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* Posts by Bassey

993 posts • joined 23 Sep 2008

Near-ready Firefox 3.6 gets second RC sausage

Bassey

FF has peaked

I'm afraid I have to agree. I can even (just about) put up with the occasional crashes - thanks to it restoring the tabs. Except it doesn't any more. I seem to be seeing the "Oops. This is rather embarrassing" message more and more as it fails to re-launch my tabs after its (increasingly frequent) crashes. Much as I loathe to admit it - I'm actually finding myself using IE8 as much as Firefox.

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Yanks floored by nail guns, computers and baseballs

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The least believable of the lot...

This was a US survey yet one victim claims to have dropped a "CAN OF VEGETABLES" on their toe. Surely they mean a can of cheese?

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'Anti-cyberbullying' rapper sorry for SMS smack talk

Bassey

That's a shame

Whilst no fan of the "music" I've seen Dappy a few times on the tv and he's always come across as one of the most amiable people you could wish to meet. As thick as two short planks and several sandwiches short of a picnic but a thoroughly nice guy. I may be WAY off (my upbringing is about as far from "street" as you could possibly imagine) but my understanding is that the sort of language and the expressions he used wouldn't be considered an actual death-threat. That's just the way such people speak. I don't like it and certainly don't condone it but my understanding is that such words are just an expression of anger, not an actual death threat.

Obviously, the long arm wouldn't see it that way and the girl says she has not decided whether to report it to the police or not yet (having reported it to the "proper" authorities - Max Clifford - first).

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McKinnon: The longest ever game of pass the parcel

Bassey

Lawyer harm

Never mind the rights or wrongs of the extradition (he's admitted to the crime so I'm happy with him being tried here or in the US) the dragging out of the whole thing by his legal team appears to have resulted in a much longer sentence (8 years of horrible uncertainty and duress) than had he just gone to the US in the first place. This does have all the stink of a legal team doing everything they can to show how clever they are and sod the client's interests.

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'Domestic extremism' police called in on climate hack

Bassey

Re: Heh

"Now disagreeing with the view of human induced climate change means that you are a dangerous extremist and you must be controlled"

Now, you see, here is the problem with not bothering to read beyond the headline. It actually states (and I'll save you the effort - it is Friday) that, although this is clearly NOT a case of extremism they were brought in because they had expertise in computer forensics. Okay? Obviously we don't want to throw anything in the way of your paranoid sense of victimisation but you may need to try looking elsewhere on this particular occasion.

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NuLabour 'Bribo' laptop pops up on eBay

Bassey

Re: You have to admire Labour's neck

Yeah! 18-month waiting lists, 45 plus to a classroom, non-existent trains, no nurses and no-police. Can't wait for the Tories to return and bring back their peculiar take on the good old days.

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Universities avoid Kindle over accessibility barriers

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Re: Trinity

But that isn't the point here. The material IS available in any format you want. The argument was that a device for accessing some limited learning material in a particular format wasn't suitable. That material was STILL available to blind people - just not through THIS device.

The earlier - entirely valid - point was "what is the difference between a kindle DEVICE and a book?". If you separate the physical book from its content the two are identical. So why not sue because books aren't accessible?

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No Windows Mobile 7 launch at MWC, claims mole

Bassey

This isn't news

I wasn't aware anyone thought WM7 was to be released at MWC. I thought it was fairly widely known that WM7 would be "announced" or previewed - in the way MS always does with major OS products. The release of WM6.6 (or 6.5.3 as it's been called in all the development builds) is welcome though.

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Survey outs Britain as nation of tech twits

Bassey

What?

Who gives a flying monkey who the CEO of a large company is outside of those in the industry? Are people who buy TVs expected to know the name of the head of Sony? Are people who buy music expected to give a shit about the model of mixing desk used in the studio? Do people who drink wine care about the name of the guy who invented the latest bottling process?

Of course not. It's pointless nonsense and I'm glad the British public have more important things to concern themselves with. I just wish that "more important" thing wasn't what's happening in Eastenders.

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Microsoft predicts Linux will fail mobile 'quality' test

Bassey

Re: I Fixed it for you

Except that my version was true, your "fixed" version is bollocks. All Windows Mobile devices have full exchange synch out of the box. All. ALL. No exceptions. It's called ActiveSync. It's in the OS.

I'm running software purchased 6+ years ago for Windows Mobile 2003 on WM6.5.3. I've never come across software that doesn't work forward. Obviously, some won't be backwards compatible. That's computers for you. iFart won't run on a Babbage Difference engine. Tough.

