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NHS IT dino-project NPfIT should be killed off - NAO

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1.60 euros per person?

yeah ... right.

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Planet with British weather found 20 light years away

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+1

for parmos

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My Tracks travel tracker

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While you're on GPS...

... check out Maverick. I bought the 'pro' version simply because the free version was so good I felt guilty using it.

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Lenovo shows ThinkPad X1 ahead of time

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@ vs "

is actually the US/UK keyboard setting.

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Ten... fantasy gadgets you wish you owned

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and ...

"I suppose if it was really accurate you could keep dinging the same piece of body armour until it finally gives way."

AND ... you can fire all but the initial shot from behind full cover - you only need to pop out to hit the target with the 'tag' (like the Bullseye rifle in Resistance).

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DIY kit computer goes Forth against Braben's RaspberryPi

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Squeak...

... or Scratch? Please STAY AWAY FROM THE BASIC!

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Is iPhone data collection legal?

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Yes you did...

... you just didn't pay attention - at least if you're in the UK. UK Phone books are slim these days because many of those who actually listen to the question 'do you want to be listed' say no. And you do NOT have to pay extra not to be listed, nor to have a withheld number, nor to withhold your number on a one-off basis (by dialling the prefix).

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Fairlight: The Rolls Royce of synthesizers

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Erm is it this Michael Moran?

http://www.rcm.ac.uk/Studying/Professors+and+Faculties/ProfessorDetails?staff_code=5213

"All the gear no idea" my arse. But the modesty is charming. And the article was fantastic.

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Natty Narwahl: Ubuntu marine mammal not fully evolved

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Absolutely agree ...

... not sure why you got downvoted, it seems a very sensible approach. Not saying that it is the upgraders' fault that the non-LTS releases are so flakey - that's Canonical's fault. If I want fancy UI elements on my LTS installs I add them under my own control - like the Cairo Dock.

Furthermore I almost never upgrade OS. I take a fresh machine (often a fresh virtual machine for a newish release) and try it out there. I would also never run the risk of breaking a working machine by repartitioning and converting to dual boot: you can always just pick up a small idle hard disk salvaged from an old machine, swap it in and try your hardware with the new OS.

Canonical have not just released a not-quite-ready OS, they are guilty of making it look like the upgrade is straightforward. (Note, whenever installing Ubuntu for friends and family I always switch off distribution upgrade notifications - at least nonLTS distro upgrades).

I prefer to be pessimistic and then pleasantly surprised, rather than optimistic and horribly disappointed. But, although years of experience has given me this attitude I do not for one minute blame those who have tried the optimistic approach and lost out - I know that horrible sinking feeling too well to be able to gloat, even if I wanted to.

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Three adds iPhone 4 to unlimited data package

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Pay as you go!

The best they can do then is terminate your unlimited data before the 30 days you paid for. They don't even know my name and address (cell triangulation excluded), so they'll have a hard time hitting me with a bill I don't expect.

Having said that I've had 5GB off them in 2 weeks, never less than 2Mb/s on speed test. I've been using my phone as a portable internet radio streaming device all round here (Stratford-upon-Avon area) with no problems. Best 2 things I've done recently (1) superCID my (Orange) Desire HD and (2) got a 3 payg sim.

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TalkTalk claims wooden spoon for highest level of broadband gripes

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Not only that ...

... but all you can eat data for 15/mo? I have 4GB over the last two weeks at a connection speed of never less than 2Mb/s. I could almost ditch my landline ISP!

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No stranger to the moleskin trouser

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Thank you so much

EOM

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A fifth of Europeans can't work out how much a TV costs

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Tesco classic...

Discounting the smaller boxes - e.g. the discount only applies to the 2nd biggest Crunchy Nut Cornflakes, so the big packet, with it's claim of 'best value pack' is actually wrong.

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Australians can’t read or count

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Panini ...

... is already plural. I love asking for 'a panino' in coffee shops.

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BT wholesale kit crash silences thousands of customers

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If we're being really pedantic...

surely it should be 24x7 and not 24/7?

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Microsoft's Google complaint not an April Fool

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Brilliant...

... we lost case X and we abide by that decision. We also want other companies to abide by that legal precedent. Even a non-legal type can see that's pretty smart.

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Mobiles really do fry your brains: JAMA

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I thought we already knew ...

... that mobiles cause a very slight increase in heating? Maybe just the warmth of the phone rather than the microwaves, but yes - a very slight increase in heating. Pretty much all metabolism goes faster (up to a point) with a small increase in temperature, it is just chemical reactions, after all. Glucose metabolism is probably simply the easiest one to see because it is such a major pathway for the vast majority of cells, certainly for neurons.

