* Posts by Ol'Peculier

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Scrapheap challenge: How Amazon and Google are dumbing down the gogglebox

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FAIL

I had somebody tell me that YouTube had stopped working on her TV because "Google had sold it".

I think there may need to be an intelligent test to see if the telly is smarter than you before purchase.

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Antiques in spaaaaace! Retired space shuttles cannibalised for parts

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Re: Bah!

You're lucky you've still got it after Sandy - it was hidden from public view when I visited a couple of years ago whilst they were sorting a new exhibition area for it. Hope it's back up.

Fortunately I've been to see Discovery a couple of times and they seem to have moved the barriers so you can get a bit closer to it now as well. Bit knackered looking, but there again if I'd been around the world that many times I'd be looking rough as well...

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YouTube bloggers told to slap 'advert' stickers on their vid posts

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You'll see a lot of US programmes crediting various companies (usually tech or cars). You just need to see the number of programmes using Surface to see what's going on.

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Microsoft pushes us closer to the Edge: Test new web browser now in free Windows 10 VMs

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I'm more interested in how 10 works with IIS and all the various stuff that we load on top of that on our local dev machines, so this will be getting a download this week.

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Feeling a physical present: Ten summer games and gadgets

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Ferrets

After watching that video, I really do wish I could keep pets in my flat.

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Budget UHD TVs arrive – but were the 4Kasts worth listening to?

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Re: Wot not FreeSat tuner?

I believe it's because we use a different DVB-S to most of Europe, so it's not worth making the sets.

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Monster Scalextric Formula 1 circuit to go under the hammer

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Re: Mines bigger than yours!

Where did they keep it, never heard anybody mention it (though I did have a sheep walk into the snooker room in the Sergeants Mess once, you don't get that at the Crucible!)

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Ooops. My mistake. Need to move some more boxes around in our warehouse now.

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Bit of history, this was created by Sky to promote this years F1 coverage, I assume it was shown as a pre-race but I try to avoid watching their coverage.

More info, and a video of Brundle racing against Telegraph hack is at

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/sportvideo/formulaonevideo/11449657/Who-wins-on-Martin-Brundles-ultimate-F1-circuit.html

You'll need a 9ft x 9ft sized shed by the way.

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Susan Sheridan, voice of Hitchhiker's Trillian, dies aged 68

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Video of sorts, the trailer for the tour can be found here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6o3t6s0Oe8

This was broadcast last year and was an abridged version of said tour

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdnn5VrHoIc

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Re: radio first?

You are right, and the BBC have made the same mistake on their site too.

H2G2 started as the radio series, but as well as the 5 (some might say 6) books it encompassed TV, a computer game, a towel, a stage show, TV series, more radio with the 3rd, 4th and 5th books adapted and read by the original cast, the film, and the H2G2 Live! stage show, again with the main cast, was, like Douglas' own life, cut short too soon.

What would be nice is if the BBC rebroadcast the Character Invasion recording of the stage show from last year,

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Re: Wonerful lady

Time is an illusion, lunchtime doubly so.

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Wonerful lady

I've had the pleasure of meeting all the H2G2 cast several times and Susan was a very, very nice lady, friendly, warm and unassuming, had a good memory for names and faces too.

Was truely saddened when I heard the news yesterday morning, hadn't realised she was ill.

Icon for 6 pints of bitter and two packs of peanuts please barman.

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UK's first 'DIY DAB' multiplex goes live in Brighton

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Coat

Picture

Have to agree that the pic is a bit unnecessary, but it has made me look forward even more to my trip to Brighton in September to see a certain Mr. Gilmour...

OK, I'll go and get my coat.

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

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Go

A friend of mine produced and directed the documentaries, they are well worth watching,

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Blakes 7

Except that B7 is on YouTube...

But the idea should be welcomed, and preferably - when the rights allow it - be available worldwide.

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Bloke cuffed for blowing low-flying camera drone to bits with shotgun

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Re: 40mm Glock

If that drone had lost power and dropped on someone's head and killed them would the owners be liable for the death. Especially when they intentionally flew it over someone elses property.

So, if the drone fell on somebody after being shot down, would the bloke with the gun be liable?

