* Posts by 0laf

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No more free Windows... and now it’s all about the services

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You can get a 7" tablet with full windows 8.1 Bing for £59 here now. And that includes a £60 Office 365 licence and 20% vat. Unsurprisingly they're selling rather quickly.

I wonder if Ms will continue to give away cheap windows to get their OS adopted again?

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Microsoft pulls a patch and offers PHANTOM FIX for the mess

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Last update certainly screwed Silverlight DRM. Amazon streaming offline unless you roll back.

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So this Saudi Prince calls and asks why he can't watch movies ...

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Re: Training

1st line support here is basically filled with non-techies now so there is no triage of the stupid calls no ability to fix silly little thing and no ability to translate the problem into something meaningful for the workers with knowledge.

That seems to be the trend now since no-one is ever laid off they just go on redeployment and end up on the helldesk.

Desktop techies aren't much better tbh. "Check it works before you leave" seems to be a bit of an alien concept

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I have a mate that used to do IT on superyachts. He had many similar stories.

I used to be the "IT guy" in a school where basically if it plugs in the wall and doesn't make food it's a computer problem.

I've had teacher yelling at me down the phone to make their printer work because it was

"urgent" (everything with teachers is urgent) and unacceptable that it wasn't working - printer was out of paper.

Internet access had been off all day - she'd unplugged the modem to plug in a phone (it was a while ago) and forgot to switch them back.

Recording "PC" wouldn't start up for an experiment - It was a 25yr old BBC Micro that had finally died.

I'm sure there were many others but it becomes the norm after a while and your brain screens it out as noise.

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VW's Scirocco diesel: A sheep in Wolfsburg’s clothing

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Re: Golf:

That's the story with most warmed over 'ordinary' cars. They're big and heavy so despite the big hp figures there really isn't much nimbleness or urge about them. They make 100mph feel like 50.

Sticking on fat low profiles and rock hard suspension might make the car look nice but it can make them a miserable place to be on the crap roads we have now.

The ads make out you'll be driving a Caterham when the reality is closer to a Iveco.

But then most drivers only like the fantasy of driving properly, they don't really want a car that might bite them if they get it wrong.

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Boffins unearth the ultimate antique art - 500,000 years old

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It's Ugg's shopping list as dictated by Mrs Ugg, "get more mussels, a pointy stick, fire and chocolate"

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SCIENCE LAB TERROR: MYSTERY of the MISSING BRAINS

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When I was at uni there were many urban legends of cadavers being taken on pub crawls by medical students. More realistically were the stores of minor body parts like toes being dropped into people pints and fat being picked out the bodies and flicked at each other in dissection labs.

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What a pity: Rollout of hated UK smart meters delayed again

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Re: Baronesses aren't qualified

Because Baroness Whats-her-pus and any other involved minister are determined that THEIR project will be finished so they don't get hung out to dry with another incomplete project story in the press.

you can add the same mentality to numerous other projects that make little sense but have a minister driving them forward whatever the cost or objection, G-Cloud, HS2, Millennium Dome, education changes, NHS IT,....

Same things happen in the US and probably every other country

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I don't need a £200 meter to tell me to try to use less energy. The massive bill every quarter (or month) tells me that.

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Huawei: 'Nobody made any money in Windows Phone'

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MS is starting to get some significant interest in the cheap tablet market too. Lots of cheap devices coming out with the free Win8.1 OS on them and in general they seem to be better received than cheap android tablets.

Windows phones also getting looked at seriously within the public sector because they can be tied into and managed by existing infrastructure.

MS also starting to flex some muscles on the privacy field with the challenged to the US courts over access to overseas data. No one trusts Google any more and no one ever trusted Apple MS seeing an opening there by playing nice.

I can't imaging MS ever challenging Apple for the £$£ high end shiny phone market but I think they're going to do ok from businesses, government and people that like things that just work.

People that work are also looking at Blackberry again as well.

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Pebble: The brilliant stealth wearable Apple's Watch doesn't see coming

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It's not for me but as a person that likes watches IMHO the Pebble is one of the better looking devices as well especially in the steel model.

Now if they could hook up a microgenerator from a spinning weight a bit like a mechanical automatic then they might be onto something.

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What's MISSING on Amazon Fire Phone... and why it WON'T set the world alight

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I has originally thought that this would be much like the original Kindles - decent hardware discounted because it's effectively an extension of the Amazon store.

But it's not. Why would I want to pay through the nose to be effectively locked into the Amazon ecosystem?

