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* Posts by MR J

40 posts • joined 22 Sep 2012

Bill Gates is BACK... as CHIEF RICH human of PLANET EARTH

MR J

Re: @Mikel

He gave away 11% of his increase.

This year our household value went up by -0.77%, or about a $600 drop

So I am more than willing to give away -$66 (11%) this year to as many people as there are out there who want it!...

I would love to see all "Corporations" Liquidated, but that doesn't make the people who earn the most off of them bad people, and it doesn't mean that they shouldn't be able to get paid for their Monopolistic Behaviour and Corrupt Government dealings.

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Tizen devices are HERE.... Hello, Samsung Gear 2 smartwatches

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Tizen could be Bada for users.

Seeing how Sammy left Bada users out to dry then I doubt anyone who purchased those "open" phones before will dare get anything Tizen.

I am sure it will be great at launch, but if they don't have millions of users dumping hundreds of millions into the pot then we'll see them abandon it (like Bada) and users will be hung out to dry.

Most of the tech sites seem to love the idea of Tizen, it is just regurgitated press releases from Sammy.

If the OS was 100% open, OR, if Abandonware like Bada (And Tizen in 2-3 years time) was made public then I would support it.

If Tizen is 100% open, then great... I doubt it will be. I doubt that you will be able to compile your own Tizen build for your TizDevices. Hopefully Sammy will prove me wrong.

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Top Brit docs wade into GP data grab row, demand 'urgent' NHS England talks

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Never Received

I had been expecting this so kept waiting, It has not come through my post box. I asked and no one on my street has had it. Granted, due to cuts in the postal service last year we only get a postman about twice a week now and it is rarely the same person, so my guess is that these "inserts" are still sitting at the post office.

Last year I got a letter that was 13 months old, they had found hundreds of bags of stolen mail but were afraid to tell people about it, so the majority of it is STILL sitting in my local postal depot!.

They should OPT everyone OUT, and then send out the leaflets to let people Opt IN...

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Samsung leaps out of volume PC game as UK market crashes

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I think the biggest reason for the slowdown in growth (or negative growth) is due to the fact that hardware and software don't seem to improve at the rate that they did in the past.

We went from a overall speed doubling twice a year down to two year cycles, and now we are down to 4-5 year cycles. The performance per watt value keeps increasing, but for many users this isn't going to be a huge deal. 100w to 75w was a great jump, 12w to 9w is the same improvement, but it doesn't really shout out wow!.

Most people I know who have laptops are more than happy with them. If you have a c2duo mobile laptop from 2007 then it is probably still chugging along just fine.

I expect phones to hit this limit soon, as it is games on phones are currently looking pretty good (read, near console quality). We will see consumers slow down once the hardware increases seem to do less.

I don't think the platform is dead, it may move to a easier to use modular system one day, but I expect it to survive for a while yet. Throw in a £300 video card in a 5 year old computer and you have ps4 quality gaming, this will keep some users attached for a while. Would I much rather dump my box for a phone that talks to input devices, speakers, and monitor all wirelessly, damn straight... Do I think a phone is going to be "good" at that anytime soon, No.

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How many keys can one keyboard have? Do I hear 200? 300? More?

MR J

Kickstarter is just the new tool to get fools to part with their money.

Nearly $190k to build some keyboards, pfft..

I am sure the cost producing this is so low that if they could sell just one, it would be worth it, so asking others to stump up $190k is a bit overkill. he also seems to imply that he has a lot of staff, but it is just something that a user could make for hackaday for a bit of a laugh.

This sort of project might be good, but it's small enough and simple enough that it shouldn't need people to "kick fund" it.

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UK IT supplier placed on ASA naughty step over 'misleading' HDD ad

MR J

Re: 2nd hand

Probably hammered for a few days.

5 years of bearing wear is a lot, even in a HDD.

By the way, would you like to buy a nearly-new 2000 Honda Civic?... Bluebook is probably £400, but as It was £11k new I'll sell it to you for £5k.

