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Larger iPad could target big biz, save Apple from low-end scrum

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Make a screen robust enough to be A4 (or preferably the old Cheeky/2000AD/Star Lord page) size and that's a sale. Not expecting super toughness for rambling while geo-caching, will treat it like paper media - easily trashable. Just want the a paper page size experience on a screen.

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Lord Shug ends Viglen ownership with a bang

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Re: "Free schools opportunities have grown during 2013"

Agreed. That's the comment that doesn't sound good. Does suggest that free school may not be getting good value.

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Robots demanding equal API rights? It's just a matter of time

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I'm not amazed, there are too few Joe Pineapples references.

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Google Glassholes, GET OFF our ROADS, thunder lawmakers in seven US states

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Re: HUD? - modern satnavs

Sorry, the fuel gauge isn't enough to know how much fuel is in your car? Christ-on-a-bike, rolling out justifications for idiots to blame others for them running out of fuel is just stupid.

Unless the car is also fitted with a fuel gauge that tells the car that it MUST stop at the next possible fuel stop which would be sensible if being law abiding is important to you.

And so then it is probably best to give Google control of the car for best fuel efficiency on your route, as it can take into account which petrol stations on the route will be cheapest.

Which might lead to a world where poor/speedy drivers are at fault because they didn't have the GoogleShauff (because the US probably won't accept the "eur" - even considering their history/heritage) enabled when accidents occur and those in GoogleShauff controlled cars arrive safely and optimally speedily after spending time working or relaxing depending upon the reason for the journey.

Seriously, is that not a better world?

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Facebook app now reads your smartphone's text messages? THE TRUTH

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Why aren't details published

They give "Examples of what we use this permission for" but do not detail what they ACTUALLY use it for. Seems dodgy. Then when you go to ask for clarification of what it means you have to sign in to Facebook, as though non-subscribers are not allowed to ask questions - strange if there is nothing to hide.

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The other end of the telescope: Intel’s Galileo developer board

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How about comparint it with Netduino as well

Isn't this basically a Netduino Plus (quibble over spec differences after checking http://www.coolcomponents.co.uk/netduino-plus-2-net-c-development-board.html)

[BTW: While I liked the Arduino sketch idiom, my brain always seems to want to do things on the edge of what it (or the IDE) supports - perhaps I'm not "grokking" Arduino. You can dismiss this comment as just the dodderings of an old person that has developed for embedded systems based on 8051/8052/Z80/6502/68xxx/80x86 in assembler/C for writing/debugging for products that were commercial products]

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Top Microsoft bod: ARM servers right now smell like Intel's (doomed) Itanic

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Re: Translation from MS speak

Still use an application called "Unique Filer" from 2000 (well the About info is 2000) and that has run happily on Win98, WinXP, Win7, Win8.1. The installer gets a bit unhappy but the core application still runs no problem.

That's from the binary of 2000, not an upgrade that is created to support a new OS release, and the Win98 was 32bit and the Win8.1 64bit. And the number of machines it's worked on during that time requires at least 3 hands worth of digits.

If the developers want me to pay them more money I'd be happy to because it seems to works better than the applications I try that might replace it.

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Inside Steve Ballmer’s fondleslab rear-guard action

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Re: No, Liam, I won't be using a fondleslab as my primary computer.

So in the future we'll have people using external keyboards, external mice, external graphics tablets, and possibly external gesture controls which all need to be lugged around to where the tablet is to be used. Hurrah - the wheel being re-invented!

Seriously, do you not see what your idea of having add on input methods means? Making a tablet do what in the past has been the reason for having the flexability of a tablet!

The day the phrase "sent from my ipad" stops being an excuse for bad spelling and grammar I'll accept a tablet can be practically accurate multi-input device.

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Here comes Windows 8.1! Microsoft grits teeth, pushes upgrade to world

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Re: Still not enough

Icons may be randomly placed on your desktop, but not mine, and when I've looked over the shoulder of others the placement looks random to me but matches the items they consider the most important or most frequently used.

I've suggested the use of briefcases to users with lots, and I mean LOTS of icons on the desktop, and found after initial comments that it's not for them, a few weeks later they know exactly which briefcase icon has the apps they use less frequently.

