* Posts by Code Monkey

1575 posts • joined 16 Oct 2008

Ford cars get draconian parental controls

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Spared

I don't know if we're spared as a nation or I'm spared individually by choosing not to listen to such guff.

I suppose the big advantage we Brits have is BBC radio which does have high quality programming (even if not all of it appeals to me).

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Explicit Radio Stations?

Is there such a thing? There isn't here in the UK anyway (unless you're a very delicate flower and remember John Peel playing records by Bastards in the late 80s).

That said I'd like one that banned Talksport.

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Called 999 recently? They've got your number

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Not that surprising really

I'm no fan of plod retaining needlessly retaining data but there is a definite need here.

Whether you're dialling 999 to report a genuine crime or to, say, ask for an emergency soapy tit-wank (as an old boss claimed someone had done from his house one Christmas) they do need those details.

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Swedish Pirate Party leader quits due to boredom

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Bored

'He will stay working as a “political evangelist” of the party mainly covering “keynote invitations” in Europe.'

So he'll ditch the work and keep the jollies? Nice work if you can get it.

If it wasn't such shameful horsepucky I'd think about leading the UK's Pirate Party myself.

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Man caught w*nking over Alan Sugar's autobiography

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Wow

And there was me thinking Jodrell, etc. were just a bit of a laugh.

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In my day

It was a Sherman tank

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Annus Mirabilis?

Comedy fans might dub 2010 as an "Annus Mirabilis" instead. A top 10 with Playmobil reconstructions would round the year off wonderfully.

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"Piers was that you?"

Sralan I don't like you but hats off for that one.

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New spaceplane proposed for NASA station crew contract

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More fuel vs new spaceport?

They're good points but Shirley the fuel savings can't be enough to construct a new facility, especially one in a remote state that's frozen solid for chunks of the year.

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Greek police cuff Anonymous spokesman suspect

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Graun: Inside Anonymous

The Graun ran a great article the other day, which managed to avoid foaming at the mouth criticism and breathless fanboyism. It's well worth a read:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/blog/2010/dec/13/hacking-wikileaks?INTCMP=SRCH

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Google drops nuke on 'objective' search engine utopia

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Sad but true

Google search is going the way of all the old search engines it trounced in its early days. Their hubris generally expressed itself as portalitis, where the race to add features meant that search was generally neglected. Google's hubris manifests as Chrome OS and an appalling lack of respect for its users (and especially its ad customers).

I honestly can't see who would take the crown from here. A web search startup would struggle to get funding ("who are your competitors" "Google" "ah, right - bye then") so maybe we're looking for a rejuvenated Infoseek or something. Hell, even MS are on the ropes enough to get the odd sympathy search from me.

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Google Cr-48: Inside the Chrome OS 'unstable isotope'

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Mobile computer

It's a mobile computer that tips the scales at almost 2kg. Weight is the reason my netbook travels with me and not my ThinkPad. This class of browser only device needs to weigh less than a netbook to make up for the lack of a hard drive.

And it's not just we nerds that want a hard disk. Normal people want to store their music collections, too.

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Yup

Netbook and laptop pricing does overlap quite a bit, where it becomes a question of "do I want to carry the extra weight?".

If "cloudbook" and netbook pricing overlap I can't see what would prompt me (or anyone else) to get the less capable device.

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Men may be able to grow a new pancreas from their testicles

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Title

Oh nuts

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ITV, C4 catch-up players coming to PS3

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Fantastic

I agree with the AC above about ITV, unless they're doing the Test highlights on deman. Can it be?

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Top secret payload fired into orbit aboard private rocket

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Le Brouère

That sounds lovely. Dangerous as I've not done the weekend food shopping yet.

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Apple touts top iTunes tunes of 2010

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Best single of 2010?

I Knew You Didn't Love Me Anymore When You Changed Your Facebook Status to Single by Trevor Sensitive and the Locals

http://trevorsensitiveandthelocals.bandcamp.com/album/i-knew-you-didnt-love-me-any-more-when-you-changed-your-facebook-status-to-single

Disclaimer: I'm neither Trevor Sensitive, not a Local. I just like em.

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Apple chap knocks up ancient Lego computer

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Wow

That is magnificent. I was open-mouthed watching that. Beautiful!

Time to get myself a set of those Lego Technic books for Christmas.

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Amazon Kindles cash from Wikileaks

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A fool and his money are soon parted

Since the majority of the mouth-breathing newspaper readers out there think the site's being taken down means no more Wikileaked documents, Amazon step in to sell it to them for a nice tidy sum. Nice one Amazon. Seriously.

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Cupid Wings iPhone stand

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Perfect

For cupid stunts

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PARIS concocts commemorative cocktail

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@it must be mighty cold sitting there

After the terror of SPACE our Playmonaut has no fear of chalfonts.

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Shriley

Is should be called the Intrepid Playmonaut

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E-book reader demand boom near

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Save your eyes, get a proper ebook reader

As someone who can happily spend an entire weekend buried in a book there's no way I'd do that on a smartphone. It'd be fine for a commute (were I to use public transport) but for a proper sesh? No chance.

