* Posts by John 110

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Dwarf planet Ceres has TEN bright spots, astroboffins say

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mandatory

That's no moon.....

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Easy ... easy ... Aw CRAP! SpaceX rocket ALMOST lands on ocean hoverbase

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Re: Meh

@ Camilla Smythe

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2y8Sx4B2Sk

That is all...

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Bloke hits armadillo AND mother-in-law with single 9mm round

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Re: Ah

"The armadillo probably needs an improved stealth field and a minigun."

Like this http://www.cdandlp.com/en/emerson-lake-and-palmer/tarkus/lp/r115483994/

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Embarcadero’s cross-platform XE8 RAD Studio targets iOS 8, IoT

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WTF?

How much!!?

I won't be upgrading my coverdisk copy of Delphi 7 anytime soon then. Thank goodness for Lazarus.

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Digital pathology and the big Cs (that’s ‘cancer’ and ‘cloud’)

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Re: Put it another way

The main aim is not to give you the wrong (ie someone else's) result. So the basic data would be (as I said above) to enough to uniquely identify an individual.

The secondary consideration is to use any details supplied by the clinician to inform the result (in the case of a tissue biopsy, the clinician might tell us "wobbly lump on bottom" and we'd have to give consideration to the observed changes based on that. If in addition they tell us "has a habit of lying face down on a sunbed for hours" then we would take that into consideration when the result is interpreted.

Something to bear in mind is that with the current systems where I work, the images are stored on one server, referenced by a unique identifier (Lab number) and the patient data and the results, including the interpretation are stored on the Lab system on a server under our control. So in my world, the patient information would not be "cloudy" even though the raw image data might be. Insurance companies would then have to breach the firewalls to grab patient identifying information and data. Or the evil government of your choice could sell it to them, I suppose.

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John 110

As a NHS Biomedical Scientist, I can state that we need as much (or little) data as is necessary to uniquely identify the patient. Currently where I work, the minimum would be a 10-digit number which includes the date of birth, but we actually like the Patient's name as well (because patients are people, not numbers). As the NHS has yet to standardize on a patient identifier across the UK, we would probably want the actual date of birth and current address as well, especially if the stored info is to be shared across regional borders. If you are using this stuff for diagnostic purposes, we would probably like some clinical details as well so that we can decide what to test for and interpret the results to your GP/Consultant when we get them.

Why? Just how little (or how much) do you think is important?

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Mono Magic: Photography, Breaking Bad style

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Re: Secondhand prices

When my son did a photography course at college some years back (2007), he needed a 35mm film camera with manual controls. My old Practika was too automated so we hunted for a Pentax K1000 (gold standard apparently) That's when we discovered that a Vivitar v3800N was A) a Pentax clone and B) only £60 new. Another £10 added a Pentax 50mm lens, and there you go.

These are still availabe on ebay bytheway

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Hello? Police? Yes, I'm a car and my idiot driver's crashed me

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Re: FORD SYNC

Mine too, at least it would if my stupid smartphone bluetooth app would pop up the passcode box so that I could pair the phone to the car.

(feel free to go off-topic to help...)

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Watchdog slaps American Apparel's youthful naked arse

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Joke

Re: What is more concerning...

"Why would anyone put up with a constant wedgie from a T-shirt, just to avoid a wee bit of wrinkling?"

Old person alert!!!

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Tim Cook chills the spines of swingers worldwide

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But But...

I don't wear a watch, how am I going to start my car?

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'Giving geo-engineering to this US govt is like giving a CHILD a LOADED GUN'

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Meh

Would be like...

"like giving a loaded gun to a child …"

Just a normal day in the USA then...

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Coding Cupid publishes Tinder-ised automatic love machine

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Coat

Wow

Automated stalking!! The future is here!!! Where's my flying car!!!!

Raincoat, obviously...

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Smartphones don’t dumb you down, they DUMB you UP

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Re: GPS maps are not the same

The update frequency was probably fine when the road didn't change for 100 years or so and the main difference was that Little Effingham had been wiped out by the plague (making it a good fixer-upper opportunity)

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Big Data, empty bellies: How supermarkets tweak prices just for the sake of YOUR LOVE

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@dogged

Absolutely fine if it works for you and you have all the outlets to hand. I like shopping in our local Tesco. It's in walking distance, I know the staff and the fruit and veg come from round here.

