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Sorry London, Europe's top tech city is Munich

FlatSpot
WTF?

Re: They Actually Make Things In Germany

You realise Thatcher left office almost 25yrs ago? The UK does high tech manufacturing very well, think Satellites and F1 as examples.

Pulling coal out the ground or weaving jumpers is cheaper in China and Asian countries from a wage perspective but there is a resurgence in clothing manufacturer in the UK, again high end and not the 2 for a £1 T-shirts in Asda.

Also don't forget the EU affect, it's obsession with global temperature which has pushed for the reduction of Carbon output, typically manufacturing/industrial and coming to a motorway near you soon. When we are crawling along at 60mph I presume you will blame Thatcher for that as well?

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Call of Duty 'fragged using OpenSSL's Heartbleed exploit'

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WTF?

Re: Read the details, there's more*

"And they also made up counterfeit working "next-gen" X-box consoles, sold one on eBay for $5000."

Wow amazing what you can do with 3D printers these days, where did they hide the 45nm fabrication plant in the basement?

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Broadband Secretary of SHEEP sensationally quits Cabinet

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Facepalm

Re: It's our fault.

Yep but unfortunately the masses are also on the fiddle as they only vote for parties that bribe them, ie. child benefit, winter fuel payments, free bus passes, free tv licenses etc.

The reality that they took the money out of your wallet in the first place, process it and then give it back to you as some kind of special favor seems to pass everyone by.

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Assange not running in new Australian election

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Tunnel

You would have thought by now he would have dug a tunnel, perhaps we could club together and send him a dvd of The Great Escape for inspiration.

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'Arrogant' Snowden putting lives at risk, says NSA's deputy spyboss

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Re: Of course NSA puts USA at risk

"no longer be ashamed of being British when abroad."

Slightly random, I've been to many places in the world, Middle East, US, Europe and never felt ashamed to be British and never faced any hostility either.

I also hope Scotland votes Yes as well, it will give you the opportunity to loose the chip on your shoulder that you like to polish and froth about.

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MH370 airliner MYSTERY: The El Reg Pub/Dinner-party Guide

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Re: Question

How can you stop someone from cutting the wires??

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Is Apple about unleash a cheaper 8GB iPhone 5C? O2 'leak' suggests: Yes

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Re: Apple don't lose money on the unsold ones anyway right?

Are you thinking of SoR (Sale or Return)

Option 1) Carrier buys x units for £x. After agreed period, x wks/months, the stock that doesnt sell, they send back to the manufacturer who gives them their money back. (Carrier takes the initial hit)

Option 2) Carrier doesnt pay anything for x units but agrees higher (sometimes) £x back to the manufacturer for each sale. After agreed period, x wks/months, manufacturer takes back the remaining stock. (Manufacturer takes the hit)

Helpful for tax avoidance eg. realise the sale and receiving your stock back unsold after the closer of your financial period etc

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Tony Benn, daddy of Brit IT biz ICL and pro-tech politician, dies at 88

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Pint

RIP

"If we can find money to kill people, you can find money to help people"

"Keeping people hopeless and pessimistic - see I think there are two ways in which people are controlled - first of all frighten people and secondly demoralise them."

"An educated, healthy and confident nation is harder to govern."

Tony Benn

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Not sure if you're STILL running Windows XP? AmIRunningXP.com to the rescue!

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Re: Why ...

Because for such a low priced product it would be more efficient to put it through as an expense claim then raise a Purchase order.. no crackpot conspiracy theory required.

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20 Freescale staff on vanished Malaysia Airlines flight MH370

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Re: Black Box

Is the problem that it doesnt fit with the 24/7 news agenda or that its not a reliable, tried and tested solution?

Posts above give an indication of the very small likelihood of a plane crash so how many haven't been solved due to a pulverised black box?

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Dell charges £16 TO INSTALL FIREFOX on PCs – Mozilla is miffed

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Trollface

Re: @AC Sounds about right

If the bath water is cold, taking a dump in it wont help

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Volvo tries to KILL SHOPPING with to-your-car Roam Delivery

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WTF?

London centric view or complete arse?

"At the risk of sounding churlish, the whole scheme will probably work in Scandinavia, land of saunas and sexual liberation, but might not be so great in **scary old Blighty, home of street violence and car crime.** "

Citation required... or stop with pumping out the Daily Mail narrative of lies

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

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Re: does it matter?

