* Posts by The Mighty Spang

286 posts • joined 16 May 2007

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Oi, Google! Remove links to that removed story, yells forceful ICO

The Mighty Spang

what bullshit

are they going round taking a marker pen to the local library archives of newspapers? if not - tell the ICO to go fuck itself.

they should be more interested in local councils whos voter registrar forms are a cunningly worded invitation to have ones details sold to the highest bidder. i.e. you get shoved on the public list with no option NOT to be shoved on the public list. They then tell you about how you should write in and have your details removed from the public list. I'm assuming thats after they have sold your details to scumags....

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Tesla tech top dog downs slug, hikes bug bounty to $10k

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good on them

instead of sueing they embrace the problem and thank the finders. Then ask for better [people to help securing things.

BTW like most Brits i'd never heard of Challenge Coins until a few months ago when they covered them on the excellent podcast 99 Percent Invisible. Get the skinny here:

http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/coin-check/

and BTW2 - most people here would probably find this a great podcast I think. Its about design. A good couple of epidsodes a few weeks ago about the automation paradox as how it applies to planes and perhaps coming soon self driven cars.

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Sun? In Blighty? Nah, just build that rooftop data centre, it’ll be fine

The Mighty Spang

i wrote about this before

but quick version. 1990, room fulll of VAXen and drives and shizz. 1st job.

tell the sysop feels very warm behind the 8650. he says yeah but it puts out a lot of heat.

few weeks later... feels a bit warm again. sysop goes and looks at old aircon panel outside, no fault lights. its my imagination.

few weeks later, 1st super hot day of year, cannot access the cluster from desk. run over to find all doors open, screaming teleprinters and worried sysop just powering down disks.

turns out the panel that showed the faults had failed. so we got no fault lights as gradually the 3 units failed (must coincide with me noticing temp changes).

aircon panel was re-engineered to show 'run' lights not 'fault' lights. interesting distinction. we all learned something :)

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however since then at my current place of work we have a small comms room with servers and 150TB san drive for our area. due to building works both aircon units were replaced with brand new units (though with significantly longer pipe runs).

remember that brief heatwave we had a month or so ago? I thought i'd just pop my head in there to see if evertything was ok (because of above). one ac unit dead, no power. I report this to our internal facilities guys as urgent. Even after repeated phone calls it took TWO AND A HALF FUCKING DAYS to get our on site (but subcontracted) engineers to look at it. I was doing my nut.

turns out, some nobhead hasn't marked the trip switch back at the distributor with 'server room aircon do not turn off assholes!' and another nobhead just turned it off by accident.

anyway for 2.5 days in the highest heat we've had this year we were on 1 ac unit with me thinking about what happened 25 years ago was going to happen again...

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Let's all binge on Blake’s 7 and help save the BBC ... from itself

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if its got all of spike milligan's Q series

then i'd pay for it.

the whole archive should be opened up because its probably a good idea to digitise everything anyway and there is probably plenty of stuff that people remember fondly and would like to see again, as well as the random stuff that only comes up from time to time on other shows. interviews and the like.

part of the fun part about watching stuff like old blankety blanks is trying to work out who the hell 2 or more people on the panel were. obviously were famous enough at the time to be on the show but there is just no recollection of them!

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Open source? HP Enterprise will be all-in, post split, says CTO

The Mighty Spang

grommet looks good

and crucially unlike lots of other client side JS frameworks not full of over-complication. Nice and easy base to build on.

docs need work though.

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Carry On Computing: Ten stylish laptop bags for him

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ManhattanPortage..

went to their site... wow. lots of skanky looking nylon bags, some in ridiculously bright colours. May as well buy crumpler! though if you did you would want to hack off their terrible 90s rave logo if you don't want people to know you are a pauper.

say one thing for the crumpler site though, at least it isnt chock full of weird looking gimps like the ManhattanPortage site.

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The Mighty Spang

look at the back shot of the Fossil Estate

see how the insides squirt out from underneath the flap and let water in? i'm not sticking my laptop in that.

first thing to look at.. if the bag is lightly loaded does its flaps stick out? I've been absolutely drenched before on my 1 mile bike ride home, so I would not buy that bag.

you can see on the barbour little bits at the top that protect that from happening.

