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Google driver flees after Street View car crashes

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Re: Sounds about right.

Having just forked out the best part of £650 for some body work I'm wondering how it is that I can pay £650 in the UK for the work or ship it to India and get the work done for the same cost.

For the record, that doesn't include getting it back but still, if I'd needed anything more it might just have been cost effective.

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Bother! Breakdown busts bloke's bold boffin-blasted briny boat balloon bid

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Pic please. On train and video's blocked :(

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How to get a Raspberry Pi to take over your Robot House

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Re: Reg ongoing feature?

Try LightwaveRF kit. Apart from funky looking light/dimmer switch faceplates she'll never know :)

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Unreal: Epic’s would-be Doom... er... Quake killer

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Pint

Aaaah instagib.

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Re: Descent @diodesign

We used to play multiplayer on the sly in our college library. There was no better feeling when you should have been studying than dropping down on top of your mate and blowing him to smithereens. There's no hiding place when you've all three axis. I probably should have been chasing skirt but I did love Descent :)

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Re: One thing I do remember from Unreal..

ATI and Glide and 3dfx and Voodoo. Heady days. I went the Voodoo route entirely because 3dfx Voodoo sounded much cooler to my teenage self.

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Re: Unreal Tournament & II for me

I think I know that CTF map.

We used to play UT multiplayer during lunchtimes day after day at one of my old workplaces. We had technical support vs production departments. It was brilliant. The sales guys just didn't get it. :)

Was that CTF map really, really big with little forts at either side? It used to get skipped a lot but I liked it. We had around 4000 maps loaded up so no game was the same. I remember when I installed the MatrixMoves mod and freaked everyone out by running along the walls, double jumping, pausing in mid-air and other such nonsense. It was great.

Happy days!

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Galaxy S4 way faster than iPhone 5: Which?

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It's not the power that's important…

It's what you do with it that counts.

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How the iPad ruined the lives of IT architects

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Childcatcher

Re: RE: "My iPad is more robust than most of the appliances....

"What a twat. "

Now hang on, that's a bit unnecessary. A twit maybe...

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Re: Robust

http://appadvice.com/appnn/2012/01/this-ipad-still-works-after-a-100000-foot-fall-from-space

I admit it has a case and after a certain figure the height becomes irrelevant but it does still work. Even with a case I imagine my toaster would either break or try to kill me.

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I'm with you Gavin

My iPad 2's been working away happily yet I've been through a microwave, two kettles and a toaster - all of similar age.

Can't speak for your average datacenter but I imagine, where kitchen appliances are simple, datacenters are complicated enough to be more likely to suffer a component failure of some description than my iPad.

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O2 pops out vital new feature: Making phone calls from phones

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Not perfect but still great and Re: Yup...'working on support for business contracts' and

Business contracts can get a femtocell with business level support. I'm not sure Tu Go is even close to reliable enough to run your business from it.

Still, for 'consumers' (I hate to think that we're lumped in with locusts) it's brilliant. Especially as where I live though we have a road, community, train station and even streetlights, any sort of mobile phone signal is still too much to expect.

Since Tu Go arrived I've not felt so disconnected from the rest of the country and can finally make and receive calls from home :)

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Mobile TV is BACK: Ericsson launches broadcast video for 4G

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Would hate to get a call and miss a good bit

I can't imagine people wanting to stream live content very often but on a small scale that sounds interesting.

Switching between live driver cams/channels on your smartphone when at the F1?

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Hated Visual Studio 11 beta in HIGH-ENERGY colour blast

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Re: Oddly enough...

Don't forget iTunes. That's been getting duller with each release.

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REVEALED: Samsung Galaxy S III is a PHONE

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Sounds like a Daily Mash story

It reads like a parody of typically Apple hype?

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iPlayer repeat fees threaten BBC earthquake

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Re: Roll on PVRs

We don't have advertising on the BBC or iPlayer. That's not the same as the US - they make their money from subscriptions (much like the BBC) and advertising revenue/product placement/sponsorship on top.

PVRs do reduce the need for catch-up services but are going to ultimately be replaced by net-connected streaming services/subscription boxes. They fit a current need one sky and Virgin are pushing but when the publishers realise they can resell or license content using boxes that appear to behave in a similar way they'll push them to the majority instead.

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Microsoft 'yanked optical drive from Xbox 720'

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Time to chuck out my kids DVDs then

My 360 has become more of a DVD player recently spending most of its time playing The Gruffalo over and over again. I can understand MS wanting to move people to a download model ala Apple's successful iTunes and App stores but not having the drive at all will punish people like those with families that use it as an entertainment device and watch relatively cheap (and often older) DVDs or Blurays.

I'm usually the first to suggest tech as a solution but the market for media and the broadband infrastructure don't support the download only model just yet.

Moaning about second hand games is a non-starter. EMEA is notorious for reducing game prices not long after launch. Other (larger?) markets keep game prices higher for much much longer. It's retailers and distributors here that are worse for the publisher - they have created an expectation of lower prices a few weeks after launch.

