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DINO-SLAYER asteroid SAUR-O-CIDE was terrible bad luck, say boffins

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Avian dinosaurs and mammals

Surely these days the interesting question is not "why did dinosaurs die out", but "how did other higher life-forms survive". Warm blood? Small size? Mobility?

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Samsung threatens to cut ties with supplier over child labour allegations

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Weasel words

"It is unfortunate that the allegation surfaced despite Samsung’s efforts to prevent child labor at its suppliers," Samsung said.

So it's unfortunate that the allegations surfaced, not that they might be true?

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Anonymous plans hacktivism against World Cup sponsors

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Re: Festival of Money Not Sport

Perhaps we should start calling it 'The Profitable Game'.

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French Hacker Legion is West's foremost snoop squad says Robert Gates

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Re: UK Eyes Alpha - or not

I think the difference is that we don't currently have a highly visible official telling embarrassingly obvious fibs about it.

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KILLER SPONGES menacing California coastline

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Considering how long crustaceans and sponges have been around, it'd almost be surprising if shrimp-eating sponges originated as late as the Jurassic.

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T-Mobile US cuts overage charges, dares rivals to follow suit

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EE aren't interested in Orange or T-Mobile customers. They seek only to force everyone onto 4G ('EE'). I suspect their competitors are picking up market share right now.

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Say CHEESE: Samsung files patent for transparent camera

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Re: Transparent display?

@DougS: being able to maintain eye contact is very useful with young children as they don't know to look at the camera. Instead they'll look at practically any human face (which may, of course, be in completely the wrong direction).

At the moment I hold the camera next to my face and hope that my hand is coordinated enough to keep the camera pointing at the child.

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BOFH: Attractive person is attractive. Um, why are your eyes bulging?

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Re: Heh. I'm exempt.

Ah! I read an article once about how colour blindness can help when detecting camouflaged animals and might have conveyed an evolutionary advantage when a small proportion of the (male) population were affected. Now I am beginning to see that there may be a whole other reason linked to increased reproductive opportunities.

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Give hackers your data, says former RSA man

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The power of misinformation

On the Internet, no one knows you're a dog, two cats and a goldfish.

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Pay-as-you-GONE: Help! T Mobile's swiped my phone credit – customers

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I had a number of lesser issues with Orange after they became part of EE. I think EE may have dropped the ball whilst concentrating on integrating the two companies.

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Undeterred by Snapchat's snafus, upstart Confide punts self-destruct selfies

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I wonder whether this comes pre-compromised by the NSA or is on their to-do list.

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Boffins claim battery BREAKTHROUGH – with rhubarb-like molecule

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Bob Godfrey

Anyone else got theme tunes from 70s children's TV shows suddenly going 'round their heads?

Oh you have now.

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Indecent proposal: Hedge fund makes 'unsolicited' bid for Riverbed

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Utter t*ssers. Kill innovation (by, for instance, starving it of money) and you kill long-term growth for a mild short-term gain.

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PayPal fixes critical account switcheroo bug after researcher tipoff

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Re: Swag

It went the way of Dick Turpin.

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New use for old iPhones: Watch your house get robbed in REAL-TIME

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Re: nsa/wiretapping/interception joke

You already have unlimited storage on NSA's cloud. Retrieving data, however, is quite another thing.

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Gadgets are NOT the perfect gift for REAL men

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Power tools are gadgets too

The older generation seem to prefer power tools, but they're just big gadgets really.

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France sets antitrust watchdog loose on Apple, raids premises

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More? I've had un oeouf?

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Radio hams tell Ofcom: Put that Wi-Fi mob back in their place

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The red bits of that graph ...

...look suspiciously like a pound sign.

Kerching!

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Reg readers tumesce as they get their tongues round 'podule'

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Unhappy

Re: Risc PC Podules

I'm pretty sure it was also after someone else started using the term and you'll note that Acorn stopped using the word from the early nineties due to the threat of legal action. Thus the RiscPC does not have any 'podules'.

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Chip daddy Mead: 'A bunch of big egos' are strangling science

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Re: I am not happy

I think all the guy is really saying, re mathematics, is that we need a Faraday for modern physics. If so, then I agree with him.

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Brit boffins GANG-RESEARCH tiny LEDs for 1Gbps network

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Will they be able to make _proper_ white LEDs?

[May contain letters.]

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Malaysia protests rare earth processing plant

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Dear me

These NIMBYs are everywhere now.

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EU data bosses order Google to sort out privacy

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Don't be evil enough to get caught?

Perhaps?

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Deep-sea worm recalls Star Wars favourite

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"Acorn worms – enteropneusts – are studied because they provide hints at early vertebrate evolution (unless, of course, you take the side ..." of those who believe that Republican Paul Broun is a more likely example of early (in?)vertebrate evolution).

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iPhone 5 has 'laser keyboard, holographic images'

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Re: Sadly though

To be honest, the proportion of Americans taking the gospel as gospel is worrying enough.

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Emotional baggage

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My school did this to me in 1988. Turns out that the other people in the year all wanted to do Chemistry in conjunction with their A-levels so my Computer Studies option, which had officially been available the previous day, was kicked into the long grass. All but one ot the other pupils dropped out of their chosen combination of subjects, leaving one guy previously from another school and me. So my sixth-form career was diverted for a bunch of quitters and a guy from another school.

