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Blighty goes retro with 12-sided pound coin

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Why's there a man in drag on the front of the coin?

That's what I want to know.

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Your 'funny' cat pics are weighing down the web, so here's a better JPEG encoder from Mozilla

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Depends WHO'S Bandwidth You're Talking About...

"Except of course that for most of us bandwidth is no longer a problem. Bit late coming this one, like a decade."

For me at home, no bandwidth isn't really a problem.

For me at work bandwidth's a bloody expensive problem!

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Facebook fans fuel FAGGOT FURY firestorm

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Re: How gay!!

I don't actually see what his intended context has to do with it.

Taken as either a reference to a foodstuff or persons of a specific sexual persuasion the statement "I like faggots" can hardle be seen as gay-hating behaviour. Here is a man who LIKES said faggots. If he had said "I HATE faggots" maybe there's room for the easilly outraged to be outraged.

We now appear to live in a world where LIKING something is a hate crime!

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Microsoft: YES! You can have your desktop back again for FREE!

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“It will be easy to get it right from the Windows Start screen through the app store,”

Hopefully it will be available via Windows Update or a direct download too as I can't access the app store on my Win8 machine - it's a Netbook so falls below Metro's minimum screen resolution.

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Review: BlackBerry Q10

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Re: A second attempt.

"From their model 9110 onwards till the 9300 they had keyboards that really worked."

What was wrong with the keyboard on the 9000 that came before the 9110? What was wrong with the keyboards on E90 and E7 that followed the 9300?

Quite why the US still gets a reasonable range of qwerty slider phone but they don't get released outside the US I don't know.

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Holy classic car auction, Batman! They sold THE Batmobile!

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Re: Rick Champagne

"You can't use the name "Champagne" unless you're from the appropriate bit of France."

That's only EU legislation and so only applies inside the EU. The US isn't so any old fizzy-pop can be labelled Champagne over there.

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Perth porkfest crowned ULTIMATE BACON SARNIE

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FAIL

It's Not a Frigging Sarnie Though!!!!

Sarnie -> informal for Sandwich.

Sandwich -> Two or more slices of bread with a filling.

Roll -> A small rounded portion of bread.

=> Roll != Sandwich

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Just how good is Nokia's PureView 41Mp camera tech?

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Re: instagram?!

"Nokia Belle also lacks the support of many applications readily available for Android and iOS – Instagram, being one example..."

Umm, no. Just no.

In what way can Nokia Belle lack support for an application? The application developer may not have released a version of their application for Nokia Belle but that's just crapness on the application developers part and hardly Nokia's fault!

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Mobe app makers doubt Windows 8 will be worth the hassle - poll

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If only...

If only someone like Nokia could come up with a unified mobile development platform, so you could write once and compile for all sorts of different platforms/operating systems/screen sizes and resolutions/etc.

Or rather, if only Nokia hadn't dumped Qt, in no small part because Microsoft didn't want the competition for windows phone development.

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Vote now for the ULTIMATE BACON SARNIE

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WFT El Reg?!?

Come on El Reg, at least try and get your facts straight.

1) Sarnie - (UK, informal) a sandwich.

2) Sandwich - A snack formed of various ingredients between two slices of bread.

So NOT a roll, muffin, baguette or bagle.

Removing these ineligible, non-sliced bread options brings the list down from 26 to 13.

3) Toasty (Toastie) - (Cookery) a toasted sandwich.

4) Toast - Bread browned by exposure to radiant heat.

As such you can not use Toast to make a Sarnie, as you are no longer using bread but toast. you are creating a Toasty.

Removing these ineligible, not-bread options bring the list down from 13 to an actually list of bacon sarnies of 6:

- The Bi-bacon Bounty

- The Sunny Side Down

- The Norn Iron Soda

- The Trearddur Bay Black Ops

- The Black, Brown and White

- The Cheezilla

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W3C reveals plan to finish HTML5 and HTML 5.1

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Re: What, XHTML is forgotten already?

