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1020 posts • joined 23 Sep 2008

Asus serves up Windows 7 Home Server box

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Re: ChrisInBelgium

That's strange, I have two Atom-based PC's with Win7 running at home and they fly like the proverbial off a shovel. In fact, having bought the first and being so impressed with it's Win7 performance I sold my Core2Duo desktop system and bought the other to replace it with. They are both dual-core NVidia ION machines with 2GB RAM but Atom's none the less.

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US immigration dodge is permanent

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Re: T2

"It also takes your photo on entry. Quite why I'm not sure"

My understanding is that this is purely a "Gate-side" security measure. Everyone entering "Gate-side" has their picture taken and it is associated with their passport/boarding-card/whatever. Then, as they leave "Gate-side" their image is taken again and the two compared (usually manually). It makes sure the person who enters is the same as the person leaving.

Someone tried to explain this to me once. It was to do with preventing the following scenario.

Person A is a British citizen but is prevented from travelling to, say, Germany (maybe a football hooligan).

Person B is also a British citizen and can travel where they please.

Person A books a flight from Manchester to London.

Person B books a flight from Manchester to Berlin.

Both check-in and pass through security. They then meet up gate-side, swap boarding cards and person A can now travel to Berlin.

Except, with the new system, when person A gets to their gate, the staff scan the boarding card, pull up the picture taken when they came through security and the two pictures don't match.

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HTC HD2 Windows Mobile smartphone

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It's a nice phone

Far too big for my needs and I prefer a physical keyboard but it does look gorgeous. One correction though, it DOES integrate your Facebook contacts into your address book, bringing photos, email, birthdays and most recent update status in. It's not as automated as some might prefer but then, this is still an Exchange linked device. Do you really want "Fred the Bastard", your mate from the pub, turning up on the Corporate Exchange server - photos and all?

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Sony Ericsson goes web crazy

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Symbian

Does SE still do Symbian? I thought they stopped with the W950 a few years ago. Aren't they mainly Windows Phone and Android now?

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HP workers eye walkout over engineer jobs dispute

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Bonuses

I wonder whether the lot over at BT in Liverpool have voted for strike action to maintain their benefits. Hardly seems worth it with £6.5 Million in your back pocket.

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New 'reversible' paralysis-ray turns victims blue, flaccid

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brilliant

So, now all we need to do is have everyone injected with this from birth and then, whenever anyone creates a problem (like refusing to go for a shower) we can just zap them. I love it!

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Windows 7's dirty secrets revealed

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Re: Dan55

"It's as if MS are back where Apple were in the late 90's...They know the OS needs an overhaul, but are bodging the overhaul as well instead of re-architecturing the OS from the ground up."

What a pointless argument. Apple were a nobody with a nothing footprint - particularly in the business world. The effect of "re-architecturing" <shudder> was minimal because hardly anyone was (is) using it. The loss of backwards compatibility only affected a tiny number of people and they were mainly home users.

For MS to re-build Windows from the ground up and lose backwards compatibility would destroy the company. The reason people upgrade their Windows OS is because they perceive (right or wrongly) that they are gaining extra benefits/features whilst maintaining the set of applications that they already have. In other words, their past investment is not wiped out.

I know this is a hard concept to grasp for your average mac user but BUSINESSES invest millions in software for windows. They are not going to write that off overnight because MS want to re-build windows from the ground up for architectural reasons. The MS CEO who makes that call will get laughed at, then sacked.

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Anti-filesharing laws are go

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Re AC @ 15:20

"You're forgetting that the law is whatever the Government of the day says it is. They could quite easily make a law which says that anyone found voting against them will be sent to the labour campst."

No they couldn't. You're just making shit up.

There is an upper chamber to review all legislation coming from the commons (although Labour reduced their power). If, after its been rejected several times by the Lords, the commons force it through, it still has to be singed off by the Monarch before it becomes enshrined in law. No Monarch would ever sign such a law and would immediately disband any government that attempted to pass such a law. That's precisely why such a system is FAR preferable to a Republic where, potentially, the same party could gain complete control of all levels of legislature and force through whatever it wanted.

