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DVLA website GOES TITSUP on day paper car tax discs retire

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"The pain really is that you still can't go and view a car after 5:30, buy it and take it away legally"

In the world that Govt. ministers and senior civil servants live in, new cars are delivered to the door every year and someone on staff handles dirty little things like VED and insurance.

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Microsoft WINDOWS 10: Seven ATE Nine. Or Eight did really

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"I thought it was Windows 8 that was taking the P?"

That would be Viii....and that starts a whole other argument with the Emacs Evangelists!

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NASA rover Curiosity drills HOLE in MARS 'GOLF COURSE'

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The Rover is more turtle than hare

Surely that ought to be tortoise?

Or am I missing an overly subtle humorous pun?

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Japan develops robot CHEERLEADERS which RIDE on BALLS

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Re: Reminds me of

I saw the glowing eyes and thought Village of the Damned

"Beware....the stare!!"

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Emma Watson should SHUT UP, all this abuse is HER OWN FAULT

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Re: It sucks but.. oopsie!

"3) Forgetting to mention that this is what airport scanner pictures look like."

Error 1011 Ray ID: 171253abffa50cc5

Access denied

What happened?

The owner of this website (consumertraveler.com) does not allow hotlinking to that resource

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"MRA is the new plague on the net"

Oh, come ooooonnnnnn!!!!! I already have to keep washing my hands and using alcohol hand wipe every time I visit the hospital. Now you're saying I have to go through that every time I go on line? I'd better buy shares in hand cream moisturiser!

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That glass of water you just drank? It was OLDER than the SUN

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"And it is He (God) "

God is Helium? Someone call John Carter!

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Alien gimp gag or cosmic golf ball? NASA tackles question everyone's asking

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Yeah, it'll move on down when it can't get no satisfaction.

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Hollywood's made an INTELLIGENT science vs religion film?!

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Re: "an INTELLIGENT science vs religion film"!?

"Religion is not a thing, it is an untangible mental process."

Science = how?

Philosophy = why?

Religion = because!

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Stunned by Shellshock Bash bug? Patch all you can – or be punished

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Re: Revenue

I think you'll find the people they are "threatening" with fines are those operating within the confines of the Data Protection Act. ie those who may be allowing personal data to be stolen if they don't patch up as soon as possible once suitable patches are available.

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Cut-off North Sea island: Oh crap, ferry's been and gone. Need milk. SUMMON THE DRONE

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"Shirley, if the weather is bad enough to preclude full size flights, or sea voyages, then the drone stands no chance?"

There's no mention of weather in the article. It says "During the trial it will fly when ferries from Norddeich and piloted flights are not available" which implies that it will fly between ferry sailings or after the last sailing of the day when there are also no pilots available to fly out for very urgent small consignments such as medical supplies.

Ok, weather does get a mention further down the article, but only in reference to the typical weather for the area. Weather bad enough to preclude ferry sailings or piloted aircraft would also preclude small drones such as this one.

A number of commenters further down also seem to have missed this point.

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Re: You're all mad. . . Mad, I say.

Just to confirm, I just downvoted you then upvoted and it worked as advertised.

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A Norsified Linux for Windows and OS X wobblers

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Re: A good Freya's Day article.

..and coincidently, we just had Thors Day and Wodens Day

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Bruges Booze tubes to pump LOVELY BEER underneath city

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Re: Chthonic!!

"It's best to lay it along Ley Lines for maximum unification."

No, no, no! The pipes must be layed under roads and motorways. Then we can reduce the specific gravity and all drive hover cars!

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Re: 500 trucks a year?

"500 carriages a second"

Ding!

<fx>carriage return</fx>

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"So the pressure drop over 2 miles would be 150 bar."

Yeah, but with the pressures required to get the flow in a 1" pipe, just imagine the beer fountains the next time some contractor digs into it.

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FBI boss: Apple's iPhone, iPad encryption puts people 'ABOVE THE LAW'

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Re: Biter Bit

"If you catch someone with his fingers wrongly in the pie you make it more difficult for him to repeat the act."

Upvoted because that is exactly what I came here to post.

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London slaps down Salesforce's bid to rename Heron Tower

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Re: Yes

"I thought though for a moment it was the Heroin Tower,

<snort!>

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SpaceX Dragon cargo truck flies 3D printer to ISS: Clawdown in 3, 2...

