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Europe's highest court: Apple CAN trademark its retail store layout

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Pint

Re: Just to be clear here

"more than 30 min of fruitless waiting"

I see what you did there. :)

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Apple SOLDERS memory into new 'budget' iMac

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Macs in Landfill

"The fruity firm has always been interested in making sure the world's landfill sites are packed with out-of-date Macs"

All other aspects of the article aside and whether or not the above is tongue-in-cheek, I think it's worth reading their policy on recycling and reducing toxins, etc. Maybe I'm just a naive fool, but I don't see many other companies making these kind of commitments or making information transparent. And for the real cynics, this information is found behind a tiny 'environment' link at the bottom of the apple website, not shoved in your face for 'aren't we great' plaudits.

http://www.apple.com/environment/finite-resources/

http://www.apple.com/environment/reports/

Sure, maybe Apple is never going to be a B Corp, but at least they're trying:

http://www.apple.com/environment/our-progress/

I'm not convinced that Apple offers good value for money but I generally don't mind paying a little extra for things that show some kind of awareness of environmental responsibility.

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Boffin fights fire with EXPLOSIVES instead of water

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Re: @Evil Auditor (Was: Re eucalyptus weeds)

"Is there anything that WonderJake can't do?"

Yes - he can't spell 'misspelled', apparently:

"jake: You misplelled"

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Lego is the TOOL OF SATAN, thunders Polish priest

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Mushroom

How about a Reg readers' suggestion thread...

...for the most inappropriate idea for a themed Lego kit? If we get enough ideas, perhaps we can petition Lego to put it into production (or perhaps not).

I'd like to see:

Inglourious Basterds Farmhouse set (Complete with removable floorboards, milk jug, pipe, etc.)

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DOOMSDAY still just MINUTES AWAY: As it has been since 1947

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Happy

"There is no point in war unless you believe you are going to win"

Reminds me of that great Peter Sellers film "The Mouse that Roared"! :)

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Google says it's sorry for Monday's hours-long Gmail delays

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Alert

I shall immediately demand a refund of all the money I pay to use Gmail and YouTube...

Oh wait...

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Grand Theft Auto V: Violent, sweary and amazingly ambitious

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"The presence of Michael, Franklin and Lester,"

Who the hell is Lester? Do you mean Trevor? :)

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LOHAN doomsday box dubbed BRASTRAP

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Mushroom

Re: Kill switch should require to operators?

"Skybird, this is Dropkick with a red dash alpha message in two parts. Break. Break."

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Bradley Manning sentenced to 35 years in prison

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@ Richard Jones 1

Completely agree with you Richard. Having read some of the comments on here which remind us of some of the other details of the situation (dereliction of duty of care towards Manning, his potential over-reaching of his authority, the fact that there were crimes to BE revealed) I'm left feeling sad that this whole situation is a great shame from all angles.

It feels like a perfect storm of unfortunate (I know that word is too weak!) incidents: war crimes, mental health, poor management, messiah-complex, potential bullying/coercion topped off with lack of justice for some perpetrators whilst potentially overly-severe punishment for just ONE of the wrongdoers*.

*assuming that we're subscribing to the "two wrongs don't make a right" philosophy.

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@AC 14:48

"Surely you're not suggesting that leaking classified documents should not be punished."

Perhaps you should ask the questions "Why did Bradley Manning feel the need to leak documents? Why couldn't he report the crimes he had evidence of to a superior and expect justice to be done?"

What would YOU have done in Bradley's situation? Kept quiet? Leaked the documents anonymously? Tell your boss?

I sincerely hope you don't think that telling the boss would have led to justice being done so that leaves which options?

Manning may well look back at what he did as a serious error of judgement but can any of us seriously question his motives? There shouldn't even have BEEN anything for him to leak.

Given that he might have expected to be caught and punished for doing what he appears to believe was the right thing, that makes Bradley Manning a far braver soul than I.

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Re: What will the American people do?

The thing is, Mike; what would you expect them to do if they DO strongly disagree with the sentence? Gather in a public place and wave placards in the air? Probably getting their names added to an NSA list of some kind in the meantime? Go a bit further and riot and ruin plenty of innocent lives/businesses? Write a letter? Send a tweet? Vote at the next election?

There's plenty going on in the higher echelons of the UK that many of us are disgusted about but many folks feel helpless, vulnerable and unable to act. Our governments are pushing the boundaries of our civil liberties but if the will of the people could stop it, don't you think it would have by now?

Don't get me wrong; I'm on your side but what will YOU be doing to voice your displeasure apart from posting comments on a UK-based IT news site (like me)?

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When does the trial start for the people responsible for criminal activities demonstrated in the material Manning leaked?

