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BOFH: Oh DO tell us what you think. *CLICK*

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It's the unwritten part of GTD...

"OK. So: First ALT-A, then drag them all into the Deleted Items folder."

CTRL-A/CMD-A, Delete: any really important stuff will be sent again in a few days... loads of correspondence dealt with and plenty of time left for other stuff - *that's* Getting Things Done ;-)

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A black box for your SUITCASE: Now your lost luggage can phone home – quite literally

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No coverage in Italy?

I know it's an old story, but when Heathrow Terminal 5 was a baby, British Airways ended up with a huge amount of lost luggage; they sent the lot to Milan for sorting...

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Icahn, but Iwont: Carl the investor pest ends war with eBay

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Saw "Dave Dorman"...

... momentarily misread it as "Dave Gorman"

Modern Life is Goodish...

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Google to open up Glass program to anyone with $1,500 to spare

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US only?

There must be a stock for sale as well as a stock for research - I read this article a couple of days ago, which seems a worthy go at using Glass as a solution to a medical condition... research being carried out in Newcastle University, but hopefully Google has got behind it so the researchers didn't have to scrounge around for headsets...

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How Brit computer maker beat IBM's S/360 - and Soviet spies

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Oh, I don't know...

...steampunk mobile phones look pretty cool... ;-)

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SPACE RACE auction: $130k raised for spacesuits, Apollo 11 kit

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Missed the auction details...

...but I hope that Mercury spacesuit wasn't the one worn by Alan Shepard on Freedom 7...

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Drone 'hacked' to take out triathlete

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Either that, or...

... the Germans just need to bring in a drone that's better at taking penalties. Or just flash images of a Khan Bentley or Khan Range Rover Sport being crushed on the advertising boards: should put anyone on the field off their game.

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Why bother with...

...hacking drones to help win the next World Cup final that England get to? ... ... (pauses to let everyone finish laughing). Just hack the goal-line tech on the opposing team's goal so it triggers at the 6yd box.

Nope, still not much chance of that - better make it the half-way line, but don't forget to switch it over at half-time.

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USA opposes 'Schengen cloud' Eurocentric routing plan

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They'll be...

...the proportion of the US population who realise there are countries outside of the USA have travelled to countries outside of the USA.

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Five-year-old discovers Xbox password bug, hacks dad's Live account

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“I was like, 'yea!'”...

... I wonder if he was quite so “'yea!'” after working out what he got as a reward. Still, at that age being given anything in recognition is nice, and his dad's clearly pleased for him.

Spoken like a true Californ-aye-ayyyyyyy beach boy, both of them. Just missing the response containing "stoked", "bummed off", "gnarly", etc., starting every sentence with "So..." ;-)

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Too late, Blighty! Samsung boffins claim breakthrough graphene manufacturing success

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Surely the question is...

...the potential new ElReg unit "micromechanical cleavage".

And point-load in the hammock may affect the ability to provide adequate support - what is the density of the cat, in Jubs per Bulgarian Airbag...?

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Apple: You're a copycat! Samsung: This is really about Google, isn't it?

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Sounds as if staying away from...

... St. James Park is the answer.

Luckily Newcastle City Council wisely avoided renaming the place on roadsigns etc to the Wonga.com SportsDirect Stadium, or whatever Michael (only-in-it-for-the-c) Ashley has pimped it off to this season.

:-D

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Tesla firms hot bottoms: TITANIUM armor now bolted to Model S e-cars

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Volvos...

...Boxy, but Good

Crazy People: the Jaguar advert is also a good one, but they all stick in my mind pretty well...

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BT finally admits its Home Hub router scuppers some VPN connections

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Re: 4.7.5.1.83.8.94.1.37

It's the new, easy-to-remember replacement emergency services number...

Oh, hang on - as you were; the new number ends in a '3'...

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Dear Reg: What is a 'Lag' and a 'Jacksey'?

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Maybe they need to hide...

...specially modified handsets along with the chargers?

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Candy Crush King sees IPO go sour as stock price heads south

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Re: Hopefully King's Waterloo moment

More hopefully their "Battle of Balaclava" moment...

"Cannon to right of them,

Cannon to left of them,

Cannon behind them"

Better stop there, it sounds like the basic premise for "Cannon Fodder Saga™"

Please let one of the King board members be called Cardigan.

"Into the Valley of Death rode the King board members..."

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Apple vows to add racially diverse EMOJIS after MILEY CYRUS TWITTER outrage

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Re: Mohammed and Allah

... I wouldn't want to be named as the artist on that character set... ;-)

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Have a nice day...

...Forrest...

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NASA: Vote now to put FLASHY LIGHTS on future spacesuits

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Don't let Zuckerberg have a say...

... the lights would become an active matrix for status updates and banner ads.

