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Sharp readies colour e-book reader

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Price Point

Constraining the device to ereader only will enhance the market, if they go for an all singing and dancing device then the price will encroach on the Tablet devices. Let's face it most people are not going to lash out $300-$400 for something that you can read a book with. Get that price point down to the $100 level and you will own the market.

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EU boffins aim to reinvent the hard disk

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SSDs

In the short term will not replace storage drives as opposed to boot drives, so this looks very interesting.

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Piles for Windows - a pain in the arse?

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We should

Send a crate of Anusol to Balmer.

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Microsoft seeks patent on ebook page flip

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Fucking Nonsense

I am rarely moved to swear on forums but this really is appropriate!

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iPad, Kindle as readable as print... almost

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Pint

Over 18 months

with an Ectaco Jetbook and I would say I am reading more and faster. I think a lot if it is to do with familiarity. I use mine on a daily basis and am quite happy to use it for extended periods. It's also good to have in the pub whilst waiting for the crawl to kick off!

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'The internet's completely over', declares petulant Prince

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TAFKATAFKAP

Will become TACKAT. The Artist Currently Known As Twonk. As in "What a twonk!."

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'Huge airships to carry freight starting 10 years from now'

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Not quite...

I believe that we are using several billion times more natural gas, coal and oil than is being produced. So your analogy doesn't bear examination, most industrial helium is derived from distillation of natural gas. the 3000 tonnes you refer to is that liberated from the earths rocks etc naturally.

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Helium

Is constantly released from radioactive decay, largely from shale oil deposits. We've heard this airship crap since the 1930s. I'll believe it when I see it.

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BT boss brands Britain illiterate

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Hmmm

A quarter of 26000 is 6500, a fifth is 5200, 6000 is closer to a quarter of 26000 than it is to a fifth, perhaps he should have just said three thirteenths.

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Scotland

"If you look at Scotland, it has the highest graduation rate [in the UK], but lower productivity than northeast England. There is a very interesting question about whether university degrees turn into productivity."

Currently 12.5% of all students in Scotland are from overseas. 41% of entrants to Edinburgh University were English. I doubt many remain after their studies are over unless they have managed to secure employment.

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Efros

That isn't mathematics

That's arithmetic mate.

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Yep

Nothing like unremitting humiliation from your peer group to get you to toe the line. Unfortunately the peer group giving the humiliation, in most cases, are the ones with questionable literacy skills.

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Testing

Should be for the benefit of the student, if it is not for their benefit then the student has no investment and consequently couldn't give a shit. Testing as a means of assessing a school's performance is ridiculous, to use an American phrase, "You get given lemons, you make lemonade".

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Pakistan set to ban more web blasphemy

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Strictly speaking

The Koran, by refusing to acknowledge Christ as the son of God but merely as a prophet, is in itself blasphemous as far as the Christian religion is concerned. Similarly the Holy Trinity is blasphemous as far as the Judaic faith is concerned. Answer: become Jedi.

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UK.gov preps bonfire of the vanity websites

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IPv4

Looks as if some IP numbers may be freed up at least!

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Apple, Google, Microsoft – are you a Brand Taliban or Brand Evangelist?

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The point is also

that they will adulterate the bread and in the meantime buy up every other bakery within reasonable travelling distance to ensure that the 'competition' follows suit. Politicians will also be bought to push the adulterated bread lobby to ensure the public is fully 'informed as to the wholesomeness and loveliness of not only the manufacturer, but the sweetened plastic muck they are producing under the name of bread (which has a shelf life of several years).

I think we can safely say that all of the companies/corporations mentioned in the article and the comments have been prosecuted/settled out of court over actions that demonstrably break laws in the pursuit of boosting their shareholders dividends.

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Yes Shit, Watson

It's the "subject to legal behaviour" bit that these corporations seem to have the most trouble with. I'm not saying that they should have the customers interests at heart but FFS don't pretend that you do when it is patently obvious that you don't.

