* Posts by TheWeenie

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Periodic table enjoys elemental engorgement

TheWeenie

Tinkywinkyium, Dipsyum, Lalaium, Poum

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It's amazing the UK Parliament agreed to track 22bn Brits' car trips. Oh right – it didn't

TheWeenie

I look forward to registering my new number plate - A123 BCD ''' DROP TABLE *

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Car radars gain sharper vision after ITU assigns special spectrum slice

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So a new car will have a head-up display and now radar as available options.

Cool.

Can I have a big, red button too please? Preferably with a flick-up guard...middle-lane moron locked on...Fox Two!

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We turn Sonos PLAY:5 up to 11

TheWeenie

Re: Comments seem to miss the point of Sonos

The setup of Squeezebox may require more neurones than that of Sonos, but navigating and using it is just as easy.

I made the move from Squeezebox to Sonos about a year ago when I was lucky enough to win a Play:3 in a competition.

Squeezeboxes are great. I've got an original Black 'n' Silver and a more modern Logitech branded wireless version too. Both have given me many, many years of reliable service, and both can be thought of as a very high quality digital source - I was using one with my 5:1 AV amp and the other with some decent speakers in the bedroom.

So why make the move?

The Apple argument is - unfortunately - a good one (I'm an Android user, so resent the implication!). It got to the point that more and more services started to drop off from the Squeezebox platform - a lot of my favourite Internet radio stations stopped working, and it got to the point that I simply couldn't be bothered to mess around adding them manually. I just wanted something that works.

I have quite a few friends who would describe themselves as audiophiles and have spent many hours debating the usual arguments. These devices are quite simply not aimed at them. Likewise, they're not aimed at people who want to rig up a Raspberry Pi as a source, or people who want to spend a grand on a piece of turntable uber-engineering. They're aimed at people who value content. People who want to listen to music with a minimum of fuss. And in that sector, they're peerless. The whole thing feels well made and you can tell that a lot of thought has gone into it, from the quality of the box (yes, really - they make fantastic presents!) to the fact that you really can get it up and running in less than five minutes, and as has been previously stated, the UI is fantastic. You're not paying for a burr-brown DAC. You're not needing to worry about the Thiele-Small parameters of the individual drivers, or the sound stage height and width, or the class of amplifier or any of that stuff - if you care about that then there's a huge industry waiting to separate you from your hard-earned. Alternatively, buy one of the PLAY:Connects and use that as a source - in exactly the same way as a Squeezebox. Then you can fill your boots with all of your audiophile goodies.

If you want something relatively inconspicuous that won't require a dedicated listening room and a second mortgage, then the Sonos range is ideal. It isn't perfect, but it's a damn good product.

I do miss the old VU meter display though. That was cool.

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Now VW air-pollution cheatware 'found in Audis and Porsches'

TheWeenie

Every time I hear the term "rogue engineer" in this story it makes my blood boil. The chance of middle and upper VW management not knowing about and approving this type of defeat device is precisely zero, regardless of whether what started it off was an engineer saying "hey, I know how we can pass the emissions limits without urea injection" or a manager saying "come on guys, you gotta find me a way to pass the emissions tests without urea injection 'cos we've publicly said we don't need it and it's too expensive".

Finding documented proof of how far up the chain this went might be more difficult, this is the type of thing where people are often given verbal "don't put anything in writing" instructions so there can be some chance of deniability -- like the phone hacking scandals, nobody believes the denials of Rebekah Brooks and the like but if they say "I didn't know" or "I can't remember" enough times they get away with it.

So from this we can assume that:

1) Governance in the VW group is inadequate and the management weren't aware, and every component of every vehicle they produce should he investigated to make sure that they're fit for purpose;

2) Governance in the VW group is adequate and management were aware, in which case the individuals who sanctioned the change should be fired;

3) VW employs engineers who are dumb enough not to get everything in writing and act on verbal instructions even when they know that what they were being asked to do was amoral and had potentially catastrophic ramifications, in which case the engineers and the management should be fired.

