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Facebook turns 10: Big Brother isn't Mark Zuckerberg. It's YOU

Tim Greenwood

Fortunately it is still possible to be non conformist by being non facebookist. The established media does tend to assume that "everyone" uses social media and can't survive without. Fortunately it is still possible to exist and interact in the flesh, in the real world.

We may not have "quite" got to big brother watching, but certainly we are at "rather large cousin" level.

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ULTIMATE cuppa contenders prepare to go mug-to-mug

Tim Greenwood

Hard water!

How on earth are you going to make the ultimate cuppa with hard water ???

You need to come here, to gods own county to brew something really worth drinking. All that messing about with different teabags is OK but you have to start with freshly drawn Yorkshire water if you want to produce anything decent from any of them.

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Saudi Aramco: Foreign hackers tried to cork our gas output

Tim Greenwood

Normal service after 10 days !!

I found the throwaway comment about systems working again after 10 days amusing as even now the Aramco networks are compromised. This is almost certainly a result of them tightening up their own security but until yesterday any emails I sent to any Aramco address were rejected by their system. Even now emails are only accepted with plain text and containing no weblinks or addresses and attachments don't seem to get through.

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Peter Moore: IT consultant, Iraq hostage - Part Two

Tim Greenwood

What an apparently great guy. I know you shouldn't judge from just a short written article but Mr Moore comes across a genuinely nice person who had to cope in a very difficult situation.

I think many people, myself included, would be interested in reading a more in depth account of his life including both before and after the hostage situation. I don't really know if writing a book would help in any way with psychological issues, but I suspect it would be a good read.

It would be nice to think you could pass on my best wishes to him for a more peaceful and happy future.

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Vote now for the ULTIMATE BACON SARNIE

Tim Greenwood

It's a bacon sandwich poll

Only the first page offerings actually qualify as all the rest include eggs, cheese etc and are therefore more than bacon sandwiches so are ineligible. I had to vote for the A90 as that is essentially the basic bacon sandwich and it looks well made with nicely cooked bacon.

Given a free choice of bacon based sandwiches I like the look of several of the others and would even contemplate the peanut butter version as I can be a bit adventurous. The bacon choices in some of the others look pretty good as well and addition of black pudding elevates the end result to stratospheric levels, but the poll is clear and therefore all others must be disqualified.

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Hands on with the Samsung Galaxy S III

Tim Greenwood

but what's next ?

This will probably be the latest and greatest when it comes out. For a period (unless there is some unlikely horrendous fault) it will be the one to beat, but then Apple will finally launch the iphone 5 and perhaps there will be a new Sony and Motorola and even Nokia ? Each time the later top of the range device comes out there is a good chance it will be an improvement over the last.

I am wondering where the size will finally stop. I seem to think 5 inch screens were laughed at as ridiculous when the norm was 2.8 to 3.5 inch screens but flagship phones are heading dangerously close to this size now !

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Council spunks '£100k on how to wash your hands' vid

Tim Greenwood

Its a good idea

The principle is correct, in that thorough handwashing is a major contributor to public health. However, as has been mentioned already, only a national video is required and I am pretty sure that health authorities already have such a thing. The money should have been spent on promoting it and not on making it in the first place.

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iPad users 'risk shoulder pain', say US gov, Microsoft boffins

Tim Greenwood

Or maybe...

get the screen on a stand at a steep angle and mounted high up so the veiwing angle is horizontal, put an input device level and lower down in front of you and keep the actual workings out to one side where the weight, heat and noise from it doesn't affect you. You could even have a smaller separate input device at the side of the main input device and use that for manipulating images on the screen so that you don't haver to bend forwards.

I think I have just invented the PC, I wonder if it's too late for the patent ?

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HTC Explorer budget smartphone

Tim Greenwood

Can I be first

To mention the ZTE Blade/San Francisco that I will be sticking with for just a bit longer. I am not sure that this new phone would offer much in the way of improvement for an substantial extra cost.

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Sleep Cycle

Tim Greenwood

Hmmm

The suggestion being that they do work, as they are a placebo.

