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48 posts • joined 27 Jun 2008

KCOM-owned Eclipse FAILS to cover up the password 'password'

Chas

Re: Can be useful though

No it isn't! If I log into my Eclipse account and pull up my details in My Users, my account login password is shown as stars.

Thanks for playing, though.

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Ban-dodging Mac Pro to hit Blighty's shops as Apple bows to fan fears

Chas
Happy

For sale

One Grandmother. Only one owner and with FSH.

Only went to church on Sundays.

£5000 ono

No time wasters, please.

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Sinclair’s 1984 big shot at business: The QL is 30 years old

Chas

Ah, the QL—fond memories!

I got a QL when Dixons started knocking them out for £199 and I loved it. For the time it was a great machine and I almost never had problems with the Microdrives. I remember I got an expansion board (can't remember what it was called) that bunged another 512K of RAM into it. After my ZX-81 and Vic-20, this was my first "serious" computer.

Psion's app suite was pretty damn good—I loved Quill— and all in all, I got two years of good use out of it before I moved onto the Atari ST. I wish I still had it: I've gone all nostalgic now (sniff, sniff).

It was flawed but it had heart.

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Furious Frenchies tell Apple to bubble off: Bling iPhone isn't 'champagne'

Chas

They shoot horses, don't they?

Considering the propensity of the French for the consumption of our equine friends, they surely would have issue with the International Champagne Horse Registry? Personally I think anyone who can't differentiate between fizzy wine and a colour descriptor has been consuming far too much of the former.

The French doth protest too much. methinks!

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Happy birthday MIDI 1.0: Slave to the rhythm

Chas
Thumb Up

Very few people remember Doctor T and yet Emile Tobenfeld was a pioneer, producing what was arguably the first editable computer sequencer, KCS (Keyboard Controller Sequencer) for the Commodore 64 in 1984. In fact, Emile had written a paper for MIT's "Computer Music Journal" in the winter of 1983 outlining outlining the basic concepts of a computer sequencer and talking about potential concepts and features that would not be implemented until KCS Omega 5 was released around 1989.

KCS was always the red-headed step-child compared to sequencers like Pro-24 and Creator, with a quirky interface and a steep learning curve, but it had many features that even today have no equal. KCS's unparalleled Open Mode allowed sequences to be triggered in real time from the keyboard. These sequences could contain other data to in turn trigger other sequences or alter some other aspect, such as playing a sequence but up a Major 4th. There were even control messages that could be inserted into a sequence that allowed for the use of flow control, stochastic and aleatoric composition techniques: I once wrote a four-section work where, although the musical structure was tightly defined, it never played the same thing twice.

This, coupled with KCS's almost contemptuous regard for the "tyranny of the bar line", made KCS the perfect choice for composers interested in complex interlocking polymetre and nonstandard time signatures.

Doctor T's also produced editors for the major synths of the time, a score-writer and a number of other music composition tools such as Fingers and Tunesmith. Emile's own MIDI-Ax, essentially Fingers with a whole slew of interactive real time controllers and triggers was deemed far too complex for general release—in fact, Emile designed it solely or his own use, but would gladly give copies away to those brave enough to take on the extraordinarily rich musical landscape it engendered.

I can remember being at NAMM in 1994 demoing KCS Omega for Doctor T's and was gratified to see the reverence he was held in by his peers in other companies. They—quite rightly, in my opinion—regarded him as a legend.

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Boffins spot planet that could support life... just 12 light years away

Chas

what would Kirk say?

Khaaaaaaaannnnnnnn!!!

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Nokia HERE today with decent mapping on Apple devices

Chas
Meh

Worthy but sluggish

It took HERE about two minutes to identify my location and was painfully slow at loading the map tiles. Apple's Maps is not perfect but is very much faster and accurate in determining my location. Walking and public transport links are a definite bonus, though.

Like Maps, it needs work.

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Apple iPad Mini 8in tablet review

Chas

Re: The screen

"Until next year, when this'll be obsolete, and we all have to rush out and buy a new one, you mean?"

So, just like every other manufacturer who release new models thus "obsoleting" previous versions. Please explain how Apple's policy of releasing new versions is any different from Samsung or Amazon or anyone else.

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Parents shocked by priestly PowerPoint pr0n

Chas
Facepalm

Wrong presentation

He obviously accidentally put up images he was planning to use on Palm Sunday.

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Mobile Trojan mimics Android clean-up tool

Chas
WTF?

WTF?

And people bitch about Apple's curated App store.

