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* Posts by Bassey

1044 posts • joined 23 Sep 2008

Murdoch muscles BBC out of Formula One driving seat

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Dissappointed

Like many others I have been a huge F1 fan for many years (since the very early eighties). It is one of the highlights of every-other weekend and my kids are both great fans now too. One of my big concerns with this move is the damage it will do to the UKs leadership in F1. Bar Ferrari, all the teams are based in the UK. All the drivers have homes here (albeit domiciled in Monaco for Tax purposes!) and the Universities around Silverstone and Brands Hatch dominate motorsport research across the world.

By removing F1 from the public conciousness there will be few younger people wishing to get into the sport and we will lose another or the increasingly few things we are good at.

As for my interests in F1. That is now at an end. Perhaps, if a significant number of people refuse to watch, they will get the idea but I doubt it. Bernie is only interested in selling the rights for the maximum he can get and UK based sponsorship of teams is virtually zero so I doubt it will bother them as they chase the asian and middle eastern viewers.

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UK Cops 'duped' into arresting wrong LulzSec suspect

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Missing something

Everyone seems to be missing a rather pertinent point here;

The guy stole the identity of ANOTHER member of Lulzsec. So, even if they don't have "the official spokesman" of the group, they still have another member of the group - albeit a junior one.

Obviously this (as with all comments above) works on the basis the story actually has any truth to it.

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Three prunes prices of smartphone contracts

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Misleading advertising

From the headline I thought I could now get a smartphone contract for the cost of just three prunes.

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Re: What would be useful

"If I could use sliding controls on a configurator screen, to adjust the quantities, and the cost adjusted accordingly"

There was a telco (probably virtual) called Cloud9 that were due to launch with exactly that 3 years ago. I remember playing with the sliders and figuring out what I would need. I assume they ran out of funds before they ever launched as I never heard of them after the initial announcements.

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Microsoft pushes Windows Phone Mango out to Japan

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Re; Wow multitasking

"Welcome to 2009..."

Ahh, so you read "The History of Smartphones" by St Jobs - the one where smartphones were invented only a couple of years ago and then, in a moment of inspiration, he decided to (sort of) add multi-tasking to them?

2009 my arse. Smartphones have had multitasking for a decade - and that includes Microsoft.

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Digital singles all the rage in Europe

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Re: No it doesn't

You can also use iTunes cards - available all over the place (WH Smiths, HMV etc). It does seem a strange point Reg. I'm very far from being a "Yoof" but the ones I know get all their music through iTunes (shudder) and none of them have credit cards.

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Punters favour Amazon to block Apple tablet flood

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Re: Minor point on the pie chart..

"it asks "Are you planning to buy one this year" and **all** the answers are variations on "Yes".

Credible?"

The original version of the pie-chart has a little disclaimer at the bottom indicating that they have only used the "Yes" answers. If you go to the source you can see the original chart but the survey was "Of people who want a tablet this year, who will buy what".

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IT boss jailed for plundering Scottish library

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Re: Not all the story

"An organisational structure that puts the keys to the cash register in a man's pocket and then turns away is at least as much to blame as the man who fails to withstand the temptation."

If I leave my front door unlocked am I "at least as much to blame" as the burglar that nicks my stuff? For the love of Newton, what kind of a fucked up prick thinks you are as guilty as a criminal for trusting someone who then steals from you? Presumably the same sticking piles of shite who think women are "at least as much to blame" for being raped if they wear a short skirt?

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Attack on 'Cyberbullying' critic prompts raid by armed cops

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Re: cyberbullying a cyberbullying critic

"my nephew (not quite 2 years old yet) could have thought that one up. "I don't like them... hit them""

I agree with what you're saying but....

"mushroom cloud because these types of idiots need to be nuked from orbit"

...you kind of pissed all over your own point there, didn't you?

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HTC Salsa Android smartphone

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battery

So which is it? 1250mAh or 1520mAh? The box-out says 1250 but the text says 1520. Don't suppose it matters much but enquiring minds and all that.

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Microsoft previews 'Juneau' SQL Server tools

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SQL Server Management Studio

"the query and design tools should mean that developers rarely need to switch to SQL Server Management Studio"

Thank god for that! However, will the Visual Studio Tools continue to randomly corrupt my databases forcing me to re-build them from script at least once a week?

