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961 posts • joined 11 May 2006

Medieval warming WAS global – new science contradicts IPCC

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El Reg Scepticism

I believe this is an age thing, where the older you get the more you recognise the pattern of "we're all going to die unless we spend billions on x" as a repeating meme that in retrospect, just seems to fuck over the common man whilst making obscenely rich folk considerably richer.

Of course this doesnt preclude that Human activity really is causing global warming, but extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof and should be met with a healthy amount of sceptisism, If the current climate models are based on the assumption that prior warming was local to Europe yet the facts show this wasn't the case, that strikes me as newsworthy whatever your bias.

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Musk muses on middle-class Mars colony

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Fascinating chap

Apparently Elon is a billionaire living in California in a château that was imported from France. He owns Musk Industries, which constructs space shuttles. In addition, Musk supposedly owns the Eiffel Tower, but apparently couldn't export it from France because they wouldn't issue him an export permit. Musk is an accomplished pianist, as evidenced by his recital of Chopin's "Raindrop" Prelude in D flat major (op. 28) on his grand piano (which he plays in the key of D).

This quote seems a bit worrying though:

"First there was the dream, now there is reality. Here in the untainted cradle of the heavens will be created a new super race, a race of perfect physical specimens. You have been selected as its progenitors, like gods your offspring will return to Earth and shape it in their image. You have all served in public capacities in my terrestrial empire. Your seed like yourselves will pay deference to the ultimate dynasty which I alone have created. From their first day on Earth they will be able to look up and know that there is law and order in the heavens."

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Man FLIES with Android-powered homemade bird wings

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How could you not notice those pixels?

To be fair, I have seen a lot of 'shops in my time but there are schoolboy errors in this viral, they stand out like quad tracks in the grass.

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Hong Kong scientists claim 'self-charging' graphene battery

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IANAC but...

Isn't the fact that it stops working after 25 days a bit of a giveaway that it's a chemical reaction?

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Report: Feeble spam filters catch less junk mail

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Maildistiller eats ours

Cant remember the last bit of spam that made it through, and users get quarantine reports for looks like spam but isn't sort of stuff, mailers from the Reg for example.

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Confirmed: iPad 3 runs hotter than iPad 2

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Just another example of Apple's amazing attention to detail

The new iPad runs just a tad over body temperature to keep your fingers toasty warm.

Sent from my frosty old iPad.

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Pirate Bay plans sky-high flying proxy servers

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All sounds a bit Heath Robinson

What's the problem with simply sticking the magnet links on a tor site or releasing a bt client that automatically distributes them mesh style? Oh, right, the business plan.

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So, what IS the worst film ever made?

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The Happening

Mother nature fights back, releasing fragrences designed to drive those pesky humans to overly elaborate suicides, our only hope is a cardboard cut out of Marky Mark, a science teacher that doesn't believe in science, will you survive a sledgehammer to your suspension of disbelief? No.

Just Switch Off Your Television Set And Go Out And Do Something Less Boring Instead.

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Everything Everywhere's 4G party bus could run Three off a cliff

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Wouldn't it all be easier

If all this investment was thrown into one big network, and operators just sold packages on it, like they do with electricity, gas, rail and to a large extent, broadband? Seems ridiculous that we're going to pay for four sets of redundant cell towers, backhaul etc blanketing the country.

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EC researchers demo multi-gigabit fibre-to-the-home

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HD Videoconferencing?

Pft, symetrical gigabit connections to the home represent the beginning of the end for company offices, with knock on effects for transport networks, real estate and IT as teleworking becomes the norm for a lot of employees, cities will empty and 'rush hour' will become just another olden days thing you will try to explain to your disinterested kids.

Roll on the future.

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Hands on with the Apple iPad 3

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Re: Ports?

Dear Sir,

Allow me to assist you with your easily googled queries.

The back of the new iPad is encased in aluminium, sculpted into two cheeks for a comfortable and slightly arousing grip, unbroken by ports it sports a recessed apple logo where the goatse would lie.

There are no USB sockets on the new iPad, it is therefore unpossible to connect any sort of peripheral, charging is accomplished by shaking the device in a rhythmic fashion to activate the self winding mechanisms within.

