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Events in stratosphere can affect Earth's entire climate

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Sorry?

Why is anyone surprised by this?

Had you told me there was no such linkage I would have been very doubtful and demanded serious evidence.

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Verizon CFO: 'Unlimited' data is just a word

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Nearly right

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/post/1519560

- That was about T-muddle, but same idea, different hat.

You can't trust 'phone companies.

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Ten external battery packs

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Make yer own

http://www.ladyada.net/make/mintyboost/

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Re: What, no AAs?

Yes.

I have a 4-cell caddy I got free with an external hard drive, and it is fantastic for topping up phones. And at £0.00 it was a bargain.

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Product convergence

I was quite happy to put the double size battery and big cover on the back of my Motorola Timeport, back in the 90s.

I think that phone manufacturers are all chasing the one market. I'd have thought that, like the big-button market for older users there was a case for a big-battery market for people like me away from base for days.

I agree that the fact that so many of these external devices exist show the phone makers are being a bit too mee-too in following each other down one road. Lets have some divergence for a change.

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Apple iPhone 5 review

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Re: 'The thinnest, slickest, fastest iPhone yet.'

Comparing a product with its own earlier versions is very thin gruel indeed.

What matters is to compare a 2012 iPhart with a 2012 Androne.

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Neil Gaiman’s saucy pop wife agrees to pay her musicians in money

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TL;DC

Too Late; Don't Care. Lost interest in her now.

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Swiss railways ticked off at iOS clock knock-off

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@Velv: The Swiss have saying about Trains

True. Two illustrations.

I was standing on the platform at Hardbrukke, on a frosty, foggy morning. The train was 45 seconds late and a chap started to have a panic attack. "Where is the train?"

I was in Chur, and as people were getting off they were being given leaflets. The train had been 1 minute late 3 days running, and this was the explanation.

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Copyright

I've got a pocket watch based on the design which I bought at an SBB ticket office. They do guard the design very carefully, and I expect them to win this one. And so they should.

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Climate sceptic? You're probably a 'Birther', don't vaccinate your kids

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Is it time for this again?

http://www.eclectech.co.uk/mindcontrol.php

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Mars rover Curiosity gets ready to blast its first rock

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Odds

It's a million to one, I tell you!

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iPhone 5 has 'laser keyboard, holographic images'

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Re: Fox would not have been caught out like this ....

I have a mental picture of people walking through the door at Fox and their phones exploding in thier pockets.

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False storm

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False storm

This is going the rounds at the moment:

http://paritynews.com/network/item/325-department-of-work-and-pensions-uk-in-possession-of-169-million-unused-ipv4-addresses

I find it hard to imagine that it is the scandal some have suggested, just the fall-out from an allocation policy set firmly in the early years of networking.

But it might raise a few bob, like selling off the spectrum. I shall be signing the petition that suggests it:

http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/38744

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Acer Iconia Tab A700 32GB HD Android tablet review

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Interesting

This makes all those 700 quid laptops with x768 screens look even more of a ripoff.

And an SD slot too. I can feel my wallet twitching.

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Why lock your digits to a phone? Telefonica to flog cloudy numbers

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Re: Yac Yac Yac

I still have a Yac number for fax-to-pdf.

But for web sites that insisit on a telephone number I normally go to the 'contact us' page and cut-and-paste their head office phone number.

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Who's afraid of Windows 8? Trio leads Microsoft migration pack

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WTF?

OK Mr Downvoter

Either you have concrete knowledge that $MEGACORP spent money training me in XP and Office, or certain proof that I am not at all puzzled.

Do let us know.

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Training

I'm very puzzled by this idea of expenditure on re-training. If $MEGACORP spent ten times as much as it spent training me on XP & Office it would cost them precisely nothing.

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Work for beer, Neil Gaiman's wife tells musicians

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an invitation to an orgy or something

well, they are musicians

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@Law Re: I need to lie down somewhere...

I've read Gaiman.

I'd not heard of Palmer till this article.

I expect elReg knows its audience

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HP plots tablet comeback to penetrate biz world with slab

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Erk?

What the blue blistering blazes is the business demand for a tablet?

I don't mean touch screens like warehousemen or doctors or van drivers, we have those gadgets already. Why the black japanese fire-baked enamel does a sales herbert or a management dwonk need a tablet?

They've already got a flaptop, and a crackberry and a deskweight, and probably an eyePhone. What on earth do they need to do that they can't do with that lot and can do only with a tablet?

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One more try: Metro apps are now 'Windows Store' apps

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Thrön Akros

grone.

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Boffin named Jubb to fire whopping hybrid thruster

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I do like the British

This is magnificent, and completely pointless.

Carry on, lads!

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The iPHONE 5 UNDERMINES western DEMOCRACY: 5 reasons why

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Are we talking a ZenPhone here?

