* Posts by Ryan

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Crew preps for ISS spacewalk

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Coat

Obligatory...

Maybe it's a problem with the AE-35 unit?

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Android tethering app tossed

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Paris Hilton

To all those people bemoaning Windows Mobile...

...and talking up BlackBerry, iPhone & Android:

I, with my dated UI and unfashionable logo, am able to RUN ANY CODE I DAMN WELL PLEASE on my handset! Not only that, but I'm not locked to a particular network (or e-mail server) and it's been around long enough to have a much richer, more useful, and less novelty-ridden range of apps available.

Who cares about WM6.5 with it's fancy new skin and smudge-tastic finger interface? Ugly old 6.1 is where it's at!

Paris icon because she's pretty but useless.

</rant>

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IT admin stole students' nude Facebook pics, cops say

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@ @duh

Nowhere does it say the students were underage.

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Isle of Man gov gets social

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And

Cats with no tails

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Windows 7 UAC vuln not a vuln, MS repeats

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Unhappy

FFS People!

First you all whinge about UAC, then when MS actually do what you ask, you slag them off for it!

Just because it's fashionable to be an MS / Vista hater.

*grumpy face*

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Windows 7 'upgrade' doesn't mark XP spot

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Gates Halo

@ andy re: linux

exactly!

sometimes I want to just install a program and use it! eg:

a) the linux way:

1 - configure repositories

2 - spend 3 hours learning how the program was coded before you can figure out which cryptic option you should select.

3 - spend 2 more hours researching and obtaining arcane dependencies

4 - code half the functionality yourself by writing a .config file to replace the bizarre one included in the package

5 - discover that it doesn't run on your hardware anyway

b) the windows way:

1 - download setup.exe

2 - run setup.exe

3 - use program

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NASA rovers survive five years on Mars

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Coat

Wait a second. Wait a second.

I have detected a fault with the AE-35 unit. I do not know the nature of the fault, just that it will fail.

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Windows 7 beta washes up on Pirate Bay

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Boffin

@Richard Porter:

There have actually been 2 branches of Windows versions through the years:

#1: 'Home Use' - 9x kernel

95 = 4.0

98 = 4.5

me = 4.9

And there was never version 5 of this.

#2: 'Business Use' - NT kernel

NT4.0 = NT4.0

2000 = NT5.0

After this home & business OSs used the NT kernel

XP = NT5.1

Server 2003 = NT5.1

Vista = NT6.0

Server 2008 = NT6.0

7 = NT7.0

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Facebook breastfeeding pic takedown gets backs up

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Facebook implements both sides of old meme

Apparently, it's now

Tits *and* GTFO

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Columbia disaster 'not survivable', NASA concludes

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Clunk-Click

Every (STS) Trip

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WordPad zero-day adds to MS security woes

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So...

They *have* released a patch for the majority already? (SP3 of course!)

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Firm touts anti-radiation chip for phones

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Stop

These type of scams have been around for years!

If anything, "canceling" a wave (which is an extremely dumbed-down description) is going to excite the molecules and PRODUCE heat!

Remember folks, today's Top Tip is:

Energy cannot be destroyed!

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Ariane 5 greenlights fat pipe net satellite

Ryan

You mean DSL?

Shirley?

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Brits not turned on by mobile internet

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3G *is* too slow for surfing.

Unless you're just doing email, HSDPA all the way!

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Oprah cuddles Kindle

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Was I the only one

Who read that as Opera?

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Skype (kinda, sorta) shields Mac kiddies from VoIP smut

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"Sexy horny webcam & juicy tits sex webcam."

Doesn't seem like pedophiles to me.

God damn reactionaries.

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Gamers cash in on LittleBigPlanet delay

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Unhappy

So the terrorists have won.

Because some stupid prats like to blow themselves up the entire bloody world gives them special treatment.

Religion (AKA My-imaginary-friend-is-better-than-yours) should just be banned from all media channels.

If anything is going to get censored it should be the intolerant views of a minority, not the perfectly harmless things that they get their knickers in a twist over.

I don't give a flying s**t about islam, it should not be intruding into my life like this!

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BOFH: The Mandelboat virus

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Heart

My new fave BOFH ever

I'm prepared to believe this one is fact, not fiction!

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DARPA seeks sticky-goldenballs Casimir forcefields

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Coat

So when do I get my

Zero-Point Energy field manipulator?

Mine's the orange one with the crowbar

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Orange bundles free HP laptops with HSDPA deals

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Go

Wow

That's the first deal that's tempting me away from O2 in a long long LONG time!

(O2 have super coverage in Manchester - even in basements I can still get a strong 2G signal).

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Cloned US ATM cards: Can they fool Brit self-service checkouts?

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Alert

In our shop (we're a PC reseller so our goods are a target for easy sell-on)

We refuse to "fall-back" to mag strip if the chip doesn't work - and we keep a record of the three-digit security #. If someone does manage to defraud us, we're protected from the bank accusing us of accepting a cloned card!

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LG prices up HSDPA-equipped mini laptop

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EEEWW

What a cheap-looking finish! Reminds me of an old, OLD Vaio (circa PIII).

