* Posts by Big_Boomer

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This program can detect if you're bored – which is going to make annoying ads, articles so much more annoying

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More annoying?

Go ahead, make them more annoying. I already have a list of companies I will never buy from because their adverts have irritated me. It will just become a longer list. Advertisers need to wake up to the fact that they are ALREADY alienating potential customers with their "ram the advert down their throat" mentality. Irritate me sufficiently and I will look up who owns that brand and decide to never purchase any of the owners products. Companies beware, shortly your advertisers are going to start costing you sales.

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Apple: Samsung ripped off our phone patent! USPTO: What patent?

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2001 a Rounded Corner Odyssey

Geeks and Geekesses,... I give you the HP/Compaq TC1000/1100 launched in 2002. Somewhat pre-dates all modern devices by a fair margin. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HP_Compaq_TC1100

Also, similar shaped tablets can be seen in 2001 A Space Odyssey released in 1969.

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Prior Art

HP TC1000 circa 2002 is earlier than most. Perhaps HP should sue Apple? As for the US Patent Office they get an EPIC FAIL, unless as surmised it was all a protectionist conspiracy. Either way Apple are laughing all the way to the bank.

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BBC risks wrath of android rights activists with Robot Wars reboot

Big_Boomer

HUH?

Robot - a machine capable of carrying out a complex series of actions automatically, especially one programmable by a computer. Never saw one of those on "Robot Wars"

Android - (in science fiction) a robot with a human appearance. Nope, never saw one of those either, except once or twice when Craig was hungover. :)

As for the reboot,.. LET THE WARS BEGIN!!

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Longing to bin Photoshop? Rock-solid GIMP a major leap forward

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PSP

You can all laugh at me if you like but I still use JASC Paint Shop Pro 7 Anniversary Edition. Bought it way back in the early noughties and have never had a reason to use anything else. GUI, Filters, file format support, and utilities are good enough. Like the man said, I know it and it does what I need. Tried GIMP a year or 2 back when playing with Mint 17 and wasn't impressed given that my 15 year old software pretty much had it whupped. When I finally come across something it can't do, then I may consider finding something new, probably the latest version of Corel PaintShopPro. Yes it's Windows only but I've been using it since PSP 1.0 came out as shareware in '91. Old dog I am, but new tricks I still learn if needed.

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Suck it, Elon – Jeff Bezos' New Shepard space rocket blasts off, lands in one piece

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HARD LANDING!

That passenger capsule hit HARD despite the parachutes. Even in acceleration couches that is gonna hurt!

As for building serious spacecraft, the best method is to go to the Moon. Low gravity, no atmosphere, plenty of resources, no NIMBYs. Build a base on the moon, harvest resources, build the catapult (cheaper, smaller, simpler), assemble spaceship parts in space and as a side business export materials to earth. Accelerating everything from earth is always gonna cost-a-packet regardless of the method used and the energy used is just going to heat up the earth faster.

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World's oldest person scoffs daily ration of bacon

Big_Boomer

So what?

If she was a 60 a day chain smoking alcoholic then they would never have even interviewed her because as everyone knows smokers and drinkers are Satan worshippers of the worst kind <sarcasm>. Bacon is good for you, alcohol is good for you, even nicoteen is good for you,... so long as you get the dosage right. If you choose to overdose on bacon, don't expect to live to 116. 16 would be difficult!

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Reg lecture asks what’s so scary about 1.5 tonnes of metal with a mind of its own?

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Childcatcher

Mind?

Autonomous cars don't have minds you silly people. THEY JUST RUN PROGRAMS.

Can I have one with the code written by Bosch, not one written by Lucas or Magneti Marelli please?

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Silicon Valley now 'illegal' in Europe: Why Schrems vs Facebook is such a biggie

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Worms

OOooohhh, this is a great big can of wiggly squirmy worms that has once again popped open :-) . Somehow or other a great many governments are going to have to thrash out an agreement on how to "harmonise" their Data Protection such that access to data is done in a controllable way. Only the daft believe that their data is in any way "Private" but there are degrees of privacy that can be agreed. This is just a step in this "harmonisation". There will be a great many more but for a change the US are starting to realise that they can't always have their own way. Now if we can just get them to drop their STUPID date structure......

