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Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray

Karl H

What do I do with my old 78s ?

as in "HiFi shop" by the Not the Nine O'Clock News team

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HoPXQ9fotZM

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BT 118 phone number fee howler lands telco giant with £225k fine

Karl H

Ofcom , 118 , 192 ... I can handle all that crap. Just ban NON geographic numbers. PLEASE.

I've got most of the numbers I want in my smart phone's memory, and look up others up via the smart phone web browser. If I can't look it up on my smart phone well I don't have a signal, so I can't call anyway.

What really bugs me are all the Non geographic numbers that AREN'T INCLUDED in my inclusive minutes.

Even my Doctors and children's school has non-geographic numbers, fortunately I've got the geographic numbers for them, not that they willingly publish them.

There seems to me very few services that can justify non-geograhic phone numbers, other than they want to rip me off for as much as they can, which I guess is a captilist article of faith. I just wished OFCOM would BAN the majority of non-geographic numbers now.

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Boffins invent LUMINOUS PIGS again, glow-in-dark bacon sarnies presumably imminent

Karl H

Re: "Taiwanese scientists were the first to make pigs glow."

re " Taiwanese scientists were the first to make pigs glow." I always thought it was those guys at chernobyl all the way back in 1986..."

I think British Scientists did it back in the 1950s at Windscale. Plus all the fish in the Irish Sea glowed due to them, and the ReadyBrek kids must have been from a Cumbrian School.

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If you want an IT job you'll need more than a degree, say top techies

Karl H

three degrees

if you've got three degrees , will the HR department ask "when we will see them again ? "

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Women crap at parking: Official

Karl H

Re: ..."a whopping 80 per cent of crashes ... involved male drivers"

re "when was the last time you saw a bloke putting lippy on whilst hurtling down a dual carrigeway for a mile and a half.."

in my driving career of 26 years, and about 250 -> 300 Thousand miles, I'm yet to see a bloke put on "lippy" whilst driving along. I have however seen a fair few :-

on their mobile phone

shaving with an electric razor

reading a map propped on the steering wheel

looking for something , guessing a cassette or cd etc, instead of looking at the road, and veering wildly.

playing with the CD/Radio/Cassette player and not looking at the road (almost the same as above)

I guess there must be a few cross-dressing men who like to put on their "lippy" too, and no doubt in the next 20 odd years I guess I'll see one.

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Karl H

Re: ..."a whopping 80 per cent of crashes ... involved male drivers"

I have to concur with this report .

If you are near my wife when she's reversing , GET OUT OF THE WAY. She might hit you at the huge speed of about 3 MPH. The amount of bumpers she has re-arranged on our cars is numerous.

If you are near me when I'm going forward , GET OUT OF THE WAY, because I have way too much confidence in my ability, and I'm likely to hit you , at somewhat more than 3 MPH.

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Karl H

Re: This proves

he's posting as AC because he forgot his name ;)

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From the Dept of You are Old: 'Selfie' officially 'Word of the Year'

Karl H

selfies are frickin OLD.

my kids think "selfies" are NEW.

Oh no they're not.

I can remember an advert on TV featuring David Bailey taking a picture of himself, probably using an Olympus Trip 35mm camera way back in something like the early 1980s.

I thought this was cool as a teenager in the early 80s (coz I thought it was new back then ) and would regularly take my own picture with my Canon Sureshot.

I guess even I was wrong back then, about it being new, because I'm sure people must have taken self portraits before even I was born. Flash bang wallop what a picture ;)

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Digital radio may replace FM altogether - even though nobody wants it

Karl H

Re: DAB Bashing

When I've had DAB in a car its been great. I have no problem with in car DAB. After all there is a nice big 12V lead acid battery and loads of spare power from the alternator to power all those extra transistors, plus the ability to have an external aerial with a nice big ground-plane making reception of the signal easy.

