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There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES

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Re: Bang bang!

That is guns per 100 population, surely?

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Re: You jest!

BBC uses two values to determine what the population thinks of its output.

One is the actual viewership - how many watch the programme. This is useful in seeing whether the programme ought to be on BBC 2 or BBC1. If it's on BBC2 and gets high numbers watching, then it will probably get pulled over to BBC1. Bit like your bigger brother taking your sweets off you. It's also useful for journalists to knock up page filler saying "Eastenders beaten by Coronation Street", "X-factor flop, has Cowell lost it?" etc

The other is the audience appreciation index, which is a measure of how much those who did watch it thought of the programme. They might not plan on watching next week but if they thought the sets were nifty and they could hear what the actors were saying a little-watched programme could get a good AI. For the BBC, anything over 85 is excellent. A quick google search showed that Good Morning Britain has been around 55-60 in the past. The Doctor Who Christmas special got 83 but Call the Midwife and Mrs Brown's Boys also on at Christmas both got 87.

Three things! there are three values to determine how a programme is doing - audience share. Which is how many of the actual viewers were watching your programme as opposed to something which was on the other channel(s) at the same time.

I'm certain I had a point when I started typing this pose. Ah yes. A programme could have a low viewership but because it has a high AI it might be kept on. More so for the Beeb as it has to meet targets for quality programming in less "mainstream" areas. ITV has to get numbers and AI up to justify what they charge advertisers.

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Re: You jest!

Sherlock Holmes production may be slow but is that because Cumberbatch and Freeman are fitting it in between making movies and appearing on stage, while Moffatt is busy getting the big worldwide moneyspinner Doctor Who out the door?

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Microsoft's Xbox TV studio OBLITERATED

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Re: Not mourning

Have a listen of the audio re-imagining (Derek Riddell, Colin Salmon) - it's rather good and like any audio drama, the scenery is better.

There's also the prequels to the same reimagining.

Or - though I cannot speak for the quality myself - you can get the original cast inew audios via Big Finish's efforts.

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Dungeons & Dragons relaunches with 'freemium' version 5.0

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Re: GURPS?

we did refer to Rolemaster as Rulesmaster.

Still it gave us the hilarious critical roll descriptions - "...trip over imaginary turtle..." was it on a 66 or 99?

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starter pack

Showing my age here, but does it have a crayon to colour in the sides of the dice with?

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Running the Gauntlet: Atari's classic ... now and then

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Re: Did this game have an end ??

I think you could go round the clock - as it were - on the levels. But although you could just keep shoving 10p pieces in, the levels got harder and harder and it would be more fun to stop, die, and then start again. Though perhaps taking the shortcut to level 10.

At University there was a charity challenge where a few people played it non-stop for 24 hours.

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Re: Yes wasted

Wasted alright, Played enough Guantlet while at University that it put a severe dent in my lab work. Enough in fact that I had to come back and put in an extra couple of days after the end of term to pass the unit.

I won't say its the reason I failed to work enough to actually achieve a degree. It was a symptom rather than cause.

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Nokia emits Windows Phone 8.1 'Cyan' upgrade for Lumia gear

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Re: Lumia 620 already had Here Drive+

ditto here. I've had Here+ on my 620 for a long while.

I quite like the commute aspect - lets you know the expected time to complete the daily grind to (or fro) work and shows indicators of traffic density along the way. And it doesn't try to tell you directions for a route you already know.

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Watch: DARPA shows off first successful test of STEERABLE bullet

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"Heatseeker" - though a special round that fitted over the muzzle if I recall.

"Rubber Ricochet" could go round corners too....

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Re: My hopes are dashed

Maxim may have been disappointed had he lived to find that artillery and disease were the greatest takers of life between 1914-1919.

I wonder if he felt his nearly-flying steam loco and a fairground ride were things to be remembered by.

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Royal Navy parks 470 double-decker buses on Queen Elizabeth

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Re: White Elephants to Sitting Ducks

10 December 1941 en route to Singapore and returning from a sortie intended to intercept the Japanese invasion force heading to Malaya. The Admiral had declined the air cover offered by local squadrons (RAAF and RNZAF) and a carrier had not yet reached Singapore.

First attack on Prince of Wales at about 11:40

Destruction of the struts holding the propeller shaft means the unrestrained shaft (turning at full power) damages the seals and bulkheads and causing severe flooding. The list to one side and loss of auxiliary power meant most of AA guns were unable to operate and limited the ability to pump out water, or steer her.

