* Posts by Rasczak

172 posts • joined 29 Feb 2008

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BT finally admits its Home Hub router scuppers some VPN connections

Rasczak

Re: Of course if you don't read the small print on BT's consumer T&Cs...

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"If you want the NXDOMAIN response then just disable Web Address Help from http://preferences.webaddresshelp.bt.com/selfcare/. Takes just a few seconds and no config changing".

That's useful to know but misses the point a bit. Services like OpenDNS pull the same manoeuvre, but you make a conscious choice to use those.

The response is the same for each of your points there: Why should I have to do any of those things because BT are greedy and unethical and want to monetise a service I already paid for and hide the fact in the small print?

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And you make a concious decision as to which ISP you use. If you blindly agree to a legal contract without being fully aware of all the terms of service, then more fool you. I suggest you watch Dave Gorman's Modern Life is Goodish (http://dave.uktv.co.uk/shows/dave-gormans-modern-life-goodish/watch-online/#2652189551001), especially the bit about being in the audience.

Why do you assume that because you are paying directly towards part of the service that this covers the entire cost to the provider ? Do you expect newspapers to have no adverts in them and that the cover price covers the entire cost to the publisher ?

Remember there is plenty of choice of ISP who don't use adverts to subsidise their customer price, although BT may be being forced to subsidise them but that's another discussion, however that may mean paying more up front. You pays your money, you takes your choice.

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"Simple rule to follow, if you use basic internet services only, ie web and email, ISP kit is serviceable. If you use anything that causes the ISP support desk to go, "let me check into that,", their kit is probably worth changing out."

Or, just a thought (and I realise this is hilarious optimism on my part) a simpler rule still to follow would be for the ISP to supply a router fit for purpose given that that's a part of the service agreement, rather than shelling out for kit you shouldn't have to buy.

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Fit for what purpose ? As I said they are usually perfectly serviceable for general internet use and that is what low cost standard broadband is designed for. Do you complain to the car dealer that the Ford Fiesta you bought when you went in looking for a town runabout is absolutely useless at off roading ?

If you want something specialist, you need specialist kit, do your research before entering a legal contract, don't just go on price. FWIW I do reckon that there should be either some sort of discount if you don't want the supplied router, or a nominal charge if you do, so you can do the right research.

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Rasczak

Re: Of course if you don't read the small print on BT's consumer T&Cs...

If you want the NXDOMAIN response then just disable Web Address Help from http://preferences.webaddresshelp.bt.com/selfcare/. Takes just a few seconds and no config changing.

Many of the 3rd party DNS providers also direct invalid domains to their own servers, so you need to do the same thing if they let you, I use OpenDNS and have it set to return NXDOMAIN for invalid domains.

Of course I can change the DNS at the router as I don't use the BT Hub, and that is precisely because I understand the limitations of ISP provided kit.

Simple rule to follow, if you use basic internet services only, ie web and email, ISP kit is serviceable. If you use anything that causes the ISP support desk to go, "let me check into that,", their kit is probably worth changing out.

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BT demands end to Ofcom wholesale broadband subsidies for BSkyB, TalkTalk

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Facepalm

Re: When BT can...

Of course you do realise that the reason that others can afford to undercut BT is exactly because the wholesale prices are being kept artificially low.

But lets not let the facts get in the way of a good BT bashing eh

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Thousands! of! Yahoo! Mail! users! driven! crazy! by! revamp!

Rasczak

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We must be from the same decade. I also remember when people were able to type obviousurl.com in the address bar instead of googling absolutely everything. Things are not what they used to be anymore, and it saddens me a bit.

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I get the ones when I am doing internet/router support who don't even know what the address bar is, I say to type the router URL in the address bar in the browser and get asked if I mean type it into Google. Am I just getting old ?

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Re: How archaic

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People still use an email client by choice?

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Those of us who understand protocols and standards do.

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Rasczak
FAIL

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You remind me of someone who in all seriousness posted the question, "Why do drivers bother putting their sidelights on? Do they only want to see a little bit?"

