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Adobe Flash: 20m phones flip Steve Jobs the bird

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Re: Lazy

Did I say *all*? No I did not. I singled out the lazy ones who's entire HTML consists of the flash embedding wrapper which they automatically generate.

You decided to walk into the firing line of my comment all by yourself.

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Torn...

I really am torn on this... On one hand I hate St Jobs' "I know what's good for you" control freak attitude, the main reason I own nothing fruit-themed, but on the other hand I hate the lazy arty "web designers", ironically most of whom work on Macs, that don't/can't write HTML and just throw an entire site up that is nothing more than embedded flash!

So in summary, I demand the right to waste my mobile bandwidth and data cap by downloading a huge, pointless flash thingy if I want to, but I also want to be able to turn it off in my mobile browser!

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Microsoft polishes Windows Phone 7

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Wow!

Playing audio in the background? How very Symbian 2004...

Mines the one with the new Android phone in the pocket.

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I’m not a Trojan horse: Nokia’s Elop hits back at neigh sayers

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Re: will limit WP7 to Nokia

Exactly my thoughts... Hopefully HTC will say "thank you MS" for actually making them a mainstream manufacturer and then go and spend all their time working on more new Android devices :-)

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Re: "If it is a hit like the N900"

Well that's 1 more than I've seen N97 (yes, I bought one... D'oh), and 4 more (including your N900) than WinMo...

And a hell of a lot less than I've seen the HTC Desire family... Hmmmm

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Nokia's 15-year tango to avoid Microsoft

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Re: All those people looking for jobs

I wonder if any of them will wander out with the N97 firmware source in his pocket and finally fix the f*ckin' thing whilst enjoying his unemployment just to prove Symbian can do it?

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Re: Big Battalions

Very true. Certainly in the UK you couldn't buy a generic Euro Nokia. It was either an operator supplied or something called a country variant (CV). Firmware updates for operator phones are invariably delayed for 6 months or blocked completely by the operator, meaning you're stuck with the POS early OS version.

CV updates are delayed by some faceless and nameless body that nobody seems to be able to kick up the arse.

The result is that in the UK the updates just don't arrive, the phones are buggy, people curse them, bin them and go buy an iphone/android.

The "cheat" is to change the model number on the phone to generic Euro and then you get the firmware update when Nokia release it... Guess which subject is banned in the Nokia user to user discussion forum... Yup, you got it... Model number hacking... The one thing that can fix so many user problems in one hit. In their conceit for being such a huge mobile phone manufacturer they forgot that a happy punter is a returning punter, and nobody returned. Personally I've been planning my jump to an HTC Android after 10+ years of Nokias for the past few months.

Nokia has spent so much time bent over with their tongue up the arse of the operators they didn't spot Ballmer swaggering up behind them with a pot of vaseline in his hand!

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Grief and disbelief greet Elop's Nokia revolution

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Re: Oh please. Hardly a suicidal tactic is it

Actually, this man and his cat acknowledges that Nokia *used to* make good hardware. The N97 was a bit of a shock in that respect. The lens cover that actually scratches the lens if you use it, and pitiful GPS which couldn't keep a lock if you do something radical, like move!

The way they handled both of these problems showed me something else, conceit towards their customers. This was the main reason Nokia weren't even in my short list for next phone long before they revealed their latest strategy... So glad I couldn't get their Qt development SDK to work on my machine. God I would be pissed right now if I'd spent time learning that.

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America spared Top Gear Mexican quips

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Re: Why bother

So does that mean we still can't have Dick Van Dyke locked up in the tower for crimes against the cockney accent?

Oh, and if you're such a royalist, could you do us a favour... Come back and pay some UK taxes to support her instead of being a royalist for free!

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Re: Clueless wankers

Ricky Gervais' award presentation speech was actually the first time that guy has made me laugh! Up until then I had found his shows about as entertaining at a teetotal funeral. Then again, maybe it was the room full of squirming Americans that made it funny.

Now be a good lad and make me some fart-heaters.

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UK iplayer version...

