* Posts by Steve Evans

2390 posts • joined 17 Apr 2007

Heavily-looted mobile phone barns issue 'safety first' missives to staff

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Don't immobilise the phones...

These morons are obviously a few sandwiches short of a picnic, so just let them charge the phones and use them... Then you'll know exactly where they, and their moronic friends, are each night.

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Apple blocks sale of Samsung's Android fondleslab across EU

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Yeah...

Blatant Apple rip off... No removable storage, weird drivers required to interface to PC...

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Hackers breach chocolate recipe on Hershey website

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Oh please...

Please let them change the production recipe.... Anything has to be better than the muck they pass off as chocolate these days.

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Columbia debris emerges from Texas lake

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ummm...

"One of the guys had been here more than 30 years and recognized it, and said, 'That's one of the tanks"...

So are you saying that more recently employed engineers couldn't recognise bits of a space craft design which was operational until the other week?

Worrying!

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Dragon Bannatyne threatens to break arms of 'Russian' bloke

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re: Re: As a father, I totally support him.

Given the threats made to his daughter, I doubt it would be in the public interest for the CPS to drag him before the beak, although they've done dafter things in the past.

All he'd have to do is opt for crown court trial and I don't think there is a jury in the land who wouldn't say he was justified in saying what he did.

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It's official: IE users are dumb as a bag of hammers

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Re: Nooo!

Would the humourless down-voter please stand up and make himself known... Or do you have something against Spry Mosaic?

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Nooo!

Don't switch, add!

I use Firefox, Chrome and Opera, so by my calculations my IQ is about 350!

Mines the one with the Spry Mosaic install floppy in the pocket.

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Microsoft man saves drowning woman

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I know I'm going to sound really old...

...but the volume some of today's youth have their personal stereos (told you I was going to sound really old) set to is unbelievable.

Often it is so loud that I can identify the track from several seats along in a moving train. If they're near me, and I recognise the tune, I will start silently mouthing the words. This has even succeeded in getting the volume turned down a few times.

There was a girl the other day who couldn't have been out of her teens who was sitting next to me on the train. The volume sounded perfect if the ear buds had been in my ears, but they weren't, they were in hers! She's going to be deaf as a post before she's 30, if she's not already.

Although the annoyance of loud headphones is nothing compared to those who sit on a train listening to music on their phone via the speaker! With all the frequencies from 500Hz to 3Khz rendered perfectly, and the others lost to the world! Is their hearing that bad that they can't hear how terrible music from an 8mm speaker sounds?

And it's always complete crap too!

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HTC sues Apple in the UK

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@Arctic fox

Next time put aLogCat onto your phone and capture that OTA URL! There were people out there who would have killed for that last week - The G2 owners still would, but our OTA file is no good for them.

I don't know about Nokia, their support went right out of the window a few years ago. The N97 I dumped still had 12 months of contract left when Nokia abandoned it and any support (this was before Elop). Their firmware updates (when they happen) were rolled out on a country by country basis, with some unknown and unnamed UK entity adding weeks, if not months, to the release for UK CV handsets (the closest we got to generic, still not carrier supplied). That's why I took to changing my handsets to Euro1 zone instead.

Talk of such things was forbidden in the Nokia forums, so you could never help anyone out properly. Even a forum campaign for UK equality which ran on for dozens of pages resulted in sod all.

So after over 10 years of loyal Nokia support I wouldn't touch them again. I jumped ship before Elop sold them up the river to M$, so that event just made me laugh and mutter things like "You deserve each other".

Pity, they did use to make nice phones, and you could rely on them, but that ended the moment they discovered OTA firmware updates. Who needs to ensure a phone is reliable before it is sold when you can update the firmware in 6 months time... broke? oh we'll fix it... oh we forgot... don't worry, we'll get it right in the next one...

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re: @Steve Evans Re Re "Can't win". To be fair what HTC said was that.........

Indeed, many delays are caused by the carriers putting their own crap into firmware. Seen this many times with Nokias in the past, which is why the first thing I ever did with them was change them to vanilla Euro models and flash stock firmware onto them.

My DZ is just like yours, unbranded, and not tied to a network. That's not the work of a gold card, that's the result of buying it outright because I was still stuck in my N97 contract at the time.

A couple of weeks ago there were people talking about Vodafone pushing gingerbread out in the UK, yet my unbranded had nothing. It's all just a mess.

The HTC forums were full of brits on Sunday night complaining about it being the end of July, and they still hadn't received it. Most of them seemed to get it on 1st August, including myself.

Unfortunately all the talk has now been overtaken by the original Desire owner bitching about not having a full GB update, and things not working.

