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993 posts • joined 23 Sep 2008

Watchdog clears NotW over renewed phone hack allegations

Bassey

Guardian nonsense

Whilst I suspect wire-tapping WAS widespread (several "celebrities" have admitted to conversations with journalists in which they were asked about things they had only ever mentioned in phone conversations) the Guardian appears to be overlooking one crucial point;

The IPCC did not need to "provide evidence to contradict the FACTS in our report". There WERE no facts in the Guardian report. There were unsubstantiated, anonymous claims. We, in the real world, call them "rumours" or "gossip". Call me a sentimental old fool but, in the old days, you weren't allowed to convict someone based on gossip (unless they were a witch, obviously). It was not up to the IPCC to provide evidence to contradict the gossip, it was up to the Guardian to supply some evidence full stop. That's how it works.

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WarMouse pushes gamers' buttons with OOMouse

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Re: Paul Brain, Less is More

Excellent. That's means I have shit loads of money!

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Spain cuts off 3m pre-pay mobiles

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Might not be used

I probably have half a dozen PAYG SIM cards with various different retailers. I don't like contracts and usually find it is a lot cheaper to buy a new phone, discounted on PAYG, and then stick my own SIM card in it. As a result, I have quite a lot of SIM cards that have never been used or I've just used them until the few quid credit that came on them has been used up.

Most of the network will give you £50-ish off the SIM free price of a phone by getting it PAYG.

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Sony to bring Risk to the big screen

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At least

At least they didn't use the phrase "re-imagining".

@ Nial 1 : Genius, fella. Pure gold.

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

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Re: Valerion

"Seems to me that starting off another one of those in Switzerland could be considered A Bad Thing."

Why?

I'm not trying to be funny. Just wondering. Can't think of any reasons myself.

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End of the world

Am I the only one not in the least bit bothered if the Universe turns into soup? I'll be dead. You'll be dead. Neither of us will be in a position to give a shit.

The end of the universe, by it's very nature, will be the least eventful event in the Universe' history as there will be no-one (alive) to see it.

It's utterly unimportant so please, carry on cleaning your compost bins with half lemons or whatever it is you lot do to relax.

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H Ross Perot Jr fails to grab rhino by the horns

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Thumb Up

Bah, humbug

Survival of the fittest. If the Rhino was so great it would have evolved to have a nose-mounted AK-47 rather than a useless Horn that people desperately want as trophies. If Perot just wants the hide, can I have the carcass? Hmmmm, rhino burgers!

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Net hasn't isolated Yanks - they've just misplaced their friends

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Interesting Phenomenen

Actually, this (kind of) reflects an interesting phenomenon I've noticed over the years. I grew up on a small Island (the IOM), then spent four years in the UK and now live back on the Island. I travel WAY more when I'm on the Island than when I lived in the UK. The same goes for a lot of people here. I also have family on Lewis who are constantly travelling. My immediate group of friends covers all walks of life. Housewives/Husbands, a road worker, school maintenance, teachers, police, accountants, bankers, butcher. The list goes on. And I regularly speak to friends (i.e. real, physical people I grew up with and have known for 20+ years) from all over the UK and much further afield.

Conversely, friends and family from the UK, Europe, US and Australia seem to go on holiday once or twice a year and that's about it. Rarely do they travel within their own country (unless they have a favourite "spot" - in which case, they visit it over and over). They commute to work but, once there, rarely travel more than a mile from the office other than to go home again. They wear a path to the shops and back and have a small number of favourite bars\restaurants. They'll boast "We have X cinemas here" but always go to the same one. Their network of friends are either from work or their partner's work (so they all do what they do for a living) and it all seems a bit dull.

It does seem, to my limited experience, that the larger the place you live, and the more facilities and entertainment and opportunities it offers, the less you travel outside your "comfort zone".

I also suspect the experience of people on here will differ considerably - but we're (generally) well paid, well educated types so mass-generalisations often don't apply.

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Memory maker to sell films on Flash

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Fantastic

This sounds brilliant. My Philips telly has a USB port as, obviously, do all the PC's. DVD's are a pain in the backside as they keep getting scratched (bloody kids) and I don't see the point in BluRay as it suffers all the same problems (scratching, slow start-ups). This sounds like the dream solution to me. Be interesting to see how the DRM is managed with regards personal backups.

