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Object to #YearOfCode? You're a misogynist and a snob, says the BBC

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Re: RCJ misses the point, again.

>Why add the C to IT? Information implies communication

Stevenson - another self-confessed technical illiterate who was charged with fixing what was IT in schools until the late 1990s....largely forgotten here, but they have statues of him all over Bangalore (probably).

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Google's SECRET contracts: Android lock-in REVEALED!

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Re: He does understand it

>this means that no other applications, lets say a map application will have the same prominence as the Google app. It's a clever yet subtle way to ensure that Google remains top in other markets.

How prominent was the Google Maps App on the iPhone's home screen?

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'Eventful but positive' year for RM as it quits the PC-making world

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>The well-signalled decline in the BSF programme.......but was equally a valuable source of profit and cash

I wonder if that's why the previous Labour Government's Schools' Minister responsible for BSF is now a Director of RM......probably just coincidence.

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Gay hero super-boffin Turing 'may have been murdered by MI5'

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>and that he'd accidentally got cyanide from his home laboratory

IIRC they called it a lab @ inquest - but he'd actually been gold plating his cutlery in the spare bedroom.

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Rogue US-Israeli cyberwar weapon 'infected Russian nuclear plant'

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Is nothing compared to the epidemic of tcpip.sys - which is everywhere it seems....thankfully Kaspersky is well on top of it...

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A £30,000, 295bhp 4G MODEM?!? Must be the Audi S3 Quattro, then

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Re: Permanent 4 wheel drive

>this is from page 17 of the A3 brochure that's on the Audi website which would seem to contradict what you're saying, either that or Audi can be had up for false advertising...

Mr Hill is correct, sort of, S3 lacks a quattro drivetrain which you might expect from a S/RS car and does indeed 'sport' VWs dogful haldex, in fact it is to all intents and purposes a VW - their engineers, designers, production .

That said, its also much cheaper than Audi built S cars and (not even vaguely) aimed at petrol heads.

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Sharp whispers its vital statistics: 15.6in 3840 × 2160 IGZO screen for next MacLap Pro?

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Re: I would love to have a UHD or 4K monitor

>Actually monitors grew to 1920x1200

...the power of marketing.

QXGA (2048×1536) was typical on bog standard workstations when I started out a couple of decades ago - and the gamut was better too....

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Apple's liquid-crystal screen pusher mulls $2bn IPO – report

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Re: I wonder if....

>Apple will help with financing of new/additional production line capacity for their suppliers

According to their CEO - in the press release to Reuters - it was the Apple contract which nearly sunk them [much higher volumes had been assumed] - he also said they were only able to recover from a 1% margin by getting other (non-Apple) work.

Not sure why everyone assumes it's such a Golden Chalice - many, if not most, of Apple OEMs have struggled rather than profited.

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Ubuntu's Shuttleworth: Microsoft no longer dominates PC biz

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Re: Surprised...

>An Ubuntu article and NO comments trashing Unity yet.

Pointless really, the migrating Ubuntu desktop userbase speaks for itself.....Ubuntu users on the whole aren't that vocal - most just sigh and move on - for most it was a free lunch not a lifestyle choice..

To me his comments confirm Canonical are betting on hardware and users that don't exist - as with Vista it's another huge lost opportunity while MS tread water for a year painting Win 8 blue.

Competing with Android? Persuading manufacturers to ship Ubuntu TVs? a phone OS? That's a Lost plot if ever I saw one...

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Minty fresh Linux: Olivia hits the virtual shelves

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Re: mint is really doing things no linux has done before

>Caja is an 'improved' version of Nautilus but I fail to see how it could be.

....they're aiming for more user-friendly rather than improved per se - it feels simpler and has some nice (possibly even vaguely safe) features for folk who need a gui for administrative file management.

.... the issue list is legion, so I think it's disingenuous to imply they are not hammering this - it's also kind of a tricky undertaking - cf Windows explorer which still can't keep directory listings fresh, estimate transfer time or prompt for conflict intervention in advance despite several million hours of developer time.

>'Normal people', who are used to Windows 7, etc, will not be impressed and will think it is clunky and amateurish and definitely not ready for the desktop.

