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WD bigshots spin superfast disk roadmap

DRendar
FAIL

Re: Twice as nice

Um.

Yeah, that's called RAID 0, and has been around for a bloody donkey's year.

The problem is that by using 2 drives, you are effectively doubling your chances of suffering a HDD failure, because if you lose one drive, you lose all data on the array.

I suppose what you're proposing is a self-contained RAID0 array in a 3.5" / 2.5" package, which is interesting, but would cost much more than double the cost of the original drive with worse than half the reliability, plus you'd be relying upon 1.8" or micro-drives for your storage, which aren't particularly fast or capacious in the first place.

If speed was that important to you, then you'd be using flash, or if you need speed and capacity, you'd use your own RAID array of either HDD's or flash drives.

So, nice idea, but it fails the reality check.

Dash

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Ten... Bedroom Gadget Treats

DRendar

Re: @DRendar (was: Gawd/ess. The mind boggles.)

I don't think Melatonin is available in the UK - Not legally anyway - Might be wrong, but I've never seen it in Boots / Superdrug / Holland and Barratts.

"Failing that, might I suggest a career change? Making artisan pasta, bread, cheese or salumi probably pays better than you are drawing now ... and on your own schedule."

Unfortunately my 7 Month old daughter doesn't operate on my schedule :-)

"The tooling to gear up for home production isn't all that expensive, either. I was pulling down ~US$1000/week making all four when I was working on my PhD at MIT ... over a quarter century ago. Out of a two bedroom apartment."

I'll stick with being a network engineer for a huge multinational ta very much - I'm pretty happy with my payslips ;-)

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DRendar

Re: Gawd/ess. The mind boggles.

You are obviously one of those lucky bastards who is actually able to get to sleep when they want to.

Personally I have immense sleep problems... I suffer from Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome, which means when most peoples bodies start producing melatonin, and their body temperatures start to drop at about 10-11pm, mine doesn't do that until about 3am. Which considering I have to be up at 6 is fucking torture.

Things like daylight alarms help a great deal... I can't speak for some of the other gadgets listed here, but just because YOU have no problem going to sleep, and waking up when you need to, doesn't mean everyone is in the same boat.

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ANU puts quantum random numbers online

DRendar

Re: DOES ANBODY UNDERSTAND THIS

WTF is a valedictorian, and why would being one make you any more or less able to understand brand new, practically fringe science concepts?

I actually found it relatively easy to understand what they've done, actually... I don't understand how they did it, or why it is so significant (not being a crypto nerd), but the idea of measuring the minute fluctuations in the strength of a split laser beam, which was passed through a near perfect vacuum and using those measurements to generate random numbers seems pretty straight forward to me...

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Dark matter hits you once a minute

DRendar
Happy

Nearly...

It's Windows, Icons, Menus & Pointers

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Half of Apple fanbois would bank with the iPad titan

DRendar
Headmaster

Re: O.... k....

" I mean, Apple makes mobile phones?! C'mon,whentheywerebusyselling Apple ii and the first Macintoshes, who'd of thought they'd make mp3 players and phones..?"

Considering that mp3s didn't exist then, let alone portable players and mobile phones, I'd have a wild stab at 'none'.

That aside - It's "who'd HAVE thought"!!

For example, who'd have thought that Compaq (also a personal computer manufacturer) would develop the world's first hard disk based portable digital music player? (3 years before Apple released the IPod by the way)

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Future car tech

DRendar
Stop

Re: Ah yes. The malawian lorry driver.

"Front wheel drive.

Horrible idea

Howabout front to steer and rear to drive. Much better balanced and much nicer to drive.

Yes I currently have a car driven by the correct wheels."

If your only purpose of the car is racing, then yes, rear wheel drive is best, but for general driving, especially in poor weather conditions, FWD is far superior. The ability to do powerslides is hardly required in day to day driving, and I'd much prefer a car that I can actually USE in the snow thank you very much.

Last time we had heavy snow, most of the cars that I saw that had got stuck were Beemers / Mercs, and ALL if the traffic jams were caused by them.

If you do drive a RWD and there's more than a few MM if snow on the ground, unless you have snow tyres / snow chains or a ¼tonne of bricks in the boot, please - stay the fuck off the roads.

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Apple to Google Maps: ‘Get lost’

DRendar
Headmaster

Re: Shot across the bow

"Then they would loose alot of customers!!"

How exactly does one 'loose' a customer? I don't know about you but no one I know has a screw-top head!

