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Five unbelievable headlines that claim Tim Berners-Lee 'INVENTED the INTERNET'

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Re: Protocol breakdown by traffic

Kind of see where you're coming from... But that's only traffic.

Almost like saying motorways are cars because they use it the most % wise.

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Psssst. Don't tell the Bride, but BBC Three is about to be jilted

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Re: Meh

Thing is... You've listed 4 programs there that are worth a watch.

I can't name that many on BBC 1 or BBC 2...

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James Dyson plans ROBOT ARMY to take over the world

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Re: In the UK?!

"The NSA and GCHQ are listening to the inside of your colon as we speak."

I think we're all listening to his colon (or at least what comes out of it) at the moment...

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Optical Express 'ruined my life' attack site wins Nominet takedown battle

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Re: Ive condisered this before:

Is the much higher risk of infection (that could leave you blind) from wearing contacts worth it?

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Re: I married an eye surgeon

"It is now realised that this affects peripheral vision"

No where NEAR to the level that a pair of glasses does! Frame + only having a small clear area directly in front of the head is surely much worse?!

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Re: @AC "contacts are rubbish at night with a high index"

I had RGPs for a good few years, then soft lenses for a while - eventually my eyes were rejecting both (started getting severe irritation) and we'd tried every brand going ("we" being a small independent optician and myself).

Glasses weren't great - as you get hardly any peripheral vision, contacts (before they were rejected by my eyes) just spun around and with astigmatism that's no use!

I asked my optician about laser surgery and she suggested a specific surgeon rather than a brand name. I did my research on him, went for an appointment and a 2 treatments later can see darn well! He set expectations, and didn't promise perfect vision.

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Ohh! The PRECIOUS! Give it to uss. We WANTS it: Shiny iThings coming in 2014

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Joke

Re: very, very unique...?

"very dead"

Zombies? There only a bit dead...

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

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Early adopter

So I apologise for being in the statistics for people who have a DAB set. However it's in my desk drawer, and hasn't been used for years...

Bit rates are awful, so music sounds horrid. Signal strength is a real issue, so using it in the car isn't really an option as it drops out too much to a squelchy mess of noise.

DAB just seems like a pointless stopgap to me. May as well ditch radio all together an rely on streaming via 3/4G if they are determined to switch off FM.

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Coding: 'suitable for exceptionally dull weirdos'

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What are we doing leaving comments here?! We should be upvoting any comment with the term "cockwomble" in it over at the telegraph!

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Ofcom: By 2017, even BUMPKINS will have superfast broadband

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@Richard 84

It's a "Market 1" exchange. I think that counts as Bumpkinland to Ofcom.

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Re: Bumpkin

Ah but I'd already taken into account the BS factor. The expected speed is 12-16mpbs according to BT.

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Bumpkin

I'm about to move to Bumpkinland, and the speed isn't such an issue for me really, I expect to get about 4mbps. The problem I have is the cost. Extra £7 a month because the exchange isn't unbundled.

I'd prefer Ofcom to be pointing their wagging fingers in the direction of BT Wholesales costs first, before suggesting 30mbps should be available in 2017.

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Oh, shoppin’ HELL: I’m in the supermarket of the DAMNED

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@AC

"I can honestly say I've never once had difficulties with these self-checkouts, "

Agreed, and as you say, hold up are always by folks not using the tool properly (e.g., moving stuff out of the bagging area, on a recent visit onto the basket shelf of the kiosk next to them...).

Perhaps if they renamed "bagging area" to something that says what it actually does (verification) people wouldn't get so wound up about it?

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Be prepared... to give heathens a badge: UK Scouts open doors to unbelievers

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Re: Nice to see them catch up with the girls

"Ricky Gervais is a comedian though"

And I'm a programmer, I can also drive a car, walk, talk, watch TV and cook!

Amazing eh?

Stop pigeon holing people!

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ISPs set to install network-level smut filters despite Lib Dem opposition

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Re: White List

Not to mention Disney's habit of sneaking innuendos into their films... Come to think of it - they should be first on the black list!

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Air mattress blast blows German man across room

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Re: Something not quite right..