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WikiLeaker Bradley Manning found not guilty of 'aiding the enemy'

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@ Trevor Pott

"He killed noone. He endangered noone. Experts have verified this. He did wrong, but for the right reasons. "Justice" in this case will depend on your cultural moores and political beliefs. That said, I still doubt that what will occur will be considered "justice" by most."

Agree with you 100%.

As we all know, Manning committed the most heinous crime of them all; embarrassing the US Guvmint. Gary McKinnon travelled this same path not long ago...

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British boffin muzzled after cracking car codes

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Happy

Re: @AC 07:43 (was: @David W. (was: Now ask me why ...)

@ David W

Assuming you're referring to Jake's previous posts, why would you have ANY reason to doubt that he's a wealthy, horse-ranching, aircraft-owning, world-travelling, real-bullet-shooting, racecar-driving, lock-smithing, internet-building, arctic-survival-trained, yoof-camp-running, multiple-doctorate-holding, Stanford-MBA-achieving, data-center-building, 60's car-restoring, cider-making, network-security-expert?

Just because he appears to have done more stuff that Kim Jong Il, doesn't mean he's making it up! I'm amazed though, that he finds time to post here with all that going on! :)

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Comrade! If you dare f$%^ing swear on the internet, WE'LL SHOOT

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Blimey - and I Rosa Klebb was just a stereotypical representation of a 'Soviet Comrade'! Separated at birth more like.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosa_Klebb

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WAR ON PORN: UK flicks switch on 'I am a pervert' web filters

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Joke

Re: Please hurry up

"I had to explain that the image was of the education minister; he now lives behind the sofa and refuses to go to school in case he's caught out by a snap departmental photo op"

Hiding behind the sofa - check!

Refusing to go to school in case of being spotted - check!

Yep - that sounds like Michael Gove alright!

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Radar gremlins GROUND FLIGHTS across southern Blighty

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Boffin

Re: Good

Yeah - bring back the Republic XF-84H too!

The loudest plane in history. Powered by a supersonic propeller mated to a turbine engine with reheat capability! Famed for making ground crew and people in the tower physically ill (nausea, headaches and seizures!), even when taxiing due to the constant sonic boom coming off the tips of the prop that were travelling at over mach 1.1.

The sonic boom shockwave extended from the prop for hundreds of yards and was audible from up to 25 miles away when doing high-speed ground run-ups!

Respect...

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Ecuador: Snowden is Russia's problem

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Ecuador:

"Not our stone, not our shoe"

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Ten serious sci-fi films for the sentient fan

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WTF?

Blade Runner

Have I missed something or did the author spectacularly fumble the Tyrell quote from Blade Runner?

"The light that burns twice as bright burns half as long. And you have burned so very, very brightly, Roy." is how I recall it from the script which I sadly know almost by heart having seen BR more times than my wife cares to remember!

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Intel's new TV box to point creepy spy camera at YOUR FACE

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Joke

Re: Camera watching me, watching them...

Next idea for Intel: dummy camera (with free Blu Tack) in the top of the bezel, in the centre. Real camera surreptitiously hidden elsewhere - perhaps in the centre of the 'e' of Intel.

There you go - you can have that one for free...

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Merde! Paris Apple Store in €1m armed raid on New Year's Eve

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Joke

Further details emerge:

"French media suggest the haul could be worth up to £812,000."

Police have confirmed that an iPad and a 15" Retina Mac Book Pro are missing...

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North Korea's satellite a dud, say US astroboffins

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Joke

Re: It is a technological triumph

Prior art:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rocket_mail

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Japan Airlines to serve KFC on Christmas flights

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Re: Depressing

The only thing worse than the 'food' served by Air Canada is the unbelievably rude and miserable flight attendants who throw it down in front of you.

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Oprah Winfrey tweets her love of Surface – from her iPad

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Headmaster

Re: HAH, Americans

I didn't downvote you. But I wanted to. It's a Reliant Robin, not the other way round! ;)

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Restaurateur jailed for customer sex profile revenge plan

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Alert

I thought the restaurateur was a 'she' not a he. Or perhaps they really ARE transgender after all, as they claimed in their smear campaign!

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Brit retailers tell Amazon and Google to pay their taxes

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Unhappy

Perhaps I'll be the first to admit...

... I want the best of both worlds: It angers me to think that the likes of google is not paying a fair rate of tax on its profits but at the same time, I'd be lying if I said that I wouldn't buy a TV from Amazon if it was the cheapest place to shop.

However companies like Starbucks are on a different scale as far as I'm concerned: Not only are they not paying a fair rate of tax on their profits but they're raking it in AND gouging their customers at the same time.

So perhaps the main problem for me is that these aren't small, independent underdog companies working the tax system in order to stay afloat in a tricky market - these are vastly-profitiable multinationals who - in some cases - are screwing us twice: once when they rip off their customers at the till and then again when they don't pay tax.

