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Mobile phone masts not such a menace

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@Teenagers

I suggest you look up the expression "post hoc ergo propter hoc".

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The Reg guide to Linux, part 1: Picking a distro

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So, no answers yet...

... three up votes, one down vote (Why, FFS? Just because I asked??) but nobody can actually *tell me* what I need to know.

Ho hum, looks like I'm stuck with XP.

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All I want to know is...

... will whatever version of Linux I get *work* with my system!

Twenty five or so years ago when I had plenty of time to spare, I was quite happy hacking through code and using CLIs and playing with stuff just to see what happens.

Now I've got other stuff to think about, I don't have the inclination to mess around like that, so unless I can get a simple answer to "will it run the software (and hardware) on my system* without lots of hassle?" much as I'd like to try, the fact of the matter is that Windows *does* do that.

*Most used programs: Firefox, Thunderbird, Photoshop, MediaPlayer Classic, Word, Excel, hardware: USB Scanner, Epson Printer, TomTom USB interface.

Also will it read data from my windows partitions without hassle and can I use Acronis True Image to back up its partition.

I'm no fanboi of any type, just someone who has other things to use his time for, so if someone could actually tell me I'd be grateful!

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Video calling impresses Brits, if it's Apple video calling

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I'm ON the TRAIN!!

LOOK, HERE'S the TRAIN I'M ON...!!!

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US attacks Europe's perv-scanners

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@Idiot

Are you one of those selfish people who think that signs saying "No Mobile Phones" and "No headphones" in the Quiet Carriages on trains don't apply to you? And then get all stroppy when somone points out that sign as if the person *complaining* about the selfish idiot is doing something wrong??

It's just a shame that the Guards on these trains don't actually bother to "walk through the train" as they claim they'll be doing and do their job of telling selfish idiots to move or shut up.

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Government delays ContactPoint closure

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Smart move??

"After the massive investment there are few savings to be made by scrapping it because the cash has gone."

That sounds as ridiculous Alan Johnson's argument that the Coalition should not scrap the ID card scheme because of all the money that has been spent on it already...

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Speed cameras slide out of LibCon budget

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@jizzflam

"that metal thing separating you from the oncoming motorway traffic is rated to contain a 1.5 ton CAR"

And it will also do damn all to protect a motorcyclist who is liable to either slam into a solid post or slide right under it.

Of course upgrading barriers to actualy provide proper safety protectin costs money...

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When these cameras...

... can spot people tailgating or driving drunk or using bloody mobile phones whilst driving etc etc, I'll be happy to support them!

There used to be something that did this job... I think it was called a Traffic Policeman...

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DoS attack stuffs Turkey's internet censors

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@Henry Wertz 1

"britain is not free and civilized either"

I don't think the previous poster said that (or implied it), especially since Britain certainly isn't until we get rid of nonsense like the OPA, Dangerous Pictures (and Cartoons) Acts and redefine the job of the BBFC to stop being nannies who will order nasty bits of films cut out and simply *classify* the films according to content.

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IT chiefs in cloaks and sashes gets Queen's mark of approval

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WTF?

Sorry...

... this is El Reg, not the Socialist Worker...

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Facebook's critics 'unrealistic', says US privacy law expert

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And after three months...

... the companies delete your data, but just before they do, they exercise their right to sell it to another company (which, of course, you had to agree with when you registered) and the fact that they own that company and still have full access to your data is a mere irrelevancy, isn't it...?

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Pakistani lawyer petitions for death of Mark Zuckerberg

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Also in the spirit of freedom of information...

It would be interesting to know why my post linking to the "Mohammed Image Archive" showing that, in the past, Muslims have often depicted Mohammed was first approved and then subsequently disapproved.

Perhaps without the link the mere statement of fact will be acceptable?

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Cut Pakistan from the Internet completely.

What, you mean a sort of "Great Firewall of the Rest of the World"...?

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Laser-toting robots take over UK hospital

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Or perhaps some coffeee...

... Percolate! Percolate!

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Welcome

May I be the first to welcome...

... our laser toting, drug delivering overlords.

Watch out Fleshies, our time is coming...!

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Chancellor's cuts should spare small biz

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@Obviously!

Obviously you don't know what a small business actually *is* and don't realise that things like this are actually *checked*.

You also obviously don't comprehend that this is not "paying less tax" it simply allows SMEs who are having difficulties with cashflow to pay off their taxes in installments instead of having to fork out a big lump sum that would leave them unable to pay wages or buy the stock and materials they need to keep operating.

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Indonesia flips over internet rock star smut clips

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He's said it was...

... a "race against time" to protect children from harm

They're learning... :-(

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Birmingham jihad-cam network suspended

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You need to grow up...

... that way the point won't be quite so far over your head.

"it seems that Joe Muslim is no happier with the lunatic fringe than anyone else. Hopefully, they can appreciate tht they are not being targetted by this."

