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True optical zoom coming to HTC smartphone cameras

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Re: Yes, no doubt. And no - no possible way

I agree, and one thing they can add is a one click camera button on the phone, that would be great and eliminate the unlock, open app, take photo that I do now for a fairly spontaneous photo

But if I want a decent photo, if I know I need to take photos, or if I am just at home and have time, I grab my DSLR...

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Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner hacked in just 4 DAYS

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Re: Biometrics...

Exactly, and they are using it for ePassport gates?

Sure IRIS was not perfect, BUT its much harder to fake at border control (i.e. you can't just stick a fake iris on your eyeball like you can a fake fingerprint).. the technology needed some updating, to avoid the need for multiple cameras at different heights which often had the wrong one activated I noticed.... Surely some form of eye tracking technology as you walked into the gate, with a high magnification lens would allow the eye to be scanned at a distance...

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Samsung files patent for ear-mounted Google Glass competitor

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I like the idea of a HMD, but I hate the 'glass' method of implementing it..

Maybe Samsung will do things right, unlikely but we will see...

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A black box for your SUITCASE: Now your lost luggage can phone home – quite literally

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Re: Happens to me

Is IRIS gone? since having kids I had to stop using that...

I miss using IRIS, it is was the way forward I think...

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Android engineer: We DIDN'T copy Apple OR follow Samsung's orders

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Over $1billion Lost profits? I call bull...

You can wipe off any 'profits' they expected to get from my Android purchases, I would not have purchased iDevices instead, it would have been a pure linux device instead (before buying my first android phone there was a linux based phone I almost brought) or at worst a windows device...

I expect that equates to over £1000 they would claim in lost profit from my android purchases...

(in actual fact I expect Apple products would have been more expensive and had higher profit margins)

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France bans managers from contacting workers outside business hours

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Re: 9 to 5

Exactly what I was thinking, unless your contracted to be on call AND are being paid to be on call, why would you answer your phone or reply to emails??

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USB reversible cables could become standard sooner than you think

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Re: "USB reversible cables could become standard sooner than you think"

I'm sure they will have adaptors & hubs... so no need to change ALL the sockets....

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Windows XP is finally DEAD, right? Er, not quite. Here's what to do if you're stuck with it

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Re: Won't some of this stuff be running on XP Embedded?

"Support for XP Embedded doesn't end until 2016"

True, but how often do you see an ATM be replaced?

Although I always laugh when I see a crashed embedded device with the BSOD or worse, a desktop.... I have even seen a windows desktop on an ATM before...

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UFO, cosmic ray or flasher? NASA rules on Curiosity curiosity

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Re: The chances of anything coming from mars are a million to one he said

No matter, we have even worse germs since the last time they came... now we have Swine flu and Bird flu to hit them with...

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He may be mad... BUT at least he is looking, so if there is something NASA miss, these guys will find it... but seriously if the right eye saw it but not the left, it is clearly cosmic ray or similar...

If alien life, in the form of anything other than microbes, is found, there is a very high chance it will be found by someone pouring over photos sent back rather than NASA/CSA/ESA, simply because organisations like this don't have the resources to do so...

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Furious MyCloud users descend on WD website as borkage continues

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Cloud fails, no shit....

Anything needs the cloud to work is worthless in the long run... NEST and other 'cloud' devices for the home are doomed to failure, company fails... then homes no longer have heating controls... great strategy....

I love the idea of my home being internet connected, but the server HAS to be local...

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'Hello, is that the space station? NASA here. Can you put us through to Moscow?'

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Re: NATO

Well they won't be joining the EU.... And they won't be keeping the pound...

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Re: Bad call...

vs the USA which is wholesome and pure?

I know which country I don't trust out of the two...

(hint: its the one with red white and blue in the flag)

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Re: Ariane5

Its not so much man rating the launcher, its that the capsules we have are not designed to return, actually the Dragon capsule has proven itself and is most likely to be practical in the short term, the ESA is like NASA, they take their time....

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini tech specs REVEALED

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Re: mini?

well I suspect the 4.5" phone will be similar in size to the original Galaxy S, just like the S4 was the same size as the S3 yet was larger screened.

