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19 posts • joined 20 Mar 2013

Opportunity selfie: Martian winds have given the spunky ol' rover a spring cleaning

SW10

Son of Voyager

One day my kids might just look through their iContactLens 6 and marvel at how much could be achieved with laughable noughties technology.

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Boeing going ... GONE: Black phone will SELF-DESTRUCT in 30 secs

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WTF?

What would you do with a Boeing Black on your lab bench?

So it's a secure phone.

With Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, which, um, have never been part of an attack vector.

With USB, HDMI, and PDMI ports. Which... well, which presumably need to be epoxyed up once our spook has finished her unboxing.

I'd have thought you'd want to make such a phone (great name by the way) with no holes at all; physical or otherwise. Just because you can't unscrew the screws doesn't mean it's going to resist all other types of prodding through ports physical and virtual, does it?

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NHS care.data leaflet shovage: Like a 'notice for Earth's demolition' posted to Alpha Centauri

SW10
WTF?

Oh, the irony:

We all know that just because you can, doesn't mean you should.

Google's business model is built on the principle of "we can, so we will."

Now they have to tell Glass Exploiters to row back from default Google behaviour to default civilized behaviour...

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Achtung NIMBYs! BT splurges extra £50m on fibre broadband rollout

SW10
Holmes

Re: Why renationalise BT?

the technology was there to send 2.4Gbps over 10km for about $5

So £5 in 1984 is about £13 today?

I won't be snarky and ask for your references, but I will be snarky and observe that pricing by nationalised utilities often bears little relation to costs...

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How Britain could have invented the iPhone: And how the Quangocracy cocked it up

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FAIL

Never ask governments to pick winners

It's an old lesson a long time in the learning...

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Raspberry Picam magic: More snaps from LOHAN's fruity eye in the sky

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Alien

How technology has changed...

Time was, you'd need a full-on sound-stage to fake astroheroic adventures.

And there you boys are, faking it all from your own backyard.

Splendid.

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The Vulture 2: What paintjob should we put on our soaraway spaceplane?

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Pirate

I'm sorry, but...

...you can't hope to create a tradition of over-achieving tomfoolery if you break with the past the moment you get a new toy.

Not only would you be disrespecting a drowned Playmonaut hero and throwing all memories of Vulture 1 into the wastebin of unforgiving history, you'll also be breaking a key visual reference to the tough-as-nails DNA that joins these two craft together.

Sort your act out. Give it the SPB colours proudly worn by its predecessor.

That will be all.

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Massively leaked iFail 5S POUNDS pundits, EXCITES chavs

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Joke

The iPhone 5C as BIC biro

...was the approach taken by satirists on Canal+ in France.

They spoofed a keynote speech showing "all new" crystal BIC biros; not only fabulously cheap at €590, but also with coloured caps that are interchangeable between pens. On cue, the audience called out "it's Amazing!" at various moments during the presentation - see how our engineers have created a chewable cap! And now pan-pipes!

Starts at 12:30 and lasts about 2 mins. Requires no knowledge of French - but you do have to suffer a 10-second ad at the start:

http://www.canalplus.fr/c-divertissement/pid3351-c-le-petit-journal.html?vid=931934

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Finns, roamers, Nokia: So long, and thanks for all the phones

SW10
Happy

6310i

Did anyone ever need anything more?

Drop-proof, kick-proof, coffee-proof, beer-proof.

Made calls, sent texts and, er, had WAP.

All with 7 days-worth of battery charge.

Try telling that to the yoof of today...

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WIN a RockBLOCK Iridium satellite comms module

SW10

ROCKS(OFF)

Remotely-Operated Control Kill Switch (Orbiter Flight FAIL)

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Rasp Pi skydive: Ballsy Baumgartner best beware Brit bionic Babbage Bear

SW10
Trollface

...and wir attracting the kidz, narteyemin, yeah?

"Along the way, he been honing his Raspberry Pi flight computer system"

is a good effort, but maybe

'Long the roadz him bin pimping hiz P'eye, lak, to mek er blingin flaght compooter, narteyemen?

would be better?

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BT's not at home to Mr Profit, but its lordly boss probably isn't too fussed

SW10
FAIL

El Reg takes short-term City-type view?

So are you unhappy about a company taking a long-term view?

His Nibs (and the thousands of people who keep the multicoloured BT beachball turning) haven't done too badly - you can look back to a share price of just 72p in March 2009.

Costs are still going down, despite some chunky investments for the future (football and fibre). Seems pretty OK to me - usually we like to whinge about companies who don't take a view of the future. You'd be all over them if it was BT (or any other provider) taking a short-term view...

(Disclosure: I'm a modest and happy shareholder.)

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Goodbye Blighty: The alternative reality of Quatermass II

SW10

It's curtains for you...

Now look here, the Iron Curtain didn't rise, it descended.

Here's what the great man said:

"From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic an iron curtain has descended across the Continent."

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Google launches broadband balloons, radio astronomy frets

SW10
Facepalm

Nothing new under the sun

"Project Loon came out of the same 'Project X'... "

I wouldn't be so sure. I had a proposal very like this on my desk about 10 years ago when I worked for A Very Large Telecom company.

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Apple: iOS7 dayglo Barbie makeover is UNFINISHED - report

SW10
Angel

If you want good-looking...

Aqua.

Now *that* was a UI. And it had, er, transparency...

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Ban drones taking snaps of homes, rages Google boss... That's HIS job, right?

SW10

Re: I can, therefore I should

You *can* do more things like that with the camera on your mobe already.

Based on the logic of your post, should we assume you *do* do such things?

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SW10
Holmes

I can, therefore I should

Google's approach has tended to be: "We can, so we should. We'll pick up the pieces later."

Schmidt is assuming that everyone else will do the same - in other words, because we can buzz a neighbour's BBQ then we will.

Truth is, must of us think before acting and don't believe we should just because we can.

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LOHAN slips into tight rubber outfit

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Thumb Up

Re: A low friction connector?

A male and female connector is traditional for quick-release coupling. Lube may increase satisfaction and a rubber barrier is recommended...

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