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Microsoft WINDOWS 10: Seven, ate, Nine. Or 8 did, anyway

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Re: I can't see anything even slightly revolutionary about it

If it genuinely runs across all form factors, without forcing the same UI on all of them, that would be something neat. Writing one application with separate UI interfaces depending if you're running it on phone, tablet or desktop for instance... MVC architecture making a big come-back!

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Loads and loads and loads of medical devices already run on Windows, such as x-ray scanners, etc. "that's not a life critical system" you might say but Windows is controlling how much x-ray radiation you are exposed to...

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Icahn and I DID: eBay volte-faces, spins PayPal into separate biz

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Rather surprised eBay haven't got in trouble before now, for using their dominant position in the online auction space to drive business to their online payments platform business.

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Apple 'Genius': iPhone 6? We've had NO COMPLAINTS about our BENDY iThing

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Re: However, being transported in a user's pocket is a normal use-case for a phone

Indeed. But it's not clear if it was placed carefully in a pocket, or for instance, stuffed in a back pocket.

It DOES sound like the phone is more delicate than some, but that may or may not be to the extent it should be considered a problem. A handful of people reporting the issue out of 10 million is not a big enough sample.

It could be a bad batch with a common fault, even.

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Patch Bash NOW: 'Shellshock' bug blasts OS X, Linux systems wide open

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Always been there or new?

If the former it's scary to think just how many holes there must be out there.

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Good grief! Have you SEEN BlackBerry's SQUARE smartphone?

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Re: "keyboard doubles as a capacitive multitouch trackpad"

I find it hard to imagine swiping my fingers over a bumpy surface but maybe it's one of those things you just have to experience to understand.

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I wonder if MS ever considered buying BB/RIM as well as Nokia, to try and sew up the business market.

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"keyboard doubles as a capacitive multitouch trackpad"

I am struggling to understand this... is the keyboard then just a touch-screen with letters glued behind it, like turning the onscreen keyboard on permanently on an iPhone? Or is it somehow a tactile keyboard with buttons, which is also a touch-pad (seems unlikely)?

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Titan falls! Blizzard cancels World of Warcraft successor

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Re: In unrelated news...

Realising it won't work and refusing to throw good money after bad in an attempt to save face is still a bold move. Cutting your losses can be applauded sometimes.

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Move over, Apple Pay: Tesco trials PayQwiq phone-flash pay app

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Qwiq?

FFS

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Emma Watson urges UN to back feminism – trolls threaten to leak her 'nude selfies'

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Re: I suggest she goes ... to middle east countries ... where it may make a difference.

So you're claiming sexism no longer exists in the western world?

Regardless, if she enthuses western MEN to then go and fight for women in those countries where only men have power, that could still have a large impact in the East.

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Re: But will it make a difference?

Well I for one don't think I'm sexist, but I'd never heard of HeForShe or really considered that most of the people standing up for women are... women. I don't really buy into feminism but that point, urging men to be equally invested in fighting for women, was worth hearing.

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My TIGHT PANTS made my HUGE iPHONE go all BENDY!

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Innovation at last

The first mass-market bendy phone?

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SpaceX Dragon cargo truck flies 3D printer to ISS: Clawdown in 3, 2...

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Flies

Just hope they don't get loose. Imagine being stuck in the ISS with flies buzzing around you, and nowhere to escape to.

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You don't know much about early firearms!

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GRAV WAVE DRAMA: 'Big Bang echo' may have been grit on the scanner – boffins

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Re: Importantly!

It's amazing how often atheists want to talk about religion when the topic is science :) It's rarely the religious who bring the subject up in this kind of situation.

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Re: Two modes of investigation - you chose

People using religion to gain power and influence has nothing to do with religion, and everything to do with people. A certain type of person sees everything in terms of "how can I make money", another type in terms of "how can I use this to gain power", and so on.

The fact I can stab you with a screwdriver or smash your head with a hammer doesn't make those things 'bad'.

