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Air-slurping solar battery will slice energy costs – boffins

fishman

Re: probably too ambitious

<<<Too ambitious? All accomplishments start with a dream... >>>

"The fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown." --- Carl Sagan

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Microsoft delays Xbox One launch... Big Trouble in Big China?

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High price

It's funny that the XB1 will cost more in China than in the US, even though it's made in China. You would think they could save something on shipping.

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Ex-basketball star CUFFED on suspicion of stealing Apple gear worth $14k

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Re: Blown Away.

I don't know about the NBA, but supposedly at least half of the NFL players end up going bankrupt within two years of leaving the league. High flying lifestyle + no marketable skills outside of their sport = 0.0

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A spin of roulette in the sporty Ford Fiesta Black

fishman

Re: I certainly wouldn't buy anything American made/designed

... I certainly wouldn't buy anything American made/designed ...

My Mercury Sable wagon has 238K miles on it, and it's been almost troublefree - better than my wifes Toyota Camry with 190K miles. And I tend to beat on my car - jackrabbit starts, running it at 75-80 mph all day (it's made numerous trips of 700 to 1000 miles in a single day), driving it in rush hour traffic on the Washington DC beltway for 10 years.

BMW, Mercedes, VAG? nice cars, but when they go (and they do!), it costs big bucks. Even some of their biggest advocates won't own them outside of the warranty period.

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Premier League wants to PURGE ALL FOOTIE GIFs from social media

fishman

Re: Premier League Football?

Oval ball - I hope you don't mean 'Merican Football. Where you get a total of 25 seconds of "action" over a few minutes. followed by 5 minutes of terrible tasting American beer commercials.

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Microsoft: Just what the world needs – a $25 Nokia dumbphone

fishman

Re: An Old Fogey Speaks

Zmodem? WinFax? That's new tech. Just give me a deck of punch cards......

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Simian selfie stupidity: Macaque snap sparks Wikipedia copyright row

fishman

Re: Who takes the picture?

<<<And in this case he didn't lose the camera; he set everything up to enable the macaque to take the shot.>>>

No, the photographer did not set up the shot, and hadn't intended to have the macaque take or trigger the shot. The Macaque unexpectedly grabbed a camera and started playing with it, taking pictures.

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Apple and Samsung UNDER THREAT from local brands – study

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The UK has an adult obesity rate of 25%, highest in Europe, and higher than Canada.

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There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES

fishman

Re: Quantity != Quality

I lived in Britain one summer. I learned that the best of the UK television was sent to the US, and the rest was just as bad as in the US.

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PICS: Nokia Lumia 930 – We reveal its ONE unique selling point

fishman

Re: Lack of USP?

<<It won't be full of snoop ware like an Android>>

Microsoft, Google, Apple. All American companies. All probably loaded with NSA snoopware.

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X marks the chop: Microsoft takes axe to Nokia's Android venture

fishman

X customers

Quite a few of those who bought one of the X phones won't buy another Microsoft/Nokia phone after their phone was killed off so quickly.

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Thought PCs were in the toilet? They're STILL eating Apple's lunch

fishman

XP replacements

<<<Not at all surprising really. The initial rush of mobile devices is fading and people are coming to realize that they have to actually get some work done and a desktop computer is much better for that 90% of the time.>>>

Now that XP is EOLed, a good portion of new PC sales are for replacement of old XP kit.

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Islamic terror peril hits US giants' phone wallets

fishman

Terrorist group

"A joint venture between AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon – three of the four largest US wireless carriers"

Now that sounds like a terrorist group.

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Microsoft confirms Office 365 price rise

fishman

Re: TCO

<<<Use something free? Well, is it really free? You still have to pay to train users on a different product, probably more so if its not what they use at home or learned in school?>>>

That would be meaningful if Microsoft didn't keep changing the user interface for their products.

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Lindsay Lohan sues Grand Theft Auto V makers for 'using her image'

fishman

Re: Well then-

But it gets high and then crashes.

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Conformist Google: Android devices must LOOK, WORK ALIKE

fishman

Updates

One of the reasons why Google can't directly push updates for many Android devices is the crapware that the manufacturers put on them.

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Microsoft, insurance giant hitched to pitch home automation

fishman

Microsoft playing catchup again

So this is Microsofts response to Google buying Nest.

