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Doctor Who? 12th incarnation sought after Matt Smith quits

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Paterson Joseph

Would be awesome!

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Pope Benedict in .XXX pro-Islam cybersquat drama

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Headmaster

Personal name

"Because the policy covers personal names, the Pope won't need to show trademark rights in his name."

Surely his 'personal name' is "Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger"?

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Life-size Portal gun to shoot onto shelves soon

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Coat

Nice job breaking it, hero.

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Chrome passes Firefox in global browser share

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@davidsom

Did you count all the Chrome processes?

I opened FF & Chrome on the same machine, with the same sites loaded and, roughly, the same plugins. FF used 220,496K over 2 processes while Chrome's 9 processes used 241,576K.

OK, that's nowhere near a scientific study, but I don't think the issue is as one-sided as people made out.

I did try Chrome, and it had some nice features, but there were enough downsides (including the master password issue - it IS important) to make me return to Firefox.

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Theresa May won't quit job over UK Border Agency fiasco

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Holmes

So...

...who gives her more than a week?

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'A prime example of our complete failure'

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Trollface

@AC 12:10

It's never stopped them before...

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Two solicitors fined and suspended for file-sharer letters

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WTF?

Fraud or demanding money with menaces?

"A previous hearing found Gore and Miller had knowingly targeted innocent people when sending out letters based on IP addresses alone."

Why are these two charming gentlemen not facing a prison sentence?

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Captain Kirk's Google+ account gets zapped

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FAIL

Real name

So no one else on the planet can have the name "William Shatner"?

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Ofcom maps state of UK broadband

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WTF?

Bristol

What's going on with the extension of Bristol's coverage out into the Bristol Channel?

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Wallabies battle cattle farts

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Re: Simples

We could breed them with sheep and get woolly jumpers as well!

The one right at the back with dust on the collar, thanks!

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Brit expats aghast as Denmark bans Marmite

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WTF?

Wait, whut?!

They're banning it because it has 'too many' vitamins? Admittedly it's been a while since I was at University, but aren't excess vitamins simply excreted?

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BOFH: Every silver lining has a cloud

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Re: Remember

Someone ought to mention that to our Network team then. Although I had to laugh at the thought of their on-call bod trying to string power cables above the inch of water from the burst water main that had already claimed their floor-mounted UPS units...

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Vanilla Ice to tackle panto Captain Hook

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Very, very sad.

Wasn't that with the same rip-off song that he had a 'hit' with last time?

The works 'pony', 'one' and 'trick' leap to mind...

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Microsoft: IE9 not yet 'broadly' available

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Gates Horns

Accountancy tricks

So, basically, they'll count each "I'll update it 'cos Windows Update says so, even though I use Firefox/Opera/Chrome on a daily basis" as another satisfied customer?

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Making sport of browser security, hackers topple IE, Safari

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Why no Firefox?

Was Firefox not in the contest?

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Traffic-light plague sweeps UK: Safety culture strangles Blighty

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Re: Facts

'Also most cyclists pay more attention to red lights than most motorists. I'm generally horrified at the number of motorists who treat amber or "just red" as green.'

While I know that personal observation =/= scientific data, I have seen far more cyclists jumping (or completely ignoring) red lights than car drivers. Ditto continuing through pedestrian crossings and mounting the pavement to bypass traffic controls.

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iPhone owners get walked through confessional

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WTF?

Cognitive Dissonance?

"Have I been involved with superstitious practices or have I been involved with the occult?"

Am I the only one seeing the irony here?

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Perv scanner code of practice still a balls-up

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Black Helicopters

Sex of operator - what about sexual orientation?

If you can choose the sex of the operator that sees the fuzzy picture of your wobbly bits, presumably to reassure the public that said operator is not getting his/her jollies over the pictures, does that 'choice' extend to the sexual orientation of the operator, too?

I would imagine that a homosexual man is as likely* to be as excited by seeing me technically naked as a heterosexual woman. Ditto for a gay woman or straight man for a female passenger.

I still think that having the operator hidden from view is much less of a reassurance than having them in plain sight where they can't take pictures with their phone-cam, make unpleasant remarks to their colleagues about the images on screen, furiously masturbate, etc., etc.

*Yes, I realise the likelihood in this situation is as near to zero as makes no odds.

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Diary of a somebody - life in iPhone 4 land

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Nothing new under the sun

I am reminded of when I used to work at a Toy Shop to pay the bills while at University. Every Christmas one particular toy would be the 'must have' for children that year and the stock of that item sent to shops was appallingly low. I actually had a mother accuse me of 'ruining their precious child's Christmas' by not selling them whatever it was. Lady, if we had them, I'd gladly sell it to you!