Most organisations won't even let you take a midday dump without raising a change and having half the management team sign off on it. Are we really supposed to believe that some "rogue" engineers can commit several hundred lines of code into the engine management software used in hundreds of thousands of engines worldwide without anyone higher-up knowing about it?

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Hi, um, hello, US tech giants. Mind, um, mind adding backdoors to that crypto? – UK govt

TheWeenie

Dear HM Government

We, the people, will agree to give up strong cryptography when you agree to give up Parliamentary Privilege, and make public any and all correspondence into which you have entered since assuming office. Because that's effectively what you're asking us to do.

You also acknowledge that by doing this, you effectively condemn the digital economy of the UK, significantly weaken our international trading position, undermine the future of the UK's STEM talent and relegate us to the IT equivalent of the dark ages (well, 1997, or thereabouts).

Honestly, who advises the government on this stuff?

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Northrop wins $55bn contract for next-gen bomber – as America says bye-bye to B-52

TheWeenie

Re: "...packed with the latest technology..."

If humans were smarter, we probably wouldn't need to spend $55bn on bombers in the first place.

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GCHQ to pore over blueprints of Chinese built Brit nuke plants

TheWeenie

They missed a trick

Maybe they should get Foxconn to build these new power stations. I mean, they glue iPhones together and people seem to be quite happy with those.

Just make sure you don't hold the fuel rods the wrong way.

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After Burner: Sega’s jet-fighting, puke-inducing arcade marvel

TheWeenie

I used to play this on holiday when I was a kid down in Swanage. I was hooked, and wanted to play at home, so bought the tape for my ZX Spectrum - that was predictably dreadful so for Christmas that year I got my first computer, and I was hooked. I guess people figured out that it was cheaper in the long run than feeding 50p into the machine every ten minutes!

I still remember completing it - in the posh cabinet version - there was a small crowd of people watching by the end.

Afterburner Climax - despite sounding like a weird, Japanese STD - was pretty good.

Thanks for the trip back down memory lane, El Reg!

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German regulator sets VW deadline

TheWeenie

One thing I have always wondered about is where VW group cars which have had aftermarket performance engine maps loaded will sit in all this.

If VW are forced to put out a new map, is it compulsory to have your car flashed with the "fixed" map? If so, would those ECUs then be put into a read-only mode (therefore locking the "proper" map onto the ECU for life), or is it merely a trivial task to take your car to VW for the upgrade so you get a tick-in-the-box on their system and get a nice, official certificate (i.e. so your car is compliant with the type and therefore subject to the correct VED), and then stop off on the way home to have a performance map put back on again?

If the former then that's a big nail in the coffin for car tuning specialists; if the latter then it would appear that this is a completely pointless exercise.

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11 MILLION VW cars used Dieselgate cheatware – what the clutch, Volkswagen?

TheWeenie
Joke

Re: Where's the red line?

The red line? At about 3000rpm if you want to meet the NOx emissions rules and you drive a VW!

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SPACE WHISKY: Astro malt pongs of 'rubber and smoked fish'

TheWeenie

Re: Acceleration

"I wonder if the take-off/re-entry/landing process has any part to play... normal whisky isn't generally exposed to high acceleration and chucked around roughly?"

In the cask, no. In the bottle...that's an average night out in Glasgow!

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Re: Scientific newbies

"Within 24 hours the colour had changed and the odour had mellowed. In about 4 years i'll report what it tastes like..."

Is that when you get your eyesight back or when you finally sober up?

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Sex app Tinder in public meltdown – because a journo dared suggest it was, well, a sex app

TheWeenie
Joke

Cloud Dating. You just described Relationship as a Service.

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Call of Duty, GTA V DO NOT make YOUTH more VIOLENT

TheWeenie

Re: Individual slaughter

Hard to tell which is the more cathartic - Quake with infinite ammo and God mode enabled or ruthlessly crushing your foes in Civilization. Both incredibly satisfying!

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EE network whacked by 'PDP authentication failure' blunder

TheWeenie
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Re: wobbles on their website?

There's a reason we've nicknamed them "Nothing Nowhere".

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Quid-a-day Reg nosh posse chap faces starvation diet

TheWeenie
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Re: It's a gas, gas, gas!