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Smog-hit Beijing shows sunsets on a giant TV to remind people what the sun looks like

MR J

Re: Hang Onto Your Hats

I am not sure if you two are trying to be Ironic or what.

Blaming China for Americas ills, because China sends out more pollution...

Keep in mind that things like Start-Stop, Hybrid, Compact, and All EV vehicles have been shunned by the US, so the largest market has dictated what was out there. Clean Coal and Clean Gas can both also be considered one of those blocked technologies by the US that has happily been passed on to the rest of the world.

China air pollution is 27% higher than in the USA (per cap), The USA carbon output is 284% higher than China (per cap)..

Keep in mind how much "American" product is made in China and then try to decide who the blame should really sit on.

Yes, they should combat the issue.

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Station to station: Ten DAB-Bluetooth combo radios

MR J

Re: Retro, Meh

DAB is not cutting edge :/...

They make them look like old AM sets because the quality is on par with old AM sets.

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China's 'Airpocalypse' forces pilots to learn BLIND landings in smog

MR J

Ford is going to help, they are targeting china for the new Mustang!

That EcoCar should help everyone.

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JESUS battery HEALS itself - might make electric cars more practical

MR J

So a phone, 500 charge cycles.

That means it'll be good for 2-3 years?... Where is the benefit here supposed to be, we go from 2-3 years of usage to ... err ... 2-3 years of usage..

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Virgin Media to hike broadband prices by nearly 7 per cent

MR J

Re: Pushing boundaries, but only in a limited way

Energy Cost go up 11%.

Many foods go up 5% or more.

In some parts of the UK house prices have DOUBLED over the past year.

"Inflation" in designed in such a way that it often ignores some of the high ticket items.

Fuel/Energy accounts for about 4% of inflations value, yet it consumes between 10% and 20% of peoples take home pay.

Don't trust RPI/CPI... BT is putting in a similar increase at the same time as VM, in fact, BT's announcement came first and then VM's followed afterwards.

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Price rises and power cuts by 2016? Thank the EU's energy policy

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"Take SSE, simply because they are a UK listed company...(snip)...Their return on assets last year was a miserable 2.4%. My building society are getting that on my mortgage. Where's the huge margins?"

They build them away, as any good listed does.

The idea is to never make a huge profit, It is to build the money away in other projects that see those sub companies make huge returns, then people look at SSE and say "oh, they are not sticking us over"...

I knew a pipeline company that was owned by the compression station that was owned by the well company that was owned by the huge international petrochemical company, and that pipeline was leased out to another company that leased it back.. When it was all said and done one petrochem company owned it all, but there was a huge trail. By the time customers were due to receive royalties on their natural gas wells (some of the best in North America) there was no money left, it all went to pipeline leasing. They were taken to court and told to "lower" their cost to something reasonable, but This is how they all operate.

Let us also not forget "Regarding Green Stuff" that these same resellers/owners/providers were part of the reason the schemes started getting deployed like crazy. They all ran SolarPV schemes where they were going to get the most benefit, you didn't hear them objecting while they were doing installing or applying for subsidies. I have known people who work in this industry "regulatory capacity" who have been saying for a few years now that it's all about to fail again.. They have been slamming Renewables from the start. How many years now have a lot of these plants had the ability to build carbon capture into their existing infrastructure and not done it?...

I know that in a couple of states in the USA they are complaining over something similar, it has to do with mercury toxicity... They say they cant operate with the harsh restrictions that are trying to lower mercury levels, the people of those areas know they cant eat more than 3 fish a month so the law is just a big pain in the ass, they will never be able to provide the customer with something good without putting prices up through the roof...

It doesn't matter how much profit any of these companies make, It doesn't matter how sweet they have it. They will, like a child, never be happy with what they have or how they need to give it out.

On a side note, in the UK You could build a battery backup system for your whole home, move to a economy 7 tariff and (after cost) save a few quid a year, plus unless that rolling blackout last over about 12 hours you would be okay :)..

