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IPTV UK: what's on tonight?

Natalie Gritpants
WTF?

All about the bandwidth

So the IPTV world thinks HD means DVD quality!

Don't underestimate the bandwidth you can achieve by bringing back a BluRay disc from Block Buster - 30 to 40 GByte/trip is something like 100TX ethernet and once it's home will play from start to finish.

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Bonfire of the brands: ICANN's top-level domain selloff

Natalie Gritpants

MyCorporation - bloody stupid name

They even sound like a domain selling business so serve them right.

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Windows 8 will show where it likes to be touched

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Only five

I have five fingers and a thumb on each hand you insensitive clods! (Icon inaccurate too)

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Raspberry Pi Linux micro machine enters mass production

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Not just a browsing machine

I've got a MythTV frontend bolted on the back of my Telly. The only connectors are ethernet, HDMI, power and USB-remote. This could replace it and be powered from one of the TV's own USB ports. I feel a project coming on.

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London 2012 team pulls swamped ticket resale site

Natalie Gritpants

Could we lose the Guy Fawkes icon?

The man was trying to restore a catholic monarch FFS.

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Ferguson Hill FH009 home theatre system

Natalie Gritpants

Quite like a thump

You can tell from the sound that nothing is broken or disconnected.

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Cops get 3D laser scanners for motorway crash sites

Natalie Gritpants

Missed the point

The complaints about rubberneckers are aimed at the drivers on the other (unblocked) carriageway who cause a traffic jam just by slowing down to look at the scene on the blocked carriageway. The traffic jams around accidents are about the same size on the unblocked carriageway as the blocked one.

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ALIEN ARTIFACTS can best be FOUND ON MOON

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About as likely as you finding a spell checker

Artifact!

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Early Bell recordings live again (kind of)

Natalie Gritpants
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Shame it's in Quicktime format

The compression artefacts really spoil the quality of these recordings. I hope there are lossless versions stored somewhere.

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Marmitek Gigaview GV820 wireless HDMI sender

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Rekon so

Expect a lot less if you actually want to use this between rooms. Since not many people have homes more than 10m in any direction it would be better to specify the number of stud walls it can go through. Or brick for you old-fashioned types. People with rocks in their walls know the drill (pun intended)

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Strictly Come Dancing in 3D: the facts

Natalie Gritpants

Sky is satellite, Freeview is not

Sky only have one satellite to worry about. BBConeHD on Freeview comes via your local transmitter from one HD encoder in the Beeb, BBConeSD comes from an SD encoder in your local Beeb area. Broadcasting local SD content on the HD channel would require the HD content be fed from Beeb central to each local area and an HD encoder in each local Beeb area to mix in the SD content when required.

Given that local Beeb content is bollocks it's not worth the cost of duplicating the HD encoders. ITV do area based HD but there are just two areas for the UK (London and the poor) so less hardware required.

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Natalie Gritpants
Stop

This will work but only if you can flip the whole picture horizontally. Displayed normally you will have to diverge your eyes or have a screen narrower than the distance between your eyes, easy enough if you are a chameleon or an elephant.

If you cross your eyes you will see 3d with the depth reversed and it will hurt your brain even more than Brucie's jokes.

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Busty Ohio mannequin survives assassination attempt

Natalie Gritpants
WTF?

"some of the best pit barbequee in the city"

Is it just me or there something really unappetising about that phrase?

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Steve Jobs' last design: New Apple HQ pics

Natalie Gritpants

So does it take off

or does the middle part open up like a giant lens aperture to reveal a giant underground lair?

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More BT heads roll amid biz transformation

Natalie Gritpants

I wondered why Dabs had stopped being any good

Missed the news that BT bought it in 2006. Explains a lot.

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Give Osborne a shovel: UK economy stuck in deep hole

Natalie Gritpants

Here's hoping you keep your job for the next five years. If you don't like it you can always quit and let someone else have it, maybe that would be fairer.

P.S. It sounds like you have a two hour commute in each direction, maybe you should move home/employer. 1.5 hours each way is my limit. above that and I stay away some nights.