By having an independent body (the monarchy) a lid can be kept on the government and ensure they act for the people and not themselves.

Okay, I didn't say it worked perfectly, but that's the theory.

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iPhone to become Blighty's favourite smartphone

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Re: RichyS

"Only very few Nokias are used as smartphones in the same way that the iPhone.... devices are."

I think you're getting "smartphone" and "penis-extension" mixed up there Richy!

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Macs not all that for reliability

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Revealing

Whilst the failure rate figures are revealing, two other factors strike me as at least as important;

1) What failed? Data loss is by far the most important. If it's just a speaker driver blown, who cares?

2) How well/quickly was it fixed and at what cost?

I've never been a huge fan of Dell hardware but I've found their support to be excellent. The wife's laptop suffered a mobo failure after nine-months. The following day, someone turned up with a replacement mobo, swapped it out and had her back up and running (with data) very quickly. Asus have always been excellent too.

My experiences of HP are rather less flattering. Even recalling them is akin to a 'nam flashback (you don't know. You weren't there, man!). No experience with the others but I hope the Sony technical staff are more knowledgeable than their sales staff!

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Microsoft feeds Excel to supercomputer

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No wonder the markets collapsed

End User Computing rules were (supposedly) put in place years ago to prevent end users creating "applications" in Excel on which business decisions are made and Auditors are supposed to highlight any such apps as findings. It doesn't mean Excel can't be used necessarily, but the processes for creating them must be the same as for any other application. Business case, specification, development, testing, documentation etc. And the spreadsheet must then be locked down so that end users can't buggerise it.

So MS has basically developed a product that allows financial companies to more effectively break standard accounting practices. Bravo!

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Sony unveils Mills & Boon Reader

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Miss-read

Hmm, must read more slowly. Nearly bought one when I miss-read Christmas Betrothals as "Christmas Brothels"

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Oxford American Dictionary dubs 'unfriend' Word of the Year

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Tramp Stamp

That must be an American term. Over here, they're called "Arse Antlers".

And BBC breakfast's female presenter this morning (Kate?) advised viewers that "If you have any comments on today's stories, please feel free to sext us your views" mush to the amusement of Bill who choked his way through his next line.

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BBC publishes Freeview HD timetable

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No surprises

So, no surprises that those of us who were forced to switch first, when the new equipment wasn't yet available and when the procedures were still complete bollocks (we were sent a pamphlet detailing the "Four ways to go digital". Except three didn't apply in our region), won't benefit by being the first to get HD. No, treat the country bumpkins like shit, experiment on them, get things right and then give all the good stuff to the townies.

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Home Office accused of sexing-up mobile phone rescue

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Cell phone data

Just because the cell triangulation wasn't used in this particular case doesn't mean it isn't useful. I've been involved in three rescues this year in which cell-phone triangulation was either the main factor involved in finding a person or greatly reduced the search area/time. I, too, live on an Island and, whilst it's common not to have the required three cells for an accurate location (due to, pretty much always, being near the coast) two towers will give you a pretty good idea where someone is - combined with local knowledge.

Of course, none of that requires the recording of data. In both the case presented here and the ones I have been involved in, the data was taken from the moment a request was made (along with a fecking huge charge from the telecom provider - batards!) . Historical data was not required. Actually, in one case it would have been very useful but we got lucky and managed without.

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Quickening satellite quickens pulses at ESA

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Joke

Have they checked

Did they make sure that everyone was using the same units of measurement when they made the calculations? You know what that space lot are like. One lot using yards, the other using metres.

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Atlantis crew gears up for Monday launch

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Great photo

That team photo is great. Everyone has identical smiles, except for the guy on the left who clearly didn't hear the photographer say "cheese" because he's too busy listening in to a conversation just off camera to our right.

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Revealed: The amazing premise behind Ridley Scott's Monopoly

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Sounds familiar

Isn't that basically the plot of Jumanji?

