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BT befriends Google's lonely TV dongle – and saves YouView

Jock in a Frock

S'rAlan didn't make the boxes :-

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/YouView#Set-top_boxes

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Nvidia unveils Pascal, its next-gen GPU with hella-fast interconnects and 3D packaging

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Joke

But...

... will it run Crysis?

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Ofcom says yes to sat broadband on PLANES (and trains and ships)

Jock in a Frock

Re: I wonder...

"I've had enough of these m&*%$rf&*%$ing trouser snakes on this m&*%$rf&*%$ing plane!"

(C) Samuel Jackson, 2006.

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Tech City UK boss legs it, dumps project in lap of BlackBerry exec

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Coat

A Roman walks into a bar...

... holds up two fingers, and says "five pints please, barman"

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Feds to flog off $28m in Bitcoin from Silk Road drug souk seizure

Jock in a Frock

Has he been convicted yet?

Are the Bitcoins actually his? Can the FBI legally sell them before a conviction?

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Mountain bike mishap man suffers SEVEN WEEK stiffie

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Coat

Re: How on earth...

He's a professional athlete, I presume a handstand is within his capabilities.

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Ten classic electronic calculators from the 1970s and 1980s

Jock in a Frock

Casio fan here....

I had an uncle (very clever chap), who recognised my knack for maths & computers, bought me my first calculator (basic arithmetic green VFD model, can't find it on t'web), and let me learn programming on his Sharp calculator.

Through my schooling I had a series of Casios (FX82, FX100, FX451 - loved the form factor of that one!). and got a Casio FX7000G for my FE studies.

My son is currently doing GCSE Maths, and I got him a Casio FX-83GT Plus (which his school not only recommend, but sell at a premium!). It's a lovely machine, a throwback to the classics of the '80s. I liked it so much I bought myself one, even though I have no real need of a calculator nowadays.

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Ghosts of Christmas Past: Ten tech treats from yesteryear

Jock in a Frock

I never made that connection until I read this article, Glad someone else sees the resemblance too. I guess BioWare also wanted a Big Trak.

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Nimble took a sueball to the knee, still rates itself with $1.2bn valuation

Jock in a Frock

I'm no expert on IPO's , hybrid arrays, or NetApp, but I've got to give you 5 stars for the Skyrim reference in the title. :)

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Britain’s forgotten first home computer pioneer: John Miller-Kirkpatrick

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RE: Telly Tax

No it doesn't, never did.

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Xbox One launch date REVEALED - and it's on the 360's birthday

Jock in a Frock

Work to do....

The work remaining to be done is most likely on the OS, and on the XBox Live back-end system. None of that work would require hardware changes.

The console demands a network connection on first power-up, no doubt to dowload last-minute patches to the OS etc.

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Give them a cold trouser blast and data centre bosses WILL dial up the juice

Jock in a Frock

This reminds me...

This reminds me of the town of Redditch, where the local council have installed a heat transfer system from the local crematorium to the swimming pool next door.

I always thought that a little cruel to the families of anyone being cremated who met their demise through drowning.

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Explicit shots: China's gorgeous flop-tastic Tianhe-2 supercomputer

Jock in a Frock

But..

...will it run Crysis ?

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Logitech launches MEGA-PRICEY 15-in-1 remote

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Re: Happy Harmony One owner here

The Sky+ box doesn't have a subscription, it's picking up FreeviewFromSky and piping it to the bedrooms.

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Jock in a Frock

Happy Harmony One owner here

I bought the Harmony one about 4 years ago and it languished in a drawer for a year because I couldn't get the software configured correctly. It's one of the worst apps I've ever seen (and I owned an HTC phone!)

After the warranty ran out I gave it another shot, and with the help of some guys on the Harmony forum, I finally got the hang of it. Now it's the only remote we use in the lounge for our modest setup (TV, XBox, Amp, Virgin V+, Sky+, media centre PC). I've had to simplify it as much as possible for my non-techie wife, but she sometimes struggles when the TV input mode gets out of sync. I blame Samsung for that as much as Logitech.

