* Posts by Gordon 10

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100% driverless Wonka-wagon toy cars? Oh Google, you're having a laugh

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Re: Things I would like to see

But..but..but

To replace truck drivers they will first have to teach the Wonka cars to kill prostitutes.

(c) J Clarkson 2009

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IT'S ALIVE! ISEE-3 responding to commands

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I'll say one thing for NASA

They know how to build a damn spacecraft!

It does make me wonder if there is a quality vs quantity debate to be had in the future of space exploration - i.e. once a certain level of technology is reached is one big instrument package on 1 big spacecraft the way to go, or is there mileage in the swarm/microsat concept.

For example is any work being on sats that have the sensor equivalent of the Square Kilometer Array. Say for example a network of low cost Camera's attached to a fairly widely dispersed set of microsats.

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Snowden never blew a whistle, US spy boss claims

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Hmmm on balance

I suspect that the Yanks may be telling the truth on this one - however I would expect them to smear him in any event so the point is moot. If I was Snowden and already planning to collect this stuff there would be no way I would draw attention to myself by rocking the boat....

On the "trained spy" bit - true or Assange-like ego trip, although if he had some kind of black hat training it would help explain the extent of his p0wnage.

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Tesla's top secret gigafactories: Lithium to power world's vehicles? Let's do the sums

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Maybe I'm wrong but doesn't most traction control (short of 4wd) work on reducing power to the slipping wheel?

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US DoJ to appeals court: Haha, no, seriously – Apple totally inflated ebook prices

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Re: Irony @ac

I'm sure you'll also be taking the first opportunity to moan when your favourite authors start bailing out if Amazon crush the publishers as the are trying to do.

2 wrongs don't make a right but investigating one wrong by apple and ignoring whopping wrongs by Amazon comes into that category too.

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Help. Mailing blacklists...

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Re: Don't

Good lord what a pile of unhelpful crap.

Were you even trying to be helpful or did you just reply to spout your bizzarre personal view of the future?

I have less trouble with spam now and have had little for years on what basis do you make your crazy clajns?

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Microsoft swats away FBI request for Office 365 subscriber data

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Re: Office

bombuntu

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Privacy International probes GCHQ's mouse fetish

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Re: Amazon ?

Just imagine the fun you could have if you mentioned to the NSA that copies of the Snowden files had been found on AWS, Googledrive or Skydrive.

If I worked for one of the cloud minnows I'd be tempted to start that rumour :D

Assuming of course that the NSA doesnt already know exactly what clouds have copies of the Snowdon docs. Im betting there are multiple NSA spiders crawling around the Interwebs right now looking for Hashes associated with the Snowden docs.

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Re: Errrrm....

I suspect this is someone ultra ultra paranoid with little engineering background badly extrapolating from the old Van Eck phreaking from CRT's and the equivalent effect thats been shown to work at a CPU level.

I forget what the second effect is called but it was reported on El Reg a couple of years ago.

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Re: This is very puzzling

exactly. If they had bothered to spend 10 mins googling with the knowledge of the original PC the component came from they could have either found an image or a cheap spare part online and then got the serial numbers of the components involved.

Admittedly thats a bit of a stretch for a non-techie but you really need to get a second opinion on this type of stuff to use as a baseline if/when the manufacturers come back to you.

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China to become world's No 1 economy. And we still can't see why

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Re: Couple of other things that help...

Agree that collectives of various different types arent *that* unusual in Europe.

John Lewis Partnership/Waitrose springs to mind.

Irizar (I think) or some other coach builders in Spain.

The Co-op before they lost their way.

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Re: The Govt. has screwed us

Whilst agreeing with your sentiment its kinda hard to agree with your somewhat lazy and crap examples.

1. Planning permission - provides a useful service to stop your neighbour building a mini-shard 2" from your kitchen window.

2. Council funding - this is just swings and roundabouts - the councils that apply the tax brush in a stupid manner sooner or later realise what the concequences are - empty high streets, no tax revenue from empty Theaters etc.

3. Labour laws and Minimum wages stifle production - really - how many offshored IT jobs were minimum wage?

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No such luck: Apple, Samsung say peace talks are off – way off

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Re: If, just if...

agree Corporate squabbles with companies (and their groups) with over 100m dollars turnover should be paying the court the SUM of each sides legal fees. Then maybe the public courts and public defenders could get a chunk of that cash. Judges to be the sole arbitors of whether the company is worth 100m or not and what the lawyers are worth if they try a pro-bono dodge.

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MacBook Air 13-inch: If you squint hard enough, you'll see a lesser-spotted Apple Price Cut

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Slightly schizophrenic review

Its shit - crappy display - lots of ultrabooks do it better.

