* Posts by Sarah Balfour

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Belgium to the rescue as UK consumers freeze after BST blunder

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Re: Do away with BST, don't blame farmers

Or goats…or sheep…or, as I prefer, buffalo. I'd REALLY prefer reindeer - highe saturated fat content than single cream, most wonderful milk I've ever tasted. Never catch on, though, what with the NHS scaring everyone stiff with their BS about saturated fat and cholesterol… pity, because it's far healthier than any other milk due to the high fat content.

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Europe could be drowned in 'worthless pop culture' thanks to EU copyright plans

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Re: "People speak different languages, the group reminded Kommissar Ansip"

Desperanto - the universal language of the EU Commission

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Building a better society from the Czechs' version of Meccano

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Re: Thanks

Izal - or Jeyes - was the only bog roll my great-grandad - my dad's maternal grandad - would use and, when he went to live with my grandparents, my granny would buy nowt else, which necessitated us having a box of tissues handy at all times when we visited.

It's a horrible thing to say - and I'm ashamed of myself for even thinking it - but I was almost glad when he went!

I also recall having Izal at school - the nuns obviously wanted us to be eternally thankful that we'd been permitted bog roll at all. Cheers, Tim, for bringing back long-buried painful memories. Building's still there, but the school itself closed about 15 years ago.

Well, /most/ of it…

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Coral Reefs: Secret Cities of the Sea exhibition – life beneath the waves

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Hate to be a pedant, but…

…the plural of 'octopus' is either 'octopuses', or 'octopodes', NEVER 'octopi', it's Greek, not Latin.

I KNOW I'm fighting a war I'll NEVER win, schools don't teach classics these days. Now the vernacular has been unleashed on the Web, proper Latin and Greek pluralisation is doomed - DOOMED I tells ya!

Even iOS autocorrect accepts 'octopi' - and even 'nucleuses'.

We're DOOMED! I blame the Yanks, they've NEVER given a damn about proper pluralisation - this is assimilation by stealth!

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Exercising with chocolate: Festival and tours galore

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As far as I'm concerned…

…Cadbury's tastes like shit, too. Shite like that should NOT be allowed to call itself 'chocolate', true chocolate, as far as I'm concerned, is raw - hasn't been dicked about with - no heating, no dutching, no addition of any emulsifying agents, and with - or without - cacao butter.

Dutching is a process which neutralises the acidity of raw cacao (between pH 4.5 and 5.5) by treating it with an alkalising agent, and enhance its colour (dutched cocoa is a far darker shade than raw cacao powder, which looks very similar in colour to ground cinnamon). Unfortunately, this also destroys most of its flavenols and significantly reduces its nutritional value (cacao has an excellent nutritional profile and, unlike the nutrients in many other plants, they're well assimilated).

I eat a handful of raw 100% cacao drops most days, they're incredibly bitter, due to their acidity, but I like it, though most people can't stomach it.

Commercial, mass-produced 'chocolate' has given the real stuff a bad rep; I dare you to attempt the Raw Cacao Drop Challenge - raw cacao drops - can YOU stomach them…?!

Remember the genus name translates to 'food of the gods'. There are 13 species, of which 6 produce knowingly-edible fruits.

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Amazon cloud threatens to SMASH the fundamental laws of PHYSICS

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"Obaque" - got a colb…?

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Re: Infinite?

Damn you! I was just about to make a similar comment. Story only showed up in my News360 feed today (I need a better reader, one that updates several times daily, and DOESN'T continually nag me to connect to unsocial media!).

Have an up-vote, anyway!

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Forum chat is like Clarkson punching you repeatedly in the face

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Re: M&S

I like M&S dudes' socks coz, even though I don't ascribe to either gender, I'm technically female, and the world appears to have decided that females should only wear socks in shades of brown, grey, black and white. The last pack of coloured girly socks I bought was from H&M years ago, and I wore 'em through.

