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My work-from-home setup's better than the office. It's GLORIOUS

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Re: I can rotate my widescreen TFT into portrait mode

<Alt Gr> - Arrow Key will rotate your screen for you. Handy if your screen doesn't know which way is up (and why would it?) and also a fun way to confuse the hell out of a colleague who's left his machine unlocked while he grabs a cuppa... ;)

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Toshiba Encore: The Windows 8.1 tablet that might catch on

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Re: Noted

Settle down, Dogged. The downvotes were perhaps a little uncalled-for, but you had made some incorrect assumptions about the Note; perhaps they were someone's way of registering your mistake.

Ignoring the haters (best plan really) you've learned that the Note family use Wacom digitisers for their S-Pen technology, and pretty much everyone who tries them is duly impressed. That's got to be worth a little troll-flak to find out, surely? ;)

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Mathematicians spark debate with 13 GB proof for Erdős problem

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Re: Test? No problem

The head of a pin is pretty blunt. I can only assume you've no plans to pierce the authors' skin. Which orifice are you inserting it into?

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Ghosts of Christmas Past: Ten tech treats from yesteryear

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Casio FX-570

I *loved* my FX-570 - it got me through GCSE and A-level maths. I could have sworn I got mine in 1985, though...

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

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Interesting article; I look forward to the rest.

How would you feel about reviewing standing desks as well? I've heard good things about them, and they seem to offer a good compromise between the mechanical walking apparatus and sitting slug-like for eight hours a day...

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Microsoft: You've got it all WRONG. It's Apple's iPad playing catch-up with our Surface

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The Redmond Reality Distortion Field sputters...

...and dies.

No prizes for guessing the colour of the screen...

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Swedish teen's sex video fine slashed: Unwilling co-star girlfriend furious

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Re: Mixed signals regarding privacy

I don't know, Sir Runcible. Are you an old friend of Judge Pickles? :)

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Meet the 'KARDASHIAN Phone' – what Apple bods nicknamed the iPhone 5s

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...like an excuse were needed...

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Kids hooked up with free Office subs at Microsoft-addicted schools

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Re: If you get them young and you will have them for life

Spot on Voland! I had exactly the same song ringing in my head as I read that.

I strive to teach people how to write well, how to analyse accurately and usefully, and how to design effective presentations, not how to use specific packages. I realise I'm in the minority, but that just makes me the more determined.

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Leaping SpaceX GRASSHOPPER ROCKET jumps 2,500ft, lands safely

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Re: extra flame

I sort of assumed it was the struts burning... :)

Seriously cool.

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Azerbaijani election app announced winner before polls even opened

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Re: And still

If I went around saying I was Emperor, just because some moistened Azerbaijani bint lobbed a scimitar at me, they'd put me away.

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Did they count...

...the hanging chads?

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Turkish TV presenter canned for flashing too much cleavage

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Re: Why fire her anyway?

That was my thought as well; I don't believe for a moment that she chose that dress. That's like slapping a waiter because the chef spat on your food.

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LIVE, my beauty, LIVE! Nokia revives dead phone with LIGHTNING powered Frankencharger

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Re: The researcher looks..

I don't know, I thought he looked a trifle pissed off that the proper research he'd like to be doing has been hi-jacked and turned into a publicity stunt by a dying mobile phone brand, probably in return for some much-needed funding. But that's just my interpretation...

Not a/c because, although I also live near Southampton (hey neighbour!) I don't think Dexter has my address. Oh hang on, there's the door...

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Great Britain rebuilt - in Minecraft: Intern reveals 22-BEEELLION block map

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Re: You could always

I remember that recursive model village! Very cool... :)

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Brit and Danish boffins propose NSA-proof crypto for cloud computing

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Re: The Truth .... but Not as you were Really Expecting it and its IT Phorm to Be?

Heavens, how I missed you, amanfromMars1!

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TV's goggle gaggle: EVERYBODY'S first with something at consumer tech feast

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Re: The world's largest 77"

You know, I was wondering that as well... :)

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Five SECRET products Apple won't show today

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Re: Camdodian?