The boxford looks like a crap ripoff of a Billingham bag. Although not actual 'laptop bags' (designed for professional cameramen) - you can buy matching laptop slips to go inside them and Billingham bags are pretty much bomb proof, I've had mine for years.

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Bring the Banhammer! Microsoft declares WAR on leaky Gears Xbox users

The Mighty Spang

up with this sort of thing!

they broke the NDA so they can post their crap up onto the net going ZOMG FURST GEERS OV WUR GAMEPLAY VEEEDEO LIKE AND SUBSCRIBE! LIKE AND SUBSCRIBE! and feel slightly better about their pathetic feeble existence for a few minutes.

if it could be possible id like them to send a command to overheat the machines and blow them up as well. perhaps that could be achieved by trying to get the pathetic underpowered devices to try and render 1080p60.

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What to do when the users are watching Nazi dwarf smut at work?

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well...

working for a highly large us comnpany in the uk in mid 90s, there was a mirror server ran by a guy in tech support of some source code trees and public shares by key developers. ****r1\mirror was its name. name removed to protect the innocent but enough to remind people who may not have known what went on..

one day, it stopped working. for a while. the curious went round to see what was going on. the chap had issued IIRC 'net server stop' whilst he cleared up.

turns out one of those mirrored developers had a directory of one of his interests, which we would probably call 'bears'. think grizzly adams. naked. and stretching.

and the job i had straight afterwards had installed ISDN for its more senior members, including my boss. for some reason with no experience I was in charge of this. the fun happened when i discovered the http proxy logs. nothing illegal but it was fun hinting at my boss about the log until he stopped :)

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Spotify springs bloody leak as losses grow to $197m – report

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Re: Must be fucking nice

i aspire to be jeff bezos. creator of a company that has never turned a profit in 20 years, yet however is worth 40 billion dollars.

so far i've got the creator of a company that has never turned a profit worked out pretty well, its the rest i'm having a problem with.

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Synths you've been gone: Vintage tech rules at Musikmesse 2015

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you forgot to mention the Parva

... in the list of crowdfunded stuff (true they probably weren't at MM, but worth mentioning)

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/futuresonus/parva-polyphonic-analog-synthesizer

8 voice 3osc analog module for $1000

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JavaScript CPU cache snooper tells crooks EVERYTHING you do online

The Mighty Spang

I've got it now.

Its so you can develop the world's first javascript screensaver.

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The Mighty Spang

whats the problem?

unless you can tell what key was pressed or what was clicked, whats the problem?

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Are you sure there are servers in this cold, dark basement?

The Mighty Spang

first job

partially entailed doing ops on a room full of Vaxen. 780, 2x785, 8600, some microvax, lots of drives.

one day when changing a tape over thought 'feels a bit warm behind the 8600' so go and tell the ops manager. we go in, agree it feels a bit warm. go out and look at the aircon control panel. in those days it wasnt a nice lcd panel, it was a grey metal box with panel lights and a power switch. None of the 'unit failed' lights were on. there were 3 units running the area.

still we are coming out of winter and again a week later i'm thinking 'this is too hot, can't be right'. tell the ops manager, we do the same thing again.

then a fortnight later it was early may and the first lovely warm day of the year. I'm in a diferent building and cant seem to log on to anything in the cluster. rush over to the computer room to see all the loading doors open and people wafting air in. The aircon had failed. the console printers were going mad. as a vaxcluster everything major that happened came out on all the printers. but the heat was affecting the connection and the machines were dropping out, causing all the machines to report on the status not just what it saw, but the status that the other machines in the clusters saw as well, so paper was just churning out.

eventually they took the decision to just turn the power off as they couldnt regain control for an orderly shutdown. not good.

when the aircon engineer turned up, it turned out due to a blown fuse in the control panel, the 'unit failed' lamps were not working. to the best of his knowlege he reckoned we were working on 2 units most of the winter, one failed a month ago (when i noticed it getting warmer) and the last one failed that day when it struggled in the heat.

the aircon panel was re-wired so instead of 'unit failed' lamps we had 'unit running' lamps. If the lamp was off we had a problem - or a blown bulb!

thing to be learned is if you've got a hunch there is a problem, don't trust your instrumentation.

