* Posts by Outcast

148 posts • joined 8 Jun 2007

Penguin in the picture: top video editors for Linux fans



I wish I could get MSP to work in WINE or be able to buy a native Linux version. It's what I "grew up with" and am comfortable using. Either that or Main Actor !!

RAC prof: Road charges can end the ripoff of motorists


The real reason

Is... we are having.. what is it ?... 2.1 kids instead of the 6 or 7 of yesteryear. Which is the same problem as the Pensions fund. (Apart from it being ripped off). ie: inverted pyramid. Except with driving.. Within the next 5 years a hefty chunk of those OAP's will be coming OFF the roads. Along with New Tech this will result in a serious drop in (Road) revenue. So the Bullshit Campaign starts picking up momentum.

Mechanic drove three miles with angry bloke on bonnet


Ello John...

I bet he never sells a dodgy motor again

Ubuntu's Lucid Lynx turns back on Yahoo! search switcheroo


@ Jaunty

Ext4 by default

MSI tells 97,000 customers to 'Read The F***ing Manual'


I got this email...

... and thought it was hilarious

OpenOffice is the new David Hasselhoff


Bah amateurs

Protext FTW

ARM boss forecasts mass migration to netbooks


Where are they ?

I just wish they'd hurry up and release the damn things.

More MIDs with ARM than Atom by 2013


Where are the ARMS ?

Well they wanna bloody well hurry up and make the ARM Netbooks available. I've had £300 burning a hole in my wallet for the past 3 weeks. I've been waiting to see whats announced at CES. Well thats been & gone.

Where are the ARM Netbooks ?

/Stomps feet

Italians threaten suit over Windows pre-install

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I feel that stores should be forced to sell computers os free.

In the box could be 3 discs with images of various os's. 1 of them could be a trial version of Windows.

Argue amongst yourselves which distro's should be chosen.

Pitchfork-wielding mobs encircle smart meters


Got the power

Sounds like it'll soon be time to buy a diesel Genny

AMD squeezes promises from Intel

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Microsoft next ?

Asus delays 'smartbook' release


Anyone else

Getting suspicious that a certain company from Redmond are leaning on manufacturers to delay release until they have an ARM port ?

Europe plots black boxes for cars

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@ Martin 19

I have been a wagon driver for 23 years mate. I'm well aware of the restrictions and when they were implemented. (I Aim 44 tonners for Langdons)

You didn't take into account the skateboard effect going downhill. There are many times on the motorway when CC is enabled that the gradient lets the vehicle get up to 57 ish. @ 58.5 the exhaust brake kicks in to retard the speed but the clock is still ticking on the overspeed.

This is why you see the brake lights come on, on a perfectly clear motorway. You have to pull it down to 55mph for about 2 seconds to reset the timer. Many times I haven't quite held it at 55 long enough to reset and....... DING... DING.... DING.. OVERSPEED logged.

Now consider that OUR motorway limit for HGV's is 60mph then why have I just recorded a speed infringement ?


Preparing us for

Digital Tachographs in private vehicles.

Insurance companies will love it. They will detect who the furious drivers are and charge them extra extra

Two extras because they will charge us all the first extra anyway.

Next step will be "Auto nicking" via Digital tachograph. When a wagon exceeds 56mph (90kmh) for more than a minute a warning sounds and the driver then has 30 seconds to get below 56mph for an "Auto infringement" is recorded on the digital card. This is then downloaded at the depot (or at roadside VOSA checks). Slapped wrists are on the way (even though UK motorway speed limit is 60 mph we still get a bollocking because EU rulings state we have exceeded the wagons designed speed limit).

Just another reason for voting UKIP !!

Of course, the mantra "If your've got nothing to hide then your've got nothing to fear " will be used to justify it all.

Microsoft in Bing jingle kiddie vid outrage


Anyone else

had to Google what bing was ?

Honda designs mainstream e-bikes



Wish I'd kept mine. (Upgraded to KH250 - bye bye fuel economy)

Giant megaships to suck 'stranded' Aussie gas fields



Has nobody considered how the heck the pirates are going to get aboard ? The bloody ship will be that tall it'll seem like a floating empire state building

Mercedes moves e-car concept closer to the forecourt


I'd buy that

For £10K max

umm.. i think I can hear cuckoos

Microsoft cuts down Chinese 'Tomato Garden'

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Tux to the rescue


This should help kickstart the transition to the Penguin in China.

