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Trundle, trundle, FLEEEP: iPhone 6 production grinds to halt

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Ahh...

There's nothing like keeping the iPhone 6 constant and energetically advertised through little snippety stories. So well done Apple's marketing department for leaking this to Reuters.

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True fact: 1 in 4 Brits are now TERRORISTS

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Re: ISIS

Concentration camps were (IIRC) first used by the Spaniards in their colonial wars in the Caribbean.

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Microsoft refuses to nip 'Windows 9' unzip lip slip

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Re: Meh.

Having spent a while using a touchscreen win8 device, my problem is this - there aren't enough programs available in Metro to make it a viable alternative. So you spend your whole time skipping back and forth between Metro and the desktop view, and instead of pressing the large finger-sized buttons in Metro you find yourself desperately trying to tap the tiny 'normal' sized buttons on windows in the desktop.

The charm bar works fine, if you're using a touchscreen but it is an absolute pain if you're using a mouse. The same goes for app switching. I think that it Microsoft had delayed the Win8 release for 12 months to allow manufacturers to build more touch-ready devices and had put the effort in to getting more programs ready for Win8 (Mozilla have given up developing the Metro Firefox, for example) we wouldn't all be haterz.

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Apple takes blade to 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display

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Re: Apple Macbooks

4) You're paying what the market will bear, which is about 20% more than it should be due to the trendiness of the Apple brand at the moment.

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eBay bans CD sales of metal band Burzum, citing offensive material

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Re: I don't get the complaints about Mien Kampf @John Savard

Russia did fight against Hitler. But they had been in allied to him for nearly 2 years before that, and they signed a pact which allowed them to take over Moldova, half of Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and a chunk of Finland. And they went to war with Finland on the back of that pact.

Then, after the war, they kept a tight hold on all the land they'd conquered. And then they murdered lots of people, of course.

They're just as bastardy as the Nazis.

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Nuts to your poncey hipster coffees, I want a TESLA ELECTRO-CAFE

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Decent morning beverage?

"First-world problems, eh? This is what it is like to ‘support your local independent coffee house’ – stumbling from one bunch of hopeless clowns to the next in an ultimately doomed hunt for a decent morning beverage."

I don't see how the words 'decent morning beverage' and 'soya latte' belong in the same sentence, unless it's "Soya latte is the very definition of a product which is not a decent morning beverage."

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Gmail gains support for non-ASCII email addresses

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Re: More work

People aren't 'brought together' by their differences. Three thousand years of warfare ought to have made that clear.

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Re: More work

The world does have a single main language, and that language is English, in the same way that Latin was the Lingua Franca for a millenium or more. If a Chinese person wishes to speak to a Ghanaian and they don't speak each other's language, they will probably use English.

That's not to say that email shouldn't support non-ASCII email addresses. I'm not convinced of the benefit since anything that brings us closer to using a single global language (and therefore understanding each other better) must be a good thing. But I don't see why there shouldn't be the option to use forn.

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

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Re: Tropico 4 was fantastic

I loved playing Tropico 4. It was a real giggle, and a challenging sim too. And that music...so catchy I'd hear it in my head when I dreamed.

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Sneaker-maker Reebok cooks up performance-enhancing BACON

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Re: Sports shoe maker Reebok is getting into the bacon business

Surely not! That would be SO out of character.

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Adam Afriyie MP: Smart meters are NOT so smart

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Re: Perfectly logical

And so that energy companies can use them to cut your power when there's not enough on the grid. They are a back-door mechanism for power rationing due to a failure to build enough capacity, thanks to a truly batshit crazy obsession with CO2 emissions.

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14 antivirus apps found to have security problems

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Was this the one...

You sold 5 (or 6, or 7, or 8) years after you bought it for nearly $400 (or $450, or $500, or $350)??

Enquiring minds want to know which figures you're using today.