FaaS - Fart as a Service, love it!

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Zombie Nortel grabs Cisco by the neck, again

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Re: Mostly prior art @ Frank Zuiderduin.

you want them to declare their support for U2? I know patent-trolls are scum but...crikey. That seems a little harsh.

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Blighty teen boffin builds nuclear reactor INSIDE CLASSROOM

TheWeenie
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Re: Arrest him, now!

or if you were a famous TV personality in the 1970s, please STOP thinking of the children!

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Mathematicians spark debate with 13 GB proof for Erdős problem

TheWeenie

Re: I smell snake oil .....

As we've not read about an individual winning the lottery five times over, I'd say he's probably still playing with his spreadsheet!

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Alcatel-Lucent and BT unveil super fat pipe, splurt out 1.4Tb per second across London

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A case in point being BBC's website where they try to explain what this really means, claiming that one Gigabit is 1024 Megabits.

Nice.

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Space Station bags extra 10yrs of life as SOLAR STORM scrubs resupply

TheWeenie

Also remember how different technology will be in ten years time, let alone fifty. Refitting an ageing warship or aircraft or freighter is already expensive down here on the surface, so I'd imagine it'd be hundreds of times more expensive in orbit.

Sounds daft but it probably is cheaper just to de-orbit your old space station and bung a new one up there.

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Apple asks judge to axe ebook price-fixing watchdog

TheWeenie

@ Phil W

You wouldn't expect a traffic warden to insist on performing a full body search of you and everyone in your car after telling you can't park somewhere or giving you a ticket.

Shhh - you'll give them ideas!

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Rockstar swells Spherix patent portfolio with 100 new licenses

TheWeenie

Perhaps it's just me but all I can muster is a shrug and a "here we go again".

More millions of $/£/€ into the pockets of lawyers. Yawn.

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Desperate MS flaunts UNDEAD SPLAT TALLY to pep Xbox One fans

TheWeenie
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Re: Bit spooky

@ Moeity - That's what they want you to believe! :)

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Darth Vader outs self as iPhone fanboi

TheWeenie

Re: Stupid.

Yup. What next? Befriend Chewbacca on Facebook? Or perhaps Anakin has a MySpace page...

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What's wrong with network monitoring tools? Where do I start...

TheWeenie

Not sure I agree with this entirely.

A network monitoring tool - provided it's been set up and maintained by someone that knwos what they're doing - is invaluable. Nested maps, sensible views, common-sense approach to polling and retention, and the right choice of software can all work well. Granted, that's a lot of variables though.

The most common issues I've seen are under-investment, under-performance, and under-specification.

Your network is mission-critical. You have tens of thousands of pounds a year spent on contracts, maintenance etc - spend a few more on some decent monitoring tools. Don't just install a single piece of software on an old bit of tin and expect it to work. Invest in high-performance equipment and the right software (there's plenty out there to choose from), and budget money for annual maintenance and some time (say, 0.25FTE) to administer and update it.

Once you've got your baselines in place you can look at some of the more esoteric stuff out there - remote probes for end-point monitoring; inline taps; netflow; buffer-replay captures etc.

Oh and I'm anal as hell about this stuff, so all maps are drawn by hand. That way I know what I see is actually what's there.

It's like anything we do in IT - you get out of a system what you put in.

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SHIVER ME TIMBERS, it’s Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag

TheWeenie

The game is really very pretty (PS3 version) and once you get used to the controls it's quite good fun in a sort of kill-everything-that-moves-and-nick-their-money way. A bit like a night out in Croydon. The beautiful scenery is just what you need on a cold, dark Autumn night too. Also, it has some proper British accents for once. Fantastic!

On the downside, it is a little formulaic. Each mission feels kinda like the last. I only paid about £35 for it from Amazon so worth it if you've got some time to kill. I know I'll be going back to Dishonored after a few more hours though.

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Does 'Star Wars' casting call hint at DEATH of LUKE SKYWALKER?

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The Only Way Is Endor!