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What has not knowing the need for sidelights got to do with knowing the correct tool for a job ?

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Try looking beyond your own nose once in a while. Are you telling me, with your huge intellect and all those years of schooling, that you can't conceive of a single instance where people may only have the option of accessing Yahoo Mail through a web browser?

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Yes there may be times that having an ALTERNATIVE way to access email may be useful, just as a hammer can be used as an alternative way to drive in a screw, but if you cannot get a screwdriver for your home toolbox, then would you buy screws ?

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FAIL

Re: Use a mail client

So it is impossible to get a non ISP email service that prefers POP/IMAP Access ?

Here's a clue, it isn't.

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FAIL

Re: Reply @Rascak

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You sir, are an idiot. Yahoo Mail is not a traditional e-mail provider, it's WEB BASED e-mail. therefore it is meant to be read / used / accessed within a web browser.

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Think of me as an idiot if you will, but if so then I am an idiot who understands what an oxymoron is.

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IIRC - accessing Yahoo Mail with a traditional POP based e-mail client isn't free, when I last looked, this required payment of a $50 per year for Yahoo MailPlus.

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Try checking rather than recalling if you don't want to be shown up then.

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Facepalm

Of course the biggest problem here is not any changes made to the interface, it is that there is an interface at all. It is an email service, the clue is in the name, Yahoo! Mail, so why are people trying to use a web browser ? It is like complaining that the hammer you used to use for driving in screws is no longer available. Well use a screwdriver then.

Use a mail client for mail, there are plenty available, and as long as the standards are supported by the mail service, then you can choose the client/layout/features that suit you.

If Yahoo! had start changing the mail protocols to their own ends that would be different, until then.....

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OK, so we paid a bill late, but did BT have to do this?

Rasczak

Unique Position

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In the meantime, given that BT is in a unique position to use this kind of alerting mechanism,

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What makes the article author think that only BT can put in an interstitial page when there is an issue with an account ? Given the lack of knowledge on this simple point, why should we believe any other part of the article ?

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Re: BT generally are very poor.

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Another lengthy phone call with threats about the problem being at my house and I would be charged for the call out.

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What threats are these ? There are no threats, you are being helped to avoid any charges by making sure the parts you don't pay maintenance for have been ruled out. Would you rather they said nothing at all, and then charged you a call out fee that you had no warning about ?

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All major UK ISPs prepping network-level porn 'n' violence filters

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OpenDNS router updater

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Hard to say, but OpenDNS works for me and they offer *you* the choice of categories if you want to block stuff home-wide.

Having said that, their system is stupid in needing a client on your home machine so it knows your IP address to match any preferences to, without that it cant be controlled. Should be a router setting like dynamic DNS support.

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There are some routers/firewalls that have an OpenDNS updater built in like those for DynamicDNS hostnames, IPCop which I use for example. IIUI it is a similar system used for the clients for both types of service updater clients, so shouldn't be a diificult job to build it in, it just needs the router manufacturers' support, of course whether they would be willing or not to do this is the big question. There does seem to be a bit of discussion on the OpenDNS fora about this, and ways around it though.

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Opera rewrite comes to Android

Rasczak

Re: Oh dear...

No exit button ? Yes it does have one, hold the back button and there it is, along with the option to show all the history (as you get in the stock Android browser), and the back button history.

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BT scores £146 meellion more UK.gov cash to fibre up Balamory

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FAIL

Re: BT always get the blame

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Do we have cable here?: no. Are we likely to get it anytime soon? Are we fuck

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What has cable got to do with BT ?

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Let me reiterate, this is a city, and the outskirts are all extremely prosperous, yet BT don't have any plans to put fibre-optic in. They don't deserve anything but blame.

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And yet you also say earlier that there are no plans for cable either, so I take it you are also posting on any Virgin Media stories that they don't deserve anything but blame either.

Oh you are not, didn't think so.

