* Posts by Bassey

1102 posts • joined 23 Sep 2008

Chaos surrounds New Zealand iPhone 4 day

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It was a nightmare

"the worse thing was there was no information."

Sorry fella but if you've just spent all night queuing to buy a freaking phone then I can assure you that you have FAR more important things to worry about than a lack of information.

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Lovefilm calls in the DRM brigade for media player push

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Question to LoveFilm users

I was a happy subscriber to the Amazon DVD-by-mail service when they sold it to LoveFilm (2 years ago?). LoveFilm was, frankly, crap. They NEVER had enough copies of the newest films. You couldn't group films into a series if you wanted them in a specific order (I added Shreks 1, 2 & 3 and received 2, 3 and 1). I wrote to them a few times and they basically admitted they had been overwhelmed by the addition of Amazon customers, their software couldn't do series (but they were working on it) and apologised but couldn't do much about it.

So I cancelled and have been happily using Blockbuster who have a great website, I usually get new releases within a week or two (Avatar being the one exception so far) and films in a series are automatically sent out in the correct order. They are also really good on lost/delayed discs. Which is fine, except Blockbuster look to be in serious financial shit and I'm worried I may be forced back to LoveFilm. Is anyone using them and have they got their act together yet?

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DfT 'unwittingly' bigged-up speed camera benefits

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Don't Understand?

I've never understood the anti-speed camera lobby. Speed cameras take pictures of people driving faster than the speed limit. Unless you are someone who frequently drives faster than the speed limit and feels it is your right to do so I fail to see how this has any effect on you. Speed cameras are utterly irrelevant in my life because I don't drive faster than the speed limit.

They aren't perfect. Some councils used them to raise money rather than for road safety. But all of that is surely entirely irrelevant as long as you don't intend driving faster than the speed limit?

I really do find it utterly baffling.

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Postcard App has stamps licked

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Re: this will die

> No self-respecting teen, 20s person would send a postcard

Right, so that just leaves everyone over the age of 29 then. A market limited to probably around 5bn people and due to expire in only 70 years or so. Media Studies graduate, are we?

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Sounds Brilliant

I think the cost is quite reasonable. Postcards cost, what, 30p? Then a foreign stamp to send it home. It could easily cost you more than a pound. Mentioned it in the office and everyone thought it was an excellent idea. I can see stamp collectors being a little disappointed though.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro

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80%?

It takes several seconds to turn on, the phone software doesn't work, there are really annoying bugs in the keyboard software etc. etc. etc. Did you read your own review before giving it 80%? I understand that sometimes the sum of the parts doesn't equal the experience as a whole but the review comes across as suggesting the phone is a complete nightmare to live with day to day but then you give it 80%. WTF?

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1984's MacPaint source code hits web

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Too Young

Although I remember it launching (the Mac, that is) I was too young to realise that the Paint app was revolutionary. I was only 9 so I just assumed all computers came with packages like that. However, the screen-shot reminds me of all the bizarre fill-textures and, in particular, reminds me of Risk for the Mac (the board game). Each player was assigned one of those "textures" (black and white, of course). Most of them were damn near identical so it was often hard to tell one from t'other but my friends and I would while away many a wet afternoon screaming in frustration at the apparent random nature of the Risk battles.

Memories....

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Creative World of Warcraft headphones

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WTF?

Quite apart from being one of the saddest accessories I've ever heard of why aren't they bluetooth? Why use a crappy proprietary system? It just prevents the saddos from wearing their tags whilst out and about listening to <whatever such people listen to as an alternative to music>. That way we could easily identify and avoid them.

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UK.gov abandons 2012 rural broadband pledge

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Strange folk

I know it's difficult to imagine if you've never seen the horizon but some people are actually BORN in the country side. They didn't move there. They didn't choose to "live in a picturesque cottage". The countryside is our home. Some families have been there for generations. And, without us, you wouldn't have food. Just imagine, no pizza to shove down your throats during endless frag-fests in your £1200/month hell-holes?

Not that I give a shit. I'm on ADSL 2+ and get about 11MB and yet I'm rural enough to see the sea out one window and the mountains out the other. But then, I'm great.

