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Legal high fire sale starts now

andy rock

this sums it up nicely for me...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/mar/22/charlie-brooker-newspapers-dangerous-drug

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Joker must retire, insist Heath Ledger fans

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Stop

yaaaawwwwn

nothing to see here. move along.

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Pioneer calls a halt to LaserDisc hardware production

andy rock

at least...

...they had *full* PCM audio, even if other things were...well, crap.

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Vertu offers £20k phone with 'beaten up' look

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Coat

Jesus!

That is utterly hideous. So nastily bling, it's untrue. The original Vertu handsets were admittedly quite simple and understated, even if they were pretty much bog-standard Nokia innards. Who the Hell designed this?! Ming the Merciless?

Mine's the mink fur one with the matching wide-rimmed hat, please...

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Tux makes home on the iPhone

andy rock
Linux

to all the naysayers...

...i say "baaaaah!"

there is no need for 'why'. 'because' is the answer.

leading on from Cosmin Roman's point, there are some serious goings on afoot in the mobile linux arena. Angstrom, for instance, is making serious progress and the number of supported handets is slowly increasing.

in the mobile market where we can't yet build our own handsets (like we do our PCs) device-specific ports are crucial. if the naysayers had any idea about linux development, they'd understand this.

personally, i quite like the iPhone handset but i find the GUI a little bit 'Fisher-Price'.

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Net pedants dismantle Quantum of Solace

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Happy

hmm, the net pedantry doesn't just stop at the film...

...comic duo Adam & Joe did joke alternative theme tunes for the film and the pedants reacted as though they were real attempts to replace the theme! The themes themselves are funny but the comments on (the admittedly idiot-full) youtube make them even funnier.

Joe's: http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=TMoJRLStD9c

Adam's: http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=dOH8_Vf_xIE

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Handheld games console three-way shoot-out

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RE: Oh Brave New World that has...

'Lego Toilet Puppies II: Scoopy Doo' made me splurt my coffee, man!

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Jonathan Schwartz scrambles aboard the Obama train

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RE: Scott's top 10 list

hey, you there! that's a lot of Power you're packing. one might say you were quite Powerful in your literary style. with Power.

did i manage to get the word Power (the pro-noun, of course!) in my comment as many times as you did? you do realise that when people (ie you and those like you) write these things slating one company and NOT giving more than one alternative, you just come across as a marketing bot?

do you like IBM by any chance? :-)

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Sun: Elvis Andy has not left the building

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RE: SPARC has left the building

"Wow...I guess UltraSparc is now officially dead"

you stupid bloody clown. the massively successful T1 + 2 chips ARE UltraSPARC.

and, as the other AC puts it: "no system from any rival manufacturer has remained competitive for anything like such a long service life". too true.

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AMD pooh-poohs 'Atom smasher' cancellation claim

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analysts

what a great job; you get to speculate on stuff then, if it comes true, you get to say 'look, i'm a genius. i saw that coming.' and if it doesn't, you get another shot at guessing next time whilst saying 'well, nothing's certain in this game'.

i'm in the wrong part of IT, i tell you.

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Apple revamps iPod line-up

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Re: Webster Phreaky

is it just me or does everyone find his 'grammar' confusing?

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Debian delivers FreeRunner open-phone package

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@ James Bassett

no offence but you don't appear to be doing it right. it's easier to recover a knackered linux box than it is a knackered windeez box. 'make uninstall' is a damn sight easier than hacking registry entires which are so cryptic they mean nothing to me.

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Hadoop: When grownups do open source

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Happy

swearing, what swearing??

on a serious point, though, i would have liked some reference points about who is using hadoop, successfully. i know Ted tells us that people who use it "don't write about it" but reference would give the article substance and move it further away from 'just an opinion'.

i like the swearing, though.

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Thai court jails 'swirly-face' paedophile

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Joke

hmmmm...

on one hand, great they caught the twat (although for thinking that the 'swirl trick' would protect him he deserves to be caught all the more) on the other, ONLY 3 years.

joke alert, not because it's funny but because 3 years is a joke.

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Nokia E66 smartphone

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@ Arnold Lieberman

"contract-tards"

heh heh, i like it. quick, trademark it!

