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Lord Peter views the logfile

Martin
Happy

Brilliant!

That is all.

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Raumfeld multi-room wireless music system

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Who buys this?

The sort of person who wants one of these will already have a hi-fi system and/or a computer with his music stored on it. So why would you spend another £1200 on another one?

Silly money for what it is.

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Ten... Premium iPod Speakers

Martin
WTF?

If your ten quid speakers are better than your mate's £1000+ hifi

...something is SERIOUSLY wrong with your mate's hi-fi. (Or your ears?)

Ten quid speakers can sound OK, but a five-hundred-pound hifi will sound MUCH better.

As for me, I'll stick to my squeezeboxen. Never been able to see the point of an iPod dock.

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Apple iPad run rate hits 2m units a month

Martin
FAIL

False dichotomy alert!

"DisplaySearch's figures put the combined total number of netbooks and tablets at just under 10m units worldwide these days - where it's been for the past four quarters. If Apple does shift 6m iPads then that's bad news for netbook manufacturers - it's six million machines they won't themselves sell."

That's the same sort of argument that assumes that every illegal mp3 download is a lost CD sale. I'm surprised at you.

iPad users and netbook users are not the same people - an iPad purchase is not by definition a lost netbook sale. Apart from anything else, iPad users are generally a lot richer....

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Mega new climate science: 'Runaway' effect exaggerated

Martin

Cue loads of people saying "Told you so..."

That is all.

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eBay shill bidder gets £5,000 fine

Martin
FAIL

Murder is a bit of a special case....

But in general, if you have a clean record, you are more likely to get a lesser sentence. That's exactly how the law works.

Bet it's how it worked when your parents punished you too.

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Southpaws up in arms over iPhone 4

Martin
Joke

A real man?

Real men don't go "Eeeuw..."

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Iomega Prestige Portable 1TB

Martin

Just one question....

"I reformatted the Prestige to the FAT 32 file system."

Why ?

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iPhone 4: Perfect for everyone, except humans

Martin
WTF?

@Brian 6 - @Pyers

Why is it that on the internet, people seem to think that bloody rudeness is some sort of substitute for reasonable argument?

If Pyers had stated in a pub that he knew quite a lot about antenna theory, and you, Brian 6, had said to him, "Actually, you know nothing about antenna theory", he'd have, quite justifiably, told you where to get off.

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Inevitable Mac OS X 10.6.4 update problems surface

Martin

Not quite that....

....but, as the ranter above said, the default position is that it will work. And it WILL work for 99.several nines% of updaters.

But those that fail are the interesting ones - especially if yours has also failed. They can be grouped together and solutions found.

I agree - "Well, mine worked OK" is about as futile a post as you can make on here when discussing updates. Won't stop them happening, though.

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Stephen Fry's truly terrible mistake

Martin
FAIL

Internet radio is the way forward.

Internet radio doesn't need a PC. It just needs (gosh!) an internet connection.

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Is your office World Cup sweepstake legal?

Martin
Pint

Baseball? - rounders played by men?

And has the cheek to call its main tournament a "World Series" when no-one except the USA plays it?

At least cricket really IS a world sport.

And if you think cricket is boring, you've obviously never watched it on a village green on a sunny afternoon from the garden of the village pub. Bliss!

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AT&T to ax unlimited data plans on iPhone Monday

Martin
Headmaster

ax???

Come on.

I know it's a US story, but El Reg is still a UK site.

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MSI Wind U160

Martin
FAIL

Hear hear!

I bought my Aspire One for £175. It's got pretty poor battery life, it's a bit sluggish. But it does the basics. If I want more than the basics, I'll go to my desktop or a decent laptop.

£330? What am I getting for the extra £155 over my Aspire One? (Apart from Windows, which I don't want or need...)

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I Married a Monster from ISO 9000

Martin

Excellent!

But - the "contraversial" second verse? Not like you, Ms Stob!