Its great battery life is amazing.

Its outdated but as an all round package its still as good as anything else out there. Especially if you have to remove Win 8 first.

Dislaimer - unashamed MBA 11 convert form 2 months and havent looked back even though I missed the price cut and would have liked a retina version. Although I find the mutiple desktops paradigm in MacOS and Unix a pretty good substitute for a bigger screen when compared with Win.

Biggest downside that pesky @ and " being substituted and Cmd being too close to the space bar for Copy/Paste etc. yes I know you can remap them easily enough - but Im refusing to be beaten by my own muscle memory.

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JJ Abrams and Star Wars: I've got a bad feeling about this

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Re: If not JJ Abrams, then who else?

@lee h o

"Did Jos Whedon ever write or direct any films or TV that was any good? In the genre?"

Ahem - Avengers Assemble ring any bells? Arguably a sub-genre of the SciFi/Fantasy movie.

I believe he ruled himself out of the SW running early on - (although so did JJ until the moola was increased no doubt). Also I may be getting my timelines muddled not sure whether the grosses were in for AA at that point.

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Re: Star Wars generated plenty of imitators at the time, but few - if any - are remembered.

Nothing new - pshaw!

I dont recall either the 7 samuri or the magnificent 7 moseying around in a Boobie shaped wagon.......

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A little pedantic imo

The only one slightly comparable to Star Wars in that list is 2001 - and even that is at the other end of the spectrum - its pretty damn opaque for the average movie goer.

The rest are undeniably great movies but very much of their time and therefore difficult to compare to the new Blockbuster era ushered in by Messrs Speilberg and Lucas and of which only SW and 2001 are examples of that canon.

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Alien Resurrection. 3 was not too bad

I actually liked them both equally in a not a patch on the first 2 way! Its just that 3 had so many false starts and rewrites and it almost made David Fincher's brain explode. Google Alien 3 wooden planet for a hint.

I just felt 3 was a bit of an Alien rehash with the generation of british character actors prior to all those currently appearing in GOT. Also I've never quite gotten over the disappointmnent I felt when Hicks and Newt were killed off - offscreen. That still makes me sad :(

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Overly Harsh

I'm not a great JJ fan but he is pretty good at telling a movie story for the generation below the average age of those that remember the original star wars films from the cinema.

Like it or not Hollywood has moved on and so has the audience leaving us just as a 1 small segment of a much wider one. We probably aint the biggest movie going demographic anymore no matter how much we would like to think we are.

On balance the nerd in me was horrified by the bastardisation of the Star Trek back catalogue in his 2 versions - but taken as standalone and switching off the nerdy part of my brain leaves me actually reasonably satisfied with both. Star Trek improves with repeat watching, and I expect the sequel will too. God knows they are far superior to some of the dross in the series such as the Final Frontier, Insurrection and Nemisis springing to mind.

As to the TV list GreggS lists out above - that other Darling of the Nerds (counting myself among them) Joss Whedon - doesn't actually have that great a record - whats the point of appealing to the nerds with Firefly and Dollshouse if you can't appeal to the general public as well, and Im not even going to mention Agents of Shield (shudder). Whilst we're on that subject he's going to be lucky to have Age of Ultron hit the same mark as Assemble!

Movie sequels generally suck - for every Godfather part II or Aliens or T2 there is an Alien 3 or a Terminator Resurrection.

On balance I think we're being a little hard on a guy that has an almost impossible act to follow as he's not up against a Movie but a whole piece of culture and mythology and as long as they are mildly better than the second trilogy and contain no JarJar I'll be reasonably happy.

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Brits to vote: Which pressing scientific challenge should get £10m thrown at it?

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The Govt priorities are Fuscked up

£42Bn on HS2.

vs a couple of Bn as our part of ITER.

Imagine a future where the UK was the first to generate self sustaining fusion by pumping £42bn into a UK only ITER, and became a net Energy and Energy Technology exporter to the WORLD.

With a bit of vision we could actually have been the next Energy exporting state with a worthy replacement to North Sea oil.

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NESTA ALERT

NESTA are made of it ------------------------------>

It was also NESTA that borked up that brit guy (Andrew Fentem) who was working on Multitouch and who are also funding multi-millionaire vacuosity Lily Cole's "wishing site"

Good luck getting money for a real science project.

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Weather forecast: WiFi storms make meteorologists look mad

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Re: Blame the ISPs

Thats hardly a fair accusation in this case. How many cheapo ISP specced routers are 11a or 11ac compatible? According to Wiki the BT Homehub only started covering the 5 Ghz bands in 2013.

