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* Posts by Bassey

1009 posts • joined 23 Sep 2008

NY residents sue for $100m over phone masts

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Might have trouble proving that

How can they prove that these boxes are causing house prices to go down? For a start, the housing market is in a depression. And, in any case, advertising your town as a technical backwater with no telecommunications infrastructure is hardly likely to attract the nouveau riche into the area, is it?

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Sony snubs Microsoft in Google Chrome browser deal

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So this is why...

This is why Google caught us all by surprise and removed the beta-tag about a decade earlier than with any other piece of Google software. I suppose it was a bit difficult to tout it around all the major hardware makers when it was still officially in beta - especially given the Vaio brand's natural home as the play-thing of the "Executive"

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UK Music secret data: 'Young people will pay for downloads'

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Riiiiight

"The young people revealed <they> still participated in illegal downloading because they liked to own material"

So these would be the 1800 that DIDN'T get A-grade GCSEs and A-Levels then? Who wants to be the first to point out to them that stealing something doesn't mean you own it? It still belongs to the person you stole it from it's just that you are now benefiting from the possession.

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Panasonic DMR-BS850

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Sounds familiar

Sounds like we are back to the early days of DVD recorders - each brand seemingly using a slightly different finalisations process so you end up with a lottery as to whether other machines will be able to read your finalised Disc.

Yet another reason not to bother with BluRay. At the moment you risk spending £150 (ish) on a player that will have to be replaced in a couple of years because it can't read the Discs your PC's built-in BluRay recorder is producing.

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Belgian boy's iPhone 'explodes'

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How do you return it?

Are you allowed to send an iPhone through the post? My understanding is that the Post Office won't accept explosive devices?

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Google probed by Italy's anti-trust arm

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Re: Sorry that handle is already taken

Damn. Beat me to it :)

Maybe it just works the other way around to all other competition Authorities. Their job must be to eliminate ALL competition from the market save those controlled by Silvio "Where'd I leave my pants" Berlusconi.

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How to run Mac OS X on a generic PC

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WTF?

Why?

Why would you pay an EXTRA £253 to ruin your lovely PC with that piece of unintuitive crap? Do yourself a favour and stick Windows 7 on there.

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Walfamstow Cockney cash machine daffy ducked

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What?

What?

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Rogue admin charges cut to size

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Big Red Bus

Over here it's generally referred to as the "Big Red Bus" scenario.

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Hedgehog quip secures Fringe's top gag crown

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Good to see...

Good to see the only two women in the list keeping up the tradition of women comedians only ever telling jokes about "women's" issues. Although the Rose West one was, at least, actually funny.

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Tesla Model S poses for cameras

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Oh

Disappointed. Not sure what I was expecting but, after the Tesla, something a bit more attractive than that. The head-on view, in particular, is hideous.

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MSI intros 12in Wind notebook-not-netbook

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SCC

So, a Small Cheap Computer that is quite large and fairy expensive. Should sell well.

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PS3 backwards compatibility gone for good

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WTF?

Not sure why you'd need it

Not sure why you'd need backward compatibility. That would suggest that someone who owned, say, as PS2 long enough to build up a back catalogue worth bothering about, was STILL playing video games when the PS3 came along.

I mean, sure, I loved playing manic miner on the Spectrum, but by the time the next set of machines had come out, I was probably about 12 and had grown out of playing computer games! Can I suggest that, if you think the lack of backwards compatibility in consoles is a tremendously important issue, you should maybe turn off the machine, open the curtains and, heaven forfend, maybe step outside and talk to a girl!

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Dan Brown is most unwanted author says Oxfam

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Re: Stu 4

> Er... since when has the Catholic church promoted the bible!

promoted/wrote, tomaytoes/tomahtoes....

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Palm rejected Jobs's 'no poaching' Applers offer

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Astonishing

Jobs and Apple engaged in anti-competitive practices of a highly dubious legal status?

How VERY dare you!

Now go and wash your mouth out with soap and water.

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A quarter of Brits packing multiple mobiles

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One pub phone

I have a nice, fancy smartphone for business and personal use and a 6+ year-old crappy little phone that I use when going to the pub (though that was a long time ago!), going on holiday or taking out walking with me as an emergency spare in the bottom of my ruck-sack. Bought it for a fiver from a mate who was upgrading.

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How to set up your HDTV like a pro

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Cheers El Reg

New Philips Full-HD telly arrived yesterday. And I'm sure the wife would also like to thank you, now that I'm going to be spending half the weekend (the half when the Ashes ISN'T on, obviously) fiddling with the picture!

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Japan torture flick sickens UK film censor

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WTF?

