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Yes, the Googlephone works in Blighty

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Plus handling

On top of these, the courier who delivers it in the UK will ask for a nice chunky fee also just for collecting the money.

Other things...

Duty is waived if the value comes to less than £7, but it would be higher in this case.

VAT limit of £18 is on the value before shipping, but if VAT is added, it's added to the value *including* shipping (as VAT is on both goods *and* services). Again, the value here is way over so VAT is due anyway.

You might get away with nothing to pay however as not every parcel is inspected, but it's unlikely if it comes via a courier and not just standard Royal Mail. Also, some couriers have been known to hand you the parcel with no charge but send you a bill in the post later.

Alternatively, you can bring one back on a flight from outside the EU with nothing to pay if the value of all your items you bought overseas is less than £390.

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Card fee

If you've got a Nationwide card you don't get any foreign transaction fees from them. However Nationwide are now passing on the fee VISA charges. Still, it's lower than most other cards.

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USB charging works

According to their support.

"The phone also charges when it is connected to a computer's USB port with the included USB cable, and when inserted in an optional desktop or car dock accessory"

All manufacturers have agreed to move to a standard of USB charging with a standard micro-USB connector now anyway (except of course Apple who refuse point blank, probably because the connector doesn't fit in with their image and they can't flog an expensive custom cable).

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Gift won't work

"Gift" declarations will make no difference

For one thing the limit only changes from £18 to £36. For another, buying a commercial product for someone as a gift does not count. It has to be something like a sweater your granny knitted for you, etc. Even second hand eBay purchases don't count as gifts.

Of course you can get them to buy it and send it from a private address declared way under valued, but note that fraudulent declarations can get both you and the sender in trouble. Or at least you'll just get slapped with the full charge based on the value HMRC thinks it's worth, or maybe get the item confiscated.

p.s. Add to the total, the handling fee the courier will charge (varies, £8 for Royal Mail, £14? I think for Parcel Force. Could be a lot more with some couriers).

Police moot pop-up social network warnings

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legal?

"X-rated material is perfectly legal in the privacy of your own home, in western countries at least."

That depends. It is so long as it doesn't break any laws. A lot of what's on the net does (and not just talking about Kiddy pr0n).

What you do in the privacy of your own home in the UK is of interest to the authorities.

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When I were a lad...

we got our fix from the top shelves instead ;)

Philip K. Dick's kid howls over Googlephone handle

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Trademarks

1. This isn't a case of copyright (can't copyright the word Nexus). It's a trademark issue.

2. I doubt PKD trademarked Nexus-6

3. Even if he did, or just taking it as an unregistered trademark, there would have to be proof that Google are using Nexus One to pass off their business as PKD's, but they're not, and he wasn't a trading business, Nexus-6 isn't used to represent a trading business, and Google are using Nexus One to represent a phone, not a book.

4. Nexus is a (non trademark, product, etc) dictionary word, so on it's own is not trademarkable as it cannot singularly distinguish a business (a word and an image, number or phrase might be, but Nexus One is not Nexus-6). Nexus simply is a 'means of connection', and it's quite obvious that Google are saying they are providing a phone to connect people (but they can't say that because that's Nokia's phrase). Maybe an in joke reference to Androids also, but it's not going to be a threat to PKD's estate.

Move along here, nothing to see.

Digital Dividend could cost cable TV dear

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Cable TV wire

Cable TV generally in the UK is fibre only to the street. The rest of the stretch is rather antique coax of the old thin Ethernet variety, which was only designed for analogue TV in the 80s and 90s (and it was often rubbish quality even then).

It was never designed for Internet and digital TV with two-way communication.

That's why a hell of a lot of Virgin customers have a nightmare with it due to all kinds of interference problems thanks to the antique cables from the days of NTL/CableTel and all the various old franchises they bought up. And like thin Ethernet, it's a shared loop cable essentially with each house on a spur from the loop, and signals can be wrecked by poor quality and/or unterminated connectors in you neighbours house (and yes, shared loop means your downstream also goes to all the other houses, just the cable boxes filter out other traffic).

