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Bose says today is F*** With Dre Day: Beats sued in patent battle

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If Bose are poor quality, can you point us in the direction of some high quality audio gear? specifically something that works multi-room, has a 5.1 surround option and sounds good??

So far I can't find a thing that fits those simple requirements.....

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Bad back? Show some spine and stop popping paracetamol

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Re: Nothing works faster ...

I hope you find a way to fix your back problems, not just mitigate them...

but I find Tramadol works for most stuff... although many people have addiction problems when it comes to that drug, it binds to the opioid receptor.. Personally I have no problem with them, they are a handy stop gap when I get severe back pain or migraines... (but then again Paracetamol/Ibruprofen don't actually seem to work well for me and cocodamol just gives me headaches, so I have little choice in what I take when I need to..)

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Apple fanbois SCREAM as update BRICKS their Macbook Airs

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Re: Learn the First Rule of Computer Science

"If a firmware update bricks my computer I'm sure they will take care of me,"

That is no good if it wipes your data, and most people neglect to backup.

I don't install updates, most of the time, not unless I am 100% sure I have fully backup up data.

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Re: If it aint broken

Unfortunately they are broke as designed, the wifi on macbook air is crap... my phone/tablets (non apple) work much further out than the air does, plus they have no problem when moving between access points, my macbook air throws a wobbly when I move between them...

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BT: Hey guys, we've developed NEW MOBE TECH! It’s called... 2G

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Re: Hm, picocells .... can those work with SIP?

"make my SIP numbers available on my mobile"

Just buy a decent mobile, mine has SIP built in (its an SGS4), so I get my sip calls on my phone no problem...

I also have a quite nice Gigaset DECT SIP phone for my office, that handles SIP & POTS calls.. it also has built in bluetooth and is basically very nice, so i'd argue against all sip handsets being crappy

One thing I would like is a way to route the POTS lines I have to SIP without needing a separate server.. also I'd like my phone company to allow UMA so i don't need their crappy femtocell when out of range!

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Yorkshire cops fail to grasp principle behind BT Fon Wi-Fi network

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I have to defend the police here...

Sure the police can be pedantic, power abusing thugs, but not always..

In this instance, they were right to send out the letter...

It is very likely the 'busybody' only told the police that he saw a man using someone else's wifi, not that he was using FON.

So, with that info, a blanked letter to ensure people secure their hotspots is sensible, and good advice!

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Motorist 'thought car had caught fire' as Adele track came on stereo

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Re: Devil's advocate....

I agree with you on this one...

I would rather the odd person pulls over for what turns out to be no reason than he keeps driving and the car burns....

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Banning handheld phone use by drivers had NO effect on accident rate - study

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"But you don't operate a radio while driving. You turn it on when you get into the car and turn if off when you get out."

Actually I change stations sometimes.... That is why I have controls on my steering wheel....

But usually I choose a playlist before I leave, then if I need to change it, I pull over...

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British cops cuff 660 suspected paedophiles

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Re: What worries me about this

More likely they found sources of the bad stuff (i.e. by searching for it), then tracked the users... from what I read they saved children who were being abused, and in my mind that is a good thing...

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Re: Retro...

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"Royal Mail keeps a database of where every item was posted from and the recipient. Handy for traffic analysis."

Really? Can we have a source for that assertion?"

I would like to know about that data too... would help me trace a few parcels that have gone missing in transit.....

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Sit back down, Julian Assange™, you're not going anywhere just yet

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@acacacac

Well in this case, no charges have been filed, that is the problem, surely no extradition should be granted unless a charge has been filed.. and really, the actual charges are a bit odd from my perspective, but then again all I know of it is from the media..... but I can't see how he can get an impartial trial now with all this media attention most people will have a biased opinion for or against him...

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YES: Scotland declares independence ... from the dot co dot uk empire

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Re: Subsidised?

I think it all depends on who's figures you believe, and where you draw the borders when it comes to things like north sea oil...

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Re: how long before...

But is the SNP the Lesser of two evils?

I think I'd have to choose the Tories over the SNP, not that I really like the Tories... they are just the best of a bad bunch for now...

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Bloodied Samsung's profits down 25% as it clings to mobe crown

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Re: Being squeezed from both ends

The reason I buy Samsung is simple, their devices fit my needs.. big clear screen, fast CPU, microsd slot, removable battery..

