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IT mercenaries and buy-to-let landlords are my HEROES - here's why

Natalie Gritpants
Boffin

Correlation <> Causation yet again.

You could say that high unemployment causes high home ownership - maybe something to be celebrated.

Or there could be something (i.e. technological advances in the last few centuries) that have led to high home ownership and high unemployment. As a species we can now achieve more and work less. Which is OK as long as the achievement and reduction in working are spread around fairly evenly.

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Washout 2012 summer, melty Greenland 'nothing to do with Arctic ice or warm oceans'

Natalie Gritpants

“The next five-10 years will reveal whether or not 2012 was a rare event..."

In other words - Looking forward we can look forward to to some forward looking mispredictions of the future based on backward looking research.

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BBC-featured call centre slapped with hefty fine for unwanted calls

Natalie Gritpants

Best way to get rid of them

is to cost them money. As you say if there is a live human on the line when you answer getting them to wait is very effective. If it's a recording asking you the press button I always do then give the silent treatment to whoever comes on the line, seems to freak them out as much as it does ordinary humans.

They eventually learn and go away. Whatever you do don't sound angry or annoyed, they just mark you down on their lists as stupid enough to eventually fall for one of their cons.

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Ex-Palm CEO Rubinstein wishes HP sale never happened

Natalie Gritpants

Re: History

Ah memories.

Just before HP bought Apollo the market share in workstations was (Sun, Apollo, SGI,..., HP). Just after it became (Sun, HP-Apollo, SGI...). Three months later when all the current and unstoppable orders had gone through the order became (Sun, SGI..., HP-Apollo).

A colleague of mine left HP for Apollo about six month before the buyout, he was gutted when it happened and shortly after was made redundant by HP after they'd bought him. Seemed to him that HP was just persuing him around making him miserable.

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Anonymous 'plonks' names, addresses of far-right EDL types on web

Natalie Gritpants

Re: Duh

I rather think Anonymous have missed that point too.

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Gigabyte's BRIX fall into place

Natalie Gritpants

Re: HTPC?

Or get a usb-cec adapter from pulse-eight (others are available) and you can use the TV remote if you have a reasonably up to date HDMI TV.

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Daft tweet by Speaker Bercow's loquacious wife DID libel lord

Natalie Gritpants

Re: Oh the conflict!

"Libel laws are far too strong in this country"

They are not as strong as the truth.

Sally Bercow is a libellous tweeter.

I don't expect to get sued for the above line (maybe told off by a grammar geek).

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EU boffins in plan for 'more nutritious' horsemeat ice cream

Natalie Gritpants

Re: Using as much of the slaughtered animal as possible,

I would flinch at cow cock as it would imply the cow had been subject to massive hormone treatment or had gender reassignment surgery.

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It! Started! With! A! GIF!... Yahoo! Actually! Buys! Tumblr! for! $1bn!

Natalie Gritpants

Re: When women get power .....

Same as men really. Can't think of any exceptions.

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Cameron's Tech City: Desks? Yes. Cash? Yes. Coders? Nope

Natalie Gritpants

Agreed, Silicon Valley is not in Washington or even New York. When it started it was in a nice place to live. Not true any more but it now has the brand.

I live in beautiful Somerset and there is no money that would make me move to London. I'll contract there but the closer to London the higher the price to compensate for commute time and hotel costs. Currently in Borehamwood and working from home on Monday and Friday so it's bearable

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I know identity of Bitcoin's SECRET mastermind, says Ted Nelson

Natalie Gritpants

He's wrong too, it was me.

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London Olympics site to become digital mega-hub

Natalie Gritpants

Re: 40 mega volt-amperes

No no, this is the new thing, the amperes are 40 megavolts wide. It makes them go faster. The fuse boxes glow in the dark and the plugs only have one pin.

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Office Software Checkpoint

Natalie Gritpants

Re: why download the whitepaper

Of course not, it's a powerpoint.

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ISPs: Get ready to slurp streams from Murdoch's fat pipe

Natalie Gritpants

"Sky will be sending you a welcome pack as well."

And a copy of every email you have ever deleted.

Seriously, I'm with Sky (because they bought the ISP that was the only one in the exchange that wasn't BT) and it's OK as a basic home broadband. I moved to using gmail as an email sender but that's because I'm the geeky type that likes to control my reply-to headers. I think port 25 is also unblocked so you may be able to run your own MTA.