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Nokia reaps the Dilbert years

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Comparisons

Nokia's big problem seemed to be that they both made the hardware and the software - or rather, that they had invested hugely in the software and to turn their back on it would have been unthinkable. When Apple introduced iOS it became obvious new software was going to be needed. For the other manufacturers that was relatively easy. All they did was make the hardware. What OS was running on it was irellevant. So, for most, they produced the same model with 2 or 3 OSs and let the market decide which they wanted - turned out it was Android but Smasung, HTC etc didn't give a damn as long as the phones sold.

Nokia, on the other hand, just couldn't switch from Symbian. It was only when things had become utterly retched that the unthinkable actually became thinkable. Things NEEDED to get that bad.

The thing is, Nokia aren't in that position now. Okay, they have committed their future to WinPhone7 and there are contracts in place but I'm sure, in reality, they could switch to Android in a year or two. Or, more likely, they could switch to whatever the hot new OS turns out to be in a few years time when the market suddenly changes again. In fact, there is only one phone manufacturer that couldn't do that now. Only one manufacturer is in the position Nokia were in 5-6 years ago in having the whole house invested in the hardware, the OS, the software development, marketplace etc....

Are Apple the new Nokia?

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The Lord of the Rings Trilogy: Blu-ray extended edition

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problem

Now I get the other two - they are great films and quite a lot happens. I'm not so enamoured with them to regard them as "landmark" and, already having the original trilogy on DVD for less than a tenner, I have no intention to re-buy them but they are good films.

But the fellowship? 30 minutes extra? Nothing happens in the original 72-hour cut. The plot is "Small village, wizard arrives. Group sets off with a ring". That is it. Litterally NOTHING else happens. It could have been shown as a five minute short before the second film.

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Shale gas frees Europe from addiction to Putin's Pipe

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Re: Methan in the water supply

Are you guys talking about that sham in the gaslands film? That has been proven to be complete bollocks. I'm not saying Shale Gas extraction is safe or otherwise but the Gaslands film was a farce and that whole "setting fire to the water" thing was nonsense - and they have admitted so.

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Euro beaks to rule if TVCatchup.com is legal

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Bastards

There is no TV signal where I live.

In the past I had no TV but the TV licensing authority still treated me like a criminal. I sent them a cease and decist order but was basically told "Fuck off. Those laws don't apply to us. We'll harass you as musch as you wish".

So, I eventually bought a TV and DVD player and got myself a TV license. But I could only watch DVDs.

Then TVCatchup started and I was finally able to get the service I am forced to pay for - though there is really nothing on worth watching. I probably watch less than an hour a week but I HAVE to watch it through catchup because the BBC refuse to provide the service they insist I have to pay for.

Now they are prosecuting a company who, in return for watching a 15s advert once in a while, provide a service FOR FREE that the BBC refuse POINT BLANK to provide but still take £145 a year for. I am utterly, utterly speechless. They are utter cunts.

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MPs probe science behind bogus gov booze guidelines

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Re: Guinness is Good for you

Too right. My Nanna used to get Guinness on the NHS! Ahh, the good old days.

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Russia’s space telescope in orbit

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Re: Lost in Space

The UK maybe but the Isle of Man has gone from zero to fifth in the international space leagues inside a decade and is currently looking good for a major role in the future. All it takes is some imagination and forward thinking. Dr Brian Cox was over here a couple of weeks ago to see what the Island is doing right and reporting back to Cameron with recommendations as to how the UK can leverage its relationshio with the IOM to get back in the game.

And I tell you something, there is NOTHING like a sucessful (ish) space industry to get the kids excited about Science. The kids over here are getting massively excited about the space industry. Just since June we have had three major events for the kids. First an open day at a hanger storing some old Russian space stations and a re-usable module (being renovated to be used as a space hotel). You could barely move around the hanger at 10am it was so busy. Then the visit from Prof Cox with an audience of nearly a thousand kids. Finally four of the astronauts on February's shuttle mission (Nicole Stott married a Manx Man) did a tour of several of the Schools. And all of those things have been hugely busy and the number of kids choosing A Level Sciences is up and rising.

The stagnation in the US (and beyond) is putting space out of the news meaning fewer kids will get excited about it so there will be fewer well-qualified scientists to get things going again in 10-20 years time.

