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Microsoft: It's not Metro, it's Windows 8

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Re: Making a version number part of the name...

"How about 'Maestro' or 'Princess'? (Obscure cultural and age-related reference.)"

Or potentially Allegro and Montego? Of course, the Maestro interface would be as ugly as sin, while Allegro would try (and fail) to introduce a square controller.

All the time, people will insist they should have stayed with the Mini...

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Valve opens Steam store to non-gaming software

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Re: Brilliant idea

"One question for me is whether Steam will shed its 'industrial' look. It's appropriate for games where you tramp through metal corridors, but not so much for other software..."

Perhaps a nice choice of skins (and maybe a designer package). It would be nice to see an enterprise management tool in there as well to allow centrally managed Steam deployed apps.

Good look to Steam - though I'm surprised it took so long.

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French minister: 3 strikes anti-piracy rule a 'waste of money'

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A potential problem here...

... is that the French could get even more draconian in order to 'cut costs'. For example, they could go down the route of straight fines for each infraction, with the option of appealing, but God help you if you lose and they increase the fine and charge costs. Not too dissimilar to how speeding tickets operate, though with a greater chance of false accusations.

So things could get worse - and if it 'works' in France, the lobbyists will be pushing this around the EU like lightning.

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RBS must realise it's just an IT biz with a banking licence

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Re: > trend towards pigeonholing folk

"we don't need people like you who understand everything any more"

And yet with systems becoming more and more integrated, with more dependancies etc, these middle management drones are heading for a fall, as happened at RBS. The blinkered corporate mentality, complete with little empire builders and the 'cover my @rse' attitude never ceases to amaze.

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Analyst says Surface could hurt Ultrabook, Windows 8 tablets

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Poor Microsoft..

Caught between a rock and a hard place.

They release an attractive product themselves in an attempt to demonstrate what they want Win8 tablets to achieve (largely due to fairly mediocre design efforts by the OEMs on laptops over recent years).

If they price too low (subsidy for example), it'll sell well, but MS will make less money on it, the OEMs will be hacked off about a partner competing aggressively with them, which will tempt them to look elsewhere (Android/Linux fanboys will be happy though).

Price too high and it will sell poorly. The OEMs stay happy, but it won't make much of an example to them with regards to design and won't necessarily tempt them to put more effort into their own Windows tablets.

Apple have an advantage in that they aren't as dependent on third party hardware to shift their OS, so they can (to some extent) be aggressive against manufacturers. MS don't currently have that luxury. In some respects, in the client market, maybe MS need to take a hard look at which road they want to go down - own their own hardware/software stack (Apple), or stick to software and try to support the OEMs (like MS of old and Google now).

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New version of Chrome can WATCH and LISTEN

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Re: To the paranoids above

"Your browser has been able to do this all along thanks to the flash plugin (and others), the functionality just moved from plugin to browser."

If you don't like/trust Flash or Google, you could use an iOS device... And trust Apple instead....

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Capita inks another local council deal, pockets £154m

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Those poor, poor fools - wait until it all crashes down and the council ask why...

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Rupert Murdoch legs it from British newspaper boards

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Re: "small number of nasty white old men!"

"Cue, "Here comes the new boss, same as the old boss!"."

Something to be said for "better the devil you know"...

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Judge frees nude TSA protester, citing free speech rights

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Re: If you think TSA treats you "like a convicted felon"

That's why it's prison, and not the Hilton. Those searches are because prisons have a high proportion of unpleasant folk that are referred to as 'prisoners'.

Some of these are drug dealers who need drugs smuggling in, while others want various other, restricted items.

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Why British TV drama is crap – and why this matters to tech firms

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Re: British TV drama is NOT crap

"Tell me whats not contemporary about spooks or hustle for example?"

Contemporary in theme only, as the BBC has since canned both of them, alas, and lets remember that both of them had been running for quite some time.

And where are the replacements?

The BBC do show flare on occasion (The Fades at least had an interesting concept), but they're increasingly poor at execution, expecially combined with limited budget (where exactly does the BBC tax go?). Largely, it boils down to the BBC using the 'same old names', not just in front of the camera, but behind it too, so very little fresh blood gets far, and generally new content gets to look like dull retreads As the 'same old names' tend to be luvvies too, the content tends to be a little too PC, and seldom much good because of it.

