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Facebook: Want to stay in touch? Then it's Messenger or nothing

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Re: Meh.

El Reg. Who needs it!

The sheer amount of time people waste on it each day is staggering.

Don't have an account, don't want an account, don't need El Reg.

Too easy.

(people waste time on all kinds of things, it's your time, and you can waste it as you wish)

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14 antivirus apps found to have security problems

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Re: 4 of 14 fingered

Or better still, a list of the ones that didn't fail so hard.

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Apple stops caring about Samsung kit everyone else stopped caring about years ago

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Re: Lame...

Seems like samsungs lawyers had it right then, just drag out each court case until the devices have been replaced. Wait for the new court case, then rinse and repeat. So long as samsung make more money from selling devices than the lawyers cost, it's just a cost of business. Hopefully Apple will get bored of paying their lawyers sometime soon.

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You didn't get the MeMO? Asus Pad 7 Android tab is ... not bad

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Re: Auto brightness

The only issue being that the auto-brightness has to be on all the time to work, and the camera's are generally battery killers. Whereas a dedicated light sensor hardly uses any power at all.

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Black Hat anti-Tor talk smashed by lawyers' wrecking ball

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To be fair, Tors nether regions are often quite a bit more netherly than most.

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Facebook in new 'experiment' drama: Will users buy it?

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About time

I always wondered when FB would wake up and realise it could take on ebay and amazon. Frankly, both of those could do with a bit of competition anyway. Not that I'd want to use the FB version, but I'd certainly welcome a drop in ebay fees.

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Whoah! How many Google Play apps want to read your texts?

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Re: I agree

Ah, so what you're basically saying is that you would prefer to be using iOS or WP?

<--- Ducks for cover.

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What! is! the! point! of! Yahoo?! To! sell! more! and! more! ads! says! CEO! Mayer!

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Re: If it ain't broke....

There have been some recent changes to Flickr for the better, well, better than the god-awful monstrosity they made last year. Still probably slower than it was before, and portraits are still much smaller than landscapes in the main view. I even signed up for a G+ account to see if it was better, alas, it is not.

I just hope that when they finally cop it, someone with some sense buys up the still vaguely popular bits.

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F1? No, it's Formula E as electric racing cars hit the track

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Re: Battery Times

It also may lead to more efficient motors which will help with the range of normal electrics just as much as higher density batteries.

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Conformist Google: Android devices must LOOK, WORK ALIKE

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Re: Slow learners?

All in all this is probably a Good Thing(TM). Hardware manufacturers are basically crap at software interfaces anyway. Every TV/PVR/DVD/VCR I've ever owned has had some bewildering and ridiculous UI or menu structure.

Also, none of them have ever had an update released, even for glaring bugs (like my Panasonic TV doesn't accept a PC input from it's VGA port in its native 720p resolution, it either a) takes a 4:3 signal and stretches it, or b) takes a 1080p input and forces you to scroll around it, a 720p signal just causes a blank screen).

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Google's Quickoffice taken behind shed ... 'Oh, what's the gun for?'

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How large are the replacements?

The thing I liked about quickoffice (aside from the fact it could open pdfs as well as office docs) is that it was a small program with just enough functions to make it useful. How large are the replacements? Apple and MS's three individual apps take ~700MB each, that's quite a large chunk of a 16GB ipad for all three.

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What's it like using the LG G smartwatch and Android Wear? Let us tell YOU

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Re: Why the colour screen?

The moto 360 looks a lot better than the LG one too, i.e. it looks like a normal watch.

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Re: Integrated Strap?

I too have to punch extra holes into leather straps to make them small enough. I also had to search far and wide to find a nice unisex watch, as men's watches tend to be larger than my wrist is wide. Any screen on there is either going to be too small to be useful, or ridiculously huge on my wrist. I vote for a wide-screen version, though (as other previously posted) I'd like it to actually be the smart phone itself. Then I'd only need a smart watch and wi-fi tablet, for when I wanted a larger screen.

Inside there is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor running at 1.2GHz with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage.

That's more or less the spec of my (slightly old) phone anyway, though it is little slow now and then, it gets the job done well enough.

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Google: Glass goggles are a 'fairly lousy surveillance device'

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Re: It is no different that following people around with Video Cameras

Or standing at some considerable distance with a Very Long Lens.

