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2833 posts • joined 8 Oct 2006

Bury council defends iPads for binmen

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No

Yes, there is a landfil tax.

But the hole in the ground is usually owned by some faceless company who will charge for that too.

I am afraid councils pay quite a lot for landfill.

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id

We have RFID on our bins. The council were going to weigh and charge until there was a stink about the idea, then they said they were not going to use the RFID.

However when one bloke took his tags out and posted them to the chief executive, the council stopped collecting his bins in a fit of overzealous pique. Look up "Brynley Heaven" on the FWSE

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First Ultrabooks surface at IFA

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Oh?

Suddenly the macbook air is looking quite reasonably priced. 13", 128G, 1100quid.

And you can have one now.

What will apple announce by the time these come to market?

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Samsung unveils 20Mp EVIL shooter

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oh dear

I thought we had got over the pixelcount race with compacts, but here it is still going on.

I had a look at some of this nx/nex stuff at schiphol & I don't see the point.

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NHS digital pens: The 'Total Solution'

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err..

Since commenting on this item, the title appears in my el reg sidebar.

Where I read it as 'NHS Digital Penis' out of the corner of my eye.

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Tosh and Twoddle

I anticipate another government funded IT fiasco in the making.

Popcorn, Beer, comfy chair.

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TomTom fights falling satnav sales with iPad app

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DiskAid

DiskAid? That's not to do with Bono is it?

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I'll buy from somebody else.

good luck with that.

Do pop back and let us know how you are getting on.

if you can find your way.

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Twitter to serve unsolicited ads in Facebook style

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oh well

Unsubscribe.

Delete account.

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Sharp shows off 8K4K hi-res prototype telly

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But

If all there is to watch is "Big Bother", why should I, err, bother?

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Renault Scenic Bose Edition 1.6 130dCi

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the Bose pack easily justifies it’s £1500 premium

Nurse! I think I just had a heart attack.

£1500? You can buy a rover 75 for that!

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Samsung Tocco Icon budget mobile

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"looks more swish than it actually is"

Ah, yes.

The 21st Century in a nutshell.

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One last production run for TouchPad

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FAIL

heavy traffic has whacked its sign-on page out of service.

Really?

And these people are giving up hardware sales to make money telling people about software?

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Elgato readies iPad 2 TV tuner dongle

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How much?

You can pick up a usb one for under £20. OK, it's not got a battery, but you can get a whole Telly for that sort of money.

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Windows 8 ribbon entangles Microsoft

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funny sort of bargain

You pay £300 a year to rent software and consider it a bargain?

Can I interest you in this bottle of universal medicine for only 975 pounds? It even tastes like lemonade.

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Samsung 'mulls bid for' HP's orphaned webOS

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Hindenburgian flameout

Nice phrase. But sadly prescient, I fear.

Bye Bye HP

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Google dumps TV flop on UK

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why strange?

>Strangely enough, FreeView is along the right lines

What on earth can be considered strange about terrestrial, established, mass-market, tv channels being good at content?

Has this man been living under a rock?

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VW Scirocco BlueMotion Technology TDI 140

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but

but it won't have the ground clearance to deal with your potholes...

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ah..

Knock 5 grand off the price and I'll have one now. Thank you.

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Cambridge Audio Sonata NP30 hi-fi streamer

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Hmm

no access to Radio 3's HD audio service then?

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Brit men descend from mammoth hunters, not farmers

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oh?

Does any of this explain the recent riots? Were people instinctively hunter-gathering 40" plasmas?

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'Apple is not going to change,' new boss says

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Created, not bred

Presumably, in the USA, appealing to an invisible intelligent designer would be more influential than to the mechanism underlying evolution?

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HP: webOS will still run PCs and printers

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Mismanagement

If this lot had any less of a clue, they would be a franchise on a British railway or a political party.

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Hardware-happy HP has swallowed a Sun death pill

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fire sales

HP has cut the touchpad prices to $99/$199.

Strange how they could not price it competitively for success, but can for failure.

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HP murders webOS tablets, phones

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Aye

But what else do they have in the locker? If they have to buy the 'move into something else' they really are bankrupt for ideas.

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HP to 'spinoff PC biz'

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WebOs

That will be the end of WebOs on every PC, then.

Shame.

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Galaxy Tab still legal in the Netherlands

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Pirate

time to review patent law

it seems that most of these copyright/patent/passing off disputes are about tiny matters of detail. Not about big ideas at all.

In the UK light switches are inside the room you are going into. I'm going to patent the idea of having them on the other side of the wall so you can find the switch in a room already lit.

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Samsung's lovely illegal tablet: Why no one wants to know

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AD

I sort of agree with you about AD, but aren't the good bits just LDAP?

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Points to Jen-Hsun Huang

as the man says, it is a "why bother" problem.

To beat the market leader you need to be one or both of:

* twice as good

* half the price.

it isn't, and it isn't.

