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3048 posts • joined 25 Mar 2008

Sky punts 'truly unlimited' 20Mb/s broadband

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Agreed

It's either unlimited or limited. Binary choice.

Personally I find my (actual) 4mpbs (capped, shaped and limited) is good enough for my needs just now. Why pay more?

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Ten free apps to install on every new PC

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Screw VMWare Player

Get Oracle's VirtualBox.

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No voice

That it Pidgin's greatest failing, it just doesn't do voice. Whilst the SIPE (for Office Communicator) plug-in works, it can't give you any voice support. AFAIK Digsby doesn't support voice either, so there is no alternative to MS Office Communicator.

Am I wrong? Please tell me I am wrong. I cannot stand MS OffComm.

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Johnson: ID cards will pay for themselves

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In summary

"The idea is bollocks, but we've given so much to our friends...err...spent so much on consulting that we will press on.

'Sunk cost'? Never heard of it. Is it relevant? Bloody impertinence, interrupting like that...

Well, anyway; so much has been blown on this that is it like a bank - too big to fail. It's not our money anyway...well, it is now due to the lucrative perks we've all been getting from our new friends; but again is that relevant?

Where was I? Oh yes. Not our money. We spent the taxpayer's money and we are going to get those idiots spend it again by getting them to pay for something they've already paid for.

Will it lower fraud, stop terrorism, cut rape levels? It will do, and I would like to point to the squillions we ave spunked on it as proof of that. People will be able to sleep soundly as they know there's no point in robbing them. They're either now too poor from buying ID cards, or too poor due to a cock up it with the database.

Err....you can cut that last bit.

What do you mean it's live? Shut it off! SHUT IT OFF!"

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C language inventor spurns Google's language exam

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Good. Sort of.

A professor of physics (say) is not allowed to rewire your house, even though they could explain in excruciating detail by by-passing the RCD is a "Bad Thing"(tm) and even manufacture an RCD out of duct tape and a milk-bottle top. Put simply: they are not an electrician, even though they are very good at the theory.

It's the same here. Mr. Thompson may be very good, he may be very smart; but he still has to prove that as well as being a good "physics prof" he is also a good "electrician".

Having just said that, most programming exams are a pile of crap (I've done a few). "If you see code like this, what happens A) B) C) or D)" The correct answer is, of course, "E) Find the person responsible for this incomprehensible horror and beat some sense into them". And the other classic "Is method A on class B? Yes/No" Correct answer "Umm...this is, like, why we have API docs. No point in knowing it's there without knowing how to use the wee beggar."

So yes, do not allow commits from Mr. Thompson until he passes the exam.

After said exam, do not be surprised if Mr. Thompson rips the exam (and its writers) to shreds.

The ultimate irony would be if Mr. Thompson was involved in writing/approving the exam!

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'iPhone 4G' loser outed

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FAIL

Nice PR stunt

And it seems to be working.

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MS kernel patch skirts infected machines

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Does it warn?

"Dear User,

One of the MS updates could not be installed as your system is infected with a 'rootkit'. It is string advised that you disconnect from the internet and hire a professional to fix your system."

Or something. If they don't do that the n they are not helping to stamp out the millions of infected Windows boxes that plague the net

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Apple bans Pulitzer Prize political cartoons from iPhone

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FAIL

Cretin

Think what you like about Jobs, but he is no Hitler. Your moral relativism is disgusting and belittles the suffering and deaths of millions. Go hang your head in shame.

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Chinese go beyond binary with ternary molecule

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Joke

EmoBooleans!

True

False

Meh

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Volcanic ash grounds dozens of UK flights

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Umm....

...it was filed under "Physics". You could maybe argue that it should have been filed under "Geology", "Meteorology" or even "Geography"...but that's it. It's deffo news, it's deffo important.

If you don't want to read the non-IT news, can I suggest you stay out of the non-IT areas or simply not click on them?

Is using your brain simply too much to ask?

I am sure Ms. Bee has contemplated finding me and slapping me on a few occasions; but I hope nothing I have said or done has been as vacuous and pointless as your derisive missive.

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Commodore 64 may come back as Warren Beatty

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Not new

When this story last broke it was pointed out that this case and system were already on sale (http://www.cybernetman.com/).

So, El Reg, why not do some journalism and ask these jokers how they think they can get away with claiming someone else's product as their "own" and simply re-branding it for cool?

They've not even bothered to try and get a customer case/colours/keys FFS!

The Cybernteman looks like it could scratch a few itches and if the Ubnutu distro was properly re-themed and configured, you could maybe ape some Commodore cool (pre-installed Commodore emulator, games etc).

But this? This is a feckin' joke.

