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Windows Phone 7 compass mandatory but broken

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dross

I have worked with 3-axis fluxgates that did not need to be moving once they had normalised to the location. But they were jolly odd little buggers, and as you say, the presence of any physical structure will make it worthless.

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Except

Except that in the Winphones I've had before, fixing and updating never happens.

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Mozilla's next Thunderbird gives Gmailers hope

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what about usenet

I stopped using tbird for reading usenet, back in the 2.x days, because it could not filter on all headers, chuck out crossposts, or handle threading at all well.

How does it do now?

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iPhone 4 fever takes hold. Again

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WTF?

Aye.

And people buy one on a 2-year contract, but a new one is released very year. There must be a lot of withdrawal symptoms going on.

I agree. This is darwinism in action. They should all be laced with bubonic plague or something.

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Speed cameras slide out of LibCon budget

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FAIL

and

The nsl was set as part of the fuel economy measures after the first oil price shock. As far as I know no evidence has ever been set before parliament that 70 is safer than 60 or 80.

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Not to mention Lorries

The wretched things are set to catch speeding cars, not speeding lorries. Which is the biggest danger?

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Microsoft unveils – wait for it – another mobile OS

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FAIL

FOAD

Look, Redmond, just FOAD, OK?

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TomTom slashes LIVE subs

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good-oh.

Still can't afford it.

Wake me up when it's a tenner a year. Europewide.

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BBC wins go-ahead for Freeview HD content controls

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Dr, Proffessor - those are titles

You know what? I don't care. I was quite keen on the idea of HD, but a glance at 'radio times' says it's not worth bothering with. It's all drivel, ain't it.

If I have absolutely nowt to do I might watch 'top gear' or 'time team', but they are repeated ad nauseum, so I don';t need to record them. 'The News Quiz' is better than HIGNFY. I bought a VHS set of the Olivia Manning 'fortunes of war', and the DVDs of Quatermass, but there's been nothing else I want to hoard. Even the new Dr. Who.

Mrs H watches TV, but I don't. I don't care what they do, because whatever it is won't include decent programmes.

Whack-O, I unforget that.

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Microsoft sneaks Firefox add-on into Patch Tuesday update

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that's right

"take away Windows from them and you either make their job extremely difficult or impossible"

yep. And it is vendor's faulty thinking.

As long as you can't programme an Alan Bradley PLC or a Siemens motor controller with platform-independant software, us engineers are stuck with windows.

Where is autocad for Linux. Please?

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Let's see if I've got this right...

Microsoft were not really sinister and scheming, they were incompetent and careless.

So that's OK then.

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NetSecure SmartSwipe credit card reader

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OK, fair enough. But...

But what is all this 1970s stuff about mag card swiping? I used to design card-swipe readers (magneto-resistive heads, thanks for asking) in the 1970s.

I've not swiped my card in a shop or hotel for at least 3 years. It is so easy to clone a magnetic stripe. All my cards - although amex were last - have a chip-n-pin interface, and if I don't get to use a pin terminal I don't buy. That does sometimes mean paying cash at german hotels, or using my visa instead of my amex, but I don't trust mag swipe at all.

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Plucky Finn attempts to drive length of Finland in small digger

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Magnus

"I've started, so I'll Finnish"

I'll get my knitted sweater with the reindeer pattern on the back

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DHS deploys HD 'video quilting' chandeliers in Boston

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It's been done

It's been done before:

http://tinyurl.com/yb692qm

I'll get me blazer. It's got natty stripes.

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Thousands of 'sexsomniacs' suffering in silence, say profs

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Oh no. You weren't. And I bet we have been subliminally led, as well.

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Michael Dell mulls taking PC colossus private

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Paris Hilton

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So, he buys Dell, and when he gets it home discovers that not everything he was expecting was in the box, or the advertised software is a trial version.

He then has to call customer service and try to get his money back.

Good luck with that, Micheal, tell us how you get on.

Paris. just because (TM).

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Mac spyware infiltrates popular download sites

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Lord, duke, earl - those are titles

So no *nix system has ever been rootkitted then? Why did people write Tripwire then?

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Novell swings into MeeGo throng

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and

How exactly would that save money?

Buy the nutbuk cheep and pirate an MS os onto it, mayhap?

Have you been aiding and abetting?

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Microsoft picks over Google's Windows exit strategy

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Mmmm

Bra and knickers. Mmmm

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AT&T to ax unlimited data plans on iPhone Monday

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Hmm. Just how much can you milk a cow before she turns nasty and kicks you in the buckets?

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Ballmer, black turtlenecks, and Microsoft's next big idea

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Industrial dross

Never mind the miserable phones, the industrial world is full of winCE based touch panels that crash on a daily basis, where the poor miserable sods who bet their firms on M$ havn't had an update in years & have to do so much work supporting a broken environment that they might as well have written an OS instead of buying one.

Do you think they will embed windows again? I wouldn't.

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Wysiwyg

I recall using a unix-based word processor called 'Wysiword' the same year wordstar 7 was launched on the 286 based AT. It included a trypeface editor (we hadn't broken the word font back then) and a photo editor & vector graphics tool.

Byte magazine was previewing wysiwyg editors before word 4 appeared.

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Audi dreams up App Store for user-designed cars

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Skoda Superb

I had a Superb on hire in Germany a year ago - best hire car I ever had. Bit of a tardis - bigger inside than it had any right to be.