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WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

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Said in Homer Simpsons voice

MMMmmmmmmmm, 3D tits!

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Apple files patent for long-rumoured iRing-type bling

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Happy

Re: Errr...

Ahh but the iRing will have a screen and rounded corners.

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FATTIES have most SUCCESS with opposite SEX! Have some pies and SCORE

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Happy

Red Dwarf

Rimmer = skinny. Lister = fat. Nuff said?

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Net neutrality: How to spot an arts graduate in a tech debate

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Coat

Packet Pixie

Am I the only one who imagined a parcel delivery guy wearing a brown tutu (guess the brand?) whilst delivering your parcels?

Ok, it's just me,... I'll get my coat.

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'Marshmallow' picked as moniker for Android 6.0

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Next

The next version after Marshmallow will probably be Nougat. Soft and sticky and full of nuts. However since they are now called Alphabet, they may just call it 7.0 or Roger. :-)

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Dead Steve Jobs' life and times are being turned into an OPERA

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What?

Nein, nee, nej, niet, non, jo, ne, ez, ei, cha and **** no! I can't think of anything more boring,... unless they also want to make one about Bill Gates.

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So just WHO ARE the 15 per cent of Americans still not online?

Big_Boomer

PornBook

For the men, show them FaceBook and car/tractor/gun porn sites. For the women, show them FaceBook and clothes/shoes/handbag porn sites. Then watch their businesses and lives crumble.Better off to leave people who don't want it alone. I can see the attraction of being disconnected and I normally try to have at least 1 week of not being connected per year. It's not easy though. Just 20 years ago a 2 week holiday meant 2 weeks not connected. Now yer lucky if ya manage 2 hours. No wonder we are all stressed out and wired!!!

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Citizenfour director Laura Poitras sues US for years of border security harassment

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The Land of the Free?

<LOL>....<ROTFLOL>.....<ROTFLMAO>

Oh stop,... it hurts!!!

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Dive deep into our liquid cooling chat. Just the thing for sticky summers

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Overclocking depends entirely on the specific chip you are overclocking. In the past I have overclocked two supposedly identical CPUs and while one would take nearly 10% increase with good reliability, the second would only take 2%. At no point did the CPU core temps get anywhere near their cutoff temps. Sometimes on some chips I guess there are issues with bus interface speed mismatches or something of that ilk. Just because they came from the same batch is no guarantee that they are identical.

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Pluto Pic: Is it a DOG? Is it a HEART? Or is it ... is it ... BIGFOOT?

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You are all on crack!

From the latest false colour image it is quite obvious that it is the ejaculate of the LORD that has bespattered Pluto and that Charon wears a toupé.

http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/Multimedia/Science-Photos/pics/nh-071315_falsecolorcomposite.jpg

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Britain beats back Argies over Falklands online land grab

Big_Boomer

Simples

Give the .FK to the Argentinians and move all the hosted domains to .fk.uk as suggested above. Who cares what domain name is used? As for the nationality of the islands, that was decided in 2013.

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Pluto plastered in what looks like 1970s orange wallpaper – proof

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Beige ?

So now we just need to resurrect Heinlein so he can write the sequel to "Red Planet",... "Beige Pluto". Either that or get Kim Stanley Robinson to write "Beige Pluto" :-)

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Cortana threatens to blow away ESC key

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Stoopidz

First MS decide that we no longer need the Start button that they had so assiduously trained us all to use since Windows 95/NT were introduced. Stoopidz! Now Toshiba want to add yet another key to bring up a talking filofax that hardly anybody wants. Stoopidz! It will go the way of the "Web" key and the "Email" key and so many others. The only really useful additional keys I have ever used are Volume +/- and Mute. I am also one of those people who removes the CAPS LOCK key as I hate it with a vengeance. Finally, does anybody know where I can get a FULL SIZED keyboard? Not these stupid shrunken pieces of crap designed for people with glove size Small and below. I take a 4XL glove and could use a keyboard about 25% wider than all the current ones so called full size ones.

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Intel adopts 40Gb per SECOND USB-C plug for Thunderbolt 3.0

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Dead Duck

Thunderbolt is deceased as a dead duck pushing up Daisies. Who wants cables in this day and age when you can stream wirelessly from your handheld device.

