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Boiling point: Tech and the perfect cuppa

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Re: Sainsbury's, £25, job job

"Title says it all."

Some of it twice.

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Kate Bush: Don't make me HAVE CONTACT with your iPHONE

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Re: We have purposefully chosen an intimate theatre setting rather than a large venue or stadium.

"we don't have a hope in hell of filling anything larger"

She sold the place out for 22 nights in 15 minutes (and tickets were not cheap).

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Multiple user accounts coming to Android phones 'n' slabs

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Re: Already on tablets

Yes, Nook HD+ support multiple profiles - it's much more a parents-and-kids thing than anything that would have an impact for BYOD and I suspect that the google development will be much the same (and frankly I can't see anything on the device ever being sufficient for a properly secure BYOD setup anyway).

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Newly spawned Dixons Carphone leaps onto LSE as £12bn sales org

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I don't understand

Why didn't CW just wait for Dixon's to die and then cherry pick what they wanted from it?

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Pinterest diversity stats: Also pale and male (but not as much as Twitter)

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How does it make money?

Or at least how does it claim it will one day make money?

I don't get it.

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Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid: The plug-in for plutocrats

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"My dentist has got a Panamera, which makes me think I am in the wrong business."

I know a dentist couple who only work six months a year and then go sailing for the rest of the time.

Looking down in the mouth? I don't think so etc.

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£90k seems like an awful lot - I'd be interested in a quick straw poll of commentards to see what percentage of that sum people have paid for their most expensive car.

I'd be around 1% but that was many years ago and I really am not much of a driver.

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LOHAN seeks stirring motto for spaceplane mission patch

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Given NASA's motto, how about "For the benefit of ale." ?

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London officials won't take Uber to court – because cabbies are suing the drivers anyway

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We need London black cab drivers

Their brains are very important for study.

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Don't let no-hire pact suit witnesses call Steve Jobs a bullyboy, plead Apple and Google

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It's probably not relevant but just might be - the 'threat' may look obvious but is still subject to interpretation; if threats and bullying were established to be staples of his m.o. then that might help seal the status of that part of the email.

Put it this way, if the expensive defence lawyers could somehow spin it that it couldn't be a threat because Jobs just wasn't that sort of person they'd certainly give that a go.

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LOHAN's Punch and Judy show: The big fat round-up

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Re: Video

For these projects LegoTM is a four letter word.

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Report: Apple seeking to raise iPhone 6 price by a HUNDRED BUCKS

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This might make Samsung very happy

Either people won't pay that much in which case Apple suffers, or they will, in which case Samsung has some headroom to expand into - it does like a phone at every price point and if there's a new price point there's a new opportunity; even if it is still the case that people won't pay as much for Samsung as they do for Apple, a new phone that is fifty dollars cheaper but still more profitable than the old top-of-the-range model is going to have them rubbing their hands in glee.

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So you invent a wireless network using LEDs, what do you do next? Add solar panels. Boom

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Re: Hi-Tech Heliograph.

"though the data rate obtained is good, I am slightly underwhelmed."

Particularly given the short distance that rate is available over.

There's something attractive about a robust, solar-powered data transfer mechanism - that sounds like it could be cheap and simple, and therefore useful - but if you have to have a node every 10m or so that all breaks down quite quickly.

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Windows Phone 8.1: Like WinPho 8, but BETTER

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Re: Free?

I guess a thorough answer to this would include the word 'ecosystem'. I assume they take a cut of apps sold through their app store for example.

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

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Re: Luxury item

"On the contrary, I would expect people who care enough to buy organic would smoke less than average, excercise more than average etc and that this meta-difference would show up in the results... but even this seems not to be the case."

So I guess you will now be considering revising your assumption seeing as the alternative would be to believe that the products used in non-organic farming somehow counteract the effects of smoking and taking insufficient exercise.

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Re: Luxury item

Not only is it a red herring (is that GM gone too far?) it seems from reading the Reg article that the science could have been more rigorous.

