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BRITS: Wanna know how late your train is? Now you can slurp straight from the source for free

John Ruddy

A far better and more detailed service is available at realtimetrains.co.uk.

No connection other than as a satisfied customer.

Apps are also available.

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BT Sport scores own goal with £897m Champions League footie rights deal

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Market doesnt think so. BSkyB shares fall 10% on news of loss of Champions League. No change in BT price.

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Bucket? Check. Toilet plunger? Check. El Reg's 50 years of Doctor Who

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Re: Long Lived TV progs...

Agree that Sky at Night (from 1957) is longer than the Doc, but also Panorama (1953).

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Why a Robin Hood tax on filthy rich City types is the very LAST thing needed

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FAIL

No surprise that Worst all is being highly selective here.

The Nobel Prize committee is not endorsing this particular research as "right" in the same way it does for other disciplines. After all, a couple of years ago something that is essentially the opposite of this also received the prize.

The Nobel prize for economics is about recognising research that is worthy, not what is right.

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Box morphs into Google Docs competitor

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It wont be easy

Wasnt Box the name of the talking handheld computer used by Commander Nathan Spring in StarCops?

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UK mulls ban on tiny mobiles to block prison smugglers

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What about the obvious?

Why dont they just block mobile signals within the prison grounds? Surely thats easier?

Or do they want to make sure the prison guards can all stay on twitter?

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Possessed baby monitor shouts obscenities at Texas tot

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Re: Probably not hacked

No, apprently (according to another version of this story), he saw the child's name on the walls, via the camera.

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Trollface

Re: Not a baby monitor?

Which is surely going to create a fear of Clowns in later life...

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The facts on Trident 'cuts': What the Lib Dems want is disarmament

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Well, it was an interesting article, apart from the fact it didnt discuss the real question - what is our nuclear force actually for?

The question over trident, and its replacement, is not how big it should be, but what do we need it to do?

Th threats this country faces now, and in the foreseeable future are not necessarily best met with by a Trident-type nuclear force. Trident was designed to deal with a Soviet Union hell bent on our destruction. That threat has gone, in so much as it ever existed. (they'd have used salami tactics in any case).

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Happy 23rd birthday, Windows 3.0

John Ruddy
Linux

In 1990, I was looking at using Minix.... it looked like a cheap way to improve my unix skills, and the ability to play around with the OS internals looked fun.

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BT and O2 ink deal to build mega 4G network

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I wonder if it was related to the way the auction was structured. If O2 had bid for all the spectrum itself, it a) might not have won as much, and b) might have paid more overall.

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Branson's SpaceShipTwo succeeds in first rocket-powered flight

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FAIL

Re: Branson's Children

I agree, but then why does Branson say that his wife needs to give permission for his kids to fly?

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Mosaic turns 20: Let's fire up the old girl, show her the web today

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Re: Trumpet Winsock

Indeed! This is bringing back all sorts of memories! Trumpet Winsock! Lynx (before it was a de-oderant). I'm almost getting nostlagic for Cix as well....

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Virgin Media revs up for Liberty Global merger

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FAIL

Any concrete figures on how much Virgin Media pays Virgin Group for the use of the "brand"? I was told it was 10% of revenue, making a nifty little £100m tax-free earner for Beardie.

If I was Liberty the first thing I would do is change the name (get away from all that bad publicity) and operate under the name Liberty ("Liberty gives you unlimited broadband" etc - the marketing opportunities are endless), and save a shed load of cash with which I can invest in the company.

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Amazon: We're expanding into TWO HUNDRED countries

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FAIL

I'm surprised there hasnt been any coverage on the Reg about the 8.9" Kindle Fire HD now being available in the UK...

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Review: NetAtmo Urban Weather Station

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FAIL

I'm not sure how accurate the outdoor sensor can be, if you have to keep it in a shed (or worse a greenhouse????) to keep it dry? What its actually doing is recording the temperature and humidity in the shed or in the greenhouse - not outdoors.