"Buzz [picture] likes Dunlop Space Suit puncture repair kits."

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No Notch niche: Minecraft man in rift with Oculus after Facebook gobble

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He also left...

...King.com - the compass is working fine ;-)

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Nvidia unveils Titan Z: An 8TFLOPS off-the-shelf supercomputer disguised as a gfx card

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Whoosh...

...and whoosh...

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Or maybe...

... a boatload, Ma'am?

All hands to bathe? Aye-aye!

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Bletchley boffins go to battle again: You said WHAT about Colossus?

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Good call!

... try a few more to get a more complete picture. I'm not a fan of the "one site fits all" approach (indeed, one of the most interesting Spitfire displays IMHO was the one that was dismantled and mostly mounted on the wall upstairs in the Science Museum a few years ago).

Once done down south, hop on a train up to York then pop to Elvington and the Yorkshire Air Museum...;-)

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TV sales PLUMMET. But no one's prepared to say what we all know

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I got to...

..."There is lots of intelligence out there in TV land" and chuckled - better comedy than a lot of the cheap channels...

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IBM PCjr STRIPPED BARE: We tear down the machine Big Blue would rather you forgot

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I'm not surprised the monitor still works...

... IBM tended to build good peripherals for their other ranges... the Model M keyboard especially.

Last IBM CRT monitor I used was an 8514 PS/2 job, back in the era when companies sold a 14" CRT but only 12.9" visible. Not IBM - that thing weighed about twice as much and showed IIRC a touch more than the stated diagonal. 1024x768 goodness until I swapped it for a higher-res 17" Vivitron CRT (with its pixel mask support wires just visible across the screen).

Nice pictures - it looks like it was cared for through its life, which must mean it's about the best of what's left.

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GIANT FLESH-EATING DEVIL CHICKENS roamed North Dakota

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KFC dinochicken? The picture's wrong then...

...because I only see 1 pair of legs, it's not eating waste packages, nor regurgitating KFC cardboard hats and passing barbecue beans...

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Re: Done already...

...pity the loss of the Post Office Tower...

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SACRILEGE! Hitchhiker's Guide game's back ... and it TWEETS at you

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Facepalm

Enthusiasm or not...

...I'd have thought the Robot Academy would've taught you to spell your own name correctly... couple of letters awry in the middle there, Marvin old chap... ;-)

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Re: A nice cuppa

'Er, yes. With milk'

'Squirted out of a cow?'

'Well, in a manner of speaking I suppose ...'

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Re: Leather goddess

...chocolate bar, sugar rush, etc...

I had a box set on 5.25" discs, HHGTTG, LGoP and Zork. Probably still in the attic, next to the drive and maps drawn on graph paper, unspun in at least 15 years. Time well spent :-)

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Are they expecting...

...a tweetstorm every time someone new to the game feeds the cheese sandwich to the small dog?

Time to have a nice cuppa and see how this idea develops.

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Twin GEEKS: NASA studies identical brothers – one on Earth, one IN SPAAAACE

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Switch? Start planning now...

...because it looks like Mark's 'tache took a while to grow... or is it Scott? Or Kelly??

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It might happen...

... they did say they were going to do some "novel studies"...

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Psssst. Don't tell the Bride, but BBC Three is about to be jilted

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The difference between BBC3 and ITV2...

...can be neatly summed up just by watching their respective 1-minute news summaries. BBC3 is professional and presented in a way that assumes the viewer is adult (despite it being followed by shite like that dire single-joke cross-dress Ja'mie import). ITV2 is all "Hiya!" "Awright" bezzie-mate style, presented by chatty truck-stop barmaids.

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MWC: The good, the bad ... and the Galaxy S5

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Teesside Police Armed Response Unit...

...training manual, page 42: "Acceptable phrases to use as instructions in dealing with Section 5 and 7 public order offenses, Middlesbrough and surrounding areas"

"Just put the parmo down, and go for a walk."

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How a Facebook post by blabbermouth daughter cost her parents $80,000

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Re: Sharpest knives...

...blunted by most of them having retired there from New Everything (York, Joisee, etc.) to end up driving around Jacksonville with their left-turn signal on all day... like my aunt and uncle, who did the east coast shuffle from Portchester

Now which chad do I punch out to make this post anonymous, so none of my friends and family in Tampa and Panama City know it's me? Okay, found it - I'm sure that's the right one...

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Crap hospital databases next goldmine for cyber-crooks, say Microsoft's botnet slayers

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Bodes well for care.data...

...the problem isn't collecting and storing of data (NHS hospitals have been doing that bit fairly well for 25 years or so), but it's the way the data is passed around - especially if the wider use or retention of said is ultimately based on promises, or legislation that can be rewritten later.

