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Applied Micro leaps ahead in ARM server race

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@Ramazan

Yes, but admit it.

1. It would be cool

2. It would surprise the hell out of Intel

3. It would be cool.

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Impressed.

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LG LSM-100 Mouse Scanner

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Just the ticket

my portable page scanner can't do till reciepts. This looks the dogs bollocks.

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Miley Cyrus cracker: 'I'm too short for the slammer!'

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The whole Smiley Virus thing is beyond odd. Are you sure she isn't Jeannette Krankey?

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Headmaster

"am I a bad person?"

Yes.

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AMD beats analysts' bets with profitable quarter

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Yes, and There are relatively simple tabulations on wikilies too.

But surely I should be able to go to a chip makers wibble & find out what they make? what the architectures are? the instruction set & extensions? the interfaces, the memory types supported?

Not be subjected to hand waving & smoke and mirrors condescension?

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I just wish they could explain their products on their web site. I can't find a simple tabulation of what the different processors available are.

All I can find are a page-per-product with things like "Edit really big movies!"

Back in the 80s I could get copies of the data sheets for things like CPUs and make informed decisions. Now I appear to be a moron.

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Dell bundles Ubuntu Linux on PCs in China

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I wonder how the chinese will take to unity?

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HP has another crack at fondleslab market

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Well

Well, at last they are starting to think instead of shooting from the hip.

I hope its not too late for them.

I had waited a year for a webos device, and was badly let down with what they offered. They are going to have to do something truly remarkable now.

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Details of all internet traffic should be logged – MEP

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Oh well. Time to switch off.

Not because I have anything to hide, but because the cost of all that storage will fall on the ISP, and therefore on me.

If I had anything to hide, I could use an anoynymous vpn somewhere like latvia. I'm just fed up with being governed by complete morons.

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Google Maps API now costs $4 per 1,000 requests

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Unhappy

But there is nothing evil about giving free samples before selling things.

or if there is, we will have to exorcise Persil, Kenco, and garages that let you have a weekend-long test drive.

Oh hang on. At least one of those is evil, isn't it?

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Windows XP and iPod: A tale of two birthdays

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Can I point out that I have a rational Microsoft hatred?

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Credit card companies plan to sell your purchase data to advertisers

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Stop

Not sure what to think about this. I am, of course, against it on first principles.

But my buying history would almost certainly blow several fuses in the algorithm, so I would get my vengance that way.

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‘Want to be more secure? Don’t be stupid’ redux

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Easy. That's what Kesteven Consultants charge £2500 a day for. My phone number is...

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A rapid first hands-on: Nokia’s Windows phones

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"Suddenly the MS tie in looks more like a noose."

Suddenly?

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Leaked Nokia WinMobes ready for midrange scrum

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@hardcastle. re tethering on new phones only

Doesn't that rather beg the question of why the hardware was not there all along?

This does not look like a carefully pre-planned product to me! Rather a panicy reaction to what everyone else wants.

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I want to be able to have 3 sims active at the same time [2], and a months standby time. [1]

I want to be able to make and receive calls.

I want the voicemail on the phone, so I don't have to pay for international calls to retrieve it when I am abroad

I don't really care about SMS, I would not miss it if it was missing. I certainly don't want to use up my battery listening to music or being a torch.

I don't think this is rocket science.

[1] My TimePort L7089 with the double size battery and extended case could do around 45 days standby time. in 1999.

[2] I have had two Smasung that did this for two sims, on rental, but they are not quad-band or world-wide which is daft. There are chinese knock-offs with up to 4 sim slots, but the software is so crap I end up throwing them at the wall.

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Appcelerator juices HTML5 support with Particle Cloud buy

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'Juices'

First 'goosing', which means something very different to me, and now 'Juices'.

When I Juice a lemon, it stops being a lemon.

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Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy Blu-ray disc set

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FIFTY QUID!?

For a film that's been on telly nearly as often as 'the great escape'?

Taking the p......

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Can the iPad save newspapers?

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but that's half a quid a day for something that doesn't exist. 5p, maybe. 50p, no.

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@Chris W

Yes, we are probably of an age.

But I was referring to the 15 years or more of getting free newsfeeds off the web. I don't think the paywall idea will become a widely accepted commercial reality unless they all change at once.

Its all very weird: Reuters are cutting their own throats with http://uk.reuters.com/ bypassing their own customers (the newspapers) and giving it away for nowt!

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Hmm

I am /never/ going to pay anything like as much for pixels as for a physical object. I might consider a pound a month for a local paper, and about half that for a national one. If it turned out to be worth reading.

I can use old newspapers to clean windows, line the budgie cage, and crumpled to make packaging material. Try that with a bunch of pixels.

I think it is far too late to start a subscription model for web news services. The newspapers could have established the habit in 1995, but not now. In effect you would be paying for the columnists and commentators, not for the raw news, like you do with physical papers. And why would commentators not start subscription blogs and keep /all/ the money?

As you say, part 94.

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Ten... small screen HD TVs

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If you are using TV as 'background' that says a lot about the programming available.

Stop that and start listening to Radio 3 or 6 Music instead!

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HTC Radar WinPho 7.5 smartphone

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...start typing the name of an app ...

But apps have such stupid names. Why not type some description? like Email or Search? or perhaps have a magic key sequence, like ctrl-k? or qq, ww, dd?

Sorry, this all sounds /wrong/.

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Cable employee admits replacing Superbowl feed with porn

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No

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UK has enough sheep shearers, needs more coders

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That would not be Concept Systems, would it?

