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Sharp Aquos LC-32LE210E 32in LCD TV

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Errm...?

I agree with you about the wallmounting idiocy - never understood why people sometimes mount them so high up. But I'm reminded of what my mother said about our TV 'rather dominating' the living room. My answer is that the Big White Rectangle rather dominates the average cinema too!

Maybe you would feel happier if we called it the 'TV room' - that's what it's for!

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Ofcom slaps down ham botherer

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Seconded...

Have you noticed how Survivors, The Walking Dead, 28 Days Later etc could all do with some radio hams? Survivors was particularly funny with people getting lost - I know GPS drifts but I'm sure it would be usable for a few years.

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Official: Playboy back cat stashed on hard drive

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A new specialism ...

for Art Historians seems possible. How about being an 'I Don't Know Much About Art But I Know What I Like Historian"

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The alternatives to password protection

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Blue Proximity

Presence of a paired bluetooth device could be used as a second factor. I use (the excellent) Blue Proximity on my personal (Ubuntu) laptop, with the sensitivity turned right down - if my phone is not next to my laptop, it locks - when I put it back, it unlocks.

I'm sure it would be easy to use this as a second factor by setting it up to accept a short password when the paired device is present. A longer password should be available for device-free log-in in case you lose your phone on a screen-break.

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China-inspired charity aims to sex-down society

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Can I please just say ...

... that I am not the John Woods in the article?

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Putting the internet into neutral, or neutering the net?

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Why?

Why do the ISPs seem to have such clout? There are big organisations who should be supporting net neutrality (I'm thinking of all those providing video). And a huge groundswell of consumers who - even if they don't know it - want net neutrality. But the ISPs seem to hold some kind of sway over the legislators that is out of all proportion to their financial clout and their popular support. Is it just that governments need them to be on side so they can spy on us?

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'Spacetime cloak' could act as 'Star Trek transporter'

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That would be cunningly...

... but cunninger could be a noun derived from a verb (like employer vs. employ) and therefore 'a cunninger' might be one who is practised in cunning.

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Lincs authority lets schools decide on Pagan lessons

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Hear,

Hear!

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US Marine hover-jeep to get robotic hands-off controls

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It's because ...

... people who would be any use as politicians are doing something else, and pretty much anyone who actually wants to be a politician should be prevented from being one.

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World's largest pilot union shuns full-body scanners

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WTF?

WTF?

It's easy to increase the power output of a 500cc Fiat - just press the throttle. It's easy to overdrive a laser pointer to paper-burning intensity - just burn out the regulator. It's easy for an X-ray machine to give overdoses - just increase the exposure length.

Your premise is incorrect, but your argument is also a non-sequitur, so even if it weren't your conclusion would still be unfounded.

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Police get ready for body parts audit

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what else ...

... do they have up their sleeves?

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StumbleUpon adds apps to its recommendation list

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StumbleUpon is great but ...

... it only becomes great after you have used it a lot. Whenever I recommend it to people I always try to prepare for their initial disappointment - after you have established a network of people whose likes and dislikes coincide with yours it is absolutely ace.

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Nominet forgets what the first .uk domain name was

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not lost ...

... they're on a train somewhere

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HTC forgets Norwegian alphabet

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and ...

... eth and yogh! And ash, (æ) which is still to be found reasonably often.

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Seagate squirts out rectal cleaning spray

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scuzzy

That is all.

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First tube station to get Wi-Fi next week

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Always use VPN ...

... when you are not on your home network.

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How to stop Apple and Google's great web lockdown

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We knew it was you, Mr Pott ...

... and bloody good it was too.

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S African rhino rustlers tackled using satellite horn implants

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New sport ...

... Rhino hunter hunting. And Tiger hunters. It should be perfectly acceptable to have the heads of these chaps mounted on plaques above one's fireplace.

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Google slips $3.1bn through 'Double Irish' tax loophole

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absolutely agreed

Everyone gets 10,000 per year to keep them off the breadline. Everyone pays tax at, say, 30p on every single pound they earn beyond that. Tax departments streamlined by 90%, benefits departments reduced to dealing with a tiny minority of cases such as severe disability. No poverty trap because every hour you work makes you richer. If only ...

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Court strikes down Facebook probation

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Errm ....

... I think you are on the wrong website. Radical opinions are welcome here, but idiotic Daily Mail type posturing, where you think 'I can testify that...' counts for anything whatsoever, is probably not going to cut the mustard. I would be interested to know which UK cities you consider to be 'run by liberals' - it's unlikely we'll give it much credence but it might be good for a laugh.