Pretty sure it's the capital city of Knotty Ash.

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Panasonic whips out MONSTER fondleslab for serious S&M sessions

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Could also be really handy for some unrealistic adverts in which a cute poppet uses it to create finger-painting-style "art" for her doting-but-distant Daddy.

'cos the first thing I'd do with a £3.3k monster like this would be prop it up on an easel and release the toddlers...

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Dr Dre's Beats plans to drop HTC, hook up with rich mate – report

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Re: Beats by Dr Dre / Deirdre - That's what put me off

If Jeremy Kyle is anything to go by, the status of being a grandparent is no longer the exclusive province of the aged and the wise. Just saying.

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MYSTERY of Guardian mobos and graphics cards which 'held Snowden files'

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Missed opportunity...

Wouldn't it have been fun to tell the spooks that the data had spent some time backed up on your S3 / Google Drive / MSN account (or all three) and then watch them happily skip away to do some real damage to a distributed datacentre somewhere?

Or wouldn't that work?

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Palestinian Facebook flaw-finder getting $10,000 payday in online appeal

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Re: I'll say it, since nobody else has the guts to

Heh.

I have to admit, I did have similar thoughts to Steven's when I read this story, but my inner editor redacted them after consultation with my internal legal team and feasibility consultant.

Side note: if you're going to have voices, might as well get them organised and co-operative... ;)

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Auntie touts e-babysitting ... and no £15,000 in-app purchase shocks

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Re: Shurely shome mishtake? - @andy 10

I'm not sure it counts if you're doing it with yourself...

That's no thumb... --->

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Google Glassholes can't take long walks off short piers thanks to Merc app

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@Kubla, Re: You're holding it wrong

Well played, sir.

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Unreal: Epic’s would-be Doom... er... Quake killer

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Re: Favourite weapon

Flak cannon for me. Alt-fire to lob a lovely, 'splodey surprise against the wall beside a hapless opponent... Ah, those bouncy lumps...

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That enough, folks? Starbucks tosses £5m into UK taxman's coffers

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Re: Hard to get excited

They may have to shut down some of their stores? Say it ain't so! That'll have absolutely no negative effect on anyone's life*, and might expose some folks to decent coffee sourced from smaller, tax-paying local companies...

What's the downside, exactly?

* Okay, maybe a few folks will need to swap their Starbucks name badge for a Costa / Greggs / Whatever name badge...

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Out with a bang: The Last of Us lets PS3 exit with head held high

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@Blank Reg

Well, I thought you were funny... :)

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BBC-featured call centre slapped with hefty fine for unwanted calls

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Re: The responsiblity needs to be on those who can do something about it.

If I could, I'd upvote you twice. Once for all the sense you're making, and once for reminding me about Elbonia...

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Doctor Who? 12th incarnation sought after Matt Smith quits

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Re: Ideas

I'm sure he would, but could you trust the scriptwriters not to work the word "precious" into the plot somewhere?

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Re: 12th Doctor already picked

"...The 12th Doctor is already out there, unable to tell anyone he (or she) has got the job."

...and probably reading the forums and thinking "Yeah, Sean Pertwee would be good, actually..."

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Re: Ideas

I love the Homeopath and Carry On Doctor ideas. Have an upvote. :)

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Cold, dead hands of Steve Jobs slip from iPhones: The Cult of Ive is upon us

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Re: Re: I must have been asleep for some time

Way to miss the point, Anon...

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Author Iain (M) Banks falls to cancer at 59

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Re: She called me sick

Ah Big_Jim, you made me literally lol.

I only regret I can only upvote you once.

Cheers Iain. Missing you already...

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Who wants a 'robot companion'? Look no further than Intel Labs

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Re: Sounds familiar

Love that guy,

"I'm Cave Johnson. We're done here."

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The Tomorrow People jaunt back to the airwaves

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Re: 70's TV?

