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Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!

Robin

Re: @Robin Get the butter

@AceRimmer I've tried before but I get a 404 response.

Coincidentally, from where I'm sitting I can see my signed Chris Barrie picture, in Ace Rimmer get-up. Might be time to dig out the DVDs...

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Robin

Re: Get the butter

The 90s called, they want their metaphor back.

Unless you do actually sit and eat popcorn while refreshing comments pages, in which case I apologise.

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Doctor Who becomes an illogical, unscientific, silly soap opera in Kill The Moon

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Re: Agree

"Incidently why bother with torrents when there are programs like Get iPlayer Automator about?"

In my case, it's because I also get things which are A) not on iPlayer or B) not even from the UK or C) not in English.

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Re: looks like no more Who for me...

"Its to much of a pain to torrent from Europe"

I'm also in Europe and unless you're trying to torrent it straight after it's been broadcasted, then I'm not sure I understand why it's a pain. At the time of writing there are over 3000 seeds of various file sizes and even the download-limit-friendly 200MB one would probably take no more than 15-20 minutes to download. Hypothetically. If I was to try it. Whilst making some lunch.

You can even watch it on iPlayer with a proxy, Chrome plugin etc. but I prefer Chromecasting the local file.

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Brit celebs' homes VANISH from Google's Street View

Robin

"Privacy available for everyone, who can afford to pay for it."

Or just about anyone who can be bothered:

http://www.google.com/maps/about/behind-the-scenes/streetview/privacy/

1. Locate the image in Street View.

2. Click "Report a problem" in the bottom-right of the image window.

3. Complete the form and click "Submit".

I realise we're supposed to be anti-Google round here, but it does seem pretty straightforward.

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Re: me thinks its time for a jolly jap

"me thinks its time for a jolly jap"

You daft racist.

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Ukrainian teen created in lab passes Turing Test – famous nutty prof

Robin

Transcript

Is there a transcript of this conversation available?

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Redmond is patching Windows 8 but NOT Windows 7, say security bods

Robin

Re: Disingenuous (sp?) "security bod"

> Stop being rational and reasonable, dammit!

Yeah, why let facts get in the way of a good bitching session? :-D

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Fantastic fantasy four-way fling – and family-friendly fun

Robin

Re: Necromunda!

> Damn-it now I have to spend this evening digging around the attic for my Escher figurines.....

Be careful on the never-ending, sideways stairs when you go up there.

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128-bit crypto scheme allegedly cracked in two hours

Robin

Re: And the obvious error in that sentence is ...

"No they carry stuff around AND behave like ursines"

It's true, I've seen plenty of such material involving people ursinating.

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Panda-monium as Google updates key search algorithm

Robin

Re: Just checked. Phew

> You are Jeremy Clarkson and I claim my five pounds...

Oops, I didn't notice that when I wrote it! I was mentally-blinded by the image of Russell Brand and his tinkie-winkie or whatever he calls it.

I'm very sorry ... *dramatic pause, look to camera* ... for what I did.

Your fiver is in the post.

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Robin

Re: Just checked. Phew

Gotta check the bloggy-woggy

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Chip and SKIM: How dodgy crypto can leave shoppers open to fraud

Robin

Re: UK implementation of C&P ..

> As a shopkeeper explained ... "No sign, no pay".

Did you not continue the discussion with your fluent Spanish and find out more?

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Chap rebuilds BBC Micro in JavaScript

Robin

Re: "zippy performance, something the original BBC Micro was not famous for"

"You would not expect a favourable comparison between a Model T and a Mondeo."

Or between a Mondeo and other modern cars.

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How to catch a fraudster – using 'top cop' Benford and the power of maths

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Numberphile

Funny, I was only watching the Numberphile video of this the other day.

http://youtu.be/vIsDjbhbADY

A good channel to subscribe to, if that's your bag! Brady has several good channels on other subjects too, mostly from Nottingham Uni.

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Google Maps adds all UK public transport timetables

Robin

Re: Cockfosters?

Manchester Picadilly?

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We're from the SAME DUST CLOUD, BRO: Boffins find Sun's long-lost sibling

Robin

Dust Brothers

Back with another one of those rock-rockin' heats?

(Think it's time to go home)

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Mae Microsoft yn addysgu Swyddfa, Bing, siarad Cymraeg*

Robin

Re: Swyddfa neu Office

"Even in France which is known to be somewhat pedantic over this subject, Office is known as Office, not Bureau."

Was just about to chip in with this. As another example, Windows 7 in Spain isn't "Ventanas Siete" despite me thinking it's funny to say so to my Spanish colleagues who have that look upon their faces of "will this guy ever get fed up of that lame joke?"

non-English IT conversations generally go:

"blablabla Windows blablabla Office blablabla"

Hwyl fawr!

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Robins' inbuilt navigators pecked to bits by AM radio

Robin

Re: Interesting

"So if another "Carrington Event" hits we could have raining pigeons"

European Robin != Pigeon

I should know.

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El Reg Quid-A-Day Nosh Posse back on the bacon

Robin

Good Work!

Well done guys

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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

Robin

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...'

Robin

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!

Robin
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

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NWA

NWA7034 ?

Surely it came 'Straight Outta Compton' ?

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SCADA flaws put world leaders at risk of TERRIBLE TRAFFIC JAM

Robin

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

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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.

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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

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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'

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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

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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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