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Dell to launch MP3 player, claims mole

andy rock

that reminds me...

...whatever did happen to the Zune?

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Re-jigged Intel mobile Linux stack dumps Ubuntu

andy rock
Linux

RE: BOTH ARE WRONG

damn, Mike, you beat me to it! :-)

i actually have RPM to thank for helping me discover Slack. it was my inability to compile software from source (due to not being able to find the right bloody RPMs) on a Red Hat box without having to seriously re-adjust compile options (due to so many broken paths, etc) that led me to look for a new distro.

i actually find now that i compile a lot less due to finding linuxpackages.net and (more recently) slacky.eu.

@ A J Stiles: _IF_ make fails?? i think not, sir! surely you refer to some other distro! ;-)

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Is Apple readying a MacBook redesign?

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@ Daniel

"Going to be a bugger to open and close then."

oh, i don't know. aluminium bends pretty easily!

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Apple sees red over iPhone 3G

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Happy

Re: Does anyone else think that

teehee, i was wondering who it reminded me of! i think you've got something there. he/she looks bloody weird whoever it is.

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Focus plus excitement: Michael Dell talks turnarounds

andy rock
Joke

is it me?

or does Michael have an ever-so-slight look of George Dubya about him? :-)

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Sun tosses most US customers to the resellers

andy rock

hmmmm

well, for us at a university, we've always bought through resellers. no change there then. as long as the support stays with the existing model, i don't care.

the rest's for the beancounters to worry over.

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It's official: Samsung shows off i8510 8mp cameraphone

andy rock

flash

no xenon flash, unfortunately. other than that, it looks rather nice.

a pity, really, cos it's fairly standard fare for decent cameraphones.

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Happy Sysadmin Day!

andy rock
Unhappy

wow, thanks...

...i feel all warm and fuzzy. obviously someone forgot to tell anyone i do stuff for.

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Scientists decry Bletchley Park's decline

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Stop

FFS

what's next? kick over the war memorials and build trendy new apartments on them? that place stands for (and is) one of the reasons we dusted the Nazis. tsk.

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419ers crank up the menaces

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Go

genius

best i've seen in a good while!

"but I ordered them to stop for a while and not to strike immediately because I just felt something good and sympathetic about you"

aw, thanks. too kind.

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Dangerous mobe chargers flood UK

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Happy

@Re: @ Re: @ Sarah

nah, it doesn't wind me up as bad as some folk on here. it just sounds a bit 'slightly dodgy pub bloke', really.

heh, 'site policy'. now, _that_ is funny.

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andy rock
Dead Vulture

@Sarah

okay, okay. a fair point. even though there is precident, if the word gets used,

i

will

call

shenanigans

on those using it. i care not who it may be. to quote Sir Alec:

"who is more fool; the fool, or the fool that follows him?"

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andy rock
Dead Vulture

"Buy cheap kit and pay the price"

use that word (the M one) and pay the price, Bill!!

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AMD confirms 'Atom-smasher' chip on its roadmap

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@Jamie

"AMD can't build reliable chips they never have and they never will."

hmmm, i have a few of them. i've also built machines for people three or four years ago and they work just as well now as they did then. all on AMD. not that i'm fanboying AMD, though. just they were a cheaper alternative. i have a couple of old P4's that are still going from about the same period.

sorry, mate; all you got is an opinion. unless you have any references of studies to back that claim up?

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andy rock
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Why wait?

bloody good point. AMD should be leaping on this to grab (some, any) market share back from 'zilla.

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Torvalds brands Digg users 'W*nking Walruses'

andy rock
Linux

RE: and one wonders...

the thing is; this guy writes stuff. and it works.

same reason Theo De Raadt (and OpenBSD) is/are still taken seriously. the guy also knows exactly what he's on about and he mouths off even more than Torvalds.

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andy rock
Go

who indeed...

"Who will Linus insult next in the name of popularising free open source software?"

everybody, hopefully. go Linus!

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Apple iPhone 3G

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Stop

good lord

this review has been up for hours and there's no flame war yet. WTF? is it because all the comments posted so far were SO inflammatory, none have actually been approved??

