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Two driverless cars stuffed with passengers are ABOUT TO CRASH - who should take the hit?

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Re: I don't buy the premise

Yes, but collision detection systems can't currently see around corners. Imagine a single track mountain road with a 50 MPH speed limit, with steep hills and tight bends. No car has right of way, so there's a plausible scenario where collision detection systems wouldn't have enough time to stop the cars fully before impact, thereby forcing them to decide on either evasive action or simply allowing the accident to happen.

GPS could help with this of course, but as well as the need for military-grade GPS tech being fitted to each and every car, you'd have to have a global standard with the agreement of all vehicle manufacturers sending customer tracking data to a central source for it to work.

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The Nokia ENIGMA THING and its SECRET, TERRIBLE purpose

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My first thought

After PC was 'games console', maybe an Android-based one (or a VERY long shot; a Symbian OS one).

But the weed vaporizer would probably be more successful.

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Million Mask March: Anonymous' London Guy Fawkes protest a damp squib

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Re: Dear Reg....

What, loan him the talking candlestick from Beauty and the Beast?

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So long, thanks for all the ...er, FISH BRIGHTER than boffins thought

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Many people who have kept fish

... have known that fish aren't as stupid as is commonly believed. The 7 second memory thing in goldfish is bollocks, too.

When I kept them in the past, at first they'd always be timid and hide behind the ornaments whenever I disturbed the water. But as time went on, they'd recognize the blue tub of goldfish flakes and go crazy whenever I picked it up and held it near the tank. I even had a few that would eat the food from my hand when I held it at the top of the water.

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Apple spent just ONE DOLLAR beefing up the latest iPad Air 2

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"of the £400 retail price about £67 are VAT, which Apple sends straight to the government"

No, it bloody doesn't. Is your memory unable to retain Apple's registration in Ireland, deals with the government and creative accounting? All of these are well publicized. Apple (not unlike other megacorps, I might add) certainly does NOT pay its fair share of tax.

However, your comments about marketing are correct.

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Return of the disk drive bigness? Not for poor old, busted WD

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Shame

I've always found WD drives to be the most robust, generally speaking. Of course some do fail, but from my experience (and others I've spoken to) the failure rate tends to be lower.

The article doesn't list any possible reasons why WD is doing badly but Seagate is doing well...?

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iPhone 6 shunned by fanbois in Apple's GREAT FAIL of CHINA

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"...Xiaomi, which Apple regards a bit of a dodgy Del Boy kind of firm, fond of drawing inspiration from its competitors."

Completely unlike Apple, of course.

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Sun of a beach! Java biz founder loses battle to keep his shore private

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Re: Federal law from late 1800's applies

"there was a federal law from the late 1800's that declared all navigable waterways were the property of the citizens of the US and therefore access could not be denied by anyone to these waterways."

He wasn't blocking access, he was stopping people accessing by crossing his land, which happens to be the only land side entrance. There was nothing he could do to stop people accessing it by boat. But that was obviously more than a little inconvenient.

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My TIGHT PANTS made my HUGE iPHONE go all BENDY!

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Re: It's not a fault...

"Jobs would have gone thermonuclear on his own senior staffers had he survived to witness this."

I doubt it. Jobs would more likely have blamed the sheeple stumping up stupid amounts of cash for his company's inferior product, for misusing it in some way.

And then he'd probably try to sue them for slander.

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Joan Rivers promotes iPhone 6 from BEYOND THE GRAVE

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Yarrrrr!

Sorry. Didn't want to miss out on Pirate Day and I didn't have an actual response to this seriously creepy story.

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Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer

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Re: They are making profits of over £100m...

"There is something rather fishy about this statement. If they were making that much profit then it may be true that they are being forced into an orderly winding-up of the business but being forced into administration means they've made a loss and there are creditors looming"

I suspect it's more to do with hurting their former partners' businesses publicly and as much as possible. There's nothing for them to gain in simply bending over and quietly taking a rodgering. If it's happening anyway, may as well burn those bridges and try to lose EE and Voda some customers in the process.

That's how I'd play it at this juncture, anyway.

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Crack team weighs LOHAN's substantial box

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Re: Double Entendres

"Brazilian"

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Tesla to add charging network in China

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Re: 400 charging stations?

