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Apple stuns Wall Street with 95% earnings surge

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Could

be that they'll throw a rod. Having said that they haven't had a major marketing effup in quite a long while, even the problems they have had, antennagate, battery debacles etc haven't affected their core buyers loyalty. I've tried Apple products and I just don't like 'em, I don't find them easy to use, their user friendliness obviously works for some but definitely not for me. The obsession about locking everything down really irks as well, my one trip into OSX land was to install it onto a non Apple computer just to do it. played with it for a couple of hours and then installed Debian. I am still of the opinion that any organisation that is making those sort of profit margins (approaching 25%) is ripping some poor bastard somewhere. Microsoft would fall into the same category along with various media conglomerates. Need an Astrolube icon to show that someone is getting shafted.

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Calling all commentards: Want some new icons?

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Controversial

Retire Paris, she's given good service (nudge nudge) but is well past her sell by. New Charlie Sheen Nutjob icon. I think a lube icon of some kind vaseline, astroglide, just to hint that we may be getting shafted.

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Fast-fingered oldster relieves shop worker of iPhone cash

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More Like

"actions likely to endanger the financial well being of the intellectually challenged." Send him down!

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Death threats against 'worst song ever' YouTube teen

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gone off the boil

PR firm needing more attention for their lil earner, resurrect the death threat.

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Kindle beats Apple's closed book on choice

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Aldiko

epubs on Android with aldiko, Kindle books can be easily unskindled to allow reading on non kindle apps.

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New tech lets you drink exhaust fumes

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cough

Guess you failed too,

2C12H26 + 37O2 -> 24CO2 +26H2O

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Alkane combustion

Is taught at O level, besides anyone who has used a paraffin heater or its ilk would know about the condensation issues.

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Little known fact????

WTF, maybe to backwoods bandits.

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OFT probes extended warranties

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What's to probe?

with retail prices of all but the really high end electronics being so low, mark-up Dixons and their ilk usually punt these to customers who know no better. Never bought one of these and don't ever intend to do so.

Some states in the US have an implied warranty which takes into account the cost of an item and given that cost what its expected lifetime should be. If it fails before that time then the implied warranty trumps any manufacturers warranty, which kind of obviates the need for an extended warranty but they are still punted to the masses by the US equivalents of Dixons.

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STONERS are DESTROYING the PLANET

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Only solution

Make it illegal to grow pot indoors, make it legal to grow it outdoors, problem solved.

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MYSTERY of huge Canadian chicken-shed EXPLOSION

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Methane

although relatively difficult you can produce methane from chicken shit. Right conditions for fairly complex reactions can occur naturally, we are evidence of that.

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Paramount to recount The Martian Chronicles

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Never Understood

the fascination that "The Martian Chronicles" have held over people over the years. If someone had bought and were developing Asimov's Foundation series or Niven and Pournelle's "Mote in God's Eye" then I would sit up and pay attention.

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A fifth of Europeans can't work out how much a TV costs

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Make Darts compulsory

Darts (501, double for out) should be a compulsory subject. Mental arithmetic is never an issue with darts, although the growth of beer guts may be a problem.

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TI acquires National Semiconductor for $6.5bn

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Must be

another merger that will attract the attention of various regulatory bodies in various countries.

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Natty Narwhal with Unity: Worst Ubuntu beta ever

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Pity they set it up as default

Perhaps for the final release they should consider leaving it as an alternative desktop until the wrinkles have been somewhat ironed out. Apart from Unity, which isn't my cup of tea, I know that the bootup even on a USB flash drive is pretty fast, although there are still driver issues with my wireless card from the get go, in the past a plugged in supported USB wifi dongle allowed connection and download of a suitable driver but not this time but then it is a beta. I'll leave this one until the final release appears plus perhaps a couple of months before I dip my toes in.

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Arkansas governor spanks arse cleavage

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READ???

burn him!!!!

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Whale tails

endangered species in Arkansas then.

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Asus Eee Pad Transformer

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Drop it by 100 quid

If that happens... SOLD!

