* Posts by Boris the Cockroach

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New study into lack of women in Tech: It's NOT the men's fault

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I'll believe in equality

when I see a woman robot tech lying under one of the wretched things having oil dripped on them from a leaky hose, then for good measure having to pull a dead pump from an ikky coolant tank and fix the thing, while having the boss standing behind them all day going "time is money time is money time is money"

Boris

<<not had a good day

"wheres the shower icon?"

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It’s DEJA VU: Customer forgets to tell us about essential feature AGAIN

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Re: Blighty

It still does

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You can probaly blame

my brother, Stephen the Cockroach, as he works in a buildings management company.

You see, the clients give them the money to 'refurbish' the newly aquired offices, and the less money they spend on the job the more profit they make.

And they know exactly where to get those blue carpet squares and everything else for a knock down price...

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John McAfee: Ashley Madison hack may ‘destabilise society’

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Meh

Is what he did

any different from

"Hi, I'm John from HSBC, we've detected what appears to be fraud on your HSBC credit card, now we need to double check the details against the data we have so if you can give me the card number and your pin number , we can then verify if its been used for fraud"

whether an account/password has been obtained by levering open a SSH login to accept dodgy data or a fake call to obtain said data.. its still a hack.

And the company is still liable in both cases.

But then part of me wants top politicians/MPs outed from this for lulz factor.... hence the icon

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Keep your stupid drones away from piloted aircraft, rages CAA

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I would have thought

the easy solution is to limit the power on the control transmitters so they have a range of about 600' (200meters'ish) after that , your drone shuts down automatically and lands.

If you cant get it back... tough luck.

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Robot surgeons kill 144 patients, hurt 1,391, malfunction 8,061 times

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I wonder

if they looked at the risk involved to the patient during said surgeries

EG a bypass done on a otherwise fit and healthy middle aged male has a 1 in 100 chance of killing said patient anyway..... and as for letting a robot do it..... no way in hell am I consenting to that next time.

I prefer my surgeons to the human (and leave forceps/sissors/swabs/gloves/ and the piece of metal that holds the chest open inside me) themselves

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Google dumps ISP email support. Virgin Media takes ball, stomps home

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All I think

they are doing is digging out the old e.mail server code from before they used google and giving its a quick zap and get it going again.

I'm a long time NTL/virgin/liberty/next buyer sufferer

Oh and my yahoo mail accounts are the throw away ones, while the ntl one remains a private one.

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What goes up, Musk comedown: Falcon rocket failed to strut its stuff

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Re: That's what happens...

Wonder if he did get it from Kerbal side of the road enterprises.

At least they found the cause, just need to make sure it stays fixed.

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Being common is tragic, but the tragedy of the commons is still true

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Re: Commons

Sorry we're not important enough to be written about, since we're already back in bonded serfdom

bonded to the banks/money lenders that is, and in any case thoughly distracted with beer, football and a cheap lottery.....

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Microsoft attaches Xbox stream bait to Windows 10 hook

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Re: Would you like some Cinammon with your Mint or what...Mate?

It is already fatally holed and has been for a long time

Its just a question of how long those manning the pumps will last (Office and business lock ins)

Because Johnny consumer does'nt care what OS he uses, so long as it works.

Wheres the sinking ship icon?

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Happy NukeDay to you! 70 years in the shadow of the bomb post-Trinity

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I can

think of several dozen politicians/world leaders who need a practical demostration of a nuclear weapon and the ensuring results.

In fact they should be given a close up tour of the bomb an hour before its due to go off to see just how small it is and how cleverly designed it is..... did anyone remember to reset the firing clock from summer to winter timBOOM

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Microsoft to Windows 10 consumers: You'll get updates LIKE IT or NOT

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Re: Here we go

One of the big problems is that the machine tool builders put something like this in the agreements for using the machine tool

"The control software is proven against the OS installed in the controlling PC, Under no circumstances update the OS in the PC as XXXXXXXXX machine tool company will not be liable for any damage , injury, or death resulting from this".

