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UK regulator wants register of all premium-rate firms

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Hang on a minute

I'd have expected OFCOMM to have a list of premium numbers already. How on earth do people get a number, if no-one is keeping records?

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Ubuntu's Lucid Lynx stalks PC and Mac converts

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Innovation good

We've had WIMP interfaces since the 1980s. Where is the next big paradigm shift?

Where is my talking computer? When will I be able to thought-link to it? Why can't I log in by holding a power ring up to the green lantern? or by blinking at the camera in morse code?

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'Beauty with antimatter bottom' created out of pure energy

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Random thought waves

All of this makes me realise how clever the Victorians were, when every household had several anti-maccasars

Mine's the one with the Rowland's stains on the collar.

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Jobsian drones shackle gamer with 'lifetime' iPad ban

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Limits

I have a lifetime ipud limit. It will never be exceeded. It can be expressed in terms of fundamental numbers as 1+ e^(pi * i)

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C language inventor spurns Google's language exam

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old story

Alistair Cook told a WW2story of an old man ignoring all the regulations at an airstrip in the USA. Just striding out, getting into an airplane, and flying off. No log book checks, no flight plan, no pre-checks.

When Cooke commented on it his host said: 'yep. He ain't got no pilots licence neither.'.

Cooke asked why he was flying then.

'That's Orville Wright. Ain't no-one got the cheek to ask him to sit a test'.

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Nokia: digital SLRs are doomed

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And in other news

The availability of the Sinclair C5 causes Aston Martin, Morgan, and Range rover to go out of business.

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Police send Reg hack CRB check database

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this is the title

#or, indeed, the bosses who did not provide training about data security and encryption

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Big Brother

Gail Foley

The existence of a “senior manager of public confidence” is a very good reason not to have any confidence

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Blighty's first home grown war robot takes to Welsh skies!

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robot takes to Welsh skies!

It's dustproof then?

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Jobs to iPad skeptic: 'Are you nuts?'

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Of course he's nuts...

...he is trying to buy an ipud

Mine's the one with the one without the oversized pocket.

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Giant solar-powered aircraft takes to the skies

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title

I'dhave thought anything that brought a charge would be welcome

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Sky posts 3D TV pub finder

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yep

That was my thought. Oh goody - a handy list of unattractive dives

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iPad apps flood Apple's App Store

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still the most pointless title requirement

Yes, I agree. But now people can buy pointless apps for their pointless box.

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Woman finds Romanian living in shed

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no no no

"the Mail is pandering to its readers' petty xenophobia"

s/petty/olympic grade/

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Video giant embraces Flash-phobic iPad with HTML 5

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well quite

I've never heard of them.

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Nips slip past Apple censors

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Oh?

Quite a lot of classical statues have a todger in full view. I wonder if those would be OK?

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Steve Jobs spotted not hating Eric Schmidt

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camera car

I want that photo to have come from Google Streetview. Please say it is so.

Paris, because all of this gossip and twittering (in the old sense) is not about IT it is about fame.

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Apple, Google, world+dog named in mobile patent suit

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This has to stop

How the blue blistering blazes can a patent be granted or enforced if it is applied for after the products being complained of came to market?

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LG InTouch Max GW620

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well quite

And in the same manner, I'm sure an LED can output far more light in a short burst than it could cope with continuiously.

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'Go veggie to save the planet' UN, EU plans debunked

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Bad taste

Your cow with the flaming flatulence was in extremely bad taste indeed.

Good show, keep it up.

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SA news outlet deploys sh*t London Olympics logo

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yes

Good effort lads.

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SanDisk flips out 32GB mobile phone card

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sansa clip

I'm sure it would look very nice in my sansa clip mp3 player. Or my Safa R700C recorder.

oh look, there is such a thing as a VTec MD80 Micro Digital Video Camera. That uses micro sd

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Office IT: One size doesn't fit all?

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Oh what a surprise

Yes.

You forgot the biggest failure - not asking the user what they need the computer FOR.

I am a commissioning engineer. I have to programme PLCs and HMIs that imply I need a laptop with RS232 or parallel ports. But the IT department does not know that, even though they have had to re-order my last 3 laptops. Making the same mistake twice is stupid, but making it 3 times because of over-rigid centralisation is just a waste of perfectly good money.

My latop is a spanner. I fill it up with software to talk to programmable controllers, compilers, devices to configure drives and motors, and to talk to stacks of instruments. When I then call for tech support because my email stops working I don't want all that lot deleting by remote services "because it is unsupported"

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Brown creates one UK.gov website to rule them all

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But but

We've been here 13 years ago. It was called open.gov.uk. They could not be bothered to do it properly then, and they won't be bothered now.

Go and look for the maps that define floodplains and areas at risk from innundation. They are at http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/37837.aspx

HOME AND LEISURE? is property flooding really a barbeque issue?

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Pirates of the Caribbean say 'narrr' to Bulgarian airbags

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this is the title.

Has it not occurred to you that even Ikea Knightly knows a turkey when she sees one? Maybe, having suddenly learned to act, she has decided she does not need to do this again.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYfbc1B-i4I

Paris. Because she probably enjoyed it. She seems to enjoy most things.

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wub

wub wub wubb

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Nerd alert: First Lucid Lynx Ubuntu beta fun

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themes

If you are going to stick with gnome, you can obtain eye candy either as individual bits or as whole themes from places like http://gnome-look.org/

http://ubuntusatanic.org/ for example has some interesting ideas and a simple explanation of how to load them.

Mostly you can use the package manager to suck them from repositories, like everything else.

