* Posts by Bert 1

116 posts • joined 14 Jan 2010

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Hotter than the Sun: JET – Earth’s biggest fusion reactor, in Culham

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Happy

Excited

I'm just excited by the production of Helium. I hadn't realised that.

I'll start using party balloons again.

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It's official: Users navigate flat UI designs 22 per cent slower

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Pirate

Re: Personally

I'm the error bar too, I lie, or give random answers.

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Donald Trumped: Comey says Prez is a liar – and admits he's a leaker

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Coat

Re: Impeachment?

"but technically under clause 4, sub-section III, sub-para-9 of the whatever act that wasn't technically illegal"...

"All nations attending the conference are only allocated one parking space." Is that entirely relevant sir?

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Gravitational waves permanently change spacetime, say astroboffins

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Re: stretching effects on quantum foam? Eddy's in the Space-Time Continuum?

And this is his sofa, is it?

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Tablets become feebleslabs as sales spiral down

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FAIL

Got one. Meh

I got a Hudl with a keyboard attached.

We take a lot of photos on holiday, and I like to back them up onto a USB stick while we are away. I also occasionally connect into work

I thought a tablet would be a better solution than a netbook: lighter, modern, touch screen.

Citrix was fine, but it turns out that USB OTG is a complete pain in the arse. Basically it doesn't work.

The result is that I still take the trusty NC10, which has now been loaded with Ububtu. I was quite disappointed really. And it's not supported any longer, I believe.

I still use it occasionally, but it doesn't offer me much advantage over the phone (and its usually further away, with a flat battery). If I need a bigger screen, I use the PC.

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BBC surrenders 'linear' exclusivity to compete with binge-watch Netflix

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Re: Content is king

@ David Nash

Thanks for your suggestion. I am rapidly coming to that conclusion - that it is the only way to watch it on a TV.

I then start looking at the FireTV, so I can get a cable connection, and the price increases markedly.

Plus it's yet another box, and I already have 4!.

Plus it is definitely inelegant to have that number of boxes. :-(

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Unhappy

Re: Content is king

I signed up for Netflix over Christmas to watch films.

I have trawled through the list of available films.

There are ONLY half a dozen I will watch, two of which I have seen. I am still buying latest releases from Virgin :-( Oh, and FB Junior is working his way through The Clone Wars, saving about £60 on a box set.

So it's not all bad, but on an ongoing basis I can't see any more films I want to watch. I might watch Westworld, and I will return for GoT, but maybe I am not the target market for it. I don't like American drama that never ends, but merely gets cancelled. Please give me a proper story with a proper end. Like 24. I enjoyed that.

I have also just signed up to Amazon Prime, in order to watch the Grand Tour.

I have again trawled through the films on there. Nothing. TV series: Lucifer, Constantine and Ripper Street (which I expect will be on BBC at some point). The next day prime delivery is useful, but it appears to not be available for a huge part of the stuff available, rendering it frustrating. I've tried the "no rush" delivery a couple of times, but can't work out how to spend the credit on anything I actually want.

The delivery mechanism isn't great either. It took me an afternoon to figure out how to watch Amazon through any of the smart devices I could plug into the TV. The ones that didn't work: Samsung smart DVD; Virgin tivo box; Ubuntu laptop; Android phone chrome cast. I have had to plug in a Windows 7 laptop.

It's not that it confuses me, it just that the lack of elegance annoys me.

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Canadian cops cuff 11-year-old lad after Grand Theft Auto gets real

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Re: GTA is an 18 certificate game

"I asked her if stealing cars, screwing hookers, dealing drugs and killing people was appropriate for an 11 year old."

But apart from the screwing hookers bit, none of that is appropriate for an 18 year old either!

I fail to see the difference.

My kids play it, and we talk about it. They like the driving...

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World-leading heart hospital 'very, very lucky' to dodge ransomware hit

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Re: Is it a sign of the times..

I just read your comment, saw the highlighted letter, and thought (in order)

But that IS how you spell it.

Has El Reg made a typo ?

OMG, perhaps the g wasn't there in the first place.

That would make, erm, Goole. That's a place!

I'll go back and check the article!

Have an upvote

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Europe loves to pay by bonk* - survey

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Facepalm

Re: Who the hell is using them daily?

I did this for about 3 months earlier in the year. I had no cash on me at all.