They've already withdrawn and reissued the UK iplayer version earlier this week. They removed the comments JC made about the ambassador not complaining because he'll be asleep in his chair.

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It's official: Nokia bets on Microsoft for smartphones

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FAIL

"We are standing on a burning deck..."

and now you've just poured petrol over yourself.

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BBC apologises for Top Gear outrage

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iplayer edit...

Has anyone notice the subtle edit on the iplayer recording of the program? I noticed it vanish off the iplayer list the other day and thought "spineless BBC have pulled it" but then it returned... A quick check to about 17 minutes revealed the Mexican comments were still there, so I thought they must have just had a glitch...

However, having just played the entire section back to a friend who missed the show, I find that all the Mexican jokes remain *except* Clarkson's comment about the ambassador! Looks like Mr Ambassador was only bothered about his own reputation and couldn't give two hoots about the reputation of the country he is supposed to represent and promote.

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T-Mobile answers Verizon iPhone with free handsets

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Re: My First Thought As Well

I've recently been doing those exact maths for the HTC desire Z... Even with buying myself out of the last 3 months and getting it on an upgrade it works out better than buying the phone separately and going SIM only. Being able to get £100 back for my old N70 from phones4u is even better... Did the same a few years ago, so I had to get another N70 off ebay.... £20 :-)

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The title is required, and must contain letters and/or digits.

Paying for a handset on a contract? What a very strange idea!

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Man stabbed to death by chicken

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Welcome

Oh well...

I for one welcome our chopper enhanced cock overlords.

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Mexican woman gets litigious on Top Gear's ass

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Re: comments here

Yeah, I can't wait to see your colonial boys try to drive the track, it's got tight corners!

Is there actually a TG US?

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Re: TG equal opportunities

Sarah, can you imagine the uproar if they replaced Clarkson with a black woman, and then made the same "pubes for hair" comment they regularly make towards Clarkson?!

The BBC's switchboard would melt from the influx of complaints! Most of which would come from the white middle-class who feel they should be offended on behalf of any black people who didn't see the program... All completely forgetting that the target of the joke, Mr Clarkson's replacement, was laughing about the joke and not at all offended.

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My thought exactly...

Proving discrimination might be a bit tough though... Clarkson and pals have made jokes at the expense of pretty much everyone and everywhere, including each other. Which to me sound like the complete opposite of discrimination. Equal opportunities insulting.

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Oz road safety strategy moots mobile phone ban

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Hmmm...

Any mention about badly behaved children? Some of the most distracted people I have seen on the road are looking over their shoulder and shouting at the misbehaving rug-rats in the back.

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Dutch get wound up over invisible SMS

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Re: The title is required, and must contain letters and/or digits

It wouldn't stop them triangulating, but as already discussed, this is not particularly accurate and needs a signal from multiple masts. I regularly find myself having problems getting a reliable signal from one, let alone three.

My comment was aimed at the hidden message which gets the GPS to report back. With open source there is nowhere for it to hide!

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Oh well...

Reason_to_purchase_open_source_Android_phone++

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Mexico demands apology for Top Gear outrage

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Re: OMG

Oh, correction, it's back again, and the comments are still there... Looks like there was either some wonderfully timed technical hiccup or two arms at the BBC can't quite agree on what to do!

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WTF?

OMG!

I just went to show a friend the source of all the scandal and guess what... Top Gear Season 16, episode 2 is no longer available on iplayer! Episode 1 is still there.

If it does reappear I guess it will be about 3 minutes shorter.

Looks like the BBC have finally lost the last vertebrae in their increasingly floppy spine!

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Well...

I couldn't help but be amused that it took until Tuesday for the reports of a complaint to surface on the BBC news site... I hope that delay was caused by the BBC, because if it took the Ambassador 2 days to complain about something which occurred on Sunday evening it really doesn't help the lazy/sleeping stereotype of his country!