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Amazon sets FIRE to your living room in bid to shake up TV streaming

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Re: Obviously differnt in the US!

If you stream video, you should not have a usage capped connection....

Even watching a single video on iPlayer a day will drain a small cap...

And unlimited caps are not THAT expensive in the UK, way better priced than the USA...

My annoyance would be the usage of my internet connection randomly....

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Two Questions,

Does it do DLNA? Does it do MiraCast?

If the answer is yes, then this is great, if the answer is no, then its still not a viable option for me :-/..

That is where the Chrome Dongle failed for me..

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Soccer's dull? A MIND-CONTROLLED robo-suit will be used to take first World Cup 2014 kick

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Re: Implications

This is a prototype.... Japanese already have an exoskeleton much smaller, WAY smaller than an average American (sure its not mind controlled, which is the key thing here!)... so yeah they would fit an airline seat... but if not, neither to wheelchairs....

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Amazing...

Seriously pints all round to these engineers, mind control of an exoskeleton, brilliant!

But if you can do this.. .Why not just shove electrodes into the paralysed muscles to control the limbs themselves? Surely it can't be THAT much harder to control human muscles than it can to control robot ones.. (ok yes I KNOW it is harder, and there are many other issues, but still, its a good idea!)

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MPs attack BT's 'monopolistic' grip on gov-subsidised £1.2bn rural broadband rollout

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Re: Never going to work without competition

I think infrastructure should be government owned & ran, it IS a public service...

Then they can sell the access to people like TalkTalk, BT, Virgin etc, who can sell it to us...

In other words BT Wholesale should be nationalised....

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Snowden leaks made us look twice at cloud suppliers – biz bods

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Re: Good

Yes, but the figures for wanting to keep data in the same country are quite low I think... I think that is No2 on my cloud priority list, with No1 being any data stored must be encrypted at source, not on the cloud (unless of course your talking cloud compute, then you have to use encryption in the cloud itself, but still you control the instance yourself and you can encrypt data still

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BT Tower to be replaced by 3D printed BT Tower

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hahaha

The scary thing is I can believe our government doing something so stupid....

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Facebook swallows Oculus VR goggle-geeks. Did that really happen?

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Re: Confused

Upvotes vs Downvotes....

If you take the average reg reader as a likely first user of the Oculus, then if the comments & voting is anything to go by, people here hate the idea of anything Facebook owned, and by that simple connection will not be buying it, meaning the initial users, where you could sell many thousands at a highish price, and even with bugs still existing, have vanished, and you now have to aim at the 'non-techie' market.. which basically sony will win.. because those people don't know any better, and want something they can use with their games console...

I was planning on buying myself a Rift, no longer, I now plan on building my own VR headset once I can source the parts and then publishing the how-to and making the code open source...

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Kim Dotcom extradition: Feds can keep evidence against Megaupload mastermind a surprise

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Re: "America - Fuck Yeah!"

The fact is he didn't kill anyway, no one was caused physical harm by his actions, no one was proven to be out of pocket because of what he did... Is it worth extraditing him over? Not in my opinion, if there is a crime to pay, have him answer for the crime in his country...

Also we need to get precedent set for crimes like this... IF someone commits a denial of service attack on a server in the USA, but they are not in the USA, should the USA have jurisdiction?

In my opinion, cross border crimes should be tried in the country where the perpetrator was at the time of the crime being committed.

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Neil Young touts MP3 player that's no Piece of Crap

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Re: CAPS LOCK MUSIC

Tis true, cables don't really matter as much as people think.. but it does matter, Al is not as good as Cu for electrical signal transmission, its just that audio is such a small range it is very hard to tell....

but what does matter is the contacts... if you have a bad connection then it doesn't matter if your cable is made of platinum, the quality will be crap, that goes for digital as well as analog..

I always try to buy gold plated connectors with copper cables, BUT I won't pay specially for it, I often end end up using CAT6 cable for speakers, its copper and works pretty well!

£1000 on cable though? that is pure madness...

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No sex please, we're Twit-ish. Vine bans non-educational nudity

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Re: What the heck is Vine?

