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

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11 actually

Add in the seven nuclear powered attack submarines for accuracy although not disagreeing with impracticality of the idea

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Morrisons supermarket hit by MASSIVE staff payroll data robbery

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FAIL

where's the data?

So Wipro was the system integrator, everything including payroll is on Morrisons own installation of Oracle eBusiness Suite. who runs the data centre and where?

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How flash storage raced from glory to despair in 2013

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Interesting article but:

Avago, the re-named Avaya, is buying LSI, partly for its PCIe flash card business

Surely some mistake??

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IBM flashy January announcement: Wanna know what's in it?

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Re: A long time in the planning?

This is nonsense, end of. Hands up who wants to keep everything on a single disk, whatever that means....

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Re: A long time in the planning?

Errrr.....

http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/storage/disk/?lnk=mprST-dsys-usen

they may not make them but they still sell them

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DVLA declares J14 HAD on BU14 SHT and SL14 AGS

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Re: Lennon's Roller...

'Fraid not

http://www.rockstarscars.co.uk/images/john_lennon_rolls_royce_1.jpg

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London schoolboy cuffed for BIGGEST DDOS ATTACK IN HISTORY

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Great name, operation Rashlike. They were all over him like a rash???? Where do they get these names from??

I'd get me coat but I can't from the mobile app.

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Lawsuit: Infosys abuses visas to discriminate against US staff

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Happy

Re: Check out Wilco and H1B visas for a similar case going on.

what's Jeff Tweedy been up to now?? Or should this be Wipro.....

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Boffins, Tunnel Tigers and Scotland's world-first power mountain

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But it's not British anymore

In Wales there is the equally impressive, IMO, Dinorwig pumped storage Hydro power scheme which delivers more power, up to 1800 MW, but for a shorter period, 6 hours. There is also the smaller Tan y Grisiau station which was actually the first pumped storage power station in Britain opening two years before Cruachan.

However Tan y Grisiau, Dinorwig and Cruachan lauded here as great British achievements are now foreign owned, Cruachan by Iberdrola of Spain and the two stations in Wales by a company jointly owned by EDF and Mitsui. I'm not sure why ownership by a foreign state controlled company, EDF is 85% owned by the French Governent is a 'good thing', whilst British government ownership of strategic assets like this is a 'bad thing'.

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Oracle: We WON grey market software and Solaris support case

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Rimini Street

And the ongoing spat with Rimini Street??

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Oracle and SAP are Big Software, but for how long?

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oracle in the clouds

The latest Oracle magazine has an interesting article where they interview a real Cloud Customer

http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/issue-archive/2013/13-may/o33ironman-1935564.html

...or perhaps not.

I think it says quite a lot about Oracle cloud that they can only find a fictional company to interview!

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Tesla earns first profit, Model S wins '99% perfect' rating

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Headmaster

Re: lost almost all respect for consumer reports

Maybe a transatlantic language problem here? I think @TheVogon is referring to LPG power which is usually Butane or Propane rather that the US meaning of 'gas' which of course is 'petrol' in Europe! LPG is very clean as far as particulate emissions go and produces about 80% of the CO2 of a petrol/gasoline engine. Whether that makes LPG vehicles 'better' than an EV I couldn't say.

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US Ambassador plays Game of Thrones with pirates

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Re: iTunes

My question is why is it available on iTtunes in Australia but not in the UK?? BTW obviously you don't need an apple device to run iTunes.....

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Brits on benefits: 'Dole office site only works on PCs over 10 YEARS OLD'

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Unhappy

Re: Problem?

Read the article. This is not about unemployed benefit claimants, doleites scroungers or whatever derogatory label you might like to employ but is about Disability Living allowance, which can only be claimed if you have severe mobility problems or care requirements. I have not seen the website but the paper form was about 50 pages long. My wife received DLA for several months before her death last year. Dying many years before qualifying for a pension, in common with many DLA recipients, means that she saved HMG thousands of pounds so i find any implication of 'scrounging' etc pretty offensive

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Master Beats: Why doesn't audio quality matter these days?

