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REVEALED: Reg trails claw along Apple's 'austerity' 21.5-inch iMac

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Mac Mini

Anyone know if we're expecting a refresh for the Mac Mini - we're still running the late 2012 model IIRC and I'm considering getting one but not if they're about to overhaul the range!

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Google's Urs Hölzle: If you're not breaking your own gear, you aren't ambitious enough

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Thanks El Reg

Probably the most interesting thing I've read on this site.

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Mozilla to cram a full web-dev IDE inside Firefox browser

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Re: Built into the browser?

How wonderful, you mean I can develop in the browser without a web connection? I'm always wanting to user my browser offline!

If only HTML5 provided a way to cache sites for offline viewing, maybe with some sort of "local storage", then this could all be done in a way which is accessible through any modern browser rather than requiring FireFox, and bloating FireFox still further with stuff 99.9% of users don't want.

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Built into the browser?

So in these days where we can supposedly do everything in open web technologies like JS, CSS & HTML5, FireFox have to build this kind of tool into the browser rather than doing it as a web-application?

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Apple SOLDERS memory into new 'budget' iMac

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Re: @JDX

You do struggle at any money to get something as aesthetically pleasing as an iMac though. A super monitor yes, but a slick beautiful one without trailing cables to a separate PC... tricky.

I am not really bothered by that and clearly neither are you but it's a valid thing to consider important.

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Re: @JDX

I was talking about the 27" one. What kind of idiot buys a desktop PC using ANY OS with such a tiny screen these days?!

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re:you can easily build a PC for £400 - including a monitor and keyboard - with much better specs

Yes but a large part of the cost of an iMac IS the screen because it's a nice one. Compare the cost of iMacs and Mac Minis.

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Re: Repairs

Apple will repair phones outside of warranty, won't they - for a fee of course?

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Re: Unacceptable

The amount of RAM shipped in new PCs stopped increasing several years ago. New budget PCs have 4Gb and medium range ones have 8Gb - and it's been this way 5 years.

I think hard-disks have also plateaued. though more recently, at 1TB.

We're no longer in a world where in 2 years you can double the RAM because the price has dropped... buy the spec you need in the first place. The bigger problem with soldered RAM is you have to pay Apple for it, rather than buying 16Gb 3rd-party RAM and a 4Gb iMac.

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DISPLAY DESTRUCTION D'OH! Teardown cracks Surface Pro 3 screen

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Re: Can it play Crysis?

Surface Pro 2 will play Crysis... google it

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Re: And it would also single-handedly kill the upgrade cycle of the manufacturer

Balls it would. Even desktops are rarely upgraded - only by the technical minority let alone laptops which are still fairly easy.

Even if your iPad were easy to maintain, few people would pay £100 for a new part on a 5 year old iPad...

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Re: Still News?

Many people break their iPhone when it IS the latest model...

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Re: Here's an idea

I imagine SP3 is right on the limit of what you can get into a casing that small - it's surely more of a technical feat than the iPad in pure "get a whole PC in a tablet"?

Maybe it reduces manufacturing cost, maybe the glue increases overall ruggedness (such as it is) - and does it also have beneficial thermal properties?

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Google Nest slurps your life into the Matrix? The TRUTH

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"a thermostat which could tell when a person was on holiday"

Why can't I just tell the thermostat I'm on holiday?

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Search, done. Ads, done. What next for Google? Domain registration

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Makes sense

Since they rebrand GoDaddy (and other) as part of an automatic "buy your domain through Google" it effectively works like you're buying from Google already - it's Google you pay.

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VIDEO SELFIE DRONE: 'AirDog' UAV follows you everywhere you go

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Re: "cannot see or avoid any obstacles in its flight path".

Unless you're running through a forest it presumably isn't a big deal in real use.