One man's random is a librarian's perfection - just because you don't understand suggests it is not mportant you do.

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Microsoft wants to 'move beyond' the Cookie Monster

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Re: Unbelievable!

Damn their honesty in publicly indicating an intention to capture anything and everything about you and in the future probably expose it! It's not like facebook and google are doing the same thing already and sometimes retrospectively!

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Post-PC world? POST-MAC WORLD more like

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Re: "Apple did not invent idea of a tablet. Microsoft did that."

Think you mean check your facts before posting. Of course that's assuming you think before you do something.

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Rotten Apple iOS 7 fury: Glitchy audio or is today's music really that bad?

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WTF?

Re: The proof is in the....

Android users are busy doing stuff, have lives that don't stop if they don't have the latest (not necessarily greatest) and understand that only a tediously sad few need an OS update instantly so let them get it first and pick it up themselves in all good time - it's a community thing that often seems missing in iOwners.

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Headmaster calls cops, tries to dash pupil's uni dreams - over a BLOG

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Re: Truth or consequences

You're defending the headmaster for his pettiness towards a former pupil - think BIGGER - what are existing pupils expected to learn other than critique is NOT ACCEPTABLE. What would the headmaster have been perpared to ruin/crush in defense of his position? Especially if fundamentally true without swearing.

And if your father would have done the same then perhaps your father should not be a headmaster.

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Tim Cook: Wearable tech's nice, but Google Glass will NEVER BE COOL

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Re: "half-eaten fruit logo"

Didn't Snow White take just one bite? Perhaps all the cool kids are getting the same effect.

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Microsoft: All RIGHT, you can have your Start button back

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Re: do not understand open source ... prefer not to be honest about it

I suspect you are good with aspersions - but would be better with some facts.

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Google's JavaScript assassin: Web languages are harder than VMs

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Happy

Re: Phew!

Ha!

That would be far too sensible for the world and might set a dangerous precedence of co-operation.

Long live the new king, if it is Anonymous Coward :)

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Apple kicked out of China smartphone top 5 by, er, Yulong and pals

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Re: So

Cheaper or better value?

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Beck's open-source challenge to freetards: play it yourself!

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Re: Won't be selling many of these...

Just as anyone can download the OCR'd version, a programming artist will write the OCR program for themselves to interpret it in their own unique way - not just accept the interpretation of others - Beck may have thought it through further than you.

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Microsoft dumps Metro from Windows 8

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Re: In response to...

Their use of blocks of solid colour suggests:

Concrete Windows

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Apple's Retina Macs: A little too elite?

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Re: Ugh

Whole heartedly agree that making computers non user serviceable is bad, would go further, a failure of the human race.

Having talked friends and family through installing extra/replacement memory sticks and extra drives over the phone it does seem something they take a pride in doing and getting a more physical understanding of. Perhaps they haven't fully understood the IDE master/slave difference, or the pairing of memory sticks in banks but they understand that with the right components the task is matter of connection widget A in/on to widget B. Much like their car.

Talking them through it when actually present is fun; ask them to give you a screwdriver that fits the case screws and then hand it back to them with instruction to open the case. Watch the nervous fumbling with case screws as they start, turn to a pleased and happy pride as the last case screw is replaced after testing the changes worked. (Can't stop them buying from PCWorld though!)

Must say that laptop/notebook/netbook upgrades are something to do in person, only because in my experience, there is always some ribbon cable connector or motherboard clip/screw not mentioned in/on the maintenance manual or whatever maintenance website can be found for that model. And by "in person" it's me doing and showing them what is being done - never work on someone elses computer without them present, they don't learn anything.

Everytime a company/manufacturer decides on a non-standard connector it is "shudder time" because it makes simple tasks more difficult for their customers which is normally only driven by the requirement to depriving their customers of something that can be an overpriced solution from the company/manufacturer.

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That new 'Microsoft GCSE': We reveal what's in it

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Re: Good words - don't forget Netduino

Don't forget the Netduino when mentioning Arduino and M$.