Second Side Note, I think the Inq has Solar Panels....

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UK sitting on top of at least 50 years of shale gas – report

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Yess

Along with the property I own in the US and get 20-25% royalties on I can now get some royalties in the UK and spend those to help stimulate the UK economy. Wait, Oh, No, Your right, In the UK the people do not own the mineral rights.

And they are planning on giving 1% of the "profits" back to local communities, YEA, Anyone who has dealt with this before knows that you take 1% of the sourced product value and NOT the "profit", the reason is that the oil giants tend to set up sub companies that own the pipeline, refining, and pumping networks that tend to eat up virtually all of the "profit" between the well and the cash out points.

The only upshot is that some of those common £30-£35 an hour jobs might come to the UK, my guess is that they'll push through for values a lot lower than that, but who knows.

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Virgin Media revs up for Liberty Global merger

MR J

Re: Could be good

The upgrades are not fully done, most areas are.

Also, there is a lot of Non-DS3 equipment in customer homes. VM put up a notice on the accounts page and once people read it then DS3 equipment is sent out for self-install. Some customers will not get the notice nor be able to self install until they speak to accounts as (for some unknown reason) old accounts can not be "autmagically" upgraded.

There are still customers out there who were not upgraded from the 2010/2011 upgrade cycle, I have requested an update on that and been told that they are not sure what areas are yet to be completed!

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Council IT bod in the dock for flogging scrap work PC parts

MR J

Lurking at dump

Actually, I had the staff come out and argue with me at one place. My dyson had a part that broke, and when I took some stuff up a guy opened up his boot and there was the same model as mine, his was broken in a different way. Great I thought, I asked him if I could have it and he said sure, so he sat it down for me and when I was done unloading my car I put it into the back of mine. Several staff ran out and told me either I take it out or they would call the police, that products taken there belong to the council and no one is allowed to pick up anything that is on site.

Sometimes these things are crazy.

There was a compaq repair center near where I worked, and I had 3 pc's from their garbage skip once, but I found out later that they had someone arrested for taking parts out of the skip (it was not for recycling either).

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Apple loses 'Most Valuable Company' honor to ExxonMobil

MR J

Re: Peak

Actually, I think the RISC/PowerPC processors used were much better at graphics during the early pentium era. Some people still like apple publishing software because buying it can be a lot easier. Buy one package and get nearly all of it, some of the x86 software is still sold as basic+packages, and it gets really expensive.

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Chinese boffins crack cloaking tech for camouflage

MR J

Wow, I really didnt see this one happening......

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Time Warner Cable to Netflix: We want your 3D films, not your network

MR J

While I cant see the logic in saying no.

I think "Forcing" this is a horrible idea. What about the small carriers out there, If you have only a few hundred customers does that mean that you cant use Netflix HD?... This really pushes Big content back to the Big Content providers.

Sure, Open it up, but dont force it.

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Linksys vuln: Cisco responds

MR J

Re: "the vulnerability only exists in the WRT54GL home router"

i dont think the GL was the most popular. The WRT54G series (No L or GS) were probably the most popular as a series. Only a couple of versions cant run 3rd party firmware, but the firmware is limited. Adding a USB port or other storage device to them of course extended this.

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Sheffield ISP: You don't need a whole IPv4 address to yourself, right?

MR J

Re: Volunteering for the unknown

So you had triple layer nat, running game servers on the back layer, and NO forwarding/DMZ rules were set up on any of the three layers.

SURE YA DID.....

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BT in ad slapdown after 'misleading' punters on fibre deployment dates

MR J

Next to VM

I guess those users who still havent had their "Free" Upload increase from virgin media's 2009-2010 rollout could make a little complaint?..

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US nuke lab drops Chinese networking kit

MR J

It's not about China, It's about the Lobby

This is just a move to get "donor supported" gear into gov locations.

