* Posts by andy gibson

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Top cop's 'stop stopping snappers' memo: Too little too late?

andy gibson
Unhappy

Youtube vid

Is it me or is the PCSO just trying to wind up the photographer so he actually has a valid reason to detain or arrest her?

It's the 21st century of the police stopping you in your car because they don't like the look of you or your vehicle, then put their foot through your back light and do you for having defective lights.

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James Cameron poised to make Fantastic Voyage

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already re-made

Anyone remember "Innerspace"?

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Durham police demonstrate DNA will stuff you

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Seriously, who will this affect?

Because I'm not in the habit of carrying mephedrone or any other chemicals on me, I really don't have anything to hide or fear,

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Virgin Galactic trumpets SpaceShipTwo

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Its called the Enterprise....

So we need to know which captain is the astronaut's favourite. My money in on Picard.

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Atlantis glides home with choked pee nozzle

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The weight of p*ss

Does anyone really need to know the weight of urine? Surely the capacity in LITRES makes more sense?

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Microsoft hit with lawsuit over Xbox memory card ban

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@ Michelle Knight - treating them like a mod chip company

Have you ever seen the ACTION REPLAY MAX EVO device for the PS2? It comes with a USB stick and allows you to soft-mod your PS2 to have a different dashboard, or play and install copied games.

It might be a legal product, but the reason people buy it is to mod their PS2 without the need for a modchip.

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Sky talks up subscription 3D merits

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@ James 5

RE the in-room holographic system. Does anyone remember "Wild Palms"?

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Irish brogue voted world's sexiest accent

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seduced by someone purely because of their accent

"three fifths of women admitted they had been seduced by someone purely because of their accent"

As a Yorkshireman (with Sean Bean accent) living in Lancashire I can confirm this! :-)

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Forum king vBulletin muzzles paid-up protesters

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won't be upgrading

I renewed my VB 3 licence in August. From what I could gather, if I buy V4 I'm essentially throwing away the cost and subscription of my V3 licence.

Plus what's to stop them releasing V5 in six months time and I'm still stuck with a dead product.

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Microsoft ropes in Family Guy to pimp Windows 7

andy gibson

Animated comedy

ALL animated comedy goes downhill after a few years. The Simpsons deserves far more scorn than FG or American Dad for continuing long after it's no longer entertaining, so don't just single out FG.

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One cellphone for every ten lags in UK prisons

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Coat

Blakey Review?

(With apologies to the wonderful Stephen Lewis) "I 'ate you Nokia"

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Ballmer mixed on Windows 7's success

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@ Jacqui / Cost Benefit

Finally, a mature response from someone not afraid to put a name to their comments. I tend to ignore anything from an AC because they're either trolling or ashamed to put a name to their comments.

I work in the public sector. The machines I manage are about 4 years old, but do everything they need to on XP. I'm not going to waste taxpayers money replacing them with suites of shiny new PCs just so they can do *exactly the same thing at exactly the same speed* but on a different OS.

Yes, 7 may supposedly be more secure and manageable, but that doesn't justify the cost or environmental hassle of scrapping perfectly good machines and replacing them with something new that can run 7.

The OS is supposed to work for us, not the other way round.

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Microsoft's browser ballot bodge gets the nod

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@ doc dish

Are you honestly saying there is no need to bother updating XP because its out of support in 3-5 years? You need to get out of your bedroom and into the real world where XP is dominant and will be for some years to come.

My enterprise isn't alone in sticking with XP because the machines and the applications we use don't requite Vista, 7 and the more powerful PC it will require.

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MS plasters Ballmer's signature on Windows 7 special edition

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pathetic

This reminds me of that awful publicity stunt that Victoria Beckham did when her single was being beaten by Sohpie Ellis Bextor. That end product was just as shit too.

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North Wales Police says the law is what they say it is

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Why are the police

so scared of their firearms car being identified? Surely they've got enough firearms to board to repeal any invaders!

It's bad enough they wear plain clothes and drive unmarked cars. What next - "sorry we don't carry any ID because we're undercover, but we /are/ the Police, honest"

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Volkswagen unveils Yorkshire-friendly e-car

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I can't see

a flat cap holder or whippet seat though.

Yorkshire and proud of it!

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Swayze death exploited to serve up fake anti-virus

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Coat

At what...

POINT will it BREAK my system?

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Good Housekeeping readers play hunt the G-spot

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I'm looking forward to next month....

