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That's no plane wreck, that's a Google Wi-Fi balloon

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Wide area juggling act

"We coordinate with local air traffic control authorities and have a team dedicated to recovering the balloons when they land."

I just have this vision of lots of blokes charging around on quadbikes trying to catch the next baloon as it comes down and belt it back into the air.

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Sony CEO forced to shush shareholder heckling at fiery AGM

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Re: going forward...

Or they could design user interfaces that are non-intuitive and don't do what you want them to do, so that customers never come back again.

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REVEALED: GCHQ's BEYOND TOP SECRET Middle Eastern INTERNET SPY BASE

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It's about time

that intercept evidence was allowed in court, since how it's obtained is hardly a secret any more.

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How to strip pesky copyright watermarks from photos ... says a FACEBOOK photo bod

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Right clickimg disabled - LOL

This assumes that you are using a computer and browser that

a) has a right hand mouse button, not just one button

b) has the menu on the right button, not the middle button

c) doesn't have any alternative keyboard shortcuts

d) has javascript enabled

e) has a built-in function to disable right clicking

f) doesn't have a "full save" option that saves all components.

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

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Re: Good Thing (TM)

Also

4) Reintroduce early morning off-peak fares for trains arriving before 7am like the old workmen's tickets but without the other restrictions. That way the working day could be staggered in either direction.

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Re: Non-Passenger information?

realtimetrains, in detailed mode, shows you freight trains, ecs workings, charters, trains passing through a station, etc. You can't query level crossings so you'd have to use a nearby station on the same line. I don't think you can check freight only lines because you have to enter a station name or CRS code.

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Re: Ruh Roh

Realtimetrains is an excellent source of train running (TRUST) data, agregated with WTT, public TT and other stuff. It can tell you the right platform before it gets announced at the station. What we need is a web site that gives you an IECC overview screen for a particular area.

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Help. Mailing blacklists...

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I've had problems with hotmail and various blacklists used by ISPs. I use forwarders and mailing lists on a shared server so I don't have the option to change the IP address. Also I don't have control over other users of the server. Blocking an IP address or range of addresses is a scattergun approach which causes more problems than it solves. I have three levels of spam filtering in addition to my own eyes, so I don't need these blacklists. If you handle email in plain text it's much easier to spot spams, scams and trojans.

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Facebook pulls plug on Poke, cancels Camera

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Headmaster

Pedantic grammar alert

A phenomemon.

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Titsup UK Border IT causes CHAOS at air and seaports in Blighty

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Heaven help us

if we disasterously sleep-walk out of the EU.

"People from outside the EU were worst affected by the glitch "

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FAIL

This looks like incredibly bad system design. Obviously the scanners were OK but they wouldn't work because some central IT system was down. You'd think they would switch to local mode and just store the data until they could be processed when the system was back up.

Resilience? What's resilience?

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UK.gov chucks £28m at F1 tech for buses and diggers plan

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Re: Cue the bus fans complaining...

"How about a Deltic railway loco? That's a classic engine noise!"

Absolutely! And of course a Rolls-Royce Merlin, or preferably four of them on a Lancaster.

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"Underground railways often arrange the tunnels so that tracks dip down on leaving a station (to help the train accelerate) and then back up approaching the next station (to help the train to slow down)."

Yes, that's known as the hump principle, iirc. It puzzles me why the DLR has done exactly the opposite on the Beckton line by dipping down to stations under roundabouts instead of going over the top.

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And for that matter, why isn't it being used for rail vehicles? I can remember "Booster Electric" locos in the 1950s which used big flywheels to store energy. They were later converted to electro-diesels.

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Re: Cue the bus fans complaining...

Nothing beats the sound of an AEC diesel engine ticking over. Now please can we have a picture of a bus? Preferably a 75 year old RT.

The new LT (aka Boris Bus) is just plain noisy when the engine is running full tilt under the back stairs.

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Nokia halts sales of Lumia 2520 Win RT tablet over zap-happy charger

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Devil

You'd think ...

people would know how to make a charger by now.

