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IT admin sentenced for sabotaging employer's network

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WTF?

On £30K

Blocking out the infrastructure for a week only caused £30K of damages?, couldn't have been much of a set-up.

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uSwitch up for sale

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Potential Buyers

It's worth checking comparethemarket.com to see if you can get it at a better price.

TAXI

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HP serves up cookie sheet servers

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Just a matter of interest

How many Reg readers/visitors/perverts will be looking to deploy this sort of hardware in the next 12 months?.

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Palm's Pré: the $170 phone

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Unhappy

@Teoh

If they do the same sort of deal as apple did with AT&T and O2 then they'll have to set a minimum price to retail unlocked units, so expect to pay around £400-£450 for one without contract.

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Pirate Bay guilty verdict: Now what?

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Criminal Case

As the prosecution lawyers in this case were employed by the copyright holders surely this is a civil case?, so how the funk can they get jail time?, surely there should have been a criminal case first, with the prosecution employed by the Swedish version of the crown. I know this for fucking sure, I'm never going back to Sweden for my hols no matter how fit their women are. Just goes to show you that you can't trust a country that didn't pick a side in WW2.

Pass the filthy Columbo mac

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Leaked memo says Conficker pwns Parliament

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Paris Hilton

WTF

And the reason the IT Team at parliament can't disable access USB Storage devices automatically is?.

Paris, because even she can't figure out why disabling usb storage devices is not a default policy?

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Windows for Warships™ reaches Royal Navy frigates

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WTF OK'd this

Someone at the civil service/MOD has obviously taken a bung to OK this move. Letter off to my MP this afternoon demanding an enquiry,

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SonicWALL licensing snafu short-circuits protection

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Seriously

Take note Micro$haft & flApple, software phoning home is never a good idea.

Any sysadmin who uses SonicWall products is a joke in my book, if any of my guys came to me suggesting a SonicWall solution for a client I would send them to the naughty step while I prepare their P45. Don't put your trust in UTM on a single piece of kit as it's a misnomer, just ask yourself, who watches the watcher?

The one with the 'back in my day' badge.

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Million bank details sold on eBay

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Linux

£35 Cheap as in CHIPS

I wouldn't mind a Quantum Snap rackmount NAS server with the drives still in, if anyone see's anymore on ebay for £35 please give me a shout.

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MessageLabs takes smut-blocking tech in-house

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Uhmmmmmm

MessageLabs are very expensive for what they do, I hope buying this company doesn't put the prices up for existing customers. Not that I'm one, honest, I find my trusty linux based smtp gateway does the trick nicely.

(the one with smug git label on the back)

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Lag log leaks - Home Office contractor loses entire prison population

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The Scenario

How it played out in my mind.

Home office bloke "John, we need some analysis of this data"

John from PA "Ahhh, alright, dump it to csv file on this stick, I'm working from home tomorrow I'll do it then"

Home office bloke "Golf this weekend?"

John from PA "Sure why not"

Home office bloke "Here's your stick back, see you Saturday"

John from PA "see you then"

John returns to office via a pub lunch on expenses, sits down at his desk turns on his laptop, inserts usb stick opens up expenses spreadsheet, does a bit of fiddling, saves it, removes it and places it on his desk just above the bin. Finishes up for the day, knocking his usb stick into the bin in his rush to beat the cue out of the car park.

Impossible I hear you say, nope, I've seen a previous 'manager' do exactly that, in my case he was fortunate that I had to look for a postit note with a phone number that I passed him early on in the day. I did let him sweat for a couple of hours the next day before sliding the key back on his desk after he informed his director. And no, I didn't like working for him :).

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Gag order lifted for students who hacked subway card

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Paris Hilton

Is it just me?

Is it just me or am I the only one that keeps a close eye on blackhat/security research sites & blogs to see if someone has found a vulnerability into something I have written or something I'm using.

Surely MBTA have a geek somewhere doing the same so they can issue a fix before it comes out in the trade mags/site?, surely they have, really? ohhh I guess not.

Paris, because even she has someone monitoring her press.

