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Yes! Perhaps! It's the Lady Gaga Thanksgiving Special!

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@Loyal Commenter

"But I would expect it to contain some sort of entertaining content, rather than an advert for a C-list celebrity thanksgiving show."

Just because you don't find it entertaining?... I thought it was a nice subtle piss-take of the show.

Advice is to not read the Bootnotes section. There is no IT content in any of the stories there - deliberately - take a look, the closest is an article about the ethics of Steve Jobs.

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"Bootnotes"

Damn I miss the moderatrix sometimes...

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Apple one-day-only sale plans for Macs, iPads leaked to web

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Leak?

It's Black Friday. It's not new, it's not surprising that Apple are joining in.

Right now in the States, there are hundreds of adverts running explaining what sales will be on.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Friday_%28shopping%29

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Apple plugs iTunes Ghost Click hole

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"Required"

It asks you to reboot. Clicking "not now, later" ended with a perfectly functioning version of iTunes.

Many installers ask for a reboot. Very few require it!

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???

The minute an ISP starts arbitrarily blocking DNS queries is the minute I leave said ISP, and I think the number would be greater than 7. Many of their DNS servers are rather shaky to say the least and basic to boot. My entire family have been put onto OpenDNS specifically to use their blocking services. You're forgetting that the simplest way to tamper with a DNS lookup is via the hosts files, which limiting the DNS server wouldn't prevent.

Quite how much bandwidth you think that DNS queries take, I've no idea, but in the grand scheme of things I'd be amazed if it were even a tenth of a percent.

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I wonder

Does this latest version finally support concurrent copies of iTunes running on a Windows machine so that if my girlfriend has left it running on her account, I can run it when I switch user accounts to mine?.. Checks... nope, what a surprise.

Though to be fair, it's only a 55MB download, not 120MB. But still, Lord forbid they do incremental hotfixes like they've finally figured out how to do on iOS.

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Swedish college girls now twice as slutty as in 2001

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Not bad

Sexual encounters have doubled, and the number of STDs has doubled accordingly, despite condom use being lower. Adjusting for sexy inflation, that says that the STD-rate is technically going down (no pun intended).

Yet another study with no clear results, carry on.

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Ten... remastered videogame classics

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Flawed

"PC" when they mean "Windows"? Not really, your "Linux" machine is a PC too, and that PC is capable of running those games. Not necessarily with your particular OS, but as a PC it is capable of it.

It's the equivalent of having a roundup of "mobile device games" and showcasing DS, PSP, iOS and Android games. Hell, even a Tamagotchi would count.

Developers write games primarily for Windows (and to an extent, Mac) because there's a greater market and environment for it. They know they have graphics cards with full blown drivers and that pretty much everything is compatible with each other. "Linux" is so wide and vague it's rather difficult to target, especially given that "Linux" refers only to the kernel, which can be ported across pretty much anywhere, including my current router (OpenWRT).

A lot easier to say "PC" and mean "IBM PC Compatible".

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IPhone overtakes BlackBerry in the corporate world

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Blackberry Balance

"RIM needs to have a program (if not already) of certifying apps, so that corporations would be willing to get those apps installed on their users' devices."

RIM couldn't possibly "certify" apps, there's too many variables as to what sort of app a corporation would find acceptable.

They have addressed it recently though, Blackberry Balance. Effectively it splits the phone in two - personal and corporate use, and data cannot traverse between the two partitions - the user is free to put whatever the like on it, the corporate side is effectively unaware. Not widespread yet, and will probably take some convincing of sysadmins before enabling it.

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@Daniel B.

"Can ActiveSync remotely wipe a stolen handset?"

Yes - on WinMo and iPhones certainly, and I'm told Android. SBS/Exchange has supported this for a while now.

"Can ActiveSync apply security policies/restrictions on handsets?"

Yes, as above. Not sure what levels you're talking about, but on the SBS machine I ran, it forced our connected iPhone to have a password and time-out lock (and rather p1ssed some people off as I recall).

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Simple

They'll employ someone else who's willing to do just that. There's always going to be someone keener and greener...

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Reg man the most-flamed recruiter in the UK?

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@David Evans

Pretty much agree, but you can be honest, self-deprecating and right without coming across as arrogant and angry. As many have pointed out, the skill of writing a CV is to succinctly get your skills and experience across to a recruiter.. The basic skill is communication and failing at that hurdle should be a decent filter regardless.

A small point though re: web designers being THE worst, if you're looking at a web designer's CV, then you're recruiting pretty badly to begin with. Ask them for a portfolio page instead.

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One question

I'm guessing you were very careful about your grammar before submitting that post? :-)

9.5 / 10 however. "self important" should be hyphenated.

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Lego movie greenlighted by Warner Bros

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For every Roger Rabbit though, there was a Space Jam

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The new touchy-feely Doctor Who trend: Worrying

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Pedant..

She didn't kiss the Teselecta as far as I could tell, she kissed the doctor. The doc wasn't necessarily inside the Teselecta while in the broken universe, he just told her to look in his eyes when she returned to the beach.

