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Comment: Re:I thought they were already gone in EU (Score 1) 796

by tdandh (#30476106) Attached to: UK Wants To Phase Out Checks By 2018

Likewise, I have to hand-write a check for my rent every month, rather than just going online and clicking a button to transfer a pre-registered amount to a pre-determined destination account (or just setting up a completely automatic monthly transfer).

You can likely setup your landlord as a payee in your online banking, and then set a recurring monthly payment of a pre-registered amount to the pre-determined payee and the bank will print and mail the check for you. Mine does. This would seem to resolve the issues you raised.

Television

+ - BBC has lost original 9/11 tapes

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zimba42 writes "Maybe the citizens of the UK should all stop paying their TV tax. The BBC editor's blog is currently carrying the following statement from Richard Porter, editor of BBC news: "We no longer have the original tapes of our 9/11 coverage (for reasons of cock-up, not conspiracy). So if someone has got a recording of our output, I'd love to get hold of it. We do have the tapes for our sister channel News 24, but they don't help clear up the issue one way or another." Blog: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/theeditors/2007/02/part _of_the_conspiracy.html"
Intel

+ - The Multicore CPU Race Is On

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Anonymous writes "Data center consolidation and virtualization may be driving server implementations these days, but there's a much more fundamental shift occurring at the microprocessor platform level. To wit, an article on ChannelWeb.com reports that systems based on the industry-standard x86 architecture are taking on a predominant role in the overall infrastructure, rivaling the performance and capability of higher-end processors. At the same time, new generations of RISC-based enterprise platforms that run improved multithreaded implementations of Unix are making huge strides in throughput and performance."
Space

+ - SpaceX to Make 2nd Launch Attempt of Falcon I

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An anonymous reader writes "SpaceX will make their second attempt to launch their Falcon I rocket later today. The first attempt suffered an anomaly that resulted in the vehicle's exploding seconds after lift-off. SpaceX is one of two commercial partners with NASA's Commercial Orbital Transportations Services program to encourage development of commercial space transportation capability for eventual resupply of crew and cargo to ISS. Expected launch time is 4pm California time (11pm GMT) and will be viewable from their webcast. Previous slashdot coverage of SpaceX/COTS."

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