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BSA dubs Manchester second worst for piracy

Joe Stalin
Linux

Line Microsofts pockets...

Somebody missed something here. Software used to be the means to sell hardware, it was used as a sweetner. Bill G came along and redefined the model, software was the product hardware was the sideline. Open Source is an attempt to change the model yet again, the cost of hardware has been reduced to the bare minimum (graphics cards aside) Open source offers the chance of low cost software (the OS might be free but support probibly needs bought in) Stu hasn't seen the light yet be that by choice I can't say but he will be the last M$ customer when the rest of us have moved on.

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Glasgow Company

I got a phone call from a buissness owner in Glasgow after he recieved the letter from BSA. So I went over to his small office to do an audit for him, but not only of the software and it's licenses but also the function of the software. The end result was his ten computers were re-organised, two binned, 6 upgraded to linux (with openoffice and other FOSS goodies), one left with XP (for legacy app) and one with Server 2000 (soon to be upgraded as well). BSA let loose with a foot-gun turned another customer away from M$. The BSA is the best friend Linux ever had

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Google kills Anonymous AdSense account

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Coat

@A scientologist shill has posted in response to this article.

That would be you then, With one post you tar everyone that posted before you. Very economical use of resources, just as you would expect from the Xanu pushers.

Mine's the one with the DC-8 flight manual in the pocket.

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Becta asks EC to probe Microsoft school deals

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@@Grant

I think you'll find the PET was CBM not IBM, but then they were looking for just that type of confusion when the choose the name.

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Windows XP SP3 sends PCs into endless reboot

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Happy

@ Fix AMD reboot

Great worked a treat, and just made £30 for twenty mins work. The bloke next door got a right royal shafting by SP3, and came knocking on the door. I told him to bring the machine over and I'd look at it, found AC's post within seconds fixed the problem and then had a very long cup of tea (two hours got to make it look difficult). Took his machine back to him and told him to back everything up just in case (nice professional touch that last bit). This might turn out to be a nice little earner.

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MEPs deny sports 'intellectual property' landgrab

Joe Stalin
Stop

We all know the answer

Don't watch the sports. Once the public stop watching and the money starts to dry up they'll start to give the public a better service

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White House admits non-existent email backups

Joe Stalin
Flame

Irony of all irony

The first republican President of the US of A was Abe Lincon who was elected on a platform of freeing the slaves. In my book that's about as "liberal" as you could get. Or was that just an excuse for the republicans to start a war? (I don't belive that last question myself but mud does stick.)

Flame 'cos I'll burn for that last bit

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Do biofuels cause famine? EU President opens probe

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Stop

Here's food for thought

Robert Newman's History of Oil. This is very funny and thought provoking, the bit toward the end about population growth and the lack of oil to allow current farm practices, transportation, refriguration, artificial fertiliseres and such is quite scary.

http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread267319/pg1

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Atom-based Eee PC to hit UK in June

Joe Stalin
Stop

Price, Price, Price

Curries electronics, Argyll St, Glasgow EEE 700 2Gb and 4Gb instore and on display £200 for the 2Gb but £250 for the 4Gb (black no less) was really tempted but I will wait and see what the real price (and Avialability) of the new models. As David Edwards says the whole deal with the EEE is the Price not the spec if it goes to high I might as well buy a full blown laptop. Somebody forgot the number one rule K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Stupid).

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Scottish Government scuppers Lewis wind farm plan

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@What exactly do Scotland want?

Rebuilding Hadrian's wall sound like a good idea as it would put everthing north of Carlise to Newcastle in to the new expanded Scotland.

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Asus launches second-gen Eee PC

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Gimme, gimme, gimme

If the price quoted is right the credit card better brace it's self for a right good rodgering.

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Schoolboy's asteroid-strike sums are wrong

Joe Stalin
Boffin

@Just in case....

What will Bruce do, scare it away by singing "under theboardwalk" at it?

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Japanese geeks offered smaller-than-Eee little laptop

Joe Stalin
Unhappy

Nice but....

They have missed the sweet spot as far as price is concerend. £300 is just that bit to much for this type of machine. £250 is the max that I would pay so the Eee is still on my list of toys.

