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  1. World co-operation

    by , 18th April 2008 at 10:07 PM (Wandering lonely as a clown...)
    All the recent chatter about the various space missions, ion thrusters, potential for giant balls of metal to crash into the planet etc... has made me think. Why do countries such as thr USA, UK, Japan etc... all run individual space programs, and only occasionally collaborating (such as the international space station).

    It is plainly obvious that full collaboration creates amazing advances so why don't we do it more often? And why don't we do it with other industries?
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  2. Ramblings of the third persuasion!

    by , 17th April 2008 at 01:45 PM
    oooh interview on Tuesday for a 'Haven Administrator' which is a posh title for receptionist/secetary. Pays more than here so not fussed. Also would enable me to save lots of cash on not using petrol and get fit at the same time, because the job is at the football club, and that just happens to be where my gym is! Also in walking distance of new house... if we ever get to move!

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  3. BT Vision!

    by , 16th April 2008 at 05:28 PM (Wandering lonely as a clown...)
    A week or so ago I got a call from BT offering me their BT Value pack, which equates to getting the BT V-Box (A Phillips DIT9719 HD DVR, worth £200), an on demand pack (worth £6 a month) for free for 6 months and a pair of 200MB powerline network adapters.

    The only issue was that I had to renew my BT Broadband subscription for another 18 months (and considering I'd only been with them for a couple of months, it only means I've extended by a couple of months).

    The service ...
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  4. Boo Hoo!

    by , 14th April 2008 at 09:43 AM
    Don't think I've got a jobsie that I was confident about... someone scored better on some technicial questions asked...

    Got asked about repairing laptops and stuff... which I don't often do at work and I managed to repair a machine (after some prompting to look at the front of it - even though I got it to boot up fine)

    They liked the fact I was confident and they said I would fit in well... but there was a bit of apprehension because I was female

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  5. When is a HDMI graphics card not HD?

    by , 13th April 2008 at 10:27 PM
    When it's not got HDCP (High Defintion Content Protection) as a feature on the chipset.
    I recently upgraded my GeForce 7300 low profile HDMI graphics card for the newer 8500GS version from the same company (MSI NX8500GT MTD256EH). Once installed I could never get the BIOS or boot screens to show until Windows (Vista 32bit) had loaded up the drivers when connected via the HDMI interface.
    After a little asking around and digging I had found that unless the card has HDCP onboard (as ...

    Updated 14th April 2008 at 03:56 PM by Dos_Box

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  6. Linux is almost there!!

    by , 11th April 2008 at 01:02 PM (Wandering lonely as a clown...)
    Well, one of the methods I use to decide whether or not Linux is getting to a state of almost flawless beauty and usability is hardware compatibility - or more specifically, webcam and wireless compatibility.

    I own a cheap, no brand webcam from ebay. Absolutely nothing amazing about it in any way, other than it costing me £4. Every Linux distro I've tried in the last few years has failed to accept it, and no amount of fiddling, faffing or poking could get it to work.

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  7. KDE 4 on Kubuntu 8.04

    by , 11th April 2008 at 12:43 PM (Wandering lonely as a clown...)
    As many people will already know, Ubuntu, and therefore Kubuntu and the other *buntu releases, will be releasing version 8.04 (aka. Hardy) in just under 2 weeks.

    Now, if you're like me and prefer KDE over Gnome and also want to have a play with the new KDE4 version, you may need to know one thing:

    Scim interferes badly.

    Now I hope they have it fixed by release date, but if they don't, then here is what happens.

    Every single KDE related ...
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  8. Creative Suite 3 Review

    by , 10th April 2008 at 02:57 PM


    I know its a pain for us a network admins, but the software itself is actually quite impressive.

    Photoshop is now seventeen years old. Yes, Seventeen.

    I first started using photoshop at version 5, and its useablility and stability shocked me then. I've upgraded to every new version as soon as I've been able to, and I've never been disappointed. ...

    Updated 10th April 2008 at 03:00 PM by Domino

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  9. People attacking fire crews!

    by , 9th April 2008 at 10:29 PM (Wandering lonely as a clown...)
    I just have to say one thing about people attacking fire crews - WTF????

    These people are trying to save lives! What is wrong with these people?!?!

    I don't know about the police being given tasers, or cs gas, but the fire crews seem to need them in certain areas!

    Truly sickening. I'm a lefty liberal and I'd give any little prat engaged in this behaviour a good kicking.
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  10. On demand services causing trouble?

    by , 9th April 2008 at 09:39 AM (Wandering lonely as a clown...)
    The 'new' concept of on demand TV shows via your broadband seems to be upsetting ISPs in the UK due to its ever growing bandwidth usage.

    ISPs are claiming that the cost of needed infrastructure improvements, estimated at £830m should be paid for by the BBC due to its iPlayer service being the main culprit.

    I don't understand this. Why should a company, which pays to host its servers like everyone else does, have to pay to upgrade infrastructure for other companies who ...
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