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Chinese 'repurpose' Top Gun footage

Geoff Spick
Coat

You can't guess

What's the Chinese for "You've lost that loving feeling?"

I think you'll find its "Rou've rost that roving feering" -

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PSP 2 'as powerful as PS3'

Geoff Spick

Beyond the hype, key points here:

* A non-final hardware design, (every picture says design and specifications subject to change).

* Some lovely looking games technology demos from many industry big hitters. What may happen is lots of game+ editions (MGS4+, MHP3Turbo, etc) with new content, extra levels and so on in the first few months.

* A code name - NGP will not be the final system name.

* Battery life is being quoted at 4-5 hours

* Sony will sell the unit at a loss, so price could be lower than expected

* Some big names still not on the publishing list

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Sony to spill PSP 2 beans this month

Geoff Spick

Sony Squad - anti heroes

Sony should have learned much from the PSP failings, iPhone and other rivals. But getting those lessons past the army of Sony suits, divisions and Japanese cultural quirks is another matter... here's hoping

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Gates: Nothing really new in Wikileaks Bradley Manning leak storm

Geoff Spick
Megaphone

You have an opinion?

I suppose since no one else is allowed to say what they think (outside the privacy of their own four walls) its only fair that government officials are now dropped in the same boat.

Soon having an opinion of any consequence will be criminal and, as our leaders race to the lowest common denominator, the human cesspool will drown in its own filth.

Now, here's Hank with the sport.

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An iPad for under 200 quid*

Geoff Spick
Linux

geeks and wives

(True) Geeks don't have spouses - so this is a non-issue

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SeeSaw offers ads-free catch-up telly

Geoff Spick
Happy

Loving SeeSaw

For catching up on the first three series of the Apprentice, I don't mind the adverts, its a shame they only seem to have the same four or five - including endless bing.com ones....

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Missing piece completes Stuxnet jigsaw

Geoff Spick
Happy

OS/2

Last ATM I saw that crashed was running OS/2 Warp - only a year or two ago!

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Did LibCon alliance bring down O2 network?

Geoff Spick
FAIL

salient point

Nowhere on the o2 site is an obvious link to a status page, jeez - even Virgin have managed to master this technical behemoth.

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Missing Soviet nuclear electrocar FOUND ON MOON

Geoff Spick
Alert

Lasering moon beings?

Given the amount of fuss our pilots kick up about having lasers shone at them, I'm not sure dazzling our soon-to-be lunar overlords is a very wise move?

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Supersonic stealth jumpjet achieves its first mid-air hover

Geoff Spick
Paris Hilton

Yukalev

That things has more flaps than a copy of Hustler, haven't they heard of sliding doors?

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Naomi Campbell bitchslaps NY limo driver

Geoff Spick
Thumb Down

Hmmm

Since what met the eye was the steering wheel, and given limo drivers are trained to be the meekest of the meek, I think this is an open and shut case.

(Thumb down in the gladiatorial sense)

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Major helicopter reorganisation for RAF and Navy

Geoff Spick
Black Helicopters

wow

A lewis article with no ranting or bleating, must be the spirit of Christmas

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How the Dunning-Kruger effect will stop techies buying houses

Geoff Spick
Thumb Up

Should be a title

For a Big Bang Theory episode

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Microsoft admits Mac was Windows 7 muse

Geoff Spick
Thumb Down

Wrong, wrong, wrong

This has been debunked on the Windows 7 team blog....

http://windowsteamblog.com/blogs/windows7/default.aspx

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Mossad hacked Syrian laptop to steal nuke plant secrets

Geoff Spick
Paris Hilton

Extrapolate this

and there are probably dozens of enemy (ie American, Israeli and Chinese) agents parked in neat rows outside MI6/GCHQ/Whitehall just following these Oxbridge idiots to the nearest pub waiting to snatch their lappies/blackberries... like shooting ducks in a barrel.

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Royal Navy to get two carriers - but only one air group?

Geoff Spick
Grenade

On the slippery soap box

Getting pretty slippery on that soap box Lewis, why not give it up for a few years until something really concrete happens? (And I don't mean like the lumps that replaced the Harrier radars)

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Microsoft thinks it can sell one copy of Windows 7 for every four people

Geoff Spick
Pint

This launch drinking game isn't easy

Playing the Windows 7 launch drinking game is proving harder than expected, as every site is writing (almost exactly) the high forfeit stuff in the rules... thank God Apple's spoiler never turned up (yet)

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MoD pays quadruple in money + blood for Afghan helicopters

Geoff Spick

training bill

How about the costs and delays of training the crews on a whole new type of bird? plus no crews or birds in the air while they train?