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Re: Two modes of investigation - you chose

Um, generally the Big Bang theory is immensely popular with ignorant religious folk because it sounds just like "let there be light" :)

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Re: Two modes of investigation - you chose

That's rather an ignorant thing to say for someone espousing a data-based methodology. You clearly haven't actually gathered or analysed data about science Vs religion before making a bold statement on the results.

Religion asks Why, Science asks How... when either attempts to investigate the other's domain things generally get very wish-washy.

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What? I don't remember WW1 or WW2 being religious wars.

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Dyslexic, dyspraxic? No probs, says GCHQ

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Re: That's the most ridiculous thing I've heard this month. Well done.

Ross it's pretty much empirically measured fact, not some airy-fairy notion you can dismiss because it doesn't agree with your pre-conceived notions. You know, statistics and stuff. Disagreeing with it doesn't change anything.

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Re: Duh

Most people are not in the bottom 1% in some areas and the top 1% in others. This extreme spread is characteristic of conditions such as dyslexia.

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Colias robots SWARMING out of the lab

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Robots are always cool, but...

The example videos are not exactly inspirational, and while £25 may be cheap it's way beyond the hobbyist considering you need quite a lot. You'd think they could be mass produced for more like a fiver these days... maybe they will be though?

I also take some issue with the claims about "the limitations of swarm modelling in simulations”. Modelling complex situations can be hard but this kind of simple thing really doesn't seem like something you couldn't simulate rather easily, especially using an open-source game-engine for instance.

Real life robots still trump virtual ones though, of course. I just wish I could afford about 50 :)

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Apple iPhone 6: Looking good, slim. AW... your battery died

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Holding it wrong?

While I find some of the larger phones rather amusing these days, I have a Lumia 1020 which I assume is comparable or maybe even bigger than the iPhone 6(?). I also have decidedly below-average sized hands - I can stretch a single octave on a piano (can't think how else to measure it). I have no issues using the big phone with my diminutive digits, but then I'd never have thought the right way to use the phone was single-handedly. I rather thought the point of a multi-touch wonder-phone was you held it in one hand and fondled it with the other.

Which is the most prevalent technique?

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Man, its smartphones are SQUARE. But will BlackBerry make a comeback with them?

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Life imitates Art

Fans of American Office will remember this.

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Jesus phone RAISED from DEAD. Watch iPhone 6 get BURNED, DROWNED, SMASHED

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Re: Personally

Most people would be holding the phone more than 3' above the ground when standing. Many people's pockets are more than 3' above the ground, meaning a fumble getting it in/out of your pocket achieves that. IF you keep your phone in a jacket pocket, even sitting down it's higher than 3'.

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Exercise-tracking app not QUITE fit for purpose

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Re: I thought date of birth was like a password

And definitely don't tell them your real height and weight, you don't want them knowing too much about you!

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Bono: Apple will sort out monetising music where the labels failed

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Re: I'm puzzled

Who said it was a new audio format?

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Re: Can't be pirated?

Music isn't just about the audio though, is it? Otherwise people wouldn't pay loads of money go to listen to songs in a big room with poor acoustics next to lots of sweaty strangers, that they already paid for and can listen to in an armchair through some nice headphones.

I think that's what this is about... something beyond just the sound. If you record a concert, even in blu-ray, it is not the same as being there. The musical experience IS fundamentally un-pirateable.

How on earth you get that kind of stuff into iTunes I have no idea of course :)

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Re: I used to think he was a tosser

>>The man is an eejit, he reckons he can make music un-pirateble

You do realise you've fundamentally missed the point? He isn't claiming to have invented unbreakable DRM. It's about a wider "something" beyond simply listening to the track. Akin to pretty artwork in CD cases, etc, which are not the same if you try and photocopy them.

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iPhone 6: Most exquisite MOBILE? No. It is the Most Exquisite THING. EVER

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Re: Mr Fry

But if someone offered you the money you'd probably do it, which is the case here.

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Re: I can't even...

It's not a phone. It's a computer more powerful than the desktops we grew up using, selling for a fraction of the real-terms prices of those computers, which is smaller and lighter than a Sony Walkman, and contains a phone.

Modern phones ARE flat-out amazing, regardless of brand.

