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Consumerism, Eh? The £7,000 mobile phone

 Consumerism, Eh? The £7,000 mobile phone

THIS did rather make me giggle. A company that makes outrageously expensive mobile phones. Their latest model costing £7,000.

The Vertu Ti costs 7,900 euros (£6,994) and is made at the firm’s headquarters in Church Crookham, Hampshire.

The device had a titanium frame and sapphire screen but was not 4G-enabled, said its designer Hutch Hutchison.

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Posted: 13th, February 2013 | In: Money, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Is Microsoft’s Excel the most dangerous software in the world?

microsof excel Is Microsofts Excel the most dangerous software in the world?IS Microsoft’s Excel the most dangerous software in thewWorld? It could be actually. That is, that the very existence of Excel itself makes it the most dangerous software in the world.

There’s two parts to this. One is that we’ve got the regulators trying to warn banks on the dangers of using it badly.

Both the Switzerland-based Basel Committee on Banking Supervision1 (BCBS) and the Financial Services Authority2 (FSA) in the UK have recently made it clear that when relying on manual processes, desktop applications or key internal data flow systems such as spreadsheets, banks and insurers should have effective controls in place that are consistently applied to manage risks around incorrect, false or even fraudulent data. The citation by the BCBS is the first time that spreadsheet management has ever been specifically referenced at such a high level, a watermark in the approach to spreadsheet risk.

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Posted: 13th, February 2013 | In: Money, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Robert Crumb predicted twitter and the internet (photo)

DECADES before it went live, Robert Crumb predicted Twitter and the internet:

“Everyone will be tuned into everything that’s happening all the time! No-one will be left out. We’ll all be normal!”

Crumb – a life in photos; the Crumb Bible; the Crumb rejected.

robert crumb twitter Robert Crumb predicted twitter and the internet (photo)

Posted: 10th, February 2013 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, Technology, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Cosmos watch: Earth like planet spotted but Apophis is going to blow us up

PA 15496594 Cosmos watch: Earth like planet spotted but Apophis is going to blow us up

FIRST the good news:

“Using publicly available data from NASA’s Kepler space telescope, astronomers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) have found that six percent of red dwarf stars have habitable, Earth-sized planets. Since red dwarfs are the most common stars in our galaxy, the closest Earth-like planet could be just 13 light-years away.”

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Posted: 7th, February 2013 | In: Scare Stories, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Holden driver posts footage of himself breaking the law

TO Canberra, Australia, now twinned with Darwin. A joy rider is on the police radar:

On Monday January 21, police received a complaint of a red Holden Commodore performing burnouts in the Gungahlin area. Later that day, police viewed footage of a vehicle matching the description performing a burnout in Baillieu Court, Mitchell.

The footage had been posted by the registered owner of the vehicle to his Facebook account.

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Posted: 7th, February 2013 | In: Cars, Strange But True | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Naples driver’s U-turn meets Monty Python (video)

TO Naples, where a man in a small car is attempting to execute a U-turn in a narrow street. The action heats up at the 1:30 mark when the cast of local Monty Python Appreciation Society arrives:

Posted: 7th, February 2013 | In: Anorak TV, Cars | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


1976: the Star Trek cast meet the Space Shuttle Orbiter Enterprise

star trek enterprise 1976: the Star Trek cast meet the Space Shuttle Orbiter Enterprise

IT was no coincidence that the first Space Shuttle Orbiter was called Enterprise. Originally named Constitution (in honor of the U.S. Constitution’s Bicentennial), Star Trek fans wrote to President Gerald Ford suggesting an alternative name: Enterprise. The vehicle debuted  at Palmdale California on Sept. 17, 1976. Many from the cast of Star Trek were there to see it.

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Posted: 6th, February 2013 | In: Flashback, Technology, TV & Radio | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


France bans lights at night

paris night France bans lights at night

THE Dark Ages are returning to France. French environment minister Delphine Batho says that from July 1, all non-residential buildings will have to switch off interior lights one hour after the last worker leaves the premises. The outside lights must all be extinguished by 1 am.

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Posted: 5th, February 2013 | In: Global Warming, Technology | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


No, really, Apple still isn’t avoiding UK tax

 No, really, Apple still isnt avoiding UK taxTHE Sunday Times has done yet another of its pieces on how tech comapnies are avoiding tax in the UK. Given that that paper’s gated, here’s the Telegraph telling us all about it. The real problem here is that Apple just isn’t indulging in tax avoidance: this is what the system is set up to encourage it to do

Apple is estimated to have avoided more than £550m in tax in Britain in 2011. Its latest accounts show UK turnover at just over £1bn and profit at £81.3m, generating a tax bill of £14.4m.

