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Opera Mobile for Android: Nearly there!

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Beta's been out for a while

And it's not bad, either. Always loved Opera Mobile, though the Mozilla/Firefox implementations on Maemo are superb.

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Well isn't that strange...

"Opera Mobile browser will be available in Google's Android Marketplace within the next month and the upcoming Opera 11 desktop browser will include Firefox-like extensions."

After listening to the Opera crown harp on about how extensions only slow down a browser, bloat it up, etc, and how they're totally unnecessary in a piece of software as perfect as Opera, the company go and add extensions.

Huh. I wonder if some opinions will now radically and rapidly shift to "extensions r teh awesome."

Written, oddly enough, in Opera.

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Spycam school to pay damages for kiddie snaps

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Why does one kid get so much more?

"The school has now agreed to pay $175,000 (£110,000) to Blake Robins, one of the students, $10,000 (£6,300) to Jalil Hassan and $425,000 (£268,000) to their lawyers."

Is there a reason why one kid gets £110 000 and the other only gets £6300? That seems a bit off. Is there some background reason I'm unaware of?

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Ubuntu 10.10: date with destiny missed

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KNetworkManager

Not had time to play with Maverick on my laptop until today, so I hadn't noticed the new KNetworkManager. That thing is SWEET! Took them long enough to make a proper network manager, but this time they've really got it right. Nice and clear, easy to use, and optional levels of detail for the techies amongst us. Absolutely love it - a small but superbly done upgrade.

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That's new

"Free software purists may decry the move, but Canonical clearly doesn't care and is ultimately more interested in a free desktop that allows the users to install any kind of software applications they'd like than it is in satisfying the militantly free crowd."

It's not long since Ubuntu refused to even prompt users to install MP3/DVD capabilites on or after install, as that would corrupt their pure OS. It's good to see they've finally wised up and realised that the end user doesn't care one iota about "free as in free" software, however much we might - they just want a system that works out of the box. And if Ubuntu's primary goal is to spread Linux to the end user, this is a reality they had to accept.

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HMRC systems downed by upgrades

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Great month to pick

Gee, when should we do the massive IT upgrade guys? The month with the tax deadline in it? GOOD IDEA!

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Microsoft sends in the tanks against Motorola, Android

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A possible solution

If the USPO are this slack, how about we get together and patent patent-trolling? "A method whereby patents are filed for no basis other than to attack commercial competition."

The concept of being able to sue MS and Apple for suing others appeals to me.

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Google hands number 7 shirt to Chrome browser

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WTF?

I've been thinking this

They've already got more major version numbers than every main player except Internet Explorer. WTF? Can you really see six or seven versions worth of difference between Chrome 1 and the current release?

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Video vigilante site emerges from legal battles

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WTF?

You pay them??

The shopkeepers pay this bunch of goons to get people to watch their CCTV. They get you to watch it for them, and YOU PAY THEM for the privilege?

Seriously? There's a members fee for sitting on your arse doing someone else's work?

Are these people fucking stupid??

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Texas Chain Saw Massacre declared top horror flick

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Event Horizon!

Not that scary really, but great fun to watch.

You! Won't! Take! My! Crew!

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EU sues UK.gov over Phorm trials

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I agree!

How dare those bastards attempt to protect us from illegal wiretaps by bringing a corrupt government to task? That's OUR corrupt government, damn it! Johnny Foreigner shouldn't put his do-gooding nose where it's not wanted.

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Penguin in the picture: top video editors for Linux fans

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Thanks!

Been needing to edit some videos for upload. The basic editors were too basic, Cinelerra was too monstrous for a beginner, but I didn't know about Kdenlive. And, conveniently, I'm a KDE user. I'll give it a shot. Thanks!

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Star Wars set for 3D rehash

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TWO! THERE WERE FUCKING TWO!

"only two, maybe three Terminator movies, depending on your PoV of T IV"

TWO! There were only ever TWO Terminator movies. God help anyone in my vicinity who tries to claim otherwise.

When you start making gay/wonderbra jokes with walking killing machines, you have officially fucked up the franchise.

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Oh God, no

I think I would rather clean Jabba the Hut's toilet bowl than pay good money to see The Phantom Menace at the cinema again, 3D or otherwise. I'll wait until 2014 when the second trilogy will likely rock up.

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Nintendo 3DS misses Xmas launch window

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Didn't they say this ages ago?

I seem to remember Nintendo saying the 3DS would be launched in March when it was first announced. That's certainly the month I've had in my head since I found out about it.

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OpenOffice files Oracle divorce papers

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Nice one!

This is why there was no point in worrying about MySQL and OpenOffice - you can't kill open source. If you shut down the project, someone will fork it. If you act like an arsehole, you lose control.

