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12 posts • joined 5 Aug 2008

The micro YOU used in school: The story of the Research Machines 380Z

simbr

I found an old review (can't remember where; we didn't have internet) of the RML 380 and 480 when I was in High School , which was by then fitted out with RM's x86 machines. I was told they had one somewhere and would have loved to mess with it, but I never even saw it.

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Cisco email accidentally sent to 1000s of employees causes message list MAYHEM

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When this happened to me it wasn't in the relatively safe confines on an office but out on the wild wild web. Must have been 10 years ago I came back from a holiday to find a newsletter I'd subscribed to had suddenly behind a two-way mailing list and exploded...

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The Terminator, coming to a reality near you

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So.. what I got from this is that you can genetic engineer a hamster to get an erection when you shine a light on it.

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Ludicrously lucky teen survives spear through brain

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He arrives in hospital alive.. so why are they surprised to find it missed anything that would have killed him instantly?

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Virgin Media wipes out websites with routing blackhole

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Re: Roadworks on the routes?

It is possible for ping to work while http does not purely due to the packet size. Saw an issue on ADSL years ago when BT starting rolling out Fujitsu MSANs - no new customers on VPs over a certain size could view webpages but could ping using the default packet size. Gradually increase the packet size and you would eventually find a value that would not work (but too small to make changing MTU viable).

Virgin has has DPIMs on the network for years, since it is how traffic shaping functions. They have also had the capability and indeed have already been blocking sites (e.g. those on the IWF blacklist). The only problem I am aware of this causing thus far was the Wikipedia "Virgin Killers" incident, which was caused by all traffic to Wikipedia going through one proxy IP (the only way they could block one page without blocking the whole site)

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Retailer serves up Monty Python 'waffer thin' mints

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Wafer-thin

Surely you mean wafer, not 'waffer'?

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GCHQ loses Top Secret laptops

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So..

what I got from this is that their new policy will tell them on a yearly basis how many have gone missing?

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UK kiddies cop a righteous tasering

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Black Helicopters

"shock figures"

I see what you did there..

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Asus Eee keyboard opens CES

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sidescreen

@lego

I saw a recent review (in PCPro IIRC) of a monitor with a small adjustable secondary "mini-me" panel peeking over it's shoulder for that purpose.

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HD?

So it can connect to a HDTV (assuming you have a wireless one, and I've not seen any of those around yet anyway), but I thought Atoms weren't all that good at HD decoding? Are they thinking of squeezing some sort of graphics coprocessor in there also?

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Orange to bundle free Eee with HSDPA modem, airtime

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Thay're not the first..

Retailers have been offering free laptops (although the regular bulky sort) for a while - I was offered one in a T-Mobile store and CPW also have a range of laptops available (none that I took a fancy to last I looked). You can also get a free Eee (not sure of the specs) or Advent's atom-based Wind clone at PC World on a number of networks, or up to £400 off any laptop you choose depending on the length and monthly charge of the contract.

I'd' still prefer a built-in 3G adaptor, something Acer as supposed to be working on for the Aspire (and is already included with some Sony laptops that cost the earth).

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Webcam hacker-ogler jailed for four years

simbr

Cover it

I was also thinking you should cover it. or turn it towards the wall when not using it but the bit about laptops having built-in cams hit me - they are often fixed at the top of the screen. They really ought to come with physical on/off switches or sliding lenscovers.

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