* Posts by montyburns56

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Microsoft's equality and diversity: Skimpy schoolgirls dancing for nerds at an Xbox party

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Joke

Presumptive comments...

But how do we know that they weren't developers who just like to dress as "sexy" dancers?

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Ofcom should be the BBC's ultimate overlord, UK.gov told

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That's because the BBC was forced to have a policy of having a certain percentage of it's output made by external production companies. The BBC could easily make them themselves, but this way it gives an illusion of how "superior" private production companies are.

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Microsoft releases Windows 10 preview for Raspberry Pi 3

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Re: No, thank you.

Thank you for your input Mr Ackbar.

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LA hospital coughs up $17,000 to free PCs held to ransom by hackers

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Is that all?

$17,000 sounds like a lot, but isn't that roughly the amount that US hospitals charge for something relatively simple like fixing a broken leg?

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Uni of Manchester IT director resigns after chopping 68 people

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Re: his work there is done

Sadly a lot people in seniors positions have got there due to their (over) confidence and their bullshitting skills rather than any useful talents.

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For sale: One 236-bed nuclear bunker

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Re: Interesting

"The problem was that none of the secret bunkers were really all that secret, so they might as well have had giant bullseyes painted on them."

Especially the former one at Hack Green which is marked as Secret Nuclear Bunker on OS maps!

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After-dinner Mint? Stylish desktop finale released as last of the 17 line

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Re: Linux & Games

While I have become a Linux Mint fanatic for everyday use, I must admit that Windows is still the king when it comes to PC gaming, especially if you want to play the AAA titles. And to be honest I don't think that the Steam OS will change that situation much either.

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Old jet bits, Vader's motorbike gear, sonic oddness: Hats off to Star Wars' creative heroes

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Re: The guns

And the Stormtrooper's guns actually fired blanks in the film and you hear one that wasn't overdubbed in the scene were Luke is trying to cross the Death Star chasm.

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Doctor Who: Nigel Farage-alike bogey beast terrorises in darkly comic Sleep No More

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Re: Apart from the chance to offer a gratuitous insult to Farage...

Well at the minute the terrorists are winning with the help of our porous borders that the likes of Merkel are such fans of.

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Star Trek to go boldly back onto telly, then beam down in streams

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Re: It will be called>>>>>>>

"And Ensign Ro."

If only...

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'Profoundly stupid' Dubliner's hoax call lost Intel 6,000 hours of production

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Re: Phoning it in

The question that the authorities should have been asking themselves is why would IS want to blow up an Intel fab plant? Does it really fit in with their modus operandi?

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Noughty by nature: Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection and Rock Band 4

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Unfinished

"A couple of its shooting sections, for example, go on for an inordinate amount of time. But my larger irritation is with repetitive hand-to-hand brawls that require the same sequence of button presses to complete every time."

Although I quite enjoy playing the Uncharted games I think you've summed up perfectly my two big issues with them. If I wanted long gun battles I'd play Call Of Duty or some other FPS. What's the point of creating beautiful scenery if you are too busy fighting off an endless of procession of bad guys to be enable to appreciate it? And I've never even completed the first Uncharted because I just got so sick of that last QT fight against the big boss.

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Terror in the Chernobyl dead zone: Life - of a wild kind - burgeons

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Re: Any 3-eyed fish, six-legged deer or carniverous, sabre-toothed elk?

There's some 8' long catfish in the cooling ponds near the reactor apparently.

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Re: Radiation is safe for wildlife...

There was a feature about Chernobyl on C4 News months ago and they interviewed this stereotypical old Russian woman who was living in the contaminated zone for years without any health issues. You can watch it on Youtube.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khv87k68kIs

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Grinning BBC boss blows raspberry at UK.gov, eyes up buffet

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Re: Replacement, not collaboration

But presumably part of the reason why they have had to carry out these cost cutting exercises is because their revenue from job ads & other classifieds has collapsed by such a significant amount. I remember when there would be about five or six job pages each day in my local evening paper whereas now there is usually about one to two on a good day.

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Back to school: Six of the smartest cheap 'n' cheerful laptops

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Re: A quick search...

