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47 posts • joined 26 Mar 2008

Thought mobe banking apps were safe from nasties? THINK AGAIN

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More security company FUD

All sounds plausible until you see the word 'may'. This terrible thing could happen...if your bank does something really stupid. And you compound it by doing something equally stupid.

There's no suggestion that the researchers found any evidence that any bank has ever put out a mobile app that doesn't check SSL certificate validity. That would be a real story.

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Antarctic ice shelf melt 'lowest EVER recorded, global warming is NOT eroding it'

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Re: Nice article

Squid are supposed to be damp. As opposed to say, fireworks.

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We MUST be told: How many Bitcoins do I need to kill a melon-head?

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"Real money has value irrespective of confidence"

Your 'real money' was backed by gold reserves. Gold has limited intrinsic value beyond being shiny. When the shit hits the fan, you'll be better off having put your money in chickens than lumps of bling.

In the meantime, gold is a trade-able commodity and consequently its value fluctuates, sometimes quite wildly. This is one of the primary reasons why countries stopped using it to back their currencies. Confidence in the economy is often the biggest driver of fluctuations in the price of gold, as nervous investors perceive it as a safe haven for their money when other markets fall.

In short, no money is 'real' and it all depends on confidence.

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Fiendish CryptoLocker ransomware survives hacktivists' takedown

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Re: backups and...

If you have a Windows guest running on Linux, any files visible to the guest are vulnerable.

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BT Sport scores own goal with £897m Champions League footie rights deal

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Re: Will I be able...

BT Sport is delivered over Freeview.

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Web Daddy Berners-Lee DRMs HTML5 into 2016

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Good

I'm tired of Sky Go breaking every time MS patch Silverlight. Get all the streamed content on a single platform with agreed standards; and maybe then I'll be able to get more of it on my Android tablet.

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Middle America pulls up sagging pants menace, belts repeat offenders

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Re: I still dont get it though

It's not about advertising anything, it stems from the practice of confiscating items such as belts and shoelaces from inmates. It's the 'just got out of lock-up' look, rather like the Adidas trainers with no laces look, as popularised by Run DMC.

The stupidest variant on this I have seen is yoofs with low slung kecks with a belt in. Clearly not getting the point of their own ridiculous 'look'.

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I'm 'pretty comfy' with PRISM + 'It's Google. What else do you expect'

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Paris Hilton

Re: So... European countries are NOT spying on US activities?

In the unlikely event that we aren't already, we should get started. The US has always put its own interests first (who doesn't?) and we would be fools to trust them just because we are currently allies.

We can start with spying on Paris. Any volunteers?

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Sci-fi and horror scribe Richard Matheson: He is Legend

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Megaphone

Junk metal in the air.

It's a total nightmare...at 20,000 feet.

He also inspired some great music. Megaphone for reasons that would be obvious to anyone who knows what I'm talking about.

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Pink Floyd blasts Pandora for 'tricking' artists with petition

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Stop

Re: "we need to view Pandora in the same context as other music broadcasters"

No, we don't. Unless you can point me at a radio station with a transmitter powerful enough to get global coverage, radio stations and internet music services are not comparable. They have very different (potential) sizes of audience and a completely different model of content delivery.

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Dell's PC-on-a-stick landing in July: report

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FAIL

Wyse management software

Isn't the point here not that the device is unique, but that Dell aim to combine it with the Wyse management software? I have been evaluating thin clients to replace our ageing fleet of Igels and had a look at Wyse. It was that management software that ruled them out! Truly awful.

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Master Beats: Why doesn't audio quality matter these days?

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Coat

Re: "the music's too loud and you can't hear the words"

That wasn't your grandmother, it was The Members. Now that was proper music...

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Amazon puts up CD rack in the cloud, unearths your OLD stuff too

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Happy

No DRM on Cloud Player

Just a limit on the number of devices you can register with it. Since it uses your Amazon account, you'd be an idiot to share the login details with friends and family. Can't see too many people having more than 10 devices they'd want to access their music from.

I signed up primarily to get an online backup for my music collection, which includes a lot of downloads from eMusic who would charge me to re-download the tracks. I can also now access my entire music collection from my Android phone, including downloading the tracks to my device (as MP3 files without DRM). I can buy tracks (and hopefully soon CDs) while on a train and listen to them virtually immediately. Assuming I'm not in a tunnel.

