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Cops: Bloke makes bet with wife. Wife loses - so hubby TASERS her

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Re: Before anybody suggests it is confined to the US ...

Yes, and as we all know, America produces more trash per capita than anywhere else in the world.

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Ever increasing standards

How do you increase the intellegence of the average American familly ?

Buy them a dog.

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SCIENCE and RELIGION AGREE! LIFE and Man ARE from CLAY

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Interesting thought

If God exists then why would he bother with something as universally insignificant as mankind.

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Microsoft CEO shortlist claim: It's just Elop, Bates, Mulally, Nadella and...

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Re: Choices choices choices

Just read a quick track record report of Elop on ZDnet, effectively things could get worse than Ballmer...

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Choices choices choices

As long as Balmer is out then can it really get any worse anyway ?

I can't judge Balmers business acumen but his presence was unbearable, he was a lousy figurehead for such a large company.

I don't think that it is so important who takes the lead as long as that person listens to his "paying" public a little more than the last guy did.

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Samsung: Get ready to BEND OVER – foldable fondleslabs 'by 2016'...

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Re: "rather terrible advert"

Is there really something called an "LG Bender".... that's not going to go down ( pun intended) very well with the PC crowd.

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Cyber dragnet: Five new HACKERS join FBI's 'most wanted' list

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I don't know the bible so had to do a bit of googling for the biblical reference, it's very appropriate...

Here is the passage

"Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?"

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Paris Hilton

Fothermucker

Does the guy on the far right also eat babies ?

Paris ------------->>>>>>>> He must be in the opposite club

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Crowdfunded audit of 'NSA-proof' encryption suite TrueCrypt is GO

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To take it slighlty one step further, it would be even more credible if two(or more) seperate , independant and unknown to each other, teams should be given the task.

Each of the teams could then analyse and compare the results of the others eventually creating an aggregated result.

Then releasing the test scenarios in order that the greater public can attempt to reproduce the results and make their own decisions..

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Mobe-makers' BLOATWARE is Android's Achilles heel

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Re: That's why we need a common hardware platform

"A common hardware platform" is the Cyanogenetic approach; business couldn't care less.

Cyanogenetic ; Adjective : FUD free .

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Japanese boffins unveil INVINCIBLE robot rock, paper, scissors 'bot

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Re: Meanwhile

Before it will be used for medical purposes, it would be normal to presume that the military will get their hands on it first.

The utopic world that you describe often takes second place to that of the worlds super powers "needs"...

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Eerie

Give one of these things a virtual sentient weight to all of it's actions and suddenly it becomes a frightening adversary.

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Amazon lashes Nvidia's GRID GPU to its cloud: But can it run Crysis?

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Bitcoin dilemma solution

I wonder if it would be a good platform for resolving the Bitcoin mining dilemma. Those GPU units can usually handle serious number crunching routines.

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US soldiers preparing for civilian life taught coding skills by Microsoft

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Re: Mods

You mean that real life is just as boring and repetetive ?

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Mods

I suppose that they at least would be capable of adding a touch of realism to the mod packs for COD etc.... Nothing like first hand experience...

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No, it's NOT Half-Life 3 – it's Valve's lean, mean STEAM MACHINE

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I am kinda judging that that is not a very positive thing then......

I know it's not the same for everyone but my console hides under my desk, the only time I ever see it is when I insert a DVD/Game.

If the console looks like shit but plays superb, then I really don't care what it look like. I think my PS3 slim looks kinda crap too. There will have to be damned good content though and not just another subset of what we already have on the market. We really don't need any more Halo, Gears of War or COD franchises....

Kudos to steam for what they are attempting.

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Facebook fans fuel FAGGOT FURY firestorm

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Re: This is disturbing

Since English is in general of French or German origin :

Fagot : Un fagot est un faisceau de petit bois, de branchages. Translated it becomes "a bunch or bundle of small sticks."

It is difficult to know the etyomology of the American adaptation.. Was it maybe to suggest - "a group ( bundle) of men having small penis(sticks)" ?

By the way I notice that there are two spellings Faggot and Fagot......What are the correct spellings for the English food and the American slander term ?

