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Oh BOY! The MICKEY MOUSE Apple Watch is no heart-throb

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There are Mickey Mouse watchfaces available for the Pebble, have been for a long time. Probably not endorsed by Disney though. Their lawyers haven't got round to it yet.

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Bond villains lament as Wicked Lasers withdraw death ray

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Re: Looking at those Prices...

Laser hobbyist know that if you buy a cheap LED laser, and by pass the regulating circuits you get a very powerful laser with a short life. The laser-optic equivalent of the old region code unlocking "secret hacks" that the DVD player makers didn't try too hard to prevent (or keep secret).

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Re: I like toys but...

Properly executed HiD installations have auto levelling systems. just retro-fitting them onto a car with getting this sorted out is dangerous and will probably get a pull from plod.

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Re: Looking at those Prices...

They can burst a balloon... but only if the balloon is black coloured. They can make smoke on black card or electricians tape. At close range, say a couple of metres.

So they are as useful as a magnifying glass on a sunny day, but more flexible.

Ants and other unfortunate invertebrates beware lest you suddenly find your internals boiling and your exoskeleton popping!

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Technology quiz reveals that nobody including quiz drafters knows anything about IT

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Of no consequence

Most of those question just don't matter. I had not heard of Sheryl Sandberg until I read this article, why should I?

I doubt that there will be a tech crisis because people don't know the date that the first iPhone appeared.

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HUMAN DNA 'will be FOUND ON MOON' – rockin' boffin Brian Cox

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Re: Space Nazi's

*Orthography Nazis.

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BT in talks to RE-SLURP O2 after spitting it out a decade ago

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Same Network

Yes, I should have elaborated that there is a lot of speculation that O2 customers get prioritised ahead of giffgaff ones, but in my experience the O2 data is just as bad.

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Re: I wouldn't want to bet on that.

They are abominable for data.

I have both O2 (business tariff) and GiffGaff personal.

The 3G or 4G is equally frustrating for both.

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Re: mmm

BTCellnet

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Reuse the Force, Luke: SpaceX's Elon Musk reveals X-WING designs

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I am guessing that there are quite a few kg fuel still in the tank, presumably near the bottom.

NASA did sums years ago that said that the cost of the fuel carried in order to effect a soft landing is far greater than the cost of manufacturing more rockets and high pressure pumps is too high - given that rocket motors beat the crap out of themselves and are not ideal for prolonged use. Mr Musk must have a cheaper fuel system and more robust motors.

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Too 4K-ing expensive? Five full HD laptops for work and play

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Don't really get the push for more pixels per cm.. There is a point where more pixels are not usable because they are not visible, so you don't need any more. High res has been possible with print media for a long long time, but they don't bother because there is no use for it. Larger displays can use more pixels.

The obsession with numbers that sells things at the expense of genuinely useful benefits that are ignored.

I need a new car because it only has 4 wheels and there are some new ones out with 8 wheels.

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EE launches 150Mbps '4G+' in the heart of London

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Re: FUCKIN LONDON AGAIN!

"I can't for the life of me imagine why they didn't launch it in the Isles of Scilly or the Outer Hebrides instead."

Some of us just want a signal of any kind. Not even 50 miles from London where the cockney wankahs are enjoying their petabit/s Facebook status updates.

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FORGET the CLIMATE: FATTIES are a MUCH BIGGER problem - study

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Re: Web site request

"(Page & Orlowski I am looking at you.)"

Yes, I found myself wondering if somebody had challenged Lewis Page to write an article of as many straw men as possible. Ironically, straw men aren't normally obese according to the BMI scale, unless it has been raining a lot and they've been left outside.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4: Spawn of Galaxy Alpha and a Note 3 unveiled

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Re: To start with, the display resolution has jumped from 1080 x 1920 to 1140 x 2560 pixels.

I don't need glasses for reading, but I'm not interested in tiny text anyway. Printers have long been able to produce tiny font size, but they don't cram pages with more text, they use a standard ideal size.