Nothing revolutionary, but it meets my needs...

the iPhone is often touted as revolutionary, which is rubbish... it was simply evolutionary, and in its first incarnation, it was devolutionary, the only thing it brought over the Symbian based phone I had at the time was a slightly bigger screen and a capacitive touch input. nothing revolutionary there, infact it didn't even have apps....

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Royal Navy parks 470 double-decker buses on Queen Elizabeth

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Re: By the way those buses are packed in

I think someone in power has been watching Dr Who and forgot it wasn't a training manual....

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Re: You think aircraft carriers are expensive...

Well thats what you get if you don't build it here.....

At least the Lifting fans/engines are built in the UK for the F35 (rolls royce) but whether the computers will turn on is another matter... I remember at one point the US was refusing to hand over the source code.....

We have a great history of building amazing aircraft here in the UK & Europe, I can't see why we didn't build out own VSTOL fighter, at the very least we should never have sold off our Harriers!

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iPhone user SHAMEGASM: 'I beg of you', delete sex app from my purchase list

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Sure it is... its much narrower than the competition... I always thought the iPhone was too narrow for mens big hands to use.. turns out its a real ladies phone!

(I wonder if anyone sells waterproof coats for iPhones...)

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ISPs haul GCHQ into COURT over dragnet interwebs snooping

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Re: I should jolly well hope ...

With a Warrant, I would hope they do monitor things...

but that is the key thing, they need oversight, to ensure they don't overreach.. and its not so much because of GCHQ itself, but because at some point you know that there will be councils asking GCHQ for emails sent by someone they think is putting their bins out too early....

Or tracking mobile phones to find out who was in a park when a dog took a dump that was not cleaned up....

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Lords try shoehorning law against REVENGE SMUT into justice bill

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Re: Read the article

Its not a breach of copyright if the person sharing the image took the photo as usually they retains the copyright...

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Catch cack-handed baggage handlers in the act with Ericsson's SPY SUITCASE

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How are they going to get the batteries in the hold?? I've had my bags taken to 'inspection' areas more than once because I had a few spare batteries in the case... all batteries have to be in hand luggage as far as I am aware .

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BT at last coughs to 'major outage' after broadband went titsup across UK on Sat

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Problems started on Friday, I had to switch to alternate DNS servers.

But even with alternate DNS there were still problems, I am sure that there were routing issues as well that may or may not have been BT related, my mobile broadband has some issues also.

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Google: Glass goggles are a 'fairly lousy surveillance device'

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Re: Presumably..

There is a big difference to taking a video with a camera and wearing one on your head that can capture everything...

Simply put if you plan on having CCTV, you plan where you put it and why you need it... ensuring you put up the right signs if your a business...

If you have someone hold up a camera, you do it for a reason again you tell people why or your recording within the rights you have...

But with google glass, recording video is always on, and unlike CCTV, it is mobile, unlike a video camera or digital camera, it is not obvious that they are using it... I.E you have no idea if the person is reading an email, doing nothing or recording everything you say and do...

I have no problem with CCTV, I have no problem with people taking pictures or video in public...

BUT I do have a problem with people wearing a video camera on their heads all day, or recording conversations when I talk to them (and you KNOW that if companies have employees wear them, they will record the conversations)

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VIDEO SELFIE DRONE: 'AirDog' UAV follows you everywhere you go

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Re: "cannot see or avoid any obstacles in its flight path".

My thoughts exactly, for 1500 quid I'd expect basic collision avoidance to be built into it.... nothing fancy, just some IR range finders on the rotor arms and a simple "back off an don't crash into things algorithm"... with an instant rotor shutdown (with electronic breaking) when something got too close that it might come into contact with the blades...

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EE in giant VoLTE-face as it tries voice calls over Wi-Fi... again

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Hahaha, Apple compatible? unlikely...

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GCHQ to share threat intel – and declassify SECRET inventions

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Re: They don't do this already?

I think we do baths better than the romans ever did, they were filthy buggers in the baths (well according to Horrible histories anyway)

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British boffin tells Obama's science advisor: You're wrong on climate change

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Re: Boffins disagreeing with each other?

So Brit Boffin vs Yank Scientist... who is right?

Only one way to find out...

FIGHT!

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Space station 'nauts will use URINE-FUELLED ESPRESSO MACHINE

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Suppliers to Lavazza?

So they still can't get a decent cup of coffee then....