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Milkman skewers Google Street View over garage break-in

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In this case...

...you may well be right. It smacks much more of a crime of opportunity, and if it wasn't - a lot of effort went into stealing £50 worth of bike! This does not negate the fact that Street View and Google Maps could be a valuable assets to the criminally minded.

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House stolen?

Cripes. I've heard of shoplifting, but houselifting?

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FAIL

Sorry, you fail

If he didn't open the door, how would he get the car (or anything else) out?

*LEAVING* the door open for extended periods without good cause is the issue.

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You can bet they are...

...the police use Street View for planning raids FFS! You can bet your arse that the (smarter) crooks are using it too. Rather savvy, the modern day scum.

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Oracle freshens its VirtualBox

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Hardly matters...

...and this is what is good about F/OSS. If enough people find that VBox scratches their itch, if Oracle do something stupid a new version will come from another quarter befor you can say "Fork in hell!"

A F/OSS version would lose USB etc, but I am sure a way around that would be found.

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VBox is (almost) freakin' awsome

The seamless integration is cool, but that's just eye candy really.

The ability to run the images headless AND to have it's own RDP host is the cow's conkers.

The user license is also very liberal, and the community is great.

Just a shame the USB support is still a bit shaky.

Oh, and some MS products run like a dog (but that could be more the fault of MS than of VBox).

Have a hosted Linux show you 3d Compiz magic on a windows box is pretty trippy!

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Visual Studio 2010 opens Windows to outside help

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Is MS scared?

If so, what of?

As far as I can tell, Linux* is still no threat, nor is Apple. Or is Linux a major part of the cloud-world (something I have nothing to do with) and giving MS cause for concern? Or have they some crystal ball and can see a paradigm shift coming (Linux** on mobiles, set-top boxes etc).

Their talk of "community" amuses me. All the "communities" I am involved with have rather open and frank debates, usually with the oh-so-precious code clearly visible, showing its warts to one and all. Anyone is free to update, add-to or even fork the project. No way in hell MS will truly engage with any community in what one could call and "open" manner.

MS do make some good GUI tools. Previous versions of VisualStudio have had quite a few things going for them. If MS want to help a community, how's about they help the already flourishing Eclipse community? Hmm, wossat? Not a chance in hell? Yeah, thought as much, just more empty words and double-talk from the Beast of Redmond.

If they actually did what they said they wanted to do, then they might just get a positive response. Instead I think we'll just see more words and then another lawsuit or something.

*Sub 1% penetration - but it does depend a lot on how you slice 'n dice the figures.

**I say "Linux", but it really could be any non-MS OS. e.g. BSD, Haiku...

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US Justice to ratchet tech no-poach probe

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FAIL

Apple...

...is not a monopoly player, other computers, portable players and phones exist.

If Apple controlled, say, 90%+ of the desktop PC market and acted the way it is currently, then you would have a point.

This is why it is MS (and not Apple) who needs to face the judge again.

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A user's timetable to the Digital Economy Act

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Too much data

I wish I had the time to listen to/watch/play all the crap I can get perfectly legally. Want some music? Spotify is free (bar ads) and pretty good, or any internet radio station.

What to see film/TV prog? Might be on demand, might be on air (so just record it for watching later), might be cheap on DVD.

Want to play a game? There are seriously good games available as abandonware or FOSS.

Even books! Project Guttenburg.

I think this is what the major labels fear, a total collapse of their market. I, you, we simply don't need them. Content creators need not fear. marketing distribution etc. need not fear (although their jobs will certainly change). but major labels ripping off their talent and squeezing the customer for every penny they can get certainly need to fear.

So they lobby governments to pass laws that entrench their out-moded and dying business models and carry on shafting their customers even more.

I've not mentioned anything illegal - and I simply have no need to buy anything at full price or to even use illegal channels.

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Ubuntu's Lucid Lynx turns back on Yahoo! search switcheroo

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Why not...

...check out the (public!) bug report?

https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/light-themes/+bug/532633

Open Source generally encourages involvement and community. Even if a decision does not go your way, you will often find out how to configure things to suit your needs.

So rather than sit on the interwebs and whinge, why not actually do something?

Just a suggestion.

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Shuttleworth goes Maverick with Ubuntu's 'Perfect 10'

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FAIL

Reinstalled?

Per unit, (beyond right at the start when I was playing silly beggars) I have only upgraded the OS with the release cycles. So once every six months (I don't have to, of course; it was my choice). The system keeps itself up-to-date and only needs to reboot if the kernel gets updated.

This is much less hassle than Windows which needs to reboot after just about every update and which also moans, moans, moans, MOANS! if you do not retsart immediately.

