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Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid: The plug-in for plutocrats

Hairy Spod

Er messing with hybrids for how long?

"Porsche has been messing about with hybrids for a few years now. You could even go back as far as 1943 with the Ferdinand Elefant tank destroyer that had a hybrid electric drive."....

Or you could go right back to the 1901 Lohner-Porsche

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lohner-Porsche

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Military-grade bruiser: Getac F110 rugged tablet... is no iPad

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Re: ice-blasted tundra

gloves.....

<cough> stylus

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Tesla trademark spat threatens Musk's China dream

Hairy Spod

So just change the name in that territory

GM / Holden / Vauxhall / Opel seem to shift a few cars without too much of an issue...

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Would it be BAD if the Amazon rainforest was all FARMS? Well it WAS, once

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"Plainly there have been times even just within recorded human history when large chunks of the current jungle simply weren't there, and the land was used for farms instead - without any associated eco-disaster."

.....unless they unwittingly caused the desertifaction and decline of civilisation on the other side of the world in parts of North Africa.

I'm not saying that they did, just saying.....

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F1? No, it's Formula E as electric racing cars hit the track

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Re: Don't underestimate the noise

Disagree totally about the noise.

The sound of last years V8's were not a patch on the mega high revving V10's and to be honest both were too loud and detracted from my F1 experiences. I really like the whine of the turbos and engine recovery systems and prefer the overall lower volume of the current engines.

I do not need ear damage to enjoy my music or my motor racing, just enough sound to give me a clue about what (and how) each of the cars are doing

The best sounding race cars I have heard to date were at Le Mans in 2012 and they were the quietest diesels which make an amazing pod-racer esk wub wub wub wub sound as they passed. Much quieter and much cooler sounding than the petrol cars on the track. I expect that I would also learn to love the sound of the electrics too.

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We got behind the wheel of a Tesla S electric car. We didn't hate it

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???

Anonymous Coward, what relevance has the context of being poor got to do with anything when discussing luxury cars.

I'm pretty sure that a poor person would struggle affording the fuel in an old V12 Jag, so that argument about the battery is pretty lame.

I dont think that it is that unusual for high mileage drivers (mini cab drivers in particular) to not think twice about putting a new or reconditioned engine in high mileage ICE car, so why should swapping out the battery in an 8-10 year old electric one be so outragous?

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Feds hunt 30-year-old alleged to be lord of Gameover botnet

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Childcatcher

what about the poor fools that paid

Will there be many people out there that havent had an unlock code to retrieve their data because the naughty peoples customer services were taken down?

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ET hunter: We will find SPACE ALIENS in 20 years

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Paris Hilton

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...

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Vinyl-fetish hipsters might just have a point

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Coat

Re: Zero compression

I couldnt stand to listen to all of that you tube link. The compression was awfull.

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Cameras for hacks: Idiot-proof suggestions invited

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Re: A step backwards

Ah Yes, that feeling you get when someone tells you, "that's a fantastic photo, you must have a really good camera".

Its a bit like going round to someone's house and saying 'that was a lovely meal, you must have some excellent pans'.

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What HAS BEEN SEEN? OMG it's a thing that looks like an iWatch

Hairy Spod

Re: Read the Patent rather than the sensational reporting

But basically it still boils down to them patenting pretty much all of the sensible and concievable ways of making smaller consumer orientated consumer devices in a manner vaugue enough to ensure that most other manufactures will fall foul of this (if not one many many others) that they hold.

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Lost artworks by Andy Warhol found on 80s-era FLOPPY DISKS

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Facepalm

Re: Not that easy

...or you could just load the files on a networkable Amiga, and copy them to a modern PC.

...or you could load them to a compact flash card using the PCMIA port on an Amiga 1200 and copy them to a PC that way.

then just view them in a free bit of software like Irfan view. Easy!

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Re: Sorry Neil McAllister.

