* Posts by Sooty

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Apple KILLS SUPER MARIO. And Zelda. And Sonic

Sooty

except, they have some old emulated snes games that they only sell for the wii-u, you cant get them on a DS or a Wii.

I never thought I'd say this, but at least with Apple you can buy it once on your account and download it to all of your devices

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Soon EVERYONE will be doing it with a strap-on: The Reg's 20 festive wearables

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Gear Fit

I have one, and I really like it. it's unobtrusive, fairly stylish and a great bit of tech. The phone software is pretty terrible though, proper integration and sync could make it a lot better

The unfortunate downside to this is that when my samsung phone broke i replaced it with a iPhone, making it slightly less of a smart, smartwatch. Given that it uses blutooth I cant imaging knocking up a generic andriod or IOS app for it would be much of a stretch, and it's certainly not must have enough to sway someone to buy a samsung phone just to get one. Samsung need to pull their finger out and open them up to a wider audience.

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Nork-ribbing flick The Interview AXED: Sony caves under hack terror 'menace'

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Re: Stinker

It's possible it's a clever marketing ploy, and now the Barbera Streisand effect will mean that loads of people will get it on DVD just to see what all the fuss was about.

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Bladerunner sequel might actually be good. Harrison Ford is in it

Sooty

Re: BR game ...

I really hope telltale do one, I think that could be great.

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FORGET the CLIMATE: FATTIES are a MUCH BIGGER problem - study

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Re: fat vs terrorism

you joke, but you could probaly be arrested for wielding a bacon butty these days

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HBO shocks US pay TV world: We're down with OTT. Netflix says, 'Gee'

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Game of Thrones

"Game of Thrones has typically been sold exclusively to one broadcaster per territory"

As a result of this it's pretty much the most pirated TV show ever. Strangely poeple aren't prepared to change their TV service provider just for one show.

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Apple iPhone 6 Plus: GORGEOUS FAT pixel density - but it's WASTED

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ipad & iphone apps

As this has the same, if not higher, resolution than an ipad, and isn't much smaller than an ipad mini, will I finally be able to run my "HD" apps on it that currently refuse to install on an iphone?

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Order an iPhone 6 from midnight PT – if Apple's web store holds up better than its livestream

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well - I've ordered mine

Start the piss taking!

I'm not actually a fanboy, I genuinely needed to replace my phone it just happended to co-oincide with the release so I waited a week or so for the announcement. I had an iphone 4 years ago and other than being the sort of person who holds it wrong, I had no real issues. Since then I've had an s2 and an s4 and had to have them both repaired due to minor things, charging socket failure and headphone socket failure, which might be chance, but it has put me of getting another samsung.

I already have a old iphone and an ipad, so I have loads of apps, music and videos already in the apple ecosystem so it makes sense to go for one. That they look pretty slick is a nocre bonus

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Cameras for hacks: Idiot-proof suggestions invited

Sooty

Re: How about a low-end DSLR ?

You might want to look at micro four thirds cameras, they are generally full featured DSLRs but relatively compact. A 'standard' slow zoom kit lens will give a realtively good range, but if you want really good low light performance (wide aperture) on any zoom lens they start to get expensive.

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Brit IT workers are so stressed that 'TWO-THIRDS' want to quit

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Re: Stress in my role is from not being allowed to tell the truth

"Could have been worse. I was usually told, "It's not working", with no indication of how to reproduce the failure, nor any indication of how they knew it was failing."

That is actually the norm, mostly it's split 50:50 between "it's not working" with no further explanation, and an error message that they are incredibly proud of having provided, but that gives no useful information on its own.

If the error hadn't been blindingly obvious I'd have had to go back and ask what environment they were using, and what code they were running.

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Stress in my role is from not being allowed to tell the truth

I deal with 'developers' non-stop who have the sort of problems anyone with half a brain could sort out themselves. They haven't read the documentation, and aren't following standards so things don't work as they should, and just don't understand what they are doing. They also can't perform the most basic diganosis checks on things or understand simple coding concepts.

Trying to hold back my outrage that these people are allowed to develop production code and trying to stop it bleeding through in my replies to their problems is unbelieveably stressful. Trying not to swear and question their parentage isn't easy.

a recent example, i was asked to investigate and resolve an SSL error, could i check all the config, certificates, etc... The devs provided me with the error message they were seeing. After banging my head on the desk a few times i replied that 'Host not found' isn't exactly an SSL issue, and that their url was wrong.