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Year of the Penguin - el Reg's 2011 Linux-land roundup

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Because they aren't choosinh Linux

Probably not worth mentioning because they didn't choose the underlying OS, they chose the functionality (or lots of stuff they don't actually use) provided - and little (if any) of that functionality is unique to Android, iOS and WinPhone provide similar, and I'd guess that Symbian could provide similar. Perhaps they chose based on GUI that matched the devices their friends had shown them, but don't think that OS itself is the decider for most people. It's like saying that people chose ARM based phones rather than Intel/Motorola/Zilog because of the processor architecture rather than what the processor architecture supports. Especially considering most applications on iOS and Android (guess some kind of WinPhone CLR) run in some kind of VM the underlying OS is probably even less important.

Why do I think that most phone users don't choose base on OS, because I like Android, have an Android phone and recommend it when asked, but won't consider an Android tablet that does not allow use of the Android Market Place out of the box - so no cheap Anova device because they use AppsLib, even though they are good hardware.

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Chrome is the most secured browser - new study

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If the mainstream are sh*t that hides the sh*tness :(

Hummmm..... comparing mainstream browsers with more secure browsers might mean people use more secure browsers, which in turn would mean the more secure browsers become mainstream because they are more secure.

Simply comparing a top 3 popular browsers doesn't really do much for benchmarking in a report comparing security of browsers. It would be a sensible include browsers with claimed security credentials along with the usual top browsers to give balance of what is possible.

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Couple rewarded for naming newborn after Elder Scrolls Skyrim hero

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WTF?

Forbidden, no, made to live the kids life instead

In America they obviously think "inventing" names for people is to use something other people suggest as a marketing stunt.

And what happens if this is the most reported event for the whole of kid's life ? Think about that. Think about all those "can you spell that for me please" questions ?

This just confirms that "can is not must" as Johnny Cash described in song.

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OFFICIAL: Last Western Black rhino snuffs it

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Not wrong there - but you didn't mention the stupidity

What I don't get is why a species with such a valuable crop as some are willing to pay for isn't being farmed ? Seriously - if that horn was worth so much then what are the poachers going to tell their children ? It certainly will not be about how they planned for the future. Hopefully it will speed the demise of the stupidity gene.

Seeing the majesty of a real live rhino simply eating (not cute, not furry, and not singing Bohemian Rhapsody) but requiring an armed guard was when I finally realized that my own species deserves the extinction it will most surely being upon itself - most probably it's hoping for a comet or something or other cataclysm just to avoid the blame.

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Profiteers cash in on Steve Jobs' signature glasses

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FAIL

But he didn't, have to swear twice to get his point across

Please provide reasoned argument rather than just a potty mouth to justify your opinion - and if you must swear at least don't hide behind the mask - that character was eloquent and knowledgeable rather than :)

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Ex-Microsofties' IE6 kill squad hits UK

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Supporting IE6 can be a big advantage in other sectors/industries - so much so that actually testing and fixing in IE6 before release is worthwhile.

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Sony BDP-S380 Blu-ray player with IPTV

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Does this support network firmware updates ?

Can this be bricked like other Sony Blu-ray players by accepting firmware updates ?

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Got a website? Pay attention, Cookie Law will come

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But isn't all data just a program waiting for the right interpreter ?

On my computer there are files that contain text - this is just data. The same file content is the same data whether the name is xyzzy.txt or xyzzy.c or xyzzy.py or xyzzy.java - just data.

Passing the content of all of these files (all the same) to a word processor or c compiler or python interpreter or java compiler produces different results - some consider the content to be data to be displayed, some data to be compiled, some data to be executed.

So a cookie is data just like a .txt/.c/.py/.java file - but for some they consider the extension of the file to make the data different. So, define a cookie with the name '"Z80" that should have a hex string value (valid Z80 op-codes only) any website or browser that can read the value of the cookie can 'execute' the Z80 instruction on an emulator.

Is the cookie data or a program ? The name of the cookie is identifying the content/value of the cookie as a program, much like the .txt/.c/.py/.java extension of the file, and could possibly be considerd to be an instruction to execute the content as Z80 machine code.

How about cookie name "bash" and the value "rm -rf *" ?

So the presense of a cookie with a particular name CAN cause different behaviour at the server or client that recognises the cookie name, and the value of the cookie can do the same. No cookie of "alreadysignedin" instructs the server to act as if the user is not signed in and a login page should be shown, and presence with a value of "<valid session-id>" instructs the server to do all sorts of things, valid session verification, specific user information such a nickname and discount vouchers are displayed in the page.

