* Posts by R Callan

148 posts • joined 28 Feb 2008

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Apple: Samsung ripped off our phone patent! USPTO: What patent?

R Callan

Re: how was it ever accepted?

Indeed. I can remember television sets from the 1960s that had cases with rounded corners and the screen had rounded corners as well. Can anyone claim that television sets are not electronic devices?

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Stop taking drug advice from Kim Kardashian on Twitter, sighs watchdog

R Callan

Re: Drugs for morning sickness...

Agreed, but leprosy is not a very common disease and it is nearly impossible to catch. Even then, non-teretogenic thalidomide is not recomended for use by women of child bearing age.

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A close shave: How to destroy your hard drives without burning down the data centre

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What be this C4 stuff? The explosive is RDX with plasticisers, a copy of the British Plastique from WW2. Just call it RDX and cover all of the possibilities.

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BOFH: My diary is MINE and mine alone, you petty HR gimps

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Re: CRT Monitors...

ATs, you had ATs? Even the head of IT only had an XT. The rest of us serfs only had slightly upgraded PCs, you know 640k, Hercules graphics and enough ports for dot matrix, pen plotter. Those 5.25 discs had huge capacity as well.

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'It's better to burn out, than to fade away on worst audio in history'

R Callan
Headmaster

Which gmail is being refered to? Is it g(oogle) mail, an e-mail service provider, or g(nome) mail, an e-mail client. Both utilise, I presume, spam filters.

I am not concerned as I use K(ool) mail as a client and my ISP as the e-mail provider.

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Hide the HUD, say boffins, they're bad for driver safety

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FAIL

DOHH

How can anything be "slowed down (judgement) by “as much as 200 per cent”." If it is slowed down 100% it is stopped totally, completely, absolutely. Anything which makes rediculous statements should be ignorred until the authors learn a language, any language. The fact that HUDs are probably a serious distraction makes the mad claims detract from the important message.

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Warning flags were raised over GDS farm payments system – yet it still failed

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Boffin

Re: Why do government projects fail?

Because no-one has read the most important works on how the world actually works. They make assumptions that what they have been taught (usually in university by people with no real life experience) is actually true.

The works in question are:

1.. Murphy's Law

2.. The Peter Principle

3... Parkinson's Law

4... Systemantics.

Without knowledge of these basic essentials the people involved are only going to continue wasting other people's money.

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GM's cheaper-than-Tesla 'leccy car tested at batt-powered data centre

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Megaphone

If we extend your logic, if everyone buys an electric car then no-one pays for the fuel taxes so no-one pays for the roads that are needed to drive all these overweight electric vehicles on. How long do you think your being subsidised by everyone else is going to last? Electric vehicles need to have a milage tax applied to pay for their being on the roads at all, and the tax should take into account the excess weight of the vehicles making them more expensive to fuel than ICE vehicles.

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Vauxhall VXR8: You know when you've been tangoed

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Flame

Transmission GRRRRRRRRRR

The transmission of a car is the what is often called the drivetrain, everything from the flywheel to the drive wheels. It is what transmits the power of the engine to the road where it is of most use. The gear box is not the transission!

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Nobel bro-ffin: 'Girls in the lab fall in love with me ... then start crying'

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Boffin

As iodine has been in salt to prevent the occurence of goitre, an iodine deficiency since early in the 20th century your comment does not address my 1960s. You obviously do not know that the contraceptive pill, even in women with normal thyroid function, reduces the production of T4 thyroid hormone. Hence my comments regarding age, residency and gender of the workmates.

p.s. I have to take T3 (thyroxine), not because of any iodine deficiency, but because of the most common auto-immune disease. It was detected by thyroid function tests (T3, T4 and thyroid stimulating hormone levels plus thyroid auto-antibodies). Additional iodine has no effect.

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R Callan

The best thing would be to get rid of the defamatory expressions "men's" or "womens". No more mens and womens tennis, golf, football rowing running quotas preferences etc. etc. what a great world we could have.

p.s. I have to agree with Sir Tim. I have seen all of the conditions he described, plus a few more. Having done thyroid function tests on young still living at home female workmates in the 60's it could be embarrassing at the time.

