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Warning, nothing on Twitter is only a joke

"Crap! Robin Hood airport is closed. You've got a week and a bit to get your shit together otherwise I'm blowing the airport sky high!"That single frustrated tweet to a handful of friends after weather closed Robin Hood airport last...

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Perhaps eBooks are just a better way to borrow

An interesting column in The Economist reminds us that perhaps we’ve missed the point about eBooks. They are not a parallel way to own a book at all, but a gigantic lending system that might yet have huge merits if...

Tags: amazon kindle, barnes and noble nook, ebooks

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Blame the 'billing system' TalkTalk style

Behold, another example of the tendency of large companies with ample resources to blame the computer in the corner when things go wrong. After UK regulator Ofcom stepped in, broadband company TalkTalk has decided to blame “an error on a...

Tags: adsl, broadband, fine, ofcom, talktalk

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The Orange T-Mobile merger lacks key ingredients

‘Everything Everywhere’ is among the daftest names ever given to a UK company but the merger of Orange and T-Mobile is bearing small fruit for the mobile network’s user base. They can now share cell signals as long as they...

Tags: orange, t-mobile

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China's Tianhe-1A supercomputer still has a lot to prove

As international battles of ego go, getting a supercomputer to the top of the prestigious Top 500 List can look like a benchmark way to measure a country’s computing prowess.According to chip maker Nvidia, China has now overtaken the US...

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Make Windows 8 a free download

Ray Ozzie said it five years ago when he signed up at Microsoft and now, on his way out the office of CTO, he has hinted at it again in a valedictory memo; the future might not necessarily have a...

Tags: android, microsoft, ray ozzie, windows 7, windows 8

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Amazon Kindle eBook lending is a poor deal for readers

When did you last borrow a book? Or lend one? Thanks to Amazon, this simple act of generosity will now be possible for eBooks on its widely-admired Kindle Reader.Astonishingly, something that has been a basic feature of paper books since...

Tags: amazon kindle, ebooks

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Steve Jobs hates Android. Should consumers be worried about an Apple monopoly?

Note to Apple CEO: never open your mouth in an unbidden rant about opponents. People will either think you’re spooked or, worse still, you’re insane enough to believe that wiping out the enemy is a good marketing plan.Jobs has attracted...

Tags: apple, blackberry. android, ipad, iphone, microsoft, mobile malware

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Here's a crazy security idea - ditch Windows for Ubuntu 10.10 Linux

After some days with the latest Ubuntu Linux desktop release, I was planning to devote a few graphs to extolling its many virtues.This is not a hard exercise because Ubuntu 10.10 is exemplary, about as good as it gets at...

Tags: ubuntu linux 10.10, windows 7

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The '10-10-10' virus that wasn't. Are we afraid of binary numbers?

The human mind is fixated with the idea of connecting dates to expected disaster, the better to make the random comprehensible. A neat example of this phenomenon was the recently rumoured ‘10-10-10’ virus, that didn’t strike at 10.10am on 10...

Tags: 10-10-10 virus, 10.10.10 virus, michelangelo virus, y2k

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