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Revealed: Secret security plan should Kate leave Wills at the altar

Richard 81

Well played

Still, I wonder how the crowd would react to something of this nature.

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YouTube to launch paid video-on-demand service

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D'oh

That makes (crazy studio) sense from a licensing point of view.

It'll stunt its growth though.

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Royal guests free to tweet and hang out with Facebook friends

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Police are expected to obey the law

Except when it involves cameras and the storage and processing of DNA data.

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Boffins pull plug on SETI alien-seeking antenna array

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Headmaster

Oh?

...and what percentage of Americans don't know how to place a % unit correctly?

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Energy crisis over - for 250 years?

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Ours is the pick up the bill generation

It seems ours is the pick up the bill generation. The baby boomers in the political and financier classes tell use to tighten our belts to pay for their excesses, and we're told we're not allowed to palm it off to future generations as they did. We're like a middle child.

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Libya?

Yeah, I'm pretty sure that was us and France. America only really joined in because we asked them.

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Blighty's official Space Agency starts up on 1 April

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Oh Lewis

Don't you find it tiring to be so cynical all the time?

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Apple Mac OS X: ten years old today

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£26

"Snow Leopard - aka 10.6 - costs $29 / £26"

Really? I didn't realise it had gotten so low.

Last time I bought it was 10.3, which cost about £50 as I was a student.

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Paramount buries Dune remake

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Normally I agree

...except in this case it would be interesting to see a movie of Dune that isn't quite so mad. The original was on over the weekend, and I think 'cult classic' must be a euphemism for 'didn't do well in cinemas because people on acid prefer to watch the popcorn machine'.

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Wind turbine bonanza expected in Hull

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FAIL

Oh yes?

Surely the fact that they've created 10,000 jobs that pay at least minimum wage can only be a good thing. A job is a job.

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Well OK, 700

Well OK, 700 jobs. They're still jobs.

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Games sales slip in 2010

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Overall spending

Not sure how overall spending is calculated, as I'm pretty sure the digital distribution service don't declare their sales figures.

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Man nabbed nude pics from women's email accounts

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Enlightened yes, but not common

I can imagine many women, men too but particularly women, finding it hard to adopt such an attitude. Imagine if the women's email contact lists included work colleagues.

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So, so jaded.

"I have been here too long"

I fear so.

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Motorola dual-core Android phone to pull off laptop trick?

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As a rule

As a rule, it is a good one. However, this does strike me as a good idea.

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Lenovo slims down for All-in-One PC

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More like

More like the PC equivalent of an iMac. Stick on the latest Ubuntu or hack OS X onto it and you're pretty much there. Much cheaper too.

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Hey big spender.

People who actually have to save up for stuff?

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Firefox ahead of IE in Europe, boosted by Chrome effect

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So...

Why then is Firefox doing so well? Who's pushing that one on me?

Baaaah.

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Richard 81
Grenade

Oh I see

"I feel sorry for those that can't be bothered to explore alternatives, or just believe everything they read in a Microsoft/Apple/Google/Mozilla press release."

Reads a lot like:

"I feel sorry for those that don't use my favourite browser, or won't listen when I stamp my feet and tell them they're all sheep."

Personally I've chosen a combination of Firefox and Chrome. That's right, *chosen*. I don't even read press releases.

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BAA accused of banning passengers from filming travel chaos

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La la la, I'm not listening!

Also, what ever you do, don't make a joke about b-l-o-w-i-n-g any of them u-p.

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The year's best... HD TVs

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Alert: general Tuesday moan

Although Reg Hardware is pretty good at talking about features and what-not, I find these articles largely useless without an approximate price. Particularly for laptops and other systems that tend to vary greatly. I don't know about anyone else, but when shopping, I have a Venn diagram in my head of stuff I want, and stuff I can afford, and I buy the intersection. I have a feeling all the TVs in this article are out of my price range, but it'd be nice to know for sure.

I suppose I could look around at various shop sites myself, but if the numbers are easy to find why aren't they in the article.

Note: To be fair, you do tend to put the prices on the some articles, like the recent run-down of MP3 players.

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Gates: Nothing really new in Wikileaks Bradley Manning leak storm

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Well

Well, OK other diplomats probably know all this stuff, but it's rare that we get to see it.

Also, the black and white confirmation that Arab leaders were urging the US to attack Iran is going to make them pretty uncomfortable. They generally rule over people who are pretty sympathetic to Iran.

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Irish chap romps off with Bad Sex award

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Froidian terror

“upturned like the nose of the loveliest nocturnal animal, sniffing the night”

That one's going to haunt me.

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Yes! It's the Reg Top 5 FUTURISTIC GUNS Thanksgiving Roundup!

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or

...or indeed, find out who's insides are inside afterwards.

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Problem

An obvious problem is that anyone who intends to do anything naughty with their gun will probably disable the black box first. I imagine a black market in non-smart gun grips will spring up over night.

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Payback orders for eBay squaddie

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Not normally available?

My spare room is stuffed with enough army issue junk to argue otherwise*. Pretty much anywhere with an Army Cadet Force company or two, or local TA regiment, you'll be able to find someone selling it. You won't find much in desert colours though, but regular green DPM is everywhere.

