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iPhone 4/4S 'self combusts' in airliner inferno

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True, not necessarily

But as I said: the more heat a phone is generating, the more likely it is that it *will* happen. That's where Occam's Razor comes in - in the absence of definite proof, the most probable solution is the one requiring the fewest factors. And when there have already been stories of the same thing happening to other models of the iPhone when it is in use, that's further fuel for the fire (so to speak).

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Assuming it was switched on

I would always assume that a combusting electrical device was switched on at the time, as using electricity generates heat. Occam's Razor: the hotter something is, the fewer additional factors are required for it to reach combustion point.

My own smartphone has at times become quite warm during periods of intense use, but never when it's just sitting in my shirt pocket. The guy was using it, no need for facetiousness.

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No, let's hope that you're right

Such a ban would force Apple to stop treating their users a bit less like children or intellectual pygmies, or face losing millions of pounds in custom from the people who use their iStuff for business. Even the biggest Apple fan can't deny that this would be a good thing.

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Demon Currys iPad showered kids with HARD-CORE smut

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Correct industry standard for quantity

I beg to differ - he didn't say whether the fucktonne was Imperial or metric.

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San Diego woman strips to bikini to look for her chihuahua

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"Her sign is not helping her cause"

I'd say the bikini isn't doing much for her cause either. She's giving people much better things to do with their eyes than look for her dog.

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Apple iPhone owners are the most loyal smartphone buyers

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It's all about the apps

In the case of Apple, migrating would also require the re-purchase of all the apps you've bought. It's stupid to buy into Apple now, but if you bought into smartphones early when the iPhone was the only real contender it makes a lot more sense to stick with it.

(Android users spend less on apps, which also explains the lower retention rate for that system.)

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So tell me...

... if Apple is so wonderful and its users are so smart, why are they all posting as Anonymous Cowards so we don't know who they are?

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UK retailers launch pre-Xmas sales Yank style

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Nope

Some stuff on PC World, Currys and Comet sites though.

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Discount iPads?

I sense a great disturbance in the Force ... as if billions of Apple's lawyers all jumped in the air and shouted "Yay!".

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Apple crushes High Street in UK web shopping stakes

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Thanks, Diode

it might have seemed obvious, but the order at least was in doubt. Cheers for the clarification.

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Top 10s

Now not including #8 or #10.

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What should a sci-fi spaceship REALLY look like?

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Mad, yes ...

... but not exactly realistic.

Interesting factoid: Foundation Imaging took the texture for the Shadow vessels from a dog's nose.

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Not enough love for Babylon 5

Mentioning that the station itself was realistic because it revolved to generate gravity is not enough. The Starfury space fighter was also complimented by NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab for being an absolutely spot on design for a small, manoeuvrable craft for use in zero gravity.

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NHS minister's bombshell: I get emails from dead people

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Zombies

So, that would be the people who have died due to Tory attacks on the NHS then? It just goes to show how bad the Coalition government are, that people will rise from the grave to complain about them.

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iPhone 4S is for failures who work in coffee shops - Samsung

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Fail of the Year 2011 - entries now open

You're posting as an anonymous coward. How the fuck can you say you've *come out* as an Apple user when you're not even using your online identity?

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Stripper name game exposes sensitive privates on Tumblr

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"My mothers maiden name is "!lP5bqZwqw""

Funny, you don't *sound* Polish...

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Asus Eee Pad Slider SL101

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I underestimate nothing, Al

If you want a regular tablet that can double as a netbook, you can detach the Transformer from its keyboard and have a lighter, thinner device when on the move with it.

I've seen and used a Transformer in its dock, and consider it to be not so much a tablet which can be converted into a netbook as a netbook with a detachable touchscreen. I don't see any advantage that the Slider has over it, and quite a few things that it doesn't.

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80%?

That rating seems high for a product nobody should ever want to buy. If you want to buy a tablet with keyboard, then you can buy the Transformer at the same price and get double the battery life. If you prefer your tablet without a keyboard, then you can buy the Transformer sans keyboard for considerably less money. Either way, the Slider is not the device you want.

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Dragonriders of Pern author Anne McCaffrey dies

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"Dinosaur Planet wasn't very good"

Let's be honest here - most of McCaffrey's novels weren't very good. However, I never heard that she was a wicked person, and as said she did a lot to get women fantasy authors taken seriously. RIP, and condolences to her family.

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Manning to get day in court

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Demonisation

Demonisation of an entire group based on the actions of a few is much less likely to happen when the group in question deals with its own errant members. Not every Catholic priest is a paedophile, in fact very few are, but the whole Catholic Church is demonised for that reason because they conceal the facts and protect the criminals. If they instead excommunicated those priests and turned them over to the authorities, they would be largely immune to such criticism as they would have demonstrated that they don't want such people in their midst.

There will always be bad apples in any group - there's no sense in denying it. That's why it's important to send a public message that you won't tolerate them.

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Fuelling hatred

Hilmi, let me ask you something. What do you think is more likely to fuel Muslim hatred of the secular West?

