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Sinclair ZX81: 30 years old

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re: Doing down a rare success

I wouldn't quite say the changes shook the businesses down to nothing, more like they evolved, some died, some lived on... Have you heard of ARM? (clue, there's one in that ipad you're holding).. You do know where they came from don't you?

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hehe...

Oddly enough I was just playing Manic Miner... On a spectrum emulator on my mobile phone! I bet it's got loads of delay looks to stop the 800Mhz ARM processor running the emulation of the 3.5Mhz Z80 too fast!

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re: Legendary

Not even that... Look at a ZX81 and then look at the mobile phone in your hand!

I've been doing some work with microcontrollers recently, and even those £3 chips have 32k of EEPROM, 2K of RAM and run at 16Mhz! It does amuse me no end, but the tight assembler programming habits I picked up from years of 2Mhz 6502 coding on my BBC micro has stood me in good stead.

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Sounds familiar...

I was gifted an old '81 a few years ago, it had already had a "real" keyboard (kingston?) added in a bigger case, and the ram pack connected with good old fashioned solder!

My BBC I've had for almost 30 years is still with me. PSU upgraded to switch mode model from it's original linear jobby. Board upgraded from model A to B with all the trimming. Solidisk sideways RAM, CPU upgraded to 65C02, and of course the Music 500 you mention... And it all still works! How on earth that happened after the number of soldering iron adventures I had inside that case in my teenage years I do not know!

I never did manage to make head nor tail of composing with the Music 500 though!

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Locked iPhones still got their ears on

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Indeed...

A truly locked phone would be pretty hard to return to the owner unless the owner realised the phone was lost and called it before the 24 hours of operation the average super smart phone can manage had expired.

I did find an N95 8gig a few years ago in a pub. Luckily it wasn't locked, so I called the last two people the owner had called and explained the situation. One of the people was a work mate who would be seeing the owner next morning, so I left my number so they could call me.

A few days later the phone was back with its owner, and I earnt a couple of free beers after work, which is always nice.

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Nuance Flext9

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Re: Swype

I was just about to say the same thing. I've only recently got my 'droid, and one of the first stops was Swype... Sign up for the beta, and there you go!

Brilliant... Makes me wonder why I bought a Desire Z with a really keyboard now! lol!

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Charlie Sheen explodes onto Twitter

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Errr...

He's also wearing his baseball cap backwards which is normally limited to looking stupid on people half his age... Well done for bridging the generation gap on that one Charlie!

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Steve Jobs unveils iPad 2

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Re re Was the author of this piece there?

As opposed to how Americans in general pronounce Jagwaah?

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Facebook to share home addresses, phone numbers

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That's fine by me

Home address and mobile number are two things I already don't share with facebook!

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Mobile spyware tool helps paranoid spouses prove themselves right

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Re: depends...

Cheating when the phones are on the same account would be a bit stupid, or am I the only person on the planet who still receives an itemised call list on my bill?

I believe the standard technique is to obtain a second phone. If the spouse doesn't even know it exists then they can't install anything on it!

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Antennagate Redux: Consumer Reports condemns Verizon iPhone 4

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re: hmmm

I don't think android strips away the ability to innovate and make a product "yours", just look at htc.

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really?

Can you get iphone free on £30 a month contacts now?

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Top execs fly from Alibaba after supplier frauds

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No shock...

I regularly find things I would like turn up on Alibaba, but the reputation the Asian continent has for scams and such has always put me off...

Well that and naming your site after a guy who is associated with 40 thieves and was guilty of breaking, entering and theft.

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Bahrain Grand Prix may be postponed

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Personally...

I think F1 would be quite entertaining if the crowd were armed with automatic weapons... It would certainly ensure the rules that Ferrari love to bend so much far more efficiently than the FIA do.

In fact if this had been introduced a few years back we would have been spared several years of watching the follow Schumacher precession which made viewers tune out faster than Bernie appearing in a mankini.

