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It's official: 'tweet' an English word – not just in the avian sense

Mark McNeill
Coat

Re: Status

I don't know why; it's a perfectly cromulent word.

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French spies do a Barbara Streisand over secret nuke radio base

Mark McNeill
Black Helicopters

This morning's idle thoughts

USA: Good morning, mes petits singes capitulards, may we count on your vast historical experience in South East Asia, and parts of your secure communications infrastructure, to aid us in our little bagarre with North Korea? Is it that it is that you perhaps maintain a secure worldwide communications network link for NATO operations, which in the event of an attaque nucléaire on any NATO member would be required to assist under Section 5 of the NATO treaty? Would it be deranging you to just make certain that it's still there, in full working order, and most particularly that les geeks et les militaires de la Corée du Nord can be utterly unaware of its existence?

France: But yes, my old, nothing of more easy. Its secrecy total is assured... Name of a pipe! We must take of the measures incredibly foolish directly!

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Star Trek phaser sells for a STUNNING $231,000

Mark McNeill
WTF?

That's geeks for you

For that sort of money, they could have bought eight and a quarter of Marilyn Monroe's bras.

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It's the Peer 2.0: Martha Lane Fox now a crossbench baroness

Mark McNeill
IT Angle

Re: Her dad is a laugh

I like that he acted as a historical consultant on Oliver Stone's overblown film "Alexander", on condition that he was allowed to take part in the cavalry charges.

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Mark McNeill
Facepalm

Off to a flying start

I'm a great fan of her dad [a Classical historian who likes Alexander the Great and hates garden gnomes], but confessing that she shouldn't have publicly announced her title in advance and saying it was "just tweet to old school friend" does rather imply that she doesn't quite grasp the whole Internet thing.

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Apple design bloke Ive finally honoured properly - with Blue Peter badge

Mark McNeill
Trollface

I can see why Apple and Blue Peter are a good fit

Children have been making things for them for years...

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'Bah, this Apple Shop is full of APPLES'

Mark McNeill
Pint

Cider: it just works.

Drink different!

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Greedy Sky admits: We crippled broadband with TOO MANY users

Mark McNeill
Devil

Did OK for a long while, but pants now.

SWMBO is addicted to Sky TV, so when we moved I signed up for their broadband: for six years or so it was cheap and almost perfectly reliable at 12-13Mbps, but since Christmas it dropped to less than 2Mbps. As it happens, BT Extra Wizzo Fibre has recently become available: so in a month or so I'll be able to moan about that instead.

Spawn of Satan because Murdoch. Yes, we're still paying him for the telly. Yes, I am ashamed.

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Nipper's toy train enjoys journey to edge of SPAAAAACE

Mark McNeill
Thumb Up

Brilliant!

The animations made it.

[Couldn't help thinking that the B3TA version would have had Stanley dying of hypoxia, though...]

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Review: HTC 8X Windows Phone 8 handset

Mark McNeill
Thumb Up

Re: Strictly off topic

Many thanks, I can sleep now. Blimey, not been that way in years.

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Mark McNeill
IT Angle

Strictly off topic

I suppose it might infringe somebody's privacy, but I wish yo'd identify where you took the photographs; I /know/ I know where that is, but I just can't bring it to mind. That's a Chesters coach, so it's very likely not too far from Manchester; but that's all I've got.

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Scottish Highlands get blanket 3G coverage

Mark McNeill
Devil

Reading the article was a relief

I was afraid from the headline that, erm, the Scottish Highlands would be getting blanket 3G coverage. One of the great selfish pleasures of my trips to the remoter parts of the Highlands is that people know there's no way of getting in touch with me.

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Windows Media Center EPG has SWITCHED OFF, wail Euro users

Mark McNeill
Thumb Up

Another vote for MythTV

Except when the local freeview transmitter decides to renumber its channels. Again. [Not that that's a MythTV problem, exactly...]

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What's THAT, you say? Apple MIGHT be making a NEW iPHONE, iOS?

Mark McNeill
WTF?

Can't believe you didn't just ask

I read the article twice, and there's no mention of you asking Apple for comment.

I mean, you never know: Apple might have told you all about it, if you'd only asked.

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The Lord of the Rings saga lies hidden deep in your Mac

Mark McNeill
Headmaster

Re: Is also available

And in Mint, Mythbuntu & Crunchbang. Oddly, there are a couple of misspellings in the version quoted here - Ellesar for Elessar passim, for instance - and more typos in the versions I have to hand, e.g. Lorian and Osgilliath.

I mean, these things are important.

