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Webcam stripper strikes back at vicious 4Chan trolls after year of bullying

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Good for her

It's her body. How she chooses to use it is no damn business of anyone else. The ones posting insults to her - and others who do similar - are gutless cowards, plain and simple.

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Buy a household 3D printer, it'll pay for itself in MONTHS!

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Go

And, oh yeah...

I use a 4 blade razor. Not overkill with my manly stubble. Best shave I ever had. Two blades just don't cut it. Pun very much intended.

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I want one

But not yet. When the tech gets better I' want to be able to print out my 3D models and make my own custom minuature Daleks.

Yes, I could use Shapeways but I'd much prefer to do it all myself.

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Stephen Hawking nixes Intel voice upgrade plan

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Re: Ugh.

You, Sir - or Madam - are a tit.

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Apple asked me for my BANK statements, says outraged reader

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FAIL

People are forgetting the most important aspect of this story...

You don't like Apple's T&Cs? Don't damn well buy from them, then! Simples.

If everyone took that attitude, they'd change their policies pretty damn quick when they see their sales flatline.

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Furious Stephen Fry blasts 'evil' Reg and 'TW*T' Orlowski

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Poor old Fry

I don't dislike the bloke but he really should grow a sense of humour. The reported story makes him seem like a complete tit. And a whingeing ninny. :)

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Infinite loop: the Sinclair ZX Microdrive story

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I never bought a Microdrive

A friend had a couple of 'em and used to back them up to his Sony Betamax tapes. The drives themselves were really twitchy, though; whenever his wife switched on the washing machine, they'd go bugfuck. Seeing him frantically scrabbling to unplug the Speccy, take out the cart and try to retrieve the tape was enough to convince me to stick to cassettes.

Then I got my first Amiga but that's another story.

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Ten affordable mid-sized Full HD monitors

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Keeerapp!

My ancient Iiyama happily displayed 1600 x 1200 before it rolled over and died. Why the actual fuck would I want to spend money on something that's worse?

Right now I'm using a naff Philips monitor somebody gave me, until such time as I can get the readies for a decent new monitor. The article itself was useless; the comments were a damn sight more help.

Could do better, El Reg.

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Texan schoolgirl expelled for refusing to wear RFID tag

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Happy

Re: Christ (oops!) bloody religion again???

Or Mary Visconti, as she was at the time.

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Higgs boson chasers: Now only 1-in-300 MILLION chance we're wrong

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So what are the chances...

Of being killed by a shark that has the same birthday as you when there's a goat behind the door?

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Capita ITS asks to-be-axed staffers to pose for marketing pic

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As stated by many others, Capita really are a shower of bastards

My wife was treated disgracefully by them when she became seriously ill and needed major surgery. She then sued them for unfair dismissal but they tried every trick in the book to get her to back down. Threats, intimidation, and finally, a feeble token payment offer to make her shut up and go away.

I'm pleased to say she won her case outright and Capita had to fork over a fair bit of readies. She signed a NDA which bars her from discussing the matter. I didn't. :)

Sting in the tail was, they then made life for me so bad I had to quit. I'm glad to be out of there but not in such a way.

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Pints under attack as Lord Howe demands metric-only UK

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FAIL

Ermm, yes they do

Several brands of beer are available in Pint cans and bottles. Wife beater, for one, can be bought in pint bottles.

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I hope they don't change guitar string sizes to metric

A .009 - .042 set is easy enough to remember but I'm fucked if I can remember what the metric equivalents are, even though some brands have 'em printed on there.

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Pirate Bay struggling to get on feet after DDoS to the knee

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Unhappy

Still MIA from here in sunny South Yorkshire.

Even through a German proxy.

Biscuits of arse.

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US Judge says IP addresses don't identify pirates

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Here's hoping

Someone points our set of fucking idiots in the direction of this judge.

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Queen unveils draft internet super-snoop bill - with clauses

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Unhappy

Re: Question

Privacy should be "on" by default, with an option to snoop only in exceptional circumstances*. The proposal is to set privacy to "off" by default.

* Granted, every government writes its own terms of meaning for "exceptional circumstances" but the right to privacy should be there first and foremost.

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Basic instinct: how we used to code

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Ahh, BASIC

For all its shortcomings, not a bad at all language. My first contact with it was on my Spectrum back in 82. Had the dead fish keyboard version first, then the hard keys Speccy + (just a re-cased 48k Speccy) when the first one blew up.

