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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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Thumb Up

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'

DJV
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

DJV
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]

DJV
Flame

Opera

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

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Scientists devise 260GB CD-size glass disc storage tech

DJV
Alert

Powerful laser

Just how powerful is that laser? If I dismantle the drive can I use the laser to knock planes out the sky?

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Ridley Scott confirmed for Blade Runner pre/sequel

DJV
Coat

3D.. pah!

Colo(u)r... talkies...

Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?

Mines the one with a grump in the pocket.

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HP murders webOS tablets, phones

DJV

Hmmm...

Wonder if it's going to be worthwhile picking one of these up for the peanuts they are now worth just in case they become collectors items later on!

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IBM PC daddy: 'The PC era is over'

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Thumb Up

Agreed

And, while we're at it, have a similar law apply to politicians and their so called 'promises' with the exception that if they don't keep their promises they don't wear a dunce cap but have their entire head removed instead.

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LOHAN team buried under ballockets

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Joke

Blimey

Looking through all that lot I think it would be simpler to forget about any balloons, launchers, toruses (tori?) etc and leave LOHAN where it is and just move the Earth out of the way instead!

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Google failing to pay Android developers

DJV
Pirate

Developers' Union?

A developers' union could be a good thing. Well, it is about time Google became accountable to the rest of the world+dog. They do lots of good stuff but seem to think they can live in an ivory tower ignoring those knocking on the door with legitimate issues.

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Apple vanishes MySQL from Mac OS X Lion Server

DJV
Devil

@Don Mitchell

Go wash your mouth out with soap and water!

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Jesus Phone saved from being man-in-the-middled

DJV
Alert

Same here

I'm just wondering why some idiot downvoted you just for stating that something happened. There are some complete twonks around here, aren't there!

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Toyota tech to steer cars round jaywalkers

DJV
Facepalm

I wonder...

Ok, so imagine one of these is driving along a narrow mountain road with a sheer drop on one side and solid rock on the other. Now stick a jaywalker (or a goat) in the middle of the road around the next corner. Does the car plough into the rock and kill the driver or throw itself down the mountainside and ditto ditto? Or can the driver override the system and just impale the jaywalker/goat on the front grill?

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Phone-hack backlash BBC in embarrassing headline gaffes

DJV
Joke

Surely knot?

But, surely, that should of bin "Shirley knot?"

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Sony insurer says it's not liable for costs of data breach

DJV
Happy

I feel...

How sad, I feel a Nelson Muntz moment coming on.

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Drunken bust-up woman sprays cops with breast milk

DJV
Happy

Don't bother Sarah

Here's one I made earlier:

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2010/01/18/avatar_names/

Scroll down just past half way or Ctrl-F for "bootnotes"

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Microsoft pounces as Mozilla shuns enterprise

DJV
Unhappy

2020?

We've got to make our web sites support IE8 until 2020? Oh bugger...

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Captain Cyborg: Computers are alive, like bats or cows

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Alert

@AC 16:13 Geri

"He then got his nervous system wired up to his wife's (and, I think, a robot arm controller). That is really, really cool and fuck anyone who disagrees. Nervous system control over a robot arm and inter-nervous system communications are awesome"

The most surprising bit about that is the fact that some woman was mental enough to become his wife - what WAS she thinking?

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Reg hack cast adrift as Illuminati Online goes off-line

DJV
Happy

Domain

Bill - I see that, although billray.com has been taken, both billrayhack.com and billrayreghack.com are still up for grabs!

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