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Say goodbye to landfill Android: Top 10 cheap 'n' cheerful smartphones

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Kestrel connectors

Sadly, the Kestrel has the same rather odd connector positioning as the G6 - micro USB at the top, 3.5mm audio at bottom left.

Ha! I've been wanting a phone with exactly that setup for years. Makes so much more sense to me. You can use the phone more easily whilst charging (no wire poking out of the bottom/side) and the headphone connector position makes absolute sense whilst on the move. No fumbling to rotate the phone the right way up when you put it into or take it out of your pocket.

No, IMHO there's no "sadly" about it - this is how they should be positioned.

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Microsoft: You NEED bad passwords and should re-use them a lot

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Or save yourself the effort and make the username/registered email address the thing you change from site to site.

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Hey, idiot!

Beginning your post by labelling a self-evidently non-idiotic group of people idiots is the best way to indicate that it's probably not worth reading. Thanks for saving us all that wasted effort.

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Royal Navy parks 470 double-decker buses on Queen Elizabeth

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1.5 million m²=339 acres, not 370. One figure or the other is arbitrary

They somehow fucked up the procurement of the paint (I know - hard to believe, right?) had a few million tins left over and B&Q wouldn't take them back without a receipt so they just splashed it around a bit?

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Saddle up for the Tour de Firmware

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Re: Missed some

> Errant car drivers are dealt with. Arrogant (probably uninsured as well) cyclists do not.

Ha! Pull the other one mate. I've lost count of the number of times this has been wheeled out by the anti-cyclist brigade... "oh vehicles have reg plates and insurance and their drivers are highly trained individuals so they don't get away with anything". Utter bull.

Sure we (as in drivers) get caught by speed cameras but whose fault is that exactly? Certainly haven't heard of anyone being prosecuted for sailing through a red light, and I see other motorists doing it dozens of times every day. To illustrate the attitude that exists amongst some motorists I actually got grief from some woman behind me the other day when I stopped at a light that had just turned red. She was screaming and shouting that "there was plenty time you f*ckin wanker". What part of red=stop is so difficult for some people to understand? Sure cyclists do it, and it's annoying and when I'm on my bike I will have a go at other cyclists for thinking they're above the law but don't even TRY and tell us cyclists get away with more because that's just nonsense.

Arseholes are arseholes no matter what mode of transport they choose.

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The cute things they say

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"Hello, $corpname service desk, how can I help?"

"Hi, I'm just wondering: is there a way to add two numbers in Excel without using a calculator?"

"Um. I think so, let me just check"

*stabs mute button*

BWAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

*falls off chair*

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Tech companies are raising their game (and pants) post-Snowden

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Re: The spooks and flacks really do read El Reg!

Yeah! Those evil downvoting G-men!

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Britain'll look like rural Albania without fracking – House of Lords report

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Re: US gas 1/3 price of UK gas.

hyperthermic OAP's

Well if that's what'll be piling up in the streets why don't we use them for heat and power then? Given the state of our ageing population I can see a few crumbly-fired power stations being economically viable.

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Edward Snowden on his Putin TV appearance: 'Why all the criticism?'

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@ Tom Welsh Re: The russian record != the record

And yet despite these Orwellian levels of brainwashing and the unending Five Minute Hate you manage to see through the Great Satan's dastardly schemes to tell us all about it.

Don't get me wrong, I'm no fan of the USA, its foreign policy or its untrammelled version of capitalism that has its government bought and paid for, but it never ceases to amaze me how people can equivocate this with active and malignant repression then go on to favorably compare ACTUAL repressive governments and leaders in light of that skewed assessment. Just because so many people agree with the assessment of Putin and his motives makes them neither wrong nor brainwashed.

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Crashed NORKS drones discovered by South Korea

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Re: Return to sender

Given NK's laughably low standards when it comes to Photoshop you wouldn't even need to go to much effort either.

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Improbable: YOU gave model Lily Cole £200k for her Impossible.com whimsy-site

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Where a "charity" is more than 50% government-funded it should be subject to FOI legislation.

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Seattle pops a cap in Uber and Lyft: Rideshare bizs get 150-driver limit

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Shocking!

"The question I have for the hotels is this: are you also OK with AirBnB operating in Seattle and providing the same service as hotels but without paying hotel taxes and fees? ... Are the restaurants OK if the City Council goes back and amends the food truck regulations to lift the restrictions we placed on how far food trucks can operate from existing restaurants? Are the tech companies OK if we allow companies to come in and pirate their software as long as the pirated products are popular and consumers enjoy it?"

