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PEAK iPAD: Slab looking a bit peaky, needs big biz to take more tablets

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Apple's four nearest rivals ... all grew at least more than twice the market rate.

They had a space to grow into...

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Chrome, Firefox blab your passwords in a just few clicks: Shrug, wary or kill?

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Never knew that

Now when I run into the common scenario that I can't remember my password but Chrome can on one of my PCs, I can actually get the darn thing back.

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Tough luck, bumpkins! Blighty broadband speed gap misery worsens

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Re: Because we don't all simply get to choose where we live?

You're forgetting the demographic of this site. Children don't get to say where they live. But then they also don't contribute anything so the fact they can't torrent Breaking Bad as fast as they like isn't really getting my sympathy.

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what are you planning on shoving down a pipe bigger than 10Mbps

Perhaps downloading or even uploading files for work purposes?

Perhaps downloading (non-streamed) video purchases/rentals?

Perhaps you live in a house with your family or other people in a shared house... multiple video-streams will quickly suck up 10Mbps

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Curiosity sings 'Happy Birthday' to itself on Martian anniversary

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I was hoping they'd have recorded the song being played on Mars and beamed that back rather than played the tune in the lab. There's enough atmosphere to hear sound, right?

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Re: How to fail a turing test

Except this is a year since it landed. How is that a birthday any more than me celebrating the day I emigrated to America my birthday? It's an anniversary not a birthday.

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Upgraded 3D printed rifle shoots 14 times before breaking

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Nobody will ever be able to print a fully functional gun entirely from plastic

Ever is a long time. Machined gun barrels were once upon a time a distant dream...

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They don't recognise us as HUMAN: Disability groups want CAPTCHAs killed

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SMS?

Several banks use this - send you a text message with a code you have to enter to confirm the operation. Similar to the email version really but presumably a little more secure? Although whether SMS is accessible to the disabled, I have no idea.

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Microsoft cuts Surface Pro price by $100

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Re: Still too expensive

Surface ... isn't a contender against the established Android infrastructure.

The apps situation tells you all you need to know about this market.

Um, the Windows infrastructure is decades older and more mature than the Android one. There are an order of magnitude (if not two) more applications available for Windows 8 than for Android and iPad combined.

Actually - can you run VMWare on Surface Pro since it features a full W8 OS? Then you can also put Linux on it...

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Re: Firesale - best to wait

Windows8 on a touch device is 100X better than any Linux distro on a touch device...

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Re: offer says it expires on August 29th

Given the Pro is a fully featured x86 PC in a tablet form, it's not ever going to be sold that cheaply unless a newer version replaces it.

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Re: Let me know

I can't believe such a stupid comment gets so many upvotes.

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Peter Capaldi named as 12th Doctor Who

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Re: the Doctor can take on any form imaginable...

Um, how do you know Galifreyans can be black? Having black skin is part of the human genetic diversity. The idea that would evolve on every world with humanoids is simply ludicrous. We haven't had an oriental doctor either, so what?

The doctor is Galifreyan not human. He doesn't change race.

Time to dismount the PC hobby horse. With James Bond you have at least a small argument, here it's just daft.

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Big blue Avatar movie spawns THREE SEQUELS

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It's as big a cash-in as Star Wars V & VI... disgusting.

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Roses are #f00, violets are #00f. This witty code is a boffinry breakthrough

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I like my relationships like I like my source code... open

Come on you silly computer, open-source programmers don't have girlfriends.

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Win XP alive and kicking despite 2014 kill switch (Don't ask about Win 8)

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Technically small businesses don't count as Enterprise but it would be interesting if there were a way to break down the figures based on numbers of PCs per company/location somehow. Any medium/large company - any company big enough to have an actual IT team - WILL be aware of 2014.

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Re: By coincidence

MS can extend support, but at an extortionate rate for individual clients only.

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Re: Techies hitting the beach perhaps...

W8's supposed to be leaner than W7 so probably would be OK if you can get driver support.

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Mystery object falls from sky, area sealed off by military: 'Weather balloon', say officials

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What is with the

weird line

breaks?

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Moto X: It's listening to you. But can voice control finally take off?