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BBC nicely summarises Gordon Brown's legacy

Martin
FAIL

Good riddens?

Labour claim to be proud of what they did for education, but judging by the evidence....

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Election losers? Our clapped-out parties

Martin
FAIL

Displaying your prejudices again...

"The (Labour) party always treated its core vote with contempt, housing them in rabbit hutches, expecting them to be grateful for it, and resenting them when they asked to paint the front door of the flat a different colour. A strain of puritanism in Labour's roots also resented the proles ever having any fun."

OK - I was born in 1955. In the fifties, the new towns were build, with LOADS of new council houses. They were hardly rabbit hutches. I know, I was brought up in Hemel Hempstead, living in a two-bedroom then a three-bedroom council house. A helluvan improvement for my parents over living in a single room in their parents' house.

In the sixties, there were new state schools being built, with exceptional facilities. Again, I went to one, and I visited several others. It's only over the last five to ten years that I've seen state schools again having similarly good facilities. (Oh look - it was another Labour government.)

And as for the "streak of puritanism" - that's just opinionated crap, based on nothing.

If this is what you reckon "treating their core vote with contempt" is, I'd like to see a bit more of it, personally.

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Mobe-wielding drivers getting away with it

Martin

Not comparing apples with apples...

The difference is that police drivers are (a) massively more competent than the average driver and (b) trained to use Airwave and drive at the same time.

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Ubuntu's Lucid Lynx: A (free) Mactastic experience

Martin
Linux

XP install vs Linux?

"I have done many fresh installs of WinXP, and also Linux.....I prefer XP"

Well, I prefer Linux.

One major reason why is that a clean install of XP takes about ninety minutes on my old Dell boxes (including having to install a whole set of special drivers). A clean install of Ubuntu takes about fifteen, and just works.

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Martin
FAIL

Have you actuallly LOOKED at Ubuntu since about 8.04?

You have to look very hard to find /usr and /bin.

If you were to replace WinXP on your mum's laptop, help her configure the mail client and any "social" logins she needs, and show her where the Firefox icon was, she'd be fine. She might even prefer it.

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First among SQLs

Martin
Pint

Brilliant!

Ms Stob's ability to write a spoof is unparallelled - they are laugh-out-loud funny even when (as in my case) you know precious little about the subject being spoofed.

Please accept a virtual beer.

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Obama: We're off to Mars

Martin
WTF?

Oh, please.....

If you want to look into priorities in the US, then you might start looking at the multi-trillion defence budget.

Yes, it's appalling that so many people live below the poverty line. But the sort of budget we're talking about for space exploration is a drop in the ocean compared to what is required to sort out those sorts of problems.

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Times websites want £1 a day from June

Martin
FAIL

So the Sun are going to charge us....

...for the news they get from trawling the free news sites and blogs on the internet? Right.....

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'Racist' job ad sparks investigation

Martin
WTF?

hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

Great joke, there, about the Daily Mail being a decent newspaper.

Oh, sorry - you were being serious?

My mother reads the Daily Mail. I pick it up once every two or three weeks at her house to look at it, to try to find the "accurate, balanced, informative reporting, no sign of hatred anywhere" to which you refer.

What I always, ALWAYS, find is inaccurate, biassed, deliberately misleading articles and hate-spewing commentary.

It is revolting.

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Madoff geeks charged for writing book-cooking code

Martin

20% PLUS those extra amounts?

"Madoff not only met their demands" ie gave them 20% rises (let's be British here!), "he also gave them" the extra amounts (at some other time, presumably during that year).

I grant it could be better written.

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Martin
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Oh, come on...

Excel can be used for all sorts of things - including fiddling the books.

The software these people are accused of writing could hardly be used for anything else BUT fiddling the books.

There is something of a difference here.

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IPCC Rainforest eco-tastrophe claim confirmed as bunk

Martin
Stop

Why are ALL the climate-change articles on El Reg "sceptical"?

