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Organic food offers basically no health benefit, boffins find

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Thanks JDX

I hadn't made the link between local/organic before. It's good to know.

I do buy some organic stuff simply because it tastes nicer, like tomatoes that actually have a flavour instead of tasting of water, but I'll not go out of my way to avoid GM or non-organic farming methods.

I also recognise that something that is listed as "organic" could also be GM, but I've no problem with that really, given the quantity of testing that's done (if the fucking hippies don't destroy the test fields)

I've actually thought the opposite was true about the length of time organic foods last, I think they don't last as long, but generally the stuff is all eaten before stuff goes off and there's not much waste in my house anyway.

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Torvalds bellows: 'The GNOME PEOPLE are in TOTAL DENIAL'

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Meh

Re: Desktops

I agree with you, up until the point you talk about politics and then I begin to shudder.

Unfortunately choices between things that are ultimately crap are sometimes less appealing than not having a choice at all and having something that works.

On the other hand though no choice at all could be considered a parallel for the political situation in North Korea and having several crap choices would be akin to the UK, I know I'd prefer to be born in the UK, at least then I have the choice to leave...

Ah the illusion of control, makes everyone feel good.

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Now Apple wants Samsung S III, Galaxy Notes off the shelves too

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Rather than innovate and develop a new lawsuit

Apple have decided to rehash the same tired lawsuit again, with just the model numbers being changed.

Fuck, their legal business model is EXACTLY THE SAME as their technology business model.

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South Korea bans Apple's AND Samsung's ageing phones, tabs

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Patent Gridlock

I'd like to coin the phrase, and possibly to patent it, actually no, fuck that, it doesn't help the consumer in any way shape or form.

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Teflon slips smoothly over LOHAN's mighty rod

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Re: mighty rod

Think of it like this instead -

LOHAN will be sliding on and off a well lubricated mighty rod.

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Shove off Prince Harry, now Norway's teen royal in fresh photo uproar

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Re: Anders Breivik

Fuck, I've somehow ended up in the daily mail comments pages.

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Reg readers scrap over ultimate bacon sarnie

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Fuck sauce

Put a soft fried egg on the sucker.

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'That new Google button was our idea', claims lawsuit

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Re: I had an idea, too

They call them patent lawyers.

(thanks for setting that one up so obviously)

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'People should be free from Peeping Toms' snapping pics of them!

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Re: What's [sic] with the sick sic?

Fuck me this is a good thread

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Tesco exec brands UltraViolet 'too complicated' for Brits

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Re: DRM free movies.

That's far too sensible and obvious, they'd never be able to patent it.

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Vatican subtly shifts its position on The Blues Brothers

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Headmaster

Re: It was the penguin and her cane, that led to my love of discipline.

pre AD -

Would that not be BC?

</pedant>

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Toshiba America says no to new netbooks

Richard 120

how about a tablet with a usb keyboard/cover addon?

no problem with dodgy hinges being integral to the product, the hinge goes on the case it'll be cheaper and easier to replace, effectively a modular netbook with added benefit of touchscreen.

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Google's 7in tablet stalled for last-minute tweaks

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Re: $199 (£126)????

I was thinking the same thing, which will probably result in something similar to the samsung galaxy tab 2 7", the toshiba thrive 7 or the Acer iconia A100

Probably a tegra 250 with 1Gb RAM, 8Gb SSD, 1280 x 800 screen or thereabouts.

I look forward to it.

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Toshiba swaps skinny Android tablet's CPU

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Is anything?

I'm not sure anything is really toddler proof from experience, I think the only way to keep these things safe is to keep them out of reach.

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Tosh Tablets

I've been looking a lot at tablets and from what I can gather the Tosh tablets seem to be very well spec'd and perform well in comparison with others, but they suffer from a shorter battery life than most, it'll be interesting to see what the reviews say on this one.

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UK's '£1.2bn software pirates' mostly 'blokes under 34'

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Entirely fictional Money

I'm fairly sure my brother-in-law Dave has downloaded about £2.4million worth of stuff that he wouldn't actually buy, in fact I'm fairly sure he only actually uses/watches about 1% of what he torrents.

I don't get it myself, I just don't have the time to look for stuff that I'm never going to use or watch just for the sake of downloading it.

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'IT is no place for the little ladies', says Dell mouthpiece

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Re: Shirley not

I'm not going to disagree, but I've only worked with 2 or 3 women who actually do anything related to IT, one's a great linux admin, one does a first rate job as a support analyst and one works leading our testing. The trouble is, they're the exception rather than the rule, all the other women I've worked with and known just don't want to get involved in the technical and it's far easier for them to get administrative jobs, or even easier sales & marketing.

I don't know whether that's as a result of the existing male dominance or whether it's as a result of female predisposition to those sorts of roles.