Can I do it? No!

Have I seen it on some advert on TV? Yes.

Do I want it enough to spaff vast wads of cash? No!

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Google patents DEVIL TOY which will BRAINWASH KIDS

Big_Boomer

Creepy?

Only the USES it may be put to are potentially creepy. In Anne McCafferys SF novel "The Rowan" a child suffering from PTSD is given a "Pooky" toy to help monitor her mental state. It's the same argument as guns. Guns are not dangerous until you hand them to a human.

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Factory reset memory wipe FAILS in 500 MEELLION Android mobes

Big_Boomer

So THAT's how WeBuyAnyPhone/Mazuma make their money. They sell your hacked data to scum. :-) Before anyone starts 'avin' a go, it's a JOKE!! They'll sell it to someone who'll hack it and get the data. Glad I still have my old Droids. <LOL>

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LOHAN crash lands on CNN

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Tacky

PARIS, LOHAN,...... if you are going for tacky women why not JORDAN. You could build in some Bulgarian Funbags and use all the plastic you want.

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'Bill Gates swallowing bike on a beach' is ideal password say boffins

Big_Boomer

Oh goody

So now we need to remember 200 bloody passphrases instead of 200 passwords. Personally I am old and can't remember sh!t these days so I use KeePass to manage my passwords for me.

One other problem with passphrases is that it takes way longer to enter them. If it's once per day, no problem, but I enter between 100 and 300 passwords every day!

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Apple blacklists tech journo following explicit BENDY iPhone vid

Big_Boomer

Blasphemy I tell you,.... BLASPHEMY!!

When will these people ever learn that criticising the ONE TRUE GOD is going to get you put on the Naughty Step? Lets face it, ElReg has been there so long they have a mortgage on it. :D

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How the FLAC do I tell MP3s from lossless audio?

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WHY?

Dave Gorman has it right here. We are constantly bombarded with the marketers need to buy the bestest, newest, coolest, highest-spec,... MOSTEST! Do you enjoy a TV program more now it's in HD? No. Sure you can see the actors pimples better and some nature shots are better but the enjoyment is no more or less. The same holds for music. Music is to be enjoyed for how it makes you feel. It's an emotional response to a musicians emotional outpouring. The fidelity of the recording is irrelevant if it still makes you feel the same when you hear the recording as it did when you heard it live. If you feel the need to spend £1000's on "real" HiFi then good for you, but don't tell me that I'm missing out because I am not. I am probably getting more out of the music than you are because I am interested in what the artist has to say, not how precisely it was reproduced. Yes, a certain level of fidelity is required but I have recordings from my cassette tape trading days that I still enjoy, even though in some cases I now have a way higher fidelity copy of the same recording.

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Ab phab: Apple is Britain's coolest brand YET AGAIN

Big_Boomer

Define Cool!

Define Hip! Correct, you can't. It's all just a marketing ploy to persuade people to pay more for something that can be had cheaper elsewhere.

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Kate Bush: Don't make me HAVE CONTACT with your iPHONE

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Flash

Worse still many feckless ****heads leave the flash switched on despite the fact that the maximum range of most flashes is 20 feet or so. Stupid morons ruin the show for the rest of us.

As for the lighters, nobody smokes any more,... hence no lighters. Besides, if you lit one at a gig undoubtedly some health and safety nazi would command you to extinguish it immediately under rule 47 section C sub-paragraph a14,......

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e-Borders fiasco: Brits stung for £224m after US IT giant sues UK govt

Big_Boomer

Clusterf**k

Terminate all Senior Management involved and all their assistants. Keep going down the hierarchy until all the wasted taxes have been recovered over the next 3 years. Now appoint new Senior Management, recruited from industry, pay them accordingly and place penalties on all future projects.

Ridley had it right in Aliens,.."I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure."

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SOULLESS machine-intelligence ROBOT cars to hit Blighty in 2015

Big_Boomer

Stupid headline

Are you getting your headlines from the Daily Mail now? These Driver-less cars can't possibly drive any worse than the large number of so called drivers currently using cars on our roads. With any luck all the shite drivers will buy a driver less vehicle and let a far better driver take them to work.

