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Be prepared... for your Scouts-loving sprog to become tiny spin doctor

Mike Taylor

Re: New?

Yup, they did then, they do now. And they do all the shooting, archery stuff. Our lot prepared and barbecued (and ate) squirrel last year (the squirrels came in bags though...). And a couple of weeks ago were dumped in a village a couple of miles away and had to navigate their way back to the hut using actual maps. In the dark. Great fun.

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Reg slips claws across Nokia's sexy sixties handsets, fondles flagship too

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Full reviews...?

The 930 will be out in the UK just in time for my contract (on a 900 at the mo), which is perfect. I would like to see a full review, esp of the camera - which is a big part for me. Otherwise might go for a 1020. I just hope the networks carry it. The size and vpn will mean I can dispense with my aging and flakey ipad too. Am thinking I might convert my 900 to an in-car unit, I saw a link the other day, and darn thing is still functioning well

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French novel falls foul of Apple's breast inspectors

Mike Taylor

Re: moral turpitude

Can we have a NSFW mark that works globally and a NSFW(US) localised version please :D

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Mac Pro fanbois can rack 'em and stack 'em like real sysadmins

Mike Taylor

Re: GUI?

Amen to that. Recently returned to the Apple fold after a decade with windows and ubuntu and am appalled by dog's dinner it's become. Craptastic.

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Object to #YearOfCode? You're a misogynist and a snob, says the BBC

Mike Taylor

Re: RCJ misses the point, again.

I'm not at all sure that GCSE is all about coding - my son is just looking at it, there's plenty of other stuff in there. Although they do hang it off a coding project, it's not 100% code. And neither should it be, for sure.

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Mike Taylor

Re: 100% of teenagers thought it would be vital for their future job prospects

Hm, not sure about the national curriculum. Last year a foreign language was compulsory at my son's comp, this year it's not. That's new and shiny, and has to be a coalition thing, right?

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Google Glass driver told she CAN wear techno-specs while on the road

Mike Taylor

Re: Next time ...

There is a definition of a requirement for peripheral vision in the UK, 85° unless I've remembered it wrong

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Tech titan Bill Gates: Polio-free India one of the 'most impressive accomplishments' ever

Mike Taylor

MMR vaccination rates in the UK

Last figures I saw were for 2008-2009, where MMR coverage was 85% in the UK. It will have increased after last year's measles outbreak. Prior to Wakefield, it was 90+%. 2003 was the bottom with 80%

But that's not for all vaccines

http://www.researchtrends.com/issue-34-september-2013/the-peculiar-persistence-of-medical-myths-how-to-counter-and-discourage-misinformation/

There may be more data here: http://www.hscic.gov.uk/catalogue/PUB00220

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What turns Americans on? Everything but XMAS and OSAMA

Mike Taylor

I seem to be missing a link - anyone obliged?

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Galaxy is CRAMMED with EARTH-LIKE WORLDS – also ALIENS (probably)

Mike Taylor

Re: Cool..but also oddly disturbing

And the one in China, and the one in Blackpool...

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Amazon's EYE-OF-SAURON KindlePhone will watch you with FOUR cameras - report

Mike Taylor

More likely Agent Smith (possibly also a reference to 1984 though) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agent_Smith

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Blighty's great digital radio switchover targets missed AGAIN

Mike Taylor

Re: per cent

Well played sir! (where's the cricket bat icon?)

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iOS 7 SPANKS Samsung's Android in user-experience rating

Mike Taylor

Re: It would be great if those guys started to understand how WP8 was designed and works...

Isn't it Settings / wifi / off like it is in 7.x? Which is annoyingly one of the few things you can't pin directly on the starts creen

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Mike Taylor

Re: Bias

It's an appalling piece of puffery. Not worth El Reg's time. Not at all sure what the methodology is - what one anonymous person thought, apparently.

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Glowing Nook knocked to under 50 quid for Xmas

Mike Taylor

Great to see the prices coming down. I'd be dreadfully sorry to see ebooks going away. Tablets just aren't the same for loads of reasons - weight, distractions, contrast, battery life, etc

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Great Britain rebuilt - in Minecraft: Intern reveals 22-BEEELLION block map

Mike Taylor

Playmobile or it didn't happen.

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Lighting bods blind designophiles with LED-powered lounge lamps

Mike Taylor
Alert

Cyclists...

LEDs might be OK where there's ambient light. I live on the outskirts of Oxford, and they're shite as soon as I leave the streetlights and get into the real dark.

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Ubuntu penguins strain to squeeze out bug backlog by mobe OS deadline

Mike Taylor

Re: sigh....

