* Posts by GruntyMcPugh

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Wearable hybrids prove the bloated smartwatch is one of Silly Valley's biggest mistakes

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Seriously, a downvote for owning an Invicta? There's a watch snob about,....

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@Chris G.

oooh, Titanium,... what you got? I have an Invicta 9302 in Titanium.

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@AC

I can't be in the majority then, because I still own and wear about a dozen watches.

At work, I wear one of my mechanical analog watches, often a Vostok, when I'm out with the dogs, it's usually my Suunto. I need a waterproof watch 'cos I need to know the time when I'm out and about, and outdoors it occasionally rains (I do live in blighty after all) and pulling my phone out wouldn't be wise, as it's not waterproof. Plus there are the occasional times I try to be fit, and I run, and surf, and snowboard. Again, I don't take a phone with me on those occasions. It's a Note4, and a bit big to carry during sport, it would leave a hell of a bulge in my lycra running shorts. I'll leave you with that image.

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AR upstart Magic Leap reveals majorly late tech specs' tech specs

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Ugh, the demo video.....

... 20 minutes of waffle with very little footage of the actual game, and much of what is shown is repeated.

At this point, we want to know what the hardware can do, not the social acceptance aspect of developing the apps, which they wittered on about.

Also, when they show the rock being blocked, it looks like the rock is rendered over the hand,.... the system should be smart enough to know the hand is in front of the rock and only render the part that should be visible.

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No, seriously, why are you holding your phone like that?

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Only yesterday...

... I ventured into the local supermarket, and saw some young girl talking into her phone, with the phone flat, mic towards her face, speaker outwards. I really don't understand this, it seems little more than a affectation to me.

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IBM memo to staff: Our CEO Ginni is visiting so please 'act normally!'

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Desks should be clear anyway,...

... we operated a clean desk policy during my time with IBM, and weren't really allowed much to be on show, no lists of phone numbers, no family photos, no personal items (I wouldn't get away with the cacti I have on my current desk.) I got dinged for having a floppy disk on my desk. I can't remember what it had on it now, but I'd lent it to someone, who had returned it, and put it on my desk when I wasn't there. We got audited, I got bollocked.

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

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Re: Made do with a C64, really wanted a BBC micro

@Vometia Munro

I seem to recall they were ~£300 for a Model 'B', which was a lot, when a Spectrum was just over the £100 mark, or a C64 for about the same,... although many of these machines started out at far higher price points,... I recall a friend got a Ti994a,... which at release had a rather eye watering £1000+ price tag, but then it was cutting edge and had a 16 bit processor and all that.

I ended up with an Acorn Electron, which kept me highly amused, writing code, and playing 'Cylon Attack' with my analog joysticks.

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Brit mobile phone users want the Moon on a stick but then stay on same networks for aeons

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Faffing around,....

"More than half of the UK's big four mobile network customers have been with their carrier for two years or more."

So, this is usually me, because I tell my wife when our contracts are about to expire, and she faffs a bit, choosing her next phone, and we often go over a 2 year contract by a month or two.

We're out of current contracts mid July, and I'll be going SIM only, as my old Note4 is adequate, and none of the newer models take my fancy. Hopefully I'll be able to pull this one off on time, as there's no handset to choose, just PAC and new SIM.

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National ID cards might not mean much when up against incompetence of the UK Home Office

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Re: How would ID cards prevent anything?

@AndyS

You beat me to it,... registration for ID cards would have seen those caught up in Windrush identified at that point. The problem was the Govt destroying data.

Meanwhile, we have had a National ID card previously, I recall being sent a National Insurance Number Card when I turned 16, with my NI number on it. They don't issue those cards any more, because they cost too much. Let's just dwell on that for a moment,.... the management of simple data, name, address, and NI number is too costly to maintain via an ID card system. Yet somehow, that problem goes away if we make the data more complex?

