* Posts by Hugh Cowan

24 posts • joined 4 Oct 2007

BBC to launch iPlayer for Wii

Hugh Cowan
Linux

Big Deal?

What's the big deal? They only downgraded the Flash content so it can play on the Wii. I don't get what the fuss is about. I hope you Wii users enjoy your Youtube quality iPlayer. The rest of us (who are not abroad like me) can enjoy the full quality iPlayer, yes even on Linux!!

Mozilla plugs 10 security holes in Firefox

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@slightly disturbed

Have you used Firefox 3? It had a huge overhaul of code and is now much faster and responsive!

The one question I have is, are these flaws already fixed in FF 3?

Yahoo! to! reject! Microsoft! offer!

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Exploding Flash catalogue rocks Dutch e-commerce site

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Honda Advert?

Reminds me of this: http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=FGngcQb_0qg

Microsoft! bids! $44.6bn! for! Yahoo!

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El! Reg! Headlines!

I'm worried about the El Reg Headlines if this does go through. Will El Reg put a ! at the end of all Microsoft stories?

100Mbit/s sewer broadband rollout coming your way

Hugh Cowan
Coat

Aw Shit!

This is a shit hot idea!

'Fat PSP' owners won't get Skype

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Stop

More memory?

I was under the impression that the newer PSP has more RAM. Perhaps this is something to consider!

BBC redesigns and 'widgetizes' homepage

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I like. Very nice, how much?

@Dave Cozens

It is possible to remove whole sections. Check out customise homepage at the top.

First impressions.... I like. Very nice, how much? (Borat impersonation!)

I'll be interested to see what they do with the news section in the new year as I believe the design is superb considering the amount of content they have. It is so easy to navigate.

Any news when this will come out of Beta? (I know it just became Beta but still.....!)

Dotcom Bubble 2.0: The Musical

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Love it!

'Fine yourself an engineer, feed him pizza, buy him beer' and 'launch party, nicely dressed, what's the point, sausage fest' are the best lines in this song

I love it!

Microsoft's sex-obsessed RoboSanta spouts filth at children

Hugh Cowan
Linux

More Santa Fun!

- Santa - says:

That certainly is a popular item nowadays!

I'll see what I can do for you, <Hidden Name>!

And what else would you like?

<Hidden Name> says:

a shotgun

- Santa - says:

My stars, lots of boys and girls are wishing for that!

I'll see what I can do!

<Hidden Name> says:

i'll blast your arse with it

- Santa - says:

I hope you thought twice before deciding that you would blast my arse with it. When you're done, tell me how it was.

Google fitted with (temporary) Digg implant

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In Facebook too

A feature similar to this has also been implemented into Facebook on the main news feed.

Choice breeds complexity for Linux desktop

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Ubuntu forever.....!

You can say what you like about Linux but at the end of the day I use it for what I want and don't waste time checking for viruses and Spyware. I use XP at work and it is so slow and unresponsive compared to Ubuntu.

TV heavyweights build on-demand supersite

Hugh Cowan
Flame

@The Douros

I was thinking of this and if someone is desperate enough to watch TV from back home then they may be willing to give out Passport details. Personally I'm not that desperate to watch british TV.

Anyway after all this discussing I use Linux and I checked ITV on-demand and 4od and neither of them support it anyway. So I think we should wait until they realise that the internet was designed as a multi-platform system before we complain about overseas people watching. One baby step at a time......

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@ Liam and The Douros

How do you know that I don't pay for a TV licence? It would have been possible for me to continue paying it via direct debit. I haven't but I could have done!

Correct me if I'm wrong though... The TV licence only pays for the BBC. I already watch their news content via the BBC website (when it works and yes I'm a Linux user using the BBC News website!) and I listen to their radio station online sometimes... all without a license.

So excluding the BBC...why can't the other channels have some way of telling that I'm a British national and letting me watch their content on demand? Oh and I also watch the latest headlines from Sky News via Miro.

Hugh Cowan
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Pointless

How does an Expat like myself get to watch the good old British TV that I so miss? They should think of a way of letting at least British nationals across the world watch this stuff.

Also why do all the current On-demand services require M$ Windows with Crappy IE and Crappy Media Player? These services are stifling Open Source programs.

When will these media companies realise that they have the whole world to distribute their material to easily and cheaply. They could even bundle adverts in so they would be advertising to the whole world.

</Rant Over>

Microsoft on the hunt for 'serious' Windows flaw

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Joke

Windows, Windows?

Ah yes that 'other' operating system. How is it doing these days? ;-)

Linux desktops grow and grow and grow

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Switched 6 months back

I switched to Linux 6 months ago and I haven't look back since. I started using openSuse but after I upgraded my video card on my desktop I was getting an error that I couldn't fix so I decided to look into Ubuntu. Much better!

I recently started a new job and was given a company laptop with XP on it. Man I never realised how slow XP was!! Especially shutting down!

The only program I really miss is iTunes. Although I can manage my iPod with other programs there is something I miss about the overall feel of iTunes.

By the way why isn't there an icon of Tux here? You have Bill G as an angel and the devil and Steve J as angel and a devil but no Tux. Is El Reg anti-Linux? ;-)

Beer set to hit four quid a pint

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IT Angle

<<<< Look at the icon

As the icon says........where is the IT angle?

Pioneer creates iTunes, YouTube rival

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Joost Killer?

This could in fact be a nail in the Joost coffin especially for Linux users.

Lily Allen gets 'social networking' TV show

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@Are the Chuckle Brothers running the BBC?

And what is wrong with the the Chuckle Brothers? They're gods! I'm sure they would run the BBC much better. 'To me, to you......'

BBC.com begins commercial push

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Stop

Ads?

Ads? Oh yes those things that used to appear. God I love Adblock Plus! ;-)

Mandriva bigwig (nearly) accuses Ballmer of b-word

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Joke

@Linux Fanboys

Hahahaha are you serious? Microsoft's patch history is better then Linux? I'm no fanboy but I've read plenty of stories where weird and wonderful things happened after an XP patch was applied. In the 6 months I've been using Ubuntu after I got sick of Vista I've never had any issues with a patch nor have I ever heard of any such problems.

More gnashing of teeth after Microsoft update brings PCs to a standstill

Hugh Cowan
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Still using Windows?

Windows is so 1990s!

Boy beats Reaper at 20,000 feet

Hugh Cowan

Beats going through security

Beats going through security!

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