But then we only have 2 windows based tools left, all the rest are fanuc or Linux

Also is the fact its a small company, with a largely tech illiterate manglement, not to mention the employees, so running update control on the bought in server they have is right out

Eg if they decide to buy a new laptop, they'll go down to currys and buy a cheap one on display.. (explains why we have TWO win8 machines now)

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Here we go

We've already got flash as a vector for borking our systems up, now m$ are going to force updates on us.

What happens when small businesses like us suddenly have an update forced on us that crashes the £3000 per seat CAD/CAM software we use?

Is m$ going to compensate us for down time until the CAD/CAM software peeps can find/fix the problem and give us an update?

This is the reason our machines have update off and manually check for updates 1 week after patch tuesday, so we dont get blue screened and lose money in downtime.

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Microsoft nixes A-V updates for XP, exposes 180 MEEELLION luddites

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Windows

If

the following m$ products to Xp were'nt so crap, there'd be a bigger user share for each of them

Vista and win8 were/are total and utter piles of poo, Win7 works.. but then win7 needs a higher spec machine than Xp, and you cant buy new licences for it anyway.

Which explains why people have winxp machines still

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Surviving Hurricane Katrina: A sysadmin's epic DR (as in Didn't Realise) odyssey

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I'm very sorry

but I just cant extend sympathy to the guy, sure heriocs were involved in recovering from the disaster of Katrina.

But somehow, no.

Why?

Because I was in New Orleans when Ivan came barrelling through, unable to get out as every last aircraft seat had been booked, and the best thing I could do was hunker down with friends, share the drinks and hope the storm moved east of its predicted track (It did).

But Ivan should have been a huge wake up call for everyone who lived and worked in Southern Louisiana.

Instead we had the long week of phoning what numbers worked and saying "have you seen xxxx?" when Katrina struck, while the disaster played out on our TV screens.

And yes, my friends were ok, although their area did take a bit of a pounding.

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'I'm COMING for you, DIRTBAG!': Ex-Sony chief Smedley to Kid Lizard hacker

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Let the guy hang

heck I'd hang him by his ankles in a vat of acid.

Have you lot ever tried dealing with a pair of hyperactive nephews who want to go zombie bashing/car racing on their brand new console and some shit has ddos sony's network?

Flames... because he deserves a go in those too

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Decision time: Uninstall Adobe Flash or install yet another critical patch

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I just

updated damnit.

If it was'nt for candy crush, flash would die on this box

Wow lined 5 up!

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Norks execute underperforming terrapin farm manager

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When you

read the official state media coming out of North Korea, it makes you think one thing.

"I'm sure the official translator is having a laugh, nobody could believe this pap"

So I guess the defectors write their news in much the same way

Its bit like one side publishing the star and the other publishing the sunday sport(but without the boobies)

Both are equally valueless when it comes to the news..

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We tried using Windows 10 for real work and ... oh, the horror

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Sorry

But I cannot see a single reason to get windows 10

(I'm running win7 on this desktop and Fedora 14 on the dev box, and centos 6.whatever on my laptop).

I've looked many times at updating my 2 linux PCs with a newer version, and cant see for the life of me how gnome3 or unity will make my job easier, and I'm comparing the screen images of windows 10 with windows 7 and thinking the same damn thing.

If I want a tablet/phone interface, I'd buy a tablet or a phone and expect the software to show a tablet style UI, a desktop PC and I'd want a desktop UI, not some 1/2 way mish mash.

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Why the BBC is stuffing free Micro:bit computers into schoolkids' satchels

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Re: Year 7 = 11 years old

Quote

"11 years old is well past the "swallowing batteries" stage of development."

You have'nt met some of the 16-18 yr olds we've put up with when they've been booted out of school.