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They all suck

Apple, Google, Microsoft, BP etc etc etc...

none of them have the goodwill, wellbeing or any other positive interest of their customers at heart, their only drive is to make as much money as they possibly can,legally or otherwise, whilst ensuring their competitors don't.

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Old timer cleared of extreme porn charges

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private modes

I can see FF and IEs private browsing modes taking a leap in usage after this. One wonders how long that stuff had been in the guys cache.

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Giving poor kids computers, internet makes them stupider

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Interesting

Given the subject of the article, one might have thought that the contributors to this forum might have been a little bit more careful as to their spelling etc. Sadly this is not the case.

As for NCLB, fundamental error in the law is assuming that every child has the same potential as far as education goes. Someone really needs their arse kicked over that one. It should have been call NPCMNE, No Parental Commitment Means No Education. Schools and teachers can only do so much, without the support and, lets face it, discipline given and applied by a functional family unit the kid hasn't got a bloody chance. I've seen a few struggle out of the mire but on the whole their ambitions and aspirations are screwed before they even start. The only thing they have going for them is the chance that sometime later after their teenage years they will realize that they need some qualification or other and will return to education when their motivation will take them through.

@ AC "

Yet another obvious bit of research... #

For every Faraday, Hooke, Newton or Einstein there are many thousands of Forrest Gumps."

I'm not usually a spelling/grammar pedant but come on.

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$11.7m judgment against Spamhaus slashed to $27,000

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Paris Hilton

the clue is in the word billion

Anyone sending billions of emails is not sending solicited material, they had the audacity to use the billion word in relation to the number of emails allegedly caught by Spamhaus to estimate their compensation, and yet no one seems to have said "Wait a moment that number of emails can't be solicited!".

Paris cos she only eats real meat not spam. Allegedly.

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Philips SHQ3000 washable earphones

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99.8% dead

Leaving that 0.2% to grow stronger and mutate into some teratogenic trigger. Loudhailer as that's what you'll need after a severe inner ear infection.

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Adobe lines up emergency Flash fix

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Pint

Best workaround for acrobat

Use Foxit.

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BBC upgrades iPlayer to allow 'social propositions'

Efros

Ctrl C, Ctrl V

It really aint that difficult.

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F*ck you, thunders disgruntled fanboi Apple user

Efros

Beach balls

There's a Linux penguin, a fanboi, and a Windows luser in a plane, and the pilot says, we're carrying too much weight, one of you has got to go, and the fanboi says, well, I can't jump because... The fanboi is suddenly obscured by a large rotating beach-ball, the penguin and luser seize their opportunity and hurl the pratt earthward.

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Apple prices up iPad for UK

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Megaphone

Of Course

Did you expect it to be priced down?

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San Francisco's rogue BOFH is guilty

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It's America

Following a trial Jurors can say what they like about the case.

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Hulu to charge $10 for past-its-prime time TV

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Used it a couple of times

That was when it was free, $9.95 a month they can shove it, I'd rather join Netflix, at least they have no adverts.

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Ten free apps to install on every new PC

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ICE Mirror

Nice little backup utility, can be run from the command line to create scheduled disk mirrors.

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LG 42LH3000 42in LCD TV

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Eyes open

Article read, in full just didn't notice the 3rd HDMI port. I will immediately drag my sorry ass outside and commit seppuku. Now where is that wazikashi?

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Boffin

3 HDMI ports?

I could only see 2 with a service USB port.

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Apple bans Pulitzer Prize political cartoons from iPhone

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First amendment rights?

But then we are talking about the Jobsian states of Ameerica.

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Adobe to sue Apple 'within weeks,' says report

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The Bitchslap is on

Now all we have to figure out is who is the bitch?

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Cash-strapped trolley dollies in nude calendar protest

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Slideshow

Of said calender here

http://bongo.zoomin.tv/videoplayer/index.cfm?id=372207&quality=2&pid=interviudp

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Your internet policy sucks, US tells Aussies

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Where oh where

are all those aussie christian thunder- mentalists (or should that be chunder-mentalists) going to get their sex education now that the Aussie web will be filtered of such content by the Great Barrier Firewall, one presumes that all wrist flexing material has been safely removed from school sex-ed programs which now consist of not doing anything until you are safely ensconced in a marital state.

