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SpaceX FINALLY lobs six sats into orbit (don't mention the landing)

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top gear

"In the words of Top Gear's Richard Hammond, "How are we going to use it again?" (@09:30)"

These are rockets for big boys. Top gear faked their show with a cardboard scale model rocket.

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BMW i8 plug-in hybrid: It's a supercar, Jim, but not as we know it

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Re: supercar?

"People who drive super cars don't give a shit about gas mileage etc. Make it go fast."

I very rarely see 'super 'cars' being put through their paces on public roads. I've also been to several trackdays where super car drivers are regularly embarrassed by modified hot hatches.

Most super cars are bought for show.

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We got behind the wheel of a Tesla S electric car. We didn't hate it

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Re: On the verge

I would love to convert some modern classics to electric.

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Minor servicing? You'll be due for a new turbo soon (mine lasted 6 years) a cam belt every 5 years give or take with water pump is not a minor job either. Then your crank shaft oil seal will start to leak. Injectors, fuel pump, very expensive especially if your injectors wont budge. Your expensive MAF and MAP sensors don't last for ever.

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Re: Twizy

"The Twizy on the other hand is slow, expensive for a two in line seater that is almost comparable to the Sinclair C5. That however, had the advantage of pedal power when the battery was flat."

Utter garbage. The Twizzy has proper suspension and disc brakes. It was designed to compete in the young person scooter market, to be easy to park and cheap to run. Scooters and small motorcycles arn't particularly cheap and they're not particularly fast or comfortable. So wrong to compare it to a Tesla doing airport ferrying.

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Lost treasure of Atari REVEALED

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The legend I remember reading was that 'Atari dug a hole in the desert', which added mystery as if it was done secretly in a random place. Being carted down to the local landfill with everybody else's stuff is a bit disappointing.

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Minecraft players can now download Denmark – all of it – in 1:1 scale

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Re: As a 29 year old who doesn't quite 'get' MC...

No you're too young. The low res was actually part of the charm for the 'older than you' people who took up the game.

Like Facebook, Minecraft was hijacked by the kids.

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French youth faces court for illegal drone flight

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Re: Prosecution seems a bit of overkill

I think the publicity will see him get a good job offer at some point.

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Wii got it WRONG: How do you solve a problem like Nintendo?

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Re: Gamers age. Nintendo tried not to age and failed.

I like most of your points. The weird thing (and problem) is that pre-teens highly desire the GTA and Call of Duty games too. Kids have become de-sensitised.

Nintendo are stubborn as hell. They should've been developing addictive sandbox games, with perhaps a new (less cute) character and multiplayer shooters with say paint balls to loose the 18 certificate for the parents that still care. FPS games were a lot of fun on the Wii with the Nunchuck and pointing device (effectively a mouse, forget the motion control) but the kids had already been exposed to better graphics and in no time had grown a couple of years and were lost to Xbox, Playstation or the PC.

Minecraft was a phenomenon on the Xbox 360, Nintendo needs to spot these and buy the rights, but we know they never will.

HD remakes of SNES games is a gold mine, again Nintendo too stubborn, or too slow at best.

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"What happened to the excitement of games like Starwing?"

Nintendo doing hardware accelerated 3D before the PC. That was indeed exciting times. Most PCs back then didn't even have sound cards, yet today everyone wants to compare consoles to PCs.

Nintendo can't really afford to build new powerful consoles with custom hardware and sell them to a market who expects something for nothing. Yet quite often the same people (you see them criticising Wii Us price) will happily splash out £150 for a PC graphics card even though there are no games on the PC market that come close to Nintendo's offerings.

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Apple Mac Pro: It's a death star, not a nappy bin, OK?

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This design is going to be copied by PC case builders and become all the rage and I reckon there's a chinese factory already preparing to make clear covers for the Apple.

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Re: It is NOT expensive...

Look at the theme you've revealed. People will spend silly money on luxury items providing other people can see them.

If a desktop computer could only be installed on a car roof or even in a front yard, then Apple could charge double for the new Pro and it would sell like hot cakes.

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Friends don't do tech support for friends running Windows XP

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I like the look of the 'unchecky' software. Will be trying it out on Niece's laptop next time I visit.

