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Apple's request for HTC ban delayed again

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"... unless Apple have judges in their pockets"

And the German ruling did not convince you that this was true?

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Sony: PS3 sales ahead of target

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15m PS3s to be sold in 2102?

I think they're hoping a bit too much for longevity there...

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2011's Best... HD TVs

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No, you don't understand now

A TV with poor picture, naff controls and few connections would still work as a TV, and hence justify receiving some kind of positive score. To get a rating of 0%, a TV would have to not work at all.

Also, when it comes to TV group tests, Samsung, Sony, Toshiba, LG and Panasonic TVs are mostly of the same high quality and relatively interchangeable due to industry standardisation. Review ten 3D TVs and the winner will be the one with the least crosstalk. Most of the time it will be a single unique feature that swings the last few points.

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Higgs boson hunters have god particle in their sights

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"Too early to draw definite conclusions"

Translation from Science to English: "We need a bigger grant".

Interesting news, though.

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Asus Tegra 3, Android 4 tablet priced up for Brits

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Indeed

Particularly when it has onboard slots for SD and microSD cards, bringing it up to a potential 160GB of storage.

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NotW didn't delete Milly Dowler 'false hope' voicemail

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"Trying to get a job on a Murdoch rag are we?"

I doubt it, but your demonstration of a complete and utter inability to read or understand basic facts suggests that you are.

The article clearly states that some of the messages were deleted in this fashion before the NotW accessed the phone. The NI hacks obfuscated the time of Milly's last real access by reading the messages, and are thus guilty as charged of interfering with a police investigation. However, the allegations that they had *deliberately* deleted messages to make room for more "newsworthy items" are false.

The NI hacks also cannot be held responsible for any false hope given to the Dowlers in the first three days after Milly's disappearance, as those messages would have been deleted even had they done nothing. As those three days are the crucial period in which changing gears from a low-priority runaway case to a hunt for a murderer would have had the greatest effect, the effect of their actions to hinder the investigation is reduced.

They're still scum, of course, but not quite as scummy as they are being painted.

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Beeb rescues old Who episodes

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No

The reasoning was "Well, we've aired and repeated that episode and sold it to foreign markets, so we don't need it any more". Doctor Who was light entertainment, not a classic for the ages.

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2011's Best... Games

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Skyrim

Now a first person shooter.

(See also: War, Total)

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Domesday Book put on touchscreen at Bletchley Park

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"The book would settle your doom"

That's not where the name came from. The name derives from the content being so complete and accurate a record that a judgement based upon it would be as final as those that would be made on the Day of Judgement (AKA "Doomsday") based on what was written in the Book of Life.

So no, it wasn't about the end of the world, but it was referring to it. As such, "Doomsday Book" is just a modern spelling of the title.

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Judge Dredd vs Zombies

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You forgot Judgement Day

Dredd battled a zombie invasion of the Earth in the Mega-Epic story Judgement Day, so the game fits perfectly into canon.

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"Dredd is pushing 60 in the comics"

Actually, he's past 70. Dredd graduated from the Academy of Law aged 17 in 2079; current MC1 year is 2133, making him 71 (technically 66, as he was artifically aged to 5 years old after his clone birth).

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Mythbusters cannonball ‘myth-fires’

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You have the right to bear arms

So if you can carry a full size artillery piece firing 30lb cannonballs, I have no problem whatsoever with you being allowed to keep it.

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Why are Android anti-virus firms so slow to react on Carrier IQ?

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"It's why I rate proprietary OS's over open ones."

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/12/01/ios_has_carrier_iq_client/

You were saying?

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Navy pays 2x purchase price to keep warship docked for 5 years

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We may note Pepys' remark...

... but we won't note it as being about the Victory, because Pepys died a century before the keel was laid on Nelson's flagship. Naughty Register, to mislead the public so.

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iPhone banned in Steve Jobs' ancestral home

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Steve can't hear you

Not because he's dead, mind you - he just can't get a stable connection on his iPhone 4.

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Tesco: buy a DVD, get the download free

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Sandahl Bergman?

I think you'll find the article is referring to this year's remake of Conan, starring Jason Momoa and Rose McGowan.

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Fahrenheit 451 published as Bradbury finally succumbs to ebooks

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An especially ironic example...

... given that Amazon deleted all those e-copies of 1984. How do you burn bytes? Kindle them, obviously.

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iPhone 4/4S 'self combusts' in airliner inferno

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True, not necessarily

But as I said: the more heat a phone is generating, the more likely it is that it *will* happen. That's where Occam's Razor comes in - in the absence of definite proof, the most probable solution is the one requiring the fewest factors. And when there have already been stories of the same thing happening to other models of the iPhone when it is in use, that's further fuel for the fire (so to speak).

