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Online tat bazaar eBay coughs to YET ANOTHER outage

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Re: Why do I bother cleaning my items before selling them?

Goodness, what the devil do you buy?!

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Brit balloon bod Bodnar circumnavigates planet

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Happy

Mixed Up Units

Wavelengths below 1m are normally referred to in cms or mm, so in this case 434.500 MHz is in the 70cms amateur band. The 2m frequency was mostly likely 144.8MHz for the APRS (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Automatic_Packet_Reporting_System).

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REVEALED: GCHQ's BEYOND TOP SECRET Middle Eastern INTERNET SPY BASE

Gnomalarta
Big Brother

Re: TRAITORS

"You make me want to be sick."

Pass him the gripe water, someone.

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Cameron: UK public is fine with domestic spying

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Pint

Re: If there was any doubt

Do you really think the PM is the man in charge of anything? Fixed :-)

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Elderly Bletchley Park volunteer sacked for showing Colossus exhibit to visitors

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Alert

Re: Bad faith all around

Looks like the marketing droids and accounting wonks have taken over. Like many, I am sure, it was a wonderful experience being shown the re-built Colossus and Tunny by one of the men that did it. As we were a radio club we got the technical tour and the story of how they managed to rebuild Colossus. Tony Carroll is very knowledgeable and if he goes all that knowledge and experience will be lost.

BYW, the local Milton Keynes Amateur Radio Club were also ask to leave as they did not fit into the new vision of BP.

I'm very glad to I got to see his version of Bletchley Park and feel sorry for all those who will merely get to visit a theme park.

If he does not have one then let's give Tony Carroll an OBE!

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HP sticks thumb in Microsoft's eye, extends Windows 7 option for new machines

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Facepalm

Re: @AC 101 06:51

People are paying for Windows and have a right to expect it to be easy and convenient out of the box. They should not have to download a piece of software to correct an inept GUI.

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Never mind bungled Universal Credit rollout, Maude wants UK to be 'most digital' gov by 2015

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Pint

Re: 'announced plans to put Brits' driving records online.'

Goodness, yet another good reason for not driving!

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Munich signs off on Open Source project

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Linux

They'll be back (sans data)

:-)

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Let police track you through your mobe - it's for your OWN GOOD

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Re: Sensible approach

It could be a service offered by GCHQ.

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Tat bazaar eBay takes a rest for 'scheduled maintenance', goes offline

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Happy

Re: So Passe Darling

"hipster toss-pots" is that where they brew designer cider?

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Gnomalarta
WTF?

What a way to run a business, still I'm sure they will be compensating us business users for loss of sales and inability to ship on time.

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Legal bible Groklaw pulls plug in wake of Lavabit shutdown, NSA firestorm

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Coffee/keyboard

Re: Smart move, - the LoC

http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.groklaw.net good from 2005

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US Republican enviro-vets: 'Climate change is real. DEAL WITH IT'

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WTF?

Re: Whatever.

"Also, please note that your "hundreds of credentialed climate scientists" are drawing a pay-check from fueling your fear"

Can you please point to evidence that the scientists concerned earn their living by scaring us and not by being employed as academics and/or researchers. Whilst you are doing that perhaps you might also like to ponder on how you might discus this issue a tad less emotionally. TIA.

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Hundreds of UK CSC staff face chop, told to train Indian replacements

Gnomalarta
Holmes

Re: Training your replacement.

It's N 5 A on my screen.

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Exposed: RSPCA drills into cops' databases, harvests private info

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Alert

Hang On

Are only criminals on the database?

Wouldn't convictions be in the public domain?

Just asking.

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NSA PRISM-gate: Relax, GCHQ spooks 'keep us safe', says Cameron

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Re: @Chris Miller

This meant to be ironic - right?

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Gnome cofounder: Desktop Linux is a CHERNOBYL of FAIL

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WTF?

Re: Huh.

It must be very dark in Windows world. I've upgraded through Ubuntus 9, 10, 11 & 12 on this here desktop. The install was when I bought the box.

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BT in £52m contract tussle: West Country bumpkins hit with broadband delay

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Thumb Down

That may be but we aren't potty mouths!

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Antarctic discovery: ALIEN LIFE may be FOUND ON MOON of Jupiter

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Happy

Is that picture wallpaper for the Windows 8 desktop?

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Medical scan record that the NHS says will cost £2k to retrieve: Detail

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Unhappy

Re: Just a thought

I'm suspicious of "old scans aren't medically important". They might be legally important if something that later transpired to be important was missed at the time of the original scan.

