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Ford cars get draconian parental controls

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They're often not going that fast

Don't want to risk their body kits on an unexpected bump. It just sounds like they are because they replace their exhaust pipe with a drainpipe and then drive everywhere in 2nd gear.

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Standard smartphone charger to dominate in two years

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HTC

"The biggest smartphone maker that is not a signatory to the MoU is HTC."

That said, don't all their phones charge off micro-USB already? Or are the new standards far enough off micro-USB that the two will be incompatible?

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My current Nokia does both

It came with a mains to micro-USB lead, a PC to micro-USB lead, and an adaptor that allowed you to use one of the old style Nokia chargers that everyone and their mum has. Not bad

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I'll bet you ten quid...

...that they keep the proprietary connector, and provide an adaptor to micro-USB for charging only.

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PC World website went titsup on Boxing Day

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FAIL

Thousands of customers better off

They should have bought the extended warranty for just 10p a day.

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LG uncloaks six-foot 3D TV

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"It would make more sense to restrict the size of TVs to 36" or less."

Sure, sure, and while we're about saving the planet, let's get all those backward rural tits that are always moaning about having to be involved in the 21st Century to get rid of their Land Rovers and jig around the countryside in a G-Whizz.

And all those "would you rather have a nuclear plant?" posters - yeah, I fecking would! Far as I'm concerned, you can install a nuclear plant in our beautiful valley over a wind farm any day of the week. Not because a wind farm is "hideous" or any such 1700s shite, but because a nuclear plant is a better bloody solution! The difference between a nuclear plant and a wind farm is that a nuclear plant actually works.

I don't own a hatred of human advancement, so it will indeed be a Happy New Year. To the pub, my friends!

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Oh I do love a snob

"I have observed that intellect is inversely proportional to the size of installed TV, but there must be limits!"

I assume you watch everything on your iPhone? Swarovski edition, of course.

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London's tube demands faster-than-NFC ticketing

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Almost works in Leeds

They installed ticket barriers in Leeds station, and they *almost* work properly. The ticket reader is very fast, but the actual barriers are a bit glitchy. Sometimes they wait a second or two before opening, and in rare cases if you're following someone through, it accepts your ticket, then slams the barriers shut on you as you pass through!

As the gamer in me would say, laaaaaaaaaag!

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2011: The year open source (really) goes capitalist

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Great article, but..

...for the love of the Flying Spaghetti Monster...stop calling it the cloud! It's just the Internet, for Christ's sake! Web 2.0? Same as Web 1.0, just with more JavaScript and Tim O'Reilly.

El Reg, can we put "Cloud" on the banned list with lappy, mobe, etc?

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Mozilla lands fresh Firefox 4 beta on Android, Maemo

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I got a bite!

Let's reel it in!

"You know the "Awesome Bar" was an Opera invention and predated Firefox's awesome bar by several years... Nice to see you catching up."

You should know before you dig yourself a bigger hole, I have Opera installed alongside Firefox on both my desktop and mobile. (I'm a developer - I have *every* major browser installed, plus a few others.) I've never said that Opera is a bad browser - it's actually rather excellent. But if the address bar in Opera is supposed to work like the one in Firefox, I've got some bad news for you mate - it doesn't. It just doesn't. The bar in Firefox is the most intuitive of all of them, hands down.

As for your retarded "I haven't tried Opera" rant, having a larger footprint than Opera Mini isn't difficult, seen as it doesn't actually render anything... Oh, and Opera only rushed tab stacking into Opera 11 because they knew Mozilla were mucking around with it.

I'm sorry it upsets you that I prefer Firefox, but I do. And over-zealous fanboys like you are one reason I don't go near the Opera community. You just listed every other major browser maker as just dealing out "propaganda" - of course! There's no other possible reason anyone would use them, right? Sounds like if anyone's drunk the Kool Aid, it's you.

Calm the fuck down - so long as you're not using IE, you're fine with me.

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Snapshot version?

Sync 1.6 became available in Firefox 3.6 for me last night - clicking on "failed to sync" prompted me to install the new version. Strange that you should have to go to that length.

