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Danes debut Bluetooth-connected 'made for iPhone' hearing aids

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There is a market

for an almost invisible headphone - mono or otherwise

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IBM Hursley Park: Where Big Blue buries the past, polishes family jewels

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you missed

pictures of all the Spitfire components that appeared to be lying around the house when IBM bought it

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Report mash-up: Apple to sell 65 million $269 iWatches in first year

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Re: Not for me.

I just need to remember mine - holds a 'auto wind' for 48 hours or so

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Melting permafrost switches to nasty, high-gear methane release

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Re: The fat lady has sung

Please go back to your basic science books and work out what the difference between an hypothesis and a theory is. Then re-read. Then explain notions of probability and 'fact'. Then rethink your post.

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Jack the RIPA: Blighty cops ignore law, retain innocents' comms data

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Re: Misleading headline

Sorry - had to read that a second time, very good (as news of yet more people are released from long jail sentences - this time in the US, because the prosecution couldn't remember what evidence they had)

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Re: As far as i can tell...

Nope - it's 'Don't Ask, Won't Tell"

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The IT Crowd tops BAFTA nominations with four nods

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I have to say

As a series brilliant, totally brilliant. The last episode hmmmmmm

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Where the HELL is my ROBOT BUTLER?

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Re: "Telepresence robots." Hmm.

I have to say that I have gone through butlers at a hell of a rate - just can't trust them to keep their hands of the little woman

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'Bank couriers' who stole money from OAP cancer sufferer jailed

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Very good - better than me

But I did manage 13 minutes with OSX - the point at the end of this when you start to describe the screen and menus to the caller is worth it....

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Organic food: Pricey, not particularly healthy, won't save you from cancer

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Crumbs

Strawman arguments - who funded the 'study;?

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Sun-seeking NASA boffins steer FLEETS of satellites... BY HAND

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Re: Reminds me of ...

Even April 2 - 1

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David Cameron defends BT's taxpayer-funded broadband 'monopoly': It's a 'success story'

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seed comms

We have always found that attaching two DVDs to the feet of our birds (symmetry gives stability) a great boon. SSDs next, it's all a matter of delivery success - damn hawks....

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Lego is the TOOL OF SATAN, thunders Polish priest

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Re: When I were a lad ...

not to tie it to the door?

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LOHAN team gears up for Punch and Judy show

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Those are

3 dogs who have seen more launches than their dinners.....

Not that they seem to be ill fed :-)

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Hey frumious Reg gamers: BANG-or-SNATCH? We look at Second Son and Thief

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I think the HMRC version

took early retirement and went to work with his 'customers'

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Improbable: YOU gave model Lily Cole £200k for her Impossible.com whimsy-site

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I have

both reviewed and been an 'associate' (read my organisation has a joint programme - deal with it) with NESTA in the past. They do some very interesting stuff, BUT, far too much in the past was driven by individual ministerial interests, and far too much relies on the impact projects will have on their management layers. Charity allows no FOI - wonderful and a way to avoid past excesses.

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Apple to switch HUMAN iPhone-juicer-fiddlers with ROBOTS – report

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Re: The magic word here is

In fact, 'hand built by Roberts' - "https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FU-tuY0Z7nQ"

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MPs urge UK.gov to use 1950s obscenity law to stifle online stiffies

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Re: So...

"If you have a kid, it's YOUR responsibility to pay for it and care for it and raise it properly."

But at some stage you would like some one to pay your pension?

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NASA: Earth JUST dodged comms-killing SOLAR BLAST in 2012

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Re: Really?

""The 1859 storm...."

Yeah, when comms were unshielded and power grids unmanaged and unprotected against, well, ANYTHING."

And of course did not rely on unshielded electronics, or satellites or.....

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LOHAN bloodhound unleashes solar-powered minitracker

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Lovely

And now make a little money out of it :=-)

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Byzantine Generals co-boffin Lamport bags CompSci's 'Nobel prize'

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LaTeX

Well deserved but...

"Along with this, Lamport also helped develop LaTeX, the typesetting software and markup language used widely in the sciences,"

No - a set of macros, based on TeX, by Kn?th anyone?

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Samsung puts ultrasonic echolocation cover on a smartphone for the blind

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"Sadly, these innovative aids are only available for the Galaxy Core Advance, not for Samsung's more popular high-end smartphones, particularly those with larger screens."

Many people who can use this could not give a flyink f***k about the screen - think about it.

Well done Samsung

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Euro cops on free Wi-Fi not-so-hotspots: For pity's sake, don't use them for email

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Re: No shit Sherlock

I sat behind two Sun sales people (hey this is a little while back) on a flight across the pond. It was very revealing. Company ethics were firm and I did talk to someone from our legal team in Palo Alto. Result - I had to be very quiet and very careful. They did take it seriously.

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LOHAN chap hooks up with busty stratominx in cosmic pleasure cruise

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Re: Subject START ....... More tittilation is clearly the way to go.

Hmmm - you might want to cut down on the coffee

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CIA snoops snooped on Senate to spy spy torture report – report

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well - the German language has a very fine

word to describe the discomfort Congress are in and many peoples feelings about their lack of oversight - schadenfreude

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Dashboard Siri! Take me to the airport! NO, NOT the RUNWAY! Argh!

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Re: This is great!

The problem of course being that most modern cars have functionality nailed?

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Re: I've always had an Apple on the dashboard

I have always thought that when my fruit gets furby I recycle it - or eat it.....

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NHS England tells MPs: 'The state isn't doing dastardly things with GP medical records'

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Re: Fine then.

Apparently Ms Wade did not realise that phone hacking was illegal - honest.....

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Climate change will 'CAUSE huge increase in MURDER, ROBBERY and RAPE'

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Re: Crystal Balls

Well certainly balls........