Let's raise a beer and remember that the best, grittiest episode of Spooks were right at the beginning, with torture and death using a chip fryer - even US drama is seldom that brutal. After that, it got toned-down. We have great actors, writers and directors out there, but it's a pity that the execs (on all networks) are too busy piling high the same old cheap, freak-show 'documentaries' and reality TV.

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iPhone 5 to be skinniest Apple yet SHOCK

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Re: You're all wrong!

"They'll initially launch in Stilton variety"

That'll have worse reception than the iPhone 4 apparently had. Phew! what a pong!

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Build a bonkers hi-fi

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Third of a million pound stereo..

...and Justin Bieber.

Nice.

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WD sees red, flogs NAS niche drives to SOHO punters

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Better dead than Red!

Yeehaw! I ain't havin' no stinkin' REDS in my NAS! There ain't no room for goddamn communistic leanin' drives in these parts!

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Microsoft offers beta of Windows Server 2012 Essentials

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Re: Windows Server 2003 continues to suit me just fine

You said 'Bundle'! Now you've blown it - if they put it back in, they'll have an EU bureaucrat on their back quicker than you can say 'Corrupt Politician'!

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UK.gov to clear way for Britain's first SPACEPORT

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Re: Please, please, please....

The UK space effort was dead long before Thatcher got there.

Look up Blue Streak for the last great British rocket (retired in '71).

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Microsoft to lob out Windows Server 2012 by September

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2012 is actually not bad (at least in release candidate form). Perhaps equal to ESX 3.5 or early 4.

The problem is that the paint is still wet on many of the features (network teaming, SMB hosted VMs, VM migration) that Xen and, more importantly, VMware houses have been used to for up to five years.

Microsoft are definitely getting there. In combination with VMware's bizarre pricing model, they may make pretty good head way.

Perhaps the tradition of waiting for Service Pack 1 before being too dependent on it isn't a bad idea, at least for critical workloads. Until then, I'll stick to pushing vSphere 5.0.

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RIM: Maybe we can't flog BlackBerrys, but would you like a jet?

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Putting the execs on commercial flights

Those seats are uncomfortable - they might get sore around the RIM.

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Chinese boffins build nuclear-powered deep-sea station

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It's just like...

.... a bad plotline from SeaQuest DSV. Welcome to the 90's.

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

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Shuttleworth: Why Windows 8 made us ditch GPL Linux loader

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"it's likely to be pretty feeble compared to Android tablets anyway."

And where's your evidence to suggest that? The published spec for surface is so thin it's easier to describe a Higgs-Boson. It could be better than all Android tablets, but hobbled by an obscene price. No-one knows. So jumping to assumptions based on simply a pro-Droid/anti-Microsoft bias is both wrong and a bit childish.

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Bill Gates: iPad is OK, but what Apple really needs is a SURFACE

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Re: Mmmm...

Was that when problems began to 'surface'...?

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Viviane Reding says imitate US and form FEDERAL EUROPE

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"So... who do they let into the new Federation?"

Well, I imagine it'll be similar to the Euro, where criteria were drawn up, then whittled down to a point where a few members could just about achieve it 'legitimately', and the rest could cheat to balance the books for a year - such as Italy's selling gold reserves and taxing the proceeds or France's sale of France Telecom.

A United States of Europe is unlikely to succeed - there is too much historical baggage, differences in culture, differences in economic cycles and good old fashioned rivalry. The USA succeeded because of a largely common heritage and language, as well as a short history with little baggage between the participants. Oh, and the economy of the world (let alone the colonies) was much less complex.

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Obama is best Pres 'to beat alien invasion'

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Re: Brilliant stats

The 40% believe that the government are hiding confirmation that Aliens don't exist. Could be a plot to keep the sci-fi/alien invasion movie industry in business.

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Nokia details 808 Pureview release

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Re: £500??!

Magnus, my man! I'll take yo ghetto blaster! Bro, you might dig my Funky Ericsson T28.

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Antarctic ice shelves not melting at all, new field data show

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Re: Because

"Despite idiots saying mockingly "the science is in", it isn't. The final results are never in. Scientific opinion changes with time. These changes are based on information. Huge amounts of money from rich people and large polluting companies they own does not provide any information that will make any difference. This money does, however, show what lengths sompe people are prepared to go to to shaft future generations so they can maintain their current profits."