Go for it, post your comments and we'll see if you're right or not.

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Windows Phone overtakes Apple's market share ... in India

Mike Taylor

Re: Now I'm trying to work out whether IT people are more sexist or racist

First time I've heard AS wheeled out as an excuse for racism and sexism. Utter, utter bullshit, as even a casual search in the psychological literature would reveal

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Mike Taylor

Re: @Mike Taylor RE "Just awful comments"

I'm ashamed of them too. I'm not going to debate anything with them, just feeling very sad that (I'm guessing) I have colleagues in the UK who have these opinions

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Mike Taylor

I guess we're all feeling a little racist this morning

Just awful comments. Embarrassingly bad. I hope none of my colleagues in India read this.

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it ... Win Phone 8? No, it's APPLE'S iOS 7

Mike Taylor

Re: it looks better but....

As someone who uses wp, bb, android and ios, I completely agree. It seems strangely dull and uninviting even compared to the maemo interface without live tiles/widgets.

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Barnes & Noble knock Nook slate down to £79

Mike Taylor

Re: o/t (ish)

Bought two. Full house now.

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Mike Taylor

o/t (ish)

WH Smith are selling the small-but-perfectly-formed kobo touch mini for thirty quid again.

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Do not adjust your eyes: This Kobo ten-incher has a 2560 x 1600 resolution

Mike Taylor

Why the caption "Aura - last fling for Kobo e-readers?" I sincerely hope not, they're great bits of kit, and ereaders != tablets

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Delta Air Lines makes mass Windows Phone 8, Lumia 820 buy

Mike Taylor

Re: It's a smartphone ?

Yes.

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Barnes & Noble booked for running out of £29 Nooks

Mike Taylor

I bought two Kobo minis at the same time. Utterly brilliant, even with my ancient eye-sight. Wish I had bought four. I'm keeping my eye on the whsmith home page, and will pounce. "Accidentally" bought all John Wyndham's books for the kids (ha!) for holiday, and they love them.

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Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid: Eco, economy and diesel power

Mike Taylor

Re: How Much?

£1.40 / litre

4.5 litres in a gallon

£6.30 a gallon

£3.15 for half gallon

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Burger-rage horse dumps on McDonald's: Rider saddled with fat fine

Mike Taylor
Stop

Horse shit smells much nicer than burgers. Anyone in MuckyD's clearly has malfunctioning olfactory organs in any case. I see no problem.

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Only 1 in 5 Americans believe in pure evolution – and that's an upswing

Mike Taylor
Pint

Re: I believe ...

An atheist's amen to that. Went to a very nice bar in Cambridge, MA last year that had 400 or so micro-brew ales to hand. I could barely pick up their beer menu. The food on the other hand was burger or ribs.

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Nokia wrings Lumia bling fling, but feature-mobes ding stings

Mike Taylor

Re: My left testicle...

My 800 seems pretty robust. Stupidly dropped it as I was going downstairs the other day, it caught my foot, so I essentially kicked it 6m down to the bottom of the (carpeted) stairs, and it's fine. My poor N900 only died after it flew out of my pocket at 20km/h, skidded across three lanes of traffic in to a large lump of granite (it still boots, just the screen's gone awol)

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Gadgets are NOT the perfect gift for REAL men

Mike Taylor
Pint

Re: Simple enough

The one good thing about receiving whisky is that it'll last long enough to be given to someone who will like it. Despite the fact that I gag when people mention the blasted stuff, never drink it, never express an interest in it, I have been given half a dozen bottles of it over the years. God knows why. And I'm such an easy person to buy presents for! (Yes, a box of fine ale would be most gratefully received)

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Tickle my balls, stroke my button and blow the fluff from my crack

Mike Taylor
Stop

Re: What, no...

I think i had the same trainer. Taught me Quark at about the same time it got half point type. She was a lovely lady, outrageous flirt, but very happily married. She was incredibly popular.

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Nokia Lumia 925: The best Windows Phone yet

Mike Taylor

Re: I love mine but..

I think you wife is right, if you're after a picture of a cow. Gorgeous!

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When to say those three little words: 'I am quitting'

Mike Taylor
Happy

Recruitment interviews

Dominic, obviously I'm writing on behalf of a friend who may have an interview with a recruitment agency for a pretty senior (exec-level) job. I^HHe was preparing for it in the usual manner, but another friend has suggested that this level of interview is quite different. Effectively, you need to persuade the interviewer that you're not an embarrassment to pass on, and check the boxes. In particularly, the interviewer won't know much about the job, so it's more like an audition than an interview. I wonder if you have any useful advice or comments. For him. Thanks!