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20 years on: The satirist's satirist Peter Cook remembered

The Mighty Spang

brilliant things you forgot to mention

Cook on Clive Anderson talks back

Cook in the Rik & Ake film 'Mr Jolly Lives Next Door', with the classic lines:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zs3s30t5duw (language, Timothy!)

oh and BTW greatest british comic - Spike Milligan. Influenced everybody bloody else that has been mentioned here....

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UK.gov pushes for SWIFT ACTION against nuisance calls, threatens £500k fines

The Mighty Spang

i have fun with them

i used to get annoyed and shout at them, now if i've got time to spare I just try to freak them out. ask them their name, where they live, what they are wearing etc... just go hog wild. pretend you're masturbating or even masturbating somebody else. pull up a streaming porn site and play that in the background and describe whats happening.

i want these assholes to go to bed at night and not get that image out of their heads, contemplating doing something useful with their lives.

much more fun than getting angry and reporting them which (in my experience) has done f all to stop them.

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Amazon granted patent for taking photos against a white background – seriously

The Mighty Spang

people and products?

They might be infringing on MY patent. I've patented photographing *objects* against a white background.

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Tube be or not tube be: Apple’s CYLINDRICAL Mac Pro is out tomorrow

The Mighty Spang

security and expansion

right, so how we going to secure this to the desk guys? normally cages go over the top but thats going to interfere with the cooling.

and you're not a pro unless you've got a fibre link out to a decent storage solution. used to have pci cards for that.. now out of thunderbolt into a tb->pci adapter (about £700 FFS), leaving dodgy, non lockable cables hanging around ready to be knocked out.

and hold on, how do I secure that as well?

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Post-Profit Prophet RUSSELL BRAND is the HUMBLE CHRIST of STARTUPS

The Mighty Spang

hypocrite

he has done corporate schill work for HP

http://www.webosnation.com/russeell-brand-shows-his-hp-touchpad-expertise-more-promo-videos

and disney

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2182405/Russell-Brand-channels-Captain-Hook-latest-star-shot-Annie-Leibovitz-Disney-Dream-portraits.html

nice friendly, non profit making companies, both of them.

he talks about companies destroying the earth, then bogs off to the US to make 3rd rate movies, then jets around the world to promote them. how does he get there? row? He could make crap films in the UK and not do the promotional tours and save loads of carbon. but its old mammon again waving a large cheque in your face.

ive personally not voted for a long time. firstly because I was living in such a safe seat it would make no difference, and then after labour was returned for the final time, I gave up. the general public are too stupid to understand the choices they are making either through pure dimness or being totally stuck in a polarised world that cannot accept that another party might have better ideas, stuck shouting 'toff' or 'red' at each other.

i will say one thing though, on facebook, the only people i know who have joined the 'brand for prime minister' type groups and share his updates are the *thickest* people I know.

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YouTube co-founder either HATES Google+ or his vid account just got HACKED

The Mighty Spang

totally agree

I had a G+ account attached to my google apps for domains account. Only used it to keep up with the statuses of the Dart team (as only about 3 people I know are on G+)

i started getting messages on youtube about do I want to use my real name? no I don't. a week later, same thing. ignored. then it seemed to get to the point that I couldn't do anything, even view videos without this same old shit happening. either use your real name or create a g+ channel for your login. feck off I don't want either. so I deleted my g+ account, telling them why.

just checked. although my youtube account works, when i clicked to add a comment it went back to "if you do this you will have to create a g+ channel with your name". i clicked no, message at top of screen goes "OK, we'll ask you again later".

totally fusking bizarrely I just uploaded a video and made it public and it didnt ask me about creating a google+ channel.

contrary to popular belief I do add useful comments at times :) though this whole g+ channel thing means i'm not posting comments on youtube anymore. screw it, really not worth it. but people will just click ok because they are idiots.

bit like the thing going round FB at the moment, the 'whats your brain age' test where you have to agree for them to be able to see all your contacts and all your posts etc. and people still click ok.