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Re: meh

El Reg just seems desperate to start a feud. Maybe Fry refused to sign an autograph, or maybe it's just a cheap publicity grab. But it seems rather crass to stoop to tabloid levels to choose a target of ridicule.

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meh

El Reg's harrying of Fry is staler than Apple's R&D department.

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Read IBM's note to staff announcing mandatory training and 10% pay cut

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Re: @JDX Sarcasm?

9-5 is already rather a big part of your life, considering you wouldn't put that much time into nearly any hobby even if you had the time!

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Re: Sarcasm?

So Cheesy, you expect me to do that in my free time after I slog my guts out working all day? Or should I decide to do it when I could be getting work done - that doesn't sound like a decision I can make lest I get a kicking in my annual review for loss in productivity.

I may be motivated to keep current but as an employee that motivation manifests as pushing for training. Not spending my personal time and money.

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Surely if employees haven't kept up to date it's because their employer has not provided adequate training in the first place?

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Buying memory in an iPhone 6: Like wiping your bottom with dollar bills

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Re: "A little eBay shopping and you can find 128GB Micro SD cards for under a tenner"

Is an SD card as quick as built-in memory? I assume it is, if you get a decent card?

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Reg bloke zips through an iPHONE 6 queue from ZERO to 60 SECONDS

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Oracle's Larry Ellison quits as CEO – new bosses are Hurd'n'Catz

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Glad I didn't decide to sell AAPL and buy Oracle shares!

Maybe he's just bored and wants to spend his loot.

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iOS 8 release: WebGL now runs everywhere. Hurrah for 3D graphics!

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Re: So WebGL

Since their entire business model is about to be wiped out by browsers blocking plugins, they have little choice - like Adobe trying to migrate their tools to HTML5 from Flash.

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Re: So WebGL

I wouldn't say "better" - in fact as a developer I would say the opposite. But as a consumer it means it is supported natively in the browser without the need for plugins. Unity doesn't work on iOS or any other browser which doesn't support plugins, unless you package it into a standalone app. If what you are making is a website with 3D content, that's not great.

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Re: Blimey Windows Phone 8.1 supports WebGl as well

IE introduced it in either IE10 or IE11.

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4K-ing excellent TV is on its way ... in its own sweet time, natch

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Re: I can feel the difference...

The only 4k TV I've seen IRL was simply stunning and made every other TV - even expensive ones - in the shop look awful. However whether that's down to resolution or just a superior screen I have no idea. I find it hard to see why the pixel size should have such an impact when standing 20-30 feet away, as I was when casting my eyes across the array of TVs, but the 4K one was just in a different league.

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Re: Alternative name for Blu-Ray 4K...

UHDD

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First Irish boy band U2. Now Apple pushes ANOTHER thing into iPhones, iPods, iPads

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Isn't Apple tip-toeing along the same tightrope here ...?

"I vaguely remember when a dominant company "integrated" systems into its os to block out competitors"

The key word is in your own post. Dominant. iOS/Apple is not in a dominant position in the mobile OS market, and it is nowhere near being a monopoly. The dominant player is Android/Google.

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Re: OS vs apps

Paint is part of Windows, surely?

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'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux

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Re: @JDK

I've used it and didn't find it a must-have.

And for typical PC users, they would just end up lost "where's my internet gone". Alt-Tab is a power-feature to the majority of Windows users. Expecting them to find applications they can't even see on their screen anymore... you're kidding. As IT people, it's easy to forget just how low the common denominator is. It's not a criticism on users, just an observation.

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Apple gives fanbois The Sweetest Thing: A delete button for that U2 album

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Re: I don't have any iThingies...

There's a difference between what's stored on your device, and what's in your account. If you own a phone, PC and tablet, you may have different content downloaded on each.

And you can't (that I know of) delete content from being IN your library. It's not in your library to begin with really, Apple just record in a central server which albums you bought and are allowed to download. "deleting" it doesn't make much sense if you paid for it, unless you want to hide your music taste from someone :)

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Re: automatic download

Thanks AC, that does make a bit more sense, probably it shouldn't have been allowed to get onto your device without explicit permission.

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