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* Posts by iRadiate

41 posts • joined 13 Jan 2009

Vodafone to buy 140 Phones 4u stores from stricken retailer

iRadiate

Went to a 2 Vodafone stores in coventry yesterday. Was saturated. Staff couldn't cope. They were taking names like in a restaurant. Waiting time was around 20 minutes to see a sales rep.

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Software bug caught Galileo sats in landslide, no escape from reality

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Oh dear. Another prick.

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Galileo can't do the fandango: Two Euro GPS nav sats sent into WRONG ORBIT

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perhaps it was deliberate

As a reaction to the Ukrainian situation. Russia has already said they won't be buying food from the EU for the next 12 months. Now they mess up two satellites...

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True fact: 1 in 4 Brits are now TERRORISTS

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Re: take the moral high ground

@gjd

Interesting use of the phrase 'we'll just have to rinse and repeat as required.'

Easy to say when you're not the one doing the rinsing or repeating.

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Hollywood star Robin Williams dies of 'suspected suicide' at 63

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Re: Demons, Drugs and Genius

@Red Bren

Well fucking said mate!

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Auntie remains MYSTIFIED by that weekend BBC iPlayer and website outage

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Prat

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Indian rocket set to sling five satellites

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Re: Or for that matter

No you can't. You've clearly never been there. Try dropping a brown in the lobby of the Hilton Doubletree in Delhi and see what happens.

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iRadiate

Congratulations.

You've won this weeks prize for most predictable post in response to a positive story coming from India.

>> Now how about offering schooling to every child

It's work in progress. To do this they need money. To get money they need a strong economy. To get a strong economy they need a good technological infrastructure to sell their services to countries that need them.

One of the ways they can achieve this is to build and/or launch their own satellites and prove to the world that they are every bit as competent in this area as the US or China or Russia. The money and expertise that this generates gets fed back into the Country.

>> reducing the poverty in your country

To what ?

In 2005 there were an estimated 400 million people in poverty (approx 37%).

In 1994 there were 45% in poverty

In 2013 there were 269 million (approx 22%).

Clearly poverty is reducing in India.

I believe they've met your criteria since you didn't bother to state what an acceptable level was.

Compare that to the UK where approx 15% are in poverty and the levels have actually increased by 1% between 1994 and 2012.

Sure in terms of people India has more people in poverty but they are actively working to reduce it.

To reduce poverty they need to get money. To get money ... Oh I've already said all that.

>> get rid of the racist caste system

It's not racist. They are all Hindus in the caste system. Sure it's not fair but what the heck has that got to do with you and what's the link between that and satellites ?. How will abolishing one help the other?

Meethinks it's simply the fact that as a nation they are progressing in leaps about bounds with regards to technology that's really bugging you. It's the fact that India can launch things into space while the UK can at best build a high speed railway that's really pissing you off I think.

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Finding the formula for the travelling salesman problem

iRadiate

That's a typical comment from people who don't fully understand how all this stuff works. Tesco (and others) have multi-dimensional traveling salesman problems. It's not just about distance but also time slots, lateness, overtime, weight and sometimes volume of goods on the vans, length of time perishable goods can remain on a vehicle, chilled goods, frozen goods, drive time limits etc. The Tesco scheduling system is highly configurable. They can get almost any desired behaviour from it.

In order to get your delivery and everyone else's delivery on time, their system is compelled to do exactly what you described. Making a delivery too early is sometimes as bad as making it too late because the customer may not be at home 5 minutes before their stated time slot. Imagine if they had knocked on your door 15 minutes early and you weren't in. Your subsequent complaint would be as valid as if they had knocked on your door 15 minutes late.

Customer satisfaction is extremely important to Tesco hence they are willing to sacrifice a little efficiency so that you get your bread on time otherwise they would have continued to offer AM/PM type slots as they did a few years ago. The reason the vehicle drove off elsewhere after delivering your neighbours goods would have almost certainly have been to ensure that the other deliveries were done on time and that yours was not done too early. Also your house may well have been on the vehicle's route back to depot. i.e they probably had to go past your house anyway so they may not have had such an inefficient route as you seem to think. I've seen the Tesco operation in action and it is extremely impressive what they do and how they do it. (I don't work for Tesco by the way).

Also you are correct. If you could sync your deliveries with your neighbour then you (or perhaps just one of you) may even get cheaper delivery options.

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Snowden shoots back: 'So you DO have my emails, after all'

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just a single email?

Forget the content of emails for a moment. Is the NSA saying that in all the time Snowdon worked for them he only ever sent a single email? No emails arranging to meet up with a colleague for a drink or discussing a sports results or anything trivial? Or is the NSA saying that the one email they released is the closest they have to him raising any concerns?

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LG G3 fights off screen-res war rival Samsung with quad-HD cutie: In pictures

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Re: worth watching

'A fairly simple device that actually performs well on voice calls and has a slide out keyboard for exchanging texts with my son at University is all I have needed.'

Really, that's really all you've ever needed ?

Never needed a camera/camcorder at a random moment ?

Never wanted to connect to the internet at a random moment ?

Never needed to find your way when you're lost at a random moment ?

