* Posts by Spanners

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The Raspberry Pi is succeeding in ways its makers almost imagined

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Happy

I'm fairly sure that my son had done it around 12 or 13.

He was discreet and quiet about it so I did not question him much. He is not terribly interested in IT in any role other than a user now but he is aware that there is more. If he feels the need, he may ask me.

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Hold that upgrade: Critical bug in .NET 4.6 'breaks applications'

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Re: Doh

A supplier who asks for something that bleeding edge is asking to be replaced.

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How British spies really spy: Information that didn't come from Snowden

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Black Helicopters

Re: Once anything is legalized, it will be used by those in power against the people.

If people are enjoying a pleasant spliff, they are more suggestible.

It is surprising that our owners have not thought of this.

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Bank: Without software mojo, Android OEMs are doomed to 'implode'

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Happy

Recent Upgrade to a Samsung

A few months ago, I upgraded to a nice shiny new Samsung phone.

It was not an S6 or even an Edge. Those were complete fails before they are powered up.

It was not the software that informed my choice. It was the hardware. Samsung just dropped external storage and removable batteries from their new offering. I therefore dropped those.

I got a nice new Note4. Possibly not the very latest thing and certainly not the iShiniest one around either. Hardware wise, it is close enough to the S6. Like most Samsung offerings, it is a bit thin for comfortable use but the case cures that anyway.

Samsung software is not a selling point - far from it. It is a negative point. A few years ago, I had an S2 and learned that you need to avoid opening some of their offerings at all. It was an interesting learning experience that involved a couple of resets. It seems better now and there are no "hubs" to duplicate all of the functionality. I managed to avoid the Sammy calendar long enough to install the proper one and make it the default.

I now have a very functional device. It runs Android well and the "S-Pen" seems interesting. I can put in additional storage when I need it and can even get an even hight capacity battery. It does not have pretty round corners like the S6 but it has a much better battery.

The N4 camera software is probably non-standard but seems simple enough and the pictures still end up on my Google account.

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Obama issues HTTPS-only order to US Federal sysadmins

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Pint

He has a cunning plan.

I have noticed how some of the terminally uninformable in the USA seem to be shouting to the rest of the planet that they will do specifically the opposite of what their democratically elected, US born, Christian president advises.

If Barry suggests that HTTPS is a good thing, there will be some who make a point of never using it again. If he then suggests encrypting all email, the crazies will doggedly use plain text.

The process could carry on until they are walking about in their underwear and making their plans over the PA system.

We are unlikely to know if their Pres' has thought of this but it sounds a fun idea.

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Ed Snowden should be pardoned, thunders Amnesty Int'l

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Black Helicopters

Pardoned? He should be decorated!

Anyone who objects to his actions is condoning what he uncovered.

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Windows 10 to MELT YOUR BRAIN and TAKE OVER YOUR LIFE

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Pint

Re: Not just Eye Candy then

I have an anecdote.

Some years ago, I was working for a firm in Northamptonshire that makes accounting software.

I was dealing with an engineer from Microsoft and I asked if it was a true rumour. He confirmed it to me that they were specifically to teach point & click with Minesweeper and Drag & Drop with Solitaire.

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Look out, law abiding folk: UK’s Counter-Extremism Bill slithers into view

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Pint

Surely this is self defeating?

Apart from the customary xenophobia, the rest seems to be fairly well aimed at the Conservative Party.

If they push this insanity through, they will be banning themselves.

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Rand Paul: I'll filibuster the hell outta the Patriot Act, fellow Americans

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Facepalm

"Outside the USA"

Not being able to vote for him is not the only reason Rand Paul has no interest in the rest of the planet.

Some of his co-religionists think "Outside the USA" is somewhere near Canada.

Some of them think it is the sandy area where the terrorists live.

Perhaps there are even some who just do not believe in the existence of "Outside the USA" and think that those troops supposedly sent there are being used for some nefarious liberal purpose...

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ISS 'naut: How we collect our POO and DROP it FLAMING on hapless Earthlings

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Holmes

I wonder

Was this designed by Howard Wolowitz?

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Facebook 'fesses up to running an ideological echo chamber

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Happy

Facebook is not a discussion site

I have a facebook account. The nearest I have come to political discussion lately is when a number of people I know put in pro SNP commentary.

If I want intelligent, or otherwise, conversation beyond the level of family and people I went to school/College with, I use Google+.