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Boffins find new 2012 glyph on 'secret' Mayan brick

Natalie Gritpants
Facepalm

As eny ful kno

If you want to keep a secret don't tell anyone.

And don't carve it into a brick. This is more likely a typo and since bricks were expensive it was used elsewhere.

And anyway the Mayans have had their doomsday haven't they? Or are there some left somewhere?

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Scientists probe Earth's core, make mystifying discovery

Natalie Gritpants

That could offend

Maybe you should offer a version that corrects the post.

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Boffins one step closer to Terminator vision

Natalie Gritpants

Not sure how you will read that text

since moving your eyes along the line will move the contact lens and the text. Have you ever tried to look at those floaty things you see when looking at the sky - you can't unless it's slap bang in the middle. I do not want adverts scrolling all over my fovea thanks. Blink lights in the peripheral may be useful though.

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Reg reader seeks living room Myth advice - can you help?

Natalie Gritpants

So don't call it a PC

Get one of these: http://www.mini-itx.com/store/basket.asp?action=add&product=4059&qty=1&c=65 and put it in one of these: http://www.mini-itx.com/store/basket.asp?action=add&product=3839&qty=1&c=3

Together with an SSD, HDMI cable, USB MCE remote and gig ethernet you get a completely silent MythTV frontend with no moving parts. It will do 1080p in most formats very nicely but you may have to google "nvidia 50Hz" if your TV is 50Hz. You can even bolt it on the back of the TV as there are VESA mounting holes in the case and VESA mounting adaptors are on ebay.

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Xio Storage CEO on his 290-mile commute

Natalie Gritpants

I worked in lots of companies with remote CEO's

Quadrics - Bristol based, CEO in Pisa

SuperH - Bristol based, CEO in California

ARC - Watford based, CEO in California

Turned out badly for all of them, maybe there's a pattern, hope it wasn't my efforts.

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Bishop to bless road salt supplies for added winter safety

Natalie Gritpants

I'd be more comfortable with Morris Men doing their thing.

After all I don't think God will mind if you don't get to work a couple of times this winter.

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Eleven - if you will - rocktastic music movies

Natalie Gritpants

You can't beat Flashdance

The post is required, and must contain letters.

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Eurozone crisis: We're all dooomed! Here's why

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Time to thank Goerge Soros

For costing us so much in the ERM that we never joined the Euro.

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Peat bogs will not cause runaway global warming

Natalie Gritpants
Happy

Bog means wet

And it's wet because it's at the bottom of a hill or somewhere where water doesn't drain away well. Surely a rise in global temperatures will result in more rain or rising sea levels so the bogs will get bigger or wetter not drier?

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Ofcom proposes new rules on advertising deals

Natalie Gritpants

How flexible is your PVR/remote?

Why not arrange for the skip button to mute? I think I can arrange for MythTV to mute for a couple of seconds every time skip is hit so I won't even have to hit unmute after the break.

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It's time to end the Windows Wait

Natalie Gritpants
Boffin

I'll tell you where they are.

My previous contract was at Intel and the whole place is run on SSD laptops (with Linux server farms for the real work). There did not appear to be any desktop machines. Unsurprisingly the SSDs are all Intel.

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Nipples and teen lesbians sexy even when ironic, ASA rules

Natalie Gritpants
WTF?

What's with the pixelated bottoms

I anybody really offended by a bum? I'm not talking about goatse but just normal buttocks. They even did it on the X-factor, whereas I would rather they pixelated Louis Walsh into oblivion.

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C and Unix pioneer Dennis Ritchie reported dead

Natalie Gritpants
Headmaster

Drop the exit(0);

That way you pass back the return value of printf().

You never know, he might have taken stdout with him.

Many thanks to DMR who has enabled me to make a nice living - sort of, I write Verilog.

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Brit micro-biz needs tax breaks, promotion, cuddles

Natalie Gritpants

We need less weird tax rules not more.

Agreed - why not just make things simpler by just not having to pay Employers NI on the first ten employees, or no corporation tax on the first £50k of profit.