You clearly have never run Ubuntu, let alone and modern Linux distro, so why not keep your ill-informed opinions to yourself.

Linux is not perfect, but it is arguable less imperfect than Windows.

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Microsoft roasted for Office 2010 standards FAIL

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Downvotes

I see the MS astroturfers are hard at work.

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Microsoft clutches open source to its corporate heart

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The UK supports MS and only MS

The UK supports, nay, forces MS on users. It makes sure that MS products are given to schools (either free or at heavy discount). Laptops given to schools carry the MS infection with them.

People are taught how to make MS products do this or that, not how to use a computer.

Exams are set that can only be passed by using MS products.

So, in the UK at least, the government does not support F/OSS, has never supported F/OSS and probably never will.

That will explain why all their major IT projects have been such successes. Hmm.....

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Google to digitize world+dog with People View

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No apologies for strong language

In two words: Fuck that.

It's all very "Ghost in the Shell" if you ask me. Quick! Best get those attack barriers in place in case of a back-hack.

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Best Buy buys in modest iPad supply

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Love 'em or hate 'em...

...you have to give kudos to Apple for the way they can manipulate their customers and whip up a media frenzy.

(Sod the iPad, gimme a wePad or whatever that Chinese one was called.)

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US lawmakers urge trade commission to scrutinise Google Buzz

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JSITFO

Just

Switch

It

The

F...

Off

Or use another mail service, it's not as if Google has a monopoly or antyhing....

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Video giant embraces Flash-phobic iPad with HTML 5

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H.264 is open...

...but patent encumbered and you need a license if you are encoding for anything other than personal use. At least that is my understanding.

And sorry to burst your bubble, but OGG.Theora is inferior, it is based on tech that precedes H.264 by a good few years (OGG.Theora is base on On2's VP3 codec, they were at VP8 when Google bought them: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/02/20/google_nabs_on2/).

Why choose H.264? Hardware support, pure and simple. None exists for OGG (Theora or Vorbis) and there is plenty floating about for H.264 (and MP3). This makes the encoding/decoding a much easier proposition. Xiph simply isn't in a position to bargain for OGG Theora/Vorbis hardware support, and there is not point in using OGG as there is no hardware support. Chicken, meet egg.

It would be nice if OGG won (and even nicer if Google released VP8 under irrevocable license), I won't argue that. But I fear it won't happen. Vested interests, money and shafting the consumer once again are much more important to Google et al.

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MS to release emergency IE fix on Tuesday

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My thoughts...

...exactly. And I use the fox!

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Why the Google antitrust complaint is not about Microsoft

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@Say What?

Smart meters aren't here (yet) in the UK but the poster is right, they will be able to control power consumption (switching off non-essential items when demand spikes to smooth out the load). That's before we even consider how long it will be before these meters get hacked and what (if any) recourse consumers have against incorrect billing.

The same mentality can be see again in the Labour (and Tory?) backed policy of having a remote system control the speed of your vehicle. This is what the Galileo satellite system is for.

This is the same mentality that is giving us mandatory ID cards, the DNA database and the CRB check idiocy (not so much the idea of a check, but the crazy way it has been implemented).

Tin foil hat maybe, doesn't make them wrong though.

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Lords: Analogue radio must die

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FAIL

FFS

DAB quality is crap.

DAB coverage is crap.

DAB sets costs more.

DAB takes more to manufacture.

DAB sets draw more power.

DAB means millions of (perfectly good) radios going to landfill.

I thought we were all mean to be saving the planet or something?

I wonder how many of our fearless leaders have shares in companies with DAB interests?

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BBC ices launch of free iPhone news app

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Agreed

And why have the gone proprietary, DRM-lock down on their media? Cutting out many users who were watching their content quite legitimately and inconveniencing those who break the law not one bit.

The BBC may have some of the best shows on TV, but they really need taken down a peg or two.

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Behavioural targeting works, claims US study

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The internet has adverts?

How quaint.

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The Pirate Party is the shape of things to come

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Guns don't kill people

Bullets do, aided by the person who pulled the trigger.

Drug patents do not allow people to die. They're just a piece of paper.

Abuse of the patents and profiteering allow people to die.

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@Sarah Bee

Will you be doing stand-up any time soon? Some of your come-backs are total class!

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Dell Mini 10

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@AC

The only models they offered were cripple, not marketed and hidden on their website. MS probably told them to do that to so that they could continue to say that sales of Linux boxes weren't worth it.

But that wasn't really my point.

They should be compelled by law to offer a "no OS" option. What we have now is more like an MS led cartel.

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MS told them to

As a consumer, it is not possible to by a PC from any of the major OEMs without buying Windows.