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Apple recalls first iPod Nanos over battery flaw

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re: ZX80

I'd be fascinated to see what Sinclair replaced it with if your ZX80 was recalled...

Hanging on to my 3dfx 4MB card in the hopes nVidia do a recall and replace it with a GTX590

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Boooo...

Frantic scrabble in the drawer to discover it's a 2G that I owned. Bugger, was hoping for an early christmas present under the assumption they just send out the new Nano as a replacement.

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Now Russians can't even contact their busted Mars probe

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ISS is in a lower orbit, so not really much help. As for a "moonbounce", I think you overestimate just how little signal comes back from the retroreflectors on the moon, something of the order of 1 photon/second.

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Eleven - if you will - rocktastic music movies

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:-D

"Sri Lanka! Formerly Ceylon, looking for one thousand brown M&Ms to fill a brandy glass or Ozzy wouldn't go on stage that night"

I'm off to dig out the DVD and bore the arse of my fiancee, I'll pass on her thanks in advance.

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By the same token as Wayne's World

I submit Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure for consideration...

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Hands on with the Sony PlayStation Vita

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Wooo!

Second hand, deprecated stuff, cheaper than original, news at 11.

A product can't get a good review simply by virtue of it maybe being cheaper some day, nor should buying a non-existent-yet third-party adapter be a mitigating factor for the ridiculous new memory card format. I'd be surprised if they came out for a while (it's only for the Vita it seems, so Sony don't need to licence it as they're not trying to permeate the market like the MS Pro etc) plus it's likely the memory cards have proprietary signature/encryption to try and prevent the previous jailbreaking attempts that went on, presumably something similar to MagicGate.

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Bespoke

"A bespoke memory stick - meaning my existing Pro Duo is not supported?"

Aye, the PS Vita Card. Expected costs to be around 3x the cost of regular flash. Just as Sony were phasing out the Memory Stick from their camera ranges, they go and fire the shotgun into the other foot.

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BOFH: Licence to grill ... stupid users

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@Cheeky Chappie

I think you've just been hooked by fishing rod v7.6. If you'll inspect the wall behind you, you will see if large divot where the joke flew over your head and cracked the plaster.

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Feargal Sharkey moves on from UK music org

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Shame he's leaving

After all, a good heart is hard to find...

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Eurozone crisis: We're all dooomed! Here's why

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@Jonathan Richards

cap'n clearly works for Travelex or something, and longs for the day of Filton pounds, Bedminster pounds and the fine Long Ashton Farthing. This way, he can reap the benefits of the now boom industry of currency exchange!

Only question I've got, if it's the Euro going tits up, and we're so smart for not being involved in it, why the hell is it going to rain shit on us too? As it turns out, it seems to have made little difference whether we were in the Euro or not.

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Apple posts 'battery fix' iOS update

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Jump

Maybe I jumped the gun then... Plugged phone in this morning to sync/charge, iTunes notified me. Would probably still be sitting there running the update had I not thought something was amiss..

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Backwards

Note that although the new "over the air" option now exists, iTunes will alert you to update your phone when you plug it in, and then prompt to download the 700MB firmware. You then have to intuitively think "ooh, hang on, isn't there an OTA smaller option?", cancel it, and search for the software update in the settings of the iPhone (46MB). From what I can tell, there's no auto-notification on the phone itself.

a) why couldn't the phone alert you instead of iTunes allowing you to go straight to the OTA option and b) why can't iTunes manage to recognise only the 46MB download is required?

Hardly intuitive...

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Apple kills code-signing bug that threatened iPhone users

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Fair point, my bad. You can understand my suspicion though, as it would only add to the list of security problems with iOS 4.2.1 which will never be fixed (the PDF one being the highest profile)

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Is Apple nobbling iPhones to avoid more patent misery?

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re: I know code well enough

You know code well enough on an extremely small scale from what you're describing. Deleting or commenting out code just doesn't happen at an enterprise scale without massive consequences. The only thing that is of any concern is this - *you have changed the baseline*. By doing so you've negated all the end user test cases, regardless of how confident you are that you haven't impacted anything outside.

"This is only dangerous if for some strange reason your little app is tied in with the rest of the code in the software."

It's not an "app". And yes, it *has* to be intricately tied into the keyboard code, of which there will be shared code and modules across it. You cannot say for certain which pieces you can remove and which you can't.

For clarity I'm not talking as an Apple hater or lover, they're a company, I really don't get emotionally charged by such things. I'm talking as a former developer, tester and test manager. Change the baseline and I will have no choice but to run the regression packs on everything that the code you've meddled with touched. And consider how many use cases invoke the keyboard on an iPhone - hint, it's most of them. If you merely *disable* the option, I'll have tested that already - it's a valid use case to test against.

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Nice

You've just doubled my workload, thanks

Signed, Mr Test Manager

You've just doubled my workload, thanks

Signed, Mr Software Config Manager

etc

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@Rob Dobs

To "remove" non-working code from a major development is entirely non-trivial. There are all manners of shared modules that you have to decide whether to remove or not, and regardless of traceability you would end up re-testing the entire stack. Having the feature disabled will have been a test case already, and so require minimal re-work.

