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FBI hunt gun-waving, skateboarding bank robber

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Ah...

Bart Simpson finally comes of age...

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Dutch send submarine to fight Somali pirates

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Trouble is...

Whilst we're playing the softly softly, aren't we civilized game, these pirates are going about doing pretty much whatever they like, kidnapping innocent travellers with seemingly very little risk.

I'm sure a few torpedoed boats and body bags left to wash back up on the shore would be a far better deterrent.

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German arrested for Adolf Hitler ringtone

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Hmmm...

Whilst I don't agree with the beliefs of this man, I feel very uncomfortable that a ringtone could be illegal.

Curiously enough the same would happen in France... The same France that gave us Voltaire and his famous quote...

I fear the same would happen in the UK too. However if you were a fanatical ethnic minority preacher you'd be able to spout it forth on the streets of Finsbury Park for months before anyone would do anything about it.

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No secret to stopping XSS and SQL injection attacks

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Quite right...

In fact you have to sanitise to make "Brer O'Hare" even work as a name. If you didn't it would close the SQL query term and add Hare' on the end, causing an error.

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Speed cameras slide out of LibCon budget

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and...

Not indicating on roundabouts!

Round my way they're usually taxis/mini-cabs, the first people to start tail gating and getting impatient if you hold them up when they are empty... They go much slower when they have a fair... Odd that.

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Re: Re: CCTV...

I remember about 2 week after my local high street got CCTV, someone smashed in the front window of the chemists and empties the place.

The local paper reported it and said "Police believe the raiders must have been from outside the area as local people are aware of the highly publicised new CCTV system."

Which was fair enough... However the last sentence in the report just cracked me up.

"Police are appealing for witnesses."

CCTV that good eh? lol!

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Agreed

I have exactly that problem. They are letter of the law, not spirit of the law.

There is one near me by a school. 30mph.

If I go through there at 35mph at 2am on a clear dry night, I will get a ticket.

If someone goes through there at school kick out time at 29mph in the pouring rain they won't.

Who is most likely to hurt someone?

Then again, what am I thinking... Who's got a hope of doing anything like 29mph at school kick out time... But that's a different rant!

Another camera near me had an interesting effect on accident stats. Yes it did reduce the number of injuries (shifted them down the road 500 yards I'm sure), but curiously it doubled (from 1 to 2) the number of fatalities. They didn't mention that statistic... Yeah, I know, lies, damn lies etc.

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Google's Wi-Fi snoop nabbed passwords and emails

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Honestly...

All these people whining that some personal data was picked up by the google car... What about the amount of data that could have been sniffed by world+dog from these *open* wireless points before and since?

Hopefully they won't miss out on that little fact and people might actually secure things.

Yeah yeah, I know, fat chance.

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Nobel Prize winner on dodgy World Cup ball

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Whine whine...

Q) What's the England teams favourite wine?

A) The ball's the wrong shape.

I would say it all evens out... The goalies don't know where they are going, so can't stop them, and the strikers don't know where they are going so can't actually get them on target.

At least they have the excuses all lined up for the penalty misses in advance this time.

Now stop whining, or we fill the ball with hydrogen :-p

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Hacker charged with threatening US VP using neighbour's PC

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Enough said...

"affidavits reveal years of disputes between Ardolf and neighbours from different areas he's lived in."

Sounds like there is a common link there, or maybe a that should be missing link.

Let's hope he gets on better with his neighbours in sing sing.

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BBC wins go-ahead for Freeview HD content controls

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LOL!

Don't you just love agreements hammered out by lawyers.

So the programs aren't encrypted, but the program guide is, and to get the free key for the program guide you have to agree to not be a naughty boy. I assume chasing people for breach of contract is easier than chasing them for copyright infringement?

IIRC Media center, certainly on XP, doesn't even use the OTA program guide... I assume that means we're free to be naughty?

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O2 to step back from unlimited mobile data deals

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Well...

I don't know how the current O2 T&Cs define "unlimited" and we all know there is no such thing as "unlimited" data, so it's actually nice that they are being clear and open about the limit on these tariffs.

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Conroy pledges to stop spams infecting Aussies' portals

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Oh dear...

As usual with MPs, speaking the unintelligible about that which he knows jack sh*t about.

How about they challenge him to protect his own personal email address from spam and then publish his address whilst still getting 100% of the real emails?

It's only one email address, how hard can it be?

