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Comment Less heat generation and quieter (Score 1) 591

Unless I'm playing games or otherwise hammering the CPU or graphics, I'd like my laptop to be cool and virtually silent. Generally day to day laptop usage doesn't really need the power of the processors they usually have, instead either automatically running the processor very underclocked and with unnecessary cores switched off, or having a second, low power processor and only turn on the high power processor when needed. Similarly with the graphics system. As a side effect, this should extend battery life, but that is less of a concern to me as I don't often have mine off the mains power.

Comment DVD, but... (Score 1) 409

While I voted "DVD", what I don't enjoy are the "anti-piracy" statements/videos or adverts that you can't skip though. If I had decent enough internet I'd probably go for streaming (but from what I've seen, often legal streaming will be interrupted by adverts, which is one reason that I tend to prefer DVDs over TV).

Submission + - Firefox Overtakes IE Usage In Europe (

krou writes: According to StatCounter, the month of December saw the first time where IE usage in Europe was knocked off the top spot by Firefox. Firefox usage sat at 38.11%, with IE sitting at 37.52%. Aodhan Cullen, CEO of StatCounter, stated that "This appears to be happening because Google's Chrome is stealing share from Internet Explorer while Firefox is mainly maintaining its existing share." Google Chrome was in 3rd place with 14.58% of market share.

Submission + - Coffee spill diverts United Airlines flight ( 1

PolygamousRanchKid writes: A United Airlines flight from Chicago to Frankfurt, Germany, was diverted to Toronto this week after the pilot dumped a cup of coffee on the plane's communication's equipment. The unwanted liquid triggered a series of emergency codes, including one for a hijacking, according to Transport Canada, the agency that regulates transportation in Canada.

Submission + - UK Government launches "Your Freedom" website (

Firefalcon writes: The UK Government today launched the "Your Freedom" website, headed by the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, to "identify laws that should be repealed" (read more on the BBC).

In a recent tweet, Police State UK pointed out an article in the New Statesman which appeals for people to call on the Government to repeal the ill thought out Digital Economy Act that was rushed through Parliament without sufficient scrutiny.

While part of the Act is regarding the digital TV switchover, other sections allow for users to be restricted or disconnected from the Internet at the behest of copyright owners, which goes against the principle of "innocent until proven guilty" that has been in place since the Magna Carta.

Comment Re:Good Riddance (Score 1) 796

"Bank to bank transfers are also widely available and free of charge." While I completely agree with moving away from cheques to electronic payment, bank transfers are not free to all UK account holders - particularly some business accounts - this is why an IT support company I sometimes do work for pays me by cheque, as the fee to transfer by BACS from his account makes it less cost effective.

Comment Might be because of iframe? (Score 1) 362

If looks like item descriptions now load in an iframe from, so this may break in browsers with any blocking of iframes or content from external domains. However, as I haven't used eBay in a while, I can't be sure if this is new or something they've done for a while in the old design too...

Comment Re:Oh the Humanity! (Score 1) 901

Nope, 1pt, 2pts, 4pts (and sometimes 6pts) in full fat, semi-skimmed and skimmed (but in more than one brand, thus filling an aisle). However all of them have the pint and litre figures printed in the side or front. but in the same section there is the cream in 300 or 500ml pots (and various other fresh dairy or related liquids such as goats milk).

UHT milk is usually in a different aisle and are in 1 litre cartons.

So we are still rather confused in the UK (and I still have to try to remember the F to C conversion ratio when people of my parent's generation are talking about temperatures).

Comment Re:mod parent +1 realistic (Score 1) 901

1 gallon = 4 qt.
1 quart = 2 pt.
1 pint = 2 c.
1 cup = 8 fl. oz.

In the UK they are different with the same names:

1 gallon = 4 quarts (8 pints/160 fl. oz.)
1 quart = 2 pints (40 fl. oz.)
1 pint = 2 cups (20 fl. oz.)
1 cup = 10 fl. oz.


and from

1 U.S. fluid ounce = 1.041 British fluid ounces
1 British fluid ounce = 0.961 U.S. fluid ounce
1 U.S. gallon = 0.833 British Imperial gallon
1 British Imperial gallon = 1.201 U.S. gallons

So the problem is that your (US) pint isn't my (UK) pint (and worse with gallons) - this is why SI units make more sense - and I wish we were using them more in the UK than we do currently on a day to day basis...

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