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Comment It's whisky the're testing, not whiskey (Score 2, Informative) 366

What they are testing is the stuff made in Scotland called "whisky".

The brown spirit made in other countries (including Ireland, Japan, Canada and the country to the South of Canada) is called "whiskey". This is quite different.

Only whisky attracts idiots to put silly values on bottles of the stuff they are never going to drink.

The only proper thing to do to a bottle of whisky is drink it (not all at once ;-). The same applies to a bottle of whiskey, and after a few, you will no longer mind you don't actually have a bottle of whisky to drink.


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Submission + - EC starts legal action on Phorm

Anonymous EPA writes: The BBC is reporting at that, following complaints, the European Commission has started legal action against Britain over the online advertising technology Phorm. The action is against the United Kingdom, based upon the accusation that its laws fail to properly implement EU rules on data privacy. The UK is not renowned for its respect for citizens' privacy, and the Commission has also said it is concerned that the UK does not have an independent national supervisory authority dealing with the intentional interceptions of users' data.

Comment Wireless goes where WI-FI fears to tread (Score 1) 153

My house has stone walls 1.5m thick. These will absorb almost all of a wireless signal, and getting a cable through them is no easy task!

I use Belkin AV powerline devices to connect my MythTV/Squeezebox server to three 11g wireless access points needed to give good coverage. We can watch two simultaneous TV programmes and listen to music using various wireless access points, but not using the same access point. This suggests that in my installation the powerline is much more capable than wireless.

I have never experienced any interference problems.

They also worked well in my in-laws long Cotswold stone house that was very wireless-unfriendly.

Maybe they are more suited to the 230V single-phase ring-main based wiring systems used in the UK than the US system


Comment After-school backlash (Score 1) 201

I suppose that the risk is that those using this school system will assume that the crippled KDE installation represents Linux. When they then use their mate's knocked-off copy of WinXP, and find out how much more it can do, they might be very impressed.

In other words, Linux=KDE-- therefore Linux = school headmaster's restriction. Windows=Computing++ therefore Windows is what we want out of school!

Maybe, the answer is to give them all a CD with KUbuntu to take away and put int any computer they find AND give them the root password. That might get them properly interested in Linux, but then heaven (or, much more preferably, a non-mythological think) help the rest of us since who knows what they might do!



Submission + - Traditional lightbulbs to go in the UK ( 1

Anonymous EPA writes: According to the BBC, the UK government has decided that traditional incandescent light bulbs are to be phased out in the UK by 2011, in an attempt to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. This is to be achieved through a voluntary agreement with retailers. The "Ban the Bulb" organisation will be pleased ( Low-energy lightbulbs are already being given away in the UK by government-related organisations. I have already received two, one paid for by the London government and the other by Cardiff.

I am not clear as to whether this is a Good Thing. The UK government's approach to environmental issues was not particularly "joined-up", at least under Bair. Low-energy light bulbs may use less energy when in use, but they surely must use more in manufacture and disposal. How does the evidence stack up?



Submission + - Alan Sugar sells Amstrad -

Anonymous EPA writes: Alan Sugar, the founder of Amstrad (Alan Michael Sugar TRAding) has sold the business to satellite broadcaster BSkyB. Having moved on from cheap hi-fi, Amstrad sold some of the few mass-produced systems delivered with CP/M 3 (the PCW series) and then introduced the cheap PC to the UK market (the CPC series). Later products, such as the e-mailer, were less successful. More at

Submission + - Everyone driving in London is to be policed

Anonymous EPA writes: The BBC is reporting at that lice CCTV data that is used to enforce London's congestion charge is to be fed to the Metropolitan Police. This has required a partial suspension to the Data Protection Act. Do the authorities really think that the terrorists will use their own registration cars with registration numbers that can be traced? Yet another "it is national security so nothing else matters" police-state measure in the UK.

Submission + - Software patent debate over in Europe for now?

Anonymous EPA writes: The website of the European Patent Office is running a story about a recent agreement not to revive the debate on software patents in Europe nor to promote new legislation. The article can be found at . To quote: "All speakers welcomed unequivocally the opportunity to discuss the issue at a high level and made clear that a new CII (computer-implemented inventions) debate followed by legal modifications was neither necessary nor desirable."

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You mean you didn't *know* she was off making lots of little phone companies?