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Top US Senator to Apple, Google: 'Curb your spy planes'

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Don't blur the people

Content aware fill them away, I want to see ghost towns not apparitions, and while you're at it, here's a fiver to 'shop the kids junk out of my garden, a tenner if you squeeze in a pool and some decking.

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TSA screeners spooked by Apple's 'futuristic artifact'

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CT scan reveals the secret

http://www.quora.com/Apple-Inc-2/What-is-the-exact-mechanism-by-which-the-Apple-Design-Award-glows-when-touched-even-slightly

4 Lithium-UnicornIum AA cells power the magic.

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iOS was SO much more valuable to Google than Android - until Maps

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Some observations

Unlike Google maps on Android, there's no turn by turn navigation included on iOS' google maps, it's verboten by licencing terms.

Apple's in house maps app will have turn by turn.

Google will release a maps app for iOS6, it will almost certainly include turn by turn. Neither Apple or the users are going to pay anything for it.

Apple aren't going to build a search engine, but they are reducing search costs by shifting the low hanging search queries through Siri.

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Mozilla plans multi-engine search results, native iOS browser

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Here's an idea

Go back to basics, be the slimmest cleanest fastest browser out there, like you were when you launched, make Do Not Track your mantra and nuke all in page advertising and link spam, fund the project entirely on search referrals.

Launch it as a new browser alongside Firefox, but share the codebase so the optimisations flow back to FF for the die hards.

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Apple 15in MacBook Pro with Retina Display

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Re: you still use optical drives?

@Volker Hett

It won't run 10.6 at all, as is the norm these days, the earliest supported Mac OS is the one it ships with, which is a complete PITA if it shipped with say 10.6.4 and you don't have the install media, as a 10.6.0 install image won't even boot. All seems a bit redundant here though where there's no drive to replace anyway.

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Over 40 Magnifier

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Re: Strange choice of app

Because if you've made it to fourty without needing glasses there's a whole bunch of friends and family who can't wait to get the digs in for all those times you may have joked about their eyewear in the past, I can totally relate to the authors opinion that he doesn't need glasses yet, just a handy app or maybe longer arms.

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I'm in the same boat

My camera roll is filled with snaps of serial numbers and back of pack cooking instructions*, payback for my youthful sins of setting 5pt text into tiny boxes on the sides of assorted product packaging.

*6pt black text on a blood red background? Are they mad, we only used to do that for 'photocopy prevention' back in the days when a printed hash table was required to unlock the software.

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Clouds gathering on horizon for software devs, say wise men

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WTF?

Pft

echo "Lots of tiny focused sas apps eh? I suppose we could pipe them together in some manner for custom solutions, oh my this all sounds a bit familiar." | /bin/mail -s "everything old is new again" "comments@elreg.it"

Back in the real world: A new focused app rolls downhill, gathering users and cruft as it goes until it settles into an expensive unmanageable swamp that no one likes to navigate. There's plenty gravy train for software devs for the foreseeable future.

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Apple iMac refresh due Real Soon Now

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Will it be a chinless wonder?

Every iteration shaves some metal off the chin, It's going to end up looking exactly like a thicker thunderbolt display, which I suppose looks a lot like a TV, convergence? I hope not.

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Top bosses admit: Tweets, Facebook Likes influence decisions

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The elephant in the room

Is Google, a poster boy for big data that still hasn't been able to leverage it successfully outside of search and advertising, and I suspect the wheels will come off online advertising if Facebook starts supplying advertisers with the detail that google has upto this point been able to bury as the defacto route to market.

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Updated MacBook Air sports tweaked SSD tech

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Re: Embrace, Extend, Extract money.

Bloody typical, they've gone back to metric without telling us.

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Flame gets suicide command

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I suppose this is the sort of thing you would do

If you wanted to bury the story before anyone could accurately count the infections and trace it back to your government.

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Milky Way DOOMED to high-speed smash with Andromeda galaxy

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The chances of our sun colliding with another star are vanishingly small

And yet I can't help but notice that the crash shots appear to show a night sky as directed by Michael Bay.

Also, four billion years, that's some perspective, makes you think eh? all this rushing around, squabbling for money... have you considered becoming an organ donor? Can I have your liver?

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Ten... tablet survival accessories

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Re: £110 for a wall mount?

Velcro? Well aren't we the pretty one. Real men just use a nail.

Sent from my fondleslab.

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Minority Report-style swishery demoed with cheap webcam

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Young attractive Solution WLTM Problem for LTR

"No preferences, will try anything, age not a concern."

I particularly liked the 'turning a page on the thing in your hand' demo, that was just fantastic.

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LOHAN sucks 27 inches

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Re: Performance loss at altitude?