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94% of Brit tech bosses just can't get the staff these days, claims bank

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Re: Age old problem

The problem is that a lot of big companies, banks, etc. don't live or die by the sexy new technologies, it's the unsexy stuff that they rely on. Which is why I got into middleware. You don't tend to get huge numbers of people who specialise and excel in the stuff that is effectively invisible, but gets everything working together, but the ones who do are usually older.

We do desperately need younger people who can come in, learn some of our systems before the experts retire in a couple of years, and commit to 5-10 years of support. you'd think that kind of job security would be tempting to a lot of people, but it's near impossible to get people who want to do that. Also until it becomes critical my company won't do anything serious about it. They'll leave it until the last second, panic, buy something off the shelf that doesn't work as well and throw money at a third party to get it all working in some semblance of what we already had.

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Dell charges £5 to switch on power-saving for new PCs (it takes 5 clicks)

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Re: Those cheap bastards!

The one reason I might opt to get a Linux machine out of the box, sans Windows, is that it would save getting rid of all the crapware that comes with a new Windows machine from a major supplier..

Can't remember if it was dell or not, but I read a while ago about one of these suppliers charging extra to not install all the crapware.

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Anatomy of OpenSSL's Heartbleed: Just four bytes trigger horror bug

Sooty

Re: So what happened to the coder

If the OpenSSL team was in the financial sector or such, the coder would've normally been put on leave at the very least

That is really not a great idea, if you punish people badly for making coding errors, it doesn't exactly encourage them to come forward and admit them. That sort of reaction encourages people to sweep problems they notice under the capet and pretend they don't exist, rather than risk being punished.

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France bans managers from contacting workers outside business hours

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Re: 9 to 5

I have a company phone and, unless i am explicitly rota'd on and being paid to support out of hours i choose whether to answer it or not. But then, from my contract, the moment i answer it i get a minimum of 2 hours of time and a half, or doubletime depending when the call is, so i do usually answer if it's someone in my team calling, rather than a manager.

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Cops bang up squiffy, nude Virginian minx

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Re: Indecent?

I was really not expecting her to look like that at all.

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QUIDOCALYPSE: Blighty braces for £100 MILLION cost of new £1 coin

Sooty

Re: How exactly does this prevent counterfeiting?

When the £20 note was replaced, the new ones were visually very different and people were given 3 months before the old ones were no longer legal tender and accepted in shops. UK notes tend to be a lot more differentiated than US ones, so you can't really put a few in a stack after they have left general circulation without raising a few eyebrows.

With these also being clearly, visually, different I wouldn't be surprised if a similar thing happened and the old ones were given a sharp cutoff. I think only a month's notice is actually required, and should be plenty of time to swap a normal amount over. If you have buckets full of the things it might be harder, but most people don't tend to have more than a few before using notes.

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Re: Risk Management?

In reality it will be many years before the old £1 goes out of circulation after the new one is introduced so the transition period will be quite long.

I've been trying to remember how long the 5, 10 and 50p hung around after the "new" ones came out, it didn't feel like too long a time, nor the £20 note. Change tends to end up in shops and machines in bulk and should get swapped out fairly quickly. While they will be around for a long time it shouldn't be too long before they are a novel rarity rather than something generally used.

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Satisfy my scroll: El Reg gets claws on Windows 8.1 spring update

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Re: Windows 9?

Windows 9 since 8 is clearly today's Vista.

I'm going to be contravertial and disagree with that, windows 8 is actually really good under the covers, it was just lumbered with a UI that is rubbish. From my experience, most of the stuff that made me want to punch someone was sorted out in 8.1, which is at least a free upgrade... unlike Vista to 7 :)

There are still annoyances, and I have to rely on the search to find options instead of just going to a sensible place, but it certainly now a usable interface on top of a pretty slick underlying OS.

Cards on the table, i do have a touch screen laptop, but i rarely use it for more than swiping the side menu on. I boot directly to desktop and don't use any 'modern' apps. Occasionally I still press the start menu by mistake, expecting it to do something useful, but the side menu/search has pretty much replaced that and i'm almost used to it.

