* Posts by druck

1578 posts • joined 6 Jun 2007

Firefox blocks and backtracks on 'insecure' MS add-ons

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WTF

Why is Microsoft installing any plug-ins for the browser which I have chosen specifically because it is not written by Microsoft?

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Home Office backs down on net censorship laws

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You know what is going to happen next...

You know what is going to happen next if small ISPs can't afford to filter, they'll just mandate filtering on the backbone instead.

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MSI Wind Top AE1900

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Not on a big screen

The Atom chip set is fine on netbook resolution screens, but couple them up to a TV size display and they really struggle. 1388x768 is just about liveable, but 1920x1080 is painful.

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Mozilla catches half of Firefox users running insecure Flash

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Fucking marvelous

I upgraded to FF 3.5.3 on my EEE 701, it complained about the out of date flash 9.something, I ignored that as I tried a 10.x flash previously and it was too slow for the poor little thing. However now it just hangs when it comes across any flash content.

I gave in and tried installing flash by clicking on the missing plug-ins bar, that failed both as user and root, a manual install from the Abobe hasn't worked either. So now I'm without flash and can't access half the sites I need to.

Mozilla aint Microsoft, leave our plug-ins the fuck alone, we are running things the way we are for a reason.

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James Martin apologises for cyclist outrage

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Wimp

At least have the courage of your convictions and stand by what you've said.

Posted from Cambridge, the home of two wheeled, free loading, red light running, wrong way down a one way streeting, accident magnets.

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Word nemesis: Microsoft deliberately 'destroyed' our business

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Sendo

One more to add to the list is the right royal screwing that Microsoft's to market partner for mobile phones suffered.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2003/01/06/microsofts_masterplan_to_screw_phone/

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Ready or not, IPv6 is coming

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Re: Compromise solution?

Yes, an IPv5 simply extending the IPv4 addresses to a manageable 64bits, rather than the ridiculous 128bits and all the extra nonsense of IPv6, would have been far better, and could have been done by now.

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Tories fear legal dodge over comms überdatabase

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ISP's and backbone

If the ISP's had any backbone, they'd retain the communications data for the mandated period, but insist on a court order for each individual customers data. No allowing trawling operations and no handing it over on mass for inclusion in a government unber-database.

But what hope do we have of that when the major ISPs are eager to base their business on handing over every single packet of data which passes through their network to former spyware vendors and crooks.

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French pass 'three strikes' file-sharing law

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@Edmond Orignac

Less of the double spacing, it's a pig to read.

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Atlantis finally go for Hubble mission

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A fitting tribute to the shuttle and Hubble

The shuttle might have proved an expensive and not entirely reliable way in to space, but this is the sort of job it excels at, and this mission is a fitting tribute to the closing stages of both it and the telescope's life. Without the shuttles ability to service it, Hubble would have been a huge flop rather than providing some of mankind's best views of the universe. Well done to NASA for allowing this last servicing mission to go ahead, and best of luck to the crew in their task.

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Ministers spending billions on unlawful databases

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No stringing up

I don't really want to see comments about stringing up politicians, we are a democracy after all. What we do have is the mental health act (1983) enabling self deluded individuals who are a danger to the public, to be indefinitely sectioned and removed to a secure institution, where they can receive the treatment they need (a long course of electro convulsive therapy in my opinion). After many years they may eventually be released back in to society, when they are in a position to value it's rights and freedoms.

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Intel responds to Psion countersuit

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@Chika

Particularly when that same Merkan fruit company was in a join venture with the Cambridge nut company (called after that bit between your shoulder and wrist) to make RISC processors for things which were remarkably similar to todays Netbooks (named after the scientist who had a fruit drop on his head).

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UK.gov thinks internet should be run like BSkyB

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Bleating bloody ISPs

It's the bleating bloody ISPs behind this, wanting to charge us extra for access to BBC iPlayer and similar services, instead of delivering the unrestricted bandwidth to our computers which they promised when they sucked us in.

We need to fight this nonsense.

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Apple preps netbook 10-inch touch screen thingy

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Gigantic iPod Touch - yes

I think a gigantic iPod Touch would be a great idea. No need to go down the underpowered x86 route with short battery life, when you could use the latest ARM Cortex chip which would make the Touch's interface fly, even when scaled up to to a 10" display. The only thing I wouldn't like, no doubt, would be the price.

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Dell launches well 'ard laptop

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Useless fingerprints

I notice it has a finger print scanner, when it's aimed at the sort of out door working tyre that either has very worn prints or very dirty hands.

