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Samsung Galaxy Nexus Android smartphone

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@AC 14:23

At least 4:

This year's prom concerts/ Choral Evensong / Beethoven / Handel etc.

Mark Kermode's film reviews/In Our Time/ 100 objects/Pienaar/Jodcast/Poetry Please etc.

Bellowhead/Spiers-Boden/Demon Barbers/Tull/Fairport/Carthy/Steeleye/Anahata etc.

Big Band/Swing/Jazz/Bepop/Glen Miller/Art Tatum etc.

and perhaps Manuals/IEC standards/Drawings/Customer config files for work.

And I change them in my sansa clip+ because you have to take the battery out of the phone to get to the slot & that looses date & time.

Having (at least) a slot is on my buying list for a phon

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and it is time for our old friend: "Ow much Granville?!"

what happened to things getting cheaper over time?

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Future of computing crystal-balled by top chip boffins

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>Intel's first strained silicon processor was the "Prescott" Pentium 4 of 2004.

That's the effect of poor code name choice for you!

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Beware the software security scare silly season

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by-pass sheds

One of the by-pass sheds (I really could not be bothered to notice which) was advertising Android tablets on the idiot box last night, ending with a splash for anti-virus (brand similarly forgotten) to run on Android.

My first thought was 'Yuk, exploiting the gullible again'

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Tablets need permanent Black Friday price slash to triumph

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Yawn

I would have thought that said analysts only needed to read the comments at el reg, engadget, etc. to come up with such a statement of the bleeding obvious

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What should a sci-fi spaceship REALLY look like?

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I had a lot of time for B5.

It was written like a novel, with a start, a whole bunch of middles, and an end.

The spaceships were variously feasible or deeply cool, and sometimes both.

I just think they must have regretted the silly hairdos & cloak clad oddities by the end.

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I'll give you an answer.

Only one answer really. Anastasia, Dan Dare's private spaceyacht

http://www.dan-dare.org.uk/anastasia.htm

http://spaceshipaway.org.uk/centre-spreads/centrespreads-4.htm

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Yep

Assuming that the ship has to contain an atmosphere of some sort then the sphere makes good sense. Then, if there is any sort of radiation hazard from the engines a 10KM open frame pylon with the engine at the other end...

And we are back to 2001.

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>perhaps the impulse drives' thrust vector goes precisely through CoG...

That will be why voyager's nacelles fold up?

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Does it matter?

Once you reach the sophistication of 'The Culture' you can make your ships look like anything you want. I'd go for an LMS streamlined pacific and coaches.

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Ofcom: ISPs can cripple the web as much as they please

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I think that making ISPs own up to traffic shaping or throttling in a way that makes competitive comparison easy would be a really good idea.

But I can't see them doing it and I can't see FailCom making them do it.

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How digital audio ate itself and the music industry

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I recall going to Mullard conferences in London where they talked about CD design choices. 44.1KHz was the Lowest figure they wanted to use. The original engineers wanted something like 100KHz, but the marketing guys put on two constraints:

* The disk had to fit into a machine that would go in a DIN car radio cutout

* The disk had to hold a one hour duration

Given that they were going to be pressed on modified record presses, and the properties of the then laser heads, which determined the bit rate in the plastic, they had to squeeze down to 44.1KHz

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Apple MacBook Pro 13in Core i5 laptop

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Expensive?

Just looking at the ones you compared it to:

Travelmate £678.21

Sony £1,239.97

Ethos £999.97

I don't reckon its a bad price for what you get.

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Boffin's wall of BEES shields farms from stampeding elephants

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>Who cares about honey yields.?

The Bees?

I suspect half the hives could end up empty if they can't make enough.

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Superhero oil-burping algae will save the world

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Headmaster

indeed. A system that produced more than it absorbed would have to answer some pretty stern questioning

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@dr2chase

Nah, that's easy. We merely need to apply 'population pressure' to make the production of oil adventitious. The obvious solution is some aggressive growing medium where the aggression is mitigated by secreting 4* petrol.

Then Darwin will work to improve, rather than reduce, yield.

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Apple one-day-only sale plans for Macs, iPads leaked to web

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To be fair the Ford Mundaine is a perfectly usable vehicle.

But I'll stick with my Alfa

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Bargain

I reckon, at list price, the macbook air is a bargain compared to the proposed prices of ultrabooks.

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Inside the BBC's R&D Labs

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yuk

Is that inspired by W8, do you think?

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Poll: One in six interrupt bonking to answer mobile

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Oh dear.

Did it not occur to them that asking a stupid question often yields a stupid answer?

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HP's server, PC, and printer businesses stumble

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Not rocket science

The previous CEO was touting the PC hardware business round car boot sales, and telling everyone who would listen that they were a software services company. And at the car boot sales no-one was buying.

If you were buying medium iron, or even printers, you might pause and think 'but will they be there in 5 years time'?

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Tablets mean tubby HDDs must get thinner - A*STAR

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I'd like to patent...

...the idea of using the disk platter as the rotor in the motor

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SQUID calls 'virtual photons' into real existence

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'clearly not observed'

Áh.

Rather like the various 'virtual' returns of Christ in the last century?