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Nexus 7 fandroids tell of salty taste after sucking on Google's Lollipop

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+1 on this story.

Buggy, slow random crashes. Oddly able to jump through the login sometimes without entering the code. Firefox pretty fvcked up.

Battery taking ages to charge. Bring back 4.2

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COMET lander DRILL CLIFFHANGER as last dregs of power used

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Re: shock absorbers for landing

I dunno but it's not not unlikely. Nice ASCII btw.

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There was also some little cold gas thruster to try to keep it on the rock but it was known to have failed before it even detached. Then unfortunately the harpoons failed too. the gravity is so weak that it bounced about 1km up and it took a couple of hours to come back down again and in that time the comet turned about 1km under it.

Interesting that they are now in the almost 'F**k and try" stage where anything goes as long as there is power left. Plus there is an outside bet it could wake up in the future as it gets closer to the sun.

A shame it didn't work perfectly but an awesome bit of work none the less.

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BlackBerry comeback: BES12 server revealed – it will manage ALL THE THINGS

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I wonder if it will be a new playbook?

I know a few proper security people and they still use a BB phone a playbook combo.

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Rosetta probot drilling DENIED: Philae has its 'LEG in the AIR'

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Pint

Well it sounds like they'll be able to do some work then take a chance either on drilling, harpooning, harpooning and drilling or bouncing.

Still it's on a fricking comet. Pints have been earned.

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BlackBerry chief vows: We'll focus on 'core devices' and on, er, NOT LOSING MONEY

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Re: What's the need they're trying to fill?

Blackberry's niche was hardcore government and big business security. BB products had (have?) security baked in from the hardware up and they were receptive to the suggestions of Government agencies such as GCHQ and NIST.

For that reason for a long time Blackberry products were the only ones signed off for use within high assurance organisations.

But BB sat on it's hands for so long that Government users began to hate their BB and crave the fondling delights of iOS. BB then decided to make a jump for the wider public and try to sell to the yoof market that worked for while until they got bored of the BB offerings too. So they ended up pissing off their old market and losing their grasp on the new.

Meanwhile other companies started to sniff the pork from Government and began to make their products more enterprise orientated except Apple who allegedly told the security services to take a hike 'coz we're Apple'.

It seems now that BB has realised that they've made an arse of their dalliance into the feral over supplied public mobile market and they're starting to court their old customers again.

I suspect if they can get it right then they may pick up some of their old customers that still like physical keyboards and proper security. However new boys like Samsung are getting signed off for high assurance work as well so the future is less than certain. Plus executives are as prone to the whims of fashion as anyone else, BB ain't fashionable so the Passport better be a phenomenally useful tool or it'll just get ignored.

Myself a few years ago I'd have bet a small amount on MS buying up BB's security patents when they went bust. I still think that might happen yet. If the Chinese buy BB expect the Government accreditation to be dropped like a red hot turd.

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Lumia 830: Microsoft hopes to seduce with slim 'affordable' model

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I like my winpho (Lumia 920) but I do seem to be part of a small population.

I've found the OS rock solid, the only thing that ever crashes the phone is the Nokia music app and that's pretty rare.

I'm not an app junky so the smaller number of apps doesn't bother me, although the store has improved a lot since 8.1 came out.

Not sure I'd pay £300 for the reviewed phone though. The reason I like my winpho so much is that it was a bargain.

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Fiat 500S: So pleasingly sporty we didn't want to give it back

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Re: I have a...

I used to get 35-40mpg from a 2.0 Turbo petrol (197hp) Skoda Octavia on a mixed driving route. The EU lab combined average was 35.7mpg. Seems to be that the more eco the car the further away form reality the lab results are.

I know plenty of people with "gas guzzlers" paying higher VED rates that get better mpg than others with eco cars.

If nothing else it shows what a nonsense the current EU testing is.

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Real mpg?

How did the real world mpg compare with the EU paper figures.

I've heard unconfirmed stories of Fiat making Twin-Air owners sign a disclaimer that they understand the car will never achieve the lab figures on the road.

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Cable guy, Games of Thrones chap team up to make Reg 'best sci-fi film never made' reject

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Re: The Martian

When you read the book you realise that the Dune film was a pretty decent stab at something that is just about unfilmable. I've not watched the later Sci-Fi channel miniseries yet.

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I like Neal Asher's Polity series myself. Not sure how well they'd translate but I'd really like to see the Spatterjay series as films. The Hoopers are my favourite characters.

