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Consumers agree to give up first-born child for free Wi-Fi – survey

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SySS

Have rather too many esses in their name for my taste - especially for an outfit from Germany.

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NASA rover Curiosity drills HOLE in MARS 'GOLF COURSE'

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You Know what else is an "unnatural perfect stone sphere"

Mars! The truth will out. Those Magratheans can't hide forever!

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FAA clears SWARM of MOVIE DRONES for take-off

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or maybe

take your meds?

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FBI boss: Apple's iPhone, iPad encryption puts people 'ABOVE THE LAW'

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Must be frustrating

We live in a world where everyone has a telescreen in their pocket but the Party can't get the video feed.

P.S. Maybe Comey should move to Australia. I'm sure Abbott and co would be only too happy to give him everything he wants.

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HOT WET ALIEN world discovered in constellation Cygnus

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Science Illustrators - they're a thing

Who do you think makes all those nice pictures of dinosaurs.

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ARM gives Internet of Things a piece of its mind – the Cortex-M7

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No problem

Just add some more AAs - it's the El Reg way.

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Fake tape detectors, 'from the stands' footie and UGH! Internet of Things in my set-top box

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Re: Law abiding Mongolians

Can't say the same for the Brazilians. It's a jungle down there. Even the Russians can't compete.

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Soundbites: News in brief from the Wi-Fi audiophile files

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I'm afraid you're double dipping

To say that the limit of human hearing is 20khz (or whatever) is to say that the highest frequency a human can hear is 20khz. But there's only one "sound" that's completely defined by it's frequency and that's a sine wave. If you could tell the difference between a 20k sine wave and a 20k square wave (or anything else) it would be because you were hearing the higher frequency components which you can't do - your ears don't have hardware to respond to those frequencies.

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Your chance to WIN the WORLD'S ONLY HANDHELD ZX SPECTRUM

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Aye

keelhauling be too good for such a scurvy poltroon. He best be hanged from the yardarm for speaking so strangely.

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What's an Ultrabook? Now Intel touts 2-in-1 typoslabs to save PC biz

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Re: Steve Jobs is alive!

Except then you forget to put it on the mat and come back to find it dead. I had a Logitech wireless mouse and I gave it away before the paint wore off which with Logitech is a very short time. When they make a mouse that works like a Roomba then maybe I'd be interested.

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JINGS! Microsoft Bing called Scots indyref RIGHT!

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Typical Microsoft ignoring the real issue

What are El Reg's contingency plans to ensure that the sacred isle of Rockall stays British?

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Big Content Australia just blew a big hole in its credibility

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Re: Your drunk, The Register, go home

Try submitting a paper to a scientific journal that's all data and no method and see how far you get.

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4K-ing excellent TV is on its way ... in its own sweet time, natch

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Re: Consumers who care about quality?

I've never understood why people hate letterboxing. Maybe If I create a screen with a mechanically driven bezel that automatically adjusts to the picture's aspect ratio that will make it acceptable.

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SCREW YOU, Russia! NASA lobs $6.8bn at Boeing AND SpaceX to run space station taxis

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Re: SpaceX's cheaper Dragon capsule has room for seven

They don't need a steering wheel - they run Ardupilot.

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Penicillin?

Florey wasn't Scottish.

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MIT boffins cry havoc and let slip the ROBOT CHEETAHS of Whoa

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Yes, but at least

the Google version will show you a selection of the worlds funniest ads before you die.

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Archaeologists and robots on hunt for more Antikythera pieces

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Why bother?

Now we have a Lego version. (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/12/10/lego_computer/ for those who missed it.)

Seriously, I wish them success. With a bit of luck there are many similar treasures waiting to be discovered.

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Airbus developing inkjet printer for planes

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Silly idea

They should just 3d print the planes in colour!

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Apple's ONE LESS THING: the iPod Classic disappears

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Remind me to

replace every 'less than' sign in my code with the 'fewer than' when I figure out what that is.

Seriously, mathematically speaking, integers are just a subset of numbers so I don't think the fewer/less distinction has that much utility.

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Re: "replace them when [...] their hard drives start making nasty sounds.

Surely you mean Celine Dion terrorist weapon.

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New USB spec offers two-way power flows AND double-sided plug

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You'll create a feedback loop that will generate a metastable Higg's boson and destroy the universe.

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So DRM was behind the fact that you can't copy from one flash drive to another. Nothing to do with the fact that flash drives are cheap devices that don't include a cpu and that USB deliberately uses the cpu to make that cheapness possible. But that's a bring technical explanation. Conspiracy theories are more fun.

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Thought that last dinosaur was BIG? This one's bloody ENORMOUS

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If you thought

the Register's system of measurement (SR, SeR?) couldn't get any stranger it now turns out that "bloody ENORMOUS" is just slightly smaller than "big".

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Fedora gets new partition manager

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Not just Diskdrake

I miss approximately 50% of the Mandriva Control Centre features.

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Vote NOW for LOHAN's arboreal avoidance algorithm acronym

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Number five, the larch

That's just so wrong. Doesn't anyone know the classics these days?

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Jony Ive: Apple iWatch will SCREW UP Switzerland's economy

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Harry Lime

clearly forgot about the Swiss army knife.

