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Man FOUND ON MOON denies lunar alien interface

andy gibson

John Glenn on "Frasier"

There's a great episode on the old TV show Frasier where he plays himself and comes clean about aliens and the space race. But it all happens during one of Frasier's tantrums and it never gets heard or broadcast. About two minutes in:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vO4iNhaQms0

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Farewell Felix Dennis, deal-maker supreme of tech publishing

andy gibson

Your Spectrum and Sportscene Specialist Press

I arrived late into the Spectrum world (1986), by which time the newsstands were occupied by Crash, Your Sinclair and Sinclair User, heavily games oriented.

By chance at a car boot sale I picked up the entire collection of Your Sinclair's predecessor - Your Spectrum - for just a quid, which had a much stronger focus on tech.

http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~jg27paw4/

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20 years on: eWorld, Apple's spectacular online 'portal' failure

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Silicon Village

Reminds me of Silicon Village, which came after Micronet 800 in 1993.

http://www.viewdata.org.uk/index.php?cat=40_Silicon-nbsp~Village

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Supermodel Lily Cole: 'I got a little bit upset by that Register article'

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If I catch you writing in the dust on my car

The only thing that will be "impossible" is being able to use your broken fingers.

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Here come Samsung's, er, Barnes & Noble's new Galaxy Tab, er, Nook fondleslabs

andy gibson

Re: a fire sale on the current nooks?

The Kobos are only £39 at Littlewoods / Very at the moment:

http://www.very.co.uk/kobo-ereader-2gb-6-inch-touch-edition-with-wifi-blue/1103568399.prd

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Boffins search for dark matter in abandoned Australian mine

andy gibson

Boulby, UK

I've been lucky enough to see the UK's equivalent at Boulby. They occasionally do tours. If you can get on one you will absolutely love it.

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Britain'll look like rural Albania without fracking – House of Lords report

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Long term fracking

The article states "So far only tentative exploratory work to research the quality of the shale formations has taken place in the UK"

But this link shows at least one site - Elswick - operating for decades:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-26271662

I believe that was previously owned by British Gas. I wonder where the protesters were in 1993?

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Twitter's got a new UK public policy wonk... 'You are the product' Big Brother Watch bloke!

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Nick Pickles "rent a quote"

I remember a couple of years back where Nick Pickles was orchestrating a very heavy handed FOI request to schools, demanding to know if they had CCTV, where they were and who managed them.

Fair enough you might think. But it led to news stories about CCTV being in school toilets and the usual pitchfork brigade being outraged. What the story glossed over was the fact that the cameras were not in cubicles providing candid shots but in the general hand washing areas, where bullying was rife and CCTV eliminated it from a difficult area to police.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2012/sep/12/cctv-cameras-schools-out-of-hand

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Wookiee! CHEWIE'S BACK in Star Wars Ep VII – blab Hollywood 'sources'

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Star Wars partworks

Around the time of Phantom Menace I recall seeing one of those weekly partworks magazines for Star Wars (where the first episode is 99p then jumps up to £4.99, with optional binder at £9.99).

One of them had a timeline for all nine episodes, mentioning that Chewbacca died in ep 7 or 8.

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Windows XP still has 27 per cent market share on its deathbed

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Euro Car Parts

I was in a Euro Car Parts branch yesterday, all their sales team office desktops were on XP.

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Crashed NORKS drones discovered by South Korea

andy gibson

Re: Er, camouflage error

Nah, it supposed to blend in with the sky! North Korean stealth technology at its best - they send a black one up at night and a grey one when its cloudy.

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CCL Computers probing source of fake virus-riddled dispatch mail

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Re: Are these customers blind, it is a Very Common exploit spam tactic to spoof retailers now!

Its not a case of "customers being blind", some have reported that the tracking number is a legitimate one, and that some of the purchase order numbering details in the email match those that certain people use. Like the article says "It is not clear how the fraudsters got customer details from CCL's database".

Yes, I get fake Amazon and Asda ones daily, which I delete without a second thought. What I don't want to see is my actual order numbers and tracking details being circulated in this way, it points less to being a random spoofing and more of their database being hacked and my details exposed.

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Dear Reg: What is a 'Lag' and a 'Jacksey'?

andy gibson

Lags and lagging

Pipe lagging was once the process of protecting water pipes from frost. Now its a term for cons stealing them for the copper.