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Re: It's in the ears of the beholder

I have to agree with Alistair, having heard through a related young person, that Beats (tm) is just a loudness switch you can't turn off

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Pint

It's in the ears of the beholder

I'm probably a little older than Alistair Dabbs as I went to university in the late 70's. The average student then generally had a crappy mono 'record player' , or more accurately record destroyer, whilst only the more fussy/rich had a set up usually based around components from Wharfedale, Garrard and that other colossus of the cheap British 'HiFi' Clive Sinclair. At home My parents had a 'radiogram' where the quality of the wood veneer was far more important than the sound. So most people put up with sound quality far worse than today's MP3 players. I think that the average, admittedly not Hi Fi, sound quality of music that people listen to is much higher than it was 30 or 40 years ago and for most people that is good enough as it always has been. There will also always be people for whom this isn't good enough, myself included although i wouldn't go as far as:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/07/14/product_round_up_build_a_bonkers_hi_fi/

Context is also important. If I really want to listen to music i will always prefer the source whether it's Vinyl or CD, I have never messed around much with FLAC etc, but when i am enjoying an evening around the dinner table with some of my amazingly witty and intelligent friends then MP3 is fine, plus I don't have to keep changing things. The same for listening in the car.

So chacun à son goût as Nigel Farage would say. He likes a pint or two, apparently.

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Brit comic-book-guy-vs-gangsters film goes straight to Xbox Live

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Re: Films not even fit for "stright to DVD"

'Tony Leary, the nice-guy owner of Junk Comics, is gearing up for one last roll of the dice. His new superhero title, The Sodomizer, launches at the British International Comic Show, and nothing will stop Tony from making it a success. Nothing except a gang of Geordie criminals ....'

What a great super hero name, wonder his super power is???

Straight to Etch a Sketch...

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It's the Peer 2.0: Martha Lane Fox now a crossbench baroness

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Coat

Re: Her dad is a laugh

Actually this happened in 1991 and Batson D Sealing was an Egyptologist rather than an internet guru.

(departs with coat under a hail of stones with the crowd yelling 'Pedant! pedant!')

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Microsoft: You want Office for Mac, fanboi? You'll pay Windows prices

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Joke

Re: Microsoft are going to upset Mac-using execs here

'cloudy office suits' sound cool where can I buy one?

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Rogue Squadron: Unit of X-wings Kickstarts in response to Death Star

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Coat

Re: Supraluminal?

but no toilets or snack facilities...

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Stricken 2e2 threatens data centres: Your money or your lights

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Mushroom

the vanishing clouds

As well as the £960k demanded to keep the data centre running until the 15th the admionistrators' letter states: ( http://www.2e2.com/docs/jacqui/letter-for-non-data-centre-customer.pdf?sfvrsn=2 )

'As you will understand, we have received a number of requests from customers seeking to gain access to their data

immediately. Unfortunately, the levels of data held in the Companies’ Data Centres are such that this process could

take up to 16 weeks and we will need to ensure that the integrity of third party data and security is maintained.'

That is a lot more money yet to be demanded. I assume that as the numbers of customers with data declines the demands on the remainder will go up.

This is a haemorrhoidal clusterf**k

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Ten stars of CES 2013: Who made the biggest splash?

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Alien

An outrageous omission

Your pub bound correspondent missed booth 35853 obviously, where they would have seen THE MOST SIGNIFICANT THING EVER.....

http://www.quantummansite.com/catalog/

and it's from SPAAAAACE

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Apple ships 'completely redesigned' iTunes 11

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Meh

Re: They KILLED COVERFLOW!

possibly related to the patent action mentioned here, even though the judgement was subsequently reversed??

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cover_Flow

I liked Cover flow but apart from that I think it is an improvement over 10.