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Assuming it was switched on

I would always assume that a combusting electrical device was switched on at the time, as using electricity generates heat. Occam's Razor: the hotter something is, the fewer additional factors are required for it to reach combustion point.

My own smartphone has at times become quite warm during periods of intense use, but never when it's just sitting in my shirt pocket. The guy was using it, no need for facetiousness.

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No, let's hope that you're right

Such a ban would force Apple to stop treating their users a bit less like children or intellectual pygmies, or face losing millions of pounds in custom from the people who use their iStuff for business. Even the biggest Apple fan can't deny that this would be a good thing.

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Demon Currys iPad showered kids with HARD-CORE smut

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Correct industry standard for quantity

I beg to differ - he didn't say whether the fucktonne was Imperial or metric.

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San Diego woman strips to bikini to look for her chihuahua

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"Her sign is not helping her cause"

I'd say the bikini isn't doing much for her cause either. She's giving people much better things to do with their eyes than look for her dog.

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Apple iPhone owners are the most loyal smartphone buyers

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It's all about the apps

In the case of Apple, migrating would also require the re-purchase of all the apps you've bought. It's stupid to buy into Apple now, but if you bought into smartphones early when the iPhone was the only real contender it makes a lot more sense to stick with it.

(Android users spend less on apps, which also explains the lower retention rate for that system.)

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So tell me...

... if Apple is so wonderful and its users are so smart, why are they all posting as Anonymous Cowards so we don't know who they are?

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UK retailers launch pre-Xmas sales Yank style

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Nope

Some stuff on PC World, Currys and Comet sites though.

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Discount iPads?

I sense a great disturbance in the Force ... as if billions of Apple's lawyers all jumped in the air and shouted "Yay!".

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Apple crushes High Street in UK web shopping stakes

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Thanks, Diode

it might have seemed obvious, but the order at least was in doubt. Cheers for the clarification.

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Top 10s

Now not including #8 or #10.

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What should a sci-fi spaceship REALLY look like?

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Mad, yes ...

... but not exactly realistic.

Interesting factoid: Foundation Imaging took the texture for the Shadow vessels from a dog's nose.

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Not enough love for Babylon 5

Mentioning that the station itself was realistic because it revolved to generate gravity is not enough. The Starfury space fighter was also complimented by NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab for being an absolutely spot on design for a small, manoeuvrable craft for use in zero gravity.

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NHS minister's bombshell: I get emails from dead people

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Zombies

So, that would be the people who have died due to Tory attacks on the NHS then? It just goes to show how bad the Coalition government are, that people will rise from the grave to complain about them.

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iPhone 4S is for failures who work in coffee shops - Samsung

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Fail of the Year 2011 - entries now open

You're posting as an anonymous coward. How the fuck can you say you've *come out* as an Apple user when you're not even using your online identity?

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Stripper name game exposes sensitive privates on Tumblr

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"My mothers maiden name is "!lP5bqZwqw""

Funny, you don't *sound* Polish...

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Asus Eee Pad Slider SL101

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I underestimate nothing, Al

If you want a regular tablet that can double as a netbook, you can detach the Transformer from its keyboard and have a lighter, thinner device when on the move with it.

I've seen and used a Transformer in its dock, and consider it to be not so much a tablet which can be converted into a netbook as a netbook with a detachable touchscreen. I don't see any advantage that the Slider has over it, and quite a few things that it doesn't.

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80%?

That rating seems high for a product nobody should ever want to buy. If you want to buy a tablet with keyboard, then you can buy the Transformer at the same price and get double the battery life. If you prefer your tablet without a keyboard, then you can buy the Transformer sans keyboard for considerably less money. Either way, the Slider is not the device you want.

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Dragonriders of Pern author Anne McCaffrey dies

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"Dinosaur Planet wasn't very good"

Let's be honest here - most of McCaffrey's novels weren't very good. However, I never heard that she was a wicked person, and as said she did a lot to get women fantasy authors taken seriously. RIP, and condolences to her family.

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Manning to get day in court

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Demonisation

Demonisation of an entire group based on the actions of a few is much less likely to happen when the group in question deals with its own errant members. Not every Catholic priest is a paedophile, in fact very few are, but the whole Catholic Church is demonised for that reason because they conceal the facts and protect the criminals. If they instead excommunicated those priests and turned them over to the authorities, they would be largely immune to such criticism as they would have demonstrated that they don't want such people in their midst.

There will always be bad apples in any group - there's no sense in denying it. That's why it's important to send a public message that you won't tolerate them.

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Fuelling hatred

Hilmi, let me ask you something. What do you think is more likely to fuel Muslim hatred of the secular West?

1) The West treating atrocities committed against Muslims by its soldiers as crimes and punishing those responsible,

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2) The West covering up atrocities committed against Muslims by its soldiers, pretending no crime has been committed, and punishing those responsible for revealing their deception?

