* Posts by BOBSta

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'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux

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Re: Allways on Top

"As a standard out-of-the-box" feature in the Window manager so all apps have it by default. Like the Move, Size, Close options that have been there since Windows 3.0 (or before).

Sure, I guessed there would be more apps out there which use the feature (I forgot about VLC for instance). However, AFAIK, the fact that none of Microsoft's own included-with-the-OS software and its flagship Office applications do not use it is a joke (IMHO!)

Strange that both VLC and Notepad++ are available for multiple OSes and both use the allways on top feature... ;)

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Allways on Top

Why, oh why, oh why is there still not a standard, built-in out-of-the-box "Allways on Top" feature available in M$ Windoze? I just want to be able to keep a Word doc in the foreground while having other apps and docs behind it. More things that Linux has been able to do for years.

The only app I use that does this on it's own is Notepad++.

And WHY hasn't M$ upgraded it's standard notepad to have more of the features of Notepad++? Or just BUY Notepad++.

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Mens sana in fibro sano: Virgin Media network-level smut filters are ON

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Re: boosting its broadband connection speed to 152Mbit/s

@Simon - I'm not on any BT-based product out of a matter of principle. They could only offer an estimated up to 2.5 mbps download, but more realistic was around 512 kbps over ADSL max.

I now get a much more acceptible service with around 7 mbps download and 3 mbps upload out of a Three 3G connection through a mobile phone set up as a Wi Fi Hotspot. Yes, the slow ping lag is annoying at times, but it works well enough until a better wired alternative is available in my area.

Who is suppying your 10Mbit upload?

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Re: boosting its broadband connection speed to 152Mbit/s

@AC - You might be able to get 20 Mbps on FTTC upload, but as I said; I currently only have the option of ADSL Max. Infinity doesn't exist in my neck of the woods as Openreach are a bunch of T055erz.

I'm just lamenting the loss of the lovely 60 Meg cable that I used to enjoy 5 miles away nearer the center of Nottingham... :(

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Re: boosting its broadband connection speed to 152Mbit/s

LOL @ AC! BT's pathetic 448 Kbps upstream on consumer ADSL max (50:1 contention) and 832 Kbps on business ADSL max is NOT faster than Virgin's 3 Mbps up (25:1 contention). We're not all on Infinity2 FTTP you know!

I'd still take the Virgin connection over an Infinity connection unless I was had a desperate need to upload tonnes of data.

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Indonesia plans 10 Gbps FTTP as part of 20-million-premises broadband project

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@feanor - I couldn't agree more!

Where were Alcatel-Lucent when it came to the bidding for BDUK? Probably off looking for something more profitable abroad...

What-was-Virgin Media can't be bothered to expand their network.

Fujitsu gave up after realising the joke about the government and BT love-in.

Which left BT to wade in, suck up all the contracts and then sit on their fat backside and blame people who don't live in a city for wanting a better service, even if they are prepared and able to pay more for it.

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Frenchman eyes ocean domination with floating, mobile Bond villain lair

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Re: Ah-

Will the sharks have frinkin "laser beams" attached to their heads?

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Virgin Media sales flat: Firm bags fewer winter sign-ups than last year

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FAIL

It's (partly) my fault!

I moved house from a cabled area to a non-cabled area and cancelled my subscription. I used to love my old 60 meg service. It was rock solid dependable and properly "super-fast", I never had a problem in the last 3 years.

I still want fast cable interwebs at my new house, but VM are not interested in selling it to me! They apparently "have no plans to expand their existing network for the foreseeable future", even though they have cable in the next town, less than three quarters of a mile away.

I would LMAO at the ineptitude of local government, housing developers, BT and VM to get the act together with the roll out of rural broadband... But as I'm suffering from it, I can't. :(

#EPICFAIL

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Why UK.gov's £1.2bn fibre broadband rollout is a bumbling FLOP

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FAIL

Re: If the rollout down here is anything to go by

Same in outer-suburban areas of Nottinghamshire too!

I ordered a BT (I had no option) phone line and broadband as a new connection in my new build house (no previous line) on 19 Nov, earliest delivery date of 16 Dec due to Openreach being too busy. Subcontractor turns up on 16 Dec, has a go at installation, then tells me he can't do anything as the local exchange is full! Not even the street cab, THE FRICKIN' EXCHANGE!!! I can't even get a phone line, never mind superfast broadband!

