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BOFH: The current value of our IT ASSets? Minus eleventy-seven...

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I thought he was a contractor with an iron tight contract regarding termination....

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Ofcom will not probe lesbian lizard snog in new Dr Who series

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Forget a same-sex kiss, this was an interspecies kiss! quick, lets lock up the BBC before out kids start dating iguanas!

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'Stop dissing Google or quit': OK, I quit, says Code Club co-founder

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Re: G00gle is

I like and dislike google in equal measure, because they are a big company, some of what they do is good, some is bad.

But I do not think they are a government front...

And yes google glass is part of the 'bad'...

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Now that's FIRE WIRE: HP recalls 6 MILLION burn-risk laptop cables

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Re: Flat, 3 core, single insulated, vs round, 3 core, double insulated?

Fuses, the best unintended side effect of a copper shortage and a ring main..

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I agree actually, I've had very little bother with HP printers, and the printer drivers work pretty well.. oh you don't want to install the bloat software that comes with it (that goes for any manufacturers 'extras') I always wonder why they bother to supply it, but the drivers are great, the options are clear and easy to use, i.e. duplex, poster print, borderless, booklet print.. all the little finishing touches that mean your software doesn't need to know how to do these things...

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US Copyright Office rules that monkeys CAN'T claim copyright over their selfies

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Re: Almost, not quite

But if you ask a stranger to take a photo, they are working for YOU, you requested they take the shot... so its your copyright...

So IF he had handed the camera to the Monkey and gave him a banana afterwards, then surely it would no longer have been an accident, it would be work for hire...

But then again we are talking about the USA here, there is no sense in their courts.....

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LOHAN packs bags for SPACEPORT AMERICA!

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Re: Sekret "berkshire-nor" facility

I'm curious as to why no launch in blighty?

I've seen rocket launches happen on our shores (top gear for one memorable launch), and I know we can launch high altitude balloons..

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Kate Bush: Don't make me HAVE CONTACT with your iPHONE

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Took my sons out for the day last weekend, went to visit some caves up a mountain in the peak district.....

They had a great time... but what I found crazy was the people using iPads to take photos!

I never see this with other brands, only iPad users..

I had my DSLR with me, so I have loads of lovely photos, taken in the low light of the caves without a flash...

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Re: Flash

Most people are too thick to know how to turn off the flash....

But then again, taking photos of anything important with a phone is stupid, they are handy for spur of the moment shots, but that is about it... they are terrible in low light... they are terrible without the flash.. they are slow to respond...

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Top Gun display for your CAR: Heads-up fighter pilot tech

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Re: Health and safety gone maddddd!

It would be an interesting experiment, see which dial people read quicker digital or analogue

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Re: Health and safety gone maddddd!

"ANYthing that gets in the way of you driving safely is worth culling, and in-your-face distractions of messages you have to read is bad news. As a matter of fact, an analogue speedo is in this context also better - you read that a LOT quicker than a digital one."

Not sure I agree about the analogue speedo, but I agree that anything that distracts needs to be hidden away, no Facebook, no text messages, none of that crud should be on any car display.

My phone can read out text messages if I want to hear them as they arrive, not that I use the feature.. my phone links to my car and allows me to receive calls if It is safe to do so, and usually thats only a few seconds to tell the person I am driving and to call back later...

I would like a simple, HUD in my car, a digital speedo (I can read them faster, since its just two symbols my brain instantly understands, rather than looking where a line is pointing..) a Nav display that shows me my next turn and distance to turn plus the next turnings name, all focused at infinity for me so I don't have to refocus.

And while many would disagree, I think having very simple feedback of car controls like selecting a new waypoint (i.e. a petrol station/supermarket), changing car temp, etc. would be very helpful, as right now to do any of this you do take your eyes off the road, even if you can make the changes without looking you confirm them with your eyes.

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Re: Irrelevant observation number 1:

Surely every car already has built in call handling (i.e. bluetooth)? or at least I've not looked at a new car in the past 10 years that hasn't had it.

I think taking calls while driving is about the same distraction level as talking with a passenger... except with a call you can end it with a push of a button and get rid of the distraction...

the hud looks a good idea, BUT I can't see many Bentley drivers buying it... or any luxury car brand.. I actually would love a HUD in my car, but no way will I be ruining the look of my car with an after market mess like that...