Headphones may be attached to the new iPad via the industry standard quarter inch socket.

Finally, please be assured that in these enlightened times using an iPad is no more an indicator of your sexuality than sporting a moustache or joining the priesthood.

Yours Sincerely,

Jubtastic One

Sent from my iPad.

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'The new iPad' revealed: Full specs, rumor scorecard

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So, it has come to this.

Also iPad2, still on sale, it's the 16GB version you mentioned for $399, This is of course in accordance with prophesy.

No surprises the commentards don't like it, but they're going to sell bazillions of them all the same, at least ten to a fanboy, it's all smoke and marketing.

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Apple's App Store parades surprise new Catalog model

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My dear Watson

They would hardly stick random apps in this section without talking to the devs if it's going to be a new branch of in app sales, ergo it's simply organisational.

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Carmageddon

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Awesome game

Company I was working for back then printed the manuals and our prepress room often hosted LAN partys, great memories of cruising the city murdering peds with the music switched to the Bullet soundtrack.

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Google’s privacy policy: Incoherent and confusing

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News International vs Google

Not really comparable, NI isnt too big to fall, they're on a downward spiral to oblivion, as the Internet, and let's not be coy, Google makes paper, presses and reporters a little less valuable every day, The news of the world shutting down barely registers economically.

Google OTOH, really is too big to fall, their fingers are in so many pies: search, apps, DNS, maps, voice, advertising etc that should they go offline there would be worldwide disruption, serious money would be lost and that's essentially why none of this is going to get much further than wrist slapping.

It doesn't matter how broken or annoying a thing is, only a fool throws it away before they have a replacement.

Some may think I'm exagerating, but just considering the implications of google and its newly combined services breaking down for a day, and the sort of people that would be ringing my phone gives me a headache.

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Warp drives are PLANET KILLERS, Sydney Uni students find

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Obvious solution

Don't aim for the place you're going, just nearby, then use boring old Impulse engines for the last leg. Even better, build a great big array to collect all the waste energy from incoming ships, like an orbital power station, and no, 'that's unpossible" isn't a reasonable response to that given we're talking about warp drive.

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Metro breakdown! Windows 8 UI is little gain for lots of pain

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Hate to do this

But it's just a preview, still riddled with fairly obvious bugs and halfassedness, I expect a lot of these grievances will get ironed out before release.

Or maybe not, never can tell with MS, but I can't fault them for trying something new and visually interesting, as a Mac fanboy since '91 this is the first time I've seen anything from MS that I'm actually looking forward to playing with, rather than dreading having to use.

Here's hoping they get it right.

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China churns out homemade aircraft for global travel DOMINATION

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Build quality

They'll swallow the domestic market first, and planes falling out of the sky usually make the news so the rest off the world will get a heads up on the safety issues.

Seems to me that I'll live to see China dominate, well pretty much everything, their tech lag seems to drop exponentially, won't be too long untill Chinese stuff isn't just copying but actually superior to western designed (Chinese built) products.

I for one etc

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US shuts down Canadian gambling site with Verisign's help

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FAIL

Another nail in the root DNS coffin

They'll be right sorry when it inevitably fragments and they lose control of it.

Muppets.

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iPad 3 launch news pushes Apple shares to $500bn high

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Re: So...

They're notorious for not announcing anything before its ready for sale, with caveats, like when they're entering a new market and announcing it 6 months early allows devs to get on board, disrupts the market they're entering and obviously isn't going to impact their own sales.

Media rumours on the other hand could potentially create such an effect, if an expected product doesn't live up to the hype, yet the 4S not being a 5 would seem to fit that bill and it doesn't seem to have suffered any for it.

TL;DR, don't bet on it.

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These forums

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These forums

Bespoke, or off the shelf? They look custom made, if so can you tell us anything about them, the front and back end choices, how many people are on the dev team etc.

Why HTML for formatting over bbcode or similar? And what code is acceptable? Just curious, have knocked up a few of these myself.

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Drew's Cookie Jar - psst. want a forum upgrade

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Spare some change guv?

Room for one more?