If you talked about nothing but politics, it could end up even more of an echo chamber than FB though.

I seem to have escaped that by never having intended to talk politics in the first place. My initial discussions included IT in general, Android, photography and travel.

After A while I found that some posters also posted on other subjects and some people from the US were "conservatives" and there were even some from this country who seemed to be supporters of UKIP! Neither of those groups would appear in any echo chamber...

After a while I realised that I was also getting postings from people I didn't know but on subjects I was already commenting on.

There will be different algorithms on FB and G+ but I certainly, regularly, get my opinions challenged. It can be done then.

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Facebook echo chamber: Or, the British media and the election

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@Disgusted

When I left school, I would have been a conservative, it was that sort of school.

When I left college, I was probably still a conservative. Bearded shouty people don't work on me.

A few decades later, I am very much NOT a conservative.

The change has been living in the "real" world. I have worked in private small scale industry uop to large scale public. The last thing anyof them need is what we are now getting - another 5 more years of taking from where it is needed to give the undeserving and unproductive more money to not spend in the economy.

Give someone on £10k a raise and it will all be spent.

Give someone on £30k a raise and they might save a few quid more but they will spend most of it.

Give someone on £1M a raise and they will invest it.

Tax raises to the rich are poor economics.

They are all most conservatives are interested in

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Encryption is the REAL threat – Head Europlod

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Black Helicopters

Another Possibility

Perhaps they have figured a way around what is available at present and this is to encourage the "bad guys" to use it thinking that they are safe.

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Smartphone NOT INCLUDED: Google plays with Mattel – plugs VR into retro toy

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Pirate

Re: used to have a Viewmaster when I was small

The original use was to for looking at pretty scenes but it really caught on during WWII when the US military tried to teach (aircraft?) recognition to its personnel.

That's not a great recommendation though. Ask their allies!

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Switch it off and on again: How peers failed to sneak Snoopers' Charter into terror bill

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Boffin

Re: Organising the Techies

what can we as techies do

We can Follow the Money

Yes some/many of them push these idea because they like to keep the peasants in their place but they are all either past, present or future beneficiaries of the system they seek to expand.

This information is almost all out in the wild. It is just not organised. Organisation of information is what we all do.

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Why Microsoft's 3D HoloLens goggles aren't for Google Glassholes

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Boffin

?Windows Only?

Will it be possible to integrate it with other operating systems?

For those into #iShiny things IOS

For 90% plus of smartphone users - Android

For the future - Linux

When MS brought out "Kinnex" (I know but they sound similar) it was XBox only but that is no longer the case. Hopefully this will do the same.

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Preserve the concinnity of English, caterwauls American university

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Perhaps USA only

There are quite a plethora of words on that list that we can use without being too ostentatious and we could natter on trying to clear out the gobbledygook but people on that side of the pond are incorrigible about their misuse of the language.

Also I think that their definition of "moot" seems wrong but they are doing it anyway.

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Re: Excellent.@littlemouse

The last time I heard anyone say "Goolies" was in about 1983.

It sounds like I am 5 years older than you. I last heard it at school. I left in 1978.

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Windows 7 MARKED for DEATH by Microsoft as of NOW

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Holmes

Re: A definative date

how did that 52% market share happen to WIN 7 then?

They messed up royally and over a third of their users left.

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Got a 4King big TV? Ready to stream lots of awesome video? Yeah, about that…

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Re: Same old story

Some sigs I have seen bring out the acronym - TLDR.

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While the web stares at cat pics, the glue of the internet is being shifted from US govt control

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Unhappy

Little though I like the US Government doing it,

the idea of "for profit" corporations running the internet is completely unacceptable.

Giving such an oligarchy legal immunity for anything is, at very least, asking for corporate buy outs by Russian, Chinese or even Middle Eastern backed groups.

How better to "enlighten" us about their ideas and force us to follow them?

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Netflix: Sacre vache! French resistance from the vestibuleurs de consommation

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Another reason for Netflix Difficulty

I wonder if one of the unspoken difficulties that Netflix faces is that people will be able to vote with their eyes as to whether they want "chewing gum for the brain" type entertainment (perhaps not even in French) or proper made in France material that requires more mental activity than most people want to use when watching TV.

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Net neutrality: EU's three-headed beast now at war with itself

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Facepalm

Re: Don't stop there A/C

There is a slight difference between cutting down on gouging and giving away freebies.