Virgin's advertising is quite misleading in presenting the stuff as some fancy bit of fibre which makes you think it would carry a massive amount of data and be reliable.

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coax cables in the ground

... are surprisingly susceptible to interference and even lightning strikes (where after all does the lightning go when it hits the ground?).

The problem would be in the house though. The stretch from the ground to the socket and then the socket to the box. Even ADSL has problems due to poor quality wiring in the house and that can have interference even from the likes of Christmas tree lights!

(and yes, Cable TV is coax between the street cabinet and house).

PS3 hardware still losing Sony money, claims analyst

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The real loss...

... isn't in the hardware costs, but the research and development costs of Blu Ray (and thus the development costs of the PS3). The PS3 would have been out earlier, cheaper and a massive success if it wasn't for Blu Ray. Even just going with a Blu Ray data drive but not bothering with the movie support would have saved them a fortune and time.

They had their eye off the ball when they should have been looking at what the public were really interested in. Not movies, but fun controllers like the Wiimote. Wii might be rubbish, but the public loved the simplicity of it and the simple fun games. Yeah, they're idiots, but the idiots make up the majority.

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I'm no Sony / PS3 fan but...

... even I'm dubious about those figures. Looks far more like iSuppli looked up the prices on a consumer retail web site.

P.S. As for Sony making the Blu Ray drive. Probably not once they got to mass market. Sony tend to outsource to China and/or other companies who can manufacture on mass cheaper than they can (e.g. many of their LCD panels have been made by Samsung).

Soot warming 'maybe bigger than greenhouse gases' - NASA

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Soot

Regardless of climate impact, I'd welcome reduction in soot from exhausts just on the basis that living on a busy road my front door is covered in the stuff! (and I dread to think what my lungs contain!).

However:

""We need to add another topic to the climate dialogue," says Lau."

missed off the additional part,

"because I need more research money".

Dongles pricey and pointless, says Bluetooth SIG

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Contracts? No need

Got a PAYG Vodafone 3G dongle and the PAYG rate is £15 for 1GB.

I've used about 50meg so far over half a year, and the thing doesn't expire if you don't use it.

Tethered I'd need to pay a fortune on a monthly contract to get a decent data package that both allows it and doesn't cost a fortune (my current Orange rate is £2 per meg!).

Muggers plundering gig bootleggers' booty

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gig bootlegs

Whilst most the cameraphones are crappy quality, there are a lot of people going to gigs with high end compacts that are exceptional at gig photography and video. You only need to browse through the gig photos on flickr to see some amazing examples, and check out what cameras they are using. No, they're not SLRs generally.

And yes, a lot of people are interested in them. Some bands even turn a blind eye or sanction bootlegs for download, so long as they are not for sale. Some are quite interested in fan shot photos and videos. The studios however tend not to be.

As for piracy. In most gigs, the audio track is copyright in theory, but the visual act may not be (I've rarely seen copyright even mentioned on the tickets, only stuff about photography forbidden which isn't the same thing). Studios and promoters tend to get their knickers in a twist over it though claiming copyright infringement (as they are the ones who stand to lose money, not the band as they pay the bands crap all anyway. Though how a bootleg deprives them of gig money is beyond me as going to a gig is an entirely different experience to a bootleg).

Copyright infringement anyway when you take a photo of something is a dubious argument many photographers would disagree with. Copyright is attributed to the photographer, not the subject. The legal aspect is usually the permission to shoot there.

The real criminals at gigs are the touts anyway, and there's no law against them.

Nokia N900 Linux smartphone

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Stylus browsing

There are some things that are a little more tricky with a big stubby finger. A stylus would actually be quite handy on capacitive displays on occasion, but oh, you can't because they're capacitive ;)

And as for multi-touch. a) don't need it. iPhone's only real benefit of it is for a zoom and you can replace multi-touch with gestures. b) Apple have a patent on multi-touch I believe.

