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Jobs: I'll decide what to do with Apple's $40bn cash pile

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with that sort of money

he could lunch in Zurich for a week

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Apple uncovers child workers in its plants

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Obvous when you think about it

In most families it is only the under-7s who know how to use the pvr or set the clock on the microwave. Persumably, therefore, they are the age range perfectly suited to molish them.

My big brother is really really big

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Ofcom decides it can't decide on spare spectrum

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wierd

Banning rfid near railways?

Have you seen how many german and swiss railway stations have been turned into branches of supermarkets?

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Archaeologists nail Bosworth Field

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THE RAYS, THE RAYS

You anticipate my view that the vast majority of archaeology involves 'groundbreaking' in one form or another.

But then I'm such a smart-alec

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Castleford locals storm Tickle Cock bridge

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T' Post

T' Yorkshire post beat you to the best headline: "Residents cock-a-hoop".

Standards slipping at the reg?

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Scots unleash world's strongest beer

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amplified?

Beer + waste industrial wood alchohol I suppose.

Amplified suggests all sorts of ideas, such as negative feedback, that might still be appropriate in the beer domain.

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First Vaio laptop with numberpad hits UK

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Hmmm

Fancy one of those.

If they ship it without windows.

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Computer Engineer Barbie coming soon to a toy store near you

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but but but

Shirley a real geekete should have unwashed hair, scrunched up with a velcro cable tidy, a spotty face from too much pizza, and full-length jeans gone at the knee? And the laptop should be in one of those fabric shoulderbags you get at trade fairs, advertising Greenspring or Keele or something?

Nothing like the picture on the left.

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QLogic sues over video of chip frying egg

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and

... I am insulted that the people issuing the law suit think I am dumb enough to believe that the chip is larger than a frying pan,,,

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Spain to get Europe's first major-vendor smartbook

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Absolutely

Getting to the point where the backlight is the biggest consumer of power. So why not make the outer case photovoltaic, and let it top up the battery a bit when not in use?

Or abandon a backlight altogether and have a transparent screen, to be backlit by available light?

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Intel says warranties evaporate when kit resold

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No

Not if it is a private sale. Law of Tort applies. You can ask him for your money back, or sue him if you think he misled you.

Usually, though, it's just tough.

That said, I've had WD replace portable hard disks based entirely on the serial number. 5 years from time of manufacture, they told me. They don't care who is sending them to them.

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Google will build 1Gbps fiber networks to the home

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planning? BT?

shirley knot?

Anyway my reading is that BT has been threatened that it will have to open up their ducts.

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Microsoft kills FAST's Linux and Unix search biz

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What confused me

was that when I was alive FAST was the Federation Against Software Theft, and when you said Microsoft had bought it I was very surprised

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Google doppelgänger casts riddle over interwebs

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So you can

That's interesting. Marginally

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ARM boss forecasts mass migration to netbooks

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Now you mention it

The Tardis is the only really desirable bit of technology in the known multiverse.

I want a cheap one of those too.

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"Desktops, laptops out - small, cheap computers in"

Please can I have a small, cheap computer with a proper keyboard and a big screen?

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Directgov kids' site apes explosive gay porn brand

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filters

It is possible, of course, that government sites have elabroate filters, so this sort of thing would not be found when searching...

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Apple vs the iPad Bedwetters

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Get me two

If I nail them onto broomsticks they will make quite good canoe paddles.

Then I can send them to Gordon Brown in the hope he can get us out of the shit creek he has landed us in.

Who said they are useless?

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Google's Android code deleted from Linux kernel

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Stop

Storm, teacup, teacup, storm

""[Google is] effectively creating a kernel branch that a number of different vendors are now relying on."

And since it was not Google who threw the code out of the main branch, how exactly is Google doing that?

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Who ate all the iPies?

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A neat analysis

I agree with all of what you say.

But this 'computer for the rest' space has had loads of people try to occupy it before, in various ways. Think of Amstrad's wierd emailling telephone, or even their cp/m based word processor. The maemo tablets from Nokia, the Texet webpad that Asda had last christmas, Datawind's Pocketsurfer... it goes on.

