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Palm Pre to sell like hot cakes, Sprint CEO proclaims

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Still no news...

...of a UK launch!

I want a UK launch!

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Apple eyes patent for web silence

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re: Fuckin america

Hate to rain on your parade but HTML doesn't have a <post> tag ;)

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@"in Vista? oh really?"

"that is interesting, cos Apple filed the patent in November 2007"

You act as if Vista began development after November 2007...

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Sapphire Vapor-X HD 4850 vapour-cooled graphics card

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Actually...

The reduction in power consumption and enhanced cooling is not that big a surprise when you take into account the fact that this newer version of the card uses the same updated board layout that the dual-slot cooler model uses. In the photo of the dual slot cooler version you can clearly see that the ram cooling heatsink and power circuit capacitors are located towards the duct end of the card like in the latest review model. This enhanced board layout requires less power and with the addition of the dual slot fan produces a lot less heat. This review is mostly a testimony to the effectiveness of the new cooler.

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Microsoft gives users six months longer to flee from Vista

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I'm loving it...

not McDonalds, but all the people who choose to hate on Vista and then love up Server 2008. You're clearly firmly sat on the vista-hating bandwagon because if you had paid attention you'd know that as of SP1, both Vista and Server 2008 use the same kernel.

I'm using server 2008 as a desktop OS, set to use Aero themes and do everything vista does, and I also have a desktop running Vista proper. No noticeable difference.

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Chrome-fed Googasm bares tech pundit futility

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Lovely article

Just enough vitriol and swearing mixed in with logical, cutting criticism to make the perfect mix. I like it. More from this guy please.

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US customs: Yes, we can seize your laptop, iPod

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Black Helicopters

@ Pierre

I'm sure it's something they don't grow tired of; last time I went to america I had long hair unlike now, I wore predominantly black and probably worst of all, I flew out of Belfast International Airport here in Northern Ireland - I was "randomly" selected for two different searches, during which they x-rayed literally everything I owned seperately, X-Rayed my shoes and the empty case and even had some goon from DHS pat down my hair (presumably incase I had stiletto knives hidden in its length). It's absurd and it's not getting any saner.

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Bebo users to summon superhuman alien pop-fancier invasion

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Alien

The big question here is

Where is AmanfromMars and is that how he found out about us?

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Thief swipes cabinet minister's laptop from Salford office

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For the love of God...

will they please start issuing laptops to Civil Servants that are just thin clients with no useable hard drive to speak of. I worked in the civil service for a while doing tech support and time and time again people ignore the security policy or whatever reason stuff is meant to be kept on the servers, then work on a local copy for days and cry when their hard drive dies or they delete it and it's all gone and not safe on the server. Jeez.

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Naomi Campbell charged with assault

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What we need more of

Is celebrities being prosecuted when they break the law and generally act like assholes expecting everything on a silver platter and rules to be ignored just for them.

Still can't get over the CPS not prosecuting Amy Whorehouse for smoking crack, when The Sun literally handed them a video of her doing it. Unbelievable.

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Samsung Soul SGH-U900

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Yet another samsung slider phone, this one with a slightly different d-pad

Am I the only one not amazed by most of Samsung's latest offerings? In the last year and a half about 90% of their slider phones are almost identical, with tiny differences supposedly telling the £30 from the £300 ones apart. I don't like their design and they're certainly doing nothing new with it. Boo to Samsung. Go back to making hard drives, I say.

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Samsung hammers out stylish Steel slider

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Hmm

Looks almost identical to the Nokia 6500. Except with Samsung's rather tacky take on things.

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Dell denies death of XPS to aid Alienware

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Typing on a vostro 1500

This thing is basically an inspiron 1500 with better build quality, sturdier case and they try and get you to buy the 3 year warranty with it. It's marketed as a "small business" laptop but for whatever reason they've stuck the 8600M GT gaming graphics chip in it, and it's great for HL2:Ep2 and the like. Don't overlook the Vostro, unlike the seeming flippancy with which the XPS are built, the Vostro is put together with care.

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Fedora 9 - an OS that even the Linux challenged can love

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Too much elitism.

