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

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Tried and tested in Finland...

...and found wanting. From Wikipedia:

"he Finnish broadcasting corporation YLE started DAB transmissions in 1997, which covered approximately 2 million listeners. However, not many compliant devices were sold and hence the DAB transmitters were switched off in 2005, although transmissions of the digital radio channels continue in the digital television network.[7]

Finland is providing digital radio via other digital broadcasting systems, such as DVB-H."

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Vulture 2 paintjob: Four-year-old nipper triumphs

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Floats my boat

(My boat's the one with a nice grin on it...)

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Coding: 'suitable for exceptionally dull weirdos'

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... understand the definition of an algorithm .. before they are due to be taught algebra...

Try this:

(Algorithm)

If (I_am_Good == TRUE)

then Chocolate

Else:

Brusell Sprouts.

(Algebra)

(ax*ax) + bx +c ? "meh...So what?"

"seven to 11 year-olds will have to code programs "in at least two programming languages"."

Pisser, that. My son was fluent in both Finnish and English when he was about 10, then started Swedish and German. He wants to tackle Russian next, fluency before he's 16. Exceptional? No, not really.

Oh, and his bit about teaching (computing) in prisons? Didn't think stripey-shirted guests could get access to internet (which they WILL need to program anything more complex than an 8-string rosary bead processor (Abacus?)

No, I'm no coder. I just use Python (BASIC for Geeks)

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Nokia tears devs' hearts out, shutters Symbian and Meego stores early

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Re: Under new management

" I now own 2 phones that will lose support long before they fail..."

My N8 failed a couple of days ago. I threw it to the floor in frustration, smashed the display.

Quandary...shall I get it fixed...

Or get an Android...

<terryfuckwitt mode>

"Erm...erm...erm...

Get it fixed!!!"

</terryfuckwitt mode>

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Robot WildCat slips its leash and bounds around parking lot

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Was I the only one...

...who had to watch this video whilst peeping from behing the sofah?

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The Vulture 2: What paintjob should we put on our soaraway spaceplane?

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Re: A big magenta cock would look great soaring through the skies.

Playmonaught's last words?

"Oh, well.

Indego."

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LOHAN twangs BRASTRAP to unfetter mighty orbs

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From the RockBLOCK spec....

I see it's using Iridium's "Short Burst Data’ (SBD)"

When I were a lad at school, SBD stood for "Silent But Deadly" in reference to the Latin teacher's wont of letting off a "Ventus Foulus" at regular intervals...S'pose it's fitting...at altitude, no-one can smell your fart.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 region-locking saga CLEAR AS MUD

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"...the optimal mobile experience...."

...Is for me to use the fuc*ker mobile - i.e., where I want.

Reads like the justification for Windows Genuine Advantage!

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Travel much? DON'T buy a Samsung Galaxy Note 3

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Re: This is a hoax, right?

Buy a phone in Rip-Off Britain, to give as a gift to someone living in a place the purchase would most definitely be cheaper?

Money to burn...

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

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With the constant TV criticism on Finnish TV...

...over the last few days, I'm wondering if it's Finns Revenge.

Make Elop so toxic, that even Microsoft may think twice...

After all, why did YLE (Finnish 'BBC') bring up he divorce, except to spit more venom at this "trojan"?

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Finland's press has really got its teeth into this:

http://www.wtfinland.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/nokia-stephen-elop-sells-phone-division.jpg

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Our LOHAN rocket ship team exits Spain with a bang

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Well done guys - great video

(IT angle..) Didn't realise until I looked at the task bar that I was using Midori to view it...

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One of last few iPhone 5Ss STOLEN from within MASSIVE POLICE CORDON at Apple Store

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Re: Planning

Me,too. Now,can anyone read the tiny print at bottom left?

Wouldn't be a datecode, would it?

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Our sensational rocket ship Vulture 2 REVEALED: LIVE at 3pm

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The silence tells us nothing...

If it didn't, the SPB team obviously went to the boozer to drown their sorrows.

If it did, the SPB team obviously went to the boozer to celebrate.

Either way, I wouldn't expect much till the mother-of-all-hangovers subsides...

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BYOD!

Surreptitiously secreted 7" tablet, and a long toilet break?

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IT bloke denies trying to shag sheep outside football ground

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Re: Just how...

Well, 'welsh speed daters' seem to know

http://tinyurl.com/q52h4ke

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Why does everyone assume it was a ewe???

Just wondered...Nowt as queer as folk...

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Live now: LOHAN igniter test flight

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Arrr. I await yer reportin' scroll wi' bated barnacles!

Damn yer black 'eart..Oi fergot it's "International Talk like a Pirate day"

Cap'n Scumbucket - at yer service, or yer dubloons!

