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Google founder sinks $45m in toy boat

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tongue twister

Did you know that "toy boat" is difficult to repeat several times quickly without mispronouncing? Try it! (It will amuse your cubicle neighbor.)

Liverpool forward faces possible grilling over 'joke' Twitter pic

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The umpire strikes back

In the 1980s, at an American baseball game, the organ player was thrown out of the game for playing "Three Blind Mice" to protest a call.

DARPA, NASA team on '100-Year Starship' project

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Beware the New Sovietsky

A colleague of mine commented:

'Actually, the original Heinlein multigenerational spaceship concept was found in "Orphans of the Sky" in 1941, but otherwise the article is right on target. "Time for the Stars" was published in 1956.

'Parenthetically, the Register's writer misses the biggest problem with an organization like the Long Range Foundation: how to keep it focused on technology advancement, instead of turning, over time, into a funding source for Marxist entities trying to create the New Soviet Man. The record of the Ford Foundation is illustrative in this regard.'

Israel to join list of 'adequate' data protection nations

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Um. what other fighting nation...

...has done what Israel did during the Gaza War? Before dropping bombs, the IDF sent an Arabic text-message to each civilian cell phone, urging the phone owner to stay out of harm's way. This was one of the many ways Israel sought to minimize civilian casualties. They're documented at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaza_war#Air_strikes if you care to learn about them. I'm guessing you're not.

Tesla Motors: Our cars don't burst into flame, but our emails do

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This isn't the first time she went after an unflattering newswriter

It's deja vu all over again. Check out the March 2009 Gawker.com post, Tesla Flack Bitches About 'Silicon Valley Gossip Blog'.

Too bad, 'cause she's kinda cute.

Samsung backs Windows Phone 7 for the duration

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Samsung feels the love for Microsoft's search engine

Samsung, Samsung....isn't that the phone maker that loads it Google phone with a Microsoft search engine (Bing), locks down that search engine so the user can't replace it, and fails to forewarn them?

School caretaker jailed for fitting up colleague

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Error 404?

Dude,

Here in the colonies, your URL is a link to nowhere. Can you double-check it?

Moms stand firm against antenna madness

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When those kids apply for college...

...the admissions officer will glance at the kid's address and think, "He's from that town of morons!"

Moses' parting of the Red Sea: New sim explains whole thing

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But according to Jewish tradition, there were 12 splits

According to Jewish oral tradition (Midrash), the river split in 12 tunnels--one for each tribe. There were other features that the simulation would not account for. For details, Google ""further thoughts on beshalach".

Second SMS Android Trojan targets smut-seeking Russians

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The exploit preys on Androiders' dismal sex life

...since several articles last month reported (wrongly) that Android users get less "action." (Actually, they've had fewer partners.)

iPhone users get more sex than Android fans

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Then you independently parrotted CNET's and OK Cupid's' unfounded inference?

that more partners = more sex? Though CNET readers had pointed out the fallacy? The more's the shame.

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Don't blame Reg; they got it from CNET (USA)

And CNET drew the same asinine conclusion:

"Study: iPhone grippers have more sex than Android clutchers"

http://news.cnet.com/8301-17852_3-20013268-71.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20

AOL sales drop by a quarter, reports billion dollar loss

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AIM isn't bad

When they go, I hope they don't kill AIM, their instant message program. It federates with iChat and Gmail Chat; and it now lets you chat with your FaceBook friends.

Mozy insists: It's not a bug...

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If I'm on a 5GB/month data plan...

...and Mozy's unpredictable ways bust the budget while I sleep, without prompting me to approve, will Mozy pay my overfee?

Mozy users caught in repeat backup hell

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Mozy on over to Box.et

Recently, Box.net began to provide free synchronization for users with business accounts. In August, the company will let all paying customers synch. I love Box.net; it integrates with LinkedIn and many more sites. I can't wait for synching. With Box, I pay more, but I get more.

Office 2010 retail sales shaken, not stirred

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Even better than Open Office is the German-made...

SoftMaker Office 2010. Test after test finds it more compatible with MS Office. I find it the easiest to use. Ever since I switched to it, my blood pressure has gone down. At about $80 U.S. for 3 licenses, it's not free, but it's a terrific value.

