* Posts by Gob Smacked

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Did rock-hard aliens turn young Earth MOIST? New probe data emerges

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Not that much water here...

Allthough it seems te be a lot, the complete amount of water on earth is less than what minor planet Ceres or Jupiter moon Europe holds.

I think it was here all the time, in some form, either bound or free. I can live with the assumption that our infant cooking earth was covered with a thick, damp, cosey water blanket.

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Bought an iPhone 6 Plus? Odds are you've binned the iPad

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One type of slab estate should be enough for everyone!

At least, as a 3 year user of a Galaxy Note phone, I never felt the temptation anymore to buy a tablet. I *like* them, but don't need a tablet. A good Windows laptop yes. Something serious that works in most environments next to the quick-dirty-and-useful gadget.

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In spinning rust we TRUST: HGST slips out screamingly fast ... HDD

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Re: Am i the only one

@Doug S: hey, 15k rpm translates to 250 Hz, perfectly audible for most...

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Child sex abuse image peddlers dodge UK smut filters and demand Bitcoin payments

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Internet, as always

routes around the problem...

Once it's out there, it remains accessible somehow. Lawmakers keep having their hands full, but in the end, it's just an arms race. At least, IT technicians like myself always have something to laugh about...

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Circuits so flexible they'd wrap around your hair

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Re: You might still look like an idiot

"Moot anyway, I'm pretty sure your eyes can't focus on something as close as the end of your eyeball."

Just project it on to the retina...

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Ex-Nokia team unveil Jolla smartphone with added Sailfish OS

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Re: No NSA please

@Dave126: 'I just looked at the specs ... and thought - "what have I missed here?"'

That this operating system is far more lightweight than Android.

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Most of Dread Pirate Roberts' treasure still buried, say researchers

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This is soooo much bollocks...

In the early days (I was there too), Bitcoins were a geeky novelty, worth no more than idle gossip.

I had my PC mining for a while, but soon found my mediocre CPU was not suited for calculating hashes and gave up. I *did* request BTC 5 for free though that some fellow miner delivered to anyone who asked for it. I'm very sorry now that I lost my (then worthless) Bitcoin wallet after a number of PC moves...

It was very common in the early days to just move around "huge" sums of Bitcoins. They had no real value then and only a few very early adopters willing to sell real stuff for Bitcoins...

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Bitcoin mining rig firm claims $3m revenue in just FOUR DAYS

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Evidently...

"But, if using those rigs is profitable, why sell them?"

You can only put so many of these rigs in the backroom before you need to upgrade your own power line. You can sell the remaining rigs out of the batch a little delayed and give your own rigs a good head start.

A lot of people forget it's easy to do more than just 1 single thing at a time ... :)

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Ricoh Theta 360˚ camera: Point and click immersive imaging

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No Photosphere ?

Seems an easy target to me...

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All cool kids' phones run ALTERNATIVE alternative custom Android ROM

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Re: This is why I am leaving Android

"Based on your talkingpoints there, I'm pretty sure you've either always been on Apple or are one of those people Apple pays to go post positively about them in forums."

Where do I leave my other plusses...? Spotted that from a mile of myself.. :)

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3: Once, twice, three times - a Very Large Phone™

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Re: Region Locking

"Nope, the region locking is just for first activation."

Nope, not even that.

It turns out "first activation" means "several days use with a local SIM". It takes a while to turn off, but it does eventually.

There was a lot of complaining after a number of users found their phone still locked after they initially put in a local SIM and some outlandish SIM straight afterwards, It seems Samsung was serious about local activation: you need to use it for a while what effectively destroys quick-insert-and-resell-later schemes.

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Re: Samsung have shot themselves in the foot with SIM region locking, eFuses and warranty policy

"All the talk about the the stylus on the Note 3 neglects to mention that on the Xperia Ultra you can write on the screen with ANY pencil."

Well, my friend complains about all the minute scratches he finds on his Ultra Z after using a 2B pencil... They won't come off anymore.

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Space boffins boycott Kepler 'scope talks after US bans Chinese guests

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Just move it.

There a probably a good number of Chinese universities willing to host the conference...

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TPG flashes cheeky 'down under' CAPTCHA

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VILLAGE

Nothing special. Last I took a wrong corner and ended up there... It's a village nearby I didn't know of:

https://www.google.nl/maps/preview?authuser=0#!data=!1m4!1m3!1d11798!2d6.5691904!3d52.3282564!2m1!1e3&fid=7

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Jolla Sailfish OS to support Android hardware, apps

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Re: proper compartmentlization...?

