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2848 posts • joined 8 Oct 2006

WiMAX Forum runs up white flag, concedes 4G battle to LTE

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Subtitle says it all!

a project without products or customers coat-tails one with some and some. Will anyone notice?

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El Reg acquires wildly dangerous laser cannon (with lightsabre option)

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This is what I want from a tech publication

Mindless gee-whizzery!

Hurrah!

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Ailing Comet at last prayers: Cawing of accountants and VCs fills air

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Re: Bankrupt Stock Sale

>what's being flogged off on the cheap

Things that people have demonstably not wanted to buy already.

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Yawn

They won't be missed, except by those unfortunate enough to be working there.

The big department stores have more goods per square metre, and many many times higher customer footfall. Going into comet has had an 'end of term' feeling for several years now, and no significant effort seems to have gone into making it a pleasant or worthwhile experience.

The 'extended warranty/insurance' scam put me off for a long time. The delivery and installation service was reasonably good, but no better than the local TIGER retailer and IME the independants were cheaper.

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EE 4G LTE review

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What on earth is the point of a 4G account capped to 1 or 3 or 5G?

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Nobody knows what to call Microsoft's ex-Metro UI

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Too long. Abbreviate. MeSy

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Guess who's still doing OK in PCs? Fujitsu, though it has troubles too

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WORKING

$MEGACORP gives us Fujitsu laptops, and I got my latest one in April and it hasn't gone wrong yet. This is a big step forwards.

I am still waiting for $MEGACORP to resolve the lack of RS232, parallel, [1] and PCbus - all of which I need to programme $MEGACORP products, but that is only partly Fujitsu's fault

got a witless x768 screen, but since I can't actually use it for anything important that is not a big thing. The big thing is it hasn't gone wrong yet.

[1] the docking station has the ports, but they don't work.

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'We invented Windows 8 Tiles in the 1990s', says firm suing Microsoft

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Re: during those 2 minutes

Yep.

it's like coppery but more silver-ry

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Really torn

Between wanting to dislike the patent troll, and wanting Ballmer to have more egg on his face.

But they hardly "defended" their patent while WP7 was all the rage, so I expect the claim to fail.

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Quarter of Eastern cell towers BLOWN down BY SANDY - FCC

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Monkey wiring

It doens't just look 3rd world, it is. have you seen some of the splicing techniques used?

Then there are the traffic lights, swinging from wires as well. Contraption, not construction.

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Acer is the latest maker to delay plans for a Windows RT fondletop

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Bwahahahahahhaaa

that is all

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French gov 'plans to hand Google €1bn tax bill' - report

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Bloody good show

The french are pretty good at looking after No. 1

I hope Cameron/Osbourne are taking notes.

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NAND ho! New Intel and Samsung SSDs heave over the horizon

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cycle life

Well, the number of write cycles is certainly as important as the speed. In the long run more so?

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China fingered as counterfeit parts flood tech supply chain

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It ain't easy

$PREVIOUSEMPLOYER got suckered by fake IGBTs. Their supply chain was unbelievably short: Fab-Warehouse-Factory. 3 steps, including themselves, massively complex 'release record' tracking, numbering, back-checking, supplier visits, external audits. But they still got suckered for $INDUSTRIAL_QUANTITY of Euroes. Police never solved it.

'twas reckoned the bad guys had to have people on-payroll in all 3 steps to get away with it.

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WinPho 8 fans now able to order HTC handsets

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SD slot

It appears the cheap one has a memory card slot, and the dearer one doesn't. How very peculiar.

[BFO ? icon]

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EC tells Euro rebels: Hike up your ebook tax to 15%, or else

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Cherry flavoured whale

mmmmmmmm.

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Or

The EU could change its rules and have traders charge - and pay - the VAT in the country of use.

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Microsoft aims to herd 70% of enterprise onto Windows 7 by mid-2013

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Hmm.

So, it seems that MS is not expecting Enterprise to adopt Windows 8. Thought not.