Getting CDs purchased added automatically will save me having to rip them. The quality may not be perfect, but there's always a trade off between quality and file size. Anyway, how much better would FLAC sound on a mobile device with traffic/train/tube noise in the background?

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Deadly pussies kill more often than owners think

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Devil

Re: Biggest thing my cat ever brought in...?

Similarly, a rabbit through the cat flap. But a buck rabbit bigger than the cat. An impressive take-down, but a complete mystery as to how he got it in. Laid as a present at the bottom of the stairs. If I knew how long it had been there (middle of summer), it would have made a great casserole.

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Eddie Murphy heading for worst movie ever glory

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Some very poor films nominated...

and some terrible slanders of others, e.g. Hudson Hawke. However, if you think Murphy can be bad, check out Bill Cosby in Leonard Part 6. The only good thing I can say about it is that there are no parts 1-5.

By far and away the worst film I have ever seen - and yes, I have seen most of the preceding nominations. Not that Shark In Venice number, though. That does sound truly god-awful.

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Lingerie-clad she-devils romp past watchdog

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That's got more nudity...

But nothing like as sexy as Kylie on a mechanical bull. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHood00sNJU if you don't believe me.

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Wi-Fi Protected Setup easily unlocked by security flaw

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FAIL

MAC Whitelist?

Never recommend security practices that don't provide real benefit. Your MAC address can be obtained by packet sniffing, being an unecrypted part of the data. The attacker can spoof an address on the whitelist.

A whitelist makes the wireless network harder for legitimate users (e.g. visitors) to connect, but is no real obstacle to a hacker. Creating a false sense of security can lead to complacency that actually reduces real security.

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WinPho sceptics cut Lumia 800 sales estimates in half

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FAIL

Not hard to see why it won't sell.

Was waiting for this phone to arrive - until I discovered that it has no memory card slot. Immediately lost interest, and I'm sure many others did too. The only Mango phone to date that does have an expansion slot is the aptly named Titan, which is way to big for my needs.

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BlackBerry BBM, email downed in epic FAIL

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FAIL

Definitely not fixed

The work BES server cannot get a connection to the RIM servers in Slough and my personal BIS BB can't send. I started getting issues with mine on Saturday, though. Will be looking into other options very shortly, either Android or Mango, most like.

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Fantasy Premier League falls over

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FAIL

Not just last minute

It was down from around 23:00 yesterday, that I saw.

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School caretaker harassed after Islamists hack EDL

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Fraud

While the police are investigating the EDL hacking, perhaps they might look into the apparent fraudulent fundraising techniques of said hooligans.

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Prosecutors kick Phorm case upstairs

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Black Helicopters

@ Just a thought...

Why should it be an American intelligence agency? Don't we have a few of our own? Of course, I'm sure they're above that sort of thing...

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Three bumps up mobile broadband contract charge

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Unhappy

Salary/Inflation

"staff like to get pay rises that bear some relation to inflation" - Like and get aren't the same thing. Certainly not around here.

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Bare breast ballot finds scant support in small US town

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@Bad religion

It's not a cult-like religion. It's a cult.

The picture for the rally in Miami says it all. If there's no difference between a woman's chest and a man's, then why did she feel the need to surgically alter hers? America is far too prudish about nudity, but let's not pretend it has nothing to do with sex. Nor is nudity natural. If we didn't wear clothes, we would still be covered in body hair.

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German dentists develop 'painless' plasma tooth-blaster

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Badgers

Hope for the best

As someone with an under control phobia (if that's not a contradiction in terms) of needles and a full blown phobia of dentists' drills (haven't been since '86), I can but hope that it lives up to the hype.

Off topic, can I recommend to you http://www.facebook.com/pages/We-can-find-1000000-people-who-DO-believe-in-Evolution-before-June/252759483743?ref=nf ? My hope is to get there before the weekend is out and restore some hope for humanity.

Badger, badger, badger.

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Firefox 3.6 goes live and final

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Torrent crackdown pushing pirates towards file hosting

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Flame

@ Moving Targets.

'Treat us fairly' - in other words, give us your shit for free and we might stop stealing it.

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Egyptians uptight about 'Artificial Virginity Hymen'

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@ boltar & Spyder

It's actually 1430. That's the fifteenth century. Not to be confused with 14:30, which was earlier this afternoon.

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Duff DAB, megamogs and ass-assassins: Your thoughts

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Heart

DAB Rules!

