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Brown to Sugar: 'You're hired'

Andy

I'd like to thank Lord Amstrad

... for making it possible for an impoverished comp sci student to buy an IBM PC compatible (as we used to call them). Had twin 5 1/4 floppies and a choice of DR DOS+ and GEM or MS-DOS and nothing. Later I added a 20MB hard drive. That's MB as in megabytes.

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Data-sniffing trojans burrow into Eastern European ATMs

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Re: so i guess

I've seen a Siemens ATM in Paris displaying the full Windows desktop -- including the icons for IE and Outlook Express. Really useful for an ATM, but I suppose they are "integrated" into the O/S.

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McAfee: Save the planet - use a spam filter

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Good idea

"Stopping spam at its source, as well investing in state-of-the-art spam filtering technology, will save time and money, and will pay dividends to the planet by reducing carbon emissions as well."

Yes. But that's not what McAfee's filtering thingy does, is it? Just preventing the recipient from seeing the spam doesn't stop it being sent in the first place.

We need to cut the spammers' goolies off. It's the only answer.

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Wi-Fi Beeb viewing may break law

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Re: Isn't it about time..

You certainly aren't "the only country in the world to pay a tax to watch TV and support a single TV company as a result".

In France it's called the Redevance Audiovisuelle, and it funds France Télévisions. Astonishingly, the buggers carry advertising as well! And it really is a tax, collected by the tax office - they assume you have a telly and add it to your local tax bill unless/until you can prove otherwise.

Wikipedia lists 35 countries with TV licence regimes.

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Isle of Man e-bike trial loses racers

Andy

EV0-RR

Impressive looking indeed, but why is there a crankcase cover poking out of the fairing side?

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Home Office details early ID vendors

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Re: 3M???

No, the database will be on CDs. The passwords will be on PostIt notes.

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Channel 4 fails to open archives to Mac, Linux fans

Andy

self-proclaimed public service broadcaster

<quote src="http://www.channel4.com/about4/overview.html">

The Channel's primary purpose is the fulfilment of its public service remit, which was most recently defined in the 2003 Communications Act.

</quote>

So proclaimed by statute, then.

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Windows goes Mobile 6.5

Andy

the full Windows experience

Incoming Call Access Denied

You need to confirm this operation.

[ Continue ] [ Skip ] [ Cancel ]

Too late, It's gone to voicemail.

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Whose notebook is it anyway?

Andy

Status symbols

It used to be true that possession of a laptop indicated status, but these days every fecker's got one. In my organisation, PHBs now demand an Apple logo on their etch-a-sketches.

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Th!ink rebooted with cash injection

Andy

L-ion

Surely Li-ion?

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France liberates Jesus Phone from Orange

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Re: French phones unlocked

Nah. All French phones are (legally) unlockable, once you've had them for a minimum 6-month period. You can freely buy unlocked iPhones in Andorra, but be ready to hand over 700-odd Euros.

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Budget airlines break new rules on opt-in website pricing

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I'll be buggered

I live in France and have a Carte Bleue, but being English I habitually navigate their website in my maternal language. That does not offer Carte Bleue as a means of payment, so I've been paying the Visa charge every time up until now!!!! I just tried it in French, and it is indeed free for the CB. Bugger, bugger, bugger.

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How Microsoft blew its own RIA invention

Andy
Dead Vulture

Homonym corner

"As your binding to code". Surely you're.

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Employees sue for unpaid Windows Vista overtime

Andy

Group policy

My guess is that it takes about 30 seconds to boot, then 14.5 minutes to apply group policy objects. My new-ish four-core work machine (with XP) originally went from black screen to login prompt in mere seconds. Then it was assimilated into Active Directory, and now I try to avoid switching it off.

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FTC sues internet 'loan sharks' for deceptive lending

Andy

Bang to rights

A long time ago I worked for those guys and can confirm that they are indeed shameless crooks -- they cheated me out of a month's salary and a promised pay rise. Pity that British justice wasn't up to the job.

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ARM to fuel netbook, internet gadget drive with Ubuntu

Andy

ARM *not* a chip maker

ARM is a chip designer. Other companies license the design and do the actual silicon bashing.