If you are not going to stick with gnome, you can try things like

http://www.enlightenment.org/

http://www.afterstep.org/

after installing them you can just pick them as an alternative to your default gnome session when you log in.

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Blunkett: 'The dog howls when I whip out my ID card!'

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'The dog howls when I whip out my ID card!'

funny place to keep it. Still, if yer blind...

Mine's the one with "insensitive sod" stencilled on the back.

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Dell bars Win 7 refunds from Linux lovers

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But

It's my experience that Dell offer an ubuntu version grudgingly, and at greater cost than the equivalent windoze one. Whether this is to present a facade of choice, or not I cannot imagine.

In a properly free market you could buy the laptop without an OS, and have done with it. As long as you can't, there is something creepy going on.

And as for warranty and support excuses, are they really saying they sell something so flaky that it won't run the commercial OS out of the box? Why should I want it then?

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Gates Horns

Now then!

I'm told the trick is to video the startup procedure and then involve the Trading Standards department.

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Nokia puts hive mind to work on Best Phone Ever

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Can we start with

* Superb audio quality when making phone calls

* does not go straight to 'missed call' instead of ringing

* the error message 'operation failed' is replaced by one that tells you what the problem is.

* Nokia phone can talk to Nokia desktop sync app every time

* battery life >10 days on standby

* When it rings, I can hear it

+After that, two sims would be nice, both active.

+Then reliable charging from mini-usb

+And all data accessible in USB storage mode e.g. from Linux. So I won't have to care about syncing ever again.

Games? GPS? web browsing? adverts? cameras?watching TV? X-ray vision so I can see through people's clothes? Not interested in any of them.

Oh hang on, can I think about the last one again? Look who just arrived.

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yes

O2 just replaced my 3109 classic ;cos the sound quality was terrible, and it hung up in the middle of syncing to Nokia's desktop software. The replacement - which had to be the same model - has exactly the same faults.

Ho hum.

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LG backs away from '15,000 3D TVs for pubs' claim

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.and must contain letters and/or digits.

Thank gawd for that

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Sky to pack pubs with 3D TVs

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Jobs Halo

So what we now need

Is an iphone App that locates nearby pubs with:

* Good beer

* Good food

* Live music

* NO TV

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'The LHC will implode the Moon or PUT OUT THE SUN'

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Alien

Nah

That's only what the universe wants you to believe

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Are West Bromwich Borg pliers actually side cutters?

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Nothing to see

All black now.

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Light bulbs inspire boffins to find fast data transfer trick

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That's quite an interesting idea

An optical broadcast system with a very cheap reciever on existing devices - as long as they are not in your pocket - they just need a way to sell it to you.

How about doctor's surgeries, beeping your cell phone when it is your turn? Railway stations flooding the space with departure data? You could set your gadget up to only recieve your train/route stuff. Take an Ipod to the theatre for subtitles or translations? Simultaneous subtitles for deaf schoolchildren?

All confined to one space/room. Sell it to us like that, and /then/ sell the adverts, and it might catch on, and actually do some good as well as being more marketing noise.

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IPCC Rainforest eco-tastrophe claim confirmed as bunk

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Free love?

I grew up in the 50s and 60s and have a clear memory that Free Love was happening somewhere else. Nowhere near me.

Perhaps climate change is like that. I know it was perishing cold when I took the dogs for a walk last night!

Paris. She ain't free though.

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Giant flying pliers menace West Bromwich

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or

or, indeed, a pair of someone else's pliers..

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Top exorcist says Satan at work in Vatican

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Satan at work in Vatican

"Satan at work in Vatican" - after 2000 years, it won't be the first time

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Gartner says world will buy 10.5m tablets in 2010

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exactly 10,500,000?

Why on earth guess at 10.5 million? Not 10, not 11, but 10.5?

If he is saying "lots, if you have a factory, but not so many that most people will have seen one", why not say so.

I loathe pundits who make up numbers to unreasonable precision.

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Street View threatens to throw Eurostrop

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it's all been said

But someone threatening to stop doing what we don't want them to do anyway isn't going to excite me very much.

Technically possible /= worthwhile

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BBC confirms death of 6Music, slashes online budget by a quarter

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And where

where did I say shut down the internut and satellite versions?

DAB uses failed technology, too much battery power, and is too expensive for broadcasters. The interwebs have passed it by - let it die a natural death, like the video disk.

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Nail

Nail in the coffin of dab.

Shut down 2 of the 3 good stations (R7 being left), then say 'listening figures have crashed'.

Next, shut down DAB. And good riddance

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US burg renames self 'Google'

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Please

My thoughts exactly. Let greed be met by the consequences. Please.

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Google 'personalizes' one in five searches

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try scroogling then

Scroogle - a google scraper - claims to give you a layer of insulation, and might therefore help a bit.

http://www.scroogle.org/

Much as it pains me to say so, Ask.com, with it's edited result table, often gives better results.

I use Wolfram Alpha more and more as google returns more and more dross. Try this one for example: http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=uk+population+growth

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'Fat birds get laid sooner, have more one-night stands'

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WTF?

Display?

I'd have thought that displaying my physcial attributes would get me slung in jail

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Typing merely by thinking - plugless brainjack kit invented

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Yes!

I've been waiting 30 years for this. Why does the most advanced technology on the planet have to be tied to a typewriter?

Next, do away with the screen.

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BBC Trust won't probe iPlayer open source gripes

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yes

yes, it does. But you are only cut off from TV & the odd thing on radio3. Most of radio you can 'ave

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BT blamed for Davina McCall spamcalls

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I dont get any marketing calls from anybody

"I dont get any marketing calls from anybody"

That'll be yer postcode, then.

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