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Surveillance Teddy nabs granny-bag robber

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Job Back

Knowing the eye to detail in the NHS nowadays she'll probably get her job back once she's finished her holiday in the clink.

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Game sharer gets £16K fine

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£1600 Dream Pinball 3D

I wouldn't have paid £0.16 for that game, it's total bobbins. On a more serious note, I hope the porn publishers don't use the same tactics or the IT industry will grind to a halt.

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Microsoft starts stoking hype for Windows 7

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WTF?

“We, as a team, definitely learned some lessons about ‘disclosure’ and how we can all too easily get ahead of ourselves in talking about features before our understanding of them is solid"

Talking about features before understanding them, do they mean the marketing department tell the engineers what features Windows should have?, if so I think we've finally found the problem at Micro$haft, marketing department led engineering, ohhhh it can't be good.

However, keep it up Micro$haft, I'm going to earn another small fortune rolling out Windows 7 for customers, then another fortune applying the patches to fix the thing.

(Mines the one with the black AMex card in the pocket)

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PS3 DVR add-on launch delayed

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@ NoOnions

The first five Sky+ boxes I had all died on me due to one fault or another, so I took the plunge and upgraded to HD version, which seems to be holding out (touch wood). However, the UI is very very clunky, and takes an age to respond to the remote, which is a pain in the arse when pausing live footie if I'm gagging to drain the wee vein, it also skips the end of some programs which over run. Compared to the TiVO box I had in the states it comes in a very poor second (V+ HD would come in 4th, behind a betamax recorder.)

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Digital Cable Anyone?

I'll keep my pennies in my wallet until a 3rd party comes out with a PVR that I can hook up to my telewest or sky feeds as both Sky+ & Virgin+ are fecking horrid.

(If anyone does know of a 3rd party set top box that can do it please feel free to let me know.)

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Microsoft's data crunching baby hit with lawsuit

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Happy

I'm worried

I hope none of the owners of previous firms I've worked for have patented 'Golf Fridays', 'cheating on your wife with the company bike Tuesdays' or 'fabricating revenue Wednesdays'. If they have then the guy I'm working for at the moment will is in serious stook.

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Colchester Hospital sacks manager over lost laptop

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Scape Goat

"The unanimous decision of the disciplinary panel sends out a clear statement about how seriously the Trust takes security and patient confidentiality." says Murphy. Well brains, if the Trust took it that seriously they would have taken the steps to roll out encrypted data store. It doesn't have to cost a lot, although, seeing as it's the NHS they will pick the most expensive solution when they eventually get their fat lazy heads around to it. Here's a tip, TruCrypt, it's free as in beer and will stop the average laptop thief stumbling across confidential information. Now there's no excuse.

(The one with 'Angry C*nt' stamped on the back)

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Fake feet trip up Olympic opening coverage

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Unhappy

Forget Morris Dancers

I'm turning off the sound on my TV for the 2012 opening, forget the morris dancers, just think of how many bag pipe players there going to have, still it will give the jocks something todo while they're waiting for the batter on their chocolate bars to crisp.

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BT slams bandwidth brakes on all subscribers

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Pirate

@ andy gibson

I use p2p to distribute software updates for an OpenS app I wrote a couple of years ago which helps kids with learning difficulties. Now tell me, how exactly is that wrong?. Why, in your mind is it the customers fault that they are using the bandwidth that has been sold to them?. You, like many ISPs' seem to think that the TCP/IP starts with port 80 and ends with 443, which is all well and good, if the service is being sold as sole use of those ports. But hey, it's not so shut the f*ck up.

Me thinks you're mostly interested in http speed as you like your p0rn like you like your women/men, fast and selfish!.

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Apple confesses MobileMe vanishing contact bug

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@ AC

I'll save time with my normal witty comments, in answer to your comments.

1. Yes M$ have fecked up a bit with every Exchange release, but even M$ wasn't foolish enough to release it as a service to paying end users, they left it to us in the 'job' to massage exchange into submission so it was usable, which happens before releasing any service to the end users. Comparing anything to a M$ product isn't going to win any arguments, we all know M$ is pants.