"existence is found in the silence", so a phone would be rather unecessary

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Re: over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over...

Just the one?

Interesting point.

Are a million one-cymbal monkeys louder than one one-cymbal monkey?

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UK.gov blacklists Fujitsu from future contracts - report

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Re: Idiots

and (c) had performance clauses in those contracts

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Re: For the love of God, cOjones

so tou are saying tat getting yer cojones trapped when you shut yer cajones would be bad?

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There is life after the death of Microsoft’s Windows 8 Start button

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Re: Not this "pin everything to the taskbar" argument again

Yes, I not only like the Quick Launch, I have several of them.

And Yes, Put the task bar up the right hand side, and stretch it a bit, it makes lots of use of the widescreen layout, and lets me see a bit more of each document or spreadsheet.

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Airbus predicts catapult takeoffs and formation flying by 2050

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@MJI Re: New York to San Francisco

"Proper not flying anymore airliner"

sad now.

Going back to the original topic, one of the ideas for HOTOL was a rocket-assisted take-off trolley, not unlike the catapault spoken of. Clever chaps.

Look at the bottom of http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=bs9EbQ6pdRQC&pg=PA149&lpg=PA149&dq=hotol+rocket+launch+trolley&source=bl&ots=v__JleYP5n&sig=3Mv2HHneRDJ5k2WuE0TmL_DoE5s&hl=en#v=onepage&q=hotol%20rocket%20launch%20trolley

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@ charles9 12:32 Re: My thoughts

The Swiss do quite well at running trains THROUGH mountains. OK, the present Gotthard was built before TGVs, but so what? With a known clear and safe run you could go faster through a tunnel. They are planning 250Km/h for the new Gotthard: http://www.alptransit.ch/en/project.html

The Channel Tunnel is quite long, although the Sei-kan is a mile or so more. I imagine that the USA can do 4 times the distance if it chose.

Biggest problem I see with tunnelling right through the Rockies are the fault lines. It's not very stable. You'd not want to re-align the tunnel every 10 years, and you might, just might, make california come loose and fall off.

You'd probably want to use tunneling to reduce the grades, rather than eliminate them altogether.

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Do away with the aircraft altogether

Put each passenger in a gel-filled space suit, and fire them balistically to their destination, to be caught in some sort of spiral net-come-magnetic decellaration ramp thing. All the energy expenditure at launch, and much of it recovered on landing.

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@Charles9 Re: Solar - oh FFS

>had better things to do than wait to get from point A to point B

Hmm.

I have spent over 20 years of my working life in the Merchant Navy, in one form or another: Bananna boats, Passenger liners, Research ships, Hydrography. One thing I am completely certain of. There is absolutely no "better thing to do" than to spend the last hour of the day leaning on the ship's rail watching the sun go down over the ocean, Or standing on the bridge watching the bow heave and pitch in a force 10 with mountainous seas.

Back when the Test Team went to Australia by ship they at least knew how far they had come, and by the time they got there the team bonding was pretty absolute. The whole of life is a journey, and it is better to travel hopefully than to arrive.

These days I jet all over the world commissioning giant things. The existance of jet travel at a moment's notice mean that our clients do not have to plan properly or be well organised. Compare that with the 18th century when "Mr Boulton's man" was sent out from Cornwall with a sack of gold coins to prepare for the arrival of the iron bits of a beam engine. That had to be properly planned and executed!

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New York to San Francisco

...is the perfect route for a proper high speed or maglev train service.

The South Korean government is planning, when their re-unification eventually occurs, a line from Seoul to Moscow. I met the chap planning it.

on Jun 4, 1876 the "Transcontinental express" did NY to SF in 83 hours, coal fired and hand stoked. Today it takes over 140. Doesn't sound like progress to me. The rail distance is something like 3,400 miles. Were that all French TGV standard it would take around 17 hours. The technology to get that below 10 hours is either known or imminent. For heavens sake, the old British Rail 225 sets from the late 1980s could do it in 22 hours, at least a few times. Virgin's Pendolinos could do it in 27, although It might take longer as I think they might have to stop for a lube break at some point!

By the time fossil fuels expire we might be very pleased to take 24 hours for a journey that would take 4 to 6 months on foot.

I'll get me coat. It probably still has a 1968 combined volume in the pocket.

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Re: My thoughts

Yes, Trains are another immensely civilised form of travel, and they very rarely hit the ground from thirty thousand feet. Truly, the future of travel is the past.

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Re: Solar - oh FFS

I've been travelling around the world for around 5 decades, am old enough to have flown in a scheduled route in a Dakota and a DeHavilland Rapide.