Placebo's are concusively proven to work which is why they have to be allowed for in trials.

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Red Cross: 600m videogamers may be war criminals

Tim Greenwood

Hide the chart !

Don't let that chart out into the open. It appears to show that violent video games don't lead to violent people and that must be wrong. Even if it was true we must not let that get in the way of a good story.

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UltraViolet: Hollywood's giant digital gamble is here

Tim Greenwood

It sounds generally OK

This actually seems like a sensible plan, so I must have misunderstood something.

Currently I haven't really messed about with downloads and have stuck with my own version on dvd. I have ripped one or two of these for convenience sake but actually don't pass around to other people as that would be a bit naughty.

If the price is right then I might well consider the ease and convenience (and it had better be easy and convenient !) worth looking into and possibly spending a bit of money on kit if needed.

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Man fights felony hacking charge for accessing wife's email

Tim Greenwood

Hmmm

I think I may have commited a similar offence as I have accessed my wifes email. Arguably there might be mitigating circumstances as she also accesses my mail. Strangely enough we have a trusting relationship where we have things like a shared bank account and shared ownership of property etc.

More and more I feel out of step with the modern world.

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Nokia Lumia 800

Tim Greenwood

But ...

Dare I get one for my wife ?

Android is probably a bit too messy and time consuming to work well for her (she likes "geeky" stuff and is technically competent but doesn't have the time to constantly monitor, adjust and tweak to keep things running).

Apple and iOS she doesn't particularly like and would find restrictive as she does want flexibility at times. Tight integration with Windows is required for business use.

Blackberry doesn't seem to offer the hardware form that she wants and the recent 3 day outage has put her right off.

Currently she still has a Nokia with Symbian and she has aleways liked Nokia's build quality and to be honest, styling. Strangely a key feature for her is absolute volume of the ringer. She sometimes works in noisy environments and needs a substantial ring tone volume level which surprisingly many phones are pretty feeble at.

This review picks up the point that phones these days are definitely multimedia devices first and have a phone function as an option, but this isn't always well integrated.

I might just pass for the moment, or maybe take a punt on the Lumia710 as a cheaper first pass which one of the kids can take on if she doesn't get on with it.

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Man builds smartphone dock into arm

Tim Greenwood

Apple were probably right

You have to think that if Apple had developed a prosthetic arm with a dock for the iphone there would have been some people insisting on surgery just so they could have one fitted.

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Tweens would miss web and mobes more than TV

Tim Greenwood

32GB in 10 days ?!

I have 3 teenage children and have had to upgrade twice this year from the original 40GB a month, firstly to 80Gb then when use peaked at 120GB I had to pay even more. I turn the router off when I go to bed just to make sure no-one tries downloading big files overnight and have deleted file sharing programs off their devices to stop them watching pirated films etc.

I think it's the fact that all 3 catch up on the same TV shows at different times so quite often the same show will be streamed 3 times in the space of a couple of days.

Pah! in my day we had to make do wit........ (walks off muttering to himself).

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Intel pitches stalking smartphones

Tim Greenwood

Holy Shit !

That's just plain scary. I can see that these things are possible but whether they are desirable is a different matter.

Maybe I am just getting old and out of touch with the modern world, but I want to live my own life on my terms, not as suggested/dictated by a digital overlord.

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Ultra-cheap HP TouchPads to hit UK at 6pm

Tim Greenwood

It's not even the 1st of April

At those prices I am actually tempted, and I haven't even been looking for one.

That's assuming that the prices are genuine.

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Tag Heuer readies €4700 Froyo phone

Tim Greenwood

Another ...

triumph of style over substance, form over function or whatever.

The only thing to be said is I hope that plenty of people have the money and the stupidity to buy them and hopefully subsidise the better but less bling products for the rest of us.

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Google field tests (yet another) Facebook rival

Tim Greenwood

Sounds like a better idea

The problem with facebook is it's too messy trying to keep people apart. What you might want to discuss with some friends, might not be what you want your parents/spouse/children to see, or vice versa. This could be a better way although whether you would trust it is a different matter.

Interacting with people in the real world still seems to work for me.

