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Motorola shows off tattoo and swallowable password hardware

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Coat

Re: But 666 is a wonderful number!!

but....668 is neighbour of the beast

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Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet creator Gerry Anderson dies at 83

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Re: Left out...

and The Secret Service

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Virgin Media vid misery blamed on unnamed peering network

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Re: Meh

they used to a while ago and that is what my Virgin Media service is currently because I have not upgraded it.

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El Reg seeks hoardiest reader for crap-stashtic honour

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Re: I seem to recall

Kipple is a word coined by the remarkable science fiction writer Philip K. Dick. It refers to the sinister type of rubbish which simply builds up without any human intervention. Eventually, one day, the entire world will have moved to a state of kipplization.

From Phil Dick's "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?"

First Law of Kipple, "Kipple drives out nonkipple."

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RBS: June's tech enormo-cock-up cost us £125m

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WTF?

How Much did RBS make

Did they have their customers money earning interest on the money markets for a week or so ?

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Firefox 13 now available for download

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Re: Still no 64-bit client?

there is a 64 bit client and I am using it now.

http://palemoon.org/

works for me.

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Microsoft makes good with a 23-fix Patch Tuesday

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Tiny XP

Tiny Xp is good for Asus netbooks. I cannot tell you where to get it from but google knows...

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The Register to publish other sites' blacked-out content in SOPA protest

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Happy

no script

I visited Wikipedia today and did not notice anything different than usual because I use Noscript.

I only realized when I came to the Register that there was supposed to be a blackout.

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WD My Passport Studio 1TB external hard drive

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no usb3?

why not ? is this old stock?

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Mozilla forces Firefox 7 on memory diet

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Meh

no script

The upgrade also silently deleted no-script for me. However I was warned that page speed and HTTPS everywhere were not compatible.

Also my Live Bookmarks now all report "Live Bookmark Feed failed to Load" but they do update when I ask them to reload manually.

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Tech City UK quango rearranges Shoreditch

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Pirate

tell them

https://www.ukti.gov.uk/uktihome/contactus/contactusform.html

tell the department of trade and industry what you think about this

I just did and I feel better now

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RUPERT MURDOCH HIT BY PIE

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Black Helicopters

Who is the mysterious Mr Ginger ?

http://adloyada.typepad.com/adloyada/2011/07/my-day-alongside-murdochs-pie-chucker.html

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Post Office going tap-cash in 2012

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No thanks

I do not want contactless payments at all. What I would like is a local post office to replace the three nearest to my home which have closed.

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Official: phones sting bees

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Grenade

mobile masts

My honey bees live at my allotment between two large mobile phone masts less than 100 metres in each direction. They are fine ,the mobile transmiiters dont seem to be a problem.

Thats not to say that I dont believe that bees may be sensitive to changes in electromagnetic fields

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White van men swipe British black bees

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beekeeping has become popular

The BBKA has increased its membership greatly in recent years and there are now many more (several thousand) beekeepers now in the UK. The cost price of buying a nucleus package of bees ( a queen and several hundred workers ) has increased greatly and is currently about £150 or more . The supply to the market has limits and demand has increased.

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Vote now for the best sci-fi film never made

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PK Dick -'Man in the high castle' already in production

Blade Runner director Ridley Scott is returning to the work of the late Philip K. Dick to executive produce a BBC TV adaptation of one of the American sci-fi writer's novels.

Howard Brenton, the playwright and Spooks writer, is adapting Dick's Hugo award-winning dystopian novel The Man in the High Castle into a four-part BBC1 mini-series.

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Researchers penetrate last bastion of Windows security

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java

ugh

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Save DAB! Send FM radios to Africa

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Heart

DAB neither portble nor convenient nor affordable

My tesco value windup FM radio is great - I can listen to it anywhere -at home or in the garden for example and it cost me less than £10 .

Portable dab radios cost a fortune and probably require constant battery changes.

I will stick with FM radio.

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Google Chrome 4 lands (Windows) extensions on world+dog

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Coat

Ad Block?

err.. probably not

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Survey outs Britain as nation of tech twits

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Coffee/keyboard

survey me

i will always lie in a manner that amuses me at that time.

