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Truck nuts swing onto US freedom of speech agenda

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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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Number 2?

The time to worry about what to do when you are number 2 is when you are number 2.

I would be very surprised if they were currently number 22

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Post Office banking collapses in computer fail

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@ Michael Dunn

> wrote: " * Royal Mail, who deliver letters" but didn't qualify this

You mean

* Royal Mail, who deliver letters sometime the following month. Occsionally. To a nearby address. Unless it's raining, when you never hear from them at all. Oh look, a christmas card from 1997.

will that do?

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My word yes

I'd forgotten Dollis Hill.

Was it not from there that the men who built the machines at Blethley Park came?

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Claimants

There was a hand-written poster in our local branch saying that benefit "mothers" could claim emergency relief from the local social services office.

And another one saying "When they don't answer the phone come to us" from a group of local churches...

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Post office names

Back when my Dad was a Head Postmaster in the 1950s, there was a government organisation called "The General Post Office". It was a blanket organisation for

* Royal Mail (who delivered Letters and Parcels)

* Post Office Telephones (landline phone provider

* The marine radio stations (Portishead, North Foreland etc.)

* Martlesham research station

* The railway telephone branch (not the same as Beritish Railway signalling division)

* Post Office Telegram services

* National Savings

* Post Office savings bank (both deposit schemes, not money transfer systems)

* Post offices were the retail outlet for mail, for the payment of social benefits like child benefit & the old age pension and the handling of driving licences and car taxes. You could pay your income tax there and buy national insurance "stamps".

Later the government invented the Giro bank, a publically owned clearing bank which used post office counters for public access.

Nowadays we have

* Post Office counters Ltd - the retail operation, including foreign currency, the two saving schemes, and a sort of bank. They still do car tax and driving licences, and pay pensions to people with magnetic cards and no bank account.

* Royal Mail, who deliver letters

* Royal Mail parcels, who deliver broken things in crushed boxes

and that's about it. All the other stuff has been sold off, and they want to sell off those 3 too.

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Dell Streak 7 Android tablet

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too much

My local computer store has a wifi-only 7" tablet with a dual core cpu & Gingerbread % better resolution for £135. Another £24 & you get 3G.

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Microsoft pushes Windows Phone Mango out to Japan

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Unhappy

@squilookie

Not new, I know. But it does make me sad

*Sad that marketing people still think people will be taken in

*Sad^2 that they are right.

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Promising?

They've had more than 6 attempts at it so far and it's only "Promising"?

Now, I've had a play, and it seems easy enough to use.

Personally I won't be buying one - not after the money wasted on earlier WP attempts. OK, it was HP that lied about being able to upgrade to the next version when available, and HP who said there was no fix for all the problems. But the Gatesian empire has had enough of my money. I'm sticking to phones that are only phones from now on.

I just think that for a company the size of Microsoft to deliver it a year late and for it still to be just "Promising" is not good enough. If they wanted to beat Apple, they had to do a whole lot better than "Promising".

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Good bye, Arithmetic, it was nice knowing you

What happened to 7.1, 7.2, 7.3 & 7.4 ?

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Kit steals Mac login passwords through FireWire port

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Old News

I thought we did this one more than a year ago?

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WorldTradeCenter.com on the block

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Well, quite

IWGTST.

I've been to the ones in Dubai, Jo;burg, and Bucharest. Wasn't there one in Cardiff?

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Higgs Boson hiding place narrows

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A simpler task

Cern can't find the Higgs Boson, but I know how to find the Greggs Moron.

You go into any branch and try to buy something from the youngest person behind the counter.

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"Masses of new evidence"

Excellent.

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Big laugh

My idea is that maybe the Higgs Boson is really large. perhaps 12735 kilometers, with a mass of 5.9721986×10^24 kg, and in an orbit 3.041954×10^11 meters in diameter around something rather larger.

Mine's the one that seems implausibly massive

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WTF?

@TimeMaster T

Oh good.

It's not just me, then

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Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo bow to Apple sales edict

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Big Brother

It's what I'd do.

And I'd try to work 'FRO' into the url somehow.

