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Too rude for the road: DVLA hot list of banned numberplates

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P155 OFF

I tried to register this for my old Yamaha - DVLA had it on the banned list way back then.

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Eleven - if you will - rocktastic music movies

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Jack Black? Twice?

I'm glad it's not just me that thinks most of his stuff is drivel. Kevin and Perry Go Large probably has more merit than the two Jack Black offerings here...

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Pass the wine, dear. Yes, that papier-mache thing

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@missed out 568ml

Well we'll just have to pad it out to the 750 then. Shame really.

Besides, the big Leffe bottles are 750ml already - blazing a trail for us all.

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Intel takes the heat off power management

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Spot-prices of electricity?

Surely if you're seriously cloudy and thus have datacentres around the globe, you can just track the off-peak electricity pricing. Run your server loads in the middle of the night (locally) and direct the traffic around.

Efficient on bandwidth? Not really. But efficient on electricity? Surely is - just crack the whole thing onto an Economy7 tariff, and you won't need quite as much active cooling at night.

Surely there's a more significant problem with this than latency (and having to have equipment in datacentres worldwide, but I'm still working on a cup of tea here so I've not spotted it yet.

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Asus prices up five-core Eee Pad Android tablet

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Hahaha!

I'm glad my tea's still too hot to drink or you'd be buying me a new keyboard. You dirty scallywag!

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She'll never be able to read the screen like that.

Open it up a bit, silly girl... Oh, and turn around, or you're going to have the sun reflecting right off the screen.

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Production electric motorcycle breaks 100 mile range

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Commuter bike

Up here in Scotland it would make a decent commuter bike. Yes there are idiots on the road, but far fewer than there seem to be in places like Birmingham and London (from my experience). 100 miles on a charge? That could do me nicely.

Yet to find anything that beast the Blackbird for tugging luggage around for a day and going for a blast at the end of it, though!

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Greens threaten to sue over solar power cash slash

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Yes please!

And this is coming from someone who seems to be being lambasted for being in the Feed-in Tariff scheme. I'd rather the money had gone on clean, dependable nuclear.

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@JP19

Yep, I would. You're welcome.

I hope you see that you're arguing the same side as me, yes?

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@FIT distorts prices

Yes, you're right - installers often charge huge amounts for installation. Mine was quoted at £1000 for labour. I made a counter-offer which was accepted. I saved a good deal on my installation and certainly wasn't reamed to that extent. I don't know if I got what you might call a "fair" deal, but it was a deal that I was happy with and the installer was prepared to accept.

Yet, the 41.3p FiT was ridiculous. The 43.3p one even moreso. I wasn't clear in my point about the tariff dropping - I meant drop by 5p in April 2011 to 36.3p, and then October 2011 to 31.3p. I suspect the industry could take another 5p cut to 26.3p in April 2012, and by staggering it like that you could take the sting out of the current changes. Many people have built business models on the high tariffs. You might not agree with them (I don't agree with the rent-a-roof brigade, for example), but a managed regression of the tariff would have been better.

As I said, though, if the FiT causes the install charge to be £1000 over-the-odds, that's still £4000 less than they used to scam from the grant scheme.

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They did the upfront subsidy...

You used to get (I think) a £6000 grant for PV installations. All that happened is that the certified installers were £5000 more expensive than the uncertified ones.

The FiT was introduced to stimulate the industry, which it has very nicely. Problem is, who have you seen with solar panels? Mine work great - I'm very pleased with them, and would be happy if the FiT was run for 15 years rather than 25. They'd have paid for themselves by then. But by encouraging individual homeowners to install these systems they become a much more commonplace sight. People will stop thinking they're "strange", and will stop thinking you have to make your shoes out of hemp to invest in them.

My kids will grow up thinking it's perfectly reasonable to make your own electricity. That's a huge shift in mind-set from myself - this is a real novelty to me! By increasing awareness (and driving down the costs, which has happened - though how much of that is due to the slump in Germany I don't know) more people can be encouraged to go down the same route even at a lower FiT.

The FiT has been too high for a while now - it should have been cut by 5p in April, and another 5p in October I reckon. The price of installations is coming down, and the payback time should be kept reasonably constant. This halving of the rate will have a significant knock-on effect on the PV industry. And no, I'm not part of it - I'm just a customer.

