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Naturist club objects to erection of five storey tower block

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every icon tells a story

White Doctor's coats. That's yer answer

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News Quiz...

"Amateur dramatics is like naturism. The keenest participants are the ones you aren't interested in watching"

I'll get me,,,, no 'ang on, that's not allowed, is it?

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Happy

and

"open to new members"

excellent!

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Software re-sale restricted by US Court of Appeals

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Old arguement, see 1980s.

I had this conversation when $DEFUNCTCORP tried to sell off its vaxes and SGI stations. I'd told them when we bought it that the software wasn't an asset, but they had put it in the asset register & the liquidators kept refusing offers for the hardware because the system was on the books at a much higher price.

Long, long arguments, but since they stopped paying me after 12 days I stopped trying to explain.

Go gpl! it's the only answer.

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Netizens now Facebook more than they Google

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will this do for a title?

"Anybody who starts saying "facebook me" deserves a good slap."

Well, given that we have *facepalm* and *headdesk* to imply low-impact percussive events, presumably *facebook* carries similar implications, only involving a 2nd party giving someone a thwack with e.g. a telephone directory.

And a good idea too.

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Wikileaks will soon post biggest military leak ever

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Stop

Snake oil, Jam tomorrow, come to our grand re-opening, New-improved etc.

"Wikileaks will soon post biggest military leak ever"

Do I detect a self-publicist in a state of fugue?

I am reminded of children in the playground "I know something you don't, nah nah".

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Cyberlink v. Nero media authoring suites

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But I don't want either of them

I really don't like this monolithic approach. It seems a bit like world domination to me.

I look at either of these, and the density of what I'm being asked to absorb just makes my brain shut down. Why would I want a disc burner that edits video? It's like going to buy a car and being offered something that has helicopter blades and a JCB digging arm on the back. Your first thought will be 'it won't fly well, and you can't do much digging with that blade whizzing round".

I use programmes that do one thing well, like Brasero or CDBurnerXP. If I want to edit MP3 tags, I use Kid3-qt. If I want to edit audio use audacity. To rip CDs I use Rythmbox or EAC

I can't believe that any of these huge bundles of software are really very good at everything they try to do. And I worry that they devote so much time to bit-twiddling graphical apps that they forget to pay attention to the basic task of burning discs.

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Robots capable of 'deceiving humans' built by crazed boffins

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nearly true

>doesn't any machine running Windows deceive humans on a daily basis?

but not ALL humans

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ROTM?

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BT preps nationwide TV network

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History

Video-on-demand was BT's pipedream back when Martlesham was still a research lab. AIUI the rf component of adsl had it's origin in Video-over-copper ideas.

What they need to look at is one of their oldest ideas - street level caching. If 5 people in the street want to watch the same football match it makes no sense to transfer it over the whole route 5 times. Once to the street cab & 5 times to the subscribers. Or another old chestnut - video on near demand. People ask for content, which is distributed with fixed start times e.g. 2 minutes apart. They get an hourglass till the next start time.

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Beeb creates new global iPlayer post

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Or payment

I'd be quite happy to buy remote access, as when I am out of the country my wife is still at home getting value for the TV licence.

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Email worm wants to party like it's 1999 (almost)

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I, for one

Have turned off autorun on all my windoze machines, often by installing Suse on top of them.

But my $MEGACORP flaptop has some sort of "fixed image" corporate tool. You turn off autorun, or change the default printer away from 'Microsoft XPS Document Writer' and within a few minutes it has changed back the way they like it. At which point I go 'ho hum' and let them get on with it.

Does anyone know what 'm2nl.bat' (which is not a bat file) does? $MEGACORP seems to not mind it infecting my memory sticks.

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cost

I reckon that each email sent should cost something. Then 'reply all' would become much less frequently used.

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Which may be the real story

>antispam was more useful than the antivirus

Given how much we spend on AV, how come such a well-known technique has been so succesful?

What do all these heuristic modes do? sound posh?

and why does the bl**dy OS still allow stuff like this in the first place? over a decade later?

