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RUPERT MURDOCH HIT BY PIE

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surprises

I thought that nothing that happened now would surprise me. I was wrong. I wasn't expecting that.

OK, so the whole chance to quiz him degenerated into farce, but that's just Karma.

And, no matter how reprehensible, RUPERT GOT PIE'D.

Put a smile on my face anyway

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Microsoft rolls out One Big Windows strategy

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fixed that for you

>This go-round should succeed

s/should/could/

It would be nice to think it would. Experience, however...

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Fair

I do think the NT2000, XP, and W8 are remarkably successful bits of software. Astonishingly so, really, given the amount of under-the-bonnet expected from dumb users (defrag, aunty-virus, aunty-malware, emptying temporary directories).

And, once you have learned the wrinkles and the buttons not to press, people have got a whole lot of stuff done with it that they might never have done before.

But, at the end of the day, it is analogous to a spanner. If you need a spanner, and the spanner you have fits the nut, it is a good spanner. I just get pi**ed off having to buy the same size spanner over and over again. It's not as thought I've worn it out!

But, yes, it is a remarkably good spanner and fits a lot of nuts....

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Fair

Yes, I think the idea of a big fat icon with a little titchy live screen of some sort is useful. And, by any definition of the word, not Dumb.

Not original, but useful. It has been done elsewhere.

Bringing it to the lumpen proletariat may be both useful and original, and well done them.

(they employ tens of thousands of clever programmers. I bet /most/ of the ideas are good. it's the corporate policies I object to most of all.)

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FAIL

wince

wince just needs to FOAD

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>Even So

>Are there any programs, other than perhaps some behind the scenes plumbing that you

>can, or even want to run on all those different systems

Vi?

FTP?

I run a programme to fetch BBC radio programmes on my router, linux desktop, file server, and have run it on a friends telly.

On a research ship with Decca Radars I developed a perl script to parse out the test match scores from a BBC web page and merge them with NMEA data so they would scroll across the bottom of the radar. Developed it on a linux based workstation, and finally installed it on the embedded dish steering box for the satellite internet link. Probably still there, though I suppose that changes to the web page have broken it now.

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@AC 19:19

But most of us have been kicked in the knackers by M$ so many times that it still hurts.

I've wasted years of my life learning API after API, and it is always useless next time round. I no longer give a stuff about what they do. They come up with really great things like that camera gadget that goes with an ex-box, and I just ignore it because I am sick to the back teeth of being treated like a mug. Only this week I got caught out because some VBA object in excel does /not/ do what it says in the programme's own help file. They never finish anything, it's all bodge-sell-discard with them and I am sick of it.

Every damn thing I have learned about *nix still works, even fvwmcommand. There are things I learned in 1983 playing with Microsoft Xenix or in 1995 with Irix that still work in HP-UX . And Red Hat.

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...to rule them all

Has anyone noticed the similarity between 'Balmer' and 'Balrog'?

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Is Anon ready for the social network?

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whot?

>Google+ allegedly banned an unknown number of Anonymous members.

They weren't very Anonymous then, were they?

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Beyonce bigs up girls in space

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Beyonce

To the best of my knowledge she has never bothered my 'earoles.

An astronaut is worth ten million manufactured pop vehicles.

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Samsung Chromebook: The $499 Google thought experiment

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@ gerryg

>Think Boris bikes and their infrastructure

Yes, but you could not run a parcel courier system with boris bikes, because the rack might be empty when you needed one.

And you shouldn't run a business where the boss can't do any work between hotspots. It would be daft.

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does what it does well

It seems to do what it does very well.

Snag is, I don't want something that does what it does.

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Sunspot decline could mean decades of cold UK winters

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Ah.

Right. "Truckers".

As you were, then.

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oh

Oh, ForeHEADs.

Sorry.

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As seen in previous discussion

Glad, really.

Can't be doing with hot weather.

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Rebekah Brooks quits - Murdoch accepts this time

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Could be worse

>bad people always "go into" PR

It could be worse. She might stand as an MEP. Although she would blend in nicely with the rest of the trough-feeders

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Yahoo! reads! your! emails!