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Physicist proposes 1,000-foot state-sized walls to stop tornadoes

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Re: Re 1000ft high walls

The wall will not survive a tornado, but it's not supposed to is it? I thought the point was that having walls in the right places will prevent the tornado from starting in the first place? As for bricks, I doubt they'd use bricks for the wall, they'd use concrete, like a dam. Bricks only came into the discussion because someone above said about building houses with bricks instead of sticks. Do try to keep up old chum.

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French Senate passes anti-Amazon amendment

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Re: So

After a bit of experimentation, I can tell you that € is found with an AltGr + 4, or a Ctrl + Alt + 4. On a standard windows UK keyboard (presumably would work the same with linux, but I'm not going to take a guess at a mac).

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Study of Brit students finds TXTING doesn't ruin your writing

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Human Brain in ability to separate formal and informal communications shocker!

(body)

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Intel pleads for €1bn EU fine to be overturned, is DENIED

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Re: Double the fine

Well, it would take double or nothing gambling to a new level, if nothing else.

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Silent, spacious and... well, insipid: Citroën's electric C-Zero car

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Re: correction needed

I'd prefer it if all the tax was on petrol/diesel and nothing else (i.e. no 'road tax'). If you own a Hummer but only drive it 100 miles a year, you are doing less damage to the roads and environment than a diesel/electric doing 10,000 miles a year. So the amount of fuel you use is directly proportional to the amount of tax you should pay. Until we all drive electrics, then they'll have to tax something else (they'll still want the tax, after all).

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Re: Thoughts

err, ever heard of the green cross code? Look left, then right, then left again, before crossing the road.

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Re: Nope

Especially the one that uses a small petrol to charge the battery for an all electric drive (the vauxhall ampera/Chevy volt?). Seems like the best idea so far, as it has no need for a gearbox, and the petrol runs at a constant (efficient) speed. Electric motors make a lot more sense for cars than petrol engines.

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Thoughts

1) Legislation is coming in to stipulate that electric cars must make a car-like noise, which is a huge shame as a lot of the appeal is their quietness. No. People should learn to look where they are going.

2) Why do they have to make them so ugly? Without an engine, small motors could be placed at each wheel, so then the entire front could be glass*. They could actually look cooler than 'normal' cars if they tried.

3) Standards. The batteries need to be standardised so you can buy them from 3rd parties in 10 years time. That way, you can take advantage of each improvement in battery technology as it comes along. Just need a standard shape, size, working voltage, and charging voltage. Current and capacity should improve as the tech gets better. Just make it modular enough that small cars have 1 or 2, large/sports cars have 3 or 4, and lorries can have 18 or whatever.

*May not be a good idea in the event of an impact (or a stone chip), but they could make them look a lot better than they do now. If they are heart decisions and not head ones, then looking cooler than normal cars is a must, surely.

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DAMN you El Reg, CALL ME A BOFFIN, demands enraged boffin

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Re: Acquired a negative connotation?

Ah, but those of us referred to as such wore it with pride anyway. It went something like:

Idiot: "You're such a boffin"

Boffin: "Yes, I am cleverer than you, thank-you."

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Re: Before acquiescing to his demand...

But not a pristine white coat. Any old idiot can where a pristine white coat. It has to be stained with unidentifiable stains, and the odd patch of oil or grease won't go amiss either.

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One EURO PATENT COURT ruling for all from 'early 2015'

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See, the EU does do good things occasionally. Seems sensible to me.

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Happy Birthday Tetris: It's flipping 30

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Re: Tetris 2

The Sam coupé?! My best friend of the time had one of those.. In fact, is that you? He name was (and I presume still is) Thomas, and his surname began with and H. Does splitting a certain road-sign in half with bicycle ring any bells?

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Re: After-effects

To be fair, that happens with any video game if you play it long enough. I've had it with wipeout, tony hawks, even doom.

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Tetris 2

I've got the GB version on the 3DS now, and the music started playing in my head as soon as I saw the the word 'Tetris'.

But my favourite version has to be Tetris 2 on the ZX. It had a challenge mode with 99 levels. Some gave you a quota of 1's, 2's, etc, others gave you certain bricks to destroy, or just survive for 10 secs of stupid speed.

If you completed all 99 levels it would tell you to F*** OFF as you must have cheated. As it was, I was playing on an emulator, so I was able to save my progress and come back later. Which is cheating I suppose, so they were right.

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Freeview's rumoured '£100m YouView killer' is real – and it's yet another digital TV thing

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Re: Why are Sky bothering?

Not not sure Sky are bothering, are they even involved?

As for the Roku, I got one and it does more or less all I want from it, especially since 4OD was added. I also have a pre-smart Freeview PVR for recording stuff, which is the preferred method.

