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WTF is this country called America?

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To quote Mr Partridge

I think he may have been referring to Good Ole' Uncle US of Stateside.

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Xbox 360 to go Blu, says Ballmer

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Re: Andy 70

When you say "download hi def content", where are you getting this Hi Def content from? There don't seem to be a huge number of legitimate sources for downloading (and keeping) hiDef content.

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Archos ships 'future of netbooks'

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Hmmmm

Lack of SD Card slot can be forgiven (USB adaptors are a couple of pounds) but a device designed entirely around portability, yet lacking 3G support is unforgivable. Think I'll wait for the 3G enabled version with capacitive screen that I'm sure will follow within the next year.

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Academics gripe about Windows 7 promo collapse

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Happy

I can't download the f*cking thing!

Hmm, seems more 'agricultural' than academic.

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Rigid sky-train to fly through magnetic rings on sticks

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Re: whats the thing with 'elevated'

It avoids nasty collisions with big beasties wandering around the desert. We enclose al of our railways but that wouldn't go down so well if you were, basically, cutting the desert in half. Mind you, at just 150mph, the beasties would have plenty of time to see it coming, think for a bit, and wander slowly out of the way. The TGV and Bullet's do over 500kph! Hell, even the brits WERE managing those sorts of speeds about a hundred years ago.

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HTC Touch 2 Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphone

Bassey

Not wanting to be picky, but I will

You CAN arrange the icons on the Windows Start Menu. Just tap and hold any icon to bring up the option.

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Philips GoGear Muse

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Re: Controls on the right eh?

Why? Don't you have a right hand? If not, I'm sorry. Otherwise, stop whining. You don't speak for all us lefties. I'm perfectly fine using either hand, thanks.

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Magpies hold funerals for fallen feathered friends

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Masterchef

It's quite simple. The Magpies in question had clearly seen Saturday Morning Kitchen and were using the grass to impart flavour to the carcass. Had he hung around long enough, he'd have seen them return to devour their fallen comrade, washed down with a nice Chablis.

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AMD revs Athlons for Windows 7 assault

Bassey

Not so sure

I have purchased a small form-factor PC - but it wasn't much to do with the form-factor. Because small form-factor PC's use much lower-powered parts, it was a fan-less PC and is almost entirely silent. In fact, switching it on for the first time was disconcerting. Other than a light coming on, nothing happened for a few seconds. The only noise it ever makes is when the hard disk spins up.

But this is why I bought it and I know plenty of people for whom squeezing the last GHz of performance from their PC has become secondary to making it as quiet as possible.

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Ares I-X trundles to launchpad

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Rocket Scientists

"the whole point of Ares 1-X is to understand how does a rocket this shape, this weight, this tall actually fly"

Call me sceptical, but shouldn't a bunch of Rocket Scientists, working for NASA, have some idea how the rocket THEY designed and built is going to fly?

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Freecom Hard Drive XS

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@ Tony and @Handle

I don't think that's what Handle meant, Tony. I think Handle was suggesting that the Turbo USB drivers under Windows would probably only bring transfer speeds up to those you would get by default under Linux or Mac OS's - the assumption being that Linux/Mac drivers will be far better written than Microsoft ones - and was looking for you to produce evidence to support his fanboi-ism.

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West Antarctic ice loss overestimated by NASA sats

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@ seno

@ seno, Do you have a reliable, verifiable source for that stat?

There are two camps here. Believers and doubters. Both, to an extent not worth differentiating, believe we should use our energy more efficiently, cut down on the crap we are spouting into the atmosphere and generally treat the planet a lot more kindly than we do at the moment.

I recycle. I've quadrupled the insulation in the loft. We're getting cavity wall insulation. We replaced our knackered boiler with a super-efficient condenser and added thermostatic valves to all our radiators. I drive a small, efficient car. We buy most of our food from local sources etc. I'm doing my bit. Whether we're causing the world to get warmer is, to my mind, utterly irrelevant when it comes to choosing to use energy more efficiently and generating it in ways that don't pump shit into the air.

But NOBODY, surely, can deny that we are, at the absolute minimum, being exaggerated to. There were the NASA temperature figures for last October that showed it was the warmest on record - until someone mentioned how cold it had been in October. At which point they admitted the figures had been copied and pasted from September. There is the nonsense with the selection of the tree samples from Siberia. There is the loss of the data from the University of Anglia etc. etc. etc.