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DAYS from end of life as we know it: Boffins tell of solar storm near-miss

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Re: Pretty high risk

Nonsense. This is mathematically predictable and we know the seriousness of the consequences, and we can even have a plan for what to do about it. How can half a million eco-warriors, eco-consultants, eco-development campaigners and other hangers-on possibly make a living out of that kind of certainty?

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Apple fanbois SCREAM as update BRICKS their Macbook Airs

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Re: top tip

No, it was a £1500 computer. That you've spent ANOTHER £200+ on it doesn't make it a £500 machine.

Look, I've got a desktop PC which is my day-to-day PC which I built in January 2008. It'll be 7 years old in January. At the time it cost about £1,300 to built. Since then it's had a SSD, a RAM upgrade, a copy of Win7 to replace XP, a new 1TB Hybrid drive to replace the secondary drive and a new graphics card and I can play Skyrim on max settings quite comfortably.

To get similar performance from a modern desktop PC you'd need to spend about £600 to get the 8GB RAM and the Core i5 processor which pretty much matches the Q9300 I have in my old PC.

That does NOT make my desktop machine a £600 machine. It makes my desktop a very old computer that I spent an awful lot of money on which now performs about the same as an off-the-shelf £600 computer. I keep upgrading it because I like to tinker, even though it has always been a bit of a primadonna computer and I daren't switch it off too often in case it doesn't come back on. I accept all these things.

Yes, you are turning in to a fanboi, because you're attempting to claim that the Apple computer you bought is a bargain. It is good. It is well built. It is fast. Be happy with that. It is not cheap, or a bargain, or comparable in any way to a £500 PC. Stop trying to make it something it isn't and enjoy it for what it is.

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Re: top tip

"And pretty much anything (bar airs) from 2009 to 2012 is fairly upgradable with limited tools - so a second hand i5 Macbook Pro 2011 bought for £500 (they are out there - check eBay) with a current SSD and 8gb RAM slapped in it would make an extremely portable workstation and would likely be good for another 5+ years of hard work. Try saying that for any £500 windows laptop you can buy at the moment...."

So you're comparing a used £1,500 computer, upgraded, with a new £500 computer. That's like me saying "Well, your new Ford Focus isn't as good as my 7 year old Mercedes s Class". It's a stupid comparison.

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Donelson has a numbers problem.

In November last year you wrote this:

"Most Apple products have amazing re-sale value. I sold a two year old MacMini for 80% of the purchase price last spring, and an EIGHT year old dual G4 for £300 a year ago."

So is it a G4 or a G5? Is is £300 or $450? Was it 80% or 85%?

In August last year you wrote this:

"No one ever considers resale value of Macs, which makes them actually CHEAPER than PCs, overall. I just sold an 8 year old dual G5 for $500, and sold a two year old MacMini last March for 80% of purchase price."

So it was a G5 but you sold it for $500? Not $450? Or £300?

In January last year you wrote this:

"I sold an 8 year old Mac on eBay for $550, half the cost of a new MacMini."

$550 now? Not $500 or $450 or £300?

Eight days before that you wrote this - "No on ever considers "resale value" of Apple kit. I just sold an 8 year old PowerPC Mac for $400... Not bad!"

So $400 now.

Curious.

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MPs to sue UK.gov over 'ridiculous' EMERGENCY data snooping law

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Yep

Don't blame me. I did vote for him in the Tory leadership campaign, but sadly the job went to a manchild with the same urgent grasp of reality as a cardboard cut-out.

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Hi-tech Fagin couple used Apple scam cash to fly pickpockets to UK

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Hush now, remember, EU membership brings jobs. In this case it brought jobs in the phishing industry, which has been declining for decades under the Common Phisheries Policy.

It also provides useful work for the police service and the prisons service who otherwise spend all day sitting around polishing their uniforms.

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German brain surgeon flies in for vital LOHAN operation

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13 month old son?

He's probably glad to get away so that he can catch up on his sleep.

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

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Re: Password Managers?

