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Didn't get a Nook for Xmas? That's OK, hardly anyone else did, either

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Happy

Nook SimpleTouch

I have a SimpleTouch with GlowLight that I bought before the summer. I use it quite often to read books. It does have a few problems with some pdfs that have images. Otherwise it is great.

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Gold meddler: Doctor Who is 50 years old TODAY

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Childcatcher

The image on the right

The image on the right with all the doctors in a line reminds me of "The Krypton Factor"!

I will be watching the latest instalment. I have introduced many to Doctor Who and they have become fans.

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Build your own WORKING Sonic Screwdriver... for a UNDER A FIVER

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Coat

LED used by those who have a blocked dose.

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Ten top stories from New Who

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Gridlock

I absolutely hated Gridlock. It was utter cack. Blink, on the other hand is probably the best episode there is.

I also liked the episode with the happy/angry faces. There have been many very good episodes.

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Comet ISON perhaps NOT GARBAGE after all - glows GREEN in latest snaps

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I still remember comet Hyakutake which filled a large proportion of the night sky. It was amazing.

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Fondling slabs during takeoff WON'T end in a fireball of death - report

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Better to have no gadgets during take off

I think they should probably keep the ban for take off and landing. These are the most critical times for a flight. If the airline needs full attention, they won't get it if people are listening to music or are totally engrossed in their novel.

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Hold on! Degrees for all doesn't mean great jobs for all, say profs

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Joke

Re: It's whether the degree is *hard* or *soft*

I guess the quantum physicist will be too busy trying out Schrodinger's Cat experiment with their patients.

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Woman nails 'cheating boyf' on Russian 'Street View'

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Coat

Oops, I thought you were talking about Alistair Campbell.

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Internet Explorer tracks cursor even when minimised

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Re: Oh, I love this!

I have about 150 tabs open in Firefox and I only use 450 Megabytes of RAM. So, I have no idea what has happened to your machine.

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AI boffins take on Angry Birds

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Mushroom

Re: What's that, then?

Gorilla in QBasic was brilliant. :-)

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Google GRINCHES have change of heart, bring back Christmas

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WTF?

How on earth did that error happen? How come it passed the testing phase?

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Apple banishes Java from Mac browsers

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FAIL

I was going to say the same thing! It even has the cheek to tell you to download from Oracle! I wonder how many MB that is!

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Pacemakers, defibrillators open to attack

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Unhappy

Different World

In the past, wireless technology was not in the reach of individuals, so companies did not even consider securing their pacemakers and such. It is sad in these days of technology, there are those who are desperate to commit heinous crimes can do so with such ease. Before, to steal millions of pounds, you had to plan a bank robbery that involved arranging getaway drivers and such. Nowadays it can be a one man job and clicks of mouse and keyboard.

In these times, it is imperative that everyone from the ground up actually learn to improve their systems to be secure. You also have to be able to maintain your system because the cracker will always want to crack the system, so be ready to update the system with better security.

I guess as a short term measure, they will have to get those wearing pacemakers and such to wear some kind of Faraday's cage around their chest area. I hope no one patents this because there is prior art here.

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Skydiver Baumgartner in 128,000ft plunge from brink of space

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Go

Absolutely Fantastic!!!

I was worried when I saw him tumbling through the sky! Absolutely riveting to watch. I could not sit down.

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Microsoft really is watching us from above

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Facepalm

Oops

For some reason, I thought they had actually strapped a camera to an actual falcon!

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4K vs OLED: and the winner is...

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Mushroom

Re: Here at Luddite Towers ...

I'm in the same boat as you. Also with a CRT widescreen telly. It works, so why bother dumping it? My motto is to have the same thing until it breaks, not when the new thing is out.

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ScanJet sings number one hit

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Childcatcher

Re: 2004 scanners are not vintage

I remember having to get an ISA SCSI card just for the scanner and you could only use it on one machine, unless you wanted to open up the machine and move the SCSI card. These days children have it much easier with USB.

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Windows 7 passes XP, Mac OS X passes Vista

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Happy

I remember four years ago, I saw Barclays had Windows 2000 machines in their branches. I only have Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit because it was installed on my laptop. It allowed me to get 8 Gigabytes of RAM. :D

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Brummie plod cuffed in Facebook troll hunt

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Unhappy

Why????

Wow! Looks like all the nutters are coming out here! I never understood what is fun about hurling abuse at people. It seems that because it is free to post stuff on the Internet it has been happening a lot more. If it was free to post letters, then I am sure it would have been just as bad through the postal system.

The constant abuse by a minority will mean much worse to come with reference to Net freedom.

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Ten netbooks

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WTF?

I got a £300 laptop with 15 inch screen and full keyboard with number pad. It had 2 GB RAM and 160GB Hard disk. However, it is an i3 and runs for 5 hours without Wifi and 3 and half with Wifi. How come many of those netbooks cost a lot and only run for about 4 hours?

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Neil Armstrong dies aged 82

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Unhappy

I wasn't born until after Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. I have seen footage of the walk when the BBC had their programmes on the moon a few years back. It is amazing to think that only about 70 years after achieving the first flight, people were able to go on the moon and come back.

Imagine what would have happened if governments did not spend much of our tax money on wars. Instead spend it on helping others and advancing the exploration of space and science. Neil would have been around to see people on Mars. I watched the programme on Neil Armstrong on the BBC and it was rather fascinating to see just how much he wanted to live a normal life, despite being the first human on the moon. Nowadays people will just milk the fact that they slept with a footballer and other ridiculous claims to fame.

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Nokia hails hacks for New York Lumia WinPho gig

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Stop

Any relation to Panasonic Lumix cameras?