ISTR GOTO was frowned on but GOSUB was considered OK. In any event, I learned my first steps in programming on the Speccy. After that I did COBOL and later, taught meself VB. Yeah, I know but VB isn't all that bad really. It's dead easy to code and understand and for the most part, documents itself.

Once I had Speccy BASIC down, a mate taught me Z80 assembler. Was considered really funny that C5 in Z80 means "Push BC". Think about it, Sinclair's C5 was around at the time.

Programming and I went our separate ways some years later when computers finally became good enough to do serious graphics work and I went back to my first love of art and graphic design. Anyone remember Deluxe Paint? Very good app, that. Prior to that, I developed Speccy graphics using The Artist, which was arguably the best graphics app for the Spectrum. The writer, Bo Jangeborg (I think) was also the writer of a very popular Speccy Game, Fairlight. Later, he developed a graphics app for the Sam Coupe, which had a Spectrum compatible mode but could also display much better graphics, more on the lines of an Atari ST. The graphics app he wrote for the Coupe was, sadly, lousy.

Oh well, better stop me wittering and get back to doing some work.

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CD: The indestructible music format that REFUSES TO DIE

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Not so strange, really

Many of the lower cost CD players, amps and headphones use cheaper components than their more expensive counterparts. The higher end stuff tends to use higher spec tighter tolerance stuff, quite often military spec chips and hand soldered boards and wires, headphone manufacturers use Kevlar reinforcement in their cables, plugs and sockets have gold contacts and many of the components are hand assembled and soak tested. All of which costs.

A typical OEM factory will use lower tolerance components, substitute metal parts for plastic and automate as much of the assembly process as possible, or use relatively unskilled labour in sweatshop conditions. The products are housed in flimsy cases and are generally made to be thrown away, rather than repaired.

So, while it's true you can get a decent sounding CD player for next to nowt, you won't get a very good and durable one for the same price but, what with inflation and that, a £300 CD player now is in real terms quite a lot cheaper than a £300 one back then.

I got a superb deal on a CD player, speakers and amp about 15 years ago and they are still going strong.

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Court shuts down site that circumvents Pirate Bay blocks

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Headmaster

Why not...

spell check, grammar check and stop shouting?

You give us Freetards a bad name. Er, oops. :)

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Feds: Apple, Google, Adobe, Intel, Pixar had wage-fixing no-poach pact

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Civilised?

To create an artificial situation in order to keep an employee's wages low?

You Sir, are a tit.

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Crossley cops two-year suspension

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Hey Mr Crossley

How's your coffee now, you twat?

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Just trolling: It's OK to poke fun at Christians, says ASA

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Wrong!

Read it twice. Once, when it was first published and last year when I received all my father's books after he died.

Twat.

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Sounds like a typical night out...

in Rotherham.

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Coat

Every religion should be mocked...

...religiously.

Mine's the one with "A Brief History of Time" in the pocket.

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Mysterious sat-pic China desert markings - EXPLAINED

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You're all wrong

It's China's failed attempts to hide itself with Dazzle.

You numpties.

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Swearing doesn’t help pain if you do it too much

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Swearing is great

I only ever do it deliberately, though. I'm more likely to say "Oh dear" if I clout meself with a hammer.

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Eleven - if you will - rocktastic music movies

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Cracked Actor, anyone?

Yentob's feature on Bowie's uprooting to the USA, his change of musical direction and the increasingly apparent drug use makes a superb documentary.

Another vote for Anvil, too.

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Upcoming EU data law will make Europe tricky for Facebook

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"Upcoming EU data law will make Europe tricky for Facebook"

Good. About time, too.

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UK Border Force chief walks in passport checks row

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Paris Hilton

Hold on a minute...

So if he didn't implement or authorise the changes and May didn't authorise or implement 'em, who did?

Paris because she's as clueless as those two.

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UK.gov digital boss defends ID assurance scheme

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Alert

Oh, great!

Sounds like a fantastic idea. What could possibly go wrong?

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BT gets 14 days to block Newzbin2

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Arse

Whack a mole or not, it's - as stated above - a classic example of function creep and a clear cut demonstration that our current government is every bit as bad as the last lot of merkins when it comes to personal freedom.

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Assange brings down British justice system

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Headmaster

6 Fingered?

Does he have 5 on one hand, 1 on the other, or 3 on each, or some other permutation? Or do you mean he has 11 fingers?

