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Hundreds of dot-brand domains predicted

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pointless, just there to make money

"They no longer have to look to see what's available in .com," said Hansen. "Everything's available."

In just the same way as if you own coke.com you can have anything.coke.com

everybody understands their own country tlds and the main top level ones. I know that if I'm looking for a big brand it will be .com and it's only .com that are going to be able to afford to buy their own tld.

It just makes a system that's currently easy to guess, "What's Apple's domain name? apple.com" to one where you have multiple posibilities, is it apple.apple apple.com apple. so apple have to think up of every combination and make them all redirect to the correct site. Meanwhile world+dog keep searching for sites on Google and clicking on the links, bypassing any need to know or remember a web address.

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MS to WinXP diehards: Just under 3 more years' support

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upgrade might be possible

I managed to upgrade my CF-18 to windows 7, it was a fairly drawn out process especially seeing as intel never produced graphics drivers for it under vista or 7. I got there in the end with all functions working.

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Activation Servers

It'll be interesting to see what happens here. XP was the first Microsoft OS to require activation. When it came out Microsoft mentioned the possibility of releasing a patch to remove the activation requirement once end of life was reached.

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peripherals

If you have a decent scanner that you'd rather hang on to. Get yourself a copy of Vuescan, it's not a lot of money and is a far better scanning experience than the manufacturers software anyway.

As for your TV tuner, that's a surprise, has the manufacturer gone bust? Did they stop making TV tuners? If you can find a BDA driver for Vista, install that and you will probably find it works fine under media centre.

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Volvo S60 DRIVe

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driving test

I'm guessing you learned to drive quite a long time ago. When I took my test over ten years ago, it was quite acceptable to sit with your car in gear, feet on clutch and break ready to go at the lights. This is how I was taught and how everyone I know who has learned to drive recently is taught.

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M-Edge e-Luminator Touch

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angle poise

The lamp isn't angle poise it's goose neck. The important difference is that the head of an angle poise maintains the same angle as you move it.

How much protection does the case offer to the screen of the kindle?

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Top level domain explosion could wreak MAYHEM on NET

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potential for problems here

The problem with IE placing domains into the intranet zone is a real issue. IE will automatically attempt NTLM for any sites in that zone and the zone is simply any site without a dot in the domain name.

When computers are on your internal network they should be using search domains so any lookup for a single word is actually looked up with your domain suffix. Since we're all using domains we own or ones that end in something.local there shouldn't be an issue. Your computer will try appending the search domain first before falling back to looking up just the single word.

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Music on plastic discs still popular, apparently

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Re: Advantages of Plastic discs

I wouldn't count on being able to play CDs in the distant future.

I currently have 1 CD drive in the house in my laptop and 1 in the car.

I have 0 cassette tape players.

Providing you store your digital music in a non proprietary format it will continue to be supported for years to come.

Most mp3 downloads these days are either top rate variable or 320k constant. These days I'm about 50/50 between buying mp3s and buying CDs which are immediately ripped to mp3. If I cared about the virtually non-existent difference between mp3 and CD I would buy CDs and rip them to flac.

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Tritton AX Pro 5.1-channel gaming headphones

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multiple drivers unnecessary for headphones

I can see the point in having a separate bass driver but here's a little insight, humans only have two ears.

The reason why two speaker DSP based surround systems for your TV aren't as good as proper multi-speaker setups is because you can't ensure that each ear hears exactly what you want. With headphones it's a given so DSP based surround should be perfect.

I also can't see that placing drivers slightly forward or backward on an earpad is going to make the listener believe they are hearing sounds from infront or behind. Therefore is these headphones are producing a surround effect, which the review says they are, they must also be using some kind of DSP processing.

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Has UK gov lost the census to Lulzsec?

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I'm agreeing here

Should slack security be highlighted? Of course it should, publicly and people should be made accountable for it. Is this the right way to go about it? No.

If I see someone in the street who's left their car door open with their wallet on the front seat do I?

a) Point this out to them so they can deal with it

b) Steal the wallet, sell the contents on ebay and then send a link for the completed auction to the owner.

