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2260 posts • joined 21 May 2010

Some Androids can be HOSED by WiFi Direct vuln

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Re: Not sure why that was downvoted

"Google has effectively orphaned all Android 4.3 and earlier devices with their decision not to fix a very critical bug in the default browser."

Although I agree with the thrust of your post, I wonder if Google triage the bug reports based on the likely-hood of the fix ever reaching the users. The vast majority of Android users are on "branded and locked" versions from carriers or device makers and won't ever be updated even if Google spend the time and money to fix them.

Having said that,Google made a rod for their own backs in the basic design of android and it's contracts with device builders/suppliers who were allowed to block system updates other than from themselves.

Maybe in later versions they will design the system so that system libraries, core OS, Kernel etc can be updated without screwing with the carrier/supplier branding and apps.

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Secret Service on alert after drone CRASHES into White House

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How much C4

...can a quadcopter carry?

I'm sure the bad guys must have thought about something like this already. Maybe the next step is random rotated notched jamming and new radio comms for the spooks to match the notches.

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NASA greenlights SpaceX and Boeing to carry crew to ISS in 2017

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Re: Special cargo

"Methinks 'tis time for a campaign about commas to match the one on apostrophes."

I tried to upvote you multiple times but the button seems to be broken.

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NSA gunning for Google, wants cop-spotting dropped from Waze app

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Re: I'm afraid I agree of the potential danger to law enforcement

"Most citizens are not criminals and neither are the cops (usually)."

For that matter, cops are also citizens.

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Cubans defy government's home internet ban with secret home-made network

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Re: Mesh network via WiFi modules?

"unable to confiscate them fast enough to kill this kind of network."

Unless the Govt. decides to kill or "disappear" anyone caught using it. They don't even have to find actual "offenders". Just a good number of people they want rid of and say that's why they were arrested.

"cubeSats"

Shirley you mean CubaSats!

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Dark Fibre: Reg man plunges into London's sewers to see how pipe is laid

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"20Pb/s per cable, which no amount of cat videos can use up ;-)"

Yet! 4k cat video uploads starting.....now!

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Oi, Aussie sports fans! Take that selfie stick and stick it

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Re: So does this mean...

"If you hold your monopod by the end (the foot), and face the camera towards yourself, you're a twat."

True. But it's also handy for taking photos over the tops of the bars/fences in zoos or just getting another perspective when there's no other way of reaching that extra height.

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So does this mean...

...my monopod with a proper camera attached which I've been using for years without problems is also banned at these events? Just as well I have no interest in sport and won't be going to them.

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BOT AN ABOMINATION: Mechanical DRONE VAMPIRE spreads wings

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Nice.

Some clever ideas there. I'll be even more impressed when it can take off again without needing a handy meat-bag to throw it into the air.

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Leaked doc: Europe's justice chiefs forming plans to cosy up to ISPs

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Re: When will it sink in?

"You want to remove a power of the state, that makes you a terrorist."

Maybe be could organise meeting to discuss it ? There's a nice clearing near the river at Runnymede.

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Doomsday Clock says 3 MINUTES to MIDNIGHT. Again

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Re: In situations like this, I find it useful

Zen and the art of '...inter-continental thermo-nuclear ballistic missile maintenance and upgrades"

FTFY

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Re: Meanwhile the US Politicians

"Perhaps it might be worth sending all those Congress Critters and Senators to places where Climate change is real."

Surely their own backyard, the USA SE coastal regions where the salt water mango swamps are ought to be showing some signs of change?

Obviously, the solution is to damn all the rivers and stop that water ever reaching the sea. When the bath is full, you turn off the taps. A bit like the mighty Colorado.

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Why so tax-shy, big tech firms? – Bank of England governor

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Re: Shorter work week

"How do you divide the resources in a world where no one works?"

Without thinking too deeply of the ramifications, give adults a stipend enough to live on, eg can rent a small flat inclusive of energy, non-premiem TV and basic BB internet access. Adults who live together get to pool their resource and can upgrade their services or afford a holiday or go out more often. No one under 18 gets anything. They have to be supported by their parents. If you choose to work to have a better life, your stipend drops by 0.5 units for every unit you earn. You get paid 0.5 stipend to go to schooll/college/university while under 18, 0.2 stipend from 18 to 24 and 0.1 stipend if over 25.

Whoops, I'm starting to think too deeply now.

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Re: Fiduciary Duty

"It is the corporate officers and directors who have a fiduciary duty to act in the best interests of the owners (the shareholders). Maximizing the value of the company is part of that duty, although over what time period is a matter of judgement."