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Vista-hating Microsoft throws poo at Apple's iPhone 4

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Seriously?

"Or maybe it just says that Apple have a better handle on what aspects of the product are important to their customer base than their rivals do..."

What? You're suggesting that Apple's market research has shown iPhone users don't really care if their products can make phone calls, send text messages or make data connections? Seriously? PLEASE read your comments before posting and have a little think about what you are saying.

I'm sure there are a million and one reasons why people buy iPhones but "Hey, it'll make a great paper-weight" doesn't count amongst them.

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Kingston SSDNow V+ 512GB solid-state drive

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I think not

Shaving a few seconds off my start-up times for more than I would normally spend on a car. It really just doesn't seem worth it - especially as I usually put the PC in sleep mode so it only takes me about 2s to start up. So, £1200+ to boot in 14s or whatever it costs to run the PC in sleep mode (draws less than 1W) and boot in 2s. I know what I'll be doing!

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Sluggish corporates ill-prepared for death of Win XP SP2 support

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Seems amazing

I can understand consumer PCs being way out of date - but for companies to be so far behind seems unforgivable. Now, don't get me wrong, our main back-end system is based on a 30-year-old piece of software and THIS was updated with a new interface - in 1999. But these are back-end. The OS, the firewall, the anti-virus, the network etc etc are all up to date and fully patched.

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Ambulance radios don't like the rain

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Not sure about the rain thing

I've never heard of problems with Tetra and the rain - seems ludicrous. We've used it in Hill search and rescue for years. Torrential rain is the norm and I've never noticed a problem. Buildings, cliffs, dense forests, yes (though we have vehicle mounted relays to get around this). But rain? Rarely heard anything so daft.

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Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro Symbian smartphone

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Re: Why?

Because we aren't all the same and some people prefer resistive to capacitive. I know it is difficult to comprehend that there may be people out there with different preferences and different usage requirements to you but that's the way it is. Viva la difference!

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Unused 'free' minutes cost Brits £800m a year

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Re: Data is expensive

Depends who you are with. Both T-Mobile and Three do really good PAYG data deals (about £5/month).

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Computer grads can't even get jobs offering personal services

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I think you will find...

that "personal services" = "Do you want fries with that?"

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Finn finishes Finnish mini-digger odyssey

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Great acheivement but...

Kuusamo is nowhere near the far north of Finland. Its only just inside the Artic Circle (The wife and I went there for our honeymoon). Still impressive (if strange) but if you're going to do something that odd, do it properly.

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Nipper's naked arse provokes Street View outrage

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very strange

Am I to take it from the above that very young children running around butt-naked during the summer is frowned upon in the UK nowadays? You lot are very strange.

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RIM BlackBerry Pearl 3G phone

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Audio Ports/controls

"The music player benefits from having the transport controls on the top,"

I've been meaning to mention this for a while but, despite CONSTANTLY telling us the headphone socket etc should ALWAYS be at the top and that anyone who designs a phone otherwise should be cast into the fiery depths of Vesuvius you are just wrong. It is very simple. You should always put your phone in your pocket upside down.

Don't believe me? Stand up. Put your phone in your pocket upside down. Take it out and hold it up to your face as if looking to see who is calling. Voilla! The phone is the correct way up. If you now try it the other way around, you will either need to spin the phone (and risk dropping it) or contort your wrist in order to read the display.

It isn't magic. It isn't rocket science. So stop telling the world that phones with ports on the bottom are wrong. They aren't. YOU ARE! And now everyone is doing as you say YOU have broken the world. Shame on you Reg!

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BBC Trust approves Project Cartel Canvas

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Lord Reith

"Lord Reith even compared commercial TV to the introduction of smallpox, the bubonic plague and the Black Death."

He wasn't SO far off. He just didn't foresee the BBC looking at the aforementioned plague and deciding to copy it.

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iPhone 4 Day: pre-orders and pregnancy cut no ice with 02

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Brave Man

So, having failed miserably in your main function as a father to be (hunter/gatherer) you returned with only half the requested goods and chose to keep them - thereby denying both your pregnant-hormonal wife AND your mother-in-law.

You are either clinically insane or the bravest man on the planet!

Either way, I am scared of you.