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IATA: this iPad could BRING DOWN A PLANE

Tim Greenwood

Just turn it off anyway.

Since you will probably struggle to get a connection through large parts of the flight due to being out of range, why not do everybody a favour and turn it off anyway ?

Alternatively, if you must be at someones beck and call all the time then only book flights where you can use the airlines own phone. You can subsidise the flights for the rest of us by paying over the odds for the priviledge.

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BOFH: Every silver lining has a cloud

Tim Greenwood

Note to self

Don't read BOFH whilst eating a pot of yoghurt.

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Save the planet: Stop the Greens

Tim Greenwood

Green anything, not just windmills !!

Whether windmills are generating at full chat or becalmed they generated a hell of a lot of carbon to produce them and install them. If they operate through their life time (often only 15-20 years with full stripdown service with some renewal after 10 years) at 30-40% efficiency then their payback is pretty bloody crap. This is one of my biggest issues with "green" products - WHOLE LIFECYCLE IS IGNORED. Electric bloody cars are apparently super green provided you scrap your existing car buy the electric one and keep it for the 2-3 years the batteries will last then buy a new one. Of course this assumes you don't take into account the effect of scrapping your otherwise acceptable existing vehicle, take no account of the effect of producing the electric car, and in particular ignore where the electricity has come from.

My existing car can become super green and generate no emissions providing you only take a snapshot such as turning the engine off and coasting downhills, it's not real worls though is it !

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Spanish cops rush to cuff 'webcam killer'

Tim Greenwood

Dammed if you do and .....

Hats off to the police this time, and I guess someone in the force is breathing a sigh of relief that they jumped the correct way. This could so easily have taken 2 days of discussion before going round and finding several bodies. Alternatively it could also have ended in bad headlines as "heavy handed cops storm a house to arrest a bloke due to a prank caller". It's a tough call and too many people are too quick to judge and condemn.

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EA blocks user from game after alleged forum outburst

Tim Greenwood

Consequences ?

Whilst it does seem an incredibly over the top reaction it does serve as an interesting reminder that there are always consequences to your actions. Even when the actions are apparently virtual/online. Not always the consequences you intend or want either.

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Chicken Little report: Sat-nav dependency spells DISASTER!

Tim Greenwood

Ah the good old days

I remember being really impressed 20-25 years ago with the accuracy of Decca off Bridlington. It took us to within 100 metres of a mark in foggy conditions allowing us visibity of it.

These days the GPS on my phone knows which room of the house I am in if I use the Sat view on Google maps as the marker switches around as I wander about the house.

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Dell netbook-cum-tablet priced up

Tim Greenwood

Should I wait?

My wife is starting to have performance issues with her slightly older single core netbook and has also expressed considerable interest in the ipad, tablets and touchscreens in general. I had been considering the purchase of one of the dual core mini laptops/notebooks and pondered adding a cheap tablet for the novelty value.

I had eyed this up and thought it might be interesting, but is it worth hanging on a bit longer for??

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26,000km 'leccy joy ride crosses finish line

Tim Greenwood

Darian Gap?

Perhaps I am behind the times, but I didn't think the road connected all the way. I seem to think there is a bit of a gap in the middle through Central America.

I am not bothered enough to sit through hours of BBC footage to see how they get through however.

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Rethinking the iPhone

Tim Greenwood

How much!!!!

This seems like a good idea based on US systems and requirements. However, I am a bit gobsmacked at how much was being spent on the iphone contract in the first place!

I can't help thinking that carrying a phone, an ipad and a mifi around might give a better and cheaper experience, but it isn't going to be as convenient.

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App steers cyclists away from traffic, upward inclines

Tim Greenwood

Another confident cyclist

As another cycle commuter (OK, not all the time these days) I would say that whilst I understand the issues of cyclist passing through/jumping red lights. It's still not something I would do as it just sets a really bad example and tends to lead to "retaliation" or remonstrations from motorists (I have gone through temporary lights at roadworks however, as there is often room to pass safely inside the cones out of the traffic flow).

