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Lego is the TOOL OF SATAN, thunders Polish priest

system11

I agree with him in the vaguest of ways. I do think lego was nicer before all the smirking attitude faces.

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Steve Jobs statue: Ones and ohs and OH NOES – it's POINTING at us

system11

It reminds me of the pillar from one of the earlier Hellraiser films.

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Woman claims she was assaulted in Google Glass 'HATE CRIME'

system11

I don't want to be secretly recorded, I'd ban them from all establishments. Phones and actual cameras are different, they're very obvious when in use, someone wearing a pair of glasses may be recording and they may not be, it's completely unreasonable and Google are at fault here for not giving a shit about privacy when they invented them.

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4K-ing hell! Will your shiny new Ultra HD TV actually display HD telly?

system11

So, buy a new TV on which my existing HD content will look ... awful? At a time where world & dog are finally embracing Blu-Ray?

I despair with the TV manufacturing industry. 4k should be 4x1080, then you could scale without artifacts.

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PlayStation daddy on new PS4: She's ALL 'PLAY', NO 'Station' this time

system11

The Xbox One can't actually play disc based games out of the box, you need the 600mb or so patch for that. The PS4 is missing some functions out of the box, but playing games it will do.

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Re: The PS3 was and still is a top-notch product

FUD.

Both consoles contain a hardware scaler - Microsoft (or DICE) opted to employ edge sharpening on the lower resolution Xbox One version of Battlefield 4. They chose a horrible full screen AA for the PS4, that's why the XB1 version looks (in my opinion but it's not a popular one) better.

CD/MP3/DLNA to be implemented in a future PS4 patch.

The ESRAM cache if fully utilised still leaves the Xbox One at a significant power disadvantage even before Kinect eats (approximately) 10% of the resources. MS are working to find ways to free that up but it's not enough to counter the 50% deficit.

Kinect hasn't taken off, it's a party toy - Sony did well to make their camera a separate item people can choose to buy.

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Moto sets out plans for crafty snap-together PODULAR PHONES

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I hope they manage it, I'd definitely own something like this where I can tailor make my phone. I think the most realistic outcome is they learn a lot making a prototype, and some of the concepts and features invented along the way end up in Motorola handsets and/or Android.

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James Bond's Lotus Esprit submarine car sells for £550,000

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Re: @ ACs bitching

Agreed - they used to mostly be reserved for when someone had something relevant to say, which they didn't want to be tied to their name (and therefore employer).

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Apache OpenOffice 4.0 debuts with IBM code side and centre

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Re: LibreOffice

Even harder when you consider that MS Office is *actually quite good*. Even as a Linux guy I find myself working on spreadsheets via Office in a Windows VM in preference to using LO/OO, because the software is simply better. I could certainly live with LO/OO most of the time, although some MS generated documents do turn into a mess, it's not as bad as say video editing where there's nothing as good as Sony Vegas available.

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CONFIRMED: Driverless cars to hit actual British roads by end of year

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Re: All at once or none at all

I went for a training course in Milton Keynes. I thought the way the town worked was fantastic both from the point of view of a driver, and in the evenings a pedestrian.

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Seven snazzy smartphones for seven sorts of shoppers

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Re: Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD

Nice to know it can be made to work. The older MAXX is actually available in the UK and when/if it dies I was rather planning to get whatever the newest version was, due to battery life.

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Ubisoft admits major hacking breach, advises password change

system11

Information sharing...

I signed up to Xbox Live with a specific email address, that I used only there for security. The last game by Ubisoft that I actively played online was R6 Vegas 2, which came out years before I set this new email address.

How then, do they have my XBL username and email address, and some unknown password which may or may not be my Live one?

Thanks Microsoft. Just because I play someones game offline, doesn't mean you should automatically send them my information.

