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2829 posts • joined 8 Oct 2006

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

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Re: How about......

>Maybe if programme output was done by the DJ's and not a commitee,

Abso bluddy lutely. Ban playlists, say I.

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Apple Developer portal partially resurrected

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Bob Mansfield

Reuters say that Mr Mansfield postponed retirement last year, and is going to be on the Special Projects team.

Are they going to deliver my talking computer soon, then?

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London Mayor shows off GIANT BLUE COCK in busy square

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Re: Lady Hamilton and Nelson's Column

I thought Lady Hamilton was regularly responsible for... oh, you mean the one in Trafalgar square. As you were, then.

There's a coat here with only one...

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everything has to be somewhere.

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From our East Cheam correspondent

"Hahn/Cock"

Very nearly an arm full?

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BOFH: Don't be afraid - we won't hurt your delicate, flimsy inkjet printer

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That's why they put WEEE recycling symbols on them

Oh yes. I remember proper printers.

And pen plotters. They were amazing.

Page Definition Languages as well. Printers with a brain, not parasitic growths off yer desktop CPU that stop everything working when you have the temerity to want a paper copy.

Gah!. It's time for a beer instead of getting all agitated.

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Signing out of a broken Britain: The final Quatermass serial

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Powerful stuff

I remember the final Quatermass as more powerful than it seems now, even though we are rapidly heading toward a world not unlike the one he portrayed. I think the Planet People seem less likely than they did, but that's about it. But there is no doubting the complexity of the vision and the depth of detail that went into creating the world in which the story took place, far more than in the earlier stories where it was somehow not necessary: they had a contemporary setting, this last one was near-future.

Ringstone Round is a thoroughly clever British invention. It sounds right. It sounds like it really exists, and there are some people who claim the children's chant is traditional.

OK, there is something of 'Midwich cuckoos' in the denouement, and some of the acting is a little perfunctory. But the story remains tight, faithful to the Genre, and has that same sort of 'that would explain a lot' quality of the The Pit . I thought in that the Hobs Lane and medieval mythology was handled with a light enough touch to be realistic, or at least not break the disbelief, and the idea of finding a rational explanation for stone circles in the last story has that same deftness of touch.

Yes. I enjoyed it. I enjoyed them all, and this was part of the set. The whole series had some of the qualities of Britishness that makes doctor Who interesting, while still being proper, serious, story telling. I'd put them up there with Day of the Triffids and War of the Worlds, as fine quality SF on our own turf.

Out of interest, who is writing SF with a British background now? Is there a hole in the market?

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Guinness: Have a quick bonk over the bar and receive FREE BEER

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... lots of opportunites for rapid touching there.

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Indian military pondered attack on Venus and Jupiter

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Not exactly rocket science is it?

no, but not unrelated either.

Mine's got a steel collar for attaching the helmet...

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Surface RT: A plan worthy of the South Park Underpants Gnomes

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Re: I think I've spotted..

>The ones who clog up our helpdesk with calls.

Helpdesk? What helpdesk is that, then?

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credibility

I am not going to take advice from someone who can write " absolutely shined".

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FAIL

Wilfully stupid

>believing that they could come in to the market as a new player,

> but with products launching at Apple prices.

Doing that at all was, as you say, Arrogant.

Doing it after watching HP go face-first with the WebOs products - making exactly the same mistake - is beyond Arrogant, it is Wilful Stupidity.

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Free cloud server self-destructs in 35 minutes

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Good luck to him

It's not a bad idea. It gives people the chance to try something out quickly. The $6 is cheaper than paying an engineer to do something from scratch. If he is up-front about the costs, and the timeout on the free one, well good luck to him.

And if people are stupid enough to pay him his rates on a long term basis, well good luck to him. Stupid deserves to bleed, it's how we keep the market fit.

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Microsoft's earnings down on slow Windows sales, Surface RT bust

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and the followers

... and all those companies and corporations whose business model is "Sell whatever Redmond makes" are going to have to start thinking for themselves. Maybe even design their own product.

Beer, popcorn, deckchair.

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HP the only PC maker to bleed distie sales in Blighty

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Hewlett Scrapyard

People have long memories of past purchases, and really don't want last year's CPU with last century's screen resolution.

I do wonder, too, if customers being ripped off for printer ink does the brand any good.