I hear there's an article on trimming the bushes.

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The internet celebrates the Big Four-O

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Lo = Lo and Behold?

I thought it was short for hello = L - O?

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Japan torture flick sickens UK film censor

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Unhappy

Having just seen the trailer...

I'm left with the following questions:

1) Why would anyone make such a film? Is there actually a plot or reason to the film? From what I've seen, nope.

2) Why would anyone want to watch it?

What next, a bit of child gang rape and murder? Never mind, "It's only a film".

I'm saddened that humanity has fallen to the level of finding this entertainment.

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Ballmer gets tough with girly Microsoft partners

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@AC - Windows 95

Windows 95 started by "WIN"? Not on my PC.

And as for Ballmer saying "If you wanted things that never change you probably shouldn't be in the IT business. ". Funny how he won't listen to his customers who *don't* want things to change on the computers in their workplaces.

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Save journalism, online newspaper publishers beg EC

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boo hoo

Maybe someone should tell this to Johnston Press and Guardian Media owned local newspapers, where they've shed of most of the staff and got the remaining talentless lackeys to copy and paste "news" and "interviews" from regional and city internet forums, and stealing pictures from people's web sites.

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Robot land-steamers to consume all life on Earth as fuel

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old apple cores

"Cyclone says that their engine can also run happily on old apple cores, banana peel and other kitchen garbage gleaned from bins."

"Mr Fusion" on the DeLorean at the end of Back To The Future?

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Europe won't pay more for Windows 7. Really!

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@AC "Thanks a lot"

Why would you want to upgrade your existing OS with a new one? Surely anyone would do a complete wipe before installing a new OS and have a zippy fresh system.

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Notorious phone phreaker gets 11 years for swatting

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sex sessions

"Weigman became the target of a federal investigation in 2005 when he was just 15, after sending a police SWAT team to the Colorado house of a girl who refused to participate in phone sex sessions."

Hope he enjoys the sex sessions he'll be getting in clink!

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Punters 'confuse' netbooks with notebooks

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Satisfied or not

I suppose it all depends on which model you bought and which OS came with it as a big factor if you were satisfied with it.

My first experience was with an Acer Aspire One (1GB ram, 160Gb HDD) running Windows and it was pretty good, although battery life isn't great.

But a recent purchase on an Eee 901 (1GB RAM, Windows, 16Gb SSD) was dire. The machine keeps locking up and is unresponsive.

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BT deposits Wi-Fi in cashpoints

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Unhappy

Broadband connection?

The one I used recently was on dial-up.

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Bolivian TV falls for Air France crash hoax

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Suckers

Suckers, I've just sold them this picture for £10,000

http://img.metro.co.uk/i/pix/2009/01/Plane2R_450x300.jpg

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MS names ship date for free security suite

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140MB?

NOD32 is only 35Mb and that does everything you need. Bloatware ahoy methinks.

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Microsoft bribes Oz to ditch Firefox

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Firefox should turn this around

This would be a great way for Firefox et al to show people that vulnerabilities will exist in IE8 that can be exploited if a site can be written in this way!

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EC asks: Been leant on by Microsoft?

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Leant on by Symantec

I think the unrequired software that PC manufacturers - especially Acer - put on is more serious than whether IE is bundled with my OS.

Symantec is usually the worst with Norton AV, and to add insult to injury the manufacturers don't even supply OS or recovery discs to purge my new system of this crap.

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Met 'studies Chinese bugging tactics' for 2012 games

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Do terrorists take taxis?

If they do, you can guarantee they won't now.

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Tories, LibDems under election day cyberattack?

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Coat

Update from David Cameron

I've just had an email from David Cameron. He wrote that the Conservative IT systems would be better protected if there was a clean moat around the data centre.

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Dutch cat skinner publishes critics' personal details

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A blow to keyboard warriors

While I find her "art" very tasteless, I must say that I find the way the tables have turned on the abusive anonymous keyboard warriors very funny. My personal take is that if you're ashamed to put your name to your comments, you shouldn't be allowed on-line in the first place.

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Yorkshire boozer establishes 'smoking research centre'

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Just a novelty

and it'll soon wear off. The smoking ban is not to blame for the decline in the pub trade. Its shitty pubs serving equally shitty beer (usually a choice of Carling, Guinness and John Smith's). My locals, which have a nice atmosphere (no huge Sky TV dominating the rooms), do good home-cooked food and have a huge range of beer and decent real ales are packed almost every night, and they don't charge a fortune for beer either. Perhaps if pubs didn't fleece their clientèle for soft drinks (£1.50+ for lemonade or £2+ for a bottle of J2O) then maybe things wouldn't be so bad?

