* Posts by detritus

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The case of the disappearing insect. Boffin tells Reg: We don't know why... but we must act

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Mushroom

My personal suspicion over recent years has been aimed squinty-eyed at vehicle emissions — I've no doubt the wholesale abuse of neonics has an impact, but if airborne particulates are killing n-thousand macro fleshies every year, presumably they're having an impact on smaller oxygen exchange systems too?

As well as their emissions, cars encourage the absolute dissection of countries with their roads and motorways which I've again wondered at the impact of. If fields and vales are increasingly cellularised between roads, then they become like those south sea atolls which batter attempts to leave, dashing bodies across sharp coral walls, winds and waves preventing escape.

The root cause could be so many things. It probably is...

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Blade Runner 2049 review: Scott's vision versus Villeneuve's skill

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Re: Another awful reboot like Prometheus...

*wipes spittle from face*

ok, i'll bite, Joerg — what recent-ish movies do you consider worth your while?

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Musk: Come ride my Big F**king Rocket to Mars

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What do people like you gain out of making comments like this?

Is your life in any way improved, or are you still glumly despairing at the blunt end of irrelevancy?

- ed

sorry, @ 'unwarranted triumphalism'

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SpaceX releases Pythonesque video of rocket failures

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Re: The best one there was

This *was* a long time before that memorable XKCD and, more importantly, Kerbal Space Program.

Thanks to the latter especially, I've got a slightly better handle on things :)

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Re: The best one there was

*stands*

I am Feersum Endjinn.

LOVED that book, although it got me into a lot of trouble with friends many years ago as I drunkenly tried to claim that vacuum balloons (as featured quite havily in the book, if I recall correctly?) could possibly help us get in to space, me thinking of 'space' as high up above the karman line, my friends thinking it (probably quite correctly) as orbital velocity. I still remember the pitying looks on their faces as they came to perceive previously unseen strata of my ignorance.

Must be twenty years since I last read it — time to dust it off and give it another read! :)

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Police deny Notting Hill Carnival face recog tech led to wrongful arrest

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"The fact you use the term "each other" shows that you are a racist, well done for enforcing racial stereotypes. You get a white badge."

*calmly closes eyes and gently massages temples whilst deep in psycholuminal analysis*

You're.. white, aren't you?

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Couple fires sueball at Amazon over faulty solar eclipse-viewing goggles

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Boffin

I've been wondering whether this would end up blowing up - certainly seems like a lot in the nerd community have been chomping popcorn in anticipation of Amazon finally getting its comeuppance where fake products are concerned. I've heard numbers like 150k fake glasses sales being bandied around, which isn't a small number where potential sueballs involving physical bodily-harm comes in to play.

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How can you kill that which will not die? Windows XP is back (sorta... OK, not really)

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Thanks for the response, wolfetone, but that wouldn't solve my situation and would merely complicate usage for my very [very] non-techie partner in this endeavour!

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You absolute beauty, G2 - bookmarked and downloading now!

As far as I could tell prior, MS only offered SP3 and SP2 64-bit, neither of which were of any use with my slightly clumsy set up.

Thank you so much!

x

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On the subject - can anyone here point me in the direction of a trustworthy source for XP SPs 1 & 2 (32-bit)?

I've recently installed XP (on an air-gapped machine!) as a machine controller, but some of my more contemporary software refuses to install without SP2...

...the trouble is, I have other [more critical] software that refuses to work under SP3, which is comparatively easy to come by.

Yaay?

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Skype for Business is not Skype – realising that is half the battle

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I took this thread as a reminder to uninstall the app from my Android phone, which I've just done. I'd read about the upgrade here on Reg before mine was automatically updated, and I wondered what all the fuss and histrionics could possibly be about — it's a chat program, how bad could it be? Less than a minute's use described to me in intimate detail why I too would have to finally abandon Skype.

I'm still running a 2015 version on my desktop here, but it's only a matter of time before forced disfunctionality will prompt an upgrade and then myself and the one other person who I still use to talk to with it will likely uninstall. My contacts bar has been an ever-greying wasteland these last few years as people jump to WhatsApp et al, roads I've no intention of going down.

Why can't we just have a stupid-simple plain-vanilla IM client witout corporate behemoths meddling or buying up to scour and deprivatise (looking at you, Facebook)? Grr.

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Hyperloop One teases idea of 50-minute London-Edinburgh ride

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"Well, the bridges in Istanbul work. Apart from the occasional shaking, tectonic movement is extremely slow."

