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2385 posts • joined 21 Jul 2009

4K video on terrestrial TV? Not if the WRC shares frequencies to mobiles

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Re: Gigabit fibre optic broadband

I think you have misunderstood what I was saying. For the cost of building a publicly subsidised high speed railway to Birmingham, we could easily pay for running lovely fibre to everyone in the UK. So:

But what about people stuck out in the countryside? Who's going to lay fibre to them?

Us, the taxpayer. We can make the operational costs by charging ISPs to access subscribers.

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Re: Gigabit fibre optic broadband

As someone who actually has gigabit fibre optic broadband, I 100% agree. Apparently we could all have this for less than building a choochoo to Birmingham...

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British Lords: Euro 'right to be forgotten' ruling 'unreasonable and unworkable'

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Re: I'm shocked

I'm shocked that you think they are doing something right, and not just parroting what their favourite Google lobbyist told them.

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Sonos AXES support for Apple's iOS4 and 5

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Its not just Sonos

They are all at it.

Spotify doesn't work on my original ipad - well, I can install the app, but it stops playing music after about 30 seconds. Every few months they release a newer version of their app, each new version makes it run even slower on my iphone 4.

I don't know what on earth they are doing that makes it think for 1 minute+ before even showing my playlists.

If I click a button, the whole thing whirs to a stop for multi second pauses before doing anything.

The app has a filter function for filtering a playlist, it doesn't do anything on my phone - apparently, it is too difficult to filter a list of 1000 items on such limited hardware.

If I go to search for a song, going to the search page, typing in ten characters or so, pressing search, and then queueing the track takes literally minutes.

I know from using it on super recent hardware that the app works perfectly on them - but this is a fucking music app. My first MP3 player was an Archos (FM Recorder), which had an 11 MHz CPU and miniscule memory, it is shocking that this insanely powerful computer cannot play some bloody tunes and put a picture on the screen without using every last resource on the damn thing.

And for this I pay £120 a year..

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Dusty pre-Facebook, pre-Twitter laws will do for social media crimes

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Re: What, not how

It's good that things like this still do come out of the House of Lords. When it was hereditary and appointed lords sitting (which I do not approve of), the ones that attended did so because they were interested in the topics and did (usually) give short shrift to political crap that comes up from the lower house, because although they were notionally arranged in to parties, they often did not toe the party line.

The new system gives us mainly politicians in the upper house, and mainly appointed Lords (which I definitely do not approve of). Because they are political, they owe their allegiance to the party, and you end up with them rubber stamping things if they think it will make their party more electable.

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Just TWO climate committee MPs contradict IPCC: The two with SCIENCE degrees

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Re: Selectivity

Hypothesis

Test

Conclusions

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Maths is not science?

Some consider mathematics to be the only pure science.

Some do not (mainly physicists).

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Microsoft bakes a bigger Pi to cook Windows slabs

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The problem is that they are incapable of actually losing the plot - they make so much money from other parts of their business that they can continue to spaff it up the wall on projects that lose money, or at least use it inefficiently.

If I was an MS shareholder, I'd want the company broken up in to smaller chunks, and I'd sell everything that wasn't part of the enterprise cash cow. Bing, Xbox, IE, winphone, surface all are poor performing business, and they are allowed to under-perform because enterprise props everything up.

If Bing is/can be so good, spin it out so that it can grow without constantly propping it up. Time for the kids to move out.

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Verizon to limit unlimited 4G plans

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Telco: Upgrade to 4G, its sooo fast you can watch a gazillion movies at once

Punter: OK, sounds cool

Telco: Stop watching a gazillion movies at once on 4G you utter drain on soceity

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Secure microkernel that uses maths to be 'bug free' goes open source

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Re: CPU

Why assume anything? If they had proved all their hardware was secure, would you have lead with "I assume they've proved their kernel is secure too"?

Even if they haven't, it is one tick box off on the way to proving every component is secure, which is note- and praiseworthy surely?

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Asteroid's DINO KILLING SPREE just bad luck – boffins

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Re: If only they'd let Jesus into their hearts

JC still existed before he was born though, it's an important aspect of the orthodox trinity.

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Bring back error correction, say Danish 'net boffins

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PAR2 sets for the wire? Cool beans.

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Stick a 4K in them: Super high-res TVs are DONE

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The litmus test of any video technology is whether pornographers are all over it like a rash (err). They went for HD immediately, they even embraced 3D, but they don't seem too keen on Ultra HD or whatever it is being called.

