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Teens who listen to music a lot are at high risk of depression

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Damn!

I wish I'd written that post.

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I was a spotty oik...

...some 45 years ago and I accept there was an awful lot of dross around then.

Ohio Express, 1910 Fruitgum Company, etc.

Ye Gods! It's probably a bad sign that I remember their names.

Maybe I shouldn't still be listening to some of my teenage likes...

Especially Napoleon XIV...

Beer? Well, why not?

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The BBC struggles with concept of 'tech bubble'

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Again,

Andrew is completely correct. However, it is not just TV (all channels) who are sinners in this respect.

Much of the mainstream press* have an appreciation of "Technology" which is in the same vein with just a few notable exceptions.

*This of course excludes a lot of online media, and the specialist mags to which I subscribe.

It could be the ripple effect from the actions of a certain antipodean who has (allegedly) single-handedly reduced the standards of mass-media to something lower than that of most pre-school comics.

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Halifax cuts investment accounts off from the web until April 2012

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Humph!

If ever proof were needed of the contempt the *ankers have for the rest of us, this is it.

Glad I switched to the Co-op some years ago.

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It's the oldest working Seagate drive in the UK

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Not quite the same but..

I have a couple of Macintosh IIci and a Macintosh IIcx lurking in the loft...

Admittedly they're youngsters dating from around 1989, but their disks are SCSII (remember SCSI?)

Said machines intro'd at circa $8,000 22 years ago...

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UK's oldest working telly up for sale

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Well,

You could always sell the thing, AND sell the wife & two kids then (ignoring purchase prices) you'd be a lot more than 175 quiddies a year better off...

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Untrue!

Add a bog-standard Freeview box to it & it will be working again.

Though as it dates from the time when Auntie Beeb truly was impartial, it might find today's Beeb's smug lefty-liberal patronising as hard to digest as I do.

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Stock-trading teen hacker jailed again over 2nd scam

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So they catch the morons...

Makes me wonder how many others have done it - properly - and are now taking it easy in the sun, surrounded by doting, bikini-clad strumpets...

Dammit! Where's my copy of "Hacking for Dummies"?

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Apple Mac OS X: ten years old today

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Maybe...

I have a 2005 G5 dual 2.0GHz. It runs Leopard very well. Unfortunately my employers upgraded CS to CS5 last June, which is Intel only.

To enable continued working from home I got an 8-core Nehalem MacPro with 12GB Ram which is a lot faster.

Best beloved has claimed the G5, but I still use it sometimes, and it's still a delight - although the MacPro knocks it for 6 when video re-encoding.

It all depends, I suppose, on what you're using it for

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@Jake

"Me? I think I'm on record as saying all software sucks, all hardware sucks, all OSes suck, and all fanbois suck ..."

So, to coin a metaphor, you're about as effective as a totally misanthropic priest...

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@Richard...

Snow Leopard was priced so low as it was more of an "Intel-only tidy-up & fine-tune" of Leopard.

I expect Lion (in June/July this year) to be considered as a full upgrade, and it will probably be back to the £80 – £90 of previous "cats", with a family 5-user licence for around £130-ish.

£90 or so is still very reasonable, when compared with the cost of Windows 7 Ultimate - and remember the OSX "Ultimate" is the only version produced, other than a specific Server version.

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Firefox 4 gets yet another final test build release

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Kelly,

Why can't I call you "Shirley"

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MS claims credit for Rustock botnet takedown

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Never thought I'd say this...

...but good for Microsoft. They're doing us ALL a large favour in dealing with these creeps.

Nice one, Steve

(or whoever took the decision)

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Welsh baby-kisser's tweet sets him back £53k

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@Buzzword

"The legal system is turning into a money-making scheme for those on the inside. "

Where have you been? 'Twas ever thus from its inception!

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But why..

...would you do it on behalf of Bono?

He could afford his own hitmen - especially now the lawyers have got his earnings away from Erin so he pays little tax...

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Spooks' secret TEMPEST-busting tech reinvented by US student

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Governments?

Down with the buggers!

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Microsoft Kinect faster seller than iPad, says Guinness

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Scraping the barrel...

...for another dig at Apple.

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Microsoft 'paid Nokia $1bn' for WinPho 7 deal

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Whatever..

...Nokia would/wouldn't have done vis a vis the iPhone is not the point.

Years of experience in the IT world (well over 30 years) and watching the rise of certain companies make me believe that somehow Nokia has just been stitched up most royally.