A bit more tolerance and understanding of each others views from pedestrians, cyclists, motorists (including taxi & bus drivers etc) is whats really required.

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Dell Streaks on stage

Tim Greenwood

Subtitle

It's not much of an article (short and to the point) but the title and subheading is a work of genious.

Thats all.

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Coca-Cola and Facebook get touchy with Israeli teens

Tim Greenwood

perhaps we are just old and cynical

My own kids really do not see any problem with broadcasting their details, location, movements or thoughts to all and sundry. They complain that I block too much of the info that they would like to freely broadcast. It seems all their friends are quite happy doing this and the occasional hiccup or problem caused by the wrong information or the wrong people finding things out is apparently funny rather vthan a problem.

I guess the Swedish kids prosecuted for bugging the staffroom and spilling the beans via facebook would just be passed off as funny.

I sometimes wonder if I am just too old to realise this.

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PARIS in hot glue gun action

Tim Greenwood

Stronger joint

Sounds like a good idea but a lot of extra work. It would produce a lighter weight joint as well.

I have to confess that my first thought on seeing the comment title was that the whole project must have come about as a result of a few too many strong joints!!

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FTC kills ingenious micro-payment scam

Tim Greenwood

A bit like work really

I can't help thinking the guys that run this could have run a legitimate business as succesfully. It must have taken a substantial amount of effort and planning, along with substantial work time to keep everything running along. It's a shame they didn't try a more legal basis for their enterprise.

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Three In-Car Wi-Fi

Tim Greenwood

Always the same problem.

Perhaps it's just mu Yorkshire upbringing, but to me, the problem with these sort of devices is always the running cost. I don't mind paying for the device but the costs of the data always seem a bit pricey.

Maybe it's just me.

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BOFH: The PFY Chronicles part 2

Tim Greenwood

The title is required, and must contain letters and/or digits.

I quite like the way this is going, although the suspense is starting to get to me as well.

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Manchester cops recover from Conficker

Tim Greenwood

USB key?

Following a recent event I would go with the USB key as an intoductory source as well.

I recently attended a local government event concerning educational choices and at the end was provided with a 1gb USB key for completing a short questionaire on the event. Upon returning home I puched it into my daughters laptop just to see if they had included any presentation or further information. I was a little surprised to find that the only thing included was a copy of the conficker virus which wasn't what I was expecting. Fortunately I do like to keep the anti virus up to date on the kids computers so it didn't cause a problem. I did wonder how many of the hundreds of other USB sticks they gave away would have ended up in unprotected computers.

When I called the next day to advise them they didn't seems overly interested or concerned but then again I wasn't really talking to anybody who would understand.

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Spiderman Beetleman wall-crawl glove/boot tech invented

Tim Greenwood

Want one.

Put me down for both the boots and gloves, and one of the rock cracking credit cards as well.

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Police arrest MD of dowsing-rod 'bomb detector' firm

Tim Greenwood

Alternative theories?

Whilst this does sound distinctly dubious science one does have to be careful not to lump all so called alternatives together. It's also worth remembering that science moves on and what was once considered clear fact is eventually discovered to be incorrect, and the wacky theories that were dismissed are proven (flat earth anybody? circulating blood? bacteria?). Homeopathy seems to have a concerted campaign against it at the moment but if you do a little research you discover that "there is no evidence" isn't true and there are randomised, double blind medical trials demonstrating positive outcomes, and that vetinary use and use with very young children rather dimisses the placebo response. The supposed science behind homeopathy sounds wacky but at least one physicist who designed trials to disprove it ended up proving that there are some strange principles at work in so called memory of water. I think the water has to be deionised and then exposed to materials in a specific manner to maintain effect or something. It is interesting to read up on and I suspect that science might find some new principles behind it even though Homeopathy might be a net loser as a result.

I also still await further discoveries concerning pyramid investigations which whilst there are outlandish claims there seems to be a glimmer of unusual principles somewhere at the back of it.

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Avatar kills Taiwanese man

Tim Greenwood

Health warning

Maybe it's time to reconsider the BBFC rating or perhaps issue a health warning to all cinemagoers.