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Android and Apple OS shares show mountain MS must climb

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Holmes

Re: From my weblogs...

Actually if you look at this page for data on mobile Browser/operating system market share, you will see that Apple is way ahead although Android has grown steadily. For some reason Apple users are more active in terms of internet use. I'm sure someone will have a salacious/abusive explanation for that ;-)

http://www.netmarketshare.com/search-engine-market-share.aspx?qprid=4&qpcustomd=1

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Harvester garners iFans with first UK Passbook e-voucher

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Joke

old old ad campaign

Q. hello have you been to a Harvester before?

A. Are you telling me people come here more than once?

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Google snaps bird's eye view of Olympic Village

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anyone know how long.....

....it takes Google to upload new data? I ask because the Google car was all over my neighbourhood about 4 weeks ago. I have set a point of interest alert in Google but if anyone has any info....

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Indian outsourcers Infosys outsource to WISCONSIN

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typo

Wipro not WinPro I assume?

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Olympic Security cock-up was down to that DARN software

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FAIL

Not too big to fail then

This is the world's third largest private sector company with 657,000 employees, I'll repeat that 657,000 employees. It seems that none of them were available and they had to recruit 10,400 from scratch?????

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'Amazon plans iPhone-killing Android mobe' – report

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Coat

Re: If I was a betting person...

That'll be the iMove, a personal matter transporter

Mine's the one with a hole in the pocket as I've just found out

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Apple makes Cocoa with Porridge

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Happy

There may be more...

It's pretty obscure but if you dig a bit deeper, in System profiler in the syncservices log you will find this, or variants thereof:

2012-06-13 20:45:44:432|SyncServer|1994|110fd0|Server|Info| Goodnight, Gracie.

I think it is a message when the mac goes into sleep mode. 'Goodnight Gracie' was a catchprase used by George Burns to his wife Gracie Allen at the end of his radio show, and no I'm not that old, I had to look it up.

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Chick-lit naughty girl MP Mensch starts own web-jabber service

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Devil

sheer unaulterated brilliance

I know there is a link to the original Reg story but let's hope Menshn.com lives up to this:

http://menschbozier.tumblr.com/

BTW I think Luke Bozier is Steve Bong's pen name

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Ex-Soviet space gunboats to be FOUND ON MOON

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FAIL

Levitation?

From the Almaz website 'EA owns four RRV (Reusable Reentry Vehicle) capsules and two large Salyut-Class Spacecraft. The reusable reentry capsules can carry three passengers to Low Earth Orbit (LEO).' So no actual rockets then!!

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Ten... Star Wars videogame classics

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update?

I'd go with Jedi Knight Dark forces II, and its bolt on Mysteries of the Sith. I was off work recovering from a big operation and I spent weeks playing these. I still get nightmares on the MOTS level where you had to swim underwater for what seemed, and usually was, an impossible length of time. Of course it got easier when i found the cheats. One of the best things about it was that you really had to think about how to solve things.

OTOH Battle for Naboo which no-one has mentioned was absolutely dreadful.

Dear Lucas Arts I would pay for an updated Dark Forces with modern graphics quality.

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Investors circle Barnes & Noble as it plans Nook spin-off

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Re: Paper Books are so 20th Century

Backward and proud of it

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Starck brewing 'fairly, if not very, revolutionary' Apple THING

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FAIL

form over function

the lemon squeezer looks very nice but is TOTALLY USELESS as an actual lemon squeezer. Not untypical of the Starckian cult's products, although I do like my Miss Sissy lamps.

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Apple flooded with iPad 3 wireless connection complaints

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Re: not an issue for me

if it's relevant I have a 32Gb wi-fi thingy

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Pint

not an issue for me

I've done speedtest.com comparisons with my wife's iPad 2. sometimes the the iPad 2 is quicker, sometimes the iPad 3 is quicker. it does not seem to be a problem for me anyway. Likewise the overheating thing, it does get a bit warmer than the iPad 2 but never more than luke warm, strangely warmer when reading the `Guardian iPad app than watching films or playing games. Must be a liberal conspiracy thing.