Well, the last one's a bit disingenuous and doesn't really fit with the first two, and the first two are just examples of a free market. I'm shocked, shocked to find that anyone in the good old USA would agree to anything that restricts the operation of a free market.

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Q&A: Schneier on trust, NSA spying and the end of US internet hegemony

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Great article

Good to read some actual balanced thoughts on the matter for a change.

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Samsung flings sueball at Dyson for 'intolerable' IP copycat claim

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Re: hearing loss isnt funny!

troll against those people of the world with hearing issues/problems

seriously... that's what you took from that comment? get out and about more dude.

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Re: The picture ..

@Ledswinger

I have both a Samsung hoover and a Dyson (yeah, we're a two hoover family). The Samsung is much (much) quieter and has much better suction. It was also less than half the price. In conclusion, I think your sample size might be somewhat lacking.

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Capita and Updata ink £325m Scottish PSN deal

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Re: Sigh

More likely they bamboozled the NHSS IT and procurement bods. They will sign literally anything if you give them a free pen.

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It's a scientific FACT: Online comment trolls are SADISTS

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Cheers Reg

Now I've got Cyndi Lauper stuck in my head.

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Sony set to axe 5,000 workers worldwide as it flings PC biz overboard

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Cameras

As an old Minolta fan of yore, I really hope Sony don't screw the imaging biz. Many of us were worried what might happen to the Minolta legacy should Sony run into financial difficulties, and it looks like over the next few years we may be about to find out. At the moment however it does seem to be an area in which they're excelling, on both innovation and profitability.

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El Reg BuzzFelch: 10 Electrical Connectors You CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT!

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Re: Learn something new every day

Nah, that Indian one clearly took years to accumulate and perfect. Kellys can do that in a day.

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Hello Moto: Lenovo grabs Motorola biz for $3bn. But Google's KEEPING the patents

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Well this is a surprise

I honestly thought the Moto G was the start of something interesting, and that Google were going to keep Moto, losses and all. Oh well that's probably why I'm not an industry analyst. Mind you, it's not as if I get these things wrong any more frequently than they do.

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Re: @Vociferous - Hmmm... Should probably order that Moto G I've been thinking about.

+1... with the exception of the display, it's easily as good as my One X and in some respects - notably HSDPA signal retention in borderline areas (like my bloody desk) - it's noticeably better.

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Five UK banks sign up to hook up customers' ACCOUNTS to their MOBILE DEVICES

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Re: Dodgy

Ahem... None of my banks HAS been stupid enough.

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No sign of Half-Life 3 but how about FOURTEEN Steam Machine makers?

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@PhilipJ Re: 65 million users, but all of them already have a PC with Steam installed

"Valve is not going after PC gamers - they already have that market."

Then why does Newell make such a big deal about the "65 million" existing Steam users? We're talking about hardware here. The market Steam has is currently 100% software.

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Re: 65 million users, but all of them already have a PC with Steam installed

Macs are just a subset of all PCs (ducks... sorry - couldn't resist).

I know what you mean though. Big picture mode is pretty handy and I already use it on my HTPC, which also does a whole bunch of other stuff that a Steam Machine currently (and deliberately) can't. No doubt they'll expand SteamOS to add more bells and whistles in the fullness of time, but right now...? I'm not saying the market will be nonexistant, but they will have a fight on their hands and everyone knows how quick on their feet Valve are...

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65 million users, but all of them already have a PC with Steam installed

Don't get me wrong, I love PC gaming and I love Steam and I really want to see Valve succeed in this, but I'm beginning to think they're going after the wrong people. I can't honestly see anything more than a tiny percentage of those 65m existing users converting or adding a Steam Machine purely for gaming. IMHO Valve really needs to be going after new users; people who might otherwise not consider PC gaming.

OTOH if HL3 (when it arrives) is a Steam Machine exclusive then they might be in with a chance. They'll piss millions of people off, but they might be in with a chance.

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Snapchat vows to shut its hole in wake of 4.6 million user data breach

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I initially came to the same conclusion, but then realised you can't make that judgement based on what is basically just a subset of data.

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Guinness gives games geek world record for 10,607 piece collection

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Re: Minor pedantic nitpick, re: Dan1980

Most Speccys I've opened had a paper-coned 'speaker, although some are indeed Mylar.

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Cyanogen grabs $23m, will ship mod-installed N1 smartmobe on Xmas Eve

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"Just buy an iPhone"

D+ must try harder

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The 10.2 OTA update put my phone in a bootloop and borked both GPS and Bluetooth. So that's the first and last time I'll be idly tapping "accept" on one of those.

Truth be told, for many handsets it appears there are better custom ROM choices for speed and reliability these days.

