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Kingston DataTraveler MicroDuo: Turn your phone into a 72GB beast

thomas k.

Re: MicroSD

The Nexus 7 does support USB OTG vie the Nexus Media Importer app in the play store.

Not sure what the change to external storage with KitKat entails, however.

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Re: I don't get it. Can someone answer if you have one?

My reading of the article is that this is a flash drive with both standard USB and micro-USB connectors built in, thus eliminating the need for the annoying adaptor cable.

PNY makes very tiny USB flash drives, barely larger than the USB connector itself, so paired with a very short cable it's not much more inconvenient to use use that this device would be.

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Samsung files patent for ear-mounted Google Glass competitor

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nothing you can do to stop it?

um ... maybe not buy it?

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NSA denies it knew about and USED Heartbleed encryption flaw for TWO YEARS

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NSA denies exploiting this bug ...

Power Point slides confirming their having done so should appear in the next few days then.

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Web data BLEEDOUT: Users to feel the pain as Heartbleed bug revealed

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remote management?

I've always wondered *why* anyone would need to remotely manage their home router?

The only scenario I can think of is that the router is locked down super tight (static addresses for every device on the LAN) and the person adminning it is out of town for a couple of weeks when a family member buys a new device and wants to connect it to the LAN.

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Furious MyCloud users descend on WD website as borkage continues

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Just like the real thing

Sometimes the sky's full of clouds and other times there's just a vast expanse of blue with nary a cloud in sight.

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Lego is the TOOL OF SATAN, thunders Polish priest

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WTF?

WTF?!

While I can at least understand his reasoning regarding Lego, what's his beef with Hello Kitty and My Little Pony?

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How to Poo on a Date wins odd book title of the year

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what do if you block her toilet with a monster mud-out.

I seem to recall a movie with a scene like that, something with Ben Stiller, maybe.

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This changes everything: Microsoft slips WinXP holdouts $100 to buy new Windows 8 PCs

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upgrading old boxes

I have 2 desktop PCs running XP and a netbook, too.

How about offering Win 7 installation discs for a nominal charge so I can upgrade them, lots of usefulness left in them - everyone wins!

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Google's Larry Page: DeepMind 'discovered CATS on its own'

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Deep Mind found cats "on its own"?

Au contraire! The path to world domination begins with hiding in plain sight.

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Facepalm

What part of secretly ...

"It is disappointing that the government secretly did this stuff and didn't tell us about it,"

Well, if they told us about it, then it wouldn't be a secret, now, would it? Jeez!

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Monkey steals iPod touch, loses interest in minutes

thomas k.

Re: That's a plus one for Apple.

So, in the monkey's estimation, not as worthwhile (useful) as it's own poo even?

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GRAV WAVE TSUNAMI boffinry BONANZA – the aftershock of the universe's Big Bang

thomas k.

Re: Yay for boffins!!

Yes, grats for the hard work and dedication which produced these results.

Yet, just as we ask believers "what was before God?", we must ask the boffins "what was before the Big Bang?"

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Bill Gates-backed SOLAR POO RAYGUN COMMODE unveiled

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Re: Sounds a good idea...

That's a movement we can all get behind, erm, on second thought ....

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BuzzGasm: 9 Incredible Things You Never Knew About PLIERS!

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cute bit of whimsy

Well, I enjoyed it.

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Web inventor Berners-Lee: I so did NOT see this cat vid thing coming

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surprised by the popularity of kittens

I guess so, him being a dog owner. o.O

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Show more CANADIAN-MADE PORN, insists Canadian government

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Take it off, eh?

Gives new meaning to 'hosers'.

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Google! and! Facebook! IDs! face! Yahoo! login! BAN!

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You can roll the turd in glitter.

Ooh, shiny!

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Relief when urine trouble becomes latest capacity-sharing service

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useful for the ladies, perhaps

Drunk guys at MG will just step to the nearest wall and relieve themselves.

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Ever get the impression a telesales op was being held prisoner?

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Riverdance

The headline reminded me of a recurring bit on Prairie Home Companion about young Irish lads and lasses held prisoner in a moving van who are trucked around the country and forced to perform Riverdance at dinner theatres.

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New FBI boss says cyber crime, not terrorism, is top of Feds' todo list

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stopping cyber-terrorism

So, the FBI will be going after the NSA now?

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Taiwan Mobile unveils Granny-tracker smart bracelet

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Facepalm

music they listened to that day ....