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Firefox 3.6.4 debuts with Flash flak jacket

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Re: Re: what I can't understand

It's also about memory. Each separate process has significant overheads which eat up RAM. For example, Chrome is correctly seen as a very fast browser - but only if you have sufficient RAM. Running each tab and each plugin within its own process eats RAM like it is going out of fashion. Try running Chrome on a PC with 1GB of RAM and it won't seem so quick. That isn't too much of a problem today when even a budget PC ships with 3GB of RAM. 6-10 years ago, when most of today's browsers were in their infancy, that sort of memory would have cost thousands.

That is always one of the advantages of being a start-up. You don't have the legacy design problems so can do things right using the resources available today. You see this with Chrome and the iPhone. Of course, it also helps if you are a multi-billion dollar mega-corp.!

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Samsung Wave smartphone

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Questions

This is a new OS so some more details would be useful. How do you sync it to get your data on there? Is there a desktop sync app? Is it Windows only? How do you backup/restore the phone? How are OS updates covered? Can you apply minor patches OTA or do you have to download everything to a PC and run it from there?

Surely these are the sort of basic things anyone would need to know before considering a phone with a brand new OS?

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Tom Stoppard: Tech is destroying the written word

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Wonderful assumptions

I love the assumption from this guy (and many others of that age) that, because something happened when they were a child, it must have been a good thing. Presumably, this assumption is based on the sure-fire knowledge that the world was a better place back then. Black people knew their place, homosexuals lived in fear, a man was well within his rights to beat his wife for no apparent reason, girls were pretty much third-class citizens, millions worked in appalling conditions and died early from work related injuries and illnesses, tens of millions of people died in two world wars, the poor were left to die in the streets etc. Ahh, the good old days!

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Apple's iOS 4 beams into unprepared world

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Wonderful

I love the acceptance from certain users users (at least two mentions of this above) that "Of course the app has to be updated to make use of multi-tasking". Steve Jobs has told them this is how it should be so they just accept that there could never have been any other way Strangely, actually having studied computers and having been involved in computing for about 30 years (including many Macs), the idea of an app needing to be aware of how to multi-task - as opposed to it being something the OS looks after - seems the most arse-about faced way of doing things I could possibly imagine.

Then again, I've yet to attend the Church of Jobs purification courses so maybe my mind is not calm enough to understand the real truth.

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Creative ZiiSound D5 wireless speakers

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WTF

A wireless speaker system that is (according to your specs table) "MAINS ONLY". Has the world gone stark raving mad? Since when did it count as wireless if you've got to plug the damn thing in? That's a WIRE sticking out the back of that there wireless speaker system then, yeah?

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The Reg guide to Linux, part 1: Picking a distro

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others

Obviously you couldn't cover them all but a bit surprised gOS didn't even get a mention. The wife is severely non-techy and her ancient laptop was crawling with XP so I decided to switch it to Linux to eek some extra life out of it. Ubuntu proved beyond her abilities but gOS kept her going for a good 18 months or so. Think Ubuntu designed to look a bit like OSx and with all the google stuff built in (gears, desktop widgets etc.). Highly recommended for its ease of use.

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Antarctic glacier melt maybe 'not due to climate change'

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Re: and yet again

@DaWolf - Quite right. What we really need are MORE sources of news backing up the climate change theorem. There just aren't enough around these days.

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Ubuntu v iTunes: the music playoff for Applephobes

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Suggestion

NAS boxes are becoming ever more popular amongst the home masses. The last time I tried out Linux (I've been trying it roughly once a year since the mid nineties) one of the real hassles was playing music from my NAS. DLNA support seemed thin on the ground and required a degree in repository navigation to get up and running.

A section on which (if any) music players will stream from home NAS boxes over the usual systems (DLNA uPnP) would be really handy.

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Mio Navman 470 satnav

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Why why why?

What the hell is it with wide-screen SatNavs? Am I the only person more concerned with what is coming up ahead of me than what is off to the sides? Truly bizarre!

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Firefox comes over all cloudy

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Have to disagree

I have to disagree with the general thrust of this. Being able to move between machines and have everything the same is really handy. For example, being at work and then going home, firing up the browser and having everything as it was.