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Need an internet antidote? Try magic mushrooms

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MMMMMhhhhhhh

Great article

Reminds me of my Mother In Laws "Croute aux champignons"

Chanterelles ( Cantharellus in English)

Bolet ( Commonly known as Cepes in France)

Morilles ( Which I think are known as morels in English)

Cream, White wine, butter, flour, salt and pepper.

It is normally eaten alone or on toast as a starter and it is simply delicious....

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How Dark Mail Alliance hopes to roll out virtually NSA-proof email next year

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OpenPGP ?

For secure communication we use OpenPGP encrypted mail, is there any current reason to think that it is no longer safe ?

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New Bitcoin exchange launches in the UK

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British Silk Road

Can we safely presume that a new improved version of Silk Road will be opening up in the very near future ?

As much as I like the idea that Bitcoins remove the banks from the equation, I also understand that it quickly becomes a parallel system for anything illegal.

Legal theft continues to use the traditional banking systems. ( Greenspans, Madoffs, Wall street etc)

Illegal activity uses Bitcoin.( Mafia, Drug dealers, arms dealers etc)

Can't we just have a system for the common man, who is involved in neither of these activities....please...

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Ding-dong, Cthulu calling: Infogrames’ 1992 Alone in the Dark

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Technological advance, psychology and change ?

I absolutely loved Alone in the Dark, it had everything that made a great game great for the period.

Recently I have just finished The Last of Us which also had everything that makes a great game great.

There is a HUGE difference between them technologically, in terms of graphics, physics engines, sound quality, fluidity etc. BUT both of have/had the "wow" factor.

If I replayed AITD today I would probably find it dull, maybe even a little cheesy and yet at the time it was great.

So what is it exactly that changes, what happens in the mind, that yesterday I found AITD completely immersive and yet today I no longer do ?

I presume that same will happen with TLOU if I were to replay it in 10 years’ time..

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Only a merciful BULLET can really save a RHINO, say Texas hunters

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Re: Strange Logic

What you fail to understand is that killing animals that are already endangered it not going to increase the odds of their survival.

I presented an alternative idea to killing the black rhino and you come back spouting some nonsense about being an "armchair critic". ..... What exactly was your suggestion/solution to the problem - criticising on an El Reg forum..

Learn to heed your own advice before giving it out to others..

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If his sperm count is still valid then he will remain usefull...The torro no longer has to be in the same field....

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Re: Strange Logic

Jaun Carlos indeed has a very poor track record with hunting/guns/killing. I just read that he actually killed his own brother in a shooting accident and also some other strange story about hunting drunk bears....

And apparently the Elephant kills can also be bought at auction......

The Guardian's story

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Killing the rhino is not the only choice, so no, it doesn't make sense. Conservation would keep the animal alive but well away from the others.

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Strange Logic

The rich b*****d could simply help fund without the kill and use some of the money to take that Black Rhino and put it somewhere else, away from the others and out of harms way. it's not like the national parcs have a lack of space.......

This appears to be a pathetic excuse for a rich man to go hunting endagered species. What's the betting that he keeps the head/horn as a trophy....

There are times where hunting can be justified but this is not one of them.

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In a meeting with a woman? For pity's sake DON'T READ THIS

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I don't understand this either, you are accepting customers money but are obviously not providing the service.

A 1 hour SLA is usually a very expensive contract and it requries dedicated staff. it sounds as if you are not being entirely honest with your clients.

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Agreed

In my book, anyone that uses a phone/device in a meeting is saying " I am more important than you or your meeting and I have more important things to attend to". OK, in that case don't ever expect anything but my most minimal attention during your meetings.

Worse than the phone though, is the bastards that turn up late.........that really gets on my nerves and I become very vocal about the issue.....

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Want to keep the users happy? Don't call them users for a start

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BOFH reprisal

I just realised that no-one has yet mention the word "luser" , Mr Travaglia will not be amused....

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Simples really

If you want to provide a good service for the "Clients" of the IT system the solution is quite simple.

Put yourself into their position: Sit behind their desk, learn a little of the "chore" that they have to perform and understand how you as an IT Professional can help alleviate the burden. Solving their problems might cause some new problems for you but it is usually short term.

In IT, I feel that we are lucky to have interesting jobs, for the most part.... Personally I would hate to be sat in front of a computer doing accounting, or working in the claims dept. etc... So if we can make their life’s easier, it also undoubtedly will make our lives easier..

