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Tech that we want (but they never seem to give us)

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Personal numbers

Why is my landline number different from my mobile number?

Why can't I have one number - and one contract - that will ring my house phone, mobile, and car dashboard etc. all at the same time, letting me answer with whatever is handy?

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Keys.

On my car I have one key that opens every door, and even includes a thing to remote lock/unlock by wireless. On some cars that could open the boot or start the engine.

My house needs 5 separate lumps of metal, and can't open the door for me when my hands are full.

I know who I am. I could wear a posh thing round my neck, that combined with CCTV would let the house recognise me and open doors for me with out doing anything except walk towards it.

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The end of the typewriter.

Some non-19thCentury way of interfacing with computers. Either Voice or direct neural will do.

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Hello Moto... It's the Nokia Lumia 630

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"shown the door, preferably from a few floors up"

Nice. Been reading the BOFH?

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Boeing CEO says no more 'moonshots' after 787 Dreamliner ordeal

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The end of the West

Is this what we have come to?

If we are too frightened to take risks, we will go into a spiral of decline. I am immensely saddened by this.

For heaven's sake, we have drawings for the Skylon and for the Bristol Ascender ready to go. Let's take a few risks!

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Microsoft’s 'FIRST NOKIA' arrives at £89

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Hmmm.

Dual Sim, micro SD. Very tempting. When will the Dual Sim version surface? and will it be 4G?

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Mae Microsoft yn addysgu Swyddfa, Bing, siarad Cymraeg*

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Different OT

I have never understood why bilingual road signs stop at Offa's Dyke and the Seven Bridge. Do they suppose that Welsh speakers never visit England?

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Dixons and Carphone Warehouse confirm £3.7bn MEGA-BORG

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Re: tthe Poole retail jungle

I bought something from that branch of PC whirled once. It just goes to show how crushingly boring Poole/Bournemouth are on a wet January monday. There is a maplin nearby, for those who want a serious dose of people being patronising, rude, and wrong in one sentence.

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Re: At least it saves me some effort

my thoughts perrzakerly. have you been reading my mind with your alien space ray?

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But that...

But that was a sensible answer from a salesdroid, and probably even true.

How did he get in?

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Google Maps adds all UK public transport timetables

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Rotting cabbages

Good point, well made. Upvoted for managing to say "Sane" and "Spalding" in the same paragraph.

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Maybe not all.

It has the Delaine services, such as Bourne to Stamford, but not the Call Connect services, such as Bourne to Spalding. For Bourne to Spalding it sends you via Peterborough

call connect: http://www.lincsinterconnect.com/

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Microsoft throws Kinect under a bus, slashes Xbox One to $399

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shame

Kinect is about the only cool thing Microsoft have done in aeons.

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Apple pulls iPhone 4 from sale in India after just four months

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Inventory

Would it be too cynical to suggest that this deal has come to an end because whatever unexpected surplus inentory Apple found in the cupboard has now been shifted, and they still have a load of C5s to unload next?

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ZTE Open C, the Firefox OS mobe you'll almost want, now on eBay

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If it has ...

>If it has the usual required functions of an SD Card, portable access point/tethering,

Yes. If it does. I want a cheap small phone for making calls and tethering, rather than trying to use the phone screen for the intertubes.

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Friends don't let friends use Internet Explorer – advice from US, UK, EU

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Cleverness

it seems to me that any badhat capable of discovering and exploiting this is sufficiently clever to have a proper job. Meaning that the blackhats who do exploit it are likey to work for theybuggerm in the government.

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Windows XP market share GROWS AGAIN, outstrips Win 8.1 surge

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well quite

$MEGACORP migrated me to W7 and Office2007 last month.

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Re: That has got to be embarrassing for Microsoft

It is quite interesting that Garmin are still selling a phone with WM6.5 on it.

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MtGox accepted new customers JUST DAYS before collapse

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Chronos

"MtGox was still accepting new customers right up until the eve of its shutdown, The Reg has learned."

Err, of course it was. Had it stopped trading earlier there would have been an earlier date for the shutdown. If you stop doing something, you must have been doing it right up till when you stop.

