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Gimme a high S5: Samsung Galaxy S5 puts substance over style

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HTC One M8

Has a kids mode too, it's not unique to the Samsung.

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EE dismisses DATA-BURNING glitch with Orange Mail app

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Vodafone had done the same thing with my SE K800i, only in this case 'Live', all other menu buttons could be remapped on the phone except this one.

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Technology is murdering customer service - legally

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Re: This will change

They'll have a 'sale' target.

Get X customers online and flog it to one of the big providers.

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Boffins make noise about D-Wave chip: it seems quantum

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Re: I don't get it.

So they are still searching for the infinite improbability drive??

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Get ready for software-defined RADAR: Jam, eavesdrop, talk and target ... simultaneously

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Re: Very flexible

Not really, the military gear still has much higher integrity standards to meet, radiation hardening, EMC, vibration, thermal etc.

It won't be the Off-the-shelf silicon you find in a commercial device.

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3CX Phone System takes on the corporate mobiles

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Potential trademark case looming?

With JCB?

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CHILLING STUDY: Rise of the data-slurping SNITCH GADGETS

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Re: Heck! Where's Guvmint when it is needed

"It's because there isn't enough money from VED to pay for the upkeep and new roads anyway - even then almost 100 years ago."

Nope, there's more than enough money.

VED (2012) ~£3.8B

VED + Fuel Duty (2012) ~£38B.

It was well into surplus, so rather than reduce costs they shifted the cash into the central pot.

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Google pulls SCHAFT out of military honeypot, sprays gold at bot team

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Re: re. Hefty external power source

It depends on the scale, large elements are easier to achieve actuation with hydraulics.

The motor itself has great power density, but when you add the pump, fluid (tank if it's not hydrostatic), control valves & control system it's generally heavier. You would also need to add control valves and control systems which will add additional weight.

Hydraulics are also much less efficient than an electric actuator. It depends on the system but roughly 65-70% vs roughly 90% for the electric setup.

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5 Eyes in the Sky: The TRUTH about Flight MH370 and SPOOKSATS

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Re: Tinfoil or towels...

The US had 3" in the '60s

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Proper boffins make your company succeed, even if you're not very technical

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Re: Why you only have 2 cents

I agree with your sentiment, but many companies are deliberately configured to prevent 'techies' from knowing this information.

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Earth's night-side gets different kinds of neutrinos from day-side

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Re: Hang on there

@Scroticus Canis,

Did the Beer turn into Cider through energy loss?

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Indestructible Death Stars blow up planets with glowing KILL RAY

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The Oort cloud is thought to be up to 100,000AU's in diameter.

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Space-junk RAYGUN wins Australian government funding

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Re: About bloody time...

The mining refers to reusing mass and remanufacturing on orbit.

Bringing it back down serves little benefit.

However with launch costs as they are 3-4 tons of aluminium, steel, copper, gold, silicon, [insert other material used] is worth at least $65-90m on orbit in launch costs alone.

Yes processing the material is currently not possible, but there is time.

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US judge Koh won't ban old Samsung gear, tells Apple: Your patents aren't that amazing

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Re: "Your patents aren't that amazing"

The USPTO allowed someone to patent a stick.

I'm still awaiting the Apple patent for the wheel.

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Blighty teen boffin builds nuclear reactor INSIDE CLASSROOM

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So...

Build one in the garage and run it, see how good the weapons detectors are...

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Japanese boffins build 'earring PC' for hands-free computing

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Surprised no one has mentioned Dr Who

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Google picks five teams to share $6 MEEELLION funding in Lunar X Prize

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Re: Am I missing something...

All about mass,

Saturn V could put 130t into LEO and 45t into TLI.

Falcon 9 v.1.1 can put 13.1t into LEO, so assuming linearity ~ 4.5t into TLI.

If 4.5t can get you your lander and rover to the surface of the moon, it's theoretically feasible.

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How many mobile apps collect data on users? Oh ... nearly all of them

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Re: A good place to start ...

Assuming it's actually blocking/spoofing the permissions, not just asking you for permission every time you load the app and doing nothing.

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Elon Musk ADMITS he met Apple: iCar 'great idea', keeps schtum on Tesla hookup

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Who's awaiting...

,,, the article stating the USPO has granted Apple a patent on the Wheel??

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Robots demanding equal API rights? It's just a matter of time

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Re: Does anyone want toast?

Git! Beat me to it! :)

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Robo-termites will stack boxes IN SPAAACE

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Re: Right...

To build at roughly earth orbit there isn't enough mass.

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'Please don't make me spend more time with my family...'

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'Our customers are important to us' - I.e. the shareholders

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Dr Hurricane unleashes FUSION POWER at Livermore nuke lab

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Re: "There are currently two main approaches..."

Tokamak is the white elephant in the room, some good research has come from JET (ITER's predecessor), but a large proportion of governments are putting all their eggs in one basket.

My money is on some form of DPF.

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SkyMapper turns up oldest star ever found

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Re: Timescale

Assuming it actually went supernova and didn't just collapse in on itself.

If the big bang theory is correct, the matter would be relatively densely located versus what we observe today, if due to this density and relatively low mass of the elements.

The stars could get big, really big, possibly some big enough to for gravity overcome the energy from fusion and just collapse in on themselves.

No Bang just blackhole.

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NASA quandary: Should Curiosity channel Fast and Furious for Martian dune-buggy jump?

