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BBC Micro team to celebrate historic machine's 30th year

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David Braben?

He going?

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Microsoft: No next-gen Xbox in 2012

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Perhaps we should read that as

2012 reprieve for secondhand games market... :o(

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iPad 3 costs Apple 30% more to make than iPad 2

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As if anything could be anything other than '30%' with Apple!

So it seems to work both ways, eh? :o)

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PayPal turns smartphones into checkout tills

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Re: What I don't get

According to the image at https://www.paypal.com/webapps/mpp/credit-card-reader (click the free card reader button, can't direct link to it) it's a 3-conductor plug hence the mystery (in my head, anyway).

If it were TRSM (Tip Ring Send *Mic* ? Just made that up) I'd not think twice about it :oD

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What I don't get

Is how these things get stuff into a phone by plugging them into an output (headphone) socket.

Do the phones have some kind of HF filter that allows out-of-audio-band signals to be transmitted back into the socket as input ?

What dread Witchery is this?

Pint. It's Friday.

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Lawyers of Mordor retreat from The Hobbit

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Double plus bonus!!!

So, for £65-ish they get to keep the images of Frodo, etc, too? What a most excellent result.

Of course the real tipping point was me saying I'd not take the family to see the 2 Hobbit(tm)(r)(p) movies, losing them 10 cinema tickets. Still not gonna go, though, MUHAHAHAH!!!!

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Apple Store staff outnumber queues as new iPad goes on sale

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WTF?

Blimey

Must admit to being completely amazed - I expected hordes of braying fanbois (and gurlz) to be taking up entire blocks of pavement, all a-twitter about how they're queueing for a V3 via their V2 tablets with their V1 as a backup in case the battery died.

But no. It's like some kind of crazy outbreak of common sense or something.

Maybe everyone mail-ordered this time round? Perhaps bosses got wise and wouldn't allow any annual leave on a launch day to improve their own chances!

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High Court confirms 'cheap DVD' tax loophole will close

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Absolutely

Buy secondhand. Not like DVD/BluRay fades with age is it.

In fact getting as much of what you want right now is probably quite important as the games market is shifting away from discs for the next gen, you can bet the MAFIAA will, too, so the window of opportunity to 'own' your media is rapidly closing, then it'll all be DRM'd cloud 'owned' virtual stuff you have no control of.

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Re: Meanwhile...

If they wanted to save 100M quid then about not using the assclowns at EDS (now HP?) for IT contracts and let the taxpayer at least enjoy slightly cheaper mail order goodies.

Oh feck... there's a budget round the corner, too, isn't there. Deep joy.

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Samsung and LG hit with MASSIVE price fixing fine

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To quote a certain geezer

Naughty, naughty. Very very Naughty.

25M is hardly a disincentive, though, is it, although I suppose it might wipe out the profit made by the specific crime perhaps?

Not like they're the first to be caught, or will be the last, much less the last to do it and not be caught. Gain vs loss chances makes it worthwhile.

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New iPad: The only review roundup you'll ever need

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Once you're out you're out!

The Jobsian/Cooksian Church's exit door is a one-way ticket :o)

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Mashable

Notably, had a frothy article I read recently about 'How Apple managed to get so many pixels into that screen'

As if they literally manufacture them themselves with elves in Cupertino. Was such a terrible fawning piece of 'journalism' that I now ignore Mashable articles in case that baseline for accuracy is across the board.

Yep, it's just a V2 tablet with a new screen and support chip unless you're American and have the 4G thing then you got that too.

Pint, cos they're frothy, too.

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Comet and Walmart battle for Game

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High street Gameshops stuffed

When the diskless nextgen consoles come out what are these companies going to sell? My understanding of Game and Gamestation is that a lot of their revenue is from pre-owned stuff which may well be non-existent on the new breed of boxes.

You can only eke out a living on pre-owned last-gen for so long... :o(

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Smartphone owners demand bigger screens

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Galaxy Note

While it's a really nice device it's just too big as a phone. IMHO my Desire HD is pretty close to the sensible limit for a phone, a little bigger may be OK but smaller than a Note for sure.

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Lawyers of Mordor menace Hobbit boozer

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Re: Why a film studio

No statute of limitations esp. as they're American?

The rightful owners of the (C) have had 25 years to object, irrespective of who those holders have been. If no-one's defend the mark in the last twenty+ years they should be told to do one.

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Re: Fuck Saul Zentz

Bollocks. I thought it was the movie rights only.

That's an enormous shame. Galactically.

Fuck em anyway. Johhny foreigner is hassling a British pub and that's just not cricket, ask the ghost of Guy Gibson's dog.

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Re: Fuck Saul Zentz

Using images and movie-specific collateral, naughty for sure, yes, but it *sounds* like they're objecting to using the LOTR character names which have defo been in use longer than the movies have existed.

Or are they saying they own the JRR books too?