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Arrr: Freetard-bothering Digital Economy Act tied up, thrown in the hold

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Re: [no payment was supplied]’

He's in the USA, and so he hasn't "paid for Sherlock". I'm pointing out he can watch them all, for a few cents per episode - and he says that's too much to pay. Do try and keep up.

Well done for ignoring the argument. He may be in the US; I'm not, and me downloading Sherlock to watch is just as criminal as him downloading it - it is an example to demonstrate the idiocy of the law.

If you take away freedoms we've enjoyed because technology has enhanced the utility of those freedoms, don't be surprised when we do not respect those laws.

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Re: [no payment was supplied]’

Sherlock is a wonderful example to choose. We've all paid for Sherlock. We paid for it to be produced, edited and broadcast. If I had set things up correctly, I could have recorded a pristine broadcast copy on to my hard disk to watch whenever I want.

I can feel fine about that, as I've paid for it. The people producing the content have got from me what they were expecting to get from me.

If I hadn't recorded it, you are saying the only reasonable thing for me to do is to pay Netflix for it. If I get a copy from a friend, or download it from iplayer and keep it for more than 21 days, then I'm now an tragic overcoat wearing freetard who is destroying the fabric of light entertainment?

Now, you can say I don't have a *license* to record and keep this content indefinitely, and you are probably right - I don't really care what the law actually says about this, if you broadcast TV to me, I feel morally permitted to record it to watch whenever I choose, or to acquire a copy through any other means to watch whenever I choose.

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Microsoft: We're making ONE TRUE WINDOWS to rule us all

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Re: One Windows doesn't work!

Is it because it is grammatically awkward? "One Window", surely.

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Report: American tech firms charge Britons a thumping nationality tax

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This is true, if only somewhere in the EU made things.

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Re: I think...

businesses collect sales tax on anything purchased in your state, or from a business with a location in your state. The percentage varies by state.

Even then... You are compelled to pay that tax at the end of the year, via a box on your state tax forms.

it would be a mistake to think your govt is more adamant about collecting taxes.

On out of state purchases, the consumer is supposed to pay a "use" tax and pay it at the end of the year. Would you think it is accurate to say that 100% of this revenue is reported by each consumer and remitted in full to the IRS each year?

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Re: I think...

US sales taxes can be avoided or minimized by choosing where you purchase something from though.

I think the interesting point is that we would know precisely how much we were getting ripped off if the grey channel was not considered illegal. As it is, we just have to take whatever price the company sets us, or sets its disties.

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Watching smut at work is bad but emailing it is just fine, says Oz court

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Re: Common sense failure

Why stop there? Don't just fire everyone, also kill them, and burn and salt the bodies..

If you don't like the "work from home" example, say every Friday everyone knocks off 30 minutes early. This goes on for months, everyone takes part, suddenly 4 of them are sacked for skivving off work early.

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Yahoo! Japan! launches! service! for! the! dead!

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Re: Seriously folks

I don't know about ebay, but paypal require the executor to provide proof of death, proof of executorship and identification, at which point they will issue a cheque in the deceased's name to form part of the estate.

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THUD! WD plonks down SIX TERABYTE 'consumer NAS' fatboy

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Re: Are you implying...

I'm thinking of just saying "fuck it" and upgrading to 10 GigE at home. Pushing data around at gigabit speed when the source and sink will both read/write at least 4 times quicker is tedious.

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I'd say 3TB has already been the sweet spot for at least a year.

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Home Office threw £347m in the bin on failed asylum processing IT project

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Re: WTF

It wasn't a paper system, it was replacing an electronic system (which might also have used paper records I suppose, but it was an electronic system at heart).

The problem with government IT is there are hundreds of chiefs to keep changing what the thing is supposed to do.

Finally, something is produced, and it is put in front of the people who are expected to use it, and they find that they cannot use it efficiently because it has been poorly specified and somehow mutated to do something that was never originally in spec, and so they continue to use the old software, at least for some tasks.

This means that you cannot then remove the old software, and so instead of delivering cost savings, the project has delivered extra costs.

It all comes down to poor management and design processes, which still happen a bit in the private sector, but not as much - if you screw up, you probably no longer have a job - so in the private sector we spend a lot of money making sure that our processes are good and deliver continuous improvement.

