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

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Alien

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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Why we love to hate Microsoft

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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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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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OpenOffice gets Ubuntu-media friendly

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'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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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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Stop

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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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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title

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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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

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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