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Visa shows off data centre 'moat'

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FAIL

So the building must contain something you can steal

Presumably credit card details not encrypted.

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Big Media drags 142,000 through UK's courts IN A YEAR

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No complaints from me

Because I prefer to have the biggest media producer to be non-commercial. I don't want to have a bigger version of Sky thanks. Yes, I am middle class, so are most people.

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Lawyers of Mordor retreat from The Hobbit

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"If I’m ever in the neighbourhood I’ll stop in for a drink."

Please do, preferably late on a Friday night. Also please announce who you are and what you tried to do/

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Rub Facebook pals in your wealth with 'social' credit card

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I am so confused

I though you had to be 18 to own a credit card. That advert is clearly aimed at five year olds.

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That steady diet of EastEnders IS turning her into a shrew

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kjdjkdkjncjn

Just leave Barbie alone OK

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Hands on with the Apple iPad 3

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I can usually tell the temperature in a photo

just by looking at it. Clues like the amount of clothing being worn, sunshine, flowers, snow, rain, barbecues, the list is endless. If it's indoors, it's probably 18-20°C.

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Lingerie-clad she-devils romp past watchdog

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I'm offended by the architecture

Good grief! If the world just had more curtains this sort of thing would not happen.

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iOnRoad Augmented Driving

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Re: The main safety function is a distance-to-the-car-head warning.

I would be more worried about a lorry behind me than in front. Their tyres are made of harder rubber so you will be able to stop faster than they can.

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Audi shows off OLED-illuminated concept R8

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Re: Isn't the point of an indicator light...

Agreed. Please can someone mandate separate orange indicators front and back. Some front indicators are invisible due to being made of an orange bulb with a clear plastic lens. In bright sunshine the amount of light bounced back from the reflector swamps out the lamp.

Same goes for rear-light clusters where the massive braking lamp power makes the tiny segment of orange cleverly hidden in the middle invisible.

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Playboy, Virgin Galactic tout zero-grav nookie in spaaaaace!

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Centripetal, schmentipetal

It's redundant, you just need to say spins.

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Proview fears fanbois will derail iPad export ban bid

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I just registered TM on iSlab

Just in case Apple decide to not settle.

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Prada Phone by LG 3.0

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White text on a black background

I've really missed that since moving from X10 to CDE! It's great for desktop use in an indoor environment with controlled lighting. On a phone that you use outside (if you're a normal human) it's a bit of a disaster. Still I guess you're not meant to use this phone, just be seen with it.

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Tesla X e-SUV to sport monster touchscreen on the dash

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Yeah but

that 17" display is not shielded. It also looks like a glossy one too - even worse with reflections.

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How Zuck wields power over Facebook for a few hundred bucks

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Why do people buy second class shares?

Serious question and I probably own a few via pension funds. It just seems like buying non-voting shares is like buying hope.

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HUD's up! Ubuntu creates menu-free GUI

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1970 called, it wants it's CLI back

Nice though it is to be able to type the command names in once you know them you will need either menus or toolbars for starters. Either that or a big book for new users to read, or maybe an Ubuntu training course.

I do like CLI for often used programs but I also like being able to start a program the first time and just use it.

As for the interface appearing/disappearing - horrible, same goes for menus changing on context (I don't mind greying out).

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IPTV UK: what's on tonight?

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All about the bandwidth

So the IPTV world thinks HD means DVD quality!

Don't underestimate the bandwidth you can achieve by bringing back a BluRay disc from Block Buster - 30 to 40 GByte/trip is something like 100TX ethernet and once it's home will play from start to finish.

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Bonfire of the brands: ICANN's top-level domain selloff

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MyCorporation - bloody stupid name

They even sound like a domain selling business so serve them right.

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Windows 8 will show where it likes to be touched

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Only five

I have five fingers and a thumb on each hand you insensitive clods! (Icon inaccurate too)

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Raspberry Pi Linux micro machine enters mass production

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Not just a browsing machine

I've got a MythTV frontend bolted on the back of my Telly. The only connectors are ethernet, HDMI, power and USB-remote. This could replace it and be powered from one of the TV's own USB ports. I feel a project coming on.

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London 2012 team pulls swamped ticket resale site

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Could we lose the Guy Fawkes icon?

The man was trying to restore a catholic monarch FFS.

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Ferguson Hill FH009 home theatre system

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Quite like a thump

You can tell from the sound that nothing is broken or disconnected.

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Cops get 3D laser scanners for motorway crash sites

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Missed the point

The complaints about rubberneckers are aimed at the drivers on the other (unblocked) carriageway who cause a traffic jam just by slowing down to look at the scene on the blocked carriageway. The traffic jams around accidents are about the same size on the unblocked carriageway as the blocked one.

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ALIEN ARTIFACTS can best be FOUND ON MOON

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About as likely as you finding a spell checker

Artifact!

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Early Bell recordings live again (kind of)

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Shame it's in Quicktime format

The compression artefacts really spoil the quality of these recordings. I hope there are lossless versions stored somewhere.

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Marmitek Gigaview GV820 wireless HDMI sender

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Rekon so

Expect a lot less if you actually want to use this between rooms. Since not many people have homes more than 10m in any direction it would be better to specify the number of stud walls it can go through. Or brick for you old-fashioned types. People with rocks in their walls know the drill (pun intended)

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Strictly Come Dancing in 3D: the facts

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Sky is satellite, Freeview is not

Sky only have one satellite to worry about. BBConeHD on Freeview comes via your local transmitter from one HD encoder in the Beeb, BBConeSD comes from an SD encoder in your local Beeb area. Broadcasting local SD content on the HD channel would require the HD content be fed from Beeb central to each local area and an HD encoder in each local Beeb area to mix in the SD content when required.

