* Posts by Steven

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Steven

Missed a trick???

I'm sure Facesuck could have charged £1 or so for this, they might actually have made some money for a change. Not that I would have paid (dont use it anyway) but im sure lots of morons, I mean users would.

Scotland welcomes back wild beaver

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IT Angle

Obviously a slow news day...

Unless there beaver with frickin' lasers on there heads, I fail to see the IT angle.

Sky dishes up iPlayer-style service for Xbox 360

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So let me get this right...

They expect you to pay (minimum) £26 a month for a Sky subscription, then an extra £10 a month for mutliroom then an extra as yet undisclosed fee to use it on your Xbox?

<sarcasm> Gee £40+ a month sounds like a bargain! </sarcasm>

Welsh mum amazed by Marmite Messiah

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Dead Vulture

This story means nothing without evidence!

This story means nothing without photos! And the Welshy newspaper website has been downed by all the god seeking masses wishing to bestow their eyes on his holyness in all his marmity glory.

We demand pictures!

MP expenses leaker may never be found

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Just spat out my tea

"After watching this government's repeated failure to look after our private data, it is hard to feel sympathy when information about how they pissed our money up the wall is leaked."

That made my day.

DVLA issues double tax discs

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Pirate

Erm...

"the erroneous discs have been cancelled"

How do you tell which is which, they are identical (my partner just got 2)? Which do you keep the first one or the second?

Pirate because well the DVLA are a bunch...

Home Office to keep innocent DNA samples

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Rough Translation...

Jacqui Smith said: "These new proposals will ensure that the all inocent people are on it, and never considering where people should come off. We will ensure that the most inocent of people and childeren are added to the database no matter when or where they were convicted."

Study finds IT heads not interested in power saving

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@ AC

"@ Steven : So what? If you're happy with what you're paying fine. For a company looking to cut costs - well, when the axe falls the power bill won't be the first thing they think is putting them over the limit, will it? It's the IT people - and rightly so, if adam's attitude is typical. (Which it is, from what I've seen.)"

The axe has already fallen, funnilly enough IT were the only department not affected... strange that. Oh yeah that's right they need IT to set up all that important stuff that runs during the night...

Steven
IT Angle

RE: By N

"Attitudes towards power consumption need to change, they wouldnt leave them on if they had to pay the bill"

Erm I leave my home PC on 24/7 I pay the bill for that... Infact I have a server/desktop/network storage at home that get left on 24/7.

Doubt cast over ContactPoint security assurances

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Furthermore users of the database will be unable to save data onto USB keys or other forms of removable media, Hughes added.

Print screen will do the trick then eh?

Cabinet Office stuck with creaking PCs for five years

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IT Angle

Erm...

"the number of PCs and laptops will be reduced to as close to one per person as possible".

WTF how many computers can these people operate at once???

Virgin Media sticks with Phorm

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With Virgin ATM

But it's no trouble for me to switch to BE 24Meg or similar if they deploy Phorm :)

Spy chiefs size up net snoop gear

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Legal my arse...

"The equipment can monitor everything in each data packet passing its location in the network, allowing both "the lawful acquisition of communications data" and the "the lawful interception of communications"."

Legal?!?!? Erm Europe don't think so...

Are you getting the same mystery legal advice as BT?

Blu-ray to boom despite downturn

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Unhappy

Demand but no suply...

Now I have a PS3 and a 50" HD I want to buy everything on BluRay. Problem is, you just can't seem to get anything but Batman Begins. The Bluray section in my local Asda is smaller than a hobbit with growth deficiancy. yet the DVD section covers three massive walls (not counting the display stands).

Microsoft cut 'n' shuts search engine with bribery machine

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Happy

Keiv

Redmond revealed last week that its search engine re-launch project carried the code name of Kiev

Hmm so thats, looks substantion from the outsie, but just full of hot goo. Very fitting :)

Govt powers up electric cars with £5k subsidy

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Poluting electric cars

If these magical zero emission electric cars get their power from mr smog belching coal powerstation, I fail to see how that helps reduce emissions...

Cabinet Office promises auto-sacking for breaking email rules

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Joke

That would be all of them then?

So any Special Adviser or Minister caught using government email to play party politics, or "disseminating inappropriate material", will now be automatically dismissed. That should do it then.

Will the last one out of number 10 please shut the door, thanks.

McAfee: Save the planet - use a spam filter

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As much as I hate spam...

...if theres one thing I hate more, it's people trying to blame everything but the kitchen sink for global warming. Wonder how much carbon was burnt doing that pointless report?

