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* Posts by Bassey

1039 posts • joined 23 Sep 2008

Samsung takes the strain out of filming

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Actually...

Actually, that's quite clever. It IS quite awkward to hold a camcorder level as you either have to stick your elbow forward at a funny angle or bend your wrist unnaturally. Who'd have thought it?

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Pudsey Bear refused UK passport

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Good for them

About time some of these self-satisfied, publicity speaking plonkers got their comeuppance. Though, personally, I would have waited until she was OUT of the country before cancelling her passport. By trapping her in here we have to listen to her whine.

Regards,

Randy L Arsebandit

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Microsoft retires AutoRun (kinda, sorta)

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Re: Why?

> More importantly, what's so difficult about going into Explorer or

> My Computer, selecting the drive, and clicking on setup.exe?

Are you kidding? I deal with people, on a daily basis, for whom "My Computer" is too confusing. "Double-click setup.exe" might as well be "Knit a formula 1 car out of star dust" for most people.

You've clearly never worked in IT support where the first rule is "Remember that all users are complete retards".

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Jaunty Jackalope release candidate unleashed

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Only one I can think of is..

X-ray fish. Bit of cheat I know, but Xenophobic X-Ray Fish has a certain ring to it (although the ring may be one of desperation).

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US parkies in 'burrow-buster' marmot detonation campaign

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Re: coozoe

> Get all the humans out, and let the area go natural

Don't know what particular lab you were grown in coozoe but this particular human is 100% natural thanks very much!

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Farmers furious at EU's sheep-chip scheme

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Re: lglethal

Nice idea but this is being introduced partly because the ear-tags fall off. I know TV tells us sheep live in square fields with lush grass and perfectly manicured hedges. In reality, they often spend months roaming moar-land, scrabblig about in heather and gorse and generally living in pretty rough wilderness. Those ear-tags don't last long and, certainly where I live, if an animal doesn't have BOTH ear-tags still attached when the inspectors make a surprise visit there is all hell to pay.

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Chatting to a farming friend

I was chatting to a farming friend of mine last week (he's getting rid of his few remaining sheep and switching to 100% cattle because sheep farming was "too much work"). He reckons each reader is about £6k and, even for a small farm like his with just a couple of hundred sheep, you'll need to buy six up-front.

Then there are maintenance costs (hill-farms aren't exactly the friendliest places for sensitive electronics) and he would still have to fill out the paper-work to link the records to the tags. Say ten minutes per "passport". If he has 200 lambs this season that's over 30 hours filling out paper work - in the middle of the busiest part of the farming year.

Also, I don't want to be chewing on RFID tags when I tuck into my Sunday roast. It's all very well spitting out the buck-shot from the rabbit sausages but lamb chops shouldn't be crunchy!

There is a very easy way to ensure stupid legislation like this goes away very quickly. Before implementing new schemes, politicians have to try it for themselves. I suspect if some Euro MPs were forced to spend a month lambing day and night in atrocious weather on an isolated Hill Farm AND fill out all the paper work associated with the animals, the chemicals, the feeds, the medicine, the machinery, the subsidies etc. etc. they'd soon feck off and leave our farming communities alone.

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D-Link creates home network starter kit

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Wow!

That's expensive. I got a generic starter kit from eBuyer for about £45 which was also Plug'n'Play. Have since added a 4-port switch of another brand and, again, no configuration required under Vista or Linux.

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Nokia N79 Active

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Re: GPS Charges

There are no charges for just recording a GPS track. Not sure how SportsTracker uploads the data. If it tries to do it on the fly (doubt it) you would get charged but you could always disabled the data connection for this. I suspect it records it in a standard format and then uploads at your request either over-the-air (you get charged) or when you connect to your PC (so essentially free).

Of course, in most countries, Data packages are so cheap nowadays that I'd say you are missing out on a huge amount of the functionality of these smartphones if you don't have a data package - they are designed to be permanently connected. £5 a month will get you a few hundred MB from any of the networks and most will do a couple of GB for less than £10. You really aren't going to use more than that for standard data. You'd have to be downloading a LOT of music and/or video to exceed that.

