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Russian mobile operators say 'nyet!' to Apple, 'da!' to Samsung

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Bizarre how much things change from country to country

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Now you can be the NSA: Snoop on a Google Glass hipster with a QR code

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Only in photos?

So not automatically as you walk along and catch a QR code in your field of vision... THAT would be proper sci-fi!

Probably coming soon along with automatically labeling people it recognises in your HUD.

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Tweet like escaping Hell depends on it, Twitter Catholics told

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Re: Indulgences ?! wft ?

Indulgences and Purgatory are just unbiblical Catholic mythology. Whether you put much weight in the bible, or any religion's "flawless holy book", a religious sect which doesn't even base their teachings on their own holy book has to be treated with suspicion!

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Re: Haha ha ha

Your lack of understanding is possibly the issue here. However on this topic - indulgences - I will agree it is ridiculous even if everything else you say is foolishness (namely the religion is just control people... you're thinking of institutionalised organised religion, which is a subset of religion).

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Finally, someone's fixed THAT Android hole. Was it your mobe network? No

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Re: The Android device needs to be rooted

I should hope so (needs to be rooted I mean)... I was about to make a scathing remark that "Free utility ReKey hooks into the underlying operating system" was even possible...

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Apple MacBook Air 11-inch 2013: Netbook with next-gen tech

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Gorilla Glass is starting to replace boring old metal in many of the latest Windows laptop

Is that a good thing? For bits you don't need to see though, isn't metal lighter and stronger?

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Boffins want toilets to become POWER PLANTS

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I wonder if anyone ever actually did that, or calculated the energy you could achieve based on a good water pressure?

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Re: Giant piles of steaming.....

That's through gas harvesting as the stuff rots though, right? This is a more direct approach, collect the energy the microbes use rather than the gas produced as a waste product. Or maybe you can do both... but there is a big difference between collecting methane from crap, and turning urine into an energy source.

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Fanbois get Outlook app for iOS, but only if they sign up for Office 365

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I'm not sure a great email experience exists, but terrible ones certainly do... try using one of those free webmail from your ISP a few years back and see how great gmail/outlook.com/outlook seems in comparison

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Re: Translation...

Well it depends if their goal is to promote W8 or their cloudy stuff. The former could be done by releasing nothing for iOS at all and saying "get a Surface"

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Pwn all the Androids, part II: Flaw in Java, hidden Trojan

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Re: It must be milking time in the "Screw Google" shed

It's probably the best indicator that Android is far more popular than Linux.

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Dear Linus, STOP SHOUTING and play nice - says Linux kernel dev

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Very smart but a total tool in dealing with people...

Reminds me of a certain Big Bang Theory character.

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Microsoft's next device could be a Surface Watch

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Re: there's just a little niggle, MS

I don't wear a watch but people do wear watches. Most of them in fact.

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It would be amusing if MS entered this market before Apple et al. Yes I know watches have been done but tablets had been done before iPad... I mean a non-clunky slick product.

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Re: Do people really want a smart watch?

I don't see the attraction but then it was questioned whether touch-screen phones and tablets were really worthwhile, and look how that turned out. If someone can crack a compelling product, maybe we'll all have to eat our words.

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Unreal: Epic’s would-be Doom... er... Quake killer

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Re: Quake, iD, Doom.

Quake Live is pretty good ;)

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I didn't happen to have a PC it would run on properly since it basically required a 3DGPU (ah the days of 3dfx) - on my PC it actually did dithering to do colour shading in software!

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Pure boffinry: We peek inside Nokia's miracle cameraphone

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Re: Smacks of self congratulations

It doesn't feel sponsored, it feels like the writer actually cared about what they were writing about. Probably not very common so you can be forgiven the confusion, but to me the tone was of a writer genuinely blown away by the tech.

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Re: or

Your loss then.

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Linux 3.11 to be known as 'Linux for Workgroups'

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Re: I wonder how long until MS sues

Yeah, it's cute but probably illegal - wonder if MS will sue and give Torvalds more ammunition, or find a way to play cool.

I know which I'd bet.

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Radiohead's Thom Yorke pulls his own music off Spotify

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"Meanwhile, millions of streams gets them a few thousand dollars. Not like radio at all."

A million people listening to your song on the radio in the UK gets you something like £100.

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UK.gov fines itself harshly for hurling NHS records to the winds

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Even managed to lose records showing how many records were lost

A Douglas Adams-esque piece of foolishness (see Mostly Harmless & the Grebulons).

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Microsoft lathers up Windows 8.0 Surface RT for quick price shave

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I wonder if Surface would have had half a chance if they WEREN'T also selling Surface Pro... Surface sounds a credible alternative as a pure tablet but why would you get one when you could get a Pro that is far more versatile?

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El Reg Playmonaut soars to 113,000ft

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Re: Fishtail

What WAS that shute for... an anti-spinning aid maybe? Loved how at high altitude you could see it dangling as there wasn't enough air to support it.

Also, nice lense flares! But what was with the stuttery video on the descent - recording issues or encoding/editing?

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US Navy robot stealth fighter in first unmanned carrier landings

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Re: Very Nice. @JDX

That's exactly what I mean Don, the period is far longer so it's not like you're landing on something which is jittering on every wave, the motion is regular and predictable and slow. The deck will not suddenly buck as you touch down.

I din't claim the ship wouldn't move, that would be daft.

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Re: Very Nice.

Aircraft carriers do not "bob up and down". And one assumes human pilots don't land in storm conditions either?

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LG's curvy telly and Samsung's Galaxy camera seen in the wild

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Curvy screen... why?

The article didn't appear to explain what the point is, what benefit it offers or problem it solves.

Does anyone know?