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Fuck Saul Zentz

I'm pretty sure there's something somewhere that says you can't own shit that predates your own stuff. Only needs to be in UK law, too, with luck.

Typical greedy bastard corporate GreedFail. They just lost ten cinema tickets in the UK cos no way am I taking my family to see Hobbit 1 & 2 where ten minutes ago I definitely was.

There. That was worth the GreedMongering, wasn't it you jackass plutocrat bastards.

Need a Tom & Jerry $$-sign eyes style icon.

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Cambridge boffins build laser 'unprinter' to burn pages clean

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Re: Patent it OR commercialise?

Yeah. Patent it before Johnny Foreigner does (or perhaps Hank/Chuck/Earl Foreigner) and bends you over for infringement.

Just DO IT.

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iPad queue hog doesn’t want it, won’t be first

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Hassle free upgrade?

I seem to remember owners having issues with iThings every single ios upgrade or are there many more upgrades than the ones that get reported as problematic?

Good idea for useage, though. Sod paying money to banks when you don't need to.

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Apple hands iPad screen contract to rival Samsung

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Re: "super high aperture"

f400 !

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Samples?

Yeah you'd think they'd have had samples sent to Cupertino from different batches so they could check display quality, consistency, etc.

Perhaps Sharp/LG fudged samples to gain the work and only Samsung had the consistency in the real volume output in the end? Mind you the number of different manufacturers there's been in the last 72 hours I'd not be surprised to see Amstrad's, Panasonic's and SONY's names turn up next, it's like technology company bingo!

When someone gets a tablet to pull apart we'll see then.

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Re: Sniggers in the Samsung boardroom

Grow a sense of humour fanboi

Nerdatron perchance?

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Re: And this would be why Apple's suddenly backing down on Android?

I'd think Samsung display division is fairly independent of Mobile but now they know they're the sole supplier *capable* of making the stuff proper-job, who knows...

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Sniggers in the Samsung boardroom

Surprised Sharp can't do it, though, they're a very cunning company usually, even though Samsung are the leading display tech guys (so I believe) these days.

You can bet someone somewhere in Samsung is busily working out how much cost can be borne now they know they're the only go-to guys for these units.

'Sorry, guys, shipments delayed slightly, got to get a massive order for, errr, GalaxyS3 and Tab2 displays out on time, let Foxconn know, wouldya?'

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Walmart offers $2 digital copies of your DVDs

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Games

Yeah the games market is fecked come the next console iteration. I don't do much online play so don't care about buying games secondhand (though got Mass Effect 3 for PS3 *and* XBOX cos my savegame's on XBOX and one of the kids wanted it on PS3 for his birthday for multiplayer).

As a result I don't buy many games brand new. That certainly won't change unless Gen3 games are something like half the price, which I can't see happening.

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Re: At last!

Sure if you want to pay for it then do, not a biggie, though I wonder how many people will be unaware that the rip will only be available within the UV framework and this is just a method to shepherd revenue streams, err customers, into the fold? $5 for upscaling to HD is a bit of a joke, too, unless they're replacing it with a real HD rip in which case not so bad.

Where money's involved I don't trust the vendor's motives with an inversely proportional relationship to the profit which could be gained.

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At last!

They've taken a long time working out how to get people to pay again for something they already have since the VCR -> DVD -> BluRay chain of upgrade-and-rebuy stalled.

What's the betting that once ripped they don't re-rip YOUR disc, just check the EAN and provide you with one they made earlier, too.

Money <- x -> Old Rope.

Like Captain Underpants I shall be self-managing my collection rather than letting myself get ensnared in a lock-in. A pint for you, Sir!

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Apple slams hard-up Proview for conning the courts

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Re: What does the financial health of Proview ...

I reckon it could hinge on the whole ipads being made before the trademark was purchased claim.

If they had a squillion tablets made with 'iPad' stamped on them, they're going to go to quite some lengths to ensure they don't have to rebrand and restamp the product(s).

If it can be shown this was the case it strengthens the Proview claim. If in fact no branded units were made (just the backplate, right?) before the purchase then Proview look like they're just out for a payday (which they certainly are, the difference is whether or not it's justified).

As for Proview being sneaky, well, it's not like apple are above dirty tricks to make a buck either. No big corp is, the gains usually outweighs the potential losses. So name calling and claims of sneakiness are irrelevant.

If branded product was made and if the pseudonymous UK Director was acting under an alias I reckon Proview will get a payday unless a stellar explanation is forthcoming. If not then apple get to trumpet loudly about justice being served.

Of course this doesn't take into account the wholesale buying of Chinese officials to make it go away...

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So in other words

Apple still haven't anything stronger to rebuff Proview's claims than name-calling?

Looking good for Proview still, then, I must say.

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Paper pictures failed hostage rescue with Call of Duty shot

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I think Activision might be interested

Can you just splurge Soap McTavish in your paper without asking them as it's not an article about the game, they're using it as clipart?