It's a sad state of affairs that I even have to ask this question. However, it's what happens when two sides in a conflict are as bad as the other and one wants to seize the moral high ground.

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Enemy of America. You have been warned.

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Fragged, fragged and thrice fragged! 20 years of id Software’s Doom

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Doom vs Wolfenstein 3D

An apt comparison. If you didn't like Doom, then you do like Hitler.

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Security takes a backseat on Android in update shambles

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iPhone 3G owners might disagree

You know, given that iOS 5 won't install on their devices.

Say what you want about Apple, but when they say "upgrade", everyone has to upgrade!

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Deja vu ... again

This post reminds me of a comment made back in Apple's doldrum years pre-iStuff. Apple had put out an advert bragging that there were tens of thousands of Windows viruses but none for their OS. A virus author responded by pointing out that it wasn't worth a coder's time to write viruses for Macs - there were so few in use at the time that a virus written for them wouldn't be able to propagate.

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Chief rabbi: Steve Jobs' Apple lust spreads misery, despair

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"Why do you keep spouting this rubbish as if it were fact?"

Well, it's a lot more factual than the insulting drivel you call an argument. "The iPhone isn't like the other phones in the market that all have the same features, it is better BECAUSE it is shiny! Apple's design is a lot better than the design practices of your pet corporation - who I am completely unable to name or identify, BTW, I'm just throwing this out as a generic insult to everyone who isn't Apple - and you must be a fanboi for some other corporation because you're not a fanboi for Apple... (continues for 73 pages)"

On the off chance that a fact may penetrate the solid bone that constitutes your head, here's a few things I didn't say but you claim or imply I did.

1) I did not say the iPhone was inferior to any other phone. I said it was equivalent, because other phones have the same features.

2) I did not say that any other company was better or worse in the field of design than Apple. This is an extension of 1.

3) I did not say that Apple did not win their leading position fairly. All I said was they are ahead NOW due to superior marketing, which is undeniably true - they've been marketing the iPhone for longer than any other smartphone manufacturer has been seriously doing so, which has established them as the leading brand.

4) I never argued that bells and whistles incomprehensible to the layman made for a better product. I do, however, find your example of VCR clocks to be both specious and risible. If the iOS clock worked the same way and didn't auto-update then 90% of iPhones would have a flashing 12:00 on the screen - and before you think this is an Apple-bash, so would 90% of other smartphones if their OS did likewise.

Now, stop claiming I said things I did not, and try forming a coherent argument based on sense. You are doomed to failure, but it's always worth the attempt.

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God doesn't use Apple products

We know this to be true because He gave Man free will.

Also, when God led the Israelites out of the desert, He travelled before them as a pillar of smoke by day and as a Flash animation by night.

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"The iPhone is massively useful..."

I'm not going to dispute that, but the iPhone is really not better or more useful than any other smartphone and it *is* a lot more expensive than most. That people still want Apple's branded shiny as opposed to any other type is undeniably a function of marketing.

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Swearing fine quashed as teens have heard it all before

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With apologies to Roy Rogers

Four letter words, four letter words, they'll never let you down

They're seldom repeated, yet oft overhead

Those wonderful one-two-three-four letter words

They shouldn't be used in polite company

When ancient old ladies are sipping their tea

But just ask their husbands, you'll find sure as hell

They've not only said them, they've done them as well

Four letter words, four letter words, they'll never let you down

They're seldom repeated, yet oft overhead

Those wonderful one-two-three-four letter words

They're tried and they're tested, they're steadfast and true

You say them when other words simply won't do

They're honest and faithful right down to the end

They're our wonderful one-two-three-four letter friends!

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Clegg orders fresh review of UK extradition treaty

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For the clueless AC...

Just because the bench have deemed the treaty proper does NOT mean it isn't lopsided, or even that it really is proper.

Since you're so fond of educating yourself and getting in touch with reality, here's a fact for you: some senior members of the British judiciary have their eye on a seat in the House of Lords. Do you think the House of Commons are going to appoint someone to the house that oversees their decisions if that person looks at a blatantly unfair treaty made by members of the lower house and says "That's unfair, I'd never ratify that"?

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"Presumably the scammers didn't commit any offence in Nigeria"

419 scams take their name from the section of the Nigerian criminal code dealing with fraud, Mr Bluffenstuff.

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"Sent to the country where they committed the crime"

Well, McKinnon committed his crime in the UK, so I fail to see your problem. Beyond being a ranting, Daily Mail-reading imbecile, anyway.

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Kindle Fire: An open letter to Jeff Bezos

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"The only thing that exists that does it all"?

Clearly it couldn't be that any tablets other than the iPad exist, that are capable of all the same things the iPad can do.

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