I came unstuck at a charity event. It seems the Scouts don't take cards when you want to buy a hot dog.

I now carry a couple of tenners for "emergencies".

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Microsoft deletes Windows 10 nagware from Windows 7 and 8

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FAIL

Re: so, is it SAFE to run 'windows update' again?

Yeah. Me too. I want to know this.

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Sorry Nanny, e-cigs have 'no serious side-effects' – researchers

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Benefit for a non-smoker

Can I just point out that as a non-smoker, I am completely in favour of vaping.

When entering or leaving any given building, I no-longer have to hold my breath.

The profusion of aromas is actually quite enjoyable.

(Although maybe I am becoming addicted to nicotine?)

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Meet the man who owns his own piece of the internet

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Coat

Wholeheartedly agree.

Except he wants .lildick

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Switch survives three hours of beer spray, fails after twelve

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Re: Football is football

El Reg is an English publication, so when it says "Football" it means 1966.

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Whatever happened to ... Nest?

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Meh

I have a nest, and this is what I think.

Firstly, I was given it, I don't think I'd ever have bought it.

Likes

1)Multiple temperature setting events per day.

For instance 05:50: 20 degrees, 07:00, 9 degrees, etc. I've not found a limit on the number yet.

2) Looks nice

3) Interesting to see when the heating was on for the last 10 days

4) Ability to turn on remotely when I know the kids are in (but upstairs) and its turned off. However this wouldn't be needed without Dislike (7).

Dislikes

1) Learning facility is useless.

2) Remote control is a useless gimmick. Never used beyond the first few weeks.

3) Software errors cause unexpected heating schedules

4) Software updates cause unexpected heating schedules.

5) "True radiant" (where it turns on and off early) is useless.

6) Annoying that I cant see when the heating was on since I installed it.

7) Auto away that turns heating off when people are in the house but not passing the thermostat.

8) Price (Although mine was free).

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BT broadband is down: Former state monopoly goes TITSUP UK-wide

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Facepalm

Re: Thanks BT

You do realise that if you're actually watching Netflix, you're doing it wrong :-)

PS - down here too in Essex

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City of London cops in Christmas karaoke crackdown shocker

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Coat

That name

Why are they named after a Penguin?

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Who would win a fight between Cortana and Android?

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FAIL

Re: For Windows 10 integration

Its much simpler to use a to do list.

If you ONLY get the reminder to construct the spreadsheet next time you are on your PC, you might miss an opportunity when sitting at a laptop, or someone else's PC, or the spare Linux one you're dabbling with.

Give me a single list, and let me decide how & when to action the items on it.

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Brit-American hacker duo throws pwns on IoT BBQs, grills open admin

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Happy

Re: New acronym proposal

My proposal is I(di)oT.

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Microsoft's OneDrive price hike has wrecked its cloud strategy

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Re: Never had this problem...

My solution to the offsite backup:

Old PC with USB disks added running NAS4free, placed in a detached garage, and connected with powerline networking to automatically back up my file server twice a week.

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Sales down, profit up, 1,000 bods chopped: Your one-minute guide to Planet Microsoft

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Joke

Re: We are making strong progress across each of our three ambitions...

..."in the fist week after I took over"

I gotta ask. Is that just after the bag of dicks week?

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Oh dear, Microsoft: UK.gov signs deal with LibreOffice

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Re: Cue all the usual stuff about incompatibility etc

I tried Libre Office for a while.

Opening repeatedly with LO and MS Office and using tracked changes in both, results in a document neither can read after a very very short time. This is saving in docx format.

Until everyone (whole world) moves, it is a risk I can't take.

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Microsoft now awfully pushy with Windows 10 on Win 7, 8 PCs – Reg readers hit back

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Facepalm

Re: So tonight's tasks once I get home

You might also want to add

3a) plug back in network :-)

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AVG to flog your web browsing, search history from mid-October

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Facepalm

Why is anyone still using AVG?

I ditched it when it installed the AVG Nation toolbar into my browser as an automatic update, a few years ago.

I have been using Avast ever since (in gaming mode so it doesn't keep talking to me ;-) )

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SPOOKY new Pluto snaps will make the HAIR RISE on the back of your neck

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Happy

Re: One Way Mission to Dwarf Planet X

It's also fantastic that in front of the mountainy rocks is a flat studio floor like plane :-)

It clearly was done for technical accuracy, not cost saving.