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Microsoft demos 3D desktop with transparent OLED

DRendar
Headmaster

Re: AAARRRGGHHH...apostrophe alert

Hmmm... arguable really.

If the apostrophe is there to denote that the word "demonstrations" has been abbreviated, then it is actually quite correct.

If however it is mistakenly there to denote a multiple of the word 'demo' then it is incorrect.

So really - it's OK either way.

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Sony Xperia converts flash motors into fancy remotes

DRendar
Thumb Up

Re: Security?

You are partially correct, there is no security built into the protocol, in the same way that security isn't built into HTTP. (You have to bolt-on SSL / TLS to make it secure) . Unlike HTTP though, VNC doesn't send passwords in the clear.

Security / Encryption is also easily bolted onto VNC too. UltraVNC (My Personal favourite) uses an encryption plugin system, and Real VNC includes AES encryption as part of their paid-for package, so I'd expect that this system would have that, seeing as its developed by the same people.

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Ten... sub-£100 mono laser printers

DRendar

Re: I miss my panasonic kx-p4400

Erm... Did you even read the article?

At least ½ of the printers reviewed were upright, with fold-down feed/output trays.

Personally I hate these, as you get dust buildup, and you have to take the paper out in order to close them, but each to their own.

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Boy died after satnav fault delays ambulance

DRendar

Re: ITS NOT A NON STORY...

" BUT IT IS ABOUT making sure it does not happen again"

How exactly?

I ask this during the lunch break of my very real and valid job, having spent 15 years gaining experience, training and working my way up the ladder to the point where I now earn a nice tidy salary thankyou very much, before I go home this evening to the house that I own with my wife, who I've been with for 13 years, and my 5 month old Daughter.

This is a non story because the entirety of it is that the ambulance took 10 minutes longer than someone who knew the area would have taken to get there. And it very clearly states in the story that paramedics were already on the scene, and that the slightly later arrival of the ambulance made NO DIFFERENCE to whether the kid would have died or not.

I can also guarantee with 100% certainty that the ambulance will have carried paper maps as well as a satnav, and also that if they had had no satnav it would have taken almost as long to get there because they would have had to thumb through the a-z to find the place.

And then when the kid died anyway, that same mother (and you) would have been saying that it is a travesty that they had no satnav on board.

I feel for the mother, I really do, but this is Daily Mail territory, and most people who frequent ElReg have more intelligence than Daily Fail readers and actually QUESTION the bullshit they try to feed us.

Don't misinterpret people questioning the the interpretation of the facts with people who don't care.

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Man surfs slopes at night in LED suit

DRendar

Very Very Cool

But makes we went to get back up the mountain :'(

Only just got back and me wants ti ga shreddin' some more.

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'Linux for cloud' floats anti-Amazon cloud taster

DRendar
WTF?

So many errors...

(thereby hovering in even more.) - "Hoovering" perhaps?

(if that sounds like to much hassle) - TOO much!

(told The Reg: "We heard from several people the are interested in using OpenStack, but don't have the sysadmins do build the KVM or networking) - WTF? Plus no closing quotes.

(and if you are developer working on an application) - "if you are A developer"?

(and to that they'd need the hardware) - to DO that they'd need the hardware

(Once your finished, your compute resources return to the pool ) - Once YOU'RE finished!

(Rackspace, Bryce's employer, was a instrumental in creating OpenStack) - a instrumental?

(How Citrix charges isn't clear and it still seems to relying on the Cloud.com start-up it bought last year) - it still seems to BE relying on the Cloud.com start-up...

(With the "deploy" portion of the development cycle) - Should be apostrophes, not quotes as you are stating a name, not quoting.

Did you even bother proofreading? Is level of illiteracy acceptable to the Reg?

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Apple demands US ban on Samsung's Galaxy Nexus

DRendar
Headmaster

"If the case had any genuine merit surely they'd of filed it ages ago, in many country to stop the phone being released in the first place."

No.. They'd HAVE filed it ages ago.

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iPads seized from shelves by Chinese officials

DRendar
Headmaster

"so BMW loose no sales"

Wow, their sales aren't loose eh? I guess they won't have to tighten them then!!

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Kia Rio 1.1 CRDi EcoDynamics

DRendar
FAIL

Yanks just don't get humor at all.

<sarcasm> Why is the steering wheel on the wrong side of the car? Is the photo reversed? It will never sell in the states like that </sarcasm>

That isn't sarcasm.

Sarcasm would be "Oh that car is going to sell REALLY well in the US..."

What you said was satire, which you get points for, but misrepresenting it as sarcasm puts you right back to square one. Sorry!