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Microsoft wins court order crushing mighty spam botnet

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Full traceability

Back in the 1990s I was lobbying for ISPs to get together and come up with different MTA protocols that would not allow spammers to hid behind anonymity or forged headers. None of them saw it as their job.They, of course, were quite happy to make money without actually doing any work. A more responsible attitude then might be saving us a lot of grief now.

We won't crack security problems while we are still using code designed for ARPA. Perhaps the time has come (is overdue) for the CCITT or some other telecoms body to define a new method of sending/recieving email that cannot be abused like this. It would not be so hard to migrate everyone: people interested in avoiding spam would be the trailblazers, and I reckon in 2 years pop3/smtp would be as dead as fidonet.

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Here's an idea

>Microsoft Active Response for Security.

How active would it be to add some security to the OS?

Everywhere I worked plan A was "sell stuff that works"

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Reg hack celebrates happy event

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whot?

There's not another one, surely?

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Flaming work laptop toasts cottage

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can't decide

Is the victim or the help desk the bigger moron?

If something is overheating, turn it off. And if it is really hot, put it somehwere outside.

(I suppose we should be grateful they didn't tell her to put it in a bucket of water)

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HP Pavilion dv6-3085ea 15.6in notebook

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whole bunch of them

The HP web site appears to have a whole bunch of these so perhaps it is possible to buy one without the fingerprint gadget. I can't make head nor sense of all the model numbers and processor types. Life is too short for all these arcane non-sequential type numbers.

the 3085 and 3065 appear to have identical specs but are fifty quid different in price. What is this, bait and switch?

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Acer Stream Android smartphone

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snigger

Ah, irony.

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Sonic Screwdriver controller coming to Wii

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ignoring all the rude remarks

(And Amy Pond is very attractive)

It is now possible to use a wiimote on Linux, will the sonic screwdriver work too?

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Jobs takes swing at Google over Android activations

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apple TV

"other technology companies did not seem to understand that consumers didn't want a computer in their living room. "

Or, in mine, a TV. If big, historic, broadcasters can't make anything wort watching, what reason is there to suppose a control freak's overpriced online store would be any better?

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Nigerian man gets 12 years for $1.3m 419 scam

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Not to mention http://www.scambuster419.co.uk/ and it's hilarious 'context' site http://www.freewebs.com/gyppinginthemarsh/index.html

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Doctor Who goes to the Proms

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same word, different meaning

A 'promenade' concert is one where the audience can wander around, in and out and (in the 19th C at least), make assignations with their mistress or trollop while being at a perfectly respectable event.

In the 18th century a "promenade" social was an event where people would walk around e.g. Bath or Edinburgh showing off their best clothes, mingling socially without introduction or formalities, and make assignations with their mistress or trollop while being at a perfectly respectable event.

In Edwardian times, a 'promenade' was a paved area near the sea-side where the newly leisured lower and middle classes could stroll around taking the air, and meeting other people informally, and make assignations with their mistress or trollop while being at a perfectly respectable event.

Now what was that about american teenagers again?

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Microsoft gets Speedos in a twist over half-naked 'Meter Maids'

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but...

it's not as bad as being paid for answering a phone to support a product you know nothing about and don't understand.

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wrong

Don't you mean 'budgie smugglers', not speedos?

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Just 5% of workers ever truly leave the office

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quite

I'm an international service engineer, and I fly several times a week. I've yet to be on a flight with in-flight wifi.

And if I ever am, and if it is free (which it won't be) I will use it to read Girl Genius and Schlock Mercenary, not to work.

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Samsung R780 17.3in laptop

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Want one

I'm typing this on a Samsung SensG910 19" laptop in a cybercafe at Seoul airport, and it is very tasty indeed. I rather think I want one.

The keyboard is slightly gimp in that there are no page up page down buttons except the old-fashioned ones on keypad 9 & 3, need numlock. Otherwise it seems fairly splendid.

Screen is 16:10, not come across that before, 19", 7200 rpm hard disk, 1000:1 contrast ratio.