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Men at Work lose Down Under plagiarism appeal

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Next up:

Dvorak vs. Jaws

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Middle England chokes on Nice Baps

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Local to me:

Doggy Style - canine grooming

SKY Scaffolding - tag line: 'For a better erection'

and - best of all -

Bourton Drains - tag line: 'The Number 1 Name in the Number 2 Business'

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W**k-O-Meter

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It's real...

... developed by FiveAgainstTheBaldGuy. I've given it a very quick go and it says that either I'm kidding them or I have a serious medical problem. A subsequent quick shake told me 'the phone is not accurate enough to measure nanoseconds, sorry'.

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George Lucas 'very happy' with 3D Phantom Menace

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You're a ...

... vulture culture vulture.

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Council loses £2.5m claim against Big Blue

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Yes, because ...

... at least the car salesman KNOWS when he's lying

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Asus prices up netbook-convertible Android tablet

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Let me explain ...

We, as giant multinationals, may do research, manufacturing or outsourcing anywhere in the world that suits us. You, as lowly serfs^H^H^H^H^H consumers may only buy goods in your own regions.

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London's Olympic clock claps out

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oh be fair ...

... there's a substantial element of pharmacological research

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Lady Gaga puts the squeeze on breast milk ice cream

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Ok ... from the lawyer's mouth

He tells me that 'v.' stands for 'versus' but should not be written 'vs' or 'versus'.

It is pronounced 'and' in civil cases (Smith v. Jones) and 'against' in criminal ones (R. v. Jones) where R. is Regina or the Crown.

I asked him why and he said he didn't know, but thought it was useful for working out if people knew what they sounding off about. When I said that was typical of lawyers to be deliberately arcane he pointed out that I had sniggered when he had referred to his desktop computer as 'the hard drive', and he suggested that 'geeks' probably use a similar strategy to assess the competence of the folks they are dealing with.

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Verbum sapientis satis...

I was very fond of referring people to this case but an acquaintance told me that one risks exposing oneself as a legal ingénue by using the word 'versus' in the context of an English civil case, Apparently if you want to do it properly you should write it 'v.' and pronounce it 'and'.

IANAL and would be glad to hear if this is useful advice or if I was being fed a line ...

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Sixth Japanese nuclear reactor loses cooling

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This article is about damage to nuclear reactors ...

... and loss of life. None of the comments, at the time I write this, are the 'anti-nuclear lobby jumping for joy' - your comment is certainly not a reply to such a comment, in any case. It is extremely difficult to respect your opinions because of the timing, context and manner in which you express them.

Many of the workers who have been - and will be - exposed to radioactivity and other dangers will be in that position because they are working to keep other people safe. Show some respect FFS.

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Neighbourhood watchers in Reading get speedguns

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Carrot required...

Why is it all stick and no carrot? How about average speed cams through villages with ANPR. Stick to the limit and get a smiley face, and an entry into the national raffle for a free vehicle tax disc.

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WD works on hybrid drives

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I'm with you...

... I put one in my T61 and it's made a massive difference. Maybe not quite enough :-) but it's not magic.

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Amazon outlines Android bill of rights

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Proper search...

... if you want to find good Android apps then use AppBrain (an app recommendation service) or just use an internet search for 'best android apps'. I only ever use the search function of the android market for finding apps that I already know I want - I can imagine it would be terrible for just browsing the market.

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Ford punts prang-prompted auto cops-calling kit

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112 is the GSM emergency number

It works in the UK, Australia and North America (as well as a few other countries, I believe) not just mainland Europe. Many (Most?) phones will let you dial it whilst they are keypad locked.

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NSPCC blurs lines as vetting debate kicks off

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three quarters of a century ago...

... the Daily Mail was also a different organisation - an active supporter of the British Union Fascists (famous headline: "Hurrah for the Blackshirts"). But times have changed and Bernados now accept that they were wrong. Not sure about the Daily Mail tho.

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Nuance Flext9

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Dic too big...

I bet that's why the app is too big. Most people use 5000 words maximum - Swype and T9 dictionaries (and all spell-check dictionaries) should be small (say 10k words) and extensible. Only crossword solving dictionaries and their ilk need to be huge.