However, analysis of its filings in America suggest a more realistic figure for UK turnover is £6.7bn. This would imply an estimated profit of £2.2bn and, at the then corporation tax rate of 26pc, a £570m tax bill, the Sunday Times reports.

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Posted: 5th, February 2013 | In: Money, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Mahmoud Ahmadinejad goes looking for gays in space

PA 2955054 Mahmoud Ahmadinejad goes looking for gays in space

HAS Iran run out of monkeys to fire into space? News is that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is ready and willing to be the first Iranian to orbit the Earth in space. As he says:

“I am ready to be the first human to be sent to space by Iranian scientists. Sending living things into space is the result of Iranian efforts and the dedication of thousands of Iranian scientists.”

To say nothing of reading textbooks of what the Russians did in the 1960s.

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Posted: 4th, February 2013 | In: Politicians, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Hark! Coco Brown is the first porn star in space! (photos)

coco brown 199x300 Hark! Coco Brown is the first porn star in space! (photos)ADULT-ACTRESS, Coco Brown, is hoping to become the first porn star in space. Just think about zero gravity ‘snot shots’ for a minute. Just think of the poor TV repair man or plumber travelling all that way, and not repairing anything when he gets there.

Anyway, Coco is in training to go to space and has already been in an anti-gravity machine after paying £64,000 to a company who made her float around like a dandelion in the breeze.

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Posted: 4th, February 2013 | In: Celebrities, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Facebook and Twitter catch up with old media and advertise prostitutes for sale

 Facebook and Twitter catch up with old media and advertise prostitutes for sale

IN “Children ‘are put at risk’ as prostitutes use Facebook to sell their wares, Fiona Hamilton, Murad Ahmed and Billy Kenber tell Times readers of the perils of using Facebook and Twitter:

Prostitutes and escort agencies are openly using Facebook and other social networks to advertise their services and tout for new business.

So..? And what’s that about “wares”? Bit snotty, no? People who sell wares are iffy, shady types. They are selling sex.

Hundreds of unrestricted pages dedicated to the sex trade have been created on social networking sites, fuelling concerns that children are being exposed to explicit content and offers of adult services.

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Posted: 3rd, February 2013 | In: Key Posts, News, Technology, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Iran’s space monkey was faked: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad invents cheesecloth pantaloons

iran space monkey Iran’s space monkey was faked: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad invents cheesecloth pantaloons

IRAN did not fire a monkey into space. When Anorak read the news that Iran had done what the USA had done in 1961, we feared that before long Iran’s go-ahead leaders would be wearing cheesecloth pantaloons, reinventing the TV dinner and invents computer smaller than a one-bedroom flat.

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Posted: 1st, February 2013 | In: Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Go-ahead Iran invents machine to decapitate fingers and fires monkeys at Israel

hands1 Go ahead Iran invents machine to decapitate fingers and fires monkeys at Israel

EARLIER this week Iran shot a monkey into space. It is feared that very soon Iran will firing monkeys at Israel. Anorak’s security expert tells us that at the current rate of technological progress, the next forty years should see Iran: discover Pot Noodle; build a computer smaller than a bedroom; have hands free dialling; syndicate Deal or No Deal; and learn that taking two bottles into the shower is not always necessary. For now, though, Iran is rejoicing that a monkey has made it into the great known, an event that follows the news that the country has invented a machine for amputating the fingers of thieves.

Iran’s ISNA news service has released images of three hooded officials holding a man’s hand in a vice as another turns a blade attached to what appears to be 1962 Signer sewing machine.

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Posted: 30th, January 2013 | In: Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Downton Abbey game for Super Nintendo

Downton Abbey for the SNES Downton Abbey game for Super Nintendo

TIME to play Downton Abbey on the Super Nintendo:

Posted: 30th, January 2013 | In: Technology, TV & Radio | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Car of the day: 1959 BMW Isetta Whatta Drag with 730 hp Chevrolet V8 engine – photos

CAR of the day is a 1959 BMW Isetta Whatta Drag with 730 hp Chevrolet V8 engine. It’s a three-wheel bubble car on fire. Would anyone be game enough to drive the thing? The Isetta never had a reverse gear. The only way in is through the front door. Once in, you stay in – unless you brake very hard and you can the car fall on your faces…

It has dual-circuit disc brakes with an AP balance bar, while the suspension is taken from an M3. The front wheels are wrapped around in B.F. Goodrich G-Force tires, while the rear custom 18×13 inch drag racing wheel has a Sumitomo HTRZ II tire.