I owned the N9 and it happily outran Android phones while using inferior hardware. I had to move to Android again later due to lack of a few important apps I relied on before the N9.

To have the speed of raw Linux combined with the resources of Android... nice: best of both worlds. :)

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KVM kings unveil 'cloud operating system'

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Re: So one 0 day vuln in the JVM and...

Roo: "The article suggests to me that the JVM is your only line of defence against your entire box being compromised."

"Only" being the key word. A few layers less to worry about w.r.t. 0-day vulnerabilities. If this OSv becomes popular, it will also make sure all flaws in JVM will get full attention and quickly be ironed out. This will help all JVM related projects (quite a lot). In the end, this could upgrade Java's current bad reputation a lot too...

Just 2 cents worth.

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Fandroids blow $200,000 on secret PANIC BUTTON for their smartmobes

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Nice idea for Smashung HOME button too...

Only needs root or a root enabled launcher I'd think.

And what if one could include a "wipe all" press combination sequence ? Would it make a nice toy for villains...

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Tesla tops $20bn as Elon Musk claims arm-wave design tech

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Re: Battery life

Barfing sour grapes, eh ?

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Dear Linus, STOP SHOUTING and play nice - says Linux kernel dev

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Billions of Linux devices...

...need well-tested patches for upgrades. The Linux kernel is probably the most wide spread and ultimately most important piece of kernel code in the world. It *should* be stable.

If I were Linus and got sent improperly tested patches for such an important product, hell yeah, I would be angry too.

Linus' rants have been well known for ages now and serious developers know very well they get blasted if they fuck up things they are responsible for. It keeps them in check and they know it. I even think they depend on it.

I think it's a good thing. And nice to read about too... :)

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First Cook, now Intel bigwig pokes Google in the eye over Glass

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Another fail

Wasn't it Intel that discarded development for the then new iPhone, reasoning "it has no economic promise" ?

They might never learn...

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Tim Cook: Wearable tech's nice, but Google Glass will NEVER BE COOL

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Pron promise

As the first pron app for Glass is being developed as we speak, it shows that Cook did not learn the lessons from the past: open up your stuff for all-regarded-as-filth and in the end the market will embrace you.

Glass has a bright future a-head... :)

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Review: Samsung Galaxy S4

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Re: Skateboard requires 2 hands to operate

"I will never own a phone which requires 2 hands to operate."

No problem. There is lots of choice. Personally, I love my 5,5" Galaxy Note 2. I *can* handle the phone: I still have 2 hands and my eyes get some comfort with the big screen too...

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"If you dont like TouchWiz, then just install Nova. Problem solved."

Could not agree more. Way better UI than TouchWiz, but you still can use all Sammy's additional goodies.

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Google's teeny UK tax bill 'just not right', thunders senior MP

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Shouldn't they have a look at .e.g. BP too ?

Maybe they're not quite the tax spenders either....

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iPhone too heavy? Volkswagen brings out motorised ride-on dock

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Forgot to cancel

Sometime 18 months ago, an iPhony yelled during a board meeting that the iBeetle would be *it*. Being fanbois, the unanimous vote to set it in motion put the process on rails.

As time passed, they just forgot to see what happened in the outside world...

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German watchdog whacks Google with PIDDLING FINE over Street View slurp

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Re: our data

Ah, so that must be that $7 million Google had to cough up in the US ?

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Google's 'power to switch off the lights in Europe' has 'chilling effect' - rivals

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FUD

... coming from Microsoft ? What's new...

Moving on.

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German boffins aim to burn natural gas - WITHOUT CO2 emissions

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Re: pointless stupidity

"No, it's very easy to grasp. However he fact that the atmosphere is saturated with water vapour, but not with CO2 seeems very hard for some people to grasp."

Given its nonlinear behaviour as greenhouse gas, puffing more CO2 into the atmosphere won't do much anymore. We'll suffocate of its abundance before dying of heat IMHO...

"And the fact that there is NO TREND in solar flux changes is hard for some people to grasp."

There's more to solar flux than an IR component. Other EM radiation types as well as particle outputs can all attribute to our climate in different ways. It's not the solar flux itself, but primarily its composition (as well as other cosmic radiation).

