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Virgin Media broadband goes titsup for 3 hours

DJV

Yes, that was my experience as well until I made the mistake of rebooting the cable modem, then it wouldn't reconnect at all! So, I went out instead...

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McDonald's punters offered sex in exchange for Chicken McNuggets

DJV
Unhappy

"here's the scene of the outrage"

Damn, I clicked that link expecting Playmobil instead of Street View!

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Crossley cops two-year suspension

DJV
Flame

Two years suspension?

That's only fair if I can bring the ropes from which he will be suspended and can select the bits he will be suspended by!

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French court fines Google $65k over search suggestion

DJV
Happy

Ah, so you used to send unsolicited and probably unwanted emails and got clobbered for it. I, for one, find that a tad amusing.

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German cops hacked in revenge for dad spying on daughter

DJV
FAIL

Go back to reading yer Daily Fail!

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The Commodore 64 is 30

DJV

1571 drive

I had a C-128 with a cut down 1571 in it. It was a nightmare! It regularaly decided the drive wasn't there when you attempted to use the relative file commands. Also, it lacked RAM buffers and would often screw up data. It only ever really worked in CP/M mode! For a long time Commodore denied that the errors existed but the final ROM that was released did sort of fix most of the bugs.

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Commodore 500

The C-500 was never officially released (I did own one for a while as several hundred escaped a few years later). It got "re-engineered" into the C-600 using the same case and a cut down version of the 700's innards.

More here: http://www.davidviner.com/cbm.php

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DJV

C64 Software

Yep, that's because Jack Tramiel was a hardware person (he started by repairing typewriters) and basically didn't understand what software was! The Plus/4 and C128 did rectify those shortcomings to a large degree.

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@Torben Mogensen

121 colours is correct - there were 16 shades of each of the 16 main colours, but all the shades of black were also black which is why they couldn't say it had 128!

However, the TED chip that replaced the VIC II/SID chips didn't have sprites and the sound wasn't anywhere near as versatile (later on some people built synthesisers out of SID chips).

I used to work for a small company that built a 64K memory upgrade for the C16 to bring it up to almost the same capability as the Plus/4 (but minus the built in office software). Unfortunately, there were a few deluded souls who thought that the 64K upgrade meant the C16 could also run the C64 games/programs.

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Happy

@Oliver Jones / BASIC into RAM

My nefarious use was to copy the BASIC into RAM in places like Debenhams and add a few POKEs to change the "syntax error" message to something rude. Then I'd sidle off to wait for unsuspecting kiddies to bash the keyboard a few times before asking their mothers what *THAT* meant!

Those were the days...

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Apple's TV killer 'on shelves by summer 2012'

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@Nick Gisburne

Well, I believe you! I installed a few of the things when I worked for Rediffusion back in the 1970s.

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NASA to place twin probes in Moon orbit as you snog beneath mistletoe

DJV

Which one does the tumble dry?

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Latest El Reg project: Rise of the Robot Sheep

DJV
Alert

Also...

Will it have a container for the clippings and, if so, then, when the container is full, can you get it to locate the compost bin (even if I have to stick one of Chistoph's QR codes to it), climb up it, remove the lid (optional, I may possibly be capable to remembering to do this before starting the mower) and deposit said clippings in the bin before carrying on where it left off?

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Microsoft copies Google with silent browser updates

DJV
Happy

Hopefully!

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Ballmer can exhale: Bill Gates rules out Microsoft return

DJV
Facepalm

Ballmer can exhale

Trouble is, when he does, lots of chairs go flying!

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Concerns over plan to boost pharma by releasing NHS data

DJV
Alert

But...

...if any patient's personal data is compromised in any way whatsoever by sloppy security, bad administration or crappy processes then EVERYONE in the chain from the person who released it right back up to David Cameron should be held fully responsible, fined heavily and sacked immediately. And THAT should be written into the document in BIG RED BOLD TEXT as well.

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WD dries out flood-trashed fab, pumps out first disks

DJV
Happy

Next time they will need to think about building their fabs on stilts or pontoons!

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BUSTED TWO: Carrier IQ monitor-ware on iPhones too?

DJV
Devil

Fan, Shit, Hit

See above...

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Developers get new IE10 for Windows 8 preview

DJV
FAIL

HTML 5 Test

Interesting to see that the version of IE10 that comes with the Windows 8 Developer preview currently scores 300 points (+ 6 bonus) on www.html5test.com.

The IE10 preview, however, is a vast improvement - it scores a massive, erm, um, 299 (+6)!

So, another step back for MS - actually, the missing 1 is because the preview doesn't provide any custom search providers (no address/search bar in the preview). Still, I was expecting rather more than this... the current stable Chrome is already up to 343 (+13 bonus) points. Of the non-IE browsers, only Opera with 286 + 7 is currently trailing IE10 (IE9 currently scores 141 + 5).

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The BBC Micro turns 30

DJV

Atom kit

The Atom was also available as a kit. A local shop bought them that way and I assembled a few for them.

The keyboard was a nightmare! Each key had two stiff springy metal wires that had to be located into corresponding holes in the PCB and then soldered in place. The keyboard was one unit and there were over 60 keys so that meant locating 130 or so wires AT THE SAME TIME. I remember discovering one wire had been squashed between the keyboard frame and the PCB after soldering up more than half of the damned things - not a good moment!

I think I assembled about 3 Atoms before giving up as they took far longer than what they were paying was worth.

I also remember upgrading a BBC A to a B for a customer of another local shop. However, it was a very early model with an inadequate power supply, which meant that the computer wouldn't work properly with all the extra chips in. So the whole thing went back to Acorn for a free (possibly?) upgrade.