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Tech giants gang up on Obama over encryption key demands

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Black Helicopters

Encryption for criminal or terror purposes is so easy to produce that it is childs play. Public communications are too easily intercepted and read by the real nasties, those who are "protecting us". Secure encryption easy? I hear you say. Too right mate.

Write out an alphabet and underneath it write the numbers 1-0. Repeat the numbers until the alphabet is used up. On the 3rd time through with Roman letters there will be some numbers left over, so add some useful punctuation [space] [comma] [full stop] perhaps ["]. Depending on how you start and the placement of the punctuation we abtain about 100 distinct cyphers which are difficult for simple frequency analysis to break. By itself suitable for casual protection but easily broken by the experts. To make it very hard to break take a book, any book any language and even another alphabet. Use the system outlined above to number the characters in the book starting at a random or carefully defined place. A defined place could be given by date and/or time as prearanged with the recipient. Add these numbers to your initial encryted message rolling the numbers over so that 18 becomes 8 etc. Either send your now secure message as is or repeat using another book. Write the message onto the back of a letter or postcard using invisible ink (lemon juice or milk work very well). Possibly use the outside of the envelope to write your message on.

As long as the startng place in the book is varied for each message it becomes very difficult to decrypt without the key, and even then needs to be done manually because each code number can have 3 different answers or even 4 if digits were included in the original coding format.

Oooops, I've just described a secure coding system for small cells of crims. or t'rists. Do I hear a black chopper?

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A 16 Petaflop Cray: The key to fantastic summer barbecues

R Callan

Re: "more than 3,000 forecasts and predictions each day"

At least when they are for 4 days later. Those for the remainder of the century are just very expensive fiction.

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Using leather in 'leccy cars is 'unTesla', rages vegan shareholder

R Callan

Re: and the electricity?

Do mean it's not? When I bought this (white box even though it's brown) machine many years ago the saving was NZ$169 through not having any MS ware on it. The software has been upgraded many times, including going from 32 bit to 64 bit for a total outlay of ummm nothing.

Long live free software ot to quote Charles "it is a far, far better thing I do ".

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Russia's to blame for pro-ISIS megahack on French TV network

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Joke

Of course Cyrillic keyboards are only available in Russia and these highly skilled hackers have never heard of VPNs or anonymous proxies. Also the time stamp of a computer is always exactly the local time.

Please meet me anywhere you like (you are to pay my expenses in advance) because i have some very nice structures for sale e.g. bridges cathedrals castles. Price only on application on site.

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Caterham 270S: The automotive equivalent of crack

R Callan

What have you got against the sound of triples. Do you not remember the sound of Tridents or Jotas in race trim? That unearthly howl at high revs. Yumm.

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Russia copies EU commissars with own right to be forgotten law

R Callan

Re: Eye for one?

You appear to be taking the after the fact homogenised and adjusted "facts" as being the "truth".

The colonisation of India was not an originally deliberate act by the British government. It came about slowly because of trade. The East India Company wished to trade with the many independant states which made up India. It was normal for caravans of goods to be escorted by armed men becuse of the lawlessness common at the time and place. The company decided it would be more economical and reliable to hire their own permanent guards instead of getting locals in each region on a temporary basis. This guards developed into a company army. The development continued until the company had effectively taken control of much of India. The British government then decided that a British company should not have this sort of control of a foreign region and effectively nationalised the company and in the process turning much of India into British colonies.

What this resulted in was the development of much of India and the suppression of customs which were abhorent to not merely the British, but many of the locals as well. There were indeed things which now would be called oppreseive, but taken in the currency of the times were perfectly normal.

p.s. if you wish to introduce racism to the argument, please remember that racism (frequently called tribalism) is a normal state of mind throughout the world. The slaves exported from Africa to the Americas were after all captured by locals and then sold to the European traders for export. This was usually because the slaves were off a different tribe to the captors and there-fore of no significance.

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Chips can kill: Official

R Callan
Boffin

Re: What about that 'High Fructose Corn Syrup' then?

Nearly true,but a few minor changes required.