For most of us, beer and even ginger beer are optional. If not optional, it is not too hard to partially limit your intake. Mobile phones seem much less optional to people. Apparently, in some places, you pay to actually *receive* a text message. That is gouging for sure...

Beer companies do make profits but it certainly feels like much of the cost of a pint is down to tax in one form or another. Mobile comms costs are seen as much more profitable. That is why they pay such huge prices for their bits of the spectrum.

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Leaked screenshots show next Windows kernel to be a perfect 10

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Unhappy

"One Windows Strategy"?

For those of us old enough, we can remember them wanting that back in NT3.5 days.

When they brought out Windows 2000, there was only one desktop version and only one server version.

It was brilliant. I had the same version on my home PC, work and a voluntary organisation I supported

Licensing was not quite so over-complicated. All software worked on all PCs (hardware permitting) and they hadn't started to prat around with the UI.

Presumably, someone worked out that they had less room to gouge customers and the wildly proliferating versions started to come back with XP.

It would be nice to go back to just one desktop version of Windows but I suspect that they have other plans - and not because it will benefit users either.

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Androids in celluloid – which machine deserves the ULTIMATE MOVIE ROBOT title?

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Thumb Up

What about AI's?

As soon as you include artificial intelligences, which may be a robot, Android, Cyborg or robot, There are a number of other suggestions.

My vote would have been on that great British invention Hal 9000

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Hackers seize Detroit's database, demand $800k. Motor City shrugs: OK, take it

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Coat

About 10 Years old?

That sounds like Office 2003. This was the last one before MS completely messed it up with the "ribbon".

They might actually have stuck with that one for a reason. If you want to synch that with your phone, get an MDM. Better still get a BES and a set of DingleBerries!

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NOKIA - Not FINNished yet! BEHOLD the somewhat DULL MYSTERY DEVICE!

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Pint

Re: Really?!

No. What caused their downfall was being forced to do what Microsoft wanted.

There seem to be two types of devices wanted nowadays - whether phone or tablet...

1. Hugely overpriced, locked down, toys with a dated interface to show that you have "arrived"

2. Android devices - more powerful ones at a higher price or cheaper/less clever ones.

Nokias problem was that they were being forced in between as...

Much cheaper than iThings but not as good as Android and not as shiny as Apples offerings but not desirable enough for the rest of us.

This device may show that they are back on track towards the mass market. Good luck to them!

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Google Glass: Even the people who stand to MAKE MONEY from it hate the techno-specs

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Re: @Mark 85 @Doug S

The reason he thinks that is because that is what people do. If someone started a rumour today that there was a new kind if iThing, there would be people wanting it.

That certainly has happened with wearables before such as the "iWatch" long before Apple actually got round to it.

It happened with iPhones as well and we were all waiting for NFC to take off when Apple "invented" it but nobody had thought of the backlash from businesses. Any backlash against iGlasses is not relevant. NFC needs business use. Apple Glass wouldn't even need to do anything to look cool.

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Japan tells operators: Put a SIM lock in a new mobe? You'd better UNLOCK it for FREE

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Re: we need free unlocking in the UK too

It sounds like an Apple thing.

I bought an Android (Nexus 5) directly from Google, stuck in a Vodafone SIM and it's still unlocked a year later.

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‘For the love of Pete, America, learn about decent chocolate’

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Pint

Beware swimming pools!

In my childhood, my father worked in a middle eastern country.

There were lots of nice expat facilities including swimming pools. It took me years to get the visions of very large females in very small bikinis out of my mind...

The positive thing it said about them was that they were less susceptible to peer pressure than our females..

"Americans" then just knew that everyone else was desperate to be a US citizen. I have never had anything against people from there but this has never been one of my ambitions. I am sad to see that so many of them now feel that the rest of the planet hates them. That's not true either.

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GCHQ staff 'would sooner walk' than do anything 'resembling mass surveillance’

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Google Maps

She's partly right. Some of the pictures are taken from aircraft.

I think it will be funnier when she "Discovers" StreetView!

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Same old iPad? NO. The new 'soft SIMs' are BIG NEWS

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Re: I read the article, and thought "what a good idea!"

I wonder if that this is Apples longer term aim. Once there is no actual SIM, they have yet another rope to hobble the iGullible.

