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34 posts • joined 12 Feb 2008

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 due next week

Nipsirc
Headmaster

Rather than 'reaching out'...

...could you not just 'ask'? It's a lot easier to type, it's easier to understand and it makes you sound less of a complete arse ^H^H^H^H manager.

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T-Mobile rolls out contract-PAYG combo

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WTF?

Errr...

But the bog standard T-Mobile contract gives you 100 mins + 100 texts for a tenner a month (includes a booster)... am I missing something? I get to pay an extra fiver a month for 25 fewer calls and texts in order that I don't pay more than I'm expecting.

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Psychology graduates remain poor for life, study shows

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FAIL

Huh?

I think you're thinking of psychotherapists, not psychologists. I'm loving this whole thread of people taking the piss out of a discipline when they don't actually know what the discipline even covers. Anyone would think you're all psychologists (or is it psychiatrists, or sociologists, or psychotherapists or...yawn, bored now).

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Facebook quietly switches on facial recognition tech by default

Nipsirc
Meh

Read the full blog entry

and you'll see that it will only suggest friends as tag candidates. There's nothing scary about it - it doesn't offer anything you can't already do. Nothing to see here. move along please.

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Somerset council review criticises Southwest One

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WTF?

Wouldn't have been such a good headline

to write something like 'Somerset Council writes reasonably balanced review' would it? You could even have written 'Somerset Council praises Southwest One' - all are perfectly valid. Unfortunately the 'review' is so bland and missing any degree of statistical analysis as to be completely worthless.

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Sandi Toksvig puts the 'n' into cuts - on the Beeb

Nipsirc
WTF?

Something like this...

...will go over the heads of any children below a certain age anyway. My children (7 & 9) listen to the News Quiz, and a joke like that they wouldn't understand. They don't really know who Tories are.

Seriously though - I'd much rather the use of swearing was kept to allusion rather than just blurting it out - I know Radio 4 audiences are expected to be able to handle a certain amount of foul language, but it does make it difficult when I want to introduce my kids to some good comedy. Apart from anything it gets bloody annoying when one of the sprogs keeps saying '''oooh, did you hear the man on the radio? He just said a swear word..." Very tedious.

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David Cameron wants to push all of Blighty online

Nipsirc
Headmaster

Hopefully they paid a little more attention

to the refurb of the computers than they did when they wrote the text for their buttons on the ecycleonline website:

'Choose your computer from one of our great value *package's*'. Would you like an extra Apostrophe with that?

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Apple suppliers: Child labor, bribery, suicides

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I think perhaps they can win

Now I can't be certain, but I have a feeling that someone, somewhere is making a few pennies profit from Apple products. I have a sneaking suspicion that if Apple were to move their manufacturing plants to countries with good records on human rights and better working conditions they may make slightly less profit - still profit though. Perhaps if Apple were to lead the way in this - after all there's more than enough mark up in an Apple product to allow them to do it - others would follow. At least then you'd know that when you pay over the odds for a product at least there's some good coming out of it, and you'd feel slightly less cheated.

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'Mark-of-the-Beast' bug topples Java apps

Nipsirc

No. It isn't.

I can't imagine anything less likely than Microsoft using Java applets for you to read your Hotmail emails in a browser. Perhaps you're confusing Java with JavaScript? Think of the differences between Java and JavaScript as being the same as the differences between jam and jamboree, or microscope and Microsoft.

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This year's comedy Xmas No. 1 contender: Silent song 4'33"

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Go

He (or rather his estate) will indeed...

...they have it all covered. The project has the blessing of the estate. I'm guessing there are a bunch of techies in radio stations across the country working out how to override the emergency DATs as we speak.

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Hasbro unleashes 'Spastic' Transformer

Nipsirc

If you fail to see it here...

I'm hazarding a guess you are in the good ol' US of A. Spastic is seen as a derogatory term in certain contexts - such as the UK...

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Ten... budget Android smartphones

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Unhappy

Pulse mini - how much?

I can appreciate prices change reasonably quickly, but seeing as the roundup only came out this morning (16th November), TMobile have it at 80 quid bar a penny, which is 15 quid off. I realise you think £230 is 'budget', so probably drop fivers without noticing, but all the same!

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Powermat iPhone 4 wireless charging kit

Nipsirc
WTF?

Erm, wasn't the point of the PowerMat (tm)(c)(pto)...

...to be a y'know, mat, that you could, like, just put things on and they'd charge? The idea being that rather than having to carefully plug in a single unit to a single dock and have loads of wallwarts, you'd have one mat, and just throw many things on it without fiddling about. So they've magically come up with a single use item (you could almost call it a dock) which requires careful placement. And they charge 50 squiddlies? Has someone has lost the plot, or am I missing something?

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Over half of all apps have security holes

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FAIL

Or to put it another way...

...Veracode's code testing service only found security holes in half the software submitted to it. Nah, that's not such a good stat, let's leave that one out of the thinly veiled advertisement.

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Apple to reveal musical something on September 1

Nipsirc

All this music stuff from Apple...

...isn't it sailing a bit close to the wind with regard to their deal with Apple Corp? I thought the deal was that Apple could use the word Apple as long as it had no connection with music (and I presume that Apple Corp didn't go into the designer computer market). Seems Apple are getting more and more embroiled in music - but I guess they did invent it, so fair's fair.

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Home Office unveils new UK passport

Nipsirc
Headmaster

Indeed they were cheaper at one point...

So were a lot of things. Some things are free - even now - such as capital letters and punctuation marks.

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BBC chief acknowledges DAB flop & internet radio

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Power line tech could crash aircraft and shut down the Archers

Nipsirc
Headmaster

@Anon Coward - Wireless Mice...

