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Weekend reads: Neil Young and Brian Cox ponder cars and universe (in that order)

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Re: More travelogue than science

The scene of an event is always worth seeing, even if it's an anonymous looking building, the human mind can observe and correctly infer a lot of background information from the site event.

Not that most of us need any of that extra information. For most news stories, the headline alone can tall us everything that we actually need, and in most cases even that will make zero difference to our life and we could live on unaffected if we didn't know that a nominal celebrity is upset that someone faked a naked picture of them.

In the end, I think the cost of a film crew and presenter in South America, or Asia etc fits well within the overall budget allowed for documentary making, the greater costs by far being in post production and actual airtime.

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Want a more fuel efficient car? Then redesign it – here's how

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Re: Many of the things in the article have been implemented.

BMW call it efficient dynamics. All the same stuff, plus stop/start.

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Re: Much as I loved the article

" His Hypermilerness might be doing OK, but every other road user is having to pay for his economy by getting round him"

Nah, these are people that are sanctimonious about speed, nothing to do with MPG. If you are driving for high MPG you more often than not find that other people are getting in your way forcing unnecessary braking, and it is not slow driving that helps, it's smooth and think-ahead driving.

Fast foot-down drivers that haven't considered the next junction really don't help, because they haven't worked out ahead how they are going to proceed, and they GET IN THE WAY.

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Re: Depends on assumptions

"STILL only manages 34MPG average, in a rural, small town environment."

Bad driving.

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Re: A light foot and wheel geometry works wonders

And brake happy motorists take note, it is very expensive to heat the air behind you by pressing that middle (or left) pedal too much, and too many people do it. There are people that whinge about manufacturer MPG figures being wrong, but never take a look at their own driving style, it is not difficult to get close to, or exceed manufacturer MPG figures in any car.

As for the author's Jag, I too cannot justify replacing my 7 year old car, because a new one would do no more. It is petrol, but I can drive it to better MPG figures than my diesel colleagues and it just keeps on going through MoTs without needing any work. But, the author's Jag? Something wrong there, I feel that the cost of all the modifications, not to mention time is probably far more than it will ever return of fuel savings. Especially when he could have done a lot better in ££ terms just by getting an LPG conversion.

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Apple's new iPADS have begun the WAR that will OVERTURN the NETWORK WORLD

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Apple always control networks anyway, approved carriers download a file to the phone to enable features like tethering, visual voice, logos etc. Apple phones will work on any network but some features are crippled if the carrier is not approved and can't send you this file.

Giffgaff went for years, only recently became an iPhone retailer to enable this.

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iPad AIR 2 and iPad MINI 3, 5K iMac! World feels different today – and it IS

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Congnitive Dissonance

You are far more likely to see cognitive dissonance opinions from those who can't stretch their funds to a new luxury item, even though they would really rather like one, not somebody who already owns it.

In fact you see quite a lot of it, quite a lot of it apparent in these comments.

BMW/Mercedes don't do very well in many surveys (Lexus do tend to score well). People paying for these cars have high expectations and can get very irritated when let down even by small problems and will say so.

You also see quite a few people who have made up their mind about what the best product is, and they just can't believe that other people would have a different opinion and prefer something else. They seem to take it as a personal insult. Happens all over the place, Audi vs BMW, Canon vs Nikon, Plasma vs LCD, Beats Audio vs anything. You see a lot more of it from purchasers of Android stuff than in the other direction, and it strikes me as mildy sociopathic.

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Re: $399 on the 16GB Wi-Fi model

Android is still appallingly bad (at low latency audio though I hardly needed to be specific).

If you do music, especially guitar then the current vogue for virtual amp sims, mean that iOS is the only table/phone OS that will do it. And record it for you. That lack of delay is so important, in fact so important that these apps are only available on iOS.

Plus, I've bought and tried to use Android devices and they constantly make me aware of the OS, which I am not interested in. I end up getting irritated with it and eventually it ends up on Ebay. Then a new version of Android appears, gives me hope and then disappoints, ends up on Ebay. With iOS I forget all about the device and the OS and it the app becomes the focus. So it's not just about Android being the low-rent option. I'm careful to buy used iOS kit and not pay too much for it, but subjectively, all these tablets seem to be shit to me, just iOS is the least shit, and by a huge margin, Android is the most shit.

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Vodafone does it in two places at once: Carrier aggregation to boost 4G

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Re: "Research justifies the sexy bits, so we'll ignore the bread & butter stuff"

I think people subconsciously or consciously post in these phone network articles in the hope that people from the networks are reading and we can get a message across.

