* Posts by andy gibson

802 posts • joined 24 May 2007

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UK.gov finally adds Galileo and Copernicus to the Brexit divorce bill

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£350 million a week

I'll tell you something for nothing, the NHS ain't going to see a penny of that "£350 million a week", it'll all be needed on all the other stuff we'll now have to pay or pay more for.

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It may be poor man's Photoshop, but GIMP casts a Long Shadow with latest update

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Serif PhotoPlus

A nice compromise for those who struggle with Photoshop, don't like the Gimp and lament the good old days of PSP

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Somerset boozer prepares to declare its inn-dependence from UK

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Piel Island

IIRC the Ship Inn at Piel Island in Morecambe Bay is similar

http://www.pielisland.co.uk/

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ZX Spectrum Vega+ blows a FUSE: It runs open-source emulator

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Sir Clive's health

"Why Sir Clive Sinclair’s corporate shareholder in RCL, Sinclair Research Ltd, has not intervened is a source of ongoing confusion"

According to RCL:

"It is no secret that Sir Clive Sinclair has been in poor health for some considerable time. Over this extended period, the current board of Retro Computers Limited have sought to support him at every opportunity in both his professional and private life. Having shared a personal friendship with some of the current board spanning several decades. It is with much sadness that we announce that it has reached a point where Sir Clive no longer looks after his own day to day affairs, and as his advisors have pointed out he has not been "doing much directing lately"."

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UK.gov to tech industry: Hands up who can help cut teachers' admin

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The tech already exists

Thanks to Edugeek and other groups for powers that be in school, such as deputy heads and business managers who make the decisions, discussion on existing tech to make teachers lives easier is already in place.

The tech already exists - behavioral and classroom progress trackers, & online homework systems, are easier than they've ever been, and seamlessly link with the schools MIS already in place.

We in our respective groups mentioned above, discuss these systems - which ones are fantastic and which ones are rubbish.

The problem is that teachers don't have the time to use these systems.

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New Zealand school on naughty step after ransomware failure

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"the school has disconnected its network while it works out what to do."

Restore from last night's backup?

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Relive your misspent, 8-bit youth on the BBC's reopened Micro archive

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BBC Telesoftware

http://teletext.mb21.co.uk/gallery/ceefax/telesoftware/

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Please tighten your passwords and assume the brace position, says plane-tracking site

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Panic

A couple of years back, my assistant's OH was off to the US from the UK. It was her first ever trip on a plane and she was scared, and he was a little apprehensive too.

I suggested he put the Flightradar website on his workstation's second screen so he could watch the flight progress through the day.

I can still see the picture of horror on his face when he saw the plane had turned around some way across the Atlantic and was slowly returning to Ireland to land and he had no way of knowing what was up until it landed and she called (faulty air conditioner in the cabin).

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Brit drone biz Sensat notches up 29km remote-control flight

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hot air balloons

Amazon need to go really old school - hot air balloons with parachutes attached to the parcels. I'd happily drift around the district all day dropping stuff by 'chute.

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1,300 customers of Brit bank TSB defrauded due to botched IT migration

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It says a lot

If phishers can get your account details and get into your account quicker than you can

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Finally, San Francisco cleans up the crap from its streets – yes, all those fscking scooters

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Re: 50cc Motorised Bicycles

Electric bikes: licensing, tax and insurance

https://www.gov.uk/electric-bike-rules

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America's forgotten space station and a mission tinged with urine, we salute you

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Atari Space Shuttle

I'm not sure if it was Skylab you rendezvoused with on the game, but it was to me.

https://i.ytimg.com/vi/ZlpIw789EcE/hqdefault.jpg

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Commodore 64 owners rejoice: The 1541 is BACK

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emulated microdrive

Already exists:

https://vdrivezx.com/vdrivezx/

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Sir Clive Sinclair dragged into ZX Spectrum reboot battle

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No photos

Despite claims they have models "ready to ship" they refuse to respond to numerous requests for photos of boxes or distribution centres.

