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Success! Curiosity Mars lander arrives precisely on schedule

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Alien

As I understand things, taking a look for the skycrane is one of the mission objectives.

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Disk demand after Thai floods drains away - unlike Seagate's coffers

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Why HDD sales _really_ fell.

Dear Seagate/WD,

Lower prices == more unit sales == more profiits

We've all been waiting for prices to drop since the flood happened.

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Disappearing space dust belt baffles boffins

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Locals are building a Sunbeam

Because they expect a Boskonian attack.

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US federal boffins insist that mermaids DON'T exist

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Disney to file lawsuit in 3...2...1...

Noone wins but the lawyers!

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No need to comply with data laws if it's too difficult - EU ministers

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WTF?

"Implied Consent"

Isn't.

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LCD TV shipments slip for FIRST TIME EVER

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FAIL

"LCD TV shipments slip for FIRST TIME EVER"

Because world+dog already has one (or more).

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Apple silences mute kids' speech app in patent blowup

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Stop

Prior Art

Whilst at my first ever job in 1983, working for the local Acorn dealership, I was involved in coding a system that did EXACTLY this using the BBC Micro and the BLISS symbol library for a local special school.

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Blighty's new anti-bribe law will do more HARM than good

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Re: Blame the US

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lockheed_bribery_scandals

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Re: Blame the US

Two words:-

Lockheed. Luftwaffe.

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Samsung's projector phone beamed up to Blighty

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Re: 720p...

Never mind the pixels, feel the lumens.

A video projector that only works in coal mine at midnight worse than useless

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Samsung 'to launch Galaxy S III in US', snubs Apple's ban bid

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It's a good job the USPTO wasn't this stupid 100 years ago...

If it were, Edison would have been able to patent "Using electricity to power a device".

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Strong ARM: The Acorn Archimedes is 25

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Ah, memories.

I had a 3010, and still have a RiscPC StrongARM - which still runs!

Christian, Acorns before the RiscPC had to share video memory with program memory, all 0.5 to 4MB of it.

The RiscPC was available with an optional 1 or 2 MB VRAM stick.

Note that those memory amounts are MEGABYTES not GIGABYTES. ISTR paying over 100ukp to upgrade my A3010 to 2MB.

(Mine's the one with a Risc OS Programmer's Reference Manual set in the pocket)

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EU vows to make asylum-seeker database 'more efficient'

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EU vows to make asylum-seeker database 'more efficient'

By leaving it on the bus?

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Ten... Star Wars videogame classics

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Original Arcade game protip

5000 bonus points for NOT shooting whilst flying down the trench.

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BBC deletes Blue Peter from BBC One

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I believe this to be a good thing...

When I watched kid's BBC (back before the dawn of time), I was always really annoyed when it got pre-empted for the budget, tennis, snooker or pro-celebrity tiddleywinks.

Dedicated channels like CBBC/CBeebies will not see this.

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Cameron's F-35 U-turn: BAE Systems still calls the shots at No 10

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Re: It's all so depressing...

There _was_ a supersonic Harrier in development, until the Gubmint of the day canned it in 1965 to buy F4 Phantoms.

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawker_Siddeley_P.1154

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Queen unveils draft internet super-snoop bill - with clauses

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Note for GCHQ:-

Expect large uptick in highly encrypted email.

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Jolly rogered

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Time to put an end to these "Victorian Sensibilities"...

After all, the old battleaxe has been gone for over a century now!

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Battlefield Earth ruled worst film EVER

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I take it the polls closed

Before anyone saw "Battleship"?

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White House issues privacy warning on CISPA-style laws

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@Flibble

I thought it was called "The War Against Terror"?

At least that's what I've thought of every politician since...

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Yes, Prime Minister to return after 24 years

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Yes (Prime) Minister was never a sitcom...

It was a Docu-Drama with a Gubmint-imposed laugh track to make us think it was fictional!

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Facebook: Your boss asks for your password, we'll sue him! Maybe

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Do what I'd do...

Tell them you don't have a Farceberk profile.

(Except I wouldn't be lying)

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More evidence that neutrinos are NOT faster than light

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As any fule no

It's _tachyons_ you need for FTL & time travel!

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Lawyers of Mordor retreat from The Hobbit

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What should happen next...

Sir Ian McKellen should insist on the premiere being held in Southampton, with the after-party held at the establishment in question.

(Y'know - just to rub the lawyers noses in it).

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UK.gov holds summit to stop satnav-driven smash-ups

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Satnav blindness is everywhere.

One end of the road where I work is closed for a couple of weeks whilst the roundabout there is enlarged as part of improving access onto the industrial estate.

