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Google has filed paperwork with the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for a mysterious new media player device, leading to widespread speculation that a successor to the ill-fated Nexus Q may be forthcoming. But if that's true, what's with the Douglas Adams references? The paperwork, published on the FCC's site on …


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  1. Tom 35 Silver badge


    It is powered by the infinite improbability drive.

    It will allow you to stream high quality, original Hollywood movies, for a reasonable price, available anywhere in the world at the same time.

    1. Anomalous Cowturd

      Re: Maybe

      In your dreams, son. Only in your dreams.

    2. Steven Roper
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      Re: Maybe

      "It will allow you to stream high quality, original Hollywood movies, for a reasonable price, available anywhere in the world at the same time."

      No, it will come with a Sirius Cybernetics Corporation GPP that will explain, in appropriately dulcet tones, that while it would normally be delighted to provide such a service for you, it regretfully advises that copyright law prevents it from providing said service in your country, apologises for the inconvenience, and provides you with a substitute that is almost, but not quite, entirely unlike the Hollywood movie you were looking for.

  2. sisk Silver badge
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    840=a harmonic of 42 by some creative math (8, 4 in the 2nd position [4*2], 0 to indicate the position of the factor in the string)

    No doubt it will come with at app, the icon for which will be a thumb, to flag down passing spaceships.

    (Yes, yes, I know, I'm trying too hard. My only excuse is it's Monday.)

    1. ashdav

      As a possible explanation for the significance of the number 42 see here

      Watch 48.00 to 49.15

      Mr R.P. Feynman, you've got to love him.

      As an aside I've had the "Don't Panic" wallpaper on my S2 for nearly 2yrs,

      Yes I do have a life,

  3. Martin 71 Silver badge
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    Or it's an electronic guidebook

    Connected to the HHG offices via ... something improbable?

  4. Kevin McMurtrie Silver badge

    And next

    H840 revision 2 would shorten nicely to "Hate 42".

  5. Jason Hindle

    "– though, in true Wikipedia fashion, that "wisdom" often proved fairly dubious."

    What? Is El Reg saying we are not mostly harmless?

  6. Anonymous Coward
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    Well, if Google were to sell its own take on the HHGG

    I for one would buy it - but only if it had "Don't Panic" on the cover, and contained the kind of apocryphal misinformation that would make Wikipedia look like the Encyclopaedia Britannica.

  7. Tom 35 Silver badge


    Will it come with a towel?

  8. stuartnz

    A new Google Mantra?

    No longer "Don't Be Evil", now just "SHARE AND ENJOY", perhaps? (Only the top half, of course)

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