Driver's licenses are what,... £34, ... a passport is ~£75 and a biomentric National Indentity Card would be,..... oh, if it's mandatory, it would have to be free. Now, once we have a National ID card, why would we need a driver's license, or passport? Surely that would just be a couple of extra fields of data, and therefore we could scrap the other systems. But if we have to pay, what about those who cannot afford to pay out? Do they become non-citizens?

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Apple hauled into US Supreme Court over, no, not ebooks, patents, staff wages, keyboards... but its App Store

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What if Microsoft did this?

MS had an anti-trust lawsuit filed against them for bundling a free browser. They didn't restrict who could provide software to run under their OS, nor take a commission. OK, so MS are arguably in a more dominant position wrt their OS and market share, but is that a sufficient distinction?

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User spent 20 minutes trying to move mouse cursor, without success

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Re: eeeww - gross

A chap I used to work with once complained some of the keys on his keyboard were intermittent. I did what you described and beard hair, and cigar ash fell out. I daren't use the airduster on it.

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No fandango for you: EU boots UK off Galileo satellite project

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Re: Dictionary anyone?

@Vimes: "It's a mistake to portray leave voters as stupid in my opinion, especially when the government itself didn't know initially what leaving would entail."

So voting for something, when you don't know what you're voting for, isn't stupid? It's far from smart.

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UK.gov online dating tips: Do get consent, don't make false claims or fake profiles

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Of course they cross link profiles,.....

.... it saves them making up fake female profiles for each site, if they cross post the half dozen or so real ones they have.

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Internet luminaries urge EU to kill off automated copyright filter proposal

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@Martin Gregorie

The Berne Convention grants copyright automatically, and formal registration is prohibited, so the law would have to change.

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Tesla undecimates its workforce but Elon insists everything's absolutely fine

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I think you created a brand name,.....

... but 'vigintimate' sounds like a cream. :- |

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Re: Undecimate?

@Codysydney

Lots of people misusing a word doesn't make the misuse correct. The word has a number in it. Numbers dont change value. People say 'decimate' when they mean 'devastate'. If the larger part is destroyed, use the latter.

Many words are commonly misused, 'chronic' for instance, many use it as a substitute for 'accute' when they refer to an ailment or pain. chronic of course means re-occuring over time, or persistent.

'Ultimate' just means the latest in a series, it does not imply the object is the best. Does penultimate imply second best? Ultimatum means we are at the last option, not taking the best option.

etc.

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Astroboffins trace mysterious noise from hard rock in space

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Sadly, it was the cafe.

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Microsoft partners to fling out collabo-visual Ginormonitors this year

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Re: Smartboard

@MonkeyCee

My thoughts too, I did a stint as a school IT Technician recently, in junior schools, and they had a mix of interactive whiteboards with projectors, and touch screen monitors. The latter usually had a NUC attached to the back, while the former, being older, were usually hooked up to a full sized PC. I quite liked the touch screen TVs, it was all a bit 'Minority Report' : -)

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UK digital secretary throws cold water over bid for laws on kids' use of social media

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Re: "Everyone from the BBC through to Primark are responsible for this culture."

@MiguelC

I think you underestimate the power of pestering. A parent might want to be strict, but if their child's peers get to have something, the child wants it too, and will pester, and pester, and pester until the parent crumbles. A parent might be able to delay getting their child a phone or a tablet, but it probably will happen, and the entry level price for smartphones and tablets is pretty low these days, Black Friday saw Fire tabs for £30, so it's an inexspensive way to placate a kid and many parents take that option.

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IBM to GTS: We want you to 'rotate' clients every two years

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@ASAC

I was IBM for 14 years, and when we were TUPEd, we were told we'd get two weeks training a year, not necessarily classroom, but we'd get courses plus CBT. It was bollocks. I got two classroom courses in 14 years, and one year, it was decided we had to complete 40 hours training over the year for one of our PBC goals. Of the two courses I went on, one was through 'The Skills Centre' a one off opportunity when I left the account I'd been working on and was effectively benched. The second I got on, because it had been booked for a bunch of folks, one couldn't go, and it was too late for a refund, so I got the place. The 40 hours 'training' was BS for stats too, that year I completed some CBT for IBM Endpoint Manager, that was real training, but the conf calls for the deployment project also counted as 'training'.