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Play.com leaves Modern Warfare 2 buyers empty handed

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It's a game!

FFS - get some perspective, kids! It's a game! It'll still be a game tomorrow or next week. If your copy didn't turn up, take it as a sign. Open the curtains. Open the window. Breath in the air. Heaven forbid, maybe even step outside - but not for too long. I know it's winter but that sun is still way too string for your kind.

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Wii to receive dedicated iPlayer feed

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Re: OFI

Yes, the browser went free but the new, free version, kills iPlayer. Something I only discovered after following the Wii's message advising me to upgrade to the latest version. Gits!

Still, this is good news.

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Google Chrome web protocol seeks 2x download speeds

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Re: Si 1

Amusing. You slag off Microsoft because they may, at some point, ruin Google's plans by....doing exactly what Google has just done. Although, of course, that's fine because everyone knows MS are evil and Google are as pure as the driven snow.

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Luvvies make last ditch appeal for radio mics

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Re: Transition period

That's a valid point for professionals. But there are thousands of amateur's out there. Think of an amateur dramatics company, for instance. I performed with one who had about 30 wireless packs - probably a couple of hundred each. They are a charity. They had to raise the money to pay for them and they sure as hell aren't "depreciating them on their books" over 3-5 years. If they have to replace them, they need to go cap in hand to a potential sponsor.

And there aren't too many individuals or companies willing to fork out money to sponsor the arts in the middle of a recession.

Same goes for bands who might have clubbed together to buy the kit. My last band didn't go wireless, but we all clubbed in and bought £1500 of PA equipment seven years ago. It's still going strong and I wouldn't anticipate having to replace it for another ten years, at least. Had we gone wireless, under these rules, we'd have to replace it very soon and we'd all have to fork out again. We'd get feck all for our current kit, even though it's perfectly decent.

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DARPA in bid for shark-portable laser rayguns

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Any volunteers...

Anyone want to volunteer to try and fit a 10kg ray gun on the head of a great white shark?

Then again, I suspect Evil Billionaires don't really "ask" for volunteers, do they? Asking isn't really part of the Evil gene.

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Europe welcomes Dell's Mac Mini Zino HD

Bassey

Good grief!

The ASROCK 330 is under £250 including HDMI and is only about £75 more with a BR. Granted, you're stuck with a dual core atom but I've been running one for a while now and it flies with Windows 7. It's also smaller and looks nicer. The only thing the Dell seems to have going for it is the memory card reader (REALLY wish that was built into the Asrock but have a memory stick adaptor that does the job) and the Colourful cases (no thanks).

Way, way overpriced.

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Visual Studio gets Linux dose with Mono

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In the real world

Not even virus/malware writers, the lowest forms of life on this planet, bother writing for Linux/OSX because the market share is so utterly insignificant that it isn't profitable. There are so few linux/OSX users out there that it is not even worth the time to STEAL their money!

Why, in the name of jobs, would anyone fork out a bucket-load of cash in order to port an application over to a platform used by a handful of freetards who consider paying for stuff to be against their civil rights? You'd have to be monumentally insane!

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BT call centre staff snaffle £45m lottery win

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Re: Anonymous Coward @ 23:49

Comedy gold, my friend. Comedy gold :)

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Watchdog clears NotW over renewed phone hack allegations

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Re: Anonymous sources

"So every story that comes from an anonymous source is nonsense now"

That's not what I said and you clearly know NOTHING about watergate. Several people were arrested after breaking in to Watergate. How is that a rumour or gossip?

How about I make up a rumour saying you fiddled your Taxes. If, after an investigation, there is nothing to back that up other than my rumour, are you happy to be convicted? Don't talk such bollocks!

Just because you (and I) don't believe it was true doesn't make the decision wrong if there was no evidence to back up our beliefs. If the Guardian's "source" wasn't prepared to put up there is fuck all the IPCC can do. And a bunch of imature conspiracy theorists whining ain't going to change the facts.

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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

Bassey

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

Bassey

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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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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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

Bassey

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

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Froogle

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

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