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Renault fingers three for spying

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Spying on Renault?

Why?

As a previous Renault owner I will never touch another Renault in my life; we had an 3.0 V6 dCi Espace from new and it lasted less than 50,000 miles. After sending the car in for a minor water leak we got an initial estimate back for £2,500. This went up to first £6,000 and then £11,500 as Renault UK got involved. As the car was 5 years old and not worth that we were obviously not prepared to pay; my wife complained and argued with Renault over the costs. Renault ended up paying us to go away, and we switched to another brand.

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Germans develop sleepy-driver car 'warning' system

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Have you seen...

...Die Welle (The Wave); a german movie which recounts how students could be swept up to do whatever it takes in the name of <insert cause here> which was based on a true story that occured in the US!

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Seagate's 3TB external drive

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RAID can grow

RAID setups are clever enough to grow without data loss; I have a Thecus N5200 Pro with 5 x 750GB HDDs, and if/when I replace any drives I can just put in bigger drives. The only downside for my (proper) RAID 5 setup is that I won't see the benefit until all the drives have been upgraded. Having said that I have read numerous reports of problems with the drobo enclosures and they don't exactly seem like good value for money.

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Jobs to iPad skeptic: 'Are you nuts?'

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FAIL

How can that possibly be the issue?

The iPad is supposed to run same OS as iPhone; last time I checked that had language support for more langauges than I can understand.

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Drobo 'storage robot' gets integrated file sharing

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FAIL

Still pricey

I've not heard glowing praise for the Drobo, and think it is still way overpriced. I've been running a Thecus N5200 Pro NAS for a few years now and found it wo be very reliable and feature rich from the start, including the essential ability to be a NAS and so truely shareable.

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Brits still getting bull from broadband providers

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Flame

I just ditched VM

after almost 10 years I got fed up of their poor service; I now have a BT line with O2 broadband. O2 told me that I might get up to 13mbps (figures provided by BT) and I have run a couple of speed tests and got 10-11mbps, but the big plus for me is over 1mbps upload speed. That is significantly better than the upload speed I used to get with VM and the further benefits; static IP address and less than half the price mean I don't really miss VM.

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Scots slam Germans for 'tight-arsed' slur

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@LuMan - Beer for Breakfast

LuMan is quite correct; Bavarians do drink beer for breakfast! I've had Wurst und Weißbier a few times with my Bavarian wife, but the difference is they don't drink beer for the hell of it (unless it's Oktoberfest), but rather as food, beer has it's place as part of a meal.

As someone else pointed out, Germans do have a sense of humour and they don't reserve their racial stereo-typing for the Scots. I remember finding the advert for a ready-meal of fish and chips advertised as "Very British", and having no problem with that whatsoever.

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Moto Android 2.0 smartphone revealed

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Hmmm, you is ugly!

I agree that it looks ugly, but I can't wait to end my iPhone contract and try a bit of Andriod. Maybe not this phone, but in 6-8 months something better is bound to come along. Things have come a long way since WM5, but I'm not sure it has always been in the right direction. iPhone may be the current sweetheart, but it'll never last.

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Windows Mobile 7 feature details mined

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Paris Hilton

@Sooty - Video Calling

I have used it... once or twice... not recently though as my iPhone doesn't support it. I had a WinMo phone and made the video call to a colleague with a Nokia. Shame was his Nokia only had one camera so whilst he was looking at my pixelated face I got a great view of the pixelated pavement.

Paris - cos she knows which end of the camera does what!

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iPhone taught to edit Office 2007 docs, sheets

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Business apps?

Of course, you're not allowed to use it as a genuine business app as that would go against the terms and conditions as pointed out in previously articles featured on this site. I have an iPhone 3G; moved to it after years of mediocre performance on WinMo's, will probably move back to WinMo's when this contract expires. Nice try Apple, but must stop raving about exciting new features; cut & paste, video, etc.

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OCZ pitches 'best value' SLC SSD

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How fast?

That's a great transfer rate; I just rebuilt my PC at home using two 500GB Western Digital Caviar Black (7200rpm and 32MB cache) in RAID0 and I short-stroked them (created a 256GB partition) and get 175MB/s. Plus I bet my access time of 9.3ms gets blown away by the SSD; I only have a USB flash ReadyBoost flash drive, but that manages 0.5ms!

