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Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores

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Re: Suing for the reality distortion field?

The Bose system in the RX-8 is pretty damn good. It's got 11 speakers, and compensates for environmental noise, which is pretty important in a car.

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Is living with Dolby Atmos worth the faff?

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Re: Well it's not just the hassle and faff is it?

Either grow a pair and stand up for you right to decent speaker placement, or covert the garage, or at least get a man shed.

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Aboard the GOOD SHIP LOLLIPOP, there's a Mobe and a Slab and a TELLYBOX

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Re: So Nexus 6 still 32-bit

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There are also some performance-oriented subtractions. ARM used to be famous for making every instruction conditional and allowing each to include a barrel roll. Both of those things are gone in favour of a shorter pipeline.

Yes, they've destroyed the beauty of the original 32bit ARM instruction set, the 64bit set has no character and could be anything. But then who actually programs in assembler any more to notice such things.

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Radiohead(ache): BBC wants dead duck tech in sexy new mobes

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Re: MiniDISC, anyone?

xpz393 wrote:

DAB is to radio what MiniDISC was to pre-recorded audio - A nifty improvement on its predecessor, but quickly outdated by a better, less expensive successor before it became widely adopted.

DAB isn't an improvement in any way shape or form over FM.

I remember in the 70s and early 80s being stuck listening to Radio 1 on flat mono Medium Wave before it got its own FM channel, and looked forward to the hour a day when it took over Radio 2's FM frequency and you could listen in high quality stereo. Most of the DAB channels are sub 128K mono, which is just as bad, if not worse than bloody 1970s medium wave.

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US Trade Commission to chase NVIDIA's Samsung sueball

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Re: Defunct products?

Ah, true.

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Defunct products?

The Reg writes: Watching tech giants fight over defunct products is a magnificent spectacle. We'll keep you ringside.

Except in this case they've named Samsung's latest products.

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You can ring my #bellogate. EMAIL STORM hits 29,000 hapless UCL students

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Re: Panic

It did occur to her to pretend she hadn't seen it. She spent half the morning on the phone trying to confirm the time and location (missing from the email), complicated by the fact that voice mail wasn't working due to peoples email in-boxes being full of spam. In the end she went down there and did the presentation, and was glad she did.

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Panic

My wife has started a masters at UCL and has only just been given access to the university mailing system. This afternoon she was trying to plough through the thousands of spams in her inbox, when she found that she has to do a presentation - tomorrow morning!

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Zippy one-liners, broken promises: Doctor Who on the Orient Express

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Re: The singer was cute

The Singer was Foxes.

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Jaguar Sportbrake: The chicken tikka masala of van-sized posh cars

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Facepalm

Didn't want to take a car like that to Tesco, but paired it up to the Netto of mobile phones? At least the GF has some taste!

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Top 10 SSDs: Price, performance and capacity

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Go for It

I have an 11.6" i3 Vivobook, the wife has the 15.4" i5 Vivobook. I put in a 240GB Samsung 840 SSD in mine, and it's far faster than the i5 for everything. Of course now she wants an SSD too, but it will have to be a 500GB to hold all her unsorted junk, so it's lucky the price has come down in the year since I bought mine.

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How the FLAC do I tell MP3s from lossless audio?

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Back in the 90s I ripped all my music collection to 128Kbps MP3 to fit on small SD cards of the time, and with no psycho acoustic model due to lack of of hardware FP on the ARM. I always wanted to get around to re-ripping it in much better quality, but I recently found out my hearing drops off a cliff after 8KHz, so not really much point.

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Indian MOM just LOVES it on Mars, tweets fave holiday snap

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Less than the cost of Gravity

And the Indians understand physics, unlike those responsible for that plonker of a Hollywood film.

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A Terabyte in my HOUSE? Got more than that in my POCKET

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I'm very surprised it's using wireless-N and not the new 802.11ac.

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Euro space boffins narrow down lander sites on comet doing 135,000km/h toward Sun

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Alert

I'd imagine a big problem is the comet's highly irregular shape, the lander will be making a very slow decent so as not to bounce off, but it also doesn't want to be whacked by the big bobbly bit as it rotates.

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Brit balloon bod Bodnar circumnavigates planet

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Re: Stealth Baloon

There aren't many helicopters at 13,000m (43,000ft), and the tiny balloon + payload would have zero affect on a jet engine, which is design to handle ingesting large birds.