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still no support for nonmodal headers and footers

After, what, 15 years? MS Word still won't show headers and footers in full color. Nor will it let you edit the header or footer without switching into header/footer mode. WordPerfect does. FrameMaker does. OpenOffice does. Softmaker Office's TextMaker does. Why, oh why, doesn't MS Word?

Adobe's second AIR defies Jobs' Flash iPhobia

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I just installed it on my work PC...

Oops! No I didn't: I don't have admin rights. I can't even upgrade Flash.

Motorola punts mega huge Droid phone

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Take it from a science & technology writer...

Rik can write! Great article--a worthy rebuttal to those who sniff, "Readers want just the facts; context and tone don't matter."

Zappos.com's little sister loses $1.6m in pricing cockup

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Contrast Zappos's response with Chrysler's

in the 1980s, when minivans ruled, Chrysler was giving away a Dodge minivan to whoever bought a cereal box with the winning ticket inside. By mistake, 12 winning tickets found their way into cereal boxes. Chrysler refused to honor any claims but the first, missing a chance to gain favorable publicity.

Lenovo ThinkPad Edge

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ThinkPad vs. MacBook

I'm a ThinkPad fanboy; my 21-year-old daughter is strictly MacBook. Ironically (for her), at the medical school she hopes to attend, every student is issued (and must use) a ThinkPad. Guess which med school Dad is rooting for?

Fujitsu president was sacked, not sick

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We understand, Fujitsu

"Fujitsu asked for understanding as to why it did not reveal the full facts at the time. Nozoe has also been sacked as a senior adviser."

We understand that the next time your PR people issue a statement, it may not include the whole truth.

Microsoft delivers official Word on Office 2010 'tech guarantee' plan

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If you like Office 2007, you'll love Office 2010

Yawn. I paid $20 for a plugin that lets Office 2007 look and feel like Office 2003. Now I use SoftMaker Office 2010, a David to Redmond's Goliath. Bye-bye, MS Office.

Windows Phone 7 blocks out popular HTC model, blames buttons

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Upward compatibility is overrated

I've been using an HTC 6800 for 2 years, running Windows Mobile 6.1 (originally 6.0). But I don't begrudge Microsoft for refusing to shackle progress to the ghosts of smartphones past. Nor do I begrudge them for failing to provide a clean upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7. Nor did i begrudge Apple when the company broke clean from the Motorola CISC CPU to migrate to an IBM RISC CPU. Nor...

Google Buzz leaves privacy concerns ringing in ears

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It's the only social media service I can use at work

Here in the offices of the U.S. Federal Gummint , Facebook is blocked. All chat programs are blocked. Twitter is blocked. But wonder of wonders, Buzz is not.

Arab conned into marrying bearded lady

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In Jewish tradition, the groom lifts the bride's veil...

...ever since Laban pulled a switcheroo on Jacob, substituting older-sister Leah for her sister Rachel.

Office 2010 Release Candidate taps small pool of testers

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I've been happily using Office 2010 retail

SoftMaker Office 2010, that is. No more crashes, no more freezes, no more ribbons--just complete compatibility (are you listening, Open Office?) at about € 23 ($27) a seat for a 3-license pack. Try it for free and compare it to Open Office; for me, it was no contest. http://www.softmaker.com/english/ofw_en.htm

US CIOs say the work is piling up

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Companies should give overworked workers a daily bonus...

...for doing the work of 1.7 workers.

Offline Gmail kisses up to attachments - at last

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It's about time

At work, I connect to the Web by tethering my PC to my smartphone. It's embarrassing to think you've sent the client a file, only to be asked, "Where's the attachment?" because my phone tether had disconnected. I'd rather Gmail had not sent the message at all than sent it without the attachment.

Fring brings Skype video calls to mobile

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OctoTalk has been developing this for other platforms

OctroTalk 2.0 with Video Calling doesn't use Skype, but competing IM programs whose desktop versions support video. And it's not free.

http://www.octrotalk.com/

MS says so sorry to Sidekick users

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a "system failure"?

Excuse me: It was a a human failure of colossal proportions...attempts to depersonify it notwithstanding.

