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Surface Pro to hit Blighty priced 25% up on top-o-the-range iPad

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Re: £800????

>you've jack of an eco-system.

Can you expand on that statement? All sorts of hardware and legacy software work with (full fat) Window 8. I don't think there is a device that is now plugged into my Win 7 laptop that wouldn't work with this machine, from my HDDs to my mouse. The chances are that the vast majority of my installed software would work on it as well. Is it possible that you have confused this device for a Win 8 RT (can run on ARM) device?

I have no need for this form factor, but to say it has no 'eco-system' confusese me.

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Honey, I BLEW UP the International SPACE STATION - in full 3D

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Re: But....

>Can it run Crysys with max settings?

I don't know about Crysis, but it looks like a crisis for the two astronauts concerned!

CrySys with two 'y's is something different again, but does have an IT angle: :-)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CrySyS_Lab

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Re: All that trouble

What vacuum? It looks like expanding gas, dust and debris (i.e an explosion)- the rest of the noise is screaming over the suit radio, and noise transmitted along the suit tether- in much the same the way as you can hear the cable of your earphones rubbing against your shirt.

There is a medium for sound to travel through. I don't expect the noise portrayed in this trailer is what people would hear in that situation, but nor would I expect it to be a silent experience.

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Acorn founder: SIXTH WAVE of tech will wash away Apple, Intel

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Re: so that leaves ....

AMD spun off their manufacturing to Global Foundries, so they are more like ARM now. MS have dabbled in hardware (mice and keyboards, later the XBOX and the Surface devices, but I imagine the physical production line belongs to someone else) but remain primarily software and services.

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Re: Inevitable

>As you point out Sil, its primary driver is computing power/watt.

That, and wireless connectivity - be it the now more common WiFi or sensibly priced data-plans.

Looking forwards, small wireless connected devices such as sensors might be frugal enough to be harvest energy from their surroundings, and cheap enough to be almost disposable (or at least deployed redundantly).

Making good use of all this easily collected data might be more challenging, though.

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Re: "the incumbent always misses the next wave"

The canal owners had everything invested in assets - canals. The Japanese stole a march on transistor radios because the Americans had too much invested in manufacturing valves.

Apple don't have much invested in manufacturing hardware- and the value of offering services such as iTunes or their App Store isn't lost on them. That their hardware is profitable for them is a nice bonus, but the physical devices are just away of using their services. Google, and ARM likewise - nothing invested in manufacturing hardware.

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Re: You can call me AI

Though deliberately his own atheist Utopia, Iain M Banks' Culture sci fi concerns a society of powerful AI Minds and hedonistic humans. Banks' doesn't really explore too deeply why the Minds keeps humans around, other than perhaps for their own amusement. Other Minds get kicks out of hunting down 'Hegemonizing Swarms' - little clouds of Von Neuman machines.

Asimov wrote quite a few stories about Multivac, a central computer that looks after all administration on the behalf of humanity- in one story, Multivac manipulates a man to destroy it, since it is its considered opinion that humanity would be better off taking responsibility for itself.

Then there is that great moment when a human figure blast through a wall, and reveals itself to be R. Daneel Olivaw, now capable breaking the 'first law' and hurting individual people if it furthers the aim of the 'Zeroth law'- protecting humanity.

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Review: HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook

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Re: I don't get the appeal

>Yes they are called tablets and smart phones these days, oh and they are a lot more versatile.

A Swiss Army Knife is more versatile than a dedicated can opener, but for opening cans I'd rather use the specialist device- it's quicker and easier. There is no reason why I can't own both, either.

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Re: Why?

@Yet Another Anonymous coward

>Unfortunately office365 doesn't work with chrome

Sorry, I didn't make my point clearly: I wasn't thinking that Office 365 would work on Chromebooks, but I mentioned it because it is part of a competing solution, a competing solution that is in some ways moving in the same direction as Chromebooks.

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Re: 1366 x 768 screen ?????

