* Posts by andy gibson

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Lame Mac Trojan limps into view

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Am I the first...

to get in the obligatory "Mac users are w*nkers" joke?

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Gov to Manchester: No new trams without road pricing

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Disaster

It's interesting that those of us who live outside Manchester, but work in Manchester and socialise in Manchester don't get a say in whether we want the charge or not.

It's also interesting that since 1999 plans have been in place for the "Leigh Guided Busway" - a guided busway running from Leigh (Andy Burnham's constituency) to the West of Manchester right into the city running alongside the very congested A580. A couple of years ago the project went very quiet. Now its back again, part of the big bribe into voting yes.

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Royal Society of Chemistry defines perfect Yorkshire pud

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Yum

Can't beat a traditional Yorkshire Sunday dinner - with Yorkshire Pudding as the starter, with the main course, and as a dessert!

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Euro court blocks Lego trademark bid

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Big blocks

I always wondered why Lego bricks weren't made in a giant size. You could build your own house - in any colour - in under a day and just dismantle it when you were fed up with the design.

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Cream drummer may flash ginger nuts in court

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I give it a week

before The Sun manages to track an ex-lover who will describe in lurid detail said scar and maybe even provide pictures.

Moron deserves to lose the case by not keeping his mouth shut.

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Cops collar Craigslist Thomas Crown

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What a hero

He even stole the inner tube for his escape and someone else's wireless to create the caper! I bet he even nicked the unique choice of clothes from someone's washing line.

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Bletchley Park gets £330k lifeline

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Engli$h Heritage

They get their money from the Gov, who get their money from us. Then they have the cheek to charge us to get into our own national historical buildings and castles.

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iPhone users to get get-out call

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I'd imagine

That it would the the other blind dater "making their excuses and leaving" to get away from an Apple fanboi who's entire conversation all evening would be how great their Apple products are.

Mine's the flameproof one.

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Windows 7: One compatibility label, no confusion

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Capable

I hate the "capable" logo. Technically I'm capable of running a mile in four minutes (being the same species as Roger Bannister et al), but until I lose this beer gut and do some serious upgrading (training) it ain't gonna happen.

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Fifty years later, steam appears on British railway

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Meanwhile...

...other countries are pissing themselves laughing at the UK and it's antiquated transport infrastructure while they build, test and use their 500+mph maglev trains.

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Roberts Ecologic 1 portable DAB radio

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How did I guess

that this radio would have one speaker, before the pic even loaded? Someone needs to tell Roberts that people like that fancy new-fangled stereo sound that everyone is talking about.

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Shawshank thesp erased from NY voter rolls

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"Nothing to Lose"

It's a great film, especially the spider scene and when he catches fire!

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Windows 7 'pre-beta' washes up on Pirate Bay and co

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3.36GB download

Not full of bloat then.

Mine's the one with the eight 1.44MB Win 3.11 disks in the pocket.

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Fiat unwraps 'leccy buggy concept

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wooden cars

At last , an end to high price car resprays. Just nip down to B&Q for 5 litres of Dulux's finest.

Same with bodywork damage:

Wife: "I've dented the car by hitting a bollard" (cos men never do this)

Husband: "No problem, I'll just ring a joiner"

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Speed cams ditched in Wiltshire

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Why is it?

That anyone who owns and drives a car think laws don't apply? Why is speeding such an acceptable law to break? Why do traffic wardens get verbally and physically abused for upholding the law and ticketing people who deliberately park on double yellows?

I used to travel from Manchester to the South West on the M6 & M5 two or three times a week and I used to lose count at the fools lane swapping with constant rapid acceleration and braking, only to be parallel to me again in a few hundred yards, not to mention the shunts because people drive too closely and having no space to brake.

Bad driving needs to be combated. Speeders may think they have won the battle with this piece of news but you can guarantee that it will lead to some kind of big brother style system to force us to keep to the law if we're not grown up to regulate ourselves.

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Run Mac OS X on a PC

andy gibson
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The Mac

is a solution to a problem that doesn't exist.

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Feds raid Miley Cyrus hack suspect

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Nothing new

Didn't she pose for provocative pictures for a newspaper a few months ago then "regretted" it? I bet she and her record company didn't regret the free publicity she got.

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NZ chaps' sperm not quite up to scratch

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@ Sarah Bee

If you don't like The Reg readership, find another job. Its obviously you have some issues as you feel the need to respond in *our* section every time you post an article (although this one is by Lester?), whereas the other Reg writers don't.

Coat icon - for you.

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Hubble in double trouble

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Safe mode

Are all the pictures coming back in 640x480?

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UK.gov says: Regulate the internet

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Burnham was my MP

He was a dick then and still is now.

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Times: US about to deploy Space Marines

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"Commando" magazine

I remember back in the early 80's one of the stories in "Commando" magazine was about the Nazis sending soldiers up in little capsules mounted in V2 rockets for ultra quick deployment of invasion troops.

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RFID remotes have line-of-sight in their sights

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Virgin Media remotes

Those buggers eat batteries like there's no tomorrow.

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The secret history of the internet & its founders

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Does it have

A big section on Prestel, Compunet and Micronet?

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iPhone beer maker sues Carling over virtual suds

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Tapper

The only good beer related app that should be installed is the classic retro game "Tapper"

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Mazda takes RX-8 for a spin on 'hydrogen highway'

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Wankel?

