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Apple BANS 2 chemicals from iPhone, iPad final assembly line

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Don't other computer companies already do this?

I thought all computers companies except Apple already insisted that where they get their machines made, the manufacturers did not use any hazardous chemicals and endanger the workforce in any way.

Maybe I have just missed the Reg stories regarding Lenovo, Asus, Samsung, Dell etc and how they make a big thing about how great they are when it comes to manufacturing.

Cynical - moi?...

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World's only flyable WWII Lancaster bombers meet in Lincs

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Grandad built Lancs, Dad did Vulcans

My grandad worked at Avro Woodford during the war buildling Lancasters - I have a great picture of about 40 men all standing in front of one Lanc in various forms of attire - one looks like a gardener, another a grease monkey, some are in smart office clothes, one looks like a secret service agent....There was this story in our family that my Grandad was involved in the bouncing bomb stuff, but he is no longer alive to ask and I don't know how to find out more (now that I am more interested...)

My Dad then worked on the Vulcan - doing his engineering apprenticeship with Avro - we love the sounds of both aircraft even though I have such mixed feelings about bombers being a bit of a ~peace loving hippy~....When I see+hear the WWII memorial flight fly past, it brings a lump to my throat and yet I would not describe myself as particularly patriotic or proud of being British.

Anyone any ideas how I find out more about my Lanc photo?

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Cut price Android on steroids: OnePlus One – should we look gift horse in the gob?

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Battery capacity

Dear Reg,

As a 'technical' website, is it not about time that you started putting battery ratings in Wh? - Ah as measure of capacity, is only any use if talking about batteries of the same voltage. I realise that many phones may use similar voltage batteries but that is not stated in your articles.

Keep up the (rest of) the good work.

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The Register is HIRING technology hacks for the WORLD

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Re: A tabloid journalist for El Reg with Fluency in English eh

Yeah yeah yeah, we all know 'tabloid' is technically a size of paper, but in popular usage, I think we all now what it also has come to mean....

Having said that, I used to wonder years ago, why very few 'serious' newspapers were printed tabloid size - I realise this has changed in more recent years (depending on your point of view of course)

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Man FOUND ON MOON denies lunar alien interface

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Upvote to Rich 11 for making me laugh, but then I thought Grease Monkey may be a 'laydee'/woman/female (delete the terms which offend) and I have found that generally wives are the ones who get upset about a forgotten anniversary (anecdotal and stereotypically)

I wonder if it is the same in female couples?

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Look inside ELON MUSK'S CAR! Tesla S wundervehicle has voom

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Re: 'everyone going to a shopping centre...'

'...normally goes there for a long period of time' - I know you said normally, but every time I go into Westfields I cannot wait to get out of it - usually less than 20 minutes for me.

But I sort of agree with you, maybe 'most people going into a shopping centre will be there for at least an hour'

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NASA preps flying saucer ballocket flight

TWB

Supersonic parachutes?

Don't weird things happen at supersonic speeds - a parachute might make it fall faster!

(I'd add an appropriate icon if I was allowed....)

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Blighty goes retro with 12-sided pound coin

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Re: iSIS

Yes but you'd have to use dehydrated water for this.

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Foxconn preps for Peak Apple with FIFTEEN THOUSAND new hires

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All for Apple

Your headline infers all these people are for Apple manufacturing then your ~report~ effectively says 'but maybe not for Apple' - is this clickbait?

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MEEELLIONS of unloved iPhone 5Cs gather dust in warehouses – report

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Re: Fetish

It's not a fetish - I have a couple of Macs because I prefer them to other machines, and I had an Nexus 7 which I really liked*, but I am not excited by iPhones and find some aspects of Windows better than OSX.

Not all Apple owners buy and like everything Apple.

As I was told by a senior engineer when I was a trainee: 'assumption will usually let you down'

*I managed to break it (arrghhh) and did not have the money to replace it.