2. We use a Mac OSX for one of our DNS, well, one of our DNS's anyway, you see professionals like to go multi vendor on important stuff. As this is the only DNS platform which hasn't been fixed it is now switched off, leaving our Linux boxes(centos, ubuntu, debian) to answer the 2,000,000+ daily dns queries.

You seem to think this article is just another attack on Apple, well I would like to think ElReg would write up a similar article on any tech organisation who provide a PAID FOR service which appears to have not been fully tested/maintained. Oh, hang on a minute they have, for example:--

http://www.channelregister.co.uk/2008/05/27/paypal_glitch_weighs_on_merchants/

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/07/22/securesuite_ecommerce_glitch/

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/07/14/oyster_computer_problems/

Now, I'm going to bed with the safe knowledge that my non-Apple/M$ service platforms are ticking over nicely thank you.

My one is the hi-viz trench coat with the paranoid appreciation society badge on the left lapel.

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Microsoft Mojave 'outs' secret Vista lovers

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Hold On A Minute

"where Microsoft tricked ordinary people into liking Windows Vista, caught their reactions on "secret" camera and then posted them online."

What's the bet that the marketing genius at M$ got the idea while searching for 2girls1cup?

Mine is the dirty trench coat with the bottoms cut out of the pockets.

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Steve Jobs is 'cancer-free'

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Help The Aged

As we seem to be so concerned about the likes of Jobs, has anyone popped round to Bill & Mels place to see if they're ok in retirement?. Remember, if their letter box is full of free newspapers and pizza menu's Do Not presume they're on holiday.

Mine's the one with 'Clock Watcher' printed on the back.

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Police seek two for C&W network robbery

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Happy

Gargon

"It looks as though the offenders were disturbed as some computer towers were left by exit doors"

"computer towers", very 1990s'. I wonder how many 'Base Unit's' & VDU's white van man got away with.

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Thieves take out Cable & Wireless centre

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Satellites

The bestest (sic) DC's I've hosted in have fail-over satellites dish uplinks. Admittedly it costs a bit but there is really no real excuse for lost of connection when there are failover options, you get what you pay for. If i was responsible for large websites like Sainsburys or the FT you can bet your bottom dollar that I would ensure that it was hosted in a DC with satellite failover.

Mine's the one with the smug c*nt sticker on the back.

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PC World pips Asus to UK Atom sub-laptop premier

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No linux version then?

boooooooo boooooooo

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Boozers rejoice - it's the USB wine tap!

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Happy

No Thanks

I'll wait for the USB London Pride version

Hic Up

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Google a broken hell for five-year-olds

Danger Mouse
Linux

I've worked for both

Google was cool as the work/life balance was/is part of the companies ethos and as Mrs Mouse had just given birth to Danger Jnr I was surely thankful to the management for allowing me to work flexi time even tho I was only a junior sysadmin at the time. Although, the software engineers/math cowboys may have had an different experience working for them, but I tried no to have much contact with them as the majority thought they were 2 Cool 4 School.

Working for Microsoft sucked,it was like working in an accounts department. I left there to work for a cardboard box shifter called Amstrad, yes Microsoft were really that bad!.

And before you ask, I left Google to set up on my own, having been given the options to go back if things went tits up. which was nice :).

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Software outfit keeps Vulcan airborne

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@ All of the abive

Spotters :)

Only kidding, the Vulcan is f*cking marvel,the noise of one flying low with afterburners lit really gets in to the bottom of your stomach and stirs up the soon to be poop.

Yeah, my one is the anorak.

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Virgin Media rubbishes P2P throttling rumours

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To Gav

I can appreciate why you get so angry at P2P'ers, I bet it's soooo frustrating when browsing thehun and having to wait for those niked pics to display.

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NHS chief explains NPfIT delays

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MRSA

Why are they even bothering with IT when they can't even clean the wards properly? FFS.

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US PC sales sputter amidst economic gloom

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Paris Hilton

Uhmmmmmm

Supposedly, the next big/little thing in the computer world is low powered desktops & laptops, of which (if I'm not mistaken) 95% are being built in Asia, by non-American companies.

Good luck with that whole economy thing U S of A.