At least it's upfront

At least you know what you are going to get with this one and the makers have been quite upfront in their advertising and promotion. If you're a sicko and enjoy that sort of thing - watch it. If not, you can avoid it.

Unlike Slumdog Millionaire which got a 15 cert and was promoted as the "Feel-good film of the year" and opens with the torture by electrocution of a child and then goes on, via flashbacks during his 24 hour torture, to tell the story of a boy who witnessed the brutal killing of his own mother and the blinding of friends to make them more effective beggars.

Presumably that was okay because of the sick and depressing narrative.

Maybe the makers of Grotesque should show the back story of the psycho. Maybe something cheerful like him being raped by his Dad. Then we'd have "narrative" and "character Development" so it would all be okay, right?

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Old-school virus threatens Delphi files

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It's a job!

We still have tons of legacy Delphi code and it still requires updates and maintenance. One of our main Delphi systems celebrates it's tenth birthday in four weeks time.

Happy birthday to you...happy birthd......

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The legal risks of uncontrolled IM use

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Really?

More IM use than email within 18 months? Really? Does anyone work for a company that uses IM? I don't know of any outside of those offering technical or on-line sales support.

I've only used IM twice - both times in a tech support context where it works quite well. Never really seen the point otherwise. But then, I'm an old fart.

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Asus laptops top for reliability in Q2

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Quite surprised by HP

I'm surprised to see HP do so poorly. Whilst in 5th, their rating was terrible. I'm no fan of HP but our company uses their machines and they seem to be built on a KISS basis to keep reliability high. There are no fancy CPU's, no fancy graphics cards, large (fugly) cases to keep air flowing etc. When friends ask me to recommend a laptop, I quite often end up recommending a HP purely for their relative simplicity and (therefore, assumed) reliability. Might have to re-think - although, as mentioned above, HP's might be being bought by technical incompetents comforted by the big name but who are more likely to A) fuck it up and B) Call a support company for help.

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Sony reveals slim PS3, drops price

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good news

Looks less like a cross between a betamax VCR and a bread-bin now. And the price-cut makes the comparison harder. I have a 1TB NAS in the study and am looking at the best/easiest way to get ripped DVD's (my own - mainly kids ones) onto the big telly in the living room. I'd pretty much settled on a XBox 360 arcade for about £120. With the PS3 (hopefully) between £200-250 it becomes a slightly better option - if only for the Blu-Ray.

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Campaign for official Turing apology gathers steam

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Not sure

Whilst I would never question the achievements of Turing I don't see how this is going to help. Why on earth should the Prime Minister of today apologise for the fact that the government of 50 years ago brought about a prosecution against someone who broke the law?

Honour his wonderful achievements. Don't drag up the past in order to try and make some meaningless political statement.

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Robo autopilot 'digital parachute' lands light plane hands-off

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Re: Does this make anyone else a bit queasy?

No, not at all. Having had some involvement in post-air-crash management it is (near as damn it) always pilot error that causes crashes. Machines are generally far more reliable for one simple reason. If one goes wrong it makes HUGE headlines.

There are three things preventing machines from taking over most day-to-day driving/flying/sailing tasks;

1) Technological Development

2) Unions

3) Public "unease" and a general (IMHO misconception) that it's far better to have a human up front

Of those, I'd suggest No. 3 is by far the biggest barrier and probably the thing stopping sufficient funding to overcome No. 1.

But I'd far rather have something driving or flying me around that I could guarantee wasn't

a) drunk

b) hungover

c) tired

d) irritable

e) unwell

etc...

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Amazon cloud gets mega storage escape hatch

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Ah haaaa

So THIS is how Cuddly Davey Cameron is planning on getting all the NHS records on-line. He's just going to stick them all on a load of unencrypted disks, post them to Amazon and then send a mail to google with a link to the website. Cool!

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Mitsubishi iMiEV five-door e-car

Bassey

Sounds pretty positive

Sounds really good - and I have the advantage of living somewhere where (at the moment) parking places with re-charge points are FOC - so this would pay for itself quite quickly. I also drive over a mountain on my commute (1 in 8) so that B mode might be quite handy. The only downside is the lack of boot space. I carry around a LOT of equipment in the boot. Yes, I could fold down the rear seats but then, on the odd occasion I run one of the kids around, I'd have to re-arrange things and I'm VERY lazy.

Still, if this is the first proper electric car, the only way is up!

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X-Men helmsman to fly Battlestar Galactica

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Where do you find the time

Where do all you lot find the time to watch so much telly? I'm far too busy working, bringing up a family and posting pointless moans to various news websites!

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Bloke decapitates horse with chainsaw

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Reminds me....

....of a short sketch in the new Mitchell and Webb series. "Only the very worst cuts of horse-meat are used in our brand new recipe for...'Who gives a shit? it's only a cat'"

Reduce, re-use, recycle!

