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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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Happy

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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Multi-network iPhone SIM rumours at Apple

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Additionally

Seems like this would make theft less likely as the SIM and UDID would be intrinsically linked, although TBH seems like there's enough in place to do this already.

I'd expect there won't be a recognisable SIM in it at all, either just an extra chip on the MB or the whole thing handled by the CPU.

I'm guessing Steve asked why we have to poke tichy little cards in our phones and the answer was something like "Well originally..."

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Microsoft holds Androids hostage in open source wars

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Meh

MS will do just fine threatening OEM's that sell Linux based products with infringement licences until someone pays to find out just what the infringement is, can't see that happening any time soon.

Pretty sick of all this Open and Closed bullshit.

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First tube station to get Wi-Fi next week

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HOLD ON...

I'M JUST GOING INTO A TUNNEL..

Seriously though, this should be free.

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Sony soars, sinks, soars on Apple buyout rumor

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Jobs Halo

I have it on good authority*

That the $50bn is being used to construct a mile long slab like construction on the dark side of the moon, aside from a single Apple logo it is devoid of any seams or details.

* may not be true.

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Vulture 1 rolls out of fab bunker

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Camera

Can't you insulate it so that it keeps itself warm? or add a small heat source inside the insulation if that's not enough, without onboard pics or video it just seems like a waste of effort.

Also, what's with the boxy nose?

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How to stop Apple and Google's great web lockdown

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None of that is news to me

I think you'll also find that KHTML is merely a fork of the earlier KDE HTML Widget and so on ad absurdia.

When someone mentions Microsoft's IE do you chirp in with 'actually that's NCSA Mosaic', is Firefox just Netscape's Gecko with some UI fluff? can I have some of what you're smoking?

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How I arrived at this conclusion

Because it's true, WebKit is Apple's most famous open source baby, ask about or just go and check who registered and hosts webkit.org.

That stuff about flash & silverlight is way off as well, they're both on a downward spiral to obsolescence.

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Come again?

Isn't ChromeOS based on Chrome, which is based on webkit?

How can Google be pro HTML5 and Apple anti-HTML5 when Google's HTML5 code comes from Apple?

Did I miss a meme?

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Apple bolts chastity belt on super svelte MacBook Air

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Just played with one of these in the store

CPU is more than perky enough for what it is, and there's a suprising amount of screen real estate once you shift the dock to the side like it should be.

Touch pad is noticeably smaller than the 13" models but the profile of the machine is awesome, no cutting into your wrists, it's more like a standalone keyboard ergonomically.

It's light but not as light as it looks, but thats only because it looks like it's going to float away.

Lack of sleep light I can understand given the month of standby but omitting the IR sensor and keyboard backlighting is a bit of a downer.

Finally, just want to say a big thank you to whoever fixed up the mobe version of this site, fantastic job sirperson, may I buy you a beer?

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Apple rolls out two new MacBook Air models

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~$120 for a new battery.

Or less if you can wield a screwdriver and are happy with aftermarket replacements.

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Actually

It's clear from the video that the Flash is on a plug in daughter-card, hence different capacities offered.

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Mozilla man accuses Jobs of 'bypass the web' scheme

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Actually

Apple.com doesn't work on Safari 3.1.2 either, had to use chrome to browse the site, I think the man from moz is having a moment if he thinks Apple is trying to sabotage the web though.

Mac App store is interesting, I wonder how many machines can be registered to a single account? can't see some of the big names being too pleased about one sale being used on five machines like iPhone apps can.

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Apple MacBook Air revamp snapped, posted on web

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I'll take a guess or two

Based on the observation that the middle two are offset I'm going to go with they split them up for a better centre of gravity, or as a long shot, can be configured with a SSD drive instead of a battery if you need more storage than the 64GB(?) on the motherboard.

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Police turn to extreme-sport mobe sucking

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Did you wind him up?

By claiming salvage on it?

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Ruskie gang hijacks Microsoft network to push penis pills

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Nice to see a professor using the correct nomenclature

"they must have pwned the box", and "theyre probably teabagging the sysadmin as we speak"

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Google TV transplants Android on Intel

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Reads like PR puff

What audio sync issues?

iOS is basically 10.6 with a different windowmanager and touch frameworks, I'd bet money that the reason Apple went with ARM over intel is the $99 pricepoint, not because porting to Intel Is too much work.

Considering these devices stream content and current networks are only just reliable with 720HD content (which also happens to be the most common resolution for HD streams), seems like a smart compromise.

I'd also note you can buy three generations of ATV for the price of one GoogleTV, just sayin.

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Hackers hijack internet voting system in Washington DC

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WTF?

WTF?

How is it possible for anyone to code an online ballot and miss basic input validation?

How could security have been the foundation the rest of the site was built upon?

Shocking.

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Secret Apple deal hints at TV future

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DVR is a dead end

Have a look at the specs on the ATV, it's never going to record video, it's future is as a gateway to your owned/rented/subscribed or free online content and as a big screen destination for streams from local iProducts, photo's, video and audio are obvious, but the Trojan horse will be airplay games.

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'Larry and Sergey's HTML5 balls drained my resources'

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My experience

2.4Ghz Core2Duo, runs at 20-30% CPU when I poke it in the balls, drops down to nothing a couple of seconds after I stop.

To paraphrase El Jobso, 'No big deal, Just stop playing with your balls'

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Jobs takes swing at Google over Android activations

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WTF?

I don't want to cast Asperger's

But who did you think all those iP4 users are selling their old iPhones to then? museums?

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IT engineer fights spider with improvised flamethrower

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Seconded

In our loft, clad head to toe in motorcycle gear, 3 wasps nests, thousands of wasps, 2 cans of Right Guard. Got bonus points for not burning down the house and not passing out from the fumes and falling through the loft hatch.

Player 1 wins.

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