1) The West treating atrocities committed against Muslims by its soldiers as crimes and punishing those responsible,

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2) The West covering up atrocities committed against Muslims by its soldiers, pretending no crime has been committed, and punishing those responsible for revealing their deception?

It's a sad state of affairs that I even have to ask this question. However, it's what happens when two sides in a conflict are as bad as the other and one wants to seize the moral high ground.

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Enemy of America. You have been warned.

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Fragged, fragged and thrice fragged! 20 years of id Software’s Doom

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Doom vs Wolfenstein 3D

An apt comparison. If you didn't like Doom, then you do like Hitler.

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Security takes a backseat on Android in update shambles

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iPhone 3G owners might disagree

You know, given that iOS 5 won't install on their devices.

Say what you want about Apple, but when they say "upgrade", everyone has to upgrade!

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Deja vu ... again

This post reminds me of a comment made back in Apple's doldrum years pre-iStuff. Apple had put out an advert bragging that there were tens of thousands of Windows viruses but none for their OS. A virus author responded by pointing out that it wasn't worth a coder's time to write viruses for Macs - there were so few in use at the time that a virus written for them wouldn't be able to propagate.

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Chief rabbi: Steve Jobs' Apple lust spreads misery, despair

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"Why do you keep spouting this rubbish as if it were fact?"

Well, it's a lot more factual than the insulting drivel you call an argument. "The iPhone isn't like the other phones in the market that all have the same features, it is better BECAUSE it is shiny! Apple's design is a lot better than the design practices of your pet corporation - who I am completely unable to name or identify, BTW, I'm just throwing this out as a generic insult to everyone who isn't Apple - and you must be a fanboi for some other corporation because you're not a fanboi for Apple... (continues for 73 pages)"

On the off chance that a fact may penetrate the solid bone that constitutes your head, here's a few things I didn't say but you claim or imply I did.

1) I did not say the iPhone was inferior to any other phone. I said it was equivalent, because other phones have the same features.

2) I did not say that any other company was better or worse in the field of design than Apple. This is an extension of 1.

3) I did not say that Apple did not win their leading position fairly. All I said was they are ahead NOW due to superior marketing, which is undeniably true - they've been marketing the iPhone for longer than any other smartphone manufacturer has been seriously doing so, which has established them as the leading brand.

4) I never argued that bells and whistles incomprehensible to the layman made for a better product. I do, however, find your example of VCR clocks to be both specious and risible. If the iOS clock worked the same way and didn't auto-update then 90% of iPhones would have a flashing 12:00 on the screen - and before you think this is an Apple-bash, so would 90% of other smartphones if their OS did likewise.

Now, stop claiming I said things I did not, and try forming a coherent argument based on sense. You are doomed to failure, but it's always worth the attempt.

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God doesn't use Apple products

We know this to be true because He gave Man free will.

Also, when God led the Israelites out of the desert, He travelled before them as a pillar of smoke by day and as a Flash animation by night.

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"The iPhone is massively useful..."

I'm not going to dispute that, but the iPhone is really not better or more useful than any other smartphone and it *is* a lot more expensive than most. That people still want Apple's branded shiny as opposed to any other type is undeniably a function of marketing.

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Swearing fine quashed as teens have heard it all before

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With apologies to Roy Rogers

Four letter words, four letter words, they'll never let you down

They're seldom repeated, yet oft overhead

Those wonderful one-two-three-four letter words

They shouldn't be used in polite company

When ancient old ladies are sipping their tea

But just ask their husbands, you'll find sure as hell

They've not only said them, they've done them as well

Four letter words, four letter words, they'll never let you down

They're seldom repeated, yet oft overhead

Those wonderful one-two-three-four letter words

They're tried and they're tested, they're steadfast and true

You say them when other words simply won't do

They're honest and faithful right down to the end

They're our wonderful one-two-three-four letter friends!

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Clegg orders fresh review of UK extradition treaty

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For the clueless AC...

Just because the bench have deemed the treaty proper does NOT mean it isn't lopsided, or even that it really is proper.

Since you're so fond of educating yourself and getting in touch with reality, here's a fact for you: some senior members of the British judiciary have their eye on a seat in the House of Lords. Do you think the House of Commons are going to appoint someone to the house that oversees their decisions if that person looks at a blatantly unfair treaty made by members of the lower house and says "That's unfair, I'd never ratify that"?

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"Presumably the scammers didn't commit any offence in Nigeria"

419 scams take their name from the section of the Nigerian criminal code dealing with fraud, Mr Bluffenstuff.

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"Sent to the country where they committed the crime"

Well, McKinnon committed his crime in the UK, so I fail to see your problem. Beyond being a ranting, Daily Mail-reading imbecile, anyway.

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Kindle Fire: An open letter to Jeff Bezos

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"The only thing that exists that does it all"?

Clearly it couldn't be that any tablets other than the iPad exist, that are capable of all the same things the iPad can do.