Sat-tards are driving past ALL SIX "Road closed ahead" signs and not turning round until they've found the big hole in the road at the very end.

citation:- http://www.leaderlive.co.uk/news/110836/wrexham-drivers-risking-lives-by-ignoring-diversion.aspx

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Metro breakdown! Windows 8 UI is little gain for lots of pain

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Remember when Shakespeare said "First, kill the lawyers"?

Maybe he meant UI designers, because this makes Ubuntu Unity & Gnome Shell look well thought out!

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Election hacked, drunken robot elected to school board

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Obligatory...

I for one, welcome our new alcohol-fueled robotic overlord!

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'The full harm to Apple cannot be calculated'

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'The full harm to Apple cannot be calculated'

Divide by zero error?

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UK crime-busters knock hiphop site off the Internet

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Title goes where?

"mass-produced, lowest common denominator, well, shit being pushed out by "artists" every day"

Or "Complete & utter Cowell" as I like to call it.

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NASA plans manned Deep Space Moon outpost

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EML2 has other advantages

Like using the entire mass of the Moon to screen out Earth-generated radio & TV signals.

This would however also require a comms satellite in L4 or L5 to talk to the base.

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Apple demands US ban on Samsung's Galaxy Nexus

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You forgot 8

8) Nobody wins but the lawyers.

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Hollywood gathers to pick over Limewire’s corpse

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Shakespeare saw this coming...

Dick The Butcher: "The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers."

(Henry VI Part 2 Act 4 Scene 2)

Mine's the doublet.

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Acorn King Moir: BBC Micros, Ataris and 'BS' marketing

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FAIL

"There were a series of marketing cock-ups from Acorn"

Like cancelling "Project Phoebe" (RiscPC II) only six weeks from launch _after_ taking pre-orders?

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Ofcom sides with Orange over price hikes

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Too late...

T-Mobile is now linked with Orange under the name "Everything Everywhere"

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Satnav mishap misery cure promised at confab

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If the gubmint _really_ wanted everyone to have the latest maps...

Then they'd force car dealerships to update built-in satnavs for free as part of the annual service.

Instead of asking for £££ to buy a disc just for yourself that can update _all_ cars with that system.

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Parody is illegal, say barmy bureaucrats

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@Loyal Commenter

"Moot something so outrageous that everyone is up in arms. While they are all distracted by agreeing that it should be stopped, sneak through something less harmful (but still harmful) into the legislation."

You mean like sneaking the EU's sign-up to ACTA into the bowels of an Agriculture & Fisheries meeting?

See page 43 of this press release:-

http://www.consilium.europa.eu/uedocs/cms_data/docs/pressdata/en/agricult/127031.pdf

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Samsung imagines see-through bendy tablet of the future

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Let's see now...

No black surround? - check

No rounded corners? - check

No horizontal speakers? - check

Apple will be livid!

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Carrier IQ VP: App on millions of phones not a privacy risk

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Have you got it?

Try "Voodoo Carrier IQ Detector" from the Android Market.

(Says no on my Orange Samsunge Galaxy SII)

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Gov's e-petition service cost £80k to develop

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What the e-petitions website really needs...

Is an e-petition directing MPs to debate and act upon e-petitions!

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Ofcom: ISPs can cripple the web as much as they please

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WTF?

Wait a minute...

OFCOM had teeth?

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Software maker sorry for trying to silence security researcher

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Title should read...

Software maker sorry for getting caught trying to silence security researcher

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Elon Musk's SpaceX seeks 'private sector Cape Canaveral'

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Mojave Spaceport...

You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy, we must be cautious.

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CableJive DockBoss Plus

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FAIL

Why I bought a Vauxhall...

It came with a full-size USB & a 3.5mm socket instead of a fruit dock.

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Mozilla updates to Firefox 8, disables add-ons

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Add-ons disabled by default?

No Adblock Plus, no me!

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Activists tell gov to shove its net censorship plans

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The 3 tenets of politics

1: Promise everything.

2: Deliver nothing.

3: Blame someone else.

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Avira anti-virus labels itself as spyware

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FAIL

Divide by zero?

nothing to see here, move along.

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Dixons stores knock £150 off RIM PlayBook

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Get root

Root it & install CyanogenMod 7.

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Samsung Android 4.0 smartphone priced for Blighty

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It's possible LTE would displace one of the older technologies like say, EDGE.

Have you checked how often folks are stuck using EDGE instead of GPRS or 3G in the UK?

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DeLorean goes electric for 2013 roll-out

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Agreed re fruit-connector

Just go with a standard USB socket, like my Vauxhall.

Aircon will suck the batteries dry, but we'd only need it 3 days a year!

TL;DR = WANT!

(Mines the one with the Palestinian Plutonium in the pocket)

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RIAA-led mob threatens innovation, Senator warns

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Not the only problem...

It would help if O'Bama would stop appointing MAFIAA lawyers to the Supreme Court!

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