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MS freebie anti-virus scanner auto-downloads provoke more anger

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What I don't understand

is where all these computers with no virus checker come from.

You can't get out of PCwhirled without climbing over mountains of Norton boxes, and every laptop I've ever had to sort out for one of the great unwashed has had some sort of virus checker on it, OK, a proportion are out of date, but I have never seen a naked windows install I did not install myself from scratch.

We need a big ? icon

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The forgotten, fat generation of Mac Portables

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Sinister

Was this the device where the trackball could be shifted to the other end for southpaws?

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US Marine hover-jeep to get robotic hands-off controls

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Bushwacker

When I was a kid the Eagle comic had a strip about an Australian family who lived in a boat-shaped vehicle called a Bushwacker. It had wheels on outriggers from the hull, a jet engine at the back, and mast which could be used for propulsion under sail. The mast split into 3 rotor blades that let it fly like a helicopter.

I've been waiting for years for someone to build one. The cartoon-like drawing of the flying jeep reminds me just a little bit of it, and I still want my Bushwacker. Please.

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UK.gov plans net surveillance by 2015

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I knew it

When the defence review said that cybercrime was the biggest security threat to the UK, I knew that we would all end up being monitored.

And if I knew it, I suppose they knew that I knew it.

The only way to be secure is to have no secrets. I shall be posting my inside leg measurement and my library ticket number on the web tomorrow.

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US Army's new $0.5bn British airship will fly 'mid-next summer'

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R100

My old Grandad was fond of pointing out that the R101 was government built and crashed. The R100 was built by private enterprise and was fine.

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Nominet forgets what the first .uk domain name was

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how can they not know?

Surely their only purpose is to keep records? If they've not done that then how can they settle disputes about ownership of domains?

If they don't know then shut 'em down and give the job to someone who owns a filing cabinet.

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Deep space COMET FLYBY: First PICS

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Hartley 2

Hartley 2?

Sonorous voice: "Just when you thought no-one cared about Fly Fishing..."

mine's the one with the slim volume in the pocket

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Oracle beefs chips and I/O on x64 blades

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tired

I read that as 'sodium' and got worried

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First Windows Phone 7 handsets sell out

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Puzzling me a lot

It's not possible that M$ have actually done it right this time? after all, I've even heard good things about win7.

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Orange intros MiFi gadget, refreshes mobile data deals

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'ow much Gggrrranville?

15 beer tokens for a GB, and you have to pay for the gadget too?

Do these people think I am MADE of money?

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Dell skunkworks brews ARM server future

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Christmas sorted

Now I know what the Feminus Domesticus will be spending her pension on...

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Microsoft concedes on blank-screen operations

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Hang on

The wretched phones are already on sale and they haven't sorted out something as simple as this yet?

What on earth have they been up to in all the testing?

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Gentlemen, start your engines – with your phone!

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Oh no

A chum of mine has a french car, which uses a proximity-detected card to enable things. You don't need to stick it in a slot, just have it in the car.

So last week his wife dropped him at the airport, and he went off with the card in his pocket, but she still had the engine running so she was able to set off for home.

She stopped to do some shopping, only to discover that she was 200KM from home, had just stopped the engine and had no way to start it again.

Genius.

This idea is just as daft.

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App Store II: Steve Jobs sucks Mac's soul

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Ah yes

So it was.

Well done.

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Flame

umm

Frying pan, Fire

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Welcome to the 21st Century

Capitalism red in Tooth & Claw.

I am reminded of the wise words of Christine Keeler in other circumstances, when asked to comment on someone putting self-interest above integrity:

"Well, he would, wouldn't he?"

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iPhone alarm bug: now it's the UK's turn

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Please help a dumb iPhone user

Simple. You are /still/ cleverer than it is.

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Crystal ball sees tepid IT growth to 2014

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Ah but,

"Annual shipments for tablet devices will reach 81 million by 2015, as new players and handset manufacturers flood the market." - Juniper story last week.

Another yawny pontificate.

Plan A: make somethng really good that is unique - result sales explosion

Plan B: mee-too yourself a slot in existing maketplace - result sales trickle

Nothing wrong with plan B - if you are underpinning foundations or re-plastering cracked walls. To throw up a palace in a swamp you need plan A

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Ten... bedside iPod docks

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Paris Hilton

Missed point

I suspect the reviewer has more than one bed next to which he docks his ipod!