I'd like to get back into linux, even if just for the experience with using something I'm not too familiar with. Trouble with any time I install linux (ubuntu, really) is if I'm ever having any problem with it the 'community' support seems to consist of my asking "I'm trying to do XYZ" followed with "you're trying to do XYX? Did you RTFM first? Jeez" regardless of my actual problem or how many manuals I've read.

Still, better than trying to do something different in OSX: any time you say "I want to do XYZ" they just say "XYZ? Why would you ever want to do that?"...

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UK punters love Nokia, hate McDonalds

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Nokia...

To be fair, when Nokia get it right, it's great. I had a Nokia 6300 before an unfortunate incident occurred in the bathroom and it fell into the "sink" (that's my story and I'm sticking to it) and became rather unfortunately waterlogged. It's easy to use and a nice, simple candybar design. No wonder that every Joe Schmoe in the street has one now.

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Alienware ships 'most powerful' 15in laptop to Brits

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RE: Whose inefficiency is this?

To be fair, what they're doing is attempting to yank hardware out on the fly, hibernating is a pretty good attempt at this; I bet if you reached into your desktop and pulled out the graphics card while it was still running it'd not go so well.

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Nintendo says no to Wii price cuts

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Supply/Demand

Makes sense seeing as people are still climbing over each other to get the thing; why reduce the price when people will still pay?

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US lag sues over prison crash diet

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187Kg was pretty fat, though

Sounds like he's coming closer to normal weight then, the fat murdering bastard. I hope he enjoys his cold lettuce sandwiches.

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Governator outs Dubya's global-warming 'time bomb'

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@ Webster Phreaky

When amanfromMars is making more sense that you it's time to call it a day.

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South Koreans clone sniffer dog

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Actually...

Seeing as we're going to branch out our nation's tastes for [The Other White Meat]s, I've got A Modest Proposal for you...

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El Reg celebrates 10th birthday

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No point in being anonymous seeing as they can tell...

... but fuck it, sarah bee is hot.

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Ballmer bitch slaps Vista

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Think about it logically

You wouldn't install Windows XP on a Pentium 2 233MHz with 64MB of RAM, would you? So you wouldn't install Vista on a Pentium 4 2.4GHz with 512MB of RAM and expect it to work miracles either. I've got a Core 2 and 2GB in the desktop at home, with Vista Ultimate, and in my experience while Vista does indeed eat up more resources, it'll do more with high-end hardware. I've been using vista for over a year now and have neither had driver problems (and I'm using x64!) nor compatibility issues nor stalling/freezing/performance trouble. It's a new OS designed for new hardware. Keep on using XP on your current PCs, but Vista is perfectly acceptable for anything bought off the shelf in the last year.

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Opera tunes itself for Android

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Not the real web?

I can read this article and comment on it from Opera mini, is that not good enough?

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US student planned to ice Chuck Norris

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Sarah Bee

Is posting comments on articles instead of working ;)

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UK.gov delay means hacking laws are so last century

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@ Steve Evans

However, anyone without the brains to set up WEP/WPA (ie: Joe Schmoe) is probably just trying desperately to get all their stuff plugged in and working without having to phone up PC World to get one of their guys to charge for the installation. An open wireless access point is usually just the result of a default setup by a naieve user; someone who actively wanted people to come along and use their wifi would advertise the fact. Bottom line is, just because there's no-one around to ask doesn't mean that you have permission to do it. Like stealing from a car with an open window - just because it's easy and no-one will know, doesn't mean it is right. The law is clear on this.

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@ Whistleblower protection #2

There have already been previous prosecutions in the UK for people piggybacking on unsecured wireless connections; the point is that the person accessing the network did not get express permission or consent beforehand and therefore broke the law. The Register in fact ran an article on this in 2005:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/07/25/uk_war_driver_fined/

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Vista SP1 downloaders bite back

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"It begs the question"

It doesn't actually 'beg the question', it rather 'leads us to the question', they're rather different in meaning.

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Famous Five film lined up

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@ Spleen

Sounds to me like someone here spent too much time reading the entry for "Monomyth" on wikipedia and can now no longer enjoy anything!

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Samsung laptop battery burns

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Hmmm

Pro tip: wrapping your laptop in a comfortable and warm pillow is not going to keep the air vents free and unobstructed.

