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United Kingdom

Submission + - UK election captures the Geek Vote (

dominux writes: With the UK getting ready for a General Election the political parties are figuring out the importance of the geek vote. As a result of the protests and general backlash against the Digital Economies bill (our DMCA equivalent) that was being shoved through at the last minute the Liberal Democrat party has dropped it's support for the bill and it will now probably fail. Voter initiatives such as Democracy Club and Vote Geek are making this the an election where technology policy makes a difference.
XBox (Games)

Submission + - Interview with Gaming Legend Jeff Minter

Anonymous Coward writes: "Spong has a great 2-part interview with legendary game developer Jeff Minter. Amongst other things, he talks about his work on Xbox Live Arcade's Space Giraffe and the zany trip-a-tronic visual effects we can expect from the game. Plus — the reason but Gamecube's Unity was abandonned."

Submission + - UK Vista Pricing Discrepancies

jedigeek writes: Vista prices in the UK unexpectedly doubles the US retail price, and since this isn't generally the case with other products (such as Apple's Tiger upgrade), a disgruntled Brit contacted Microsoft UK customer services to enquire why. In the response he got, he discovered that the prices are double due to 'EU legislation.' Despite this, he was told that Vista can be ordered from the US and installed on machines in the UK, therefore saving half the cost!

Will you be ordering your copy of Vista from the US, or paying the inappropriate tiny-island tax?

"Necessity is the mother of invention" is a silly proverb. "Necessity is the mother of futile dodges" is much nearer the truth. -- Alfred North Whitehead