What proportion of those compatible routers actual have the 5gz channels in use?

I will lay good odds that even as 11ac becomes widespread most people either wont have the equipment (laptops, dongles, desktops) etc or the Nouse to use it.

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Multiplayer Elite to debut on May 30th

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Gavin Smith

Tempted to get the Gavin Smith novel - his stuffs the best from a new British author since since Richard "Altered Carbon" Morgan IMHO.

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iPhone-stroker-turned-fandroid sues Apple over iMessage text-slurpery

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Oh FFS

Yes its a pain but Apple post a clear help topic on how to avoid this and there are dozens of third party guides as the complainant notes. Basically you just de-register your mobe number with iMessage before fleeing the platform. Admittedly they could make it a lot easier to do so - an unsubscribe message or similar springs to mind but its merely an inconvienience - I fail to see how you can attach any financial significance to it in anywhere but America.

It annoyed me when I moved but how that translates in a lawsuit is beyond me.....

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Stock and awe: Top City biz takes £32m hit after software upgrade axed

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Kudos to Brewin Dolphin

Most Financial Services firms would just declare the program to have "succeeded" or no longer relevant due to "Operational changes" or "Market Conditions" and then never mention it again in an act of collective corporate amnesia.

Either they have lowballed the costs, or they actually have a CIO with guts or the CIO's sucessor wants to stick the knife in....

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Granny's Guardian: Acorn BBC Micro hero touts OAP watchdog kit

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Re: Hmmm...

Ahem - ZX80 - if by bedroom programming you mean typing it from a magazine then knocking the powersupply at line 299 of 300.

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Classified LOHAN payload is four-eyed beast

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Re: Today is not a day to mention bacon.

MMM crispy ---->

You mean I shouldnt mention the bacon buttie I had from the staff canteen at 9.30am this morning dripping with butter and brown sauce?

Ok - I wont.

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SpaceX wins court injunction to block US Air Force buying Russian rockets

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Re: national security

That Russophobia might be directly as a result of one of their Fat Cat mates being offed with Polonium in their nations capital by one of Putins mates. (alledgely)

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Inventors: Feast your eyes on fuel cell tech that'll power up Internet of Thingies

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Re: Renewable?

I think you are exaggerating slightly. It doesn't have to be miraculous just within an order of magnitude of the petrochemical industry at the same scale.

Care to point at anything that says a hydrogen economy will be much much worse than an oil based one?

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BSkyB broadband growth chopped in HALF

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Happy punter

A happy ex-BE sky user here. Tried to jump ship to virgin and after they were total cockwombles I ended up getting an ex-BE deal with sky. Jumped from DSL to fibre with a years free line rental - so had the added pleasure of telling BT to shove it tootoo all for cheaper than my old BE package excluding the BT charges. Their dedicated BE switching team up in Scotland somewhere did a brilliant job of swapping me over with nary an issue. Couldn't recommend them highly enough.

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DreamWorks CEO: Movie downloaders should pay by screen size

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In related news

Googles stock prices shoots up as analysts revise Google Glass shipments upwards by 1000% post Dreamworks putting their policies into practice.

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Up to 500 GP practices to test plans to share patient data

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500 - How many!!!

Approx 11,000 surgeries in the UK according to google. Assuming taking Scotland out takes it under 10,000.

That means over 5% of surgeries are going to get their data Borged in the trial.

FY very much NHS. "Trial"my arse

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Nod Labs forges one (Bluetooth) ring to rule them all

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wft

Why on earth has this got processors in it and running android? Shouldnt it be handing off the processing to a phone, and saving its power budget for the comms necessary?

In other news I've been able to control other humans rather than technology almost since birth. My ring can clear a room in seconds.

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Japan, Europe to shake hands on China-deterring tech deals

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Hooray

The news that Japan is creating a DARPA-clone can only mean a Mecha is only days away from being deployed on Tokyo's streets. I look forward to both my Office block and Apartment being smashed by our new metallic overlords.

Deploy <insert favourite manga here (no hentai please this is a family website)>.

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FCC seeks $48K fine from mobile phone-jamming driver

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Jebus

Its not complicated. Just enforce the laws you already have.

Fine drivers using phones without a handsfree kit. Fine them hard for talking on a mobile, much much harder for Texting & facebooking. Take their license away for a second offence.

Anyone stopped with a phone on the dash within reach without a bluetooth headset or other handsfree kit should be asked to place the phone in thier glove box or pocket.

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Faster Macbook Air pops out: What, a NEW Apple thing and ZERO fanfare?