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World Bank chief: Ethanol cars run on human misery

Joe Stalin
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Somebody is way wrong

The comments above seem a little naive. The problem is that the short term quick buck route means that any avialible food material will be sold to the highest bidder. That is standard capitalism, where short term profit is put before long term investment, note the quick fix ethanol as opposed to the longer more expensive methanol or biodiesal. Possibly in ten years the system might work out a equilibrium but until then the poor and helpless will starve the rain forest gets smaller and the planet gets warmer (but the suppliers of ethanol get richer).

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Dell readies Asus Eee PC, HP Mini-Note rival

Joe Stalin
Happy

Shadows

Look at the back of her legs they are in shadow but as they are in the same orientation as the lid of the Eee it should be in shadow also but is in bright light. So what is going on? dead easy, the beach is obviously on the sea of tranqulity where the took all those dodgy photos of the moon landings ;).

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French won Waterloo, says Italian telecoms chief

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Now lets be fair

Like a lot of military operations thing do tend to go awry. Or are just down to dumb luck. That famous sinking of the Bismark was the result of a fluke that one of the British Swordfish torpedoed the only soft part of the Bismark below the waterline and jammed the stearring. The Battle of Britian was as close as you could get but Goering blinked first and changed stratigies and sent the bombers to London just as Fighter Command was on its knees. Or that the Falklands war turned out the way it did because the Argies had agreed to a later date for the delivery of their order of Exocets missiles. The reason for that delay was that the French wanted to supply another order to a more lucrtive customer, one Saddam Hussain who was in a war with Iran.

As for Waterloo, Wellington was getting ready to run when Blucher marched over the hill in a nick of time and saved the day. If the Prussian had arrived 1 hour later we might be speaking french, but for dumb luck we don't.

Secret war for the Falklands by Nigel West

Ark Royal by Mike Rossiter

The Narrowest Margin by Derek Wood (I think)

Waterloo (Take your pick)

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Thailand cracks down on cut-price castrations

Joe Stalin
Paris Hilton

@So you think its funny do you?

Err.. no I don't, nor do any of the other posters. It's just a man thing, to most men that part of our anatomy is our most treasured (and delicate) posession and the thought of losing them or have somebody interfer with them produces a automatic defence reaction i.e. bad jokes.

How do you know if your girlfreind is ticklish? Give her a couple of test-tickles.

Paris cause.. Do I really need to state the obvious

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Fujifilm bugs backup tapes with LoJack device

Joe Stalin
Black Helicopters

Erasing tapes in transit

err... did I not see this in the movie Blue Thunder, dead easy to foil just remove the tape from the eraser!

Helicopter cause I did mention Blue Thunder

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Canadians go out clubbing

Joe Stalin
Pirate

@Based on lies

Twaddle, the campaign against the seal hunt used the white seal pups to such good effect that the canadian gov banned the culling of them as an attempt to side step the emotional issue. Like you say most people would not feel quite the same for the older gray pups, what that i smell, oh yeah, hypocrisy and bullshit don't you just love it.

p.s. hope you fall through the ice.

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Army says farewell to UK's 'bugger-off' airbag drone

Joe Stalin
Dead Vulture

@ Stephen

"The only "vested interests" at work in the MOD are those that insist on delivering poor systems to out armed forces and even poorer value to the taxpayers."

I think you got that the wrong way round. It's the BPI (poor bloody infintry) that would appear to get the poorest value not civies, as the squadies are the ones who's life is most likely on the line.

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UK to fly the flag for OOXML

Joe Stalin
Paris Hilton

True...

...his name. Francis Cave and did he cave in, you bet!

Paris, cause somebody at the BSI is having a blonde moment!

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Asus admits big global Eee supply-demand imbalance

Joe Stalin
Paris Hilton

Very nice but........

Did I read that correctly a fire at the battery manufacturer?! With all the stories last year about exploding laptops and mobile phones and now the wholed damned factory goes up in smoke! Should we be worried about this?

Never mind we can always dribble over our fav beach babe and forget our impending confligration.

Paris cause two blondes are better than one:)

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BOFH: Impatience

Joe Stalin
Boffin

@Hate to be pedantic...

But is it not E=mc^2 / 1 - (v^2/c^2)? Something to do with the liberation of kenetic energy when a moving partical is anihilated as well as the energy from the mass itself.

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Caribbean firm circumvents BD+ copy protection

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And with HD dead and buried

Slysoft has only one system to target and more resources can be applied. So the next upgrade to the Copy protection should be cracked even quicker. Which is nice.

