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Brit boffins use TARDIS to re-route data flows through time and space

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new income stream

For BBC worldwide - through licensing the name.

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Nominet bins Optical Express' appeal against 'It ruined my life' website

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Campaigner hopes to convince MPs to regulate laser eye market

Isn't laser eye treatment a medical procedure and therefore clinics are already covered by existing regulatory bodies eg the Care Quality Commission (for England) ?

( here's the registration for one Optimax clinic http://www.cqc.org.uk/directory/1-102643313 )

or the practioners by the Royal College of Ophthalmologists?

(PS I see that NICE published guidance in 2006 for the public about the NHS providing these treatments)

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Organic food: Pricey, not particularly healthy, won't save you from cancer

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Re: The first dose of pesticide in the morning

much clearer.

I suppose one could put PV cells on the roof to power the LEDs part of the time. Natures harvest and all that. And could then say on the advertising that the produce is grown using "natural light" (with the caveat in very small print)

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Re: Eat healthier? Avoid sugar then. Ironically organic stores offer products without that

"If I can get it at the supermarket without ... glucose or..."

You'll be doing well to avoid that in your diet!

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Re: The first dose of pesticide in the morning

"They use low power coloured LED lighting,"

something wrong with daylight, or is this the product of research into illicit agriculture.

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Tornado-chasing stealth Batmobile set to invade killer vortices

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Re: I always wonder at thing like this..

While I was thinking along similar lines, it struck me that a tank - though offering protection and likely too heavy to be blown along - is not going to cut it as a tornado chaser without sacrificing some of that weight for more speed.

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Hidden 'Windigo' UNIX ZOMBIES are EVERYWHERE

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Re: Windigo?

that is the spelling Lovecraft (and Lumley) use for Ithaqua (the Wind-Walker) but not surprised if there are others.

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I NEVER DONE BITCOIN, says bloke fingered by new Newsweek

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Re: Tax on cryptocurrency

VAT and income tax are two different things.

I could - if the circumstances were right - earn a million pounds and not pay a penny of that to the VATman, but his colleague in the next office might well relieve me of 400 thousand pounds.

the relevant section is further down the release

"The profits and losses of a non-incorporated business on Bitcoin transactions must be reflected in their accounts and will be taxable on normal income tax rules"

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Apple 'hid AUD$9 BILLION' from Australia alone: Report

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Re: People in glasshouses

Interestingly not a part of the United Kingdom but self-governing possessions of the British Crown which lie outside the UK, the EU and the Commonwealth.

Not to say that they don't join in with some activities of the aforementioned august bodies...

If you do have a problem with their tax affairs, I suggest you direct it to the Duke of Normandy.

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WHOA: Get a load of Asteroid DX110 JUST MISSING planet EARTH

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A lot later than teatime anyhow.

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Massive new AIRSHIP to enter commercial service at British dirigible base

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Re: negotiation

News reports suggest they were the only ones to even offer to buy the HAV off the US Army

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Re: Question to someone sciencey.

You could have the gas compressors at the landing site.

Eg as part of the mooring mast structure on point to point trips:

When the HAV arrives it connects up and the "excess" He is pumped off and stored until required again

For a heavy lift into rough terrain at the end of poor roads

The bulky item is airlifted in by the HAV. The compressor(s) goes to the landing site by truck. Once the HAV has landed, the compressor is hooked up and pumps down He into cylinders. Some of these could be loaded on the HAV as ballast, the rest go out with the truck.

Of course the cost/energy costs might not be viable...

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Re: Not interested unless....

what about the " silent gas dirigibles of the Hoothi " ?

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NHS England DIDN'T tell households about GP medical data grab plan

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Going by the description of the HES data, that is what it is supposed to be available for.

http://www.hscic.gov.uk/hes

"Each HES record contains a wide range of information about an individual patient admitted to an NHS hospital, including:

clinical information about diagnoses and operations

information about the patient, such as age group, gender and ethnicity

administrative information, such as time waited, and dates and methods of admission and discharge

geographical information such as where patients are treated and the area where they live."

So its not your full medical record. But a fair bit of data. The site does say that admission with low incidents are suppressed to reduce possible identification.

You can download a lot of the info from the site anyway. eg Apparently there were two admissions for "Glanders" (usually affects equines) in 2012-2013.

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We nearly MISSED OUT on iOS7 redesign: But someone snatched Jony Ive from the jaws of quit

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Re: Reliant ?

And the Bond Bug. And a bunch of coach bodies (if Wikipedia is to be believed)

also BSA Rocket 3, - rayguns for exhausts.

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Official: British music punter still loves plastic

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I buy downloads because:

One or more of the following

*availability - can't be readily got anywhere else

*highly discounted against CD price

*only need a track or two from an album

but mostly because

*someone gave me an iTunes or google Play voucher for my birthday.

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SCRAP the TELLY TAX? Ancient BBC Time Lords mull Beeb's future

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"spectrum-hogging channels could go"?