Seagate reveals 1TB FreeAgent

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could be useful in the right external backup drive case

These might fit the external cases available from Other World Computing's (OWC's) Mercury On the Go portable backup drives; I know that these cases can hold 12.5mm disks; that's how they now are able to be sold with 750GB capcacity:

http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/firewire/on-the-go

Axeman cometh: Microsoft lays off 27 staff

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overpaid, clueless PR hacks

"...we are taking these necessary actions to realign our resources against our top priorities."

Do these Public Relations people have any idea how wording like this comes across as slick, evasive, and unsympathetic? Can they adduce a shred of evidence to demonstrate that such sterile wording, devoid of humanity, makes their company look better off, not worse off?

PS: When you realign something, you move it, or its parts; realigning is not about subtracting.

Hitachi factories punch out 500GB, 7200rpm laptop HDD

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Nice to see Seagate get some competition in 500GB 7200rpm

Notebook power users, rejoice! Too bad it came too late for back-to-school installations.

PCI organisation confirms PCIe 3.0 delay

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a pox on backward compatibility

I'm in the minority here, but too much goodness is sacrificed on the alter of backward compatibility. It was a mistake for CD-ROMs to be bare (unencased), subject to scratches and fingerprints. Pity that that mistake was repeated, first with DVD and then with Blu-Ray.

Man blames cat for child porn downloads

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Reminds me of the U.S. school principal...

...who, after inserting his memory stick into a school PC, watched in horror as Google' Picasa swept the stick for images and thumbnailed naked babe after naked babe onto the auditorium screen as the entire school looked on. The principal explained that his son must have been using the memory stick.

Samsung samples 500GB laptop HDD

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Its precedessor used one more platter

This 2-platter drive replaces the 3-platter 500GB SpinPoint M6 released in 2008:

http://www.engadget.com/2008/01/06/samsung-intros-spinpoint-m6-500gb-standard-height-laptop-drive/

http://www.engadget.com/2008/06/10/samsung-stops-teasing-brings-spinpoint-m6-500gb-stateside/

It was Hitachi that released a 2.5-inch 500GB hard drive that, at 12.5mm, was too tall to fit a standard laptop, no doubt making life miserable for its public relations folks:

http://www.engadget.com/2008/01/03/hitachis-5k500-e5k500-hit-the-mythical-500gb-mark-for-laptops/

DHS offers glimpse into life of its top snot'n'slobber expert

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Enough with the Snotty remarks...

May I remind you, dear readers, that it was the Reg who ridiculed DHS's LED Incapacitator (dubbing it the Puke Ray). That device went on to win one of Time Magazine's 35 Inventions of the Year, for its ability to spare lives.

Sun confirms second round of layoffs

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Stupid PR-speak

"Sun continues to make important choices to streamline operations and align resources to best address market opportunity and position the company for improved financial performance and long term growth."

As a technical write who works among "writers" in pubic-relations--oops, I mean public affairs--I ask once again: Can anyone show me statistical or clinical evidence that this sort of unctuous PR writing (especially, "We are committed to...") actually works? That it persuades readers to nod their heads in agreement? That it changes hearts and minds? That the folks who write it are worth more than, say, double the minimum wage?

Yeah. I thought not.

Nortel staff sacked without redundancy payout

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Severence pay is a privilege, not a right.

I've been caught in the layoff net at least six times. The last time I received any severance pay was 1981.

But I'll tell you what's disturbing: As reported by the Washington Post, more and more U.S. companies that lay off staff are trying to get out of paying penalties into the state's unemployment fund, by claiming that the employee was fired for cause...even if the employee had recently received nice raises and kudos for a job well done.

Pirate Bay prosecutors get jiggy with charge sheet - again

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Tim Shears got it right: "It's pick on David, not Goliath"

A woman I know once was pulled over for speeding on the highway. "Everyone else was going even faster," she said; "Why didn't you stop them?"

"Because I could catch YOU," answered the cop.

Tim Shears Posted Wednesday 25th February 2009 17:22 GMT:

"All of those have a better search at torrents then PBT do and yet none of them are in the case....maybe it should be "let's pick on the little guy"

Verizon preps LTE rollout for 2010

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Pssst! Consumers: Let 4G wireless be your home Internet gateway

With the U.S. economy in shambles, customers are abaondoning cable--or at least premium cable--like rats on a sinking ship. Millenials are so savvy, I can see an entire generation deciding, "Why should I subscribe to ANY landline hgh-speed access when I can connect my computers to the Internet through my my 4G phone?" That would be cable and DSL's worst nightmare.