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Rise of the Machines: Robot challenges top German player at ping-pong

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Surely

Viff Vaff (with apologies to Bovis)

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Muslim clerics issue fatwa banning the devout from Mars One 'suicide' mission

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Re: Good "books" my arse!

I'm always inspired by Tom Lehrers take on that - even better the the elements! (and still up to date)

Be prepared! that's the boy scout's marching song,

Be prepared! as through life you march along.

Be prepared to hold your liquor pretty well,

Don't write naughty words on walls if you can't spell.

Be prepared! to hide that pack of cigarettes,

Don't make book if you cannot cover bets.

Keep those reefers hidden where you're sure

That they will not be found

And be careful not to smoke them

When the scoutmaster's around

For he only will insist that it be shared.

Be prepared!

Be prepared! that's the boy scouts' solemn creed,

Be prepared! and be clean in word and deed.

Don't solicit for your sister, that's not nice,

Unless you get a good percentage of her price.

Be prepared! and be careful not to do

Your good deeds when there's no one watching you.

If you're looking for adventure of a

New and different kind,

And you come across a girl scout who is

Similarly inclined,

Don't be nervous, don't be flustered, don't be scared.

Be prepared!

All words approx - my errors - c/o Tom Lehrer (available in all good music stores)

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"You have to love the irony though:

Putting a death warrant on someone for potentially committing suicide.."

well for all the potential faults, a Fatwa is *not* a death warrant. It's important to be accurate about these things when we need to criticise them. Otherwise you get shot down on detail as opposed to intent/effect.

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We nearly MISSED OUT on iOS7 redesign: But someone snatched Jony Ive from the jaws of quit

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Re: Reliant Robin?

"They were awesome for pulling wheelies though, with the seat right over the back wheel!"

Never managed that in a Robin!

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NHS care.data leaflet shovage: Like a 'notice for Earth's demolition' posted to Alpha Centauri

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Re: Douglas Adams

Although it would be good to supplement the quote with another....

"You hadn't exactly gone out of your way to call attention to the building plans had you? I mean like actually telling anyone or anything.'

But the plans were on display.'

On display? I eventually had to go down to the cellar to find them.'

`That's the display department.'

`With a torch.'

`Ah, well the lights had probably gone.'

`So had the stairs.'

`But look you found the notice didn't you?'

`Yes,' said Arthur, `yes I did. It was on display in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying "Beware of The Leopard".'"

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Chihuahua TERROR: Packs of TINY hounds menace Arizona

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Re: In the words of Ron Swanson:

Nah, a dog has to be able to be sat on without major injury. Many terriers - fine dogs - fit the description and are < 50lb.

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Snowden journo boyf grill under anti-terror law was legal, says UK court

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and the electronics, guidance system, software - oh dear. Great cooperation, but do not be naive!

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Re: Not quite the same

"He was stopped and found to be carrying information contrary to UK law."

Other than it was encrypted, I do not think so

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Official: British music punter still loves plastic

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It is hardly surprising

A combination of DMA and natural mistrust (hey I am paranoid) of media companies to retain your access to music says it all. Does anyone else remember the great success of those self destructing DVDs (no need to return to base). I buy it, I own it - at least I want to own the right to carry on listening to it. So for the moment, physical backup it is......

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Tired of arguing with suits? Get ready to argue with engineers!

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Re: Anyone for Die Hard 4.0?

where's the icon for downing a VSTOL jet with a police car (or even a lorry)?

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Re: Be afraid...

There are 6502 based machines running complex machine instrumentation systems that are responsible for processing/finishing aircraft turbine blades. I know cos I was responsible for much of the design and implementation of one model 20+ years ago and was recently asked to give some expert advice on the data gathering and potential instabilities at edges of the operating envelope. I believe the company sold at least 300 of them around the world.

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Re: If it ain't broken ...

I have been told very amusing story (reputable source from the company - although I have no reference), about an IBM building being decommissioned in New York (state). A quietly chuntering machine was found in the basement - origin IBM, purpose unknown. After many days of fruitless enquiries they shut it down. Promptly the local sub-grid on the power died. Not a problem of single use (except that it had probably been doing a very efficient job), just one of documentation.

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Re: If it ain't broken ...

A very fine comment. The illusion that is generated by people believing that software is infinitely flexible - and therefore should be treated as such creates much damage

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Samsung flings sueball at Dyson for 'intolerable' IP copycat claim

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Re: RE Hoover / Hoovers

Not very good Labs then if you have to ask them :-)

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Without a smartphone your reptile brain gets a workout

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Re: I'm just dipping my toe back into the smartphone water.

ahh - the 6310i - still going strong

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Boffin talks WATER on MARS: Granted, no 'smoking gun', but all clues flow there...

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Re: Dark water?

You don't think the relatively low pressure/gravity might help?

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Getting documents all too easy for Snowden

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Re: It's a people problem

Actually, better than that. Vey presentable lady (sorry lads but it's true) carrying Struggling with) a large pile of papers gets someone through many 'security' doors.

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UK claims 'significant lead' in drones after Taranis test flight

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Re: More money spent on things to kill people in cleverer and cleverer ways

Or even just thinking about the consequences beyond the first strike.....

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Re: It only exists to let BAe be a player

And you really think that was the first flight (snigger)

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Re: Small soldiers

Quite. While amusing, the intention to deploy the rogue elements in a South American country with interests that differed from the US said it all. Murder by proxy, murder by toy soldier. (I am of course talking about Toy Soldiers :-)

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Friends don't do tech support for friends running Windows XP

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As a family OSX admin

with 530 miles between the extremities, I have maintained a root account and an ability to run a remote desktop. Difficult when they did not all have broadband, but remarkably quiet now.

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