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Google's 7in Jelly Bean Android tablet spied in benchmark

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Re: Infact feeling for anyone that bought a 7in tablet.

A 5th the price of the iPad, yes. However the battery life is quoted as "4 hours", which you can divide by 4 to get a more realistic picture of the battery life while actually doing anything. There is also no Google Play, which is an almost criminal omission bearing in mind Currys' target market.

Yes, you can find a dodgy APK. No, my mother wouldn't even know what that is. And yes, everybody regardless of technical expertise, would probably be pissed off when the lights went out barely an hour or so after charging it up.

It's a nice techie toy, as I said. I just wouldn't buy it for anybody not a propellorhead.

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Pixels are not necessarily square...

...and if someone wants to make a panel that is 16:10 and has a resolution of 2048x32, then they can. It'd just be a bit shit, is all.

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

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Re: Infact feeling for anyone that bought a 7in tablet.

No Google Play store and a battery life that could be described as "awful".

Yes it can probably be rooted, modded, have a dodgy Google Play APK installed, whatever, however it's not exactly iPad-easy is it?

Still, at £80 I guess it's a techie's plaything. Just not much cop as a general public plaything.

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Windows 8: We kick the tyres on Redmond's new tablet wheels

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Re: Users were not so much won over to new versions

First thing I did with Windows 7?

Made the taskbar work properly.

First thing I did with Office 2010?

Ignored it and used OpenOffice.

So much for being won over. I think I'll give 8 a miss.

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Wealthy Kensington & Chelsea residents reject BT fibre cabinets

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Re: ummm

Pretty much this, yes.

I know all of the VM (previously BlueYonder, previously C&W) boxes in this street, because they are the only boxes in the street. BT's stuff is either underground (under aforementioned GPO manholes) or stuck up on poles.

It's also ancient to the degree of barely being able to get broadband, and the location is smack in the middle of four exchanges, on the distant edge of them all. Joy.

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BSkyB blocks The Pirate Bay for millions of Brits

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How many sites get blocked until it is of interest to you?

(and why did my last post get yanked?)

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Sony PlayStation 4 will not be download only

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Re: On PC We have Steam...

...in itself a reason why quite a few people, myself included, avoid such games like an AIDS-infected leper with bubonic plague.

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Leaked snaps said to confirm iPhone 5 speculation

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Re: If I was Apple

"...since the 30 pin dock connector does a hell of a lot more than what USB can do..."

You know what the "U" part of "USB" means, don't you? Even the old version 2 is 480mbits/sec of fun, more than enough to send a stream of digital information to an ickle microcontroller in a USB Video Adapter or somesuch.

Really though, I don't see Apple changing that dock connector. It's their baby, they've gotten a whole market of people making iThing-only docks for it, and they'd piss a rather large number of not-unimportant people off if they made everyone from customers to manufacturers change their shit around. Might even prompt some of them to make a universal dock that isn't ball-and-chained to Apple.

Oh please, Apple, change the dock connector! I double-dare you!

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Re: Thunderbolt?

In order to creat a publically-consumable iOS App, Thou Must Use A Mac.

So that's, what, 95% of the populace that are excluded? Hasn't stopped them. Just make sure you buy your Thunderbolt-to-USB or Thunderbolt-to-firewire or Thunderbolt-to-ethernet or whatever adapter along with the phone.

Wonder how many people had those godawful iThing docks before the iPhone came out?

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Boffins build all-silicon CNOT gate

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Joke

1.25x32.5mm

Not so much "chip" as "slab", then.

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EE splurges £50m on OS-specific experts

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No advantages...

...unless you want to get some work done.

Yes, blahblah type safety blah. You don't get in a formula one car and try to drive around the M25. You don't try to aim for the moon with anything made by Estes. You don't piss into the wind, don't tug on superman's cape, and you certainly don't design anything in a dynamically typed language without taking into account that the language is dynamically typed.

Or "Duck Typed", or whatever funky things the Ruby crowd come up with these days.