Oh well, got it now, better 6 months late than never. Better off than the G2 owners who are still running about like headless chickens wondering where their update is.

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re: can't win

Very true, but they could always just give up on the US, leave them to their introverted ways and concentrate on the rest of the world. That worked perfectly well for Nokia for many many years... In fact it only went pear shaped when they tried to get into the US market!

I just wish they'd spend a bit more time communicating with customers, the recent end of June, end of July Gingerbread update for the Desire Z hasn't won them any points in the books of many people. FYI it arrived on 1st August.

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Nokia ditches letters for all-number names

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Well...

Perfect time for Nokia to change everything about. It's not like anyone is watching anything they do anymore is it!

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*cough*

You must live right under a cell tower so the phone's radio is running on minimal power (they ramp up their output as the mast gets further away) plus not having to deal with 3G is always a bonus on the power front.

It's always a shock when you turn off the 3G data, wifi and all the other bells and whistles when you roam outside of the country (avoiding horrendous roaming charges) and see what happens to the battery life. I went for a day in Paris earlier in the year (from the UK). Turned the radio off in the tunnel (see previous comment about output power to reach distant cell), turned it back on once in France and had a lovely day. On the way back 12 hours later I check the battery level. 93%!

If only those bells and whistles weren't so thirsty.

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Nokia N9 joins next month's mobile match

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re: These are good days

Agreed. Although my experience with the N97 (and the treatment of customers in the forum) had pretty much got them onto my ignore list a few months earlier. The announcement of bending over and taking it from Redmond just confirmed what those who had seen the previous lack of support were already starting to suspect.

I've now got an HTC Desire Z, and although HTC don't seem to be much good at communicating with customers, they have finally managed to get the Gingerbread update out of the door.

I did pick u and play with a Nokia (something, didn't pay much attention) in a 3 store the other day and it just felt old and sluggish. Pity, Symbian is a good OS, my old N95 was a very reliable phone and the battery life was great. Unfortunately Nokia just aren't worthy of being left in charge of an OS. Their front end patchwork on the N97 was just dire. It just felt like it was developed by 12 different teams, who never communicated! Amazing given the reputation Nokia have for liking meetings!

Oh well, onwards and upwards as they say. I'm very happy with Android now. Good luck to Nokia with their mission to be unique running WM7, along with all the other unique WM7 platforms that are already out there...

Maemo, such promise, what a sad sad end.

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re: Are those icons????

I don't know about all your points, but Symbian phones have had copy and paste since before Apple started making their mini-fondle slabs, and maybe before they even started making their fondle-walkmans.

Not that that would stop the US patent office from granting such a patent to Apple of course!

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re: so you call this a "decent" spec? I guess you're cutting poor Nokia extra slack..

"That is last year's spec..."

That didn't stop the iPhone1 when it came out did it. The spec/feature sheet was pathetic. It just had a nice user interface, and the rest as they say is history.

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iPhone 5 now set for October launch

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So much column space

About a product which has no specs.

Please come back when you have some real information.

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One-third of US consumers will buy an iPhone 5

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Honestly...

What a bunch of sheeple... They don't even know the spec (or price), but they *must* have one.

Baaaaaaaaaaaaah!

I've got a turd I can emboss an Apple logo onto if any of them are interested... Best I get eating as I suspect demand could be high.

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Hacking scandal starts to spread beyond News Corp

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Re: Does anyone seriously think...

Actually there is a huge different between bin diving and phone "hacking".

When you discard something, in the eyes of the law you are saying you no longer want it. It is then perfectly legal for someone else to pick it up and keep it. This is true in the US and UK.

Phone hacking falls more into the unauthorised access to a computer system or illegal wiretap classification. i.e. far more serious.

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Dev's iPhone cable melts after iOS 5 upgrade

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re: Try setting the clock on those to 03:14:08 19/01/2038

Oh NOs, my phone is only going to work correctly for another 26 years!

BTW, that's what is know as the UNIX millennium bug. Feel free to post a smug comment in 2038 on a website of your choosing... Assuming you can find a website still working!

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Airport screener stuffs stolen iPad into (own) trousers

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Tea leaves...

Whenever I fly, I secure the bag with a cable tie. That way security can look inside if they want, but a light fingered grunt will probably go for something easier.

When it gets to baggage collection time, it's obvious if anyone has been in my bag or not, and I can check the contents.

So far that technique has proved safe from Stansted and/or Spanish handlers (who have twice helped themselves to odds and sods - pair of shorts and a Swiss army knife - I know, weird eh!).

All my expensive stuff always goes hand luggage anyway, have you not seen how they throw the hold luggage about?!! What the iPad owner was thinking when he put his animated tea-tray into hold luggage is beyond me!