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Scientists snap amazing technicolour dreamtoad

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Why

What's the point? What have we gained by "discovering" this "lost" species? Presumably the toad knew where it was and that's what's important. Unless it is really tasty and nutritional leave the damn thing alone and concentrate on some of the real problems.

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Facebook begins to challenge Google in UK internet

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Something seems wrong

I wonder why the media in general (and TV in particular - and the BBC even moreso) make such a big deal about Twitter then? 3% of Social Media traffic seems tiny. I mean, Microsoft has a bigger proportion than that of the smartphone market and yet it has been written off as a disaster.

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Ten... wireless speakers

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Re: No "affordable" options?

Yeah, I'm with Tim here. Even a bit in the box at the top of the first page indicating the price range would have been handy. As it is, I had to click through five pages of kit and read all the summary boxes to find out there wasn't a single model that I could even begin to afford.

I mean, it's only a wireless speaker. I have a San Francisco Smartphone and a no-name chinese Android tablet that, combined, cost less than the cheapest of these speakers. And I guarantee I'll get a lot more use from the phone and tablet.

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Moto cold shoulders upgrade-hungry Xoom users

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Not true

"you had no way of knowing it wouldn't be a Google Experience Device, and that you'd be update starved. -1 for Motorola."

That's not true. You could simply have looked at Motorola's previous behaviour with every single Android device they have released. If you buy a Motorola Android device expecting a software update you WILL be disappointed.

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Sony launches 3D adverts channel for Bravia tellies

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Re: Other than the BBC

You're joking, right? The BBC spend a huge amount of time advertising. They advertise BBC programmes, BBC websites, BBC iPlayer, the full range of BBC magazines, other BBC channels, BBC Radio, BBC DVDs, text services, competitions, Glastonbury, T in the Park etc. etc. etc.

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Sweaties decode ultimate mystery of chips

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Re: I wish.....

"a healthier composition, such a less starch and more protein"

Eh? Since when was starch unhealthy? Potatoes are one of the healthiest foods around. It's the process of deep-frying them in fat that makes them unhealthy. Unless the boffins can find a way of genetically modifying the spud to taste like a chip straight out of the ground there isn't a lot they can do about that.

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So, LOHAN: What's it to be?

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Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator

See title

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Samsung BD-D8900 Blu-ray player and DVR combo

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Re: How Long

It's not standard (as the review makes clear) but Blu-Ray players do take a while to load discs. Nobody seems to know why. However, having had a Sony BR player for about 18 months, I can genuinely say it has never bothered me. I don't know how long it takes to load BR discs - I'm not sad enough to time them. DVDs start near-enough instantly. Knowng BR discs take a little while I normally put the disc in first, then turn on the telly, close the curtains, turn down the lights etc and by the time I actually sit down the disc is up and the animated menus are on with the (always too loud) background music.

If you remember that most discs come with about 5 minutes of ads before you get to the damned film anyway (yes YOU Disney!) the few seconds waiting for the disc to load is immaterial.

I do wish I knew why, though.

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Parmo v poutine: The ultimate post-pub nosh deathmatch

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Slight error

The gravy goes on last. It is Chips, cheese and gravy. Not chips, gravy and cheese.

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Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E420s 14in Core i5 laptop

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Re: Low Res & Too Short, Too Fat

Whilst I absolutely agree 100% about the verticle resolution thing there are things you can do to make it less painful. I've taken to sticking the Windows toolbar up along the right-hand edge of the screen so that, at the very least, I have the full verticle resolution available to me. A verticle toolbar can also display a lot more apps before they start disappearing. I also then set the toolbar to auto-hide but I know this drives most others mad :)

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Bug-Byte Manic Miner

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What a great game

I played this for, literally, years. The O and P keys on the (rubbish) keyboard eventually died and we had to re-map them to U and I - until they, too, died and we worked our way back down the keyboard. It was probably a year before I was able to complete it (I was only 6 or 7!) and there was no save game. If you wanted to complete it you had to do it in one setting.

We had Jet Set Willy, the follow-up, but it never caputred the joy of those original 20 caverns. My opinions are obviously coloured by nostalgia but I would still rate it as one of the greatest games with Half-Life and Geof Crammond's F1.