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Brit nuke subs exposed on Google Earth

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Fly over GCHQ

GCHQ is on the approach path for runway 27 at Gloucester Airport, and we fly over it on almost every trip and when doing circuits, it's an excellent landmark for getting lined up on the runway in low visibility and especially at night. So there is absolutely no difficulty getting overhead shots like on google earth, just ask for a pleasure flight at Staverton Flying School!

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Behind IE 8's big incompatibility list

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Call it Mosaic

If the damn thing is going to render to standards, the User Agent should be changed back to Mosaic, as it was called before Microsoft got their filthy hands on it.

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DARPA seeks self-aware AI robot mega-tanks

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Introspection eh?

Systems capable of "meta-reasoning" and "introspection". Let's see how that would play:-

Robot36: Hey, I got a four ship. Looks like we got orange panels on them though. Do we have any friendlies up in this area?

Robot Control: I understand that was north 800 metres.

Robot Control: Robot, understand that was north 800 metres?

Robot35: Confirm, north 800 metres.Confirm there are no friendlies this far north on the ground.

Robot Control: That is an affirm. You are well clear of friendlies.

Robot35: Copy. I see multiple revetted vehicles. Some look like flatbed trucks and others are green vehicles. Can't quite make out the type. Look like may be Zil157s (Russian made trucks used by Iraqi army).

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Robot 36: OK. Right underneath you. Right now, there's a canal that runs north/south. There's a small village, and there are vehicles that are spaced evenly there.

Robot 36: They look like they have orange panels on though.

Robot35: He told me, he told me there's nobody north of here, no friendlies.

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Robot36: They've got something orange on top of them

Robot35: Robot for Manila 3, is Manila 34 in this area?

Robot Control: Say again?

Robot35: Robot Control, is Manila 34 in this area?

Robot Control: Negative. Understand they are well clear of that now.

Robot35: OK, copy. Like I said, multiple revetted vehicles. They look like flatbed trucks. Are those your targets?

Robot Control: That's affirm

Robot35: OK

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Robot36: I want to get that first one before he gets into town then.

Robot35: Get him - get him.

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[Sound of gunfire]...

Robot34: Roger, Robot. Be advised that in the 3122 and 3222 group box you have friendly armour in the area. Yellow, small armoured tanks. Just be advised.

Robot35: Ahh shit.

Robot35: Got a - got a smoke.

Robot34: Hey, Robot35, abort your mission. You got a, looks we might have a blue on blue situation.

Robot35: Fuck. God, bless it.

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Robot Control: We are getting an initial brief that there was one killed and one wounded, over.

Robot 35: Copy. RTB (return to base)

I'm going to be sick.

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Robot35: Did you hear?

Robot36: Yeah, this sucks.

Robot35: We're in jail dude

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Kiwis go all black over copyright enforcement laws

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Real Protest

Fucking twitter? What sort of a protest is that? Get out there on the streets and march, block roads, cause chaos, bring the nation to a halt, before all your rights are taken away. Look at France, do you see them changing their twitter profiles, the fuck you do, viva la revolution.

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Apple sued over iPhone smooth scrolling

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A sad day for Picsel.

I knew some good engineers at Picsel, who were far more interested in making a better product than having the firm play the patent troll game. I suspect they might be dusting off their CVs about now.

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Mobile operators combine to flog customer data

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No!

Right that's the last time I use the web directly from a mobile, vpn back to my home server and fuck the lot of em.

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Ofcom snatches spectrum

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Keep your filthy hands off 900MHz.

And how is this going to help me? I changed from an 1800MHz to a 900MHz network out here in rural nowhere land as it was only one which penetrated the building. Now Ofcom are spitting off bits and messing everything around just to raise cash and justify their own existence. It needs bloody stopping.

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Intel to put internet in your pants

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UMPC==FAIL

The OQO 2+ still makes a sound like an angry power drill, and gets too hot to hold after a few minutes, and the PDA form factor is a terrible way to try to use a full desktop OS. Even the old 7" EEE PC is a vast improvement, quiet, not too hot to hold but also stands up on its own, a usable keyboard, the same resolution screen but not so small it makes your eyes bleed, and importantly a full THIRTEEN HUNDRED QUID LESS.

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Immortal Dr Who jellyfish poised to rule Earth

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Invasion?

Isn't this the plot from 'Invasion', not that we'll know because the damn Americans cancelled it after two seasons.

