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2851 posts • joined 8 Oct 2006

Auditor declares FiReControl a 'comprehensive failure'

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well...

Buying land, building buildings that stand empty, and paying for 24/7 security presence at them adds a fair bit to the bill.

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Insider says doom looms at RIM

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evey bl**dy one

This memo could have been written to the board of every company I have ever worked in.

Why is China so dynamic? Is it the cheap, compliant, labour? or is it management not frightened to take a risk?

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Nokia E6 smartphone

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mmmm...

... mad teenage girls...

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Microsoft: Office 365 outages 'will' happen

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Pains me to say it

But this is quite a smart move by M$

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Moderatrix kisses the Reg goodbye

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Goodbye Ms Bee

and Glod help them where you are going...

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Microsoft bags two more Android patent deals

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WTF?

This has got to stop

Why havn't Google called M$ out for whatever the corp. version of defamation?

Their silence sounds like a tacit admission.

Someone needs to put a stop to this licencing-by-strongarm tactic. Come on, google - speak out!

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Lenovo Thinkpad X220T 12.5in tablet PC

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vertical resolution

I've been getting more and more annoyed by this toys-r-us vertical resolution obsession that has been filling the world. It's just cheap & nasty.

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HP TouchPad 9.7in WebOS tablet

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Too little, too late, too expensive.

The review pretty much confirms my experience at a demo in an US airport.

Nice software, easy to use and nice crisp graphics.

Sluggish CPU, no memory card slot or usb host. And no USB bulk storage mode. And the pre3 magic touch means nothing if you can't get your hands on a pre3

Sad now. Wanted better.

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Ten... festival survival gadgets

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Yes

Why the blue blistering blazes would you want to listen to MP3s at a music festival?

The walkie talkie might be good if the batteries lasted 5 days, otherwise its clutter.

To find yer tent molish a unique flag and stick it on a long pole. Paint the tent with coloured waterproofer. One red tent in a field of beige ones is easy to find.

If you leave yer bits at home, they won't get nicked.

Wellies, some sleeping gear, condoms, and perhaps coffee (though people mostly buy that now) . There are 362 days a year to play with yer ipud.

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Google field tests (yet another) Facebook rival

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Simple recipe:

"one part telephone, one part coffee shop and 3 parts pub; shake; pour over ice... only digital and online. What could go wrong?"

Easy. it's digital and online. So no coffee, and no Beer.

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Deduping the digital universe

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What about Wales?

Enough ipads to build and roof houses for every sheep in Wales?

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US Navy invents 'Zero-Power Autonomous' ocean probe

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forbidden by international treaty.

and that would stop who? and how?

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Yahoo! seeds Hadoop startup on open source dream

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Hortonworks?

I wonder if Random House know about this?

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Renault pledges Fluence ZE will be UK's cheapest e-car

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Flame

Stick a honda generator in the boot

You can run them off red diesel.

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Office 365: Can Microsoft replace Microsoft?

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peaked

>IMHO, MS Office peaked with 97/2003.

Somewhere between the two, yes.

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(open all hours quote goes here)

Have you seen the prices?

Ye glods and little swimming things.

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Google kills sickly health, energy projects

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Unhappy

Gurgle Gropes

does indeed seem broken.

I've told them via

https://groups.google.com/support/bin/request.py?contact_type=groups_feedback

serveral times, but they havn't responded

I use GG rather than Pan 'cos I travel a great deal & use loadsa computers. I wonder if a 4-day hiatus in Google docs would go unfixed?

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Boffins take REMOTE CONTROL of HUMAN HAND

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Pedantry

Isn't a belt worn round a wrist normally called a Strap?

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Groupon faces multitude of legal headaches in US

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@worstal

>Yes

well, more fool them, and whoever was backing them.

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'ang on

All these laws are well-known. You hear radio ads for special offers that say things like 'not in rhode island' in the gabbleprint at the end. Every supermarket clip-sheet or flyer has lists of the exceptions at the bottom.

Are we to understand that Groupon had not built this in before cutting code? never mind the IPO this should be in the requirements spec.

If they were trading willy-nilly I'd be inclined to mark them 'avoid' myself. Surely not? in the domain of the landshark?

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Femtocells at tipping point: Don't want to become also-RANs

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I do hope so.

should we picking on easy targets?

Yes. Like culling the runts, its for the good of the breed.

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Violin tunes up for billion dollar flash gig

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WTF?

Hmm

Have \violin turned a profit yet?

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Google Chrome extension busts Murdoch paywall

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influence elections

That's a tricky one.

Everyone is entitled to do that, and the history of a free press is a history of taking political positions, often merely to sell some more.

But there is a separate problem with excessive dominance caused by an advantageous position, especially when that advantage is granted by the governments being influence. I don't deny that.

But it is separate to his right to sell, rather than give away, his content. It is not separate to my decision not to fund him.

He's still entitled not to have his charged product stolen. Two wrongs etc etc.

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Happy

oh, aye

I was commenting on the excuse, not on the dirty digger.

My comment on him is the one about not paying the paywall fee.

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A bit naughty

I think that old Rupe, and the rest of them, are perfectly entitled to try to charge for content. They've been open and upfront about it, and there are loads of free places to go if you don't like it. And, by not paying and not joining in, I am expressing my opinion on his worth very nicely thank you.

I think this is a bit naughty, really. I'd have canned them if I were google.

Talk of a 'free press' is disingenuous, too. Free in that context means uncensored. Free as in speech, not as in beer.

