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Ricoh reveals paper-bright colour e-paper

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CMY

Seems so obvious given that the display is subtractive, without a Key (Black), layer though text is going to look a bit ropy.

Overall I'm impressed with this tech, hard to imagine just how interactive my kids future is going to be when this stuff is made into cereal boxes.

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Intel rewrites 'inadequate' roadmap, 'reinvents' PC

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Good news everybody

Intel in a full on ARMs race can only be good for us punters, power sipping supercomputers all round BOGOF

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E Ink, Epson to build 'retina' display for e-book readers

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Misconception

300dpi is a common resolution for digital source images used for quality print, the screens of dots that are actually printed are usually at 200dpi, the increased dpi of the image is to reduce moiré effects.

The text, which is what you should be comparing an e-paper screen to, is usually rendered at 1200-2400dpi.

Here's some closeups for comparison: http://www.bit-101.com/blog/?p=2722

Bear in mind that the resolution of the 'magazine' printing plate is usually well in excess of what most printing presses and papers can accurately reproduce.

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Facebook planking game claims its first victim

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We were all young once

Seems like a lot of blokes in these comments making the same bad joke who seem to have forgotten the many, many, retrospectively retarded exploits of their youth that could just have easily ended in similar, if less widely mocked tragedy.

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Glass aeroplanes and iPads on the way, say boffins

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John I'm only dancing

Don't know about the iPhone guts but there's a metalglass sim removal tool in each iPhone box, I only mention this because it's clear you will find this trivia mildly annoying and because it's unnervingly strong for a paperclip like object.

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Google floats monthly subscriptions to Chrome OS notebooks

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Interesting

How often does the hardware get replaced? What happens if it needs repair but it's a bit battered? Can you upgrade it yourself? Do they really think people are going to pay $28 a month for a *super* web browser? Where can I get some of what they're smoking?

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Ten... fantasy gadgets you wish you owned

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The Diamond Age

An Illustrated Primer seems on the cusp of doable, I'd like one for my son please.

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Do-Not-Track laws gain US momentum

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They can't make it opt in

Because that would pretty much break the internet overnight, given that most of it is paid for by advertising and that advertisers aren't going to pay anything like the current rates for untargetted adverts.

Opt out means most people won't and the web can limp on.

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Apple reportedly plans ARM shift for laptops

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Size and battery life

Two things Apple cares deeply about with regards to portable computers and in which ARM solutions beat x86 hands down.

So long as the ARM chip provides somewhere close to the performance of the ageing C2D chips in the Air line-up this is a bit of an obvious play, with the App store taking care of the relevant compiled binaries being delivered for differing architectures as others have argued.

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The Sandy Bridge Hackintosh

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Show Inspector

Hold down alt when you "Get Info"

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iPhone 5 set for shelves this September

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Back of fag packet calcs...

Indicate 3.8" is the maximum size they can go to with the current pixels and still qualify as the 300dpi they've pegged 'Retina' quality. (current screen is 326dpi).

Personally I think theyll go just big enough to remove the slim side bezel, throw in an A5 dual core, some more Ram, 8Mp for the cam, and maybe a new sensor, IR would be welcome.

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Got a buck to send M Night Shyamalan to film school?

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Ahh, the happening...

I almost walked out when Marky Mark, ambitiously cast as a science teacher, asks his class why the bees are disappearing. The students have a few stabs before Marky states "there's some things we'll just never know". EH? WTF! you're the science teacher FFS.

Sadly the wife insisted we stayed till the end.

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Plane or train? Tape or disk? Reg readers speak

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Fscking Tape

Glad to see the back of it and the printer ink priced cleaning tapes that our auto loader used to binge on.

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Apple's 'Do Not Track' feature goes on Safari

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Gave up on Firefox

Seemed like every time I wanted to quickly check something it always needed to install updates first.

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Fired-up eco-boffin gives it '180 per cent'

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Makes sense my arse.

If there are 100 sheep with a pregnancy rate of 181.3% how many sheep are pregnant?

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Apple 'orders 12 petabytes of storage' from EMC

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Are those real PB's?

The full 1024 TB, itself consisting of the full 1024 GB etc or are they helpfully rounded to 1000's like the disks Apple ships in their computers?

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SpaceX unveils new Falcon Heavy rocket - WORLD'S BIGGEST

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^ This

You just know there's a hollowed out volcano lair on a 'MUSK Industries' private island.

Most blatant super-villian name ever.

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Apple plays cloud catch-up

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Half baked

Am I alone in thinking that apple isn't so much playing catchup, as not really interested? Mobile networks aren't mature or ubiquitous enough to provide a seamless user experience for a cloud OS unless you cache pretty much everything in advance, and if you're doing that anyway whats the point?

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Microsoft cofounder Allen unloads on Gates

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Someone was always ggoung to end up rich

Not a fan of MS, but rather the cash ended up with Bill, whose giving it away to good causes than Allen, who'd just buy a bigger boat.

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Man sentenced for breaching former employer's computers

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Meh

"joins a long list of disgruntled employees who sought revenge by breaching their employees' computer systems."