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Apple iOS dominates Euro smartphone usage

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Re: Do iPhones really outnumber Android phones 3-1 in Europe?

Remember the stats are based on web hits, not on sales. So all the graph shows is that iOS users browsed sites running this specific counter 3 times more than Android... However, as you say, it could be a case of miss counting. iOS has been locked into the built in browser until only recently, whereas Symbian and Android users have been able to opt for other since year dot. If these are not identified as the correct OS then the entire graph and conclusions drawn from it aren't worth jack.

I for one wouldn't dream of browsing t'intarweb on the default Nokia browser. First install on Symbian for me was always Opera mobile, and the second was Opera mini!

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Nokia: free phones for developers

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Re: Yeah, but no, but...

Indeed... The demise of Symbian is probably the end of the mobile that can last 4 days without a charge for quite a while.

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Wait for it...

Standby for next weeks headline from the Nokia PR machine that signups as Nokia developers have reached a record high since announcing the Microsoft deal... Whilst casually forgetting to mention the free phone deal and that 90% of the new signups are just after the freebees...

Time to dust off the ebay account... Now where do I sign up?

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Orange Cash goes live, O2 Money goes to Ireland

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Contactly waving...

I was given (without asking) a Barclaycard contact-less visa and Oyster card in 2009... I've yet to find anywhere to wave it... Maybe I've missed opportunities, I don't know, but if the shop staff don't let me know they have wave-able technology, how am I supposed to know?

I guess I should look out for anywhere that has water slides through it as a hint.

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Adobe Flash: 20m phones flip Steve Jobs the bird

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Re: Grow up Steve

I apologise if you miss understood the target of my comments, but I did clarify it in my first reply... Now please lay off the coffee and stop being such a victim.

Try a beer.

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Re: Lazy

Did I say *all*? No I did not. I singled out the lazy ones who's entire HTML consists of the flash embedding wrapper which they automatically generate.

You decided to walk into the firing line of my comment all by yourself.

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Torn...

I really am torn on this... On one hand I hate St Jobs' "I know what's good for you" control freak attitude, the main reason I own nothing fruit-themed, but on the other hand I hate the lazy arty "web designers", ironically most of whom work on Macs, that don't/can't write HTML and just throw an entire site up that is nothing more than embedded flash!

So in summary, I demand the right to waste my mobile bandwidth and data cap by downloading a huge, pointless flash thingy if I want to, but I also want to be able to turn it off in my mobile browser!

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NO-SH*T CURE FOR BALDNESS discovered by accident

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Or maybe...

"Imagine the boffins' surprise, then, when it turned out that all their bald mice had grown hair again and could not be told apart from the others any longer."

Sounds like somebody's mother accidentally killed them whilst the boffins were away, and replaced them... "They'll never notice" she was heard to say...

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Microsoft loses global ad head to Facebook

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Give it a month...

..and Microsoft/Facebook will announce an alliance to run the whole thing on WM7 and power all the searches with Bing!

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Ambulance dispatch system hit by virus: reports

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Not quite that simple...

Some of the viruses are so determined to spread on a LAN that they can saturate switches and effectively cut-off other systems which aren't even infected... Added to this the brute force log in attempts that they often try and you can quickly find that user accounts are disabled purely because a completely separate infected machine has attempted to brute force the log in and the domain controller has had a pink fit about it and locked down!

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Microsoft polishes Windows Phone 7

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Wow!

Playing audio in the background? How very Symbian 2004...

Mines the one with the new Android phone in the pocket.

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I’m not a Trojan horse: Nokia’s Elop hits back at neigh sayers

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Re: will limit WP7 to Nokia

Exactly my thoughts... Hopefully HTC will say "thank you MS" for actually making them a mainstream manufacturer and then go and spend all their time working on more new Android devices :-)

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Re: "If it is a hit like the N900"

Well that's 1 more than I've seen N97 (yes, I bought one... D'oh), and 4 more (including your N900) than WinMo...

