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ARM brushes off dip in mobile revenues with sunny forecast for coming year

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Eh?

"...revenues up by 16 per cent in dollar terms (10 per cent in UK pounds after adjusting for exchange rates)..."

How does changing the units change the percentage increase?

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Slip your finger in this ring and unlock your backdoor, phone, etc

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Think bigger

My money is on This Product

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

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Re: Who at Microsoft is making up the names... and why do they still have a job?

Windows 8.1 Update: The Reboot

...Oh, wait...

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Amazon buys Comixology for content crossover capers

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I'm hopeful

I'm hopeful that the demands of the readers for realistic saturated colour comic (graphic novel!) pages might finally get someone to throw serious money into developing decent colour e-ink displays.

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Google-funded boffins figure out age-busting facial prediction system

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Never mind the hair

I'm impressed that they predicted that that 19 year old would be wearing a beret!

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Intel promises 10Gb Ethernet with Thunderbolt 2.0

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Not very impressive...

for a bastardised, 2009 vintage, originally optical, interface capable of 10gbps even then in prototype (over 30 metres of plastic optical fibre) with 100gbps promised - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lightpeak

Come back with the original and I'll consider it.

If Intel hadn't done a cheaper shonky copper interconnect (promptly taken up as Thunderbolt by Apple, so we know who to blame), I wonder if we would all have a single optical + power interconnect for everything by now (like the Japanese have, but less pricey)?

Losers!

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USA opposes 'Schengen cloud' Eurocentric routing plan

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even more exclusion?

"...could potentially lead to effective exclusion or discrimination against foreign service suppliers that are directly offering network services, or dependent on them”

Like Australians not being able to see content on Hulu or BBC web sites when they are supposedly promoting globalisation (so long as they can squeeze more cash from us). It's not like we don't buy a ton of their TV content in the first place, what's so hard about a bit of licencing?

I really think that a lot of overseas web sites don't remotely deserve being allowed to use "www.".

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Siri set to rival Windows beauty Cortana after Apple eats Novauris

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That was on the cards

since September 2013 - http://www.linkedin.com/pub/john-bridle/6/78/28b

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Scientist, Siri

Apple

September 2013 – Present (8 months)Cheltenham, UK

Working on improving Siri, Apple's automatic person assistant

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Joint Managing Director

Novauris Technologies Ltd

April 2002 – September 2013 (11 years 6 months)

CTO

Developing core speech recognition technology for voice search

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Joint Managing DIrector

Dragon Systems UK R&D Ltd

1992 – 2001 (9 years)

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Intel uncloaks next-gen 'Braswell' Atom, 64-bit Android KitKat kernel

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Joke

Who names these things?

Bra Swell, eh? More for the implanted than embedded market then.

I do hope they aren't making inflated claims just to keep abreast of the competition.

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FTC: Do SSL properly or we'll shove a microscope up you for decades

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Make Lemonade

Re-do the validation, then change your advertising to proclaim "Security audited by the FTC". Not many of their competitors could claim that! :-)

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Nvidia unveils Pascal, its next-gen GPU with hella-fast interconnects and 3D packaging

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As IBM predicted long ago...

3D packaging, LOTS of interconnects, then a lot of heat to dissipate.

Here we are finally at the 'Hairy, smoking Golf-ball'.

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GitHub probes worker's claims of hostile, sexist office culture

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Code ripped from projects

"She also claimed to have experienced harassment from a male colleague whom she alleges ripped her code from projects after she turned down his romantic advances."

Maybe it wasn't that the male colleague did the wrong thing AFTER being turned down, Perhaps he allowed her sub-standard code in in hopes of favorable consideration and when it didn't eventuate, he applied the standards that he should have applied in the first place.

We don't know, but it may not be the way it is presented.

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ITU given keys to autonomous car standards process

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Car Standards?

Like how all the world drives on the same side of the road and we don't need two separate builds of vehicles which allows them to charge some people more for essentially the same thing? Yeah, right.

I have lived through a couple of major currency changes and everybody managed fine despite rip-offs and con-men. I am certain that I can handle a change to the side of the road I drive on, as could everybody else while we actually standardised car manufacture.

Lots of work for signage, signals and road marking guys and doubtless a brief period of crashes and even deaths, but we could easily put this ridiculous state of affairs behind us once and for all.

The fact that there is neither the gumption or will to do so tells you a bit about what chance standards have vs real world inertia.

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It's not their party

...The International Telecommunications Union has communed with the auto industry and agreed “to host a dialogue of senior executives of vehicle manufacturers to identify the activities needed to consider future steps to realize the potential of fully autonomous driving.”...

I hope (but do not expect) that the executives will be asked why actually making autonomous cars has been the province of Search companies, military research groups and (rumour) a phone manufacturer rather than the auto industry.

Why should telecom's consult the people with little apparent practical experience in planning future development and defining standards? In the real world human-driven cars do a remarkably reliable job of working together without car to car walkie-talkies and communications other than observation and the occasional gesture.

Shouldn't it be the auto industry consulting with the people who have achieved autonomous driving to see what communications might benefit the development in the future. It sounds to me like a power grab for a facet of autonomous cars we would be better off without.