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Bluetooth Headphones

Sounds like a prime candidate for bluetooth stereo headphones. That way you can change the music on the fly without leaving the SportsTracker app and you get rid of the wires and weird in-ear sound problem.

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Virgin Media switches to Gmail

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Re: Blasmeme

Slightly the wrong end of the stick although (IMHO) there is still cause for concern.

Firstly, you will till have access to your current mail when disconnected as long as you are using a proper email client, not just connecting through a web interface (and even that is possible nowadays). Same goes for contacts, tasks etc. etc. If you, for example, use Outlook for your email everything will look the same. The only thing that will change is the location/address of the IMAP or POP3 server.

Where your concerns may be justified is in google skimming your mail. I would assume Virgin is basically using a variant on the enterprise hosting model google is promoting. You would need to check the T's and C's to see how much ownership (if any) Google has of your data. Theoretically, they are just holding your data and providing the services for you to access it on behalf of Virgin. In practice, who knows?

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SLED 11: a distro for businesses, not idealists

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But why?

I can't actually see the advantage here. Surely, the main advantage of Linux is that it is free. The disadvantage being that the hundreds of thousands of windows apps particularly beloved of the Enterprise won't work. Here, you've removed the advantage whilst keeping the disadvantage.

You might as well install Windows XP and run OpenOffice on it.

And I regularly use both Windows and Ubuntu/gOS/Presto depending on what I need at the time.

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16 teams to field 24 e-bikes in 'zero-emission' TT race

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Re: Zero emission - Yeh

On the Isle of Man they get most of their electricity from a Gas-Fired power station in Douglas. There is a Diesel one in Peel and an Incinerator, but that pretty much only produces enough power to keep itself running.

Plus, if half the teams are coming from the US (with several others from India) unless they plan on cycling here I'm assuming that this, too, will generate emissions.

But, anyway, rather than being picky (much as I enjoy it) it is probably a good thing. Racing cars was popular long before the general public could afford them. And it was big events, like the TT (originally a car race over a completely different course) that made cars popular, accelerated the development and (at least in part) contributed to their becoming a mass-market product. These things always have to filter down from the top and, in this case, the top is motor-racing.

And, given that only a few weeks ago people were taking the piss and saying there were only going to be two bikes in this "race" (myself included), it is actually looking like a pretty good starting point. Well done to the IOM government (for once) for looking ahead and doing something different.

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AP orders affiliate to pull embedded YouTube vids

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I know!

There appears to be an unresolvable Arse/Elbow differentiation conundrum in progress at AP.

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Advent AIO-100

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Re: No Thanks

The advantage of this over a desktop IS the lack of cables. Lots of families have a "Dinning Room" or "Kitchen Counter" PC for the kids to use where they can be properly supervised. Something that is damn-near cable free (I'd instantly replace the keyboard and mouse with a wireless combo that would also free up a USB port - leaving just the power cable) is a fantastic boon. At the moment, we have an old (as in 6.5 years) Dell laptop doing this job but the screen is very small and even lower than this would be. And Large-screened laptops cost a lot of money.

This is basically ideal for the school homework market.

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Can't get a job? Try plastic surgery

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Hang on

These people look in the mirror a dozen times a day?

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Google taps your IP address for Starbucks targeting

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Nice one

My company is based overseas whilst I work in an office here so I already struggle with stuff like the BBC blocking content because it says I am not in the UK or google forcing me to use a homepage other than google.co.uk. Now my actual search results will be a load of old bollocks as well.

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Realtors charged with Glengarry Glen Ross-style rival hack

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Hmmm

Although I certainly don't condone hacking I do feel slightly bad for the three. To end up actually being arrested for that seems a bit harsh. I mean, they probably knew her maiden name and the name of her dog and used that to reset her password. It's not hacking. They didn't steal anything. They just looked at her email which she, being a stupid cow, kept in a hotmail account.