Concerning the CO2 greenhouse issue, there are multiple reasons to have great suspicions towards it. But most other (80%) climate changing factors have not nearly been researched as good as the (modeled...) 20% CO2 factor. It's just not a clear cut issue. Dwelling on CO2 is easy to sell to the public, but we may miss other more important factors while riding the CO2 bandwagon all the time. Funding should be spread more to give all possible attributing factors a good chance to be researched. That's my 2 cents at least.

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Re: pointless stupidity

> "Because it's contradicted by actual evidence. Eg:"

A model does not equal "actual evidence"... At all..

> ""We find that water vapor is the dominant substance — responsible for

> about 50% of the absorption, with clouds responsible for about 25% —

> and CO2 responsible for 20% of the effect. The remainder is made up

> with the other minor greenhouse gases, ozone and methane for

> instance, and a small amount from particles in the air (dust and other

> "aerosols")."

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> http://www.giss.nasa.gov/research/briefs/schmidt_05/

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> 20% isn't "tiny, tiny"

Okay, a well written article and fine piece of scientific research. But you only pick an issue that helps your view and discard everything else it seems.

1) Modeling finds a 20% attribution of CO2, so would it not be well worth to look into the other 80% ?

2) Modeling finds that the CO2 attribution behaves non linear: "the impact of removing the CO2 is approximately seven times as large as doubling it" or as gary27 stated: "greenhouse effect of co2 now mostly done - think saturation law of diminishing returns";

3) Every model makes assumptions of values of other variables. In this case, the model greatly simplifies the earth and weather. It can therefore by no means be seen as being "actual evidence". It is, at most, a very good piece of work to understand what the effects of CO2 could have been, given a certain basic environment. It helps getting an understanding of the issues at hand, no more.

4) The article describes a negative net greenhouse effect of clouds, which of course creates a negative feedback to heating. Cloud cover also increases as more cosmic radiation falls upon earth, so which percentage of our current heating can be attributed to less cosmic radiation than usual ?

I mean, it's not so simple. Any model can find suspects for both cooling and heating. The real world is way more complex than that. I think CO2 is much overhyped. Farting animals and vulcanism ? Good suspects too. But we really don't want to get rid of our cows and pigs or welcome big vulcanic eruptions. We *can* get a grip on CO2, so come on, create world peace and join together to fight it.

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Re: pointless stupidity

gary27, you made my day.

No one ever seems to point out the differences of IR absorption between all gases/vapours that enrich our atmosphere. The tiny, tiny greenhouse effect of CO2 in relation to others, (most of all plain water vapour being very, very abundant) seems to difficult to grasp...

Even small amounts of radiation differences we receive of our Sun have vastly greater effects.

It's not easy to jump of a popular bandwagon it seems. CO2 it is. It *must* be. Yeah... :(

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Major blow for Apple: 'Bounce back' patent bounced back by USPTO

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Striking difference ...

.. between Apples and Googles judicial fights: Apple only wants to prolong them and Google mostly wants to avoid or close them quickly. I wonder which method is cleverer. I *know* that I appreciate Googles method way more...

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First Samsung Galaxy S4 review leak: Stop FONDLING, start FINGERING

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Re: Why have 12 cylinders when you can have just 1?

Well, 4 superfast cores solving the problem quickly, what results in a 95% mean idle time on a single low power core is very power efficient.

It seems counter intuitive, but more power and good power management can easily result in overall low power solutions. The battery will probably last much longer than the Galaxy SIII's...

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Microsoft's Intel-powered Surface Pro to launch in February

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Perfect for business use

as far as I can see, but Microsoft lost momentum. It will take a while to see which of the candidates eventually will get the professional business market share with tablets. At the moment, Android is still upcoming and Apple has a good footing in business. If Microsoft can catchup on this one, Android could easily become a marginal player with tablets for business use.

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Worldwide Gmail crash was due to Google Sync bug

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"I now run my own mail server, since about a year, that has not let me down yet."

... it will though, at some time ...

I run my own mailserver now for 17 years and hardware failures will always get to you. Just make sure you have a good fallback server.

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YES! It's the TARDIS PC!

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3D model ?

Please, open source the 3D model of this... soooo much fun to build this for myself...