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Arab States make play for greater government control of the internet

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Only governments that meet certain criteria please!

There are some advantages to goverments having the final say IF...

They are democratic

Not Jerrymandered constituencies

Not under the control of business - big, small, home or foreign

Ones that provide for their citizens - free universal healthcare, education welfare etc

Ones that do not think their national laws are global

Ones that follow international law

International court of human rights

and so on.

No government that does not fill these criteria as a basic minimum should have any say in any international bodies.

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Britain’s snooping powers are 'too weak', says NCA chief

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Flame

Good news then?

"Bristow said it was necessary to win the public consent" means that they realise that they do not have consent to do what they want.

It is everybodies duty to make sure that this remains the case - they don't get tacit consent to increase the powers of the state and to make sure that "they" remain aware of this...

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

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Alien

My mouse confuses people

"Why is your mouse at the left end of your keyboard? I thought you were right handed."

"Yes I am mostly right handed."

"Then your mouse is in the wrong place."

"No. The keyboard is on the right and I type quicker with my right hand - quicker again with both at once."

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Scrapping the Human Rights Act: What about privacy and freedom of expression?

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Re: Who will rid me of these troublesome fascists?

And I will vote for whoever will keep out xeno[phobes and other forms of nationalists, those who think their job is to protect the status quo (good group though), those who feel that having gone to the right sort of school gives them extra entitlements and those who feel that any given group is by default better or worse than any other.

Most important is to keep out the xenophobes, nationalists, UKIP, EDL SNP and so on.

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Spies, avert eyes! Tim Berners-Lee demands a UK digital bill of rights

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Flame

It is not my own government I am most worried about.

I am British and while of the opinion that Whitehall drones, spooks and others need to be kept under control by the electorate, I think there are bigger concerns.

The US establishment has amply demonstrated that their own serfs have few rights. We have even less as far as they are concerned. If they do not give a toss about their own sacred constitution, what hope for the remaining 96% of humanity?

An equal worry is commerce. Again, the worst excesses seem to come from across the pond but their subsidiaries on this side are just a bad and they seem to have been giving lessons to people on this side that customers are bad and always steal your stuff.

The first two things that need dealt with come as handy acronyms - DRMs and EULAs need to be completely reformed. If I pay you money for something, the only right you have is how many copies of your software I run. If I sell my copy, all rights should go with it. Whether I watch/hear it on TV, phone, tablet or DVD player is not relevant to you. The Only acceptable EULAs I recall are GPL and Creative Commons. Certainly Microsoft ones are a brilliant example of what they should not say!

There is more to say but some pigs just flew overhead...

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Google+ GOING, GOING ... ? Newbie Gmailers no longer forced into mandatory ID slurp

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Re: Yet again

I am also well past 35 but use YouTube, Calendar and a lot of Googles other offerings.

Like @Parash2 I am not part of that majority but it was an observation from observation and I am aware that I am abnormal!

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Happy

Yet again

Yet another writer who hints that Google+ is on the way out because nobody likes it and presumably few use it.

All they have done is to stop reminders to update your G+ profile. You still have one. In the same way, you still have Drive space, Calendar, a YouTube account and do on. An enormous number of people over the age of 35 will have no use for anything except email. They will have no interest in YouTube and telling them about Drive is pointless. Few people have use for it. Like my fellow geeks, I use the lot but it will take a generation before this sort of thing gets anywhere near universal.

What is G+ for? Lots of interesting news and discussions about anything you like and a lot you probably don't like. Finding interesting people all over the world. The fact that it links nicely to Google Translate means that I can discuss things with people I have no common language.

Is it a ghost town? Emphatically no. I could spend 25 hours a day on it. There is everything on there from fantastic photographers showing how it can be done to developers and even some extremely strange US political conservatives. Winding them up by telling them how I work for the NHS and how fantastic it is can be really funny!

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iPhone 6: Advanced features? Pah! Nexus 4 had most of them in 2012

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Re: Look out Nexus

The difference is that Android manufacturers are less prone to suing anyone who might compete too hard with them.

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Paris Hilton

Re: Apple Pay

It depends on what you are buying pictures of...

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Apple Watch will CONQUER smartwatch world – analysts

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No thanks

Apple has already lost the market share war. They may have rising sales numbers but this is on a growing market. Their share of the cake is shrinking. It's just the cake is still getting bigger.

