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5325 posts • joined 28 May 2010

Reg man looks through a Glass, darkly: Google's toy ploy or killer tech specs?

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Re: Well, no I'm not in favour of thumping people as a general rule but.......

Easy. Don't go to the type of bars where people find thumping strangers fun. I doubt that would restrict my choice of bars because why would you go somewhere like that anyway?

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BAT-GOBBLING urban SPIDER QUEENS swell to ENORMOUS SIZE

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Re: an insect chopper / mincer in the hose

It's not needed but from a marketing angle it would probably work.

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Re: Not just Oz.. happening in the UK aswell

A vacuum cleaner is fine, it will be smashed to pieces inside.

Squishing leaves a really ugly mess and the whole glass/piece of card thing is not suitable for real arachnophobes.

If it's too big to fit under a pint glass, maybe just let it HAVE the house.

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Re: Any SF author want to take this idea and run with it?

Web, by the great John Wyndham. An excellent book, and exactly what that photo brought to mind.

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Roll up for El Reg's 3G/4G MONOPOLY DATA PUB CRAWL

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Re: Beer?

Sam Adams is mainstream.

And beer pretension is just daft. Nothing wrong with lager.

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Beer?

3 photos in pubs, not a drink in sight in any of them!

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Just in case? Unverified 'supersize me' iPhone 6 pics in sneak leak peek

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Re: About what it's worth...

I'm starting to see quite a few 5Cs, owned by sensible people who can't justify the price of the 5S and are upgrading from the 4/4S. Having played with both the S and C in the flesh, I was surprised how nice the C actually is and how cheap it doesn't feel.

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Power of iPhone 6 hype-gasm: Apple a sniff away from record stock high

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Re: "working on a much-needed update to its iPad tablet"

Doubling the performance is (roughly) what they have done in previous upgrades and that pretty astonishing improvement is seen as just a tweak.

Aren't other tablet manufacturers in the same boat - the tablet paradigm is essentially polished now and you have to resort to gimmicks rather than innovation to have change for change's sake? The laptop paradigm stayed the same for a decade or more while hardware improved, until netbooks and ultrabooks tried to shake things up; even now the basic laptop looks like it did in 1994.

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"working on a much-needed update to its iPad tablet"

Why is it much-needed? They only just released a fairly major update in the Air and one could argue the concept was polished to perfection by the 3rd generation. It's a rectangular panel, it doesn't need anything fancy.

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Intel's Raspberry Pi rival Galileo can now run Windows

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Re: Single-threat?

The classic Pentium did have a single threat, that it couldn't do arithmetic properly.

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Dolby Atmos is coming home and it sounds amazing

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re:we're able to aurally perceive that something is behind us rather than in front

Can we actually do this given no other contextual information?

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Interesting but...

I'd prefer a system which lets me hear the dialogue comfortably without being worried about the neighbours complaining every time some music or action sequence happens. Even with a sound-bar with "clear-vox" setting it's rather annoying. I actually prefer watching TV on the iPad with a set of headphones these days!

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Apple takes blade to 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display

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Re: Apple Macbooks

Of course it's expensive in pure "match the basic spec".

1)Apple charge nothing for the OS so they have to make more on the hardware than other vendors

2)You are paying for the design

3)More tangibly (if you don't care about looks) you are paying for every cubic inch and gram you AREN'T getting!

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Re: Premature

We are (over)due a major update to the Mac Mini though.

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Is the SSD also soldered in - raw chips perhaps - to get the required slimness? Or can it be replaced?

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The RAM upgrade almost makes it seem attractive. If the disk was larger I think it really would be quite a decent pricepoint, 128 is just a tad too small.

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iPhone 6 flip tip slips in Aussie's clip: Apple's 'reversible USB' leaks

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FFS

If it's possible to make a USB plug that is reversible and fits the standard socket, WHY THE BLOODY HELL ISN'T EVERYONE ALREADY DOING IT!!!!!?

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Don't think you're SAFE from Windows zombies just 'cos you have an iPhone - research

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Re: iTunes is pretty much malware under Windows anyway.

If Apple write the software which is vulnerable then yes?

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Premier League wants to PURGE ALL FOOTIE GIFs from social media

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Re: Good luck

Automated routine finds new videos added each day. A person skims through them. It rather depends how many videos are posted per day if this is feasible but I suspect it probably is, if you're spending money on the problem.

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No Apple fanbois here: Man United BANS iPads from Old Trafford

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Re: Good move for football - not terrorism related at all

You're right. People should be forced to enjoy things the way you enjoy them.

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Re: Twats 0 Football Fans who actually want to watch the match 1

I'd rather sit next to someone with an iPad than the kind of person who thinks punching the person next to them is a good idea. The people who put people off going to watch football are not the ones with tablets, but the ones who scream 4-letter tirades and throw stuff at the players.

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Re: No reason to use a tablet

Why are they holding it up at your head height, not their head height?

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Re: How about a more realistic reason....

But that's not why they SAY they're doing it.

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Nuts to your poncey hipster coffees, I want a TESLA ELECTRO-CAFE

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Re: If you ask for soya 'milk'

You could drink coffee without milk in it.

Or do what my wife does and carry these around in her purse...Lactofree portions

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Re: You think you have problems......

2 espressos in one cup. Is that a bit like a double espresso?

You don't see ristretto that often but probably it's not very popular. My favourite would be espresso macchiato but that's not always available and often you'll get some frothy latte thing instead if you don't check.

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Re: Scarcely relevant musing

We're watching Friends right now and I cannot recall anyone mentioning it except in passing. Cappuccino seems to be the beverage of choice.