What gives, an entire article and no mention of the hilarious word "Wankel"

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Blu-ray Disc a 'bag of hurt', says Jobs

andy gibson

Maybe...

he was thinking of his other Apple products when he said "bag of hurt". Sorry, my mistake that's "bag of shite"

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SanDisk reinvents 1980s personal stereo for the noughties

andy gibson

Nothing New

I had one of these that ran off SD / MMC cards about five years ago. Only cost £20 too.

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Newcastle men dodge post-bog handwash

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door handles

The clean amongst us use the toilets, wash our hands, then end up having to touch filthy door handles. Let's have some Star Trek type doors.

PS Save water - wash your hands in the flushing toilet water.

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Airport baggage screener charged with stealing passengers' stuff

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@iamzippy & "thiefrow"

If you saw Channel 4's "Dispatches" this week you'll find that BA just don't return the bags. They hold on to them for a couple of months, claim they can't find the owner, then sell them at auction for £60.

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Web palmtop offers life-time no-limits mobile surfing for £60

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I've used one

It's shit, I got better web access from my old Psion 5mx connected to my mobile phone via infrared. Seriously. Don't waste your time.

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US military: Electropulse bombs now from next year

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@ Joe

erm, from a ship? Just type in "Scud launched from ship" into Google and you get plenty of results and commentary. This is one of several:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2008/aug/07/threat-of-scud-attacks-a-reality/

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Blu-ray add-on coming to the Xbox 360?

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@Colin Mountford

"Hard media is no longer the future, downloadable content is the way to go, so why are we bothering with Blu-ray."

The net is struggling enough to provide streaming video on demand. I'd rather have my game on my hard drive, thanks, than to get so far in a game for it to suddenly freeze with "BUFFERING" in the middle of the screen.

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Secret docs loser to appear in court

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Why a train?

If these documents were so sensitive:

a) Why was he on public transport?

b) Why wasn't he with a guard, either to protect him and / or the documents?

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'Podestrian' risk rising for drivers, warns insurer

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What about the drivers?

I've seen an alarming increase in car drivers listening to MP3 players while in the car. I didn't think that was allowed?

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Acer: We’re comin’ at ya, Dell

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Acer Warranties

Acer have funny ideas when it comes to warranties. It can be anything from 3 months to a year, depending on whether the hardware is the main board, a laptop battery or keyboard.

Personally, if they can only guarantee a keyboard for six months I hate to think what the quality of the rest of the gear is like.

Steer clear.

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Sega to launch PSP beater in 2009

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Live TV

Who watches Live TV any more anyway?

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Crashed aircraft is Fossett's, authorities confirm

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$1000=trash

Something doesn't add up here.

First they find ten $100 bills and think it's trash.

Second, they discover the significance of their find but rather than call the authorities, they go back out themselves first. Glory hunters?

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Postman Pat goes postal

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Will it be true to life?

"losing" parcels (i've lost six this year, all send recorded delivery) and many post office branches closed?

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Obama weighs into Shuttle-v-Soyuz ISS brouhaha

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There's enough money

If you stop invading and meddling in the business of other countries.

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eBay: don't come on our US site without protection

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Paypal froze my account

Because they suspected I was a money launderer. Their evidence? I sold a £100 second hand laptop on Ebay, bought the vBulletin software for someone and configured it for them and got less than a dozen donations - clearly marked "forum donation for your time and effort" - ranging from £1 to £5.

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PM Brown dusts off one interweb per child plan (again)

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Rewarding the poor

When I was at school I was taught that if I studied hard, went to college and university and got qualifications, I'd be able to afford luxuries like computers.

Now it seems you can be a burger flipper on minimum wage and get these things given to you by the state (along with cheaper fuel bills & house insulation).

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Apple recalls iPhone 3G power adaptors

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@ AC and three pronged plugs

If it's supposed to be a "safety feature to provide a path to earth" how the hell does it do it when:

a) the prong is plastic

b) you break open the plug and only find the live and neutral wires running to the device?

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Noel Edmonds defies BBC's jackbooted enforcers

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I saw this rant

It was on BBC Breakfast on BBC1 last Saturday morning. It was amusing watching the presenters squirm and for half a second thought I was watching that Brass Eye special where it was reported he'd gone crazy!

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Microsoft dumps hilarious comedy duo

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Should have employed me...

The only ad guaranteed to work is "Buy Vista for £10, get £20 cashback"

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Microsoft makes another play for UK schools

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Microsoft obviously don't understand teachers

They hate ANY change, especially to do with computers. I moved a few shortcuts around over the Summer and tidied up the shared desktops and they kicked up a fuss about that. Imagine given a completely new office interface to have to learn and teach.

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Gemalto glues DVD onto a SIM

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@Frumious Bandersnatch

Your comment about erasable magazine discs reminded me of my dad who pinched a stack of AOL CDs from the supermarket because he thought he could 'blank them' and use them again.

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Revealed: How the Beano de-menaced Dennis

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Walter's Girlfriend

A 'beard' surely?

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Ray Winstone joins Mel Gibson at the Edge of Darkness

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De Niro to Winstone?

I may not watch much TV or movies but that's a hell of a drop in quality.

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Those old timer sign results in full

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We demand a recount

The winners are crap. One of the pictures looks more like those clockwork joke chattering teeth.

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Password pants-off at Lloyds Bank

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lies

So much for the reassurance that the person at customer service can only see characters "x" and "y" when asking for my password.

No doubt said ex-employee has the full login details of anyone he desired.

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