Anyhow, he's probably Hannibal Lecter.

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Details of all internet traffic should be logged – MEP

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Stop

Privacy and communication

Any form of communication should automatically carry a basic assumption of privacy. New methods of communication should by default have the same rights of non interference as old ones, rather than the current trend of making a special case for anything done on the interwebs.

Otherwise, you may as well give the government(s) authority to open your mail and tap your phone without warrants and/or probable cause/reasonable suspicion. I'm pretty sure that sort of thing does happen anyhow but still...

Like Mr "Nothing to hide", I have no dirty secrets but it doesn't mean I want each and every bit of my private life open to the public.

Finally, I have two small children who I love dearly and will do my utmost to protect. That does not, however, include the erosion of yet more privacy for the sake of chasing yet another spectre.

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El Reg in SHOCK email address BLUNDER

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Devil

Hahahahaha

Oh well, you're only human. I think.

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Anonymous shuts down hidden child abuse hub

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Not a perfect solution but

Better than doing bugger all, which is what the "experts" have been doing. I don't believe the line that the PTB were working on this quietly, either. Chances are, they didn't even know about it.

Anyhow, who is to say this is the end of it, or even the end product? For all anyone knows, Anon may well have worked out a way to take down these sites *and* leave the data and details intact in such a way that successful prosecutions result.

In any case, the fewer child porn outlets, the better, IMO.

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Last mystery of first recorded supernova laid to rest

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Headmaster

Violently explode?

Not good enough. Also, in a previous paragraph, the word should be "known", not "know".

Silly bugger.

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Reg hack desperately seeks deeply frustrated pensioner

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Coat

Shirley

You mean "Trampagne".

Mine's the one with the bottle of Courvoisier XO in the pocket.

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Watchdog mauls Euro database of 'pirates'

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Big Brother

And here's my list of suspected dog buggerers...

The Pope (any flavour)

Prince Philip

David Cameron

All other politicians and most civil servants

The bloke down the road

Of course, this is just a start. Feel free to add to it.

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UK gov invites bids for public sector cloud

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Indeed

Normally I don't upvote any AC but your judicious use of "clusterfuck" gave me no choice. Well said, that person.

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Rupert's MySpace mea culpa

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Meh

Meh

As above.

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Top Tory 'lost voters' personal info' days before ID fraud week

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Mushroom

I did warn you all

Cameron's Clowns would be no better than Brown's Buffoons. Anyone who thought otherwise needs taking to see a big dog.

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BBC One and bureaucracy spared in Auntie cuts

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Flame

No need for cuts if...

Their marketing division actually worked like a real life business. In fact, they'd have a surplus of cash.

The words "piss up" and "brewery" spring immediately to mind, to paraphrase a well known imbiber of Bolivian Marching Powder*

*Allegedly

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Nokia offers $10,000 for new ring tone

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Dead easy

Just use whalesong samples.

Where's me 10 grand?

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Google's anonymity ban defied by Thomas Jefferson

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So was I

Title says it all.

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Tribunal: ICO was wrong to bin angry man's FOI request

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Flame

As I have said before...

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council don't even acknowledge they received a FOI or Subject Access Request.

Oh well, it's one more thing on the list of stuff they're about to get hit for.

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NASA to work on approved sci-fi books

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Not really

It's on my "Avoid at all costs" list, though.

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Ofcom mulls smackdown for rogue religious TV channel

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Invisible friends

Anyone dumb enough to believe in an invisible friend is probably dumb enough to believe they can buy a cure for cancer from a TV show.

Old and cynical as I am, I still think it's morally reprehensible to take advantage of the stupid. It'd be nice if Ofcom actually grows a pair, gives the God bothering channel a very hefty fine and pulls their license.

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Oxford adds woot! to dictionary

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Happy

You forgot syzygy

Which was also Atari's original name.

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Scotland Yard Four cleared - on phone-hacking

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IPCC

My own experience with the IPCC left me in absolutely no doubt that, for the most part, the police can do what they like and get away with it. A solicitor advised me that there's absolutely no point pursuing a complaint against the police unless there's been a death, and even then, chances of success are 50/50 at best.

The entire organization is corrupt from top to bottom.

Excuse me while I put "Copkiller" on repeat play.

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Rights Commish warns of creeping gov data menace

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Yup, you're right there.

Trouble is, our local MPs are the same political shade as the council so there's no way they'd administer a kicking, or even make suggestions to their local gov colleagues.

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