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Parliament has no time for 100,000+ signature e-petitions

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Benefits being docked

Benefits being docked is one of the most pointless, biased and illegal ideas that you'd think an MP came up with it. Or the Daily Mail. Which on second thoughts, they probably did come up with that one.

To think that you can punish some people and not others (not all rioters were on the dole etc), outside the judicial system (we're presumably still going to prosecute them under general law, right?) is as misguided as the notion that we should or even could shut down Twitter if "call me Dave" so decides.

I'm quite happy living in a society that at least attempts to deliver even-handed justice. A lot happier than I'd be if we were up for laying down random punishments on certain people purely on account of 0.1% of the population being arsed to click a mouse button.

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UK, US ink boffinry pact on laser fusion 'star power'

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re: Really? One white elephant to the next...

Yes, what they're building is the final design of the eventual products that consumers will benefit from. That's why the processor that's powering the PC I'm typing this on is made primarily of valves and takes up the entire garage to run.

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Foxconn churns out '150,000' iPhone 5s a day

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@dead4ever

Good for you. I look forward to your comments in all the other news stories about other products and whether you'll be buying one or not.

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Why modern music sounds rubbish

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re: Ackshully

"I use a £350 pair of noise cancelling Sennheisers"

You spend £350 on a pair of cans and use the term audiophile at other people?? Sheesh... I'd suggest taking them back though. I've got a cheaper set of Bose noise cancellers and they completely remove the noise on a plane, train or busy tube. Heck, I've even tested them in a busy pub with music blaring with success. Even noise-isolating earbuds do a good enough job.

My point still stands though - you can boost the original's "quiet parts" yourself with the equaliser, you can't do the reverse.

And if you *really* can't tell the difference, why does it even matter to you? Surely the original "audiophile approved" version is just as good?

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re: Different view

Wouldn't you prefer the option to choose for yourself? To get the "loud" version from the original, one of your iPods many equaliser settings would be able to do it for you. You can't get back to the original that way though.

You claim to barely be able to tell the difference, but in the same breath state why you'd prefer the loud one - you can clearly hear the difference in that case and even manage to explain what it is. I'd suggest getting even a semi-decent pair of earphones to block out surrounding sounds. That way you can protect your ears by listening at a lower volume and hear all the nuances of the music.

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Nearing iPhone 5 launch prompts operator action

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Or

Don't read the articles, the number of which don't form anywhere near a majority on the Reg?

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Zalman ZM-VE200 portable virtual Rom drive

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Probably not

But Phantom Burner installs a virtual DVD/CD burner in your system that tricks any software into thinking it's a regular burner but in fact creates an image file. Not free though:

http://www.phantombility.com/en/prod/phantomburner/

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Almost

But all that will do is boot linux type ISOs. Windows users are out of luck.

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Ohio man cuffed for shagging inflatable pool raft

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Good for you

I'm sure you're very aware then that ADD covers a multitude of symptoms, not least one of which is impulsive/erratic decisions and irresponsible behaviours?

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Post-Jobs Apple: New research shows Cook will do fine

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re: Only in the UK

The UK varies also. As I remember it (being schooled in both England and Scotland), the cut off in England was around September. In Scotland though it was around April/May.

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Paintball round pops Bulgarian airbag

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Indeed

I wondered if this woman was perhaps employed as a beancounter in the same office the BOFH works in. Would certainly explain a lot.

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@Sir Runciple Spoon

For a second I thought I'd been drunk last night and posted that comment myself. I too still have a crescent shaped paintball scar in a similar area.

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US Marines not allowed to fart in Afghanistan

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@Aaron Em

"They wipe their asses with their hands"

Strictly speaking, most people do, just with something in the way.

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Microsoft unveils file-move changes in Windows 8

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@Dan55

I suspect Safari is the king on BSD.. ;-)

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Shirley the browser?

"The successor to Windows 7 will combine file download dialogue boxes into a single box, you'll be able to stop and pause downloads, and rather than trying to estimate how long a download has left to run, the new operating system will instead feature a graph that shows the data transfer speed, transfer rate trend, and how much data is left to transfer."

So... what Firefox predominantly already does?

Or if we're talking about general file transfers on the local machine, what OSX has been doing for years?

Distinctly unimpressed.

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appToyz appWheel

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re: Alternatively

"By this measurement you'd give a pencil 10% because it doesn't recognize your handwriting or upload to your computer."

Not really, the pencil would perform a task, do it usefully, and probably still cost less than a tenner.

By your benchmark, a review should be based on "does it work as advertised"? Surely most things would get 100%, or referred to the ASA for false advertisement.

£10 still gets you a lot these days, so to think that getting an injection-moulded piece of tat is good value for money probably means advertisers should target you specifically.

