* Posts by Rob Crawford

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ID cards poster girl laments her £30

Rob Crawford
Grenade

Oh look

she is really dreary and barely literate.

Perhaps her employers should be annoyed at losing £30 as I'm sure she claimed it on expenses.

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Want nips like church coat pegs? Click here

Rob Crawford
WTF?

Why oh why

Jesus you could have somebody eye out with those

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BT quotes pensioner £150,000 to get broadband

Rob Crawford

Errr

Heh I'm the AC you are replying to.

Have a look through all the comments, so many are stating basically saying "Ooooh you live in the country fuck off and shut up"

Try the national news where nothing happens outside the M25 (unless it's the BBC news who have finally discovered Manchester)

Hence my displeasure even though I do currently live in a city (which isn't London.)

For the other commenter believe it or not apart from housing, transport, food, fuel, clothing & electricity are all tend to be cheaper than other cities in the UK.

When I moved from London my monthly expenses actually rose (excluding housing as I was living pretty central) When it is all said and done my outgoings are about the same as London but without the extra money for living there.

Where I live a the average terraced house is more expensive than Barking, Bexley and also the counties of Kent & Essex (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/spl/hi/in_depth/uk_house_prices/html/houses.stm)

BTW where I am living now is amongst the lowest salaries (for the same roles) within the UK. However before being called a whinge I am prepared to suffer for a better overall quality of life for my family.

So do you want to have another go at justifying higher salaries for Londoners?

With the original Welsh point however:

With the closure of local banks & post offices, plus the insistence of almost everything being placed online (including masses of stuff farmers and other rural people are expected to keep up to date with) for many people internet connectivity is increasingly important.

In addition when the forced digital switch over takes place how many people will lose their TV & radio signals and be told, Oh Mrs Jones just listen to us via the internet, which of course she cannot do?

With the amount of tax money spent on researching internet connectivity in the 3rd world would it not be an idea to roll out such coverage within the UK?

A fast internet connection to the village from nearby fibre (already mentioned) and a wireless hotspot / repeater / mesh network (also already mentioned) would benefit everybody in that area and be cheaper than upgraded exchanges and all that copper.

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Rob Crawford

In Scotland

there have been projects to cover precisely these issues.

Essentially a base station is setup in a village and folks in the area are supplied with suitable equipment to connect to the base station.

For more distant users a mesh network allows hops across end users kit back to the base station.

From the Radio 4 programme it ended up cheaper than putting in a lot of DSL kit into smaller exchanges.

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Rob Crawford
Coat

What on earth would Londoners need broadband for?

To look at places where people would actually want to live of course

Mines the coat holding tickets marked depart London

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BBC iPlayer to run on iPads. Eventually

Rob Crawford

Oi

I have both Android & Symbian phones and neither work with iPlayer does that make me a fanboi?

I will give you a hint no it doesn't I'm simply a pragmatist that won't buy a phone which is atrocious at making phone calls (DOH stupid me)

If you have the right Nokia the BEEB will allow sideloading or streaming, but the majority of Nokia phones are not supported. Hint theres a shitload more Android & Symbian phones than iPhones

I have beebplayer installed but if exemption can be made for the iPhone/iPod then why not other platforms?

Yet heres the BEEB talking about the as yet unreleased leisure item known as the iPad getting support.

Ok so when FroYo turns up I will have Flash (even though dislike flash)

However the Apple/BBC love affair is a bit annoying.

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Terence Conran slams 'appalling' Olympic mascots

Rob Crawford
Grenade

Oh look

another puddle of piss for the public to look at.

As if it's not bad enough having to pay for the regeneration of east london we are going to have to tolerate more inane logos/characters.

Personally I think they should have had Michael Barrymore as the olympic mascot as he is genuinely worthy of the loathing which would result

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Google blames developers for lousy Android battery life

Rob Crawford

Que

for the benefit of normal people and your point (+ justification) is what?

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Garlands folds: 1000 call-centre jobs axed in Northeast

Rob Crawford
Unhappy

Oh bugger

I always found that if I got a North East accent when phoning Virgin that matters usually improved.

Certainly in the Virgin empire the call centres in that region where actually helpful and useful therefore I am saddened both for Virgin customers and most of all for the staff who have lost their jobs

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Apple patent filing portends Google ad war

Rob Crawford
WTF?