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Sony unveils latest attempt at an Android SmartWatch

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Meh

I still find it somewhat reassuring to wear a proper watch, with cogs and springs inside. I can't really see the point of this since everything it can do, a phone can do. Many things a phone can do, this can't - so given that most people will want to carry a phone around anyway (and the operating range of their current model is only 10m anyway), why would you pick this over something with a little character?

I'm going to file this under 'just because you can...'

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Antarctic ice sheet melt 'not that unusual', latest ice core shows

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Happy

Re: Cold winters, Wet summers

But I like the current weather trend, for anyone who doesn't like warm weather it's been wonderful :)

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Quit the 2D internet, flee your cave, and GET LAID, barks rock star

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Meh

Re: He's quite right

My taxes and cost of living go up far more quickly than my earnings, which is the case for most people at the moment. Online stores are considerably cheaper to buy from (even after postage). Online stores don't involve the misery of public transport or trying to park in punitively priced car parks used by careless idiots. Going to the town centre to buy something takes an hour of my spare time, buying it on Amazon takes less than a minute, leaving that hour free to enjoy doing other things.

So monetarily and from a time/stress perspective, it makes no sense to buy from real shops on the high street, unless you enjoy the act of wandering around browsing busy shops. A lot of people don't and I've noticed that the older I get, the less inclined I am to put up with all the hassle.

I'd also challenge the notion that online retailers don't have product knowledge, a lot of them do - it's really only Amazon & co where you're buying from a factory outlet.

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Wii-U boat torpedoes Nintendo's '¥20bn profit' into ¥20bn loss

system11

You can't sell a last generation gaming experience with a gimmick, for higher prices than actual current generation consoles and games. It's just .. obvious.

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Troll sues Apple for daring to plug headphones into iPhone

system11

Kind of difficult to feel sorry for Apple given their recent behaviour, even if patent trolls are wretched.

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Ballmer's lightened pay packet is the least of his problems

system11

Looks familiar

Desktop users don't want an interface which has been dumbed down for touchscreen use. It's that simple. Reminds me of Unity all over again.

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Hunt vows: 'UK will have fastest broadband in Europe by 2015'

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Re: When he says "Fastest"

Indeed. Every time the speeds are hiked around here, there is a corresponding increase in latency and packet loss. Great - just what I needed.

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SCO keeps dying, and dying, and dying

system11

Could they please hurry up? We bought in the party hats years ago and they've gathered a layer of dust.

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Party like it's 1999: CDE Unix desktop REBORN

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Re: Cubuntu...

I would donate to a Kickstarter project for that.

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PayPal is bleeding market share and it's all eBay's fault

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Re: What's all the fuss about?

All the cheapest stuff is in the US and other non-EU places though. I restore pinball machines in my spare time, even after customs and shipping it's often far cheaper to buy parts from the US. All those US companies and 'mom n pop' type supplies accept Paypal.

Paypal is 'too big to fail' at this point, not sure how much time analysts spend in the real world.

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iPhone 5 poised to trounce Android, devastate BlackBerry?

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Absolutely, how refreshing to see someone actually say it.

This is why when I bought a phone yesterday (the first mobile one I've actually bought for myself rather than being given by an employer), I approached it from a very simple angle: which handset has the best battery and build quality? The Razr Maxx clobbered everything in battery life and appears to be stuck together properly, so one is in the post.

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Disable Gadgets NOW says Redmond

system11

I did - I like the little weather applet and the mini system monitor.

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Climate was HOTTER in Roman, medieval times than now: Study

system11
Childcatcher

"I don't understand the polarisation in the climate space since it obviously wrecks peoples critical abilities"

Hard to take that seriously from someone who opens with 'climate deniers'. Until population expansion is addressed nearly everything you do is delaying the inevitable. I'm of the opinion that wasting resources doesn't make any logical sense and that's why I recycle/use energy savers/etc, but I don't truly believe that what I'm doing will have any real long term benefit in the context of our planets future.

The elephant is still in the room, I can see that it's easier to vilify 'climate deniers' though.

