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iPad maker to replace 1 million staff with robots

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@Adam T Perhaps we should remind their customers that they have...........

...............no fate but that which they make themselves - for good or ill.

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"iPad maker to replace 1 million staff with robots"

Perfect, now all the Cupertino Posse need to do is replace all their customers with.........oh ok, I won't go there - the cognoscenti will get all of a mother.

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From Dust

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Small minded Gods

Quite right. You are not supposed to *save* your people, you are supposed to *smite* them. Visit plagues upon them. You know, punish them. Generally make their lives an absolute misery so that they will be grateful for the (rare) occasions when you leave them alone.

Choice of icon? There isn't a gods icon so I figured this one would do just as well.

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AT&T: 'Eat too much data and we'll strangle you'

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Capacity driven "strangling" and cloudiness?

So, we are all going to put our data in the "cloud" are we? This demonstrates that there is not only a security and access case against going "cloudy", if we do the carriers are going to b*** f**k us financially as well. The carriers will charge us for putting our data up into the cloud, the cloud providers (whoever they are, Google, Apple, MS, Amazon etc) will charge us for keeping it there and the carriers will then charge us for getting it back down. The carriers are doing no more about improved capacity than they can avoid and charging us as much as they can get away with for the bandwidth they *do* condescend to provide. Unless something is done about their behaviour towards the customer the mobile cloud will be little more than a con game directed at fleecing the customer. I note that some have remarked on the obsessive heavy down-loaders (what they are downloading is fairly obvious) spoiling it for the rest of us and I have a certain degree of sympathy with that view. However, if we are "all" in the cloud then we will *all* be heavy users/abusers in comparison to today's usage model/pattern and the carriers will be laughing all the way to the bank. My tip is, stay out of the cloud in so far as you can until you are convinced that the business model makes sense for you as a *customer*.

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Truck nuts swing onto US freedom of speech agenda

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@Shonko Kid RE "Genitalia is offensive"

"Poor grammar is more offensive."

Indeed, but may I be permitted to paraphrase the first line of a song that caused my parents' generation much amusement?

"Chief Franco has only got one ball......."

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HTC delays Evo 3D release

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This is a perfect illustration of the problem.

I speak as a happy Desire Z owner who likes HTC's kit. The problem is that the market in the US is totally distorted by the overwhelming control of the market that the carriers have. This would be ok in the sense that if the American customer is prepared to poke up with this situation then, fine. The problem is that the market elsewhere whether we are talking about Europe or Asia has to dance to the American carrier's tune because of the influence that the US market has. I, personally speaking, am piss-tired off waiting for *my* upgrade (I buy "unlocked") because the American carriers need so much time to piss around with the phones they may condescend to offer. It is about time that the rest of us did not get crapped on because the average US customer refuses to buy their phone on anything other than credit. You can't afford it, don't buy it and let the rest of us get on with our lives. We are already paying blood because of your "sub-prime mortgage market", can't we at least buy a mobile phone without your credit-addiction frakking everything up?

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Nearly everyone in SOUTH KOREA HACKED IN ONE GO

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@Graham Marsden, RE "Don't forget"

In fact in recent years it has become increasingly obvious that the Chinese regard their one time ally as an increasingly dangerous and unstable liability. I strongly suspect that China's main interest in NK nowadays is trying to ensure that it does not suddenly implode and they end up with half that country's population camped out on the Chinese side of the border as refugees.

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US Navy orders laser machine guns

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What else might we legitimately assume about this system from Boeing?

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1. It will be delivered at least 5 years late in relation to the original contract terms which they will not be penalised for because they have too many "friends" in Congress.

2. There will be at least 30 - 40% cost overrun in relation to the original contract terms which they will not be penalised for because they have too many "friends" in Congress.

3. It will not perform according to the original specifications which they will not be penalised for because they have too many "friends" in Congress.

Other than that I am sure it will be a very impressive weapons system.

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Hacking scandal starts to spread beyond News Corp

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Hello?

What on earth are you on? Please try to orbit around the same planet as the rest of us and speak English. We might then be able to understand what you are saying.

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Ofcom in screeching U-turn on BSkyB, begins probe

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We should certainly look at the behaviour of all newspapers, however........