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Got a GUITAR, daddio? Wanna plug it into iOS or Droid? Try the iRig 2

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Mushroom

And looking at the pictures

it does'nt even goto 11

Drummer icon

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Goodbye Vulcan: Blighty's nuclear bomber retires for the last time

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Re: (Drifting OT) Teller-Ulam configuration

I thought we got the 1958 weapons treaty with the yanks because we went from non nukes to having a better design of H-Bomb than the yanks had managed.

And the yanks wanted our H-bomb designs because ours were smaller and lighter for the same yield.

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Bloke called Rod struck by lightning for second time

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Re: Aren't Rods odds the same?

The odds I expect are a million to one

And as we know from the late Pterry's works, the odds of a million to one shot coming up are about 9 times out of 10

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Why OH WHY did Blighty privatise EVERYTHING?

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FAIL

Rolls royce got

nationalised because it was deep in the do do building the first trent engines (you know.. the things that power 1/2 the world's commercial aircraft)

Plus the fact it had various stratigic military products our defence needed.

Was it right to bail it out? yes.

BR was a different kettle of fish entirely, it was trying to run a national rail system in the face of unions and a subsidy less than the one given to the Paris metro

It could do nothing BUT fail

Then rail got privatised in the most illogical and stupid way until you realise it was all about breaking the power of the rail unions, you could hive off the pesky track people to sub contractors, each rail line would have multiple train operators on it so if one companies drivers went on strike, the trains would mostly still run.

Of course there was a downside

that was called railtrack...

<exec> oh why do we grind the rails every 3 months... if we did it every 6 the rails would last twice as long, anyone know?

<vice exec> nope we got rid of all those expensive engineering types who know why

<exec> ok 6 months it is..... .. .. . .. . .. . . . . what was that bang?

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BT: Let us scrap ordinary phone lines. You've all got great internet, right?

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Black Helicopters

I suspect

it has more to do with the rising value of copper metal than any interest by BT in making out for a better service.

More fibre goes in, the more copper comes out and can be sold...

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WikiLeaks spaffs files showing NSA spied on French presidents

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Re: What a surprise...

Its all fake outrage.

The only reason France, Germany, UK work with the yanks for spying operation is so that they get a feed on want the french, germans , yanks, and english are upto.

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RBS sticks it to customers once again as IT woes continue

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Re: Should be shutting down soon

But then RBS falls over when word spreads that the depositers are removing their money,the resulting bank run busts RBS wide open, with other banks seriously in the firing line because of loans made to RBS, and the whole banking sector has to be bailed out again to the tune of 222 trillion pounds this time

(thats 2 trillion to safeguard the banks,20 trillion in bounses to the bank's various executives and 200 trillion to goldman sachs whos foresight in placing options on the banks is entirely due to senior goldman sachs staff having a revolving door policy with the various financial regulators.. alledgedly)

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NatWest IT cock-up sees 600,000 transactions go 'missing'

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Re: Only way to solve this is vote with your money

It sure will.

They charge you a fair % for your being in debt to them.

The size of the debt really makes no odds, its those charges they are after.

Move to another bank and that bank will make money from your debt rather the shoddy bunch of idiots you are currently with.

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The insidious danger of the lone wolf control freak sysadmin

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It happens

everywhere

The 'star' player who refuses to write up documentation , then snoozles upto the management with ideas hes 'had'(in other words , pilfered off the rest of us) and finally can be seen working 12-14 hr days to prove to the management how valuable he is.

And the management pay him as such.

And nobody in the manglement ever thinks as they send just him out for training on new technology "What happens if this guy DOES get hit by a bus?"...........

Need a bus icon

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Unlucky, Palmer: Facebook's going to BAN Oculus pr0n apps

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Coat

And just like the real

thing, complete with viruses for those without protection....

Boris

<<<putting his inside a rubber overcoat

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Would EU exit 'stuff' the UK? Tech policy boss gets diplomatic

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Holmes

A lack

of skills is holding back.....

So wheres the solution to that.... a quick round of blaming tech companies for internal transfers..... or maybe looking at just how much it costs to train up us techie type people to the required standard, then realise that a lot of us as individuals cant afford that sort of outlay. £5000 for a Open university course anyone? thought not.

