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Antarctic ice sheet melt 'not that unusual', latest ice core shows

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Re: Cold winters, Wet summers

So you're not in the UK then!

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Windows XP support ends a year from … now!

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Meh

XP lives on

This seems to come up regularly and like previous occasions is not worth worrying about. W7 blue screens on my favoutrite game CIV2 hence not fit for purpose. W8 looks like pants. XP just runs.

MS support - What's that exactly?

Touchscreens no thanks.

XP will be around for a long time yet. because most new technology is not really needed on existing desktops/laptops. Modern stuff uses a whole variety of gadgets like phones/non upgradable tablets, smart TV's etc.

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BSkyB punters drown in MASSIVE MYSTERY Yahoo! mail! migration!

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Re: Sky Customer

I suspect they don't know when it will be sorted. I haven't looked at the wife's account yet all Iknow is it stopped working she mainly uses it for shopping. Mine's sorted in the main everything back in gmail and I've notified and changed all important sites like paypal to the new address. Next will be giving sky the boot on broadband, phone and anything TV related that my wife doesn't watch - I'll have to look at the contracts and judge when practical.

To qoute their reason for change 'the product no longer matches my requirements'.

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Re: RTFM

The only deleted downloads I got were those deleted via thunderbird. All the ones I massacred last week in preparation were deleted via webmail and those have gone ie not resent. I do have copies of everything before I started. Which manual is this covered in? Most of the people using accounts usually use something like windows mail supplied with the computer they have. One poor sod had 30K emails re-sent. Oh and it was using imap on gmail go figure!

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Re: RTFM

So which notification said we're going to re-download everything you've ever deleted since you started with heavy emphasis for the great unwashed that are not IT specialists.

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Flame

Complete FUBAR

In the last 48 hours I've moved everything back to gmail and sent informed most people I deal with of the new mailbox. Sky internet and phone will be toast. I can live without the aggravation. Sky want to cut costs well snap they've just given me the incentive to do it. I also have infinity and yahoo which just reports telephone bill arrivals in the main - Yahoo is pants. Every mail service provider ISP or not has issues but being retired I prefer a freebie and don't want to have to back up stuff that is better off in the cloud. gmail with thunderbird is fine and if I really want a 'failsafe' backup just copy the whole profile to another disk or stick. Oh and I did know about it set up thunderbird and archived everything before these clowns started.

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Space station 'naut supplies Reg with overhead snap of Vulture Central

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Re: As a Yorkshireman

Following Bill Bryson? But I agree London is best avoided dirty smally and full of crooks especially Westminster.

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Re: Cue enviro-tards...

Rural Cornwall is good.

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Microsoft blasts PC makers: It's YOUR fault Windows 8 crash landed

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Re: IT's what happens when you don't listen to your customers

Yes I still run it does all I want why change? There does seem to be a fundamental flaw in touch screen thinking. Who would use it outside the tablet/phone market? I have 2 28" screens that allow me to sit feet away and work why would I want to put grubby fingure marks on the screen - it's nonsense. The mouse and keyboard are fit for purpose and cheap to replace - how much is a touch screen?

I have a relation who works in the health service and huge touch screens installed on wards have been a disaster - cost a mint nobody uses them. They're probably bug infested anyway.

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Climate watch: 2012 figures confirm global warming still stalled

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Re: You don't appear to have read the linked research

I was born not far from Burnley bavk in 46 and use to go to football matches there in the late fifties. Travelling over the hills the complete valley was visible and this was heavy smog now it's clear of that kind of pollution. The Chinese need to do the same thing.

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Coffee next on climate chopping-block

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Better still Antartica. It should be ice free by their accounts. They shouldn't be given anything except the odd wind turbine and a bit of solar.

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FOlA judges: Secret 28 who made the BBC Green will not be named

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Re: So....

The BBC has made no such statement so your premise is not valid.

This case sucks - effectively saying we are not impartial but you can't really know why.

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French gov 'plans to hand Google €1bn tax bill' - report

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Re: Profit != Turnover

International companies on tax fiddles should be taxed on profits no matter which country they declare them in. Plan B is to bar their web sites, products and services making it impossible to trade in the UK.

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Wanted! 4m-plus PC purchases to halt industry decline

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FAIL

Build your own

I've never bought a desktop always built my own so not uinterested in some manufacturers restricted offering full of bloat ware and odd ball drivers.

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US trounces UK in climate scepticism jibber-jabber

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Re: Typing pool...

If you think there is only one kilowatt per metre energy produced by the Sun then it really is time to go back to school. The Sun produces colossal amounts of energy right across the EMF spectrum plus a host of other electrical effects.

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Tim Cook: 'So sorry for Apple's crap maps app - try Bing or Nokia'

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Holmes

Re: Missing lots of functionality

Odd I managed with maps for most of my life. You actually use landmarks for positioning - go figure! GPS would have been handy in thick fog on some army exercises but I wouldn't trust any electronic stuff in mountain areas that could definitely lead to a "dead end".

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Last remaining reason to order an iPhone 5 disappears

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Childcatcher

Re: Is this a reaction?