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Ohio man cuffed AGAIN for shagging inflatable pool raft

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Re: Got to love the law....

at least in the UK the NHS Would pay for his mental health treatment, but i agree there is too much imprisonment, unless your violent, prison is pointless, better to have rehabilitation & community service.

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Han Solo headed for lengthy stay in bacta tank after Bay Door Control cockup

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Re: NHS or Private?

The NHS is great, sure diagnostics for chronic conditions (non A&E stuff) can take time, and the NHS does really need to work on that side of things. BUT we are all treated, no one is left to die or suffer because they don't have insurance!

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Everyone can and should learn to code? RUBBISH, says Torvalds

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Re: The man is correct

"You are missing a few points and so is Torvalds:"

but your missing the point, even the spokeswoman for the 'year of code' can't code at all... they oversell what you can learn to do in a short time... and basically they will barely teach you anything you need to learn...

When I was at school they taught very little about coding, I remember trying to explain to a teacher than a BBC Micro was useless to me when I asked to complete my coursework in the lab which had Mac's, and I had already saved everything on a mac...

I learned to program because it interested me, but I think exposing people to coding is a good idea, and actually using a 'visual' building block language to teach the principals might be best....

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Re: arehole

No, he sees the point... coding is not something everyone should do...

I've taught students at university that could barely throw together a basic html page after 3 years at university... I had to hand walk them through basic things.. and these are people who chose to take computer science at university! When I was 8 I knew more than them about how to program...

(But I would not actually call HTML or CSS coding, I call that a markup language)

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NASA beams vid from space via laser

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Re: Hardly secure coms

More secure than radio... While in theory radio is directional, in practice beams are quite wide, lasers are more directional...

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Tech talk bloke compares girlfriend to irritating Java tool – did he deserve flames?

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Re: Bad poll questions.

Yup, mountain out of molehill...

My first thought was, what if that was a women doing it about her boyfriend, I bet there would be no reaction.....

How many comedians do you see make jokes about their other halves? loads...

This is no big deal unless your too sensitive...

These tweets bring up images of man hating women with a chip on their shoulder...

It is all political correctness gone mad....

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Patch NOW: Six new bugs found in OpenSSL – including spying hole

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The one problem with open source, is lack of funding...

The problem is without funding, who is going to have time to work on the project?

after 9-10 hours in an office, do you really want to come home and start on another project?

Will your family let you if you want to?

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YOU - NASA. Enough with the ROBOTS, get some PEOPLE to MARS

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I still think Russia, ESA & China should team up on manned moon/mars missions, the bulk of the space station was not built by NASA it was Russia and the ESA......

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Londoners urged to cut landlines and take up wireless broadband

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"most of the cost of line rental is for the maintenance of the physical equipment"

I don't accept that it costs £14/month (BT's prices) to maintain a bit of copper between you and the exchange/cabinet, my copper wire has been in place for over 30 years, where is the cost for the line? the equipment you talk about is the PSTN voice equipment right?, not the ADSL+ stuff?

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Samsung's 'OS of Everything' Tizen still has little to offer

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Re: "It is easier and cheaper to connect different OSs and devices"

Actually, samsung are way ahead of Apple with their 'openness' and interpoability...

My Windows, linux, Android devices all talk to each other nicely, they can all throw video to the TV through their native apps, with IOS, i would need extra apple hardware to do it.... (although Samsung seriously messed up with their latest video players, there is no easy way to browse a 1000+ file DLNA server so I have to use a third party app to browse which then uses the built in player or sends to any DLNA client on my LAN

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Queen's Speech: Computer Misuse Act to be amended, tougher sentences planned

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Ambiguously worded laws with strict liability to be sure....

The government loves to find ways to make people criminals, even if they are doing nothing to harm anyone...

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REVEALED: GCHQ's BEYOND TOP SECRET Middle Eastern INTERNET SPY BASE

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Re: Britain's got secrets

Yes, we need to know!

But the people in power will never tell us (I mean the Civil service of course, not politicians, they have no power that the Civil Service don't let them have, or have I been watching too much Yes Minister?)

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Google's driverless car: It'll just block our roads. It's the WORST

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Re: Jeremy Clarkson ???

you just KNOW they will try to make it crash....

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@naughtyhorse

Its very easy to do...

If you are on a motorway, there are often no markers on the motorway until about 1 mile before, so if your driving a new route your not used to, you can easily start overtaking 2 miles before and then miss your exit if you can't get over...

