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Order an iPhone 6 from midnight PT – if Apple's web store holds up better than its livestream

Scott Earle
Stop

0800 UTC?

That would be 0700 UTC no?

Unless you mean Pacific Standard Time (without the Daylight Savings Time that is currently in effect)?

Did you mean 0800 BST?

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Sit tight, fanbois. Apple's '$400' wearable release slips into early 2015

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FAIL

Sigh

This is obviously from the "reporting rumors as fact" school of 'journalism'.

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IT blokes: would you say that LEWD comment to a man? Then don't say it to a woman

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Re: This article's about the minority

You should not be offended, because she's not talking about you.

I also don't feel offended, as she was not talking about me.

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Chinese Bitcoin farms: From scuzzy to sci-fi

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Facepalm

I've often wondered

Why build such things in places like Hong Kong (which is just south of the Tropic of Cancer), when you probably don't need a great internet connection but heat is a problem?

I'd suggest Svalbard or Franz Josef Land. You aren't going to draw any attention to yourself out there, and can use satellite connections. Power might be more difficult, but you could use generators. It's not like the noise is going to disturb anyone.

Or at least somewhere where there is power but it's really cold, like Siberia, Alaska or Yorkshire (kidding!). Building something like that in a warm climate is insane.

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New iGasm: Apple to unveil not one but TWO iPhone 6 models on 9 Sept

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If El Reg gets an invite

They will be too shocked to do anything about it.

("Jagwyre", remember?)

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BANGKOK-BLOCKED: Thailand's dictators 'ban dictator sim Tropico 5'

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Flame

Yeah, thanks Youngone

poopypants is right - don't go making comments like that in public, Youngone. Last time it was YouTube that was blocked for many months. I don't want to be unable to read El Reg indefinitely just because of something YOU said.

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Cheer up, Nokia fans. It can start making mobes again in 18 months

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Facepalm

Europe's biggest tech company?

Did anyone tell SAP?

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Japan makes Prius palatable with road map to hydrogen cars

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Prius attracts ridicule?

Here in Thailand, a Prius costs less than a Honda Accord, and so I don’t see the ridicule aspect of it myself. It’s a perfectly cromulent car, and gets a genuine 24km per litre on a long journey.

My wife wanted an Accord, but I made her get the Prius as it’s totally better value for money. She has since conceded that it’s a great car.

Of course I recently bought a 3.2L Ford Ranger for myself (which is even cheaper than the Prius), to offset the Prius’ reduction in CO2 emissions.

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French Hacker Legion is West's foremost snoop squad says Robert Gates

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The French are a threat to the US?

In the same way as how the US are a threat to ... anyone who is not the US?

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Google launches hacker game to train bug 'mercenaries'

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The cake is a lie

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100% driverless Wonka-wagon toy cars? Oh Google, you're having a laugh

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Things I would like to see

I would LOVE to see one of these things trying to drive around Bangkok. It would be seriously hilarious :)

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Pirate Party runs aground in European Parliamentary elections

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FAIL

Czechoslovakia?

Really?

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Klingon and Maori roar into 'mutt's nuts' dictionary

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Stop

What happened to the Thai one?

I know we just had a coup, but it seems churlish to leave it off just because of a little political instability.

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App.net: 'Good news, we've made money; bad news, we're all fired'

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FAIL

Pay to post?

Wait - pay-to-post?

App.net was pay-to-join, but posting was free.

Be accurate with your glib throwaway comments, at least.

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So, just how do you say 'the mutt's nuts' in French?

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Re: How about in Thai?

And chillis!

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Scott Earle
IT Angle

How about in Thai?

Thai doesn't have any possessives (or plurals, singulars, tenses, articles [definite or indefinite], or pretty much any grammar at all - making the language a tad tricky to learn!), and so the phrase would be ไข่หมา - literally meaning 'egg dog', but in this context would be "the eggs of [a/some/the] dog(s)".

Eggs are used to refer to the male gonads, presumably for their fragility?

Because of the tonal nature of the language, the pronunciation is a little tricky, but it would be "khai maa" with the first word said with a low tone, and the second with a rising tone.

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Ancient telly, check. Sonos sound system, check. OMG WOAH

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FAIL

Re: Nice advertising piece

Not well enough, obviously. He already said it had to go back ;)

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Half of all mobes sold in South-East Asia are now smart

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Lots of these 'smart' phones are just Chinese-manufactured crap

And yes, I know that the 'big boys' also manufacture all their stuff in China, but you know what I mean.