The smallest M&S do is a tad big (I take a 5.5 shoe - and DON'T get me started on footwear, M&S used to be the only place I could get a 5.5, after Clark's decided to join the 'nobody has size 5.5 feet' brigade - and now THEY'VE quit, too! I've been living in the same pair of New Balance trainers for at least the past decade. I used to have the most wonderful pair of Brasher boots, too, but I lost 'em on my travels somewhere. I've tried and tried to replace 'em, but to no avail. Can't even recall the series name now - think they were Supalites, but don't quote me on that - Supalite XL or summat. They were the most comfortable things I've ever put on me plates, and they only cost me £50 (eBay bargain. BNIB, too). I've got weird feet, I NEED a 5.5; I have a rare congenital disorder known as hemihypertrophy, the right side of me is bigger than the left, and I've a displaced right hip, too. I can't wear trousers or jeans, I have to wear leggings because,obviously they stretch to accommodate the bigger leg. Bras are a nightmare, too (I'm a 28 chest, in that most of my tops are size 4, but the right side is 29 and the left is between 26/27. I've found myself wishing I could lose 'em, they're fuck all use to me and that'd be that, problem solved!).

No idea where all THAT came from. Blame @Bassey, HE got me started by mentioning socks!

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Appeal court bombshell: Google must face British justice for 'Safari spying'

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It IS a breach of privacy…

…not to mention fucking creepy. It's almost a form of cyberstalking I don't WANT a multibillion dollar multinational looking over my virtual shoulder, breathing down my virtual neck, watching my every virtual move, ta very much!

Every mail you send

Every pound you spend

Every tag you trend

I'll be watching you

Oh can't you see…?

You've sold your soul to me

Another grand I take

With every search you make

There would have been more, but I'm whacked tonight, I can't do that sorta shit when I'm tired… especially not parody. I need the original lyrics in front of me too, to get the metre right. G'night fellow hominids…

Peace, Love and Bacon

SJ

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700,000 beautiful women do the bidding of one Twitter-scamming man

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@1980s_coder I've up-voted you, because you're intentions were admirable…

…if completely misguided. I don't know where you are but, as El Reg is in Blighty, I'll assume you are, too (yeah I know it's in the U.S. and Oz now too, but it'll always be Blightian to me!).

It's not your fault, you've been brainwashed to believe that the way to lose flab (assuming that was your aim, and I'll presume it was) is the old cals in < cals out BS. There's just one problem: a calorie isn't a calorie, not all calories are created equal, and the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics does NOT apply to human beans. Yes, 'tis true that, on yer plate, all cals are equal but, once you've consumed 'em, that's no longer the case. Shoving a load of grains down yer gizzard is the ABSOLUTE WORST thing you could ever POSSIBLY do if you desire to take your belt in a hole (or three).

Let me endeavour to explain (apologies if this gets a bit muddled, I'm not good at explaining stuff, I'm autistic). Every species has a dietary blueprint, laid down by evolution and genetics - lions eat zebra, penguins eat fish, polar bears eat seals, cows eat grass, and so on and so forth. We are 'programmed' to derive the most nutrition, and be healthiest on a certain kind of diet and, for us Homo sapiens, that's what I term carni-omnivorous, in other words, whilst we need SOME plant matter, we need more animal foods, a ratio of around 80:20 is about right.

Grains are a VERY poor source of nutrients for people, because, well we can't digest 'em, we have the guts of carnivores (carnivorous dentition, short guts, and bile. We also produce cholesterol because it's essential for life, as is saturated fat). A diet high in grains and starches is a recipe for poor health, they're Neolithic and our bodies can't digest 'em properly (if at all; without being too graphic, think what happens after you've eaten sweetcorn). The other argument in the case against grains is coeliac disease; we're all the same species and, even if you don't react so violently to gluten, you're still the same species as someone who does so, if it's not good for THEM, why would it be good for you…?

There's absolutely NO REASON for anyone to be obese; obesity is a severe food intolerance, an intolerance to eating the incorrect diet for your species. How many times have you attempted to lose weight the NHS way…? If a LFHC calorie-restricted diet was the answer, then why is the UK at its fattest, despite the average fat intake being at a record low…?