Yes I would really want

apple, google or anybody else installing software because I walked past somebodys shop or cafe

It's bad enough with Safari and the fucking google tool bar creeping on to machines without a herd of other shite turning up.

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Judge de-ASBOes yoof's low-slung kecks

Rob Crawford
Alien

Not so much stupid as ........!

Dosn't look so much stupid as disabled

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Watchdog calls for Google break-up

Rob Crawford

This irritates me

People choose to use Google.

It's not like the old BT or Bell monopolies where you had no choice about where you bought your phone service from.

There are alternate services to choose from and you can even use Google to search for them.

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HTC Desire

Rob Crawford

Facebook games

FarmVille runs perfectly fine in a Desire browser window, I was a bit surprised

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Rob Crawford

yeah it does

yeah the Desire more than handles Layar, infact the android marketplace is waving it under my nose all the time.

It works but I havn't found a use for it (so it departed from my phone)

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Rob Crawford
Thumb Up

Hmmm Desire

It isn't normal for me to have the newest device as phones et al are utility devices to me, however I got my Desire just over a week ago and I am incredibly happy with it.

I strikes me as being everything the iPhone should have been (and more).

Unlike my experience of the iPhone the actual phone performance is excellent and the battery performance is much better too (with the option of battery replacement).

I was very pleased with the camera considering the tales of other HTC devices.

Audiowise for playback I find it considerably better than my iPod touch (original version) or my daughters 2nd gen device both of which have a constant hiss through decent headphones (UE SuperFi 5s), no it's quiet, and I have no issues with a flat eq (the UE phones create enough depth for me)

Any complaints:

battery life after 11 days I still have the desire to fiddle with it & murder the battery though I can get (almost) 2 days if I only use it as a phone & email device

Touch screen is very sensitive and screen can act weird because the fingertips of my phone holding hand is just brushing the screen.

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Overzealous Orange cuts off customer, still bills

Rob Crawford

Unfortunitly

the answer is yes

Apparently the 'request' for capping the charge was only a request (no obligation or Orange to do so according to the solicitor)

By this time Orange had called in the debt collectors and it would have cost too much to fight them.

Ironically I had previously had the 'joy' of looking after my previous called Orange phones and they where constantly being suspended because of unusual calling activity.

I guess they prefer their business customers to their regular customers.

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Rob Crawford

Why I won't use orange.

I once had a contract phone with Orange.

15 quid per month and as far as I was concerned a limit of 15 of additional calls per month.

Lo & behold a £600 bill turned up, followed a couple of days later an additional £300.

Apparently somebody in my daughters school had taken the phone (my daughter had 'borrowed' the phone for a couple of days) and been phoning home to Hong Kong.

Amazingly Orange had no record of any limits placed on the phone & a flurry of international calls did not raise any interest by Oranges security dept.

Since then I have refused to have anything to do with orange and will always steer people away from them becasue they are crap

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Jobsian email axes early-iPhone support

Rob Crawford

Arguing from a position of ignorance

Obviously you are talking about a different Nokia as I have had nokia phones which have received updates for considerably more than 2 years (N95 being one example)

NEW FEATURES (I can shout too, impressive isn't it) for the iPhone, so the firmware updates add extra hardware too?

Oh actually just cut & paste and, bug fixes, app updates & fluff, they never for example fixed the bluetooth to actually do anything useful.

Sorry I was mistreated right through the 90s by Apple;

every motherboard used a different pinout on the RAM modules so you couldn't upgrade and bring your RAM with you).

Being unable to transfer your NuBus cards over to your new machine

Trying to force people to use only Apple branded SCSI drives.

Apple have a long and vernerable reputation for being money grubbing shits.

Like it or loathe it the iPhone is just one of a long list of make it obsolete (in the 90s 3 months was enough) and force your customers to buy again, again, again (repeat ad nauseam)

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Labour unfriends Twitter rant candidate

Rob Crawford

Oh well

now nobody can vote for him.

From what I read I am unable to find anything that he tweeted that I actually disagree with.

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Lower termination rates will bring pricey data

Rob Crawford
Grenade

How many people want 4G?

TBH if the phone companys are not earning enough from 3G (not enough users) then what makes them think that the world needs 4G

If I'm away from the office & home I can get along perfectly well with 3G, what's the rush (probably selling new handsets to everybody I suppose)

Just because something is possible and a small number of people have decided that they have to have it dosn't mean it's worth doing.

