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Einstürzende Neubauten's haunting World War I tribute

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Speaking as a long time fanboy

I can't wait to hear this. They still manage to shame so many young pretenders

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Ten Mac freeware apps for your new Apple baby

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Integrity

A website link checker

AudioSwitcher - because I can't be bothered to alt-click the volume icon in the menubar

SmartReporter - a menubar icon that goes red if your hard disk is failing

Microsoft One Drive - lots of free space and the app uses less resources than Google Drive or DropBox

Wunderlist - great for keeping to do lists in sync cross platform

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Re: Lots of other good products....

Also for TextWrangler

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Festive streamers caught in Vulture's claws: Gadget-ogle for audiophiles, video geeks

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I'd quite like the Dual autochanger

The one shown in the article thumbnail

That and a nice Telefunken valve amp and some minty Grundig Raumklang IVs

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Forget Hillary, HP's ex CARLY FIORINA 'wants to be next US Prez'

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Re: It makes sense to have an ex-HP CEO as Pres.

I'll give you that if you'll agree that George Bush was Bob

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It makes sense to have an ex-HP CEO as Pres.

Politicians are like Windows PCs. You can't get enthusiastic about them, only use them when unavoidable, and only ever buy them with other people's money.

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Oh BOY! The MICKEY MOUSE Apple Watch is no heart-throb

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Re: Hamill time

Oh, go wind your oranges!

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Hamill time

Jasper's started using the royal we. His descent into full clockwork orange status can't be far off.

Daft as a mahogany frying pan

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Beyond the genome: YOU'VE BEEN DECODED, again

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Odd statement

"we are currently the only species known to have deciphered its own code"

If you're going to bother asserting that, might as well make it correct

"we are currently the only species that I know of to have deciphered its own code"

Amanfrommars may know differently

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UK computing museum starts reboot of 65-year-old EDSAC

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Mercury delay lines

Cathode ray storage tubes

Old memory tech is mind-boggling

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Sharing Economy sharks need love, cuddles and SUBSIDIES – UK.gov

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I can see where this is going

Public services outsourced to the sharing economy.

Been a victim of crime? Log onto Rozzer and find the lowest priced Rentaplod

Need brain surgery? Log onto Numbskull and some geezer with a Black and Decker and two bent teaspoons will sort you out

Etc, etc

All thoroughly and independently vetted of course

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Ten excellent FREE PC apps to brighten your Windows

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Just to send a bunch of the above

A Windows PC without paint.net and notepad++? No thanks. And VLC - I install it on everything user device I own.

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Chromecast video on UK, Euro TVs hertz so badly it makes us judder – but Google 'won't fix'

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WontFix

DontBuy

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Post-Microsoft, post-PC programming: The portable REVOLUTION

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No, no, this will never happen

Until it does. And then it will be late

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What's MISSING on Amazon Fire Phone... and why it WON'T set the world alight

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Now $199 in the US

That's the unlocked, no-contract price. The only reason the current inflated prices have been announced in the UK is so they can soon announce the inevitable price cuts. I give it a week. They must be hoping a few mugs take it at double the going rate but I doubt they'll sell more than a couple of hundred at that price

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I suppose Amazon can at least be trusted ...

... to keep its ecosystem up and running. Unlike Vodafone which promises a free 2-year sub to Spotify Premium and whose forum is full of tales of woe from people like me who've been prematurely booted back to the free mode - a problem they seem unable to solve.

Anyway, wouldn't it have made more sense to build a phone that was a decent eBook reader? Solving that might have resulted in something not so ... boring.

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Wasn't it all supposed to be so different by now, Meg?

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Hi HP, I'd like a tablet

"Certainly. Would you like an HP Stream 7, HP Stream 8, HP 10 Plus, HP Slate 8 Plus, HP Slate 7 VoiceTab Ultra, HP 7 Plus, HP Slate 21 All-in-One, HP Slate 10 Plus Tablet, HP ElitePad 1000 G2 or an HP Pro Tablet 610 G1 PC?"

"Ermmm ... I'll have a think" (Slopes off to buy a Nexus or an iPad)

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MI6 oversight report on Lee Rigby murder: US web giants offer 'safe haven for TERRORISM'

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Re: Jump on the privacy bandwagon

Poor form to insult us just because we don't agree with you. I would never resort to calling you, for example, a fat-headed twangler

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Re: A secret policeman in every internet chatroom

The secret police are too busy under activists' duvets to hang around in chatrooms

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Re: Assuming nothing more material was said on Facebook etc.

Why stop at BT? Better have all the post steamed open while we're at it. And what about those pesky face-to-face conversations? Ban them unless in the presence of an agent

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Universal Credit CRISIS: Up to £200m in IT spend WASTED – NAO

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If I were designing this

I might break it into two bits -

An assessment system - that sounds like case management so there should be a COTS or FOSS package

A payments system - that sounds like banking - there should be a COTS package

Once you think of benefits payments as banking, then other government payments in and out look the same (eg tax and rebates)

Give everyone a Government account on a government wide banking system to handle all payments in and out. S'easy.

(I'm glad I don't have to do this for real)

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Hi-torque tank engines: EXTREME car hacking with The Register

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Re: IT angle? Who cares?

There may have been a pocket calculator in use at some point - that should cover it. Great article.

Can we now hope for some valve electronics hackery?

