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Trousers down for six of the best affordable Androids

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Landfill Android

All technology is destined for the landfill*, no matter how expensive it was to begin with. So you might as well buy cheap.

* or recycling centre

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Suffering satellites! Goonhilly's ARTHUR REBORN for SPAAAACE

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History

I hope they won't completely ditch the history of the site in favour of all the new space stuff, even if it just a few displays it would be of interest.

Also, nice rack. Beige boxes can only hold proper hardware.

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Re: Vistor Center

He was probably compensating for something, you know what they say about the size of man's dish...

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Dark side of the DUNE: Probot snaps shadowy comet surface selfie

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Is it just me...

...or does that comet look like a giant arse?

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Bible THUMP: Good Book beats Darwin to most influential tome title

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Re: The Bible

I wonder what the list would look like if it was based on books purchased rather than given away like a breakfast ceral toy.

The bible would be at the top still (in the UK at least), but none of the others would be even close. Note that the bible is not included in the bestseller lists as it would win every year.

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Stop coding and clean up your UI, devs, it's World Usability Day

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Re: End of the line - Need new requirements

Excellent idea, when it hears you cursing under your breath, or indeed quite loudly rebuking said electronic equipment; then it could undo what it has just done, and try something else.

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Case in point: Honeywell make lots of products for the high reliabilty sectors (think missiles, medical equipment, space, oil wells etc.). They recently revamped their website. It is now very pretty. Much prettier than before. Unfortunately they have made it nigh on impossible to find useful information on their products. Data-sheets and application notes have been shoved in a pretty-but-useless scrolling thing, so you have to wait for the right one to come round to be able to click on it. It used to be a boring but functional drop-down menu. grr.

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Microsoft's Lync becomes 'Skype for Business'

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Re: HUGE Mistake

Though not quite as bad as renaming Hotmail to Outlook. I mean, at least Outlook Express had a slight naming variant. Now you get people asking questions about Outlook-the-webmail on Outlook-the-office-mail-program forums, and you can't blame them, it has the same frigging name!

For that matter it is now completely confusing to search for problems with the latest (any?) version of Chrome, FF etc. How do you search for an issue that applies to versions 21 through to 38? Ridiculous.

/Rant

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My HOUSE used to be a PUB: How to save the UK high street

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Interesting, two of our dead pups have since turned into a cafe/b&b and a nursery. Maybe this needs a more top-down approach, since the local laws vary considerably.

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Re: A missed opportunity

They already exist. Last time I had to return something to Amazon I took it to a local newsagent. They charged me a small fee to return it for me, and I got the reassurance that having given it to them, it was 'returned' to Amazon already (i.e. I was not responsible for any shipping loss/damage). Since then the local co-op has started doing it too.

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Firefox decade: Microsoft's IE humbled by a dogged upstart. Native next?

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Re: Firefox is deliberately slow

I just switched my in-laws over to IE because it works, and it works well these days. Had originally had them on FF, but has since slowed to a crawl and crashes too often (notably on the Money Saving Expert site, which they use all the time). Thought about Chrome, but the UI changes too often. IE is easy, and since 9 has actually been pretty good.

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Re: Wishful thinking, as always

<troll>

Would Chrome have its market share if they didn't push it every time you used their search engine, or downloaded anything with an 'automatically install this too' dialogue? Or would Safari have any significance without being bundled on macs and iOS? Monopoly positions are useful, see.

</troll>

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Cheap blow-up baby incubator bags James Dyson award

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Re: Good and bad

More likely the fact that we're not dying soon enough. Remember, when the final salary pension scheme was invented, and the retirement age set at 65, the average life expectancy in men was about 68. In most counties in the world you have to work to eat, so the retirement age is never. Basically, expect to retire not long before you're dead.

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Mozilla promises browser just for DEVELOPERS3

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Re: Oh goody.

You never know, they might do the opposite and rip all the dev stuff out of normal FF. That would be ideal IMO, as normal FF can become less bloated with stuff normal users don't need, and the dev FF can become loaded with tools that are actually wanted. It might happen, maybe.

