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Virgin Media so, so SORRY for turning spam fire-hose on its punters

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Re: Do people still use ISP email accounts these days?

Lots of "ordinary" punters do, yes. Often for business purposes too! (it's not uncommon to see tradesfolk with aol.com/hotmail.com or similar cheaply stencilled on their vans)

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Re: Spam

And increasingly, legitimate small businesses like mine are finding that the likes of Google will silently blacklist us in ways that make it impossible for us to know whether a single person to person email will be received. (yes, right now, if I send a genuine email that the recipient wants and their email is hosted by Google [such as virgin.net], there's a good chance it won't get there, yet I won't know that [until the client and I are in contact via some other means])

It's a bloody nuisance.

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Electronic kit low on juice? SPIT ON IT

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Hmmm...

...seems they have that problem licked then.

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AMD unveils Godzilla's graphics card – 'the world's fastest, period'

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Re: Diminshing returns

I just dropped £50 for an R7 (having previously had a 5450, though that had to be hijacked for a new Esxi box I was building). And I thought that was pushing the boat out somewhat!

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Overland Storage in fiendish reverse stock split share value ploy

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"reverse stock split"

Oh, you mean a consolidation.

(I'm getting a sense of deja vu that I've seen and commented on similar butchery of the english language in a story like this in the past)

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The Reg's desert XP-ocalypse aversion plan revealed

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Re: TeamViewer

Yes, W7 does come with Remote Assistance. And RA provides a better experience (than TeamViewer, IME) for the person providing assistance when it works. But I've also found it to be much less reliable at connecting than TeamViewer - particularly if the remote site is bandwidth-constrained (as is apparently the case here). So I tend to use TeamViewer by default, because it just works.

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Beastie Boys settle with toy maker over Girls copyright dispute

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Re: Who sued who?

Well, I could live with the pink, but Meccano made out of plastic? WTF? That really is outrageous.

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Wackadoo DIYers scissor-kick beatboxer

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Re: happy birthday www

What do you expect from a principally "dead tree" publication?

(is that on the list now, I wonder... hmmm, doesn't appear to be)

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Boffins demo FIVE MICRON internal combustion engine

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@David W.

Don't you mean Formula 0.00000000001 ?

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Why can’t I walk past Maplin without buying stuff I don’t need?

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@roytrubshaw

"You mean you know of an IKEA store where you can actually pay for stuff before your credit/debit card has expired?"

There are two key items of knowledge for successfully visiting an Ikea store in less than three lifetimes:

a) where the internal shortcuts are (so that you aren't forced to circumnavigate the building), and

b) never, under any circumstances, visit after 4pm or on a weekend.

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Samsung brandishes quad-core Galaxy S5, hopes nobody wants high specs

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Silly Question...

I still have an S2. It does what I need. Why would/should I upgrade? (this isn't necessarily aimed at the S5 per se, but the latest crop of phones in general)

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Dr Hurricane unleashes FUSION POWER at Livermore nuke lab

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Timescale?

Hmmm, so I guess that practical fusion power is now, what, say 20 years away?

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Bletchley Park spat 'halts work on rare German cipher machine'

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@AC

And there used to be a model railway group, sited between the Polish memorial, the codebreakers huts and TNMOC (and the Harrier when that was there too).

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It's big, it's expensive and it's an audiophile's dream: The Sonos Sub

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Re: Dream? Nightmare more like.

"proper wire"

Ah, made from de-oxygenated copper, right? Or is it oxygenated, I can never remember.

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Good news: 'password' is no longer the #1 sesame opener, now it's '123456'

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Re: It's not just about websites though is it?

«Take my work; every 28 days I'm instructed to "change my password for my security"»

The default in Windows domains is 42 days. I usually push that out to 90 days or so (it's a reasonable compromise for the environments I'm normally managing).

There are a couple of valid reasons for requiring regular password changes - a) if someone leaves and IT isn't informed (no, really, it does occasionally happen!), the password expiry should limit exposure[1], and b) it discourages users from password-reuse (in the same-password-everywhere sense).

[1] assuming supporting secure policies are in place (such as preventing remote changes of expired passwords).

