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Spanish village called 'Kill the Jews' mulls rebranding exercise

Robin

Re: Village?

I've lived in Spain for five years and I've yet to encounter anywhere that doesn't have a bar. Maybe I need to explore more!

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Happy 40th Playmobil: Reg looks back at small, rude world of our favourite tiny toys

Robin

Re: "hearty big up to reader Robin"

"Thank you Robin"

You're welcome! I couldn't let this story pass.

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NASA's LADEE: A Great Gig in the Sky, now on a death dive to the Dark Side of the Moon

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Dusty

"dust density dramatically increases toward its surface."

You don't say?

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Three's money man reveals UK mobe firms' DARK PRICING dealings

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Flight Tickets

"This kind of Dark Pricing is everywhere. Whether one is buying flight tickets, furniture, power, insurance, or whatever, it's here to stay."

I fly a lot and I have to say that those budget companies have pretty much got their act together. I'm usually the last to defend RyanAir for example, but even their up-front price matches the one you eventually pay if you don't add any baggage or whatever and pay by debit card. Credit card charges add on a couple of quid maybe. I'd go so far as to say the EasyJet site is actually a decent 'shopping' experience now.

Generally agree with your point though. Car hire is particularly bad, with the final price being sometimes double the 'quote' up front.

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Roll up, roll up for the Commentards' Ball

Robin

Re: Well done El Reg

"Yep, it is a bit of a jaunt from the middle of Germany to Vulture Central... Otherwise I'd pop by.

Prost!"

Same here from southern Spain.

Salud!

p.s. How about a map of where Reg readers are? I reckon we'd get global coverage.

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Official: British music punter still loves plastic

Robin

Re: "The UK recorded music industry grew 1.9 per cent last year"

I'd suggest you get your sarcasm detector retuned, Anonymous.

(That was a joke - there aren't really sarcasm detectors)

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'Please don't make me spend more time with my family...'

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Number Crunch Saga

"Eddie Pacey is a 35-year veteran of the credit industry, spending more than 20 years running the credit function in IT distribution. He is now managing director at channel consultancy EP Credit Management."

Twenty years to execute one function call? There's probably some hefty data in there, but that right there is a candidate for optimisation.

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Micro Men: The story of the syntax era

Robin

Re: Loved it but

Hear hear!

I can still remember the 9-year old me, trying out all the keywords in the BBC Basic manual that came with the machine and then hacking around with other games with the result that they no longer worked. And thus my career was established.

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Kaspersky rips The Mask from sneaky Spanish spy campaign

Robin

Re: Careto is not Mask

Good work!

If only there had been a way to double check its definition when the article was written, like spending three seconds on spanishdict.com for example?

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Ono board mulls Vodafone's offer to grab its pipe for £5.8bn

Robin

Decisions

Si o no Ono?

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Yahooligans! cower! as! COO! was! reportedly! SACKED! by! Mayer!

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Happy

8K

> The Register asked Yahoo! about the sacking. It told us: "We aren’t commenting beyond the 8-K."

The 8K ought to be enough for anyone.

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Coca Cola slurps millions of MAC addresses

Robin

Misleading Size

I only came here because it said E Cup in the sub-heading. I'm a little disappointed to say the least.

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Drug dealer demands jail to escape 'unbearable' missus after NYE row

Robin

A Clash of Personalities

If he goes there will be trouble, if he stays it will be double.

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ROCK FROM MARS FOUND in Africa, reveals Red Planet's SECRETS

Robin

NWA

NWA7034 ?

Surely it came 'Straight Outta Compton' ?

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SCADA flaws put world leaders at risk of TERRIBLE TRAFFIC JAM

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The Australian Job?

Hang on a minute lads, I've got a great idea...

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Moto sets out plans for crafty snap-together PODULAR PHONES

Robin

Good Idea, However...

Nice idea for things which are already fairly self-contained, such as a battery or camera.

However, how would it work in terms of making things like memory (one obvious candidate) swappable? What's the side-effect of changing all of those pins you'd normally get on a memory chip, into something that would work on 4/5 pins (from what I can see in the image).