The exchange, btw, is less than two miles away across open fields and already services over 700 properties in two villages. That exchange is not in Openreach's current plans (according to their own website) for the next 3 years and can only provide an ADSL+ connection estimated at less than 2.5 mbps downstream, but more likely less than 500 kbps.

Engineer is booked to return on Friday when I'm sure he'll be able to resolve the problem and connect me... rrrriiiiiigght. I'm am less than 5 miles (as the crow flies) outside the city of Nottingham. BDUK is a joke.

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Apple: How we slip YOUR data to govts – but, hey, we're not Google

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Coat

US PATRIOT Act

...Someone REALLY wanted their act's initials to spell out "U.S. P.A.T.R.I.O.T."

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SpaceX Falcon boosts to glory from Vandenberg space force base

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Happy

Extra large cargo bay?

Excellent progress! When can I have my Cobra Mk III with extra large cargo bay and Military lasers?

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EU move to standardise phone chargers is bad news for Apple

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Unhappy

RIM fail as well as Apple

The idea might be aimed at Apple, but RIM are just as much at fault! Not that it's likely to be a problem for people in the future, but...

My wife previously had a Bold 9700 (mini-USB) and now has the Bold 9900 (micro-USB). Each phone's USB socket appeared normal for its type and came with a normal USB to mi__-USB cable which worked perfectly for data and charging from a PC. However, try to charge either of those phones with a non-Blackberry mains or in-car charger and the phone would refuse to charge!

It's not just the socket format, it's the power levels that the device requires which also needs to be standardised.

While they're at it, why don't they do laptop chargers too?

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BT earmarks super-speedy 300Mbit/s broadband for 50 exchanges

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WTF?

Re: I must be mad!@BOBSta - 2nd AC

You're a lovely person! You should probably move to France.

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WTF?

Re: I must be mad!@BOBSta - @AC

WHAT!?

"Nah, we don't need to do it like that" - do what like what?

"uninformed and selfish pieces of excrement like you" - Niiiice! I bet you're a lovely person in real life! What a pity that your cowardice in posting as AC means I'll never have a chance to get to know you better.

"we pay the same tax even though salaries are way less" - Not possible as tax you pay is directly related to the amount you earn. Earn less = pay less. And if you're talking about Council Tax, I seriously doubt that you pay more than most people in a town do for the same type and size of house.

"we don't get that nice London weighting on salaries" - I don't live in London either. I am a country boy from the East Midlands, exiled to a medium sized East Midlands city as I couldn't afford to live where I grew up.

"why should WE get the same sort of service as all you poor own townfolk" - If I understand your attempt at sarcasm, you seem to have missed my point and you are actually agreeing with me. I'm not happy about losing the speed and quality of service when I move back to the country. But I still want it, and I'm prepared to pay for it. I just can't have it because BT and Virgin won't supply it.

You should seriously read and understand a post if you're going to try to rip it apart. Otherwise you make yourself look like an idiot.

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Flame

I must be mad!

Soon, I'm planning to move from my near-a-city-centre tiny flat with (effectively) FTTP Virgin Media cable to a nice new house in a new village development out in the countryside. My current BB is supplied from a private "street" cab within the flat complex (15 flats). It has a nice big fat fibre coming in to it, then via about 20 meters of high quality co-ax directly to my Superhub. I pay a lot for 60m/s and actually get about 48m/s down and 2.7m/s up. Downstream is fine and I am fairly happy as I don't have multiple simulations video streams all going on at the same time. I AM, however, unhappy with the p!55-poor upstream which should already realistically be in the region of 6-10. There is no technical reason why it couldn't be 20m/s or even 30 m/s up, but I wouldn't ever use that, so I don't see the point.

When/If I move, I will be stuck with a poxy old BT ADSL service from an exchange about 2.5 miles away, which isn't unbundled or 21CN or Infinity upgraded. Best estimate for speed is <7m/s down and God-only-know what upstream. Am I pleased about that? No.

However, I'm moving for the greater good of a (hopefully) peaceful life in a larger house. I do not have a choice of which provider takes my money for BT providing a crap service. But I am certain that I SHOULD have choice and that the service SHOULD provide an acceptable modern level of performance. Afterall, I will be paying the same money as an end customer in the country as someone who is getting the "package" in a city. It shouldn't cost BT any more to put in a fast FTTC connection in the countryside than it does in a city. In fact, it should be CHEAPER, as they don't have to dig up so many roads, jump through so many council hoops and cause as much disruption.

