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Doctor Who becomes an illogical, unscientific, silly soap opera in Kill The Moon

Carl W

Agree

Not only was the egg physically larger than the creature, it was laid immediately after the creature was born. Some of the Steven Moffat scripts were excellent, but they were all when Russell T Davies was the showrunner.

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Apple: SO sorry for the iOS 8.0.1 UPDATE BUNGLE HORROR

Carl W

I ordered mine on Friday (from EE) and it turned up on Monday. Actually they tried to deliver it on Saturday. Been using it all week. My minimum contract term ended in July so rather than get a 5S I thought I'd hold out for the 6. It's OK but I'm not impressed with the camera sticking out of the back or the back cover in general -- I thought the zenith was reached with the glass-backed 4/4S.

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Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer

Carl W

A year left to run on the EE contract?

Why don’t they keep the business running for another year, make another £100m and use the time to find another partner or business model? Or have EE terminated the agreement with immediate effect?

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Apple's big bang: iPhone 6, ANOTHER iPhone 6 Plus and WATCH OUT

Carl W
FAIL

So square

Watch should have been round. Square watches went out in the 1970s. Although I wouldn’t say no to a Jaeger Reverso.

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Google flushes out users of old browsers by serving up CLUNKY, AGED version of search

Carl W

Re: Chrome cam

Isn't this what SRWare Iron does?

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Telecity boss directed to the exit after a decade at helm of data centre biz

Carl W

Re: £45,000 "outplacement counselling and assistance"

I think the "outplacement counselling and assistance" is a legal requirement. Bear in mind that the "outplacement counselling and assistance" company is probably charging £1k+/day.

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Girl gamers sexism row: Top e-sports federation finds reverse gear

Carl W

"Open for All" and "Women". I see no problem there, do you? Reminds me of when I worked at a company who offered up a "Black Engineer of the Year" award.

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Watch this: Managing user experience with UE V 2 0

Carl W

4:3? Really?

And the sound quality is terrible.

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REVEALED: GCHQ's BEYOND TOP SECRET Middle Eastern INTERNET SPY BASE

Carl W

Re: Re TRAITORS

The Onion covered this a while back http://www.theonion.com/video/cias-facebook-program-dramatically-cut-agencys-cos,19753/

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Job for IT generalist ...

Carl W

Tech PM at 75k+bens perm -- get yourself on a PRINCE2 or PMI course

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Planes fail to find 'credible' candidate for flight MH370 wreckage

Carl W

Re: Water depth

News this morning was saying 3-5km deep

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Google Glass: Reg man tests tech specs

Carl W

As a myopic, I couldn't get it to fit with my glasses on, nor could I see the display with them off.

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Falkland Islands almost BLITZED from space by plunging European ion-rocket craft

Carl W

The ESA?

We don't normally refer to "The NASA".

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Kim Kardashian's bosom pal in bling snatch Instagram unpleasantness

Carl W

Jacob & Co

Purveyors of the world's tackiest watches. Could get a decent Patek Phillipe, Jaeger le Coutre, etc. for the prices that J&Co charge.

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UK mulls ban on tiny mobiles to block prison smugglers

Carl W

I don't get it

These are phones disguised to look like car remotes. Why would a prisoner need a car remote?

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Xerox copier flaw changes numbers in scanned docs

Carl W

They are held in memory

What's wrong with lossless compression, like LZW? Memory is cheap and data buses are fast these days.

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Re: 'this is simply unacceptable'

What is this Xerox device if not a printer combined with a high quality scanner?

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Do you really want tech companies to pay more tax?

Carl W

Re: Pay more taxes?

In the UK at least, dividends are distributed after taxation so your argument doesn't stand up.

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3-2-1... BOOM: Russian rocket launches, explodes into TOXIC FIREBALL

Carl W

Range Safety Officer

Was the RSO asleep?

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BT Tower is just a relic? Wrong: It relays 18,000hrs of telly daily

Carl W

I went up there in 2003 and got a fantastic panorama pic of the London skyline by sticking my camera in the window and getting it to take a picture every minute. The gherkin was under construction at the time.

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UK.gov blows a fuse at smart meter stall, sets new 2020 deadline

Carl W
WTF?

Windows for Warships?

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/02/26/windows_boxes_at_sea/

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

Carl W
Happy

Re: People saying prices haven't increased?

But you also have a crap phone

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Ten... in-car gadgets and accessories

Carl W

Garmin 2390

Got this for £189.99 from Halfords (currently showing out of stock) *plus* Garmin will give you £30 cashback making it a bargain for £159.99

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Ford unwraps '2013 Mondeo'

Carl W

Looks like they've stolen the front from a Mitsubishi Lancer

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Duff Russian Mars probe spotted flying in reverse

Carl W
WTF?

Surely...

Surely there are solar panels on both sides of those surfaces? Surely...

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Fort Knox military cops disgusted with solar patrol carts

Carl W

25 mins?

It doesn't seem to be beyond the wit of golf buggy manufacturers to make electric buggies that last for 4 hours+ rounds of golf. Are these ones weighed down by heavy weapons?

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Apple sells world's most expensive flash drive

Carl W

Is it a 4GB drive?

I followed the instructions to create a bootable Lion USB drive, but slightly more than 4GB is required which necessitates an 8GB drive.