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Price, price, price

It's lovely, but I'm torn between getting something like this or a cheaper E series for simpler use. Why? Because I have a netbook that does everything I really would use this for. Do I really need a pocket sized computer that costs more than an average netbook? Or do I really just need a phone?

2009's Top Nas boxes

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QNAP

Not surprised about QNAP as I keep coming back to it in my research as the best all round.

Problem is however that whilst it has the maximum geek features, they're not great for bang for buck, especially when it comes to the number of drive bays and included (or not) storage in the price.

I'm a big fan however of Atom based systems for stuff like this, having been impressed by Atom for netbooks. Great for low power but yet aren't too slow for the kind of tasks a NAS would be asked to do.

Google and MS sued over links to file-sharing site

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Pirate

All I can say to them is...

Good luck with that ;)

They may be obscure now, but when they lose they'll go out of existence altogether. Still, one less muppet in "the Industry" banging on about piracy instead of adapting to the way the public consumes media these days.

Forget chasing the pirates and adopt the download model and price it fairly (with fair use).

LHC pulverises previous record: 2.36 TeV surprise collision!

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Coat

So that's what they've spent all this money on

It's a giant Tempest machine

(see picture)

'Doctor Dark Energy': The Ultimate LHC eccentric?

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Quick...

"If the magnetic collapse starts, it will be impossible to stop it. It will end with ejection of the Earth’s shell into outer space."

... get on the phone to Hollywood. There's a film in that.

Facebook goes live with privacy revamp

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Re: Am I the only person left

It's time to leave Facebook when your parents get on there (and mine are in their 60s and on there) !

Universal to bond Blu-ray Discs to DVDs

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Price hike

Great way to hike up DVD prices.

Won't work. People won't buy a Blu-Ray player because of this, they'll just rent or download instead if it's cheaper.

Future proofing? Blu-Ray will be dead within 10 years. Even though I've started buying a few of the best ones (at the right price), I accept it's an interim format. Optical discs have nearly had their day.

LHC knocked out by ANOTHER power failure

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Coat

Diesel Generator... is that Vin Diesel?

Calling Gordon Freeman!

'World's largest' BitTorrent tracker Mininova kneecapped

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TV

Often used it to get TV episodes I'd missed but I'm paying for through Sky, and missed in BBC or Sky's catch up net players. Or to get BBC HD stuff (that I'm paying for with my licence fee) that won't play on my netbook due to DRM protection preventing CoreAVC working. The non-DRM'd downloads play fine but torrents are the only way to get them.

Anything I like I still buy on DVD/Blu-Ray, and movies I never bother with via torrents.

Virgin Media to trial filesharing monitoring system

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signatures

"The services that tell iTunes and the like what CD you just inserted work based on the number of tracks on the CD and the duration of those tracks. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CDDB) None of this information is available when someone's sharing a single track."

Services like MusicBrainz does indeed work just on individual tracks. That's why they're so good for tagging a mess of an MP3 collection. CDDB isn't so good as it just works on a CD signature based on headers of a CD rather than the content.

"How do they identify dvix rips of movies?"

Feasibly the same way. It's much the same as generating a signature for any kind of file. Like generating a hash signature. When it comes to content that may not be exact (i.e. depends on the ripping quality, algorithms, etc), then you just look for a confidence threshold.

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Signatures

There are already huge databases online that have signatures of music which is an excellent way of tagging your music if you don't know the title, artist, etc, just by ripping a CD or analysing an existing MP3. e.g. MusicBrainz.

It's simple. Analyse the music, generate a signature. Compare against a database for a match or near match.

Similar also to how those services work where you can get your phone to listen to music and it tells you what the track is.

Zips. No problem. They can be treated like any other file system. Password protected zips are no defence unless they are encrypted (usually aren't).

