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Dear Mr Beefy ex-soldier: Your BT needs you

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ISTR 30% of the homeless are ex-services...

...and if that is the case it may go some way to reducing the problem of people living on the streets.

That said, I get the impression that a lot of ex-services people, especially those that joined up directly after leaving school, come out having zero experience of life outside of an institution and making decisions for themselves. Once the fibre roll-out is complete will they be left to fend for themselves on the streets again?

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US spooks to build 60 megawatt data center

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WTF?

"only needs 7 megawatts of power"

Only? They must have one hell of a kettle in the tea room.

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Vatican blogger meeting says no to copyright, yes to lifting content

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"These people don't lie"

And Vatican spokesmolester Cardinal Pinnochio agreed.

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Is there anything to find on bin Laden's hard drive?

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They need a fleet of PS3s to crack this...

...just hook it up to the PSN. Oh wait...

<-- Beer icon because that's something else they won't discover in his compound.

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Online PVR goes live in Australia

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Fairlight: The Rolls Royce of synthesizers

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CMI = POS

The writer may be wearing rose-tinted specs. My exerience with a CMI was less than fulfilling.

I worked with Vince Clarke of Yazoo, another CMI owner, and I programmed all the A/V content for the first Yazoo tour.

Vince used a Linn to trigger the CMI and also had an interface built to trigger, via the Linn, an AVL Eagle* computer that controlled all the slide projector dissolve units and a 16mm B&H film projector.

The CMI was incredibly unreliable during the programming sessions and Vince decided to hire a backup machine for the tour. I think the going rate for rental was about a grand per week. The Linn was always good and never, if you'll pardon the pun, missed a beat.

Yazoo did a warm-up gig in the band's home town of Basildon and during the first song the Fairlght played up and the Linn/AVL interface died. The bloke that had been engaged to look after the visuals on the tour didn't have a clue what to do but I had been watching the show from backstage and had to intervene. From the second song until the last I had to manually cue all the visuals from memory (my memory) and there were probably well over 30 sync points in each song.

Ultimately the CMIs were dumped before the rest of the tour and the songs were dubbed on to a TEAC A3440 four track for playback and the A/V content was triggered by AVL's native timecode. A UKP500 Jap tape recorder was more reliable than the UKP20k CMI.

Yazoo geek trivia: Vince wrote many of his songs on an acoustic guitar and did his accounts on an early IBM PC. Alf Moyet's vocals were always live and always note perfect.

*The show was programmed on an Eagle but an AVL Roadrunner was used for the tour.

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Note to Mozilla: We don't get the Firefox billboards

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How fast does an app have to open?

I just stopwatched Firefox 3.3.16 on a 14 month old desktop machine and it took less than half a second to launch. How much faster does it have to get for you to class it as a good browser?

Where's the pointless arsewipe icon when you need one?

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No, iPhone location tracking isn't harmless and here's why

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And it seems Android has a similar issue...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/apr/21/android-phones-record-user-locations

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UK is fifth free-est nation on the internet

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Big Brother

Re: Australia

And about to get a lot worse. We'll be in the same section as Iran and Saudi Arabia when Conroy's censor boxes come online. They'll no doubt have a bit of ACTA love thrown in too.

Can't wait to see what happens when the NBN is finished and Conroy and his rabid Christian mates from the ACL have their grubby hands on the switch.

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Apple sues Samsung over Galaxy look-and-feel

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Re: Don't tell Jobs, god only knows what he'd do!

Steve Jobs *is* god. Ask any Apple fanboi.

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Mozilla rejigs Firefox release schedule in nod to Google's Chrome

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I've been testing Moz nightlies from before the m/b days...

...and I admit to being a little disappointed to see Mozilla following Google's lead with more frequent versions/releases. If Google keep to the same versioning system they'll be up to v20something in a few years and it'll all start to look a bit stupid and confusing.

Fewer releases with more emphasis on stability and less on features should be the best way forward. Extensions can take care of features. The manufacturers can also add features via extensions if they want to.

We don't need another pointless bloat war.

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Earthquake emergency drives Kiwi copyright bill

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Abuse of democracy

I hope those greedy pigfuckers in Hollywood and the politicians that they own in NZ are happy. They have managed to corrupt the democratic process on the back of grieving New Zealanders and others that lost their relatives in Christchurch.

Just how low will some people stoop to make money. These bastards could limbo under a pole that's nailed to the floor.

(and if the Moderatrix passes this I shall be amazed)

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US Navy laser cannon used to set boat aflame

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Halfords to the rescue...