........it was not one of their ex editors suspected of criminal activities who got employed as "Dave's" press secretary despite warnings given. There is currently no evidence that the widespread use of bribery and corruption of police officers that NI engaged in was indulged on that scale by other newspapers. In short it is the sheer scale and widespread effect of what NI got up to that made it so serious and has, thank Christ, brought them down - and deservedly. That does not mean that we should not scrutinise the rest of them, just that the Dirty Digger's gang were in a class of their own.

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Microsoft hit with lawsuit in Kinect tech spat

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I strrongly suspect that this is a "try on".

The "Beast of Redmond" is likely to dump on them from a great height. Why? Kinect has been out for a good long while now. and they only now wish to sue? The whole situation with IP and patents has gone beyond ridiculous and is heading for the event horizon. It is about time that "Big Corp" recognised that it is not in their interests or anybody else's to permit this farce to continue.

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Corporates love iPhone, iPad more than Android kit

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Re "Good vs what? " Howls with laughter as he reads..........

......."Anything more complicated than an etch-a-sketch is asking for trouble."

The image of one of your corporates struggling with his presentation on a dear old etch-a-sketch (lovely toy BTW, many happy memories from my childhood) is hilarious.

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TSA officer accused of stealing from passenger luggage

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You have to worry about a "security" system which.........

.............employs people who not only steal from those who they are supposed to be protecting but are stupid enough to fence readily recognisable goods on ebay. Crooked and as thick as shit? Your country needs you!

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Fujitsu installs Windows 7... on a phone

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Facts, you want facts?

Facts get in the way, surely you have noticed that. At least on the basis of *some* postings we see here one gets the impression that some people regard facts as a bloody inconvenience to be ignored!

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Re "Proof of concept"

I agree. I think that is precisely what it is and that is why Fujitsu do not appear to be releasing outside of Japan. They are flying a kite - perhaps with an eye on whether or not there might be a market for such a combo when Win8 is released? With the upcoming "next gen" hardware it a perfectly realistic proposition in the practical sense, the question they have to answer is whether or not there may be a market for such a device.

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@Richard Re "So it's just me who fancies a go with one of these then?"

Not at all old chap. I have to admit that this piece brought a smile to my face. The technology is not quite yet up to making this a real proposition (IMHO), battery life alone makes it a touch impractical (to put it mildly!). However, the next gen in chips and battery tech with Win8 perhaps? The basic concept is by no means a fail, just a little too early out of the gate in relation to the hardware/software equation.

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Microsoft surprises Street with double-digit growth

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It ought to be obvious that..........

..........any revenues due to Android phones for MS are a drop in the ocean compared with their other sources of revenue in that division. You have noticed that that division includes a couple of devices that you may have heard of that are making MS a touch more money than anything from patent income due to Android, haven't you? You are surely not suggesting that the growth of *45%* in that area of the company was due to, roughly, £3 a phone from HTC and equivalent from the two or three other minor players who have settled with MS?

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This will no doubt appease some of their shareholders?

We will likely see the Windows division doing better rather earlier than the release of Win8! The upgrade/churn cycle in the business sector is beginning to pick up speed again with the phasing out of XP and it is likely that that will be reflected in the present 12 month period's sales of Win7. However, it is certainly also true that the overall potential of conventional Windows sales on your desktop pc is being affected by the changes in the consumer electronics market (tablets etc). *There* I would agree we are going to have to wait to see how Win8 does in order to see what the long term future holds for the Windows division.

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Major overhaul makes OS X Lion king of security

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For a moment I thought that I had logged on to the Graun's tech website....

.......after all they regularly do this type of puff piece for The Man From Cuppertino, bit of a shock when I realised it was dear old El Reg - what happened?

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Ten... Portable USB 3.0 HDDs

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That has been part of the problem.

Not merely the lack of peripherals available on the market that the article refers to. Its only been relatively recently that people like Asus, Gigabyte and MSI have begun releasing mobos with native USB 3.0 ports. Any desktop that you might have (AFAIK) that is more than about half a year old will be most unlikely to have them and only a few pretty high end lappies released during the last year have them.