Anyway, I found Top Gear funny. Political incorrectness is such a rare thing these days, it's quite refreshing. We're English, we take the piss out of things, and we expect the piss to be taken right back! After Clarkson's fantastically funny VW advert with the "Berlin to Warsaw on one tank" tag-line I braced for a Polish protest, but do you know what, there wasn't one. There were however a couple of good "reply/reaction" videos made on Youtube by some Poles! Brilliant, they've got the idea!

I've even heard rumours that some Germans may be replied in a humourous style via youtube too!

So with the Germans displaying evidence of basic humour, it's quite lucky that Mexico has seized the moment and stepped forward to accept the humourless baton.

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World shrugs as IPv4 addresses finally exhausted

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Typical!

Egypt comes back online just when we could have done with their addresses!

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Gates: Killing the internet is easy

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Of course...

Of course it's not hard Bill, the army of infected windoze desktops do a pretty good job of shutting down my email almost every day!

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US lawmakers eye internet 'kill switch'

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Go

Hmmm..

Do they mean shut down the net for everyone, or just disconnect the USA from the rest of the planet?

I'm not even sure if they could shut down the net for everyone, although I'm sure screwing root DNS servers and poisoning some major US routers would have a significant impact on the rest of the world.

If they just want to disconnect the USA, well I could live with that. Amazon/Google etc all have internationally distributed systems, so they should be fine, and the volume of spam being pumped into my inbox by Billy-Bob and his infected PC should drop rather nicely.

This is all theory of course, how about giving it a test run?

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Home Office crime maps go to street-level detail

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re: Interesting use of statistics

Ah, very good point.

What they should add is all the fields divided into several columns.

Reported/Solved/Unsolved

That would certainly show some useful info.

Although it would also be nice to see what punishment the little toe-rags get too. From what I've seen on "Police stop camera you've been framed action", the going rate for driving without insurance, tax, MOT or a license is £200 and a 12 month ban on the license you don't have... Significantly cheaper than paying for road tax, insurance and MOT!

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Hehe...

I tried this very early this morning, and it worked really well. I now feel safe to walk my road at night without anything happening to me... Although I am curious what the "violent crime" was just round the corner... I must complain to the local curtain twitchers about the lack of gossip.

I also signed up for an API key, but haven't heard anything back from them. Probably too busy trying to transfer the access database onto something more capable!

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Memo to Microsoft, RIM, Nokia: Quit copying Apple!

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Re: Am I missing something?

No you're not... The Reg regularly think USA = Whole world. (Ignore the .co.uk URL).

Often figures based on the USA aren't far removed from the rest of world, except unfortunately when it comes to mobiles... The USA view of the mobile market is very distorted. Nokia barely exist. SMS interchange between networks was (might even still be) so unreliable that most people send emails between mobiles instead... That's why the Blackberry became so popular over there.

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Intel sings duet with Black Eyed Pea will.i.am

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Confused?

Have Intel started making power tools now?

If not, why is Mr Am wearing safety goggles?

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Aussies demand Poms cough up first 'Australia' map

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Whinging Aussies

So let me get this right... A map drawn by an Englishman, in the HM's Royal Navy is the property of Australia because it's a sketch of Australia?

Well I've just drawn a sketch of a Kangaroo mooning, and another sticking it's fingers up. Would you like those too?

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Gates, Woz, and the last 2,000 years of computing

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Actually...

... It reappeared.

But at the time in question during the cold war it would have indeed been Czechoslovakia.

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Ooops

Yes, I typo'ed Oric into Orac... The one was a home computer from the 80s, the other a sarcastic perspex box from 80s TV.

Anyway, how can you guys forget the BBC vs Spectrum arguments. Sir Clive printed some wonderfully biased comparison adverts which had Acorn (manufacturers of the BBC) sent the advertising standards at him on several occasions.

Personally I thought there was no competition, the Beeb had hardware sound, graphics, I/O ports etc. The Speccy basically tried to do everything in software. A neat trick, but very cheap cheap, and not the sort of thing you can really pull off properly with a <4Mhz CPU!

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No Beeb...

There's a reason for that... The Beebs all still work!

