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'Cowardly, venomous trolls' threatened with TWO-YEAR sentences for menacing posts

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Re: Whatever next...?

There's some weird psychology involved whereby if you tell people your goal you're less likely to go ahead and do it. Probably why so many governments are so poor at keeping up their promises to do things that benefit the public...

TED Talk - Derek Sivers: Keep your goals to yourself (YouTube 3m45s)

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Doctor Who's Flatline: Cool monsters, yes, but utterly limp subplots

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Are they killing more people in Dr Who now or am I just being more observant?

Last week it was people getting wiped out by the Ghost Mummy and this week it was the Attack of the 2D Monsters.

It's a very death-happy event for a Saturday evening BBC tv show.

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Aboard the GOOD SHIP LOLLIPOP, there's a Mobe and a Slab and a TELLYBOX

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Strange, the article title changed.

From

"Who wants to lick Google's Lollipop? Grab a new Android Nexus 6, 9 or TV Player"

To:

"Aboard the GOOD SHIP LOLLIPOP, there's a Mobe and a Slab and a TELLYBOX"

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Philip K. Dick

So did the Dick lawyers have no grounds for the Nexus name or did Google pay the estate an undisclosed sum?

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Badges for Commentards

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Happy

Just got upgraded to silver!

*struts around wearing shiny new badge*

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Ada Lovelace Day: Meet the 6 women who gave you the 'computer'

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"You can't employ somone who doesn't apply for a position and to employ someone *just* because they are female and not the best qualified/able will not improve male attutudes to women in IT."

The BBC are doing that with their comedy shows QI, Have I Got News For You & Mock The Week. Each time I a solitary token woman on those shows I wonder if they actually had a choice of female comedians to choose from or wether they just had to pick the only one available...

Reference: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-26107011

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There's one very important woman missing from that list.

My mum.

She gave me my first few computers - ZX81, ZX Spectrum+, BBC Master Compact, Amiga 1500.

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10 Top Tips For PRs Considering Whether To Phone The Register

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"This column is inspired by a particularly rash month of phonecalls."

You can probably get some cream for that.

Like a glass of Baileys.

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Red Bull does NOT give you wings, $13.5m lawsuit says so

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Mr Muscle has a lot to answer for, too.

My garden is still in a terrible state despite putting a bottle of Mr Muscle in front of the garden shed and telling it the gardening tools are inside now get to it.

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WIN a CHANCE to RECORD your WORLD in 3D

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"Name the 10 phones and your entry goes into the draw for the Poppy."

Ok, I choose:

1. Bob

2. Sarah

3. Steven

4. Sonny

5. Michael

6. John

7. Matilda

8. Adrian

9. Optimus Prime

10. Bob (nobody said I had to pick different names for the phones)

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Uni boffins: 'Accurate' Android AV app outperforms most rivals

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Re: Drebin?

Cigarette?

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Man brings knife to a gun fight and WINS

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Can't decide wether to go the knife or gun route?

Choose both, get a Knife Gun!

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Doctor Who becomes an illogical, unscientific, silly soap opera in Kill The Moon

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Can we have Matt back please?

Pretty please?

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Best Buy preps for a Hero4 welcome just in time for Christmas

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4k? Nah I'm not buying in to that.

They'll only come out with an 8k camera next year just to get everyone to re-buy their equipment all over again at nearly double the cost.

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Our Vultures peck at new Doctor Who: Exterminate or, er ... carrion?

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Wiffy waffy doddery old fool

Ok so that may be some what an extreme way to describe the new doctor, but that's sort of what he feels like now to me. Even when the past doctors didn't know what was going on or what to do next they still had strong conviction in their thoughts and actions, but this new one just seems to be 'floating about the place'.

I'll carry on watching because it's so different and far away from the usual sci-fi flung at us from across the pond, but I'll be hoping the next doctor has more 'substance'.

(yeah I'll probably get some flak from long time fans, but hey, isn't the show meant for everyone?)

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Coming to a theater near you: the TETRIS MOVIE

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Re: Still waiting for the Trilogy

But as soon as work on such a trilogy is announced then those cheap knock-off studios (like The Asylum) will bring out their own trilogy of the films called "Noughts and Crosses!". And when they've run out of ideas the next logical film to make would be "Connect 4"...

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I want to see a big screen adaption of Jet Set Willy

Starring Martin Freeman trapped in a freaky bouse trying to tidy everything up so the housekeeper lets him into his room to get some sleep.

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SLOSH! Cops dethrone suspect - by tipping over portaloo with him inside

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Well, at least they didn't connect the portaloo up to two bungee cords attached to cranes...