Until it's not...

http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/737752/New-Zealand-earthquake-Christchurch-aftermath-land-moves-fault-rock-formation

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Here's how the missile-free Royal Navy can sink enemy ships after 2018

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Re: Hmmm

The Buccaneer was one of Britain's most beautiful planes, in my opinion.

I know you're joking, but I've often wondered what's to stop us taking an existing successful framework and re-developing it using contemporary technology.

Heck, why not a carrier-variant of the Typhoon?

From the little I know, it appears that much of stealth's capability is over-sold.

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Russia is planning to use airships as part of a $240bn transport project

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Re: 1957: Russia is planning to launch an artificial satellite

I'm stupid, but why can't we mix helium and hydrogen?

I should really just Google this, I suppose.

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Microsoft ordered to fix 'excessively intrusive, insecure' Windows 10

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Re: @soulrideruk

Oh Good, yes - instead of staying resolutely on Windows 7 'til it runs out as my protest against MS's shenanigans, but so that I can keep on working in the meantime anyway - why don't I dutifully follow the standard Win Thread complaint response and install some unknown's preferred flavour of Linux?

Oh. External machine drivers.

Oh. Software.

Oh, yeah - I forgot I live in the real world, shit as it may be.

Linux wasn't even particularly suitable for my non-techie partner for a couple of years - sure, she could browse the internet, 'do' multimedia and make notes and use basic office software.. but ultimately none of it is *actually, practically* wholly interoperable with MS/Apple stuff, is it? And that kind of matters when you're dealing with the rest of the world to put bread on your table.

Or you try explaining to an Italian why she should just give up after hours of swearing at logical inconsistencies and [insert workaround fudge here] because "really, my love - this isn't worth the fight".

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Star Trek Beyond: An unwatchable steaming pile of tribble dung

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I'd blame Pegg, who's sadly become quite insufferable since he decided to put his roots behind him and go all clean cut sparkle-eyed Cruise adorer.

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Fujitsu picks 64-bit ARM for Japan's monster 1,000-PFLOPS super

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What is this bilge - are you a nutter or a troll?

Or both?

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Lester Haines: RIP

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I have no words, just thoughts for his family and friends. I'm so sorry.

x

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GCHQ to pore over blueprints of Chinese built Brit nuke plants

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Re: "selling property overseas to invest in its own future."

"Who cares if they make housing unaffordable anywhere in London?"

I dunno if you're being sarcastic, but — Me.

I live in the damned place and am trying really hard to make a business work here.

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But yes, abstractedly, who indeed does care?

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Re: Good news, everyone!!

Still the old crappy Gen III reactors with all the waste thereof.

Perhaps we'll get lucky with new nuclear and find a way to extract all the radioactive nastiness out of our waste, but I'd much prefer to see a once capable national nuclear development capability focus on Gen III+ and new Nuclear instead of simply strapping on old, expensive tech whose funding mostly leaves our country.

But what the hey, our government's too focused on the city and selling property overseas to invest in its own future.

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Re: Maybe a stupid question...

I came here to post pretty much this.

NukularNRG is one domain I really do believe should stay nationalised and under the direct aegis and investment of the government or whatever subGovernmental body's best up to the task, and if none exists, make one.

How on Earth Britain squandered decades worth of knowledge and world-leading development only to end up with a mere reprocessing capability, I don't know.

All power to the French and Chinese, of course - it just saddens me beyond belief how ineffectual and lacking in self-belief our governments have been.

Sickens ye.

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Crazy Chrysler security hole: USB stick fix incoming for 1.4 million cars

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Black Helicopters

Michael Hastings

So, might it be time to go back and check what vulnerabilities a ~2013 model Mercedes C250 Coupé could suffer?

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Hi Reg - sorry, I'm sure someone's put a lot of effort into this, but it's a distinct step backwards for me.

The site is now a generic and indistinct wall of words and even on desktop here, the new top layout feels like it's pushing content way below the visual fold. It feels visually like the top third of my browser space is being wasted.

I get the logic underpinning the decision to put the primary banner before the masthead, but it draws away from your 'tabloid newspaper' riffing, leaves redundant space on either side, and totally borks the flow for me. Above all else, this change is the most visually-unsettling for me.

I do like your new dropdowns, and the polished flat graphics are neater and a bit more pro - but readability-wise, I feel this is a retrograde step.

Sorry!

Signed,

detritus, a pompous ex-graphic designer type :)

xx

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Oculus Rift tech-specs 'MANY MONTHS away' from hitting the shelves

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Re: Spec creep?

