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Key evidence in Assange case dissolves

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Re: The smoking gun..

Only if Assange is then still arrested and imprisoned for breaking bail.

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Nintendo Wii U launch and pricing disclosed

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Re: Pointless

The Gamecube2 (Don't dignify its horrible true name!) Did indeed sell like sliced bread when it came out. How is it doing now? Does anyone have one that is not gathering dust in a spare room or cupboard now?

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Australian tabloid decides to fight trolls ... with trolls

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Actually I seem to recall...

The BEST best way to deal with trolls is to make them internet famous by getting someone like the guys at Penny Arcade to call them out for their behaviour, then sit back and watch as the trolls turn on one of their own with a vengeance.

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Re: Foll-de-roll

That might actually be an interesting punishment if someone were to be convicted of online hate speech or whatever the crime actually is. "Right mate, you wanted to be a troll, well you live under this bridge now. We've taken the liberty of dumping all your possesions under there already. There's no power outlet for your PC but that's no problem 'cos it'll be nicked by tomorrow. I'd hurry up and grab your coats, gets quite chilly at night..."

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The iPHONE 5 UNDERMINES western DEMOCRACY: 5 reasons why

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6 - The Register won't stop talking about Apple

Getting bored of reading the same comments from pro and anti Apple camps over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and...

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Apple's iCloud goes titsup, email evaporates for unlucky 1%

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Noone in marketing is going to call the cloud what it is. Can you imagine?

Punter: "So what's this Cloud then?"

SalesDrone: "It's basically online storage tarted up a bit."

P: "Oh I see. No thanks, I'm pretty sure 'the Cloud' has come free from my broadband provider for the last 10 years and I haven't used it."

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Google sneaks in back door, slips YouTube onto iPhone 5

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Re: dukebox?

Maybe a Dukebox is a Rock 'em Sock 'em robots ripoff.

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At present browsing and searching videos is easier on a dedicated app than the mobile browsers; this will probably change as site designs get better at presenting themselves to mobiles but I don't think they're there yet. The browser 'handing off' to an app to play video is (on the face of it) structurally similar to handing off to Flash, so I can picture developers sticking with this way of doing things for a while as it's what they know.

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Google's stats show few Android tablets in use

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My tablet

Came with a browser, youtube and Facebook apps. It also shows my pictures and movies with the software it came with just fine; I don't know about other folks but that's 70%+ of what I wanted the tablet for. It doesn't really leave the house (yet) so games don't get much of a look in as they're competing with the PS3 and PC. All this combined with the difficulty of discovering new stuff means I very rarely bother with the market unless I have a specific need like an eBook reader or Wifi file transfer (and even then the Tab probably had those, I just wanted a specific app I had used before) or a specific app recommended by a friend or trusted site.

Anyway, my point is my tablet already does all this cool stuff and I use it loads. To say few tablets are in use based on the figures of Androids on the store is daft.

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UK.gov's web filth block plan: Last chance to speak your brains

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Re: Green Cross Code

Why shouldn't kids be looking at porn? I seem to remember jazz mags doing the rounds in my days. Am I a damaged deviant now? (Don't answer that one.)

Seriously, has anyone ever challenged the Government to defend WHY images of boobies and willies are such a menace to society that I will have to be added to a list if I want to keep seeing them on the smut-pipe?

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The world's first Windows Phone 8 hands on – what's it like?

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Re: Disappointing

You consider 8MP measly? I'd be more than happy with that to capture life's little moments. I still have photos of my friends snapped on 1.3MP or even - horror of horrors - VGA cameras. If I'm going to a Wedding or something I'll take a dedicated camera.

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Re: Downvotards amaze me

d) Automatically downvoting someone who complains about downvoting

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iPhone 5 wait drives record Samsung smartphone sales

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Re: what i cannot understand...

Maybe they're hacked off that they're still locked into contracts and jealous they can't upgrade to the S3. I stuck by HTC on my last upgrade and while they've been pretty good to me, watching my mucker on his lighter, thinner, larger screened S3 does make me envious...

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Broadband minister Hunt LOSES portfolio, takes on national health

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The British Government firmly believes in Homeopathy...