Lidl is just a nasty shopping experience in comparison. Their stuff might be cheap, but I have to drive there, negotiate TOH's wheelchair through a cramped shop full of bargain hunters and pack my bags at the speed of light. But of course YMMV

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I'm sooooo green: The Beginner's Guide to Krautrock

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But you didn'y mention....

.....this

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwaxWoJPUC0

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Welsh council rapped for covert spying on sick leave worker

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Nice choice of icon there Joey.

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Sacre block! French publishers to sue Adblock maker – report

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IMHO

I don't actually mind ads per se, I consume internet content that has to be paid for some way, and ads seem as good a way as any (better than taking money directly from my bank account).

BUT I hate flashing or moving ads, I am told by her indoors that I have Attention Deficit Disorder and flashing ads are just too damn eyecatching, I get distracted easily. Leave the ads as static, (and probably breastless - what can I say - millions of years of evolution) and I'll leave them displayed.

Oh, and I'm not too worried about the tracking thing as I believe that THEY are tracking me anyway, and if I make it too hard for them, then they'll just bag me up...

Oh pretty...

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Sinclair is back with the Spectrum Vega ... just as rubbish as the ZX

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Re: ...

"...who on earth still has a telly handy that will work on then?..."

It has to plug into the telly so you can fight with your mum over whether she gets to watch Corrie or you get to play Elite...

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Blade Runner sequel might actually be good. Harrison Ford is in it

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I'VE....

...got a bad feeling about this...

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Heyyy! NICE e-bracelet you've got there ... SHAME if someone were to SUBPOENA it

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"Wearable used as court evidence, can of worms opened"

...and the movement required duly logged...

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The last PC replacement cycle is about to start turning

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But what about....

There's an awful lot of talk here about hardware's capabilities (not that that's not important, I'm currently multitasking 5 programs on my desktop), but not a lot's been said about the ergonomics.

Where I work, we have to do periodic VDU risk assessments and the safety officer shakes her head sadly at those people risking embolisms, bad backs and RSI when we're using our desktops on a proper desktop. I shudder to think how she would react to the sight of folk peering at a 6inch screen and attempting to do proper work using a squishy bluetooth keyboard, and as for slouching about with a laptop on your lap...

My feeling is that if your tied to a desk in your daily work, get a proper desktop PC. You (and your lower back) know it makes sense...

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Amazon: Put our ALWAYS ON MICROPHONE in your house, please. WHAT?

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Can I get one that sounds like Majel Barrett?

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This is why we CAN have nice things: Samsung Galaxy Alpha

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Comparing to Fisher-Price

Can I take it that that means my Fisher-Price-like phone it still going to be usable in 30 years time. I've passed my kids' Fisher-Price toys on to my grandkids (yes I am a cheapskate).

Personally, I think that when the aliens come to see why the Earth went dark, all they'll find is cockroaches playing with Fisher-Price...

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KRAKKOOOM! Space Station supply mission in PODULE PRANG EXPLOSION CHAOS

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Happy

Re: just like the good old days.

"...He had some hair raising,..."

Still had hair then, couldn't have been too bad...

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Human spacecraft dodge COMET CHUNKS pelting off Mars

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Alien

Curses!!!

Missed!!!!

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Origins of SEXUAL INTERCOURSE fished out of SCOTTISH LAKE

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Scottish eh?

Well obviously....

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Is living with Dolby Atmos worth the faff?

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Mainstream audience

"but a mainstream audience may prove difficult to convince."

Don't faff about. If you mean "the wife" just say it!!

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Apple's new iPADS have begun the WAR that will OVERTURN the NETWORK WORLD

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Re: Can you change it? And does it really matter?

"I couldn't see from the Apple documentation (or from El Reg's info either) whether you can actually swap the software configurable SIM card for an ordinary one."

Surely there won't be a physical SIM therefore no slot to stick an ordinary one in.