Phorm director advises UK.gov broadband minister

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Joke

Ha ha...

"Meek joined Phorm in December and was quickly granted 100,000 share options"

What a sucker, a bag full of coconut hairs will be worth more in 6 months.

How gov scapegoats systems for man-made errors

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IT Angle

Hmm...

I knew something was fishy about this when I saw it on the news. Much more likely to be down to some "meatbag feckwit" than a "system error".

What would you pay for 400,000 new green jobs?

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400,000 new jobs my arse

My company works in the 'green' market i.e. waste renewal and brownfield regeneration and we've just made massive layoffs due to lack of work, funny that. If there isn't enough work for the people already in the sector where the hell are 400,000 more meant to go?

BBC Trust moots new licence laws to cope with net

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Flame

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Sounds like more money grabbing to me. Our business (which has no tellys) has to pay for 3 colour TV licenses; one per office (nearly £400 a year), just incase any staff watch a live stream on a laptop (not that anyone ever does). Frankly it's ridiculas. The beeb shouldn't get any kind of fee and should just have adverts like everyone else (i fast forward them on my sky+ anyway).

EU issues ultimatum on internet privacy

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Phorm

Ha ha ha ha ha ha. That is all.

Sky calls for access to cable network

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Alert

Just spat out my tea...

Sky complaining about unfair competition???? You've got to be kidding considering their blatant domination of the TV market, sports, movies etc. Didn't they even take a load of channels from Virgin (Sky 1 etc) at one point? Where was the competition commission then. Put your dummy back in Sky and go lay your own fibre network.

'Sunshade' global-cooling plan would ruin solar power

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Make the 'sun shade' a giant solar pannel, problem solved,

Jobs a good 'en

Copyright Me 2009

Scots and pilots brace against ID cards

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"What happens when the first airport worker refuses to register for an ID card?"

He'll be heralded as a hero by the people :)

You did what? The trials of supporting remote users

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Flame

Many a tail...

By far the most frustrating was when connectivity on one of our remote sites went down completely. After spending hours on the phone to a less then tech savy individual we eventually got to the route of the problem. She had unplugged the servers router to plug in a desk fan because she was hot...

Online advertisers team up on privacy principles

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Great Idea...

Let the wolves regulate the wolves. I won't eat any of your livestock honest guv. FAIL

Nintendo whacked with $5m Wii strap lawsuit

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$5m

gee is that how much a Samsung telly costs these days...

Not being funny but isn't the strap a second measure to actually holding the controler in your hand in the first place, grip it's a magical thing.

Leeds Council loses kids details

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I know...

We'll say there was nothing important on it, afterall no one will ever find it and hand it in, Doh!

FAIL

Microsoft preps IE 8 for the web-challenged

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FAIL!

Hmm let me see, stick to IE7 or Firefox (etc), or switch to the all new IE8 and break the internet...

Decisions, decisions...

Isn't new software meant to be better than the old version or am I missing something? Microshaft seem to be stuck in reverse. Hopefully soon they'll revert to amebas and stop making software for good, one can oly hope.

Human rights court rules UK DNA grab illegal

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Thank you again EU

After the police illegally took my fingerprints and DNA some years back for something I was never even charged with, I'll be glad to have some hope of finally having them wiped from their big brother databse.

MPs lost for Word over creaking Microsoft packages

Steven
IT Angle

Erm...

Office 2007 compatability pack anyone???

Step 1: Download from Microshaft website.

Step 2: Add to Group Policy install.

Step 3: Cup of tea.

Where exactly is their problem? Why are Microsoft working with them for a fix when there's been one around since just after Office 07 was released? Am I missing something???

Warrington first to get Virgin Media 50Mb/s

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Coat

@ All the moaning bandwidth hogging pirates!

3GB per day is more than enough for joe public, I rarely ever go over that. The only people IMO who would break 3GB per day are people downloading loads of films (undoubtedly pirated). So I'm frankly glad they throttle you, so I can keep a decent speed. Also my VM connection averages 19.something meg as I test it reguarly on speedtest.net. On my previous BT 8meg I only ever got 3meg at the best of times, usually between 1 and 2. As long as VM never implement Phorm there by far the best ISP IMHO.

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Happy

<title> :)

Looking forward to an extra 30meg for free :) Just hope they don't throttle the crap out of it!