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Plucky Finn attempts to drive length of Finland in small digger

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They're even madder than that!

I have some Finnish friends, and they are bonkers.

They're also totally addicted to mobile phones. Not fruit flavoured toy ones either. You go out for a drink and they will constantly have a beer in one hand, a vodka shot in another hand and a mobile phone is another hand! It's no accident that a very large proportion of mobile devices originate from that area of the world.

The long winter nights just give them time to dream up crazy ways to enjoy the summer!

Good luck to Mr Trundle.

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Re: Attitude difference: "pointless"

Are you sure about that, I'm English and see no problem with doing things just because it hasn't been done before.

And I don't believe Everest was conquered in the 1950s by one of the Queen's subjects wearing "Sponsored by Britvic" either.

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Steve Jobs unveils iPhone 4

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re: 18 months

"Elementary physics will inform you that the amount of pixels on a sensor is only a measure of the image size, not the quality; for that you need a decent lens."

Actually the number of pixels does relate to the quality, and not in the way you expect. After a while the craze of upmanship produces a sensor with photosites so small the amplification has to be cranked up to see in even moderate light. The more amplification the more noise. More than 4 or 5 megapixels on the tiny sensors they have in phones is pretty pointless.

At least Apple have finally put a flash of sorts on the damn thing, I was getting fed up of facebook pictures ("uploaded from my iphone") of silhouettes!

So at last it's caught up with my old N95... Assuming it has a good lens of course. Mine says Carl Zeiss.

Now we just have to see if this new gift from the gods can actually make it past 4pm without crawling crying to a power socket.

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Prisoner of iTunes - the iPad file transfer horror

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I can't help wondering...

Given that people have been able to break themselves (RSI) using mice, and typing on "real" keyboards, how long will it be before stress fractures start occurring from "typing" on a virtual keyboard which is nothing more than bashing your fingertips against a sheet of expensive glass?

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Twitter airport bomb spoof joker launches appeal

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Personally...

Personally I think he should argue that he didn't actually send a threatening message. To send a message surely you have to have a recipient. Only then can you judge if the message was threatening or not. Sending a message saying "Someone needs to blow up Sainsbury's" could be seen as threatening if sent to Sainsbury's head office, but not if sent to Tesco's head office. In fact Tesco's would probably quietly smile and nod.

He did not send a message. He publicly posted his opinion. Just as if he had hung a sign on the outside of his house, or worn a T-shirt with a slogan on it. He did not send a message to the CAA or Airport authorities.

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Is your office World Cup sweepstake legal?

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Great...

A yet a crappy phone in TV quiz (on premium rate lines) can become a game of skill, and not a game of chance (aka lottery) by asking questions such as:

The company that make the iPad are?

1) Apple

2) Orange

3) Banana

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iPads in spa-a-a-a-ce!

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Well done mate...

Instead of having a ball doing somersaults you've just wasted your time doing a pointless (and predictable) test with an electronic tea tray... And yes, the lady behind was cute - Not that you'd appreciate her yet, you might grow into that kinda thing one day.

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Smokescreen brings Flash to the iPhone

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I have no idea..

I've never found a reason to turn it on beyond annoying iphone owners.

I'm still firmly of the view that flash is what arty farty designers use because they either can't use HTML and style sheets, or that using them would "negatively impact their art". Either way I don't bother with such sites either on my mobile or on a "real" desktop browser!

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LMAO!

So the only part of Flash it can handle is the bit you really don't want, the bl**dy adverts!

Wonderful!

Gotta laugh, it's one of the few things I agree with the Jobsworth about. My mobile does do flash, but I turned it off because it never adds anything but bandwidth overhead and clutter.

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Found phone leads to paedophile ring

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Curious...

How exactly are they going to stop this guy from sending images via phones/computer?

He's obviously wised up to pay as you go top ups and will now only use cash, and as for stopping image exchange via the internet... Hahahahaha, too funny, the RIAA have been trying to stop mp3 exchange for how long exactly?

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Approaching space object 'artificial, not asteroid' says NASA

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Alien

Yup....

It's voyager... They still haven't realised the universe is actually just a painted backdrop to a cheap alien reality TV show about a fictitious solar system and Voyager bounced off the wall and came back!

I wonder if their voice over has a geordie accent too?

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Microsoft Tag emerges from beta

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So...

The M$ system is like putting a bit.ly shortcode into a current QR code?

