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Cor blimey: Virgin Media pipes 152Mb fibre to 100,000 East Londoners

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Re: Anyone tried aaisp.net?

Yes, they're quite good.

80Mbps FTTC comes to £40/mo, so a little more than from some ISPs, but everything works exactly as it's supposed to, you've got access to all manner of technical stats and tests, and you're dealing with a company that is vocally opposed to 'content filtering' and other governmental misadventures.

Nothing so far has gone wrong with my connection, but if it ever did I am fully confident they would sort it out whilst telling me exactly what's going on.

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Robot snaps on yellow RUBBER GLOVES, preps to invade Canada

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Coat

BEEN DONE

But the one I saw trundles around under its own power and offers comparison services for car insurance.

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Thirteen Astonishing True Facts You Never Knew About SCREWS

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Coat

Offensive to Brummies

Of course we Brummies know that a ball-pein hammer is used for driving screws, not a claw hammer.

I'm so outraged I'm cancelling my subscription etc.

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Devs: Fancy a job teaching Siri to speak the Queen's English?

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Boffin

Re: Don't forget...

Yamyam translation guide: Commonly confused words and phrases

Canapés: The small spherical seeds of the pod fruit Pisum sativum, sometimes in a mushy form, supplied canned.

Warrduno: I am afraid that I do not possess that knowledge, or, this situation is dissatisfactory.

Day: Did not.

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Coat

Geordie LaForge

I think they missed a trick there; they started with the Chief Engineer being Scottie on TOS, then they should have had an actual Geordie (complete with wye aye, etc) on TNG, and continue working their way south with each series, something like Scotty, Geordie, Yorkie, Brummy and Cockney. All being massively stereotypical, obviously.

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Drone's drug airdrop mission ends in failure for Irish prisoners

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@Rob

"the word drone in modern language means a semi autonomous vehicle that has an operator for remote use"

That's just the thing, I thought that the military drones had significant latency in the control/feedback system, such that moment-to-moment flying was controlled by the drone itself, under the high level command of the operator. Which would be the 'semi-autonomous' bit.

I'm just trying to see where the lie of the land is with regards to 'drone' at the moment, that's all :)

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Boffin

Define "drone"

Now, was this actually a drone? I would have thought that a true drone would be capable of independent flight with minimal control. Would it still be a drone if controlled directly by an operator using a live feed from a camera? What would the name for that be, other than "sophisticated remote-control helicopter"?

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Creepy battery-operated TEDDY BEAR SEX TOY. Sadly, this is for real

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Gimp

There's something fishy about this...

Can it be put in the wash, I wonder?

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'World’s dumbest' suspect collared in Facebook sting

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Paris Hilton

He must like jail.

Surely nobody could genuinely be that stupid? *thinks for a while* Yeah, maybe they could.

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#YO_NO! Messaging app 'Yo' gets hit by hackers

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Paris Hilton

My new app - accepting investment now

My new groundbreaking app sends the word "Tosser." to selected people on your contact list, by various means.

I'm looking for £2m for 50%.

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9 Dark Social Truths That Will Totally Blow Your Bowels!

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Coat

10: A 'Buzzgasm'

In Birmingham a 'buzzgasm' means when the vibrations passing through the seat of the No.50 buzz cause trouser-related stirrings.

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Canada to Google: You can't have your borderless cake and eat it too

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Big Brother

Slippery slope

"You need to block child porn"

"Well you can block child porn, so you can block 'hate speech' too"

"You can block hate speech, so why not this advertisement that I consider dubious"

"You can block that dubious ad, so why not X?"

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Eating a fat bacon sarnie? Have a defibrillator handy

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Boffin

Re: You can take my bacon when you pry it from my cold dead hands.

Probably not, as the hand would be an exposed appendage with no blood flow (hence dead) to transfer heat from the main mass of the body, however large that may be.

I suppose if someone was large enough to have supersize extra-padded hands, then it may take slightly longer for them to go cold.

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Pint

You can take my bacon when you pry it from my cold dead hands.