It would be nice if you would publish a few articles pointing out the inaccuracies (and worse) published by the sceptic community.

Bear in mind, if the climate change people are wrong, but we go along with their suggestions, we'll still end up with a better planet. If the climate change sceptics are wrong, and we go along with them, the prospects are pretty grim.

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Top exorcist says Satan at work in Vatican

Martin
FAIL

70,000 exorcisms?

That is 3 exorcisms a day, 7 days a week, for about 64 years.

Am I allowed to call a priest a liar?

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Virgin Media wins Film 4 HD exclusive

Martin
WTF?

Extra monthly charge?

What you're paying for is the V+ box, which gives you a three-channel PVR. I had that way before HD arrived. When Virgin introduced HD, they didn't charge any more for it if you had a V+ box.

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Dell Inspiron Zino HD

Martin
WTF?

Six hundred and thirty quid?

No thank you.

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Cambridge Council denies iPad plan

Martin
WTF?

Well, I'm grateful....

...that you didn't use the revolting "NuLabour" that I see here all the time.

But what your individual Labour council did is really bugger all to do with anything. I bet there are just as many Tory councils who have chosen to spend money on themselves rather than the ratepayers too.

It would be nice if you could leave your knee-jerk political posturing at home.

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Fugitive VoIP hacker admits 10 million minute spree

Martin
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And in other news in the Daily Mail today....

I think it is highly unlikely that anyone who killed someone through drunk driving has ever got just points on his license and a big fine, particularly in the UK.

Do try to do something about that knee-jerk reaction of yours.

And this guy hasn't got 25 years yet - that's just the most he might get. Bear in mind he deliberately defrauded millions of pounds AND skipped bail on a $100,000 bond - which effectively means he stole that money from the person who put up the bond. Whereas your mythical drunken driver was merely stupid and unlucky. (Have you never driven over the limit in your life? Even when you were young and stupid?)

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Michigan man in DIY rocket sled explosion

Martin
FAIL

Even if it had worked...

....he still didn't qualify for a Darwin Award. He's presumably already had any kids he's going to have at the age of 62, and the idea is that you remove yourself from the gene pool before you get an opportunity to pass your stupid genes on.

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Sony and Arsenal to stream match highlights to PSPs

Martin
FAIL

PSP???

Now if they were doing something like this for the iPhone (or for Android - please?) they might have something.

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eBay cans free P&P requirement

Martin

I don't get what the fuss is all about....

I list ALL my listings with P&P included. That way, the buyer knows exactly what he is going to pay, no messing about. Do I pay a fraction more in listing fees? I suppose so - but it's trivial compared to what I believe I've gained (especially on expensive items) where people have told me that they tend to bid on my item rather than another one because they know what they are paying.

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Sky 3D soccer fails to score

Martin
Happy

You're missing something...

The specs are quite large and fit over normal glasses.

I wear specs and I've seen Coraline, Scrooge and Toy Story 2 in 3-D - and very effective they were too.

But for footy? can't see the point. If you really want to see it in 3-D, it's best done at the stadium.

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Woman sues rail line for 'exploding' toilet

Martin
FAIL

LOL?

"Soon you will have "Maximum load 2,000kg" on American toilets, just like we have in lifts LOL"

LOL is not a punctuation mark, despite efforts to the contrary by the kids of today.

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iPad vs e-book readers: price matters

Martin
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I think the point is being missed.....

The e-reader is really an immersive experience (sorry, I sound like a marketing drone) - you forget completely that you're using an electronic device and just get involved. It's just like a book. Colour doesn't matter, and in fact will get in the way. Same applies with a book.

I don't think that the ipad will ever be like that. It may have a place, but I don't honestly see it for books. Apart from anything else - it's just too big.

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Plastic Logic shows executive e-book reader

Martin
WTF?

An executive e-book reader?

Does that take a book and reduce it to a two-paragraph summary which carefully ignores the tricky issues?