Probably true, it feels minimalist and lacks the 'Aero' gloss of recent Windows, but the vast majority of new Mint users are escaping Unity/Ubuntu - and it really is exactly what they want.

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Master Beats: Why doesn't audio quality matter these days?

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no static at all

>Donald Fagan's "The Nightfly" on 180g vinyl via my hot-rodded Pro-Ject Debut III turntable through a Creek Evolution 2 amp into the AKG cans

These days I couldn't tell the difference - 25 years of headphone use probably a serious factor.

....... does the vinyl really compare favourably to the digi remastered Nightfly - it's in 5:1 DTS - existence of which is a further reason to eschew headphones.

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Lenovo offers Chrome OS ThinkPad for well-heeled schools

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Re: Variety is the spice of life...

>I remember when I was at school (a long while back now) - all our machines ran Win3.0

When I was at school we had a Pet - total time I spent on it was probably about an hour, and most of that was copying out listings.....similarily a book with a solution took a week to arrive and couldn't leave the reference library. These days I somehow struggle by.

>To gamble everything on Microsoft in the current environment is crazy.

It's not a gamble, it doesn't matter. Buy the cheapest thing that works, doesn't fall to bits in a month or when you drop it - and spend the money you save on Maths and English teachers so kids are equipped to handle an O'Reilly text or Stack Overflow.

Young developers and engineers are moulded through hours of slog in bedrooms not in 40 minute weekly ICT lessons or ten minutes of data handling and WP bolted on to other subjects here and there.

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iPhone 5 launches in China, late and expensive. Chinese say 'meh'

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Re: Why the subtitle?

>Oh well that's it then if 20 minutes on BBC radio have the impact you suggest.

.... wasn't refering to sales - that's next year's story - rather the polar shift in the position of public & media on Apple - both of which increasingly define iPhone in terms of iOS6 Maps, SIRI, iPhone signal drops etc

I think the 2 or 3 minute TNS sketch was a quite accurate summary of current real world view of Apple - and it was written by group of largely iPhone owners - being R4 I'd expect a high rate of ownershp in the studio audience too and they were laughing not booing.

>20 minutes on BBC radio have the impact you suggest

I think a lot of people underestimate the impact of R4 - its not so much how many listen, but who listens.

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Re: Why the subtitle?

>I can understand fanboyism from commenters but the sour grapes doesn't look very good coming from a supposedly professional IT journo.

Tonight's Now Show - BBC R4 [20 mins or so in] - just demolished the iPhone and iOS6 - not exactly a hot bed of technical evangelism. Apple's free ride in the media is definitely over, don't kid yourself it's a Register thing.

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Apple loses iPhone patent lawsuit

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Re: Let me get this right

>Unless that company is already doing the right thing and paying the licence fee.

>Not every company has the morals of Apple you know!!!

Doubtless many do or reach agreements - but this if this is the same Larry Horn of MPEG_LA, Apple are also using him to play the other side of the coin when it suits.

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Amazon makes BEELLIONS from British customers, pays pennies in tax

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Re: hmmm

>@Random Handle, it is pretty easily verifiable that Starbucks stores are virtually never run as franchises anywhere in the world...

Really? I thought a third of UK Starbucks outlets were now run by Euro Garages? ...also know that Magic Johnson owned over a hundred Starbucks franchises at one point.....and my local Starbucks is owned by a guy called Phil, who thinks he's going to go bust.

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Re: hmmm

>Costa doesn't charge any more than Starbucks, but they are paying their taxes.

Trifling detail, but Starbucks are usually run as franchises, so it is the coffee shop owner (not Starbucks) who pays tax on a particular shop's profits.

Got to feel kind of sorry for the poor sods who put up a few hundred K of their cash to open one, only to find they are now being boycotted by people who don't understand the business model.

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iPhone maker Foxconn hatching US factory expansion plan?

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"Terry Guo is in talks with the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology to develop a program in which US engineers would travel to Taiwan or China to study design and manufacturing techniques"

How times have changed......

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Asus: we ship a million Google's Nexus 7s monthly

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Re: I've got two 7's and no fruit

>All the other kids laughed and filmed it on their iPhones.

Take it you don't know many teenagers - owning an iPhone has attracted derision since at least version 4.....kind of a bit like a technological zimmer.

