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27 posts • joined 28 Jul 2008

A BBC-by-subscription 'would be richer', MPs told

AgeingBabyBoomer

State broadcaster needs to be in as many homes as possible

The BBC is the state broadcaster and responsible for pro-state

programming and generally keeping the oiks passive and happy.

Money is not the issue, maximising the number of eyeballs is.

I cancelled my llcense and it was the most liberating thing I did.

I still watch stuff on iPlayer - very little - two hours a week maximum.

When you have to stop and think about the output you want to see, it

is amazing how little of it is actually desirable.

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Tube be or not tube be: Apple’s CYLINDRICAL Mac Pro is out tomorrow

AgeingBabyBoomer

So basically a two grand space heater

...on which you can surf the net.

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New wonder slab slurps Wi-Fi, converts it into juice for gadgets, boast boffins

AgeingBabyBoomer

What about mobile phones?

Plenty of spare radiation floating around form those towers.

I'll wire up me tinfoil hat..

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

AgeingBabyBoomer

Re: Easy solution...

...but their profits didn't retire to a Caribbean tax haven.

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AgeingBabyBoomer

Re: Blergh

Vote with your feet/wallet.

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Re: Waitrose FTW

Lidl is the place to be - aldi is just a little too dog-eared for me.

Lidl has good fruit and veg and decent own brand stuff (so long

as you avoid the junk food aisles) and the employ real, live human

beings that can chat pleasantly.

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AgeingBabyBoomer

And the shops deliberately understaff the human checkouts to coerce you into wanting to use them.

Free markets, choice - pah.

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AgeingBabyBoomer

One word: norovirus

'Maybe the capacitive screen can’t register my touch through the greasy smears that partly obscure the display.'

I foresee a Douglas Adams style epidemic, possibly preceded by the creation of teams of automated checkout sanitisers.

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Putting the security jigsaw together

AgeingBabyBoomer

cui bono?

So did the 977 Reg readers get any recompense for their input into

what seems to be a honeypot for harvesting security bods details,

or do all the benefits flow solely to MCaffee?

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What ereader decline? Kobo pumps up the volumes despite grim forecasts

AgeingBabyBoomer

Open platform, no lock in

Santa bought me a Kobo Mini at Xmas. I'm very pleased with it - simple interface, not locked onto a particular store, light and good build quality, excellent battery life. It will surf the net at a push.

being a dinosaur that doesn't own a smartphone (or moroniser, as I prefer to call them) then it is a much better deal than a tablet costing at least twice as much.

They are also easily hackable, the source is available if you really want to get into programming it, but being linux/busybox, there are many features waiting to be turned on for the interested user.

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Hm, nice idea that. But somebody's already doing it less well

AgeingBabyBoomer

Executive summary: too much gubbermint regulation

is stifling growth from new technologies.

Which explains perfectly why Somalia is the most technologically

advanced nation on Earth.

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'UK DNA database by stealth' proposed in £100m NHS project

AgeingBabyBoomer
Flame

If big pharma is so keen and confident about developing gene-based

therapies, why aren't they stumping up the £100m to build the database?

After all, they will be the ones cashing up the profits.

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AgeingBabyBoomer

Firstly, there is no guarantee that the DNA database will

offer any relief/cure to cancer - that's just marketing spiel

to get us to accept the idea. (In the same way as massive

internet activity databases are promoted as a way to keep us

safe from terrorists/paedophiles/drug dealers).

Secondly, anybody can get cancer e.g. from exposure to

radiation. No amount of 'good' genes will help you.

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AgeingBabyBoomer

Re: GATACA

IQ is an indicator of being good at IQ tests.

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Most EU states sign away internet rights, ratify ACTA treaty

AgeingBabyBoomer

Nothing to hide, nothing to fear.

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WikiLeaks releases full searchable US secret cable files

AgeingBabyBoomer
Facepalm

From da book

' Eventually, Assange capitulated. Late at night, after a two-hour

debate, he started the process on one of his little netbooks that would

enable Leigh to download the entire tranche of cables. The Guardian

journalist had to set up the PGP encryption system on his laptop at home

across the other side of London. Then he could feed in a password.

Assange wrote down on a scrap of paper:

ACollectionOfHistorySince_1966_ToThe_PresentDay#. “That’s the

password,” he said. “But you have to add one extra word when you type it

in. Y have to put in the word ‘Diplomatic’ before the word ‘History’. Can

ou

you remember that?”

“I can remember that.”

