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India to place $11bn order for AIP hi-tech submarines

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trident

That's the same argument as is made for us scrapping Trident.

Which we should, of course.

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Microsoft lines staff pockets with Windows 7 phone

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Hmm.

There is much in what you say. But

>it's just that they underestimated the importance of the UI

needs expanding a bit

it's just that they underestimated the importance of the UI or of the phone not needing rebooting at least once a day and cold starting at least once a week.

There, that's better.

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Imitate Real Ale quaffers, save the economy, says biz prof

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odd

>Just because JD Wetherspoons is cheap doesn't mean they can't keep and serve a good pint of beer.

why don't they then?

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Ipswich?

I went to primary school in Ipswich, and have been back over the years. I have never ever been able to answer the simple question

What is Ipswich for?

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Nah

>Or should I read the article before commenting?

why break the habit of a lifetime?

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Airline ejects passenger for being hungry

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Security theatre is out of control

Last year I witnessed a polite, nervous, old man ask a stewardess if he could be moved as his seatback would not stay upright. She started screaming at him, and a few minutes later the captain came back and said he would not tolerate passengers behaving like that, and that the police had been called. I immediately gave him my business card, saying I'd heard the whole thing and would stand by him if he were prosecuted, or chose to sue for defamation. Half a dozen other people joined in.

When the police arrived he was arrested in front of all of us under security legislation, although there had been no mention of any security matters before, and he was hauled off. The police later took a statement from me by phone, and when I got back to the UK I was interviewed - not about his 'offence' but about my behaviour in offering support to a terrorist subject. I just laughed at them.

I had already written to the airline about this sham, and got no reply at all.

In other incidents, I have had my 'kensington' cable confiscated at the bag search, because the loop meant it could be used as a garotte. They also took my RS232 and Allen Bradley cables 'in case I strangled someone with them', but left the power cable for the PC 'because you need that for the computer'. Last week I had a roll of PVC insulating tape confiscated 'because you can restrain someone with it' I pointed out that someone would have to be remarkably compliant, and it would be much faster to loop my belt through it's buckle and use that. Blank confusion.

In January I was on a plane with an armed passenger, who was merely asked to surrender the gun to the chief steward after it was discovered. No-one called the police or had him arrested. Oh yes, that was a flight from Washington to Dallas. They gave him his gun back as we got off.

My last flight from Aberdeen to Humberside was delayed 'for security reasons'. I quizzed the cabin staff who admitted that the spelling of someone's name on the boarding pass did not match the passport, and they had been taken away by the scottish police.

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Seagate intros networked storage for the home

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So, windows or mac? is that right?

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Treasury pulls plug on Wiki-cutback site

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Sir Humphry

>why?

The civil service wanted to discredit the whole thing as quickly as possible?

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Linux to eclipse Microsoft's 'all-in' tablet enthusiasm

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oh, aye

there is much in what you say, but it is suely just as likely that they will slip out a device variant as that the two untried versions listed will be crowned?

It still looks like lazy, alchohol-inspired futureology, and devoid of facts.

But it still looks like M$ is on the way down...

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Oh?

So the only linux distros considered are the 4 newcomers? We havn't seen a single working meego or chrome device, but we aleady know they will beat slack ,debian, suse, hed rat, 'buntu, & 'driva?

I'm all for the idea of shunning gates, but there is a lot of the made-up-in-a-wine-bar-by-some-fashoin-victim-using-buzzword-scrabble about all this.

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So long then, Windows 2000

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t i t l e

What happened to all those W2K powered warships?

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Futurologist warns of malevolent dust menace

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My thoughts, more or less.

Abraham Derby, the early iron master forsaw the day when all men would ride Iron Horses (nearly right) live in Iron Homes (not really, except for steel framed towers) eat off Iron furniture (only in twee coffee shops) wear Iron clothing (mind control beanie anyone?) and be buried in Iron coffins. (What? to be carried by Iron mourners, no doubt). None of his ideas was impossible, but quite a lot of them were daft.

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Title, my liege? Why marry, thy name is Moderatrix

Oh dear. Another 'grey goo' apocalyptic. Does no-one bother to think about where these ghastly devices might possibly get the energy required to move, compute, and transmit.

It's bollocks.

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eBay whacked with giant patent suit

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Yawn

You know what, I don't care. Dull, dull, dull.

"Highway man mugged whilst going about his business". "landsharks do what landsharks do".

It's sod all to do with me, and if ebay/paypal were to FOAD I would care about as much as I cared about the death of Moat.

We need a 'yawn' icon.

