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1553 posts • joined 16 Oct 2008

Cameroonians cleared in 'surreal' dyed banknote scam

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I always thought...

I always thought you can't trust Cameron.

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Blackadder style chemists transform gold into purest ... purple

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Boffins

On the subject of boffins, on the bench for West Ham last night was one Ruud Boffin. What a tremendous loss for science.

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HP Palm tablet specs outed

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Troll

If I were in the market for another gadget

I'd buy this rather than join Jobs' circus of controlfreakery

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Intel sings duet with Black Eyed Pea will.i.am

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Hip hop names

A sure way to come across as a complete bell.e.nd

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Bookshop swaps Kindles for real books

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HIs business is under threat.

It's a dumb stunt but his business is under threat. The market for stores other than Amazon selling Kindle books is pretty much zero. Amazon's already killed off countless bookshops and the Kindle will account for a lot of those remanining.

I'm also sad to say I rarely buy books other than from Amazon and plan to get a Kindle once my "to read" pile's a bit less brutal. Sorry bookshops, I liked you but you can't compete.

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Motorists' e-car interest revs up

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Press one if your car is on fire

If that's the case, better hope their call centre is in the UK

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Ten... fitness gadgets

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Revomaze

By crikey that looks fun. Cheers Reg!

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Microsoft Windows guru turns to cybercrime (fiction)

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Joke

And if anyone knows about poor security...

...it's an ex-Windows "guru"

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End of the line for ID cards

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Passport?

Is it just me that uses my passport for internal flights (despite the 10 year old photo that looks nothing like me)

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Duke Nukem Forever release date revealed

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It's Friday

Duke Nukem Forever release date. Yeah nice try Reg. Pull the other one, it's got an Amiga on it.

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Bogus Kama Sutra presentation opens your backdoor to hackers

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Coat

Open this file...

...and your're fooked.

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Archeologists toast world's oldest wine press

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Ritual

It's Archaeologist for "we don't know what it's for"

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Yorks cops bust Bradford guinea pig farm

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Why take her out of work?

They only suspect she's growing weed. She's not likely to do a runner so why subject her to the embarrassment of showing up at her place of work?

Stupid, stupid plod.

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Italian bloke sneezes out .22 bullet

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Hit by a stray round

Holy fuck! Clearly my New Years are lightweight

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NASA trumpets rocky exoplanet find

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Headmaster

"bone-fide"

Oh good Lord!

Still, well done on finding the planet, NASA

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Ptable: It’s all about the interface

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Pah

Not a path on the Periodic Tablecloth of Swearing

http://shop.moderntoss.com/?q=periodic+tablecloth

(I've nothing to do with Modern Toss, I just appreciate a good swear.)

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Google battles Derby cops over access to Street View data

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Aaaaand normality is restored

After defending plod over retaining 999 caller data I'm back to thinking they're a bunch of arrogant shitebags who think they're above the law.

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Runaway hydroponic fungus attacks real-world Starship Voyager

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Ex-wife

Figures

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Fit your old MacBook Air with turbo flash, bitchslap the new ones

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I believe them

In these days of uberfast processors and mahoosive wads of RAM, disk IO has long been the bottleneck. Those of you crazy enough to splash out on x.0 Apple kit could do worse than voiding your warranties on this.

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iPhone-wielding chumps rush to give data to phish sites

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Correlation

So there's a correlation between people who pay £70 a month for a mobile phone and people who trustingly give their details to criminals? Goodness me.

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Called 999 recently? They've got your number

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CRB Check

I do have to be CRB checked for work. That I dialled 999 (for a genuine crime) in recent years isn't recorded.

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Not that surprising really

I'm no fan of plod retaining needlessly retaining data but there is a definite need here.

Whether you're dialling 999 to report a genuine crime or to, say, ask for an emergency soapy tit-wank (as an old boss claimed someone had done from his house one Christmas) they do need those details.

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Investors fight to buy secret special-offer Facebook equity

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If anyone missed the Facebook boat

I've some prime swamp real estate they can invest in.

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Windows Phone 7 to get cut'n'paste shortly, says Ballmer

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Just like the iPhone

OI BALLMER! JOBS HAS JUMPED OFF A CLIFF!

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Spam volumes shrink over festive season

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Maybe

They all got each other AVG for Christmas (and now their PCs are too slow to send any spam).

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Samsung shows off tablet-cum-netbook convertible

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Pretty, but...

"plus a proprietary port into which you can hook a selection of USB and HDMI adaptors"

These are portable machines. Their poor users shouldn't have to schlep adaptors around just to use USB peripherals.

Manufacturers, why do you do this? CEO's son just finished his undergraduate engineering project?

USB ain't broke!

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Microsoft embraces ARM with Windows 8

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I don't want ARM Windows, but...

If this prompts a few manufacturers to produce some cheap ARM-based consumer PC hardware then I'm very interested.

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Doctor Who to marry Doctor Who's daughter

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Dalek

You! Will! Love! Honour! And! Obeyyyyyy!