I'm not a free-loading thief, like many around here, but I do object to copy protection systems that prevent me making a perfectly legal backup copy and force me to re-buy or find "other" sources when the kids have been playing Frisbee with Wall-e.

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You too can become a Taoist Mao Shan master

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Happy

Antichrist

Disgusted. How can a respectable publication like the Register bring itself to publish such filth? These images CLEARLY show real, graphic sex and, as such, surely fall foul of the extreme pron law? If it weren't for the fact that this website is populated, almost entirely, by sad, balding, middle aged men and that no child worth their mobile would be seen dead here I would be straight onto the ASA to complain in the strongest possible terms to their permanently deaf ear.

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Men allegedly broke into computers of former employer

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Priorities

Whilst I don't condone what these guys did, they basically took advantage of someone else's incompetence to gain an (unfair) competitive advantage. I.E. they broke a technical rule.

They face five years.

A UK footballer, just last week, was convicted of sexually assaulting a woman and then punching her to the floor. Punishment?

18 months

Something is screwy!

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The x-texting Metrotextual comes out of the closet

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Clinical arse-wipe

"the advent of mobile phones ... [means] ... men can more easily share their feelings with others - especially their male friends"

Can someone please point out to this retarded arse-wipe that putting an ASCII character at the end of an electronic message is not, in any way, shape or form, the same thing as sharing ones feelings?

In the global flood I suggest Clinical Physiologists would make excellent floatation devices!

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Volcanic African 'unzipping' could see continent divided

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Re: OPoor Coco

Thanks. That was what I thought, just wanting confirmation. Wasn't sure whether, when two land-masses collide, the upward "push" of land was enough to create an appreciable drop in global sea levels.

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Question

When the new ocean-basin is created, will world-wide sea levels fall by an appreciable amount? Presumably, all that water has to come from somewhere to fill the new basin?

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T-Mobile Pulse

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SIM Locking

Anyone know if T-Mobile are SIM Locking their PAYG devices at the moment? Would love one of these, but no T-Mobile where I live.

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Irish brogue voted world's sexiest accent

Bassey

Depends where abouts in Ireland

I've worked with people from Cork where, after five years, I could still only make out every third word - usually "feck".

And what's an "English" accent? Brummy, scouse, geordie, cockerney, manky-union, norfolk, cornwall....

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Vonage drops off the net

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VoIP for price? Why?

Depends where you live. We aren't all in places served by competing Telecom companies. The wife is from Dublin. Our phone bill used to be £15+ per month, mostly due to expensive (long!) calls to her folks.. With our VOIP service it's under £2 a month. It also gives us completely free local calls that we just could not get from our local landline provider. The only other alternative would have been something like skype but that just isn't convenient.

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Belkin Powerline HD Gigabit mains Ethernet adaptor

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Re: Chris Miller

"Can someone explain the benefits of Gigabit Ethernet in the home?"

Yep. First off, wireless doesn't work in my house. Full stop. Tried it and something is killing it (I suspect the IT lecturer from the local college, who lives next door, is running some non-standard kit). And, whilst I would love to re-wire the house with cat-5, I love my wife and kids too much to suffer the divorce that would come with it.

So that is the homeplug bit sorted. Plug-in, switch on. Done.

Then, I have all my kids DVD's ripped to the home server (personal backup!). The kids destroy DVD's so it's far easier to rip them to storage and then either create copies or, better still, stream them to where it's needed. That same NAS has all mine and the wife's music and all our photos and takes backups of both our PC's. It's not common but all this could be happening at the same time (except for the backups. I'm not THAT stupid. They are scheduled for different times). Two DVD-quality video stream, two music streams and a backup requires a LOT of bandwidth (I'm amazed the server copes, actually).

Try doing that lot on a standard HomePlug connection which, generally speaking, tops out at around 9-10Mbps. And I'm hoping to go HiDef fairly soon - which will add to the bandwidth even more. Call me old-fashioned but I still work on the principle of working out the maximum load and then doubling to allow for headroom.

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Southwark council sues IBM

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Re: This may be why I am not a lawyer

In this case, it appears not quite so simple. The council don't claim it doesn't do what it is supposed to do. They claim it isn't fit for THEIR purpose. So it'll probably come down to whose responsibility it was to determine the requirements and whether or not the product met them.

