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Bucket? Check. Toilet plunger? Check. El Reg's 50 years of Doctor Who

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FAIL

"So worried were the Beeb by its viewers’ potential inability to process more than one televisual event they re-broadcast the pilot."

I was always under the impression the BBC had been deluged by requests to repeat it as so many people had missed it.

"Then the BBC ended the Doctor’s run in 1996"

Nope, they ended it in 1989 - 1996 was the "movie" that they hoped would result in a new series.

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ROBOT PODS to INVADE Milton Keynes in frenzied automatic MAYHEM

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I can't wait for Jeremy Clarkson to test drive one on Top Gear!

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How to spot a coders comment

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Unhappy

Most informative comment

The "most informative" comment I ever saw was on a non-trivial piece of Perl. Most of the code was undecipherable in the first place, but the most complex part was blessed with a single comment (the only one in the whole script) that simply read:

# This is a skanky hack!

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Oracle brass past and present tapped for Microsoft CEO - report

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Happy

I wonder...

Did their chair throwing abilities get tested?

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Best Buy: Bring us your cowering, unwanted Microsoft Surface masses

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Joke

"unwanted first-edition Surface RT"

That will be all of them, then.

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Microsoft: We're nearly OUT OF STOCK of Surface 2 and Pro 2

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Happy

So...

How many did they actually make then? Did it reach as far as double figures?

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Snowden's email provider gave crypto keys to FBI – on paper printouts

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Black Helicopters

Rand Paul

Blimey, I didn't think an intelligent Republican actually existed! Good for him (though I suspect he accidentally joined the wrong party).

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French data cops to Google: RIGHT, you had your chance. PUNISHMENT time

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Well, at least the popcorn sellers should do well out of all this!

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Fondling slabs during takeoff WON'T end in a fireball of death - report

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Happy

http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/1997-09-10/

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Google's latest PRIVACY MELTDOWN: Web chats sent to WRONG people

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Re: Not Surprised

Ah, I see what you did there - upvoted - pretty good as the DAB article was the one I'd just read prior to this.

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Shopping list for Tesco: Eggs, milk, bread, tablets (the £60 7in Android kind)

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Meh

I just wonder...

...if the OS will be stuck at 4.2 forever or if it will actually get updates to 4.3, 4.4 etc.

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Douglas Adams was RIGHT! TINY ALIENS are invading Earth, say boffins

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Alien

Now...

...if they can be found at 42km above the earth then the boffins would definitely be right.

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Oracle revenues miss expectations – AGAIN

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FAIL

How sad, my heart bleeds...

All I want is for VirtualBox to get out of their clutches before they have their magical "screw it up" effect on that as well.

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Google cooks web dev teaching tool for Raspberry Pi

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FAIL

Raspberry Pi **badwagon**

BADwagon? Was that deliberate?

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Microsoft announces iPad amnesty for fanbois

DJV

Microsoft should take their comedy show to the fringe! Gave me a few laughs anyway!

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Biz bods STILL don't patch hacker's delight Java and Flash

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FAIL

Java and Flash

The sooner both of them are completely replaced in the browser by HTML 5, the better.

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Autogyro legend Ken Wallis hangs up wings at 97

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Pint

Lovely chap. Met him at a Dr Who event in Holt, Norfolk back in 2006 where the streets swarmed with daleks (along with a couple of dubious cybermen whose costumes were held together mainly by duct tape). I've got photos of him sitting next to Little Nellie and signing autographs for a queue of youngsters.

Cheers Ken.

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Windows 8.1 to freeze out small business apps

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Facepalm

Please...

...read this: http://www.wikihow.com/Use-There,-Their-and-They%27re

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Facebook strips away a bit more of your privacy – but won't say why

DJV
Devil

I already do

So far, I've only ever come across one advert on FB that I was remotely interested in. I mark all the rest as spam (or some other inappropriate option from those available).

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UK gov dials 999 over Serco prison escort fraud claims

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FAIL

Criminals squared.

So, a bunch of criminals have the job of (supposedly) moving another bunch of criminals around. Good job we don't have a bunch of criminals for a government who could get up to no good.

Oh wait...

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NASA: Full details on our manned ASTEROID SNATCH mission

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Happy

And if that doesn't get off the ground...

...then we just need to wait until around the middle of the next century when the daleks will conveniently chuck rocks at us from space.

http://tardis.wikia.com/wiki/Daleks%27_Invasion_Earth_2150_A.D.

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Marc Andreessen, Pat Gelsinger in verbal VMworld brawl

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FAIL

Off with the cloudy birds.

Andreessen is obviously living happily in cloud cuckoo land. The rest of us have more sense than that.

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Acorn’s would-be ZX Spectrum killer, the Electron, is 30

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Atom

I assembled a few Atom kits for a local computer shop in the early 80s. Not too hard apart from attaching the keyboard to the PCB. You had to get around 120+ stiff, springy wires protruding from the keyboard into the corresponding 120+ holes in the PCB... simultaneously - it was a real bugger (to put it mildly).

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NASA: Earth II may be hiding in unexamined data from injured Kepler

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Happy

Re: whats it doing now

You're wrong!

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Asus will bung 'Nexus 7 2' fondle-droids on Blighty's shelves this month

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Meh

@AC 03:14

You forgot the sarcasm tags...

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Microsoft cuts Surface Pro price by $100

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FAIL

Re: offer says it expires on August 29th

I'm not wholly unexpecting for one to fall out of my Cornflakes packet one morning...

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Apple crushes all competition in US Brand of the Year survey

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Unhappy

Epson "fave printer vendor"

Hmm, unfortunately, they've not been my "fave" for donkeys.