So I don't need any more pixels, I don't need any more screen size.

I want a phone that goes comfortably in a pocket, can stand being dropped on concrete or soaked with rain, can hold a strong signal in fringe reception areas, has a battery that can sustain a lot of use over a standard day, doesn't have a painfully scattered user interface like Android and doesn't have to use expensive proprietary accessories like Apple.

Unfortunately the obsession with screen size and useless extra pixels seem to have distracted the phone makers.

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Nexus 7 fandroids tell of salty taste after sucking on Google's Lollipop

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Re: Indeed

Try again with the iPhone. iOS 8 had made old iPad 2 very painful to use, but Apple have just released 8.1.1 and they are back to buttery smooth again. I was on the cusp of buying a new one, but no need now it's perfectly good for another 2 years. Obviously it won't get iOS 9 next autumn, but it won't turn into a brick because it's stuck on 8.

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GOTCHA: Google caught STRIPPING SSL from BT Wi-Fi users' searches

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Re: I take the same doesn't happen

I think if the BT customer crowd got together and ran some kind of browser add on that routinely submitted random BS pointless searches in the background then they could properly skew their mining and analytics to a point where it would be useless.

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NOKIA - Not FINNished yet! BEHOLD the somewhat DULL MYSTERY DEVICE!

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Another Question

Why Android?

Android is the big bruvvaaahh / X-Factaahh / OK Magazine / Hello Magazine OS.

Hopefully they will make it loose so we can put a Sailfish or something on it.

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Nokia's N1 fondleslab's HIDDEN BRILLIANCE: The 'Z Launcher'

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Re: Will Nokia be properly supporting the N1 tablet?

I hope not.

What Nokia need to do is fork it completely so it is unrecognisable as Android.

Or use Sailfish.

Fingers crossed that it is not locked down and a Sailfish install is a breeze.

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Space Commanders rebel as Elite:Dangerous kills offline mode

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Even a Chromebook

Even a google chromebook keeps 16GB of local ram so you can use google docs offline.

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Re: Irony Barrel-Scraping.

That was a bit desperate.

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Pics in SPAAAACE!: Hasselblad sells for $275,000

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Re: And they said

I've got a few Hasselblad bodies, lenses, viewers and backs.

They are in a flight case in my attic. I inherited them a few years back, no clue what to do with them.

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Virgin Media struck dumb by NATIONWIDE packet loss balls-up

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I had no problems with VM at all on Satur......

Oh wait.. what did you say there? Compensation?

Couldn't do a bloody thing on Saturday at all, couldn't even get on youPorn. Where's my money?

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I was using VM all Saturday, for both VPN into work and straight to the web for other stuff.

No problems at all with service. I reckon rival ADSL providers spread this story and what really happened is that somebody in London (a VM customer) had a cheap TPLink router in their house, and had to reboot it because it got its knickers in a twist. Told their neighbour who works for rival and they turned it out as a nationwide outage.

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Rosetta probot drilling DENIED: Philae has its 'LEG in the AIR'

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"LMFAO... this is atleast the 2nd time this has happened to Europeans"

This is the first time this has happened.

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If the thing is in contact with the body of the comet then there is a contact or frictional component.

I don't believe that there was an orbital component to the Philae flight, I assume the reason that it moved 1km from its original contact location is because it bounced and the comet rotated a bit before it came back down. So now the Philae is in a fixed spot on the comet body, the comet must be taking it round with its own rotation.

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Re: To 32,767 and beyond!

"All done with a 1980's Harris RTX2010 processor, 16 bits, running at 8Mz, programmed in Forth."

I'm still waiting for the radiation hardened Raspberry Pi.

Lack of complexity on the RTX2010 has got to be a big advantage.

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Re: Wakes up when it gets sun

"Knowing the way that western organizations build spacecraft and that it was built by Germans"

The Rosetta bit, that worked properly, was built in Stevenage, Hertfordshire.