Well both my two do! Including the one I put into a flight case and turned into a disco light sequencer with a load of triacs... Unlike the earlier poster I didn't blow mine up, although I did trip out the electrics once RCCD's became common, I'd forgotten the triac tabs were connected to the neutral and I'd earthed the heatsink!

It's funny to see the author writing so lyrically about the computer revolution in '83... It started 3 years earlier in the UK. Back then we had more home computers per capita than any other nation on earth...

ZX80,81,Spectrum,Orac,Jupiter Ace, Dragon, Acorn Atom, BBC Micro... Fond fond memories.

How did it all go so wrong?

Now does anyone want a Tatung Einstein? I seem to have a couple kicking about!

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HTC Desire Z Android Qwerty smartphone

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Nice...

I've been looking at the Z for a few weeks now... Renewal time finally coming up... This looks like it is the phone my Nokia N97 should have been.

The N97 hasn't been too bad. The battery life is pretty good, usually long enough for me to misplace my charger before needing it again (2-3 days). Unfortunately its GPS sucks so bad it can't keep track of a moving vehicle reliably enough to be use the free turn by turn navigation Nokia dish out!

What has really put me off Nokia after 10+ years is their unwillingness to admit the faults (scratching camera lens, faulty GPS, buggy firmware), and the crazy delays even non mobile network supplied phones suffer waiting for firmware updates in the UK.

If that wasn't bad enough, a post I made to give them constructive criticism on the Nokia discussion forum was pulled by a moderator for "disrespecting" Nokia... I think if there was anyone being disrespected in this relationship I don't think it was the big company who got the money for the phone.

So roll on next month, I'll be hitting the phone shops, playing with the Z, and then ordering online (like I wish I had with the N97) so the UK distance selling regulations will let me fire it straight back within 7 days if I see the slightest hint of it not measuring up... That Z is going to have the toughest 7 days test it's ever likely to see.

Oh, and on the subject of keyboard ribbons, I wouldn't worry. The N97 has exactly the same, and one thing that has never been any problem has been the keyboard and ribbon cable.

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Re: HTC need to learn... Battery life is king!

I must admit that the battery life is my only concern about this phone, unfortunately people buy so many of those damn fruit themed phones that barely make it past 4pm before crawling towards a USB port that battery life doesn't appear to be high on the agenda for the masses.

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Texter who fell in fountain threatens to sue

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Indeed...

Cathy Cruz Marrero should accept that she was stupid. Cathy Cruz Marrero should have kept quiet and just got on with her life, safe in the knowledge that nobody could have identified the fuzzy blob as Cathy Cruz Marrero, but now she has come forward, trying to pass the blame when she should have kept her head down and stayed quiet.

So Cathy Cruz Marrero, when you start claiming your life has been ruined etc etc, just remember who identified the blob as Cathy Cruz Marrero... Yes, that'll be you Cathy Cruz Marrero.

Muppet.

How long before American mobiles have warnings of "Must be be used when walking" next to the "not for internal consumption" one?

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Heathrow Express treats iPhones as tickets

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Re: Re: News because it's an app?

"Apple phones only need a special version because it can't even support Java."

And don't forget their support for the GSM MMS standard was somewhat flakey so the old method used for many years of sending a picture message couldn't be relied on. No idea if they've fixed that yet, but still wouldn't want to rely on it.

Yet another app which provides nothing new. As usual I suspect it's just a disguised browser window.

I wish I knew why all these companies are so keen to jump on the iphone app band wagon. The figures of iphone dominance are USA only, and even there Android is starting to stomp. On the rest of the planet the huge elephant in the room is still Symbian, and even more phone support Java.

The really stupid thing about the Heathrow express "apping" it is their target audience... Iphones are mainly owned by the young and sheep-like... I suspect Heathrow express customers are from a completely different demographic.

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Who are the biggest electric car liars - the BBC, or Tesla Motors?

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Why?

Why are you saying the limit of a UK power socket is less than 15 Amps? Why don't you quote the actual rated current of 13 Amps?