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Snowden: I'll swap you my anti-NSA knowhow for asylum ... Brazil says: Não

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@ bigtimehustler

IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH

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Bring Your Own Disks: The Synology DS214 network storage box

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Re: Interesting but...

any chance of doing a test/review of 4 drive units? Some of us have a lot of 'stuff' to squirrel away.

+1

Much as it's tempting just to jump for a Drobo, my wallet is cringing at the prospect.

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Firefox reveals new look: rounded rectangles

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Really?

They would get a much better return on their time and effort if they set their sights on fixing the mess that is their mobile UI.

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Brit spymasters: Cheers, Snowden. Terrorists are overhauling their comms

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Pretty much as expected then

Can you say "lip service"?

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Berners-Lee: 'Appalling and foolish' NSA spying HELPS CRIMINALS

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Re: Won't somebody think of the children?

what would anyone expect with Rifkind as its chair?

R4 this morning: "some people say Rifkind is perhaps not the best person to be chairing the ISC".

Understatement of the week.

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Firefox's plugin-blocker slams into beta - but don't jump for joy, Flash haters

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And yet...

Years down the line they still haven't gotten their 'automatic plugin download' thing to work properly when Firefox wants you to install/update Flash.

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Blighty's telcos set to CHOKE off another fistful of piracy gateways

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Re: More power to them...

Shhh! Don't tell them!

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How to spot a coders comment

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VBA

'I hate my job

'I hate my job

'I hate my job

'Seriously, what the fuck am I doing here?

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WET SPOT found on MARS: NASA rover says 'high percentage'

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Trollface

Damp patch found on Mars

NASA dogging club denies responsibility.

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BING! Microsoft plants Xbox Music flagpoles in Android and iOS

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Re: MS pretty near first to market ?

Yes, but it has yet to introduce iTunes Radio, which will be their equivalent service. DRTFA dear!

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Give us a break: Next Android version to be called 'KitKat'

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Re: Literally the Chocolate Factory, then.

Chapeau

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DF118

Re: How about

P - Peanut Treets

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DF118
Facepalm

Re: nomenclature

Well done you - a snobbish comment railing against snobbery and all said without a hint of irony.

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DF118

No doubt there will those who dogmatically avoid a K-version Android handset in this manner. I very much doubt either Google or Nestlé will care though, as I suspect the Venn diagram of "people who truly avoid giving financial benefit to Nestlé in any way whatsoever" and "people who buy the latest smartphones built by the tiny hands of east asian children" will have a very small overlap.

And to anyone who sucessfully avoids Nestlé utterly and completely - my hat's off to you. They have their fingers in so many pies that I'd imagine successfully avoiding them would take up the same amount of time as having a full time job.

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Re: I used to like KitKats

What is wrong with our own chocolate?

Where to begin? It's in a different leage from Nort American excreta, but it's otherwise somewhat of a joke. Loading it up with waaay too much sugar and dairy fat is our problem.

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Stop

Re: The Nestle Kit-Kat Chocolate is far too sweet

There is only one place in the world to go for decent chocolate, and that is Belgium. Nowhere else is any good.

Yes, the ability to make decent chocolate STOPS at the Belgian border. Nowhere else in the world can you find anyone with the ability to make chocolate so good.

What a load of tosh. For one thing the Belgians are IMHO a bit too obsessed with minging chocolate smoosh and other pointless frou-frou to make their chocolate consistently enjoyable. That's not to say they don't know a thing or two about it but your statement is nothing more than a pointlessly sweeping generalisation.

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Microsoft - do you really think you can take on Google with Nokia?

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Re: Re: @JDX

If I was them I'd use some of the increased margins on Nokia devices to fund a little largesse to the WinPho OEMs. After all Android isn't making real money for anyone but Samsung and Microsoft, so dangling a decent margin at device manufacturers* might be enough to move WP up a gear.

* Of course they will be well aware of MS's penchant for stomping the competition, but as long as Google remains the primary target I'd be willing to bet the device manufacturers will go along for the ride. MS can't afford to burn its WP OEMs right now, and won't be in a position to for many years to come if ever.

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Guardian teams up with New York Times for future Snowden GCHQ coverage

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Matt Bryant

I can only assume I was wrong, as until now I was pretty sure he was one of the few not prone to childish outbursts and name calling, then he goes and explodes that notion with the us and them drivel he's posting in this thread.

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Google Chromecast: Here's why it's the most important smart TV tech ever

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Re: "Smart TV"?

Deep

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Samsung isn't alone: HTC profits take a huge dive

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Re: Re: @Mark .

That's nice dear

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