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Watersports-friendly e-reader: Kobo's Aura H2O is literary when wet

RonWheeler

Got an aura HD already

Can't justify the waterproof bit, although since I mostly read outdoors it would save me worrying about dashing out to retrieve the book if it starts to rain. e-ink is simply so much better for reading long passages of text - tablets would kill my eyes and you can't use them in sunlight.

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Fiat 500S: So pleasingly sporty we didn't want to give it back

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Gopping

Technically okay. But gopping ugly in a retro gopping kind of way. Like an ugly person wearing a curvy 50s corset is still ugly. I had one of the minicab huge mated-with-London-cab versions as a hire car in March this year in Jerez. Hated it. Steering all wrong, gutless unless you cane the ass off it.

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Microsoft on the Threshold of a new name for Windows next week

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Windows Toilet Paper?

To clean up the mess immediately after a large pile of rectangular poop?

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You know what Cisco needs? A server SAN strategy

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Cisco

trying to make every product an over-complicated networking endpoint..

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Uber alles... nein! Deutschland imposes NATIONWIDE BAN on taxi app

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Luddites 1

Citizens 0

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Microsoft changes cert test providers, hints at fun new exams

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Suspect it means dumbed down, pay-to-pass

I work in educational publishing. Pearson have a cosy little stitchup with schools where they offer both schoolbooks (as a huge publisher) and race-to-the-bottom easy exams which make teachers and pupils look better. Even better if Pearson can also sell the 'officiial' study guide - like they do with the driving theory test - which will pretty much give you all the answers up-front.

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Boiling point: Tech and the perfect cuppa

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Sainsbury's, £25, job job

Title says it all.

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Déjà vu: Virgin Media jacks up broadband prices

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Might go back to BT

Been a Vrigin cutomer for 3 years now. Back in the day they were wayy better than ADSL. Now with FTTC and streaming services, their shoddy old sucky Tivo boxes and now midrange broadband aren't all that special. Might even go to BT as I only pay the Tivo tax for BT Sport to watch UFC.

Price rises not at a good time.

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FEAST YOUR EYES: Samsung's Galaxy Alpha has an 'entirely new appearance'

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'Absolutely nothing like'

must mean something different to me. Just another boring rectangular slab with a bit of bling round the edge. Deja vu..

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Chomp that sausage: Brits just LOVE scoffing a Full Monty

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Re: Carbs are the killers

Interesting. However a single pair of borthers tested and NO vegetables allowed in the low carb test make me less than convincted of the validity of the results.

Also the point you make about the diabetes is questioned by another doctor here: http://www.dietdoctor.com/sugar-vs-fat-on-bbc-which-is-worse

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Re: Carbs are the killers

Fruit carbs can be very bad indeed - high glycemic index.

Rice is very starchy - you simply don't need carbs. Better to fuel your body off fat and use veg for other vital minerals, fibre etc

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'Balanced' diet

I hate the term 'balanced' diet. Balanced compared to what? The modern term 'balanced' really is just out acceptance of the rice/pasta/potatoes/insert-starchy-junk plus meat and two veg standard. did it for forty eyars and was permanently fat weak and unhealthy - trying to lose weight meant being ill and scrawny but still with a flabby beergut.

Dumped the carbs 6 months back and heavily cut back on beans and food with addititves too, fry with lard instead of rapeseed oil. Meat/veg/nuts/egg and a little fruit diet. Feel great, lost a load of weight - healthy.

Instead of traditional great British brekkie, I recommend stirfry bacon and cabbage with black pepper and ketchup.

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VMware builds product executables on 50 Mac Minis

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Makes sense

...only if you don't have to pay for VMWare licenses. Which these guys don't. For everyone else, fewer faster boxes is the way to go.

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The triumph of VVOL: Everyone's jumping into bed with VMware

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#Dell / Equallogic

Customer here. Want.

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Military-grade bruiser: Getac F110 rugged tablet... is no iPad

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Only an IT department

would buy this overpriced guff. Anybody sane would but 3 regular laptops and bin the broken ones as and when they got wrecked. But IT Dept logic says you punish the company upfront with high priced unsexy bricks that you don't want them having due to remote worker support hell.

