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

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FAIL

Re: Eminently Predictable...

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

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Righthaven stripped of rights

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Joke

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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Giant stick insect saved from extinction

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Facepalm

Re: Why?

Just so you know... Starship Troopers and reality are not quite the same thing...

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Space FIREBALL over Blighty sparks hunt for rich meteorite

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Alert

Re: Day...

ecxuse any tyops in tihs reply but, for soem reasn, someone truned out the lights...

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Police probing ‘threats’ over Canadian internet privacy bill

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Alert

Re: "...introduced in the House of Commons on behalf of the federal government"

Politicians working on behalf of the people they represent? Now, that would be a first!

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Satnav blunders blamed for £200m damages

DJV

I usually just rely on the bloke with the red flag who walks slowly in front of my jalopy.

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Mozilla throws 'freedom' at Microsoft, Google, Apple tanks

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Security?

Well, your email address is probably no longer safe in the security sense if you keep posting it around the net!

IOW? Ha ha. I thought you meant the Isle of Wight for a little while there!

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Re: IonMonkey

Go for it! Just don't buy 200 cheap ones...

http://www.0xdeadbeef.com/html/monkeys.txt

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Apple demands US ban on Samsung's Galaxy Nexus

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@Toothpick

Agreed, but you forgot how to use the "Reply" button :)

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Google will swap you a box of crisps for your web privacy

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FAIL

$25/£15?

Is that all? Hmm, my response is rearrange the words "Off" and "Fuck" into a well known phrase!

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Google drive cloud to rain on Apple, Dropbox parade

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16GB?

Hmm, you must have 2 accounts with them as the limit appears to be 8GB - if it IS on a single account please tell the rest of us how you managed it.

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USER-TRACKING Firefox sparks Mozilla civil war

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Bucksch and Sivonen are right

If people get it into their heads that Mozilla is collecting more information than they think they should then they will jump browser, and that's something Mozilla can ill afford at the moment. The fact that most people are jumping to Chrome which probably collects more info is "interesting".

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Printed jaw lets woman swallow again

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Headmaster

@Michael H.F. Wilkinson

Ha ha. Are you running for cover because of the joke or because you used "of" instead of "off"?

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Microsoft ad campaign savages Google over privacy

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Devil

Pot, kettle, blah blah

See above, bored now...

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Boffin's blog blast births boycott of publisher Elsevier

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Trollface

Not a good idea!

Apple's small print would probably mean that anything published by said boffins would be wholly owned by Apple from that point onwards!

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iPad Fleshlight lets fanbois express their love

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Alert

"I bet very few ipad owners actually have the real version"

Trouble is, going by the pic, the iPad version seems to be a limbless midget! Well, that might appeal to some...

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Google boots out OpenStreetMap-nobbling contractors

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Meh

Amazing how many bad apples turn up at Google

And amazing how many bad Googles turn up at Apple as well!

i.e. Eric Schmitt allegedly "stealing" the iPhone idea (as Android) while he was still on Apple's board!

Meh icon because, well... meh...

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Virgin Media broadband goes titsup for 3 hours

DJV

Yes, that was my experience as well until I made the mistake of rebooting the cable modem, then it wouldn't reconnect at all! So, I went out instead...

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McDonald's punters offered sex in exchange for Chicken McNuggets

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Unhappy

"here's the scene of the outrage"

Damn, I clicked that link expecting Playmobil instead of Street View!

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Crossley cops two-year suspension

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Flame

Two years suspension?

That's only fair if I can bring the ropes from which he will be suspended and can select the bits he will be suspended by!

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French court fines Google $65k over search suggestion

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Happy

Ah, so you used to send unsolicited and probably unwanted emails and got clobbered for it. I, for one, find that a tad amusing.

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German cops hacked in revenge for dad spying on daughter

DJV
FAIL

Go back to reading yer Daily Fail!

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The Commodore 64 is 30

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1571 drive

I had a C-128 with a cut down 1571 in it. It was a nightmare! It regularaly decided the drive wasn't there when you attempted to use the relative file commands. Also, it lacked RAM buffers and would often screw up data. It only ever really worked in CP/M mode! For a long time Commodore denied that the errors existed but the final ROM that was released did sort of fix most of the bugs.

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Commodore 500

The C-500 was never officially released (I did own one for a while as several hundred escaped a few years later). It got "re-engineered" into the C-600 using the same case and a cut down version of the 700's innards.

More here: http://www.davidviner.com/cbm.php

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C64 Software

Yep, that's because Jack Tramiel was a hardware person (he started by repairing typewriters) and basically didn't understand what software was! The Plus/4 and C128 did rectify those shortcomings to a large degree.

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@Torben Mogensen

121 colours is correct - there were 16 shades of each of the 16 main colours, but all the shades of black were also black which is why they couldn't say it had 128!

However, the TED chip that replaced the VIC II/SID chips didn't have sprites and the sound wasn't anywhere near as versatile (later on some people built synthesisers out of SID chips).

I used to work for a small company that built a 64K memory upgrade for the C16 to bring it up to almost the same capability as the Plus/4 (but minus the built in office software). Unfortunately, there were a few deluded souls who thought that the 64K upgrade meant the C16 could also run the C64 games/programs.

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Happy

@Oliver Jones / BASIC into RAM

My nefarious use was to copy the BASIC into RAM in places like Debenhams and add a few POKEs to change the "syntax error" message to something rude. Then I'd sidle off to wait for unsuspecting kiddies to bash the keyboard a few times before asking their mothers what *THAT* meant!