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BT said to have pulled patent-infringing boxes from DSL network

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No need for ASSIA to get arsey

In a race to be arsiest, BR's gonna win. Better butt out now

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Floody hell! Brits cram Internet of Things into tight White Spaces

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Re: LoveHz

Mega

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Guess which US tech giant was just hit with a $137m tax bill in China?

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Easily explained

Microsoft used Excel to calculate their tax liability

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Woman who stung Tinder with sex-pest sueball stings again – with rival Bumble app

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Re: I have never had girl problems

You mean none have escaped yet

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iPhone sales set to PLUMMET: Bleak times ahead for Apple

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Peak Apple

Peak keeps on peaking, not yet plummeting or even plateauing, plunging Hamill precipitously into a pique.

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Mighty Blighty broadbanders beg: Let us lay cable in BT's, er, ducts

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Re: True, but could be truer

Was the the that the sentence didn't need the the that preceded complaints or the the that preceded company?

(I don't really need to know - I just enjoyed writing all the the thes in the above)

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ESA's spaceplane cleared for lift-off in February 2015

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Re: Pix or it doesn't xist

I believe Therese May would be keen to stop you dropping the E. Unlike George Perec: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Void

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re: reinvented the Space Shuttle?

Yes. It needed reinvention

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'Regin': The 'New Stuxnet' spook-grade SOFTWARE WEAPON described

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Russia, Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Ireland

Who could be their common enemy? My money is on Lichtenstein

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Coming clean: Ten cordless vacuum cleaners

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Re: Wandered into an alternative universe...

What could be more relevant to an IT nerd than a rechargeable handheld docked sucking machine?

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Androids in celluloid – which machine deserves the ULTIMATE MOVIE ROBOT title?

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OK, it's a cyborg in a B movie

But the movie of Algis Budrys's Who with Elliott Gould is quite creepy

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Pervert's Guide man's new book, an urban myths tome and Youth, an underrated gem

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Thanks for the Koeppen review

My reading list just got longer - again

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Two driverless cars stuffed with passengers are ABOUT TO CRASH - who should take the hit?

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Simple solution

The dashboards flip open and some game controllers pop out - fight!

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FORGET the CLIMATE: FATTIES are a MUCH BIGGER problem - study

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The real threat

It's that fat bugger that keeps getting stuck in the sewers. What's he doing down there any way?

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'How a censorious and moralistic blogger ruined my evening'

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Re: "In defence of Uber..."

Yes - they need a sensible and mature CEO with sector experience in charge. Someone like John Griffin from Addison Lee ...

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Apple bitchslaps iPhone rival Xiaomi: World No 1? That's BIG TALK

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I love this 'shipped' metric as a measure of success

When the unsold stock is shipped to landfill, can you double count them?

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What should America turn to for web advice? That's right: GOV.UK – says ex-Obama IT guru

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Re: Where should America turn for advice? Not GDS. Not if it's the truth you're after

The indefatigable Moss. Keep up the good work!

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Strewth

"The reason that Bracken is able to have an influence on UK government policy (and he has hit a number of brick walls as we have covered in the pages of The Register) is because he keeps bringing in the results."

Under the cover of writing plain English web pages, he has centralised all formerly impartial government online content under the control of a highly politicised unit. He has claimed credit for initiatives delivered without his team's help. And he has consistently failed to deliver any of the transformational projects that were promised.

He's good at PR though

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Our system handles £130bn and it's BUST. Want the job of fixing it? Apply to UK.gov

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Re: Ok enlighten me.

If GOV.UK tries to get you to implement Verify, just ask them, 'who owns the risk?'

You won't hear another peep out of them

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Re: Ok enlighten me.

They have to be live with themselves after doing all the fucking pointless things mandated by CESG, Cabinet Office, GDS, Efficiency Reform Group, etc, etc,...

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Hey, let's bespoke a payments system

Because doing payments is nothing like a COTS banking engine /sarcasm

Disclaimer: I haven't a bloody clue what I'm talking about. Just like everyone else who'll comment on this

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Apple Fanboi? Stand by to get Beats Music LIKE IT OR NOT

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Re: Still using the term "Fanbois"..... really?

Very good. Almost like humour but without the slightest attendant risk of having to involuntarily contort one's mouth muscles or emit strange barking noises.

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Get your CLOCK out, you coders: Apple emits Watch dev kit

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Poor apps developers

Having to develop apps at their own expense. Maybe they should demand that Apple let them charge money for their apps. Who knows? Some might even make a modest profit.

Is there a word for trolling articles? Trolltickles? Orcwords?

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Blackpool hotel 'fines' couple £100 for crap TripAdvisor review

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Can someone check the underside of table 3?

I nailed a kipper there in 1948. It was still there last year

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Nokia's N1 fondleslab's HIDDEN BRILLIANCE: The 'Z Launcher'

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Why can't we have this in real life?

Imagine your light-switches and heating thermostat being able to roam your walls at will, ready to be on hand wherever they think you might need them. Possibly also able to respond to simple voice commands like 'where's the bloody light-switch gone?!'

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NOKIA - Not FINNished yet! BEHOLD the somewhat DULL MYSTERY DEVICE!

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It includes an interesting new biometric tap sensor

labelled, 'Knock here'

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Holy vintage vehicles! Earliest known official Batmobile goes on sale

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It's gorgeous

I'd like to see it as the centrepiece of a retro Batman movie

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