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Google 'will be pulled back in front of MPs' on its UK tax affairs

Natalie Gritpants

Re: A missunderstanding of roles

Just to confuse the AC even more, most drugs are illegal in Amsterdam but not because they are immoral.

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Brit horologist hammers out ‘first’ ATOMIC-POWERED watch

Natalie Gritpants
Facepalm

Re: About "time"

Presumably that's why there is a "lithium-polymer battery fed through a micro USB port".

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Apple: You thought Google dodged taxes? Get a load of THIS

Natalie Gritpants
WTF?

So what happens when the bonds mature?

Apple will need to find more cash to pay them back. Will they issue more bonds? This could keep going forever but there is interest to pay and that is eventually going to be greater than 35% tax.

Maybe the bonds will be bought by overseas buyer and they can be repaid with offshore cash.

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Master Beats: Why doesn't audio quality matter these days?

Natalie Gritpants
Stop

You need to shoot yourself

Feeling miserable because GDP has gone up? I remember what this country was like in the 70's and 80' and the sense of entitlement in some sectors was higher than it is now. Thanks to Thatcher we have now stripped most of the power from the unions (but not before they destroyed the car industry).

Music on cheap headphones sounds better than on expensive old stuff because it has no wow, flutter, clicks, print-through, interference from engine ignitions. It has similar harmonic distortion and frequency response but your brain is quite capable of compensating for that and removing a fair bit of random noise otherwise you wouldn't be able to have a conversation while walking between rooms.

Cheer up and listen to some music you enjoy.

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High-rollers’ shop pitches wallet-pounding, wall-pummelling MONSTER TV

Natalie Gritpants

Ugly

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Eric Schmidt defends Google's teeny UK tax payouts - again

Natalie Gritpants

Re: "Fair Share"

or moral?

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Winklevoss twins claim to have enormo $11m Bitcoin stash

Natalie Gritpants

Is there anything to stop bitcoin2 being invented?

Fed up with bitcoin volatility? Try my new, improved virtual currency bitcoin2. Based on the proven technology of bitcoin but without any of the hordes of greedy people trying to inflate it (yet).

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Bitcoin gets a $100 haircut on rollercoaster trading run

Natalie Gritpants

Re: Where's the value?

Well the USD, GBP and most currencies are backed by their countries armies, some of them have nukes.

As far as bitcoin being worth the electricity used to generate it - can you turn it back into electricity?

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BSkyB punters drown in MASSIVE MYSTERY Yahoo! mail! migration!

Natalie Gritpants

Anyone know how to configure exim on debian to work with Sky/Yahoo!?

I used to get it to send mail with a From: pointing to my old freeserve mail account. It now looks like that is causing problems and everything has to be from @sky.com.

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Natalie Gritpants

Re: People still use ISP mailboxes ?

Pray tell exactly how you send emails without using your ISP? I'm on Sky and they seem very happy to bin any connection to port 25 to anywhere except themselves.

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Google+ architect: What was so great about Reader anyway?

Natalie Gritpants

Re: re. Feedly

tt-rss looks very simple and may be what you want. All the data stays on your computer so only you can shut it down or mine it and sell adverts to show your own eyeballs. Also has debian packages.

freedomboxfoundation.org is looking more and more necessary even in free societies.

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Philips pushes out SDK for multicolour Zigbee LED lights

Natalie Gritpants

Mood sensors and privacy concerns

Do you really want your neighbours to know when your bitch is in heat?

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News Corp challenges iPad with $299 education tablet

Natalie Gritpants
FAIL

Stiff competetion

They are up against educationcity.com which runs on all those computers that the schools already have and is probably very cheap for schools. Personal copies are about £30 per year or two so the educational license is going to be much less.

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Happy birthday, LP: Can you believe it's only 65?

Natalie Gritpants

Re: Oh god

Well a CD is about 600MB but CDs can have about 60 minutes of recording so that's way above an LP. Also CDs are sixteen bits of pure digital stero joy whereas LP comes in at around 12 bits (yes it does) - and you have to reduce that because of the noise floor for a typically dusty and worn LP.

The answer is about 150MB.

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So you won a 4G licence. The Freeview interference squad wants a word

Natalie Gritpants

Had a phone call today

We think you have been mis-sold Freeview TV, please press 5 to talk to one of our leeches.

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This 320-gigapixel snap of London is size of Buckingham Palace

Natalie Gritpants

OMG

Lots of broken spokes on the London Eye! I'm not going on that till they fix it.