I noticed the other day that the free image viewer Irfan view is actually capable of displaying Amiga IFF/LBM files

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HTC One M8: Reg man takes spin in Alfa Romeo of smartphone world

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Re: Hmm on the Alfa analogy

I've always thought of HTC as more SAAB than Alfa

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GNOME 3.12: Pixel perfect ... but homeless

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FAIL

Re: DOS

No,

They havent open sourced it, it has been made available to look at and study, it hasnt been made open to any changes :-p

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Gr8, it's the new M8! Ideal for that celebrity funeral selfie

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Re: Are they going to bother to advertise it like Samsung will the GS5?

Where does that myth come from?

I must have seen the jumping out of an plane skydiving and making a documentary on the phone advert for the One X about a million times after it was released a couple of years ago

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Hey, Glasshole: That cool app? It has turned you into a SPY DRONE

Hairy Spod

I'd like to think that the data usage of sending a picture every 10 seconds would show up somewhere. I'd certainly notice that on my phone.

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Win XP holdouts storm eBay and licence brokers, hiss: Give us all your Windows 7

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Re: Viruses and malware

Anyone remember the updated mini clubman.....

At least British Leyland had the sense to continue updating the mechanicals of their original design along side that 'update'. Infact the original outlasted is successor by 20 years.

Does this make Microsoft bigger lumbering giant than BL?

Fact of the matter is that the UI used by XP and many of the non Unity/Gnome3 Linux desktop environments are pretty much close to the optimal for getting work done with a mouse and key board, if it aint broke dont fix it.

Give us something newer that appears a bit older please.

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Bill Gates-backed SOLAR POO RAYGUN COMMODE unveiled

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FAIL

Ermm target market

"It's meant for users in hot equatorial areas where water is scarce and so, sadly, is proper sanitation in many cases."

Sorry to be an arse but most of the wettests places on the planet are on the equator, even in Africa, where for some reason most people assume that its really arid?

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Battery vendors push ultracapacitor wrappers to give Li-ions more bite

Hairy Spod

could you use this tech to give electric cars their own equivalent to a 'fast and the furious' style petrol nitro boost?

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Distro diaspora: Four flavours of Ubuntu unpacked

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Re: I don't get it

I'm about to do a clean reinstall on my main hobby system after trying out almost all of the various desktops from what was initally a lubuntu but now has open box, unity, gnome, mate, xfce on top.

I'm no expert at apt getting stuff, but I have access tp google and use it where I can although I always seem to invevitibly break something. They work for a while, but I ended up installing loads of duplicate applications as part of the process (the prefferred programs for each varient) and my updates then go a a bit a iffy along with system stability.

Prolly going to stick to Xubuntu as I dont have a problem with the classic XP style desktop interface.

I REALLY like the way the older style desktops keep all the internet, multimedia, graphics etc groups seperate. Privacy issues aside I'd stick with Vanilla ubuntu if I didnt get frustrated finding what I want to launch. Even after messing with Linux for 2 or 3 years I cant remember the names all of all the programs and find 'quick launch' very irrirating.

I might give van

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Windows XP market share GROWS AGAIN, outstrips Win 8.1 surge

Hairy Spod
Windows

Or....

Could it just be that everyone is just dusting off their old laptops, reformatting and reinstalling them to factory fresh states and flogging (or trying to flog) them off quick on e-bay before the average punter on the street finally understands what is happening?

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Massive new AIRSHIP to enter commercial service at British dirigible base

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Re: Question to someone sciencey.

For something that carries cargo measured in tonnes, I'm sure that there must be the potential to have something fairly hefty and/or a complex system for compressing and reusing the gas.

Surley it wouldnt need to compress it back into a liquid form or anything extreeme?

Perhaps come up with something that could dynamically alter the shape of the structure slightly from an efficient cylender shape to something more eleptical, just enough to keep the area of the envelope the same but reduce its overall volume to take the edge off of the bouyancy for loading and altitude control. You might be able to increase efficiency by doing that along side some of the other techniques that have been described.