Just in case someone was, you know, err , watching.

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Dixons store to sell Samsung 10in tablet early

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299?

I'd be baulking at 199 of her Maj's portraits. I mean, it hasn't even got the fobile moan chip in it.

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Grenade-gasm autogun gets Raoul Moat Taser shells

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Now then...

OK, I'm a pacifist, and opposed to arming our police. I don't like the idea of weaponry in the hands of the state, or the populace at large.

But all that said, doesn't Metal Storm sound like it would be a wonderful place to work?

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Beeb to fund ad-mungous Local TV for local people

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Oh, really?

And just where is this advertising revenue going to come from?

Memories of the local cinema displaying a generic picture of an Indian meal with "Shah's salmonella palace, station approach, Little Slumdewlling" stencilled into the white space on the top.

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Nokia punts NFC touch-data biz cards at £11 each

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Stop

Two things

1. DANGER WILL ROBINSON

This is rapidly becoming an affectation, not a solution to anything. It does rather sound as though the Nokia Asylum is now firmly in the hands of the nutjobs, not the nurses.

2. Your tag

"Near filed Communications". Really?

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Microsoft previews 'Juneau' SQL Server tools

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Meh

FileTable

I can't decide if this idea is rather clever or if I should run screaming from the room.

I assume such access will be read-only? The idea of ones database integrity being threatened by windows explorer is a bit like someone designing that vent on the death star that Luke dropped the bomb down.

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Cheap as chips: The future of PC virtualisation

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Cheap as Chips?

I don't know who came up with this expression, but have you been in a chip shop lately?

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Microsoft surprises Street with double-digit growth

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"crossing their collective fingers"

Perhaps instead of crossing their fingers they should get their fingers out?

I think a radical re-think on things like WGA, support for DCMA, continually asking for the distribution cd even though we are now on SP3, multiple confusing versions, forcing hardware vendors, and silly prices might change my mind about shunning their OS.

A serious look at removing the restrictive practices on data formats, allowing a choice of menu or ribbon UI, fixing some long-standing bugs in VBA, properly integrating the various members, reviewing predatory pricing, might change my mind about shunning their office suite.

They remind me of the car makers of Detroit, waiting till people buy what they make instead of making what people want.

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TSA to revise nudie scanner software

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but but but

>the administration is rolling out new software that will display a generic

>human outline identifying any concealed objects

The ones at Schiphol have been doing that for a long time, and on a screen where you and the "search operative" can both see the results, as large squares on an outline.

3 years ago they refused to let me see my own scans 'for privacy reasons' but that was long since fixed and the Mr Blobby version was introduced. At least 2 years ago.

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Sony insurer says it's not liable for costs of data breach

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Land Sharks

Is there a word for both despising and admiring something at the same time?

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Toshiba Satellite P775 17.3in Core i7 laptop

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tosh have form

...on this front port thing.

I had one with the IRDA port on the front, so you needed to put yer phone about 100mm in front of it, & had to work the keyboard nipple at arm's stretch.

Pillocks.

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What about Linux?

Did you not boot Linux & find out what worked?

& if not, why not?

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iPhone plunges 13,500 ft from skydiver's pocket - and lives

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Old enough

...and the Donald Campbell coda

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RUPERT MURDOCH HIT BY PIE

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surprises

I thought that nothing that happened now would surprise me. I was wrong. I wasn't expecting that.

OK, so the whole chance to quiz him degenerated into farce, but that's just Karma.

And, no matter how reprehensible, RUPERT GOT PIE'D.

Put a smile on my face anyway

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Microsoft rolls out One Big Windows strategy

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fixed that for you

>This go-round should succeed

s/should/could/

It would be nice to think it would. Experience, however...

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Fair

I do think the NT2000, XP, and W8 are remarkably successful bits of software. Astonishingly so, really, given the amount of under-the-bonnet expected from dumb users (defrag, aunty-virus, aunty-malware, emptying temporary directories).

And, once you have learned the wrinkles and the buttons not to press, people have got a whole lot of stuff done with it that they might never have done before.