Bargain of the moment is the VW phaeton, they can't shift them for sugar lumps. Taxi firms in Budapest etc. are stocking up for less than the price of a golf. One pointed out to me that the money saved would pay for the extra fuel for 4 years, plus enough trees to offset all the carbon!

The superb is a better car than the Phaeton, and even cheaper. Go buy, before they stop molishing them.

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iPeds, iRobots, and the Chinese iPad clone machine

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How could you persuade a judge that it is easy to confuse a tap-n-type toy and a vacuum cleaner?

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John Lewis JL22LCD HD

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I for one welcome our new employee-owned overlords. Once they've done Sofas and Suits and Tellies and Washing machines, how about a John Lewis car?

Never Knowingly Undersealed?

I'll get my fashionable and surprisingly well-made jacket

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Acer CEO whips out iPad rival

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trust

would you trust Acer with another linux product after they caved in to M$ on the netbooks? I'd be worried about lack of updates or support

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Technisat HDFS Freesat HD receiver

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'ow much Gggrrranville?

My local radio shop, no longer even a tiger member, has a 26" panasonic 720p TV, , with 360g hard disk, dual freeview HD tuner, and DAB radio for only 5 quid more than that. It's got an ethernet port, but that seems not to do nothing not yet.

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Microsoft declares war on 'sophisticated' click-fraud scheme

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Why should I care?

This whole funding model invites fraud. They only just noticed.

Odd how they are keen to take action when it hurts their pockets, but have left every product for the last 30 years open to hijacking my computer,

Someone stiffed M$? Shame.

Where is the yawn icon?

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'World's largest' airship inflated in colossal Alabama cowshed

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Nah

Nah, that's the cooling duct down to the reactor. Don't you know anything about narrative arcs and story imperatives?

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obvious, innnit?

That's what submarines have done to dive for the last century.

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IBM hands out malware-stuffed USB at security conference

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I had to laugh

$MEGACORP's latest laptop image had autorun turned on, and because they enforce the image settings every time I logged onto the company network it got turned back on again.

Oh how I laughed.

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Blighty to get mobe-download barcode rail tickets

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Agree with all that...

except "Pay the penalty, get refund later on proof of purchase."

Who refunds penalties in this miserable world?

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iPud

I hope the scanners will be big enough to get an iPud under them.

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Expenses

"though we're still working out how one gets an accounts-department-acceptable receipt printed out."

For as long as I've been claiming expenses, in many $MEGACORP, bridge tolls, rail fares and bus fares have been claimable on trust. Even the inland revenue don't expect reciepts for train fares, as long as you can demonstrate to have been at both ends of the journey in some casual way.

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Linux gets jiggy with more filesystems in 2.6.34 kernel release

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L U E

I'm waiting for 42.42.42

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Most browsers leave fingerprint that can ID users

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Old news, Old nes

uk.rec.sheds discussed this in February, and decided then in was oblox. The thread, if you care to search for it, was uniquely titled "Unique".

Do try to keep up at the back.

I'll get me coat. We use them in the shedde as well. Mine probably smells of creomite.

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UK border security ring-o-steel flagged 48,000 travellers

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Stanstead

Stanstead has a proud banner saying that they processed 5.8 million people and identified 120 "threats" to the UK.

I'd issue threats if I was at the back of a queue of 5.8 million people.

Mines the one with "All coppers are ..." in lead foil letters inside the lining

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Met Police new HR technology broken, bloated, absent

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FAIL

you were lucky!

I got

"PHP has encountered an Access Violation at 01D9E0A6"

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But

Scuse me Egon? You said crossing the synergies was bad!

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LimeWire induces infringement, Judge rules

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No

"because someone can use your product for bad, illegal uses, doesn't inherently make that product bad."

Maybe, although that seems irrelevant here.

What made limewire bad was all the junk it installed on kids computers. I nearly made a living cleaning up after it.

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Samsung NX10

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Very very tempted

But I am a bit concerned about investing in a new, tied-in, single-source lens mount. If we could be sure that 3rd party lenses and adaptors were to be available, then I'd be scaring the moths from me wallet now.

The results from your sample shots verge on stunning

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Election 2010: The sillier options

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ouch

I tried swinging both ways once.

I really does yer back in.

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Twitter and theregister. Why it doesn't work

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I've only Twat twice

A fiend of mine points out that the past participle of 'twit' is probably 'twat'. SInce I was boss-bullied into signing up on Twitter I have preciesely two postings, one of which was to find out what would happen. So I've only twat twice.

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Intel wades into smartphone wars

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Umm.

Did you really mean 'hottest'? Shouldn't that be the main thing they are trying to avoid?

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Jobs: One million iPads sold

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How very odd

4 upvotes, 4 downvotes? Will this lead to a sort of matter-antimatter anihilation, and will that power the reg. servers for a million years?

It's good to be even handed. Perhaps I should become a LIberal Democrat.

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No

"Jobs sitting in Dr. Evil's chair, saying"

Saying "There are one million. Now turn on the embeded Thought Wave Modulators. One Million Minions are MINE to command. Ha Ha Ha "

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Aye

The trick is to see how many people buy two

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It's true then/

There IS one born every minute.

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Applesoft, Ogg, and the future of web video

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Ogg?

IRTA 'Nanny Ogg' and got confudled.

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