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Apple will FAIL in corporate land 'because IT managers hate iPads'

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Re: it just needs to integrate better with AD.

Everything you say is true.

It doesn't make me stop wishing that AD would die in as horrible a way as possible.

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Playground insults

It does rather read like "Apple are smelly 'cos I say so".

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Blighty promises £49m to get more British yoof into engineering careers

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Re: IKB must be spinning in his grave.

But knowing him he will be doing at at some hitherto impossible rate!

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The Prof is absolutely right

Where I work at $MEGACORP engineers are lower paid than managers or sales people.

I just spent a whole year sorting out an impossible system that some idiot sold. I got it working. All I got was my salary. The idiot got a huge bonus for selling it, despite that it cost us nearly twice as much to get working as we made on the sale. He got the bonus last year, and there is no way of taking it off him.

Two ideas:

* Engineers should not be lumbered with student loans. If the country needs engineers, the country should train them.

* Engineers pay should always be higher than the pay of people who merely sell things.

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Apple: SCREW YOU, BRITS ... no unlocked iPhones for you

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Analsysis flawed?

You can buy an unlocked phone from Apple, so why do you think the problem lies with them rather than with the resellers? Is there some contractual complexity you aren't telling us about?

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Fed up with Windows? Linux too easy? Get weird, go ALTERNATIVE

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Re:waiting in the publication queue

... which probably accounts for the dead link on page 1.

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Lenovo stands up rinky-dinky new Yoga tablet

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Re: they really have nothing

>Side profile is pretty much identical to an Apple wireless keyboard / magic pad

It's been while since someone invented a new topographic form that hasn't been seen before.

you might just as well say that the Psion had a round bulge at the hinge and so has this...

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Nothing to sniff at: Dell Ultrabooks REEK OF CAT PEE, scream users

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IRTA

"Dell's Latitude 6430u Ultrabook Stink " ... and of cat pee

Sorry to Dell, whose hardware actually looks pretty good.

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Digital radio may replace FM altogether - even though nobody wants it

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The triumph of commerce over democracy

I thought governments were supposed to listen to us?

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Sueballs lobbed at Tosh, Samsung and LG over 'optical disk cartel'

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You need to make what people want

I stopped buying HP optical drives because they did not support DVD-ram, and kept disconnecting in Linux.

Sorry, HP, it's not a cartel at thier end - it's overpriced mundane products at yours!

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LG G Flex: A new cheeky curvy mobe with a 'SELF-HEALING' bottom

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H21 1D

The fact that they are still selling Windows Mobile 6.5 tells you a lot about how little Microsoft has thought about their legacy customers when designing WP7 & WP8.

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a front trouser pocket

That's not a pocket, that's the fly.

Some of us find the space within already filled.

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Re: HTC

Aye. I rather liked that design.

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Re: Curved is good

The thing is, curved is only good if the length matches the ear-to-mouth distance, like the old telephone handsets.

That said, being curved in this plane makes more sense than the Samsung version!

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Singaporeans BEG government to block website

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Old idea

A girl I was at school at opened a card-index and telephone based version of this back in the 1960s. She laid on the hotel rooms and the champagne as part of her fee, and ended up convicted of 'procuring' or some such anti-pimping legislation. I do wonder if M-A charging a fee doesn't lay them open to the law in some countries.

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Don't crack that Mac: Almost NOTHING in new Retina MacBook Pros can be replaced

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You can't have it both ways

But what products do Apple (or Microsoft Surface for that matter) offer for people who [i]do[/i] want to chose serviceability rather than thinness?

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Ofcom: By 2017, even BUMPKINS will have superfast broadband

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Re: Rail network would be good too

Where I live doctor Beeching ripped our railways out, so I don't think it mattes here.

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Surface Pro 2: It's TOOL-PROOF and ultimately destined for LANDFILL

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SK Hynix as its RAM supplier this time around

... In the one that got taken apart.

I don't see why MS can't buy from multiple suppliers over time, or even at the same time. I am slightly dubious about some of these stripdowns - OK, CPU and wireless chips will be pretty much fixed, but there is no reason to suppose that things like SSDs, accelerometers, screens, other modular parts can't vary between production runs.

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THIS is the kind of clout a British Prime Minister has: Facebook pulls ONE beheading vid

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is this the same Facebook

... that regularly takes down the photo of a woman who had a floral tattoo after a mastectomy?

