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Pentax Optio W80

Bassey

Eh? Sacrilege

Whilst there are a few snobs around who would sniff at the idea, fine malt should ALWAYS have a drop of good, warm water added first. Particularly if it's one of these high-strength special bottlings.

Right, with that off my chest I can carry on and read past the first line now.

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Feminist org declines nude calendar cash

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Seems fair enough

I've never been convinced about all this "self empowerment" stuff. At the end of the day, they're making money by selling pictures of themselves in the buff. Most women I've met who would describe themselves as feminists have turned out to be a bunch of moaning, whingeing, men hating bores with a massive persecution complex but give this lot their due. They set themselves up to promote women for their talents, rather than their "talents" and £600 isn't enough to buy their principles. Good on them.

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O2 coughs to data failure

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Re: lansalot

> Are they saying they run the entire data network with a single-point-of-failure?

No. The article clearly states that not everyone was effected and that you could try one of their other APNs.

What's wrong? Did you get tired after reading the first couple of lines so just made up the rest of the article in your head?

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IT workers grumble about lack of career path

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Be interested to know what they had in mind by "Career Development"

The only career development I've ever been aware of was to go from being in a technical role to being a people manager with the odd bit of technical work thrown in to stop you getting bored. And, having seen how god awful most technical specialists are at people management (the classic case of being promoted out of anything you are good at until you find something you can't do and get stuck there) I've turned down every attempt by my company to "promote" me into management.

I don't need it. I get those sorts of kicks outside of work by being a parent and a mountain rescue team leader. In the office, I'll stick to doing what (I hope) I'm good at. I don't need the hypocrisy of spending years complaining about how crap my bosses are only to become a crap boss just for a few extra grand a year. And I'm happy to admit I would be a truly terrible manager.

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'No more CCTV', cries top CCTV cop

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Not quite the gist

If you listen to the whole interview he isn't saying we have enough camera's or that we should never increase. He's just saying we have too many camera's for the resources available at the moment. We should stop for a while and plough that money into people, training, systems and procedures so that we can start making the most of the CCTV cameras we have today.

He didn't actually say it but it was implied that he would then be happy for the crappy, poor quality cameras to be replaced and for new, high-quality cameras to go up.

To suggest he was in some way anti-cameras or believed there were enough does not represent what I heard when I listened to the whole interview yesterday evening. He was quite clearly pro-cameras and believed there was an assumption amongst the public that, when crime takes place, someone will be watching on a CCTV camera and the perpetrators will subsequently be caught. He clearly believes the public backs ubiquitous CCTV.

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Mozilla downplays risk from unpatched flaw

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Re: Weary

Unless your house it about a mile long would it not be quicker to walk to one of the other PC's, lookup the recipe, print it off and walk back to the kitchen?

And if your house is a mile long a) Well done, b) Why are you cooking?

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OpenOffice bug/feature stirs 'horde of angry chimps'

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@ OkKTY8KK5U

"Not that I haven't submitted bug reports and even voted on them - it just becomes clear that the devs don't care. Just like the Microsoft response "shut up and deal with it" to complaints about the execrable "ribbon" they inflicted on their users. "

Did you ever consider that it might just be a case of not everyone agreeing with your point of view? I believe MS published the results of user studies into the ribbon interface and those who didn't like it amounted to about 4.5%.

Sorry to disappoint your obvious sense of self-importance but, far from sticking our heads in the sand, us developers do listen and we tend to act on what the majority of users want, not just what you want.

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Did anyone read the article?

There are at least half a dozen comments above along the lines of "Why are OO devs being so lazy/pig-headed and refusing the fix the bug?".

Read the fecking article will you? It isn't a bug. It is meant to work that way. You may or may not agree with how it works but that's an entirely different matter. If the software is designed to work one way and that is how it works then it doesn't need fixing!

The spec might need changing but then you've (potentially) got a lot of people who ARE expecting their hidden data to be removed who are going to be really pissed off. I must admit, it's annoyed my both ways, depending on my mindset at the time. Sometimes I'm expecting it to remove everything and that's great. Other times it's caught me out. Same goes for Excel.

But please read the damn article before mouthing off about how stupid/lazy/inferior-to-you other people are.