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Martha Lane Fox: YEUCH! The Internet is MADE by MEN?!?

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Black Helicopters

Re: Utopian drivel

@Ledswinger

By and large I agree with you're sentiment, but I think in the real world if you don't vote, then you fall into the category of those who just can't be arsed. Much better to trawl along to the polling station and stuff your unmarked ballot paper into the box. (I once wrote "I don't want to vote for any of these people" on my ballot paper) The fact that you turned out to vote gets counted and none of the pillocks you didn't want to vote for gets the benefit. Oh wait, there's someone at the doo

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Take CTRL! Shallow minds ponder the DEEP spectre of DARK CACHE

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CTRL-C in Healthcare computing

In Certain Places in our Lab system, pressing CTRL-C will reliably dump you at a : prompt, whereby a variety of keys can be pressed (the only useful one to most of our users being M to take them back to a menu). Of course, users being users, most of them do Ctrl-Alt-Del and end the terminal task and start again...

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Will we ever can the spam monster?

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Re: There is only one way.

@ TwistUrCapBack

"Healthcare IS NOT free ..

I pay for it out of my tax ."

Sorry, I meant free at point of access (as well you knew - but you had to moan, didn't you)

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John 110

Re: There is only one way.

@JDX

I see you have a rosy view of humanity and their common sense. My view is that as folk become accustomed to the web, they become less, rather than more careful and the problem will creep back up.

I don't normally draw parallels, but in this case it illustrates my point nicely. The AIDS epidemic gave people a certain amount of pause when it came to high-risk activities (you know what they are...) because AIDS was scary and fatal. As time went on, the initial infected died off, and treatments improved to the stage where surviving an infection is certain (at least in the UK, where healthcare is free) as long as you keep taking the drugs. People gradually stopped being careful and now we have a syphilis epidemic amongst teenagers in Scotland.

Moral: as long as people send you links and/or offer "safe" sex people will forget the lessons of the past and will indulge in unsafe practises.

PS: taking anti-retrovirals to survive is NOT nice. And the other STDs, GC and syph, are becoming more drug resistant daily. BE CAREFUL!!

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What’s the KEYBOARD SHORTCUT for Delete?! Look in a contextual menu, fool!

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@Old Handle

"...people pick up the mouse to click "Go", "Search" or whatever after typing a query..."

Tell me about it! Watching people type in their Active Directory Username/passwords is a dismal experience.

Move mouse -> click in username box (it already has the cursor in it)

Type username

Move mouse -> click in password box (hit Tab - the one above capslock, fool)

Type password (watching screen after every letter to make sure they go in - it's a row of dots!)

Move mouse -> click OK (just hit return for goodness sake!!)

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UK reforms on private copying and parody come into force

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Joke

Re: Do the quotes have limits?

@OrsonX

"...Off topic, but somehow related. How come audiobooks are available on YouTube? Obviously for me this is a good thing (I have recently really enjoyed Red Mars and am now on Childhood's End), but why don't they get pulled by Audible, etc?..."

Well now you've gone and spoiled it for everyone...

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Consumers agree to give up first-born child for free Wi-Fi – survey

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Re: YOU CAN HAVE MY 'FIRST BORN'

I agree, although I think I might hold out for fast broadband as well.

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iPhone 6: The final straw for Android makers eaten alive by the data parasite?

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Re: ".. I can't be the only one who's seen the prices of the new iPhones..........."

@AC

"Yes you can compare a £500 iPhone to a Moto G - it's not that the Moto G is a bad phone (it's not) but it's like comparing (and pardon the car analogy) a Vauxhall Astra to a Mercedes."

Which one is which again?

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Brit telcos warn Scots that voting Yes could lead to HEFTY bills

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Re: Prejudice and reasonable people

You're absolutely right, I consider myself chastised (curse this damn shoulder-chip!!)

I think most people see Salmond's job as the achievement (or at least, the promotion) of the SNP ideal of Scottish independence. I don't think many foresee him lasting long in post-referendum government....

