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* Posts by LarsG

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Study finds online commentards easily duped, manipulated

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Re: Wait a second @Don Jefe

The pedantic grammar police have arrived, downvoted because it was probably the spell checker at fault on his iPad.

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Asus will bung 'Nexus 7 2' fondle-droids on Blighty's shelves this month

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Re: Specs make the iPad Mini look REALLY crap.

Yes and maybe the next ipad mini will make the Nexus look dated. The longest race in the world and the lead changes day by day, the end is not even in sight.

As to bench marks, they ALL cheat. The bottom line is this,

does your tablet work smoothly?

does your tablet freeze?

does your tablet require regular re-booting?

does your tablet require an anti-virus program?

does the anti-virus slow it down?

does it take ages to get hold of the newest operating system?

does the manufacturer withdraw support for older models?

If you answer YES to the majority of the questions you know what you need to buy to end your frustration.

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Xbox One users will have to pay extra for Skype and gamer-gratifying DVR

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Re: 20$ for a mono headset?

$20 for a mono headset, top quality and produced in China for less than a $1 a throw, the cheapest they could find, what an offer, what a bargain, what a deal. Not.

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British ankle-biters handed first mobe at the age of SEVEN - Ofcom

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Under the guise of safety

Many parents are under the misapprehension that giving a young child a phone is a matter of safety.

Instead they give phones to impressionable children with little maturity and risk exposing them to an unsupervised web experience at a too young age and unsupervised phone.

Safety can be a very abstract term.

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Android approaches 80% smartphone share as Apple's iPhone grows old

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Instead

Instead of looking at it as Android v Apple v Blackberry v Windows it should be broken down into Manufacturer v Manufacturer v Manufacturer v Manufacturer.

Comparing manufacturers is more relevant economically than comparing OS's as a manufacturer may go bust but an operating system won't.

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IBM committed 'ethical transgressions' to win botched project

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Re: Surely not?

The UK Government is the master of botched ethically transgressed IT project failures that never apportion blame to anyone.

You Aussies are just beginners at it.

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Sad shop-shelf-clinging BlackBerry Z10 AXED ... in price, contracts

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Just like pubs that begin to offer a free bottle of wine with every meal, then buy one get one free, then two meals and a drink for £10, then two meals and a starter and a drink for £8.

The following week it's closed.

It's the slippery slope of failure.

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Microsoft cuts Surface Pro price by $100

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Discounts

Discounts don't necessarily mean that you are getting a good deal.

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USA reverses iPhone, iPad sales ban

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Nepotism, pure and simple.

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Facebook: 'Don't worry, your posts are SECURE with us'

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Pride comes before a........ Ooops

Oh dear, remember the saying 'Pride Comes Before A Fall'?

Talk about setting yourself up.

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HTC warns of likely loss next quarter

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They bring out a better phone than the S4 and yet they can't attract enough of the market.

We live in a mad world.

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May the fourths be with you: Muso John Williams returns to Star Wars

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Re: Surprised...

The first film was and is the definitive Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back and The Return of the Jedi were natural follow ons but didn't add to the original which was a stand alone film. The studios were just cashing in.

The prequels on the other hand are just over CGI'd teen film crap. Fully of pretty people, no real story line which relied on special effects to sell themselves. My biggest gripe is the technology in these films, the sci-fi tech is more complex that the original 3 films. It is as though time has gone backwards.

I hope the New Star Wars stays honest, no over the top CGI, no pretty teen clones, tech that appears to belong to the particular time.

Make it a bit more adult, appeal to those that saw the original rather than the tweenies the prequels were aimed at.

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Move over, Freeview, just like you promised: You're hogging the 4G bed

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Ultra Fast?

I'd settle for a signal where I live.

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PEAK APPLE: iPad market share hits the skids

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Just like Samsung, they cheat on benchmarks, don't believe everything you read. They just haven't been caught yet, it took years for Armstrong to be outed as a drug cheat, but time will catch up with them.

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Re: No suprises here. Move along please...@Iglethal

Sounds like you are talking about the PC market.

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Egad! Could Samsung be CHEATING in Galaxy benchmark tests?

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Re: Large corproations fudge their numbers?

So the bottom line is this,

You're not getting the performance you are paying for

You're not getting the battery life you have been promised

Nothing new really is there

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Scalpers gouge China's fanbois for Genius Bar appointments

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Enterprising if nothing else

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Apple's shock treatment: An authentic charger-spotting guide

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So now they have explained how to identify a genuine Apple Charger, the fake producers can finally get it right.

Still metal is a great conductor of electricity, stick to a polycarbonate shell and you will be fine.