However by March we invariably had a shop-full of the toy in question that you couldn't give away

I'm not sure why this memory of pushy morons frantically trying to obtain the latest piece of plastic tat should have been brought to mind by the above story...

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Doctors call for NHS Direct review

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Re: My walk-in centre experience

I couldn't disagree more. I had an eye inflammation, which I attempted to make an appointment to see my GP over. The experience was something like:

"The surgery is open from 8am. If this is an emergency dial 999"

*click - redial*

"The surgery is open from 8am. If this is an emergency dial 999"

*click - redial*

(ad infinitum)

*click - redial*

"All our lines are busy. Please call later"

Stuff that, thought I and went to the local Walk-in Centre (at the Hospital I work at!) and was seen within minutes by a nurse, then an eye specialist and given (without having to pay prescription charges) antibiotic ointment.

It had not improved in the 2 days they said to wait, so I re-attended (again with little waiting) and was given oral antibiotics that cleared it up a treat.

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Statistics prof nails Blackpool hoopla scam

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Flame

Tarnished reputation?

Presiding magistrate Julie Blackwell told the pair: "We think this sort of behaviour tarnishes the [town's] reputation..."

I'd be impressed if she managed to say that with a straight face. It's very difficult to tarnish a turd.

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McKinnon's mum fights for civil liberties in parliamentary run

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FAIL

@46bit: Indeed, nobody seems to care but a few

"Seriously though, on my trip to college every day, we pass about 9 speed cameras - enough to lose your license twice and more over. A string of 4 are actually all within line of sight of each other - and this on a rather winding road. It's plain moneygrabbing - there's no real public bloody order purpose."

So there couldn't be any other motive for encouraging people to keep to the speed limit on a 'rather winding road' where, presumably, line of sight and reaction times are reduced than revenue raising?

There are only 'enough to lose your license twice and more over' if you exceed the posted speed limit. If you don't do that you won't lose your licence. It's not difficult.

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Austrian takes pickaxe to Street View spymobile

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FAIL

Re: Flat World?

Austrian, not Australian.

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Woman finds Romanian living in shed

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Happy

Neighbours, everybody needs good neighbours

"We wondered who he was. We saw him a couple of times eating in the garden when the family were out and he said hello. He looked so at home we presumed he was a friend of the family and didn't say anything."

How wonderfully middle-class. You can imagine Penelope Keith in 'The Good Life' doing this.

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Ford preps anti-hacking tech for in-car WiFi

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WTF?

Firewalls?!

I would rather that the "operational processors" were separated from "entertainment and information systems" by a flipping air-gap, then a potentially penetrable firewall!

I can see it now "Send us your credit card details or we disable your brakes"*

*Not required in Toyotas

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Web wags stage IE 6 funeral

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Even the NHS has a 'Do Not Resuscitate ' notice for IE6

Connecting for Health have recommended that Trusts upgrade to IE7 and the new version of Choose and Book will support IE8

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Airport scanners go live today, kids included

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FAIL

Out of sight, out of mind?

"...code of practice which requires airport operators to put in place a privacy policy to protect passengers. This should include putting the security officer viewing the images out of sight of passengers. People chosen for scanning can ask for the images to be viewed by someone of the same sex."

So you can be sure that the security officer who you cannot see is in fact of the requested sex, can you? No chance of "well we've got no women on duty at the moment, we'll just tell them that Ted is female"

Also, the officer should be on view to prove that they're not cracking one off in private or using their mobile to take photos of the screen!

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Vote, vote, vote for Barbie the computer engineer

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Essential accessories

What about each doll coming with a dozen frustrated "IT Kens" desperately trying to get her attention?

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Vomit cannon to protect vessels from pirates, paparazzi

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Re: How could you miss...

Or "The Chunder-buss"?

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Microsoft's browser ballot bodge gets the nod

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Make sure

IE isn't needed for updates, I am sick of clicking windows update and firefox is redirected to a "sorry you can't use your safe and secure browser, please dredge the programs directory and find that annoying shortcut you deleted years ago."

:)

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Tories oppose charges and speed cameras

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Clarkson vote

Surely the Tories already have the Clarkson vote, so there's no need for this sort of pandering, is there?

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Freeview website titsup ahead of big retune

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Loss of Channel 5, ITV3 & ITV4

No pressing urgency to retune, then!

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Google urges developers to get in loop with Noop

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WTF?

NOOP

NOOP is assembly language for NO Operation Performed. Is Noop a language that does nothing? At least it will be virtually impossible to write malware in it (until Microsoft write an interpreter for it, that is!)