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Code Spaces goes titsup FOREVER after attacker NUKES its Amazon-hosted data

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Re: Backups

They had perfectly good backups - the backups didn't fail, someone with the authority to do so deleted them! They could've stored their backups in different locations across different servers but if you let someone get in and delete the backups, that is a process fail, not an infrastructure fail.

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Yes. App that lets you say 'Yo' raises 1 MEEELLION DOLLARS

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Arbel moved ... to San Francisco to launch the app ... opened an office and began to hire staff.

What does he need staff for if he already wrote the app?

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Amazon's not-actually-3D Fire: Bezos' cash register in YOUR pocket

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Re: Comfortable?

People move their head constantly when interacting with the real world or talking to people. Whereas sitting still with a fixed, unblinking stare at your screen is proven to be bad for your health.

Agree it's pointless though.

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Prime service, which includes ... free two-day shipping

Actually it includes same-day shipping, aimed at next-day delivery. Cue people whinging parcels take weeks to arrive and then the delivery driver wipes his ass on it and chucks it in your pond...

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YouTube will nuke indie music videos in DAYS, says Google exec

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Re: Scumbags

What you mean when they gave you every service you could want for free? Interesting how when they're killing off the competition to give you something you want for free, they're "good" but the moment what they offer you isn't what you want, or you have to pay, they're "evil".

But you, wanting to listen to all those music videos without paying anyone, are "good".

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Re: I hate...

YouTube isn't the internet, it's a private website backed by a mind-blowingly large and expensive infrastructure.

So while it's inconvenient we can't use one site for all music videos, Google are under no compulsion to host any videos they don't want to host.

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AT&T has Amazon 3D smartphone on lockdown – report

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Re: Yep - agree with what you're saying.

Well that's the thing - a controlled walled garden should ALWAYS be slicker and easier than having to bumble around looking for content on multiple markets which all work differently, and managing the device yourself.

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Re: Can't Wait

You can't dominate the market if you only sell premium-end products.

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Yawn

We already had glasses-free 3D in the Nintendo3DS. Nobody really seemed to care.

A cool gimmick but still a gimmick - what problem does it solve compared to seeing 2D icons on the screen?

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Tom Hanks NICKED my COPYRIGHTED PIC, claims Brit photog

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Re: Really Tom you or your staff should read the Terms of Use on WhoSay

Really? Who in the world reads the terms of use of any website they sign up let alone all of them?

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Isn't Hanks one of the decent ones, and this is therefore most likely casual ignorance of the type "that's cool, I want to share it"?

Hopefully it will get a good outcome and my illusions won't be shattered :)

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Splash! Three times as much water as ALL of Earth's oceans found TRAPPED underground

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Re: Bible Thumpers Rejoice

>>The only problem for the biblethumpers is that they happened more than 6000 years ago, so they either have to ignore them, or admit their basic calculation is wrong.

You wouldn't be claiming most Christians, believe in a Young Earth theory would you? Because that would be making an argument based on total ignorance which in the circumstances is rather ironic. Even among what you might call radical/fundamentalist Christians - proper bible-thumpers rather than traditional CofE grannies - the vast majority don't believe that!

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Re: Bible Thumpers Rejoice

Gen7:11 " in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on the same day all the fountains of the great deep burst open"

So clearly that's where all the water came from without the need to break matter conservation... and where it went afterwards ;)

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Google: Why should we pay tax when we make 'intangibles'?

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Google are nothing special, this is just what happens when you're multinational... you have to set up a company in each country you want to trade in (I think) so that when you work for Google in the UK, you are employed by Google UK rather than by a foreign employer... would you want to live by American employment rights?

All messy, and not easy to sort out since one country can't tell a company how it should act in other countries.

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Re: The solution is trivial

What about the times this is done for a valid reason rather than to minimise tax? You're suddenly going to tax every movement of money into/out of a country?

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the benefits it brings to the local economy are intangible

Is that something they want to say? "Hey, we shouldn't pay tax, we're worthless!"

