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Spotted: Android 4.2.2 update for Google Nexus devices

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@Ambivalent N7-owning AC

I love my N7. But then again, I don't use it for work, but as a media device.

Kindle, Netflix, surfing, casual gaming: it does all of those things will aplomb and it's light enough to hold comfortably on the tube, or when lying on my side in bed. The battery life is more than adequate too.

So I agree, it's a toy of sorts. But I've always loved toys, and this is a good one...

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NASA melts mysterious 'metal Martian flower' myth

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Re: But still they come

Richard Burton's voice-over on that is fabutastic.

I was delighted to find it on Spotify a couple of months ago, and spent a very happy afternoon listening to it at work.

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Apple CEO Cook: 'Bizarre' shareholder lawsuit a 'silly sideshow'

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Like Prozac?

When ever I've left an Apple store I feel more depressed than when I went in. Either I can't afford what I want or I have a nagging feeling I've spent a lot more than I should have.

So, more like anti-Prozac really.

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Pope resigns months after launching social networking effort

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Re: bark of Saint Peter

On the other hand "Bark of Saint Bernard" would have been perfectly acceptable, although somewhat surreal.

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Dead Steve Jobs 'made Tim Cook sue Samsung' from beyond the grave

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Is there anybody there?

I can just imagine Tim Cook and the rest of the Apple board sat there with a white, minimal Ouija Board, their sweaty palms resting on a puck mouse.

S...U...E...S...A...M...S...U...N...G

And the rest, as they say, is history.

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Playmobil punts bank-heist set to wide-eyed kiddies

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Good for them

*Caution: When-I-Were-A-Lad Rant*

Glad to see Playmobile bucking the trend for increasingly banal toys. It's the trend that has seen cap-guns, spud-guns, toy swords, and bow-and-arrows-with-suckers-on-the-end all but eradicated from toy emporia, but has seen the rise of increasingly sexualized girl-toys, 'cos that's just peachy.

Bought my lad a Playmobile cop van and was horrified that I felt mildly uncomfortable with the miniature shotgun and pistols. Note: horrified by my reaction, not the toy. I felt like I'd been brainwashed. Fortunately, he loves it, and he brought a tear to my eye by pretending to shoot his sister's doll with all the appropriate sound effects. Must join him in a shoot-out later...

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Brit boffins GANG-RESEARCH tiny LEDs for 1Gbps network

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Re: "1980s research attempting to predict the future of computing"

I am indeed confused. A Paris Hilton moment...

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Re: Anyone else thinking...

Would sort out the blackest of blacks race, for sure. No backlight leakage from a source that is actually OFF.

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"1980s research attempting to predict the future of computing"

The Xerox paper talks about 3G and bluetooth. 80s it aint.

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Schoolgirl's Hello Kitty catonaut soars to 93,000ft

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Balloon burst

That's an amazing shot of the balloon burst.

(And awwwww).

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Samsung: Never mind Steve Jobs, let's snap off a piece of stylus biz

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Re: Vibrating pen? Interesting.

5mm? My sympathies.

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Commentards Ahoy! How about a Petabyte of storage?

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Re: Exciting

Your optimism is touching, but sadly misplaced.

By 2015 The Register's entire output will will consist of 3 comment wranglers, 3 cut-and-pasters, and a multitude of commentards a.k.a. saps.

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Boffins prep tasty data-cramming 3D metal-sandwich chip

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Stop the ride, I'm going to be sick

There was a lot of high-forehead spin-science in that. Feeling a bit dizzy.

Hearty congratulations for not using the word 'quantum' in the whole article though. Makes the whole proposition more credible and less mystic-perpetual-motion-machine-energy-field-y.

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Yay for iOS 6.1, grey Wi-Fi iPhone bug is fix- AWW, SNAP

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Maybe, maybe not

Remember the old Xbox-360-in-a-towel trick that often sorted out the RROD?

Admittedly that was a hardware fault; using heat to fix a software fault does sound rather flaky.

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Review: Intel 335 240GB SSD

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Re: no rating?

Top of the Amazon link is a vendor selling the drive for £20 more than suggested on El Reg, and claiming is uses 25nm tech.

Hardly a fantastic first impression.

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ITU signs off on H.265 video standard

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Re: Free to air TV will suffer the same fate as print media,

Heh. Fair point, though still the best of the prequels.

It was the first Bluray I saw that really made me go "wow". Whatever you think of the plot and dialogue (and OMFG it can be bad), the visuals are first-rate.