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@Drakkenson

You've just described Android..

I'll get me coat.

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Nazi Star Trek episode finally broadcast in Germany

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Not just baddies

He also manages to work it into his charms with the ladies...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VuIShM5kAQ

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Aired unedited

I've seen it, and would only have seen it on TV. Every chance it was Sky 1 though, when all they did between 4 and 7 each night was alternate the ST franchises.

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"No laws"

I'm confused, I recall that Return To Castle Wolfenstein was denied a German release due to the overt references to Nazi Germany, and that all references to it had been banned under law?

So is it illegal, or isn't it?

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Renault Fluence ZE

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A third of the cost

I'm working out that it's about £7.50 in lecky charges for a full "tank" to do (say) 100 miles.

I'm also working out that to get that same range in my current car (40mpg-ish on average) is about £14.50 on today's prices, so double the price.

But factor in the battery leasing costs and my finger in the air guess is the cut-off is you need to be commuting 50miles per business day before it makes any sense.

You also don't end up with a car that's restricted to a 100mile radius from your house (50 if you want to get back again that same day).

Lecky cars are certainly the future, but batteries aren't the powerstation answer. They simply can't hold enough or charge fast enough. I'd be amazed if the national grid's infrastructure were in a position to cope with the demand if we started switching too.

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Immigrants face £49k wage minimum to stay

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Bait

Currently scouring the Daily Mail website, looking for the misunderstood article with the headline "Immigrants given £49k a year on benefits of tax payer's money!"

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Lemmings

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Touch control android

Really?? Touch control?? As if clicking the right lemming in a crowd of a 100 wasn't hard enough already!

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Russian Mars mission launches after multi-year delays

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Again??

Haven't they just got back from Mars?..

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Ryanair ponders in-air mucky movie service

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Optician: I think you need to stop masturbating.

Patient: Why, is it making me blind?

Optician: No, you're upsetting the rest of the waiting room.

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Reporting what the Sun reports that O'Leary has said. I'd be amazed if el Reg was able to even look in the mirror

Back in the real world though, I'm sure an airline was considering scrapping the current in-flight systems and replacing it with iPad (or similar) for all, as the weight saving alone would translate into spectacular fuel/cost reductions and more than pay for itself. Cannot for the life of me remember who though, Quantas maybe?

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Comp-sci boffin aims to REPROGRAM LIFE ITSELF

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@Filippo

"Normal everyday living cells can *already* run viruses"

Blindingly good point there, worth remembering where the word "virus" originates!

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re: Dangerous?

"This sounds horribly dangerous. I don't know enough about biology..."

Good man, don't let lack of knowledge or understanding get in the way of a good fear-mongering response. I admire your determination and know a website that will welcome you with open arms. You'll find it by pointing your browser to dailymail.co.uk

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Apple shovels $400m in stock grants to top execs

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re: Ives

I think it's safe to assume that his remuneration could be categorised as "quite a lot of wonga"

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Good move

Usually when a CEO leaves, several of the board follow them, so smart thinking here by Apple..

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Sony Alpha SLT-A35 translucent mirror camera

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Spot on

One of the many disadvantages compared with DSLRs. At least with a regular mirror you can clean it with minimal care (at worst you degrade the preview image). But I would imagine the image sensor is better protected.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Single-lens_translucent_camera#SLT_compared_to_other_digital_cameras

Not a fan of SLT or DSLM. In terms of size reduction, once you've stuck a corkingly large lens on it, the difference is negligible. Especially if you're carrying 2 or 3 lenses.

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Best Buy to shutter all UK megastores

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re: ?

Completely ignoring the fact it's an English word and in the OED I see... Good work, carry on with your indignation.

The fact *you* have never heard of it does not make it an Americanism. Even if it were, to pull the shutter down on our language (see what I did there?) and never accept any outside influences would be an even sadder day. Perhaps we should be talking and writing only as Shakespeare did, and never change. As for how good my Greek is, an ironic reference, given about 25% of "our" language descends from Greek.

But don't take my word for it

http://boingboing.net/2009/01/07/stephen-fry-on-the-b.html

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Hard disk famine shaping up as predicted after floods

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Philosophical

The question is usually "if your family needed bread/food". It's c) a clear self-deprecating dig at the mundaneness of the IT crisis compared to the humanitarian crisis in Thailand.

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Boffins spy on iPhone screens from 200ft away

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90º

Who needs to hold it at 90º? It's working on the reflection. Even if I had it on my lap, I'd only be tilting my head around 40-60 degrees, giving anyone in front of me with a perfect view via my (in this case non-existent) glasses.

The biggest flaw in the scheme is that glasses wearers are in the minority.

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Goldeneye 007: Reloaded

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For England James?

My only question on this release is "why?"

Yes Goldeneye was great on the N64 and many a happy uni night was spent thrashing my flatmates, but the world has moved on. Rehashing an old game with modern-day tech has its limits. At least with Doom and Wolfenstein they reinvented the story as well as the tech.

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