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Mad Raspberry Pi boffins ripped out its BRAINS and SHRANK them for your pleasure

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Re: It's still too expensive

For home automation you only need a single Pi with XRF radios (Slice of Radio £9.99 for Pi, XRF £11.88 module + circuitry) dotted around the place to control relays, take temperature readings etc. XRF is cheaper than XBee and incredibly easy to use.

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Snowden: Canadian spooks used free airport WiFi to track travellers

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What's traceroute got to do with anything?

Andy, can you enlighten those of us who thought traceroute was just a diagnostic tool and not a surveillance tool created by the government? I'm intrigued.

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Crippling server 'leccy bill risks sinking OpenBSD Foundation

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Re: OpenBSD is included in ... third-party packages ...

"Code patches developed by OpenBSD is included in those packages"

Yes, and that may be what the author meant, but it's not what he wrote.

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OpenBSD is included in ... third-party packages ...

"OpenBSD is included in a number of popular third party packages that include SQL Lite, BIND, Sendmail and the Lynx web browser."

Err, you mean the other way around? OpenBSD includes those packages (by default), they do not include OpenBSD.

Not that those packages are specific to OpenBSD. It's a bit like saying "Windows is included in Skype" when what you mean to say is "Windows includes Skype".

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No sign of Half-Life 3 but how about FOURTEEN Steam Machine makers?

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Re: SteamOS

The benefit is that you don't need Windows at all, forget dual booting, just switch to Linux.

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Worried OpenSSL uses NSA-tainted crypto? This BUG has got your back

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Used by the NSA? Perhaps not?

This discovery actually puts a dent in the theory that the NSA were relying on this weak random number generator to crack SSL encrypted traffic. If they had been so reliant, they would have spotted early on that OpenSSL implementations weren't vunerable despite including the flawed generator. Yet they never reported the bug to OpenSSL, even though we are told it should have been in their interests to do so.

So can we conclude that either the NSA have more than one 'backdoor' into SSL and so they didn't need Dual EC DRBG working in OpenSSL, or the rumours about them exploiting Dual EC weren't true to begin with?

The Snowdon leaks have played into the NSA's hands in one respect, if terrorist feel they cannot trust the internet they'll go back to the old method of using trusted couriers to communicate and that is great news for spies. They can't simultaneously watch all internet cafes, hotels, libraries and other locations of public internet access to follow subjects back to their hiding places, but they can follow a man from A to B. It's a cheap, reliable and very well rehearsed bit of spy craft, they were doing it throughout the cold war.

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HELIUM-FILLED disks lift off: You can't keep these 6TB BEASTS down

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Re: less helium than a balloon

Helium is a finite resource, once it escapes it cannot be recovered or re-created (on Earth at least). Hence the 'paranoia' about the quantity being used. There have already been calls to ban Helium balloons to preserve stocks.

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Terminator-style robot busts leg in martial arts demo mishap

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Re: Narcissism

Isaac Asimov suggested that human form robots were ultimately the most practical and versatile as they could use human tools, drive human vehicles and navigate human environments. Although ultimately more complicated to design, a human form robot could be used for almost any task currently performed by a human without redesigning our whole world around it (at incalculable expense).

Big Dog serves a vary narrow, niche purpose - it can't pick up and fire a weapon, drive a car, dial a phone or even turn on a light switch. In fact, last I saw, it couldn't even perform all the tasks of a dog - it cannot fetch, it's more of a Donkey than a Dog.

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DEAD STEVE JOBS kills Apple bounce patent from BEYOND THE GRAVE

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The rule is that you must file for a patent before you tell anyone else about the idea. Apple didn't do this, he told the whole world about the idea then waited five months before filing his application.

The logic behind the rule is to prevent someone sharing an idea, perhaps even encouraging them to implement it, then snaring them in a litigation trap by filing for the patent once they are about to bring a product to market.

If you tell people without first having applied for a patent, the law assumes that you are happy for others to copy the idea - you've had a good idea and want everyone to benefit from it without seeking to make a profit from it.

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British Gas robo home remote gets itself into hot water

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Re: How Much!!!!

Heh, well in my own defence, it's been a decade since I installed TRVs throughout the house and I couldn't remember exactly what they cost. Pretty sure it was more than £5 each though.

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@ Ledswinger

No, we understood it was meant to be a joke, it just wasn't very funny.