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IT JOB OUTSOURCING: Will it ever END?

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The counter argument to this is that it is much more difficult and expensive to build a machine to churn out something new than it is to get a person to build something new. Since the design of our tat has to change constantly in order that we buy the new tat instead of keeping the old tat, it still cheaper to get humans to do it. Even if you say that 3D printing will spit it all out, someone is still going to need to assemble all the pieces together, and that someone will be in the poorest/cheapest place possible.

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KRAKKOOOM! Space Station supply mission in PODULE PRANG EXPLOSION CHAOS

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Won't anyone think of the scientists?!

But the failure isn't just bad news for the company itself. It's much, much worse for those researchers and scientists who had cargo aboard the rocket. Some of these experiments have taken years to devise, obtain funding for, get accepted for the mission, and then package for orbital transfer. All that effort is now destroyed.

Given the likelihood of rocket failure, you'd be pretty dumb not to build at least one backup of your equipment, surely?

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Microsoft to bake Skype into IE, without plugins

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Re: Free? Product? Who? Copyright? Saleable?

Pray tell, which paid-for browser are you using then?

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Caterham Seven 160 review: The Raspberry Pi of motoring

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Re: My dad and my brother...

Luckily, the world revolved around him

Does anyone really mind the sound of proper engine at full chat? It's the 50cc mosquitoes that need to be silenced (or, indeed, the silencer being put back where it came from).

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How to get $542m from Google: Dress as a SPACEMAN with dayglo dancers – Magic Leap

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Re: "wearable computing systems"

And battery, don't forget the battery. Or at least, don't forget to take the battery out before you wash it.

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Of COURSE Stephen Elop's to blame for Nokia woes, says author

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Re: So...

I think the issue of incumbents vs newcomers in the mobile market is largely the same as lots of other electronics industries. For about 100 years the electronics industry had been about hardware. Make your hardware better, and your product is better. All the incumbents were/are hardware companies. But the last 10 years has been all about software, and the hardware only has to be good enough to run it. So it's no wonder that hardware companies are struggling and software companies have prospered. Sure, the hardware has to work, but beyond that it's mostly irrelevant, and difficult to differentiate on. It's no good bleating that Nokia had better hardware than Apple, when Apple killed them with software.

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10 Top Tips For PRs Considering Whether To Phone The Register

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Re: Confession - OED

The OED records common usage, not proper usage.

But common usage is proper usage, since language is constantly in flux. It did not get fixed in place at <insert arbitrary year of your choice>.

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Re: Confession

The Oxford dictionary site disagrees:

http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/words/a-historic-event-or-an-historic-event

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Chap runs Windows 95 on Android Wear

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Re: Win95 on a 386DX?

That's what I was thinking, you wouldn't want to run that bugger on anything less than a P90, and even then...

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How much is Microsoft earning from its Android taxes again?

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Re: Separation of handset and OS

And that's the reason why open source/linux never gets anywhere despite being 'better' than the competition. There is no single corporation involved with the marketing (and lobbying) budget big enough to force it down peoples throats advertise it.

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Want the EU to work on making cloud snoop-proof? Speak up, my good 'stakeholder'

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Re: @ Destroy All Monsters (was Just a few suggestions (@ AC))

...Filtering at the ISP level...

What? So if a friend over the pond wants to let me view their photos on the cloud I can't because my ISP says so? Why don't we just make an EUnet and pull the walls up while we're at it.

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CONSUMERISM IS PAST ITS SELL-BY DATE: Die now, pay later

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Re: No Solution

Don't forget that the government itself is forced into short-term thinking because if they actually do something with long-term benefits, the other lot will likely reap the reward. I actually thought the idea of a coalition would solve that to some extent, but sadly not. Of course, what other option is there? A dictatorship? A 15 year gap between elections?

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Re: never forget though

So then why did the iphone, with it's glued in battery and no SD card, outsell the competition that made bulkier devices with those things? Why did the iphone 4, with it's glass back and don't-hold-me-wrong case sell better than the iphone 3? If people wanted the old design, they would have bought the old design. If and when Apple have a vista/8 moment, they will know about it when their sales drop off a cliff.