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oh, /shearers/.

Sorry, as you were.

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Thai floods flush storage channel clean

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Aye. Like Bradley said, there are more important things going on in this story

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Toshiba demos monster hi-res tablet display

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So we can have 1600 in the minor direction on a fondleslab, but 27" monitors max out at 1080?

You couldn't make it up!

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Gov: DAB must battle on, despite being old and rubbish

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Why?

What on earth do the government get out of foisting this rubbish on us?

It can't just be about taking broadcasting out of the hands of the people, can it?

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New RAM shunts data into flash in power cuts

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"especially on pcs running OSes other than Windows."

You /are/ having a giraffe, aren't you?

My 'buntu and fedora boxes hibernate with no bother whatsoever. My $MEGACORP can only be hibernated 2 or 3 times before needing a clean boot. If I don't then little things like clicking icons to launch apps, or switching between running programmes slows to a halt and then crashes.

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boot-up time on the CAM system

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Vegas man begs web for $1m to fix gigantic scrotum

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@ Blackmore

"NHS...was going to take away the rights of doctors to get rich."

<baldrick>They are sort of rich now, though, aren't they?</baldrick>

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WTF?

That struck me. It seems awfully bloody expensive. A holiday in Mexico or Uruguay might save a lot of cash.

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Acer UK sales slashed in HALF in Q3

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The penalty of "me too"

You do this "me too" marketing trick, and when the market is busting itself to buy you pick up trade. When the market shrinks you shrink faster than anyone else.

What happened to the uniquely Acer products, that no-one else was offering? Things like the N300 series, still used by service engineers and stores inventory people all over the world. (They still sell a P300, if you can find one)

What about all that talk of pocket projectors? never seen one of those in real life either.

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Ballmer disses Android as cheap and complex

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I've said before,, and I will say again, they employ a load of clever people, and it would be quite surprising if most of the things they coded did not work quite well (sometimes not well enough, but even Chrysler built the ypsilon). I am actually surprised that this, their 7th (at least) go at a phone OS had stuff missing at launch. I was expecting it to be better than it is.

It is the way they do business that really gets up my pipe. Forcing windows onto pc builders, taking and ruining publically published standards, etc etc etc.

Look at all the business users stuck in winpho 6.5 never-never land (including my own employer, whose java based pda call-out suite can't be ported). I remember autoroute, whose software offerings other than the well-known routefinder included lorry delivery scheduling, solutions for the travelling-salesman problem, area based call management (for service engineers or emergency response). All scrapped when M$ took them over.

I like c#. I thought they way they got .net turned into an ecma standard was laudible. Then they went and spoiled it by 'upgrading' and 'extending' it into proprietory space again.

it ain't the coders I hate, its the management.

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Well, he helped me decide whether to sign up for Skype or not.

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I think there is some truth in Balrog's remark, taken in isolation.

But the biggest disadvantage they have is that theirs was written by microsoft. It just won't work the same way 2 days running.

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RIM lifts skirt, flashes 'new' OS at devs

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distraction

QNX is a proper OS, developed and maintained by someone who knows what they are doing.

Then RIM bought the company, and seem intent on doing a Nokia. I feel sorry for all the other users.

Stop fiddling about with the names of things, and farting about with press releases, and get on and make something new.

How about a server-based digital secretary, so you can say things like "find out when Frank is going to be in Scunthorpe, and get me a hotel on the same night"? Or persuading app developers by charging a penny per time for using an app instead of buying it outright, then splitting that 50/50 with the developer? coming up with some innovative calling systems - like getting your calls routed to both landlines and blackberry simultaneously, so you can answer whatever is nearer? Having the whole sales force's blackberry ring when someone calls the sales hotline, so the first one free picks up the call?

It seems to me that most of these can already be done, and that RIM is loosing ground by the day. Renaming the OS is a distraction that won't help.

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Yahoo! revenue! AND! profits! bomb! as! expected!

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Oh?

Oh? Are yahoo still going? Not noticed them for over a decade.

Next you will be telling me AltaVista is still a search engine!

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OPERA review serves up a feast for physics geeks

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Yes, it does allow tachyons, mathematically. They would need an infinite amount of energy to slow down to C.

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Currys, PC World websites slated by punters

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So the on-line places are as satisfactory as the walk-in ones then?

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Apple iPhone 4S

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Little college cuties are always good. The phones are irrelevant.

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Hundreds of Mr A N OTHERs discovered on payrolls

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Pirate

Umm

Did HMRC refuse to accept taxes levied on Mr Unknown or Ms XXXXXXX?

Thought not.

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Apple and Samsung discuss... CPU production deal

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Purchase

Is Apple's cash pile big enough to Buy Samsung?

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iPhone 4S: Our *hit list

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Storage

The cache/cloud storage problem could be saved by using the SD memory card slot. Oh, hang on...

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Apple: 4m iPhone 4S handsets sold, thank you very much

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Ignoring the other issues, handling 4 million of anything in 3 days is impressive

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WD: Thailand floods worse than feared

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Can we spare a thought for the people whose homes and jobs have been affected already, and in the future? around 300 are dead and 3 million homeless.

I don't know about you, but I can live with my existing hard disks for a while.

if you want a tech angle, the Radio Amateur Society of Thailand is organising communications and accepting relief donations: http://www.qsl.net/rast/

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Boffins whip up SELF-WIRING chip

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Old friends

Wouldn't Ivor Catt have loved this?

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Apache insists OpenOffice is alive, well, and flush

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There is some development in LO to that end, but the Ios toolchain seems to be hampering things there

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