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Microsoft joins the cloud-empire club with Japanese bit barns

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Alternative view

"Some part of Azure is always in the dark?"

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What the world really needs: A telescopic SELFIE STICK

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head, hands etc.

If this was the last problem that needed solving, the world is in a pretty good state!

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Software needs meaty cores, not thin, stringy ARMs, says Intel

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These diesel engines will never be as powerful as a steam locomotive! - says steam locomotive designer.

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NHS England tells MPs: 'The state isn't doing dastardly things with GP medical records'

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Re: Of course the state isn't doing dastardly things!

I think this is the real problem.

I don't suppose for a minute that anyone at the NHS wants to do dastardly things. I also assume good faith on the part of most of the Government. But that isn't enough. We now don't trust any of our power structures in this country, after 5 decades of ineffectiveness and occasional magnesium flares of corruption.

Duck houses, the way failed politicians run away to well paid sinecures in Europe, Blair and his housing stock, Thatcher and her cover ups. We don't trust them any more. At all. Over anything.

So when they try to do something that /might/ need us to take a balanced view of why they are doing it, we can't. Because we suspect everything they do. We have become uber-cynical.

The shame is entirely theirs.

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What's up with that WhatsApp $19bn price tag? Answer: Voice calls

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who are all these users

Twit.tv says that Whatsapp is big in Europe because it is cheaper than cross-border texting. You say that it's big in the orient ditto ditto. I'm an international service engineer, I go to dozens of countries and meet hundreds of people. I've never met a whatsapp customer asking if I am one too. Never.

Who are all these gazillions of users?

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Microsoft tries to re-invent GPS with cloudy offloads

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"contacting" satelites

GPS systems do not "contact" satellites. They merely listen to them as they go past. I can't imagine that a radio reciever - or twelve paralel ones - is the real problem with power consumption compared to the processing.

I should be used to Redmond talking bollox.

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Antarctic glacier 'melted JUST as fast LONG before human carbon emissions'

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does it matter?

Never mind the global warming. If we carry on burning hydrocarbons as we are we are going to run out before my Grandaughter retires. Can't we stop because of that?

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Office Online rises from ashes of 'confusing' Office Web Apps

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Re: clean cut & paste

And Edit-PasteSpecial-Unformatted always seems to work

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Err..

"Office Web Apps ... too hard for customers to understand."

head/desk repeatedly. This is the species that put a man on the moon and painted "The night watch". Is the bell curve catching up with us, or something?

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Seagate's LaCie touts a 25TB (not a typo) box o' disks for your DESK

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offsite?

25TB? offsite? that's going to hurt the wallet.

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You'll NEVER guess who's building the first Ubuntu phones in 2014

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Re: Hmm

Catch?

You only appear to be able to buy it in Portugese and Spanish.

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Re: "a global presence in China, Hong Kong, Israel, Russia and Ukraine"

New york, Paris, and Peckham

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Hmm

http://www.bqreaders.com/gb/products/aquaris-5-hd.html

Dual sim, Android 4.2, sd slot 16GB, slightly slow but otherwise OK cpu - might give that a go for 200 german beer tokens!

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Microsoft slaps fresh paint on code-free Windows Phone dev tool

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Err...

" 350,000 developers of all skill levels have used Windows Phone App Studio Beta, resulting in 300,000 projects and 20,000 apps"

And they are pleased with that success rate?

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Help! Apple has snaffled the WHOLE WORLD'S supply of sapphire glass

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Or invent something else. Necessity etc etc etc.

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Emergency translation

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Emergency translation

I am very impressed with the use of google translate, and a few others, on my Android device - I can even talk to it in one language and it talks back in another.

But that needs an internet connection. I work in some very remote places and might have to say to a complete stranger, in a language I don't speak, "I appear to have broken my arm, please call an ambulance". And maybe he won't be able to read.

Can anyone recommend an off-line translator half way between Google Translate and the Franklin talking dictionery I carry at the moment, with it's 30-odd phrases per language? Something I can install on a memory card and rely on?

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HP 'KNEW' about Autonomy's hardware sales BEFORE the whistle blew: report

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Re: Caveat emptor

Not over simplified at all.

