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Reg reader crafts 3-axis GoPro 'Stubilizer' for skull-mounted cameras

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Why's it always KickStarter these days?

Firstly, wonderful project and well done on all the hard work.

But it seems like KS is obligatory now, and innovative companies have been growing all over the place for decades... did you already approach the more traditional channels?

I'd have thought this would also be a perfect thing to apply for Dragons' Den btw, if you're of that bent.

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Murdoch's BSkyB stares down Microsoft: Redmond renames SkyDrive to OneDrive

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Why are you surprised?

Because ask anyone in th UK what they think of when you say "Sky" and they will say "Sky TV" not "BSkyB", and trademarks are supposed to be limited to a certain area. Cloud storage and satellite television would seem far enough apart in my mind.

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Shame

SkyDrive was a really strong name IMO. Surprised Sky won this one.

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Fancy a little kinky sex? GCHQ+NSA will know - thanks to ANGRY BIRDS

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"but we don't seem to have a problem with Google"

Every second comment on El Reg is blaming Google for something, it sometimes seems to me.

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Tinfoil aside...

...I work under the assumption anything I do online could probably be linked back to me by governments if they could be bothered. The fact this is proving to be true doesn't really surprise me, it just shows all those silly computer films from the 90s were actually bang on accurate ;)

I do however find it fascinating from a techy point of view.

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New Doctor Who's new costume newly REVEALED by Beeb

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it's slick and stylish and grown-up

Because he's an old man :)

Looks OK to me although his legs don't seem right. And I don't like trousers that don't match

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What can Microsoft learn from 'discontinued operations' at Nokia?

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I'm waiting

I looked at upgrading my 610 to a 520 or 625 but was told new models are due out in 2014 on the back of a WP8 software update - which might also make the lower RAM on budget models a bigger problem.

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Quivering, spine-tingling wearable tech: Strap it on and don't look back

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With the strap-on in place

Possibly that hypen is a little misleading :)

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Cryptocurrencies now being pooped out by cartoon cat

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Re: I don't get it

Yeah but nobody is asking to buy LOLCODE. Doesn't the existence of a cryptocurrency mean at least come of the currency exists, and can be traded?

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Re: I hope we never ever EVER see.....

TwoGirlsOneCoin?

Which has the added benefit that "OneCoin" sounds rude if you say it right.

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I don't get it

Cryptocurrency is currency, and to be taken seriously - bitcoin is working hard to been seen as legitimate and secure. So why make some joke currency that is likely to disappear? OK, that might be fun, but why would anyone actually buy any of such a currency when it might not be here next week (like the Kanye one)?

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Google sets $2.7m Pwnium prize for cunning cracks for Chrome OS

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Re: I'd like to see someone crack Chrome or Chrome OS the way I run them

They wouldn't be able to crack your computer if you unplugged it and buried it in a lead box either. Well done, you've metaphorically made yourself safe from athlete's foot by hobbling yourself.

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Thanks for suggesting eBay should flog PayPal. It's not happening, CEO tells Carl Icahn

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Re: Have to agree with the board...

I rather think it is, actually.

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Re: activist?

"It gives real activists a bad name."

No worse than they have already.

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Alcatel-Lucent and BT unveil super fat pipe, splurt out 1.4Tb per second across London

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Re: Great

"Maybe you should concentrate more on that rather than spending a fortune on headline grabbers."

Rather a lot of people live in London and the other big cities.

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Facebook will LOSE 80% of its users by 2017 – epidemiological study

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Re: It's true but the time is probably off

a)You need something to move TO

b)Since when do we believe such theories?

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LogMeIn: We're stopping our free offering from, errrm, NOW

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Oh is that why the software store for both Apple and Google are making hand over fist these days?

Exactly - selling entire applications for £0.50 - £2.50 in most cases. You see reviews stating that "even at the high cost of £5 it's worth it" for software which is often a full-blown application that wouldn't be out of place on a PC.

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Re: VNC?

