* Posts by John Robson

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iPhone 4: the best built smartphone...

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Rubber band

Doesn't the iPhone 4 need a rubber band around it to work anyway?

Won't that provide grip? - See it's a feature, not a bug

</sarcasm>

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John Lewis pitches 80-quid colour e-book reader

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WTF?

2 or 3 ???

I get through 1 or 2 books a day on holiday...

over 2 weeks that's easily 20 books (i.e. most of anyone's luggage allowance...)

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Oz journo pokes PARIS

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Lightweight Ornithopter, High Altitude Nuisance

LOHAN

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Microsoft's IE 8 'most widely used browser', rules ASA

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Alert

Isn't that what the monotonies commision are for

It's widely installed because it's foisted on the unsuspecting masses (and government employees)

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PARIS HAS LANDED!!! Epic supra-atmos flight ends

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Black Helicopters

Chase car

" G6UIM-9 - info

2010-10-28 11:49:37z

91 km/h 113° alt 851 m

EA/ PARIS Chase Car (APRSIS32)"

91 km/h - on that road?

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Vulture One PARIS spaceplane telemetry LIVE ONLINE

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Pint

Erm

Has the chase car crashed, been pulled over by the local police, or just stopped for a pint?

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Looks like it's falling

quite fast

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DARPA fashions miracle robotic attachment from balloon, coffee

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Should be fairly gentle

Although I imagine that it would have difficulty lifting a bowling ball

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Facebook pages very much public, even when set as private

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Megaphone

No

It's not correct now. A search does not have to be automated to be a search.

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Linux bug bestows attackers with 'superuser' powers

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Flame

Queue

Linux isn't secure after all flames...

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iPad tethering does disappearing trick

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Any chance

they'll release Android updates for earlier devices - thought not...

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Google rolls out phishing URL alerts for admins

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Grenade

Allow scripts

I've written a good number of scripts which don't require XML - they just need a common format.

How does a space separated list sound (Linked%20URL From%20URL)

Grenade because "XML is like violence. If it doesn’t solve your problem, you’re not using enough of it."

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Futuristic Judge Dredd smartguns issued to 101st Airborne

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Really?

"Snipers armed with existing heavy rifles could potentially pick off targets four or five miles away with a single shot - and these targets could be moving unpredictably as well, as it would be easy to hold a laser dot on them"

It's non trivial to generate a genuine dot at 5 miles (rather than a big fat blob)

Additionally atmospheric disturbances also affect light (twinkling lights across the bay anyone?)

I'm sceptical that it's easy - although clearly it's possible

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OOo's put the willies up Microsoft

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Coat

Multimate

Or does that really date me?

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Familiarity

So that's why you've done away with menus and introduced a rhythmic gymnasts ribbon...

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Appro overclocks HF1 server for hedge funds

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SSD

Surely they'd want either PCIe SSD or at least SATA SSDrather than a feeble 7200rpm spinny disk....

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Official exposes govt IT overlaps

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Because

public libraries are such difficult places to get to, and even then they have no internet access - nor librarians who would help the technologically dyslexic.

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Trucker pulled with DVD and laptop on dashboard

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Pint

Professional

Merely means that it's how you earn your living. It implies nothing about skill level.

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Stop

Rectification

Would involve removal of license.

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Microsoft sends in the tanks against Motorola, Android

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Happy

Upvoted

Purely for the discworld reference

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Terry Pratchett computer sniper-scope deal inked

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More than a million to one

Therefore more than a nine in ten chance

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BOFH: Robot wars

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Big Brother

Google Ads strike again:

Light-Duty Robot Arm

Humanoid arms for lightweight jobs. Easy to set up. Starting under $3K.

Used Industrial Robots

Fully warranted, used ABB robots from the original manufacturer

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Internet tethering spotted in iPad iOS beta

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Go

Tethering

should be a default option on all such devices (iOS, Android, RIM etc..)

Or we should be allowed* multiple SIMs on the same contract so that we don't need multiple line rentals for each device.

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* I mean that providers should be compelled to offer additional SIMs for a given contract at a sane rate (50p/month/SIM?).

Optional extras could then include SIM based call limits (so you can stop kids calling Australia, but still have them on a cheap phone contract)

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Everything Everywhere axes 1,200

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T-Mobile + Orange

T-MOrange

Team Orange?

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Buy your own Batmobile

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Flamethrowers

are road legal?

I'm getting me one!

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Google shocks world with unthreaded Gmail

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Does that mean

that they are going to allow manual threading at some point?

i.e. the ability to add a message to a thread, and to split a thread?

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Nutter repairmen scale 1,768ft TV mast

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I didn't have vertigo....

Blimey!

But there is a quick way down if a storm blows through - base jumping!!!

And if I were there I'd check on the storm conditions BEFORE climbing that thing!

Still - respect for those guys.

Now to develop stratellites so these guys can do their job in somewhat more comfort...

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Google data center links shot down by 'bored' riflemen

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FAIL

Orange animals

Tigers (stripy, but orange)

Orangutan

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General Motors bitchslaps Tesla with Range Anxiety™

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EV1

"GM feels that "range anxiety" is a major reason why its original EV-1 battery car of the 1990s failed"

It failed because you refused to sell it to your customers - who (at least a large proportion) wanted to buy them at the end of the lease period.

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Bye-bye to bizarro bye-laws, says UK.gov

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WTF?

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Um - so how on earth do I know what is legal anywhere when councils can just make things up without recourse to central Gubbinment.

At least they had to be bothered before, and the Gubbinment officials had to think it was a good idea.

That meant that I could go about my life without worrying too much, however much we berate them MPs have shown some intelligence and sticking power to get where they are (and then paradoxically displayed a complete lack of both)

I know local solutions are required for some problems, but not that many...