$MEGACORP still has hundreds of thousands of us on XP. I know there are some W7 users out there, but lots of corporate systems don't work on it, and our own applications for talking to customer machines are only intermittently happy. I suspect that we might be moving to W7, but I think mid 2013 is over-optimistic.

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Chrome extension blocks political speech on Facebook

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projectile vomiting illiterate crap

Yes.

I've heard nothing substantive about what either candidate will do about climate, depletion of resources, overpopulation, employment, or making friends with other cultures.

I have heard a lot of manic hooting about who is allowed to do what to texan vaginas, and the more rabid ideas of nutters lower down the political pecking order.

Unless there is an alternate information stream available to the voters of the giant playground, I would suspect that the correct answer is "none of the above".

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cat gets elected president.

Give one the nuclear button? Worrying. evil buggers, cats.

footnote: cats are more likely to be able to pronounce 'nuclear' than recent button-weilders

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Re: Can I be the first

Do I want to know about 'Chaff Bag'?

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Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid car review

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95%?

I can see the reson for the high score, but you can buy two ford focuses for that. or one, and an enormous amount of petrol.

It's getting cleverer, but what is the lifetime energy budget? By the time you have made, shipped, exchanged, recycled, and disposed of the batteries, are we collectively better off.

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Android, heal thyself

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will be improved by users upgrading to newer versions

Users upgrading? Users?

That's loads of phones to throw away, then.

Was it too much to hope that an OS with a unix heritage and written entirely in the 21st century would have been secure by design?

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Fujitsu assigns team of women to design PC for women

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Re: How come Range Rover...

Evoque? good? It's a transit van for tarts, a Wag Wagon.

Shudder

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Re: While this lady surgeon doesn't wear make-up or jewelry or other adornments, most women do

hey! I'm a very masculine man, and I have a dell in Bright (alfa romeo like) red!

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Microsoft: Just swallow this tablet ... the rest will take care of itself

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Re: "Microsoft actually writes fantastic software"

To be fair, they've done some pretty good compilers & dev systems. And Excel seems pretty good, especially at pretty graphs.

But there have been some real turkeys, and some half-finished stuff too. And yes, AD is the work of satan

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LSI puts on brave smile, blames sales droop on 'soft' PC biz

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It's a recession

It's a recession, sweetheart.

There was a chap on Radio 4 running a 300 year old building company, who has had to cut his staff to a quarter and is living off the cash they saved (saved!) during the good years. An self-employed relative of mine has had to cut his rates to about half just to keep in work. LSI's problems don't seem half as bad by comparison.

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4G: Bad coverage, crap battery life - but at least it's really expensive

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Non-metroplitan

I'm expecting to be sitting this one out for half a decade. At least.

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N00bs vs Windows 8: We lock six people in a room with new OS

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New name

I think TIFKAM deservers to stick.

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No GPS in the iPad Mini Wi-Fi: People are right to criticise

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until recently

I think I have had a minor stroke.

As long as I could remember, up until 2010, I always knew where North was. In a locked room you could say "where is North" and I would point to it within 10 or 15 degrees. Then one day in a tent in Zambia I woke up having no idea at all where the sun would rise. It was terrifying.

I now carry a compass, but have noticed a lot of strange adaptations. Previously I could drive on the continent without bother. I now appear to automatically transpose left and right in my mind in order to do so. I noticed that on reading a sign in Groningen to use the East bypass, I turned toward the west. So both left turns and left-and-right on the map have been transposed. It's weird.

I can still navigate without GPS, but have come to use car sat-navs in unfamiliar places rather like old people have cookers with giant knobs - for comfort, not because it is essential.

