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Google stokes hype machine over Project Glass robospecs

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Can smart glasses replace regular ones?

Forget fitting them with regular lenses... can augmented reality specs potentially adapt to your eyes and act as 'perfect' lenses? Even measure your eyes and automate the correction?

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Re: No one really likes to wear glasses at the best of times

>>I guarantee you that almost none of us would hesitate if offered natural 20/20 vision again.

That's a very poor argument. Accepting perfect vision for free doesn't mean people have a major hassle with glasses. I'd take a bigger knob if it was on offer but I don't have a problem with the one I've got.

The point is, anyone who wears glasses all the time - which is a huge number - will be pre-primed for 'smart glasses' even if those people with good eyes can't be convinced. And of course most people in sunny countries are used to wearing sunglasses too.

I don't see "having to wear glasses" as a big stumbling block, if they deliver something even slightly useful.

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No one really likes to wear glasses at the best of times

Except the billion or so for who it is second nature.

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Microsoft: Office 2013 license is for just one PC, FOREVER

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Re: Why Buy ANY Office Product?

Wow, you should self-publish that story.

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LO cloud?

Is LO planning to do a 365/g-docs competitor, or do they remain firm that office apps are better as proper applications?

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Re: Anti-cloud?

To get everyone onto cloud Office aka 365, which doesn't have these restrictions. It's like they really don't want to sell Office 13 at all, so are making everyone jump ship to 365. The worry of course is they might jump ship, but elsewhere.

I'm very happy with my Office 2007 installation - I think it's a great set of tools - so maybe I'll have to look at 365 at some point, or a combination of 365/LO.

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Re: @AC 02:46

>>I bet you have only tried it on Windows .... Try it on Linux it is not shit.

What kind of defence is that exactly? If they can't get it to work on the world's main OS then it IS shit. If they want FF to be a mainstream browser than a Linux one, it's kind of important they prioritise the Windows experience.

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Oh MS...

I really dislike all the hate-tards and quite like Windows, Office & your dev tools. So why do you insist on shooting yourself in the foot so badly at such a key time?

Do you really think that as the world is getting used to greater flexibility, going the opposite way is going to sit well? Do you believe people will genuinely buy new copies if they upgrade their PC?

I really want to stay positive but you've making it VERY hard.

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This 320-gigapixel snap of London is size of Buckingham Palace

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Re: No face blurring ?

Why should they have to?

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Re: Crap weather

I was more saddened by how hazy it is. I wonder what that will look like in 50 years... pin-sharp when we all go electric, maybe?

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Rid yourself of Adobe: New Firefox 19.0 gets JAVASCRIPT PDF viewer

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Re: Mixed blessing

You're a student right? Nobody who has lived in the real world could be so naive surely.

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Re: Am I the only person...

>>Chrome uses the same pdf.js library as Firefox, they just managed to get it out first.

Source? I thought Google just had deals with Adobe to integrate PDF & Flash much more deeply so they can sandbox it and get earlier access to bug-fixes?

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Re: I've been trying it.

Question - how does iOS have built-in PDF functionality? Is it a special Adobe plugin baked into the OS, or Apple's bespoke PDF reader app, or what?

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Re: Am I the only person...

I find more frustrating that some sites automatically trigger PDF loading in the browser, and others force you to download. I use Chrome and the PDF integration is really good since I don't have to both downloading files.

I imagine this being a new project, it will be worse than Adobe's version for now but if they have drawn a line in the sand, it will inevitably improve if people report bugs. Not totally convinced JS is the right tool for the job though personally; on a mobile device CPU is a precious resource.

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Re: But does it work for local PDFs?

Yes but there's a difference viewing a PDF in the browser using a plugin, and opening a PDF file using Reader.

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Ad-titan Google blocks Adblock Plus in Android security tweak

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Re: Do no Evil

>>Hey Google. Remember this? No, did't think so.

For the love of... grow up. Do you even know what the word "evil" means? First World problem...