Hmm, did I listen to Walkure today or was that yesterday?

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New Doctor Who's new costume newly REVEALED by Beeb

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Grats to Capaldi

for snagging the role of Dr Who. I only know him from The Thick of It but he did a bang-up job as MT and it would be nice to see him as a good guy so, hopefully, it will air in America. Never seen Dr Who but I understand it's quite an institution over there and thus a plum assignment for him.

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Aer Lingus opts for Tegile arrays, snubs EMC in shock move

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Re: Cunning.

Aer Cunning? Cunning Aer? I don't get it.

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Prof Stephen Hawking: 'There are NO black holes' – they're GREY!

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So ...

It's nothing like the Disney movie, then?

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Candy Crush dev stuffs EU 'candy' trademark down gob

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What about Hasbro?

Good it only covers games on mobile devices, that probably means Candy Land is safe. But what if Hasbro wants to develope a version of their game for mobile devices, would they not be able to call it Candy Land?

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Ex-Oracle manager claims he was fired for asking to give Indian staff equal pay

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probably should have left it

qt the Indian employee thing since he seems to have some documentation (emails, etc) that can bolster his case and foregone the 'they fired me because I was a mick' angle since he was a mick when they hired him.

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Connecting Gmail to Google+ is SENSELESS, says Digg founder

thomas k.

Re: google idiots

Depends on where your interests lie, I suppose.

The commenters on the classical music selections are generally a pretty respectful bunch; Sebastien Letocart, for example, has been keeping up a running dialog with commenters regarding his completion of the finale to Bruckner's 9th.

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Boffins claim battery BREAKTHROUGH – with rhubarb-like molecule

thomas k.

Bebop-a-rebop

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mq08wFhAGgc

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Coca Cola slurps millions of MAC addresses

thomas k.

If this means ...

that those machines with the video screens which display looped commercials could be hacked to turn the damned things off (or, at least, switch them to pr0n channels), I'm all for it.

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Excise Xmas prezzie indecision MISERY with El Reg’s gift guide²

thomas k.

Re: Parent present

No, this demands thought leadership! Call Bruce Schneier instead.

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Security guru Bruce Schneier to leave employer BT

thomas k.
WTF?

'thought leadership'?

Is this a commonly used phrase in England (but which might perplex us 'merkins) or is it actually just what it sounds like - fatuous, management blathering.

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REVEALED: How YOU PAY extra for iPHONES - even if you DON'T HAVE ONE

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How much fiber?

Wow, how much fiber roll-out would $12-14 billion have provided for?

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NSA spied on 'radicalisers' porn surfing so as to discredit them, reveals Snowden

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Re: chickens coming home to roost

Well, I certainly didn't mean to imply that our security services shouldn't try everything to prevent Jihadist attacks, but is this really the best they can come up with, especially considering that the general opinion being that this massive spying machine has had precious little effect in actually preventing any such.

Besides, the oligarchy prefers that we *are* subject to terrorist attacks once in a while as it justifies their efforts to exert ever more control over us, with our panicked approval.

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chickens coming home to roost

"The tactic of using potentially embarrassing information to undermine targets is not new or surprising."

Seems like the NSA and the US government are getting a taste of their own medicine here. Good work, Ed.

As fo Sauce for the Goose, why would they want to reveal the dirt on our guys and gals, that would reduce the leverage they can exert on them, wouldn't it?

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SuperStride Me: Reg man attempts to walk off GIANT CURRY

thomas k.

Quiet?

"Quiet, well-designed and pleasant to use."

Yet, in Part 1, you told us:

"I quickly noticed the treadmill's noise. Each footfall makes a sound and like the treadmill they get louder as speed increases. At 3kmph, the treadmill starts to make a mechanical whine that well and truly rises above background noise." And, "[...] also found the increased cadence meant more and louder footfalls because the treadmill emitted a louder and more annoying pitch."

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Google makes Gmail EVEN NOISIER, or should that be nosier?

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Good thing then ...

That I don't actually use GMail.

I've had an account for years which I've never, ever used then I recently made a new one (shorter name, so less typing) just to register my Nexus 7 with and which has received a few confirmations of app purchases.

I must be the one of the few people in the world who actually uses their ISP POP3 account.

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Hyenas FACEBOOK each other with their ARSES: FACT

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Fecebook!

OMG, don't tell Zuckerberg about this!