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Angels can't fly: Official

Martin
Happy

Bah Humbug?

Blimey - there are a bunch of old miseries on here. "He's being funded by taxpayer's money! Outrageous!" Ebenezer Scrooge is alive and well.

It's Christmas. He's just done a bit of a calculation for the fun of it. A bit like the people who did all the calculations about what would happen if Santa were real.

I thought it was quite funny.

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NZ gal's Bulgarian airbags halt traffic

Martin

Automated response # 27

Where's the Playmobil re-creation?

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Acer A1 Liquid Android smartphone

Martin

Many of us?

"...many of us need nothing more than a good Twitter and Facebook application..."

Further, many of us don't even need that - particularly the first...

The phone? It's a bit ugly...

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2009's Top Netbooks

Martin
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Still too expensive...

It's got to be sub-£200 to be worth considering. as far as I'm, concerned. My Acer Aspire One cost me £175 over a year ago, and I still use it more-or-less every day. But if I were to be thinking of spending over £300, I'd be looking for a "real" laptop.

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T-Mobile coughs to data theft

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@AC - 11:32 - being a bit disingenuous...

"...the ICO didn't splash the story. They said it was a UK mobile phone operator and T-mobile decided to fess up. They could have kept schtum."

Oh, come on. You phone Orange, O2, Virgin, T-Mobile, Vodafone and one or two others, and say "Are you working with the ICO on a data theft case?" All bar T-Mobile say "No"; T-mobile refuse to comment. It doesn't take Sherlock Holmes to make the obvious deduction - and then they have to come clean.

So technically, no, the ICO didn't splash the story. But they must have known the information would get out.

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Oxford American Dictionary dubs 'unfriend' Word of the Year

Martin
FAIL

I feel a touch of the old fogeys coming on...

...but "unfriend" as Word of the Year? What the hell are the criteria? It's not clever, it's not elegant, it's not even desperately useful. It won't stick, either - in five years time (or possibly less) no-one will use "unfriend" for anything.

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Acer Aspire One D250 with Android

Martin
Stop

@Matt13

The Sony UX1 is two grand's worth of machine, isn't it? It damn well OUGHT to boot Windows 7in 30secs and restore from hibernate in ten seconds.

You're hardly comparing apples with apples here.

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

Martin
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five to six years?

@AC 15:44 - "You really do expect a high price TV to last about 5-6 years."

Blimey, you have lousy expectations. If I spent £1800 on a TV, I'd expect it to last a lot longer than that - and frankly, I'd hope to be replacing it because I wanted to, not because it was no longer any good.

As for this one - I cannot convince myself that a 46" TV for £1800 is going to be a thousand quid better than one for £800.

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Bookeen Cybook Opus

Martin
Happy

Like the landscape switch.....

....but more importantly - where did you get that nice illustrated version of Alice?

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Ubuntu's Karmic Koala opens its eyes

Martin
Megaphone

Not comparing with apples with apples...

I'm so sick of this stupid argument.

The "Windows just works, and you have to mess around to make Linux work" people are missing the point.

If I buy a new PC with, say, Vista on it, it will just work. If then in a year or two, I try to upgrade to Windows 7 it may well work. But there's a good chance it won't go smoothly, and I'll have to spend hours trawling the net finding the drivers I want.

If I were to buy a new PC with Linux, it will also just work. And if I try to upgrade later, it may well go smoothly - but it might not, and I'll have to do a bit of work.

Blimey, even Apple has this problem. I know someone with a MAC who upgraded to Snow Leopard, and ran into a couple of issues.

So please, stop saying Windows just works. It doesn't. Buying a machine with a pre-installed O/S just works. And that's because the computer manufacturers have done all the hard work for you.

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Wales adopts mobile average speed cameras

Martin

So we reckon Clarkson won't go to Wales now....

That's a start - now let's introduce it world-wide !

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