As for the poor people who're getting fleeced for their electricity to subsidise my panels, I'm pretty sure that the FiT has put very little extra cost onto the average bill. The people who concern me more are the poor sods getting reamed on the pre-pay meters. :(

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Is the electromagnetic constant a constant?

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@Will

I'm not a God-bothering pixie-chaser by any stretch, but I have to say that Graham's argument appeals more to me than your's.

It's not often I'll say this, but +1 for the religious argument. Good point, well scored.

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Lovely electric car breaks out of Oz

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British Electric Lighting?

Not bad.... But the English Electric Lighting is much nicer...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/nigelblake/3497846523/

There you go - sorted that for you!

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Broadcast television is 75 years old today

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"just two hours of programming a day"

Not much has changed. Now they just stick the 2 hourse on a loop, and if they're not the BBC they stick in adverts that are too loud.

I'M BARRY SCOTT!!

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Calxeda hurls EnergyCore ARM at server chip Goliaths

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Hell yeah!

I'm looking for a new home server. This looks like it's fitting the bill perfectly. ATX board, please!

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Wooden Mars ark voyagers set to step out on Earth

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A funny thing happened on the way to Mars

What happens if they burn up on re-entry?

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Adventures in Tech: Taking the plunge into IPv6

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It's simple

Put all the porn on IPv6 and take it all off IPv4. Changeover in about a month.

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Seagate flings twirling terabyte platters at world

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Makes sense

Push out the big, cheap drives when prices are high, and your competitors are waterlogged. Interested to see what the power requirements are. I have a dud drive in my home array and I've been looking at the WD Caviar Green to replace it. Save a few Watts here and there...

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As iPhone 4S battery suckage spreads, fixes appear

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Android battery life

I've got a SE Experia Play. Today is day 3 on the battery since I last plugged it in. I'm in a basement here, so the signal's pretty weak - poor wee phone has to work to keep it up. Yesterday I had to use it as a torch whilst fixing a phone system in a room with blown lights. I regularly use it as a web browser and email client (have my gmail synced).

Right now the battery is sitting on 26%. This is Tuesday, and it was unplugged from the mains on Sunday morning.

Sucks to have such a shitty battery. If only it could last until Christmas...

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Expect a message...

Cool - like The Lawnmower Man? Let's get these old Virtuality headsets dusted off!

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CERN boffins re-running neutrino speed test

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That seems to be the point

By modulating the neutrinos on a distinct pattern, they should be able to show that it's the same stream. And also they'll be able to see if the modulation smears or any such. That's the way I see it anyway. Tea anyone?

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Nokia's Brave New World is (almost) Finn-free

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Nokia Brown

I believe it's called "wenge". Because "brown" isn't good enough...

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Could a snapshot plug your backup window?

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You're right to an extent

With ESX/ESXi you can tell it to flush the VMs' disc buffers at the moment of the snapshot, so at that point you should have all your transaction logs etc written to the snapshot. It's not perfect, no. But for the size of operation here it's pretty good.

I do file-level backups too, for what it's worth, but I also have clear off-peak times.

Best bet, as far as I'm concerned, is a weekly snapshot, plus a weekly file-level backup, plus daily diffs.

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This is news?

I've been using snapshots for my backups for years. This is not a big shop, and I've been doing it with VMWare GSX, Server (v1) and ESXi since 2003, with only a 1-year break to do it with XenServer last year.

Some funky scripting, and the whole thing just runs - take a snapshot, export it to a spool drive, stuff it on a tape (or onto the backup discs). Tapes come offsite. Easy.

Now, granted, I wouldn't want to do it with a large virtualised server farm. But big backups are where you need a backup specialist.

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Father of Lisp and AI John McCarthy has died

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At least Alan Turing will get some company now...

Apparently a post is required.

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Google dumps + from Boolean search tool

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I FEAR CHANGE!!

Yep - me too.

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Netflix announces UK debut

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Lovefilm Streaming

XBMC support please? Any time you're ready? It's not like they even have to do anything - just let the XMBC community come up with a finished plug-in...