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Frenchman eyes ocean domination with floating, mobile Bond villain lair

Hairy Spod

Re: "the only vessel in the world allowing […] long-term missions of the open sea and the abyss"

I think that's what the pressured living quarters below decks are all about. Presumably divers can spend more time diving and less time pressuring and despressurising?

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Hairy Spod
Boffin

turbine effect

Will someone with some understanding of aerodynamics kindly explain to me what effect the big wind turbine will have on free floating vessel in deep water?

Will it help to propel it along in the direction of the wind or resist against it?

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Another climate change myth DEBUNKED by proper climate scientists

Hairy Spod

is it not a bit simpler..

Green house effect = an increased amount of energy in the system.

More heat energy to dissapate and transfer around the globe would logically result in increased winds and storms

Surely that then limits the debate to arguments about how much more energy is in the system and where on the planet it's effects are most likely to be felt, not is it happening or not?

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Reports pump fuel into iCar gossip: Apple in 'talks' with Tesla

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Re: iCar GS

Will I also suddenly find that after 2 service updates, that although my pride and joy now has new seat covers that it can now only out accelerate snails and asthmatic tortoises?

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Ninten-DOH! Japanese giant slashes Wii U sales forecasts by 70%

Hairy Spod

Dont write them off yet.

If Sony and Microsoft want their existing consoles to be in the market place for 10 years, but havent produced something that can generate high quality 4K moving (not static) images. Ninty could still end up smelling of roses by treating the U as a stop gap and releasing something rather more potent in 2 or 3 years.

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Bill Gates is once again the richest man on Earth

Hairy Spod

Worthless stats

Wealth in comparison to the GDP of Wales please..

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Brit inventors' GRAVITY POWERED LIGHT ships out after just 1 year

Hairy Spod

interesting but...

This looks like a good idea and I'm sure that there must be one, but could someone please tell me what's the advantage of this over existing wind up devices is?

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DON'T PANIC: No FM Death Date next month, minister confirms

Hairy Spod

Re: 50% of what?

dont worry it will take ages to get to 50% of all listeners.

10 + 10% is still only 11 people with a DAB set

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Mass Effect: Ten lightweight laptops that won’t bust your back

Hairy Spod

Re: How about some cheapies?

..and that allow you install a distro of your choice with the minimum of fuss

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The ULTIMATE cuppa showdown: And the winner is...

Hairy Spod

Re: Typhoo! WTF?

like the adverts from the 80s said, you only get an oo with Typhoo

lovely stuff

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Google RIPS aside curtain, exposes Nexus 5 phone, KitKat Android 4.4 coupling

Hairy Spod
Facepalm

Re: Of COURSE it has USB connector!!!!

if isnt apple and it didnt have USB you would have a VERY hard time charging it up!!!!!

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Google's leaky ship spills new Nexus 5 photos, $349 price tags all over web

Hairy Spod

Re: Why all the pixels

Whats wrong with it is the aspect ratio which helps define its dimensions and those dimensions don't fit inside a coat pocket. If you shrank one so that it could fit, it would just end up the size of an odd shaped phablet.

Widescreen tab like the Nexus fit nicely in your pocket and have the added bonus of being easier to hold with one hand.

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Billionaire vows to turn 007's Lotus Esprit into actual SUBMARINE CAR

Hairy Spod

Why so many comments about batteries and water. Its a submarine and most submarines run on batteries.

Its no crazier than having a car that has petrol in it, petrol that can burn in air.

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Price rises and power cuts by 2016? Thank the EU's energy policy

Hairy Spod

Re: It's great having ideals......... But we can't afford eat, heat or have a bath.

I'm pretty sure that the original fuel escalator and quite a few other environmental taxes and initiatives were actually brought in by Maggie and Major.

FWIW I still think they are good idea. We've known the framework for quite some time, surely someone worthy of their bonus can start to make plans based upon rather than around it.