And a hell of a lot less than I've seen the HTC Desire family... Hmmmm

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Nokia's 15-year tango to avoid Microsoft

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Re: All those people looking for jobs

I wonder if any of them will wander out with the N97 firmware source in his pocket and finally fix the f*ckin' thing whilst enjoying his unemployment just to prove Symbian can do it?

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Re: Big Battalions

Very true. Certainly in the UK you couldn't buy a generic Euro Nokia. It was either an operator supplied or something called a country variant (CV). Firmware updates for operator phones are invariably delayed for 6 months or blocked completely by the operator, meaning you're stuck with the POS early OS version.

CV updates are delayed by some faceless and nameless body that nobody seems to be able to kick up the arse.

The result is that in the UK the updates just don't arrive, the phones are buggy, people curse them, bin them and go buy an iphone/android.

The "cheat" is to change the model number on the phone to generic Euro and then you get the firmware update when Nokia release it... Guess which subject is banned in the Nokia user to user discussion forum... Yup, you got it... Model number hacking... The one thing that can fix so many user problems in one hit. In their conceit for being such a huge mobile phone manufacturer they forgot that a happy punter is a returning punter, and nobody returned. Personally I've been planning my jump to an HTC Android after 10+ years of Nokias for the past few months.

Nokia has spent so much time bent over with their tongue up the arse of the operators they didn't spot Ballmer swaggering up behind them with a pot of vaseline in his hand!

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Grief and disbelief greet Elop's Nokia revolution

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Re: Oh please. Hardly a suicidal tactic is it

Actually, this man and his cat acknowledges that Nokia *used to* make good hardware. The N97 was a bit of a shock in that respect. The lens cover that actually scratches the lens if you use it, and pitiful GPS which couldn't keep a lock if you do something radical, like move!

The way they handled both of these problems showed me something else, conceit towards their customers. This was the main reason Nokia weren't even in my short list for next phone long before they revealed their latest strategy... So glad I couldn't get their Qt development SDK to work on my machine. God I would be pissed right now if I'd spent time learning that.

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America spared Top Gear Mexican quips

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Re: Why bother

So does that mean we still can't have Dick Van Dyke locked up in the tower for crimes against the cockney accent?

Oh, and if you're such a royalist, could you do us a favour... Come back and pay some UK taxes to support her instead of being a royalist for free!

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Re: Clueless wankers

Ricky Gervais' award presentation speech was actually the first time that guy has made me laugh! Up until then I had found his shows about as entertaining at a teetotal funeral. Then again, maybe it was the room full of squirming Americans that made it funny.

Now be a good lad and make me some fart-heaters.

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UK iplayer version...

They've already withdrawn and reissued the UK iplayer version earlier this week. They removed the comments JC made about the ambassador not complaining because he'll be asleep in his chair.

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It's official: Nokia bets on Microsoft for smartphones

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FAIL

"We are standing on a burning deck..."

and now you've just poured petrol over yourself.

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BBC apologises for Top Gear outrage

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iplayer edit...

Has anyone notice the subtle edit on the iplayer recording of the program? I noticed it vanish off the iplayer list the other day and thought "spineless BBC have pulled it" but then it returned... A quick check to about 17 minutes revealed the Mexican comments were still there, so I thought they must have just had a glitch...

However, having just played the entire section back to a friend who missed the show, I find that all the Mexican jokes remain *except* Clarkson's comment about the ambassador! Looks like Mr Ambassador was only bothered about his own reputation and couldn't give two hoots about the reputation of the country he is supposed to represent and promote.

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T-Mobile answers Verizon iPhone with free handsets

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Re: My First Thought As Well

I've recently been doing those exact maths for the HTC desire Z... Even with buying myself out of the last 3 months and getting it on an upgrade it works out better than buying the phone separately and going SIM only. Being able to get £100 back for my old N70 from phones4u is even better... Did the same a few years ago, so I had to get another N70 off ebay.... £20 :-)

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Paying for a handset on a contract? What a very strange idea!