My first printer was the Epson FX-80 connected to my Commodore PET. It lasted about 18 months and then blew some internal component which a local company managed to fix at hefty expense. In the late 80s I bought an early HP Deskjet - that lasted ages without fault and was passed onto another family member where it did stirling service for several more years. I'd replaced the HP with an Epson 700 Photo (if memory serves) colour inkjet which suffered from the usual ink nozzles drying up problem and died 2 weeks before the year's warranty was up. Epson replaced it with a refurbished 700 which lasted a while but still couldn't clean its ink nozzles if I didn't use it for a few weeks. At least with the HPs they are part of the (bloody expensive) ink cartridges. I vowed never to have another Epson printer again. Currently happy with an el-cheapo Dell-badged laser!

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Mars, bringer of WAR: Quatermass and the Pit

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Happy

Re: Thanks El Reg

Maybe so, but have you heard of Quatermass?

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UK gov 'still failing' at procurement, says Commons committee

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FAIL

Title too long...

You could have just stopped at "UK gov still failing" but most people realise that anyway...

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Fifty, fired and fretful: Three chaps stare down CAREER MORTALITY

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Re: I really hope...

After being made redundant for the 4th time in my life in 2005 I decided life was trying to tell me something about working for other people. So, I went self-employed and now often have more work than I can handle!

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The toy of tech: The Mattel Aquarius 30 years on

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Re: What?

Well, for a start, anything by Commodore from the Vic-20 onwards! They designed the VIC and VIC-II chips themselves. Initially, of course, they bought MOS Technology where Chuck Peddle had designed the 6502 from which all CBM's 8-bit CPUs (like the 6509 and 6510 descended).

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Boffins' brilliant plan: CONCRETE COMPUTERS

DJV
Devil

Ah, the old "Blue Building of Death" syndrome...

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

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Meh

Re: easy to change suppliers?

Clue: see the "uk.gov" bit in the title....

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Degenerate dwarfs tear neighbors limb from limb

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Coat

Degenerate dwarfs

I blame Snow White...

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Fasthosts CEO Burton hits alt-F4 for last time at web biz

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Unhappy

You were lucky

I saw the other side of them and it wasn't a pretty sight (or site!). They are going to have to give us more than 2 years of a good track record before I would ever think of using them again.

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Retro-tech fan seeks cash for Commodore 64 clones

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Alert

Re: How?

Not only that, but this site is (supposedly) being run directly from a C64!

http://www.c64web.com/

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You think Macs are expensive? Get a load of this $260,000+ Apple

DJV

Someone tried it with a 1987 Mac: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-tqKj7aNtc

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ICO probes Home Office refusal to reveal Snooper's Charter details

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Big Brother

Two words

Two words that strike fear into me are "Theresa May"

--- shudder ---

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StreetView spots possible roadside nookie down under

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Happy

Yes, it is

Follow the Reddit link on the original article and they admit it:

http://www.reddit.com/r/australia/comments/1c2kde/found_on_google_street_view_south_australia_xpost/

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The ten SEXIEST computers of ALL TIME

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Re: you forgot!

Pic here for those who don't know it:

http://www.zimmers.net/cbmpics/cbpets.html

Case design was based on the ealier 700/B series:

http://www.vintagecomputer.net/cbm_b_prototypes.cfm

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Voda: Brit kids will drown in TIDAL WAVE of FILTH - it's all Ofcom's fault

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Unhappy

Change the law and apply it retrospectively?

At least that could never happen here, could it?

Oh wait...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2013/mar/15/dwp-law-change-jobseekers-poundland

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Next from Microsoft: 'Blue', the Windows 8 they hope you don't hate

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FAIL

Windows Explorer

It will only be a "decent file manager" when it manages to stop occasionally crashing for no apparent reason (as it has done since Windows 95) and they give us the option to turn off the stupid "jump down the screen 2 seconds later*" that they added in Windows 7. Classic Shell can sometimes fix the latter but often only after you call up the CS settings and OK them again.

* this is what I mean: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-files/windows-explorer-expands-folders-inappropriately/50a81b05-da98-4d55-821d-55ffbbd0e998

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Boffins build robo-CHIMP for DARPA challenge

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Trollface

Re: Anything?

And it will need the wireless connection and voice processing to contact Ikea and ask where there missing parts are.

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Ancient revellers came to party... and build Stonehenge - boffins

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Happy

Re: Was I the only one...?

Nope!

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Architect pitches builder-bothering 'Print your own house' plan

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Re: two doors between a kitchen and toilet

Hasn't been a requirement in the UK since at least the early 1980s. See item 4.10 here:

http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/uploads/br/100312_app_doc_G_2010.pdf

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Squillionaire space tourist offers oldsters a holiday to Mars

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Mushroom

Re: Reason for an older couple?

I nominate David Cameron and Nick Clegg... or aren't they old enough yet?

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Microsoft's own code should prevent an Azure SSL fail: So what went wrong?

DJV
Facepalm

You beat me to it - though I was going to say the first 3 words...

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Hipsters have spoken: Microsoft is 'hip to be square'

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Unhappy

Raspberry Pi?

Damn you, you young whippersnappers! So that's why trying to entice sweet young things back with my "do you want to come and play at my abacus and difference engine" is no longer the draw it was in times past! Hrmph!

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The universe speaks: 'It's time to get off your rock!'

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Mushroom

Re: Considering the mess we've made of this planet...

Yes, we've got to keep trying until we manage not to fuck one up!

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HYPERSONIC METEOR smashes into Russia, injuring hundreds

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Happy

Russia

It's a bit like alien spaceships always landing in the USA. Oh wait, it was real life and not Hollywood this time around.

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