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Julian Assange extradition: What's next for WikiLeaker-in-chief?

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Phrenology.

I dun like 'im.

His eyes are too close together.

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Intel inks deal to let Ultrabooks leech off Wi-Fi net

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Poisoned AP + auto sync

I can see the fun happening already.

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Sony to bring bog-friendly blowers to Blighty

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Re: Sorry... no more Sony for me

Facebook, Email, Get Apps, Get Games, Liveware Manager, News & Weather, Music Unlimited, PlayNow, Performance Assistant, Timescape, TrackID, UEFA.com, vscreens, Video Unlimited, Wisepilot, XperiaTimer...

Dunno about the AC, but these are apps I never use, that I can't uninstall. Though I can "disable" them since the update that I needed to install two different kinds of Sony bloatware onto the computer for, one of which bluescreened it.

At least, I can disable *most* of them.

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Cisco Cius sees us no more

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Re: Proves the real reason for tablet computers:

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You have come across ASUS's Transformer Prime ?"

Got one. Stroking it right here actually. The proper keyboard helps, and using RDP over a decent connection is pretty good. It's £500 though, and a netbook is £300 or less and has a bigger HDD.

Pounds spent per unit of productivity? Still better with a cheap laptop or netbook for most cases.

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Proves the real reason for tablet computers:

"Coo, isn't mine shiny?"

"Yeah, but mine's shinier."

"Naw, mine is!"

Any idea that these are genuinely useful tools compared to even a simple netbook is just bullshit peddled by people who want more shiny on the company budget.

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Vatican in pact with Microsoft to initiate world's youths into Office

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Re: Ignorant Haters

There's nothing quite like religion to take all the credit away from good people in the name of a fairy tale. Anyway, asking the heretics and apostates here to read some history and do some research on religion of all subjects, really is opening yourself up to a can of ass-whup. I think I'll just sit back and watch the fireworks, myself.

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Ah, the Raspberry.

Sponsored by someone who thinks that second hand software either is or should be illegal.

Nah, I'd rather not.

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LOHAN starts to feel the barometric pressure

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Re: Difficulties of an enormous canopy...

...there aren't any! Well, asides it being enormouse. Use a round parachute and attach the balloon to the centre of it, like "proper" meteorological set-ups use. The parachute is effectively already deployed, and is just waiting for the balloon to burst before the drop fills it up with air.

I can't see why the parachute can't be whatever size you like.

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HTC phones held up at US ports after Apple patent ban

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Re: Don't buy USA goods

Except Japan's intellectual property laws are highly influenced by the country that dropped two fucking huge bombs on them circa 1945 and totally ruined their shit.

Japanese IP law is as bad as US.

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125,000 Ubuntu PCs to land in Pakistani students' laps

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Re: @M Gale

"Scientific enquiry in the modern sense was more likely to arise from monotheistic belief in a universe governed by God through laws of nature, than from polytheistic or atheistic belief in an essentially chaotic and capricious universe."

A bit like the Greeks, who were quite advanced for their time despite having an entire pantheon of gods. Or maybe the Romans, who adopted monotheism at about the same time their entire civilisation went kaput? The Egyptians performed some minor miracles with a sound knowledge of building materials and an almost endless supply of cheap, disposable labour. Oh, they were pretty polytheist, too, what with horus, ra, and set and all the rest.

The key thing here is that religion served to concentrate wealth and control. Once that had happened, one person with a brain can control an army, if they believe said person has some kind of godliness in them. It's okay to waste 100,000 people on a bloody big triangular coffin if your local collection of sky-fairies say it's what you're supposed to do.

I will reiterate: Religion has not served to advance science one iota.

...and what's this about "belief in a chaotic and capricious universe" being an "atheist" belief?

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Re: This could bite them in the arse

What Skrrp said.

Basically, religion has done nothing, at all, to further the field of science. Some religious people have been involved in the scientific process - I do believe Newton was also an alchemist who fervently believed that you could turn base metals into gold, and had an interest in the occult to go along with it - but the religious process of "I have faith therefore it is true" has accomplished nothing asides maybe some periodic repression and warfare.