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London rioters should 'loose all benefits'

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...and down

Oh look. The ePetition web site has gone down again.

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Google promises fix for jittery Usenet addicts

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Meh

yeah

I use it from cybercafe or on the company flatpot, and use pan on my own machines. Gurgle Gropes has been quite convenient, as long as yer mates whitelist your posting name

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FAIL

surprisingly silent

What baffles me is the failure of gurgle to put anything up on the status pages about this, or in their blog.

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RIM to turn in BlackBerry-using looters after London riots

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Big Brother

Whoa, hang on a minute

This is a good bit of headline-grabbing publicity, but a very bad precedent.

Who appointed RIM a quasi-judicial organisation? What gives them the right to decide when privacy is disposable?

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Cisco warns over warranty discs of EVIL

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WTF?

Autorun?

I really hope someone doing disaster recovery on Cisco gear has atorun disabled

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Death haunts government petitions site

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Stop

fuss about nowt

I heard the BBC evening news as though a giant groudswell had been revealed. I went and looked, and the highest count was 2900 against hanging. The other 3 topics mentioned later in the story each had less than 400 votes. the SciFi poll on el reg was far more successful.

I know its early days, but surely the mejia could have waited for more impressive numbers?

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

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FAIL

Snore, zzzz, yawn

Another Me Too which is only that.

With no convincing reason to buy this or the HP, I may very well be going for the iPud3 when it emerges. or going back to look at the convertables.

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Depressing, ain't it?

I want to connect to linux desktops too. Inability to do so is a major FAIL as far as I am concerned

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PCTV NanoStick T2 USB TV tuner

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Unhappy

more money

Just looked at Play. £72.50

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Did you try this on Linux?

because it seems that most of the magic is in the software.

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Reg readers ponder LOHAN's substantial globes

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soft whumping noise

I used to work with a bu ch of lads who would inflate bin-bags from the oxy-acetelyne welder, and let them drift upwards. Lighted fag-ends flicked at them would eventually burn through and produce a soft, wet-sounding ball of flame and a lot of soot.

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Launch Structure

Surely the launch structure would be two strings of different length, hanging the payload from the balloon at the correct angle to launch and avoid the canopy?

Once the motor fires up it would slacken off the strings which would fall out of their hooks and robert's yer familial relation once removed.

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Chrome 13: Google uncloaks search click prediction engine

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Chrome 13 includes more than 5,200 revisions

That's nice dear.

When are they going to fix Groups?

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Apple iCloud pricing revealed

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Headmaster

Brits set to pay 14 per cent more than the Yanks

Not this Brit.

Unless you pedantically say that 0 *1.14 = 0

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Murdoch's PIE BOY jailed for six weeks

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FAIL

Meanwhile, elsewhere

http://inspectorgadget.wordpress.com/2011/08/02/we-get-the-message-loud-and-clear

Police officer in pursuit of his duty gets thrown in the air by moron in a fast car, who gets a month for hitting the cop (and only for resisting, not for wilful endangerment). Rolled up in a total of 22 months, and I expect he will be out in around 3 or 4. So no real penalty for running someone down.

There are some scrotes out there who are a complete oxygen sink.

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Isolated human genes can be patented, US court rules

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Surely

Surely this is the sort of thing we pay politicians to prevent? not permit.

I really hope this is not viable in Europe, and that any such patents will be treated with the contempt they so richly deserve.

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Become a parent

You will be paying for the use of your genes for the rest of your natural...

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Mozilla and Baidu join battle for the new cloud OS

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WTF?

Where are the embedded vendors?

This is all very odd.

It is as though device manufacturers are working in a world where they only know the desktop OSs. Since the dawn of microprocessors, there have been vendors of real-time embedded kernels, tiny, efficient, multi-tasking and booting perfectly happily.

What happened to RTOS ? RMOS? eCos? QNX? vxworks?

I'm baffled by the assertion that they are using android 'because it boots'. Surely that is the easy bit?

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Nintendo set to make a loss on every 3DS

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Nintendo set to make a loss on every 3DS

They must be so pleased with me, then.

I've not bought one.

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Truck nuts swing onto US freedom of speech agenda

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Facepalm

I have no sympathy with either side

* Why should the law care? When people on that benighted continent can display real guns, why do false goolies matter?

*Why on earth would anyone want a pair of plastic like-size bollocks on a truck? Are these people deranged?

I think there are 'truck nuts' in the story, but they are the nuts holding the steering wheel.

I am also baffled that South Carolina /has an obscene bumper-sticker law/. Is their general legislation on obscene publications so poor? or is it that bumper stickers are the only written material they possess?

Oh, and if you follow the link to the local radio station, you will find that the illustrations of 'truck nuts' have been slightly pixelated, but not enough to obscure anything!

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HP's fondle-slab dilemma: What to do when you're No 2

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What OS

What OS are you describing there? If it's unWinows You might have just changed my mind & persuaded me to buy.

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