Leigh set off home, and successfully installed the PGP software. He

typed in the lengthy password, and was gratified to be able to download a

huge file from Assange’s temporary website. Then he realized it was

zipped up – compressed using a format called 7z which he had never

heard of, and couldn’t understand. He got back in his car and drove

through the deserted London streets in the small hours, to Assange’s

headquarters in Southwick Mews. Assange smiled a little pityingly, and

unzipped it for him.'

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Blimp fireball disaster in Germany, Aussie pilot killed

AgeingBabyBoomer

hydrogen/helium irrelevant

Same problem as downed the Hindenburg.

Diesel fuel fire ignites fabric skin ->

airship now rapidly-heading-to-ground-ship

What part of gravity don't you understand?

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Herts cops 'ate the evidence' at scene of crime, court told

AgeingBabyBoomer
FAIL

Silly plods

Had they been on the ball, they could have seized the pizzas and then eaten the contents for free

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WikiLeaks ousted from Amazon US

AgeingBabyBoomer
Stop

Not a great advert for the cloud

So the message is don't upset da gubbermint, or you will be 'detached' from your data.

Watch for many organisations reversing their cloud friendly hosting policies...

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London Transport plans Oyster bypass

AgeingBabyBoomer

Frogmarched into the cashless society

With a little help from 'free' enterprise. Clearly Boris must owe Barclays an awful lot for something.

Don't expect that these contactless transactions won't provide a source of future rents for our cash-strapped banks.

Mussolini would be proud.

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Baby Boomers committing suicide at unprecedented rates

AgeingBabyBoomer

Big effing yawn

Hate piss on your two minutes of hate, but the UK baby boom peak (1964) and the US baby boom peak (1956?)are not in the same time frame. Hateful crap written to create intergenerational conflict in the US just doesn't map across.

These are primarily the tactics of divide and rule designed to keep us fighting and distracted whilst the uber rich steal all the money.

Additionally, my parents chose the time and country of my birth, and politicians in power during my childhood determined the kind of society I grew up in - nobody asked me what I wanted.

And another thing, only 15% of folks went to uni in the 80's - you actually had to work hard and have some brains to make it there. These days 50% go, and it's basically an alternative to actually getting a proper job for a few years.

My generation suffered crippling inflation and interest rates as well as higher taxation rates than now - please explain what part of the ladder got pulled up behind me.

Plus ensuites, inside bogs, cell phones, self-contained university accommodation, multiple parent funded cars to taxi me from one party to the next - never happened in my day.

Perhaps the higher suicide rate might reflect the disappointment at the ingratitude of the pampered 20 and 30 somethings of today - selfish little shits.

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Nigerian perv scanners lay Lagos ladies bare

AgeingBabyBoomer

Scan proof skids

http://www.rockyflatsgear.com/

At least somebody forresaw this...

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Nuclear merchant ships could open up Arctic routes for real

AgeingBabyBoomer

Great idea

And twenty to thirty years later when said ship is beached in a third world country to be broken by hand by illiterates working for less than a dollar a day, there will be no problem at all tracking and controlling the spent nuclear fuels - none at all.

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British Gas signs Voda so meters can snitch direct

AgeingBabyBoomer

And who will pay for all this infrastructure?

One wonders...

Of course, if the Mandybill goes through, there will

be strong a incentive to hack the connection,

aggressively surf for pr0n, and get the meter disconnected.

Double result.

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'Switch to Century Gothic to save the planet'

AgeingBabyBoomer

Font not the problem

Inkjet inks are mostly water, a little electrolyte and some dye or pigment, thus making it some of the most lucrative clooured water on the planet,

Added to which the printer makers have gone down the route of high-tech, expensive self-destructing cartridges in a wilful and wasteful attempt to garner profit over hardware sales.

I think legislation to make cartridges non-disposable and refillable, coupled with bulk availability of vendors ink would save a hell of a lot more cash and resources than any amount of tinkering with fonts.

Chances of it happening - close to zero.

Vive la corpocracie.

ABB

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Knuckle rap for riot shield sledging coppers

AgeingBabyBoomer

Hmmm, is it just me

that wonders why rural coppers need to be wandering around with riot shields.

What possible use could they have for them, apart from sledging?

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Doctors: Third babies are the same as patio heaters

AgeingBabyBoomer
Alert

Is it just me?

but the real problem here is patio heaters.

The whole concept defies logic - a fossil fuel powered device for heating up the outdoors.

I mean here we are hand wringing about the cost of energy, global warming and making our homes energy efficient, thne we trot outside on a warm summer's evening and fire up the bloody patio heater. A decade ago, we just put on a jumper.

If doctors want to campaign for something, it should be for a ban on the sale and use of patio heaters, on the grounds that the environmental impact is as much as having another child.

Hmph!

ABB

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