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So, what's the best sci-fi film never made?

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Stop

Roll up, roll up, what media rights should we buy ?

Calls for titles you can't request a "proper remake" would suggest that this is a trawl for stories unlikely to have the rights already signed up - how sad.

Suggesting short stories you think are excellent is rather silly as history has shown that Hollywood aren't really into "short" and are only very rarely good at extending an authors worlds without some kind of "re-imagining" or "reboot". Especially when the story is essentially told as thought rather than action. Seriously think about how your favourite story has a lot to be how the main character or narrator thought.

In case there is any chance of getting something like The Forever War on the big screen then Halo Jones (Books 1 through 4) might be a more appealing spectacle.

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It's the oldest working Seagate drive in the UK

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You geeks need to get out more

Dad used the case from a pair of 8 inch floppy disk drives as a flower pot.

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Nokia admits 'open' Symbian is not open

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And you didn't see this ?

This just shows that hitching yourself to Microsoft rather forces you to favour Microsoft products over your own better products that may not even be competing.

Taking bets on when Nokia will be subsumed into the Microsoft Failed Things devision and how long it will take for Microsoft to delete the Nokia brand.

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Operation Ore was based on flawed evidence from the start

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Grenade

Just make wrong doers apologise publicly(?)

Surely it would be OK if everybody responsible for the injustice apologised publicly on prime time TV - every police officer involved in the case (not a particular individual, their collegues for going along with it, everyone, possibly every officer if necessary) - and their management (who obviously would be involved because of poor management practices) - and ministers with any relevance ("any" in the broadest possible sense) and the Prime Minister(s) (at the time and all during dodginess because these sort of cases go on for a long time)

And I mean that the TV advert time be paid for by those featured apologising, not the tax payer who had already paid for the apologisers to commit the injustice.

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Nokia launches new corporate font

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Products people want - that's what's needed !

How does a company that has products that aren't attractive to users because they don't have the features that reviewers, and users want, think that a type face change will make a difference to their bottom line ?

I'd use whatever the type face was when products sold at their height (simple way to get familiarity/nostalgia) and put it on phones that people reviews liked and users wanted to buy.

Paying someone to mess with brand recognition when you don't have anything that will be positively associated with the new visual version of the brand seems dodgy thinking.

But who am I to ask, I don't run a mobile phone making business :( Have never owned a Nokia either :)

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Digesting the Budget: First-belch reactions

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And you know you know it isn't when even the Daily Mail don't agree with you

"That will make it the first year since the tax was introduced in 1993 that it has not risen.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1369112/Budget-2011-Council-tax-frozen-time-18-years.html#ixzz1HSOCH91p"

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Ten... wireless keyboards

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Practical wireless - in the other room

Setting up a Linux firewall/RAID/server which is located in the server room (kitchen) - it wasn't running truely headless yet, didn't like all the wires (monitor, keyboard, mouse) so persuaded self that a wireless keyboard and mouse would be worth a punt. Purchased a Logitech MK250 keyboard and mouse set - because they were cheap but not the cheapest, and on sale.

Would suggest/recommend them for similar scenarios as the only time they haven't worked flawlessly was initially when motherboard USB keyboard/mouse support was disabled. This is in a potentially interference rich environment: in an almost direct line over the 3 meters between keyboard/mouse and the USB sensor/dongle are a monitor, speedy PC, metal shelving, sundry accompanying modems, routers, speakers and power cables, a wall, a fridge, a freezer, a stack of USB drives and the server itself.

For all the shiney/clickiness discussed here I'll take the one that works through walls during a reboot.

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El Reg takes a spin round Team Lotus's F1 factory

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What are "3rd line AD skills" ?

Seriously, have no idea, are they some kind of teaching control rating ?

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Palin's email snooper sent to prison

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Title smitle

But as US politics has shown, it's the the people behind the popular idiots that we have to worry about :(

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Microsoft confirms code execution bug in Windows

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M$ development doesn't walk the talk

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Initially when they published books on coding I read them all because who better to learn from than the authors of a operating system and applications. There are some very valuable lessons in those books and they have definitely benefited embedded projects I've mopped up - non-M$ related ones especially.

