* Posts by DiViDeD

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Snowden 'ready to return to US', claims lawyer

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Fair or Unfair They Still Lock Him Away

This was thoroughly covered in a talk at the most recent HOPE. Under the US law as it stands, there is no way out of a conviction. Releasing the information is a criminal offence with NO extenuating circumstances. There is no 'Public Good' defence. Even if Snowden could prove beyond doubt that what he did averted WWII, the court is required to disregard such considerations when determining guilt.

Add to this the current climate dof going after the whistleblower to divert attention from what was revealed (cf that nice Mr Abbott's daughter and her 'suspicious' college grant), they'd lock him away for life in a closed court and the court record would show that he offered no defence.

Truth in politics? We've heard of it.

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Don't touch me up there! Photoshop creator appeals for 'ethical' use

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Re: that's one way of looking at it, here's another

"if Photoshop had any glimmer of competition out there.."

Once upon a time it looked like they would. Anyone remember Jasc Paint Shop Pro? It was really starting to get there (from about v6 onwards, IIRC), with sophisticated effects and filters, print ready colour separations and pretty advanced resampling, when along came Corel, who added bloat, incomprehensible multi level menus et al.

I used to wonder whether Corel simply bought it to remove competition from their existing products, or maybe it was doomed by its own (in the old days) shareware pricing model.

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BOFH: The Great HellDesk geek leave seek

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Re: This sounds horribly familiar

You should try being a contractor for a bank which shall remain nameless (the one whose offices are all in the Citi).

I wasn't entitled to a company credit card because I was a contractor, so I paid my own expenses and claimed them back. Only their expenses team could only reimburse Citi credit cards, so I got a Citi card. Only they could only reimburse if they had an employee number, which don't get issued to contractors....

By the time they agreed that I could invoice the company for my expenses I'd racked up A$12,300 (about £1.47) in expenses and was getting nasty letters about paying my credit card bill from the same bank that was holding the money!

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Australia's PM says data retention laws think of the children

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Well, terrorism AND protecting the children

So that's me sold. Where do I send the DNA sample?

In other news, that nice Mr Abbot explains why we haven't been experiencing this explosion in unsolved crime for the past 100 years.

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Sony's super-frumpy SmartEyeglass goggles are $840 Google Glasses

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Just HOW did Apple win a patent?

Sorry, got a bit distracted by Apple getting a patent for what appears to be just a ripoff of Cardboard. Is having the phone slide in from the side enough to preclude prior art?

Or is it because the Apple version will be constructed using brown envelopes of used bills left lying around the USPTO?

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Now Samsung's spying smart TVs insert ADS in YOUR OWN movies

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Re: Don't think it's a mistake, myself...

The old brain thing might be playing tricks here - I've had it for quite a number of years now, but I seem to remember owning a video recorder which could detect the ad break markers inserted into networked programmes to warn local tv station operators that there was a break coming up and they needed to get their local ads ready to run. It had the option to pause recording when the 10 second marker came on and restart when the 'ok, break over, back tothe programme in 10..' signal came on (for those old enough to remember, these signals were accompanied by a hatched symbol in the top right corner of the screen). I also heard that, in the early days, C4's Prestel(Ceefax? Oracle?) service for setting up a recording did a similar trick with commercial breaks, but that they were 'encouraged' to discontinue the practice.

Not sure whether that was true though.

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$10,000 Ethernet cable promises BONKERS MP3 audio experience

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Re: Just In Case?

No, never did. I buy my after shave and colognes from Chemist Warehouse (3 for $15 AND you get to smell em before you choose which 3), my HDMI cables, batteries and printer cartridges come from the Hot Dollar shop (@ $2.50 for 10 LR43s you really can't go wrong) and my current car is a $30,000 Great Wall, bought partly because of the trim (leather) and gadget (reversing camera, bluetooth, auto headlights and wipers, front and rear foglights, electric seat adjustment, touch screen console, dvd playback with 5.1 sound and the rest) level, and partly because I could run three of the buggers into the ground in 9 years and it would STILL cost me less than one X5 with similar spec (also it actually goes offroad in the Aussie fashion, which the X5 doesn't).

I also, according to a friend in the ad industry, have the brand awareness of a concussed wasp, which I rather took as a compliment.

Incidentally, when I was in the Uk, I ran a Quad 44/404 into Rogers LS 3/5a's over parallel lengths of single core, copper, fabric insulated, electric fence conductor - 1/8 inch, filed down at the ends to fit the terminals.