It doesn't matter whether they are "being targetted" the fact is that they *ARE* being watched and monitored *just in case* they may be terrorists, but I'm sure your argument is "well, if they have nothing to hide..."

As for "irony and hypocrisy", again you miss the point that all those individuals who are taking photographs are not clubbing together, putting all their images on a central database and then examining them for "suspicious" or "extremist" behaviour with the intent of trying to spot anyone who might be up to no good.

Of course the fact that *nobody* might be up to no good seems to have escaped you too.

Perhaps we should all follow you with cameras and monitor your every move just to be certain that you're not breaking any laws. Still, you've got nothing to hide, have you?

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From the steaming "Militant Islam Monitor"...

... "Since 2001, over 1,200 terrorist suspect have been arrested, over 140 have been charged and more than 45 have been convicted of terrorism offences,"

So between 11 and 12 percent of people suspected of terrorism have been charged but only a third of those were actually convicted, so the success rate has been between three and four percent.

Meanwhile what has been the reaction of the other 96% or so? "Oh well, I didn't mind being arrested and having my home searched and my family and friends hassled and maybe losing my job because it was all to protect us from terrorism, so that's ok..."???

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@Titus Technophobe

"the areas targeted by these cameras will also benefit from (hopefully) a general reduction in crime. If this also results in catching Islamic Jihadists where is the problem?"

And if stopping and searching young men for being "suspiciously black or asian" has been shown to work so well in reducing crime, where is the problem?

Well the problem is the word "IF" because, like all the photographers being hassled under Section 44 there has not been *ONE* example of a terrorist being caught, and of the many young black or asian men, the majority were not engaged in criminal activity, but there have been a *lot* of people harassed whilst going about their lawful business.

You also sneer at another poster for alleged "cheap racist accusations", but then you raise the spectre of "political correctness" when people stand up and say "No, these civil liberties are *not* negotiable, we won't give up essential liberties for a little temporary security".

As for your nonsensical claim that "if this sort of policing had taken place as a response to the Twin Towers two large scale invasions wouldn't have taken place, and indeed the Islamic communities would not now be so prone to radicalization" except that it *DID* take place and communities *HAVE* been radicalised!

But, of course, that didn't affect you, so it's not your problem, is it...?

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That isn't Devil's Advocacy...

.. that's just sensible use of money and resources to put Police on the streets instead of useless cameras which do not *prevent* crime.

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Software freetards demand axing of ACTA

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Does Mr Blincoe have an axe to grind here...?

He starts by referring to "freetards" (always a nicely unbiased term) and then refers to the "self-described software freedom activist" with the sneering implication that the FSF is just the output of a lone nutcase in his bedroom (who publishes the GPL...)

Not only that, but there's a huge "Black Helicopters" icon beside the piece just in case Mr Blincoe's implicit message is too subtle for us to understand.

He also refers to Robert Stallman's "lengthy posting", yet it's shorter than quite a few El Reg articles (was this just an attempt to deter people from actually going and *reading* what it says so they only have Robert Blincoe's take on it?)

Mr Blincoe seems to want to portray Mr Stallman's output as the rantings of an insignificant individual, for what reason I am not sure, but it is clear that his piece should have included the word *OPINION* in big letters at the top.

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Philippines declare war on cyberlingo

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"the purity of English"...?

In the words of James D Nicholl...

"The problem with defending the purity of the English language is that English is about as pure as a cribhouse whore. We don't just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and rifle their pockets for new vocabulary."

Kids have always created their own slang, some of it may get absorbed into the language, but most of it just dies off and gets replaced by the "next thing" to come along.

Making a big deal about it just makes kids *more* likely to use it because it annoys the older generations.

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Lightning bolt smites 60ft Jesus statue

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Will the insurance pay out...

... or will they claim it was an Act of God...?

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$11.7m judgment against Spamhaus slashed to $27,000

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@Do not want...

Also be careful about using unravelit.com because if you make enquiries about eg insurance through their service they pass on your e-mail address and suddenly I started getting lots of spam to unravelit.com@mydomainname and, when I complained, simply said "well, sorry, it wasn't us"

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Murdoch hedges bets with e-reader purchase

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30cm diagonally...?

So not exactly pocket-sized (unless you've got pockets the size of Murdoch!)

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Twitter topples over

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"left the world Twitter-less for several hours..."

... and exactly how much of a damn did the majority of the world give...?

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Sarko to walk tall in factory visit

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How tall was Napoleon Bonaparte...?

Boney surrounded himself with members of the Imperial Guard who all stood at least 6' tall and it didn't seem to cause him a problem!

(Although that begs the question "How tall was the Duke of Wellington"... ;-) )

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Gov hits brakes on vetting scheme

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You can't make this stuff up...

I have just seen an interview with Parmjit Dhanda, the former Labour Education Minister, on BBC News 24 where he made the astonishing statements that since the scheme had already been modified this was a "knee-jerk:" reaction by the Coalition and, even more mind-boggling, that "this was a sad day for children and their parents and a good day if you were a predatory paedophile"!