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What I find fascinating

What I find fascinating, is not all that political bullshit (after all, it's in no-ones best interest for part of the British Isles to go down the pan) but that nobody South of the border seems to understand why perfectly reasonable people (yes we are, if you disagree, then I call prejudice) would want to take such a huge step into the unknown.

If the Scots truly felt like valued members of the community, and if they didn't feel like a test bed for trying out policies that might be unpopular (Poll Tax, anyone?) then they might not feel that separation is a solution. The idea of gaining independence and having to make our way by ourselves, knowing that our Southern neighbours are just waiting for a misstep, is such a scary thing that no-one would undertake it unless they felt the alternative was untenable.

But what do I know, I'm just a naive IT guy.

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Stonehenge's HUMAN ABATTOIR was just a prehistoric Burning Man hippyfest site

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Re: Burning man

...but the wicker man in the (classic - Edward Woodward) film was a makey-up* religious practise invented by some upper-class nutter to ensure a good harvest.

*A bit like the scottish accent affected by Edward Woodward and Christopher Lee (and most of the rest of the cast...)

(NB I have also heard the the Roman writers bigged-up these Human Sacrifce stories to justify their mass subjugation of the barbarians. Although why they felt they had to, I don't know)

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iPhone NFC: 'Apple, photos and security ... WHAT could go WRONG?'

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"I hope someday The Register will grow up,"

I hope it won't!!

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O2 breathes life into Amazon Fire: Mobe to hit Blighty in WEEKS

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Re: Even free isn't cheap enough

@ThomH "What Would Stallman Do?"

Stallman would probably

a) not be locked in with a Kindle

or

b) use a Kindle for its portability, battery life and readability in bright sunlight and make backups of his books in a format that's not locked in by DRM...

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YES, I have ridden the UNICORN: The Ubuntu Utopic unicorn

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Re: why?

Sadly, you're right. I chose a lightweight distro to put on my chromebook based on two things - does the trackpad work and does it look good (LXLE in the end if anybody's wondering)

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Love XKCD? Love science? You'll love a book about science from Randall Munroe

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FAIL

@Mr Common Sense

I don't think that comic means what you think it means....

(NB: you did check out the hovertext, didn't you?)

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Vampires and Ninjas versus the Alien Jedi Robot Pirates: It's ON

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Mushroom

John Sheridan? (who went to Z'ha'dum anyway -- AND CAME BACK!)

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Hello, police, El Reg here. Are we a bunch of terrorists now?

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"New rule: if you're going to constantly compare X government action to 1984 in the usual tiring Daily Mail way, you have to have read it first."

What, every time??!!

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Nuts to your poncey hipster coffees, I want a TESLA ELECTRO-CAFE

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IT Angle

or you could go even more downmarket...

The Tesco round the corner has a cafe offering free wifi with your clubcard, adequate coffee and a selection of cakey things sourced from their in-store bakery.

I also have to confess an sneaky liking for MacDonald's coffee (also their free wifi). I wouldn't eat any of their "cakes" though. (and like http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinsey_Millhone I am guiltily fond of a Quarter pounder with cheese - a Royale, if you prefer...)

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Nice computers don’t need to go to the toilet, says Barclays

John 110

Re: Self service checkouts

"... If you're buying a basket full of booze, knives and glue "

Duct tape! You forgot the duct tape!!.

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BT: Hey guys, we've developed NEW MOBE TECH! It’s called... 2G

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Unhappy

Re: But...

Good for you @buzzword. Buried in the bowels of a concrete hospital as I am, I have NO mobile coverage.

Also, in a hospital environment like ours, the majority of people who need roaming contact carry bleeps and have to find a phone when they go off. It would be a lot more useful to carry a proper communicator. If only we got a signal!!

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Psst. Hey, Jock. I got £100m for outsourcers here. Fancy a hit?

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Surely...

...You mean "Hey, jimmy!!"

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Shields up! Nvidia crams Tegra K1 into gaming slab to rival your PS3

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Re: Controller?

"wouldn't you want to stream straight into the back of a TV, rather than an 8" screen"

I suppose that depends on whether you're fighting your family for the TV (just like the old ZX81 days...)

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