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Game of Thrones scribe George R R Martin will KILL YOU for US$20K

fishman

Re: At first I thought...

<<<so I'm stuck hoping that he lasts long enough to churn out books 6 and 7 and that I'm around long enough for the paperback release of both (gotta complete the set).>>>

He has to live even longer - Now Martin is talking about a total of 8 books for the series.

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Jellybean dominates Play, still seated atop rising KitKat

fishman

Fragmentation

And in other OS fragmentation news, Windows XP has a larger marketshare than Windows 8 and 8.1.

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New software nasty encrypts Android PHONE files and demands a ransom

fishman

Safety

Since it's an app you have to download, Android users who only download apps from Google Play will be unaffected.

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Glassholes beware: This guy's got your number

fishman

Of course, MAC address spoofing is trivial. Problem solved.

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Amazon workers in Germany celebrate strike anniversary with ... ANOTHER STRIKE

fishman

The final solution

Most of the Amazon warehouse jobs will be replaced by robots/drones over the next few years. Striking will just make Amazon work faster towards it.

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Google to plonk tentacles on 'unwired' world with $1bn launch of 180-satellite fleet

fishman

Re: World Domination

<<<Every aspiring James Bond villain knows you haven't arrived until you have a rogue satellite fleet at your disposal - well, that and an underground lair and a private army.>>>

And scantily dressed beautiful young women.

How could you forget the most important detail?

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Ballmer SLAM-DUNKS $2 BEEELLLION bid for LA Clippers

fishman

In the Clippers arena

In the Clippers arena, all of the chairs are bolted to the floor.

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

fishman

Re: Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ROFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!

Terry6:

You can turn right on a red light in all 50 states, unless specifically marked.

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Ask yourself, AT&T: Do you really want a Latin American adventure?

fishman

BellSouth is ATT

"it had swallowed Bellsouth"

No, BellSouth was a part owner in Cingular. BellSouth bought out its partners in Cingular, and bought AT&T. BellSouth then changed its name to AT&T.

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Google ECJ case: No commish, it means we don't need right-to-be-forgotten rewrite

fishman

Who owns the data?

"Reding argued, following the judgment:

The data belongs to the individual, not to the company. And unless there is a good reason to retain this data, an individual should be empowered by law to request erasure of this data."

So, if a Mr. X does something to me, and I blog about it, I don't own my account of what happened - Mr. X can demand that it be removed from search engines, etc? It sounds like a form of government enforced censorship.

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Netflix FREEZES prices for existing UK users to stop them quitting vid-streaming service

fishman

<<<5.99 GBP = 10.09 USD

They pay $7.99 in the US for Netflix, so we're paying more and due to geolocking, we get less than they do.>>>

Add in the VAT to the US price, and the difference in price is small.

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Microsoft hints at smaller Surface

fishman

Form factor

The problem for Microsoft with the small form factor tablets is that as the size decreases, the more they become primarily a media consumption device. This somewhat negates the main advantage of a W8 tablet - being able to run the productivity software.

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Sony on the ropes after revising losses UP to $1.3 BEEELLION

fishman

Re: It's not my birthday today! @Gene Cash

<<<They also made a wonderful 8mm portable VCR/camera that could play Analogue tapes as well as recording/play Digital. Great "bridge" to put analogue on PC via Firewire via its analogue input.>>>

I have one of those, and I've used it to dump 40+ tapes onto my computer. The downsides is that a 2 hour analog tape ends up taing up 28GB of space - easy now, but back when I bought the camera, 8GB was a good size disk drive.

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Quid-a-day Reg nosh posse chap faces starvation diet

fishman

Re: an average man needs 2,500 Calories each day to survive

2,500 calories is too much for the average man, unless he is fairly active. I'm, 6 feet tall, walk 4 miles a day at a good clip, exercise 25 minutes a day, and I burn 2,500 calories.

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Google's self-driving car breakthrough: Stop sign no longer a problem

fishman

Great!

As someone in their late fifties, I look forward to self driving cars when I no longer can safely drive.

I also could see sending my car out to pick things up at the store - order on line, the car gets there, a store employee puts it in the car, and sends it back home.

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Microsoft: The MORE Surfaces it sells, the MORE money it loses

fishman

Between a rock and a hard place.

The problem with Surface is that the android and apple tablets are better and/or cheaper than the Surface as media consumption devices, and for "getting real work done", laptops are often much better than a Surface.