So I should think anyone requiring training will get CBT if they are lucky, and will probably have to fit it in around their day job.

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WannaCry reverse-engineer Marcus Hutchins hit with fresh charges

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Re: Who do you trust?

@Anonymous Coward

"How long before we hear the "ass burgers defence"

I'm on the autism spectrum, with a hint of Asperger's. So screw you for using such a derisory term.

Oh, and I do a bit of security and compliance work. Seems we're drawn to it. Oh, and screw you.

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Hey, Mac fanbois: Got $600,000 burning a hole in your pocket? Splash out on this rare Apple I

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Re: 'Computing revolution'?

Got to give some props to the Commodore PET and the Tandy TRS-80, released the same year as the Apple II. It was an interesting time, especially just a few years later, when we saw cheaper mass market computers going into homes and schools. in 1983, I got my first job, selling computers in Woolworths as a Saturday lad.

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Tech giants! How do you know Jim in accounting isn't Putin moves on you

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Re: No one has approached me

.. have you read 'The Cuckoos Egg' by Clifford Stoll? He's a sysadmin at an American Unversity, and what starts out as a simple accounting discrepancy throws him into a world of espionage. Oh, and it's a true story. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Cuckoo%27s_Egg

So, go check your acct is set up properly,.... you could find something interesting.

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Schadenfreude for UK mobile networks over the tumult at Carphone

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HMV

I swerved by my local HMV the other day,... it was like stepping back in time, with racks and racks of Vinyl. You know they are shafted when they have sunk to selling novelty items. Novelty items for silly prices, ... like £30 for an album. Mind you, I saw the Metallica 'Damage Inc' tour shirt in H&M a while back too,... I still have the original from 30 years ago.

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RAF Air Command to take on UK military space ops

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Re: If, as the title says, the RAF are to take on UK Military Space Ops...

... and RAF Wyton, not Wycombe. Seems my memory has gone phonetic, and a bit fuzzy.

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Re: If, as the title says, the RAF are to take on UK Military Space Ops...

Pretty sure it was the RAF,.... but probably with some mid level policy wonks from the Home Office. IIRC it was 'JERAC' (ish, it's been a while) and was based at RAF High Wycombe?

A chap I used to know who was in the surveillance business for the USA, and used to collaborate with them, and he was suitably vague about what he did,... hence my vagueness.

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Re: Shouldn't that be RnAF ?

'Per Ardua ad Astra' FTFY.

(AirForce brat)

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Beardy Branson: Wacky hyperloop tube maglev cheaper than railways

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'months away'...

... said the bearded one recently, about his allegedly forthcoming suborbital flight.

What's the current altitude they are achieving? I thought they'd only got to a quarter of the required altitude, but with a 30 second burn, and they reckon 63 seconds for a full sub-orbital flight?

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US websites block netizens in Europe: Why are they ghosting EU? It's not you, it's GDPR

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Re: Overreach

@AC

Although, back in the earlier days of the Internet, ~2000, I purchased a bolt action CO2 powered air rifle from Pyramyd in the USA. I had to pick it up from the Parcel Force depot (because it wouldn't fit through the letterbox) and got it no questions asked.

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or,....

.... signed in triplicate, sent in, sent back, queried, lost, found, subjected to public inquiry, lost again, and finally buried in soft peat for three months and recycled as firelighters.

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The future of radio may well be digital, but it won't survive on DAB

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Re: Out of sync

@Martin an gof

I waded through the settings, and found a delay setting on the Telly after turning off some auto sync effort (that clearly wasn't doing a very good job) and there was a little slider, so I slid it around and now the speech matches the lip movements.