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Re: The Martian

You'll enjoy it. The main character Watney is very funny and clever.

Not sure if Matt Damon will do it justice or not.

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I've only read Red Mars and I found it a bit dull to be honest. A lot of the science was interesting but the characters themselves were uninteresting for the most part.

The Martian by Andy Weir is out as a film next year. The science in it is pretty hard but it was a lot more entertaining than Red Mars.

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Good grief! Have you SEEN BlackBerry's SQUARE smartphone?

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Don't know it it's enough even if it turns out to be brilliant

It's....odd. I suspect you can only really judge this one by using it for a while and a 5 minute fondle in a shop won't do that.

I'm also not very sure this will work. Sometimes how well a product works just doesn't matter. If your board members think that they will get sniggered at by their peers when they whip a BB Passport out then they won't take it, they'll stick with the shiny.

The productive people in the middle that might benefit from the productivity features and probably don't care as much about what device they use may not get the option.

Also there is still a big question over the costs of running the BB12 back end to manage these. devices. It's a big ask to overhaul everything to stick with a company that may or may not be around in 2yr. Might be easier to overhaul everything and go device agnostic allowing all mobile device types to be used.

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TEEN RAMPAGE: Kids in iPhone 6 'Will it bend' YouTube 'prank'

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If they have sense the iPhone 7 will be made of spring steel

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Half a BILLION in the making: Bungie's Destiny reviewed

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Re: Ded game?

^ My thought too

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Huawei ditches new Windows Phone mobe plans, blames poor sales

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Alert

This was a pleasant surprise with my Lumia. It did come with some crapware but I could remove all of it without needing to resort to rooting it.

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UK.gov's flagship infosec program ISN'T DELIVERING - but all's still well, say auditors

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Facepalm

I think things are better than there were but that's all come from the guys working in the trenches forming their own inter-agency networks. Not from this MP led pork barrel.

Cabinet Office still expects the work to be done by everyone else while they stamp their name on the end product and take the credit.

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Slap my Imp up: Bullfrog's Dungeon Keeper

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Loved it.

Never completed the single player game. Got to the last level but never made it. Then Uni got important. I'll still have the disks for this in a box somewhere.

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Smart meters in UK homes will only save folks a lousy £26 a year

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Shiny thing make everything all better says politician

I don't need a bloody smart meter to tell me to save energy. The feckin big bill every quarter does that.

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Apple's Watch is basically electric perfume

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Eww

I thought Apple was good at design. That's a nasty looking watch. Like a 1980s Casio, except it is probably still working and useful after 20yr.

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TROUT and EELS in SINISTER PACT to RULE the oceans

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Alien

I for one welcome our new fishy overlords

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Finally, a practical use for 3D printing: Helping surgeons rehearse

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Pint

I'd have suspect there will a considerable saving from getting thing right first time so no repeat procedures. Hard to quantify I suppose but all good. Well done those boffins.

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Brit balloon bod Bodnar overflies North Pole

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A double B+

Top class Boffinry with advanced Bodging. A pint to that man!

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Chromebooks to break out of US schools: Netbook 2.0 comeback not just for children

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Oh please no, I don't need any feckin schools phoning up demanding to get MS Office and iTunes on 200 Chromebooks they've bought without asking.

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Clock ticking for Surface 3 as Microsoft preps for globo-launch

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Re: I'd love one, but

+1 I'd consider a Win8 tab but the Surface is just too expensive. Especially when you add another £100 for a bad keyboard/cover.

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Apple's iWatch may be DELAYED over sapphire glass supply problems

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Re: Watches

I love watches. The one I have on is mechanical but it has sapphire glass and I think it's quite 'smart'.

Can't stand the clunk of a quartz analogue watch ticking. I've no objection to a digital watch, I've got a G-Shock, but the idea of having to plug in a watch to charge every day just sounds awful.

Even mechanical watches will charges themselves through the movement of your wrist, Seiko has kinetic watches which recharge batteries through the same idea. Might have been a nice idea if the Smart watch people had looked back at the last 1000yr of watch making and come up with something a bit more innovative than plugging it in

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Spinning SPACE DUCK is comet-chasing Rosetta probe's PREY

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Coat

Are there any potential space witches to weigh this against?

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CERN data explains how Higgs heavies other matter

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Boffin

Re: Why is it so hard to see?

Yup after a couple of paragraphs my brain threw in the towel and waked out for a breath of fresh air.

