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4989 posts • joined 28 May 2010

Google snags patent on price discrimination

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There were loads of stories about tickets flights being more expensive if you shop with a mac

The recent story was about hotel bookings and it did NOT say they charged more for Mac users. It said Mac users were shown more expensive rooms first - the same rooms were available at the same prices to all but Mac users were shown the more expensive ones first.

As for the "plane flights go up in price" thing, well plane tickets DO go up in price nearer the time don't they? Are we talking about using the provider's site directly, or using sites like Kayak which won't tell each airline your cookies?

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Emotional baggage

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Shouldn't this be in Bootnotes?

Hardware is for serious articles I thought!

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Google's stats show few Android tablets in use

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Google's advantage is that Apple are control freaks

This is also Apple's advantage.

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CLOSET fanbois.

Dude you need to take a intro to statistics course ;)

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UK.gov's web filth block plan: Last chance to speak your brains

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Re: There is a 100% effective filter ...

"This is why you don't give your kids access to the internet anywhere other than a shared laptop in the living room or something."

So confident and yet so naive. Your children have friends, right?

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Re: Floppy disks

I very much doubt you ever had 8"

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Neither, I'd bypass the filter.

Now read the question again. Or re-word as "if bypassing the filter was a lot of hassle"

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So should the age limit on sex be removed too, and it's up to the kid's parents to decide when they are ready? What about parents deciding their kid is old enough to go to the pub and buy booze?

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Re: Has anyone thought of the children?

The whole point is children aren't deemed able to make a mature response. That's why we have age limits on tobacco, sex, voting, etc.

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A straw poll to those who DON'T watch porn

Would you opt in (vote up) purely because you don't want to be filtered or for ideological reasons, or not bother (vote down)?

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A straw poll to those who DO watch porn

If this did go through in a way that wasn't possible to evade, would you opt in to your ISP (vote up) or choose not to watch porn any more (vote down)?

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Re: Sir

A service you require?

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Re: There is a 100% effective filter ...

Kids are always more technically savvy than their parents. Even good parents stand little chance really. And if you're a parent who thinks you've stopped your kids accessing the web freely, the chances are you haven't.

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New Nokia Lumia mobes fail to inspire investors

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Dumb

No way investors could make an informed decision that quickly.

Id be tempted to buy some Nokia after such a big slump if I had some high-risk money floating around in my account (all tied up in AAPL right now)

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Kobo revamps e-reader line, intros mini model

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Does anyone know if the Kobo is profitable, or are they still trying to break the market like Ms with phones?

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The world's first Windows Phone 8 hands on – what's it like?

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Re: Are you serious?

I don't get a 7 second delay even on the cheapest Lumia 610. I wonder if his stopwatch is faulty ;)

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Re: I had a Lumia 800

It's great how you don't let things like not knowing what WP8 is like get in the way of such a confident decision. Who needs facts, pick a decision and stick to it no matter once!

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Nokia tears wraps off new Windows Phone Lumias on steroids

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spec

Not released yet? CPU, RAM, etc...

Sounds rather nice considering I thought the Lumia handsets we already had were quite good.

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SanDisk flogs strap-on to speed up your lazy Windows 7 PC

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To Clarify

You don't install this as another HDD which you can see/access, it gets used as an external cache effectively turning your existing drive into a hybrid?

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Voyager's 35th birthday gift: One-way INTERSTELLAR ticket

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How are we still able to pick up transmissions from something so far away, they must be horrendously weak by the time they reach earth?

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Finger-free Kinect coming to fondlesome Windows 8

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Re: Hrm

I found developers liked SL because it let them share .NET code, and avoid having to use another language. This was before HTML5 became the big thing though, and any plugin became popular - when the idea you needed a plugin for rich web was a given, SL was technically pretty exciting.

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You'll be on a list 3 hrs after you start downloading from pirates - study

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Re: Not hard to get around...

Or, you know, you could NOT steal the stuff. If it gets to the point you're planning how to get off on a technicality then it's pretty clear you're not torrenting in defence of freedom, but just a freeloader.

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Game devs beg UK taxman: Can we pay 30% less?

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Re: FFS

It's one of the few industries the UK actually has a dominant position in any more?

Is this a move to get foreign companies to move here, or to help established businesses compete?

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Apple confirms 'surprise' September 12 event

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Re: Yet another iPhone

If they did that everyone would be in uproar about how they 'ruined it'. See Windows8 threads.