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Re: Out of sync

@Martin an gof.

Cheers for the tip,..... new telly has a lot of settings to wade through, and erm,.... what's that rtfm? : -)

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Re: Out of sync

"audio delay"

Ah, so it's not just me,.... I got a new 'smart' telly in last year's black Friday sales,... and it has introduced a minor anomaly I never had with my old dumb Samsung,.... audio delay. I run an optical cable to a blurray which does 5.1, all was dandy with my old Samsung, but the new telly needed the delay tweaking as there was a noticable mismatch between the mouth movements and speech. New Telly is an LG. It does seem to vary a bit, but it's bearable.

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Re: Wait

Planet Rock,... in my kitchen, while I cook. That's DAB for me.

And occasionally, digital warble. No idea why that happens, it works flawlessly for weeks, then randmly it'll start dropping out and warbling one day, and be fine the next.

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IBM's Watson Health wing left looking poorly after 'massive' layoffs

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Re: Watson TV

@AC

Pretty much,... IBM have done this before, with their 'Tivoli' products, some were bought in, and rebadged, like 'Tivoli Endpoint Manager' that was originally 'BigFix', was 'IBM Endpoint Manager' for a while and is now apparently 'IBM BigFix'.

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Re: Merge?

@AC "Sounds like being in an abusive relationship."

That's pretty much how I look back at my time there. With the annual PBC process eroding morale, and the incessant axe swings reducing headcount, you count yourself lucky to be employed, without realising the crap you are putting up with.

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Samsung loses (again) to Apple in patent battle (again). This time to the tune of a mere $539m

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Re: Apple rips off Xerox, sues world+dog

'iTunes'? Maybe the 'iTunes Store' which debuted in 2003, alongside the iPod 3, the first USB compatible iPod. Until then iPods were niche.

Although the revolution in .mp3 players in general was thanks to the Rio, and Diamond fighting the RIAA over the right to rip music folks already owned on CD.

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Re: Apple rips off Xerox, sues world+dog

Apple rips off Xerox, Braun, Anglepoise, Lear Siegler, The Regency TR-1,... so maybe it's Apple rips off world+dog, then sues world+dog.

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Church of England will commune with God for you via Amazon's Echo

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God might not be listening all the time,...

... but Alexa appears to be, so maybe some prayers will be answered?

If they are prayers for Dash delivery of toilet roll, weather reports, or pizza.

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As Tesla hits speed bump after speed bump, Elon Musk loses his mind in anti-media rant

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WMD

@RobertLongshaft

We seem to recall the WMD story differently, I recall the coverage being reported as 'ministers claim', 'a published dossier states' etc, not that 'The BBC has discovered evidence of WMD'.

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EmDrive? More like BS drive: Physics-defying space engine flunks out

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Re: The Germans don't watch youtube enough

@Pascal Monett

"In any case, some bloke on YouTube is not a scientific reference."

Odd that, because when Dr Mason talks about politics, people chime in and tell his to stick to science.

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Folks are shocked – shocked – that CIA-backed Amazon is selling face-recog tech to US snoops, cops

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Re: This explains a lot,...

Do you host images of people, and include data such as their name and location on your web sites?

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This explains a lot,...

... the infamous web site mugshots.com is hosted by Amazon;

Type Domain Name IP Address TTL

A mugshots.com 54.174.31.179

Amazon.com, Inc. (AS14618) 60 sec

A mugshots.com 52.204.97.203

Amazon.com, Inc. (AS14618) 60 sec

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HTC U12+: Like a Pixel without the pratfalls, or eye-watering price tag

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$799?

That price is still pretty eye-watering. I've been looking at cheap droiders to use as GPS trackers for my dogs, they can be had for £30 upwards. The bottom end of the market has truly reached commodity pricing.

