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Banning handheld phone use by drivers had NO effect on accident rate - study

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Re: re : James 51

because it is not illegal to cross the crossing with a red man showing, merely extremely unadvisable?

Just gone through the rules for pedestrians and there's a distinct lack of the phrase "MUST NOT" for any crossings so therefore it isn't illegal.

The only thing about pedestrian crossings that isa actually against the law is that you MUST NOT loiter on them...

http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/1-35-rules-for-pedestrians

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Storm-battered Rockall adventurer recalls 'worst experience of my life'

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Bouyancy Aid?

I would have had that inside the pod with me... and wearing it...

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True fact: Your CAT wees ... like a racehorse

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Ig Nobles time again?

is it time for the Ig Noble awards again? Those awards given to scientific endeavour that really delves the depths of improbable research?

http://www.improbable.com/ig/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Ig_Nobel_Prize_winners

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ARRRRR. Half world's techies are software PIRATES – survey

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All software?

all proprietary software maybe... but not all software...

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Brit lands on Rockall with survival podule, starts record attempt

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Some better photies of the pod would be nice

including internal shots to show just how claustrophobic it will be, especially with suppplies inside as well...

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

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Re: TRAITORS

they don't actively look at all your emails, they just bulk store them, but if you ever pop up in their viewfinder, they can easily trawl the entire backlog looking for dirt to have you incriminated or destroyed with...

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The fresh Mint of dwell there: This is a story all about how 17 is here for a while

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Re: Sounds mint

you will when the updates stop...

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Facebook wants MORE EXPLICIT SHARING

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Re: Now if they can only make it usable

just view my feed in a browser on my mobile... far easier, plus no FB app sucking up cycles and power all the time either...

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US sheddies knock up flying plastic toolbox

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Aerial Laser Tag?

Looks like that could take a laser tag harness and gun on board it for an aerial game...

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Batten down the hatches, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS due in TWO DAYS

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Re: Serious question...

the desktop environments of Cinnamon and Mate, and also the proper support of codecs which Ubuntu don't even compile in and require using third party repositories in order to get them working.

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Re: @asdf The desktop deadend.

unfortunately the standard automagic install does not default to doing that very simple thing. ANything other than default dumps you into the wonderfully cryptic world of the partition editor and it's NOT very friendly for newbies.

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Red-faced LOHAN team 'fesses up in blown SPEARS fuse fiasco

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slow blow fuses please gents...

can handle a higher current for a period before blowing.

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Reg LOHAN spaceplane: Punch and Judy show in comedy non-explosive climax

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try using a slow-blow fuse next time.

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Pitot probe heater?

How are you planning to prevent your pitot static probe from icing up?

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Get ready for software-defined RADAR: Jam, eavesdrop, talk and target ... simultaneously

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Re: service life (mean time between failure)

what amused me was that there were components on the Typhoon (Eurofighter) that had calculated MTBFs of many thousands of hours so weren't expected to be replaced at all during the lifetime of the airframe and so were buried into the airframe when built with no easy means of access for replacement... what happened just a few years down the project was a modification program which was to upgrade said components to improve their functionality which as a result of them having being buried deep within the airframe required serious expense to get them out and replace them then "rebuild" the aircraft around them...

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Returning a laptop to PC World ruined this bloke's credit score. Today the Supreme Court ended his 15-year nightmare

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14 days right to cancel?

Surely the credit agreement gave him the right to cancel it within 14 days?

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Tor Project claims 'fake' Tor Browser sat in iOS App Store for months

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Colour me surprised

That the app even made it into the App store in the first place.

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LOHAN bloodhound unleashes solar-powered minitracker

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there are much lighter 1.5 volt batteries than AAAs...try a Duracell D377 Watch Battery

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Watch the MIT MER-BOT – half droid, half soft 'fish' – swim by itself

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stupid...

can't see it getting very far as they make no attempt to capture the "waste" stream from the "motor" and recompress it again. Should be a closed system pumping the gas from one side to the other.

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Apple granted patent for two-faced iPhone with wraparound touchscreen

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Yet again...

USPTO lets Apple get away with patenting an idea and not an implementation... there would be far fewer of these stupid patents if they had to lodge a working model with the patent office when filing it...

