The flag riot

A youth with a union flag facemask throws stones at a police riot squad in Belfast
Should the flag it be up or the flag it be down
Either way you shouldn’t be acting the clown

There is a right to be free, and to protest a lot
But this darn stupid rioting has just got to stop

People are hurt and feeling distraught
But no right to riot has ever been taught

So how to stop this disgrace to our land?
One wonders if the Police have the power to hand

Do they need more, or should they have less?
Oh how, oh how do we clean up this mess?

There are three ways to solve this without feeling glum
The naughty step, the chokey or a severely smacked bum

To name and shame it is just a great bother
An ASBO today is like a medal of honour

So that choice is out, it just isnt enough
What else can we do that is a little more tough?

In the days of old, heads were stuck on a stick
would this stop the rioters and get it over with quick?

Some say we should use some big guns on a trailer
And trim the herd of the current big rioting failure

Another choice would be to send them to jail
But this costs a fortune and the law’s pretty frail

So what to be done? I know what to do!
The Queen sorts it out in a second or two!

She comes on TV and tell them all to go home
The flag flies when she wants, she’s the one on the throne

No more damage to the economy and stop going barmy
Otherwise she will get cross and put them all in the army

The threat of conscription, with blood, guts and gore
Would have those rioters running back through their door

Would this work? It would, and wouldn’t it be grand
To have the Queen telling off the rioters of the land

Be it by her majesty, a weapon, legal, or blend
This Northern Ireland embarrassment has just got to end.

PC Pro Podcast 241

In this week’s podcast we discuss Instagram’s attempts to claim ownership of users’ photos; ask whether the cookie regulations introduced earlier this year have done a jot of good; and discuss new legal guidelines covering offensive online postings. We also look back over 2012 and nominate our candidates for Hot Hardware of the Year: place your vote at

Apple’s iPad mini already on pace to outsell Retina iPad

The iPad mini is an instant smash hit, set to quickly eclipse the full-size iPad with sales as high as 12 million units in its first quarter, according to a new report.

Apple originally expected to sell 6 million iPad minis over the holidays, but has doubled its orders with display panel makers to more than 12 million, NPD DisplaySearch analyst David Hsieh said to CNet. Demand for the iPad mini is so strong that’s selling better than the new fourth-generation iPad, he said.

“It seems people especially like the size,” Hsieh said. He expects Apple will adjust its product portfolio next year to accommodate for strong demand for the iPad mini.

Currently, display panels for the 7.9-inch iPad are being built by AU Optronics and LG Display. But if sales reach 50 million units, Hsieh said Apple will need to find other panel suppliers to meet demand.


The comments from NPD corroborate what analyst Shaw Wu of Sterne Agee said earlier this week, when he indicated that sales of the iPad mini have been cannibalizing those of larger 9.7-inch iPad. Wu said that sales of the full-size iPad have been slower than expected, while iPad mini demand has been greater than Apple anticipated.

Overwhelming demand and reported production issues continue to be an issue for Apple with only a week and a half left until Christmas. Apple’s online store advertises that iPad mini purchases are available to ship in one week, indicating that supply has not yet caught up with demand.

The company has not disclosed sales of the iPad mini specifically, but announced that total sales over the launch weekend for the mini and the fourth-generation iPad reached 3 million units.

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