I would, however, add that I'm completely absent of financial knowledge so may be oversimplifying things somewhat...

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Google India slapped with £8.7 MILLION tax penalty

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Unhappy

If only...

...the British guvmint had the balls to go after Starbucks, Amazon, eBay, Google, etc and close some of the piss-taking loopholes that they're all exploiting over here...

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Omnishambles beats off mummy-porn, becomes English word of 2012

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WTF?

Re: "To Medal" - only slightly less offensive than "Winningest"...

I always assumed that winningest was used in a tongue-in-cheek fashion rather than seriously and therefore always makes me chuckle when I hear it. To "medal" on the other hand is extremely irritating. During the summer I heard more than one pundit on the BBC use the word podium as a verb. "I'm fully expecting her to podium this time round". Now perhaps that's a completely justifiable way of using the word podium but - to me - it just sounds plain wrong.

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Worried dad invents pepper-spray iPhone case

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Wonder if...

... This has a free app that uses the rear camera as an aiming screen complete with crosshair

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Why James Bond's Aston Martin Top Trumps the rest

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I guess

The only Jag in a Bond film that I can recall is the green XK from that terrible film "Die Another Day"... I prefer the Vanquish that Brosnan bombed around in in that outing though so he chose the right one.

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LONDON iPHONE 5 MADNESS: 'You must be CRAZY to buy Apple'

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"The Milgram experiment basically tells us this, too. If you lined up enough people who *were* enthusiastic about electrocuting people, or whatever else, then enough people would cheer and wave their arms to join the ranks of those encouraging without question and so propagate such actions."

I liken the nature of the behaviour of these crowds to the behaviour demonstrated by the participants of the Stanford Prison experiment; joining in with a situation that requires actions that are contrary to our normal senses, rather than the Milgram experiment which was more about our innate compulsion to obey orders from authority, regardless of our reluctance to do so or the consequences. All are fascinating scenarios to us saddo Psychologists though!

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Forty Canadian birds BONKING against windows EVERY MINUTE

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Oh Canada...

The birds known as robins in Canada are far larger than the British variety so probably hit with quite a thump. My in-laws house on one of the Gulf Islands just off the east coast of Vancouver Island regularly has bald eagles in the back garden - definitely not something you want hitting your window at speed.

Having said that, they had to start locking the front door at night a little while ago; they were finding that it would somehow open itself every night. It was only after a rainy spell that turned the front garden to mud that they came down one morning, found the front door open again and spotted hoof prints leading to the kitchen; turns out that the local deer had discovered a nice warm place to come and steal from the fruit bowl...

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Samsung accused of sex discrimination in China plant

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Mushroom

Re: typical for android

Well THAT should generate some interesting replies A/C...

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Amazon unveils new hi-def Kindle iPad-killers

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Re: Kinda right...

Ah - makes sense - thanks for the informative reply!

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I wonder if it'll be allowed to be touted as 4G when it comes to the UK? I thought Apple got into trouble with the new iPad for their claims that it was a 4G device in a country that at the time had no 4G network? Perhaps EE's awarding of the 4G spectrum will be considered enough of an intent to get 4G off the ground in the UK so as to permit Amazon to use the '4G' tag in their marketing and naming language.

Wonder if Apple will re-add the 4G bit to the iPad at that point too.

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Apple eyes $$$ iDevice adapter bonanza

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Coat

You only need...

...1 adapter and a bit of gaffer tape to attach it to the phone. Job done.

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Pirate Bay founder arrested in Cambodia

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I wonder if Ecuador has an embassy in Cambodia...

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UK: 'We're legally bound to arrest Mr Assange'

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Re: Obligation to arrest.

Putting the moral questions around Assange's specific situation to one side for a moment, that does make you think though; if the Swedes want Assange but he's holed up in a building in London, shouldn't the Swedish police force (who, I know, don't have jurisdiction in the UK) be offered the option by Hague, to be seconded to London, drafted into the Met for an indeterminate period and given the chance to camp outside the embassy, ready to make an arrest, so that the Met police officers can get back to whatever they'd be doing if Assange hadn't graced the UK with his presence? If we've all signed up to the same EU rules that bound us, should it be so incomprehensible that a temporary partnership could be formed?

Alternatively, the Swedes could offer manpower from their police force to visit the UK to make themselves useful somehow by way of thanks for the doubtless hundreds of thousands of pounds this stalemate is costing?

Would be interesting to know how long the Swedes reckon the UK should fund this operation for and where they think the money should come from to pay for it. If the answers were "as long as it takes" and "from their own taxpayer's pockets", I wonder how reasonable that would be considered by most folks.