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A history of personal computing in 20 objects part 2

Mark McNeill
Thumb Up

Re: Osborne...

Portable as a suitcase full of bricks, they said at the time. Didn't bother us, we never moved it.

We ran a business on that machine for ten years or so, until clients started demanding Word-format files. I don't recall it ever crashing.

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Apple unveils iPad mini, upgrades its big brother

Mark McNeill
Meh

Your cut-out'n'keep guide

Shortly after launch a hardware issue with ##### will arise, which Apple will ignore until the swell of protest becomes too great. Some time later Apple will punish customers for %%%%ing with their tablets, sparking a well-worn debate about the walled garden and ownership of their device. This will last almost until the release of the next Apple tablets, which will be &&&&&er than their previous ones.

[In the meantime Android will suffer a @@@@@ lapse and ***** issues. RIM will complete another orbit of the drain.]

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Confirmed: iPad 3 runs hotter than iPad 2

Mark McNeill
Holmes

Re: Gosh. Well, well, well

"And, well, the folk out there thinking of buying an iPad, don't you think?"

You really think so? A 5°C difference?

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Mark McNeill
Holmes

Gosh. Well, well, well

"...what iPad 3 owners already knew..."

And, given that iPad 3 owners are the only people likely to care...

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Pillow purveyor sews up Steve Jobs doll for fans

Mark McNeill
Linux

Far too cuddly to be Jobs

It's Alan Yentob.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2012/040112yentob.html

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Poynt

Mark McNeill
Stop

So if there's a difference of 10p a litre, and you're buying, say, 50 litres, you're saving a fiver. How far out of your way would you go for a fiver?

Oblig XKCD: http://xkcd.com/951/

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Black Ops has best videogame ending ever

Mark McNeill
Pirate

At least I learnt something from all this

Never pay more than 20 bucks for a computer game.

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Pentax Q compact system camera

Mark McNeill
Unhappy

Lag's too slow

I read in another review that the shutter response is average-to-long, so I wouldn't be able to use it for the sort of point-and-shoot photography that those old rangefinders were so perfect for. It's a pity, because it does look desirable otherwise.

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Millions face Megaupload data deletion by Thursday

Mark McNeill
Black Helicopters

@ Edward Clarke: You can beat the rap...

...but you can't beat the ride.

"If the data on the servers gets wiped then their whole case goes out the window. A criminal case requires a whole different level of evidence from the normal civil case."

I don't think they need to care much about a criminal case. They've got him in custody, they can probably keep him in jail for a few years during extradition hearings and pre-trial, they've destroyed his business, they're [possibly, subject to yada yada] three days away from destroying all the data on the servers. That sends a pretty powerful message even without a criminal conviction at the end of it: just look at what the other filesharing sites have been doing in the last few days.

"You can't put a man in jail (or I can't anyway) unless you're sure they're guilty."

Except, he's in jail.

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Well, burn my atomic-clock-powered new human renaissance platform

Mark McNeill
Trollface

Change your plane of existence

Not that big of a deal.

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Lumia sales fail to set world alight

Mark McNeill
Trollface

As a pose to

So how's the voice recognition on your phone working out for you?

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2012 CES will be Microsoft’s last hurrah

Mark McNeill
Linux

Because a stand staffed solely by patent lawyers might send the wrong message.

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Anti-piracy laws will smash internet, US constitution - legal eagles

Mark McNeill
Big Brother

No small print needed

In practice, action will probably depend on the clout and credibility of the entity making the claim. If your ISP gets a letter from $BIGMEDIA threatening them with legal action over your website, they'll cave quicker than you can say "fair usage"; if Universal or Disney get a letter from you claiming infringement, it'll be in the bin before you've even finished licking the envelope.

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Woz's key to success: Burn the tie, wear T-shirts to work

Mark McNeill
Trollface

O tempora o mores

It's "strait-laced", not "straight-laced". Strait means narrow or tight, confined, or strict. Straight means, er, straight.

Oh, and Woz, it's "want to", not "wanna". You'll never get anywhere using language like that.

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Boffin bothers frogs until they spill super power secrets

Mark McNeill
Linux

"Why, yes, as it happens I am a Linux user. Why do you ask?"

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iPad baby baffled by paper magazine

Mark McNeill
Flame

Three pretty obvious points

One, babies have always pointed at things.

Two, babies have always loved shiny moving things.

Three, what should we conclude? That we should dumb down interfaces to baby standards?

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Don't buy your iPad in a McDonald's car park

Mark McNeill
Trollface

Value for money

It had an Apple logo on it, what more did she want anyway?

