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Man stabbed to death by chicken

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Cockfighting, bearbaiting, bullfighting etc. Perhaps if we could arrange things......

.......so that those in the audience for these events died at least a frequently when they watch as the poor bloody animals do we would discover that these "sports" would die a natural death. One can always hope.

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PSP playing boy plunges onto railway

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@AC re: Lucky Kid. Surely you mean drummed into them........

.........at an early age? Though now I come to think of it that doesn't sound much less brutal either!

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Playing in the traffic?

Wandering around on a railway platform or for that matter by the side of a busy main road whilst you are distracted playing a computer game is about as stupid as it gets. Oh and yes, it is his parent's fault. They after all were allowing him to use the bloody thing under those circumstances, were they not? Message to all parents: Indulging your little angel can under certain circumstances get him/her killed. Try a little common sense and discipline, hopelessly old-fashioned I know but, hell, it may actually work. Your little wonder may even survive to become an adult capable of walking straight and chewing gum at the same time.

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I bet that lots of people think that being a reviewer on a site like El Reg.......

........must be a great job given that you get lots of lovely shinies to play with and to write about. This however, shows the downside of the job! Sometimes you have to watch/use and review something that does not even deserve half marks. Thanks for the warning - I will of course avoid this game like the plague.

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Mac App Store: Developer godsend or Evil Empire?

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Interesting how carefully they express themselves.

So, everything in the garden is generally lovely with just some small niggles. I may of course be over-interpreting but am I the only one here who got the feeling that most of those guys were walking on eggshells? I.e. Very bloody carefully.

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Republican reps push for mandatory gun ownership

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I should have phrased it a little differently as in.....

....I find it difficult to regard the NHS here in the UK, for example, as some kind of offence against human liberty.

I was not saying the "Obamacare" is like the NHS although I was implicitly referring to the reaction of a particular section of the right-wing in the US who have made it quite clear that they regard ANY form of universal health regardless of how it is funded as communism/nazism all rolled into one.

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Ok then let us, by this gentleman's "logic", repeal all laws........

.........we do not feel like obeying. There may be good arguments against "Obamacare" (objectively speaking although I have difficulty regarding the NHS as some kind of offense against human liberty) but this grandstanding crap is not one of them.

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Samsung Android tablet sales smaller than thought

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Android 3

I think that part of the issue here is that the pad market is still a young one and the total customer base contains a relatively high proportion of people with a bit more tech familiarity than is typical in other markets. To take an extreme example the average punter on the lookout for a pad probably is a bit more tech-aware than the average punter looking for a new telly. Thus the proportion of punters who are aware that there is some very good kit on the immediate horizon PLUS are aware that Android 3 is the os to have if you are in the market for a pad is probably quite high. The Sammy is quite an attractive piece but it will soon be superceded hardware wise, it does not have Android 3 (and if I know Samsung it either can't run or they wouldn't upgrade you anyway) and it is overpriced. There is likely to be a lot of good stuff this year and next but (IMO) the tab is not it - not at that money.

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iPhone crashes car stereos, Toyota warns

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Are you sure?

Are you sure that it did not say:

"The crash appears to be total: the unit displays nothing but "load.of s**te.." on the screen."

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Android bites big chunk out of Apple iPad market share

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I really think old chap that you should learn the difference between........

.....hating something and not being especially impressed with something. I do not hate the iPad, I am simply unimpressed. In order to hate something it has to be (in the negative sense) important to you. The iPad is not important. That it gives many people a lot of pleasure I think is fine, it is just irrelevant to me. You see?

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Reg Hardware Reader Awards 2010 Winners

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If you have not already seen it I suggest......

..........you take a look at this article from Reg Hardware:

http://www.reghardware.com/2011/01/28/autistic_boy_did_cheat_on_xbox/

MS can actually prove their case on this occasion. Always a mistake to react when one has not heard both sides of the story.

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As as the Mac Air in the computer category is concerned I.......

.......entirely concur, bit pricey but all the same a _very_ fine piece kit. However, I'm sorry you guys just slay me, iPhone under the WORK product category! Pardon? Its the way you tell 'em.

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UK a 3D TV nation? Not half

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I will buy a 3D telly the day I hear......

......."Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi" and can see Princess Leia from all angles. Until then, don't call me before I call you.

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Finnish regulator calls for iPhone refunds

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Enig kompis (I agree mate)

If the iPhone does not cope with Scandinavian conditions Apple should stop selling here or accept that they are going to get more returns if they _do_ market here.

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In general I agree but it would be nice if a certain fruit company......

.....made it clear in rather larger type that these restrictions exist. Then we who live in the upper half of the northern hemisphere would not bother to buy the iPhone. That of course is why a certain greengrocer does not exactly go out of its way to alert the aforementioned geographically challenged customers to this problem.

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Which is why I said in my previous posting that Mr Jobs is quite right......

.........Apple's warranty is "magical" - now you see it, now you don't.

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@Syren Baran: Textual analysis is clearly needed here.

When Mr Jobs used the description "magical" he was in fact talking about the warranty not the products.

