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Apple Watch will CONQUER smartwatch world – analysts

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@Michael

You've been well and truly fanboid!

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Bloodthirsty Apple fanbois TEAR OPEN new Macbook, bare its guts to world+dog

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Re: You did WHAT?

... er, because he/she might have a library of films on DVD which they might want to play? Or might want to play a new DVD they picked up in a (shock horror) *shop* ?? That's the place your mummy goes to buy your fish fingers and lollipops.

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Re: Yeah, nice one grandad

Are you seriously calling somebody 'granddad' because they want to play a DVD?

If I own a film on DVD, popping it into a DVD drive is rather more convenient than pratting around with a torrent.

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Apple Mac Book / DVD

>and you can actually jack any old USB DVD reader/writer in and it'll work

Slightly different scenario, but when the flimsy DVD in my wife's MacBook Pro broke, I bought her Apple's external DVD drive ('ShinyDrive' or something, costing 3x the price of any comparable DVD drive) It didn't work with her machine! Apple had nobbled the unix device settings *specifcally* to stop it working with a machine that already has an inbuilt drive. My £30 external DVD drive from Maplins worked just fine though. (After some tinkering in unix, I eventually got her Apple DVD drive working with her Apple computer.)

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LIFE on Titan: If there's one thing aliens HATE, it's a SALTY BALL

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Re: looking for signs of methane outgassing

Get a dog then.

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New Russian law punishes online 'extremism'

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...and it's much the same here.

No it isn't.

I really think that some people ought to experience living in these places that are 'much the same' as Blighty.

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BBC offers briefest of teasers for the next Doctor Who

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We've got a right one 'ere...

Exterminate!

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'I got a little bit upset by that Register article...' says millionaire model. Bless!

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Re: "British Islands"

... all the more strange since the "British Isles" is a purely geographical term that includes the Republic of Ireland.

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Women found just TWO out of every HUNDRED US tech startups

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It's even more serious than that!

Why does nobody complain about the lack of females working as Kwik-Fit tyre fitters?

What a horrible, misogynistic industry tyre fitting must be!

And the kings of the misogynists must be the refuse/garbage collectors of the UK, as I've never seen a single female refuse collector!!!!!

Obviously, it can't be due to the fact that not many women *want* to be tyre fitters or refuse collectors can it? Nooooo.... banish that sexist thought, you bigoted male knuckle-dragger!

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A budget phablet, what a curious thing: Reg puts claws to the Lumia 1320

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God, it's so big

I ordered a red 1520 from Hong Kong, and gasped when I extracted it from the package.

But I've grown to love it. It's just about 'small' enough to carry around in my jacket, has a fabulous screen that I can read, massive soft keyboard, superb offline turn-by-turn navigation, long (for a non-Symbian phone) battery life, an excellent camera and a slick UI that makes iOS look like a frumpy old maid and Android look as cluttered and messy as... a very cluttered and messy thing.

And has anyone tried Nokia Screen Beamer? It stops all my techie friends in their tracks when I demonstrate it. But of course, nobody knows about it. What the hell has Nokia's publicity department been doing for the last 15 years?

I just wish that like my N8, the 1520 had USB on the Go, an FM transmitter and more BT profiles.

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Hello Moto... It's the Nokia Lumia 630

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Live tiles deprecated in 8.1 ?

... er, what?

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So you reckon Nokia-wielding Microsoft can't beat off Apple?

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The P800 ..

... was of course a Symbian touchscreen smartphone with a full browser which appeared five years before Apple invented touchscreen smartphones with full browsers.

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Google Maps adds all UK public transport timetables

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it's "All GB".

... and it's really true that not a lot of people know that.

During lulls in pub conversations, I've won several pints in bets with British mates by challenging them to correctly name the country printed on the front of their passports. Without exception, all of my non-techie mates fail miserably and have to stump up a pint. More surprisingly, a fair number of the nerds also fail.

As you can tell, I scintillate during boozing seshes.

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HP's Whitman rues 'biggest failure' at eBay Japan

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Japanese internet uses are incredibly wary of foreign websites, fearing viruses and god-knows-what. The Japanese rival to eBay is Yahoo.jp. But unlike any other worldwide Yahoo site, Yahoo.jp requires a separate account, keeping the hairy overseas barbarians at bay. The Japanese rival to Facebook, Mixi (which has been around a lot longer) requires users to have a Japanese registered mobile phone, again apparently to ward off gaijin.