I seem to remember there being a recent article on The Reg about budget laptops and by budget they meant a mere £400-£600!

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Honor 7 – heir apparent to the mid-range Android crown

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Re: Facebook and Twitter (both pre-installed)

I've had a number of Huawei phones and FB and Twitter have been removable on all of them.

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Nano – meet her: AMD's Radeon R9 4K graphics card for non-totally bonkers gamers, people

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Re: $649 (£420)

Indeed, I was getting quite excited about this product until I saw the price!

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Intel doubles its bounty for women and ethnic minorities

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The taste of Paradise?

Perhaps the reason for the lack of ethnic minorities at Intel is ironically because they don't like coconut? How about offering them Snickers Duo or Mars Duo instead?

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Nokia Networks is going to make zer Vaterland's trains run on time

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Re: a photo of a mamod steam engine-COOL!!!!

Hands up all of those who only clicked on the article because of the picture...

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Swimming in smartmobe profit? Let us guess, you're Tim Cook?

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" it would appear Apple are the only one pricing their products at a realistic level. "

Err, no they just have a huge profit margin compared to the small profit margin of other manufacturers.

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Papa don't breach: Wannabe singer jailed for hacking Madonna

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An Open Letter

Dear Celebs,

Do not put anything in this Cloud thing unless you want the whole world to see/listen to it. It might be the latest thing which some will have you believe will lead to a cure for cancer or create world peace, but it's just a load of over hyped insecure nonsense.

P.S. Thanks for all the nude pics.

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WHAT ARE the 'WEIRD' SPOTS seen on far-flung PLUTO?

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Is it just puberty?

Are you sure that Pluto isn't just going through The Change now that it's 13 billion years old? Next it will refuse to come out of it's orbit and will be surrounding itself in black clouds.

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Foxconn to hire a million Indian staff in major base shift

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"The *really* amusing thing is that the campaigns for Foxconn to raise the wages of its Chinese workers may actually have had an effect. But not the one the rich westerners pushing for those pay rises might have had in mind."

You do realise that one of the reasons why the wages have gone up is that China is running out of people from farming/poor regions to do the work, so the Chinese aren't losing jobs it's just that there aren't enough people who can or want to do jobs like this any more.

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BPI fiddles with music consumption figures while revenues burn

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Google Music often have good deals on older albums with many being available for £2 or less, although it's usually pretty mainstream stuff.

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Intel 80386 queen Renée James quits as chipmaker's president

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Just walk away (from Intel) Renee.

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Why OH WHY did Blighty privatise EVERYTHING?

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Re: But public money... @Alan

But don't forget that bus services in London weren't privatized, as we couldn't have the government having to deal with the chaos that they created on their doorstep.

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Re: If you are old enough to remember

"The Water industry (to take an example) had a pending programme of major infrastructure renewal that HMG Just couldn't fund in a million years. Privatisation put that risk onto the new owners."

Who then got their customers to fund the infrastructure improvements.

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20 years ago this week, Microsoft just about killed Australian PC manufacturing

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Re: Wangaratta *snigger*

"Can you go into PC-World (shudder) and buy a PC without Windows?"

Why would anyone who wants a PC without Windows want to go to PC World in the first place? It's a piece of piss to buy a PC without an OS these days, just because the big boys don't sell them it doesn't mean that there aren't loads of places that do like Ebuyer, CCL, Novatech, Scan etc.

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Limited edition Iron Man S6 sells for $91,000 thanks to ... serial number

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What a waste of money.

For that kind of money he could have bought his girlfriend a very nice engagement ring...... oh, right.

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A 16 Petaflop Cray: The key to fantastic summer barbecues

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Re: Chair,

Although it's not that well known in the wider computing world, Cray engineers discovered that a vinyl cushion will increase CPU frequency by at least 5%.

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Life in plastic, it's fantastic: Playmobil supremo dies at 81

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If only I'd kept it...

My parents bought me one of the Native American figures in the mid 70s, but I never realised that it was one of the first models that they released.