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Vanished blog posts? Enterprise gaps? Welcome to Windows 10

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The modern calc (or a note taking app) could actually be useful if they let it dock to the side, and use the width afforded by wide-screen monitors. Little details like that would make for nice features in a tablet too. It's annoying to have to constantly switch apps just to use something simple like a calculator. I'm aware that Samsung allow this on their tablets, but if baked into win10 it would almost be a USP.

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Microsoft's nightmare DEEPENS: Windows 8 market share falling fast

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Re: Do they really care?

Not useable for bog roll also means a) no-one nicks it for their home use, and b) people actually start bring their own bog roll with them. It's win-win since you no longer have to re-stock.

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Top 10 SSDs: Price, performance and capacity

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What about cheaper ones?

I always thought I would but one some day, they were way too expensive when I built my win7 machine 5 years ago. Probably not looking to spend as much as £100 though. I assume the ~£30 ones are still going to be miles faster than a HDD for booting etc. Files can be on the HDD, so only need space for the OS and well used programs. Any recommendations (for or against) any particular make?

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That PERSONAL DATA you give away for free to Facebook 'n' pals? It's worth at least £140

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Re: "Beverly Hills 90210" was the best show ever!

I prefer the Simsons gangster base, 123 Fake Street. Postcode (as I'm in the UK) is AB12 3CD (somewhere in Aberdeen), phone number is 01234567890. Easy to remember if I'm forced to enter it later too.

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Microsoft staff brace for next round of layoffs – expected Thursday

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Re: Silly thought experiment

That smells like the artificially induced inner competition that killed Nokia. No one Nokia had all the best features when the iphone came and kicked them in nads.

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'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux

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Re: A little help required from somebody with a better memory ...

As another has already pointed out above, you could indeed have multiple (up to 4) workspaces with XP. You just downloaded the relevant XP power toy. I used it once, before deciding that my 384MB of RAM limited laptop (that was the maximum upgrade!) could barely handle one desktop. I miss the XP power toys, the calculator was the best, and was disappointed to find they had not been carried over to 7.

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Drones CAN'T deliver goods ... oh. Air traffic control system backed by NASA, you say?

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Re: UAV's - Yes, UAV Delivery Ships - No thanks

And, frankly, all of you are thinking too small anyway. Maybe I want myself to be delivered to a destination as the crow flies (for some this may cut a great deal of congestion/fuel usage). I mean, how else am I going to get the flying car I was promised in the future? I'm not going to pass a pilots licence any time soon.

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Lenovorola TRIPLE-ola: New Moto G, Moto X and 360 wristputer UNZIPPED

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Re: Was interested in the 360

Surely you just have to wait 6 months, and then it'll be in your price range. It's not Apple kit, so the price will drop post-Christmas.

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I wholeheartedly agree! I was about to post a new and much larger version of the Moto G smartphone *sigh*, yet another gigantic phone that I don't want to put in my pocket.

If I want a bigger screen, I'll use a tablet. If I want a even bigger screen, I'll use a desktop computer. If I want something portable, I'd like it to be small (think 8310).

What I actually want is a small phone with a decent enough camera, a reasonably good audio output, an SD card or space for ~20GB of music, and a screen just big enough to read a few emails when necessary. Everything else turns out to be fluff. If there were an otherwise dumb phone with these feature I'd happily snap it up.

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Gee, everyone who wants a tablet has a tablet. Waiddaminute....

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Re: octogenarian fondling

In the end we gave up and got them an ipad mini. At least support calls are few and far between, and they can't break it with some dodgy app. Not that they ever downloaded any apps. Turns out facetime and a browser is about all that was required. I put all the apps they were never going to use in a single folder, and left them with one page with around 6 apps on it. Job done. Expensive, obviously, but job done.