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Russia successfully launches Glonass-M

DJV
Happy

Maybe GLONASS can give Phobos-Grunt a shove whilst it's up there...

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UK.gov to build child army of software coders

DJV
FAIL

Forefront?

'keep the UK "at the forefront"'

All them other buggers in front of us must be wearing invisibility cloaks then!

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Ubuntu savaged by rivals infected with fondleslab fever

DJV
FAIL

And the server version, too

I run a couple of test servers and upgrading from 9.10 to 10.04 (or maybe it was 10.04 to 10.10, I forget) on one of them totally screwed it. Now, I only update major revisions now when I build a new server or replace the main hard disk.

However, I detest the RPMs that some non-Debian ones use and am thinking seriously of switching from Ubuntu to Debian for the next update.

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Fake Steve Jobs tells kids: 'Do what you want to do'

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do what you want to do?

Steve Jobs? I thought it was Eddie and the Hot Rods who said that.

Well, close enough...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=weQ4oNk7Pqc

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Ten... remastered videogame classics

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Thumb Up

I'm not into shoot-em-up style games but I wouldn't mind seeing revamped versions of the Myst series. I've still got an old PC running Windows 98 just for the originals.

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Microsoft moving embedded systems to Windows 8

DJV
Joke

"aimed at slightly dumber devices"

Dumber devices? Ah, they must be talking about Ballmer...

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Ginormous sunspot spews solar guts towards Earth

DJV

I'm ok

I have a hat.

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Smart meters: Nothing can possibly go wrong, says gov

DJV
FAIL

Nothing can possibly go wrong, says gov

Oink, flap!

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Earth escapes obliteration by comet

DJV
Joke

Option d

It will cause a slight draft and cause Bruce Forsyth's wig to momentarily flap about.

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Rosat dropped over the Bay of Bengal: DLR

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Joke

DLR?

Wow, I hadn't realised the Docklands Light Railway was a German company who also did space stuff!

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Intel, MS destined to remain tablet underdogs

DJV
FAIL

"Statistical analysis. It helps you determine trends and extrapolate likely futures."

And still get it 90% wrong.

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How Jobs bent reality with LSD, Apple hype

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Alert

@Daniel B

"Doing the naturist stuff + chemo does seem to work. But don't cut the treatment!!!"

Wow, you mean running around nekkid also helps cure cancer? "No, officer, I wasn't flashing at the kiddies - it's just part of my treatment."

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Dowler family bags £2m payout over phone-hacking saga

DJV
Devil

Optional title is optional

No payment would be big enough for me to trust those scum again (not that I did in first place).

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Ballmer disses Android as cheap and complex

DJV
Facepalm

Yes...

...but only one. The idiot spouting it in the first place.

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Apple iOS 5.0 downloads drive all-time UK net traffic high

DJV
Headmaster

Ubuntu 10.10?

Actually, it was 11.10 that was RELEASED.

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Scottish rats scoff optic fibre, take down broadband

DJV
Holmes

Small mammals!

Well, that makes a change from larger, human sized mammals mistaking fibre-optic for copper...

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Ads watchdog slaps down Sony smartphone battery life claim

DJV
Devil

Sony caught doing something bad?

How unusual!

</sarcasm>

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Hard-up OpenOffice whips out begging-cap website

DJV
Headmaster

Your users can fly? Amazing!

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/whinging

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Ellison: 'There'll be nothing left of IBM once I'm done'

DJV
FAIL

Betcha feeling sorry for that comment now...

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DJV
Megaphone

What do you mean "sometimes"?

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DJV
Mushroom

Sigh... if only we could lock both Ellison and Ballmer into an escape-proof (and soundproof) room and throw away the key.

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Chrome browser 'is becoming Number Two'

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Flame

Ah, the Opera mobile/mini user

One question. Are you the same person as the Opera (desktop) user that's always getting downvoted on here?

Well, whatever, I'm downvoting you just in case...

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Google OUTBID on g.co.uk at auction

DJV
Joke

I wonder...

If this goes on then I wonder if it will be possible to buy *.co.uk where * is null? Should be fun attempting to type that in!

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Apple TV owners lost legal movie playback this weekend

DJV
Headmaster

What?

Oh, you mean "oar". I was trying to figure out what was relevant about being chained to a rock (or even "chaned to a roc").

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Boffins prove Queen ballad 'world's most catchy song'

DJV
Devil

@truly disappointed

You bastard! I followed that link and, spotting the title, just managed to close the browser tab down before it played the second note!!

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Pierre Cardin reckons it can out-bling the iPad

DJV
Coat

Only if...

...it supports border-radius.

Coat, get, leave...

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Ex-Microsofties' IE6 kill squad hits UK

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Coat

Unibrows

Do the sweet natured and loving siblings, the Gallager brothers know about this?

Mine's the one with a wonderwall in the pocket...

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Acid3 browser test drops DOM tripper-upper

DJV

You should not see this at all?

First time I've run Acid 3 in months. Funny, but I saw that message on one run using the Comodo browser (Webkit based) - a second run had it appear for a split second and then it disappeared. Other browsers sometimes show it momentarily.

All the browsers I tested* got 100%, including IE9 (and I tested the latest versions of FF, Comodo, Chrome, Safari and Opera.

*except Lynx - :)

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Apollo 17 Moon landing: Shock revelations

DJV
Happy

Yay!

It's Friday and we have Playmobile! What more can a commentard ask for! (well, ok, maybe some more BOFH, please)

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Hey Commentards! [This title is optional]

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Flame

Opera

No, that is probably just to annoy the Opera user that everyone down votes.

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