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2833 posts • joined 8 Oct 2006

The Best of El Reg 2011 now on Kindle

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Well, I'd pay a tenner a year to read el reg, so long as that bought a little bit of exclusivity - like the articles not going public till all subscribers had read them.

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I don't know really. I just had a crawling in the neck, rather than a 'disgusted of Tonbride Wells' moment.

A little vulture cash-box icon would be nice, or a different colour or font. But I don't think its a big deal, just a dark thought. Your standards are your own.

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Is it me, or is anyone else uncomfortable with el reg puffing product in the guise of news stories?

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Bah, humbug! Virgin Media censors Charles D**kens

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testing? that's what customers do, surely?

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Google+ gets group vid, Nokia still has a Pulse

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Well, Quite.

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E-book reader sales to boom as prices plunge

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2nd hand trade

I can take old paper books to Oxfam, or to that most perfect of human endeavours, the second-hand book shop. I can exchange them in traveller's libraries in nicer hotels.

When I can do that with eBooks I will be interested.

I'd like to commend Scarthin Books, in Cromford. The Reader's Rest in Lincoln, and Robert Humm in Stamford.

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Dell flees netbook market, dumps Minis

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Unhappy

My mini-10 came with 'buntu 8.10, which I replaced with UNR - using it now. I bought it because it came without windows

TRhing is, nothing new has happened in this space since.

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I have a 2133, and you are quite right. That and a mobo/bios problem that permenantly disconnects a sleeping hard disk& then locks the whole thing up

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Google's Siri-a-like to be named 'Majel' after Trek actress

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Sold

If it speaks with her voice, I'm sold.

A real start trek talking computer? How could I resist?

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Paul Allen latest plan: Space rockets on MEGA PLANE

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flying boats

When I were a lad there was a scifi story about using flying boats to get to orbit, slowly spiralling up from the earth's surface with a succession of different engines.

It took a school scienc teacher a few seconds to dismiss the idea in terms of amount of fuel. It takes a rocket 9 seconds to climb the gravity well. The 2 days of the flying boat, acquiring the same amount of potential energy would represent impossible amounts of fuel. This seems the same.

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Apple's request for HTC ban delayed again

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I'm sorry, but the headline is too obtuse for me. Is there an 'on' missing as word 3?

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Wikipedia simplifies article editing for world+dog

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FAIL

it's not the editing, its the editors

I think the huge number of good looking pages suggests the problem is not the editing.

I think that the nasty way that a few self-appointed people run roughshod over other's work is far more off-putting. I'm not going back, for a start.

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Brits turned off by Smart TVs

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Not wanted here

I have loads of ways to get on the interenet. If my TV offers me net access, but then only shows me a tiny part of it I shall regard it as broken.

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Acer TravelMate Timeline X TM8481T 14in Core i5 notebook

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when did a Core i5 become slow?

When they put windoze on it?

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Yes, another mee-too clone with nothing unique about it

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Yet another nasty screen!

More than one pound per vertical pixel?

It's very clever to get an extra 1" onto the lid, but still with lower resolution than I was using in 2004?

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Higgs boson hunters have god particle in their sights

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115 to 131 MeV

That's a pretty big hole to keep searching in!

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Is Microsoft brewing a Win8, WinPho code merge?

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little consequence

apart from needing another few hundred memory chips...

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which begs

which begs the question 'why?'

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Violins playing

We've heard all this before. Was it WP6? I really don't care enough to remember.

Like Linux, it would be perfectly possible for them to come up with a Kernel that can run on anything from a writswatch to a supercomputer. But they won't.

Like Linux they could then install different types of user experience on top of that, for different types of Appliance. But they won't.

They won't because they can't break the legacy link, unless they are going to give us all a free XP VM to run legacy programmes.

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Microsoft beaten down 16pc on software sales to NHS

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I pay for the NHS. Can I get that pricing?

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I would be more sympathetic to the 'cost of retraining' aguement ir there was any evidence at all that they have trained anyone on MS stuff.

Word documents laid out with spaces, "databases" kept in Excel, using memory sticks to copy files between machines in the same building.

Need I go on?

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Headmaster

so paying 100 quid for something you can get for nowt is bad, but paying 84 quid is good?

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Greenland 'lurched upward' in 2010 as 100bn tons of ice melted

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1mm a year?

We are all doomed!

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Gov websites' value not at all clear despite trimming

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It's queer thing

When the penny [post was invented, govt. departments had to deal with letters from people. When the telephone came along they started answering the phone. I don't recall anyone agonising over the costs then.

Now the internet has come along, and they'e responded. So why the costs analysis? It's something they need to have, like a roof.

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Dell XPS 14z 14in Core i5 notebook

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768?

