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End of buttons? Apple looks to patent animating iPhone sidewalls

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Re: Ah, right.

Oh dear, did *not* think I'd need the joke icon for that one...!

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Ah, right.

That explains this, then. I did wonder.

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Boiling point: Tech and the perfect cuppa

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FAIL

Disappointing

What, none of them implement HTCPCP?

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Mozilla's 'Tiles' ads debut in new Firefox nightlies

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Re: But they are wasting money so it doesn't matter

Australis was a third-party theme off AMO, so not much really.

*NB for the nitpickers: Yes, the UI upheaval that arrived at the same time seems to be collectively lumped together as "Australis", but in light of the above that's kinda a misconception.

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Re: Konqueror

...or not. Which is a bit of a shame really, as I've always been rather fond of it. Dolphin still can't touch it for versatility and features.

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'Stop dissing Google or quit': OK, I quit, says Code Club co-founder

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Re: /me Applauds

Come now, I'm sure at no point was she considering ritually murdering any head-teachers ;)

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China building SUPERSONIC SUBMARINE that travels in a BUBBLE

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Re: colour me cynical...

As many times as I hear the phrase "battlefield nuke" it still sounds wrong. "Battlefield" suggests a place where (conventional) battle is already underway; chucking a nuke into that seems a bit unsportsmanlike somehow. Not compared to randomly dropping one on civvies I guess, but stil...

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Sin COS to tan Windows? Chinese operating system to debut in autumn – report

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Windows

Linux-based?

So, when's the Redmond legal team arriving? That should be an interesting round of negotiations :)

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Fast And Furious 6 cammer thrown in slammer for nearly three years

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Re: BRITISH JUSTICE....Best in the world!!

^This. I'd have advised the lad to go for an insanity plea.

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Jarvis versus Jarvis: Don't DISRUPT the DISRUPTION GURU!

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Re: I wish to remain in blissful ignorance

Uh, would those be Zragian Thrill-Suckers?

/scrotnig

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Need a green traffic light all the way home? Easy with insecure street signals, say researchers

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Re: Welcome to the Internet of Things......

Protip: avoid tasting things that come (whether before or after).

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Re: Why the different standards?

>This is one of the really hard parts of embedded design. People are relatively forgiving when cables snap , but get all lawyered up when electronics and software fail.

That's the key word though, innit? Hard. Not impossible. It's not impossible to predict every possible physical scenario that might cause a given cable to snap, but it's damn hard I reckon. Software, on the other hand, only ever does exactly what you program it to do; "I didn't know it might behave that way" is not so forgivable because the knowledge definitely exists, you just didn't know it. When a system fails due to badly-written software, it's comparable to a cable snapping because the engineer didn't grok that metals are only ductile up to a point.

IMHO the real double standard is that programmers aren't held to such high practical standards as civil engineers during the design and build phase. We can write shit code all day long and only ever be called on it when/if something goes horribly wrong.

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Is it an iPad? Is it a MacBook Air? No, it's a Surface Pro 3

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Re: Camera

The snobbery is strong with this one...

Get a couple of these down you and find something worthwhile to grouch over, eh?

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Yes, but what are your plans if a DRAGON attacks?

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Re: And what was Rossendale Council's response?

...And if it happens again:

Who they gonna call?

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Why your mum was WRONG about whiffy tattooed people

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Well, per TFA it's a temporary tattoo, so any self-mutilation you indulge in will be quite extraneous, not subcutaneous ';)

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Time to move away from Windows 7 ... whoa, whoa, who said anything about Windows 8?

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Re: But this has four!!

I like how neither of you (Irongut nor AC) considered that one can also draw with a pen. Rather telling, that ;)

You also left out stress management (aka chewing it) and earwax removal.

One thing that always struck me about the four-ink pens was that 99% of them must have got chucked out with 3 of the 4 barrels still almost full (unless you were a writer, a teacher and a proof-reader rolled into one, or an artist with very consistent colour usage). Work that into the XP analogy if you dare!

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Scottish independence debate: STV player flops under weight of viewers

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@Mage Re: Std Dirty tricks by tory boys of the westminster clan

Tragically, I agree with most of your assessment. However, you should note that there are those of us who, while downright embarrassed by the Yes campaign's stewardship, and even doubtful about the economic arguments, will still vote Yes because we believe that the abiding nature of our people promises a better society in the long run. Easy to scoff at, that, but I believe it.

And as for the conspiracy theory, while I like it better than the redoubtable Mr Boag's, if that's their plan it's a sucker bet. Give the tories a hegemony and watch them screw it up and have protesters' or strikers' blood on their hands in no time.

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Re: Worth noting

>Fred Dinenage — How?!

I can only assume Carol Vordermann shared some of her anti-aging tips. That, or encouraged him to supplicate to the same demonic entity she does.

