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iPad Mini maquette spied on web

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Movies?

So I guess your ideal tablet would be 2.35:1 then.

If you intend on doing more than watching TV, a 4:3 aspect ratio is one of the iPad's best features, as everything other than TV is designed for it.

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Forget Ultrabooks and Win 8 - only fondleslabs can save us now

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WTF?

Straw grasping

Saved by tablets? fucked by a tablet is more accurate.

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HP patents teleprompter-esque transparent screen tech

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Lots of stupid shit is in movies

Mostly because it looks cool, and transparent displays certainly look cool, but in the real world they won't be, they'll be anti privacy screens which become hard or impossible to use whenever someone switches the light on or stands behind them wearing a white shirt.

"No one look please, I'm logging into [my Bank / Facebook / Porn]"

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Disappearing space dust belt baffles boffins

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Seems more likely

That its simply cooled down and doesnt show up on IR anymore than a solar systems worth of dust has coalesced into a planet in under two years.

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The Grundy NewBrain is 30

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Happy

Reminds me of Bournemouth

Here's a worthwhile link if you've got ten minutes to spare on this classic supercomputer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCEm96kA5hY

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Nexus 7 and Surface: A bonanza for landfill miners

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WTF?

How did we get here?

For all it's faults, Apple hasn't forgotten the number one rule of business, to turn a profit, everything they do earns them money, and when that changes they stop doing it.

Way too many companies now seem to operate on the "get a billion users, ..., profit?" business plan, increasingly selling at a loss for marketshare, how is this supposed to be sustained as ever more industries are forcably switched to the underpants gnome model? by advertising? who is going to have money for advertising when everything is sold at a loss? Content? the stuff that people are downloading for free, that's slowly but surely working its way into a minimal broadband tax?

Major International corporations destroying physical markets on the offchance they will recover their losses penny by penny, or to cock block a successfull competitor is a sure sign that we're headed down shit creek.

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Ex-NASA group plans private, crowd-funded asteroid hunter

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Mushroom

That's a nice planet you have there...

It'd be a shame if anything were to happen to it.

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Microsoft says tablets will trump PCs in 2013

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To be fair

He never said they would be Windows tablets, and "Windows 8 will be a catalyst for change" has more than one interpretation.

Regardless, this is all moot now that Microsoft has refocused on dominating the Post-Post-PC market with Windows IX for Windows Augmented LifeLenses.

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HP open sources WebOS TouchPad tablet GUI

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Better than burying it under the patio

Like Palm did with BeOS, at least something could come of it, even if its only the inevitable OpenWebOS community fork.

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NASA counts down to nuclear tank invasion of Mars

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Re: Excuse my ignorance...

I suspect the engineer has just mentally converted 7M into 21' because its easier for him to visualise.

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Stephen Hawking to demonstrate speech via brain scan

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Redtop

— n

a tabloid newspaper characterized by sensationalism

It's just like The Sun, except they cover IT and the tits are in the comments.

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Why I love Microsoft’s vapourware tablet

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Re: Open and Shut

Over the last few months he's posted some interesting articles but I'd skip the current one. Would be good to get ratings on the front page for triage.

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Mars has more water than thought

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Alien

Poppycock

As any fule kno, we travelled inside the moon, parked it around earth in a synchronous orbit then threw everything on a one way trip down the gravity well.

The eons may have reshaped our once gracefull and slender bodies, and the memory of our great exodus is long blurred into myth and fantasy, but our ancestral roots remain locked into our DNA, our body clocks still reverting to Martian time in the absence of contrary sensory cues.

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Holmes

Sedimentary my dear Coward.

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Larry Ellison buys island 1000x bigger than Branson's

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A volcanic Island?

How Dr No, real super villains build their lairs in space, bet Larry gets the chair over the airlock at the next MUSK INDUSTRIES DomCom Summit.

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Windows 8 'harder for malware to exploit', says security analysis

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Moving in the right direction

Not for me, or you, presumably IT literate reg reader, but for the billions of ordinary users who can't tell a computer from a monitor.

Cant speak for you, but I'm always going to be able to build a PC from scratch, and hack it just so, the ones sold in the shops should be as idiot proof and remotely exploitable as a toaster.