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Land Rover's return: Last orders and leather seats for Defender nerds

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Special conversions

I've always had a fascination with the special conversion Landy's ever since I got my hands on LR catalogue in the 80's that featured some of them. I especially like the fire engine conversions and was looking at a webpage of pictures of them a few weeks ago which included a 6 wheel version!

https://www.flickr.com/photos/homer----simpson/4015752185/

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Next-gen Freeview telly won't be another disruptive 4Ker

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Re: PVR vs catch-up

"Adverts. The ability to fast forward through them."

Indeed. I missed the last few minutes of a show which I was watching live on E4 so I had to use the 4OD app and I had to watch about twenty adverts all in one go just to watch the last few minutes of the show.

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Arista revenue rises to US$179 million in March quarter

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So it's that Arista...

Am I the only one who thought that this article was going to be about the record company?

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

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Re: Stop Sky Subsidy!

I do find it unbelievable that the BBC has to pay £10 million a year to Sky just so they can broadcast their output on satellite TV

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Spotify springs bloody leak as losses grow to $197m – report

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Re: better get that video service up

"Then the money will start rolling in, just ask Google."

At least until those piano playing cats remove their art from their video service

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UK rail signals could be hacked to cause crashes, claims prof

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The Great Train Robbery

The Great Train Robbers "hacked" some train signals over fifty years ago so it's nothing new.

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UN: E-waste's 42 MEELLLION tonnes represents 'valuable' (and ‘toxic’) urban mine

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Re: "11.8 million tonnes from washing machines"

"Google Concrete Crusher."

Wow, those Mount View boys are really diversifying these days aren't they?

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Who runs this world? Sony Pictures CEO jokes about getting UK culture minister fired

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"whilst with the conservatives we have Ian Livingston (former MD at BT) being given a peerage and a position as unelected trade minister in government."

To accept peerage turn to page 38 to reject peerage turn to page 109.

(Yes, I know)

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Go for a spin on Record Store Day: Lifting the lid on vinyl, CD and tape

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DJ MB in da house!

If you want to connect an old turntable to a PC you can buy DJ mixers which have a USB output such as the Numark M101 USB Mixer which at £80 is much cheaper than the Pro-Ject Phono Box USB V that you mentioned.

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Woeful groans over Game of Thrones' spill on piracy sites

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Re: I'll wait...

"I can't imagine why anyone thought putting it on a channel half the country don't get was a clever idea!"

HBO did an exclusive deal with Sky a few years ago, so they are the ones to blame.

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Nesting falcons interrupt £200m Vodafone 4G mast upgrades

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Can I be the first to welcome our huge mutant falcon overlords.

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Chappie: The AI tale that’s about heart, not intelligence

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"But C​happie i​sn’t a sermon "

Is that a first for a Neil Blomkamp film?

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HAWKING ALERT: Leave planet Earth, find a new home. Stupid humans

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Re: I think human

But which class of ship do the telephone sanitizers travel in?

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Re: Intelligence <> sense

"Whatever damage the species Homo Sapiens may inflict on the planet we will never be able to create as hostile and dangerous an environment as space or the other planets in the solar system."

Exactly! It never ceases to amaze me how supposedly intelligent people come up this idea that it would be easier to live in a space station or another planet compared to living on earth. Even a climate change/nuclear war ravaged earth would be easier and cheaper to live on than a space station or another planet.

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Re: Monkies in tin cans.

" human passion for things that go boom and blow other humans into bite sized chunks"

Which was the exact reason why the NASA budget was "4.41% of the total government spend" in 1966. We choose to go to the Moon, not because it's easy, but because we want to get there before those damn Ruskies.

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Hoping for spy reforms? Jeb Bush, dangerously close to being the next US prez, backs the NSA

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Yeah, when he mentioned the invasion of Iraq and ISIS in the same sentence I did wonder if he realised that the two things were connected? (Answer: probably not)

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BBC: SOD the scientific consensus! Look OUT! MEGA TSUNAMI is coming

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"gratuitous SFX"

You obviously don't remember some of the ties and shirts that the OU lecturers used to wear back in the day!

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Re: Horizon no more...

What do you mean? That episode with "comedian" Alan Davies was filled with hardcore science!

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