Agreed. And this works both ways, with, as you say, 'large polluting companies' on one side, while there are also interested parties milking lots of (usually) state/charitable funding on biased mis-quoting reports for the sake of opposing vested interests trying to peddle the latest (expensive) snake-oil solution to global warming.

The Global Warming argument has been so muddied by loud voices on BOTH sides that nothing moves forward either way, only those exploiting the argument for financial (or personal reputation) gain actually win. Rome burns (in a carbon neutral fashion), while Nero fiddles (with his publicist).

The 'truth' is usually written by the one with the loudest voice, regardless of how accurate the 'truth' actually is. To terribly misquote an evil dictator of German origin - 'Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it'.

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RBS collapse details revealed: Arrow points to defective part

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Re: UK based

When a company makes a comment that specifically refers to "UK-based piece of software", I start smelling a rat. Why would the company's PR-drones be so specific, unless they were paranoid about media comments regarding the risks of off-shoring?

Also, it's a suitably vague PR-drone written comment - the software may well be based in the UK, but it could be written by an Indian, in Somalia, using a Brazilian keyboard and uploaded using a proxy in Thailand, after being QA'd by a kid in Poland. Where it's based is somewhat meaningless in this context.

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Microsoft's Surface proves software is dead

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"The market has not generated a large technology vendor oriented around selling software in twenty-two years,"

Never heard of VMware?

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Cisco bends UCS rack and blade metal around new Xeon E5s

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Re: You missed Cisco talking about their rack...

If you put the UCS and Nexus high up in the rack, does that make it a top-heavy lovely?

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El Reg official units of measurement: Linguine, Jubs, Hiltons and all

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A Big Thank You...

My youngest is doing weights and measures in primary school at the moment. Given the state of UK education, I will refer him to this video instead. Far more constructive than the metric nonsense they're failing to teach him at the moment.

I was going to suggest that the Curly Wurly as a length of measure, however, as these seem to have decreased in length at a rate that corresponds to the receding of my hairline, I think I'll leave that one alone.

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'Unbreakable' Samsung Galaxy Note II to take on iPhone 5

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Re: "By the time it hits shelves, ..."

The fact that you need to Google for guides (and the fact that these third party guides exist) rather demonstrates the point.

Most end users wouldn't think to Google this subject, let alone be comfortable enough to follow a blog guide to a process not supported by the manufacturer of their £200 handset.

Either the OS needs to be truly independent of the hardware and Google manages the upgrades themselves, or the hardware vendors need to take this more seriously. In this sense, Apple have gotten things right, where few Android peddlers have.

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Microsoft takes on tablets with keyboard-equipped Surface

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Re: VaporMg-Ware

A reasonably fair comment. Microsoft have had a habit over the years of promising great things and failing to deliver (or at least in a timely fashion).

Remember WinFS?

I'll be interested to see how this develops - particularly the x86 version.

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Re: Of course it needs a keyboard...

Perhaps you put two fingers on the bottom left corner, another on the top right....

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iOS was SO much more valuable to Google than Android - until Maps

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Re: Hmm

'AC: Maps on iOS ... will almost certainly be inferior to Google Maps when it arrives...'

Comparing a product that hasn't been released and that you are unlikely to have tested in any way (especially as it sounds like your an iOS hater) is the sign of a bedazzled fanboi. Think before you post, may save some embarrassment.

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Voyager ticks one box for interstellar arrival

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Re: 7.2 kbps ?

Still, it's quicker than my broadband.

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Ten... Father's Day gifts

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I wish!

I wish my kids would spend this much on me. I'll be lucky if I get a cup of tea from the little blighters!

On the flip side, I must remember to swing by the petrol station to see if there are any damaged/reduced Father's day cards...

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Scottish council muzzles 9-year-old school dinner photo blogger

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I don't know what I'm disgusted in more...

Is it the astoundingly bad 'cuisine' at the school? Not only somewhat minimalist, but looks disgusting - and as a long-serving IT grunt, I eat some nasty stuff.

Or perhaps it's the blatant attempt to stifle any attempt at whistle blowing or even this kid's freedom of expression? It's a typical public sector mentality (not unique to this council or LEA) that everyone else is wrong except them and then to attempt to stifle any dissent or discussion from the public.