Yes, you're not getting less performance, its just that the gauge is calibrated against sea level atmospheric pressure and so gives an inaccurate measurement at altitude. You could work out the sea level reading using maths if you don't fancy dragging the whole thing down to the coast.

I would imagine the pump's performance actually slightly increases with altitude as leakage losses will drop due to the lower pressure differential.

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3D TV fails to excite, gesture UIs to flop: analyst

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Re: We've become innured.

They don't want that (HOLO TV), either, I mean sure it will be fun for a while but ultimately who wants to have to keep moving around something to get the best angle? Isn't that what we pay cinematographers and directors for? To frame the action so we get the perfect view from our comfy sofas?

How many arguments are going to kick off over the best spot in the room when the other spots aren't just viewing at an acute angle but actually have some of the content obscured from view?

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Does Britain really need a space port?

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@nomnomnom

Top trolling sir, +1 would read another.

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RIM-Moto sketch THIRD nanoSIM design as peace offering

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Just a stab in the dark

But I suspect Apple's objection to a tray less design is because either the sim is going to be visible from the outside, like a SD card in a MacBook or necessitate some sort of swing out surface panel for it to hide behind, or heaven forbid, require a design with a removable back.

Basically I think the tray design is a lesser compromise of their design ethic.

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Apple scrubs old Leopards of Flashback Trojan infections

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Re: Old Macs

Older trackpads don't get all the gestures, mine only does two finger scrolling for example but that won't stop Lion from installing. I'd give it another go and google the error message if it fails again.

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Re: Old Macs

All the Core2Duo MacBooks will run 10.7, which is all of them shipped after November 2006, the reason your friend can't install it is because they've got less than 2GB of RAM, I'd go with a 4GB upgrade though unless you have some sort of disease that makes the world appear to speed past in a blur.

But for that "feels like brand new" feeling you cannot beat an SSD, and 128GB drives are getting pretty cheap now.

As an aside, RAM and HD's are piss easy to change in those old MacBooks.

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Google Knowledge Graph straddles semantic web and Star Trek

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A search engine that understands natural language you say?

Sounds like a good idea, nice fit for a smartphone I'd have thought.

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Off-the-shelf forensics tool slurps iPhone data via iCloud

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Reminiscent of the Burglariser FAQ

"Can Burglariser really unlock any dwelling?"

"Yes, by simply utilising a dwellings access key that you have previously obtained, Burglariser will give you free reign to the contents of that dwelling. If you do not have an access key don't fret, they are very easy to locate, there is generally one hanging on a key hook inside the dwelling or you could simply use social engineering to recover the key, threatening the homeowner with a beating for example"

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Samsung and SK Hynix shares slide on Apple snub

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Couple of things

Firstly, aside from the iPod touch, every product line they have increases sales about 10% a quarter, so it may well be that this contract just reflects that increased requirement and ongoing purchases with the other manufacturers will remain the same.

Secondly, keeping a third manufacturer afloat is good news for everyone except the other two players.

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Bitcoin bank Bitcoinica still titsup after cyberheist

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They might as well rename them Lolcoins

Also hang a sign up at the exchange "Days since last pwning"

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Next-gen MacBook Pro, iMac make benchmark site debut

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In the same boat

Their argument is that you can do target mode over Thunderbolt, but as a tech that means I'm stuck with one of the current (Thunderbolt + FireWire), models as I'm bound to come across broken kit that's FireWire only for a long long time. Can't remember the last time I used my lappy as a target mode DVD drive, so I could get away without the optical but no FireWire is a show stopper.

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Re: Retina

Retina means 1 pixel/arc minute at normal viewing distance, which equates to "pixels can't be resolved by user with 20:20 vision at normal operating distance" as such the actual dpi of the screens on various devices will differ, higher for devices that are held closer, like a smartphone, lower for devices that sit further away, a TV for example.

Pixel doubling on iOS devices happened because it was easier to implement, the iPhone Retina display is actually over 1 pixel per arc minute, But for most people that difference can't be perceived, so they're effectively redundant pixels, but going a bit over the spec turns out much easier for everyone than scaling existing stuff to ~94%.

Mac OS X on the other hand, has always dealt with a variety of display resolutions, Applications are usually windowed and designed to stretch to accommodate various aspects, so Laptops and Desktops just need small bumps to hit Retina Resolutions bang on the nose, note the MBPS 17" is already a Retina Display.