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Legal eagles pit Apple v. Samsung in thievery test

The Mighty Spang
FAIL

Re: Idiots

even after spending the better amount of £5k on kit from ebay on my barclaycard in the last 18 months without so much of a twitch, the other day, whilst in the middle of paying an import duty to UPSon the phone I was called by barclaycard.

apparantly my spending pattern had flagged up suspicious activity. that week i had spend £3.24 on a cheap game on steam and paid £50 odd to UPS.

after i rang back the message (as i was still on the fecking line to ups at the time) it said something like 'hi we're barclaycard and we hate you. we think you're doing something dodgy, so please call us back on this number you've never seen before in your life and doesn't match the number on the back of your card. just to prove we aren't some fly by night shyster, log into your mybarclaycard account online and there will be a message in there to prove this is legit. i'd just like to remind you we're regulated by the financial service authority but we still hate you. later looser!'

so i log into mybarclaycard and... lo and behold.... NO MESSAGE. quell suprise! so phone on normal line. listen to barney harwood from radio 4 talking me through typing my number in and shit. get through to confused of india #1. talk talk talk talk. ok putting your though to fraud now... wait wait wait wait...get to go through the same fusking questions again and get to talk to confusied of india #2. i get the spanish inquisition. what was the £50 you just spent for? I'm sorry that's none of your fucking business. OK, what I meant was, this transaction with UPS, what kind of service do they provide? UPS? biggest delivery company in the world? WTF do you think its for? OK thank you sir. This payment of £3.24 to Steam Games what was that for? a game. oh, maybe it was weapons grade nuclear material. no i paid for that on my other card so definately a crappy cheap game. mumble mumble... type..type.... I see you reset your access code 2 weeks ago. was it you who did that? yes. why was that? because i forgot it. ok... (is this the bit where you go 'because i'm a master criminal and i've stolen this blokes identity')... eventually after like 20 mins on the phone this evil witch said 'is there anything I can help you with today'...

not 'appy.

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Worldwide smartwatch shipments predicted to top 5 million next year

The Mighty Spang

so just like watches now

most people don;t wear one as they have a mobile. its only the twats with money to burn of hipsters who will be wearing them

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First look: iOS 7 for iPad

The Mighty Spang

yet again, more fiddling with nothing

... as the version number changes.

lets get this straight. for 99% of stuff, changes to 'THE OS' don't matter. the os is different to the UI. most changes to the UI are fiddling in the corners (unless you do a windows 8 in one step).

i bought my ipad 2 a good few years ago and keep it up to date. what have i noticed change? nothing. im using app and that hasn't changed. like new versions of OSX. over 200 improvement they trumpet. all i can see is a few things missing from the right hand side of finder and an increased load time because i forgot to turn off the numpty "restart all the applications i previously had open" option. oh and 'foldermege' which windows has done since version 1 and doesn't mean the unwary loose data because they expected it to work in a logical way.

they poo-poo android for all these versions, but i got an old motorola atrix phone out my drawer and gave it to a friend. yeah it worked, some stuff was in diffrent places, but what have i gained to my galaxy S3 with its newer OS? erm, nothing.its mainly a phone and an app is an app.

drives me nuts when people go 'oh the apple OS is so much better' then you find out all they do is run a browser (mozilla) and adobe apps, so their total expsoure to the 'OS' is explorer. or the file save dialog.

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So, who ought to be the next Doctor Who? It's up to YOU...

The Mighty Spang
Mushroom

David Thewlis, playing it like 'Johnny' from 'Naked'

please god, i've endured 20 years of shit, I want this. Mike Leigh directing as well please and Dick Pope on cinematography.

even if he's not channeling Johnny (which wouldnt happen, thats a bit strong) he would be the best doc for years. superb actor. he would have the gravitas that the last couple of ....things... couldn't replicate.

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Study: US iPhone owners tend to be rich, educated, white

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erm what?

i remember a post you did a year or so ago about how i**** users were the most in debt compared to android.

im not sure how education correlates in this.. how paying more for less correlates with education i can only image works like more education = more money = will pay more money for a fashionable brand.

not 'ive made a rational decision about hardware, os and platforms and i even though i've got an arts degree i know whats the best devce for my banal shit like instagram'

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Never mind your little brother - happy 10th birthday, H.264

The Mighty Spang
Mushroom

re: patents and licencing on camera

really interesting and often missed thing is if you are using something like a canon 5dmk2 or even panasonic eng cameras like 151 and 371 (and all others i would imagine, those are just ones where i've looked the manual) and filming with h264 or avc.

you are ***NOT*** licenced to use the recording for commercial work.

unfort i can't seem to copy and paste out of the pdfs, so check 5d2 english manual pg 241 - "about mpeg-4 licencing' or the panny hpx-370 manual pg 6.

