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London gets huge Defecator Enthroned statue for World Toilet Week

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Art?

Well, people do say modern art is shit.

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Cash-strapped Comet sheds ANOTHER 735 staff

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Down side

This is the Harsh Reality, but I still feel sorry for those blinking in unwelcome daylight.

Now if the renumeration of all directors for the last 5 years could be taken back, it would seem less unfair.

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Dell looks around for an all-Flashy gobblement opportunity

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Wrong

This is all wrong.

Back when I was alive companies like IBM, Xerox, De Havilland, Bell Labs, had vast R&D departments and invented their own stuff. Acquisition is not R&D and is susceptible to fashion and market distractions, it does not take the sum total of human knowledge into new places.

Michael: If you want new stuff, employ designers and build it yerself.

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Drone security project to go open source

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Depressed

Please, OS contributors, boycott military applications. There are far more worthwhile projects to spend your time on! arduplane will do if you still fancy drones...

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Brit retailers tell Amazon and Google to pay their taxes

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Dunno

I have been buying things from Gaugemaster both direct and via Amazon, thought laziness when they pop up in a search. I have stopped using the Amazon route.

I am more concerned about the AA, (http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/nov/18/aa-owner-acromas-corporation-tax) - do the vans all go back to Luxembourg every night? I think I shall be cancelling my membership, and going with Green Flag.

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AT&T relaunches walkie-talkie style service Push to Talk

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Re: PTT

I used a version of it on UK Vodalone company phones in 2005/6. The people who wanted PTT turned it on and nominated up to 3 numbers, then it worked like a normal walkie talkie. Advantage was that blokes pulling cables in on site A could do so without bothering about people working a crane on site B. My phone didn't have a PTT button, so it was voice-operated.

$MEGACORP now uses O2, and no such thing is possible.

PMR radios have rather poor range, and Icom F3000 are expensive. PTT mobiles are a clever idea.

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The idea is to let employers speak to their staff

Heh.

Back in the '90s I was building research ships. A standard fitment there was 'talkback' - a Public Address system covering all the working spaces, with microphones all over the place. Anyone could report a buoy launched, or warn of winch failure, and everyone would know.

Then the project got taken over by an Ex-RN commander. The ships he built had microphones only on the Bridge. When challenged about the impracticallity of it, he replied "People on the back deck have to do what they are told. They have nothing worthwhile to say about it".

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HP PC chief: Microsoft's Surface is 'KLUDGEY'. There, I said it

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Re: Can't believe that no-one has commented on the irony here...

>(To be fair, though, the Linux drivers just work beautifully...)

without the supposed higher-definition features

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Ermm

I thought HP were going to have a whole comet-full of windows 8 stuff on sale by now. Instead they are slagging it off (or at least the ginger stepbrother of it) Weird gets wieridererer.

Oh, and wasn't WebOs going to rise zombie-like from the grave too? what news on that, lads?

I think HP will be next through the magic curtains to the afterlife.

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'Long Time Ago' and 'Far, Far Away' records broken by new GALAXY

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This stuff is amazing

I just don't understand why people don't find this more inspiring than a made-up book about a sky fairy.

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BBC iPlayer downloads BORKED by Adobe Air update

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Re: get_iplayer

...except that it can't understand R4x listings. You need --pid for most of them.

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Lawyer sues Microsoft rather than slot an SD card into his Surface

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I don't like this story.

I can't decide which side I loathe.

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Comet train set for SMASH, staff can only hope to be in right carriage

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mystery

Why on earth would one of the other bypass-sheds be interested in the corpse of comet? Surely they have enough problems already?

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Sorority girls gone WILD: '1 to 3' casual sex 'hookups' every MONTH

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Oh for glod's sake!

Does anyone remember why 1968 was really called "the summer of love"?

Or read the Kinsey report?

Or know anything about what happened in WW2? "...in case he does not come back..."