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Psssst. Don't tell the Bride, but BBC Three is about to be jilted

andy gibson

Re: It started on BBC2

I certainly remember watching "edgy" comedy of The Young Ones first time round on BBC2. Same with Red Dwarf, HIGNIFY and many other shows. Didn't Armstrong & Miller and the two Peep Show lads have their sketch shows on BBC2?

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Random car shutdowns force Toyota to recall Prius hybrids - AGAIN

andy gibson

Re: To use or not to use computers, that is the question

Would probably be the brake switch. £6 part sited in the passenger footwell. The problem still plagues older 307s and 407s.

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10,000 km road trip proves Galileo satnav works, says ESA

andy gibson

But will it stop me driving over cliffs, into rivers, on railway tracks etc.?

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Vile Twitter trolls thrown in the cooler for rape abuse tweet spree

andy gibson

Re: Would it be too much...

"We should be thankful that we're not getting a "Tony Blair" note!"

It would have to be a nine bob note if we did.

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Yet another pricey Olympics' exec drafted in by UK.gov - this time for broadband spending

andy gibson

"The Tory-led UK government is desperate for success stories with its big IT projects".

I don't know, scrapping ID cards was a big success.

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You're fired: Lord Sugar offloads faded PC builder Viglen to XMA

andy gibson

Viglen customer both past and present

My old Viglen 5.25" disk drive is still going strong on my BBC Master.

And I've used Viglen for Microsoft software licence renewals in education. Great pricing and good service.

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Don't panic! Japan to send nuke fuel rod into MELTDOWN in Fukushima probe

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late testing

This is nothing new. Just buy a brand new car, especially the first release of a new model. You pay the privilege of being the long term test driving guinea pig to report all the issues which are then ironed out in the "facelift" model.

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Sega’s Out Run: Even better than the wheel thing

andy gibson

Spectrum 128 version

The Spectrum 128 version was better than the 48k one - all the levels were pre-loaded into the RAMdisc and there was music and sound FX courtesy of the AY-8912 sound chip.

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Analogue radio will CONTINUE in Blighty as Minister of Fun dodges D-Day death sentence

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"content not there"

6music is probably the best DAB station there is, and getting more popular:

http://www.mediauk.com/radio/316/bbc-radio-6-music/listening-figures

However, I'd happily abandon DAB if they'd give them an FM frequency.

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Assange flick The Fifth Estate branded 'WORST FILM OF THE YEAR'

andy gibson

Media saturation?

For me I couldn't see the point in watching the movie because the subject has been saturated by the media already. What aspects of the story could be shown in the film that we don't already know?

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Star Wars exec: These ARE THE DROIDS I was LOOKING FOR

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They turned me down for the job

Can't think why:

http://th06.deviantart.net/fs70/PRE/f/2013/093/6/c/r2d2_cardboard_by_hercreative-d60bb5r.jpg

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Norks unlikely to beat the USA in the death-ray race

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EMP in Fiction

Also check out "One Second After" by William R. Forstchen.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_Second_After

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Is computer biz Viglen about to GET FIRED? Lord Sugar's firm in rumoured sell-off

andy gibson

Viglen customer here

My Viglen 5.25" twin disk drives are still going strong on my BBC Micro.

And we last used them a couple of years ago for our Microsoft Licence renewal. Good price, good service.

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You've been arrested for computer crime: Here's what happens next

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Jailed for refusing to disclose password

I seem to recall this got a lot of coverage at the time:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-11479831

But heard nothing since. Has he ever given an interview?

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Google Street View goes INSIDE a Royal Navy submarine

andy gibson

urbex targets

Decommissioned subs and ships are a popular target for the urbexers, here's a link to one of several reports:

http://nwex.co.uk/showthread.php?t=6619

Click on "military sites" for more.

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Kids hooked up with free Office subs at Microsoft-addicted schools

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What are the alternatives?

There seems to be a lot of the usual Microsoft bashing here but I don't think many commenters know how much MS's products are integrated into a school's network and how there's no real viable alternative. There's more to school ICT than pupils using MS Office.

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Tape rocks for storage - if you don't need to, um, access your data

andy gibson

Microsoft DPM

I agree with "lansalot" in that DPM is a good solution. However, I disagree about the cost and problems. I might be a little biased as we got the software for free as part of our licensing agreement, but after the initial outlay of a storage array and configuration I've found the software a doddle to use and management is minimal - certainly no calls to MS needed for me.

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Young? Been online five years? Congrats, you are the ELITE MINORITY

andy gibson

Re: FIVE years?

Yep, I was on Prestel and Micronet back in 1984 with my Spectrum and trust Prism VTX5000 modem (1200/75 baud).