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Apple slams shut TEN code execution holes in QuickTime on Windows

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Re: Quicktime

I can't imagine anyone intentionally using it on windows, other than via iTunes. It doesn't look or act like windows software and is incredibly unresponsive, probably due to not using standard windows stuff.

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UK spies on MILLIONS of Yahoo! webcams, ogles sex vids - report

Sooty

Re: "Undesirable nudity"...

just picture all those 'silver surfers'

or maybe not in this case

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Facebook ditches TOP SECRET email service. Did YOU know it had one?

Sooty

Why redirect?

Any stray email that is going to an @facebook address will be diverted to folks' primary address associated with their account

I don't actually want anyone discerning whatever my facebook email was and using it to send spam to my real address, that I actually use.

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NHS England DIDN'T tell households about GP medical data grab plan

Sooty

what data are they sharing?

I haven't had a leaflet but I'm not that surprised

Last time I went to the doctors a few months ago they had an address 3 years out of date, and the doctor asked me about my asthma, which i don't and never have had.

I went to A&E around the same time, due to bad luck, and the address they had for me there, 10 mins walk from the doctors, was over 10 years out of date, and they didn't think I had asthma.

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

Sooty

I really don't want the TV here to become like America

I don't enjoy paying the licence, but I have seen some American shows and they can be obscene in the amount of blatant advertising. If you want a funny example watch an episode of Top Chef!

All the kitchen equipment is name checked by manufaturer, the cameras linger on the logos all the time. The contestents don't just go and get ingredients, they take the Toyota Rav4 to Wholefoods. They have to include Philadelphia cream cheese in the recipe for this challenge, etc.

I realise it's how the show is funded though, these companies are providing the equipment and prizes because there's no other way of funding it

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'No, I CAN'T write code myself,' admits woman in charge of teaching our kids to code

Sooty
Mushroom

Don't you just write a normal word document and 'save as webpage'

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Re: Schol Reform

1: Daily PE rather than weekly, with no BS excuses to get out of it.

If that were to happen, they would also need to make sure it was real PE, and not just an hour of running around a field kicking a football, which is what mine were. Actually include some education bits, although maybe that was just my school.

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Re: Few CIOs or VP ITs can code

@ Mark 65

This is why you keep all of your emails and you challenge it as soon as you are asked to deliver the impossible. If it falls on you, you can pull an email to your manager out that shows you immediately (ie weeks or months before the problem happened) said that it can't be done in this timeframe, with the usual caveats ie "I need x number of people to meet that deadline". It soon goes back up to your manager.

It's a sad position, but arse covering is a huge part of a developers job, especially as your name could be stamped be all over that 1 line of code that went wrong and cost the company millions.

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Any Idiot can write code

And many of them frequently make a living as coders.

You teach can everyone English in school but not everyone who is taught can use it to write something intelligible, programming is exactly the same. You can teach the fundamentals of programming langauges, but it doesn't mean that a lot of the people will actually be able to create anything decent afterwards.

The main thing isn't teaching people, even kids, how to use a language, it's teaching them to think about what they are actually writing.

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Friends don't do tech support for friends running Windows XP

Sooty

Re: Nope

I had to downgrade windows 8.1 from windows 8's 'painful' to a 'mildly annoying'. Once set to boot to desktop and you have your files associated with decent applications it's pretty good, very similar to 7, but faster. I love the 5-10 second boot.

A proper start menu would make it great, but the search seems to work quite well. I just hate having to use the search for everything when logically laid out menus would make it easier to just go straight to things.

I do have a touchscreen laptop, but i still hate the 'start' screen.

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Virgin Media's flaky broadband network turns Bolton off

Sooty

Re: A happy customer?

I'm a very happy Virgin media customer it's an excellent broadband service. The problems only start when something goes wrong and you have to deal with their customer service. If you get really lucky and get through to the UK somewhere they are really good, but the majority of the time you get somone who sends some 'signals' to you, tells you to reboot your router then books in an engineer for a weeks time when that fails. I can only assume that the majority of the time, whatever was wrong with the network has been fixed by then and the appointments get cancelled.