Or read 'Cider with Rosie'?

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Coffee next on climate chopping-block

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Sod the coffee

what about Camellia sinensis?

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Microsoft Surface Touch keyboards self-destruct – and more

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Re: just pull an apple...

Sounds like the old fashioned shoeshop "we can't take these back, you've walked in them"

"Sorry Sir, you appear to have been pressing the buttons, not just gazing at them in love and affection"

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Nokia Lumia 920 Windows Phone 8 handset review

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Q2 next year

So thats around 4-6 months from now. Or nearly a quarter of the way through a 2 year contract.

Hmm.

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Box shifters cram UK market with crusty PCs to make room for Win 8

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Re: newsflash: nobody wants celerons

Be fair, no-one wants i3 either

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been wating

I've been waiting for the end of compulsory x768 screens. If they want my money they need to supply something I want to buy.

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Bargain! Desperate Comet SLASHES price of £4,400 iPod Nano

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Re: god riddens to them

Best Buy in Britain was never like your US experience. I went there a couple of times and it was another shed-on-the-bypass staffed by grunting nuckle-draggers and stocked with junk at concorde prices.

Maybe they got their UK management from Comet & Currys?

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Ballmer: Windows Phone 8 'WILL ramp quickly', god dammit

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Re: Hoping that the a single vendor makes the phone exclusive

that would almost make sense if they had coverage.

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Ailing Comet at last prayers: Cawing of accountants and VCs fills air

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Re: Hands up who's actually bought anything from comet?

Screwfix have been opening physical stores for many years

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Re: That explains their TV ad

Bit late for them to be acknowledgnmg the EU law on warranties, having spent years denying it...

Yet another reason for them to die horribly

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Re: Bankrupt Stock Sale

>what's being flogged off on the cheap

Things that people have demonstably not wanted to buy already.

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Yawn

They won't be missed, except by those unfortunate enough to be working there.

The big department stores have more goods per square metre, and many many times higher customer footfall. Going into comet has had an 'end of term' feeling for several years now, and no significant effort seems to have gone into making it a pleasant or worthwhile experience.

The 'extended warranty/insurance' scam put me off for a long time. The delivery and installation service was reasonably good, but no better than the local TIGER retailer and IME the independants were cheaper.

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Big Data's big issue: Where are all the data scientists coming from?

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Headmaster

OK, where do I sign?

What courses would you recommend, Prof?

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BOFH: Tenacious B and the Printer of Destiny

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I had that very printer

We bought 3 and put them on a research ship heading to the antarctic. Along with spares and service manuals and service software.

Ended up having to do all the A3 maps on a pen plotter, which was a tad slow, but I do like the way the light glitters off the ink. Much shinier than toner.

Watching a pen plotter trying to colour most of a sheet of very expensive paper blue was the only time I ever felt sorry for a machine.

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Singapore gov think tank plots SSD takedown

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A: drive

wasn't that not only the floppy, but the trade name of some high-capacity removable?

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iPhone 5 imperilled by Sharp's 'huge' problems with tellies

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Oh, are Sharp still there?

I had a Sharp car radio in the 1970s, the last bit of stuff with that name on that impressed me in any way. It had far better audio quality, including the casette drive, than any of the competition. 2 years on, the replacement had a flashy display, cost twice as much and had lost the HF performance.

I've seen the products from time to time over the last 30 years. All very Me-too. No reason to buy them over any other. They seem to have survived by having capacity in an undersupplied market, and have no idea how to respond to the opposite position.

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Sony Xperia T Android smartphone review

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Buttons

So, are the buttons suitable for left handed or right handed users? I find the side mounted ones on my Nokia bleeding awkward.

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Lab mice drown in their THOUSANDS as Hurricane Sandy fills NYU basement

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Tragic waste of research of course

But this is a university. Did no-one notice the widespread warnings about flooding, and think to move the poor little buggers upstairs?