> I'm sure we wouldn't mind paying a little more for a better screen

I'm with you. However, this Arstechnica review of a 13.3" Toshiba laptop with a 2560×1440 screen highlights some scaling issues presented by Windows applications, which might explain why some manufacturers are holding back:

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2013/05/review-high-dpi-toshibas-kirabook-takes-on-the-retina-macbook-pro/2/

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Re: I don't get the appeal

>May as well stick a proper desktop OS on it.

Some people only want to tap out some words, send some pictures or look at some websites. For them, any extra functionality wouldn't be worth the effort of maintaining a better featured OS.

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Re: Why?

>The Chromebook is trapped between laptops with a regular Windows/Linux/OSX operating system, and tablets. >What's the point?

A Reg article suggested that Google's paid-for business offerings are gaining traction, for document creation, collaboration and sharing... if that is true, Chromebooks start to make more sense - especially if MS is moving in that direction too, with Office 365.

Already, a friend of mine has a works-issued laptop with a locked-down Linux distro, purely for connecting to his company's network. I could see Chromebooks being used in that area.

Think of all those fines that have been handed out to organisations when conventional laptops have been stolen from parked cars or left on trains, leaving their local data vulnerable to abuse. Chromebooks automatically encrypt cached files, and can be set not to store anything locally at all.

It's not a machine for me, but they don't seem as ridiculous as when they first surfaced.

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Dark blue side of the Force used to quell Star Wars nerd clash

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Re: An Alan Partridge moment

But was a dead cow dropped on anyone?

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Re: Life copies art?

Sounds like a scene from the film Fanboys (2009), in which there is a scuffle between some Star Wars fans and some Trekkies ("It's Trekkers!")

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fanboys_(film)

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Sony investor wants to break up firm, re-invest in hardware biz

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Re: Pound for Pound

The Playstation for Phones effort was too narrow... Sony hoped it would cause people to buy a higher-end Xperia phone, I guess, but too few people own for there to be a critical mass of users and developers. Perhaps they could have licensed it for phones from all vendors if they met minimum specifications, and also released a good Bluetooth gamepad for mobiles- the Sony name on it might have encouraged more Android game developers to support it. Okay, this may have eaten into Playstation Portable sales (which are sliding anyway) but the sale of games, controllers, and perhaps subscription services could have made up for it.

It would be a shame if they scrapped all their laptops... at least they are still trying things that their competitors aren't (very high resolution screens, external GPU docks via a Thunderbolt variant)

In cameras, they are offering some good kit - full-frame sensored compacts competing with Leica's M series, DSLR-like translucent-mirrored cameras, and an APS-C sensored camera in a very compact body.

And I like their take on phones and tablets at the moment - making a waterproofing a standard feature, for example, rather than something only implemented on a specialist model.

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Apple seeks techies, designers to revive iWork office suite

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Re: What took them so long?

For sure, knocking 50% off the price would aid adoption, but I don't think MS would be able to rely upon future revenue as they could with the XBOX- with sales of games, peripherals and XBOX Live subscriptions.

If MS tablets were sold that cheaply, there would definitely be a concerted effort to get Android and Linux running on them, so many of the cheap units would go to penguins- and that wouldn't help MS at all.

Many of the people who bought the HP Touchpad during the firesale did so knowing that they would be happy to just use its built in features (browser, media playback) and wouldn't be buying software for it in future.

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'WikiLeaks of financial data' prompts worldwide hunt for tax evaders

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Re: But has this data

>@Dave 126

>400GB will comfortably fit on one hard disk. You are living in the past!

Ooops! Silly me. Cheers AC, I was having a funny five minutes and had my GBs and TBs confused!

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Re: But has this data

>anything to do with wikileaks? The only mention I can see is in the headline.

The linked article only says the data "was obtained by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists". Their only reference to Wikileaks is: "The total size of the ICIJ files, measured in gigabytes, is more than 160 times larger than the leak of U.S. State Department documents by Wikileaks in 2010."