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Brit telly, laptop flogger Gimmi goes titsup owing whopping £1m

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Trusted the bankers?

"the lender hiked its charge per transaction from 1.75 per cent to 5.45 per cent"

just like the interest-free period on yer credit card running out. You cannot base a business plan on the introductory offer. Who could not have seen this coming?

[Banker: interesting business here, why should he be making the profit instead of us? I know...]

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Look out, Lenovo! HP: We're not happy with being a 'number two'

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x768?

>you are too embarrassed to state it

Yes.

This.

Exactly.

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Oblox

" We have a multi OS,...computing strategy"

-- that forces your retail customers to buy windows 8.

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CIOs bombarded with hybrid cloud surveys

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Harvey's new law

If it's business and you don't mind doing it in the cloud - you probably don't need to be doing it at all.

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Planet-busting British space bullet ready to bomb ice moon Europa

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Space!

Sorry but I think that's really cool!

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Pure boffinry: We peek inside Nokia's miracle cameraphone

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here is an idea

Just make the camera. Don't lumber us with a phone, just sell us the camera, the smallest, lightest, most capable pocket camera ever.

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Microsoft lathers up Windows 8.0 Surface RT for quick price shave

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Meh

Hmm

Tell you what lads. I've not bought one nearly every day since it came out. No, I'm wrong. It's exactly every day. Is that a big enough clue?

How about you give me $549. and I take it away? I'd be half interested in that deal.

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Cubesats to go interplanetary with tiny plasma drives

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Re: Earth's upper atmosphere as fuel?

Ooh - a mini Bussard. Lovely idea.

Perhaps with an electrotether to help with iniital accelaration?

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Is your Apple gadget made of human misery and eco-ruin?

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All gadgets

"Is your Apple gadget made of human misery and eco-ruin?"

I can't see that Apple are any different in this regard than anyone else. You can go and buy a reasonable quality socket set (in a nasty blown plastic case) for a couple of hours wages. When I started work it would have been a couple of months wages.

When I was brining up my girls a school uniform would have cost us a few hundred pounds. Now, decades of inflation later, you can get one from Tesco for a tenner. They are not made by the school uniform fairy.

This is a major success of capitalism (I nearly wrote crapitalism) and a major failing of society.

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Forecast cloudy as Office 365 pushes into 38 new markets

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it's a social experiment.

Redmond want to find out if they can fool all of the people, all of the time.

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Swollen cloud could burst at any time, splatter us with FAIL – anxious tech biz

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we were warned

A lot of people - including my humble self - were saying "this is madness" right from the start.

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Is it a BIRD? Is it a plane? Right first time – and she's in SPANDEX

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Central somerset?

To be fair, the comment under the story by adgec is a work of genius.

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BAN UK tax breaks on patented tech, fumes German finance minister

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yep

>You could get the idea they are doing it just to attract companies

any other explanation? We thought the title would look nice in Hansard? A big company did it and ran away?

Congratulations to the Germans for stating the bleeding obvious. Now sod off unless you want us to quit the EU.

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European Space Agency goes for mostly solid Ariane 6

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Re: Full spectrum cominance

Isn't Inmarsat Geostationary any more?

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Re: New rocket to be called the Ariane 6

> how long the naming committee took

12 lobster dinners in 12 different resorts around the planet, one imagines.

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Space!

A nice solid bit of writing.

Oh, alright then.

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Sky asks Ofcom to unlock BT cabinets

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Re: Short answer

You want the taxpayer to subsidise Murdoch as well?

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Re: Virgin

I'd like to see the Virgin cable network in Lincolnshire.

Back in the 1950s the 'redifussion' system was part of the build when new towns were constructed.

Since the Millenium we have had estates added to Bourne and Spalding etc. that have doubled their population. Why was cable not compulsory for these builders if we are serious as a nation about competition?

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Short answer

I would strongly suggest that Sky are told to OffFuk, and that they aren't getting access on the cheap.

If they want cabinets, let them put their own up. Competition is not competition if it relies on the opposition doing all the work then waltzing in at the last minute.

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Euro GPS Galileo gets ready for nuclear missile use

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Re: Subscription

>meaning the "big switch" would probably be trivial to implement.

I'd have thought so. Most survey-grade instruments allow you knock individual birds out of the solution, so you can limit yourself to one system, but not with a 'big switch'.