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Manchester journo gets first ID card - late

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comments in reverse

why do I go to the last page of comments first?This is dumb, please fix it Reg Developer.

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Lily Allen exits Twitter, bins BlackBerry

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Badgers

zen riddle

when a lily twitters in the empty forest does it make a sound?

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Google spins Docs preview into Gmail

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FAIL

i hear heavenly music

Click the "show preview" link, and viola.

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Google shares malware samples with hacked site admins

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Happy

new features in webmaster tools

There are some other new features in webmaster tools since I last visited. A site keyword frequency analysis for example and ability to view a webpage as googlebot sees it.

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PC tune-up software: does it really work?

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defraggler

the makers of c(rap)Cleaner also make a nice free defrag tool called Defraggler.

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Sites pulling sneaky Flash cookie-snoop

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Better Privacy

Firefox addon that removes flash cookies

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Mozilla tries to shunt Firefox 3.0 users over to 3.5

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still on v 2.0.0

tried firefox 3 did not like -uninstalled it -not yet tempted by 3.5

The awful bar is my biggest hate.

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Pocket Universe 1.7

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FAIL

a pedant speaks

Alderbaran and Betelguese are incorrect spellings.

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Amazon Kindle doomed to repeat Big Brother moment

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FAIL

Kindle - no thanks.

I will not be buying one now.

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NZ nude mum snap auction a hoax

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WTF?

pointless

thats not advertising its just pointless and futile lying.

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So, what's the f**king difference between a Netbook and an ultrathin?

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Heart

laptot

my eee pc 901 is a laptot

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Firefox 3.1 morphs into Firefox 3.5

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firefox 2

I am sticking with firefox 2 then. I tried 3.0 -it was rubbish,I uninstalled it.

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Gov launches 'Healthy Bees' plan

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Heart

British Beekeepers Association

"The first step is to improve our contacts with all beekeepers so that we can ensure they take advantage of the free inspection and diagnostic services that the bee unit and its dedicated team of inspectors and scientists provide"

Most beekeepers in the UK will already be members of the BBKA and most sensible beekeepers will probably already be in contact with the under-resourced and overstretched Bee Inspectors. maybe the government should just give the BBKA and Bee Inspectorate the bulk of their budget then the Minister and her department can just carry on with their task of eliminating Farming and Rural Affairs and there will be less chance of the situation become even more forked.

Well anyway Hooray at least for using our taxes on something that is not a complete waste of time

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IE8 Suggested Sites suggested to be snoopy

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Gates Horns

how to...

Q3. How can I disable the infection-reporting component of the tool so that the report is not sent back to Microsoft?

A3. An administrator can choose to disable the infection-reporting component of the tool by adding the following registry key value to computers. If this registry key value is set, the tool will not report infection information back to Microsoft.

Subkey: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\MRT

Entry name: \DontReportInfectionInformation

Type: REG_DWORD

Value data: 1

This functionality is automatically disabled if the following registry key value exists:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\WUServer

This registry key value indicates that the computer is connected to an SUS server.

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Coming soon: Pills to 'turn down' your ears at clubs

Sim
Coat

better bass response

Maybe suppositories would handle the bottom end more efficiently...

sorry ..coat ..getting it

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Microsoft disables automatic IE 8 downloads

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Gates Horns

Internet Exploder

"Some major web sites, meanwhile, have not heeded Microsoft's advice to test they work with IE8"

I code to w3c standards .(and then fix the site for Exploder 6 and 7) I don't feel very motivated to come up with any more different levels of fixes for differently broken versions of exploder.Neither am I keen to be adding any special tags that switch broken-ness on and off for Exploder 8. Perhaps Web Developers should use a browser detection script to display a prominent warning and link to Mozilla ,opera and safari if IE8 is detected.Thats my preferred solution but my clients would be less happy with this.

I spent 4 hours yesterday debugging an IE only website bug whereby an Ajax routine that returned xml data would not work if I used UTF-8 encoding,Exploder insisted on iso-8859-1 only but opera,safari and firefox did not mind which encoding I used. Unfortunately I will never get that part of my life back .

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Beeb names new Doctor Who

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Alert

eyebrows

could they not find an actor with his own eyebrows?