Never wanted to listen to music at a random moment ?

Sure there are devices that allow you to do all of the above really well but surely the convenience of being able to do all of this without the extra weight of disparate devices and charging cables etc makes a smart phone the smart thing to carry around.

As for the ridiculous price, lets add some rough numbers

Camera £150

MP3 player £20

Sat Nav £200

Phone £100

Tablet/Laptop ????

That's over £400 already which isn't too far off the price of some smart phones.

'Am I missing something?'

The 21st Century perhaps ?

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'Best known female architect' angrily defends gigantic vagina

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If only she was a Brazilian and not Arabic.

Is it me or do the people around the stadium look like stubble ?

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RED planet, INDIAN mission: Space probe prepares for voyage to Mars orbit

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Re: Why am I not supprised.....

Perhaps. Then again they may get some science done and at the same time piss all over a few first world countries I could mention that spend their time standing on the sidelines with no aspirations of their own. Personally I'd love it if my country entered the passing game but we're too busy spending out money on bailing out bankers. When we do spend large amounts of money it will be to shave a few minutes off journey times between London and Birmingham.

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Doctor Who to land on the BIG SCREEN and in 3D in November

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Facepalm

3D ? Pah. Should have been 4D

It's a time machine. Surely they should have added the 4th Dimension to it.

Could have had all the actors say their lines really quickly and then broadcast it in slow motion.

Or the other way around.

Or have the plot make sense regardless of whether you play it forwards or backwards.

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UK ISPs crippled by undersea cable snap

iRadiate

spent hours on the phone to 02?

I saw loss of connectivity too. I just went out and enjoyed the rest of my life during the downtime. Next day all was well.

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LinkedIn dumped by biggest sugar daddy

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They don't produce anything ?

They don't produce anything physical but they do produce opportunities.

I've had 2 HR managers contact me this year asking whether I'd be interested in vacancies they had. I'm not looking for a new job but tells me that the skills I have on my profile are sought after by companies other than my current employer and in the current economic climate that's reassuring. The trick is to not treat linkedin like facebook. You want quality contacts not quantity.

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Egyptian ad gives Vodafone credit for revolution

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Wankers

Complete wankers.

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Personal jetpacks and solar-powered ships

iRadiate

tidal isnt solar powered

It's lunar powered.

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Cellphone exposure linked to changes in brain activity

iRadiate

50 minutes of continous phone use ?

Do people really hold a phone up to their ears for 50 minutes at a time?

My conversations last a few minutes. If I'm on a conference call then I put the phone on speaker.

Even if the study is accurate, I can't see it affecting the brains of the vast majority of normal users.

Probably more risk of getting repetitive sprain injury from texting than you have of frying your brain.

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India backs off RIM, starts on local operators

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Grenade

@AC (Madness)

You can't have dealt with many indians then. You may even have made a valid point but what's the fact that they may be looking at this site got to do with your anonymity ?

Scared they might stick a fatwa on your arse ?

That's the other brown guys you're thinking off.

Clearly there are no limits to your ignorance.

Regards

an indian

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Discovery survives feeler gauge disintegration

iRadiate

feeler gauge ?

Had no idea the shuttle had spark plugs

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No one needs Blu-ray, says Microsoft exec

iRadiate

People want choice

People want choice. They don't want to be told how to view movies.

There are times when I want to stream movies. There are other times when I may not have an internet connection where I would want to play a physical disk.

Microsoft has always been a company that doesn't enjoy giving their customers a choice.

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Sony PlayStation Move

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Will any web cam do ?

Do you need the sony eye ?

I have a logitech high definition web cam that works on my PS3. Will that work with the Move ?

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Wikileaks double dares Pentagon hawks

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Trever Pott

... and I really hope that this arrogant **** doesn't get them dead. Something like half the people I knew growing up have served there in the past few years, not all of them came back. Several that did come back didn’t exactly come back whole.

I suspect there are a few innocent Afgans saying something similar.

Imagine going to a wedding only to see your family and friends blown to bits by bullets fired from a passing American helicopter.

>>What ever happened to wikileaks serving as a way to keep corporations and governments honest?

Thats exactly what Wikileaks has been doing. They've exposed a number of incidents that were covered up by the US government not least that Apache shooting down the unarmed journalist.

>> The information in these leaks isn’t scandalous in the least; it isn’t evidence of anything untoward on behalf of the governments involved in this war. It’s a detailed list of who’s who and where; just the kind of information that the Taliban require to get our men and women dead.

Information hasn't published it yet. What do you know that the rest of us don't ?

>> We kill them, they kill us.

You do your friends a disservice by breaking down the complexities of whats going on into 6 words

>> The armchair critics of this war such as Ass. have absolutely no idea what is going on there.

Just because you have a few friends involved doesn't make you less of an armchair critic.

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Man sentenced for DIY gift-card cloning

iRadiate

I don't wonder why you don't like gift cards

>> And you wonder why I don't use/like gift cards.

Actually no I don't.

I don't sit here and wonder why an anonymous person who I don't know and will never meet doesn't like using gift cards. I'm also not particularly interested in what you had for breakfast.

