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You like jumping out of planes? Try the new GoPro 4. Short walks? There's a Hero instead

I'm Brian and so's my wife

Battery, battery, battery

I use one of these on my cycling commute (GoPro3). They last about 1h 15m I reckon, but I believe environmental conditions have a part to play: it's sometimes not lasted a slightly slower commute of 1h 5m (I'm normally 5-10 mins faster). I have it recording a rolling hour at 720p wide 60fps.

The first thing I do is to make sure it's left to charge off my PC. This is a major part of my defence on the road (yes, I obey the rules; yes, a minority of others don't; yes, they annoy me too, etc.) so I'd be interested to see how this new model operates in low light. Still, mine's working fine and I don't fancy forking out £350+(?) for a new one just yet.

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Fast And Furious 6 cammer thrown in slammer for nearly three years

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Re: Sir

That is a disgraceful situation and outcome.

There are plenty of injustices on a daily basis, but being a cyclist, I have a particular beef with drivers who kill and get 6 month suspended sentences and possibly a point or two on their licence. If they'd used a hand-held weapon, such as a knife, then they would probably be looking at a couple of decades in jail.

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BitTorrent not to blame for movie revenues, says economist

I'm Brian and so's my wife

Re: More probably, Hollywood (etc.) ...

Is that a metric or imperial fuckton?

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I'm Brian and so's my wife

Re: you mean movie makers still have not realised

Netflix has the third one, but not the second - another example of the difficulties encountered when trying to do the right thing by joining a subscription service.

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London commuter hell will soon include 'one card to rule them all'

I'm Brian and so's my wife

The fact that one has to engage in that split-fare bollocks to get a reasonable price seriously pisses me off.

I generally prefer free markets, but the kind of crony capitalism bullshit we seem to implement and tolerate over and over again (utilities, banking, transport) makes me wonder about alternative approaches.

I don't recall baulking at the price of train tickets when I was at uni 20 years ago and earning significantly less. I may now be older and more cynical/miserly/unrealistic, but like I said, just talking about it makes my blood boil.

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Ever get the impression a telesales op was being held prisoner?

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Joke

Re: Really bad idea actually...

> daemon

Ah, the IT angle.

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Tata says USA rejecting HALF of Indians' work visa requests

I'm Brian and so's my wife

Almost all of the comments here, including yours, point to poor-quality management that lets down permie staff over and over again. It's exactly that kind of crap that led me to contracting's warm bosom, where I happily reside now.

We also have a large number of off-shored staff and they aren't especially good. Probably the worst of the lot is a contractor they have out there. We regularly have to redo their work and the company is paying UK contractors' rates to achieve that - such foolishness on their part, but thanks anyway!

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IBM reveals radical email interface rethink

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Re: Notes

Luxury!

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I'm Brian and so's my wife

Re: Request

I'm not so sure about SameTime. I don't doubt that a significant part of my dislike may be due to the corporate setup (I think there's an overnight PeopleSoft extract that dumps info into Notes?) and there are doubtless others who think Active Directory is a conical pile of poo, but I liked using Lync. It was slow at times (corporate setup again?) but I found it easy to go from IM chat to teleconf to screen sharing / controlling as required. As a technical user (my specialties lie elsewhere) it worked pretty well.

That said, I didn't like the Lync/Outlook logging / tracking feature and I know I'm not alone in finding Outlook's limited space for mail rules a daily course in pure fury.

Honestly, email's been here a while: has anyone done the feature set really well across the board?

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I'm Brian and so's my wife
Megaphone

Re: Request

I'm going on the assumption that the downvote to your comment was due to an involuntary muscle spasm.

It hardly seems fair that I can only upvote you once. I hate Notes so much, but it does have one redeeming feature that I don't believe Outlook has: collapsible sections. But that's it. The address book integration is awful, the calendar and scheduling is awful, the ... sorry, I got a bit worked up, I'll leave it there...