So, are you listening VODA, O2, EE, 3... You suck, do you hear me? SUCK SUCK. You f***ing SUCK big time. Coverage and capacity SUCK and we are getting sick of your BS that doesn't stand up in the real world. Our amazing little portable devices are let down because the networks are so SHYTE.

Get your f***ing fingers out and sort it.

Ahhhh cathartic.

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The problem with a femtocell as a solution is that your phone is actually a mobile phone and coverage needs to go where you go. OK, it makes sense to have decent coverage where you spend most of your time if you don't have the landline option. But mobile device, immobile coverage.

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Re: "Research justifies the sexy bits, so we'll ignore the bread & butter stuff"

Yep. F*** the bandwidth, it's fast enough already.

Sort out the coverage and the cell capacity because at the moment it SUCKS.

Priorities.

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Coughing for 4G, getting 2G... Networks' penny-pinching SECRETS REVEALED

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"Doesn't that mean you could give a stuff about voice call quality?"

No, it means "by all means use half rate to increase capacity".

If I wanted to hear the person on the other end of the phone in Hi-Fi HD supercodec Dolby 5.1 Surround, then I wouldn't be using a device with a tiny speaker.

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Couldn't give a stuff about voice call quality, as long as I can be understood and hear the other party.

By all means use half rate to increase capacity.

But, sort out the data network, 3G or 4G whatever. At the moment it's fourth world, and I say fourth because many third wold countries I've visited have top quality mobile networks that make ours look pathetic.

The coverage stats are BS. The cell capacities are very poor. There are too many places where 3G + could be useful but just isn't available. What a crowd of useless slackers the networks are. Even EE.

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Martha Lane Fox: YEUCH! The Internet is MADE by MEN?!?

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Re: Utopian drivel

Well John Brown, idealism about voting doesn't go very far. I never hear about spoiled voting papers, nobody cares about them, I think the powers categorise them as juvenile tantrum activity and disregard them completely. More is made of voter apathy and low turnouts are seen as a reflection on our politicians and a message for them to up their sorry games.

Having read the total shyte that people opine about politics on social media, guardian comments, daily mail comments etc, I have despaired that the best of a bad lot democracy system is not keeping up with the modern world and needs a bit of a looking at.

News for Faecebookers:

1. Torys are not going to privatise the NHS and steal all the money from ordinary working people to give to posh twats to spend on pheasant shoots in the Scottish Highlands.

2. Labour are not going to penalise people who study hard, work hard and achieve by taxing them more so they can give the money as handouts to lazy-arse bastards to spend on piss lager and fags.

Or are they?

Rather blindly and sanctimoniously carry on with the dogma, and getting supercilious about people that don't vote, there are some that should be looking at the reasons for increasing voter apathy.

After all, those people that died in wars to support democracy, also died for our freedom to choose.

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Virgin Media DOUBLE-PUNCHED by BSkyB AND BT over ad fibs

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Re: Free but...

Installation fees need not be paid.

Just tell them to come and take the whole lot away because you are going freeview/NowTV with another ISP.

Next thing you know you are talking to customer retention agent, and the installation is free and you will have a £10 per month discount on the already cheap offer.

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Mobile coverage on trains really is pants

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Re: I call BS

ECML from Hitchin to Kings Cross has enough tunnels to make using mobile services pointless and I just give and put the thing away.

The headline on this article has two superfluous words in it: "on trains".

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Lies, damn pies and obesity statistics: We're NOT a nation of fatties

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Re: I'll weigh in - excuse the pun

If I get my BMI to the right weight for my 6'2 inches height then I look like a pipe-cleaner man.

After 4 years of gym weights I stacked on muscle and have very low % body fat. Muscle is heavier than fat, so my BMI says I'm overweight. My appearance is normal proportions.

BMI is like a shoe shop only stocking size 10 shoes for men, and size 5 shoes for women.

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Was Nokia's Elop history's worst CEO?

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Re: Too slow

"Nokia went off the rails LONG before iPhone, probably about 2002."

N95 and N82 were rocking around 2007, about to hit the iPhone wall and get humiliated by a 2G only phone that had a basic multi tasking function, but at that point in 2007 blind to the future they were flying.

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"Outsourced to Accenture after Elop arrived"

No s hit Sherlock.

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I believe that Nokia can get back into the phone business in 2016, so I expect that Sailfish OS will get a bit of a boost soon.

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The truth is somewhere between the two. Nokia had got their phone business into a complete mess, and could not respond to the newer format from iOS and Android quickly enough. The outsourced Symbian development and maintenance to Accenture who did accelerate the improvement, but nobody had the stomach for a rehash to EKA3. Meanwhile the N9 Linux based phones showed some promise. But Nokia were the wrong side of the drag curve, and a competent CEO was required to minimise damage whilst the downward momentum was slowed. Unfortunately they got Elop who accelerated the downward momentum.

