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NHS quango fatcats spend £2m tax dosh on iPads and iPhones

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If they have current models, which I'm sure they will..

Minimum of just under £550 a pop.

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UK smart meters arrive in 2020. Hackers have ALREADY found a flaw

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Had a fire

...in a cooling tower.

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Re: "allowing them to illegally slash their energy bills"

"...If they can set limits on consumption during peak periods via these meters..."

They can happily set it the consumption to binary zero by remote so they can do pretty much whatever they like.

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Re: Ooo I hope the flaw can be scripted....

And setting the en-co's smart meters to levels equivalent to the energy output of an olympic swimming pool-sized cannabis farm.

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Coat

Re: Worser

From the Collins English Dictionary (that nobody can freely edit):

worser (ˈwɜːsə )

adjective

an archaic or nonstandard word for worse

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What’s the KEYBOARD SHORTCUT for Delete?! Look in a contextual menu, fool!

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Re: CTRL+C

And there's always <CTRL><BREAK>.

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Windows 10: One for the suits, right Microsoft? Or so one THOUGHT

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Re: Windows 10?

So that would be a good ten thousand or so install floppies - 160k 5 1/4". Oh look there's that 10 again.

Note: it probably isn't 10,000 but I'm sure all five of those digits would be in the actual figure, should someone be bored enough to work it out.

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Re: testing procedure.

Pressing the power button on the machine itself?

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Microsoft WINDOWS 10: Seven ATE Nine. Or Eight did really

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Re: I wonder what the true version number will be?

Windows 7 only got a .1 jump from the abortion known as Vista, so I doubt it.

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Microsoft on the Threshold of a new name for Windows next week

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Re: Windows 7.9

They've already ruined that... the final build version of ME was 4.9.3000, and we all know how well that went.

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Re: QA: Questionable Abbeviations

Windows PoS? I'm sure that doesn't need an explaination.

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NT3.1, NT3.5, NT 3.51, NT4 (and all their Server variants)

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Skylight

Until Sky throw a hissy fit again, wherein it will become Microsoft Onelight.

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Fedora gets new partition manager

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Re: Is there an option to have more than one partition?

I remember installing Redhat 4 many moons ago and it suggested the following as different partitions:

/

/boot

/usr

/var

/home

/usr/local

swap partition

The problem is that newer 'user friendly' distros (ubuntu and derivitives I'm looking at you) seem to default to having the whole tree under one or two partitions to cater for the Linux virgins who need things done the easy way:

/

/home (possibly)

swap partition

Because that's how Windows pretty much installs - one partition, click, click, click, copying files.

Of course the option is there for it to be done properly, if one so desires. Full-fat Debian I think lets you do it the way Dog intended.

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GRAV WAVE DRAMA: 'Big Bang echo' may have been grit on the scanner – boffins

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Pint

Re: Grit on the scanner scope.

Not the same episode but....

"It turned out to be one of Mr Lister's old sneezes that had congealed on the radar screen."

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BOFH: We CAN do that with a Raspberry Pi, but think of the BODIES

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Pint

This

...is how weekends are started.

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Tricked by satire? Get all your news from Facebook? You're in luck, dummy

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Works better in <Sarcasm> tags.

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No more turning over a USB thing, then turning it over again to plug it in: Reversible socket ready for lift off

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Re: Standards proliferation

My Nokia E7-00 can do it, and that's not an Android...

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END your Macbook SHAME: Convert it into a Microsoft SURFACE

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Re: Behold, the iPad Macbook Pro Retina

iMacbookProPad Retina, surely?

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EE network whacked by 'PDP authentication failure' blunder

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Irony

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/08/13/ofcom_rootmetics_voice_testing/

Here OFCOM are praising UK mobile coverage...

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WinPhone's Halo hottie Cortana to hit desktop in next Windows – report

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The product is called Cortana. Which infers that the voice will be the same as Cortana from Halo, as that's where the idea came from. Any other voice would just be misrepresentation of goods, which in the EU (and the UK especially), has the potential to open many cans of worms. The UK voice over on WP is some (so far) anonymous posh totty, because that's the accent America deems as "British". Ergo, it's not Cortana, so should be called "MS Digital Assistant".

Compare: If they called the product Jarvis, which is more well known due to Ironman, you would expect the correct voice, and not some random person they pulled in off the street, or some celebrity nobody has heard of. The above argument would still apply.

True, the service can be turned off, but why bother in the first place if 80% of the population will turn it off?

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FAIL

Then they deliver a massive kick in the teeth to the global users that might actually use the service and MS put some shitty nobody as the voice "for your region", because "that's the accent you have", and changing the speech settings just breaks Cortana until restored. While the US users (and those willing to use US settings for everything), get the proper experience. If the WP release is anything to go by.