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Gmail falls offline, rest of Google struggles on: NO! Not error code 93!

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Headmaster

Re: That's what they get

Got their what before you?

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Coming in 2014: Scary super-soldier exoskeleton suits from the US military

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Terminator

Re: roger sillick IED's and RPG's make the Military Troop w/ Vehicle Redundant...

How long until Robocop / ED209 equivalents?

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Sonos and I: How home media playback just gets SO FRUSTRATING

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With Christmas so close I'm seriously tempted...

I ummed & ahhed last year, then finally plumped for a Play 3 because it came with a bridge and 6 months' Napster included in the price. It really is an amazing product and I'm seriously tempted to add another component this Christmas.

It connected to my NAS with ease and since the bridge can connect to your router, you can listen to radio on t'interwebs and also search for podcasts. They really are class products!

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UK.gov BANS iPads from Cabinet over foreign eavesdropper fears

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Or walks out of the door of No 10 with the papers on view to the waiting press

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Brit PM raps Facebook for allowing GORY beheading vids

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"... free content ad network"

Eh? Shirley that should be

"content-free" ad network

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Horrific moment curvy mum-of-none Mail Online spills everyone's data

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Thumb Up

Dr Fact is knocking at the door

I remember stumbling on an episode of The Day Today nearly 20 years ago (seriously, where does time go?). Their tone of voice, the quality of the graphics - it took me a few minutes to realise that I was watching top-notch satire.

I believe it's as funny and relevant today as it was back then. Ianucci & Morris are man-mental giants.

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Watch out Tesco Mobile: Vodafone, Sainsbury's want to eat your lunch

I'm Brian and so's my wife
WTF?

Re: Tescos

I don't understand - are you worried they'll use voice recognition software while listening in on your calls? Will they parse your SMSs? Data-mine your internet history?

Or maybe just... dun, dun, DAAAAH! .... throw a couple of loyalty points your way?

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Another senior bod leaps overboard from foundering HTC

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WTF?

Spectacular change of circumstances

In the months before I finally took the plunge with my first smartphone (Samsung Galaxy S - 3y old and now rooted) it really was down to HTC and Samsung.

HTC really was right up there with the Desire and Wildfire. I knew marginally less about smartphones back then, but I was always impressed with HTC's offerings.

As & when I change phones, it'll probably be the S3 mini - primarily due to the size and weight. I may look at one of the WinMo or Blackberry phones, but I'm comfortable with Android.

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Løvefïlm signs hit beards’n’berserkers series Vikings

I'm Brian and so's my wife

Re: Too many "exclusives"

> And yet it produces some excellent content

Indeed! GoT, Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Boardwalk Empire, Walking Dead, Sopranos and The Wire are all series my wife and I watched avidly over the last 5 years. They're also all from AMC & HBO.

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I'm Brian and so's my wife
Flame

Game of Thrones

I've heard people recommending this for a year or two, but ignored them since I wasn't at all sure about the fantasy bit of it - all a bit too Dungeons & Dragons for me (those guys used to scare me at school).

Then I started watching it with my wife and found I thoroughly enjoyed it! If anyone else is sitting on the fence over GoT, please give it a go!

Flames for the dragons, natch.

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Research explodes myth that older programmers are obsolete

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WTF?

Eh?

> who are coincidentally cheaper and more likely to work long hours on an inspiring project

Wow, it's been a while since I've seen one of those! There are aspects that I'll find interesting and I'll turn to my advantage in order to expand a skill, but there's a great deal more of just banging it out, so to speak.

Oh wait, have I just outed myself as a cynical senior programmer?

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Dongle smut Twitstorm claims second scalp

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Joke

@WorkingFromHome

> Where I work now there are several women who can (and regularly do) out-crude anything the men say.

Given your handle, does that mean you're referring to women in your own family?

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Incoming comet will probably miss Mars, says NASA

I'm Brian and so's my wife
Alien

Dear FRIEND!!