I'll stick with my radiators thank you, each method has it's own pros and cons but for me, especially with the dry air issue of hot air systems, radiators are better.

Above all though the reason most homes in the UK have radiators is that the buildings are much older and of a solid construction rather than the timber frame jobs they put up in a day over in the US (only to watch them blow away in a storm). You can't easily retrofit a vent system into such buildings without losing space and gaining unsightly boxing where the vents go between floors.

You also cannot control heating on a room by room basis with standard hot air systems, with a radiator a £25 thermosatic valve can be easily attached.

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Panasonic whips out MONSTER fondleslab for serious S&M sessions

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Photographers

Panasonic have been touting this as far back as January to the professional and enthusiast photographic communities for viewing and post-processing their work. They seem to think that there is a market there and they've designed it to be powerful enough to run Lightroom and Photoshop which is certainly also the reason why it runs Windows and not Linux.

I'm not sure where this presentation stuff is coming from, maybe some last minute nerves from the marketing team, as it was made clear early on that Photographer/CAD Users/Artists etc were the target market. I believe it offers full size usb ports so that a mouse can be used.

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Barnes & Noble knock Nook slate down to £79

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Stop

Re: Sainsbury's

Looking at their website, that would be the Asus ME172. The Nook HD has it beat on Screen Resolution (1440x900 vs 1024x600), screen colour reproduction (IPS vs TN) and judging by reviews battery life (Nook boasts 8h30m for web browsing, 12h30 for video, Asus just 6h30m for web browsing no figures on video).

I've just bought the Nook, with the quality and resolution of the screen and the microSD card slot, I think it will be great for reviewing photographs when I'm out and about. Should also make a fantastic wifi remote control for the Panasonic GX7 when I get my hands on one.

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Star Wars revival secret: This isn't the celluloid you're looking for

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Holmes

Re: This isn't the format you're looking for

The use of CGI didn't let down the latest three films, but the _overuse_ of CGI was definitely a major contributor. Over-extended sequences, that last film in particular, seemed to be more about showcasing the CGI than about supporting the story*.

* Yes, the story was so paper thin that it needed some support ...

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Should UK tear Wi-Fi a new one at 5GHz? Speak your brains, says Ofcom

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Unhappy

Re: Not passing through walls is the major advantage of 5GHz

You're lucky that your internal walls aren't solid. 5GHz just doesn't work here in my 1920s built house where all the walls are brick, which is a shame really.

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Chromecast: We get our SWEATY PAWS on Google's tiny telly pipe

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$35 + Cost of a tablet remote

Isn't the big gotcha the requirement for a device, logically a small tablet, to act as a very expensive remote control?

Yes, a lot of people have smartphones and yes many also have tablets, but this requires the phone/tablet to be permanently available by the TV which is a big ask for a family. Which device takes precedence too, or will it turn into a battle every evening with everyone changing to their favourite programme? What happens when the kids need the tablet to do their homework, or Dad has to take a business call on his mobile and disappears with the 'remote' for an hour?

So no, the price of this 'dongle' isn't $35, not even close.

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CERN re-opens 'Animal Shelter for Computer Mice'

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FAIL

Re: Good one...

Err, let me correct that last post having read the The Consumer Protection Regulations. The regulations preserve the spirit, more or less, of the original Act. Basically if the sender makes no effort to retrieve their property within 6 months, or 30 days after requested by the recipient, then the 'goods' become property of the recipient.

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Stop

Re: Good one...

That section of the Act was rescinded by the The Consumer Protection (Distance Selling) Regulations 2000

You can no longer treat them as a gift, they must be returned to the sender.

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Software bug halts Curiosity: Nuke lab bot in safe mode

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Holmes

Re: anyone know

Curiousity has multiple cameras, the one used to take these shots is mounted on the end of an arm, you can see parts of it in the image at the bottom right, and is not any of the camera mounted on the raised structure seen in the image.

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Malware devs offer $100 a pop for 'active' Google Play accounts

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Headmaster

Re: Information

Sorry third paragraph - "The miscreant is offering '$100 for sellers willing to part with an active, verified Play account that is tied to a dedicated server'."

A 'verified' account 'tied to a dedicated server'.

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WTF?

Re: Information

It wasn't omitted, it's right there in the second paragraph.

