* Posts by Dazed and Confused

1471 posts • joined 12 Sep 2007

Ofcom mulls selling UK govt's IPv4 cache amid IPv6 rollout flak

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Re: Oh FFS!

How many people out there are sad gits like me running blocks of routed IPv4 at home (I've had a /64 IPv6 for at least 10 years too A&A have long supported IPv6). Most ISP only provide a single IP address, then you run NAT after that. So why should it matter if the ISP provides you with an IPv6 address for the router. Inside you could still run IPv4 for your old kit, everyone will continue to need to be able to talk to IPv4 addresses in the big outside world.

Just issue the edict and be done with it.

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Hold the front page: Spain's anti-Google lobbyists lobby for Google News return

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Re: ROFLMAO

In the comments to last weeks article on this Dan55 posted a nice piece on how this law is supposed to work. Publishers can't opt out, because opting out would mean that a Spanish QANGO called CEDRO wouldn't make any money.

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VCs say Uber is worth $41bn... but don't worry, we're not in a bubble

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Re: Uber is a Bubble

> Seriously, with more and more cities directly outlawing Uber, I fully expect a huge lawsuit against them from Uber.

I think you might be looking at this the wrong way around. With that sort of market cap. I think we can see a huge number of lawsuits against Uber. Up until now the lawyers weren't really interested since there was no money, so no point in trying to sue them. The action has only been trying to ban them, but the existing taxi firms couldn't afford a big fight.Now someone has mentioned the all important magic word Billllliiiiioooooooooonnnnnsssssss so the no win no fee get rich quick bottom feeders of the legal world will now be very keen to make sure that any Billllliiiiioooooooooonnnnnsssssss that do exist only exist in the back pocket of the lawyers. So where the cities deem Uber to be competing illegally with existing taxi services, the existing taxi services will now be looking for compensation for lost earning.

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UK.gov mulls three-point turn on three-point turn thanks to satnav. Weeeeeeee. THUD

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Re: Elf and safety

Perhaps they should have a simulator based test first.

One advantage of a simulator test is that it would be easier to control, give everyone the same test and not give you testers who say things like "turn left there" just as you go past the road.

The disadvantage of a simulator based test would that it wouldn't be anything like actually driving a car.

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Hi-torque tank engines: EXTREME car hacking with The Register

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Re: cranking in the wrong direction.

Nah, stop being a wimp and use the grown up version, what you really need is the Rolls-Royce Griffon. Sod the mere 27L, the Griffon is a full 37L and due to its history being linked with the Fleet Air Arm it rotates in the other direction (I guess the Navy liked to turn the other way).

The difference in rotation direction was a major shock to many pilots when transitioning from the small block Merlins to the grown up Griffons.

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HORROR! Imagine if anyone could find out EVERYTHING you EVER tweeted

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> has built an index of every public tweet submitted in the last eight years

Imagine if it turned out that the phone company recorded every phone call and decided to put them online and searchable.

I thought the idea of a tweet was you were shouting out to anyone in the world who could be bothered to listen to you. This isn't the same as recording every phone call you make or letter you write. With those you should have a reasonable expectation of privacy. This is why people (GCHQ/NSA/your government's equally nosy gang of eves droppers/your boss) snooping on email is so reprehensible. You have an expectation (even if naively) that this should be private.

But a tweet is a broadcast.

You put it out there for everyone.

So you can't complain when everyone can access it.

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Yawn!

Google can instantly find the Usenet posts I made back in the late 80s, when the feed we had was UUCP based and I guess that qualifies me to be a newbie. As someone once said "The Internet is written in ink". Anything you do or say may be used in evidence against you.

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Kindle, meet my partner. Darling, play nice with Kindle, please

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Re: Xerox, anyone?

Yes please, I've often bought both the Kindle and hardcopy version of a book. The Kindle is convenient in many ways, but I like books.

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Google’s dot-com forget-me-not bomb: EU court still aiming at giant

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Re: A Brussels fonctionnaire writes:

> Gosh, you mean these interweb thingies spread outside Europe? Who knew??

Can't be a real Brusselsite then, they don't accept there is anywhere outside of Europe.

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This is why we CAN have nice things: Samsung Galaxy Alpha

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How many

Broken iPhone screens do you see compared with Galaxy screens?

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UK.gov pushes for SWIFT ACTION against nuisance calls, threatens £500k fines

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Re: Stop using landlines.

Firstly my wife's mobile get loads of these shit calls, fortunately mines currently get few, but for how long?

Secondly living without a landline rather depends on where you live and other factors in your environment. Vodafone's signal round here is crap these days whereas it used to be quite good, a little way down the road the is a hole where no-ones mobile signal works. My office at home seemingly has magic glass that cuts off the signal on all the networks. I can damn near see an O2 mast, open the door - 5bars, shut the door 1 on a good day.