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War On Standby: Do the figures actually stack up?

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Devil

I actually do switch things off

I'm one of those people who flicks the switches at the wall on a lot of things that don't need to be running all the time, something on stand-by uses more than something that is switched off, and that's all there is to it. My main driver is fire safety though rather than people wringing their hands and telling me to save the world.

I'd like to know the numbers for pointlessly plugged in chargers/etc as opposed to TVs which really don't use very much. Some of them get quite warm with no load whatsoever (same for any similar type of power pack) - where there's heat there's wasted energy.

Of course this is all undermined by the 2 kilowatt heater that sits in the garage running 24/7. Oops.

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Speedball 2 Brutal Deluxe

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Re: Xbox Live

Unfortunately it was de-listed after Empire Interactive collapsed. It was a pretty good port too once you switched off the awful new graphics. Still got it on my machine, shame nobody can download it to play 2p with me now.

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Biennial boner blights Beemer biker

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Re: @ Sir Wiggum:

Not all of them, buy one of the big Mercedes or BMW and they still have a good ride and a lounge suite for seats.

Ultimate comfortable 'bang for the buck' ride has to be the previous model 7 series, just brilliant cars. I paid a whole 5k for my last 750 which I had for 3 years, spent about 2k in repairs on it, sold it for 3 when the ABS pump failed. So 4k for 3 years motoring in an immensely comfortable and capable car, which is significantly less than the depreciation on anything you can buy at the moment,.

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Official: Britain staggers into double-dip recession doom

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Meh

Re: Austerity?

Correct, I never go to the public sector. Oh - aside from the NHS telling me I can't have the medicine for my chronic sleep disorder, because it's too expensive - but they told me that before the "cuts" anyway.

I have a reasonable income, my partner earns a pittance though. We have no children, but if we did I don't think I'd be complaining that other people aren't funding my lifestyle choice. They *are* a lifestyle choice you know. Aside from that, my income is also dropping in real terms, bills are all up everywhere you look, and it's pretty grim. All of these things happened regardless of "cuts". My remaining grandparent went into a council provided care home just two months ago, no problem there either. It's much nicer and safer than the house the council used to pay for - it's been like watching someone wake up for another lease of life. The pavement outside our house was literally still warm to the touch yesterday because they're all being replaced.

Child tax credits are the one very good point made, but as I say - you chose to have children. I have not chosen to buy a horse or live in Chelsea, because I can't afford to. On a reality based note, we reduced the amount of time our heating runs over the winter because it was so expensive, that's just life I'm afraid.

No amount of moaning about cuts to front line services changes the fact that individually and as a country, we're mostly broke now. It doesn't matter how much money 'Gideon and Dave' have, or their chums in business, or the amount of tax dodged by people wealthy enough to dodge it, because it would probably fund a single beer for everyone in the country. I believe spending significantly less on things we can't afford, is a real part (but not all) of the solution.

I'm just tired of people talking the cuts up as if it's the worst spectre in the world, destroying the lives of the poor while funding the lives of the rich. Do you know who the 'rich' are in the context of tax funding? The poor sods working for a living with no children, who are not rich and also use very little services of the state, paying a fortune in rent while people live next door free of charge. The same poor sods who can't afford to go on holidays or buy new cars, just like people with less money can't. The media particularly sensationalise it like an unknowable boogeyman lurking under the bed just waiting to kill poor granny in the winter. The economy falling over even more would be worse.

In short: it sucks for everyone, get over it. I don't like it either. I like the probable alternative even less.

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system11
Stop

Re: Austerity?

Please highlight which particular cuts caused this, and when they actually took effect. I don't mean the pile of discussed, planned or speculated ones - I want an example of an actual cut which has made any difference to the situation.

I see too many people bemoaning 'all the cuts' when actually almost nothing has changed.

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So, what IS the worst film ever made?

system11
Meh

Charlie's Angels 2.