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World's 'smallest' mobe unveiled in Japan

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FAIL

Re: It's been a long time...

"I thought 'a la mode' meant 'with a blob of ice cream'....."

Because it was a trend to serve your apple pie with ice cream, the term was misunderstood in the US.

As stated before, 'a la mode' is French for 'in the fashion'.

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Space station 'naut supplies Reg with overhead snap of Vulture Central

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Boffin

Which camera? Lens?

Come on, this is a tech site after all, I can't be the only one wondering which camera/lens was being used. I'd love to know what focal length was required to get this shot ... just in case I'm ever staying on the ISS for a couple of nights ...

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Seagate squeezes out 4TB desktop monster

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Stop

Re: But%20at%20what%20price%3F

I remember when a 2TB drive cost £50 ... the prices haven't returned to normal since the floods even though the factories are back to full production. The competition commission absolutely should be looking into the prices and questioning why the Seagate/Samsung and WD/Hitachi mergers were allowed when that left just 3 huge companies to dominate the market which isn't in the interests of consumers or competition.

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Tablets aren't killing ereaders, it's clog-popping wrinklies - analyst

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WTF?

If eInk readers were truly a dying breed then by the time the 'younger generation' are old they'll be legally blind.

In all seriousness, can anyone spend long periods reading from a tablet without suffering eye strain and associated headaches? Can many people even hold a proper tablet in their hands for extended periods without cramping?

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UK malls use Google in desperate stab at luring shoppers off the web

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Meh

Re: A state of equilibrium will be reached...

Atonnis - How long did the actual ordering stage take though? That was the downfall of online grocery shopping for me, it took too long to page through and select everything I wanted, even using the search only gets you so far. Unless you're ordering the exact same things week in and week out, or you don't care about comparing the prices between brands it's a painfully slow process. In the real world I can go down a supermarket aisle, grabbing what I want, assessing offers in seconds and be at the till with a full trolley in no time at all. In fact as it turned out I could drive to the supermarket, make my purchases and return home in a little over half the time it was taking just to _place_ the order online, never mind the wait for delivery.

Quite often I would find I had lost my delivery slot because it had taken so long! Instead of getting delivery on the day I wanted, I would have to wait another 24 hours. I would end up going to the supermarket anyway to buy bread and milk, it was pretty ridiculous.

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US military nails 'best ever' Microsoft deal, brags size does matter

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Windows

Re: So, Windows is...

I seem to recall (not very well) watching an interview with an IT tech working on board a UK Sub (pretty sure it was a sub not a warship). Anyway, the stand-out point for me was when he mentioned having to reboot it periodically ...

Now I freely admit that I don't really remember it terribly well, so if someone can find the vid on youtube or whatever to get the exact quote, please do.

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EDF: We'll raise bills 11% - but only 2% is due to energy costs!

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Stop

Re: Energy price rises

Ah, but those 'fast growing' plantation forests are terrible for the environment. They are practically lifeless ecosystems where natural flora and fauna cannot survive and to supply enough wood to heat all the homes in the UK would mean the creation of such forests on a vast scale. Anyone who still use a wood burning stove or fireplace can tell you that they go through fuel at a staggering rate. Pine and other fast growing softwoods don't even make great fuel for fires, they burn quickly and kick out little heat in the process. There is a very good reason that coal and not wood became the major fuel for fires in the 19th century.

Never mind the fact that even if you tore up half the countryside tomorrow at the loss of arable land, grazing land and nature reserves to plant those trees it would be 30 years before we could start harvesting.

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Vote NOW for the vilest Bond villain

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Megaphone

Franz Sanchez - Most realistic, most violent

Franz Sanchez for me. He's the least comic book of the villains, an ultraviolet drug cartel leader based on real life characters. Unlike Blofeld et al he didn't have henchmen doing his dirty work, he got his hands dirty, very dirty. Whether it was dismembering people with a machete or string them up and lowering them slowly to a hungry shark - not to kill outright in one bite as other Bond villains might but to be chewed up piece by piece.

There was always a touch of the absurd to the other Bond villains which made them hard to take seriously, but Franz Sanchez was a cold blooded, psychopathic butcher and by far the vilest of them all. Not my favourite, but that wasn't the question being asked.

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Facebook says it's LOSING money in the UK ... pays hardly any tax

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Facepalm

Re: Loosing money?

