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Nexus 7 and Surface: A bonanza for landfill miners

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Rantometer

Well, that article certainly rates highly on the ole Rantometer! Not surprised it's getting the thumbs down on the ratings.

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Chick-lit naughty girl MP Mensch starts own web-jabber service

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Re: Ban politicans on twitter

Agreed, but let's take it a bit further and ban politicians from the whole planet instead - they can have one of the icy bits of crap out in the Oort cloud.

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Windows Metro Maoist cadres reach desktop, pound it flat

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In a word...

U............U.........GGGG.........H...........H

U............U......G............G.....H...........H

U............U......G............G.....H...........H

U............U......G....................HHHHHH

U............U......G......GGG.....H...........H

U............U......G............G.....H...........H

..UUUUU...........GGGGG......H...........H

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Ethiopia to send Skype users to the slammer

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In that case...

...the whole country should be cut off from the rest of the internet until they repeal this idiotic law.

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That new 'Microsoft GCSE': We reveal what's in it

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syntactically correct

By forcing some of the dumber kids to figure out that creating syntactically correct programs enables them to actually work, it might filter into their use of English as well (well, I live in hope).

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Insider cuts into Apple, peels off Intel Mac OS X port secrets

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@FIA

Hadn't read that before - excellent!

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We'll pull the plug on info-leak smart meters, warns UK.gov

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"potentially valuable to a whole host of other organisations"

What? Organisations like "organised crime"?

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Windows 8 Release Preview open for download

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Patches?

It was released yesterday. I downloaded and installed it in VirtualBox yesterday - for a laugh I went to Windows Update and found 2 updates needed to be installed already!

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new paradigm?

Agreed, it will be about as popular as the New Parody Paradigm daleks!

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SpaceX Dragon freed to push off home

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Re: I know relativity means there is time dilation between orbit and the gound

My thoughts exactly!

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Sheer weight of Brits' interest knackers new tax tool

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Re: scaling

Ah but that assumes the government/civil service actually knows what it's doing!

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Be interesting if...

Wouldn't it be interesting if we had the choice of deciding where our individual tax goes. So, if we were pro something then more of our tax would go to that and if we were against something then our money wouldn't go there. It would be fascinating to see how that choice would skew the actual breakdown. Probably be an absolute logistical nightmare to administer though!

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Chrome spends a week at the top of the browser charts

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Re: Windows 8 will save Microsoft

Oink flap!

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Crooks sell skint fanbois potatoes instead of iPhones

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Obvious solution

Don't buy anything from anyone driving a Vauxhall...

...erm, no, wait... scrub that, just realised I also drive one...

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Fasthosts officially not the best in UK for virtual servers

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Re: worst hosting company I ever had the misfortune to deal with

Seconded (or thirded as Nick Gisburne beat me to it). Their support is shit, their reliability is shit, they "upgrade" servers without advanced warning and then apply inappropriate settings to them and refuse to fix them when you tell them they've done it wrong (if you manage to get through to them that is). I always warn people away from the idiots. Avoid StreamLine as well as they just seem to be resellers of FastHost server space.

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UK milk wastage = 20,000 cars = actually completely unimportant

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It's Monday...

I read a bit of the first para as:

UK's waste of milk crates

...and wondered what the hell was going on. Time to wake up!

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Engineer Doe thought people's private info 'might be useful'

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@Big O

You forgot to add "Bwahahahaha!"

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ARM creators Sophie Wilson and Steve Furber

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Ah, heady days...

Good article! Back in the 1970s I worked for a PCB manufacturer in Norwich and we built a few of the early prototype System One PCBs for Acorn (we didn't assemble the chips, just drilled, etched and screen printed the boards themselves). We didn't get the job for the full production run, though. I kept one of the memory boards with the intention of using it as expansion for my 8K PET - never did get around to doing that though. I seem to remember the board could take 2114 (1K x 4-bit) chips so it needed 16 to make the full 8K-byte.

Slightly later on I built a few Atoms from kits for a local shop that wanted to sell them ready made at cheaper than normal ready-built price of £150 (so he was obviously paying me less than the £30 difference). There weren't that many chips on it and there were sockets for all of them. But the most difficult bit was aligning the 120 stiff wires from the keyboard (2 per key) into the corresponding holes in the PCB all at once!

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Half of UK smart TV owners don't know what the 'smart' bit is for

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Re: writing

Yes, come back proof-reading moderatrix before all is lost!

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Murdoch 'sorry' he didn't shut News of the World years ago

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If only...

If only he would shut the Sun down retrospectively as well.

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Twelve... classic 1980s 8-bit micros

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Re: Oric 1 - some inaccuracies

Yeah, I upgraded my old ROM Basic 1 PET to Basic 4 using the same method!

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Re: errata

Apparently the much missed and long gone Moderatrix, Ms Bee, used to do a lot of the proof reading. El Reg obviously need someone new to whip them into (grammatical) shape!

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Re: Does it...

"Does it faithfully reproduce the hugely irritating click noise I seem to remember the machine producing with each keypress?"

Yes! Aaaaargh!

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Re: Mattel Aquarius

Well, I remember it! I also remember seeing one in Debenhams. I don't think it was ever turned on though.