The analysis doesn't have to be real time if they're just looking for evidence to supply to the industry, they just need to DPI to flag the traffic, gather and analyse on batch later (I suspect VM are doing this in preparation for the draconian Nu-Labour laws requiring ISPs to spy on their customers).

Some ISPs (e.g. PlusNet) already use DPI to categorise the traffic and throttle accordingly, though it doesn't consider where the content is legal or not (at least not yet).

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Encryption will just end up throttled

ISPs who do DPI often throttle encrypted traffic to death on the assumption that it must be dodgy because they can't inspect it. e.g. PlusNet.

Once VM realise they can't DPI encrypted channels, they'll throttle it instead (if the industry puts enough pressure on them that is, which is pretty much guaranteed).

Sucks for anyone who uses SSH or VPN for work purposes.

The answer to all of this is to teach the industry that fighting downloads isn't the answer. Embrace the technology and face up to the way consumers want to consume, and provide a legitimate alternative that still gives them revenue. Price it right instead of ripping us all off because you believe you're being ripped off, and remember that those who pirate weren't necessarily going to buy the thing in the first place so it's not a loss.

Or get the artists to bypass the rip off industry and go direct to the consumer. They're the ones really being ripped off and it's not because of illegal downloads.

Nokia E72 smartphone

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car pairing

Is it Nokia or is it your car?

My S60 pairs fine with my Civic. Does it automatically when I get in the car.

However I understand iPhones have a lot of problems ;)

Nokia to cull Symbian in 2012

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Qt

"it bought Trolltech’s QT five years too late"

Qt isn't a failing here, it's a potential saviour. Maemo and Symbian both get Qt and from a UI perspective (the real problem with S60), the two can be the same.

Hence how the two can be effectively merged. What works on Symbian works on Maemo.

Then the two platforms can be used targeted at relevant devices. I guess Maemo for the high end, and Symbian for lower spec smartphones.

Thing is Symbian still has a great benefit in being a multi-tasking OS that runs on very low powered devices.

Yahoo! Go! Going! Nowhere!

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Meh

Like most Yahoo! stuff. Installed it and just thought "Meh, what does it do for me? Not a lot" and uninstalled it.

Still keep trying to see a reason for their geo location stuff too but really can't find a valid use.

And what are they trying to tell us with the new TV adverts? Hey look at us, we're here? Thought maybe they were relaunching themselves with a fresh new image, but no I go to their homepage and it's still the same messy cluttered garbage plastered with adverts.

The best thing Yahoo! has is Flickr and that was an acquisition.

Android's delicate guts ripped apart

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Yeah, but...(2)

Will it blend?

Samsung Galaxy i7500

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I'm curious...

... to see what happened next to the cat on the cooker.

Sony Bravia KDL-46Z5500 200Hz 46in LCD TV

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Processing

"Instead, the hero feature is 200Hz MotionFlow frame interpolation, designed to offer smoother results with fast-moving subjects like sport, for instance, by adding in extra, computer-generated frames of video."

First feature to turn off then. Does anyone really have a problem in the cinema where you get 24 frames a second refreshed at a 48 frame rate? Not really. It looks and feels natural.

The latest and greatest spanking CGI cartoon flick may look even more spanking with processing like this, but I wouldn't want a classic Hitchcock enhanced with CG frames and processing to make it look like a modern HD documentary on TV instead of a classic VistaVision film!

@whitespacephil "I know that people have beef with Sony, but if there's one thing they really do excell in, it's TVs."

They used to. Quality in Sony has gone downhill a lot. Last 3 Sony products I've owned have all been crap (including a TV).

The panels are the best bit and they're made by Samsung anyway.

Hisense 1080p Media Player

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Performance

Review says it played all these formats, but how did it perform? i.e. flawlessly with no stuttering or blocking of video and audio, even with 1080p source material output to 1080p? What about upscaling to 1080p? What connection was used to the media when doing this?