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Fukem

Well, I only use gurgle mail for signing up to web sites, and my yahoo address has been idle since 1999. I do pay for mail.com, but they have become AOL which is deeply disturbing and I may well go back to running my own mail server, like I did in 1994.

Bugger the lot of them.

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Apple patent: 'Pour' your data from iPhone to iPad

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1 thumb up & 1 thumb down

I appear to have been awarded a gesture. Anyone know what it causes to happen?

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Boggle

My wife plays electronic boggle with ye grandkids.

Little separate single-letter lcd tiles that all interact by position on the tabletop.

Prior art?

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at least they're non-obvious.

Fair. I actually think it is quite clever, and in so far as it is an idea and not an algorith don't really mind it being patentable.

What I don't understand is the idea of patenting the gesture, as well as the idea. The shape I make with my hands is my affair.

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El Reg to unleash rocket-powered spaceplane

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Playmonaut

Surely you need to build a playmobil centrifuge & weightless-sim water tank to qualify the pilot?

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....you can use explosives!

that's the clincher, surely?

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Airport screener stuffs stolen iPad into (own) trousers

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...at least one opposable thumb

or teeth.

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tsa

I have a toolbox that has to be locked. For TSA purposes I hung the key on a bit of string on the handle. That didn't stop them crowbarring it open. I was given a bit of grey paper telling me how to complain. Neither phone number nor web address worked.

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This is what happens

When you put Security in the hands of underpaid members of the underclass. The TSA staff I have met have been either illegal immigrants, drug addicts, or ESN dribblers.

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Will News of the Screws reappear as Sunday.co.uk?

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...If it's claimed that The Sun also uses shameful and/or illegal methods of investigation...

Not going to happen. The wretched rag contains nothing but tits and footy, and people are falling over themselves to get those in papers.

Investigation goes with Journalism goes with News stories. All wholly alien to the Sun.

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News of the World TO CLOSE

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Meh

Half a result

The filthy organ is gone

Now we need to deal with the wicked witch.

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Nice try, Amazon: 'One-click' payment too obvious to patent

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Hurrh!

well done, the EU!

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Lights go out at Telecity in London data outage

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trying to get power...

Combined cycle. Small gas turbine to generate the power, and the exhaust gas heat recovered to heat adjacent office space.

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Microsoft publishes Wi-Fi data collection code

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A quick wash down

Good point

Well made

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FAIL

an apparent attempt to make Microsoft look good next to Google.

Going to need A LOT more shiny paint.

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Microsoft inks Bing deal with Baidu

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Miss! me miss!

they borg'd multimap, so for a while I was using it to cursor a point on the map & read off the lat/long & OSgrid co-ordinates.

Then they removed this useful feature.

Quite interesting to try to do high-accuracy positioning with these satellite images, from both systems. Last time I looked google maps and bing were usually around 5 to 15m different from the printed OS sheet, although which was closer varied. I suspect they use different methods of 'stretching' the pictures to fit known co-ordinates - mostly GIS roads as far as I can see. And I think the underlying mapping is different. There will also be rounding errors, & an error caused by the pixel/selection resolution sampling error. They all seem to use WGS84 for the roads & transverse mercator for the images, but instead of the 'standard' 3 degree interval for central meridians, I think they generate one for each photo image. If they were really clever they would use inclined mercator along the photography track, but I suspect the images are squared up and projected before they get them.

For armchair archaeology, you need both Bong and Gurgle, and I wish one or the other would let you do a time-lapse of different source images for the same spot.

For searching I prefer iXquick & alpha to both of them. And streetmap.co.uk for reading off coordinates. But bing does have an OSGB layer which google lacks, probably inherited from multimap.

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Paris Hilton

...sarcasm detection gland recently removed.

I must be getting old. He fooled me.

<-- easily fooled

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wondering

I am in two minds about which half of this deal is the evil overlord, and which the toadying minion.

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Positive?

Your W7 example is hilarious. I'm surprised you didn't quote Zune! The easiest way to get positive spin in a story is to make something good, at a sensible price, and stop treating users like thieves and pirates.