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Re: Double edged sword...........

Are you by any chance related to SuccessCase? Only I notice you share a fascination with the doings of people called Scott...

Given that the correct spelling is in the passage you quoted, you must not think much of the Reg's copy-editors (I don't either, but that's besides the point).

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@SuccessCase RE: The Rant That Line-Breaks Forgot

>"oh, sorry but, we are just expecting our banks to be underwritten by a currency union, sign here will you"

Currency union != having the BoE as lender of last resort, not to mention that those decisions are made by government anyway and I'm sure Westminster would relish saying "No". [Sidebar: I also think currency union's a dumb idea, for the above and other reasons.]

>"oh, sorry, sorry to interrupt again, ha, it just seems we seem to have forgotten the additional 4% of Scotts employed by the UK national government above the average public sector employment rate, just sign here to guarantee their jobs will you?"

SELECT * FROM civil_servants WHERE firstName = 'Scott'; [sorry, couldn't resist]

Two things: firstly, yes the Scottish public sector is pretty disproportionate, but you make out like it's orders of magnitude larger than that of the UK as a whole, which it really ain't. Secondly, quite a lot of those jobs are doing data-processing for non-devolved Westminster ministries/depts (HMRC is a massive one). And if you want to "repatriate" all those jobs, then rUK's public sector will swell accordingly. The cool thing is that, whether you do that or "contract out" the work to the existing staff, since all those Scottish pork-guzzlers will have dual citizenship, they're free to take the jobs whichever side of the border they're based on :)

>"sorry, sorry, we really are leaving, but it seems, ha, this is really quite embarrassing, it seems we are no longer in the EU and, you see, that means we need special treatment re: immigration. We've been left a bit short of jobs and were just wondering if we could have freedom of movement to take some of yours.

Yeeeeeah, about that? You may have missed this, but we're actually quite keen on immigration, because we actually need more working-age folk to care for our wrinklies and keep the lights on. (Actually you do too, but the press seem not to talk about this much...)

>Oh, and that whole charging for education at Scottish colleges thing, when anyone else in the EU got free places and we could go for free to yours? Clerical error. Sorry won't happen again.

It wasn't an error ;) It was a response to progressively socially divisive fees regimes south of the border, hand-in-hand with a bit of bribery to encourage our own bright young things not to fuck off to London for such things. Remember, government funding (or not) of higher education is about the student, not the institution looking to fatten its wallet.

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@MrXavia

>Shipbuilding would move back to England(most likely) or Wales since the UK would have to cancel any future building of warships in Scotland,

Don't forget Belfast...

>Our nuclear deterrent would move to England or Wales.

My money's on Wales - the farther away from Westminster the better, as per ibid.

>more jobs would be created in the remainder of the Union because of those two things.

And a tidal wave of Scottish skilled labour would probably be making use of their promised dual citizenship to up-sticks and apply for them. Remember now: if they've got passports you can't call them immigrants!

>The downside is conservatives would have too much power, and power without balance from opposition is risky.

I shouldn't worry, if your predictions about heavy industry come true then it'll be a massive shot in the arm for rUK Labour :)

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Totes AMAZEBALLS! Side boob, binge-watch and clickbait added to Oxford Dictionary

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>Also, I thought mansplain was something coined by the "social justice" / feminism lot?

That's plausible, given there's no equivalent "chixplain" addition...

"Honey, can I get a courtesy pause on the DVD please? I'd rather binge-watch my way to a piss-drenched sofa than have to let you chixplain the "significant plot-points" of the 30 seconds I'd miss by running to the bog, which apparently include all dialogue and scene-shifts verbatim complete with theories on their significance, what other shows you think you've seen that actress in before, and what amusing thing the cat did in my absence, which will drown out the following 5 minutes of audio and make me wish I'd never asked!"

/aaaaaaand-breathe

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Neo:

"Lo! Jism!"

/pretty sure incumbent usage is "side-boob" (hyphenated) and Google agrees with me

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Anonymous threatens to name cop who shot dead unarmed Michael Brown

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Re: What happened to the principle of...

Well, I'm not going near the rest of your post, but I feel it should be pointed out that it's: "unless proven guilty ..." Important distinction, that. All too often forgotten.

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SOULLESS machine-intelligence ROBOT cars to hit Blighty in 2015

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Re: I have had an epiphany.

>Unless it become the car's way of flirting.

AAAAAaaaaaand there's the Lindsey Lohan angle! /Herbie

Icon: needs updating

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@HMB Re: Unaffected by new laws

Wish I'd been there; the barstewards 'ad me for that one many years back. Barely dusk, 5 minute journey, actually had lights but front batteries were on last legs - what really got me was half the cars around me didn't have their lights on yet, nor did the city buses!