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Apple frees iOS 4.3 two days before iPad 2 Arrival™

Chas
FAIL

WTF

"Xcode was previously free, by the way, bundled with Mac OS X installer discs or downloadable. But as we've said many time, Apple has never met a revenue stream it didn't like – like most companies."

Register a free developer account and you can still download Xcode for free. Never let journalistic integrity get in the way of a good snarky comment, eh? No doubt we'll see the usual rabid anti-Apple brigade along shortly to heap yet more ill-informed vitriol on the head of Jobs.

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Antennagate Redux: Consumer Reports condemns Verizon iPhone 4

Chas
Jobs Halo

Whither morons?

@Julian 3

Guess you're so used to the shite that M$ puts out that you can't tell quality when it slaps you in the face. FYI, I've NEVER had a problem with ANY iPhone - they've all worked perfectly.

Your loss, schmuck!

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Memo to iPad mimics: No one wants a $799 knockoff

Chas
Jobs Halo

And another thing...

Please show me the apps on RIM's Playbook or on any Android device that are certified by the FDA for use as a remote diagnostic imaging tool (http://www.mimsoftware.com/products/iphone) or have FAA approval for use as an alternative to paper flight charts (http://www.jeppesen.com/company/newsroom/articles.jsp?newsURL=news/newsroom/2011/iPad_EFB_authorization_NR.jsp)

Oh, that'll be zero, then. I suppose I'd better not mention the 80% of Fortune 100 companies that are adopting the iPad in the enterprise. Where's Android? Nowhere!

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Death by 30% cut: Apple app tax must change

Chas
Jobs Halo

Talk about missing the point!

Publishers are whinging that they can't get a free ride on Apple's ecosystem - tough! If you distribute your content through the App Store, you pay, just like anyone else has to do. Apple run the iStore at break-even so claims that they're making any profit in the deal is laughable. Publishers aren't interested in content: they want to sell your info to everyone else to the detriment of the consumer.

Perhaps the author would like to comment on the following article:

http://counternotions.com/2011/02/16/stores

This is one of the best analyses I've seen on the whole debate and a cursory search will turn up many more (and as many decrying the whole issue). At least Apple are putting the choice back in the hands of the consumer - and about bloody time too!

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Italian white van man nudges sound barrier

Chas
Happy

Err...

@Annihilator

The problem with the fella tailgating Thrust SSC is that when Andy Greene bangs on the afterburner, he'll go from regular to extra crispy in about half a second...

Wait a minute... on second thoughts...

<searches frantically on eBay for a second-hand Rolls-Royce Spey />

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Microsoft issues temp fix for serious Windows security bug

Chas
FAIL

Same shit, different day!

Yet another 0-day vuln. People stupid enough to use Windoze deserve everything they get! Switch to Mac or a nice Linux distro and watch all this shite disappear.

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Apple without Jobs: Who's next?

Chas
Jobs Halo

Fer chrissakes..

..give the dude a break. No other company on the planet would garner this kind of ridiculous punditry. Let me spell it out for those who can't get to grips with reality: Apple != Steve Jobs despite appearances. Steve has infused Apple with his unique vision as he did at Pixar. It's still the talent at Apple - the engineers, designers, coders, etc - who make the magic happen, not Steve. They got the message long ago and continue to do so today. Steve did make Apple what it is today, but it will still be at the vanguard of computer design and engineering (where they've been for the last 20-odd years) long after he's dead and departed.

Steve sold Pixar to Disney some time ago and yet they still beat the living crap out of every other CGI animation company on the planet, including Dreamworks. Folks are too hung up on the mythos and not focussed enough on what Apple actually do as a company. They are spanking everyone else, including Microsoft - so tell me why there is no other company who can take on Apple?. If there were, we'd see someone leapfrogging Apple, whereas we all know and can see that, as Byte Magazine put it back in 1994 (!), "Indeed, it would not be an exaggeration to describe the history of the computer industry for the past decade as a massive effort to keep up with Apple.". That adage remains as true today as it was seventeen years ago.

Like them or loathe them, no one can deny the extraordinary comeback Apple have made in the last thirteen years when they were, as Steve himself acknowledged at D8, 90 days from Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Now, they are the biggest technology company on the face of the planet - ignore that at your peril!

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Man caught w*nking over Alan Sugar's autobiography

Chas
WTF?

WTF?

...is a tommy tank? Suitable rhyming slang alternatives would be J. Arthur, Jodrell, Barclays - even came across septic once, so to speak - but tommy tank?

Shome mishtake shurely?

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Apple's FaceTime for Mac debuts with security holes

Chas
FAIL

Oops!!