Apple has the marketing clout and UI design skills to do a better job than any of them. But I think there is a fundamental flaw in the whole idea.

'the rest' will want more from their 'computer for the rest' after a few weeks. If they havn't got one of us as a nephew, they will have watched CSI and want to do what they do with computers. The gloss is going to wear off far to quickly to be a succesful product.

No-one has beaten a path to the door of the predecessors. It doesn't sound like a better mousetrap to me.

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Woman sues rail line for 'exploding' toilet

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oh dear

'baleful bowl'?

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Google mystery server runs 13% of active websites

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shock horror

Software company with thousands of programmers writes an application!

what next? 35% of car engines are made by Ford? Many movies come from Hollywood?

Where is the Yawn icon? oh, there she is.

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Apple's iPad - fat iPhone without the phone

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maybee

Some years ago I watched an episode of ST:DS9 in which a ferengi was doing his accounts with a whole table top full of PADDs, picking them up, poking them and putting them down. I've often wondered since it there was some point to that.

I now know the point. If you want to surf while watching spottify, whatever that is, you will need TWO iPads.

Clever, Apple.

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aha! I've got it!

It's a colour Newton, without the clever software!

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no real point but,

The bit that hissed me off about the microsoft attempts was putting the handwriting extensions in the applications (office) rather than in the OS. So you could use it for what they wanted you to use it for, not what you wanted to use it for.

I wonder how the IPaddy relates to that?

We really need a big fat ? icon

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Airport scanner staff object to vetting

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Schiphol

I've asked every time I've been through one of these machines at Schiphol if I can see the result. I am always refused 'for privacy reasons'. Now I know that with my weight problem It's been a while since I saw my dangly bits, but I did not realise that they really were 'private parts' even from me.

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Another solution

Why don't we all turn up naked at airports? That'd sort out all difficulties.

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Brits left cold by mobile internet

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Quite right

It annoys me that my mail provider now wants to to look at 5Mb of pictures of californian celebreties before it draws the 'login' button. And that annoyance is on broadband. I wouldn't even dream of it on mobile internet.

Supposing I could get mobile internet access. I live in Lincolnshire, hardly the outer skerries of dreams, but only 5% of the county is covered by 3's mobile internet access, and the service from the other suppliers is even worse.

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'Larry and Sergey' to offload 10m Google shares

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Quite

I never understood how they started up. Who provided the initial funding before the ad-revenue came on stream. And, given how little notice I take of the ad-links, I can't see how the revenue stream can be so great. It's always looked like a bubble to me.

We've had other bubbles - .com - global crossing - clinton's economic miracle - the military profits from the iraq war. I begin to think that Microsoft is showing signs of de-bubbling.

And Google? a bubble? are the lads cashing in before it's too late? or just because they are getting older and it's time to make provision for old age?

I've been thinking too much. I need a beer.

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Ofcom opens debate on Freeview HD DRM to punters

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Quite

I have to say that those who cry most for DRM are those whose products I have least interest in. The correspondence is so high that it is an adequate indicator.

Paris 'cos she represents everything I care not for.

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Air France offers two-seat deal for fatties

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And

And is everyone else paying less now the seats are smaller?

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Microsoft finally cuts Bing data retention time to six months

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so

What search engine do the paraniodista recommend?

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2010 will be the year of the net tablet, claims analyst

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Or

Try the Archos 5. Bit video-centric, but with other uses too.

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Nothing wrong with e-readers

The problem is with e-books. I can buy the paperback cheaper than the download in many cases, only 2-3% of titles seem to be available, and none I want to read (let me recommend: http://www.boydell.co.uk/0150386X.HTM)

When I can give an ebook I've finished with to a friend, or to oxfam for re-sale, then I might start thinking about it.

Now what about scribble-tops?

I quite like the idea, but like an expensive dunhill cigarette lighter to a non-smoker it looks like a useless if attractive gadget.

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MS spins IE security disaster into Windows 7 upgrade opportunity

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Mayb so

But that doesn't mean I'm likely to buy the new washing powder or the new car or the new version of windows.

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I wouldn't mind

>office 95

$MEGACORP upgraded us all from Office 97 to Office2003 two years ago, and I'm still finding things that used to work and don't any more. There are no plans to upgrade further.