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Keep calm and carry on spying on Americans, US politicos tell NSA

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China

China owns most of the American debt, by default they own America so it is really a moot point about them spying.

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The dirt

The NSA had too much dirt on those that were going to vote against them. 24 hours before the vote a number of brown envelopes were delivered to these Politicians with a note that said,

'Do you really want this to become public?'

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Dead STEVE JOBS 'touts rival Lenovo gear' FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE

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When

When the film is released America will once again believe the Great Jobs was a great charitable man who looked after his staff, was the nicest person you could hope to meet and who listened to others and took advice.

What a nice man they will say when they leave the cinema, what a shame his life was cut short, I never knew he invented the Internet, mobile phone, computer, keyboard....... Shoes, God....... What an amazing guy!

I mean, the US film industry distorts pretty much every historical fact there is.

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Senator: Surveillance state based on secret law 'has no place in America'

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Re: sigh

They will shut him up when they find the dirt on him after a bit of secret surveillance.

He will tow the party line then.

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Texas man charged in multimillion-dollar Bitcoin Ponzi scheme

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Re: yep

Cash in my pocket is much better than 'fairyland' currency in the cloud.

Caveat emptor, quia ignorare non debuit quod jus alienum emit.

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Burger-rage horse dumps on McDonald's: Rider saddled with fat fine

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And no one filmed the incident?

What is the world coming to?

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US Marine Corps misses target, finds and bombs Nemo

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The Harrier

An aircraft designed by the UK, built under licence by the US. UK aircraft then scrapped and sold off to the US by our Government as a cost cutting exercise. The tragedy is not the bombs but the tech we give away for others to exploit.

Just like the jet engine the UK gave to USSR which found its way into the MIG15.

Politicians have a lot to answer for and they never learn because they seem to do a lot of it.

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Middle America pulls up sagging pants menace, belts repeat offenders

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Re: Bieber?

This is a new 'low' even for El Reg, where's the tech story?

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US town mulls bounty on spy drones, English-speaking gunman only

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If you don't happen to be white

I'd stear clear if your ethnicity is anything but white, you regularly wrap a towel on your head after a shower, wear a long dressing gown, are in a same sex relationship, vote liberal, wear sandals, have a beard, read the Guardian, drive a foreign car.....

There is probably a 'symbolic' ordinance for that but you are as likely to get shot for it as you would knocking on a door and asking for directions in the dark.

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UK parliament presses for pardon for Alan Turing

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Realistically, making apologies for what had been done in the distant past, years ago is symptomatic of the age we live in.

Let's apologise for........

Let's apologise for slavery

Let's apologise for crimes in the past that are no longer crimes

Let's apologise for Nagasaki and Hiroshima

Let's apologise for the British Empire

Let's apologise for the Aboriginies

Let's apologise for the American Indians

Let's Apologise for the bombing of Dresden

Let's, let's, let's.......

Instead of this faux apology thing how about we look back on History discuss what was done, understand why these things happened and that they were 'incidents, acts and products of their time' then celebrate that we have come a long way since. Apologising for the distant past serves no purpose.

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UK investigators finger emergency beacon for 787 Heathrow fire

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Lets hope

That when one crashes a survivor will be able to use his mobile phone to call the emergency services!

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Beijing fanboi in coma after iPhone 4 shock treatment

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Re: Electrocuted? I'm taking no chances

Now this could be a 'jump on the band wagon to get compensation' ploy....

BUT

I am taking no chances and have put a rubber case on my phone, just in case!

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Russian mobile operators say 'nyet!' to Apple, 'da!' to Samsung

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Malware of course

Not fashion, it's just that they can't get their malware on Apple phones, so it makes sense to change to Android, the malware writers dream.

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Finally, someone's fixed THAT Android hole. Was it your mobe network? No

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One door closes

One door closes and another door opens.

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PRISM scandal: Brit spooks operated within the law, say politicos

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Of course they will say this

Who would be able to prove that they didn't?

As it is covered by the official secrets act we will just have to believe them...............

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Ground control? My space helmet is FILLING WITH WATER!

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At least

It was only water in his helmet and not a weeping rash!

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D'OH! Use Tumblr on iPhone or iPad, give your password to the WORLD

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Since I don't use Tumblr I don't really care, I care even less about other people's Tumblrs and have no urge to go sniffing them out.

I have better things to do, beer please.

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Researchers seek Internet's choke points

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So here in the UK we are not alone in the phenomenon of getting less broadband speed than we promise or pay for. 'Up to' is just an advertising fantasy figure.