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Death to Office or to Windows - choose wisely, Microsoft

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Re: Hmmm

Woa! Strike through text? When did we get that? Also how?

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HP caught with SIX Windows 8 PC packages up its sleeve

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They should just copy that other company

One version, anything extra (Media Center, bitlocker, saving network passwords), you buy as an upgrade in the AppStore, installs, done, nice and easy.

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Spitzer spots first solid buckyballs in stellar disc

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Re: Hmm- the sign says-

I was thinking grey goo, but I like your optimism.

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India seeks new supplier for $35 Android tablet

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$35 tablet is a steaming turd?

They could treble the price and it'd still only be fit for recycling, they'd be better off aiming for something akin to a kindle than an iPad.

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Will Windows 8 sticker shock leave Microsoft unstuck?

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Re: Apple's transition wasn't as radical.

Nope, it wasn't about the UI, with Apples transitions the new kit could run the old stuff and the new stuff, it was the old kit that got slowly locked out as apps moved to the new platforms, but before you say "aha, planned obselecence" bear in mind that some apps didn't transition for a decade, *cough*Adobe, Microsoft*cough*.

What MS is doing is pretty much a line in the sand for WOA, new kit which only runs new apps.

As an aside, anyone know why it's called Office 2015 and not Office 2012? It is supposed to come out this year right?

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NASA sniffs little black hole's 20-million-MPH wind

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Re: Anal fixation

And a tendency to illustrate anything with "hard" in the title with a buxom lass, not that I'm complaining, it's just that to a casual observer the home page of the reg can look like the adult classified ads some days.

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Apple slaps mega-solar panel field on new ENORMO data centre

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Nice tribute

Keeping Jobs parking spot just by the door like that.

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LOHAN's flying truss: One orb or two?

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One balloon

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.......................(............) balloon

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..............................| single wire

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......../\............../............\ dual wires

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........|.|____/___________\__________OOO counterweight

........|V|V|V|V|V|V|V|V|V|V|V|V|V|V|V|V|V|V|V|. Truss

Stick the rocket on one end of the truss so it's as far away from the centre of the ballon as possible, use the rest of the equipment as a counterweight thats extended further out the other side to account for the disparity between the weight of the rocket and the equipment.

Jubs your uncle

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Mobile telcos bleed $13.9bn as IM apps chomp on SMS

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Note to commenters

Unless you regularly send thousands of messages a month from a feature phone on PAYG or a low rent contract, you don't factor into this story at all.

It's about teenagers, who used to run up honking great SMS bills but increasingly tend to message each other using other means for free.

My heart bleads for the poor Telcos.

lolz

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How Google and Apple exposed their Achilles heels this week

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Widespread NFC take up

Isnt a year away, it's an iPhone5 away, it will of course be chorused with the usual cries of "Apple didn't invent it”, nevertheless they will be the ones to make it ubiquitous as usual.

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Hey Commentards! This pre-populated 'reply to' is for you

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Very good, now do it properly

If ($replyTitle != "") {

If (trim($title) != "") {

$replyTitle = "Re: " . $title;

} else {

$replyTitle = "Re: " . $commentard . " @ " . $commentTimeStamp;

}

}

Also, while you're at it, fix the comment count so it doesn't say "1 comments"

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Ultra-high resolution laptop, tablet screens to revive display biz

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Offset dpi

1200 & 2400 dpi only applies to line art, like solid colour text, everything else is screened to a range between 75 and 200, so images on a retina display are substantially higher res than even fine art quality print.

300dpi text on a laptop doesn't sound very good compared to thousands of dpi but I think it will be welcome all the same and won't require a barnacle of a graphics card grafted onto the laptop, or a two inch battery to feed said barnacle.

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Eolas claims royalties for browser apps and plug-ins

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The article seems to imply

That the EDT courtroom is selling favourable rulings in exchange for businesses investing in the state, that surely can't be the case can it?

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New driver-snooping satnav could push down UK insurance premiums

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A claim you say? I'm sorry, it seems your policy has been voided.