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Apple to drop chip-baking partnership with Samsung?

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Re: Something Does Not Add UP

>A few months back Samsung plunked down a few Billions for either New or Expanded facilities in Texas. We were told that this was to build Apple chips

They put in another $4 billion in August, tripling investment to-date - journo's made the leap to Apple, but it's memory they're focussed on.

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Facebook's CHAIR sat on by 1 billion people ... bitch

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Re: From what i read on BBC...

>Back in your box, pedant.

Nah, free him!

8 fingers, 2 thumbs - 8 digits, 2 polex - 30 phalanges.

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Internet Explorer needs fresh dev infusion for a full recovery

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Boffin

Re: It's not cool to bash IE...

>I personally bash IE because I am sick of the amount of extra time it takes to build a website

Really? be careful what you wish for - the great thing about browser and now HTML5 fragmentation is the extra work and money. Write once, run anywhere, earn half.

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Hands on with LG's 21:9 monitors

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Very good value when you consider Apple are charging £899 for that exact panel.....

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Jury awards Apple $1bn damages in Samsung patent case

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Re: Unbelievable...

>Did any-one really expect the American jury to find in favour of a Korean company?

It wasn't beyond the realms of possibility - and it's important to remember that the jury weren't allowed to see much of Samsung's evidence.

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Nikon snaps first Android-based camera crown

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Re: Camera folk treat each sub-pixed as a dot

>So the screen is pretty crap also (I make it to be about 640x430)

Its a 854 x 480 OLED

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Facebook shares hit all-time low

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Re: Still a big honkin' company

>Anyone who got in before then could still be making a ton of money, even at $19/share.

They've already made their money, now its time for others to cover that windfall.

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Huawei Ascend P1 Android review

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>While Microsoft and Apple have one decent GUI system that works as you learn to use it, rather than change the GUI to work how you want.

SharpEnviro? (AstonShell-ish) Plenty of really sweet Windows shell replacements - getting your head round them now should be an integral part of your Window 8 upgrade planning.

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Apple CEO: Frothing fanboi iPhone 5 hype screwed our sales

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Re: we try very hard to keep our product roadmap secret and confidential

>Normally Apple will allow you to trade in your old one for a new one if unopened

Normally people in EU bought them on fairly substantial credit agreements in a state of semi-denial, whittering about operator subsidy. For many of the rest, the last couple of iPhones are probably still circling albatross on a CC balance somewhere....

...truth is, like most remarkable consumer growth it was fueled by borrowing.....

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Droid X360 hybridises PS Vita and Android

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>While there's no sign of pricing

They're $139 @ TenQ....

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Second win for Apple as Galaxy Nexus sales banned in US

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Re: Don't think Samsung will be too upset...

>Their business model relies on that.

Not all that much really, profit from US sales of the Nexus is a drop in the ocean compared to what Samsung make from iPad and iPhone.

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William Shatner confirms Devon town actually prostitute free

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Re: "Mr Shatner was not above making jokes at his own expense"

>Apparently our good Takei is *not* Shatner's biggest fan

They're very good friends actually. Probably hard to be Shatner's biggest fan - and whoever it is, is way beyond scary.

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Apple iPad sales drop by DOUBLE DIGITS in Europe

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Re: @Kevin7 - Is there really...

>Just like there is a likewise unsaturable market for similarly priced handbags...........goods that the vast majority of the population doesn't really need and only buys because....

Past tense required, you're describing a consumer boom - now credit and disposable income no longer flow so freely. Its a bad time to be selling tablets, but a much worse time to be flogging fashion handbags......

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Unhappy

>Is there really an endless market for 400+ quid devices that refresh yearly with few operator subsidies or cheap contracts?

Not in the EU - in fact here operators are bracing for the impact of huge numbers of defaults on Credit Agreements for high end phones and tablets....likewise the downward spiraling credit scores of the unwashed masses is impacting directly on new pay monthly contracts.

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Microsoft will fiddle with prices as euro burns, UK biz fears

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Re: Quote in Euros

Nah I'm sticking with Sterling - at least until the Deutsche Mark is back up and running.

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Google to bring Raspberry Pi to Bash Street

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Re: 100 teachers over 3 years?

http://www.google.com/edu/teachers/ - they actually put quite a bit of time and money where their mouth is....