Looks like Jobs will be handing out the pink slips. It's uncharacteristically stupid of Apple to let this one slip though: they've dropped the ball on a few occasions but this one's a doozy!

And what's with no support for Leopard? - no bloody good reason to omit these users.

Arse!

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Sir Norman Wisdom dies at 95

Chas
Unhappy

A true genius

I remember years ago working as a follow-spot operator on a Royal Variety show where Norman was doing a turn. During the rehearsals, he went through the routine "marking" it for the cameras and the stage techs. It was about as funny as watching an Albanian party political broadcast - loads of us backstage though the old boy had lost it completely.

Come the actual performance, he does exactly what he'd done in rehearsals... and it was utterly hysterical. I then understood why he was such a genius - his mastery of comic timing was incredible. We even got a telling off from the stage manager for laughing so much that it drowned out other people on the headset intercom.

Bless you, Norman. You will be sorely missed! Favourite film: Follow A Star.

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Apple COO Cook to take the HP helm?

Chas
WTF?

Err...

Not. Going, To, Happen,

Stock manipulation, plain and simple.

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Feds want backdoors built into VoIP and email

Chas
FAIL

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” - Benjamin Franklin

The sooner the governments realise that they are employed by the people, and that it is the people who wield the ultimate power, the world might be a saner place.

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Steve Jobs carried 'ninja throwing stars' in hand luggage

Chas
FAIL

Bullshit!

It's amazing what crap people believe without even the faintest sign of critical thinking.

FYI, the story has already been proven false. Nice to see all the Apple trolls fall over this one (see above) and making total idiots of themselves, as usual.

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Microsoft's KIN goes to hell: Site offers comfort

Chas
WTF?

WTF?

When I visited the site, it showed me logged on as the site administrator!!

Blimey :D

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Romford coppers try to stopper young snapper

Chas

Know your rights

@DaveyDaveDave

Here you go:

http://www.sirimo.co.uk/2009/05/14/uk-photographers-rights-v2/

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Microsoft dubs Windows Phone 7 'ad serving machine'

Chas

M$ are a bunch of tools

The big difference between this and iAds is that you have to choose to watch the iAd. Not interested? - then don't click on the ad. iAds are NOT forced on the end user and paid-for apps will probably not carry them anyway. M$ appear to want to force you to watch them no matter what.

At least Apple's method seems more ethical and gives the consumer the choice to view or not to view.

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Council of Europe condemns teen-bothering Mosquito

Chas
Unhappy

There's no apparent breach of H&S regulations because...

The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 do not apply in this instance since the people affected are not at work. This is much the same as someone going to a club to hear a band - staff working at the venue should be provided with ear protection but punters, because they are not part of the workplace, are exempt. For the curious, the action levels in the workplace are as follows:

Exposure limit values and action values

4. —(1) The lower exposure action values are—

(a) a daily or weekly personal noise exposure of 80 dB (A-weighted); and

(b) a peak sound pressure of 135 dB (C-weighted).

(2) The upper exposure action values are—

(a) a daily or weekly personal noise exposure of 85 dB (A-weighted); and

(b) a peak sound pressure of 137 dB (C-weighted).

(3) The exposure limit values are—

(a) a daily or weekly personal noise exposure of 87 dB (A-weighted); and

(b) a peak sound pressure of 140 dB (C-weighted).

(4) Where the exposure of an employee to noise varies markedly from day to day, an employer may use weekly personal noise exposure in place of daily personal noise exposure for the purpose of compliance with these Regulations.

(5) In applying the exposure limit values in paragraph (3), but not in applying the lower and upper exposure action values in paragraphs (1) and (2), account shall be taken of the protection given to the employee by any personal hearing protectors provided by the employer in accordance with regulation 7(2).

Having said that, it's still bloody annoying - and I'm over 50 and can still perceive these frequencies (just). More annoying are those damned Zulu kazoos you can hear on the World Cup footie - it's ruined the game for me.

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US lawmakers grill Apple on location tracking changes

Chas
FAIL

Bothered by this?

Then just turn off Location Services. No one is forcing you to reveal your location data, unlike Android!

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Apple's HTML5 'standards' hype debunked

Chas
WTF?