As for relying on VoIP, not sure how that solves any of the problems since you still have a phone number the bastards can hook onto. But even with a pair of bonded ADSL lines the reliability is no where near good enough if you NEED to be in contact with the world. I have the landlines connected up as a backup for the VoIP phones.

Besides with no landlines there would be no Internet connection. 3G or 4G doesn't cut it I'm afraid, have that as a backup with a proper external antenna attached to the router but latency times are much longer than the ADSL and while peak bandwidth might be OK, it rather depends on who else is working locally. No "cable" here since the stupid cable companies tried to get the builders to pay them to fit the wiring, when at the same time they were digging up half the country and laying string down the holes for free, so no other way of getting online.

And I'm lucky, try living outside of towns/cities and people are in a much worse situation.

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iPad AIR 2 and iPad MINI 3, 5K iMac: World feels different today – and it IS

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Swimming against the tide

5120 by 2880 pixels, or 14.7 million pixels

Haven't Apple noticed that all their competitors are locked in a head long rush to reduce the screen resolution of laptops. It's been decided by industry officials that users don't want pixels on their laptops any more. Adding more pixels has been decreed to be the wrong direction. Before about 2003 then the market wanted to increase pixel count and eventually reached 1920x1200, then the marketing zeebs decreed that having too many pixels was a bad plan and put the industry in a reverse. Zeebs across the world are waiting to see which manufacturer will be brave enough to introduce the fully retro VGA 640x480 display. Or whether they'll decide on a wide screen format 640x360 display as their ultimate masturbatory fantasy.

Jeeeeez Apple are being just so 20th century here.

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Microsoft left red-faced after DMCAs dished out to Windows bloggers

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Re: You've not heard of Microsoft?

Oh I wish!

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US astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson: US is losing science race

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Re: Wait, Alan Turing was a Victorian now?

His early life was largely based on what was expected of the child of a Victorian/Raj official.

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Nvidia's screaming new Maxwell GPUs bring 4K gaming to notebooks

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Re: 4K televisions are themselves a ridiculous concept

I suggest you go and look at one

They might be stupid money now, but it wasn't that long ago that the same could be said for flat screen normal res tellys, then HD. Soon they'll be cheap. I've already seen them sub £800.

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Re: What ... you mean your notebook doesn't have a 4K screen?

> Naw...that'll be in next month's model.

10 years ago laptop screens were 1920x1200, then they were upgraded to 1920,1080 and many were further enhanced to be NotMuchx768. Next years laptops will be so enhanced as to be 2x1 pixel displays.

Me?

I'd love a laptop with 4K support, even if it had a 1920x1200 laptop display (actually I've given up hope of anyone making anything better than crappy "Full HD") but with support of external 4K monitors. And I don't even want to be able to play games on them, I just a pixel junky.

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Windows 10's 'built-in keylogger'? Ha ha, says Microsoft – no, it just monitors your typing

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Re: Class action law suit

If you are entering sensitive personal info into it then you are a moron who shouldn't be playing any part of a test cycle.

So you are saying that you can't actually test whether this system is usable in any sort of real world situation?

You can only test whether it can connect to other test environments.

Perhaps someone might like to test whether it can connect to their FB account. Since FB won't allow you to have fake or test FB accounts then you are saying that it is not possible to test this part of W10.

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Oi, lobbyists. Cough up your details – EU's new first vice-president

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Re: A statement of account

It would be even more interesting to see all the things that aren't included in the €4M and how much bigger the number should be.

I wonder whether anyone has tried comparing how much companies claim back against tax with how much they claim they spend?

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Leading like Mad Leo: HP's Whitman rolls out Apotheker's PC plan

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Betting the farm

It isn't only the recent senior management at HP that have made huge "bets" with the whole company as the stake. The decision to go with PA-Risc was described at the time as "betting the farm" when both Bill and Dave were still on the scene even if no long actively at the tiller.

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UK reforms on private copying and parody come into force

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Re: UK Music has claimed that the reforms will cost musicians £58 million a year in lost revenues

Some people have never heard of the idea that having a better product might lead to better sales.

In the 15 years before I started ripping CDs to play them through MP3 type players I might have averaged 1 or 2 CD purchase a year. Most years since then I've probably been closer to 100 since I suddenly had a format which meant it was sufficiently convenient to use the product. I don't mind paying for my music (and spoken word CDs), I don't see why musicians shouldn't be paid for the work they do. But I'll only buy something that I'm going to use. Make it usable and I'm in the market, stop it being usable or make me feel like I'm being ripped off and my money will stay in my pocket.