I reckon big FO laptops are very cool.

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Doctor Wii game comes to the Nintendo Who

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I reckon

I reckon the doctor should have regenerated as Karen Gillan, that would have been much more fun.

Paris, but only 'cos we don't have an Amy Pond icon.

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PARIS team cracks Vulture 1-X wing

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I was going to say most of that

Rather than the diagonal bracing tubes in compression, why not diagonal bits of cotton thread in tension? That would be much lighter and be able to handle much the same by way of forces.

A leading edge profile and a trailing edge stiffener would be normal - perhaps a horizontal bit of card of the same material as the ribs, slotted into the trailing edge? and three slotted radially into the leading edge?

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Secret X-37B space plane lost by sat-spotters for 2 weeks

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rhyming slang

I had to explain rhyming slang to some USAnian crewmates who wondered why they were called 'septics', and they then started to call themselves 'Shermans'.

Mine's the one with the silver star.

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Intel: dual-core Atom netbooks on sale now

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Is it me?

or are these people a bit too far upthemselves?

"Intel has reportedly said it doesn't mind N550 netbooks having displays of up to 12in,"

Dear Mr Intel.

I want to use your nice dual core chip in a device with a 13 inch screen and a detachable wireless keyboard.

Dear Mr Harvey

Sorry, we only want you to use that chip in devices smaller than that

Dear Mr Intel

Who is the product designer round here? Take your nasty dual core chip and re-package it up yourself.

Dear Mr ARM

I want to....

Paris, 12 inch, etc etc.

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Cleveland residents get RFID-equipped recycling

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Brynley Heaven

>I'm seriously considering investing in one of those gadgets that zaps RFID tags

Consider, then, the story of Brnyley Heaven. Around 7 years ago South Kesteven District Council issued tagged wheelybins, with the intention of charging by weight, under a scheme introduced without debate in Parliament by the Bliar. However their public pronouncements denied this.

Mr Heaven removed the tags and delivered them by post to the chair of said SKDC, who threatened him with penalites for damaging Council Property (yes, the wheelies remain their property) and said that without the tags they would not be collecting his rubbish. Fair enough,says Bryn. I'll take it to the tip meself. And did.

The story dragged on with Mr Heaven becoming a sort of low-level page filler for the tabloids, until in the rather lengthy run up to the last election Brown's lot dumped the pay-to-tip scheme. It's gone rather quiet since then, and Bryn has had some sort of limited service.

The whole story was one of pig-headed refusal to listen, as was the same council's insistence that people who lived in terraced labourer's cottages with no front garden should wheel said wheelies through their house every week instead of retaining the black bag system that their own policies said were available for such cottages. Of course, the bins completely blocked the pavement and most 'went feral' on the first or second time of using.

Such over-arching powers should never be given to officials of small local councils, who are Gauleiter to a man.

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Cops cuff man who exposed holes in 'perfect' voting machines

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Hardware attacks?

Surely the simplest hardware attack is a large muscly geezer with a stick making sure you press the button he likes?

I've been to Injia.

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LG touts 'surprisingly productive' iPad killer

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fair enough

>...on the day after Thanksgiving — in the US only, however....

That's only fair. They are the only people to have Thanksgiving. How would people know when to launch in other countries, on that basis?

Don't forget September 19th

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Google's Wave flop: Spare us the warm fuzzies

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How about 'It was a bad idea'

The permanent recording of conversations, ideas, sketches, contributions can have it's use. In the right place. The number of cases where this is true is remarkably small.

It seems to me that most people don't want, or need, an unchanging record of low-content, dynamic, social interactions.

Then there is the reviewing issue. We all know what happens when you archive all the emails and documents from even the simplest project. *You never go back and look at them again* . Big projects can end up with so much data that you can never find anything in it at all. Wave offered us massive, daunting, backlogs of impenitrable drivel for everything we did.

I'm trying to have a zen life, with as few material posessions as possible, and as little data. I didn;t _need_ wave to do anything at all.

