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15 posts • joined 29 Jan 2010

BBC blueprint to make EVERY programme on TV a repeat revealed

snellasaurus

I wonder

How will this affect the licence fee loophole which allows 'catchup' viewing via iPlayer without a licence. Presumably you would need a licence if you wish to watch the prog before it has been broadcast as a repeat. - after which you can still use the catchup service....

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Fraud baron forced henchmen into S&M orgies to prove loyalty – cops

snellasaurus

capable != installed

Any old PC with 4 drive bays is capable of holding 12 TB - not much of a claim really...

The HP microserver under my desk could do that - hardly damning evidence.

Look your honour the man was found with Tesco bags capable of holing 30 TB of porn...

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Ofcom grills pirates, loses report under fridge for two years

snellasaurus

Quite! But it is never that simple...

CD and download are different but there are delivery/fulfilment costs associated with both. What they are per unit I have no idea but lets not pretend that it is free to provide downloads.

I notice that when I buy SW licenses from M$ the download is always cheaper than shipping a physical copy so I assume download is a saving.

What skews this argument slightly is the availability of FREE software that lets me generate my own digital copy from the CD and other flexibility that a download does not allow. If you had to pay for encoders then I could see a good argument for the cost of downloads.

Digi downloads were an opportunity for the biz to reduce price whilst maintaining margin. Instead they tried to use it to increase margin and people can see through that.

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Swedish college girls now twice as slutty as in 2001

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Yep my thoughts too...

When you think about it IF the data is true (and I seriously question the accuracy of any sex survey like this) the whole thing is a bit of a contradiction...

Twice the number of partners and twice the number of STD's implies that transmission rate has stayed similar. Form this we infer that rates of infection have stayed similar BUT we are told they have doubled.*

*Of course this is a deliberate gross over simplification (much like the study) of the statistics and ignores many many factors such as

1)Concurrency of partners

2)Frequency and number of encounters

3)Types of STD and their relative eas of transmission

4)Are there actually a few 'sweish super shaggers' who bed thousands and have infected many or is there an even distribution of disease and loving?

5)etc

Think we need an el reg investigation into this immediately

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McKinnon might get UK hacking trial after all

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Apple recalls first iPod Nanos over battery flaw

snellasaurus

Im going to do it new iPod or not

At worst it will be a battery replacement and seeing as this one has lasted 5+ years should take me to 2017.

Doubt they will do a new nano swap out but you never know...

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Brit boffins' bendy bamboo bike breakthrough

snellasaurus

Replacing something can be done for a number of reasons - frequently build to cost!.

Anyway my point was with CF or any polymer/fibre composite the designer has a lot of control ofer the material. With bamboo you are immediately limited by the nature plant itself. I'd rather recycle one of the umpteen steel frames I see at the local tip than ride a bamboo frame thanks.

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snellasaurus

Whilst it is a nice publicity shot thie bike is lacking one manajor advantage of carbon fibre.

When you build any structure from CF you can specify the direction of each of the many layers of the fibre to specifically tune the strength and stiffness in response to the expected loads generated during cycling. Additionaly outer protective layers can be used laid against the direction of the main load bearing fibres to work as an effective barrier to crack propagation.

Even with metal frames you can using tube butting, shaping and gussetting.

With bamboo you are completely limited to taking the material as-is. So I would assume (as is the case with many wood structures) that the structure has to be massively overengineered in many areas to cope with the peak loads in just a few places. I really doubt it would be a pleasure to ride!

Just because you can doesn't mean you should or that it is progress.

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NHS Direct

snellasaurus

nice chitty reference BUT

It should be 'tout de suite' surely

'toot sweet' sounds like candy with a flatulent effect.

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Naked cyclist streaks through Suffolk village

snellasaurus

I hope his nuts were tight.

Quite funny - a good wheeze indeed - reminds me of some of the 'less than fully clad' antics that happened at Uni - thank heavens no one in Bath found that offensive - I am fairly sure I was served and ate a kebab naked from Marmaris just above the Puteney bridge weir!

On a more serious note whilst I think the fine was unnecessary I am SO glad they did not find a way to put this guy on the register.

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Honda Jazz Hybrid

snellasaurus

engine turns over but closes the valves???

Really?

How does that work then. Would you not just be endlessly compressing and recompressing gas in the cylinders that will soon get jolly hot

Does the engine actually go into an idle (with the valve timing altered by VTEC) to minimise fuel burn whilst power is delivered to wheels by battery/motor.

If the valves really do close then I for one insist reg show us how this works pictorially ideally with Playmobil!

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Richard Branson to prowl oceans' hadal depths in flying sub

snellasaurus

Choice of materials

Why Carbon and Titanium???

Great in terms of stiffness and strength to weight. However I would havce though weight is less of an issue in a sub (which no doubt will require ballasting with something to control buoyancy).

Are there really not materials better suited than aerospace stuff?

Just wondering - happy to be informed why these really are good choices

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Fukushima scaremongers becoming increasingly desperate

snellasaurus

Oooh something balanced on the beeb

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-12860842

Read this, whilst a little basic and patronising to some it does make the point rather well that there are bigger things to wory about than Fukushima.

People would do well to understand a lot more about the posibble consequences and risks before going off on one.

Calm down (but please do continue) Lewis - your basically sound and valid message is sometimes coloured by your frustration.

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Q2 motion-controlled internet radio

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BBC stations yes or no?

Can I ask that you make very clear one REALLY important piece of information in Internet radio reviews.

Can you listen to BBC live radio on this (not world service but BBC R1 R2 R3 R4 etc.) I know the Reg is international but I am sure that for a sizeable portion of the readers the lack of this would make such a device a non starter.

These are some of the most listened to stations in the UK and the fact that, for example the Nokia HD-1 can not receive R4 in Internet radio mode is shocking.

Put simply can i get BBC R2, R4 or not with the Q2 as I am not sure exactly where live radio stops and listen on demand starts with the BBC.

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Oracle sues support firm over 'massive theft'

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@Harry

Hmmm you don't understand how Oracle 'licensing' works

You can download and use all of their products (I am sure there are some exceptions) for free and without needing to use a license key. You can even put them into production (if you are stupid enough). That does not make it legal or within license conditions!!!!!

It is, however, very handy when you know that you have appropriate licenses in place just to be able to go to the main Oracle site and download / install whatever you need without having to worry abpout sales droids or license keys.

In my experience when Oracle acquire products with such restrictions they are removed as soon as possible in the first 'Oracle' release.

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