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Massive new AIRSHIP to enter commercial service at British dirigible base

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Re: Question to someone sciencey.

Having said that I have wondered if you can squeeze the envelope somehow that you increase the density of the lifting gas and not have to carry heavy tanks to hold it highly compressed - maybe making an envelope that strong and light is difficult.

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Re: Question to someone sciencey.

I believe the weight of such a system is heavier than the lift that the expanded Helium will lift - at least that is a what a gas balloonist once told me.

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TWB

'I studied hard and now work in electronics '

Currys or Dixons?

Only joking (in the nicest/friendliest possible way), I am sure you mean something far more serious and complex like IC design or similar- something I never mastered.....

Upvote for you sir.

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Apple's Windows XP moment: OS X Snow Leopard left to DIE

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Re: I really don't like

I feel your pain, I have also been using Apple since '98, and wonder where to turn as I do not like what I have seen and read about Win 8 and Linux, well is there an 'iLife' for it yet?

I suspect on your last point, if someone came out with a new 'much better' OS they would not last long - I'm no business analyst but the modern business model is to sell and sell again and again....sort of like a drug dealer.

You don't want to sell a perfect product or else there is no need for your customers to keep coming back to buy the next one(s).

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How the NSA hacks PCs, phones, routers, hard disks 'at speed of light': Spy tech catalog leaks

TWB

Re: So this is why windows PCs slow down over time.

I think they lack liberal angst...

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TWB

So this is why windows PCs slow down over time.

Its not bloatware, it's NSA installed spyware.....

I actually think that all this talk of NSA doing this and that is probably a more effective way of 'controlling' the masses than actually acting on all the information they supposedly have and rooting out true baddies, I also think it drives more people to terrorism. I'm thinking of joining a group, if only I could find one which represents middle class liberal angst types like me.

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Tim Cook gets weensy 1.9% increase - but it's still twice an average joe's salary

TWB

I still kick myself

For not applying for that 'head of Apple' job......sigh

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OHM MY GOD! Move over graphene, here comes '100% PERFECT' stanene

TWB

So when do we get a semiconducting version?

This sounds like somewhere along the way to 'super-semiconductors' I invented a few years back. Sadly I am yet to come up with a working prototype - (a bit like Pete 'n' Dud's pill that cures all illness/disease)

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SuperStride Me: Reg hack spends week working at 'treadmill desk'

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Re: It needs an adjustable incline

If you ever go for a certain heart test in hospital, they do this, but it is somewhat logarithmic. The treadmill starts slow and level, then they raise the angle and speed every few minutes, which to me seemed like, 'Lets have 20 Watts, now 60, now 180, now 540 etc" * - I reached level 4 without a heart attack but simply had no power/energy to carry on and I was not that unfit at the time - the staff said it had another 3 levels to go to but I was fine.

Anyway, back to this idea, I like it but I hate the idea that the treadmill actually consumes energy - shurely you should be generating power for the pointless electrical devices we spend most of the day twiddling with?

*I've made these numbers up just to illustrate the point

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HELIUM-FILLED disks lift off: You can't keep these 6TB BEASTS down

TWB

What about my mp3s?

Won't they all come out squeaky and high pitched?

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Indestructible, badass rootkit BadBIOS: Is this tech world's Loch Ness Monster? VOTE NOW

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Re: Uh ... computer says no.

55 kHz . really?

But TV flyback?, that is only around 15 kHz for SD NTSC or PAL - many people can hear that, even me and my hearing ain't that great - mine rolls off at 13 kHz.

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Dead PC market? In the UK? NEVER

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Re: PCs now quite good

'A MBA is a latter day netbook. It's no surprise that it doesn't seem any faster than your older Macbook. It's simply not a performance machine. That's not what it's sold for.'

Really - an i5 vs a core 2 duo, faster RAM, better graphics, an SSD instead of spinning disk and a 2012/3 vs 2008 design?

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PCs now quite good

Armchair analysis here....