So give it a couple of months...

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UK govt preps World War 2 energy rationing to keep the lights on

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Holmes

Neither new nor concerning

As far as I'm aware this has been going on almost forever, if you're the sort of great-scott industrial operation that draws 1.21GW from the grid, you can have an 'interruptible' supply contract for a price reduction, and compensation at such a time as the supply is interrupted.

No, this doesn't detract from the piss-poor governance of the UK's electricity supply for the past 20-odd years, the lack of new power stations, the spinning reserve requirements of wind power or anything else. They're all still problems, but interruptible supplies are nothing new or scary.

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Look inside ELON MUSK'S CAR! Tesla S wundervehicle has voom

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Re: Battery Swaps

I had heard of that, but I also heard it was a bit of vapourware to satisfy some California subsidy or another.

If it does come off, the only way it could work is if you rented the use of a battery from Tesla, so when swapped it would be in/out of their pool. How much would the rental cost? That's the big question.

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Rockets, man

Musk on rocket car development: "I think it's going to be a long long time"

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Re: the actual cost of the electricity isn’t that great

"What? They're going to tax me feet??!!!"

...

"If you drive a car, I'll tax the street

If you try to sit, I'll tax your seat

If you get too cold I'll tax the heat

If you take a walk, I'll tax your feet"

'Taxman', George Harrison (The Beatles), 1966

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fridaynightsmoke

Depends a lot on the used market

As a new car the Tesla S is an attractive proposition; the same money as a decently specced 5-series, slightly faster to 60, the same comfort and 'driving appeal' by all accounts and a couple of grand per year saving on fuel.

The free/bundled supercharger network is interesting too; even if one assumes that day-to-day charging will be at home or work. Even if it costs the same overall for commuting and other mundane journeys, the fact that it could be taken to Scotland for £10 worth of tyre wear is certainly appealing.

The real questions are used values, the life of the battery before replacement and the cost of that. Huge depreciation per se wouldn't kill it, you'd simply buy one a couple of years old for cheap; if the battery had sufficient economic life left in it. It doesn't take many thousands of pounds every 8 years in battery replacements to knock on the door of the per-mile cost of fuel for conventional cars.

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Antivirus firm Avast! takes down forums after breach

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Stop

Me too, and I paid.

I had a long spell of being bombarded by their self advertising too, and I'm a paying customer.

Which is why when the license expired on my home machine (after a month of "URGENT!! You must renew RIGHT NOW!!!" warnings) I got rid and went with a competitor. If all goes well that competitor will be our AV at work too.

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Are you senior enough to sit around a table with The Register?

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Windows

We're investing HEAVILY in IT

We've bought 3 Win7 licenses, 1 of Sage, and now the magenta and yellow toners in the printer need replacing.

Surely I'm the sort of big cheese they want attending.

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E-cigarettes help you quit – but may not keep you alive

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Paris Hilton

Re: Wrong audience

The meme of "well it looks like smoking" despite the lack of fumes, butts and (probably) adverse health effects is utterly stupid. People might as well rail against electric cars because "hurr it looks like an ordinary car".

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Dixons and Carphone Warehouse confirm £3.7bn MEGA-BORG

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Facepalm

All in a name

"Hmmm, so what name will make people think of the latest technology at affordable prices?"

"I know! 'Dixons Carphone'!"

-facepalm-

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Twitter muffles loudmouth users with mute option

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OR

Or maybe you could, you know, unfollow them?

Methinks this is another "Why OF COURSE I'm your friend*" *(not really) face-saving function like that in Facebook.

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Traffic light vulns leave doors wide open to Italian Job-style hacks

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Already happened

The traffic lights run by Staffordshire Council have already been hacked, by a cunning social engineering technique of having nee'r do well stooges become the entire staff of the place.

That's my theory anyway.

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Google asks April Fools: Want a job? Be our 'Pokemon Master'

fridaynightsmoke

Cool, so now we can find Pokemon on Google Maps

but they've still removed the ability to see, on a mobile on the move, which of two different routes is faster in current traffic.