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Custard Creams can kill: Official

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@Sarah Bee

Help yourself to a Bourbon - it's only a Penguin without the chocolate coating, after all!

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Designer pitches flat-pack power plug

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@Glen Turner 1

"All pins contact simultaneously, rather than earth first. Earth is at the top, disconnecting under gravity"

The Earth pin is longer and the contact closer to the 'surface' of the socket, meaning the Earth connects first (and the other pins can't enter the socket unless the earth pin is in place)

Also, the fact that the cable exits the plug at right angles to, rather than in line with, the pins means there's less chance of the plug pivoting out of the socket.

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AT&T may have influenced American Idol final vote

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Typographical error

s/zenith/nadir/

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Vatican blesses iPope app for Jesus Phone

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Language choices

Not available in Latin?

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Coppers prowl Sheffield's Letsby Avenue

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Happy

Is it Friday already?

Ah, but the Police Station at number 999?

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Paris loses her BlackBerry in Cannes hotel

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Joke

@ AC 22/05 11:27

That was lost years ago!

Also, can't the BlackBerry be erased over the air?

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University emails 'blocked from Hotmail'

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The NHS is blocked too

All addresses in the nhs.uk namespace are being blocked as "a complaint has been made about email originating from the IP address". Related?

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Turks hijack Kiwi MSN via DNS cracks

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@Daniel

"why do MSN have their DNS servers run by a company with a warez skript-kiddie name" I'm guessing the name is meant to be a portmanteau of "Domain" and "NZ" given that it's a New Zealand company...

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Playmobil Bible faces wrath of lawyers

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@John Chadwick, dan russell & Eponymous Cowherd

[citation needed]

The historical representation of Jesus is based on critical analysis of the Gospels (which aren't evidence - no one knows who wrote them or when).

The only contemporaneous document that mentions 'Jesus Christ' is Flavius Josephus' 'Antiquities of the Jews' and there is much debate as to whether the passage in question is original, or a later interpolation - given that no one quoted the passage till the 3rd Century.

So please furnish us with this evidence. The Christian world has been waiting for it for centuries.

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Smoking power supply alarms net brokerage house

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@AC [28th March 2009 22:32]

"I dont think HP blades would be were they are today if they had an inherant design flaws. "

Individual parts in products change from time to time and it's possible that HP picked up a batch of power supplies that are slightly less tolerant than normal.

I recall having a batch of Compaq (remember them?) PCs whose power supplies were prone to going bang and filling the room with foul-smelling smoke. We had a few go while commissioning them and more than a few after delivery. One of our more elderly secretaries got quite a shock when her new PC exploded and even more of a shock when the replacement unit we brought her did exactly the same thing. She thought we were trying to save the organisation the cost of retiring her...!

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BBC zombie caper slammed by security pros

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@AC 13/13/2009 16:51

I don't know if they'd break into a car, but they certainly scam people (and then tell them the error of their ways): see "The Real Hustle" (http://www.bbc.co.uk/realhustle/)

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So, what's the f**king difference between a Netbook and an ultrathin?

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I disagree

"Categorization separates us from the animals"

Animals categorise everything into:

a) Things to eat

b) Things to fight

c) Things to *ahem* mate with

d) Things to run away from

e) Rocks.

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BT reprograms biz customers as hotspots

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@AC 27th February 2009 17:32 GMT

The vouchers for BT Openzone work on any Openzone hotspot. So even if the BT customer sells no vouchers, his WiFi is open to anyone who's bought Openzone credit elsewhere.

The idea is that you advertise as being an Openzone hotspot and flog vouchers to the public to use them - which is OK if your business is public-facing and has the infrastructure (e.g. a receptionist) to deal with that.

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Gimme some (more) money, demand Spinal Tap

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Dead Vulture

Some mistake, shurely?

"...extended musical hiatus broken only by their breathtaking performance at 2007's Live Earth spectacular in London."

What about the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert at Wembley Stadium (the old one) in 1992?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freddie_Mercury_Tribute_Concert#Without_Queen

Where's the "Stonehenge was in serious danger of being knocked over by a dwarf!" icon when you need it?

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Kamikaze ballooning Brazilian soars to Darwin Award

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Joke

Surely

...as a Roman Catholic priest, he wasn't in the gene pool in the first place?

Unless choirboys count?

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Google scrubs urinating woman from Street View

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Go

@EvilJason

I'm guessing the face blurring was accidental, it looks like the number plate of the car was the target.

Go icon because, well, she did!

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BBC: Top Gear Tesla didn't run out of juice

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Unhappy

Presumably...

...all future reviews of petrol cars will show them being pushed back to the garage to "show what would happen if they ran out of petrol"?

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