I know it's a really poor point of comparison, but I excitedly downloaded the templates to cut and bought the widgetry to make a Google Cardboard so that I could get at least a taste of VR after ..what?.. 20+ years of hungrily wanting a go, and was horrified to feel nausea kick in after mere minutes of using it.

I appreciate there's a vast gulf in tech specs and latency and refresh between a homespun cludge and a well-honed end-platform, but it's very apparent to me that instantaneity and high refresh is absolutely necessary to ensure an enjoyable and engaging experience that can last for more than a few minutes.

I can't even begin to imagine how bad the Virtuality experience must've been for people like me who, apparently, suffer from mild motion sickness. I'm kind of glad the thing was offline when I finally got a chance to see a machine in person, in Trocadero, back in the late 90s...

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How Hollywood film-makers wove proper physics into Interstellar

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Re: yes i am being a cynic.

I'm not wholly sure you understand what art is.

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SpaceX FINALLY lobs six sats into orbit (don't mention the landing)

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Re: Learn to understand first before commenting

Typical self-important commentard who can't see through the fug of their own spectrum haze to understand when likely clued-up posters are making jokes outwith some need to exhibit how much they, as uninvolved observers, think they know about a subject.

This is ElReg, smart people say daft things, in the process belying what they do know.

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Adobe all smiles as beret bods spaff cash on non-cloud Creative Suite

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Oh if only it were practical for me to go fully open source for my job, sadly I need Illustrator on a daily basis (waaay better than CorelDraw for creative working with paths for laser and CNC output...).

I don't mind paying for that so much (although I do philosophically loathe that this cloud subscription mechanic essentially locks me in to an annual upgrade, whereas beforehand I could get away with upgrading every two/three versions).

What really pisses me off though is that I intermittently use PS and FW, but with the tiering system deployed by Adobe, I'd then be locked into a ~£50 per month subscription, wherein I get a load of software I would literally never use nor care about.

What's more, having just checked the prices again, there's a 6p — £0.06 — difference between an annual commitment, monthly-billed, and paying 12 month up front.

I like Illustrator, and have used Photoshop since version 3, but I'll be veering away from Adobe for raster editing in future, as I'm sure as heck not paying through the nose for upgrades there.

As soon as any competition comes up for Illy, I'll be looking there too.

Now if only I could possibly convince my clientbase to send me files in another format... :(

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edit:

Oh, and just to point out to our American cousins - we pay almost twice what you do in the states in an almost $ = £ conversion, so I'm not just being a cheap-ass here.

I'd probably not care if it were ~$50 a month either.

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FLYING SAUCER 'designed for Mars atmosphere' in Pacific US military base

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I trust 963,000m³ of helium isn't a huge amount in the grand scheme of things, given our increasingly limited stocks of the stuff...? Anyone know why they don't just use hydrogen?

Would make for a nice stratospheric WHUMP! when the rocket ignites...

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Entering the Dragon: A little data from Big China

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Re: you mean, you're English

Some of us are British over being either English or Scottish, thanks.

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Oculus boss: True virtual reality is 'a decade or two' away

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Frankly, I'm fine with virtual Virtual Reality — the idea of a fully-immersive, comprehensive experience frightens the bejeesus out of me.

I'd go in and never come back...

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Philips lobs patent sueball at Nintendo in US: Seeks to BAN Wii U

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Nearly 8 years since the Wii was released globally, and they're only just noticing?

Can't've been all that important to them beforehand, then.

I kind've hoped a company like Philips would be above this sort of bullshit.

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OkCupid falls out of love with 'anti-gay' Firefox, tells people to see other browsers

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Perhaps they're slinging mud to divert attention from their own internal grubbiness after the recent Justine ‘Going to Africa. Hope I don't get AIDS’ Sacco disaster?

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No Notch niche: Minecraft man in rift with Oculus after Facebook gobble

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Re: ..a multimillionaire already ..... can afford to walk away

You're richer than most people on the planet, RISC OS — I trust you follow your own advice?

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What the world really needs: A telescopic SELFIE STICK

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Obligatory—

http://lolzonline.com/imagefile/woman_taking_a_selfie_562.jpg

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New password system lets planet Earth do the hard work

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New?

I can't find a reference, but I coulda sworn this was mooted at least a couple of years ago?

...or did I dream the idea and have been sitting on a potential gold mine all this time?

Say it ain't so!

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Woz he talking about? Apple co-founder wants iPhones to run Android

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Hey big guy — try swapping around the letters in ‘ginger’ and see how you get on with that idiotic witlessness.