Yet more whining from the Apple bashers

We can all agree that HTML5/CSS3 is a work in progress. Apple have created a showcase that presents the _potential_ that this emerging standard is capable of, but instead of giving a little credit where credit is due, other browser vendors start bitching that Apple locks them out by browser sniffing. Well there's a bloody good reason: other browsers don't yet support HTML5/CSS3 to the same level as Safari and Apple, quite rightly IMO, don't want the users to experience a broken demo. Most users wouldn't understand why it didn't work when using their preferred browser

The point about H.264 is a complete red herring: the article seems to imply that only H.264 videos can be used with the new <video> tag. Crap! You can use WebM and Theora if you want and no doubt other formats will make an appearance. Why shouldn't Apple showcase the very video format they helped create?

Rather than whinge like a bunch of snivelling schoolkids, why don't Mozilla, Opera et al create their own showcases? Let's see how good their support for these new standards is. Perhaps some enterprising developer might care to try and create a vendor-neutral version of Apple's showcase so we can truly compare how well current browsers handle these new standards. I suspect it won't be as good as Safari.

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Apple said to order 24 million iPhone 4Gs

Chas
Jobs Halo

Bullcrap!

Considering that the iPhone 3GS and the 3rd gen iPod touch will support OS 4's multitasking, both of which are blessed with 256 MB of RAM, makes your comment look rather stupid. As Mark Twain said, better to keep your mouth closed and have people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt!

If any other manufacturer have doubled the RAM in their device, pundits would be falling over themselves to praise them. When Apple does it, morons like the OP come out and claim that it's because the OS is "bloated". The utter stupidity of the Great Unwashed never ceases to amaze me.

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Adobe gives up on the iPhone

Chas
FAIL

Are you clueless?

Any app produced through Adobe's Flash Packager would still have had to go through the App Store approval process, thus you'd still need a dev account, have paid your $99 and done what every other dev has to do to get their app approved. You appear to conflate developing a Flash app for the iPhone with somehow magically bypassing the App Store - just stupid!

Second, Apple make no money from the App Store, just like they make no money from iTunes. You appear to have no understanding how this ecosystem works, yet you feel confident enough to pass comment, thus making yourself look most foolish.

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Steve Jobs bans all apps from iPhone (or thereabouts)

Chas
Thumb Up

Well said!

@Sean Timarco Baggaley

You hit the nail squarely on the head. Nice one, centurion!

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Adobe to sue Apple 'within weeks,' says report

Chas
Jobs Halo

WTF??

And how is any different to game developers working on Xbox, Wii or PS3 titles? They have to use the prescribed tools or they don't get to play.

Flash is a craptastic pile of ordure, particularly on the Mac where it regularly maxes out the CPUs and more often than not crashes the browser. Sight-disadvantaged? You're out of luck with Flash. In any case Adobe still haven't delivered a mobile version of Flash that works as the desktop version does.

It was mainly Adobe's intransigence that forced Apple to develop Carbon. Even then, Adobe made Mac users play second fiddle to Windows for years and charged a fortune for buggy products. And you can't even buy PS or Dreamweaver without having to buy practically the whole kaboodle - how's that for ignoring the needs of the user.

They cannot claim monopoly abuse since Apple have no monopoly in mobiles. Some may deride Jobs for being a power-mad martinet but it's that tight rein on the system that has made the iPhone et al such a phenomenon. If what Apple has done serves to make a better platform, then I'm all for it, although Apple could mitigate the furore by allowing certain libraries for physics engines and the like that are available from other sources to be used.

Payback's a bitch, ain't it Adobe?

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Freetard-targeting Trojan seeks to scam scaredycats

Chas
Jobs Halo

Yet another reason...

...to ditch that utter pile of garbage known as Windows. Just get a Mac, or run a decent Linux distro like Ubuntu and say goodbye to this shite.

Why anyone with more than two braincells would ever use Windows is quite beyond me.

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Sagem readies Freeview HD DVRs

Chas
Unhappy

Crap

@ Yannick

Agreed. On my second Sagem Freeview box and it's as crap as the first one was. Crashes at the drop of a hat, drops channels when it retunes and the programme guide only ever shows the next day.

Wish I'd never purchased the bloody thing!

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Philip K. Dick's kid howls over Googlephone handle

Chas
FAIL

Latin obviously not her strong point

Nexus n. - a connected series or group.

Origin:

1655–65; < L nexus a binding, joining, fastening, equiv. to nect(ere) to bind, fasten, tie.

Perhaps she really ought to be suing the Oxford English Dictionary.

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Apple responds to Nokia lawsuit, in kind

Chas
FAIL

Try reading the article

You obviously missed this part:

..."After Nokia committed its ten patents to various mobile and WiFi standards, it attempted to discriminate its licensing terms against Apple. Due to the success of the iPhone, Nokia wanted more money from Apple then it gets from other licensees, and also wanted open access to Apple’s private portfolio of technology used in the iPhone."