I saw your profile on LinkedInSpa-a-a-ace and wish to correspond with you. My family fled from our planet on a comet (I believe you call it C/2013 A1 Siding Spring) barely escaping with our lives and crates full of precious metals and gems.

We need help to get to Earth and will handsomely pay you to help us. Please, just send all your money to our representative who happens to reside in Nigeria/Estonia/Russia/China to facilitate the transfer of our goods past Earth's customs and we will then transfer numerous crates to the address of your choice, etc.

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Brits are so outraged by Amazon, they voted it TOP for shopping

I'm Brian and so's my wife

Re: Why do we like it ?

Indeed - it's easy to forget to look around at alternatives once in a while. Someone at work pledged to do all of their Christmas shopping within their postcode (I'm assuming she meant just the first part rather than the whole postcode [unless she lives on a high street]).

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WD to crash down five terabyte desktop job, mutterings suggest

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Joke

Re: i want cheap drives

Just as well you didn't tweet that...

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Google+ exec declares Facebook 'social network of the past'

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Joke

That scraping sound...

... I can't work out if it's the bottom of a barrel or deckchairs being moved around

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Google, Amazon, Starbucks are 'immoral' and 'ridiculous' over UK tax

I'm Brian and so's my wife

Re: This is Britain

For the former: duckduckgo.com (for general searches, anyway)

For the latter: more difficult, but you'd do well to hit some of the price comparison sites and see what other (e)retailers are out there.

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Kaspersky Lab to create new OS 'to save the world'

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Joke

They should just use ReactOS, right?

Right?

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Bone-bothering boffins pull TINY fanged dinosaur from drawers

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Re: Skeksis

... want to *help* Gelfling

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'It is absolute b*ll*cks that contractors aren't committed'

I'm Brian and so's my wife
Pint

Ambiguous?

> 51 per cent of respondents said they feel their employer's problems are their own.

I read this and, as a contractor, I agreed: my employer's problem belong to them. I'm here to do what I can to alleviate / eliminate those problems. I spent too many years of being emotionally invested as a permie, I can now deal with it better because as a contractor I know it's not going to be my life's work: I'll do my very best and then walk away with a clear conscience.

Inadequate training and a lack of any clear career path pushed me to contracting - too many firms suffer too much chaos and this is a goldmine (literally) waiting to be exploited by contractors. I can see the frustration in the permie staff in the different places I work: if firms took their responsibilities to their perm staff more seriously it would pay dividends (unintended pun).

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Pair face £250k fines for spamming mobes with millions of texts

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Facepalm

Re: More still to do

> block that number from sending similar texts for an hour or two at a time

I guess that would have helped that guy who sent sexy-time texts to everyone on his contact list!

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I'm Brian and so's my wife

Re: And landlines !

That sounds interesting... make & model please?

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I'm Brian and so's my wife

Re: And landlines !

We don't even have our landline plugged in any more: it's only used for broadband.

We will have to change this to a POT that's set to silent so that the children could dial 999 if required (ideally only in an emergency!).

As for the mobile spam texts check this page for an explanation of what you can do:

http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/phones/stop-spam-texts

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I'm Brian and so's my wife

Re: Hoorah!

I agree, but the fine needs to be far greater than the profit they make. Is that the case here?

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Larry 'Shared databases are crap' Ellison reveals shared Oracle database

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Mushroom

Oh dear - you've just triggered a hijacking of this thread for arguments about browser choice and ABP...

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Barnes & Noble Nook HD and HD+ hands-on review

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Re: If you can't root it you don't own it.

I'm interested to hear what you've gained by rooting your device. I have a Sony PRS-T1 and I'm wondering about doing stuff like downloading a book off my NAS via FTP, while I'm out and about. I just want to wait until I'm out of the warranty period before I root it.

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Sophos antivirus classifies its own update kit as malware

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WTF?

Is this the anti-virus equivalent of typing Google into Google?