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Debenhams cafes ban outré terms like 'espresso' and 'cappuccino'

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Re: Sounds fair enough to me.

"I hate Starosta coffee places where you have to piss around translating faux-italian names just to order a simple coffee. "

Simple solution: use a local independent. Here in the near of Reading we have plenty and they tend to pay their taxes. We even have one called Picnic right next to Starbucks - very friendly and not full of trendy dorks showing off their Apple devices.

The be fair Costa does pay tax on it's profits.

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MYSTERIOUS GREEN GLOW seen on iPhone 5s

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Megaphone

Re: @RobE "In the olden days"

Just reading that phrase makes a fella warm all over but in the olden days there was only one phone and it was black. And no STD.

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Guardian's Robin Hood plan: Steal from everyone to give to us

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Holmes

Trowel, For The Laying Of

An AC said: "The Trust will bleed it's businesses dry before the Guardian is allowed to expire, or Alan Rusbridger's salary is allowed to drop below £500,000 a year (minus benefits and bonuses)."

The Guardian said: '"Alan Rusbridger emailed staff at the newspaper to say that his salary in the upcoming 2012-13 financial year will be £395,010, compared with £438,900 in the current financial year.

His annual pension contribution will be reduced to £75,000, and the total reduction in his salary and pension package will amount to 19% in the next year starting in April."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/feb/09/guardian-editor-takes-pay-cut

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Gnomalarta
WTF?

Re: The Guardian?

Most of the population do not read the Sun, quite a few do look at the pictures. It's a lads rag. Most of the population do not read a daily newspaper.

If you think that the Guardian and the BBC are left wing you be rather young.

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UK to hold public consultation on social-media troll prosecutions

Gnomalarta
Mushroom

Play With Alligators Expect To Get Bitten

In a decade we will look back at the current 'social' 'media' with a sardonic grin.

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Mobile phones still failing to kill people – Nordic scientists

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Re: Simples

http://www.wymsey.co.uk/wymchron/cooking.htm

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Reagan slams webmail providers for liberal bias

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Most technical people have a scientific leaning, I gather most of Reagan's friends believe the various fossil layers were put there by the devil and idiotic stuff like that.

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PLT chair: UK Radio Society is 'living in a dream world'

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FAIL

Re: If a HAM radio enthusiast

"Actually quite a long way, as most thick stone walls will absorb the interference anyway (hence the reason wireless doesn't work well)."

Oh dear. How do you think the electrons get into your house to power your toys? They use wires and those wires will carry the PLT signals out of your house and into other houses. PLT signals have been found to radiate from street lamp posts and telephone wires. RF radiation is a subtle art.

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AntiLeaks group claim responsibility for WikiLeaks attacks

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FAIL

Re: Nice idea but...

Someone with weird ideas about the legal process in a free country said, "Google can be your friend too, so why don't you Google the data that I have just given you on the convict, Assange."

Convict is the noun applied to someone who has been convicted of a crime and sent to prison. it's not somebody that you think is guilty. Perhaps you should Google the word.

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Radio hams unite to fight off new powerline comms standard

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Re: I don't really care about some guy's walkie-talkie,

Oh it does that too!

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Gnomalarta
WTF?

"but if they were REAL radio hams they shouldn't be on the interwebs, " Good job we DO have sense of humour with silly comments like this flying about!

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Unhappy

Not Just Radio Amateurs

The muddied spectrum will not just effect radio amateurs but anyone or system relying on low level signals on radio frequencies up to around 200MHz. This includes FM broadcasting, radio astronomy, aircraft voice communication, dock, estuary and coastal communications.

The over-riding problem, one that I don't expect a solution for, is that the radio spectrum is seen merely as a commodity which is overseen by a technically ignorant government .

Charlie.

M0WYM

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Microsoft tightens grip on OEM Windows 8 licensing

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Stop

Re: And if I don't want Windows?

Surely Novatech (http://www.novatech.co.uk/) can't be the only company in the UK selling decent laptops and boxes sans Windows.

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Shuttleworth: Why Windows 8 made us ditch GPL Linux loader

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FAIL

Re: I'm beginning to actively hate Ubuntu

Sorry about the MBR problem, never seen it on my various XP dual booting laptops over the past couple of years.

You are not just grumbling you are also spreading FUD in regards to updates. Give me a system that keeps my OS AND software up to date over the Windows model any day.

Your 'amateurs' remark would be quite funny if it were not for the fact that Windows is developed by people paid to it.