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Michael Dell snubbed by quarter of his shareholders

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Fairs Fair

I expect that 25% of his customers would want to shun him too. I wonder if the shareholders have a telephone help line like the rest of us get?

Jimmy Edwards, 'cos Dell deserve a dose of Wack-ho!

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London Tube app adds Augmented Reality

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oooh

I'd forgotten about aberdeen steak houses. They were the coolest place to take yer date in the late 1960s, especially when you had no money and wanted to impress her. Them and Berni Inns.

I'd no idea that Aberdeens were still about. I thought that, like the Berni chain, they had slid into oblivion

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Philips BDP3100 Blu-ray player

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Ye Glods

are we now so up ourselves that we can't wait for a disk to stop spinning?

I know modern life is hectic, but watching telly is supposed to be a leisure activity, not high productivity!

Beer. I'd rather have one of they than watch 99.9% of the things sold on disks.

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Tesco touts budget textaholic SIM-only deal

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suspicious

Is that one of those cashback deals where you have to send all the original bills in a green envelope, and then apply online between 23:18 and 23:21 on a wet thursday using the password given to you just once during the registration process by a Bengali whose pronunciation makes you get it wrong?

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UK.gov to scrap new staff training rights

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I know $MEGACORP

"may only refuse a request for a "good business reason"."

$MEGACORP's idea of a "good business reason" would be "because while you are doing that you won't be out there earning for us"

Might as well get scrapped, I can't see it ever being of any use.

....talking of things that aren't any use...

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Microsoft ends Office lovers' employee discount program

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Point

I agree that there is much wrong with the FOSS systems you mention. The lack of SVG support in OOo is becoming almost comically perverse, for example. But at least the process is transparent. Both major projects do own up to these things, and it is all out in the open.

And then projects like Samba, Filezilla, Clam av, Octave, do respond quite well to bug reports.

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And?

whilst every word you say is true, what is your recommendation for the successor?

Abiword?

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freedom

One of the pleasures of having my own computer is that I get to choose software I want to use.

And, indeed, software where I can report bugs without having to pay for the privilege.

If my employer wants me to use windows or office at home they can damn well give me the software FOC. or, indeed, they can actually sod off. I work in working hours.

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Garmin Asus Nüvifone M10

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Dear mr Garmin

Try again.

I'd like a bigger screen, multi-touch controls, and a non-windows OS. Especially a non-windows OS.

And then I'd like a bluetooth headset, a bit like the Jabra Stone, that lives in the back of the phone to recharge, and which can be taken out and stuffed in my ear when the time comes. That will mitigate the problems of using a larger screen device as a phone, and help with in-car audibility too. And you get to sell me the headset, the money does not go to someone else.

I like most of your software, although I've heard reports that your routing of motor cars is a bit too simplistic, and I like the idea of being able to use the same device walking and driving. I like the fact that you download the ephemeris from the sputniks, not requiring me to get a quickfix over the internut.

But this phone is an odd mixture of "me too" and "worst of all possible worlds".

Try again.

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Perseid meteors - brace for endazzlement

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Wyndham

Don't look if they are all green...

Mine is the double layer leather one with a chicken wire face mask.

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Nude trampolinist bounces free from court

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size matters

"publicly exposing their persons in a shameless ..."

Would rather depend on if they had any reason to have shame, surely?

Paris, because, well, really, just because.

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Botnet with 60GB of stolen data cracked wide open

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Researchers?

sound more like enforcers.

Still, if they are doing research, perhaps they could give us a breakdown of the machines owned by OS, manufacturer, AV running, and age?

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Dell outsourcer lifts US woman's saucy pix from PC

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t t t

“My conscience is talking to me, saying ‘Tara, don’t send this. Are you crazy?’ I sent it anyway,” she said.

yes, dear. you are crazy.

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Microsoft rushes out emergency fix for critical Windows bug

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quite

I've never understood the abandonment of proper real-time kernels, and OS's like OS9 wor Windows.

Nor do I understand naive connection of scada systems to the internet. Surely there should be some secure server/firewall/vpn destination as a cut-out?

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