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Wireless remote control inventor zaps out at 96

Rasczak

Re: Reader Question

We call ours a hoofer, which I suspect is for the same reasons as doofer. Noel Edmonds has a lot to answer for.

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Yahoo! downs! mail! servers! for! essential! and extensive! work!

Rasczak
Boffin

IMAP

Try imap.mail.yahoo.com with SSL on port 993. It's worked for some time for me on the BT Yahoo! mail addresses I have.

Of course it may only work for their paid for or ISP linked accounts, and not on the freebies.

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Vanilla Ice to tackle panto Captain Hook

Rasczak

Free to air?

First shown in the UK on Channel 4. Either in the 6:00 slot that The Simpsons is in now, or at half past when Hollyoaks wasn't on 5 days a week IIRC.

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Paris Hilton

Tool Time

ABC1 as a channel here may have been short lived, but Home Improvement ran for 8 years in the US and has been shown on quite a few channels over here. It was also responsible for bringing one Pamela Denise Anderson to mainstream TV, playing tool girl Lisa.

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Coat

It is different

Under Pressure, well the original anyway, is dum dum dum duh duh doo doo, dum dum dum duh duh doo doo.

Ice Ice Baby is dum dum dum duh duh doo doo, da dum dum dum duh duh doo doo.

There's a whole extra da in the middle there and that is why he tried to claim it was original.

I still remember the first time I heard it, while building a radio from bits whilst doing electronics at college, and in amongst the crackles, hisses and whistles I heard something I thought I recognised, then the (c)rap came along and I thought noooooooooooooooooo.

Of course the Keane version of Under Pressure on the Radio 1 40th anniversary album has the extra da in there, and the least said about Jedward the better really.

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Diary of a Not-spot – the final chapter

Rasczak
Flame

GBP 15 surcharge for Highland delivery.

I feel your pain on the delivery surcharge, I tend to check delivery charges before I order, especially the ones claiming free UK mainland delivery, any surcharge and they don't get my business. The best recently was a shop I was in during a work trip to Birmingham, checked their site when I got home. It had the UK mainland claim, but then hidden away once you ordered was to choose Highlands, and the charge was GBP 27, by comparison they would ship the same item to Australia for GBP 32.

Of course from next month when the ASA can investigate web based adverts.......

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Opera fixes critical form-handling flaw

Rasczak
Jobs Horns

Opera 11 on PPC

Doesn't appear to be available

http://www.opera.com/browser/download/requirements/?platform=mac

Opera 11

Intel-based systems. Note that it does not work with PPC-based systems, OS X 10.4 or below.

Opera 10

OS X Tiger (10.4) or higher on an Intel- or PowerPC-based system.

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Man nabbed nude pics from women's email accounts

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Boffin

Create your own question

I tend to agree that only picking from a list of questions is likely to lead to answers that are findable.

Knowing this myself I am more likely to give an answer that is deliberately wrong, knowing that it as long as I give the same wrong response if asked the question by this site later I get in.

I can try and give that same advice to others but am aware that as the question is usually to reset a forgotten password, then if you have forgotten that then chances are you have forgotten the wrong answer you set up for that site, which defeats the purpose.

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Firefox ahead of IE in Europe, boosted by Chrome effect

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Thumb Up

Or even Opera 11

Opera 11 gives an option for portable install from the standard installer now. Just click Options on the first install screen.

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BT confirms broadband upgrades for rotten boroughs

Rasczak
Boffin

Fuzz - 40GB

I see this every time faster internet access is available.

Faster != more data automatically transferred.

There are those who just want to be able to do what they do faster, they don't want to do any more, just waste less time waiting when they are doing it, restricted bandwidth packages may well be suitable for them.

There will certainly be those whose usage would increase the faster the speed they have available, and that is why there are other packages available, you have to realise that just because it wouldn't suit you doesn't mean that it won't suit anybody.

BT Infinity Unlimited doesn't have over usage charges, no matter what you download, if you download over 300GB, which is averaging about 2 full DVDs a day, then they do cap your speed for a time though.