Getting hold of an adaptor should in fact be quite easy, Amazon has several pci express adaptors, for example:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Buffalo-USB-Express-Interface-Card/dp/B002WULN98/ref=sr_1_7?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1311209935&sr=1-7

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Ex–News International boss Brooks denies bribing cops

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Apparently she is trying the........

........."everyone was at it" defence (according to other columns I have read today) or words to that effect. It is almost horrifying (in a very satisfying and fascinating way) watching this whole business unravel in slo-mo.

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HP TouchPad 32GB WebOS tablet

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Munging can apparently mean................

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1. Creating a very strong password by character substitution.

2. The practice of disguising an e-mail address.

3. A comprehensive rewrite of a routine, data structure or the whole program.

4. Necrophilia (apparently L.A. slang from the early nineties).

If one engages in # 4 one might very well wish to ensure than any details on your pc or your e-mail address are heavily protected/disguised!

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Apps overrated in mobile web wars

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I have to say that since I got 2.3 and the latest "flash" on my Desire Z video has been a very decent experience. No lagging or jittering. Pleasantly surprised, impressed even.

-:)

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iPhone plunges 13,500 ft from skydiver's pocket - and lives

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@ Evil Auditor. Re: "or no fanbois are left."

"'Tis a consummation devoutly to be wished."

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World's first turbine powered Batmobile hits roads

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That panting and moaning you can hear is..........

.............Jeremy Clarkson having a "private moment."

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Captain America: Super Soldier

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35%!

A modest proposal for when the review object is *that* pony. Why not have a, ahem, "shit list" where the names of everything not worth more than, say, 40% get posted? It was clearly not worth the dignity of a full review. I took one look at your mark and hopped straight to the comments section to write this without bothering to give the piece itself more than a cursory glance. I have to say that I sympathise - it cannot be much fun to have to review something like this.

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TSMC begins making Apple A6 iDevice chips

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Interesting.

That Apple were more dependent on Samsung's expertise than they are keen on admitting. That Apple will likely be doing more in-house is (from their point of view) a logical move. However, I would love to know what *really* prompted this spat between Apple and Samsung. I do not believe for one moment that some months ago SJ suddenly awoke one morning and send "fuck me, the bastards have ripped off our 3GS". Something else is behind this quarrel, what it might be however completely escapes me.

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Samsung Chromebook: The $499 Google thought experiment

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Apart from wondering what the point with this machine is...........

............I also have to say that your point about the likely price in the UK is (if you will forgive me!) right on the money. When one notes that one can get a pretty decent netbook for that kind of money or indeed, for example, the Asus Transformer *with* the docking station at that price point one ends up with a feeling that Google did not exactly think this one through in the commercial sense.

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Rebekah Brooks quits - Murdoch accepts this time

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@TeeCee Re Maternity Leave

"Maternity leave? But that would mean that someone..........OMFG, it's too horrible to think about!"

The gentleman concerned may simply have followed the advice allegedly given to Victorian ladies -

"Close your eyes and think of England"

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Re "The hypocrisy is astounding."

That is indeed one of the most striking things about all recent statements from key players within the senior levels of NI, the impression of hypocrisy one get. However, IMO, it is likely the case that to a considerable extent they do *not* actually get it, hard though that may be to believe. Hypocrisy requires that one *knows* that one is pretending to have a moral code whilst not actually practising what one is preaching. One should not underestimate the self-justifying pathology that such people are capable of exhibiting. Such types are fully capable of believing in their heart of hearts that they have not done anything wrong even when what they are doing is blatantly illegal. An American hotel-heiress who got caught bending by the US tax authorities a decade or so ago famously remarked that "rules are for the little people" (one assumes she was referring to me and thee and not leprechauns!). In this way these sociopaths (for that is what they are) manage to project (before they are eventually caught out) a very convincing front - because they have succeeded in convincing themselves.

BTW, if anyone feels that I have gone a touch over the top in using the term "sociopath" I include the URL to a list of the symptoms - I think that you will recognise many of the characteristics the moment you read them! A certain wealthy and influential businessman and his chums are positively *clinical* examples.

http://www.sociopathicstyle.com/traits/classic.htm

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Microsoft rolls out One Big Windows strategy

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"What profiteth a man if his reach doth not exceed his grasp?"