Speaking more generally, I've been sceptical about ebook readers. Since moving my mountain of paper books around has shown me it's not as "pointless bling" as I'd thought. So once my "to read" pile goes down, I'll be in the market for an ebook reader.

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Nick Cave smashes speed camera with Jag

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A good year for the Cave.

First Grinderman 2, now this.

Have a beer, Mr Cave. Even if it's Aussie pish

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Death of ID card scheme left £6.5m of kit going begging

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"who wants a database of idiots?"

Facebook?

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Lost ancient civilisation's ruins lie beneath Gulf, says boffin

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"Inspired by events"

It's fair to say that a lot of the Old Testament was inspired by events - for example the great flood appears in other ancient texts; though I refuse to dignify all the supernatural humbug as "events".

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Storage shop ships storage for storage

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Blighty's kids nosedive down global reading, maths rankings

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I'm one of the lucky ones

Educated in the 80s before the relentless pressure to have better exam results year-on-year did too much damage (it was definitely there though). There are some things I resent: religious dogma at the expense of science and having to learn grammar via a foreign language because it's not taught in English but all in all we left school equipped to think for ourselves.

These days it seems the only thing kids leave school with is a bag full of noddy exams and a colossal sense of entitlement that their intellectual abilities do little to justify. We've let down an entire generation. By "we" I mean successive governments.

Blimey I've turned into my dad.

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Facebook revamp gives away even more info, warn pros

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Possibly your cache

That sounds very like a cached stylesheet.

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[sigh]

I deleted most of my interests yesterday (except those that I wanted to contact me).

I reckon I'm heading for another Facecrack exit.

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WikiLeaks: Intel strong-armed Russian apparatchiks

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Coffee/keyboard

@bankrupt banana empire

Keyboard, etc. Nice one.

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Steelie Neelie floats pan-European phone number notion

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I already have one

It's +44 [my number]. Even better it works globally.

As a continent we're a bit skint now, Eurowonks. How about we decide that by and large the phone network works and concentrate on the serious business of setting proper standards for banana curvature.

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Gov decides not to have scientific advice on drugs any more

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True

So now they're exactly as ill-informed at a fraction of the cost. Well done Cameron, seriously.

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SpaceX's Dragon poised to go orbital

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"within a few hundred yards of its target"

Are we talking a genuine few hundred yards or a Ryanair few hundred yards, here?

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Robotic High Noon in Colorado

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Cement

Any UK reader who mispent a childhood up to their eyes in Airfix Spitfires and whathaveyou would recognise both senses of cement. I can't be alone in this, can I?

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Aw bless

They just wanted to blow stuff up.

Bless, Denver plod. Bless.

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This year's comedy Xmas No. 1 contender: Silent song 4'33"

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It was (a tiny bit) funny last year

X-Factor's soul-destroying asswater but so is buying novelty records because some wonk on Facebook told you to.

Bollocks to the lot of em, I'll save my record buying money for something I actually like (like the Electric Wizard re-issue next year).

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Yeah but

I've already got Surfin' Bird. 7", big hole in the middle. I don't want 4:33 though. I'm not playing this game.

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US iPad to get BBC pay app - with 'handcrafted British feel'

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Good thinking Auntie

Win win. Overseas types get our top quailty programming (and BBC3), Auntie gets some cash, slabfondlers get something useful (though non-fondlers can still BitTorrent the more popular shows).

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WikiLeaks ousted from Amazon US

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@MrCheese

Sooo you think that hosting the leaks in the US is bigger news than the leaks themselves? Sure? I've only read about this is in the Reg. I don't recall seeing anything about the hosting on the mainstream news sites I read; they're all too busy covering the leaks themselves.

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@AC 21:37

"Whilst I laud the original aims of wikileaks it seems to have become a publicity vehicle for Julian Assage with everything designed to ensure max publicity to boost his ego and martyr image."

Very, sadly true. Hosting wikileaks in the US serves no purpose for freedom of information (small letters). He's just trying to get more column inches. Just expose the dirty laundry and leave the celebutard BS to Hilton, Lohan et al.

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SMOKIN' HOT BABE gets job as computer geek

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Wrong?

Only if she's much larger and looks, shall we say, surprised.

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Bolivians still grimly browsing on Sony Ericsson phones

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@People's Republic of Android

That's Democratic* People's Republic of Android to you, revisionist American lapdog!

* it really is the Democratic People's Republic of Korea

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DDoS attack, sex warrant won't stop Assange's leaky discharge

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"Assange's leaky discharge"

My headline fragment of the week. Have a pretendy pint on me!

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'Smear agricultural land with human poo'

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Good idea

Take a waste product and make something useful out of it.

Where's the Womble icon?

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NASA to make MAJOR ALIENS REVELATION this week

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Semi-literate wibblings

So not bad for Bebo, then.

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Alien liaison boffin

Can we tell Gordon Ramsey he's got the job and send him into space? Somewhere nice like Neptune?

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Can I?

Can I just assume their commentards are tinfoil hatted nutjobs* and just not bother?

* who said "like the Reg". Come on, own up!

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Where is amanfrommars

He went back home to sabotage the Mars rovers

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Lone hacker theory in Wikileaks DDoS attack

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th3j35t3r

Seriously? th3j35t3r? Someone needs to get out more.

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