The mission plan always had to trust to a big slice of luck, though they could have done a lot better with the gas landing thrusters and the harpoons.

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Amazon hiring drone flight ops engineer in Cambridge, UK

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Re: Inefficient?

I might work for a rural isolated home, but I think it would struggle finding its way to the 9th floor of Nelson Mandela House.

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These drone deliveries are not going to work very well, except for a few stunts in favourable circumstances that will generate publicity. Amazon will continue to use the very efficient sub-contract drivers who work even on a Sunday and speak very basic English with an East European accent.

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Behold the Lumia 535 NOTkia: Microsoft wipes Nokia brand from mobes

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"People tend to be impressed if you can produce thermal analysis results during the meeting from running Excel on your PHONE."

Microsoft added Excel to the iOS app store on 6th March this year. I'm sure it must be available on Android too.

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Patch Windows boxes NOW – unless you want to be owned by a web page or network packet

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Re: Update FAIL (?)

"some of us never use IE so how would we ever have to know about the command line options?"

Well I didn't know exactly what the options were to be honest.

But I know that all these major apps are built with command line options.

So I looked them up and posted them on El Reg. Took all of 5 seconds to find them.

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Re: Update FAIL (?)

"Er, how do I disable 3rd party add-ons (which I don't have) when IE crashes on start-up?"

From the command line, -extoff is the one you want. There are other options you might try too.

iexplore.exe [ [ -embedding ]

[ -extoff ]

[ -framemerging ]

[ -k ]

[ -noframemerging ]

[ -nohangrecovery ]

[ -private ] ]

[ URL ]

It's unusual for El Reg readers not to know about this stuff.

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Vodafone: For Pete's sake! Apple’s 'soft' SIM's JUST AN EE SIM

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"You could just get a nanosim adapter from eBay for about 99p."

Or if you are feeling particularly flush, you could pay the extra for convenience and pick one up in Poundland.

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Re: Sounds like Vodafone is unhappy

"Please, post your proof that Apple is requiring some sort of payment from the carrier in exchange for being included in the setup screen where customers can choose. No? Thought not."

Apple did it from day 1 by the use of the apple carrier file, which is what makes it very difficult for MVNOs to fully support Apple features such as logo display, visual voice mail, personal hotspot and a few other things. Giffgaff, for example, couldn't fully support iPhones for a long time until they bought the starter pack from apple and became one of their obedient resellers.

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GOD particle MAY NOT BE GOD particle: Scientists in shock claim

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It's worth a punt for the glory.

If at some time in the future, analysis shows that the discovery isn't exactly as announced then these Danish physicists are first in with the "told you so" and forever known as the smart ones that actually knew what it was all about. Names made and remembered etc. Getting your name on something seems to be the real big prize in science after all. If the discovery turns out to be verified and correct beyond all possible doubt then these Danes have lost very little because they have carefully worded their critique.

By the way, the world may end on Friday, because there is no absolute guarantee that Saturday will happen. We could actually encounter a day that resembles a Saturday.

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Reg mobile man: National roaming plan? Oh UK.gov, you've GOT to be joking

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Re: Where was this piece written?

It's not just the 1500 people living there. These phones are mobile, not residential landlines. They also need to provide service for all the people that don't live there but travel there or travel through there.

These networks that sell you phones that provide maps for when you are lost, but don't actually provide a network signal so you can download the map tiles.

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Re: "No one looked at 4G before there were enough places where there was a signal."

I don't believe it's beyond human ingenuity to camouflage / hide / disguise RF antennas.

May it's beyond the UK networks though. They manage to do it fairly easily in other countries.

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Raspberry Pi mini-puter TOO BIG and EXPENSIVE for you? Think AGAIN

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And the more onerous product warranty/guarantee laws that Apple try so hard to side-step also cost us.

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Farewell Nokia: First ever 'Microsoft Lumia' set for Tuesday reveal

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"Microsoft seem to be oblivious to the fact that their brand is, well, hated."