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Say goodbye to the noughties: Yesterday’s hi-fi biz is BUSTED, bro

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Meh

Spotify from line out PC to back of 20 year old amp and 35 year old speakers. Sorted. All this other stuff - poorer quality sound for big money? No thanks.

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Universal Discredit: Gov admits Treasury HASN'T signed off biz case

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Only asking

Do the Treasury actually have any power to sign off the business case? Or is this just a storm in a teacup being fanned by those against the scheme? In most businesses the finance team like to think they have final say on what gets spent, but as long as you don't go over budget in your own department they can simply don't. Is GB PLC any different?

Suspect the usual case of fluffing by those who don't want the cost of benefits to be transparent.

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Hey, Marissa Mayer: Flexi working time is now LAW in UK. Yahoo!

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Re: The kids will never believe it

I'm paid to turn up pretty much.

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Not just parents

Glad to see it is not just for parents. Round here i psend half my life covering for 'working from home parents' while I get shafted with manning the phones and dealing with all the random stuff that happens in the office. Curious why my time is less important because I'm not helping to further overpopulate the planet.

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Rich bitch sorority girls actually more likely to put out than low-class 'sluts': Study

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Misogynist bilge from the Reg

'Rich bitch'

Really? So female students who live in university accommodation and who have sex are bitches?

Well done taking us to the 1950s Reg.

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OpenStreetMap declared ready for paid use after satnav app debut

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OK but

I'm just back from hols in Spain and the number of times I got directed to turn down a one-way street using OSM data with Nav4Free was a bit scary. Good at the price though.

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Cisco reboots PC with $1500 'Scandafornian' Android fondleslab

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Cisco win

The competition to win the worst product of the noughties. Expect no less from people who design a phone interface that needs 4 presses to get out of the current (directory) menu just to answer an incoming call.

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FSF slams Mozilla for 'shocking' Firefox DRM ankle-grab

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I used Chromium rather than Chrome

but then the lack of media support drive me back to Chrome despite the worrysome Google/big-media hookup. Same logic applies to Mozilla right here. They have to do it whether they like it or not.

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Enterprise storage will die just like tape did, say chaps with graphs

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Latency

They cured that yet?

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Cisco kicks off security kit/software/cloud combo

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All with

a bypass-all rule at the top for the networking guys. Cos this stuff gets real irritating/limiting real quick.

When I see a networking setup where the Cisco guy eats their own dogfood, I'll be sold. Not happened yet.

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Windows 8.1, which you probably haven't upgraded to yet, ALREADY OBSOLETE

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Still beats the alternaives

Yeah, Win 8 sucks. Alternatives? Overpriced walled garden Orchard or endlessly installing iterations of C++ / C# / PERL libraries in polar fish-eating land.

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Gay marriage foes outraged at Mozilla CEO flap, call for boycott

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Re: Shame, Mozilla!

So members of anti-firearm lobby should have their professional lives ruined too for proposing a change to a constitutionally protected rights?

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Jack the RIPA: Blighty cops ignore law, retain innocents' comms data

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RIPA 2000 Part I

'The interception agencies do not engage in indiscriminate random mass intrusion by misusing their powers under RIPA 2000 Part I.'

What do they do it under then?

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Organic food: Pricey, not particularly healthy, won't save you from cancer

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Re: so NOT putting lots of chemicals in your body is NOT ok then?

Agree they may taste better and be fresher. But not all chemicals are bad for you.

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Vodafone to spend £100m on 150 new Brit phone shops

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Great news?

So. A shop whose very foundation business is getting muggs into 2 year contracts for non-essential toys they are too dumb to buy outright. This is good for the economy? Pull the other one DC.

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Life support turned off: NHS Direct dies silent, undignified death

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Plenty of free advice sites

WebMD etc - never saw the need for NHS website.

Much better is stuff like being able to book appointments, get repeat prescriptions etc online, which our local GP's place have started doing in the past few months. Actually some real tangible usefulness.

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Schoolkids given WORLD'S CHEAPEST TABLETS: Is it really that hard to swallow?

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A few simple tests of usefulness

Nobody seems to ask basic questions like 'is the software / content' useful against the backdrop of the curriculum? Can it offset costs in other materials such as regular books? Can work produced on the tablet easily be transferred to the teacher? Is the device management / lockdown good? Eyestrain issues? Device reliability / cost? Can it even print?

i.e. still blinded by the hypegasm of -give them tech and grades will magically get better-

They'd be better just to copy the UK and make the exams easier every year.