If you 'Cease to fucking keep' it then it's 'Not fucking fixed in place' ...

/me starts nailing all his cash to the furniture

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Natwest's Get Cash app pulled, but NOTHING to do with frauds

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FAIL

Re: A 6-digit PIN gives 'emergency' cash to anyone who types it in

So you and four other people had a sense of humour failure then? I think you'll find that it was a joke

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Amazon flings open doors to Android Appstore in Europe

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FAIL

Re: Bloated app size

Exactly, the fact that it can't be moved to the SD card means I'm uninstalling it immediately.

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Scrunched Street View spymobile spied in India

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FAIL

Re: Really?

Orange clouds reflected in the roof? You mean the orange/red _dust_ on the blue roof?

As for the shadows, the light source is behind the embankment, the car is in indirect light, the objects in the foreground are in direct light.

What's with the wild conspiracy theories? Are Google fans even crazier than Apple fans?

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travelbookshop.ch - it's clear as day in the full res Flickr photos

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Google suspends 16GB Nexus 7 orders

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FAIL

Re: Excellent kit

<pre>"High end performance and feel, low end price. Couldn't ask for more, and it truly is "buttery smoth", much smother than iOS."</pre>

But no storage ... my phone (<£100 sim free) has more and that's not primarily a media consummation device. Hard to see what purpose it serves if there's not enough storage to watch videos on the plane/holiday and no way to easily switch/expand via an SD card.

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Cut'n'paste UK launch for cut-price Motorola Android

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WTF?

Huh?

You can get a Defy Mini, with similar but better overall specs for just £80 Sim Free

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Google unveils Nexus 7 tablet, Android 4.1 and Nexus Q

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FAIL

Re: Why use "The Cloud"

Strangely enough the vast majority of this country is outside the range of a wireless network. Sure if you spend your entire life inside your home, office or café then the lack of an sd card slot isn't a problem.

For everyone else it cripples the device - e.g. there's no point taking it on holiday to that cottage in the Lake District because there's not enough storage for even two broadcast quality HD films (on the 8GB).

For a few pence extra they could have added micro SD and I'd have almost certainly purchased it, but without one there's just no chance.

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Google Nexus 7 price, details confirmed in pre-I/O leak

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WTF?

Re: You know that all looks okay to me

<quote>"In my perfect world, everything would be using Bluetooth remotes like the PS3, as line of sight remote controls suck ass."</quote>

And bluetooth sucks serious battery.

Seriously, a proprietary wireless protocol such as those used for many wireless keywords would be a vast improvement over bluetooth for a simple remote. Those wireless keyboards can get months of additional usage from the same batteries as a BT keyboard. However simple IR is still the simplest and least battery draining solution for remote control.

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Ex-Nokia Siemens engineer admits eBaying nicked routers

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FAIL

Where is it stated that the articles were to be scrapped? That's right, nowhere. He stated it was his belief that they were to be 'dumped' but that doesn't make it true. In fact WEEE means these routers would not have ended up in a skip, they would have been sold to a recycling firm if they were to be disposed of. No electronic waste ends up in landfill any more.

If he had actually pulled them out of a skip you might have had a point, but they were in a storage room instead. The company could have decided to refurb them and sell them on instead.

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TalkTalk subsidiary's customer data placed on the web in IIS whoopsie

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WTF?

If you're going to accuse the articles author of inventing quotes then you need to provide evidence. Until then we'll just assume you're the one making things up, ok? You are after all posting as 'anonymous' which doesn't give your version of events any credibility at all.

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Man's car warns of AIR RAID OVER LONDON

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Headmaster

Re: Bullfights?

"If memory serves, there's a legitimate reason for this one - in some countries (can't remember where - maybe in asia? or south america?) "

Lagos, Nigeria (Africa) was one, maybe still is. Although it had the opposite effect. People went out and bought a second car, usually the cheapest old bangers they could find with the right number plates, car use didn't decrease and air pollution levels shot up.

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Max Payne 3

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FAIL

That's not Max Payne!

Max Payne looks more (or less) exactly like Sam Lake.

Max Payne was your average looking guy with a lean, even skinny, physique. That was part of the charm of the character, he wasn't the typical muscle bound, square jawed meat head of your typical action hero. The guy pictured in those screenshots looks nothing like Max. That's just lame.