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Man stabbed to death by chicken

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Welcome

Oh well...

I for one welcome our chopper enhanced cock overlords.

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Mexican woman gets litigious on Top Gear's ass

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Re: comments here

Yeah, I can't wait to see your colonial boys try to drive the track, it's got tight corners!

Is there actually a TG US?

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Re: TG equal opportunities

Sarah, can you imagine the uproar if they replaced Clarkson with a black woman, and then made the same "pubes for hair" comment they regularly make towards Clarkson?!

The BBC's switchboard would melt from the influx of complaints! Most of which would come from the white middle-class who feel they should be offended on behalf of any black people who didn't see the program... All completely forgetting that the target of the joke, Mr Clarkson's replacement, was laughing about the joke and not at all offended.

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My thought exactly...

Proving discrimination might be a bit tough though... Clarkson and pals have made jokes at the expense of pretty much everyone and everywhere, including each other. Which to me sound like the complete opposite of discrimination. Equal opportunities insulting.

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Oz road safety strategy moots mobile phone ban

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Hmmm...

Any mention about badly behaved children? Some of the most distracted people I have seen on the road are looking over their shoulder and shouting at the misbehaving rug-rats in the back.

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Dutch get wound up over invisible SMS

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Re: The title is required, and must contain letters and/or digits

It wouldn't stop them triangulating, but as already discussed, this is not particularly accurate and needs a signal from multiple masts. I regularly find myself having problems getting a reliable signal from one, let alone three.

My comment was aimed at the hidden message which gets the GPS to report back. With open source there is nowhere for it to hide!

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Oh well...

Reason_to_purchase_open_source_Android_phone++

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Mexico demands apology for Top Gear outrage

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Re: OMG

Oh, correction, it's back again, and the comments are still there... Looks like there was either some wonderfully timed technical hiccup or two arms at the BBC can't quite agree on what to do!

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WTF?

OMG!

I just went to show a friend the source of all the scandal and guess what... Top Gear Season 16, episode 2 is no longer available on iplayer! Episode 1 is still there.

If it does reappear I guess it will be about 3 minutes shorter.

Looks like the BBC have finally lost the last vertebrae in their increasingly floppy spine!

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Well...

I couldn't help but be amused that it took until Tuesday for the reports of a complaint to surface on the BBC news site... I hope that delay was caused by the BBC, because if it took the Ambassador 2 days to complain about something which occurred on Sunday evening it really doesn't help the lazy/sleeping stereotype of his country!

Anyway, I found Top Gear funny. Political incorrectness is such a rare thing these days, it's quite refreshing. We're English, we take the piss out of things, and we expect the piss to be taken right back! After Clarkson's fantastically funny VW advert with the "Berlin to Warsaw on one tank" tag-line I braced for a Polish protest, but do you know what, there wasn't one. There were however a couple of good "reply/reaction" videos made on Youtube by some Poles! Brilliant, they've got the idea!

I've even heard rumours that some Germans may be replied in a humourous style via youtube too!

So with the Germans displaying evidence of basic humour, it's quite lucky that Mexico has seized the moment and stepped forward to accept the humourless baton.

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World shrugs as IPv4 addresses finally exhausted

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Typical!

Egypt comes back online just when we could have done with their addresses!

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Gates: Killing the internet is easy

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Of course...

Of course it's not hard Bill, the army of infected windoze desktops do a pretty good job of shutting down my email almost every day!

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US lawmakers eye internet 'kill switch'

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Go

Hmmm..

Do they mean shut down the net for everyone, or just disconnect the USA from the rest of the planet?

I'm not even sure if they could shut down the net for everyone, although I'm sure screwing root DNS servers and poisoning some major US routers would have a significant impact on the rest of the world.

If they just want to disconnect the USA, well I could live with that. Amazon/Google etc all have internationally distributed systems, so they should be fine, and the volume of spam being pumped into my inbox by Billy-Bob and his infected PC should drop rather nicely.

This is all theory of course, how about giving it a test run?

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