They almost got the pricepoint right, tabletnetbook could be a new market niche.

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Labour MP debuts fondleslab-assisted Parliament oratory

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'a fond lesbian'

Sounds like a line from a Burns poem

'Ae fond lesbian,

and then we sever;

Ae fareweel, alas, for ever'

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Steve Jobs screws my wife (out of $944)

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Hope you're wife enjoyed it

Personally I gave $100 to Archos and got a 7 Home Tablet, with Android. Smaller, lighter not as responsive but 850 bucks cheaper!

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Fukushima scaremongers becoming increasingly desperate

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Probably something good

Seems the principal reason for enlarging the evacuation zone isn't to do with spreading radiation but more to do with the logistics of supplying those people within the area who are confined to their homes

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Steve Jobs must face the music in court

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RealNetworks

As an organisation they have never recovered from the behemoth that was RealPlayer, doesn't matter how good their software is too many people remember that POS.

Personally I think that the RMVB codec is about the only good thing to come out of them. Reasonable quality with low file size. Use the Real Alternative to play it back and you need never have real player anywhere near your system.

As to their spat with Apple, a plague on both their houses, the only bad thing is the lawyers will get rich.

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Fukushima one week on: Situation 'stable', says IAEA

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CNN were worse

If you think the Beeb were overreacting to this you should have heard the drivel that CNN was broadcasting as news. At one point they identified the Indian Point reactors in NY as being the ones of highest risk in the US. The risk was based solely on how many people lived in the surrounding 50 mile radius, not on any chance of accident. Then we had Sanjay Gupta (CNNs resident doctor and Medical Insurance Industry mouthpiece) waxing lyrical on the effects on the population of radiation sickness and the threat to thee weest coast of the USA, the man is a bloody neurosurgeon, well qualified to delve into your brain with a scalpel but not on these matters. CNNs attitude: he's a scientist he knows about this stuff. I'm a chemist, anyone wanting me to conduct a prefrontal lobotomy just let me know. We need a FUD icon!

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Caesium

Won't float, but it will explode on contact with water, besides the elements will not be in blocks should they be released, they would be particulate smoke and in that situation the density of the pure material is irrelevant.

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Windows 7 customers hit by service pack 1 install 'fatal error' flaws

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7 machines no probs

I think it's pretty much luck of the draw.

To answer all of the "______ is better, never screwed up on update" (insert name of OS), I have witnessed and indeed screwed up myself OSX, Ubuntu, XP installations by following the prescribed update path. All OSs have their issues. The worst was an Apple that had to be sent back, update made the HDD disappear.

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Angry Birds flies to Facebook

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There is a ripoff

on FB already called Rodent Rumble. Same idea just launching a variety of rodents (somehow more satisfying) at a variety of Rat forts.

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Punters take tech to bed, breakfast

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Late nights

Lack of sleep I found most common when I had run into some problem (hardware/software/coding) that required serious concentration, brain shifts into problem solving mode and if it's not solved before normal bedtime then bedtime will be delayed until it is solved. Going to bed with something like that gnawing at the back of your brain is not conducive to sleepy byes.

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Not sad

Just a reflection of the demands modern TV puts upon your brain i.e. none whatsoever, I'm sure it's possible to follow The Apprentice whilst doing 16 other things simultaneously.

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iPlayer Global iPad app price announced

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Oh Shit

As an Apple, iPad in particular, hating US resident Brit, relying on VPN technology to get my iplayer fix this announcement has sealed my fate as a future iPad owner. For those of you who believe that the BBC is crap, come have a taste of the inane censored pap that passes for free broadcast networks this side of the pond. I already pay $10 a month in VPN fees and will quite happily divert that to the Beeb, my only reservation is having to buy one of those bloody fondleslabs! We need a shattered iPad icon.

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Seagate launches XP-supporting 3TB drive

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Why would you want to use

a 3TB drive for booting anyway? Shurely Shome Mishtake.

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Google whacks link farms

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About effing time

title says it all.