The market here in Thailand is full of the usual suspects (Apple, Samsung, HTC, LG, Asus, etc.), and then a few local brands whose main selling point is that the entire phone UI, the manual and the box are all in the Thai language - but then there is a mass of horrible super-cheap crap-phones and shit-tablets that cost a couple of thousand THB (say, 40 quid) and run some shonky version of Android that has been obsolete for at least a year with no prospect of ever being able to put a newer version on it.

Phones here are all sold without contracts, and so are sold SIM free. This means that the iPhone 5s starts at 23,900 THB (around 450 quid). So you can imagine that there is quite the market for the crap-phones ...

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The legacy IE survivor's guide: Firefox, Chrome... more IE?

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Re: Dear Business

You think they ever noticed the aforementioned banging-on? Unlikely.

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it ... Win Phone 8? No, it's APPLE'S iOS 7

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You think support is bad in the UK??

You should try it in Thailand ...

We only got the ability to buy music earlier this year. AppleTV went on sale a couple of months ago. iTunes Radio? I would suspect never.

And we have to wait until December before we can buy the new iPhones. Hopefully.

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Galaxy S4 way faster than iPhone 5: Which?

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WTF?

Shocker

"Phone that was released last year is slower than other phones released this year" shocker.

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Who should play the next Doctor? Nominations needed!

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I vote for ...

David Threlfall

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Spooky action at a distance is faster than light

Scott Earle
Happy

Re: Well done ... again.

Yes, but only if we don't know how fast it isn't going ...

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Review: Livin' in the cloud with Google's new Chromebook Pixel

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Stop

Profitable because it's made in China?

Not because of the outrageous price tag, then?

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Baby-boulder bowling burglar breaks Boulder Apple Store's $100k glass door

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Moron thieves

My step-dad's BMW 635 Csi had its window broken to steal a stereo that probably got the moron who stole it 20 quid for a fix. Fucking idiots, the lot of them.

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Ex-pats take note: China IT salaries set to jump 40 per cent

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Wish it was the same in Thailand

I took a 75% pay cut in the last year. It would be seriously nice if salaries here shot up too.

The problem with China is that I'm not sure I could learn to read and write, which would drive me batty. At least Thai has an alphabet (44 consonants and 32 vowels enough for you?), so you've got a chance.

That, and my wife is Thai.

Living here is WAY better than living in the UK, though (I've been here over 9 years already). Being an ex-pat is an interesting life, to be honest :)

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Recipe for a bad day: 'State-backed hackers are attacking your PC'

Scott Earle
Devil

The Internet in Myanmar was always a bit shaky

The "government" always censored everything, and the only way to browse the web was to use a VPN. When I went there regularly in 2006/2007, I used to use Your Freedom (a tunnel service).

All web access had to go through "government" proxies, so the tunnel was the only way to go.

The biggest problems we had was actually with the power constantly going down. I can only hope that things have improved over the intervening years.

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Don't be shy, vendors: Let's see those gorgeous figures

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"Don't have these figures to hand"

This is absolutely correct. DO NOT believe a vendor that says they don't have these numbers. Of course they have the numbers.

If they say they don't have the numbers then they are OBVIOUSLY lying somewhere - because how can you claim to provide a certain measurable uptime figure, but not have the actual numbers to hand? It's ridiculous.

Vendors in "lying in order to win a sale" shocker ...

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Microsoft 'touches 16k shop workers' to flog Windows 8 hard

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FAIL

"Confusing software and expensive hardware doesn't sell" shocker

Confusing software is confusing, so nobody bought the expensive hardware that runs it properly.

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Asia has fastest internet, launches most cyber-attacks

Scott Earle

I live in Thailand (which, for our geographically-challenged American friends, is in Asia), and while I have a 16Mb/sec internet connection, this is considered fast. However, most people can get at least 4Mb for very little cash, or 10Mb for a not-outrageous outlay.

Download speeds within the country are super-quick, but as soon as I connect to servers outside Thailand, the speed starts to suffer a little. Fortunately, companies like Akamai have a presence in most countries - and so downloading stuff from large companies (e.g. Microsoft, Apple) is always fast.

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Scientists snap first film of giant squid in action

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FAIL

Three meters?

What did they measure?

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Adobe demands 7,000 years a day from humankind

Scott Earle
FAIL

You think that's bad?

The boxed version of Windows 1.03 (or 1.04, I forget. It was 1987 when I experienced the wonder) had a sealed envelope inside it, containing the installation floppies and some paperwork. It was sealed with a thick white sticker upon which were written words to the effect of "by opening this envelope you agree to be bound by the terms contained within it".

For some reason, this was later deemed to be not legally enforceable. No idea why.

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Apple to ditch Intel – report

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WTF?

Re: Huh?

Yes they surely can! They do say some stupid things, in the hope that it garners clicks to their website.