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Apple admits iPhone apps not suitable for business

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Paris Hilton

RE: @lolcat

Couldn't have said it better myself!

Paris, because when she uses the iPhone for business she wants it to delete all her data.

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Samsung gets 'stupid fast' in gaming grab

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WTF?

Stupid Fast?

Or just... Stupid Expensive?

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Drobos flying off the shelves

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I love my Thecus

I bought a Thecus N5200 pro (for home use) and stuck in 5 x 750GB drives in RAID 5 config. It's great, it does all I need and more with only one exception (something to do with 4GB files). It has a built in print server too (if you need one) and 2 network ports (there is a 5 port model). It supports eSATA and iSCSI as well as USB. I've had mine for 18 months and it is still the best data storage device I've owned.

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Office 2010 tech preview: Expect the expected

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Gates Halo

@@Am I the only person to hate the ribbon? #

Forgot to mention... if you're stuck on Office 2003, the leap [sic] to Office 2007 could be bridged with the aid of the Interactive: Word 2003 to Word 2007 command reference guide http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/word/HA100744321033.aspx

Of course this is based on the assumption that you've already made the bold step of installing Adobe Flash Player 7.0 or later... :O

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@Am I the only person to hate the ribbon? #

Are you sure you work in IT? Don't take it too personally, but spending an hour searching the ribbon to make some "simple changes" to a document seems a bit excessive. After all, the Ribbon is just a menu that looks a bit different and AFAIK shortcuts still work; CTRL-B, CTRL-U, etc.

If you're really struggling to adapt to the Ribbon you could download Search Commands http://www.officelabs.com/projects/searchcommands/Pages/default.aspx # start typing what it is you want to do and it'll display matching and related commands.

I for one welcome our Ribbon Overlords

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Samsung smartphone keyboard takes wing

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I'm with JMiles Posted Thursday 9th July 2009 01:09 GMT

I had a Psion Series 5 and it was without doubt the best compact keyboard I ever typed on. Nothing has come close to it in terms of phone/pdas. I also have a wireless mini Logitech keyboard (for my media center pc) that fails because its just that little bit too small.

The Psion 3G would get my vote!!!

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Girls Aloud net obscenity case falls at first hurdle

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Paris Hilton

I'm starting a list

I'm concerned that my children might become exposed to these dangerous stories so I'm starting a list of books that are not suitable (and presumably illegal)...

1. Little Red Riding Hood - people getting eaten, attempts to lure a child into a situation where she is in mortal ldanger, etc.

2. Sleeping Beauty - attempted poisoning

3. Hansel and Gretel - cannibalism

4. Peter Pan - various attempts at murder and kidnapping

The list could go on... :O

Paris: Because even she knows fiction

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Big Brother

Double jeopardy my arse!

In case you missed it the law on double jeopardy has been changed http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4406129.stm so now you CAN be charged twice for the same crime! :O

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Windows 7 RC downloads to end 15 August

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Win 7 looks good to me

I donwloaded WIn 7 Beta and ran it in a VM and wasn't impressed at all, but the RC is actually quite good. I have a PC with 3.3GHz CPU (with Hyper Threading) and 2GB RAM which I use to run Media Center in my lounge. With Vista Ultimate it was always a bit slow, but I installed the Win 7 RC on it yesterday and I have to say it's significantly better. Startup seems significantly quicker and the Media Center experience is much improved. I have a DVD library on a seperate NAS and Vista MC would typically take 2-3 minutes to find the library and display the DVDs (in gallery mode), whereas Win 7 MC does exactly the same job in about 20-30 secs.

I don't use the PC for much else than browsing the web or as a MC, but the installation was really easy and there were no compatibility issues (not the case with Vista).

So for me the experience is a positive one and on top of that it looks pretty too.

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People just not that into Blu-ray

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Media Centre with DVD Library for me

I can't be bothered with Blu Ray, up-scaled DVDs look great on my 46" HD LCD TV, Media Centre works (albeit slowly) and my 3.5TB RAID 5 NAS has more than enough space for my movie collection when trimmed of all the trailers and other junk they think we will pay extra for? Who actually watches the extras on DVD?

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Apple wilts under iPhone upgrade strain

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Installation wasn't a problem for me...