But there is a major problem with the Roku: Every channel is allowed to use their own UI. And most of them are crap. It's ok for me because I'm used to these sort of things, but for my in-laws, not so much.

So all that really needs doing is adding ITV to the Roku, and also fixing at least the main TV channels so there is one consistent UI between them. It doesn't matter what UI it is, just so long as there is only one to learn.

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New software nasty encrypts Android PHONE files and demands a ransom

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Re: Why?

No note-taking application? Surely that's what app downloads are for? Evernote? Google Keep? A myriad of others? If you just want text based note taking and nothing else (no cloudy backups) then try Jota, it's basically notepad for Android.

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Get ready for Europe's ROBO-BUTLERS: Billions of €€€s pledged to electro-slave dream

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Medibot!

Medibot loves hundreds and thousands!

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The British are coming! The British are coming! And they're buying Surface fondleslabs

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Re: Acer

Asus, not Acer, ah yes, my mistake. brain a bit slow on account of a small boy crying instead of sleeping last night.

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Re: Acer

Acer made the nexus 7, which is peddled by Google in these results...

Also, 3.3% market share is enough to get you into 4th place? No wonder all the other brands are struggling.

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Using email? Text messages? Congrats, you're in the 'underbelly of dark social sharing'

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Change the font colour to black as well and I'll buy one. What the point of being dark social if you're just going to advertise it?

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Google's driverless car: It'll just block our roads. It's the WORST

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Re: Real issues

I would suspect the software, especially if it has sensor and video proof that it was stationary when backed into.

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Re: Middle Laners Anyone?

Or just maybe the designers will think of this and all them to do something like, oh I don't know, split ranks and allow you in if you use your indicators to indicate that you would like to. Of course that would necessitate the use of an indicator before manoeuvring, which some road users do seem incapable of.

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LG G3 fights off screen-res war rival Samsung with quad-HD cutie: In pictures

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2560 x 1440 screen

With a camera to match!

So that would be 3.7Mp then?

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Sony Xperia Z2: What we REALLY thought of this Android fondleslab

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@Piro

Sell me this toaster now please.

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Windows XP fixes flaws for free if you turn PCs into CASH REGISTERS

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Re: XP x64 screwed?

Ahem, I've got a lovely update stream for you sir, free of charge of course, just point that update.microsoft.com over here and we'll have you served with 'updates' no problem.

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eBay slammed for daft post-hack password swap advice

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*****************?

Why don't they let you see the password instead of the ******? A check box to see it would be handy, since most of the time I'm at home with no one looking over my shoulder, and most passwords are hijacked remotely.

My advice to anyone having difficultly remembering passwords is to have them written in a book next to the computer. Seriously, if someone is sat in your house in front of your computer all bets are off anyway. Obviously this advice does not extend to keeping that book in a laptop bag or your pocket... But most of the time people are sat in their houses online, even if they are using a laptop/tablet.

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Re: password123456 is bad?

It's ok though, password1234567 is still hacker-proof.

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Far too long for most (all?) password fields for a start.

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1337j3tP1l0t surely?

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Autodesk CEO: '3D printing has been way overhyped'

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Re: Translation

I would have thought that Solidworks is the de-facto 3D CAD package these days anyway. Our lot have even cancelled the Autodesk subscription entirely now, after years of migrating over.

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Robotics pioneer: Intelligent machines are 'scary for a lot of people'

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Yes, but if the machine just recognises that you're speaking Spanish, it should just switch over to Spanish. I think that's what he meant by 'intuitive', do you want to prod those buttons forever? Or do you want it to just ask you how much cash you want today?

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What's that crunching noise? Lenovo running over rivals' bones

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Re: A great success

Don't forget they also own motorola now, who are doing pretty well with the G.

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PayPal Manager bug left web stores open to cyber-burglars

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Looks like someone forgot to close a bracket, the PDF link extends to all the text below it. Also, the mobile site has no 'send corrections' link.

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Microsoft’s 'FIRST NOKIA' arrives at £89

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Re: A year too late

Depends where you get stuck. If stuck on 2.3 plenty of apps don't get updated. Even 4.0 seems to have more app updates that break them now (I'm very wary of updating anything that currently works). Security patches? Pah! You're out of luck if you get stuck on anything other than the latest. We'll have to wait and see if MS gives 8.1 to all 8 devices, and if Moto give any updates at all (they say they will, but they've said that before along with plenty of other droid manufactures that back pedalled as soon as you bought it).

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