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Microsoft signs Motorola to Android patent pact – no, not THAT Motorola

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Re: Microsoft's Android patents ..

"This default assumption that MS are lying about their patents amuses me. Good to know that the Reg's commentards know more about the workings of Android than the companies who implement it, 99% of whom have just coughed up the money."

The assumption is that if they were legitimate Microsoft wouldn't mind people knowing what they were. I think that assumption stands up to scrutiny better than the patronising alternative: "better minds than yours have thought about this and appear to agree"

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

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Hearing aid app

There are already hearing aid apps available for the iPhone and no doubt other OS's too. Many free. They appear to work as graphic equaliser type thing. Once the idea has been announced it's only a matter of time before it becomes a consumer device and the price falls.

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Windows XP is finally DEAD, right? Er, not quite. Here's what to do if you're stuck with it

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Re: This comment is totall Bullsh--!

Poor you, you do seem to burn through hardware. I don't think that is the norm. Yes stuff breaks but there is a lot of ancient hardware still running throughout the world.

I'd also say that most of the vulnerabilities yet to be found have been there since day one. So just because the white hatters don't know about them does not mean we are more vulnerable than before. Just more aware.

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MH370 airliner MYSTERY: The El Reg Pub/Dinner-party Guide

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Hijacking foiled scenario?

1. Plane sets off on flight to Beijing.

2. Plane is hijacked by tech savvy terrorist intent on a 9/11 type attack on Beijing.

3. Terrorist disables pilot and coerces co-pilot to make 'good night' call.

4. Terrorist turns off all comms that they know about.

5. Co-pilot alters course without alerting terrorist.

6. Plane flies out to sea where it can do no more harm.

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Ever get the impression a telesales op was being held prisoner?

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But ... but ... but ... jobs

In this country there are not enough jobs to go round. Any 'unfilled' jobs are looking for skills that don't exist or are unrealistic in there expectations. (i.e. school-leaver IT positions with a list of required skills as long as your arm). Even the lowliest jobs get a huge number of applicants. The only vacencies that exist are the ones no-one can afford to pay for any more. (i.e. road maintenance, IT support staff, flood prevention engineers ). There are no jobs that prisoners could do that does not involve taking it away from someone else. The same goes for the unemployed (get 'em to sweep the streets etc. What would then happen to the street sweepers?)

Call centres are already in existence and employ people who have not committed crimes (or at least not been caught). By giving work to prisoners they are taking it from non-prisoners, what are current call centre employees supposed to do except sign on. Some may be enticed into a life of crime. Can nobody else see the flaw in this plan.

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Inside Microsoft's Autopilot: Nadella's secret cloud weapon

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metaphorgasm

You can tell no body really knows what it does by the shear number of vague and ill defined metaphors used to describe what it. 747's , multi-billion dollar cars, puppets WTF."

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Bletchley Park spat 'halts work on rare German cipher machine'

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Re: Museum of bolted stable doors

What makes you think they want people to visit? They have just been given a load of cash from the lottery fund so why should they care about gate recipts. All they need is to do is accept their inflated salaries while it lasts and hope for some bogus awards for their 'world class attraction' to enhance their individual CV's before they move on.

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Unmanned, autonomous ROBOT TRUCK CONVOY 'drives though town'

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to all the nay-sayers.

No driver also makes it easier, politics wise, to add a remote self destruct system. If the truck gets to the destination it unloads the container and returns home. No danger to the troops. If it detects a road block or deviation from the set course it alerts the base that the self destruct timer has been initiated and waits to see if base sends the stop signal. If no stop is received - boom.

So: unmanned supply vehicle or exploding trojan horse. win-win.

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Blighty's tech sector hasn't had it so good for TEN YEARS - report

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For ten years?

since 2005 WOW!. 2005 was great. A real high water mark for British tech ...

... Oh no. That's it. I remember now, in 2005 in was just the same, as crappy and underfunded as always.

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BBC Trust: 'LA LA LA I'M NOT LISTENING' to this DMI mega-tech FAIL

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Ooh ooh. me me.

I wrote that in a comment on the this subject back in August. Do I win a prize or something?

"Submitted on Friday 23rd August 2013 15:19 GMT

Not the same thing

Management sticking their fingers in their ears and shouting la la la at the top of their voices is not the same as nobody telling them what's going on.

