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Doctor Who gets one-off special to mark Time Lord's 50th year on telly

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Obvious

Use colourised clips of William Hartnell's face from the classic series CGI'd onto another actor of the same stature and build a story around that! The fun part would be trying to find clips where:

* they had a reasonable shot of Hartnell's face while he spoke

* there was not too much background noise

* the line/scene is relevant to the storyline

* Hartnell didn't actually fluff his lines :)

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Doctor Who to unwrap new sidekick in Christmas TV special

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Re: Daleks?

Actually it was Remembrance of the Daleks (damn, my geekiness is showing now).

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Microsoft Surface slate: Acer, resellers predict a riot

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Re: Whilst one can of course have various opinions about both the new os and............

Totally agree. I've experienced the "pleasure" of having to deal with the crap they nail into computer cases before. Just the once mind, it arrived faulty, it was sent back with a note with the fault fully described. It came back with the same fault, money was (eventually) refunded.

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Opera updated following unexplained Outlook.com lockout

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Standards

Microsoft follows its own 'standards'. Often those standards are there to completely bork anything else that's non-MS.

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Daily Mail group boss spoof tweeter fights to protect anonymity

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Re: This is obviously a spoof or parody

It probably is until the "wrong" (i.e. rich, powerful, self-important or close friends with someone in gubberment) people get spoofed. One rule for us, one... etc.

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Gabe Newell: Windows 8 is a 'catastrophe' for PC biz

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Gabe Newell

"producer on the first three releases of Windows"

What? Windows 1.01, 1.02 and 1.03? He must be proud!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_1.0

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Microsoft Azure goes titsup across Western Europe

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Re: Is it just me...

Yes, the sky is falling! PANIC!

(or maybe just carry on using local/personal storage like most people with sense)

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Apple Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion review

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Snow Lion?

No, it will have Mountain Leopard installed instead, just to confuse you!

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Brooks, Coulson to be CHARGED over phone-hacking

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G4S? Blue towel?

Probably not... With G4S' lack of staff she would have to drive the prisoner van herself!

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HTML 5 gets forked up

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enjoy?

"Redmond has, of late, been much more interested in standards and has even made sure its own applications can be enjoyed using third-party browsers."

Is this a new meaning of the word "enjoy" with which I have yet to become acquainted?

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CentOS penguins maul Oracle's Linux migration pitch

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Oracle...

...a Microsoft for the 2010s!

Avoid.

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Watching Olympics at work? How to avoid a £1k telly-tax fine

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"I think the batteries have to be internal."

You have EAT the batteries now? Jeez!

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Apple Store staircase flagged as Peeping Tom black spot

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Re: Happens a lot.

Though you'd have to be pretty desperate to be a peeping tom here: http://www.interestingengineering.com/2012/03/terrifying-glass-skywalk-on-side-of.html

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Apple unveils tightened Mountain Lion requirements

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Re: Puma redux

I'm wating for "Cheezburger"

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Microsoft sets October date for Windows 8 release

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@mittfh

If you look at the version number that Windows 8 puts in the IE10 User Agent string then you will find that it's 6.2, not 7 or 8! I have never come across Windows 7 with an internal version number of 7 - where did you find that? I suspect Windows 9 will have an internal number of 6.3 - looks like MS are adding the digits together to get the 'public' number!

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Revealed at last: Universe's intergalactic dark matter skeleton

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bronotosaurus?

Duh! Spel chekcer, wheer are yuo wen u are nedeed most?

<-- that's a self fail!!!

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WTF?

if you happened to be asleep that day in your astrophysics class

Yes, I was! So please explain this in simple measurements I can understand such as standard London double decker bus or bronotosaurus lengths!

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Door creaks and girl farts: computing in the real world

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Re: Once a Moth Is Often Enough!

Yes, but how often are Moths? Is there a timetable? Do they only come out at night? Are they compatible with Butterflies?

We must be told!

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Euro Parliament kills ACTA treaty before court can look at it

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Yeah

What he (above) said!

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UK.gov proposes massive copyright land snatch

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Fuck, fuck and more fuck!

Do those fucking idiots in 'power' have ANY idea what they're doing (other than screwing the general populace over and over until we finally cave in)? Don't they realise that SNAFU is NOT supposed the way things should be? AAARGH!

The only person who entered Westminster with the right idea was a certain Guido Fawkes!

More fuckity fucks...

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Nexus 7 and Surface: A bonanza for landfill miners

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Rantometer

Well, that article certainly rates highly on the ole Rantometer! Not surprised it's getting the thumbs down on the ratings.

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Chick-lit naughty girl MP Mensch starts own web-jabber service

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Re: Ban politicans on twitter

Agreed, but let's take it a bit further and ban politicians from the whole planet instead - they can have one of the icy bits of crap out in the Oort cloud.

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Windows Metro Maoist cadres reach desktop, pound it flat

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In a word...

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Ethiopia to send Skype users to the slammer

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In that case...

...the whole country should be cut off from the rest of the internet until they repeal this idiotic law.

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That new 'Microsoft GCSE': We reveal what's in it

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syntactically correct

By forcing some of the dumber kids to figure out that creating syntactically correct programs enables them to actually work, it might filter into their use of English as well (well, I live in hope).

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Insider cuts into Apple, peels off Intel Mac OS X port secrets

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@FIA

Hadn't read that before - excellent!