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Better, but still some way to go

Firefox on my Xperia is now actually quick enough that I might quit using the built-in browser altogether. Having my awesome bar/tabs/history/bookmarks/everything-ever synchronised straight to the device and back again is just too cool.

(Opera fanbois, shut your pie holes. I use Firefox on the desktop, and the awesome bar wins at everything, ever, forever. Get over it.)

Firefox on Maemo is still slow as shit, but not quite as slow as shit as it was before. The previous version was so slow it was untestable, but this one actually functions, just not nearly as quickly as MicroB. It's also sometimes leaving defunct processes behind when it exits, so I can't use it twice in a row without dropping to bash and nuking those, which is an ass. I'll get that reported as a bug.

Speed really is the major issue with these mobile versions. Hopefully the final version will be fully up to speed, because the browser's actual functionality looks to be excellent.

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Amazon randomly censoring incest books

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One problem

"did those book break any law? did they break any _clear_ policy? if not, then the book can NOT, nay _should_ NOT, be removed no matter who is complaining and no matter what *your* personal opinion is."

While I actually completely agree, the one problem with this is that if the Towering Intellects* can't get their pound of flesh with Amazon, they'll start screaming in the newspapers about how There Should Be A Law. And then there is one. And then we're all screwed.

But then, we're probably all screwed anyway.

*Rhymes with Shining Wits.

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

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I concur!

I like this name. "Hock a Loogle on someone from a great height."

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Oh man, I hear that

I had a user at work complaining that she couldn't find her most recently created files. Thinking that might be Bad Mojo, I went and took a look. She'd made so many files on the desktop that it had completely filled, and the new files were appearing offscreen.

Nearly hooked her into the projector for a laugh...

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A dumb terminal for the entire Net/

"It gives the option of skipping the photo, and it tells us that when you use Chrome OS, Google collects no more data about your habits than it would if you were using the plain old Chrome browser on Windows or Mac."

Well that's not saying much! It may not collect any more data than that other massive infosink they developed, but damned if it collects less!

From day 1 ChromeOS has sounded like a bad idea to me, and it still does, so I'm sure it'll be massively popular. The Beeb will do their normal techgasm over something they don't understand, the clueless will buy into it, I'll keep using an actual laptop.

And "ChromeOS" still pisses me off. It's Debian. DEBIAN! DEEEBBIIIAAAANNN!! Google just keep building apps on top of Linux and calling it a new operating system. Knock it off, fess up and call it Googlenix, or Lingle.

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Windows 7 really was some girl's idea, rules ASA

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The one of those I really hate

Is the one with that tw@ in Spain, who claims to be there to get some "culture," then immediately declares all Spanish TV to be shite. If that's supposed to be a joke, it didn't come across as one - it just made me want to punch the smug bellend.

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Air Force blocks access to sites that covered WikiLeaks

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Time for another visit

To Google's cache!

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Apple ditches Costco. Or vice versa. Or both

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Shame

Costco aren't the cheapest place to get electronics, but IIRC they have a 5 year warranty on everything. That might annoy Apple...

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PayPal banned WikiLeaks after US gov intervention

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The whole Assange saga...

...reminds me of that scene in Network where Beale gets called into the boardroom?

"You have meddled with the primal forces of nature Mr Beale, and I WON'T HAVE IT!"

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Alan Sugar's 'cockup braindead in call centre clueless' BT row

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That man

Is a pan-dimensional, intergalactic hypercock. It's been a long while since I read such an arrogant bunch of self satisfied shite. What astonishes me is that he has fans at all. Perhaps they're reading his drivel for the comedy value.

And anyone with English skills that bad has no business insulting the call centre staff. Brain dead? Only you, mate.

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Mass mind control artist condemns El Reg to obscurity

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I think the Reg is doing what the Reg does best

Taking the piss.

If you're a big enough idiot not to notice that, that's not their problem.

