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Sony develops 'new kind of television'

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R&D needed?

are we going for true 3D (holosite type projection) at last?

Putting a PV layer across the front so it can absorb energy when not being used to save power when it is?

or can we roll the screen up and hide it when we don't want it, pulling it down like a roller blind when Attenborough comes on?

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plus

Two tuners for freeview, two for freesat, recording/timeshifting to internal or USB devices. Format of recorded material to be playable on other vendor's gear (no lock-in)

ability to initiate recording by sms/irc/twitter/some sort of app on ios/android

blueray support as well as dvd? or is blueray dead?

up to 1080p, skip the 3d it's pants.

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FAIL

> "We can’t continue selling TV sets [the way we do]," said Sir Howard.

> "Every TV set we all make loses money.” The only way around that:

> to drive content sales that will cover the cost of the hardware.

That makes me shudder. First of all, I don't believe that every TV set they sell loses them money. I just don't. I suspect that what they mean is "why should Sky, the BBC, CBC make all that money out of people using our TV"

Why should I buy tv programmes from the set maker? That looks like restricting my choice and putting up my prices.

If I go and buy a set of plates from Denby, they don't try to sell me my food for the rest of my life. I get that from the Butchers, or the market, or the farm shop, or the chip shop. Denby are not trying to put all of them out of business.

if I buy a Ford, ford do not tell me what roads to drive on. if I buy a Radial arm saw Wadkin do not expect to sell me the wood and glue for the rest of the project.

Why should I hand the future of entertainment to Sony? Buggerm.

If they are loosing money on TVs, then let them go bust.

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EDF security bosses guilty of hacking Greenpeace

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err.

"EDF security bosses guilty of hacking Greenpeace"

How is that different from "EDF guilty of hacking Greenpeace"?

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Eurozone crisis: We're all dooomed! Here's why

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Ransom

Well, there are too sides to this debacle

Governments, like the rest of us, should be living within thier means. They have lied to us about this since the end of the first world war, and are finally getting found out. How Britain can so suddenly go from the Largesse of the Brown years to the Misery of the Coalition should be evidence of how untrustworthy governments are.

But the Loan Sharks are accountable to no-one in this, and are being Greedy. To effectively double the cost of repaying Italy's debt is just banditry, and in the past we used to hunt down bandits and hang them. Now we watch as they give each other multi-million pound bonuses, and if it looks like their nasty racket is going to come off the rails our governments - the same governments they are blackmailling - prop them up with yet more of our cash.

To make both thing possible governments just print more money, making the value of my savings drop. This is why house prices have not plummetted since the crisis began (ok they have slipped a little but, but not off the cliff) - because there has been a secret revaluation of the money we measure them in, and it is now worth half what it was 5 years ago.

A pox on governments, and a pox on bankers.

It is time for the ptichforks and flaming brands, I tell you. Are there no lamp-posts? is there no rope?

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Apple applies to patent a SIM you can't remove

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Patent?

How can anyone patent "two existing things without the plug and socket between them"?

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Nokia's future phone sees red when you do

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<watches video>Oh, is Ovi coming back?

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How to make clouds and influence accountants

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I'm sorry, but I read that as "How to make clouds and flatulence accountants"

I'll get me coat. It smells funny in here.

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Mm, Silverlight, what's that smell? Yes, it's death

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Bwahahaha!

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Where are all the decent handheld scribbling tools?

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Just found this: http://www.cykey.co.uk/

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Can I be the first to say ...

Microwriter

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Nokia Lumia 800

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Something grumpy or grudging on every page, inadequate battery life, poor form factor & it still gets 80%. You are easily pleased, aren't you?

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Ten... high-end Android tablets

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I'd buy one with a voltmeter, especially if it could be used as a 'scope or chart recorder.

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True, height aiding can help. But so could assuming 50m above the spheroid. something like 90% of the world's population live around 50m above the spheriod. A vanishingly small number live >500m above it.

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connectivity?

Is it the case, as was said last time we discussed this, that V3 has no bulk storage mode over USB? can one drag-n-drop files from Linux on these? or, come to that, from Windows?

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Adobe confirms mobile Flash Player's race is run

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Oh?

I've been avoiding sites with flash for some years, except the wretched miserable iPlayer

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Russian probe engines crap out on way to Mars

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No-one noticed a sudden red beam from YU55 during launch, then?

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Mozilla updates to Firefox 8, disables add-ons

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@Wensleydale Cheese

Wouldn't wget in a batch file be easier?

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Branson backs Twitter co-founder's mobile biz

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I still can't believe these people have not gone for chip&pin, rather than jumpstarting the mag stripe thing all over again.

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Freak lightning strike sends app, storage servers back in time

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I have a shed full of punch card readers and 132 column printers if anyone needs them.

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'Puzzling structures on surface' of YU55 spaceball

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How very odd

The telescope appears to have picked up an advert for a Reebok video and a bright yellow square.

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Samsung PS64D8000 64in plasma 3D TV

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No thanks

* 3D? no, thanks.

* 64"? no, thanks

* 'Ow Much? no, no no.