...They've massively diluted the amount of jobs, disposable income and well-run services in the UK in order to make them more effective.

This was supposed to be a joke but now I want a stiff drink.

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Now Apple wants Samsung S III, Galaxy Notes off the shelves too

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Re: Hey terrorists!

Nuke it yourself. Tsar seems a bit collateral-damagey.

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MasterCard beds Everything Everywhere for exclusive pay-by-bonk

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Re: Luddite

I would trust it as a virtual wallet system, where the maximum that comes out of it is what I've put in. I would love to leave twenty quid 'in' it for train/bus fares, vending machines etc. All the little things where I would either need exact change or would like to pay in a hurry. I would NOT touch it with a barge pole if it had a direct link to my bank account.

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UK kids' charity lobbies hard for 'opt-in' web smut access

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Re: Ironic really

It's too late for me, it's all I can see when I close my eyes now. Thanks AC...

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Re: accidentally find smut

I get your point, but If they're going to look for smut online then they need to accept that they may occasionally stumble across some awful awful stuff* - that's just a fact of the world today and I don't think something ChildLine has the power or the duty to stop beyond giving advice. What gets me is Rantzen using it to support the opt-in nanny state crackdown. After all fifty calls a year is less than one a week - but THINK OF THE CHILDREN!!

*And becoming interested in nudie pics and looking for smut is a healthy part of growing up in my opinion. Cracking down on relatively safe access from the privacy of the home could well do more harm than good.

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I thought ChildLine was supposed to be there for abused children who are in fear for their safety or their lives. Is Esther seriously now saying that part of their time is being taken up by "a big rise in calls from disturbed youngsters who had encountered smut when surfing the web" ? I find it very hard to believe you can "accidentally" find smut on the internet. If you find it then you were already on the shady side of town. I wonder if these calls are simply convincing pranksters like the little gits who dial 999.

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Want a Windows 8 Start Button? Open source to the rescue!

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Re: I think...

"I'm just amazed at how quickly devs have come up with an answer to the problem we all see for windows 8 desktop users"

Working around Microsoft's decisions/unsupported software is becoming a growing industry. Look at the Office extensions that 'fix' the Ribbon and those chaps who offer a way to run IE6 dependent Legacy stuff in later IE versions.

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Ten Androids for under 100 quid

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Re: Vivacity is now £39.99

Bloody Oath that's decent. Anyone know if you can unlock it from T-Mobile with the Rooting kits you get online, or if you need to bung a note to one of those guys down the market?

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Re: T-mobile Vivacity

I wouldn't call it crap, it's obviously one of the better phones in its price range from the review. Apple obviously haven't come knocking because they don't care about people who want to spend £100 or less on a phone. Thumbs up for the review btw, been looking at cheapo smartphones for the parents and I had my eye on the Galaxy Y until I saw the lacklustre praise here.

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Everything Everywhere flogs 4G hand-me-downs to Three

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Re: It's a numbers game

One worries two much; Three shall come forth, after all, they want to own more than a fifth of the spectrum.

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Apple, Samsung brass hats' patent spat chitchat falls flat

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Re: Impartial Jury.

I think if you stuck 12 El reg readers on the jury you'd have a toss-up, a booze-up or a punch-up. Or possibly a combination of all three...

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Hella long form...

I wouldn't like to fill that out even if it was only my opinion that decided the answer, I pity the poor sod who has to corral an entire jury into agreement.

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ICO has yet to begin probing cookie violators

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Re: The cookie law

Fair arguments. My point is that for a number of legitimate websites (I presume neither of us has statistics to hand so we can hopefully agree to disagree on the 'vast majority' bits) the designers have passed the buck to punters rather than have a good long think about whether they could do their website without cookies as default.

I think the spirit of the law was good in the vein of protecting identities online, I just think it's main aim (which I presume to be an internet that does less tracking) has been neatly sidestepped without any real progress. A better solution in my book would have been to get the major browser makers to cooperate on having future browser releases disable cookies by default; that would have prompted better designs in my opinion.