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Tomorrow's smartphone tech today

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Manicure

I'm distracted by lady's fingernail on her little finger in the first photo.

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Smart telly trends make Apple 'iTV' a certainty

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They're not interested in people with AVIs

or those with MKVs for that matter. Most don't know there even are different formats and containers and don't care. They'll continue to buy whatever they're presented with.

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Re: I wonder what they would call iTV in the UK?

AppleTV anyone?

They have a using a name even though the specs change considerably over time - and they don't have version numbers so AppleTV seems the most likely to me.

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O2 quietly cans gratis Cloud Wi-Fi connectivity

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Me too

I remember getting a text a while back and thinking whatever - I'm sure all those moaning probably, at the time, ignored it too.

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Formula 1 revs engines through Virgin Media

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This is just a game to you?

That's not a real photo is it?

On topic, I'm not going to sign up to a sports package just to get F1. I want to watch the F1 not the football.

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Acer pulls out Wang, thrusts its wealth at Ho

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James D

Thank you so very much for ending my day with this :-)

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Voyager probe reaches edge of Solar System's 'bubble'

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8 track

The idea of Voyager floating through space with only its 8 track for company is brilliant.

If only it was blasting out Rita Coolidge's Higher and Higher, Fleetwood Mac's Don't Stop, Foreigner's Cold As Ice and of course the theme from Star Wars (also a number 1 hit in 1977).

(Before the pedants get on their soap boxes: use your imagination dudes)

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Man faces prison after enormous red chopper panics woman

James Delaney
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Charges dropped

http://www.ohio.com/news/break-news/charges-dropped-against-akron-man-with-prop-ax-1.246746

Thank god for that.

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OS X Lion roars, coughs on appearance in App Store

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RE: Pricing

ASFAIK it needs 10.6 installed first and if you have that already, purchased separately or included with a machine, then you're looking at 20.99.

Lion is then an upgrade from a clean, patched up-to-date, install of 10.6

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Google+ disk space cockup creates notification spam-storm

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What!

A pub with no beer?! That's it. I'm going home.

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Parmo v poutine: The ultimate post-pub nosh deathmatch

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Great post Lester

That is all.

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UK doctor loses unencrypted laptop containing patient data

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FAIL

Sounds like a case of...

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/01/18/malfeasance_in_public_office/

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Nudie subterranean rat protein could arrest human ageing

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Paris Hilton

Congratulations

...on gettin love juice into a url!

Paris 'cos well, just because.

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French record labels sue, um, SourceForge

James Delaney
Paris Hilton

@shay mclachlan

Does that include: "Joe le taxi?" Surely that can be excluded? ;)

Paris, cos she probably thinks French pop music is ace.

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Gov to Manchester: No new trams without road pricing

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Democracy is a wonderful thing

Can we have some in Britain please?

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Tosh on top for laptop reliability

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How do you know...

"Asus's Eee PC scored highly for customer satisfaction, but not enough respondents had one for it to be included."

Surely, if it wasn't included you'd not know it scored highly?

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Nike pulls Air Stab trainers

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Xbox 360

I'm suprised the country isn't panicked at the thought of all the kiddies playing about with the 'blades' on their xbox interface.

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Sony names date for Euro 80GB PS3

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Re: Pricing

I think they're referring to the fact that the 80GB model over here is a cheaper version of the original 80GB model (based on currency conversion) that was released in the US and Japan but not over here.

Their original 80GB model featured backwards compatibility by effectively also having PS2 hardware inside it. So be removing this and some other features like memory card readers etc they can relaunch it cheaper (and in all territories this time).

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40GB version

I'll be looking for an older one now if they end up getting big cuts in an effort to offload stock.

It sounds like the only real difference is going to be a hard drive change. The drive bay is user serviceable anyway, and it might possible to replace an offloaded 40GB with a 250GB+ drive and still cost the same as the new model with an 80GB drive.

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El Reg nails Street View spycars to Google Maps

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Re: Stand out!!

I'd love to see a fleet of popemobiles driving around our towns and cities.

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Ofcom flashes cash guarantees at BT for fibre investment

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The answer to high costs

Put them in the sewers.

the cables that is, of course if they never get round to sorting out a decent fibre network maybe we could put the bigwigs at ofcom down instead.

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Microsoft's own chip design blamed for Xbox 360 RRoD

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@Anonymous Coward

The whole point of consoles is that you can play in the comfort of a massive sofa with mates and a big screen tv.

<rant>You only need to buy a new version of the hardware if you bought something that was designed badly and has an inherent fault. If you really want to of course you could buy one again after a few revisions so that you can have a slimmer case, lower power consumption etc. The key fact is that a game made for the 360 or the PS3 will work on any revision throughout the life of the console which is not the case with the myriad of options (that are constantly being replaced by manufacturers) with a PC build.