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Re: Science

I had all my dielectric stuck in a field once. Took weeks for the swelling to go down.

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mp3???

Surely any TRUE audiophoole is listening only to uncompressed FLAC files encoded at 1430khz and then lovingly transferred to gold plated vinyl disc using cables handcrafted from only the finest unicorn horn?

And on a valve amp, natch.

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SWELLING moons of ice dwarf Pluto snapped by NASA spy-probe

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Why aren't they running our governments?

Because to be in government requires a persion who is 'special', and one thing you can be sure of is that none of these guys ever rode the short bus.

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Swap your keyless key for keyless key-less key. You'll need: a Tesla S and Apple Watch

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Re: One good feature

Funnily enough, my cheap Chinese SUV already has a keyless key already has a button on the ..erm.. key(less) thingy which flashes the lights and sounds the horn, so that people of my limited attention span no longer have to go home from the shopping centre by bus (even works between floors as I discovered a couple of weeks back).

If I strap it to my wrist, can I claim prior art?

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China and Russia start again with this UN internet takeover bull****

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Re: Really?

"when they can prove they are not horrendously nasty to their own population"

Well, both China and Russia have a rapidly growing middle class, which is more than can be said for the US these days.

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Bluetooth-enabled miracle washing orbs? Are you kidding?

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Re: Crystals

Although I think he used copper wire rather than gold, there was a guy back in the 80s(?) who built a 'Tesla Coil' in his loft and used it to power his house lights sith the RF from (I think) Droitwitch transmitter.

He was only discovered when the Beeb sent out engineers to map the output after complaints from listeners.

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GROUPTHINK HIVE MIND informs climate change believers

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Save the planet for who, though?

I know I've said this before (quite possibly in this very forumette), but could somebody tell me why I should do anything for future generations? I mean, what have they ever done for me?

Sorry about that, but I just reread Simak's City, and Joe's attitude of 'Why should I care what people think of me after I'm dead? I'll still be dead and their respect or derision won't change that.' is starting to appeal more and more.

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'Boozed up' US drone spook CRASHED UFO into US White House

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Is this the new hide and seek Reg?

I would probably have got more from the article had not half the text been hidden by a popover ad (Galaxy Tab 2). Hitting the close button got me a 'What was wrong with this ad?' Questionnaire, but unfortunately 'It's in the fucking way!' wasn't one of the options. Still, at least the ad closed and left only an empty box floating over the same sodding area of the page.

Chaps, I'm all for monetisation, but could we get to see the ads AND the article?

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Why so tax-shy, big tech firms? – Bank of England governor

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Re: "A sense of responsibility is needed.”

"Why, the economy would COLLAPSE."

And you say that like it's a BAD thing?

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Hola HoloLens: Reg man gets face time with Microsoft's holographic headset

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Re: Is it a glass table?

The article says the hololenses map the environment so it could easily overlay a glass table, or anything you want. It could even be, oh I don't know, maybe a spindryer on fast cycle with her sitting on it and gently.........

Excuse me, I just have to lie down for a bit.

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The future looks bright: Prepare to be dazzled by HDR telly tech

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Re: Not convinced

"the sunset looked nothing like that to the naked eye..."

That seems to be a thing with photgraphers these days. I've seen a lot of work from young photographers in Sydney which, from a technical viewpoint are way oversaturated and contrastedbut which have still been quite beautiful to look at. It's always referred to as 'photography as art' in it's own right, and I think it has a place, along with HDR images and those bloody awful (IMHO) 'Look! I can make my $2,000 DSLR produce images that look like they were made by a plastic pinhole camera' fad of recent days.

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‘Whatever happened to Vladimir Putin?’ and other crap New Year prophesies

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Re: Y2K

How about the FIIR(OPD) Problem. As in Fuck It - I'm Retired (Or Possibly Dead) problem?

Actually F2IR could sound pretty cool shouted down a phone.

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Bacon-smoking locals provoke noxious Chinese smog

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About that Picture

That's never bacon. Looks like sliced belly pork to me.

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Uber BLOCKS COPS to stop stings

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Re: Car Sharing

Car sharing is perfectly legal in Australia and we even have our version of 'car pool' lanes (T2, T3), not that drivers seem to take much notice of them. We are, after all, talking about a country of drivers who like to position for a junction well in advance - often up to 3 hours before they make the turn - so someone moving onto the A4 from the M2 will usually move into the 'car pool' lane as soon as it appears, some 5km back, just to make sure they don't miss their turnoff. Or at least that's the excuse that is normally successful when they're pulled over.