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Reg readers fret over misty-eyed LOHAN

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Re: Play(monaut) Misty

I have subsequently discovered my father had a lot of experience in mist-proofing camera lens assemblies for use at high altitude. (Don't ask questions, I'll tell you no lies) The solution was to machine on purging ports so that the lens assembly could be purged with dry nitrogen before a mission... something rather impracticable with this Pi camera as it's so tiny...

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Re: Play(monaut) Misty

we're talking about misting on the inside of the lens of the Picam... not the outside... We have no control over the humidity on the inside of the lens which was sealed during manufacture...

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Whacking Joaquin: EU competition chief defends handling of Google search case

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Microsoft... still sore whiney losers...

missed the bus when it came to search and in the end ran whining to the regulators...

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Private pain: Dell layoff bloodbath to hit over 15,000 staffers – insiders

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And as usual...

the bright staff take the parachute and jump ship...

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NSA: It's TRUE, we grab 200 MILLION of your text messages A DAY globally

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"Lawfully collected"???

With a blanket hoovering up of everything? How is that lawfull? "Wiretaps" have to be done on individual phone lines... I would expect the same of SMS data and messages...

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Google stabs Wikipedia in the front

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Not the only search engine in town...

basically the others are whinging as they can't provide results that are good enough for users to change their defaults...

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Sinclair’s 1984 big shot at business: The QL is 30 years old

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I Must have been lucky

never had any problems with either of the microdrives on the QL I have (still works even now :) )... the software was good and the DOS versions worked well as well... did a very serious database using the database app on DOS to keep track of trade stands (and their payments) for the air show at the RAF base (Leeming) I was working at back then...

oh PS, I even took the trouble to key in the extensions that Linus coded up for the QL... his additions were very usefull :)

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Naked Aussie gets wedged in washing machine

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Chain saw...

Start that up and he'd have "self-lubed" himself out of there pretty quick... it would be a bit smelly though...

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Earth cops first asteroid impact of 2014

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WTF?

bit bleeping small to call an asteroid...

n/t

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

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I remember a day spent on the display line at RAF Waddington in the late 90's keeping a pair of video cameras going to record evidence of display infringements... all maneouvers had to have their momentum angle pointing to the safe side of the display line and no-one was permitted under any circumstances to be on the crowd side within a couple of miles either side of the enxtnded display line... was fun when the SR-71 Blackbird came in for their high speed passes... they were lining up over Hull for each one... took three counties to turn around... ;)

Display lines have been getting further and further away from the crowd line with each year... bit of a bummer when you've got this nice big feature of a runway to line up on and you're not allowed to fly along it as it's too close...

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Ubuntu unleashes dual boot tool for Android mobes'n'slabs

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Re: There already is a Linux for mobiles.

[quote]Why would anyone want Ubuntu[/quote]

Because it's NOT Android...

<quote>find a way for us to get cheap ultra-subsidized Windoze phones and then reload them with Android.</quote>

What and let Microsoft count them as sales figures???

I already know that Linux will run on an Android phone, it's just the version of Linux that matters, getting Linux onto a winphone is far harder, especially with the secure boot locking for ARM devices already turned on.

PS guys, come on, it wouldn't be too difficult to provide a simple guide as to what tags work...

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Cyanogen grabs $23m, will ship mod-installed N1 smartmobe on Xmas Eve

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!When will someone innovate a < 4" smart phone with decent specs?!

just get ont of the S3 or S4 minis...

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Mosquitoes, Comets and Vampires: The de Havilland Museum

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Hawker-Siddeley has an interesting history as well...

n/t

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No anon pr0n for you: BT's network-level 'smut' filters will catch proxy servers too

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Re: @Marvin

"But it's clear that UK.gov has, regardless of ruling party, a marked tendency towards mission creep and giving itself powers on the sly that are used for decidedly off-message targets."

remember how they said RIPA would only be used for investigating terrorists and yet within mere weeks of it being passed we had councils using it to track down dog-owners and also check up if people were actually living within school catchment areas.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/8868757/Councils-have-mounted-millions-of-snooping-operations-in-past-decade-finds-report.html

http://publicsector.practicallaw.com/blog/publicsector/plc/?p=786

http://www.bigbrotherwatch.org.uk/files/ripa/RIPA_Aug12_final.pdf

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Re: To not be self-defeating

I was under the distinct impression that the filter does deep packet inspection and so can defeat using a different DNS source?