In the public sector, train-wrecks like this happen constantly, and so it seems it is not such a judgement on someone who led/designed these failed projects, they seem to land another one immediately after presiding over hundreds of millions of pounds in losses.

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Major problems beset UK ISP filth filters: But it's OK, nobody uses them

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"hacking" seems to be in the list of categories that are filtered. What the fuck? How is information about hardware and software considered so harmful that it cannot touch the minds of our precious little children?

Where will the next generation of hackers come from? In 15 years, will we find that 99% of CS graduates only know how to prod .NET or Java?

Filter hardcore porn? Sure. Filter gambling? Sure. Filter drugs? Sure.

Why filter hacking?

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WTF is ... Virtual Customer Premises Equipment?

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Re: My data went to 65,536 ports and all I got was this lousy browser

No, he described Web (HTTP) as "the open Internet's interface" - it's right there in the quote you've included.

Seems pretty uncontroversial.

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Lawyer reviewing terror laws and special powers: Definition of 'terrorism' is too broad

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Re: When did Britain lose its way?

Here in Britland, we've had to deal with proper terrorism for years, and everyone has dealt with it with rational perspective.

Back then we were tough and dealt with things - we didn't have the Matt Bryant / Daily Mail paranoia that we have now.

Lets go back a sec and look. The majority of terrorism that we've encountered in the UK was due to The Troubles, and the government response to that was.... to give military intelligence to the "good" Protestant terrorists so they could go kill the "bad" Catholic terrorists (and deal drugs and run criminal enterprises).

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NO TIME to read Facebook? Delegate the task to your FUTURE SELF

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Only you can see the items you save unless you choose to share them with friends.

Plus Facebook, and anyone they want to sell advertising space to..

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Banning handheld phone use by drivers had NO effect on accident rate - study

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Re: re : James 51

You appear to have confused the need for vehicular traffic when turning to give way to pedestrians WHO HAVE ALREADY STARTED TO CROSS THE ROAD they are turning into. There is otherwise no overriding priority for pedestrians on the road. They are road users like any other and are expected and required to abide to rules that apply to them.

You need to actually read the highway code as it relates to pedestrians, Mr AC.

The number of things which pedestrians have to obey are marked with the word MUST bolded and in capitals - hey, its just like an RFC. There are only 4 rules which pedestrians must obey, the others are simply advice on how best to use the road:

Motorways. Pedestrians MUST NOT be on motorways or slip roads except in an emergency

Moving vehicles. You MUST NOT get onto or hold onto a moving vehicle.

You MUST NOT loiter on any type of crossing.

Railway level crossings. You MUST NOT cross or pass a stop line when the red lights show,

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Re: Typing texts at the wheel is incredibly dangerous

What I find interesting is that you can be fined for eating an apple, but smoking a cigarette (which involves picking one out of a pack, and fiddling with lighter and ashtray) is perfectly OK.

Cigarettes are fine, its rollies that are tricky, especially if you use filter tips.

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Re: Ban? What ban?

Ah well, you should have mentioned this was in advice from a Dorset Policeman, they never get things wrong or give misleading legal advice.

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Samsung supplier halts assembly line amid child-labor probe

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Nah, Dongguan Shinyang is GONE! Completely last months news.

However, Foshan Shinyang, Huizhou Shinyang, Shunde Shinyang and Zhuhai Shinyang are just getting ready to start their production lines..

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HIDDEN packet sniffer spy tech in MILLIONS of iPhones, iPads – expert

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"I don’t buy for a minute that these services are intended solely for diagnostics. The data they leak is of an extreme personal nature. There is no notification to the user. A real diagnostic tool would have been engineered to respect the user, prompt them like applications do for access to data, and respect backup encryption."

Don't recall any of those features in gdb or Dr Watson tbh..

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PROOF the Apple iPhone 6 rumor mill hype-gasm has reached its logical conclusion

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Cmon, you know how this works by now. It's white only for now, but the blue will be "coming soon" and will be in vvvveeeeery short supply.

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You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary

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Come after me industry!

I have a license for all the media I view, but not necessarily for the specific means by which I acquire the media.

Uncle Rupe wants me to spend an extra £10 a month so that I can download that media to my tablet - which seems excessive, this is a feature the tablet already has.

He also insists on me turning on (and leaving on) location services so he can use GPS to ensure I'm actually present in a territory to which he has permitted me to watch his curated media - despite my permanent residence in that territory being a pre-condition to registration.