I'm not just speaking out my arse, either, I was 24 stone, and diabetic (type II diabetes has NOTHING to do with obesity, by the way, but I'll save that topic for another day; I could have weighed 8st and STILL been diabetic). I was given the usual LFHC cal restricted diet, and chronic cardio exercise plan, which I followed religiously - the result…? I lost 2st, then GAINED 8! Of course it was MY fault, mustn't blame the diet, the diet is PERFECT.

Most people won't be willing to take the risks I did, but I switched from a LFHC diet to a, yep, LCHF palaeo diet. To cut this short, I dropped from 30 stone to 7.5 in just under 3 years. I now only eat foods that I can digest fully, I DON'T skimp on the saturated fat (in fact, most of the fat I eat IS saturated, mainly in the form of butter, lard, extra virgin coconut oil and red palm oil). Most - if not all - of the red meat I eat (and I eat A LOT) I eat RAW (it's 100% grass-fed, pastured and organic). If you want to maximise your nutrition, then I highly recommend it.

Alternatively, I recommend calves' liver, fried in lard, with as many lard-fried eggs as you can eat. That's more than your daily needs of every single nutrient, right there, in a form that's 100% bioavailable.

Hippocrates said "Disease begins in the gut", in other words, what you eat determines your state of health. There's a reason CHD is on the increase - statins, coupled with a LFHC diet cause CHD. I believe that the NHS is ruled by Big Pharma; all the studies and trials to which it refers aren't independent, they're run by the drug company whose product is being trialled.

This is why I'm so against this £1 a day thing, it encourages poor nutrition, as all cheap food tends to be Neolithic.

I won't write any more, because I get the feeling I've wasted the past hour writing as much as I have but, if you care to be educated (and I hope that you, and anyone else, cares enough to be so), here's my standard useful websites list:

Http://www.drmalcolmkendrick.org - no nonsense, straight-talking Scottish GP. Author of 'The Great Cholesterol Con' and 'Doctoring Data'

Http://www.dietdoctor.com - Swedish GP, advocating for better information on the benefits of a LCHF (palaeo) diet. Don't worry, it's in English!

Http://www.chriskresser.com

Http://www.cerealkillersmovie.com - learn why eating a diet high in grains will kill you. Seriously.

Http://www.29billion.com - $29bn is Big Pharma's annual profit from statins. This site is a link to a documentary called Statins: The Great Cholesterol Cover-Up.

Remember, just because the NHS TELLS you something is true, doesn't make it true - in fact, the more the NHS insists something is true, the more likely that it ain't.

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Re: diet pills

Herbalife is alive and well, check out Gumtree. I quit advertising on there because it was waist deep in Herbalife spam; and not just Herbalife, either, GCBE, green tea, raspberry ketones, algae that allegedly expands in your stomach, so you're able to subsist on nowt but water, chilli extract…

The folk selling these things - and the people to whom they're peddling - aren't, exactly, how to put this tactfully, well they're the kind of people who are easily impressed by long sciencey words (coz, well, coz SCIENCE) and a favourite con trick is calling caffeine trimethylxanthine and referring to any herbs by their scientific names, blind the gullible with sciencese, and they're more likely to pony up - and pony up far more.

Herbalife is a pyramid scheme, pedlars get a bonus for every sap they recruit, hence the reason it's been so hard to kill (I'm assuming you're over here - I get lost with who's where, can't keep up - as I believe that it's been outlawed in the US, at least in some states, though I could be quite wrong about that).

Gumtree simply wasn't interested in enforcing its own Ts&Cs, so I quit.

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Bye bye, booth babes. IT security catwalk RSA nixes sexy outfits

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Being neither straight, nor gay, nor bi…

…nor male, nor female - nor - probably - human, I have absolutely no views on this subject whatsoever.