I don't actually care one way or the other. either they knew or didn't. They paid over the odds for somethign that turned out to be less than was expected. I suspect thier customers know the feeling.

welcome to capitalism, lads. How do you like them apples?

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Samsung flings sueball at Dyson for 'intolerable' IP copycat claim

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floated around on its exhaust like

... and what a disaster it was. I used to pick it up so it would suck harder. More effort going into float than suck.

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Something else I won't be buying from Samsung

I am sick and tired of Samsung in so many ways.

I'l get a Vax, if only for old time's sake.

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Toshiba opens curtains, reveals air-cushioned 5-terabyte terror

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before my 50th b'day

My 70th, maybe.

What the blue blistering blazes are we all doing with all this data? I have getting on for a TB of photos I have taken - and I never look at the damn things.

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Friends don't do tech support for friends running Windows XP

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Re: If they have to buy a whole new machine...

VFD -variable frequency drive. Yes you /can/ enter basic parameters through the keypad, but debugging and tuning requires a monitor. And those run on windows.

https://customer.honeywell.com/en-US/support/commercial/software/vfds/Pages/default.aspx

http://www.nidec-asi.com/english/ARTICS_sw_platform.php

http://www.abb.com/product/us/9AAC113388.aspx

And are you seriously telling me you can write programmes for a PLC5 or an S7 with some sort of text terminal? Because I doubt that very much.

http://www.industry.siemens.com/topics/global/en/tia-portal/pages/default.aspx

https://www.rockwellautomation.com/rockwellsoftware/design/rslogix5/overview.page

http://www.mitsubishielectric.com/fa/products/cnt/plceng/items/index.html

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Re: If they have to buy a whole new machine...

>Two exceptions: games, and AutoCAD.

Let me add a couple more.

PLC development environments,

SCADA

FPGA development software

VFD configuration software

Engineers are often prisoners of Redmond

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Ono board mulls Vodafone's offer to grab its pipe for £5.8bn

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what?

80% return is "moderate"? who are these VC people?

To the barracades, mon braves!

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NYPD dons Google tech specs: Part man. Part machine. All Glasshole

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'ang on.

>it could be very beneficial for a cop on patrol who walks into a building

If policemen are walking into buildings, particularly ones as large as they have in New York, then they certainly need glasses. Prescription, rather than electronic, probably.

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Break out the scatter cushions: Google rents out NASA blimp hangar

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Bedfordshire

Shame we could not get them to refurbish the Cardington hangers too.

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For Windows guest - KVM or XEN and which distro for host?

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Space

If space for a 2-box solution seems problematic, how about something that will hang on the VESA mount on the back of the monitor:

http://www.fit-pc.com/web/products/mintbox/

http://www.solid-run.com/

etc etc etc

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Dual Boot

My solution has been to dual boot between Linux and Windows, and use user-space file system access to read my music collection in ether system. You can also set up thunderbird to read the same mbox file structure from both, and the pan usenet reader ditto. By sync'ng firefox via the web the same stored passwords and favourites can be used in both as well.

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This THREESOME is a HANDFUL: It’s the Asus Transformer Book Trio

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Re: How much?

>And want to charge £900 for the privilege?

Some years ago I formulated Harvey's Law. From about 1975 to about 2000 any desirable computer cost just about a thousand quid, because that was how much the chap in the shop needed to take off people to make enough profit to pay the rent and rates.

Then we had the laptop-price-crash and people were buying machines for £350. The trade doesn't make enough money like that, they needed to take a grand off folk, hence the rise of things like this and ultrabooks (which are only slightly better than a netbook, for four times the price).

It ain't the components. It's the rest of the business that costs the money!

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Hurrah!

I am glad to see someone trying something other than follow-the-herd.

The review is pretty encouraging too. My wallet has started making plaintive whimpering noises.

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Windows 8.1 becomes world's fourth-most-popular desktop OS

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"fourth-most-popular"

fourth-most-used, maybe. I see no evidence of popularity.

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Private pain: Dell layoff bloodbath to hit over 15,000 staffers – insiders

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Hmmm.

Given how entirely useless Dell's consumer support was before sacking all these people, I have very real doubts if it will be worth even bothering the web site after they get rid of them!

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