22 thumbs up"

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Fancy a little kinky sex? GCHQ+NSA will know - thanks to ANGRY BIRDS

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Re: Here's the problem

Either they ignore morals and stay within the letter of the law and feel they are therefore justified or they break the law to do what is morally right and feel they are therefore justified. It's all good to the those with psychopathic tendencies who gain power and think the end always justifies the means.

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MANIC MINERS: Ten Bitcoin generating machines

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Re: I'm not some kind of hippy or anything, and it's an interesting experiment....

Obviously the value of Bitcoins can't go on rising at the current rate ( I think they are probably in bubble at the moment), however the difficulty of hashing can. There will at some point be an equilibrium where the cost of mining is just covered by the value of the Bitcoins produced. I don't think this is far away if it has not already happened. At that point the Bitcoin experiment reaches level 2: a steady state. Anything could happen and it will be interesting to watch, from the sidelines.

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Sinclair’s 1984 big shot at business: The QL is 30 years old

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Same story different ending

It seems to me a lot of the tech industry has the same story. Interesting tech, bodged, buggy and released too early, doesn't quite work properly. The difference is they either 'catch' i.e. a compelling bit of software forces sales and a market is created or they don't. Apple had the spreadsheet, Microsoft had the IBM pc, There is always something. All these things need a bit of luck, a bit of tech co-incidence, a bit of serendipity. Sinclair was inventive and got lucky quite a few times but it was bound to run out in the end. He was his own worst enemy.

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Beauty firm Avon sticks spike heel into $125m SAP-based sales project

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Re: Finally someone does the right thing!

God save us all from SAP's EDI implementation. And the version they laughingly call XML. What a crock.

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Los Angeles' weather is just like MORDOR, says Brit climate prof

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Leicestershire?

I understood that Tolkien modelled the shire on his home county of Worcestershire. Still in the Midlands just the other side of the country. I agree with the earlier that it's unusual for Leicester or Leicestershire (the forgotten county) to ever get in the news for anything remotely positive.

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Oz couple get jiggy in pharmacy in 'banned' condom ad

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Re: Pathetic

You see this ad carries a serious message, a commercial interest and a comedy element. That part is the comedy element.

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The Shoreditch STARTUP SCENE is a load of TRIPE: And that's why it's GREAT

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Re: Lord Bong of #businessmodel?

You may be thinking of Tarquin Fin-tim-lin-bin-whin-bim-lim-bus-stop-Ftang-Ftang-Olé-Biscuitbarrel.

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US puts Assange charge in too-hard basket - report

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Re: If it did declare it has no plans to haul him into its territory...

"Just saying, It would be like Gordon Brown declaring that none of the bailout money would be used to pay bankers' bonuses."

or indeed any politician of any persuasion promising anything.

Why insist on embarrassing yourself with your naive and outdated party political evangelism. Nowadays all parties stand for the same thing: power without responsibility. All party leaders are fronts for the same loosely based money/influence cabal and if they covered their faces you wouldn't be able to tell which one was lying to you.

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BBC's 3D blunder BLASTED OUR BRAINS – Doctor Who fans

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you think you've seen advertising ....

... You know those funny pauses or when the series ident' appears for no apparent reason. You know the ones that pop up every five minutes. They are the original US advert breaks. TThose in the UK and have Tivo type facilities at least can approximate the experience of US or Australian TV by pause the program for 5 minutes every 5 minutes of viewing time and play the same Cillet Bang advert over and over again in the space. That will give you some idea of what TV would be like in world where there is no national subscription based quality TV service to compare and compete with.

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Why Microsoft absolutely DOESN'T need its own Steve Jobs

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Visionary?

The problem is they always thought they were Steve Jobs'. They all thought they were high tech visionaries and technical vanguards when in fact all the real profit comes from old fashioned hard-ball business practices. Very early on Microsoft found a way to market software that sold the product but retain all the rights and they set up a legal framework to enforce it. It's this licensing model that makes all the profit not technical leadership. In fact it works against it. They absolutely had to stifle any innovation that threatened the Windows+PC+network+peripheral model because the model only works if you have enough leverage.

There used to be a wall of money large enough to prevent the real world entering castle Redmond. That is no longer the case. Whoever gets the job they will need to live in the real world or die in the imaginary one.