Plus, surely the point of any of these home weather stations is to provide a forecast? It should be relatively easy to see from a a drop in pressure and an increase in humidity that its likely to rain etc...

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Operators look on in horror as Facebook takes mobe users Home

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Joke

Can we hear more about France Telecom's attempt to get a mobile phone to fly a 747?

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Freeview telly test suggests 4G interference may not be a big deal

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Devil

So let me get this right... a study funded my the mobile operators finds that mobile operators dont need to spend lots of money of fixing things, because slightly fewer than expected people were affected in a very limited trial in one area only?

So thats OK then.

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ANCIENT CURSED RING known to TOLKIEN goes on display

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Stop

Re: simply a handy tool

In the first edition of the Hobbit, it is just that - an ordinary magic ring which makes the wearer invisible.

Tolkien revised the Hobbit while he was writing LotR (I believe it's called retconning now) so that the ring took on more sinister aspects - which were revealed in LotR.

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Card skimmers targeting more than ATMs, says EU

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FAIL

Not really news - someone I know had their card cloned by a device attached to a petrol pump - you know the sort which suggest you pay at the pump instead of going into the shop.

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Watchdog warns UK.gov not to create 'them and us' digital divide

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WTF?

The new job vacancy website has been developed by Monster. I think they made it so bad that you were forced to use THEIR service....

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Not got 4G? There's a reason we aren't called 'Four', sniffs Three

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Re: Fair point

I wonder if it was more to do with stopping a competitor. Imagine if NewMobileCo had got that bit of the 4G auction and set up in competition with everyone else, including 3?

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Japan's rare earth discovery bad news for China's monopoly plans

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Theres also the possibility of getting valuable uranium from sea water too... lots of heavy elements down in the bowels....

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Reg man goes time travelling at iconic observatory

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Doctor Who

Of course it looks like a well funded episode of Doctor Who - it was in the last Tom Baker story, Logopolis!

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Wikipedia's Gibraltar 'moratorium' - how's it going?

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Is it possible that some of these DYKs are simply because people want to piss Jimmy Wales off?

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Cable Cowboy lassoes Virgin Media with HUGE £15bn deal

John Ruddy
FAIL

Re: TV Advert

To be honest, I'm not sure why. Apprently it costs them 10% as a royalty for the Virgin brand (which is paid to a Geneva based subsidary of Virgin Group, and therefore attracts no tax).

Dump the brand, re-launch as something new and fresh (even Liberty would work well from that point of view) and attract new customers. If nothing else you've added 10% to the media company's bottom line.

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Kirk to beam up chat with ISS astronaut on Thursday

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FAIL

Re: Why William f*@&£%g Shatner?

because he's not Canadian?

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FAIL

Re: You've written your favourite order of captains??

<in Klingon accent> The Boy???

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What a Liberty: Virgin Media in buyout talks with telecoms giant

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Will be good if it means we can get rid of Beardie.

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Harry Potter's Filch conjures Doctor Who's dead first time-lord

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I thought that after his performance as Gaius in "Merlin", tha Richard Wilson would be ideal - he also has the grumpy persona off to a t.

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ESA, NASA agree on Orion module supply

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Facepalm

Unmanned?

Why is the first flight of this thing around the Moon unmanned?

Remember Apollo 8? The first test flight out of LEO, and they had three guys in there!!

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Bubble baron treats Space Station crew to blowup model

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Nothing New

This sort of development has been in many a science fiction story. However, the big question is what about when the module is hit by something? Much more likle some space debris, rather than a micro-meteor

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TalkTalk Q1 sales fall as number of broadband punters declines

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Thumb Down

Their retentions department have been working overtime too. Every day for the last month, their Indian call centre has been calling home in order to speak to me about signing up for a new 24 month contract. However, every day my wife has told them that I am at work, could they call back later. No, they say, we need to speak to the account holder.... and then call back at the same time next day.