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Russian Progress space truck crashes in Siberia

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Possibly

But bear in mind that manned launch configurations differ massively from unmanned launches, and that the pre-flight checks have different levels of risk assigned to them. In order to make launches as cost-efficient as possible compared with the risk, there's a fair chance that had there been people on the top of that stack, it wouldn't have launched.

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BBC crowdsourced mobile map: A bit quirky, but useful

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Roads?

Where we're going, we don't need roads..

How expensive would it be to figure out the overall map of the country? Effin' expensive I'd wager, and for little ROI. Presenting it for free speaks for itself, and the network operators are already pretty confident of their provision - as mentioned they use calculated maps that are broadly accurate - bear in mind they use these same calculations to establish the optimal places to site masts.

Besides, they'd only ever be able to (easily) cover the roads in the UK, which gives you very little in terms of a coverage map, as this crowdsourced effort shows.

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UK could have flooded world with iPods - Sir Humphrey

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Flop

Flashback scene in the Big Bang Theory when Sheldon observes Raj's new purchase:

"Mmm, I assure you, you'll be sorry you wasted your money on an iPod, when Microsoft comes out with theirs"

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@ Captain Underpants

The Rio were flash based though, I'm talking HD-based :-) Though I did love them - had a Rio 500 myself (64MB onboard, with SmartMedia expansion!)

Just found a pic of it and instantly gave me a rush of nostalgia - wish I still had it.

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"Britain could have invented the iPod"

Agreed with the article in general, especially the mocking of the idea hardware companies would give consideration to the format-shifting dilemma considering people had been taping from the radio, other cassettes, vinyl and CD for years now.

Though anyone else a bit bored of the assumption Apple were there first with a hard-disk based mp3 player? Or that it was a purely engineering triumph? The iPod (love it or hate it) worked as an overall solution, without iTunes it's practically worthless to the general consumer.

From my memory at the time though, it was Archos or Creative that were churning out the first HD based players.

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Nuke plant shut down after US earthquake

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re: Grazer

Swing and a miss folks, see Under Siege 2: Dark Territories for details of a brilliantly obscure reference. It's a particle weapon equipped satelite that can target the subterranean levels of earth and cause earthquakes. Grazer (pronounced Grazier for some reason) One was destroyed at the end of the film. Apologies for lack of spoiler alert :-)

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Osun MushRoom Green Zero USB charger

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Question

With regards to the second part (overcharging bad for the battery), why the hell don't phone manufacturers build this functionality into the phone itself?? All my laptops have done this for the last 10 years, it baffles me that the phones don't do the same thing.

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Hotboxer Xiotech drops the 'tech', goes all-caps

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Be honest

About 20% of that article contained made-up words and marketing bumf, right?

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Apple, HTC trim phone forecasts as markets tank

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Contracts

Do people actually still get locked into contracts with smartphones? Surely the smartest offering is with SIM-only deals and buying handsets outright? Better re-sell value (no network lock) and cheaper in the long run, no?

Haven't gotten a phone as part of a contract in about 3 years now.

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Sky Movies too expensive, says Competition Commission

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re: The problem here

"The same is true with privatizing rail - they said that the competition would lower prices etc, but it is still a monopoly as each route is controlled by a single franchise and you don't get the choice."

You make a good point, but the even more sobering thought is that the franchisees effectively bid for the route, presumably with the highest bidder being successful. This ultimately means they have to charge higher prices than the loser to cover the exorbitant costs they paid to gain control of the route.

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AES crypto broken by 'groundbreaking' attack

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@Steve Knox

"You are either alive, or not alive, at any given point in time."

Two words: Schrodinger's cat

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ARM vet: The CPU's future is threatened

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re: dedicated hardware

The problem with dedicated hardware for task x is about where to draw the line. Having purpose built chips for every task soon stacks up to be a lot of chips in one device, and ramps the costs up too. Not to mention the design costs for a hardware solution plus the inability to upgrade it later.

Besides, the same problem still applies - he's comparing the cost of a 2G modem with a 4G modem as an example. Even specialised hardware is still going to be more energy intensive - the scale still exists.

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Ten... outdoor gadgets

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Solar charging

Has it actually become viable yet though? Does it manage to charge its own battery in less than a day for example?

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ISS 'naut shoots first ever 3D footage in space

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@Fab De Marco

"I just can't wait for Star Wars style Hologram TV's to take off."

What, small, grainy, monochromed see-thru images? I'm ok thanks :-)

Agree with all your other stuff re: 3D though. With luck it will be a passing fad (saw interesting numbers a while ago saying that teens, presumably the target, were rejecting 3D in favour of 2D films - fingers crossed)

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3D innnnn spaaaaaaaace

Presumably the 3D impact becomes pointless as soon as you point the camera out the window though.

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Google+ bans real name under ‘Real Names’ policy

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Land of the free

@DrXym - "Google will (as one might expect) make reasonable accommodations for various ethnic naming conventions."

Such as only having one name, as in India or other non-Western societies who may well live in America?

