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Boxee box to come to Blighty

Efros

Re Meh

I have a $90 Argosy box hat will stream from TVersity and play MKV natively. so even $200 dollars is over the top.

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FAIL

Add another 100 quid

and you'd pretty much have a decent HTPC, which will do a helluva lot more than this fugly box!

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List-makers battle to keep football fixture lists protection

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Joke

Intellectual Property and Football

Surely the two terms are mutually exclusive.

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Guardian super-blogger flames Reg boffinry desk

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Joke

Start the cull

Watching reality TV will probably qualify you to fulfill the UK quota.

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I used to read the Graun

but they refused my Boffin STaTus. BaStArds.

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Ballerina canned for flashing her assets

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Paris Hilton

Weiner

is suffering from ED, website seems to have died.

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Much of recent global warming actually caused by Sun

Efros
Happy

Chuckle

Just the thought of all the tree huggers choking on the muesli as they read their morning news on their iPads.

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Kiss frontman gives file-sharers tongue-lashing

Efros

Seems he's stuck on repeat.

Bit like the pap him and his band churned out, you wouldn't notice a scratch on the vinyl for hours.

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Research links laptops to 'toasted skin syndrome'

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Happy

back in the day

used to be known as corned beef legs, was a result of standing too close to the coal fire after coming in form the cold and wet that was the Scottish climate.

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Verizon courts Star Wars set with Droid R2-D2

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How very

very sad...

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Star Wars set for 3D rehash

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Flame

How much

can you milk a franchise for.

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US mainstream media is Apple's bee-atch

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IT Angle

Just the US?

Mainstream media in the UK is pretty much in the Jobsian pocket too, perhaps iPocket.

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Beeb creates new global iPlayer post

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Pint

VPN *cough*

Works wonderfully, BBC have been messing around with iPlayer all week so I suspect something is in the offing. Open it up and charge us for it. With what I pay my piss poor US cable provider for the dross it has the cheek to charge for I would happily pay the BBC for it's content..

Oh I'd like some decent beer and the occasional curry/kebab too!

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Pamela Anderson gets her kit off for Nokia

Efros

Just has to be

Set to vibrate.

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Undead Commodore 64 comes back for Christmas

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Nostalgia

Doesn't give you a market unless you hit the price breaks, looking at their website they have failed in that respect.

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BBC dumps Gulf oil spill on Middlesbrough

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Well...

Given the amount of chemical industry around that area seems fair enough.

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Virgin Media to warn malware-infected customers

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Their Problem!

and I thought it through.

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Should disconnect

They should disconnect them until the user has fixed the problem, certainly Time Warner in the US will disconnect machines infested with spam mailers.

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iTunes disses doctorates

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Pint

MD

is not the same in the UK as in the US, MD is a postgraduate qualification undertaken by Bachelors of Medicine. It can also be the equivalent of a DSc, which is a higher degree than PhD and is awarded for significant contribution to an area of work, generally by the University in which you obtained your first degree.

Generally people who look down their noses walk into walls no matter what their qualification, I think the guy in question was merely miffed at being denied the right to use the title he had worked hard to attain. The assertion that medical doctors are only called doctor out of courtesy is not totally true, some have the required qualifications others don't. Personally I'd rather have a competent one no matter what their level of academic achievement. Speaking as one who has a PhD I can say I've met proportionately more prats with PhDs than without, whether that makes me a prat or not I don't know. I'm sure my colleagues probably have opinions on that matter.

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Bachelor's Degrees

In the US are slightly different to those in the UK, ask any US exchange student who has studied at a UK institution they'll make you aware of the difference. When my qualifications were ratified for use in the US my Scottish O grades were equated to a HS diploma and my Scottish H grades (lower than A levels) were equated to college credits. From what I've seen if you look at a student who has completed a Masters in the US then their level is roughly comparable to an Honours graduate from a UK University.

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Hot babes discriminated against by some employers

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they had to pay money for this research

Seems perfectly predictable to me.

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Beatles on iTunes? 'Don't hold your breath' says Yoko

Efros

'Don't hold your breath' says Yoko

Wish she would hers!

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Ditch the malware magnet

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Slimpdf reader

Tried Coolpdf reader but it was very unstable. Settled on Slimpdfreader, seems to be fast and offer very readable results, (even sheet music).

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Google warns Chrome Canary is only for the brave

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Unstable

i suppose you could class it as such but I couldn't even get a browser window to open, sat there in the background with 2 instances running and utilising 50% of my dual core to do nothing.

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US law to neuter libel tourism

Efros

Interesting turn of events.

The US senate passes a law that a foreign court ruling cannot be enforced within the US. Wonder if they will follow through and stop trying to enforce their laws outside their jurisdiction.

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Polaroid 300 instant print camera

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walmart

Fuji 7 $66, twin pack of 10 print film $16.

Still too expensive.

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Samsung Galaxy S

Efros

is it just me?

Or do other people have the nascent welder within clamouring to get out and scream "450 quid for a *&%$ing phone!!!!!"?

Not aimed at the this particular phone but at them in general.

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Spitzer 'scope spots Buckyballs in spaaace

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Molecules with sunglasses

Title of a Horizon documentary from years ago covering the discovery of the C60 and C70 compounds and the subsequent characterization of the structure of the molecules. Great program, the title derives from Kroto's theory that the structure of the buckyballs would render them immune to most of the radiation that deep space could throw at them, and hence they would be out there somewhere. Looks as if he has been proven right at long last.

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Airline ejects passenger for being hungry

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Joke

Probably

He gyped her for the executive relief tariff on a previous flight, she was only making sure that she could maximize her earnings for the flight by eliminating a bad payer and presumably bumping a besuited one from economy.

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Sharp readies colour e-book reader

Efros

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'

Efros

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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Pint

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?

Efros

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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Grenade

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

Efros

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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