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993 posts • joined 23 Sep 2008

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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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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Vodafone Magics up a little Google glitter

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Re: Stuza

That's weird. I've had about a dozen HTC devices and have never had one fail. I must know of a few hundred other devices and can think of one that had a speaker fail - that's it. The software can be a bit ropey - though it's getting better - but they have a fantastic reputation for hardware within the industry. That's why the likes of Sony Ericsson ask HTC to manufacture devices for them!

Still, I wouldn't buy one again if I'd had four failures!

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Banned US shock-jock demands Clinton intervention

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Hilarious

So he's complaining about having his rights of "freedom of expression" restricted - and then in the same breath is threatening to sue Wacky Jacqui for defamation. Surely she was just exercising her rights to freely express her view that he's a loud-mouthed git?

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iPhone users to walk and read at same time

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What kind of mind....

...when faced with the problem of being unable to see where they are going whilst using a mobile phone, rather than coming to the conclusion of the intelligent majority (it's not safe to use a mobile whilst walking down the street so stop doing it and annoying the fuck out of all those people I keep bumping in to) actually thinks "Hey, I can switch the camera on and THEN I'll be able to see where I'm going".

I'm still not sure whether he should be awarded or hung?

Maybe we could hang a medal around his neck and THEN throttle him with it?

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E-car supplier demos battery swap-shop

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Re: Brutus

I see what you mean, but if the swap station has very high capacity charging on site then they won't need more than, say, half an hours supply. As each battery is removed, it just gets connected to a very high current charger and is ready to go into another vehicle in half an hours time*.

And I believe the article pointed out the necessity to agree on a standard battery size/shape before it becomes viable.

* Half an hour is an arbitrary figure I plucked from thin air to illustrate the point :)

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Debbie Gibson battles Mega Shark and Giant Octopus

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Lets face it

It can't be any worse than the constant torrent of sewage emanating from Hollywood for the last 10+ years (Coen Brothers and "There will be Blood" excepting).

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Intel hit with largest ever EU fine

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So the EU keeps the money

Strange that, having concluded that AMD (and, presumably, VIA and others) were the injured party in all of this, that it is the EU who will keep the money and not the injured parties. Mind you, Intel having been found guilty, I assume AMD et al are now free to pursue their own claims against them and can site the competition commissions ruling as evidence?

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Kanye West doesn't have a f***ing Twitter, OK?

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Being creative?

Seriously? He spends most of his time being creative? I was travelling in a car with Radio 1 (shudder) on when what sounded like a Cher parody came on. I and the driver were pissing ourselves laughing. It was only afterwards, when the DJ announced something along the lines of "And dat was ye main man Kanye West keepin it real bruvver" that we realised it wasn't a piss-take.

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iPod designer's private nature costs him jonathanive.com

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Bizarre

What an astonishingly common-sense ruling. Very dull.

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Dell punts £199 10in netbook

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Wow!

An SCC that satisfies ALL the letters of it's acronym. I had started to wonder whether anyone other than Maplin would ever produce one of these. Well done Dell. That looks like a perfectly decent spec. It'll be interesting to see whether these sell.

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Gordon Ramsay breaches f**king broadcasting code

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Did it occur to anyone...

that these people (like the majority of right thinking individuals) find Ramsey to be an annoying, talentless, offensive little twirp and just saw the whole complaint thing as an outside chance to be rid of the obsequious little toad once and for all?

Just a thought.

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Doro PhoneEasy 338gsm

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Sounds great

My Granddad (87) has been using an old Ericsson R380 that I bought for him years ago. It's orange with big black buttons (so easy to see) and a nice large screen. It also came with a cradle, so he doesn't have to fiddle about with chargers. The battery doesn't last now, though, so we've been looking for a decent alternative.

The black one looks rubbish (you can't see the individual black keys against the black background) but the white one looks just the job.

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London cab & bus trials for satnav speed-governor kit

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Love it

I love all the complaints which ultimately boil down to "What if I'm driving like a retard and breaking the law when it suddenly kicks in?". Great reading.

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Darth Vader tops movie misquote poll

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Fairy Tales

Are the above nit-pickers seriously trying to suggest that there is such a thing as a "definitive" version of a fairy tale? Surely the whole point of a fairy tale is that they come from the oral tradition and so are the epitome of "Chinese whispers". It's like suggesting there is a right (and, therefore, wrong) version of the old playground classic of "Jingle Bells, Batman smells....".

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Ofcom works out why Wi-Fi doesn't work

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Or....

Given that this is unregulated space you could equally make the argument that all you selfish WiFi users are causing interference to the rest of the population who are trying to watch telly in bed whilst listening to the little ones. I gave up with my video transmitter because the interference was just soo bad. You should all move onto another band and let the rest of us carry on in domestic bliss. :)

I've also given up on WiFi now and we stick to Homeplug for our home networking and ADSL sharing needs. Much faster, more reliable, lower latency etc etc.

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Black hole swallows Barbarella rehash

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Hang on a moment

Is he suggesting Star Wars WASN'T sexy?

Now THERE is an example of blasphemy!

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Home Office to keep innocent DNA samples

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Not bothered

I don't see the bother. Profile everyone and get on with it. As long as it's accepted that DNA evidence alone can't convict I don't see the problem.

Although I did think the Today interview in which the guy kept stating that people who hadn't been convicted were likely to offend AGAIN was very funny. The interviewer kept trying to help him out but he was just too stupid to realise that what he was saying was wrong.

Of course, we all know that plenty of guilty people get off or aren't even charged because of costs, time, court priorities etc. But we're also smart enough not to go on national radio and call them criminals :)

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Asus Eee Box B206

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Shame

Bit more grunt and either a slot-load DVD or BluRay and you'd have a decent little machine. As it is, for not much more, you can get a Dell Studio Hybrid with HDMI output that is actually capable of playing HiDef.

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Microsoft blocks dirty dozen apps from mobile store

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This article is Complete crap

The document doesn't say ANY of that. You cannot fiddle with the registry to make your app the default. THAT is what it says. FFS!

Yes, that's still a load of restrictive bollocks and means I won't be touching the marketplace with a barge pole but if you're going to slag someone off at least read the fucking thing first!

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HTC Vodafone Magic

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3.5mm headphone jack

Two things I don't understand about this.

1) a USB headphone adaptor is about 75p on eBay so it is a complete non-issue. The adaptors are actually very good and come with a mic, call-answer button, another USB port for charging and (some have) an in-line volume control

2) That being the case, Why the fuck don't HTC stop all the whining in it's tracks and include one in the box?

Agree with several comments above, the conclusion doesn't fit with the general mood of the review. The review is full of criticisms, quirks and niggles and then the conclusion is glowing. I'm not saying the conclusion is wrong, the original G1 was(is) greater than the sum of it's parts. It has an excellent "feel" about it which is difficult to describe but most who use one come to appreciate.

I'm not saying such things are easy to get across but a) isn't that your job? and b) this time you failed quite badly.

Strange review

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Pioneer BDR-203BK

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Why?

I'm not actually sure what these things are for? Who has data storage requirements between 4.5GB (DVD) and 50GB (Dual Layer BluRay) that aren't catered for by super-cheap external hard drives?

I very rarely use even my DVD Writer. When I do, it's for writing ISO images that I've downloaded (and I'd probably be better off saving them to Hard Drive and mounting them with something like Nero).

The ONLY usage I can see is for people authoring their own HD Home Movies. Are their really THAT many people doing this and are they willing to shell out £200 + media in order to see little Chardonnay making up dance routines in the living room in Hi Def?

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