Paris - who else?

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World+dog keep taking the tablets

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More futureologists drivel

"If we multiply the number sold this year by, say 28, then we arrive at a market 28 times bigger".

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Hands on with the new Apple MacBook Air

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What is going on?

Instead of inventing something new, the planet seems to be full of people micro-differentiating the same market into thinner and thinner slices.

Nice product, shame about the price etc etc etc.

What ever happened to wearable computers, to merging all your home devices into some sort of multiprocessor farm, to truly functional shirt pocket things (what now resembles the original palmVX?), to voice op, to natural language processing?

Why can't I look up an itinerary on google maps, have it magically and silently shunted into my phone without button presses, and then shunted out into my car GPS when I get in the car?

Innovate kids, that is what will make things sell. Not ever prettier versions of something I already have.

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Bechtolsheim races Arista to zero latency

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Hang on a minute

So we have all this glorious technology, and the objective is what?

To reduce suffering in the world?

To eliminate animal testing from drug trials?

To improve agricultural production, or to provide home automation for quadraplegics?

No. We want it to make very rich people fractionally richer!

I am so pleased about that.

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Navigon 70 Plus satnav

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Linux & tomtom

The tom tom linux implimentation seems simple: you can see the file system in usb connection, and the whole experience is straightforward and unremarkably simple. It plays music from an mp3 directory and displays graphics from a picture directory. What's not to like?

Unfortunately the 'home' application needed to manage maps runs only on windoze, and there seems no excuse for that. When you are running it, however, it does everything you want. Although moving maps from the internal memory to the SD card requires an act of faith. You have an option to copy maps to the PC and to delete them. The obvious 3rd step, to copy them back to the device, is there but not visible until the situation arises. So the 'home' application ergonomics could be better, but it actually does everything it needs to.

But the overall package is excellent, and I think they remain the market leader, although I am not happy about their lastest pricing either for hardware or for the more advanced subscription services. I think they have started milking the cow.

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OOo's put the willies up Microsoft

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Oh?

"fully justified text is for the clueless, only; it markedly and obviously diminishes legibility."

That will be why it is used in so many books then?

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Keyboard decoration

>Oh, that's right, they *can't* make a better product.

you owe me a new keyboard.

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bully boy tactics

>I received a call from MS, they've noticed a discrepancy in our number of

>licences and they want to do an audit.

I should tell them to P*ss R*ght Orf.

If I go into the co-op and buy 3 pairs of shoes they don't accuse me of shoplifting 3 pairs of socks.

Tell them that for security reasons they have to be accompanied at all times by someone who will cost them £45 per hour.

Time to install a linux server and some samba goodness, I feel.

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yes indeedy

Migration training has been necessary for lots of MS re-issues, where they just changed stuff.

unfortunately I now work for $MEGACORP which thinks we should pay for our own migration training in our own time. Instead I just get slower and slower at my job.

And I run Debian at home, which has the side effect of ensuring I don't accidentally train myself for them.

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One For All SV9380 Freeview HD indoor aerial

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Dodgy map

You provide a link to the manufacturer's coverage map, which is rather neat: the transmitters are shown on a mashup map, with neat colour coded concentric rings, and the colours map to a colour-coded range of products.

Two snags:

* The coverage areas round TV transmitters are not circular, but rather odd shaped, conditioned by beams and by the landscape

* The oneforall web page won't display on the rather short screen on my netbook. Oh, I get a scroll bar, but scrolling it does not change the bit of the page I can see.

http://www.thebigtower.com/live/Belmont/121P24000703011.htm

http://www.mds975.co.uk/txmaps/belmont.html

Do those look like circles to you?

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Practical Wireless

It's good to know there are still some geeks about who understand radio engineering. I like your impromptu impedance matching.

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Robot goes berserk in Balkan lab: 6 boffins given dead arms

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is this

ROTM?

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TalkTalk reveals faster broadband plans

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universal

>It arose long after it was renamed as Corsa.

Which, of course, means "I am a witless yokel who doesn't care what sort of rubbish I drive" in every language on the planet.

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Hint?

so who would that be then? Sounds like what I'm looking for

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Inside Windows Phone 7: ghost of Zune

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Windows Mobile 6.5 remains Microsoft's business smartphone platform

Bwahhhaaa Ha Ha

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Asus Eee PC 1215N 12in netbook

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...and

Why did you not try UNR or crunchbangEEE on it?