@Neil Hoskins - iPlayer files, no chance. They are DRM protected to ensure they expire after a week or two. They won't play on anything else. This is an annoyance to me as I use CoreAVC codec on my netbook which lets me play HD files flawlessly, but because of the DRM in iPlayer CoreAVC can't be used and iPlayer HD stutters badly as a result. Likewise it is less likely to be accelerated by dedicated video chips.

@Dale Richards - "still haven't seen an LCD or plasma that comes close to my big boxy JVC in terms of picture quality" - you haven't looked hard enough ;). CRTs are bright and contrasty but they have way too many geometry issues and are just plain out of focus compared to a decent digital display. Move with the times and bin the eye cancer telly and those god awful Eurocrap SCART plugs (worst design *ever*!) :) (plus you'll free up a lot of space in your room).

Historian slams 'absolutely crazy' UK time zone

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No need for double summertime

Just change work hours so people go to work at 5 in the morning during the summer and knock off by lunch.

Simples. And then at midday, the sun is still bang overhead as it should be.

No need to change clocks.

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School run

The evidence for reduction in deaths in the morning was based on a simpler age when kids used to walk to school. That issue doesn't exist any more. More kids do walk (or run) home after school however as less parents are able to pick them up at that time.

Of course rather than messing with the time zone, they could just change the hours that schools and offices operate to fit into available daylight better.

Nope. The time should be such that noon is when the sun is at peak. For us, that's GMT. Anyone else who doesn't set their time likewise are fools. How people live and work is up to them, not what number it says on the clock.

Fedora 12 polishes Linux for netbooks

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Wouldn't recommend it for Joe Public use

Fedora is a beta OS, always. It's endlessly evolving and on each new release you really need to wipe the system and start again, and that's every few months! I couldn't keep up with Fedora, it's too much hassle.

As for netbook support, well I found notebook support was flaky unless you had perfectly linux compatible hardware, and due to the exclusion of certain items due to legal issues, I had to hunt down relevant drivers to get everything working, along with a lot of mucking about with command prompts, scripts and recompiling the kernel. Still couldn't get the wifi working properly. Not acceptable for Joe Public, but I wouldn't recommend Joe Public goes anywhere near Fedora anyway. Latest and greatest it may be, but it's really a beta OS that will never be released (unless you could RHEL as the release version).

For a polished netbook linux OS, check out Jolicloud. The UI is a bit radical but it takes advantage of the small screen and the nature and typical use of a netbook to provide what most users would want and not what they don't need (and avoids command prompts and scripts as much as possible). Plus they support specific netbook brands and try to ensure all the components work.

Nokia sues Apple over iPhone

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@EvilGav 1

And likewise with Blu-Ray, the patents belong to the BDA members (mostly Sony) and licence fees are paid to them.

The DVD Forum were actually behind HD DVD, again to avoid the format war, and wanted to see the same outcome as DVD where everyone would get together and produce a combined format. Which would have seen again Sony and Tosh mixing it for a common format with their own patents in the mix. Despite all efforts Sony refused and we have Blu-Ray with large licence fees and patent ownership that are skewed heavily in favour of Sony. It's still a "standard" thanks to the BDA saying it is, but doesn't mean it's a free for all. Which is why China said "stuff that" and made CBHD instead (essentiall HD DVD slightly modified and rebranded with low licence costs).

Xbox 360 to go Blu, says Ballmer

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@MarkOne

Few people need the bandwidth that Blu-Ray provides for HD. Having watched a good few (admittedly less legitimate in some cases) HD TV shows and movies, downloaded, I can assure you that the quality is perfectly adequate for the vast majority on a typical 40" or less HD TV (as most will have). Myself I'd be happy with it for stuff I have a casual interest in, and would splash out on BD for the odd few things I really love (until download bandwidths and storage equals BD, which be honest, will happen).

