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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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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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Beware the software security scare silly season

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by-pass sheds

One of the by-pass sheds (I really could not be bothered to notice which) was advertising Android tablets on the idiot box last night, ending with a splash for anti-virus (brand similarly forgotten) to run on Android.

My first thought was 'Yuk, exploiting the gullible again'

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Tablets need permanent Black Friday price slash to triumph

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Yawn

I would have thought that said analysts only needed to read the comments at el reg, engadget, etc. to come up with such a statement of the bleeding obvious

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What should a sci-fi spaceship REALLY look like?

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I had a lot of time for B5.

It was written like a novel, with a start, a whole bunch of middles, and an end.

The spaceships were variously feasible or deeply cool, and sometimes both.

I just think they must have regretted the silly hairdos & cloak clad oddities by the end.

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I'll give you an answer.

Only one answer really. Anastasia, Dan Dare's private spaceyacht

http://www.dan-dare.org.uk/anastasia.htm

http://spaceshipaway.org.uk/centre-spreads/centrespreads-4.htm

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Yep

Assuming that the ship has to contain an atmosphere of some sort then the sphere makes good sense. Then, if there is any sort of radiation hazard from the engines a 10KM open frame pylon with the engine at the other end...

And we are back to 2001.

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>perhaps the impulse drives' thrust vector goes precisely through CoG...

That will be why voyager's nacelles fold up?

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Does it matter?

Once you reach the sophistication of 'The Culture' you can make your ships look like anything you want. I'd go for an LMS streamlined pacific and coaches.

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Ofcom: ISPs can cripple the web as much as they please

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I think that making ISPs own up to traffic shaping or throttling in a way that makes competitive comparison easy would be a really good idea.

But I can't see them doing it and I can't see FailCom making them do it.

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How digital audio ate itself and the music industry

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I recall going to Mullard conferences in London where they talked about CD design choices. 44.1KHz was the Lowest figure they wanted to use. The original engineers wanted something like 100KHz, but the marketing guys put on two constraints:

* The disk had to fit into a machine that would go in a DIN car radio cutout

* The disk had to hold a one hour duration

Given that they were going to be pressed on modified record presses, and the properties of the then laser heads, which determined the bit rate in the plastic, they had to squeeze down to 44.1KHz

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Apple MacBook Pro 13in Core i5 laptop

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Expensive?

Just looking at the ones you compared it to:

Travelmate £678.21

Sony £1,239.97

Ethos £999.97

I don't reckon its a bad price for what you get.

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Boffin's wall of BEES shields farms from stampeding elephants

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>Who cares about honey yields.?

The Bees?

I suspect half the hives could end up empty if they can't make enough.

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Superhero oil-burping algae will save the world

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Headmaster

indeed. A system that produced more than it absorbed would have to answer some pretty stern questioning

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@dr2chase

Nah, that's easy. We merely need to apply 'population pressure' to make the production of oil adventitious. The obvious solution is some aggressive growing medium where the aggression is mitigated by secreting 4* petrol.

Then Darwin will work to improve, rather than reduce, yield.

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Apple one-day-only sale plans for Macs, iPads leaked to web

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To be fair the Ford Mundaine is a perfectly usable vehicle.

But I'll stick with my Alfa

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Bargain

I reckon, at list price, the macbook air is a bargain compared to the proposed prices of ultrabooks.

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Inside the BBC's R&D Labs

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yuk

Is that inspired by W8, do you think?

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Poll: One in six interrupt bonking to answer mobile

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Oh dear.

Did it not occur to them that asking a stupid question often yields a stupid answer?

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HP's server, PC, and printer businesses stumble

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Not rocket science

The previous CEO was touting the PC hardware business round car boot sales, and telling everyone who would listen that they were a software services company. And at the car boot sales no-one was buying.

If you were buying medium iron, or even printers, you might pause and think 'but will they be there in 5 years time'?

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Tablets mean tubby HDDs must get thinner - A*STAR

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I'd like to patent...

...the idea of using the disk platter as the rotor in the motor

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SQUID calls 'virtual photons' into real existence

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'clearly not observed'

Áh.

Rather like the various 'virtual' returns of Christ in the last century?

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Rumoured iPhone 5 'will have 4in screen' against Jobs' wish

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Paris Hilton

...or are you just pleased to see me?

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Microsoft seeks patent on employee spy system

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"Hello. I looks like you are itching to punch your manager's smug face. Do you want help with that?"

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Galaxy Tab case tweaked to evade Germany ban

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"They just turned it off"

my glod, how bad can Currys get?

'we know this is broken, but lets sell it anyway'

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Time to dig out the CV: NASA 'naut applications now open

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This is the space agency with no spaceships, isn't it?

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Jobs mulled building own mobile network for iPhones

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I doubt he considered the bits not in the USA.

Or even south of the Mason-Dixon line...

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Adobe Flex SDK bombshell STUNS developers

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confused

what does all this mean for the iPlayer?

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Google will ignore your Wi-Fi router ... if you rename it

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If you are indoors and need a computer to find out where you are you need better pills. Or at least different ones.

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Ghougle profit from /collating/ the infomation

Its the same as the Ordanance survey. I own a hill. The OS people collected lots of hills & made a map. Now, with a silva compass & the map if you can see my hill, & some other hill You can work out where you are.

Using my hill, which I've chosen not to hide or disguise as some other hill, and all the backbreaking work the OS did. They can charge for use of the map. I can't charge for use of my hill.

So what?

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Harry Potter director takes on Doctor Who movie

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Agreed.

But what about Emma Watson as the Doctor?

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Only one choice

Sir Ian McKellen

http://files.funshare.me/2011-09-17/ian-mckellen/gandalf-and-magneto.jpg

Mine's the stonewall one...

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FAIL

just titled "Who"

What!

Why?

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