* Posts by Jason Irwin

21 publicly visible posts • joined 20 Jun 2007

Software glitch hits Heathrow T4 baggage system

Jason Irwin

Simple answer

Have the passengers take the baggage to the gate. It can be checked in there and lugged down by the baggage gorillas.

I've used this facility at some airports where traffic has made me late. It may delay some flights, sure, but at least people can take a change of clothes!

Canadian loses $20K in phony eBay sale

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"Six weeks after he wired $20,000..."

Well, he only has himself to blame.

'Beer Hunter' lifts 40,000 pints of Guinness

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Budweiser is not beer! It's near tasteless, fizzy yellow water. Ick.

B3ta served DMCA notice for Photoshop Prince challenge

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Get a grip.

Hoover? Sellotape? Names pass into the common vernacular and no effort by idiotic lawyers will stop it. It's a great advert for their product any way.

Customer: I need to photoshop some images, what should I buy?

PC Store Clerk: Durr....what's a computer?

Customer: Oh, look, that box says "Photoshop", I guess I can use that to photoshop.

PC Store Clerk: Software...is that a pullover?

Customer: I will definitely purchase this "Photoshop" product so I can learn to photoshop and wow my friends with my now photoshopping skills!

PC Store Clerk: What is a "friend"?

Crime-busting gator kills Florida fugitive

Jason Irwin

Save the gator!

It didn't attack anyone in the traditional sense, elevenses just ran into its pool and, well, y'know....stuff happens.

The crook has effectively committed suicide by gator.

Give the cold-blooded one a medal.

Marvel launches digicomics initiative

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Horrible interface, hard to use, poor rendering, waste of money.

I use FireFox - maybe it works better on IE.

Ukrainian eBay scam turns Down Syndrome man into cash machine

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There's one born every second

If these people pay for something through an untraceable/unrecoverable means (i.e. not backed by a credit card) then that's their own fault. Can they really be that pathetically stupid?

It'd be nice to live in a world where you can trust folks, but we don't live in that world. The fact that people still all for these scams staggers me. Don't send cash, don't pay by cheque, don't use wire transfer, don't pay for big ticket items without seeing it; and (the big one) if it's too good to be true, it probably isn't true!

The only way to be safe on eBay is to use PayPal backed by a credit card and if it all goes pear-shaped to beat PayPal over the head with the backing of your CC company should they not perform (although PP were really helpful when I got stiffed by a deadbeat seller.)

Speed-cam fines topped out in 2005

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Police keeping numbers up

Nice to see the police keeping the stats high though


90 in a 60 is an instant ban isn't it?

Microsoft opens Xbox 360 Arcade

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It only costs £140 in the USA, but will cost £200 in the UK/Europe. Bloody cheek.

L1NUX number plate roars onto eBay

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That plate is illegal (letter spacing). It should be "L1 NUX".

One plug to rule them all

Jason Irwin

What's important?

In descending order...

1) Ease of use

2) Battery life

3) Voice clarity

4) Durability (impact, scratch and water resistance)

5) Other features

Unfortunately manufacturers are more concerned about widgets and crap which have no real bearing on the phone's ability to be a bloody phone!

Left-handeders finally unlock the closet, researchers find

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...should be on the left for right-hander and on the right for left handers. That's why the "+" and "Enter" ("=" on a calculator) are larger so they can be easily bashed with a thumb. The pads are, after all, based on the old adding machines.

As for the increase in lefites - I doubt there is. But there is now no suppression of using the "dirty" hand for tasks such as writing.

Vista attacked by 13-year-old virus

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"...security firms have a duty to maintain protection against older threats for just this kind of eventuality."

What about OS manufacturers producing software which can't be hacked to within an inch of its life by a 12-year old with a few scripts and "PCs for dummies"?

It's MS who should be getting strung up for this - they've have 13 years to sort their security.

TV makers go ape for 100Hz LCDs

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Call me when they get a decent telly which only draws 100Watts at full steam (and 0Watts when off).

Until then I'll stick with my old CRT until it collapses.

Goggle box content comes to iTunes UK

Jason Irwin

Bargain? My arse.

If I am not going to get the physical box, extras, free artworks etc. then I want to pay a damned sight less than the DVD price. Also the portability issue (I can play the physical DVD in any device I choose and don't need to "authorise" it) still makes the DVD more attractive. PC, Laptop, Console, DVD player, portable player; all quite happy to chunter through my DVD and no DRM to stress over.

For just a download of the show I'd stump up (maybe) 50p. Tops.

Microsoft Windows patent will spy for advertisers

Jason Irwin

Hello law suits

Transporting personal details across international boundaries? Corporate espionage (which is what the content scanning would be)? Spying (again, back to the content scanning)?

If this ever does come to pass it's just more of a reason to use the (much, much better) alternatives like OpenOffice, Thunderbird, Ubuntu etc etc.

Google in cookie concession to dead people

Jason Irwin

Google should...

...allow me (the suer) to determine what data they can keep, what they can't and for how long it can be identified against me. Personally I'd have them either anonymise it or destroy it within hours.

German bus driver objects to passenger's breasts

Jason Irwin


...the story is in "Bootnotes" FFS.

Chilean scientists crack lost lake mystery

Jason Irwin

Which football

"Football pitch" could refer to a number of different games and thus pitches. Association Football, Rugby Football, Gaelic Football, American Football, Australian Football or even Wall Football (still played - Eton Wall Game).

"Soccer" is a contraction of "association" so really is the most correct term to use as "football" is just too damned ambiguous.

Of course the whole this is moot as "football" (whatever kind) is a rather pointless game and just an excuse for old men you watch young lads run around in small shorts.

UK firm pays biggest ever fine over 'pirate' software

Jason Irwin

One more reason...

...to drop proprietary software and go Open Source.

Of course, and there's the radical plan, companies like Adobe could stop ripping off UK business by charging twice the US market price for their software.

Say goodbye to Office 2003, Microsoft tells PC builders

Jason Irwin

Office 2007 at work, OpenOffice at home

I use Office 2007 at work and I hate it. It's bloated, takes me an age to find some menu items and Outlook if bug-ridden crap (randomly locking and erasing email contents during edit etc).

OpenOffice, by contrast, is tiny and does everything I could want. I fed it some complex word docs and the graphics did jump about; but it took me all of 10 minutes to reset them. For the price, it knocks Office into a cocked hat.

I have not yet looked into developing on OpenOffice, or checked out the compatibility with Office 2007 (I'm running an older version of OpenOffice); but with its speed of development and improvement, I don't think it will be long before MS find a serious contender in the marketplace.

Christ I hope so.