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Mars rover Curiosity snaps 'pale blue dot' image of Earth, Moon

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Re: Moment of realisation

Mine was — “Crikey, *of course* a Martian civilisation would be able to see our moon! I wonder how their early philosophers would have wrapped their heads around that one?What conclusions would they have reached in their own time?”

,

(I am aware that there isn't actually a martian civilisation, at least not in terms of what we'd consider one!)

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Globe grabbin,’ sphere slammin’, orb-tossin’, pill poppin’... Speedball

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Re: The Bitmap Brothers

Aurally too — I still, every few months, stick on the GODS theme tune on YouTube ( v=zJ26QY0A_aQ ) and crank it up loud. it blew my tiny little mind back in the Early 90s.

Although I can't actually remember the game being all that good...

“Into the wunderfuh...” (whatever the hell that's supposed to mean)

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Gran Turismo 6: Another glossy, gorgeous Mario Kart on steroids

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Oooh - Ronda, eh?

There's a town I'd love to tear around in an Ariel Atom!

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Bold Bezos aims skywards with liquid hydrogen and SPACE ROCKET engine

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Re: I snese a J2-x fanbois in the audience.

As much of a sci-tech space nerd as I think I am sometimes, I snese you're vastly over-estimating the audience's tribalism where competing rocket engines are concerned...

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Microsoft gets GIANT GLASS HQ in FINLAND as part of Nokia deal

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Re: Rented building anyway

Aye, I recall reading they were changing the tenantship status to reduce costs fairly recently. Every new mote that comes out about this deal puts Nokia's long-term thinking in a better, saner light.

Sad to have to mourn the passing of an iconic brand - but it doesn't look like there's as grand a future in phone hardware production as there is in the software and infrastructure that keeps the wee bastards ticking along...

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Google's Nexus 5: Best smartphone bang for your buck. There, we said it

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Re: Hangouts for SMS

Gosh, that was easy - thanks for that!

I'm now able to send SMS texts to short-form UK numbers without Google trying desperately to correct my attempts - yaay!

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Re: Hangouts for SMS

Hi - Nexus 5 owner and total 'Droid newbie here...

May I ask what third party SMS text app yu'd recommend, please?

The sodding G+/Hangout interaction's driving me spare.

Thanks!

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No, it's NOT Half-Life 3 – it's Valve's lean, mean STEAM MACHINE

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Re: I wish them well but...

You irked me with your pessimism, then enraged me with your delusion that their steam moniker has any relevance to that distinctly self-regarding and ultimately generally-quite-unimaginative and tiresome Steampunk aesthetic. I can't think of a quicker way to turn off huge chunks of your consumer base than by putting too much niche character into a design.

This is beta test kit they're announcing here - it needs to be intrinisically practical and dull so as to focus on the internals, which may well get swapped around, which certinaly do need to be breezy and cool. After all, much of the hardware production will end up being done by third-party actors, all featuring their own design requirements and conceits.

Regardless of that - no design team in their right mind would give away cues to their end-game at this stage.

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Psst, hey... Facebook, wanna buy BlackBerry? Aw well, it was worth a try

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Currently mulling over buying a Z30, despite BB's ever-looming demise.

The thought of future FB ownership sours the idea entirely.

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ZTE Open: This dirt-cheap smartphone is a swing and a miss

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Glad to hear my own frustrations about the appalling input echoed in your article - this is my first touchscreen phone (Yes, I'm a luddite) and I've very nearly hoyed the damn thing across the street a few times.

Before text-input even, the presumably-simple act of calling a number in the phone book is frustrating beyond belief - I'm still unsure exactly how many microseconds I'm supposed to keep my finger depressed for the unit to register that I want to call, not edit a number.

And then - drizzle. Don't even try to use the screen if there's even a speck of 101% humidity on the damn thing.

A shame, as i could forgive every other fault if I could just use the damn thing without frustration.

My hopes of fart-arsing around and developing a wee HTML pseudo-App are long-gone. Just not worth the red mist...

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Also - did anyone else here get copied in, twice, to a couple of emails from ZTE proudly declaring that they value privacy.. whilst CC'ing in 300+, then 700+ names of other handset consumers?

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Nasty Flash advert

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Ah, I posted a confirmation of your observation in giddy haste (subsequently deleted).

The thing's still running like a dog with more than one Reg tab open.

DON'T MAKE ME USE CHROME, ELREG - POR FAVOR!

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