>>Oh like run most of the web servers on the internet, as is currently the case?

Well done for agreeing with me without realising it. The fact that FOSS exists for web servers stacks is one of the contributing factors to this notion that buying software is wrong, somehow. As someone who makes software for a living, the idea that people will look shocked at the idea they have to pay for my work is not great.

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Re: VNC?

Lots of these tools are based about VNC I think, but build extra stuff on top.

The timing is bizarre, but so is this attitude that people deserve free software to do important things.

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HOT AIR-FILLED Apple fanbois SHUNNED iPad 2 at Xmas

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The whole point of it being a "subjective 5%" is that for someone else it's 25% or 50% or 200% or -50%. You're basically admitting in your own argument that it's just your personal opinion, so why bother telling us?

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Re: Is 2 or Air the only choice?

Can you point me to benchmarks showing the mini-retina is equivalent to the Air?

Also - are you sure the non-retina mini is packing the same punch as an iPad3? I was convinced the original mini was just an iPad2 in a smaller box with a different connector.

These figures show a confusing picture, that the iPAd3 and iPad2 are equally powerful: http://browser.primatelabs.com/ios-benchmarks

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The 2 is still a great device though. Underpowered for fancy games but otherwise very capable with great battery life. And of course the design is just as nice, if you want that kind of look - and/or you have an iPhone and want to stay in the same ecosystem - iPad2 is still a decent budget choice.

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Is 2 or Air the only choice?

I have a 2 and would quite like a newer one, but I was hoping they'd move to sell iPad Retina as the new low-end model. But I don't see Apple selling them. Although the new mini is like an iPad 3/4 inside.

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Vultures circle to feast on carcass of free remote desktop service LogMeIn

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Re: Hell hath no fury

How long does it take to log into his PC using LogMeIn, and install something new?

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IBM's top brass forgo bonuses after drop in yearly profits

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A bit. It's just how these things are worded, it's understood that part of your bonus is actually just part of your salary under another name. I don't know if that's done for tax reasons or because it's paid in stock, but it's more "how things are done" than anything untoward.

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We see ya, Ouya, you tasty Android games console gear

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Re: Its competition

Sadly it's competition is also the PS3 and XBox360 and they smack it out of the park. The Wii beats it because of the motion controllers and they beat it on power and back-catalog. And of course you can get Kinect for the 360 too.

If people developed some awesome accessories for it I'd be interested, is that likely?

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Neat but pointless?

I just checked, and you can get a 12Gb PS3 for £150 on Amazon or £120 (new) on eBay. With the immense back-catalog of games - most of them very cheap other than new releases, the better spec and the built-in blu-ray player, as well as a big indie gaming store, saving £20 for an unknown device doesn't seem wise to me.

If I missed something big, happy to be corrected.

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It's hard to see how it would be at that spec.

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Office 365 Microsoft's fastest growing business, ever - Microsoft

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Re: fuck off

If you must use "Crazy Dave's Discount Cloud Hosting" that's your own fault.

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Pregnant? Celebrate your proudest moment ... by 3D-printing a copy of the foetus

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Re: Utterly repulsive

I'd rather look at a printed version than have the real think squawking in the office though...

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Re: More peace on earth

Printing chocolate embryos sounds like a very niche market.

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Re: Re 4D

4D is a typical term used in the medical imaging world, I think they do even talk of 5D at times. The extra dimension(s) can be time - a 4D heart scan could be a video of a single heart-beat where each frame is a 3D image - but could be other stuff too like ultrasound strength or x-ray frequency, etc.

To understand the true 3D structure from ultrasound, a 4D (3D video) scan might be needed, to help differentiate the tissue as it moves around.

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Devs write 'film my shag' sex app for Google Glass

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Re: @JDX

If "nerd" was a gene then yes.

Many IT folk are fairly normal, but the El Reg forum community is decidedly at the deep end.

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Re: @Stephen Gray

Ah, nerds on an IT site making fun about how other IT nerds don't get sexy action.