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Subscription

I thought, all along, the idea was to have a subscription-based service (even if it was a one-time cost rolled into the price of the reciever) to provide commerical resiliance over government fickleness. I'd even be quite happy to punch in a 20-digit number sent out each year to EU taxpayers. If I had to subscribe separately I'd pay a fiver a year.

I understand that lots of recievers have both glonass and navstar, but I have yet to see a reciever with a big switch saying "believe the yanks" or "believe the cossaks". when "believe the beethovenists" becomes available it will be interesting to see what happens.

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Big Beardie is watching you: Lord Sugar gets into facial recognition

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not really ID

This doesn't sound as bad as people are making out - there seems to be no intention to identify a named individual, although there is always the possiblity that the security people will want access but it all sounds stand-alone to me.

That said, since I just walk past billboards 95% of the time, and the other 5% of the time I am staring in complete bewilderment as thought at an alien culture, I do think they have some software challenges ahead.

Why don't we all wear Bill Oddie masks like Clarkson driving across america?

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Universities teach us a thing or two about BYOD

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Eduroam, and similar

I have always been impressed by the quality of Eduroam, and in an earlier life Janet, and all the other academic networks: look at the volumes of data that astronomers share, with apparent ease.

I suspect that the reason is management. The institutions are clearly in the hands of the academics, and the IT people are clearly expected to provide a working system.

Compare that to the commercial world, for example $MEGACORP type working, where IT has been outsourced to the likes of ATOS, and they have no understanding of who is the tail and who is the dog. Getting anything fixed or done is all but impossible.

Now look at government: government computing fails because the people who think they are in charge have not the faintest idea of what they want to do, and even less of how it may be done, so the people selling them systems can get away with murder.

Congratulations to the academic world for running things properly, I say!

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Government dials 999. What service do you require? DIGITAL

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taking bets?

Anyone taking bets who will bid?

Who will get the contracts?

And if anything gets delivered?

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Apple surrenders in 'app store' trademark suit against Amazon

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Re: Oh

I would like to see a contempt-of-court type sanction where the judge can just fine one (or both) sides for being vexatious litigants and wasting everyone's time. Would have come in handy with SCO/IBM as well.

5 billion paid to the public defence system to help the impoverished get justice would go down rather nicely, I feel.

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Inventor lobs spherical, throwable camera

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well, good luck to him

I applaud people working hard at a good idea.

I really like the idea that the fire brigade or coastguard could lob a few of these about and get a good idea what they are up against. With that in mind, perhaps he should be interleaving IR cameras with visual light ones?

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Acer Iconia W3: The first 8-inch Windows 8 Pro tablet

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very silly

That picture of the tabletette in a monstrous keyboard dock is one of the funniest things I have seen for a long time. No-one in their right mind is going to do that with it, surely?

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Sleek Nokia Lumia details EXPOSED ahead of Thursday's disrobing

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eh?

sodding great camera and no removable storage?

who thought of that then?

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OFFICIAL: Humans will only tolerate robots as helpful SLAVES

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Re: "self-awareness"

>is it self-awareness or just a simulation of such?

does it matter? (That's the round two question for you!)

Would that affect how you treat them?

If so, how can you justify treating humans differently? You have no way of knowing if the people around you are real, simulated, or a figment of your imagination. You just need to act in the right way regardless.

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Re: 'who wouldn't want the talky-toaster from Dwarf?'

Holly?

It persuaded Holly to trade run-time for IQ.

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re: 'once they look sufficiently human.'

I'm not too worried what they look like, but if they are individually sentient and intellectually capable, I would expect to treat them as equal.

I'm not going to treat an automatic vacuum cleaner as an equal, but an Artificial Intelligence would deserve respect.

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Elon Musk's Grasshopper tops 300m, lands safely

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" to power a craft from lift-off and back to landing"

...more than once

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BBC abandons 3D TV, cites 'disappointing' results

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Holmes

I should have added

"Hello to Jason Isaccs"

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Re: Tennis in 3D yesterday

>The jitter wasn't too bad

That's a ringing endorsement, that!

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Re: Avatar...

> a good plot

Sorry? was there a different one I didn't see?

I saw one whose story line had been bent around the opportunities for special deffects . Those effects were very good, and the world created fantastic. But Plot? meh.

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