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Who should play the next Doctor? Nominations needed!

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Re: Robert Carlyle

As the Begbie persona, glassing the Daleks and kicking the Cybermen in the stanes, well perhaps the ball bearings.

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Doctor Who? 12th incarnation sought after Matt Smith quits

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Has to be Billie Piper

Purely on the basis of Alex Kingston and Billie Piper getting jiggy with it will bust the ratings!

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Moss reanimates after 400 years in DEEP FREEZE

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Re: Looks just like the stuff on my lawn

Indeed if enough people populated their lawns with moss we could put the whole lawncare industry out of business. Moss doesn't need mowing ( major plus in my eyes) and doesn't seem to mind anything barring a drought.

Future beer being enjoyed as I peruse my beautifully self maintained mosslawn.

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Gigabyte's BRIX fall into place

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Re: HTPC?

Or an rf one. My HTPC was built aeons ago and has a metric shitload of storage, consequently to big and noisy to reside in the living room. It sits in the basement 10 feet below the TV and is HDMied to the TV with an rf remote (Firefly) for control. Works for me.

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They WANT to EAT YOUR COMPUTER - welcome your ANT overlords

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Reg cruelty

Your Gorilla is malnourished he used to be 800lb.

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Petshop iPad fanboi charged with filming up young model's skirt

Efros

No tape involved!

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Surface Pro to hit Blighty priced 25% up on top-o-the-range iPad

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MS needs to stress

That this machine is not an iPad competitor but a whole other kettle of fish. Given the reactions here and elsewhere to the price I would say they have failed in this respect.

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Apple: ebook price fixing? Nooo, nothing to do with us, no siree

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Mandy Rice Davies

and her quote springs to mind.

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Review: Samsung Galaxy S4

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Re: Except that it isn't though really is it?

Indeed there is and I have one, it's a phone cost me $50 up front, annual usage 1500 minutes, annual phone bill $99. All the other stuff I use my tablet for :)

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Efros

LIke Billy Connolly my inner welder is screaming "£580 for a fucking phone!"

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Coke? Windows 8 is Microsoft's 'Vista moment'. Again

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W8... really?

Ok this one will probably be downvoted to oblivion.

I use Windows 8 on three machines daily, 2 for work and one for home use. All three are multicore machines with SSD boot drves, all three were previously Windows 7 and all three perform better and more reliably under 8. I actually had to go and google a windows 8 BSOD to see what it looked like, never seen one. Boot times are ridiculously low, much faster than 7 and TIFKAM is history as I have boot to desktop and Startisback installed. I'm not a novice user and I delve into the nether regions of hardware/drivers/registry whenever required. The reorganisation of aspects of the W8 interface, whilst initially irritating soon disappears when you get used to it, as we all had to do in almost every version of windows since 1.0 (that one was installed, messed with and immediately consigned to the trash). TIFKAM should have been an option selectable if you had a touch screen, I wonder what the reception to 8 would have been if M$ had done this instead of forcing its use on everyone.

Beer for those who read it all.

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37,000-machine study finds most reliable Windows PC is a Mac

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Re: In news just in

"My home laptop is a small and light Acer Aspire. 2nd on the list and I got it for 20% of the cost of a Macbook Air 6 months ago. It's never crashed (but I've mostly use Ubuntu for the last month)."

Similar story here with a 5 year old lenovo Ideapad Y550 with W8, it is always either on or sleeping, the only reboot it gets is following updates or to boot into the other OS (Ubuntu). I honestly can't remember the last time it crashed.

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App gap flap: New York's e-cabbies FOILED AGAIN

Efros

There is also the generation of a paper trail for income that some of the less scrupulous i.e. money laundering taxi companies will avoid at any cost.

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Can't beat the Nexus 7? Join it: Nook tablet gets Google Play store

Efros

Just waiting for the garage sale. Then I might be tempted to buy a couple.