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Re: what sort of 3d printer?

"metal parts...laser sintering of powder, which relies on gravity to keep the powder in a level bed."

A big magnet in the base?

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Swiss cops BAN MASKS at meeting of rebellious United Nations IP staff

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Re: Wait a sec, that's Geneva

"aren't they not on a sort of No-Mans-Land"

I think my brain just exploded!

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Re: I know it's rude

"whenever I hear "WIPO" being mentioned, I think of my nose or of a baby's bottom. Why? I can't work it out."

My brain adds "Mr" in front of WIPO and a get a craving for ice cream.

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US team claims PARIS paper plane launch crown

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Re: Cheating YANK BASTARDS

"How the hell is that ORANGE thing"

I thought the was colour a nice homage to the one, the only, the original PARIS!!!

And don't forget, no matter how many times the PARIS record is beaten, PARIS was still the first!

Does anyone remember the second man on the moon? (Yeah, it was Buzz, but Neil was first! What about the 3rd, 4th 5th or 6th men on the moon)

Who remembers the second expedition to conquer Everest?

Who remembers the second flight across the Atlantic?

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Microsoft vs the long arm of US law: Straight outta Dublin

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Re: Will the German government be sensible?

"Tough titty if you didn't read the small print."

Contract small print may not be legally binding unless or until it's tested in court and this sort of thing, which may involve companies, bodies or government agencies with money and lawyers may be one of the things that causes those T&Cs to be judicially tested.

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Re: Contempt

"Microsoft and Oracle want your business in their clouds and make it difficult for others to offer a competing service,"

The obvious solution is locally incorporated independant franchis companies in each national jurisdiction who then licence the branding and tools and purchase "goods" from a third party holding company, eg the Starbuck model where Starbucks UK makes little to no profit because all it's income goes on "running costs" such as the normal ones plus brand licening paid to Starbuck Netherlands and Coffee bought at high cost from Starbucks Switzerland.

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Will Europe's ISPs unmask anonymous IP infringers?

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Big Brother

Re: A thought experiment

"What will they do when they find their business is still going down the tubes?"

Lobby for mandatory consumer quotas.

"Citizen, you appear to have forgotten to stream and pay for this weeks Top 20!!. The fine is €400!!"

"But there were no new chart entries this week, I already have it from last week"

"Citizen, last weeks copy has expired and auto deleted from your iPod 12 thanks to the wonderful DRMJobsAGoodUn system, as you well know. You MUST buy the new copy! Conviction sustained, we have auto-debited your account, have a nice day!"

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Re: Not rocket science

"US does currently photograph all external metadata on US Postal mail, allegedly."

Yes, but is it stored? Is there much value in the data that some number of envelopes are sent to a particular address? Yes, they can get quantity, frequency to a destination, but they nearest they get to a <from> is the first sorting office it hits. I could see that the historical data may help in an ongoing investigation that may point to new leads but not be incriminating in and of itself, especially if the recording system doesn't differentiate between normal mail and junk mail. eg a bank robber in London got a letter from Cardiff a week before each job so it's time to investigate "the usual suspects" in the Cardiff area.

There's far less metadata involved in physical mail than data packets. There was an interesting article here the other day on how "anonymous" mobile phone location data can be fairly easily and fairly accurately be linked a specific person but I don't see how that could apply to physical mail.

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NASA's MAVEN enters Mars orbit to sniff its gas

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What age group...

...was the narrator addressing? That didn't sound like the general release type stuff normally linked/embedded here. It sounded like it was aimed at 10-12 year old kids.

Still and all, good stuff. Rockets and interplanetary probes are always exciting!

(Unlike a documentary I saw the the week where the script writer/narrator was confused and kept saying intergalactic when he meant interstellar.)

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Moon landing was real and WE CAN PROVE IT, says Nvidia

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Re: Return journey

"You could get almost anywhere in the Universe within about 60 years - 30 years at 1g to get to (near enough) the speed of light, travel as required with barely any time passing then decelerate for 30 years at 1g"

And you just can't wait to get back and tell all your friends about the wonderful sights you saw...oh wait....they're all dead.