To me it looks distinctly 'HD' to distinguish it from DVD enough, but even then the majority of the public couldn't give a rats arse about the quality of HD anyway. The real competitor to shiny disc Blu-Ray is download SD. Exactly the same as how crap quality music downloads are competing with better (but still poor) quality CD and better still Vinyl, etc.

i.e. Downloads are still the future. Even if it's crap. Convenience over quality I'm afraid.

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Integrated

Not sure what the point of integrating it will be unless they plan to have games released on Blu discs, but then you'll have compatibility issues leading to existing users having to buy an external drive to play the latest games. I know where I'd want to tell them to stick it if that was the case.

For movies, no real point. We're starting to see the cheap Chinese BD players now that undercuts the consoles, and some are multi-region. Not sure what MS expect to get out of it. Just shifting the drives can't make them that much I would have thought. The potential for games however could be lucrative. Movies seems unlikely to make them money, especially as they are not a studio owner and don't earn royalties from BD sales, unlike Sony.

Man dissects Apple's Magic Mouse

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@Martin 6

Paint it white with Apple's or an 'i' in the name and plenty would stump up £55, whether it's magic or not.

Jobs is the real magician. Slight of hand and whoops, there's your money gone.

Western Digital My Passport Essential portable HDD

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Dead Vulture

Seems harsh

20% seems harsh because of the cable and a grumble that the installed software isn't to your liking because you're a techie (not the product's target audience).

Is the opinion of Micro USB based on actual experience or just an opinion that a tiny connector must therefore be wobbly and unreliable? Did it actually result in failed transfers with the WD and did the cable actually come out or was it just a fear that it might?

Micro USB is small but well designed to ensure a good connection, and in my experience stays put far better than Mini USB which can easily be knocked out. They don't look like they are up to the job, but generally they are.

As for having to have another cable, well that's the idea with standardising with Micro USB. Okay it's another cable initially, but all mobile manufacturers have signed up to it (ignoring Apple of course) so soon enough everyone will have one and they can chuck away the other cables.

Anyway at least they aren't using mini firewire connectors. They never stay in and *do* lose your data as I've found.

Toilet texting not a faux pas, declares Intel

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Toilet texting

I frequently hear the beeps of texts going on behind the trap doors, and it's not that they've gone in there just to text, I can hear the whole event of them taking a dump also! Worse is some are doing voice calls. I'd rather not be on the receiving end of one of those with those noises in the background!

Texters in the urinal must have some special ability to be able to concentrate on the two tasks and direct with one hand whilst texting with the other, but I've seen it done. Weird as they're blokes and everyone knows we can't multi task.

Just avoid borrowing their phones after though.

p.s. there is of course ratemypoo.com for those with camera phones ;)

West Antarctic ice loss overestimated by NASA sats

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@No, I will not fix your computer

Actually the CFC argument was based on looking at the ozone layer during a relatively short period and spotting a hole was there and that it got bigger for a few years. It was conclusive at all.

Although I don't argue that CFCs eat ozone as that has been proven in the laboratory as I understand it, but that it actually caused that great big hole was dubious. We are better off without the CFCs though.

Anyway, as for the Antarctic. Aside from the outer edges (some of which is floating sea ice and thus already displacing water), the middle (vast vast area of land) is 3 miles thick ice and -40C. Not about to melt any time soon, even if we have the "huge" 5C average temperature rise. Many predictions just assume the whole lot is going to melt and dump into the sea.

Oh, and will the media and climate change freaks stop using shots of glacial falls into the sea. These are from coastal glaciers that naturally do one thing... slide into the sea! They've been doing this for 10s of thousands (or more) years!. The important thing isn't the melt, it's whether new snow is falling on the top of the glacier and forming ice (and funny enough, it's actually snow melt which is important to forming the ice during the seasonal changes).

Apple breaks jailbreakers' hearts with iPhone 3GS patch

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Simples

Not that I'd buy one, but if it's a new bootrom, then the hack will be to replace the bootrom in the new models with one from the old, which Apple still have to support. Might be a hardware hack though. If they've just used flashable bootrom then maybe it can be reflashed back, otherwise replace or supplement the chip. Much like how DVD players were hacked in the early days.