I am sure if IBM was to buy Huawei that they would turn around and quickly deem it all to be safe.

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Steve Jobs' Apple yacht freed after family settles the bill

MR J

Re: Typical Jobsian Design

Sure it underwent sea trials, but they were using Apple Maps and when they went 100 naut miles out it was really only 7 ;P...

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2012: The year that netbooks DIED

MR J

Old I Are

Perhaps it is just an age thing.

But to me Netbooks and Ultrabooks are just odd names for Laptops.

Back in the day we could save money by getting Cheap underpowered Laptops, or big expensive gaming Laptops. Then someone decided to give those products specific names. Some Laptops are better than "Ultrabooks" and some "Netbooks" are better than Laptops. I think it was all just a marketing ploy. Now that they sold enough "Netbooks" they tell the world they are out of style and users now need to buy "Ultrabooks" instead.

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Trust the cloud with my PRECIOUS? You gotta be joking

MR J

Nail on the Head..

I think this story got my view straight across ;)..

What I want is something that cost 30% that of traditional storage, allows me to "mount" it like a drive on my network, and have it include high level encryption out of the gate.

Why 30%?.. Because I want at least 3 seperate cloud units running at one time, with sync software running that will make them appear all as one logical unit.

Until We get to that point I am more than happy to keep my lib's stored on multiple PC/Drives.

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Rampaging gnu crashes Microsoft Store, hands out literature

MR J

http://www.simplicitycomputers.co.uk/ was started in late2008 (I think) and made "elder" type OS solutions the key part of the project. This is built on top of MintLinux but it could have been built (with more work, and a valid Microsoft Product Key) on top of XP/2k or perhaps even Vista/w7/w8. Most of the guys I know who did overlay utilitys have moved from windows to avoid some of the harsh restrictions.

I think there is a place for Microsoft to keep making OS's, Personally I see no glaring problems with the things they make. A lot of the problems people are complaining about are UI or Non-Working hardware.

Non-Working hardware tends to just be down to lax driver support, and in recent years it has gotten a LOT better. I am sure a top of the line BD burner or the newest 11ac network cards migh thave issues, but they will have those issues in Windows too! Once every MFGR starts releasing drivers for their hardware to fit multiple platforms then that will not be a problem. In fact, I have seen some AppleOnly hardware work in Linux based PC's because that community can sometimes get drivers working.

The UI problems are simply down to the fact that users are so stuck on using one configuration that they really struggle when they move to something else. You can take someone from a car they have driven for 10 years and put them in a different MFGR's car and have the same sorts of complaints. A lot of people want it to look and feel just like Windows. Look at the move from windows7 to windows8 Touch Mode, people are up in arms about it. With the dominance MS gets out there this wll be pushed to millions of users who think they have no other choice (GNU, Linux, OpenSource, whatever) and they will adapt. Those users will then look at Windows7 and laugh at how crapy it is, they will also look at the GNU offerings and say how crappy those are.

Ubuntu has recently came under fire from Stallman for some of the same reasons that W8 is currently under fire. Keep in mind that there are times when Apple and Microsoft have not been on the bad end of the stick from the GNU crowd.

Locking down hardware and software is just the way it is, If you can force your userbase to rotate every 4 years then that's a lot of income. 7 billion people who buy a new os every 4 years, a lot of potential there.

I am not pro or anti MS, the are just another global corp who will do what it takes to win, even if that is not legal or ethical. The GNU crowd wants a "free" society where users are not put under huge restrictions and requirements, It is a nobel goal.

It is not just software that has the ills that GNU / MS / APPLE fight about.

I have a set top box more powerful than any roku box. It is hardware-locked by the vendor so I cant update it to support things like Netflix, games, or proper network streaming. It is Abandoned by the MFGR (Pace) and they released newer (low spec) hardware that has more bells and whistles. In the world of FSF/GNU My hardware would be good for another 10 years.