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Why hackers won't be able to hijack your next flight - the facts

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Re: We don't need no stinkin' backups

"> Why shouldn't that maintenance include a test flight

Because it's dangerous to the crew, plane, and anything the plane might crash into. I sure as hell wouldn't fly anything that has had the primary flight controls intentionally turned off."

Well if you have two channels, i.e. a redundant system, why cant it be as simple as flicking a switch from primary to secondary systems? then if they fail, flip back to primary....

I don't see why the secondary systems should be any less critical than primary..

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China cracks down on instant messengers: Users must hand over REAL NAMES

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Re: Real user names??

"Google+ doesn't have that policy any more."

Since when? I tried to set up a google+ account without using a real name, they didn't allow it!

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4: 4G Android tablet is easy to swallow

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Sounds like an impressive little tablet, although I would never want an LTE version myself,

i've never understood having multiple mobile contracts for multiple devices, I have one on my phone and tether anything I need to use, even with the higher price to allow tethering it works out much cheaper than having multiple mobile contracts..

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London cops cuff 20-year-old man for unblocking blocked websites

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Re: Jolly good work.

`'Oh please, not that nonsense again; am I the only poster on these forums who has heard of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, or the DMCA? Copyright violation has been a crime in the UK since 1 January 1989, and in the US since sometime in 2000..."

I guess you have never read the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 then?

Edit: and the DMCA is a US law, does not apply to UK

Last time I read it,Copyright Infringement was a Civil offence,

it is only criminal when it causes significant harm to the copyright holder (I can't be bothered to go find the act and copy the relevant passages right now)

Edit: I looked it up, read here.. http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1988/48/part/I/chapter/VI section 107 for what IS a criminal offence.

But the law is good, it is set out to protect copyright holders from organised infringement, but also not criminalise minor infringers. I.E. bootleggers get nicked because they cause losses and make money, sharing with a few friends is less of a worry.

The problem is that the internet has meant a single person can easily cause severe harm by sharing something to thousands of people for no effort..

What I suspect in this case, will be the proxy is set up specifically to give access to these blocked sites, and either makes money via Advertising or charges for access...

Although I still cannot figure out what crime he has committed...

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Multiple user accounts coming to Android phones 'n' slabs

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Re: Interesting

I doubt it, but I agree we should be able to...

I think we should be able to revoke permissions to apps, and that apps that don't 'fail gracefully' with a permission revoked, should be removed from the app store..

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Scottish independence debate: STV player flops under weight of viewers

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"shouldn't we all be getting a vote then?"

Nope, or scotland would be kicked out of the union...

I myself think it would be stupid for them to leave.

but I can see some benefits to the rest of the UK if they leave...

Shipbuilding would move back to England(most likely) or Wales since the UK would have to cancel any future building of warships in Scotland,

Our nuclear deterrent would move to England or Wales.

more jobs would be created in the remainder of the Union because of those two things.

The downside is conservatives would have too much power, and power without balance from opposition is risky.

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Google on Gmail child abuse trawl: We're NOT looking for other crimes

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I think your safe, because people magically turn into an Adult at 18 don't they?

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Re: if they're going to be going through emails anyway

I would be more concerned if they shift to other 'crimes'.

Would it be the law of the country you are IN or the country the server resides in that prevails?

it would be very easy to violate a law you don't even know exists...

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NASA tests crazytech flying saucer thruster, could reach Mars in days

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Re: Even accounting...

Why use conventional rockets?

If the US could throw us Brits a few millions, then Skylon can solve that problem for you too... British engineers to the rescue again! :-D

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"Results need replicating. That's all part of good science."

And that is the brilliant bit, NASA are duplicating the original designers results!

Lets hope this brings him funding so he can afford to get to work on it and either prove it 100% that his idea will bring the results he thinks, or not.

Maybe only 1 in 10,000 crackpot ideas will turn out a gem that changes the world, but I think all should be funded as best possible, you never know which idea will work until it does...

Look how much has been wasted on toroidal fusion, its always 50 years away yet costing us billions, so a few million £s thrown at a crackpot idea might prove itself worth it!