Exactly. "...is part of...". Shareholders mostly seem to think that profits, and hence dividends + share value are the be all and end all of fiduciary duty. They forget that keeping the company afloat is probably the most important duty of the board, even if that mean cutting profits at times.

For example, the gas suppliers all whinging that they can't drop prices in line with wholesale prices because they hedged and bought gas futures. Well, they should take that hit because "the value of your investment can go down as well as up" and gas went down after they bought. Luckily, they don't all buy the same futures at the same time so one blinked and the rest were forced to follow.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Chickpea stew à la Bureau des Projets Spéciaux

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Re: Fusion Cooking?

"Next week, the Curry Pizza?"

Our local pizza emporium sells Kebab Pizza!!! Fan-Bloody-Tastic!!! Capitals obligatory!! The kebab meat pokes up through the cheese and goes crispy. Only bacon can surpass this culinary masterpiece.

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Is it humanly possible to watch Gigli and Battlefield Earth back-to-back?

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"Them, Phase 4 - anyone know of any other ant movies?"

Them! ...with Joan Collins

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"How about Spice World - The Movie?"

Is that a sequel to Dune? I'll keep an eye out for that one.

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Hola HoloLens: Reg man gets face time with Microsoft's holographic headset

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MS should do an Apple

I wonder if MS would have a better public image if they acted more like Apple when it comes to new products? ie wait until it's ready to go before announcing it instead of announcing an early prototype which may or may net ever see viable production.

Don't get me wrong, this announcement is a real shot in the arm with a product which has the potential to be really great, but if it fails, for whatever reason, to materialise, MS are going to look like chumps all over again, eg Surface RT, WinPhone, Zune and others.

How many people remember Apple failures?

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LEAKED: Samsung's iPHONE 6 KILLER... the Samsung Galaxy S6

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many regions are patriotic in their support for local brands.

Fortunately, we don't have that problem in the UK so can choose any phone, guilt free. Even vapour-ware ones!

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FIVE Things (NOT 10: these are REAL) from the WINDOWS 10 event

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Re: The Business Legacy

"Some editions are excluded: Windows 7 Enterprise, Windows 8/8.1 Enterprise, and Windows RT/RT 8.1"

Oh goody, my Asus EeePC Netbook with Windows 7 Starter edition isn't excluded. I wonder if it will be capable of opening more than two browser tabs without thrashing the swapfile?

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Re: I don't get Cortana either!

"anthropomorphizing them may not be such a good idea longer term"

Ably demonstrated in The Big Bang Theory when Raj "falls in love" with Siri, for a recent reference.

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2015: The year of MAD TV science, but who can keep up?

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Re: I solved this problem years ago

Obligatory XKCD

I'm shocked it's taken this many comments to reach this stage though :-)

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Re: That sound you can hear ...

"And casual TV users care even less about their TV sets. I've seen far too many people watching shows in Stretch-O-Vision"

...and still have the colour saturation boosted up full for "showroom" mode giving onscreen people red/orange faces. Those viewers will just love HDR :-)

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Re: Here's an article suggestion for you

"so there must be bargains to be had."

There are. I got my LG 1080p 42" screen last Christmas at a knock down price. It's passive 3D (not much content, but some of it is eminently watchable, especially wildlife stuff), isn't "smart", but does play DivX etc from USB and has a net connection for playback/streaming from uPnP devices. The main reason it was cheap was the lack of "smart" features, which I don't have much use for having a VM Tivo box and XBMC (previously on a PC, now on a RaspPi. And anyway, I've since replaced the DVD with an LG BluRay and that's got "smart" features (not that I use them either)

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Re: Content content content....

"Hell, most broadcast stuff still isn't even 1080p"

Yes, that becomes blindingly obvious when something like the latest David Attenborough programme, Conquest of the Skies appears and even my wife, who has little interest in video or sound quality, actually says "wow, that looks good".

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Drinking to forget? OK. But first, eat a curry... QUICK!

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Re: So not a meal to have…

It may well be the large amounts of Turmeric which explains rush hour in any large Indian city. Especially the willingness of cyclists and mutli-occupancy scooters to partake in the "fun".

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EE data network goes TITSUP* after mystery firewall problem

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Re: Oh, dear...

"Just an idea. I'm not sure who would be best to implement it."

Maybe the SamKnows people?

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SCREW you, GLASSHOLES! Microsoft unveils HoloLens

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Re: Anyone remember Courier (no not the font!)

"It is all a fake lie"

What? Is that the truth?