Ah but of course, open up the case and Apple send their minions after you. Any other company and they don't give a crap if you open up the case other than to say you've voided the warranty. You bought it, you can do what you like with it. But then Apple's products are not consumer gadgets but cult religion recruitment devices ;)

Bloggy thing signals iPhone FM radio

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@Monty Cantsin

"Record off the radio? Have you ever heard a radio station play a full song from start to finish?"

Yes I have. Depends on the time of day and station. Obviously the inane prattle time of breakfast is no time to be doing it, but plenty of stations do beginning to end on occasion.

But more importantly is the ability to record sessions (mix & live), live concerts, interviews, etc. The ability to rewind and pause.

What's the problem? DAB does this already.

Anyway, does the iPod/Phone have the relevant antenna for decent FM reception? May have the chip, but just using the same kit as for GSM and/or WiFi may not be all that great for FM.

Still, welcome to 5 years ago when Nokia had FM built in as standard (and runs in the background happily just like all other apps) ;)

BT to push fibre to 1.5m more homes and businesses

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BT vs Virgin

"but I'd not move, I've had the dubious pleasure of doing business with BT before, never again. Virgin do suffer from a help desk staffed with morons but name any big provider of any "service" that doesn't have that problem."

Virgin in my experience has been nothing but sheer hell. BT is crap but they are bliss by comparison. Virgin hasn't changed at all over the years in all their different guises (formerly NTL, formerly CableTel). Aside from the above help desk issues, and the usual monster waits on the phone to get through to anyone (and then get cut off), they cost me many days off work in sheer incompetence sending out monkeys who couldn't do the job they were sent to do, turn up at the wrong time and even on the wrong day then blame me for not being in, and ultimately could never get me a stable connection.

Virgin's cables are not as perfect as people make out. They are just as susceptible to signal issues as ADSL is, maybe more so especially as the run from cabinet to home is antiquated coax that has been rotting in the ground since analogue cable days. The ADSL approach is to be honest and give you what your line is actually capable of. The approach Virgin uses is to flat claim you can get the full speed, install the stuff and run away, leaving the customer to wonder what the hell is going on with connections up and down like a yo-yo and not achieving advertised speeds.

I had a dozen or more call outs with them, but only one with BT and that was to install the line.

Usually talk of Virgin/NTL causes universal moaning amongst colleagues and friends.

"Never again" ;)

Fanbois howl over data-munching Snow Leopard bug

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Jobs Horns

Finally I can say...

Just use Windows.

Nokia (officially) ports Qt to Maemo 5

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@AC 11:48

"Shouldn't this really be called the N97i, or possibly N98? This is basically just a second generation N97. OK it runs Maemo, but it's just a second generation N97..."

It's nothing like the N97. The look is similar, it has a resistive touchscreen still, and much of the communication hardware is the same as any old modern Nokia, but essentially it's an utterly different beast. It's not even compatible with any N97 and other Symbian apps.

Different dimensions, larger resolution screen, totally different and more powerful processor with extra GPU that the N97 lacks, completely different operating system (N97 - Symbian/S60, N900 - Linux based Maemo), look and feel and application suite is entirely alien to what any Symbian user would be used to.

Next gen N97 I would guess is likely be another S60, and the one after that, and after that, etc. N97 doesn't have Qt either. That comes with Symbian^4 down the line.

Nxxx Maemo devices are a parallel development to the Nxx phones.

Philips BDP3000 Blu-ray disc player

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Re: Too expensive

"... another 80 quid gets you a PS3"

and yet still isn't bloody BD multi region, and I presume the Philips is the same.

Whilst there are some cheap no-brands from China etc doing the rounds which are BD multi-region (with a suitable handset code).

And from what I gather on most reviews, for Blu-Ray, just about any player that does 1080p and is full 'profile' specced up is good enough as they are almost all equal.

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