For instance, I was outraged recently to have Swyped 'tine' rather than 'time'. How many fucking times do you want to discuss fork prongs in SMS? It is much, much better to confirm the occasional use of a word outside the top-frequency list than it is to accept mis-spellings because they happen to be obscure or archaic words.

Place names especially should not be present in such dictionaries. Although I have to say that Swype does give you a better class of typo. As I wrote last week - this is Tuscaloosa (Ridiculous).

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Patent row gets Playstation 3s banned from Europe

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"IT'S A GAMES CONSOLE"

In other words, a post-sale change made by a manufacturer doesn't count because it is not something in which you are interested?

You say "SONY had the right to change it." That, my friend, is what is called begging the question - you are assuming the very point that is at issue. Naturally, if everybody agreed with you that SONY had that right, you would be entirely correct. But they don't, so you aren't. What you need to demonstrate, if you wish to be taken seriously, is some supporting evidence that SONY have the right to make such changes in the first place.

Of course this is all slightly off topic but, considering the timing (virtually contemporaneous) and the subject matter (ownership of intellectual property) it is hardly surprising that the matter has been raised.

I personally don't give a toss about OtherOS, even though I experimented with it. But I can see why people who DO give a toss about it are aggrieved and, at the moment, I think they are correct that SONY have been (at the very least) unfair. No wonder they are pleased to see SONY getting some 'karmic retribution'.

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Doctor Who inspires another game, this time MMOG

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Lego Dr Who...

... *please* ...

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Killzone 3

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BBFC2 ...

... an update to the British Board of Film Classification?

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Survey sets out to pin down nation's pr0n habits

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That argument is a tragedy ...

... by which, of course, I must mean that it is a song about a goat.

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Electric cars not as 'green' as advertised

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This is true for ALL the press ...

... as my old Dad liked to point out, if you spoke to an expert in 'x' for long enough, they would eventually tell you how everything written about 'x' in the media was pretty much rubbish. As you went through life, and met more people, you found that this was true for a pretty large range of 'x'.

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Moderate boozing good for your heart: Official

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I am reminded of an ancient punch cartoon...

... showing two old geezers in their high-sided chairs surveying the not terribly interesting proceedings at the old folks home where they live. Caption: "If we hadn't given up smoking and drinking, we'd have missed all this!"

BTW it's more useful to think of a unit as 10ml of alcohol rather than 8g.

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Polyglot 419 scammers target German and Welsh speakers

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amen to that...

"Record researcher Samantha has made one of her customary visits to the gramaphone library, where she runs errands for the kindly old archivists, such as nipping out to fetch their sandwiches. There favourite treat is cheese with homemade chutney, but they never object when she palms them off with relish."

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Windows Phone 7 gets 'goodie' update

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WTF?

WTF?

"When the Iphones didn't have it for years, it was deemed unimportant. When WP doesn't have it for a few months, it's considered a major flaw."

This would only be an "inconsistency" if they had been released contemporaneously. Would you claim I was inconsistent if I criticised a new make of car because it didn't have airbags, and I hadn't taken into account that the first Fords didn't have them either?

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Sarkozy: Microsoft represents all that is great about France

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Yeah but ...

... Napoleon wasn't short!

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Storm brews over Chinese synchronised goldfish

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actually no...

... try looking in the OED, or Jane Austen, for example. The English changed it to an 's' afterwards, and the Americans kept the 'z' (along with the stupid Month / Day / Year thing).

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Census threatens spies' cover

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Ethnic Origin

Correct Answer: "African (Aren't we all?)"

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Dinky Florida machine 'could whup world No 1 computer's ass'

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PR Opportunity

Just reconfigure it to be good at the LINPACK tests.

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Google brings 2-factor authentication to Gmail

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yes ...

... in fact, Lotus Notes has a web-interface that - even though it's not that good - beats the Notes (fat) Client into a cocked hat.

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Free Android encryption comes to Egypt

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sed

s/totalitarian/all/g

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Bank scorched by stupid Facebook policy

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CBA ...

... usually means something else on Facebook, if I am not very much mistaken.

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Ten... wireless keyboards

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I agree...

... those IBM clicky-clicky ones were the dog's. One thing I like to do when i get a keyboard is to swizzle the keys round into the Dvorak layout. It's getting harder with most modern keyboards because the keys from different rows are different sizes, or because some keys have nipple cutouts (GHB on a Thinkpad, frinstance).

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CoD: Black Ops 'not fit for purpose', fans claim

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@Ramazan

Many people will point out that national law trumps what is written in contracts. Hence Apple UK having to abandon re-stocking fees for mail order goods.

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