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A friend of mine is, in computing terms at least, stuck in 2005, a time when Tony Blair was still Prime Minister, Sven-Goran Eriksson was still the England manager and people were buying records by Crazy Frog.

Michael Bywater: Observing a nation at observation

Dear Secretary of State, I am writing in response to your request for an urgent explanation of the events in [REDACTED] during the course of today.

Album: Panda Bear, Tomboy (Paw Tracks)

Fans need not worry unduly: Panda Bear's claim that this follow-up to 2007's Person Pitch would be less sampler-based, and that the influence of Nirvana and The White Stripes had inspired him to make music "with a heavy focus on guitar and rhythm", proves almost entirely unfounded on Tomboy, which involves few obvious guitar riffs but plenty of drifting sound-washes, found-sound collaging, loops and heavily reverbed high vocals, in his usual manner.

Johann Hari: Demanding cheaper oil is disastrous

The most popular cry in politics today is a pledge to deny reality and cut petrol prices. Give us our fix! Make it cheap! Make it now!

Intensive care baby 'died from virus'

A five-month-old baby boy died after contracting a virus from another child on a hospital ward, an inquest heard today.

Leading computer expert warns of cyber attack on National Grid

The national electricity grid is wide open to a devastating cyber attack that could wreak havoc on the economy and make the 2008 financial crisis seem puny by comparison, a leading computer industry guru has told The Independent.

You've got mail – and it's much less likely to be spam

If you thought your inbox was looking a little less full of unsolicited invitations to improve your sex life or boost the size of your manhood lately, you are not alone.

The Verso Book of Dissent, Edited by Andrew Hsiao and Audrea Lim

This radical haul contains stinging assertions from Sappho to Chomsky, ("Propaganda is to democracy what a bludgeon is to a totalitarian state"), from Thoreau to Pinter.

Leftover swine flu vaccine to be used as death toll rises to 50

Surge in demand for jabs from high-risk groups forces NHS to use last year's stocks

Computer viruses miss 'easy targets'

Computers are less susceptible to viruses and other threats than many users might think, according to a consumer watchdog.

Fears of flu epidemic rise as schools start new term

With infection rates soaring, Labour says the Government has 'seriously misjudged' the crisis

Young not taking swine flu vaccine

Young people are at a greater risk from swine flu than the over-60s but are more reluctant to get vaccinated, an expert has warned.

Flu crisis fears – elderly and pregnant most at risk

Senior doctors are "deeply concerned" about the prospect of a major flu crisis this winter because the people who are most at risk are not coming forward for seasonal flu jabs.

Iran points finger at West again as murdered scientist is laid to rest

Iran has said that it will increase security for its nuclear experts after the funeral yesterday of a scientist killed in an assassination that the government blamed on the Mossad and the CIA.

Online alerts to inform men at risk from virus

An innovative scheme to trace the partners of gay men diagnosed with HIV is to be launched in Britain in the new year. Its aim is to cut the number of men who remain ignorant that they have been infected, putting others at risk and delaying the start of treatment.

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