And check out the International Shipping bit on their website:

https://retro.business/shipping-returns/

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Last attempt to find MH370 starts this week

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Excuse the DM Link

But some nice pictures of some things they've found while looking for the MH370:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5685657/MH370-search-missing-Malaysia-Airlines-plane-discover-two-huge-structures-Australian-coast.html

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Windrush immigration papers scandal is a big fat GDPR fail for UK.gov

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Re: Glad you've covered this

IIRC the Shane Ridge situation you refer to was quickly resolved the next day.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/aug/30/home-office-apologises-for-wrongly-telling-british-man-shane-ridge-leave-uk

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Car-crash television: 'Excuse me ma'am, do you speak English?' 'Yes I do,' replies AMD's CEO

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David Coulthard

Although Steve Jones ruins C4's F1 Coverage, David Coulthard is the undisputed king of grid walks and double enterdres - especially when he's paired up with Mark Webber.

IIRC in 2017 at Monaco he was walking backwards and talking to the camera when he walked into the Crown Prince.

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Skip-wrecked! Boat full o' rubbish scuppered in Brit residential street

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councillor Don Thomas quoted as saying: "It never ceases to amaze me the lengths some people will go to fly-tip when it would be just as easy to take material to the council recycling centre and dispose of it legally."

I'll tell you why Don, based on my local ones:

1) Tips close before I finish work. At weekends there are massive queues.

2) Surly staff

3) Striking staff

4) Expensive charges if you dare to turn up in anything other than a car.

5) And probably the most obvious one: "A speedboat, we're not f*cking taking that".

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Prof Stephen Hawking's ashes will be interred alongside Sir Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin

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Re: Throw Data and Riker in there

"Wasn't Einstein also in that scene?"

yep, played by the fella who played Bishop Brennan in Father Ted!

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Fancy a viaduct? We have a wrought Victorian iron marvel to sell you

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Forgotten Relics

For a great list of other industrial relics around the UK, have a look at this site:

http://www.forgottenrelics.co.uk/

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AI racks up insane high scores after finding bug in ancient video game

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But when he got the high score

Did he type his name in the high score table as POO or ASS?

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Sheer luck helped prevent mid-air drone glider prang in Blighty

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time to....

start arming all aircraft? :-)

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Virgin Media's Brit biz broadband goes TITSUP: Total Inability To Support Upset People

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support line closed

I noticed that the support line was closed due to an "emergency evacuation".

Perhaps that means "Christ the phones are ringing off the hook, lets all go out to the pub".

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RIP... almost: Brit high street gadget shack Maplin Electronics

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Edinburgh Woolen Mill

Who on earth are their financial advisers to recommend buying such a lame duck?

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Crowdfunding small print binned as Retro Computers Ltd loses court refund action

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New investment opportunity for people with refunded cash

Send your £105 refund to me and I'll:

Buy a PSP on Ebay for about £20

Softmod and Install a Spectrum emulator on it

Ship it to you first class.

£££££££££££ :-)

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Anti-missile missile misses again, US military mum on meaning of mess

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Launched from Hawaii?

Considering they've had the crapping of their lives, I'm sure a missile launch is the last thing the residents needed.

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Forget cyber crims, it's time to start worrying about GPS jammers – UK.gov report

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Galileo

I'm just glad we don't have to rely on the US GPS system and have a big part in the European Galileo project. Oh.....

http://gpsworld.com/brexit-fallout-galileo-center-moves-from-uk-to-spain/

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New Sky thinking: Media giant makes dish-swerving move on Netflix territory

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I miss ASTRA

And the days of when Sky were just a niche UK broadcaster with a few channels on the 1A satellite, alongside channels owned by W H Smith and the RTL channels which got a bit saucy with "Tutti Fruitti" on a Sunday night, and FILMNET with dodgy plug in decoders.

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UK's Just Eat faces probe after woman tweets chat-up texts from 'delivery guy'

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Just Eat Don't Care

I've left a bad review of a takeaway in the past and got hassled by the takeaway through text messaging directly to remove it.

Just Eat didn't care one bit.

Same when a local takeaway got 0/5 for hygiene, and they still promoted it.

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IT buyer? Had enough of pesky resellers cold calling? You aren't alone

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Probrand are the worst

"Hi, just ringing to see if you need anything?" on a weekly basis.

Yeah I've got a massive shopping list here and I was just waiting for you to call.

And that is why you and Softcat don't get a single penny of my IT budget, and my decent sales managers who never ring me will.

