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Are you a gun owner? Let us in OR ELSE, say Blighty's top cops

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Re: @Gazthejourno

"... that has never stopped the criminals from getting them and using them."

This simply isn't true. Gun crime is extremely low in the UK. Far lower than in the US. This is largely because guns are difficult to get hold of and being caught in possession of one means a guaranteed prison stay. It is clearly not impossible to get hold of a gun in the UK ir you are prepared to run a huge risk but the fact is that the firearms-related death rate in the US is about 40 times that in the UK. A coincidence? I think not.

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Re: Half cocked

I don't know where you live but owning a gun has never been normal in the UK.

I grew up in the Yorkshire countryside and there were certainly quite a few people who owned shotguns but they were never anywhere near the majority. It was almost entirely farmers and the landed gentry. In town, only a tiny proportion of people in the UK have ever owned a gun. Long may that be so.

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You believe wrongly. Can you justify that fairly outrageous claim?

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Re: Oh, we have a full on, media driven, breakdown in the rule of law

There are no and should be no "gun rights". What sort of a society is it that puts owning deadly weapons on a par with the right to liberty, free speech or a fair trial?

It is also worth pointing out that there is no breakdown of law and order here or in the US and nor will there be in the foreseeable future. Right wingers are paranoid and afraid and think that society is about to collapse any minute. They are wrong, it isn't. There is no need to protect oneself with a gun and the statistical evidence (of which there is a vast amount) shows clearly that people who own guns are more likely to die a gun-related death than those who do not - so much for protection.

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Xperia Z3: Crikey, Sony – ANOTHER flagship phondleslab?

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Re: 16GB

I have > 100GB of music on my MacBook Pro. I'd really like to be able to sync the lot with my phone but I can't because it has 16GB of internal memory and a 64GB SD card. If I added in a few big apps, videos and photographs, it really wouldn't be hard to get to 128GB. 16GB is much much too small.

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Torvalds CONFESSES: 'I'm pretty good at alienating devs'

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Social skills and techies

What this comes down to is very poor social skills. In my thirty years of dealing with techies, I have found over and over again that technical ability is inversely correlated with social skills. Linus, and many others in the Linux community, behave this way because that is all they know how to do. It's not deliberate, they simply don't have the ability to behave like civilised human beings nor do they appreciate the need to change because they don't understand the impact their poor social skills have on others.

I have worked for two of the Big 4 firms of business advisors and two groups of people stand out in both firms as being poor at interacting with their colleagues. They are the pen testers and the technical tax specialists. Both groups have often been filled with hugely intelligent and knowledgeable people who understood their subject brilliantly and didn't understand their fellow human beings at all.

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Securobods RAGE over $600k Kickstarter Tor box components

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Kickstarter - why?

A friend of mine chipped in for the Pressy Kickstarter. In case you aren't familiar with it, Pressy is a small hardware button that is inserted into the earphone socket of a phone that is supposed to allow near instant access to functions such as the camera and torch. Sadly for my friend and his $40, the actual product doesn't work so he has "invested" money in something worthless.

I just cannot see why someone would give money to a Kickstarter project when they aren't really investing. If backers got shares or a % of the profit, it might be worth it but AFAICT, it's just a way of pre-ordering something that you cannot test, have no independent reviews for and which may, or may not be delivered months in the future.

If I'm interested in a Kickstarter project, I'll wait until they produce an actual product, read the reviews and, if it's any good, I'll buy one once they are available for sale.

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Re: Theft

You don't know that. It entirely depends on the terms of his contracts with his clients. Since you have no idea of who his other clients are and haven't seen any of the contracts, you cannot possibly justify this comment.

It may be true. It may not. Neither of us knows.

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Trolls have DARK TETRAD of personality defects, say trickcyclists

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Troll meaning - it depends who uses the word

Troll is one of those words that I interpret differently according to who says it, very much like hacker.