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Phorm: BT system 'most definitely' online by end of 2009

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No shortage of fuckwits

Despite the above comments from clued up people above leaving BT because of Phorm, you can be sure that this reason doesn't even show up as 0.1% on their stats of ISP migration, and is insignificant compared to people being temped by cheaper offers from TalkTalk and Sky etc. Another thing you can be sure of is that there was no shortage of fuckwits during the trial that were happy to tick the "rape my privacy" box, while they were on their way to myspace and facebook etc.

The only way to avoid Phorm and the like, will be to avoid all mass market ISPs, and go with the small outfits which cater for the tiny number of sane internet users.

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Half Life 2 used for firefight fire drill

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Hot handles

Playing games such games isn't going to teach you the skills needed to stay alive in a burning building. Before you get to the stage of closing the door behind you, you need to know if it is safe to open, by feeling the surface and then the handle. If it's hot, don't open it, or you'll get a face full of back draft, and it's game over.

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Tazzari specs up UK-friendly electric runabout

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0. (Zero point)

Zero - is that the name or the sales target for this hideous, impractical, death trap of a battery shitbox?

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Netbook demand surge to slow next year

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Manufacturers hate netbooks

I think the slowing slaves growth is down to the manufactures doing everything they can to morpth the netbook away from it's original aims of a Small Cheap Computer, and back in to a more expensive larger, and most importantly a higher margin standard laptop.

Asus and the others initially flocked in to the segment with great success, but obviously found many sales coming at the expense of their more profitable laptops, so we've had a never ending series of models getting a bit larger each time, adding hard drives rather than solid storage, and putting damned Windows on them, and at each step getting more expensive and closer to the price of full sized laptop.

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White Space lobby leaps to Europe

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No

Already most of our precious TV frequencies are being sold off against our will, instead of being used to deliver more HD channels on Freeview. Now the yank schisters are coming over to attempt to fuck up what frequencies we are left with, using their faith-rather-than-physics based congnative radio shite.

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Memo to Microsoft: Enough with the SKUed Windows

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Choice of vuln's rather than features

The multitude of SKUs gives the punter the choice of which set of gaping security holes are enabled by default; home, business, all, or many different and fun combinations.

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Gov announces Severn tide-energy scheme shortlist

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NO!

What is the point of saving the planet (as is the bogus climate change mantra), if the cost is to concrete over one of Britain's most beautiful estuaries and destroy all the associated wildlife habitats, including the world renowned Slimbridge bird sanctuary. All for a massively expensive way of generating a tiny fraction of the country's electricity demand. Just as with the wind white elephant, it is an oft overestimated fraction ignoring the several hours of slack water every day.

Worse still affects the viability of two prime nuclear sites at Oldbury and Berkeley, which could generate far more electricity at a lower cost (including decommissioning) without destroying the estuary and generating massive amounts of CO2 from the construction of concrete barrages.

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USAF cops seek netflinger rifle to down ultralights, paragliders

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Blow hard

Just get a big fan and blow them back the way they came!

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Atek Logio password storage gadget

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Use your phone

There are dozens of freeware applications like this for your phone, with it's vastly better input method and display, and one less thing to carry around with you.

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Intel Atom heir in rumor mill upgrade

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@comparable to ARM then

"so they just might, at 45nm, start to come close to what ARM does."

...at 120nm

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MoD networks still malware-plagued after two weeks

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Well what the fuck did you expect from Windows?

Any sane person would suggest this is a wake up call and time to get that Windows crap wiped off these systems, and some verifiably trustworthy open source OS and applications installed instead. But no doubt they'll just buy some more system crippling anti-virus parasitic-ware to dump on top of the Microsoft insecure bloat-ware.

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Next-gen botnet armies fill spam void

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@Stu Reeves

"I'd make it compulsory if I was an ISP, to have up to date a/v and firewall"

As long as that's only for Windows users, and the ISP doesn't discriminate against OS's which have no need for such parasitic security afterthoughts.

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Pioneer calls a halt to LaserDisc hardware production

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@Haku

"Side note, can someone please give the reghardware.co.uk webmaster a dead leg for using a 4x4 pixel sized tiled background?"

Ah that's why this part of the register is like wading through treacle on my EEE PC, where as the rest of it is nice and fast.

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Nurses, trains and tunnels

My school wasn't involved in the Doomsday project, so I didn't get to see the BBC and Laser Disc player until they started turning up second hand years later.