These people have to understand that they're not sticking it to the man here; they're not fighting the power. They're just messing with people's lives.

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Peugeot iOn e-car

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printing money

How is £500 a month a good deal? I could lease a very nice car for that much and have change to pay for the fuel to drive it somewhere.

£700 to install a 16A charging point? £30 for parts and about 2 hours labour including testing circuit and hoovering up the mess. Want cheaper electricity to charge the car overnight? Guess what you can have that installed for free too, it's called economy 7.

I love the idea of electric cars but until they sort the cost out they just aren't going to become popular.

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BT's fibre-to-the-premises trials hit duct roadblock

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Story sounds realistic

If they turned up, pitched a tent and then left they were most likely going back to the exchange. A day spent in a van by a hole could well be a fibre blowing team.

Doing anything with BT is usually a long drawn out mess with far too many stages and too much paperwork along the way. The engineers, however, usually seem to know what they're doing and are on the whole very good. I often think that rather than having a BT account manager you should be simply given the number of your local BT engineer who generally seems to have far more interest in getting you what you want.

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MS announces Windows Phone 7.1

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Local databases are in

check the 7.1 beta dev tools, SQL CE is available.

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Office 15 steals OVERLARGE font, design vision from Windows PHO

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shortcuts

If you know the 2003 shortcut you can use it in 2007 or 2010.

For example ALT,E,S,V ENTER still works in Excel 2007 and 2010.

Takes about a week to adjust from using the 2003 menus to the 2007 ribbon. You've had 4 years so probably time to quite moaning about it.

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Femtocells, not 4G, will solve spectrum crisis

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More base stations should be better all round

More base stations should be better for the not in my back yard crowd. More base stations closer together means less power used in transmission so lowering any perceivable risk.

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Microsoft poised to make biggest ever buy – Skype

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auto start icon

At least Microsoft might be able to sort out the ridiculous way that skype starts up as taskbar application rather than minimised to the system tray.

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HP's new EVA: The big reveal

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really?

I only have very limited experience with EVA but our 4100 has run perfectly without ever throwing an error from installation more than 2 years ago.

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.NET Android and iOS clones stripped by Attachmate

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silverlight

last time I checked silverlight is cross platform, it runs on OSX as well as Windows. Moonlight is just for linux

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The Sandy Bridge Hackintosh

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SSD failures

whilst I'm sure that sometimes when an SSD fails it does so in read only mode. My Kingston drive died after 6 months and it isn't even recognised by the system.

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Acer Iconia Tab W500

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active digitiser

If this had a dual purpose screen, capacitive for when you want to use your fingers and and active digitiser stylus so you can use the windows handwriting support it would be perfect.

Unlike the current crop of tablets it has a proper OS on it and unlike netbooks it has a proper resolution screen.

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Three adds iPhone 4 to unlimited data package

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Is the phone locked?

If the phone is locked then no point buying it from three, just pay the extra tenner and get it from Apple.

Then stick a giffgaff sim in and top up £10 for 250 minutes, unlimited texts, unlimited data and unlimited on net calls.

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Sony unwraps Android 3.0 tablet pair

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corners

Looks like a rounded rectangle with a black surround to me, Apple won't be pleased.

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Apple stuns Wall Street with 95% earnings surge

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dual screens

and why when you run dual screens does the menu bar for the app you have on your right screen appear at the top of the left screen?

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Texas grandma gets first 'Super Wi-Fi'

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numbers?

I thought this was a tech site, where are the numbers? What's the range of this new super wifi? What kind of bandwidth will this lady be getting? What kit is installed in her house? Where does the signal come from? How many people can the source serve? What are the drawbacks?

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Microsoft reveals WinPhone 7 'Mango' details

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of course it can

As long as you're using the zune player app. Windows phone 7 can multitask in the same way old versions of iOS could always multitask. It's just restricted to the Microsoft apps. However you can't listen to tune in radio whilst browsing the web.