Maths here: http://www.tuaw.com/2012/03/01/retina-display-macs-ipads-and-hidpi-doing-the-math/

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Foxconn chief: we're gearing up for Apple 'iTV'

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Because it's better

Sure you can hook up a PC to a telly, but unless you like buying and then trailing extra long video cables across your lounge you have to get up out of your comfy chair to change channels*, and if the content you want to see is on your phone or fondleslab, you'll be arsing around switching cables over as well.**

Compare this with a proposed iTV, want to change channel? Voice control or app control from comfy sofa, Impromptu baby photos? AirPlay. Guest comes round with a film on their device? AirPlay. Streaming video or music from the Internet on your phone? pop that stream on the TV with AirPlay, using your fondleslab to browse the enormous film library you've acquired in Plex on your PC? you can watch it on your device or the TV with a tap.

Easy, Better, way less "hold on... I think the TV is set to the wrong input..., no wait, it's the lappy displaying on the wrong screen, just need to tweak the resolution... FFS now the aspect is wrong... " and so on.

NB, 720p projector and surround sound hooked up to my PC, not hard to appreciate the value proposition here though.

* Actually, I don't get up, I have a remote app on my device, but while sometimes it works perfectly, often it would be quicker to just go over there and do it the old fashioned way anyway.

** There's no way my wife is going to mess around with cables, so any solution that relies on them will always be my job, as is she leaves the bloody cursor on screen when watching catchup, it's poking up people's noses most of the time, drives me crazy and is probably just a little psychological warfare on her part for me making her get up to put her next show on.

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Grab your L-plates, flying cars of sci-fi dreams have landed

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Re: Fly home....

Totally agree, sending them back to base for recharge/checkup would not only mitigate the danger of unmaintained personal vehicles crashing through your roof but also mean all the vomit had been cleaned from your sky car when you were ready to return home.

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Facebook tests paid post promotion

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The Rise and Fail of a Social Network

PHASE 1: Hip young thing.

Characterised by: It's where the cool kids are.

PHASE 2: Exponential growth AKA Middle aged spread.

Characterised by: Everyone and their mother joins.

PHASE 3: Increasingly desperate attempts to monetize the user base.

Characterised by: Unlikely sounding business plans mocked by the media.

PHASE 4: Vicious cycle of lame AKA The users are revolting

Characterised by: Attempts to generate any sort of profit are vigorously rejected by user base.

PHASE 5: Undead Army

Characterised by: Mass abandonment of accounts, site fills up with advertising as no one is complaining about it any more.

PHASE 6: Caveat Emptor

Characterised by: Sold for obscene quantity of cash to people that should know better.

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PHASE 3

Increasingly desperate attempts to monetize the user base

A short but pivotal phase of the social network lifespan that quickly slides into Phase 4: The vicious spiral of lame.

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Apple OS X update puts elderly Flash out of its misery

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Re: Come on Apple

Agree with this, Library folder accidentally filed by user has happened a few times and it's a PITA to sort because it's recreated almost immediately by anything saving user prefs or hitting the cache.

[CMD+SHIFT+G] ~/Library [return]

Not hard to find.

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Virgin Media site goes titsup in Pirate Bay payback attack

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Is this at all related to the VM service going down last night?

Went down at about 8pm, started coughing and spluttering at 9:30, back to life at 11ish the missis was not pleased about her catchup Emmerdale being offline. lol

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Apple 'iTV' looks like Cinema Display, says Throat

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Re: This will be interesting

I suppose I should have thrown in some reasoning, the main point is that it's going to be a 1080 tv, not a high res color accurate computer monitor, panels for TV's tend to be way cheaper. The computing guts are already on sale in the ATV, which retails for $99, it's worth noting that apple is churning out variants of these systems (iphone4 etc) by the millions, so economies of scale apply.

But the main reason its going to be cheap is because all their new stuff comes out at around half the price people were expecting, for example, MBA refresh, was $1700, drops to $999, iPad expected at $1000, debuts at $500, even the ATV came out at less than half the price of Logitechs GTV box. Basically, if Apple are going to sell TVs you can be damn sure that there're going to be competitively priced from the off, and that means around the $500 mark for a 32" set. There will be a lot of disruption.

Regards,

Jubs

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Re: This will be interesting

You may be expecting 2k, Im thinking more like $500 for a 32" 1080 set with AirPlay and Siri for recommendations, recording, notifications etc.

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US gov boffins achieve speeds FASTER THAN LIGHT

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IANAP

But isn't this exactly like saying that the batton in a relay race travels faster than the runner carrying it on account that it starts from his back hand and finishes outstretched before him?

It doesn't matter if those points are 2mm apart or 2ly, is still only going to make 50ns difference.

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Chip alchemists 'turn cheap silicon into longer-lasting flash'

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WTF?

I had no idea

That MLC was cheaper to manufacture than SLC, blows me away that simple low capacity flash is harder to produce.

Is this down to manufacturers concentrating on MLC production?