Also, Japanese usage of the internet for such things as paying bills, updating driving licences, and even e-commerce, is very low. Everything is still done with paper communication and paper money. When I was with J-Com (a broadband provider) any change of my user preferences required me to send them a letter.

However, this has changed somewhat in the last couple of years, as many Japanese have joined Facebook, Google and others. As I said before somewhere on The Reg, I think this all started when Apple bludgeoned their way into the Japanese market, with Google following in their wake. Apple succeeded where others failed because they didn't bend over backwards to make their offering conform totally to what the Japanese operators dictated- they simply said "this is the iPhone, you can sell it but we're not going to make it look like a Japanese phone." A rare case where Apple's bloody mindedness has had a positive effect.

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iFixit boss: Apple has 'done everything it can to put repair guys out of business'

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Apple=evil, MS=incompetent

"iPads are difficult to disassemble on purpose, the Surface Pro is impossible to take apart because Microsoft is incompetent."

Among negative traits, I prefer incompetence to malice.

That's also why I found Nokias so endearing...

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BOYCOTT FIREFOX, rage gay devs as Mozilla appoints JavaScript daddy as CEO

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Re: right - 'what's wrong with white middle aged males?'

@aBloke FromEarth

In your response to 'what's wrong with white middle aged males?' you could have said "Nothing at all, because to assume otherwise would be illogical and bigoted."

But instead you went on to imply that because (in your opinion) white straight males have had it easy for 2000 years, it's good karma for them to be discriminated against now.

The absurdity and immaturity of that kind of stance is almost boundless.

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Re: right - 'what's wrong with white middle aged males?'

@Hollerith 1

I don't think I've ever read such a load of racist, sexist and ageist cr&p in The Reg or indeed in any other respect organ.

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Win XP holdouts storm eBay and licence brokers, hiss: Give us all your Windows 7

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Reformed Luddite

I really liked Windows 7. Then I had to get Windows 8 at work, and my first reaction was to gaze into the middle distance mumbling "but why? why did you do this? "

But I stuck with it. I rigged up a psuedo-start button, then soon found that I didn't need it - instead I began to flip into the Metro desktop (by the incredibly arduous method of pressing the Windows key) and use the app finder there, which is powerful and fast. Then I slowly started appreciating the Metro desktop- a bit of pizzaz in the morning when I turn the machine on, and I actually started using some Metro apps (simple things like weather. Of course I don't use the Metro Email app because it's complete sh!t on a desktop) Then I realised that my PC hadn't crashed for weeks., unlike the shiny Mac next to it.

Now I've changed jobs to a bigger, much more conservative company who simply won't touch Windows 8, and I'm using Windows 7 which seems tired, old, slow, muddled and unreliable. I run XP in a VM too, and that seems pretty solid but very dated. When I get home and fire up my Windows 8.1 laptop it feels like being whisked back to the present.

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Apple’s Mac turns 30: How Steve Jobs’ baby took its first steps

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Re: Floppy Eject

To me, dragging a disk into a trashcan means you want to *trash* the disk, not eject it.

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Google grabs slice of interwebs for EVERYONE (who speaks Japanese)

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Re: can anyone....

English *does* have a form of keigo. Compare "shut the door" and "would you be so kind as to shut the door?" I've noticed that a lot of Japanese people who learn English, especially American English, assume that there's no way to say things politely in English.

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*We* know that the Japanese are quite diverse culturally and ethnically, but a lot of われわれ日本人types don't seem to realise... including my very intelligent Japanese co-worker who insists that all Japanese people, whether they be from Okinawa or Hokkaido, have a unique body temperature shared by no other 'race'.

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True fact: Britain is losing its brains

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Re: Hawaii sounds good

>Thomas Edison was an epic dick and the original patent troll

Plus he electrocuted an elephant

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VD0Q5FeF_wU

What an arsehole.

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Thought you didn't need to show ID in the UK? Wrong

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This sort of law is the pits.

Basically the government is saying "we're too incompetent to control our borders, so now YOU have to weed out the over-stayers, or land up with a fine."

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Could Doctor Who really bump into human space dwellers?

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Einstein postulated...

I don't understand how that affects "now".

The observers are simply receiving visual information at different times.

Just because you can observe something happening, it doesn't mean it's happening *at that instant.*

It's just like watching a live stream of a football match that's lagging a few seconds.

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You're more likely to get a job if you study 'social' sciences, say fuzzy-studies profs

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I've found that a holder of a fluffy social science degree can easily walk into an almost-as-fluffy computing Masters degree course and end up being my boss, earning three times as much as me.