Paris, because even she's not cheap enough to compete with an Asian assembly plant.

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Asus Eee PC 901 to hit Blighty on 1 July

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HP Mini-Note

Just thought I'll mention it while we're on the subject of UMPC's. I got a HP Mini-Note the other day as my Eee was no match for my fat fingers. It came to £354 all in, not really worth it for the spec, but worth it to save the pain in my back lugging my full size laptop from datacentre to datacentre. And before you say it, yes I am made of money :).

Most of the online reviews are for the Vi$ta version so I thought I'll add a few notes on the Suse version on the off chance anyone is interested.

The Suse Desktop 10 enterprise implementation is appalling, sorry, I didn't mean appalling, it's the Antichrist. Whoever created the master image must have been drunk, it's almost as though he/she thought they were installing Window$. Firstly, Bootup time is around 60seconds, which isn't bad if it was running XP or Vista, but 60 seconds with a linux OS? come on HP do your homework. There's a hundred and one other problems with it, but the most amateurish 'issues' are with software installation/updates configuration, i.e

Yast is configured to look at a local optical drive for file repositories (guess what, yeah, there isn't one)

Online Update is configured is configured to look at a local optical drive for update repositories (As above).

A majority of the applets listed in the System & Tools section of the god awful menu system are not installed, so guess what happens when it asks if you want to install the missing applet?, yeah you guessed it, it looks for the CD/DVD.

HP do not supply a restore disk/flashkey with the Mini-note, and there is'nt a built in mechanism to create one, and before you ask why would you want a restore CD if there isn't an optical drive?, HP do supply an instruction manual on CD, go figure. However, you can phone HP support and ask them to send you a restored CD (after 30mins on hold while the nice man from call centre Goa asks his supervisor WTF as they don't seem to have any documentation on the Suse version of the Mini-note). I believe you can download an ISO from the HP website, but with Virgin Media throttling my connection so much, I like to save my bandwidth allowance for importing things like pr0n and torrents.

So all in all, even the Mini-Note was £200,I wouldn't recommend it to a non-technical user, unlike a eEE PC (unless they have fat fingers like me).

I'm hoping Acer have invested some time in proper real world testing of whatever distribution they've decide on before releasing the Wind to the masses.

Yeah that's mine, the one with £50 notes spilling out the pockets.

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NHS IT loses key contractor

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Intergrated System

So, am I the only one who thought that all this ca$h going in to NHS IT was to standardise the whole shebang and have all patient data available anywhere?. If so, then why the funk has the south had a different company developing their system?. Maybe there's some sort of diseases/illnesses that you get from eating fried chocolate bars that us southerners are unaware of, yeah, that must be it.

Yeah, the one with the target on the back.

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South Africa launches formal objection at OOXML

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Hans that do dishes

To sum up:-

Hans, you're a soap dodger if ever I seen one, me hearties.

OOXML sounds like a brand of hair gel, it should be voted out for that reason alone.

Yeah, that's the one, the one with the two day old cheese sandwich in the right hand pocket.

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Teen battles City of London cops over anti-Scientology placard

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I would suggest

If you feel strongly about this you could always email psd_public@cityoflondon.police.uk with your thoughts.

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OLPC and Microsoft punt Windows-only XO laptop

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Paris Hilton

Service Packs etc

Any sort of windows on a 1GB HDD PC is a pipe dream, what with the swap space, user data, as well as the temp files which windows apps love to create. I wonder if M$ will be 'donating' bigger flash drives?, A nice little tax write off.

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Windows XP SP3 blame game begins

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I blame Linux

I thought that would get your attention. Although on a serious note, I've installed SP3 successfully on our MD's home AMD based PC, which has the bog standard HP factory image on it (of course I tested it on a image of the PC before hand). So I wonder if the problem lies with users that have installed any of the recommend hardware driver updates within Windows Update?.

Well, f*ck me, it's nearly time for a beer, who's round is it?.

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Retailers risk libel nightmare over 'no-work' database

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Linux

Hicom Business Solution & SSL

The outsourcer Hicom doesn't seem to have SSL on their user support login page ( http://support.hicomtechnology.co.uk/Logon.aspx ) . Seeing as they're also in the health care solutions business I would suggest they take some of their own medicine and beef up their own security before offering secure services to others.