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Feds cuff blogger for Guns N' Roses leak

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"can no longer maintain the illusion that it isn't complete shite."

Hahaha! First genuine LOL for ages from this cynical BOFH!

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NZ judge saves girl from bloody silly name

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Go

Stallion

They should have allowed that one ;¬)

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School chases truants by text

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Oh, why did you have to put "Windows-based"?

The moment I saw that it spoiled all surprises on what the comments would be.

Bloody sheeple...

[sigh]

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Unpatched Windows PCs own3d in less than four minutes

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Stop

I would think...

that this is only relevant to people with USB modems?

Anyone doing fresh installations probably has a home router anyway!

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Man powers up PC to pop popcorn

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Stop

@ How does a fake [...]

Lights say 2.8v , 0.3a.

USB provides 5v @ 0.5a.

So yes, there is enough USB power to run *that bulb*.

Whether that bulb can output enough heat to pop popcorn is the actual sticking point, for me.

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2010: the 5TB 3.5in HDD cometh

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@ D

Like how we laugh at 120Mb ones now? ;¬)

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eBay Terror Ambulances of DEATH menace UK - top cops

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Alert

Somthing strange in your neighbourhood?

Don't call the Ghostbusters, their car's been impounded!

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BT starts threatening music downloaders with internet cut-off

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So....

Where's the photo of Girls Aloud?

Hmmm?

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BOFH: Shafting the consultants over the new layout

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60 years of experience

And they don't know to never tangle with the BOFH?

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US town tells Street View to push off

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Mr & Mrs Boring?

Seriously?

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BOFH: Testing the obscenity filters

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Back to the old school

Like the "classic-BOFH" style of this one.

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HP tipped to take over BT's datacentres in £1.5bn deal

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I wouldn't mind a merger

Despite BT's heel-dragging and reluctance to speculate, I have a lot of confidence in both companies of the ability to deliver quality products.

Maybe it's the lack of being HQ-ed in the cut-throat Taiwanese market, or just the native-speaking English documentation, but they just seem to be more 'finished' & polished, without seeming to have cut corners (Asus, I'm looking at you! - Eee PC excepted of course ;¬).

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Set-top box modders sent to prison

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Stop

@Greg Fleming

Set-Top boxes usually remain the property of whoever the service provider is.

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MS supplies cops with DIY forensics tool

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If they've any sense

It'll be a bootable drive

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Build a 14.5 watt data center in a shoebox

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Alert

To paraphrase the BOFH

*Real* computers have a hole in the front for trees to go in, and a hole in the back for smoke to come out!

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Utah boffins in terahertz spybeam infra-computing quest

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"Human bodies naturally emit T-Rays"

So no more "bench builds" then? And what sort of sheilding will our PC's cases need to keep the interference out?

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Biometric methadone dispensers tested on UK lags

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Incentive

To put effort into scanning properly.

Not like the Olympic 2012 builders who will just misuse it & complain until it is withdrawn.

</cynical>

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(New) dirt-cheap bots attack Hotmail Captchas

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KittenAuth

THAT's what needs implementing!

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Firewire chip maker touts 1.6Gb/s silicon

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Backwards compatibility is king

And THAT is why USB will not even feel the dent from any FireWire offerings.

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Japanese carrier to test smell-o-vision phone kit

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Coat

"watch cartoons with appropriate smells"

South Park Season 1 Episode 10 - "Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo"

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Gates teases bankers with Windows 7 dates

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@David Harper

Actually, they already have one build running on just 40-odd megs.

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FCC opens curtain on Google puppetmaster

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So let me get this straight...

Unlike in the UK, US customers can't just put an arbitrary SIM card (or equivalent) into an arbitrary Windows Mobile device (for example) and run software that uses the TCP/IP stack? (For instance, the highly capable Google Maps Mobile).

If that's the case, no wonder Google are so keen to open it up. If not, what is the actual situation? It's a little unclear for us on the GMT side of the pond (or at least me).

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AMD 780G integrated DirectX10.1 chipset

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@ unhuman

I think that's the angle nVidia are taking with their incarnation of Hybrid Crossfire, imaginatively named Hybrid SLI. Specifically the bit called HybridPower.

That and the Vista-only requirement make me think it is simply a feature of DX10.1 that both houses are trying to market as original.

</cynical>

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IBM dreams of optical chips with tiny light pulse device

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@fluff

Don't be silly, they are so small that dust won't be able to get in.

Also, they'll be sealed like HDDs.

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Space robot goes operational at ISS

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Stop

No weight in space, reg.

Therefore there are no such 200-pound power units on or near the ISS.

Unless you mean a really cheap GBP£200 piece of kit from the ESA.

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Nokia N96 to land in August

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Don't forget the inbuilt FM transmitter

Killer App IMO.

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Go!Messenger VoIP for 'fat' PSPs coming on Friday

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Black Helicopters

Last minute

Seeing as Friday is the last day in February, it would appear to be a squeezed-in deadline.

iPhone SDK on Friday, anyone?

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Spammers crack Gmail Captcha

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Go

Kittenauth FTW

I'd like to see software reliably tell bunnies & kittens apart.

AND

I'd like to see bunnies & kittens!

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