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Re: Free to air TV will suffer the same fate as print media,

"Except that most people are happy with what we've got already"

I was happy with VHS until I watched The Fifth Element on DVD. Vowed never to go back.

I was happy with DVD until I watched Revenge of the Sith on Bluray. Vowed never to go back.

Ditto mono/stereo. Ditto stereo/surround.

3D, however, sucks.

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China may axe 13-year console ban, games OK for kids after all

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Puzzling

Given the stories of young males in China dying after playing for 60 straight hours, or receiving counseling for computer addiction, or their fathers hiring virtual hit-men to grief their son's characters, I was rather surprised to hear there was a console ban in the first place...

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Helium: Can it prevent the onset of Shingles?

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Re: Helium supply

Helium is actually found in natural gas (>1% in many deposits). It gets there from subterranean radioisotopes decaying.

Qatar is now a major player in helium production as a result - but still lags waaay behind the US.

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Re: More explanation please

Also interested to hear more. The article wasn't super-informative on that front.

I assume they need to change the shape of the disk heads to maintain the correct float distance in helium, too - presumably by making them bigger, or by giving them teeny-tiny wings (shaped for confidence and comfort, natch).

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Brit 2.5-tonne nuke calculator is World's Oldest Working Computer

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"Those Specs In Full"

Yet no mention of processing capability.

I'm pretty curious, for one.

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Alien space rocks EXPLODE in fireball over Japan

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Alien Space Rocks

I think we should petition NASA and ESA to change their standard vocabulary:

"asteroid" to "alien space rock"

"meteorite" to "flaming alien space rock"

"fireball" to "flaming alien space rock of DOOM"

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Nokia turns a PROFIT. Sort of

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Good.

Now if only RIM can plug the holes in their own sinking ship, we might have the makings of a decent competitive, innovative phone market.

Monopoly very bad; duopoly quite bad; quadropoly probably ok.

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Oh, those crazy Frenchies: Facebook faces family photo tax in France

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Re: I'm impressed

That would be "gateau", mon ami.

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Great Idea

I can see nothing at all that will go wrong with this plan. Not a thing. It is a perfect solution which will be implemented without incident.

Vive la France!

*cough*

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Dotcom's Mega smacks back: Our crypto's not crap

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Re: dedupe

Or chunkify(TM) the data such that, given enough input data, several chunks will match but will decrypt into different data depending on the key. Reassemble files on the fly from a chunk index or chindex(TM).

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Re: Love to hate

Agreed. I might not have the same level's of security as a Swiss Bank, but then Mega is not intended for the storage of billions and billions and billions of Francs/Pounds/Euros/Dollars.

As long as the resources required to break in are several orders of magnitude more than the value of the encrypted data, it's good enough. And remember, even if there is some juicy stuff on Mega, it's still swamped by crap by a very large ratio (needle in a haystack, etc).

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Hydrogen on demand from silicon nanospheres - just add water

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Re: Just add silicon nano-spheres too

I dunno, now they've got a proven concept the "big money" has the potential to bring a lot of resources to bear on making the spheres cheaply. When you think about it, it's nuts that you can buy a knock-off tablet when for under £100, considering the technology hidden within, not to mention assembly and distribution costs.

Silicon is also marvelously abundant - no danger of it becoming a costly material in its own right.

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Mobes, web filth 'PORNIFYING' our kids, warns top Labour MP

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Not impressed.

"In her speech, she will say that there's something wrong with "padded bras, thongs and high-heeled shoes" being marketed to younger children and although she has a point, it is uncomfortably close to the argument that the way women dress invites aggressive sexual attention."

No, I'm not having that. Dressing a per-pubescent girl with no sex drive whatsoever in clothes mimicking those of post-pubescent girls and women with a definite sex drive is a twisted concept from the get-go. Actively marketing these clothes to the former group is as ethical as marketing cigarettes to the same age group.

Conflating sexual attention (which few would argue is the purpose of padded bras and low-cut tops) with *aggressive* sexual attention is also a pretty cheap trick to pull.

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Entire Reg readership would fill 205 Olympic-sized swimming pools

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Re: Play hard to get

"Laid head-to-toe" is also about 0.75m out of the optimum position, which of course involves a 50% overlap...