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hidden SSID

Whilst I agree that this should be a feature, what kind of an idiot hides their SSID?

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Microsoft cranks out Internet Explorer 10 preview

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spellcheck

If it doesn't have one, then it's no good.

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Nissan Leaf electric car

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mini ≠ Cinquecento

Cinquecento is tiny, mini is huge, but I agree with the sentiment. Why bother making an electric car big and comfortable when it can only go 110 miles. Until we can get 200 miles from a 30 minute charge they will remain play things for rich families who don't need two cars but have them anyway.

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Nude Florida man in gunfight with police SWAT robot

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nope

I definitely meant queue as in

"to arrange (data, jobs, messages, etc.) into a queue."

but thanks all the same :)

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Come quietly or there will be trouble.

Queue the robocop quotes.

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HTC Android tablet priced up for Blighty's shoppers

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stylus

Pretty sure the stylus on this is an active digitiser type. This is totally different to a resistive stylus found on PDAs and a million miles away from the £2 type you can buy for capacitive screens.

I'm guessing that in pen mode the touch screen is disabled so that you can rest your hand on the screen whilst drawing.

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Leicester unloses key data

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"A series of tests"?

That'll be checking the file a-times then.

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What will we do with 600MHz?

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Just make freeview better

Aside from the 4 HD channels, the quality of freeview is terrible. We don't necessarily need more HD channels but more bitrate on the existing channels would be a step in the right direction.

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BT reveals fibre-to-the-cabinet plans for 156 exchanges

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BE There

BE do 24Mb/s but you have to be basically sitting in the exchange to get it.

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Season of TV shows blown out of cloud... for good

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local copies

Storing data in the cloud is great, you can access it from all over the world and if your house burns down or you lose your disks then you can get everything back, but I would never trust that as my only copy of something so important.

I have my emails stored only in the cloud because that's convenient, it would be annoying if I lost them but not the end of the world. My photos are in the cloud on two providers and on my local drive because they're important.

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Apple's 'App Store trademark': A farce of Jobsian proportions

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if you sell apples it's fine

You can have a store and call it "the apple store" if you are selling fruit. Apple might try and stop you but I doubt they'd even take it to court since it's not possible to confuse a fruit shop with a computer shop.

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Sapphire Edge HD

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Only 4 USB ports?

What a joke, on a PC that has no other way of adding hardware. These tiny PCs are great as Media centres since they are quiet, low power and capable of h.264 at 1080p but only 4 USB ports is going to hold you back. Once you've added 1 or 2 TV tuners, an IR receiver, a DVD or bluray drive, dongle for wireless mouse and keyboard, you've run out of ports and need to start adding a USB hub.

There's also no optical output for 5.1, I know all modern gear is using HDMI to receive the audio but there are still plenty of people with old amps that don't really need replacing but need optical or coax for sound.

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Nikon D7000 DSLR camera

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Exposure

The over exposure is not an issue with the new sensor, Nikon makes a distinction between how a consumer SLR exposes and how a pro model will treat the same scene.

Nikon expects a pro to want to save highlights and then bring out the subject in post if needed. They expect a consumer to want the subject to be well exposed at the expensive of sky or other background. They do this by giving a greater weighting to the area under the active focus point. Unfortunately this can lead to unpredictable results. The D80 is the worst for this, the D90 improved the situation, hopefully the D7000 is another step in the right direction.

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Apple patent foresees ultra-svelte iDevices

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this was granted?

whilst I salute Apple for apparently trying to stick to standards, recognising most headphones have 3.5mm plugs and fining a way of incorporating them into a device, this should never have been granted a patent. It comes under the category of obvious. I reckon more than 50% of people would come up with at least one of these three methods given the same problem.

Also, what is Apples obsession with making things thin, less than 3.5mm is very thin. Why not just concentrate on making stuff lighter and more durable. The iphone is already plenty thin enough, make it much thinner and it will become really annoying to use as a phone.