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Apple puts less of its takings into R&D, hires more sales cultists

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Not enough

Seems that US companies are as bad as Europeans. When the UK used to innovate, it spent between 10% and 25% of turnover, maybe half the profits on R&D.

If Apple had done that they would be printing the whole of the electronic in the screen, no PCBs and no connectors.

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Comet confesses: The receivers are among us even now

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Dixons

>Dixons shareholders skip and clap their hands for joy

Because their business model is so different from Comet's, it could not possibly happen to them.

Err, it's cold out there.

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A history of personal computing in 20 objects part 1

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Pet-free zone

What about the commodore Pet.

Whilst the Apple ][ had visicalc, the Pet was very common in engineering circles for conencting to IEEE-488 instruments. I remember seeing one in 1995, still quietly recording diurnal variations in the earths magnetic field, and pumping them out of the RS232 port. The software had been altered some time at the start of that decade to change the data format.

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Mozilla: Windows 7 browser bungle cost us nine MILLION downloads

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New world

I notice that you can only have IE on the surface RT.

I suspect the EU are powerless to do anything about that!

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'We invented Windows 8 Tiles in the 1990s', says firm suing Microsoft

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Re: On windows, wouldn't the "Clock" do that?

doesn't matter. They wer ekilled in a security fix.

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@Vic Re: Really torn

Oh aye. I used quote marks for that, among other, reason. But the courts are more likely to take them seriously, or at least make a significant award, if the patent represents a real product, and they were active in protecting it. At least, that's what I would hope or expect from an honest judge.

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Re: during those 2 minutes

Yep.

it's like coppery but more silver-ry

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Really torn

Between wanting to dislike the patent troll, and wanting Ballmer to have more egg on his face.

But they hardly "defended" their patent while WP7 was all the rage, so I expect the claim to fail.

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Dell Latitude 6430u set to be first Ultrabook with gigabit wireless

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Ubunutu? Where?

I just called Dell UK:

me: I want this with Linux

Dell: It is only available with windows 8

Me: Not interested. What other OS do you offer

Dell: It is only available with windows 8

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screen?

1366×768? what is the point of super wireless and an i7 cpu with a toys-r-us screen?

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Nobody knows what to call Microsoft's ex-Metro UI

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Germans

Interstingly they did not approach M$ until quite late.

My view is that they would have gone along with it had the wretched thing shown promise, but when they saw what a turkey it was decided "We don't want any of this on us" and unleashed the lawyers.

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Too long. Abbreviate. MeSy

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WiMAX Forum runs up white flag, concedes 4G battle to LTE

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Subtitle says it all!

a project without products or customers coat-tails one with some and some. Will anyone notice?

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El Reg acquires wildly dangerous laser cannon (with lightsabre option)

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This is what I want from a tech publication

Mindless gee-whizzery!

Hurrah!

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EE 4G LTE review

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What on earth is the point of a 4G account capped to 1 or 3 or 5G?

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Guess who's still doing OK in PCs? Fujitsu, though it has troubles too

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WORKING

$MEGACORP gives us Fujitsu laptops, and I got my latest one in April and it hasn't gone wrong yet. This is a big step forwards.

I am still waiting for $MEGACORP to resolve the lack of RS232, parallel, [1] and PCbus - all of which I need to programme $MEGACORP products, but that is only partly Fujitsu's fault

got a witless x768 screen, but since I can't actually use it for anything important that is not a big thing. The big thing is it hasn't gone wrong yet.

[1] the docking station has the ports, but they don't work.

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Quarter of Eastern cell towers BLOWN down BY SANDY - FCC

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Monkey wiring

It doens't just look 3rd world, it is. have you seen some of the splicing techniques used?

Then there are the traffic lights, swinging from wires as well. Contraption, not construction.

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Acer is the latest maker to delay plans for a Windows RT fondletop

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Bwahahahahahhaaa

that is all

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