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BBC gives itself a gold in 700Gbit-a-second Olympic vid sprint

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Mushroom

I wonder what is Andrew Orlowski's take on the BBC's Olympic coverage?

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Facepalm

Re: ch 4

Three words.

Jessica Ennis Goodnight. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5RCgXqoyLc

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Hiccups in Apple's iCloud after yesterday's hack of hapless hack

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Mushroom

Re: The ultimate answer to the universe and life in general.

Even though I could probably afford an iPhone and other Apple products, I am deliberately avoiding them. After years of being bullied by Microsoft, they have themselves become bullies just like Microsoft. For that reason, I am out.

I will consider my next phone once this current phone dies.

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YouTube app wrenched from next Apple iPhones, iPads

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Mushroom

I have been able to share files on Bluetooth on my cheap mobile without needing any additional stuff since 2005!

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Transit of Venus, live-ish from Australia

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FAIL

I tried to use the paper on a mirror trick, but from what I can tell, it does not quite work properly. Only useful for bigger things blocking the sun like the moon.

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Mushroom

Re: Telescopes

This trick only works with refracting telescopes, NOT reflecting. Also, most Dobsonians are reflecting.

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3.2 billion pixel sky-watcher a step closer

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Coat

I hope the photos it produces are not in Jpeg format! I guess it will be a nightmare for Deep Sky Stacker. You will only get it if you are familiar with astrophotography. ;-)

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Compulsory coding in schools: The new Nerd Tourism

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Happy

I am in two minds. I would like youngsters to get some idea of what is programming. Probably letting them use something like Scratch or Python will give them an idea. Python is probably the closest we have available that is similar to Basic as we in the 1980s had. Scratch will be suitable for the junior school and early senior school. Python should be suitable for GCSE levels.

What really got people interested in programming was using the Turtle with Logo. If the schools can get a Gertboard with their Raspberry Pi, then that will be excellent. They will see motors turning and LEDs flashing, which will really inspire the children. They may want to carry this on and become the next Alan Turing.

However, telling people that HTML is programming is really putting the hopes of those who wish to do something useful and is belittling to those who program.

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Indonesian ID card will deduct fines from bank accounts

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Black Helicopters

Oh heck! What are the chances that the databases will be hacked? Also, what are the chances that Indonesian government will be forced to hand over data to the CIA?

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Dutch firm slams limping RIM with patent lawsuit

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Mushroom

Lawsuits in Motion... Those were the days!

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Court shuts down site that circumvents Pirate Bay blocks

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Holmes

I wish they would spend this amount of effort in trying to remove scammers from the Internet which affects the finance of the general public rather than the amounts that affect big corporations.

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China's police ignore real name rules ... so far

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Meh

I guess it means that people will think twice about what they post. They will not have the problems of Internet trolls or cyber bullying. That is the only advantage I can think of. However, it does curb freedom which includes the ability of saying what is really happening that the Chinese government may find embarrassing and thus will want to be silenced.

There are advantages and disadvantages to this system.

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Mobile phones cause ADHD in rodents

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Coat

Funding

I just wonder who applied for funding that HUGE phone call?

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Solar storm has a 'sting in its tail', warn space weathermen

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Mushroom

There was a red alert this morning at 06:45am from Aurorawatch who are based in Lancashire and have instruments in Scotland.

https://twitter.com/#!/aurorawatchuk/statuses/178008505486295041

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Solar storm arrives, nobody notices

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Happy

Re: I just went ouside, looked up

That was Mars :-) You can see Jupiter and Venus as the two very bright stars a bit after sunset towards the west.

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Ford: kick your car to open the boot

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Paris Hilton

What if a dog lifts its leg to urinate? Would that open the boot?

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Cineworld flaunts '4D' movies

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Facepalm

If you weren't feeling sick from watching 3D films, you will definitely feel sick now! I guess it will not just be sticky popcorn on the floor, but yucky puke!

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HP's Whitman suggests Googorola may close Android

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Windows

I am holding on my normal mobile phone, waiting to see whether there are webOS smartphones coming out. It's not that I need to upgrade my mobile phone as it does what I need it to do. :) Although I do hope it is not going to be a long wait...

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iRobot Warrior-bot goes on sale this Spring

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Joke

Why spend millions?

I'm sure someone can make something similar with an Arduino or even a Raspberry Pi and Gertboard combo. :p

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HP, RIM, ARM among thousands in ICANN dot-brand ban

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Paris Hilton

I take it that .ramsbottom is out of the question?

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Boffins find new 2012 glyph on 'secret' Mayan brick

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Devil

For those who repeatedly spout this rubbish

Spend all your money before then, go into huge debt! Live as though it is the end of the world! But don't have sex with the beautiful women.

You can tell I don't believe that it's the end of the world then!

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Apple cofounder Steve Jobs is dead at 56

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Sad day

It is a sad day, not just for Apple fans, but all computer fans. He may not have invented the mouse or icons, but he did make it available to the wider world. His support for the early days of Pixar was revolutionary, and we have him to thank for the wonderful enjoyment we all have had from Pixar films.

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iPhone 5 a no-show at Apple's 'Let's talk iPhone' event

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Mushroom

Could it be because of a fault with the A5 processor? I heard rumours saying that it can be rooted and that Apple cannot do anything about it without fixing the hardware in the processor.

I don't know much about iPhone hardware, so I don't know if this processor is in version 4 or 4S.

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Look who's talking ... about your Facebook Page

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Headmaster

If I said "I had a horrid time at Tescos", does that count?

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Amazon fans order three Fires for every E Ink Kindle

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Maybe because Amazon announced that it is possible to root it and they won't take any action.

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Air traffic control data found on eBayed network gear

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FAIL

As this was made public by a security consultant, there will be many more cases that have gone unnoticed.

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