They are doing well because of their huge overcharging for devices that are now a couple of years behind current leading technology.

When the market hits saturated (at some theoretical point in the future), they will have to stop their bit from shrinking or they will have problems...

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Amazon to dig DEEPER into YOUR shopping habit BRAIN with targeted ads system

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Annoying me is bad for your business

Any company that sends me annoying and unwanted screen pollution does not get my trade.

They also get bad reports to anyone who asks for my opinion. Word of mouth is as important now as it ever was.

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NASA tests crazytech flying saucer thruster, could reach Mars in days

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Re: Is it patented?

I really hope it is fully open to all. That means specifically not patented.

The idea of patenting is to stop an idea being used by anyone else.

The World Wide Web was not patented. That is why it caught on so big. Anyone who wants to can create a web server. You can't call it IIS but you can call it your own.

Does anyone remember all those myths about all the oil companies buying up the patents for better electric cars so that we would all stay with them? We certainly have done that.

If this turns out to have something to it, it needs to be something that anyone can do. Then all we need is a Great Glass (Space) Elevator and people can start getting off this rock !

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Philip K Dick 'Nazi alternate history' story made into TV series

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Terminator

Re: Guns

I fail to see the relevance of an armed population to stopping a totalitarian occupier.

Half of those armed would welcome the occupiers anyway because they would help them combat whichever "other group" they disliked - Jewish, gay, liberals, atheists, left wing or whatever. The Nazis always found collaborators and they were often those who considered themselves superior to the rest - pretty much like conservatives and elites feel today.

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You 'posted' a 'letter' with Outlook... No, NO, that's the MONITOR

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Re: want to shop online at ASDA - they will Google ASDA

There was a situation a couple of years ago where the first page Google brought up on a search for FaceBook was a picture of the login page.

Cue thousands of calls saying FB login page is broken...

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'I got a little bit upset by that Register article...' says millionaire model. Bless!

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Boots on the (red) Ground

It would be nice if we could look on this as the start but we just have to look back 42 years to when space exploration stopped, in favour of scientific investigation only.

Nobody has "boldly gone" in space since the return of the last Apollo mission. There has been a good amount of high quality scientific work since then. Earths orbit has become a busy place but no human being has actually been beyond that since.

We now have private enterprise on the move. It's perhaps 50 years behind but it has managed to get stuff up as far as the geostationary orbit. Lets see how it goes.

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Virgin Media boss AND ex-Murdoch man: BSkyB broadband is 'lousy'

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Re: Satisfied..

Me too but I even had a spell with Sky and it was seriously poor.

I was with NTL, then Virgin. It had its problems but the performance was good. The only flaw was the "superhub" that reset at random. I think it did start to get better in the end.

Our kids told us that Sky was better all round and we ended up moving. It wasn't but it did cost more for a fairly similar TV service a slightly shonky phone line and a pathetically slow and unreliable broadband.

We have now dropped all skys products, gone Freeview and Virgin broadband. Who needs a landline anyway? I'm now saving a lot of money and having a good experience with a Google ChromeCast.

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Bring your own device – as long as it's Microsoft

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Re: Um

It is quite possible that Windows 8 will have the same business presence as Vista. Most people skipped it. Some are just skipping it now as they migrate from XP to Windows 7.

"But what if the next Windows is the same as 8?" you may ask.

People might skip that too. How old is XP? If they can do that once, they can do it again. A lot of the move to Win7 is related to it being 64 bit, even if managers haven't realised. It could be a while before 128bit processors catch on...

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Boris: Look on 'London's digital tentacles', ye mighty, and despair!

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Forget Scottish Independence

As a Scot, but not in it, I am not keen on breaking up the UK.

I am willing to make an exception of London though. Malaya and Singapore went their own ways and both seem OK about it. Malaysia is a pretty decent place. They have trade, finance and stuff. They also make things, like cars and food and more stuff...

Singapore has finance & trade and trade & finance. They do a bit of IT too.I doubt it has a much of an agricultural centre though.

That sounds pretty much like London then.

I propose to separate London from the UK. It may take a little time to draw up the boundaries but there's no rush. The centre of UK Government could be moved back to York or thereabouts. Cameron etc could be given the option of staying in London as he seems to feel it's so central. That would be up to Boris. HM and family can live in whatever they want. I would vote to keep her head of state anyway but we don't need a reclaimed swamp in the remote south east to keep us going.

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