Cheers & Beers MS

Brit firm sells hi-tech fabric vehicle armour to DARPA


Can anyone say..

E³ = The American Way ( it works for Microsoft !)

Google polishes Chrome into netbook OS

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@ ChrisInBelgium

Here ya go...



Doh! he's in Belgium. Oh well posted just in case anyone else is looking.

Microsoft's Windows 7 price gamble opens door to Linux


Whats its for again ?

Coz I forgot.

Netbooks I mean.

I see people (on geek forums) keep saying they want to run their windows apps on netbooks ?

Really ?

Like what ?

Photoshop ? Are you for real ? Perhaps you want to play Crysis on a netbook too ?

How many Joe/ann publics are going to lash out hundreds of pounds for Photoshop just to edit a few pix on a netbook ?


Are you for real ? Do you have fingers the size of a five year olds ? And how much does office cost (serious question). I bet it's heaps.

To use on a netbook ?

So they are great for Network engineers..


How many Joe/ann publics are Network Engineers ?

ITunes.. Ok.. Fair comment WTF would you want to use that for ?

Ok.. Granted you wouldn't but joe/ann public would.

So thats a grand total of....


Must be a real Killer app

Personally... I bought my daughters 3 701's and I wanted them as cheap as possible and they are happy with them and what they can do on them.

ONE daughter has so far changed to UNR

Windows 7 to push up netbook prices


Of course

They are bumping up the price of netbooks. Microsoft wants netbooks to be as close to the price of a laptop as they can get for the EXACT reason being that Joe/ann public will say " For that price I might as well get a laptop".

And so the next (more profitable) version of Windows gains acceptance.

Microsoft wanted XP retired. Netbooks gave it a fresh lease of life for a pittance. In fact I dare say Netbooks probably COST Microsoft money.

Asus wasn't stupid, they knew exactly what to do to gain leverage with MS.

Roll on the release of ARM netbooks.

I just wish AmigaOS 4 > would work on them !!

Until then...

UNR RoXx0r

Xandros - the Linux company that isn't



At least the cursor moves smoothly in Xandros.

My daughter just installed UNR because she like the screenshots and now finds that when the cursor goes over icons it becomes like treacle.

She is sticking with it because she knows it'll get fixed asap but for Joe/ann ordinary it's a real deal breaker.

BNP pleads for cash after reported DDoS assault

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Good explanation

@ AC 12:29 GMT

Thanks for that explanation

Copied & pasted into Tomboy notes for future ref

Dell punts £199 10in netbook

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Not bad

Seems to be on par with the Starling netbook if you were to drop the 160gb HD


Brown finally wins something

Paris Hilton

Stay... just a little longer...

I don't want him to resign.. Whoever replaced him may well persuade the braindeads that Labour are worth voting for.

No. The Tories are no better.. They started all this crap.... Remember.

Paris.. Coz i'd rather be... by her than Labour.

Jaunty Jackalope release candidate unleashed


Q ?

Quintessential Quokka ?

Tesla Roadster runs for 241 miles in Monte Carlo e-rally


@ Martin 15:54 GMT

As a Truck driver myself.. I'm glad someone else understands averages.

Busted! Conficker's tell-tale heart uncovered


Kudos to the White Hats

You just prevented a mass exodus away from Redmond

Wait.......... !!

Nvidia countersues Intel in licensing spat


You mean...

....... it wasn't the lizards ?


Melissa anniversary marks birth of email-aware malware


My daughter

Got no end of grief when this virus got out.

No prizes for guessing her name !!

(She uses Ubuntu now)

Asus Eee PC 1000HE netbook


@ PReDiToR

Agreed entirely.

Skinny, curvy Asus Eee inspired by MacBook Air

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Yeah right

£400 + and extra for VAT for half a laptop ?

Lost the plot springs to mind

Brits 'a bunch of yellow bastards', says irate Yank



Go into any Tavern in Oz and ask for a personal display of a King Punch.

Parallel importer jailed for up to nine months in Microsoft case


Only Microsoft ?

No harm done then...

Shame it wasn't the RIAA as well.

Better luck next time I guess.

I'm a sceptic now, says ex-NASA climate boss


Warmer Uk

@ Wonderkid

I don't think anyone is doubting the planet has been getting warmer. Heck, I came over to UK from Western Australia (39c) xmas 1976 to major snow blizzards. Haven't many of those since. Aaah yes., there was one in 1985. I put my Capri 3.0s in a ditch because of the snow ( and my muppetry) that year.