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Apple's Hacker Princess really needs to stay away from Idaho cops

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Re: Back in the day

Worse, they will simply remove the 4th amendment..

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It's NOT an iPad - but that's FINE: I learned to LOVE Microsoft's Surface 2

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It actually does exist, or at least according to the OED it does, it's just that it is considered as a nonstandard word.

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The importance of complexity

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The closest that I got was a similar problem, determing the shortest path between two points. It was only after we had tried, failed, sweated and failed some more that were shown/explained Diijkstras solution to this problem, which at first seems to be so very easy.... Think again

The problem was given after having received our first examples of recursion..

Never have I had the fortune/misfortune of being given this kind of "puzzle" within my professional career. I ended up doing "Systems Engineering" related stuff..

I admit to the fact that I was not mathematically minded, or at least not enough to have ever gone very far down that path.

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Keyboard fatigue? Now you can SCRAWL in Gmail and Google Docs

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Re: What usage ?

@Spartacus

Yes, the furniture example really strikes home the usefullness. A few days ago I took an picture of one of our racks and one of our patch panels, I then connected he note my PC, copied the image made a some annotations on it and then sent it to a coloeague. The idea never once struck me to annotate directly on the note...

@AC

Just for your info, I bought a note for the ability to surf the web on a reasonable sized screen. The fact that it also had the stylus was a bonus. No, I didn't see the ad for the sole reason that I do not possess a television.

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Re: What usage ?

Ahhh. Three quite different usages

@Notas : A learning tool.

I am not currently learning any other alphabet, I did learn to read and write Hebrew when I was younger and I can easilly understandy your usage method. Hebrew is nowhere near as complicated as Chinese but as an electronic/instant "character verifier" I can understand how I could have learned to write even quicker. If Google picks up the letter you obviously know that it is well written....

@Samuel : As a personal secretary/note taker.

Why is evernote an advantage, is it simply because Evernote is good a filing things later oe is there another reason. I have evernote bit I have always used the Samsung Apps for handwriting, I hadn't even considered the idea that I could use OCR with other apps, I need to give it a try.

@Spartacus : As a professional note/scribbling tool..

Yes, this was the closest example to what I have already been doing, except that I did not consider the idea of taking photos and annotating them, I always drew a very basic plan and added the dimensions. The final result wouild have been a lot clearer if I had thought of integrating the image.....( facepalm for me).

Interesting to see/learn how others can/do use it. I think I jhave been overlooking the fact that I only use in a standalone manner whereas each of you seem to use it in conjunction with others tools... I need to rethink my strategy.....

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What usage ?

I have had several devices, touchscreen laptop ( old resistance version), palm, 7" tablet and 5" smartphone on which I am/was capable of writing but unfortunately I never ever found the need.

I have scribbled a couple of notes on the Galaxy Note whilst doing some DIY round the house but it has never gone further than a noting couple of numbers or dimensions.

I honsestly can't think if a good reason for using the handwriting/scribbling that these devices offer. I have never owned a Wacom pad so I do not know if they are the same/better/worse or have other benefits, that's a bit out of scope anyway.

Does anyone actually use the handwriting/scribbling on a daily basis, if so for what usage ? Serious question, I would love to think that there is a usage for which I beneft ony ma current devices.

-------------->>>>>>>> Icon for inquiring mind

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Snap-happy blogger babe posts catcalling blokes' mugshots online

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Re: It must get really, really boring

>expand your horizons beyond your little world

You really can't help yourself can you....

Avez vous, pour un seul moment, reflechi sur la fait que, peut-etre, l'anglais n'est pas ma langue principal ?

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Re: It must get really, really boring

不需要对不起,我不是侮辱。

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Re: It must get really, really boring

@Bronny.

It appears that the world is a very hostile place for you, personally I can't change that for you nor am I responsable for that, it is actually a very hostile world for all of us. Unfortunately your comment reads like a rant, you express yourself as though you speak for all women, which is not the case ( Eddy doesn't like that idea either).

The general attitude that you give is one of an extremely angry person, no-one can ever hope to discuss anything with any angry person, hence my complete lack of desire to reply to your remarks.

@ADG

Please read back through the various comments and I believe that you will find that the many of the comments were blown out of proportion, citing examples that were not within the context of the article. Again as I mentioned above, far too many times I was replied with examples of the most extreme cases which completely construes the context.