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SECRETS of the LOST SCROLLS unlocked by key to HEALTHY BOOBS

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"How about you go ahead and "read" then translate the scrolls THEN announce"

Probably because it will take a lot more time and money to move on to actually getting significant usable data and they need to a) satisfy the grant giver they are getting value for money and b) they need more grants, possibly from other interested sources, to keep going.

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Facebook worth more than Portugal? Hell, it's worth a LOT more than THAT

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Re: 40c an hour?

"It's just nonsense to value people's time at under 40 cents an hour."

It certainly is. I would suggest that most "facebooking" happens outside of work, or at least a significant portion of it, so it then becomes recreation, which is consumption, so if anything that would take from GDP, not add to it.

The only way you can value a persons time in monetary terms is if they are producing, hence adding to GDP, or being non-productive when they could be producing "work". For example, I enjoying repairing things so if I spend a couple of hours fixing something I could replace for £5, have a wasted money by spending 2x£20/hr fixing it? Of course not. I'd have been vegged out in front of the telly, or going for a walk, or interacting with family or friends. At no point would I be earning wages outside of work time, but my quality of life is improved if I do something I enjoy. You cannot measure that in cash.

The sort of people who measure all of their time, 24x7, in terms of their hourly pay rate when at work are the people who live on shitty take outs and ready meals because that's cheaper than spending an hour cooking a nice meal, right?

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Polish chap builds computer into a mouse

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Re: finally.

Nice! Although as Efros said, Vic20 anyone? Or, for that matter, pretty much every home computer prior to the PC came in that form factor. I'm surprised it's taken so long to return to what is an eminently sensible "all-in-one". Cheaper in terms of replacement when it eventually breaks and by the looks of it may be internally upgradable. A better design than putting the computing gubbins in the screen since odds are when the computer breaks or needs replacing, you get to keep the screen, unlike, say, Apple iMacs.

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Ad agency Turn turns off Verizon's zombie cookies

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"We have heard the concerns and are actively re-evaluating this method,"

Shame you didn't think there might be any "concerns" by maybe, you know, asking people before starting yet another creepy data raping system or even using your own instead of piggy-backing on others "work".

Of course, they are tracking and spying on Verizon customers without consent, including minors unable to even give consent. Verizon have a lot to answer for too for enabling it, even though they claim not to use it.

These people really do seem to live in some closed off private little world of their own where morals are a serious career impediment.

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SO. Which IS more important to humanity: Facebook, or Portugal?

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Re: Are you sure?

Yeah, in 100 years the United States of Europe* Administrative Area 13, formerly known as Portugal to those old enough to remember.

*Sponsored by Faceoogle.

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Give ALL the EU access to Netflix, says Vince Cable

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Re: TV Rights

"Comedy Central UK has paid for the rights to exclusively broadcast Friends in the UK, this is why it's not available on Netflix in the UK."

I wonder how the contract is actually worded? Netflix not being a broadcaster and all that. No doubt the lawyers have it all sewn up. Yet you can still buy or rent the Friends DVDs, which is not all that different to storing your copy on a Netflix server to watch when and where you want to. Oh, the fun we could have in a court! ;-)

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Re: What's that sound ... a penny dropping ?

"So unless I explicitly set my TiVo to record it (because I don't trust iPlayer - go figure), it's hello NZBs here I come. On my Virgin broadband. Which rocks - seriously !"

I do find it slightly odd that watching a stream from iPlayer in real time can buffer, stutter and even stop completely and yet I can use Get_iplayer to "stream" it straight to a file on the hard disk way, way faster with no pauses in the download. And yes, VM BB rocks!

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Re: Cable and streaming

"Vince Cable v. Virgin Cable"

FIGHT!!!!

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Microsoft wants LAMP for wireless mobe charger

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Re: Fantastic

"Beat me to it. I can't believe someone actually entertained this as an idea."

Ditto. This a "because we can" idea which may or may not have underlying patents that can be used in a more useful way, but hey, at least it builds up the MS patent portfolio.

Is Rube Goldberg on the MS payroll?

I'd be a little more impressed if the phone had it's own solar cells and this device operated a lens/mirror arrangement at the window to send as much natural light in the right direction as possible. It's still a Rube Goldberg idea but maybe slightly less wasteful of generated energy. That might be handy if you forget to leave the phone on the windowsill in the sunlight or need it on your desk.

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Video nasty: Two big bugs in VLC media player's core library

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"Stock image of cones"

Yes, a tenuous link to the VLC default icon/logo but I see you've shamed someone at El Reg into removing it from the article now. Well done!

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India pushes ahead with slimmed-down fibre rollout

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"The report says the DoT has also had to warn local public officials not to get in the way of the rollout, saying there could be action against officials delaying decisions about the rollout."