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BBC: Monster cargo ship delivers '863 million tins of baked beans'

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A billion tins of beans

Not any easier to get one's mind around... a billion is too many to conceptualise.

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Meet the stealthiest UK startup's app Swiftkey - and its psychic* keyboard

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90 staff

Blimey

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Microsoft: You want Office for Mac, fanboi? You'll pay Windows prices

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Re: Microsoft are going to upset Mac-using execs here

Terrified of Google Docs? People who find Google Docs an adequate substitute for Word could just as easily use WordPad!

Even Google aren't seemingly putting much effort into web-office, based on using it quite a lot the last few years at least.

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Re: Office For Mac

Why don't you just use Parallels or VirtualBox? The latter is free, but the former would let you launch Word for Windwos et al from your OSX launch-bar (very cool).

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365

Does this work on Mac - is it fully web-based or does it [still?] require a downloaded component?

What about the instant-download feature... Windows only?

I was interested when browsing my local Fapple store, to note that they had MSOffice installed on all the demo machines. I'd never thought it was a big deal to Apple users but maybe it is now Apple has managed to get a half decent slice of market share.

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>>Wonder if Open or Libre Office can be compiled for the Mac?

Hang on, that was a serious question rather than snide sarcasm?!

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Python-lovers sling 'death threats' at UK ISP in trademark row

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Extraordinary

Nerds using a phone to communicate with customer service? Don't be daft.

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Review: The ultimate Chromebook challenge

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Re: 12s... enough difference to negate a feature

I still thought Google had designed/stipulated ChromeOS to only run with SSD.

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Re: Multiple accounts?

On Chrome browser you can indeed login to multiple accounts at once... it's a bit flaky but WAY better than it used to be.

But I was wondering more about the machine login... and how tightly integrated your google login id is to the OS. If you can simply do "login to another account" from the browser/gmail that would be fine.

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Multiple accounts?

Does anyone know how ChromeOS handles people who, like me, have multiple google accounts? I have my personal gmail account, but my business stuff is also g-apps powered so I have a jdx@mydomain.com login too... I think these days its the same architecture underneath.

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Re: Why not a tablet?

Has anyone heard of any plans to make a ChromeOS tablet out of interest?

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Higgs data shows alternate reality will SWALLOW UNIVERSE

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Re: A little bubble of an ‘alternative' universe will appear and then expand out and destroy us

S2E17 "Playing God"

While Dax mentors her first Trill initiate, a proto-universe threatens to destroy the station and Bajor.

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A little bubble of an ‘alternative' universe will appear and then expand out and destroy us

Isn't that at least 2 episodes of StarTrek TNG/DS9?

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Baby-boulder bowling burglar breaks Boulder Apple Store's $100k glass door

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looks like it will have to cough up $100K for the replacements

They don't have insurance in America?

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Bill Gates: Windows Phone strategy was 'a mistake'

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It's still too early to announce WP as a total fail. They're playing the long game so for now it's only a disappointment!

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there is no line of business that was started after he took over that has gone ANYWHERE

Kinect. There's one solitary note of success :)

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Own a drone: Fine. But fly a drone with a cam: Year in the clink

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Re: Drones don't take pictures

If I shoot you with a gun, it's pretty obvious it was me. If I shoot you with a remote controlled drone, it's not?

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Re: Tricky one

>>Curtains?

So if I live somewhere not overlooked by any neighbours or roads, I have to make sure to close the curtains in case someone is looking through the window with a drone? Or make sure not to sunbath topless in my private garden which can't be seen any other way?

Considering how frothy-mouthed you lot get about anyone knowing what you're doing on the internet, I'm surprised you're in favour of people spying through your window.

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Re: Dear government...

How's it in reverse when your neighbour uses a drone to watch you getting dressed?

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Tricky one

I think having a drone with camera is an absolutely wonderful toy, if the range and battery life get a bit better than current consumer versions... you'd essentially be able to fly!