I've written plenty of software that worked exactly as it was intended to do only to discover it doesn't meet the actual requirements - and for a hundred different reasons.

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Chronically ill people 'happier if they abandon hope', say docs

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Re: Kit-Fox

"doctors and so called medical 'professionals' ... are all a bunch of uneducated and misinformed idiots"

Part of me REALLY wants to hear you justify that claim. However, a larger part of me anticipates a long, drawn out story of bitterness and resentment and it's only Monday.

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Scientists flee Home Office after adviser sacking

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Big Balls Up

The problem here is nothing to do with "gagging" or any of that crap. If he's been gagged, how come he was on National Television news, openly criticising government policy? The problem was that he did so whilst being a government advisor - so he had to go.

The other huge balls-up was that the government wanted to raise the classification of cannabis. Rather than going about this the adult way and saying, right 2/3 of the country are against drugs, this is a political decision so we are going to go ahead, they asked a panel of experts. If you've already decided to do something (for entirely legitimate reasons) you are only shooting yourself in the foot if you then demand others create evidence to back it up. It was unnecessary and bound to backfire on them.

Still, I don't think he'll be too disappointed. He wasn't getting paid anyway and now all the papers are queuing up to pay him for his "Story".

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New Doctor Who is 'simply the best'

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simply the best

Well he's hardly likely to go around telling people the new guy is a big bag of shite and not worth watching, now is he?

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Comparison shopping sites not wicked after all, says Google

Bassey

Froogle

Wouldn't Google's own Froogle fall foul of these rules and be classed as a low quality site?

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Giant iPhones invade Florida

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Improvement

Hey, at last somebody has upgraded their iPhone to have user-replaceable batteries - albeit feck-off heavy ones dangling between your legs. Still, it's got to be an improvement!

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Brit robo-sub dives to 3.5 miles on seabed volcano quest

Bassey

Re: Colour scheme

It has nothing to do with the Beatles. You make subs yellow because they are easier to find when they break down. Unless, of course, it's a military sub, in which case you make it as difficult to spot as possible.

There is bugger-all point painting them blue or coral coloured. That's like all those dip-shits who go out walking in the hills wearing green and brown, have an accident, and then wonder why nobody can find them. It's because you went out wearing camouflage you morons!

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Google navigates Android to turn-by-turn directions

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Re: Early adopter

My understanding is that, as it is, the G1 does not have the space to install Android 2.0 in the boot ROM (about 70MB). However, there are clever folk out there who have boot managers that can take space from the storage, make it available to the boot drivers and then just "chop up" the OS into the two storage areas. Or, you could cut down Android 2 to fit in the 70MB available.

Either way, the G1 isn't really a great fit for 2.0 but, if you think it's worth a fair bit of effort, it's possible.

On the other hand, the G2/Hero now looks REALLY good value at around £300.

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Transparent OLEDs demoed

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Happy

It’s "unclear" if either firm has plans....

Nice one! :)

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DOJ widens anti-trust optical drive probe

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Weird

So we get investigations into the Browser market (browsers are free) and the DVD drive market (you can pick up a DVD player for about £15). I'm not suggesting there is nothing dodgy going on but it does seem like they want to be seen to be doing something rather than actually investigating markets that might help consumers.

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'New discipline' of 'Network Science' birthed by US Army

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Happy

BA (rse)

Will Dissertations be limited to 140 characters?

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El Reg receives message from planet 'Female Pigeon'

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Stupid names

"How about a solar system with planets called Tatooine, Alderaan, Dagobah and Naboo?"

What a ridiculous idea. How would my GPS StarNav know WHICH Tatooine I wanted to travel to? Your absurdly made up one or the real one on the fringes of the Galactic Empire?

The names are supposed to HELP, not hinder.

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Think you're tech savvy? You won't be when you're old

Bassey

Re: Dale 3

"Trick-cyclist" is a derogatory term for those hard working, brilliantly educated individuals known as psychiatrists, whose insights to the human psyche and, more importantly, ability to manipulate the mind and "cure" all sorts of debilitating illnesses makes them a highly regarded and productive part of modern society. Possibly up there with lawyers and politicians.

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Musos demand Guantanamo Bay playlist

Bassey

Sickening...

"The fact that music I helped create was used as a tactic against humanity sickens me"

Especially as he hasn't received his public performance royalties from them yet! Is Guantanamo even licensed to play recorded music?