Nicely done, OOo.

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Sony Ericsson delays X10 Android 2.1 update

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Brand new, dude

Brand new phone, no protector on it, just doesn't drag properly. Though it does, rather weirdly, seem to be improving...

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Hope they've fixed the drag issues

Got an X10 (the big one) last week on the company contract. Nice phone, except for the major issues I have with dragging. Unless I put a LOT of pressure on the screen, dragging is seriously hit and miss. Even dragging to unlock can take several attempts, as you apparently let go halfway through. It's the only real flaw I've found with the phone, but it's a bloody big one!

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Moms stand firm against antenna madness

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O-ho!

Like a lamb to the slaughter.

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And then for your phone to reach the mast...

...it has to jack up its own power level, pumping more of that horrible, baby-killing radiation into your head.

And then, when enough people have brain cancer, the phone companies will TAKE OVER THE WORLD!

BWHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAA!

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No one needs Blu-ray, says Microsoft exec

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*Sigh* This again?

"People have moved through from DVDs to digital downloads and digital streaming."

No. They. Haven't.

Sure, the iPlayer might be awesome for catching up on stuff, and people might spend all their time on YouTube, but for actually owning/watching something, huge swathes of the population quite plainly continue to buy optical media. Look at the size of the Blu-Ray section in HMV sometime.

"We offer full HD 1080p Blu-ray quality streaming instantly, no download, no delay."

No. You. Don't.

I have a 13Mbps connection, and that is waaaay above average in this country (and yours, I'd imagine). If you can stream Blade Runner to me at 1080p, without visible/audible compression or loss of features, on that connection, I will be impressed. I doubt it will happen.

In the meantime those of us with a clue will buy optical media and wait for the infrastructure to improve. Which, naturally, means we'll be buying PS3s.

IDIOT.

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Sony PlayStation Move

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Had a play with this at the weekend

The accuracy was fantastic. The augmented reality stuff was sweet. The games were shit.

Painting? Feckin' PAINTING?? Get out of my face. The Americans get Razing Storm and we get Start the Party? A patched version of Heavy Rain, maybe, but I think I'll wait a bit before buying one. The list of games that will support it is impressive, but they should have had a few more proper games at launch...

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Pope makes central London no-go zone for BT engineers

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Missing the point!

Forget all this holiness, religious debate and BT engineering. What I want to know is - is the old bugger paying the congestion charge?

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Halo: Reach

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GOOD LEVEL DESIGN??

Deep storyline??

Dear God man, are you ill? The level design in Halo was so crap even Bungie got bored of it - how about the "level" at the end of the game that makes you play the same room over and over? That is the laziest piece of level construction I have *EVER* seen.

And storyline? Two warring factions disturb an ancient enemy? And you've never heard that before? You need to read more, dude.

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True successor to Combat Evolved?

I won't be playing that, then. I'm one of those supposedly "resentful" PC FPS gamers, and when the original Halo came to PC I gave it a shot. It was one of the most depressingly disappointing games I have ever played. Dull, repetitive, derivative crap, and from what I've played of the others when I've been drunk enough, they're no better.

And pointing out a large number of flaws in a mediocre FPS series right before giving the game 95%? Riiiight...

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Update kills code-execution threat in Samba

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Errrr...

Um....

Someone wanna tell him? (Her?) (It?)

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Have to admit

For various reasons I've been asked to scrub up on iOS development. I nearly screamed like a little girl when I opened the coding manual and saw the keyword "malloc". Noooooooooo!

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Pandora tops 1000 boxes

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Well, it's horrifically ugly, but...

...are those analogs? DUAL ANALOGS??

Where the hell's my credit card...

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Koran-burning 'pastor' loses website

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Gotta love the name

"The Dove World Outreach Center also sells "Islam is the Devil" T-shirts and runs an eBay business."

The name of his "church" has been amusing me since this story broke. Way to reach out to the world, dickhead.

"Their fundamentalist religion is evil! They want to call people heathens, and burn their symbols, and potentially kill them! All we want to do is..er...um..."

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Sonic Screwdriver controller coming to Wii

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Christ's sake...

So they'll spend ages developing stuff like this, but they still haven't made any good light guns. Even the moulds are usually abysmal. OK, the Overshot and Venom are nice exceptions, but the Overshot is a bit small and the Venom is just a single-handed mould. C'mon, make a good gun already!

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StreetView passed by Kiwi cops

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We've been over this

Leaving your door open does not make it legal for someone to walk inside.

Having an unlocked door does not make theft legal.

Having an unencrypted wireless network is not an invitation to steal data.

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Punters still puzzled by broadband ads

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Well they would say that!