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SPACE WHISKY: Astro malt pongs of 'rubber and smoked fish'

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Headmaster

Re: Scientific newbies

"(note to posters above, there is no E in Whisky)"

Well, there is no 'e' in this particular whisky, as it comes from Scotland.

Other whiskey does have the 'e' in it.

From Wikipedia:

The spelling of the term "whisky" is often debated by journalists and consumers. Scottish, Australian and Canadian whiskies use "whisky", Irish whiskies use "whiskey", while American and other styles vary in their spelling of the term.

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Epson: Cheap printers, expensive ink? Let's turn that upside down

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Re: I want a cheap low volume printer

Definitely go for a colour laser.

I've got one (after getting annoyed with chucking out half used inkjet cartridges.)

It lasts for AGES. OK, so the photo printing is not quite as good, but I just get any photos that I want to display printed online by Snapfish (other online photo printing services are available).

Inkjet is a complete con, I pretty much ended up buying a new cartridge every time I wanted to print something.

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Windows 10: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE to Microsoft's long apology for Windows 8

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Re: I'm disgusted!

Release time is 21:00 PST. Or 05:00 BST on 30th July.

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Unhappy

All your kids are belong to us

I read this review with a growing sense of meh regarding the whole thing.

There are no killer features which I personally need.

Then I got to this bit, and experienced a growing feeling of absolute dread:

"The Xbox app delivered with Windows 10 supports Xbox Live Streaming, letting you connect to an Xbox One console and play games on your PC."

Every single teenager in the world (including mine) will be updating to Windows 10 this month, whether they are told to avoid it like the plague or not :-(

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BONK! BONK! Windows 10 whack-a-mole – Microsoft still fixing bugs

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WTF?

Re: This "Get Windows 10" widget...

Oh, I hope so.

I turned it off (stopped relevant updates downloading, etc).

Fscking things come back! I can't be arsed spending any more time on it. I am hoping it will disappear tomorrow, but it might just get bigger :-(

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Google robo-car in rear-end smash – but cack-handed human blamed

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Re: I ride motorcycles so...

You can add to to the list:

Driving at the edge of the lane when in traffic queues.

Driving too slowly

Driving too quickly (and I don't mean just over the speed limit)

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Microsoft nixes A-V updates for XP, exposes 180 MEEELLION luddites

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Happy

Two points to make - Linux & W7

1) I have a Samsung NC10 Netbook which was supplied with XP. Despite being a great little piece of kit, it has lain unused for the last year or so, as I did not want to risk linking it to my home network, and have newer hardware. Last week I needed an extra PC to connect to the internet, so I installed Ubuntu on it (downloaded onto a thumb drive), and its fantastic. It allows the NC10 to be useful once more, and the learning curve is not as steep as I feared, after using Android phones and tablets for half a decade. I truly believe that the end of XP will (well, should) encourage people to try Linux.

2) I bought a windows 7 PC last night. It's still readily available on new PCs from Chillblast. In fact they highlight it as their recommended OS.

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Bitcoin, schmitcoin. Let's play piggyback on the blockchain

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Facepalm

Re: Damn users eh!

I have given up telling people that email was not designed for attachments, and when they try to send a 15Mb spreadsheet, it probably wont work.

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'Millions' of routers open to absurdly outdated NetUSB hijack

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More than one router

I have at least two routers in series. The theory being that any vulnerability in one won't be passed through to the second one. Even if the first one is pwned, the second one is still working.

Maybe a false hope, but it makes me feel better.

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Spotty dwarf Ceres BARES ALL in NASA's SHINY CLOSEUPS

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Alien

Have an upvote

For mentioning one of my favourite old Megadrive games.

It's up there with Jetpac on the Spectrum IMHO :-)

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Chrome version 42 will pour your Java coffee down the drain: Plugin blocked by default

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Coat

Re: isnt that a good thing?

I'm surprised that no-one has pointed out that a potato is a MUCH better use of chips than software.

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UK spaceport, phase two: Now where do we PUT the bleeding thing?

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Unst

Obviously...

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Man trousers $15,000 domain name for $10.99 amid registry cockup

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Facepalm

Re: So How's Pets.com Doing?

If you are searching for a specific company, to be honest it adds an extra barrier rather than making it easier.

