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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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Sky flaunts F1 app with split-screen functions

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Re: Don't get it

It's only an iPad app because Apple users are more likely to fork out the £20 or more that Sky are going to charge for it. I imagine they'd also like to shut down the free live data feed app that was available last year, but hopefully that will be beyond them.

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BOFH: Moon landings, Pong and the case of the smoking server

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Pfft

Everyone knows the moon landings weren't faked.

It's the MOON that is fake.

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Canadians revolt over draconian internet privacy bill

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"Even Rick Santorum hasn't gone that far"

No, but I'd say that Newt Gingrich has. He's been married three times, and cheated on I think it was his first wife while she was suffering from a terminal illness.

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Feds to carmakers: 'Rein in high-tech dashboards'

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Insane troll logic rides again

"People break the law, so laws are stupid and we shouldn't have them!"

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UK crime-busters knock hiphop site off the Internet

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Woody Guthrie?

I'm sure he hasn't complained about his files being spread far and wide, but I equally doubt he's voiced his support either - what with him having been dead for going on sixty years, and all.

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Well...

... they just rounded up a bunch of gangstas!

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The El Reg book library - now on ePub

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Not to be pedantic or anything...

... but I can already read books on my Kindle in a Faraday cage. I just can't download them directly to it.

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Sun hacks cuffed after being DOBBED IN by News Corp

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"Eventually, every Eye reader is offended by something"

In my experience, Eye readers are mostly only offended by the behaviours they read about in its pages. That said, you're not a real Eye reader until you've cancelled your subscription at least once.

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Fondle my slab, baby: Inside the tactile world of Apple-fan iDating

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"The users come back because they know what they're getting."

Yes - they're getting charged $5 a month to do what OKCupid lets you do for free. That there are also massively fewer potential contacts doesn't seem to matter to them, it's "weeding out the hoi-polloi".

The price of fruitdom is eternal virginity.

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'These working conditions are appalling, especially for Apple'

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There's nothing good about sweatshop labour

On the other hand, there is a lot of difference between using sweatshop labour so you can sell a £99 smartphone, and using sweatshop labour when you're already selling your £499 smartphone for £599. One is making A profit; the other is making MORE profit.

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"Quite why it's worse because it's Apple is unclear."

That would be because unlike many other companies, Apple aren't using sweatshops to minimise costs so they can undercut competitors while still making a healthy margin. They're just trying to maximise profit, while suing rivals out of the market so they can charge whatever obscene premium they like.

Suggested new motto for Apple: "It just works, or else it gets the hose again".

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Ten... Valentine's Day gifts for her

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I feel more like asking if they have any girlfriends at all

Does anyone seriously think that a woman will want anything called a Flow for Valentine's Day?

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Groupon loses $42.7m in Q4, shares tumble

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"Why pay tax on a loss"?

Because a multinational corporation's tax bill is determined individually for each country. For example, say they make a $10m profit in the UK but a $20m loss in the US. They operate at a loss overall and pay no tax in the US, but are still taxed on their UK profits.

This being a company that sells things, there are also sales taxes to consider.

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Toshiba releases 'world's thinnest' Android tablet

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@Sean Baggeley

You will get less letterboxing watching a 1.85:1 or 2.39:1 picture on a 16:9 display than you will on a 4:3 display - that's basic mathematics. Moreover, the entire TV industry is now geared to making 16:9 displays and the vast majority of new monitors are also 16:9. As a result, it is increasingly common for TV shows and websites to be designed for the widescreen format. So, tell me again how 4:3 is a better aspect ratio for tablets when the media you are likely to view on them is made with 16:9 formatting in mind?

Oh, sorry, you already answered that one, didn't you? "4:3 is better because Apple do it that way!"

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"Some people use their tablets for things other than watching movies"

I imagine most people do. However, many people do use their tablets for watching movies, and those people will not buy a non-widescreen tablet because the movies look better on a widescreen. Designers are not going to alienate a large section of the market for the benefit of the microscopic fraction who actually *want* a 4:3 screen.

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Upgrade eliminates Atlantis from Google Earth

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Wales at the bottom of the ocean?

How would this improve the place? The only difference would be it wouldn't rain as much.

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Jackpot: astronomers tag Goldilocks planet

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"Coould we have life without water?"

Theoretically. However, nobody gives a toss because the objective of these searches is to find planets that are like Earth, and which could be explored or even colonised if we ever develop the technology to reach them.

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Google 'chooses' not to censor Mosley content, MP says

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Slap the cuffs on the press

Sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander!

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Android users more likely to put out

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Best phone for a young British lesbian?

The one with the strongest haptic feedback, obviously.

Real conversation overheard in Tesco's phone section:

"It says this phone is exciting. Should I be excited by my phone?"