"if we carry on burning hydrocarbons as we are we are going to run out "

So that kind of fixes itself then, market forces will make it expensive, so another source will be more attractive/viable e.g. nuclear

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Project Tango: Google's all-ringing, all-dancing 3D-sensing smartphone

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Pint

Furniture Fun

I'm guessing it will be useful but I'm also feeling it will be more expensive than just using a tape measure.

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Silk Road admins: Sorry for the hack, we're sorting out refunds

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This may be a stupid question but bitcoins aren't real money right? Its not like I have this bitcoin and can jog off down to the bank and ask for a suitcase of money in return... it seems more like bitcoins are like IOUs and only useful to buy illegal goods. Or have I missed something?

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BBC: Hey, Atos, old buddy. Here's a cheque for £285m, fill your boots

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Pint

Re: Tata

Surely it shows he works in IT.... talking of which, time for a cuppa

(need a Tea icon :)

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SCRAP the TELLY TAX? Ancient BBC Time Lords mull Beeb's future

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Stop

Leave it out

The real problem is that of politicians, they like to meddle and interfere with things that pretty much work fine.

Why not meddle in the stuff that needs fixing, ie. tax evasion/avoidance

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Cops cuff 5 suspects after Silk Road copycat secret drug souk bust

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Surely it would have been better to take payment say yeah its in the post guv, and then closed down?? Rinse and Repeat...

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Gov IT write-off: Universal Credit system flushes £34m down toilet

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WTF?

Couple of corrections, massive bias

Public Accounts Committee chair Margaret Hodge (>>*LABOUR*<<) attacked the DWP's poor record on building the new benefits system, saying:

"Confusion and poor management at the highest levels have already resulted in delays and at least £34m wasted on developing IT. If the Department doesn’t get its act together, we could be on course for yet another catastrophic government IT failure."

Why is the £34m wasted, whats the basis of this argument? If its an Agile implementation then its built in stages so why is it wasted? The mention of weird and exotic project management seems to be more based on not understanding how Agile works?

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Microsoft's Bing bods exploit fanbois' Apple maps misery

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Megaphone

Re: Why bother?

Cut out the middle man.....

http://www.getamap.ordnancesurveyleisure.co.uk/

and

http://blog.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/2011/09/mapping-applications-for-your-phone/

Ironic in this case that they use MS technology but you cant have everything ;)

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British Gas bets you'll pay £150 for heating remote control

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Pint

Re: Interesting ...

Buy a dehumidifier, we have a part solid walled house (old part of the house) and it did the trick to remove the fridge smell from some of the rooms we dont use in winter. Additionally our neighbour has put this product on and reckons it does the business, Wallrock Thermal Liner.

Also when I replastered the walls and ceiling in the office, I had that bubble wrap with foil on both sides stuff fitted, the room is now 2'c warmer than the other rooms.

Good Luck

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Texas Higgs hunters mourn the particle that got away

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Re: Enough bickering you lot...

Rifle range.. them yanks like shooting stuff... with a few magnets it might be possible to shoot yourself in the back of the head, Darwin theory

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Survey: Most TV viewers surf while they watch

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Isnt it more of a case that blokes surf and turn on the TV to drown out the sound of the wife?

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BBC One and bureaucracy spared in Auntie cuts

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The One Show

Just extend the news by 30mins and ditch The One Show AKA self-cock sucking luvies promo show. That will save £700+ million and improve the nations intelligence by 10 points

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Government lunatic magnet goes live

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Pint

LOL

See other reg article about £35 million spunked on gov websites.. now this is the new skool, done on the cheap version.. with the server under the desk of the grad student...

You commentards are just never happy!

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Street View threatens to throw Eurostrop

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Go

Cheerio

Bye then... we'll survive without Street View... interesting how big corps from US always think they can just muscle their way around Europe, obviously didnt learn anything from Microsoft's mauling!

Google will be next.

Hope the EU stands firm, as opposed to UK gov who would happily allow anything for a nice well paid job after the election.

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Raygun 747 missile-zapping test video released

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Black Helicopters

Events are accurate but not shown in realtime

so err how long were they frying it for.. couple of hours/days??