Time and time and time again we are told the debate is over (always an alarm ringer in my head), "scientists" are in agreement and yet I have still NEVER seen any evidence that compels me to believe that the warming seen in the last 100 years is statistically significant when compared to all other similar periods for the last few thousand years.

Now, I'm not saying this would be an easy thing to prove. Reliable data for the last few thousand years is incredibly difficult to produce. Even reliable data for the last few decades seems hard enough. And yet we are told it's been done, it's conclusive but we don't need to see it because "scientists" have seen it and they "are all in agreement".

Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.

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Neanderthal woman could whup Schwarzenegger

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However

They also had a life expectancy 30-40 years less than today and suffered all sorts of muscular-skeletal disorders in "old age" - if they were lucky enough to make it that far.

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IT contractors aghast as FSA evicts self-cert mortgages

Bassey

Seems entirely reasonable

I heard an interview with the head of the FSA this morning (Radio 4 - Today) at his explanation was entirely reasonable. At the peak of the mortgage boom, over 50% of all mortgages were self-cert. In his words (roughly) "It used to be taken for granted that banks would only make loans that were in both their and their clients interests - in the same way that we would never regulate against poking oneself in the eye with a stick. However, it's become clear we DO need to tell banks "Don't lend money to those who can't afford to pay it back".".

As mentioned above, it is not an end to mortgages for the self employed. Just self certifying your income. The Bank will be required to demand proof of income. In fairness, this has applied to the employed AND self employed in the past. My bank would not lend me a mortgage without a letter from my employer and still required me to have been in full-time employment for a certain period.

I can't imagine many scenarios where someone who would be adversely affected by this would be deserving of a loan and, therefore, it seems to make sense.

RE: Is it me being particularly thick?

No. It's limited reporting. Such rules are also in the proposal - they just haven't been reported with the same level of gusto because "Banks told to only lend as much as they can realistically expect to recover from the sale of the security" doesn't make a snappy, alarmist headline, does it?

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MS claims early success for freebie security scanner

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Re: Statistics

No. 40% of people who have downloaded the MS Security Essentials software are running Windows 7.

So, in answer to your question, that would definitely be a FAIL!

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Tories would scrap 50p broadband tax

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Re: @AC 11:05 GMT

> How can anyone say that education standards aren't falling.

Quite right! I remember a time when such questions ended in a question mark.

And Mike JVX Re: Same old Tories. You forgot the appalling (non-existent) public transport system amongst your excellent list that I would subtitle "What have the Tories ever done for us?".

It truly is remarkable how short people's memories are. Britain was a shit-hole 15 years ago. I'm by no means claiming all is sweetness and light at the moment but, until the sub-prime market collapsed in the US, all most people had to complain about was civil-liberty erosion and incompetent civil servants leaving laptops on trains.

Compared to 36+ students to a class in crumbling schools, shit-infested hospitals with patients left in corridors on stretchers, streets left to whoever wanted to fight over them (because there were no police to fight back) and a public transport infrastructure indistinguishable from an episode of Heart Beat the UK today looks like a blissful paradise.

Although it strikes me that most of the problems of yesteryear would be most likely to impact on the poor and/or elderly. So maybe that would explain the short memories amongst the country's press and El Reg readers alike.

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Fast USB 2.0 Flash Drives

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Re: Waterproof @ Annihilator

Nope, you're not the only one. My SanDisk Cruzer 8GB has been through the wash AT LEAST half a dozen times and has been through the Tumble dryer a couple of times too. It's 3 years old now and never misses a beat.

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UK stuck in tech time-warp, finds report

Bassey

Bit of a mix

I'm not too bad. I have some old VHS tapes I keep meaning to get digitised (family memories etc). I got rid of all my old mobile phones (envirophone - made a couple of hundred quid) last year - apart from my very first, which I keep for nostalgia/bore-the-kids reasons.

After that, I'm fairly middling. No BluRay yet. I'm sure I'll end up with one - but not yet. No iPod, as my phone does all that, but I have a NAS with a media server so all I need now is a media appliance hooked into my HiFi and HiDef telly and I'm pretty much up to date.

Although I REALLY want a robot vacuum cleaner, mop and lawn-mower.

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Finland grants 5.2m souls the right to 1Mb internet

Bassey

Landline problem

Didn't the reg do a piece some time ago (as in 1-2 years) about how roughly 5% of Finns (mainly young professionals) have now forgone a landline and are using 3G as their only internet access? Seems strange that a country moving away from fixed-line internet access should become the first to guarantee it.