Where I do have a problem with is on my portable radio inside my house. The aerial on my portable radio isn't as good as a car aerial, and the brick walls of the house get in the way of the signal. This is down to the propogation of 200 -> 300 MHz signals not being anywhere near as good in a house as a 100 MHz FM signal. Reception of DAB in my house is crap. I have to have the frickin' receiver near a window to stop it losing the signal. Then there is the issue of powering up all those extra frickin transistors. The AA batteries in my nice little cheap FM radio last for WEEKS. In a DAB radio I have to have it plugged into the mains because I can't afford its appetite for batteries.

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APPLE is the new COCA-COLA: Bubble-beverage globocorp beaten by Foxconn rebrander

Karl H

coca cola and apple definitely changed my life

when I drank sugary Coke regularly I was a lot fatter, so much so I got diagnosed with fatty liver.

Quitting it helped reverse the damage.

Apple well they changed my life, my daughter has emptied my bank account getting me to get her shiny-shit made by them.

Apple music , now they were okay , I quite like listenning to the Beatles.

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EU move to standardise phone chargers is bad news for Apple

Karl H

I like standards.

I'm a fully paid up believer in common standards, and I wouldn't buy an iphone because of Apple's thought police completely controlling the device. I use a Samsung Galaxy 4 active, and much prefer it to my daughter's iphone 5.

I do have to admit that the lightning connector is actually better than micro USB, primarily due to not having to worry which way around you have to plug it in. So for Apple users, the EU will be doing a disservice, maybe until we can have a polarity free micro-usb , assuming Apple don't have the patent on that.

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Thorium and inefficient solar power? That's good enough for me

Karl H

Re: Slightly fruity comparison

re "If all that banana consumption took place in a half-acre block, radiation would be a minor problem compared to the bowel-gasses!"

sounds like an opportunity to capture biogas to me :-D

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Look out, world! HP's found a use for Autonomy - rescuing Win XP bods

Karl H

I solved my aging WinXP installation

about 3 years ago by going over to Ubuntu 10.04 at the time.

Its bloody brilliant.

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Elop's enlarged package claim was a cock-up, admits Nokia chairman

Karl H

18.8 Million Euros for what ?

I guess for putting the final nail in a once glorious company, because he couldn't see that Android was the way to go.

I guess M$ probably got him sent in as the hatchet man, so they could get the best bits of Nokia on the cheap.

If only they'd gone for Android, instead of Mobile-Windoze they'd have had a chance, but then for that to happen they'd have needed a CEO who wasn't a M$ patsy.

Nokia still make good hardware, it is just the flipping OS that is a problem, and now M$ has its greasy mitts on it that is very unlikely to change, and so me and lots of others are very unlikely ever to buy one again.

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Tweet like escaping Hell depends on it, Twitter Catholics told

Karl H
Mushroom

Re: Haha ha ha

Re "By that logic, isn't it a bit like me printing off a bunch of coupons for shiny iThings and handing them out to my friends, in the hopes that the Apple store would accept them? (Not that I'm comparing Apple to a divine supernatural creator of all the universe, mind.)"

From what I can work out Apple-ophiles do indeed think that Apple is indeed divine, and the Messiah was Steve Jobs, and everything that comes out of Cupertino is manna from Heaven, and don't mind selling their soul to acquire stuff made by Apple.

But I guess they're almost as deluded as the average Religious person.

I guess at least the Apple-ophiles get some transitory material happiness, unlike the lot that are promised it all when they die.

Personally I worship science, and shared practical knowledge, and Richard Dawkins is one of my Messiahs.

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Unreal: Epic’s would-be Doom... er... Quake killer

Karl H

Duke did it for me.

Unreal, great graphics, and I was truly blown away when I saw it.

For me, even though the graphics were naff compared to Unreal, and Quake II, I really liked Duke Nukem 3D, probably for the idiotic 1980s action hero humour that both Unreal and Quake lacked.

I guess that says it all about me :)

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Big Beardie is watching you: Lord Sugar gets into facial recognition

Karl H

Re: I predict...

hmm, not a bad idea .

Even if they managed to recognise my face , I also predict that no amount of advertising would ever get me to buy :-

a) an Amstrad Hifi

b) an Amstrad Phone

c) an Amstrad PC

in fact anything by Amstrad , coz it was (and probably still is) all s***.