And I'm about sick of it. My fervent hope is that we can't find a replacement for fossil fuels and have to go back to travelling by sailing ship, a genuinely civilised form of transport which doesn't involve being groped by security staff every 14 yards through the port.

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Re: glide + landing = controlled crash on wheels, hopefully

Do you not remember the first ever episode of "Thunderbirds"?

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Wing Root

The comet had many failings, but wings falling off wasn;t one.

I imagine the passion for suspended engines has more to do with maintenance access,

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HP preps designer desktops for Windows 8

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Re: Screen resolution

My point is most of that.

1. I ggoled extensively before commenting, and found something like 50 stories, none of which mentioned the resolution, suggesting it was not in the original press release, and therefore that HP were looking at their shoes a bit on that aspect. Neither the HP web site nor the press release page mentioned the resolution, even to the point of using the meaningless "HD".

2. Yes, I think that in 2012 1080 vertical is rather feeble on a 23 inch screen. And definitely a major let-down in what is supposed to be a premium product. 'Designer'? ho hum.

3. No, I do believe it, unfortunately. The hardware people have been letting us down rather badly in this respect.

4. Yes. There is a long tradition of journalists asking awkward questions instead of paste-pot re-use of a press release, and I had sort of hoped that El Reg might live up to its subversive self.

I'm guessing your search success came after a few hundred people had actually asked HP and the results had come out.

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HSE

$MEGACORP made me do the 'sitting in a chair' training module again. It included the EU workstation directive stuff, about matching screen height to eye level. I am 1.96m tall If I follow all the recommendations I need two yellow pages under each desk leg, and three under the monitor which is already jacked up to wobble-matic levels.

as you say, an AIO is as bad as a laptop.

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Screen resolution

I know I bang on about this, but it is nearly the end of 2012 and people are making computers whose resolutions they are so ashamed of they are keeping it a secret.

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iPad no flight risk says Federal Aviation Authority

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Re: Isn't it about attention?

I have often heard cabin staff say to people that they must remove thier earphones during the landing phase because of this idea of being able to hear announcements.

But I have never ever seen them wake up a sleeping passenger at the same point in the flight.

<- some of them are not bright, of course

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Gov IT bods must shield their budgets from gov's knife – Socitm

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Well, I'm with you

Wheelchairs before workstations, eh?

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Everything Everywhere swept away by its own 4G hype tsunami

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Yawn.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/9535265/Revealed-The-16-cities-that-will-get-4G-connectivity-by-the-end-of-2012.html

"EE says its 4G mobile broadband network will reach 98 per cent of the

UK population by the end of 2014. Here are the cities that will be

covered by the network by the end of 2012. "

and it is the usual suspects all over again. Ho hum.

Why not do something clever and bring connectivity to places that don't have it?

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Windows 8 to grab iPad market share wrested back from Android

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My word!

Give that analyst the "stating the bleeding obvious" award. No point looking for any competitors.

How do I get his job?

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Ten digital radios to suit all budgets

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Re: price

According to wikilies Logitech have dumped the squeezebox range, all bar some token thing with limited functions.

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Amazon: Pay more for Kindle Fire, smoke ads from slabs

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Well, I am twice as likely to buy one now.

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Build a bonkers home cinema

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richersounds ... rather more helpful than Dix*ns..

When it comes to IT the oxfam shop is rather more helpful...

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FCC to TV broadcasters: Ready, set ... give your spectrum up

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Secondly, what would they actually "give up"?

Well, British consumers have had to give up their analogue tuners, so that the TV broadcast specturm can be lopped and filled with digital multiplexes, and the rest flogged off - to whom exactly?

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Pedantry

It's MF up to 3MHz, so you could say that the HF band is only 27MHz.

2.1GHz is part of of the 300MHz-3GHz UHF band according to the ITU

Traditionally microwaves start in the 3GHz to 30GHz SHF band.

See http://www.itu.int/dms_pubrec/itu-r/rec/v/R-REC-V.431-7-200005-I!!PDF-E.pdf

(I am not responsible for the multiple plings, they did that all by themselves!)

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Intel rolls eyes at flaccid PC biz, cuts $1bn off expected sales

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Joke of an ultrabook

Quite. Had they mandated a decent screen and not tried to pitch it at 5 times netbook pricing I'd have bought one by now. And that would have added 1 to the sales...

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

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Re: Never ever, EVER again

I had a 6340 as a replacement for my failed and much missed palm V. I grew to quite like the idea of a phone, PDA, camera, and music player all in one.

The problem was the damn thing didn't work. I had to reboot it several times a day, cold boot it a couple of times a week, and could not depend on it ringing when someone wanted to talk to me, or knowing where my contact list was when I wanted to talk to someone else. Even the idea of syncing with the supplied copy of outlook was beyond it.

So yes. Not ever again. Once bitten twice shy.

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