Although there have been several versions of the PS3, you won't need to buy another version (in theory) for up to 10 years. My guess is that you'll have upgraded your PC significantly by then and probably replaced it - which is fine if you can afford to do that and don't mind doing it every couple of years.

I've not yet made the jump to a next/current-gen consoles and am still using an original PS2 - the first revision - that makes it almost 8 years old and it still plays all the new games coming out for that platform. 8 years later. Can the same be said for the Pentium 3 at 766MHz with a Nvidia GeForce 2 or Radeon DDR (DX7!) and Windows Me? No?

Kinda makes 300 quid seem like a good deal.</rant>

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Dixons admits 'it's even worse than you thought'

James Delaney
Paris Hilton

Just making things worse

"training and incentives will be improved for all store colleagues."

It's the incentives that are ruining the company. The last thing they need is improving!

I know they want to become profitable but if they removed the incentives and just trained the staff then the customer would get the product that is actually right for them and they'd be able to develop a decent product range.

Of course, the ability to use common sense seems to decrease the higher up the management of DSGi you get.

Paris could probably do a better job than the sales staff at these places. Maybe her next series will include a stint at PC World.

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Judge issues arrest warrant for Darth Vader

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Chad Vader

I think he might be trying to stay low in an American supermarket:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wGR4-SeuJ0

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First supersonic swingwing synthi-fuel flight tomorrow

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@Anonymous Coward re: @Peter Fielden-Weston

I think he's referring to the last line of the article:

"And indeed, the US military is also seeking tech which could get jetfuel from alternative feedstocks - such as algae scum or even mushrooms - which could potentially be carbon-neutral one day."

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Missing: 80GB PS3. Last seen: Sony's website

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@ Tim

Erm, "Drop the gaming stuff, and cut the price massively and then you'd have a top notch Blu-Ray player (as the PS3 is supposed to be) for a bargain price."

Wouldn't that be a bit wierd for a PLAYStation to not play games? Surely what you're looking for is simply a standalone Blu-Ray player? I'm aware of a few on the market.

The PlayStation 3 is a games machine first, it just happens to be able to play Blu-Ray discs rather well.

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Google adds terrain to Google Maps

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@Hedley Phillips

You can get rid of the overlay on the satellite images by unchecking 'Show Labels' under the 'Satellite' button (when in that view)

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Apple Macs

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@Shakje/Peter

Shackje: Which mainstream manufacturer did you buy it from? My guess is you built it yourself - which isn't the point of this article. This was a basic comparison of Apple models for those thinking about purchasing a ready-built machine.

Peter: That sounds like you've been unlucky. I have used macs since the early 90's. In that time I've had four and none ever had a hardware fault. My current iMac G3 will be seven years old in a few short months.

Although I have a soft spot for Apple's machines I do currently use a Windows PC at work and have one at home (built myself). When I have the cash i'll be seriously looking at an Apple-refurbished MacBook Pro.

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Huge jellyfish pack slaughters 100,000 salmon

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Fences

Well, if you're going to keep 100,000 fish in a nice little pen in the ocean, you should surely expect something like this *might* happen.

Jellyfish 1: Hmmm, I'm hungry. What's that? It looks like a huge, organised supply of food being kept over there for us. What do you think?

Jellyfish 2: I think we should leave it alone mate, it wouldn't be fair on the poor guys in charge of that.

Jellyfish 1: Shut up gimp. Let's go.

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Huge sea scorpion overshadowed humans

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@BossHog

Would it be scampi? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scampi

If so, then maybe the claw they've discovered could be considered as a form of Super-Scampi?

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Testers give iPhone virtual keyboard the thumbs down

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So?

Is the touchscreen keyboard good or bad?

They managed to complete the tests in the same amount of time as blackberry users but made more mistakes.

Does this mean that you can afford to input text whilst making and correcting more mistakes in the same time it takes a blackberry user to enter the same text whilst only allowing them time to make a couple of mistakes?

That would therefore suggest that the touchscreen keyboard and iphone interface are better - if you suffer fat finger syndrome?

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Royal Navy presses IT Crowd for nuclear missile 'servers'

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Alright already!

Its a bloody joke for godsake!

Does this really warrant a story on El Reg.

We all see the advert on telly, we all understand it's a tongue-in-cheek IT reference that we as IT guys all relate too - even if we don't think it's a good idea to turn-it-off-and-on-again we still get the joke.

Can we all move on now?

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PC sales boosted by Europe's laptops

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Re: Andy

Great comment, until your last sentence.

The latest XPSTM M1330 from Dell is £1231, ok it's got 2GB RAM, and Windows Vista Ultimate, but it only has a 13" screen with a lower res and includes a lower spec. graphics adapter than the bottom of the range MacBook Pro.

The MacBook Pro costs only a little more (rather than being "massively overpriced") and, oh, it doesn't come with Vista. Since the shift to Intel, I (personally) do not know any Apple laptop owners that wouldn't buy Apple again.

For the record, I use a PC at work and one at home - although I'll be switching back to Mac as soon as I can.

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