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Apple MacBook mid-2010

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You say that as though it is a bad thing

It's a computer. It works. It works very well.

The rest is a well-known back story - do you want to pay the premium for a non-pc product?

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No Bing bang for Microsoft's Yahoo! marriage

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whot?

"160 per-cent year-on-year growth in queries – from a base of zero "

can you list all the search engines that did not start from a base of zero? or, indeed, any other business that had customers before it was trading?

if the year-on-year increase includes the start of trading, then either it can't be year-on-year or it must be infinite.

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Vodafone 845

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Hurrah!

"Call quality was fine" - hooray, some recognition that it is a phone!

How was it in poor signal areas?

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Distie thief gets 14 months despite CPS 'incompetence'

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'ang on a minute

"and had been living at his registered address"

What the blue blistering baked black enamel is a 'registered address'? Do we need permission to live somewhere now?

I hope not. I've never 'registered' my address with anyone. Am I now a criminal?

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Hillier appeals to transgender community to save ID cards

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Privacy

Perhaps no-one needs to know our gender AT ALL? ever?

When women were not allowed to vote there was some point, albeight a nasty one, in recording at birth what one's gender was. But in these days of equality, then it should surely be a question one is not allowed to ask, either in the passport office or the job interview.

"What shape toilet did you use this morning?" - Mind your own business!

"How did you vote at the last election?" - Mind your own business

"How do you get your jollies when the lights are out?" - Mind your own business

"Do you support Manchester United?" - Mind your own business

"How did you do in the chromosome raffle?" - Mind your own business

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Microsoft drops Win7 deadline for XP and Vista holdouts

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feedback?

"SP1 for Windows 7 is a wrap of updates available through Microsoft's Windows Update service combined with hotfixes based on feedback Microsoft said it has received from customers and partners."

I really don't know how microsoft gets feedback from ordinary joes like me. I thought you had to pay to be allowed to talk to them.

Can someone explain how to make simple bug reports for e.g. MSword in the same way as bugzilla-type systems for OOo or Linux or Firefox?

We do need a big sod-off question mark icon for the perplexed.

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Reverse engineer extracts Skype crypto secret recipe

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OK, fair remark. But did skype ever prmise the lock was unbreakable? or just to connect you to yer missus over the internet?

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What is the problem?

Skype took an idea that was well-known - voip - and created a version of it with their own encryption. The idea was to give them a degree of control over what was, essentially, a profit stream.

I see nothing wrong with that at all. They never claimed to be unique, just easy to use. sip and all the other systems are still out there. No-one was forced to deal with them. They were selling simplicity, and protecting their investment. Seems sensible to me.

So why is it Ok for this chap to publish details of their protection system? Sounds like someone publishing the profile of my front door key.

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Treasury turns to Facebook for cut plans

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I'd have thought that, after the general election result, asking the electorate anything was a devalued idea.

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OpenOffice gets Ubuntu-media friendly

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It's always tricky printing streaming media.

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Paris Hilton

'ang on?

An "office suite" uses a "media streamer"?

Is it me, or has the whirled gorn madd? Who, apart from a few pink-trousered show-offs in sales, need to stream media to do an office job? and won't they all be using an iPouf anyway?

Paris, 'cos I believe there is some streamable media involving her. PS: shouldn't her icon now feature hancuffs

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Waterfall Niagara speakers

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IRTA

Sorry, I thought you said 'waterfall Viagra'

Paris understands.

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OpenSUSE 11.3 delivers spit, polish and niggles

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Mandriva is paid for

I've been a paid-for mandriva user in the past, and was very very happy with the product.

What drove me to despair was their barrow-boy business model. You'd buy version 'n' of something from the web site, and 2 days later be bombarded with emails offering verison 'n+1' for exactly the same amount of money. Then every couple of weeks they would have a sale of something-or-other, including version 'n' at half what you had just paid. I was getting around 3 emails a day from them, until I invoked the spam filtering.

I now use openSuse 11.1 and Ubuntu. Will probably rationalise on one of them.

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Dell cuddles Canonical for big Ubuntu fluffer love

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Dell's dirty secret

They do seem to be ashamed of offering Ubuntu, don't they?

I'm typing this on a dell netbook bought with ubuntu which has been rock solid and really pleasing. The purchasing was marred by their simply dreadful customer service, of course. But finding this machine on the web site, even when advertised in a flyer, was an exercise in cryptography, and they only offered it in the -we-will-let-you-put-XP-on-it-if-you-hobble-the-ram- spec forced on them by M$

Since my experience at work has led me to decide that Bill is the antichrist and that I will never again give M$ one brass farthing, it was good to be able to buy from Dell. But next time it might have to be Novatech, because Dell made it quite clear that they were far too big & clever to actually need a customer.