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Toshiba 14in USB LCD Mobile Monitor

DRendar
FAIL

Include a D-PORT ( and therefore capability to connect via D-PORT, DVI or HDMI) and up the resolution to something usable - like 1680x1050 (or higher) and you are onto a winner.

When you're sat in a datacentre with 6 putty sessions, 2 asdm windows, 2 checkpoint dashboards plus browsers etc - you'd kill for more screen space. Having something like this tucked in your laptop bag would be a winner, but USB only?

Naaaaaaaaaaaaaa.

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BT reveals ultra-fast cable blowing plan for homes, biz

DRendar
Joke

Hmmmm

Your appalling spelling aside, you just gave me an idea of how to get both my parents' ADSL speeds up from <1Mb...

Tractor + aluminum wired telegraph pole = new copper lines.

Only Joking. I think.

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Korean boffins make e-books more like real ones

DRendar
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Er, anyone who reads reference material or instruction manuals, or magazines perhaps.

Not so much when reading novels and jazz mags.

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Nvidia hit by GPU slump, too

DRendar

"Oh... new generation of Intel graphics is out, I have to get a new CPU!"

And a new Motherboard, and new Memory, and new cooler.... Intel is far from upgrade friendly.

And you'll still end up with a system that you'll have to lower the detail settings, AA etc to the lowest setting to get a decent framerate.

Alternatively:

"Oooooh the AMD 5870 is below £150!" Buy - 5 mins screwdriver work, and a driver download and you're done.

If *anything* it is CPUs that have got to the point now where it is largely pointless to upgrade.... Take a Mid-High end GFX card in 1 box with a Dual Core 2Ghz CPU and another with a 6 Core 4GHz monster and you'll see VERY little improvement.

Put in a better GFX card and the difference is HUGE.

Discrete GFX will be around for a good long while yet.

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Apple looking to support new technology, says blog

DRendar
Paris Hilton

"Am I the only one that fails to see any news in this article? If you are going to mention fansites at least provide some links to back up your "journalism"!"

You Sir are either a humorless moron, or a clueless Yank.

It's called taking the piss. Now begone with your inane prattle.

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US trade body rejects S3 'Apple nicked our IP' claim

DRendar
Headmaster

Nokia and Apple settle THEIR case in a licensing deal this year.

.

there = place: "over there"

their = belong: "it is their car"

they're = they are: "They're playing golf"

It's not fucking hard.

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'Hands free' pissing contest games installed in boozer

DRendar
Coat

Ghostbusters Game

DON'T CROSS THE STREAMS!!!

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Nokia exec confirms 2012 Windows 8 tablet release

DRendar
Coat

Argh!

"Firm wants to be the BMW of smartphones"

So owners will walk around town, making turns without indicating, almost bumping into you and breathing down your neck in corridors?

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Motorola Razr Android smartphone

DRendar
Alert

Negative

Milestone did not have MotoBlur, and was their flagship phone. They still screwed us over on updates. I don't believe that that Motoblur is an acceptable excuse anyway... HTC have sense for example and they don't have such issues.

I really do hope that Google DO give Moto a big kick in the nuts for dragging their feet, because some of the more rtecent Moto Hardware has been very interesting, however for the moment, until some proof of this is seen, I won't throw Moto a single penny more of my money - frankly, they are lying cheating weasels.

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DRendar
Meh

What a beautiful handset

Just a shame it was made by Motorola and will be abandoned as soon as their next shiny shiny comes out.

Burned Milestone user here. I only hope the bigG kicks them into shape.

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E-car crash leads to battery blaze

DRendar

s/average/old/g

There, fixed it for ya.

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DRendar
Joke

"Funny how (in comparison) no-one seems concerned driving around with ~100 litres of petrol under their back seats?"

Holy crap, what do you drive? A Bus?

Most cars have a 40-60 Litre tank.

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NASA: 2012 solar flares could DEVASTATE CITIES!

DRendar

Yankdar alert!!

" The mere thought of this is amusing, but the authors sincerity makes this one for The Onion. This shit is not in any way true. Devastate cities? Get F*cking real dude."

WARNING! WARNING! CLUELESS YANK DETECTED!

It's called Satire, 'Dude'. He wasn't actually being sincere at all... see no one else in 50+ comments has taken it seriously.

We commentards welcome people of all nationalities to this very British site with very British humor (the clue is in the .co.uk domain name) but it's probably best to have some idea of what you're wobbling on about before spouting bollocks like this.