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Cherry-pick undermines NBN business case: Switkowski

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Obviously

We wouldn't have a problem if we had stuck with FTTH Fibre To The Home, since people don't usually live in the basement.

As it is, this FTTP is simply FTTN with a basement fibre-to-copper node.

Too bad if people in apartments in the city get what people in homes out in the suburbs are having foisted on them.

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Sony can't wait to flash you its enormous disc ... a 1TB Blu-ray spinner

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The way it reads

'Archival' has been redefined as 'write a huge amount and assume it will still be there when you want it' rather than 'be assured of being able to read whatever you write at some point in the future'.

I know which I prefer - http://www.mdisc.com/

Maybe they should talk?

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Women! You too can be 'cool' and 'fun' if you work in tech!

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The bleedin' obvious reason...

That there are plenty of campaigns for employing women in fields dominated by men and as near as not nothing promoting the employment of men in women dominated fields is the huge saving in salaries to be made. Actually insist that employers pay equally and fine them 10 times their annual difference when they are caught not doing so and I reckon the campaigns will stop overnight.

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Re: Missed the point?

"Sitting and staring at a screen for 10 hours trying to find the misplaced period in your code is as far from cool as you can get."

That's why they need women! Believe me they notice a misplaced period.

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Zaphod Beeblebrox style third arm cyborg prosthesis unveiled

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Overlooking the obvious

Well, I suppose one three-armed alien is noteworthy.

I think that a whole planet full is much better though.

On the gripping hand....

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moties#Moties

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ROBOCOP statue, Minecraft film, revived Sinclair ZX Spectrum...

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my mileage has differed

Then again, I backed Australian projects and didn't suffer non-delivery or high shipping fees.

I can readily believe that both high shipping costs and non-delivery (probably due to more enthusiasm and optimism than business sense) are fairly regular occurrences.

I'm a bit too lazy, but I did also wonder how the number of backers per country worked out as a percentage of population.

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Just to correct any wrong impressions

Those figures don't really reflect the national enthusiasms for Kickstarter, lets see what the average donation per backer is -

U.K. $170.6

U.S. $176.5

Canada $207.8

Germany $221.4

Australia $290.31

Admittedly Antarctica wins at $337 per backer, but maybe there's not much else to spend their wages on.

That's news, when you tell people something new instead of just parroting a web page.

And yes, there could be places with even higher figures, I haven't looked at places not singled out for their 'high donations'.

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Hot, fit, SWEATY users stroke Backbeats model, beg: DON'T CALL US

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Aargh

The return of the Buffalo Hat, the awful memories!

I shan't suffer alone - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DeTR8n7eTU

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WHOA: Get a load of Asteroid DX110 JUST MISSING planet EARTH

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Re: Video

Not for me either, none of their JW-Player stuff does, presumably because I use AdBlock.

I too wish they'd just use the Youtube address and skip their ad-shovelling.

This is mainly an IT News site, do they really assume that their audience is too dumb to get around it?

Here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2AbPcaU73o

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Aargh! My EYEBALLS are MELLLTING! Curse this DEVIL LAPTOP

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Almost news

Photochemical degradation of the retina by the light from the Blue LED used in 'White' LEDs from 2010.

http://www.ledsmagazine.com/articles/2010/11/light-and-human-health-led-risks-highlighted.html

A form of Actinism basically - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Actinism

Just updated to take account of white LED backlights in LCD screens.

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GNU security library GnuTLS fails on cert checks: Patch now

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Goto considered harmful

Still with that old BS? I'll believe it when they make CPUs, GPUs and micro's of all stripes that don't have a 'Jump' or 'Unconditional Branch' instruction.

I have seen the compiler outputs for code in various languages written to carefully avoid 'Goto'-like commands and they still produce machine code with jumps and/or unconditional branches.

What's the difference?

It seems that it's more down to the programmers inability to code correctly when Goto is available and that surely argues for better code verification tools rather than crippling a language for everyone because of some peoples difficulties.

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Cisco kicks off $300k Internet of Things security competition

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For starters...

Anyone using IPv4 should be shot, given the potential numbers of devices involved.

Then, IoT devices being one of the few things that will actually be using IPv6, the problem is solved.

Can I have my money now?

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Daimler hints at Android-powered telematics in future cars

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Please, not Windows!

BSOD on the Autobahn - that would be a real crash

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Hungarian eggheads unleash not-at-all-scary DRONE SWARM

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El Reg being respectable

But missing a naughty title "Flocking Heli's" ;-)

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Elon Musk plans GIGAFACTORY to feed his thirsty Tesla motors

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I Told You So! ;-)

Well, I did, 4 months ago -

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2013/11/07/tesla_share_drop/#c_2017310

Maybe it's not a problem...

Maybe it's an opportunity!

Elon could build a Lithium Battery plant in the US, at the very least it might terrify EverReady etc into action.

Unless of course, the manufacture of Lithium batteries is a very environmentally unfriendly process, then you would have to wonder about the whole idea.