Given that local Beeb content is bollocks it's not worth the cost of duplicating the HD encoders. ITV do area based HD but there are just two areas for the UK (London and the poor) so less hardware required.

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This will work but only if you can flip the whole picture horizontally. Displayed normally you will have to diverge your eyes or have a screen narrower than the distance between your eyes, easy enough if you are a chameleon or an elephant.

If you cross your eyes you will see 3d with the depth reversed and it will hurt your brain even more than Brucie's jokes.

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Busty Ohio mannequin survives assassination attempt

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"some of the best pit barbequee in the city"

Is it just me or there something really unappetising about that phrase?

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Steve Jobs' last design: New Apple HQ pics

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So does it take off

or does the middle part open up like a giant lens aperture to reveal a giant underground lair?

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More BT heads roll amid biz transformation

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I wondered why Dabs had stopped being any good

Missed the news that BT bought it in 2006. Explains a lot.

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Give Osborne a shovel: UK economy stuck in deep hole

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Here's hoping you keep your job for the next five years. If you don't like it you can always quit and let someone else have it, maybe that would be fairer.

P.S. It sounds like you have a two hour commute in each direction, maybe you should move home/employer. 1.5 hours each way is my limit. above that and I stay away some nights.

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Boffins find new 2012 glyph on 'secret' Mayan brick

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As eny ful kno

If you want to keep a secret don't tell anyone.

And don't carve it into a brick. This is more likely a typo and since bricks were expensive it was used elsewhere.

And anyway the Mayans have had their doomsday haven't they? Or are there some left somewhere?

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Scientists probe Earth's core, make mystifying discovery

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That could offend

Maybe you should offer a version that corrects the post.

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Boffins one step closer to Terminator vision

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Not sure how you will read that text

since moving your eyes along the line will move the contact lens and the text. Have you ever tried to look at those floaty things you see when looking at the sky - you can't unless it's slap bang in the middle. I do not want adverts scrolling all over my fovea thanks. Blink lights in the peripheral may be useful though.

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Reg reader seeks living room Myth advice - can you help?

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So don't call it a PC

Get one of these: http://www.mini-itx.com/store/basket.asp?action=add&product=4059&qty=1&c=65 and put it in one of these: http://www.mini-itx.com/store/basket.asp?action=add&product=3839&qty=1&c=3

Together with an SSD, HDMI cable, USB MCE remote and gig ethernet you get a completely silent MythTV frontend with no moving parts. It will do 1080p in most formats very nicely but you may have to google "nvidia 50Hz" if your TV is 50Hz. You can even bolt it on the back of the TV as there are VESA mounting holes in the case and VESA mounting adaptors are on ebay.

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Xio Storage CEO on his 290-mile commute

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I worked in lots of companies with remote CEO's

Quadrics - Bristol based, CEO in Pisa

SuperH - Bristol based, CEO in California

ARC - Watford based, CEO in California

Turned out badly for all of them, maybe there's a pattern, hope it wasn't my efforts.

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Bishop to bless road salt supplies for added winter safety

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I'd be more comfortable with Morris Men doing their thing.

After all I don't think God will mind if you don't get to work a couple of times this winter.

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Eleven - if you will - rocktastic music movies

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You can't beat Flashdance

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

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Time to thank Goerge Soros

For costing us so much in the ERM that we never joined the Euro.

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Peat bogs will not cause runaway global warming

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Bog means wet

And it's wet because it's at the bottom of a hill or somewhere where water doesn't drain away well. Surely a rise in global temperatures will result in more rain or rising sea levels so the bogs will get bigger or wetter not drier?

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Ofcom proposes new rules on advertising deals

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How flexible is your PVR/remote?

Why not arrange for the skip button to mute? I think I can arrange for MythTV to mute for a couple of seconds every time skip is hit so I won't even have to hit unmute after the break.

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It's time to end the Windows Wait

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I'll tell you where they are.

My previous contract was at Intel and the whole place is run on SSD laptops (with Linux server farms for the real work). There did not appear to be any desktop machines. Unsurprisingly the SSDs are all Intel.

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Nipples and teen lesbians sexy even when ironic, ASA rules

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What's with the pixelated bottoms

I anybody really offended by a bum? I'm not talking about goatse but just normal buttocks. They even did it on the X-factor, whereas I would rather they pixelated Louis Walsh into oblivion.

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C and Unix pioneer Dennis Ritchie reported dead

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Drop the exit(0);

That way you pass back the return value of printf().

You never know, he might have taken stdout with him.

Many thanks to DMR who has enabled me to make a nice living - sort of, I write Verilog.

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Brit micro-biz needs tax breaks, promotion, cuddles

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We need less weird tax rules not more.

Agreed - why not just make things simpler by just not having to pay Employers NI on the first ten employees, or no corporation tax on the first £50k of profit.

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Google plants self on Silicon Roundabout

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Please stop calling it Silicon Roundabout

There is no Silicon being produced there. There isn't even much Silicon being produced in Silicon Gorge or on the Silicon Fen but they do stuff that is close enough.

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Second-hand E-m@iler spews old emails, passwords

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Both emails?

Can't believe it. There has only ever been one email sent to an emailer and that was from Alan Sugar complaining about the lack of emails.

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Hardware-happy HP has swallowed a Sun death pill

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You can still buy HP test equipment

It has an Agilent sticker on it but it's designed and build by the same people who made it at HP. They have Agilent badges now. It's still really good.

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Sky Movies too expensive, says Competition Commission

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