Is there anyone here* that can read that transcript and *not* hear Danny's voice loud and clear? One of my favourite little nibbles of drug-related dialogue ever... :)

* That's seen the movie, mind...

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Things that cost the same as coffee with Tim Cook - and are WAY more fun

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Joke

Isn't that about the going rate for an iBrunch?

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Ground control to major strum: ISS's Hadfield sings Space Oddity

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Re: Nice work!

I quite agree. He's really made the grade.

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Standard Model goes PEAR-SHAPED in CERN experiment

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Re: Matter/anti-matter

...Anyway the wind blows...

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Quid-a-day nosh challenge hack in bullet-hard chickpea drama

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Re: University challenged...

Sounds like someone ought to be writing a book or a website... ;)

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Fried-egg sarnies kick off Reg man's quid-a-day nosh challenge

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Best of luck with that, Lester!

Strikes me as a hell of a challenge...

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Google erects tech specs tech specs, APIs hit the decks

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Nice headline.

Reading through the "getting started" guide, it does sound like a fun device...

Can I call dibs on the use of "Glass Actions" to describe the people suing Google when they start walking into lamp posts while reading their tweets?

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... time machine. Iranian Dr Who claims he invented a ...

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Meh

Meh.

If they'd pulled the story before it was published I'd have been impressed.

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Hold on! Degrees for all doesn't mean great jobs for all, say profs

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Terminator

Leave the ethical hackers out of it.

I know someone doing a degree in Ethical Hacking and it's good, hard IT stuff like Mama used to make. None of your wishy-washy Jeremy Kylology here.

I do remember people getting all hoity-toity with me when I objected to Blair's original aim (50% of school leavers to gain a degree), claiming I was being elitist. My response: damned right. That's the idea...

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iPads in education: Not actually evil, but pretty close

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Re: *IT as in

Actually, Anon, I agree with you as well. It shames me that I forgot so many important topics (Art, of course. Music, PE, Philosophy, finances, all good...) but just 'cos there's a lot to get through doesn't mean we shouldn't bother. It means we should bloody well get on with it and stop pussy-footing around.

My old school had time for most of these, PLUS eurythmy, handwork, woodwork and occasional school trips. Slightly science-light, if I'm honest, but that's tree-hugging hippies for you. Sadly, I'm more grateful to them now than they ever knew.

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Re: *IT as in

You see, this is where we differ. I'd say every secondary-level pupil SHOULD have a good grounding in all three sciences, plus AS maths and at least one modern language. Also a decent grasp of history, and Computer Science, as in programming. Even if it's the equivalent of logo or Scratch; the principles and what they teach us are what's important.

I'm old-fashioned, though. I know this...

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If Google got a haircut, a tie and a suit, would it be Microsoft?

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Re: Google vs Microsoft

"It's literally impossible for any company to be nice..."

I'm not sure I agree with you there. The company I work for is profitable, successful, growing and has a genuinely earned reputation for being super-nice*. And this isn't a marketing gimmick, it's just how the company is run. It's a priority for the founders, the executive team and everyone down to the new hires.

Here's a clue: part of the reason we do well is because people love doing business with us, and word spreads. Helps that we're also shit-hot. ;)

So, not impossible, but not common either, more's the pity...

* 'Scuse Americanism, but it is an American company...

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Stephen Fry explains… Alan Turing's amazing computer

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Re: Problem is not Fry

I guess we can all be a little relieved that you're not having your way.

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Holly(oaks) talking head is FUTURE of face messaging, claims prof

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Re: Douglas Adams thought the idea ludicrous 30 years ago, and this version is no better

Wasn't there an Iain M Banks novel that had a message being sent as a transcript of the sender's mind-state so that the recipient could question them for all the details that were necessary? I remember the feeling of distaste when the temporary mind was destroyed after the message had been delivered...

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Ten serious sci-fi films for the sentient fan

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Re: Silent Running

...Although I did find the question of how his dickish shipmates ever landed a job, let alone a job in Space, something of an unanswered mystery...

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