As anyone who's been there will testify, TOTS-2000 in Saaaarfend on a Saturday night bears more than a passing resemblance to the Cantina scene from Episode IV. Even the description Obi Wan gives of Mos Eisley is appropriate for that particular town!

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OH what a LOVELY, well-rendered WAR: Yes, it’s 'Call of Duty: Ghosts'

TheWeenie

Re: Boom boom?

Stay Frosty!

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HOLY how-did-we-get-here?: Batman Arkham Origins

TheWeenie

Sorry to be a pedant, but surely the most sensible thing to do with a ticking bomb would be to defuse it, not diffuse it!

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EU move to standardise phone chargers is bad news for Apple

TheWeenie

Why the obsession with plugging your phone charger in when it's pitch black?

If you're close enough to a power socket that you can run a charger, you're close enough that you can turn a bloody light on!

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IPCC: Yes, humans are definitely behind all this global warming we aren't having

TheWeenie

Re: Such a waste of time and paper.

You don't own shares in a company called Soylent, do you Vladimir? :)

On an unrelated note I had a dream a few days ago where we reached a situation far more terrifying than Peak Oil.

Peak Bacon.

Terrifying.

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Google Nexus 7 2013: Fondledroids, THE 7-inch slab has arrived

TheWeenie

Re: Best Tablet in the World?

10/10 for Sarcasm.

You forgot to mention that you would have to cope with the shame of living a life which lacks the tacit approval of the guardian of the zeitgeist, Mr S. Fry, esq.

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Peugeot 208 GTi: The original hot hatch makes a comeback

TheWeenie

Re: The engine

Not sure I agree with that. I've owned Saabs - all of which are turbocharged - and they've always been reliable. A lot of the larger Volvos were turbocharged too and you don't tend to see many of those littering the motorways.

I do take the point about higher boost pressures and tighter tolerances being a recipe for problems though. All depends how the owners look after the cars. Presumably the service interval on the 1.0T Ford unit has been reduced? Wasn't it one of the Mitsubishi Evo models that needed a service every 6500 miles or something?

Also, Wayne is going to have to sell a lot of meth / carry out a lot of muggings (insert your chosen antisocial behaviour here) to be able to spank just shy of nineteen grand on a car.

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Torched £30 server switch costs phone firm millions in lost sales

TheWeenie

Obviously the solution is to invent yet another process. But who should we buy the consultancy from, I wonder?

Also is it me or does describing someone as a "champion" provoke a very BOFH-ish reaction?

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Happy birthday MIDI 1.0: Getting pop stars wired for 30 years

TheWeenie

Takes me back!

I wrote a very basic network stack once, using two Atari STs connected via their MIDI ports. You'd press a key on one ST, and the output would appear on the screen of the other. This was in 1994 using STOS.

I'm sure it goes without saying that I got a LOT of women back then. Unfortunately just not in real life.

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Unreal: Epic’s would-be Doom... er... Quake killer

TheWeenie

This takes me back! One of my favourite games. I remember when I got hy grubby hands on a 3DFx Voodoo card and ran this up for the first time. The opening sequence was smooth as silk and jaw-dropping to look at. Good cal El Reg.

I kind of fell out of love with games with the domination of Call Of Duty...but bought Dishonored as it looked pretty cool - turns out that uses the Unreal engine too. I mentioned this to one of our apprentices and they asked me what an Unreal engine was. Man I felt old.

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US Navy coughs $34.5m for hyper-kill railgun that DOESN'T self-destruct

TheWeenie
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Re: Cooling

The Tomcat and F111-B were designed around the AWG-9 radar set, which worked with the AIM-54.

Beautiful plane, the F14. I vaguely remember hearing that the AIM-54 was a bit of a turkey though - and the only recorded kill of an adversary was by an Iranian airframe, not the USN. No idea how accurate that is though. No doubt that's classified. Or I just made it up.

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STEVE JOBS hits back at ebook ruckus FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE

TheWeenie

Re: Puzzled

They can probably write those fees off against their profits to avoid the tax liability.

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All major UK ISPs prepping network-level porn 'n' violence filters

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This is a paradox. On the one hand, I would like to see that. But on the other hand, I would have to go to the DM website to do so.