@Crazy Ops Guy - "Non-discrimination only applies to Government organizations and employment"

Really?? Didn't realise that - so in effect, in the US, a shop can refuse service to someone based on race, colour, religion or sex? Not the case in the UK due to the Race Relations Act(s).

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"Google's rules"

Huh. So you're OK with the fact that Google is also excluding certain ethnic and/or religious groups with this "rule" that they're free to make up? Try looking in India for example.

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re: Go Stilgherrian

"But why Google+ ? Why use any Social-Diarrhea [TM] sites?"

Yeah, you're right, it's definitely Stilgherrian's fault...

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Sony prices up PlayStation telly for UK

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re: tempting

Even better, surely with this tech (the shutter/two images) your missus could be watching Come Dine With Me on the same TV as you playing GTA??

I've gone quite weak at the knees at that very thought...

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Plus

Don't forget to add on sales tax in the US (average ~10% I believe) and it's $450 in real money.

Remember you're only ever able to compare the quoted US prices with the VAT-free cost in the UK.

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COMET WILL DEFINITELY NOT HIT EARTH – NASA

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Sarcasm?

"that means the moon is only 244444 miles away"

Erm, yes. That's about right. It's ~250,000 miles away at the furthest point. Apologies if there's some weird sarcasm going on in your post that I'm missing...

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Spleling* mistake in the headline

"COMET WILL DEFINITELY NOT HIT EARTH"

Shirley if you're aiming to ape the panicked message, it should be spelt "DEFINATELY" or "DEFINIATELY"

* Yes, that's deliberate

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Apple sells world's most expensive flash drive

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@Lord Zedd

"Leopard users can update directly without having to buy Snow Leopard."

The Ts and Cs still require Snow Leopard to be there (the minimum req's are OSX 10.6.6). There is no (legit) upgrade path from Leopard to Lion, you are paying for exactly the same product that you're downloading from the App Store, but at a $39 premium. Our math[s] skills are just fine thanks.

Plus regardless of this, you know fine well Apple could sell a DVD version for a helluva lot cheaper.

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@James O'Shea

By "hard coded, non-reusable", I meant the USB key.

PS check the system requirements, regardless of whether it's download or USB, the system requirements are "OSX 10.6.6" which is Snow Leopard - you can't (legally) upgrade from Leopard.

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Oh FFS

I could almost accept the "no physical product" sales pitch, but to whack it onto a (presumably hard coded, non-reusable) USB key instead of just pressing a DVD is just lunacy, even without the $40 overhead. Even from an environmental viewpoint, surely DVD is better??

The Snow Leopard retail pack was sensibly tiny (compared to Windows 7's big honkingly awful orange plastic box, say), being a slightly thicker than average cardboard sleeve.

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Apple delays 'retina display' iPad 3 to 2012

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re: delayed

I wondered that. It's almost like we've been living in a fairytale or an M Night Shyamalan film.

Instead of saying "oops, we f***ed up with that original speculation of a new iPad in 6 months" to, "ah, they really wanted to, but can't. We can't show you any proof of that though"

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Microsoft begins cagey Windows 8 disclosures

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re: Only using half your keyboard?

"Have some punctuation, it helps."

Ah, it's not his fault. Apparently the keyboard isn't compatible - I assume with Windows 7, but could have meant "with the user"...

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Google's Moto move spells iPhone doom

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Also

"Second, it's critical to remember who buys Android devices versus iOS devices: kids buy Android ("It's cheap!") while adults largely buy iOS ("Pricey, but it makes me cool with the other soccer dads!"). Guess which group will be buying devices long into the future?"

This assumes that kids will never ever changed their mind and the market won't change at all. As kids, we were all buying Nokia. I don't see many of those kids that are now grown-ups sticking with their 3310s.

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Apple ups iPhone production 'by 12%'

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Really?

"So Apple will be keeping iPhone 5 availability tight at first"

Hmm... surely that will generate hype and ramp up demand artificially? That doesn't sound like something Apple would do...

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TwitPic founder tries to pull rug from under Twitter

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Go establishment

"some are suggesting its just a complicated protest against the overriding power of the establishment"

Learn the rules people, establishment knows best:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOVaPb2nVys

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Firefox 6 silently released ahead of official unwrap date

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Logic

"It's a bigger number, so people will think it must be better! We'll call it Firefox 623"

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Dell puts gun to Streak 5 tablet, pulls trigger

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Maybe

But market research (of which testing with users falls under the umbrella) only tells you so much. Quite often market research involves getting a bunch of people to try something out for financial reward (focus groups) and they're just so pleased to be there, they'll tell you what you want to hear.

Besides, unless they had to scrap a whole heap of unsold goods, I'm sure they either made some money off this, or at the very least expanded their knowledge in the mobile/tablet market.

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Icebergs measured in Manhattans: Official

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@I_am_Chris

How do you measure surface area of an irregular 3-dimensional shape from a satellite then?..

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