"I'm wondering how many Chinese could really afford one."

It's a rapidly expanding market. There's a new middle class emerging in China, consisting of people who traditionally haven't been able to afford luxuries. If things continue as they are, there will be a HUGE demand for new cars there in the near future. It's a gamble for Tesla, but if the government subsidizes electric cars as expected, it's one which could really pay off.

Also, having a network of well-placed charging stations is an attractive prospect for people. I was in the Trafford Centre over the weekend, where there's an electric car charging station. I was surprised to see it quite full, mostly consisting of shoppers' Nissan Leafs (leaves?), just getting a top up while they went shopping/ eating for a few hours. I think it's safe to assume they'll all have charging facilities at home.

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Re: China United Network Communications

Maybe they'd consider a name change to Telecommunications if Musk stumped up the cash...?

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Apple, FBI: YES we're, er, looking into the NAKED CELEBRITY PICS. Aren't you?

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Not necessarily. It's entirely possible pictures aren't actually deleted from "cloud services" when a user marks them for deletion.

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'Stop dissing Google or quit': OK, I quit, says Code Club co-founder

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Re: Andrew Orlowski @Joseph Haig:

Well things have changed considerably in the decades since you were in school. I left school in 2001 and I can assure you I didn't write a single line of code or have a single lesson on any kind of computer science until I went to college. The "curriculum" in the late 90s consisted of typing pages of text in Word and doing ask/yahoo searches (remember the days when Google was unheard of?)

I have a friend who works in the IT dept of a secondary school, who assures me things haven't changed since then. The kids admit to knowing "nothing about computers."

I had never heard of Sandvik before this, but I applaud her for what she tried to achieve and for standing up for herself.

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The Register to boldly go where no Vulture has gone before: The WEEKEND

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Thumbs up...

...to more of El Reg, and a bit of a shake up in the content. I actually do browse the site quite frequently at the weekend, and have to look through some of the older articles I missed during the week as there's nothing new.

Also, I personally would like some more articles on cars. I know there was a link to send an email with suggestions, but in my defence I am far too lazy to go back and send one.

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The Return of BSOD: Does ANYONE trust Microsoft patches?

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Re: BSOD

It pretty much does. They've added a giant frowning emoji thing to ease the pain, too. Although it certainly didn't ease mine for the 3 hours I couldn't use my PC...

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US 911 service needs emergency upgrade and some basic security against scumbags

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"and however annoying Baby is it’s not worth trying to kill him for"

I'm not so sure about that.

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eBay bans CD sales of metal band Burzum, citing offensive material

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Re: Ebay

I'm not sure ebay is doing the right thing here. This guy sounds like an incredibly awful bastard and I'd never buy any of his records on the basis of his views. But works of art such as recorded albums should be judged on their individual merit and content, and a blanket ban should not be placed on an artist based on anything else they may have said, written or otherwise published. If indeed his records are all about fantasy and escapism and do not violate the "offensive materials" policy as individual works, they should be allowed through. Especially if it's a case of one rule for one, another for the rest.

But at the end of the day, it's ebay's "house", so to speak, and therefore its rules. Its policy has always been to only give a shit when someone complains. Ebay makes money from every sale, so even ignores copyright infringement etc. until someone kicks off about it.

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Farmville maker Zynga delays new games after losing 57 MILLION users

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Are golfers...

... classed as athletes? I mean yes, you have to do some walking (unless you're in an expensive club which has karts), but it's hardly a triathlon.

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Watch this Aussie infosec bod open car doors from afar

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Re: Use a Brick

Some cars (mine, for instance) have a "dead lock" on them. Once it's been activated the doors can't be opened, even by pulling the handle from the inside. I found out how well this worked when I locked my sister in law in there for 10 or 20 seconds.

Yes you could still climb in through the window, but is a coded head unit and pair of sunglasses really worth all that risk of injury and effort of climbing through shattered glass?

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Sony reads the future, quits e-reader market says German report

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Re: <shakes head>

"I have become able to read while walking down the street"

No, no, no. This is BAD. Pedestrians need to pay attention to their surroundings when walking around. You may think you're safe walking around and reading because you haven't died yet, but you are a danger to everyone around you.