The new remote looks nice but it's vastly overpriced. These added functions should not cost much more than a Harmony One. How much does a Bluetooth chip add to the cost?

Logitech are feeling the pinch in the PC hardware downturn, but just overpricing their kit is a short-term measure and won't prevent them bleeding cash & customers in the next few years.

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Dell axes IT channel middlemen, installs Windows in the factory

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Stop

RE: Windows for Tills

"An error has occurred and your till must close. Mind your fingers....."

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Spooky action at a distance is faster than light

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WTF?

One word...

Dafuq ?????

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Bank whips out palm-recognition kit - and a severed hand won't work

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Happy

@ FanniM

Sounds like a chat up line to me.

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Canonical scraps in-person Ubuntu planning, heads for cloud

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Paris Hilton

Oh! the! irony!

This on the same day that Yahoo! is outlawing telecommuting :

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-21588760

Paris - cos I'm going there on a work trip in 2 weeks.

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Ethernet at 40: Its daddy reveals its turbulent youth

Jock in a Frock

We're a bunch of bandwidth-hungry buggers now!

I've recently installed some 10GbE LAN-PHY rings for a client so their designers can use realtime CAD modelling tools between three sites in the Midlands. They are using this 10GbE directly to their workstations.

Hopefully they are hosting torrent files too......

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Jock in a Frock
Happy

Ah, sunny Cosham.

I work for a telco who supplies services to IBM North Harbour. Luckily I only worked onyour WAN links, so never had to work with Thicknet or TR. I do remember the banks & banks of patch panels there though. I thought they were mains cables the fist time I saw them.

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Office 2013 now available for some home users

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HUP is a good initiative

My employer rolled out 2010 last year, and opened up the HUP offer at the same time. I took them up on it and got 2 licences for home use.

It's nice having exactly the same user interface on both my work laptop and my home PC.

I can't speak for 2013, and don't think my company are planning an upgrade.

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John McAfee rushed to hospital over heart attack fears

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Alert

Not surprised

I had a tour of the prison in Belize City in 1990, when I visited the British Army garrison there (it's a tour they gave to all squaddies posted out there). Absolutely shocking conditions. There was one inmate there who had both legs amputated. He told us that he had one leg when he was sent down, but lost the second leg after a knife fight in the prison.

Terrifying to think about a long stretch in there, no wonder McAfee had a heart attack.

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Virgin Media vid misery blamed on unnamed peering network

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FAIL

Nope!

Youtube still buffering here in Redditch.

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BOFH: Can't you just ... NO, I JUST CAN'T

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FAIL

I can see both sides of the coin

My company tie down the corporate image as much as possible, but have given the field engineers admin rights to install and maintain their own custom apps (to support our telecoms infrastructure).

They did install PGP Endpoint to prevent us writing to unencrypted USB sticks. This stopped us shifting code onto CF cards for our kit. Unfortunately they didn't prevent us un-installing PGP via the control panel, defeating the purpose....

They are considering a rollout of Win-7 on new laptops, and I hope they let us keep our existing XP ones for field use (off the corporate domain), and we'll maintaine them ourselves. Then they can tie down the Win-7 maches all they want.

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Sony turned off by CEA's 'Ultra HD' TV label

Jock in a Frock
Meh

Start saving, guys...

Cos I think 4K will be the price that early adpoters have to cough up.

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Slideshow: A History of Horror in 20 Scary Games

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Devil

Another oldie

Eye of the Beholder on the Amiga - pooped my pants more than once while blindly running through the catacombs.

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Everything Everywhere prices up UK 4G

Jock in a Frock

I have personally installed O2's 4G backhaul fibre transmission equipment (between their core switching sites) in Slough, Yate and Birmingham, and I will be involved in the same for Vodafone in the near future. I'm sure EE have installed similar, as the bandwidth demands for 4G are far too much for existing 3G backhaul networks to just swallow (although the core backhaul is the same technology - Layer 2 Ethernet switching over DWDM links).

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British car parks start reading number plates

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FAIL

Re: Not just in Chester

It was a bloke, he was in a car, and the barrier was not an automatic one - it was a large metal one which had not been secured open. A strong wind caught it and blew it into his car, killing him.