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UK.gov pledges licence fee 'rethink' over heavy catch-up use

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I've already paid once.

'The BBC's governing body the BBC Trust expressed concern last year about the increasing number of viewers watching catch-up services and said that rules on licences should be clearer.

Most people in the UK already pay a licence fee. They're forced to because of the snooping vans that go around all over the place. It's pretty much impossible to not pay the fee. Therefore anything I watch on my computer is already paid for

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vBulletin vuln gifts admin credentials to unwashed masses

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Anyone know of some affected websites ?

I wanna try out my new found hacking ability

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'Holland wins World Cup' declares CBSNews

iRadiate

New Post Post is just as bad

They declared

'US Wins 1-1 against England'

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Firefox add-on does 'HTTPS Everywhere'

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RAM and ROM

Difference between RAM and ROM is that RAM is the male sheep

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Artificial 'black hole' generator fashioned out of circuit boards

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Frozen chicken alternative ?

Can't we simply cover aircraft with frozen chickens to make them invisible?

Every time I stick a frozen chicken in my microwave oven it absorbs the microwaves which then get converted into heat and the chicken cooks from the inside. Sounds similar to this metamaterial stuff

Seems to me that frozen chickens would be an alternative to all this hi-tech malarky of creating black holes.

Sticking frozen chickens on the outside of bombers will also have the added benefit of having a meal ready for the pilots when they get back from their mission. In fact I think we could go the whole way and have a complete 3 course meal attached to the outside.

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Captain Cyborg sidekick implants virus-infected chip

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Embarrassed to have studied there

I studied Cybernetics at Reading in the late '80's and am embarrassed to be associated with the new guys. Bring back old Prof Fellgett

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O2 limits unlimited broadband packages

iRadiate

Another supplier ?

Who ?

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Sony's PS3 firmware update shows how retailers can be exposed

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Confused

You just negated your own argument. You state yourself that 'its a game machine'.

So go and play games on the thing. Stop bitching about no linux support which is basically what this is all about.

So by your own logic they owe you nothing.

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Oops: Chief Climategate investigator failed to declare eco directorship

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Vampire reference ..... 2

>> If we are going there...why not mention "Lord" Mandelson? seems he has altogether too many fingers in too many pies for it to be "for the good of the people".

Lord Mandelson prefers not to put his fingers in 'pies' .......

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Sony PS3 Slim

iRadiate

More than just a 'games console'.

I had an XBox360 for 3 years. I was on my third console the previous 2 having been repaired due to the 3 red rings issue. When the slim came out, the Game store was offering a part exchange deal so I jumped at the chance to get rid of the poorly designed xbox. Having had the slim now for about 6 months I can make a few direct comparisons between the 2

Xbox:

1) yeah nice games if you're into pure gaming.

That's about the only positive thing I can think of.

PS3:

1) yeah nice games if you're into pure gaming.

2) can charge controllers directly from console from day one without having to buy any additional kit.

3) DLNA compliant. I can stream movies from by buffalo linkstation live directly to my PS3. The 360 was also 'DLNA compliant' but in a typical microsoft way i.e. it didn't work properly. Had to use a third party application called TVersity to get the streaming to work on the 360. Therefore always needed a PC switched on to stream movies. In fact not just movies. Music and pictures too. As a media hub is it fantastic and just works without the need for a desktop PC being in the loop.

3) built in wireless. Didn't need to spend £50 on a wireless adaptor.

4) built in Blue Ray

5) built in web browser (I use it to get free view channels from tvcatchup.com after my freeview box broke)

6) it is very quiet. It is quieter than my Panasonic DVD player which has a built in hard drive. I use the PS3 now to watch DVDs.

7) it is still running after 6 months which is more than I can say for the Xbox360

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DWP IT contractors in strike ballot

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I don't get it

They're contractors. Isn't this what happens to contractors ?

I thought the prospect of having the rug pulled out from under your feet was compensated by higher salaries

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Half Life 2 used for firefight fire drill

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no one closed the doors behind them

I was taught to close the doors behind me to help starve the fire of fresh oxygen

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No military mobile bill-waiver from O2 and Virgin

iRadiate

Wars of aggression?

Which was the last war that wasn't aggressive ?

On topic. Why should a public company suspend its contract for a person that has gone abroad as a result of his/her employers request , in this case the MOD. ?

In any other company you would be able to claim back the costs involved as 'expenses'.

Its the MOD at fault. Not the mobile phone companies.

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National Safety Council seeks total* cell-phone driving ban

iRadiate

Nanny state? Are you serious?

"I don't care if someone does something stupid and gets hurt. I do care if someone does something stupid and hurts other people. As someone who bicycles on city streets and frequently has to slam on the brakes to avoid getting crushed under the vehicles of morons talking on the phone, I applaud this development."

I presume you don't 'applaud' this development' whilst riding your cycle. That would be a little dangerous

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Danish SWAT team surrounds PlayStation shoot-'em-up

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They're lucky they don't live in the UK

"Over here they'd be arrested, charged, and their DNA taken before they could say "innocent until proven guilty" -- then they'd have bogus charges outstanding for a few months."

No,. Over here they would have been shot and the police commissioner would have failed to resign

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