Perhaps the gruesome details won't become apparent for a while, but a pound to a 32k SIMM says they've been conned...

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Wordpress traces 2nd DDoS assault to China

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Get a better firewall...

...and don't leave a chink in your armour.

Coat & rickshaw please.

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BT fibre-to-the-premises trial takes 7 hours per install

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You 'ad a corner shop?

Kids today don't know they're born!

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iPad 2? Let's be kind and call it iPad 1.5

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Poor Tom...

"...I have an original iPhone 3, and it is getting worse and worse, because new apps require so much memory..."

I know what you mean - new apps strain my Amstrad 1640 to buggery.

Some won't even run...

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Tainted apps worm into official Android store

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@Wotnot

No fight - just a comment that had this happened on Apple's platform, we'd now be drowning from the surfeit of spittle-laden invective...

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Apple fanbois leak secrets of Mac OS X Lion

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@Monkey

All too frequently it's nothing to do with having an opinion.

It's everything to do with knee-jerk ego-boosting and self-aggrandisement.

Opinions, I'll consider. Whines, I find irritating.

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Huh?

So take it up with the scanner manufacturer and the UPS manufacturer.

It's THEIR responsibility.

Jeez, even I wouldn't slate MS if I had peripherals whose software/drivers demanded Win98/Win95/Win3.11 for workgroups...

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Thunderbolt: A new way to hack Macs

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However,

You're missing the point. Sure it's just FUD, but it's also a chance to mock Apple & say "See how clever we are:- we can direct you to vulnerabilities on a product we haven't seen or used yet. Yes, we've done as much research as News International have - now if only we can hack into Apple employees' voicemail..."

Facts aren't important when there are egos to be boosted, and a chance for self-aggrandisement...

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Dear US gov: Stay the hell out of Silicon Valley

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Check out the UK, then...

1. Regulating markets so they don't spin out of control.

Just like the last government's "light touch" regulations prevented the financial sector spinning out of control.

2. Providing infrastructure the private sector wouldn't, like highways.

Railtrack/Network Rail, The M6 relief route (now more accurately called a toll road), privatised prisons, attempting to privatise armed forces' training, ad infinitum, ad nauseam,

3. Funding research too speculative for private industry, like the internet.

They've only ever funded social engineering studies which are pre-ordained to come up with their preferred answer

4. Industrial policy to promote economic growth: see South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, China.

In the UK??? You gotta be kidding!

5. Education, both high school and university.

Secondary education in the UK is now at its lowest ever standard - and deteriorating further daily.

6. Socialism, providing various safety nets: see Social Security, Medicare, etc.

We have a whole class who choose Social Security asd a career path, not a safety net.

7. Labor laws, to prevent the capital owners from screwing the rest of us.

But no laws tp prevent the government/public sector from not just screwing us but raping us!

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Mozilla confirms Firefox 4 beta 12 is FINAL test build

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If...

If it stops just ONE person from falling into the clutches of Hotmail, then it's all been worth it.

If it makes others leave - then it's a triumph.

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Conviction overturned for abuse images bought from bookshop

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Dead right, IP.

Let's not forget, that most of the stalwarts of NuLab were lawyers and/or barristers.

Admittedly, not very good ones, but to suggest they were totally unaware of the wider implications of their draconian legislation is to stretch credulity beyond breaking point.

And they STILL have a degree of support in the polls, the Grauniad & the Beeb.

Maybe you CAN fool some of the people ALL of the time.

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Almost there

The original Pied Piper collected rats...

...so if he were in court, wouldn't he be leading a procession of lawyers?

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And...

being paranoid doesn't necessarily mean you're wrong.

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Jacqui Smith 'shocked' to discover we're drowning in sea of porn

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Agreed...

ISPs regulating where I go is like my TV manufacturer, or my electricity supplier regulating what I watch on my TV.

The woman's as batty as a belfry.

When in a position of power, this made her dangerous. Now she's just an irritant.

Surgical excision might prove useful.

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Flash drives dangerously hard to purge of sensitive data

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Beige Mac?

You are Sam Spade & I claim my prize...

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Easy!

Just give it to an employee of HM Gov't, and it will soon go to the limbo where countless pendrives and similar have gone in recent years, never to be seen again.

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Government defends need for census

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Crap!

"Of course since they're Daily Mail readers they won't understand most of the questions anyway..."

Guilty of the very prejudice & stereotyping you're accusing others of. About par for the course for "liberals".

