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Ask Slashdot: How/Where To Start Watching Dr. Who?

ed If you don't want to start with William Hartnell . (655 comments)

Then best start with the new stuff, beginning with Christopher Eccleston then watcdh the older stuff as you come to it

If you want to experience the full thing in "we have no money o vision" and you can't transform yourself to me aged 5 in Scotland on a Saturday night, then try starting with Jon Pertwee then move into Tom Baker.

I never saw the earlier stuff so can't comment, but those two had some cracking stories, the Green Death, the Autons (put me off Daffodils for years), Pyramids of Mars and some Dalek stories

more than 3 years ago

Groklaw — Don't Go Home, Go Big

ed Slashdot is also Censored (230 comments)

In effect by modding down then, unless you have your settings turned that way, modded down posts disappeared

about 4 years ago

The Ease of Publishing an Ebook

ed How long dows copyright last? (184 comments)

I notice he talks about controlling the book forever, so he would also like a copyright term of infinity?

more than 4 years ago

Webvention Demanding $80k For Rollover Images

ed not that I am suggesting anything untoward (314 comments)

Isn't it true that the judge these cases often comes to has a son that works for a law firm that often represents the patent trolls

more than 4 years ago

Best Mobile Computing Options For People With RSI?

ed Re:iPad thoughts? (178 comments)

An author/artist who got an iPad as part payment for his job has had his RSI confirmed, he doesn't find the iPad that wonderful as far as the RSI goes, though he loves it apart from that

more than 4 years ago

'Retro Programming' Teaches Using 1980s Machines

ed Re:Beebs are good machines (426 comments)

Yes beebs usually used ordinary cassettes, which I didn't specify, but they could use microcassettes (as could the Sinclair QL) and disks. The disks needed an extra ROM, not just a drive.

Note the bit where I said I worked with the bloody things

more than 4 years ago

'Retro Programming' Teaches Using 1980s Machines

ed Beebs are good machines (426 comments)

I was using them at college when they were new.

My first job was writing software that controlled scientific instruments and their was an awful lot of eductaional software written for them because they were designed to be used in schools. The Basic was more structuured and it could use microcassettes or 5 1/4 flopies with its own DOS.

In short, if you are going to use a dinosaur, it is the best dinosaur to choose

more than 4 years ago

UK ISP To Prioritize Gaming Traffic

ed Demon is not what it used to be (196 comments)

I was with Demon from 1996, hen I connected to Newsnet and email on my Amiga 1200, until three years ago when I got 75,000 + emails in a morning in a Joe Job attack

Their response is why I am no longer with Demon, I would not now touch them with a barge pole

more than 4 years ago

F1 Simulators Revealed

ed Nothing new - Back in the Amiga days (72 comments)

David Coultard was about to race at Monaco, but he had never raced there before, so he fired up the Microprose F1 Grand Prix to get used to the course, and won it too!

more than 4 years ago

The World's Strongest, Most Expensive Beer Served Inside a Squirrel

ed No more Paradox for me (228 comments)

I like Brewdog beer, but this is just attention seking.

They can go and take a running jump

more than 4 years ago

After a Decade, Digital Radio Still an Also-Ran In UK

ed No cloud of Radio with DAB (200 comments)

With FM we have more han one radio on in the house, so we walk through a cloud of radio

With DAB the signals are out of sync, much less satisactory

more than 4 years ago

Survey Says To UK — Repeal Laws of Thermodynamics

ed The showed this in Scotland (208 comments)

The LDs supported Labour in the Scottish parliament and abandonded most of their principles to do so.

THey didn't support the SNP because the SNP want a referendum on Independence, despite havign this principle of referenda and indeed havign a history of Home Rule

IT is what they do

more than 4 years ago

Amazon Kindle Fails First College Test

ed Re:Odd choice (256 comments)

I love my Sony book reader, for novels, but I spotted straight away that for rules for wargames and RPGs it was not suited, for exactly the same reason as the students with their textbooks.

I am amazed that Amazon did not spot it right from day 1

more than 4 years ago

Next Ubuntu Linux To Be a Maverick

ed Get Alexandr Orlov to do promo work (319 comments)

It makes sense

I have been using another distro on my main machine for a little while, Archlinux, but I had a look at 10.4 on my testing machine and it has a slick look about it, and so far, on an evening's writing work, does the basic stuff.

I'll give it a proper hammering over the next week

more than 4 years ago

NHS Should Stop Funding Homeopathy, Says Parliamentary Committee

ed Re:Article title not true (507 comments)

Not only that, there is no such thing as the UK NHS, in Scotland the NHS is separate and responds to different priorities

more than 4 years ago

Enlightenment Returns To Bring Ubuntu To ARM

ed Englightenment on my Acer 3694 (198 comments)

I bought a second hand Acer Aspire 3694, shoved a bigger HDD in it and installed MacPup, a Puppy Linux Puplet that has Englightenment as its Window Manager

It is smooth, pretty and fast.
i'd licke to see it actively continue, it is a great way to get decent eye candy on older machines

more than 4 years ago

OpenOffice Tops 21% Market Share In Germany

ed Re:I have introduced a lot of people to OO.org (252 comments)

I had a colleague who had a mild laptop problem. After he sorted it the Works he had with the machine wouldn't open his documents.

I recommended OOO (he was gladat how easy it was to get a Spanish version as he was typing docs and using Spreadsheets in Spanish) and he is a convert.

I've used OOO for RPG and wargames reviews and articles, and I've used Writer for small handout type stuff, but I'm trying to get my head around Scribus for DTP

more than 4 years ago

Revisiting the "Holy Trinity" of MMORPG Classes

ed Re:Tbh, these definitions need to be dropped. (362 comments)

It's re-enactment experience but still

Two weapons is mainly used with one for parrying or in combination trapping your opponent's weapon. By havinng te parrying device in your off hand being a weapon then you have an extra threat, not as a damage multiplier

But I'd rather have a shield

more than 5 years ago


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