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US gov funds censorship-busting tech alternatives to Wikileaks

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Wow

After a couple of weeks' laziness and limited IT press I'm not ready for such irony. I'm off for a lie down.

God bless the land of the free.

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Ford cars get draconian parental controls

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Spared

I don't know if we're spared as a nation or I'm spared individually by choosing not to listen to such guff.

I suppose the big advantage we Brits have is BBC radio which does have high quality programming (even if not all of it appeals to me).

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Explicit Radio Stations?

Is there such a thing? There isn't here in the UK anyway (unless you're a very delicate flower and remember John Peel playing records by Bastards in the late 80s).

That said I'd like one that banned Talksport.

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Swedish Pirate Party leader quits due to boredom

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Bored

'He will stay working as a “political evangelist” of the party mainly covering “keynote invitations” in Europe.'

So he'll ditch the work and keep the jollies? Nice work if you can get it.

If it wasn't such shameful horsepucky I'd think about leading the UK's Pirate Party myself.

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Man caught w*nking over Alan Sugar's autobiography

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Wow

And there was me thinking Jodrell, etc. were just a bit of a laugh.

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In my day

It was a Sherman tank

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Annus Mirabilis?

Comedy fans might dub 2010 as an "Annus Mirabilis" instead. A top 10 with Playmobil reconstructions would round the year off wonderfully.

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"Piers was that you?"

Sralan I don't like you but hats off for that one.

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New spaceplane proposed for NASA station crew contract

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More fuel vs new spaceport?

They're good points but Shirley the fuel savings can't be enough to construct a new facility, especially one in a remote state that's frozen solid for chunks of the year.

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Greek police cuff Anonymous spokesman suspect

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Graun: Inside Anonymous

The Graun ran a great article the other day, which managed to avoid foaming at the mouth criticism and breathless fanboyism. It's well worth a read:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/blog/2010/dec/13/hacking-wikileaks?INTCMP=SRCH

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Google drops nuke on 'objective' search engine utopia

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Sad but true

Google search is going the way of all the old search engines it trounced in its early days. Their hubris generally expressed itself as portalitis, where the race to add features meant that search was generally neglected. Google's hubris manifests as Chrome OS and an appalling lack of respect for its users (and especially its ad customers).

I honestly can't see who would take the crown from here. A web search startup would struggle to get funding ("who are your competitors" "Google" "ah, right - bye then") so maybe we're looking for a rejuvenated Infoseek or something. Hell, even MS are on the ropes enough to get the odd sympathy search from me.

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

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Mobile computer

It's a mobile computer that tips the scales at almost 2kg. Weight is the reason my netbook travels with me and not my ThinkPad. This class of browser only device needs to weigh less than a netbook to make up for the lack of a hard drive.

And it's not just we nerds that want a hard disk. Normal people want to store their music collections, too.

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Yup

Netbook and laptop pricing does overlap quite a bit, where it becomes a question of "do I want to carry the extra weight?".

If "cloudbook" and netbook pricing overlap I can't see what would prompt me (or anyone else) to get the less capable device.

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Men may be able to grow a new pancreas from their testicles

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Title

Oh nuts

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ITV, C4 catch-up players coming to PS3

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Fantastic

I agree with the AC above about ITV, unless they're doing the Test highlights on deman. Can it be?

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Top secret payload fired into orbit aboard private rocket

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Le Brouère

That sounds lovely. Dangerous as I've not done the weekend food shopping yet.

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Apple touts top iTunes tunes of 2010

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Best single of 2010?

I Knew You Didn't Love Me Anymore When You Changed Your Facebook Status to Single by Trevor Sensitive and the Locals

http://trevorsensitiveandthelocals.bandcamp.com/album/i-knew-you-didnt-love-me-any-more-when-you-changed-your-facebook-status-to-single

Disclaimer: I'm neither Trevor Sensitive, not a Local. I just like em.

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Apple chap knocks up ancient Lego computer

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Wow

That is magnificent. I was open-mouthed watching that. Beautiful!

Time to get myself a set of those Lego Technic books for Christmas.

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Amazon Kindles cash from Wikileaks

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A fool and his money are soon parted

Since the majority of the mouth-breathing newspaper readers out there think the site's being taken down means no more Wikileaked documents, Amazon step in to sell it to them for a nice tidy sum. Nice one Amazon. Seriously.

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Cupid Wings iPhone stand

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Perfect

For cupid stunts

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PARIS concocts commemorative cocktail

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@it must be mighty cold sitting there

After the terror of SPACE our Playmonaut has no fear of chalfonts.

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E-book reader demand boom near

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Save your eyes, get a proper ebook reader

As someone who can happily spend an entire weekend buried in a book there's no way I'd do that on a smartphone. It'd be fine for a commute (were I to use public transport) but for a proper sesh? No chance.

Speaking more generally, I've been sceptical about ebook readers. Since moving my mountain of paper books around has shown me it's not as "pointless bling" as I'd thought. So once my "to read" pile goes down, I'll be in the market for an ebook reader.

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