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Hex & plugs & ROM & roll: Computer music stars rock Bletchley

The Mighty Spang
Headmaster

Re: New Order.

you might be getting confused with Factory Record's co-founder and producer for all their early work. Martin 'Zero' Hannet. He petitioned for FCL to be wound up as basically he wanted to buy a Fairlight. (and basically all the money FCL had was money from Joy Division)

'Anthony Wilson has cited Factory's refusal to purchase a Fairlight synthesizer for Hannett [for £30,000], and to instead earmark £50,000 toward The Hacienda (FAC 51) as Hannett's main reason for taking legal action against FCL.'

http://www.cerysmaticfactory.info/fac61.html

(it calls the fairlight a synth, it wasn't, it was a sampler)

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Furious Stephen Fry blasts 'evil' Reg and 'TW*T' Orlowski

The Mighty Spang

to my mind the only thing julie burchill did right

was come up with her description of fry.

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Apple exec says music labels, Hollywood, 'old fashioned' on copyright

The Mighty Spang

bit rich for apple

standard marketing technique is you set your price at the what the market will bear. so their shiny products which are using mainly commodity parts are priced at the point that enough gimp glasses wearing hipsters can get themselves in debt for instead of chasing volume sales.

to critiscise another product is a bit dangerous, to my think anyway.

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OS/2 a quarter century on: Why IBM lost out and how Microsoft won

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FAIL

win 95 did run in 4mb

it was delayed because billg said it would run no slower than 3.11 in 4mb, hence a lot of time consuming optimization.

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Sanitary towel firm's 'CEO' sets traumatised man straight

The Mighty Spang
Facepalm

dodges the point

when i'm ill/in pain/fucked off i know i'm a tetchy git and hole up in the study to keep from snapping at people. thats because i know i'm being unreasonable and as a loving, caring person I want to avoid causing undue distress.

the wife on the other hand almost goes out of her way to invent invisible traps and let you fall in for a mauling. anything. not hoovering the lounge (even though you cant see anything that needed hoovering, she must be looking at the knap of the bloody fabric), not washing the car (apparantly thats my job, washing the outside of a tin can that other people look at and i dont as im f*cking inside the thing. drives nice, clean inside, the outside could have 'i love jimmy saville' spray painted on it and i couldnt give a toss), not taking out a bin bag i didn't even know was there because i haven't installed cctv in the f*cking kitchen and its been there for 3 minutes (again apparently taking a bin bag 4 meters into the garden is always my job for some unknown reason). at times like that you wonder if there wasn't cars, bin bags and spiders you'd be out on your arse.

an old local comedy band covered this topic years ago in a bitter sweet song ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Isv7CiWtyPk ). The lead singer apparently wrote from his experience in all his songs. gets a little dark towards the end - 'i could think of better ways, than spending my Saturdays, in the ward of Southend casualty, PMT stands for Pre, Meditated Treachery, better duck here comes some more well aimed crockery'

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Microsoft bod dreams up 'Star Trek holodeck' games console

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basically already done.

can't find it but i've seen an sfx showreel of a guy sitting in a room in a sofa with table and the 3d was calculated from a fixed projector position.

then there's this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67pzdxhRbrM which is the same basic idea but using 3d vision solving to find the objects.

this is the next patent revolution.

80's-2000's ... add 'with a computer' to existing patents

2000's to 2010's add 'with a mobile device'

2010+ add 'with a kinect'

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Game devs beg UK taxman: Can we pay 30% less?

The Mighty Spang

are you 'aving a giraffe?

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/gamesblog/2009/sep/27/videogames-hollywood

An industry bigger than hollywood begs for tax breaks?

If GTA set as it is in the states with thinly disguises US cities gets it... wow, what's next? its a bit like classifying independance day as a british movie for that bit where a british bloke goes 'is that the americans? bout time they came up with something'

and this has filth written all over it. even if the definition of british culture was tightened and somebody greenlit, erm, GTA: Catford where you drive round in a Ford Sierra trying to collect the complete set of traffic lights to wait at whilst people pour out of pubs shouting 'leave it wayne, eees not worf it' then i guarantee there will be 1000 people 'working' on it and very few on the 'other' titles. totally ripe for abuse.

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

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Facepalm

oh so you don't watch BBC4 then?