.... cos i'm off to the pub now

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TONIGHT, Let's ALL MAKE LOVE in SHOREDITCH

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Happy

satire and fact elide....

Luke Bozier exists?? Possibly?? Don't know why though.

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BMW recalls 1.3m motors over fire risk

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FAIL

reliable BMWs (sic)

and don't get me started on the swirl flaps ...............................

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Friends Reunited rebrands as memory bank for oldsters

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Coat

yawn

I preferred it in the old days when there wasn't all this nostalgia.

Left my coat at home actually cos it's so sunny

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End in sight for IT jobs outsourcing massacre

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Re: maybe if they

seems a bit unfair on Hugh??

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Apple New iPad Wi-Fi only

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Mushroom

it's hot stuff!!

Anyone contemplating the new iPad should visit their local Apple store (or pc world as I did). Compare them side by side. The screen is much better but worth an upgrade from an Ipad2? I doubt it. More seriously though, those extra pixels and bigger battery generate significantly more heat which you can feel if you hold both models, especially in a store environment where they have been running for hours. This has produced a lot of posts on Apple discussion pages with some people claiming it gets too hot to hold under some circumstances!

https://discussions.apple.com/thread/3810951?tstart=0

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CSIRO: warming up to five degrees by 2070

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Re: In the pay of who???

Oh! Don't keep us in suspense. Who is paying off the scientists? Aliens? Black helicopters? Freemasons?

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New iPad: Crack open your wallets, fanbois, here's what it'll cost

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Re: Holy major rip-off Batman

Deletion from photostream is only on that one device. If you have 'accidentally' taken a pic on your iPhone and you have photo stream on it will not delete that pic from any other household iDevice.

And while I'm still griping, 10.6 iTunes only allows re-download of purchased movies in the US of A.

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Why I'd pay Apple more to give iPad factory workers a break

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Meh

it's not just money........

As the blessed Steve made clear to Obama (http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20120123/ARTICLE/301239999/2055/NEWS?Title=Apple-s-Jobs-to-Obama-jobs-aren-t-coming-back-to-U-S-), it's the massive number of skilled workers and the ability of companies like Foxconn to ramp up/down and rapidly make changes which simply cannot be matched in western Europe or the US economies. Of course there's nothing to stop Apple reducing their profit margin and insisting that the Chinese subcontractors pay their workers more.

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Scalextric restarts space race with Star Wars craft

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FAIL

Crap

The big thing with scalextric is that you can modify and expand the layout, add cars and generally be a bit imaginative, as well as competitive. These sets are one trick ponies which will bore their owners after 10 minutes IMHO.

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Microsoft prepping Office for iPad?

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FAIL

How old?

How is Office for MAC 2011 'years old'. Looks pretty much as horrid as Office 2010 for Windows to me!

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IBM reveals secrets of Watson’s Jeopardy triumph

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Happy

my brain's bigger than yours then!

Well if your brain's only got 100Gb I'm surprised you are reading this!

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=what-is-the-memory-capacity

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Another new Russian nuclear powerplant comes online

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FAIL

careful reading (and writing) pays

'though the UK economy is half again the size of Russia's' does not mean half the size, although it is a clumsy bit of writing.

Russian GDP 2011 USD 1,479,825million

UK GDP 2011 USD 2,250,209million

US GDP 2011 USD 14,526,550million

Figures from the International Monetary Fund's World Economic Outlook (WEO) Database, April 2011 Edition.

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Virgin Media broadband in two-day wobble

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Unhappy

virgin media

here in cardiff the broadband service disappeared at around 11.00 on wednesday evening. Fix time on Virginmedia website is 3.15 am tomorrow morning

Not happy

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