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Cloud skills certification can add zeros to your pay cheque

BoldMan

Cloud - isn't that the new name for "client-server"?

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Netscape Navigator - the browser that started it all - turns 20

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I first encountered Netscape on Macs for a job with a defence contractor in New Malden back in 1996. They had their own "intranet" as they were not allowed to be connected to the outside world. I was doing tech support on Macs at the time but nobody really knew anything about this new fangled HTML stuff so I took it upon myself to learn and 18 years later I'm still doing it...

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Our Vultures peck at new Doctor Who: Exterminate or, er ... carrion?

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Re: Capaldi cannot be the worst Doctor

Nope Colin Baker was worse, Sylvester at least had some decent stories (eg Curse of Fenric)

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Facebook apologizes for binning accounts of drag queens

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Re: "Plenty of other users don't feel comfortable giving the firm their personal information"

Define "real people"?

Is Michael Caine any less real than Maurice Micklewhite? Which is the "real person"?

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DVLA website GOES TITSUP on day paper car tax discs retire

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> so questions have to be asked about why the GOV.UK team waved the wobbly beta website through.

Because they are a bunch of morons with no clue how to do the internet?

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Cable guy, Games of Thrones chap team up to make Reg 'best sci-fi film never made' reject

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Peter F Hamilton has a particular cinematic panache when it comes to action scenes, and apart from the compulsory nymphomaniac but independent and strong female characters he likes so much, he's pretty good at doing character too.

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iPhone 6: Most exquisite MOBILE? No. It is the Most Exquisite THING. EVER

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Re: I'm Tony Paulazzo and I approve this message.

+1 for the use of "gorram" :)

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First Irish boy band U2. Now Apple pushes ANOTHER thing into iPhones, iPods, iPads

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"old" iPad 2?

Ahh great it won't touch my even older iPad 1 which is still on - um - whatever iOS version still had Google maps instead of Apple maps... iOS 5 was it? If it ever gets connected to iTunes (for uploading music or photos etc), all software updating is disabled...

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OECD lashes out at tax avoiding globocorps' location-flipping antics

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Re: hmm

So you advocate a race to the bottom where nobody pays tax anywhere?

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Slap my Imp up: Bullfrog's Dungeon Keeper

BoldMan

Antique? Antique??

1997 Antique? Damn I must be getting old!

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Heavy VPN users are probably pirates, says BBC

BoldMan

Re: Sorry Tom

if its unwritten how can that be enforceable?

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'4chan may be just a sysadmin who knows his way around', claims so-called expert

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"However, copyright infringement does mean that the owner of the work can't make (as much) money from that work. You can say 'so what' or 'they are rich anyway' 'till you are blue in the face, but that is the fact of the matter and that is what copyright protects."

Except the people to whom copyright infringement REALLY affects aren't rich. A huge amount of copyright infringement isn't AGANST big media businesses like BBC etc, its done BY them. Every time the BBC erases the metadata of an uploaded photo taken by a member of the public, they are enabling copyright infringement. The people who are affected by copyright infringement are freelance photographers as well as you and me who would have a perfect right to ask for compensation for use of our copyright material, except the big media companies would parade an army of lawyers against us to defend their infringement.

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World's only flyable WWII Lancaster bombers meet in Lincs

BoldMan

Looking forward to seeing these ladies at Dunsfold over the bank holiday weekend!

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NASA boffin: RIDDLE of odd BULGE FOUND on MOON is SOLVED

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Re: Of course, had we not abandoned the Apollo project...

They'd be wearing purple wigs and silver mini-skirts!

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UK.gov wants public sector to rip up data protection law

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Re: New Government Slogan

You honestly think the other lot will behave any different? National ID cards ring a bell?

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Dungeons & Dragons relaunches with 'freemium' version 5.0

BoldMan

Played all versions of D&D & AD&D and my current game group settled on 4th ed by default when we started up again a few years back. To be honest the game system is irrelevant to us - its just an excuse to get together every 3 weeks and take the piss out of each other, have a laugh and an enjoyable evening. Having a "game" to play just makes the social aspect more regular, otherwise there would always be some reason to miss this get together...

We've taken a rest form D&D lately and are currently playing a Chill-based modern horror (think Charles Stoss Laundry...)

"I rolled Double zero... is that good?"

