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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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Big Brother

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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WTF?

See icon

The post is required, and must contain letters.

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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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Unhappy

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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Google Cr-48: Inside the Chrome OS 'unstable isotope'

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Libraries, jotters and netbooks

I hate the Windows 7 libraries, seems counter intuitive to my old hierarchical brain. I like my files to be stored in appropriately organized directories. Having said that, I do see a use for something like this GoogleJotter; increasingly I find that I use my dual core 4Gb laptop as a netbook, actually doing very little on it locally whilst essentially using it to access online services and files, and as an RD/VNC terminal for my other machines. When this lenovo kicks the bucket I may be looking for something similar to the GoogleJotter, hopefully the netbook manufacturers by then will have curtailed their expansionist ideas and realize the idea behind the netbook isn't a compact laptop but a frigging netbook and pitch their prices and specs accordingly.

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Unfeasibly vast amphibian found croaked on video card

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Where's

Angela Lansbury when you need her?

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US iPad to get BBC pay app - with 'handcrafted British feel'

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No licence fee

But my cable (basic no premium channels) costs about $60 a month ($720 a year), with phone and internet it comes in at $194 a month. I'd rather pay $225 a year, I'd even watch BBC3, be better than the ad laden mindless drivel that we get here.

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Blu-ray barely better than DVD

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reminds me of

The whole DDD AAD debacle when CDs were the in thing, CD vs vinyl DVD vs BD, same shit different decade.

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US may disable all in-car mobile phones

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Don't ban the phone

Ban the user, you get caught using it you lose your driving licence, simple quick and effective.

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Enormous Paleozoic flesh-eaters created in lab

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One word for this person

ZARBIES!

Smarten up before we're all ant fodder... erm wait a minute.

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LimeWire (finally) dies under judge's gavel

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Grenade

Conspiracy

will be watching for the demise off Vuze nee Azureus.

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PARIS grounded by whipping wind

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Paris Hilton

ooerr

Paris, whipping, wind sounds like a weekend!

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Boxee box to come to Blighty

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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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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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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

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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

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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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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

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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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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

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'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

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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

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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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