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We'll pull the plug on info-leak smart meters, warns UK.gov

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"potentially valuable to a whole host of other organisations"

What? Organisations like "organised crime"?

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Windows 8 Release Preview open for download

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Patches?

It was released yesterday. I downloaded and installed it in VirtualBox yesterday - for a laugh I went to Windows Update and found 2 updates needed to be installed already!

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new paradigm?

Agreed, it will be about as popular as the New Parody Paradigm daleks!

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SpaceX Dragon freed to push off home

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Re: I know relativity means there is time dilation between orbit and the gound

My thoughts exactly!

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Sheer weight of Brits' interest knackers new tax tool

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Re: scaling

Ah but that assumes the government/civil service actually knows what it's doing!

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Be interesting if...

Wouldn't it be interesting if we had the choice of deciding where our individual tax goes. So, if we were pro something then more of our tax would go to that and if we were against something then our money wouldn't go there. It would be fascinating to see how that choice would skew the actual breakdown. Probably be an absolute logistical nightmare to administer though!

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Chrome spends a week at the top of the browser charts

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Re: Windows 8 will save Microsoft

Oink flap!

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Crooks sell skint fanbois potatoes instead of iPhones

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Obvious solution

Don't buy anything from anyone driving a Vauxhall...

...erm, no, wait... scrub that, just realised I also drive one...

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Fasthosts officially not the best in UK for virtual servers

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Re: worst hosting company I ever had the misfortune to deal with

Seconded (or thirded as Nick Gisburne beat me to it). Their support is shit, their reliability is shit, they "upgrade" servers without advanced warning and then apply inappropriate settings to them and refuse to fix them when you tell them they've done it wrong (if you manage to get through to them that is). I always warn people away from the idiots. Avoid StreamLine as well as they just seem to be resellers of FastHost server space.

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UK milk wastage = 20,000 cars = actually completely unimportant

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It's Monday...

I read a bit of the first para as:

UK's waste of milk crates

...and wondered what the hell was going on. Time to wake up!

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Engineer Doe thought people's private info 'might be useful'

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@Big O

You forgot to add "Bwahahahaha!"

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ARM creators Sophie Wilson and Steve Furber

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Ah, heady days...

Good article! Back in the 1970s I worked for a PCB manufacturer in Norwich and we built a few of the early prototype System One PCBs for Acorn (we didn't assemble the chips, just drilled, etched and screen printed the boards themselves). We didn't get the job for the full production run, though. I kept one of the memory boards with the intention of using it as expansion for my 8K PET - never did get around to doing that though. I seem to remember the board could take 2114 (1K x 4-bit) chips so it needed 16 to make the full 8K-byte.

Slightly later on I built a few Atoms from kits for a local shop that wanted to sell them ready made at cheaper than normal ready-built price of £150 (so he was obviously paying me less than the £30 difference). There weren't that many chips on it and there were sockets for all of them. But the most difficult bit was aligning the 120 stiff wires from the keyboard (2 per key) into the corresponding holes in the PCB all at once!

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Half of UK smart TV owners don't know what the 'smart' bit is for

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Re: writing

Yes, come back proof-reading moderatrix before all is lost!

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Murdoch 'sorry' he didn't shut News of the World years ago

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If only...

If only he would shut the Sun down retrospectively as well.

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Twelve... classic 1980s 8-bit micros

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Re: Oric 1 - some inaccuracies

Yeah, I upgraded my old ROM Basic 1 PET to Basic 4 using the same method!

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Re: errata

Apparently the much missed and long gone Moderatrix, Ms Bee, used to do a lot of the proof reading. El Reg obviously need someone new to whip them into (grammatical) shape!

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Re: Does it...

"Does it faithfully reproduce the hugely irritating click noise I seem to remember the machine producing with each keypress?"

Yes! Aaaaargh!

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Re: Mattel Aquarius

Well, I remember it! I also remember seeing one in Debenhams. I don't think it was ever turned on though.

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Uni plagiarism site buckles under crush of last-minute essays

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Yep, me too

Except that it was printers running out of toner that was a major problem.

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Sony 2011 losses are TWICE as bad as expected

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Re: Sony through the ages

And we all forgot the exploding batteries!

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Woman cuffed for smuggling iPhones in beer bottles

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Apple-mad nation hidden inside empty beer bottles

You can hide whole nations inside beer bottles now? Excellent!

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PC World, Currys, Dixons websites all go titsup

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Re: Not just them...

Pity it's not the Sun as well as 404's would be an improvement in quality...

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Getting rich off iPhone apps is b*llocks, say UK devs

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Proper engineers?

Who the hell let proper people talk to MPs? It's just not on! I mean to say, isn't listening to sound-bite merchants the usual way MPs get their information? If this goes on there's the danger the MPs might actually come to a sensible decision for a change!

</sarcasm>

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Great HR mistakes of our time - Aviva fires 1300 by email

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Ahhh, Aviva...

I worked* for that bunch of idiots about 10 years ago when they were still called Norwich Union. Great people in the team I worked in but as for the management, oh dear... We spent most of our time fighting red tape and stupidity - it was like wading in treacle (and using the inadequate IT systems/networks was a pretty similar experience).

*I'd been made redundant by another company which was going down the swanee and NU offered me a job and I needed the money - honest guv!

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