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BSkyB/News Corp merger: Wait for the cops, says Ofcom

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Quick Question

My understanding is that News International have basically admitted the hackings took place and have handed over emails, invoices etc corroborating the facts (not suggesting they would have done this without the Guardian investigation. Just that they HAVE done this). So the police investigation is not to determine whether anything untoward has happened. All parties have already admitted this. The investigation is purely about how much was going on and who knew about it and when did they find out.

All of which is irrelavant to the question of actual guilt. So why the delaying tactics? Same, incidentally, goes for Tesco who say they want to see the results of the police investigation before taking any decisions. Why? Who knew what when is irrelevant to the decision they have been askeed to make.

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ALK CoPilot Live Premium HD

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Re: Permissions

"Why in hell does a navigation application need permission to make phone calls"

As pervious poster explained, that is one of its new features

"read my contacts list"

Because you navigate to contacts (have you ever used a SatNav, by the way?)

"read my phone state"

All phone SatNavs need to know if a call is in progress in order to decide what to do with the voice instructions, figure out what is on the screen etc. It's a vital part of the system.

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Philips 221TE2L 21.5in monitor and Freeview TV combo

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Re: I don't get it

"All modern TVs can function perfectly well as a computer monitor"

Exactly. So what is the point of this?

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Aussie retailer accuses UK shops of HDMI 'scam'

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Nonsense

I've never had to pay for a cable no matter where I bought it from. No sales-rep worth his salt is going to turn down the sale of a new telly if you start walking away over a £1 (cost to them) cable.

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Apollo 14 'naut attempts to flog Moon camera for $80k

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Strange responses

Lots of people saying "he risked his life. Nasa should let him keep it". That seems like a bizare reposnse. It looks like NASA were perfectly happy for him to keep it. He had it for 40 years. It is his attempts to sell it to the highest bidder that have raised a few eyebrows! If his space memorobilia is of such personal importance to him, great. The guy is a feckin' hero after all. But selling a piece of national and personal history with no regard to who's hands it might end up in.....

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Wimbledon grunters turned down by viewers

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Re: Please do this for the footy

It's been done and available for many years. Red button on the BBC offers it and certainly Sky used to have different audio options. BBC offer TV, Radio or "no commentary" options with the crowd noise and pitch mics still active.

As for the women's tennis I haven't watched a match in years. During the 90s when Sampras, Kraicjek and Ivanisevic ruined men's tennis as a spectacle women's tennis was fabulous. Since Seles, the Williams sisters, Kournikova et al started the grunting I just vote with the off switch.

Tennis is a professional sport which means it has to be entertaining enough for people to pay to watch it. If everyone refuses to watch grunters then the tournaments will have no option but to rule against grunting or risk losing sponsors.

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Spam volumes show massive drop - but why?

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Re: Junk Mail?

> I've abandoned several customers who have taken to third-party "marketing" techniques

Quite right. At a company I worked for a marketing bod came to ask what she could do about the fact that the marketing emails she was sending out kept getting blocked by the recipients' spam filters. We suggested she contact them and ask for them to put an exception in place.

"Oh, but we don't know them. We're just sending out marketing emails to them"

We argued with them until we were blue in the face but they were never going to aknowledge that they were sending spam.

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Proper scientists: Old folk should drink MORE, not less

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Surely

Given the state of the economy don't we want elderly people to die swiftly and cheaply? Unless the medical profession has a legal solution to this conundrum they should just shut the hell up. I mean, what are we paying them for?

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Brewer bashes Beeb over anti-beer bias

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Re: EastEnders no longer centred around a pub then?

You appear to be mistaking larger with beer. Larger is fizzy, expensive piss drunk by students and Southerners. Bitter covers an enormous range of beautiful beverages beloved of bearded boffins and old men with flat caps and whippets.

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Man battles police siege with Facebook

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Re: AC "Unless you're the British Government"

Since when did the Britain claim to support Freedom of speech? It never has. The British have always understood that problems can arrise from people being allowed to say what they wish (inciting racial or religious hatred. Supporting terrorism etc) so Freedom of speech has NEVER been supported in Britain.

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Oz alkie gets hammered on hospital hand sanitiser

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Re: Bitrex

As any dedicated nail biter will confirm, it doesn't take long to get used to the taste of bitrex - unfortnately for my nails. And for a physical addiction/illness like alcoholism it would be a totally ineffective detterent.

