsoft tablets\phones. Nook reader apps are available for all those hardware platforms.

That only leaves the hardware Kindles, but they could sell open books for that - or not bother with that part of the market, since it's so tied to Amazon delivery system.

And they're probably right.

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Reg Readers love their gadgets

DuncanL

How many questions?...

Sorry - lost the will to live by the end of the phone section and gave up.

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Amazon-bashed HMV calls in administrators, seeks buyer

DuncanL
Joke

Went in there before Christmas with the girlfriend. Walked out empty-handed.

Hope you got a good trade in rate for the girlfriend...

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Lenovo proclaims PC victory, re-orgs to take on Apple

DuncanL

Re: When I bought my 'mobile' workstation 4 years ago...

A nice W520 gets you most of the way there - it's 16:9, rather than 16:10, so 1920x1080 but that's about as good as it gets in PC laptop land these days.

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