We didn't have emails back then but MBX's.

I think my first download was "Fireview", an alternative to the in-built Viewdata software in the modem.

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Reseller giant Misco puts UK workers at risk of redundancy – sources

andy gibson

Shipping Costs

No connection to Misco adding delivery charges on the orders?

I know a few who no longer buy from Misco because of this.

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British support for fracking largely unmoved by knowledge of downsides

andy gibson

When the media was covering Balcombe, protesters were announcing that 85% of the locals were against fracking.

But according to this:

http://balcombeparishcouncil.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/121020-letter-to-wscc.pdf

850 households received the poll document. And subsequently:

http://balcombeparishcouncil.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/fracking-poll-results.pdf

only 284 polling cards had been returned.

Out of those 284, 125 had concerns for fracking.

And the most popular concern was "Increase in road traffic through the village"

If it's such an important issue to the people of Balcombe you'd have thought more than a third of the people would have responded.

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London Underground cleaners to refuse fingerprint clock-on

andy gibson

300 to strike but only 103 voted

Up to 300 cleaners to strike. Yet the link showed that only 103 voted.

So what about the other 200?

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Peugeot 208 GTi: The original hot hatch makes a comeback

andy gibson

turbos and the manual

Here you go, the manuals are here. See if you can find anything about the turbo:

http://public.servicebox.peugeot.com/ddb/

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10,000 app devs SLEEP together in four-day code-chat-drink tech orgy camp

andy gibson

tent spacing

Any other real campers concerned about the spacing of the tents and fire regs or is it just me?

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Netflix dares UK freetards: Watch new Breaking Bad NOW or torrent it?

andy gibson

Re: I must be getting old

The Family Guy version:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIom3LSbB0I

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Obama cancels meeting Putin in Russia, says Snowden 'a factor'

andy gibson

Sour grapes

So you lost Snowden. But you got Red October. :-)

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Brit Skylon spaceplane moves closer to lift-off

andy gibson

HOTOL

I'm still waiting for HOTOL.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HOTOL

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Davros liable to criticism for huge STRAW DALEK he never built

andy gibson

Previous sculptures

http://www.snugburys.co.uk/content/sculptures

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Dumpsters begone! App matches diners with leftovers to broke, hungry

andy gibson

Soup kitchens?

Everyone seems to be harping on that tramps and hobos won't have a smartphone.

Maybe not but a local soup kitchen or Sally Army food kitchen volunteer might, and could go round and collect the food on their behalf.

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Fed up with poor Brit telly and radio output? Ofcom wants a word with YOU

andy gibson

I'll happily scrap DAB

When 6Music gets its rightful frequency on FM.

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1953: How Quatermass switched Britons from TV royalty to TV sci-fi

andy gibson

scariest thing?

I thought that was Ghostwatch? :-)

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Microsoft offloads heap of critical fixes in 'ugly' Patch Tuesday

andy gibson

Same old article

And the same old comments. Why not just save everyone the time and bother, just close the thread to comments and direct it to last month's Patch Tuesday arguments.

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Bolivian president's jet grounded so officials can look for Snowden

andy gibson

Appropriate Cassetteboy

One minute and eight seconds in:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S77icnRG3_c

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Prince of Persia: Baggy trousers and curvy swords

andy gibson

Sam Coupe

I remember this coming out for the SAM Coupé but not the Spectrum. But then the clever East European coders made a Spectrum 128 version.

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Freed LulzSec hacker banned from contacting Anons, wiping data

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Happy

"sentencing by BBC Newsnight"

Wow, I knew the BBC had lots of powers but I didn't realise Paxman now sent people down. I bet he'd like to give Boris five years.

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Thanks, NSA: Amazon sales of Orwell's 1984 rise 9,500%

andy gibson

9500% sounds a lot but....

How many actual sales were there? My maths is a little rusty but doesn't it mean that they sold 96 copies, as opposed to one?

As considering its an anniversary, wouldn't that account for some of those sales, rather than claiming a link with some NSA scandal? Particularly after seeing what other "movers and shakers" have sales increases.

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The toy of tech: The Mattel Aquarius 30 years on

andy gibson

Clear screen command

IIRC, the Vic 20 didn't have one either, you had to PRINT CHR$(147)

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Bing uncloaks Klingon translator

andy gibson

Lost in translation

Hello - English to Kingdom = qavan

qavan - Klingon to English = Hi baby

Can't imagine saying that to Worf without being "killed where you stand".

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