Try putting windows7 on a 486 JUST so you can have the latest microsoft browser JUST so you can view web pages. Try ripping your whole CD collection using Windows Media Player with the DRM option enabled and then buy a new PC ;P....

If you cant see the problems at that point then you truely have your eyes closed.

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END OF THE WORLD IS NIGH: TalkTalk no longer worst ISP in UK

MR J

My Experience

I once had emails getting rejected from TT's servers. They were open to listening and searching for this fault from their end. The "recovery" options they have for passwords and account details is great. I have found that when they say "we will call you back" they actually mean it.

I can only directly compare them (who I deal with) against virgin media cable (who I deal with) and can tell you that as a "customer" TT tend to be a lot better. When you go through nearly 20 staff members (all second level tech) at VM before you find one who understands how a modem works then you begin to feel like your fighting a battle that cant be won.

What I have found is that TT will not give you kickbacks like VM... I received nearly 3 months free once on VM when trying to get things fixed, but when there is a problem with TT they just want you to wait it out. I guess the other problem is that when there is a line fault they are reluctant to call out the BT team to fix it, so perhaps because I have not had a "major" fault on the BT side is why my TT experience is good.

I have not dealt with the other providers (with the exception of the odd call to BT).

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Bash Street bytes: Do UK schools really need the Raspberry Pi?

MR J

Re: An engineers view

This Is the idea I just posted (ish)..

PLC Ladder Logic (well, a lot of it doesn't use that now) can really get the mind working and is a simple form for programming. The fact that you only need to teach a child 3 or 4 main componets for them to have a working "program" is great too. I think this is where we should focus (on the younger children) to teach them the basic understanding that goes behind something that runs through sequences. A lot of programmers or backyard coders would say no, but the truth is that simple and robust is the way foward. I dont think the Pi is in the Sky, but I dont think it is a great first step for the masses at a young age.

If users cant see how PLC programs are similar to coding in popular languages then it is probably because they have never actually worked with complicated PLC programs. That said, Highly complicated programs on a PLC can often be done much easier in a modern language, but I would rather my children learn to ride the Bycycle before getting a Kawasaki Superbike to practice on....

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MR J

Logic

I think we need to go back to "Basic" coding, and perhaps even coding before that.

Flow Charts, Ladder Logic, and simple "Basic" programming is all that the children need. The lack of logical understanding is what hurts the most. There is a joy when you write your first program and the class watches as your whatever does whatever it was designed to do (In my day we had to type it all out and it took time).. When it was all said and done, the class of 30'odd that I was in had about 2 people who were highly computer litterate, and a 3rd who went to university to become a programmer "He's yet to write any successful work, but that's another story of my dissapointment of the tech sector"...

Teach children Logic, Perhaps even use electronic logic boards. Children may not see the fancy screen, but their understanding of the relationship between all variables is a lot better, plus it is much easier for them to use!.

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German city dumping OpenOffice for Microsoft

MR J

Re: Even the folks LibreOffice agree

LibreOffice can save as PDF, so I am not sure what your saying. Unless Microsoft Office has c hanged recently I don't think it can?

While PDF is not quite "GNU" style Free, It is widely supported on Phones, Tablets, All forms of PC, Even my TV can support PDF Viewing. I suggest to everyone I see to publish as PDF. It also makes tampering with documents a little bit of a pain for those with no real computer skills.

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MR J

My kids school puts papers online that have been generated in Microsoft Publisher....

The biggest issue is that everyone wants a "Microsoft Office" interface, they cant cope with options being slightly different for the same result in the end. So far both schools my kids have gone to have included "IT" classes that teach computer skills.. These skills are "How to use Microsoft Office" and "How to use Internet Explorer"..

My schools IT system (for the office) uses a mix of Office 97, Office XP, Office 2003, and Office 2010, If they were to make the move to a "free" Office then at least they could update and not use software that is 10+ years old. If your staff are too dumb to be able to use OO/LibreOffice/ApacheOffice then should they really be doing all the backend work for a buisness?