Netflix? Dunno - I'm happy enough handling plastinc discs for now, so long as they turn up pretty quickly.

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Massive study concludes: 'Global warming is real'

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@Chris Miller

Maybe not in your home, and maybe not for homes outside the UK, to be fair. But for "most homes"...

My heating, hot water, and kitchen hob run on gas, so to answer your question, I don't use that much electricity for heating things. My kettle boils enough water to make two cups of tea in one minute. My oven draws 2.5kW when it's heating, but once it's hot it spends most of its time off, just topping off the temperature when necessary. You're right in that heating is the big-ticket item for single appliances, but when you've got 400W of lights on for 6 hours a day in your living room, that's enough to roast a pretty big bird in the oven. And many people draw more than 400W in a room for lighting.

Don't just think about the peak load (850W for my microwave). Think about how long it stays on (5 minutes and your Tesco Jalfrezi is done).

I think my telly is my biggest drain now, for example, but I've been a right nazi on the lights already!

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Why show it again?

Because a great number of people didn't believe it the first time around. Or the second. Or the third. ClimateGate (cheesy name) wrecked the reputation of the Climate Change science, even if the individuals who've used it as a cash cow for years hasn't.

I for one welcome a study that appears to be open and impartial. It may not be good news, but it's clear news, and it can be assessed and verified by anyone who's prepared to spend the time on it, rather than the traditional stance of climatologists poking an unspecified and unreviewed climate model that might as well be a magic 8-ball for all anybody gets to peek inside.

Now that this study is out there, now that the data is out there for others to satisfy themselves, and now that hopefully the stupid arguments on either side can diminish to actual fruitful science, we can actually get on with figuring out how to save the world.

CFLs? Yep - they make a hell of a difference. The biggest single electrical drain in most homes is lighting. Almost all the lights in my house are CFL and LED, and my electricity monitor has dropped like a stone. Industry is a different matter, but if the science is proven then legislation will follow. Pay the extra or clean up. And a sensible government (if anyone can find one) will accept that industrial power reduction will have to be global, and gradual.

My coat's the one with the handover pack for my solar panels in the pocket.

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China punts free condoms at iPhone owners

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"a similarly-aged woman was adamant that nothing unbranded was going near her"

Does that make her a brand-whore?

Yeah - I'd best get back to work...

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Saddam 'double' kidnapped by smut flick gang

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Why porn?

Because it would be an instant debasement of Saddam Hussein in the eyes of the Muslim world. There's power to be had in destroying Saddam's memory, and that would do the job nicely. Nobody really cares much in the West if someone's videotaped shagging, but in Arab and Persian countries it's very, very different.

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@Oliver8

I know - he shouldn't have to change his appearance, and it may be that his facial structure is just too similar to make much of a difference anyway. I fully applaud him standing by his beliefs and principles - that shows a substantial level of integrity.

Doesn't quite make the same soundbite quip though, does it? :)

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Maybe have a shave?

I dunno - just saying...

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Nipples and teen lesbians sexy even when ironic, ASA rules

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German Carmageddon

Droids? Seriously? I didn't realise that. The UK version had all the people changed out for zombies. And some guy working for the local newspaper in Birmingham called Alan Pope I think (too lazy to look it up right now) went on a crusade regardless with the glorious soundbite "ban this sick filth!"

Needless to say, the box I picked up had a sticker on it saying:

BAN THIS SICK FILTH! - Pope

Classic marketing. :)

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Carmageddon

Yeah - carmag got censored all over (not just in Germany) with green blood and "zombies". Didn't exactly take long for someone to grab the artwork out of the demo (with people and blood) and stuff that into the main game. Worked with the 3DFX Glide patch too.

Them were the days!

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Vodafone customers fume over iPhone 4S delays

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Can't normally speak to his friends and family

Dodgy aerial on his phone. That's why he wants the 4S, see? Poor soul!

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FSF takes Win 8 Secure Boot fight to OEMs

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The average Joe...

The average Joe does what the advert tells them to. If the Microsoft ad, the Dell ad, the Packard Bell ad, the HP ad, the Acer ad all say to look for the "Certified for Windows 8" logo on their new PC, they'll look for the "Certified for Windows 8" logo.