Asda were fined £225,000 plus costs for a H&S failure.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/south_east/7200678.stm

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Valve reiterates games hardware gambit

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Boffin

Type your comment here — plain text only, no HTML

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Doctor Who Sonic Screwdriver Universal Remote Control review

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FAIL

I'll stick with my Logitech Harmony One. After all, it's only taken me FOUR YEARS to learn how to program that properly! Curse you, Logitech, and your crappy software!

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Party like it's 1999: CDE Unix desktop REBORN

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Facepalm

I use CDE on HP-UX for management of our company's transmission equipment. It's slow, buggy, unreliable, ugly and under-powered. However that's probably down to the poor implementation my company have deployed.

We have hundreds of staff using this platform, and I expect they're all logging into the same half dozen boxes.

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Zynga plays BLAME GAME with Facebook as stock tanks 40%

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FAIL

My heart bleeds...

purple piss.

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Virgin Media staves off cable punter seepage

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Sky Email For Life

@ dotdavid - Sky don't terminate your email account when you leave them :

http://www.sky.com/services/email/emailforlife/

I've been using it for about 4 years after leaving Sky.

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Why British TV drama is crap – and why this matters to tech firms

Jock in a Frock

It's not the darama that's the problem...

... it's all the other guff - Reality TV, Big Brother, Grand Restoration Location Makeover, The Boy With an Arse for a Face, Constipation Street, EastMoaners... I could go on.

There's a dearth of good drama, good writing, and BBC & ITV are scared of taking risks. The Shadow Line was good, more for the performances than the story. With Blackout, there was absolutely no coherent story for Eccleston & Bremner to work with. All style & no substance.

Give Shane Meadows & Paddy Considine more budget to work with - they will provide all the drama you want. And it doesn't all have to be gritty northern bleakness, these guys are magnets for brilliant actors, and they produce dialogue that Jimmy McGovern would be proud of. They would make a shopping list gripping drama.

Stephen Graham in This Is England was a stand-out performance, I'm not surprised that martin Scorsese cast him as Al Capone in Boardwalk Empire.

Dominic West (Jimmy McNulty in The Wire) was also gripping in Appropriate Adult, one of the scariest dramas I've seen in recent years.

American drama does tend toward being difficult to follow. As others have mentioned, characters talk over each other, and it requires real concentration to follow (e.g. The Wire, The West Wing, Southland), but that also merits repeat viewing (justifying the cost of a DVD box set). I'm currently on my 3rd run through The West Wing.

OTOH British drama seems more geared towards the dialogue being spoon-fed to us. This often strikes me as a little patronising, as real-life doesn't scan like that.

Just my £0.02

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NJ lab claims plasma fusion breakthrough

Jock in a Frock
Mushroom

Hang on!

"According to the lab’s chief scientist Eric Lerner" - wasn't he the main bad guy in the X-Men movies? ;-)

“The denser it is, the faster it will burn” - better keep Katie Price away from any naked flames, then....

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Bankers

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It's a very good film. Zachary Quinto plays his part brilliantly. I did think Jeremy Irons' character was a little clichéd, but his speech about how it was the same in '29, '34, '51 etc did resonate. I think the 2008 bubble bursting was necessary, but unfortunately it's the little guy left to pick up the bill.

Scary to see how cavalier these people can be with our money.

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AMD uncloaks (more) next-generation graphics cards

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Angel

But at least...

... it's not an EFLA (Extended Four Letter Abbreviation).

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Councils spunk £515m in 4 years on CCTV

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FAIL

Brum Council certainly 'spunked it'

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-11524161

Spent a fortune installing CCTV in Sparkbrook, Sparkhill & Alum Rock, because they had very high Muslim populations - only to have to pay to remove it after an independent enquiry ruled it racist. The installation was approved under anti-terror legislation.

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Cisco recalls suicidal UCS blade servers

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Facepalm

Typo - a *nod* to Gene Roddenberry.

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Jock in a Frock
Flame

A not to Gene Roddenberry if I'm not mistaken

Kudos, my man.

I had a cap blow in a 10kW HF Transmitter once, blew out the window in the Tx hall.