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Lumia 2520: Our Vulture gets his claws on Nokia's first Windows RT slab

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connectivity?

Can I plug in a USB peripheral? memory stick? share data with clients?

Can I use a USB cable to charge my phone? Headset?

Can I connect a bluetooth headset and make a phone call? or a 3.5mm headphone/mic & join a conference call?

Can I connect a video projector on a client site? with audio?

Any way to use cat5 internet connections? for customer sites that don't offer wifi?

No? not really a business device then.

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Expensive

Yeah. Putting aside all discussions of OS and performance, they seem to be wanting to charge me a hundred quid for a keyboard.

I might be from Lincolnshire, but I bain't a cabbage!

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HP CEO Whitman: We've built the PC that GOD wants

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Oh?

Does God get the choice of what Operating System he wants to use?

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Nice job, technology. Now we have to work FIVE TIMES HARDER

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The promise of automation

We were told in the 60s and 70s that 'automation' would mean we would all work 3 or 4 day weeks. Instead those of us with jobs work 7 days and loads of people are out of work. It must be possible to share the benefits out a bit better than this!

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Microsoft pulls Win 8.1 RT code which upgraded Surface 'slabs into BRICKS

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Re: To the vast majority of "normal" users, that's gobbledegook right there.

So why do they think they need a computer?

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Here comes Windows 8.1! Microsoft grits teeth, pushes upgrade to world

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Re: Metro will never die!

Don't worry, RR, I won't vote you down. I recognise heavy irony when I see it.

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Re: Why have PCs failed to have useful hardware improvements over the past 3 years?

> since you can just pop one in.

Which is presumably why the more modern devices don't have removable bits.

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Expensive blingo-rama iPhone 5S OUTSELLS cheapo-plastic 5C

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>just as many working class with them

chav appeal. I earn LOTS but I don't have a smartphone of any sort.

> sky dishes up on council estates.

Aye. well-known effect

Was a time when http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/3690181 had all the satellite dishes in town.

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Oz bookshop to deliver by drone

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Re: Wrong Payload

Do you like tacos?

http://tacocopter.com/

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cool.

In the land of the flying doctor and the school of the air, I can really see the point of this.

But, as was pointed out, books may not be the best market. Delivering car spares, hand tools, bits and pieces, even fashion, to remote locations would be cool. And you could 'chute drop them.

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Let police track you through your mobe - it's for your OWN GOOD

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Re: Fine by me.

OK, here we go

* Alec Days butcher - one 3Kg chicken, 300g of sausage meat, box of stuffing, 300g runner beans, 300g sprouts. Some wooden parsnips.

* Branch Bros. 100kg limestone chippings, 100Kg builders sand, 10Kg cement

* Bourne market - 5Kg potatoes, 10" venison pie, cabbage, watch battery, bag bananas, bag plums, 500g wet walnuts.

* Special Import tools: Wiha 36931 ratchet

That's it for the last 7 days. Do let me know how much you get paid.

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Fine by me.

I am perfectly happy with that idea. I also don't really care about being tracked - as someone said above I am not very important. If I was going to meet my mistress [1] or drug dealler [2] or KGB contact [3] then I would leave my phone at home and take a 'burner'.

[1] Imaginary.

[2] no, I don't do that either

[3] Damn, you got me!

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Gates, Zuckerberg to deliver free coding lesson

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Be fair

Clippy was the one Microsoft product I've never seen crash.

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I'll call for UK law shakeup to cuff global web crime lords - new top cyber cop

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Good

Good idea

Good intentions

Good luck with actually achieving anything.

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Will you strap on a Google KitKat 4.4 smartwatch this month?

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Good efforts

I'm not convinced by Glass, or linked watches, but I am really pleased that people are trying new ideas. Like SMS some unexpected take-up might happen. We can't plan the future, but we can scatter ideas about and see what happens. Good on them for trying.

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Leaping SpaceX GRASSHOPPER ROCKET jumps 2,500ft, lands safely

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@Andy Gates

Thanks for the lucid explanation.

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extra flame

What is the extra, non-thrusting, flame coming out of the side?

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Microsoft store staff to hold all night vigil for Surface 2

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Re: Who would queue up at midnight for this?

>MANY tablets which run Windows or Windows RT

eh? are you counting the unsold ones one at a time?