"No, they wanted to stop website from returning a yellow screen of XML death just because some web author somewhere forgot to close a break tag."

So now we define our standards to avoid embarrassing the lazy or incompetent? At least with XHTML you knew you could point an app at it and process it as XML. With HTML5 you'll be able to do that for SOME pages (because they use HTML5 with the XML syntax) but not for other, unidentifiable ones.

Great.

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Amazon cosies up to Nokia for Google Maps alternative

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Re: Navigation

That must have been a while-ago then as the version I have on my E7 has consigned the old sat-nav box the the drawer and almost always out-performs Google Maps when it comes to routing, managing to knock 1/5th off my walk to work through central London.

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Apple, Samsung blast away in patent case closing arguments

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WTF?

What's the most bazzar thing a lawyer can say in a patent infringement trial?

According to (Apple attorney Bill Lee, the question was not whether Samsung infringed Apple's patents, but "whether they get a get-out-of-jail-free card."

So this patent infringement trial ISN'T about whether patents were infringed? WTF?

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El Reg probes pregnant Playmobil lass

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Pregnant...

...or just a fat lass with the last crumbs of cake stuck to her face?

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Ten... Qwerty mobiles

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What a waste of bits

Like many fellow commentards I'm also a fan of slide out QWERTY phones so read the story with interest...leading to dissapointment. Are there really NO new slide out QWERTY phone out there at the moment?

Looks like the Nokia E7 for a while longer - even if it was better running Anna than Belle. Wonder if we will ever see Carla/Donna...?

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Cameron 'to change his mind' on the one thing he got right in Defence

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Re: He we go again ...

So let me get this right, it's Brit-bashing.

Suggesting we buy the US F16 or the US F35C or the French Rafales in preference to the US F35B is Brit-bashing and not supporting UK industry...

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Google answers less than half of watchdog's privacy tweak questions

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Re: Surely...

Well the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights' advice on DPAs is that they should be:

- independent guardians of privacy.

- efficient one-stop shops for all data protection concerns of citizens and other persons.

It DOESN'T say they are there to advise companies at the companies beck and call. That's what a companies own lawyers are for.

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Ice age end was accelerated by CO2

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How do you find evidence in ice for the end of the LAST ice age...?

I'm a little confused by this one. How can you find evidence in polar ice for the end of the LAST ice age?

As an ice age is defined as a period with permanent ice on the surface of the earth the ice they are looking at in the Antarctic will be from the CURRENT, Quaternary ice age that started 2.58 million years-ago and is still in the process of ending (hence the presence of ice at the poles) and by definition hasn't yet ended.

The LAST ice age that actually had an end would be the Karoo, 360 to 260 million years-ago.

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BBC boss Mark Thompson sets quit date

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He won't be missed!

As someone who had the pleasure of Mr Thompson during his brief tenure at Channel4 I can tell you he won't be missed!

Move everyone to a facility 'oop north' where no-one wants to work and nothing works then bugger-off to leave the whole mess to someone else.

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Sun belches wonking solar flare

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Re: Any chance of times in GMT?

Well if the boffins across the pond were true scientists they would be quiting all times in UTC anyway...

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Audi shows off OLED-illuminated concept R8

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"Audi admitted that commercialising such jiggery pokery will take years"

Unless you consider using LED-only lighting on their R18 Le Mans prototype race cars commercialising it of course...

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Apple issues invitations to March 7 iPad roll-out

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El Reg actually got an invite? From Apple? ^_^

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Freedom-crushing govts close to ruling our web, fears FCC boss

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Pot / Kettle

"Foreign governments are lining up to wrest control of the internet from freedom-loving hippies..."

So tell me Mr McDowell, how IS the US Gov. SOAP bill coming along...?

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US Navy preps railgun for tests

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A rather simplistic, one-sided view.

If we assume some foreign power has managed to invade and hold Europe, between Russia and the Atlantic coast we must assume they have some neat toys of their own. For example they probably have their own railguns able to fire 100nm.

Now add that in to your view of WW2 and you have the whole US invasion force being killed on the South coast of England as they board the ships to France...