If it really is the case that MS *are* concretely aiming to unify Windows across *all* platforms then it is both risky (very) and logical (very). They are aiming very high indeed but (to recoin an old phrase) "the devil is in the implementation". In order for this to work then Win8's conventional GUI and its touch UI are going to have to be a first class user experience. Each of the interfaces will have to be at least as good as the best of each type that are on the market today on its own or other operating systems. Furthermore, *both* the x86 and the ARM versions will have to combine being a proper full song with choruses os with being as lean and mean with battery use as possible. I am not saying they *cannot* do it but it is a hell of a task they are setting themselves. If they fail then the rise of the tablets (getting more powerful for the same power usage, almost by the day) will see the beginning of the demise in the consumer electronics market of a Microsoft confined to a steadily decreasing (in the long term) conventional pc market. If they get it right they will still be entering a market with established competitors in a context very different from their traditional dominance of the desktop computer market. In that sense Ballmer is right when he says that Win8 is a gamble for MS because even if they get it right with Win8 and the os *is* a major cross-platform success the long term disruption of the market place will likely mean that their capacity to dominate a monolithic market will, quite likely, be gone for ever (all to the good IMHO, it is not healthy for one company to dominate any market however much one might like this or that product from them). That does not mean that even *if* they get it right they won't earn handsomely on it, they likely will - just that it will not be a re-run of the nineties/early noughties.

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FBI probes claims of Murdoch 9/11 hack

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@Mako RE "Couldn't agree more".

Indeed. What we have seen revealed demonstrates that they had/have *exactly* the necessary poisonous blend of stupidity, arrogance and self-justifying hypocrisy to be capable of it. If it does turn out to be the case I think it is highly likely that the US will go after NI with almost as much eagerness as they went after Bin Laden. Though perhaps not in *quite* the same way - although we can always wish, can't we?!

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Oh dear, oh dear.

If this is true, the Dirty Digger may indeed be facing the last round-up. The reaction of the American public and Congress if it is in fact proved that they attempted to "hack" the phones of 9/11 victim's families can readily be imagined. IE They will go completely berserk. Best of all he is an American citizen - boy oh boy, is NI now in trouble or what. This whole business on our side of the pond has already attracted a lot of notice "over there" and the effects may be catastrophic for that fine upstanding company - could not happen to a nicer bunch.

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Murdoch man who also worked at Scotland Yard ARRESTED

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How far out on the extreme barking swivel-eyed end of the right wing do you.......

..........have to be to post that kind of garbage Ivan 4? Been spending too much time with your homeboy Ghengis lately have we?

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Amazon's anti-iPad arises 'in October'

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Re "You can type and watch TV on your girlfriend?"

The lady clearly has first class hardware.

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@Efros

Agreed. In fact if the offering is popular there will no doubt be a number of good custom roms sporting 3.2 available. It will be interesting to see whether it ships with a locked boot-loader or not. I'm guessing that it will, although why they bother I do not know given that someone will work out how to prise it open.

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It will be interesting to see customer reaction.

If the rumours are true and it is an 8 incher they are planning (assumption "widescreen") then the external dimensions of the tab will be almost identical with the current Kindle and in portrait mode very close to the current Kindle's screen width. Given that the 10 inch form-factor is the main favourite in the market *at the moment* it will be interesting to see what effect Amazon's effort has on public perceptions of which is the most useful/desirable form-factor.

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Microsoft plans to open 75 retail stores in US

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@Anonymous Coward

"Odd that Apple won't let Mac OS be sold as an OS for a standard PC."

Yes, I have yet to see a convincing explanation other than than one or both of the following:

1. Apple do very good business from their hardware sales and wish to discourage customers just buying the os and doing their own thing with regard to the hardware.

2. They do not want a situation where straight sales of OSX per se could be compared with straight sales of Windows. (By straight sales I mean full version machine independent. Not pre-loaded, that would give Windows an unfair advantage in the comparison).

I am inclined to place more weight on the first of the two.

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Actually no.

What it *does* say is that it is pretty sad that Apple cannot (in that particular market) sell their hardware unless it is loaded with Windows (Or "Windoze", "Micro$oft Shite" or what ever form of howling/screaming you prefer).....hmmm?

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News Corp kills BSkyB bid amid 'difficult climate'

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Re ""Dude""?