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Robert Crumb begets Book of Genesis

Tim Greenwood

What next?

So what's next on the agenda? It might be interesting to see if he could get away with interpretations of a few other religious texts. I must admit that the Koran was the first to spring to mind, but Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Jewish etc texts would probably be fun as well.

Of course he might want to find a safe house first, as one or two people might be a bit more upset about it than the Christians seem to be.

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Mitsubishi preps 'versatile' plug-in hybrid e-car

Tim Greenwood

Sounds good

It all sounds pretty good, but I can't help feeling it also sounds pretty expensive.

I still worry about the increased damage these vahicles do to the environment compared to my old Land Rover. Which may struggle to get 30mpg but is currently just 15 years old and is likely to go on for a long time yet before being ultimately scrapped. When it is eventually scrapped I would guess that a decent chunk of it will be recycled as well, without releasing too many more toxic chemicals which might not be the same as the shorter lifetime hybrids with their dodgy cocktail of "interesting" materials.

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Plasma rocket in new test with Brit supermagnet fitted

Tim Greenwood

What about stopping?

It's all very well accelerating at ridiculous speeds to get to Mars in just over one month instead of a year. But I hope the brakes are good because you might want to stop when you get there!!

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Punters 'confuse' netbooks with notebooks

Tim Greenwood

SCC?

I have bought exactly on size and price. I accept some compromise on performance but the alternative "thin and light" notebooks are seriously more expensive for insufficient performance gain.

The form factor is appealing and the price is reasonable so people buy a "little notebook". If they are migrating from a mif range PC of 4-6 years vintage then the performance will be comparable or improved anyway.

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MP 'devastated' over Facebook profile hack

Tim Greenwood

Reasonable expense?

I haven't got the time to check any details but since Sooty did check the link to find that he claimed an average salary as "additional costs" is this indeed a salary paid to a staff member as costs?

MP's are an easy target at the moment but some are not as bad as others.

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Swiss woman rolled over Facebook

Tim Greenwood

@ Simon Neill

"Everyone pulls a sickie at some point, its part of life and employers know this."

In your world this may be true, but don't drag us all down to your level.

In my world I am entitled to paid days off which I book as part of my annual leave entitlement, including ringing in on the day and asking them to book me on holiday. I do not decide to "pull a sickie" by calling in when this is not the case.

When I am too ill to work then I am entitled to sick leave and would have no qualms about calling in sick if this was the case.

Perhaps it's my age as I am now mid forties and don't understand the lack of pride and lack of self esteem that the "yoof" of today seem to exhibit.

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Lite-on eSAU208-16

Tim Greenwood

Can be had for less.

Got one recently to partner an ASUS E901 SCC (not a Netbook, don;t want to be sued). It works great and is particularly neat and lightweight. It was just over £50 including delivery but the cashback deal took it below the £50 mark. It only gets carried around when absolutely necessary but is a convenient size when you do need to have one.

It's also useful for simply reading CD's of data from other sources and the kids have used it to play DVD movies or play games from in their bedrooms.

I like it and there are different colours but the reddish colour looks fine to me.

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NYC 'Top Model' stampede: The truth revealed

Tim Greenwood

It wouldn't be Friday without a funny!

Keep up the good work.

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Protostar steers out Lampo 'leccy sportster

Tim Greenwood

Are you it's mother?

Because to me that looks like one of those things that only a mother could love. I know these things are subjective but it looks like it took one too many hits from the ugly stick when that was put together.

Apart from style I still have a real problem with these electric sports cars that have a range of 100 to 200 miles. For a city car where there is a distinct possibility of short runs followed by charging time this seems acceptable. For a good day out driving somewhere then the range between charges has either got to be 300-400 minimum or the recharge time has to be got down to 15-20 minutes so you can pull in for a coffee and charge up whilst doing so. Of course exactly where you would plug in whilst in Starbucks/MaccyD's/cafeNero or wherever is a different question.

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UFO wind turbine prang site: Exclusive photos

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Scoop!

This is why The Register is my primary source of news. Proper invetigative journalism and analysis with the high tec. edge that we have come to expect.

Keep up the good work.

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