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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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Stop

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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Holmes

$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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Happy

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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Pint

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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Go

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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Virgin Media to push out nimble new broadband speeds

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Any word on the upstream?

Can I expect 5+ Mbps after the upgrade to 60? Because that would be damn useful.

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Official: The smartphones that suck much more than others

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It's off by default

And most users will never look for or find the switch.

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Rhino horn price spike drives record poaching

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Cant we use science?

Couldn't we clone Rhino horn and flood the black market with it? It's not like cloned horn will be any less effective medicine or distinguishable from real horn, dump enough on the market and the price will drop till its not worth the bother to go out and kill a real animal.

Are you listening boffins? Forget the sheep, the big eared mice and the six arsed monkeys, clone something worthwhile for a change.

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Stephen Hawking seeks geek to maintain his unique wheelchair

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I already snagged this gig

Upgraded the chair with remote control and text to speech, this allows me to manoeuvre Stephen and even speak for him when he's tired, he's very pleased with this arrangement and also wanted you to know that he's now available for paid promotional events, please contact me directly for pricing.

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Latest El Reg project: Rise of the Robot Sheep

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Clippings

Emptying into a compost heap seems like it could get complicated, but how about interchangeable hoppers so it could simply drop one off when its full and pick up another, leaving the owner to empty the hoppers. These coud be combined into a drive through charging dock/kennel.

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Facebook shoves your face into creepy 'sponsored stories' in 2012

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They're greedy

Or they're not covering their costs, either way this isn't going to end well.

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Jedi light-sabre beats Taser in Oregon parking-lot fracas

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To be fair

The cops had no way of knowing it wasn't a real lightsaber.

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NAS door gives drag-n-drop access to linear tape vault

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WTF?

RIS?

If they're selling the storage based on a 29K average file size how on earth is a backend tape library supposed to get to the last 14K before a disk has served the first 15K?

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Happy birthday, Apple QuickTime

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Memory a bit hazy

But one of the things that blew me away about the Be OS demo In the early ninties was full motion video, 4 of them no less, mapped onto an interactive 3D model of a book. It made QuickTime look frankly pathetic.

Also, 5 second boot times, that was pretty awesome as well, part of me wishes Apple had picked JLG over Jobs.

Oh, and happy birthday QT

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Lord British: Games consoles 'fundamentally doomed'

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Consoles will be just fine

Right up to the point when SDSL gigabit is the norm, then they won't be able to compete with the pace and convinience of online game engines pouring the visuals to any screen you have to hand.

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Siri gets Android rival as Cluzee goes live

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Thanks Matthew

I was thinking of trying it for myself, but if you say the whole concept is pants that's good enough for me.

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Supply snitches: 4in iPhone 5 screens shipping now

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First third-party app to get Siri support demo'd

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Been here before

Last time it was 'no native apps' then came the SDK and well, things worked out quite well.

I expect Siri API's will be available before Apple brings it out of beta, it is the future after all, dontcha know. In the meantime, i expect apple will attempt to block this sort of thing.

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Rogue Russian Mars probe communicates - but in gibberish

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Flame

alt.missions

I think they'll spend a week or so reviewing the many possible alternate destinations, but will settle on a daring mission to the depths of the Pacific.

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Apple eyes set on Sharp IGZO tech for iPad 3 screen

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Yes

IPad 3, thinner, faster, retina, camera upgrade, for the same money as existing iPads, and 2+ versions of the iPad2 at a discount.

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Engineers seek funds for world’s largest Tesla coil

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I was under the impression

That there never was anything unworkable about Tesla's wireless power station, apart from the charging people money bit, given there's no way to disconnect a user, or know how much power they are drawing.

Still good to see a project like this being built though.

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'Nervous' London bankers run mock cyberattack exercise

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Can't see this working out

I'd imagine the prospect of your competitors pretending to have serious coms issues presents some interesting opportunities for profit, this will play out like the prisoners dilemma.

Fully expect a "systems and coms surprisingly resilient" conclusion.

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