(Icon - cos it's a bit like a parrot...)

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First rigid airship since the Hindenburg cleared for outdoor flight trials

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Re: One possible use...

...unhitching and hitching their safety lines...

What are these new-fangled "safety wires" of which you speak, Sir?

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

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Re: One possible use...

And they've all got "Eddie Stobart" written on the side..........

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Roses are red...

Violets are blue

Some poems rhyme

That one donẗ.

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COSH - new idea???

When I was a kid, I thought that's the only way they could control the boyancy - recompress the gas. Blimey, I was about 10 at the time. I thought it was exactly how they worked.

Didn't know it was a new-ish idea, 40-odd years later!

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BBC releases MYSTERY RIDDLE poster for Doctor Who anniversary episode

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Dr. Who has definitely gone downhill.

Can't remember the last time I had to hide behind the sofah.....

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Vulture 2 autopilot reports for duty

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Off-topic

Thanks, SPB, for the 'easter-egg of the mouse over banner. Dunno how long it's been there, but lovely!

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Bin half-baked Raspberry Pi hubs, says Pimoroni: Try our upper-crust kit

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Re: The least of its problems

SD for micro-SD? Second of my purchases/addons: an Adafruit micro-sd adapter. Does still stick out a bit, but offset by the fact the micro-SD can be taken out with the case on. Others - the micro-SD comes out from the side. Yep, the Pi's Achilles heel.

The first of my purchases? Some replacement SD connectors*. Mine broke on scond insertion, warranty replacement exactly the same. Held with a piece of broken credit card carefully glued on top of the socket (the embossed numbers giving exactly the right amount of downforce)

*ebay, search 'alienspec'.

But no Ethernet? No go on that one, mate! Wireless router app, for a start!

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Re: Insufficient USB power - Targus

Seconded - It's what I use - faultlessly. Powers the Pi, HDD, USB stick and WiFi. Tried to find the model on the Targus site with no luck - maybe discontinued? Found on eBay uk, but didn't see it on Amazon.

Anyway, it's this one.

http://tinyurl.com/q38g7hb

But I'll order the Pimoroni version, as I think the Targus uses a single TT thingy -from the manual "Do not data to or from multiple hs devices such as camera and scanner at the same time." (and it's a bit of a fugly ucker, so it's hidden best as I can)

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'Beat the lie detectors' trainer sentenced to 8 months in jail

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Scientologists beating a path to his door?

Just wondered....

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LOHAN slowly strips lens caps off hi-def imaging arsenal

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CHDK - Kudos!!

THanks muchly for the link. I was trying to breathe some life into my A630, and I remembered something like this from the past.

Now I have it, at last.

Chees, SPB!

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Google chap reverse engineers Sinclair Scientific Calculator

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Still got one, somewhere...

Helped me through my City&Guilds telecomm Full Tech. Cert. exam.

(Although my Grandfathers 'slip-stick' - slide rule - was what I used for the exams. More accurate, if my glasses were clean...)

Now, all I need is to find new batteries for my still-functional RPN Hewlett-Packard HP35 (Still with original leather pouch)

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Microsoft buys Nokia's mobile business

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After this surprisingly unsurprising news....

I got my thinking cap on.

Now, Finland has a reputation for strange competitions. For example, Mud Football, 'phone throwing, Wife-carrying, International Air Guitar to list but a few.

How about a turd-polishing competition?

Unfortunately, the Americans are waaay ahead of this, with their €5.4 billion attempt to put a nice new sheen on Nokia....

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Re: Insider trading

"insider trading is buying or selling shares based on inside knowledge not available in the public domain"...

So, it must've come as a complete shock - SHOCK, I TELL YOU! that Flop didn't know what the chair-tossing gorilla was up to?

Nah.

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Helsingki newspaper (hs.fi) "Minkä Jorma loi, sen Elop vei"

That which Jorma (Olilla) created, Elop stole*".

Sad day for Finland. Sold the Crown Jewel for a pocketful of promises.

Older subscribers/hacks will understand my friends reaction: "Seems JPZR was right after all!"

*OK, vie--> vieda: take, steal, purloin, made away with....

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Jolla's first Sailfish phone preorders 'fully booked'

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Re: Antti Saarnio

Yeah, my (ex) girlfriend wanted to call our newborn son by a traditional Finnish name.

I objected.

We eventually settled for something slightly international - Benjamin Johannes - after I rejected her choice of "Pekka".

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Space-walker nearly OPENED HELMET to avoid DROWNING

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US 'nauts are ok...

As the Sydney Morning Herald reports:

NASA has suspended all US spacewalks* until the problem is resolved.

So, anyone else with a funny accent is OK then.

Righty-oh.