Problem is that car sharing was assumed to be along the lines of 'My car this week, yours next' with no money changing hands. The acceptance by the authorities of the fact that 'We always use Bill's car because he has free city parking, so we just chip in towards the petrol' is the loophole Uber used when setting up their service.

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What do UK and Iran have in common? Both want to outlaw encrypted apps

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Re: What do UK and Iran have in common?

Also missed out Australia, where a single MP was able to push through his own pet lunacies in exchange for supporting the government in pushing through theirs

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Renault Captur: Nobody who knows about cars will buy this

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Re: Why are you reviewing cars?

I'm inclined to think he reviewed this car because Renault were willing to let him. Seriously, would you trust a Reg hack with anything they could do serious damage in?

;o)

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Three expat Brits explain their move to Australia

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@ Brend Re: What is Canberra like for .net developers.

There seems to be a lot of demand in Sydney for .net developers, particularly C#. On the subject of the immigrant 'experience' I can relate the following from Immigration at Sydney Airport (yes I know, not really the WHOLE of the immigrant experience):

On hearing me say I had nothing to declare: "I hope you're going to declare that bloody shirt"

On being told I had bought 2 bottles of whiskey for someone while my woman had bought none: "Let me explain it to you again. YOU bought ONE bottle, and SHE bought ONE bottle. Otherwise I have to do the import duty form. Got it now?"

And when I was travelling to Auckland to get my permanent visa sorted and it was discovered my tourist visa had expired 6 months previously: "Tell you what, we could deport you to New Zealand, and look - you already have a ticket. That saves us a lot of paperwork."

On the actual being in Oz thing, yes, there's probably more casual racism than you are used to, but remember that the White Australia Policy is within living memory for most people. I know people who didn't ever meet anyone who wasn't white and English until their 40s. Not to excuse it, just to try to see where it comes from.

The worst aspect is that Australians don't believe that a degree from, say, an Indian university can possibly be worth anything, with the result I have been in taxis driven by some highly talented mathematicians and physicist who can't work in their field until they get a TAFE certificate.

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Apple's 16GB iPhones are a big fat lie, claims iOS 8 storage hog lawsuit

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Re: truth in storage

"you cannot launch any apps from it (sd card), just like unhacked android phone"

Not sure where you get that from. I've used unhacked Android for some years, and have always moved those apps which can be moved (not all can, admittedly) to uSD with no problem. In fact, my old Note looked positively sparse with the card removed, as most apps were unavailable.

I always used App2sd as part of the 10+ toolbox app to do this, but the option to move individual apps to sd has always been there in the standard Google toolbox. Generally I look for apps which do what I want and CAN be moved. Heck, I even had seperate cards with different apps on them in my old Dell Streak days (yes I know, dumb, but it worked).

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Huawei? Apple and Samsung's worst nightmare, pal

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Re: Whose worst nightmare? Samsung's! Not Apple's.

" . . .actually inventive and innovative Apple"

How true that is!

Good old Apple. Inventors of ...erm... ohyes!

Pay by bonk (no)

Slide to unlock (hardly)

The smart watch (a few years late on that one)

Overpriced and underpowered devices based on other peoples' technology and sold to people with more money than discernment (Ah yes, that'll be it)

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Makers of Snowden movie Citizenfour sued by ex-oil exec

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Re: Free World?

"Churchill remains an hero." Might I respectfully suggest that you refrain from mentioning his heroic status in the Welsh Valleys, where he heroically ordered troops to turn their guns on striking miners, or indeed to the Kurds, who might be inclined to remind you that his proposal to drop gas bombs on them to wipe them out and thus solve the Kurdish Problem was only abandoned because the technology of the time wasn't up to it?

Only a suggestion mind.

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Re: Ironic, given the furore over The Interview.

"the US kept tabs on the dictators Assad and Putin." And Angela Merkel, David Cameron, in fact, leading political figures in pretty much every country friendly to the US, as well as the citizens and corporations of those countries. So I guess your definition of 'dictator' is everyone except you?

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Apple v BBC: Fruity firm hits back over Panorama drama

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@ Tim Worstall Re: God bless us, every one!