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Opera slams Microsoft's Windows 7 E move - again

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Re: Bilgepipe

> If I want Firefox then wouldn't I have to install IE first

No. Most magazines come with a DVD filled with umpteen different browsers. Also, how many people only have access to one PC nowadays? It's a very simple matter to download (as an example) the setup.exe for firefox from another PC in the house or a friends computer, stick it on a USB key and then run it after installing Windows 7.

Although I think the whole thing is ridiculous. No one is making Apple remove Safari from OSX. If a user REALLY wants a different browser on the PC before they buy it there are any number of PC builders who, I'm sure, would be only too happy to stick Opera/Firefox or whatever on there to get a sale.

For people who know nothing about PC's, Microsoft bundles a browser. For those of us who know what we're doing, the choice is there. I really don't get where the problem is?

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Would you leave your child alone with a cabinet minister?

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BBC Interview this morning

There was a very funny interview on BBC breakfast this morning. They did there usual job of getting two polar opposites to argue the toss. One, a children's author (never heard of him, never heard of his books) and the head of a teaching union. The first, deliberately leading question went to the author with the obvious expectation that he would be frothing at the mouth about this afront to his reputation.

The interviewers were quite visibly pissed off when he cheerily admitted he thought the plan was an excellent idea and saw no reason why he shouldn't be vetted in the same way as everyone else.

Clearly, the researchers had not done their jobs. Rather than a slanging match we ended up with an intelligent, articulate author presenting a well-reasoned argument. Most un-BBC.

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Swedish devil girls fingered on Street View

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Amazing

I don't know how you do. A world-exclusive to rival anything from News International. Good work Reg!

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Dell sets date for Vostro all-in-one UK debut

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This is what I've been looking for

We've been wanting an all-in-one with a decent sized screen that can be wall mounted for a while now. Lets hope, like the home XPS range, this comes in 24" varieties.

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Oz cops turn to wardriving to fight Wi-Fi 'jackers

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Re: David Haworth

So, by your reasoning, If I leave my car unlocked with the keys in the ignition it isn't theft if someone jumps in and drives off?

It's amazing how dishonest people always manage to justify their actions somehow. Hollywood charge too much/their films are crap/the cd I wanted wasn't available/was drm'd etc etc.

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Reg readers crack case of the $23 quadrillion overcharge

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Fraud

To the couple of posters asking about this not being flagged as fraud or irregular activity, as others have mentioned, this amount almost certainly never existed in any financial system. It's just an error in the way the report was generated. Those fraud detection systems monitor transactions as they come in and look for certain patterns (a common one being several consecutive payments for a small amount - to check a "generated" number is actually an active card).

So no, VISA would not have flagged this up as fraud and blocked the card.

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Microsoft invests $1m in IT girls

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Pile of shite

What a pile of shite. Why aren't people donating millions to get more men working in nail-bars?

Sexism is sexism. There is no such thing as positive discrimination.

If women really want to be treated equally they need to get together and beat the living shit out of the few "feminists" whose constant "it's sooo unfair" bleating gives women a bad name (maybe starting with tennis players).

Men and women are equal but the sooner some people realise that they aren't actually the same the better off we'll all be.

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Plod offered SIM confiscation powers by Tories

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Excellent Stuff

The Tories. Tough on media scapegoats. Tough on the causes of media scapegoats!

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Long wait for health records

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Always wondered

How someone who can be SO incompetent as to put unencrypted confidential data on a laptop AND leave the damn thing on a bus can still be prescient enough to have made a note of the exact number of records and to what they pertain?

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CBS, Comcast in web TV trial subs

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Re: Hollywood is overpaid

So might I suggest you stop paying $60-80 for a movie and $100/month for your telly? It's no use complaining about Hollywood. As you rightly point out, it's YOU who are paying the ridiculous salaries so grow a pair yourself and stop paying them!

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Staten Island manhole swallows texting teen

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Good idea

This is the sort of policy New Labour should be introducing over here. Leave all the manhole covers off to catch the inconsiderate little bastards that insist on trying to walk into me. It must happen four or more times every lunch time. It will catch the morons that use their umbrellas/big-tops-on-a-stick as battering rams when it's raining as well.

And can we have large brown bears at the bottom of the manholes?

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Microsoft rubs Web 2.0 noses in SharePoint cash pile

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Quick Question

We have lots of spreadsheets doing all sorts of things I'd rather they didn't (yes, we have an end user computing program but users will be users). At the moment, if we want to upgrade our version of office, we have to undertake a MASSIVE testing program (after we've got people to confess to the existence of these spreadsheets) to make sure things still work in the same way with the new version of Excel.