Sure if you have GPS you may know (depending on how early it notifies you, mine is around 1 mile before), but still I would overtake with 2 Miles left if the cars are going 50 on the inside lane I would be passing at 70 on the outside..

The thing is, even a convoy of automated cars, should leave a 3-4 car length gap between them for safety imho, plenty of room to merge, at 70MPH you travel approx. 30 meters a second!

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Samsung WRISTPHONE – for those who wanna whisper to strap-ons

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Re: So memoryloss, and a very unimaginitive brain is what it takes to become a regreporter?

Surely you would talk to the phone rather than touch it?

but I did have a calculator remote control watch when I was younger, and a 'data' watch that stored my contacts... I was a bit of a geek....

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ET hunter: We will find SPACE ALIENS in 20 years

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I am pretty certain we are not the only Intelligent species that will ever exist, whether we are the first, the last or in the middle I do not know...

We have only been broadcasting loud enough to be heard for the past 60-70 years, and rather than continuing that, we are trying to reduce power needs and thus out radio signature will quieten, give it 30 years and our noise will be barely noticeable...

yes keep listening, but the chances of detecting any other intelligent life is minimal by radio waves, we are better off looking for evidence of intelligent life itself, such as light pollution.

What we need is bigger, better optical telescopes, capable of seeing extrasolar planets directly rather than indirectly as we do now.

but most of all we need research into FTL communications, sure it might not be possible, BUT the key thing is that if it exists that is what advanced civilisations will be using... Imagine the benefits too, the end of bad pings!

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JJ Abrams and Star Wars: I've got a bad feeling about this

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ST:ID was not that bad

It was a well made film with a great cast, a few nice references for the fans,

BUT saying that, anyone who watched space seed & ST:TWoK clearly can see how even though the actors were great, the story was a bit weak, and Khan had been watered down (although in this version you are talking about a man that has not had the same hatred boiling up inside himself that the original Khan had)..

I do hope the next instalment of Star Trek is without Abrams at the helm..

But on the Star Wars front... he can't mess up more than they did with the prequals.. I watched them all with my boys a few weeks ago... and even they (4 & 7) clearly loved the Original Trilogy way more than the prequels... I think the only good thing about the prequels is that without them we would not have the clone wars animated series, which both my boys love!

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Time-rich Brit boffin demos DIY crazytech WOLVERINE talons

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How so?

I know of no law that specifically mentions the creation of retractable metal claws as a criminal offence?

The banned weapons laws are very specific, and even then its usually bans on sales/imports not possession/manufacture last time I checked.

Although walking down the street with it would very likely get you arrested, but then again you can be arrested for carrying a walking stick if the police had reason to believe you intended to use it as a weapon...

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Welcome to Heathrow Terminal, er, Samsung Galaxy S5

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Re: Who uses Heathrow anyway?

Anyone wanting a long haul flight with a decent airline?

Sure it used to be REALLY crap, but T5 is not too bad, and T3 has been spruced up (still long bloody walks to the gates though.....)

I actually don't mind T3 at heathrow, and since I've never had a good BA flight i'm sticking to flying Virgin for now.. (although with the delta merge I am concerned that quality will fall)

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Motorola Moto E: Brill budget blower with one bothersome blunder

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Re: I don't see this as a problem.

Just because you don't use the feature, does not me others don't,

sure when Google replaced talk with hangouts on android, they ruined their own video chat option on smart phones, but hey hangouts are 'hip' its not like you ever want to talk to a single person is it? or call them using google talk from your contacts right?? all that I could do easily before they changed it...

anyway back to my point.. video chat is great when you away from your family, it lets you keep in contact with loved ones on a more personal level, such as reading a goodnight story to your children and letting them SEE you read it... A front facing camera is a must for me...

Now if only google can sort out their damned hangouts so its more part of the phone than an annoying app....

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Europe's shock Google privacy ruling: The end of history? Don't be daft

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Re: Ken Hagan

a very good thing in my opinion, people change, and they have the right to learn from their mistakes...

Although with the prisons so full, I am sure they are just learning better ways to commit crimes...

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Google Maps adds all UK public transport timetables

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Re: And whilst ranting.....

I think his point is 10 meters is too damned short a distance! if you can't walk that, get a taxi!

Not that I've been on a bus in years, there are no busses any more round my way...

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