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Apple RESURRECTS the iPhone 4: report

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Re: iPhone 4, 3 years later: FUBAR

MacBook Airs self destruct with the tiniest of fluid being spilt around the I/O ports or on the keys. Check auction sites for the left over spare parts. It's always the system board and battery that self destruct and are not economically viable to repair. A minor keyboard spill on a premium laptop of the old days, simply meant a new keyboard. The sad thing about the Macbook air' is that it has a lovely o-ring seal engineered into it's bottom half as if designed to float on water. Style over function yet again.

My first Netbook, a Dell mini 9 has been abused by kids and is still going strong. It cost £195. The Macbook air is nearer £900. Sure accidental damage is not Apple's fault, but claims of build quality and robustness at a high price point should include some safe guards.

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Re: Not one thing or another

iphone 4

800 MHz ARM Cortex-A8

PowerVR SGX535 GPU (200 MHz)

512 MB LPDDR2 DRAM (200 MHz)

1420 mA·h

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Motorola X

1.7 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro

Quad-core Adreno 320 @ 400 MHz

2 GB of RAM

2200 mAh

Let's face it Apple could have made cheap phones just by reducing profit it makes on each unit.

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Is modern life possible without a smartphone?

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Re: Flat Earth Society

Another self important show off.

Could you possibly stop and consider that some very intelligent people have made life choices in not running their own business, in avoiding commuting at all costs, in choosing working hours such they don't need an alarm clock, are naturally fit and well nourished, have always done their expenses and online shopping since the year dot via an iMac or Macbook Air tucked neatly in the living room.

If you want to force those people to become unhappy, then sure, force an iphone on them to help them survive.

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EVE Online erects mashed-up memorial to biggest space fight in history

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Give me a shout when they network Star Raiders on the Atari 400 :)

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Sensation: Chinese Jade Rabbit FOUND ON MOON

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Some of you should stop being jealous. You'll be able to buy your own from dealextreme next year ;)

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Ten top tech toys to interface with a techie’s Christmas stocking

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Re: Raspberry Pi Starter Kit £75

For many people they can open a drawer full of container park (local tip) fodder and have a fully functional computer for £26 inc delivery. That's half the price a Playstation 4 game that only has slightly improved graphics over the last version, but the machine is still on this list.

Or how much would you give me for an old Dell USB keyboard? Wired USB logitech mouse. Powered chinese crystal cased USB hub. Toshiba 4GB SD card taken from a Nintendo 3DSXL. Ten bucks? No, I didn't think so. This shit sells for pennies on ebay.

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El Reg's contraptions confessional no.2: Tablet PC, CRT screen and more

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Re: Model M

I salvaged a couple of model Ms from the skip at work in the late 90s, when they lobbed 30 or so PS/2s, what a crime that turned out to be. It was the only keyboard I used throughout many DIY PC builds because it was free, I was unaware how good it really was until buying a couple of pre-built systems. Didn't realise they had a cult following amoung coders until I sold them both on ebay in the end, as my PC was moved to the living room and they were just too noisy and a bit to big to sit on the lap in my easy chair.

Elonex did a version that looked and felt very similar, only not as deep, quieter and had a windows key.

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Microsoft pockets a HUGE '$28' on an Xbox One: But NOT REALLY

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It may be an old model but have IBM, Apple Nintnedo ever used it?

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Re: EoS

Trying ordering in bulk yourself, you save pennies, a few bucks at best.

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Facebook's Zuckerberg: US gov 'blew it' on mass surveillance

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Safe

It's always about keeping themselves safe isn't it, yet Britain and Spain have had harder periods with terrorists and any country the US has ever stuck its dirty little fingers ends up dangerous as hell.

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Bill Gates orders HITMAN to KILL right-hand man STEVE BALLMER

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Re: XBox One vs. Playstation 4? Or...PC

Actually the average age of the video gamer is surprisingly old and it's the kids and teens who want the gaming PCs to play 'grown-up' games.

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Sony scoffs at the Microsoft EX-BOX: A MILLION PS4s sell in ONE day

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Re: Bored

"Van: I'm not entirely sure what you're getting at. I'm not aware of any stage where a console has had more, for the lack of a better description, 'polygon pushing ability' than a decent gaming PC of the same era."