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Vista SP1 downloaders bite back

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Want a laugh

I just passed the Microsoft ITP exam for supporting Vista on the desktop PC. I've only ever used Vista while proding PCs and laptops in Comet or Curries. The exam like the OS itself is a joke.

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Vista SP1 on track for mid-March release?

Joe Stalin
Gates Horns

Beware the ides of March

Says it all really

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Facebook says occupied territories are Israel

Joe Stalin
Black Helicopters

@Good idea

"Personally, as a citizen of England", I din't get this or all this hot air about citizenship tests and now the want kids to swear a oath of loyalty when the leave school and take thier place as citizens.

Last time I checked the UK was a Monarchy, and that means you are a subject not a citizen. Unless this is a Nu Labor ploy to get us used to the idea and then ditch HRH and declare a republic, then we would be citizens.

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Why would someone toss $1.35m at Wikipedia?

Joe Stalin
Go

Watching the watchers

@Scraping the bottom of the wiki-barrel

Jimmy Wales has got himself a pretty powerful position on the web and anything that keeps him on his toes/guard so much the better. Jimmy has shown signs of a bit of meglomania so the best thing is to step on him at every chance.

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Häagen-Dazs battles honeybee Colony Collapse Disorder

Joe Stalin
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@Dont mention the unmentionable...

It has nothing to do with the GM crops. It is the increased levels of Monsanto's weedkiller that the Genetic modification allow the plant to withstand. More pestacides on the crop = more pesticide in the air, on the land and in the rivers, didn't we go through this with DDT or was I just having a bad dream for the whole of the seventies.

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US may shoot down spy sat to safeguard tech secrets

Joe Stalin
Alien

Conspiracy theory 2

If Uncle Sam destroys the satelitte rendering it into a million bits, maybe that could happen in a patch of sky that Chinese rocket have to pass through on the way to orbit. Terribly sorry about that Beijing, it was an accident, honest. What's that one of your launch vehicals was just totaled by some debrie, my my.

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Microsoft acquires Sidekick designer

Joe Stalin
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Microsoft Buying Spree

Just read a news story linked from Groklaw about the Yahoo bid "Microsoft's $80 Billion (and Growing) Yahoo Headache". MS has taken a 13% hit on it's stock value, so the question is how much of Bill Gates personal fortune just went south and is he now only the third richest man on the planet?

Mr. Smiley, just because. Tee hee.

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Load of Microsoft software falls off back of lorry

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Happy

Another shining example

of Microsoft and dodgy security!

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Glaswegian piracy drive yields just 41 'possible' offenders

Joe Stalin
Pirate

Scotland eh?

Don't they have a legal system based on Roman law there. You know each crime must be charged and tried as a seperate offence, so if you get found with 300 hookie software titles/movies/mp3 each must be tried (and proven) as a seperate offence.

p.s. 41 suspects, you can get that number any hour on a Saterday at the Barras (Glasgow's famous flea market).

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Scottish government drafts Cat Welfare Code

Joe Stalin
Paris Hilton

Must ask

Since a cat will always land on its feet and toast will always land butter side down, what happend if you tie a piece of toast buttered side up to the back of a cat?

Paris cause this would make her brain explode.

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Wikipedia ruled by 'Lord of the Universe'

Joe Stalin
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God help us!

Could some-one please invent Web 3.0 and we can just Deprecate the whole of the Web 2.0 crud. Thank you

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Veggies a 'perversion of nature': Official

Joe Stalin
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Vitamin B12 and rabbits

OK then, the rabbits don't get B12 from the droppings. They get it from the bacteria in there lower instetine that get excrited with the droppings. B12 being produced in the lower part of the gut can't be absored because that is done by the upper short instestine, so the rabbit eats its dropping and re-ingests the bacteria and the vitamin B12. If I remember correctly either horses or cattle shit in the water holes they drink from so as to re-ingest the bacteria they need to replenish there guts bacteria levels.

BTW which plant provides calcium?

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Joe Stalin
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How To Annoy A Vegiterian

Just ask them which plant produces Vitamin B12, and can a human live without it?

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Oops! How to annoy a veggie

Almost forgot, rabbit require vitamin B12 as well as humans but in order to get it they eat thier own droppings.

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Samsung PS42Q97HDX 42in plasma HD TV

Joe Stalin

Comet or Currys?