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Force your hand: Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display

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Re: no Ethernet

At the risk of being accused of fanboiism, it's AirPort

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How a hack on Prince Philip's Prestel account led to UK computer law

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Ford: Our latest car gizmo will CHOKE OFF your FUEL if you're speeding

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Re: "In Finland traffic fines are proportionate to your income"

SJ likes this, too, was about to make a similar comment. Perhaps, if it was implemented here, we'd have far fewer rich dicks in Lamborghinis, Maseratis, Lotuses, or whatever the cock-extender du jour is, believing themselves to be above the law coz they know that, when they're caught, all they'll be fined is a week's 'pocket-money' and, if the worst happens, well there's always Daddy's solicitor…

Happens a fair bit where I, unfortunately, am forced to live.

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Re: France Rain Speed Limit

Speaking of twats, and having been the victim of a couple of *VERY* near misses when a car careered on to the pavement, and the twats found to be WELL in excess of the alcohol limit both times, I'm in favour of a built-in breathalyser, linked to the ignition, which would automatically disable it should it deem you to be too inebriated to drive.

I'm sure drunk-driving injures/kills FAR more than speeding.

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Apple is picking off iOS antivirus apps one by one: Who'll be spared?

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Re: That's a good question

*I* most certainly DO read product/app descriptions, and I can't be the only one, quit making sweeping generalisations!

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Favicons used to update world's 'most dangerous' malware

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Darren Pauli, see me after class!

"You'll know YOUR infected…"

Darren, please correct the above, and then write it 1,000 times in your lunch break. Well, that's what used to happen when I was at school, basic spelling and grammar errors were an instant detention.

Reg, sack yer sub-ed - oh, wait, you don't HAVE, a sub-ed, do ya…? Well off with yer ed, then!

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Review: McAfee Endpoint Protection for SMB

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Permission to ask a COMPLETELY off-topic question…?

Buggrit, I'm gonna anyway. :oP

Is there any reason - sane or otherwise - why gadgetry cables are round, as opposed to flat…? The cable that accompanied my Belkin Ultra Fast has ruptured at the dock end - and it must be at LEAST the 100th-odd cable I've had break like that in my years of iThing ownership (my first Touch was a 4G, so not all that long in the scale of things) - and I'm far from the only one, Amazon, the fruity firm's fora, MacFixit, Mac Rumours, and just about every other Apple-specific, and non-Apple-specific, gadgetry site and forum that I've come across are littered with scores of people moaning about cables lasting a fortnight - or less, I think the the record is around 6 weeks.

I'm guessing it must have something to do with flat cables costing more to manufacture, therefore reducing profit margins but, then again, telephony cables are, as a general rule, flat, and you get several bundled with a new router - are they cheaper to produce…?

It just seems to me that round is the stupidest design on Earth, and that the cable with break in pretty short order no matter HOW careful you are with it, due to the small surface area concentrating the applied stress on a single point.

Would it be too cynical of me to think they deliberately make 'em shite to shift more…? I can believe that of an OEM - particularly one like Apple - but it's not just Apple cables I've had break. Is it only cables for iThings that are this shit - how about Android…? Can't afford to keep wasting bread I ain't really got on cables!

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Swedish city demands £40,000 to repair teenage hacking spree

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He's probably thinking the exact same thing in hindsight…

…it's either teenage naïveté - or greed (in that he thought that, by not hiding his identity, he'd be hailed a hero and a massive reward would be his).

Although I will concede that not ALL teenagers are money-grabbing shits, just most… ;OD I have to say my image of Sweden is changing rapidly.

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Mature mainframe madness prints Mandlebrot fractal in TWELVE MINUTES

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Re: Dot matrix? Pah!

@Pen-y-gors The national anthem…?! Pah! Kids stuff! Prepare to have your mind blown…

https://youtu.be/u8I6qt_Z0Cg

Krauts are Krazy - and I wanna know how they do it! Check out the rest of their channel, too, their latest 'release' is the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? theme.

If that link doesn't work, search YT for 'MIDI Desaster'.

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Cops cuff Colorado girl for allegedly poisoning mum after iPhone ban

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Re: wrong poison

THC - as in tetrahydrocannabinol…? Yeah, good luck poisoning with that, you'd probably need more THC than the world's current cannabis supply can produce to cause someone to feel even slightly off-colour.