However, population density means that any connection in a city will automatically return more income from the same investment, so the bean counters are always going to push for the cities first. Just once, I would like to see some of that profit being ploughed back in to providing an acceptable service to the rest of the country.

As with increasingly stratospherically high screen and camera resolutions, the public needs to get over this "more is better" mentality and realise the other factors also affect the quality of the product and the satisfaction is gives!

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Western Digital gobbles VeloBit in flash cache cash splash dash

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Another top headline

That's all.

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Google forks WebKit, promises faster, leaner Chrome engine

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Black Helicopters

Re: Securing ad based web?

@Zibob - I did wonder the same thing myself! Is it an opportunity for Google to more closely integrate their ads AND stop AdBlockers from working...? I hope not. And its alleged that Blink will be Open Source, so surely someone will spot if they do try to do this in Chome.

Now, where did I put my tinfoil hat?

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Wake up, small biz: Learn to speak internet

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Alert

Social media

My wife works in PR and Communications and EVERY job spec released in the last 12 months has made a big point of mentioning 'social media' as a major avenue that they need to explore and exploit. You can't ignore it: Facebook and Twitter are being heavily targeted just like any other way of advertising your company, big or small.

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Microsoft welcomes CentOS Linux onto virtualized Windows

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WTF?

Lindows? MS plan of action

1) Support CentOS

2) Port Windows 7 GUI to QT

3) Port Office

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6) Hey presto! Stable MS Linux

7) Convince world to pay for it

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9) Profit

...Oh, wait...

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Google threatens Chrome address bar with death

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FAIL

Stop messing around and get rid of...

that bl00dy annoying download bar that is impossible to turn off, move, resize or auto-hide. At least give us the preference to be able to do with it as we like?

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Virgin Media introduces P2P throttling

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Whoop!

Yey! 2MB/s upload on my 20MB/s connection? Sweet! About time too! Better to me working from home sending emails and using Skype video conference and VOIP.

Bandwidth hogging P2P users to be throttled and most likely to leave to another network? There's no bad here. Let them go. Just means lower peer-contention for those that stay. Win, win.

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'Something may come through' dimensional 'doors' at LHC

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FAIL

Cost

So the LHC cost how many hundreds of millions of euros?

"[...]such that each stream has as much energy in it as a normal car going at 1000mph. Secondly, the beams are arranged in such fashion that the two streams swerve through one another occasionally, which naturally results in huge numbers of incredibly violent head-on collisions.[...]"

Why not just buy a couple of Citroen C4's and accelerate them towards each other? Must be cheaper and easier than LHC. If nothing else, we'd be rid of two more piles of subsidised Franco-autocrap!

And ignoring the opening a dimensional portal concerns, what about the possibility of creating our own big-bang and suddenly being on the outside of a rapidly expanding universe of our own making?

Questions that need answers, methinks!

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Data-gobbling, dollar-munching iPhone bug unearthed

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Jobs Horns

Comment?

"Apple did not respond to our request for comment on this report"

Do they ever?

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Granada to start losing analog telly tomorrow

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FAIL

It's taking so long because...

all transmitters are being switched off by a single engineer and he only has a push-bike for transportation between them in these environmentally-conscious times.

Meanwhile the quango behind the switch are billing the country for a workforce of 300, each with company cars and full benefits, plus consultancy and call out fees.

Nothing to see here, just another botched attempt for Britain to catch up with our continental neighbours.

</rant>

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RIM demos BlackBerry Storm 2

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Happy

Nice...

would love to see a real competitor to the iPhone from BlackBerry. Storm 1 was flawed. A mate of mine has one of these (works for RIM) and says it's infinitely better than the first gen and has fixed all the problems. Gonna change my phone in the new year and currently leaning towards iPhone. Hope this will be good enough to make me reconsider...

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Large Hadron boffin arrested on terrorism suspicion

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Boffin

@Fihart - FlashForward

I would doubt that - for these reasons :

a) The novel of FlashForward is currently not available in and has never yet been published in UK - at least according the might of the Waterstones computer system. They (pivately) recommended trying Amazon!

b) It's on Channel 5.

Afganistan is hilly and I'm not sure that Amazon deliver there...

