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Web inventor Berners-Lee: I so did NOT see this cat vid thing coming

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Holmes

Re: Mine of Information

Doctor Dark, I assume?

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The micro YOU used in school: The story of the Research Machines 380Z

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Re Nascom (Gemini) and John Marshall

Another great article, as also was the one a couple of months ago about Chris Shelton and the Nascom 1. Both articles have brought back many memories of that time. Excellent.

I worked for John Marshall from 1978 to 1986, firstly as Technical Coordinator at Nascom, then as Technical Manager at Gemini Microcomputers (later becoming Gemini Computer Systems). They were certainly fascinating times.

I didn't spot the Shelton/Nascom article until several days after it had appeared, so chose not to respond then as most people had already read it, commented, and moved on. However, as this article is much fresher I thought I would take the opportunity to report something that I have not spotted reported anywhere in any press.

That is that John Marshall sadly died suddenly of a heart attack on Hove / Brighton front 3 - 4 years ago. I had maintained periodic contact with him since I had left Gemini in 1986 and to the end John was still very entrepreneurial, working on various projects, forever seeking to repeat that rare mix of ideas/timing/execution (and luck!) that had resulted in the massive and somewhat unexpected success of the Nascom 1 - the original aim of which was to allow his semiconductor sales company to sell lots more components!

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Vodafone slurps MEELLLIONS for redirecting police hotline calls

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Facepalm

Re: Hey Vodaphone

Downvoted for pointing out the misspelling of the name of one of the world's largest and best known companies?

How strange you are.

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Headmaster

Re: Hey Vodaphone

I doubt "Vodaphone" are paying anyone anything ever.

Perhaps you mean the company referred to in the article a number of times, which is Vodafone?

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Fanbois vs fandroids: Punters display 'tribal loyalty'

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FAIL

As always...

...there's lies, damn lies and extrapolating survey results.

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New rules to end cries of 'WTF... a £10 online booking fee?'

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Unhappy

Re: Believe it when I see it

As I read it this ruling is purely to do with differential costs incurred relating to payment types. So if they are charging everyone the same "admin fee" then this does not stop them continuing to do so.

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Google Shopping Express dips toe in same-day home delivery

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Headmaster

Re: Combine it with Streetview

...should HAVE turned left...

As in: I have, you have, he has ... not I of, you of, he of.

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BT's shock new wheeze: Make phone calls from smartphones

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Facepalm

As this is free to register and then lets you use the free/inclusive elements of your BT package, just how is this a "new way to rob the public"?

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Contrary to other comments here, it presents your MOBILE number on outgoing calls.

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5,000 UK pubs get free Wi-Fi... and they're not even all in London

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Headmaster

Translation

...our...pubs...handily...Greggs...

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Take a number, says new social network

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Facepalm

982-537-2374 has now gone

So, is it the real Zuckerberg or not?

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Apple said to be testing 46, 55-inch big-screen TVs

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Re: 40 inch is big enough for me.

Using a computer monitor as a computer monitor is not the same as using a TV as a TV, so the same distance rule does not apply to both.

With a computer monitor you are not looking at the whole screen all of the time, but concentrating on a portion of it - you therefore sit closer.

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Australian cops bust Romanian credit card thieves

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Headmaster

Australian cops bust Romanian credit card theives

Is thieves spelled differently in Australian?

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Android seven-inchers swipe rug from under Apple

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Headmaster

The rules for apostrophe use are quite simple...

"That has prompted Apple to get out a small tablet of it’s own,..."

It's is a contraction of "it is" or "it has."

Its is the possessive form of "it."

Simples.

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Skype 3.0 lands on Android tabs, says all your bass are belong to it

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FAIL

Broken for many

There are huge numbers of "Reviews" in Google Play complaining that this update has broken Skype for them. Bizarrely a number of people are saying they can't get it to work at all now, but have still given it 4 or 5 stars! I can only assume if you have previously reviewed it and then re-review it you are unable to downgrade your rating? Otherwise, people are seemingly saying it's good that it's broken!

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Religious wars brewing in ICANN gTLD expansion

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I've been unable to find any reference to Apple in this thread.

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Watchdog hits out at malware racking up premium-rate charges

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Room 101

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New Trojan routes your bank's calls to CROOKS

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Asks for landline SP!

The fraudsters are asking their targets for their phone number AND their Phone Service Provider, giving them a pull-down menu choice of BT, TalkTalk, Sky and Other.

At this point I would hope that most rational human beings would ask themselves "Why do they need that?".

