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2272 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

BT boss brands Britain illiterate

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They're not wrong.

The level of basic comprehension of the English language is shocking. A quick trip to Facebook will confirm that. The problem is that poor English is now generally accepted. People don't seem to care if you mix up your/you're/yore or there/their/they're any more, for example. That one really does my head in - it's not as if it's difficult!

It would be nice if that was drilled into kids in high school. Not just because I'm some traditionalist whiner, but because it does have an impact on how you are perceived. Poor English on a CV can easily cost you the opportunity at a job that you are probably perfectly capable of performing well in, because the poor spelling/grammar makes you look like a moron. Humans are fickle, simple as that.

I await the grammar Nazis picking over this post. Never said I was perfect, just acceptable. :-p

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Jobs tells iPhone users to get a grip

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Going solely on YouTube vids...

...it's pretty bad. The video in the original article showed the signal dropping so far that service was lost completely. Another video posted elsewhere in this thread by a reader shows the same thing. The network switching tech - their non-standard method of trying to find a network with the least congestion - can't operate if it can't detect the networks in the first place.

Apple or no Apple, and my usual iPhone sentiments aside, it's a pretty shocking design oversight, and you really wouldn't expect it of any company that huge.

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More half-truths from Mr Jobs

He just can't help talking shite, can he?

"This is a fact of life for every wireless phone."

Yyyyyeessss, sort of. But it's unlikely it would be to this extent. So your design is still crap.

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Windows 7 SP1 'beta' leaks, hits torrents

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Yeah, that and...

...the fact that it's basically Vista, but fixed. Not going to be a lot of compatibility issues there. ;-)

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Google vanishes Android apps from citizen phones

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What's to stop you reinstalling?

This isn't the nicest thing to happen to you, but as someone else said, the Android Market isn't vetted, so perhaps in their case it's more needed. If they're removing apps for being malicious rather than being competition, then maybe that's fair enough.

This being Android, however, what's to stop you reinstalling the app from another location?

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iPhone 4: Perfect for everyone, except humans

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Stop stealing jokes from Sickipedia

And get yer own. :-p

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So they improved the antenna

By making it worse? Nice.

Could this be why Mr Jobs was having problems getting a wi-fi signal at the demo?

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Googlegate: Mapping a scandal of global proportions

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*Polite golf clap*

Well said. Google's excuses were absolute bollocks. However, you believe Google aren't above the law? I would beg to differ. Time after time the legal system in this country has shown that it's OK to break the law if you have oooodles of money - BT/Phorm being an excellent example. Massive wiretap, lots of data intercepted and processed, nothing done about it. I wouldn't get your hopes up about the UK going after Google any time soon.

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Google claims Wi-Fi slurp legal in the US

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Well are you really surprised?

As you pointed out, our ICO is bloody useless. Half of Europe is threatening to prosecute. Us lot? Well, if you didn't *mean* to steal everyone's data, then that's OK. Just get rid of it after the fact.

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Head, meet wall

"Your insurance company won't pay out a claim if you left your doors unlocked and open."

No, but if the tosser that steals everything is caught, he will still be prosecuted.

Get a better analogy already.

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Ubuntu v iTunes: the music playoff for Applephobes

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@handle

Woah, calm down lad.

First up, the "colour scheme" thing was but a substatement (if there is such a thing) of the overall "KDE looks nicer" point. No matter what colour scheme you apply, I still prefer KDE. What I said was that it doesn't *help* that Ubuntu choose horrible colour schemes.

And as for your assertion that I'm out of date, I beg to differ. I've seen and used the colour scheme for GNOME in 10.04 - it's also horrible. I like dark themes and use them all the time in KDE - I mentioned GHNS above because I know changing colours is easy - but the default one in 'buntu 10.04 is just nasty.

The default colour scheme for Kubuntu isn't the sexiest thing on Earth, but at least it isn't offensive to the eyes. ;-)

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See, I think the exact opposite

While I appreciate that Kubuntu does not make up the numbers compared to Ubuntu (for obvious reasons), I actually moved to KDE from GNOME because GNOME was too god-damned buggy!

Every time I opened a system dialog, bits of it were missing, or I had to do some bits there and drop to a command line for others. Some bits of it worked really well, other bits were broken.

KDE gave me a much cleaner experience. For a start, it looks nicer - don't argue, it just does. (It doesn't help that the guys at Ubuntu are experts in choosing horrific colour schemes.) Load up GHNS, install Aurorae, have some fun. The desktop/taskbar widget system is excellent, and to my mind more configurable than the ones under GNOME, which used to really piss me off in a multi-monitor environment. The system dialogs are well thought out, and they work. And now that they've integrated kcm_touchpad in KDE 4.4, I've no complaints.