I got the upgrade installed within half an hour of it going live and had no issues whatsoever with the install; my wife's iPhone was a little more awkward, but a few retries sorted that out too.

I can understand the desire to be first with the upgrade, but for me the reason was I wanted to see if I could use my Jabra BT620s headphones. I am able to report that I can listen to stereo music and make calls using the Bluetooth headphones, but the track selection (next/previous track) don't work so it's not 100% success. I still have the same intermittent connectivity issues, but I had that with WinMo too, but at least next/previous track worked with WinMo.

My overall impression is that the iPhone 3G now runs a bit slower, but I guess it's doing more? I wouldn't want to revert to the previous OS, but now my iPhones gone from having a great UI to being just a bit better than the WinMo UI on my XDA Stellar/HTC TyTN II.

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iPhone 3.0 - born on schedule...

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Bluetooth? Almost

I moved from WinMo6 to iPhone back in February and even though I found the device restrictive.... everything just works. I was really looking forward to the OS 3.0 rollout when I heard that Bluetooth support for stereo headphones would be added as I hate wires and have a pair of Jabra BT620s that I used to use with my WinMo phone. Sadly the iPhone support doesn't go so far as to include the track selection controls, but otherwise not too bad. Maybe they can add full support in the next update?

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Israel to test ducted-fan robot air jeep 'within two months'

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@GeorgeTuk

"A real advantage?

By GeorgeTuk Posted Tuesday 16th June 2009 13:24 GMT

Its really difficult to see what true advantage this could have over the traditional helicopter other than straight line speed."

Not even that as the helicopter speed record belongs to the Westland Lynx (albeit a souped up version) set about 20 years ago. The speed limit for helicopter being the point at which the rotors travel supersonically.

Paris because...

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WD drops 4TB whopper

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Paris Hilton

4TB Backup device

I prefer to use RAID 5 in my NAS (and my PC come to that); 5 x 750GB may only give me about 3TB, but I can hot-swap out failed drives and replace without data loss, and should I choose to replace the 750GB drives with something bigger the NAS can grow my RAID to fill all the available capacity. Sure this comes at a cost, but then peace of mind is priceless!

Paris? Because for it to work it should be simple.

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DARPA killer AI robots to 'participate in own construction'

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Dead Vulture

Judgement Day

John Connor: No, you shouldn't exist. We took out Cyberdyne over ten years ago. We stopped Judgment Day.

Terminator: You only postponed it. Judgment Day is inevitable.

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Pirate Bay prosecutor argues for one year prison terms

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It's the end of the world as we know it

TPB is a torrent index, a torrent in itself is metadata, TPB doesn't host the shared files, so how can what they do be considered illegal?

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'Ich bin ein storyteller', says UK taxman

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Happy

Ja bitte

Könnte ich eine deutschsprachige Kinder-CD wenden Sie sich bitte?

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Canadian runs up $85,000 mobe bill

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Immigration Application?

...maybe he can move to the US now he's passed the IQ test?

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Boeing announces 'Laser Gunship' completion

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@Mr Larrington

I don't think you need to worry about Jacqui Smith's Arrest-O-Bots just at the moment ;)

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Need a new set of b*llocks? Try Argos

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Coat

Don't forget...

the 14 day money back guarantee if your new bollocks fail to satisfy.

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Shocked Shatner shunted from Star Trek XI

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@I'll see your Space 1999

Battlestar Galactica ripped off the shaky camera work from Firefly - a surprisingly good series that was prematurely canned just as it was getting into it's stride. Such a shame as the cast had really started to gel.

Battlestar Galactica's script just doesn't do anything for me - all my sympathy lies with the Cylons.

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LEDs replace hands in bonkers Japanese watches

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@None of them are what I want

Not exactly what you're after, but Seiko do a Kinetic watch with perpetual calendar http://www.seikowatches.com/technology/kinetic/kinetic_p.html only lacking the digital display.

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Ofcom: no comeback for TV on analogue spectrum

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Updates to HD TV built-in decoders

I've been told (but confess to not really knowing much about the subject) that the latest HD TVs with built-in decoders are capable of receiving updates over the air? If this is so, can't they be updated to receive new HD FTA transmissions?

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Shooting stars to dazzle in September...

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What night?