But, at the end of the day, it is analogous to a spanner. If you need a spanner, and the spanner you have fits the nut, it is a good spanner. I just get pi**ed off having to buy the same size spanner over and over again. It's not as thought I've worn it out!

But, yes, it is a remarkably good spanner and fits a lot of nuts....

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Fair

Yes, I think the idea of a big fat icon with a little titchy live screen of some sort is useful. And, by any definition of the word, not Dumb.

Not original, but useful. It has been done elsewhere.

Bringing it to the lumpen proletariat may be both useful and original, and well done them.

(they employ tens of thousands of clever programmers. I bet /most/ of the ideas are good. it's the corporate policies I object to most of all.)

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FAIL

wince

wince just needs to FOAD

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>Even So

>Are there any programs, other than perhaps some behind the scenes plumbing that you

>can, or even want to run on all those different systems

Vi?

FTP?

I run a programme to fetch BBC radio programmes on my router, linux desktop, file server, and have run it on a friends telly.

On a research ship with Decca Radars I developed a perl script to parse out the test match scores from a BBC web page and merge them with NMEA data so they would scroll across the bottom of the radar. Developed it on a linux based workstation, and finally installed it on the embedded dish steering box for the satellite internet link. Probably still there, though I suppose that changes to the web page have broken it now.

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@AC 19:19

But most of us have been kicked in the knackers by M$ so many times that it still hurts.

I've wasted years of my life learning API after API, and it is always useless next time round. I no longer give a stuff about what they do. They come up with really great things like that camera gadget that goes with an ex-box, and I just ignore it because I am sick to the back teeth of being treated like a mug. Only this week I got caught out because some VBA object in excel does /not/ do what it says in the programme's own help file. They never finish anything, it's all bodge-sell-discard with them and I am sick of it.

Every damn thing I have learned about *nix still works, even fvwmcommand. There are things I learned in 1983 playing with Microsoft Xenix or in 1995 with Irix that still work in HP-UX . And Red Hat.

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...to rule them all

Has anyone noticed the similarity between 'Balmer' and 'Balrog'?

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Is Anon ready for the social network?

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whot?

>Google+ allegedly banned an unknown number of Anonymous members.

They weren't very Anonymous then, were they?

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Beyonce bigs up girls in space

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Beyonce

To the best of my knowledge she has never bothered my 'earoles.

An astronaut is worth ten million manufactured pop vehicles.

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Samsung Chromebook: The $499 Google thought experiment

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@ gerryg

>Think Boris bikes and their infrastructure

Yes, but you could not run a parcel courier system with boris bikes, because the rack might be empty when you needed one.

And you shouldn't run a business where the boss can't do any work between hotspots. It would be daft.

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does what it does well

It seems to do what it does very well.

Snag is, I don't want something that does what it does.

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Sunspot decline could mean decades of cold UK winters

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Ah.

Right. "Truckers".

As you were, then.

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Rebekah Brooks quits - Murdoch accepts this time

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Could be worse

>bad people always "go into" PR

It could be worse. She might stand as an MEP. Although she would blend in nicely with the rest of the trough-feeders

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Yahoo! reads! your! emails!

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Fukem

Well, I only use gurgle mail for signing up to web sites, and my yahoo address has been idle since 1999. I do pay for mail.com, but they have become AOL which is deeply disturbing and I may well go back to running my own mail server, like I did in 1994.

Bugger the lot of them.

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Apple patent: 'Pour' your data from iPhone to iPad

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1 thumb up & 1 thumb down

I appear to have been awarded a gesture. Anyone know what it causes to happen?

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Boggle

My wife plays electronic boggle with ye grandkids.

Little separate single-letter lcd tiles that all interact by position on the tabletop.

Prior art?

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El Reg to unleash rocket-powered spaceplane

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Playmonaut

Surely you need to build a playmobil centrifuge & weightless-sim water tank to qualify the pilot?

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....you can use explosives!

that's the clincher, surely?

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Airport screener stuffs stolen iPad into (own) trousers

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...at least one opposable thumb

or teeth.

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