"I just can't see someone moving into a high end living space and sleeping on an air mattress."

I did - 10 week wait for the real bed to be delivered, and given completion dates tend to slide a bit risky placing the order beforehand (seems pointless paying to remove the old knackered bed).

Perhaps he had similar circumstances...

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LinkedIn lowers age of consent to 13

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Joke

Perfect sense!

Now Apple and Samsung's manufacturing teams can network!

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Netflix dares UK freetards: Watch new Breaking Bad NOW or torrent it?

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Re: Tried House of cards, for free

RonWheeler, I agree.

Decent broadband speed, but quality isn't there. Audio is really muddy too, and what they class as "HD" means the resolution HD, but then so massively compressed that it looks awful.

Also tried EE's film service which lets you download rather than stream, but 450MB for a 2 hour film is never going to give you DVD quality.

I don't download torrents, and an willing to pay, but until the quality is there I'll stick to buying/renting physical discs.

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Jimbo Wales: ISP smut blocking systems simply 'ridiculous'

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Re: She isn't going to change her mind now.

"even if she wanted to without admitting she was wrong"

This is exactly the problem with the current bunch of politicians... They brainwash themselves in to defending an opinion (sometimes, as in the case, wrongly) and can't be shown a differing viewpoint. When they delve into I.T. issues (which most readers on here are highly knowledgeable of) it just highlights how little these people know, while still maintaining the IMPRESSION of having a strong/informed viewpoint.

If we can see how little they know about things in our field, yet make decisions based on their small amount of knowledge, it make you wonder what else they are making judgements on based on very little information.

Makes me sick...

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DPWDC

Re: Now that Jimmy has spoken...

"I would like Tim Berners-Lee to say something about this too"

He had. (he's not a fan)

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Users rage as Fasthosts virtual servers go titsup... again

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Re: Things have improved since their early days

They the floods happened... That was fun...

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Re: Once upon a time

I echo what Mr C Hill said.

Used to be reasonable price and reasonable service, then got cheap and crap.

Stopped using them 4 years ago after the many arguments telling them what was wrong with their servers and pointing them to various test websites to prove to them that no one outside of their building could access the servers... Got quite frustrating!

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Microsoft releases first Windows OS in an original American language

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Re: How ay

Ah divnt nah like... If wa let thm naah what wa tahkn aboot, thn thll nah how tu intaacept wa secrut messagus afta wa have tu gan every man forum self (afta them Myans dee their stuff on Frida).

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Revealed! Prime Minister's iPad 'dashboard' for controlling Britain

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Developed in house

"It has been developed in-house using an open-source platform, modifying existing off-the-shelf technology"

It's an HTML page then..?

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Simon Cowell plans X Factor for Tech

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Dragons Den

Is this going to be Dragons Den hosted by Ant and Dec?

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Optical Express 'ruined my life' gripe site lives on

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Re: Site...

Seconded - 5 years for me and life changing.

"Normal" sighted people don't realise how much of an improvement 20% of your peripheral vision is!

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Is it time for enterprise PC outfits to carry Apple Macs?

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Are we going to get this story every month?

http://www.channelregister.co.uk/2012/05/18/apple_macs_enterprise_pc/

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Hyundai Veloster coupé

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Any chance of a photo of THE OTHER side?

It'd be good to have photos of both sides open and shut, rather than all of the 1 door side shut, and all of the 2 door side open...

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Disabled can't 'Go Compare' on price comparison websites

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Re: So....

You're making the bold assumption that the web designer has built the UI in such a way that the site still works in a logical way without their CSS!

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Colour Kindle incoming says mole

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Looooads of uses!

Might not be as vibrant as an LCD / oLED, but comics / magazines are generally colour.

Or going away from e-books, mobile phone screens - you'd miss out on video, but much longer battery life and the ability to read text messages on the beach.

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Satnav blunders blamed for £200m damages

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Best Alt Tag, EVER!

"Dog using a sat nav"... Made me chuckle anyway!

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Paper PCs design rolled out

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I'm melting! melting! Oh, what a world! What a world...