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At last we know for sure. Blighty's 'best mobile network' is ...

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4G speeds

Well, when I was having a look at EE's 4G, the best download speed I got was just down the road from my flat at 88Mbps, and that's here in sleepy Scarborough.

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Ashley Madison invites red-faced cheats to bolt stable door for free

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Re: Other sites

Funnely enough, I don't watch Jeremy Kyle either, and I'm at work too...

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Other sites

Did anybody catch the woman on Jeremy Vine today that boasted that her site, which catered for the same type of user Ashley Maddision has, charges £135 for 4 weeks - and also claimed to have 1 MEELLION members?

I'm off to build a website...

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United Airlines bug bounty shells out 1.8M miles for three flaws

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Code share

Has the writer ever flown with United (or any American carrier for that matter) because the first question I'd be asking is if they can be used on a code share with another airline?

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Ireland loses entire airport amid new postcode chaos

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Re: Welcome to 20th err 21st Century Ireland

I once hired (well, think by the time 25% VAT was added to my already overpriced bill I'd actually made a significant down payment on it) in Galway and just went pottering about for a couple of days. Loved it.

Cork is also worth a visit.

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Pan Am Games: Link to our website without permission and we'll sue

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FAIL

Wonder if the CN Tower had permission to light up with the PanAm colours? (It took somebody from Toronto that pointed out what the colour scheme was though - I just thought it looked pretty)

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On yer bike: Hammerhead satnav for cyclists – just don't look down

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Shoes

I'm sure I read that somebody was developing a system that would fit in your shoes and vibrate when you needed to go left or right when walking about. As somebody who hates to look like a tourist when I'm, um, a tourist, it would work for me...

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China wants to build a 200km-long undersea tunnel to America

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Re: It's not for people, only goods...

After spending about 56 hours on the train between San Francisco and Chicago, I'd disagree. Amazing scenery, great people to talk to, somebody brought out a guitar and started an impromptu party somewhere near Salt Lake City, and a fair price for the experience. And the beer wasn't too expensive either (though they did eventually run out...)

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Osbo PRINTS first Tory budget in 19 years with his BARE HANDS

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Pint

No mnetion of...

...the most important bullet point in the budget, beer duty...

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Reg hack survives world's longest commercial flight

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I've just done Toronto > Chicago ,> Manchester and after clearing integration in Pearson international that was it regarding security.

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UK TV is getting worse as younglings shun the BBC et al, says Ofcom

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Don't forget

52 episodes of Clangers - out of those watching the first episode, 65% were adults!

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Goodbye Vulcan: Blighty's nuclear bomber retires for the last time

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Re: That wing shape . . .

It was very close to doing a roll whilst over Scarborough, possibly changed his mind at the last second.

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Photobombing

Spent about 4 minutes touring Scarborough's south bay beach on Saturday and got quite a few photographers out, including this one:

http://www.thescarboroughnews.co.uk/news/local/vulcan-photobombs-scarborough-couple-s-wedding-1-7334129

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Celebrating 20 years of juicy Java. Just don’t mention Android

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Alternatives?

Both DPD and the Royal Mail (and probably more, these are the two we use) require Java in the browser for sending stuff to lavel printers and automatically add consignments into their system, and it's a royal pain in the arse to maintain. Unfortunately, can't see a replacement coming any time soon.

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GCHQ puts out open recruitment call for 'white hat' hackers

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Re: While the salary is attractive

I spoke to an ex-GCHQ'er last night and £28k is not the normal entry salary either.

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Scarborough

Why the emphasis on Scarborough? There's been a base here for decades, preceeding the creation of GCHQ. And it's a much nicer place to live than Cheltenham!

(yes, I do live here, and know plenty of people that have worked at CSOS Irton Moor (Completely secret outside Scarborough was the alternative acronym)

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UK safety app keeping lorries on the right side of cyclists

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Re: The other way

You are right, I'm sure our UPS rep told us they ran, in the States at least, a system to turn right whenever possible.

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Chill, luvvies. The ‘unsustainable’ BBC Telly Tax stays – for now

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Don't use the BBC everyday but...

40p a day.