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Chip maker to take on iPad with $99 tablet

Rob Crawford

Has it got

a user replaceable battery?

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Energizer site still plagued by data-stealing trojan

Rob Crawford

Right

so why has nobody moved to have them kicked off line due to them spreading malware?

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Facebook faces Home Sec over lack of 'panic button'

Rob Crawford
FAIL

Once again

the government say do it our way and never mind the reality.

Oh yeah a panic button will fix it, yeah right of course it will.

I wonder how much Jim Gambles team(I remember when he was a cop over here and he loved the media attention) they where charged for creating the 'Panic Button'

I hate to say it, but some people need an IQ higher than their age rather than a panic button

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Nazi-doodlebug-powered father of all paintball guns patented

Rob Crawford

Oh Yeah

I forgot it's also the reason that one has to be careful about the oil used in decent air rifles as along side an increase of muzzle velocity would usually be accompanied with a fragmented pellet (and unhappy air rifle)

I have vague memories of a British air rifle from the late 19th century which used the compression of ether as a propellant (technically it becomes a firearm at that point).

Actually thinking about it surely the paintball gun becomes a fully fledged firearm and therefore requires a licence

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Rob Crawford

Prior art

it already exists in so many forms (including the internal combustion engine) how can a patent be granted.

I had a fine spud gun that ran on ether or nitrous oxide almost 20 years ago.

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Android native code kit apes iPhone game 3D

Rob Crawford
Thumb Up

Lacking a suitable title

Google seems to be heading in the right direction with the Android platform.

Between

Apple insisting on 100 quid a year and the devkit being Mac only, along with horrendous NDAs and restrictions.

Symbian being a complete dogs dinner, I can see why they did certain things but try developing an app which used GPS without a $200 developer cert <shudder> and testing on a real phone.

Now if somebody would only give me a decent Android based phone (2.0 or later) I would be a very happy little home coder.

I don't know about Google as a company, but they deserve to do well in the phone market because they are making developers (both commercial and home based) feel welcome

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Skype arrives on Nokia Symbian phones

Rob Crawford

3 & Skype

Well atleast you can have the 3 & the proper client installed at the same time.

I didn't get any calls because everybody I know had better things to do than call me but for outgoing calls over WiFi it was fine, and I will stick with the 3 version for 'on the move' usage because I know it's free and any call quality issues are nothing to do with my data connection.

There seems to be issues on the discussion groups about incoming calls and also non English installations over at the Skype discussion boards.

This version is starting to sound more like a large scale beta rather than a finished version, which I wouldn't mind as long as they told me.

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Rob Crawford

3 & Skype

Having an e63 from 3 as my 'spare' phone is damn useful when away from home so far.

However I am not sure if this new release will coexist with Threes version and you may get hit with data charges which you where not expecting if you switch versions (as the non 3 version of messenger eats into your data allowance)

If I get time tonight I will check (but thats a big IF)

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BBC confirms death of 6Music, slashes online budget by a quarter

Rob Crawford
Flame

Quality programming my brown eye

If they wanted quality programming BBC3 & Radio 1 would have bitten the dust.

Ironically the claim of not cutting across other broadcasters would have meant the death of Radio1 & 2, BBC4 (cuts across every shite channel) and News24 competes with Sky News et al.

Basically lets keep what the great unwashed and the elite (read media types & politicians) want and fuck the rest of us!

Even the Asian Network was better than Radio1 Xtra (but no damn 60s Cambodian pop or Korean psychedelia)

Bastards

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'We're on a virtual walk out of Africa', futurologist tells Intel partners

Rob Crawford
WTF?

Glad they had an intelligent panel

"Futurist Ray Hammond declared that computers were rapidly approaching human levels of intelligence"

If he has dais human levels of stupidity then I may have agreed but I guess I would have been shouting bollocks at him.

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BBC to cull radio stations, halve websites in painful biz review

Rob Crawford
Coat

Things which could be lost

Radio1 Extra (sorry spelling it Xtra is not not cool it's crap) nobody listens to it and plays the same calculated demographic dross as Radio1

Some BBC local radio stations should be merged (I would prefer terminated but will settle for merged)

BBC3, crap comedys and Family Guy

Asian Network, nobody is listening so it should go, plus I assume you haven't heard the dozens of 'local' Asian stations in any of the major UK towns. From what the Asian Network seem to be trying to do is something a coalition of local stations would be a better model for

RE: AC & the Asian network, can I ask where the non generic 'white' radio stations (as you term them) are. 6Music ithe only place I stand a chance of hearing The Gang of Four in the same week as King Tubby and the 13th floor Elevators.