Yup, I have a brain; yup, I actually understand most issues raised here & elsewhere, and Shock! Horror! - I read the Daily Mail.

I also read Private Eye, The Economist & The Spectator. Online I follow Guido Fawkes, Inspector Gadget & John Ward, inter alia.

But I suppose in the view of most "liberals", the Daily Mail should be liberally proscribed, and its readers liberally burned at the stake.

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ATM scammer jailed for 12 months

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But it's Oz...

I thought that criminal behaviour was their history & heritage...

Mine's the asbestos one, 'cos of the inevitable flaming from the Antipodes 7 Earls Court...

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Pitiless teen burglar murders three witnesses

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Still..

gratuitous cruelty to any animal is indicative of a warped mind.

Throw these idiots to the lions or tigers in the local zoo, and let them experience being on the receiving end, at least for a short time: and it'll save the zoo authorities the cost of a couple of meals.

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Man pockets $8m running computer fraud ring

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Not quite right

"How many violent assaults and rapes lead to much shorter stays in prison? "

In the US of A, many violent assaults and rapes occur in prison.

Something to look forward to...

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Schmidt promises to get 'permission' before taking over our world

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The old Classical adage

"Beware of Geeks bearing gifts..."

Mine's the one with the wooden horse in the pocket

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Boffins demand: Cull bogus A-Levels, hire brainier teachers

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Facilitators, maybe...

...but in the 1950s, it was an acceptance by the Soviets that they could not confront the West militarily which led to a long-term strategy of infiltrating & controlling two areas of Western society: unions & education.

Britain, of course, exemplifies the success of this with our history of the last 30 - 40 years

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Apple suppliers: Child labor, bribery, suicides

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Jeez...

Mr Sophistry indeed! Have you got a bee in your bonnet or what?

Never mind, you can feel all righteous, cos you are smart enough to slate what's becoming the world's favourite tech company.

I suppose if Apple discovered a cure for cancer, AIDS, Ebola virus and so on, irrigated Africa's deserts and put a stop to religious bigotry you would STILL slate them with spittle-laden invective.

You say "Bear in mind that after the last time they audited there were still numerous suicides and findings of child labour too."

At least they audit - and the companies concerned aren't working exclusively for Apple.

Where's Microsoft's audit?

Where's Dell's?

Where's Acer's?

Where's HP's?

Need I go on? - or are you allergic to factual reality?

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Protection of Freedoms Bill is released

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Well,

In the forthcoming census you could claim to be a homosexual hermaphrodite.

That should be sufficient to make their hardwired jobsworth brains explode or meltdown.

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It's a start...

...if it comes to fruition.

The smaller the government, the better.

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Your mind's '.brain' jpeg-like picture file format probed

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Wonderful!

Now all I need is to get by brain reformatted, or its directory rebuilt & I'll be as good as new...

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Ford Focus 2011

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Agreed...

...and perhaps we can refer to a licence (noun) rather than a license (verb) - Mickey 1 (above).

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Mozilla plans four Firefoxes in 2011

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Whatever you're drinking

I want a pint of it...

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Who's a clever Bard-Steward then?

While we're at it:-

(Henry VI, Part II)

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

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Microsoft set to reshuffle management pack

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Well said, Giles

Yes, I'm a Mac user (even a fanboy) but I bemoan that Microsoft have tended towards the reactive these days.

Whilst I accept that on the whole, Apple march to their own drum, I still feel that a little innovative competition helps to spur them on somewhat.

Innovative competition from a visionary company would encourage them greatly and we would all ultimately benefit, despite the inevitable invective from the naysayers.

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Robot naval stealth fighter takes to the air

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Then...

the distance to success would be shorter*

*as the Crow flies

Mine's the one with the face mask in the pocket.

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Russian hacker avoids jail over WorldPay heist

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Lenient?

"Viktor Pleshchuk, 29, of St Petersburg, Russia, escaped a more severe punishment after agreeing to ... inform on his erstwhile partners in crime".

So he'll be free for the rest of his life...?

If his partners-in-crime are typical of Russki bad-guys, then I suspect Viktor's estimated longevity needs revising downwards.

Very downwards.

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Critics slam feds for 'unprecedented' domain seizure

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Speaking for myself...

1) I've never committed a murder (been tempted to, a few times)

2) I'm English

3) I'm resident in England

4) "Overlords" is a reference to the reptilian denizens of Westminster, Whitehall, and Town Halls throughout the country!

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