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Build...

Surely being sylph-like would be an advantage when hiding a fondle-slab in your trousers, just poke it down the front and leave your T-shirt untucked. In fact being chunky would make it harder as fondle-slabs are flat, and chunky tummies are curved.

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Feds seize kit from Apple Store spyware artist

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Re: Sorry, you got the wrong end of the story...

He should come over to the UK, they'll hand good money over for any old pile of crap.. Just ask Tracy Emin.

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Well as this is Apple...

I believe the traditional way of dealing with Apple is to issue a counter suit.

"The technician had apparently traced the traffic to the site McDonald used to upload the program to Apple Store computers — and installed it himself."

And there you have it... Software piracy!

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Bug-Byte Manic Miner

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And on Android...

Go get yourself the Spectrum emulator Marvin, then you can play oodles of ROMS, including MM.

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Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E420s 14in Core i5 laptop

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Re: Er, just no.

My 1400 x 1050 R52 said it wanted to wave to your T60p.

I'm sure my 1400 x 1050 A30 would have done too, but it's gone to a better place.

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Suits more than suits...

I'd say with only 768 vertical pixels on that widescreen setup, it won't suit the suits that do anything more that powerpoint presentations. Widescreens that small are only fit for watching movies on a plane.

The world is vertical, webpages scroll vertically, emails scroll vertically, why would anyone choose to view the world through the IT equivalent of a Panzer's port hole?

Mine's the one with the "Campaign for 4:3 laptops" pin on the lapel.

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ANONYMOUS: Behind the mask, inside the Hivemind

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Typical...

She would have to be anonymous wouldn't she... How on earth am I supposed to get her phone number now?

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Behind Microsoft's $15 Samsung Android royalty claim

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Re: What's Android? It's Linux.

Think about it for a second... Why destroy something which can make you $15 per sale, cost you $0 to produce, and $0 to support... Money for nothing.

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Mystery of David Attenborough's garden skull cracked

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Hands up...

If you found a skull in your garden, and weren't a famous and much respected personality, would you feel comfortable calling the plod when you know the first person they are going to suspect is you?!

I think it would go straight back into the hole it came out of, just a bit deeper this time!

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Aussie retailer accuses UK shops of HDMI 'scam'

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£100 for an HDMI? You're not trying hard enough Bruce!

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B001NXQRSW

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re: Fail yourself

Well you wasted your time. I am fully aware that there is gold on the motherboard, but the tracks going from chipset to CPU and memory are not gold plated. IDE cables are not made of oxygen-free organically farmed dodo tail feathers either, just standard tinned copper wire.

Exposed tracks are plated to prevent corrosion on old style edge connectors and such. However 99.9% of the motherboard is not exposed tracks. It is coated. Even the exposed track plating is over the top for normal PC use.

So my point about high-speed digital signals travelling in a high RF interference environment without any need of exotic materials still stands.

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Re: Unleash the audiophiles!

Ah, now be careful, SCART is an analogue signal, so a high quality cable will give an improved signal. How much will depend on the length of the cable. You probably won't see the different mind, but there will be one. It's not like a digital signal where it's either there intact or gone.

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Indeed...

I've long thought this.

Oxygen free copper/silver wires and gold connectors are all well and good if you are an anally retentive analogue audio purist running cables over an excessive distance, but in the digital world of 1's and 0's a 40% loss in signal still won't turn a 1 into a 0 or vice versa. Does your motherboard have gold tracks connecting the RAM to the chipset? Nope. Is your Sata of Pata cable oxygen free? Nope. Yet they happily move seriously large volumes of data about in an environment flooded with digital noise - and Pata isn't even screened!

I don't think I have an HDMI cable in my house which cost more than £5, and I defy anyone to tell the difference.

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Facebook snuffs Chrome extension for uncaging 'friends' data

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There are ways...

There are ways of exporting your friend out of facebook, but you need to introduce a middleman. In my case it's an Android smartphone.

Just sync a phone to facebook with the facebook app. Then sync the phone to outlook express. From there you can export the windows address book in half a dozen formats including CSV which should let you create whatever format you desire.

I'm sure an Android phone will sync to Google+ directly too, but I'm not on it to try it out.

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NotW accused of hacking Milly Dowler's voicemail

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Re: whatever happened to globalisation?

I'm sure it works in many countries.

All you need it:

1) A way of accessing a network's voicemail system in retrieval mode from another phone. In the NoTW story they just rang the mobile when they knew it would divert to voicemail (either off, or busy with another call, which they had just made). However most carriers also have a direct number you can call from any phone to retrieve messages, so you need to know the carrier for that... Or just ring all of them.