'Incompetent' works in place of disgruntled, using his own login from his home IP, probably goes a long way to explaining why they fired him in the first place.

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iPad 2: Apple forced to make carrier concessions

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Heh

I'd have thought the most interesting hardware feature would have been the multi network wireless capabilities given the thrust of your argument but whatever.

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Microsoft tablet OS to see light of day in 'autumn 2012'

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Oh dear

I've never been a fan of MS's software but WP7 hits all the right notes and looks like it would scale well to tablet sized devices, and more importantly, it's ready now.

If they're really going to ignore the opportunity to ship a touch based OS and all new touch optimised apps in favour of 'proper windows' some time in the distant future then they've really list the plot.

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Portsmouth redefines the Olympic-sized swimming pool

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If only it was that simple

Alas, Olympic timing boards must be an inch thick and must sit an inch proud of the Olympic grade tiles and grout.

There's no point crying and screaming about it now, you should have carefully read the small print before you built the thing, it's not that hard, just a correctly sized hole in the ground really.

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Apple names iPad 2 reveal date

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Eh?

"True, but owners of racing boats don't (usually) bring them along to meetings and prominently plonk them on the desk and look smugly around the room and waste the first 15 minutes of the meeting letting people have a play."

I can't think of a single meeting I've ever sat in that wouldn't have been improved by some playtime with a racing boat, smug bastard or no.

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FOSS maven says $29 'Freedom Box' will kill Facebook

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Already baked

As Pogoplug.

Doesn't make it less of a good idea, just late to the party.

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Delete all you like, but it won't free up space

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Thoughts

Would be useful if after a file is deduped, the actual space used was saved to the file's metadata, so you can run searches against it and pick better targets for deletion, perhaps this is already possible?

Alternatively, throw another disk on the pile.

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Dell unveils 10-inch Windows 7 tablet

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10th time lucky eh?

Hey other Steve, knock up a 'courier' style journal app for a scaled up WP7, jam it on a 10" 4:3 aspect ARM based tablet with 10 hours battery life and you'll be fighting rabid customers off with a shitty stick.

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Photo loss blogger to Flickr: You're f*cking kidding

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You need more space eh?

*clickerty* Done, my pleasure.

BOFHery aside I'm a little shocked they don't have backups.

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Google open sources its Mac deployment engine

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Apple Reimote Desktop

Be intersesting to know why ARD wasn't up to the job

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BlackBerry beats iPhone to top UK smartphone

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^ This

51% of PAYG sales sounds about right seeing my kids, and all of their friends seem to have acquired BB's over the past year, what I notice though is that while they're using BBM non stop, phone calls are rare, I haven't seen any of them using 'apps'.

As smartphones go, these could be a hell of a lot dumber and the teen audience wouldn't notice.

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Feds raid server farms in bid to root out PayPal DDoS perps

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Curious how this will play out

Because assuming they do ID some anons, and I think it's a given they will, what they're mostly going to have is a bunch of 'too young for prison' kids, a lot of whom will be foreigners.

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Ubuntu Wayland: Shuttleworth's post-Mac makeover

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Happy to oblige

T = a + b log2(1+(D/W))

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fitts's_law

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US Navy achieves '100 mile' hypersonic railgun test shot

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Re Am I missing something?

Yes you are.

It's not designed to take out aircraft 100 miles away, that would be daft for obvious reasons.

Long range targets would be fixed installations or things that are difficult to significantly move in under a minute, like honking great big ships.

Local enemy aircraft could be taken out by similar, but scaled down tech, with velocity and projectiles tailored to tearing aircraft or missiles out of the skies, something more akin to metal storm than the cannon in the article.

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'The New Kingmakers': Tech giants pay for the love of coders

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Doesn't this ignore...

The relative freedoms and challanges offered in startups and stakeholding compared to the corporate papermill and suppressing politics present in established companies?

In addition aren't we always reading about developers jumping ship shortly after startups are purchased?

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Gov decides not to have scientific advice on drugs any more

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Do Not Walk On The Grass.

Just another step on the way to the perfect happy society where outside of the elite, heavily burdened with responsibility as they are, the only allowed narcotics are the ones issued to you.

/aside where is the tinfoil hat icon?

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Minister 'C*nt' promises £50m to get fabtastic fibre for all

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Is that 1Gb/s Synchronous?

Or does it self throttle to 8Mbps via a poxy upstream?

I'm actually looking forward to the blurring of WAN and LAN, gigabit over internet opens up a whole range of possibilities, needs to be both ways though, had enough of the asynchronous pissing contest.

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Feds seize 70 'filesharing, dodgy goods' sites

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Hey new guy, Welcome to El Reg!

*bumps, steals wallet*

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Researcher warns of iPhone phishing peril

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Current implementation is a bit ropy

The real address bar is displayed as the page loads, so the fake one sticks out like a sore thumb, having said that though I can see how you could improve it to have the fake bar only displayed off screen after the page has loaded and then use javascript to roll the whole page down and bring it back into view.

I suppose it's technically possible to test (on a phone), to check if the image at the top of the webpage is similar to the browser chrome, seems it would be easier to just allow users to customise the chrome by changing the colour cast or adding a unique motif though.