Notice how Newton's theories on alchemy aren't discussed by anybody except as an academic exercise? Because they are scientifically unsound, a bit like a book that tells you to lock your women up, or another one that bans wearing jeans for some reason.

I will reiterate, religion has done nothing to advance science, has held it back in a few places, and religious texts have zero predictive value.

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Re: This could bite them in the arse

"Islam has been a driving force in science over the years."

Really? What new theories can be attributed to Allah?

I throw that one open to the other sky-daddy worshippers too.

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Mozilla and Google blast IE-only Windows on ARM

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Re: Google Calling the Kettle Black

"Oh, and my ROM is..."

Hate to say this, but this immediately discounts everything you've said.

Standard options please. My mum recently got an Android phone with her contract, but if I said "you can root it and install Cyanogenmod" her answer would be something like "I understood everything up to the word 'can'."

Still, it's not like the stock ROM won't allow you to install Firefox. Or Opera. Or Dolphin. Hell, I even have MX Player Pro for my videos, and I'm looking for a better music app because Google Play Music is desperately awful shit.

Desperately awful replaceable shit, I must reiterate.

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Re: Google Calling the Kettle Black

"Nothing attached to an Android device or anything else "smart" can be described, even loosely, as a keyboard."

Asus Eeepad Transformer Prime TF201

....just to be awkward.

Damn nice keyboard it is too, for the size.

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Re: Google Calling the Kettle Black

"This is just more astroturfing BS from Microsoft's PR dep't."

Actually if you bother to look at the guy's posting history, he seems to be more of a very badly informed Apple fan.

Or maybe that's part of Ballmer's master plan!

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Apps for Android can be served from anywhere you can download an APK

...just thought I'd let you know that.

Also I wonder how are Microsoft going to stop Google and Mozilla? An Apple-esque "our way or the highway" app store?

Well fuck that shit, then.

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Carriers, prepare to bleed: EU pops a cap on data roaming

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Still stupidly pricey...

...more pricey than getting an el cheapo throwaway SIM from the country you're going to and using that for the duration.

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At last! A use for Blighty's phone-boxes: Free Wi-Fi hotspots

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Re: muggers, get yer smartphones here!

Or alternatively, any phone with wifi?

ZTE Blade. Real high end, that one. I can see it fetching a pretty penny down the local pub, a whole £2.50 or so! That's assuming it's not loaded up to the hilt with tracking software and the owner isn't about to appear with six friends and a baseball bat.

Smartphones. A risky business for a thief.

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Because Tesco is 5 minutes away...

...and delivery takes longer.

Ditto Aldi, Iceland, and at least two or three local computer shops. I get stuff from the Internet when I can't find it elsewhere, but I'd really rather shop at a physical store. That way when something goes tits-up, I know where to take it back, and it happens straight away and not after a couple of weeks of fucking about, spending money to insure stuff by next day special delivery, hoping the other guys got it and waiting for the credit to your bank account that might take a while.

Now if you're 10 miles from the nearest shops and have no transport, I can see delivery of Internet-ordered groceries being advantageous. Otherwise, not so much.

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Re: Don't knock the old phone boxes!

Never used a phone box in your life and you're "only" 30?

Laddie, I'm not much older than you and I distinctly remember being on an exchange that was crap enough that you had to dial the operator for a trunk line so she (was always a she in them days) could do the whole plugging-jack-leads-in thing.

Was fun when someone hacked the local phone box to play a few minutes of radio when you dialled 147. More fun when we had to leg it with speed at a BT van turning up after a bunch of us had sat around the phone box for an hour repeatedly dialling. Hey, I was 6 or 7 years old, do you blame me?

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Microsoft digs Doppler to effect gesture detection

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Re: Dogs

Err, kilohertz, not hertz.

40khz is well into the ultrasonic. 44.1khz is the sampling rate of a compact disk.

Maybe I should have said 40,000hz?

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Indeed.