Given the relatively large sample size I guess we can allow for smoking, exercise, and other very relevant factors to average out across the groups but using "reported eating habits" to group these women seems a bit too vague - are people who report that they "always" eat organic being honest or trying to give what they think is the "better" answer? Are they eating mainly processed food? Do they eat a lot of (organic) meat?

With the caveat that I haven't read the original publication I'd say that it looks every bit as flimsy as the straw man it seems to be aimed at.

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I QUIT: Mozilla's anti-gay-marriage Brendan Eich leaps out of door

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Re: No, it's not.

"There is no sport named "soccer". It's called FOOTBALL."

'Soccer' is a perfectly acceptable contraction of 'Association Football' which is the sort of football that it is.

I'm all for poking fun at the septics but it's an English word created in England by English people so it's a bit harsh to go off on one when they use it.

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Homeopathic remedies contaminated with REAL medicine get recalled

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Critical hit

"Critics of homeopathy argue its remedies are just placebos."

Critical? Surely that's the only thing that can be said in favour of them, is it not?

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Samsung Galaxy S5 in El Reg's claws: This time the 'S' is for 'sensible'

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"And will your Note 3 fit comfortably into my trouser pocket?"

If it helps my Galaxy Note is fine in a pair of Levi's 501s but slightly uncomfortable (more from a vague sense of apprehension about its survivability than any actual nutcracking) in a pair of 511s.

Other trousers are available.

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Facebook Oculus VR buyout: IT WANTS your EYEBALLS

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Re: Sold their souls?

"I'm possible in the minority in this respect, but I'd rather retain control of my business and settle merely to become a multi-millionaire"

I am with you there - it wasn't as though they were looking at poverty if they didn't take this offer.

However they may just not see it as a bad thing - if what they care about is getting the product right then this should give them the stability and security to achieve that.

Or some such bullshot will be how they justify it.

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Ugh! This DUNKABLE wearable tech is REPELLENT

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Re: Waterproof kindle?

I don't understand why they or one of their competitors has not done this already* - I think it would be a really strong selling-point.

*At least to my knowledge no one has - if any commentards know better I'd be interested to read more.

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Improbable: YOU gave model Lily Cole £200k for her Impossible.com whimsy-site

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Which government is that? Are you sure it isn't equally absurd but less well monitored and reported upon?

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Global Warming IS REAL, argues sceptic mathematician - it just isn't THERMAGEDDON

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Re: Doesn't the GWPF take

"The reason you are madly scrambling around for motives is because you do not want to look at the science."

It is you making the assumptions, I am afraid. Specifically you are making the assumption that just because I did not post something 100% supporting and welcoming these findings I am therefore dismissing them due to having a position on the whole global warming issue.

I would love to look at and fully understand the science but that is not possible in all cases as any of the science that is of any real use is of necessity beyond my meagre intellect given the time I do not have available to devote to it.

So like the majority of people, even the commentards of the Register, I am to a large extent reliant on the presentation of the science and part of the presentation as far as I am concerned includes the source.

When a political body starts out with a stated aim and then funds or publishes science that supports or can be plausibly presented as supporting that aim then I find myself unable to avoid questioning if the science does in fact support that aim quite so strongly and fully as it appears.

This, as has been pointed out above, applies to both sides of this tediously polarised "debate".

Each side presents their own science as exhaustive and definitive, each rubbishes the science of the other as insufficient or flawed.

Normally one might rely on the scientific consensus but for this topic "consensus" appears to be a dirty word, hotly debated in itself.

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Doesn't the GWPF take

An a priori view that there is an overreaction to human driven climate change?

And if so how surprised should we be that they publish some science that appears to demonstrate precisely that? And how much credence should we give it?

It's so tiresome not knowing what motives if any prompt a given bit of research and analysis.