Also remember that BT Infinity is just BT Retail's FTTC service, as FTTC is wholesaled, any ISP can offer their own services, pricing and features which may suit you better.

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BT fibre-up-your-exchange poll in 6-way Mugabe style pileup

Rasczak
Boffin

Do them all ?

This result could give a problem.

The Race to Infintity is run by BT Retail, who are running it under the Openreach scheme that allows ISPs to nominate up to 6 exchanges for fibre upgrade. Openreach will then take these nominations and upgrade under certain conditions, http://www.thinkbroadband.com/news/i/4367.html has more info. BT Retail are not upgrading exchanges themselves, they can't as they have no direct control over exchanges.

Of course this may be why BT Retail said it would be the top 5, to cover for this sort of situation, so they can nominate the 6 at 100%, but the others at over 75% would need additional negotiations with Openreach which is what BT Retail possibly intended anyway.

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Channel Five to air Walking Dead

Rasczak
FAIL

It's on FX

To the ACs, try reading the subhead

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Primary school miss flashes porn vid at kiddies

Rasczak
Boffin

Real reason ?

In the social history type classes I had to take as part of my electronics course in college, I was taught that the reason VHS overcame Betamax, at least in the UK, was due to the hardware rental market.

The theory was explained to me as, in the late 70s and early 80s, when home VCRs were coming onto the market, a significant proportion of UK households were already renting TVs rather than buying them. The rental market went with VHS, I was either not told or don't remember why this was, whether Sony didn't want to go rental or Matushita gave the better deal I am not sure. Anyway, those renting TVs who also wanted a VCR would rent it as well, the fact that they cost near a grand to buy at the time also meant some who had bought a TV would also just rent a VCR. Those who did buy a VCR would then get the same type as those who rented so that they could exchange tapes, as the initially larger rental market was VHS, so the purchase market followed.

Now this could all be a load of BS, there was marketing stuff in the class as well so not impossible, however the theory is at least as probable as the pr0n theory.

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Nick Cave smashes speed camera with Jag

Rasczak
Headmaster

Music ?

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Starting with Hip-hop, house, acid, techno

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All very well, but the OP was talking about music.

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Russia wins World Cup bid in parrot-sickening travesty

Rasczak
Headmaster

Soccer ?

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It's soccer.

There are probably hundreds of brands of football, of which soccer is but one.

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I take it you are from the more recently independent side of the Atlantic. Yes there are many sports called football, generally originating in different regions, that each have different rules, but no sport called soccer exists.

The term is nothing more than a familiar abbreviation of the sport, namely Association Football, in the same way that rugger, is a familiar abbreviation of Rugby Football, which itself has two distinct codes.

Calling this the Football World Cup is no more wrong or right than saying that the Denver Broncos play[1] in the National Football League, or that Collingwood won the 2010 Australian Football League. Three different sports, all correctly called football.

[1] I use the term loosely, 3 and 8 for the season so far isn't exactly playing.

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Tea Party activists accused of rigging Dancing vote to favour Palin

Rasczak
FAIL

Watch

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What are you on about? You're seriously discussing on a UK site a tv programme nobody here can watch.

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See title

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MP wants age verification for net smut

Rasczak
Go

Turbo

Enabling Turbo in desktop, or mobile, Opera tells it to use the same proxy system as Mini uses. On testing through my fixed connection, an IP Address check shows the Opera Proxy address rather than my connection's IP address, as would be expected for a proxied connection.

I haven't been able to test using a dongle just now as there is not enough signal where I am to get a connection, though I do remember it working before.

That said I run my own VPN server to my home connection so would usually use this to get to anything that is blocked by any third party service, dongle wifi etc., I am using.

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Boffin

Opera Mini ?

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It is however relatively easy to get around, just do a search for how to install Opera Mini for mobile on a PC and you're up and running in about 15 minutes with no block.

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Or just enable turbo mode in the desktop Opera.