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It's 2014 and you can pwn a PC by opening a .RTF in Word, Outlook

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2014

Curious to know what the year has to do with it other than a cheap dig?

It is 2014 and there are plenty of Android exploits out there too, but it isn't deemed worthy of hack journalist cheap shots like this.

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Interview: Cisco's security supremo on the Internet of Everything

RonWheeler

Whatever the problem is

Sticking an £350 (minimum) Cisco security product in front of a 150p appliance is not the answer you were looking for.

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Straight to 8: London's Met Police hatches Win XP escape plan

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Re: how much!!!

The question is more likely to be what old -must have- software have they been lumbered with that simply won't run on something more modern. Or the supplier is holding them hostage to something that involves silly-moolah to upgrade - before the Cisco/Oracle/consultant types all take their pound of flesh.

Often crapware is foisted on the IT department.

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Neil Young touts MP3 player that's no Piece of Crap

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I made myself do a blind test of a bunch of songs

Ripped some stuff from CD to a bunch of formats, including FLAC.intermediary file.

Played them back randomly and marked them.

The best to my ears? Windows Media Audio (Variable Bit Rate). Better, to my ears than FLAC or WMA Lossless.

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Inside Facebook's engineering labs: Hardware heaven, HP hell – PICTURES

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Re: An event horizon for economists?

Nah. Just too many 'safe-pair-of-hands' middle managers. Who will only buy ripoff Cisco and HP kit because they like crawling handcuffed into sacks to take a kicking. Buying commodity stuff without outrageously overpriced warranties or useless support contracts is a no-no. Safe is expensive.

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Massive new AIRSHIP to enter commercial service at British dirigible base

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Nostalgia trip

All this talk of dirigibles largely appeals to the sci-fi fan's love of steampunk stuff. Not so sure these things are so appealing when we take our polished brass rose-tinted monocles off.

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Virgin Media sales flat: Firm bags fewer winter sign-ups than last year

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Re: Dear Householder ...

More frustrating still is that when you already have the package, they give it away for half price to new subscribers. Existing subscribers, stuff you.

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Re: Virgin Media watched subscriptions to its broadband service plummet?

Thanks. The single most useful post I've ever read in The Reg :)

Suspect it own't get honoured, but worth a punt. Wonder if the local curry houses can get prosecuted?

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France demands that Google post badge of shame on its pages

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Renault

Next time Renault break a law, I'm expecting stickers across the steering wheel notifying us.

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Drunk

with power.

While I don't agree with google's actions, forcing them to display the ruling on the homepage is feels lscarily like an abuse of power. Bureaucrat willy-waving.

Presumably the French require petty thieves to walk down the street with placards round their neck detailing their crimes? if not, what is the logical difference here?

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BOFH: Attractive person is attractive. Um, why are your eyes bulging?

RonWheeler

Enjoyed very much

Surprised the PFY killed off the opportunity for amusement at the expense of others so quickly though.

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Google invades videoconferencing market with Chromebox for Meetings

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Trouble is

The people making the decisions on this sort of kit have qualifications starting with CC. No blue cable means no buy-in.

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Just as we said it would: HP clamps down on server fixers

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Devil

Just say

...to Dell with it all.

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Google is developing flight 'price comparison thing' with us, claims Ryanair boss O'Leary

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Does it automatically add...

...the endless list of hidden costs. If it doesn't - a waste of time.

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Dell staffers react to news of 1-in-3 axe dangling overhead

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Dell's end of year coming up

Should make for some good discounts.

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Faster, more private, easier to read: My 2014 browser wishlist

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More tools for blocking junk

As an end user I find an ever increasing need to remove stuff web developers are putting in. Endless tweaking of Adblock, Ghostery et al. to remove ads, social media slide in bars, EU cookie directive acknowledgements, newsletter sign-up popups, endless share/like widgets.

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No sign of Half-Life 3 but how about FOURTEEN Steam Machine makers?

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Very few decent games for linux on Steam

So i don't see why I should even remotely consider this platform.

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