Genuinely interested in technology terms, but not sure I'd buy one. For the same reason I don't particularly want to fiddle around with my car or laptop.

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All rivers flow into the sea: Apple holds TEN PER CENT of corporate America's dosh

Robin

Half Time Oranges

[Apple] holds a $147bn cash reserve. Microsoft struggled into second place, with its war chest amounting to about $77bn - just under half of Apple's total.

77 > (147/2)

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Hacker cracks Vodafone Germany, steals data of 2 million customers

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Riding through the desert on a horse with no name

"Vodafone.de said that police have identified a unnamed suspect and carried out a search."

Identifying someone without a name deserves bonus points, surely?

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Should Nominet ban .uk domains that use paedo and crim-friendly words?

Robin

Re: What about the Cook Islands?

Chris Morris and Charlie Brooker were waaayyy ahead of you :-)

http://www.trashbat.co.ck/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nathan_Barley

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Peugeot 208 GTi: The original hot hatch makes a comeback

Robin

Re: postcode search

Try asking ShittyLink when they somehow ended up with just the first part of my postcode as the entire delivery address, and never thought to call/email to question it.

"We couldn't find your address."

You don't say?

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BALLMER TO RETIRE FROM MICROSOFT

Robin

Where do you want to go today?

Out the door, sharpish.

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Snowden journalist's partner gave Brit spooks passwords to seized files

Robin
Happy

Re: g e Of coure it isn't

A very particular set of skills; skills you have acquired over a very long career?

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CIA-funded upstart: THE TRUTH about Prism and NSA's web snooping

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Happy

Another Prism

I have a glass prism as well. I can categorically state that this is in no way related.

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A woman in IT is like a dog who speaks: Rare. A woman in IT security?

Robin
Meh

Re: footnote...

'making a reference to' != 'confined to'

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Kinky? You're mentally healthier than 'vanilla' bonkers

Robin
Happy

Confusion

Reminds me of the time I turned up for my BSM driving lesson in all my leather gear. How we laughed.

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Film crew plans dig to find lost burial ground of Atari's E.T.

Robin
Happy

Re: I'll tell you why it was bad.

That's one of the best game reviews I've ever read. Bravo.

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Developer codes VNC-over-GIF tool

Robin
Happy

Re: Sidorov doesn't feel it solves any particular problem...

Good work!

(pretend there's a GIF animation of slow hand-clapping here)

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Google: 'We'll track EVERY task on EVERY data center server'

Robin
Meh

Re: Gee Thanks Google

I think your RTFA task has been killed.

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Operators look on in horror as Facebook takes mobe users Home

Robin
Meh

Networks

"the irritatingly literal EU, which continues to demand that phones work across networks"

Yeah, what a ridiculous assertion that is.

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New rules to end cries of 'WTF... a £10 online booking fee?'

Robin

@Test Man Re: RyanAir

"Yeah I'm pretty sure that instead of charging wildly excessive prices if you use a credit or debit card, they now simply call it some "admin fee" or something else now, so EVERYONE pays."

That was my point. Instead of being 'pretty sure', I'm certain from the last two times I booked with them that the price they quoted me up front was the same as the one I ended up paying with my debit card (I tried changing it to credit card out of interest to see how much it increased by, and it was a couple of quid).

Of course they're going to continue charging the same overall amount, but no admin fees were added on at the last minute like before - they were incorporated into the base price as they should be. Makes it easier to compare them through SkyScanner et al.

I feel I need to re-add that I'm far from being their biggest fan; just making sure things are accurate. They now quote prices in the same manner as EasyJet, Monarch, etc.

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Robin
Meh

RyanAir

I fly a lot and RyanAir are normally quite high on my hate-list, but recently they've got better and the up-front price was actually the same one I paid with my debit card. Credit card marginal fee was something like a couple of quid.

Clearly they're just moving the numbers around, but if the up-front price is correct then I can live with that.