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Sandisk breaks 128GB barrier with new $199 MICROSD card

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Eschewing removeable storage

That will likely come to an abrupt end (Apple included) now that mainstream phones such as the Samsung 5S can take 4K video. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvNrGxpS2jY

Let's see you stream that to the cloud in real time then without a big increase in internal storage!

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MIT wants quasars to help put free will to rest

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Re: ...cannot possibly have any “causal contact” in the last 14 billion years.

I understood, I was just wondering 'what if the two quasars aren't as mutually random as we suppose'. Then using an observation of some characteristics of them might result in not mutually random observations via the switch controllers.

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...cannot possibly have any “causal contact” in the last 14 billion years.

Unless all very old matter in the universe is somehow entangled at birth since it was all a very small volume that went bang!

If so, they could still be 'in contact' because how can you assert that the distance between them is a sufficient safeguard if (as I think I heard here somewhere) entanglement effects are FTL?

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HP busts out new ProLiant rack mount based on Intel's new top o' line server chippery

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Obviously not

"We'll do the math for you: with 32GB sticks, eight of these modules contain 96 DIMM slots adding up to 3TB of memory; 64GB sticks double that to 64TB (obviously)."

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SPACE VID: Watch JUMBO ASTEROID 2000 EM26 buzzing Earth

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A new type of 'live feed'...

Where they put up a 57 minute recording an hour after the start time. Wonderful, in a totally underwhelming kind of way.

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Big Nothing!

on YouTube - maybe the feed is via Hulu or the BBC?

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Play.com tech titan snaps up 'VoIP-tastic WhatsApp' firm Viber

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An excellent match for eCommerce

Because Skype worked out great for eBay... Oh, wait...

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Big Blue blasts fibre bottleneck with analog-digital double whammy

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Power sipping?

"667 milliwatts" (2/3 of a watt) in "0.45mm square" (0.45x0.45 = 0.2025 square mm) seems quite a ferocious power density to me. Near incandescent in fact.

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Tinfoil hats proven useless by eleven-year mobe radiation study

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Those students at MIT

can spell 'Aluminium', that's better news than the article!

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Wireless power groups join forces: One spec to rule them all

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Losing side?

Hard to find one that matters when the big companies Samsung, LG, HTC and Qualcomm, are actually members of all three competing consortiums.

They're just being PITA's for the sake of it, it appears.

I'll go with Google's WPC just to spite them back since I won't be buying a General Motors auto' any time soon.

(http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/08/21/gm_promises_dashboard_charging_in_2014/)

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Think wearables are the next tech boom? Cisco's numbers beg to differ

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No Thanks

No bloody way am I strapping a gadget with a Lithium Ion battery bigger than a small button cell to my wrist and risk getting branded with apple's or anyone else's logo, given Lithium Batteries current safety record.

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CERN outlines plan for new 100km circumference supercollider

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Re: Keep banging those rocks together guys

Collision Experiments Requiring Nuclei.

tfify ;-)

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Boffin maths

"...some time in the 2020s CERN would really like to be playing with a 100 TeV collider..."

So, 2029 at the latest

"...CERN boffins think that in about 25 years from now we'll need an even bigger collider to test theories based on LHC data..."

I make that about 2039.

Prepare to be disappointed, chaps.

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Boffin dreams up smart battery gizmo for Raspberry Pi fiddlers

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There might be postal trouble

with shipping batteries, at least internationally, I don't know about the UK these days.

I am awaiting my µCurrent GOLD - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/eevblog/current-gold-precision-multimeter-current-adapter made right here in Sydney where I live, but Australia Post won't allow it to be shipped with the CR2032 coin cell.

I expect Lithium batteries get special scrutiny given their recent fire-hazard history.

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Asus unveils dirt-cheap Chromebox desktops with Haswell chips

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Re: 16GB, really?

It would be nice to know what kind of flash too, with that piddling size I would hope for SLC to cope with the ever changing web cache contents.

Still, with the SD card option and USB 3 ports that you could put a reasonably cheap 64GB stick into you could probably get by for backing storage if you have a use for it.

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OK for web browsing

Graphics performance will be the weak spot for anything serious.

Another tight-arse, performance-sapping unified memory mess.

Show me one solution that has ever come close to the performance of a reasonably current system with separate memories, the current consoles underwhelm compared to a decent PC.

A pity, otherwise it would be a nice SteamBox contender.

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Unmanned, autonomous ROBOT TRUCK CONVOY 'drives though town'

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I so want driverless cars to have full independant licences

No more easy revenue for the breathalyser cops who will perhaps be allowed to do something worthwhile and Bonus, no insanely boring but cheap to produce TV shows covering it.

I'll bet they ensure that the law says that the person in the car is 'in charge' of the AI and must be sober.

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Bye-Zynga: online games maker laying off 314 staff

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Bad timing

A little over a month ago 'Bah Zinga' would have been a way better headline.

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Boffins demo re-usable paper and waterjet printers

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Easy fixed

Make shiny paper, print with white-board marker ink, put a felt eraser roller in the printer to clean recycled paper as it gets used.

Just kidding, fix the problem at it's source. Get our aging bureaucrats and managers used to not having hard copy for every bit of unimportant ephemeral crap.

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