I had a problem for ages in my old flat, it would drop out for hours at a time, but was always working when the engineers came, it affected the whole building. Eventually, after months of this, someone managed to get hold of a number they shouldn't have and speak to an actual techie, they came out that day and rewired the cabinet in the street and everything was fine after that. The serivce is good, the people are good if you can get them, but the actual interface with the customers is painful and obstructive.

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Apple marks '1984' anniversary with iPhone-produced un-commercial

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Re: Humbug

"Someone like Samsung makes (IMHO) makes pretty mundane, plastic products"

Strange, I've just bought a fantastic aluminium samsung ultrabook, it's pretty much one of the slickest windows machines I've ever seen. Prior to finding it i was expecting to have to buy a mackbook pro for a decent 13inch machine, which would have been twice the price and not have spec or the touchscreen.

Admittedly is had windows 8 on it, but the upgrade to 8.1 is actually pretty good.

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Candy Crush dev stuffs EU 'candy' trademark down gob

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Re: @Code Monkey

never been called candy in any part of the UK I've been to either, always sweets

...or spogs where i'm from.

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India's grip on offshoring eases ever so slightly

Sooty

same experience here, the main issues seem to be the hierarcy though. I have been in meetings where the actual developers wouldn't speak directly to me, everything was relayed from dev to an offshore coordinator to an onshore coordinator to me.

No developers would raise any issues or problems either, or would admit they didn't know something, so things just got pushed to one side and ignored, rather than say I don't know this I need to find it out... So we got into the suituatuion of a weekly progress meeting where everything was fine, and on schedule, no issues whatsoever, every week, right up until the deadline and they couldn't deliver.

Or, at least, it would have been if we hadn't been monitoring it closely. The people doing the planning, monitoring and reviewing the output from the oceans of devs were confident that they could have delivered the work themselves, to a much higher standard, in a shorter timeframe, but it was 'cheaper' somehow to not have them do that.

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Haribo gummy bears implicated in 'gastric exorcism'

Sooty

Re: Maltitol is evil incarnate." EEEEVULL

My local tesco has an import section, it had a stupidly expensive box of Pepsi Classic, proudly displaying 'made with real sugar'... I assume whoever ordered it didn't realise that the entire shelf of 'normal' pepsi was also made with real sugar.

It's likley cheaper to use real sugar than HFCS over here.

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Microsoft: SORRY for the BORKED Xbox One disc drives, here's a free game

Sooty

Re: Doesn't look good

I know how you feel, none of the launch games have jumped out at me as being interesting, maybe there'll be a must have game at some point, but not yet.

For me, it's not about the specifc console, it's about the games, and i have loads already for both ps4 and 360

Ironically if either the ps4 or Xbox were backwards compatible with anything, games/peripherals, I'd have got one or the other straight away. There is potentially hope for my Fanatec racing wheel working on the ps4, maybe, at some point in the future, but no chance on xbox by the looks of it.

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Do dishwashers really blunt knives

Sooty

Re: Does it really matter?

I got fed up with every episode of mythbusters consisting of about 5 mins of actual content, the rest is

what we are about to do

what we've just done,

what we'll do after the break

what we did before the break

arsing about

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blow something up!

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The Raspberry Pi: Is it REALLY the saviour of British computing?

Sooty

Re: More programmers?

Most of the professional programmers, developers, software engineers, I've worked with over the years are no longer allowed to do it, they sneak around cobbling little tools and utilities together in their spare time to keep their hand in as the bulk of it has moved to somewhere cheaper. I'm not sure that teaching a new generation programming just so that they can supervise a sea of offshore coders and review some shocking quality stuff is that worth it.

I like the idea of everyone being familiar with programming, especially if theyar e familar with doing it properly, but I'm not sure it will be the saviour of british computing when so few of the already qualified and experienced coders are actually allowed to do it as a job anymore.

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Swedish teen's sex video fine slashed: Unwilling co-star girlfriend furious

Sooty

He's very lucky

as a 17year old, in the Uk he'd likely be in prison, and on the sex offenders register for life, for the creation and distribution of child pornography, even if it is himself.

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Can you trust 'NSA-proof' TrueCrypt? Cough up some dough and find out

Sooty

Re: Almost unsolvable problem.

if you want a horror story look at what Ken Thompson did inside Bell Labs, and this is probably childs play compard to what is possible now, 30+ years later.

