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iPad to reign unchallenged as KING of FONDLESLABS

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Re: Transformer...

Because a Transformer is just a netbook, but costs twice as much as one? Not that I'll quibble with your choice, I think it's a fine piece of kit, but you have to be using the Transformer as both tablet and laptop before paying the price premium becomes worthwhile.

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Jazz Jackrabbit

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Re: This was an epic game

Jazz Jackrabbit is abandonware, I think - certainly there's been no official release since 1996, and an open source recreation project was put online in 2005.

Of course, if someone wants to do an official re-release or mobile recreation, I'm sure there'll be plenty of folks ready to buy it for the nostalgia value.

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TITANIC 'UNLIKELY' TO SINK AGAIN, says prof - apparently

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"Have these guy never heard the expression "tempting fate"?"

Stuff that, have they never heard the word "Concordia"? Cruise ship - check. Incompetent officers - check. Hit something it shouldn't have been near and sank? Check.

Maybe there wasn't such a great loss of life this time, but there's no better way to sound like a bloody idiot than to claim a historical event can't happen again three months after it did.

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'Unibody' iPhone 5 said to debut in October

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"Not 4.6 inches? - Ed"

Of course not. Apple likes to keep its users in their comfort zone, and comfort includes how things fit in your hand. Apple users are used to having 0.6 inches less to hold than users of other phones, so Apple design accordingly.

... what? I'm talking about the screen.

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Game chain sold

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"If you make a product too cumbersome to use nobody will use it."

What are you talking about? The system he's describing is already in place and plenty of people are using it - it's called Steam. All Steam games are linked to a single account and cannot be transferred or re-sold, and yet somehow we all forgot to protest the inconvenience.

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Chinese to burn iPads in upcoming celebrations

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It's symbolic

The idea is that the fake items in this world translate to the real thing in the spirit world. So the luck money becomes legal tender to the gods, and all those paper iPads become fully functional iPads in the afterlife. Of course, they still can't get a 4G signal, but I suppose nothing is perfect.

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Apple New iPad 3 Wi-Fi + 4G

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That's not Herbie

It's one of those horrible Millennium Bugs in disguise.

There's a classic VW Beetle painted as Herbie near me. I know this because the little bastard nearly ran me over one day while I was walking home from work.

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Oz regulator to Apple: Don’t call it 4G if you can’t connect

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"There's nowhere you can drive at that speed"

Of course there is. Speed limits only apply to public thoroughfares.

Also, to be fair to Apple - since they actually aren't in the wrong this time - their in-store advertising for the 4G iPad states clearly and visibly that its 4G functionality will only work on certain US networks. They are not trying to missell it.

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Half of iPad 3s sold will sport 4G, says bank

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Re: If you have a smartphone...

Try reading the post. He has an unlimited data tariff.

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Reading plays host to live ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE

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"I know someone who would DIE for this."

Literally.

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Testicle-boiling new iPad ignites fanboi fury

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Cremation

If it's good enough for Steve Jobs, it's good enough for you!

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Blizzard ponders World of Warcraft for iPad

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Two buttons?

The Reg article never mentioned two buttons; is it in the Eurogamer article that I can't access from work?

The default WoW UI is capable of displaying upwards of 60 buttons, and while you'd need to scale that back a bit to work on the iPad and further still for the iPhone, it should be possible to have a dozen buttons on the touchscreen.

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iPad 3 costs Apple 30% more to make than iPad 2

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"Cannily taken the cost on the chin"

Or as we like to think of it, "reduced their extortionate gouging a bit".

Apple didn't raise the price of the iPad 2.1 only because they know the market won't bear it. Even at the same price point it's not selling as many as they can ship the way the first two iterations did. A good business move, to be sure, but don't confuse it with altruism for a second.

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Samsung and LG hit with MASSIVE price fixing fine

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"Apple prices not overinflated"

Now THAT'S news.

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Samsung's Apple ban bid tossed out by Dutch court

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"You're complaining that Apple keep coming up with stuff first"

Apple came up with the optimum solution to two-variable geometric equations before anyone else? It's a technological breakthrough to surround a display with a bezel of approximately even thickness on all sides?