But one can definitely imagine a massive use of these for watching people in the nude either for personal use, 'journalism', blackmail, or peep-show porn sites.

Even if it's illegal to peep on people, catching anyone who is using a drone would be a nightmare so banning the sale of such products might, unfortunately, have to be the reasonable solution. Of course people can still built their own but then it goes from a mass-consumer-problem to a minority problem as few people could be bothered.

There's an Arthur C. Clarke story (with Baxter I think) which talks about the death of privacy. In that case it's due to the ability to open mini-wormholes but the principle could be the same.

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Re: a pole?

>>Why not just make peeping in a bedroom window with a camera illegal?

One would think this surely IS illegal already, but perhaps the wording excludes remote viewing or is ambiguous and they don't want lawyers using it to make money.

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Barclays: So sorry about LIBOR... How about some free Wi-Fi?

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Chip on shoulder El Reg?

It reads like this entire article was merely an opportunity to bring up the LIBOR scandal, which is totally unconnected to the actual story.

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Apple design bloke Ive finally honoured properly - with Blue Peter badge

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If you're a grown man watching BP in the first place something is wrong.

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Brand-new black hole found in supernova remnant

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Re: Why does there have to be anything left

Even if it blew everything into a cloud of individual electrons, protons, etc, that would still be 'something'. Even a 100% total matter->energy conversion would leave behind all that light and x-rays and stuff.

Define "anything"?

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Re: Jellyfish

Oh look it's the evangelical Atheists. Stop forcing your beliefs on me!

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The universe speaks: 'It's time to get off your rock!'

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I think people thinking they're smarter than they really are is far more of a danger than religion.

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Re: This whole debate...

Rubbish. Even with a very significant event, our climate will STILL be less difficult than that of Mars/Moon.

I'm not talking about billions of us surviving, but tens of thousands is all that is needed. That's a pretty huge colony.

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This whole debate...

... is predicated on the axiom that there is some special reason why our race should survive. Evolution/natural selection inspires life-forms which seek to stay alive but by avoiding predators and so on, not planning centuries ahead. Perhaps the blind assumption that we must/should spread from Earth is part of the same thing?

In my opinion, any impact other than one which would literally destroy the planet would not wipe out humankind or life in general, and would leave behind more people than we could set up on a colony. We're not dinosaurs, reliant on a certain climate or delicate environment, but tool-users able to survive a wide variety of conditions.

Putting the time/money into building a framework - libraries, tools, etc - that would allow a remnant of the population to survive the harshest conditions following a major event seems better. For the cost of a program to build a self-sustaining colony on Mars, we could surely build 100 equivalent kits which could be used to re-colonise Earth!

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Reg readers scuffle over the ultimate cuppa

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Re: Good work.

But how to do eggs properly is a nightmare all on its own. I'll go to one egg if you'll let me have black pudding.

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Re: Ugh, cheap tea

The important thing you have to realise is that we're not snobs.

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Ready or not: Microsoft preps early delivery of IE10 for Windows 7

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Re: IE10 scores much higher than IE9 on html5test.com

Several of the sections on html5test are not part of HTML5, they are 'related' technologies or unratified standards. We're back in the land of "standards are what the majority support" since the official HTML5 stuff is such a small subset of "HTML5".

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Re: IE10 in corporate

Was that a comment that they have _finally_ added SC or a dig that they haven't?

I have an addon for IE9 which works great but yes I do not understand why it's not built in. You'd think AT LEAST installing Office would give you SC!

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Re: IE9

It's the people who [think they] know what they're doing who seem to most often have problems, maybe because they broke their system. The rest of us 'idiots' just find the new version works fine.

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Dev preview of Ubuntu for phones touching down February 21

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Re: Ubuntu this, Ubuntu That

Silly AC. Didn't you remember - repeat after me...

LINUX IS BEST.

LINUX IS GOOD.

WE MUST NEVER DOUBT LINUX.

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