* Posts by Mage

7558 posts • joined 23 Nov 2007

Ten reasons why you shouldn't buy an iPhone 5

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Sadly more people than it's merits (an it has many) justify will buy it.

Sadly more people than it's price as a phone justifies will buy it,

Also

11. It damages the Economy as Apple takes money out of circulation. Why don't they pay any share dividends?

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iPhones 'excellent for doing experiments on their owners'

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A self selected gullible < 0.1% sample of world Population is representative?

I don't think so.

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Microsoft's Roslyn invites VB to Windows 8 party

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vb.net vs c#

The reason is that vb.net is so different from vb6 that it's easier to go to c# (which *is* really MS Java). Your VB6 source won't run in VB.net anyway.

They left too much good stuff out of vb.net so it's a C programmer's concept of VB. Pointless.

That's why VB.net is less popular than VB6 was and VB programmers migrating to c#

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Provider: Anti-piracy ruling has 'killed Usenet'

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No

What has killed Usenet long ago for real users is

1) The Binaries. Few ISPs will run a NTTP server anymore

2) Spam

Some of us used to use it for real messages. It was 300bps Packet Radio friendly too...

I guess the freetards will get IRC killed next.

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Apple victorious: Courts deny hackintosher's final plea

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Compare retail cost of

a) OS X vs Windows 7

b) Mac compared with similar PC

Apple make their money from the overpriced HW.

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Go Daddy flogs 50 MILLION domains

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Pirate

Validation

How many of these real and how many spammers, con men, money laundering and typo-squatters?

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Linux Foundation merges MeeGo into Tizen

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Taser

What is it with stupid platform names?

So the King is dead, long live the King.

Android is successful BECAUSE it's not 100% an open project. No committee. The problem to date with all other things Linux and Handset related is that they have all been Camels.

We need a strong visionary person or company in control (not Intel or Samsung), otherwise Tizen will be another maemo, Limo, open Moko, Moblin, Meego etc etc failure (qtopia PDA version was too like a WinCE interface, needed stylus and qtopia phone edition was too late). At least it doesn't start with M.

Stupid name though

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGYwWZznMUE

http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/tizen-

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4G or 'faux G', it's a mealy-mouthed marketing mishmash

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But

4G won't deliver broadband performance in the real world either. They will not have enough towers or enough spectrum. HSPA is already near the Shannon Boundary.

So in reality to have entry level Broadband performance you nedd about x9 more masts and about x6 more spectrum. That's never going to happen. No economic argument for it.

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E Ink eyes 30m e-book reader sales in 2011

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If you just want to read

Then eInk is better than LCD. But I found the regular kindle too small.

Most of the PDFs I want to read are SCANS of old books. The text is just too small.

If you are reading a book you can't be zooming and scrolling on each page either.

If I want Video the TV is best, or if on a plane/train the old Archos 4.3" with 800x600 and 160Gbyte HDD.

If I want to do a mix of things a real laptop running Windows XP is still best. 1600 x 1200. I have separate Ubuntu laptop.

The tablets seem best suited for browsing material and people with short attention span:

Reading 3 page docs rather than 300 pages

Watching 3 minute YouTube rather than 3 hr HD feature film

Writing 3 line message/Note rather than 3 page to 30 page document.

Flipping through a dozen web sites rather than maintaining one or reading in depth Articles.

So Smart Phones, Tablets. Real Notebook/Laptops, Pocket PMP too large as a phone too small as a tablet and eReaders are really complementary different markets.

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Does white space need to be Weightless?

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Let's dedicate a Band for TV and nothing else...

We don't need a new protocol.

Also it should be OFDMA not single carrier TDMA

But basically it should not happen at all. It's stunningly stupid.

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Who owns 4G mobile technology?

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Look and Feel and UI

IMO those mostly should not be allowed patents and Copyright/Registered design should only apply to distinctive design.

i.e. a Polo mint or Tobelerone bar but not a Lego Brick shape can be a trademark.

There should be no protection at all for a slab with rounded corners.

Only Xerox is entitled to money for a UI that uses Icon and Menus. Pen, touch, gesture, tracker ball and mouse demonstrated and written up in 1970s. Not just the mouse.

