* Posts by Andrew Ridge

6 publicly visible posts • joined 8 Sep 2008

UK graduates face bleak future as teachers

Andrew Ridge


I'm not sure where the figures for the average debt for a student this year came from...

In my experience it's a minimum of 9 grand in tuition fees for the 3 years

Then there's the loan for eating/sleeping/drinking (which most people take out), which is a minimum of £3300 based on income, being about another 10 grand.

by the time you add interest and inflation to these over 3 years you're at about 20 grand owed.

i find it quite hard to believe that there are that many parents around who will fund their kids through uni to drag this average down to the £15000 stated in the article.

Spy chiefs size up net snoop gear

Andrew Ridge
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re: spam :-)

They can't possibly think about looking through all of the spam that goes about

..so put "viagra" as the subject to every email you send, then they'll all end up in their spam bin :-D

Apple seeks to patent movement, vibration and pleasure

Andrew Ridge
Jobs Horns

Title should read:

"Apple seeks to patent life, universe and everything"

UK.gov backs ISPs on charging content providers, throttling P2P

Andrew Ridge

TV License

As far as I am concerned, having to pay for a TV license should cover any costs coming from the BBC, including iPlayer, being that it pays for the content rather than the medium on which that content is broadcasted.

It would only take a year or 2 for a HDD freeview recorder to pay for itself if they are talking about charging £20 a month for a better service, and even then I am only considering the BBC, and not the other multidudes of (mostly crap) channels on freeview.

Virgin Media to dump neutrality and target BitTorrent users

Andrew Ridge


if they are so bothered about "bandwidth hogs", then throttle the people that hog the bandwidth, not just the people that use p2p.

admittedly there will be a fairly large overlap between these 2 sets, but there are other places you can download gigabytes and gigabytes of stuff, will these people also be throttled? or is it just the p2p people?

Academic wants to 'free up' English spelling

Andrew Ridge

what a numpty

I vote we make English more complicated, the more apostrophes the better. Then maybe people with daft ideas like this won't get into positions where they are able to suggest things like this