Do you have any points to make that you didn't just invent on the spot or were you just anonymously trolling?

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Bassey

He's right about the Linux Fragmentation though

Look at the current Android devices. Buy an Android device at the moment and you have NO IDEA what you are getting. Some have exchange synch. Some don't. The Nexus One has exchange synch for contacts and email but no calendar. The Moto Droid has the calendar as well but no notes synching. And that is within a (supposedly) SINGLE version of Linux. The Moto Dext has the facebook integration stuff, the newer Droid doesn't. Developers are having to write apps for, not just incremental releases, but separate phones with the same OS version number. It's rapidly become a complete mess and Android hasn't been around long.

People can (and do) mock MS all they like. I have no idea whether Windows Phone will survive until WM7 is released. Six months ago I was confident it would. The lack of operator support today leaves me in two minds. But none of that alters the fact that Bach is actually correct on this one. If there is one thing the iPhone has shown the market it is that simple works. People like to buy a phone and it works with all the stuff it is supposed to work with. They don't want to have to wade through internet forums trying to figure out why Widget X on their mates Linux phone won't run on theirs.

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New Labour bring old Nuremberg Laws to Britain

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Flame

Really?

> Mine's the one tickets off this totalitarian, facsist rock in the pocket

Really? Or, like 99% of the commentators on here, are you just talking big whilst sitting in front of your monitor doing feck all. It's amazing the amount of noise you lot make about fascist states, infringement of civil liberties blah blah talk talk.

There seems to be a major lacking in the trouser department, though.

Who's worse? The opressors? The mindless sheep you all complain so bitterly about, who are so obsessed with the X-Factor they have no idea they're being opressed? Or is it the (allegedly) intelligent, aware minority who sit on their lardy arses all day, whining, moaning, bitching, criticising and doing fuck all?

Ever stood for election? Bothered to create a protest group? Organised a march? Walked further than the fridge and back? Thought not. Useless moaning gits the lot of you.

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Honda beats rivals to hybrid coupé launch

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56.4mpg

The Fiesta Eco-whatever does over 76mpg and has low enough emissions to attract the zero-rate road tax. Hell, my eight year old Clio gets 55 (at a push). 56.4 is really pretty bad by today's standards. Some VERY rough fag-packet maths suggests this car would cost around £500/year more to run than the Fiesta eco-thingy. It'd better be pretty cheap to buy!

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Judge blames RealNetworks for DVD-ripping ban

Bassey

Question

Anyone know the legal situation in the UK. I know full well that I am allowed to make a copy of copyrighted material for personal backup purposes. I do this all the time (no, really). The kids have lots of DVDs. Kids being kids, the DVDs get scratched to feck so I back them up and create a new copy when the original dies. It saves me a fortune.

HOWEVER - because the DVD manufacturers have put copy protection on the discs, I have to bypass the protection to make my legal backup - which is illegal.

Not that I really give a damn. I've bought the discs, I have to make copies because DVDs and CDs are so stupidly fragile and if they want me to buy another copy each time their crappy discs give up the ghost they can go jump. But, unlike a lot of people, I do try to stay within the spirit of the law so just wondered which took precedent. My right to make a personal backup or the breaking of copy-protection methods?

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Android and WinMo updates going head-to-head

Bassey

whoopee doo

It might be out of date and decidedly rough around the edges (okay, it IS), but my WinMo device has had animated (live) wall-papers (currently with animated weather) and text-to-speech allowing me to search for music or send a text for ages. There are SOME advantages to having an open platform.

I've also been running 6.5.3 for quite a while. Bizarrely, despite the naming, whilst 6.1-6.5 was barely noticeable, 6.5-6.5.3 is quite a major improvement. Though I still don't hold out much hope for Windows Mobile. The device manufacturers and service providers are like rats abandoning a sinking ship. It's becoming nigh-on impossible to get a WinMo device from any of the big four/five service providers.

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Avatar renders this earthly life meaningless

Bassey

Has to be

Reminds me of the reviews of the £600+ HDMI cable. Good stuff

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Oz firm seeks talented IT developer

Bassey

minds me

Our HR were clearing out some old "review" forms. One, from over 25 years ago, had such questions as;

Please describe the reviewee's build;

skinny, medium, large, fat, very fat

Please describe the reviewee's overall attitude;

Pleasant, acceptable, unpleasant

It went on like that. HR were horrified to see such questions and prescribed answers. I thought they were surprisingly open, honest and useful - which explains HR's objections.

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Google too powerful, warns German minister

Bassey

Not a fan, but...