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Fiat Panda Cross: 'Interesting-looking' Multipla spawn hits UK

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Re: My god it's ugly

"In over 30 years of driving I've never needed 4WD"

So because you don't need it, no one else does? Have you ever been north of Manchester during heavy snow? In just over 12 years of driving, I really have needed 4WD.

I visit my parents in the highlands of Scotland, who live in a little village off a main route. It's nowhere near as remote as some places, as it actually has around 50 houses and a tarmac road going through it, but it gets gritted and/ or ploughed in winter when the council can "fit it in." In bouts of heavy snow, when they have to keep re-doing the main routes before the minor ones, this can take days. The Top Gear team may have driven 2WD cars across Africa, but try driving one down a 3 mile road in a foot or more of snow. You won't get far.

So no, for most of the year lots of people won't need a true 4WD vehicle. But for those who live a little off the beaten track (and there are plenty of them in Scotland, Lancashire and the lakes, many of them not farmers), there are times during winter when they REALLY need 4WD. Running a Land Rover or a Range all year is too costly on fuel, so something like this could do well.

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14 antivirus apps found to have security problems

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"For PCs: Kaspersky Lab is detecting 315,000 new malicious files EVERY DAY."

You may wish to stop downloading torrents/ cracks/ porn/ "video codecs" then.

Just a thought.

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

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I'm not sure

Whether I hate or love these articles. On the one hand, the retardation of the general driving populace in this country is funny.

On the other, the retardation of the general driving populace in this country is funny. Until one of them kills me.

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Amazon begs Feds for drone test permission slip

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Re: Ah, we thought of that, Grumpy!

And to send any nudie shots they happen to capture back to GCHQ, of course...

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Call girl injected Google exec with heroin, drank wine, left him to die – cops claim

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Re: A shame

I can understand her not staying with the dying guy, but she could have at the very least made an anonymous phone call from the docks or the town. He may still have died, but there's the chance he might not have. This, coupled with the fact that she's possibly been involved in another "john" heroin death in the past makes it a bit difficult for me to feel sympathetic towards her.

There's no information as to whether he asked her for the heroin or whether she provided and convinced the guy to take it, or even whether or not it was his first time. But involving dangerous hard drugs in your work, call girl or not, is asking for trouble.

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Reg reader fires up Pi-powered anti-cat garden sprinkler system

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Re: Roof of my convertible

"Why? Because my garden is alive.... and well, if you're scared of every kind of desease[sic] live under a glass bell and hope for the best"

It's not about being scared of every disease. It's about having to put up with SOMEONE ELSE'S pet shitting in your garden (or your car roof), and then having to clean up after it if you want to use your own garden. Or car roof. This annoyance is increased dramatically when you've chosen not to have one of your own.

Oh, and bats, hedgehogs, squirrels and dormice are not pets.

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Google de-listing of BBC article 'broke UK and Euro public interest laws' - So WHY do it?

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Well...

"but with a blog post or newspaper article, these only ever show the headline and first paragraph. The commenter can't logically have been the complainant."

Not necessarily. If you look at the actual BBC blog post in question, some of the commenters have real names displayed. The top one is Peter Dragomer. A Google search for this guy links to the blog post, shows the blog post's title, but then shows part of his comment in the snippet. He just so happens to be an ex-employee of the company in question in the post, and certainly isn't singing their praises. A prospective employer might find this interesting.

Now the fact that the result is still showing at all (and the fact the "some results may have been removed.. blah blah" comment appears at the bottom) suggests it wasn't him, but logically it COULD have been one of the commenters who requested it.

There's an interesting article about it

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We got behind the wheel of a Tesla S electric car. We didn't hate it

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Re: There are cheaper, less environmentally harmful options.

Well, I'm not convinced about restoring 1660's cars as being greener. While it's true Li-ion batteries are certainly not enviro friendly, neither is restoring an old car. There's paint, metalwork, new interiors, engine rework/ rebuilding to do, and that's before you get into the topic of lead replacement and MPG.

But with the touchscreen, you're bang on. I see enough bell ends driving around playing with their phones and sat nav screens when they're bored of looking at the road. Giving someone a 17" screen, with web access and shitloads of options sounds like a really bad idea.