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Supermodel Lily Cole: 'I got a little bit upset by that Register article'

BoldMan

Awww Diddums(tm)

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Apple is KILLING OFF BONKING, cries mobe research dude

BoldMan

When Barclaycard foisted a contactless card onto me a couple of years ago I phoned them up and asked for one that didn't open up my wallet to thieves who could nick £10 from my by just walking past. Their response was that market research showed that the public liked having their money stolen invisibly and they would offer me no alternative to offering up my nuggets to random passers by.

Yes there is I said, I stop using your card to buy anything. So now it sits at home in the drawer and I only use the account to take advantage of their interest free balance transfer options.

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Whoops! Google's D-Day Doodle honors ... Japan

BoldMan

Re: Google "Normandy landing" pages....

I think you meant to say that British and Commonweath troops were the majority participants in D-Day?

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US escalates Stingray mobe-snooping secrecy battle as judge unseals evidence

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Re: Stingray?

Damn, beat me to it!

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Indie record labels to haul YouTube before the European Commission

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Re: Old school here

its not really YouTube directly but YouTube as a transport medium that is useful. It allows anyone to upload their performance and point to it from a variety of sources, so I don't rely on YouTube to FIND things but I do rely on it to facilitate seeing things that I find via other means.

Either way, what they are trying to do is still a monopolistic abuse of the market

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Google: Grab our TOOL if you want your search query quashed

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Re: errr..

Its more about - "I went bankrupt 20 years ago, but now all my life and finances are in order, I don't want the nasty newspaper article written 20 years ago to keep appearing under my name in searches"

Seems a perfectly reasonable request to me.

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Still watching DVDs? You're a PLANET-KILLING CARBON HOG!

BoldMan

Rearrange the following words into a well know phrase or saying:

Bollocks load of old what

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Expulsion from Garden of Steven: Apple staffers tossed out of Fruit Loop

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Is it located above a Hellmouth?

Doh silly me, its Apple we're talking about, the ultimate definition of Hell!

3... 2... 1...

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Time-rich Brit boffin demos DIY crazytech WOLVERINE talons

BoldMan

Re: Thith Guy needth an Igor

Yeth mathster!

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JJ Abrams and Star Wars: I've got a bad feeling about this

BoldMan

I'm confused, what is this Episode I to III you are talking about? There ARE only 3 Star Wars movies...

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Lego is the TOOL OF SATAN, thunders Polish priest

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Re: " toughest substance in the known universe"

Lego from 50 years ago? Pah a mere stripling... Meccano is still compatible with the first edition put out by Frank Hornby "Mechanics Made Easy" in 1898! In my collection I've got plates and girders going back to the 20s and 30s that still look superb.

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China's rare earth supply crimp plan ruled to be illegal

BoldMan

Re: Oil?

and the answer is for us to do our own sodding fracking and tell the treehuggers to bugger of to Russia and hug some Siberian trees!

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Oxfam, you're full of FAIL. Leave economics to sensible bods

BoldMan

Re: Deiberately missing the point???

You have GOT to be kidding me:

"As an example, the Welfare State is supposed to protect the poor. But one of the activities intended to do this involves giving money to the Duke of Westminster in rent support. That's right; we have evolved a system in which we are taxed to give money to the ultra-rich, and we call it welfare."

This is such a ridiculous statement - the "welfare state" IS "protecting the poor" by paying their rent to their Landlord. Who that Landlord may be is totally irrelevant to that requirement.

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MPs urge UK.gov to use 1950s obscenity law to stifle online stiffies

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Re: The News

Welcome to the world of sensationalist infotainment that is modern day "news" reporting...

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Google's mystery barge flounces out of San Fran, heads to Stockton

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Its a floating bordello for Google execs, its obvious!

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Beta tasting: The Elder Scrolls Online preview

BoldMan

> Up until now, there had been only one MMO in my life...

How about finding a reviewer who's played more MMOs than just WoW so they can do a proper comparison to other games such as Neverwinter, The Secret World, LOTRO... you know some of the games that are innovative and well designed (well okay I did mention Neverwinter there but you know what I mean).

Reviewing an MMO with the only previous experience being WoW is pretty pointless really.

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LG offers BRAIN-SAVING CANCER-BL... er 'good luck charms'

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Re: NOT Thoroughly discredited.

Not everything in business is some sort of conspiracy to pull the wool over consumers eyes....

(just most of it!)

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'G-WIZ like' object doing 40,000 MPH CRASHES on the MOON

BoldMan

That is a truly awful video - the player controls cover the bit that we are interested in so that all you see are the bloody logos painted on the moon surface. Could this have been presented any more ineptly?