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Hot, young under-25s: Lonely slab strokers who shun TV

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29. Don't watch TV any more.

In reply to various people above, I'm 29 and certainly can afford a TV, which currently gets watched for a total of around 2 hours a week. It gets used to display TV programmes from the computer for perhaps the same again, making total TV watching about 4 hours per week.

Among people I know TV just isn't relevant to them any more. It's not even as though they're watching it all through iPlayer (etc) either, they're just *not watching*. The internet, whether Youtube clips or forums, games and so on is their primary source of entertainment.

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Boffins power wearable tech with body static

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Re: Micro-patterned polydimethylsiloxane

I didn't have time to get a good reading before I was thrown out of the shop...

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Micro-patterned polydimethylsiloxane

The last time I saw a surface of micro-patterned polydimethylsiloxane it was in the window of Ann Summers...

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PM Cameron leaps aboard Internet of Thingies

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Hooray! The government is concentrating on engineering!

By which I mean "oh Christ, the government is going to fuck up engineering".

I do wish that certain out of touch public school boys (applied to at least Mr Cameron, Mr Clegg and Mr Miliband) would concentrate on what the government itself is doing (taxes, NHS, military, education, roads) and not constantly try to decide what the rest of the economy needs to do.

Most of the time these initiatives are conceived by people with lobbyists whispering in their ears and will benefit only the employers of those lobbyists. Everybody else pays. The at least 50% of the economy made up of people and companies doing things the average person or politician has never heard of will carry on as usual, and deal with the unintended consequences.

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FBI offers $10,000 bounty for arrest of laser-wielding idiots

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Facepalm

Double glazing gel

"gel it what makes windows double glazing and strong, gel is inside all double and triple glazed windows"

Yes, the 'gel' between the panes of glass in a double glazed window is normally a very light substance consisting of a mix of around 79% Nitrogen and 20% oxygen. I hear that the aerospace industry is familiar with that substance and indeed relies on it utterly already. There is probably a thick layer of it protecting the cockpit glass, and it doesn't seem to help.

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Snowden documents show British digital spies use viruses and 'honey traps'

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Re: Is this technique why Tony Blair forced the UK to join the Attack on Iraq?

Bingo. I don't think the powers that be are remotely interested in what you or I have had for breakfast or our minor crimes; what I am concerned about is the pressure that could be applied to campaign groups, select politicians who don't "toe the line" and so on. That's the worrying aspect of too-powerful surveillance.

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TomTom GO 6000 satnav chews on smarties and tablets

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Commuter nav

I commute out from the middle of Birmingham to a satellite town every morning, and back into the city at night. The evening commute is normally the worse. There are a number of different overall routes that can reasonably be taken, with the most usual having 3 legs, with a couple of possible routes for each leg.

I used to use Google Nav purely for traffic information, until the last update cocked it up completely and removed the option to check alternative routes in real time.

What I really want is an Android app that can be programmed with the routes in advance, and using accurate real time traffic information tell me what the quickest way home is. Google used to be a fair approximation of this, but they've gone for UI bling instead of usability (who the hell wants to start navigating from somewhere other than 'here' anyway, why must it now ask every time?). I'd be prepared to pay at least £50 for such an app. Are you listening, TomTom?

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Hong Kong underground gets pay-by-bonk

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Facepalm

"Six million people live in Hong Kong in the most densely packed transport network in the world. How many live in that little London place?"

LMGTFY... 8 million.

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IT bloke denies trying to shag sheep outside football ground

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Coat

"Reports did not divulge how Lovell was caught."

With his pants down, presumably.

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Should Nominet ban .uk domains that use paedo and crim-friendly words?

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I knew those bastards at "Hobbycraft" were up to no good,

along with a local supplier of fuels and 'lubricants', "CP Petroleum". We're on to you!!!!1!