Whilst I applaud the sentiment, I would have thought guaranteeing a certain minimum standard of wireless would be A) cheaper and B) more useful.

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Street View in (kind of) Swiss roll-over

Bassey

Mmmm

Mmmm. Swiss Roll

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Aerial laser gunboat 'burns hole in fender' of moving car

Bassey

Re: Moving vehicle?

Picky, picky. The vehicle is "capable" of moving. Is that not enough for you people?

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Translation outfit seeks Glaswegian speakers

Bassey

It's not the accent

It's not so much the accent as the use of entirely different words. The first time my brother brought round his Glaswegian (soon to be) wife and we asked if she'd like a drink we got very confused by;

"Aye, I'll just have some dilu'in juice if you have some".

Apparently, dilu'tin juice is "Diluting Juice" and means "Cordial" of some description.

Spent a lot of time in Glasgow but that was a first on me.

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Moon orbiter detects pole-plunge hotspots in dark bottom

Bassey

Obvious answer

The answer is obvious. The depths of the crater, far from containing large reserves of frozen water, actually contains huge quantities of memory foam. This is fantastic news for the mattress-topper manufacturing industry.

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Hypnotist expands breasts, cures irritable bowels

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Martial Arts

Can place Martial Artists "in the perfect zone to complete your task and beat any competitor"

What if the competitor is also using the CDs? Would this be a case of the irresistible force and the immovable object*? Would both competitors remain locked in eternal combat? Would Chuck Norris just roundhouse them out of existence?

Incidentally, I strongly suspect the woman quoted as having larger breasts after "just three weeks" had probably just started her period. Had she measured over a reasonable period of time she'd most likely discover they get larger every month around the same time and then return to normal again.

* Yes, I know the two can never co-exist. Crawl back under your rocks people.

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'Amateur' IBM brings down Air New Zealand

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Nice work

That statement/rant had all the hallmarks of level 1 blame transference ass saving from a man being asked a whole lot of questions to which he has no acceptable answers.

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Microsoft sees no silver lining in Sidekick server snafu

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Amazing

Amazing the number of commentards above who are perfectly willing to hang, draw and quarter MS based on - well, no evidence whatsoever. Am I safe to assume these are the same people complaining about the government/police-state continual erosion of civil liberties etc?

Obviously, this is a huge fuckup etc etc, but there is ABSOLUTELY NO evidence to backup the dozens of claims above that "all the eggs were in one basket" or that there were no backups.

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Ralph Lauren says sorry for incredible shrinking pelvis

Bassey

Re: Hideous

Brilliant! I've been trying to think what it looked like and you're right. Someone said "yep, that's perfect", but then accidentally fed the model through the rollers of a printing press. It's the only way someone could end up looking like that!

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Android to overtake iPhone in 2012 - analyst

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Clever

So, with the exception of Symbian, he's grouped his figures so closely together that, with a margin of error of just +/- 1% he could move any of those four OSs to any of the four positions and claim he was right. Genius.

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Desktop minipoll results – user ignorance is bliss?

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IT don't help themselves

As a developer who works closely with the "Service Delivery" function, the service guys often don't help themselves. I notice there was no option for "we fucked up and the phones started flashing".

A couple of weeks ago, a system "just stopped working" (it was a Monday morning - warning bells start ringing in my head). The Service Delivery boys called me up to see if I could help. It was immediately obvious the software couldn't access the database so I asked SD whether anything had changed over the weekend. They denied having changed anything.

To cut a (very) long story short, over the next two hours, in dribs and drabs, they confessed to;

1) Upgrading the version of SQL Server over the weekend

2) Moving SQL Server to a new physical Server

3) Renaming the SQL Server instance

4) Changing the name of the admin account

5) Changing the password for the admin account

Once we had the truth, it was a 30 second fix. But Network administrators (or whatever they're called where you work) acting as if they own (rather than maintain) all the hardware and making changes without following proper processes and procedures account for a fair proportion of phone calls in my experience - and I've worked on both sides of the divide and caused a fair few outages myself!

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Amazon eyes wander as Royal Mail strike looms

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Hope they don't lose Amazon

The main reason I use Amazon is because of the Royal Mail. Living on an offshore-Island, the Royal Mail are the only ones who charge the "normal" postage rate to delivery stuff here. As a result, the Amazon price I see is what I pay. Unlike thousands of other website who will frequently add-on a £10 or more "Offshore surcharge" at checkout.