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Redmond man unmasked: UK.gov open standards stalled

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FAIL

Re: aaccording to FSF

@eulampios

That quote is from the following page: http://www.fsf.org/blogs/community/frand-is-a-fraud

It makes no mention of RAND at all. Whereas several other FSF pages define RAND (Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory) as a contraction of FRAND (Fair, Reasonable and Non-Descriminatory). RAND === FRAND, RAND !== Royalty Free

What you're looking for is something more like FAIB (Free As In Beer)

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Netgear Powerline Nano 500 Ethernet-over-mains adaptor

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Thumb Up

Re: When?

UV stabilised Cat 6 is no more expensive than ordinary Cat 6. You can buy arbitrary length off ebay for a reasonable price and at the end of the day there's nothing wrong with wiring the whole house with UV stabilised cable to avoid joins.

It's what I did with my 1920s property with solid internal walls; from the front room(s) outside, up the wall and into the loft, across the loft and back outside down the rear wall to the rooms at the back of the house. All neatly tacked and no worse in appearance than the old coaxial aerial cabling that used to make the same runs. (Going over the house used less cable than going around the exterior)

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Americans resort to padlocking their dumb meters

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Stop

Re: Learns How Much Enegery You Are Using

Smart meters don't break down the usage by device, they can't, like 'dumb' meters they only know how much power is flowing into the property before the consumer box and before it's split into various circuits for lighting, sockets and high power devices like ovens. You're confusing a smart meter with electricity metering devices like the kill-a-watt which sits between a device and the socket.

A smart meter is just a standard electricity meter that allows for real time readings to be taken automatically by the power company and when they want, to remotely turn off your power because the grid is overloaded or you haven't paid your bill. Those are in fact the only two reasons why power companies are pushing out smart meters, the nonsense about allowing people to better manage their usage is just the justification they are giving for the inconvenience and cost to the customer that these 'upgrades' are causing. They have government backing, especially here in the UK because of the projected shortfall in electricity production in the next few years which will necessitate rolling blackouts. They can't turn off every house in a neighbourhood without risking killing some poor bastard on a ventilator, smart meters allow them to exclude such homes and those of your local MP ...

As for the latter, yes, my dumb meter (30 years old) has always told me the daily usage, even the hourly usage by virtue of the figures displayed on the front. Note the figure at the start of the period you want to measure and subtract it from the figure at the end of the period - easy peasy.

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High Court confirms 'cheap DVD' tax loophole will close

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Holmes

Re: Starve the beast

Firstly there has to be a first hand market for a second hand market to exist. So the impact would be limited.

Secondly if many more people start buying second hand the prices will rise until they are almost indistinguishable from the prices of the 'new' product. Just look at ebay where second hand goods are bid to within pennies of the RRP and pretty often above what many retailers are asking for new.

I probably wouldn't have bought half the books (DVDs or Blu-ray) that I currently own were it not for the loophole. I can't really be the only person who remembers what the prices were like before Play appeared on the scene. Some people seem to think that prices won't rebound back to those levels now but as much as I'd like to believe that it's just not how the world works.

As for the poster who suggested that no-one buys the physical product any more and that streaming is a viable alternative ... WTF? I didn't go out and buy an expensive 1080p TV to watch crappy quality internet video with bitrates and picture quality that at times are barely better than VHS, let alone DVD or Blu-ray. Seriously ...

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Powerful, wallet-sized Raspberry Pi computer sells out in SECONDS

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WTF?

Mid-Day?

That's odd, when I go through _mid-morning_ they were all gone and they were just taking 'pre-orders', or what were actually just registrations of interest. I didn't receive any confirmation of the registration either

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Intel joins The Document Foundation, pushes LibreOffice

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FAIL

Re: If only it (LibreOffice) didn't have such a terrible name

Releases of Ubuntu, which is one of several distributions* based on the Linux kernel, it's not Linux which releases under those names.

* Others include Suse, Fedora/Red Hat, Debian, CentOS, Mandriva, Mint, et al

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Met Office cuts off Linux users with new weather widgets

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Headmaster

Actually, it uses the BBC rss feeds. The BBC data is derived from met office data though, so it's really no different. There's no API for location searches so that part still breaks each time the BBC web monkeys decide to redesign it once a year.

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