For starters there's Doctor Who, Top Gear (RIP), Sherlock, Car Share, The new thing that starts on Sunday that's meant to be pretty good and a shed load of other decent drama's such as Happy Valley. Then there's radio, not just Radio 1 or 2 for the mainstream but stuff such as radio adaptations of Neverwhere and Good Omens, News Quiz, Now Show, Museum of Curiosity, Cabin Pressure et al. I know several people that have Radio 4 on almost 24/7.

Throw in half of the current F1 season, News 24 and regional news/weather, the BBC website, World Service, BBC Worldwide (yes I know this is taking things a bit far, but I've been in countries where it was the only English speaking channel) and I'm more than happy to fork out my licence fee.

There does have to be something to stop iPlayer catch up though. Perhaps logging in using your licence GUID and limit it to a certain number of devices, much in the same way Sky, AFAIK does it.

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From Manchester to Microsoft – missing mum :-(

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Roads

The thing I've found with US roads, mainly the Interstate or on Route 50 that signs are placed /on/ the junction, rather than the 3/2/1 countdown we have here. Missed several turn-offs because of that.

Also spent what felt like hours trying to get out of Ronald Regan airport which I'd driven into because of the signage, but that was probably more my fault than anything else.

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High-speed powerline: Home connectivity without the cables

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WTF?

Bedroom camera

Somebody's got to ask.

Why a bedroom cam?

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Welcome, stranger: Inside Microsoft's command line shell

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Re: Obscure knowledge got me a job ....

Glad I wasn't the only one that thought of that solution.

Grief. I feel old...

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Woeful groans over Game of Thrones' spill on piracy sites

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Re: Deliberate leak

Not too sure. One episode, yes. Two, possibly, but 40% of the forthcoming series?

There's a SNAFU somewhere.

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Photo finesse: Eyefi Mobi Pro Wi-Fi SD card

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Meh

In the field

Studio use, linited. But the ability to transfer an image to a tablet whilst I'm in the middle of knowwhere to check on a bigger screen rather than lug a laptop around is worth it. Although, of course in this scenario I'm not looking at needing RAW files until I get back home,

Sat on the fence on this one.

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HTC One M9 Android smartphone: Like a M8 with a squinty eye

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Time to change

I've seen in other reviews it doesn't match up, and this has sealed the deal for me. I had a Desire HD, currently have a One M7 and was looking at moving up to this when my contract is due for renewal in June.

Looks like I'll be moving brands this time. What goes on at HTC to make such a backward step?

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Sir Terry remembered: Dickens' fire, Tolkien's imagination, and the wit of Wodehouse

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I had a dev server once called Magrathea...

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Unhappy

Dollars?

Will really miss PTerry. He did a web chat on a forum I was a member of once just before he announced his embuggerance kindly spending an hour or so answering questions.

Anyway, El Reg. when did Brits start donating dollars to research?

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Life, the interview and everything: A chat with Douglas Adams

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Re: an inspiration to procrastinators everywhere!

Me too. Was a great evening,

Met Mr Gainman after the stage show in Edinburgh a couple of years ago, and he stayed in the pub till the very last minute!

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Stage play

There was also the stage play, with Simon Jones, Geoff McGivern, Susan Sheridan and Mark Wing-Davey that toured in 2012/2013, directed (and playing drums) by Dirk Maggs who was the guy behind the last three radio productions.

Was well worth a night out to see it, and it had a different voice of the book every time as well.

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Dream job: Sysadmin/F1 pit crew member with Red Bull racing

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Could be worse

At least you get to jack the car up at the back. Seen too many front jack guys get run over by their own drivers to want to take that gig thank you very much!

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Don't pay for the BBC? Then no Doctor Who for you, I'm afraid

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Meh

Sky

Same way Sky does, you can connect up to 3 (?) devices per account and only switch them every month (I think, this is based on why a friend uses another friends Sky account to watch F1 in his own home)

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BOFH in mugnificent return to Cash'n'Carrion

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Agreed

I used to have a big ceramic mug that held about a pint as my container of choice until it cracked. Bigger the better please El Reg!

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LICK THAT ATM: Diebold and Corning debug displays

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Keypad

The Nationwide ATM I use has a touch screen, but the keypad is where they normally are, so even if it was one of these, I'd still be keying in my PIN on the pad below.

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