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The cookie law

Has been defeated de facto. Nice idea in theory but in practice the vast majority of websites have mandated that cookies must be allowed to view them and/or continued usage of the site denotes acceptance of cookies. They are too integral a part of the structure for many legitimate websites, and I don't think anyone would cry out if the law was repealed.

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SMSZombie wraps self in nudie pics, slips into 500,000 Android devices

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Re: Common sense be damned

If I were to ever be trapped in that loop I'd be thankful that my phone lets me yank the battery. Better to recover from a bad shutdown than let who knows what on board.

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Facebook facepalm: US judge tosses out 'sponsored stories' deal

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Re: Non-FB user question

I don't remember the specifics off by heart but I think the Data Protection Act would trump most of the terms in the contract. At the very least the 'irrevocable' bit would be out the window. If they are using your mush then that's personally identifying information, which (theoretically) has strict controls on usage.

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Exposing China's vast underground economy

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Re: You're slipping, AMFM

Looks like the Ultimate Warrior is off his medication again...

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Ten phones for seniors

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Missed the bit in the middle

Okay, we've had android phones at about £200 and feature phones for people who want a reliable regular phone. What happened to the roundup of £100 androids? My mum needs a new phone and while I think she'd get the hang of using a touchscreen when I'm not there to help I don't fancy dropping 200 bar before knowing for certain (and of course she flat out refuses to let me get her a phone at that price.)

Is there a review of the min-spec androids in the works from anyone at el reg?

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British boffin builds cool maser after argument with wife

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Meanwhile in America...

a number of generals and admirals all have suddenly raging stiffies for no reason they can fathom...

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Sony claims PSN attack is a hoax not a hack

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Re: Who do you believe?

PSN wasn't brought down by a hack, Sony took it offline while they investigated what happened. I look at it as a sign that Sony were serious about fixing the weaknesses despite the growing furore in the media. A weaker company might have bowed to pressure and put access back up before completing their security review.

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Hack doubtful.

If there's one company that SHOULD have security tighter than a nun's chuff habit, it's a company that's been embarrassed by their laxity in recent memory like Sony.

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Windows 8: Microsoft's tablet-desktop still painful to swallow

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Interesting to hear they're now doing Windows to go, though this could come back and bite them in the arse; If it lowers the inconvenience of having a non-Windows OS on your main system when you can kick up a Windows build at will from USB when you really need to then we might see another few (little) dents in their massive market share.

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US appeal dismissed in Dotcom case

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Re: "...in his or her ability..."

Kim is an asexual name, if the Judge hasn't been looking at the media circus he or she probably doesn't know Dotcom's sex. Assuming that this is what the Judge has been doing, kudos for properly maintaining impartiality.

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Assange's fate to be revealed at high noon

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Oh FFS...

I don't know or care if he's innocent or guilty, but the waste of public resources is starting to get on my tits at this point. Have security cameras covering the Embassy exits, then withdraw all the police outside and return them to their normal duties. Let him stew in the Embassy grounds and scramble the blue lights if he's caught leaving. Put him on a no-fly list and in the unlikely event the Ecuadorians successfully smuggle him out of the country, punt their ambassadors back home.

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Ten apps to install on your Nexus 7 first

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Swiftkey lasted a minute...

Before getting kicked off my Tab. Once I'd done the setup, I opened a document to test the keyboard out. After failing to type "testing" 5-6 times in a row (It predicted something like ssstwss - wtf?) and only showing me the prediction instead of what I'd actually typed, the backspace key suddenly decided that it would only delete the last few letters and refused to go any further back despite repeated taps and holding. Avoid.

I think the biggest takeaway from this article is the Revelation from Richard Lloyd above that Adblock Plus is available on Android. Come back Firefox, all is forgiven...

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Russian rocket fails to orbit 2 satellites after booster bungle

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I've worked it out...

"Both satellites were insured, Telkom-3 for 225m rubles ($7.13m, £4.55m) and the Express MD2 for 1.17bn rubles ($37.08m, £23.66m)"

Insurance fraud. It's not like Direct Line can inspect the rockets to make sure the satellites were aboard, is it?