Er that's the whole point of the article - to stir the broth. I've no interest in smart phones period over expensive short term junk which cannot be repaired or enhanced. Fools rush in where fools have been before is very apt here.

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Fans revolt over Amazon 'adware' in Ubuntu desktop search results

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Re: Doubleplusungood

Yes they annoy the hell out of me. I look something up and buy it then get weeks of adverts for same thing. They only succeed in pissing me off and ensure they don't get any future business.

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Now Apple cuts back on Samsung displays

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HP

My HP laptop is still going on XP I'm typing this on it..

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Ballmer: Win8 'certainly surpasses' Win95 in importance

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IT Angle

Re: "Not a chance, too many businesses require Windows software."

I'm still using XP it works why fix it. When I say it works that means it runs everything required. I run Linux for other stuff although I'm not keen on Ubuntu's latest offering. That reminds me I must dust my XP laptop off for the hols it's the only time it gets used even then I throw a screen, keyboard and mouse in. Only idiots buy pads or touch screens who needs loads of mucky fingers all over what they're looking at?

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Customers dumping Samsung phones in wake of Apple suit

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Re: Other Side!

I'm not a fan of either since I own neither a smartphone or a pad. and build my own PCs. The phones I have are cheap and cheerful and go a long time between charges. Of course this case was biased why do you think the judge put the date back? It's called damage limitation both for herself and pressure from above to try to work out a deal before the inevitable consequences of revenge for US protectionism.

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'United States must renounce its witch-hunt against WikiLeaks'

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Re: I've got to say

This coward decide to set up camp in the Embassy he can rot there.

The UK should throw Equador's ambassador and Embassy out of the country for interfering in its legal system and allowing its premises to be used as a pulpit. Unfortunately the P.M. lacks balls.

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Lawyers: We'll pillory porn pirates who don't pay up

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WTF?

Re: Does this work the other way?

"Having said that, I suggest not downloading porn. It damages your chances of actually having sex, never mind a long-term relationship, and it greatly increases the likelihood of your computer catching something nasty."

Could you expand on this flight of fancy.?

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Beak explodes at Samsung's evidence leak in Apple patent spat

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Re: WTF?

Exactly I have no use for something I need to constantly mollycoddle especially a phone which can take over ones life. I tend to leave my cheapo model switched off except for important calls. I've never bought anything Apple either based on experience with their 'quicktime' abortion.

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Re: @Mark . - that would be a "yes" then

I'm not sure an email is a document. I've sent many over the years discussing plans , brain-storming ideas etc which were never pursued. There is also a big heap of other interface work in progress. My company carried a document store for anything official since it is central and the contents can be accessed by anybody with priviledges. An email is little different to a letter or conversation.

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Climate was HOTTER in Roman, medieval times than now: Study

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Actually it looks cyclic and nobody can really get excited about the fine margins indicated over 2000 years. Try changing your thermostat by piffling amounts and see if you really notice the difference. Then ask your granny if she minds dying because she can't afford heat at all.

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Apple wins US ban on Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1

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WTF?

Re: Tab2

I'd draw the lie at pink a dildo is certainly a statement - hot rod springs to mind.

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Antarctic ice shelves not melting at all, new field data show

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Re: School's never out with Academics

There's a lot of mails which have been discussed at length you brought up datasets not me. The original problem came with ignored FOI requests and deleted data. The emails only confirmed what was already suspected.

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School's never out with Academics

So you want to equate anyone who disagrees with you as a holocaust denier. How typical of the brood of unsavoury people that now call themselves scientists. Academics have always been like little kids must be because they never left school. if you want to talk to people in the real world grow the f*** up. The public just don't believe you especially after climategate. Oh and that bigwig tosser in the IPCC who predicted the Himalayan glaciers gone in 10 minutes. If anything is happening in reality then it will happen until it gets bad enough to notice not because of some model. This scam is great for taxation and companies charging more for less but crap for the old and infirm who can no longer afford to heat their homes which oddly don't seem to be any warmer. Perhaps the "audio impaired" should invite some of the climate junkies round and let them spout more 'hot air' to warm the place up.

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Amount of meat we eat will barely affect future climate change

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Re: Only partial picture

So why are people living longer? Oh and our ancestors used to eat it raw.

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Same s*** different day

Here we go again yet another round of drip fed crap. Every other day some other subsidised idiot comes in with a story on how the sky is falling. Get a photo of the polar bear/penguin while you can they'll be gone before you can blink - yeah right. Just like the Himalayan glaciers! Oh and the sea level rise odd I can walk the same distance at low tide even 20 years after Gore's alarmist innundation video.

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Medieval warming WAS global – new science contradicts IPCC

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Holmes

Re: @Tarquin ftlb

So why haven't sea levels changed much? I think I'd notice if they were metres higher. The weather is similar to that experienced throughout my life and I'm now retired. Oh and pollution is a lot smaller than it was in the fifties and sixties except the output from cars particularily in cities.

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Re: Constant Solar output by Loyal Commenter

Yes and probably a whole heap more cycles during it's passage round the galaxy.

