* Posts by andy gibson

795 posts • joined 24 May 2007

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Chinese go beyond binary with ternary molecule

andy gibson

Futurama's Bender

was ternary.

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Milkman skewers Google Street View over garage break-in

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It would be funny

If the local council slapped him with some sort of fine for pressure washing all the muck off his drive onto the street and into the drains. I'm sure the Daily Mail know of some loony law that he's breaking.

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Get ready for the revolution: internet TVs

andy gibson

Anyone remember the Bush Internet TV?

From around 2001?

http://www.v3.co.uk/vnunet/hardware/2129242/bush-internet-tv

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Tory £12bn public sector cuts proposal would claim IT scalps

andy gibson
Unhappy

public sector woes

We've had "consultants" in, talking through the BSF changes that will affect my school. Its easy to see where money will be wasted - very expensive PCs which won't be utilised to their full potential when a £300 one will do the job, blanket wireless throughout the school and - get this - iphones for every pupil so they're "fully connected 24-7", not to mention scrapping the entire fully working IT infrastructure - wiring and servers.

If you're going to employ consultants, at least get some from the real world.

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MS sees Windows 7 leap, but XP workhorse refuses to die

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XP in the public sector

To get Windows 7 in my workplace I'd have to replace over 200 machines. I don't want to burden the taxpayer (nor will I get the chance with the slashed budgets) buying new machines when XP runs absolutely fine on our existing systems which are still going strong.

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Intel: Just 3,000 employees run Windows 7

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Happy

@Roger Greenwood

RE you steam powered calculator. Maybe it just has that dodgy Pentium chip in that couldn't do calculations!

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Rare NES title takes $43,000 at auction

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not as rare

As my copy of Great Giana Sisters for the Spectrum.

And as for "floppy" disks around the 3" size, Amstrad didn't help with their really hard cased 3" disks, or the 3" Quikdisks, which were 2.8"!

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Sellafield gull cull mulled

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Mark Thomas

Didn't Mark Thomas do something about this in one of his programmes years ago?

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O2 claims win in UK mobile broadband speed test

andy gibson
Unhappy

My experience of O2

was rubbish. Barely 1Mb at the best of times and buggy software.

And for the few days the "Creamfields" music festival was on, forget it, I couldn't even connect.

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Brit-born astronaut completes first spacewalk

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A Yorkshireman to boot

And even more amusing to know his dad is called Stewart Patrick!

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OpenOffice is the new David Hasselhoff

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@ Menelaus

But if they did it would look like Vista or Windows 7, need twice as much RAM to run and take 5 times as long to start.

We need it to be FUNCTIONAL and QUICK, not pretty.

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Fujifilm Finepix Real 3D W1

andy gibson
Happy

Not as bulky

as Voyager's doctor's holo-camera

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London Sperm Bank whips out its wedding tackle

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Lytham St Annes

It's actually the home of BAE Systems Warton, where the built and tested the Eurofighter.

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Baker's dozen for bumper February MS Patch Tuesday

andy gibson
FAIL

The cheek of it

And to think, on another forum I had a few people bleating on to me about the merits of Microsoft Security Essentials.

Why anyone would trust Microsoft for security programs when they can't even protect their core system is beyond me.

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French mock British G-spot probe

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Happy

@ Tony Green

I'm also in the "I can find it" club. It's great isn't it!!!!

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Obama to scrap Moon, Mars expeditions - report

andy gibson

Lets just sit and wait

Until Zefram Cochrane is born and develops the warp drive.

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eBay refiddles with auction fees

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leaving negative feedback

Actually, you CAN leave negative feedback.

If there's a problem with your sale, simply report it to Ebay or Paypal and then the NEGATIVE option comes available, even before the matter is resolved.

I don't sell much on Ebay now, due to the prices, but I'll still use it to pick up "as-new" items for a fraction of the new cost or from second hand traders.

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Dixons celebrates shiny Christmas

andy gibson
Unhappy

Advertising

Yeah, but how much did they blow on advertising?

IIRC they opened and closed each ad break on all the major commercial channels over Xmas.

"I know what my xxxxx wants this Christmas". Yeah, a fricking slap and told to stop being so materialistic.

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Mini-asteroid sneaks up on Earth

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Happy

Rendezvous with Rama?

Comes at a time when I'm re-reading this classic.

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Avatar renders this earthly life meaningless

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Happy

"I'd do anything to be in Pandora"

Speaking as someone who avidly watched ITV's "Secret Diary of Adrian Mole" in the 80's, I used to think that a lot too.

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UK Border Agency delights with festive e-card

andy gibson
Happy

oh the irony

A pretty strongly worded "card" to any Johnny foreigners, but the use of "Seasons Greetings" instead of "Merry Christmas" at the end just so we don't offend them!

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Digital Dividend could cost cable TV dear

andy gibson

@Christian Berger

The south facing part of my house backs onto a forest with very tall trees. Even with dish on a pole I have no line of sight to a satellite.

Plus I like the fact there is no unsightly dish on my house.

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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

andy gibson

already re-made

Anyone remember "Innerspace"?

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Durham police demonstrate DNA will stuff you

andy gibson

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

andy gibson

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

andy gibson

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

andy gibson

@ James 5

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

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Irish brogue voted world's sexiest accent

andy gibson
Happy

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

andy gibson

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

andy gibson
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

andy gibson

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

andy gibson

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

andy gibson
Happy

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

andy gibson
Coat

At what...

POINT will it BREAK my system?

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Good Housekeeping readers play hunt the G-spot

andy gibson
Coat

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

andy gibson

Lo = Lo and Behold?

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

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Japan torture flick sickens UK film censor

andy gibson
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

andy gibson

@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

andy gibson

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!

andy gibson

@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

andy gibson

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

andy gibson

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

andy gibson
Unhappy

Broadband connection?

The one I used recently was on dial-up.

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Bolivian TV falls for Air France crash hoax

andy gibson

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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