Or a notepad and a pen, which most of my elderly customers use, which is a single point of failure but is not insecure or open to hacking.

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BT: Whew, we've been cleared of major privacy breach. Oh SNAP, another webmail blunder

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Maybe...

...they should get on with fixing the problems they're having with customers who are being forced to create a BT.com ID (which is separate from a BTInternet email address) merely in order to access their email. Or customers who are unable to do said update because of the flakiness of the BT systems. Or customers whose accounts - old and new - have been hacked because of the abysmal security BT has in place in India. Or any one of the many, many problems I deal with in a typical month from poor, long-suffering BT customers.

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Get an EYEFUL OF CURRY for the sake of your brain

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A tablespoon?

So Dave Lister would be able to test for Alzheimers?

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Read the proposed US ASTEROIDS Act to green-light mining IN SPAAAACE

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Re: Why the UN?

There's no comparison between the two situations. In your hypothetical toxic waste dump Switzerland would be affected.

Countries who aren't mining in space won't be affected by laws affecting ownership of stuff mined in space. There are no byproducts which might affect them. There are no labour laws which will affect them. Their ownership of resources on Earth won't change. This really doesn't affect most countries, and it really never will. I don't see why they should have a say in something which can not, does not and probably never will affect them.

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Re: Why the UN?

The analogy doesn't work because, on Earth, someone will own or live in the forest. There is no analogy for what we're seeing here.

And if you can't get in to space, why should you have ANY say in what US companies under US jurisdiction do with resources they exploit out there? Why should we go around asking Burkina Faso or Bhutan what they feel about mineral extraction in space?

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I must be the only one who thinks it's a good idea.

By guaranteeing, through some sort of legal framework, the right to own what you've extracted, that creates a structure in which companies can work if they choose to.

Yes, it's US legislation, and boo hiss America. But America remains the only country which is really doing anything in space at all, both in the public and private (eg Elon Musk) spheres. And this means that an American company, with its corporate HQ in America, can be certain that any minerals it chooses to extract will be its, and can't be appropriated by anyone else. It's the basis of property ownership and the legal guarantee of that ownership, and that's, perhaps, a start towards the exploitation of space.

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Why the UN?

I don't think it's a very good idea that it should be decided by the UN. You then have an awful lot of nations who aren't spacefaring and have no plans to go in to space deciding on the legislation. Added to that - what democratic mandate is there to have the legislation repealed at the global level?

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Microsoft's Lumia 930... a real HANDFUL

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Re: Is this the review of a camera or a phone?

I agree with a couple of your gripes. The 'phone turns on while charging' seems odd. The skype client that doesn't allow all Skype logins is unbelievably infuriating. I don't like the sensitivity of the Bing search or the default to Bing either.

But I haven't had to delve through lots of menus, I find pretty much everything I need in settings and I don't find it hard to turn stuff off. The synching is useful rather than annoying, particularly if you have a Win8 tablet or tabltop (or desktop if you're mad) and it makes restoring a phone from backup much easier.

I do like my Windows phone despite the annoyances.

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The Windows 8 dilemma: Win 8 or wait for 9?

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Re: I tried to like it - but failed

You're right, Win8 is no good without a touch screen. The more mobile the device you're on, the better the Win8 experience. Desktop Win8 is a hideous experience.

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Girl gamers sexism row: Top e-sports federation finds reverse gear

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Re: Doesnt look like equality to me.

It could also be the kinds of games. If there was a Farmville contest I expect you'd need a special category to help the poor little men keep up with the women.

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Re: Couldn't agree with you more on Occupy.

Occupy destroyed itself because it was a bunch of rich kids protesting about the stuff their rich parents protested about 20 years ago and their rich grandparents protested about in the sixties. It wasn't a grassroots movement and it didn't engage, or make any attempt to engage, ordinary people.

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Viv Reding quits justice commish role - heads for EU parliament

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Re: European justice commissioner Viviane Reding...