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MS update gives some XP boxes the Blue Screen

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WTF?

hmm

or deploy a centrally managed decent AV product which would no doubt be a lot simpler and give a better ROI

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British poshos outdrink chavs

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Pint

hmm

Is it not also true that Orange Juice is far worse for you then alcohol, I'm sure I read somewhere that its the most difficult drink for your body to process and also aggravates stuff like arthritis?

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Verified by Visa bitchslapped by Cambridge researchers

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FAIL

VbV

Binned our "OpenWide" account because of this VbV arse... card details were taken from somewhere, no idea where as I only buy from about 10 sites. Anyhow VbV was reset.. off they went shopping around various clothing sites. "OpenWide" didnt block the card at all and processed the lot of them £2k worth, even though they were in China!

When reported to "Openwide" they didnt consider them to be unusual at the time like WTF and also hit me with £20 overdrawn charge for the pleasure!

I asked if it was possible to limit transactions so they can only ever be authorised in the UK but apparantly they cant do that?! Probably around companies offshoring transactions no doubt.

This is the same company that when I want to transfer £5 between accounts I need to have the physical card, a stupid card reader and enter my PIN.

Needless to say, demanded £20 back and account closed and good riddance...

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UK government considers open source Ordnance Survey data

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hmmm

Could someone explain how letting anybody utilise your expensive dataset without payment is a good thing.. Yeah public paid for it blah blah, but they also return a lot of money back, e.g. maps, licensing etc

I dont really get the ROI for this, it doesnt even seem to be an undercover privatisation thing ie. fast buck sell off and dont worry about the long term profitability or product quality (no money who will keep it updated after year one)

Confused.... :s

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Copenhagen talks stalled by green puppeteers

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Joke

BA

At least British Airways will be doing their bit for CO2 reductions... Christmas strikes how very caring

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Unused phone lines to be taxed for rural broadband

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WTF?

Ok

Sure, I'll pay more tax on broadband if you give me a reduction on the council tax. As I dont have a school within miles, dont have street lights, no library, no community centre, swimming pool or in fact any service from the council, except tipping a bin once a week.

But I expect you want me to subsidise your bag right? .....Its about living in a society that you take the good with the bad, rather than a selfish I'm all right Jack attitude, similar in fact to how the banking sector has operated??

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Wolfram Alpha - a new kind of Fail

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Paris Hilton

Whitney

I reckon its pretty good actually, I found out that a favourite obsession for el reg has a middle name of Whitney.... though no prizes for guessing who :)

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Hire your very own Fred the Shred

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WTF

Is this a news story or an advert????

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Darling supports broadband by raiding Granny's digital fund

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Stop

@Paul Young

I get a very stable 8Meg connection with Eclipse

and my nextdoor neighbour gets an unstable 1Meg connection from BT

Maybe your neighbour is an idiot then, BT are only responsible up until the master socket. Are you saying that Eclipse magically replaced all the cabling to your house.. err no they use exactly the same BT infrastructure!

If your neighbour does some rubbish DIY phoneline extension that causes so much noise on the line that ADSL can only work at a low rate, you cant blame BT for that!

Start by disconnecting the extensions, and replace any worn out phone wire and ensure its terminated correctly. Use google for research and remove the extra bell wires that you dont need to reduce noise (30second job) and then replace the 50p face plate with a decent quality one (£10-15) Hey presto, cometh the superhighway!

I like to kick BT as much as the next man, but you have to get your own house in order first! If you pick up the handset and can hear noise on it, how exactly do you expect ADSL to work fast on it??? Do the checks, make sure your wiring is in order, then report it if its still a problem and BT will come out and fix it!

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Report: Legalising drugs would save UK plc huge packet

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Supply

"In the year 1970, the UK had fewer than 2000 dependent heroin and cocaine users; by the turn of the century there were 100,000 in government treatment programmes and as many as 200,000 more in the population."

Let me think.. err would this be supply availability and nothing to do with legality at all! Fewer people moving between countries and therefore fewer drug mules = higher cost to buy.

To imply that making it legal would reduce this is complete rubbish.

All dealers and users shouldnt go to prison but be sent off to some remote island 40 miles off shore away from the rest of us. Job done...