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Re: Wow

@AbelSoul

Minor downvote for no knowing that most Vaio's are absolute pigs to hackintosh well. I should know - I've tried. Lots of custom hardware chippery for Hardware buttons and the like. Lucky to get a clean build working well.

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Russia 'incompatible with the internet', cries web CEO 'axed by Putin'

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Re: Smarm

A quarter of the full price. Half of the uncle-sam's rust belt discount price.

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Sueball-slingers seek stake in bankrupt Bitcoin blunder bunker MtGox

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Somewhat puzzled

I cant quite make sense of this. Are Sunlot offering to re-incarnate the exchange for everyone - or just those that are part of the class action - the maths doesnt add up.

ie is this an attempt by the US creditors to screw over the rest in return for settling the class action?

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It's spade sellers who REALLY make a killing in a gold rush: It's OVER for graphics card mining

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A market for the big boys?

Surely there is a market for Nvidia or AMD to market something between a GPU and an ASIC? Possibly a FPGA tuned for Cryto currency algorithyms?

There must be something out there that whilst not quite having the time to market and efficiency

of an ASIC from a specialist vendor, is *just* general purpose enough to have some longer term lifespan?

This is all off the top of my head of course - feel free to tell me where Im wrong....

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US judge: Our digital search warrants apply ANYWHERE

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Re: inevitable

Or the much aborted plans for SeaLand.

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Re: inevitable

@JimC

You've missed the point somewhat. There are already access procedures and laws in place that cover this sort of thing - so your point is somewhat moot.

The story is about a narrow minded judge using a very broad interpretation of a USA-ian law to try to do an end run around international law and treaties propably in the interests of a TLA who has dirt on him.

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Who fancies a billion-quid bonanza? Just flog the Home Office some shiny walkie-talkies

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Please dont ask

Crapita to tender, please please please please.

Though given the companies they have Borged have a decent share of the Emergency Comms market I suspect Im wishful thinking.

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Sat comms kit riddled with backdoors for hackers – researcher

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Re: Not a good example of a security document

Interesting to see downvotes but no rebuttals. Which leads me to assume the OP is broadly correct.

Probably big deals from a purist security standpoint but probably reasonally diminished risk once actual use cases are taken into account.

ie whats the monetisation/propaganda benefit for criminal gangs or individuals.

Does it meet the proportionality test for State Actors. ie could they gain similar results with another approach?

The fact that the Authors approach seems to have been theoretical in places also casts doubt on the level of alarm needed for this.

Also I think the Authors may have missed an opportunity for more alarmist headlines by suggesting that MH370 could have been p0wned by these vunerabilities.

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Reg man builds smart home rig, gains SUPREME CONTROL of DOMAIN – Pics

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Vari-light IR dimmer switches

For simple work it from the sofa tasks - I think Vari-Light IR dimmers are hard to beat as they work with any IR learning remote. John Lewis also sold them as their own brand.

Most of my house is set up with them. Living and Bedroom are controlled from a Harmony and an All-In-One remote respectively. The Harmony is great and its powerful enough to be bounced off 2 walls to reach the switch - the all in one is a one wall/Line of Sight gizmo.

Any of the modern androids with an IR port would also probably work.

In both cases I can control switches that I dont have ideal LOS to.

You get also get a Vari-light remote that can control up to 8 switches but its a bit more feeble and is LOS only.

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Sorry London, Europe's top tech city is Munich

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Re: Tier one, tier two, etc

Good lord 4 downvotes? How many of them had Brussels IP addresses?

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Re: Tier one, tier two, etc

Didnt you know? The mere fact it was conceived and executed by a bunch of faceless Eurocrats who are suckling at the teat of our taxes and who have failed every year to achieve a fully audited set of accounts makes it relevant.

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Reg gets sneak peek of Getac's chunky TOUGH AS NAILS 8.1-incher

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GPS as an option?

As above. I presume that means its wifi only? They might as well have gone the whole hog and created a 4G version and got the GPS for free.

So at 1099 will it really last longer than 5 cheapass android tablets in cheap waterproof cases?

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Hic! Storage upstart DEY bought out by Australian wine merchant

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ADD

In other news 66% of Storage Startup founders have ADD and cant sit still long enough to develop and ship a product. Cheers for the cash VC's!

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

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Re: USB 3 Option

Presumably the USB 3 interface only works on your PC? Are there any phones that support it?

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WTF?

Eh? What do you do with your USB keys jump on them or do you just have ham hands? I've had some cheap pressed steel ebay chinese tat ones attached to my keyring for years that have gone a bit bendy - bend them back roughly into shape and they still work perfectly.

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