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Rocky Ross 128 b might harbour aliens – and it's headed right for us

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Frontier Elite 2

As I always do in these cases, I dig out FE2 and see how accurate Braben and Bell were with their predictions of planets.

Ross 128 does have two rocky planetoids, one used as a prison colony. Permit Required.

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Japan finds long, deep tunnel on the Moon

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The future of mankind, back to living in caves.

I thought Trump Vs North Korea would have been the reason.

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Moon trumps Mars in new US space policy

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Does the Vice President have a micro-penis, that he's trying to compensate for?

Yes, its called Donald.

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The new, new Psion is getting near production. Here's what it looks like

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Sony Vaio P

The Sony Vaio P was a decent mini machine which could have easily taken the Psion 5's crown.

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Asteroid Florence buzzes Earth, brings two moons along for the ride

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Re: only ones saved

"Buy guaranteed entry to heaven by sending 1 Bitcoin to ..."

HappyDude, 742 Evergreen Terrace?

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Virgin Media customers complain of outages across UK

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Kodi users reporting?

I wonder how many people who logged issues were incompetent Kodi users? There's a few FB support pages where users have posted "Kodi doesn't work, my internet must be down" when in reality its just a few streaming sources (usually football) which have been blocked and they've not bothered to check anything else.

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Lenovo thought PC salesfolk could sell servers and was wrong by about $500m

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tainted brandname

After having my fingers burnt in the past with Lenovo desktops and laptops, I wouldn't go near their servers.

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Cancel your summer trip to nearby Proxima b. No chance of life, room service, say boffins

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Frontier Elite 2

Every time there's a "local" planetary discovery, I fire up Frontier Elite 2 to see what David Braben forecast:

http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c134/gibbo501/FE2_1.jpg

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The Atari retro games box is real… sort of

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Atari 2600: the original and still the best?

Except your pic doesn't show the original.

This is the original, with difficulty switches on the front:

https://vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/egamia/images/7/7c/Atari2600sixSwitch.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20081220220526

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Radiohead hides ZX Spectrum proggie in OK Computer re-release

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Radiohead "Nude" on Spectrum

This was a rather good project with a Spectrum and some other old IT:

https://vimeo.com/1109226

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Mappy days! Ordnance Survey offers up free map of UK greenery

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Maverick for Android

Free app, has OS maps to 1:25,000 as well as others.

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Britain's warhead-watcher to simulate Trident nukes with Atos supercomputer

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Re: As long as the managment processor isn't open to the net of course.

"Wouldn't want anyone with a blank password getting free reign, would we?"

I tried "Joshua", that didn't work either :-(

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50th anniversary of the ATM opens debate about mobile payments

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paying in cheques

I like the cashpoints that let you pay in cheques.

What I *don't* like is the fact that my crappy bank keeps them locked away inside branches with lousy opening hours.

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HMS Windows XP: Britain's newest warship running Swiss Cheese OS

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"we are less susceptible to cyber than most.”

Cyber what? Probably Cybermen.

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Ex-MI5 boss: People ask, why didn't you follow all these people ... on your radar?

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"[When I joined it] was like a John Le Carre novel, people were leaving packets of money in hollow trees in Hampstead Heath," she recalled."

1. Is this still done?

2. Where might these trees be?

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The revolution will not be televised: How Lucas modernised audio in film

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Grandpa Simpson "Turn it up"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nu0R96OZy6w

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PAH! Four decades of Star Wars: No lightsabers, no palm-sized video calls

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Leia's problems recording the video on R2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TNN9xV2MkI

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'Trash-80' escapes the dustbin of history with new TRS-80 emulator

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Video Genie

Advert for it (and Lowe) here:

http://www.classic-computers.org.nz/system-80/other%20guises_video%20genie_large.jpg

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TRAPPIST-1's planets are quiet. Quiet as the grave, in fact

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Meanwhile, on TRAPPIST-1e

A scientist is composing a similar report on the newly discovered Sol system and its multitude of planets......

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Plusnet slapped with £880k fine for billing ex customers

andy gibson

fines don't work

All they'll do is put up their prices so their customer pay the fine for them.

Instead, force them to reduce their prices and lock them for x years.

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