Come on?

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GM, Segway to unveil iPhone-driven wheelchair e-car

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Que?

> Project Puma represents a unique solution to moving about and interacting in cities

Unique? Yes. Practical? Stylish? Better than walking? No.

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Wolverine leak claims first victim?

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Given how dire...

Given how dire the previous films were (although, in fairness, I slept through quite a bit of the last one so I might have missed some really good bits) they are going to need all the fake hype and publicity they can generate.

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BBC fined £150k over Manuelgate

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So...

Presumably this will go towards making the license fee cheaper next year so we won't see the usual double-inflation rise?

Hmm, silence....

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Linux chief calls for FAT-free Microsoft diet

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Media

Am I correct in thinking that, unless they employ some form of FAT technology in their TomTom devices, they are not going to be able to mount media from the SD Cards that have been written in a windows PC?

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Apple seeks to patent movement, vibration and pleasure

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Method for chaning tracks without looking

I already have a method for changing tracks on my phone without needing to use the touchscreen. I use the remote control buttons built-in to my Bluetooth Stereo Headphones. Haven't run into a tree yet. I can't imagine grasping my phone (which is usually in an arm-band thingy) and shaking it vigorously would be easier than reaching up to my ear and pressing a button.

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Brits build e-car friendly solar parking bay

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Re: Ah-ha!

Screw dust! Imagine the corrosion from a flock of pigeons/seagulls/your-local-flying-vermin-of-choice? Not to mention the local "yoofs". That thing looks like a party-sized bus-shelter roof.

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MSI names UK date, price for 'hybrid' netbook

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£500? Seriously

£500? Seriously?

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Reg Hardware's April Fool's Day round-up

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Don't care

I don't care which is true, I just want those trainers!

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Unauthorised Wolverine claws his way onto interwebs

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Warning

I believe it was Dara O'Brien who observed that the really frustrating thing about those "You wouldn't steal a car..." ads that you are forced to watch is that, niggling away at the back of your mind is the thought that the bastards who are watching this for next to nout on a pirated copy are the only ones who DON'T have to watch the warnings because the pirates have edited it out for them.

It's like putting "Don't drink and drive" warnings on the last bus home on a Friday night.

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BBC Trust moots new licence laws to cope with net

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Re: Mark

Your TV is capable of receiving a TV signal (i.e. it has a tuner built-in) so you need a license, no matter how you feed it a signal. Not having an aerial plugged in is no defence. This is the BBC remember. You are guilty until proven innocent and then, tomorrow, you will be presumed guilty all over again!

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Google to fund 'video Street View' for Central London

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Joke

ha ha

That is all

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HP Mini 2140 netbook

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He?

Pretty near the top? Are you honestly suggesting that the HP is nearly twice as good as the Acer Aspire One? Because that's what it would have to be - given that it's damn near double the price - for it to rank near the top.

I don't understand how you can even carry out a meaningful review when the laptop they sent you was the wrong one.

Pretty poor show all around.

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Knee X-ray biometrics plan to fight spoofing

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Right...

So, according to it's authors, it doesn't work very well and it causes cancer. How the hell did this idea ever get published?

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Samsung phone recognises people, calls them

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Re: AC

You're completely missing the point. You don't ask "why?" you say "oooooh, shiny new thing!".

Tut.

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Lite-on eSAU208-16

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Price?

Looks nice but £65 FFS! As an add-on to a supposed cheap laptot £65 seems massively excessive - especially when you can get standard external drives for about £15.

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WAG sues CPW for phone pic nick

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Where was the mental distress?

If she's a glamour model, presumably such pics are already plastered all over the web so where is the mental stress. Infringement of her own image rights I could understand, given that they were clearly personal pics and not intended for publiction but for a glamour model to cry about someone threatening to publish pictures that show her in a state of undress? It's like a computer programmer complaining that someone tried to publish photos of him sitting at a desk surrounded by coke bottles and pizza boxes.