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Assange granted asylum by Ecuador after US refused to rule out charges

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Unhappy

I have no opinion on whether JA did or didn't do anything to anyone at any time. All I know is that, judging by the way that this situation has polarised opinion, the UK seems to have been dragged into this and that the international image of the UK the would have been far better off if he'd decided to go to Belgium or somewhere other than the UK.

I expect that half of the population (or perhaps more) will consider me to be a heartless bastard for selfishly preferring that the UK isn't used as a stage upon which to play out a situation that will end up with no winners and plenty of losers. I know there will be a fair number of folks who think that as a civilised nation it's our duty to involve ourselves and ensure that justice is done but they're never going to actually agree with one another as to what justice actually IS in this case...

I see no good outcome to this.

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Deadly pussies kill more often than owners think

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Re: Makes no difference,

Happily, my cats love flies. They keep them entertained, tearing around the house for ages, until either the fly escapes or one of the cats gets a lucky snack. They love spiders and moths too. They particularly like woodlice but tend to play football with them rather than eat them. They're sisters and hunt in pairs which is pretty disconcerting when you see them in action.

Weirdest thing they've ever caught? Probably the bat that flew in through the landing window and started doing circuits of the bedroom one evening. I had a very brief "WHAT THE FUCK IS THAT?!" moment until I realised just what was flapping around the room.

Within about 5 seconds, the two snoozing cats on the bed had woken up, leapt in the air, snagged the poor little bugger and were about to tuck in. I managed to shoo them away and popped the bat back out the window whereby she/he flew off. My cats still haven't forgiven me for taking their prize... They're indoor cats with access to a netted garden so as long as the birds stay outside, they should be OK...

Mind you - I was staying with friends in rural Cornwall a few years ago when one of their (extremely independent) cats decided that it would be a good idea to jump in through the open bedroom window at 2 in the morning and release the completely unharmed rabbit it had found in one of the fields, onto the bed for us to admire... Cue plenty of screaming from the wife and me, bleary-eyed, standing in my boxers, trying to talk the poor bunny out from under the wardrobe...

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Apple misses earnings targets, Street reacts

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Re: No 'slide'

"I love Apple bashing"

Kudos for the honesty. If only more folks on both sides of the fence were just a little bit more open about it.

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Buzz: iPhone 5 arrives September 21, demand 'unprecedented'

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Re: What more do people want from a pocket device?

I'm with you on that one but it appears that none of the major handset suppliers have you or I in mind as their target market...

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McDonalds staff 'rough up' prof with home-made techno-spectacles

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Devil

"In my experience about food in French restaurant is either badly under-cooked, burned, tasteless or rubbery..."

Sounds like my wife would make a great French chef...

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O2, GiffGaff network goes titsup for unlucky punters

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Go

Status update on O2 website:

08:00 - We can confirm that our 2G network service has now been restored. Customers who were affected should now be able to make and receive calls.

Our 3G service is starting to restore and customers should expect to see a gradual return of data services as the day progresses.

Customers affected may wish to try switching their mobile phones off and on as service returns.

We are sorry again for the inconvenience this has caused some customers and can provide reassurance that we continue to deploy all possible resources, and will do so until full service is restored.

Still ZERO bars for me though...

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Can neighbours grab your sensitive package, asks Post Office

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Re: Door stickers are bad

"We're all odd down our little track"

Don't be so hard on yourself - I'm sure you're all really rather pleasant folks, really.

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Sony deploys 11in Vaio to battle Apple Air

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WTF?

Re: Refreshing...

Bloody hell - who at Sony decided that the above is a sensible model number for a consumer laptop??

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Apple silences mute kids' speech app in patent blowup

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Re: For info - statement from Prentke Romich

Yeah, but on every level this is all about knee-jerk reactions and condemnations: PRC condemning Speak for Yourself, Apple doing the same and a selection of of us commentards condemning Apple for listening to its lawyers and PRC for bringing the lawsuit (whether justified or not), so the downvotes (whilst completely misdirected) are clearly par for the course in this thread. :)

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Vote now for the worst movie NEVER made

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Perhaps that was an admirable yet futile attempt to wish Highlander II out of existence...

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LOHAN Playmonaut jets off to Blighty

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Alert

Proper units please.

KM/H? Metres?

When you finally take the wraps off your measurements, can't you do things properly and give us the figures in proper units that we can all understand? I believe that we have an understanding that "linguine" and "% velocity of a sheep in a vacuum" are our standard preferences?

http://www.theregister.co.uk/Design/page/reg-standards-converter.html

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'Apple will coast, and then decelerate' says Forrester CEO

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Re: See my comment from above

OK, OK - as it's causing you so much disappointment, I'll do you a favour and take your MBP off your hands and won't charge you a penny.

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