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Opportunity finds new patch of 'berries' on Mars

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Joke

Re: It depends on whether you can get it to stay onna stick.

Which shirley leads to the question:

How does Bob Marley like his doughnuts?

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Google skids car insurance comparison engine onto rivals' lawn

I'm Brian and so's my wife

Re: Let me fix that.

The idea of a price comparison comparison site featured in a radio episode of "Mitchell & Webb" a month or so ago.

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Amazon: Pay more for Kindle Fire, smoke ads from slabs

I'm Brian and so's my wife
Alien

Re: See John Carpenter's They Live

A very enjoyable film - well worth a watch!

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It's time to burn the schedules and seize control of OUR TVs

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Re: my friend's four-year-old

> ... watching mind-numbing adverts for things she's NEVER going to get

That made me laugh because I remember the desperate yearning advertising would cultivate in me as a child for stuff I didn't really want or need!

That said, I do still fight the urge to upgrade various tech devices to this day, but at least it's my money I'd be spending...

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SurfTheChannel Brit movie pirate gets 4 YEARS' PORRIDGE

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Megaphone

Re: why

@Snowy

It's worse than that. Having paid nearly £30 for our family to watch Ice Age 4 (mostly went for my son) and suffered that "steal a car" ad before the film we then had to tolerate it within the fking dialogue (Lopez's character saying something like, "Piracy doesn't pay," at one point)!

And to add insult to injury, it was a poor film. Fk you, fk your creative void and fk your criminalisation of your paying fking audience. I don't claim to make quality entertainment, but you do and you charge the fking earth for it and fail to deliver the majority of the time. To my mind, having to rely on 3D just highlights the dearth of decent ideas.

That said, we're really looking forward to Madagascar III. King Julian (Baron-Cohen) steals every scene he's in and the penguins & chimps are funny. We're hoping to erase the memories of that previously mentioned PoS.

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London Fire Brigade: This time we'll send the NEAREST fire truck

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Joke

Re: People's Front Against Bankers

Splitter!

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Why women won't apply for IT jobs

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Childcatcher

It seems to me that a number of people have considered that, but are asking a more fundamental question: what can we do to make IT more interesting to capable people (irrespective of gender [& other irrelevant criteria]).

My wife & I will be doing our best to overcome our own social programming to ensure that both son & daughter have as broad a knowledge base as possible. That means being interested in what they're doing and ensuring that they get the chance to try out lots of different subjects and activities both in and out of school.

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Airline leaves customer on hold for 15 hours

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Pint

... and breathe!

I imagine you feel a lot better having got that lot off your chest!

<---- Welcome to Friday: I'm prescribing you one of these.

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UK's thirst for energy falls, yet prices rise: Now why is that?

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WTF?

Re: In the 1950s....

> ... there is in effect an infinite supply, because water moves in a cycle and can never be used up

Are you serious? You may be technically correct on the first part, but there were points at which demand outstripped supply and we then started hammering the reservoirs. What would happen when the reservoirs run dry? Would you stick by your assertion that it can never be used up?

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How to screw LIBOR and alienate people

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Coat

Re: Interesting

I beg to differ - for example there's...

um...

ah... I see.

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I'm Brian and so's my wife

Re: Interesting

I would imagine that one aspect would be to support businesses so that they

i) Survive

Leads to retention of staff - greater tax receipts from employees + no benefits paid out

ii) Prosper

Leads to greater corporate tax receipts + possibility of hiring new staff (tax receipts, people coming off benefits).

Of course, that's the theoretical ideal: in reality, YMMV...

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Vatican subtly shifts its position on The Blues Brothers

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Re: Oh dear.

Upvoted purely for mentioning Carrie, lovely Carrie.

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New Samsung chief: I want SOFTWARE

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Re: Easy!

I have a strong dislike of Kies & I couldn't agree more with your comment.

Does anyone else suffering weird window re-sizing problems? Of all of my installed applications, this is the only one that does such strange things when I try to resize it.

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