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Re: I really have ....

Never tried BK coffee. However since coffee became "a thing" in the last 10 years, you can now actually get freshly made coffee virtually everywhere. It's rather uncommon to find places serving instant coffee these days. So while one can be snobby about which bean they use, frankly it has to be a good thing when somewhere like McD or even SubWay can sell you a cup of coffee made from actual beans!

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Re: Scarcely relevant musing

Maybe it's because being English, we can have our own pronunciation? Italians don't say "pizza" with the same inflection we do either.

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If you just want OK coffee, no frills, McDonalds is surprising good and very cheap. Also Wetherspoon, though they object to you trying to take it with you.

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Re: Builders don't put up with this shit

>>Tea that built an empire.

I think the people who built the empire drank delicate tea from fine china cups, not a mug of stewed floor sweepings.

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Re: You think you have problems......

Complaining they aren't a proper coffee-house because they won't sell you a cup of espresso is like complaining your Indian isn't a proper curry house because they don't sell vindaloo.

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If you want a proper coffee

Why are you ordering a soya latte?

My wife's lactose intolerant but the majority of people wanting a "soya latte" are not

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Clock ticking for Surface 3 as Microsoft preps for globo-launch

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Re: I'd rather have my whole body waxed than have to use Windows 8..

W8 on a touch-screen is just fine. So in tablet mode it's not an issue.

And you can set it to boot to desktop. Even if you hate the start screen, I reckon I spend about 2 minutes a day using the start menu on W7, out of 8 hours work. I'm not going to get too upset by something I spend 0.4% of my time on :)

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Re: I'd love one, but

I disagree 12" is too small for the ultrabook market. My mum bought a 11" (I think) 2-in-1 tablet/laptop recently and I was quite impressed how useful it was. I wouldn't choose to work on it 8 hours a day but that's not really the intention.

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Re: I'd love one, but

You can't get a similar laptop for half the price. That's like saying you can get a car with the same handling as a Ferrari for the half the price... the packaging matters to most people.

I do agree though that the pricing is off if you want to market it as a tablet. Competing against the MacBook Air, it looks nice. Competing against the iPad, while internally it's in a whole different league, most consumers aren't going to know that.

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Wait, an actual QR code use case? TGI Friday's builds techno-restaurant

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Yes, they should do. Except they frequently lose all interest in you as soon as you finish your food. You'd think getting the money would be important!

Walking to the till is what you do in exasperation to avoid wait for a waiter...ask for bill...wait 5 minutes...wait 5 minutes for them to come and take your money.

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Whereas you have been once and never returned, making a generalisation on the entire restaurant chain based on a sample size of one?

Well done.

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You can have a relaxed conversation over your meal (your snotty comments on the quality are neither here nor there) regardless. Not having to wait for a waitress to come and visit you, especially when you want to pay, would be nice. Trying to pay is the area I hate in nearly all restaurants... you feel bad walking up to the till but often when they clear away your plates they assume you don't want to pay, or ever leave!

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Facebook slurps PrivateCore - 'cos your selfies need locking up

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Secure...

Nobody can see it unless they pay. If they pay, anyone can see it.

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Stalwart hatchback gets a plug-in: Volkswagen e-Golf

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Nice apart from the range

Are e-cars getting shorter ranges rather than longer these days? It almost seems that way, akin to modern smartphones. I mean sure you buy this for nipping around but it's not a tiny city-car and £30k just to nip to Tesco is rather a lot.

With such a short range, even short trips are surely a problem because it takes so long to charge up... "sorry I can't come out tonight, I went to the bank AND the post office already"?!

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Simian selfie stupidity: Macaque snap sparks Wikipedia copyright row

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Re: Good article.

If you own a monkey and the monkey takes a photo, do you own the photo in that case?

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X marks the chop: Microsoft takes axe to Nokia's Android venture

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Re: re: simply a ruse

Most WP7 users don't really care, you just wait to upgrade. Not that there were many of them so probably it's seen as an acceptable loss rather than get sucked into backwards compatibility hell all over again... make the big changes while you can get away with it.

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Re: X customers

It's not like they sold a lot of X phones.

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Say goodbye to landfill Android: Top 10 cheap 'n' cheerful smartphones

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Re: No Lumia?

Exactly - "low cost phones" not "low cost android phones". Maybe the title was simply ambiguous.

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Re: No Lumia?

I was about to say the same thing. El Reg spends a lot of time talking about how well MS is doing in this price bracket, in fact how they're only doing well in this price bracket - and has given lower-end Lumias very favourable reviews against similarly-priced Androids in the past.

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Move up, Siri and Cortana: BlackBerry's new... 'Assistant' is here

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Re: Does anyone actually use these?

Siri appears to work very well for adding stuff to your calendar, genuinely faster than doing it by finger "when I get home remind me to make sandwiches for tomorrow".

On my Lumia, I use voice only for "call 013...." or "call mum".

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BMW i8 plug-in hybrid: It's a supercar, Jim, but not as we know it

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Supercar?

At under a hundred grand can it really be considered a supercar?

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

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Re: Only an IT department

So when it breaks out in the field during important work, you just abort the mission and come home to get another one?

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New leaked 'Windows 8 screenshot': The Start Menu strikes back

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Re: Oh, you mean you put out another crap product?

They put out 3. Phone, RT, and regular.

The whole point is that you can run proper applications on a tablet if you so desire.

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I'd disagree. The W7 start menu was ugly to start with, and cumbersome - having to navigate multiple sub-menus isn't my idea of fun.

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