We've been testing Office 2007 SP3 for a while now and plenty of the more complex (read: VBA) stuff is not even backwards compatible with Office 2007 SP2.

If we were to switch to MS Office Web Applications and MS upgraded the apps (presumably on their servers) I'm assuming a proportion of our spreadsheets and VBA code could stop working over night. It's not like it's being pushed out and we can put it on hold. It's a web address.

Obviously, I have NO intention of doing this. Just a theoretical thing.

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Most IT pros not planning on Windows 7 rollout

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Amazing

So 40.8% of SMEs intend upgrading to Windows7 within 15 months of it's launch? I find that incredible. I quite like Windows 7 (then again, I didn't have any major problems with Vista) but I won't be making a business case for our company to upgrade to it. That not too far from half of companies plan to before the product has even shipped I find almost unbelievable.

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Brothel funds NZ lad's Olympic dream

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Elite Sports

Since when was cycling an upper-class sport? Quick check on the GB entries in the Tour De France

1) Mark Cavendish - Isle of Man, worked in a Bank to fund his early career

2) Bradley Wiggins - Born in Belgium and his Dad was a cyclist - no blue blood the last I checked

3) David Miller - Born in Malta and his dad flew with the RAF

And I've known plenty of cyclists, sailors and rowers. A few of the rowers were public school but most of those in sailing were from the fishing community and the cyclists are as down to earth as you can get. Certainly more so than those oh-so-working-class footballers.

And good luck to this bloke. He's clearly willing to risk the ridicule he knew was coming his way in order to pursue his dream.

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Datawind breezes into netbooks

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Could be nice

Might be okay - you'd need to play with one, find out the battery life, is there an SD card sot etc. - but I don't think I'd pay over £100 for one. You can get an Elonex Webook for £99 so I don't see why you'd pay 60% more for one of these.

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SEC extends Jobsian health probe

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It's a tricky one

On the one hand, he is inextricably linked with Apple to the point where his health has a direct impact on the share price. On the other, he's just a bloke and perfectly entitled to take time off to look after himself without answering a load of questions.

In this case, I'd probably suggest Apple ARE out of order but not because they didn't publish every detail of Jobs' health problems. Any public company that has become so completely reliable on one individual without an obvious line of succession is in breach of it's duty to it's shareholders. I'd say the shareholders themselves should see this as a wake-up call and should be asking the board where the backup plan is?

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ECB Cricket 1.0

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Sounds familiar

I've been using the plusmo app from cricinfo for ages on my Windows Mobile phone. Not only does it cover all that the ECB app does, but I get the usual ball-by-ball commentary from cricinfo. Not sure if it's available for iPhone yet but well worth a look if (like me) your corporate internet policy blocks sports commentary (for some reason, they don't believe following the Ashes, ball by ball, is work related).

Oh, and very low data useage as well - for those not on unlimited* data bundles

* unlimited data bundles are limited to whatever the hell we say they are so tough.

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Too thick to boil an egg? Buy 'em preboiled

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"pre" boiled?

As the prefix "Pre" means BEFORE, surely a preboiled egg is an egg before it's been boiled. Or, in fact, just "an egg". If it's also been shelled I would hope it arrives in a little plastic bag.

A few years ago, the idea of someone selling boiled eggs would have been surprising. Today, it's rather "meh". I know catering wholesalers have been offering such for a long time. Sandwich shops will happily buy cheap, boiled, shelled eggs for making egg-mayo etc. But at 45p per egg, I can't really see these taking off.

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Radiopaq slips out sound-boosting iPod Nano sleeve

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Reveal hidden detail?

It's a compressed file. Unless it's going to the internet and looking up an uncompressed version of the file, the detail isn't hidden. It ain't there.

So, if the statement is even vaguely true (and not just marketing bollocks) what it is actually doing is having a stab in the dark and making up extra detail as it goes along. Although that probably doesn't sound quite so impressive in the marketing blurb.

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Royal Society of Chemistry hunts Janet Leigh

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In fairness

Their analysis will be somewhat unrepresentative. The average shower waste doesn't include several pints of blood.

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US starts emergency radio tests

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Re GeorgeTuk

The 2012 Summer Olympics are in London. The 2010 Winter Olympics are in Canada (Vancouver, I think).