A thick skin is also useful!

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Nokia's future phone sees red when you do

DRendar
Devil

Cue Legal action from Apple...

who must have patented "Human interacting with electronic device by means of physical contact"

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Why your tech CV sucks

DRendar
Happy

Don't you mean Dumbstruck? ;-)

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DRendar
Thumb Up

I'm pretty sure it means 'stupid' or 'dull', not silly.

Which as a very silly person I see as being a positive thing!!

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Results in on why life, the universe and everything exists

DRendar
Boffin

The theory of relativity DOES NOT say that travelling FASTER than light is impossible.

It states that the energy required to accelerate TO the speed of light increases to infinity.

Or in layman's terms - It's impossible to travel AT the speed of light, but there's nothing to say you can't travel faster.

Of course how you actually get to be faster before travelling AT the speed of light is the tricky bit, and the reason why SciFi references making a JUMP to FTL - i.e. jumping over the light barrier.

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Renault Fluence ZE

DRendar
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"Hydrogen-based cars were sensible, but still have problems of their own."

Yes, Like the fact that Commercial Hydrogen production uses natural Gas (*GASP!* a fossil fuel!)

They don't use electrolysis to crack it out of water, as this is highly inefficient.

Even if they DID use electricity to crack H from O, where would this electricity come from? That's right, Fossil Fuel Power stations, and it would use a SHIT load more electricity that just charging a battery directly..

That is not to say that I don't agree with you. I think Electric-only cars at the moment are not much cop as all-purpose vehicles due to the low range and long charging times.

Hydro may well be the future if they can fix the inefficiency issues of electrolysis... You may end up seeing Wind Turbines and Solar Panels on the roofs of Petrol stations that are there for the purpose of generating Hydrogen from tap water, or something else entirely may pop up on the horizon.

Personally I think Serial Hybrids (Or E-REVs as the marketing droids refer to them as) like the Chevvy/Vauxhaul/Opel Volt/Ampera and the Fisker Karma are the way forward (For Now). But that's just me.

Ideally they should just fix public transport so that it is useful for more than just Londoners who don't know they're born.

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iPhones get multi-sim capabilities

DRendar
Trollface

Err Work phone and personal phone?

Many companies, Mine included demand that you go through your mobile bill and mark off any personal calls so that they can demand reimbursement.

This despite the fact that it maybe takes 30-60 minutes to go through a bill, costing them £10-£20 in wages to reclaim maybe £2-£3 of calls... Ho Hum.

Most people just keep their personal phone as well.

Just because YOU don't have a need for 2 phones, doesn't mean there isn't one.

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Adventures in Tech: Dive on in, the IPv6 is lovely

DRendar
Thumb Up

If IT was easy

We'd be out of a job ;-)

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AMD sacks 1,400 to chase 'emerging markets'

DRendar
WTF?

Approximately

"that's 11.6 per cent, which is more than the "approximately" 10 per cent it announced in its press release."

Erm, 11.6 is pretty bloody close to 10. Just how close would one have to get in order to satisfy _your_ definition of approximate?

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Adventures in Tech: Taking the plunge into IPv6

DRendar
Go

Just use a proxy. All your internet traffic will then come from that IPv6 address which can be routed out over your ADSL link.

Alternatively, ditch your leased line altogether and run a 6to4 tunnel to your other site. With the money saved from your leased line, you can get fatter internet pipes.

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DRendar
Go

Unfortunately the majority of what you are saying here is the typical FUD I hear every day regarding IPv6.

With the upmost of respect - you don't know what you're talking about.

".. but it is (IPv6 not IPv4) and that's why it's been around all those years with zero uptake."

Actually it is very heavily used in academia, military, research and development, and the scientific community. Just as the internet initially grew out as (mostly) a bunch of universities for them to share research - IPv6 is getting pushed from that direction too.

"-Every computer IP-trackable by doubleclick, google, etc? BAD. Effectively, an indelible supercookie."

How is this any different to what you have now? Home / SOHO networks generally all connect to the internet from a fixed / virtually fixed IP address. Larger corporate networks can use host id randomisation, which is actually built into the Windows IPv6 stack by default.

"-Internal IP addresses tied to your ISP, your LAN infrastructure therefore tied to your ISP. Bad idea."

Homes and Small businesses rarely have more than one subnet on the site - the only router on the whole network is the internet gateway, so on the very rare ocassion that they move ISP, you change the LAN IP on the router, and Stateless Autoconfiguration takes care of the rest. DHCP - Just change the scope. If you've used Static IP addresses instead of DHCP reservations, well that's just your own fault, and you obviously have the knowledge to set it again.