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Yuri Gagarin lands at Royal Albert Hall

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Very excited

Tomorrow morning I'm off to Jurby (a tiny little village on the Isle of Man) to see two spare modules from the Mir Space station (spares that were never used, obviously) along with a re-usable capsule. I'm going under the pretence of taking my son who is hugely into everything space but I am WAAAAYYYYY more excited than he is.

They are the ones some company hopes to put into orbit as a Space Hotel (charging $35 Million) and they are opening the place up and running (free) guided tours for one day only. Can't wait.

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Facebook fuels Israeli cottage cheese insurgency

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"Curdish Revolt"

Bravo!

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Sony releases Android music streamer

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Monster

At 32.4MB for the download they can feck off.

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Microsoft warns on support scams

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I thought I had the answer

I'd been called by one of these and just hung up but thought it might be "cleverer" to tell them I didn't have a computer if they ever phoned back. Bad move. The bloke insisted that I DID have a computer and could I please log into it so that he could fix it for me. This went back and forth for some time ("but I don't have a computer so why would I have a slow internet connection" - "Oh but Sir our records certainly show that you have the internet so can you please start your computer so that I can help you to fix the slow connetion" etc) before I gave up and put the phone down.

Fair play to "Jack" though. He was persistent.

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Stand by for more big, windfarm-driven 'leccy price rises

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Re; I notice nuclear appears viable without the subsidies....

Erm, not exactly. The power stations themselves were built by the government - not private enterprise. So we aren't paying for ROCs but they certainly required public investment. As always, the Register goes on and on about renewable subsidies as if public funding for power is an exception rather than the 100% norm.

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Motorola Atrix dual-core Android smartphone

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Don't make me laugh

an update to 2.3 will be coming later this year???? Yeah, right. This is Motorola we're talking about. If you aren't happy with what is on the phone, don't buy it. Motorola never deliver updates.

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Mio Spirit 687 satnav

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Why Why Why Why Why?

Who needs a widescreen sat nav? I want to see what is AHEAD. Not what is to either side of me. What a waste of money.

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Online tools to 'end the scandal of empty homes'

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Re: Holidays homes

I'm not entirely sure that stacks up Paul - though I could be wrong. On second homes/weekend homes etc you are absolutely spot on. On actually holiday homes where someone buys a house, converts it for holiday use and rents it out, I would have thought this was not very much different to hotel space. It is specifically for holiday accomodation and should be occupied 60%+ of the time. Those visitors will be bringing money into the area etc. I can see the impact on local kids not being able to get on the property ladder (happens where I live too) but not sure it has any impact on taxes. The country needs a certain amount of holiday accomodation to meet the demand. If there was too much, the market should kill off the waste thereby bringing down prices. But to get rid of the accomodation or - worse still - put it all in London, would destroy a particularly profitable part of the UK economy.

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Roboprobe spacecraft off to grope asteroid

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It's just a bit sad

Cheer up. It isn't all that bad. Robert Zubrin (The Case for Mars) priced up getting to Mars, creating a manned base and - eventually - small-scale terafirming and it wasn't too bad by Space exploration standards.

Space travel etc only looks expensive because we are used to the heavily politicised NASA model - which is really more about creating jobs and votes than space exploration. Mars can be reached for a couple of tens of billion over ten years or so - peanuts really. The main sticking point - other than NASA - is getting past the problem the uneducated masses have with sending a small Nuclear power plant at the top of a launch stack.

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Danish embassy issues MARMITE WAFFLE

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Re: Boycott Danish Bacon & Lego

Wouldn't touch their bacon with a barge pole. Its 90% water anyway. Lego, however....I don't think my boys would forgive me if I didn't let them play with lego.

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Vodafone touts low-tech phone for app-phobes

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Quite a few of those OAP's are the reason you don't have to speak German.

What a pointless argument. As History is always written by the victors we'd all be glad we were speaking German and people would be using such empty phrases as "if it wasn't for OAPs we'd still be speaking English". The English lost the battle in 1066 so presumably, by your logic, they were a bunch of useless bastards and should be pilloried for leaving us to be run by the French for over 1000 years?

In any case, I AM part German and CAN speak it thanks.

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