...you could put out that fire with a 20 quid fire extinguisher.

<-- Grenade: probably a more effective way of sinking a rubber dinghy.

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Banana-bender beer boffins drop drops for science

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I guess Aus has given up...

...on trying to invent a beer that is drinkable on Earth.

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US gov mulls issuing terrorist warnings on Twitter, Facebook

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I can only imagine how they will phrase these warnings

Twitter:

"Al Qaeda are coming!!!!!!!! lulz"

Facebook:

"We are expecting a terrorist attack by Al Qaeda"

"Abdul likes this."

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iPads mooted for Qantas flight manuals

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Phones vs avionics - myth?

In the mid 90s I was doing some contract work for an medium sized airline and asked my client about the mobile phone issue.

His remit included the in-flight phone system so I joked that it was just to make passengers use the airline's $8 per minute phones. He informed me that it cost the airline $10 per minute and the service was a loss leader.

He also told me that Airbus had carried out many tests and had not managed to find find conclusive evidence that phones had any effect on the avionics. Some of the tests were quite extreme including placing a French army mobile radar unit on a scaffold right next to the fuselage. It had no adverse effect al all.

His off the record conclusion was that problems with avionics were likely to be software issues rather than external forces. I assume he was being honest with me.

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Swedish newlyweds enjoy lively honeymoon

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Re: You've not been to Heathrow recently, have you?

Thankfully not :)

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Hmmmm...

So they "battled their way to Cairns in Australia, which was swiftly battered by one of the worst cyclones in the Lucky Country's history" then "travelled to Brisbane, where they were met with extensive flooding, forcing a cross-country retreat to Perth" where they "narrowly escaped" raging bush fires"

Not that I'm doubting the Swedes but no-one "battles their way" by plane to anywhere these days. Cairns was hardly touched by Cyclone Yasi, the floods in Brisbane happened weeks before the cyclone and the Perth bush fires were, by definition, in the bush and not in Perth.

Call me cynical but my bullshit detector is flashing red right now.

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Sex Party's down-under struggles with dominant Catholic priests

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Sky Fairy influence in Aus politics...

...it's truly scary:

http://www.abc.net.au/religion/articles/2011/04/06/3184075.htm

Our Prime Ranga claims to be an atheist but has yet to realise that, in the words of Frank Zappa, there's a big difference between kneeling down and bending over.

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Australia, give up your fixed broadband!

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You may take the piss out of 3G...

...but it does have a very serious use where I live in Australia.

After a big cyclone in February we had no mains power for nearly four weeks. That meant no desktop PCs and no ADSL connectivity. However, the Telstra 3G service worked for a few days until the batteries at the rural exchanges ran flat. A USB 3G stick plugged into a netbook was the only communication we had with the outside world and I cannot begin to explain how useful that was.

Yes it's expensive and yes the coverage was patchy (had to drive up a nearby hill to get a signal) but when that's all you have you don't complain too much.

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BBC-led RadioPlayer arrives at last

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Top link

Thank you.

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Also requires a spaghetti plateful of JavaScript from dozens of domains

And like a lot of sites the search function doesn't work without me giving Google permission to run code on my machines.

On the plus side there I haven't found any geoblocking.

Anyone know of Adblock for radio? :)

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Digital player maker 'incited consumers to break the law', says ASA

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It made me look twice when I saw the ads in PE...

...but when I read the FAQs I realised it didn't play open and lossless formats such as FLAC. It's a shame because I've always wanted a lounge-friendly juke box.

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Google unleashes (another) Facebook knock-off

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FAIL

Maybe it does...

...but Jenny doesn't know what an API is.

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Like = Fail

I've seen stuff on Facebook about recent disasters where the Like function is massively inappropriate.

Example:

"10,000 killed in Japan tsunami."

"Jenny likes this."

I mean, FFS, can't they come up with a word better than Like?

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Air NZ safety vid provokes terror in the skies

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Kiwi accent...

...irritable vowel syndrome.

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Harvey Norman warms to etail

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If Harvey Norman goes into online retailing...

...the result will have slight smell of poo about it.

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Java daddy borged by Google

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Alien

Everyone has a price

"Come and work for us."

"I couldn't do that, I'd look like a hypocrite."

"Here's a large bag of cash."

"When do I start?"

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BA jihadist relied on Jesus-era encryption

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There's an encryption package called Mujhaddin Secrets?

That's just to fool you. It's actually a Halal perfume.