An early unix C compiler contained code that would recognize when the login command was being recompiled and insert some code recognizing a specific password allowing him in.

He also made the compiler recognise when it was compiling a version of itself, and automatically insert the code to do all this again. Having done this once, he was then able to recompile the compiler from the original sources; the hack perpetuated itself invisibly, leaving the back door in place and active but with no trace in any of the source code.

details are published in “Reflections on Trusting Trust”, Communications of the ACM 27, 8 (August 1984), pp. 761--763 (text available at http://www.acm.org/classics/)

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Slip your SIM into a plastic sheath, WIPE international call charges

Sooty

a handier use, if you dont make international calls

"Hackers quickly produced a wrapper which would pass through all communications except the request for a network identity, to which it would respond "AT&T" without alerting the underlying SIM."

If I understand this correctly, then this technique could be used to produce a 'sticker' that you put on your sim, that would let it work in exactly the same way as it always did, but when your network locked phone queries it it returns whatever network the phone is locked to.

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it ... Win Phone 8? No, it's APPLE'S iOS 7

Sooty

I used safari

For about 10 mins before going in search of a replacement.

I'd love to know what idiot though it would be a clever idea to completely hide the full URL. Maybe it's because I'm a techie, but I actually want to know exactly where I am on the net, not just get the gist of it.

There maybe an option to disable it, but I can't find it anywhere.

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Top UK billionaires considerably richer than Chinese ones ... for now

Sooty

Re: British or not British

this is in reference to the numerical value "British billion", which is IMHO much more logical and sensible than the system adopted in the 70's, as you only add a new description when you need it, not just every three 0's

a billion is 1,000,000,000

a british billion is 1,000,000,000,000 - ie you have 1 hundred thousand million before going to the billion.

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

Sooty

Re: How many programmers?

Oh please, it will be nothing like 60% for coders.

I'd be surprised if more than 20% of the budget went on actual design and build. There are all those management layers, possibly some time on the now old fashioned and mostly non-existent 'requirements gathering phase', all the bunfighting, the red tape. Lets face it some project has to pay for all those motivational conference calls, telling you that "we understand that you are stressed by being forced to work 60-70 hour weeks and we are dealing with it... we have stress management courses you can attend", your annual training has to be charged to some project, same with filling in your 'balanced scorecard'.

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Boffins lay bare exotic Lara Croft meteorite element ununpentium

Sooty

If it's not called Elerium, I'll be very dissapointed with the scientific community.

I am dissapointed with el reg though, for mentioning call of duty and tomb raider, but not the classic game that revolvd around it.

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Loads of mis-sold PPI, but WHO will claim? This man's paid to find out

Sooty

>“You’d be surprised to see how many unknown genders there are. That’s interesting.” says Cole

The majority of things companies do have no need to know someone's gender for the service they provide, and so they aren't supposed to collect it.

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Boffins' keyboard ELECTROCUTES Facebook addicts

Sooty

as someone who does support

This is an essential tool.

automatically analyse emails to the support mailbox, assign a stupidity value, and set a threshold. if the stupidity is over the threshold, the idiot gets a shock.

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Bradley Manning sentenced to 35 years in prison

Sooty

Re: Poor guy @ Sooty

>Nah mate, I am definitley hung, its my one redeeming feature ;)

I did clarify that meat is hung ;)

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Sooty
Headmaster

Re: Poor guy

>He'll be found hung in his cell within 11 weeks

it's hanged. Meat is hung, people are hanged

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Four ways the Guardian could have protected Snowden – by THE NSA

Sooty

Why a thumb drive? Although i know they can be small, i have one on my keyring that is barely bigger than the USB prongs, a micro SD card would be better.

Given how tiny they are, you could very easily hide them. Eitehr about your person where even the most invasive body cavity search would be unlikely to reveal them, or even in your luggage. Unless everything you are carrying is going to be cut into 1cm square chunks it'd be hard to find a well hidden one.

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UK mulls ban on tiny mobiles to block prison smugglers

Sooty

I have a large mobile phone, in the best possible case I have to charge it up every few days. In a prison I'm sure there must be some way to stop anyone who smuggles a phone in to stop them getting at anything that would let them charge it.

Although, if they do manage to smuggle in a charger as well, that makes it a bit harder, especially with a uk plug!

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