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This year's comedy Xmas No. 1 contender: Silent song 4'33"

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Saw them last week

Girlfriend took me to a 30 Seconds concert - they weren't that good, but Enter Shikari were a support act and they kicked ass.

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I was thinking more...

...Sam Neil with his eyes gouged out.

"Do you see? DO YOU SEE?"

"Yes....I see."

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Russia wins World Cup bid in parrot-sickening travesty

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Oh FFS

Maybe, just maybe, it has nothing to do with Russia and Qatar being "the most corrupt countries on Earth" - a bullshit statement if ever I heard one. Maybe they realised we were already trying extraordinarily hard not to fuck up the Olympics, and they didn't want to risk it.

We don't have a right to the bloody World Cup, you know. I suppose the other times they didn't award it to us, that was all corruption and back-handers too, and when we do get it, it's because "football's coming home."

Fuck's sake, it's football. Who gives a shit anyway?

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SMOKIN' HOT BABE gets job as computer geek

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Realism

"Let's be honest, if this Barbie was realistic, she'd have a pizza box under her arm and a little more tummy under that 'Programmers do it bit by bit' T-shirt she'd be wearing."

She wouldn't have an iPhone either.

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iOS upgrade cocks up iPad USB connections

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I made a similar remark this morning

One of our sales lot e-mailed me to say her iPhone had locked up. I told her that it was a feature, not a bug, and Steve had obviously decided she'd been working too hard. ;-)

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Hang on

Surely if you plug a device into the iPad and it actually works, there's a driver installed to manage it? Where does the driver come from?

Serious question - do you get that as an app? (I'd be surprised.)

If not, then surely Apple intend for you to plug other stuff in, or they wouldn't supply the bloody drivers!

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Gear4 UnityRemote

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I had my own solution for this

As a student, I figured out a sure-fire way to order drinks in a really loud club. Write quantities on your right hand/fingers, and drinks on your left. Simply hold the correct combination(s) up to the barkeep. No yelling, no inaccurate orders, no sore throat. Job done!

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Can anyone recommend a universal remote...

...that works with Bluetooth devices as well as IR? I'm thinking of the PS3 initially, although you're likely to need a dongle for that one.

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Tron Evolution

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Another vote for Tron 2.0

Just as we know that the movie will be a disastrous re-hash, I'd much rather play Tron 2.0 again - PC, not X-box. It really felt like Tron, the visuals were fantastic, and the in-game mechanics were really easy to pick up.

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LHC boffins turn lead into quarko-gluotic Big Bang incrediblo-stuff

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As a child of ReBoot and Tron...

...that animation was the coolest thing I've seen in weeks.

That is all.

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Gamers demand CoD: Black Ops money back

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Denial this is

Fact it is not.

Yoda, I must stop talking like.

A properly-coded app running on the PS3 will beat the socks off the 360. No-one is clustering PS3s together for number crunching.

Problem is, since Sony lost so many of their exclusives, most apps are cross-platform, and the more complex PS3 platform can be a real pain in the ass in cases like that. Sometimes it just comes down to which platform the developers favour. FF XIII was better on PS3, this is better on Xbox.

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Blu-ray barely better than DVD

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Abso-fragging-lutely

Blade Runner is amazing on Blu-Ray. That said, Mr Scott did spend an awfully large amount of time and money remastering it properly, so I doubt that would ever happen for the vast majority of older discs.

I somehow ended up with Escape From New York on BD - I swear that one's actually *worse* than the DVD.

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Apple throws a wobbly over Steve Jobs dolly

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Why get pissy over this?

It's not mocking him - it's actually a pretty good doll. If I were Jobs I'd be flattered.

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MP wants age verification for net smut

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They applied that to our company phones

Without telling us, I might add. Various field teams in the company suddenly unable to access the websites of half our clients. Within 30 minutes I'd phoned them up, given them a verbal kicking in the nuts, and lo and behold, no more filtering.

Nice system...

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FAIL

Bloody hellfire...

"We already successfully regulate British TV channels, cinema screens, high street hoardings and newsagent shelves to stop children seeing inappropriate images and mobile phone companies are able to restrict access to adult material so why should the internet be any different?"