Anyway, the "specialist" high current 30 Amp charging socket is hardly much work to have installed. The house main fuse is generally 60 Amps or more, a 30 Amp connection regularly provided for cookers, so having a 30 Amp spur installed which feeds into the garage with a 30 Amp socket on the end is well within the capabilities of an electrician, they'll even have suitable cable and fuses/trips on the van due to the common cooker usage.

Just avoid charging when you're cooking dinner!

As for the super speed three phase, it's not that hard to accomplish if your neighbours also have an electric car. In the UK phases are generally alternated down the road, so every 3rd house has the same phase. This means you and your neighbour have different phases, and 415volts between you. Talk to the neighbour on the other side and you've got all three phases although I doubt the charger actually wants the three phases, just the volts. I'm not sure what an electric meter would make of this, and I know RCCDs will certainly not like it, but that aside, you've got your "juice".

All that aside, forget electric until they can do 400 miles (including having the lights, heating and radio on) and be charged in a few minutes... Oh, and that the power stations aren't cooking on gas/coal etc!

Not sure I like the idea of a super speed charger at a petrol station... They're paranoid about a mobile phone causing a spark already, can you imagine the spark a high speed charger must be capable of?!

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Facebook facing fall-down issues

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I love this quote

"But a PR later admitted that some people were having trouble logging onto the site, or moving around it at reasonable speed."

Have you notice that nobody ever admits that the site is broken completely, they always errr and pretend there is someone, somewhere who can use it!

"She said, at 2.50pm UK time, the team were working on fixing this and hoped to have everything running properly soon."

Well an hour later is obviously not "soon" in facebook terms... m.facebook.com seems okay from mobiles. Unfortunately it doesn't work from a desktop (without a user-agent hack) as the site tries to be smart and switch a desktop browser back to the desktop site.

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Microsoft invents touch-sensitive mouse

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So...

You don't find the "scroll" ball clogging up with dust and failing within a few months a problem?

I could put up with it *if* the mighty mouse could be taken apart and cleaned, but it can't. Needless to say I didn't fancy handing over cash every few months to Apple for a new badly designed uncomfortable mouse, so got the logitech. I have no idea why you refer to the logitech software as malware, I've never had any problem with it, and I've used logitechs for more years than I can remember. Some of the mice are that old too, and still working.

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Becks offloads Posh Porsche on eBay

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Curious...

I'm more used to seeing that style of finish on old motorbikes, where it is known as the "Rat bike" look... There are even prizes for the best "rat" at shows.

Normally it's performed on an old knackered bike, and applied from a spray can. It's a bit of a joke... Looks like someone took it seriously in the car world. Oh well, I guess the car is German.

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schooorly

You mean flipping arse about face and going through the scenery backwards?

Oh, hang on, that's normal behaviour ;-)

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South African wireless traffic lights pillaged by SIM-card thieves

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You've missed something...

It's often easier to add remote control to traffic lights by wireless than dig the road up.

Why do they need remote control? Well so the whole sequence across the town can be changed a few months before congestion charging is introduced, then changed back to how it was the day congestion charging goes live... That was traffic flow is bound to improve (at least to how it used to be), and a PR success is declared...

Oh, hang on, that was London. silly me.

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Disappearing filth leads to dropped charges in extreme smut case

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You probably are the first and last to say it...

The short cut is CTRL-X for cut, CTRL-C for copy and CTRL-V for paste... Same on the Mac except use the Apple only tangled string key instead of CTRL.

A friend of mine was thinking of applying to join the computer forensics team so me being a techie she showed me some of the blurb and procedures... Let's just say that if anyone thinks outside the box a bit, they'll probably get away with it. All the processes they carry out are 1,2,3 steps etc. Could be done by my mother to be honest. Even a script kiddy has more idea of what is going on.

Then again, given the salary, I wouldn't expect many people with real IT ability to be hammering at their door for a position either.

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Renault fingers three for spying

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Re: @Takuhii

On Italian car's that's just part of the character and forgiven for the rare moments the vehicle actually does go brmmmm.

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And...

wet cylinder liners which are only held in the block by a wing and a prayer (has known friends with bad Renault experience!).

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