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BMW's ConnectedDrive falls over, bosses blame upgrade snafu

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M25

I spend 3hrs a day on the M25. I have seen everything from middle lane hogs to someone changing clothes at 80Mph and every kind of stupidity in between. Every day it amazes me just how unbelievably stupid some people are.

Concerning the BMWs,... Bl**dy Minded W***ers says it all although these days many of them have bought AUDIs and MERCs. They still seem to have the mentality of "Me, me, me,...Nobody else matters". I'm sure that being able to control their car remotely makes their owners feel just like Pierce Brosnan. Personally I treat the time in the car as "Disconnected Time",... something that is becoming rare and increasingly precious these days. Mine is an old S-class diesel in the "slow lane" undertaking all the SalesTypes driving their career extensions.

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Games industry set for $5 BILLION haircut, warn beancounters

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PC? Really?

I have a 5 year old games PC that cost me £1800 (i9550, 8Gb, 4870x2) in Jan 2009. I have upgraded the GFX card once (5870) and now rarely switch it on. Am I going to spend that kind of money on a new PC again?? Not likely. The games selection is poor and repetitive and when I use the PC I am being anti-social as the Mrs is bored downstairs having run out of TV Box sets worth watching. So, I stay on the sofa and play much worse GFX quality games on my tablet. These games are cheaper if not "free" and the quality of gameplay is not that much worse than that £45 3D Shooter I once spent 45hrs playing. Yes, I don't get 2500x1600 pixels of loveliness and the controller is a bit clunky but is it worth the £1000s spent just to play a few games? In the 5 years I have owned that PC, I have played GTA4 + addons, Fallout 3/NV + addons, Borderlands, Rage, Portal 1&2, and Batman Arkham City. GTA and Fallout were worth it and Portal was fun but the rest were dull, repetitive and never got finished. I think I will stick with my Note 10.1 and find some more puzzle games along with the occasional management/sim game and maybe a 1st person shooter if anyone ever produces one worth playing.

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British boffin tells Obama's science advisor: You're wrong on climate change

Big_Boomer
Headmaster

My guess is better than your guess,.. Nyahhnyahhh!

Says it all really. :-)

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SLOW DOWN: Insecure-by-design software on road

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Mushroom

My Message

to all my fellow road users would be "WAKE UP YOU DOZY B******S AND PUT THE BLOODY PHONE DOWN!!".

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REVEALED: GCHQ's BEYOND TOP SECRET Middle Eastern INTERNET SPY BASE

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Re: Anyone know what this is?

Looks like an antenna array to me. Probably switchable/directional.

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US vs THEM: The Human Condition

We all subscribe to the US vs THEM system. It doesn't really matter who THEM are as they can range from your neighbours or the driver in front of you, to the Premier of PsychoDictatorLand. Because we want to be protected from THEM we hand ridiculous powers to certain people, powers to control us, to snoop and poke and ferret in our name. But we don't want to know what our proxies are doing in our name because then we are tarred with the same brush. So, when someone exposes some of it, it's "La La La,.. I can't hear you" or Outraged from Sometown ranting about how the someone has endangered lives when he's actually scared that the PDL Premier is gonna use him as a condom. The upshot is that we elected the Pollys, they appointed the Civil (sic) Servants so it is OUR action, our responsibility and we are ALL GUILTY! Which means I am a spy! Cool! :-)

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Tesla's TOP SECRET gigafactories: Lithium to power world's vehicles? Let's do the sums

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Sodium?

No thank you. Petrol is about as explosive a fuel I would wish to have in my car. Sodium is scary stuff. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODf_sPexS2Q If yer gonna use an explosive element in yer batteries why not Potassium? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jy1DC6Euqj4

Hydrogen by comparison is not at all scary, even at 1000's of PSI and -260°C. Methane/Propane are better but are still carbon polluters and thus are not "Green", merely greener. Personally, i think the solution to the problem is 2 fold. 1- More people work from home = less journeys. 2- Less people = less CO2. Of course overcoming the inbuilt obsession with producing MORE PEOPLE is going to be difficult. Agent Smith was right,... we are a Virus.

