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Paramount buries Dune remake

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Dune

>The planned Paramount Pictures movie adaptation of Frank Herbert's Dune has been cancelled.

Thank christ for that. They bolloxed it up badly enough the first time. It's a massive, intricate, saga that you don't come to understand until quite a long way in. It's a book, not a film, leave it alone!

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New movie gives Yuri Gagarin's view of historic 1961 mission

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I remember

I was just 13 when this happened, and had to explain the concept of orbits to the whole class - and the teacher - after we had heard about it that morning. No fax machines or internet in 1961, the education department in Chelmsford ran some banda sheets off, and sent men round on motorbikes to deliver one to each school. The head came and read them to each class in turn. I knew the news before I got home, which startled the family.

SPACE! someone had been into space! You know, the thrill of it never leaves me. I spent 25 years of my life as a seaman, partly because of the wanderlust that awoke in me. If they asked me to board a rocket ship instead I'd be there tomorrow.

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Ellison drops iceberg in front of HP's unsinkable Itanic

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shitty thing to do

Not only giving HP a shoeing, but also making Intel's announcements for them. Big business really is a forest of bastards, isn't it?

This has all the hallmarks of manipulation. Whatever Intel's policy on the itanic (kudos!) was, I bet that by tomorrow it will be whatever Elison says it is.

I feel a bit like I did when Dr Beeching closed the railways. Let down, mourneful, sad and full of rage. For Glod's sake, surely diversity is good, not bad? Who is going to do a Flanders and Swann for cpu architectures? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6OHD2uCpfU

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Firefox 4 debuts: The last kitchen sink release

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That's queer

I reported exactly that behaviour in firefox 0.<something> and the bug sorting person said it couldn't possibly do that. I've seen it since, too, in other things like Serif pageplus. Serif say its nothing to do with them, it must be a windows problem.

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"The browser is only as good as the operating system it runs on..."

As you say. Crap. As long as the OS can get your image off the hard disk and into ram, and connect you to a few network sockets and HID things, the rest could be up to your browser. If chrome & firefox can do it, refusal by microsoft is either lies or manipulation. Or both.

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Digesting the Budget: First-belch reactions

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"Danny Alexander...

> assured the BBC that the extra tax on oil extraction would not be countered by oil companies simply putting up prices at the pump"

As if they would! The very idea!

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Google plugs new-age telephony into US carrier phones

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yac

Fair comment.

I only gave the number to my customers and employers. It worked for me. Mine was an 0845 number but it still cost them 12p/min (of which I got 2p). being paid to listen to yer boss ain't bad.

'course, said customers and employers were shipowners and oil companies, so I need not feel bad!

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"the new-age telephony web"

queer, that. I've been able to do all those things with a yac number, since before the millenium. voicemail to mp3, fax to pdf, switching calls around multiple phones? yac

Normal disclaimer

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Thrutu

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...only slight annoyance...

I may have spotted another. Are those ADVERTS along the bottom of the screen shots?

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MeeGo or MS? Nokia ponders tablet OS

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Economic theory

I thought they had sacked all the programmers?

If they do release a meego tablet I will be tempted to buy one just to annoy Elop.

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Porsche punts e-car pre-orders

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easy, there

So saving the planet, is down to rich people then? Good. I'm busy with just paying the bills as it is.

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Hamburg vice girls to be serviced by cable car

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Oh?

Is there now a 500metre high club?

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Intel eyes up HP chief for top job

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Interesting

If HP really are tooling up to start an anti-microsoft insurgency, having a serious link with Intel won't harm either party.

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BOFH: In distributed denial

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I recall

One disaffected youth dripping superglue into ball-style mouses on the management floor, and another doing neat tricks with the photocopier paper. screen printing rude words into a whole stack with lemonade. Once dried the copies were fine, but if you stuck them back in to make secondary copies the rude words fluoresced and came out vivid black. Nowadays you can use a stencil and a security aerosol.

Then there was the autocorrect gag - an autocorrect file on the secretaries computer that changed the letters after the director's name - MBE became MZM and it was months before anyone noticed.

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Group-buying deal for £99 iPhone 4 may have breached consumer laws

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WTF?

Whot?

"may have breached consumer protection laws"

If they didn't, we need better laws!

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Apple to sell 107m iPads in 2016

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More futuremaths

How can they possibly justify "107m iPads in 2016" . I have no idea if I am going to have a job In a months ime, let alone five years.

(put hand in bran tub)

(bring out factoid)

(send invoice for "research")

Where do I sign up?

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Chicken Little report: Sat-nav dependency spells DISASTER!