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Ofcom asks Arqiva to stick price on 600MHz spectrum

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"so it would fit six new HD TV channels"

56 MHz / 8MHz = 7

That's not 7 HDTV channels. That's potentially 7 x DVB-T2 Multiplexes.

If you used robust coding and DVB-T2 (all UK Freeview HD boxes get DVB-T2 and older DVB-T boxes and TVs won't receive MPEG4 / HD anyway) then you have maybe 25Mbps, allowing about 3 or 4 statistically muxed HDTV channels. It's likely possible to do 6 HDTV channels on one DVB-T2 mux with less robust coding.

But for a Nationwide Network you can't use all 7 mux everywhere, as a SFN will likely not work nationally.

So maybe between 2 and 3 Mux Nationally, maybe SFN in some areas and thus between 6 channels and 18 channels Nationally. Depending on Coverage and Quality.

If you leave out areas with co-channel interference (satellite?) maybe you could have 4 Mux nationally and 80% coverage with 20+ HDTV channels.

TV3 in Ireland only had about 80% coverage on Analogue. Five coverage on Analogue wasn't great which is why they were on Analogue Satellite before Sky Digital Launched.

Any commercial deployment will care about most channels for least Multiplexes and 75% to 80% coverage if allowed as 99% coverage nearly triples the cost for <18% more advertising revenue as likely rural people have satellite, and only existing Satellite or Cable channels might consider this expensive addition.

Really actually it's not economically viable.

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Local radio stations band together against DAB

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Switch off FM BandII?

And what value is the Spectrum for anything else given it's too low a frequency for Cell type management and the Community stations would still be on FM Band II anyway.

FCC, Ofcom and Comreg have all lost the plot on service planing and spectrum management.

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Microsoft faces fresh antitrust probes in Ireland and Spain

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Coat

Fat chance of them being investigated by the Irish Authorities!

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Netflix: How to completely screw up

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They should offer Stream to Watch + buy DVD/BD physical Disk.

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Microsoft's high-risk Windows 8 .NET switch

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GDI is horrid, but at least unlike DirectX it's designed for Window Icon Mouse Pointer interface, DirectX is a huge monster of an Adhoc interface invented to make porting DOS Games easy.

COM was stupid and it's offspring DCOM evil.

Is there no-one left in MS that can do real OS design or is it dominated by Xbox, Zune and Win95 games folks?

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NASA releases asteroid flyby video from Dawn probe

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Alien

Still no sighting of the Soup Dragon?

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Verity's secret shame revealed

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Such irony

Win8 goes back to DOS 2.11!

In DOS 2.11 you could redefine "switchchar" from / to - and thus options on command line are -h -x etc rather than /h /x etc. A side effect was that the Path character became / instead of \

I'm not sure when they added subdirectories, Early DOS didn't have them. DOS2.x something was likely the first.

I just use a password Address book. Which I don't keep in the Laptop bag.

And passwords that look like N5hX1qfap

I only memorise my main login.

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RIM share price nosedives following stinky numbers

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Won't be hard for MS to come third I'm thinking. All they need to do is stay on the Market.

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Celebrating the 55th anniversary of the hard disk

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Why Drums?

Didn't anyone pay attention to Music? Edison's Phonograph (drum) was awkward and "blown away" by the disc.

Emile Berliner Gramophone discs from 1886!

http://www.techtir.ie/history/innovators

So why did ANYONE ever build a magnetic drum and not go straight to disc storage? The machines to cut masters even had linear tracking servo arms.

I've never understood why drum storage was built.

We are lucky I suppose that the first optical drive was disc (Sony/Philips CD) and not a drum.

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Big Apple fake Apple stores agree to rat out suppliers

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What is baffling is that Apple has the biggest profit margin, is one of the most successful gadget companies and yet Foxconn that make it are making a loss?

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How gizmo maker's hack outflanked copyright trolls

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I have no interest in having one of these, but unlike many shiny gadgets it's really innovative.

If the other end of the WiFi link though was a box monitoring the cooker, doors, freezer etc to put up alerts I might be interested though.

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Scientists discover Tatooine-style world 200 lightyears off

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It was long ago though.