If the governments want a better skilled population, do you think it would be a good idea if they invested in a better skilled population?

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Why is that idiot Osbo continuing with austerity when we know it doesn't work?

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Spending money

does work.

But its has to be spent in the right way.

Blowing 10 billion quid into council budgets to fix potholes is liable to result in 1 billion being given to private sector contractors to do the cheapest job possible while the other 9 billion is spent on admin and multi-cultural lesbian single mother awareness campaigners* to make sure the contractors staff are aware of the issues.

Its better to use the money to invest in the economy, and given you cant very well tell where the best place is (unless you like forcing the unemployed to build autobhans), the money should be invested in education.

Need more doctors..... grants to medical students.

need more nurses . grants to nursing students.

need more engineers ... goes without saying really.

need more IT techs ... need more lobotomies..

(the last one is a joke btw)

The result would be the spending going into the economy as a general as no student I've known ever has any money.

"But spending would rise adding to the deficet" comes the wail from the right..

And 4 years down the line those same students are in jobs that have a 40% income tax rate attached to them.. plus we have well skilled people who can start their own businesses, and we dont have to import(actually steal) so many skilled people from abroad who are really needed in their home countries

thus reducing the housing pressure and house prices.

*substitute any council non-job here and we all know of them

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It's 2015 and Microsoft has figured out anything can break Windows

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Goody

windows 10 can cope with a xor'ed script/file

What about some mal ware thats been bit shifted right 2 times?

And will it still block the result from linking to SVCHost and running ?

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Future Range Rovers will report pot-holes directly to councils

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FAIL

when

the various councils can be arsed to make the repairs..

Eg a section of busy dual carridgeway near here was built using a concrete road surface, declared too noisey by the local people rich enough to afford better lawyers than the council , it was covered over in a layer of tarmac to quieten the noise.

Only trouble is.. the tarmac is seperating from the surface underneath and the holes are spreading fast....

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Unable to log on to online games? Blame cheap-rate DDoSers

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Re: What the botherders need.....

Nope I disagree... far too quick

Just stick them in a type 9 heavy frieghter, blow out the thrusters and the cockpit canopy and let the little ****s choke to death

BTW I play Elite

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FLYING SAUCER crashes into Pacific off Hawaii - NASA

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My

Kerbal missions often look like that

A wibbley wobbley powered flight followed by something else going wrong, and a dose of lithobraking, although in this case, it look like hydrobraking

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The watts in a box that kept West London's lights on

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Idiot

Here in Portsmouth we lost about 50% of the cities power supply due to a major sub-station fire a few years ago.

We had the generators in place and everything back up'ish in 6 hrs.

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What's broken in this week's build of Windows 10? Installing it, for one

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Re: , including new icons and

Woohooo a job for me in IT at last.

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Oh, shoppin’ HELL: I’m in the supermarket of the DAMNED

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Re: Online buying is sometimes not much better...

I was housebound for a bit (could only walk about 100yrds) so I thought, I'll browse Tesco's website for my weekly food, and maybe a couple of cheap goodies too.

Ahhhhh click on the link to the site, brightly lit page full of deals, bogoffs and savings, so I want to browse food first

Click the link.

"You have not got a Tesco's account set up, please setup up your tesco's account before browsing"

Hey ho , they just want my e.mail address, click the setup link and stare in disbelife at what they want.

Real name

Home address

E.mail address

Account name

Password

Repeat password

Delivery address

and.....

Credit card number.

Er no.... phone an old friend and give him my list because he'll goto asda and get it all for me

And for any store manager... try asking for that little lot to any customer wanting to come into your store and see how many actually come in.

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Bethesda all out for 'Fallout 4', fallout for global productivity foretold in countdown

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Re: Fallout 4 setting confirmed

Corrected it for you

They may throw a curve ball and set it in the United Kingdom. That'd be spectacular, plus anyone who's watched THREADS will know the UK would be a complete shambles BEFORE a nuclear war.