When blood glucose levels (produced by the ingestion of almost any carbohydrate) increase insulin is produced. The higher the level of glucose the more insulin production. The glucose is then stored as glycogen. As the (high) level of glucose is rapidily reduced by the insulin there is a tendency for the glucose level to drop too far. This could be corrected by the production glucogon which is the hormone which converts glycogen back into glucose. However, glucogon is produced more slowly than insulin and the high level of insulin wants to convert the just released glucose back into glycogen. The resulting glucose-glycogon-glucose-etc. fight is solved by the person feeling hungry which is simply corrected by eating. But there is now far too much glycogen for the shor term storage to handle so it now is converted to the long term storage medium, fat!

But the insulin-glycogen fight with the resuling hyper/hypo glycaemia is continuing which demands more food so...........etc.

Simple carbohydrates are possibly the most dangerous food compounds available if taken in more than tiny quantities because they are so easily digested and absorbed and then generate the hormonal imbalance described above. Obesity can be possibly controlled by only eating slowly absorbed foods which require a lot of energy to digest, absorb and be converted into a useful energy source.

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RAF Eurofighter gets a Battle of Britain makeover

R Callan
Boffin

Re: What is so unique about this paint job?

Um no, it was unique to the aircraft, until it was replaced by another aircraft. The first 2 letters in this case GN are the squadron code, and the third letter is the aircraft code. Pilots frequently used different aircraft for different flights.

It is a pity that the replacement for the Hurricane could not have been in the same picture. Are the any Typhoons in existence?

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Kiwi company posts job ad for Windows support scammers

R Callan

The problem is that for some tears there have been spam callers doing exactly this in N.Z. When after about 1000 calls the called person gets somewhat irate, then the call and hang up calls start. The only thing common to all of the callers is a distinct sub continental accent.

The advertisers would appear to have shot themselves in both feet.

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POW: Smut-seeding copyright troll slammed as 'extortionate'

R Callan

But Mr. Bean was Sharpe.

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Avengers: Age of Ultron – blisteringly big banter, brawls and brio

R Callan
Boffin

If it doesn't have John Steed and Mrs. Peel I doubt that it is worth watching :<)

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Bloke hits armadillo AND mother-in-law with single 9mm round

R Callan
Boffin

Re: @code junky ...Ah

Ah, but which nine mil? The article is lacking that detail. I suppose the most common is 9mm Parabellum but there are also:

Mauser 9mm Export

9mm short (A.C.P .380)

9mm Largo

9mm Makarov

and not forgetting that .38 and .357 are also 9mm

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Tax Systems: The good, the bad and the completely toot toot ding-dong loopy

R Callan

All tax systems are loopy

Tax systems are designed with one main purpose in mind, to hide from the taxpayer how much they are really paying. The only honest system would be personal income tax ONLY. This would at a stroke remove all of the double treble and more dipping and allow the taxpayer to know exactly how much tax they really pay. It would have side benefits like reducing the size of tax departments and the numbers of accountants needed in both the public and private sectors thus reducing needed tax takes.

Could you imagine the screams if the average taxpayer discovered that thy were paying 80 or 90% of their income in tax (which they in fact do).

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BONFIRE of the MEGA-BUCKS: $200m+ BURNED in SECONDS in Antares launch blast

R Callan
Boffin

Re rocket science

Rocket science is dead easy, little more than f=ma plus a little elementary chemistry (e.g. 2H2+O2=2H2O = heat, lots of heat) The hard part is rocket engineering

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IRONY ALERT: Former MI6 chief warns of 'mass snooping' - by PAEDOS

R Callan

Also, it is possible to be precise but not accurate.

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Munich considers dumping Linux for ... GULP ... Windows!

R Callan

Re: Lack of integrated email/contacts/calendar?

Gmail is not google-Mail, but a mail, contacts and calender application optimised for the Gnome desktop. It also works well on KDE but there is a mail/calender for KDE called KMail. There many other suitable applications for Linux but the problem seems to be that too many people seem to equate computing with Microsoft (Windows etc.) We have therefore a mind-set of users, and possibly admins, that needs to be overcome before Linux is accepted on a commercial or industrial scale.