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BlackBerry lands feature-light BBM on Windows Phone

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They wanted to get the basics in place before adding all the extra features - primary function I think was their priority when they decided to bring it to WP. The public beta is also a lot more stable than the closed beta (which I was lucky enough to test).

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BOFH: The Great Backup BACKDOWN

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Coffee/keyboard

That's how you start the weekend... BOFH style.

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POW! Apple smites Macbook Air EFI firmware update borkage

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Trollface

Re: Ah well...

More to the point.. if it's effectively bricked, how can you apply the new firmware?

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CAPTCHA challenges you to copy pointillist painter Seurat's classic

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Re: CAPTCHA doesn't work on phones.

Nigh-on impossible to read on a 20 inch screen as well. I end up going through at least 12 iterations before I find one I can actually make out.

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NEW, SINISTER web tracking tech fingerprints your computer by making it draw

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Re: Description...

MAC address for the WLAN. They're unique.

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BBM beta comes to Windows Phone

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Re: This could be a smart move...

"BBM's major attraction was that it was reasonably secure. Why then plug it into the NSA-tapped cesspool which is Microsoft?"

They plugged it into Android, which is far worse if you ask me.

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Re: Not in the UK store either

It's here, just restricted to who can download it. Those picked will be allowed to download it from the store. Anyone else trying to will just get a message saying they don't have permission.

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NEW Raspberry Pi B+, NOW with - count them - FOUR USB ports

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Re: Next major revision should be the PiMaster...

Don't forget the Master Compact, Turbo, 512, ET and the Domesday machine.

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Re: Ungrateful trolls

"Yes, of course Dr Mallard."

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B+

Next will be the B+128 then the Master, which will have more goodies and be a little quicker.

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Apple SOLDERS memory into new 'budget' iMac

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Is it me or Apple going back to the old days? Some of their older budget Macs had soldered memory and in some cases they underclocked the processor so it didn't cut into sales of the model above it. Wonder if they'll start doing that too...

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DON'T PANIC: Facebook returns after 30-minute outage terror

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Meh

And there was much rejoicing.

(yay)

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Supermodel Lily Cole: 'I got a little bit upset by that Register article'

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Re: Nope, Sorry!

See also: St Trinians. Can't remember if it's the first or second one mind.

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Torvalds on patents: 'Sane people know it's bullsh*t but making real change is difficult'

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Niggling issue

"Robert Llewellyn, whose only qualification for the task appears to be his time as Kryton on Red Dwarf, was one judge for example."

Kryten is the correct spelling.

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LEAKED: Redmond not allowed to sell 'Nokia' smartphones after 2015

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Re: Bear in Woods etc.

They made monitors too... In fact they made a cool 20inch monitor that could happily fit the innards of an old G3 iMac in.

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BOFH: On the contrary, we LOVE rebranding here at the IT dept

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Pint

Merry BOFH Day.

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Glacier's hot butt melts ice, boffins say

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Re: No boom today

It won't just go boom... it will go BOOM.

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NeoPost: This is how you DON'T do PIN security

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Security by obscurity?

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Remember Anna Kournikova? Come with us on a tour of bug-squishing history

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The name of the blob..

Is Krang, as I remember correctly. :)

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iPhone-stroker-turned-fandroid sues Apple over iMessage text-slurpery

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Re: Prediction

Technically you can upgrade whenever you like... you just have to pay through the nose if you aren't due for an upgrade, to the tune of whatever is left on the contract.

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Re: Oh FFS

And even then in the 300 volumes of addendums.

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US broadband providers holding last-mile traffic ransom, ISP alleges

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Misread

Am I the only one that misread it as "trolls" and not "tolls"?

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Epson takes on Google Glass with wired 'augmented reality' glasses

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Re: IR version

Nah he'd just erase them instead.

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The amazing .uk domain: Less .co and loads more whalesong

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Backwards?

Generally, anti-clockwise symbolises going backwards, so if according to them, they are starting from the dot....they are taking backwards steps in innovation etc?

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Granny's Guardian: Acorn BBC Micro hero touts OAP watchdog kit

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Elite

I would have thought that would be first-party... since it was originally published by Acorn's software department, Acornsoft.

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Firefox, is that you? Version 29 looks rather like a certain shiny rival

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You want to go with Opera? It's based on Chrome these days.

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Re: So what's different?

Bookmarking with the star has always dumped it into the 'recently bookmarked' submenu. Not really useful when you expect it to appear in the actual main bookmark menu. You have to do it the old fashioned way for that.

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Re: Nearly

Installing that brilliant addon also lets you remove the stupid "firefox menu" if you are sane and use proper menu bars (which renders said silly menu pretty redundant). By default you can't get rid of it, even if you turn on the normal menu bar.

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