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MIND CONTROL HAT makes CHOPPER do what BRAIN says

Karl H
Joke

and I thought

most blokes brains were controlled by their choppers .......

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Landfill Android devices set to get 4G, courtesy of Qualcomm

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I guess I wouldn't mind a midrange landfill android phone

if it has 4G , loads web pages quicker than my 3 year old HTC Desire, and has a battery that lasts longer than an hour or so.

Since I don't want a 5 -> 6 inch slab phone that would make me look like a later day Dom Joly saying "I'M ON THE PHONE" , held up to my ear , and I'd rather not spend 600 quid on something that makes me a mugging target, but then I guess the 300 quid landfill android also makes me a mugging target too.

now where to find 300 quid , maybe I could sell my wife and kids .........( only joking;) )

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Master Beats: Why doesn't audio quality matter these days?

Karl H

All I need to say is "Grado"

My teenage daughter who is marketting fodder kept on going on about "Beats" audio and one bored saturday afternoon I was "showrooming" in Currys and they had a display that let you test their heaphones. Some of them were "Beats", and I thought they were all generally shit, especially for the massively over inflated prices.

Fast forward to another bored saturday morning where I ended up in Richers Sounds near a Glass Shop where I was waiting for someone to cut some glass. "Come back in a hour" the Glass Cutting Chap said. Hence I had an hour to burn.

So I was browsing Richer sounds and thought I'd try my crap MP3 sounds from my Android phone , doesn't matter which one, they're all just sorta okay, and I tried out Richer Sounds range of heaphones.

There was some set of AKG ones for around 30 to 40 quid and they weren't bad. No Beats in sight , thank flip, the ones that really grabbed my attentiion were some Grado SR80i's , open backed admittedly, so bound to pee off everyone else, and not that good in noisy enviroments, but the clarity blew me away, so much so I bought a set , and then found on the net lots of other people thought they were flippin' good too.

Bottom line , AKG , Sennheiser , Grado and probably a few others generally make pretty good headphones. I've had some Sennheiser's I've liked too. The open backed and closed back is also an important question to answer, i.e. where are you going to be using the headphones.

My summary on Beats is well' they're just well beaten by all of the above on price and performance, if not marketting.

So I guess my teenage daughter will still be fodder for the rubbish the bullshit department of Beats puts out . hey ho, maybe she'll learn one day.

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COCK-A-DOODLE-DOO: NASA rovers scrawl giant willy on Mars

Karl H

conversation at NASA

"Who let that Limey idiot Clarkson in control of OUR rover ? "

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I am NOT a PC repair man. I will NOT get your iPad working

Karl H
Mushroom

and this is why I only run Ubuntu on my desktop

and say I haven't used Windows in years,

so they probably know more than i do about the operating

system.

Which is true.

"What windows, aren't they what you look through ?" I ask.

Anyone who knows what I'm talking about when I say "ubuntu" doesn't need my help, (they're probably cleverer than me ) and anyone who does not know, now knows I'm not interested

and generally know very little about Windows.

I guess Windows is okay, I couldn't really comment post XP variants because that is the most recent version of Windows I've really used, for any significant amount of time.

I prefer Ubuntu especially since it is free, does all what I want, and keeps me away from all the people sold on Windows.

Job done.

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Pope resigns months after launching social networking effort

Karl H
Trollface

Maybe he read Richard Dawkin's "The God Delusion"

and saw the light

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Dead Steve Jobs 'made Tim Cook sue Samsung' from beyond the grave

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Re: Is there anybody there?

damn! you beat me to this comment . top man ! (and carry of farting ;) )

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Will Michael Dell become the Marlboro man of the PC age?

Karl H

I reckon Dell could invest

in software simulating a Big Blue Robot smoking woodbines, proving that woodbines don't give Robots lung cancer.

I reckon they could even get a government grant for such useful research .

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Socket to 'em: It's the HomeGrid vs HomePlug powerline prizefight

Karl H
Unhappy

Cat-5e is SO MUCH BETTER

and it doesn't create wide-band RF interference.

We used to have standards against idiots inflicting RFI , along with a general dumbing down and idiocy we get from Central Govt now , RFI standards seem to have gone to pot too.