Similarly, I prefer the KDE suite of apps. I don't understand your assertion that Nautilus is superior to Dolphin. I hit CTRL+T, I get a tab. I hit F4, I get a terminal that tracks the folder I'm looking at (nice touch, guys). Hell, the latest version has SVN integration, so if I'm in a project folder files are colour coded by version status, just like TortoiseSVN on Windows, and I've been begging for that for a long time. Again on SVN, KDESVN kicks ten bells out of RapidSVN every time - it's less buggy, easier to use, and auto-caches the server history to speed things up.

I really like Rhythmbox, but I like Amarok too. (I will give you the 2.0 release - that was garbage.) Global hotkeys without messing around, configurable playlist, and I really like the OSD doodad. It's a player that I can load stuff into and then just flick through it with the keyboard while I'm working.

And to answer (K)Ubuntu critics elsewhere in this thread, our company recently hired a few new people, so as an experiment I gave them all laptops with Kubuntu preinstalled. Sat down on day one and waited for the complaints....which didn't come. They had absolutely no problems finding the menu, getting the programs they needed and using the laptops. The fact that KDE looks quite a bit like Windows helped, I'm sure, but still, it was a good few days before one of them even noticed they were running a different system. Since then I've had the odd question raised, mainly to do with things being in a different place, but little more serious than that, and certainly no more trouble than I would get from a user on a Windows machine.

Some of our customer support lot - unfortunate souls running Vista machines - even requested to be moved to Kubuntu, and aside from the odd problem with running GNOME apps in KDE, they love it!

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I cannot vote this post high enough.

Kubuntu whoops the hell out of Ubuntu. It's better in almost every single way. But Shuttleworth and the rest of the Ubuntu bunch don't give a toss about KDE, so we're still missing some of the highly-touted new features from this release, the previous release, and the one before that!

Wish they'd get off their arses and sort it out. Kubuntu might as well slide off and become a seperate distro. They'd never notice.

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Antarctic glacier melt maybe 'not due to climate change'

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Obviously it shouldn't be reported then

Almost no journalists are qualified climate scientists, so we should report no climate science.

I can't imagine many are doctors, so obviously we should stop reporting health stories.

And so on.

And so on.

.....You tit.

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Pakistani lawyer petitions for death of Mark Zuckerberg

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Wow, it's like I'm on the Daily Mail site

"Cut Pakistan from the Internet completely"

Yeah, of course! That's a reasoned reaction from the superior nation with the moral high ground! Cut them off! They're only a backward nation anyway. That's what we need - more simple answers from simpletons, It's common sense, you couldn't make it up, IYLISMWDYGLT, etc, etc.

My previous jokes regarding a Great American Firewall notwithstanding, I love the notion that cutting a country from the Internet is "simple."

Sometimes I can feel the grey matter at the front of my brain starting to liquefy...

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Birmingham jihad-cam network suspended

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It's to find terrorists

So we installed it where we can keep tabs on them darkies. Filthy forruns.

What do you mean, racist?

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Hands on with Nokia's flagship N8

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Errr....why?

"BTW, the N900 isn't a phone, if you bought one expecting it to have all the features of an average smart phone then that was foolish."

And why exactly is that? As far as I can tell it has every feature present in any of the other smartphones at my office, and a couple extra thrown in for good measure (mainly due to the end user accessing the native O/S and not a layer on top of it). Even the camera is surprisingly good.

Granted, the phone software had some bugs at launch, but they are gone. It does the phone bit perfectly adequately, and everything else superbly, though lacking some of the swish of other smartphones. I would love to hear what features it's missing that your "average smartphone" has.

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Newsweek: 'Zombies rise from grave, invade US'

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Available as jQuery plugin

The Konami Code...code is also available as a jQuery plugin. I've already embedded it in a few things. Without telling anyone.

Should be fun.

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Ubuntu 'more secure' than Windows, says Dell

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@AC2.0 @AC2.0 @AC2.0

I came into the Ubuntu fold right after 8.04 and I've never run as superuser.

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Let's be honest, it's true, but there is a reason

Linux is more secure than Windows. Don't try and give me any of that "targeting the masses" bullshit. I hear that from MS users all the time, and it's nonsense. The numbers are simply disproportionate, and consider also that Linux has the largest portion of the server market, where security and reliability are most important.

However, this is not entirely Microsoft's fault. There is one overriding reason for this that Microsoft simply can't emulate to the same degree: peer review.