As opposed to the compact efficiency of ITV, ITV+1, ITV2, ITV2+1 ITV3, ITV4, CITV....?

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Google strikes deal with EU competition chief over abuse of search dominance claims

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But does this mean

That google are effectively admitting that they were acting in an uncompetitive manner.

Or will this fall into the same category as "settled out of court" with carefully worded statements to the press by both sides.

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UK libraries trial free access to scientific research

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Re: Indeed.

I visit my library to collect books,, but I use its online presence to renew them, request them, check to see which ones I need to find. I also use their subscriptions services from home to access OED, and other reference works but some subscription services can only be accessed from a library terminal.

I'm guessing the last is to with the licence, to be sure access is not abused for eg commercial purposes.

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Google helps out utterly underexposed Lego brand with Chrome toy

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LDD

Lego Digital Designer - a fine programme.

except as my current computer is a old laptop bought back into use i don't have the right video drivers to use it. Bah.

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A BBC-by-subscription 'would be richer', MPs told

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not the full picture

Wouldn't the transition costs wipe out any benefits for a year or more?

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Bloke hews plywood Raspberry Pi tablet

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Re: Brilliant idea!

The thing to do - apparently - is to build your own computer controlled router. Plenty of open source (plans and programs) projects out there.

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What is the difference between a drone, a model and a light plane?

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Re: Not quite

My grandfather joined the RAF in the 1920s and put the fabric on aircraft wings etc. Rejoined in WWII to do a similar job - seems there were still enough fabric covered surfaces to keep him busy.

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Analogue radio will CONTINUE in Blighty as Minister of Fun dodges D-Day death sentence

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It's a curious thought that only some newspapers have given us stereotypical pejorative terms:

Daily Mail headline

Sun Reader

Guardianista

Daily Telegraph letters page

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A whopping one in four Apple fanbois uses OBSOLETE TECH

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Re: Congratulations El Reg...

"Chitika" - wasn't that a Top 10 hit for ABBA?

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Apple's spamtastic iBeacon retail alerts launch with Frisco FAIL

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Re: STRESS TEST?

"wouldn't that stress you out and make you spend?......."

Or suffer an anxiety attack and rush for the open air and safety of the street? Assuming you do make it and not just hyperventilate into passing out, making an untidy shape on the corporate flooring.

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Darth Vader outs self as iPhone fanboi

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Re: These are not the Androids you're looking for

he's part android though.

Kenobi's quote: "more machine now than a man" or something like that.

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REVEALED: How YOU PAY extra for iPHONES - even if you DON'T HAVE ONE

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So functionally, there's no difference between an iPhone tariff and an ordinary voice+data tariff?

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BBC's 3D blunder BLASTED OUR BRAINS – Doctor Who fans

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Re: RE: The lack of ads on the Beeb is still remarkably compelling

"US programmes on Sky are 40 to 45 minutes long on the BBC"

You can get the same effect by watching a BBC programme on Dave. You see that a certain Top Gear episode which you enjoyed in the original run is on, tune in and then wonder why there are jumps in the cuts across the studio and the "news" segment is missing.

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Gold meddler: Doctor Who is 50 years old TODAY

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Re: Sooo...

There are so many different stories out there to choose from so I would say pick anyone and see if you like it. But like a box of chocolates with the picture guide missing you might have to be prepared to try another if the first one is not to your taste.

Yes, pick anyone. Except Time-Flight.

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Three Men in a Tardis

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Re: Dark Season

RTD was 9 when WDY started.

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Ultimate Doctor Tom Baker REGENERATES, RETURNS to WHO

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Re: Prediction

Then somewhere after saving Rose in the opening minutes of that episode and Rose going to see Clive (Mark Benton) Ecclestone's doctor goes off and turns up on the Titanic and other places in history etc. Not impossible but seems like a slightly convoluted way of doing it.

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Doctor Who: From Edwardian grump to Malcolm Tucker and back again

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Re: Doctor Who stopped with Sylvester Mccoy

Yes sometimes there was padding. Either to make the story fit the time allotted or to get the cliffhanger to the right position in the story leaving a story that seemed to take a long while to get anywhere. Sometimes stories in the Classic period were rushed, or trimmed, to fit as well, leaving them confusing or with unanswered elements. And sometimes they met the Goldilocks ideal.

A four parter used to take around 80 minutes, nowadays a similar story is over and done with in 45. Bound to feel rushed for some and with few double episodes the cliffhanger seems to be a lost art. Is there a middle ground? A 1 hour Episode would have to be cut about for the American market (which is currently growing) and two half-hours would seem short. I think we have to live with 45 minutes.

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Re: " It was nice for McGann to list the companions he's had while working for Big Finish"

"in the same room let alone to work together and just the other day they announced that they were doing Big Finish together."

I think the expectation is that the audio will feature both of them, but still not necessarily in the same room.

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Doctor Who Episode One: Through a glass. Darkly

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Re: Foggy memories and nostalgia

The use of Dalek toys makes some of the few images available of the end look a bit dodgy though.