Up until the Bronny "remarks" I read and accepted your statements in an honest manner, I would not consider that as being a troll.

Far too many of the remarks from Bronny and Eddy are skewed in a manner in which they would rather imply something about my character rather than actually construct an argument, it says more about them that it does about me.

@Eddy

Personal insults or their inference do not help your argumentation.

Je vous laisse à vos pensées, bon soirée.

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Re: It must get really, really boring

@Bronny,

You sound like a very reasonable person, which would you like to bring back first, hanging or decapitation ?

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Re: It must get really, really boring

@ADG ( Quote from wikipedia - It says precisely how I see what contemporary society is moving towards)

Historians now regard the Victorian era as a time of many contradictions, such as the widespread cultivation of an outward appearance of dignity and restraint together with the prevalence of social phenomena such as prostitution and child labour.

In relation to the world population, I agree. But with something like an "increase of 200 000 people per day, it is quite obvious that the primal instinct to is a strong as ever. Unfortunately the growing lack of resources does not worry many of the worlds population..... They have problems controlling their instincts.....

@Eddy Ito

>I guess the equivalent of "too sensitive" today is being part of the "PC brigade".

You have summed it up perfectly..... ironic that same "PC Brigade", "Too sensitive" crowd usually also belong to the religious crowd that you mentioned further up.

>To her last day she simply couldn't understand what was wrong with calling someone a nigger

Calling someone a name means nothing, what is important is how those words are used. The word nigger, although socially acceptable many years ago has now become taboo. The fact the word has become taboo though does not change the attitudes of those that use/used it, and this noes not necassarily mean that their attirude was negative or derogatory..

I grew up using the word "handicapped" to describe those with a disability, today they have been given the title "mobility challenged" or something similar. Has that changed changed anything about the way that I see those people, of course it hasn't...... My attitude has not changed, only the words. Apparently today it would be a social faux pas to call someone handicapped.

Now think about those who are catcalling, do they really want the woman, to "show her tits" as mentionned above. Of course they don't. From what I have seen and experienced it has never been more than idle banter or fun. OK, there may exist etreme cases but the extreme cases are no longer catcalling....it then moves into the realm of psychological disturbance or similar, which is not this issue of this article.

The PC Brigade will keep pushing issues like this because they believe that it will resolve what exactly ? Contemporary society has far more important issues to worry about than issues like this.

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Re: It must get really, really boring

>Timid people suffer from timidity

Ok then in your book timid people suffer from what exactlly if it is not timidity?

>Timid people are a minority

They are certainely not a majority, or at least not in the world that I live in and because of the work and activity then I am involved in I meet many varying people from many varying backgrounds everyday.

>No, I'm sure the people in your circle only catcall and whistle at people they

1st I do not belong to the group of people that Catcall or Whistle at others.

>that's the most respectful way to communicate and get a woman's attention

If thats the only way in which some people can gain attention from others then so be it.

>Then again, perhaps they don't have a pair big enough to walk over and introduce themselves in a civilized manner that isn't threatening.

Not all men were born Casanovas

Todays PC brigade have become experts at knee jerk reactions whereby the commonest of actions is to be condoned. As the saying goes people that live in glass houses.........

I have never met anyone that is perfect and that has nothing to hide. On relative scales everyone is a wrong-doer to someone else. Listending to some of the comments and reactions aI am surprised that many of you have not requested for capital punishment to be reintroduced.

The fragility of many people today is becoming frightening. For some strange reason they seem to expect to ive in some kind if utopia witht eh angels.... Unfortunately man is an animal, he is a hunter and gatherer that must struggle inorder to survive. His instincts will always resurface no matter how hard you try and push them down.

I do not particulary condone the behaviour of the CatCallers but I certainely do not condone the behaviour of the PC brigade that would rather stifle anything that remotely resembles some harmelss fun..

Of course the typical knee jerk reaction is to find the most extreme and rare case possible and exemplify it in order to make ones case. Fortunately for the rest of mankind those extreme cases are just that extreme and rare.

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Re: It must get really, really boring

>As a guy who doesn't suffer it, that's not a call you get to make for the opposite gender.

I can't think of any reason for which men can't be on the receiving end. You personally might not but this is definately not a gender specific issue.

>"Should we stop all forms of compliments to unknown women ?"