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Pentax Q takes mini system camera crown

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Nobody talks about sensor size in terms of height

Yet 35mm is not a diagonal.

Weird.

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sensor sizes

who invented this stupid notation for sensor sizes? What on earth does "1/2.3in " mean? why use something so daft, if not to pull the wool over our eyes? I make that 11.04mm, if it means what it looks like. a 35mm film is 35mm top-to-bottom. Is this 11.04 tall, wide, diagonal, or what?

Please can the reg translate all these into mm tall? for those of us who refuse to be bamboozled by advertising?

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Seagate gets a disk into Archos HD vid tablet

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Better pricing

These prices seem far less greedy than HP, Samsung, etc,

Might go and have a look.

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Galileo 'can deploy 24 satellites with existing funding'

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Hurrah!

Good to see some really useful work coming out of ESA.

Now build a spaceplane, lads, on the profits. (You are going to charge a licence fee, right?)

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Tritton AX Pro 5.1-channel gaming headphones

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Stop

oh glod

Alan Blumlein must be doing 33 1/3rd rpm in his grave.

Look, lads, which part of "number of ears = 2" did you not understand?

Can I have my nervous breakdown now, please? I won't last much longer.

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ANU plasma thruster gets research boost

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yea!

SPACE!

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MeeGo and the Great Betrayal Myths of tech history

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well,

I thought it was quite clever. It got the whole 'bad drives out good' thing going without saying 'betamax'.

And the idea that the critical ecosystem is not ten thousand fart apps but support from Disney and Sony music had not occured to me (I'm not a 'content' junkie)

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Apple's next iPhone planned for September, says report

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Quite

>People buy an iPhone because its the iPhone

Chap I know has a perfectly good HTC android. He wants his telco to replace it with an iphone. I asked what Apps he'd tried on the HTC.

"it don't do apps. You need an iphone for that".

Don't forget we are 0.5% of the population. The rest are suckers who get advertised at.

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Comet in bad way after big losses

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Oh Dear

Perhaps this is what happens when you treat your customers as an endless supply of morons.

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Back to gaslight, coal and steam power - it's the future

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Boffin

No, but

If we are desperate enough we might go asteroid mining for them.

SPACE!

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World+dog yawn over NFC smartphone shopping

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Wrong?

It was called Expresso in the UK for most of the 50s & 60s, when we had coffee bars.

For some reason we reverted to the Italian spelling when it became popular again.

I'm told the french spell it with an X, but I am not fool enough to drink french coffee.

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@Glyn2

>I still don't understand how NFC is better/more secure than chip+PIN

Simple. It isn't.

But it does relieve banks of refunding the first £50 of fraud, so they are keen on it.

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Let me..

.. take a more informed view. I know what it is, and why they want to foist it on us, and I want none of it.

There.

Begone, spawn of satan

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BMW intros revamped Mini as sporty MG-alike

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"no word on pricing yet"

Don't bother. They could not pay me enough to even stand near one, let alone drive it.

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Brits told how much they'll pay for HP TouchPad

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Furious

I am absolutely furious with HP for making me wait so long for such a meagre offering, and then daring to set the price to match the iPud. Just who do they think they are? Just how gullible do they think I am?

I wanted this partly out of affection for the days of my palm pilot, and partly because I was expecting good things from the OS. But I am being asked to buy a pig in a poke, and having been promised jam tomorrow if I wait for the tablet, I will still have to wait for the jam because they have not drummed up a significant developer base.

I was really really looking forward to this, and feel badly let down. I even wanted a pre3 phone to do the touch-and-couple business and use as a modem link. But I will have to wait even longer for that.

It won't do, HP, it won't do. I am furious with you.

Oh, and the 32G version is USD600 in the states, which is UKP372 today. What is the extra £107 for?

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Gartner slashes UK PC shipments for 2011

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where do I sign?

Futurologist admits futurology is bollocks, but still gets paid.

How do I get a job where I don't even need to be any good at, and still earn megabucks?

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World braces for domain name EXPLOSION

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Bzzt - tautology

but psurely /everything/ is all google's fault?

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oohh

Let's have a whip-round and buy .plonker !

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Huawei outs 'first' Android 3.2 7in tablet

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Odd

I am puzzled by this idea that the OS is designed for a particular size/resolution of screen. It does suggest some very odd assumptions in the early design stage. I wonder what other corners have been cut?

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Got a website? Pay attention, Cookie Law will come

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WTF?

IWGTST

That annoyed me, too. If the reg. is going to patronise its techie readers, it might try to do so accurately.

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Yuri Gagarin lands at Royal Albert Hall

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Technicalities, Technicalities

I understand the arguement, but you are right. Brave Guy.

He was my childhood hero, and I can't see a picture of him now without smiling.

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BOFH: CSI Haxploitation Cube Farm Apocalypse

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See, that's what I don;t understand

Anyone dumb enough to (1) watch and (2) believe CSIwhotsit is never going to be bright enough to be in a position to specify development software.

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Help! My Exchange server just rebooted

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Googling in the bath

?Googling? /GOOGLING/ ?

Nah...

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Astonished

I've avoided all contact with Exchange Server for some years, but I find myself astonished that a major pieced of (allegedly) corporate-critical system can't look after itself under all imaginable circumstances.

"I know, we'll ask that bloke juggling chainsaws on a unicycle over the shark pit to remember all our important ideas for us"

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Oh

First I've heard that there was an single instance store. They kept that quiet, then.

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