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Dear departed Internet Explorer, how I will miss you ... NOT

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Oi, IE!

https://youtu.be/8l6vTw97QWs

Apols if this doesn't appear as a clicky-linky-thingy, I've no fecking idea how to do 'em (is it even possible if you're not using a desktop OS…?). Also apologies that it's YT.

Please note this refers exclusively to IE, and NOT to the inestimable Mr. Dabbs (although, after last week's column… ;oD)

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Re: IE 4. Oh gods, no...

I apologise for this, but I can't let it slide (no, really, I can't…)

UNinterested, NOT DISinterested

Uninterested means you HAVE no interest in something, disinterested means you CAN'T HAVE an interest in something (in other words, you must remain impartial, neutral).

I always find it very strange that this is the only pair people regularly confuse; I've never heard unengaged/disengaged or unused/disused, for example, confused.

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BOFH: Mmm, gotta love me some fresh BYOD dog roll

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Re: Dog Roll

WTF would anyone DV THAT…?! And evidently an AC too cowardly to even post as an AC! C'mon, let's 'ave ya! Stop disrespecting the recently deceased!

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Firefox, Chrome, IE, Safari EXPLOITED to OWN Mac, PCs at Pwn2Own 2015

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I've tried Mercury…

…only on, iOS, I'll grant you, but it irritates; the small tab limit is frustrating (only around 20, if memory serves), and the dev's complete inability to offer any kind of support (I recall having an issue with bookmarked pages refusing to remain bookmarked, sent an email never heard back). Got sick of it crashing every 5ns too. Deleted it about a week after I bought it (£3, as I recall). Hasn't been updated in months, either.

Quite honestly, I really don't think the developer give a shit. Tried Photon, which looked promising, but it's completely unintuitive, and I can't for the life of me figure out bookmarking. It also has this irritating habit of refreshing the page if you switch apps for longer than 5 mins, meaning you have to continually scroll back to where you were, not good for those of us with CTS. It's also one of those offering pseudo-Flash, so I'm slightly concerned about security (hey, if Android can get pwned…). That cost £3, too; I did get a response when I emailed the dev re bookmarks, but it was obvious they'd not bothered to actually READ my question, as they simply told me to do exactly what I'd told THEM I couldn't. Gave up.

Reluctantly back using Chrome (unless anyone has any better suggestions…?)

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Nesting falcons interrupt £200m Vodafone 4G mast upgrades

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Exactly what I was about to say…

I believe the peregrine is the only one to breed in cities, though, very useful for controlling aerial vermin.

Reg, 'falcon' is a genus, NOT a species, do yer fecking research, FFS!

I used to be a member of the RSPB, until I learnt it was IN FAVOUR of fracking.

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Winning a brand new BOFH T-Shirt is as simple as...

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You're lucky to just be between contracts…

…I've not worked in over 25 years

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Fanbois: We paid $2000 for full satisfaction but now we have SPREADING STAINS

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Re: Wipeout!

You'll be waiting a while, Apple doesn't appear to make laptops anymore, just fashion accessories for the 'more bling than zing' generation.

I'm not sure about autocracy but arrogance, certainly; yes, I know Apple has always been arrogant to a certain extent, but remember when their USP was their upgradability…? I don't WANT a glorified iPad that I'll have to replace in a couple of years, I want a functioning machine, with ports, and a 3.5mm jack socket, and MagSafe.

My biggest issue, though, is environmental - how much of what's in there is easily recyclable, and how much is toxic - or potentially toxic…? Jobs used to be keen to stress Apple's green cred, and got pretty litigious when Greenpeace suggested otherwise (no, I'm not a fan of Greenpeace, either).

Seems that, at Apple, only one Cook is needed to spoil the soup; I'd like to see him gone, which is why I'm hoping the Watch (love to see 'em attempt to trademark THAT!) and the new MB(P)s will be abject failures, maybe give the Board the excuse they need, though I don't think they've got the guts to oust him.