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Parking ticket firm 'exposed private info' - ICO making enquiries

Robin
Meh

Website

Please tell me the "unique link to the company's website" was more complicated than:

www.parkingthieves.com/pictures/?id=53678

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Google improves Chrom’s spel checkr

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Meh

re: alot

It gets worse.

'Prolly' is in the Oxford Dictionary online. Good old Cambridge still holding out though.

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CERN re-opens 'Animal Shelter for Computer Mice'

Robin
Meh

There's Comic Sans Again

Maybe when they start smashing things up again, they'll discover a new font?

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Syrian hacktivists hijack BBC Weather feed

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Happy

Fish

Weather forecasts involving camels and chemical weapons are probably more accurate than normal ones. I'd imagine.

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Young model ruthlessly fingers upskirt iPad petshop pervert

Robin

Re: weird pet shop

"Looking at the photo, isn't it weird that at both sides of the desk the personnel is crouching down or leaning over?"

I thought that too. It took a while to actually work out what's going on.

Ain't like no pet shop I ever saw! Can't see that many pets for starters.

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Re: nit picking?

"150% ...no no no"

There's 'beyond reasonable doubt' and there's pushing it well beyond!

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Google turns Street View into Mountain View

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Mountains

"The Chocolate Factory’s obsessive bid to map every corner of the planet has now taken it up Mount Everest – or at least base camp for climbers – as well as Argentina’s Mt. Aconcagua, Kenya's Kilimanjaro and Russia’s Mt. Elbrus."

You forgot to mention Snowdon. Base camp of course being Pete's Eats in Llanberis.

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Paying a TV tax makes you happy - BBC

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Re: Money's got to come from somewhere

"If there's neither TV licence or general taxation then you get something like Spanish TV."

If you're referring to the ads:

Advertising breaks during a film is one thing and is fair enough, even if they do put them literally halfway through sentences. Having a 15 minute break about 5 minutes from the end of the film is just cruel!

If you're referring to the quality:

Yep.

p.s. I do love their idea of scheduling though. You get kids films showing at about 22:00 on a school night and decidedly non-kids films like Texas Chainsaw Massacre on a Sunday afternoon!

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Chwaraeon

"We also learn that the Welsh "derive more happiness from watching sport (82 per cent)" than any other genre."

Was this survey conducted on Saturday evening?

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SanDisk cops to malfunctioning Micro SDs in Galaxy S3s

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Happy

Re: Seen it happen on a 64GB card

"My colleagues just went dead after 3 months"

I hope you didn't just leave them slumped at their desks?

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Samsung Galaxy S 4: A slim stripper with palms hovering over its body

Robin

Time

'Like a stripper with palms hovering over its body'

Great, now I have to wait 4 hours before I can do anything about that mental image. Luckily I pass a strip club on the way home.

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Curiosity succeeds – Mars was wet enough for life!

Robin
Go

What Are We Waiting For?

So, let's just put the atmosphere back on it, build a massive hose to put a load of water there and then go and live there.

What's the big deal?

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Brit biz stops coked-up moist pocketstrokers ruining your pub lunch

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Meh

Moist Pocketstrokers

You ruined my non-pub lunch with that headline!

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Bees use 'electrical SIXTH SENSE' to nail nectar-stuffed flowers

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Happy

What Type of Bees?

Are they the type of bees that make milk?

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Official: Cloud computing invented by two technophobic old geezers

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Happy

More!

More like this please

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Woman nails 'cheating boyf' on Russian 'Street View'

Robin

Time

Given the frequency at which the cars Yandexview cars drive around, that's been going on for some time as well.

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Google takes Chromebook upmarket with touchy-feely Pixel

Robin

Re: Screw everything.. but the screen

He can never go back.

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Perfect sex minx calculated from 'deep' probe of X-rated flicks

Robin
Happy

Would.

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This 320-gigapixel snap of London is size of Buckingham Palace

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Happy

Impressive!

You can almost make out car tax discs.

I feel like I'm in one of those films where they say things like "zoom 1000x" and "enhance".

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