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We got behind the wheel of a Tesla S electric car. We didn't hate it

R Callan
Boffin

The problem that most people do not acknowledge with electric cars is:

When all cars are electric and no-one pays fuel (road) tax, how are the roads paid for? Is the assumption made that all electricity is used as automotive energy and then taxed at current automotive fuel rates to replace fuel taxes. People without cars might object to having their electricity bills quadruple.

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Snowden never blew a whistle, US spy boss claims

R Callan
Childcatcher

Re: WTF?

Yes, I've noticed that U.S. citizens can be, and are, executed in public and without trial, for the dreadful crime of being mentally disturbed in a public place.

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Snowden leak journo leaks next leak: NSA, GCHQ dying to snoop on your gadgets mid-flight

R Callan
Boffin

Re: I'm going to repeat a post I made on another forum; it has relevance.

- terrorism laws make the possession of *knowledge* an offence

This definition makes me, and my high school chemistry teacher, RIP, terrorists. I was taught how to make

1.. fuming nitric acid

2.. fuming sulphuric acid

3.. how to safely combine these chemicals with certain organic materials (such as cotton wool) to make organo-nitrates more commonly called high explosives.

Perhaps iI should turn myself in now.

p.s. perhaps a time will come when, just for fun, ordinary people will send each other encrypted messages to see if the recipient can decode them. I have devised one encryption method which I feel is nearly unbreakable as it is a variant of one time pads without the pads.

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Mosquitoes, Comets and Vampires: The de Havilland Museum

R Callan
Headmaster

Re: The Mossie

I think you would find that they tries and failed. The Focke/wulfe TA 154 Moskito fits the bill exactly, down to the purloining of the name.

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Kiwi inventor's court win rains on Apple's parade

R Callan

Re: DryPhone

Perhaps because New Zealand has a tradition of calling waterproof gear Dri, as in Swanndri. To have reversed the order and called it PhoneDri would have sounded ridiculous and possibly have upset the Swanny people.

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Steelie Neelie: EU biz can use YOUR private data WITHOUT PERMISSION

R Callan

Re: Not good enough, Mrs Kroes.

Or is that Arfur?

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Microsoft Australia calls fibre-to-the-premises 'best outcome' for NBN

R Callan
Thumb Up

So if MicroSoft wishes Australia to have fibre to the premises broadband then all they have to do is install it and offer it to everyone at a competitive price. MS is after-all the most important IT company in the world so it should be a mere rounding error to them. I hope Mr. Abbott takes them up on their kind offer and saves the long suffering Aussie taxpayer a very large fortune.

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Apple's top bean counter: New spaceship HQ won't emit 'one atom of carbon'

R Callan
WTF?

Excellent, a building that does not emit a single carbon atom. Now about those molecules that contain carbon

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Scottish leader splurged £20k appealing disclosure of EU membership legal bungle

R Callan
Happy

Re: The no campaign is grasping at straws here

If Scotland should gain independence from the United Kingdom, The United Kingdom ceases to exist. It was formed when Scotland took over England and combined the two kingdoms of Scotland and England into one united kingdom. (The earlier take over of England by Wales did not result in a united kingdom as Wales was a number of Principalities and not a kingdom).

Further, the expression Great Britain used in the meaning "The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland" could no longer be used as a large proportion of the island of Great Britain would not be included. This would hopefully invalidate all of the ridiculous treaties signed by "Great Britain" including the EU treaties allowing the independence of England, Wales and Northern Ireland from foreign domination (the first time from 24th March 1603).

All I can say is roll on Scottish independence and freedom for the English, Welsh and Northern Irish.

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THE TRUTH about beaver arse milk in your cakes: There's nothing vanilla about vanilla

R Callan
Joke

Re: Luwak coffee - a question

I must be a "good" vegetarian then. Everything I eat is of vegetable (plus fungal) origin, just that some of it is filtered through animals before i get it. I love cow filtered grass, but prefer to call it steak.

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Brit and Danish boffins propose NSA-proof crypto for cloud computing

R Callan
Happy

Re: Political Correctness Gone Mad

Umm not really. Paris was a real man when he ran off with Helen and started the Trojan war. The video you saw was of a very good impersonator.