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iPAD, KINDLE, all tablets and slablets MADE OBSOLETE

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Diamond Age

You mean like an Illustrated Primer? Count me in.

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Five years

"I've solved the interesting research problems. The rest is just business, which is easy, right?"

http://xkcd.com/678/

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US crewless, automated ghost-frigate project takes shape

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Wait a flaming mo

Couple of thoughts on this flaming datum thing.

If my brief searches are accurate the 'flaming datum' problem is more of an issue for submarines during open war, whereby in destroying a juicy supertanker they give away their previously unknown position due to the enormous fireworks show.

If one of these robots is shadowing your sub then everyone already knows where you are, blowing it up is clearly going to make you harder to find, and given that almost all of the robot vessel is submerged and that it's relatively small, it's going to die quickly with almost no drama as a bonus.

So unless the Yanks are going to start a war over missing robot subs, these things are going to be considerably less effective than the existing manned subs, which while expensive, have proper MAD insurance against 'accidental' third party damage.

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Berners-Lee: Facebook 'threatens' web future

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Hmm

Actually, I didn't comment on his point at all, I commented on one of his arguments:

"Entitled "Love Live the Web," the Scientific American piece goes to promote the use of, yes, open standards. If you don't use open standards, Berners-Lee says, you create "closed worlds." Like Apple's iTunes. "Apple’s iTunes system," he says, "identifies songs and videos using URIs that are open. But instead of 'http:' the addresses begin with 'itunes:,' which is proprietary. You can access an 'itunes:' link only using Apple’s proprietary iTunes program.

"You can’t make a link to any information in the iTunes world—a song or information about a band. You can’t send that link to someone else to see. You are no longer on the Web. The iTunes world is centralized and walled off. You are trapped in a single store, rather than being on the open marketplace. For all the store’s wonderful features, its evolution is limited to what one company thinks up."

If you'd bothered to click the http link I posted rather than gut reacting you'd have noticed that he's completely wrong about iTunes. Can you index the entire iTunes store? Yes. Could you mash up the store data to change the presentation? Yes. Would this fall foul of the SIte's TOS? Probably. Are TOS for websites fair? can of worms.

Webpages are information, human readable and machine parseable, if a bit of info is on a publicly accessible webpage then it's on the web, indexed and sorted.

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"You can’t make a link to any information in the iTunes world"

I'll just leave this here: http://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/soul-mining/id211433263

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BlackBerry boss renews disdain for Steve Jobs

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How quickly people forget

That when webapps were all that were available for 3rd party developers at the release of iOS, pretty much everybody moaned for a native SDK.

News Flash, HTML/CSS/Javascript based webapps never went away, they don't need to be submitted to the Appstore and you can code them with whatever tool floats your boat.

Also good luck to RIM with AIR, I'm certain that will turn out nice for Adobe.

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Google accused of hard-coding own links in search

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I'll admit Google bothers me

But statements like "Google is unfairly bundling its own services on its search engine, which controls an estimated 85 per cent of the market" are utter bullshit, Google doesn't control who visits their search page, people are using it because so far it's working for them, when it doesn't supply useful results they'll go elsewhere, its akin to saying "McDonalds, who control an estimated 85 per cent of the market for free burgers, are unfairly promoting their own menu on the free burger wrappers".

"Corporation provides free tool that promotes corporations business" shouldn't be a story, regardless of what the corporation has said about the existence of self promotion in the past.

Whole thing is yet more of the entitlement bullshit that seems to pervade the interwebs these days.

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Apple yanks Snow Leopard Server 10.6.5 update

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When servers are involved

Remaining one step behind the patches is usually good advice, of course if everyone did that then there'd be no one to find the bugs, fortunately however, a whole bunch of people feel compelled to run patches the moment they become available.

Three cheers for the unknown server clowns for clearing yet another mine buried in the road ahead.

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Apple’s iPad lead will face pressure from Google and Nokia

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but but but

You can also buy a 15" laptop with better specs than the top end iPad for less cash than the entry level iPad. THIS SHOULD BE A MASSIVE CLUE THAT YOUR COMPARISON IS BROKEN.

If what you want is a device with a big enough screen you can hold in one hand and which lasts all day on a charge, someone saying "you could have bought a laptop for less money" is as useful and violence inducing as someone else pointing out how lame your laptop is compared to their cheaper desktop.

Back to the point, It's pretty clear at this point from the me too products that are starting to appear that iPad pricing is unusually aggressive.

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DARPA, NASA team on '100-Year Starship' project

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Skipped to the end

When it became apparent that the story actually amounted to a mind-blowingly expensive 100 year meeting.

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How much is Facebook worth?

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Depends

Right now it's worth a bundle, Monetizing the users will start it down the slippery slope to irrelevance, but with 500 million users it's a goldmine of a slippery slope.

Wait too long and something cooler will come along and make the decision for them.

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Highest point on the Moon found: Higher than Mount Everest

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Heh

Just wanted to say that I love the fact that pretty much all the comments point out the same glaring flaw with the Moon's propaganda.

Another victory for Earth in our epic struggle against the Mooners.

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