And I thought I knew a little bit about quantum physics.

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That AMAZING Windows comeback: Wow – 0.5% growth in 2015

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Re: There's not much wrong with windows

Just after I wrote "since MS / Nokia started selling good phones at budget prices" I saw the prices for the new Nokia 930. I see the marketing droids still have the idea that expensive sells. WinPh will only sell if it's exceptional value since it doesn't have shiny appeal and never will. I picked up a 920 for £83, that seems like a good deal, £500 for a 930 doesn't look like very good value in comparison especially when it's within £50 of a rumoured price for the iPhone6. MS won't beat the king of shiny with a 10% discount.

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Re: There's not much wrong with windows

MS are actually producing some decent stuff right now it's just being ruined by the marketing types that are obsessed with everything Apple.

Google is loosing it's sine through its data slurping obsession and the malware that's on Android

We're actually seeing the Apple-for-work fad start to fade now. Reality has bitten and it's being noticed that these devices are actually quite hard to get to work in a large multi-user environment and they need a lot of back office support (MDMs etc) anda re missing useful things like USB ports and removable storage. Apple tabs are being put down and request are starting to come in for Windows laptops again.

Even in schools where iOS and the apps can work very well, it a PITA because it's hard to move the device between individuals and they often need to sign up to itunes whether they want to or not.

People have stopped laughing at Windows Phone since MS / Nokia started selling good phones at budget prices. I've noticed a lot of improvement in the App store with 8.1. Not sure why they persevere with the overpriced Surface.

Even if Win9/10 goes cloud / client based it'll probably be optional and there will be offline working. even Chromebooks have offline capability now. Not everyone lives in a metropolitan area with wall to wall 4G. Lots of us have to live with a poor 2G signal.

MS will never be 'cool', it's the OS of school and work. If they gave up on cool and worked on 'practical' and 'usable' they'd at least firm up their core customers. Plus lots of people like devices which just work without bells ans whistles.

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Creepy battery-operated TEDDY BEAR SEX TOY. Sadly, this is for real

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Paris Hilton

Mix it in with Bad Taste Bears and you're laughing, or screaming depending on your supply of C Cells.

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Microsoft tests HALF-INCH second screen to spur workplace play

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FAIL

Nope

Too small to draw a standard comedy cock on therefore useless.

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Supermodel Lily Cole: 'I got a little bit upset by that Register article'

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Mushroom

charideee

I set up a new charity website aimed to helpline other 'charities' scam money from the taxpayer in order to pay exorbitant wages to their board of directors.

It's called www.gilding-that-turd.org

My plan is not to actually do anything except getting a celebrity model (preferably on with a bit of a pus on her, seriously a model?) to wax lyrical about it to celebrity fondling magazines.

Can I have my £500k now?

Or I'll settle for My F**KIN MONEY BACK

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Car titans WON'T STEAL our tech, says Musk: DAMNIT, I'll GIVE IT to 'em

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Black Helicopters

Re: This is nice but

Maybe this is to bootstrap the current ev market. The patents he's referring to now are probably toast but it doesn't mean he's going to make all future patents open.

Get the market going, profit from battery and charger technology then license future developments to the now established ev market. Long term thinking, the man isn't daft.

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Wintel pincers to squeeze iPads out of BYOD

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Facepalm

Evidence I'm hearing is that the fondleslab fad is fading in the workplace. Workers are getting tired of the compromises needed to work on a tab and the extra infrastructure to make a non-enterprise OS work in a multi-user DPA paranoid environment. Even Win8.1 is a bit of a mess for enterprise.

We're back to asking for laptops now. Just don't ask about the money pissed up the wall on shiny toys, or all the toys that will never be returned to the office.

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Silent, spacious and... well, insipid: Citroën's electric C-Zero car

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Coat

Buggers up when you can buy an equivalent sized small diesel or petrol car for £12k no including government subsidy. Some of them don't pay VED either and most of us don't live in London so the congestion charge is an irrelevance.

£10k buys a lot of petrol or diesel even at today's prices.

I applaud the technology but we're a long way away from electric vehicles being the obvious choice for the masses. I think most people would happily choose electric for a commuting car if it made sense we're now past the pointing and laughing stage. We're at teh stage of "I've paid a fk lot of money towards this through my taxes and I'd like to see something usable outside of London".

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Boffins publish SciFi story to announce exoplanet find

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Clever

Reynolds is a boffin himself or ex-boffin. Nice little tie up between science and science fiction.

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