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Ex-Soviet space gunboats to be FOUND ON MOON

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Pirate

Seeing as its a given that this is a one way trip

I'd pocket the money, strap the punter into a simulator for a week before setting it ablaze, well, that's what I'd do if I was the sort of scam artist selling trips to the moon in 40 year old space junk anyway.

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Top US Senator to Apple, Google: 'Curb your spy planes'

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Don't blur the people

Content aware fill them away, I want to see ghost towns not apparitions, and while you're at it, here's a fiver to 'shop the kids junk out of my garden, a tenner if you squeeze in a pool and some decking.

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TSA screeners spooked by Apple's 'futuristic artifact'

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CT scan reveals the secret

http://www.quora.com/Apple-Inc-2/What-is-the-exact-mechanism-by-which-the-Apple-Design-Award-glows-when-touched-even-slightly

4 Lithium-UnicornIum AA cells power the magic.

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iOS was SO much more valuable to Google than Android - until Maps

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Some observations

Unlike Google maps on Android, there's no turn by turn navigation included on iOS' google maps, it's verboten by licencing terms.

Apple's in house maps app will have turn by turn.

Google will release a maps app for iOS6, it will almost certainly include turn by turn. Neither Apple or the users are going to pay anything for it.

Apple aren't going to build a search engine, but they are reducing search costs by shifting the low hanging search queries through Siri.

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Mozilla plans multi-engine search results, native iOS browser

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Here's an idea

Go back to basics, be the slimmest cleanest fastest browser out there, like you were when you launched, make Do Not Track your mantra and nuke all in page advertising and link spam, fund the project entirely on search referrals.

Launch it as a new browser alongside Firefox, but share the codebase so the optimisations flow back to FF for the die hards.

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Apple 15in MacBook Pro with Retina Display

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Re: you still use optical drives?

@Volker Hett

It won't run 10.6 at all, as is the norm these days, the earliest supported Mac OS is the one it ships with, which is a complete PITA if it shipped with say 10.6.4 and you don't have the install media, as a 10.6.0 install image won't even boot. All seems a bit redundant here though where there's no drive to replace anyway.

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Over 40 Magnifier

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Re: Strange choice of app

Because if you've made it to fourty without needing glasses there's a whole bunch of friends and family who can't wait to get the digs in for all those times you may have joked about their eyewear in the past, I can totally relate to the authors opinion that he doesn't need glasses yet, just a handy app or maybe longer arms.

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I'm in the same boat

My camera roll is filled with snaps of serial numbers and back of pack cooking instructions*, payback for my youthful sins of setting 5pt text into tiny boxes on the sides of assorted product packaging.

*6pt black text on a blood red background? Are they mad, we only used to do that for 'photocopy prevention' back in the days when a printed hash table was required to unlock the software.

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Clouds gathering on horizon for software devs, say wise men

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WTF?

Pft

echo "Lots of tiny focused sas apps eh? I suppose we could pipe them together in some manner for custom solutions, oh my this all sounds a bit familiar." | /bin/mail -s "everything old is new again" "comments@elreg.it"

Back in the real world: A new focused app rolls downhill, gathering users and cruft as it goes until it settles into an expensive unmanageable swamp that no one likes to navigate. There's plenty gravy train for software devs for the foreseeable future.

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Apple iMac refresh due Real Soon Now

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Will it be a chinless wonder?

Every iteration shaves some metal off the chin, It's going to end up looking exactly like a thicker thunderbolt display, which I suppose looks a lot like a TV, convergence? I hope not.

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Top bosses admit: Tweets, Facebook Likes influence decisions

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The elephant in the room

Is Google, a poster boy for big data that still hasn't been able to leverage it successfully outside of search and advertising, and I suspect the wheels will come off online advertising if Facebook starts supplying advertisers with the detail that google has upto this point been able to bury as the defacto route to market.

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Updated MacBook Air sports tweaked SSD tech

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Re: Embrace, Extend, Extract money.

Bloody typical, they've gone back to metric without telling us.

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Flame gets suicide command

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I suppose this is the sort of thing you would do

If you wanted to bury the story before anyone could accurately count the infections and trace it back to your government.

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Milky Way DOOMED to high-speed smash with Andromeda galaxy

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The chances of our sun colliding with another star are vanishingly small

And yet I can't help but notice that the crash shots appear to show a night sky as directed by Michael Bay.