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flick the phone over twice and the camera function automatically starts up

Finally they've found a way to make camera functionality easy and intuitive to use. I'm sure Canon et al will be desperate to introduce this!

Seriously that's a stupid idea. Maybe instead, some sort of button could be used. Or just say "Open Camera".

The only neat thing I can think of is that you could flick the phone in the air, catch it and the camera is activated. A bit like twirling a 6-shooter on your finger... pointless but fun.

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Buy a household 3D printer, it'll pay for itself in MONTHS!

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And I wasn't kidding about the copyright and patent issues either

Well, you shouldn't be - it's a serious issue. If I spend money designing something to sell and someone scans it and gives away the specs, this is a problem.

I see 3D printing should work something like sheet music - just because it's the music rather than a recording you still normally pay for it. Likewise if you want to make something I designed, pay me for the blueprints.

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Wikipedians say no to Jimmy's 'buggy' WYSIWYG editor

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Seriously, they can't make a simple visual editor? It's 2013 for goodness' sake.

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How did Microsoft get to be a $1.2bn phone player? Hint: NOT Windows Phone

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Re: Couldn't help it...

I think so too. Granted MS are a massive company with big legal guns who would terrify most under their gaze, but the companies who have signed up include some other real heavyweights. Samsung in particular is not exactly averse to spending $millions on lawsuits so this does suggest there is a real case here.

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Google Glassholes to be BANNED from UK roads

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While it very well might be the case that Google Glass is unsafe for use while driving, that doesn't mean any wearable tech is. Glass can display anything like a video or a game or your email which is not a great idea. It could also display navigation apps, monitor your alertness and even detect and warn you of potential hazards before you spot them, which are great uses.

The problem is PC Plod cannot tell which you are using it for and that is a big problem. Wearable tech should maybe have to support a "I'm driving" mode to be allowed. Glass is really a prototype, there are many details to be worked out for real life use.

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New NSA tool exposed: XKeyscore sees 'nearly EVERYTHING you do online'

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Question

Have they got all the emails and social network data because companies are freely giving it to them, or through some other, cleverer route?

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It doesn't give any credence whatsoever, you conspiracy nutjob. Just because you have access to every email in the world doesn't mean you can read them all, or that your analysis software is perfect

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Re: Wake up call

It's time to stop overreacting. Never mind the "if you've done nothing wrong you've nothing to fear" argument... what actual harm does it do you if people can view your emails, compared to the hassle you want to put yourself through just to stop them for the sake of it?

I couldn't really give a crap that the NSA knows what I post on the Register for example!

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

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Re: Not in West Virginia...

Nothing like a kneejerk reaction to technology nobody making the law has probably even used.

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Re: Privacy Stuff

Why are you wearing sunglasses to do a poo?

If you think NSA wants to watch you pooing, I think you're getting things a bit confused.

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So, who here LURVES Windows Phone? Put your hands up, Brits

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Re: Yet to see one in the wild

"invented evidence" also has "evidence" in the name :)

I know two people who have them (as do I) but unless someone has their phone out I wouldn't be aware what phone they have unless they email with a "sent from my ..." signature or upload a picture to FaceBook with their phone.

In the same way, I have NEVER seen anyone use a non-Apple tablet which is plain weird as Android has supposedly got a decent market share now. I see loads of Android phones but no tablets. Also no Windows tablets but that is not very surprising :)

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Microsoft adds Visual-Studio-like text editor to SkyDrive

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Except VS is one of the best development tools out there. It sure makes Eclipse look embarrassing.

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Bank of Thailand bans Bitcoin

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How can banks have a monopoly? A monopoly means one company/organisation, and there are thousands of banks who are independent of each other.

Saying banks have a monopoly on money is like saying shops have a monopoly on selling things.

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When exactly did you (or anyone) look at what powers the Bank of Thailand has?

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Microsoft offers IE 11 preview for Windows 7 ... but not Windows 8

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Re: Cool

Because it's better than IE10?

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Cool

I was suspecting we wouldn't even get IE11 on W7, which would be a shame since they finally added WebGL support - meaning developers can finally start to use it as a serious option.

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Apple: 'Average' iPad toiler does a mere 46-hour week

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@dougal83

"That somehow alleviates ANY responsibility from Apple?"