(Note: I did not voice these observations. I'm sure it's just a local phenomenon, but the police around here aren't too fond of engaging in debate on the defensibility/proportionality of their actions, for some reason...)

When I see velociplods(TM), I always wonder whether they've volunteered for this, or couldn't think of an excuse fast enough...

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Microsoft blasts sueball at Samsung over Android patent royalties

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@AC, you make a valid point that others sadly seem too lost in partisan fervour to want to acknowledge. There is absolutely no reason to expect that the patents will be discussed at all: the charges at issue are that Samsung aren't paying the agreed royalties, and (as seems to be their defence) Microsoft are breaking their side of the deal somehow. I don't see how the patents themselves are even relevant to either.

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Another day, another Firefox: Version 31 is upon us ALREADY

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Re: Irrelevant?

Firebug is indeed magnificent, but here's the problem IMHO: why must the browser itself weigh itself down further and saddle all its users with such bloat, when such a capable addon exists already for those who'll actually use it?

Those dev hours would have been better spent on some of the many showstopper bugs that have persisted for years (everyone's got their own pet one by now).

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Bose says today is F*** With Dre Day: Beats sued in patent battle

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Gs up, Bose down

I gotta docket full of lawyers and my homeyboys* do too.

[* Tim Cook and Jony Ive]

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NEW, SINISTER web tracking tech fingerprints your computer by making it draw

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@Charlie Clark Re: Description...

Charlie, do you mean that to exclude those with "extensive script-blocking" will reduce the target size?

If so, I'm not convinced that will make it "much, much smaller", because:

1. Those who ad-block, script-block etc are still a very small minority, I suspect. Be careful you are not voicing the prejudice of our profession!

2. Such people (myself included) may have given up on JS-blocking due to the effort involved in unblocking the many sites that won't function without JS. That leaves us armed to the teeth with other addons that do everything short of blocking JS to protect privacy, which may just be enough of a climbdown to make us vulnerable.

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Re: Description...

Thanks for the clarification.

This is the bit that gets me. Sure, you have a laundry list of "high-entropy properties" (browser, list of plugins, OS, font settings, screen, GPU) but I find it hard to believe there isn't still a pretty high collision rate. I mean, any laptop of the same model in the hands of Average Joe who doesn't change defaults is likely to give the same hash, surely?

Plus, when the range of "entropy" (read:uniqueness) sources is that great, the odds of one of them being changed and thereby changing the hash must be pretty high too, right? (I guess these two points are slightly contradictory, but both still carry some weight I think.)

I'm just about certain I'm missing something, feel free to enlighten me ;)

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YES: Scotland declares independence ... from the dot co dot uk empire

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Re: Or just plain offensive?

Mugging Babbage, Drew? Geek points ahoy :)

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Re: Well, if things don't work out

>fried Mars Bar

Pah. Spoken like someone who's never tried a deep-fried Crunchie ;)

Still, I'm in. Will our passports be ready before the end of Scottish Summer (1 Aug)?

Icon: The only "VB" right-thinking regtards should be interested in...

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NEW Raspberry Pi B+, NOW with - count them - FOUR USB ports

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Re: I wonder if the new Pi-B powers up via the USB ports?

The fact that you posted an hour before me and hadn't yet received an upvote for that joke fills me with despair for the wits of our fellow commentariat.

Pi "R" may sadly be a while coming though. So far we're only at "B" and we've had two models and a revision of the second, so I fully expect the "R" to come with integral hoverboard.

By comparison, the Pi "D" is just around the corner, and you'll only need one of those :)

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New Doctor Who episode leaks online as proper trailer debuts

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Joke

Nonsense, you've been trying to sell me penis pills for the last month! Didn't you notice the backscatter from my Barracuda?

[Actually, most of your post reads very similarly to that other email you sent me proposing marriage if I paid for your passport and flight. I did reply to that one, but that was before you started sending me the penis-pill ones. What am I to infer from this? I should point out that the photo I sent back was taken on a rather chilly morning!]

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Rural mobile coverage: Tweeting twits to join chirping tits in UK's national parks

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Gabbering?

Someone is producing, or possibly dancing to, inaccessible thumping mid-90s Dutch techno music behind me on the hiking trail?

Not again!

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'Apple is TERRIFIED of women’s bodies and women’s pleasure' – fresh tech sex storm

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@Loyal Commenter

>Lets not even start on what a hideously gauche thing to do this would be in the first place, and not dwell on what your mother might think about your father acting in such a way.

Tim, is that you? ;)

Well, probably not, given your apparent disdain for iThings, but seriously man, lighten up! Try not to be so British. One thing none of us can deny about our parents is that, at one time at least, they found each other attractive. And they did the nasty. Yes they did. Sleep well ;)

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Another 'NSA-proof' webmail biz popped by JavaScript injection bug

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Stop

Sigh...