There must come a tipping point where the former outweighs the latter though!

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Re: Oh good

This should be something that you sign off whenever you obtain Internet access.

"I/we acknowledge that the Internet is a public, unmoderated network and accept full responsibility for monitoring and controlling the activities of any individuals in my care who are under the age of consent".

But then that would involve people actually accepting some responsibility as opposed to farming out the "This is everyone's fault but mine" line. In fact, make that "This is everyone's fault but mine and I deserve compensation".

Plus, remember that teenage boys looking for whacking material are like the Terminator. They cannot be bargained with, cannot be reasoned with...and they absolutely will not stop. Until they find Knave. Or the lingerie section that the catalogue just happens to fall open at!

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BSkyB-owned BE slams into traffic pile-up over 'unlimited' broadband lie

TheWeenie

Re: Good company though

I've been with them for about six years - never had a problem. Would have happily recommended them to anyone, but the Sky thing was too much of a worry. So it's goodbye ADSL and hello Virgin.

And yes. The phrase "out of the frying pan and into the fire" has haunted me ever since I made the decision. 60Mbit down and 3Mbit up is still a hefty increase in performance, even with a more restrictive AUP.

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Another senior bod leaps overboard from foundering HTC

TheWeenie
Unhappy

Re: HTC invested too much in Win 8 - CURSE OF MS

Sounds like the worst episode of The Sweeney ever!

I've had three HTC handsets, and they've all been fantastic. Another issue they've always faced is the amount of accessories available for them - walk into any large-high-street-retailer and you'll see an entire wall covered in phone accessories. 40% will be for i-devices, 40% will be for Sammy kit and the remaining 20% will be for everything else from Blackberry, Nokia, HTC etc.

HTC have made some excellent products, but they've just not got the presence of the big boys. Shame really.

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Industry execs: Network admins an endangered species

TheWeenie
FAIL

Sadly, those clueless managers will continue to believe the hype and invest heavily in something which doesn't work. Just like the last time. And the time before that. And then, when their new automated empires come crashing down around them, they'll suddenly realise they're fresh out of options and throw cash at those skillful enough to recover the situation. And in about five or six years, when they've been promoted, and a fresh-faced, inexperienced team come in to replace them? We'll see the whole thing kick off all over again!

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Orange customer clobbered with SIX-FIGURE phone bill

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Re: That could have been me....

Simple solution to this - as I found out when I was in Jersey and Orange spammed me about ten times a day telling me I'd be paying 70p/Mb as I was roaming (despite the carrier being EE. Go figure.)

Turn off background sync. Stops all of your widgets from synchronising data (i.e. weather, stocks, train times) and also the social media feeds if you use 'em. You can still use your browser and email, it just stops all of the other stuff from eating through your allowance. Turn it on once a day to get the latest updates, then disable - I don't think I went over my 30Mb/day bundle once.

Roll on the days of truly unlimited mobile data.

Beer, as it's Friday at last.

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BT Tower is just a relic? Wrong: It relays 18,000hrs of telly daily

TheWeenie

Re: The Shard

I dunno if they did it last year, but the year before, when it was being built, they put coloured lights in the windows so from a distance, it actually did look like a giant Christmas tree!

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HTC woes prompts 'leave now' tweet from former staffer

TheWeenie

I've had four HTC handsets - no complaints about any of them, but the next phone will be a Nexus. Shame though, Sense is by far superior to the Samsung UI.

The out-of-memory thing was irritating as hell though. My Desire got factory-reset about once a month towards the end because of that. My OH had a Wildfire and that suffered the same fate. Only recently have they cottoned onto the idea that a phone may need a bit more than 90Mb for applications!

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COLD FUSION is BACK with 'anomalous heat' claim

TheWeenie
Trollface

Re: Red flags ahoy !

You can see where he's going wrong there. If he'd put it in a shiny white box, he'd already have sold millions!

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Schmidt: Don't like our tiny tax bills? Google this... 'Change the law'

TheWeenie
Trollface

Re: Google Autocomplete

It'll just take you to a Streetview image of his house!

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