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Virgin Media hangs from traffic lights, hands out free Wi-Fi to Brummies

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That's what those antennae are for then,

I thought the council had put stuff in to monitor traffic flows (and modify traffic light timings etc) while the Queensway tunnels are closed.

Ho-hum, I suppose that's all rather too difficult compared to issuing a press release saying "Hurrr use teh bus lol".

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Cameron's Tech City: Desks? Yes. Cash? Yes. Coders? Nope

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Stop

Re: London centric obsessing

"Why not place your office in Brum"...

Shhh, don't tell them that! We don't want Shoreditch twats and 'social media consultants' moving up here, FFS.

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Who wants a smart meter to track'n'tax your car? Hello, Israel

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Facepalm

Re: We already have a system that you pay more the more you drive...

@Drem: The last figures I saw, the fuel duty and VED from lorries alone pays for all the road construction and maintenance in the UK. All the taxation on other motor vehicles goes elsewhere.

So no, car drivers are not being subsidised by other taxpayers. Much the opposite.

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Stop

Road pricing. No thanks.

They call it 'Road Pricing' here, and every time it comes up people tell the government where they can stick it. The 1,800,000 signatures on the UK Gov petition site against it (the most any petition on there has ever had) says as much.

As said above, we already pay huge amounts of tax proportioned both to road use and fuel economy in the form of fuel duty. A massively expensive per-vehicle tracking system would either raise less money for the government or cost motorists far more and have attendant horrible privacy implications.

Everyone likes to imagine that road pricing would leave their commutes clear and/or save them money, which cannot be the case. It depends on pricing *someone* off the roads, and that someone is you.

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RBS and NatWest FAIL downs services across UK

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Pirate

Cash is king.

That is all.

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SimCity 2000

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Megaphone

Police stations

I still have that sound clip burned into my brain.. the one with the siren then a garbled woman saying something like "betas copburger 128 9" or whatever. It doesn't help that it seems to be the go-to clip of police radio used on TV, films etc.

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Love in the time of the internet: A personal memoir

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FAIL

Re: Fake Profiles

I had a message once from a supermodel who lived in Wolverhampton. Her pastimes were walking on the beach and skiing in the mountains. I didn't realise there were beaches and mountains near Wolverhampton. Also I didn't know they used US 110v sockets in Wolverhampton, but according to her photos they do. You learn something every day, don't you?

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Astronaut yells FIRE ... from SPAAAACE

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Flame

Open a window,

fire out. Job done!

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Bringing Iron Man to life: Exoskeletons, armour and jet packs

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Boffin

Forklift performance

The poor acceleration of forklifts is due mainly to their enourmous weight- a '2.5t' forklift will weigh approximately 4 tonnes unladen. They do usually use small car engines, tuned for increased torque at low revs.

The slow acceleration is also largely by design; you don't want >4 tonnes of iron with forks sticking out of the front doing any appreciable speed in your average warehouse, surrounded by meatbags and goods of varying fragility and monetary value. On the open road the rear-wheel steering also makes forklifts very unstable at speed (well, >10mph).

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Up your wormhole: Star Trek Deep Space 9 turns 20

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Stop

Penrith Motorway Services... IN SPACE!

Was there an episode about running out of Ginster's pasties and the diesel being ridiculously expensive, or was that an actual visit to a services?

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Brit boffins build projectile-vomiting robot to kill norovirus

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Terminator

This is what happens, Larry.

I do hope the researchers shout that at the chunk blowing 'bot.

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Search engines we have known ... before Google crushed them

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Facepalm

Re: That Google story is amazing

$220,000,000,000 / $750,000 = $293,333 returned per dollar invested, over 13 years.... which is rather better than the average savings account.

I think in the 'wounder!' stakes this comfortably beats the story of the record exec who turned down the Beatles.

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Elon Musk envisions small town of VEGETARIANS ON MARS

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Go

Begin settling space,

and ship off thousands of vegetarians to Mars- what's not to like?

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Licensing snafu leaves Windows 8 open to PIRATES

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Holmes

At first I was excited by this news...

... but then I realised that I don't bloody want Win8.

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