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BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled

Steve Gill

Re: Perhaps the BBC might want to come clean about the full extent of the problems?

It was down when I tried to use it Saturday lunchtime - just the clown instead

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Dungeons & Dragons relaunches with 'freemium' version 5.0

Steve Gill

Every version of D&D since the wee white box has just been adding unnecessary complexity and whizzy graphics :)

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Wannabe Startup CEOs Hate This Guy: Potato Salad man and the $60k

Steve Gill

Re: It looks to be fake or a joke

It's definitely a joke, quite an amusing one too.

I just hope he gets enough out of it to complete the set by making a silly potato salad video.

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You are ALL Americans now: Europeans offered same rights as US folks in data slurp leaks

Steve Gill

Re: I'm beginning to like global warming

And it can take Brussels with it

Oooh, I like your thinking - 90% of the world's politicians live close to the sea.

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F1 racing ace Michael Schumacher's medical records were pinched

Steve Gill

Some shitzens stole his medical records and nobody's worried that they may kind of be useful to helping him get better?

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Microsoft: NSA security fallout 'getting worse' ... 'not blowing over'

Steve Gill

Re: Cloud security

This would work nicely for simple storage, but what about SaaS where the service has to have full access to the data to work?

The SaaS suppliers are the ones most likely to be hit the hardest by this as the US gov is effectively making them illegal for European companies, at least, to use.

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Virgin Media boss AND ex-Murdoch man: BSkyB broadband is 'lousy'

Steve Gill

Re: Lousy VM Broadband

Whereas I'm much happier with my 100 Mb plus average connection from VM (with roughly one hour outage per year) than my next door neighbour is with his 4 Mb on a good day connection from Sky (with roughly 2 hours outage per week).

It all so very depends on what's available at your location.

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100% driverless Wonka-wagon toy cars? Oh Google, you're having a laugh

Steve Gill

Re: Oh noes!

"seatbelts, airbags and crumple zones"

All proof that humans can't be trusted to control cars safely

"And yet advanced driving instructors say the best thing to protect people would be to remove all of those and fit a bloody big spike sticking out form the centre of the steering wheel."

Removing the roof and the seatbelt ought to be enough to give most drivers enough sensory feedback on when they're being dicks. The more car handling and in-car safety is improved the more stupid the drivers become as they feel they can survive more and more ridiculous behaviour.

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Nokia: ALL our Windows Phone 8 Lumias will get a cool 8.1 boost

Steve Gill

Purely anecdotal, but my local phone shops are struggling to stock enough of the top end Lumias to meet demand as they have recently become way more popular than expected

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It's EE vs Vodafone: 'How good is my signal' study descends into network bunfight

Steve Gill

I'm sticking to O2 because of their out-of-city coverage. I spend a lot of time in rural areas where you very rarely get any EE or Voda coverage at all but there is usually at least a smidge of a signal from O2.

Outside the urban environment it really helps if you use phones made by companies with a decently long track record on making mobile phones with good aerials - I would suggest Motorola, Nokia or Ericsson if you want to get a decent signal where Apple, Samsung & HTC fail.

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Seattle pops a cap in Uber and Lyft: Rideshare bizs get 150-driver limit

Steve Gill

I'm shocked

Shocked that any city would think that permitting what are effectively unregistered taxi drivers to operate in their jurisdiction would be a good idea.

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Google gives Maps a lick of paint, smears it over screens worldwide

Steve Gill

I'm seriously unimpressed with the new Google maps update - apparently streetview (when you can get to it) is just a sequence of black images.

Tested on both Google and ie

I'm guessing something is getting filtered or it's relying on an app we don't have on the PCs here.

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Apple marks '1984' anniversary with iPhone-produced un-commercial

Steve Gill

Successful?

I remember the 1984 ad clearly but still haven't seen this new 'uncommercial', can't really call that a success

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Bing Maps COCKUP: Oracle UK HQ is 'Elvis Impersonators' joint

Steve Gill

Sounds like inside jokes to me, especially given the love between Microsoft and Oracle in the Reading-Bracknell area

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BUSTED! Secret app on millions of phones logs key taps

Steve Gill

no

The quote doesn't confirm it sends back all the data it has gathered. We need precise info, not media bytes.

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Bethesda promises fix for Skyrim Xbox graphics glitch

Steve Gill

10 Minutes?

That's an impressive fail on your PC setup at the time - the best we did with Daggerfall was 72 hours solid, five of us taking turns with the controls.

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Apple applies to patent a SIM you can't remove

Steve Gill

@Matthew3

This might work for city central types, but not for the rest of us.

Would you care which telco hosts your number if there was only one that could provide a connection where you live or work? Would you be happy to be moved to Orange if only Vodafone or O2 provided a service in your area?

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Massive study concludes: 'Global warming is real'

Steve Gill

Thanks for that Lee

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BOFH: Where's my free fondleslab?

Steve Gill

Yeah, the footnote was the core - the rest was the setup for it, nice one

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Win 8 haters are just scared of change, say MS bosses

Steve Gill

That's odd - I see all-in-one touchscreen PCs in the shops often and I've seen quite a few business touch screen models recently.

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What's not in the iPhone 4S ... and why

Steve Gill

but only if you have a network connection - so not much use on the tube, most trains, in the wilds, etc.

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Acer Iconia A100 7in Android tablet

Steve Gill

Ah, you misunderstand - the 10" models need a man bag, the 7" only needs a decent sized pocket.

