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  1. Went out and got the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge t'other day.


    It's too smart for my liking but good fun to use. Forgot to back up my contacts on my old phone so need to work out how to transfer them over.


    My wife's Iphone 6 doesn't have her contacts in it. I backed up her Iphone 5 on a macbook but when her and her mate tried to restore the backup, it kept asking for some Icloud password which must contain a number and a wacky character.

    I have no recollection of making any Icloud settings when backing the phone up. I don't know why anyone would want private info about other people on the cloud anyway. It seems like a strange thing to force onto users.


    You can turn on/off what you want backing up on the cloud.

  2. Photographs of Sellafield nuclear plant prompt fears over radioactive risk


    Nuclear safety expert claims there is ‘significant risk’ due to poor condition of storage ponds containing highly radioactive fuel rods


    Previously unseen pictures of two storage ponds containing hundreds of highly radioactive fuel rods at the Sellafield nuclear plant show cracked concrete, seagulls bathing in the water and weeds growing around derelict machinery. But a spokesman for owners Sellafield Ltd said the 60-year-old ponds will not be cleaned up for decades, despite concern that they are in a dangerous state and could cause a large release of radioactive material if they are allowed to deteriorate further.


    “The concrete is in dreadful condition, degraded and fractured, and if the ponds drain, the Magnox fuel will ignite and that would lead to a massive release of radioactive material,” nuclear safety expert John Large told the Ecologist magazine. “I am very disturbed at the run-down condition of the structures and support services. In my opinion there is a significant risk that the system could fail.


    They should get TEPCO to help out.


    Hey, how are those guys doing recently?


  3. The Premier League is believed to be open to resurrecting the controversial idea of playing a round of competitive matches abroad, given its ever-growing popularity overseas.

    The so-called 39th game idea, which would have meant an extra round of fixtures played abroad, was abandoned in 2008 under a hail of criticism from fans, the media and governing bodies and ruled out again by the Premier League chief executive, Richard Scudamore, in 2010. But, given the widespread acceptance of playing regular-season NFL and NBA games in London, there is a growing belief that a version of the idea could be dusted down before the end of the decade.

    Building on the lessons of the previous aborted attempt, it would be likely to take the form of an existing round of fixtures played over a single weekend – a “38th game” rather than a 39th.

    That would remove some of the concerns around destabilising the integrity of the competition, although there would still be complications around the fact that half of the clubs in the league would play one home fixture fewer per season.

    Any attempt to put the idea back on the table – at least five years away given that the tender for the next three-year TV contract based on the current format is presently being drawn up – would be likely to encounter resistance from fans. But Scudamore has already said that the idea would be likely to find favour with clubs that are increasingly looking overseas to build revenues, particularly in the financial fair play era.

    At the Premier League’s season launch in August, Scudamore said: “The clubs wanted it then and they all would still probably want it now. It will happen at some point. Whether it is on my watch, who knows?”

    The popularity of overseas pre-season matches, particularly in the US, has emboldened clubs to look at other ways of maximising income abroad. Manchester United, in particular, have targeted the US as a huge growth opportunity. More than 109,000 fans watched the team play Real Madrid in a friendly in Michigan in August.

    Of the current £5.5bn Premier League TV deal, around £2.1bn is contributed by overseas broadcasters.


    Can't people just watch it on the telly or t'inta?

  4. Just in case you don't want to go to yahoo


    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags at grocery and convenience stores, driven to action by pollution in streets and waterways.




    A national coalition of plastic bag manufacturers immediately said it would seek a voter referendum to repeal the law, which is scheduled to take effect in July 2015.

    Under SB270, plastic bags will be phased out of checkout counters at large grocery stores and supermarkets such as Wal-Mart and Target starting next summer, and convenience stores and pharmacies in 2016. The law does not apply to bags used for fruits, vegetables or meats, or to shopping bags used at other retailers. It allows grocers to charge a fee of at least 10 cents for using paper bags.

    State Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Los Angeles, credits the momentum for statewide legislation to the more than 100 cities and counties, including Los Angeles and San Francisco, that already have such bans.

  5. Manager Louis van Gaal said Manchester United have only one senior centre-back available for Saturday's Premier League game against West Ham.

    Marcos Rojo is fit, but Chris Smalling (leg), Phil Jones (hamstring) and Jonny Evans (ankle) are injured and Tyler Blackett is suspended.

    Van Gaal said: "All three of my right-sided centre-halves are out, so I'll have to go to the youth system."

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