I understood this drive also allows you to upgrade Leopard->Lion without buying Snow Leopard, which may explain the price discrepancy.

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El Reg to unleash rocket-powered spaceplane

Carl W

ailerons and elevators

Are you expecting the flight control tests that you conduct at sea level to translate to performance in the upper atmosphere, or are you planning some kind of reaction control system at high altitude?

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Aliph Jawbone Era motion sensing Bluetooth headset

Carl W
WTF?

Bigger than the ICON?

This looks a fair bit bigger than its predecessor the ICON (my third Jawbone headset). Is it just an illusion or does the motion-sensitive gubbins take up the extra space?

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UK tax system takes a little break from the interwebs

Carl W

VAT quarter

If your VAT quarter ended in February, you have until 7th April to file your return (and send your payment) if you're doing it online.

Not so good if you like to push these things to the wire.

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Praying for meltdown: The media and the nukes

Carl W

BBC experts

"This Week" managed to roll out Katherine Hamnett (fashion designer) as their nuclear 'expert'.

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RSA won't talk? Assume SecurID is broken

Carl W

Assigning the last 4 digits of the serial number as the PIN

LOL, just LOL.

After all the standard advice of not writing down PINs, these companies make it easier by using PINs that are already written down. And on the token itself!

I used to laugh because my great gran had the password to her money box etched into the top surface, but now it's SOP? LOL.

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Ubuntu tablet rumored for early 2011 launch

Carl W
WTF?

will also offer a cover with built in keyboard

I'm pretty sure I've been using tablets with a cover with a built-in keyboard for at least 10 years now. What's clever is that the folding mechanism is designed so that the keys and the screen are on the 'inside' and hence protected from damage.

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Geeks Guide2 Christmas 2010 - Part IV

Carl W

A trilogy in four parts

Five parts, surely? Six if you count the recent one by Eoin Colfer

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Google Cr-48: Inside the Chrome OS 'unstable isotope'

Carl W
Jobs Halo

no local file browser

iOS as used in the iPhone and iPad offers no browser of local files. I suspect that OS X may start going the same way with Lion. For most (non techie) people the file browser and hierarchical folder structure is irrelevant. I'm not sure I concur, but I do increasingly find myself storing everything in a single directory and searching for it rather than navigating to it.

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Diary of a Not-spot: One man's heroic struggle for broadband

Carl W

Ethernet between buildings

Ethernet over copper between buildings is a big no-no due to the two earths not necessarily being the same. You should have done it properly with some optical transceivers and a length of optical fibre across the field, suitably armoured of course.

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Provincial outrage over BT's broadband upgrade race

Carl W

Race to infinity?

Surely a race to infinity is one where the end will never get any nearer, and is thus ultimately pointless?

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Elon Musk plans new Mars rockets bigger than Saturn Vs

Carl W

one kikkar to 20 shekels?

So that 3600 shekels to 20, or 180:1 fuel:oxidizer? Doesn't sound like stochiometric to me.

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Beware the blizzard of torrents of Starcraft 2

Carl W
FAIL

@AC

Blizzard and Activision are now the same company.

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Malaysia bans 'satanic' Man Utd kit

Carl W

red cross

@steward: that'll be why it's called the Red Crescent in Muslim countries

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New cycle helmets emit stench if they need replacement

Carl W

Why can't they have something visible?

Wouldn't it be more appropriate to have a vial that releases some sort of ink over either the inside or outside of the helmet?

I can see more of an application for this for motorbike and motor racing helmets, which are a lot more expensive and for which the edict is also "if you drop it, replace it".

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Tories may scrap IR35 tax rules for contractors

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@Fraser

If you think that NI funds the NHS then I'm afraid you're a fool. It all goes into a big HM Treasury pot. Did you know that road tax doesn't fund the roads?

And don't forget that contractors pay both employer's and employee's NI.

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Twitter founder signs up to iPhone mag-stripe reader

Carl W
FAIL

Apple Store?

Pretty sure they use something iPhone-based with equivalent functionality to this in the Apple Store in Regent Street. But it's not as ugly. And why do we need swipe and signature in the chip 'n' PIN world?

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Morgan Computers shuts its doors, sells website

Carl W

Boxshifters

When I bought stuff from Morgan the big boxshifters that sell cheap kit, like Dell, hadn't really established themselves. Your best bet for a cheap PC was an end-of-line HP or Compaq. Now you can buy a desktop for £200, and a mini-notebook for the same.

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Carl W
Unhappy

Sad news

Bought my first PC from there, an AST 286 10MHz.

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Kettle car breaks speed record

Carl W

Efficiency?

The team's website says that the burners produce 3 MW of heat, i.e. around 4,000 bhp. Since the car's "power at wheels" is shown as 360 bhp, that's an overall thermal efficiency of about 9%.

Thermal efficiency of an internal combustion engine is about 40%.

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Gmail shoves 'on behalf of' feature to one side

Carl W
Gates Horns

I'm with Google on this one...

Their use of the From: and Sender: headers is as originally envisaged in RFC-822. If Microsoft choose to screw that all up by displaying 'on behalf of' then it's hardly Google's fault.

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Pocket Universe 1.7

Carl W
Jobs Horns

Can Apple do a Kindle?

I bought this. Should Paramount get all legal on the author's ass resulting in Apple's pulling of the app, can they 'do a Kindle' and remove it from my iPhone?

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