It's a small box with a screen, there's not a whole lot to change. If they add NFC and wireless charging that's a big deal though - we know Apple have the strength to make both things standard. Of course then everyone will think they invented both and that will make Reg posters very happy about having stuff to post about, but in the long term will improve stuff for the rest of us.

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NASA captures mind-bogglingly gorgeous solar video

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Aurora Question

To those that have seen it, does it ever really look like that photo or is that massively post-processed and filtered from a much more wishy-washy real-life version?

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iPhone 5 wait drives record Samsung smartphone sales

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When ARE we due the iP5?

I don't want one, but I have Apple shares :)

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Internet Explorer needs fresh dev infusion for a full recovery

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That's good to know, I thought it sounded dodgy anyone would stop supporting IE8 while so many PCs remain on XP.

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Re: Tired of MS playing politics

Care to elaborate? They seem to be big into HTML5 now. And I thought WebGL was a deliberate choice due to technical issues rather than political.

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Re: IE developer tools are not exactly great either

Whether as good I don't know but they're certainly better in IE9. And note of course Visual Studio has a lot of web-dev stuff.

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Organic food offers basically no health benefit, boffins find

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Re: not looking at the whole as usual

Makes you want to slap a big Elastoplast on poor little Earth doesn't it.

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That's because they're fresher. Nothing else, apart from psychological effects (which are entirely real).

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Re: They already use human waste as fertiliser

Does anyone pick them?

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Most of what we term 'organic' tastes better and/or lasts longer because it's much fresher due to being locally produced. But that's a difference about local produce, not organic produce.

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Re: It's the sprays, stupid

Yes, they never thought of that. No doubt they had a nubile lady feeding them peeled grapes.

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Re: Simple tool to determine the quality of food

No. Precisely because of how evolution works, your taste buds have not caught up with artificial fertilisers, etc. If fact they probably haven't even caught up with farming, full stop, and are still living in hunter-gatherer times.

There's some evidence your body can crave foods based on what's in them, but detecting trace amounts of some chemical which could build up over the years and cause long-term harm - no.

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Ofcom begged to protect minicab, other small-biz's radio spectrum

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Re: Can anyone explain?

A call is person-to-person. Radio lets all the cabbies hear it... dispatch can ask "anyone near West Street?"

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You can get free satellite just as you can free TV through your aerial, what's the difference?

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Torvalds bellows: 'The GNOME PEOPLE are in TOTAL DENIAL'

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done way more for Free Software than you probably ever will

Great argument. It's going to make the Reg forums a bit empty when only people of similar stature can comment on a story.

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'Immortal cancer' found in Australia

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Re: Reverse the polarity of the Neutron flow.

Why would staving off old age be a good thing, don't we have enough problems?!

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Nokia Asha 311 budget smartphone review

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"normal use"

What is this exactly? I get nearly a week between charges on my Nokia Lumia but then for me 'normal use' is not very much, whereas some people are constantly on their phone. Which does El Reg consider 'normal'?

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Apple iDevice dock port to drive wireless streaming

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Re: hmmm

Still won't that look rather ugly, when you have a slick looking iP5 plugged into a sleek dock via a big clunky adapter?

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Windows 7 passes XP, Mac OS X passes Vista

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Re: What amazes me...

I don't remember NT being too terrible (I'm a dev not a sysadmin); what was so bad? Our software ran for weeks of uptime easily which back then seemed pretty good!

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Thanks ever so much Java, for that biz-wide rootkit infection

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even Microsoft Security Essentials can find and kill most variants

That kind of silly statement just puts your entire knowledgeability in doubt

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Firefox, Opera allow crooks to hide an entire phish site in a link

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Techie != programmer. And loads of developers never work on web stuff.

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Markets to remain glutted with rapidly-depreciating Facebook shares

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Re: Analysts are not what they used to be

What about LinkedIn, with a P/E of 917?!

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Dodgy audio connections conceal more than just words

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Re: Oh, ffs...

On the other hand I bet you'd like it if your premiums dropped because they could avoid paying out to people claiming their 60" LED TV got nicked.

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North Korea and Iran sign 'Axis of Tech Evil' deal

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Good on you N. Korea

Everybody needs a friend.

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Amazon flings open doors to Android Appstore in Europe

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Re: Android

Typical Linux response... "what do you mean it's not easy? It's very easy. You just have to write this 4 line bash script"

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Windows Phone 8: Microsoft quite literally can't lose

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It could get them a share of the tablet market though.

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Re: Nokia is out on a limb, with its bridges burned...

Nokia may have dumped any plans to do Android at the same time as Windows, but if it does bomb they can still switch and rebuild.

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