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Star Trek: The original computer game

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Rogue: Dungeons of Doom

Similar sort of game. I played this on a TRS80, a z80 multiuser CP/M machine and a variety of other behemoths of their day. Full story here http://www.gameadvice.com/cgibin/faq.cgi?game=r/RogueDungeonsOfDoom-MToy.txt

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Fried-egg sarnies kick off Reg man's quid-a-day nosh challenge

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Happy

shoulda

gone with the Scottish soup, 2lbs each of potatoes (£1.30), carrots (69p) and one swede (65p). One smoked ham hough (£1), 1 onion (19p), lentils (45p) or barley (60p). Boil the ham hough in the largest pot you have in lots of water until the meat is falling off the bone. Remove the bone and skin then add the grated carrots and turnip, the chopped onion and the lentils/barley bring back to the boil. Simmer until the lentils/barley are nearly done add diced potatoes and water if needed and simmer until potatoes are done season with salt (taste it first) and pepper, serve in the largest bowl you have with bread. Should be enough for at least four days. Make sure you boil it every day otherwise it will ferment and taste kinda funky and cause all sorts of gaseous emanations from you, lay in a supply of loo roll, very high in fibre! This is also a cure-all for New Year hangovers, tattie soup!

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Ten Windows 8 Ultrabooks

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Re: Too expensive

Actually closer to 2.5 Kg, and about 1.5" thick, besides my use of my laptop is not on the move. It is invariably on the couch or at my desk, lugging the thing to work is not that big a deal as it fits snugly into my rather large briefcase anyway. Meeting my needs is what I do at the minimum expenditure, these "Ultrabooks" don't do that for me. And in answer to Eadon I wouldn't give Apple so much as a sou of my hard earned cash for their slant on overpriced kit with underwhelming performance.

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Too expensive

I'm not spending that sort of dosh for something that is 'sexy', give me performance and value and I'll think about it. MY 5 year old lenovo Y550 (cost ₤450 with about ₤100 in upgrades spent on it since) is more than adequate for my mobile needs and will continue to be so until something not easily replaced on it dies. When it does die I will not be looking at ₤1000 replacements.

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WD glams up SmartWare with Dropbox

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SmartWare

Definitely isn't smart. Biggest heap of crap any of the HD manufacturers have dumped on their customers, and HD manufacturers seem to excel at writing crap software.

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Space elevators, vacuum chutes: What next for big rocket tech?

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Niven & Pournelle

Their Footfall novel along with The Mote in God's Eye, used Orion and a few other DOD projects from the 50s, 60s and 70s for the drives in various scenarios. Indeed the heffalumps invading Earth in Footfall used laser powered shuttles.

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German boffins aim to burn natural gas - WITHOUT CO2 emissions

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Hmmm

Heating the column and maintaining it at 1000C requires energy, where is this coming from and how does it compare with the potential energy to be recouped from the H2.

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Microsoft Xbox gaffe reveals cloudy arrogance

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Same Sh#t different decade

I remember attending a Microsoft Junket back when IE4 was being launched in the late 90s, One of the biggest topics of conversation was the size of the download (IIRC about 28 MB) and the inability of IE browsers of that time to continue downloading after a break in the internet connection, a not uncommon problem with 56k modems. The MS spokesgolem didn't see this as a major problem as shurely it would only affect a small minority of users.

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The healing hands of guru Dabbs

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Similar effect

Only I put it down to the PC knowing I have a screwdriver, and that I'm not afraid to use it!

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Gartner: RIP PCs - tablets will CRUSH you this year

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Not so much

that the tablets will crush the PC, more that the PC has plateaued in terms of performance v software, i.e. there is little or no need to upgrade a 3 year old PC because it is still more than up to its task. Consequently users will spend their beer tokens on something else. If the PC manufacturers want to boost their sales someone has to come up with a real memory/processor hog of a killer app. The PCs are still out there, their tasks that tablets can do will be taken over by tablet wielding users but the PC will still be sitting there on the desktop when you need some real crunching to be done.

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Scottish SF master Iain M Banks reveals he has less than a year to live

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He made

SF readable again.