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Klingon and Maori roar into 'mutt's nuts' dictionary

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Svensk

It really should be "det hundes ballar"

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E-cigarettes help you quit – but may not keep you alive

Big_Boomer

Addicts

Some people are "deeper" addicts than others. To just state that you found it easy (or easier) to go cold turkey is one persons view. Others find it extremely difficult. I have smoked for 36 years and have gone cold turkey 3 times in the past,...and every time I lapsed. For me cold turkey doesn't work. Have now been vaping for 2 weeks and while the taste and experience is not the same it's close enough. In a few weeks I will be moving to low nicotine liquid and will use that for a few weeks. After that I will switch to zero nicotine liquid and see how I get on. Hopefully I will soon be an ex-smoker but for most of us we are only ONE cigarette away from being an addict again so I will keep a zero nicotine vaper close at hand. I do have friends who have the occasional (1 per month) cigarette but I have never been able to do that. As for the contribution, my understanding is that smokers are still net contributors to the UK governments finances, but the margin is decreasing. Personally I am looking forward to having an extra £240 per month in my pocket. With the vapers am currently saving half that compared to tobacco cigarettes.

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Urinating teen polluted 57 Olympic-sized swimming pools - cops

Big_Boomer

Water is BAD for you!

It is, it can cause hyper-hydration, you can drown in it and it is the worlds best solvent. (Water sniffing anyone?) Unless the Yanquis do it differently the water from the reservoir goes through a treatment plant before it gets sent for Human consumption. These treatment plants use osmotic filtration, high power UV irradiation (yes, your water has been IRRADIATED!!!!) and add chemicals like Chlorine (mustard gas) to it. Piss is the least of your worries.

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Builder could lose golden ticket to Google's King Cross chocolate factory

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Europe AFLAME

No, not the latest UKIP anti-European sh!te <LOL> this is one of the region names at the company I work for. It means Europe, AFrica, Latin America, Middle East. My Dad used to be responsible for a region known as ROW. Yup, it was a Yank company and ROW meant Rest Of World (ie. not USA or Canada). It sometimes amazes me that they realise that there is a world outside North America. Certainly many software developers seem ignorant of the fact that only the USA uses that stupid bass-ackwards date system.

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Ancient Earth asteroid strike that dwarfed dinosaur killer still felt today

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Re: Fascinating

You've obviously not been to Pitsea. The "units" there are enormovast. Just the idea of them suffering knee tremblers is scary!!! As stated,... BEEG BADDA F***ING BOOM!

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The... Windows... XPocalypse... is... NIGH

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Re: Garage PC

Looks like I'm going to be installing Mint on the Garage PC then. :-) Thanks all.

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Garage PC

My garage PC runs XP and will be staying XP. I use it for playing internet radio, viewing service manuals, finding parts on fleabay, and other mundane tasks. I am actually looking forward to not getting update warnings and the resulting 30 minute download/install/reboot sagas. As for security, it has a half decent AV package and all my data is backed up elsewhere, so if it does get Pwned, I'll just wipe it and reinstall XP. Its an Athlon X64 3400+ with 3Gb RAM so although it would run Linux I just can't be bothered to faff about (it has some wierd RAID mirror for the primary disks) to get it working. When it gets infected I may look at Linux or I may just bin it and buy a cheap Win7 box.

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Internet is a TOOL OF SATAN that destroys belief, study claims

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It's not TRUE?

You mean that it might all be a pack of lies invented by various people and compiled together hundreds or thousands of years ago by self serving control freaks? Next you'll be telling me that everything I read in newspapers and on the internet isn't necessarily true either. In my opinion the sooner the gullible and uneducated get some education, the better. The world could use something new to fight over. Going to war over religion, resources or damaged pride are all soooooooo last year. So, any bets on when the First Internet War will start and between which factions? <LOL>

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BT Tower to be replaced by 3D printed BT Tower

Big_Boomer

3,...2,...1,..LIFTOFF

What, you didn't fit rockets to it so it could become the first UK space-station?

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Sick of walking into things while gawping at your iPhone? Apple has a patent app. for that

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Life needed!

It's a self correcting problem. iZombies and ZombieDroids get mowed down and the gene pool benefits,....so those who have the prior art please submit all of it to the USPTO asap! That way I will get to continue watching people walk into lampposts, bus shelters and funniest of all into bollards which for many seem to be right at bollards height! <rotflmno>

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