*Mrs is an ACF instructor.

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NASA's new 'Bullet' airship to fly from Moffett Field

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They go up, tiddly, up, up.

Those magnificent men in their flying phallic symbols.

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Steve Jobs no longer Eggman as Beatles hits iTunes

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That's What I Want

A cursory glance at amazon.co.uk and play.com suggest that these are fairly normal prices. Lot of shmucks out there.

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How to make boots on Mars affordable - One way trips

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No

No it's perfect. There's nothing there to fuck up.

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NHS website stops whingers clogging up the surgeries

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I would guess

I would guess the reason they're reluctant to do this, is that misuse of antibiotics increases the risk of developing drug resistant bacteria.

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Strange, blobaceous 'alien pod' lifeform found in Virginian lake

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Ick

That didn't help the first victim of The Blob. He picked it up with a stick and it still ate him.

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Top 10 Kindle books outsell dead-tree versions 2-1

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Oh yes

Not telling us what popular tripe the kindle-kiddies are into then. I suspect it's Dan Brown and teen vampire fluff all round.

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Tesco's iPhone app gets barcode reader

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No love for Android

I'm becoming increasingly annoyed at the lack of app development for Android from companies like this, and the likes of National Rail. Perhaps more annoying is when an app exists for Android but you have to pay for it, whereas the iPhone app is free.

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One-third of iPad fanbois don't download apps

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Who's with me?

Who wants to join the campaign to ban spelling the word fan-boy as 'fanbois', for any context. I can't be the only one who reads it as 'fanbwaah'.

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Cameron: Carriers tomorrow, bombers today

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Good job Argentina is a mess

...or it'd be bye bye Falklands.

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Apple to lead fanbois 'Back to the Mac'

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One of these days

One of these days I'll be able to afford to go back to Mac.

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Bruce Willis relaxes as asteroid skims Singapore

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Interesting

Interesting, but not shocking. Don't objects of this size, and bigger, fall to earth all the time, but are just not spotted?

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Aggrieved boffins to march on Whitehall

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LASERs on the head of anything you want

I good example of the short sightedness of cutting funding that doesn't have immediate commercial potential is the LASER. They were just tools for physicists for ages, and no one had much of a clue what to do with them. Now they're one of the fundamental technologies of our economy.

So good on 'em.

Also, anecdote time: My dad worked in a research laboratory in Hinxton until it was shut down. They showed the local MP around the labs one day, with demos of their tunnelling electron microscopes etc. At one point the man turned around and said, "So, remind me. What's an atom?"

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£1bn+ Royal Navy destroyer finally fires 'disgraceful' weapon

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Oh Lewis

I was just thinking, "I wonder when Mr Page is going to have another good old go at the navy, it's been a while."

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Fruitcake profs demand strict curbs on killer robots

Richard 81
Happy

Woo

Woo, the guy works two floors down from here. I've seen him being interviewed on the benches inside the quad at least once, which means I might have inadvertently ended up on TV at some point.

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Multi-touch iMacs prepped in Cupertino?

Richard 81

Awww

Did your mummy not hug you enough?

It would explain the anger.

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Canada prostitution laws pulverised: politicians apoplectic

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title

"focussing the full weight of the law on the most abhorrent practices, such as trafficking or child abuse."

Which according to the twisted minds of our former government, represents the majority of the sex industry. Everyone remember those trafficking figures they magically pulled out of their arses?

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Pentagon out to 'destroy' Wikileaks, founder says

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Wish

Wish he wasn't so self righteous. Wikileaks used to appear responsible, with no underlying agenda. Not so sure now.

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US demands right to snoop the world

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I think we've learned that...

Friendship with the US is a one way street.

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Christian group declares jct 9 on M25 cursed

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High strees life of a city gardener

"gardeners visiting the Royal Horticultural Society gardens at Wisley"

Are they particularly prone to suicide?

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Online hotel bookings to be probed for price-fixing

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Good

Always a positive for the consumer.

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Firefox wraps its gums around the iPhone

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title

Isn't limiting users to one browser what MS were taken to court for in the EU? How is Apple getting away with this?

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Indiana judges dismiss girl's nipple exposure appeal

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Weeeeell

It may be considered prudish but breasts are regarded as erotic by the majority of people, and their display might offend those who don't want to see them in public.* From the sounds of the case, the girl knows this. The fact that they are erotic was the reason she was flashing passing cars for thrills, to the enjoyment of some and disgust of others. There's also the fact that it'd be a distraction to drivers, but that's something else to worry about.

*Not by me, I hasten to add.

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Richard 81
Paris Hilton

Hands up

Anyone else read it as "Indiana Jones dismiss girl's nipple exposure appeal"?

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Check Point defends ZoneAlarm scareware-style warning

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"Ah crap"

I did think "ah crap" when I saw it, thinking I'd allowed my machine to get infected with scareware. This was followed by confusion and suspicion when I saw ZoneAlarm in the title bar. I happened to be using the Mrs' laptop when it popped up on that too, so managed to diffuse that one as well.

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