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IPv6 growth is slowing and no one knows why. Let's see if El Reg can address what's going on

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Anecdotes,....

.. a mate of mine designs networks for people, and recently I asked him how many IP v6 networks he'd deployed. 'Not one' was his answer.

At work here, I asked our head networks honcho when we were going to adopt IP v6. 'We dont need it' he said, 'we have a few externally facing IP addresses, we don't need more.' Internally we use 10.x.x.x of course.

Last MS course I did IP v6 got a brief overview,.... little more than an advertorial really, and I guess as part of the course was setting up Direct Access which uses ip v6, it was worth the overview, but ours runs in a 6to4 tunnel.

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Flamin' Nora! Brit firefighters tackle blazing fly-tipped boat

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Re: Get this round my area..

@K

Sme here,... the route to one of my regular dog walks starts near the entrance to a disused school, down a cul-de-sac. There's often fly tipping by the old school gates. Addly, most recently, an '02 plate BMW has been abandoned there. I checked it out on the https://www.gov.uk/check-vehicle-tax web site, and it's taxed and MoT'd so no clue why it's been left for getting on a month now. The lady (we call her 'The Oracle' because she knows all the local gossip) that lives at the end of that road reported it to the Police,.... and all they have done so far is give it a parking ticket (as it's on double yellows).

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What's up with that ZX Spectrum reboot? Still no console

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Re: Still no console

Certainly no ROM-com.

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Blighty's super-duper F-35B fighter jets are due to arrive in a few weeks

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Re: Glad you researched, but be careful of the source,....

@Hans Neeson-Bumpsadese

It was allegedly the 'Grand Slam' at Scampton, although I wouldn't be surprised if this story was circualting on a different air base, as these memes are often recited as being handed down by someone close to the source, so if you were at Conningsby, the story would be linked to there.

The line from the Scampton WIki still reads: "the Grand Slam bomb had to be moved. Efforts to lift it with a small crane proved futile, as it was much heavier than expected. Upon closer examination, it was found to be still filled with live explosives. It was carefully removed on an RAF low loader and detonated on a test range."

Seems that has crept back into the article, like I said, training rounds would be the same weight, and the gate guardian, being at the front of the base, was right where the playground of the Infants school was in my day, so I really, really doubt it was live ordnance. I'm guessing it was detonated just to be on the safe side.

On demolishing Lincoln Cathedral, it's five miles from Scampton to Lincoln, a megaton range nuke would do it, but not a single conventional bomb.

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Glad you researched, but be careful of the source,....

.... I got the Wikipedia entry for RAF Scampton changed some time ago, someone had made a couple of spurious claims about the Lancaster Gate Guardian, and the bomb, at the entrance, not only claiming it was a live bomb, but had it detonated it would have demolised Lincoln Cathedral.

First the claim it was a live bomb was based on a claim it was 'heavier than expected', but training rounds were the same weight, so they follow the same path when they were dropped.

Second, that the bomb would knock down a building five miles away. Er, why go to the lengths of precision bombing dams if we had a bomb that powerful?

(I use to live on the base in the mid 70s)

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Off with e's head: E-cig explosion causes first vaping death

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Re: Obviously the wrong drug...

@herby

... and I have to hold my hand up and declare I was a caffeine addict. I guess many people are, but never go cold turkey to find out. I found out when I bought a tooth whitening kit, thought I should give tea, coffee, and red wine a miss while I was rectifying things. So I stopped sloshing coffe from my percolator etc, and after three days, I had a headache. Couldn't take painkillers, as many contain caffeine. A mate had been through it, and said it would last for a few days, and it did. Now I limit myself to two cups a day, mornings only, never after midday.

I told a colleague about my experience, and she's had similar, but worse. She's got ill, threw up quite a bit, and got massive headaches, and her GP thought it could be Meningitis at first. Turns out if was food poisoning,and because all she could keep down was sips of water, added caffeine withdrawal.

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