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New EU digi-commish struggles with concepts of net neutrality

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Re: Typical!

That is how the EU commissioners are chosen. Don't all EU governments nominate commissioners like this? Look at some of the dolts we've packed off to Brussels.

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FBI boss: Apple's iPhone, iPad encryption puts people 'ABOVE THE LAW'

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Re: Biter Bit

The spooks need to realise that they aren't unique. If they can decrypt something then we have to assume that so can everyone else.

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Apple 'Genius': iPhone 6? We've had NO COMPLAINTS about our BENDY iThing

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Re: Most people realise

My point was that why would someone design a mobile that is designed not to be able to be carried in the way that you know most people are going to carry it. It's a question of whether the design is fit for purpose. I've no idea how the size compares with an SGS4 but that works fine in the front pocket of any trousers I've tried, but I'd not not try sticking it in a back pocket and sitting down. Lesson learned from Nokia bricks... sit on them and you end up with bruised buttocks.

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Re: Most people realise

> Most people realise if you have a super thin and light phone and you sit on it - it's going to bend. I would not jump up and down on the bonnet of my car.

You might not jump up and down on the bonnet of your car, but you'd be pretty pissed off if it bent due to wind resistance when driven at 70MPH on the motorway. You'd feel that driving at 70 was normal use for a car and that to be fit for purpose a car should be designed to handle the stresses of normal motorway driving.

Most product designers would realise that if they design a mobile device that people are going to carry it around with them. So question, where do people carry things around ?

Answers on a post card please.

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FBI: Your real SECURITY TERROR? An ANGRY INSIDE MAN

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Re: An excellent excuse to label all our employees as potential terrorists,

No No No, employees are potential saboteurs

It's voters that are the potential terrorists, I mean some of them aim to bring down the current government!

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My TIGHT PANTS made my HUGE iPHONE go all BENDY!

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Re: Bananagate - oh my!

Or do you mean banana drama?

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Linux? Bah! Red Hat has its eye on the CLOUD – and it wants to own it

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Re: When will the morons learn that the cloud isn't secure?

Not all clouds are public clouds.

Many companies will run their own private ones,

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Apple iPhone 6: Looking good, slim. AW... your battery died

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Re: Security

> exciting when one considers that the nominal user might need it to buy their ticket back home

But if you're battery is flat they won't let you on the plane and you'll probably be shot as a terrorist anyway. So by not letting you buy a ticket they're gonna save your life.

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Red Hat to Wall Street: I came here to chew FeedHenry and kick some ass. And I'm all out of FeedHenry

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rpm?

surely you mean

yum

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iOS 8 Healthkit gets a bug SO Apple KILLS it. That's real healthcare!

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Apple just forgot to backdoor the Healthkit.

Where would the thermometer go then?

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OECD lashes out at tax avoiding globocorps' location-flipping antics

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Sounds like

It's time to get into the lobbying business.

I forecast the biggest spurge of cash on anyone who can influance politico the world has ever seen. Coz lets face it, the cost of buying everone will still be a fraction of the tax bill that's heading their way.

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'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux

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Re: Meeeh

Before CDE HP-UX had them in VUE, and I'm sure they'd been around before then. Now HP's VUE is where MS got 3d effect windows from, HP & MS had agreed on making various things common in appearances and many of the keyboard shortcuts. These then became available in Windows 3. So its taken them a long time to implement the rest... like 25 or more years.

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Microsoft buys Minecraft for $2.5bn. Notch: I'm getting the block outta here

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Re: Microsoft Minecraft EULA addendum

Don't forget in game purchases, all materials used in construction are now to be purchased in the new store feature.

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Re: Kerching!

> It is to a MS fanboy.

Yeah, they'd expect at least to be required to do a Control Alt Tab, Control A Control V .... etc and probably a regedit before it would ever actually work.

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Net neutrality fans' joy as '2.3 million email' flood hits US Congress

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voters or industry

My money is with you on this one.

Two million votes sent emails but since none were making campaign contributions they wouldn't count for anything.

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iPhone 6: Advanced features? Pah! Nexus 4 had most of them in 2012

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Re: nearly $1000

> My girlfriends wouldn't be impressed if they were f***ing in a car that cheap :-)

She's be even less impressed if you were trying to F*** on an iphone.

She'd know that by the morning everyone would have seen the videos.

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Leak of '5 MEELLLION Gmail passwords' creates security flap

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Re: Multi-user authentication?

> No, the NSA don't need a password to login.

But they insist on knowing anyway. You're not even allowed to keep that secret

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Re: Logged into gmail for the first time in a year

> and for some reason I don't understand, tea.