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21st Century Elite remake to support Oculus Rift virtual reality rig

Hairy Spod
Megaphone

and while you are all waiting

Go and download oolite from http://www.oolite.org/

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Brits spend one in every 12 waking minutes online, say beancounters

Hairy Spod
Paris Hilton

I totally misread that opening line

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There's ONE country that really likes the iPhone 5c as well as the 5s

Hairy Spod

valid statistics?

Surely these statistics would only vailid if the 5S was available rather than sold out everywhere.

The difference might be down to a more limited supply of the 5S to Blighty and plenty of 5C availability and that a few dissapointed punters have temporarily settled for a 5C with an eye to selling it on at a later date rather than actual customer preference?

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Valve shows Linux love with SteamOS for gamers

Hairy Spod

only 10%!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ummmmm dont most new consoles only launch with a teeny weeny handful of decent titles?

10% of Steams current collection equates to a pretty hefty number of decent launch titles in my eyes.

More and more games are being added to the Linux section of Steam all of the time. I believe that Steam are helping by providing conversion tools to developers to help speed up the process too.

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Star Wars revival secret: This isn't the celluloid you're looking for

Hairy Spod

laser disc

Is he going to go the whole hog and release the new films on laser disc too.

Actually it might be time for me to dig out my nice han shot first box set...

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Hairy Spod
Stop

Re: Future Digital

....apart from the actual resolution that you can achieve is limited by grain in the film. If you were talking about a larger frame size you might have a point, but he's talking about using 35mm stock film

Have you noticed how the whole film vs digital debate died out in the photography press several years ago.

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Bill Gates's barbed comments pop Google's broadband balloons

Hairy Spod

Re: Intelligence!

I'd rather be given one of Bill's mosquito nets than access to free wi fi for the afternoon.

And what's the point of knowing where the nearest clinic is if I cant afford to see the physician or buy any medicine.

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Smartwatch makers: You need apps to beat Apple

Hairy Spod

Re: Optional

As a bloke the best reason for me and my pebble so far....

Not missing text messages and calls from the wife, or on night out from one of the lads who is trying to find out where we are.

If my phone is in a jacket or sometimes even my jeans I cant always notice it, especially if I'm moving around a lot or somewhere noisey even when its on vibrate.

I can also discretely see the first bit of any message on my phone and tell if its worth rooting around to get out my phone which is especially useful when you are somewhere really busy and getting jostled around (think football, very busy trains, concerts or bars etc)

I expect it would be even more useful for the types of ladies who would have a phone in a handbag or a clutch bag.

As far charging issues, once a week is no hardship given I have to charge my connected smart phone at least every two days

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Nissan to enter 300 kmh electric car in Le Mans endurance race

Hairy Spod

Re: The questions remain ...

also forgot the ecological impact of the airforce bases, fighter jets, carriers etc stationed in the middle east to help insure supply..

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Re: Knee-Jerking...

I'm not so sure on the sound point.

When I went to Le mans a few years ago, at the speeds they go at for most of the race the petrol cars just make a lound piercing noise, the diesels on the other hand made an amazing and very cool Star Wars pod racer esk wub wub wub wub noise sounding nothing at all like my mrs's Focus diesel .

I'd be very interested to see what kind of sound the high speed leccy cars would make when thrown into the mix and are either over taking or being overtaken by the other types. I think it will really add to the overall spectacle next year.

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YES, Xbox One DOES need internet, DOES restrict game trading

Hairy Spod
Alert

I'm bracing myself for a thousand downvotes here, but is it just me that thinks that this actually sounds more flexible than Steam?

You know Steam which most people seem to love on their PC's why should it be any different on your console?

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NASA: Trip to Mars would exceed 'fatal cancer' radiation risk

Hairy Spod

shields

I know that Star Trek shield would be out of the question, and I expect that the answer to this next question is no but.....

If we are protected by the earths magnetic field, could a similar one be created by some form of electro magnet?

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Review: Sony Xperia SP

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@@ auburnman

at roundabout the same time that they started packing higher specced screens and similar processing abilities to laptops from a couple of years ago.

all this with comms abilty and some miniaturisation chucked in for free!

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