Oh, and Mongolia is easy. Few roads, relatively flat landscape, good recognisable peaks on the skyline. And no woods. (the watch trick is a bit of a bugger when it is snowing heavily, mind) I recently got hopelessly lost in a 5 acre wood I have been walking my dogs through for 30 years. Had to go right out, work out where I was from the sunlight, and walk round the perimiter to somewhere obvious. (didn't need a GPS for that either)

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Lenovo IdeaPad U410 14in Ultrabook review

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Ping Shaun Dormon

Why not pass this comment thread to Lenovo, and let us know their reply?

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Re: Lenovo, read! Re:1440x900

I reckon 1440x900 would still be a piss-take at this price. We have 5 inch phones at 1,920 x 1,080 on the horizon.

The best product differentiation Lenovo could come up with is a decent resolution screen, though I reckon Torben Mogensen is right - a nipple mouse is a Lenovo must.

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Publicity Stunt of the Week: Ten bizarre phone insurance claims

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Re: you might scratch the paint!

Yes, quite.

I will cheerfuly put my laptop bag on the roof of a hire car while lifting things out of the boot, but would never do it to mine!

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Tedium

If this is the oddest behaviour of the british public, we have become a very dull lot indeed.

And that insurance office must really be a bundle of joy to work in.

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Microsoft has no plans for a second Windows 7 Service Pack

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>Unfortunately there is no real competition for desktop users who *gasp* WANT A DESKTOP OS.

This is a terrible condemnation of companies like HP, really. They've known for over a year that W8 was going to be a turkey, and 18 months ago HP was going to be supplying WinOS on every machine they shipped. if they'd had some guts, and were not being run by witless beancounters, there would be a real pre-installed alternative by now.

I think that Linux and OSX are decent alternatives personally, but 90% of customers want a 300 quid PC that works out of the the box. And the box shifters have wasted a year in which they could have been planning to break the monopoly that sees M$ designing their products for them.

Greed, short-termism, lost opportunity.

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Re: If Citrix...

I let them know.

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Re: Learning from XP

>Microsoft found to their cost that their biggest competitor for O/S's was .... themselves.

This reminds me of Vauxhall.

Me: "I want a set of brake pads for a 2004 Astra please"

Spares dept: "Sorry, we don't stock parts for cars over 5 years old"

Me: "Why would I need parts for a car less than 5 years old?"

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What about corporate customers?

The big corporations are just about moving to W7. They are going to expect proper support for half a decade at least. They won't be at all pleased about this.

And who can blame them?

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LG Vu 5in Android phone-tablet review

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Re: Nice idea

Then there is the HTC J Butterfly - 440PPI 1,920 x 1,080 5in - 16GB internal + up to 32GB microSDHC

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Don't hurry. 700 quid laptops will still be x768 for another decade.

<gets off hobby horse>

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WHITE WHALE spent 4 years trying to tell us something, then stopped

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Douglas Adams

"I wonder if it's friendly?"

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WD blames hard drive woes on dominant mobile gear, feeble PCs

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In other news

Makers of gas mantles complain of falling sales.

Very poor market for starting handles.

Domestic coal deliveries at all-time low.

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Everything Everywhere prices up UK 4G

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Fixed it for you

"Everything Everywhere prices up"

That's about it.

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Oldest unreadable alphabet yields to 'tablet' computer

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grone

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Re: TBottom image

"May contain nuts"

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BT and Virgin sue over £10m state-funded Birmingham broadband

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Re: @AC 13:56

>VM can go and boil their bottoms on this one

That cheered me up no end on a dull morning. Ta.

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Gates: Microsoft will merge Phone and Windows platforms

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And the band played 'believe it if you like'.

Heard it all before. WM6, .net, silverlight...

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European Space Agency to launch exoplanet-spotter

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Cheops

Not quite an abbreviation, not quite an acronym. More like a word search puzzle in 1 dimension. That's a pretty desperate way to come up with a memorable name, taking the 'o' from 'exo'.

Good luck with the search, though lads.

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Facebook won't pull unmarked police plates page

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Re: Illegal compilation of motorist plates?

Genius! Claim car numbers are copyright, & go after them through the courts!

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