And now, I must kip. G'night, fellow hominids…

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Re: track that #

Alcohol's a solution

Sorry, folks will be through the door any minute, and this is the only place I can get away with posting stupid stuff. It helps, kinda. There'll be SOMETHING wrong, I'm sitting here, trying to think of anything they could possibly get at me about…

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Man hauled before beak for using drone to film Premiership matches

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Re: cool music - can anyone identify it ??

Propellerheads - yes, seriously! - fucked if I can recall the track title, though - the imp that runs my cranial disorganiser has ether joined a union, and is striking, or is dead.

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German court slaps down Uber's ride-sharing app

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No, you ignorant arse, not money…

…SAFETY! Given the choice between Uber and a black cab, it's an absolute no-brainer, there's no fucking WAY I'd risk Uber; no, I'm not saying I'd be any safer in a black cab, but I know who the driver is, and I can scribble down his licence and registration details, which I make a point of doing because it makes me feel safer. That way, if he DOES turn out to be a serial sex offender - or worse - I've got summat to give the plod*.There's no way of checking if an Uber driver is who (s)he says they are.

*That said, I'm shit-scared of THEM, too (for VERY good reason).

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Timeout, Time Lords: ICANN says there is only one kind of doctor

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Re: "legitimate medical practitioners"

All depends if they work for the NHS or not, if they do they're quacks, whose sole concern is not your health, but the profits of their Big Pharma overlords.

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Boffins brew up FIRST CUPPA in SPAAACE using wireless energy (well, sort of)

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There's an app for that…

Seriously - http://www.app-ease.net. Not been updated since last May, though.

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LOHAN chap compiles 'tenner a week' cookbook

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Re: Dumpster diving, yes or no?

Probably not, but it'll get you arrested. Nicking stuff shops have chucked out is still theft, apparently. I've been cautioned - and fined - for it a couple of times. How's it still their property if they've chucked it in a dumpster…?! It's wasteful! The homeless are routinely arrested for taking food from bins - hunger is a crime. I fucking hate this fucking country!

Even though it's in a good cause, I won't be buying it, the fact the page show is a recipe for Saag Aloo puts paid to any hopes of it containing any healthy high-fat/low-carb palaeo stuff.

My food bill comes to FAR more than £10pw, simply because, thanks to the NHS's war on anything remotely healthy, the cost of everything is astronomical. My meat alone costs £50.

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Swedish prosecutors finally agree to London interview for Assange™

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There was summat I wanted to say…

…but I can't decide whether it'd be considered in poor taste or not. My brain isn't wired like that.

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Re: Good for him… maybe?

Buggrit! Thought I'd deleted this! Fecking post window kept on sliding around!

What it OUGHT to read is "Remember, million-to-one chances crop up nine times out of ten".

FTFM

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Re: Good for him… maybe?

RemEmberlificote, million-to-1 chances crop up 9 times out of 10

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Universal Credit could take 10 YEARS to finish, says Labour MP

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Re: Ah

So you believe it to be a "good idea" to attempt to hoodwink the sick and disabled into believing they're getting the same as/more than they were under the separate benefits, then…?!

Because that's the reality. Not only that, but we'd lose benefits such as fuel allowance, travel allowance, free telly licence, Motability, etc. (not that that matters to me as I don't have a telly).

It's the worst idea any government has ever thought up regarding benefits; you think it'll make things easier for us…?! I can tell you for many of us it'll simply make things far more confusing, because many budget by knowing what's coming in from what benefit. If you believe that it simply means squaring everything together into one lump sum you're VERY sorely mistaken.

Stop believing the effluence that's exuding from the Beeb's back orifice. Presumably you're a Tory voter. Have down-vote.

Wait until you need to rely on disability benefits, maybe.you'll come to understand then… Or maybe not…

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RIP Sir Terry Pratchett: Discworld author finally gets to meet DEATH

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Mushroom

No grief here…

…just searing, octarine anger. I'm not going to lie, because I can't lie, I'm SEETHING. I'm SO FUCKING LIVID, there really are no words.