Vine, video service for twits, you were right the first time...

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Apple to grieving sons: NO, you cannot have access to your dead mum's iPad

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Get a court order, make them pay for it!

If you are the beneficiary of the will, that device IS your property, as is the account connected to it...

When you die your beneficiary is given access to your bank account, why is this account ANY different?

Shame on Apple, I say sue the balls off of them, not only to do what they should have done upon receipt of the proof,(the Will, Solicitors letter AND death certificate.) but also sue them for compensation for the pain caused, it won't help bring her back, or really offset the pain, BUT causing them pain financially is the only way to stop it happening again.....

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Psssst. Don't tell the Bride, but BBC Three is about to be jilted

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Globally online is a good idea, but at the very least it should be £5/Month, the license fee is much higher than that, I would even go so far as to say license payers should have to register an account using their license number to get access, but then give full access to back catalogue.

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Re: It started on BBC2

If they just put all their content on iPlayer, forget repeating shows, then BBC3 & 4 would not be needed.

I've enjoyed documentaries on BBC4 & comedy on BBC3, but I now barely watch BBC2, which used to have loads of great stuff on..

Often I find at night I have 50 channels but nothing to watch...

On demand is the way forward, but Broadcast TV is still important.

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Triple-headed NHS privacy scare after hospital data reach marketers, Google

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Summary Care Record? Brill Idea... Sharing that data? moronic.....

As always the government have to balance a good idea with something very stupid.

the idea of a single record for each patient is brilliant, no more will I have to waste time confirming information every time I go for a scan or similar, they can even have my DNA an fingerprints if that will help with my care...

BUT if you share that data with private companies? no thanks, that is idiotic.. Allowing any public cloud services to be used is even dumber, oh no one at google has access? sure... its not like the data is encrypted with external keys is it?

I assume I am able to ask who accessed my records, when and why?

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It's a BLOCKBUSTER: Minecraft heads to the silver screen

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Re: Bye Bye Minecraft Videos

Why? its part of the reason Minecraft is so popular, they are not as dumb as nintendo to cut off their nose to spite their face...

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UK spies on MILLIONS of Yahoo! webcams, ogles sex vids - report

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Re: Translation:

Copyright infringement? surely ALL yahoo chat users can now sue the government for copyright infringement? unfortunately its only a civil offence, but still worth pursuing...

Also it is breach of human rights act, article 8,unless they can prove it is necessary in a democratic society..

Although I think section 2 exemptions a bit over reaching, it has a 'morals' exemption...

Who the hell are the government to be allowed to determine what is moral!

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Tesla wants $1.6bn to help fund $5bn TOP SECRET Gigafactory

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Do we REALLY want more batteries of this type?

Surely a better investment would be developing better battery technology, less prone to catching fire...

Although surely it is better that Apple and Tesla team up on building batteries than putting iCrap into teslas, I am considering getting a Tesla for my next car in a few years, but would not if they filled it full of Apple..

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US Senator lobbies feds to BAN BITCOIN

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Re: "the currency helps facilitate criminal activity"

Yes in the UK they do monitor large cash transactions, bankers get irate sometimes when depositing large amounts... I remember walking out of a bank to the neighbouring bank when I was depositing about £30k because the teller staff pissed me off, I have no problems answering their questions, and telling them where I got hte money, but take my damned money without problems! report it if you want, but I am putting it IN the banking system...

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Sandisk breaks 128GB barrier with new $199 MICROSD card

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"But the longterm trend appears to be towards cloud as a storage medium and, for smartphones at least, SanDisk will have a tougher time of it."

Bullshit.

Until we get global, 2-3Mb/s wireless connectivity then MAYBE cloud would be viable..

but as it is I can't get connectivity 100 yards from my house.... AND I won't trust cloud anyway...

What will cause SanDisk to fail is their rubbish Quality control, I've had half my 64gig cards fail, at VERY frustrating times, I mean when I am up a mountain in China, where even if I did have connectivity it would have been terrible... I couldn't even download my music on a hard wired connection....