Repulse - a cut down battleship design built in record time in 1915/1916 and lacking compartmentalisation and anti-torpedo bulges - is hit (for the first time) at 12:20 by torpedoes

Repulse rolls and sinks at 12:33

Prince of Wales hit by bombs at 12:41

Prince of Wales sinks at 13:18

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Re: Exact Change

London buses worked well enough in support of the Western Front of the First World War.

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Top ten car gadgets: Get your motor running with new shiny-shiny

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Devices limited only by the car you put them in.

Because some cars just aren't ready for easy gadget installation. [I could reminisce about the 70s and 80s when all it took to mod your car was a drill and hacksaw - and a bit of body paste afterwards - and you could fit almost anything. But that's long in the past.]

Take a 4 year old Astra, dead common on the roads:

You can't fit a new head unit easily because the factory fitted option is tied into the display of the trip "computer".

A dash mount phone holder is stymied because the dash is a textured finish.

And the ODBC connector is underneath the panel the handbrake "rests" on.

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We need to talk about SPEAKERS: Sorry, 'audiophiles', only IT will break the sound barrier

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Re: Improving your reproduction

"with Radio 4 Extra in glorious MONO"

Well a lot of the stuff on Radio 4 Extra was actually made in mono. (Hancock, Navy Lark, Much Binding in the Marsh, all the varieties of Round the Horne, Take If From Here) . and some of that has been reclaimed from off-air recording, so accurate rendition is not the prime importance

Mines the one with "Everybody down" written on the back.

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BBC offers briefest of teasers for the next Doctor Who

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more content that the first teaser

Which gave us a silhouette.

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REVEALED: Reg trails claw along Apple's 'austerity' 21.5-inch iMac

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Re: If I had £899 to spend on a computer

that weblink does say "... or onsite service for desktop computers3"

though it does also say "Availability of each option depends on country in which service is requested and location of Apple Authorised Service Provider. Apple may also request that the customer replace components with readily installable parts."

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YouTube will nuke indie music videos in DAYS, says Google exec

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Re: Big = evil?

"Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely"?

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Slippery Google greases up, aims to squirm out of EU privacy grasp

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why did Wales get it wrong

Couldn't he have looked it up on Wikipedia ?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Spain_v_AEPD_and_Mario_Costeja_Gonz%C3%A1lez

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EU probe into Apple's taxes: It's NOT to do with double-Dutch-Irish anything sandwiches

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Re: " ... the Double Dutch and so on is available to all"

search on ebay for "Malcolm Maclaren single"?

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NeoPost: This is how you DON'T do PIN security

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Franking for a 1st class "letter" is 50p, large letter is 76p, SmartStamp is 62p and 93p respectively

For a 2nd class letter its 37p against 53p

1st class small parcel (up to 1kg) is £2.90 franked and £3.20 by SmartStamp

One other advantage of a franking machine is the rate it can stamp/frank the post. With an IS350 you can 30 or more letters through a minute. Now if you could buy stamps on reels, you could probably make some sort of "pricing gun" device and get a similar speed.......

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Re: Why?

There is Royal Mail "Online Postage" for doing it through the web.

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Re: Why?

No, it's the Royal Mail. The Post Office is a significantly different entity.

And the "complexity" of the postal charges is why you get a franking machine if you have a large enough volume. And if you do have a franking machine you pay only 10 shillings for a 1st class letter.

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Fed-up bloke takes email spammers to court – and WINS PILE of CASH

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Re: Why does the DMA even exist

Well Macmillan (Nurses), RSPB, RAF Association, Samaritans, Save the Children and RNLI are all listed in the DMA directory. As are Royal Mint and Scottish Government, Tesco Bank, Sainsbury's.

Its a trade body.

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Bricks are a bad idea

a brick in a box would be entirely the wrong shape, for posting without paying the right postage..

Might I suggest that you take the offending pamphlet, and write a short not asking not to be mailed again.

Then, and I must stress that this is so that neither the pamphlet nor your note get damaged and thus become illegible during its passage through the postal system, and for no other reason.

Stick the letter and pamphlet between two offcuts of plywood. You should pick your pieces such that they will protect you note, but they should not be so thick that the final package will not fit through a letter box. Wrap or put into a sturdy envelope and address (remember to write clearly and use the postcode - you don't want the Royal Mail to send it to the wrong person).

