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UK tabloid in phone hacking probe

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How depressing...

That guessing a default voicemail password of 8888, 0000 or 1111 is now classed as hacking.

Pity they didn't pick the number of the american ambassador or they'd be sitting on the plane next to UFO Gary.

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Orange UK exiles Firefox from call centres

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Worried...

As much as I like Firefox, I find the idea that call centre staff would even have enough power to install a new application of any sort onto a PC rather worrying!

Surely call centre droids should have an account that is locked down so tight they should count themselves lucky if they can toggle the caps-lock light!

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The 3G map Ofcom didn't want you to see

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Pah!

"People buying 3G dongles should note that they have little chance of using them outside the M25."

Yeah right...

My other half bought a 3 USB dongle... The map showed her area was high strength, and it should work inside the house without any problem.

She could barely use it by putting the laptop on the window ledge! It ended up taped onto the window on a USB extension lead! Hardly the image they portray in the blurb!

I gave her a few choice quotes from the sale of goods act "unfit for purpose" being the main one, and she went back to the shop.

Oh, and what deserted part of the country does she live in... Lambeth!

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Short URLs in spam skyrocket

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Actually...

If the likes of TinyURL did something a little active, using a redirection service might actually save our more gullible surfers...

TinyURL scans destination of link, if it's a virus/trojan, it redirects the "victim" to a page telling them to beware of links, and suggesting some antivirus products.

In fact they might not even need to check the target, I'm sure a mass emailing work spewing links will generate a visit spike so large even a blind mind could notice it!

It's certainly far faster to take down a shrunken URL than it is to just and get an ISP to block/turn off a compromised site hosting the malware.

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Sir Alan Sugar hits eject button at Viglen

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Makes a change....

That someone in politics actually retreats from business.

Usually they do the opposite, they are employed for their expertise in the running of Govt, winning contracts and the like... A more obvious conflict of interest I have yet to see.

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Ukraine slaps ban on all porn

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@A/C 12:36

"Feminists always want porn banned (for men at any rate,) because they want women to have some hold over men."

I think you'll find that a nice pair of boobies can have a hold over men at a range of up to 50 feet!

Mine's the one with the medical research DVDs in 57 pockets...

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Office admin sacked for Blears abuse

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Posting from a work email account?

Epic fail.

Bite your lip, and then post your comment from home.

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Tory Lady tries to give bodice-rippers the snip

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So...

A book about a chainsaw waving maniac removing the breasts of your virgins is okay, just as long as he doesn't have wood.

Brilliant. Proof if it were ever needed, that the lunatic are running the asylum.

Can we have a "Will the last person to leave turn off the lights" icon?

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Air NZ rolls out naked safety vid

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LOL!

The blonde girl was having trouble keeping a straight face... I wonder if there is a blooper reel?

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I've answered my own comment...

The bloopers!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YsLy9Y7KsVI

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Russian's Bulgarian airbags burst mid-flight

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Ouch...

I was on a flight last year coming back to the UK from mainland Europe. On that flight were a couple of children who had obviously been to some party or event. They had helium balloons, unfortunately not the rubber kind of balloon, the shiny metallic look plastic film type... The type that doesn't stretch very well.

About an hour after take off there was a *bang*... Needless to say you have never heard such a synchronised intake of breath in your life!

We spent the rest of the flight looking at the other, rather strained looking balloon with distrust.

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Users claim iPhone 3.0 GPS mis-map mishaps

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Excellent...

Thanks for today's booboo...

I look forward to tomorrows.

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iPhone 3.1 code goes beta

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@A/C 2nd July 00:10GMT

Ahhh, I must admit I also didn't have the foggiest idea what the new "feature" was in the original article was supposed to do too..

In the UK, the spelling of phone numbers is pretty much non-existent, so to a non US resident it's not really obvious what the feature actually does. It just sounded like they had missed out on the ability to copy/paste a phone number when they recently implemented copy/paste.

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Man jailed for snooping on police database

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@J 3 and A/C

How do you get car registrations of Catholics?

Sit outside a Catholic church with a pen and paper on a Sunday.

Simples

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iPhone v Pre - the celebrity smartphone deathmatch

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What?

No mention of the "likely to spontaneously combust, and as you can't remove the battery, you're gonna have to chuck the whole thing into a bucket of sand and watch it melt." category?

Re the iPhone apps... 50,000 apps... Woo... How many of them are actually useful?!

Plus, would a Pre owner, unlike a Jesus phone owner, be allowed to have an app showing naked boobies on the phone he owns and has paid for?