@silent_count

Which bit of 'consoles had custom graphics and sound chips before the PC' dont you understand?

I think you're struggling because you either think PC gaming started in 2002 or you've only ever played games that needed to push a lot of polygons. Or perhaps youve confused the PCs higher resolutions available to meaning graphically superior? In which case I'll give you Arcade games, particularly the polygon shifters from Sega in 93, again with custom built boards designed to play games, not business applications.

I remember when a PC had no output for sound and no PCI slots. The best upgrade was a 16 Bit sound card, it was pricey and plugged into the lone ISA slot. This was around the SNES era, there were no gaming PCs. Super Mario World and Super Tennis just couldn't be done on the PC.

You've got to accept that microprocessor evolution wasn't exclusively designed to be used by the PC. In the mid 80s arcade boards, Sega were using 2 x 68000 CPUs, with a Z80 and an additional Yamaha chip for sound. in 1992 Sega went to Lockheed Martin for help with 3D. In 1993 they went to Intel for a 25MGHZ CPU and 5 graphics co-processors from Fujitsu.

This was all before Doom appeared on the PC let alone PCI slots and 3D cards. At this time, Consoles were being designed with custom processors for graphics sound at a low price point for the mass consumer to play similar games to the arcades and they did a very good job.

I'll reiterate for you, SNES, PS1, N64, Dreamcast all had games the PC couldn't touch at the time, yes they were all held back by the TV's low resolution, but that didn't stop them being good in areas that mattered.

Nintendo even added a 3D accelerator, co developed with Argonaut , to each cartridge at the end of the SNEs era, again before PCi slots and 3D cards on the PC.

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Re: Bored

If a phone becomes better than a console at pushing polygons, then the phone ability inside the device will be stripped out of the device and you have a cheap small console that will probably insert directly into an HDMI port. Then we will also need console controllers, steering wheel pedals etc, as touch screen gaming is shit.

Humans evolved to use tools, which is why some gamers will actually prefer using at least a stylus than poking and prodding with a finger.

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Re: Bored

Excuse me silent_count, but consoles came with custom graphics and sound chips before the PC. You say never? PC build costs will rise as PC gaming declines and becomes the expensive niche like in the 90s when PS1 and Dreamcast were the better gaming machines for 1/5 of the cost .

Custom hardware will always be better, the target price point will hold them back though. Walk into Nintendo R&D with a memo targetting a 1500 USD price point then see how good the PC looks as a gaming machine.

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Re: Bored

or the Xbox 360 or the PS3

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Re: Sympathy for Sony

and some say Bill Gates was a crook to boot....

Unfortunately the console buyer is a finicky so and so. They wouldn't pay the price for the Dreamcast and it's extra features, and listened to Sony's over hyping of the PS2. Now Sony have no choice but to subsidise and rely purely on brand loyalty. Nintendo and Sega could trounce this lot if they were as open as the big 2.

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Re: Resogun

Purely eye candy to make use of that £400 TV on the £400 new console. I'd rather spend the money on an original Defender cabinet.

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Facebook, the BIGGEST WINDBAG on the planet? It'll blow $300m trying

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No investment

During the 1970s oil crisis, the same ideas were touted but brushed under the carpet. Politics ruined the chances of making the same strides in energy as say the computing industry. Stop blaming the greens and eco warriors.

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Sony's new PlayStation 4: Early faults ENRAGE some buyers

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Re: Micrososft FUD machine in full swing.

To think they're not making profit on the custom designed hardware,unlike Apple who slap 40% on off the shelf components screwed into a stylish 1960s braun designed case, but can seemingly do no wrong.

Funny old game.

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Z30: The classiest BlackBerry mobe ever ... and possibly the last

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Sorry

I couldn't take a review seriously that uses 'classiest' or' classy' to describe a telephone.

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Facebook fans fuel FAGGOT FURY firestorm

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Joke

English guy: "Are you coming out to smoke a fag?"

American guy: "Ok, I'll get my gun"

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Full Steam Ahead: Valve unwraps plans for gaming hardware

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Re: Aren't we ignoring the elephant in the room?

I find the precision of a "superior" keyboard and mouse removes me from the action and is less involving. I'm sure a mouse could make driving games easier,but no thanks.