Now take it to be posted. Since the package fits through a letter box, if the post office should happen to be closed then just put it into a pillar box. You did put a stamp on it didn't you? No? Oh dear. Well you can't interfere with the mail to retrieve it, so I guess the recipient will have pay (including underpayment surcharge) if they want to receive it........

[this is of course entirely hypothetical and should not be used as guidance for a course of action]

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Re: voluntarily ???

I get a lot of named , and unnamed for Virgin Media. Since contacting the appropriate department to stop it involves a) reading some very small print, and b) telephoning someone and probably pay for that luxury - its easier to drop it in the bin and recycle. (though as I hear the council don't like envelopes in the recycle, perhaps I should save them all up together and post them back to VM en masse)

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Plucky Playmonaut bails out of smoking Vulture 2

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Is there a relief crewman in case he doesn't turn up on the day?

[Personally speaking, given the size of the Playmonaut, you could get three classic spaceman Lego minifigs in the same space. Mines the one with plans for 928 Space Cruiser in the pocket]

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Piketty thinks the 1% should cough up 80%. Discuss

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Re: Has anyone commenting here actually read the Piketty book?

I listened to the (short version) of the podcast of BBC Behind the Stats.

They had something to say about the exact methodology and some discrepancies in how Piketty reached his numbers and though the central premise of his conclusions was not disputed.

When challenged on the discrepancy between the ONS and his way of calculating something (household survey vs tax receipts?), he seemed to admit (a bit tetchily?) that there were uncertainties in measuring such things as wealth.

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Flying saucer with 'stadium-sized' orb to INVADE Earth's skies

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or in imperial units....

Six and a bit R101s.

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The hoarder's dilemma: 'Why can't I throw anything away?'

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Difficult to resist the feeling that something has value

I was dismantling a piano this morning so that it could be replaced with one that works, and even as I was breaking up its ancient hulk I was thinking, "that lid would make a good shelf", "haven't got any screws like that" "what could I do with 100 felt washers?"

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Google's driverless car: It'll just block our roads. It's the WORST

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Re: Real issues

Re insurance - the moment some of these appear on the road, enterprising fraudsters will back into them, and immediately claim whiplash etc. Given the competing claims of infalliable software vs truthful human, which will win out?

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Expulsion from Garden of Steven: Apple staffers tossed out of Fruit Loop

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So the glamorous techies and visionary designers hang together in the new we're-(nearly)-all-in-it-together-mothership, and the poor sods that arrange for their salaries to get paid, order in toilet bleach, and schedule the window cleaners live in a neo-brutalist bloc.

Except the pictures show that seing as it is in Californ-i-ay, it looks pleasantly balmy, and airy, and stucco-ed instead of concrete.

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IANA starts handing out recovered IPv4 addresses

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Re: IPv6 before CGNAT

Difficult to get a law implemented everywhere, but how about if a levy could be engineered on IP4 addresses?

Could that help distort the economics of owning but not using large blocks of IP addresses towards making it worth owners returning them or "selling" them on to others to actually use?

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Tick-tock, Jock: Dock schlock for mock-stock in ad-hoc shop squawk

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cynical?

"CeX wants to kickstart a debate about the use of new digital funny-money, instead of the crappy old paper cash"

should surely read "CeX wants to kickstart sales in its shops through an idea that will get it lots of free advertising under the technology area of news bulletins."

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Stop bullying SUPER FAT GODZILLA, urge movie stars

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Re: Modern weapons

Godzilla shoots nuclear fire breath and you're concerned that depiction of (puny) human weaponry in the films is unrealistic?

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Dell charges £5 to switch on power-saving for new PCs (it takes 5 clicks)

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late news

I'm fairly sure that option has been there for a couple of months.

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Vulture 2 rocket motor heater a non-sizzling success

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Re: Heater off?

The "(fireproof) nylon wadding, to simulate the presence of the motor APCP reload." either doesn't simulate the APCP well (is less conductive than the rocket fuel) or does simulate the APCP well (it's not that conductive a material. )

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A quick question, and a thought

You took the temperature logger down to "between -50 to -60°C." which I assume is outside it's operational expectations at which point any temperature reading must be a tad suspect.

Assuming you are not using a full PID temperature controller because of cost or weight, why not try splitting the heating into two elements (no pun intended) a small heater that can deliver a constant trickle of heat and a larger one under thermostat control?

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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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