"a week ago, due to [petty offence] you would have been notified when our system got round to it"

Funny story, my sister brings her fella, an insurance broker, around for dinner and he tells a tale; a distraught woman has phoned him, squirrel has got into her lounge and torn the place up while the family has tried to get it out, curtains and sofa are ruined, so he's making sympathetic noises to her and offhandly asks what colour it was, "grey" says she, "vermin" says he, "you're not covered" LOLs from him, silence from the rest of us. Wanker.

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Laser boffins blast bits onto hard drive at 200Gb/sec

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And the read speed?

Does that get a boost as well or are we looking at drives that write 100 times faster than they read?

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iPhone 4 incapable of handling Siri, says chip chap

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@ Benjamin 4

Nope, It's processed in realtime, so by the time you've stopped speaking there's a clean and well compressed voice file ready to saunter across t'internet to Apple's servers, which can get right to work on that nice clean audio and send a message back pronto, its better all round doing it this way, reduced bandwidth & server loads, and most importantly, less lag.

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Apple vs Amazon in ereader format smackdown

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IBook format

Good explanation here: http://blog.booki.sh/blog/post/a-favour-from-goliath/

Basically it's ePub with tagged content, leaving the reader software to implement its own slideshows, movie controls etc, which in the long run is probably going to be easier to support than adding JavaScript to the ePub format and expecting it to work flawlessly, and securely, on all platforms, which is what ePub 3 is attempting.

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Jackpot: astronomers tag Goldilocks planet

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Yes but no

The force of gravity drops off to the square of the distance, so unless the planet is exactly the same size as the Earth, which seems unlikely, you won't weigh 4.5 times as much.

F = (Mm / rr)

* can't type symbol for squared.

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iPads propel Apple to PC market top slot

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WTF?

Are you sure?

I mean netbooks don't do that either and they're still PC's, in fact there's loads of PC's on the shelves that are never going to do high end video editing or run photoshop, perhaps you should have another go at defining a PC.

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Ex-staffer: Apple assigns new workers to made up projects

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IIRC

Everything was copacetic until Mac OS 10.2, when the Reg staffers noticed and mocked Steve's Jagwire pronunciation.

Do not mock happy fun ball.

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Untangling the question of antimatter mass

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If I understand this correctly*

The universe is missing a whole load of antimatter, and yet contains a whole load of extra 'dark' matter, perhaps these things are related?

* fat chance.

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WD's MyBook takes a Thunderbolt to the chest

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SMART

Still waiting for a drive to tell me its going bad, usually they pass SMART right upto the moment they start clicking.

All right, theyve all been consumer drives, in raid sets so cheap was the order of the day but the article is about WD externals so I'm on topic.

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Dual drive

Most likely striped, enough to saturate a channel if you don't mind losing everything when it drops a disk.

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Russia and NASA plan to COLONISE the Moon

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Moonbase Alpha?

Strikes me that the far side of the moon would be an ideal place to dump spent nuclear fuel as well.

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Microsoft blames poor Windows sales on PC slump

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Giving this more thought

I think Apple have missed a trick here, they've had the tablet market all to themselves for coming on three years and they've left the door open for MS to storm back in on the back of Office. If iWork had been free from the get go, most of those iPad users would already be using it and the demand for Office would be severely reduced, as is it's going to drop straight into the number one spots on various app stores as soon as its available and both fund MS and allow them to lever in Win8 kit with tighter integration.

I believe in these current financials are mo likely a blip rather than a portent of doom.

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Its not the end of the world

They already make money from each Android sale, once they release Office for iOS and Android they'll be coining it in regardless of how well win8 tablets sell.

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Apple will not kill iPad 2 at iPad 3 debut

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Because its only 9"

Which is way easier to do than 15", and they paid up front for the factory to make them, and because resolution independence isn't widely* supported by operating systems and Applications.

* Windows has better support for RI than Mac, but there is still loads of unaware software that's going to render as a postage stamp on a high res display.

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Called this last year

Not that it's not obvious, as should be the iPad3 selling at current pricing, leaving the iPad2 as a 'budget' tablet, $399 seems likely, but I wouldn't be surprised if it was lower.

Basically the same strategy that's working so well with the iPhone, I think they're quite determined to remain the number one player in this market.

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