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Re: Question...

Rubber tyres are also heavy.

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EVE Online erects mashed-up memorial to biggest space fight in history

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One of those games that has to appeal.

I played it for years.

There are some very clever ideas... such as mentioned in the article, you cannot buy your way to the top.

Ok.. rephrase, you cannot start a new character and buy your way to the top.

The 1st issue with the game is that it becomes very repetitive, very quickly.

The 2nd issue is that it requires the devotion of time, you cannot start a new character now and work your way to the top, simply because those who have been playing for 11 years since it started are so far advanced that you can never catch them.

Also to achieve anything significant requires a vast investment of time, the senior people in the game play for 14-18 hours a day, it's worse than a job.

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Valve showers Debian Linux devs with FREE Steam games

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Re: AC Damn...

@Matt Byrant:

There are 2 things that bring the gaming houses:

1. Money

2. Money

The 1st is the platform, which has the biggest distribution, PC, Mac, PS4, Xbox one, Android, IOS, Steam OS, insert other platform...

They don't care, as long as their game makes it to the widest audience.

2. Bribes, such as Microsoft's exclusivity contracts.

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Apple-aligned firm opens sapphire glass factory. iPhone 6 rumours, DEPLOY

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Re: Optical quality?

Maybe the designer is a Jimmy Hendrix fan?

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Boeing bent over for new probe as 787 batteries vent fluid, start to MELT

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Re: "Everyone remembers what happened to the Comet..."

Yes, I agree, but the reputation was ruined none the less.

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Re: Most efficient in a class of one

Everyone remembers what happened to the Comet...

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HP EliteBook 840G1: Sometimes it's an Ultrabook, sometimes it's not

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Re: Looks nice but expensive

Probably the times in sleep.

Or running, but screen off.

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Samsung Nexus S beats Galaxy S III – at detecting GAMMA RAYS

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Re: Radiation is so last year :)

I was under the impression that a normal CCD can do thermal imaging, the problem is the lens?

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Hopefuls rattle tin for customisable snap together 3D printer

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Re: Why?

How can they get someone else to pay for their research?! ;)

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Supermassive BLACK HOLE to stuff MYSTERY gas BLOB into open maw

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Re: Dense enough?

" it’s a black hole, the light emitted from the gas around it are in the x-ray frequencies."

Corrected it for you.

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@ AC 16.43

Black holes can literally tear stars apart with their massive gravity.

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UNREAL, dude: Nvidia uncloaks Tegra K1 graphics monster for your mobile ... and CAR

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Re: 5W TDP for a mobile processor?

Snapdragon 800 is 5W TDP.

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Tube be or not tube be: Apple’s CYLINDRICAL Mac Pro is out tomorrow

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iPill

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How Britain could have invented the iPhone: And how the Quangocracy cocked it up

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Re: Surprised that u r surprised?

"The aristocracy ceded power between the wars, a new elite run Britain."

Nope, they just rebranded.

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If you want an IT job you'll need more than a degree, say top techies

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And the rest, more like £44,000.

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Amazon wants in on single-credit-card biz

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Re: Prior art

All Patent systems in the world are first to file.

It would be null and void if Coin PUBLISHED details before the filing.

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Green supercomputer benchmarks make boffins see red, check blueprints

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Re: How many MFlops/W from a Raspberry Pi?

Raspberry Pi is theoretically 24GFlops.

@5w it would be ~4800MFlops/w

I'd be more interested in what some of the more modern Phone processors can do.

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Dry, cold and volatile: How to survive Mars, and your fellow crew

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Re: Catch-22?

Nuclear sub crew, they are accustomed to cramped, radiation riddled, cut off from the world environment already.

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Magnetic slurry could deliver heatsink-as-a-service

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Re: Neat.

@Alan Brown,

They use the VVT to keep the inlet/exhaust valves open for longer to reduce pumping losses.

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POWER SOURCE that might END humanity's PROBLEMS: A step forward

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Fusion for energy

"The trouble is that sustained fusion is extremely difficult to achieve"

True, but at the same time it is not always necessary and is the myth perpetrated by the Tokamak supporters.

Tokamak is a white elephant, sucking up most of the Fusion research money. There are lots of other concepts that require much less investment and offer more promising returns in a shorter space of time.

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Brit boffin brews INSTANT HANGOVER RELIEF

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Re: Thorne and others

@Bill Stewart, nope you drink Cerveza if it's that hot.

Not that US pisswater.

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If your bosses tell you you're 'in it together', don't EVER believe them

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Re: My, my....

That would probably be classed as insider trading and illegal in a lot of countries.

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Google patent: THROAT TATTOO with lie-detecting mobe microphone built-in

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One for the tinfoilers

It's not just the 'lie detection', if it is using Subvocal recognition.

In theory they could be reading your 'thoughts', at least the ones where you are talking to yourself.

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Mobe-makers' BLOATWARE is Android's Achilles heel

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Re: That's why we need a common hardware platform

True, but no standardised BIOS system.

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MIT boffins: Use software to fix errors made by decaying silicon

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Re: Just add hardware

Depends on the safety and reliability requirement.

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LOHAN's mighty thruster poised for hot coupling

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Through the igniter

Use solder (actual solder) to make the wires, run them through the igniter for the rocket.

No insulation to catch fire!!

The low melting point of the solder should ensure disconnection when the igniter triggers.

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