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True optical zoom coming to HTC smartphone cameras

fishman

90 degrees

I assume that they will use a prism to turn the light path 90 degrees so that they will have room for the zoom and not be restricted to a length of less than the thickness of the phone.

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Google loads Red Hat Enterprise Linux into its cloud

fishman

Re: Why not go for Centos instead?

While CentOS is essentially the same as RHEL, if everyone went CentOS, Red Hat would go out of business. And then where would CentOS be?

A long time ago I learned that while I love a bargain, if we make too big of a savings the company I am doing business won't survive. And in the long term that is certainly not to my advantage.

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Internet is a TOOL OF SATAN that destroys belief, study claims

fishman

What saved me

What "saved" me was the Usenet newsgroup talk.origins - I lurked there for years, and came to the conclusion that religion was just bull****. This was before the web even existed.

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Satisfy my scroll: El Reg gets claws on Windows 8.1 spring update

fishman

Re: Linux desktop

<<<The Linux desktop is struggling at the moment, thanks to KDE4, Gnome3, the "Unity crack pipe" etc.>>>

KDE4 has been sorted out for a long time now. Even the older version of KDE4 shipped in RHEL6 is ok.

<<<On the other hand, Centos and RHEL won't be able to drive your scanner in the first place.>>>

Never had any problems with CentOS and my scanner.

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Nokia launches Euro ANDROID invasion, quips: 'Microsoft knew what they were buying'

fishman

But these aren't *real* android, since they can't access the Google Play app store.

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Volvo tries to KILL SHOPPING with to-your-car Roam Delivery

fishman

Will stores like it?

The problem with this is that the customer never steps inside the store. And when a customer goes into a store to buy or pick up something, it is an opportunity for the store to sell something else to the customer that they hadn't initially planned on buying.

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Tizen teasing continues as new members join but none pledge devices

fishman

Re: Surely multiple OS choices for one handset would be the answer?

Just like with android, Microsoft will probably go after any company that offers at tizen phone.

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Time Warner merger great for Comcast, but not for anybody else

fishman

Welcome to the Land of The Fee.

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Random car shutdowns force Toyota to recall Prius hybrids - AGAIN

fishman

Re: Sad Prius Driver

<<Happily I traded it for a VW Golf which despite its legendary reliability>>

Needed a new keyboard after reading that.

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Dell staffers head for exit armed with redundo cheques

fishman

The best leave first

Often, when there is voluntary separation, the ones that can get a new job the easiest are the ones to leave - which typically are the best ones.

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Microsoft's new CEO: The technology isn't his problem

fishman

Re: More like a PR relkease then a serious review

<<<Bing has been stuck at < 20 of the market since day one. >>>

It's amazing that it is that low. Considering that it is the default search engine for IE, and most users are too lazy/don't care/can't figure out how to change the search engine in IE, you would think that it would have a much greater market share.

<<<Surface tablets are improving. Only if you look at % of growth (yesterday I had 1 dollar in my pocket, today 2 - does that mean I'm now rich?) and not market share. Based on market share if it was not MS Surface sales would be in the slice of the chart called "other">>>

Surface tablets are at 4.4%, up from 3.4% a year ago. But over half of the sales are from the dumping of the old Surface RT tablets at a massive discount.

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US feds want cars conversing by 2017

fishman

Welcome

I welcome these types of moves - eventually it will lead to self driving cars. I figure that by the time I'm elderly, self driving cars will be well proven and affordable. And I'll be able to get around safely, when otherwise I'd be a danger. Also there would no longer be drunk drivers on the road - they would just be drunk passengers.

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Windows 8.1 becomes world's fourth-most-popular desktop OS

fishman

Re: 8.1 and 8 should be grouped together

Neither was OSX.

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Apple and Samsung STILL in bitchfight over banning ancient mobes

fishman

Re: I wish ...

Of course, the Motorola Atrix had a fingerprint sensor *long* before Apple did.

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What can Microsoft learn from 'discontinued operations' at Nokia?

fishman

Yeah, they seemed to forget that in 2012 WP7 phone sales dropped drastically once the details of WP8 became known.

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Samsung profits deflate after mobile division runs out of puff

fishman

Re: Samsung Board Room

My son had a 3GS - after a year, the battery wasn't lasting very long, and after two years (2 year contract), he had to use an external battery pack.

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