Logistically, how did the inside source get that much data out? I'm just imagining a pallet truck loaded with HDDs.

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New Lumia 925: This, loyalists, is the BIG ONE you've waited for

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Re: Waterproof?

>Once you have no SD card and a sealed battery, then WTF are they doing not making it waterproof?

Two of the three waterproof Sony phones (Xperia Go and ZR) have replaceable batteries - they just employ a rubbery seal around the battery compartment... the compromise tends to be on loudspeaker quality.

Sodcasting in a pub or bus is nasty, but for spoken-word radio or podcasts a built-in speaker is handy. YMMV.

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Re: beyond a joke

>Nokia that is handicapped with an OS that i haven't used and am not really qualified to talk about.

There, fixed that for you.

Indeed, I've managed perfectly fine with feature phones until a year ago, when I got an Android phone... I get on well with it, but I can't imagine it is the only way of skinning the cat. I've invested next to sod-all on apps... a couple I find very useful, but I've hardly scratched the surface of the thousands that are available for Android.

I imagine my next handset will be Android, but can't see anything wrong with some competition.

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Torvalds unveils first Linux 3.10 release candidate

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Re: Eadon

>Honestly can't this icon be specifically for himself?

There's an idea- a compulsory 'icon of shame' for commentards who consistently go out of their way to earn one. Icons such as 'frothing at mouth', 'Eadon' or 'broken record' will be shown next to all posts by the guilty for a period of one month, or until they have shown improvement.

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Android is a mess and needs sprucing up, admits chief

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Re: Most people will just install or use the apps they like or are most comfortable using.

>I still don't know anyone that has a Windows phone,

I know a couple of people in the pub with them, both single parents around forty years old, if that means anything. I get the impression that calling, messaging and Facebook are their main phone-based activities, and not much more. It seems that for such uses, they are perfectly reasonable phones.

(To be fair, my Android phone is mainly used for calls, messaging, a bit of internet browsing, and navigation - the latter I'm led to believe Nokia does quite well. I also use an app for tuning my guitar - a quick google suggests that an equivalent app is available for WinPho, so the smaller app store wouldn't bother me too much)

I notice that most of the people in the pub who haven't got a smartphone have Nokia 'candy bars'.... I wonder if they will stay loyal to the brand if they eventually get a touch-screen device?

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Re: Hagiographer

> written up by the Sunday Express as the "wickedest man in the world"

I seem to recall the Express (whose sister media outlets include Television X and Red Hot TV - NSFW) was trying to say the same about Billy Connelly at one point.

I've only read a biography of Crowley, but it amused me that he thought L Ron Hubbard was a complete twat, as did, at the other end of the spectrum, Isaac Asimov.

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Drone to deliver beer-as-a-service

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Re: Duck and cover

So: Use a polyethylene bag- like that found inside a wine box, only smaller - to deliver the beer.

That said, I think something along the lines of DARPA's 'robotic mule' would be a better solution to the 'problem'; effectively a vending machine on legs... though at Glastonbury it might be mistaken for a piece of Mad Max-inspired crusty art.

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IT'S OFFICIAL: Hipster era is OVER – sorry, beanie boiz...

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Hipster Hitler? I was expecting to see the lead actor from the Springtime for Hitler musical, from Mel Brooks' The Producers!

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Re: @ Aldous: It goes in cycles

Re Nathan Barley, trashbat.co.ck is still up! It features Barley's phone of choice, the Wasp T12 a 'speechtool' that I'll now be citing whenever someone complains about modern mobile phones being boring ("This device was advertised as being exceptionally loud, with several hugely annoying ringtones, a giant key for the number 5 (allegedly the most commonly used digit), a powerful projector, a business card printer and miniature turntables for scratching MP3s. ")

Most of the rest of the site is a piss-take of Banksy.

When asked about a second series, one of the co-creators said "We could have done it a couple of years ago, but there are just too many people like Nathan Barley these day"

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Mystery Sony big-screen ereader to sport E Ink bender

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Re: Not portable

If the screen were flexible (with a bending radius of, say, 16mm), a 13" sheet could be folded over into something roughly the size of a paperback book- 'jacket pocket' friendly. The battery and processor wouldn't have to be flexible.