I have an incredibly high tolerance for bad films, but this one was terrible enough in the first 15 minutes to get me to turn it off. I can't even think of another film I can remember turning off before the end.

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Ubuntu 12.04 hits beta, brings smooth Unity for marching masses

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Unhappy

Unity will sink Ubuntu over time

I deployed quite a few (well, 40-50) Ubuntu workstations to users here, and results were very positive - however that was 10.04 LTS. We also deployed some 11.04 builds which were configured for the classic Gnome interface, purely because Broadcom like to change their chipsets monthly. The 11.04 ones have ... been lacking. Even basic things fail like the session manager failing sometimes on login and vanishing the theme, or random X crashes. None of this happened on 10.04.

Then 11.10 hit, and a few users upgraded their machines.

I had to rebuild them, the upgrade totally hosed the machines - one even came back with a strobing display, I thought it was hardware failure at first.

Having shown a Unity desktop to some of them, the result was overwhelmingly along the lines of "but it worked before, this is primitive and unusable". I can't see us staying with Ubuntu at all going forward - which is a pain in the neck as I'll have to go away and make new build images.

Unity strikes me as a vanity project with nothing to offer end users. Even Gnome 3 is better, and that isn't brilliant either.

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'Kill yourself now' - Torvalds throws openSUSE security tantrum

system11
Stop

Sorry Linus, have to disagree with you

If you wanted a friendly and permissive distribution for your daughters laptop, you should have either:

1) Configured OpenSUSE that way, or

2) Given her a different distribution

The fact that it won't by default let users do just anything without elevated credentials, is one of the selling points of OpenSUSE to (for example) IT teams in a corporate environment.

Rant away about bugs, by all means..

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Feds to carmakers: 'Rein in high-tech dashboards'

system11
Alien

Banning distractions

I think it's a good thing to be investigating some of these. Entering a destination into a GPS while trying to drive is just as dangerous as texting - they're both an unacceptable distraction. I carry my accursed phone around with me all the time, I have to as part of my job. If it beeps or rings and I'm driving, it gets ignored. It's not a difficult skill to learn.

I would like the people noticing these new dangers to also address the plague of speed cameras which cause many drivers to watch their speedometer just as often as the road. I think many of us do that now, I know I do unless the car is on cruise. I find it quite stressful in fact, but the misery inflicted upon drivers after minor offenses is so great that speedo-stare we must.

As an aside, a nice feature to have in cars (which may exist on a car I've not heard of) would be a nice soft voice that announces when your speed passes certain configurable points. I'd like mine to tell me when I exceed 30 or 70. It should be easy to activate from the steering wheel or by voice control (the Jaguar Voice stuff actually works quite well).

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Drink diet pop all the time? Look forward to VASCULAR DEATH

system11

Time for a new approach!

I think it might just be easier if they all started listing foods and drinks that don't cause cancer / heart attacks / leprosy / scurvy etc. We could have them all stocked at dispenceries in controlled amounts, in case too much or too little is responsible for blindness and immediate death.

Is apple juice (pressed) considered safe still?

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Surprise: Neil Young still hates digital music

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Cranked to 12

I think the worst one I've heard so far is 'This Gift' by Sons & Daughters. It's physically uncomfortable to listen to for more than 1 track at a time, and even that is unpleasant.

I've spent a lot of money getting hold of original non-remastered versions of other albums that I'd sold in the past. Here's a comparison of the original and remaster of 'Money For Nothing' by Dire Straits:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UjQc0dM4H4

I've compared the actual CDs on a decent system, it's like night and day. Most of this seems to be driven by catering to people with rubbish playback devices (iPods+etc with stock earbuds) - perhaps they need to start making two mixes of everything, a standard and portable one with higher volume at the expense of range.