I think there are several reason that PC sales are down, but one is that that most PCs are now quite good performance wise and getting the newest model does not give a massive improvement for many ordinary users - (email, internet browsing, media consumption)

Many ordinary users I know, tend to get a new machine as they think their old one is getting worn out when if fact it probably has a full hard drive and simply needs a tidy-up or a bigger hard drive.

I say this as a contented user of a 2008 Macbook - it still seems plenty fast enough for everything I do including video editing and transcoding. My wife has a much newer Macbook Air and as much as I'd like it* I have not noticed it being much snappier.

*Can't afford any new CE at the moment.

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Lenovo stands up rinky-dinky new Yoga tablet

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Re: they really have nothing

Actually I realise what he means now I think about it - the magic trackpad and apple keyboards are kinda similar in shape....(so apols for earlier - not sure why I missed it...)

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TWB

Re: they really have nothing

If that's a gag it's a little too subtle.

If you mean it, then I cannot help you.

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Pop OS X Mavericks on your Mac for FREE while you have LUNCH

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Re: Truly Groundbreaking

Honest/open/ignorant question - have there been many other mainstream free OSes from a commercial organisations?

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TWB

Gateway drug

I am a Mac user/owner but not really a complete Apple fan - no iphone or ipad here....

I do however see this as 'get hooked on this and you'll have to buy apps from (via) us'

Not necessarily a bad thing just yet, but I wonder what people will be saying about this policy in a few years. I think MS would be daft to copy, so I guess it might happen. Interesting times....

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Hypersonic MEGA METEOR pulled from lake, then Russians drop it

TWB

That is terrible!

But made me laugh - upvote.

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Icahn to Cook: 'Buy back $150bn of Apple's stock, or tell me why you won't'

TWB

Say nothing

I hope Apple just don't bother to respond to him.

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Bill Gates again world's richest, tops in US for 20th straight year

TWB

Re: still better at making it than giving it away

'That's like buying a brand new Vauxhall Vectra every 4 and a half minutes.' - sound like something Alan Partridge might say - I like it.

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James Bond's Lotus Esprit submarine car sells for £550,000

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I'd love to own it

I loved that film as a lad. Loved the way the Esprit changed into submarine and still think they are great looking if slightly dated. I have never owed or driven a Lotus and no longer drive like the World's road are my racetrack, but once upon a time, a mid engined, high power to weight ratio car like that was my dream. I'm now boring and prefer a practical estate-sofa which gets me there in comfort.

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Google Nexus 7 2013: Fondledroids, THE 7-inch slab has arrived

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Lucky you

I checked my old Nectar account and I have 11 quid - might have to buy some more stuff....

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TWB

Apple users not all the same

I use a Macbook at home - just because I preferred the hardware/software integration a long time ago - I cannot stand labels. I also had a Nexus 7 mk1 and really liked it - sadly I managed to break the display - no idea how, but I did not get around to replacing it.

I like the look of this new model and may well get another. We have an iPad at work work we use for predominantly for looking at schematics. Having used both the iPad and Nexus, I preferred my Nexus, so please, for those that assume all Apple users are the same, think again - I'm an engineer, not a writer, graphic artist or facebook user.

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Silicon daddy: Moore's Law about to be repealed, but don't blame physics

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New architechture and improved coding

Improved coding has already been mentioned, but I don't understand why so many computer operations insist on moving vast amounts of data from place to place e,g, load a programme from HD to RAM, why not have only non volatile RAM and the programme or data is always ready - just needs to be pointed at - this is only one tiny example of of the architecture of computers could be improved and I am not talking about today's magnetic HD or Flash or DRAM but something which is all - I've just got to design it.....

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Superstar cluster-Zuck as Facebook tries out celeb-only edition

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I am so glad I never signed up

That is all.

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Beam me up? Not in the life of this universe

TWB

I would not do it this way

Based on the calculation I suspect teleportation this way will not work - I don't know how it might work but I remember being told digital TV would use too much bandwidth and widescreen would not work as the sets (CRTs) were too heavy.