If that hurts too much, then just use published file formats instead of propitiatory ones.

(Oh look, I'm answering you as though you ARE microsoft. No idea why I came to that conclusion!)

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NotW accused of hacking Milly Dowler's voicemail

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unfortunately

As far as I can tell 'registered as a newspaper' just means you can send it - unsealled- by post for half the^W^W a bit less money.

You don't need a licence to print or distribute.

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but

people give away the phone number. The remote access number should be different. I bet hardly anyone knows what theirs is.

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HP plan for faster, 64GB TouchPad leaks out

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Yes to all of that

I agree USB host is required for external HD.

But I also want USB client with bulk-storage mode so I can write to it from Linux.

And what about a cli I can ssh to?

And how about it becoming a second screen or graphics tablet when plugged into gnome/kde?

And better speakers as a given.

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Apple orders millions of iPhone 5s for September release

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Heuristics complete

I've just run a massive analysis on my array of super-computers, and can predict that I am 94% certain that the iPhone after that will be called the iPhone 6.

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Popular FTP package download tarball poisoned

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md5

So you never check the independent MD5 checksum then? Or did they hack that too?

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Atlantis crew prepare for the 'Final Countdown'

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But shirley

we will be sending stuff down again too? Aren't we going to mine the asteroids for rare earth metals? And women with green faces and antennae?

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Apple MacBook Airs to get new, superfast 19nm Flash

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Is this how they make them thin?

24nm - 19nm = 5nm less. So it must be thinner?

I'll get me coat. Its very lightweight.

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Earth orbit for £1,000? You must be joking

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the rules

So, we could spend 10 billion on an inductive rail gun, and fire a 15g bullet into orbit, and only the cost of the electricity would have to come out of the thousand quid? am I right?

So, we spend another 10 billion on solar cells, charge up some batteries, do the launch. Cost of launch = 0?

flippancy aside, I do wonder if an induction gun might be the best approach? I like the passive radar reflector solution to proof, as well. Proof would be easier if we fired into a retrograde or anti-polar orbit, as nothing else would be going in that direction.

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Boffins fix dead satellite using 'dirty hack' in space

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Hurrah!

Good effort lads. I am reminded of John Aaron saving the launch of Apollo 12.

oh, and just incidentally, !SPACE!

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Scotland Yard still have no idea why their network fell over

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kettle

Go look for a kettle not plugged into the wall, quite near something important that is.

it's usually a kettle.

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'Lion' Apple Mac OS X 10.7: Sneak Preview

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Maybe not.

I'm driving a 16 year old Alfa romeo. It is 2 litres, makes me smile, and goes from A to B in something approximating a straight line (depending on enthusiasm)

I could perhaps save a small amount of CO2 by changing it, at the expense of the huge amounts needed to molish a new car.

My 16 year old indesit washes my shirts.

I've been married to the same wonderful woman for 32 years.

My house was built in 1969, and apart from a bit of extra insulation has needed nothing doing to it since.

I don't believe I need to replace all those things just because newer ones are available.

Same with 'puters. Word 2K and 2003 were no better than W97. In fact they introduced autonumbering and style handling bugs. I've kept away from the two latest versions as though they have plague. XP is good enough, and as long as I don't use IE and have my smoothwall box on the router, I don't get any problems with it. So I see no point spending money and time on an upgrade-for-the-sake-of-it.

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Spooks made 1,061 bugging errors in 2010

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Legal problem

See this is a legal problem. It's all these damn rights. If only the law let them listen to everyone, then such mistakes would not be, err, a mistake at all.

</satire>

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Facebook game outfit Zynga files for $1bn IPO

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whot?

they had to spend half a billion dollars growing virtual vegetables?

Methinks someone is taking real milk from the virtual cow in advance of the IPO. Either that or each gratuitous greengage needs a server of its own.

Weird.

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simple division

if they really made 11 million profit, then it will take 90 years to get yer 1 billion IPO back.

There will have to be astronomic future growth to make this sensible. How often does that happen?

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Panasonic TX-P65VT30 65in plasma 3D TV

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end of an era?

Are all tellies going to come without scart in future?

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