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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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FAIL

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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Joke

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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Sony 2011 losses are TWICE as bad as expected

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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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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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Meh

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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Happy

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

DJV

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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Pirate

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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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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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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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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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

DJV

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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"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

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FAIL

Go back to reading yer Daily Fail!

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The Commodore 64 is 30

DJV

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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@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

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Which one does the tumble dry?

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Latest El Reg project: Rise of the Robot Sheep

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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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