The big problem with all this is not that people in noisy cars or with iPods can get access to music that sounds sort of OK on their equipment, it's that only having that mix available means good quality recordings of some recent music simply don't exist at all. The music is forever unlistenable, you can't fix range compression.

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Tablets will overtake consumer PCs, says Fujitsu CTO

system11
Meh

Too difficult...

It's too difficult to type more than a couple of words on a phone or pad. At that point you probably want to dock it with a keyboard and mouse, and probably a usably sized screen, and then - what was the point of having a tablet in the first place? You've just created a workstation.

I know quite a few pad owners, and they all use them for the following two purposes:

1) To watch films or show photographs on the move.

2) To show people what a cool gadget it is.

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The Lord of the Rings Trilogy: Blu-ray extended edition

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Excellent stuff

I picked this up on release day, and having never seen the extended versions before, I didn't feel like any of them dragged on at all, they're just good, long films. The black gate scene made sense this time around.

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'3-2-1 ... Good Morning Atlantis!'

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Yes you should

Yes you should, human life is cheap and over-abundant. Space exploration and the innovations developed as a result are valuable. People always forget how much technology in day to day life came about as a by product of space development. Astronauts know the risks, but reap the rewards and do work which genuinely has value. It's their decision to take, not someone worrying that 6.8 billion is about to be 6.8 billion minus 8.

We as a species spend far too much time worrying about trying to look after our rapidly increasing population, and less and less time making any kind of meaningful progress. I'm glad I was born when I was, because I'm not going to be around to see the house of cards tumble down, as the elephant in the room wakes up and goes on a rampage.

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50 day lullaby of Lulzsec is over .. for now

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perhaps

I feel sorry for McKinnon, he didn't hack Nasa maliciously, or to expose personal details, he just wanted to look for little green men. There's no malice there, just a sad naivety.

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PSN hack triggers lawsuit

system11
Pirate

There is no 'PCI'

PCI can't act because they as an entity don't exist.

There's a regulatory body who sets the PCI DSS standard, but compliance is enforced by the acquirers (Visa and Mastercard for example). They can threaten to withdraw payment authorisations, and then you stop making money.

Any large company needs to pass a PCI DSS audit, the audit is done by a QSA, an external testing company who will audit their client, and based on their findings provide mandatory changes and recommendations that the client must follow to get their PCI DSS approval.

Now here's the kicker - when a QSA approves a client, they are taking on the liability in case of a data breach of any system they have audited and approved. The client gets to throw their hands in the air and say the QSA didn't identity whatever hole has led to the breach, and the QSA gets fined. Some clients are so large that the fines will destroy the QSA, for this reason many are sacrificial private limited companies. Some will pretty much come along and say "we'll take the risk" and give a company a tick in the PCI box without so much as a second glance.

Of course the company that lost the data then has to go to another QSA and get their box ticked again.

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Virgin Media says sorry over Superhub snafu

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Stop

"Their customer service and technical teams were excellent."

Can you please give us the contact details for this ISP that happens to share the same name as Virgin, as you can't possibly be talking about the same company.

Our area had a fault between August and March. It was only when I emailed the CEO and tried to cancel our contract that anything was done (in Jan), but they still failed to fix it. It's a sorry process of being sent in circles between people who just can't help even if they wanted to. We were going to switch back to 5mb DSL because it had been that bad for that long. And that's quite aside from the Superfail issue, which made a bad situation horribly worse. They flat out -refused- to give us an old modem back after the 'upgrade'.

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Not the only problem

Unfortunately this is far from the only outstanding problem with 'Superhubs'. They still have problem maintaining SSH sessions without using forced keepalives, and if you turn the firewall functions off (which massively increase latency and falsely identify DOS attacks when on) any fast transfers are prone to just stalling.

Utter piece of shit.

We need a bridge mode firmware update.

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It's the oldest working Seagate drive in the UK

system11

Me too

There's one of those up in our loft too, no reason why it shouldn't still work, it did when it was put there.