Let's face it, can you think of any other (non-telecom related) business that would ever have any reason to ask that question? Has any (non-telecom related) business ever asked them that before?

People really need to be more savvy when online - but I know many won't be...

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Rumoured 'GarageBand for e-books' to bulldoze textbook biz

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FAIL

SepArately!

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Swiss insist file-sharers don't hurt copyright holders

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I'm curious...

...what specific incident are you referring to in your "Sing a Michael Jackson Song = 5 Years" comment?

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Jim Westwood, home micro revolutionary

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WTF?

Really?

I think that referring to any Sinclair product as hifi would require significant redefinition of that word!

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Shock movie upset - Daniel Craig still James Bond 007

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Unhappy

Casino great, Solace awful, Skyfall ???

I really enjoyed Craig as the new Bond in Casino Royale - to me it was Bond Reborn, in much the way Christian Bales first Batman was an excellent restart of that franchise. But was I the only one that struggled to work out what the heck was going on in Solace?

I saw it at the Odeon, Leicester Square, the day after the Premier and have to say the sound was awful. I couldn't decide whether the difficulty of hearing what was being said was the problem to grasping the plot, or whether it was just all pretty random in the first place.

Here's hoping the next one gets back to the promise seen in the first Craig Bond.

Skyfall or Sky-FAIL ?

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Jobs was 'working on future product day before he died'

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Alien

Is it not more likely...

Is it not more likely that the call to Cook was getting him to go visit Jobs because he knew the end was near - and that either Jobs or Cook used the "future product" line in order to cover that fact?

Just my own thought...

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Currys, PC World websites slated by punters

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WTF?

Paying for postage & packing is "annoying"?????

"Around 40 per cent of shoppers found paying a high price, *** or indeed any price ***, for postage and packing annoying,..."

I run an e-commerce site. So far I haven't found any organisation that is willing, FOR NO FEE, to come and collect the items from my premises each evening and then deliver them to any location within the UK the next morning.

Rather than price everything so that the charge I have to pay is included (hidden?) within it, I charge a price PER DELIVERY - reflecting my actual cost. So if someone purchases multiple items they aren't paying multiple (hidden) delivery costs.

I consider this approach gives the best possible value to my customers and would have hoped they appreciate it...

(Incidentally, once the order gets above a certain value then I take a margin loss and do not charge for the delivery.)

Now I'm being told 40% of people find any charge "annoying".

** SO ** - Perhaps any of these 40% can advise me where any of these magical free packing and delivery service can be found so I can start using them? Perhaps Santa's elves are available for most of the year (excluding December of course)...

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One in 10 Brits leaves web passwords in their will

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FAIL

You do the maths

"One in 10 Brits leaves web passwords in their will"

"...as a survey suggests that 11 per cent of Brits have..."

So that'll be 1 in 9 then!

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Renault Wind Gordini roadster

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WTF?

Euch

I've seen a few of these around and still recoil in horror at its total utter and complete ugliness each and every time.

The Nissan Juke is a work or art in comparison and at least has some sort of cuteness about it.

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Osun MushRoom Green Zero USB charger

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Stop

Yes it is worse!

"So you are saying that 100% -> 95% done 4 times is any worse for a battery than 100% -> 80% once - lithium ion has no 'memory effect' so it shouldn't."

Lithium ion may not have "memory effect" but that is not the relevant factor here. One of the key factors on overall battery life is the number of charge/discharge cycles any particular technology is good for. So 100% -> 95% done 4 times *IS* worse as you are using up 4 of your battery's charge/discharge lives rather than just 1.

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Chinese giant figures to muscle into UK mobe market

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Headmaster

Dear Anonymous Cowardly Coward

http://www.stephenfry.com/forum/topic/aitch-not-haitch

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My Opinion
Headmaster

Not quite right!

"All of this will be accompanied by suitable promotions explaining how to pronounce the name of the company (HU-AH-WAY) – a problem that HTC never had to face."

Not quite right - perhaps HTC could try to educate the ignoramuses who believe it is "Haitch Tea Cee" as opposed to the correct and altogether more pleasant "Aitch Tea Cee".

(Whilst I'm on this topic, perhaps the BBC could also train some of their announcers that it is "Bee Bee Cee One Aitch Dee" and not the quite frequently used "Bee Bee Cee One Haitch Dee".)

That's all...

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Just 0.2% of Facebook flogged for $133m

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Meh

pflat - The article has been edited

pflat, your comment was made after the article was edited/corrected but before the post pointing this out was deleted!

So the post was correct at the time it was written...

Your apology is gratiously accepted - thank you!

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Burg 5 watch phone

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Facepalm

Exactly how disorganised are you?