Ah, one of the upsides of not selling off your Telecoms infrastructure to the lowest bidder.

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MYSTERY RADIO SIGNAL picked up from BEYOND our GALAXY

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Re. Infinite Monkey Cage.

THANK YOU!

I always forget about that one and end up accidentally finding it at the end of the series. Tivo now set with series link :-)

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Re: Space is big, my brain just ain't

"Lifting it approx 50cm from table to mouth would require approx 5 joules of energy, so I propose to name that one Quaff."

That's all well and good, it almost sounds like a proper exercise regime, but what's the ratio of calorific intake of 1 Quaff to the energy expended and can we make it negative while still using a decent beer?

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EU copyright law: Is the Pirate Party's MEP in FAVOUR of it?

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Re: Double edged sword

"Price of petrol - part of the price is the logistics cost which explains a lot of the variation."

Speaking of poor analogies...if the above was true I'd be able to buy the cheapest diesel in the region since the storage tanks are less than a mile from the filling station I use and the most expensive part of the logistics is the "last mile(s)" in an HGV tanker. I wish :-)

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Re: Getting access to authors proved difficult?

"Does the PRS actually seek input from its members in order to respond to questions from people like this"

Of course they do! That would be the right thing to do. They also know who will give the "right" answer for any particular question and so use the "correct" selection and sampling methods. Bono and Sir Cliff come to mind as good "representatives" for certain questions.

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Re: Double edged sword

"You are free to buy my books in one market ... and then cross a border and sell them in another"

No. You are not. At least not in every case. The "big boys" won't allow that. They even coined a name for it. The "grey market", obviously an attempt to imply that it's illegal when, as you say if duty etc is paid on the imports, it's not.

IIRC there was some issue with a supermarket (Tesco?) buying in brand-name jeans via 3rd parties and being sued by the brand-owner under trademark laws.

Ah, Google to the rescue...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/2769538/Tesco-loses-battle-for-bargain-blue-jeans.html

This makes one wonder who in the EU thought that was a good law and who lobbied to for it in the first place.

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Re: The girl in the picture

I was wondering if it was the author of the article. Or maybe the MEP. Who knows what goes through the mind of the El Reg image selector bloke/ess. It certainly appears at times that his/her mind may be chemically altered. Having a valid and descriptive alt tag which shows on mouse hover would help (or incriminate)

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Re: No surprise - Pirates want free stuff.

"Justifying criminal hacking and theft because you couldn't wait for a shitty fratboy movie doesn't really help your cause. More hugs needed."

Criminal Hacking? We'll leave that to the CPS and a judge.

Theft? of copyright? Sorry, but the Law says differently, whatever you might like it to be.

The point wasn't specifically about "a shitty fratboy movie" but making the point that Sony, despite their professed "rebel act" to get it out to the masses only released it in one location despite the fact that people elsewhere would have paid for the download if it had been made available. This is what pisses people off. Artificial market restrictions at the retail level while they, Sony and the other "big boys" get touse their financial clout to work the global market in their favour, eg moving money to more tax friendly locations, filming in more tax/wage friendly locations etc. etc. etc.

How long do you think region tax coding/restriction would last if Sony was not allowed to manage it's tax affairs globally and had to do it all inside the USA or Japan? If they can buy in goods and services from around the world, why can't we?

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'If you see a stylus, they BLEW it' – Steve Jobs. REMEMBER, Apple?

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Re: Great news

"If Apple can bring the same functionality that Samsung do in a native stylus then I can see it being a big winner. I know there'll be a lot of folks asking for it around me for sure....."

"Only available with the latest iPad, not compatible with previous versions". Any one want to bet?

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Re: Color me surprised

"So if Apple is going to go back at some point and address its faithful core audience of old (the art professionals)"

Yes, that's the point I came here to make too. I was quite amazed that the first iPad didn't have at least the option of a proper Apple stylus considering their contacts/users in the graphic design industry.

Someone further down mentioned David Hockney doing some decent art on an iPad. That may be so, but I bet he could do a lot more with a stylus rather than the artificial limits of a fat finger in the same way he can create different styles of physical art by choosing a pencil instead of a 1" brush.

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DVRs at the ready tonight: El Reg's motor Vulture is on the tellybox

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Re: BBC HD

Oops, my mistake. It's ITV HD where we get Manchester/NW programming for "local" news. BBC HD broadcasts the place holder when local news would be on but IIRC we get Inside Out from a different region, not sure which but I'd guess London. BBC1 SD is local.

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"And still renting it from Radio Rentals?"

He could pop down to Rumbelows and buy a new super-sized 19" Colour TV with ultrasonic remote control?

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