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Sprint will KILL OFF WiMax in 2015 – report

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Re: WiMax versus LTE

WiMAX worked for last mile, where an isolated building didn't have good copper, and could erect a line of sight antenna to a tower.

LTE is quite good, if you are in the right place and stay there. Would be really good if UK networks could get some real coverage for 3G instead of hiding behind their very good voice only service. 3G is pretty patchy outside London, and often cells are overloaded where it is available.

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Fiat 500S: So pleasingly sporty we didn't want to give it back

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Re: I have a...

"... 3-litre diesel engined car from a well know German manufacturer which has returned an average fuel consumption of 38.4 MPG measured over the past 2 years. A friend has one of these twin-air Fiat things and has averaged 26 MPG over the past 8 months. We both drive a mix of shopping/school runs/motorway journeys.

...cannot compute... :-)"

Change driving style. Brake-happy driving is expensive.

My 7 year old old-tech petrol easily does better than 42MPG on the commutes, 49MPG on a long run.

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werdsmith

Re: Uh?

"In any case, bikes achieve high power from small(ish) engines by revving a lot higher, that in turn places more stress on components that need to be more carefully engineered / have better quality materials than car engines that redline at 6 or 7k.... which is probably why the Ducati costs almost £13k, more than quite a few small cars"

And the reason that your Ducati which weighs about 1/5 of the Fiat can only get half the MPG.

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werdsmith

Re: Uh?

How is your motorcycle cargo space when you are four up?

When you are two up in the Fiat the rear seats fold flat and you can get loads of stuff in there.

And keep all the people inside dry. And warm. And have conversations. And a stereo. And stay alive.

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Re: NEVER buy a Fiat

Steve D, there's an anecdote like yours for every car make/model on the road.

Similarly, there are people who have had years of flawless service from any make / model.

It get unlucky sometimes, even with Hondas.

You get lucky sometimes, even with Renaults.

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Re: Small petrol is back!

The Vauxhall/Opel Adam is also a Fiat 500 with a new skin.

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Mine Bitcoins with PENCIL and PAPER

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Re: More fun...

And that's why bananas have skins on!

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Renault Twingo: Small, sporty(ish), safe ... and it's a BACK-ENDER

werdsmith

Re: How about some proper units for consumption figures?

Nah. Fuel consumption depends on the conditions local to the trip you are going to take. Terrain, traffic, weather, load carried, condition of vehicle will all cause a decent variation. And then there's the biggest variant of all - driving style. Brake-happy drivers heating the air behind them will use loads more fuel.

It's impossible for a manufacturer to take all these conditions into account and give a real life number that applies to everyone. All they can do is achieve the best they can under the constraints of the standard test and give that number. You then have a relative comparison with other cars that have done the same.

I get better mpg than the quoted figures with my cars.

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EU to accuse Ireland of giving Apple an overly peachy tax deal – report

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If its OK for Renault, PSA-Peugeot-Citroen and Airbus to receive unlawful state aid then surely it must be ok for the astute Irish. I hope Irish government stands up and tells EU to feck off and get their own house in order.

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Are you a fat boy? Get to university NOW, you PENNILESS SLACKER

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Bullying and ridiculing in my day was practised by bullies and their target was absolutely anything they could find to ridicule about anyone. These were not the discriminatory bullies we have these days, back then there was only equal opportunity bullying.

I'm not fat or short or anything, but back at school I had teeth brace, acne and glasses. Some of those fat kids gave me hell about that.

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What's this 'pay as you go' cloud crap? Dunno about you, but my apps don't work that way

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Re: Is this even controversial?

~Servers and license cost compared to the human cost of a deployment = peanuts.

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Register journo battles Sydney iPHONE queue, FONDLES BIG 'UN

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Re: iOS 8 impression

I did the same on iPad2, and noticed the hesitation sometimes. I put it down to the 20 downloads of apps that have been redesigned for iOS8, including the almost 1GB GarageBand.

Or:

iOS.millisecond_tick()

{

if(this.device == 'iPad2' or this.device == 'Iphone4S')

{

sleep(100);

}

else

{

// do some work

}

}

Before the geeks weigh in, this is deliberately oversimplified. OK?

Edit: this editor online input thing messed with the indenting and line feeds too.

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"Overnight temperatures in Sydney fell to 9.2 degrees C.

A warm night then. Apparel to match, would be jeans, polo shirt, maybe light jacket, in a queue of people in a confined space you wouldn't need the jacket.