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Google plants self on Silicon Roundabout

Natalie Gritpants
Stop

Please stop calling it Silicon Roundabout

There is no Silicon being produced there. There isn't even much Silicon being produced in Silicon Gorge or on the Silicon Fen but they do stuff that is close enough.

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Second-hand E-m@iler spews old emails, passwords

Natalie Gritpants
WTF?

Both emails?

Can't believe it. There has only ever been one email sent to an emailer and that was from Alan Sugar complaining about the lack of emails.

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Hardware-happy HP has swallowed a Sun death pill

Natalie Gritpants

You can still buy HP test equipment

It has an Agilent sticker on it but it's designed and build by the same people who made it at HP. They have Agilent badges now. It's still really good.

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Sky Movies too expensive, says Competition Commission

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Man builds gadget to silence annoying TV pundits

Natalie Gritpants
WTF?

MythTV is designed to record TV not watch it

I don't record stuff I don't want to watch. Don't watch TV in realtime very often and when I do I really miss the 30s skip button.

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Natalie Gritpants

90% flawlessly

Not sure you realize how bad that sounds.

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Average sozzled Brit sinks 5,800 pints during life

Natalie Gritpants
WTF?

Why do you even need to do a survey

Surely you just divide the output of the drinks industry by the size of the drinking population.

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HP chief bows to Jobsian cult

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Definite pseud

Thanks for the memories that word brought back.

I think he means gizmos are subject to the vagaries of fashion and HP are not fashionable. - worthy of a NoShitSherlock icon.

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Fort Knox military cops disgusted with solar patrol carts

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It's approximately one Fort Knox

See title.

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Natalie Gritpants
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> United States Mint Police, who are equipped with bicycles

They are also equipped with a handy army base complete with soldiers, guns and helicopters etc.

I don't imagine they are going to have a problem with looters any time soon.

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TalkTalk, Tiscali fined £3m in bogus billing smackdown

Natalie Gritpants

So can I sue the blood-sucking ambulance chasers they set on me

after they tried to bill me for services after I had left?

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Explaining the Chocolate Factory's Patent Panic

Natalie Gritpants
Headmaster

As taught to me by my Grandmother

Two beans and a bean; a bean and a half; and half a bean

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Sony prices up PlayStation telly for UK

Natalie Gritpants
WTF?

Holy CRT Batman!

See title

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Google plus Google Plus: You give us info, we sell it!

Natalie Gritpants
Happy

I've got 1 fake out of 1 attempt so far.

Or do you really think my name is Aaron Aardvark?

Kind regards,

Barry Biscuit. (next months ID)

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iLuv iPad 2 case and Bluetooth keyboard

Natalie Gritpants
WTF?

Turn your Ipad into a laptop

And have two batteries to worry about.

While on the subject of worries: padding usually makes a good thermal insulator as does the glass screen. How does the heat from inside the iPad get out? Did you check the temperature is gets too when playing video / minting bitcoins?

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DARPA drops another HTV-2

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It is rocket science

The R in DARPA stands for research, that means things won't be predictable. This is how we make progress or are we all so old we have forgotten that we had to learn what we know.

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Bankers plot telco bypass for payments

Natalie Gritpants
WTF?

I'd prefer NFC outside my phone.

Why does this have to be in a phone or use the phone network. I'd like a little tag on my keyring that works when I've driven to a cream-tea shop in Cornwall with no mobile coverage.

Out of the two things that you always take when going out, which one always works? Your keys or your phone?

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Lightning strikes cloud: Amazon, MS downed

Natalie Gritpants

Is this ironic?

All these cloud service providers felled by something that came out of a cloud?

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

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One handed

I find that with the right website I only ever need to 20 seconds of one handed holding.

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Twitter-control botnet mines Bitcoins

Natalie Gritpants
WTF?

Is this a bad thing?

So you've left your machine connected to the internet and some use is made of it to benefit someone. Sounds just like SETI but without the hassle of installing it. If you actually need the CPU cycles you will notice it and remove it surely?

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