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I watched Excel meet 1-2-3, and beat it fair and square

Karl H
Mushroom

Re: 3-2-1.... Eadon.

re "using Excel as a Database" . I completely agree . It is a crime against computanity , that I must confess I was once guilty of , with VBA macros to glue sheets together coz 65K lines wasn't enough. Please forgive, but also please down vote this post so that I can truly atone for my sins. I have sinned , but I have seen the light ! (beyond Excel Databases, which I don't suppose really counts for much, but it is a start )

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Pope: Catholics, go forth and multiply... your Twitter followers

Karl H
Mushroom

Thinking Monty Python here ....

so every tweet is sacred ?

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Wanna really insult someone? Log off and yell it in the street - gov

Karl H
Mushroom

Re: It leaves the definition of "grossly offensive" up to police officers (and judges)

too late "crisp" , you're screwed now. The Mary Whitehouse thought police will be banging on your door soon . oh shit so am I !!!

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Ex-Doctor Who babe Karen Gillan touts dodgy diet pills in twit gaffe

Karl H

Re: if you want to lose weight

re "says something bad on youtube" . Yeah generally they're idiots, and most stuff (99%) is complete and utter drivel. Occassionally there are a few gems, by people who know what they're talking about, and have spent a good part of there career on it. Robert Lustig seems to be one of them to me. No diet pills needed.

John Yudkin isn't on youtube coz he's dead. He researched sucrose's deleterious effects for years, and now you can get his book again "pure white and deadly" . It is well worth a read. Tate and Lyle etc .. probably don't want you to read it.

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Karl H

Re: if you want to lose weight

I'm eating carbs, mainly complex ones in say porridge oats, whole vegetable, and occasionally whole fruit.

(along with meat , protein and fat )

I'm just not consuming added sucrose, fructose, fruit juices, corn syrups.

works for me. I don't feel that hungry.

Some carbs good. Some carbs fructing bad.

just see Robert Lustig / John Yudkin.

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Karl H

Re: if you want to lose weight

and I forgot : fructose too . Just have a look at what Robert Lustig says about fructose on youtube.

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Karl H
Mushroom

if you want to lose weight

just stop consuming fruct-ing sucrose.

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Buying a petabyte of storage for YOURSELF? First, you'll need a fridge

Karl H
Mushroom

Re: EastEnders

could we have a negative amount of Eastenders ? A sort of anti-matter Eastenders, which when it meets the Eastenders we all know and hate , vaporises , and with it anhilates the collective conciousness that such drivel ever existed ?

now that WOULD be good.

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The amazing magical LED: Has it really been fifty years already?

Karl H

Re: LED lighting instead of fluorescent 'haz mat'

I've got 10 of 5W LED "warmwhite" GU10 spotlights in my kitchen. The colour temperature seems fine to me, and it is fair bit brighter than the 10 of 20W halogen spotlights they replaced. ( I vaguely remember the 5W LEDs I bought being rated at something like the light output of 35W Halogens )

LEDs are pretty much "instant-on" unlike the Compact Fluorescent Tube energy saving lights which seem to take a minute or so to warm up ( this is especially noticeable in cold conditions ).

Everyone seems to talk about the energy saving angle of LEDs ( and compact fluorescents ) the extra plus side to this as far as lighting is concerned is the extra lack of heat cooking cables and fittings and therefore a lowering of fire risk. Admittedly if the sparky has picked the correct heat resistant cable, and used nice fire-retardent fittings this shouldn't be a problem. The point is with low-energy-lighting the cables and fittings being "slow-cooked" ( and leading to electrical faults) becomes almost non-existant. As an ex-sparky I've seen plenty of fittings and cables cooked by incandescent lighting.

In the year or so I've had the LED kitchen lighting none have "blown". I was forever replacing the halogen spot lights.

The only downside of the LEDs is their initial cost, however they'll hopefully last quite a few years ( how do they manage to specifiy the high brightness LEDs as having a 10 year lifespan , surely they haven't been around long enough to properly test ? )

Other than LED lighting is brilliant and a bit of a no-brainer, my only advice is that I've found the ones claiming to be "warmwhite" to give off an acceptable colour light, whereas the "daylight" ones were too blue for my liking.