Am I bitter? No! It turns out the Computer course might not have got me into Cambridge for CompSci, so ironically I did better without it, as Cambridge is precisely where I ended up.

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Wales: We'll encrypt Wikipedia if reborn gov net-snoop plan goes live

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Re: Soooo...

They're serving the people who fund their masters' political parties. Who were you expecting them to serve?

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China is racing past US, rest of world - and into the Cloud

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Mushroom

They're doomed.

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Best and the Rest: ARM Mini PCs

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Acorn etc.

Brazil was the ARM1 co-pro OS, I believe.

For some projects, a STR9-comStick might do the trick. Not a full PC (and therefore not eligible for inclusion in the main article), but has many of the capabilities.

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Vodafone manages to fight off £3bn tax bill, claws back cash paid

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Erm .. Vodafone are not unlikely to have to pay the tax they've been let off in Britain. No court has yet decided. Any previous court cases will be small change by comparison.

As for the Indian decision, like the HMRC one, isn't it even vaguely possible that it owes as much to pragmatism as to law. It is, after all, something of a reversal from the lower courts. Did they know nothing of law? I think probably they knew it well.

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Facebook disses Effin Irishwoman

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FAIL

Sigh

But using the word 'effing' is a way of avoiding profanity. Maybe we should just brand it Effbook.

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Facebook 'shrinks' six degrees of separation theory

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FAIL

Average

If I join Facebook and have no friends: that's an infinite number of hops. I contend that there must be a least one person on Facebook at any one time with no friends. People on Facebook, therefore, are, on average, an infinite number of hops away from everyone else.

Or do you have to name friends to get an account?

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Doctor Who and the Unsatisfactory Five Hole Tape Punch

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Logopolis was huge

I'm not surprised a die size reduction was attempted.

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Scotland Yard trackers operate fake mobile base stations

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Datong?

Datong Detong, Detong Datong, let's call the whole thing off.

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PC sales tank on fears of Meltdown, Part Deux

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Me too (!) - no need to upgrade

it's not just CPUs, either.

I bought a computer 3 years ago. I do a lot of gaming, so I bought a lovely ATI 4870X2; a pretty powerful GPU at the time. When it failed recently, I actually bought an nVidia 460 and I'm pretty sure from benchmarks that the latter is less powerful. There was a time when a mid-range graphics card of today would trounce a top-range card of three years ago. Not today.

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Videogames caused riots says plod

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WTF?

History repeats

We see the same sort of behaviour after the initial introduction of home computers in the 80s. Indeed, it is a little known fact that the original riot act became necessary in the 18th century after several rather violent board games became available.

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Exam results texted out early in Scotland

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Inverness

Google "Inverness population" and it comes up with a best guess of 6789.

This apparently was the population of Inverness, Florida in 2000, admittedly, and, even then, it looks like some one just ran their finger along a row of the keyboard.

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Sandi Toksvig puts the 'n' into cuts - on the Beeb

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Precedents

Very slightly different, but Ronnie Barker - Rindercella. Standards were clearly very different back then.

(I don't think it was the only time he did dodgy spoonerisms either.)

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Facebook spam prevention scam spreading like wildfire

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"junk messages"

There are messages on Facebook that aren't junk?

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Apple bashes 'gay cure' app

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That bunch of half-witted creationists don't control America after all

Great stuff.

@Shaggy Dog: you mean there are apps out there to cure heterosexuality?

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Balanced, neutral journalism is RUBBISH and that's a FACT

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Yes, but what do the people who like balanced journalism think?

Ah!

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Apple lawyers land London lawsuit on Nokia

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FAIL

Those who do not learn

In the late 80s Apple was riding a wave, successful despite numerous incursions into its markets. However, it then got bogged down in a series of lawsuits. Simultaneously, ttheir platform was neglected by many (developers, users etc.) because of the locked-down nature of its products.

Of course only a complete idot could make exactly the same mistakes again and give away their hard-earned return to success?

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Google in shock 'we serve ads' claim

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What next?

Honesty in advertising?

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Philip Green discovers ugly truth of government incompetence

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WTF?

£73 per box of printer paper

Is this an usually large box, or does it come with platinum crown watermarks?

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Baby Boomers committing suicide at unprecedented rates

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Bad news financially?

Hell no, we'll be saving on pensions and health care.

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Apple in 873-page legal claim to word 'Pod'

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Sigh! Here again.

Didn't Acorn have to stop calling things pods because someone else had rights to use the name? That would have been back in the 80s and I bet it wasn't Apple that had those rights.

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Action gamers make better drivers, soldiers, surgeons

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Suprised no one has mentioned

That The Sims is hardly a good counterbalance. Probably was rotting their brains from the inside.

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More choosing maths A-Level

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Amazing isn't it?

What a recession does for people's academic choices.

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Suspended-animation cold sleep achieved in lab

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"literally frozen to death"

Are you trying to get into Colemanballs?

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BCS civil war heats up ahead of crunch general meeting

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About time...

they owned up to being about IT and not the wider field of computing at all.

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