2) The phone number of the person you wish to snoop on - only required if you are dialling the voicemail directly and not letting it bounce in on a divert from the target phone.

3) A few guesses at the 4 digit pin which is usually default. Try 0000, 1234, 1111 and 8888.

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Grrr!

I'm sure we'll be hearing the "I knew nothing about it" line from all the managers... Well even if that is true then it means you were not managing your staff were you. You didn't tell them what was acceptable and what was not. Therefore you are a bad manager. Sack.

Oh, and please stop giving the NoTW stories the "hacking" label it so doesn't deserve. This is no more hacking than my granny's drive to Sainsbury's is the British Grand Prix. They gained access to a voicemail account by a default password. They didn't even brute force it, just tried the defaults 0000, 1234, 8888. It would be harder to break into a chocolate money box which had the key beside it.

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Mexican narco attempts suitcase jailbreak

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Honestly...

Why on earth let anyone take something into a prison visit which isn't directly required for the visit, i.e. the clothes you are wearing - that is all

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Apple orders millions of iPhone 5s for September release

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re: Keyboard

"Personally I want a bloody phone with a phone keyboard not a qwerty virtual thing, but that will never happen now."

Maybe you should take your Fanboi blinkers off...

Android: Menu, settings, Language & Keyboard, Touch Input, Keyboard types = Phone keypad.

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Spooks made 1,061 bugging errors in 2010

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Excellent...

Thanks to the NOTW phone "hacking" we now have a going rate for illegally listening to telephone calls, so where do we go to find if we were affected, and if so, how quickly can we expect the cheque?

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One per cent of world's web browsing happens on iPad

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@Martin Hill

Yet another sign? Weird, all the other signs I've seen have Android passing iOS on the phone platform and accelerating into the distance.

All these figures show is that Apple has moved on from dominating the mobile market, to dominating the tablet market instead. Android is still playing catchup in that market with it's tablet version of the OS only just out the door and restricted to select partners.

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Blighty gets gold-dispensing ATM

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Re: um....what's the point?

Because the value of gold has been steadily rising for years, pretty much from the moment Gordon Broon flogged of the UK reserves at the all-time low.

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Microsoft bags two more Android patent deals

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Which patents...

If the tom-tom one is anything to go by, they're patents for the FAT32 file system, which is required if you want to plug your device into a windows box and use it as a flash drive.

Windows doesn't natively support any file systems which they haven't incumbered with patents, so it's catch 22.

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Strike hits police, ICO and the Rev

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FAIL

How to lose any support you might have had...

Publicise it would make the taxman's life better.

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Lenovo Thinkpad X220T 12.5in tablet PC

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Wide screen on a business laptop = fail * 2

Lenovo, stop copying everyone else. I want a 4:3 screen. This is a machine to work on, not play movies!

I'm still using the Thinkpad R52 which I've had more years than I care to remember because it has a 4:3 screen which is 1400x1050 pixels, and still only 15". Incidentally I bought it myself, with my own money to replace the Thinkpad A30 which I had also bought with my own money, but unfortunately stood on after many years of reliable service :'(

The only way I can get that kind of vertical resolution on a laptop these days is to buy something which is 1920x1080, and the size of a f*cking aircraft carrier's flight deck.

Please please please be a little different, stop being a sheep, and give me a good upgrade path, because at the moment I'm seriously looking at bi-passing the sata/pata bridge chip you put in this machine so I can install a sata SSD to get some more speed out of it and run it for another 5 years!

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Canada buys Obama's reject Brit choppers for spare parts

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Re: And the sales rep?

I'm sure they did.

Govt contracts seem to work in a completely different way to "normal" ones. Estimates/quotes mean nothing. Say what you like, win the contract, then triple the price halfway through the development process.

Same goes for delivery schedules.

And if after 5 years of very expensive development it doesn't work and is scrapped, don't worry, you're still in the money, and you'll probably get the next contract that comes up for bidding anyway.

Feel free to correct me if I've missed anything!

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Moderatrix kisses the Reg goodbye

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Oh no!

Who let you play with the crayons?!

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Wimbledon grunters turned down by viewers

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Hmmm...

I thought this sounded like a good idea, although it would be nice to have the ball noises whilst gagging Sharapova. Unfortunately as it's the radio feed, the commentators talk way too much.

Looks like I'm stuck with the TV coverage audio feed for now. Please, someone put Billy Jean King on a separate audio feed!

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Smartphone security gets better: Blanket bans no longer inevitable

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Meh

Unbiased...

"Built-in mobile device security is better than that of PCs, but still insufficient, according to (insert name of company which sells security software here)"

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