However, I think you will find people browse on mobile phones entirely differently. Partly because of the screen real estate and partly because of the nature of being mobile. I really don't see any benefit to being able to synch open tabs between your desktop and mobile. Bookmarks, kind of. Though, frankly, I have hundreds of bookmarks for the desktop. Maybe a dozen for my mobile. It tends to be news, sport, facebook, weather, bank and a couple of reference sites (imdb etc). I don't want to have to wade through the hundreds I have on my desktop where the extra screen space and fast searching make large numbers of bookmarks manageable.

They are different devices used in different scenarios for different purposes. Just because they are both called "browsers" doesn't mean they should be treated in the same way.

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Nokia C5

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Must be a southern thing

"Bushy Road pronounced as in mushy (as in peas) rather than bushy (as in trees)."

Aren't both examples pronounced the same way? They are where I come from fella!

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Wannabe Jedi drool over potent laser 'lightsabre'

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The real reason

Of course, this product doesn't actually exist. All that happens is, whenever someone places an order for one, the government send "the boys" around to their house and remove their bollocks. It's really just a method of selecting those who should never be allowed to breed.

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Dodgy Doctor Who games may be malwarey

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Shame

It's a shame they are warning people. I'd like to see the thieving little bastards get what they deserve. I kind of hope a Darlek materialises in their bedroom and exterminates them and their PC - though that might be a bit fanciful. At the very least I'd want it to format their hard drives so they lose their precious pr0n collections.

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Drinking coffee offers no real benefit, say eggheads

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Actually rings true

A colleague is a real caffeine junky - drinks red bull* and Irn Bru* like it's going out of fashion. One Saturday, after a heavy Friday night, he got through four cans of Red Bull in just a couple of hours and scared the shit out of himself. The shakes carried on most of the day.

So, he cut it out. Within three or four days he said he genuinely felt fantastic - even in the mornings. And he is most definitely NOT a morning person!

Of course, as I look across now, he's got a can of Red Bull on the go.

* Other caffeine based drinks are available.

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Synology DiskStation DS210j Nas box

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Sounds good

Sounds good (although I have to question why "offers more tech than any household will ever need" is a good thing) but that standby power rating seems appalling. 10W? Anything more than 2W on standby should be history by now, surely, especially for a device designed to run 24/7 - but spending the vast majority of that in standby mode.

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Ofcom smites silent callers

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Genius

What a fucking horrendous idea! The last spate of calls I had from one of these things started when I was bathing the kids. I was expecting an important call (from the wife) so I took the kids out of the bath, grabbed the phone from the next room only to get a silent call. I then got them at fairly regular hourly intervals for that evening and several more at a similar time the next day. Of course, by then I recognised the number so could just silence the phone and wait for it to stop ringing.

Under these new rules, I'd get them at the same wholly inconvenient time each and every day.

Just get rid of them. Who wants monetary cost reduction when the real cost is being driven mad?

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Universal Tech MyXerver Pro MX3800

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More Vapourware

Any chance this one might actually be released? I tried to buy the last MyXerver product you guys reviewed. Amazon had it as "Coming soon" for a few months and then cancelled it. As best as I could make out, it wasn't actually released. A quick Google suggests this is not available yet either. I hope this isn't more vapourware!

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Google does an Orb

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Not just Apple or Android

Windows Mobile has, as is so often the case, had this for an age. I remember Lobster Tunes from years ago - no idea if it is still going. Didiom also recently launched a similar service. Of course, it being Windows Mobile software, it doesn't get reported because mobile apps didn't exist until the Lord gaveth unto us the iPhone.

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Make Isle of Man drugs paradise, says Jagger

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Minor issues

A few minor issues there;

1. Mick appears to believe the Isle of Man is in the "Channel". Not sure which channel that is. Last I checked, the Isle of Man was in the Irish Sea. Maybe he should cut back on the weed.

2. The Isle of Man has its own government. Has had a damn sight longer than the UK. Not sure they'd be best pleased at being told what to do by that lot over the water.

That said, there was an email last year from the Minister from the Dept of Home affairs in which he congratulated the department for it's highly successful drug smuggling initiatives. At the time it was assumed he meant their "anti" drug smuggling initiatives but maybe Mick knowns better.