Point taken, though... a company would want to exhaustively test the durability of a flexible display before selling it to the public, or else risk a lot of returns six months down the line.

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Who is Samsung trying to kid? There will NEVER be a 5G network

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Re: headline-grabbing technique

>what matters is free advertising, courtesy of you, the Register

True, Samsung regularly get a mention on The Reg, but then so do Apple, yesterday a snippet about an upcoming Sony phone, and last week a favourable HTC review, not to mention Windows phone OS and Nokia handsets, and articles about Blackberry's new offerings...

Even without the '5G' tag, surely even a generic 'boffins do something cunning with radio which might affect us in a few years' is worthy of a Reg article?

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What freetard are you: Justified, transgressor or just honest?

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Re: I "Pirate" what I have already paid for - I bet most "Pirates" are like me

>I pay for a cable subscription and download stuff I get there(tv shows that can take a while to show up here)

That's another area in which pressure from 'pirates' has benefited everybody: In early series of both Mad Men and Battlestar Gallactica, episodes were aired in the US weeks ahead of the UK... a few series later, and the gap in the air date had reduced dramatically. This benefited legitimate viewers, as they were less likely to stumble across spoilers on the internet.

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Which petite model likes a fondle and GETTING WET? Sony's Xperia ZR

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Re: Why aren't all phone water ressistant?

>Why does this have to be an unusual feature? mobile phones are often used in situations where water resistance would be good yet there are only a handful of water resistant phones.

Agreed. With luck the trend is moving in that direction.

Previously, waterproof phones were marketed as such (See Motorola 'Defy', and Xperia 'Go')... what is interesting is that Sony are featuring in their top-end phones, and trying to make it a standard feature.

They also have a waterproof tablet - a good idea for those who use a tablet to access the millions of food recipes on the internet.

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>In these days of wireless charging, NFC and A2DP etc, I'm wondering when we will see a handset that can survive a proper dunking.

You could probably modify an Xperia Z... whilst it doesn't have wireless charging, it does feature external contacts so it can be charged in a cradle without removing the rubber grommit over the microUSB port. In theory, you could stick some silicon sealant in all the ports and still be able to charge and use the phone.

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Boffins plan to drop €250,000 TEST-TUBE BURGER on London

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Re: You know that YOU are made out of meat too, right?

And the book (and film) Cloud Atlas also features artificial meat...

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Apparently (according to QI), giant Galapagos tortoise is very, very tasty - explaining why it took decades for a live specimen to reach London after their initial discovery... after a month or two at sea, the crews couldn't help fancying a change in diet.

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Re: What about fat?

They are sure to be able to do fat down the line... already 3D printing technologies are being explored to create artificial (simpler) organs by creating specific patterns of different cell types.

They could do mock marbling, or have their company's name written in fat...

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Re: Actually, the article made me think of

Square Pigs!

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Re: You know that YOU are made out of meat too, right?

>You know that YOU are made out of meat too, right?

Oh, there's a lovely Brian Aldiss (I think, though it might be Arthur C Clarke) short story set in the boardroom of company that manufactures Artificial Meat... hint: Which meat would have vitamins and minerals best in keeping with our own bodies?

David Cronenburg's lad picked up the idea in a recent horror/satire film called Anti-Viral.

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Re: You know that YOU are made out of meat too, right?

>I love my meat, and there's no way I'm giving it up,

I love good meat, but I don't think I'd find it too difficult to trade quantity for quality... i.e I'd rather have a smaller exquisite fillet steak than a massive okay rib-eye.

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Review: Samsung Galaxy S4

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Re: You need a physical home button with a touch screen

My current phone doesn't have physical Back Home Menu buttons, but instead a capacitive strip under screen... it's okay, but if I played games on it I would prefer micro-switches so that I didn't activate the buttons by accident.