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Five-year-old discovers Xbox password bug, hacks dad's Live account

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Re: "Kristoffer received...

What does he want games for? Hacking the security is much more fun.

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OkCupid falls out of love with 'anti-gay' Firefox, tells people to see other browsers

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WTF?

Crafting inclusive policies

'Last week, Eich blogged that he was working with "LGBT individuals and allies" to craft inclusive policies at Mozilla'

Why is it necessary to craft inclusive policies? JUST DON'T DISCRIMINATE.

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BT Tower to be replaced by 3D printed BT Tower

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Coat

We've had a 3d building in Croydon for decades (not printed though).

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Snowden leaks made us look twice at cloud suppliers – biz bods

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Unhappy

Keeping data in their own country

"By contrast, only 16 per cent of US respondents, and 17 per cent in Hong Kong took the same view."

I would have thought USA would be the last place US respondents now wanted to store their data!

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

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Re: Don't have a telly here either.

I find it easier to record programmes off air and watch them later because you can then fast forward or edit out all the ads and other crap. That's a lot harder if you use catch-up tv services on the web. A typical one hour Channel 5 programme comes down to 40 minutes when you delete the dross.

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Blighty goes retro with 12-sided pound coin

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Re: The pound in your pocket

I think I was getting 6d a week pocket money.

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Re: ... and a fitting tribute this is.

"the shops would then also be able to double the price of all goods over night."

No, it could be beneficial on balance because shops like to round prices up to the next multiple of £10 and then take 1p off to make silly shoppers think it's cheaper. €9.99 is less than £9.99.

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What kid uses wires? FCC supremo angry that US classrooms are filled with unused RJ45 ports

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"So he's saying wired ethernet is slower than wireless? Not in my experience. The point about all those jack being kind of useless if everyone is using tablets is a fair on though."

Well they're probably still using 10baseT. Otherwise why not just plug in a few wireless access points?

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Not sure if you're STILL running Windows XP? AmIRunningXP.com to the rescue!

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Happy

Re: Happy to report

My RiscPC is not running Windows XP.

Phew!

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Five unbelievable headlines that claim Tim Berners-Lee 'INVENTED the INTERNET'

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Re: 29 October 1969

"The internet is the same age as me... god I feel old."

Yes that was its birthday. It was conceived (as ARPANET) in 1962 (iirc) and christened Internet around 1973, I guess when it escaped from being a purely military protocol.

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Re: Protocol breakdown by traffic

Webmail really only front-ends email, so the traffic is SMTP, POP/IMAP etc. - only http as far as the web server. Same with a lot of web forms that generate email messages.

Usenet I use regularly. Didn't it use UUCP originally? I first used it on a Unix system and that was pre-WWW.

I do run FTP servers and use FTP to upload files to web sites. Never used gopher though.

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Re: Macs ARE PCs.

"The Internet is a network of packet-switching networks "

There is no one thing that is The Internet. "Internet" means "between networks". There is Internet Protocol by which computers on different but connected networks can communicate.

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UK's CASH POINTS to MISS Windows XP withdrawal date

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Just logging in. The login page still has browser compatibility problems.

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The long war on 'DRAM price fixing' is over: Claim YOUR spoils now (It's worth a few beers)

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Joke

A few bers?

You mean a wee dram, surely?

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Crack Euro banker team to probe whether virtual currencies should be regulated

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"The taskforce will analyse the risks ... in ensuring that the trading of virtual currencies does not impinge on their ability to ..." make thumping great profits by ripping off their customers for converting one "real" currency into another.

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Plusnet goes titsup for spectacular hour-long wobble

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Re: DNS problems likely

I get spasmodic problems, but not sporadic ones because I'm normally accessing the internet from one place.

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Re: I'm Mr Angry, from Birmingham...

Or of help desks telling you to go to the web site because they're busy when you've phoned up to find out why you can't get on the web.

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ditto.

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Yes: You CAN use your phone as a satnav while driving – appeals court

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Re: Not in the UK.....

Legally, even if you are stopped in a layby you must apply the handbrake and take the ignition key out of the lock before using a hand-held mobile. Note that just switching off does NOT engage the steering lock - you have to remove the key.