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Opera 11 goes beta with extensions, stacked tabs

Rasczak
Boffin

ALT ?

Why would a browser show tool-tips for the ALT tag ? That tag is for ALTernative text that displays when the image is not shown, If the image is displayed, why would you need the information from the ALT tag ?

Of course if the page author wants to provide information about an image even when it is displayed, then they would use the TITLE tag for that. Opera displays TITLE tag information correctly. If you are not getting tool-tips on images, then the page is written not to show further information when the image is displayed.

If the page is written not to show specific information, the correct behaviour is for the browser not to show it, any browser that does show it is therefore broken.

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iPhone glitch gets US fanbois up on wrong side of bed

Rasczak
FAIL

Right way round

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Wrong way round, the clocks went _back_, meaning an extra hour in bed, so the alarm would have gone off an hour too soon, which would mean a "rude awakening"... surely an alarm going off an hour _late_ would be a 'happy, relaxed, refreshed awakening"!?

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No, the alarm goes off an hour late, which is a rude awakening if you needed to be up and gone already. This was all discussed in the comments on that article last week, the recurring alarm is set for say 08:00 during summer time. Now summer time is GMT +1 so the alarm is actually set for 07:00 GMT +1 hour. The bug means that when the internal time is set back to GMT, it still adds the hour to the time of the alarm even though it now doesn't need to, hence the alarm goes off an hour after it was meant to.

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The 99p mobile phone: What's the catch?

Rasczak
WTF?

Much Cheapness

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They go for thirty bob or thereabouts on eBay if you ever get tired of it

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So a 6310i on eBay is only 51 pence more than the phone in the article ? Why would you want to sell the 6310i then ?

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Flakey scales brand Commonwealth boxers bunch of blobs

Rasczak
FAIL

Brian 6 needs to think.

It is simple really.

Competition certified scales say competition certified weight is heavier than certified.

Either scales are wrong, weight is wrong, or even both are wrong. Whichever it is, it is not the boxers that are wrong.

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Boffin

Which was wrong ?

I would expect that the weight referred to was one used for weightlifting, so it would need to be accurate as well.

So if the scales were correct in showing the weight as being 51.4Kg, it would then mean that the weightlifting weights were wrong instead.

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Ad touts benefits of pubic school to South Benders

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Paris Hilton

Missing ?

I remember my first trip to the US, half dozen guys staying in a rented villa near Orlando. Self catering so we had to do some shopping, a man cannot live on takeaway alone, so we went to the local supermarket chain, Publix. It may have been the font they used, but still to this day I cannot see the "l" in the name.

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BT feathers ruffled over pigeon-based file transfer caper

Rasczak
FAIL

You try looking

The BT Business Infinity package has static IP, no port hijack, run your own servers, 300 GB FUP. Other ISPs can resell BT's FTTC service as well, (do Demon, if not ask them why not), so others may have what you want if you don't want BT as the ISP.

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Post Office complaints: Write to M.BARRASS

Rasczak
Joke

Family

How do your brothers Warwick and Isaac get on ?

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NZ woman pays motorised tribute to A RYAN 1

Rasczak
Boffin

The answer......

..... and the question which gives it.

You need to read all 5 books in the trilogy though.

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Stripped-down IE9 interface leaks in Russia

Rasczak
WTF?

Thread hijack

Ready to be flamed for turning yet another browser story to Opera but......

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view two pages side by side – a feature already found in Firefox and Safari.

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The only way I can see to do this in Firefox is with an extension, I could be wrong though. I don't have a Safari install to check it out so don't know how it works there.

Opera has had this, due to its MDI heritage, since the first private versions in 1995, nearly 10 years before Firefox was a twinkle in a developers eye.

Opera can tile and cascade the tabs as well as allow you to set the sizes differently if you want, I use it regulary and will be very handy this weekend for the F1. I can have live timing on one window, circuit map in another, streaming on-board video in another and streaming world feed in the last, all sized to my taste.

