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Bright lights, affordable motor: Ford puts LED headlights onto Mondeo

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Kudos on the Alfa SZ reference.

Bravo!

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I’ve never paid for it in my life... we are talking Wi-Fi, right?

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Re: Vienna Airport has free WiFi

I was at Valencia airport last week: 45 mins free.

Used roaming 3G, it was less hassle.

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Work phone

Seems like an awful lot of trouble to go to for a WiFi connection when you can just select the "log in with your provider" option (e.g. Orange) and enter the work/network supplied username/password and let them sort out the bill.

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Fast And Furious 6 cammer thrown in slammer for nearly three years

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Coulson

And Coulson only got 18 months?

Justice is not only blind, but also high on drugs.

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True fact: 1 in 4 Brits are now TERRORISTS

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I'm Okay Then...

Didn't look at it.

Didn't feel the need to look at it.

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Top Gun display for your CAR: Heads-up fighter pilot tech

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BMW's system projects onto the windsceen iirc.

It's lowly Peugeot who use a similar projection screen. And that's also been available for 3 or more years.

Old hat technology, but safer than all the daft touchscreens manufacturers are putting into the centre consoles of many models: Head Down Displays. Genius.

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Americans to be guinea pigs in vast chip-and-PIN security experiment

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Patents finally run out?

Have some patents finally run out on some critical C&P stuff then?

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Nuts to your poncey hipster coffees, I want a TESLA ELECTRO-CAFE

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Re: Move to the US

The US is a possibility. Or just nip over The Channel to France....

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Fiat Panda Cross: 'Interesting-looking' Multipla spawn hits UK

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Multipla Spawn?

That'd be the 500L based 500X and it's Jeep cousin the Renegade due out soon.

Not this Panda.

Fiat are producing some good cars and the 500L based ones are really very good.

This baby one should sell well too.

The tech they've brought to bear on DERVs (used by many other manufacturers)

and the peppy 2-cylinder TwinAir petrol is fantastic. More power to them.

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Nice computers don’t need to go to the toilet, says Barclays

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Re: Starbucks

You can have way more fun with made-up names......

(Just look at the fun they have with yours.)

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Starbucks

You use your real name when ordering coffee at Starbucks !?

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Swell. Apple buys 'Pandora-for-talk-radio' app... for $30 meeellion

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Re: Talk Radio

You don't need iPlayer for BBC Radio

Tunein works fine.

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There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES

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France

"This shows how European policy is in abject retreat despite a huge political stand by France in particular. France, with its substantial subsidies for locally produced content, is still completely failing to halt the shift to US content"

French TV is (for the most part) garbage.

About the only thing they do well is travel documentaries.

The fact it is (or isn't) subsidized doesn't change this.

At least the Beeb can still pull rabbits out of it's hat some of the time.

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Say goodbye to landfill Android: Top 10 cheap 'n' cheerful smartphones

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What, no Wiko?

If you want a list of budget Androids there has to be a couple of Wikos on it!

Dual SIM, no contract. No pre-installed bloat.

I paid €70 for an Ozzy.

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Murdoch calls for ISPs to be liable for users' activities

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News Corp should be held accountable for the actions of its readers....

It's the only way we can protect the paediatricians!

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French telco takes on US rival Netflix... with whose dongle?

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No VO

The problem with all these services is that they only show dubbed versions of foreign films.

(In France) The same with XBox videos and Google Play Movies.

Sadly iTunes is the only service that offers original language soundtracks (Oh, and French broadcast TV for some shows/films.)

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The final score: Gramophones 1 – Glassholes 0

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Re: Hmmm

Really hope the OP is in witness protection or that the landlord has found it is his heart to forgive him....

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Hey, Marissa Mayer: Flexi working time is now LAW in UK. Yahoo!

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So you can now legally ask for flexitime?

You: Can I have Flexitime?

Boss: No.

There was a law needed passing for this!?

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You need a list of specific unknowns we may encounter? Huh?