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EA unplugs Rock Band for iOS

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Heh

EA: "Rock Band for iOS will remain live - the in-app message users received yesterday was sent in error. We apologize for the confusion this caused. We're working to clarify the issue that caused the error and will share additional information as soon as possible."

Behind closed doors: "Oh shit, we've been rumbled, blame it on a rogue engineer and we'll have another go in 6 months"

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Nympho hauled to loon-cooler after serial bonkathon brutality

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Death by Snu Snu?

Aww... Yay... Aww... Yay... Aww... Yay...

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BT missing from Pirate Bay High Court slap-down

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Re: Ultimately

Whitelisted Internet?

I suspect you don't work in IT but please stick around because that's the funniest thing I've heard all week

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Swedish men ordered to present cervices in database flub

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FFS

They say 'database' but they mean 'excel spreadsheet'

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3.2 billion pixel sky-watcher a step closer

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6 petabytes

Is that after compression? Because you'd think you'd get fairly exceptional compression ratios on the black bits.

Anyone here knowledgable about the implementation of a petabyte sized storage array? Doubtfull anyone will ever ask me to build one but I'm curious all the same.

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Quantum cruncher beats today's computers by 1080

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Black Helicopters

*Shifty eyes*

Sorry guv, doesn't work like that, but you know that unbreakable crypto you're using?, yeah that's all fucked now.

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Swiss researchers demo ‘Avatar-like’ robot control

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Meh

This is encouraging, but...

I honestly thought that by now we'd be able to hook directly into the nervous system, to send and receive signals for natural feedback and control of prosthetic limbs, seeing that skull cap leads me to think this is still way off even if cochlear implants are basically doing this to restore hearing.

<tangent>

It's weird how the some of the things we assume will be sorted during our lifetimes remain forever on the brink of being realised (AI, fusion, cure for male pattern baldness), while others come storming in straight out of left field, like cloning, never saw that coming, wonder what happened to Dolly? I guess I could ask the Internet, one of the things that did pan out but on reflection I think I'd rather remember her as she was.

</tangent>

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Apple set to drop 17in MacBook Pro, says watcher

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Wouldn't surprise me

I dont see many 17s these days, most have lumped for an external monitor on a 15 and unless you're going to do edits in the field you can get away with much less, phones and tablets hook up to monitors and projectors for presentations just fine.

Not saying it wouldn't be a kick in the face to people that absolutely must have a 17, but design and tooling costs are out of proportion to sales and Apple have previous in ditching tech that's not pulling it's weight.

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Happy 30th Birthday, Sinclair ZX Spectrum

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Good and bad memories

Spending hours typing in code distributed via magazine (was it Crash?), only for the speccy to reset because someone breathed on the power supply lead, or saving it to tape and crossing your fingers that it would ever load again.

But writing my own code, and seeing a poxy sprite wander across the tv, trailing lines no less with all the precision a slightly knackered Kempston joystick could offer, like a god I was.

Happy Birthday Spectrum, you made me into the nerd I am.

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Adobe Cloud offers leg up over Creative Suite's price wall

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Re: Still too expensive...

Pixelmator is a good alt for the Mac, does most of the stuff you need from Photoshop for a fraction of the price, $30, free trial.

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Google founders, James Cameron, go asteroid mining

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Re: What resource?

Well most of the investors are American, and coal still accounts for over 40% of their energy supply so they probably looked at all those C type Astros and wet themselves.

"it says they're 3 times further out than Earth, how far is that James?"

"it's not very far"

"What about these silica ones, are they any good"

"well silicon is used in computers, and everyone wants computers right?"

"let's do it, anything we find that isn't coal or sand is just gravy"

And that's how James Cameron, the first man to solo dive to the bottom of the Ocean also became the first man to stand on an Asteroid.

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Ten... mad materials made into tech

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Re: Liquid Metal

Instead of equating it to glass, consider Perspex (Plexiglas if you're from the US), instead, this also has a glassy amorphous structure but you wouldn't expect it to shatter if you dropped it.

I think the interesting properties of this material as far as Apple are concerned are that it can be injection moulded, its very strong and has extremely good wear resistance.

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Dad sues Apple for pushing cash-draining 'free' games at kids

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FAIL

No sympathy

I've got four kids, they don't get the password for the credit card, just recently one of them wanted to download Temple Run, which is free, she argued, she begged, she pleaded, she tantrumed, she had to wait until she brought the phone home so I could add the game. This is for the very simple reason that it would be ridiculously irresponsible of me, on a number of levels, to give a child free reign on a credit card.

Remember when your phone asked if you wanted it to remember your purchase password for you?

That was a test, if you answered in the affirmative you failed, do try and learn from it because fools and their money testing is ongoing.

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