Samsung on the other hand, their SD cards seem to be near indestructible (well their spec does push that fact so I expect it), sure they are £5-£10 more each, but worth it!

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Microsoft asks pals to help KILL UK gov's Open Document Format dream

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Re: @Nya

PDF's used by HMRC are pretty damned handy, lets you fill in so many forms easily offline and then submit them securely...

OK sure, they COULD do it all nicely with web forms, such as you get with VAT, but still the PDF's do the job nicely...

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Re: It's not DOCX we're worried about

""And who in their right mind would trust Microsoft to look after their sensitive or mission critical data?"

Someone slightly more sane than would trust Google with the same....""

I wouldn't trust either with mission critical data... I certainly don't trust them with anything really personal....

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Bosses to be banned from forcing new hires to pull personal records

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Are my eyes deceiving me, or is this government doing something to protect people privacy?

No, that can't be it, there MUST be some nefarious plan behind it all...

But on the off chance they don't have an evil scheme lurking in the plans, thumbs up to the government for once! I hope they can bask in the glory of it as I am sure it will be the last good decision they make...

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You'll NEVER guess who's building the first Ubuntu phones in 2014

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wasn't there talk of the Ubuntu phone being able to run android apps?

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Snowden journo boyf grill under anti-terror law was legal, says UK court

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the UK only uses trident missiles, the warheads are home grown last time I checked..

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Official: British music punter still loves plastic

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Once you have lossless downloads CD's will be less popular, but for now the real audio lover will buy CD's.

Myself, I buy MP3's because when the source is my phone, an MP3 at high bit rates is good enough...

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Steelie Neelie 'shocked' that EU tourists turn mobes off when abroad

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Re: Once again the EU makes a good call.

The EU has its good AND bad sides...

When they try to save consumers money, when they protect our freedoms, when they stop governments being arseholes then they are doing good...

BUT when they impose their immigration policies, block us from kicking out terrorists, the whole CAP debacle.. well all of that kind of thing, they are doing bad...

I want us to remain IN Europe, with the current retards in power we need Europe to curb their 1984 learnings... Really the EU should be there to do ONE thing, and that is protect the freedom of the people of Europe..

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Tata says USA rejecting HALF of Indians' work visa requests

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Re: Cheap Labour through the back door.

Similar experience, first time a company I worked out-sourced to india, they had to bring in a very expensive contractor for a few days to fix the mess they were left with AND they had to pay a ransom to get access to certain accounts the indian company had managed to commandeer..

I then had to outsource some work a few years later, false economy had to dump 90% of the work they did and still pay them!

While the odd Indian programmer is good, I've worked with a few, I have a policy to NOT outsource to India, so far its always been a mistake!

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Reports pump fuel into iCar gossip: Apple in 'talks' with Tesla

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Re: I know an iCar gets a lot of stick...

As an optional extra, fine as long as there are alternatives and to have nav/phone integration you don't need iStuff...

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Without a smartphone your reptile brain gets a workout

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My local has very thick walls, and no mobile signal can enter, well at least not from my provider!

So I walk in and get transported back 50 years, even has old fashioned pub games!

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No, pesky lawyers, particle colliders WON'T destroy the Earth

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Re: Perceived global warming

Global warming is happening, the climate is changing, how much of that is man made? I think even the scientists don't know, how will this warming alter the climate? its guesswork really.. BUT it is happening...

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'No, I CAN'T write code myself,' admits woman in charge of teaching our kids to code

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Re: When I said that I wanted to see more women in IT...

She is a pretty face, that is it...

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So she is a pretty face for a stupid policy... Yes you could do a website in 1 hour, the hello world of websites...

If your to code properly you need to learn so much more than just a few lines to do things..

yes teach kids coding, but start when they are 9/10/11, when they can already type/read/write...

My son could do that at 5 but most in his class could barely read at 5....

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Re: Go for it?

Good Point!

Just 'knowing how to code' does not make you a programmer.

It is a skill, a talent, and 'teachers' teaching it when they don't know anything about it is a bad thing...

Can you imagine BSc Comp Sci classes filled with kids who think they can code because they were taught it at school by someone following a book....

I shudder to imagine..

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