*Is there any other kind, at the moment?

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/technology/sci-tech/drowning-in-space-astronaut-tells-of-spacewalk-terror-20130821-2sad0.html#ixzz2cigksQA8

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Chocolate Factory hits the Translate button on Google+

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Re: To be fair...

Almost, but badly 'almost'.

Often, it completely negates the sentence I need - (OK, usually legal - as in letters from the bay leaves), or even adding a fullstop to the end of a sentence completely changes it. That's crucial!

Local town -Kempele- gets translated (En-Fi) to Ghaziabad, unless the 'K' is lower case....Oulu is Southampton in some phrases, Oulu in others.

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Damn. Wet myself again! (My nipples exploded with delight!)

As bad as: Minun ilmatyynyalus on täynnä ankeriaita...

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Nokia Siemens Networks to 'axe 8,500 jobs' amid biz gobble

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Re: Those brand consultants earned their pay...

Nobby No-necked name, IMHO Guess it was because they'd shelled out for a new logo. to finally get rid of that Pringles crisp under the name. Stil can't recall what the 'S' stands for, without looking it up..

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Nokia_Siemens_Networks_logo.svg

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Mystery object falls from sky, area sealed off by military: 'Weather balloon', say officials

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Re: mmm

Over-rated! God 'struth, man it was in 625-line, and colour at that! Luxury!!

In view of the recent announcement that the Japanese have launched a playm...robot into space, the advert. was waaay ahead of its time.

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Re: mmm - They peel them with their little knives...

Bet very few got that smashing quote...

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World's FIRST TALKING SPACE ROBO-CHUM BLASTS OFF to the ISS

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Intel's homage to Raspberry Pi: The much pricier Minnowboard

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Defeats the object, somewhat...

In my Ham Radio days, there was something very satisfying about communicating with someone on the other side of the world with 3 watts of Morse (HW8, anyone), vs. the 'Big Boys' - Stateside - with 1 kilowatt, huge steerable antennas, and all the DSP they could afford to throw at it.

It's a parallel to what can be done with a Pi. Pi IS limited, but the ingenuity of smart folks relish in the challenges it sets. Case in point being "FishPi". Sure a nice multi - K$ can do it, but a $35 computer???

Brings me back to the days I'd sweat over code in the wee hours, just to get my program down from 1027 bytes (ROM was pricey then, folks!).

Anyway, as pointed out, this box is waaay overpriced, and seems to have suffered from a bout of 'feature-creep' from initial idea - if there indeed was one.

FishPi: http://fishpi.org/

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Nokia flops out its 4G, 4.7-inch WHOPPER: The Lumia 625

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Re: Some daring

Gloves? Remember Nokia's home country. Market also UK. nuff said?

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Universal Credit: ONLY 6 job centres to get new dole system in October

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Poitiers, anyone?

Sounds like this ploy has been resurrected...

http://www.electronicsweekly.com/mannerisms/yarns/the-wittiest-protectionist-mea-2008-12/

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MagicPlay creator crafts Raspberry Pi demo

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The Raspberry Pi's OS is Linux.

Unles its Android...oh, wait...(can't get the 'jolly green giant' running on mine ATM...)

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Buh-bye Siemens: Nokia to splash €1.7bn turning NSN into N

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Fissiparous...

Er...Linux?

(now I'll get tol to 'fork off!' )

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Never got the reasoning behind this 'marriage'...

"Synergy" - as many merged companies have discovered - seems to be a very expensive word that means nothing.

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How Alan Turing wanted to base EDSAC's memory on BOOZE

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Memories of my mate...

..GEC, Coventry, once telling me how they corrupted 'programs' by jumping on the floor, under which were said delay lines...

Maybe he was after the gin, to which he was partial, esp. home-made Sloe Gin ( From him, I learned to make a 'Sloe pricker', from a plastic BNC socket cover, a box of pins, and Araldite)

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Mint 15 freshens Ubuntu's bad bits

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Re: Alternative to Windows?

Fuc*k me sideways!!!!!!!

Is that a record 'downvote' count???

Deserved every one.

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Ex-inmate at Chinese prison: We made airline headsets

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Isn't the Daily Mail outsourecd to China yet?

Bloody well reads like it is...

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Minty fresh Linux: Olivia hits the virtual shelves

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Definition of Frustration...

"Probably get some old timer on here that will tell you about the days of true core memory and the display being limited to a line printer only"

Playing Adventure on a DEC LSI-11, with mag tape cartridge as your only storage medium. The cries of "Oh, SHIT!" when you (mis) typed "E" for "East" when you meant "W", and had to wait for the tape to search, so it could tell you after a few minutes "You can't go that way". One guy completed the game that way. Took a month.

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