* Posts by Scott Thomson

34 publicly visible posts • joined 9 Apr 2008

Female Chinese astronauts must have no scars, straight teeth

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Bad Breath

I remember hearing that on space missions, bad breath isn't much of an issue because of the oxygen rich atmosphere.

Apple seeks permission to kick Kodak's corpse

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I wonder...

Is there a direct staircase from the gates of hell to the Apple Legal Department?

Sony SVR-HDT1000 Freeview+ HD DVR

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Doesn't even compare to the PS3

I bought a PS3 for £150 an PlayTV box for £50 and have a significantly better setup than this.

The playTV GUI is the best I've seen on any set top box/ TV plug in thing. Why do they need to reinvent the wheel when they could just integrate together what already works.

Starship Voyager dumped into skip

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Don't throw it in the skip!

I'm positive that the bloke could make a mint selling off different parts of the decor online.

Throwing it in the skip would just be a total waste.

Teen net addicts pee in bottles to stay glued to WoW

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It won't be too long

Given that people are being expected to work in excess of 60hrs a week, it won't be long until management decide that it would be more "productive" to give employees pee bottles so that they don't ever have to leave their desks.

Because obviously people can remain at 100% efficiency when they are working 10 hour days, 6 days a week.

<---Foamy Glass under WoW players desks

NASA to recruit fresh batch of astronauts

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Like the crew of Deep Space 9...

these guys will be boldly going nowhere.

Innovatio targets Wi-Fi users with patent suits

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Scum, Scum, Scum, Scum, Scum.

Not only are the rich stealing from the poor but they are stealing from the rich too. I hope they drown in their own money

HTC sprouts smartphone for shoppers on a shoe-string

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Why can a budget 600MHz phone have an offical HTC Android 2.3 build yet the more powerful Desire can't?

Getting your business software requirements right

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Interesting white paper but

it does really just point out the obvious facts that any systems or software engineer have figured out for themselves. Another bit of software to capture requirements won't make much difference given that the vast majority of schedule slip issues are introduced by the customer themselves and the poor management of the changes by team leads.

Draw and fold working circuitry with the silver-ink pen

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Is there another link?

I'd like to find out more but don't want to have to sign up/pay to read about it.

Samsung names date for UK 10in Android tablet release

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Shirly you must mean 802.11n?

Comet in bad way after big losses

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Perhaps these companies might finally learn that customer service and product knowledge should be of greater priority.

I'm always hearing horror stories of people being sold freeview boxes when the TV that they are buying at the same time has freeview built in or people being sold £40 "Gold Plated" HDMI cables when a £10 would do the job.

BT Home Hub 3 ADSL Wi-Fi router

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You know the best thing about BT Home Hubs?

Its that handy reset button that's missing from so many other ADSL routers. Its very handy given how many times each day I have to press it.

Nokia flings out WinPho 7 phones

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They look very nice..

shame they don't run Android.. or Meego.. or even at a push, symbian..

Software suppliers not ready for HMRC online tax filing system

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Simple solution...

Make the software companies part of a trial run whereby they will have to complete their own tax return in the iXBRL format.

Nothing like a swift kick from the finance department to get development going.

Samsung Android tablet sales smaller than thought

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I wonder why people might not be buying as many Android Tablets when Android 3.0 hasn't been released yet......

UK tech retailers are rubbish

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My 2 pence worth

Went to buy TV from Curry's last year after having seen an advert for it at a decent price.

I trolled the member of staff a bit to ask whether it had freeview built in (knowing it had), he disappeared to check the computer and came back to tell me it didn't but that they had an offer on freeview boxes and tried to flog one to me.

Then i asked for an antenna cable.... TV store... must have them.. surely... They only had a cable in a kit that included numerous other things that i had no need for.

HDMI Cable... he handed me an HDMI cable that was in the region of £90 for 2m and they didn't have anything cheaper. He tried to sell the benefits of gold connectors to me and how "electrons flow better in it, mate"

I went to a local supermarket and got both cables for under £20.

Garmin tells iPhone users where to go

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As an Android User...

<Smug Mode>

The (Free) Google Navigation App on my HTC Desire gets me where I want to go and it is considerably more up to date and accurate than my 18 month old Tom Tom for which I would have to pay for updated maps. In a side by side comparison the Tom Tom failed to plot a route to a destination that the navigation app found with ease.

Gov decides not to have scientific advice on drugs any more

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"La la la la I'm not listening"

Is our country being run by adults or 8 year old children?

I'm sure looking back at history would show that governments who have decided to silence their advisors haven't lasted very long.

Blu-ray barely better than DVD

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Such primitive technology!

I wonder if the people on this planet will ever discover the superior sound of vinyl?

How I invented Desktop Publishing

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I Invented the Internet

but nobody else liked my idea at the time.....

I was also almost the first man on the moon

DWP CTO predicts the end of Windows

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How Ironic..

When browsing to this article about the prediction that Windows will become no more, I got a full screen advert for Microsoft...

Nokia N8 smartphone

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What I'd really like

Is a Nokia built Android phone.

Nokia's hardware has always been good but the UI has alway been poor.

It'll never happen but I can dream can't I

North Lincs pilots victimisation index

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You can't use a computer systems to replace good policing

As above.

If fewer hours were spent by officers entering data in to countless databases and more time spent of the streets then they would know where the potentially vulnerable people live and where the problem youths target.

European Parliament: If you don't pay, you will pay

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Does this mean...

That big companies who have 90 day payment terms will no longer be able to hold off payment for so long?

Happiness: Yours for £50k a year

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I just need to double my salary. Easy.

<-- Likely outcome of that happening in my current industry

Toshiba touts £329 Folio Android tablet

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Bet Apple are loving this!

There is a whole new raft of companies that they can slap patent lawsuits on for infringing on some ancient and incredibly vague patent that hints at some of the technology used on tablet PCs.

<-- Steve the Devil..... because he really is!

ISS gets bay window onto Earth

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What are they going to use the Robot Arm for?

Answers on a post card please

French poised to seize Port of Dover

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Aren't the airports Spanish already?

Aren't all the BAA Airports owned by a Spanish company?

Doesn't mean that we have a Spanish border as you pass through security. Ownership by a company of forign nationality doesn't mean that it becomes part of that country.

AMD merges processor and graphics biz

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I'd still rather have......

An AMD Processor and an nvidia graphics card in my machine.

Royal Navy plans world's first running-jump jet

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Why not just make the carrier faster

Surely the obvious answer is that if the carrier moves along faster then the relative speed difference between the deck of the ship and the fighter will be less.

Perhaps that is too obvious.

Teachers give toilet CCTV top marks

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If I was a teacher

I'd be quite happy if cameras were fitted in classrooms especially considering the large number of attacks on teachers and pupils.

Its all about common sense really, if the head teacher is going to use it to spy on his staff then its not on but if it is purely going to be used for a safety perspective and only viewed in the event of an incident then what is the problem.

BBC to launch iPlayer for Wii

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Can I have iPlayer for Linux please?