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Stephen Hawking both British and not dead

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NHS saves lives

I would be interested to hear from our American readers whether or not this could happen in the US.

My wife and I had a baby on Feb 2nd this year. The Brits here will remember the day. The country was shut down due to snow. He was fine for a while but, after a couple of hours, developed problems requiring an operation. Operations on new-borns require 2 specialist paediatric anaesthetists - the nearest setup was many miles away at Alder Hay, Liverpool. Our son was placed in a specialist incubator and we were collected by ambulance and driven, with Blues and Twos, through the snow to our local airport. We were placed in an air-ambulance and flown (at very low altitude, to protect the baby) to Liverpool airport - which was closed. They opened the airport for us to land (in thick snow) where another ambulance collected us and drove us to Alder Hay. It was now midnight. The surgical team operated on him from 01:30 to 03:00. We were put up in Ronald McDonald house for two nights and were taken home by the same combination of Ambulance-Air Ambulance-Ambulance that Wednesday.

We were never asked for insurance or payment. Ronald McDonald (a charity) asked us if we could pay for the cost of our room - we were more than happy to - but that was the only money we paid out over the whole thing. He's fine now, by the way.

Could that happen to two ordinary people in the US without health insurance? I'd be really interested to know.

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Google File System II: Dawn of the Multiplying Master Nodes

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I'm glad I'm not

I'm glad I'm not in charge of the project to move the whole of Google from GFS to GFS2. Good luck to whoever is. I hope they are wearing massively reinforced underwear when the time comes to press that button!

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Robot cauliflower harvesters to replace vanishing migrants

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Did this

I did this for several years during school and later university. It's a perfect job for all the students who are complaining there are no seasonal jobs to go around because of the recession. Of course, it's hard, physical labour and involves wielding a big, heavy, very sharp knife so the Student Union/Elf'n'Safety brigade would probably put a kibosh on that!

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Noxious algae menace Brittany beaches

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Sounds good

Anything that stops horses riding (and shitting) on beaches has to be a good thing. And if a few of their over-bearing owners get caught up as collateral damage then all the better. Can we get some of that over here?

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Vulture 1: Calling all electronics wizards

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Syringe?

You're planning on launching a hypodermic needle to a high altitude and then let it fall back down to earth?

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Kodak Easyshare M420

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Greed with above

£70 bought me a Casio Exlim with 8.1mp, a case and a 2GB SD card. It's fast, the image stabilisation works a treat and 90% of the pictures it's produced so far have been 1st class - and that's in the hands of my (nearly) 60-year-old mother for whom I bought it as a birthday present. For £170 I'd expect the camera to take the memory card out, load it in the PC, copy the pics over, select the best one and print it for me (though I am a tight-wad).

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Apple blueprints warranty Big Brother

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Dead simple

A) Don't buy them

B) (in the UK at least) a Warranty does NOT limit consumer rights - even if that is exactly how most companies try to use them. I had a repair for a disintegrating stylus silo on an XDA MiniS rejected because the water sticker had activated and this "invalidated the warranty". I pointed out that my repair had nothing to do with water, I wasn't applying under the warranty and if O2 REALLY wanted to stand up in court and claim it was I'd be happy to give them that opportunity. A manager promptly appeared apologising profusely etc. etc.

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Global banking collapse fails to dent broadband

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Astonishing

So people find it easier to cut back on variable-cost, optional purchases than fixed-cost, long-term contracts. Who'd have thought it, eh?

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Nissan turns over new Leaf

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Re: Nigel Callaghan

I don't get your "Really this is only a commuter and pottering round town vehicle, so with annual mileage of perhaps only 5K" and "We need a leccy car with a 500 mile range minimum". My Clio is used primarily for commuting with a bit of running around (we have a larger "family" car for when the kids need transporting). I have a relatively short commute of 35 miles (round trip) but it still does 12,000 miles a year. This is an absolutely perfect commuter car for anyone with a round-trip commute of 80 miles or less (bit risky pushing it to the full 100!).

Also, our council provides free parking spaces with free re-charging for electric cars (not sure how the justify that, but that's a different discussion). So, for £15k (£20k less the government £5k subsidy) I can drive to work, park for free, have the car charge for free and then drive home without the battery even getting close to running out. And, as long as I'm reasonably careful, I should be able to get a couple of trips out of it at the weekend without having to pay to recharge it at home.

For 12,000 miles at 9p a mile plus a saving of £4/day parking I'm saving £2000 a year. So the car is basically free within 7.5 years (yes, ignoring running costs!). Where can I put my name down?