Well New Labour know all about knee-jerk reactions since they made enough of them during their time of office, but to say that getting rid of a scheme that relied on gossip, hearsay and unsubstantianted accusations to make decisions and that would assume that *everyone* who wanted to educate or help children was a potential threat to them was a "good day if you were 'a predatory paedophile" is utterly beneath contempt.

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Internet 1 - England goalkeeper 0

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Not sure...

... they keep referring to it as *The* World Cup, but it could be the Cricket World Cup or the Rugby one or the Tennis one or the Skiing one or...

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Apple slapped with lawsuit over 'iAds' monicker

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Or perhaps...

... iPwnu

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Home Office passport fraud sweep flops

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Of course...

... the whole exercise was probably really just an excuse to start developing systems required for ID cards...

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Ofcom sides with mobile operators on 0845

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"Local/ National Calls"...?

It's now actually cheaper for me to phone Europe or the USA than it is for me to call an 0870 or even 0845 number!

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Ofcom refuses to bend over smut TV link-links

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Another one...

... for the Coalition to include in the Freedom Bill methinks...

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Commons slapped for FoI fastidiousness

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Freedom of Information...

... but not freedom to *tell* people about what you've found out???

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Key Star Trek tri-corder boffinry breakthrough

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Only...

... if you install the requisite sound file...

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Home Office launches urgent review of illegal police stop'n'search

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Hahahahahaaa!!

"But did they find any terrorists with these stops?"

Reads it again and laughs some more....

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ToryDems stoke ID card 'bonfire'

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Anyone want to start a sweep...

... on how many Labour MPs are going to vote against this bill?

And how many will, purely by co-incidence, be absent from the Chamber when the vote is taken...?!

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Subscribers get $3 each in Classmates suit. How much did the lawyers make?

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Trebles...

... all round!

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Owner of Russia's biggest breasts sues over airline buffeting

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€100,000...

... buys a lot of pain killers.

But not a lot of common sense...

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Olympus apologises after shipping malware-laced cameras in Japan

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"consumers are advised to disable Autorun in Windows"?

How about Microsoft issuing a patch that will disable Autorun instead...?

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China sidesteps Great Firewall with web roadmap

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Ah, "Freedom of Expression"...

... means "Freedom to express things that WE approve of".

As supported by New Labour, the Australian Government, Iran, North Korea....

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Council staff helping selves to data

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Another Portsmouth resident

A couple of weeks ago I was putting my rubbish out and noticed that there were a whole pile of bin bags stuck in front of my property, also last week someone dumped a washing machine in the alley at the back of my property.

Why does anyone think that if there is a payment or reward scheme it won't be subject to similar abuses?

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Steve Irwin surveillance-crocodiles travel across oceans

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One croc said to another croc...

... wow, mate, you get wi-fi on that thing...?

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Arctic microbes 'could survive on Mars'

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But what is a "bastard hammer"...?

Is it a hand-and-a-half hammer?

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South African Bill to block all porn

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Oh deary me...

... Daggersedge says he's right, so that's the end of the argument...!

The point that you are missing is that it is not "what is so sacred about porn" but "why should porn be treated differently from anything else" just because you (or they) don't like it (NB I'm talking about porn featuring consenting adults before you start trying to drag in red herrings about kiddie porn)

And using phrases like "any colour as long as it's black" have a certain irony when you're talking about South Africa!! (SA refused to sign up for the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights back in 1948 because it required all people to be considered equal...)

PS Moderation is *not* censorship, these forums have a set of rules which people agree to abide by to post here. If you don't like those rules you are *FREE* to go and set up your own forums with your own set of rules.

Censorship is when *all* forums are forced to abide by a government imposed set of rules where you are not free to set up your own ones that have a different set of rules.

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@Daggersedge

South Africa has signed and ratified the African Charter on Human and People's Rights, Article 9 of which states that "1. Every individual shall have the right to receive information" so they agree that there *is* a right to "view pornography or anything else" unless they're going to start picking and choosing which information is acceptable for people to receive.

And as this is the *African* Charter, it is at the very least the business of others on that continent apart from those living in South Africa since those others are "Firmly convinced of their duty to promote and protect human and peoples’ rights and freedoms and taking into account the importance traditionally attached to these rights and freedoms in Africa".

Yes, other countries do things differently, but when they a) accept a set of rights but then b) start restricting those rights, someone needs to call them to account.

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Final Fantasy XIII ate my Playstation

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Which part of XIII...

... is the "final" part??

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Salacious smut soaks 12% of web

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@xpert_con

And what if someone is searching for oh, I don't know, some stats to *verify* that claim about "116,000 searches for child pornography" per day?

Exactly what terms do you think they might use?

Oh, look, someone searching for "child pornography"...!

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