The point I was trying to make, in my own inarticulate way, is tha $6,500 a year for someone living in a city, paying rent, buying food, paying bus or train fares, buying clothes and having a little to send home is not exactly a king's ransom when compared with a subsistence (plus a little surplus to sell) farmer who will generally get most of his food from the sweat of his hands, without having to purchase it, will generally not travel far from the farm, engages in barter for life's (very) little luxuries, and so on.

Plus I think my original point remains. How many assembly workers earning $6,500 a year can afford the products they are assembling? When I contracted (NEVER use the word 'worked' or they expect results) at BMW's factory back in the 80s, my Triumph Spitfire was the only non Beamer in the employee carpark (it was also the only car that needed regular bump starts from groups of sneering teutonic carworkers at knocking off time, but that's a whole other issue)

Oh, and $6,500 a year is still cheaper than building stuff in their target markets.

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b@John Brown re:sell you a ticket

Why do you think they call us 'customers' these days rather than the rather too promisory 'passengers'?

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France...no one works more than 35 hours

35 might be an exaggeration. I've worked in Paris offices where I've waited in vain for people to come back from lunch on a friday. But I have to say that the French workforce is one of the happiest (and productive!) I have worked with.

Just where does it say we should be subordinate to tbe time clock and bloody miserable to boot?

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Re: God bless us, every one!

@Mike Shepherd; That's the rub, isn't it? Apple, along with other 'premium' brands, have seen production costs plummet as they've sought cheaper and cheaper labour markets, and what they've generally done with those cost savings is increase profits and dividends.

I'm pretty sure Globalisation wasn't supposed to be like that. Globalisation was sold to us as an opportunity to level the plying field by creating a global market, yet all it seems to have achieved is a workforce who can never hope to own even one of the products they produce, while the West produces less and less, while continuing to consume more and more of this tat.

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Re: Apple should pop down to Ha Noi ...

Ah but the conditions in Vietnam, as in South Korea itself, are steeped in the filthy communist idea that a worker deserves a fair rate of pay for his labour and the even more insidious notion that, just because a person runs the factory or owns the company is no reason they should get100-200 times the shop floor rate.

Cue the downvotes from entrepeneurs and upper managers everywhere (but mostly, I suspect, in merka)

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Re: Just Apple?

That's the thing about corporate public statements. Generally they overuse words like 'endeavour to ensure' or 'make all reasonable attemps to . .' and so on. Anyone remember J.J. Harriman (I think!) in The Man Who Sold The Moon? He greatly admired the postal service's terms and conditions because the one thing they never promised to do was deliver a letter, any letter. Instead they promised to TRY to deliver a letter by whatever means they could (such as carrier pigeon or putting it in a bottle and floating it down the river), but that they were in no way liable if no letters ever got delivered.

On the subject of Apple though, I think the issue is not that they are no better than their competitors when it comes to worker welfare, but that they made such a bloody song and dance about how much they cared and how they had thwarted the will of the evil factory owners, and it turns out they give no bigger a shit than all the other tech companies about how their stuff gets made so cheaply.

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Australia's future tech news headlines ... for 2016!

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Grumpy Old Man Mode ON

Huh! El Reg Southern were lucky to even have beer glasses to peer into. After crowbarring my wallet open and donating the requisite (very) small consideration, I've yet to see the promised beer tankard. Unless of course some pimply youth from Aussie Customs is currently supping his alcopop from it.

Bad show I say.

I realise there are those who would say that involvement in the whole glorious LOHAN project and the gratitude of the shed boffins should be enough reward but, hey, I'm mercenary. What can I say?

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Shock! Nork-grating flick The Interview WILL be in cinemas – Sony

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Hurrah! Now my Christmas is complete!

I was sooo worried that on Christmas day I wouldn't be able to see this film because it wasn't available in the cinema.

Now I'll be able to spend Christmas day not watching it because it's a piece of Seth Rogan crap I wouldn't watch with a gun to my head.

Huzzah! There IS a doG after all.

Although I imagine there will be cinemas full of people sitting through two hours of excruciatingly dire comedy in order to show their 'solidarity'

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FLASH! Aaa-aaah. 3D NAND will save every one of us

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Re: 19TB is a lot of porn

Oh a lot better tha cat pics.

Cat videos

In 3D

With multiple camera angles

and alternative endings

and ATMOS soundtrack

and director's commentary on track 2

Finally the intertubes have a worthy purpose

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How HAPPY am I on a scale of 1 to 10? Where do I click PISSED OFF?