I'm confused, the story says that we can watch the spectacle on Sunday night, but that is the 2nd of September and the date mentioned earlier in the article is 1st September. So come on, which night is it; 1st September (Saturday) or Sunday (2nd September)?

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O2 updates Orbit to WM6

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Still waiting...

...are we there yet?

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Nokia offers assistance for unresponsive GPS phones

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Initial GPS lock

The delay in initial GPS lock is because the GPS receiver has to receive an almanac from the satellite that tells the GPS receiver where every satellite should be at any given time. A-GPS simply provides the almanac via an alternative method meaning that the GPS receiver in the phone can get a proper fix much more quickly. That's why GPS receivers re-acquisition time is always much quicker than initial acquisition.

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Xbox 360 Elite to raid Europe next month

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How much?

That's less than I paid for my Premium XBOX 360 earlier this year :(

Oh well; I'm still having a blast. I am a bit of a M$ fan, but this XBOX kicks ass - the games are great (well, they suit my tastes) and the graphics are the best thing to hit my 46" HD TV.

I must admit the HDMI and extra big HDD are tempting; maybe I can sneak one in without the wife noticing?

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Chinese netizens prevent 800-cat stir-fry

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RE: Eating carnivores

Surely eating a few carnivores would improve overall efficiency as there would be less carnivores left to go eating the omnivores?

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Red ring of Xbox death costs Microsoft $1bn

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Touch wood

No red lights/ring of death yet and no complaints either.

I applaude M$ for finally extending the warranty period and I'm sure there are plenty of people who will benefit from this. They still have a way to go, but fingers crossed I won't have to make use of their bad customer service and in the meantime continue to enjoy the gaming I get from my XBOX 360.

I've tried Playstation and it just doesn't cut it for me - I guess I'm just a M$ fan holding my breath for Halo 3.

1 satisfied customer (gamertag: Gen Klinkerofen)

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Microsoft tells Ultimate Extras fans to 'hang on'

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Runs on my old PC

I've been running Vista Ultimate on an old 1.3GHz PC with 1GB RAM (and unsupported 32MB Graphics card) and it works fine, nice and stable too. OK, so I don't actually use the PC as anything other than a Media Center for serving WMV files to my XBOX 360, but every time I switch on the monitor and shake the mouse it responds immediately.

I did try Vista on my more powerful desktop PC (3.6GHz P4 with HT, 2GB RAM, 128MB Vista compatible Graphics), but once I'd stuck all my apps (the ones that would work on Vista that is) on it it ran like a dog with no legs. Funny that, but I couldn't be bothered to figure out why, so I rolled back to good old reliable XP Pro.

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TomTom files patent for camera sat nav

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to Karim Bourouba

The BMW M5 has a HUD and you can have it display limited info of your choice including simple navigational information - like the simplified info Tom Tom displays above certain speeds.

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Inflated real-estate market goes ballistic (in space)

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How safe?

Even the best condoms are only 99% safe, and that doesn't mean they don't leak 99% of the time, just that the risk of a leak resulting in a baby is only 1%. Now supposing the Bigelow Space Condominium leaks a little - it'll be alright 99% of the time, but maybe 1% of the time might result is you being berthed in space?

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Space nuke boffin: NASA Moonbase needs nuclear rockets

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Yes please

I'm all in favour of sending nukes into space - surely that's been the basis of ICBMs for decades and no one seriously said we could do without them did they? We could also remember the comments from ROSPA recently which said that we should be allowed to play dangerous games and risk bumps and bruises as we mature. Put them both together and you're hard-pushed to come up with a justifiable reason for not using nuclear energy in space.

Anyway, as has been pointed out many times here before; the biggest hurdle is the small step to GEO and beyond. If only we could overcome that problem then we probably wouldn't need to worry so much about nuclear energy in space - just stick the reactor in a packing crate and send it up the space elevator! Isn't a side effect of the space elevator that it might generate electricity? I'm sure I've stumbled across that whilst working (reading theregister).

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TVonics DVR-250 Freeview Playback DVR

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3W Standby Consumption

Pah! My shiney new Samsung 46" HD LCD TV is not only massive, but uses less than a piddly 1W in standby mode (http://www.samsung.com/uk/products/television/tftlcd/le37m87bdxxeu.asp?page=Specifications) - beat that!