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Joost gives up the ghoost

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Oh yeah...

Oh I remember this... I think I still have the beta stand alone app installed somewhere...

I used to try it every now and then... The streaming sucked. I don't know what bandwidth it required (the image quality didn't look like it would need much), but it was completely incapable of working out how much it should buffer in advance to provide smooth playback.

Result, 10 seconds of video, 20 seconds of waiting... 10 seconds of video...

I would say "repeat until end of video", but nobody puts up with that for a whole video.

Come to think of it, I don't think I even watched a whole video when it did actually stream (wind blowing in right direction etc), cos there wasn't anything worth watching!

Without content it's going to be pointless... And given that BBC, ITV, Channel4 etc all have their own view on demand system (which do stream quite nicely), I don't think they'll be able to get it.

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Firefox 3.5 - it's not a 'web upgrade'

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Tabs?

Sorry, are those new Tab powers new?

I've been using the TabMix plus add on since Firefox2, and I'm pretty sure I have always been able to do drag tabs between windows, resurrect closed tabs and restore previous sessions.

Are you *the* person on the intarwibble who's using Firefox without any bolt on toys?

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Masked passwords must go

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Muppets...

Honestly, if they're trying to get a reaction out of a large body of people they should just make a Michael Jackson joke in public. Not pretend to be some kind of techie expert.

Only a couple of months ago a UK MP had to resign when a photographer managed to photograph and read a top secret document he decided to carry under his arm in the open as he walked the 5 paces from his car into #10 Downing street.

Given the quality of photographic equipment available even to amateurs, you just don't know who is looking over your shoulder, they could be doing it from 50 feet away easily.

The reason shoulder surfing is not a problem is precisely *because* passwords are replaced with stars.

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Steve Jobs finds part-time work

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@WhatWasThat?

Given that the human body only contains one liver, I doubt the donor will be doing anything bar decomposing!

Now kidney's they're different, humans come with a spare, and if you donate one, the other will actually enlarge to help deal with the load.

Sorry to shoot your joke down - it did amuse me... Honest!

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Apple races developer to censor smut

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@Jimbo 7

Ah, but you can get behind the wheel of a 5+ litre V8 plastic car at 15!

The mind really does boggle... I think I'd prefer the 15 years olds to be doing the drinking, and not allowed behind the wheel of the vet until 21... Preferably older!

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always amusing...

...that the USA consider themselves the land of the free, yet almost daily, the free are told what they can and can't see, what they can and can't watch by a bunch of puritan conservatives.

Back here in old England, the place many of them left for "freedom", a 16 year old can get their top off and "show 'em" in a national paper.

And we can all look at them (if we choose).

It's great :-)

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Why would anyone run their own base station?

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Eh? What? When?

Is this a solution without a problem?

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Ten of the best... iPhone beaters

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@ClammyLammy

Agreed.

I use the internet on my N95 all the time. Mainly via wifi points as I'm tight! lol!

I've won ebay auctions and chatted to friends using skype over wifi from various parts of the planet. Taken some cracking pictures and uploaded them onto facebook to annoy friends who weren't on holiday :-)

I have a couple of microSD cards in my wallet, one for my music and the other for storing pictures and video.

Total cost of all these features... £0, phone was a free upgrade. OperaMini free, Fring free.

The main reason I went with OperaMini is it allows me to turn off images on a website which keeps the data bill down if I happen to browse via my carrier instead of wifi.

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Nokia N97

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@JeeBee

"It's a phone for 2007 released in 2009."

You mean like the iPhone was until only recently... Small camera, no flash, incomplete implementation of text messaging.

It's only just managed to record video FFS!

Actually that's pre-2007!

Re: navigation, it's called Nokia Maps, it's available on the older phones like the N95 too... And it doesn't require a network connection to navigate, you can preload a MicroSD card (oh yes, removable storage has been quite normal for many years too). Which means it's fast, and also that you won't be bankrupted when you use it to navigate in a foreign country as it doesn't need a roamed data connection to download local maps.

Sure it doesn't have the user interface of the iPhone (a million lawyers will ensure that), but it also doesn't have the level of user restriction St Jobs forces upon his flock. Plus of course it's made by a experienced mobile phone company, so you know it's going to work perfectly as a phone. It's not just an iPod that's had a phone bolted onto it.

Mine's the asbestos one.

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Re: awww diddums

Interesting you call the iPhone a mobile computer... Have you given up trying to use it as a camera phone now? I have a couple of friends with them, and their signal is always terrible.

As for the N97... Have faith Nokia boys, give it a firmware release and check again. Or you could just wander into a shop and try it now and form your own opinion.