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Sky follows BT in blocking Newzbin2

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Waste of time and effort

I don't buy it or download it. The stuff they sell is manipulative trash. I have no movies or sound tracks on my system but the odd thing is I can watch or listen to this stuff on youtube . Why do they attack what must be a very small arena of techies using Usenet who will run rings round their legal block. Maybe it's because it's a soft target blocking youtube would cause major repercussions. Piracy is impossible to prevent so it has to be lived with whatever the morality.

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Microsoft copies Google with silent browser updates

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FAIL

Don't use IE except on the rare occasions when I needed to re-download chrome. I'm waiting for the first mega cluster F where a silent update kills or severely disables boxes worldwide: It isn't like MS have a perfect record. I don't use firefox since it's such a memory hog. I use to but chrome meets my needs. Windows XP OK for games but these days little else and it will run most older games. I might just disable the network period and just use XP for that.

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Global warming much less serious than thought - new science

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WTF?

Why is one of those water based asteroids going to hit us? I keep going to Cornwall and the sea level don't vary much. Oh enlightened one tell me how you measure the sea level? Land is constantly rising or falling the ocean floor has heaps of volcanoes and is also in flux. Your other comments are not worth discussing.

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'Apple's iPhone 4S ate our SIM cards'

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FAIL

Only idiots buy phones that cost a fortune.

My mobile which annoyingly runs out of charge after 10 days cost a tenner with ten quid free calls. It has no apps and my granddaughter thinks its crap but it works.

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Gas bill climbed £13,000 after correct online reading given

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Boffin

just find a phucking big storage container

Then fill the thing with gas until meter goes round clock and back to slightly positive on last reading.

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Ten reasons why you shouldn't buy an iPhone 5

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Or don't use a smartphone use a cheap and cheerful phone instead - battery lasts ages.

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Joke

Er poncey has a whole variety of meanings including someone who looks after game birds. UK humour beats the crap out of anything from the US. However game birds do tend to reduce tossers.

In this case poncey means more style than substance.

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It's official: Journos are dumb as a bag of IE users

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O.T.T.

That's way to serious for something that wasn't that interesting in the first place. Microsoft is fair game they've been ripping off the planet for years.

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Tablets will overtake consumer PCs, says Fujitsu CTO

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Paris Hilton

laptops are ok on holiday

I haven't much local use for anything that is not a desktop. 28 inch screen can do multiple thinks at once; don't need a magnifying glass and if it goes wrong can replace the bits easily. Even when I go on holiday with a laptop I use a separate screen keyboard and mouse Oh and a photo printer. Laptops tablets and phones have one major weakness - they use batteries which won't last the day out. I thought dem pads were for people watching a minature Paris in the small room whilst getting a good grip of the essentials. I've heard they have crap cameras front and back - the mind boggles!

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'Missing heat': Is global warmth vanishing into space?

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Alien

The Sun sometimes puts its hat on

Sure you would but they ignore the effects that don't suit them. There is a massive difference between modelling something against measuring actuals. I know which I believe. This is just like theoretical physics mostly junk built by mathematical jiggery-pokery. However nobody is taxing me (Energy or otherwise) to support the big bang multiverses and the like.

Can I have a fiver for everything AGW fundies ignore - Oh and no not the white ones.

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Strawman - WTF

The Sun is neither constant or predictable. That's what really get's me about so called climate scientists they only read the research they think supports their case. The Sun produces a massive amount of power across the full radiative spectrum plus magnetic and electrical effects. It also has its own little wobble (SIM) which derives from solar system gravitational effects. If it's all so predictable tell me when and in what direction the next three sloar flares are going to occur.

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Sunny side Up

Yousaying the main source of heat for the planet has constant output?

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Water Vapour

That's the real greenhouse effect. You don't need masses of ex engineers not being able to ski any more to prove it. Deserts at night rapidly lose heat heavy cloud cover retains it. Oh I forgot you people are allergic to things like SIM.

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BT on site-blocking: Every case will need a court order

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Paris Hilton

Dumb & Dumber

This is a hoot. Son't need anything complicated just a proxy server. All newzbin does is give the ability to provide a nzb for anything that takes peoples fancy that is on Usenet. Then run something like NOMP with a news server to get all the bits and pieces using the nzb as a template. I don't know how many people still use Usenet and those that do will be resourceful. I just can't see the point of the exercise.unless it is just a stalking horse to block masses of websites downstream.

Paris regularly contributes to the newzbin sister site.

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Post Office banking collapses in computer fail

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It could not have been total

Mine worked normally at 1430 on 27Jul.

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Hacking scandal starts to spread beyond News Corp

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Why do people expect any communication media to be secure

If I want to talk about something privately I do not use a phone or email. It's so bloody obvious that all media stuff or even records are openly available to the vermin on Fleet street.

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CERN 'gags' physicists in cosmic ray climate experiment

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The kind old Sun would know.?

The main reason I think AGW is junk science is because they have downplayed the Sun's PREDOMINANT role in anything climate. Let me remind you that the Sun is one massive entity - slight changes there have enormous effects elsewhere. It really is simple the Earth hardly retains any heat without cloud cover. Oh and the clouds are not CO2.which is a pitiful fraction of the Earth's atmosphere.

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