I've been looking for a big big tv. One thing I have noticed is the in Comet stores all the TVs have a display card which list the actual screen res, but go into Currys and none and I mean none of the shelf tickets give any info about the spec, no res, no brightness nothing. It's as if the have some thing to hide. I also noticed most if not all large plasma screens appear to be 1024*768 (I may be wrong).

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Chinese make Olympic weather bow to Party's will

Joe Stalin
Happy

Silver iodide

If I remember correctly the Russians did the same trick for the May day parades in Red Square. But the Russians were stuck for cash and couldn't afford the Silver iodide, so they used cement dust instead. Or does that story belong with NASAs million doller space pen vs the mighty Russian pencil.

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Ryanair battles ASA over 'saucy schoolgirl' ad

Joe Stalin
Unhappy

Sam Fox

Wasn't she sixteen when she first appeared on page 3 of the sun? May how the thought police have gained power.

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Some-one learned a new word

Just read the ryanair press release on their web site, and I can only assume some-one is tickled pink by the word qango. I think the use it about every second word, do you think they are trying to get some point across.

Flown with ryanair once to Glasgow Prestwick airport, sorry but somebody should point out Prestwick is a long long way from Glasgow. Easyjet fly to Glasgow Airport which is about 10 mins by car (outside rush hour) from Glasgow.

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Germans launch flights for nudists

Joe Stalin
Happy

"Fly as nature intended"

Nature never intended us to fly, naked or otherwise.

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Government told to ditch biofuel targets

Joe Stalin
Unhappy

@Stop using corn - use fecal fed algae instead

Correct. The trick with biofuel is to manufacture it in house, so to speak. The Brazilians drive around in ethanol powered cars and did little damage outside their own borders. Growing corn on Africa and Palm oil in Indonaisa and transporting them to the UK/EU is insanity least of all because cost of moving the stuff half way round the globe.

p.s. This Palm oil, have you seen what else it is used for, it like the old Whale oil used in everything. Any budding scientist could make a name for themselves by inventing a synthetic to replace it.

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Computer system suspected in Heathrow 777 crash

Joe Stalin
Paris Hilton

Endless possiblities

My favorite conspirisy would be the 777 was coming in from Bejing and the PM was about to fly out to Bejing, did some nut with a EMP device get the wrong flight?

More realistic, there they were coming in to land a 50 Chinese suits all pick up the mobile phones and good night Vienna. My on preferance would be that the plane is flown by auto pilot all the way in and the real pilot takes over just before landing. So at what point did the real pilot switch off the auto pilot and did the engines die at that moment?

Paris, cause everybody is totally clueless right now.

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Former DEA agents sue over American Gangster

Joe Stalin
Unhappy

Hollywood, all amatures

Historic Scotland makes Holywood look like girl scouts. Historic Scotland are supposed to protect scottish history and historic monuments and building, they seem to chuck away whole sections of history if it doesn't fit their percived take on it. They would reduce Scotland to a "Brigadoon" meets "Braveheart" to keep the tourists happy. They are the embodyment of all that is bad about QUANGOs (quasi-atonomous non-goverment organisation), come the revelotion they be the first put up against the wall.

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US boffins create darkest material ever

Joe Stalin
Happy

@Priest's Socks

That's the sort of thing that wackypedia would pick up on and get all wrong and then set it in stone.

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BOFH: Memory short circuit

Joe Stalin
Happy

Pound Notes

Must be north of the border.

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Academics slam Java

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Stop

Real Programers don't use Pascal

Am I showing my age by using that title? If you remember it then you will know the author made some very good point, he favoured FORTRAN over PASCAL but his point stand the test of time. Some bubblewrapped kid can't compete with a dirty handed code monkey. Like him I would not trust a Java Programer to go back to his code 6 months after they last looked at it and expect them to fix/modify it, or worse still have them fix/modify some-one else's code. That would be a job for a real programmer not one of those quiche eaters.

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Government piles filesharing pressure on UK ISPs

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File sharing Pah!!

I just signed up to blockbusters home delivery service. They deliver to my door all the dvds I want and I post them back, after I've ripped them of course. That way I get the movie/series and all the extras not just the main feature.

And when the goverment bans all file sharing the ISPs will go bust because P2P is the only service that people really want, and we all go back to the digital stone age. Sky broadband was advertising on the TV last night, one of their selling points was you could download movies tsk! tsk!.

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