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Oz carrier Tiger Air takes terror alerts to new heights

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Re: I'm reasonably certain that ID cards have died off,

Your NI number is effectively your National ID card now. The new voter registration system requires that your council sends off your "record" to the DWP where they match it with your NI number. Once that happens, you are registered to vote. If a discrepancy is reported back to your council they then get back in touch with you demanding proof of ID.

In particular, women who have married and changed their surname but for whatever reason have forgotten to inform DWP, eg such as my wife who doesn't work (no "recent P60 or P45), doesn't claim benefits, doesn't drive, doesn't have a passport and isn't named on any of the utility bills will have problems registering to vote.

Out of the entire list of of "acceptable" documents, she couldn't manage to scrape together 3 documents to prove who she is since her birth certificate is currently hiding. Unless it turns up in the next few days she has fill in another form and get a " responsible person" to sign it, eg doctor, nurse, teacher etc.

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'Kim Kardashian snaps naked selfies with a BLACKBERRY'. *Twitterati gasps*

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Paris Hilton

Re: ok, but seriously...

"Her entry into the world of the rich and famous was riding on her late fathers coat tails AND a porn tape."

Ooooohhhhh, I see. This is really about Paris Hilton.

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Re: She's already released a sex tape.

"a sex tape"

What? Is that a bondage accessory or was this back in 1990's?

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Special pleading against mass surveillance won't help anyone

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Re: @Matt Bryant - What a complete load of cobblers.

"just assume that *everyone* is guilty and investigate to your heart's content."

Having known a few police officers socially over the years, they all have expressed the sentiment that the longer one is a police officer, the harder it is to not see everyone else as a criminal of some sort and to be able to "switch off" when not on duty or in social situations.

Assuming that to be true, it can only be worse for those who make it up to command levels, ie the ones who make and set policy etc.

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SpaceX blasts a mischief of mice, a 3D printer and a cuddly toy* into SPAAAACE

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"20 mice. TWENTY? What ever do you need that many mice for?"

You've got it all wrong. The mice aren't being "taken". They are evacuating. Next thing you know there'll be dolphins doing strange back-flips and somersaults before disappearing.

<Caution - Construction Zone>

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Vodafone to buy 140 Phones 4u stores from stricken retailer

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"browsing handsets etc, but why do so many people still buy there?!"

I think you just answered your own question there. Unless there is a significant cost saving in buying online, most people would just buy at the store they are currently in once they've made the decision which handset to buy. Being able to touch/feel the object is an important part of buying a handset unless you've already decided and have friends who own one.

It's also easier to return to a physical shop for help/advice/repair/replacement.

The swinger for most people is probably the instant gratification in the purchase or the face to face if there's a problem with the item.

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Plucky Playmonaut parties as LOHAN hits Kickstarter goal

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I think the total is only updated every 10 minutes or so.

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Open source and the NHS: Two huge disorganised entities without central control

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Re: Open source FTW

"A common example is obesity. While many have come to terms with the idea that they eat and drink too much, many more are absolutely shocked at the suggestion that these are related factors."

In that particular example, I think people are more shocked at being called obese by a doctor for being a little overweight as the "common" usage of non-medical people of the word obese is to mean someone who is humongously fat and can barely walk without waddling.

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Oi, London thief. We KNOW what you're doing - our PRECRIME system warned us

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footfall trends by time, gender, and age

Wait...what? How do they get that information? Tracking where a mobile phone is one thing, but that level of data scraping is making a lot of assumptions about who is actually carrying it. Even the telco doesn't know who is carrying the phone or even if the actual user is the same person who bought or registered it.

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Man buys iPHONE 6 and DROPS IT to SMASH on PURPOSE

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"Do you go and buy big rubber bumpers for your car so that you don't write it off when you clip the gatepost?"

Maybe he drives a Volvo 740 estate?

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Does this float your boat? Dead Steve Jobs to hijack yachts from BEYOND THE GRAVE

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Re: Tesla

"What did Tesla use to control the remote controlled wireless demo model boat around 1897?"

Not sure about Tesla, but I remember seeing a working re-creation of the first(ish?) radio control on, (I think) the BBCs Reeth Christmas lectures many years ago. The transmitter was a spark gap generator and the receiver was a line of iron filings in a tube on a floating model airship. When the spark gap generator was triggered the receiver aerial picked up the EM which made the circuit by (I assume, It was a long time ago now!) routing the EM through a coil to make a small electromagnet thus operating a more powerful circuit which triggered the airship rudder.