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Doctor Who fans name best episode ever

Geoff Spick
Alien

Audiobooks - scarier

I used to have some of these Tom Baker era stories (including Talons) on audio tape (when we lived abroad with no TV) my imagination made them a hell of a lot scarier than when I got to see them on later reruns.

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Lockheed engineer: F-22 Raptor Stealth tech is 'defective'

Geoff Spick
Pirate

home addess

Wow, its got his address and everything. I'm sure he can expect a visit from someone delivering "Chinese Food" as they insist on calling it, with a bonus shot of sodium pentathol (sp?) to help expand the stealth knowledge of a particularly populous Asian nation.

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Discovery en route to ISS

Geoff Spick
Linux

where's the bat, man?

Yes, I wanted to know what happened to the fruit bat - I'm surprised PETA hadn't stormed the launcher

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Martian volcano could harbour hot underground pondlife

Geoff Spick
Joke

thar thar

You mean there's water in them tharsis hills?

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Brit nuke subs exposed on Google Earth

Geoff Spick

Hiding MI6

What's the point?

I hope that when Al Queda does decide to attack MI6, bundling out of a train at Vauxhall station for a good vantage point, surely those green glass-fronted ramparts will collapse to reveal a shed load of 50 cals and Javelin missiles to blat them into pixie dust.

As for Faslane, there's bugger all there, all the good stuff is at Coulport

Finally - go on, invade the SAS HQ, I fricking dare anyone!

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Former staff swipe confidential company data

Geoff Spick
Coat

Scruples?

We nicked them too, including the Scrupler and a scruple removal tool.

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Brit, French nuke subs collide - fail to 'see' each other

Geoff Spick
Paris Hilton

chicken?

This takes the game of chicken to a whole new level - but who will think of the innocent cod? And its nice to know CND is alive, well and as irrelevant as ever!

Paris, as she has a couple of torpedoes tucked away

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Missed flight woman goes absolutely mental

Geoff Spick
Stop

cancelling that Asian bride order

before she reaches passport control

Cripes!

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Top Qinetiq raider to retire with vast treasure chest

Geoff Spick
Pirate

re: Sir??

Probably, he did.

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Competition regulator kyboshes Project Kangaroo

Geoff Spick
Thumb Down

sub-genius

In most homes there is one main television set. On that set you have a choice of channels, regardless of the number of companies. So why am I not surprised that a bureaucrat has decided that for online television you should have, in effect, one TV set for each company's channels. Do we have nine television sets in the corner of our living room, like some giant NORAD setup? No.

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Digital Britain: A tax, a quango and ISP snooping

Geoff Spick
Pirate

Hmmm

How does one join this quango? I fancy a ride on the gravy train!

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Experts trumpet '25 most dangerous' programming errors

Geoff Spick

my uni course

taught me COBOL and dBase, drinking and basketball. I think a refresher is in order

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Dixons websites take a little lie down

Geoff Spick
Coat

Blodget?

He can't start getting mentions here, then I'd never be rid of him! (lurking habits exposed)

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Srizbi spam botnet in failed resurrection

Geoff Spick
Unhappy

Sorry??

There's a war being fought that - at the technical level is a gripping forensic battle and a hint at how future Net wars could be fought - and you guys are moaning about capacitors?

Mnuh????

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US spec-ops get robot whispercopter kill fleet this month

Geoff Spick
Unhappy

How will we know...

when the black helicopters arrive, if we can't see them. This will do my sense of paranoia no good at all.

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Hilton documentary reveals hidden side of Paris

Geoff Spick
Paris Hilton

Justified...

...use of the icon for once. Because she's worth it (or something)

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Chrome-fed Googasm bares tech pundit futility

Geoff Spick
Paris Hilton

New techcrunch logo

It would be in bad taste, but shall we run a compo to design their new 'special' logo?

Paris, cause how low can she go?

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BBC to 'reimagine' The Thirty-nine Steps

Geoff Spick
Stop

Stand up Robert Powell

In the tradition of other reimaginings (pleurgh!) he should play the dad of the protagonist.