Pity that the authors (I assume ghosting) aren't the really actual implementors and that the actual implementors don't read them.

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10-year-old girl becomes youngest ever supernova discoverer

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Don't dis a 10 year old girl for discovered a SUPERNOVA - unless you were 9 when you did

There are a lot of adults who couldn't find all the differences in newspaper "spot the difference" puzzle if they were given the answer with red marker rings around the differences.

So please be happy Kathryn Aurora Gray spotted something cosmic. Don't be happy that you have been negative about someone else spotting something cosmic - are you threatened by girls doing things better than you ?

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Stephen Fry security whoopsie leads to prank fart book order

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FAIL

Rather...

a demonstration that being a technophile celebrity does not equate to having common-sense.

Can be applied to anyone who considers Mr Fry intelligent rather than knowledgable (with reseach staff)

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Walmart falls in with Washington's war on terror

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FAIL

Alarm the proles and you get news stories about idiots

So now there will be a rash of news items about Walmart stores being closed down because a translucent product had wires in it a la i<products> and that's without electical engineers accidentally dropping a bit of wire.

What about jokesters ? "Dropped my old phone and it smashed, couldn't find all the bits and didn't report it" ?

Don't shop at ASDA/Walmart ? Think about listening to the whinning of those that do and were evacuated from one of the stores pointlessly ?

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Pro-Wikileaks hacktivistas in DDoS dustup with patriot contras

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Don't you mean

"changed to pervert" ?

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Sony pips MS with 4.1m motion controller sales

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FAIL

And learning from the past ?

Instant vox pops has shown to indicate sooooooooooooooooo much that is good in the world - scarily technologists (makers and consumers) can't remember the actual pros and cons of gadgets other than the one in their hands and are willing to remake their mistakes if what they see is shiny, not more shiny, just shiny.

The best thing about technology is that is shows the stupidity of people :(

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Schmidt: Erase your identity to escape Google shame

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People in power over others need this lesson more than young people

1) Secret = something you know that you don't want some else to know.

2) Reputation = what someone else knows about you, good or bad.

3) Shame = (1) intersect (2) where someone, anyone, consider not good.

4) "Anyone" in (3) is dynamic with time.

When your world was a hamlet you lived with previous indiscretions or moved to the next hamlet in hope of a blank slate reputation.

When your world was a town you lived with previous indiscretions or moved to the next town in hope of a blank slate reputation.

When your world was a city you lived with previous indiscretions or moved to the next city in hope of a blank slate reputation.

When your world was a county you lived with previous indiscretions or moved to the next country in hope of a blank slate reputation.

When your world was the world you lived with previous indiscretions or moved to the next world in hope of a blank slate reputation.

The internet is not just the world for your reputation, its archived !

Witness Prime Ministers and Presidents trying to buy undeserved historic legacies.

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Jobs tells iPhone users to get a grip

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Stop

Apple products are only for people in the Apple mold

Apple don't want to sell to people, they want to sell to the people who can afford their products and the upgrade addiction.

If you make it harder for Apple to churn out another overpriced product then it is you who should change to make the product a success.

Apple isn't about meeting customer needs, it's about creating customer demand, if you are negative about what Apple's talented (splutter!!!!) designers tell you is the correct view then it's YOUR FAULT ! Only the true target market can get an Apple product to work properly, so the fact you can't means you aren't worthy and must use a case or tongs to fool it.

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RISC OS runs on fastest hardware ever

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Headmaster

"world's most successful processor"

Taking simply units shipped of ARM family processors have you checked statistics on the MSC 8051 family and derivatives - you might be surprised how few devices ARM processors are in.

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Diary of a somebody - life in iPhone 4 land

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They are not rational, they have mental health problems

"makes otherwise rational human beings behave like complete maniacs" - the fact they (not just the nasty ones) are so desperate to have the product before everyone else shows a lack of rationality, possibly a lack of self esteem.

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Twitter topples over

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You report this when there are people starving in the world ?

Filler article wasting world resources :(

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Fanbois howl over 'hang a lot' Safari 5

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Paris Hilton

Poor quality free software from Apple ?

Why am I not surprised ? More importantly why don't you expect it ?

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