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Sony KD-84X9005 84in ultra-HD TV review

MR J

The fact that is it Sony and all "firmware" updates for it will cease on the day you buy it makes this a -100% item for me.

Nothing like buying a TV from sony, getting it home and finding out that the default firmware will be the last release!

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Uh-oh! Kim Dotcom is back with a brand new Megaupload site

MR J

Re: Nice, but ...

Not if the user system is doing the encryption/decryption. To have this done on the net provider side would be costly and cpu intensive.

Most of us no longer use 486's to do sthuff on the interwibbles.

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EDF: We'll raise bills 11% - but only 2% is due to energy costs!

MR J

They dont break down how much transmission cost or "green carbon" stuff accounts for in the other 50%.

Using what values are given...

Fuel makes up 50%

Transmission must makes up 39% of the cost

Other stuff makes up 11% of the cost.

Green is lumped in there with the "other stuff".. So of that 11% rise, 5.5% is "other stuff"

Other stuff can include pensions, new ceo cost, holidays to the hamptons... But that aside, let us say all the 5.5% is just due to green tech.

their revinue in 2011 was somewhere around £6.3 billion, so assuming the same sort of revinue this year (plus 11%) puts them around £7bn. That means this year they will spend £770 million on green tech, and only spent £513 million last year.

All revinues last from the big companys were around £45 billion, if the same breakdown worked for everyone then that means they paid out £3.67 billion to carbon tech last year and are looking to do nearly £5.5 billion this year.

As a guess the average solar PV install for 2011 (prior to big cut) will pay about £1400 a year, so this increase is getting blamed on green carbon stuff again. With less than 160k solarpv installs in the UK then the cost will not be in excess of £225 million. Where is the other £5.3 billion... Cavity walls??

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Education Secretary Gove: Tim Berners-Lee 'created the INTERNET'

MR J

Bigger story was missed here.

The fact that our IT is so bad they are going to start teaching children Facebook and Office to try and get them back on track!....

My sons school doesnt support Open or LibreOffice and think every parent should buy MicrosoftOffice to do the "ICT" courses.

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Final decision by Home Sec on McKinnon extradition due today

MR J

Re: Cruel and unusual punishment

What he did was a crime in the UK and he commited that crime from his armchair while in the UK.

If you were standing in the US and shot a gun across the border to Canada and killed someone then your crime was done in the USA, if it was the other way around then your crime was done in CAN. Yes he should have been tried on it, and the USA shouldnt have made such a big fuss about it.

Your country should defend you from other nations, not throw you out to avoid the hassle.

Imagine if watching porn or using the word "Fag" became illegal in the good ole USA and all of you 20 a day w****** were sent over there to have justice done?..

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British car parks start reading number plates

MR J

mmmm

wonder how good the scanner is, Overflow Hacking here we come ;P....

(You entered the car park at 11:52pm on jan 1st 2083, you exited on 02:00pm on jan 1st 1970, our per hour charge is £2, please find enclosed an automatic bill in the amount of -£1,994,202 that will be transferred via DirectDebit, thanks for parking with us, please visit again)

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Apple files disappearing-feature iPhone patent

MR J

My Samsung has this!

My samsung monitor has this... When you run your fingers along the bezel then the buttons all light up, when they are not lit you cant see them!..... Some may argue that it is not a "Shutter" but there is a good chance that these "Shutters" will be more akin to e-ink than mini blinds.

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Made for each other: liquid nitrogen and 1,500 ping-pong balls

MR J
Trollface

Amazing

The things you can afford to do when you charge 50 kids £9,000 a year.

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UK electric car funding - another subsidy for the RICH, say MPs

MR J

Re: Think!

So if the guv gives solar panel owners £2,500 tax credit through relief (£6,250?) every year for the next 25 years then that is different?..

Sure the funding sources are different, but when the guv has lost money through tax and add on tax in othe rplaces then doesnt it all just average out?...

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