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The LINUX TABLET IS THE FUTURE - and it always will be

Karl H

re "I don't want a gnome tablet"

and since gnome3 , I dunno if I want a gnome desktop on Linux.

gnome2 was pretty good with ubuntu's 10.04 implementation

and then it all went wrong . Oh why did they break it so badly ? Even forgetting about Unity the classic gnome on Ubuntu 11.xx onwards is pretty broken to me.

At work I'm now on Ubuntu 12.04 but with XFCE , which is okay , but in my opinion not as nice as Ubuntu 10.04 and gnome. At home I've left Ubuntu 10.04 with gnome on my desktop.

I couldn't stand Windows 7 on my daughter's ex-laptop ( which is now mine, she gets the upgrades in my house, sumin going WRONG there ! ), and it is about to be Ubuntu 10.04-ed.

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After Sandy Hook, Senator calls for violent video game probe

Karl H

Re: we've got murderous nutters in the UK too

evilGav1 , I agree , I'm glad to say 99.9999% of people with guns "don't go off on one". ( as you put it ) , and banning guns is a form of censorship. It is also censoring something that can be deadly, unlike the films and magazines that Mary Whitehouse used to campaign about. I also wouldn't censor the video games this article was originally about either.

What do you propose we do about incidents like Hungerford,Dunblane, Sandyhook ? Nothing ? Are these the price we have to pay ? Or do we have gun control ? I don't see trying to identify these nutters before hand as ever likely to work. You aren't ever going to stop the lone nutcase going off on one, and easy access to guns is always going to make their rampage worse for more people.

For me it is a simple choice, personal freedom to have guns or the freedom for people not to live in fear of nutters with guns, and I support gun control.

Yes that limits my freedom to have a gun , and I have used someone else's gun over a firing range some years ago (before Dunblane got them banned) , and it was fun firing a Magnum .44 and saying go ahead make my day to the bottle of water I shot. I also inherited an air rifle which I haven't used in years. If you want to shoot some paper targets at 20 yards a .22 air rifle with max energy of 12 ft lbs that is only really deadly to very small animals seems fine to me. I don't see how you need high velocity percussion cap .3 of an inch shells designed to cause maximum damage and kill for hitting some paper targets, not over a short range at least, and I personally wouldn't want to kill animals for sport, not unless you're going to eat them. (by the way I am not a vegetarian )

It isn't just due to incidents like Hungerford, Dunblane, Sandybrook that I like gun control, I also like gun control because therefore most of our Police can be unarmed. If there is free and easy access to guns and everyone has one, then the Police are all going to have them, otherwise it would be unfair on them. Then the bad guys and the Police would all probably get a lot more trigger happy, there would be an escalation of risk, and a lot more collateral damage would ensue, more dead people and heartache for the people involved.

The system we have in the UK where you have to have a good reason, and limiting the type of weapon to only those that can be justified seems reasonably fair to me. I don't want just anyone to be able to get a gun, especially an easily concealable handgun ( that is a completely pointless weapon for hunting animals at any sort of distance ) like they seem to be able to do in the US.

As I say , I like gun control, and to be able to walk around realising that the chances I'm going to meet a nutter with a gun are much less, although they might have a knife, which are and always will be easy to get hold of.

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Karl H

Re: You never know - There may be an issue

I agree and I also never did understand Mary Whitehouse lumping sex and violence altogether.

As far as I could see consential procreative sex lead to more people and was more often the cause of joy and happiness .

Violence can lead to less living people, and not a lot of happiness.

So from my point of view Mary Whitehouse was only half right.

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Karl H

we've got murderous nutters in the UK too

and *most* of the time in the UK they can only get hold of hammers , sticks , knives and swords.

Maybe the nutter might use a car to try and run someone over .

These methods are all pretty deadly for the 1 or 2 poor victims the nutter manages to kill .

But most of the rest of the people can run or get out of the way.

It is really hard to run far enough away or get out of the way of a nutter with a gun, so the nutter with a gun will always be able to kill a *much* larger amount of people, and is much more difficult for the police to handle.