Is tea the new Viagra?

Funny, I thought tea was the alternative to needing that.

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DEATH TO TCP/IP cry Cisco, Intel, US gov and boffins galore

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Re: What essentially saved TCP/IP?

> Looked at Exchange Server addresses lately ?? :-)

Hey I run a Scalix server at home, which used to be OpenMail, so the whole internal addressing scheme is X.400. But I don't have to fight the rest of the damn thing and can largely ignore all the X.400 addressing stuff which was always bloody stupid and unfit for purpose.

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Re: What essentially saved TCP/IP?

Was that it worked and it was good enough for what people wanted it for, whereas OSI gave infinite interoperability problems.

Then came the PC, you could run TCP/IP in a system with 640K of base memory and still just about leave room for an app. This wasn't the case for OSI.

Also I'm bloody glad I've not needed to wage war against X.400 in the last 16+ years.

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Thirteen Astonishing True Facts You Never Knew About SCREWS

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Re: Arapaho used Left-hand Screws?

> Not once you include right-side wheel lugs on old Chrysler products.

Lots of vehicles had those, not just Chrysler. I remember spending a couple of hours with increasingly large spanners trying to take the back wheel of an ambulance, with mate standing on one side of a bloody great big spider while I hauled up on the other side... nothing till in frustrate thumped the spider in the other direction and it span free.

Incidentally all cars with knock off wheels have spinners going in the opposite direction to wheel so the trundling effect tightens then rather than coursing the wheel to drop in the first 50feet.

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Stick a 4K in them: Super high-res TVs are DONE

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Re: They need to release 250GB or 500GB discs for 8K and 4K...

> HDTV became a standard thanks to the Blu-Ray and the Sony Playstation3 gave a huge sales boost worldwide.

I rather felt that HDTV became accepted as a standard because it became available at about the time when flat screen TVs became affordable. The move to flatscreens was a significant benefit to a lot of people, it save tones of space in the living room and made bigger teles practical. Digital and HD just happened to be happening at the same time and got a free ride on it's coat tails.

BTW, Sony's version of HDTV was 1920x1200 not the spec we ended up with which is lousy 1080p. Sure looked good in 1990 when they lent me their demo system for a show stand. Doesn't that make it pre-date the original PS?

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Re: Here you go

Ta Steve

I feel a shopping twitch coming on.... now I just need to find a graphics card to match it

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There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES

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Re: On handguns or American morals

Americans have guns, but are legally forbidden from having nipples. Americans have guns in case they ever discover anyone who posesses a pair of nipples (therefore must be a witch)

If we import American moral standards we'll all need to surrender our nipples in return for being allowed to carry guns, but all right thinking people know that it is better to show people shooting other people than to show any evidence that people are mamals and that therefore Dawin might have had a point.

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Re: My 2p

> Not having much luck in spite of some very good reviews from a few folks whose track records mean they know what they're talking about.

This reminds me of an interview with John Lloyd where he's talking to the BBC management about the original HHGTTG series and having shown them some of the early material the senior BBC man says "Is this funny? Can anyone tell me whether this is funny?"

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Redmond may buy security company it says is wrong about AD flaw

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FAIL

So

The accountants think it would cost more than $200M to fix the bug you mean.

Why debug when you can bury more cheaply.

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Would it be BAD if the Amazon rainforest was all FARMS? Well it WAS, once

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Re: Sahara etc

> Yeah, we usually blame the extensive deforestation on the Brits - where do you think they got the timber to build all those ships to rule the world from the 16th Century on!

Err that lot of oak came from the British Isles (well mostly)

Funnily I heard something on R4 the other day where someone was saying they'd been involved in some environmental committee a few years back where they were looking at trees and visited the Forest of Dean and he was extolling the beautiful natural woodland, when a local pointed out that none of it was natural, it was all planted to grow battle ships for the navy.

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iPhone user SHAMEGASM: 'I beg of you', delete sex app from my purchase list

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Why?

Would you want to share your purchase history with anyone, let alone your parents.

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F1? No, it's Formula E as electric racing cars hit the track

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Bikes and corners

I remember back in the 70's reading a review in something like Autocar or Motor where they pitched the new Honda CBX inline 6 cylinder bike against the an Aston Martin Vantage, the bike was miles ahead at the first corner, just ahead at the end of lap 1 and then disappeared after that and no one ever accused the Vantage of being particularly good at corners. A Bugatti Veyron might beat one of these to the first corner, but after that it wouldn't see which way this thing went.

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Is there too much sex and violence on TV?

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Re: New Category Needed

Still need to be able to complain so the programme planners know we want something more interesting than the normal twaddle that pollutes the airwaves.

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