Might make accidental Coffee spillage more interesting!

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Boy burned in Nintendo sensor substitution

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Not sure where he gets his tea lights, but even the Waitrose ones are 50 for a quid.

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Pure Highway 300Di in-car digital radio kit

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I'm a bit further north

and its a struggle to get DAB :(

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Add £25 to the price

From the Halfords website - "Free fitting applied to Pure Highway 300Di products purchased up to and including 24.12.2011" I tried Pure Portable DAB plugged into Aux, it was awful - sound dropped out so much. Even tried a 5mtr extension cable looped around the car (not kidding). This might be a better option!
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Alienware takes aim at consoles with mini PC

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Did I miss something?

You can buy a PS3 and an XBox 360 and still have a heck of a lot of change. This won't sway anyone over to PC gaming - half the fun is picking your components and building it yourself anyway!

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Satnav mishap misery cure promised at confab

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JimmyPage:However

Garmins do - which is good for a laugh when you're stuck in traffic and it asks you "Are you walking?"

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DPWDC

Agreed

Worst thing a sat nav should cause a driver is the need to perform a 3 point turn!

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Thought this would be a waste of time, but.

When I read about this, I thought it was another case of the gvt stepping in to an area they have no knowledge of and implementing stupid rules that make no sense. However the reclassification of roads by local councils is actually a good idea! Plenty of single track country lanes are A roads with national speed limit, without a hope of getting down them at anything more than 15mph, as a result Satnav will send you down those roads as they are faster (on paper).

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Ten... inkjet photo printers

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re:The big picture.

I'd say it's more myopic to NOT consider the cost per page.

It's cheaper (and much better quality!) to get prints done by a professional printing service, the only reason to have a printer in your home (for photography) is speed.

Then we have to ask the quesion - Is the cost per page (and the initial outlay) worth more than having to wait a couple of days for your prints?

£100 buys A LOT of A4 prints online...

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2011's Best... Cars

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Should be mandatory!

I also use cruise control, and I find nothing more frustrating than drivers that can't maintain speed. Fly past you then slow down, so you end up catching them up then cruising past them, only for them to either start to floor it as you're going past (I guess they think their manhood is in question) or wait til your past and floor it past you, pull in and start the whole thing again.

Wish I had adaptive cruise control... The one that slows you down when you get near to the car in front.

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Apple recalls first iPod Nanos over battery flaw

DPWDC

I don't even like Apples over priced kit, but seriously - it is a portable music device not an artificial kidney.

Six weeks for a recall of EVERY product isn't that bad.

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Dating sites can be haven for sex pests, say cops

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State the obvious...

Walking down dark alleys is also unsafe.

Or a better comparison, pubs sometimes have alcoholics in them.

Anyway I don't care, somes guy from Nigeria just emailed me saying he has a load of dosh for me.

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Duke Nukem Forever dev slams unfair reviews

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Price

If its unfair to compare Duke to a current generation game, then surelly it is unfair to charge the same price!

Had it been £15 at release, we might have forgiven it for being really REALLY awful, but at the same price as Modern Warefare it needs to be something special.

Then again, Ghostbusters and Jurasic Park are currently grabbing full price at the cinema.

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Which actor should play Steve in upcoming biopic?

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For "the bloke who oversaw the iPod generation."

James Cromwell?

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Glow-in-the-dark kittens to help produce cure for AIDS

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I want one...

The glow in the dark cat not FIV.

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Injunction suspended: EU can buy Galaxy Tabs again

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RE:But

Quite the opposit. I wasn't interested in a galaxy before, but as it is causing enough of a stir at Apple for them to try and ban it outright, it must be decent bit of kit!

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Videogames caused riots says plod

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Joke

"When I was young it was all Pac-Man and board games"

Shamless Marcus Brigstock quote: "If Pac-Man had affected us as kids, we'd all be running around in dark rooms, munching pills and listening to repetitive electronic music."

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

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Or...

IE is so simple to use, that even people with low IQs can do it...

Why would anyone other than us (IT professionals) go to extra effort (especially involving installing / config) use another browser if IE is "good enough" for their needs?

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