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Powermat crafts wireless Duracell Bunny boiler

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Pointless

The power mat needs a PSU, it's less portable, it uses up more table surface and it needs a cable to the mains.

"Wireless charging" is pointless gimmick for people too lazy to find the end of the cable and plug it into their gadget.

It's less efficient and limited in power compared to a direct cable.

I'd also be surprised if it doesn't generate more interference too.

Or are Duracell going to sell rechargeable power mats, or worse, ones with disposable cells?

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AMD snags Guinness World Record for clockiest chip

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But...

How much liquid nitrogen does it use?

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AMD: Windows-8-on-ARM app compatibility is relative

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Deja Vu?

Anyway, ironically DOS applications will be fine.

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AMD: Windows-8-on-ARM app compatibility is relative

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DOS

DOS programs will run better than on NT4, Win2K, XP, Vista or Win7 ...

As long as you install the 3rd party Dosbox for ARM. the x86 Dosbox VM runs DOS programs better than NTVDM on x86 XP. Also runs them on Linux.

16 bit windows will run *IN* DOS box on ARM quite well too.

Java, Flash, Air, .NET applications will all run.

It's 32bit and 64bit Native Windows applications that either won't run at all, or like a pig in a VM.

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Cello C42T71DVB-3D 42in passive 3D TV

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Coffee/keyboard

Contrast

Any contrast issues are LCD related. Nothing to do with type of back light.

If you don't mind the depth, only expensive RGB led true back light (not "white" LED edge lit) is maybe better than CCFL or CFL.

It's too expensive.

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Galaxy Tab remains illegal in Germany

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Blind Droidtards?

Of course it looks the same. What other way is there?

The Pen & Pad I designed in 1988 looked the same too.

The issue inst the similarity, the issue is does Apply have exclusivity to a simple rectangular shape with a rectangular screen.

Yes it could look like a Cardassian terminal. But that would be as stupid as cars with Octagonal wheels.

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Designer styles bendy Samsung smartphone

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Doing a Gizmodo?

Art student renderings are news now?

Rendered 3rd party imaginings are rarely ever practical or influence anything.

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How Apple's Lion won't let you trash documents

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Not a new idea, but badly done

IBM had that idea in mind for OS/2

I described it in 1988 for a Pen & Pad Operating system.

But Apple has made a mess of implementing it.. Because they are not good at actual real development, only taking industry standard stuff and adding their own candy.

I can think of nothing Apple has done that's original. Except maybe the unique and poor 5.25" floppy format of the original Apple II drives. Lowest capacity at the time?

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IBM, 3M glue chips into silicon skyscrapers

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Samsung

About 4 years ago Samsung doing ARM SoC, RAM and Flash, one 3mm high package, three layered chips. Doesn't work with x86. The RAM and FLASH would fry.

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Skype: Microsoft's $8.5 billion identity tool

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as much as 40 per cent of website user accounts being fraudulent.

Hmm

About 300 members and 11,500 rejected spammers.

I make that about 97% fraudulent.

Real Names is a fraction of the 300 valid non-fraudulent members.

Or...

You could say we audit so well that none of the 300 are spammers. 100% of the user accounts are not fraudulent.

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DNS hijack hits The Register: All well

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Unhappy

Nothing here all day

Even If I typed in the IP of El Reg

I think the ISP must have "pulled the plug".

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Samsung outs 5in Galaxy Note as new smartphone concept

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4" is the limit

5" is too big unless it's a 3:1 or maybe 2.5:1 form factor. Too wide.

The iPhone looks like older "tablet" devices. How distinctive can a rectangle that is as much display as possible on front going to be? You don't want a Lemon or Toblerone shaped handset?

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Openwave sues: Asks for halt on iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry

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Nokia Communicator

Before Nokia SW sank in a morass of Bureaucracy.

I had one. Fax worked well. Email perfect.

I had a company account so they paid for double timeslot GSM so Web browsing was 28k. I only had 19K on the home phone line.

The office used ISDN, DSL was in office end of 2001.

I liked my Nokia Brick. You could do real work on it too.

I have no idea of the virtue of these claims though.

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UK to make White Space devices legal

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Morons

Idiots

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Mac Lion blindly accepts any LDAP password

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Enterprise?