Jackass 3 Poo Cocktail Supreme (YouTube) (Warning: Disgusting)

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SPECIAL iPHONE TROUSERS will ease Apple into the fashion world

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TEEN RAMPAGE: Kids in iPhone 6 'Will it bend' YouTube 'prank'

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@conel

Please tell me you don't work for a postal delivery company, those packages marked "FRAGILE" and "DO NOT BEND" are not challenges!

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BT claims almost-gigabit connections over COPPER WIRE

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I really wish they'd hurry up and offer us this gigabit internet speed

On my 80mbit connection it takes literally minutes to download some things! It's just unacceptable!

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Apple 'Genius': iPhone 6? We've had NO COMPLAINTS about our BENDY iThing

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I'm almost surprised Apple didn't suggest users upgrade the size of their pockets or suggest having special pockets sewn to their clothes to hold the new iPhone...

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'In... 15 feet... you will be HIT BY A TRAIN' Google patents the SPLAT-NAV

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Isn't someone who walks into traffic and gets run over because they were too focused on their smartphone just Darwin's theory in action?

Google is helping survival of the dumbest.

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'Kim Kardashian snaps naked selfies with a BLACKBERRY'. *Twitterati gasps*

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Re: is it just me....

Lizard? I thought she was a Hobbit...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWPsGV3HpZQ

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Re: She's already released a sex tape.

Modern language uptake isn't as fast as new technology uptake, which is why some people will still say 'saved to disc' on devices that have solid state storage.

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Re: "Who?"

Apparently someone who's famous for being famous.

I got a migrane trying to work that one out :(

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Bono: Apple will sort out monetising music where the labels failed

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"And if Bono wants to save the world, shut the fuck up!"

-- Billy Connolly

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Your chance to WIN the WORLD'S ONLY HANDHELD ZX SPECTRUM

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Re: I wish hackers and makers would...

Are hackers not allowed to be creative and have fun just for the sake of having fun?

Like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Djc8FPHs45o

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Android ZX Spectrum emulator

So there can be only 1 winner, but for everyone else who has an Android device there's always Marvin for portable ZX Spectrum gaming.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=cz.dejvice.rc.Marvin&hl=en_GB

Works great with a bluetooth joystick such as the Zeemote JS1 along with the Bluez IME software.

Plus you can make Marvin load the .tap save games in real time just for the nostalgic beeeeeeeeeeeeeee bip! beeeeeee bugfhwiuehfskjfsshbfjsbf shhhhhhhhh biwouhiwugiwurgu sounds :)

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Re: In order to stand a chance at winning

You're asking if you have to get the questions right in a compeition to stand a chance of winning?

REALLY?!?

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http://www.benheck.com/commodore-64-original-hardware-laptop/

I wish I had the space & money for the cool shop tools he's got; 3d printer, huge CNC router, laser cutter etc...

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Buying memory in an iPhone 6: Like wiping your bottom with dollar bills

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Genuine 128GB card for under a tenner?

Proof or GTFO.

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First Irish boy band U2. Now Apple pushes ANOTHER thing into iPhones, iPods, iPads

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Don't forget Microsoft

The 32GB Surface tablet only gave you 16GB space for yourself because OS ate the rest.,,

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/11/05/microsoft_surface_rt_storage_capacitites/

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THREE QUARTERS of Android mobes open to web page spy bug

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I can't actually remember the last time I purposely used the Android Browser

Mainly because I prefer FireFox as there's AdBlock for it as well as being able to change the User Agent to view desktop versions of websites.

But there are one or two websites I've visited that will only ever display the mobile version, which I detest, despite changing the user agent in FF and selecting the "Request desktop version" option there appears to be no way so make FF only ever display desktop versions of websites.

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SanDisk's record-busting 512GB SD CARD will fit perfectly in your empty wallet

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"and will still work after being run over by a five-ton truck."

I notice they don't mention how quickly a two year old could destroy one...

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Slap my Imp up: Bullfrog's Dungeon Keeper

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Re: Begone Foul Demon!

phone / tablet. EA really manged to screw the pooch on that one!

You chose some very kind words to describe how badly EA 'screwed the pooch', look at NerdCubed's* summary of the mobile version:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpdoBwezFVA

*a gem amongst YouTube gamers, he has 1.8 million subscribers, please take a look at his other videos, the DK one was just an exception

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Intellifridge terror: Internet of Stuff kit must fend off hackers of the FU-TURE-TURE-TURE

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Computers are great, but there's a limit to how much intrusion into my life I'll accept, because I sure wouldn't want to come home and find the house crashed and most of the appliances refuse to respond, or thieves broke in through some 0-day vulnerability and took my priceless collection of turnips.