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Vodafone confirms Egypt lock-down

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Where then is the limit?

Are you saying that if it is commercial there are no moral limits?

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@crowley: Thank you, I appreciate your point.

Apart from anything else a response based on constructive intelligence is always welcome!

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Next somebody says that the "free"market is coequivalent with....

...........human liberty I will remind them of how BigCoporate behaves the moment that anything threatens their profits. My best wishes to the Egyptian people - God knows that between their own ruling class and Western corporations they have enough to cope with.

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iPad propels Apple into top-three PC vendor placement

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I've got an old Nokia from 2005.....

......can we count that as well? Just who is trying to boost who here and why? This "reclassification" has bugger all to do with how you define a pc. I smell somebody on earners.

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Utah to honour Browning M1911 semi-automatic

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@thecakeis(not)alie

What you are saying is that Canada has a very different gun culture from the US. Indeed there are many nations where the inhabitants own a lot of guns. Where I live (Norway) there is a very high level of gun ownership, shotguns and rifles (max three rounds without reloading, two in the mag, one up the spout) - ie hunting weapons. One of the biggest selling magazines here (the type you read!) is "Jakt og Fiske" ("Hunting and Fishing"). The very idea that it is some kind of human right to own frakking big guns auto or semiauto with humungous magazines and your choice of "special" ammo is regarded as ridiculous and is of course illegal. A totally different cultural attitude towards guns - here guns are a hunting tool first and foremost, not some kind of cultural/political image/fetish gig like you know where.

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Matrix 4 and 5 in works, threatens Keanu

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It isn't even April yet.

As somebody has just pointed out on this thread (http://screenrant.com/matrix-4-5-bill-and-ted-3-keanu-reeves-rob-97796/) the report appears to be aimed at ringing our collective bells, ie it is bo***cks. Or maybe not. It is quite possible that the collective howl of anguish that began to reverberate through cyberspace when this report first began to circulate reached whichever matrix Neo is holed up in and he changed his mind.

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Smartphone makers to embrace multi-core chips

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One problem

Will the phone make it through to lunchtime? No, I thought not. This how ever will put good single core phones of a quality currently only available in the topmost segment into the upper middle. Look forward to that.

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Apple seeks touchscreen display mouse patent

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@Thomas 18

They are of course pissing up as many lamp posts as they possibly can hoping to create as many legal and financial tripwires as possibe. They are not the first nor will they be the last until the US does something about its patent laws.

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Texter who fell in fountain threatens to sue

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@Ian Yates. There is a problem with this.

I have very little sympathy for the woman concerned, however there is another issue here that many posters appear to be uninterested in. Any time there is an article here at El Reg about CCTV and the culture of surveillance in our society we get a shit-load of postings bemoaning (quite rightly IMO) this development. One of the points always made (entirely legitimately) is of course "Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?" - "who watches the watchmen?", to make sure that they do not abuse their position. What is very clear from this thread is that many of these "lovers of liberty" suddenly to not give a shit when the victim is an "acceptable victim" from their point of view. Their commitment to libertarianism goes straight out the window the moment they do not like the "victim". The conduct of these goons at that mall in utterly abusing their position ought to give us all pause for thought.

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Whilst I do not sympathise with the lady's little........

......."accident" I am not very impressed with the video being uploaded in the first place to the net by the goons that that mall employs. Would we be ignoring _their_ behaviour if it was film of a violent sexual assault? Next time employees of a firm where you are a customer upload security videos to the net for a laugh at your expense I hope _you_find it funny. The difference is that she is a plank - they are nasty arseholes who think the concept "breach of confidence" is for pussies.

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Nokia C7 smartphone

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I am drooling at the thought of the N9 when it comes out.

That's all, just felt the need to share that. You can carry on now.

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Microsoft sends Windows 7 SP1 to OEMs

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Funny that, your descripton appears to covers....

......those Apple customers who dance and sing in queues on launchday as well. I wonder why that might be the case?

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I would not say that it has been a lifechanging experience but........

.........I have installed it on two laptops, one conventional office pc and the HTPC I built for our living room. No issues at all even though one of the portables was already 2 1/2 years old (3 from launch) when W7 came out. Good, robust OS that has not given us here at Arctic Fox Hall any problems at all.

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China's 'stealth fighter' flies – brown trouser time, or not?

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@Aebblwoi

"Look up the T-34 and the Vympel AAM. World-leading Russian technology exposed only after the fact."

We can be grateful that the Abwehr did not at the outset understand what the T-34 could do. The German army found out of course at the Battle of the Kursk Salient when the Red Army ripped the guts out of the German army. My personal vote for "my best tank"!

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@AtomDreams: Time compression in fact..