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Why we love to hate Microsoft

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"The latest XP security patch rendered Windows no longer viable on my oldest laptop"

And I have no doubt that was intentional

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unbundled

"what would happen to the MS-dependent ecosystem if Jobs were to unbundle the Apple OS from Apple hardware? "

I'd love that. Apple would have to write a hard-down spec for device drivers for things like sound and graphics cards, but that aside I think it would kill M$ stone hard dead. And good riddance.

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Choice

Let people buy new copies of XP, or even W2K, if they want.

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'The internet's completely over', declares petulant Prince

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Ah.

Thing is, ignoring the messenger - and I think he is a twonk, and the idea of him being a great musician is laughable, no matter how many instruments he played on one album that took 18 months to make - I think he may have a point.

The balance on the internut is shifting from home-made, collaborative, genuinely interesting and creative to mass-produced, handed out to you, paid for, corporate pap. Just like everything else. Book shops are full of Tom Clancy dross, rather than samisdat manuscript subversive poetry, and the internut is drifitng the same way.

Regardless of my views on his music, I think he has often seen things the rest of us havn't. It's just that being a twonk we'd rather laugh at him than listen.

Oh look, is that icon a picture of him?

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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini

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Don't know about the phone,

but 12/10 for "Android 'andset".

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Russian spy ring bust uncovers tech toolkit

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A serious subject reduced to titilation

Now look here, el Reg. It would have been perfectly possible to report the story without demeaning references to the physical appearance of one of the spies in question. Nothing in the story depends upon her comliness, or even her gender at all. It is completely irrelevant to the facts.

But I would not have missed it for the world. Phoarr. Keep it up, lads!

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UK small firms better get used to Dell's 65-day payment terms

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Right

I used to run a small business, and if anyone asked to pay on credit or account I bunged 33% on, and flogged the invoice the same day to the bank for 30% off. It was no business of mine whether the bank collected.

If people complained at the upprice, the door was always available.

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Seagate's 3TB external drive

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heat?

I'm guessing they have some sort of issue that would be less apparent if only powered up occasionally.

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England versus Germany: Quaff real ale

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cider inside

Ale is good, dry cider better, scrumpy best.

No frothy head on cider!

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Iomega Prestige Portable 1TB

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power?

No mention in the review of how this thing was powered. Is it usb, double-usb, power brick? what?

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The Reg guide to Linux, part 1: Picking a distro

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Do not despair

It is difficult to imagine any modern computer that won't work fully with any Linux.

But it is SO easy to find out. You can get nearly every distro as a 'live CD' that will boot and run from the optical drive without touching the hard disk at all. You can burn a slack handful of them and try all the distros out, without installing.

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try a lice CD or two

Try booting from live CDs to see how they get on, saves the bother of installing.

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Just my pennyworth

I use Ubuntu, but agree that Mint is a good option for beginners too. I used to use Suse, and still rate YAST as excellent, and would be quite happy with that too.

I fell out with Mandriva, not over the distro, but over the barrowboy selling techniques, where they would take cash for version x of something, then bombard you with emails the same day to spend the same amount of money again upgrading to x+2. Then spam you remorselessly for the next thousand years. Technically it worked very well indeed.

I do have an XP partition on one machine and run andLinux on that. Recommended.

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iPhone 4: Perfect for everyone, except humans

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another totle

...Or indeed, iPss

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Not surprised

I never hear anyone reviewing smartphones talking about the phone.

I have been very dissapointed with nearly all the modern phones I have tried out, but not seen such a radical drop in signal strength as is described. but poor audio quality seems to be par for the course, especially microphone quality.

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Dell Streak Android tablet phone

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what about the phone bit?

How was it as a phone?

Did you try it with a bluetooth headset?

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Huge new airships for US Army: designed in Blighty

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the rays, the rays

I was going to say that!

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Windows 7 Backup gets users' backs up

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Not the first time

I used to use NTbackup to save the state of my XP machine. It typically took around 18 hours.

Using Ubuntu's simple backup took around 90 minutes. The data was substantially the same: an operating system, a slack handful of applications, and the same big bucket of photos and music.

Now for XP I use robocopy to make a file-by-file image, and sod the OS. Takes around 4 hours.

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iPhone mag-stripe reader stalled

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this is the title

Yep. Swipe should be dead, considering how easy it is to clone mag stripes

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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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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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