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Cornish pasties awarded protected status

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What do you think

we stuff our faces with at every opportunity? Certainly not a salad!

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One awaits

The the elevation of Forfar Bridies to similar distinction. would be great to see the demise of the horrible pastry encased meat pureee that passes for a bridie these days. Might also put Greggs out of business, no bad thing... perhaps with the exception of their cream apple turnovers.

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Scientists tremble before 'thunder-thighs' sauropod

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Should have been

Brontomerus CeeYouJimmiii

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Cowon D3 Plenue Android media player

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Overpriced and overspecced

If you want a PMP then buy a $50 noname that will provide you with 4GB and is microsd expandable. There are tons of them around with far wider codec support, FM and recording. Use the extra cash to buy yourself a second hand netbook if you want to browse. Putting all this functionality into one small device means that it does nothing extremely well. The 32GB version is over $400 at the current exchange rate, bloody good if you're coming to the US for a holiday, for which I would be looking for a helluva lot more functionality (i.e. actually functioning) than this thing provides.

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Egyptian bloke dubs sprog 'Facebook'

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How to

Make your sprog hate you with a passion for the rest of their life.

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UK.gov shreds last ID scheme hard drives

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Yep that's the one

Must have been in Blue Thunder stealth mode.

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Crushed Hard Drives

Probably not the ones with the data, they're currently residing in Thames House. No foil hat icon! Or indeed a black helicopter one. Eric Blair will have to do!

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Ford Focus 2011

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Nominet asks what you think of police domain grab

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Should be a legal process

A judge should be involved in the same way as granting of search warrants, also police should be liable for losses caused to legitimate businesses that they will inevitably screw up. "Sorry guv we fort it was .net not .org, whoops!"

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British e-reader readers still not stealing books

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A lot more would be sold

If they didn't insist on ridiculous prices for the electronic book. Every single one of the "Best Books of 2010" (in whose opinion I don't know but looking at some of them I wonder) is more expensive in the electronic format than the paper one. I have an ereader, and it will be confining itself to project Gutenberg until there is equity or better with paperback prices.

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Jackson's Hobbit movies back on track

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I think

that this may go pear shaped, too much pre-production hassle is usually an indication that the film will be crap. Most unfortunate, as the source material should be brilliant fodder for a great film.

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First fondleslab found in 1970s kids TV sci-fi gem

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No prior art

Moses patented it without God having any record of prior art.

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Mexican woman gets litigious on Top Gear's ass

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Humour Injection required

Title says it all.

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Official: PhD in 'Essential Oils' or 'Natural Toiletries' = 'a Scientist'

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Can I get a trade in

One very used B.Sc. Certificate, I want one of those Bachelor of Boffinrys, B.Bo.

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Sprint introduces $10 smartphone premium

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Nickel and dimed to death

Phones, domestic and cell in the US get hammered, by little additions, I pay a tax on mine for the state library(???) which is one of only several which when added up account for about 15% of my monthly bill. When you start looking at the cellphone charges themselves they are approaching exorbitant, rural users get particularly shafted as there is often no choice of carrier. 5Gb per month is charged at $30, 700 minutes per month will cost you $50, unlimited messaging another $10, unlimited minutes with unlimited messages $90 plus $30 for 5Gb month.

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Acer: tablets will replace netbooks

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Market isn't pointing

The potential profit is pointing, netbooks and tablets do not operate in the same sphere.

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Cable vendor slapped for unproven claims

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A Grand

for a kettle cable. Well if you've got that sort of cash and you believe that this cable will reduce RFI on your Wank-Fi sorry Hi-Fi, then I have a bridge you might be interested in.

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Mozilla plots February Firefox 4 release

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Better be

quicker and a lot more stable than the last build I tried.

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Microsoft disputes Apple's 'App Store' trademark

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Contortionist self harming Jobs.

"With that utterance, Jobs may have pulled off the non-too-easy feat of simultaneously shooting himself in the foot while putting his foot in his mouth."

I'd pay money to see that!

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