But there is the soundtrack available - I'd say get it from Audiogo but at the moment they're in some sort of administration.

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Delia and the Doctor: How to cook up a tune for a Time Lord

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On a tangent

As the ring modulator was mentioned, and everyone has echoed my thoughts on the effort and results of Delia I thought I might throw in 2p.

Ring modulator for Dalek good; Ring mod for Cybermen bad.

My two favourite Cyber voices are:

the Tomb of the Cybermen made with an electrolarynx for an interesting and alien buzz (" You belong to uzzz. You shall be like uzzzz")

and the Earthshock type where the voice has a couple of pitched down copies mixed in ("Excellent")

But in both cases, as with the theme, the technology is but part of it, the remainder is the actor's intonation and delivery.

example of recreating the Excellent type http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tnUrSLrIM9w by Luke (TMDWP)

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What a plot of nonsense: Ten Master master plan FAILS

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Mostly bad plans but also mostly not bad entertainment

A long while back I bought a book "Licence Denied" , it was a collection of (the best of?) Who fandom writing and it included an essay on "why the Master is the most rubbish Doctor Who enemy ever" or a title to that effect. And it was right. Most of the time he was a rubbish baddie but he was fun. IMO up to Roberts and Sims anyway.

The Master is good at exploiting people. Half the time he doesn't need to use the hypnotism ("I am the Master and you will obey me") because he exploits the weak , the disaffected, the gullible through their own desires (patriotism, envy, greed etc) and they want him to take control. Perhaps that's why the Sims Master isn't so good.

PS I can understand not mentioning Time-Flight, I'm not sure even Peter Grimwade can explain that one, but no Castrovalva?

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Check out The Register's Google+ page

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Re: Ok, followed you.....

You say "jokey subhead", I say "to the point and ego-pricking"

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Are you experienced? The Doctor Who assistants that SUFFERED the most

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Romana - not only duplicated once but met two doppelgangers of herself (or one-and-half depending how you feel about the Romana/Astra relationship).

Tough on Liz Shaw, now if it had said travelled to an parallel universe....

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PUNISHMENT gluttons: The Dr Who monsters that come back for more

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Re: The Cybermen have turned up a lot since the re-launch.

Might also explain why a bunch of Silurians turn up for "A Good Man Goes To War", the Proms etc

The other is that being made of sturdy stuff they last longer than the Troughton era Cybermen which go through several make-overs.

If you want to look for a long-lived prop, one of the Daleks in Remembrance is the same shell as first appeared on screen nearly 25 years earlier.

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Re: Bring back the burnt out husk master (after final regeneration or some such nonsense)

"Omega, the first Time Lord"?

Yeah, but he's not much to look at....

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Time Lords as foes?

Given that its not the Time Lords that are the Doctor's enemy in Genesis of the Daleks and in the Deadly Assassin it's only one of them (assuming the Master is counted separately) it looks like dodgy book-keeping.

Add in the Ice Warriors only really appear (other than in flashback) in 5 stories.

Why not add in "humans" and see who the most dangerous and reoccurring enemy is?

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Ten top stories from New Who

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Re: Missing from the list: (in no particular order)

Its "42" by Chris (watch me rewrite "Doctor Who and the Silurians" as "Hungry Earth/Cold Blood") Chibnall and directed by Graeme Harper

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Not a "reboot"

to borrow a title , 2005 onwards is the Resurrection of the Doctor - the programme does not reject the classic series nor replay it slightly differently, everything that happened up to 1996 is still acknowledged in the current run.

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Re: Daleks and stairs

"Revelation of the Daleks" (1985) is the one I think you are referring to.

The hovering Dalek effect was redone a bit for inclusion in the DVD: the Restoration Team website says:

"The original levitating Dalek that exterminates Grigory and Natasha ended up being rather confusing – the lighting and perspective on the model Dalek do not match the studio footage, and there is nothing to indicate that it is actually in mid air."

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'Daddy, can I use the BLACK iPAD?': Life with the Surface Pro 2

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Re: unhelpful review

"Not to mention all the tourists..."

Does that prove the point or disprove it? The quality of the camera is naught if the next thing is to process the photo and make it look like it was taken on a Polaroid camera in 1976.

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Virgin Media to hike broadband prices by nearly 7 per cent

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Re: Increase prices for faster speeds?

The closest analogy I could come up with is the water company increasing the water rates (a fixed charge rather than metered) but fitting a new water main so that you can use what you can't afford quicker.

Anyone do a better analogy than that ?

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Which Who to view? Pick one from two: Doctor Who twin trailers hit the interwebs

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The Zygon costume looks a step back though. The original is much more organic/fetusy and the "face" seems smaller and more alien. Even though you can see where the mask isn't stuck around the actors eyes!

We'll see if the actor in the new suit is up to the job soon enough, bet they've changed the voice...

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Planet hopper: The Earthly destinations of Doctor Who

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well it's north of where the Brigadier thought he was in the Three Doctors....

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