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Nokia axes 4,000, shifts smartphone manufacturing East

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"...the Belle UI is excellent."

It is?

With the upgrade release yesterday I upgraded my E7 last night and...have been trying to find out how I go back to Anna ever since.

Excellence must mean "making everything bigger so it takes up more space and loosing/obfuscating useful functionality".

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VW catches electric Beetle

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Wrong Stand! Wrong Stand!

Alun, you're on THE WRONG STAND!

Move away from the VAG stand and take a look at the Honda/Acura one - the next (hybrid) NSX is much more interesting than another Beatle.

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Nokia sheds light on latest Lumia

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WTF?

"but the addition of video-calling will be warmly welcomed"

By whom exactly?

Other than press shots for 3 back in 2003 or videos for Apple in 2011 who's ever seen someone making a video call on a mobile phone...?

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Virtual sanity: How to get a grip on your home PCs

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Trollface

When you've managed to get SlingPlayer working on Linux you will let me know won't you - it's the main reason I installed Windows 7 on my Netbook, over Linux.

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Mythbusters cannonball ‘myth-fires’

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Chicken / Egg

Most people in the US AREN'T bemused when their plywood and spit house gets burnt down by a firest fire or blown away by a hurricane/tornado.

In large swaths of the US it's not IF you property could be caust in the local natural disaster of choice but WHEN. As such when it happens most Americans are just happy they only had to pay the insurance for/cost fo rebuilding a plywood and spit house, not the cost of insuring and rebuilding a brick one.

In the UK people don't really understand what a hurricane (for example) is. Hell, many people in the South East of England still think Michael Fish was wrong in 1987 when he said there wasn't a hurricane coming but he wasn't. There WASN'T a hurricane, it was just a bit windy with some gusts at hurricane force on the Beaufort scale. That's quite different from a hurricane where it's not the gusts that are hurricane force but the whole thing.

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Microsoft tempts with WinPho demo on... iPhone

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Trollface

So, just like in the desktop world Apple users just end up buying over-priced hardware and then run Windows on it to do anything useful!

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Global warming much less serious than thought - new science

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Childcatcher

Hush, before someone hears you!

"They have 'merely' [I jest] conducted a scientific analysis and produced a model based on many factors which, **if correct**, show that the likelihood is much less."

That sounds almost like...science! Isn't that blasphemy when it some to a climate change discussion?

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None of the above - the 'you' in the sentence refers to The Australian.

If Thought About IT was actually called Read The Article Properly they may have noticied the following:

"THE AUSTRALIAN quotes Schmittner as saying: "Now these very large changes..."

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Britain's Harrier jump-jets reprieved to fly and fight again

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Missing The Point (of no return)

The point here is that the runway IS short but we are forced to operate an aircraft that really requires a longer one at that altitude to take off safely, without endangering the airframe in the case of a late take-off abort.

We USED to have one designed specifically to take off on short runways, so ideal to operate from that strip in at least the close air support role...

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HP extends deadline as Autonomy shareholders drag feet

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Given the financial house of cards that is Autonomy I'm amazed more haven't jumped on the band wagon to sure up the companies financial situation.

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Anonymous/LulzSec chick-lit MP kid threat pooh-poohed

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Natural Home

[EMI fired me for] "Leaving work early" and "missing the odd day at work" along with "inappropriate dress".

I don't know about inappropriate dress but the other two sound like standard practice for an MP...

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Symbian Anna makes her debut

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FAIL

Bloated? Symbian?

So let me get this straight. The built-from-the-ground-up-for-low-powered-low-memory-devices O/S is the bloated one, not one of the pruned-down-from-a-desktop-or-server one's are the slimline ones...?

Really?

I'll keep my 'bloated' Symbian phone and you can keep your 'slimline' Linux/Windows/OSX (with the odd desktop debugger left in).

Oh, and can you tell the other 6 Meego users, ta.

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Good news: A meltdown would kill fewer than we thought

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Pirate

What caused them to change their tune?