As for the radio, that is a good idea. Oh, hang on, we've been using a common, encrypted radio system across all emergency services (and most other services) for several years now. Still, nice to see you youngsters catching up.

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Russians demand flying cars and telepathy

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I'd have thought

...with all the focus on that list on healing illness, repairing organs and living forever, a larger planet, food replicators and/or human sterilisation had better be pretty near the top of most peoples wish lists.

I don't fancy living for ever on a planet with a couple of hundred billion others all fighting over the last remaining scraps of food.

Oh, and for me it has to be teleportation. I could teleport into the bosses office, slap him across his smug little face and be out of there again before he realised what had happened.

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Petrol station robbers cuffed after running out of petrol

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Re: @ Sarah Bee

"What I don't think most techies understand is that as a group we are for the most part indicatively socially inept and .....are actually over weight middle aged men wearing double breasted suits"

How DARE you accuse me of wearing a double-breasted suit? I save that for weddings/funerals etc.

PS You forgot bald.

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Firefox 3.5 - it's not a 'web upgrade'

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Switch back

I'll have to give this a try. As a long-time Firefox user I've actually found myself using IE8 quite a lot recently. I found FF3 to be quite unstable and very slow with certain video. It was also crap at rendering outlook Web Access (yes, I know, probably MS's fault - but that doesn't help me!).

Downloaded last night but not had time to try it yet. I HOPE it's an improvement 'cause I feel dirty using IE8.

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How secure are your applications?

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Re: Anonymous Coward @ 10:54

I'm with you. I've been coding since the early 80s and the assumption has always been the users are morons and there is no such thing as common sense so you have to verify EVERY piece of data you allow into your system.

I can't remember who said it but I think "Idiot Proof? Idiots are surprisingly resourceful!" sums it up quite well.

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Freeview HD to debut in December

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What was the point of the switchover

We were the told the reason for going through the hassle of the digital switchover was to free up bandwidth for additional services. We've had the pain of being one of the first to be switched over. I say switched over. We didn't have ANY digital services until the day they turned off the analogue. Nothing.

But hey, at least we'll be first to get all the new stuff, won't we. Oh no. We don't get half the new digital stations, they are turning off some of the ones we get now (we've only had them for 11 days) and now we find out Winterhill (which has not yet switched) will get the new stuff before we do.

So can someone please explain what the fuck the point was of of being forced to be first when they clearly weren't ready? Oh yeah, I live in a small rural area so no-one gives a shit. I forgot.

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ISPs vs BBC iPlayer: Missing the point?

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Or, to put it another way....

instead of;

“an increasing number of content providers were developing profitable business models that are delivered across BT’s network and that they should therefore be prepared to contribute to the costs"

It could just as easily be...

"an increasing number of ISP's are developing profitable business models that are based around delivery OUR content and they should therefore be prepared to contribute to the costs of creating that content"

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Nokia toughens up

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Not impressed

The 5140i was a great little phone. Survived a couple of years being used mainly around building sites and was covered in all sorts of crap by the time I finally upgraded. But it was the thick rubber coating that really made it. Sure, it would pick up scuffs and scratches but it didn't really matter. This thing looks all glass, steel and plastic. There is no way you would catch me using it in the same way as their last one.

Looks like the Samsung Solid (do they still sell that?) or the Sonim then. I refuse to be seen with the bright yellow JCB one!

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NASA takes stick over feet and inches

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Nonsense

To all those claiming Britain has gone metric, are you mad or do you just never get out of the house? Pints (milk or beer)? How tall are you? How heavy are you? All road signs. All cars. You order bricks/sand/gravel by the yard. How big is the display on your mobile? What size telly have you got? Yes, the weather forecast may display Celsius, but as often as not the ditzy blond is telling you "it will be up in the eighties today". I went for an operation a few years ago and I had to convert my weight into pounds for the nurse to calculate my anaesthetic because all her tables were imperial and she didn't know how to convert from Kilos.

To say the UK is "mostly metric" is utter bollocks. Schools, yes. Science, maybe. Engineering, medicine and real life - no way.

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That's strange

I had always believed NASA used imperial. However, I watched the James May thing on BBC on Sunday and all the old Apollo astronauts spoke about Kilometers and meters, so I just assumed I was wrong and that NASA had been using metric all along.

Then again, they also mentioned pounds of thrust and the old 25,000 mph so it's probably no wonder they are all confused. The sooner the US and UK drop their pathetic romantic notions towards imperial measurements the better. When was the weights and measures act? 1969?