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Three pushes UNLIMITED data to PAYG punters

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giffgaff

giffgaff trumps this with 300 minutes, unlimited internet and unlimited texts for £15 or 1500 minutes for £25.

Only real drawback is that you have to put up with O2 for network coverage

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Ofcom demands ISPs close 'upto' gap

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stats

The 46Mbps figure for VM customers relates to 92% of their customers. I'm guessing the other 8% get significantly less.

I'd love to see a somehow accurate figure advertised but I'm not sure how you go about that. You could advertise throughput as a % of sync speed but that figure is easy to manipulate by simply lowering sync speeds. Also for a poorly performing ISP with heavy over subscription people with lower sync speed will raise the average % throughput.

I think the thing to do is to publish independent tables and allow people to drill into the data. The truth is it's a very complicated subject. VM on average provide the best speeds, but they also have one of the harshest FUPs.

I think the answer is to force get out clauses into broadband contacts, when you sign up the ISP must tell you what they think your average speed will be based on your line length. If you've already got a service via BT wholesale then that information should be available to the ISP to predict your speed. If the customer is happy with the prediction they sign the contract. If after 2 weeks the customer isn't getting within some % of the indicated speed then the customer has the right to cancel the contract and try someone else.

I was stuck with VM for a year on a 20Mbps service which mostly ran at around 5Mbps

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Intel: 'PC makers took the light out of Light Peak'

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umm...

SPDIF is an audio connection, you'll see it on audio equipment. Inputs are generally found on surround amps, you'll see the outputs on most TVs, games consoles, digital STBs etc.

They'll start to die out slowly in consumer gear because HDMI carries the audio channel on modern kit.

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Council loses USB of patient records

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enforce the policy with software

It's not hard to do, when we implemented our data protection policy we had a look at software that prevented the use of unencrypted USB drives and found it was a function of our existing AV package. If you plug in an unencrypted USB drive then it is mounted read only by Windows.

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Apple 'greed' tax spreads beyond music, movies, magazines

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gambling apps?

I haven't seen a mention of apps for online bookies. These sell a service via an app, is Apple also going to ask for 30% from everyone who puts a tenner on Man U to win 3-1?

I have no problem at all with Apple taking 30% for these transactions, if that's what they want to charge then no problem. However I don't understand how they can make rules that state that a developer isn't allowed to sell the same content outside of the store for less money. It's an abuse of their position in the market. I know Apple only have a small percentage of the smartphone market but they have 100% of the iOS app store market.

Of course there is an answer for most of these cases, stop writing these stupid apps. So many of them are just small device friendly interfaces into online content. If that's what you're writing then you don't need an app, just write a small device version of your website. That way you can write one version and target all small devices.

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Nissan readies ultra-low CO2 petrol engine for Micra

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CVT

continuously variable transmission, it's a type of automatic transmission where there are no individual gears, instead the ratio is varied continuously between the top and bottom points.

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Oracle gives 21 (new) reasons to uninstall Java

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.NET != corporate

I think I might have more .NET apps on my home PC than my work one, it is, at the very least a close thing.

Java on the other hand is a very corporate affair, lots of those at work and very few at home.

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The case for DV

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it's not very well written but I think what he means is

"Most organisations are virtualising the desktop to regain some of the efficiencies of the mainframe era while retaining the productivity of the desktop environment"

By this the author means most organisations who are virtualising their desktops are doing so to regain ...

All the the sentence is slightly ambiguous I think it's fair to assume the author doesn't think that most organisations are virtualising desktops.

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HP gives Lou Reed a right shoeing

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Everybody digg?

people still do that? I thought digg was pretty much forgotten about and everyone was using reddit. Not sure what that says for webos

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Microsoft's IE9: Don't believe the hype

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No spell check; no good

I like IE9 especially now they have fixed the tabs on the same line as the address bar. Thing is it has no spell check. For that reason it will never be my browser of choice.

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O2 to raise broadband prices by up to 27%

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service

In my experience the service is very similar to Be, network speeds are identical and you get the same rubbish Thomson router. I think it's just the branding and call centre that are different.

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