* Posts by This Side Up

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Britain is sending a huge nuclear waste shipment to America. Why?

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Headmaster

Get it right!

Please learn the difference between "Sporadically" (here and there) and "Spasmodically" (now and then).

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BBC telly tax drops onto telly-free households. Cough up, iPlayer fans

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One more thing

Why can't the Govt just pay the licence fee out of general taxation and reduce the income tax thresholds to compensate. That would abolish the costs of administering, collecting and enforcing the licence fee at a stroke.

And is the licence fee enforceable anyway? We used to have detector vans which could pick up what you were watching on CRT TVs. With LCD screens, tablets and smartphnes it's not quite so easy.

Also there's no such thing as live tv anymore. With digital encoding, compresing, multiplexing and buffering it's several seconds old by the time you see it.

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Youtube etc aren't free

They push ads at you all the time, and ad blockers don't stop them.

Why should advertisers object to ad blockers? The people who use them are likely to be so annoyed by ads that they wouldn't buy the stupid products and services anyway. A panel at one side is fine, but if you stick a pop-up window in my face a) I'll kill it straight away, and b) if I happen to notice what it's for I'll go out of my way to avoid buying the stuff at any cost. By all means make product information available - when I need it I'll look for it.

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Re: Jim'll fix it and you

Not allowed to advertise? The BBC is advertising all the time - totally irrelevant trails in the middle of specialist music programmes, other trails with gratuitous background music in between programmes, ads for "digital radio" (the initials DAB are too toxic to use), ads for the licence fees ... the list goes on.

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How TV ads silently ping commands to phones: Sneaky SilverPush code reverse-engineered

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Don't use the tv speakers ...

Feed the sound output to your stereo system via a low pass filter to cut out anything over 16kHz.

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Exam board in 'send all' fail: Hands up who knows what the BCC button is for?

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Re: Idiots

Yes, but not just the excchange server. I remember somebody sending me a snottygram at work and then sending three or four recall messages, all of which I received. I was using Netscape Communicator on my PC and not the approved Outlook. I had a good chuckle.

My usual reaction to a recall message was to reply saying "Yes of course you can have it back. Here it is." with the offending message attached.

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Dry those eyes, ad blockers are unlikely to kill the internet

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Re: People who use adblockers...

"Some of [advertising], a great deal of it in fact, really is information about what's available out there."

True, but the essential difference is that if I need information I'll go and look for it. Unwanted ads are those that are stuck in my face when I'm trying read something else, or distract me. Those ad-slingers aren't doing themselves any favours. At best I'll just close the pop-up window; at worst I'll make sure that I never consider buying the offending product or service.

To be honest, EL Reg isn't a problem. I use a platform and browser that doesn't support much of the functionality they require (including Flash). I have ads, pop-up windows, animated gifs and javascript normally disabled. Static ads at the side of the page don't bother me.

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Lies from VW: 'Our staff acted criminally but board didn't know'

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Devil

Why would anyone want to take their car in for the recall? They'd only get it detuned. And how many buyers actually give a damn how much NOx it chucks out the back? Unless there's a whiff of compensation of course!

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ZUCK OFF: Facebook nixes internship after student embarrasses firm

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FAIL

Ts & Cs

So Terms and Conditions are meant to protect our privacy? Yes, well that just about sums up Facebooks attitude to privacy and security.

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At last, switching between rubbish broadband providers now easier

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Not so easy to switch ...

If you have a web site in the ISP's domain. I don't see any provision for the old ISP to forward web requests or email for that matter to the new ISP.

To avoid this problem register your own domain and point it to your web site. You may also get mail forwarding from your personal domain, or use hotmail, gmail etc.

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The BBC wants to slap a TAX on EVERYONE in BLIGHTY

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The way to do it is pay the BBC out of general taxation on the basis of the agreed licence fee per household. That gets rid of all the overheads for administration, enforcement and annoyung ads. We need more money for the health service so National Insurance should be increased to cover that.

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Brit smut slingers shafted by UK censors' stiff new stance

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Smut-phobic? The Government?

Noooooooo. They just want to keep it for themselves. Can't have the plebs seeing this sort of stuff can we?

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Trolls pop malformed heads above bridge to sling abuse at Tim Cook

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Re: It makes you despair

Yes, it's a shame he had to bring god into it.

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Video: Dyson unveils ROBOTIC TANK that hoovers while you're out

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Headmaster

A Dyson doesn't Hoover...

It Dysons!

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'Stop dissing Google or quit': OK, I quit, says Code Club co-founder

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'Last year PM David Cameron called for “more emphasis on modern methods of computing like coding”.'

What planet is Cameron on? Since when has coding not been an essential part of operating digital computers?

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Modern methods?

'Last year PM David Cameron called for “more emphasis on modern methods of computing like coding”.'

What planet is Cameron on? Since when has coding not been an essential part of operating digital computers? Btw Mr, Cameron, writing html is not coding (and it's not new either).

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Premier League wants to PURGE ALL FOOTIE GIFs from social media

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Joke

Intellectual property?

Football?

Guffaw, guffaw.

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Stalwart hatchback gets a plug-in: Volkswagen e-Golf

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264 x 323 volts = ~85kV (unlikely)

"All this is powered by 264 lithium-ion cells rated at 323 volts and 24.2 kWh. "

I suspect you mean the cells are rated at 1.2 volts and the battery as a whole provides 323 volts. Usually the capacity of a battery is rated in amp-hours at a specified rate (e.g. the one hour rate).

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Stick a 4K in them: Super high-res TVs are DONE

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Stereoscopic?

No, so-called "3D" TVs are merely binoccular. Move your head and the image doesn't change. You'd need holographic tv for real 3D.

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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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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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