No-one is enough of an imbecile to think that people working on Linux can't introduce security holes into the software. I'm a programmer using Linux and Windows every day - I'd have to be thick as two short planks to think that Linux was invulnerable. The difference is, as I've said before on a similar discussion involving Firefox, that when vulnerabilities are found in Linux they are (generally) patched and rolled out very quickly, which helps reduce the threat to the end-user.

Quite often the issue is caught by a fellow programmer and patched before anyone with malicious intent is even aware of it. How many times has El Reg posted a story about a new Linux vulnerability, only to mention halfway down the page that a patch is not only already available, but you've probably already received it? ("Linux vulnerability" in the search box returns 265 results, most of them nothing to do with Linux.) And how many times has that scenario occurred in the world of Windows and Patch Tuesday?

And I genuinely believe that, when it comes to security, the quality of some of the code and setup in your average Linux distro is simply superior to that of Windows. The UIs might still be a little clunky and glitchy in places, but when it comes to networking and security? That's what Linux does, and does bloody well.

So good on Dell for making the assertion and standing behind the OSS alternative. It's nice to see a commercial entity backing it as competition in the marketplace.

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Sony 3D TV kit, PS3 games released tomorrow

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Super Stardust HD?

Oh come on, don't do that. They put one of my favourite games in 3D, but only on some overpriced Sony TV?

Fail.

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UK.gov unplugs Lane Fox digiquango

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Unhappy

Damn it!

For a minute there, I thought we'd gotten rid of the useless idiot. But it sounds like she's going to haunt Whitehall for some time to come.

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ID card scheme barely broke 13,000 mark, minister confirms

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What is on your ID card?

I don't object to ID - I carry enough of it. Between my credit cards, my photocard driver's licence and the passport I keep....somewhere, I have all the ID I need to prove who I am. And that's point 1 - the ID cards proposed simply weren't needed. If you really needed approved government ID, what the hell was wrong with a passport?

The second - and more valid point in terms of comparison with other schemes such as your own - is that our ID card wasn't just "this is me" ID. It was going to be linked to a very large, very costly database in the background, containing far more info than is really necessary. And you know full well how isolated that system would have remained if ID cards had been widely accepted. Function creep all round.

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Labour in lying-out-their-arses shocker!

Are you suggesting Labour made up any old bollocks to support their unpopular policies? Surely you jest!

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Final Fantasy XIII ate my Playstation

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If that's the case...

...then how come we haven't heard reports of this with GoW III, arguably the best looking game on the PS3? That's got to push the hardware a bit more than some of the cross-platform dross released in recent years.

Any word on *which* PS3s this affects, or is the answer simply "all of them"?

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Sharp LC-52LE700E 52in LED backlit TV

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Fantastic TVs at a great price

I've had the 40" version of this for a while now (I'm not made of money and the 52" wasn't available) and it kicks ass. The picture is sharp, the colours are excellent, and as my TV signal comes via Freesat (ie, far less compression crap in the picture) even SD looks great on it. The only place where it kinda suffers is in very fast moving scenes, but I'm comparing it to my previous plasma, which was 600Hz.

Best moments using it:

Blade Runner Final Cut BD

God of War III (all of it)

^^^These looked absolutely incredible on this TV.

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Microsoft: IE6 lives 'cause it busts Facebook

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The quotes, the quotes...

"Part of my job is to get IE6 share down to zero as soon as possible,"

Use Patch Tuesday to set every IE6 user's homepage to http://getfirefox.com?

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Google tells staff to snub Windows after China hack snafu

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Mac OS?

Surprised they're not moving everyone to Linux. You know, seen as how every OS they supposedly "make" is just...Linux. But for God's sake, don't say the "L" word - ChromeOS won't seem as cool if you point out that it's Debian underneath.

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Apple opens doors to vanity publishers

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Cuger Brant will be pleased

This is going to be the comedy app of the century.

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Firefox takes walk down 64-bit Windows street

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A Linux question

Is the Firefox package available in x86_64 versions of Ubuntu a 64-bit one, or just a 32-bit one bundled for the 64-bit OS?

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Blunkett threatens to sue for £30 ID card refund

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Did he just admit it was pointless?

>>He criticised the new government for scrapping the scheme, warning "it won't change anything for anyone out there".

If scrapping it won't change anything, will keeping it change anything?

And if it won't, then it's a waste of money, and should be scrapped. Am I missing something?

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Nokia updates N900 firmware

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Riiight

That just means I won't be getting my install images from Nokia. Boo hoo. I don't get my Android images from Orange, so what's new?