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Want to go to billionaire Sun kingpin's beach? Hope you're a strong swimmer

thomas k.

nice business oportunity

Seems like some money could be made by offering a water-taxi service from a publicly accessible location over to this stretch of beach. Or maybe just do it for free to piss the guy off.

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Bonking boffins say bacon biters won't breed

thomas k.

"the small sample size ..."

I see what you did there

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Atomic clocks come to your wrist

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Facepalm

Re: $12,000?

Just be careful not to mention the name of the restaurant where you're having lunch when you tweet that you're wearing your "cool new, super expensive" wristwatch. o.O

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Washington Post officially sold to Amazon's Bezos for quarter of a Tumblr

thomas k.

And on a sad, but only tangentally-related note

New York City Opera, having raised only $2 million of the $7 million it needed to keep going, is going titsup after 69 years, it was announced.

If you're throwing millions around (a mere pittance to you) on cultural relics of a bygone era, this one could sure use your help, Mr. Bezos.

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Congrats on MP3ing your music... but WHY bother? Time for my ripping yarn

thomas k.

somewhat better sound?

I recently purchased an MP3 of a Bruckner 7th conducted by Hans Rosbaud from 1957 on Amazon.

Wonderful performance but the string sections sounded like they only had 2 players each and there was also a curious lack of reverberance so I bought it on CD and made my own rip - much more satisfying, full-bodied sound, apparent even on my N900.

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Google tentacle slips over YouTube comments: Now YOUR MUM is at the top

thomas k.
Facepalm

Re: Filtering

Indeed! This would no doubt have prevented my seeing this comment on Ylvis' video "What Does the Fox Say?": "And this is why alien species don't stop here in their search for intelligent life."

Totally awesome comment (even if totally inapplicable to this video).

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Austerity BITES: Greece ends extra hols for civil servants forced to use hated COMPUTERS

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Re: crooks

Geez, I wonder if they learned this by observing our Western financial institutions, who take our money and 'invest' it in things which always seem to go tits up, so that the money 'disappears', and then our governments bail them out using our tax dollars.

Money is like energy, however, it doesn't disappear - it has to go somewhere, probably into those private off-shore bank account holding umpteen trillions of dollars the Grauniad uncovered.

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Can't fit slab AND mobe in your tight pockets? 10 tablets with built-in 3G/4G

thomas k.

USB OTG on Nexus 7

Please stop repeating that canard about the Nexus 7 not supporting USB OTG.

It supports keyboards and mice out of the box and flash drive file transfer (read and write) through a 3rd party app, Nexus Media Importer, $4 in the Play store. No rooting required, btw.

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IT bloke denies trying to shag sheep outside football ground

thomas k.
Coat

Keep your Magpie Close ...

but your sheep closer.

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Google Nexus 7 2013: Fondledroids, THE 7-inch slab has arrived

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Love it, love it, love it!

Beautifully made device, the workmanship is superb.

Waited to get mine till they issued the GPS & touch fixes, not that I use GPS and in fact turned off all location related options in Settings first thing.

Bought this as an addition/supplement to my N900, since it was way less than half of what an HTC One costs. The stereo is really quite nice, very clean and crisp with plenty of volume so couldn't be more pleased on that score.

USB OTG works great with Nexus Media Importer (no rooting, so no voiding the warranty), I can copy from or write to USB drives, I can stream music from USB drives (though only with the Google Play Music app, for some reason).

I can stream my music from Amazon Cloud with the Cloud Player.

I can browse the Public folder on my home NAS (still trying to access my private folder). I can browse my Win7 desktop PC (and shared USB hard drives on that).

And, with Flash player installed and using Dolphin HD browser, I have full access to Flash content - woohoo!

Video looks great, btw, especially nice to watch 1080p videos on youtube.

All in all, couldn't be more pleased with this thing, far surpasses my Playbook (and weighs a lot less, too).

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Furious Frenchies tell Apple to bubble off: Bling iPhone isn't 'champagne'

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I'm torn between ...

suggesting Gold Mist or Golden Shower as suitable alternatives to Champaigne.

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Myst: 20 years of point-and-click adventuring

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1st game on 1st PC

Myst was the very first game I ever bought and played on my very first PC, a P200mHz HP running Win95, back in '98.

Lord, that led to a whole string of similar adventure games, mostly from Sierra, until Half-Life and System Shock 2 came out and I got hooked on FPSes.

Thanks for bringing back some fond memories.

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