I'm afraid I fall into the category demographic of not having reached senility, not wanting to listen to golden oldies, dad rock or the pre-chewed pap which is sold to kids these days.

6Music is the only place I can indulge my love of Dub, decent funk, krautrock, psych or garage bands

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Mandybill petition puts hacks in a spin

Rob Crawford

@Workstation

Indeed the combination of alleged 'orphan works' and the lack of clarification of what constitutes evidence (and appeal procedure) are my concerns

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Does Apple patent claim show iPad with built-in camera?

Rob Crawford

Hmmm

I like the term "Ear Speaker"

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iPad forces operators to shave their SIMs

Rob Crawford
FAIL

Still not managed to actually read the article?

MICRO & MINI BOTH SUPPORT THESE FEATURES

Just because the feature is there doesn't mean it's used, whats so hard about that?

Using the features is not mandatory

FFS learn to read th whole thing

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MPs demand UK government end secrecy over ACTA

Rob Crawford

Seems Mandy

doesn't like any scrutiny for anything he is involved in does he?

No wonder the house of commons spent so much time working on rules to prevent Mandy returning to the HOC from the Lords (minimum of 5 years between resigning as a lord & being able to stand as an MP).

He would be like a rubber ball,

Mandy becomes a peer,

Resign as peer when safe seet is available

Stand in a safe seat

Become MP

Get kicked out for something dodgy (again)

& repeat ad nausium

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Vomit cannon to protect vessels from pirates, paparazzi

Rob Crawford

Hmmm I wonder

if there the super yacht owners will be getting hit with some form of assault charge.

While not a fan of the press if they are in a public place it seems unfair that the super rich can take action and a normal person would be in deep shit for taking any action.

As for a puke ray vs RPG I would still think the RPG has the advantage

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Brown offers free laptops to deprived UK schoolkids

Rob Crawford

Scratches head

UK wide call for the funding for English laptops

If so then fuck off

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Google tries to quietly trample on Apple's toes

Rob Crawford

Bad news

the majority of the world mobile phone market isn't the USA, and to be honest the US mobile market is absurdly behind the rest of the world.

Name a US mobile phone mfgr who produces a product that sells well outside of the US (the last one was the Moto Razr which was popular for a few months) apart from the iPod + strapon phone

The US mobile phone system is fragmented, the roaming is crap and the number of dropped calls you suffer is ridiculous.

Lets be honest the iPhone is an iPod Touch with a 2nd rate phone built in (I only know one iPhone user who thinks it's a decent phone).

Personally I hope Google don't make a hash of things as Nokia & Sony Ericsson need some competition even if I do have 2 nokia phones (and an iPod Touch)

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Fujitsu workers picket London HQ

Rob Crawford
Grenade

FYI

They said Thatcherism was dead,

If a company can post record profits then can at least pay a cost of living pay rise to those who generated those profits. It's allegedly a low rate of inflation (though my household bills don't say that) at least match that faked rate.

Fujitsu say they are cash strapped (only £110M profit this year) but have not mentioned the payment from HMG for the NHS project as it's a one off payment (reckoned to be £400M)

Don't take the piss out of the staff if you want them to be content.

Regarding the redundancys:

The company refused to consider any other options and initially where even refusing to consider transfers to other roles, absences/sabbaticals (paid or reduce pay) like the Honda (& BA) offered.

Any sort of discussion only took place when the original strike was due.

Why not leave:

For those saying you can leave you are probably the 2nd rate web monkeys who have to switch jobs as you don't have enough Star Wars toys in your work area and have to leave when people find out you cant really do your job anyway.

Yeah I can and probably will leave Fujitsu, bit I like to show commitment to the projects I'm involved in. However for some people they either DON'T have readily transferable skills (VME experts anybody ?) or skills that everybody & their dog have.

When you have a mortgage, car payments, kids and bills it's not always easy to change jobs and people should not be ridiculed for seeking decent treatment and a bit of security, so grow up and put that saucer of milk down.

Pensions:

For some people the pension scheme was the last remaining reason to stay at Fujitsu.