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Apple's ONE LESS THING: the iPod Classic disappears

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Describing an mp3 player as 'vintage' feels very weird.

But then again I still regularly use my 10 year old iRiver H140, which I upgraded to 80gb simply by swapping the drive out.

Sure I now have an Android phone which is noticably smaller and can do the same job plus a whole lot more, but that's the problem with it, it's an 'everything' device whereas my iRiver was designed for primarliy playing & recording audio which is controlled by physical buttons that give a tactile feedback a phone's touchscreen right now simply cannot.

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We give Panasonic's new 5-inch Toughpad phablets a kicking

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Going to send my brother a link to this article

He accidentally went swimming with his last mobile phone...

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Chumps stump up $1 MEELLLION for watch that doesn't exist

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Re: And there we were thinking...

If someone made once-use only version of the watch that used an entire battery capacity in one go to crank a laser up to 11 and burn the time into the skin on the back of your hand, there's no doubt people would still buy it, wether they're a fanboi or not.

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Intel unleashed octo-core speed demon for the power-crazed crowd

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EIGHT?!

COR!

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Bright lights, affordable motor: Ford puts LED headlights onto Mondeo

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Re: pushbike headlamps

Most night cyclists I see have poor or no lighting at all and you're right about the ones with ultra bright lights, dazzle from a further distance than cars and it gets worse when their lights are flashing because that makes it harder to work out just how far away they are.

I don't like the sharp narrow spotlights of the high power single chip LED lights which is why I made my own rig, it has 360x 3mm white LEDs that uses 10 watts in full beam mode, they produce a much nicer beamspread than typical high power LED bike lights. WIth the brightness control I mostly just use the center 60 for illumination and to let other road users I'm there, but I use all 360 on unlit roads and cycle tracks, plus it allows me to high-beam cars :)

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Dazzle.

I applaud lighting innovation, there's also laser powered headlights (the laser shines on phosphorus which then glows), but there's one major issue I have with headlights getting smaller and brighter - dazzle.

To project the same amount of light as a larger headlight, a smaller headlight will appear brighter when looked at head on, ie night time traffic on the other side of the road, causing more dazzle than a larger headlight that produces the same light output

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BT customers face broadband and landline price hikes

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It sucks they're increasing the prices yet again when the previous one was less than a year ago, but I'm getting true 79mbit/18mbit speeds on Infinity 2 so I'm ok with it for now, it's those who aren't getting anywhere near the up-to speeds they're paying for who are getting a bum deal out of this new price increase.

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Intel's Raspberry Pi rival Galileo can now run Windows

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Re: We all want our washing machines to be able to tweet the fridge.

Too right, whilst stood in front of the washing machine I want to be able to play pong with whoever's stood in front of the fridge!

Just like these pedestrian crosswalk signs in Germany: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cx4z2V6uCkc

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Wetsuits, sunshine, bikini babes and a competitive streak: Epyx California Games

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Ahh the original Atari Lynx

probably the only handheld gaming device that could now be re-classified as an offensive weapon!

"Ello ello ello, what is it we have here in the back seat of your motor vehicle. An Atari Lynx without any games cartridges? You're nicked me laddo!"

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BT FON fail: Telco CHARGES customers for FREE Wi-Fi usage

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Re: It's tempting to disable the service on your own kit to preserve all that bandwidth for yourself.

FON connection speed test whilst no other network activity: 5mbit down, 12mbit up

FON connection speed test whilst main network saturating download bandwidth: 5mbit down, 12mbit up

The wired download speed went from 8.9 megabytes/s to about 8.4 megabytes/s during the FON speed test. So if you're on fibre like me then you'll hardly notice anyone maxing out a FON's connection download potential, but if you're on ADSL then yes there's a chance you could notice your download rates being quite affected.

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Yes they do, I confirmed this a short while ago when I did a speed test to see how much the FON connection is throttled by.

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Re: Free FON wifi

I just did a simple BTWIFI FON speed test using my tablet.

Connected through my private home wifi connection I got 33mbit down and 18mbit up.

Then I connected to the same router using the FON connection, 5mbit down and 11mbit up.

But speed tests through a wired connection are in the 79mbit/18mbit area, so fast that I doubt I would ever notice if even several people were actually using the FON connection of my router and maxing out all of their given 5mbit download speed...

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