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Microsoft retires Windows 3.11 on 18th birthday

Andy

er, no

You shouldn't believe everything written on the BBC website, especially if technology related.

There was no real mode in Windows 3.1[1], so the minimum processor was an 80286. IIRC, you needed at least 1MB of RAM to run in standard mode, 2MB for 386-enhanced mode.

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Rackable does cookie sheet servers

Andy

@Neil Greatorex

This more to your liking?

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/1435307/Telegraph-Style-Book-A.html

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it certainly is A hotel

http://www.guardian.co.uk/styleguide/page/0,,184838,00.html

Using "an" in front of an aspirated H is just affectation.

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Parcel mules scam exposed

Andy

Americanish

If it runs on a computer it's a program. If it is shown on a British television channel, it's a programme.

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French map out digital economy

Andy

Forget the UK

They're playing catch up with the southern neighbour. Andorra has been digital-only since last September.

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Das überdatabase: Inside Wacky Jacqui's motherbrain

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Secret telephone calls

No need for VoIP: just use random public phone boxen. Sucks to your expensive silo.

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'Water bears' survive in outer space

Andy

Tardigrade

Isn't that a scale for measuring degrees of fanboiness?

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Chrome: A new force for web applications?

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Full screen

Opera is the only browser that really lets you browse with absolutely no chrome at all -- provided you are au fait with mouse gestures. It's well worth getting acquainted if your screen isn't as big as you'd like.

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Windows Mobile 6 blamed for Xperia X1 woes

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Proper function

Does Windows Mobile function properly on any hardware?

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Common usernames get more spam

Andy

P-p-p

Postmaster begins with P. That must be why it gets so much spam.

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IE8 beta 2 locks down some XP lovers

Andy

Re: I'm confused

It's not an oversight.

In order to substantiate its claim that IE is "integrated" into Windows and can't therefore be removed to please anti-trust lawyers, Microsoft scattered much of its code among various system DLLs. By definition there can only be one copy of such OS components on the system.

So, when you install the Beta browser, you also get a bonus bunch of buggy new code integrated into the operating system. Result!

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Palm launches £399 Treo Pro

Andy

I want this phone

... running PalmOS. When are they going to sort that out?

Some more pixels would be nice, too.

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Mashed up Met Police crime maps go online

Andy

Surely it's...

... Bollix Johnson? (Try Benny Hill pretending to be Japanese.)

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Orange sees broadband subscriber exodus

Andy

The future's French

I live in France, and believe me, Orange's problem has a name: France Telecom.

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IBM's Ubuntu deal favors the server

Andy

Foibles

Since I'm not a sysadm I don't care much about the relative merits of Domino and Exchange. As a user, I used to think that Notes was the worst email client in existence, until we were migrated to Outlook.

Outlook is amazing: it makes Notes look good. Maybe not in an eye-candy way, but certainly for functionality. And the UI foibles? You get used to them. Personally, I will never forgive Outlook for re-purposing Ctrl+F to mean Forward. It means Find, dammit! And on that subject, Notes/Domino just pisses all over Outlook/Exchange for doing something useful like actually finding stuff.

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Home Office minister gets tough, then gets stuck

Andy

Other alternatives

Don't forget chewy, gristly, stringy, inedible.

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Spaniards show off touchscreen moto-computer tech

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Hello moto

In Spain, and most of Europe, "moto" refers exclusively to motorcycles. Hence, for example, MotoGP. Your average bike doesn't have a steering wheel, and touch screens don't work well with gloves.

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Japan kicks off electric car format war

Andy

Re: Re: Connexion

Merkin? From Lewis?

<quote src="American dictionary" href="http://m-w.com/dictionary/connexion">

chiefly British variant of connection

</quote>

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French get pre-pay iPhone 3G

Andy

Small matter

French law requires carriers to unlock handsets only after you've had them for six months, so it's not a quick fix.

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Ubuntu trumpets aromatic pistou of borage

Andy
IT Angle

IT angle?

@Richard Sloan

Been vegetarian for rather more than half my life, during which time I've only seen the inside of a medical establishment after falling off my bike and cracking my head open. Doubtless diet related. You do eat all your meat directly off the raw carcass, I suppose, as nature intended. Gotta put all those huge canine teeth to use.

IT angle?