Again with the cheap & nasty screen resolution? On a premium product? Yuk.

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HP throws WebOS to open source community

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No sensible judge would back a patent on a product so publically abandoned and whose core OS had been loudly open sourced like that.

Now we need sensible judges...

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It does seem to confirm the Betamax effect, doesn't it.

No product, no matter how good, no matter how well designed or built, can survive incompetent management or vested interest.

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Digital certificate authority suspends ops following breach

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erk?

If penetrating a web site implies penetrating the trusted certification setup, then something is wrong. You wouldn't surely run the public-facing web server on the same iron as the authentication service? or, indeed, have any connection whatsoever?

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Facebook disses Effin Irishwoman

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Oh well

This makes a change from those two perrenials:

the Ugly women's institute

the Idle working man's club.

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TV writer quells rumours of Doctor Who movie

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nominations

I still want Emma Watson to be the doctor one day.

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Viewsonic PLED W500 portable projector

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Very tempting.

I might just wait until next year, for the 2nd gen. The Feminus Domesticorum likes the Olympics, this could be the right solution for watching them!

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The TARDIS through the ages

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who knows. I've not been well.

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William Hartnell once had a problem with a stuck switch that took him back to the start of time.

And the line 'Oh I don't know, I've seen bigger boot cupboards' will live with me for a long time.

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HP CEO to reveal fate of WebOS in two weeks

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Yes, but I don't think they've got that yet.

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Judge orders search giants: Delist Chanel rip-off merchants

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+1 again

Yes. Remove all references to Chanel perfume from the web.

No-one will die, it doesn't matter.

Chanel survived 120 years before the invention of the web, so they must have other methods of reaching their gullible halfwit^W^W public

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James Bond savages the Kardashians

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WTF?

I just had to google them myself.

I am dissapointed. I had hoped they would turn out to be Lizard people from the Alpha quadrant.

It turned out they are rich tosspots. Mr Bond has called Tosspots tosspots, so all power to him, but apart from that /Yawn/.

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Ultrabook prices to fall as manufacturers slash margins

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Meh

HP

> HP... ultrabooks out in time for the Christmas

Time to find out what they learned from pricing the TouchPud the same as the iPud.

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UK Met Office: World temperature back down to 1997 level

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Facepalm

I thought that said 'Stobb' for a minute

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Gov asks disabled users how it can make web easier

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Does he take sugar?

Bit of a blinder, that. Asking disabled people what they /want/? We might be in the 21st Century after all!

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We need IT to stop NHS flushing away cash - ex-Health Sec

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'ang on a minute.

Businesses started using computers to control accounts and purchasing and stock level between the 1960s and 1980s. Is Dorrel saying that of all that money spent on NHS IT over decades and decades none of it went to the simplest, longest established, best understood use of computers?

And wasn't he in charge of it?

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Orange contract price hike angers subscribers

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Meh

Oh, give them all another 200 free texts they will never use. That will shut them up!

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Toshiba readies zero Watt standby mode telly

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>Now if the screen could act like a solar cell...

We would not be able to see the X factor through it...

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>Then again, a saving of roughly £2 a year was never

>going to be a major selling point anyway

I don't know. Given the propaganda that has demonised standby mode, and the apparent innumeracy of the public it could be a major advertisable feature!

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Groupon shares plunge: Drain in sight

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Happy

Can I be the first to say?

Bwahahhahhhaa!

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Give Osborne a shovel: UK economy stuck in deep hole

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FAIL

This is not a comment.

I really don't dare to comment for fear of being so abusive I get arrested

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Samsung Galaxy Nexus Android smartphone

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>That assumes good coverage and a decent download speed.

and never leaving the country.

I've had 45 days in the UK this year.

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@AC 14:23

At least 4:

This year's prom concerts/ Choral Evensong / Beethoven / Handel etc.

Mark Kermode's film reviews/In Our Time/ 100 objects/Pienaar/Jodcast/Poetry Please etc.

Bellowhead/Spiers-Boden/Demon Barbers/Tull/Fairport/Carthy/Steeleye/Anahata etc.

Big Band/Swing/Jazz/Bepop/Glen Miller/Art Tatum etc.

and perhaps Manuals/IEC standards/Drawings/Customer config files for work.

And I change them in my sansa clip+ because you have to take the battery out of the phone to get to the slot & that looses date & time.

Having (at least) a slot is on my buying list for a phon

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and it is time for our old friend: "Ow much Granville?!"

what happened to things getting cheaper over time?

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Future of computing crystal-balled by top chip boffins

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>Intel's first strained silicon processor was the "Prescott" Pentium 4 of 2004.

That's the effect of poor code name choice for you!

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