The N95 had more than it's share of problems when it came out. Bad battery life, slow camera (although still 5mp), bad memory management and some problems with 3G, but Nokia sorted all that with firmware revisions.

And remember, this is a Nokia, so you know it will be a damn good phone with a damn good signal. Able to send text messages to huge groups of people, and support MMS right out of the box. You know, things real phones have been able to for years.

Pity about the speakers, the N95's are wonderful, but at least it has some.

As for the price comparisons, who pays the website price for a phone upgrade on a contract?! Ask for their best deal, say you'll think about it... Ring back next day and ask for the PAC code... You'll be amazed at the new offer... I'm looking forward to my bartering this time, there is a credit crunch after all....

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Is your cameraphone an oxymoron?

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@A/C 25th 14:27

Agreed. If anyone tries to bore you by claiming a DSLR in RAW has the dynamic range of film he's an idiot. Even in 14bit RAW on a Nikon D3 you have be careful not to blow the highlights, and compensate to sacrifice shadow detail instead.

One day someone will invent a sensor that can handle a range of 12EV or more, until then, we'll have to use a bit of skill to get the shots :-)

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MS no-frills security scanner gets thumbs up in early tests

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What a strange collection of countries...

Not available in your country or region

You appear to be in a country or region where the Microsoft Security Essentials Beta is unavailable.

This beta is available only to customers in the United States, Israel (English only), People's Republic of China (Simplified Chinese only) and Brazil (Brazilian Portuguese only).

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11 Time Lords plan charity shindig

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Ummm....

"Never before have all the Doctors been in the same room, let alone in the same show."

That would be never before except the last time Children in Need did this...

http://www.drwho.org.uk/7doctors.html

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Street View solves Dutch mugging

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Mugger school

Lesson 1

Don't jump your victim in front of a Vauxhall/Opel car carrying a dozen cameras on the roof.

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US record industry wins $1.92m from file sharer

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LMAO!

If there was ever a sign that a Judge should be put out to pasture for completely loosing his grip on reality, this is it! Is he on commission or something?

No wonder the RIAA is embarrassed, it makes them look stupid, and they know they haven't got a hope in hell of ever getting that kind of cash out of her.

If she were a UK MP caught on the fiddle it appears she would be entitle to just pay for the face value of the songs and consider the case closed!

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Royal Navy sailors hurl Ronald McDonald into Chilean harbour

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I remember...

A Pizza hut near me managed to loose a Ja Ja Binks, which stood at least 7 foot tall, from one of their establishments. It was in the furthest corner from the door, next to the till... Yet nobody saw anyone walk out with it!

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Barclays IT systems have a strop

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Oh dear...

Loose a load of IT staff, and then have the system break... Who would have thought it!

I bet they laid off too many Indians and kept too many chiefs!

Oh well, at least they'll be able to have a nice meeting about it.

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Microsoft fans call for Opera boycott

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Well M$...

I'll make you a deal... You make me a nice, fast, un-bloated browser that works on my N95, and I'll consider trying that instead of Opera Mini.

As for my desktop... Firefox baby :-p

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Johnson shuffle returns ID cards to the table

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Isn't it great...

...that the government will get to spend a shed load of out money on a project that will be scrapped when they loose the next election, which lets face it, they will.

Actually, I wonder if there are any openings for contractors on it... It's gonna be good money, and at the end of it you don't need to have produced anything!

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Toshiba Regza 37AV615DB

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@marksi

Agreed... sounds like they prefer all their screen real estate to be used, even if their picture gets stretched to oblivion!

Me, I'd prefer people to have head shaped heads... Not rugby balls! (Apart from Stewie of course).

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Ex-Borland's Delphi owner re-ignites cross-platform dream

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There is interest...

There is interest in the Pascal world for Delphi to work on multiple platforms.

Take a look at the Free Pascal Compiler and Lazarus. Both open source, and source compatible with Delphi to quite an extent.

The only thing that lets them down is the lack of components, and the bizarre, sometimes impossible installation hoops you have to jump through to get what components there are onto a Linux IDE.

@Proto-robbie - Rapid development always was Delphi's party trick, it is an incredibly fast RAD environment. It has supported cgi-bin/ISAPI development for years, and being a compiled language they really fly.

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Opera to 'reinvent the web' in four days

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Hmmmm

Isn't this what M$ do every time their browser doesn't render something correctly? Just define a new "standard".

Thing is, M$ have market dominance to push their way.

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Opera applauds scepticism on MS browser pledge

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Ballot?

Good grief...