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Mozilla hastily shoves Firefox updates out door

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firefox3 nein danke

I just wrote to mozilla to tell them I will not be installing ff3 until they allow users to turn off the "Awesome"(sic) address bar functions.I do not suppose they will pay any attention.

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Roberts RDK-2 kitchen radio

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Unhappy

expensive

why are DAB radios so expensive?

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Sun's JavaFX consumer pitch falls on confused ears

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java -uninstalled

java just auto updated itself a week ago and screwed my pc-hogging cpu time every time I started a browser..I uninstalled it.I have not missed it or needed it .

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MPs lost for Word over creaking Microsoft packages

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Gates Horns

uninstall office 2007

reinstall office 2003

I had to do this this week for one of my clients who was appalled by word 2007 but not willing to use open office

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Google - your source for FREE Adobe gear

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Pirate

adblock the lot

why waste bandwidth-I dont ever see ads on teh intternets

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Firefox update fixes four critical flaws

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ff3 address bar

I have previously installed ff3 and then uninstalled it because of the the address bar behaviour .

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The netbook newbie's guide to Linux

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Heart

i do work on my eee pc but not in a cloud

"Netbooks are essentially machines you work through, out into the Cloud."

Well I do some web development on my eee 901 but I do not intend to store data in a cloud (ever) . I also use my laptot to watch AVIs in bed.I will not be using itunes either (ever) -VLC media player will do for me. I learned quite a bit about using Linux such as installing applications ,understanding the file system ,etc. , but I needed to get on with some work rather than learning a new OS so I installed an nlited version of XP .Windows 2k did not cut it -wireless support mainly and I could not get the webcam working (not that I need it much). When I get some time I will set up Linux on an SD card and have a dual boot setup.

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The netbook newbie's guide to Linux

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Heart

I installed windows on my 901

After two weeks of using my eee 901 with the linux os I got frustrated with Linux and installed an nlited version of windows XP.After finding how to open up the full linux user interface instead of the default crippled "simple" interface that the eee comes with I was getting on ok with using the command line - and the eeeuser forum was a really helpful resource . However I just needed to do stuff -more quickly -I kept finding myself in situations like "how do I make a new shortcut on the desktop" and having to research and find the appropriate commands-so I went for the windows os option with which I am more competent.I will install a better version of linux on a USB stick or SD card so I can carry on learning Linux -but as yet I have been too busy.

By the way my first windows install on the eepc was win2k but some of the available drivers are not up to scratch (wifi -no native win2k support ) or not working (webcam -usb support for XP is better than the w2k version) - so I stripped a load of crap out of a copy of winXP with nlite and installed that -works great,boots up quickly,and all the special function buttons on the eepc work as intended.

Linux does seem to have improved its usability a lot since I last dabbled a few years ago but I am not sure if it is yet a good choice for an average user who just wants to use their computer to do stuff .You do do have to have a determined attitude and actively want to learn. The initial learning curve is quite steep for users who are only used to the windows way of doing things .

[poorly drawn heart icon cos I love my laptot]

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RM Asus miniBook Plus netbook

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Go

Horses for courses

After 2 weeks of using Linux I put an nlited copy of windows XP on my 901.I t runs very well. Maybe I will put Linux on an SD card one day but I just wanted to use my 901 not learn a whole new way of doing things - I do not have the spare time at present.

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Police drop BT-Phorm probe

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criminal intent

surely that is a matter for the courts to decide not the police?

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Ten tweaks for a new Acer Aspire One

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version of this for the eee901

http://wiki.eeeuser.com/

lots of info for linux noobs with an eeepc

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Internet Explorer - now with 35% less FAIL

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Gates Horns

web standards - what new ways will exploder 8 break them

Is ie8 going to break web standards in any new and interesting ways or just the usual ones

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Crooks charge premium for filter-evading Trojan

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Unhappy

whitelist based AV programs

Why are AV programs so crap? Why are they based on a blacklist of evil programs when they could instead base their operation on a whitelist of permitted programs? Is that so hard to arrange,as that is how the decent personal firewall programs operate? Are there any AV programs that are based on a whitelist? Am I wrong or misunderstanding things here?If anybody can enlighten me I would be grateful.

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