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Microsoft: Here's what you'll cough up for Windows 10 next year

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Windows

So that

will be £199, £149, £119, and £99 when its translated into english cash?

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It's FREE WINDOWS 10 time: 29 July is D-Day, yells Microsoft

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Meh

I'm

goning to give it 364 days after July 29th to 'upgrade' to win10

Make sure the bastards have'nt decided on a software as a service model and charge us £100/yr to access our data held on our computers in our properties....

Hmmm that business model reminds me of those cryptolocker malware people.... maybe thats where M$ got the idea from...

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Naked cyclists take a hard line on 'aroused' protest participant

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Re: Oh great

You sound a typical impatient car driver who think only he should be on the road.

The sort of blind twat who has no wish to look beyond the sat nav/cell phone to the world outside and realise just how shit his driving is.

But then the really careful cyclist aware drivers are just as bad, giving the cyclist a wide berth and watching as they over take the cyclist so that they make sure they missed hitting the cyclist, all while running the biker off the road coming the other way before imbedding their car in the front of a bus.....

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The rare metals debate: Only trace elements of sanity found

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Boffin

The other thing to remember

is the price per ton/barrel/fridge of your resource

Getting oil from the north sea was daft at $15/barrel because you'd never cover the capital costs

At $50 though....

Its the same with all resources, Rio Tinto maybe sitting on a claim of 1 billion tonnes of silver ore, but its going to cost more than the current price of silver to extract any of that silver.

In 25 yrs time, there maybe a technology to cheaply extract the silver, or the price of silver risen to the point where it is economic to extract.

Until then, we'll have to put up with the "experts" running around saying we're running out of pork... silver and whatever else generates a 1/2 decent headline

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'I thought we were pals!' Belgium, Netherlands demand answers from Germany in spy bust-up

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And theres me

over the past few years getting voted down every time I said that its only false outrage that Merkel et al were doing since their own thoughts were "thank f*** they have'nt outed OUR spying operation"

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Colour me bad: Kraken time or damp squid with Splatoon

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But its

got hats!

And every gamer and their dog knows that the only thing thats kept TF2 going all these years is the hats

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Hi! You've reached TeslaCrypt ransomware customer support. How may we fleece you?

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How

about GCHQ/NSA doing their job and tracking down these bastards and giving their address to a suitable law enforcement agency.

Sounds a better use of their resources than listening to everyone's mail looking for the words 'nuclear' 'bomb' 'jihad' and 'tommorrow'

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So what would the economic effect of leaving the EU be?

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Blah blah free trade blah

blah blah immigration blah

What the real problem is with the EU for a lot of people is that

WE DONT VOTE FOR WHO IS IN CHARGE.

There I've said it now.

Its bad enough living in a FPTP country where 7 million lib/ukip voters result in 9 mps and 11 million tories result in 332, but we, the people of europe, never once have been asked "Do you want Junkers as president?", heck the commission is stuffed with either cronies or failed politicos (remember Neil pillock I mean kinnock.. rejected twice at the polls , gets a cushy bussels job)

Until the people of europe gets to vote on who actually runs the EU, then its a club I dont want the UK to be part of

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Traumatised Reg SPB team barely survives movie unwatchablathon

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Re: Needs more Cloverfield

Ohh come on... I quite enjoyed cloverfield

Seeing which whiney annoying character was going to be squashed/bitten/dumped/explode next.

But I'm sure they got the camera guy good and drunk first because I've walked home for the pub steadier than that film.

But of the 3 films I've seen gigi and pearl habour... but never ever been brave enough(or drunk enough) to watch battlefield earth

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HORDES OF CLING-ONS menace UK.gov IT estate as special WinXP support ends

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The NHS

problem is much like mine in the industrial arena.

The machines were bought to go with high tech scanners/x-rays/other multi-million pound pieces of kit and the software written to run on XP.

Get rid of the XP machine and replace it with a win8 and all of a sudden 5 million pounds of kit is rendered useless.

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