Not sure how having a big poo will help... http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=laying+a+cable

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Pentax K-x

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Battery problems with Pentax DSLRs

Nothing new on the power management side of things - I have a k-100d and it ate rechargeables for breakfast and alkalines for lunch. They seem to set the voltage drop point too high, or there isn't enough calibration. Either way I found using Eneloops has cured that problem completely - can't recommend them highly enough if you have a Pentax DSLR.

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Open-source Silverlight project drops early third code

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WTF?

Covenant?

Erm, I'm not a legal bod - doesn't this sentence make the covenant not worth the pixels it's projected upon?:

"Microsoft reserves the right to update (including discontinue) the foregoing covenant"

So at any point in the future they can remove the covenant and sue the pants off you? Or have I got it wrong?

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Office 2010 to come loaded with WGA's bastard child

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@anon coward -12:31

"Like everyone else on the planet, I've pirated loads of stuff". Now *that's* bollocks... I haven't. I don't need to, I use Linux. I also buy music CDs and film DVDs. I think the last thing I 'pirated' was the top 40 recorded off the radio (had Annie Nigtingale on afterwards playing The Smiths and The Cure - shows how long ago.)

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T-Mobile getting out of blighty?

Nipsirc

And the only telco...

...with a signal in my area. As long as whoever buys them keeps the micro cell going in my valley I don't mind.

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Hire your very own Fred the Shred

Nipsirc

Where's the...

...'report this item as spam' button?

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Music industry sites DDoSed after Pirate Bay verdict

Nipsirc

That's a great argument...

"Even if The Pirate Bay was taken down something else would surely replace it." Hmm, that's true, so might as well let <insert favourite criminal group> act with impunity, because if we take them down, another <insert favourite criminal group> will surely replace it? Apathy rules, but it can't be arsed to do anything about it...

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T-Mobile launches 3G broadband sharing station

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Yeah, right...

Having just experienced the awesome power of 3's 3G offering, sharing a connection like this would be like sharing a 56k modem. Fine if you're ssh'ing onto a terminal, piss-poor for anything else...

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Noel Gallagher takes a tumble on YouTube

Nipsirc
Unhappy

And happy slapping's hilarious too.

I really don't care whether this happened to someone famous or not, pushing someone over next to the edge of a stage is stupid beyond belief. Perhaps I'm getting old, but I've never found deliberate actions which could lead to someone else's serious injury or death particularly funny.

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OpenOffice.org 3 beta lands

Nipsirc

@AC paper size (old forum post)

yes, mine also defaults to A4 - but you may wish to change the default to letter, or legal or some other weird page size. It may also default to letter if you live in a strange country, or use Linux (same thing really!)

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Nipsirc
Coat

@AC paper size

Hmm, When I saw your comment I thought - that can't be true... hey presto, google 4 minutes later:

http://www.oooforum.org/forum/viewtopic.phtml?p=95542&highlight=paper+size#95542

Shall I get your coat sir?

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O2: We didn't know we were capping 3G data speeds

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@I want a partial refund

"A matter of minutes can decide whether or not I make a sale." You need to have a chat with the guy who's galled by the fact he can't annoy everyone on the train for the full 15 minutes. I bet you'd get on really well...

So before 3G came along you were skint and constantly missing your targets eh? I love the way that you didn't realise until you were told about only getting 128 kbBbbbBBbs - shows what a difference it makes.

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BBC vs ISPs: Bandwidth row escalates as Tiscali wades in

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@Will Leamon

I was thinking of the flash based player, seeing as I run Linux, it's the *only* version available to me. Yeah, so they also use P2P, so go for the Bitorrent stolen music/pr0n/software guys instead before the BBC. Oh, that would be a bit too tricky - at least they know where the BBC is (are?).

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Nipsirc

Erm, am I missing something?

The BBC *is* paying for it's usage. It hosts the streams on a server/servers with a connection to the internet. It has to pay for the bandwidth/throughput the servers use. Unless of course it got it's hosting package from someone like Tiscali, who offered them an 'unlimited' allowance for 3.5p a year? I don't have to pay Tiscali if one of their poor uninformed suckers looks at my website, but they use up my allowance on my host. Why should the BBC be any different?

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IBM takeover of Telelogic is cleared

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@Mark

Even more suited to IBM, doesn't it run on Informix? It is *really* dire, I know that.

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Major Linux security glitch lets hackers in at Claranet

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Didn't Microsoft release fixes for 6 crits yesterday?

Couldn't work out how long they'd been open for, and granted, most were for 'userland' stuff like Office, but that was after about a minute of looking. I'd say that the very fact *1* security flaw has been exploited in a Linux deployment is newsworthy says it all...

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ISPs demand record biz pays up if cut-off P2P users sue

Nipsirc

And your problem is?

OK, so some people use P2P to download OpenOffice.org or whatever, but compare that to the vast majority of you whinging people out there who are disgusted that you might get nicked for stealing music. If - as a few of you seem to feel - all the music is crap, why are you listening to it? If it's good enough to listen to, it's good enough to buy. Yeah, record companies are a bunch of pigopolists, but they always have been. If you want to find good quality music, go to gigs, find your own bands. Don't put up with what you're fed by those record companies. Small bands will distribute their music by themselves on CD's or un-restricted mp3's (or OGG's or whatever). If you do this, then there'll be no need for big record companies, and bands will succeed on their own merits, not based on some massive PR exercise. I don't agree with what the government are thinking of doing, but if you don't 'share' (ah, what a lovely cuddly term) music, there will be no need for this unworkable idea. Flame on. If you're downloading music that you've been told to listen to by a record company PR machine, you've only got yourself to blame.

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