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Australian company claims world’s fastest switch

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The Photo is quite telling...

The chap obviously knows the intellectual level of us Reg readers well.

He should, however, have used Playmobil for true authenticity, though alongside the box, this may have lead readers to believe the switches were 6ft high and as long as a Portacabin.

I shall, however, raise a 10am can of Special Brew in his honour.

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Apple adds gay and lesbian icons to iOS 6 messaging

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@Lincard1000

Your point about language evolving is quite true. Consider the original (and still true) meaning of 'gay' as being jolly or happy, it could be said that all successful marriages are gay. Therefore, my wife and I enjoy a gay marriage.

Throw that at them there religious fundamentalists!

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US Navy buys Linux to guide drone fleet

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Re: Wrong focus.

I do believe our AC@1850 may be on the wrong website. If he wants to discuss world peace and flower power, perhaps the CND or Greenpeace might be more appropriate.

Or - this is a tech website, stupid.

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HP Z1 quad-core Xeon 27in PC

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Impressive design.

What impresses me most is that this is the design. This is the first all in one with a decent, modular and easily upgraded design - Apple could learn a few lessons here, especially if they wanted to do a pro-oriented iMac.

The spec isn't bad either, though I'd offer some gaming GPUs as well as the Quadro boards to widen the attraction (and fill the gap between the Intel and Quadro).

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US secret spaceplane will come back to Earth sometime soon

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"The X-37B is a mysterious, black-funded robot shuttle that no-one knows the purpose of"

Isn't that a bit racist? I mean, what if blacks don't want to see their tax spent on a robo-space-plane-thang? Why aren't other ethnic groups involved...

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I need to multitask, but Windows 8's Metro won't let me

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Re: Doomed to failure?

The replacement?

Easy - Windows 8 SP1 - the return of Aero.

One can hope.

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Re: You're making too much of this

Or for a Microsoft bias version -

50% for Internet Explorer to 'Bing' for answers

30% to create/ edit config files in Notepad

20% for PowerShell

The principle is the same. Metro might be nice for Grandma browsing the Daily Mail website, but for proper work, I'll look elsewhere, be it Linux or windows XP or 7.

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Windows 8 release preview imminent

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Re: I can wait.

And you concept of quality appears to be badgenomics.

Enjoy the overpriced Audi A3 for example, while the Skoda Octavia and Seat Leon owners laugh at you for buying basically the same tin.

Brand != quality.

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Orange unveils Intel Atom smartphone

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Interesting, but would I buy one?

Answer - not yet.

It'll be interesting to see how this early iteration goes. In particular with respect to real-world user experience on battery life, apps compatibility and performance.

It'll be interesting to see what the more hardcore geeks will try with it - Who will be the first to load up a copy of an x86 Linux flavour, or even (Hells Bells!) a copy of XP?

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Galaxy S III pay-monthly tariffs compared

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Re: RE: Jim Booth

Does the S3 have a iOS and good support from the manufacturer?

The first is personal preference (I don't dislike Android, I just prefer iOS), the latter - sorry, I've had my fingers burned by Samsung on several occasions, whereas Apple have served me well.

I also don't like large phones - too many Android handsets seem to be vying for who has the biggest screen. I'd sooner stay smaller - if I want big, I'll have a tablet.

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Trekkie wants to build USS Enterprise … in twenty years

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Re: Iconic??

While I appreciate your point, and in it's own way, it is iconic. However, it's not Earth/human, which I think is an appropriate qualifier.

This is why, for a similar reason, I would also not recommend a Klingon Bird of Prey (for cool factor), Galactica (a practical design with the big hangar decks etc) or the Imperial Star Destroyer (For those who want something different to sphere or cube).

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Space Station crew enter the Dragon

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Bonus points...

For the Reg headline 'Enter the Dragon'.

I have visions of Bruce Lee doing zero-G dives 'Hwaaaah!'

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Ten... tablet survival accessories

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Re: £110 for a wall mount?

Wouldn't nailing it to the wall void the warranty?

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And the worst film NEVER made is...

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Re: *clap clap*

I may put on a mask and make random DVD donations thorough letterboxes.

Probably even more offensive than stuffing through a burning bag of dog faeces.

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Thanks....

Thanks for all the votes. Or no thanks, given the prize...

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