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Windows 8.1: A bit square, sure, but WAIT! It has a Start button

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Re: Right click admin options

>If you find Windows 8 bewildering then you're a retard

"Retard" is an abusive Americanism that I absolutely detest.

What sort of person uses such a crass, loathsome term?

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Former Nokia boss Ollila: Stephen Elop was second-choice CEO

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Re: N97 - the beginning of the end

... again... Series 60 was the culprit, not Symbian.

Symbian had an elegant touch screen UI and API right from 1998 (see Psion 5 / Revo) Nokia buried that with its S60 crap.

In around 2005/6 when I was at Nokia, I was asked to help a team "adding" touch support to S60. I simply pointed them to some Symbian touch-API header files that they'd smothered in bloat and rendered unusable.

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Scottish leader splurged £20k appealing disclosure of EU membership legal bungle

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Re: Preposition?

In your example, "appeal" is a noun, not a verb.

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Re: Honest politicians are rare

My respect for Alex Salmond rocketed when he described the pathetic tendency for Scots to support any team that's playing England as "pathetic."

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Preposition?

Why the ludicrous American-style omission of a vital preposition?

Reading the title alone, it's impossible to say whether the gentleman in question is appealing *for* or appealing *against* the disclosure.

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Digia gives Android and iOS devs a chance to get Qt

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Since Qt will be available on Android and iPhone, and it's already a major part of BB10, it seems the only major platform that *won't* be able to support Qt apps will be Windows Phone ....And it was Nokia that nurtured the mobile development of Qt.

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WHY didn't Microsoft buy RIM? Us business blokes would have queued for THAT phone

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Re: If anyone, up to and including God...

>RM Nimbus 80186

Not only a Symbian fan, but a name-checker of the RM Nimbus 80186 (that totally underrated and indestructible little gem...)

This might be techie-love...

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Shopping list for Tesco: Eggs, milk, bread, tablets (the £60 7in Android kind)

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Re: A bit late to the party arent they?

Uber-pendant note...

"Mainland UK" = Great Britain

( Oh yes it does )

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Microsoft buys Nokia's mobile business

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Re: Oh, great!

>Symbian on it was AWFUL.

WRONG!

Series 60, Nokia's terrible, badly written, dated UI, was truly awful.

The Symbian OS underneath was the only thing that kept the N97 going.

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LEO, the British computer that roared

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My daddy was a LEO boffin! <puffs with pride>

He wrote a payroll system for Ford Dagenham in 2k.

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MSX: The Japanese are coming! The Japanese are coming!

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Re: Error

Whaaaattt? The Nimbus PC186 was way ahead of 'real' PCs of the time. The graphics were great, as was the sound.

I assume that you were working in education. The problem was that not many people actually wrote software that exploited its capabilities, because the aforementioned graphics and sound were proprietary. Well, except for (ahem) yours truly, who knocked out some stunning (oh yes) titles such as Crystal Rain Forest, Space Mission Mada and Toby at the Seaside :-) written 100% in 80186 assembly and making full use of RM's superb sub-bios API to drive the graphics and sound.

The next Nimbus (the 286) was just a PC.

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Leaked docs show NSA collects data on all Verizon customers

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Re: Watching people in the UK criticise totalitarian tendencies in the US

A lot of Americans seem to cite the security camera issue, but they seem to not understand the difference between public and private.

When I'm walking around in public, I don't care who looks at me or whether I end up on a security video. After all, I'm operating in public.

However, when I'm on the phone I consider that to be operating IN PRIVATE and I don't want anybody eavesdropping.

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More than half of Windows 8 users just treat it like Windows 7

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Re: Deep breath now...

I really like my Windows Phone, but TIFKAM is just complete shite on a desktop.

Full screen apps are non-sensical on a desktop (drag 'n' drop???)

And even such basic functionality as being able to choose the default app background colour is now gone (we have to live with retina-burn white)

Windows 8 has to be one of the biggest retrograde steps in recent computing history.

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

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Re: Nope

10) USB on-the-go : my favourite N8 feature, along with the FM transmitter that is...

Symbian had the Right Stuff.

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Japan forgot data wipe on ship sold to Pyongyang

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If it's not in the regulations...

Japanese working culture dictates that If wiping nav data isn't in the "How To Decomission a Warship for Sale to a Potential Enemy" handbook, it won't be done.