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Maplin Electronics sold for £85m to Rutland Partners

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Re: How the sale went down

They're a bit hit and miss, I tend to find. When I bought a soldering iron, the guys were very friendly and directed me to one with a standard mains plug, along with some recommended solder for the task. But when I went in another time and asked for a double ended IDE cable (around 10 years ago, mind), the guy I spoke to swore blind they didn't exist, and insisted you simply couldn't connect more than one device to an IDE port.

To be honest though, nowadays I just enjoy going in and looking around at the components. The same way I enjoy a trip out to B&Q, looking at all the power tools and wishing I had a reason to buy them.

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ARRRRR. Half world's techies are software PIRATES – survey

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Re: I must confess...

"I've been using Winrar beyond the eval. period"

Ha ha, I too used to happily click OK to the "WinRAR is not free" box for years. The extra step when opening zip files just became part of the procedure. That is, until I discovered the wonderful 7zip...

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Assange™ makes fresh bid for FREEDOM from Scotland Yard's 'physical encirclement'

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Re: Maybe he could get out by

It may not be legal to exit that way, but he didn't exactly get to the embassy under the most legitimate circumstances, so I doubt it'd bother him.

Air evac is a pretty good way to go, if you can stump up the cash to pay for it (including a very high amount to the pilot willing to take the risk). The plods waiting outside would be able to do bugger all about it too.

It'd be funny, if nothing else.

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Hacker claims PayPal loophole generates FREE MONEY

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Re: Or a seller can just scam you on e-bay

As an ebay seller, I can assure you there are FAR more ways for a buyer to fuck over a seller than the other way around, exploiting both ebay and Paypal to rip you off. There are plenty of honest buyers and sellers, but a smaller (yet fairly significant) number who spoil it for everyone else. And ebay and Paypal just don't want to know, in spite of all their bullshit "protection policies." Like another poster said, buying and selling on ebay is a gamble. That's why every transaction I do on there now (buying and selling) never exceeds £50. I even factor a percentage of loss-making transactions into my figures to account for money lost to scam buyers.

I'd advise you to make larger purchases on Amazon as it's safer, and if you're paying for something worth £100 or more, use a credit card to pay for it. That way, if something goes wrong and you lose the goods and the money, the credit card company has a legal obligation to reimburse you.

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'THERE'S BEEN A MURRRDER!' Plod probe Street View 'slaying'

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Ha!

Quick thinking, boys, well done.

The best I could muster when I saw one was to pull a stupid face and wave.

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MH370 'pings' dismissed as false positives

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Re: Surprise!!!

"Of course it will be - they won't carry on looking after they've found it, will they?"

See icon.

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

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Re: Platooooooon - HALT!

"Anyone who starts to move when the light turns green without checking to see if the car in front has begun to move is an idiot who shouldn't be driving in the first place."

Well said. I disagreed with a fairly large portion of the article. Having lived in a busy UK city centre for several years and having to contend with dickhead taxi/ bus drivers on a daily basis, I'd love to see fewer of them on the road. Fleets of cars that drive defensively, know how to sit in their own fucking lane without swerving into mine, know how to indicate BEFORE moving, don't run red lights and simply don't take stupid risks to shave a second or two off their journey times sound like something I'd welcome on the road.

Also, if they were cheap enough to own, imagine being able to go out for a few beers and then getting your car to drive you home afterwards....

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Recommendations for NAS-based home media set-up

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Re: Recommendations for NAS-based home media set-up

I have a similar setup in my house. Synology NAS. It's a few years old but can stream HD video to a single device no problem. The new ones are obviously better, they're really easy to set up and the OS is great. You can configure the security and prevent access from outside. Also, you'd be able to stream multiple videos at once, but may hit problems if streaming multiple HD films (router limitations, spec of the NAS if it's a lower end one, WiFi signal etc.)

You didn't mention if you had any games consoles, but if you have a PS3 connected to one of the TV's this can pick up the content on a Synology NAS no problem, although it (disappointingly) won't play mkv vids. I'd assume a PS4 will do the same thing.