I know you might find a page or two should that, say, HP sell a SUSE laptop; but you can't actualy buy it.

Offering one crappy netbook (as Dell does) is not an option either.

It's time the EU looked into this and forced the OEMs, at the very least, to offer a no OS option.

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Google remarkets behavioral ad eyeball creep

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If they did...

...then I think people would twig just how evil Google are being.

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Times websites want £1 a day from June

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Pfft

Screw that.

Actually I might consider it if it was advert free. If I read the Times in the first place...

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Darling confirms telephone line tax

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In a few years time...

...it will be an "internet license" or something and cost £10 or more (on top of your ISP contract). The money (like most taxes) will not be hypothecated and will simply keep MPs in champagne and fois gras.

You read it here first.

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Segway + motorbike = futuristic dorkmobile

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@What's wrong with bipedal locomotion?

"and everyone can do it."

You sure about that?

The Segway looks fun 'n all and the self-balancing tech is definitely cool. I can (maybe) see a use in warehouse etc, if it is more efficient than a buggy...but everywhere else? Don't see it. For those who can walk...get a good pair of shoes/boots and walk!

What is this Segbike like under hard braking? Think I stick to wheels front 'n rear ta muchly. Might interest the NABD though!

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Commodore 64 reincarnated as quad-core Ubuntu box

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Having just gone to both sites...

...it seems they even use the same pages.

Something smells off about this.

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Better marketing, that's all.

As the first post points out, even the "Super" key has that weird, squiggly squares symbol on it.

It's probably just some money men (who know diddly about computers) bought the rights to the name, bought a license to distribute and now have this "new" Commodore.

Maybe it will be a success, maybe it won't.

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Towers...

...a good for cooling. And. Err. Umm. Yeah.

One of these "PC in keyboard" things with some kind of wireless connection to a TV/monitor would be good. You could then hide that tower in the closet and have it do all the heavy-lifting (transcoding, broadcast recording, media serving etc).

I want more money so I can buy more toys...

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Complete ACTA text leaked online - at last

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Unhappy

Fait accompli

Moan all you want, but we are just going to have to take ACTA up the wrong 'un.

Civil Servant: Minister, here is the first ACTA related bill for you to sign and make law.

MP: Some of this seems a bit off; a bit much.

CS: Negotiations went on for years minister. Everyone agrees.

MP: Oh, why wasn't I there?

CS: Secret negotiations minister.

MP: So who was there?

CS: The stakeholders minister and few representatives for the interested countries.

MP: "Stakeholders"? What, members of the public?

CS: No minister, the MAFIAA and other groups.

MP: So why do I have to sign this?

CS: It's all been agreed. The whole world agrees on it. if you don't sign it, we will never get an agreement like this again. You'll be against free trade. No one will trade with us.

MP: And what will it mean?

CS: Continued profits for the members of MAFIAA et al. But you can dress it up as "Less pirates selling porn to kiddies". The Daily Hate will love that.

MP: Won't there be public outcry?

CS: Not really, we'll do it bit by bit. Then in a few years we will just say the new ACTA bill simply harmonises and streamlines what we already have in place.

MP: Really can't see the public liking this.

CS: As you often say minister "Fuck the proles, show me the money". You will, of course be invited to all the upcoming ACTA conferences around the globe. First class travel, the works. I am sure you could be head of a few steering committees or the director of a consultancy related to this as well. You won't even have to declare it as an "interest"; I'll see to that.

MP: Jolly good! Where do I sign?

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Heathrow security man cops perv scanner eyeful

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@Sarah - Is it better

Now, now petal. Do be a love and don't get your feathers all ruffled. It's just the trolls trying to pick a fight, flower. Alright me dear?

But then you will feed them! :o)

[Did I squeeze enough colloquialisms in?]

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@Sarah

Umm..."female" is a noun (and an adjective). I guess it's a bit formal (sounds like a police report, "And then the female in question did....").

What say we call her "the woman with the whoppers"?

[I am soooooo going to get banned!]

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Lies

It's all lies! How do we know? "[Laker] pressed a button to take a revealing photo". See? LIES!

We were told by our MPs and the manufacturer that these machines cannot take pictures, so this bint is lying.

She must be.

Our MPs wouldn't lie to us, would they?

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Zurich Insurance promises changes after data loss

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FAIL

Again!

Why do companies insist on storing personal data unencrypted? FFS.

Fine them £1,00 per breach. That's £46,000,000. Should help the budget.

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Virgin Media downed by thick Leeds 'copper' crooks

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Simple answer?

Start making the outer casing of fibre cables with a "No copper" symbol.

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