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Brilliant!

Good going NASA for testing this out, I am really surprised they proved it really works, but very pleased of course! When no sound came out of china after they started research on it, I expected it was either they failed and didn't want to loose face or they succeeded and decided to not publish...

A pint for the British boffin thinking outside the box (or should I say thinking inside the box considering how this works)

Now we just need to get a decent mini nuke reactor to power it!

Not only does this make manned interplanetary travel more practical, but interstellar travel becomes possible with constant acceleration!

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Brits STUNG for up to £625 when they try to cancel broadband

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Re: BT

"After a few months of threats, I sent them an invoice for my time. They closed the case shortly after that."

I find just telling them you will be billing them for your time gets them to back down and pass you to a supervisor who can usually sort things out.. (except that damned £30 disconnection fee for BB, nothing I did got them to waive that!)

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Re: Please

well at the very least name them so we know to avoid them!

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Recording lawsuit targets Ford, GM in-car CD recorders

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Re: I sincerely

Completely Agree, and I thought that in the good ol US of A it was legal to make a backup of a CD?

In the UK I can't see this ever winning in court, even if you consider the player is designed to rip CD's. there are NO losses to the studios (people did not buy two copies of a CD before they could rip so they won't now), no losses = no crime & no losses for a civil offence.

I like our copyright laws mostly, they protect copyright without being overly zealous. (even if we do need a few exceptions added, such as copies for personal use by the purchaser & their family)

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Scotland's BIG question: Will independence cost me my broadband?

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Re: A little question. If you think Salmond is right do you think Farage is right also?

Well, I could have a few pints down a pub with Farage and expect a decent debate about things.

Alex Salmond is too much of a fanatic to try that with..

I hope he fails and on failing looses the next election and falls into obscurity so our country can get re-united properly and back to business!

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Re: Promises

I've seen more that would be worse in an independent scotland...

Seems to me the Yes campaign likes to lie a lot...

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Bose says today is F*** With Dre Day: Beats sued in patent battle

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If Bose are poor quality, can you point us in the direction of some high quality audio gear? specifically something that works multi-room, has a 5.1 surround option and sounds good??

So far I can't find a thing that fits those simple requirements.....

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Bad back? Show some spine and stop popping paracetamol

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Re: Nothing works faster ...

I hope you find a way to fix your back problems, not just mitigate them...

but I find Tramadol works for most stuff... although many people have addiction problems when it comes to that drug, it binds to the opioid receptor.. Personally I have no problem with them, they are a handy stop gap when I get severe back pain or migraines... (but then again Paracetamol/Ibruprofen don't actually seem to work well for me and cocodamol just gives me headaches, so I have little choice in what I take when I need to..)

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Apple fanbois SCREAM as update BRICKS their Macbook Airs

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Re: Learn the First Rule of Computer Science

"If a firmware update bricks my computer I'm sure they will take care of me,"

That is no good if it wipes your data, and most people neglect to backup.

I don't install updates, most of the time, not unless I am 100% sure I have fully backup up data.

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Re: If it aint broken

Unfortunately they are broke as designed, the wifi on macbook air is crap... my phone/tablets (non apple) work much further out than the air does, plus they have no problem when moving between access points, my macbook air throws a wobbly when I move between them...

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BT: Hey guys, we've developed NEW MOBE TECH! It’s called... 2G

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Re: Hm, picocells .... can those work with SIP?

"make my SIP numbers available on my mobile"

Just buy a decent mobile, mine has SIP built in (its an SGS4), so I get my sip calls on my phone no problem...

I also have a quite nice Gigaset DECT SIP phone for my office, that handles SIP & POTS calls.. it also has built in bluetooth and is basically very nice, so i'd argue against all sip handsets being crappy

One thing I would like is a way to route the POTS lines I have to SIP without needing a separate server.. also I'd like my phone company to allow UMA so i don't need their crappy femtocell when out of range!

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Yorkshire cops fail to grasp principle behind BT Fon Wi-Fi network

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I have to defend the police here...

Sure the police can be pedantic, power abusing thugs, but not always..

In this instance, they were right to send out the letter...

It is very likely the 'busybody' only told the police that he saw a man using someone else's wifi, not that he was using FON.