An answer to the "too many laws" issue is to require that all legislation has to have a sunset clause. Max 25 years (for things like murder) down to 6 months (default if not otherwise specified) for things like carrying horses through Fulham.

Then all we need to do is ignore a law and will fall out of use. Important laws will get re-discussed periodically (important) and the total legislation is limited by the time available in parliament (a good thing).

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Underweight passport pic left traveller stuck in Amsterdam

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Joke

Almost as if

ten year old photographs are always a perfect likeness of the current individual.

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Stockholm schoolgirls fined for bugging staff room

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Schools aren't likely to scan for bugs, so a simple FM transmitter was the bug of choice when I was at school - even got to make them with school facilities when I were a lad...

But teachers were able to do interesting things which increased my understanding of a subject, rather than boring stuff I could regurgitate in an exam.

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Perseid meteors 'thrill star-gazers'

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Boffin

Rain stopped, cloud cleared ...

... and we saw a good number last night, didn't stand out too long as I'd assumed cloud cover and didn't have a sun lounger available.

A couple of beautiful sights of pieces of Swift-Tuttle, loads of satellites, a couple of planes and some ghostly seagulls as well...

Didn't see any non Perseids though, even though that's always a fun possibility.

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Intel debuts hella-zippy optical future

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Don't rip out

Just run alongside...

Then the fibre is protected by all that copper ;)

I've not had much fibre failure, but then I use it in protected settings - of course toslink *style* connectors for the last metre would probably be acceptable (do we need 1Tb/s to the desktop?).

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UK.gov pledges licence fee 'rethink' over heavy catch-up use

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Really?

"A home licence covers users for any watching on a wireless device. If that device is plugged into the mains electricity then the premises must have a licence"

So if I have a portable telly then I'm covered by my home licence, until I plug it in at work to charge it?

Laptop?

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NASA's WISE eyes skies

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Electronic instruments generate heat

Therefore need coolant.

Space isn't a good conductor, and radiating heat is hard when you are exposed to pesky hot bodies like the sun.

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Linux to eclipse Microsoft's 'all-in' tablet enthusiasm

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eeePC701

Mine runs xubuntu just fine - always has done (from not long after it was first openned)

Never had an issue upgrading, or using. It starts in ~15-20 seconds, and runs everything I need it to. Even run full screen video from the SD card when I need it...

Now the battery life has degraded somewhat but it's no longer a new machine...

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Distie thief gets 14 months despite CPS 'incompetence'

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statute of limitations

this is why it should apply...

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Martha Lane Fox to clone 10m copies of self

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No money needed

According to her on the Beeb this morning.

After all the gubbinment has already got lots of computers in schools and DOCTORS surgeries...

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Lindsay Lohan: The interactive court drama

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Slap over TCP

or it's not interactive...

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Android slurps market share from Apple, RIM, Microsoft

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I got othello to crash, sort of....

On my 6310i I managed to get two moves in othello, before the phone moved - so I ended up winning with a bunch of 6 blobs in the middle...

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RAC prof: Road charges can end the ripoff of motorists

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Pint

Road tax was abolished in 1936

When Winston Churchill said:

"it will be only a step from this for them (motorists) to claim in a few years the moral ownership of the roads"

See The Motor Car and Politics in Britain by Willam Plowden for more information

This is a return to the thought that road tax should only be spent on the roads, which the same great man derided as follows:

"Entertainments may be taxed; public houses may be taxed; racehorses may be taxed; the possession of armorial bearings and man-servants may be taxed - and the yield devoted to the general revenue. But motorists are to be privileged for all time to have the whole yield of the tax on motors devoted to roads. Obviously this is a nonsense. Whoever said that, whatever the yield of these taxes, and whatever the poverty of the country, we were to build roads, and nothing but roads, for this yield? We might have to cripple our Trade by increased taxation of income, we might even be unable to pay for the upkeep of our Fleet. But never mind, whatever happens, the whole yield of the taxes on motors must be spent on roads! Such contentions are absurd and constitute at once an outrage upon the sovereignty of Parliament and upon common sense."

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Motorola advert revels in anti-iPhone schadenfreude

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There's nothing Apple nor anyone else can do to get around physics, plain and simple

They need to hire Scotty...

"you canna break the laws of physics"

"she canna take it"

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Low-priced home digital media connections promised

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2Kx4K standard (4096-by-2160)

is it just me - or is that name the wrong way round?

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Hybrid hard drives: what's not to like?

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10+GB, as a separately addressable partition

Then I'll be interested.

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Council of Europe condemns teen-bothering Mosquito

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Boffin

95 dB

Shouldn't they be subject to noise regulations.

That's a dangerous volume for any significant amount of time. So anyone who works anywhere near one should get ear defenders etc.

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Vauxhall Ampera extended range e-car

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big pedal?

On all automatics I've driven the big pedal is for stopping...

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Want Olympic tickets? Better get a VisaCard then

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I need a few mastercards and maestros

And then see how long I can hold the queue up for ;)

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Google claims Wi-Fi slurp legal in the US

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Hard discs

Are they so cheap that the great Google didn't notice that the usage was increasing at a faster rate than expected?

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The Reg guide to Linux, part 1: Picking a distro

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TinyCore

TinyCore linux is my choice.

<10MB - lways runs from RAM.

Easy to add software - it just get's loaded into RAM, replacing an required files, so it's trviail to uninstall as well (just delete the file, and it isn't loaded over the base system).

MicroCore is the same but without X

I use these as rescue systems all over the place, and would recommend a customised version for a nice netboot based school/office layout.

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