Those were the days...

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Apple's TV killer 'on shelves by summer 2012'

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@Nick Gisburne

Well, I believe you! I installed a few of the things when I worked for Rediffusion back in the 1970s.

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NASA to place twin probes in Moon orbit as you snog beneath mistletoe

DJV

Which one does the tumble dry?

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Latest El Reg project: Rise of the Robot Sheep

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Alert

Also...

Will it have a container for the clippings and, if so, then, when the container is full, can you get it to locate the compost bin (even if I have to stick one of Chistoph's QR codes to it), climb up it, remove the lid (optional, I may possibly be capable to remembering to do this before starting the mower) and deposit said clippings in the bin before carrying on where it left off?

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Microsoft copies Google with silent browser updates

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Happy

Hopefully!

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Ballmer can exhale: Bill Gates rules out Microsoft return

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Facepalm

Ballmer can exhale

Trouble is, when he does, lots of chairs go flying!

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Concerns over plan to boost pharma by releasing NHS data

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Alert

But...

...if any patient's personal data is compromised in any way whatsoever by sloppy security, bad administration or crappy processes then EVERYONE in the chain from the person who released it right back up to David Cameron should be held fully responsible, fined heavily and sacked immediately. And THAT should be written into the document in BIG RED BOLD TEXT as well.

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WD dries out flood-trashed fab, pumps out first disks

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Happy

Next time they will need to think about building their fabs on stilts or pontoons!

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BUSTED TWO: Carrier IQ monitor-ware on iPhones too?

DJV
Devil

Fan, Shit, Hit

See above...

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Developers get new IE10 for Windows 8 preview

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FAIL

HTML 5 Test

Interesting to see that the version of IE10 that comes with the Windows 8 Developer preview currently scores 300 points (+ 6 bonus) on www.html5test.com.

The IE10 preview, however, is a vast improvement - it scores a massive, erm, um, 299 (+6)!

So, another step back for MS - actually, the missing 1 is because the preview doesn't provide any custom search providers (no address/search bar in the preview). Still, I was expecting rather more than this... the current stable Chrome is already up to 343 (+13 bonus) points. Of the non-IE browsers, only Opera with 286 + 7 is currently trailing IE10 (IE9 currently scores 141 + 5).

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The BBC Micro turns 30

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Atom kit

The Atom was also available as a kit. A local shop bought them that way and I assembled a few for them.

The keyboard was a nightmare! Each key had two stiff springy metal wires that had to be located into corresponding holes in the PCB and then soldered in place. The keyboard was one unit and there were over 60 keys so that meant locating 130 or so wires AT THE SAME TIME. I remember discovering one wire had been squashed between the keyboard frame and the PCB after soldering up more than half of the damned things - not a good moment!

I think I assembled about 3 Atoms before giving up as they took far longer than what they were paying was worth.

I also remember upgrading a BBC A to a B for a customer of another local shop. However, it was a very early model with an inadequate power supply, which meant that the computer wouldn't work properly with all the extra chips in. So the whole thing went back to Acorn for a free (possibly?) upgrade.

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Russia successfully launches Glonass-M

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Happy

Maybe GLONASS can give Phobos-Grunt a shove whilst it's up there...

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UK.gov to build child army of software coders

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FAIL

Forefront?

'keep the UK "at the forefront"'

All them other buggers in front of us must be wearing invisibility cloaks then!

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Ubuntu savaged by rivals infected with fondleslab fever

DJV
FAIL

And the server version, too

I run a couple of test servers and upgrading from 9.10 to 10.04 (or maybe it was 10.04 to 10.10, I forget) on one of them totally screwed it. Now, I only update major revisions now when I build a new server or replace the main hard disk.

However, I detest the RPMs that some non-Debian ones use and am thinking seriously of switching from Ubuntu to Debian for the next update.

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Fake Steve Jobs tells kids: 'Do what you want to do'

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do what you want to do?

Steve Jobs? I thought it was Eddie and the Hot Rods who said that.

Well, close enough...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=weQ4oNk7Pqc

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Ten... remastered videogame classics

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I'm not into shoot-em-up style games but I wouldn't mind seeing revamped versions of the Myst series. I've still got an old PC running Windows 98 just for the originals.

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Microsoft moving embedded systems to Windows 8

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Joke

"aimed at slightly dumber devices"

Dumber devices? Ah, they must be talking about Ballmer...

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Ginormous sunspot spews solar guts towards Earth

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I'm ok

I have a hat.

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Smart meters: Nothing can possibly go wrong, says gov

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FAIL

Nothing can possibly go wrong, says gov

Oink, flap!

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Earth escapes obliteration by comet

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Joke

Option d

It will cause a slight draft and cause Bruce Forsyth's wig to momentarily flap about.

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Rosat dropped over the Bay of Bengal: DLR

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Joke

DLR?

Wow, I hadn't realised the Docklands Light Railway was a German company who also did space stuff!

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Intel, MS destined to remain tablet underdogs

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FAIL

"Statistical analysis. It helps you determine trends and extrapolate likely futures."

And still get it 90% wrong.

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How Jobs bent reality with LSD, Apple hype

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Alert

@Daniel B

"Doing the naturist stuff + chemo does seem to work. But don't cut the treatment!!!"

Wow, you mean running around nekkid also helps cure cancer? "No, officer, I wasn't flashing at the kiddies - it's just part of my treatment."

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