Also, four billion years, that's some perspective, makes you think eh? all this rushing around, squabbling for money... have you considered becoming an organ donor? Can I have your liver?

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Ten... tablet survival accessories

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Re: £110 for a wall mount?

Velcro? Well aren't we the pretty one. Real men just use a nail.

Sent from my fondleslab.

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Minority Report-style swishery demoed with cheap webcam

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Young attractive Solution WLTM Problem for LTR

"No preferences, will try anything, age not a concern."

I particularly liked the 'turning a page on the thing in your hand' demo, that was just fantastic.

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LOHAN sucks 27 inches

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Re: Performance loss at altitude?

Yes, you're not getting less performance, its just that the gauge is calibrated against sea level atmospheric pressure and so gives an inaccurate measurement at altitude. You could work out the sea level reading using maths if you don't fancy dragging the whole thing down to the coast.

I would imagine the pump's performance actually slightly increases with altitude as leakage losses will drop due to the lower pressure differential.

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3D TV fails to excite, gesture UIs to flop: analyst

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Re: We've become innured.

They don't want that (HOLO TV), either, I mean sure it will be fun for a while but ultimately who wants to have to keep moving around something to get the best angle? Isn't that what we pay cinematographers and directors for? To frame the action so we get the perfect view from our comfy sofas?

How many arguments are going to kick off over the best spot in the room when the other spots aren't just viewing at an acute angle but actually have some of the content obscured from view?

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Does Britain really need a space port?

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@nomnomnom

Top trolling sir, +1 would read another.

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RIM-Moto sketch THIRD nanoSIM design as peace offering

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Just a stab in the dark

But I suspect Apple's objection to a tray less design is because either the sim is going to be visible from the outside, like a SD card in a MacBook or necessitate some sort of swing out surface panel for it to hide behind, or heaven forbid, require a design with a removable back.

Basically I think the tray design is a lesser compromise of their design ethic.

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Apple scrubs old Leopards of Flashback Trojan infections

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Re: Old Macs

Older trackpads don't get all the gestures, mine only does two finger scrolling for example but that won't stop Lion from installing. I'd give it another go and google the error message if it fails again.

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Re: Old Macs

All the Core2Duo MacBooks will run 10.7, which is all of them shipped after November 2006, the reason your friend can't install it is because they've got less than 2GB of RAM, I'd go with a 4GB upgrade though unless you have some sort of disease that makes the world appear to speed past in a blur.

But for that "feels like brand new" feeling you cannot beat an SSD, and 128GB drives are getting pretty cheap now.

As an aside, RAM and HD's are piss easy to change in those old MacBooks.

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Google Knowledge Graph straddles semantic web and Star Trek

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A search engine that understands natural language you say?

Sounds like a good idea, nice fit for a smartphone I'd have thought.

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Off-the-shelf forensics tool slurps iPhone data via iCloud

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Meh

Reminiscent of the Burglariser FAQ

"Can Burglariser really unlock any dwelling?"

"Yes, by simply utilising a dwellings access key that you have previously obtained, Burglariser will give you free reign to the contents of that dwelling. If you do not have an access key don't fret, they are very easy to locate, there is generally one hanging on a key hook inside the dwelling or you could simply use social engineering to recover the key, threatening the homeowner with a beating for example"

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Samsung and SK Hynix shares slide on Apple snub

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Couple of things

Firstly, aside from the iPod touch, every product line they have increases sales about 10% a quarter, so it may well be that this contract just reflects that increased requirement and ongoing purchases with the other manufacturers will remain the same.

Secondly, keeping a third manufacturer afloat is good news for everyone except the other two players.

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Bitcoin bank Bitcoinica still titsup after cyberheist

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They might as well rename them Lolcoins

Also hang a sign up at the exchange "Days since last pwning"

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Next-gen MacBook Pro, iMac make benchmark site debut

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In the same boat

Their argument is that you can do target mode over Thunderbolt, but as a tech that means I'm stuck with one of the current (Thunderbolt + FireWire), models as I'm bound to come across broken kit that's FireWire only for a long long time. Can't remember the last time I used my lappy as a target mode DVD drive, so I could get away without the optical but no FireWire is a show stopper.