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Nokia tears wrapper off Lumia 1020 monster imaging mobe

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also combines the mechanical stabilisation technology found in the Lumia 920

Hang on, so this is actually packing tech NOT on the 808 and is therefore even better?

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Google loses Latitude in Maps app shake-up

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You know... I did drop a decent stack of cash on my Google Nexus.

My Windows PC cost more than your phone, but that doesn't mean if someone takes a website offline I can complain I paid money for it. Your handset and your apps are different things - this isn't like Nokia removing free satnav which is effectively part of the phone.

At least I don't think it is... not an Android user. Is all this an Android app or actually part of the OS?

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Re: Android will become a poor choice soon enough

Or you could just pay for a SatNav app. Heaven forbid you might have to pay for software.

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Re: You are the Product.... Just accept it

You do realise it was a totally free service and you have absolutely no right to complain if they turn it off?

You're the kind of person who I could buy a drink for every night in the pub, and then when one day I tell you I won't buy you any more, bad-mouths me to your friends.

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Re: B0rked

If those people you're helping all switch to + you still won't? Why's it matter which of their services owns your data?

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Caterpillar B15: The Android smartphone for the building site

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Re: No led?

One imagines builders have proper torches...

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Dead STEVE JOBS was a CROOK - Judge

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People go to jail if they break the law, not companies. Also, people only go to jail in certain circumstances, fines are commonplace too.

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Universal Credit? Universal DISCREDIT, more like, say insiders

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"hold the hands" of dole claimants

That's probably a good thing, a huge proportion of the UK population are not ready for such an online system, and by their very nature, those on the dole would tend to be in that proportion (speaking statistically).

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Re: Just maybe...

Or maybe the spying projects are in just as bad shape, which should cheer you up at least.

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BlackBerry's retro-look QWERTY Q5 mobe: Resentment by design

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ambitious multi-taskers

"Hey look at that ambitious multi-tasker"

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Sleek Nokia Lumia details EXPOSED ahead of Thursday's disrobing

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Re: No expandable storage

Why are you wanting to use a £600 phone as a thumbdrive replacement?

Maybe they'll do a 64Gb version, if this is the super-top-end model.

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Re: Same old, same old...

Your friend didn't like WP? Oh no, quick call MS. Clearly nobody ever disliked Android or iPhones enough to return them.

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Re: No expandable storage

If only you could connect it to your laptop with a $2 USB cable....

32Gb is big for a digital camera, thousands of pictures. If you're into photography enough to buy this, you will probably take a laptop with you on holiday to review them.

And of course, on holiday you never get wifi, in every coffee shop or hotel or bar you visit.

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Re: What are they selling?

"IF you really need a goood camera, why cant you just buy one and have the rest of the phone as a separate entity?"

If you need to do email, why can't you just buy a laptop?

If you want to listen to music, why don't you buy a separate MP3 player?

... just because you don't want a multi-function device doesn't mean nobody else does. Camera is one of the most widely used functions on phones, so clearly people value the ability to take pictures on a phone. A phone that can actually take GOOD pictures is therefore not a bad call.

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Re: Reassuringly expensive?

It could do well - it's not going to be the new iPhone but they sell other handsets so having a specialist phone for the large number of people who like taking photos might be worth it.

We'll have to wait and see.

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Sounds bloody expensive.

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Windows kernel bug-squish, IE update star in July Patch Tuesday

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Boring without Eadon

I never found out what happened... was there any announcement or did he stop posting suddenly?

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15 MILLION dodgy login attempts spaffed all over Nintendo loyalists

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Every site like this is constantly suffering a high volume of attempted logins...

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Fitbit Flex wristband: What to wear out when wearing yourself out

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Re: you're an idiot....

If you eat more food than your body needs, you will store it as fat. So some people's metabolism is more efficient at extracting calories from food: those people just have to eat less.

Great, now tell that to the person whose correct calorific intake is 500 calories less than their brain/stomach reckons they need to avoid starvation. Tell them it's simple, they just have to be permanently hungry to avoid putting on weight.

He may be the idiot, but you're the jerk.

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@dogged

Are you saying that a problematic thyroid gland can cause you to metabolize fat from air?

Because, y'know, the dear old (calories in - calories out) equation is at least consistent with things like thermodynamics and conservation of energy.

Oh look, you did GCSE physics and think you understand biology. And I suppose if you hang by your arms this doesn't count as exercise because you're not moving?

You never considered that if you eat 1000 calories and only require 500, your body might not use the excess but dump them, whereas his body might hold onto every calorie regardless of requirement?

Your weight gain is strictly governed by calories in - calories out, but neither of those values is what you think it is.

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Re: I'm guessing the software is not the point to this device.

"Really - what else is it about? People come in all different sizes but it is pretty clear if someone is 'big' or 'fat'."

There are numerous medical and genetic conditions which make people put on weight very easily, and lose it with great difficulty.

Or in simpler terms for the dumbos... you never saw a teenager who can eat a bag of doughnuts every day and not gain weight? It must be patently obvious that two people can have the same daily routine and eat the same things and one will gain weight while the other doesn't, because you see it all the time.

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AMD joins LibreOffice, adds GPU grunt to free software suite

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Stupid

Seriously? GPU acceleration for spreadsheets with a few thousand rows? Considering someone wrote a 3D renderer for Excel (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XeXISSrIaJA) that runs on old hardware, this seems ludicrous.

Why don't you just tighten up your code? GPU is a sledgehammer for processing stuff that a CPU cannot handle... this is the kind of stuff a Pentium 1 can handle. I mean, Google Docs even does it in JavaScript at adequate speed!

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Apple's new data center to be solar powered, 100% green

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Re: Is it really 100% green

100% offset is a better term perhaps but it's still an achievement. Note that in places like Nevada, they probably need more electricity during the day than at night, since they use A/C in the sun rather than heating in the dark.

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