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One-third of iPad fanbois don't download apps

Richard 81

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

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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?

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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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"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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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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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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iPhone mules are taking our handsets, damnit!

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Hah

Why do you suppose when I got to "Eastern European" the mystery of where this article came from vanished? I must have the gift of premonition.

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ZoneAlarm slammed for scarewarey marketing

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I demand a test!

Has the Register done a "best of" on free anti-virus, spam blocking, firewall software etc. What's the best (FREE) alternative to ZonaAlarm?

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Podgy Googlers get shrunken plates

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Bleh!

I just googled grits. Now I feel ill.

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Voice of America chap ejaculates over Paris Hilton

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Oy vay

"...attempt to win Middle Eastern hearts and minds by pumping out a weekly celebtastic show featuring the antics of Paris Hilton, Kim Kardashian and Britney Spears"

That'll go down well with the clerics. I can't imagine many things that'll have a more polarizing effect on Islamic cultures.

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Multi-touch iPod nano stripped bare

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It is a strange fate that we should suffer so much fear and doubt over so small a thing.

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Brits don't want in-flight calling

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My experience

In my experience, flights are a strange (very un-English) microcosm, where people who're annoying tend to be dealt with as a collective. If it's 4 in the morning and everyone's trying to sleep, and someone starts yacking, everyone will glare them into silence pretty sharpish.

Of course I've never been on a flight with drunken men or women (sorry ladies but I hear you're the worst), going to a stag or hen do. I can only imagine what special kind of hell that must be.

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'Larry and Sergey's HTML5 balls drained my resources'

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Fresh ideas

You wouldn't happen to work for Microsoft, would you?

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Happiness: Yours for £50k a year

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Median of $52,000?

Really? That's over £30,000! Lucky bastards.

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It's alive! Duke Nukem Forever breaks out of vapour trail

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Didn't work anyway

The live feed didn't work anyway. Apparently they had 'technical difficulties', plus the trailer isn't ESRB rated yet, but is pretty naughty (as you'd expect).

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Independent bigs up the 'Wanky Balls festival'

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Nonsense feedback

That would result in all heads at Castle El Reg. exploding in some kind of nonsense feedback loop.

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Microsoft digs Macs in back-to-school ads

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The day

...you become a stereotype.

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Valve

Valve's Source games are heading that way too. Still in the minority though.

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Richard 81

You're weired

People have always been interested in getting OSX to work on PCs, but Windows only on a Mac? Why on earth would you want to do that?!? You could've bought a comparable PC laptop much cheaper than it cost for your MacBook.

Also, you should send me your MacBook. You've been abusing it and clearly can't be trusted.

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Never had a problem

Can't say I ever had a problem with my old Macs using a scroll wheel. Also, they have a scroll pad thing now on the surface of Apple mice.

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Turkish groom accidentally sprays wedding guests with bullets

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Mythbusters

Mythbusters = bad science.

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Guns don't kill people

...but they clearly make it a hell of a lot easier.

Not the blanks would be much better. They have a tendency to break up a bit and spit shrapnel everywhere. It killed the guy in The Crow and is the reason the army uses 'crap catchers' when shooting blanks.

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StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty

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£45?

Only if your buying it from the wrong places.

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Solar plasma aurora storm to hit Earth tomorrow today!

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Speaking as a boffin

...albeit a chemistry related one, I have no problem with the term.

It's pretty old fashioned.

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UK.gov smiles and nods at commentards

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Good

"On the EU, for example, the Foreign Office posted a lengthy defence of Britain's role in Europe in response to dozens of furious calls for total withdrawal.

Public demands for a complete ban on immigration were similarly rejected by the Home Office."

Good. Just because a few thousand BNP and UKIP supporters care enough to shout at the government, doesn't mean they should make it policy.

I'm sure they'll ignore plenty of sensible suggestions, but these to nationalist examples are best brushed aside.

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Apple as a religion: How the iPhone became divine

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Indeed

I use Windows machines exclusively at the moment, simply because that's what they have at work and my iMac is way to old to use on anything. I'm hardly an Apple apostate though, as I'll get me a new Mac as soon as I can afford one (so send money).