Honestly, I can't see this really taking off. Outside developers aren't going to be interested in a system controlled by M$ (not without some "encouragement"). If M$ had a larger presence in the mobile phone market then there might have been a possibility of almost making people use it, but they don't.

Even Apple, however much they may hype their sales figures (aka only quoting USA) would be hard pushed. Nokia, despite their own attempts at self destruction, are still the mobile heavy-weight, and if they don't read M$ codes (and why should they, their phones quite happily do QR) it's going to be still-born.

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Blunkett threatens to sue for £30 ID card refund

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Exactly!

There really should be a way us the tax payer can audit the govt and sort out all the back handers and miss management. Has the man really forgotten that he was once the Home Secretary so is therefore partially responsible for this fiasco?

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Regent Street blocked by iPad fanboi swarm

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re:...you went toRegent street? Moooooooo....

Reminds me of the O2 late opening iPhone "hype"... I went to my local highstreet (where I could park after 6pm for free) and walked to the O2 store... Man on the door looked excited and went to hand me a numbered ticket. I brushed him aside and wandered into the shop, bought the 8gig MicroSD card I wanted, and wandered off again.

There were more staff that customers.

That's probably to one and only thing I would thank Apple for... Saving me 70p parking when i wanted that memory card for my Nokia... *snigger*

Re your father, mine isn't quite as old as yours, but I wouldn't trust mine with anything made after 1970... He'd have it in bits looking for the valves (vacuum tubes to those in the colonies)!

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'Draw Mohammed' page removed from Facebook

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What are they hiding?

Was he really really ugly?

Come on, he couldn't have been that bad, have a look at Oliver "Warts and all" Cromwell, and we've got a statue of him outside parliament!

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Google halts deletion of Street View Wi-Fi data

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Curious...

France said keep it? Isn't there some kind of strange law in France about accessing a wireless point from outside a building or something like that?

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Most browsers leave fingerprint that can ID users

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Well...

My firefox 3.6.3 exploded (and offered to send the bug report to MS), how unique is that?!

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Exam board deletes C and PHP from CompSci A-levels

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Delphi is a modern language!

To anyone that hasn't tried it, Delphi is really nice. It's object Pascal.

I came up the commodore PET route, Commodore Basic, then BBC Basic, then 6502 machine code, Z80, a bit of 68000 then 8086, VB, C and Delphi.

Given complete free reign I go straight for Delphi. strictly typed and readable, not like C's compile anything but who knows what it'll do style! And the "please don't make me come back and modify it later" syntax!

It's very hard to write the kind of security flaws we see every day if it had been written in Delphi, 99% of the time it just wouldn't compile. Buffer overflows of strings would be hard to exploit as Delphi has very powerful native string handling that doesn't rely on the programmer keeping tabs on how big his lump of allocated memory is and performing bounds checking manually.

That's not to say you are insulated from the real guts of the machine, you could do it C style if you wanted to, but you'd have to be insane to really want to!

Unfortunately on a day to day basis I have to use C... Oh well, that's microcontrollers for you, but I cringe every time I have to do anything with strings. I might as well be programming in machine code.

If you want to give it a try go, grab FPC (Free Pascal Compiler) and the GUI front end Lazarus. Free and open source for Windows and Linux.

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Mystery fungus smacks Afghan opium poppies

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@Les Matthew

Sorry, too subtle for text only I guess... There was plenty of sarcasm in that, believe me!

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Oh of course...

"Some farmers suggest NATO troops have sprayed their crops with chemicals, but this was rejected by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) head Antonio Maria Costa."

The USA has never used chemicals/biological agents to destroy plants and crops of an enemy have they...

To be honest I would find them *not* taking advantage of a natural fungus and *not* breeding it up in a lab and then airborne spraying it incompetent!

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Apple iPad

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RE: laptop replacement

"until the iPad, there was no other solution for casual web browser, email reading, quick look up of imdb while watching a movie"

I find that hard to believe as I regularly use my mobile phone to do just what you describe, and you do kinda sound like you'd own an iphone.

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NFC will help you find your car - if you're next to it

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Agreed

I had one of those! Probably the most trouble free immobiliser I have ever had. No batteries to go flat in the fob.

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Airport plods seize man with electric vibro-pleasure shoes

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Sounds fair enough to me...