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Zwei lawsuits for German ink vendor

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Recommend you try Canon / Epson

I have used Epson in the past and currently have a Canon Multi-Function Device (printer / fax / scanner / copier) and I swear by it. The ink is reasonably priced although I do use non-Canon products as I'm a tightwad anyway, but if you were to buy the genuine article I think they're about half the price of most Epson inks and even they are reasonable compared to HP.

HP = Higher Price

PS. My wife had a HP and I nearly feinted when I tried to get a replacement ink cartridge (which seemed to almost be a printer in it's own right)!

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Apple's iPhone available on June 29

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So what?

This phone offers nothing new other than the brand

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Online games turn British man into hero

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Re: What's wrong with this country!

Scottie, I disagree that my comments are completely stupid although I confess to feeling outraged at the flaming this young man was receiving for being brave (or stupid) enough to stand up for what he thought was right and put his life on the line to come to the aid of others.

To respond to your comments; I have not witnessed an armed robbery, but I have witnessed and assisted with the prevention of a petty crime - I happened to be leaving a supermarket as a man ran out with over a hundred GBPs worth of meat. I ran to the assistance of the security guard as others just stood and watched. My wife provoked a couple of additional men to assist in preventing the theif from getting into a car and making a clean getaway, but otherwise they would have stood and watched! In this case the danger was limited; the theif may of had a knife, he may have got into his car and used that as a weapon, but in the end he was apprended and he didn't get away with his crime. The victim here might have been a faceless corporation that makes huge profits but the fact remains that the theif was attempting to commit a crime and I believe that by standing by and spectating I would have been supporting him in his criminal activities!

I have also been in the military, and my reasons for being in the armed forces didn't start out as noble ones, but merely because I sought out employment and the military offered me a stepping stone into a career that provided me with training and made me the man I am today. In no way did it make me feel that I had become different from the rest of society and in no way did I presume that I had joined a small elite force of protectors of society! Just because we have police and military personnel does not mean that we give up any responsibility, that only serves to support the ideas that you seem so set on. For me, the police are too small a resource to be able to deal with all crime and need all the help they can get. Your language (cellphone) suggests that you may not be a UK resident(?), but in the UK there are people who give up their free time as Police Community Support Officers (http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/police/recruitment/community-support-officer/). They work with the police in their local communities because they want to make a difference, not disappear into the background in the hope that criminals won't notice them.

I had a discussion with a co-worker about this topic and he seemed to suggest that he would only stand up against crime if it was an individual that was being attacked. How do you judge whether or not to stand up against crime? Do you ask the victim if they can afford the loss? Do you make an arbitrary decision based upon their personal wealth? If you were the victim of a criminal act (if someone was stealing your mobile phone or if you were being assaulted) how would you feel if the people who witnessed the crime turned their back on you? The police are a stretched resource and cannot be depended upon, this country is the way it is today because too many people turn their back on crime.

Just for the record I don't consider that a mobile phone is equivalent in any way to a woman being raped; my point was that crime is crime no matter how much monetary or personal value is affected by the crime.

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What's wrong with this country!

I can't believe the comments made by people on this post! It may have been foolhardy for him to tackle the armed criminals, but at least he was prepared to stand up for what he believed in and say no! Just suppose the robbers had been armed with fake weapons - it might have been the actions of this brave man that turned a robbery into an attempted robbery!

How many times have the people who posted the negative comments on this article been witness to a crime (no matter how minor) and just crossed to the other side of the street or turned a blind eye? Just imagine that rather than a security van delivering cash to a faceless ATM that this was a woman about to be raped or a young person having his mobile phone stolen. No one wants to get involved and yet we're the first to say that this nation is going to ruin - take some responsibility you f*ck!ng cowards and stand up for what you believe in!

It makes me sick when I think back to my youth and the personal freedoms I enjoyed and how today I wouldn't let my children out on the streets for fear of their safety. This nation is what it is because of the people in it - if you want it to be a better place you have to help make it a better place. Grow some b@lls!

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Europe's mission to Mars hangs in balance

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Russia is European, isn't it?

Of course it is, why else would they enter the Eurovision Song Contest?

And perhaps we could get the other Eurovision states such as Isreal, etc. to help out?

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