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MeeGo!

So much for it not coming for the N900. ;-) Looks like you might not want to install it yet though, looking at the release notes. Still optimised for netbooks really, which might be what Nokia were on about.

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Plug-in pledges to rid web of Justin Bieber

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Genius!

Reminds me of the plugin to prevent Rick Rolling (which I still use). Absolute genius, sirs. A pint apiece.

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Cray-1 resurfaces in pieces on eBay

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No-one bid??

If I'd have known it was there, I'd have bid! Awesome thing to have in your study/server shed, and you have to admit, it'd be a hell of a conversation starter.

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'Steve Jobs' switches to Android

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I did not know that!

Cheers for the tip!

Man, this phone rocks, does it not? You iPhone and Android users can keep arguing all you like - the N900 continues to destroy all competition.

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Jobs drops hint on Google open video codec

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Or...

"Whether you agree or not, I will say it is good to see Steve Jobs willing to defend his POV"

Or rather, link to other people defending his POV*

*(Which, I might argue, isn't his actual POV)

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A little terse

Stock replies to e-mails are one thing, but this is a bit terse. No hi, no bye, no "thanks for mailing." In a bad mood, Steve? Did Google ruin your week?

Besides, it's kind of ridiculous to take an x264 developer's opinion of a rival codec and treat it as a balanced enough opinion on which to position your company in the market. Developer of established codec thinks it is better than rival codec that just appeared yesterday. In other news, bears shit in woods.

We all know what Steve is *really* thinking, and it is down to two things: control of content, and money.

As a side note, I am sat across from Mr Bloe here in Leeds, and he is grinning like the Cheshire Cat at seeing his name splashed across the tech sheets. You've made his day, El Reg. ;-)

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2012 Olympic mascots cop a shoeing

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Dear Jimmy, your post has been reported...

...to Speak You're Branes.

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Hey, they DO look like binomes!

You're not wrong.

Man, ReBoot was awesome. That's why I "acquired" every episode. ;-)

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Google backs open codec against patent trolls

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Can we get rid of software patents already?

"Developers should be provided with detailed explanations why Google believes that no one adopting WebM will have to fear allegations of patent infringement."

As an Englishman, I don't fear patent infringement one bit.

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Security bug bites 64-bit Windows 7

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Swing and a miss

The "killer app" you're looking is, and always has been, DirectX. XP is now two major versions behind, and because of the Vista debacle, uptake of the newer versions has been painfully slow.

Besides, Win7 is actually pretty nice, as far as Windows goes. It runs surprisingly well, and you get a lot of little things, niceties here and there, that XP doesn't have out of the box.

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Mobile Broadband

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T-Mobile vs Orange

Was very surprised by your conclusions with T-Mobile and Orange. T-Mobile's AUP is indeed nice, and for me (in Leeds) the quality of service is far superior. I can take the train home via two routes. On one route, both are fine. On the other, the Orange modem will scream, bitch, moan, and generally not connect for more than 10 seconds at a time, while 2 feet away from it the T-Mobile connection stays rock solid all the way.

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Biz Linux needs Office license to run MS web apps

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Wine?

Microsoft's attitude doesn't surprise me in the least. Have the Wine lot tried the latest Office version yet? That's normally one of their "target" apps.

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Apple promises fanbois iPad WiFi fix

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You tit

"Wonder what would happen if the 'journalists'/bloggers on El Reg stated calling Windows users 'Sheep' or Linux users 'LinTards'."

You mean like the way they call them "Wintards" and "Freetards," you moron?

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Quick on the ball then?

Obviously not picking up on the reason why he keeps using it more and more - because you keep whingeing...

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Voting chaos in not-fit-for-purpose electoral system

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Proportional Representation Required

It's an absolute disgrace that a party can receive 22% of the vote and such a relatively small amount of actual representation in parliament, due in part to the corruption of the system over the past century or so by the two main parties. The system needs to be changed, but will those parties with a vested interest in keeping the status quo bother?

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Virgin Media deletes customers

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Arseholes!

How could they not have seen that coming? Better call the old man - he's running a SurfBoard 4200!

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Apple demands public apology for iPhone parody

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It's a parody, fuck off Apple

Boo hoo, someone insulted the Church!

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Seagate intros 'universal' external hard drives

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If a cable costs more than a fiver...

...then it's unlikely I'm buying that cable. It's proprietary stuff like this that continually pisses me off. I don't even pay more than a few quid for HDMI cables - $30 for a USB adaptor on an external drive?

Bike. Yours. Get on.

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