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Acer silences Thunderbolt

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Re: Makes no difference

From a personal point of view, I have a MacBook Pro and Dell XPS, while I have USB 3 on the Mac and USB 2 on the Dell. I've never had an issue with waiting a couple of minutes longer and it gives me time to put the kettle on.

The average user doesn't move hundreds of Gb of data, maybe a few photos, video, music here and there perhaps but that's about all. I wouldn't buy a new computer, spend £500 just to have a couple of USB 3 sockets and then have to upgrade my USB 2 memory sticks or back up hard drives or buy new caddies for my old hard drives.

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Makes no difference

The average man in the street is quite happy with his 3 year old PC that does everything that is needed. Few people need such high speed transfer rates, are happy with USB 2 and there is nothing innovative enough or must have to upgrade.

The consumer is much wiser to the fact that new and 'upgraded' PCs are just smoke and mirrors.

I have a first generation retina screen iPad, I see no reason to upgrade until it stops working. I mean why upgrade for a new socket, slightly faster processor and fractionally less heavy new one when it does everything I want of it.

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Apple needs help: iWatch, 'Retina' iPad mini delayed until 2014?

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Re: First mover advantage??

The report is just a way to garner interest, the leaks are the kind that tries to make Apple show its hand.

The media hate the fact that Apple can play its cards so close to its chest and they are never able to truly break through all the secrecy. Instead a story about delays and problems is put out in the hope that it will damage the share price so much that Apple will have to announce something to refute the allegations.

Come the Autumn, there will be iOS 7, probably a new iPad, probably a new iPhone, probably an iPad mini with retina and probably an announcement that the iWatch will be released in March 2014.

Going on past reports no ne in the media has ever got it right unless Apple instigated the 'leak' for their own advantage.

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Is your Apple gadget made of human misery and eco-ruin?

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How many people really care about this?

Are they just playing to a non existant audience?

Does anyone really buy a mobile/gadget by first researching if it is Eco OK?

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Cubesats to go interplanetary with tiny plasma drives

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Could it carry anything useful and if so how would it phone home with the results or information?

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Boeing batteries back under spotlight as 787 burns at Heathrow

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A known problem

"The revised operating procedure calls for the APU selector switch to be put in the “on” position during a shutdown, which will allow the inlet door to open and the the unit to cool down. The door must remain open for 40 min. before being closed, to enable the APU to be restarted. The notice indicates that the APU could be restarted without causing damage if reactivated within 20 min. of shutdown, or after 120 min. have elapsed.

The revised procedure also has connections with the operation of one of the 787's two lithium-ion batteries. The notice includes a precautionary note that advises against using the APU battery power to keep the door open as this will “only have about 15 minutes before being discharged.” It adds that ground power must be used to keep the APU door open for 40 min. and warns that, if this is disconnected, the door will close even with the APU switch on the flight deck remaining in the “open” position. Boeing declines to specify the design changes that will be made to improve cooling and ventilation of the APU compartment."

The APU is in fact located in the tail section?

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Gadgets are NOT the perfect gift for REAL men

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A real Gift

I'd just like a weekend on my own, just me, no children, no wife, just a beer and a take away.

That would be the perfect present to me.

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Screw it, says NSA leaker Snowden: I'm applying for asylum in Russia

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Re: I wonder

I'd like to see Tony Blair indicted for war crimes.

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China slips behind US in technology innovation stakes

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Re: um

No, they just borrow ideas...........

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Snowden leak: Microsoft added Outlook.com backdoor for Feds

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Sneaky sneaky sneaky, but we should not be surprised.

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China prepares to lift 13-year game console ban – report

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Space

Once they get their teeth into gaming there won't be enough space on the servers for the rest of the world.

Population 1,354,040,001 as of the 27 December 2012

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Caterpillar B15: The Android smartphone for the building site

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@Chris N

Never a truer word said.

Why do these people think that anyone working on a building site will need a bash resistant smart phone with less functions?

Stick with whatever phone you want and buy a decent case for it, Lifeproof, Otterbox or Gumdrop etc.

I work outdoors, go on site and have dropped my phone on a number of occasions, it survived.

This CAT phone is trying to solve a problem that doesn't actually exist.

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Oh please, PLEASE bring back Xbox One's hated DRM - say Xbox loyalists

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Mushroom

If they give these people what they want it will see the demise of the Xbox quicker than an ice cream on Brighton beach in a heat wave.

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BlackBerry gives Indian spooks BBM and BIS access

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Re: Aaannd...

Would not be surprised to see sales slump.

Still, the US has had access to the system for years, it's just that they don't talk about it.

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