With Microsoft products being ubiquitous in the workplace, I am really not interested in having them with me 24x7, I need a break from Windows products when I'm on my own time.

However good WP or Windows 10 gets, I really won't ever be interested in having it embedded like a fifth limb.

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Virgin Media CUTS OFF weekend 'net surfers after embarrassing smut-filtering snafu

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Interesting, I've been using VM all weekend and I haven't noticed a thing.

Everything fine.

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At last! Now you can STIFLE dull chums you can't really unfriend on Facebook

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No that's just not true, there is much content from people who are not friends if you are a member of any interest group, and much other stuff appears that is set to a public privacy level and most of the rubbish in there is from people I don't know from Adam.

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I really want to close my Facebook account. If it wasn't for Facebook I would be blissfully unaware of how utterly stupid a large proportion of the population is. I worry about some people who seem to be trying to convince themselves that they have a great life by posting all their adventures (truly happy people just get on with it and don't need to show everyone). It's mostly a bad experience. But there are some things about it that I would truly miss, and that keeps me from pulling the plug. Damn curates egg it is.

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Guess what's missing from Ofcom's big MoD spectrum sale ... YEP, coverage obligation

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Re: Coverage obligation should be based on land mass

"98% coverage of the population" is a completely useless and stupid measure of network coverage.

Mobiles phones are mobile, the clue is in the name. Mobile devices move about and they can go where there is population living and they can and do easily go where the population isn't.

So, I've got great coverage at home, which is great but I've already got a landline, broadband and WiFi. So thanks Networks. 10 miles up the motorway in the sticks, where no people live I've got nothing. If I need maps navigation, or there's a breakdown or an accident then forget it.

So, pull the spectrum licenses from these networks that ignore their obligations, just like with rail franchises and the principle of ULL, pass the infrastructure and license over to another organisation.

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3D PRINTED GUNS: THIS time it's for REAL! Oh, wait – no, still crap

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Gazebo Joint?

Gazebo Joint AKA gaffer tape.

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Shove over, 2FA: Authentication upstart pushes quirky login tech

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Re: Oops

I think in this case, FA is probably correct anyway.

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Forget 5G, UK.gov is making 2G fit for the 21st century!

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Re: I find this hilarious

Thousands of square miles of inner Australia have the same coverage that Skippy had (although Skippy didn't have a satellite phone option, he could talk to people over the HF radio though).

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"It's hilarious that rural communities don't want masts putting up, yet want a decent signal"

You speak of the rural communities as if they are an individual.

Of the many hundreds of thousands of rural dwellers, some want masts and signals, some don't.

Those that want good signal but oppose masts number very few.

The "rural communities" find your generalisation hilarious.

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Re: Complete garbage about law enforcement challenges!

"Speaking of complete garbage....

The IMEI is a device serial number. Apart from the first 8 digits (which tell you the device model) it's pretty much a random number. There is no way to work out a user's home network from it."

That's interesting, because they seem to have it sussed it when they need to IMEI block a phone across any UK network when the subscriber hasn't paid their bill. Is there something unique about that kind of database sharing that can't be used for cross network ID?

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Virgin 'spaceship' pilot 'UNLOCKED tailbooms' going through SOUND BARRIER

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Re: Why are these guys even in charge?

"The Comet, being a jet aircraft and sporting hydraulic controls, flew differently; perhaps the biggest problem a pilot faced was over-rotation on takeoff. This was unheard of on earlier aircraft, but with the Comet, you could rotate to the extent that the wings lost lift - essentially, a stall on takeoff. That'll crash any aircraft."

Comet losses at altitude due to metal fatigue on the pressure cabin, and cracks beginning at the corners of the squarish window apertures. DeHavilland reproduced the effect by accelerated stress testing. Comet was the beta version of the high altitude jet powered passenger aircraft and every passenger jet that has flown since owes it a debt.

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