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MPAA threat sparks White House petition for bribery probe

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Trollface

As Leonard Cohen said, "Democracy is coming to the USA", the only question is when.

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Hey, Music Industry. You're suing the wrong people

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WTF?

Huh?

All my radios, TV, amps, computers, MP3 players have an on/off switch. Most are less than 20 years old. I guess you get what you pay for.

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Windows phones send user location to Microsoft

Gnomalarta
Black Helicopters

If you see a worm on a hook there's proably a fisherman involved.

I use my mobile much like a land line - it even cost about the same, £19 PAYG with £10 credit. When I need to make a call I switch it on - this is handy as I can check to see if anyone has tried to contact me. Afterwards I switch it off. I really can't remember why I bought the thing, 99.999 of life is non-urgent and/or utterly trivial.

If a person wishes to waste tons of dosh on a mobile tracking advertising medium maybe they should be watching said person!

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Ofcom refuses to interfere on powerline networking interference

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Terminator

Thirty thousand licenced UK radio amateurs

Thirty thousand licenced UK radio amateurs of ALL ages, thousands of listeners and CB operators call you on your ill-informed post. Best keep quiet when you don't really know much about the subject.

Then there's your crass selfishness, wanting to shut down baby alarms.

Will no one think of the children!

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Ofcom forced to publish tests on dodgy radio kit

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WTF?

AC is about right!

AC is about right! Dickhead will do though judging by the poster's ignorance of the problem. As someone who suffered wipe out of all SSB signals (not just AM) on all shortwave frequencies up to 18MHz I can assure the poster that a filter is of no use in these circumstances. When the typical background noise level rises more than 30db in a 2.7KHx bandwidth due to three PLT devices within 50 metres Mr Dickhead's filter is about as much use as a liquorice allsort!

As to the last paragraph and his dig at the RSGB, the mis-use of funds by the General Manager relates to a credit card and has nothing to do with the Spectrum Defence Fund.

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English Defence League site pulled offline after defacement

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Happy

Oh dear!

Farewell EDL.

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Vulture falls asleep in front of Christmas TV

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That's TV For You!

Thanks for being a bright light in a dark year!

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Popular sites caught sniffing user browser history

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Happy

Flash Cookies

Better Privacy is the plugin for all you Firefox users. Works for me.

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WikiLeaked US cables link China to Google hack

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Pint

Freedom In Action

I could say something about organising a piss up in a brewery but at least now we can see what we always thought! They may have bottle but they sure can't make beer.

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Ofcom prepares to open up on emissions

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FAIL

It's A Start

What about all the unlicensed emitters such as PLT devices?

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3G at 2G frequencies edges closer in UK

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Thumb Down

Roll Over Ofcom

Can't wait to see the Ofcom Compliance Beach Patrol as Mr O points his detector kit at Bill Scuba with a "ello, ello, ello, what all this gigahertzing on the beach then matey? You've nicked you are,"

Right!

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Power line tech could crash aircraft and shut down the Archers

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Unhappy

Tears

end in.

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UK BitTorrent admin acquitted on fraud charge

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Thumb Up

Not Guilty

Let's hope this result gets well and truly picked by the rest of the press!

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Devolo dLan AVplus

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Alert

Live and Let Live

We cannot always take the easiest way and still maintain a peaceable society - we have to give and take. Sometimes to avoid pollution we have to take extra care.

I notice that fans of satellite TV seem to run cable all over the place to get their fix of X Factor or whatever. Now if I lived in a cottage with five foot thick walls then it would be a cinch to take my CAT5 out through a hole in a window frame and in the same way where ever I wanted a connection. Cheap, fast connection and non polluting - simples!

Charlie.

M0WYM

www.radiowymsey.org

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Trainspotters & Woodwork

Oh dear Mr Smith, too much Christmas pud? If a product is crap, neat but ultimately stupid by design and in defiance of the EMC regulations on purpose then throwing your toys out of the pram won't make it any better.

Goodness only knows what a short wave buff might be but I imagine it is something done by chavettes after graduating from the hairdressing university.

Here's hoping for better in 2010,

Charles Ivermee

M0WYM

www.radiowymsey.org

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Radio Society tries to beat back powerline networks

Gnomalarta

Broadband Access over power lines

See here for starters: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdcY0Eetvsw

then

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7DfdxjRkpU&feature=related

followed by

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6sYD3C0jo8&feature=related

and then take a trip to the ARRL web site at

www.arrl.org/tis/info/HTML/plc/

That should sort you out.

Charlie.

M0WYM

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