For the same reason I don't know whether little girls are predispositioned to like pink and hence there are vast numbers of pink products marketed to little girls, or do little girls like pink because everything marketed towards them is pink.

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Vote now for the worst movie NEVER made

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possibly

I'm not sure whether they were "made", perhaps a better term is "vomitted"

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I've never been there

I noticed a trend for setting these things in Dagenham, is it really that bad?

I thought maybe Slough, or Watford Gap service station might be settings that could also fit.

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Megan Fox fingers fondleslab in sexy store promo

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Another of my many pet peeves is that transposition of "frequent" and "regular" for that you get an upvote Stike.

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Nokia's fontastic Pure wins 'design Oscar'

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Big Brother

Re: It's a font...

@Ragarath that's a seriously good spot. I had not noticed until you pointed that out.

Your comment is rendered in a font where it's actually impossible to see the difference, there is a slight difference in this new font, but you have to look closely, which kind of breaks it in my opinion.

It also makes a mockery of Magnus_Pym and his comment about specific characters being visibly different.

I award you a Big brother icon for observation.

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Gov IT contractors hire staff in India to work on benefits system

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Big Brother

Re: Source Code

I was thinking the same thing, this development should surely be restricted at least, the code should be protected and developed in a controlled environment within this countries boundaries by cleared personnel.

Big brother should be watching this, but they seem more concerned with intruding on civil liberties.

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Council to chuck £28m wad at schools' ICT supplier

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Re: Er, iPads?

Hey Micky (you're so fine), I understand that not all special needs kids are clumsy careless people. However some kids with violent behaviour disorders will not treat anything with respect, and you're proposing it's a better idea to give them a £400 iPad than to give them a ruggedized tablet.

I think it's a bad idea to give any kids that sort of equipment, whether they're in a wheelchair, on crutches, are in a coma or totally hyperactive.

I was a kid once too.

So no I'm not insinuating that ALL special needs kids are clumsy careless people, just that some of them aren't going to respect anything they're given.

You also seem to be suggesting that IT folks shouldn't have an opinion on what IT equipment should be used in a given situation.

You know that a lot of IT folks have experience of gathering a set of requirements and making a recommendation based on those requirements right? And that those IT folks will have a far broader knowledge of available technology than that of the average "skilled professional" (or case worker)

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Re: Er, iPads?

Further to the other comment about "why iPads?", wouldn't kids in schools and in particular Special Needs kids actually be better off with something a bit more rugged? I'm pretty sure that nothing about the iPad is actually unique apart from maybe the price.

Also I'm not a huge fan of the whole locked in OS thing, in my opinion the Apple strategy is worse for the consumer than the whole MS strategy, at least when you bought a PC with a MS OS installed you could still get support for the hardware in the event you replace the OS.

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6,000 sign e-petition to put Turing on £10 note

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Statue

He should definitely have a statue, I'm sure he would appreciate being on top of a long stiff column.

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'Fileless' malware installs into RAM

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Re: so it does install files?

That's what this version does.

What about the version that they haven't found yet, which just lives in RAM.

If it's pervasive enough then the botnet could just run in RAM.

And then when the JVM's die so too does that part of the botnet, so the body is dumped, no evidence.

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Banks toss $8bn into Facebook's lap ahead of IPO

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Unhappy

Re: Banks have a lot to answer for.

Who do the banks answer to?

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STUNNING NEW APPLE DEVICES that will follow the iPad 3 HD!

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Pint

Re: My faith in humanity has been destroyed

I think part of the problem is that it's not even a Friday, let alone April 1st.

I did get slightly confused and disorientated in the 4th dimension when I read this, I did find it funny though.

And because I'm still slightly disoriented, have a drink, it's some day in the week, the future is happening as you read this, the weekend approaches.

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Re: Yer a bit previous, lads

The date format is also entirely logical, or at least more logical than the US format.

Reading from left to right the magnitude of the figures increases, day, month, year.

What's the logic behind the random sequence in the US format?

A more useful format I find is usually the reverse : year, month, day.

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Righthaven stripped of rights

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Re: "Moot" means many things.

I'd go as far as to say that the OP is a moot point.

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Ford: kick your car to open the boot

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But

Won't Apple sue for patent infringement?

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Oz says 41 hits a day turn bloggers into publishers

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Forum Posts

So how different is posting on a blog to posting on a forum?

Will we see a return of the Moderatrix? Or at least a return to the dark ages between the new "free post" system and the Moderatrix.

This means we'll need an edit button.

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Apple: We never said Siri would actually work in the UK

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Re: Fascism

You keep using that word, I do not think it means what you think it means

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Blighty's Post Office computer system goes titsup

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Re: Ten quid

You say it as a joke, but I've seen it happen, it was about 6 months after a go-live and the DB server went bang.