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Re: Retina

Retina means 1 pixel/arc minute at normal viewing distance, which equates to "pixels can't be resolved by user with 20:20 vision at normal operating distance" as such the actual dpi of the screens on various devices will differ, higher for devices that are held closer, like a smartphone, lower for devices that sit further away, a TV for example.

Pixel doubling on iOS devices happened because it was easier to implement, the iPhone Retina display is actually over 1 pixel per arc minute, But for most people that difference can't be perceived, so they're effectively redundant pixels, but going a bit over the spec turns out much easier for everyone than scaling existing stuff to ~94%.

Mac OS X on the other hand, has always dealt with a variety of display resolutions, Applications are usually windowed and designed to stretch to accommodate various aspects, so Laptops and Desktops just need small bumps to hit Retina Resolutions bang on the nose, note the MBPS 17" is already a Retina Display.

Maths here: http://www.tuaw.com/2012/03/01/retina-display-macs-ipads-and-hidpi-doing-the-math/

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Foxconn chief: we're gearing up for Apple 'iTV'

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Because it's better

Sure you can hook up a PC to a telly, but unless you like buying and then trailing extra long video cables across your lounge you have to get up out of your comfy chair to change channels*, and if the content you want to see is on your phone or fondleslab, you'll be arsing around switching cables over as well.**

Compare this with a proposed iTV, want to change channel? Voice control or app control from comfy sofa, Impromptu baby photos? AirPlay. Guest comes round with a film on their device? AirPlay. Streaming video or music from the Internet on your phone? pop that stream on the TV with AirPlay, using your fondleslab to browse the enormous film library you've acquired in Plex on your PC? you can watch it on your device or the TV with a tap.

Easy, Better, way less "hold on... I think the TV is set to the wrong input..., no wait, it's the lappy displaying on the wrong screen, just need to tweak the resolution... FFS now the aspect is wrong... " and so on.

NB, 720p projector and surround sound hooked up to my PC, not hard to appreciate the value proposition here though.

* Actually, I don't get up, I have a remote app on my device, but while sometimes it works perfectly, often it would be quicker to just go over there and do it the old fashioned way anyway.

** There's no way my wife is going to mess around with cables, so any solution that relies on them will always be my job, as is she leaves the bloody cursor on screen when watching catchup, it's poking up people's noses most of the time, drives me crazy and is probably just a little psychological warfare on her part for me making her get up to put her next show on.

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Grab your L-plates, flying cars of sci-fi dreams have landed

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Re: Fly home....

Totally agree, sending them back to base for recharge/checkup would not only mitigate the danger of unmaintained personal vehicles crashing through your roof but also mean all the vomit had been cleaned from your sky car when you were ready to return home.

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Facebook tests paid post promotion

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The Rise and Fail of a Social Network

PHASE 1: Hip young thing.

Characterised by: It's where the cool kids are.

PHASE 2: Exponential growth AKA Middle aged spread.

Characterised by: Everyone and their mother joins.

PHASE 3: Increasingly desperate attempts to monetize the user base.

Characterised by: Unlikely sounding business plans mocked by the media.

PHASE 4: Vicious cycle of lame AKA The users are revolting

Characterised by: Attempts to generate any sort of profit are vigorously rejected by user base.

PHASE 5: Undead Army

Characterised by: Mass abandonment of accounts, site fills up with advertising as no one is complaining about it any more.

PHASE 6: Caveat Emptor

Characterised by: Sold for obscene quantity of cash to people that should know better.

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PHASE 3

Increasingly desperate attempts to monetize the user base

A short but pivotal phase of the social network lifespan that quickly slides into Phase 4: The vicious spiral of lame.

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Apple OS X update puts elderly Flash out of its misery

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Re: Come on Apple

Agree with this, Library folder accidentally filed by user has happened a few times and it's a PITA to sort because it's recreated almost immediately by anything saving user prefs or hitting the cache.

[CMD+SHIFT+G] ~/Library [return]

Not hard to find.

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Virgin Media site goes titsup in Pirate Bay payback attack

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Is this at all related to the VM service going down last night?

Went down at about 8pm, started coughing and spluttering at 9:30, back to life at 11ish the missis was not pleased about her catchup Emmerdale being offline. lol

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