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Rumoured iPhone 5 'will have 4in screen' against Jobs' wish

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Paris Hilton

...or are you just pleased to see me?

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Microsoft seeks patent on employee spy system

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"Hello. I looks like you are itching to punch your manager's smug face. Do you want help with that?"

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Galaxy Tab case tweaked to evade Germany ban

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"They just turned it off"

my glod, how bad can Currys get?

'we know this is broken, but lets sell it anyway'

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Time to dig out the CV: NASA 'naut applications now open

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This is the space agency with no spaceships, isn't it?

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Jobs mulled building own mobile network for iPhones

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I doubt he considered the bits not in the USA.

Or even south of the Mason-Dixon line...

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Adobe Flex SDK bombshell STUNS developers

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confused

what does all this mean for the iPlayer?

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Google will ignore your Wi-Fi router ... if you rename it

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If you are indoors and need a computer to find out where you are you need better pills. Or at least different ones.

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Ghougle profit from /collating/ the infomation

Its the same as the Ordanance survey. I own a hill. The OS people collected lots of hills & made a map. Now, with a silva compass & the map if you can see my hill, & some other hill You can work out where you are.

Using my hill, which I've chosen not to hide or disguise as some other hill, and all the backbreaking work the OS did. They can charge for use of the map. I can't charge for use of my hill.

So what?

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Harry Potter director takes on Doctor Who movie

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Agreed.

But what about Emma Watson as the Doctor?

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Only one choice

Sir Ian McKellen

http://files.funshare.me/2011-09-17/ian-mckellen/gandalf-and-magneto.jpg

Mine's the stonewall one...

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FAIL

just titled "Who"

What!

Why?

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Facebook filth flood – Fawkes Virus to blame?

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I saw some of this, allegedly posted fy a friend. He had signed up for nothing on FB, had granted no apps access to his account.

I reckon something in a browser is accessing the fog of cookies farcebuk leaves around.

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Salman Rushdie hissy-fit forces Facebook name U-turn

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You can't insult the church of England

No matter what you say, one of the idiots will turn round and say "You might have a point there".

It makes them impervious to satire and ridicule.

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Yes, I reckon that as usual it's the poor what gets the blame or whatever.

I know loads of people whose name everyone knows is nothing to do with what it says on their passport.

In the UK at least your name is what you are known as, nothing more nothing less.

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Sony Walkman NWZ-A866

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FAIL

I'll follow up to you, it's bad form to follow up to yourself.

I am in Schiphol, and even at airport prices I can buy an Iconia A-100 tablet with Android 3.2 for 239 euros. That's rather less than this walkman!

Do get a grip, Sony, or you will soon impersonate the oozleum bird.

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Sansa clip+ & a handful of cards?

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gosh

'Ow much Ggrranville?

They said they are loosing money on TVs. They are obviously trying to claw it back here.

I bought a 55 euro touch screen pmp at Schiphol, made by Mitone. It was a distress purchase. The hardware was fine, 2 days battery life, only the software let it down. I gave it to my client's teenager when I came home.

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Samsung RV720 17in Core i3 notebook

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Well, see several long paragraphs in MS word, for a start, what with all the space stolen by border decoration, status lines, ribbons, and icon trays.

Or work on a decent size spreadsheet without feeling I'm looking at it through a letter box.

In 2004 I had a dell portable a 14" screen and 20xx by 16xx pixels, and it was dead easy to display two Allen Braldey PLC loader-monitors side by side, and display lots of rungs as well as the debug status window below them.

in 2011 I have a jujitsu 1600x900 and I can only display one rung at a time, even though I have dragged windows icon bar and start menu to one side. I can't display the analogue function blocks at all in any worthwhile way.

Then there is displaying enough of an A3 size block diagram at once to be able to see how the bits go together.

Try designing a SCADA screen mimic with less pixels for the customer screen and the various design toolbars than the final customer screen will have by itself. The slow, tedious, repetitive scrolling will drive you to despair.

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FAIL

900 vertical?

Are they having a laugh?

Wake me up when it's 1800

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Sage sued for pulling out too soon

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Stop

Yawn

Toy, pram, no court in the land, etc.

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Intel implants cash register to help flog Ultrabooks

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FAIL

So something I can't afford now includes something I never wanted. How can I stand the excitement?

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Go back to the future with Red Dwarf

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Holly?

This is an IT board.

Why no mention of Norman Lovett?

(His autobiography is out next year, provisional title 'talking head')

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Nokia Lumia 800

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@fuzz

That is typical m$ wierdness, then. So I can jump to my friends Charlie or Claud or Clive, but not to Walter?

Dumb.

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Sony develops 'new kind of television'

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How about

"TV, record something worth watching"

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Nah.

Had them since 'Take 3 Girls' finished

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Bloke gets wedding tackle trapped in ring

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old news

Most old fashioned A&E would have had a bloke "wearing" a wedding ring at least once a year.

Some fire brigades had special cutters for it, like very thin tinsnips!

Paris, cos she likes rings.

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BOFH: Licence to grill ... stupid users

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Testing?

Training?

Plan?

All words entirely unknown in $MEGACORP IT management.

"We use MSoffice because everyone knows how to use it"

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