Time Wasters & Poor service:

I'm all for the yearly appraisals and the like where the manager to tell a staff member they are lazy, shiftless or just plain crap. I don't like having to carry the lazy bastards either, it makes my job harder and they are usually paid more than me.

We all know that theres people in every company who take 10 minute work breaks from their coffee drinking and the problem of inept managers, sadly very few of the redundancys involve these people (as is usually the case).

Some of us put shit loads of extra hours in each week to give the best service we can (I'm going to lose 38 hours flexi-time on the 1st Jan cos I haven't had time to take as I'm only allowed to take 7.25 hours per month)

But I am doing my best for Fujitsu and the customers despite standing with a placard on Friday morning.

I want Fujitsu to succeed but they can't if they continue to take the piss out of their employees

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Critics aim to sink Titanic ice cubes

Rob Crawford

Never changes does it

If course if you had a clue you would know that 1690 has very little to do with it (apart from an excuse for senile old men to march about in bowler hats & sashes, and the other lot who can't live without them becasue then they would have no soapbox to shout from)

But then you are probably bitching about the French cos the Normans invaded in 1066, or perhaps the Scots regarding the Battle of Culloden or the Edwards oppression of the Welsh.

So please grow up, and gain the backbone to include your name

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Rob Crawford
WTF?

Fecking Titanic

as a resident of Belfast I am sick to death of the Titanic (and the further commercialization of the damn thing.)

In he case of the ice cubes I find it funny, but with the developers with The Titanic Quarter, I'm hoping it will slide under the waves with all the property developers still onboard

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Ladies put off tech careers by sci-fi posters, Coke cans

Rob Crawford

Pastel wookies and half eaten images of nature

I'd just be glad to work somewhere that isn't a fucking dungeon (and not the interesting sort either)

The current office I work in has early 80s decor & furniture, but at least the 90s are only a few years away

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Epson models wearable PlayStation 3

Rob Crawford

Ans the appropiate phrase is

sad twat

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RIPA III: A legislative turkey comes home to roost

Rob Crawford
WTF?

Slight hole in this whole thing

If I lad something considered illegal encrypted on my PC what would I do ?

Would I ?

a: reveal the key and hand them the evidence, and get a suitable criminal & CRB record

or

b. Refuse to divulge the key and have a criminal record which would do less damage to my future.

Thats a hard one.

So it won't stop the people they claim to be after from getting away with a lesser charge, yet the innocents (or those who do not wish to divulge commercial, private or contact details) will receive something which will mess up their future employment prospects.

Hmmmm

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Cisco pumps out iPhone security app

Rob Crawford
WTF?

Not for iPod touch

Apparently it needs a microphone

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Corel receives bigger buyout offer

Rob Crawford
Alert

Coral

the company who has destroyed almost as many products as CA

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TalkTalk to fight net disconnection plan

Rob Crawford
WTF?

Im still wondering

What will constitute evidence of file sharing, and who will collect this evidence.

Will it be people paid by the record/film industry as I certainly wouldn't trust them as they have to find infringements to justify being paid.

Will they be paid a commission on every person they 'discover'?

Will a government quango be setup to do all this checking?

What constitutes file sharing, just because a file is named say "Seven_Nation_Army-White_Stripes.MP3" is that what the file actually is (will they download and confirm each and every file)

Yet again I am wrong in believing that accusation is not the same as proof

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Lily Allen exits Twitter, bins BlackBerry

Rob Crawford

Good

Now she will have the time to learn to fucking sing

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DARPA, Microsoft, Lockheed team up to reinvent TCP/IP

Rob Crawford

Excellent

I was always amused at how the MS idea of TCP/IP differed from the rest of the world (such as how many addresses would be available for hosts on a given subnet) I will await the outcome of the research.

This was based on answers which had to be given for MS qualifications that workmates where studying for (ir going through various braindumps)

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Greens more likely thieves and liars, says shock study

Rob Crawford
IT Angle

Hmmmm

I remember when my wife used to work in restaurants, several of them where health food / wholefood / veggie / vegan establishments, whats the point ?

I have so say that apart from riding bikes and supposedly eating healthy, I have yet to see people who drank & smoked to such excess.

It always struck me that they believed that they could trade one lifestyle aspect off against another (while assuming the moral high ground) this study seems to hint that I wasn't just imagining things.

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