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Re: Missing the point

There was a Radio 4 science fiction play about someone getting duplicated in error a few years ago - the woman was emigrating to Australia from UK to join her son and family there. Her 'original' self got stuck in the Uk but lost all her identity e.g. bank account, house, tax id etc etc. She travels to Australia and sees her duplicate who is blissfully unaware of the accident and an official eventually says words to the effect, 'get used to it, that [other duplicate] is you and everyone thinks it is'

Quite interesting philosophically.

My precis is a bit rough I know.....

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UK economy to lose £198m if BBC and pals lose EPG slots - Ministry of Fun

TWB

I've got a solution!

Go back to only a handful of good channels!

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Apple KILLER decloaked? Google lovingly unboxes Nexus 7 Android 4.3 slablette

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Re: Surporised nobody's thought of this one yet

It's just like bikinis, the more you pay the less you get.

(ref: the line in 'where do you got o my lovely' - "in your carefully designed topless swimsuit...")

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New 4TB drive spaffs half a telly season into your eyes AT ONCE

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Re: 4TB too big for me

"I would much rather have a bigger one " - oo-errr!

I reckon you would spend more time managing the stuff on it than watching any TV - but please fit one and let us all know how well you get on.

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4TB too big for me

I have a 1 TB Humax PVR and we rarely watch things twice so manage the stuff on it (delete stuff we've watched). We run at about 500GB full and there is stuff on there from over a year ago that I will probably never get around to watching. I wish I had the luxury of time some people do....

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Meet Antarctic sysadmin Richard Youd

TWB

Re: No POP3?

I wonder if it means they can abandon station at very short notice and not worry about taking the IT kit but 'keep' the emails?

But I see your point.

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Official: Cloud computing invented by two technophobic old geezers

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I like the sound of that organisation

I know the article was about cloud computing, but it is refreshing to hear of places which run quite well without all the latest IT fashions. I have wondered about trying to run a business without computers and how much more work would get done (i'm sure I would give in very quickly)

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Spotted: Android 4.2.2 update for Google Nexus devices

TWB

I tend to agree

I bought a Nexus 7 in December and I would rate it as 'quite good' but not much more. I've had a play with iPads and find them similar - but like you I still prefer my laptop for most things.

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Hard Glass Spinner Technology: HGST's new 2.5-incher

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Re: Glass platter

Glad someone else knows that - you can even get 'glassy water' - I am not sure how exactly, but as you cool it down it becomes more and more viscous rather than suddenly freezing at 0 degrees (1 atm pressure etc etc)

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Engineers are cold and dead inside, research shows

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This is the real reason engineering is unfashionable

Not because it is hard or difficult for others to understand - but it has far too few women in it and many engineers are not cool.

I know this because I am one of those miserable uncool ones and never had enough casual sex.

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Reader input required: review our reviews

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Power consumption testing please...

I think I have emailed about this in the past but for many devices I would like to know what its power usage is. Get yourself a cheap Maplin or similar plug in power meter and run the device through it while you are reviewing it.

A single line in the review like - "We found the 'Fab-o-matic 5000'* drew 42W while starting up, 85W under heavy load, 15W in normal use and 2 watts in standby" - obviously you might want to think about a more consistent approach to measuring from device to device.

*Don't think these are available any more, sorry....

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Hmm, I think I'll order an iPad Mini on Amazon ... Oh no I won't

TWB

Re: Serves Apple right....

I don't like Porches myself, but I prefer the Boxter to the 911 for many reasons but cost is not one of them.

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Major Freeview EPG revamp to go ahead after appeals rejected

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Can't they wait until 25th Oct

When the final analogue services get switched off and then leave it alone for a while - as someone in the engineering side of the broadcasting the earache I get from Mrs TWB for missed PVR recordings after a retune - and I have already set my Humax to not auto retune....

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