Let me think...

1) IE8

2) Nexus

3) Lynx

4) Netscape Navigator 2

5) Spry Mosaic

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German lad hit by 30,000 mph meteorite

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Quality reporting...

The size of the object had nothing to do with him being lucky! Have you seen the size of a bullet slug recently? They're not much bigger, travel a hell of a lot slower and they kill people.

I recommend reading up on a couple of things called kinetic energy and momentum (assuming basics physics is still taught in our science deprived society).

With that kind of velocity it would have carried so much energy it would have made Dirty Harry blush, and blown his head clean off had it hit him directly. Actually it would probably have just gone straight through it without so much as batting a rocky eyelid. The effect to the kid would have been the same though.

The fact that it exploded leaving a crater in the ground gives you an idea of the energy.

So it didn't "bounce" off his head, it skimmed his head and continued the same direction it had been going... In fact at that speed it could have been the shock wave that damaged his bonce and the object didn't actually touch him.

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Israeli army develops one-eyed robot trouser snake

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Ummmm

Lay off those little blue pills Lewis, it's affecting your writing.

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Archos claims crown for 'world's slimmest' netbook

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Hmmmm...

I used to like Archos, their early mp3 players were rather fun. I've still got a Gmini 120.

One of it's best features is it's ability to record from a line in.

I'm in the market for a new one with line in record, and having given up trying to navigate their website I email them several times to ask.

They never bothered to reply.

I know they're French, and we should expect a lack of manners, but if they do still have such a product they've lost a sale.

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iPhone stuffed with crashing hard drive

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@Ian Ferguson...

You are obviously immune to the iPhone's "Must use, must use" field.

Glad I'm not the only one!

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Webhost denies poor passwords led to catastrophic hack

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Skiddy...

Definitely sounds like a skiddy.

After all, what hacker breaks into a system and then deletes everything? Any idiot can do a format.

Trouble is you get spotted very quickly and don't actually get anything from it. Far better to go deep, go silent and see what useful data you can steal. Credit card details, email addresses etc.

The only time I would expect to see a hacker nuke servers like that would be as part of a blackmail attempt.

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Millions opted into UK mobile phone directory

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@Havin_it

Actually I'd rather they had a flag to say exclude my number...

Otherwise next time they import data from whatever low life is selling it, you could end up straight back on it again!

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Nice use of technology...

They have a pretty website... But no way of removing yourself from their list without phoning an 0800 number (which gets you stuck in a queue... At least they will have to pay for this call), or texting E to a £1 text line...

And why on earth would it take 4 weeks to remove?

update tbl_numbers set ex_dir="1" where mobile_num="07123456789"

Complicated stuff.

I'll be interested to see if I was on there, I always tick the "don't share" boxes, so if I'm on there I would be very interested to know how.

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Oh good...

I am on there... Fan-bloody-tastic...

Love to know how.

Oh well, had this number over 8 years, about time I ditched it!

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Adobe's quarterly patch cycle to commence Tuesday

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So....

Adobe's reaction to being accused of slow reactions is to make quarterly patches?

Don't strain yourself guys...

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MS warns of bumper patch batch

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"Most systems will need to be rebooted"

I think you can put money on that!

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12 of the best... mice

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All well and good...

But for my money I'd buy the Logitech MX310 any day of the week for the rest of my life.

Cheap, good weight, not too many buttons, lefty and righty friendly.

Used to be able to find the OEM versions for about £12 a couple of years ago... Wish I still could.

Not that I need to buy any more... I've got two, and they'll probably last longer than I will (one even did 30mph on it's back out of the door of my car when it fell out with the lead trapped, got some great battle scars, but still works fine!). But I'm always bumping into people who still have ball mice full of fluff! Dell seem to keep shipping the damn things!

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Volvo readies plug-in hybrid V70 estate

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@noodle heimer

You want to try a VW Beetle or a Ford Capri in the snow.

Both suffer the same problem... The front wheels don't do anything! especially steering! Because both cars lack weight over the front (the Capri was only a 1.6, maybe a 2.8 or 3.0 would work better).

Then again, you can spin anything if you try hard enough... I managed to do a complete 360 in a Short wheelbase Mitsubishi Shogun 4x4... Coming down a hill, in 4 wheel drive, road icy, junction at the bottom, thought I'd loose a bit of the 5mph I was doing before I reached the junction... Engine breaking wasn't slowing me... touched the brake lightly and that was it... complete 360 down the road before coming to a halt... The faces on the drivers queued across the junction I was heading towards were an absolute picture! Windows full of huge eyeballs!

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