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Uni plagiarism site buckles under crush of last-minute essays

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Yep, me too

Except that it was printers running out of toner that was a major problem.

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Sony 2011 losses are TWICE as bad as expected

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Re: Sony through the ages

And we all forgot the exploding batteries!

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Sony through the ages

1970s - Great quality home music centres, far better than anything than anyone else was coming up with for the price. Trinitron CRT TVs.

1980s - Walkmans and then Discmans!

1990s - Playstation

2000s - Rootkit fiasco

2010s - Freakishly bad web security which pissed off a good number of people. Removing second OS support in PS3 thereby pissing off a good number of people

Doesn't look like a promising trend!

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Woman cuffed for smuggling iPhones in beer bottles

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Apple-mad nation hidden inside empty beer bottles

You can hide whole nations inside beer bottles now? Excellent!

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PC World, Currys, Dixons websites all go titsup

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Re: Not just them...

Pity it's not the Sun as well as 404's would be an improvement in quality...

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Getting rich off iPhone apps is b*llocks, say UK devs

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Proper engineers?

Who the hell let proper people talk to MPs? It's just not on! I mean to say, isn't listening to sound-bite merchants the usual way MPs get their information? If this goes on there's the danger the MPs might actually come to a sensible decision for a change!

</sarcasm>

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Great HR mistakes of our time - Aviva fires 1300 by email

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Ahhh, Aviva...

I worked* for that bunch of idiots about 10 years ago when they were still called Norwich Union. Great people in the team I worked in but as for the management, oh dear... We spent most of our time fighting red tape and stupidity - it was like wading in treacle (and using the inadequate IT systems/networks was a pretty similar experience).

*I'd been made redundant by another company which was going down the swanee and NU offered me a job and I needed the money - honest guv!

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'Attitudes to robot sex will change'

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Re: But...

http://www.gocomics.com/monty/2011/07/08

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Compulsory coding in schools: The new Nerd Tourism

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@Crisp

"I suffer from the unfortunate affliction of getting solutions for everyone else's problems, but not my own."

You should become a consultant!

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@AndrueC

Some very true and wise words there! Programming can also be intuitive (for some) - I have often "fixed" problems by going away and doing completely different until the solution pops into my head (I think some sort of agency sends them telepathically).

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Windows 8 diet exposes Microsoft's weak ARM

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Re: windows 9?

As long as it's at least as good as Windows RG

www.deanliou.com/WinRG/

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Pirates not to blame for Big Media's sales plunge

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Agreed

Yes, a good article. It ticked all the boxes for me as well. I especially liked the sentence "Novelling their way through the decades until – like Commodore or Atari – only the name remains." And, for some of the other companies mentioned (such as Oracle), it can't happen too soon IMHO!

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Apple can't agree with Australian regulator on iPad 4G

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Change the iPad's name?

Maybe it should be changed to "iPad with WiFi + 4G LTE (only) with 2048-by-1536-pixel resolution at 264 pixels per inch (ppi) that's slightly fatter and heavier than the last one but is still shiny".

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170m people 'upgrade' to Google+, but how many stick around?

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It's fantastic!

I use it, oh, at least once every couple of months! Go Google+!

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Google answers less than half of watchdog's privacy tweak questions

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Re: Unique visitors

Damn, you beat me to it!

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Dark matter hits you once a minute

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Dark matter hits you once a minute

All I can say is OW!

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Internet Explorer nibbles browser rivals, swells by 1%

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Re: Nice.

Oooh, a dilemma - I want to vote you up because of the Ford comment but vote you down because of the Opera comment!

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Steve Jobs biopic

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Re: But WHO will play Ballmer

I think you will find the correct term here:

http://thethumbcast.com/2012/02/11/any-old-fucker-with-an-equity-card/

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American pies are cooling on the windowsill ahead of Pi Day

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Nice attempt

I went to google.com to see what Pi-related logo they had put up to celebrate the day, but they hadn't - their logo was for Akira Yoshizawa's 101st Birthday so I have a sneaky feeling you're trying to April Fool us a bit early!

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Marvel to animate comic action with AR app

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Re: Marvel AR

And, if you can't get it to work, you'll probably need this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKv5ulewTO4

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Marvel AR

ARrrr! It be the pirate version, me hearties!

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Users: 'Personalized internet? Fuggedaboutit!'

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Re: Duckduckgo...

Cheers Adair

Duckduckgo now added to my browser's list of search engines!

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'The new iPad' selling out at AT&T

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Re: I can understand

So they can get the most use out of them before the next one comes out and they have to do the same thing all over again?

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'The new iPad' revealed: Full specs, rumor scorecard

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Re: Eminently Predictable...

Sony? Rootkits? Hacked web sites? Whistle whistle...

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Righthaven stripped of rights

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Righthaven's assets bought by...

...Darl McBride.

Not true (I hope), but it wouldn't surprise me if the slimeball did... (with assistance from Andrew Crossley, of course).

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Workers can't escape Windows 8 Metro - Microsoft COO

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Metro user interface removes all their distractions.

I'm more of the opinion that the Metro user interface IS the major distraction!

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