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Supermodel Lily Cole in Impossible partnership with Jimbo Wales, YOU

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Re: entire article

Me to. I only read the article because I didn't understand the headline. I've read it through twice now and I'm still none the wiser.

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Who’s Who: a Reg quest to find the BEST DOCTOR

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Relaunch Doctor

+1 for Eccleston. The relaunch Doctor. Many actors saw it as a poison chalice to relaunch a concept that had essentially died. All later Dr's owe him a debt.

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Every man, woman and child in the UK paid HP £21 last year

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Eh!

"Mapeley, is based in Guernsey."

The nations tax agency saves money by using tax-haven based spin off companies while criticising big business for saving money by using tax-haven based spin off companies.

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Laurie Love investigation stretches to Australia, Sweden

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Ironic?

Wouldn't it be a nice package some non-US citizens had illegally gained knowledge of the NSA illegally gaining knowledge on non-US citizens.

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Naughty Flash Player BURIED ALIVE in OS X Mavericks Safari sandbox

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I still think ...

... that there is so much ancient legacy code at the back of Flash that no one really knows how it all works any more. Hence the difficulty in fixing it.

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Why Bletchley Park could never happen today

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Re: No war

Agree.

In a real war people know who the enemy is and what victory looks like. Bletchley Park staff knew that why secrecy was paramount and looked forward to they day they could all stop doing it.

If any government want to stop whistle-blowers they should convince the people of the expediency of the bad stuff they do. That's not going to be easy because it's all bullshit.

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Met Police vid: HIDE your mobes. Pavement BIKER cutpurses on the loose

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"The global list of stolen devices is maintained by the GSMA"

Except most UK providers (IME) can't be bothered to ask your name let alone the details required to lock the phone.

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RUMBLINGS: Apple pondering 'Touch Cover keyboard' for iPads

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Hold on ...

... aren't there about a million third party keyboard/cover type thingies of various style and types already for the iPad? Some that act as cover/stand combos. Some actually sold in the Apple shops.

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FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS: Microsoft faces prising XP from Big Biz

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So in conclusion

Significant numbers of XP machines are tied to devices or process that are incapable of change. These will continue to be XP whatever Microsoft do until the device of process becomes obsolete.

Significant numbers of XP machines are tied to organisational units that require a lot of planning and effort to change. These will continue to use XP until the cost/gain balance swings massively to the other side.

Significant numbers of XP machines are tied to devices or process that are difficult to change. These will continue to use XP until the cost/gain balance swings a little further to the other side.

Some XP machines could easily be changed but the administrator has yet to be convinced of the gain vs cost equation.

Give the type and size of the first two sets of users and the kind of commercial credibility required for their working practices it's only a matter of time until some major user group or industry sector forces Microsoft to offer XP some kind of XP lifeline.

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Hey banks: Use Win XP after deadline? You'll PAY if card data's snaffled

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Re: It ain't that damn hard

"Or expensive"

Got any figures?

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NHS tears out its Oracle Spine in favour of open source

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Re: Can anybody explain to me...

Oracle = Bad because of all the bad stuff they have been accused of in the past. Search El Reg forums for details.

FOSS = Good not in every case but in the case of the specific FOSS projects have been selected from the vast range available.

It's may look random but there are several comments here by people who have experience of those projects which are generally supportive. There are are a lot more by people who don't profess experience of anything and prefer to remain anonymous who are generally dismissive.

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Blighty's National Crime Agency nabs first crook ...for £750k cyberscam

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That was quick

They completed the investigation and got him through court in three days. Obviously this new system of renaming existing departments while cutting funds brings great advantages. </sarcasm>

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NSA data centre launch delayed as power surges 'melt metal, zap racks'

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feedback loop

Maybe it's the spy-tech the NSA have forced manufacturers to build into the chips and stuff. All their kit is constantly trying to report back to itself creating an runaway feedback loop.

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Apple's new iPhones dope-slap Samsung in US

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iSomething.

It has often been stated the Steve Jobs created a reality distortion field wherever he went. People would believe black was white if he said so if only for the period of time he was in the room. I think there is an equal and opposite effect that restores the natural balance. it is demonstrated in any Apple related forum. A large group of people will not believe the a story about Apple even when it is true. They seek to twist reality to match their view. Apple products are liked by a lot of users and make a profit. Get over it.

Apple Inc ethics maybe a different kettle of fish.