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Fake Angry Birds app makers fined £50k for shock cash suck

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Yet another very good reason not to be with Orange then.

Both ours do - Vodafone and T-Mobile....and as Orange operate in countries where they have to be able to block them by law, they can certainly do it when they have to...

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>I'd settle for an option on my OS to disable sending Premium-rate SMSs.

...your telco will block access to premium rate services including SMSs on any handset....

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UK.gov: ICT in schools ain't dead, it's just resting

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Headmaster

Re: Can anyone give a clear text ...

>Is this a joke? You are saying that pupils have to be taught how to type words in to a computer? Are you from the past?

...its much worse than that, my other half actually has to teach them words; 5 year olds have practically no initiative these days...

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Antitrust probe looms over Windows RT 'browser ban'

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Re: @Jason Hindle

I guess he's referring to Apple's Ad Hoc and Enterprise Distribution methods for Apps which aren't publically distributed - these don't have the same level of scrutiny and aren't subject to non-compete clauses etc

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Ofcom: Now's your chance to make Local TV for Local People

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>I'd like to see the BBC buy that as a shining example of local content

Welkum t'uh Click, Yorkshh 'dition.

Ahm Spencer Keighley, bringin thee all t'pewter and t'internet news from reet round region...

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Google KNEW Street View cars were slurping Wi-Fi

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Headmaster

Re: Rogue Engineer

I think you'll find its actually spelled, 'D'Oh!'.

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Tim Cook rejects Apple's old business model of suing everyone

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Alert

Re: rebranding!

>Reg doesn't apply the term to these companies

God forbid...imagine the outpouring of piss and vinegar from the cult of button encrusted mice, if El Reg dared to suggest Logitech were a Foxconn rebrander.

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Zuckerberg blew $1bn on Instagram 'without telling Facebook board'

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Re: You've got to laugh.

...my first thought was I bet they got him with, "you know what is cool?... a billion dollars".

Still, its nice work if you can get it.

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Motorola brings 3G to Xoom tablets

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Re: Yesterday's tablet

>This one packs Tegra 2 SoC.

Really? Elsewhere they are TI OMAP 4430s - which are fitter A9s with a reasonable PVR GPU.

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Apple products now found in half of all American dwellings

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Re: Can Anna Leach

>stop now with the rather stupid 'Foxconn rebrander' description.?

I also object to this - they mostly are rebranding Samsung kit these days.

>if you stopped juvenile idots posting there would hardly be any comments at all.

I had to look idot up, must be getting old:

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=idot

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Who killed ITV Digital? Rupert Murdoch - but not the way you think

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Re: Straw clutching

>I've still never understood why Sky is such a success though.

.....because people like live sports, new films and slick shows from HBO and you won't be able to watch the latter on Freeview for at least another couple of years.

>But if the longshot is that we now have Freeview as a result of all this then it may have worked out for the best for most UK TV consumers.

Freeview is the bare minimum for folk who don't watch a lot of TV - vast numbers were quite happy with 5 analogue channels, its probably perfect for them - assuming they can receive it.

>You pay £500 a year for it's sports and movies and yet it still shows adverts

Can't say I notice, commercial breaks are removed from Anytime and Anytime+ and at least half the broadcast stuff I watch is recorded - for eveything else there's live pause....and while I pay around that for 2 HD boxes, I don't think most people do.

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Panasonic talks up TV for the blind

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>The Japanese giant claimed it is the first telly maker to do so.

Perhaps someone should tell them about Sky Talker....

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Apple iPad 3 'retina display' uses Sharp super-high aperture tech

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Re: @ Nergatron

>there seems to be a newer version of this tech called 'Ultra High Aperture'

Never mind the quality, feel the width.

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Tony Blair closes RSA 2012, denounces WikiLeaks

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Re: @ Mahatma Coat

>Cameron became PM because that's the way the system currently works. Don't like it?

In practice it makes little difference to me. I was simply pointing out that the current Government was formed, not elected. Describing Cameron as an elected PM implies he has a mandate.

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Re: @ Mahatma Coat

Cameron is PM by virtue only of Lib Dem votes which were, in the main, votes against him....so you can't really claim him as an elected PM either.

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