In addition, I have my main PC upstairs in the office (connected through WiFi), and an old HP SFF PC hooked up to the TV in the front room, wired to the router. Intel Core2 Duo, 4GB RAM, low end graphics card with HDMI out, Win7 running XBMC on startup. Not the best spec but works perfectly well as a media player/ occasional browser. You can get some really smart looking, low power, compact media PC barebones setups if you're willing to fork out. It all depends on your budget really. A PC has the added benefit of being able to store files for playback if other devices are eating up bandwidth.

As others have mentioned, there are some cheapo Linux plugin devices that can play a host of media files, as well as RPi. These would be a bit less power hungry than a PC. Also, some smart TV's will pickup NAS content.

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$180,000 buys you lunch with Tim Cook as charity auction ending

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Seriously?

I wouldn't want to have lunch with Cook if all it cost me was the lunch.

If he's paying though, I'm in.

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Quid-a-day Reg nosh posse chap fears for his waistline

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Re: I used to live with a quid a day

I wouldn't say food is 10 times the price what it was 20 years ago. It has obviously increased (with inflation etc.), but with things like beans and Mars bars, food companies here employ sneaky tricks. They put smaller amounts of food in bigger (or the same sized) packaging, thus making you think you're getting the same amount you were before, for the same or a slightly increased price.

Now you'll get 5 or 6 Mars in a multipack, and the bars will be smaller than they were a decade ago. And the cheapo tins of beans (around 30p in the larger supermarkets) often have a few grams less than Heinz etc.

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Teen girl arrested with 70-year-old man's four inch weapon inside her

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"No idea, I'm a bloke. But I imagine trying to get a spiky hair brush, can of hair spray, mirror for doing eyes, etc, up there would be a tad uncomfortable!"

And an entire pistol wouldn't be..?! Christ, I just gained a new level of respect (or fear) for the potential capabilities of my missus.

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Japan plans SEVEN satellite launches to supercharge GPS

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Re: Is this just WAAS?

Yep. And it makes you go really fast.

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Japan airport staff dash to replace passcodes after security cock-up

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"what's wrong with plain old keys?"

This is Japan we're talking about. If it doesn't operate by pressing a touchscreen, a keypad or falling out of a vending machine (sometimes AFTER pressing a touchscreen or keypad), it's simply not done.

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Whaddaya mean, NO REFUND? But I paid in Bitcoins! Oh I see...

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Re: Refunds

You are assuming there that retailers are obliged to accept returns for products bought from their "bricks and mortar" entities. They aren't, as long as the goods are not faulty. Under the Sale of Goods act, a product which is faulty or doesn't last a "reasonable length of time" can be returned for a full refund. However if you go into a shop, buy something and simply change your mind after leaving the premises, the shop is well within its rights to refuse the return.

Many shops will accept a return anyway and refund cash or store credit as a sign of good faith (Argos' "no quibble" returns etc.) as it's just good business, but there's nothing to stop them refusing returned, fully functional/ usable goods purchased with BC.

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New Reg mobile site - feedback here!

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Will it auto direct mobile users to the mobile site?

Because I actually find the desktop site easy enough to use on a mobile device (HTC OneX+, Android 4.2.2, Chrome).

With regard to the actual mobile site, I like the main header filters (Hardware etc.), but couldn't immediately see any sub header filters (Laptops, Tablets etc.), which I do use quite a lot. Although, I do like the auto formatting of the articles, so may give the mobile site a try for a few days.

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It's a done deal! Microsoft-Nokia merger to close on Friday

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"PS. Buy the wireless charging sled and a pad if you haven't got one"

Good shout. The official Nokia charging plate is £29 on Amazon at the minute, in white (or you can get the gaudy red one for four quid less)

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Gimme a high S5: Samsung Galaxy S5 puts substance over style

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Re: Feels really cheap

To me, every Galaxy has felt cheap and a bit flimsy, which is why I've never bought one. Much better to buy something made by HTC. Even if they can't quite get their marketing right and have been shedding market share over the last few years, they do make bloody good phones.

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Windows XP still has 27 per cent market share on its deathbed

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@GreyWolf Re: How many XPers?

I think the point was more that he has old, specialist software which can't easily be moved to a new machine. We have a similar situation on the odd machine at my place; old expensive software, some of it written by companies no longer in existence, not much in the way of alternatives, install media long since been lost etc.

A Linux dual boot wouldn't help in that case, and the XP install would still be prone to attack.

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