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Re: removable battery YES!

>Only thing missing here is watertight, thats probably easier with a non replacable battery.

You would have thought so, but the Sony Xperia Go (a 4" waterproof Android phone) has a removable battery, as does the upcoming 4.6" Xperia ZR.

The Xperia Go has a rubbery seal all the way around the battery/SIM bay, presumably the ZR is similar.

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Re: I really get tired of this bemoaning 'evolution instead of revolution'

Agreed, its daft to bemoan a product category for becoming mature.

I like it that manufacturers are needing to think harder than just cramming bigger/faster components inside a case, and are trying other ways to suit the needs of the user, such as making phones more durable and waterproof- something that has been standard feature on most wristwatches for years. (Though as someone pointed out the other day about the Xperia Z - it doesn't really need to be waterproof because it is too big to be accidentally dropped in a pint glass!)

The IR transmitter on this S IV seems to me to be a sensible, useful addition- it's a fair assumption that most people who might buy a high-end phone will have several black boxes under their television set. Eyeball tracking? Meh.

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Re: Are the 32Gb or 64Gb version available yet?

> you can't load apps to the sd card....

Thanks for raising that point, Pie.

8 GB would once have been overkill for app storage, but it appears the trend is for apps to be much bigger these days, especially games.

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2212114

I hadn't realised it was an Android issue from 4.0... Not really an advance! It's a bit like the time Android was updated and no longer connected to computers as MSC (though I think some phones -Xperia Z? - retain an option to do so, removing a little hurdle for Mac and Linux users)

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PERIL in ORBIT: ISS leak plugged in FIVE-HOUR spacewalk

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Re: Also...

And the regular requests from mission control for 'glove checks', and being talked through the journey to the work-site handrail by handrail.

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Re: Five and a half hours!?

You can hold your breath in a vacuum for 10 minutes?

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Ancient thumb-driven whirly-wheel smartmobe UI ported to Android

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Re: cool software bro

Yeah, those turn-of-the-century Sony UIs were what this put me in mind of.

http://www.freepatentsonline.com/6710771.html

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Løvefïlm signs hit beards’n’berserkers series Vikings

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Re: Too many "exclusives"

>I never understood how US TV works...

And yet it produces some excellent content.... this is well worth look a look, a view from someone who has made series on both sides of the Atlantic:

Armando Iannucci: BAFTA Television Lecture 2012

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmViA8zRhLI

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Re: Whilst I love the GOT books...

I believe they had a bigger budget for the second series after the success of the first. Series 4 was commissioned after the first episodes of the current 3rd series aired.

It rare for a TV series to complete its story arc... so it is reassuring to know it has legs.

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Re: Game of Thrones

Yeah, the fantasy elements of Game of Thrones are very much on the periphery, much like how a map from the middle ages shows fantastic beasts dwelling just beyond Christendom. It is more driven by good ol Shakespearian themes of lust for power and political intrigue.

It looks good- being filmed across appropriate countries rather than cheesy sets or CGI. Some people have said that they find the nudity excessive, but this is The Reg...

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The IT Crowd returns to Channel 4 for a final episode

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Re: http://www.reynholm.co.uk/intranet/resources.php

username and password required... I tried a few variations of admin, user, admin, 1234, password before I cheated and googled the link!

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'Liberator': Proof that you CAN'T make a working gun in a 3D printer

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Re: Saturday night specials..

>however I think it is a cool enough experiment, you never know unless you try

It reminds me of Mythbusters making a cannon from laminated leather, since stories tell of the Irish using them. It didn't fare well.

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Ten years ago, the phrase was 'Rapid Prototyping' (not 'additive manufacturing'), of which 3D printing was only one method. Other techniques include Stereolithography, Laminated Object Modelling (using a laser cutter to cut cross-sections out of paper which are then stacked and glued) and Selective Laser Sintering - though the latter is used more for end-use parts in aerospace, and could happily make a gun... just as any reasonably well-equipped machine shop could.

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