Hotmail holdouts grumble about 'pathetic' new interface

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Thanks Microshaft

I use live mail at home but cant at work so check my email through the web interface which I normally have open only on a small portion of the screen. The new 'framed' look messes this up as I cant scroll down to see my actual emails without making the window bigger, rater frustrating. You also cant just empty your junk email with one click like you used to you now actaully have to go into it to delete it (great security guys)!

'Jaguar' Cray hypercomputer beats 1.3 petaflops

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Joke

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Bet it can't run Crysis on full settings...

Ofcom slaps down Phones4U

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@ PAYG

"What is so bonkers with UK customers! Contact phones cost more than PAYG, unless you need to sit on the back seat of the bus & keep chatting."

WTF??? How did you work that blinder out? I pay 35quid a month on contract with a free phone. Previously I had a pay as you go which I spend about a 100 a month in credit on plus 150 for the phone in the first place??? Someone needs to think before they speak me thinks.

Microsoft: Windows 7 ready for Christmas 2009

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FFS

Well I guess that 'upgrade' to Vista ultimate last year was a waste of money, thought what the hell it will be round a while and get better in time. Well thanks Microshaft thats the last time I sh!t over 150quid down the toilet on your crap.

It's a shame more software/games don't support Linux. Had a brief run in with Ubuntu and loved it, only I couldn't do anything I use my computer for! (i.e. gaming and web design).

Touchscreen robo-pharmacist calls for more CCTV snooping

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RE: Police are not interested in criminals

Ha your mate was lucky they didn't come, a friend of mine caught some guy breaking into his car and kept him in his house until police turned up. They knicked him for false imprisonment or something stupid and he ended up having to pay the criminal £2500 in compo lol.

Ubuntu goes more mobile with 8.10 release

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"Finally, Ubuntu 8.10 Server Edition supports SATA RAID controllers (sometimes called FakeRAID"

About damn time, I can finally move Ubuntu to my RAID'd 10000 Raptors instead of the old 7200 disk its currently sat on messing up my cases air flow.

London and Wales to get fast fibre

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Ha Ha BT FAILS Again!

When it was initialy talked about it was suposed to be 100mbit. I was starting to worry it would be faster than my virgin line, but as they're upgrading to 50mbit anyway, guess BT will be left behind again.

Virgin Media calls foul on web speed testers

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Well...

My 20MB Virgin line came up as 19.1MB on speedtest.net so can't complain there. My previous BT 8MB came up as 2.6MB...

Look forward to an extra 30 meg!!!

Wireless-data LED lamps to replace lightbulbs - US profs

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Alert

Fantastic...

as long as everyone only uses the internet at night...

BT's Phorm small print: It's all your fault

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Stop

WTF

I cant believe BT is getting away with the sh!t. At least when they were trying to do something illegal last time they didn't do it in full public sight.

UK minister looks for delete key on user generated content

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Why is it...

This government seems to want to rubberstamp every little frickin thing we do before we are allowed to to it. Soon we'll have to fill in a 10 page health and safety risk assessment before even pressing the power button on our computers.

The internet is the last bastion of free speech in this world, luckily it was originally developed to survive a nuclear bomb so hopefully it should survive nu labours bum fuckery of our remaining civil liberties </rant>

Nintendo introduces redesigned DS

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Paris Hilton

Erm...

Wouldn't it have made a damn site more sense to have put the camera on the front???

Could have been useful for some inovative games I'm sure.

Senators push for restrictions on laptop searches

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Excuse me sir...

Can I have your password please?

A) Erm. No.

Tiny MyCar named electric vehicle of the year

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Erm...

3 problems I see = 40mph top speed + 40mile max range + 6-8 hour recharge...

So it takes your an hour to get 40 miles then you have to wait a further 6-8 hours to set off on another hour trip back... fantastic. I could probably walk it as quick and I wouldn't have to pay for the leccy.

BT's third Phorm trial starts tomorrow

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Stop

Just emailed this to all employees at our company:

If anyone uses BT Broadband you may get an email asking you to join BT Web Wise.

Please make sure you DON’T do this. The system is being fronted as a security tool, but in actuality monitors ALL of your internet usage and uses it to target you with advertising. This includes but is not limited to all websites you view, any details you enter into websites (including passwords, bank details etc) messages sent via instant messaging clients such as MSN and your personal emails.

The system is currently under investigation by the European courts and the Information Commissioners Office for breaches of the data protection act and wiretapping laws.

Please forward this email on to anyone you know who uses BT Broadband and feel free to sign the downing street petition against Phorm (the company behind Web Wise) here:

http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/ispphorm/

Thanks.

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