Celibacy is best boys

Celibacy is best... Shag a Wallaby.... erm don't quite work.

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Bank security guru: Sue your bank for refund

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Contrast this

I was contacted by my bank, a small rural bank in the US, when one of the tellers noticed a Debit card payment actioned in Florida (about 2000 miles away) to a racecourse bookies. This teller happened to know us and also that neither of us were in Florida or frequented bookies. Bank put an immediate investigation into the debit, money that had already been disbursed from my account was returned by the bank pending the result of the investigation. The investigation resulted in new debit cards for my wife and I, no cost to us, and an explanation that the debit card had been compromised by a security issue at one of our local supermarkets. All done with no intervention on our part.

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Times websites want £1 a day from June

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Have they made pot legal

If not they are definitely smoking something illegal over at the Times.

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Nerd alert: First Lucid Lynx Ubuntu beta fun

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For a Beta

Bloody excellent. Installed faultlessly on a lenovo laptop that 9.10 had baulked at due to video issues. Having said that still massive Samba frig ups.

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'Health and safety killjoys' kill cheese-rolling race

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Joke

voluntary attempts at suicide

With incidental entertainment for the masses should be encouraged not outlawed! How else would we have the skeleton, or motorcycle sidecar racing?

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Ballmer: One day, Bing will actually make money

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Jobs Horns

Dream on

Balmer's in lala land!

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Greenock pensioners cuffed for Tesco 'sex romp'

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Give em both a medal

Especially her for initiating it all!

Paris for fairly obvious reasons.

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Oracle prez admits 8 1/2 years with billboard woman

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FAIL

Who cares

seriously who cares.

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Amazon offers publishers pre-iSlate Kindle bribes

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Publishers

Soon to be one of those endangered species I think, certainly if I was an author deriving any wodges from ebooks I would be considering my options and my publishers cut rather closely.

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One second-hand space shuttle: Yours for $29m

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Nope

Not 'a completely different way of going into space' but a completely different way of coming back from space, if anything the use of solid fuel boosters could be seen as a retrograde step. However, the use of an unpowered liftng body to get from the upper atmosphere to the ground is truly innovative.

Paris cos she knows all about re-entry.

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Asus confirms e-book reader trio

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Price will be

Whatever the Kindle is -$10.

Paris cos she is available in flash.

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Is Mandy right to cut science funding?

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Mandy

Is hardly ever right, and he definitely isn't about this one, why do we have someone with a degree in PPand E in charge of this sort of thing. If this goes through it will be on a par with John Harvey Jones' decision to slash R&D at ICI, great in the very short term but absolute disaster for any future products, or in this case graduates. Mandy needs to realize that without scientists and engineers and the products they research and develop the E in his PPE is fucked, trying to predict which piece of research is going to be the basis of a new area of industry is like pissing into the wind with the full expectation of staying dry.

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Knuckle rap for riot shield sledging coppers

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I think

The senior officer should away an bile his heid!

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Keene IRAnywhere

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Sounds like

a godsend to those who have FTP boxes in their home countries linked to a PVR enabled HTPC.

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Court: iPod hearing loss your fault, not Apple's

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Paris Hilton

good god

A court decision that makes sense from a US court, has the world gone mad? next thing you know we'll be able to get hot coffee and burn our mouths with gay (non pejorative use of the word) abandon.

Paris cos she has a label 'Hot may cause burns!" Presumably friction ones.

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How Google became Microsoft: A decade of hits, misses and gaffes

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@ Steven Hunter

nought [nɔːt]

n also naught ought aught

(Mathematics) another name for zero: used esp in counting or numbering

n & adj & adv

a variant spelling of naught

[Old English nōwiht, from ne not, no + ōwiht something; see whit]

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