I'm not a fan but I'd argue about the monopoly thing. With MS, it was a different matter. Your company probably used Windows - therefore, as an IT person within the company, you used it at home. As home computing took off outside geekdom, people found they needed to use windows to talk with everyone else.

The only monopoly google has is in online advertising. People can (and do, at extreme length) talk about all the other stuff. The google docs, mail, calendar, phones, im etc. But that is all optional. You don't need it to communicate with others. There are plenty of alternatives out there. I exist quite happily without using any Google apps other than for the odd search. It's not even a concious thing, so there is no effort required. I just don't feel a need to use any of its products.

Everyone was (pretty much) forced to use Windows in order to get the job done. The public makes a choice to use Google and it is that choice that makes them so powerful in online advertising.

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Sony punts pair of trendoid cameras

Bassey
Gates Horns

Hmm

It'll be interesting to see what that $199 translates to by the time it's traversed the Exchange-Rate-Reality-Distortion field that is the Atlantic. There are a few VERY similar devices available over here for around £150. If Sony can get that over here and keep the price south of £200 (say £180) then that would be pretty tempting. It seems reasonable to assume the image quality from a Sony is going to be £30 better than an AipTek or any of the other Chinese/Far-East brands.

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Google to mobile industry: ‘F*ck you very much!’

Bassey

Why?

Why do you have to be virtuous to get shafted? Please explain? That makes no sense to me at all.

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Why Nominet disconnected 1,000 sites with no court oversight

Bassey

Police state blah blah meh

Read the damn article. Yes, the police complained. But the sites were taken down because of a breach of contract. No court order required. Where's the police state? You sign a contract which states, if you don't play by the rules, we cut you off. They broke the rules, they were cut off. The fact it assisted the police is a happy side-effect.

Had the police come to Nominet, asked for them to be cut-off, Nominet had discovered no breaches and THEN cut them off anyway - you would have a genuine grievance. As it is, get back under your tin-foil-coated rocks and stop screaming "fascist police state" every time someone gets of their arse and does something useful.

Jesus, if you saw some bloke on your flight wearing plastic explosive, fiddling with a switch, I swear half of you would demand a high-court injunction, filled in triplicate and signed by Elvis before you'd get off your backsides and read them the terms and conditions of carriage.

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Freed Peter Moore will be 'paid in full' for time as Iraq hostage

Bassey

None personally

Non personally (not that brave) but an ex-forces friend works out there doing private security and seems to enjoy it. By all accounts, whilst by no means safe, there are large parts of Baghdad which are "fairly" normal. I would point out that the vast majority of the recent atrocities have targeted large government institutions - so I'm not sure I'd be wanting to take any governmental contracts!

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Software engineer rated best job of 2010 (almost)

Bassey

So, go on then...

What the fuck is a software engineer? I write design, write and test computer software. Does that count?

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Popcorn Hour C-200

Bassey

MyXerver

Just a quick note - unless you know differently, the MyXerver is not available. I tried to buy one through Amazon after your excellent review but they kept delaying delivery before cancelling the order. Novatech did the same. According to google, it is not available anywhere and I'm not convinced it ever was - although they seem to have sent out plenty of review units. Just thought I'd mention it as you guys seem to refer to it fairly regularly.

The popcorn looks okay, but I'd far rather it could take a BluRay AND a 3.5". That way around, it would make a very versatile NAS, Media Player and BluRay all-in-one - and for similar money to buying all three separately. As it is, the 2.5" limits the storage making it no use as a NAS. Then it starts looking rather expensive.

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Sony readies family-friendly internet access gadget

Bassey

So that would be a Joggler then?

Looks exactly like the O2 Joggler to me

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Bosses warned over Scrooge-like approach to snow problems

Bassey

Re: make the effort

Making the effort? If you're snowed in, you're snowed in. I live 15 miles from work, the other side of a mountain. The roads in and out of the village were closed. It's an offence to drive on closed roads. I COULD walk it (have in the past) but it takes just over four hours. Short of buying a quad bike and riding it over the mountain, what effort would you suggest?

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Bit late

We were snowed in yesterday. The roads were all closed. Schools closed. We were told by police not to travel. Made it in today via a huge diversion and very treacherous roads followed by a slippery walk along iced footpaths. Not sure how I'll make it back as the sludge freezes and we've had more snow. What delights did I have waiting for me? An email from HR asking if I wanted to take yesterday as holiday or unpaid - followed a few minutes later by a "polite" reminder that this is NOT a dress-down day and that employees are expected to wear full business dress. Apparently, deadly pavements are no excuse for my heavily cleated walking shoes and they should be substituted for something more suitable for business use.