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Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid: Eco, economy and diesel power

R Callan
Boffin

Re: How Much?

As an ex-Yorkshireman, if everyone was to only run their cars on coal (remember that 'leccy has to come from somewhere) who pays for the roads? The current major source of funding is fuel (read petrol) tax. In fact are the Pious types using the roads without paying at the moment.

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YouTube Wars: Microsoft cries foul as Windows Phone app pulled again

R Callan
Boffin

Pot, meet kettle, kettle meet pot.

So every coder in the world can make HTML5 uTube work, except MicroSoft and it has to be Googles fault. I vaguely remember a company called Lotus that complained about not getting API;s from MicroSoft, and proved it, but MIcroSoft went on their own merry way.

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No distro diva drama here: Penguinista favourite Debian turns 20

R Callan
Happy

Re: Different linuxes for dirrerent purposes

""Windows for when I need to play Solitaire.""

kPatience works fine on my Mepis (Debian based) machine and it gives me far more choices.

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Larry Ellison: Google is ABSOLUTELY EVIL, but NSA is ESSENTIAL

R Callan
Flame

Re: He actually said that ?

I would rephrase the question as "He has heard of Obama hasn't he?"

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Wake up, Linux hippies: No one 'morally obligated' to give back

R Callan
Boffin

But

It's the narrowest end of a microscope.

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Panorama stalks alleged stalker's twin brother

R Callan
Boffin

Allo Allo --- wots all this then

But that was perfectly alright as they were both Nancy boys

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Zero-day backdoors to be left unplugged on Patch Tuesday

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Thumb Up

I really like

how MS Windows is posted as Malware :<)

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Doctor Who to marry Doctor Who's daughter

R Callan

Doctor

It may not really be in the spirit of things, but will they play "Talking 'bout my generation" at the ceremony?

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Massive new US spy airship 'could be used to carry big cargoes'

R Callan
Boffin

I'm confused (again)

So these airships can only land by using upward thrust from the engines as they are heavier than the bouyancy of the gas bag. I presume that having landed that then the engines are put into either no up thrust or down thrust to maximise the negative bouyancy. You then claim that the weight penalty of a compression system would be excessive, but why not use the drive engines as compressors, seeing as how they are not needed for lift when the airship is on the ground? This is easily done by using one bank of the V8 as an engine to drive the other bank as a compressor. Half of a 4 l engine running at 3000 rpm will compress at least 3000 litres of gas to 150 psi per minute, 4 engines will compress 12000 litres/min.

The next problem is the weight of the storage system. No problem at all as soon as one stops thinking about dedicated and heavy cylinders. The floor of the cargo deck needs to be strong enough to handle the cargo, and the lightest way of getting the strength is to use extruded box section alloy. Connect all of the box sections together and use that as your storage "cylinder". Compression and storage of excess He for practically no weight penalty.

It just requires a little thinking outside of the norm.

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Linux bug bestows attackers with 'superuser' powers

R Callan
Happy

Phew

I'm safe! Still using 2.6.27 kernal.

This seems to be more a symptom of "feature bloat" than anything else, that only affects those on the bleeding edge.

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Compromise turns Kaspersky site into malware hub

R Callan

Not Using Ubuntu 10.04

The use of an alternative OS is not the be all and end all, But, using an alternative to I.E. and then customising it to look unlike any other person's browser might help. If a screen pops up that is not in your choice of browser or look (colour schemes, furniture etc.), it might help to alert people to the fact that they might not be where they think they are. If I was to get a screen that was default Win XP IE I would be very amused.

Disclaimer: I use a distro of Linux (not xBuntu) usually with FF that has been customised to my liking.

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iPhone, BlackBerry, Droid: purveyors of pestilence

R Callan
Boffin

Minor nit

Coliforms (faecal or otherwise) are Enterobacteriaceae. Most Enterobacteriaceae are harmless in the gastro-intestinal tract, the major exceptions being Shigella and Salmonella and some Escherichia Coli which have been conjugated with Shigella.

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