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Go-Between actress backs McKinnon extradition fight

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Flame

promised further celebrity endorsements

Nice.. thats how we roll these days huh... how about celebrity juries and a phone in vote to decide if your guilty or not??

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Bucks village repels Street View spycar

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Think there is a town/rural divide maybe?

I'm with the locals on this one.

If a burglar is casing a joint during the day, you might notice them loitering about and clock their license plate number.

If you think Police response times are shite in a town or city you should try calling them when you are 15 miles out of town. Not forgetting when you are pretty isolated to start with and their are fewer eyes and hands about to help or notice anything etc.

F8ck google, life can continue without their perv maps....just buy a bloody GPS if you are so crap at finding a street!

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Ministers spending billions on unlawful databases

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Flame

Good for the goose....

Where is the centralised database that shows all MP expenses, so I can see what size plasma screen my local MP feels they need for "research purposes"???

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BBC botnet investigation turns hacks into hackers

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BBC Bashing (Again)

Is it still flavour of the month to bash the BBC?? I cant think of a better company that could get the message out and highlight the problem which ultimately is a benefit to everyone.

As for lawyers, its like asking a gardener if your lawn needs cutting......the answer will always be yes, cheque is fine....

Maybe there should be an international taskforce that collects botnets, disables them and alerts the user.

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Sexy Namir sportster to rewrite fuel economy rulebook?

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More importantly

More importantly how does the glam chick go from straight hair to curly hair in the time it takes the car to rotate? Women of the world need to know! and us poor guys who have to sit around waiting...

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Windows 7 to take Surface mainstream?

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Not convinced myself

If you spent any serious amount of time hunched over a table then you can expect to put your back and lock your neck out... I can remember all those fancy trackerballs and pen controllers linked up to BBC Micros in the 80-90s and only the humble mouse has survived!

I can already display photos using a PS3 on to a 48" HD screen and spin them about.... but without having to wipe the sticky fingerprints off the "screen" afterwards

Still waiting for something amazing to happen with this surface technology.... so far its not got past the excitement of having photos on a table and pushing them around, all very eye candy but really how useful is it??

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UK kiddies cop a righteous tasering

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Flame

Police 2.0

What is everybody smoking these days?? Stabbings etc have been going on since the dawn of time, but just because there are a few Daily Mail stories exclaiming that every kid in Britain carries a knife, smokes drugs and shots people we now have the Police tooled up, zapping people.

Every taser should be fitted with a camera and every discharge should be logged and open for review on PoliceTube.

Then we vote on the clips and those where the cop blatantly popped one off because he had his other hand full with a burger should be sacked.

Discuss.....

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KTM: electric dirt-bike out next year

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Peace n Quiet??

Now we just need a HarleyD version, for all those mid life losers with small dicks that have nothing better to do at the weekend.....

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Obama reverses Dubya's tailpipe emissions

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Build Quality??

I've always found it strange when you hire a US built car in the US, the outside fittings feel like cheap plastic and you can bend them about; It has a V6 inside (allegedly) yet drives like an old skool 0.6 litre Fiat Panda.

Its no wonder that nobody wants to buy them and the US car companies are in such mess

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Endeavour crew set for ISS gig

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Coat

Space Maintenance

"Four spacewalks are also on the agenda, aimed at servicing the joints which rotate the ISS's solar arrays."

Big can of WD40 and a smack with a hammer??? :)

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Open source fanciers finger Beeb's Win 7 'sales presentation'

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IT Angle

"moan at the BBC month"

Since when has it been up to the Open Source Consortium (OSC) to determine what is and isnt news. Obviously its just trying to cash in on the "moan at the BBC month"....for its directory of nothing useful website.

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Gary Glitter expelled from GCSE paper

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Flame

"I dread to think what they may find searching online for him"

Yeah be terrible if kids actually found out about the real world huh... better to cover them in cotton wool and pretend everything is fine and dandy...

Since when did kids do extra homework and actually pay for music anyway????

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Visa trials PIN payment card to fight online fraud

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one time cards pt2

I've been using one time cards for over 3 yrs now and was the main reason I chose Cahoot for my current account... its great as you can set the upper limit so the online company cant run up more than you have authorised and you dont have to remember where you put your wallet to buy something! :)

I dont know why more banks etc dont use them!

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