If I see it in the mainstream press, I assume they mean someone like that woman who topped herself a few days ago (a course of action more of her kind would be well-advised to follow). If I see it on a net-literate forum, I assume it's someone trying to get a rise out of the forum members using a bit of subtle baiting. The first group, I would quite happily see all chuck themselves off a bridge. The second, I usually ignore unless they are funny. Often, they are.

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Microsoft's nightmare DEEPENS: Windows 8 market share falling fast

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Re: What about Gartner's results

Speaking as a consultant, what is wrong with that? We give them what they want and they give us what we want (i.e. money).

It all seems to work pretty well from where I'm sitting.

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So long Lotus 1-2-3: IBM ceases support after over 30 years of code

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Many Notes users still spit

That much is true but sadly, I don't spit at the memory of Lotus Notes, I still have to use it every day. I work for one of the Big 4 firms of business advisers. We employ a lot of very clever people and, generally we are well catered for on the IT front. I have a decent laptop, an iPhone supported by some genuinely useful apps but still, I have to use Lotus Notes.

It just shows that once some software is well embedded into an organisation, it can be very difficult to remove.

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BENDY iPhone 6, you say? Pah, warp claims are bent out of shape: Consumer Reports

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Re: Headline should read "Note 3 Twice as Strong as iPhone 6"

I am far from being an Apple fanboi and I have certainly been spending less with them over the last couple of years but I wholly concur. From a customer service perspective regarding the small number of hardware issues we've had as a family, Apple has been excellent, pretty much replacing things no questions asked.

My experience is that Apple stands behinds its kit.

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WHY did Sunday Mirror stoop to slurping selfies for smut sting?

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Out of order

Contemptible as all politicians are and Tories in particular, this is completely out of order.

The conduct of the Mirror journalist (yes, I know he was freelance but that's beside the point, he was paid by the Mirror) was revolting. This idiot's wife and children will have been publicly humiliated as a consequence of this story and his children may end up with divorced parents. There is no public interest defence for this and I am appalled that even a tabloid newpaper would stoop this low.

If he had sent a selfie of his dick (does he have to press the button with his plonker for it to count as a selfie?) with no provocation, I still don't think his wife deserves this but he didn't. It was induced and I hope that both the journalist and the Mirror suffer for it.

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FBI boss: Apple's iPhone, iPad encryption puts people 'ABOVE THE LAW'

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Bollocks to them

If they had behaved in such a was as to earn our trust, I might have sympathy with this view. No-one likes terrorists. Sadly, the exact opposite of this has proven to be the case. We clearly cannot trust them even a tiny bit and so we must all take measures to protect ourselves from unwarranted intrusions. Apple and Google are only giving us what we want and deserve.

As it says in the Good Book, whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

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4chan outraged by Emma Watson nudie photo leak SCAM

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Re: Why is it called the flappening?

You cannot read.

It's "fappening" not "flappening". You should look up fap on the Urban Dictionary.

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Apple's Cook: We have never allowed g-men access to Apple servers

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Re: "So only users, not Apple, can grant access to law enforcement agencies."

If you manage to lock yourself out of your phone, you are an idiot and you deserve to have to wipe your data. I don't see how it's Apple's responsibility or business to save people from their own foolishness.

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Heavy VPN users are probably pirates, says BBC

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Internet users are suspicious

It's not just heavy VPN users that are suspicious.

All internet users might be committing crimes. In fact, everyone who evens uses a computer or phone is probably a paedophile or copyright infringer and, let's face it, they are as bad as each other.

If you ask me, they should immediately inter anyone who uses any electronic communication device that is not under the direct control of GCHQ/NSA. Its the only language these bastards understand.

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NUDE SELFIE CLOUD PERV menace: Apple 2FA? Sweet FA, more like

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Re: Security questions?

What you do is you write them down and store them in a secure location. They call it "memorable information" but what matters is whether you can recover the information. It doesn't matter whether you can remember it.

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Why not? It's an English site and, being English, I understood it perfectly.