However, I first used a Laser Disc player in a university project back in the late 80s to create an interactive training system for nurses. The idea was they would answer on screen questions, and be shown video clips of the right and wrong way to do things, such transferring a patient from a stretcher or how to make hospital corners on a bed.

We had a lovely system to develop on, it had a full 768x576 PAL resolution video overlay with 4MB of video memory, 24bit colour and 8bit alpha channel transparency (compared the 4 colour CGA graphics of a typical PC at the time). The laser disc of video clips hadn't been shot at that point, and the only disc we had was of the history of steam trains. The video was fantastic quality I got a bit board after a while of the endless clips of trains going in and out of tunnels that we used to test the system!

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Fake plane death businessman cuffed in Florida

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And they gave him a PPL?

I can't believe anyone with enough upstairs to get a pilots licence would have made such a pathetic attempt at faking their own death. The two fundamental requirements are to install a vagrant of approximately the same build and appearance in the left hand seat, and make sure the plane is in a steep drive from altitude before bailing out.

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Brit porn filter censors 13 years of net history

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No censorship without a court order

The unelected and unaccountable IWF and the like, have no place in a supposed democratic country and should be disbanded immediately. No web page should be censored without a court order, and the page it is replaced with should refer to the case number so reason for the verdict can be discovered, and an appeal launched if inappropriate.

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Toyota demos FT electric city car

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Why?

Is there really any point to this endless series of articles on dismal battery powered shitboxes? We can only find so many different ways of taking this piss out of them in the comment sections.

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Is the UK.gov IT gravy train heading for the buffers?

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Bugger the cost

No matter what the cost of any termination clauses, even if they matched the projected cost of completion, it would be worth breaking these contracts. The ID Card/NIR and communications database fundamentally change the character of this nation for the worse, and have no place in a a free and democratic Britiain.

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New York mulls terrorist cell phone jamming

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A fucking stupid idea

As mentioned terrorist will easily equip themselves with an alternative radio comms, meanwhile you have cut off the only means of communication available to innocent civilians, which may aid them in getting out of harms way.

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Toyota USA goes all chatty

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Spy in the car

Does it also come with the ability to listen in to conversations in the car as OnStar is reputed to do?

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Sony intros 8in notebook-not-netbook

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Funny aspect

Um, a screen of 2.08:1 so will pillar box 16:9 content but still not wide enough for the full cinema 2.39:1. Suspect painful to use for normal desktop use due to the lack of height. Strange choice.

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US.gov questions DNS liberalisation plans

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No gTLDs

Not only am I fully in agreement with Eddie about the money making scam of additional gTLDs, but I'd like to see the end of gTLDs altogether by sticking a .us on the end of the current ones, as they should have all along. Then all domains are country specific, there is no problem with jurisdiction over disputes, and if Russia wants Cyrillic and China wants Chinese characters, then they are free to do so within .ru and .cn

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Samsung turns to VIA Nano for 12in noteboook-not-netbook

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To Atom or not to Atom

"The implication is that Samsung had to use Nano in order to use a 12in display. Sounds like cobblers to us. Intel seems to have had no problem with Dell's 12in Inspiron Mini 12 using an Atom CPU - and one for handheld internet tablets, at that"

Might that be because they aren't allowed to use the N270 netbook Atom on a 12"?

As its a bit of a strange decision, seeing every other other netbook has gone with the N270 rather than the Z530.

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iPlayer finally makes friendly with Mac and Linux

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Flash elsewhere too

I'm never going to use the download client even if it wasn't DRM infested p2p nonsense, for a start there's not enough storage on the EEE to download anything, and Flash works fine (well just a little bit jerky on this 701 unless I wind the clock speed up to 900MHz).

What I want is the other channels to follow the BBC's lead on Flash not the download element. Channel 4 is still Windows only despite having a streaming capability - why?

ITV use bloody Silverlight for god knows what reason, but then I haven't found anything worth watching on ITV since the last millennium in any case.

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Canada's biggest stock exchange back after day-long shutdown

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What was it running on?

I hope the Canadian xxchange isn't using the same Microsoft shite which knocked out the London SE in September. http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/09/08/lse_down/

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DfT spends £81m to save £57m

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No idea of the real cost

Those in government and the civil service have no idea of what the real cost of the money they are wasting in this case and countless others.

It is the equivalent of taking the tax paid by everyone in my company over their entire working lives, and setting fire to it, just for the hell of it.

You'd like to think that your taxes go to pay for hospitals, schools and even defence of the realm, but in reality a good proportion of us struggle throughout our lives to pay taxes only to fund gross incompetence and corruption.

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