What an astonishing argument. Really, truly. You think this is an advance in democracy? Does it bring the corrupt institutions of the EU one step closer to the poor schmucks who pay for their lifestyle?

This was no uprising of the people, and no democratic advancement, no velvet revolution. This was power politics, the powerful and wealthy amassing more power for their own ends. The head of the Commission and his deputy are now Parliament stooges. One chamber controls both forming of legislation and voting on it.

I pity the fools who can't see this for what it is.

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Re: Thank you!

Just because prices have fallen, that doesn't mean that non-roamers are not paying for roamers. The two positions are not mutually exclusive. Non-roaming telephone users are subsidising those who do roam and it is not an accurate reflection of the costs of the service. The EU is meddling with the markets in order to select its preferred outcome.

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Re: European justice commissioner Viviane Reding...

The Council of ministers chooses (until now) the head of the commission. The EU Parliament does not. This was a power grab. A putsch. Don't mistake it for democracy.

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Re: European justice commissioner Viviane Reding...

I despair of people who claim the EU is democratic because I don't see how it meets any interpretation of that much-abused word. Look at the UK's commissioners in the past. Neil Kinnock. Cathy Ashton. I mean yes, Kinnock was an MP, but who voted for Cathy Ashton? You're claiming that the process is democratic because a democratic government appointed someone with no electoral mandate to a position where they can create laws. You might as well say that my local traffic warden has a democratic mandate, because he was, after all, appointed by a democratically elected government.

The shenanigans in the Commission this time around ought to have convinced anyone with an honest opinion of the EU that they aren't at home to Mr Democracy.

What has happened is that the EPP has agreed to back the socialists' choice, Martin Schultz, if the socialists back the EPP's choice of Juncker. Both are arch-federalists and pro-EU fanatics. The viewpoint of a quarter of the elected MEPs has been entirely sidelined so that the Glorious Project can continue unhindered by any tiresome democracy.

In reality, the whole process is a massive stitch-up. The head of the EU commission has been selected not because he is approved of by the EU parliament but because a dirty back-room deal has been done between the federalists and the socialists to keep the new boys, who won their seats this time round, out of power.

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Re: Thank you!

People who don't travel around the EU on a regular basis are paying for this. It's certainly a victory for people like you, and EU commissioners, but it raises the phone bills of everyone else. It must be nice to be able to write laws from which one personally benefits financially, as Ms Reding has done.

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New research: Flash is DEAD. Yet resistance isn't futile - it's key

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Re: Sometimes I wonder...

Much like Mage, I can see a time when my DVD collection becomes obsolete because I can store it on a NAS box. If an uncompressed DVD is 5GB (it's about that, isn't it?) I'd need 15TB of storage. In 10 years' time, perhaps, that will be on an affordable home device.

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And now for someone completely brilliant: Stephen Hawking to join Monty Python on stage

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Re: Tickets

On all my previous visits to the O2 telescopes weren't necessary due to the honking great screens displaying all the action.

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REVEALED: Reg trails claw along Apple's 'austerity' 21.5-inch iMac

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Re: It's basically a laptop in a desktop case

Do you sit it on your lap? Is it a portable computer? Can I unplug it from the mains and have it run on its internal battery?

It's a desktop.

The only thing this device shares with laptops is components.

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Re: Everyday performance

I wondered how quickly people would start apologising for the mediocrity of this machine.

It's basically a laptop in a desktop case. You lose the portability and you get more screen space. 5400 hard disk, ugh. Why? Why not stick a 500GB 2.5" hybrid drive in there? It'll cost a few quid more but the performance will be way better.

If 'average joe' doesn't need a dual-core i5, then perhaps they'd be better off spending £350 on a really decent tablet instead.

I'm sure that plenty of people will say "Hurrah, a Mac that isn't £1500 that can sit on my desk and look pretty" so I agree with you that it will be reasonably popular. That doesn't get away from the fact that it's a lot of money to part with for something that looks pretty on a desk. But when did that ever stop Apple fans?