If Amazon kick the Royal Mail into touch (and you could hardly blame them) I'm going to have to dig around for another site that uses the RM - if the RM survive. My understanding is that Amazon is a massive percentage of their business and they'd be unlikely to survive the loss of the contract in anything like their current form.

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Ralph Lauren DMCAs thin Photoshop skills

Bassey

Forget the soup and sarnies

She's beyond the point where soup and sandwiches will be of any help. Somebody break out the emergency pie kit, damn it. Steak and Kidney in thick, rich gravy is her only hope.

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Ballmer mixed on Windows 7's success

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Re: Elephant / room

Come on, no need to be so shy, tell us what you REALLY think!

Always amazes me that people get SO angry over zeros and ones. Step outside AC. Take some deep breaths. Look around. Maybe try speaking to another human.

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Tories would take an axe to Labour IT policy

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Sounds like the same thing

So they're promising to do exactly what Labour have been promising to do and in a sodding expensive way. "Giving people ownership of the data" might sound wonderfully empowering etc. but A) most people don't give a shit about owning their own data (they just want to be able to trust the people that have it) and B) "Empowering" usually means trying to provide some kind of secure access over the internet - which immediately rules out the poor and the elderly and opens up a whole new layer of attack surfaces, complexity, expense etc. etc.

Forget "Getting Britain Working". It should be;

"Conservatives: Same shit, different coloured tie".

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Windows Mobile 6.5 ships today

Bassey

Bit out of date, aren't we?

Whilst I agree that there is little, if anything, to get excited about with WM6.5, the version you're showing here is WAY out of date. For a start, the honeycomb thing was dropped back in May. The "soft-keys" at the bottom have changed beyond all recognition too. For me, the only change that has actually made any difference is that the pop-up menus are much bigger and more finger-friendly (yawn).

Then again, the main strength of Windows Mobile over it's competitors is that you don't need to see the default shell if you don't want to. Personally, I run Touch Flow 3D but you can choose Mobile Shell 3.5, PointUI, Winterface or any of the others. You see, Mr Jobs doesn't own my phone. I do.

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Cameron escapes Twitter twat rap

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20 complaints

I notice that OFCOM always quote the number of complaints as some kind of justification. Maybe I'm being naive but if someone breaks the law or some rule, then that is wrong. It's wrong if one person complains. It's wrong if a million people complain. Just as, if 400 people make a complaint but it turns out no rules were broken, then it wasn't wrong.

Now, I can accept the argument that shifting weight of popular opinion should drive the creation/removal of rules over time but, once the rules are there, what on earth does it matter how many people complained that someone broke them?

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FAIL

And to think....

And to think, some people have accused Ofcom of being a bunch of completely toothless, useless tax sponges. They showed you lot!

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iPhone voted UK's 'coolest brand'

Bassey

Where did they find the 2450 plebs from?

It reads like a Chavs Christmas wish-list. Presumably, the only reason Burberry doesn't feature is that all the Chavs have so much of the stuff they couldn't cram any more in their IKEA wardrobes.

I mean, Rolex FFS? Virgin? Mini? YouTube?

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DVLA pledges investigation over Castrol spy posters

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FAIL

fail

Most of the people I know wouldn't have a clue what their own number plate is - or where to put the oil once they'd bought it! The days of maintaining your own car are long gone for the vast majority.

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Flickr!: Now! with! added! Yahoo!

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Re: I'll show them insulting

> this is far more than just a new logo: It's a rude, condescending insult to all of us!!!

If they genuinely think that's a rude, condescending insult, they've clearly never visited The Reg's comments pages. "Oh look, the company that has bought and paid for the service I use for free wants to put their logo on it. Let's make a noise whilst sitting on our fat arses doing fuck-all of any practical use to show our displeasure". Whining freetards!

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O2 launches democratically-minded MVNO

Bassey

Oh come off it

> We're not sure which established business is out-done by Wikipedia

For god's sake, you, I and the rest of the educated world might question it's accuracy/management and several others aspects of it, but Wikipedia was directly cited by Microsoft as the reason for stopping Encarta. Additionally, how many of the small handful of CD/DVD based encyclopaedias, so popular 5-10 years ago, are still churning out annual releases since Wikipedia?