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Dead baby taunting troll feels wrath of law

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Salman Rushdie ...

... was on Open Book (R4) this week. One of the things he said was that we were too timid as a society, because we tried too hard not to give offence. This is problematic, he said, because increasingly large and vocal groups define themselves by what offends them.

AC above put it very clearly by saying that everyone has the right to be offended, but no-one has the right to not be offended. Existing laws are available to deal with specific cases like these. Creating new laws, however well-meaning, to protect people from being offended, are going to disproportionately benefit those who like to be offended by nearly everything: we risk handing our "freedom of speech" - or what little of it we have - over to puritanical minorities.

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Spycam school to pay damages for kiddie snaps

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Ok now we need...

... Michael Moore - or Louis Theroux - or both - to really get to the bottom of this. If these people are going to get off scott free, then at least let's have a full scale media persecution.

If my kids school ever does this to my kids I will be down there with a truck bomb. Oh wait - I could actually get into more trouble just for saying that than these teachers got for their extended pervathon.

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Jobsian fondle-slab in SEXY FILTHGRAM CRACKDOWN

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nuts ...

Not sure if they've fixed it yet but on the US version of PS3 Home (a sort-of built in Second Life) censorship used to convert 'hello' to '****o'. And of course '****** takeaway' - half a billion people can't even name their nationality without Sony USA worrying that they really meant to say 'Native American'. Unbelievable. And of course you could still tell people to invoke a well known unix filesystem check. VVankers.

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National Schools Film Week punts unsafe URL

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OMG

It seems teh Interwebs is now officially too easy to use, domain registration included. What sort of noob registers an .org domain without checking what the taken domains of the same name look like? What sort of organisation delegates the registration to such a noob? It's amazing.

On a related note, has everyone seen the 'idiot-test' that's doing the rounds, claiming that this 'weekend-filled' October has a calendrical pattern seen only once every 823 years?

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Ubuntu 10.10: date with destiny missed

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usbmodeswitch

Then you won't even have to eject the install volume

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Dixons touts tablets

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less use, maybe ...

... no use is a bit strong. You could always connect it to a bluetooth or USB GPS receiver. I got a bluetooth GPS from Morgan Computers for under a tenner, it works well with my ASUS eeePC and googlemaps.

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Miniskirted Brazilian is appealing...

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I'm sure if you google...

... you can find the original video. I pretty much recall it as being towards the baying mob end of the spectrum rather than the bit of rudeness end.

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Amazon Kindle 3 e-book reader

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Why hasn't it been ...

... rooted?

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Youth jailed for not handing over encryption password

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Doesn't work that way....

... TC freespace is encrypted. If you mount the non-hidden volume and write to it, you will indeed run the risk of overwriting a hidden volume. If you want to write to it, you mount it with the hidden volume protected - which of course means entering passwords for both inner and outer volumes.

So if you are forced to give up the outer volume password, noone can prove - except by cryptanalysis - that there is a hidden volume. They could destroy that hidden volume though, by mounting the outer one with the outer password you've given them and filling the disk up.

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Tony Curtis goes to grave with iPhone

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Is that an App ...

... or a big sleep?

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Flakey scales brand Commonwealth boxers bunch of blobs

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I always check my scales...

... water weighs 1g/ml. What is amazing is that, in a competition environment, no one thought to check these as a matter of course.

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Google open sources JPEG assassin

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If I WERE a grammar Nazi ...

... I'd point out that the use of [sic] simply means that the source material is quoted exactly and not paraphrased by the author. It is not usually taken to indicate a judgement by the author on the quality of the original prose: it's just intended to stop people piping up "You mean WERE" or "You split your infinitive".

Of course, I agree with you that it is acceptable to occasionally split infinitives and, if I was asked I'd also be relaxed about people not using subjunctive forms. But I do find it ironic that in an attempt to avoid comments about the finer points of style in a quoted section, the author has attracted a comment about the way they've quoted it!

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Can you please ...

... post the URL?

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Pentagon out to 'destroy' Wikileaks, founder says

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I hope that everyone who attacks wikileaks because of Assange ...

... also boycotts music by Wagner, poetry by Larkin . . . etc. etc. The guy may or may not be a douche - and whether he is may or may not be interesting in its own right. But it has nothing to do with whether wikileaks is useful or not.

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Ofcom imposes new rules on silent callers

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How about ...

... an answering message that plays the rising three tone signal for 'number unobtainable' and then says 'please stay on the line' before transferring the call to the ringer unit? Humans will be momentarily confused, but stay on the line, but the autodiallers will probably disconnect immediately, hopefully marking the number out-of-service and not ever calling back.