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Q. Can your Linux PC run Crysis? OK, it can. But will it run natively? A. Soon, very soon

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"This year might not be the year of the Linux desktop, but it is certainly the year of the Linux gaming machine"

For me that will probably amount to the same thing.

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Facebook pays $19bn for WhatsApp. Yep. $45 for YOUR phone book

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Re: Uninstalled

And what guarantee do you have that WhatsApp has actually deleted all the data it stole from you?

None, of course. Unlike you I have absolutely nothing of any real importance to worry about and I'll be honest that I am not too fussed about the whole data slurping thing on a personal level, I just wanted to do whatever is the equivalent in this scenario of voting with my feet.

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Uninstalled

Removed WhatsApp this morning following the news.

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As far as medical records go I suppose there's a possible universal benefit in having the data open to examination which does not obviously apply to address books.

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KA-BLAM!! Marvel Comics opens super-powered data API to web devs

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Fun

This sort of thing is as likely as anything to get a kid into programming - I know I would have gone for it a few decades ago.

Good for them for doing something they didn't have to do with only a very sketchy idea of what might result - hope this sparks a trend for making such data sets available.

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Samsung reveals prices, availability dates of 'Pro' tablets

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" if the form factor fails maybe they'll be selling them off cheaply (like HP and Blackberry had to - both were bargains at the time if you could get one)"

In case anyone is interested you can still get the 64GB Blackberry Playbook for under ninety quid from Morgan Computers.

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Facebook will LOSE 80% of its users by 2017 – epidemiological study

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"For FaecesBook read any website they go to regularly, including their bank or credit card providers website."

As long as Google can be trusted to return good results this might be safer than risking a typo or using a shortcut that may no longer be valid, I suppose.

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Mexican drink-driver shopped to cops - by his own gobby parakeet

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Re: One Parakeet Fajita coming up

I stand by my "pedantism" pedantism.

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Re: One Parakeet Fajita coming up

Top work! This sort of pedantism is certain to win the commentards round.

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DOOMSDAY still just MINUTES AWAY: As it has been since 1947

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Re: Only 5 minutes before the hour?

"If they understood what is really going on then the clock would only be 15 seconds before midnight."

Is that a threat?

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Didn't get a Nook for Xmas? That's OK, hardly anyone else did, either

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Re: Well yeah

"the proprietary charging cables are flimsy and you can only buy them from B&N"

The Nook Simple Touch that I have uses a standard USB cable.

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Re: Well yeah

"Its those damn consumers not wanting to get stuck with useless crap"

If that really was the case then fine, screw them they deserve to fail, but what's curious here is that their devices are all pretty good and (now) very good value for money.

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Why 2014 might just be the year of the Google Chromebook

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Re: I have a chromebook

"Why do you have to be 'offline'? Your Dad isnt one of those old codgers that still switch their router off when they are not using it?

Like those that only have their mobile on when they need to call you. You know who they are.

Offline happens maybe a twice a year to me.

I can't imagine why anyone would ever pass up the opportunity for a call from such a charmer and I hope you let your acquaintances know that the internet disapproves of them missing out.

My dad doesn't switch his router off but he does get out and about more than twice a year and while the beaches and countryside in his part of the world have many tremendous attributes, internet connectivity is not one of them so if he wants to take along a lightweight computing device to augment his leisure activities it will have to be able to provide some services offline.

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Re: I have a chromebook

Does it have a good (offline) version of patience or other card games?

If so then it might be exactly what my dad is after.

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I've seen the future of car radio - and DAB isn't in it

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Re: Well....

"Lets get this straight - 64 Kbs ... is NOT the future of radio in any sane persons eyes"

And yet a paid service which doesn't even offer this yet is being touted by the Reg as superior to DAB - not just analysed on its own merits but specifically positioned as a DAB-killer.

I would guess that's the sort of thing the previous poster meant when claiming a ridiculous degree of anti-DAB bias on this site.