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4K-ing excellent TV is on its way ... in its own sweet time, natch

werdsmith

Re: On being slowly boiled alive with video standards

Decent viewing content > 90% of the problem. If a film is good then I'll watch it on a 24 inch PAL CRT and enjoy it. Picture quality is about 10% value in terms of a good viewing experience. Difference between HD and 4K about 1%.

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First Irish boy band U2. Now Apple pushes ANOTHER thing into iPhones, iPods, iPads

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"Apple's rivals have been quick to point out that many of the iPhone 6's selling-point features have been in Android devices for years."

Great. But the problem with that is that these features are on Android devices, and I haven't got time for all the fiddlarsing about that Android demands. Nor the clutter, and the all over the place interfaces.

Hopefully one day a company will create a phone OS that isn't shit.

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General Motors issues STOP DELIVERY for 2,800 corvettes over defects in 2015 model

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No, the old GM would have shipped all these cars out to dealers and let the dealers argue with the customers about warranty.

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Ferraris, Zondas and ... er, a bike with a 500hp V10 under the saddle

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Re: Owning a Supercar...maybe 'seemed a good idea at the time'?

Totally the wrong kind of mindset for supercar ownership.

£4K for an alloy replacement? Pay it and not even notice it, and somewhere along the line it becomes tax deductible. Three month wait? No problem, drive one of your other 4 supercars in the meantime.

You even underwrite your own insurance based on your assets so you pay very little for the admin of that (as long as you don't stuff one in).

Easy option, join a supercar club, buy 90 days of driving per year and pick a different one each week.

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Video: Dyson unveils ROBOTIC TANK that hoovers while you're out

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Re: Still missing critical feature

Unfortunately these high powered Sebos and Mieles ran around 2200W motors and are now only going to be available second hand.

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Aldi did those XR Robotic cleaners recently on Thursday deals for £70.

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Re: Is it...

All current Dysons are under 1600W.

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Epiphany hits Raspberry Pi founders, users

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Re: @werdsmith

Yes, you are right, you don't need a $500 laptop to work with the Microcontroller....you could just use a Raspberry Pi.

I am one of the 'I have no idea what Daniel Palmer is talking about crew'.

Seems I have no idea what I want kids to learn. Seems you have no idea about me.

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A $2 microcontroller with a $500 laptop to do the actual coding work on? Why not just code on the laptop then?

A kid can code on a Pi, they can also learn a bit of Linux admin, as well as many things that a full size box can do. A microcontroller with some blinking LEDs and a whirring motor is pretty limited by comparison.

BASIC? Hang on, while I fetch the DeLorean. 88MPH. GOTO 1985.

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Re: Just a small point...

" the implications for village schools in the back of beyond, running on small solar arrays, other renewables or limited shore power, with battery and inverters are fantastic."

Unfortunately this ideal of using a 4W device from a small solar array falls absolutely flat on its face when you suddenly remember the power consumption of your monitor/HDMI TV.

I absolutely love the Raspberry PI as a tinker device that I can put to work for little jobs etc. It's community strength outweighs its hardware disadvantages, and its prime aim was to create a splash get people thinking about educating the kids properly with regard to coding (doesn't matter if they end up using something else, as long as they are doing it then the mission is accomplished) looks to be coming to pass.

Snobby scorn from hardware bigots with overclocked thyroids aside, this is one fabulous success story and it just keeps on getting better.

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England and Germany square off for FIFA goal line tech prize

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There isn't the money in the game, at grass roots level. FIFA wanted to keep the actual playing of the sport consistent regardless of what level was being played. Introducing tech where it is affordable starts to creep toward having different rules at different levels.

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Sharp's slim screen factory 'flogged to death' by Apple

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Integrated Costs

Integrated LCD panel and touch screen means no more cheap touch screen digitiser replacement repairs for dropped phones. Could be done for a tenner on the old phones.

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Nokia details 808 Pureview release

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Re: Or....

Sold far more than 200,000 already in its launch markets.

Nokia are trying to innovate and push the envelope and improve phone cameras. Can't see a negative there.

Of course, if you prefer to pay for processing of accidental pictures of your feet , your thumb, ceilings etc?

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RIM to exit the consumer phone market

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Messaging

I am sick of using iMEssage for this contact, What'sApp for another contact, FB Messenger here and IM there and SMS for everything else. I can't talk to the BB users at all.

The firm that comes up with the single unified messaging client wins all.

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Apple New iPad Wi-Fi only

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Pointless

I have my ipad3, and the extra res on the display is useless. What exactly can I do with it?

I want a screen that doesn't grease up, and doesn't glare in the sunshine. Real USEFUL things.

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Powerful, wallet-sized Raspberry Pi computer sells out in SECONDS

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Re: What a load of BS

Farnell didn't have any stock either. None of it has arrived to be processed through customs yet.

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