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timing

And, of course, the stability of both th MSF and 198KHz Droitwich carriers is well-known, and monitored by the NPL. It should be possible to 'dead reckon' timing between GPS fixes several weeks apart. Droitwich is controlled to ±1 part in 10^11

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Sixth Japanese nuclear reactor loses cooling

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Do I really need to use so much electricity?

And, of course, "Do We need so many children?"

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Apple security update leaves iPhone 3G users unprotected

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@SAP Bod

>what time span of official support you should expect for a non-shipping device?

In my view, length of warranty +one year. EU rules imply a 2-year warranty so that would probably be 3 years.

But I also favour a £10 per year subscription solution for up to 5 years.

That said, people often pass ex-contract phones onto relatives. If some vulnerability were being exploited that might lead to fraud or loss of money I would expect it either be fixed or a warning issued to stop using the devices, up to (something like) 6 years. Out of simple decency.

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Dixons Advent Vega

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Crap? ?

What part of "Dixons" did you not spot?

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returns?

>I imagine DSG have a large returns rate

So we can get them cheaper still? Oh no, it's Dixons, who tried to sell me a returned laptop for £2 less than a new one.

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Router-rooting malware pwns Linux-based network devices

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seriously

>Seriously does ANYONE use the bundled junk that comes with an ADSL connection

My next door neighbour will be, for a start. He's just been sold a talktalk service and they sent him a nice little box pre-programmed with his username, passworm, ssid, wpa key. He won't change any of it "in case they don't like me to". And why should he? This way when it goes tits up it will be their problem.

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HP lays cuckoo egg in Microsoft nest

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Absolute Genius

Yes, spin a desktop out of a phone/tablet OS for very little extra cost, and ship it only on hardware you understand. Absolutely great idea.

What we also need is some unique selling point, like a simple scripting/gui app generator so people can make it work for them. Or a truly transparent file sharing system, where your phone/pad/desktop use spare cpu cycles, local and internet networking, so that your music, memos, whatever exist on all of your devices without you having to do anything.

Great news, HP.

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Microsoft 'paid Nokia $1bn' for WinPho 7 deal

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Big Brother

Are you suggesting...

...That Skynet was developed by Denis Healey?

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WP7- So good they can't give it away

How much is a WP7 licence? 10 spondulicks? That means Nokia need to sell 100 million WP7 phones for Redmond to break even.

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Storage sale SHOCK: WD to buy Hitachi GST

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Well well well

Storage aside, are we seeing the US economy coming back from the dead?

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O2 tries to explain its new prudish nature

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Paris Hilton

both? neither!

Both of your scenario presuppose a high level of intellect and of technical competence.

O2?

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THQ brings the uDraw GameTablet to Blighty

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Technical Lego is suitable for a five year old right?

It will have to be: they don't make meccano any more.

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HP uncloaks wristwatch 'aggregation point'

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Brain waves

It's yer identity on yer wrist. As long as you throw away every computer in the world and replace them with HP watch-aware terminals, just sitting at a terminal will log you in and the watch will manage all your passwords and identity stuff.

Brilliant.

If only it could intercept your brainwaves and be an I/O device as well...

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From messiah to pariah: The death of open source on mobile

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FOSS for money

I don't see why some of the non-profit foundations can't sell open source apps. All they need to do is make the source available, not supply it with the app.

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Samsung admits iPad 2 will be tough to beat

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Economic theory

>bigger manufacturers need bigger profits to pay for all the staff;

>costs them more ... a lot of meetings

Aye. Whatever happened to the "Economies of scale" theory?

Oh yes, it got replaced by "inverted pyramid" management practices.

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Dixons prices up Motorola Xoom for Blighty

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yeah, title, right. How's that working out, by the way?

that will be the cost of the micro SD card socket.

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FAIL

Well there you are

Keep depending on that golden egg, chaps. Obviously there is more profit in taking a lot off a few idiots than in taking a little off the multitudes.

At 450beer tokens you were at least 150 more than I wanted to pay. Guess how adding another 50 affects that?

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Android phone to replace shop till

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but

If she's had two fingers cut off for the 5th time, counting change is going to be nearly as hard as carrying it..

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HTC desire has been back with Carphone Warehouse for the past 8 days

Suppose you had filled it with prepaid Near Field tokens? Would they have mysteriously vanished in the reboot? or at the depot?

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significant security considerations

"There are also significant security considerations, which aren't addressed by the company's demonstration."

Like some scrote programming his Galaxy to deduct 50p from everyone he bumps into while its in his pocket? That could harvest a couple of grand just by being a nuisance on the tube.