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Local council uses snooping laws to spy on three-year-old

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Alert

Who gives a feck?

When applying for a job do you expect a background check?

When applying for a loan do you expect a credit check?

When applying for a school place in a certain catchment area do you not expect to be checked that you actually live in the catchment area? WTF.

<puts on fire proof pants>

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Shell waves goodbye to 3,000 IT staffers in $4bn outsourcing gig

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I love outsourcing

I'm in the fortunate position where I spend half my week continually digging a certain outsourcing company out of the sh1t after they lay off permi guys who really know what they're doin, the rest of the week I work on projects for direct clients that no longer trust their outsourcers.

<coat, yeah that one with the SCAB printed on the left inside pocket>

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Onyx Liscio micro mobile phone

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Paris Hilton

Junk Phone

Re-bagged i-mobile, got one off ebay for £90 including import taxes. Screen is not bright enough to see in direct sunlight, which, as I've said before must be the reason they're marketing this as an inside the pub phone. The memory card slot eats cards (it fried two of my 1GB cards in the space of a week).

Paris - because she's the type who would buy one.

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Newcomer punts miniature 'pub phone'

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Paris Hilton

I got one from Hong Kong

I've had one for about a year, got it from HK via ebay for about £90 in all, (including import tax). The screen isn't bright enough to use in direct sunlight so I guess they are marketing it to be used inside a pub?.

Paris becuse she looks like she is having trouble reading the display

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Healthcare at your fingertips - a Choose & Book roadtest

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Choose & Book & IE7

I had fun implementing C&B last year for a private hospital group, I'm not sure about the public website but the 'hospitals side' of the system didn't like IE7, so if you're having teething problems with it on IE7 you might want to add *.nhs.org to the allow list of the popup blocker, as well as sticking *.nhs.org.uk in the Trusted sites..

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Sun aims for '09 with Rock boxes

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Joke

@Anyone asked FSC for a comment?

No, but the man from Del Monte', he say "YES!"

<hangs head in shame>

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Microsoft! bids! $44.6bn! for! Yahoo!

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Worth Forty Four F*cking Billion

And they stil can't impliment an effective spam blocker

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ICANN to throttle domain tasters

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Linux

Typo's

I can't spell for loev nor mony but with the 400+ domains I have registered for clients I haven't made one single screw up. The reason for this?, if I know it's going to cost me money I double check everything, which isn't too hard now is it?.

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MS preps critical Vista patch for Tuesday

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Stop

Micro$haft aka Jeremy Beadle/Ashton Kurtcher

Dear Micro$haft,

Come on now, this Vista comedy sketch has dragged on far to long, it's stopped being funny. Don't you think it's about time that you end this 'prank' and release the real OS which you promised us all for so long, you know, the real one with inherently improved security to minimise the need for regular fixes/updates, increased performance and usability etc etc?.

I don't mind admitting that your previos episodes of Beadles About (aka Punk'd for readers under 25) were very funny, W4W, NT3.5, Win ME & Home Server all had me in stiches.

However, If you intend to repeat the same gag with the new server platform series, I for one will be writing to my MP to demand a refund of my licencing fee.

Yours,

Mr S.P Acehopper

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Fasthosts customers blindsided by emergency password reset

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Unhappy

UKReg/FastHosts Suck

Like many others, I changed all my passwords back in October when the first balls up came to light, then moved my important bits to another host. When I tried to log in to UKReg this morning to complete the move and change my IPStags to my new DNS host, low and behold I was met with the 'Wrong Username & Password' message. I thought, 'right maybe its me and I've genuinly forgot my password' so I clicked on the Forgot Password link only to find "Unfortunately this service is unavailable at the moment. Please contact Customer Support for assistance.", so I try to call customer support and get "All lines are busy".

I'm now left sitting at my desk with UKReg/Fasthosts on redial contemplating driving up to Gloucester to speak to their 'Customer Support' face to face, if anyone wants to car pool drop me a line.

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