"makes an ideal backup phone for those inevitable moments when your regular handset dies"...."it has come to my rescue numerous times over the last week".

My own phone gets regular use every day, yet I could not even begin to remember the last time, if ever, it ran out of battery on me. However, you seem to manage it with yours numerous times per week?

Don't you ever think of charging it?

PS: Despite your own apparent ineptitude I am still sorely temped by this "sick" device!

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News International grabs SunOnSunday.co.uk domain

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Facepalm

Bruy/brought...bing/bought???

Buy is to bought, as bring is to brought.

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Go SMS Pro

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FAIL

All I can say is...

...that I hope the plethora of spelling / grammar / punctuation errors in the Valentine's Messages is not indicative of the quality of everything else.

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Five jailed for £140m VAT scam

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FAIL

Some of you seem to have missed this...

"The gang members got a flat fee of up to £30,000 for their work."

So, no, they haven't got equal portions of a very large sum - it would appear just one of them has got the thick end of the dosh all to himself.

And I don't think "up to £30,000" is much compensation for any number of years in the slammer, no matter how low security.

Mind you, they'll probably come out better educated in crime and detection avoidance, and thus able to avoid the same mistakes again.

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RIM BlackBerry Bold 9780 smartphone

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Thumb Up

Re: Aim for what you need right now - That's what I say...

Two things I say to friends looking to buy anything "tech":

1) NOW - Buy the best you can for the most you are willing to pay - being wary of the sharp price increment for the very latest / highest spec.

2) FUTURE - Once you have done 1) STOP LOOKING - otherwise you will see what you've just bought get cheaper and something better will come along for the same price.

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VAT fraudster gets 9 years for refusing £40m bill

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Thumb Down

Are you definitely defiant?

Is that you who's being defiant, or the rapists who are being defiant?

And just what is being defied?

We need a definite answer.

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Boffin

Simple solution

If he gives the money back then perhaps they'll knock off the extra 9 years.

Murderers and rapists can't refund their crimes.

The decision for this guy - "simples".

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WTF?

Stelios

Am I alone in thinking this guy looks like Stelios?

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Thumb Down

Who are scared?

Are you referring to one of the largest companies in the world?

You see, I've never heard of Vodaphone.

On the other hand, I have heard of Vodafone.

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Cops taser Somerset chap's nether regions

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Joke

What a balls-up...

...well, nearly!

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Garage card scammer jailed

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There could be an obvious reason for that...

...like there being more Shell stations?

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Twitter on a ZX Spectrum

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Unhappy

What about Nascom?

I have seen no comments here about the Nascom. Surely that was represented there?

The Nascom was a British self-build 2MHz Z80 based kit on a 12" x 8" board with 1K ROM and 1K RAM as standard and a "full" keyboard. Output was normally via a domestic TV (it had a modulator on-board) and loading/saving via a domestic cassette recorder.

It was launched in 1977 at £199 (plus VAT). A lot of kit for the price at the time! (Mind you, that didn't include a power supply which you had to buy (and build) separately.

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Robot cars can now do a Rockford into a parking space

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FAIL

They're obviously not very confident it will work...

...otherwise they'd be parking it between their own cars, which can be seen briefly in the corner of the shot.

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Humax ships Freeview HD box

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WTF?

Hedley Phillips - find some new friends!

"And if you don't have an HD tuner then watching SD on a big LCD TV is awful, the picture quality is rubbish, blurred and washed out (I have spent a lot of time at friends houses who have new LCD's and the picture on our CRT is much clearer)."

All I can say is that your friends must have made very poor choices of TV sets or not set them up right.

We have a 42" Pioneer - OK, I admit it's plasma, not LCD. But then many people either lump ALL flat-screens under just the "LCD" label or the "plasma" label. Many simply don't know they are the different types!

Anyway, 95% of our source material is through a Humax 9200 - the very piece of equipment you say you have - so all SD source.

The picture is stunning! Even my wife, who is as great a technophobe as you can find, has said that she finds natural world type programs on this combination truly amazing. Her words "this is when your new TV really comes into its own".

Our pictures are not blurred; they are not washed out - they are awesome!

I suggest you tell your friends to buy decent sets - or perhaps they just need to spend some time setting up the ones they have!

And yes, I agree the Humax 9200 is a superb piece of kit - I trust you have made sure it has been updated with the various software updates that have come along from time to time. The updates have made this the only piece of consumer equipment I have ever owned that gets BETTER over time with great new features being added as time goes by.

Get the right set, make sure it's set up right, and you can really enjoy SD material.

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