He is right about one thing though. O2 tend to test their new models over here (they own Manx Telecom). Siemens also test a lot of their kit here. One of the local schools had a WiFi network long before anyone else. WiMax has been available on the IOM for several years and, yes, I had the pleasure of playing with one of the first eight 3G handsets in the world (not mine - my boss was given one).

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Canadian mobe firm sued over disappearing husband

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Re: Mating for life

> Christ, get some perspective. Mating for life is a relatively new notion

> for us as a species and some people just aren't cut out for it.

Forgive me if I miss-understood something but she was married, nes pas? SHE chose a mate for life. SHE fucked up. Now SHE is blaming someone else who made a simple administrative error for destroying HER marriage. If she isn't "cut out for it" then why is she so pissed off? It sounds suspiciously like someone caught with their had in the cookie jar trying to blame the biscuit manufacturers.

Call me a heartless bastard but my sympathies lie elsewhere.

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Bill Gates backs ball-busting ultrasound

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I thought the problem was....

I thought the biggest obstacle to male contraception in general is that women (rightly or wrongly) believe all men to be weaselly little liars and would rather give up chocolate for lent than believe some bloke who tells them "no, its okay love. I've had my balls blasted by ultra-sound". This is why the male pill has never really taken off.

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Miracle mono-molecule material could quench hot chips

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Might have this wrong

This doesn't appear to solve the "hot thighs" issue at all. This is all about getting the heat out of the silicone and into the case/laptop. You are then left with the problem of how to get the heat out of the case/laptop. In fact, if I did understand the article (and it's nearly 5pm so the odds are poor) this would make the hot thighs problems worse as the graphene layer would be better at taking heat from the silicon and so would put more heat into the case/laptop.

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Boffins snare swollen 'excited giant' in forcefield prison

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Pint

Why

Why do these articles always arrive on a Friday afternoon, when my mind is in a Quantum State (from my boss's point of view, I may be working or not working. It's not until I'm "observed" that I collapse into a working state). I would have struggled with that on a Tuesday morning. On a Friday afternoon it's enough to turn a man to drink. Talking of which, is it Beer O'clock yet?

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Brighton goes Green

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Re: How is that sexist?

Fairly obviously, surely. If board members are selected on the basis of their gender rather than suitability for the task. Pretty much the definition, no?

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Stong voice?

"Her victory means the arrival in parliament of a strong voice"

Have you ever heard the woman speak? A weedier, more pathetic voice it would be difficult to imagine. As for the Greens themselves, as a friend of mine put it (far better than I could) "If it weren't for their ridiculous Green policies, I could actually see myself voting for them".

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Sharing bank PINs leaves consumers at risk

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Re: Faces

Recognising faces sounds good but doesn't work for the blind or visually impaired so would fall foul of discrimination laws.

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Election 2010: The sillier options

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Favourite Pledge

My favourite pledge so far, from the MRLP, is to introduce a 99p coin. Surely a stroke of genius far too sensible for a party whose rules prevent anyone from being a member should they stand for election and gain enough votes to retain their deposit.

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Mini Desktop PCs: Best Buys

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ION 330

I suppose you can only review what you get sent but the Asrock ION 330 is nearly identical to the Viewsonic that wins this test but with the addition of either a DVD or Blu-Ray drive for around the same price (£250 or £320). Based on your conclusions, I can't help but think the Asrock would have walked this group test. I'm using mine as an every day PC (Office, Internet, Email, Music, Video etc) and it performs perfectly well. I can even do basic photo and video editing on it. The Dual-core Atom CPU really is a marvel.

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Facebook farms out 'social graph' to Microsoft and chums

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Re: Money Spinner

What a bizarre post!

> FB is not social networking, it's a marketing hub with social networking tacked on the side.

> Never have been near it

You claim to be an expert on something you have never been near? I'm not a massive user of Facebook but, as someone who actually HAS an account and has used it a bit, I can tell you I've never seen an advert. It is certainly not a marketing hub. If it was, they wouldn't be losing £100m+ a year. It might become a marketing hub. It might be getting nearer as we speak. But last time I checked (probably Monday) there wasn't an add to be seen.

Weird, weird post!

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