What else would they do? Trust the spotty youth in PC World when he says "nah - this one will also work just fine", or put their faith in multi-billion-dollar companies?

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Boffins whip up SELF-WIRING chip

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Bizzarre

So they're using electricity to reconfigure a homogenous slab of material, and then routing electricity through it without disturbing the "paths" created by the first electricity.

Nope - that's beyond me. Pretty clever though. But can it be milked?

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MIT boffin: Salted disks hold SIX TIMES more data

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Keep the fries salted!

Looks like System Shock had it right all along.

Could somebody grab my coat for me? Left it in Beta Grove...

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C and Unix pioneer Dennis Ritchie reported dead

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Borderline unnecessary

But completely true. Given the mainstream coverage of Jobs you'd think he could walk on water...

One man created tools, and the other man created trinkets. Neither was evil, both will be missed. Dennis Ritchie will be missed by far fewer people though, despite having a greater effect. Hardly anyone you see in the street will know his name, let alone his accomplishments. Nobody will make a movie of his life.

RIP, Dennis. My sympathies to his family and friends.

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Smut oglers told to opt in to keep web filth flowing

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Nah - Counterstrike

Though admittedly porn was up there...

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Well, as one of the other 6M households

I agree completely.

Of course my kids are still getting their jollies from Iggle Piggle, and drawing on daddy's monitor, but you're bang-on. We're back to the same old argument that we can show slaughter and mayhem, crime, injury, war and death to our kids, but as an adult I can't see some good old-fashioned shagging...

And then what counts as "inappropriate content" after the mechanisms are in place? What genre guts the trigger pulled next?

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Virus infects killer US air drone fleet

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Didn't you hear?

Major Fail retired. His duties are now carried out by General Protection Fault.

Sorry...

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Zombie browser with evil past returns from the grave

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Comet Cursor!!

Wouldn't that just be great?!

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Steve Jobs: The Movie in the works

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Can we not just let him go a bit cold yet?

I mean really... I blame 24-hour news channels.

Oh, and I watched Pirates of Silicon Valley the other night as a kind of tribute on my AppleTV (that's been hacked to hell).

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TDK fires up LASERS to double hard drive capacity

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That's what I thought

What's the power consumption, and how hot will drives get when you're tring to integrate a new drive into an existing RAID?

Flame - says it all...

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Apple cofounder Steve Jobs is dead at 56

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But it'll be interesting to see how Apple gets on with out Steve Jobs as a crutch.

From what I've heard I wouldn't have wanted to work directly with him, but the world needs people like him to drive things, even if they're driving in an odd direction. He'll leave a big hole in the industry that won't be easily filled.

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Lumison swallows DediPower Managed Hosting

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London-based?

Then howcome their admin is in Edinburgh, and all the support staff I talk to on the phone are in Edinburgh.

We're a customer of Lumison, and on the whole I really like them. They generally get things right, and if you have a problem you can very quickly get hold of someone who not only understands your problem, but can also fix it very fast. On the downside, twice in the last year they've managed to have a serious core routing outage, including one just last Wednesday (caused by some absent-minded soul forgetting to commit switch config changes to NVRAM).

Hopefully this expansion will give us more of the good service and less of the careless failures...

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Apple TV owners lost legal movie playback this weekend

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*Smug glow*

Yep - my server stayed up throughout, with all my DVDs and BluRays on it. On, and my XBMC AppleTV sailed on through as well...

Enough of that, though. It's an impossible situation. If you give free access to media, far fewer people would actually buy it, so less would be made (and then only in "safe" genres where they reckoned they could sell it easily). If you restrict access to media, you end up in a position like this where your DRM cluster drops out and your customers are angry. (Or the company supplying the media sinks and takes their DRM and all access to the media with them.)

I don't honestly see how this can be fairly resolved. So in the meantime I'm happy buying plastic discs.

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AMD Llano vs Intel Sandy Bridge

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Been there on the desktop chips

I had a Phenom 9950BE which poured out 140W. Switched it out for a low-power PhenomII X4, which does the same job at least as fast in the same socket for 60W. Hell, the old 9950 *idled* at 100W+. AMD are getting much better at the low-power game, and low-power = low-heat.

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