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Nokia, Microsoft put on brave face as Lumia 925s parachute into Blighty

Mike Taylor

Not on EE yet, can't upgrade <huge sulk>

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Magpie Apple plunders the competition for cosmetics, as egos run wild

Mike Taylor

<clicks twice, turns winpho 7.8 background to white>

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Microsoft conceals job ad in Bing homepage

Mike Taylor

Re: Fail assumptions here

Got to say - I'm not a big outlook.com fan - but when I do use it, it's on Firefox or Chromium on Ubuntu and it works just fine, as does our corporate Outlook web app

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The Metro experiment is dead: Time to unleash Windows Phone+

Mike Taylor
Thumb Down

Re: Flagging emails?

How funny - Andrew has mentioned this before now, and I've always thought - "silly omission" - but since I don't use it, I've never noticed it. But there you are: winpho 7.8, and it has flags.

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Oi, Microsoft, where's my effin' toolbar gone?

Mike Taylor

Re: What is this article supposed to be?

Amen to that. Why are there five ways to run a programme in OSX?

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BYOD is a PITA: Employee devices cost firms £61 a month

Mike Taylor

Stationery

You get it from a stationers. While you're there, get a dictionary. And a sub.

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Curiosity photographs mysterious metal object on Martian rock

Mike Taylor
Stop

Geology

It's a pity no-one provides a link to a story that discusses the geology of the mother rock. Poor reporting.

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Review: HTC 8X Windows Phone 8 handset

Mike Taylor

Zune was awful. Hope it stays dead.

Re maps, I can't tell the difference between Nokia Maps and Winphone Maps. I prefer to use the awesomeness that is OS Maps app. Especially with the 1920s layer, it's a bit fun / sad to stand at Terminal 3 and think you used to be in a farmyard pond. Nokia Drive needs to have the maps for regions downloaded, but I can testify that it works bloody well in rest-of-Europe and no data usage.

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OMG: RIM adds VoIP to its stealth social network

Mike Taylor

Top of my son's christmas present list, I guess they still have something going

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Brit retailers tell Amazon and Google to pay their taxes

Mike Taylor

Amazon and book VAT

The Guardian reported last month that Amazon do play with VAT. Rather impressively from both ends.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/oct/21/amazon-forces-publishers-pay-vat-ebook

Anwayy, upshot of all this is that !'m not buying Kindles for my kids this year, but will go to a retailer that does pay tax. And have spent all the money i usually spend at Waterstones instead. I feel a bit conned.

Re computer kit, dabs has always done me proud. I hope they pay tax :-(

Re coffee, Starbucks? Really? Coffee?

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When GiffGaff falls over, is it even news any more?

Mike Taylor

Shitter feed

If only there was some way of being able to report this white noise in 140 characters or less

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Nokia Lumia 920 Windows Phone 8 handset review

Mike Taylor

Re: Some questions for the author

I didn't get that reference either. I have a nokia windowsphone 7.5. I get email from my gmail account into my messages bit, along with other email and facebook messages. Contacts are pulled in from linkedin, outlook, live, google, twitter, facebook and google. Seamlessly. Calendar ditto, i don't have to think about it, it's really sweet and built in. Andrew has been critical of these parts before now. I guess he'd prefer some native set of apps, not this cloudy synced rubbish. :-)

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Windows Phone 8: Everything you need to know at a glance

Mike Taylor

Re: tethering isn't new...

My Nokia with WI phone 7.5 has tethering. Maybe a network thing?

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WinPho 8 fans now able to order HTC handsets

Mike Taylor

Re: Weird, isn't it.....

As someone who ended up with WP7.5 more-or-less by a mistake - somewhat fuelled by a desire to have as many different environments to hand - I'm lucky enough to have an evidence based opinion. I have ios / bb / android / maemo devices.

WP feels completely different, it's UI is simple, but very alive, something that none of the others seem to manage. ios feels dull and passive in comparison. I very much like the 'live' tiles, photos changing, information, tweets, status etc. I like the integration of apps (and dammit, I like the choice of apps too, only one I'm missing is words with friends - but all the ones I use are there - evernote, mapping - lots - vnc, ssh, running stuff, internet radio, astronomy apps, etc.). Next time I'm looking for a pad, Surface (or whatever) will be a true contender.

Can't see me moving away from linux desktops though.

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Surface RT: Freedom luvin' app-huggers beware

Mike Taylor
Linux

I guess you can write / download source code and compile it to run.

Maybe they're just copying linux a bit too closely .

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