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CRB check failures rocket ahead of massive expansion

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@ Chris W

> That's exactly the sort of thinking that falls into the hands of politicians pandering to the masses

Marvellous. How glad I am to have someone like you looking after my best interests (i.e. whatever you tell me they are). With people like you to tell everyone what to think and correct them when they go wrong it won't be long before the evil politicians all fall on their swords and we can go back to living that free life of endless summers, jumpers for goalposts and cheeky scamps having their ears tweaked by the local bobby. God bless the queen, guvnor!

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Mozilla Labs' Weave 0.5 aligns Firefox planets

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foxmarks

It's not only been available in Foxmarks for years (minus the history synch) but, as Foxmarks is cross-browser, I can synch it with IE8. And yes, there are sites that look better with IE8 or only work with IE8 - all Microsoft ones, obviously, but it's still handy to have all my bookmarks and password history waiting for me on the odd occasion I fire it up.

Sorry, Opera who? No use claiming you invented something if no-one ever gets to hear about it!

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Microsoft to launch UK ad-funded online video player

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Re: Silverlight

It's flash for the six month trial. Silverlight thereafter (if successful). and no, I don't have the foggiest why they're doing it that way around.

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El Reg to launch space paper plane

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Git Wizard 1

It is, after all, an entirely pointless stunt designed to garner maximum publicity.

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Elgato EyeTV Sat

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Re: Sleepy

OFF TOPIC but no-one is forcing people without terrestrial to subscribe to sky. I live in an area with bugger-all terrestrial and I've been on the sky freesat service for the best part of a decade. £80 for a Pace skybox and £10 for a card from Sky gets you about 200 channels (of complete crap) with no monthly subscription. I like a paranoid conspiracy theory as much as the next bloke but the option is there if you want it...

ON-TOPIC I'm obviously missing something because the description makes this sound like the worst kind of crap imaginable - for £180????

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Last chance to vote to cut phone termination rates

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Happy

Nice! :)

"one has to wonder where else the operators would get that revenue from. Perhaps they would just content themselves with lower profits for the good of the people" :)

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HP excessive packaging world record put to the test

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Genius!

Certainly beats the occasion I ordered a 3-in-1 printer and printer cable from Amazon and the cable arrived in an identical box to the printer (and at the same time). Was too dumb(founded) to take pics unfortunately.

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Microsoft's mobile marketplace opens for submissions

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@ Sleepy

"So there's 30 million devices in a hundred or more different form factors with different feature sets and screen sizes and OS versions, with 90% of their owners never having installed third part software or an OS update, versus 45 million near-identical iPhones and iPod touches, with 90% of their owners familiar with downloading applications and OS updates."

Yeah, and did you know that 80% of statistics are made up on the spot!

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AVG update gags iTunes

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Does iTunes still download random pieces of software without asking?

I always thought iTunes behaved like malware - which is why is was removed and replaced with MediaMonkey sometime around the point the "Software Update Service" went and installed that crappy browser of theirs.

I'm surprised some of the move sophisticated "Behavioural" detection algorithms don't flag it up as malware from time to time.

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Pentax Optio W80

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Eh? Sacrilege

Whilst there are a few snobs around who would sniff at the idea, fine malt should ALWAYS have a drop of good, warm water added first. Particularly if it's one of these high-strength special bottlings.

Right, with that off my chest I can carry on and read past the first line now.

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Feminist org declines nude calendar cash

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Seems fair enough

I've never been convinced about all this "self empowerment" stuff. At the end of the day, they're making money by selling pictures of themselves in the buff. Most women I've met who would describe themselves as feminists have turned out to be a bunch of moaning, whingeing, men hating bores with a massive persecution complex but give this lot their due. They set themselves up to promote women for their talents, rather than their "talents" and £600 isn't enough to buy their principles. Good on them.

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O2 coughs to data failure

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Re: lansalot

> Are they saying they run the entire data network with a single-point-of-failure?

No. The article clearly states that not everyone was effected and that you could try one of their other APNs.

What's wrong? Did you get tired after reading the first couple of lines so just made up the rest of the article in your head?

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IT workers grumble about lack of career path

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Be interested to know what they had in mind by "Career Development"

The only career development I've ever been aware of was to go from being in a technical role to being a people manager with the odd bit of technical work thrown in to stop you getting bored. And, having seen how god awful most technical specialists are at people management (the classic case of being promoted out of anything you are good at until you find something you can't do and get stuck there) I've turned down every attempt by my company to "promote" me into management.

I don't need it. I get those sorts of kicks outside of work by being a parent and a mountain rescue team leader. In the office, I'll stick to doing what (I hope) I'm good at. I don't need the hypocrisy of spending years complaining about how crap my bosses are only to become a crap boss just for a few extra grand a year. And I'm happy to admit I would be a truly terrible manager.

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