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Trust us, we know what we did wrong last time

OK, the last 13 things we sold you were crap. All your problems will be solved by giving us some more money.

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Darling forces ministers to draw up spending hit lists

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Easy

1. Bring the troops home from Helmund

2. Scrap the aircraft carrier project. Carriers are to protect surface ships, and we havn't got any.

3. Scrap the arts council. Small beer, I know, but a lot of noise!

4. Scrap the Olympics. I never wanted it anyway

5. Turn remaining RAF camps in Lincolnshire into housing for asylum seekers. Stop paying rent to private landlords for them

6. Scrap the NHS IT & ID card schemes.

7. Double road tax on Lorries, to get goods back on the railways. charge a per-dieum road tax for foriegn lorries while in the country

8. Tear up the treaty of rome and tell the EU to get stuffed for their money

9. Tell the welsh and scots that if they want full independence they can have it, otherwise we are going to shut down their toy parliaments and scrap the barnett formula while we are at it.

10. Charge parents for schooling used as child minding. Stop giving them vouchers.

11. Charge for NHS maternity care. Pregancy is not a disease.

12. Increase unemployment pay but require at least two days a week of community service organised by unemployed managers

13. Tax all bankers at 100% on earnings above 700K

14. Double the road tax for second cars in a household.

15. scrap income tax. Put it /all/ on VAT. Including local VAT for local taxes. You can't have a black economy if people aren't paying income tax.

16. Tax banks on the difference between deposit rates and loan rates

17. All able-bodied adults to be recruited into snow clearing teams in the winter. Each team resonsible for 1 day in 5 of pavement and road clearing using their own shovels. The army to do bits between towns.

18. double VAT on satellite TV subscriptions and films not made in the UK.

19. Legalise and tax all drugs

20. Legalise and tax brothels.

and next week, my plans for invading Mars!

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Information Tribunal abolished as new service takes charge

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So

Under the new system, what would have happened to the FOI requests for MPs expenses?

Thought so.

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One second-hand space shuttle: Yours for $29m

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uk.rec.sheds please note

'The bargain price represents the estimated cost of "transporting a shuttle from Kennedy Space Center to a major airport, and for displaying it indoors in a climate-controlled building".'

So you get a free air-conditioned shed with every shuttle, then? Bargain!

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US makes travellers go online, before getting onboard

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re-checking bags

When you get into the USA you have to collect your bags and re-check them for onward flights.

"have these bags been with you at all times?"

'No, for the last 11 hours they've been in the hands of the airline'

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But

When I went out at the start of Jan. I needed the online thing AND the bit of paper filled in on the plane.

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Government personal data handling 'better'

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Pah!

"Government personal data handling 'better'"

It could not be much worse unless they'd got some walpaper paste and started lining the tube stations with tax returns.

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Discrimination warning over airport body scanners

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Wrong problem

I don't think we should be worried about the operators being perverts. I think we should worry about them going insane. For every lustworthy body they get to look at through smoked glass, they will have to watch 132 like mine.

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British government ignores MS browser fears

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But

There is a good case for the government deciding which internet browser the government should use.

And a reasonable case for them not using that one!

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dumb wins again

If people had /listened/ when we told them that IE was not standard compliant, and they should stick to Opera or nutscrape/italian cheese, all the clever clogs in industry would not have written code that only runs on IE

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mystery to me

... that the NHS allowed them to write non-standards-compliant code and still paid them, and is even dreaming of paying them again to put it right. It should take all its previous suppliers to court if they won't do now what they should have done then - and FOC.

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Is Mandy right to cut science funding?

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what?

"Is Mandy right to cut science funding?"

Can you make me a list of the last six things Mandy was right about?

Paris: she has more integrity

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NASA Titan moon-balloons to run on cloud fuel

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hang on

They are planning to burn /the atmosphere/? How will they confine combustion to the baloon, and not the whole lot?

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ACLU challenges US laptop border searches

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I will admit

I removed all my mp3 files of old BBC radio shows before flying to the USA at the new year, in case they were mistaken for bittorrent downloads and I ended up in gaol.

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