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NASA deep-space ship gets 2014 unmanned test flight

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Facepalm

Picture: oh look, its 1969 again.

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Only Samsung will challenge Apple's iPad in 2012

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Stop

here we go again

Look, we don't know if there will be a Euro after christmas, or if some natural disaster will wipe out a vital manufacturing process. We don't know if our money will still work in a years time.

We don't know if Samsung will be /allowed/ to sell in certain markets, or perhaps if Apple will.

We don't know the price the new zoom will be offered at, or which eBooks will be offered in europe

So how can we know the individual market shares to this precision?

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Sony Alpha SLT-A35 translucent mirror camera

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OK, smarty

The picture of St Michael in mid air is pretty good.

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Why is that then?

The article says that the translucent mirror implies an electronic viewfinder.

Why is that? I can imagine a translucent mirror with a conventional prism and optical viewfinder, albeit with a reduced brightness.

(missing icon: big Question mark)

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I have to agree. Some of the later Minolta glass was simply superb.

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Gartner: Eurozone crisis will bash IT spending

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Holmes

>Eurozone crisis will bash IT spending

NSS?

Why are Gartner's predictions either ludicrously over-precise or blindingly obvious?

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Is the electromagnetic constant a constant?

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Boffin

The /really/ interesting question is

"OK - certain fundamentals are not fixed after all. Can we /manipulate/ them?

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Old Programmer's Lore

Constants aren't

Variables don't

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>Apparently he is ok in Real Life though.

Most of us are, thank $DEITY

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fine structure

This is the fine structure constant yes/no?

If so it is known (defined?) to be a ratio between electron charge, Planck constant, speed of light, & permativity/permeability of free space.

So which of these is also varying around the dipole? Seems like we only got half the story.

Sounds like a new type of michelson-morley to me.

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Common brain parasite 'can affect host's actions'

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Oldish news, although the Dopamine mechanism may be newly quantified. Have a look at:

Proc. R. Soc. B November 7, 2006 273:2749-2755 ; Kevin D Lafferty; "Can the common brain parasite, Toxoplasma gondii, influence human culture?" -

"The latent prevalence of a long-lived and common brain parasite, Toxoplasma gondii, explains a statistically significant portion of the variance in aggregate neuroticism among populations, as well as in the ‘neurotic’ cultural dimensions of sex roles and uncertainty avoidance. "

http://www.livescience.com/7019-mind-control-parasites.html

http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2334/2/11 "The subjects with latent toxoplasmosis have significantly increased risk of traffic accidents than the noninfected subjects. "

Jaroslav Flegr, of Prague, have shown that widespread infection is associated with changing the sex ration from 104:100 boys:girls to 260:100.

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Groupon's IPO: don't get too excited about 30% rise

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FAIL

All the UK offers I have seen are things like fish foot massage or "£90 for one lap of an airport in a Lambo". All things that cost nothing much, so selling them at half price is still worthwhile, especially since you can then slot the customers into yer off days.

In have yet to see anything with a fungible value on sale. All the offers are for things I would not have as a free gift, let alone at the Groupon price (and certainly not at the alleged "full" price).

It isn't real, is it?

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Open 'Facebook killer' survives on cash donations

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Perhaps we need to name it facepalm?

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Natwest net and phone banking goes titsup

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yes, two in the same week does seem like enemy action

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Shock movie upset - Daniel Craig still James Bond 007

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Angel

@n4blue

Genius!

I'd watch that!

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Please NO!

No John sodding Cleese, no Harry fucking Hill, and preferably not Russel shitbrains Brand either.

Why not a female Q? Someone like Joanna Lumley? or Zoë Wanamaker?

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Delay

Surely most of the delay has been raising the money, cos Question of Sport was rubbish.

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ooh, how about whotisface [1] orf the X factor? [2]

[1] I don't actually know any of their names, I've only seen it once.

[2] I'm only stirring, here.

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Are we in the middle of a PATENT BUBBLE?

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Big Brother

Who told you about my pizza fusion process?

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The Beeb is broken

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... and now gpodder says that all the podcast rss feeds are missing.

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You say that clicking things takes you to the normal pages, but trying to play radio or podcasts is coming up 502 here.

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RIM is now worth less than its assets

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So can google now top up their patent pot rather cheaply?

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Kindle users can 'borrow' an extra book - forever

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be fair, amazon don't get a slug of yer council tax.

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Airbus brews Scandium smackdown for carbon Dreamliner

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All true, but how cool would it be if people built new Dakotas? And Ford Trimotors?

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It can't be very difficult to find someone with 2 product lines, one of which is advertised as containing Scandium.

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HP has another crack at fondleslab market

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Headmaster

Well, quite.

here is Harvey's prediction.

At the end of 2012 windows tablets will make up <0.5% of the market

At the end of 2013 they will make up <1%

That will be their peak.

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Bill Gates strangled Microsoft's 'tablet for creatives'

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@petur

Right. And who was running the company? The Balrog.

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>Gates reportedly asked Allard how Courier users would receive email on the device

See, much as I dislike him, this is why he got rich. He understands the real world, not some sort of fantasy like the RIM people have.

I still don't like his company, but he goes up in my estimation again.

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