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Re: Seeing the password

"The fact that the entered password is only seen as a string of ******* doesn't help either."

The theory goes that this provides protection against shoulder-surfing. I suspect that this is less of an issue than previously thought (and those keen observers can probably achieve the same result by finger-watching).

This seems to be being belatedly recognised - I've seen a number of places where the user can now opt to show passwords as they're typed (for example, when connecting to WiFi networks in recent versions of Windows).

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Nearly 1 in 5 of UK's Xmas gifts were bought online... not that it helped

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Re: Imagine how much better it could be

Conversely, in the run up to Christmas, I placed an order with eBuyer on Fri 19th, with next (working) day delivery, and received confirmation that my goods would be delivered on Monday 23rd.

So when the courier rang my doorbell on Saturday 20th, I nearly missed him because I wasn't expecting the delivery.

Not only that, but when I didn't answer (because I hadn't heard the bell), he knocked on the door as well, and was trying next door as I did belatedly get to the front door. And this was Yodel (formerly HDN).

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

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@Boldman

I think you'll find that it's actually BT's best effort at helpfulness.

It's just their incredible level of incompetent boobery that makes it look like obfuscation.

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@AC

"much easier and quicker to get someone else to text you the correct number than searching the net for it"

Really? In the time it would take to "phone a friend" and have them search, I've probably found the number, dialled it and dealt with the automated "press 1 for sales, 2 for accounts, ..." and reached a human being who isn't authorised to solve my problem.

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@Blue Eyed Boy

192 was abolished in the name of competition (it was perceived that simply allowing other operators to offer equivalent services was not good enough, when everyone "knew" 192).

Personally, with the rise in ubiquity of the internet in your pocket, I'd expect the overall income across all the 118 operators to be falling off a cliff.

In much the same way that Hibu (yes, really), the owners of Yellow Pages, have recently gone into administration (their corporate rebranding can't have helped).

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Dusty old supernova could reveal answer to life, the universe and EVERYTHING

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Re: Ah, the vagaries of time...

"159,980 years ago".

IOW, there's fashionably late, and then there's taking the piss.

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Bay Area plots Googlebus tax after local residents riot

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House Calls?

The logical response from the tech companies running these shuttles would be to arrange to collect from workers private residences instead, and not use the public bus stops at all. Then they won't have to pay the local authority fees (they may still need to pay something to the workers whose residential parking they "borrow" instead).

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Seagate's LaCie whips out bonkers posh silver-plated storage ball

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Get two

...and you can spend all day polishing your balls.

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Re: Still and expensive 1tb

LaCie always was expensive.

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Fasthosts goes titsup after storm-induced power outage

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Re: Has anyone checked whether there was a power outage in Gloucester?

"(On the other hand, we are talking about FastHosts...)"

Ah, yes, for "datacentre", read "cupboard under the stairs in minion's house".

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IBM spends holiday season wrangling e-tail FAIL

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CV Writing...

"whoever designed and tended the myer.com.au disaster recovery plan is about to revise their curriculum vitae."

Whoever chose to implement a site upgrade/change just ahead of a known high utilisation phase is also likely to need to do that.

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Asteroid-hunting beauty AWAKENS, takes cheeky snaps of neighbours

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Re: What I can't make out - why oh why was it ever put into hibernation?

Have an upvote, as I was wondering the same thing. (and one for the other commentard posting on similar lines)

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Winklevoss: I have put my MOUTH where my MONEY IS

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Re: You got an ologist

Well, of course, it was an "ology" for Maureen.

Obligatory YouTube link.

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BT network-level STOCKINGs-n-suspenders KILLER arrives in time for Xmas

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Re: OK

and the Conservative Party, the Labour Party and the LibDem Party web sites (etc, etc, ad infinitum).

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Re: Off to read my BT contract

Andrews & Arnold have publically stated that they are unwilling to install filters of any kind. I'm very glad that I have my business lines with A&A.

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How the UK's national memory lives in a ROBOT in Kew

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@Martin Budden

Of course, the minimum ratio for the brandy is 5:1. That's 5 parts to the chef, and one to the pudding. Any less and you're definitely doing it wrong.