I'll stick with cash & pin terminals, ta.

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Official: Booze prevents senile dementia

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Stop

Ah right

So by taking a bottle of gin a day my old Ma stove off the effects of Alzheimers, only to loose her memory because of all the booze, I can see that.

She still went gaga, but at least it wasn't the aluminium saucepans or dodgy beef that was to blame, so that's OK then.

Isn't science wonderful?

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Radio in the cloud: Do we want to TiVo our radio?

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What do you mean by radio?

Do we want to TiVo our radio? you ask.

Well, if by radio you mean the endless random repetition of hit-factory plastic pop by stations with a play list of 150 and a worthless moron reading out the traffic, well duh.

If by radio you mean Recording R4's "News Quiz" or Kermode and Mayo's film reviews from R5 to enjoy after work, then yes, I do want to. I can use podcasts for that, but they don't podcast "Any Questions" or the Radio 3 lunchtime concerts.

This evening classic FM is running the Symphony No.2 in E minor by Rachmaninov . I will be doing something else, but Mr Linux will be time-shifting it for me.

So, there is some radio for which TIVO makes enormous sense, and an awful lot for which it doesn't. Just like the telly really.

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Natalie Portman slaps John Galliano

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No suprise

Peddlers of the superficial turn out to be shallow and foolish. No surprise there.

Oh look who's there.

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Londoners warned of card skimming risk

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title

I have long suspected that the existence of the Serious Fraud Office suggested that somewhere was a door labelled Trivial Fraud Office.

Is there an Indifferent Cheque and Plastic Crime Unit?

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yep

>Basically, avoid London.

Good advice in all circumstances

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1997?

Sounds about right. I recall demonstrating a C&P system bolted onto a cash register made by Kajaani OY.

Snag at the time was that the banks didn't want pin verification in the terminal. Their idea was that the retailer would have a terminal that only did Midland cards, another for Nat West, etc. The oil companies 7 retailers wanted one terminal that covered all banks. Stalemate.

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Julian Assange™ applies to trademark himself

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Yawn

I'm bored with him now. Can we drivelmindlessly about someone else?

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Google whacks link farms

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ixquick

ixquick does remarkably well at the Guthram Gowt test

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"weed out sites that don't offer useful information."

I call this 'the Guthram Gowt effect'. It is a perfect test case: a bend in the river that goes back to the domesday book but which currently consists of 3 scattered houses, a bus stop, and a rain gauge.

So you can guarantee that any promise of 'Florists in Guthram Gowt' or 'Jobs in Guthram Gowt' is worthless. And, by simple deduction, the same site's results for any other location will be just as worthless.

I just ran the test again. Only two of the results on the first page were useful, and then not incredibly so. One from Geograph and one synthetic bus table lookup. All the others are made up nonsense. Sites that have carpet-bombed the world with the name of every place-name possible.

The first really sensible hit was "boar.org.uk/abiwxe1BournePlaces(home.htm" on page 2. Then it went downhill again. with more non-existant jobs, dates, used cars and empty 'community ' pages. The real bus timetable was on page 5.

You don't need an AI. You just need voting buttons. Ones that agregate every vote for a site, so that downvotes or upvotes for 'Guthram Gowt' hits count against hits for 'Snittlegarth' or 'High Bewaldeth'

(I'm looking at you AllTheTopBananas.com ; www.primelocation.com ; www.qype.co.uk : "User recommendations and reviews of the best things in Graby. Find the best shops, restaurants, bars, nightlife, gigs, services and more." Even Paris could not find a night club in Graby)

If someone can cure the Guthram Gowt Effect it will be a great thing.

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Antennagate Redux: Consumer Reports condemns Verizon iPhone 4

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non titulus est

"It's almost as if Apple needs defending."

Perhaps people need to justify spending the thick end of 800quid on a phone? to themselves?

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oddity

None of this addresses the puzzle about why the iPose wasn't built with GSM & CDMA & 3G from the beginning.

Or perhaps it was, and only a software switch was needed. Now would that explain why the antenna was the same: the hardware wasn't changed at all?

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Godson: China shuns US silicon with faux x86 superchip

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umm.

I was going to say that Intel & AMD stand no chance competing with a government. But then I remembered that the British government were behind Inmos.

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Cornish pasties awarded protected status

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oh?

Never seen 'stilton style' cheese.

Which reminds me. Heron foods have large boxes of Boursin at 3 for a quid. Must go shopping.

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Microsoft bricking lesson bodes badly for Elop's Brave New Nokia

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@stim

why, yes. I do. I have exposure to M$ too, but who needs them at home?

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