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Review: The ultimate Chromebook challenge

Natalie Gritpants

"but the Acer has Caps Lock"

THAT'S THE WINNING FEATURE FOR ME.

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Wikipedia's Gibraltar 'moratorium' - how's it going?

Natalie Gritpants

No, we're having a strong moratorium.

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Dish boss on ad-skipping service: 'I don’t want to kill ads'

Natalie Gritpants
Facepalm

Re: Dish was like Indiana Jones

So he had to sit and watch the adverts while recording the program. Probably got good because he had to pay attention.

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Montana TV warns of ZOMBIE ATTACK in epic prank hack

Natalie Gritpants

I've seen the same on UK motorway signs

Except ours was a very English hack, something like:

"Pick up your litter, others do"

Maybe too subtle to be noticed.

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Playmobil punts bank-heist set to wide-eyed kiddies

Natalie Gritpants

Re: When

Why wait? They can't really complain if you steal it.

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Solar undercuts coal in New Mexico

Natalie Gritpants
Boffin

Easy solution to the noon power 6pm demand

Just put the solar plant 6 hours west and run a cable.

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We're not making this up: Apple trademarks the SHOP

Natalie Gritpants
WTF?

Is that typo really in the trademark application?

> and a oblong table

Is it OK to have an oblong table? or even rectangular?

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You thought watching cat videos was harmless fun? Think AGAIN

Natalie Gritpants
Holmes

@adnim

> ... does not mean this planet is ours to do with what we wish

OK, so who does the planet belong to and where are they? Oh, that's right - no-one and nowhere to be seen.

Unless you believe in God, in which case it is ours (at least according to the Bible). and so are the animals.

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Shiny, shiny! The window's behind me...

Natalie Gritpants

Good luck with your neck muscles.

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Greedy Sky admits: We crippled broadband with TOO MANY users

Natalie Gritpants

Wonder what he does

I'd guess BT Broadband customer support. Well. you wouldn't want to run that on the BT network would you.

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IBM brains ponder universe, say kids will go nuts for STEAMPUNK

Natalie Gritpants

Remember people: A bow tie is a cry for help.

Just like orange hair.

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Natalie Gritpants
Facepalm

Please lose the sepia

There were lots of bright and cheery colours in the Victorian age, we're just left with sepia prints because that is what the majority of surviving media consists of. Go the a museum and look at the fabrics. And all that lovely mahogany.

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Titsup Windows Phone 8 orders user to cram 'boot disc' in mobe

Natalie Gritpants

May have a point

It shows there is some code in there to handle errors that should never happen. How did Microsoft test that code? Are there any bugs in it? Even if you assume the code identical to and fully tested on other platforms it shows there is unreachable code that make your ROM bigger than it need be i.e. more expensive, slower and more power hungry (more cache misses).

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Dutch operators: Ugh, we really overdid it on the 4G last night...

Natalie Gritpants
Thumb Up

Old shool website design

OK so the graphics are cheesy, but it doesn't half load fast.

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Pocket Wi-Fi hotspots paralyse Chinese metro lines

Natalie Gritpants
WTF?

Why use wireless at all?

It's not like they don't own the land the rails run on, Just lay cable.

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Raspberry Pi SoC drivers now fully open source

Natalie Gritpants

Re: err

But now you can use the source code to see how to drive the cool stuff.

Do you really want to be able to change the GPU firmware? How are you going to test your changes? Do you know how much Cadence simulator licences cost? Have you got a thousand core simulator farm?

I'm not having a go but the contents of the firmware are in a file to save having to include non-volatile storage in the chip and to allow shipping the chip before all the firmware bugs are fixed.

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Skype for Windows 8 is coming: Always on, always in your contacts

Natalie Gritpants

Re: Great!

Why not just say "Fuck off I'm busy" to them, it works wonders for me. I rarely have to say it twice.

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Sarah Brightman plans International Space Station gig

Natalie Gritpants
Alien

"mindful, shared consumption of resources and a clear and unwavering focus on sustainability"

She does realize she will be getting there on a rocket presumably?

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Samsung claims Apple jury foreman LIED to get REVENGE

Natalie Gritpants

Re: How did he end up being a candidate for the jury?

And, that most people still working in that area who haven't made enough money to leave or get excused from jury service probably feel they have been screwed by one or more large corporations.

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Boffins: Our memory film is like your girlfriend - transparent and cheap

Natalie Gritpants
Thumb Down

Lets have more gratuitous sexism.

How about:

I like my men like I like my coffee -- thick and rich.

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