'"HUMANITY" is not a member of a group specified for any attribute'. Profound, but sadly invalid.

http://validator.w3.org/check?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ubuntunapa.com%2Fhtml%2Findex.html

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Alan Sugar leaves Amstrad

Andy

Amstrad quality

I remember a friend buying an Amstrad tuner back in the 70s. It was dead on arrival, but being reckless teenagers we decided to have a look inside before sending it back. After whipping the back off it, the first thing we noticed was a quality control "passed" sticker. The second thing was the rubber band that should have been connected to the tuning knob lying in the bottom of the chassis.

Still, I'd have never been able to afford my first PC-compatible without Sir Alan's low-cost magic. Ah, the joys of Turbo Pascal, I'm coming over all nostalgic.

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Spinal Tap's Tufnel gets new Honda hydrogen car

Andy

Re: Refueling locations?

Never been to a gas station , but I'd expect to find hydrogen there, what with it being a gas. My vehicles run on petrol, so I refuel at petrol stations.

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Can Wi-Fi really compete with Bluetooth?

Andy

Intel could help itself here

Where are the open source drivers for Centrino?

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BBC continues to milk great tits

Andy

So...

Topless woman goes into a bar, says 'Burman, give me a Martoni'. After a moment's reflection he serves her a Martini, which she knocks back. 'Burman, give me another one of those Martonis'. Again a Martini is served, and knocked back. A little later, 'Burman...', but the barman interrupts ' you want another Martoni?'. 'No thanks, burman, these Martonis are giving me hearburn.' The barman eyes her up and down, then replies 'lady, let me explain a few things. It's not burman, it's barman. It's not Martoni, it's Martini. And it's not heartburn, your left tit is in the ashtray.'

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Punchline

No one else reminded of the joke that starts "Topless woman goes into an a bar, says 'Burman, give me a Martoni'..."?

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Japanese customs dish out free dope

Andy

Reg units

142g indeed. By sheer coincidence that happens to be pretty much exactly five ounces. Or 40 eighths.

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Windows XP bests OS X in RIA test on Intel

Andy

Opera is fastest

On all platforms, Opera's best. I'm often surprised how slow other browsers are, and it's not just because of popup and other advertising blocking, much though those are reason enough to adopt the Norwegian browser. Microsoft should buy the company, though I sincerely hope they don't.

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French punters offered petite Eee PC rival

Andy

@alyn

Do read the article first -- it was designed by the Taiwanese. Renault's chief designer is an Englishman. Look up "battle of Verdun".

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Palm Centro smartphone

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Thank Bob for HotSync

I lost my Treo 650 a few weeks ago, so this came at almost exactly the right time. I filled in with a spare Sony Ericsson handset, but I missed the proper keyboard for texting and couldn't face typing in all my contacts again. Now I've got my Centro, I don't need to... plug in to USB, press the HotSync button, and a few moments later I've got my old phone back again -- but in a sexy new package.

Can't say I would have "upgraded" had I not lost the old Treo. PalmOS badly needs UMTS/HSDPA, though the Centro is EDGE enabled, and browsing is definitely faster. Blazer isn't quite as brain-dead as before, and no longer re-fetches the entire page when you hit the back button. Why is there still no WiFi?

So, it has a nicer form factor than a Treo 6X0, a better camera, and Google maps. The price is nice too, and it's dead easy to use.

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IBM gets back into PCs

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Outlook does something amazing

It makes Notes look like a good email client. Quite an achievement.

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Wii buyers follow French Connection for consoles

Andy

Imaginary exchange rate

Not that I doubt the Mirror, of course, but it's some time since £150 bought you 250 euros.

http://www.micromania.fr/vente/rayon.php?mach=WII&format=Console

I got mine in Andorra for EUR220. No VAT there.

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Miscreants subvert search results to punt malware

Andy

On to is TWO prepositions.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/styleguide/page/0,,184819,00.html

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/tools_and_services/specials/style_guide/article986733.ece

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On to. Two words.

I don't mind mobe and lappy, but please stop using *onto. There is no such word.

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Delay hits Microsoft's WinHEC

Andy

Sever

Windows sever 2008? Is that the one that cuts its own ethernet cable in the interests of humanity?

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