Technological/Industrial development in this or that country does not follow the same timeline in each successive country that goes through the phase concerned. Britain was the first country to go through what historians now call the Industrial Revolution. The "dates" commonly accepted are from approximately halfway through the eighteenth century to about halfway through the 19th - by which time Britain was no longer primarily an agricultural nation. One hundred years. Do you believe that all the countries in Europe that followed Britain into the Industrial Age needed to go through 100 years of industrial development to achieve parity? Of course not. The fact that the Chinese are 15 years behind NOW does not mean that the "techno-time-gap" will be the same in, say, five years time. Take a look at consumer electronics, they've gone from merely being the Western Worlds low rent assembly line to being a major player in that area - in what? Bout ten years or so?

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@Pan Narrans: I agree, a little more humility.....

......would be a military advantage - it stops you underestimating the "enemy". I seem to recall that when a Soviet pilot defected with a Foxbat (Mig 25) via Japan in the middle 70s the Americans were highly entertained to discover that some onboard systems used thermionic valves. They stopped laughing when someone reminded them that such systems were less vulnerable than ones based on transistors if an HEMP device were deployed.

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@Paul_Murpy: You've got a point.

Much more of the same old same old from the "masters of the universe" on Wall St and it will be a moot point whether or not the US government will be able to afford the Raptor's price tag. Its no good having the better technology if it costs so frakking much in relation to your GDP that you cannot pay for it. The Chinese seem to be pursuing a doctrine of "affordable strategic sufficiency", roughly translated as "we won't start it but it will cost you if you choose to get in our face". Might be something for certain Western powers to consider. If you can't afford to build it, you can't afford to fire it.

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Italian bloke sneezes out .22 bullet

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I hope that the gentleman....

.......had a Kevlar handkerchief available otherwise he would have been lethal at close quarters!

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George Nazi assumes Alcatel 'senior execution role'

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I had all the jokes lined up.

Then I realised that you just cannot beat that headline!

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Android's Gingerbread finagled onto iPhone

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Why? Weell.......

........maybe they just want to get as far up Steve Jobs' nose as they possible can!

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Ford unveils all-leccy Focus for 2012

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@Chemist. re One word.

You apparently missed the fact that I also wrote "....if that is true.....", hmmm? Should I have used upper case for "IF"?

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It is intended to make sure that ones..........

..........ehem (cough, shuffle) masculine self-image is not damaged by driving something so eco-friendly (read: pansy) as a electric car. It is a sort of psychological prosthetic.

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Interesting, however......

..........BYD (Chinese company) claim that the latest version of their E6 has a range of 300 km. If that is true then Ford (and several other producers) are going to have to extract their opposable digit from where ever they have been keeping it. Do like the temperature controlled battery though, where I live it would be a major plus!

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Facebook riddled by 'my first ever status message' scam app

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Nonspesified deity on a prosthetic!

From the article:

"The latest scam is noteworthy not because of its basic premise, which is unoriginal, but because it has spread widely in a short period of time since first appearing on Thursday."

The speed with which such "infections" spread is directly proportional to the number of d***heads who install the app. This in turn gives us a very clear statistical picture of the number d***heads who use what should now be renamed as (Silly)ArseBook.

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Huawei S7 7in Android tablet

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Price segment

Your marking should, partly at any rate, reflect what can be expected within the price segment concerned. I would argue that this piece of kit deserves better than 70% _within its price segment_. Otherwise a most informative and fair review.

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Google sneak peeks Android for fondleslabs

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RE. Holographic title.

When producers proper holography make will punters interested be. Then the market will the Force feel.

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Re Holographic

Quite agree. Unless of course Google has made a secret breakthrough with Honeycomb that they have not yet announced. Ie. That devices equipped with that os project a 3D picture in space in front of the equipment? No, like you, I am not holding my breath!

-:)

A.F.

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Apple unwraps app store for proper computers

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@ThomH re. Bigger than you think

Oh I would not say negligible either although it is in the context of that market small. No, with regard to significance I was thinking more along the lines of whether the concept was likely to be a game-changer in the "pc"-market. That in the context is unlikely - in contrast to, obviously, Apple's influence in the smart-mob/tab market.

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Market size?

In the context of the smart-phone/tab market Apple is a VERY big player. However, in the "pc" market? How is this move significant in the larger scheme of things?

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iPhone-wielding chumps rush to give data to phish sites

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@Code Monkey. re. Correlation

Well I was going to say that if they are willing to pay Apple's prices..........but you kind of beat to it.

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Microsoft 'maintenance' blocks Hotmail

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re:I just can't get a firm grip on the cloud

Agreed, That's why the first thing I did when I installed Win7 was install an e-mail package locally. No way on earth am I going to leave my post "up there".

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Beastly Android will batter Apple's iOS beauty

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@akr re. "Oh please"

Let me see if I understand this, you bought not 1, not 2 but 3 Android phones that you say were total crap. I regret that I am almost forced to paraphrase an expression that our compadres across the pond are fond of. Once is an accident, twice is coincidence, THREE times makes you a....D'''head - if they actually were that bad....hmmm? I must obviously tell my good lady to throw her "rubbish" Desire in the bin now that I have read your words of wisdom.

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DRAM prices plunging into 2011

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Splendid!

Must get my screwdriver and antistatic band out - I can feel an upgrade coming on.

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