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Re: Censorship is alive and well in Britian

and how sure can you be that you are getting everything passed through when you've supposedly opted-out of the filter?

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Apple iPhone 5s still world's top-selling smartphone – report

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Re: Nokia

"The others are just supplying the best products and letting the users choose."

kindly explain then why Apple are so keen to take things to court with their bogus patents instead of innovating and letting the "market decide"?

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Marketing told us: 'Justin Bieber is a fad. He’s not going to last.' – Company formerly known as RIM

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FAIL

Monumental...

"They said: 'This kid is a fad. He’s not going to last.'"

this is almost on a par with "I think there is a world market for maybe five computers." -- Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943.

oh there's some doozies here:

http://www.rinkworks.com/said/predictions.shtml

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How Britain could have invented the iPhone: And how the Quangocracy cocked it up

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Clowns... the lot of them...

that is all the jerks* in NESTA...

* well maybe some of them aren't jerks, but there does seem to be a serious need to whack these idiots with a cluestick...

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Hey Linux newbie: If you've never had a taste, try perfect Petra ... mmm, smells like Mint 16

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Re: There is still something wrong with the look of Linux desktop

will be doing an "in-place" upgrade to Petra LXDE this weekend once I've made sure my data is safely backed up in case of having to do a Windows stylee wipe and re-install.

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Re: Win8 to Linux Alert

ditch the UEFI options and enable "Legacy Mode"... that's how I did it with a win 8 laptop that was being a particular b*tch to get Linux onto... nuked win 8 anyway, never wanted that carp...

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Dell feels cold probe of US Dept of Justice amid Syria PC sales claims

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Mushroom

bleepin rich of the Americans...

"Dell does not conduct any business directly in any country identified as a state sponsor of terrorism, including Syria"

Which country currently provides the most aid to Al Qaeda? USA...

Which country is responsible for the vast majority of terrorism around the globe? Israel... (and most of that is in the form of 'false flag' attacks...)

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FreeBSD abandoning hardware randomness

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Re: Linux wasn't using RDRAND directly

oh FFS, XOR is an instruction that directly maps to the hardware microcode and directly acts on the registers, there is naff all intelligence in it...

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One European copyright law-to-rule-them-all? EU launches review

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Harmonisation...

in EU speak always means the strictest laws from each country get mashed into one bad law for everybody, which the French and others usually ignore unless it's a chance to stop our products from competing with theirs...

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Apple's 'Smart Dock' patent filing makes Siri your new roommate

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Oh FFS...

come on US Patent Office, this is NOT novel to someone skilled in the art...

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Brit inventors' GRAVITY POWERED LIGHT ships out after just 1 year

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you mean like this?

http://www.gooutdoors.co.uk/hi-gear-12-led-wind-up-style-mini-camping-lantern-p143639?gclid=CPz29tmtmbsCFRLMtAodwmkAcg

simple google search for wind up lantern

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Fun-killing fireshow-flunking ZOMBIE COMET ISON only LOOKED alive

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Re: It is an Ex Comet...

orbits are coils when you consider that everything in our solar system is also moving along in the same direction around the galaxy in addition to being in orbit with each other

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LOHAN embraces handsome young autopilot

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Paris Hilton

Internal rejiggery ahead...

looks like you might not have much space to play around with especially as you need to keep your centre of gravity in the same place...

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Best budget Android smartphone there is? Must be the Moto G

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Re: Why?

Cloud? Then you'll be constantly eating data usage charges for swapping out various media files for others unless you stick to using wi-fi for that. I like to have 32 Gig of micro-SD card storage attached along with having teh luxury of on-the-go USB...

My next phone will be a Galaxy S4 in April (or S5 if that's out) unless the S3 mini in SIM-free form has a massive price reduction in the next few months

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Brits won't have to pay for thieves' enormous mobe bills any more

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Mushroom

the real tragedy here is...

why the bleep has it take so long????

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