By including "in private - on a dark street." This completely changes the context which has no bearing to my intial question/remark.

>You are comparing an apple and an orange. Shouting "Nice tits!" across a road is rather different to smiling to someone who serves you, or holding a door open.

As I previously mentioned Cat-Calling where I am from is usually guys whistling at women, you have pushed the barrier much further and moved into another context.

>We can't cater to that without causing offence to the majority of others. So their fragile little ego is going to have to learn to cope without morons publicly objectifying them.

Ah, so you pick and choose what you cater too according to what ? I honestly don't imagine that it is the "majority" of women that suffer from CatCalling either, so we probably shouldn't cater to them either. You are delibarately picking and choosing your victims, it's either one law for everone or for no-one.

>Some women might quite like being groped in public.

And now you have really upped thte game and we are suddently talking about groping women.. That is a far cry from a guy whistling across the street and completely out of context.

>Street harassment is a problem. Not for me or you, but to a lot of quite timid women who just happen to look pretty, it is a revolting and unpleasant experience.

Please define the word "harrassement" it is a vague term which I am sure you would be unable to define in a manner in which everyone would eventually be capable of stating that they suffer from it.

Timid people suffer from timidity, any public exposure will create a problem for them ,I think it would be extremely rare that a timid person was cat called after, they usually do not portray the kind of characters that interest CatCallers. Again timid people are a minority, according to your remarks we should not cater for the minority.

>It is NOT cool to shout compliments at strangers.

No one is saying it is cool, those are your words.

>So what your saying is that because some women quite like being treated like trash and pieces of meat it should be ok to publicly treat all women like that?

Again you are using your own words to describe what you "think" is in the mind of someone else, major mistake.

I have never seen anyone pay a compliment to or whistle after someone that they consider as a piece of trash or a piece of meat. This is pure conjecture on your behalf.

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Unsupervised Brit kids are meeting STRANGERS from the INTERNET

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Now we are getting to the real point.

Online Safety is moot - the internet is not a dangerous place per se.

The usage of the internet "can" be dangerous though, it's similar to a loaded gun, as long as you don't touch the trigger it won't go bang.

How many parents would give their kids a loaded gun to play with, without any supervision or training ?

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Baldness fix from foreskin follicles

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Short and curly crowd

It would make it easy to recognize those that had the transplant. Simply look for the the group with short and curlies on the heads.....

I feel sorry for those that already have short and curly hair....

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Now swallow: Microsoft hands out cure for Surface RT tabs killed by Win 8.1

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Re: Deity grade output

@◘AC 05:00

I think you will find that it is an almost impossible task to completely debug any application, above a certain complexity, which is 100% fit for the general public.

It it the market that defines the necessity for ever increasing updates, service packs and versions. This increase creates the terrible situation of reducing software quality. It's easy to spot, all of the big players are guilty of it, MS, Apple, Google and even linux to a certain extent.

If I addition the amount of downtime that I have had in the last 20 years it would add up to a tiny tiny percentage of the uptime, I find this more than acceptable... Maybe you require 100% uptime, in that case write your own dsoftware, when you are finished writing it, we will see how you fare.

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Re: Serves you right

Thank your deity that they do actually exist because if not there would be no testing of anything in the real world situations..

If everyone behaved as you do then we would ALL be in a sorry state....

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Microsoft pulls Win 8.1 RT code which upgraded Surface 'slabs into BRICKS

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Re: Bricked or somewhat confused. @Khaptain

@Mort

Then in that case I would happily, for free, accept that "bricked" device that some people don't know how to un-brick, or doesn't know a friend or a techie to take care of it for them..

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Re: Bricked or somewhat confused. @Khaptain

I would hazard to say that :

If the only person that can get your device working again is the manufacturer then it should be classified as bricked.

Otherwise it is just temporarily "confused". I really can't think of a suitable adjective to replace confused - incapacitated, out of order ....

If you, a techie friend can get it back up running without the manufacturers help then it is not bricked. The original bloggers post will probably recieve a lot of traffic from NonTechnically minded people looking for a solution. No one wants to suffer the pain of sending back tot the manufacturer if they can avoid it.

I initially used the word confused because during the boot routine the boot loader can't find a particular file and cannot proceed as expected, thereby leaving it in a "confused" state.... It had no viable alternative solution other than to panic or remain in an endless loop.

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