Fucking retards.

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Asus goes wide with Bang & Olufsen laptop

Bassey

All that width

....and still no room for a numeric keypad. Still, I suppose if you need to enter numbers into a spreadsheet to find out how much money you have left then you probably can't afford one.

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Yorkshire Ripper loves Wii Bowling

Bassey

Not quite accurate

Thorough, well thought-out research has shown that leaving a wii-fit unused in the corner of the living room does nothing for fitness. Not "quite" the same thing as you claim. In further astounding news, paying £1500 for gym membership and only going twice makes only your bank balance lighter. To paraphrase an old parable, you can take a fat, lazy lard-arse to a treadmill but you can't make him run.

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LG GD510 Pop

Bassey

Not the tech

It sounds like the problem with that screen was nothing to do with the technology - just the implementation. I've used resistive touch-screens for years. Yes, they can be insensitive and inaccurate. They can also be wonderful - it depends on how well they are implemented. Personally, I'll be sticking with resistive for as long as they are available. Capacitive doesn't work with gloves on. Okay, there ARE now gloves available but reports suggest they are currently hit and miss and, besides, I carry a smarthphone because it is an all-in-one solution. If I have to make sure I have a particular set of gloves with me all the time, I lose that.

And no, I'm not taking my freaking gloves off when half-way up a mountain in minus whatever conditions and a howling wind. PLEASE keep a few resistive devices around for those of us who really need them.

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Google 'open' memo betrays deep corporate delusion

Bassey

Don't see the big deal

I was sat here trying to think what I would do without google. Then I tried to think what I use them for. I use them for the odd search - but not all THAT often. I tend to flip between Yahoo, Bing and Google and don't find the results that different. I don't use GMail, calendar or anything you have to sign up for. I tried, but found the registration process a pain in the arse and gave up (I have a very low tolerance for such things). The only thing I use on a semi-regular basis is Froogle.co.uk - which I find to be generally better than other price-comparison sites. But that's maybe once every few months. I think I'd cope.

Maybe I'm unusual, it's certainly not been a concious thing but I doubt my internet experience would be much different without them - other than, maybe, some sites would have to close without the adsense dollars.

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Existence of 'Sea of Krakens' on Titan confirmed

Bassey

Pedant

"otherworldliness" - what was he expecting on another world? Deja vu?

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Stella Artois augments iPhone reality

Bassey

Seems like a perfect match

Most of the iPhone toting ****s I know also inexplicably regard larger as a beverage whose image fits in with their self-perceived masculinity and urbane sophistication. Seems like a match made in Heaven/Cupertino.

(on re-reading the above it strikes me that I should have probably stopped typing after "inexplicably regard larger as a beverage").

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Vatican awards self 'unique copyright' on Pope

Bassey

Stop being Catholic - avoid guilt

Doesn't work. They just feel guilty about their lapsed Catholicism. I knew one woman who, I swear, if she ever accidentally found herself being happy, would immediately suffer pangs of guilt for having nothing to feel guilty about. Forget the sexual abuse, Ireland has been abusing every child raised there for nearly 1,500 years by forcing this shit down their throats.

(yep. married an Irish ex-Catholic.)

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Devolo dLan AVplus

Bassey

So convenient

It always amazes me that more people don't use these. I used WiFi for several years - suffering drop-outs, slow transfers, constant interference and forever having to reboot the router. Eventually, I got a pair of these to sort out problems with the wife's laptop (which seemed to suffer the most drop-outs). I plugged them both in, switched them on and - well, that was it. I've not had to touch them since. I now run a four-port version in my study - with my PC, NAS and printer plugged in - and one behind the telly for a media streamer. Speeds are excellent and I never get drop-outs or other connection issues. Plus, the baby-monitor now works properly. Mine cost about £40 a pair - maybe four times what I'd pay for a WiFi card but worth absolutely every single penny.

The WiFi is still there but it's only used by the Wii for BBC iPlayer. And guess what? It frequently drops out.

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Google: Do no evil, pay no tax

Bassey

And on the other hand

Many, many thousands of UK companies trade is various parts of the world but pay all of their taxes into the UK treasury. You win some, you lose some. Unless you want to stop benefiting from the corporation taxes of the overseas operations of Tesco, M&S, BAE etc then I'd suggest keeping your feckin mouths closed and hoping this dick-head of an MP, who clearly knows nothing about Tax, gets a serious slapping from his party whip very soon.