"Dunno - is it set to vibrate?"

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The Register Comments Guidelines, 2012

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If trolling is forbidden...

... do we still need the icon for it?

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Why I'd pay Apple more to give iPad factory workers a break

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"They'll do the minimum they can get away with"

No, actually they'll do less than the minimum. After the explosion at Foxconn, Apple moved some of their iPad manufacture to Pegatron - who have an even worse record for workers' rights, if such is possible. Apple don't give a damn, so long as their devices are made for the cheapest price and they make the most money.

Incidentally, during the trial production run at Pegatron there was another minor explosion. It is believed that both explosions were caused by aluminium dust catching fire. Other manufacturers use aluminium backs on their tablets, so why is it only Apple who have assembly-line fires?

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Surprise: Neil Young still hates digital music

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Neil Young hates digital music

Which is presumably why the Blu-ray and DVD versions of his Archives: Volume 1 box set include codes to download all the songs as MP3s.

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iPhone 5 rumoured to be packed with pay-by-bonk tech

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"A staggering achievement"

Stuff the 20 mile run - the bonk is enough to leave you staggering, if you do it right.

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iPhone doc will detect cancer, diabetes - boffins

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An interesting idea

Now, consider the concept of linking a car ignition key to an app. Devices are already capable of retinal identification and thumbprint identification; add in the ability to detect blood alcohol levels, and it would be possible to have a car that you couldn't drive if you were over the legal limit.

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German court rejects Samsung tablet appeal

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"Apple would have a better job not blocking it"

I agree, Gary, the device should be allowed to stand or fall on its own merits. If it's really as bad as you say then users will vote with their wallets - even if they don't want an iPad it's not like they're short of alternatives now. But Apple won't let the 10" Galaxy Tabs be judged openly, because that would take money and market share away from them - and God help them if it turns out the public think the Tab genuinely is better.

This is why I personally hate Apple; it's not the tight control on development, the fashion-victim pricing or the massive proportion of Apple users who are complete twunts. It's that Apple believe the only way to win a race is to stop anyone else competing. They've done it many times - by forcing all apps to be sold through the App Store, by prohibiting digital media publishers from undercutting the App Store, and now by preventing potential rivals marketing their products on the flimsiest of grounds.

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That's exactly what it's about

More precisely, it's about being a rectangle with a screen that is also better than Apple's product at the same price. Apple would be after the Transformer Prime, too, if it weren't for the dock.

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US entertainment lawyer casts doubt on Megaupload case

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Oh, I like this

The RIAA/MPAA want to exert the laws they paid for to bypass Dotcom's legal defence, but they can't. If the matter is pursued as a criminal case, there's a strong enough defence case to preclude his extradition. If it's pursued as a civil case a conviction is probably assured, but they can't get Dotcom to face the charges unless he goes to the US.

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Apple Italy throws up ruling on its store site

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"Try and be aware of the laws"

Yes, because otherwise you may end up spending more than you have to on bribing the courts.

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Boffins make graphene micro-distillery

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Degrees, not percentage of proof

I am aware of this, thanks. However, I was coming to the end of my lunch break and didn't have time to find the proper symbol.

Also, please do follow my link. You sound like you might appreciate it.

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You aim too low

When it comes to advanced scientific brewing techniques, one should be aiming for at least 300% proof. 307 Ale, my boys, 307 Ale...

http://www.songmeanings.net/songs/view/3530822107858848784/

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UK sight-loss charity sues BMI

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Hmmm

It seems we also need legislature to assist people who spontaneously orgasm when they view websites. We can't have them ... deprived ... can we?

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North Korea labels phone users war criminals

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Yes...

.... because the only way to deal with a subjugated people whose leaders are systematically blocking any chance they might have to organise their own freedom is to commit genocide against them.

Moron.

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iPad Fleshlight lets fanbois express their love

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Well, actually...

... if the Romans found a legionnaire having carnal knowledge of another man, he would be stoned and beaten to death by his own comrades. And people complained about DADT...

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New forum Wishlist

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Direct links to posts

Or failing that, notifications when someone directly replies to your post or to the thread - God, even Memebase has that. As is, the forums aren't much more than a fire-and-forget comment board; holding an actual discussion is very hard.

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Groupon banned from selling SNAKE OIL

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But it MUST work!

I mean, when was the last time you saw a wrinkly snake?

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iPad users 'risk shoulder pain', say US gov, Microsoft boffins

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Your scenario is a statistical outlier

Most of us don't lie on the sofa, with the TV on our wife, watching something rubbish.

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Google finally admits it wants to OWN YOU

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Playboy?

No, honestly ... I only read El Reg for the good articles.

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American search team fails to find women's G-spot

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There's no difference between sex and tech support

Have you tried turning your woman off, then turning her on again?

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