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Re: A word of warning

I have to say that, in 40 or so years of flying, especially the last 10 years (Arsetrailer is a BIG place and to get anywhere else involves crossing a lot of water) I have never been asked to remove my shoes. Mind you, you can always tell the merkins at security because they're the ones going through in their socks while the security people smirk at them.

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Re: OK

"If you feel airport security is too much hassle, take the bus"

Tried that once on a trip to Hobart. Bloody bus sank in the Tasman with all hands.

I only survived at all cos I made this story up.

Seriously there are a few trips for which a bus is less than practical. Drain the oceans and lay some serious tarmac I say.

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Boffins challenge Internet of Things' lust for power

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Re: I have the solution ...

"What's the likelihood the fridge can sort out the jumble of food that's stuffed in it?"

None at all. The IOT isn't meant to help you keep track of your stuff, but to SELL you shit.

"Hi. Your phone tells me you've just wallked past shop X. Wouldn't now be a perfect time to go in and take advantage of a great deal on our product? We checked with your fridge and it says you don't have any. In fact, it says you don't have any of our products at all! What are you, some kinda communist?"

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Sinclair is back with the Spectrum Vega ... just as rubbish as the ZX

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Re: calendar check....

"Blu tac/velcro/cable ties or any leading brand of two-part, industrial strength adhesive"

None of which ever worked, as I remember only too clearly!

Although the firmware that decreed that the RAM pack would only wobble just before your 10 minute save to tape had completed was pretty impressive for the time.

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Oh BOY! The MICKEY MOUSE Apple Watch is no heart-throb

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Re: Still using the term "Fanbois"..... really?

The day el Reg starts writing grown up articles is the day I regretfully take my ball and look for another playground.

I tried grown up once. Didn't really take to it.

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Festive streamers caught in Vulture's claws: Gadget-ogle for audiophiles, video geeks

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Re: Unplanned obsolescence

Maybe because it's Oz, and nobody seems to want to stream anything our way, but I've found the best way to get BBC content (radio only - piracy or 'near simultaneous' ABC rebroadcast is still the only way to get TV stuff) is through a cheap Android box hooked into the network and running multiple instances of TuneIn.

Works for me anyway, but we have a household of 2, so don't really put much of a strain on the system.

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Re: I'd quite like the Dual autochanger

@Nigel;

For truly ingenious mechanics my ADC Accutrac 6+ has the Garrard beat. Up to 6 vinyl albums on the stack, and not only can you play them in any order, but the look on peoples' faces when the centre of the deck rises up to meet the stack and then gently lowers it to the platter is priceless!

Simply selecting a FLAC file from a menu list doesn't come close.

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iPhone sales set to PLUMMET: Bleak times ahead for Apple

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You can scoff all you like, but you can't fail to be impressed by the astonishing sales breakdown prediction:

"Apple are currently selling 3 6's for every 6+. I predict that Apple will sell more 6's than 6+'s."

Only a true predictive GENIUS could have worked that one out.

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Assange™ slumps back on Ecuador's sofa after detention appeal binned

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Re: dan1980

Matt Bryant puts aside his bias? Somebody call Guiness.

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Re:He fled the country when he got the second summons.

Actually, he LEFT the country before the summons was issued, after his lawyer had obtained an assurance from the state prosecutor that he was not required for interview.

And he's not 'wanted' for anything. The Swedish prosecutor's office want to interview him regarding a complaint which has been made. You have to be charged with something before you can be 'wanted'

for it, surely?

Seriously, the original accounts are easy enough to find. What's with the communal memory loss?

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eh.? wot?

".what he is accused of is questionable enough that it represents a danger to members of Swedish society.."

if "I had sex with him that night, but when I woke up the next morning he was trying to have sex with me again" is the worst danger the Swedish people have to worry about the I think they have it pretty bloody easy.

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'Pirate block' proposal back on Oz agenda

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@Goat Jam 'Since we adopted Socialism'

Sorry to piss on your chips mate, but whichever pack of weasels we currently have lashed to the helm, Australia is fucking LIGHT YEARS from anything even remotely Socialist.

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Lights OUT for Philae BUT slumbering probot could phone home again as comet nears Sun

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And never forget

Thanks to the bounces, the ESA not only holds the cup for the first ever landing on a comet, but also the second and third. Triple Crowns all round say I

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