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Tyneside police website defaced, used to serve phish

Mark McNeill
Linux

Lorem ipsum

And this story turned up in my newsfeed with an ad for Windows Server attached. Excellent targeted advertising!

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UK could have flooded world with iPods - Sir Humphrey

Mark McNeill
IT Angle

Power To The People!

Nineteen posts so far, and none of them pays homage to the Tooting Popular Front? They had the right idea:

http://youtu.be/4TxZQClIqQY

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BBC explains 'All your Twitter pics are belong to us' gaffe

Mark McNeill
Pirate

Lorem ipsum

""Twitter is a social network platform which is available to most people who have a computer and therefore any content on it is not subject to the same copyright laws as it is already in the public domain"

As it happens, I've found a fantastic platform which is available to most people who have a computer at http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts - can we assume that its content is in the public domain?

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Atlantis computer goes down: Fixed by 'nauts

Mark McNeill
Coat

Hope they tried the Help facility first.

It looks like you're transferring cargo from the space shuttle to the ISS.

Would you like help with that?

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The Osborne 1: 30 years old this month

Mark McNeill
Thumb Up

Happy days

"Portable as a suitcase full of bricks", people said at the time. The luggability wasn't an issue for my father and me (it never moved once from where we first installed it); what sold it for us was the software bundle, which was unique.

The tiny screen gave us pause. The salesman pointed out that text was the same size and legibility as newsprint: all the same, we splashed out on a whopping 9" green monitor. When that died, we never bothered replacing it. It was the easiest computer to maintain I've ever had: if I recall correctly, there were no software updates in nearly ten years use!

Eventually, of course, clients started asking for Windows-compatible files: we decided with some regret to retire the Osborne and buy an IBM PS/1, as I recall, running Windows 3.1.

(And that, gentle readers, was where our troubles began...)

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Norwegian MP nominates Wikileaks for Nobel Peace Prize

Mark McNeill
Coffee/keyboard

the Dali Llama

Playmobil figure pliz!

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US lawmakers eye internet 'kill switch'

Mark McNeill
Big Brother

Have you tried switching it off and on again?

Can't have independent media, now can we? It's not exactly unheard of for anti-terrorist legislation to be used to keep the proles down.

"...the Internet would need to be shut down to prevent further damage to the country, which apparently can no longer function without the Net..." - "In order to save the village, it was necessary to destroy it."

"...those bills were tabled": I do not think that word means what you think it means. In the UK, to table an issue means to put it on the table for discussion. Where a USAian would say "those bills were tabled", we would say "those bills were shelved".

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Android bites big chunk out of Apple iPad market share

Mark McNeill
Pint

I'll have a P please, Bob

"Android came equally out of nowhere to capture 2.3 per cent of the market with total shipments of 2.3 units". So, um, not a huge market, then.

Pint because a nice bitter would be about 2.3 units.

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

Mark McNeill
Linux

A new game to play with any news item

"What dumb knee-jerk response is Sarah Palin going to make to it?"

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Seagate DeLorean: World's priciest hard drive?

Mark McNeill
Boffin

Of course,

if you spin the platters up to 8800rpm you can retrieve that file you accidentally deleted. Except that your USB connection has to deliver 1.2GW.

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Chicago officer beats off dildo-wielding bill-skipper

Mark McNeill
Paris Hilton

Rigid but wobblesome

It's perfectly possible to conceive of a device, member or extremity which is intrinsically or under certain circumstances rigid, but flexibly attached to a handle, body, arm or control device, which makes it act in a wobblesome manner, particularly when waved.

Paris. Do I need to draw pictures?

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Super-tough wireless sensors 'to be dropped into volcanoes'

Mark McNeill
Coat

That's canny hard like

Next up: Newcastle University sensors dropped into the Arctic Ocean wearing a strappy top and a pair of white stilettos.

Howay man, mine's the t-shirt with the snow on it.

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Google squirrels into human brains with Scribe experiment

Mark McNeill
Boffin

riverrun

past Eve and Adams, from swerve of shore to bend of bay, brings us by a commodius vicus of recirculation back to Howth, Castle and Environs. Sir Tristram, violer d'amores, fr'over the short sea, had passencore rearrived from North Armorica on this side the scraggy isthmus of Europe Minor to wielderfight his penisolate war; nor had topsawyer's rocks by the stream Oconee exaggerated themselse to Laurens County's giorgios while they went doublin their mumper

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Sussex police try new tactic to relieve snappers of pics

Mark McNeill
Linux

If you've got a clever phone & a decent signal

http://www.miqlive.com.

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