Assuming that you are talking about Bloomberg, the source of this 'story'.

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Protestors target Google over that video

Scott Earle
Devil

They briefly protested outside the Bangkok office recently, too

I work in the same building as Google's Bangkok office, and there were protesters outside for an hour or two on the afternoon of the 27th September. They came to this area after bothering the US embassy in the morning.

Whatever. If they want to stand outside for a day in Bangkok's notoriously hot and humid monsoon season, that's up to them.

This is not about religion - this is about people *choosing* to be offended to push forward their own agenda.

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Brighton marathon munchers banned from all-you-can-eat diner

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Re: Simple solution

"Come see Bottomless Pete - Nature's Cruelest Mistake"

</simpsons>

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Scott Earle
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Was that the Mongolian Wok? Great place ...

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Apple MacBook Air 13in review

Scott Earle
Stop

Re: So like the new iPhone

The MacBook Air (released January 2008) is Apple's take on the Sony Vaio TT (released September 2008)?

How does that work?

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Fans rap Apple's 'crap' Map app

Scott Earle
Unhappy

If you think it's bad in the UK ...

Try it in Thailand, where it's truly awful.

They don't even claim to offer turn-by-turn here either. Although if it's as bad as it sounds, perhaps that's not an altogether bad thing?

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FAIL

Re: Google Earth still exsists

Google Earth doesn't exist in the App Store where I live ...

So I am stuck with a crap map app, and no alternative apart from maps.google.com in safari.

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Google defends drowning Acer's newborn Alibaba Linux mobe

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Stop

Re: "what appears, at a glance, to be clear abuse of market power."

Yes, if Google don't want to support the manufacturer for those devices, that's fine.

But Google told Acer that they would not get support for *any* devices if they released phones running Aliyun. That's anticompetitive, and feels a little like late-80s Microsoft.

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Office 365 turns Lotus eater

Scott Earle
Go

Lotus Notes might not be quite dead just yet, but it's smelled pretty nasty for some time now

I started using Lotus Notes over twenty years ago, and have always hated it with a passion. Anything that kills it can only be a good thing,

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Google updates Chrome Flash plugin for security, stability

Scott Earle
Stop

99.9% of users fired up Flash?

Saying that 99.9% of users "fired up Flash" is disingenuous. What it means is that 99.9% of users did one of two things:

1. Went to a site that uses Flash as the default, and falls-back to something else (e.g. HTML 5 video) if it's not there. It would not surprise me if YouTube (for example) did that.

2. Visited a site that had ads on it. Again, these sites will try to push Flash ads on you if they can, because they can get more useful info out of a Flash ad, as well as showing you an annoying moving ad and possibly sound or even one of those horrible expanding ads.

How many of those users would have not even noticed that Flash was not there, if they had not had the Flash plugin installed?

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RIM doses PlayBook with 4G super serum

Scott Earle
Facepalm

4G?

And will it work on frequency bands other than the ones used only in North America? Or when they do start selling it in Europe, Africa or Asia/Pacific, will they have to stop calling it a 4G device like Apple had to do with the "new iPad"?

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Dell Inspiron 17R SE 17in Ivy Bridge notebook review

Scott Earle
Coat

"Special"

Maybe it's "short bus" special?

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Vauxhall Ampera hybrid e-car

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Electricity is free now?

Here's the other thing … after you have calculated how many mpg it does, how about calculating how much it costs to charge the thing up with electrons?

Add to that the cost of the car (*HOW* much?), and that's an awful lot of very short journeys you'd have to do to justify buying one of these. Sounds like you'd be better off with one of the 80mpg diesels, or even a Prius or similar hybrid that simply saves energy from regenerative braking …

(Also - a 1.4L Otto-cycle engine? Why not Atkinson-cycle - too hard for the Chevy engineers?)

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Roman roads get the web maps treatment

Scott Earle
Coat

Re: Walking to londinium singing...

CMXCIX followed by CMXCVIII shirley?

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Jolly rogered

Scott Earle
FAIL

Urban legend?

You mean this one? http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/wales/901723.stm

I think that was "something that happened". Slightly different thing. It's like an urban legend, only is based on fact.

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The Register obtains covert snaps of Google's new London offices

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Re: WOW!

My office overlooks Soi Cowboy in Bangkok ...

If you don't know what that is, be warned that it is NSFW.

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RIM's cartoon superheroes inspire caustic Tweet-storm

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Facepalm

So ...

Is amateur hour over yet?

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Google gives £550k to Bletchley Park

Scott Earle
WTF?

They have to get £1.7M before they then qualify for the big payout?

Was that the Nigerian national lottery fund, perchance?

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