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Call off the firing squad: HP grants stay of execution to OpenVMS

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The whole 9 yards

Why not go the whole 9 yards and bring it over to 64bit ARMv8?

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Pentagon hacker McKinnon reinvents himself as SEO guru

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Re: He was a very naughty boy

You think the tricks used by SEOs to punt their worthless sites constitutes an honest living?

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Leaked Windows Phone 8.1 Update specs tease details of Nokia's next mobes

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Re: Talk About Dizzying Hardware Specs.

Hardly impressive to Android users who have been enjoying 1920x1080 on sub-5" devices since 2013, maybe WinPho will be able to match that by 2016.

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KDE releases ice-cream coloured Plasma 5 just in time for summer

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Re: It's not just a GUI change, it's a "trendy" infection....

What next, bloody upper case menus too?

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Carbon tax repeal won't see data centre operators cut prices

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Good on you Aussies, for ripping up extortionate green taxes.

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ARM: We've signed 41 new deals and we are IN to the Internet Of Stuff

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Re: 90% market share

ARM has 90 per cent of smart phones

Really, as low as that? If so the other 10% sure as hell isn't Intel, they account for less than 1% according to Forbes. So what is in the other 9%? My guess would be more ARMs.

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MARS NEEDS OCEANS to support life - and so do exoplanets

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Re: Bah!

If UAE said the sky was blue and the grass was green, I probably wouldn't believe then now.

At least not until they'd answered and FOI request and released their data.

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So whither Microsoft? If Nadella knows, he is keeping it well hidden

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BONG?

Is Nadella's new memo writer Steve Bong?

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F1? No, it's Formula E as electric racing cars hit the track

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Re: How many laps?

Can't even do a full race distance - pathetic.

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Top ten car gadgets: Get your motor running with new shiny-shiny

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DAB

Please elaborate on those scales falling from your eyes, as every time I've driven a car with DAB, I've been forced to retune back to FM within 15 minutes, given the shocking signal quality pretty much everywhere. Even when you can get it, why suffer low bit rate mono, when the same channels are in glorious stereo on FM.

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Qualcomm fires DMCA shotgun at alleged code thieves on GitHub – including itself

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FAIL

This will have been done by a IP Protection agency hired by Qualcomm, who will have googled "Qualcomm" and fired off DCMA takedowns without bother to check the ownership of any of the matches.

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Bill Gates asks telcoms standards boffins to define future of money

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WinPhoFail

I haven't quite spotted how BG is going to get those 2.5 billion people to do mobile banking on Windows phones, but I'm sure it's there somewhere.

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Snowden's Big Brother isn't as Orwellian as you'd think

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I used to get that view of GCHQ everytime I flew in or out of Staverton airport (2 miles down the road), it's quite amazing they allow anyone to fly over such a sensitive building at under 1000ft.

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Protecting code's secrets wins ACM prize

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The best obfuscation of code I ever saw was an application written in interpreted BASIC for the Archimedes (under Arthur, pre-RISC OS). Every variable and procedure name in the code had been replaced with the word ClaresMicroSupplies - but using different combinations of upper and lower case letters. The computer has no trouble recognising these as different symbols, but it's impossible for a human to tell thousands of these apart.

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The fresh Mint of dwell there: This is a story all about how 17 is here for a while

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Re: Mint or Kubuntu...

I bit the bullet and did an apt-get upgrade, and it didn't go too badly; taking a few hours and about 1.3GB download, and only a couple of errors reported which seemed to be sorted out with an apt-get -f install. The only thing missing was the Mint 17 wallpaper, but that was easily fixed.

Mint does use a few 100MB less than Kubuntu in most circumstances, but it seems to make a lot less difference to performance now I've got an SSD in the laptop.

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Mint or Kubuntu...

I've been using Mint since 13 and liked it very much, however Kubuntu has grown on me recently, and liked the way that did a hassle free update to 13.10 to 14.04. The recommended way of doing a major Mint upgrade is a complete re-install, and I really don't think I can be bothered again. It's about time they made major upgrades hassle free.

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Snowden never blew a whistle, US spy boss claims

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@nomnomnom

Three attempts at humour in one thread - stick to climate change stories, that's where you get the biggest laughs.

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SPACE RACE auction: $130k raised for spacesuits, Apollo 11 kit

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No tank involved, it was all CGI with a physics model of pure bollocks.