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Microsoft: Windows 7 release in August '09

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@ Elmer Fudd - Luddites

If Microsoft were in the oil business then Windows 7 would be a wonderful new brand of petrol that gave you the exact same MPG as before, but was just a prettier colour.

The downside is that you'll have to buy a new car to run it.

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ID scheme will cost £400m annually

andy gibson

Spiralling costs *only* tripled so far?

Quite cheap then. Other government IT projects, such as the NHS IT one quadrupled from the original estimate.

No doubt Crapita will also win this one.

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Sir Alan Sugar hails £30m 'equitable' Viglen win

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Viglen

still around and do our Microsoft licensing at a very good rate.

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Windows 7 gets built in XP mode

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wooing small businesses

The only way you're going to attract businesses to Windows 7 is if you're going to thrown in a free PC capable of running it.

Times are hand and if old computers work and your software doesn't require Windows 7 (I'm guessing that most businesses are running XP, Office 2003 and apps like Sage) then why bother upgrading?

The PCs in my organisation are old (Celeron 2.4 with 512Mb of RAM) but they work and run all the programs we need them to so I'm not going to upgrade just for the sake of it.

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Budget reaction: Credit insurance good, all else bad

andy gibson
Unhappy

£2000 to...

tempt you into buying a modern piece of crap that's been sat on a disused airfield for years and has so many electrics and no user servicable parts inside that you have to take it to the dealer (and their £80+ per hour labour) to get it fixed no matter how minor the problem.

The dealers must be laughing their arses off.

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Russian hairdresser turns stickup merchant into sex slave

andy gibson

"torn frenulum"

Please, I'm trying to eat my lunch.

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HP ScanJet 3C takes lead on Bohemian Rhapsody

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Not as good as....

The guy who covered Radiohead's "Nude" with a Sinclair Spectrum, Epson LX86 printer and HP Scanner.

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Apple rides fanbois to popularity crown (again)

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Is this the same Apple....

As the one which produced a computer and OS which for no reason at all would stop, show a pop up with a little bomb and the words "Sorry a system error occurred" and gave you no options other than click the restart button?

I don't mind Apple. I just don't like fanbois who think they're bullet proof.

Incidentally, I've been using MS products since DOS 4, never had a virus or hack attack. Take PCs away from the plebs and the problem is solved.

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Twitter riddled with worms and scams (again)

andy gibson

In the words of Voyager's Doctor

"Keep a personal diary, why bore others needlessly?"

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Pirate Bay convictions are legally insignificant outside Sweden

andy gibson

Google Linking

If you know the correct -INURL string to type into Google it very easily returns directory listings of sites containing MP3 files or whatever you're searching for.

Much quicker and easier than using a torrent client.

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MPs battle to save great British pub

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only the shit pubs dying?

From my experience, the pubs I've seen close are the ones which sell poor quality food and the "huge" selection of piss-poor bland drinks - Guinness, John Smiths and Carling.

Good riddance to them and long may the ones that serve good pub grub and a wide choice of real ales continue, as they do around my neck of the woods. And it's standing room only at weekends, so you can't blame the smoking ban on that one.

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Failed Nork rocket bits straddle Japan

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@MattW

Maybe irradiating the oil would be a good thing? You could have a nuclear-petrol hybrid.

I bet you'd get about 500mpg (before the engine melted)

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BT cuts phone charges for prisoners

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@delboy

£3 a week on toiletries? What the hell are they spending it on? No wonder homosexuality is rife in prison if they're tarting themselves up with Lynx shower gel and body spray.

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Cosmonaut bemoans ISS toilet row

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@ Oliver Mayes

Yes, I was going to mention 2010. Remember the text at the end:

Use them together. Use them in peace.

Maybe next year something will happen....

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Pirate Bay linking could implicate Facebook, says lawyer

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Linking to material

I've recently been threatened by lawyers in Manchester for allegedly hosting pictures (taken on private land without the owner's consent) on my website, with claims of high court injunctions and huge costs if I don't comply.

When I pointed out that the images were just links to photos on Flikr and Photobucket they went all quiet.

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