I never heard of someone killing someone with a video game, I suppose if you angle the attack right and hit the victim in the temple with the video game box or maybe disk, you could get lucky (or should that be unlucky?) .

As far as I can see guns have just one use and that is for killing. Target practice is just practicing how to hit and kill stuff (admittedly this maybe hunting non-human animals) . Knives , hammers and cars, which whilst they can kill, are useful tools with other purposes. They are also fortunately no where as efficient at mass intentional killing as guns.

You will never completely stop nutters from existing, all you can control is the nutters access to deadly weapons.

I personally much prefer living in a place where nutters have a much harder time getting hold of a gun.

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The 30-year-old prank that became the first computer virus

Karl H

Re: Ah... valve radios...

ahh valve equipment , and CRT's , that selected only the fittest electronics engineers to carry on working on them by frying the ones too stupid and not biologically resistant enough to survive a few KV across the old ticker. (heart)

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Analyst offers cut-price fondleslab recipe

Karl H

Re: "...ask where all the Netbooks have gone."

singing with my Granddaddy Dragon 32 , Spectrum , IBM 360 , all in digital harmony.

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Global warming still stalled since 1998, WMO Doha figures show

Karl H
Mushroom

and Chicken Licken is running to see the king

to tell him that the Sky is falling in.

We're all DOOMED, we're alll GOING TO DIE ! You name it Anthropogenic Global Warming , Mayan calendar 21 Dec 2012 , 2038 bug , impending meteorite , Yellow stone park and other super volcanos going pop, Global Nuclear War ...... etc ......

How can I sleep at night ?

Easy , and that is to realise that a lot of what is dressed up as science is in fact educated guess work, and generally the "guess" bit of it is much larger than the usually well meaning scientist(s) either knowing or unknowingly admits to . I suppose they need to ensure their funding stream and have to be certain about some things to convince others to carry on funding them. I can understand that, and I also understand that there is a large range of "guess" in their analysis of chaotic systems.

and yes , we are all going to die sometime, although hopefully not all at the sametime :-D .

( In fact Global Nuclear War is probably the only one humankind is in any real control of )

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This is out of hand now: Apple attempts to trademark the LEAF

Karl H
Mushroom

and on the first day God created Apple

who created, copyrighted and patented the rest of the world.

Fortunately Adam came along and ate all the [f|w]**kers.

3 cheers for Adam.

(ps In reality I'm actually a raving atheist )

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Are you ready for the 40-zettabyte year?

Karl H
Happy

1.44 MB .. you lucky thing!

180 K single sided floppies !!!!

( rapidly deteriorating into the 4 yorkshiremen sketch )

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2020AD: Space tourists will be FOUND ON MOON

Karl H

Re: Fully automated?

"I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that"

I just had a thought , is George Osbourne actually HAL 9000? and PM Cameron says "Make the economy better" to which he replies ...........

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Karl H
Joke

and I hope one of them takes a model of a B52 bomber

and leaves it on there .

just so the Sunday Sport's headline can at last be true.

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England and Germany square off for FIFA goal line tech prize

Karl H

the same level of technical assistence to the officials at all levels argument ...

REALLY PISSES ME OFF.

I was never any good at football , and was almost as bad at my chosen sport of tennis.

I played in a few tennis clubs, and they never had people watching every line on all matches. Only would the club final have a few line judges, and certainly not as many as an average match at Wimbledon. Most of the judgements relied on honesty of the players . Whereas if I'd played at Wimbledon, I'd have had lots of line judges.

The idea that a game with a few dozen people watching will ever be as important as one with millions of spectators has got to be a really stupid assessment of importance, and the sooner the stupid old codgers Platini and Blatter retire , the better it will be.

Give us the technology ! Replay refs , hawk-eye , you name it. The LOT please.

Then the bad refereeing decisions in the more WATCHED and more IMPORTANT matches would be much rarer. At the bottom level , it'll still be a pile of shite, but the truth is the standard of play is even shite-ier .

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Children increasingly named after Apple products

Karl H
Joke

Miss .......

I called my first daughter "take 1" , and my second daughter "take 2" ......

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