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Channel islanders attack Street View car

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For Glod's sake

A kid with a box brownie could cover the whole place in one afternoon.

Surely googlers can walk?

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RIM opens its PlayBook – tablets clearly set for dominance

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Parkable phone

I agree entirely about the parkable phone idea. It would be brilliantly small, only needing enough battery power for half an hour max.

I have another idea. I have a bluetooth earset that parks in its own battery recharging lump. A parkable bluetooth headset that would recharge from the larger battery would also be cool, and could be paired with the parkable phone too.

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Microsoft caps Ballmer bonus over mobile phone, tablet failures

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untitled

>I'm actually surprised his salary is so low,

I was thinking that. We appear to have heads of individual hospitals earning that.

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Final Ubuntu 10.10 and first Drizzle beta in release duet

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Perhaps?

>so why hasn't OSS triumphed?

The power of marketing?

The common 'plaint against M$ is its abuse of monopoly. The two local computer stores in my home town have both told me this week that they are 'not allowed' to sell me a computer without Windows,

But it is still the case that the fundamental weakness of FOSS is the absence of a huge marketing department.

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Google's 'instant' search springs keyboard controls

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dislike adds

I pay mail.com so I don't have to put up with adverts.

I'd give google a pound a month to search without ads.

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Ten... iPhone 4 cases

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Ten Essential... iPhone 4 cases

TEN? ESSENTIAL? How many cases does the wretched thing need? Do all these fit inside each other, or something?

I hear the distinct sound of the bottom of a barrel being scraped.

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Flying gyrocopter jump-jeep gets $3m from DARPA

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Cool

I want one.

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OpenOffice files Oracle divorce papers

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>I guess you don't like Television, which if IRC is a mix of Greek and Latin

True. But there are many better reasopns for disliking television. Such as television programmes.

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Not sure

>Not even MS can trademark a word as generic as "Office".

Anywhere sensible, yes. US, no. After the way Apple just claimed 'Pad'?

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all french?

I'd have gone for LibreBureau

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Apple TV stripdown reveals mystery solder pads

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Testing

maybe Apple needed a test connector during development & proving? what more obvious than one they have as standard?

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Google shocks world with unthreaded Gmail

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Yep

>"email traditionalists" + "Outlook users" = oxymoron

Yep. Any sentence with "outlook" and "moron" in it is automatically grammatically correct.

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Apple in 873-page legal claim to word 'Pod'

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Leftpondian bo**cks

I can't imagine a judge in England, or France for that matter, taking any longer over this that the time it takes to laugh.

People who live in a country where this can even be taken seriously long enough to start an action need to have a word with their politicians.

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Apple iPod Shuffle 4G

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+1

Ive got a sansa clip and a fuze, both heavily used. To the point where the batteries are worn out. I want another fuze, because you can set timers to record FM programmes off the radio. It's how I record the Carols from Kings while driving to get my mother-in-law for christmas.

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Back-to-college 15in Notebooks

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whats occuring?

When I were a lad we bought second hand textbooks & greatcoats, not brand new gadgets!

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Blighty's carriers to field Windows Phone 7

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Can't speak for anyone else

but the ones I have had (mostly HP) have been clunky, unreliable, and not much good as phones. My disliking of them is not prejudice it is expience.

All required frequent rebooting, and two of them had to be coldstarted and the contact/applications reloaded every week or so.

I just can't be doing with it, and won't be bothering with the new ones.

Oh, perhaps the bluetooth will work in the new ones, but they put it in the old ones and swore blind it worked. Maybe the syncing with outlook won't strip the + sign off all the international numbers, but the last 4 did that and I'm not going to risk my own money on that sort of pedigree. And in any case, I don't want to sync to Outlook. ever again.

The last HP, a 617 that I bought from expansys was appalling. I once turned it off for a flight from Korea to the UK, and found half a dozen 'welcome to the ussr' messages on it when i turned it on. The only way to turn it off was to take the battery out. I sent the bloody thing back.

My wife bought me the 6301 having been told that, being windows, it could be kept up to date. No software updates for it were ever issued, no matter how badly broken the included software was. That was the one that worked as a PDA, but the phone app would silently crash with no obvious sign that it wasn't working until you tried to make a call.

Four times bitten, now shy. I will NOT be bothering them again.

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