There was no archive policy and they simply hadn't designed in any cleanup process.

The solution - bigger disks, worked for a bit.

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US shuts down Canadian gambling site with Verisign's help

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Re: America...

I'm guessing maybe that the downvotes and the subsequent reply didn't get the reference.

It's Team America : World Police

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Richard 120

They already are

But only if the "house" is outside America.

If it's inside America and pays it's taxes then it's fine.

They call it protectionism and they say that people shouldn't do it.

I'm guessing they mean that people outside of America shouldn't do it.

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Hey Commentard! - or is that Commenter?

Richard 120
Happy

Re: Commentard is OK, Freetard not so much

Why do you think that?

Freetard and Paytard are antonyms and are used by el Reg fairly regularly, if they are snide labels then at least el Reg is slinging mud in all directions, what you might call balanced journalism.

If all are treated equally in such a way then how can it be derogatory?

Biting the hand that feeds IT and all that.

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Re: I have not voted.

Aha, your pseudonym is revealed, Ned Flanders.

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Woman spanked for dissing ex in Facebook snapshot

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Re: Re: Re: Translation

@Alister, fix it by clicking on the upvote. I am led to understand that this cancels out aforementioned misclick

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Now Proview seeks ban on ALL iPads coming out of China

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Facepalm

They've kind of buggered themselves up there too

It's not like Apple can actually go for anything similar because of the precendent they themselves have set in their litigiousness, iPood, Driphone & Pad to name but three.

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Coffee/keyboard

bellendery

*snigger*

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iPads seized from shelves by Chinese officials

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Mushroom

LOSE

FFS the word is lose!

Loose makes me think of a dog crapping all over the furniture.

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US tweet deportation: Chilling behind-the-scenes photos

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Re: imagine if they had been....

Asian,

We probably would not have heard about the story unless maybe we lived in Asia and they reported it in the Asian press, never having been there I assume they have newspapers and the like.

I'm not sure why you'd expect to hear about incidents involving Americans and Asians in the European press?

Similarly, I had a friend who mentioned that during the reporting of the Costa Concordia incident that the numbers breakdown mentioned Spanish, British, Italians etc. the rest of them were apparently Asian.

I would expect the Asian press to break it down similarly, so there were Chinese, Korean, Indian etc., the rest were from somewhere else.

I think you may be a British with Asian origins or an Asian living in Britain who's a bit disgruntled about the lack of Asian reporting, don't take it so personally, it's just a different part of the world.

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Facebook IPO: Boom or bubble?

Richard 120

The money is real

The money comes from the purchase of virtual items with real money.

Zynga is a top provider of freemium games. If you're not sure what freemium is then google will help.

I'm not entirely sure that their valuation is based entirely on genuine currency though.

Zynga valued at roughly $7bn, from what I can gather FB take a 30% cut (the Apple model) of transactions made on the site, so 30% of what Zynga makes is 12% of what FB makes.

If you go with the simplest of maths and use some poor logic still favouring facebook two and a half times the valuation of Zynga, roughly a fifth of the $100bn valuation.

I don't trade, but I have been on facebook and got bored of Zynga games so I find it interesting that they come up with these astronomical numbers.

I'm guessing the rest of the revenue comes from other freemium games, advertising and probably some "goodwill" which from what I can gather is a proper "virtual money"

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Joke

Go back and read again

sed 's/uk/ck/'

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ICANN responds to smut portal antitrust lawsuit

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Hmm

So non-profit organisations, that's like a charity right?

So charities give the stuff they get given to the people it's intended for, like children in africa, that sort of thing, oviously after deducting their overheads (or "skimming" as I like to think of it)

What happens to the cash given to ICANN then? Presumably a hefty amount of "skimming" and maybe a chunk goes to the people it's intended for, presumably those running the DNS servers?

If I was looking after those DNS servers I'd be thinking - "Where's my chunk?"

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Feds: Apple, Google, Adobe, Intel, Pixar had wage-fixing no-poach pact

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FAIL

@Aaron Em

What are you going on about?

You think a union is made up of only people who do the same jobs?

I'm afraid you're somewhat behind the times, by several decades.

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Richard 120

The emplyees may take advantage

But that only works to a certain point, if you are skilled and a good worker you get rewarded, whereas if you're not then you don't.

What is wrong with wanting a salary that reflects your abilities and effort?

Take what these companies have done to the extreme and you end up with slavery.

This is the sort of act (and logic) which keeps the 1% rich.

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Richard 120

You mean

Like a union?

There should be more action by unions on behalf of IT staff, including contractors.

I'm part ot the way socialist.

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Iranian coder faces execution 'for building smut websites'

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Trollface

Obvious

Obvious troll is obvious.

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