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Fukushima on Thursday: Prospects starting to look good

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On Aussie TV tonight...

...a nuke expert from Imperial College, London, having to make a grovelling apology for saying it was all nothing to worry about a couple of nights earlier. Your move, Mr Page.

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Make streaming a felony: Obama

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FAIL

WTF?

D'oh!

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Nurse!

Where are the FFS and WTF icons when you need them?

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Twitter adds HTTPS opt-in button to micro-blogging service

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Nup

As Jeff 11 and two00lbwaster pointed out there are other reasons. Another one is that some users choose to keep their tweets private except for approved followers.

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MS embraces/shuns Google's open video codec

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Broken Microsoft spelling checker

Seems it changed "the patent pool H.264 format" to "the industry-standard H.264 format".

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Connecticut suspect's 'half-ro' haircut wows web

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WTF?

Because he's worth it...

...Or not.

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Anti-religious campaigners smack down census Jedis

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What was my point?

My point was one that you must have missed. I'm not talking about results, alternative sources of funding or anything else you mentioned. I'm talking about govt funds being used to finance propaganda centres for the terminally deluded. Schools are supposed to be places that kids go to learn facts not to be brainwashed.

Forcing religion down the throats of children too young to understand is nothing less than abuse.

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It's 2011

So why should we be making any special allowances for Jews, Muslims, Christians, or any other group of gullible numpties.

We have science, we have reason, we have logic. Imaginary friends are redundant. Religious wars and sectarian bigotry have no place in the modern world.

Go away and stop trying to suck money out of the system for your special needs.

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Neighbourhood watchers in Reading get speedguns

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Stop

Problem Solving Award in 2010

"Speed Watch, has been running since 2001...the scheme, which has recently clocked its millionth speeding motorist"

1,000,000 speeding motorists? That doesn't sound like problem solved to me, that sounds like problem very much still exists.

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Google insists it couldn't have been British. Excuse me?

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Some days I get up earlier than usual...

...just so I can despise the likes of Google and Cameron a bit longer that day.

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BT fibre-to-the-premises trial takes 7 hours per install

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Boffin

Cost difference between UK and Aus

BT will supply FTTP to 66% of UK (pop. 62m) for £2.5bn.

NBNco will supply FTTP to 90% of Aus (pop. 22m) for £27bn.

The difference can't all be in the distances between cities, surely? Does fibre optic string really cost that much?

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Qld police warn against Windows service scam

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Alert

There have been many odd calls since the cyclone

We were getting about 10 silent calls per day for a week. Several seconds of silence follower by a recorded voice of a lady saying "goodbye".

Also had one call from a gentleman with an accent that sounded like he was from the sub-continent offering advice on Windows (not a double glazing salesman) but I was too busy at the time to even tell him to shove his advice where the cyclone doesn't blow.

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Microsoft's IE slipping into Chrome release cycle?

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Grrrr

The whole version race thing is ridiculous.

How about all browser companies all call their next versions v10, then concentrate on getting the basics right and just offer new features as extensions?

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Windsor slaps News for NBN 'scare campaign'

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Murdoch not the govt?

What country would that be? Seems like he almost rules the world these days.

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Free Wi-Fi, SMS alerts for Sydney commuters – if ALP wins election

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I love the smell...

...of a desperate politician in the morning. Just like all of Kristina Keneally's stunts, this one is doomed to failure.

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Peruvian spuds entombed in Arctic 'doomsday vault'

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At first I thought this was an article about football...

...that spud photo has an uncanny likeness to Wayne Rooney.

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The internet ate our homework

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You're not wrong

Aussie book publishing/retailing has had an easy ride over the years thanks to government protection.

I love the sound of capitalists whining about capitalism and how unfair it is. So, Australian publishing mafia, you joined the club and you agreed to play by the club's rules. Don't cry hard-done-by when the rules come back to bite you on the arse.

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Obama in private confab with Jobs, Zuckerberg, Schmidt

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Innovation, my arse

Looks from here like a bunch of acquirers, copiers and polo neck wearing pillocks. What does Obama hope to learn from this motley crew?

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Hostworks in NSW Food Authority win

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Is it just me and my Aussie IP address...

...or is El Reg really 50% full of Aussie IT stories of late?

"What's that, Skippy, standards have fallen down the mineshaft?"

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Vodafone squeezes internet into TV

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All Voda need to do now...

...is squeeze a decent phone service into a mobile phone.

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TiVo hits pause button in Australia

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Not much use to us...

...us being the people of Tully that currently don't have any electricity :)

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