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iPads in education: Not actually evil, but pretty close

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Our School

Seems to be about to plunge down the iPad slope, the bids offered from various suppliers were less than awe inspiring. The PC offerings were decidedly ordinary, HP netbook, fine for middle schoolers but a little diminutive when handled by a 200lb linebacker. The iPads will be replacing the awful MacBooks which although awful weree actually almost fit for purpose which the iPads are not. As someone said further up the discussion they would be better getting a decent ebook reader.

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Stephen Fry explains… Alan Turing's amazing computer

Efros

I like the guy

He can be very funny and entertaining. But he can also spout the most amazing amount of horseshit, which is delivered in such a confident and authoritative manner that the unknowing will accept it as fact. He knows he has this 'power' and perhaps he should be a bit more careful about he uses it.

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Young model ruthlessly fingers upskirt iPad petshop pervert

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Paris Hilton

Looking at her portfolio (ooerr missus) I'd say she was probably concerned that any unphotoshopped shots of her nether regions ever made it on to the wibbly wobbly web.

Paris for very obvious and much snapped reasons.

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Build a BONKERS gaming PC

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Re: Willy Waving

My working desktop is a hex core with 32GB of DDR3, and 1.5 TB of storage. ridiculous for the tasks it is given, although I do some video compression/editing on it, but hey it was a lot cheaper than a snowmobile and I use it year round. Well that's what I tell the wife.

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Re: Pastime

Hence the constant growth of my home server, the 8TB quoted above is actually only 4 TB of available storage with a complete mirror on the other 4 TB. I got caught once by a hard drive failure very early on in the life of this machine and it will not catch me out again! Mirror drives are only switched on during the backup process which is done once a week, or more often if I've been doing a lot of recording. PVR recordings and DVD iso's are space hungry, music and pictures are there also but are modest in their storage requirements.

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Efros

Re: Pastime

You've been fortunate or judicious in your purchases, from my friends, associates and sundry people I see on average 2 or 3 a month with failed doodads, usually hard drives but not too infrequently some part of the motherboard.

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Re: Multiple optimised systems

I use something similar, AMS modules are 4 in 3 modules that will accommodate 4 SATA drives in 3 5.25 slots, comes as a single unit into which 4 drive carriers can be separately inserted, the module slides into the PC case in the space of 3 external drives. They are very handy and individual drives are easily swapped out.

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Pastime

I do this when I'm bored, go to my favourite supplier's website and select stupidly specced components to get the most humongously over the top desktop. It is getting increasingly difficult to get a desktop over $10,000 without being completely ridiculous. I used to do a lot of builds for friends and relatives, but now I generally recommend that they buy an off the shelf if they are looking to save cash. I will do upgrades and specials for people but only when the realize that they aren't going to save money but they will gain reliability. I actually make more money from fixing off the shelf laptops etc that have had a component failure.

About 6 years ago I was in the position of buying the fully specced machine that I wanted. I cost me an arm and a leg, and I got a Case that had space for 15 drives, and could also be used as a backup nuclear shelter, nVidia 7300GT (this was an HTPC setup so no huge graphics needed), modular 850W PSU, 1TB in 250GB drives, Nvidia 4GB DDR2, Quad core Q6600 running at 2.4 GHz, with a dual tuner. Over the years I have changed the drives, first to 2TB in 500GB drives, then to 4TB in 500GB drives and then to 8 TB in 1TB drives, and the addition of an SSD as a boot drive, upgraded from XP MCE to Windows 7 Ultimate, everything else has pretty much stayed the same. This machine has been on 24/7 for the last 6 years, the investment in quality components was worth it, I'm sure with consumer grade Gateway/HP/lenovo/Whatever I would have been on my 3rd PC by now. At the time this rig coast about 150% what I' would have paid for an off the shelf close equivalent. So no money saved on the build but money saved over 6+ years of use. Even now the rig is more than up to its task and excluding component failure I see it lasting for at least another couple of years before I have to bite the bullet once again.

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Marvel: 'Come and get 'em! 700 first-issue comics! FREE!'

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bloody awful

Sign up is messed up, the android app doesn't login whilst you can login on the website. One for the trash can I think.

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Ten serious sci-fi films for the sentient fan

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Re: Silent Running

There is always Charlotte Ramplings boobs!