Boffin: Lost Stradivarius violin tech reverse-engineered

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So it's NOT the varnish?

I'm humbled by Rick Stockton's erudite post, but I'll post what I was planning to post: Decades ago, PBS's NOVA did an episode called something like, "The Secret of Stradivarius." According to that show, tests revealed that the special sound owed itself to a special varnish. If memory serves, NOVA revealed the varnish's formula.

Then again, Rick's argument--that varnish is just a minor factor--sounds sensible.

Seagate promises second fault fix in 24 hours

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rushing can be a recipe for disaster

Anonymous Coward (Wednesday 21st January 2009 13:53 GMT) hit the nail on the head when writing:

"it's actually hard to rush out an emergency fix without screwing up....You usually have Someone Important And Angry leaning over your shoulder saying helpful things like "we need it yesterday" and "we can't afford for this to go wrong", and of course that's when people make mistakes. Familiar processes and checks get bypassed in the interests of speed so when someone drops a bollock, no-one notices until it's too late."

Ever wonder why the world has seen only a handful of photos showing the Allies' invasion of Normandy on D-Day? Photojournalist Robert Capa had shot hundreds of frames, rushing the film to New York. But some idiot boss breathed down the neck of the film technician. The technician emerged from the darkroom, sick with grief, to confess that--pressured to deliver yesterday--he had screwed up the development of all but a few frames.

Seagate firmware fix bricks Barracudas

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I've bought 4 aCie's BigTriple 1GB RAID1 drives...

...to standardize on spare Seagate 7200.11 replacement 500GB drives, as used in the first two. I was dismayed to discover that the third and fourth units are using drives from Samsung and a third brand. Now I'm thinking that variety ain't such a bad thing.

Canon Digital Ixus 980 IS compact camera

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The same consumers who demand 14 megapixels...

...will downsample their pics to 0.8 megapixel to share them on FaceBook.

Vodafone next-gen 3G trial hits 16Mb/s

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Upload speeds are the holy grail

...so we can videochat in real time.

There's no riddle to Dell's Limerick move

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The severance package is sweet

While I feel sorry for those who will be losing their jobs, let's put things in perspective. Here in the states, I've been laid off eight times in 30 years. The last time I received severance pay was 1981: I was given 4 weeks' pay for my 3 years of work. I thank my stars that I work in a country where a company can kick me out on the street with no compensation: It's this very mobility that makes them more willing to hire me in the first place. The opposite situation is found in countries like France, where it's so costly to lay someone off that businesses won't add workers unless absolutely necessary.

LaCie showcases hella-expensive display

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Buy it when the model is 2-3 years old

Scott Broukell posted Friday 9th January 2009 10:26 GMT"

"I'm sure I'm not alone in this regard, but I find the best bang for your buck is to use kit that is 2 -3 years old. I love to read the reviews on new stuff and gasp at the prices knowing that the bits I choose will be mine for a lot less in two years or so (mostly)."

I'm completely with you, Scott. Whenever possible, I buy second-hand, reconditioned, B-stock--be it a car, a camera, a display, or even a hard drive. Hell, I even acquired my first and second wives second-hand! But back in 1993, I "needed" a large display with 1600 x 1200 resolution at a refresh rate of 75 Hz or higher so I could do technical publishing. The only offerings were Nokia's new 445X 21-inch color CRT (102 kHz scan rate) at $2550 U.S. and Matrox's 4GB graphics board at $930 U.S. I had to take out a 3-year loan to buy them. Now, thankfully, one can buy a monitor and board with specs that put these to shame, without breaking the bank. By the way, my family still uses that Nokia monitor on one of its PCs!

Lenovo 'planning' to slash 200 jobs

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This saddens me...

Lenovo's brilliant ThinkPad system is about all that keeps me from defecting to Mac. It's a pity that people have become so focused on bottom-dollar cost that a company can't be assured success by focusing on superior engineering.

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