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Ten... laptop accessories

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WTF?

The thing about the DC/AC converter is that it's really designed for use in the car (as if the cigarette lighter didn't give that away). Why would you need a carry case? Taking it into the hotel with you?

I have this exact model in my van, tucked under the passenger seat. I then have a 6 way mains block connected to it and mounted to the bulkhead between the front seats. Now I can charge my laptop, two mobile phones, a bluetooth earpiece, my sat-nav and a rechargeable lantern all while staying under the 150w rating.

So convenient, cheap, and it's saved my bacon a few times when out in the field.

I've mistakenly left it plugged into the lighter socket over the weekend (which remained powered for almost 60 hours!), and my van started first pop, so this thing doesn't draw any more power than it needs to.

Could I have done this with just a dedicated laptop jack? No.

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NEC claims terabit-plus record with 10,000 km hop

Jock in a Frock
Mushroom

Disk I/O ?

Never mind that, I need to hook it up to my 5-unit punch tape unit for permanent backup.

50bps FTW!

I work as an engineer for a major UK telco, commissioning DWDM systems, and even I find these number mind-boggling.

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Boffins quarrel over ridding world of leap seconds

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Stop

Oh bugger!

I have a real birthday on 29th Feb this year (the grand old age of ELEVEN!).

Don't bugger this up before I cut my cake......

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Raspberry Pi Linux micro machine enters mass production

Jock in a Frock

HDMI1.3a incuded as standard on both Model-A & -B

Standard HDMI connector, onboard video decodes at 1080p 60Hz no problem. Will play back video at that rate while consuming less than 1 watt and generating next to no heat.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=TgR74Kp6Ws4

There's also a video showing it playing Quake 3 Arena at about 20fps too. Apparently it can perform faster but there was a problem with a specific library holding it back.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=e_mDuJuvZjI

I expect MAME would be a walk in the park for the Pi, looking forward to that too.

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Jock in a Frock
WTF?

Remember -

The Raspberry Foundation is a not-for-profit charity, so don't bleat on about price gouging. Shipping prices will be kept down, tax is unavoidable, and the Foundation discovered that importing the components and assembling in the UK would attract a lot of import tax. That's why the manufacture has been moved overseas, to keep costs down.

Would you rather they said £99 up front and stuck to it? At £99 it would still be a remarkable achievement.

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Unhappy

It took me a while,

but I finally got it!

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@ Jean Le Pharmicien

A cluster of RasPi's is known as a Bramble

These look like such fun, I plan to get one just for giggles, I will mainly use it as a media hub behind my TV in the lounge, but hope to just tinker with it for shits and giggles.

If I get it working well as a media hub, I can dispense with the ATX tower I shoehorned behind the TV cabinet.

Power consumption is < 1W at 5V on a micro-USB connector. I plan to use a redundant HTC phone charger.

My home router is behind my TV anyway, so networking is sorted. I have a wireless keyboard with a built in trackpad, connecting via a USB dongle, so that's easy. The RasPi has HDMI1.3, so the telly is plug'n'play.

I think the only thing I might need is a USB hub to connect an external USB HDD at the same time as the keyboard. However if I can get TightVNC running on the RasPi, then I can forgo the keyboard and the hub, and drive it from my laptop.

As for enclosures, the idea is that you build your own (no cooling required!), but the Foundation do plan to sell enclosures in the near future.

If this project takes off, I think there will be a nice market in accessories & expansions etc.

This really is a genius project, and I can't wait to get my hands on one. Takes me back to hacking around with my ZX-81 in the early '80s. This will open up Linux, Python and several other languages to me, as I've become detached from programming over the years. Damn you, Windows 3.1/95/98/2000/XP/Vista/7 !!!!

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Parasites spark swarm of ZOMBIE BEES

Jock in a Frock

@Silverburn

Sounds a lot like pregnancy & childbirth to me. The only difference between that and these parasites is that these parasites don't expect you to feed them for eighteen years then put them through university!

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Ten... inkjet photo printers

Jock in a Frock
Joke

Couldn't you ask head office to fax some yellow over to you?

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