So, with that info, a blanked letter to ensure people secure their hotspots is sensible, and good advice!

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Motorist 'thought car had caught fire' as Adele track came on stereo

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Re: Devil's advocate....

I agree with you on this one...

I would rather the odd person pulls over for what turns out to be no reason than he keeps driving and the car burns....

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Banning handheld phone use by drivers had NO effect on accident rate - study

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"But you don't operate a radio while driving. You turn it on when you get into the car and turn if off when you get out."

Actually I change stations sometimes.... That is why I have controls on my steering wheel....

But usually I choose a playlist before I leave, then if I need to change it, I pull over...

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British cops cuff 660 suspected paedophiles

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Re: What worries me about this

More likely they found sources of the bad stuff (i.e. by searching for it), then tracked the users... from what I read they saved children who were being abused, and in my mind that is a good thing...

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Re: Retro...

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"Royal Mail keeps a database of where every item was posted from and the recipient. Handy for traffic analysis."

Really? Can we have a source for that assertion?"

I would like to know about that data too... would help me trace a few parcels that have gone missing in transit.....

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Sit back down, Julian Assange™, you're not going anywhere just yet

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@acacacac

Well in this case, no charges have been filed, that is the problem, surely no extradition should be granted unless a charge has been filed.. and really, the actual charges are a bit odd from my perspective, but then again all I know of it is from the media..... but I can't see how he can get an impartial trial now with all this media attention most people will have a biased opinion for or against him...

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YES: Scotland declares independence ... from the dot co dot uk empire

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Re: Subsidised?

I think it all depends on who's figures you believe, and where you draw the borders when it comes to things like north sea oil...

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Re: how long before...

But is the SNP the Lesser of two evils?

I think I'd have to choose the Tories over the SNP, not that I really like the Tories... they are just the best of a bad bunch for now...

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Bloodied Samsung's profits down 25% as it clings to mobe crown

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Re: Being squeezed from both ends

The reason I buy Samsung is simple, their devices fit my needs.. big clear screen, fast CPU, microsd slot, removable battery..

Nothing revolutionary, but it meets my needs...

the iPhone is often touted as revolutionary, which is rubbish... it was simply evolutionary, and in its first incarnation, it was devolutionary, the only thing it brought over the Symbian based phone I had at the time was a slightly bigger screen and a capacitive touch input. nothing revolutionary there, infact it didn't even have apps....

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Royal Navy parks 470 double-decker buses on Queen Elizabeth

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Re: By the way those buses are packed in

I think someone in power has been watching Dr Who and forgot it wasn't a training manual....

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Re: You think aircraft carriers are expensive...

Well thats what you get if you don't build it here.....

At least the Lifting fans/engines are built in the UK for the F35 (rolls royce) but whether the computers will turn on is another matter... I remember at one point the US was refusing to hand over the source code.....

We have a great history of building amazing aircraft here in the UK & Europe, I can't see why we didn't build out own VSTOL fighter, at the very least we should never have sold off our Harriers!

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iPhone user SHAMEGASM: 'I beg of you', delete sex app from my purchase list

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Sure it is... its much narrower than the competition... I always thought the iPhone was too narrow for mens big hands to use.. turns out its a real ladies phone!

(I wonder if anyone sells waterproof coats for iPhones...)

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ISPs haul GCHQ into COURT over dragnet interwebs snooping

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Re: I should jolly well hope ...

With a Warrant, I would hope they do monitor things...

but that is the key thing, they need oversight, to ensure they don't overreach.. and its not so much because of GCHQ itself, but because at some point you know that there will be councils asking GCHQ for emails sent by someone they think is putting their bins out too early....

Or tracking mobile phones to find out who was in a park when a dog took a dump that was not cleaned up....

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Lords try shoehorning law against REVENGE SMUT into justice bill

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Re: Read the article

Its not a breach of copyright if the person sharing the image took the photo as usually they retains the copyright...

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Catch cack-handed baggage handlers in the act with Ericsson's SPY SUITCASE

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How are they going to get the batteries in the hold?? I've had my bags taken to 'inspection' areas more than once because I had a few spare batteries in the case... all batteries have to be in hand luggage as far as I am aware .

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