Large public sector / corporate networks wouldn't be using ISP provided IP addresses anyway - they would be using Provider Independent address ranges that can move with them as they move providers.

"-Nightmarish scheme for writing IP addresses... imagine giving phone support to a home user."

It will be tough at first I'll give you that - but what do you suggest - represent an IPv6 address in dotted decimal!? The new Hex format is vastly better than using decimal - less space taken up - easier conversion to binary form.

"-How the hell do you tell if your firewall is secure, with so complex a scheme? Dunno. Beyond me, and I'm just the IT guy."

Er - it's actually less complex because you take NAT out of the equation. Your entire internal network is represented as a single prefix, anything else is outside. Your firewall objects will be named anyway.

Not so long ago, when IP was winning the Layer3 wars - all the old Appletalk and IPX/SPX guys were bemoaning IP "Oh.. it's too complicated" "The old way was better" And at about that time people were getting paid 6-figure sums to go and carry out the migrations. IPv6 is going that way - and I'm seriously looking forward to it, because I'm one of those guys who is hopefully going to be getting paid obscene amounts of money to do IPv6 rollouts, because everyone else is too scared to look at it properly.

IPv6 is the monster in the cupboard - scary as hell. Until you open the cupboard and find that there's no monsters at all - it's just John Goodman is a big fluffy blue suit.

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DRendar
FAIL

Sorry, but the fail is yours.

You only think NAT is a security measure because you've probably only ever experienced it on firewalls or SOHO routers. And this isn't even true NAT (Network Address Translation) it is actually PAT (Port Address Translation) or NAT Overload, depending on who you did your network studies with.

If you run NAT or PAT only on a router for example, and have no firewall or ACLs in place, then there is very little security added.

People (even some security 'professionals' I've worked with) operate under the false pretence that by having a device accessible by a different IP address than is configured on the device itself is somehow more secure. It isn't. FACT. It's the firewall rules that exist on the device that did the NATing that are protecting you.

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BBC iPlayer to require TV licence

DRendar
Stop

NO!

Fuck that shit. No Adverts, thanks, I like my sanity.

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DRendar
Headmaster

I completely agree with you and feel your anguish...

"Well in a roundabout way it will, sponsorship is the key, if viewing figures drop, so does the teams income, the sad fact of the matter is the UK is but a drop in the ocean for viewing figures meaning Bernie could care less as long as he gets money."

...but it's COULDN'T care less, god damn it! ;-)

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DRendar
Happy

Me neither, but I do RECORD live TV so I can FF through the adverts. You need a License if you watch or record live TV. Full Stop, end of story.

If you genuinely don't watch or record ANY live TV, e.g. if you just have a TV for Playing console games. Then you just have to let the BBC know, and they leave you alone.

Personally, I'm happy to pay for the BBC - it works out to about £12 a month, for frankly, the best stuff on the telly. (excluding Dead-Enders) and NO Adverts!!

I pay nearly £50 for my Sky subscription a month AND I still have to watch the Fucking adverts (Well, I don't as like I said previously I just record and FF through them).

I'd happily pay £100/m to not have to watch adverts... maybe we'll get there... one day.

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DRendar
Meh

Try watching TV while IN America

I *felt* like a Demented Gerbil after trying to watch a film... I can't believe that level of advertisement is legal over there... Thank F**k we don't get that much.

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DRendar
WTF?

Eh?

"did you ever here of anyone getting fined because they have 5 TVs on one licence? Just as much against the law."

Complete drivel - a License covers the address for as many devices as you like, but doesn't cover lodgers rooms, flats in the same building etc.

Business Licenses cover up to 15 devices. If you they more than 15 devices then you need an additional license for each additional 5 devices.

Also those bemoaning the plight of the OAPs... Those over 75 get it for free (Although I personally think this should be 65, the same as the bus pass), and those in a care home get it for £7.50

http://www.tvlicensing.co.uk/check-if-you-need-one/topics/tv-licence-types-and-costs-top2/

And by the way - it's HEAR not here.

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DRendar
Happy

You mean like anyone who has a Linux box at home and knows their way around SSH tunnels can? ;-)

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Surc universal remote case

DRendar
WTF?

What a completely idiotic placement for the Micro-USB socket.

I mean seriously.....

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Cisco, HP bury hatchet for server, switch hookup

DRendar
Thumb Up

Thank f***...

No more twatting around with those god awful flex10 modules...bleugh.

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