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NASA will surely be getting antsy with all the recent hiccups at Roscosmos. I wouldn't be surprised if they throw more money at SpaceX to accelerate the return of US space capability.

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Valve: Games run FASTER on Linux than Windows

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"Click this link, type your Steam login details"

"Bollocks, what's my Steam login? I haven't had to type it in six years. Do I even still have that email address?"

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Re: 2500 Apps in their app store

I wouldn't want steam to do a Linux version, we don't need any more fragmentation. What they should do is 'anoint' one Linux flavour as the version they will ensure Steam runs on, and assist the community with what they need to get it running on other versions. Then send some of their extra programming resource to iron out the kinks in Linux.

Oh, and Half-Life Effing 3 please.

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Russia slashes space station ship trip to just six hours

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"ISS this is control, some mail has just come in. Who was in charge of the vehicle last August? They've got a speeding ticket."

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Smutty books strip Harry Potter of Amazon crown

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What I don't get is...

From what I've gleaned from friends who are forcing themselves to read it (they are aware it's dreadful, but they are ploughing on in the name of science to find out exactly when, where and why it is dreadful so they can't be dismissed for not having read it) the 'fantasy' male basically treats the girl like shit. I also seem to recall from a review - which I can't find the link for atm - that the protagonist is almost sexually assaulted by one of her male friends and this is just glossed over and forgotten later in the novel.

Women are mental.

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Booth babes banned by Chinese gaming expo

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Re: virgin (but not the producer)?

Off topic, but I think developed societies have grown to the point where we've bypassed 'survival of the fittest.' It's all downhill from here...

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SHEEP NEED TWITTER, insist my noble Lords

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Re: The internet is vital.

I love the way you assume I live in the countryside. For the record I live in a city*, I just happen to believe that internet access should be a universal British right for the quality of life it affords. I am arguing that is an essential, please don't compare it to upgrading your "shitty, tiny little garden". As an essential it should be subsidised by all.

However I was specifically NOT arguing for an "economically unviable" broadband network, I was arguing that it should be looked at even if it is commercially unviable. The difference being a company will walk away if there is no way to make meaningful money off the investment. What I would like is for the government to order the network extended to (almost) everyone at a reasonable cost which they write off as money spent improving the country. I am not advocating building fibre to Orkney regardless of the cost; but there needs to be an acceptance that universal access takes priority over profit.

"Like city dwellers you made the choice to live where you do knowing full well the pros and cons"

Again, I live in a nice cosy city flat, but we've covered that; what irks me about this comment is the 'choice to live where you do' bit. Are you seriously suggesting that families should have to choose to leave behind the friends and communities they grew up in if they want proper internet access? And what about children, as you mention? They don't choose where to live, but proper internet access could growing up could change their life.

*incidentally, has it occurred to you that if the countryside had more amenities, then more people might live there and it might have an effect on the overcrowding and high rent in the cities?

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The internet is vital.

The fact is internet access is almost a de facto essential utility nowadays. The sheer - well - utility of it leaves those with no or substandard access at a significant disadvantage. If you agree it should be a utility alongside water and power, then it is practically a right of the people and efforts must be made to provide a decent service across the whole of the UK regardless of commercial viability. If you don't agree it's a utility then I challenge you to live without it for a month. I would hazard a guess that some of El Reg's contributors would struggle to maintain a job writing for a website for example.

Where the report does wander into nutter territory is where they suggest killing of TV though.

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Olympic athletes compete in RAYGUN SHOOTING for the first time

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Don't forget "Participation Medals" so no-one goes home empty handed.

Humbug indeed!

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London CGI firm scores DON'T-HIT-the-PEDESTRIAN test contract

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I also seem to recall that good drivers were failing the test by spotting the hazards before the video 'expected' them to do so, and then lost points by clicking on the hazard outside the 'correct' time window.

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Sellers flogging vid games to underage kids face jail, unlimited fine

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WTF?

How do those penalties

Stack up against those for selling booze/fags/porn to underagers? An unlimited fine just smacks of laying the foundations for trouble to me. Judges are fallible people too!

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