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Whitman accused of hypocrisy over servants

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You haven't met any rich people?

In my experience they are the tightest people around. Never pay full price for anything, and never waste a penny. I guess that's why they're rich and I'm not :-(

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Nigerian perv scanners lay Lagos ladies bare

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Bravo!

I suggested this here once before and was downvoted - but I think you're right: with one caveat - absolutely no concessions should be made for religious folks whatsoever.

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Star Wars set for 3D rehash

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Of course starting with the worst film ...

... is a smart decision. If they started with the best and people felt it wasn't worth it, they wouldn't go to see any of the subsequent ones.

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Copper prices push cable thefts to new high

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Who are they selling them to?

Just make it more worthwhile for scrap metal dealers to grass them up than melt the copper.

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Baby Boomers committing suicide at unprecedented rates

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No context ...

... no meaning. For instance, when compared to the previous generation, it is much more likely that someone in this age group knows that they have a terminal condition - or one, such as alzheimers, that could ruin their children's lives. Compared to the previous generation, they didn't have the bizarrely life-affirming experience of surviving the war. Or maybe, as suggested by Joe K, they don't fear going to hell - just living through it.

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French cops take down mobile phone hacking ring

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It's your phone ...

... when the contract ends. That's why I upvoted velv.

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Indiana judges dismiss girl's nipple exposure appeal

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On a related note...

... I was in a cafe once where a woman was breastfeeding. I overheard some people tutting and muttering, and shortly afterwards they called over a waitress. They loudly whispered their complaint and the waitress said "I am sure the manager will be able to assist". The manager came out and sympathetically listened to their wibble - I was just about to add my $0.02 when he signalled to the waitress - who whipped away their half-eaten meals - and asked them to leave: 'I'm afraid I don't allow offensive behaviour in my cafe, please don't come back'. The rest of us cheered!

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Sony piques PS3 fans with PlayTV patch fee

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Talking of SONY Niche Products ...

... I bought a GPS add-on for my PSP. Very nice it was too. SONY are still selling these - but without any indication that they never have, and apparently never will, update the maps.

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iPhone mules are taking our handsets, damnit!

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Consumers v. Corporations

When we exercise our market freedoms, we are guilty of shopping at the 'grey market'. When corporation offshore much of their production and/or services - they are being efficient. I normally reject the term 'grey market' because of exactly this - there's nothing grey about it at all, just that the corporations don't want you to enjoy the freedoms that they do.

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Taxman rejects 'lie detector' tech

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May I be one of hundreds ...

... to point out that there is already an almost 100% foolproof way of determining whether a politician is lying ... ?

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'Unicorn' captured in remote Laos mountain forests

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if it's got four legs and isn't a chair

google title if necessary

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Yahoo! boffin scores pi's two quadrillionth bit

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Why not

What's wrong with the number 3.101? or

3.141592653589793238462643383279502884197169399375105820974944592307816406286208998628034825342117067982148086513282306647093844609550582231725359408128481117450284102701938521105559644622948954930381964428810975665933446128475648233786783165271201909145648566923460348610454326648213393607260249141273724587006606315588174881520920962829254091715364367892590360011330530548820466521384146951941511609?

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Oz school in homosexual kookaburra rumpus

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homonyms?

Yes. Crusader Hills is a homonym.

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Porn and pirates hide Android's money maker

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FAIL

Erm, excuse me ...

... half say they aren't making as much money as they expected, and half say they are, with half of those making more than they expected? A few more datapoints with a better quantification of 'less' and 'more' and we'd probably have a bloody normal distribution.

The figures appear to show, contrary to what is claimed, that the Android market is almost exactly as profitable - however much that is - as most developers expected it to be.

In other news, nearly half of the entries in our local village fair underestimated the weight of the cow, showing that people have difficulties understanding just how big a cow is.

I'm going to stop typing now and go to bed before I give into the CAPS LOCK KEY ...

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Danes work up head of steam over manga exhibition

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FAIL

Those figures are deliberately distorted...

When they talk about non-sex crimes, they quote the ratio of convictions to charges. When they talk about sex crimes, they quote the ration of convictions to allegations. If it were 'scored' like burglary, the rape conviction rate would be nearly 60% not 6%. And, ironically, the widespread quoting of the 6% figure probably discourages legitimate complaints, as women believe they won't get justice - and it may even encourage certain kinds of men to think they can get away with it.

So PACK IT IN. Thanks.

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