Put an 18khz noise out loud enough and I can hear it, and I'm in my 30s. I know the shops that have those stupid, ineffectual "anti-chav" sonic weapons installed on their premises because they affect me too. It's like sitting next to a really loud, broken cathode ray tube. Nice to know I'm having my hearing potentially damaged and it's all okay because it's been scientifically tested, and stuff.

Make the noise closer to 40khz or so and you'll be safely out of the range of human hearing, but good luck to anybody with a pet who buys one of these.

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Red faces abound as boffins build gamma ray lens

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Re: Next step...

Wouldn't that be a gaser cannon?

Has some hilarious comedy potential right there.

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Kiwi ISP offers geo-block workaround

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Notes to block VPNs

What notes would they be? "Oh, there's the exit points, we'll block them"?

And within a week, new exit points spring up. Well done.

Maybe some people will see sense and just let Global Mode be. Of course, those interested in carving markets up into artificial geographic divisions will carry on trying to prevent it. All that stress and high blood pressure, and for some cheeky sod to work their way around your latest filter like it's not even there? I'd be pissed off too, but I don't imagine many people would be sympathetic.

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Apple's HTML5 bet against Android extermination

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Re: There can only be one...?

The reason Apple still exist is because Microsoft gave them a rather large chunk of cash in return for shares. Whenever Apple make money now, Microsoft make money. Kinda makes me wonder why Ballmer is bothering with mobile at all.

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Re: " While Apple is crushing competitors in the relatively new tablet market,"

Real keyboard on a detachable dock, laptop-style mousepad for people who hate touch screens, 4.5 core Tegra 3, massive battery life, lovely screen, more points of multi-touch recognised than you have fingers, brushed aluminium case, USB port for mass storage and other devices, micro SD port, full size SD port, 32GB built-in storage, ICS for people who really want that sort of thing, a whole load of brilliant apps available and the computing power to make everything fly. It's the only fondle-toy I've seen yet that I would be comfortable typing more than 100 words on, and your choice of RDP or VNC clients from the app store (I go for Remote RDP, myself) means you have a desktop away from your desktop.

Just off the top of my head, like. As for why its marketshare is "in the pit", I dunno, is it? Just goes to show that following the crowd isn't always the best idea.

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LOHAN ideas..

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Re: Thrust driven swing wing

WRT v-tail, I was on about losing the entire stabiliser. Given independant servos, you've a chance of bringing an aircraft in with half the stabiliser gone if it's a nice airframe. Lose half of a v-tail and you're pretty buggered.

Anyway, the glide ratio doesn't need to be massively brilliant at 100,000 feet. With the wings swept back you could go for a high-speed descent, tearing toward the landing site like some NASA black ops test vehicle until the atmosphere becomes thick enough to support a more gentle glide that won't tear the bottom of the aircraft off when it hits the floor.

Plus, you know, added awesome, and all.

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Re: Thrust driven swing wing

Well as I was suggesting, there isn't all that much extra complexity on a model scale. The transmission can basically be two fishing lines attached to a relatively strong servo toward the tail that's powerful enough to counteract a spring that'll keep the wings straight at 50, 60mph or whatever speed you're going to go to "fully extended". Having wings of a reasonable size would mean a much better glide ratio, even if you don't think drag during the rocket burn on smaller fixed wings will be a problem. I'm not sure how much wind resistance there is at 80,000 feet, but once the rocket has been burning for a couple of seconds I'm pretty sure LOHAN's velocity will be enough for even that rarified atmosphere to start tugging on any sticky-out bits with quite a force.

As for the aileron linkages, any decent model has a seperate servo for each control surface, usually with one for each aileron mounted inside the wing, forward of the aileron. These can be mixed either with a physical onboard mixer or in the transmitter (and presumably in the open source autopilot the SPB team are apparently using). It also allows ailerons to be flaperons (and elevators to be elevons) with a bit of clever mixing. At 9g or less for a decent micro-servo it's not going to be a bother on a craft of LOHAN's, erm, proportions.