Their films were great. and the bbc cut their funding for original drama. oh well.

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Watching Olympics at work? How to avoid a £1k telly-tax fine

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i'd be looking for new employees

if their idea of excitement is two weeks of people running round in circles, jumping a bit, throwing stuff, synchronized drowning avoidance etc they are hardly the type of people i'd like to have for company.

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Eurozone crisis hits pay TV: Punters pick broadband over telly

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Thumb Down

pay tv? why would anybody do that

and not just because of pirating, but after you pay for it, there are adverts every 10 mins. and then they stick crap on the screens when you are watching it.

for example i'm watching season 2 of falling skies (yes dodgily I know. apart from bbc4 on iplayer that is pretty much about it). I can barely do that for the giant bright logo in the bottom corner (excellent for a show that mainly takes place in the dark) and giant pop up adverts for other shows that appear. Even if I had no other opertunity to get that content without paying, with ads and logos and crap im not paying. i dont pay to watch a f*cking advert and its only because there are so many dullards with nothing to do (they think) except watch tv there is never going to be enough of a rebellion of people cancelling off short of mass piracy.

economics of everything to do with this stuff is screwed up now. single tv show buying costs are too high compared say taking a subscription out. well i dont want a subscription so your show price is too high compared to other stuff i can do with my life.

production costs have escalated because of indy production companies owning the talent and 'the talent' will only work through the production company (who are their agents and managers etc) who then overcharge for production and take a nice slice out of every level of a programmes budget. the bbc was broken up to give more stuff to indys many years ago to take the power out of the beeb and keep costs low, unfortuntaly they've created a monster that means despite video technology getting hugely cheaper all the time, there is less money to invest in decent product.

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War On Standby: Do the figures actually stack up?

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Mushroom

Onkyo amp = 72Watts on standby

if you turn on the network features. cant be arsed to look at the model number, but it cost about £900 2 years ago. i assume most if not all of the same make with the same features will do the same.

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Ex-Soviet space gunboats to be FOUND ON MOON

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guns in orbit

firing the direction you are going = retrograde force on orbital speed = reduction in orbital height

firing out the back is the reverse. go higher.

firing at the earth pushes up into high orbit, but with an unstainable orbital speed, will sink again, probably oscillate up and down. until an equilibruim is reaches

sideways gun.. well knocks you sideways.

against weight of the capsule though, probably very minimal change.

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HP Z1 quad-core Xeon 27in PC

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Trollface

stupidest opening line ever...

"PC users who secretly covet their cubicle neighbour’s 27in iMac but don’t want to leave the Windows world"

... can install bootcamp.

there, fixed it for you.

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Stephen Fry's Pushnote goes titsup

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Mushroom

fry's biggest crimes

is to take up tv airtime with a radio show - QI and by being on a panel show he's contributing to death of new writing for tv.

i've got QI in mp3 format on my phone. you miss nothing. ocasionally somebody will say something like 'oh look there's one of them' but otherwise there is no loss. its radio with pictures. it should be on radio 4, but then they wouldn't do that they would loose 90% of the audience (the thick part who like nothing else than gawping at a flickering box. radio 4 is brilliant you know, you can enjoy a show whilst doing something with you life). at least HIGNFY (which please god, somebody f*cking shoot in the head, whats it like now, series 1367 with the same f*cking jokes every episode) has a small visual element.

as for panel shows that go on and on and on like energiser bunny... meh. no room for new comedy now which costs more money and might flop. lets just have another f*cking panel show!

and the most galling part of panel shows is we PAY these people to appear and on the backs of their appearance they run out and do countrywide tours and make fortunes (oh and watch the bias of who appears based on the production company-i.e. who is signed to them). screw them. they should pay the BBC for an advertising slot. make it like ebay, they have to outbid each other to ply their trade.

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Apple's online store goes offline

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obviously apple is so secretive they don't even tell the webmasters what products they are announcing in advance, they have to cobble the information live from the presentation.

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Strong ARM: The Acorn Archimedes is 25

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Facepalm

Re: apple menu

"You might want to read up on the reasoning behind Apple's approach:"

ok so i get that. but why not abandon it when technology made it annoying/stupid? Using an APPLE 30" screen with a giant desktop, got a window down the bottom of the page, all the way up to the top again for the menu. then all the way down the bottom again. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

Dual monitors? HAHAHAHHA lets track all the way back over to the 'main' monitor', then alll the way back to our app. very, very ,very, VERY stupid.