After a few seconds on Google...

According the wikipedia entry on radio control "In 1898 at an exhibition at Madison Square Garden Nikola Tesla demonstrated a small boat which could apparently obey commands from the audience but was in fact controlled by Tesla interpreting the verbal requests and sending appropriate frequencies to tuned circuits in the boat."

The wikipedia entry on radio controlled aircraft has this to say "The earliest examples of electronically guided model aircraft were hydrogen-filled model airships of the late 19th century. They were flown as a music hall act around theater auditoriums using a basic form of spark-emitted radio signal."

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JINGS! Microsoft Bing called Scots indyref RIGHT!

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Re: I'm fine with Scottish independence if it's what they want.

"Moral of the story is that where England lays its hand in "ownership" it destroys that country."

Well, apart from the fact a Scottish king inherited the English crown, became king of both countries so in effect Scotland took over England. Then there was 13 years of Scottish Prime Ministers running the whole UK until they fucked over the economy so badly we ended up with Cameron and Clegg.

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Edge Research Lab to tackle chilly LOHAN's final test flight

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Less than £1000 to target...

...it's been years in the planning and R&D, and now we've put real money in too! It's getting exciting!

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Credit card cutting flaw could have killed EVERY AD on Twitter

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Re: He Got Too Much

Yes, it's strange how many people can't spell should've, could've etc. and can't even manage to get the mis-spelling phonetically correct.

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Amazon REINTRODUCES Kindle swindle vulnerability

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Re: Mitigation

"Why would 'pirates' risk sending their books via Amazon."

Upvoted for that as it was my first reaction too.

On the other hand, maybe the teenaged and twenty-somethings who display their every waking moment on Twatter and Farcebook have no concept of privacy, even for their "illegal" acts?

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As bankruptcy looms for RadioShack, we ask its chief financial officer... oh. He's quit

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Tandy, in the UK

Died years ago. From at least one shop in most towns and cities, even expanding their computer departments into a separate business with separate shops they are now reduced, after a management buy-out to this.

I got my first real interest in electronic thanks to one of those wooden box experimenter kits with components connected via spring terminals and wires. 65-in-1 electronics kit with a big book showing how to wire up the example circuits and how they worked.

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Was Earth once covered in HELLFIRE? No – more like a wet Sunday night in Iceland

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4 billion year old zircons?

But every fool knows the Earth (and the Universe) is only 6000 years old ;-)

Those who are not fools, on the other hand....

Good stuff this science thingy and I too had never heard of the Hadean era.

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Oi, Tim Cook. Apple Watch. I DARE you to tell me, IN PERSON, that it's secure

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Re: Yup, back to normal soon methink. Although...

"Jag-wire, don't forget jag-wire"

I thought left-pondians pronounced it shag-wah!

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Massachusetts shoots down car dealers' Tesla-busting sueball

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Re: America - Home of Free Enterprise?

"At one time enterprise, unfettered, brought us so many good things"

That depends on which bit of USA free market capitalistic history you look at. The days of Vanderbilt, Rockefeller, Carnegie, J. P. Morgan and pals weren't so great for their competitors.

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Brit telcos warn Scots that voting Yes could lead to HEFTY bills

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Re: If prices go up, we'll know who to blame.

"You seem to forget the Act of Union was between Scotland and England. The United Kingdom is not the UK without Scotland,"

I don't recall wee Alex claiming that an independent Scotland would be a republic. The "crowns" will still be united unless you know something the rest of us don't.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: TV is TERRIBLE and stuck in the 1970s

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Re: Sapphire TV screen?

Nahhh, you only need a Steel TV for that.

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Re: TV / Panel / VDU

"that can be sorted by the use of an advanced programmable Remote Control."

That seems to depend on what kit you have. My LG TV will switch on from stand-by if I switch on the LG BluRay player. Likewise the Raspberry PI running RaspBMC turns on the telly or, if it's already on, switches to the the correct HDMI input if I press any of the nav buttons on the XBMC app on my tablet or phone or the wireless mini keyboard. The VM Tivo cable box doesn't do that but the remote for the Tivo can turn the telly on. Normal press turns on/off Tivo, long press turns on/off telly.

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