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The gloves are on: Nokia emits super-sensitive £99 Windows Phone

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Re: Better then an N8?

Beware... when you move away from N8 as you'll be paying for your modern swish UI by saying goodbye to some wonderful features.

I still use my N8 (alongside my Windows Phone for which I develop apps) because I love (in no particular order)

* the amazing camera

* the wonderful TRULY offline maps and navigation

* the FM transmitter (it's great when pumping MP3s through my car's sound system... and the music is automatically lowered in volume while the above-mention nav is speaking to me)

* being able to plug in a portable hard drive or memory stick via USB on the Go

* being able to browse the file system

* being able to Bluetooth almost any file (inc MP3s) from my phone my computer

* the versatility of the clunky UI

I do however like my Lumia, it's a nice piece of kit with a UI that makes iOS look like an old maid.

But when I eventually retire my N8 I'm going to be nostalgic for pre-walled garden mobile computing.

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Boeing 787 fleet grounded indefinitely as investigators stumped

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Re: I'd look at the Battery Power Conditioning Circuits

Why such blind faith in Japanese companies?

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Japanese giant sorry for Kobo launch balls-up

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... forces you work in the language of the country from where you connect

Generally, Japan isn't very clued up on concepts like the fact that somebody might be living somewhere where they don't speak the lingo. When I was living there (2004-2011) it was actually impossible to buy a non-Japanese version of Windows in Japan (even via download) unless you resorted to slight dodgy, expensive and out-of-date imports with no warranty in Akihabara Electric Town. (The usual retort from J-fans is "so learn the lingo where you live" so before I get downvoted by a certain resident J-fan, yes I did learn, and can speak, read and write, Japanese.)

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Apple Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion review

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Skins / themes

Is there any way to set a desktop theme? Or even just change the default app background colour from retina-burn #FFFFFF to something more civilized?

I have an eye problem means I have use subtle colours on my desktop. The first thing I do when I work at new Windows machine is change the theme with a few mouse clicks.

This seems to be completely impossible with OSX (seriously dodgy 3rd party hackware nothwithstanding) and so Macs remain useless to me.

But I suppose fanbois would say that's my fault for having an eye problem.

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Devs can't be bothered with Nokia's Windows Phone – report

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Exactly

The WP7 / WP8 rewrite of my reasonably successful S60 app is just about ready. And thanks to XNA it looks and performs better than its main competitor on the iPhone. So fewer competitors for me on WP makes me happy.

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Japanese IT glitch leaves foreigners' ID cards incomplete

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the same treatment from the government as a native Japanese would

Well, apart from the fact that if you step outside your house without your shiny id card, you're committing a criminal offence, whereas Japanese citizens aren't required to carry any id at all.

I fell foul of that law when I neglected to put my gaijin card into my running shorts when I went running one night. Inspite of my profuse apologies to the officer who 'randomly' stopped me, I spent a couple of hours in the koban explaining myself. In the end, he let me off...

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Japan still in love with the fax

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Japan's high tech image is only skin deep

Everyday life in Japan is pretty low tech.

Everything seems to be done via snail mail. Online accounts (for utilities, govt services, train tickets etc) are generally not available. As a small example, when flying almost nobody checks-in online in Japan. (I once spent 30 mins walking a Japanese couple though a successful online check-in, and then when they eventually got to Narita they still queued up for 45 mins at a normal check-in desk.)

Internet banking is available, but is just a portal by which a real bank clerk is given instructions to perform the tasks requested online. ATMs typically shut down around 9 or 10pm (thank god for Citibank!) Most mobiles and public telephones are incapable of dialling overseas. And a modern Japanese kitchen is like something from 50s America. Even a hand operated rotary tin can opener had my mother-in-law fascinated.

The exception is of course toilets and baths, where most of the available technology in a typical household is to be found.

But the thing about Japan is even though stuff may be old or low tech, it's always perfectly maintained. Things are rarely 'out-of-order' in Japan.

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Nokia adds touch to budget blowers

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Ten... Qwerty mobiles

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Re: FFS! S40 is not Symbian!!! (Asha 302)

Yep- El Reg remains stubbornly ignorant about Nokia (still thinks S60 and Symbian are one and the same thing) and now this bombshell.

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Greenland glaciers not set to cause disastrous sea level rises - study

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More trolling from Lewis

I'm trying to be as objective as possible on the whole global warming thing, listening to both sides, but Lewis, your language is infantile and disgraceful. Get a grip.

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