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Oxfordshire cops switch speed cameras back on

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FAIL

CASH! Om nom nom!

Oh goody - $cameras getting turned back on.

I wouldn't have an issue with them if they placed them where speeding even by a small amount is dangerous. You know, places where reasonable drivers don't even do 30, like going down residential roads and past school entrances. Accident blackspots where crashes happen at over 70mph would be excellent sites too. They might make the roads safer, along with a sensible policing of driving, like pulling over those idiots who tailgate habitually, can't find their indicators, or shoot out from traffic queues and then try to jam themselves back in where a gap doesn't exist. We've all seen them, we see them every single day getting away with dangerous driving. That's ok though as long as they're staring at their speedo.

However, that's never going to happen. It just makes too much sense, and doesn't let plod abuse the motoring public - put them in their places, get them for something and make a nice fat wadge of cash though fines and license re-applications, and a nice boost for the greedy insurance industry.

Instead, we get:

* Cameras at the bottom of a hill where limits change.

* Average speed cameras on stretches of road where crashes only ever happen at rush hour, when people can't even do 60 let alone 70. Instead they only make money off people doing 75 when the road is empty.

* Plod hiding their cars and mobile vans behind trees on curved, little used A roads where speeding is perfectly safe. In fact the safer the road would be for a higher limit, the more likely they are to stick a camera there. It's not about safety, it's about money and getting to put the little people in their place.

And they wonder why so many people don't like them anymore - this is just one reason. I'm really tired of looking at the speedo more than the road, but it's extremely easy to lose your license for a string of extremely minor transgressions.

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Digesting the Budget: First-belch reactions

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Grenade

forward thinking

Maybe they should have worked out if they could afford to have children, before doing so. Don't expect the world to fund a lifestyle choice you've made. The worst part is the way the system rewards people for having children they can't support to the point where it encourages more children.

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WTF is... cloud gaming?

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Doomed to failure

A constant 5mb/s with good latency?

Good luck with that.

Lets use my home connections as an example - one of them gets just over 4mb on DSL, but it has a 10gb monthly cap before you have to pay extra. I use that company because their latency is excellent, so it's fine for normal online gaming.

We also have a 50mb Virgin cable line, which has terrible latency even when it's working, but actually runs about 2mb/s every evening from 7pm-11pm due to an overloaded local UBR. Even if it was working, hitting 5mb constantly would get me hit by traffic shaping.

There's a reason video streaming of high def content is yet to really take off, the infrastructure just isn't there - we need genuine fiber to the home and massive investment at provider level before any of this becomes workable. I've always thought this OnLive thing looked like a Gizmodo style investment scam to be honest.

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Government flies kite for VAT changes

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Stop

Smaller items should stay VAT free

Smaller items should stay VAT free.

Even at their current level of inspection, customs leads to several days delay at busier times of the year - I doubt they can inspect every single thing.

I'm not sure why the 18 pound limit is even being discussed, that looks like a poorly justified cash grab attempt more than anything else if they really mean dropping it entirely. The correct solution to their current 'problem' is to start treating the channel islands as a non-EU place, subject to all the same rules as countries like America and Japan. CDs and so on will still sail through, which is fine given the pitiful amount of tax they'd actually retrieve - just as they do from any country, but larger orders that they still ship tax free from there would be subject to import duties.

I bet Parcelforce are hoping it gets abolished completely - they scam people for massive 'clearance fees' these days, often 5 times more than the actual VAT was on smaller items.

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One-third of Aussies 'are pirates'

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Entitlements

I think that's a balancing act - $30 is clearly insane of course, but there's a hard core of freetards who reject the notion that they aren't entitled to everything for free. Even at $1 they won't pay.

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Virgin Media kills 20Mb broadband service

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FAIL

Try providing 20 before offering 30.

Every evening our 20mb service slows down to about 2.3, as it does for everyone in the area.

I think they have their priorities slightly wrong.

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