Does not compute. Macs are not for Enterprise. Even Apple agrees. It's a consumer product. Didn't they scrap their server HW product?

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After Jobs: Apple and the Cult of Disruption

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but but

Apple hasn't changed the world.

You can watch TV, make phone calls, create and consume information easily on a Computer based device, listen to music etc etc without a single Apple product.

They are successful and have slick GUIs. They are very very good at Marketing.

World changing, Innovative, Creative? No.

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Post-Jobs run on overpriced Apple shares fails to occur

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Lost its way?

Acorns grow into great Arms.

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But

Surely the revenue and profits are irrelevant if they never pay profit related dividends.

Apple shares are entirely thus a speculation vehicle as having them gives you no income.

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Samsung refuses to buy HP's PC business

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So HP actually make Laptops?

I thought "desktops" sales now much smaller than Laptop + netbook, and those all outsourced by HP anyway?

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Motorola Atrix Lapdock

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The inherent concept is good

No need to sync bookmarks, documents, email contacts.

It's just not useful till the phone has all functionality of a Netbook and just as good/fast and the phone + dock are similar price. Then why buy both.

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Bad design

Stupid.

The phone should "dock" at the "touch pad" location and then be a touch pad / programmable keys

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Hardware-happy HP has swallowed a Sun death pill

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They bought a shell and some IP

The People that made Autonomy what it is will leave. How long do the founders and visionaries of any of these small companies stay when bought out?

Sidekick

Trolltech

MySQL

HP may have really been facing challenges. But ditching Itanium rather than WebOS would have made more sense.

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New Apple move against Galaxy Tab on Euro front

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Seriously

This Apple crowd need a bloody nose.

They have done some pretty UI stuff. That's it . Zilch other real innovation.

I designed a small tablet with touch screen back in 1987. Basically any such device has certain obvious features that NO-ONE should be able to copyright or patent as they are too obvious.

1) Rectangular as skinny as possible.

2) Rounded corners.

3) Screen takes as much of front as is possible.

4) Icons on the main screen for all the commonly used functions (Since Xerox in 1970s)

5) Maybe a button or two separate from screen.

http://elab.eserver.org/hfl0155.html

My was called the Pen and Pad.

The "pen" had a 2.5mm optically read ball and option for ink (as you can make IR transparent black or coloured ink). Microphone near tip, Earphone at top. Three buttons. WiFi, Bluetooth etc didn't exist then so the Cordless link for voice and data from Pen to Pad was 60kHz Ultrasound. OK the FM receiver had doppler shift issues if you waved it about too much.

If any good lawyer wants to work on a no-win-no-fee maybe the lapsed patent can be revived and we sue EVERY blue tooth headset maker .... :-) I don't think so.

It's time Judges, Juries and patent offices did some real research and stop all this nonsense.

Of course there was the same thing in 1920s over valves and 1930s, 1940s on Radio and TV patents.

Not to mention the despicable behaviour of "Enforcers" of Cine Camera patents at the dawn of Cinema (Nickelodeon isn't a Documentary, but it gives the flavour well).

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HP to 'spinoff PC biz'

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Printers

I think HP make ZERO on printers. Maybe a loss. The profit is all on the Ink.

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HP chief bows to Jobsian cult

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Apple Shares

Are only a Speculation vehicle as they don't pay a dividend.

1990 was the time to buy them, not now when they could be near peak. Apple are actually vulnerable to change in "Fashion" and have very narrow range of product.

But I agree it's terrible:

DEC gets bought by Compaq and all the best stuff thrown away.

HP buys Compaq and seems to chuck the best Compaq and HP stuff away in the Product rationalisation.

HP was once a leading Test gear, semiconductor and optical device company. They became very successful at selling PCs and Laptops that frankly always seemed less than best.

Do they make anything in US still or is it all Foxconn or other Chinese anyway?

Obviously they think the best strategy is to copy IBM.

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Snap said to show iPhone 5s being stacked by bunnies

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Not an iPhone5?

Then they will be sued by Apple :-)

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DARPA shells out $21m for IBM cat brain chip

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Hmm

Really it's nothing like a Cat brain.

Fortunately.

As cats don't have owners, they have hosts.

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