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Leaving PCs on costing UK business millions

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Not the real cost

£17 a year per PC! My company has just implemented this shut-down policy and I'm sure they pay me an awful lot more than £17 a year to stare at a "Your computer is starting" screen each morning.

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Nokia unfolds 7205 Intrigue

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Seen before

Didn't Motorola have something very similar a few years ago called the Pebl?

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Carbonite tells Promise: You're toast

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Ru, Lee AC et al

Maybe I've misunderstood something here but you are all basically saying "But everyone knows that this stuff doesn't really work therefore it's Carbonite's fault, not the company who sells the stuff that doesn't work"? Am I right?

Sure, you can argue Carbonite should have done MORE but this article is about a suit that effectively says "You sold us a product that you said could do A and it didn't" which, with what we currently know, seems a pretty reasonable argument.

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Boffins finger reason for non-aligned cows

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But why?

Is there any Darwinian advantage to be gained by bovine polar alignment?

I think follow-up research is urgently required.

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Mozilla hangs fire on Firefox 3.5 till June

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No wonder it's been delayed

My experience is that beta 3 is a crok of shite. I installed it over the weekend and it's barely stayed up for more than five minutes since. I've rebooted, re-installed etc. but it just falls over and dies after a couple of minutes. In fact, last night it wouldn't even get as far as rendering my homepage.

I've actually resorted to using IE8 RC1 - which is surprisingly good. It imported all my Firefox bookmarks and settings and renders OWA sites particularly well. I'll still switch back to Firefox once they sort themselves out because I use a lot of their plugins but the new I8 is actually very good.

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Opera chief: Microsoft's IE 8 ‘undermines’ web standards

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Stop

Contradictions galore

So he wants to see more competition in the market but he doesn't like the fact that Microsoft have started competing in the market again. He believes Microsoft are abusing their dominant position within the market and that this is a bad thing but he believes Microsoft should have used it's dominant position in the market place to drive the adoption of open standards.

I'm no fan of IE and I quite like Opera but this guys constant whining about unfair competition is getting annoying. Firefox and Safari have managed to make huge ground on IE whilst Opera has been, at best, treading water. That isn't Microsoft's fault. That is Opera's fault. Stop bitching about everyone else and demanding the teacher makes the big boys pass you the ball and get on with making your browser more successful.

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Texting peer released from prison

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Re; RotaCyclic

So, so many incorrect statements.

> we know the accident wasn't caused by texting, but

> the fact remains that he killed someone by dangerous driving!

Try publishing that statement in a newspaper then! I dare you

He texted whilst driving. That was his offence. At a later point, he was involved in an entirely unrelated and (according to the Judge) unavoidable accident. You might disagree with some of the Judges conclusions that but the FACT is he did not kill someone by dangerous driving and stating so leaves you open to all sorts of shit.

> It says, you should be travelling at a speed which you can see to stop in.

> If you're driving along then you should be travelling at a speed such that if

> something out of the blue happens, you have enough time to brake, to bring

> the car to a stop without hitting the object.

Again, complete bollocks. The first line is true, the second bit is some bizare, extreme conclusion you have drawn and, again, are now stating as fact when it is far from it. Owning some book doesn't make you an expert. I'm sure I have a copy of the bible around here somewhere but I'm fairly confident I couldn't construct a universe in 6 days. Get some practical experience from someone who has actually done some advanced driving and stop talking Yoda-esque zen bollocks.

Tell me, if you are driving on the motorway at 70mph, do you ALWAYS leave enough of a gap between you and the car in front for you to stop at that speed? Of course not. But this is what you state SHOULD be done.

In this case (again, as recommended by others, actually reading about the case helps) the Peer was following several other cars at night on an unlit stretch. The first few cars obstructed his view of the accident so he could have been travelling at a speed at which he could stop, but it wouldn't have helped. He couldn't see it. It was unavoidable. READ IT

And the Police DO NOT train you to avoid all accidents under all circumstances. Believe me.

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Apple restyles iPod Shuffle

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Clever

So now now you can't user better headphones than the crap ones supplied - unless, of course, you purchase the (soon to announced, I'm sure) Premium Shuffle headphones!