What is in doubt is whether mankind has been a major contributor.

I'm all for cleaner air and a better environment. But quit the bullshit and call it for what it is.

Is that really too much to ask.

Wait... This is politics... Of course the truth is too much to ask.

Flame icon coz I'm cold.

The Netbook Newbie's Guide to Linux

IT Angle

@ AC 15:55

I'm not going to slag you off because I thought your original comment was fair enough

However.... ( You knew this was coming!!)

"The year of the linux desktop"

For a few years now Linux has been gaining market share so each year IS the "year of the Linux desktop".

Not even the complete utter collapse of Microsoft would bring about instant Linux market domination because XP would still carry on fulfilling their current needs for a good few years to come. In fact, thinking about it, If Microsoft were to collapse then that would severely hinder Linux's progress because it would then be an equal playing field.

ie: No more windows licenses need paying etc.

Hubble probes Milky Way's turbulent core


Planet X

Fancy pointing that thing at where Nubiru is supposed to be ?

BT offers £15,000 to catch London exchange burglary gang

Paris Hilton

Value added features

Forgive me if I'm speaking out of my bum but..

Couldn't these stolen items be fettled to add some cyber crime additions... then at a later date be swapped back ?

Employees sue for unpaid Windows Vista overtime


time keeping

1 min past the quarter = 15 mins pay, either docked for lateness or lost coz their company won't pay the overtime.

Scientists ponder mysterious source of cosmic rays



Don't tell me...

Something will be arriving in 2012

Nissan to debut anti-prang tech next week


Tilt brakes

Safety features bah. What was wrong with throwing an anchor out of the window ?

The end result of the extra safety features is people relying on them to cover their own stupidity.

As for my title... I drive a 44 tonner. Our company has installed trailer "tilt brakes" on various new trailers and they are a downright hazard. The system is not designed to stop a vehicle falling over because if that situation arises then it's already too late. It's to stop pallets falling over in the trailer. I guess some highly intelligent (read Brain dead) person figured that to reduce kinetics just apply the brakes. I'm sure you can visualise that jamming the brakes on the trailer whilst the unit is trying to accelerate out of a roundabout actually INCREASES kinetics. And do the brake lights come on ? I don't know, I'm trying to haul this thing up to speed not stop it practically dead mid roundabout.

Continuing on this (sorry), as a driver that HAS put a vehicle on it's side (M62-J26) anything that affects the natural (expected) balance is quite frightening ( I was accelerating away from roundabout with a copper following me, turn up slip road to join M62 east and a suspension airbag on drive axle gave way = defective drivers mirror (Lorry laying on it)).

This rant could go on but it would bore you and I'm sure you've already got the gist.

Whilst I can dig some improvements (disc brakes etc) ANYTHING that takes control away from driver is a danger.

At steve .. re: VED.

Right on !!

McLaren teams up with chip firm for F1 hybrid tech

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Freescale chips ?

Gotta be MorphOS controlling it then.

Roadpricing satnav spybox trials under way


Gridlock ?

Seems they are forgetting the inverted pyramid..

Y'know the one the pensions funds are in the shit over. ( As well as them pilfering it)

The baby boomer years are long gone. Thousands of OAP's will be coming OFF the roads in the next five years and with all the Polacs going home...............

Trying to suss out a reason to use Paris icon !!

NASA probe finds opals in Martian crevices

Paris Hilton

@ Rachel

Is Mark Shuttleworth single ? He's certainly wealthy enough and think of the advertising coup.

Paris.. Coz she might want to build a hotel there in preparation.

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Oh kewl.

/me gets old Elite traders book out

New entry

Mars - Opals = free

How many hyper jumps from Ross 154 ?

The netbook newbie's guide to Linux

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Missing desktop icons

@ Darren7160

Press alt + F2

Then enter the name of your proggie.

I just installed LMMS and it did what you described... Just do what I mentioned.

Now for some real fun... Press CTRL + Alt + F2

As far as the article is concerned. It's pretty good actually.

Google: The Satan Phone cometh


-_- + for tux

I quite like it.

But then.. at 47 y.o. My eyesight is deteriorating !! Agreed 2 year contract is too long. I'd rather pay a ton for it and have a 1 year contract.

Tux.. Coz it's spreading the lurve

Axon 100mpg car gallery

Paris Hilton


Great stuff... But why do they always make em Fugugulee ?

Give me something that looks akin to a Valiant Charger or likewise.

Not a shopping trolley with a roof.

Paris.. well... cuz


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