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Watch UK Inventor Colin Furze Survive a Fireworks Blast In a Metal Suit

jafffacake Knights in Shining Armour? (42 comments)

Wasn't a suit a bit like this, but infinitely more flexible, invented over 500 years ago? I re-enact medieval battles and the full plate gear that we wear dated 1480 is perfectly firework proof. it's possible to do cartwheels whilst wearing it, too!

10 hours ago
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Can Our Computers Continue To Get Smaller and More Powerful?

jafffacake Moore's law (151 comments)

Three years ago in the uk i bought my daughter a dell laptop, i5 processor, 6Gb RAM, 500Gb hard drive, £350. Recently it died, so i looked around for a replacement. listed in the bargain forums here (hotukdeals.com) only a couple of weeks ago was a laptop i5, 6Gb RAM, 1Tb hard drive, £380. So in three years the price has barely changed for a remarkably simiar spec. Moore's law seems dead? I agree with the original poster!

about two weeks ago
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UK Users Overwhelmingly Spurn Broadband Filters

jafffacake B.T. Broadband filter (115 comments)

I live in England, and I set up a new British Telecom Broadband internet account for a work colleague recently, 30 dollars a month 8Mb/s unlimited use. Options for the filter were off, low, medium and high. He said "I have kids, put on the maximum filter option please." Two hours later, I receive a phone call "internet explorer(!) won't let me access Facebook." Yup, the filter on the highest setting blocks Twitter and Facebook. He removed the filter then, without even trying the other choices.

about a month ago
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Pseudonyms Now Allowed On Google+

jafffacake Re:The frick? (238 comments)

Will they now restore the nuked accounts? Was her account restored later? Maybe they've restored it now.

Have you ever tried to contact Google? If you needed to discuss a problem with your account being shut down you would not find it easy. http://mashable.com/2011/07/18... He got his account back fairly quickly, but he would still have been much better off going nowhere near G+ !

about a month and a half ago
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Death Wish Meets GPS: iPhone Theft Victims Confronting Perps

jafffacake prevent the small crimes......... (664 comments)

Rapid justice, and punishment, for small crimes help prevent the perp moving onto bigger stuff next time. So a minor mugging that's satisfactorily solved could possibly stop the mugger committing further, more serious, offences

about 4 months ago
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Why Microsoft Shouldn't Patch the XP Internet Explorer Flaw

jafffacake I.E. user percentages (345 comments)

If Microsoft didn't patch I.E., most XP users would download and install a different browser. Almost overnight Internet Explorer as a common standard for web access would dissapear.

about 4 months ago
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Google: Our Robot Cars Are Better Drivers Than You

jafffacake concorde! (722 comments)

It's possible to fly from london to new york in three hours. In fact, you could do for a span of twenty years or so, before concorde was decomissioned. Just because it's possible, doesn't mean it'll become widely available, or even at all available. Ditto driverless cars. The technology will filter down into ordinary cars as extra safety features to augment the driver's slow reactions. For the foreseeable future, anyway.

about 10 months ago
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Hardly Anyone Is Buying 'Smart Guns'

jafffacake Re:murder by numbers (814 comments)

I had a brief look at the stats - i live in the uk, where pistols are completely illegal to own, and shotgun and rifle possession is rare and heavily regulated. Policemen carry a truncheon! Murder rates in the uk are 1.2(per 100k population per year) Murder rates in the US are 4.7(ditto) Simple?

about a year ago
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High Court Orders UK ISPs To Block More Torrent Sites

jafffacake Re:How is this done? (133 comments)

changing the DNS doesn't help, the IP address is blocked at ISP level. The usual workaround is to google alternative web addresses that point to the same final IP. for instance :- if "www.thepiratebay.org" is blocked by your UK ISP, you'll probably find that "http://thepiratebay.ee/" will get you to the same place and not be blocked. I hope that helps.

about a year and a half ago
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Hyundai Overstated MPG On Over 1 Million Cars

jafffacake Careful Driving! (238 comments)

MPG depends immensely on driving style, so official figures are never going to be exactly right for everybody. I drive on empty roads in 5th gear at 30mph as much as possible, and my car has a total lifetime average of 71 British mpg(or 59mpg in US gallons) since I bought it 25k miles ago. It's an ordinary 5-seater estate car too, not some whacky-looking smart-car or fiat 500. http://www.fuelly.com/driver/jaffacake/fabia can anyone do better than that!?

about 2 years ago
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Google Killing Off Mini, Video, and iGoogle

jafffacake ok so the best replacement...... (329 comments)

So I can replace iGoogle with netvibes, we've established that. I'd now like to know how to let google know how displeased I am about their decision to cancel iGoogle. Does anyone have a link I can use to rant at google? I looked around google's help pages for a little while, with no success :-(

more than 2 years ago
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Geocaching Shuts Down British Town

jafffacake Re:So what geocache was it? (282 comments)

all the caches within a few miles radius of wetherby have been temporarily shut down at the request of the police. the cafe owner involved got more advertising than the lost profits from a morning's business would have made. also geocaching as a hobby/sport got some publicity. anyone smell a rat here?

more than 3 years ago
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Geocaching Shuts Down British Town

jafffacake Re:Muggles (282 comments)

the package had the word "geocache - contents harmless" clearly written on the outside - i saw the pictures in the uk news reports. the website www.geocaching.com (top hit on google if you search "geocache") contains details including locations of almost every geocache in the world; it's free to access. how much more notification do the police need?

more than 3 years ago

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