"Just turn left at Prestwick, keep swimming for 3000 odd miles and you'll bump into Merkinsville. You'll feel right at home there."

Nah, he probably comes from Prestwick - just another yankee-gangsta-wannabee.

Yo, bro, how's it hanging? - and all that.

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"But will besmirched Murdoch try again in 2012?"

I think we will discover that the Dirty Digger's troubles are only just beginning. The US senate is now making noises with regard to any possibility that the same stunts have been pulled "over there". Furthermore, the difference in the UK between the issue for Labour and for the Tories is political dynamite. Even the average member of Joe Public is aware that the Labour party in government did not cover themselves in glory with regard to NI because they were shit scared of them. Not very impressive I am sure you will agree. On the other hand the Andy Coulson affair shows that the present Tory government have been actively in bed with Murdoch's hyenas - and that is a difference that even the great British public are capable of noticing. If "call me Dave" actually is willing to contemplate allowing Murdoch back in the game in a year or so he will be handing the Labour party an open goal. Even "Dave" could not be *that* stupid.

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Apple's chief patent lawyer exits, says report

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On a more serious note it is possible.........

............that he is not happy with the current policy of all out patent wars. Not every lawyer would necesserily feel that Apple's current tactics are the wisest they could employ.

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German cops hunt HUGE ERECTION-inducing SPIDER

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Our eight legged friend leaves you (hopefully temporarily) feeling like.....

........"Jake the Peg, diddle-iddle-iddle-um

With his extra leg, diddle-iddle-iddle"

Sorry Rolf!

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HP TouchSmart 610 touchscreen all-in-one PC

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"As an all-in-one computer, the TouchSmart 610 mimics Apple’s iMac series...."

That roaring noise you can hear is a suborbital writ delivery system taking off from Cupertino as we speak.

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'Being cyber-stalked is as bad as being raped, or in a war'

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"'Being cyber-stalked is as bad as being raped, or in a war'."

Er...... No it fucking isn't sunshine. Just talk to the women and children who have been mass raped as a weapon of war in several conflicts in recent years. Then you just might, possibly, not make a complete and total arse of yourselves with such statements.

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Burg 5 watch phone

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A style statement for 10 year olds

That's all.

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Dell's faulty PC legal woes worsen (again)

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@Piro "Not initially Dell's fault". Well yes up to a point.

Yes, I agree that Nichicon *are* a reputable (far more so than Dell IMHO) and one can say about their fuckup that shit happens sometimes. I would also agree that it would have been insane of Dell to *knowingly* at the outset ship defective goods. However, having said that it is impossible to believe that they succeeded in shipping nearly 12 million units before they noticed something was wrong. At some point they must have known and continued to ship. At that point they became just as guilty as if they *had* knowingly and deliberately shipped defective crap from the beginning. They should IMO be sued in the normal way for *all* defective units shipped and (if the law permitted it) prosecuted over every single one of those shipped after they *did* know. Until this kind of crap actually risks jail time (whatever the judicial position, this kind of thing is, morally speaking, a form of fraud) for the directors as well as damages nothing much is going to change.

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Airport screener stuffs stolen iPad into (own) trousers

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Is that a 10 incher you have in your pocket........

................or are you just pleased to see me?

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Nice try, Amazon: 'One-click' payment too obvious to patent

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I think it is wonderful, I congratulate Amazon on a top class attempt to.........

..........discredit the patent system even further (if that is in fact possible). They quite obviously agree with us here at El Reg are doing their bit to bring about reform by satirising the system with a patent application of transcendent idiocy. I mean, they are aren't they? It could not possibly have been a *serious* application that they thought they could get away with could it?

On a slightly more serious note I think that the "big boys" should start thinking a bit. Much more of this kind of crap and they actually will in the end provoke the kind of reform that they would sooner gnaw their own legs off than have implemented.

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iPhone 4, iPad mole faces 30 years' federal porridge

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Companies leak information all the time..........

..........in an attempt to improve (amongst other things) their share-price if they are feeling under pressure - particularly if they see a hostile bid on the horizon. Given that that clearly is done for financial gain can we look forward to the sight of directors of plcs/corporations regularly getting 30 years inside? No, I thought not.

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