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13 posts • joined 28 Apr 2008

Ofcom works out why Wi-Fi doesn't work

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microwaves

umm the average microwave oven is shielded, all of the magnetron's output is fed to the interior of the oven. Any leakage of the RF outside is considered to be a Bad Thing.

And I wonder if Ofcom picked up any Amateurs boosting their WiFi with high gain antennas in the 2.4 to 2.45 GHz band!

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Go, Brown, go!

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Stop and think

Just a warning from Australia. We finally got rid of that hated little man, John Howard, to the point where he not only lost the Election, but his seat as well, only the second time in Aussie history for that. So we welcomed the bright, shiny new government only to discover that their plans for us included a Chinese/Iranian style Internet censorship plan to take us back to our 1950's style isolation! So by all means sign the petition for Brown (and Wacky) to pick a window, but be careful about who (or what) replaces him.

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BBC Trust moots new licence laws to cope with net

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Question?

I'm an Aussie, so I don't have to pay for a licence for my tellies. But I am also a Radio Amateur, and the thought occurred to me 'what about tellies modified to only receive ham band TV?' I pay a AU$62.00 a year fee for my ham licence which covers all my transceivers, including any TV transmitter/receiver systems I build or modify. If I was in the UK, would I need a seperate TV licence for a TV I had retuned to ham bands only? That being the only telly in the house.

(Smug bitch icon needed)

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El Reg nails rooftop 60-ft todger outrage mansion

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huge arse

Just to let you know, the huge arse link is still working, but Google Earth appears to have updated its satpics and the lovingly constructed arse isn't there any more!

Still nice to see the occasional cock around the place.

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Zero-day Adobe PDF peril goes click free

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No worries

Easy way around that little problem, use Foxit to read your .pdf files. Thanks to El Reg's own Verity Stob for that tip!

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NASA shops for new Moon spacesuits and landers

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Back to the future?

What happened to the concept of a re-usable spaceship? They've gone back to the days of multi-stage rockets dumping stages and ancillary bits all over the sky.

And still no skin suits. Retro-tech, anyone?

Oh, and before anyone else asks, where's the IT angle?

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Great Australian Firewall dead in the water?

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Daylight saving

@AC 14:59

Nah, that's not the reason, we don't have daylight saving because that extra hour fades the curtains.

@ Daniel Free

Pope Joan. Although she was possibly an urban myth.

On topic, good on yer, Nick! Seems all is not lost in Aussie polly ticks just yet! Looks like I may just vote for the first time in 20 years for the ASP, and if that is regarded as exploiting Anna Bligh (Qld Premier) then so be it!

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Vodafone and 3 merge Oz operations

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phone bill

Speaking of which my Voda bill just arrived, hope the damn merger doesn't put the call costs up!

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US Congress kills digital TV delay

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@ ian

"under-educated, non-English speakers"

In Spanish, these people are called "pendejos".

And there I thought they were called 'Americans'. :-)

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Demon ends porn-less Internet Archive block

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@Alex Wright

It doesn't matter whether you vote or not, the 'wrong lizard' ALWAYS gets in! In the recent Aussie election, I did not want a committed Christian running my country. Like I had a choice, both Howard and Rudd were such.

And just to make sure, we have compulsory voting here. Only exceptions are religious. Fortunately, my religion does not allow me to vote for male patriarchal power systems! :-) All of which means that since we have a good Christian Fuh^H^H^H leader, he has the typical Christian attitude of ban and censor anything and everything that he doesn't like. And that means teh Interwebs. And so we get the Great Aussie Firewall, not even good at keeping rabbits out!

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Waste of money?

Well, of course it's a waste of time and money. With governments, it's all about image, so they need to be seen to be doing something. Now, as IT geeks we do know that all the filtering and firewalls they are proposing are simply not going to work, but the great un washed don't know that, and can relax in "safety" knowing that their caring goverment is protecting them against the hordes of child porn purveyors out there.

Which gives them that lovely warm, fuzzy feeling that lets them vote the scumbag pollies right back in again and again!

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Boris Johnson bans boozing on London transport

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Re: 3 quid to travel 200 yards?

To all those suggesting that people should walk the 200 metres, spare a thought for the disabled who cannot walk that far. I'd be pushing it to walk 50 metres. let alone the 200. Hmmm just a thought is London Transport now discriminating agains the disabled?

Also I might point out that such a law will be massively ignored. Queensland Rail have a 'no drinks no food' rule on all suburban trains, and I've never yet seen it enforced! Same with the Council buses. Like a lot of pointless laws, nobody cares or obeys them.

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'Extreme porn' law could criminalise millions

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1984 seems to...

... have arrived at last in the UK.

>(6) An “extreme image” is an image of any of the following—

>(a) an act which threatens or appears to threaten a person’s life,

and all that springs to mind is all the images in The Bill of armed police threatening a suspect. Cops with guns are definitely life threatening!

Does this mean that they ( the ubiquitous 'they') are going to ban all those violent cop shows where guns are aimed in a threatening manner at suspects?

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