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Filed under 'bbcnews'

August 31, 2010

BBC News - The strange virtual world of 4chan

The BBC does a (surprisingly accurate for the mainstream media) profile of 4chan.

“Another 4chan favourite is Pedobear, a harmless-looking ursoid cartoon character who, despite his loveable appearance… you get the idea.”

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June 11, 2009

BBC - Changes to international pages

Genuinely bothersome news from Auntie Beeb. They’ve decided to stop letting people outside the US switch to viewing the News site from a UK focus. That was the whole reason why BBC News has been on my browser toolbar since 1998! Hoping this will be reversed.

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April 25, 2009

BBC NEWS | Runaway bull's supermarket sweep

Some great CCTV footage. The china shop must have closed early.

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March 12, 2009

BBC NEWS | How to understand risk in 13 clicks

Handy explanation of one of the most common statistical tricks.

December 4, 2007

BBC NEWS | 'Kill switch' dropped from Vista

“Microsoft says its efforts have seen a drop in piracy of its software.” Alternatively, the fact that no-one *wants* Vista could be a factor.

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July 20, 2007

BBC NEWS | Your Potter stories in 100 words

Harry Potter books 1-6 in 100 words or less.

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February 19, 2007

BBC NEWS | Technology | Net giant supports open ID scheme

BBC covers Open ID. Shame that the number of places you can sign up for an Open ID now outnumbers the number of places you can *log in with one* by about 10 to 1.

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January 8, 2007

Twitter / bbcnews

Handy — BBC News’s RSS feed being Twittered.

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October 24, 2006

News Sniffer - Revisionista

A Winer-Watcher for the BBC — Tracking revisions to BBC News articles.

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June 29, 2006

BBC NEWS | Have Your Say: Where next for national identity?

Fascinating bitchfest on the BBC discussion site around Scottish folks not supporting England in international sporting events. Interestingly, most of the kneejerk racist comments are from the English, accusing Scots, amongst other things, of being “bitter miserable idiots”.

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May 14, 2006

Fare comment! BBC interviews cabbie by mistake

This is just splendid in ways unimaginable. A cabdriver who was in the BBC’s reception area was rushed onto air by mistaken producers, thinking he was an internet expert to talk about the Apple vs. Apple case. Full marks to the bloke for struggling through the interview despite being clearly horrified!

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May 1, 2006

BBC NEWS | Americas | Immigrants begin US boycott day

Damnit! Why didn’t I find out about this until I was already at my desk? I could totally have done with pulling a sickie, and pretending it was a political statement.

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April 27, 2006

BBC NEWS | Judge creates own Da Vinci code

“The judge who presided over the failed Da Vinci Code plagiarism case at London’s High Court hid his own secret code in his written judgement.” Brilliant! I reckon it’s a Vigenère with “smithycode” as the offset, but I’m too lazy to test that theory.

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January 10, 2006

BBC NEWS | Why is Menzies pronounced Mingis?

Round our way, you always pronounced “John Menzies” “John Mingus’s”.

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July 7, 2005

BBC America’s coverage of the terrorist attacks in London

BBC America’s coverage of the terrorist attacks in London

... has been discontinued to bring you the scheduled interview with Jennifer Connelly about her new movie.

I have not the words.

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This is an archive of groovmother.com, the old blog run by Rod Begbie — A Scottish geek who lives in San Francisco, CA.

I'm the co-founder of Sōsh, your handy-dandy guide for things to do in San Francisco this weekend.