In a five room flat, I have DAB radios in three of them. The one in the bathroom is an Alba that cost me about £20 and runs on 4 'C' cell batteries which give me a month's worth of getting ready in the morning and other bathroom visits. Unlike the previous incarnation, which took 6 'C' cells and went a couple of weeks, it shuts down its display unless called upon. Basically, DAB radios can do lots of things. The more of them them you use, the more power is consumed. If you want it to run on batteries, you just have to use a little intelligence in the design.

But yeah, I would like better sound quality. I certainly won't be buying a Hi-Fi DAB unit any time soon. Pretty keen on getting one in my car, though.

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Brit diplomats' mission to expose Scientology's 'diploma mill'

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WTF?

CoS

Can everyone please just stop calling this bunch of nutters a church? They are the Cult of Scientology, pure and simple.

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Lexus unveils hybrid

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Pint

It's all bollocks

It's got a fucking great NiMH battery in it. Until that fact can be changed, electric/hybrid cars are no solution. A load of extra weight to move around and you can't ignore the energy requirements and environmental impact of manufacturing that battery, which gives the car a usable life of around 7 years. My last car (diesel) ran for 14 years and around 150,000 miles until some idiot ran into it and my insurance company insisted on writing it off. My new (04) diesel is quicker and still more frugal than any Prius, and I expect to run it for the next ten years - or until I win the lottery and buy a Porsche!

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El Reg reader crafts Gordo Lolcatprat

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Unhappy

Righteous shoeing?

I don't think there's anything very righteous about a significant swing from Labour to the BNP scum.

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Isle of Man KKK burns cross on Facebook

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Coat

Yeah...

Damned combovers taking our jobs!

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Pirate Bay fans: Lay off our neo-Nazi Sugar Daddy

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Stop

You can't ignore who you are doing business with.

Lundstrom is a businessman. He presumably got into business with the Pirates because he saw a way to make money. He uses the money he makes from his businesses to fund neo-nazi activities. So regardless of your own political views, if you used TPB, you gave money to Lundstrom who used it for his own extremist right-wing ends. If you did that unaware of the association with Lundstrom, then thank the Reg for warning you; if you did it knowingly, then you are complicit.

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US mums sue anti-sexting crusader

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Paris Hilton

Two different things going on here

Sending nudie pictures of yourself to others is poor judgement (whatever your age. frankly). 'Poor judgement' is not code for 'criminal behaviour'. Children and teens should be discouraged from exercising poor judgement; but not demonised, still less criminalised for it.

Sending nudie pictures of someone else is a whole other kettle of fish. Depending on the (initial) recipient, child pornography charges are most likely a gross overreaction; but you may still be looking at a serious invasion of privacy, at the very least. You may argue consent, but:

1. A minor cannot give consent.

2. How do you prove any consent was not given under duress - and peer pressure is very real duress to a kid.

Unless there was an adult involved, the involvement of the criminal justice system seems inappropriate; but that doesn't mean that this is necessarily just the harmless sexual exploration that comes with puberty. If the girls objecting are the ones having their pictures put about, then maybe the senders do need little education in right and wrong.

Paris? A salutory lesson as to what happens if you let someone take naked pictures of you (as in that they'll get all over the internet; not that you can build a successful career out of them).

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Sony Ericsson demos Walkman would-be N96 knobbler

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Boffin

How many songs?

7,500 songs on 8GB? What kind of tinny imitation of music would that be? 10,000+ tracks on my iPod takes nigh on 50GB.

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Rail workers get shirty with see-through blouses

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Paris Hilton

Good work by the Sun

How could that not boost customer numbers?

Paris as a guest conductor?

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Anonymous fights Scientology in schools

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Alien

Is L Ron Hubbard God?

L Ron was an arse of the highest magnitude. Does that make him a god? Possibly.

L Ron = Dead.God = Dead. QED L Ron = God.

Religion is the opiate of the masses, so how can Scientology be anti-drugs?

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MessageLabs takes smut-blocking tech in-house

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Unhappy

Accuracy

Having used the product through MessageLabs Image Control, I would say that "90-95% accurate in terms of false positives and negatives" would be 90-95% false positives. All wedding pictures, baby pictures and close-ups of faces reported (amongst others) as porn. Real porn usually ignored!

Maybe thay were tied into a long contract and thought taking the company over would be the best way to get something usable out of them.

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Ex-Googlers reinvent web search

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Joke

Guysh, thish shearch engine ish not ready!