I am sure non-English speakers (e.g. those from the US) are very welcome here, but don't complain if you don't get all the jokes.

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Arrr: Freetard-bothering Digital Economy Act tied up, thrown in the hold

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It has been a source of considerable pleasure to me to see the collective inertia that has prevented any real action against copyright infringers. I wish the rights holders continuing success in ordering back the tides.

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You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary

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Being closely related to is not the same as being the same.

The Theft Act 1968 s1(1) makes it clear that, in order to constitute theft, an act needs to deprive the rightful owner of the thing stolen. In the case of copyrighted material, this is not the case.

You are wrong - copyright violations do not constitute theft as defined in English law.

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Nadella: Yes I can put 2 THINGS FIRST. I will say them at the same time – CLOUDOBILE

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Re: There should only ever be one thing "first" in business...

Indeed but Microsoft forgot about them long since.

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Listen: WORST EVER customer service call – Comcast is 'very embarrassed'

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Just refuse to discuss it

I had a similar start to a conversation when I left O2 after 15 years. I was asked why, I explained that Three was giving me a better deal. The CS representative asked what was better about it and I told him that I was contacting them to cancel my service, not to give them the opportunity to sell me anything and that I had no intention of answering any further questions. That was that.

I wasn't rude but I brook no nonsense and I made that clear. It really isn't that hard.

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'iPhone 6' survives FRENZIED STABBING. Truly, it is the JESUS Phone

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Gorilla glass works for me

My last three phones have all had Gorilla glass and, after a couple of years of daily use, none of them had a scratch on them that was visible except held up to a bright light and subject to very close inspection.

I never use a screen protector and Gorilla glass has served me well.

I don't know what you have been doing with your phone(s) but I suggest you give being slightly careful a go. A smartphone is an electronic device, not a lump hammer.

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F1? No, it's Formula E as electric racing cars hit the track

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You have shown that you nothing about F1 then.

I have been watching F1 avidly since I was 6 (I'm now in my 50s) and the Bahrain GP this year was one of the most exciting races I have ever seen. It is also idiotic to talk about "bump and grind" at 200 mph. F1 cars have never routinely bumped each other because it's extremely dangerous in an open wheel car.

F1 has always been and remains the pinnacle of motorsport. Touring cars, not so much.

You are right about the noise though.

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Re: Battery Times

That is indeed true but they only do to change onto a "wet" bike i.e. when it starts pissing it down and they need bikes with wets and a wet setup.

It also used to be the case that F1 teams had a spare car that they could use if a car were badly damaged.

I don't know why this story brought El Reg's churls out in force but I see no reason why this couldn't be a genuinely interesting formula. I'll make my judgement when I see the first race and I shall look forward to it.

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BlackBerry knocks Google's KNOX LOCK PICK for Android

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Knox sucks, BB is worse

I hate Knox and it is the sole reason why I shan't be buying another Samsung device but BlackBerry?

My BB was replaced about a year ago by an iPhone and, while I much prefer my S4 to my work iPhone, it's a huge improvement over my BB.

BB is an object lesson in how complacency can kill a business that is dominant in its sector within a few years. Bye bye BB.

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True fact: Your CAT wees ... like a racehorse

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Re: Mogpiss Monday Blues

I used to have a rodent problem. My stupid cat used to bring them into the house all the time. I'd never seen a mouse in the house until I foolishly acceded to my children's wishes to get a couple of cats. Fortunately, they both got run over (the cats, not the children). Now I'm back to seeing no mice at all as opposed to at least one or two a day in the spring and summer.

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Microsoft tests HALF-INCH second screen to spur workplace play

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Inch?

Aren't inches those things they used to use in the Middle Ages to measure something or other? How very Olde Worlde.

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YouTube will nuke indie music videos in DAYS, says Google exec

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Scumbags

Don't be evil - bollocks.

I used to like Google.

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Space station 'nauts will use URINE-FUELLED ESPRESSO MACHINE

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No-one should have to drink instant coffee. It's an abomination.