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WTF is this country called America?

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To quote Mr Partridge

I think he may have been referring to Good Ole' Uncle US of Stateside.

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Xbox 360 to go Blu, says Ballmer

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Re: Andy 70

When you say "download hi def content", where are you getting this Hi Def content from? There don't seem to be a huge number of legitimate sources for downloading (and keeping) hiDef content.

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Archos ships 'future of netbooks'

Bassey

Hmmmm

Lack of SD Card slot can be forgiven (USB adaptors are a couple of pounds) but a device designed entirely around portability, yet lacking 3G support is unforgivable. Think I'll wait for the 3G enabled version with capacitive screen that I'm sure will follow within the next year.

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Academics gripe about Windows 7 promo collapse

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Happy

I can't download the f*cking thing!

Hmm, seems more 'agricultural' than academic.

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Rigid sky-train to fly through magnetic rings on sticks

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Re: whats the thing with 'elevated'

It avoids nasty collisions with big beasties wandering around the desert. We enclose al of our railways but that wouldn't go down so well if you were, basically, cutting the desert in half. Mind you, at just 150mph, the beasties would have plenty of time to see it coming, think for a bit, and wander slowly out of the way. The TGV and Bullet's do over 500kph! Hell, even the brits WERE managing those sorts of speeds about a hundred years ago.

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HTC Touch 2 Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphone

Bassey

Not wanting to be picky, but I will

You CAN arrange the icons on the Windows Start Menu. Just tap and hold any icon to bring up the option.

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Philips GoGear Muse

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Re: Controls on the right eh?

Why? Don't you have a right hand? If not, I'm sorry. Otherwise, stop whining. You don't speak for all us lefties. I'm perfectly fine using either hand, thanks.

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Magpies hold funerals for fallen feathered friends

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Masterchef

It's quite simple. The Magpies in question had clearly seen Saturday Morning Kitchen and were using the grass to impart flavour to the carcass. Had he hung around long enough, he'd have seen them return to devour their fallen comrade, washed down with a nice Chablis.

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AMD revs Athlons for Windows 7 assault

Bassey

Not so sure

I have purchased a small form-factor PC - but it wasn't much to do with the form-factor. Because small form-factor PC's use much lower-powered parts, it was a fan-less PC and is almost entirely silent. In fact, switching it on for the first time was disconcerting. Other than a light coming on, nothing happened for a few seconds. The only noise it ever makes is when the hard disk spins up.

But this is why I bought it and I know plenty of people for whom squeezing the last GHz of performance from their PC has become secondary to making it as quiet as possible.

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Ares I-X trundles to launchpad

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Rocket Scientists

"the whole point of Ares 1-X is to understand how does a rocket this shape, this weight, this tall actually fly"

Call me sceptical, but shouldn't a bunch of Rocket Scientists, working for NASA, have some idea how the rocket THEY designed and built is going to fly?

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Freecom Hard Drive XS

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@ Tony and @Handle

I don't think that's what Handle meant, Tony. I think Handle was suggesting that the Turbo USB drivers under Windows would probably only bring transfer speeds up to those you would get by default under Linux or Mac OS's - the assumption being that Linux/Mac drivers will be far better written than Microsoft ones - and was looking for you to produce evidence to support his fanboi-ism.

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West Antarctic ice loss overestimated by NASA sats

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@ seno

@ seno, Do you have a reliable, verifiable source for that stat?

There are two camps here. Believers and doubters. Both, to an extent not worth differentiating, believe we should use our energy more efficiently, cut down on the crap we are spouting into the atmosphere and generally treat the planet a lot more kindly than we do at the moment.

I recycle. I've quadrupled the insulation in the loft. We're getting cavity wall insulation. We replaced our knackered boiler with a super-efficient condenser and added thermostatic valves to all our radiators. I drive a small, efficient car. We buy most of our food from local sources etc. I'm doing my bit. Whether we're causing the world to get warmer is, to my mind, utterly irrelevant when it comes to choosing to use energy more efficiently and generating it in ways that don't pump shit into the air.

But NOBODY, surely, can deny that we are, at the absolute minimum, being exaggerated to. There were the NASA temperature figures for last October that showed it was the warmest on record - until someone mentioned how cold it had been in October. At which point they admitted the figures had been copied and pasted from September. There is the nonsense with the selection of the tree samples from Siberia. There is the loss of the data from the University of Anglia etc. etc. etc.