John Buchan spins in grave - actually there seem to be rather a lot of these at the mo, surely all these revolving artists can be used to supply the national grid

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US police radios killing trees

Geoff Spick
Coat

I like the idea of them...

boosting power in Plano and an officer of the law getting a squirt of water in the face through his radio set. . . .

just me then!

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NASA spies liquid in Titanic lake

Geoff Spick
Flame

So what?

We can't get anything sizeable there like a platform - we can't get it back onto Earth without extreme risk of mega-flambe and it would take 14-15 years to deliver a load, therefore this is a scientific curio, but irrelevant for the rest of us.

Come back in 300 years when we've spiffo warp drives and therefore will not need petrol.

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UK BOFHs face psychometric dissection

Geoff Spick
Happy

BOFHs have empathy....

for waffle irons, anything conductive, tape stores and many other useful forms of, um, data protection.

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Boeing chuffed with latest raygun-jumbo ground tests

Geoff Spick

Alan Parsons...

Does this mean the jet plays Sirius through some very large speakers as a background to the countdown? Well worth the money then.

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The PSP: what's its future?

Geoff Spick
Go

The future is, um, Rayman

I've spent days playing the classic PSOne game, downloaded from the store for £3.49. bargain and great fun. I guess all PSP2 (the one with dual-sticks and a HD screen) games will be digital-only to counter the piracy aspect.

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Emirates takes delivery of its first A380 super jumbo

Geoff Spick
Thumb Up

Democratizing air-travel?

Does this mean passengers get to vote on the destination, with the winning majority getting the best seats and dibs on the shower? That'd make ATC interesting.

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Sky beams TV onto PSP

Geoff Spick

Crud

Signed up, downloaded some nice looking but sloooow interface/web wrapper, logged in...

DRM error!

Yay, way to go Sony/Sky.

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Eco-satnav software solves 'drive or walk' decisions

Geoff Spick
Black Helicopters

Yeah, great

Type in Bournemouth to Heathrow (three times a week) and see how many calories I'll burn - presumably before I die of heatstroke. Since there are no sensible trains (either by route or price) I guess it'll be the car then!

Helicopter, cause that'd be faster

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Who will be the next Doctor?

Geoff Spick
Paris Hilton

Weaving of the plots

Its funny that Dr Who is the only British program that can weave its plots in a similarly intricate fashion to US shows like Lost, Heroes and so on. It might still be cod sci-fi, but its still better than 95% of the soapy rubbish we churn out. Since Hustle finished Brit TV is a sadder, reality-toss filled, place.

Paris, because she likes her plot holed

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In-flight device maker sues everyone seeking flash memory bonanza

Geoff Spick
Thumb Up

Let's all sing the prior art song...

A long, long time ago

Before your company was born

We were using technology

That now, you call your own

Thanks to a crappy patent system

You think you've got a chance

But we've got prior-art on our side

So, we don't give a damn.

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United Kingdom, nil points

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PSP going nowhere, gaming exec alleges

Geoff Spick
Unhappy

Time to learn Japanese...

... as the UK release list is as dead as some doodoos, ignoring Final Fantasy.

The lack of sales for God Of War, the only PSP game with a 90%+ rating on metacritic, means the console will be toast in Europe within a year as developers desert it for pastures Wii/PS3/X360.

Shame, but only following in the footsteps of GameGear, Lynx and everything else portable that doesn't have Nintendo on the box.

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UK Carriers safe: Other war-tech ripe for the chopper

Geoff Spick
Boffin

glowfish

@luther blissett

Nukes don't go off when shot to pieces... they only go off after a precisely timed series of charges cause criticality. Shoot down a nuke mid-flight in the ocean and all you get is some strangely glowing fish at the bottom of the sea.

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Retailers risk libel nightmare over 'no-work' database

Geoff Spick
Thumb Down

Blue Collared?

Look at most major retail shops and you see the "We prosecute all shoplifters" stickers or similar. Surely this would apply to staff as well, so why the need for this at all?

Sounds very a)dubious and b)redundant

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Bournemouth floats UK's first 100Mbps sewer broadband network

Geoff Spick
Happy

bmth rocks

Yay, finally a chance to ditch Virgin. Hope the prices are competitive, if not super-cheap as we're testing this stuff for them.

Come on down, the water's lovely - http://www.bournemouth-surfing.co.uk/community-cams.htm

Happy because Bournemouth is great

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