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Obama banks on NASA's big launcher

Bassey

Cost

Simple answer to "why can't we keep/develop the shuttle fleet".

Cost. It's too expensive to run so it needs to be replaced. It's FAR too expensive to maintain whilst developing a new launch system. For every year you add to the shuttle fleet, you're adding almost as much to the development time of the new system - adding to the time you need to maintain the shuttle fleet etc. Basically, your target keeps slipping out of reach and you are paying for two systems for far too long.

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Intel's Atomic 'Pine Trail' arrives early

Bassey

330

What system is that? I'm running an ASROCK NETTOP 330 ION and have no problems with 1080p video. That's with Windows 7 Ultimate.

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Google fined for book copyright

Bassey

Quite right too

If any of the rest of us started copying books and then making them publicly available the authors and publishers would be after us. Don't see why Google thinks its so different. Certainly if it was my work I'd be pretty pissed off that someone was using it to make themselves money without so much as asking.

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Sony plots death of Amazon Kindle

Bassey

Really?

"Sony hardly has a clean record either but they seem to have snapped out of the delusion that they can dictate formats or standards"

Really? Blu Ray ring any bells?

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Motorola Milestone

Bassey

Name shame

I'm not sure any phone should have a name SO close to Millstone.

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MoD does everything right for once in Xmas shocker

Bassey

Sounds good

One question. If Kinloss is effectively closed, where will the UK's only northerly Air/Sea rescue capability move to? My understanding is that the whole of the UK is currently covered by Kinloss, Anglesey and another in East Anglia (can't remember the name). I understand these are being put out to PPP to allow them to retire the Sea King. Where will the Kinloss station move to? It currently covers a huge area (including the North Sea gas fields). This service is already hugely stretched and is one of the few services offered by the armed forces to get regular "live" activity.

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Acer A1 Liquid Android smartphone

Bassey

Re: adnim

That sounds like a review of Android. I certainly hope the reg doesn't review Android each and every time they review an Android phone. As a "Technical Audience" isn't it safe to assume the readership either already knows the OS pretty well or can find out from other sources? This is a review of the Acer Liquid - not Android. The only OS related things we need to know are what version of Android is on it, how quickly does it run it and are there any customisations? The review covers that.

On the other hand, an in-depth review of Android or a "hackers guide" - a bit like the ones done for Linpus last year - would be very handy.

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Bassey

Re: Simon Aldrich

Is the back of the phone also getting quite warm? If so, you just have a faulty battery. It happens fairly frequently and with all phones. Take it back and get a new one.

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EC drops Microsoft browser probe

Bassey

Wow

Twelve Windows Browsers? Really? Anyone care to enlighten? Obviously we have IE, FF, Opera and Chrome. There is another Mozilla one whose name escapes me. That still leaves seven.

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El Reg's PARIS programme attracts high-flying sponsor

Bassey

Quite right

Where are the "PARIS does it in zero gravity" T-Shirts?

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Google to flog unlocked phones in January

Bassey

Oh yes they do

Plenty of operators offer really cheap, month-by-month deals for those bringing their own phone with them. O2 do simplicity for £10 a month with free minutes and texts. My local (cable and wireless) do something very similar but you choose free texts or free data. I'm fairly sure T-Mobile do something along those lines and I'd be surprised if others don't too.

Besides, PAYG is usually cheaper. I would never consider buying a phone on contract. Unless you spend a fortune on calls they are a complete rip-off. I get 1GB of data, free texts plus free calls to my wife and two friends for £5/month on PAYG.

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Mesh intros bonkers BMW-designed gaming PC

Bassey

Specialist cabling?

Please explain?

Does a specialist do the cabling, as opposed to some spotty-faced trainee? Do they use cables specially designed for the job? If so, what do they normally use?

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Darling promises IT cuts, years of pain

Bassey

So what what are you complaining about?

They've successfully removed the "Boom". Promise kept :)

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Bassey

Yeah, great

Fix the economy but destroy the country. Were you actually around 13 years ago? Do you remember the 18 month NHS waiting lists? The non-existent trains? Class sizes averaging near 40? Bugger all nurses? Bugger all police? Under-paid teachers? Rampant crime? Schools crumbling? Shitty Victorian hospitals?

People really do have short memories.

15 years ago I was worrying about if I'd die before I ever got to see a GP. Today, people's biggest worry seems to be whether or not their data appears on some f-ing database. You really are taking the piss, you lot! It's a bit of extra tax for a few years. Contrary to what back-hander Dave and his public school-boy mates like to tell us, the sky really ISN'T falling down.

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