Time and time and time again we are told the debate is over (always an alarm ringer in my head), "scientists" are in agreement and yet I have still NEVER seen any evidence that compels me to believe that the warming seen in the last 100 years is statistically significant when compared to all other similar periods for the last few thousand years.

Now, I'm not saying this would be an easy thing to prove. Reliable data for the last few thousand years is incredibly difficult to produce. Even reliable data for the last few decades seems hard enough. And yet we are told it's been done, it's conclusive but we don't need to see it because "scientists" have seen it and they "are all in agreement".

Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.

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Neanderthal woman could whup Schwarzenegger

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However

They also had a life expectancy 30-40 years less than today and suffered all sorts of muscular-skeletal disorders in "old age" - if they were lucky enough to make it that far.

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IT contractors aghast as FSA evicts self-cert mortgages

Bassey

Seems entirely reasonable

I heard an interview with the head of the FSA this morning (Radio 4 - Today) at his explanation was entirely reasonable. At the peak of the mortgage boom, over 50% of all mortgages were self-cert. In his words (roughly) "It used to be taken for granted that banks would only make loans that were in both their and their clients interests - in the same way that we would never regulate against poking oneself in the eye with a stick. However, it's become clear we DO need to tell banks "Don't lend money to those who can't afford to pay it back".".

As mentioned above, it is not an end to mortgages for the self employed. Just self certifying your income. The Bank will be required to demand proof of income. In fairness, this has applied to the employed AND self employed in the past. My bank would not lend me a mortgage without a letter from my employer and still required me to have been in full-time employment for a certain period.

I can't imagine many scenarios where someone who would be adversely affected by this would be deserving of a loan and, therefore, it seems to make sense.

RE: Is it me being particularly thick?

No. It's limited reporting. Such rules are also in the proposal - they just haven't been reported with the same level of gusto because "Banks told to only lend as much as they can realistically expect to recover from the sale of the security" doesn't make a snappy, alarmist headline, does it?

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MS claims early success for freebie security scanner

Bassey

Re: Statistics

No. 40% of people who have downloaded the MS Security Essentials software are running Windows 7.

So, in answer to your question, that would definitely be a FAIL!

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Tories would scrap 50p broadband tax

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Re: @AC 11:05 GMT

> How can anyone say that education standards aren't falling.

Quite right! I remember a time when such questions ended in a question mark.

And Mike JVX Re: Same old Tories. You forgot the appalling (non-existent) public transport system amongst your excellent list that I would subtitle "What have the Tories ever done for us?".

It truly is remarkable how short people's memories are. Britain was a shit-hole 15 years ago. I'm by no means claiming all is sweetness and light at the moment but, until the sub-prime market collapsed in the US, all most people had to complain about was civil-liberty erosion and incompetent civil servants leaving laptops on trains.

Compared to 36+ students to a class in crumbling schools, shit-infested hospitals with patients left in corridors on stretchers, streets left to whoever wanted to fight over them (because there were no police to fight back) and a public transport infrastructure indistinguishable from an episode of Heart Beat the UK today looks like a blissful paradise.

Although it strikes me that most of the problems of yesteryear would be most likely to impact on the poor and/or elderly. So maybe that would explain the short memories amongst the country's press and El Reg readers alike.

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Fast USB 2.0 Flash Drives

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Re: Waterproof @ Annihilator

Nope, you're not the only one. My SanDisk Cruzer 8GB has been through the wash AT LEAST half a dozen times and has been through the Tumble dryer a couple of times too. It's 3 years old now and never misses a beat.

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UK stuck in tech time-warp, finds report

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Bit of a mix

I'm not too bad. I have some old VHS tapes I keep meaning to get digitised (family memories etc). I got rid of all my old mobile phones (envirophone - made a couple of hundred quid) last year - apart from my very first, which I keep for nostalgia/bore-the-kids reasons.

After that, I'm fairly middling. No BluRay yet. I'm sure I'll end up with one - but not yet. No iPod, as my phone does all that, but I have a NAS with a media server so all I need now is a media appliance hooked into my HiFi and HiDef telly and I'm pretty much up to date.

Although I REALLY want a robot vacuum cleaner, mop and lawn-mower.

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