To anyone else with a reading comprehension above that of an embryo, this would imply that Nokia are trying to charge Apple more for use of their patents than other companies. It also suggests that the Apple patents that Nokia are alleged to have infringed are not those that are part of the "patent pool".

As Mark Twain once said, "It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt."

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Chas

Teacup, meet Storm...Storm, meet Teacup

Roughly Drafted has an interesting take on the issue:

http://www.roughlydrafted.com/2009/12/11/the-real-patent-story-behind-apple-vs-nokia/

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First malicious iPhone worm slithers into wild

Chas
Jobs Halo

Dumb is as dumb does

Interesting that hackers are targetting jailbroken Jesus Phones. Now you see the reason why Apple put such barriers against such activity. Mind you, no other smartphone warrants such attention.

Unfortunately, there's no legislation against blatant stupidity!

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Exploding iPhone injures French teen

Chas
WTF?

Get a grip!

And how many devices from other manufacturers that use Li-on batteries are similarly affected? A little research shows this affects other OEMs as well, not just Apple.

In any case, Apple don't make the batteries. Nice to see the anti-Apple whingers miss that point completely as well. For 10 nostalgia points, which Japanese manufacturer was recently humiliated by a massive recall of their defective batteries?

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Ads watchdog bows to iPhone's might

Chas
WTF?

How quickly we forget history

@Jay 28

Apple _did_ invent cut, copy and paste... in 1981. They might have taken their time implementing it in OS 3 but at least it's done right.

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Safari 4: Apple's crash-happy shipper

Chas
Jobs Halo

Same old nonsense...

A small number of users have problems and everyone starts equating it with the world collapsing. I've installed Safari 4 on both my machines and it's been stable as a rock - faster page loads, faster Javascript and all with a couple of InputManager plugins to boot.

As the local Mac guru, I've also recommended it to all my clients. Around 60 people in town have it running on a wide variety of hardware of differing vintages - PPC and Intel - and NOT ONE has had a single problem.

IMHO, Safari 4 rocks!

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iPhone apps - the 10 smartest and the 10 stupidest

Chas
Happy

Eucalyptus

Can't get Kindle in the UK? Then get Eucalyptus. It's better too!

http://th.ingsmadeoutofotherthin.gs/eucalyptus/

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Why the iPhone's megapixelage alone won't matter

Chas

SIze is only one issue

"Care to state which laws enforce this limitation? Size is irrelevant, quality is not. If you don't believe that, look through a microscope and you'll find very high quality, and very small, lenses (and in some 'scopes, sensors"

With a microscope, the lens is very much larger than the object it's imaging. The opposite it true with a camera. You need a better understanding of the laws of optics before making such preposterous statements.

If size were not an issue, as you claim, why then are RED producing a 241 megapixel CMOS chip measuring 6 x 17 cms for their upcoming Epic 617 video camera?

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Taiwan supplier fingered in Apple touch-screen netbook rumor

Chas
Gates Horns

@Matt Bradley

The smell of fear is palpable when you hear people make such a jejune comment, one that is neither funny nor original. My nine year old can (and frequently does) do better than this.

Come back if your IQ ever struggles into double figures.

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Israelis develop 'safe' plutonium: good for power, bad for weapons

Chas
Unhappy

Err...

...it's Neptunium-237.

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Teen sacked for 'boring' job Facebook comment

Chas
Unhappy

Ivell Marketing are morons - my personal opinion - sue me if you dare!

@Galaxy Bob

No names were mentioned, either the actual company or any individual employee, therefore the comment cannot be deemed libellous. Ergo, the company has no justification for castigating someone in such a heinous manner for expressing a personal opinion, since there is no proof that she was explicitly talking about her employers.

Even if she has said the same thing in a public place, such as her local, and had been overheard by a member of the company's management, they would still have zero justification. Even if their written employment policy explicitly stated that any criticism of the company would lead to summary dismissal, they would still be laughed out of court because no names were mentioned.

Personally, I think she is fortunate not to be employed there any more - any company who had that fragile a grip on their own egos should not be in business. I hope she sues these egregious idiots for every penny she can get.

Conduct such as evinced by Ivell Marketing represents the slippery slope to totalitarianism and must be challenged at every turn. The right of free speech must not be eroded.

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As Gates strides into the future, we wallow in the past

Chas
Jobs Halo

Is this the Stone Age?

What's with the UltiMotion codec? Are us Mac users second-class citizens?

Jesus, even FLV would have been better! Come on, El Reg, you can do better than this...

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