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Swedish college girls now twice as slutty as in 2001

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Not quite, Jedidiah

I really didn't think anyone could be stupid enough to not realise that when I said "girls" it was the common usage referring to adult women, given that sex with children doesn't require *any* withdrawal of consent to be considered rape because consent can't be given. That was clearly a mistake on my part.

Someone asked what a woman would stand to gain by retroactively withdrawing consent: "My client withdraws consent because you didn't use a condom as she wished ... though she would be willing to accept an out of court settlement to not press charges". Revenge is also a possibility - bareback the guy who broke your flatmate/BFF/sister's heart, then get him on the register - but mostly it would be money, I think.

I also want to make it doubly clear that this isn't what everyone who retroactively withdraws consent is doing, or even more than a small minority of them. However, human nature being what it is I'd say it was foolish to think that *nobody* is exploiting the law.

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All the rape in Sweden?

As we know from the Assange case, in Sweden a woman can retroactively declare rape if her partner didn't use a condom and she claims she wanted him to. Although some Swedish women are undoubtedly daft enough to have unprotected casual sex, just as in any other country, I wouldn't be surprised to learn that there's a number of girls trying to exploit the law here.

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Galaxy Tab case tweaked to evade Germany ban

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Here's another 4-syllable word: "hypocrisy"

You want to say my hands are over my ears? How about yours being over your eyes? There is explicit proof that Apple forged their evidence in the German ruling, and you have ignored it. That is why I think you are a sycophantic cretin, not because you support Apple. And do be assured that if Apple had provided real proof that Samsung had ripped off the iPad, and someone tried claiming that it wasn't the case, I would be just as quick to jump on them for their stupidity.

Not that you'll believe any of that, of course, because in your eyes I'm just a "fandroid". It isn't true, but then you don't have to claim that Android is always right for Apple fanbois to label you that way - you just have to claim that Apple have ever been wrong.

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I'll take that bet

Given that I've voted your cretinous Apple sycophancy down, and am not Mr OPAC, it seems like a winner to me.

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Why didn't they go for a different design in the first place?

Because the design they did go for is visibly different to the iPad - unless, that is, you are presented with Photoshopped evidence or an envelope stuffed with used 20-Euro notes.

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Couple rewarded for naming newborn after Elder Scrolls Skyrim hero

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"An obscure etymology"?

'So, what does your first name mean?'

'It means "My parents were stupid, selfish and greedy".'

I have less respect for this couple than I do for that guy who named his son "Adolf Hitler". At least he named his kid after someone he respected and felt strongly about. This couple don't even have the justification of a Star Wars fan naming his daughter "Leia" - they gave their kid his name because of a game they hadn't even played when they did it.

Still, the kid probably won't have to worry about bullying. Parents like that will likely fatally neglect their infant while they play Skyrim.

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Think your CV is crap? Your interview skills are worse

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Techies aren't salesmen?

You are if you work at PC World, apparently. Their "interview exam" for tech support staff used to include a question about the maximum data transfer rate of a USB2 port. The correct answer for a PC repair bod would be "I don't give a toss, so long as whatever is connected to it shows up in Device Manager". This option was unaccountably missing from the multiple-choice questionnaire.

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Ten... remastered videogame classics

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"When the original Prince of Persia was released on PS2"?

Obviously my eyes are failing me, and that meant to read "When the original Prince of Persia was released twenty years ago".

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UK broadband speeds crippled during 'rush hour'

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Provide evidence, please

Until I've seen a paper from a reputable institution, there's no way I will accept that the Pope shits on bears in the woods.

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New anonymity rule on Euro airport body scanners

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Nice thought

Pity you'd only get as far as the third word before being dragged off to a cell. You'd better leave for the airport several weeks earlier, depending on how long the country you're departing from is allowed to detain you without trial or charges.

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Yes, the worried terrorist can refuse...

... and instead opt for a full cavity search in a room with an armed guard. As for the worried non-terrorist, they can choose the same option. However, nobody gets the option of avoiding a direct violation of their physical privacy. Human rights? Think how many you'd have if the terrorists won and destroyed America!

Oh, wait, that's right - we'd probably have more.

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The new touchy-feely Doctor Who trend: Worrying

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Moffat could write Blink and "the kid in the gasmask" ep if he shook off RTD, huh?

Moffat *did* write those episodes, you blithering cretin. It was Davies who wrote anti-classics like The Parliament of Farting Aliens and Doctor Dobby The Christ-In-A-Birdcage.

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Fanboi called 911 repeatedly because iPhone didn't work

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Pedant point

"Droog" is not a pejorative, it's just the Russian word for "friend". When Alex uses it in A Clockwork Orange, he's using it literally.

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Eleven - if you will - rocktastic music movies

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So...

... that would be Americans like Christopher Guest, AKA the 5th Baron Haden-Guest?

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It's Johnny Cash, though

He covered Nine Inch Nails and did it better than Trent Reznor managed in the first place, so he qualifies.

Seriously, a lot of Cash's stuff is quite rocky. When The Man Comes Around springs immediately to mind.

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No dice

This is a list of films about music and musicians. Live at Pompeii is (technically) a live concert movie, so I'm not sure if it counts.

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