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Scareware solicitors sent to regulator

Rasczak
FAIL

IANAL but he is so should know...

From the same page about the pub owner it is stated, "The illegal distribution of a copyrighted work is outright theft.".

I am no lawyer, but even I know that, in legal terms, that statement is patently incorrect, and this guy is qualified to give legal advice ?????

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LucasFilm sets lawyers on Jedi nameswipers

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Coat

Think clearly ?

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So if anyone is going to make money on users' ability to think clearly then it's going to be George Lucas.

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And here I was thinking he was making money on people's inability to think clearly, vis Epsiodes I II and, to a lesser extent III.

The one with the large hood.

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'Free' laptop deals compared

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Or £24

If you only take there to be 1000 megabytes in a gigabyte rather than 10000.

24 quid is still on the steep side though when the first 3 gig are a fiver each.

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DfT 'unwittingly' bigged-up speed camera benefits

Rasczak
FAIL

Un-Un-Unbaffle

I wanted to make this simple, but this isn't a simple situation.

Driving too fast is dangerous, but you don't have to be speeding to be driving too fast, for example, the posted limit is 40, but due to snow and ice, driving even at 20 needs extra caution.

Speeding is illegal, but the actual safe speed for that road may be higher than the posted limit, for example on those many roads that have been reclassified as 50 or even 40 when they were were never problems when the limit was 60, just councils have been told to reclassify.

Cameras trigger for speeding regardless of whether the speed is safe or not.

Cameras do not catch the dangerous if they are travelling below the posted limit.

What you don't seem to understand is that the posted limit is an arbitrary number decided on maybe 30 or 40 years ago, based on cars, (and fuel issues), and linked to certain classes of road. The actual road conditions and vehicle capabilities generally have no bearing on the limit applied.

Take for example the autobahns of Germany where there is in general no hard speed limit, just an advisory, but these are introduced as and when necessary, weather conditions, traffic levels and roadworks all bring limits when needed, and punished heavily. They are also less reliant of fixed cameras, using Police patrols. That means doing 120 MPH on a clear day with little traffic on an open stretch can be legal, but on the same stretch, in rain with a lot of traffic, doing 60 could be illegal. There if you are going too fast then you are speeding, the numbers don't matter, the actions do, that does not apply in the UK.

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or 3

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Think about what you wrote then ask yourself why do drivers slow down when they see a speed camera. There are two possibilites. 1.) They are already driving above the speed limit and then brake sharply when they see a camera or 2.) They are unaware of the speed limit on the road they are driving and so slow down just in case.

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3) They are knowingly driving at both a safe and a legal speed (remember just because it is legal does not mean it is safe), and they see a "safety camera", which must mean that this is a dangerous stretch of road, (why else would it be there ?). Taking this into account, they determine that the safe speed must be lower than they are currently travelling, (again just because it is legal doesn't mean it is safe), and slow down accordingly until they are onto the safer stretch and then speed up to a safe speed, still within the limit, for that road.

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Unbaffle

As I said in another reply, speeding and driving too fast are not the same thing. These cameras do not necessarily catch someone driving too fast, as they only trigger if you are speeding. There are better methods of stopping people driving too fast.

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Think ????

Think about the difference between driving too fast and speeding, clue they are not the same.

I do believe that ways to prevent people driving too fast are generally a good idea, speed cameras do not necessarily do this.

Of course you could come back and say that if I think that a speed limit on a road is too low then why don't I do something about getting it raised. Thing is that due to the spurious figures being touted, the only way speed limits will be changed is down, even on roads where there it is obvious that an increase or the status quo is appropriate.

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Google discovers Chrome can (really) block ads

Rasczak
FAIL

On a bike

"Oooh, our browser has far better versions of x plugin built straight in and had it long before yours did!"

There fixed it for you.

I know, I've risen to the flame bait, but I get this a lot.

http://www.chrishardie.com/blog/2008/02/someone-on-the-internet-is-wrong.html

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