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Patrick Moore: Lived with cats, accompanied Einstein on the piano

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Re: RIP Sir Patrick

I'm no Brit and I'm sure that his influence went far beyond my Dutch borders...

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Re: Good job he wasn't a diplomat

"I was watching the Sky at Night on Sunday (00:30) and I thought that he had become quite frail looking compared to the previous months' program."

Correct, his years showed last Sunday, very much more than before. You could feel it coming, but it seems his mind, though slower, had not lost his clarity yet.

It'll be different without him, allthough I hope Chris will be his very worthy next in line for Sky at Night: it's a series I would miss very much if it were to go now...

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Google fine-tuning iOS mapping app for Apple submission

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Re: Ads

- besides, the Nokia turn-by-turn navigation is unbelievably chatty and less intelligent towards the driver than Googles. I used both upto very recently and as a reasonable driver, the Nokia directions are just a pain in the *ss compared to Googles turn-by-turn solution. Google just takes the user seriously. Nokia not so much.

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ROGUE PLANET WITHOUT A SUN spotted in interstellar space

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Re: Very strange stuff

"So is it possible that it's producing energy through very low-level fusion only happening deep in the core?"

Not necessary. It's even bigger than Jupiter and both Jupiter and Saturn produce more heat than they receive. The steady compression of all that mass + slow natural radioactive decay produce more than enough heat to reach a few hundred degrees.

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Microsoft Surface Touch keyboards self-destruct – and more

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Re: @Dana D

@AC 15:00

U need to *RTFP*: "have had" != "runs round with" ...

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Torvalds: I want to be nice, and curse less, but it's just not in me

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Re: Linus, Jobs, Ballmer

Hmm, if he'd arrive at the party in all his resurrected Shinyness, wouldn't it be a Dead Man's Party (tm) by definition ?

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Google stiffs Samsung on price, now wireless charging too

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Re: This is new...

@Sean Timarco Baggaley "On styluses"

If you have a spare moment, I'd suggest to try a Samsung Galaxy Note II somewhere and put it through some handwriting recognition moves. I have a crappy handwriting at best and the Note II gets it still...

It's rather amazing to see how far this technique has come given that there are a lot less devices with styluses these days.

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GooPad's eight-incher gives Apple fans cheap relief

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Re: I don't understand why ...

@shade82000: "But, if you want an ipad get an ipad. If you dont care about the ipad get an Android. Why buy somethinig that looks like an ipad?"

LOL, for *this* price, I'd buy it just to f***off my Apple loving colleagues.. :)

Having a couple of good laughs for a few tenners is like going to the theater: only afterwards you have a nice toy leftover to play with too...

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Astroboffins map GIANT MASS of dark matter

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Re: Dark Matter ..

@HFG

And TY for this one too :)

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Re: Dark Matter ..

@HolyFreakinGhost

TYVM for the food for thought.

I only just recently started taking more interest in the DM/DE physics and don't know all these facts yet, so your story helps. An amateur with a keen mind, no more. It needs a bit of time to sink all in though.. :) I am thinking about an astronomy study after my retirement: a.t.m., I'm just an IT guy and need another 15 years or so before I really get the time to do that.

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Re: Dark Matter ..

@HolyFreakinGhost "The point of dark matter is that is *does* clump."

I'm not mathematically involved, but I beg to differ... :) If it really did clump, it would concentrate right in the core of stars, galaxy's etc. or in itself for that matter. It does not. It just floats in the vicinity of great lumps of matter (halo's of galaxies/clusters), "trying to get away" but grabbed by gravity. Gravity seems to win upto a point where the repulsion gets the upper hand, so it ends up in an awkward equilibrium.

This is for me the only way I can explain it for myself as far as I understand it, but, IANAM(athgeek)...

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Re: Dark Matter ..

"Why doesn't dark matter clump ?"

Dark matter has a sort of repulsive trade, at least towards regular matter, but it seems to dark matter itself too.

It doesn't clump: it wants to distribute itself as evenly as possible in the available space and would have done so if it wasn't affected by gravity.

A sort of an energy field for which we have no means of detection rather that the gravity with which it interacts.

Very strange stuff indeed...

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Retailer leaks iPad Mini price list starting at £200

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Re: That would be £40 rather than £50 cheaper, and the magic word is

@Steve Todd: "Software. There still isn't much that has been tablet optimised for the Nexus."

Huh ? Really ? Are you sure we're living on the same planet ?

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