I'm sure it's nothing to do with them being a vested interest in the nuclear power industry and there being a significant accident/string of accidents in Japan that have dented public confidence in the whole creating-radioactive-shit-for-future-generations-to-worry-about industry...

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Oracle: 'Google owes $2.6bn in damages'

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Close but no banana

No, Google claims that removing the copyright notice from the top of a load of Java classes means the copyright no longer applies because the rest is 'just code'.

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Ah, the "I only stole a little bit" defence...

So they didn't steal very much so they should not only be let off but permitted to carry on selling* it...

One assumes you'd have no objections to someone breaking in to your house, so long as they only stole one or two things, not lost of your property?

* Yes I'm aware that Google (currently) give Android away free but then it's easy to give things away free when you keep your costs down by stealing things!

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US Navy invents 'Zero-Power Autonomous' ocean probe

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Same reason airships used to use Hydrogen not Methane...

Hydrogen has a greater buoyancy than methane so you need less food/fewer bacteria to generate enough hydrogen to lift the vessel than would be the case with Methane - and of course the more food you need the more the vessel weighs and the more food you need.

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Microsoft commits to Windows makeover for Node.js

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Horse->cart, not cart->horse

It's not why would you want to runs node.js on Windows, it's how can we stop people that want to run node.js switching from Windows to Linux.

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DRM-free music dream haunts Apple's app-store lock-in

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...Like you would on your desktop...

If I look around my house I can probably dig out 3 desktops, 4 laptops and a netbook.

By Mr Asay's logic I should only need to buy one Windows 7 license and run it on all of these in parallel but for some reason Microsoft won't let me.

Mr Asay, why do you believe you should pay for a developers time and effort to create an app for your iPhone then get the results of their time and effort porting/re-writing it for android for free...?

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Does a flash motor act as a fanny magnet or not?

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A STRONG of ladies...?

"Or in other words the Porsche driver is doomed to having loads of sex with a strong of ladies..."

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Four jailed for million-pound abuse images ring

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Makes No Sense...

"These people should be made to take a long walk on a very short pier."

That makes no sense. If you take a long walk off a short pier you will fall off the end. It's only a short pier though, so they can just swim back to shore...

"It disgusts me that my taxes will be used to feed them while they're locked up."

Really? It's the fact that you have to pay taxes that disgusts you, not the harm done to the children?

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Nokia gives up predicting sales

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New Reality

"(Nokia) says it won't provide public targets anymore as the company tries to adjust to the new reality.".

One assumes that's the new reality that no-one was buying Windows handsets before Nokia, no-one is going to buy windows handsets after Nokia and no-one is buying Symbian handsets as Nokia have nailed it to the cross.

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3D fad fades for Yanks

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I love 3D too....

...so much easier to get good seats to watch the film in 2D screen.

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Microsoft fails to turn punters on to WinPho 7

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Symbian 2011 Q1 Numbers:

Well Nokia shipped 24.3 million smartphones in Q1 2011, more than any other handset manufacturer and if we take of the number of Meamo handsets thats...24.3 million Symbian phones.

Numbers from IDC - http://mobile.allaboutsymbian.com/news/item/12858_IDC_smartphone_shipment_figure.php

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MIRACULOUS new AIRSHIP set to fly by 2013

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Thunderbird are go?

Maybe it's the shitty background scene in the image but am I the only one who thinks that's just Thunderbird 2 with a lick of camouflage paint...?

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Oracle wins round one in bare-knuckle Android patent suit

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I think you've answered you own question...

Please explain to me what damages ORACLE suffered for a "product" that THEY literally give away free to consumers?

Oracle own Java and can do what they like with it, including giving it away for free.

Google DON'T own Java so can only do what Oracle let them do with it.

Not that hard really is it?

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Nokia E7 Qwerty slider smartphone

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Let me get this straight...

You're criticizing Nokia for not spending loads re-developing the web browser they bundle with Symbian in the 18 or so months before they ditch it from their high-end phones for Windows and, inevitably IE...?

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