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NASA unleashes Moon-attack probe

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Re: Lola resolution

> Anyone know what the LOLA instrument on LRO resolution is

It's to detect the presence of Cherry Cola!

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Royal Navy sailors hurl Ronald McDonald into Chilean harbour

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To the above boasters

Have a read of what Mr Lightoller (yes, he of Titanic fame) did in Sydney once as a "jape". He puts you all to shame.

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Catholic social club ousts coven of witches

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Flame

Sue them

I'm not one for litigation, normally, but they should sue on the grounds of religious discrimination. Of course, the Catholics would probably argue that they answer to a higher power. And, as we all know, that higher power decrees love, peace and harmony - unless he doesn't like them, in which case he decrees mass murder\ethnic cleansing\smiting (choose your own preferred term).

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What's the best non-iPod music player?

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title required

Sounds like you want the Sandisk Fuze (about £60-70 at the moment). Not sure about shuffling within a genre though. Never tried it and not got mine with me. Fantastic battery life and brilliant sound quality though - once you ditch the headphones and use decent ones of your own.

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Mitsubishi finalises mass-market e-car production plans

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Nice car

Nice looking car and pretty practical too. However, PLEASE don't slip into the whole "pre" bollox. What does "Pre-order" mean? To place an order for something is to book/reserve in advance. To "pre-order" is literally meaningless.

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Johnson handed Home Office brief

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Re: Anonymous Coward : 12:45

Could you please define "one of the most successful countries in the world"? Without such a definition, your argument is entirely baseless. In the mid-nineties Britain had 18 month waiting lists in hospitals, high crime rates, average 30+ class sizes, few teachers, few doctors, fewer nurses and police, a transport system that was the laughing stock of the world and MASSIVE unemployment.

Oh, hang on. You mean the financial sector was doing well so our GDP was on the Up? Of course. Yes. That turned out VERY nicely, didn't it!

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Re: AC @ 11:31

Swapped roles with the Tories? Are you kidding? Most of the criticisms of Labour have been about OVER-spending and OVER-centralisation. The Conservatives are threatening to cut cut cut. It's the usual cycle. Tories ruin all the public services by under-investing. Labour build them back up, do a good job, let power get to their heads, screw up royally and let the conservatives back in.

If you genuinely reckon a Tory government is going to invest in Britain you are living in a dream world.

Britain's main problem is that it is dominated by two parties and neither are fit for government. It really NEEDS a hung parliament and a coalition but will never get one without PR - and it is against either Labour or Tory interests to bring it in. Still, you've only had, what, seven, eight hundred years to bring in a system that actually gives each vote an equal weight.

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O2 XDA Guide satnav phone

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CoPilot

There is a very good reason why O2 UK always use CoPilot instead of TomTom. O2 UK own Manx Telecom in the Isle of Man and TomTom maps don't cover any of the UK's offshore Islands or Crown Dependencies. It's a shame because TomTom's routing is probably superior. However, the integration between the guide and CoPilot is good (and you make no mention of it).

The cradle has a small magnet in it. When you put the guide in the cradle, a finger-friendly menu pops up giving various SatNav short-cuts. The menu can be disabled but I've found it to be quite useful - particularly the "home" and "favourites" buttons.

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Acer Aspire One D250

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How?

How is this the "natural successor" to the Aspire One? It's double the price! Did you guys all get 100% pay rises this year or something? That's like claiming the Mercedes SLK is the "natural successor" to the Smart.

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Geeks make least selfish lovers: Official

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Re: To Re: To pre-empt the obvious smartarse comments,

I was thinking more along the lines.....

'Of course her needs come first. If she gets a puncture I'm going to go without.'

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Toddler snaps up mechanical digger online

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Toddlers are remarkably resourceful

I have no problems believing this.

At a year old our son turned on my sister's digital camera and was found sat on the floor navigating through the photos. At 2 1/2 he can (just about) use a PC and can easily operate a DVD player. I got a phone call from a friends 8 month-old only last week! Didn't say much, mind. Just slurping sounds as she tried to fit the phone in her mouth. Well, I assumed it was the baby.

And (Re: Danny) why on earth would a Toddler be gated in?

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Spielberg: Games consoles doomed

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Re: Ac and Chris

Why does the processing power have to be in the home? Cloud baby, cloud!

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