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Hubble peers into the Great Eye of Sauron

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I wonder

if they call Hubble "my precious"

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Official: Toshiba discontinues HD DVD

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Fantastic youtube video of this

http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2008/01/15/youtoob_downfall_of_hddvd/

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Tiny, take-apart handset enters the record books

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Probably BS

5 Megapixel camera in a phone that small? I call BS.

Not that I'd buy it anyway, seeing as I don't think we should support Israeli commerce until they stop bulldozing Palestinian houses and their illegal occupation of other countries' territory.

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New Bond film title voted a 'Licence to Thrill!'

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Bizarre

When I saw it yesterday it was 56% nay and 44% yea. Perhaps some Bond fans have been spending a little too much time clicking yes?

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RIAA told to pay legal fees for harrassed defendant

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I think it's great, but...

No matter if she wins or not, regardless of whether she successfully gets class action status (leading to a huge and long, drawn-out case and series of appeals on behalf of the RIAA), it'll be the lawyers who win again. :(

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Sir Edmund Hillary dies at 88

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Actually

Didn't Hillary admit a few years back that Tenzing put the first boot on top, after years of claiming it was "a team effort"...?

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Nintendo kills Wii ads due to console shortage

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Re: Load of crap

"eBay should be forced to ban sales of ANYTHING that is less than a year old from being sold above it's RRP"

Or they could let supply and demand drive a free market economy?

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England flops shafted by enormous todger

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taxi for one

obviously made a bit of a dick of himself

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German law smites Warhammer fan flick

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@ Mark

Actually, it was Wizards of the Coast, a completely different company who killed off Dragon magazine. GW has had their own magazine, 'White Dwarf' for over ten years, and is not related to WotC or Dragon magazine!

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Wii broke my ribs, Zelda finished me off

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Have some personal responsibility

Not so much "Wii broke my ribs" as "I broke my ribs because I'm chronically inept at playing simple games". Could have happened to you playing real sports.

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Sony Ericsson Cyber-shot K850i camera phone

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@ AndyWorth

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, Andy. I think it's a very nifty looking design but obviously the punters will vote with their wallets

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L1NUX number plate roars onto eBay

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@ Anonymouse Coward:

Reminds me of the shell/bp/maxol/some other petrol company executive who purchased the legit Northern Ireland registration plate of "OIL 8055".

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Rock Xtreme X770-T7800 notebook

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Bad memory upgrade recommendation.

The reviewer recommends upgrading to PC2-6400 memory so that it can "match the processor's FSB speed". Actually, this is twice as fast as the processor needs, as the FSB will communicate with the standard PC2-5300 memory (PC2-5300 = DDR2-533 = 266MHz effective speed) after downclocking in a 1:1 ratio with the memory controller; the memory will essentially be run as PC2-3200 (PC2-3200 = DDR2-400 = 200MHz effective speed) so that it synchronises with the FSB. This is because the FSB actual speed is 200MHz, quad-pumped to 800MHz as is the fashion with current Intel CPU schemes. There is no _noticeable_ performance gain in running the FSB with a 2:1 memory ratio, something that would need to be changed in the BIOS by someone buying this laptop with the upgraded memory.

In short: save your cash, the PC2-5300 is literally more than enough.

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Sick to death of the bloody iPhone? Click here

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Awesome

That Blendtec guy is a hero, always pushing new technologies... into his blender. And they always blend!

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Ghostly plastic bathtoy flotilla nears Cornish coast

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Fantastic

Who cares about the IT angle? I bet most of us come here not just for the tech & IT news but for the quirky 'bootnotes' and excellent writing style. Another nomination for best subtitle from me. :)

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NZ couple fight to name kid '4Real'

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I guess we're all forgetting

The ubiquitous Moon Unit Zappa, daughter of Frank Zappa?

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Outrage over 'sponsor a boob job' website

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Hey guys

I just noticed something in the article...

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Space boffins fire up plasma engine

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Mhmm?

A warp drive, you say? Go back to your Star Trek: TNG DVD boxed sets and let real scientists work on the technology.

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Chinese net addict murders mother

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ur doin it rong

Yes, because clearly the first step on the road to becoming "an outstanding politician or economist" is spending all day on the internet...

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Jet-powered go-kart roars onto eBay

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I await in anticipation

Countdown to the first owner posting the video of its maiden flight on YouTube. I want to see this!

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Macs are more secure: official

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true...

http://www.bash.org/?763963

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