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Nokia netbook to land on 22 October

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Jobs Horns

Err...iPhone

Doesn't seem any different to agreeing to a 24month contract for an iPhone 3GS on O2, except that with Nokia you get a proper keyboard, bigger screen and more connector ports. Ok, it's a netbook, not a phone, but you can always use Skype or a SIP client.

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Web firms seek Royal Mail rivals with GSOH for delivery fling

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FAIL

When I were a lad...

Our postie used to delivery before I went out to do my morning paper round. Now, I'm lucky if post is delivered before 11:00. Also only post collection is at 16:30, not the first post, the only one! And if I'm not in they don't re-deliver the next day, I have to go and collect from a depot!

New, improved, streamlined, lean, efficient service just ain't what it used to be!

Plus I've never understood unions - the only action they seem to have is to strike. IT and office workers would be sacked if we tried that to get a pay rise! (I haven't had one for 2 years).

</rant>

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Apple admits third of iPhone calls in New York are dropped

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FAIL

Same over here on O2?

I'm awaiting the outcome of scrap/media frenzy of which networks will be selling the iPhone 3GS alongside O2, in the hope of being able to upgrade to one later this year. I'm currently on O2 with a Nokia N73 and noticed that call quality, call volume, signal strength and coverage is definitely getting worse - especially over the last couple of months!

I regularly get disconnected mid-conversation, seemingly at random. It can happen at any time, whether I'm at home (full 3G in Nottingham), walking around city centres (again full 3G) driving on the M1 to and from work (junctions 26-33 using a car kit) or at work (half 3G signal). As soon as I get disconnected I look at the phone (not in the car, obviously, officer), and I've got full signal strength! What's going on?

Surely it's about time the phone companies moved to an intelligent, nearest mast auto-reconnection technology instead of desperately trying to hold on to the last mast you're connected to for as long as possible?

I used to be on Orange and got 1 minute of credited talk time automatically if I was every disconnected. Ironically, I moved to O2 back in 2005 because their coverage was better than Orange's. I've complained to O2 about being disconnected, and was told that it's basically tough, that they don't offer any guarantee of connectivity, and won't be re-compensing me! WTF!?

O2 is crap and I'm sick of paying through the nose for their poor coverage!

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Freeview website titsup ahead of big retune

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FAIL

Oops

First I'd heard about it. Well done Reg.

A Big FAIL to Freeview for not advertising it well enough.

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USB 3.0 slouches towards Bethlehem

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IT Angle

Will this....

... stop my mouse pointer randomly jumping around the screen and floating up the screen of it's own accord when I have and external USB mouse connected to my Dell Latitude laptop?

*GRRRRRNNAAAGGGHHH!!!*

</rant>

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ARM wrestles Intel for netbook crown

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Stop

Lexmark printers

Will all the people complaining about how Lexmark printers / multi-functions aren't supported in Linux please just stop whinging and do the sensible thing :

Ditch that pile of crap and get a HP / Canon / Epson that IS supported. You get a hell of a lot of printer for < £100 these days!

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Happy

ARM netbook please!

Yes please, I'll take one. As long as the hardware spec isn't limited like on WIntel netbooks.

12" LED screen at 1280x800

1/2/4 GB of upgradable Ram

HDD and SSD options

nVidia graphics

Wireless G/N

2+ USB2

HDMI out

(mini?)DVI/DisplayPort out

1.3MP+ Webcam

8+ hours battery

Ubuntu

Nice!

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Audi's R8 goes all-electric

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Black Helicopters

It'll never be sold in the UK

Despite all the government's posturing about reducing the carbon footprint, they'll never give up the millions they make in tax from petrol and diesel sales. Add to that the fact that this car (if it is made available to the public) will cost upwards of £100,000, and the future doesn't look so green.

Don't get me wrong, I'm all for quiet, cheap to run, torquey, electric futuristic cars!

I guess this is why there's talk of per mile tax on toll roads or tracking everyone's movements, eh?

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NZ scientists identify giant, man-eating eagle

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Argh! A giant bird

Any chance of a Ray Harryhausen style stop-motion Playmobile recreation video?

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Disney sued over Pixar lamp 'copy'

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Coat

lamp?

...So, Disney /AREN'T/ selling webservers, then?

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Novell fannies about with Open Enterprise Server 2

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Boffin

@ThaRobster

Read the title of the web page in big text on the picture...