If you have to ask that question, you do not know enough about how the Internet works to be passing legislation on it. Leave the debate, go directly to home, do not pass Go, etc.

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Acer replaces laptop keyboard with multi-touch LCD

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If it didn't have glossy screens

I'd be on the phone to Acer trying to pre-order one.

I've wanted an adaptive keyboard for years - one that refactors itself to the task. With one of these and a Linux install, I could probably make one. I'm also a multi-monitor man - single-monitor setups feel claustrophobic to me these days.

And besides, it is fecking sexy.

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Buffy to slay her way back into cinemas

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Typo

"J.J. Abrams Star Trek, which I was surprisingly not complete rubbish"

The stray "I" aside, you seem to have accidentally inserted the word "not" into that sentence.

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Oh thank Christ!

I knew that with the slew of teenage vampire crap going around at the minute, something would get remade, and I'd much rather it was Buffy than Blade.

But you know it's going to be terrible. This paragraph says it all:

>>Fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer should brace themselves for a

>>cinematic "re-imagining" of the cult character, which producer

>>Charles Roven describes as a "a completely new reboot".

Oh wow, just wow. You *know* that's going to be awful. Star Trek XI awful.

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iOS 4.2: An 'ace' for iPad, a 'meh' for iPhone

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Those miserable buggers!

"4.2 adds assignable SMS/MMS tones. Something that people have been whinging on about for years."

Complaining on about not having a simple feature that's available on every other smartphone in existence. How dare they question the Church of Jobs?? Heathens.

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Indonesian smut vid star's arse hauled into court

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Quick Question

"more and more prudish, pathetic, uncivilised and backward countries are brought to the attention of the world every day."

Had you not heard of Indonesia before?

I do hope you see the irony in your post.

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Apple scraps 'never-formed plans' for iPhone SIM in 2011

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"A source said"...

...is the journalistic equivalent of "I'm not racist, but..." It basically translates to "what follows carries with it a very high probability of being complete and utter arsewash." Enjoy.

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Top Ten Arcade Classics

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I never used to do it...

...but I used to try and hunt down the machine-wrecking sons-of-bitches that did do it...

There's actually a calibration code on the later machines, so you can calibrate the gun yourself before playing, and optionally turn the recoil off.

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Time Crisis LIVES!

I'm a Time Crisis nutjob, personally - I love light gun games, and every time you think Sega, Taito or someone else are catching up, Namco release a new one that once again blows everything else out of the water. I love them so much I own every single one - I even bought a special gun so I can play the PS2 versions upscaled on my PS3.

I was quite astonished just last month to find an original deluxe edition Time Crisis machine hidden away on the top floor of an amusements in Blackpool, in the same room as deluxe editions of House of the Dead 1, Virtua Cop 2, and GUNBLADE! There's one no-one's mentioned. Gunblade absolutely ruled. (It's out on the Wii now - bloody faithful port, too.)

When I was a bairn - unfortunately not far enough back to play some of these - I played a lot of Daytona USA, Outrun, Terminator 2, Gunblade, X-Men, and Galaga. Actually, surprised Galaga/Galaxian didn't get a mention.

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iPhone 4 gets slide-out keyboard

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Seconded!

In fact, my first thought when seeing this was "my, doesn't that make it look like a Nokia..."

The product itself, though, is copper-bottomed genius.

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Fox News outs Beatles as 'Manchester's favorite mopheads'

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I did once get this fine example:

"What's the flag with the dragon on?"

"That's Wales."

"Aaah, Wales! That's in Scotland, right?"

"Not quite."

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Not the first people to get those two mixed up

If you ever play Resistance, watch with mirth as the cities of England keep swapping places in the FMVs.

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UK.gov ignores 'net neutrality' campaigners

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I wonder what would happen to...

...TOR?

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AMD joins Intel mobile Linux push

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Score!

The more the merrier. Currently trying to get MeeGo dual booting on my Nokia - should be fun for some development.

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