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Antarctic glacier 'melted JUST as fast LONG before human carbon emissions'

BoldMan

Re: Yeah, right

and then some bugger turns the map upside down...

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KA-BLAM!! Marvel Comics opens super-powered data API to web devs

BoldMan

I think you'll find that "Ka-Blam" is trademarked DC Comics...

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Is modern life possible without a smartphone?

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Of course it is.

I only upgraded to a Sony Experia last week from my £10 Samsung phone after I discovered a good reason for having a camera phone when I had a car crash earlier in January. What was most amusing was the Insurance Company's phone operator was baffled that I my phone couldn't take photos, she just didn't understand that there ARE phones that don't take photos haha!

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Google helps out utterly underexposed Lego brand with Chrome toy

BoldMan

Lego is a toy! Meccano is proper engineering!

"the company's plastic block kits are credited with inspiring an entire generation of engineers who have shown their appreciation by building massive monuments and complex structures entirely from Lego bricks."

Whereas Meccano encouraged SEVERAL generations of engineers who built or worked out how to do useful things (such as blowing up German dams, plotting the energy output of atomic bombs, building curling footbridges...)

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NASA's Opportunity rover celebrates 10 years on Mars with a FILTHY selfie

BoldMan

Re: Never mind the rock

dun dun dun da da da dun

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Bing Maps COCKUP: Oracle UK HQ is 'Elvis Impersonators' joint

BoldMan

Good joke but I suspect this is a crowd sourcing joke rather than Bing maps being totally useless. Yes there is a nursery on the Thames Valley Park site but it isn't the Microsoft office as it is labelled

Made me smile anyway!

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BT 118 phone number fee howler lands telco giant with £225k fine

BoldMan

Trust me - it IS deliberate obfuscation...

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BT tweaks WORDING of sex-ed web block after complaints

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Damn them "pedofiles" they are just too cunning!

So when you sign up for an ISP account, you have to answer an "Are you a 'pedofile'?" question so that your ISP can block the people who answer "Yes"...

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Lifesize, driveable AIR-POWERED LEGO CAR hits the road

BoldMan

Not as impressive as the Meccano Motorbike and sidecar built for James May this year and soon to be seen going round the Isle of Man TT course...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-isle-of-man-23898497

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Cambs prof scoops $3m Fundamental Physics prize

BoldMan

Nice to hear Mike Green, my old Prof from Queen Mary College is getting the recognition he deserves! I was always annoyed that his Quantum Mechanics course was the only one I didn't pass while at Uni, more to my inability to work out wtf you do with a Delta function and more importantly WHY do do things with a Detla function :D

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Doctor Who: From Edwardian grump to Malcolm Tucker and back again

BoldMan

Re: Doctor Who stopped with Sylvester Mccoy

With lot of running down corridors to pad the time ;)

What you mean is a good 4 parter like Day of the Daleks, The Dadly Assassin or Robots of Death

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Delia and the Doctor: How to cook up a tune for a Time Lord

BoldMan

Much love to Delia, excellent article - that original theme music still gives me the shivers!

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The ZOD FILES: Climate documents from 2007 'must stay SECRET'

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Re: Such scientific discussion ..

The important part wasn't the leaked emails it was the leaked software code and supporting documents. Analysis of that - which was NEVER covered properly by the meedja - showed what a complete fuck up "Climate Science" was. Software that had undocumented fudge factors in place, no proper documentation, no proper data integrity (raw data had been overwritten by processed data and no backup copies of the raw data made) and generally what I would call totally amateur software engineering. Then again this is what you get when you allow scientists to write software. I've got plenty of experience of this, having been employed in the past to take code written by scientists and turning it into "properly" engineered software, with proper documenation, source code control, data control etc etc...

Scientists by and large are not good software engineers...

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Swedish teen's sex video fine slashed: Unwilling co-star girlfriend furious

BoldMan

Re: Mixed signals regarding privacy

The age of consent in the UK is 16 but you'll still get done for child porn if you (as a 17 yr old husband) take a photo of your 17 yr old wife in her birthday suit as the law says you are a "child" until 18.

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Price rises and power cuts by 2016? Thank the EU's energy policy

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Re: Biomass != fossil fuel

So what - its still releasing CO2 and thats supposed to be evil!!! Or is it only evil when idiot greens say its evil?

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Boffins find MEXICAN WAVE pattern in random climate wobbles

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Solar output has dropped since 1950? References please...

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