Making a call hands-free is just about as distracting as holding the mobe in your hand because you are not concentrating on your driving, so don't do it. However if the mobe is just running a satnav app then it's equivalent to a stand-alone satnav. Both are distracting especially if you try to reprogram them whilst driving.

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Microsoft asks pals to help KILL UK gov's Open Document Format dream

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Let's get one thing straight

These formats (OpenXML, ODF, etc.) are word processing formats. A document may not format the same on two different computers even if they are running the same operating system and the same version of whatever "productivity suite". The result depends on printer settings (paper size, margins, fonts, etc).

PS and PDF are print formats and should render the same if the paper is big enough. However PDF is not as portable as its name would suggest because Adobe has added so many bells and whistles to Acrobat that its files are no longer readable on some platforms unless an older version is forced.

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Anonymous means NO identifying element left behind – EU handbook

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Headmaster

"Data are anonymised ..."

Seems the Europeans can write better English than most of he English!

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NHS website hit by MASSIVE malware security COCKUP

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FAIL

It's not our fault

'A DoH spokesman said "thanks for letting us know" before adding that it was not responsible for the website.'

WRONG! It's your web site. You are responsible for it. You can outsource the effort but not the responsibility. You are responsible for appointing crap contractors.

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Eurocops want to build remote car-stopper, shared sensor network

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Stop

Oh well,

The villains will just have to go back to driving Mk.2 Jags then...

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US card scammers pull $2m petrol heist

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The skimmer could well have included a fake keypad overlay.

However if they used bluetooth they must have had a receiver nearby, such as a concealed mobile phone programmed to text the information, or store it until the device was retrieved.

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4K-ing hell! Will your shiny new Ultra HD TV actually display HD telly?

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"Ready" = NOT

"an “HD Ready” TV isn't necessarily capable of receiving HD broadcasts."

Isn't it about time this misleading description was banned by the ASA?

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Use strong passwords and install antivirus, mmkay? UK.gov pushes awareness campaign

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Stop

"Use strong, memorable passwords"

If ever there was an oxymoron!

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Justice Ministry to spaff £70k finding out how prisoners like to use ILLEGAL mobes

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Re: Everything they need except a user manual

"phones that never change location from the prison and are only switched on sporadically "

Er, no. If the phones are switched on sporadically they must change location! You probably mean "spasmodically".

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Ten classic electronic calculators from the 1970s and 1980s

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Thumb Up

Well I'd certainly have included the Texas Ti Programmer. I can't remember if it had a model number, but it was the first one I came across that could work in octal, decimal and hexadecimal. I'm sure I had something like the black Sinclair for a long time - red led display but oblong keys. My first calculator was a Hemmi Sun which I have in my hand right now.!

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Coca Cola slurps millions of MAC addresses

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Headmaster

Say "comprised of" oine more time and I'll scream!

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Yes, the BBC still uses FTP. And yes, a Russian crook hacked the server

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"Incidentally just because you hadn't stolen anything when breaking into a house doesn't mean you didn't commit a crime."

On the other hand if you fall into an elephant trap it's not your fault it was there.

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Analogue radio will CONTINUE in Blighty as Minister of Fun dodges D-Day death sentence

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Kicking the decision down the road

In case you hadn't noticed there's a general election in 2015. Are you surprised?

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Re: FM radio will not be killed...

I don't want to listen to tin-pot parochial radio stations. They're for the benefit of the broadcasters not the listeners.

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Stop

Re: Yes, make Radio 1 DAB

Add:

5) A weak signal or a bit of interference would result in bit of noise or a few crackles instead of complete break-up of sound.

6) Radios in different rooms tuned to the same station would be synchronised.

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Sonos and I: How home media playback just gets SO FRUSTRATING

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Sorry, but...

Why do you need a separate sound system for your tv. I don't have a main tv for this reason. I use a smart HD HDD recorder and an HD monitor. The sound output goes into my hi-fi system and the HDMI outout goes to the monitor. That's all I need.

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