Having batteries in your shoes is a bit odd, and to be honest, asking for trouble. So well done to the x-ray man for actually doing his job and thinking they were worth further investigation.

However, holding him beyond the point where the shoes were found to be innocent is a little heavy handed, but at least there is some logic to the behaviour of the security services this time. Unlike the time I was stopped with a sealed 125g jar of marmite in my hand luggage... Just for the record trying to explain the difference between a liquid volume measure of 100ml and a mass measurement of 125g to a security droid is pointless.

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Apple prices up iPad for UK

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Happy

Ah-hem...

Not just any old vodka please... Żubrówka!

Na zdrowie

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Nokia tops iPhone and BlackBerry (again)

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re: Profits of doom...?

Healthier?

I think the word you were looking for is greedier.

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Well done!

You've found worldwide figures at last instead of copy/pasting the Apple-centric US only figures.

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Boffins turn Bunsen burners on Frank Skinner

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Re: Stupid -gate suffixes and settled science

I'm waiting for scandal involving a gate!

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re: "Science isn't fun, It’s just maths in fancy dress"

Well done Skinner, you just slagged off my two favourite, and best, subjects! (Actually back in my day it was Physics and Mathematics, but these days they just throw all the sciences together).

Go back to watching grown men kick round an inflated bit of cow and just switch your head off.

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Clive Sinclair weds ex-lap-dancer fiancee

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C5 :-)

I've ridden one round the Brooklands banking and the Mercedes test track/skid pan... No they don't go fast enough to get the tail end out, although I believe the DIY 24v modified one did before the wheel hub collapsed!

A right giggle, but as practical transport, a joke.

Far too many design shortcuts... If you push them backwards you blow diodes!

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Cops raid Gizmodo editor in pursuit of iPhone 4G 'felony'

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Good grief...

Talk about heavy handed.

Wouldn't a quick phone call containing the words "Hello Sir, this is the Police, we've had a phone call from St Jobs, would you mind giving his phone back please?" have done the job?

I see a lot of Apple gear in that inventory of confiscated gear, I hope he remembers how he was treated when it comes to upgrade time...

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Nokia's lost weekend ends with N8?

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Xenon flash!

About bloody time... They had one of these on one of the E series phones, but never put it on the N series.

Forget the megapixels though, the sensor is far too small to see anything except noise. Nokia, keep the Xenon flash, but just put in the 5megapixel camera and lens from the N95/N97, it's perfectly good.

If I want 12mp I'll pick up my Nikon, it has sensor photosites big enough for photnos to get in!

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Jobsian drones shackle gamer with 'lifetime' iPad ban

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Hmm...

I wonder how they define lifetime... How much would you have to have replaced to qualify as having a nice life... Maybe a liver?

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Security maven turns tables on fibbing police

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Ummm...

How can the police arrest him for something other than refusing to provide ID and then not elaborate what he was arrested for? Surely what he was arrested for will be on the charge sheet?

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Sky punts 'truly unlimited' 20Mb/s broadband

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FAIL

LMAO!

2GB limit, I hope they print that nice and large... If (and I know it's a big if) you did really get 20Mb/s download rate you'd murder that 2GB limit in under 15 minutes!

Too funny!

That's like owning a Ferrari with a 1 gallon fuel tank, and a time lock on the filler cap!

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Cybercrooks befuddled by Icelandic volcano name

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Thanks...

Thanks for the link, that was actually interesting...

I have to wonder about his invented language though, did he make the same howling mistake that Zamenhof made? Namely including the pointless genders for inanimate objects, which serve no purpose other than to reinforce the belief held by every English speaking school boy that all other languages are "stupid". I note that he does include Esperanto in his list, so I'm not hopeful he has learnt from this.

Sufferers from aspergers are famously unable to relate to or put themselves in the shoes of others (namely us pour saps who can't learn a language is a week) so my hopes are really fading very fast...

Actually this might explain the new language, what better way is there of avoiding interacting and relating to others! I guess Esperanto was just too popular for him!

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ahhh...

Krakatoa is referred to by name, Mount St Helens, Vesuvius and Etna are also... Yet for reasons I just cannot understand, the current one is just known as "The Icelandic volcano".

And I bet the news casters thought the casualty list from the Polish air disaster was bad enough!

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Adobe gives up on the iPhone

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So true...

99% of iPhone app functions can be performed on other phones by a monkey capable of typing into google and then saving the page as a bookmark for later direct access.

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