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Mozilla to Apple: we don't care about iOS

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Is this a bit strange

That Apple can dictate this and Micro$haft gets a half billion euro fine for doing effectively the same thing on Windows. EU are missing a possible income stream here

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Here's the $4.99 utility that might just have saved Windows 8

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Startisback is a very good Win 8 Start button utility 5 PC license is $5, 2 PCs for $3. Configure it right and you won't see metro at all.

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Apple takes aim at accessory makers, files iPad stand patent

Efros

Re: I have to say that what strikes me about this is Cupertino's scorched earth policy.............

Indeed, a great part of the attraction of the old Apple IIe was its open architecture and the richness of the third party software and hardware available for it. March ahead a few years, Apple goes closed architecture, and effectively kills its laboratory based market, Apples being usurped by open architecture IBM PCs.

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Texan contends iPod EXPLODED IN HER FACE

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Re: Patent

Yeah but he omitted to put an 'i' in front whilst maintaining a capital as the second letter, oh and he never encased it in a white shell. Watch out for iNitro and iGelignite.

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DHS bigwig 'adamantly opposed' to degree fetishism

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Re: It is worse than that. You have to have the RIGHT degree

I agree with you. I have 3 degrees none from the right uni or indeed the right degree, I took my time over them with the 3 graduations spaced over 15 years. The concentration of the HR bods questions aren't about what I did during the process of obtaining the degrees but why it took so long. The reason it took so long is that I was working during the entire process of my Postgrad qualifications, not something they want to hear apparently. TBH I'd be more inclined to give the job to someone who had a breadth of relevant experience rather than a green graduate with the 'right' qualifications. I know that after my BSc that I didn't feel competent until I had a few years actual experience under my belt. Besides the number of arseholes you meet with PhDs seems to be relatively high when compared to the general population, just an observation no actual quantitative measurements involved.

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Ancient lost continent discovered lounging on Mauritian beach

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Re: IT?

In my experience the copying is in the other direction.

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Over 100,000 sign White House petition for handset unlocking

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Cut my ties

Waved the big bye bye to our cell phone provider this week , $100 a month for 1000 minutes on two lines with messaging, data plan was another $50 per month per phone. Moved to a PAYG outfit who offer unlimited voice/text/data for $45 a month, you just have to pay full price for the phones. No brainer.

Pints bought with savings after a couple of months.

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Fashionably slate

Efros

No matter how smart the TV is it will always stumble on something that a PC will cope with. My TV viewing has been via a PC almost exclusively running MediaPortal for about 7 years now.

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Review: Seagate Wireless Plus Wi-Fi hard drive

Efros

Re: Write to it?

You can sort of do that if you have an SD Wi-Fi card, Eye-Fi I think are the only sellers at the moment. I managed to upload to photobucket via the Seagate, the saving to the Seagate had to be done via a linked laptop.

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Pretty Good

I've had one of these for about a month and overall it's pretty good. Only major issues I've found are similar to those in the review. The apps are a bit clunky, streaming is good for the most common filetypes and non existent for others, MKV and OGG files for example. Access from Android is better via a browser than the app, My only other major gripe is that you can't save network config details when you use it as a bridge. One other major oversight is that there is no manual on the drive or in the box and only after contacting support did I get a link to the pdf. This is the link http://ow.ly/h9tMH .

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British games company says it owns the idea of space marines

Efros

Bollocks

A good look at any of the SF from the mid to late 1930s will yield numerous references to space marines. E.E. Doc Smith and Robert A. Heinlein are two authors from that period who I know used the phrase "space marines".

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Official: Fandroids are smarter/tighter* than iPhone fanbois

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Re: Why are American prices so much higher?

there's unlimited and there's limited unlimited, Straight Talk (Walmart offering) is very limited unlimited, I've had a couple of friends notified because of their "heavy" usage, which they maintain was not abusive or heavy.

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Re: Why are American prices so much higher?

Competition in the US is largely smoke and mirrors, either a provider has an actual monopoly or there is an unspoken cartel in operation.

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