This all would be largely unnecessary if Joe Sixpack (and Joe PHB, I suppose) hadn't dismissed PGP as "too complicated". PGP which, as far as I'm aware, Snowden still considers "good enough".

It's easy enough to carry a PGP key on your keyfob, not to mention a portable MUA to use it with if you like. And if you don't trust the host computer enough for that, then you'd be no better off with webmail.

Is it too late for everybody to get behind that?

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iPhone user SHAMEGASM: 'I beg of you', delete sex app from my purchase list

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>Am I the only one thinking that perhaps the iPhone isn't exactly shaped in the correct way for this purpose?

You're holding it wrong.

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Is there too much sex and violence on TV?

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Re: Where do we complain

I like big butts and I cannot lie. Frankly, I'm dreading my interview to be Beyoncé's PA tomorrow.

>Bad language is almost always abusive. I really don't get why you'd want kids to grow up thinking its normal to verbally abuse people.

Your premise is incorrect. Most usage of swearwords is not in the second person, but the third, and the majority within this is whereby it's used as a form of spice or raising agent; adding a bit more piquancy and emotional intensity to the content. "The fucking mower broke again" tells us more about the speaker's emotional investment in the subject than if the swearword was omitted.

>Yes they may do so at school

Well that is down to the school that tolerates it in any monitorable context.

>but that is not the same as including it in officially sanctioned entertainment.

WTF is "officially sanctioned entertainment"? Victory TV? The Running Man?

>I simply don't understand the f-bomb. Why would you take something that's supposed to be really good and use it to describe something bad?

I ain't no etymologist, but I'm fairly confident that the "good" and "bad" usages are fairly easy to discern from one another... In fact I'm not sure there even are any constructions with the word "fuck" that could realistically be misconstrued. Let's see:

fuck (v): "I'm going to fuck you." Good (unless you dislike sex)

fuck (vt) "I'm going to fuck you up/over/off." Generally Bad (counter-examples welcome).

fuck (n): "You miserable fuck!" Bad (unless during sex and with partner used to salty language)

fucking (adj): "You're a fucking fuck!" Bad / "Wotsits are fucking awesome!" Good. Aggregate: Neutral.

>Perhaps something a little less offensive, such as wishing someone would burn in torment, it isn't so bad is it?

That sounds like a biblical reference, but since you don't come out and say it, I'll assume it just means wishing someone would be burned alive. And that's better than using a word that connotes with sex or elevated emotion (mostly negative)? NGL bro, I think I'll stick with "fuck".

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Remaining Snowden docs will be released to avert 'unspecified US war' – ‪Cryptome‬

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Re: What I'd like to see...

Nixon: whores

Ford: drunk whores

Carter: potatoes

Reagan: reverse cowgirl

Bush: broccoli

Clinton: Need I bother?

Bush The Revenge: shoe fetish

Obama: Jury's still out, but my money's on some unspeakable act involving a Nobel prize

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George?

GeorgeJohn Young

If you're going to come on like his BFF, you might try and get his name right.

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BBC offers briefest of teasers for the next Doctor Who

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Re: Maybe it's "time" for a tardis regen....

>What that would be, I don't know, maybe a checkered cab [...]

Not... sure... if... trolling... but...

DIAF. I know the show's doing its best to pander to the US audience, but there are limits!

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Shrew'd boffins spot TINY ELEPHANT species

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The most important question:

Will seeing this fella cause an elephant-sized mouse to shriek and jump onto a chair?

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Re: Oh dear

Uh...

Are you posting to the right article?

If so, you do realise they said sengis, not Sengas, right?

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Creepy battery-operated TEDDY BEAR SEX TOY. Sadly, this is for real

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Re: How bizarre

Nice going Tim, now I can't wait to see the PR campaign for Worstal Bank ;)

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@TheOtherHobbes Re: That problem has been solved

>Will there be a penguin version?

Protip: your SO isn't as "into" Linux as she tells you she is.

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DON’T add me to your social network, I have NO IDEA who you are

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Re: hmph!

Fast work there, Ken!

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IPv4 addresses now EXHAUSTED in Latin America and the Caribbean

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Isn't that obvious?

Fridge: @Washers, is that you? The whole kitchen's shaking!!

Washing Machine: @Fridgy yeah that's me, spin cycle lol

Fridge: FFS, holding onto yoghurts & jar of pickles 4 dear life here :/

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DOCX disaster recovery: How I rescued my wife from XM-HELL

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Re: Yup, got this particular T-shirt

No, fair play, on second reading the intent is perfectly clear. I think I took a break before that sub-head and got the sense of that snippet arseways. I was reading it as "cheating at navigating to the locus", which wasn't what you were saying at all. Apologies for the unwarranted rabies (rabidity?).

Out of interest (and as I'm more likely to have it at hand than VS), does Chrome actually direct you to the location of the broken tag as well?

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