It's also kind of tasteless, too, something trivialising about connecting it with a game.

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Pub landlady's footie sat-TV battle moves law's goal posts

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Re: Does it mean......

Good call!

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Re: Protection?

Especially if you paid for the service like the landlady did.

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"provided from a place in the United Kingdom"

They're provided from space, the word 'Satellite' is the clue here. Or are they saying they're provided from the football ground, perhaps.

Seriously though, how many subscriptions' value were burnt in that ridiculous court case just to try and get a few hundred quid out of a pub?

Nose, Face, Spite.

GreedFail

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Microsoft warns of RDP attack within next 30 days

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Microsoft have come a long way

But for another company, arguably a competitor, to be fixing your shit for you still...

Presumably Moz sent MS a bug report stating what they'd done, too? Just a guess.

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Could tiny ebooks really upset the mighty Apple cart?

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Painted into a corner

Doesn't look too good for any of them and trying to prove that they all decided independently on the same thing at the same time and then told it to Amazon is going to take some professorial trick-cycling.

Popcorn please!

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CBS supremo: Apple TV is still dead to me, just like ...

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Re: CBS being cunning?

Maybe they do... would help offset the losses of AOL...

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CBS being cunning?

They've maybe done the sensible thing and reviewed the history of how apple have dealt with other media co's historically and, realising they're a massive and likely important consideration for appletv decided they don't need apple pushing them around once they've signed up.

Can make apple cry, will make apple cry. One of a few co's in a position to, so playing them at their own game, maybe. Or, perhaps Google have something in the CBS inbox, too, so they can afford to give apple a bit of a dig.

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iPad 3 benchmarked

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Re: Yes

As in treated their customers like chattel...

Fucked antenna design.. oh it's YOUR fault, your nasty hands are holding it wrong.

So the precedent is firmly set. Cite that.

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Re: Downgrade in fact

Could be a squared relationship... benefit of the doubt? ;o)

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Yes

They've done it before.

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gpu

You'd defo have to up the GPU for a 4x pixel count increase, they'd all get returned for refund if you didn't

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Top DARPA bomb boffin in explosive move to Google

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Black helicopters

Cos without 'em it just ain't a DARPA story...

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iPlayer repeat fees threaten BBC earthquake

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" a constitutional obligation to give it all away"

Well that and the £2BN+ license tax/fee it receives every year, yes.

You don't **HAVE** to buy that Dad's Army DVD, that, at least you have a choice in.

BBC1 is just unwatchable for the most part these days with Bellenders and Celebrity Domino toppling, etc. BBC2 has Horizon, Top Gear. BBC3 is more promising as is BBC4 but really. Four channels? Sack the repeats, cut out the bullshit and put everything into BBC1 and BBC2 and maybe they'd be worth 1/2 the license fee.

If I contrast non-BBC content watched with BBC content and work it out pro-rata vs my SKY subs then SKY looks like great value by comparison, even if I 'forget' to subtract the ADSL and phone first and SKY costs me 4x the BBC tax per month and I can choose not to have it if I want. I still need the TV for the PS3 and XBOX so not like that can be bunged (42" HMDI tunerless monitors are not cheap).

If they intend to charge for iPlayer it better be outside the UK only. I'm already paying for it and all its content. Surely they could have a £5/month sub to non-UK IP addresses instead, there's revenue in that.

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Just like a real computer: Android gets Android IDE

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IDE

I really want a decent IDE on Android, something like Netbeans (albeit cut down and not such a memory rapist).

That would make a Transformer Infinity a serious consideration as a laptop replacement...

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PayPal slaps down Dr Who ‘charity book’

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FAIL

Errr what???

He used paypal because it's..... *cough*

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Re: Actually PP may be doing the right thing here

Presumably the seller made it pretty clear this was 'pre-order' or 'crowdfunding' ?

As long as the buyer is clearly made aware then PP cannot claim anyone was mislead, surely?

I couldn't possibly recommend PP to anyone as anything more than a hobby level payment solution, they're too much of a liability, like an apple app store for your money, it's up to them if they let you at it. I know many companies put big sums of money through them but I'd never trust them with my business' primary revenue.

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New Yorker sues Apple: 'Misleading and deceptive' Siri ads

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"rendering the iPhone 4S merely a more expensive iPhone 4"

The defence rests, Your Honour.

PARIS ? Personal Assistant & Rapid Intelligent Search ?

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if year > 2013 then PC != Personal Computer

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At least

We technical types will become elite again, as everyone puts their crap into the cloud and gets nothing done with it because all they have is a stupid bloody tablet to access it with and it can only do email, calendar, misunderstand your speech and angry birds and the other 50% of it only works in the USA.

No-one will know what applications actually are any more ;o)

Putting my rates up in 2013!

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Asus: We are NOT killing off Transformer Prime

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Re: ROFL at this...

At least we're not seeing mindless ASUS Transformer stories everywhere every day.

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