I'd take 'a handful', but 'many'?

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Tech specs wreck: Details of Google's Nexus 5 smartphone LEAKED over interwebs

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re: as for the phone

... and no removable storage?

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Microsoft: We're nearly OUT OF STOCK of Surface 2 and Pro 2

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Coat

Both sold out?

did the same person buy one of each?

I'm sorry, I'm just not buying this.

Or the story.

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Ofcom sets out next DECADE of spectrum policy: Use it or lose it

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Re: a Decade?

Fair enough. I'd put their uselessness down to being told to be useless by Brown, Cameron, et. al.

But as you say, it might be built-in.

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a Decade?

If planning a decade ahead is hard for the regulator, what about the system designer. We are now expected to plan, research, test, manufacture, and sell a system with no certainty about the future availability of the bandwidth we will be expecting our customers to use?

I'd want to be guaranteed access to a frequency band for at least 30 years before bother.

I can recall the 1950s and 60s, when allocation was done first by considering the physical properties of the band (line of sight, ground wave propagation, multi-skip, multipath immunity, rain attenuation) and then deciding what class of service it would be suitable for. After that there were international agreements between regulatory authorities. Only then were the people who wanted to make money allowed into the discussion.

One of the things that has rather horrified me in recent years has been the way vested interest has muscled into bands (the unlicenced 2.4 & 5MHz bands were supposedly for any sort of access - door bells, CCTV, industirial telemetry, door openers, remote cranes) but wifi has dominted them almost compeltely. Then there were the white space enthusiasts who wanted to use guard bands that had been designed to simplify the design of selectivity of equipment in adjacent channels.

Yes, there is more demand than spectrum. But that is an arguement for letting the regulators take decisions in the public good, not be pushed about by meganationals.

To be fair, I think that Ofcom is doing its best to behave correctly, and it is very careful about prior consultation. But it only regulates these islands, and can be bullied by a steamroller already running from elsewhere. I think the European authorities could have been more proactive.

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BOFH: Welcome to Helldesk, ma'am, may I take your bags?

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Hurrah!

So that's my CV rendered worthless, then.

A certain company in the Aberdeen area, which shall remain nameless but it's initials were Racal Survey, used to insist on photos with CVs. Rumour was they wanted to silently avoid anyone with a non-reflective cast to their skin.

I had my picture taken in a Ginger wig with pigtails and painted freckles on.

I got the job.

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The Vulture 2: What paintjob should we put on our soaraway spaceplane?

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Stealth

Paint it black with tiny little spots of colour to represent the stars.

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In defence of defenestration: Microsoft MUST hurl Gates from the Windows

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You don't get rid of the Antichrist so easily

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Analyst says Brit rail broadband plan is TRAIN CRAZY

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Re: Fine, but how about...

The first Penadlinos had window material with a metallised shading layer. This effectively blocked external cellphone signals. I'm sure someone has a bunch of this stuff about.

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Don't want it

I rather like a bit of peace, quiet, and the opportunity NOT to be doing any work while I am travelling.

Buy a book, even if it is on a kindle. Look out of the window, sip coffee slowly and pleasurably, chat to total strangers, even (as I saw last week) do push-ups in the vestibule. There is lots to do beside wear out the airwaves with internut traffic.

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State-backed hackers: You think you're so mysterious, but you're really not – report

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cat, bag, etc

...And now that this report has been written the evil ones will know better how to disguise their origins.

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Uh-oh Google Glassholes: Sugar daddy Intel strokes HUD goggles upstart

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Good luck to them

I think it is good that some people are looking for another way to do things. I just spent a whole working day on what is really a 19th century typewriter interface with inexhaustible paper.

Maybe the HUD is not the next big thing, but we won't know till a few have tried different ideas.

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Dell 'disappears' cut-price Windows XPS 10 RT tab

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good riddance

Dell tried to sell me an RT based XPS as a replacement for my aging mini-10V netbook. For 4 times the price. With no keyboard.

I'd have given them around a hundred quid for one, out of curiousity.

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Microsoft: Surface is DEAD. Long live the Surface 2!

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Re: My reaction to this news

My reaction?

"and not one but two kickstand positions."

Well whoopy do. In 1969 we landed on the moon. In 2013 we added a SECOND NOTCH TO A BIT OF PLASTIC..

head, hands, sound of sobbing.

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