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Japanese boffins tout infrared specs to thwart facial recognition

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Re: Lo-tech alternative

I'm guessing you just used paint during Movember, thinking nobody would know the difference. (Hint: they did)

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Re: You'd

They might catch on, but they are useless. This is clearly shown by the perfectly clear picture of the boffin in his operational Buck Rogers glasses. Mmmm, Wilma....

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WTF is... Weightless?

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Doomed from the start

I give it 3 months before the fridge is sending the cooker pictures of kittens milk cartons saying "can i haz cream". The cooker wont notice, as it's spending all it's time looking at utensil porn.

And thus the internet's remaining bandwidth will shrivel and die.

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'End of passwords' predictions are premature - Cambridge boffin

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Re: Biometrics?

"So, a laptop with a fingerprint scanner is less secure than one with just a password. The attacher can choose which method to attack, there is no protection from a poor password AND there is the opportunity to try a gummy finger cast or other false fingerprint method."

1. Less secure - I don't think so. The typed password should be a back-up, only used in the event of a hardware failure. As it's a backup then usability constraints can be dumped in favour of security: a 30-character random string which you keep on a bit of paper in a locked drawer (or under your mattress if you like). Hopefully you'll never have to use it for the life of the laptop. String length and complexity of backup should IMO be mandatory (again, usability is secondary), to stop the password morons doing their usual thing. Financial losses by password morons hit everyone - you don't think the banks just suck up the loss, do you?

2. Gummy finger casts don't work with the new vein scanners, thankfully, leaving bolt-cutters as the only realistic alternative for a crook. This is still better than a Minority Report or Demolition Man style eye removal.

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Wanna really insult someone? Log off and yell it in the street - gov

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Re: Oh good, can I have a couple of neighbours arrested.

Ouch!

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NRA: Video games kill people, not guns. And here's our video game

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Re: Video games, the media and Obama’s budget kill people

"desalinization to violence"

That's why gamers love Pringles.

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Re: Anyone Seen Thank You For Smoking ?

+1 for reminding me of a great film

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IBM brains ponder universe, say kids will go nuts for STEAMPUNK

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So, those new airships...

It's all starting to make sense now. Next up, EMP-resistant clockwork battle-droids.

The icon is wearing aviator goggles, natch.

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Zuck on that! Instagram loses HALF its hipsters in a month

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Obligatory xkcd

As usual, hits the nail on the head.

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'Better than Adobe' Foxit PDF plugin hit by worse-than-Adobe 0-day

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Re: Does it affect the Foxit standalone reader?

Thought I'd switch from Foxit to Sumatra, but the fugly 1998-style website didn't fill me with confidence. All looked a bit two-bit for my taste, although Sumatra's focus on simplicity was good, avoiding all the security pitfalls of over-complication. Hmmm, on second thoughts, there may be a theme here that bears further inspection. To be continued...

In any case, props to Krzysztof Kowalczyk, Sumatra's author, for his vowel-aversion.

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Time has already run out for smart watches

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Some confusion here

I think a lot of the comments here are confusing "geek cool" with "fashion cool". Yeah, there's some overlap, as we saw with the iPhone in it's earlier incarnations, but on the whole they are very different things.

Now, personally, I would view a detailed 1:72 scale model of Serenity as pretty darn cool. However, 95% of the population would strongly disagree. It should come as no surprise that the 5% are disproportionately represented here.

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Manning was 'illegally punished', will get 112 days lopped off any sentence

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Re: Let's face it...

Congrats, you win a shiny new tinfoil hat.

[by which I mean, i really, really, really hope you're wrong]

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Re: Uhm....

Why, they didn't upset the important people, of course.

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Ruby off the Rails: Enormo security hole puts 240k sites at risk

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Re: More like...

Er, did you not read the article's title. It's the bit in the big font.

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Reg Hardware Awards Best of 2012: VOTING NOW OPEN

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Working fine for me too.

Apple are going to walk away with the laptop of the year, as the voting for the rest of the field will not so much be split as splintered.

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Wireless charger posse smacks down rival in EXPLICIT video

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Wireless charging the easy way

1. Fit a small, fold-out wind turbine to every phone.

2. Blow (or switch on the desk fan).

Oh, bugger, I can't patent that now, can I :(

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Drop that can of sweet pop and grab a coffee - for your sanity's sake

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Re: Correlation != causation

Indeed. I also note the research was suspiciously paid for by Kenco.

Ok, I made that last bit up.

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A pre-ticked box in web forms should NOT mean consent - EU report

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All seems very sensible

Hurray for the EU!

Oh my, did I just write that?

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