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Geordi LaForge video-to-brain rig built at MIT

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Deja vu

Such systems have been around for a couple of years and have been tried out on people. I'm sure the "microfabricated polyimide stimulating electrode array with sputtered iridium oxide electrodes" is new, but there has been a system that stimulates a basic image using a (IIRC) 8X8 pixel array for some time and there was talk of that going up to 16X16 - all in black and white mind.

Again, all off the top of my head, but the system I've seen was basically an 8X8 CMOS implanted into the optic nerve using an array of 8X8 probes.

It's unclear from the article exactly how this new system improves upon the existing systems or what has happened to those?

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iPhone and Windows Mobile get the (Gmail) Push

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@pixel

Not sure I believe you or that you actually have a clue how push email works there fella. The whole point of push is that the server does the work, so saving YOUR battery life. If your device is polling every few minutes, it's using up power. If I don't get any emails but have push turned on, I use no juice. Any explanations as to how you feel doing nothing uses twice as much energy as doing something over and over again would be much appreciated by myself and energy conservationists the world over.

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Pull the plug on Pandas, declares BBC man

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Quick question

To those suggesting above that it's okay to let things die out naturally, "unless it was because of mankind", do you view yourselves as somehow super-natural?

I've always considered myself a part of nature. If I cut down a tree and it contained the last "purple Wiznook", the purple wiznook has died out as naturally as if it was eaten by a Lion.

I watched "Last Chance to See" on Sunday and, whilst beatifully shot, the complete bollocks about the deforestation of Madagascar was maddening. We deforested Britain and most of mainland Europe. Why the hell are we stopping them having a great quality of life just to save a few ugly little primates who haven't evolved to survive without a dwindling natural resource?

Eventually, some day, we might use up all the resources and, unless we evolve, spread out to other planets etc, we'll die out and Earth will get along just fine without us. 65 Million years from now some species will be digging up our fossils and making films about how we have been recreated from the last batch of frozen embryos....

"Conservationists" annoy me almost as much as religious fanatics and strike me as appallingly similar in their view of humans as somehow superior.

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World's first button-less, gesture-based remote launched

Bassey

Oh dear

Title says it all

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HTC readies radical Touch HD revamp

Bassey

Strange

This would seem to indicate that HTC are looking to use Windows Mobile on their low-mid end devices (the Touch 2, for example) whilst putting Android on the High-end devices. Despite Windows Mobile costing (in terms of license per device sold to MS) whilst Android is Open Source. Bizarre!

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Swedish bloke attempts lactation

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Suggestion

If he really wants to get closer to his children at an early age could he maybe just try singing, reading, playing, the odd cuddle? No? Really? Sorry.

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Sale talks heat up at T-Mobile UK

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Re: Sampler and Rob

It can't just be "any change" to the contract. It needs to be a "material" change i.e. one that would effect your service/usage/costs etc in some meaningful way - and not necessarily even to your detriment!

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YouTube UK welcomes back the music

Bassey

Meh

I wasn't actually aware YouTube carried music videos until I saw the headlines saying they were being taken off. Actually, I haven't seen a music video since the 90s. I remember when it was green fields, as far as the Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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LG, Sony Ericsson Windows Mobile 6.5 phones outed

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Re: if...

It looks like it really is that slim. The spec sheet says;

* Size: 110 x 54 x 16 mm

* Weight: 115 grams

That's pretty damned sleek for a full QWERTY device.

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Windows 7 versus Snow Leopard — The poison taste test

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Re: John Sanders

> have you guys check what happens if you try it on any of those Pentium 2.4mhz 512mb most

> business run on (Or those Semprons 1.x/2x) XP is here to stay for a long time on those.

Actually, yes. Ran Win7 on a Sempron (1.5Ghz - I think) we had lying around at work to test compatibility with a piece of software we're about to release. Now, it was absolutely vanilla. No AV, no browser plugins, no office. It wasn't even on the network (it's as if they don't trust my software!). But it absolutely flew. Booted in 15-20s and was generally fast and responsive. People were genuinely stood around watching in amazement. And it was a HP for fooks sake!

Of course, that would probably be the case with most machines that didn't have the (all too necessary) crap that slows them to a crawl.

But that's just one example. I've run most of the Win7 builds on lots of different hardware and it just IS a lot quicker than Vista. I actually liked Vista, but on my Core2Duo 2.4GHz with 2GB RAM it sucked - until I removed Office 2007. Then it was fine.

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