Having ailerons would also mean you don't need a V tail, plus I've seen models land safely after losing one of their elevators completely. Little harder, especially for an autopilot, to do that after getting a whole wing torn off.

Also, try and make the autopilot aim straight up half a second second after leaving the platform. Use some kind of umbilical jack lead, or maybe a powerful magnet stuck to two contacts on the aircraft as an easy way to detect a launch. You also get to keep the aircraft's lightweight batteries topped up with something more heavy duty in the launch system that way. Yes, it probably won't give us much additional altitude and yes, there isn't much air up there but it's going to have some effect and it'd still look cool on a camera. Plus it might limit the damage of an odd launch angle.

Last thing, uhm, have you considered apogee detection? I'm sure you'd like to go from burn mode to glide mode in the most efficient way you can.

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Re: Thrust driven swing wing

On a model scale I'm not sure if a swing wing would really be that complex. You need a thick enough peg-like spring to bear the wing (or one length of metal coiled in the right places to mount both wings to), and some fishing line attached to a servo somewhere via a couple of pullys off a model yacht or whatever. Shape the body with the first couple of inches of wing built-in so that the sprung parts are supported and won't wobble about on the single spring holding them on. Obviously the mounting points for the springs will need reinforcement, but the wing struts should be pretty reinforced for a rocket plane anyway shouldn't they? This also means that you can tuck the wings right back against the body for the launch, and then use airspeed and altitude to decide when to start slowly loosening the wire.

Now if only I had money, a laser sintering thingummybobsit and some time I'd test it myself!

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Crytek: Schemes to strike second-hand games biz 'awesome'

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second hand software not allowed in any other industry?

I call shenanigans, to put it politely.

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Oracle v Google could clear way for copyright on languages, APIs

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Re: Andrew

What pisses me off isn't copyright. If somebody wants to try and sell their new sparkly word processor at £500 a pop, I honestly couldn't give a damn. I might point and laugh at them a bit unless it really is worth every penny of that huge price, but it's hardly worth posting Angry Bloke comments on a web forum about.

What pisses me off is using copyright or, lately, the even more broad patent concept to control just about everything you can about how people use their products that they bought from you. What pisses me off is after shelling out a shitload already on a decent computer, there's a tax to be paid to Microsoft if you want to use any kind of widely-available software. The continuous attempts to destroy rather than encourage interoperability by shackling every possible means to do so behind patent taxes and threats is a disease, and Oracle's behaviour towards Java on Android is yet another example of this. They didn't invent the language, they bought the business and then started trolling everyone.

So remind me, just how well is this working out for us, Andrew?

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Google finally secures gmail.de domain

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We live in a society where greed is encouraged...

...and you blame the guy?

He wasn't a domain squatter. He was using the domain since before Google decided to buy Gmail. That he tried to get the highest possible price he could from an entity that is hardly strapped for cash is not reprehensible under the circumstances: It is commendable.

I hope the courts at least forced him to sell it, not give it away. Not that that's much better, mind.

What, don't you have any domain names yourself? I wonder what happens if in a few years a new "Google E" service comes out and they want your domain name for themselves? You going to just hand it over, or are you going to grab every penny you can, assuming you even want to sell?

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Oh lovely.

"Your honour, they may have bought it first, it may be theirs and they may have paid for it, but we're more well known and we have money."

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Global chocolate crisis looms

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Well damn, we have to sort this right away!

After all, I don't think "Cadbury's Carob" has quite the same ring to it!

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UK.gov: Firms can't fondle your smart meter privates...

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Re: TV Detector Van

Easily defeated with a capacitor or a UPS in the right place?

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EA confirms Crysis 3 release

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Re: Pass

Oh that's okay. I believe the 'bay will probably be able to help you before long. They'll happily give you the option of not installing crapware. Or paying for it.

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Re: Proper PC version please!!!

You did play the game with the extra 2GB or so of high-res assets you can download, right?

They made the ultra-high bit a download, presumably to stop people complaining that they couldn't run the game at the highest detail level.

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