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Electronic kit low on juice? SPIT ON IT

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MFC

I'd been trying all morning to remember the name of Microsoft's windows class library, and up pops this article - thanks!

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123-reg shrugs off customer complaints over stealth domain transfer charges

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Have a search on The Register for fasthosts, you may want to rethink that.

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Can you tell a man's intelligence simply by looking at him? Yes

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Neanderthal

It would seem from the images that the less Neanderthal (heavy set brows and prominent jaw) you look, the more intelligent you appear. We all still have up to 3% Neanderthal DNA, so selection is not based on the appearance of intelligence alone.

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Dropbox nukes bloke's file share in DMCA brouhaha – then admits it made a 'HASH OF IT'

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Re: Hope they're using a good hash

Just append a zero byte to the file, and the hash collision is solved.

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Sick of walking into things while gawping at your iPhone? Apple has a patent app. for that

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Re: Prior Art

There was RoadSMS when I had my first Android phone, amusement value of at least 3 seconds.

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Bletchley boffins go to battle again: You said WHAT about Colossus?

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Re: Colossus is in H Block

Andy Taylor wrote:

Finally, the fence has been erected with gates which remain open at present. What happens when they are closed remains to be seen.

I saw we start a tunnel from underneath hut 11.

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Intel reinvents the PC as giant 'Black Brook' fondleslab

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AC wrote:

I'm guessing you haven't used a large touch screen display but like our MPs don't regard ignorance as a reason not to go out of your way to tell people your opinion.

You guess wrong, but thanks for hiding behind an AC so we can't see your history of posting such baseless accusations.

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I hate to dismiss a form factory out of hand, but touch just doesn't work on a screen that big. It's fine to use with thumbs on a 4-5 inch smart-phone, its fine to use on a 7-10 inch tablet to browse with on your knee, but to have to swipe your entire arm across a 21" screen sitting on a table - that gets painful very quickly. And that's before we even talk about trying to use the Windows 8 desktop on such a system.

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RIP Full Disclosure: Security world reacts to key mailing list's death

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Mushroom

Whoever is making the delete request should be named, so they can be subjected to the wrath they so richly deserve.

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Panasonic slaps Freetime EPG on 2014 smart tellies

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No Ads

I hope the new EPG is ad free, unlike previous Panasonic aberrations.

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BuzzGasm: 9 Incredible Things You Never Knew About PLIERS!

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The Doctor

Sonic pliers would have been so much more useful than a screwdriver.

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Health boffins say wind turbines don't make you sick

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Plenty of ill affects

Maybe in the vast empty expanse of Austria they couldn't find anyone affected, but in the UK with the damn things springing up everywhere, there are thousands of people affected by the horrific noise they make, and many epilepsy suffers triggered by the flickering when the sun is low.

Then there are in the indirect effects, every wind turbine should come with an attached memorial plaque to a dead pensioner, who froze to death after not being able to pay energy bills pushed up by the huge subsidies paid to renewables.

And lastly there is my blood pressure pushed up by thinking of the sheer stupidity of wind power economics, with highly efficient gas plant being switched off when the wind blows and back on when it stops, which does of CO2 emissions exactly what start/stop driving does for your car's mpg.

It is an obscene green con, which we are all having to pay for through our energy bills.

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'Wind power causes climate change' shown to be so much hot air

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Re: Nope, this is all about getting rid of them because they're unsightly.

Nothing has been proved, all someone did was develop a model which gave them the answer they wanted - pretty much like the rest of the climate change research. It doesn't look like anyone has actually measured the affects on an area before and after a windfarm was built.

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Samsung leaps out of volume PC game as UK market crashes

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I agree in that for most users there isn't the performance improvement to make upgrading worthwhile, there also isn't a huge difference between laptop and desktop performance for real world tasks either. I have a very modest i3 laptop to which I added an SSD, and since then I really don't notice any difference between that my a i7 desktop for more things. In fact I'm having to run 4 Linux VMs on it, so the 8 threads and 16GB of memory have something to do.

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Microsoft's new CEO: The technology isn't his problem

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Re: More like a PR relkease then a serious review

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It's amazing that it is that low. Considering that it is the default search engine for IE, and most users are too lazy/don't care/can't figure out how to change the search engine in IE, you would think that it would have a much greater market share.

That 20% is down to people typing "google" in to Bing, then using Google for the next 4 searches.

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Plusnet is working on a network-level filter to block pirate sites

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Or giving us secure email access?

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