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Double standards-essential patents

"Suing Apple based on standards-essential patents (SEP) has been a losing tactic for Android phone manufacturers Samsung and Motorola so far, with courts by and large upholding the rule that the intellectual property involved in an industry standard has to be licensed to everyone who wants it fairly."

So while everyone who wants to advance the technology is forced by law to share their work with Apple for a reasonable fee, Apple go around patenting every obvious "design" that they come up with - or more accurately, that they buy out - and try to stop the real innovators using their work for themselves. Seems fair - if you're Apple.

It seems the Romans displayed almost supernatural prescience when they made their word for "apple" the same as the word meaning "one who is evil".

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Lawyers of Mordor menace Hobbit boozer

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"It would seem reasonable and fair to remove Wood's image from the loyalty card"

... or they could ask Wood for permission to use it. He retains rights over who gets to use his image and how. Worst case, he could stick on a shirt, a pair of braces and a wig and send them a photo of himself looking remarkably like Frodo, along with a note granting explicit permission to use it for their loyalty card.

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Re: Bad feeling...

The Saul Zaentz Company were behind Bakshi's animated Lord of the Rings movie, so they will have had the trademark since the 1970s. If memory serves, they've used it for an animated Hobbit movie as well.

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Paper pictures failed hostage rescue with Call of Duty shot

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"why waste so much space with a full height picture of a fictional character?"

Well, it's not like they have any actual journalism to put in there, is it?

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Could tiny ebooks really upset the mighty Apple cart?

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Selling the minivan at below cost to get you to buy the sports car

A better analogy would be to say that if there existed a car manufacturer that also sold fuel, it would be legal to sell the car at below cost if it would encourage you to buy the fuel. A Kindle without content to read on it is almost as useless as a car without fuel.

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3D: 10% of LCD TVs in 2011, 25% in 2012

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"Accessories only compatible with your product"

Just a note on this, but the big producers have been discussing the creation of a universal standard for active 3D glasses. They may want to sell six pairs to everybody with each new set, but they recognise this isn't realistic and so it's better if they have the chance to poach their rival's customers instead of each user being locked into the first manufacturer they bought from.

No FAIL icon for you though, as it hasn't happened yet.

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New iPad: Crack open your wallets, fanbois, here's what it'll cost

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" it's an example of the market overcharging and Apple following market trends."

I would agree with this except for one minor detail: Apple are the trendsetters, and everyone else is following them.

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Android Market morphs into 'Google Play'

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""I have no idea where this meme about the Android Market being "clunky" etc came from"

Apple fanbois. 'Nuff said.

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STUNNING NEW APPLE DEVICES that will follow the iPad 3 HD!

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"still clearly a joke article"

I think we worked that out when it got to the bit about Apple fixing the flaws of tablets. The only flaw Apple perceive with tablets is that other companies are allowed to make them.

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Lithuania rules beer brewing 'vitally essential' to life

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I'm failing to understand the surprise

Classifying Carlsberg as equivalent to water? Beer drinkers have been doing that for years.

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Sony to ship passive 3D, OLED TVs in 2013

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"If all 3D films were MADE in 3D"...

I won't argue that native 3D is better, but it's not post-conversion that causes crap viewing, only cheap post-conversion knocked off in a rush. Lucas took his sweet time over The Phantom Menace and spent the money on it, and it really showed. (Though it didn't make the movie wonderful, obviously.)

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Passive 3D does not jettison the glasses

It just allows cheaper glasses. I'm not sure it improves the viewing angle, either.

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Star Wars visionary becomes one with the Force

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Be glad that Lucas recognised him

McQuarrie probably got paid as much as well as John Howe got paid for his conceptual art for the Lord of the Rings movies. It's a shame artists often don't get the rewards they deserve, but they do get paid - and better than comic artists sometimes get paid for their work.

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Atari Pong at 40: Alcorn talks plastics, pirates and square balls

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Elton John?

Pinball Wizard was by The Who, matey boots. Elton John just did the cover version.

(Paris, because she too is famous for goings on under the covers.)

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Warner Bros boss moots 'disc-to-digital' scheme

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Re: Digital Divide

But not your fail, don't worry.

Being in Wales and hence unlikely to have the problem, you forgot to mention something else that just struck me while reading your post - monthly download limits. Bad enough that you're restricted by other factors, but when users are also restricted in how much of their own purchased entertainment they are allowed to watch each month the model is completely useless.