Went to check it out - took about a minute to open, found nothing that Google didn't, presented the results in a cluttered mess and for "DHCP server Windows 2003" found no results. Best not to announce your "Google-beater" until you actually have it working. Have a Grolsch and get back to the drawing board.

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The return of Killer Chlorine

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Linux

DDT and helmets

The problem with DDT is that it is a cumulative toxin, which will persist in the soil for 2 - 15 years. This means that it will inevitably build up through the foood chain. It also gives it plenty of time to work its way into the water table. Here the problem is magnified, as it persists significantly longer and is extremely damaging to aquatic life.

Although it is very effective against mosquitos that carry malaria, one WHO study linked it to an outbreak of bubonic plague in Malaysia! It's not effective against cockroaches, which accumulate it in their bodies. They are eaten by geckoes, which are poisoned and die. Cats eat the geckoes and are also poisoned and die. With no cats to control the rats, their population multiplies and they spread the plague.

There is no doubt that malaria is a serious health problem, but DDT is like cracking nuts with a sledgehammer: even if you are really careful, you may end up choking on bits of shell.

The use of cycle helmets coincides with the perceived increased risk of death or injury from more carss on the road. Some people respond by wearing a helmet, some by abandoning the bicycle. It's fear that stops people cycling, not having to wear a helmet.

I bet penguins don't like DDT.

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Phorm failed to mention 'illegal' trials at Home Office meeting in 2007

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@AC on GB

The Prime Minister is not elected, but appointed by the Queen. By convention, she nominates the chosen candidate of the majority party in parliament; but in theory, she could pick anyone she likes.

The Labour party have a mandate to govern, for better or worse (very much leaning towards the other, right now) and have no more obligation to call an election to ratify a change of leadership than any past government has had. Major certainly didn't call an early election after succeeding Thatcher.

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Ex-Sun chief to fight Davis in '42 days' by-election

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Unhappy

The really scary thing...

is finding myself supporting a Tory in an election. Who'd have thought a Labour government would push me to such a thing?

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DARPA working on T-ray spyeye spectacle tech

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Paris Hilton

Latest research shows...

that researchers will claim anything that gets them funding.

Paris because this icon isn't nearly overused enough.

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Apple under the gun to master the iPhone's 'second album'

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Boffin

The Lemonheads

Never mind the dodgy Beatles analogy, the Lemonheads one is worse. Their first and 'difficult second' albums came and went without much of anyone noticing. They achieved their first real success with their fifth album.

As for the assistant manager of the futon shop - the band has always has always been Evan Dando + friends. The world and his wife were once in The Lemonheads; though I don't remember any keyboard players.

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Fixing the UK's DAB disaster

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Heart

DAB quality

Firstly, as a declaration of bias, I should say that I currently have 3 DAB radios in a 5 room flat. Long live 6Music!

'Bubbling mud' is not a sound quality issue, it's a question of signal strength. You may well be able to fix this by changing the aerial. Many DAB radios have an input for an external aerial or will allow ou to unscrew the extendable aerial. Anything with a satellite-type connector can thgen be screwed on.

The Vinyl/CD analogy is actually quite good, apart from the misapprehension that CD sound quality is better. It isn't. The advantage of CD is that you lose the hiss and crackle caused by dust and wear. Similarly, with digital radio (assuming a proper signal), you lose the interference that FM is subject to. That doesn't make the underlying sound quality any better.

DAB does use more power, but you can mitigate this for portable use by having a unit that does not continually display any of the data that accompanies the audio. I had a Hitachi (stereo) in the bathroom that continuously displayed track data, etc. and ate it's way through 6 'C' cell batteries (rechargeable, by the way). When it died, I replaced it with a cheap (mono) Alba set from a supermarket. It shuts down the display unless you press button ands lasts appreciably longer on just 4 'C' cells. And I really can't tell the difference in sound quality when in the shower!

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US mistakenly sent nuke-ICBM parts to Taiwan in 2006

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Paris Hilton

@Daniel Wilkie

If you care to peruse a map of our former empire - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:1919_British_Empire_Map.svg - you may not that we did, in fact, occupy a great deal of the Middle East. Egypt, Palestine, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon...all once under British mandate. The modern countries that bear these names were in fact laregly our creation, with borders established to suit our interests or those of our allies. We have plenty of responsibility for what is happening today.

As far as the founding of the state of Israel goes, while Britain was in favour of the idea prior to WWII, we handed that problem over to the UN.

Perhaps we need a new envoy for peace...guess who?

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