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Custard Creams can kill: Official

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Excellent

More! More! This is the kind of useful and informative reporting that the Reg should be bringing us all the time.

Hurrah for number crunching boffins!

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Dell: Linux v Windows netbook returns a 'non-issue'

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Black Helicopters

Advertising

Perhaps if Dell where to start "Recommending Ubuntu" on it's PCs instead of Windows Vista, people would buy more of them? It's very difficult (IMO) to find any reference to Linux or Ubuntu on the Dell website...

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LHC rushed back into service at 50% max power

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History today?

"... resolving the long-running boffinry deathmatch between Professor Higgs, proposer of the boson's existence, and his eminent rival, renowned wheelchair robovoice brainbox Stephen Hawking."

Please, please, please, let's see an "History Today" style Playmobile recreation of this argument...

Higgs: With me today is my renowned colleague, Emiratus Professor Stephen Hawking, as we discuss the existence of the God particle.

Hawking: See that puddle of scum on the floor?

Higgs: I'm aware of it's presence.

Hawking: That's you, that is. That's your doctoral thesis...

etc. etc.

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Wasted billions of government IT spending exposed

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FAIL

Systems analysis?

There's no point computerising something if you're just going to recreating the existing procedures. It's the procedures that are inefficient, probably bogged down in bureaucracy and keeping overpaid numpties in their jobs. Look at the procedures, and optimise them for the benefit of everyone!

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Electric car powers across land, ice and water

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FAIL

Twaddle!

Ignore this wheel based rubbish - James bond had an amphibious car in 1980. Where's my ground-repulsion hover-car thingummy (R)? Didn't the Americans test one of these in the Tunisian desert in the 70's? Should be mature enough tech for consumption by the general public by now...

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Firefox 4.0 flashes lusty leg at Windows lovers

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Stop

Dear Mozilla

Dear Mozilla

Please stop pi55ing around and wasting time on the way Firefox looks. Instead, please spend your time plugging security holes, stopping memory leaks, speeding up the browsing process, lightening the load on the host system, making it start much faster and be totally compliant with standards. If I want it to look different to standard, I will add a theme.

In addition, please build in the following add-ons as standard functionality:

- AdBlock Plus

- X-Marks

- NoScript

Thanks

Everyone.

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Vodafone and T-Mobile: 1800MHz bad, 900MHz good

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Virgin media

If Virgin Media are piggy-backing off T-Mobile, wouldn't they be in the mix to buy at least some of T-Mobile? Yes, I know they're saddled with £500 quadrillion of debt, but stil...

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Lexus unveils hybrid

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FAIL

Hybrid Schmybrid

Want ecomony? Buy a diesel. Hybrid sucks. Where's the hydrogen fuel cell already?

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Unpatched Firefox flaw lets fox into henhouse

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Coat

That's it!

I've had enough and I'm bricking up my intertubes right... no... <carrier lost>

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Robosub prowls Pacific's hadal depths

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Boffin

Measurements

I'm having trouble understading how deep that trench is. Can someone work it out in football pitches please?

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ASBO woman cuffed over raucous rumpy-pumpy

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Coat

Orgasmic!

I've been waiting for just the right moment to rate a story as Orgasmic...

...I'll get my coat.

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Acer Ubuntu nettop to get quiet storage switch

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Gates Horns

Low spec Linux - WHY?

Why do all PC manufacturers spec their Linux installed boxes lower than the equivilent Windoze offering, then only shave a few pounds off the price? Why can't we just have the same HW spec as Windoze?

Sure, Linux might run better on lower spec HW than Windoze, but that doesn't mean it has to be limited by it? How about more disk space for all that data, and more memory to help the O/S out?

Or are they ALL tied in to some non-MS hardware performance tax?

And, why is it so SO hard to find a Linux box on manufactuers on-line stores? - anyone followed the link from the OpenSolaris website to check out the spec of Toshiba laptops with OpenSolaris pre-installed? The Tosh website claims ignorance!

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Sky ices Picnic, blames Ofcom

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Alert

Cable?

If Ofcom were to allow Sky One to be broadcast over Freeview (albeit on subscription) wouldn't that set a precedent for Sky having to allow VirginMedia to carry Sky One as well?

If a channel is available to most ^H^H^H^H a large percentage of UK via the aerial, where does that leave me in my flat with only cable or a crappy internal aerial available?

I just wanna be able to watch Lost, IS THAT TOO MUCH TO ASK?

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