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"It’s not fit for purpose"

Did you really use that phrase at the time, Mr Dabbs?

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Amazon's not-actually-3D Fire: Bezos' cash register in YOUR pocket

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How much?!

Amazon.com have it on pre-order for $649 without a contract.

No thanks.

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SPB's mountaintop HQ menaced by WOLVES

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Wolves or stray/out-of-control dog attacks?

Because there's no EU/gov compensation for dog attacks, so everything is reported as a wolf attack.

(At least in France this is how it gets played.)

Or even better, maybe the hunters are feeding the wolves to grow the numbers to justify culls.

(As the French hunting fraternity does with wild boar, causing massive over population problems leading to drunken free-for-all shotgun culls in public parks.)

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The hoarder's dilemma: 'Why can't I throw anything away?'

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Cables

I'm moving house next week.

Sorted out 3 boxes of cables a couple of days ago.

Putting the unwanted ones in the "dump" pile.

So now I'm down to 2 boxes of cables I will never use.

Progress!

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Our Reg reader 'mutt's nuts' dictionary is le chien's biens

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Re-French

"Les Couilles de Dogue" should work well.

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Time-rich Brit boffin demos DIY crazytech WOLVERINE talons

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SNIKT!

Mental.

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Internet of Stuff: Cleaner washing, more milk ... fewer COW FARTS?

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ARMed Cows

So It's come full circle:

Starting out with a cow feeder and ending up being "fed" to cows.

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Star Wars Episode VII: The Ancient Fear of, er, a CHEESE-TASTIC title?

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Not Red Harvest then?

No obfuscating working title?

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HTC One M8: Reg man takes spin in Alfa Romeo of smartphone world

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Electrical or Electronics Problems?

@Dr Mouse

All the Fiat/Alfa electronics are Bosch parts these days. You must be getting confused with Renault there.

Easily done for someone who can't even spell "ALFA".

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3CX Phone System takes on the corporate mobiles

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Unlimited Worldwide Voice calls from mobile

With tariffs giving unlimited voice calls to worldwide fixed & mobile numbers from your mobile, why does this make more sense? (Unless you're roaming?)

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Little pink handjob: Sony's Xperia Z1 Compact

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Attention Handset Manufacturers!

Stop using words like "Mini" and "Compact" to describe handsets that are anything but.

And perhaps actually bring out some that actually are?

Thank you.

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Reg tries out Google's Chromecast: Yep, we even tested smut sites

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Chromecast's USB lead

Anyone else found that Chromecast's microUSB lead seems to be for power only?

If you use it to connect any other devices it only powers them up, it won't

actually connect them via USB....

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Cellular desperation in France drives not one, but two SFR offers

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Well done Free!

I'll stick with SFR for coverage and roaming, but thanks for driving the prices down!

I can get unlimited worldwide voice (fixed & mobile) & texts, plus 12GB data

as-well-as 2H voice & 100MB whilst roaming for 65 Euros/month now.

Merci!

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Why can’t I walk past Maplin without buying stuff I don’t need?

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If you think Maplins is bad ...

... for your self control, never go to Fry's in the US.

It's a veritable hypermarket of tech tat.

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But... you work in IT... Why aren't we RICH?

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Line et al

"Stealth" comms is definitely where it is at.

The problem with Skype (when I used it) was that other people seemed to pester you a lot to talk/video with them.

"Line" is good for international free calls/text/video-calls. (Over wifi when roaming.) I was using TuMe but Telefonica nixed that last year.

Otherwise as Mr Dabbs says, texts and voice are bundled (inc for international) so just use the phone.

And while where at it, can we please have video calls over 3G functionality back in phones now the networks include them in the "free" minutes? Ta.

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Ford to dump Microsoft's 'aggravating' in-car tech for ... BlackBerry?

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I had B&M in a 2006 Alfa and at the time it was miles ahead

of anything else from other manufacturers especially in term of

voice recognition.