One of my friends worked for Oracle and later was involved in the last major attempt to create a unified system (about 10 years ago or so). He stayed with us up in Leeds on occasion for the times he had to work at the Kremlin (Quarry House). IIRC, the technicalities of creating a dual-redundant stand-alone infrastructure that could safely deal with all the transfers, without exposing it to any public-facing network, were a headache. This was despite the eye-popping multi-billion budget for the whole job, enough so that just 1/30th would have been enough to do everything using top-end Apple Mac desktops and XServers in every GP practice in the land, plus install leased lines between them and the data centres. Even then, they knew they couldn't do the job properly, although it would have cut out the majority of the risks around at the time.

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Passenger jet grounded by two-hour insect attack

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Cries of disbelief: "Paul Hogan's dead?...

... Does his plastic surgeon know?"

and

"Quick! Pass me that fire extinguisher - they cure everything!"

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Apple's Windows XP moment: OS X Snow Leopard left to DIE

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Re: 2007 hardware obsolete?

Not quite as old, but my Dell Insipid 9400 from Jan 2007 is still going strong, in daily use. RAM and HDD upgrade, but the trick was to spec it to a good level originally (512MB nVidia 7900GS, 1900x1220 panel). Win 7 and Kubuntu, plus a raft of old OS's on VM, for old time's sake - I still like running W2K. I know it's not the most thorough benchmark, but it rates at 5.1 on Win7 performance index. It should easily get to 10yrs.

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UK spies on MILLIONS of Yahoo! webcams, ogles sex vids - report

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Eurythmics....

...now playing in my head ;-)

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NHS England tells MPs: 'The state isn't doing dastardly things with GP medical records'

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Grabbing that much...

...the collective cough would be deafening.

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Actor who played Rogue Two in Star Wars dies aged 67

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Re: Fist full of travellers cheques

Cafe owner:      Two steaks coming right up.

Miguel:              Wait. Make that four.

Carlos:              Each.

Miguel:              Six.

Carlos:              Eight.

Miguel:              Ten!

Cafe owner:      Aw c'mon guys, ten steaks each? Are you joking?

Miguel:              Do we look like comedians?

Classic...

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Also...

... Labyrinth and The Comic Strip Presents...

Enjoyed watching his work - RIP

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Fine, you can mock us: NSA spies back down in T-shirt ridicule brouhaha

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Reminds me of the Simpsons Movie...

Fake EPA logo and message at the start of the DVD...

" 'PROTECTING THE PLANET, PROTECTING OUR JOBS'

The Environmental Protection Agency wishes to strenuously object to its depiction in this film. We are a competent, well-meaning government bureaucracy, and if we were ever granted any real power we would never, ever abuse it, we promise.

Russ Cargill, Acting Head"

EPAAAA! EEEPAAAAAA!!

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App-maker King hopes to CANDY-CRUSH $500m from IPO

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Candy® Crush® Saga®...

...That's® What® My Heart® Yearns® For® Now® ?

The Zynga School of Business Ethics' finest alumnus...

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Computer expert and broadcaster Ian McNaught-Davis dies at 84

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One moment on Making the most of the Micro...

... I remember when they arranged for a Beeb in New York to send a program listing to one in the UK, with MAC sitting there explaining what was happening, must've been a live show since it didn't get edited...

He wasn't flustered at all when the program gave an error - he just went to the relevant line, spotted that the US ROM included 'color' instead of 'colour' so the command wasn't recognised on this side of the pond, corrected it and ran the 'message' - it drew a big red apple on screen with the text (IIRC) "Greetings from the Big Apple". All the time, explaining things, "of course, the spelling is different" etc. Very reassuring presenter - RIP.

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Vertical take-off and laughing: Space Harrier

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The Harrier universe...

...looked like it had been mown by my dad and his Suffolk Swift push-along roller-mower.

Mablethorpe - last time I was there was when 'For Your Eyes Only' played at the cinema, which still had the Wurlitzer rise up in front of the screen before the main show... Brilliant beach, amazing dunes, RAF Tornado jets at low level to the bombing range further north...

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UK spooks STILL won't release Bletchley Park secrets 70 years on

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That book is excellent...

Colossus: The secrets of Bletchley Park's code-breaking computers" B. Jack Copeland and others

A really interesting collection. About 85% of it is written by the people who did the work, including Tutte and Flowers.

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EVE Online erects mashed-up memorial to biggest space fight in history

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Henry William Allingham, 1896-2009...

... last surviving founder member of the RAF, the last man to have witnessed the Battle of Jutland and the last surviving member of the Royal Naval Air Service. RIP.

"War's stupid. Nobody wins. You might as well talk first, you have to talk last anyway."

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"One man's meat...

...is another man's poison", or vice versa.

Time is ours to waste, but it's only a waste of time to someone else. We all do it one way or another.

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