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Lenovo Yoga 10: Mediocre tech, yes, but beautifully fondleable

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Nice idea

Looks nicely implemented too, the design looks like something more akin to Apple. I was going to say it'd be cool if you could by this kind of stand as an accessory for an iPad (or other tablet) but possibly all the benefits would be lost and it would be overly bulky?

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4K-ing hell! Will your shiny new Ultra HD TV actually display HD telly?

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Re: I don't give a **** about the TVs

It's not hard to buy a hi-res monitor. iMac have them and you can buy the same basic monitor for your PC if you have the cash.

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Re: But will there ever be anything worth watching?

Boring argument. Films, TV drama shows and live sport all offer great content depending on your tastes. If you don't like any of those or the normal drivel, then maybe TV isn't for you.

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Smog-hit Beijing shows sunsets on a giant TV to remind people what the sun looks like

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Re: Not great

A few thousand dying immediately due to smog is not the same as hundreds of thousands, or millions having their health substantially damaged longer term. Work unprotected in an asbestos factory and you'd not immediately die either. It might be the case that everyone living in Beijing is losing decades from their lifespan.

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Haribo gummy bears implicated in 'gastric exorcism'

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Re: Maybe not trolls

Or since it was Xmas, he could have also eaten 4Kg of Dairy Milk.

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Re: Drama queens

This one is fun:

How to avoid huge ships

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Breaking news

Or not, this was doing the rounds months ago. This is a news site, not Reddit :)

Also - I wager those suffering distress are doing so because they ate huge quantities in one go.

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Dart 1.1 bullseyes JavaScript performance in latest benchmarks

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If you're going to compile down to JS, why not write it in a proper, widely accepted language in the first place and have that compile down to JS?

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

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It seems to me most people are just confused by the U, with the massive tablet controllers, a little like they are by Metro in W8. The wii was super-simple and intuitive, relatively cheap and nice and small as well - the U seems to fail on the core strengths of the original. Perhaps trying to come up with something totally new every generation is not the best plan and they should have gone for Wii2.

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MANIC MINERS: Ten Bitcoin generating machines

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EC2, Azure, etc

I wonder if companies like these use or are building ways to automatically utilise un-used PCs for BC mining? They have the hardware available for free other than power usage and wear'n'tear, on a massive scale.

In fact if they did this, couldn't they make mining BCs commercially non-viable for everyone else as the difficulty increases with product rate (IIRC)?

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Now we're cookin' on gas: Google crafts sugar-alert contact lens for diabetics

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Re: Would you put a beta product in your eye?

FDA would require it to be "out of beta" before doctors could recommend it in the US.

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Re: They did say

If it's a bona fide medical product, the incredibly strict regulations will mean they can't harvest the data. They would (unusually) make money from selling the product, not the data it generates.

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Google Glass driver told she CAN wear techno-specs while on the road

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So GPS systems, car stereos and passengers should also be banned?

Using Glass while driving would allow GPS and driving information to be put in your vision without you having to look away from the road. If you're using them for email you're an idiot, but people use their phones while driving already anyway.

You might say it makes it easier to do without being caught, but if there's an accident the forensics people could probably tell what you were using it for at the time,

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Facebook gets a 'trending topics' box (just what its cluttered pages need)

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When you say "new" and "rolling out"...

... do you mean the feature which has been around for weeks at least? There were dozens of pages about how to turn it off in 2013...

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Microsoft buries Sinofsky Era... then jumps on the coffin lid

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Re: It could have all been so different had they....

Your typical user wouldn't understand the question.

And they DID add the option of boot to desktop in 8.1.

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Even when I can't figure out how to do something in W8, a simple Google search finds the answer very easily. Techies just like being angry about change, or are too autistic to be able to cope with it (i.e. Sheldon). If they put half as much time into learning how to use the new OS as they do complaining about it on the internet, they'd have mastered the changes and got on with the whole purpose of the computer, which is using it to do stuff.

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