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"In other words they want you to rent rather than buy"

Not exactly right. They want you to think you're buying something when you're actually only paying for a service.

The cloud is the biggest waste of space and scam in the history of IT. There is no way any of us should be willing to accept a situation where what we have bought can be lost simply because the seller doesn't want to offer it to us any more.

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Weeing Frenchman sues Google over Street View photo

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Don't look back in Angers...

... and you'll end up on Google Street View in compromising circumstances!

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Apple snags blockbuster multi-touch patent

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"the USPTO does not have an infinite amount of time to go looking for prior art"

So you're saying that nobody at the USPTO owns a smartphone? It should not be possible to get a patent for a technology that has already been in widespread use for a number of years.

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Apple issues invitations to March 7 iPad roll-out

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Re: the rationale behind the downvotes

Another major contributing factor is that by not commenting at all on his cut-and-pasted article, "dssf" is tacitly supporting everything it says. Since the article in question is a puff piece in which Apple are praised to the skies for supplying cheap textbooks to schools that can afford a $500 iPad for every pupil while denying them to the cash-strapped schools that actually need cheap textbooks ... well, the prosecution rests, m'lud.

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Cineworld flaunts '4D' movies

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I believe they call that "a Michael Bay production".

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Death to Office or to Windows - choose wisely, Microsoft

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"What can a tablet do that a PC cannot?"

Be conveniently carried in one hand while in use, for a start.

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Avoid flying next to blubberbeasts with seatmate-finding site

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"Rome fell because ... Why, exactly?"

The 40,000 heavily armed Huns who came visiting might have had something to do with it. That, and all the people in Rome who didn't understand that the terms "app" and "shareware" were no more interchangeable than the terms "car" and "taxi".

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Nearly one in 10 Brits 'fess to shower phone faux pas

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Free Clue

The glass is not the bit you need to keep water off.

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Huawei pitches 'first ever' 10in quad-core tablet

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"A feed from this into a big TV will look phenomenal"

Yes, because the quality of the display on a device has such a huge effect on the data being output from that device to another display.

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Belkin Keyboard Folio case for iPad

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"You actually think a £60 tablet is quality?"

No, Tom. But then, I was talking about the owner, not the tablet.

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"From your choice of tablet it would seem you value cost over quality."

I think you're confused, Tom. He didn't say he owned an iPad.

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Hey Commentard! - or is that Commenter?

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Enough of this democracy rubbish

I want to be Commentrade Jedit! In El Soviet Registar, articles comment on YOU!

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Woman spanked for dissing ex in Facebook snapshot

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Re: Re: "A bit of a push to say it was an insult to one individual"

Hmmm, I could have sworn it was her ex. I must have misread.

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Foxconn allegedly hid underage workers from inspectors

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Cameras roll on 'blockbuster' new Who series

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Tennant 3.5?

No - the TV movies were separate productions, not part of a series run, so they don't count together for the numbering.

It's all needlessly complicated, of course, but if it weren't what would we all talk about while shows are on hiatus?

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Re: The seventh series

NuWho has its own production series. Eccleston did S1. Tennant then did three more, and this is Matt Smith's third, so it's the seventh series.

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AppAware

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Yeah...

It was definitely quite appt.

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Brit student locked up for Facebook source code hack

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"You don't give criminals a job just because they broke the law"

Setting a thief to catch a thief is more common than you know. I was going to provide anecdotal evidence of my local police using a guy with a B&E conviction as an official locksmith, but decided against it because it's just anecdotal. Then, with perfect timing, this appeared:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-17075027

For those who can't be bothered clicking, West Yorkshire Police employ an ex-burglar as a consultant on crime prevention tactics.

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iPad 3 chip leak squeaks dual-core tweaks

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Re: Hmm, anyone else see a pattern?

I don't think it has much to do with how dumb the fanbois are, as that demographic are likely to be buying the Apple product regardless of whether specs are leaked in advance. "Authorised leaks" are generally used to drive the hype machine, convincing potential new customers to hold off on buying a rival product.

The case of leaking overestimated specs is dodgy, though. When those potential customers go looking for information on the product, a casual search is more likely to find the leaked fake specs than the genuine specs because the leak has been around for longer and generated more traffic.

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