(icon demonstrating what happens when the lit match is applied at the table)

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@phuzz

In general, pretty much any pudding made by someone else for you is "the best" (bread-and-butter pudding being the notable exception of course).

And for anyone else contemplating stepping into this one, desserts are right out.

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@skelband

Why on earth would you waste perfectly good raisins on bread-and-butter pudding? Much better to use them in something worth having, like eccles cakes or a proper tea loaf.

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Oi!

"Sometimes it’s rhubarb crumble."

I'd far rather have that than the abomination that is bread-and-butter pudding (with or without added chocolate).

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Ghosts of Christmas Past: Ten tech treats from yesteryear

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Re: memories

Probably the fx-451 (he says holding one in his hand [the one I had for school work, some 30-odd years ago]).

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BBC's 3D blunder BLASTED OUR BRAINS – Doctor Who fans

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@Miek

"Ignore the letters, eventually they get bored and they stop sending them."

Do they?

Some 5 years after getting rid of my television, I'm still receiving periodic "you're a crim & we're gonna 'ave you" missives from Crapita on behalf of the BBC.

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Ignore the GIGANTIC assets write-off, Universal Credit IT 'is working' – UK.gov

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@ADJB

Would that be a Fraudian slip?

(yes, that is typed as-intended)

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SuperStride Me: Reg man attempts to walk off GIANT CURRY

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@Thecowking

"You'd be amazed at what it shakes free."

Yes, but I like my liver and kidneys exactly where they are, thank you very much.

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LOHAN sees bright red over Vulture 2 paintjob

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Aerodynamics?

How much effect does the smoothness of the surface have on the aerodynamics of the craft? If there's little difference between the cuttlefish finish and glossy perfection, then by all means, implement just a minimal amount of sanding/priming (saving time for other more useful beer-related purposes). However, if there is a significant difference (in favour of glossy perfection), then it would be just terrible if Vulture 2 failed in its mission because you didn't put enough effort into the decorating.

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Hyenas FACEBOOK each other with their ARSES: FACT

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@Simon Harris

Awesome. Have an upvote.

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GoDaddy kicks off gTLD land rush with first domain sales

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Uno

"For example, .uno sites will be primarily intended for Spanish-language content"

You mean, it's not for the eponymous card-based drinking game?

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DON'T BREW THAT CUPPA! Your kettle could be a SPAMBOT

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Tim Cook will be Peeved

These are obviously (leaked) advance shipments of the new "coming in 2014" Apple iRon and Apple iKettle.

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ROBOT PODS to INVADE Milton Keynes in frenzied automatic MAYHEM

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@Benjol

Which, in Milton Keynes, would probably be quite impressive as they're made of concrete, of course.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concrete_Cows

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They've taken my storage hostage ... now what?

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Footnote

"*For the record, the files were ultimately recovered and the business saved. The dirty details will be all revealed in a future article. Stay tuned."

Oh well, if you're going to give away the ending, there's not much point me reading the yet-to-be-released article.

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Microsoft holds nose, shoves Windows into Android, iOS boxes

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@mark1978

Microsoft bought the iTap clients from iTap.

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British support for fracking largely unmoved by knowledge of downsides

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Re: "None to both"

And, of course, that is one of the most environmentally friendly acts a human being can achieve.

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Shopping list for Tesco: Eggs, milk, bread, tablets (the £60 7in Android kind)

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@jonathanb

Scottish bank notes are not legal tender in England.

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@Ledswinger "Pedant Note"

400 / 60 != any legitimate UK banknote currently available.

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Can't fit slab AND mobe in your tight pockets? 10 tablets with built-in 3G/4G

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Re: Icon W700

DAMMIT - IconIA.

Oh, for usable, workable, voice recognition.

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Icon W700

"At the time of writing Acer couldn’t confirm a price nor an expected UK shipping date."

And yet, one of the Tesco "megamall" stores near me had them in briefly some months back. I looked at them a couple of times, and couldn't decide whether it was a good deal or not (the spec information was unclear, making it seem like a case of "too good to be true").

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