"Virgin gets some credit for this increased transparency, but the likes of BT will say it is unfair to compare a fibre-optic network with its ageing copper network and wider, rural, spread"

Why? It's their fault they didn't upgrade their crappy network sooner! Virgin are still an option for the consumer, so surely they should be compared against their rivals.

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Nandos 'village bike' ad not sexist, rules ASA

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The really stupid part is...

"I look forward to the day when every other advert features a nine inch man handle and you all slowly start to understand that feminism might have a point."

The really stupid part is that most *men* wish they weren't like that. I, for one, am sick of being advertised to as if I were a knuckle-dragging ape, or ten years old. Look at any Gillette advert - they talk to men as if we're all one step above protoplasm.

Ug. Me man. Me want shag woman. Me buy razor. Ug ug oooh, aaagh!

Most guys (or at least most guys I know) wish advertisers would stop with this crap. Oh look, tits, yes very good. I have seen those before, you know...

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NIMBYs??

WTF?

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Scottish iSchool goes 100% iPad

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Hope they've got a lot of charging points...

Do you really expect 10 year olds to remember to charge the things every night?

Or even keep them intact?

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AMD to dump ATI brand

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The only people?

"The only people who care about brand names are the ones that either can't be bothered to read reviews and instead base their purchasing decisions on marketing spiel"

That would be "most of the population", then?

*Cough* iPhone *Cough*

I mean, come on, how many people know who Intel are based solely on the annoying jingle jammed onto the end of every annoying PC World advert? That's branding, that is, and it works rather well. I've met a good number of people who won't buy a PC with an AMD processor in it because they've only ever heard of Intel, so they assume Intel are the shit, and AMD are some unknown Korean manufacturer or something. It's nonsense, of course, but it's the impression they have thanks to branding.

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Fennec squeezes into Android users' pockets

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Doh, not WebM

That other one. MicroB, that's it.

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N900?

Errr....why would you want to port a mobile version of Firefox to a phone that already has both Firefox and WebM (Mozilla)?

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Twitpic pulls 50 Cent bum burger snap

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It must have taken great skill to get shot

It seems to often be used - as here - as a justification for his fame. What you're basically saying is, he's shit, but he got shot, so he's not.

Personally, I call BS.

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Does 50 pence remind anyone

Of a 12 year old boy trying to sound well 'ard, like?

Shit nigga, don't be touchin' my shit, yo. Cut you up.

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H.264 answers Google's open codec with forever free license*

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"Go" rhymes with "go"??

Truly you are the next poet laureate!

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Apple to reveal musical something on September 1

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That'd be the PC World...

..that now sells an awful lot of Macs to its customers, then?

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Microsoft Windows glider crashes

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WTF?

That has got to be...

...one of the absolute worst attempts at music I have ever heard.

Take a horrifically bad dance number, and mix it with the WINDOWS XP STARTUP SOUND??

Jesus Horatio Christ, my ears!

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Japanese press step into execution chamber

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It's people like you

That make me glad to be human. Wait, no, that's not right.

It's people like you that make me ashamed to be of the same species. That's the one.

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Unhackable PS3 finally jailbroken, video claims

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@Highlander

Do me a favour and just hush up. I want the Hypervisor back, nothing else. I guess I must be a thief, and that 100% legit games collection of mine is a figment of my imagination.

Tit.

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Head App Store plod punts farts 'n' wiz

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For the love of God, man!

The N900 has emulators for every system under the sun and you're playing MooBox? :-p

Grab iNES, slap in a copy of Galaga, be obsessed.

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Extreme porn law on the ropes

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Exactafuckingmundo!

"Due to the sexual nature of the case, he has been barred from contact with his daughter since the case began"

That's a bit of a logical leap! Man may enjoy porn involving sharp objects == man will abuse his daughter??

Someone wants a slap for that one.

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Hands on with Nintendo 3DS

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Riiight

"Nintendo stressed upon launch of the DS that it was not another Game Boy."

Except that that's *exactly* what it is. You pick it up and play games with it. The rest of the feature list/firmware, at least on my Lite, is garbage, especially compared to my PSP. They should make it do games, and do it well. Their half-arsed attempts at giving it a longer feature list make them look like berks - the PSP is a media machine, the DS just isn't. Yet.

The 3DS really interests me, but I do still play GBA games - hell, I still play Colecovision games - so that's a strike against it. And not sure whether I'd just rather have the larger screens of the XL... Looks like a better update than the DSi though.

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GBA Port?

Does it still have one?

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Apple preps iOS fix as Germany warns of iPhone peril

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Wow

That's....bad! Move a slider in a browser, and root the fecking device? Nice security!

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