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Scared of brute force password attacks? Just 'GIVE UP' says Microsoft

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Except that's a PITA when I have to guess which password I've used for your account and have to try more than 3 times and get locked out myself. When that happens, if the site is not important, I just don't bother logging in at all. Which is detrimental to the site.

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Re: SOME password strength validation still useful

Especially since most people comply by putting the capital at the front of a single word, then a dot, then a one or two digit number. Completely compliant (and scores maximum in the helpful security bar!) while still being completely crap.

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Google flushes out users of old browsers by serving up CLUNKY, AGED version of search

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Re: Chrome cam

Or even new Opera (i.e 15+), it too is based on Chrome. I can't comment on if your data is held locally or not, but Norway isn't too a bad a destination even if it isn't.

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TROLL SLAYER Google grabs $1.3 MEEELLION in patent counter-suit

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Re: Legal term?

That's very imprecise writing. Do you visit because "the place is full of wannabe journos", or because you want to see if any of them "will be talent spotted", or both?

Pot, kettle etc :)

Pot, kettle etc :)

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'Stop dissing Google or quit': OK, I quit, says Code Club co-founder

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Re: G00gle is

I actually see no issue with Google lobbying for what they want from any government, it's what every large organisation does. The issue is that the UK Government seems to lap it up without much question.

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'Leccy racer whacks petrols in Oz race

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Re: That's nice.

But a hybrid could. And if you have a second household car that (typically for second household cars) rarely travels outside of the immediate surrounding area where you live, a full electric makes a lot of sense.

Ah, but you assume that because your use case doesn't work with a full electric, clearly it cannot possibly fit anyone else's. Dick.

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Who needs hackers? 'Password1' opens a third of all biz doors

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The other issue is over zealous password for non-important sites. I tried to sign up for electronics stack exchange the other day day, and it insisted on 8 unique characters, a mixture of upper and lower case, and numerals. And that's for a bloody forum, not a financial transaction in sight.

So my normal longish pass phases were not accepted, but Password1 would be fine. Whoop.

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No more turning over a USB thing, then turning it over again to plug it in: Reversible socket ready for lift off

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Re: OK, so I was overly optimistic

You only start to want a new version of USB when you buy a product with the latest one on, and you know it's not as quick as it could be. Besides, a new phone with a type C will probably come with a type C (small) to type A (large) cable anyway, otherwise there will be all kinds of people complaining the cable doesn't fit.

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Re: Standards proliferation

Yes, but the host/device idea got screwed up when USB sticks came along and it made sense to put an A plug on it, so it could plug directly into the host without a cable.

It makes even less sense now, since our phones can be both hosts (plugged into a USB drive), and devices (plugged into a PC). I hope someday soon my phone will be able to plug into a camera or printer and pretend to be a PC host as well, as that would be very useful.

I agree it made sense to begin with, I just hope they aren't planning on repeating it.

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Re: 100 watts?

No.

P = V * I

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Re: Standards proliferation

Should have just stuck with the USB mini A, instead of the USB mini B. Yes it's technically the wrong one for a device, and it is marginally larger. But it was at least blatantly obvious which way it should go.

Are they making the same mistake of having A and B versions and different sizes again? Or is it going to be one connector of the same size for both ends, regardless of what you're connecting?

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AMD's first 64-bit ARM cores star in ... Heatless in Seattle*

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Re: How much?

Not to mention that fact that a dev kit will inherently sell in low numbers (think 100s to 1000s instead of 100,000s to 1,000,000s), which always pushes the price up.

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Who will kill power companies? TESLA, says Morgan Stanley

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Re: Net energy gaiin?

Slightly off-topic, but in response to the EV pollution issue, I'd also like to add that it would greatly reduce noise pollution too. Can you imagine a city centre with near silent cars and no local exhaust emissions? That would be a wonderful thing, and our future generations will probably look back and think 'how on earth did they ever live like that?', just like we do when we think of coal produced smog.

As for long distances, how about fitting motorways with overhead power lines (like trains), or converting some of our existing train network to take cars eurostar style? Then your battery would only have to last for the beginning and end of a long journey.

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