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Return to Castle Wolfenstein

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more big up for Wolf ET

I know, not related, different dev & all

but wolf et was the best multiplayer game of all time, forcing you to *really* co-operate. i spent *so many* hours playing that

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Lawyers of Mordor menace Hobbit boozer

The Mighty Spang
Pirate

its a crappy student pub

with a good food bar attached, and a big outdoor area which is great in the summer even if the view is the corregated steel of the industrial estate next door. as another poster mentioned the fear of tripping down those concrete steps is a huge one though....

as for the name.. change it. who cares? you think people are going there for the name? somebody here said about great hobbit themed cocktails... wtf its just tramp juice to get students pissed quickly. do you read about them drinking cocktails in the book? think not.

as for the use of the name.... well could almost be forgiven given the age.but covering your walls and loyalty cards with pictures from the film... seriously who in their right mind would do that in this day and age? deserves all that coming to them from that angle.

and fry getting involved? simple one fry, quit the film. if you don't you're a damn schill. happy to gain yet more fame from being the stupid person's idea of a clever person ( (c) julie burchill ) yet happy to take the money to appear in the film. which will be shit anyway because its martin 'i cant act for toffees' freeman in the *lead role* *yet again*. Has nothing been learnt from the hitchikers movie?

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Apple land-grabs fuel cells for mobiles

The Mighty Spang
FAIL

can it really be this simple?

bolting 2 pre existing things together is patentable? what's next? recipies?

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2011's Best... Premium Tablets

The Mighty Spang
WTF?

transformer ugly?

i've got one, dont think its ugly. and nobody has said anything like that, just been impressed by it.

the ability to have to the keyboard clip on (with extra battery) is the killer feature. yeah its ok to dick about reading emails and watching videos of lolcats being petted by hipsters, but if you've got to do some work in a reasonable time, a real keyboard is unbeatable.

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Jobs: 'I'll spend my dying breath destroying Android'

The Mighty Spang

touchscreen? internet? grid of icons? - Handspring!

I remember trialing a corporate service in about 2001, a handspring phone with a gsm data modem attached at the back and surfing the web (incredibly slowly mind). not a million miles from iphone as a user experience. of course add years of improvement in mobile processing, color screen, grafics co-processors etc you get something slicker. but the basics was there.

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Sky wins TV riot battle

The Mighty Spang
Megaphone

hate to tell you this

but news should never be entertainment. if sky were embedded with the looters it probably made it look cool and maybe some people went out on the strength of it.

but i'd like to know how much they paid the said looters for safe passage. we've all seen the vid of the injured youth being mugged. you telling me that a gang of these peeps are going after trainers and crappy tellys when the cameraman has close to £100k in gear on his shoulder?

pull the other one. expose sky for paying money to criminals.

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Shagbook won't take Facebook thrust lying down

The Mighty Spang
Facepalm

oh ffs

when i move to a position of benelovent dictatorship this is one of things I will come down hard on.

If you can't be bothered to think up an original word to describe your product you have no NO *NO* rights to the individual words you've welded together. think of the problems with easy jet etc.

in fact even raising it in my new world order would mean your website got banned and the CEO was sentanced to an ass raping by Brian Blessed in full Flash Gorden outfitbefore being unblocked (broadcast live on skype - another name you can't really arse around with if you'll pardon the pun)

seriously, plenty of others have got round it like, erm, amazon, bing, hulu, boxee, google,... list could go on forever. its only shit people that have to weld words together.

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Apple resellers squeezed out of volume licensing model

The Mighty Spang

apple are exiting a lot of the market

specifically the pro end. their enterprise support has been woeful at best. now they've killed xsan hardware. lion server is crippled, xsan client is built in. FCP turns into FCA (final cut for amateurs) with no support for xsan (or any shared system).

Color? $30k a seat till apple bought it. now killed it with no replacement in site. same as shake.

mac pros are the next one to go (really i don't know why anybody bought them anway with fcp only using one core. though they could have after effects running i suppose to justify it)

and with the growth of the ipad, OSX is starting to look risky.

none of these things are about the products - but why waste good talent on products that get very little in return compared to the ipad?

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