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You are here => Earth is in 'the suburbs' of an IMMENSE HEAVEN

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Let me be the first to say

as a pround Laniakean that those Persues-Piscans totally suck.

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Google: let's build our OWN quantum computer

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They need it

It's the only way to adequately simulate the behaviour of BMW* drivers.

*modify to taste (but BMW works for me).

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iCloud fiasco: 100 FAMOUS WOMEN exposed NUDE online

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Re: Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and Ariana Grande

"I must confess my immediate thought on reading the headline was "Eben Upton is a celebrity now?""

Well some people seem to be a big fan of his "pins".

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Cave scrawls prove Neanderthals were AT LEAST as talented as modern artists

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Even in the Pleistocene

Twitter was a pain in the arse.

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Epiphany hits Raspberry Pi founders, users

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Re: Just a small point...

The Adafruit 2.8" touchscreen uses something less than 500 mW. Admittedly at 320x240 it's not something you'd want to use for extended periods but its shows what's possible with a little ingenuity.

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Raspberry Pi B+: PHWOAR, get a load of those pins

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Re: The B got a memory memory in a previous rev

Surely "the point" of a Raspberry Pi is to do whatever you want with it? If it works, why not?

And extra points for doing something no one else has done, like, er, putting it in a rocket plane.

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GitHub.io killed the distro star: Why are people so bored with the top Linux makers?

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Re: DDG?

Must be a slow day in Redmond.

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SpaceX prototype rocket EXPLODES over Texas. 'Tricky' biz, says Elon Musk

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Re: On YouTube

Try this. A little pixelated but perfectly watchable.

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Cargo truck crammed with garbage explodes IN SPAAAAACE

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Re: The big problem up there

"The stuff in a polar orbit does not fly at the same altitude as stuff in an equatorial orbit or a LEO."

Have they assigned flight levels to the various types of orbit? Not that that would work - apart from being non-circular, orbits change and decay hence the need for station keeping. If something's in a fixed orbit it's because someone wants it to stay there.

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'Aaaah FFS, 'amazeballs' has made it into the OXFORD DICTIONARY'

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I think In Oz

we call that an Abetz.

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Top Gun display for your CAR: Heads-up fighter pilot tech

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Re: uh, no

I'd go with 30mm rotary cannon like on the A10 and the first person I'd target would be whoever came up with the stupid idea of connecting a smartphone to a HUD. On second thoughts, make that the marketing director of Navdy. (The CEO would be second, then the person who thought up the idea.)

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Detroit losing MILLIONS because it buys CHEAP BATTERIES – report

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Re: "Best is cheapest"

Cheapest is usually crap because there's always a manufacturer out there willing to compromise on a critical component. Cheapest plus 10-20% is a good rule if value is what you're aiming at but as always exceptions. The trick of course is to recognise them and there's no rule for that. (Except reading el Reg comments that is.)

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Japanese boffins invent 4.4 TREEELLION frames per second camera

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Re: Speed of light

or 700 thousand Angstroms. Things that happen fast tend to be small.

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Farmville maker Zynga delays new games after losing 57 MILLION users

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“Inside Zynga, we recognise that our products have the potential to live for multiple years and with nurturing, refinement and investment, they can grow and scale. We are purposefully competing, and while we would like to be further along, we believe we are making the right decisions to grow our business and unlock long term shareholder value," said chief exec Don Mattrick in a statement.

I hope it was in a statement. He doesn't really talk like that.

Does he?

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Kiwi satellite earth station recycled – as radio telescope

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Re: Excellent!

I think I saw Arecibo on there once but I had to pass since there was no pick up option.

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REGULAR FISTING is GOOD for your HEALTH, says respected surveyor

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I only ever use the Vulcan salute

I suspect I might be missing some subtext here.

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BEST BATTERY EVER: All lithium, all the time, plus a dash of carbon nano-stuff

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Assuming

they're not being deliberately misleading and are quoting the efficiency at 100 cycles because that's what they've tested (rather than because, say, it drops off a cliff at 101 cycles) I'd suspect that at 1000 cycles it's still pretty good. (99% efficiency is good for any technology - 99.9% is better.) But as always with these new battery technologies it's wait and see.

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Pinterest diversity stats: Also pale and male (but not as much as Twitter)

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I don't know

but you might start by looking at the demographic stats in the country where your "perfect company" is located.

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When the robot rebellion comes, this Jibo droid will BORE you to death

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Siri

on a stick. But definitely no treat.

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Huge FOUR-winged dino SPREAD LEGS to KILL – scientists

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Proof

that Bert Rutan has/will invent(ed) a time machine.

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Read the proposed US ASTEROIDS Act to green-light mining IN SPAAAACE

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Re: I wonder how many manhours and expense ....

Didn't you know, they outsource it to the El Reg headline writers. It's a nice little sideline.

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Phone charging log helps to convict murderer

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Re: Is it really metadata?

Well if you wanted to be ultra-pedantic you could argue that any data on a system that is not (directly or indirectly) user-generated constitutes metadata but have an upvote anyway.

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DRONE WARS: Killers, spies? Nah, they're IDEAL for snapping pics of hot models

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The pics would be useless too

Who wants to see just the edges of a hot models?

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