Therefore, even though I do pay Rupe to license that content, I don't actually get it from him. I use an alternate provider to source DRM free media for the content I have licensed from Rupe.

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Google shows off new Chrome OS look

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Re: hmmm

Look, it's basically religion at this point. You believe that something exists, for which no proof can be shown for its existence, but in order for you to be convinced that it does not exist, you must be shown evidence of its non-existence.

You can get sweary and downvote me, but the only thing you aren't doing is convincing me of your position with your fallacious arguments.

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Re: hmmm

I'm downvoting the new-speak "Google do not sell your personal data, they use your data to place more appropriate adverts." followed by the fanboyish "If you think you can buy personalised data from Google, please provide a link to where they offer that service." Prove that they don't

It's not a very good argument though is it? You're the one making the unsubstantiated claim, and asking others to prove a negative. You might as well say Paul Daniels bites the heads off hamsters (prove he doesn't). I'm sure there is some clever word describing the fallacy of this kind of argument - oh hey, here we go: onus probandi.

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UK.gov pops lid off £700m barrel of non-Cloudable hosting pork

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Even taking the low end of the billable, it's still over £9k per 1U server per year.

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Chrome browser has been DRAINING PC batteries for YEARS

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Re: Poor Bug Fixing

There is a school of thought that suggests the 'big....mass' actually contains a lot of information about the problem being modelled by software.

http://www.joelonsoftware.com/articles/fog0000000069.html

Consider the source... Joel makes a lot of money by spreading FUD about OSS and selling closed source alternatives.

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Re: I, personally, am not surprised

Some people only run Firefox for a few hours or so and do not realize how awful it still is at leaking memory when used for days or weeks. Use it without restarting for a week or more, close down all tabs, and it will still be using gigabytes of RAM.

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NUDE SNAPS AGENCY: NSA bods love 'showing off your saucy selfies'

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Re: I would laugh at this if it weren't so sad

The U.S. has between 15 and 40 million people here illegally.

Some might consider that any of you west of the Appalachians are also there illegally.

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Chromecast hack Rickrolls Google's TV stick

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Re: Further to Andrew Jones 2 post

I thought it works like this:

It uses aircrack to discover the network the chromecast is currently using.

It broadcasts bad packets in order to disrupt the chromecast's wifi connection.

When this happens, the chromecast will accept new connections, as it thinks it needs to be configured.

When this happens, the pi-rickroll box sets up a new network and instructs the chromecast that it is the new controller.

Once it has control, it sends content to the chromecast.

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Say goodbye to landfill Android: Top 10 cheap 'n' cheerful smartphones

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Re: 75 bucks? WTF?

Actually, the price of the phone is £75, but some retailers will accept 75 freshly shot adult male rabbits.

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Once upon a time, Alcatel was known for making budget tat.

Hmmpf. Once upon a time, Alcatel was known for producing the highest quality fiber optic interconnects known to man.

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Cops nab suspect using CREEPY facial recog system

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Re: Sorry about this..

We're out of cake!

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UN to Five Eyes nations: Your mass surveillance is breaking the law

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Re: I like mass surveillance

Which group is the minority and which group is the majority depends on whether the audience is register readers or genpop.

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Re: The UN is not *excatly* powerless but

The UN has power because it consists of powerful nations, but it has no power when it wishes to control the actions of the powerful nations that give it power.

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Sit back down, Julian Assange™, you're not going anywhere just yet

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Re: Mad

However much of an arse he is, his rights and fears shouldn't be subjugated to the comfort of the state.

What a load of bollocks. You cannot ignore the law because of "fears". All that does is say that your personal inclination is more important than our laws.

<p>Sweden seems to have done nothing to allay those fears. They could interview him in London, or issue an assurance that he wouldn't be extradited after being interviewed in Sweden.</p>

He has been given those assurances, he "fears" that they are not being forthright and will extradite him anyway, despite it being against Swedish and EU law, so he is ignoring our laws.

And you're still apologizing and justifying his behaviour and actions..

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Running the Gauntlet: Atari's classic ... now and then

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On the spectrum, Gauntlet came on 2 tapes, once you finished tape 1 side a, tape 1 side b, tape 2 side a, tape 2 side b it would instruct you to insert tape 1 side a, and you start again from the beginning, but with a few more beasties!

Infinite play :)

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