Genius

Apple. Where every sale is like a life sentence.

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Royal Mail disses runaway post van man

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Hero?

A real hero would have shrugged it off as all in a days work. You don't see Superman claiming his dry cleaning costs back off the state every time he rescues an elevator full of innocents, do you?

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No welcome in the valleys for Welsh incinerator

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Not a problem

We have an "Energy from waste" plant over here. No one is bothered about it. It looks okay and, as far as I can tell, has no impact on the immediate surroundings. Still, I think they should take her up on her kind offer to fight until she dies. If all her Nimby-kind were prepared to be equally generous the world would be a much better place and the cost of such projects significantly lower.

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Microsoft: Vista desktop key to life fulfillment

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Load of bollox

My icons are all arranged into neat rows and grouped by function but, the very fact that I'm here typing this, rather than trying to meet a very tight and important deadline, shows that I'm not in the least bit focused and have no idea how to organise or prioritise my work. I'm just obsessive compulsive and don't like things to look untidy.

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Ryanair may charge cattle to use the bog

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Why do so many people fail to understand the word discetionary?

"...raising discretionary revenue so we can keep lowering the cost of air travel"

To the several above, there is nothing contradictory here. The key is the word "discretionary".

Look it up. It's a Friday afternoon. You've clearly nothing better to do.

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Great Interview

I was lucky enough to catch the interview on the beeb this morning. It was hilarious. The interviewers were doing their best to sound shocked and appalled and to try to get his back up and he simply kept laughing at them and using the whole thing as a free five minute advert. He even managed to get a few digs in at BA.

In response to an aggressive question about the costs for checked-in baggage he replied along the lines;

"Well, you can either pay us £34 for the ticket and then a few quid extra if you need baggage or you can pay BA £100 more and they'll just lose your bags for you".

He was on cracking form for 07:45.

I've never travelled with Ryanair and have no plans to but I do admire his bare-faced cheek. If people want to fly for next to nothing and then bitch like mad when they get charged a whole load of extras then that's up to them. It's not like there isn't any competition in the market.

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UK kids presenter gets online support

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Bedding in time

At first I thought this new pair just needed a bit of "bedding in" time but, after nearly three weeks, they just seem to be crap. My little-uns don't even seem to have noticed the lack of arm. They just don't seem to pay as much attention as they do when Sid and Andy are on.

CBeebies world does seem to be rather over-populated with the disabled though. Ballamorey, Me Too!, Something Special, Mr Maker etc. I'm all for diversity but if Cbeebies were representative of the real world one in four of us would have a major disability!

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Texting peer gets prison

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Did anyone else read this article

Did any of the above commentards read the article.? He was not found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving. It was just dangerous driving. There was no evidence linking the crash and the texting. Just read it FFS.

I have no sympathy with the retard and would have thrown the book at him anyway. As far as I'm concerned, the only difference between someone texting at 60mph who then kills someone and another person who was texting at 60mph and didn't kill someone is pure luck and law shouldn't differentiate between the lucky and unlucky.

But he was convicted of Dangerous Driving, in which case 12 weeks, a 12 month ban and (relatively) big fine is quite a heavy sentence.

As I say, I don't agree with it, but please read the fecking article before starting your down trodden masses speeches. You sound like a Monty Python parody!

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Intel sues Psion over 'netbook' trademark

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Infringement

Surely a word must have been in common use BEFORE the IP application for Intel et al's argument to stand up. If 20+ companies wilfully infringe on someone's IP so that the word BECOMES common useage, that is evidence of the scale of the damage done to the IP owners property, not proof of the 20+ companies innocence.

If I were to launch a chocolate bar and refer to it as a type of "Cadbury", and then encourage other chocolate bar manufacturers to do the same such that the public start referring to a type of chocolate bar as a "Cadbury", that's just proof that I've caused damage to the name Cadbury, not an argument for stripping another company of the name and calling it a "generic term".

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