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Mono man accuses Mac Gtk+ fans of jeopardizing Linux desktop

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RE: What a load of balls

congrats, Damien! your ill-informed nonsense made me spurt my coffee out over my keyboard. well done! I particularly enjoyed Your Unnecessary Capital Letters and this poorest grammar.

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Google taunts 'losers' with secret Android code

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Coat

hang on...

"an online Android developer forum that boasts 3,075 registered members"

why not start their own effort? c'mon, this is the 21st century. if the company doesn't want to play, go play by yourselves.

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Baptist church in assault rifle giveaway

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@Sarah Bee

"If you don't see the potential to be genuinely aghast that lethal weaponry is given away by any organisation* as an incentive to join, then something is amiss."

* nay, even a supposedly Peace Loving organisation at that!

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O2 buckles under 3G iPhone demand

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RE: You only have yourselves to blame

"O2 couldn't manage to provide a decent basic telecomms service before they landed the iPhone deal, so why expect them to come up trumps now?"

oh, i don't know. if you live in Leeds, where they're based, it seems to work fine. i have been enjoying having a rolling 30 day contract with them for a good while now. that said, if you need to speak to the sales/support drones, you're fucked.

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MS takes Windows 3.11 out of embed to put to bed

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Happy

@imagine

"imagine what it would be like running windows 3.11 on todays dual core machines"

probably like using linux. but shit.

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Elonex shows off second Small, Cheap Computer

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RE: 1GB SSD?

"but surely 1GB is too small?"

pah, loads of room! i've chopped down a slackware install down to about 800MB but that was with a LOT of apps still in. most linuxes come with too many of the same thing as it is.

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Knife crime Definitely Maybe linked to games, claims Oasis man

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oh dear

i heard something the other day on the radio with Noel saying something along the lines of:

"i don't know what's with all this killing people. when i was a kid you got a rep by trying to be somebody. when did this all come about?"

and i thought 'hmmm, nice sentiment but people have always been doing this, just more in countries like america than here. nonetheless, nice sentiment.' now, i'm just of the opinion that he's turned into some old giffer who's going to be down on anybody wearing a hooded sweatshirt next. dangerous idiot.

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Final Arthur C Clarke novel on the way

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oo!

i've only read Gateway but thoroughly enjoyed it. loved the yarn he span (spun?) in it.

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Openmoko to release Linux handset tomorrow

andy rock
Linux

screw the camera...

i have a canon for such stuff. ;-)

linux-based and works will do me. 200 squids is pretty competitive as well.

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Videogame cartridge business card holders

andy rock

shame...

...that the site reads this text when you go to the main page:

"Thursday May 22, 2008

Due to internal issues, Game Asylum will not be accepting any new orders as of Thursday May 22nd, 2008 until further notice. If you have placed an order on or after the above date, your order will be cancelled and you will not be charged. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused you."

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Schwarzenegger seizes Tesla Motors plant for California

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RE maxing out at a very ordinary 125 mph

so, still fast enough to turn yourself into a fleshy pancake if you hit a wall then?

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Asus: Eee Box fast-boot tech a boon for flustered females

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who on earth...

...came up with that crap? i love the tech but i could conceive a better video smashed off my face on gin!

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HP throws Tru64 code to Linux fanciers

andy rock

i think i'm just plain suspicious...

...but haven't they (HP) just thrown a bone of the carcass of TRU64 to The Linux Crowd to keep them happy and gain a little positive favour?

Seems all the rage nowadays; donate your old crap to Linux.

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andy rock
Happy

RE: Yay, another filesystem for Linux

Heresy! He's trying to restrict our choice! Fascist! Stone him!

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Nvidia launches GTX 200 series GPUs

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Happy

@Ryan

shame on you. that's eco-terrorism!

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Edinburgh Fringe box office system goes titsup

andy rock

system platform?

linux? windows?

please provide details so i may scoff appropriately.

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Linux to outship Windows Mobile by 2013

andy rock
Linux

hmmm

i think what we need to bear in mind is the list of members the LiMo foundation has. check out the list here: http://www.limofoundation.org/current-members/index.php and tell me you don't see some promising involvement.

worth remembering that the mobile companies would love to be rid of those pesky license fees for the OS on their gear.

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