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27 posts • joined 4 Aug 2009

Google hops into bed with Brit red-top: Cooks up 'draw an app' coding compo for kids

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F Y CN RD THS Y CN GT A GD JB N CMPTRS

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Steelie Neelie accused of killing €0.01-per-megabyte roaming fee cap in Europe

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It's actually cheaper on some UK networks to send an SMS from one EU country to another whilst roaming (capped EU rate, approx 10p) than it is to send the same text message from the UK to that same EU country (contract or PAYG rate, usually 20p).

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IT bloke publishes comprehensive maps of CALL CENTRE menu HELL

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Charlotte Green reads Les Barker's poem "Voicemail"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mi-74wHCeAs

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Apple asked me for my BANK statements, says outraged reader

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Have Apple UK registered this use and storage of personal information with the Information Commissioner?

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Don't like your cell network? Legal unlocking ends TONIGHT in US

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Re: After the contract has expired,

Actually, T-Mobile is currently giving me a £4 per month discount for having continued the contract for another 24 months and not requesting an upgrade to my handset.

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Ready for ANOTHER patent war? Apple 'invents' wireless charging

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Boffin

Prior art would not be Tesla but Heinrich Hertz using a portable tuned loop, looking for tiny sparks in a darkened room.

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Big biz 'struggling' to dump Windows XP

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Re: Windows 8

...a minimum 95% of the desktop, leaving just 5% for user applications.

There, fixed that for you.

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Turing's rapid Nazi Enigma code-breaking secret revealed

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Headmaster

Re: (C) StationX

Crown Copyright on documents only lasts for 50 years.

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New ATLAS particle part of 'everyday mass'

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Is this the "fat bottom" meson?

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Court bans man called Peter from calling himself Peter

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Coat

Obvious!

It's to stop him being a rePeter offender.

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Google infringes copyright by displaying and linking to news site content

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Old hat

http://www.lectlaw.com/files/elw10.htm

Shetland Times versus Shetland News. 1996

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Fox News outs Beatles as 'Manchester's favorite mopheads'

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Wikipedia

As it's now a published "fact", it can be cited on Wikipedia.

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Guy Kewney, pioneer, guru, friend - RIP

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Joke

Let's hope there are no more mix-ups

And they don't bury Guy Gomer instead.

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Nominet to release super-short domain names

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Boffin

Last memorial of the JANet coloured books

NRS be gone! Some of us will remember the back-to-front email addresses used in UK academia.

There is a tale of someone sending an email to a computer lab address of dressedinblack@uk.ac.oxbridge.cl, and finding it routed via Chile (manually forwarded by a mail system admin).

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Virgin signals start of telegraph pole broadband test

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Sewerly not

In many rural places there is no main sewerage system; each property has its own septic tank.

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PHPers prefer Windows desktop to Linux

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Headmaster

A blue pencil moment

"But it seems that after four years work the vast majority of PHP applications are still being *deployment* on Linux servers at the expense of Windows."

Was the proof reading step mist?

Of course, the P in LAMP can equally be Perl or Python, and it's as easy to write code vulnerable to SQL injection in all of them.

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Teletext toddles off as licence taken

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Boffin

Subtitles

888 subtitles are inserted by the broadcasters themselves (ie. ITV, C4 or five) and are independent of Teletext Ltd. The broadcaster has one VBI line exclusively for the use of subtitles. In other words, subtitles won't be affected by this.

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Tesco store bans shopping in pyjamas

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Headmaster

Correction.

"It was Stephen Fry who quipped that the purpose of Sainsbury’s is to keep the riff-raff out of Waitrose."

Actually, that was penned by the late Alan Coren.

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Brum DJ canned for cutting short Her Maj

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Live?

The Queen's Speech is never live. It's always pre-recorded several days before. The BBC and ITN take it in turns to record it. This year it was ITN's turn. I haven't checked, but I would suspect that the IRN network is used to distribute it to commercial radio stations on the day.

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BBC publishes Freeview HD timetable

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Boffin

Parts of Liverpool will be covered

Much of the Liverpool area gets its signals from the Winter Hill mast (like Manchester), not Storeton (on the Wirral).

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The Beatles go digital, sort of

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Copyright?

Over the coming decade, the mechanical copyright on the original Beatles 45s and 78s will expire (50 years since release). There will still be composer royalties to be paid, but there's little that EMI will be able to do to prevent a third party from recording an original Parlophone pressing, cleaning it up, and releasing it on CD.

These recent CD/USB re-releases (because of the remastering) will have a fresh new mechanical copyright date which won't expire until at least 2059.

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Beeb gets grief for Humpty Dumpty rewrite

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BBC Radio 7 too

CBeebies on BBC 7 would only ever play the first verse of Rolf Harris's "Two Little Boys".

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German firm fails to trademark !

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Victor Hugo's publisher got there first

Manufacturer: "!" ?

Court: ¬

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Freeview website titsup ahead of big retune

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The official information on the reshuffle.

http://www.digitaluk.co.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0020/40574/Wednesday_30_September_Re-tune_Briefing_FINAL_VERSION1_25Sept09.pdf

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Channel 4 to go 3D

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FAIL

Passé

ITV did this in the early 1980s. I remember the cardboard 3D glasses given away in the TV Times, and Michael Rodd introducing the programmes -- mainly 1950s feature films.

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What's Welsh for Orange?

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Cmrg yn txt

Ma hn wld fy tads n anwl i mi. Crecha!

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Judge: Informal emails, phone calls did not establish a contract

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Headmaster

No wonder it wasn't valid.

Of course, it should have been "...fewer beds..." not "...less beds..." as it's a countable quantity.

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