Sadly Fiat never really upgraded it in the intervening years

and it has now been rightly canned.

Sadly the follow-up system is touch based and the voice

recognition is rubbish.

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LG offers BRAIN-SAVING CANCER-BL... er 'good luck charms'

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Can these also protect us from...

...the dreaded fan death!?

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Spam, a lot of it: Bubble tea is the Seoul of wit

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Just.

Brilliant.

A classic piece of Friday.

Keep up the good work.

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Japanese fanboi first in queue for, er, iPhone 6

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Loser...

If he was a REAL devotee he'd be queuing for the iPhone7S.

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Sinclair's ZX Spectrum to LIVE AGAIN!

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Next Up On Kickstarter...

... large black plastic remote for your modern LED backlit LCD TV which has a single, hard to press button that makes a clicking sound when you use it to change the channel.

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Do you wear specs? Google Glass offers YOU amazing live HD video

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Not sure this isn't good product marketing...

...Position towards people who already have to use eyewear anyway.

Good pair of specs and lenses can cost 500 quid anyway.

Maybe 3D TV would have been a bigger hit if they'd gone down this route.

(Or not.)

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Sony on the ropes after Moody's downgrade to junk

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Black Helicopters

Re: Love Moodys...

"Aren't they the ones that rated junk mortgages as AAA?"

Exactly.

Who rates the ratings agencies?

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Robots? What a bunch of workers...

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GPO snoops

Love the way they now want to know the exact details of what's in a parcel.

Perhaps this is to allow for a more targeted professional level of thieving?

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Nokia Lumia update spreads Black death

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Nokia Beemer

Hmm... flagship feature?

Looks exactly like Sony(Ericsson)'s vscreens.com app for android.

Right down the the on-screen QR code "pairing".

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Oh those crazy Frenchies! Parisian cabbies smash up Uber-booked rival ride

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Re: circumventing the heavily regulated systems

"If I can take a private hire company instead I always do or just book a car rental. It is usually 2x cheaper, "

In many places taking a hire car in town and dropping it at the airport is one

of the easiest and cheapest ways to get to the airport. (e.g. Anywhere on the French Riviera to get to Nice airport.)

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French Taxis

Biggest rip-off in Europe.

Example: A 16km/15 minute taxi ride from office to airport: 70 Euros.

And they try for a tip too.

They also refuse to take fares from the airport if the ride is "short".

No taxis run at night because after a couple of airport runs they've made enough for the day so are all in bed by 10pm.

They need some competition.

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Thought the toilet camera was weird? Try actual thumb flash drives from tech's supershow

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The LaCie Culbuto...

... as (soon to be) featured on accident & emergency x-rays...

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Haswell micro: Intel’s Next Unit of Computing desktop PC

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NUC Haswell passive cooling enclosure:

http://www.akasa.com.tw/update.php?tpl=product/product.detail.tpl&no=181&type=Chassis&type_sub=NUC&model=A-NUC03-A1B

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Re: Passive cooling?

Asaka are shipping a Newton "H" passive case for this NUC soon.

You can buy the board on it's own and stick it in that.

The great thing about NUC is you do have some configuration options such as enclosure, connectivity, storage and memory.

Mine arrived last week but due to a shipping cock-up the mSata only arrived today.

(EU sourced and had a 3pin EU plug included in the box.

So far it's looking to be just the ticket for a sitting-room TV connected PC.

The only annoying thing is the Intel jingle when you open the box.

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Now THAT'S a sunroof: Solar-powered family car emerges from Ford labs

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Don't Audi have a more realistic use PV sunroof option?

The one that powers a small fan to keep the air circulating when parked up.

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US military's RAY-GUN truck BLASTS DRONES, mortars OUT OF THE SKY

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Why does it appear to be parked on a golf course?

Seems a bit OTT to use it as a putter.

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Station to station: Ten DAB-Bluetooth combo radios

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Why spend a fortune on BT DAB dock

When you can use TuneIn + any type of dock or amplifier/speaker unit?

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