Why is it Apple's responsibility in the first place? They have a business relationship with another business. It's in that company's hands to meet their laws and the terms of the contract signed with Apple. Even for Apple to stipulate the working hours for that company's employees is a little over the line, but if it's in the contract fine. Claiming Apple are responsible for it though, that's just hippy BS.

If you hire a company to clean your house and find they are using illegal workers, should you be punished for that?

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Microsoft introduces warning on child abuse image searches

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Re: Any idea how I access the CEOP blacklist

No point, you won't be able to find it or any sites which talk about what's on it.

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Spanish mobile startup offers Firefox OS phones to world+dog

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Will anyone get on board?

Aside from personal feelings about the idea of FF and Linux phones, I'd query that the big manufacturers will want to be producing handsets on such a wide range of OS. You want your preferred OS on a decent, competitive handset and surely you're not going to get Samsung releasing the same handset with a choice of OS?

Hell, manufacturers aren't even that interested in WindowsPhone - so are we going to rely on some dedicated company making phones for these bit player OS?

How is it planned to play out? Not an attack on FFOS I'll save that for another thread!) but a genuine question.

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Wow! British Gas bungs a million remote-controlled sales-droids in UK homes

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Re: Not cynical, just blind

Although not having to let some guy inspect my meter reading every now and then is a blessing. And not having to keep track of my own meter readings so I can figure out exactly who would be the best provider based on real usage would be nice - sheer laziness but if someone else will record this so I don't have to, that's kind of the point of computers!

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Not cynical, just blind

This has become an article of faith in the industry, and perhaps we're too cynical, but from Vulture Towers it seems the electricity bill has been fulfilling that role some years

There are already devices you can buy which you attach to your main power line, and have a little display unit in your living room which tells you of your usage. These DO get people interested in seeing how much energy is used, and tracking down what is using power, because the immediate feedback of seeing the numbers spike when you run the kettle makes it more 'real'

However, these are given out for free by some companies and they seem to work just as well as replacing the whole meter at a fraction of the cost. So while I totally reject El Reg's rejection of the suggestion a smart meter will save you money, I still agree with you that the whole scheme seems a bit daft.

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Microsoft pledges Linux boost for Windows Server and Center R2 duo

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Re: Microsoft FAIL

Absolutely no one? So you are staking your reputation on there not being one single customer doing this?

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Re: Oh really?

Some people don't object to paying for software...

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Azure inhales open source Java implementation

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Re: OpenJDK is more detailed

Why do I want to look at JDK source code?

And there's the Reg community in a nutshell - ask a totally legitimate question and get one answer and 4 downvotes.

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Zuck on THIS: Mobile users propel Facebook to RECORD earnings

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Credit where it's due, they were struggling for ages to get mobile use up and find a way to generate revenue from mobile users.

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Apple KILLER decloaked? Google lovingly unboxes Nexus 7 Android 4.3 slablette

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Re: Note to laptop manufacturers...

The only reason tablets have such high DPI is because the manufacturers have decided this is an area they want to compete on. And then more pixels needs a better CPU to drive it and a better GPU for games.

Laptops haven't yet succumbed to this, they fight on other factors.

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Re: Love to, but...

>>...it doesn't exist.

Android tablets with SD slots don't exist? Or one specific tablet doesn't support it... if only there were a multitude of Android products available.

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Fanbois smash iPhone 5s much sooner than iPhone 3s ... but WHY?

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the chap who smashed his while using it as a sex toy

He must have been going some

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Nokia flops out its 4G, 4.7-inch WHOPPER: The Lumia 625

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Re: @Dave 126

I'd say Nokia have the best mobile apps right now. Probably including paid map apps.

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Re: @ _RCH_ -

5Gb is probably enough for most of the full applications I have on Windows 7! When you take video out of the picture, a gigabyte is a lot of data!

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Re: I like the very careful wording

It's probably going to be another quarter of sales figueres decline for nokia.

It's probably going to be another quarter of year-on-year decline for their smartphones.

But if we make this just about Lumias then by golly we might have found something we can spin as a positive!

Considering Android and Apple don't have a preceding OS to decline in the first place, hardly a fair point.

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