Surprisingly, since the weekend the broadband has been shit, offline for several hours at a time etc. They've stopped calling.

I'm off to BT or Plusnet....anyone...

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30-year-old global temperature predictions close to spot-on

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WTF?

What if its a hoax

Standard Government response in a time of crisis

Say that nothing is going to happen;

Say something maybe going to happen, but we should do nothing about it;

Say maybe we should do something about it, but there is nothing we can do;

Say maybe there was something we could have done, but it is too late now.

I leave the reader to estimate which stage we are at now.

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Friends Reunited rebrands as memory bank for oldsters

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Re: Every so often...

me too. The other annoying thing is that at least one of them is someone i have never heard of. The school I've never been to, and I might vaguely recall the other person.

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Virgin Galactic announces test flight plans

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FAIL

Boring

Lets face it, theres a reason why sub-orbital has been abandoned for four decades - its Boring! You're only up there for a few minutes, and its only really useful as a way of testing kit before subesquent use in LEO.

I suspect the delays n Virgin Galatactic are either only to get more publicity for their over-priced hop in a souped up vomit comet or because, like most Virgin projects, its not working properly.

Now if it was 250k for a ticket to an orbital flight....

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NASA halts 'naut flogging Apollo 13 notebook

John Ruddy

Theymay have disregarded it because they were not aware of its existence.

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Ofcom squeezes local TV into 20 cities' tight White Spaces

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FAIL

Not OFCOMs fault

Didnt you read the article - OFCOM are charged with implementing the Governments policy on local TV. And that Hunt of a Culture Secretary wants local TV for his media chums to invest in.

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Durban failed: Relax, everyone

John Ruddy
FAIL

What if its a hoax

And we created a better world all for nothing?

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Domesday Book put on touchscreen at Bletchley Park

John Ruddy
Headmaster

The book was designed as a record of land holdings at the time (1086) and at the Conquest (although the Normans being Normans, and not recognising Harold as a legitimate king, called in "at the time of Kinf Edward").

Should any dispute arise, then reference to the book would settle your doom (as in fate).

It wasnt about the end of the world.

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Headmaster freezes schoolkids for Gaia

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Surely this could be replicated across the school estate and will save a lot of money?

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Climategate 2.0: Fresh trove of embarrassing emails

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Its terrible!

What if we were to create a better world, solve fuel poverty, provide sustainable energy, improve the environment, reduce pollution and it was ALL for nothing??

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Huge potentially inhabited water lake found on Jupiter moon

John Ruddy

Now all we need is the Chinese to launch a probe to land on the surface.....

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Acer UK sales slashed in HALF in Q3

John Ruddy
WTF?

Thats strange, because they had some really good deals, on some really good laptops. I bought one for my wife, and for the £400 it cost, it fairly zings along.

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Hackers expose Citibank CEO's privates

John Ruddy

How can you be affiliated with an anonymous group?

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Apple cofounder Steve Jobs is dead at 56

John Ruddy
Unhappy

I am surprised to hear that he was married and had children - I guess I always pictured him as a loner, fighting against the world of Microsoft.

My condolences go to his family, 56 is not an age to die, especially not in this day and age.

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Ten... Androids to outshine the iPhone 4S

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Even better value

Orange have dropped the price of the Monte Carlo to £119 yesterday. You have to buy a £10 top up to go with it, but its really great value at that price.

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Google's anonymity ban defied by Thomas Jefferson

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Stamp Act

So instead of introducing the Stamp act, Britain should have just required writers to use their real name?

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HP's UK PC boss: We're going nowhere

John Ruddy
WTF?

Cancel the lot

Is this part of a strategy? Is HP going to announce the cancellation of all of its product lines in an effort to get folk to buy them?

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Steve Jobs resigns as Apple CEO

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Angel

Disney

You've forgotten to mention that he is the largest shareholder in Disney Corp...

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