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Defendant presents Playmobil rendering of court in court

Steve Gill

but you could always use LEGO for the miniature model

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Facebook security profiling doesn't like African log-ins

Steve Gill

It's not discrimination if it's based on a known higher risk of fraudulent transactions from that location, it's simply an essential level of security.

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Waterstone's to take on Kindle and Nook with own reader

Steve Gill

Or possibly let's hope it is a Sony clone but with better PC software?

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HTC outs 'Mango' WinPho 7 smartphones

Steve Gill
Thumb Up

really

Pretty much the same size as the old WM HD2 or the newer WP7 HD7, both do a nice job of being a large phone or small tablet.

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19,000 papers leaked to protest 'war against knowledge'

Steve Gill

or

http://scholar.google.com/

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UK gov 'Spads' hefty salaries released/buried

Steve Gill

hope

One would hope and expect that knowing they had served their country well would be enough reward but the odds are, unfortunately, stacked against such hope.

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Rebekah Brooks quits - Murdoch accepts this time

Steve Gill

collaborators

has this quote been verified?

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Parmo v poutine: The ultimate post-pub nosh deathmatch

Steve Gill

Shawarma

Anyone know where you can get a decent Shawarma in the UK? Similar to a kebab but uses spiced lumps of real lamb instead of mystery meat.

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Moderatrix kisses the Reg goodbye

Steve Gill

Sad now

^ see above ^

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Sony shuts down site to investigate possible hack

Steve Gill

Though it may be good news in the long term

Maybe corporations (other than just sony) will realise they need to either pay a lot more attention to their security (and that of their affiliates) or reduce their net presence big time.

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Total Recall rehash – exit Martians, enter Jessica Biel

Steve Gill

it is what it is

Re-imagining is a perfectly accurate description of Hollywood's current attempts to cover up the fact that they no longer do original work.

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Asus teases with MacBook Air-esque Eee PC

Steve Gill

well yeah, but no

not really.

A simple peek at the image of this new Asus and then a look at a photo of the MacBook air was more than enough to convince me the two don't look even remotely similar.

Well other than being thin and having a clamshell format with the keyboard on the horizontal bit and the screen on the sticky-up bit obviously.

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Remastered 4K, 3D Titanic steams towards cinemas

Steve Gill

nice troll there

purple hair and everything

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Facebook absolved for exposing user info to advertisers

Steve Gill

Maybe not

If the clients get warned before any damages can occur isn't that a good thing?

It sounds like you would prefer damages occurred just so companies can be sued.

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NASA's asteroid hunter creeps up on Vesta

Steve Gill

Moving Ceres

Of course moving Ceres will be a 'no risk' option - there'd be no chance of disturbing the orbits of the other asteroids would there?

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Plague of US preachers falsely claim to be Navy SEALs

Steve Gill

chute

optional?

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Google infringes copyright by displaying and linking to news site content

Steve Gill

google cache

has a habit of exposing secured or subscription-only pages

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Motorola Xoom

Steve Gill

pad size

Why are getting such a glut of 10in tablets when 6 to 7in really does seem to be the sweet spot for practical use?

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Barnes & Noble answers Microsoft's anti-Android suit

Steve Gill

Wish I could get one

but they still don't seem to be available or supported over here in the UK

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New top-secret stealth choppers used on bin Laden raid

Steve Gill

Helicopters and US commandos

It's really odd the way helicopters always seem to function perfectly until there's a high profile spec ops mission at which point they just randomly fall from the sky.

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Amazon tablet, touchscreen Kindle on course for H2, say moles

Steve Gill

e-ink pad?

What would be unbelievably nice would be a colour e-ink pad - might not be any use for for games or movies but would be awesome for pretty much everything else.

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NFC Forum touts phone-sniffable poster ploy

Steve Gill

Why NFC?

In those scenarios what would be wrong with printed brochures (rather than somewhat optimistically hoping every visitor or possible customer has a compatible phone with the correct version of the right software activated)?

NFC - No F***ing Chance it's going on my phone.

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XXX domain names go live

Steve Gill
Alert

What?

People have rights? ! ?

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Ellison's Oracle washes hands of OpenOffice

Steve Gill

Most

Those Big Company (tm) users ARE the normal office suite users. They probably don't know they're using VBA but most are using it quite regularly.

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Got a buck to send M Night Shyamalan to film school?

Steve Gill

Maybe

Just maybe Hollywood will start to get the hint that we, the customers, aren't impressed by their favourite sons.

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Steve Jobs screws my wife (out of $944)

Steve Gill

Touch can be useful

The sony readers have a nice mix of buttons for regular tasks like page turns (although there is a touch option) with touch for menu navigation, selections, etc. The combo works rather well.

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O2 ups 3G speeds by 30%

Steve Gill

It's there

I've had good 3G connections in the last 12 months in London, Cambridge, Leeds, Bristol, all on O2 on an old HTC HD2.

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Ubisoft reveals rock game with REAL guitars

Steve Gill

Copy of Rock Band 3 then

This is exactly what is available from Rock Band 3 (excepting that it also has keyboards, vocals etc.). There are lessons, over 120 tracks for real guitar already, etc.

Will Rocksmith also be using the Fender that was developed for Rock Band 3?

Unfortunately Rock Band doesn't (yet) teach how to read music or traditional tab.

Also how come the article's author only mentions (the now defunct) Guitar Hero that never moved away from buttons but not the abominable Powergig that also claimed it would teach guitar?

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