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Bitcoin ransomware racket makes bank

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Re: Re. Crypto-Malware

What utter rubbish.

First of all, 2048 bit keys are used in asymmetric key cryptography whereas trojans such as these use symmetric key encryption like AES where 256 bits would be a very strong key.

Secondly, you cannot just play these backwards and extract the key so even knowing the exact plaintext (let alone a rough approximation) will not allow you easily to recover the key.

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Ukrainian teen created in lab passes Turing Test – famous nutty prof

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Re: AI is harder than Turing expected

Your understanding of the entscheidungsproblem is flawed. It is perfectly possible to determine whether some classes of program will halt and both computers and people can do this.

What Turing showed in his famous paper was that there is no generally applicable way of doing so. Since we do not know whether human beings can determine whether all programs will halt, we cannot judge whether humans can do something machines cannot. Maybe we can, maybe we can't. My money is on the latter.

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REVEALED: GCHQ's BEYOND TOP SECRET Middle Eastern INTERNET SPY BASE

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Re: TRAITORS

Indeed it is not fair to lump The Daily Mail in with UKIP.

One of these is only supported by people who are merely closet racists, the other by overt racists. Here are some examples.

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/may/28/ukip-councillor-sacked-newly-elected

http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/Outrage-prospective-MP-condemns-Islam-blog/story-12089789-detail/story.html#ixzz2KYhtrxjS

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/05/19/farage-ukip-tired_n_5349828.html

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2013/aug/06/ukip-godfrey-bloom-bongo-bongo-land.

http://www.politics.co.uk/news/2013/05/19/more-ukip-horror-as-investigation-exposes-racist-abuse

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2537834/UKIPs-vile-Mandela-slave-rant-exposed-New-racism-storm-following-remarks-former-South-African-President-murdered-teenager-Stephen-Lawrence.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/ukip/10828481/British-Asian-Ukip-youth-leader-quits-racist-and-terrifying-Ukip.html

Shall I go on?

Whatever your views on the EU, UKIP is a party of and for xenophobes, racists and bigots. It is the BNP with (slightly) better marketing.

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Kardashian's bottom plumps down on Instagram throne

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Dante misquote

Dante said "Lasciate ogni speranza, voi ch'entrate." which means abandon all hope, ye who enter here not "all you who enter here".

Yes I am a pedant but since this quote is sadly about all Dante is remembered for these days, let us at least get that bit right.

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Sony Xperia Z2: What we REALLY thought of this Android fondleslab

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Huge bezel

The bezel looks enormous compared to almost any recent device. Even comparing it to my aged Xoom it looks big but it must be twice the size (proportionally speaking) as that on my S4 or Note 10.1 2014.

As my Australian colleague would say, not a good look.

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Google's driverless car: It'll just block our roads. It's the WORST

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This article is completely idiotic. The only reasonable thing the author says is "Somebody, somewhere, needs a highway traffic simulator... ". Since traffic simulation is extremely complex and the author has clearly not done the simulation he says is required, there is no basis whatever for anything else in the article.

What a waste of space.

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Microsoft Surface 3 Pro: Flip me over, fondle me up

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Who ate all the pies?

Compared to an iPad or a top end Android tablet like the Note 10.1 2014, the Surface looks like a real porker. Its screen is too small to use for an extended period and it isn't usable with the keyboard except on a flat surface.

I can't see this doing much better than the previous iterations, of which I have only seen about 10 in the flesh compared to more iPads than you could shake a stick at. Windows 8.1 really isn't that bad compared to most previous iterations of Windows but this device sits uncomfortably between a consumption only device like the iPad and proper laptops on which you can actually do real work. It may not flop as badly as the first iteration of the Surface, but I confidently predict that it will flop nonetheless.

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Motorola Moto E: Brill budget blower with one bothersome blunder

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Re: I don't see this as a problem.

You need to communicate with better looking people then.