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No Google, is a multinational corporation. Treating it like a couple of people you can say "Google are..." is laughable.

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Scott McNealy to caddie for 18-year-old son at US Golf Open

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Re: That's great

He did name him Maverick though, unless that's only a nickname?

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Dallas Cowboys to return 'dumbass' Texan's chopper

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Re: Return home ?

Do none of these drones allow you to control them through, say, mobile phone tech?

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Re: Nice

>>So, with training, you can carry a concealed gun in Texas; but loose your toy aeroplane and they go all seriously legal on you...?

If you leave your gun lying around in a sports stadium that might be unpopular too.

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Nice

They're into letting you do what you want in Texas. As long as it's not with another man, and you're white.

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GAME ON: Top 10 tellies for a World Cup kicking

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Re: Why? Who?

I'm sure loads of people think "I could do with a new TV one of these days". Pushing sales around a big TV event like the World Cup or Olympics makes good sense really - catch all those would-be buyers.

I don't think many people would suddenly develop an interest from nowhere in a new TV, but it could well be a trigger for the many who watch TV but could do with a little push or "special occasion" to justify getting a new one (to themselves or perhaps their wife).

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Re: Reality bites (HDX)

Well that depends what TV you had to start with, duh. We got ours in the days when full 1080p was not ubiquitous and ended up with HD-Ready 42"... I am not convinced splashing out on a modern 1080p or even UHD would be worth it, unless we moved into a house where 50"+ made sense.

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Re: 4K!?

Well if you don't have the bandwidth, they should can the whole idea. Nevermind all those millions in inner cities with superfast connections, let alone plebs like me with regular ADSL who get 15-20Mbit which would probably be enough (we can watch HD streaming on 3 devices at once).

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Re: Best telly?

Why do you need a lock-in when pubs are getting licenses to open later, and most bars can already stay open late?

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Re: Reality bites

Um, 50" is hardly showing off. We have a fairly paltry 42" but the difference it makes to a 32" is massive with sport, sitting on the far side of the room.

And projectors are proven technology, hardly some new gimmick. Many people have houses big enough for them.

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Re: 4K!?

The article mentioned that Netflix is also already supporting UHD although what they define as UHD I don't know.

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Re: Curved screens suggest a single viewing position at a focus point.

Have you worked out the focal length of such a TV based on the curvature? If not you are not providing any more valid data than the marketing hype about curved sets.

I should clarify, since the down-voters seem unable to distinguish a request for objective information from an endorsement of the technology, I don't see the point of curved TVs either. But the claim they only work in a very specific sweet spot should be verified - is this the case or do they work over a larger "sweet area"?

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Re: Expensive & pointless

Have you tested that hypothesis - I've not seen a curved TV in person to check?

I find it hard to believe that it would be so directional a typical family sofa would be a problem, which is probably quite a wide slice of the market.

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Texan parks quadcopter atop Dallas Cowboys stadium

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You could argue a quadcopter which defaults to being stationary is inherently safer than a plane which by definition is always moving fast, or a helicopter whose natural behaviour is to immediately crash.

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Couldn't he just have walked/driven round the other side of the building to regain radio contact?

Also, that video is really good, so stable... how much does one of these cost?

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Flying cars, submarine cars – Elon Musk says NOTHING is beyond him

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Re: When you are clueless...

Except that he has a track record for succeeding.

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Look inside ELON MUSK'S CAR! Tesla S wundervehicle has voom

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Re: 'everyone going to a shopping centre...'

I'm not sure making you stop for an hour where you used to stop for 2min is going to work, it seems far more sensible to install these in places people would choose to go to... but now people with such cars will always go to that place rather than competitors without the technology.

Maybe towns with Tesco and Sainsbury will see the two competing to win the charging spot.

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Site locations

He talks about people paying Tesla to use their locations or at least give them free use of space. Are we talking shopping centres here, or is this more a Starbucks type thing, tied to an individual store?

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