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Microsoft hopes for FONDLESLAB FRENZY as Surface Pro 3 debuts

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Re: Wont be a hit until

I have been setting up Lenovo Yoga 2 11" tablets/laptops (tabletops?) for several customers over the last few weeks. Without exception they love the weight, the design and the speed. I think it's the first Win8 machine I've seen which has really made Win8 seem like an acceptable alternative to Win7 rather than a dismal failure which should be shot behind the sheds

The price is reasonable, the screen is good. It has an HDMI mini connector so that you can plumb it in to a larger screen. I'd buy one for myself but I simply can't justify ownership of another computer.

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Apple SOLDERS memory into new 'budget' iMac

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Individuals may not upgrade their RAM themselves but if the machine is slow they'll ask someone to look at it, and that someone will say "I can do a cheap upgrade for you that'll let you get more speed out of it." I have done many hundreds of RAM upgrades over my 983 years in computerising.

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Apple's Irish tax lair to be probed by European Commission

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Re: i agree

No I don't. MEPs have no responsibility for writing the legislation. They may amend it in Parliament and return it for reconsideration but they have no legislative powers. So no, I do not mean MEP.

I also do not mean 'my government' - because they did not write this:

http://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/taxation/company_tax/gen_overview/index_en.htm

The EU Commission is responsible for the legislation which specifies that corporation tax is paid to only one country. It is responsible for deciding the cross-border taxation mechanism.

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Re: i agree

The EU is the creator of this problem. It's EU law which states that companies who trade within the EU have to register for taxation in just one location and EU law which allows this.

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Silent, spacious and... well, insipid: Citroën's electric C-Zero car

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Re: Electric cars just aren't there yet.

Yep, but I don't remember the taxpayers subsidising early digital cameras in the way we're expected to for electric cars.

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Evidence of ancient WORLD SMASHER planet Theia - FOUND ON MOON

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Re: Back and forth

Better than having to use the destruction testing method to confirm this particular theory.

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Plugging the gaps in today's Macs: Elgato Thunderbolt Dock

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Re: 200 quid?!

£200 for a device that provides all the sockets your £1,500 laptop didn't come with is small change considering an extra Displayport monitor hovers around the £700 mark.

Mac users are like Warhammer gamers - lots more disposable income than me.

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ASUS launches 5-in-1 Android Windows Phone laptop tablet (breathe)

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Re: Identity Crisis

All it needs is Mac OS and all 15 versions of Linux and - hey presto! A machine to satisfy most of The Reg's Commentardiat...

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Ditching renewables will punch Aussies in the wallet – Bloomberg

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Re: If renewables can compete on price ...

Dear Mr Anonymous,

Why don't you tell us how windmills and suncatchers are made? Are they made, perhaps, from fairy dust? From old coathangers and lost socks? Or from rare earths, which are acid leached from whole mountains in China, where the acid then leaches happily in to the groundwater for hundreds of miles around? What about the steel and copper needed for them? Do they come from ethically farmed maize, or environmentally damaging mining and smelting techinques.

Everything has a cost of production. Your Toyota Pious might make you feel good but you poisoned a lake in China to drive it. The difference between renewable and fossil/nuclear cost of production is that the cost of the latter is offset by the vast buckets of power it provides. Renewables have a huge cost of production but then produce teeny tiny dribbles of power compared to fossil/nuclear.

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Fuel for jets DOES grow on trees

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Re: Nah.

No, no, no. That's not how they work. They don't want YOU to fly.

They have to fly so that they can go skiing or trekking across the Andes or highlighting the desperate plight of the Western Madagascan Cannibal Olive Tree or their son Toby or daughter Jocasta can go and find themselves by backpacking around the world.

But you can't, because it's bad for the planet.

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Nah.

Your big problem will be the ecomentalists. They don't want a solution that gets rid of carbon emissions or something that stops people using fossil fuels. They want people to stop flying.

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