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Bang away – just not 'with friends', Zynga tells naughty hookups app

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I wonder what the request-bang convertion rates is?

Very low I should imagine.

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Sysadmins fail to fix NHS IT snafu, HUNDREDS of appointments cancelled

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Cuts?

It is possible that the upper management were tasked with making savings and chose to get rid of the costly and troublesome AKWTAD (actually know what they were doing) staff.

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'The NSA set me up,' ex-con Qwest exec claims

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Re: The worying thing is ...

The point I make is proven by the thread above. I don't think I've characterised him badly, he is by his own admission bitter and he is seeking publicity if only for a book deal. Agency's have been proven to have lied because they want to catch 'terrorists' and people here are thinking about the viability of this guy's claims. Claims like this should be preposterous but these days they're not. It's a sorry state of affairs.

What's to down vote?

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The worying thing is ...

... the paranoid ravings of an obviously bitter ex-con, ex-exec, ex-millionaire and publicity seeker which would in the past be dismissed as a barrel-scraping defence of wrong doing on a major scale now sounds quite plausible.

The first casualty of war (on terror) is the truth.

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Feds smash internet drug bazaar Silk Road, say they'll KEELHAUL 'Dread Pirate Roberts'

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"Ulbricht made a number of operational security mistakes".

Probably linked to financial data available to certain agencies. It's alright being a bitcoin billionaire but convert it to a 'real' currency and you pop up on certain agency's OPDM (other peoples data mining) radar and become a 'person of interest'.

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Hackers just POURING through unpatched Internet Explorer zero-day hole

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Of course, the other browsers are perfectly secure

The old 'It's OK to put to see in sieve because even ocean liners sink sometimes" argument

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Hundreds of hackers sought for new £500m UK cyber-bomber strike force

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Cyber security?

1. ENFORCE PROPER PASSWORD POLICY

That's half the problem solved. Can I have £25 million?

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Re: Money for old rope.

Can't be twenty years no UK government plans past the next election. However I suspect that it will be shared out: £20 million for the usual large IT contractor, Hackers bugger all.

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Money for old rope.

500 million pounds spread amongst 'hundreds of hackers. By my reckoning that at least half a mill each. Where do I sign?

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The target: 25% of UK gov IT from small biz... The reality: Not even close

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Re: Its the corruption, stupid!

I don't think the OP suggest there was no corruption just that corruption was not the main problem. The private sector works by trial and error, risk and return: Bad businesses fail. The public should not be expected to underwrite a shareholding business. Let a hospital trust or a railway company try to get insurance against business failure and see how profitable they are then.

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The main aim of the British ruling classes ...

... is to gain power and drop responsibility. Hence central government spending policy, Local government spending. Central NHS policy making , regional NHS 'trust' failure. Whitehall signs huge IT contracts but only private sector IT contractors fail.

I suggest the next 'independent review' starts from the top and works down not from the bottom up. 'Did the Prime Minister discharge his duty to put someone competent in charge and did that person have the power necessary to do the job. If so then ask the same of the Cabinet Minister and so on. It won't get very far down the chain before the problem becomes apparent.

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Grand Theft Auto V: Violent, sweary and amazingly ambitious

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Re: @Mostor

"You'll just have to wait till the "Proper Job" add-on comes out. Apparently, you can play as a stockbroker or an IT tech support guy."

There also the Merchant Banker option but it takes longer to play through as you have to start off by going to the right school.

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Re: I've not even looked at the single player yet.

You waited four months before it came out? That's a lot of longing.

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Teen buys WikiLeaks server for $33,000 – with dad's eBay account

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"I wonder if Assange's escape plans were on it?"

It appears that his escape plan is to gain some kind of immunity from prosecution by becoming an elected representative or diplomat, clutching at straws at best. If he was actively planning for something as lame as that in 2011 he's in even worst trouble than he thinks.

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Have you tried turning it off and on again - oh, you did: IT Crowd RETURNS

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Re: How many?

"i thought he was the server admin wasn't he?"

Does that make the relationship of a Server Admin to the IT dept equivalent to that of a Drummer with the rest of the band.

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Modular smartphones floated by Dutch designer chap

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Re: Love the idea.

1 plus vote for the piPhone.

Pi case with screen + three module spaces; 1.battery, 2.phone module, 3.spare. Where do I sign?

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