I was searching for some home improvement supplies earlier this week, and wanted to look at their price and availability at our local B&Q. I searched for B&Q, and the URL which came up was diy.com.

My first thought at this point is "phishing scam", and alarm bells ring, causing me to do some further checking.

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EU copyright law: Is the Pirate Party's MEP in FAVOUR of it?

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Paris Hilton

The girl in the picture

Why does her thumb look like a penis?

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UK flights CRIPPLED by system outage that shut ALL London airspace

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Mushroom

Get them to hold at the outer marker

That'll sort it...

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What a pity: Rollout of hated UK smart meters delayed again

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Re: Pointless and dangerous fads

Can I stop the Ne'er-do-wells by putting it inside a faraday cage (biscuit tin).

This would be a win-win, as I go back to having a normal(ish) meter, and I get to eat a lot of biscuits.

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Cable guy, Games of Thrones chap team up to make Reg 'best sci-fi film never made' reject

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WTF?

Boring

.. In a word.

I started reading these a few years ago, and gave up half way through the second one. (Blue Mars?)

I didn't care about the (cardboard) characters, or even the direction things were going. And that whole Coyote thing never really seemed to go anywhere.

Maybe they can just take the one way mission to Mars concept, and turn it into something completely different. (Like Big Brother perhaps...)

It seems to me like there is a current obsession with all thing "Mars", much as we were obsessed with the "Moonshot" in the late 60's.

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Microsoft WINDOWS 10: Seven ATE Nine. Or Eight did really

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Re: Two GUIs in One?

No, no no...

The start menu goes at the RIGHT side of the screen.

In all seriousness, I do this mainly because in a multi-screen set up, it only appears at the bottom of the main monitor, but you can move it all the way to the side of the entire extended desktop.

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iPhone 6: The final straw for Android makers eaten alive by the data parasite?

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Devil

Missing the point

Does the market not split into "Do it my way, PC mangler" and "Do it any way you like, NOT PC mangler"?

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Nintend-OH NO! Sorry, Mario – your profits are in another castle

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FAIL

Peer pressure and annoying hardware

My kids have had both a Wii, and a DS each. Both were really good.

The problems at upgrade time were twofold:

1) Most of their friends were using XBox - so in order to get online chat we needed an XBox. We are still on the XBox 360 though, and have no intention of getting a new one.

2) We didn't want 3D, so we bought a 2DS. Both me and the kids were surprised and disappointed to be punished by the fact that this did not fold!

For both those reasons, we won't be buying Nintendo again.

Oh, and the games are just more of the same. Even that Zelda one with the trains wasn't a patch on the boat one :-(

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BitTorrent not to blame for movie revenues, says economist

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Re: Sticky floor

I'm *really* hoping it was just coke, but you've got me worried now!

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Unhappy

Sticky floor

I went to the cinema last weekend to use up some Tesco vouchers.

I spent the whole film being annoyed that my feet stuck (very effectively) to the floor, and I still have a piece of popcorn on my left shoe it appears.

:-(

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Windows 7, XP and even Vista GAIN market share again

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WTF?

Why all the bells and whistle?

I'll be honest here.

When I get a new OS, I tinker a bit to understand where everything has moved to.

But after a few weeks..

... the OS just becomes the thing I use to access programmes.

On a regular basis I use:

Current Internet Browser of choice; MS Word (I tried Libre/Open Office but they crash frequently and scramble documents); Powerpoint; File Manager (for copying backups of photos - I don't altogether trust these automagic solutions); Irfanview (re-size images); PDF viewer; Citrix reveiver

Hardware wise its Printer, Camera, USB drives, NAS.

On an occasional basis I use:

Calculator; Excel; Zip software; Gimp

Hardware - Scanner

Background use:

Antivirus etc

What I DONT DO is play around in the OS. Why does it need to be so complicated? Can't it just be simple and secure?

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Virgin Media boss AND ex-Murdoch man: BSkyB broadband is 'lousy'

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Joke

Re: Satisfied..

Hmm,

So you're saying that we should be paying 1/3 each, and both Naughtyhorse and GreggS owe me 44.99 /3 = £14.99 (I've kindly rounded down :-) )

Where do I invoice please?

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Facepalm

Re: Satisfied..

Beginning to think I was diddled with my upgrade to 150Mb for £5 less a month and a £49.99 fee.

Maybe I should call them for a £44.99 refund?

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