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Richard 81

But...

Aren't Mac hating Windows users, or everyone hating Linux users, just the same as the elitist Mac users? It's tribalism. You either love Marmite or you hate it.

I'd imagine the majority of normal don't really care though.

I think Marmite is a bit odd tasting. It's OK but I'd go for something else, given the choice.

Oh, it's nice on Twiglets.

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Dell outsourcer lifts US woman's saucy pix from PC

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WTF?

Err

That story is certainly a mess. Why exactly did she send him a laptop? Why the hell did she decline to sign the form that would get her money back?

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Data for 100m Facebook accounts published to BitTorrent

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Umm...

Wow there's some serious harrumphing going on here.

Do you not think the scale of this at all news worthy?

OK, so they've basically just automated a process that could be done manually. Except that they've then used it to mine data from 100 million people.

Also, having not heard of this through the mainstream media, this seemed to be a well written, un-biased, informative piece on something that is certainly IT related.

Well done El Reg.

Boo angry people.

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Fragrant tech thief stalks Whitehall

Richard 81
Paris Hilton

I know, good isn't it.

I possess a comic genius only the legendary Bernard Manning, or perhaps Jim Davidson, could top.

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Paris Hilton

My little grey cells.

It all points to one culprit...

Who had access when the last government was in power and now, holding a grudge against the new government, might need to seek a source of extra money?

Who is known for their love of perfume and handbags?

Who could it possibly be, but...

Peter Mandelson!

(Joke joke joke, please don't sue me, joke)

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NatWest sets lawyers on student site

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Indeed

Precisely why I declined their offer.

There are people who aren't smart enough to say no, when they should though. Yes, you could argue that these people should have access to credit, but then why does the bank offer it?

The buck ultimately stops with the customer, but banks should be more inclined to sage advice rather than a drive towards sales.

As a little aside, I knew someone who worked in NatWest little while ago. Only once they'd taking the job, were they told that if they didn't make a certain number of sales in a month e.g. sell enough credit cards, new accounts etc. they'd get a reprimand. If that happened three times they got fired.

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Richard 81

Bunch of bastards

This doesn't surprise me much.

In this supposed age of posterity, NatWest will happily tell customers £1000 into a £1250 overdraft that they're allowed to extend it to £1500, no problem. Also, they keep asking if I want another credit card.

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iPads for hospitals: is this a good idea?

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Ah

It would help if I could read.

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Ruggedised?

Nope. There'll be tears... and bits of iPad before bedtime.

Also, if they were to start using tablets, shouldn't they have a slot for those NHS access cards?

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Malaysia bans 'satanic' Man Utd kit

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Anyone read Monstrous Regiment?

I can't help but be reminded of the increasingly psychotic decrees of the god Nuggan (only deity worshipped in Borogravia, but elsewhere known as the God of Paperclips, Correct Things in the Right Place in Small Desk Stationery Sets, and Unnecessary Paperwork).

According to the Book of Nuggan, cats, the colour blue, Dwarfs, oysters, mushrooms, chocolate, garlic, babies, cheese, the smell of beets, ears, jigsaw puzzles, crop rotation, shirts with six buttons, and rocks were all Abominations unto Nuggan.

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Council urges army drinkers to break the law

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FYI

I'm a student (PhD.) and not in the military. The Mrs is an ACF instructor and has an army ID card though, hence my interest.

As it happens, as a fully funded PhD. researcher, I probably have less claim to discounts than anyone in the military. I'm paid, but I don't pay taxes.

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Richard 81

Except

"...the fact you're wearing uniform is a fair indication you're old enough for booze."

True, except that I'm pretty sure they're not allowed to drink in uniform.

At least, not with their beret on.

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Bloody silly

Not the council, the law.

Anyone know if it is possible to amend licenses if the government rules that Military ID should be valid under the same circumstances as a passport or driving license?

A side note: Why is hardly any shops give military discount these days? Students, are fine, but not military.

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