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Mars One's certain-death space jolly shortlists 1,000 wannabe explorers

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Re: :::Horse::>Cart

"We'll probably get a season of "Mars One Simulator"

But would the participants know that it was only a simulator*? And even if they did know would we be told that they didn't**?

*Assuming they select for gullibility things that might be obvious to us may not occur to the so-called cosmonauts.

** TV audiences self-select for gullibility.

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Yes, the BBC still uses FTP. And yes, a Russian crook hacked the server

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Re: @Lost all faith

"The only other explanation is bribery but that can't possibly be true."

While I reckon your suggestion is a good one I am sure there might be some other possibilities for the paranoid - has the Beeb been under instruction to promote social media firms that oblige snoopy government perhaps?

(I suspect it is probably nothing more than rampant over-enthusiasm for communicating with viewers / listeners coupled with an institutional deep lack of understanding of technical and business issues but that is much less fun).

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HTC: Shipping Android updates is harder than you think – here's why

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Re: Harsh

" What phones other than the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 have 4.4 currently? (Rhetorical question)"

I'll answer anyway!

I have a Galaxy Note running KitKat Omni thanks to the efforts of the community developers and ROM builders. This for me is the joy of Android

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Fanbois, prepare to lose your sh*t as BRUSSELS KILLS IPHONE dock

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Re: Hmm..

Hope so as long as they are all charged the same way.

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Got a one-of-a-kind N9? Get ready to adopt Meego's baby Sailfish

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I haven't seen an N9; are you able to say how it compares with a Windows Nokia like, say, the 920?

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Elon Musk scrubs lucrative MONEY RING debut again on Thanksgiving

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At that moment Skizz realised he was never going home . . .

It is quite exciting that this is being done and I wish him all the best but when you see that the best efforts of someone of Bond-villain wealth (but not, one assumes the villainy) are still only just enough to hope to get an inanimate object to geostationary orbit another little bit of the dream of owning a real ray gun dies.

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Mass Effect: Ten lightweight laptops that won’t bust your back

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Re: Does Not Compute.

"Like other commentards, I'm disappointed to see no mention of that crucial question of whether I can expect to run *X without pain."

Right. Other sites cover the lightweight round-up reviews well enough - I'd like the Reg to get more hands-on with doing the sort of things the readership is likely to want to do. Even if it was just the top and bottom end of these products (HP & Apple, I guess).

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HP’s ENORMO-SLAB: The Slate 21 MONSTER tablet

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Re: If Aldi tried to clone an iMac...

I guess that was meant as an insult, would that be right?

Or are you working along the lines that Aldi's clones of more fashionable brands are often preferred by consumers despite being cheaper?

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Meet the FOUR-TON DINO that made little Tyrannosaurs SOIL THEMSELVES

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Re: The Real Truth

"and the dolphins know more than they're letting on, so waterboard, err, airboard, oh, just subject them to 24 hour skatalite tv"

You might be able to waterboard a dolphin - does anyone here know? (I am thinking marine biologists rather than delphinidaphobes or cetacean sadists).

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Doom god John Carmack teleports from id Software to VR upstart Oculus Rift

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" If they get it working properly with a decent resolution it will be perfect for ... flight sim type games"

And spaceships. Elite:Dangerous is going to support it.

I want one.

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Samsung pulls Galaxy S3 update as users moan: It's PANTS

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Re: Fragmentation

Well, it ought to be because the rigorous testing regime takes a bit of time and means they can't always have the latest version of the OS ready in a guaranteed-to-work package.

But seeing as they are just shovelling out a load of phone-wrecking crud I just don't know.

As is so often the case the user community is faster and better than the profit-making supplier.

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MILEY CYRUS in JUST HER PANTIES would LOVE a smartwatch: Samsung

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Re: Is that a pocket in your pocket?

The partner device does not need to be in your pocket - I leave my phone on the kitchen table and my Pebble stays connected everywhere in my house / garden. (Owners of enormous solid stone mansions with substantial grounds may find performance does not match this).

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