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Boffins: Earth will be habitable for only 1.75 BEEELLION more years

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We're going nowhere. Resources and investment will be needed to stay alive here.

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Peugeot 208 GTi: The original hot hatch makes a comeback

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Good article.

The original Peugeot GTi wore out a lot quicker than VW's equivalent, which is around the time VW really earn't their reputation. I believe the French have caught up with VW in many areas in recent times making this GTi an interesting prospect.

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China Labor Watch gumshoes uncover TOP SECRET PLASTIC IPHONE

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See through tech, that would be so cool. They could use coloured plastic and offer 13 flavours!.

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Apple 'iWatch' trademark filing hints Cook's make-or-break moment looms

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Re: Lost their mojo ...

That's if you were the type to actually think being on facebook actually gave you mojo.

Having grandparents on facebook makes it more useful than its ever been.

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Re: Lost their mojo ...

That's good then. Hopefully they can get on with wearable computing/comms being useful. For me, I hate having to place down, forget where Ive left it, taking it out of pocket to check type gestures, with a regular phone.

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Re: What's a watch?

That's a rather shallow view.

A watch is basically a sundial that conveniently evolved to be wearable, a concept for the German Navy, then became fashionable. The wrist is also the preferred choice to mount instruments for sky and sea divers.

Not sure why there even has to be an argument as to why a computer/comms device shouldn't evolve to be wearable.

As for teenagers, they would be quite capable of making an Altimeter fashionable. If an Altimeter became the 'must have' accessory for kids, it wouldn't be because of appeal.

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Sony sucker-punches Xbox on price, specs, DRM-free gaming

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Re: Pay to Play and no one cares?

NO, you paid a part payment for the console. That's why they need to look elsewhere to get their money back.

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Seven all-in-ones that aren't the Apple iMac - and one that is

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Re: All fugly except the mac

"It is amazing when you do a aesthetic comparison of Mac VS everything else how far ahead they are - of course many here favour function and cost over form but they are stunning these days"

Ahead? you mean far back!

Apple's latest designs succeeded because people like you are too young to remember and too sheep-like to research the fact that Apple's looks were all done to death in the 1960s and early 70s.

The silver Aluminium design made a brief come back in the 80s albeit mostly in plastic with HiFi equipment.

How long before Apple make wood-grain computers and their fanbois think they are original?

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Apple's design is starting to look dated. Not surprising when it was copied straight from the 1967 Braun catalogue.

For those who want to add/ remove memory, hard disks and CPUs at will. Look no further than SLIM-ITX solutions built into the back of monitors.

Hopefully smaller companies will offer a lot wider design choice than what is designed for today's sheep.

Once more for the moaners who will miss it, SLIM-ITX

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Smartwatch face off: Pebble, MetaWatch and new hi-tech timepieces

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It's time

Gotta love so may people missing the point. This is about tech hitting the wrist for convenience just like the original sundial>clock eventually got smaller to be wearable. Imagine having to still carry a clock around with you and remembering where you left it.

I don't wear a watch, but as someone who hates carrying, misplacing, dropping and searching for a mobile phone. Having a communication device scaled down and wearable on my wrist does appeal.

We wear keys on our wrists when we go swimming or visit wellness centers. Sky divers and sea divers use their wrists to hold the equipment they need.

I can't grasp how anyone writes this off as bad idea.

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Better Place electric car outfit goes titsup

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Very difficult to compete with traditional cars when they are being sold at Zero profit or even at a loss. Then with a large profit to be made on servicing parts that electric cars don't have. Oils, filters, turbo's. cambelts etc

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New 'BLOCKBUSTER' APPLE iTHING imminent - billionaire Einhorn

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Re: New product?

To upset your reasoning a bit, iphones are used as "must have" fashion accessories by many, there's no choice.

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Retro-tech fan seeks cash for Commodore 64 clones

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Nostalgia has too much of a grip on him. I wish it was 'those days' again also. Unfortunately we're too spoilt today.

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Game designer spills beans on chubby-fancying chap with his stolen Mac

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install hidden or lock it away at night?

“He fucked with the wrong nerd .."

Was spending £15 on the 'hidden' app in case your house got broken into , more clever than actually locking the precious laptop in a cupboard at night ....in case your house got broken into?

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