I use Skype and the front facing camera to talk to my wife and children on a regular basis and I rather like to be able to look at them. Whether they feel quite the same about looking at me may be another matter.

I don't know what's got into the commentards today but this is a Luddite's convention. You may be stuck in the 1990s but most people are not and front-facing cameras are almost universal on smartphones these days because most people like and use them.

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Cisco reboots PC with $1500 'Scandafornian' Android fondleslab

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Steve Jobs was right

The fact is that touch doesn't work well on a desktop as Steve Jobs repeatedly, and correctly, pointed out.

It just isn't comfortable to have to lift your arm up and stretch it out to the screen. Touch is great for a device that is close and more or less flat (i.e. parallel to the ground) but there is a reason why touch screen laptops never took off.

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Not so FAST: Another discount software broker BOOTED OUT

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Re: Value, what value?

I am a Chartered Accountant and that is broadly correct although it wouldn't be a liability. If an asset has a value to a business, that value should be reflected in its balance sheet. If it does not (either through use or resale) then it should be written off and treated as having zero value.

As an example, if a business were to spend £150,000 on Oracle GRC licenses and find that the product didn't do what it expected (e.g. because it didn't research the product properly in advance as a client of mine foolishly did) and the licences end up not being used, you cannot show any of that £150,000 in your financial statements unless you can resell the licences.

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You'll NEVER guess who's building the first Ubuntu phones in 2014

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Re: Hope the contract includes upgrading the website to mulitingual support

Sadly, neither have I but they should use the St George's Cross. That's the English flag and it's the English language. Apart from anything, the Cross of St George is one of the most attractive flags there is. The Union flag is a ugly mishmash and most UK citizens can't even tell which way up it should go.

If a schoolboy can't draw a flag in 10 minutes using no more than a ruler, a pair of compasses and a box of coloured pencils, it's a crap flag.

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Re: Hope the contract includes upgrading the website to mulitingual support

Flags may be wrong for some languages (although it's not clear to me which) but not for English. It's called English for a reason - i.e. that it is a language made up by the inhabitants of England.

They should show an English flag and if anyone doesn't like that, they are free to go and make up their own language and use that instead and stick their own flag next to it.

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Is modern life possible without a smartphone?

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Re: Sometimes, a telephone is just a telephone.

I wouldn't be that bothered if my phone (S4) couldn't make calls.

It's a camera, a satnav, music player, ebook reader, web browser, video recorder, calculator, email client, metronome, (instrument) tuner, compass, notepad, diary, address book, IM client, torch, magnifier, games console, video player, bike computer, barometer etc. Almost all of these features are ones I use daily and if not, at least weekly. All of this easily fits in my pocket.

Life is possible without a smartphone. Modern life is not.

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It's big, it's expensive and it's an audiophile's dream: The Sonos Sub

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Re: Well..

There are good reasons to doubt the attribution of BWV 565 to Bach but it is not true that it has been proved conclusively and the doubts over the attribution are certainly not universally accepted by Bach scholars.

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Re: Audiophile and Sonos mentioned in the same article?

Isn't that the point?

How much cachet would your absurdly over-priced equipment have if ordinary people had heard of it?

Audiophile = snake oil consumer.

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Satya Nadella is 'a sheep, a follower' says ex-Microsoft exec

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Buffoon

@Phil W

You are a buffoon. That is not a double negative but a perfectly correct use of the word "nor". It would be wise to learn English properly yourself before attempting to correct other people's English.

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Google's new Glass: Now with audio connection INSIDE the SKULL

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Re: Idiot tech?

Californian Law prohibits having a visible monitor on while driving. There is an exception for GPS though.

She is apparently appealing although I have no idea how successful that appeal is likely to be.

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Peak Apple: Has ANYONE at all ordered a new iPhone 5c?

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Re: I've ordered a 5C

I have a Galaxy S4 and an iPhone 5.

I hardly use the iPhone because I much prefer my S4.

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