Although developed to be fully functional, the vehicle is strictly for show and shouldn’t be used on roads or track because the “massive amount of torque produced by the Chevrolet 502 motor can be dangerous if driven improperly.”

The 1959 BMW Isetta Whatta Drag is expected to fetch between 75,000 – 100,000 USD.

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Posted: 29th, January 2013 | In: Cars | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Apple’s sales rise, profits rise, shares tank: WTF?

15633259 Apples sales rise, profits rise, shares tank: WTF?A USEFUL little reminder of something that economists keep trying to tell people but which often doesn’t seem to get through. Stock markets are forward looking.

So, we have Apple reporting its financial results for the most recent quarter. Profits were up (only very slightly, but they were). Sales were well up. Everything’s looking pretty rosy in hte Cupertino garden. At which point the shares drop 10% in minutes.

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Posted: 29th, January 2013 | In: Money, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


How Las Vegas casinos show Britons the future of CCTV

 How Las Vegas casinos show Britons the future of CCTV TED Whiting is director of surveillance at Las Vegas’s Aria casino in Vegas. The control room works like London: everyone is observed in a hunt for the cheats:

Despite that, Whiting says facial recognition software hasn’t been of much use to him. It’s simply too unreliable when it comes to spotting people on the move, in crowds, and under variable lighting. Instead, he and his team rely on pictures shared from other casinos, as well as through the Biometrica and Griffin databases. (The Griffin database, which contains pictures and descriptions of various undesirables, used to go to subscribers as massive paper volumes.) But quite often, they’re not looking for specific people, but rather patterns of behavior. “Believe it or not, when you’ve done this long enough,” he says, “you can tell when somebody’s up to no good. It just doesn’t feel right.”

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Posted: 28th, January 2013 | In: Technology, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


US military scans dogs’ brains to find best combat soldiers

>dogs brains US military scans dogs brains to find best combat soldiersONE day they’ll be doing this to people:

DARPA’s mission is to prevent technological surprise for the United States and to create technological surprise for its adversaries.  The DARPA SBIR and STTR Programs are designed to provide small, high-tech businesses and academic institutions the opportunity to propose radical, innovative, high-risk approaches to address existing and emerging national security threats; thereby supporting DARPA’s overall strategy to bridge the gap between fundamental discoveries and the provision of new military capabilities.

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Posted: 27th, January 2013 | In: Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


China shows why Microsoft is screwed

microsoft fail China shows why Microsoft is screwed

THERE been some recent whining from Microsoft about how they get to sell bugger all in China. As opposed to Apple who can’t make things fast enough. Some of this is of course because Microsoft sells software, something often ripped off in that lovely country. But there’s something else as well: and it’s a neat illustration of why Microsoft is, essentially, screwed.

China’s Internet population surges to 564 million, 75 percent on mobile

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Posted: 25th, January 2013 | In: Money, Technology | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Aberdeen receptionist accidentally sends entire office sexy email meant for fiance

melanie anderson Aberdeen receptionist accidentally sends entire office sexy email meant for fiance

OOPS! Melanie Anderson accidentally sent a racy email intended for her finace Eric Knisz to everyone at her work. Melanie works at Aberdeen-based oil company ISS. Bruce Webster, HR director of ISS, says:

“Personal emails are not encouraged at work and we have taken the appropriate action with the members of staff concerned. They are absolutely mortified by the content of the email trail which was meant to be private and apologise for any offence caused by it going out with our organisation.”

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Posted: 25th, January 2013 | In: Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The ban on tasteless diners taking photos of their meals

EVER taken a photo of your meal and posted it to a social media site? No, not pictures of terrible food, like this RyanAir disaster. This is about those pictures of fine dining. Some eateries in the US have banned diners from photographing their dinners. Rebecca Jane Stokes is delighted:

I don’t like people taking photographs of their food at restaurants because it takes the food out of its context. Whatever people might say — and I’ve heard it so many times from so many diet proponents — food is inherently social. Do you need to have food around to have a good time with someone? No, of course not. But there is something primal and nourishing in sharing a meal with people you enjoy. Social interaction sustains us, so does ingesting food — and when both are of the highest quality in a place designed with respect for that, taking a quick pic with my iPhone feels like giving the entire event short shrift.

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Posted: 24th, January 2013 | In: Technology, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Petter Kverneng gets 1million likes to earn Facebook sex with Cathrine

Petter Kverneng Petter Kverneng gets 1million likes to earn Facebook sex with Cathrine

MODERN love: If pimply teenager Petter Kverneng gets 1million likes on Facebook, Cathrine will shag him.

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Posted: 20th, January 2013 | In: Strange But True, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0