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Should online pirates get the same sentences as offline ones?

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Re: 10 years...

I can only HOPE that comment about home taping killing music was made in jest. Wanna know what's killing music…? The RIAA. The Big Four Labels. Stupid litigation. Simon Cowell. Didn't Bow Wow Wow release a PRO taping track - penned by Malcolm McLaren, their manager at the time, I believe - called summat like C30/C45/C60 -Go!…? I seem to recall the late Mr. Ravenscroft having a few choice words about the BPI, most of 'em.four letters in length and beginning with 'f'.

Fuck the likes of the aptly named Robin Thicke, et al, most,talented musicians are actually PRO 'piracy', and many encourage it as they see it as fighting back against the increasing greed of many labels. When Trent Reznor noticeced that his label at the time (I forget the label and the title of the LP - and I call myself a NIN fan… ) saw that his label was flogging whatever album it was for almost three times the price in Oz than in the US, he ordered his Aussie fans to go and download it.

Then there was a ska/punk project called Bomb The Music Industry!, founded by Jeff Rosenthal and members of NOFX, Mustard Plug, Reel Big Fish, Pennywise, etc, whose message was pro-piracy. Then there's Fat Mike Burkett who's spent years and thousands of dollars in litigation AGAINST the RIAA, as it kept adding his label, Fat Wreck Chords, to its roster, by hoping he'd overlook it if they simply kept on spelling it creatively (Fat Reck Cords, Fat Records, Phat Records, Fat Reck Khords…). He's even paid the fines of those convicted of stealing FWC's music.

Finally System Of A Down released an LP entitled 'Steal This Album!'

And who DIDN'T tape JP…?! Everyone I knew back then did. We all taped songs off the radio, too - I don't recall (too many) bands complaining, any exposure's good. Plenty complained about the BPI, as I recall.

'Piracy' isn't killing music; the music industry is killing itself by CLAIMING piracy is killing music and lobbing sueballs at all and sundry. Most of the stuff I'm into is definitely underground and bands frequently offer whole LPs for download. The music industry seems determined to make creativity, individuality and personal copyright illegal.

Okay, rant over. Gonna try kipping again now.

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Re: 10 years...

I agree it's potty.

(Poor pun to point out same length sentence is often meted out for having a herb garden. Except in the States where, in some states, the sentence can be life for a 3rd offence). If your 'hobby' is raping kids, expect just 5-8. Our sentencing system is incomprehensible).

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'Roly poly' soft, wobbly robot BANGS EXPLOSIVELY, leaps 0.5m in air

Sarah Balfour
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Re: Where

No it ain't! Not whilst I'm still around! I'll think of summat to lower the tone/intellect, promise!

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A gold MacBook with just ONE USB port? Apple, you're DRUNK

Sarah Balfour
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Re: 10 years old

@Richard Crossley I'd not worry about it, evidently someone's spilt a couple of fanbois' pints. They'll probably down-vote this, too.

Here have a couple of up-votes to (slightly) redress the balance.

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Sarah Balfour
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Course they don't - can't feckin' afford 'em after shelling out for one of those!

This just proves Apple's Eco creds arz a load of bulkshit; I don't want a battery that uses marginally less power, Tim, I want a battery - and laptop - that's as recyclable as possible! I can't see there's anything in these new machines that ain't gonna soend its afterlife sitting in landfill (or wherever). Cupertino appears to believe that Eco cred is all about your carbon footprint, and fuck what toxic shit your actual products are constructed from.

And, yes, I'll fully own up to typing this on an iPad…

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UK Gov SciTech advice bureau suggests keeping Tor alive to reduce street crime

Sarah Balfour
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Re: remember the scientific recommendation on Cannabis?

Yeah, that's coz the bosses at CRUK, who are also employed by Big Pharma, handed Gordie a couple of paper bags full of used 50s. David Nutt got kicked out for DARING to voice his own expert opinion. Y'see, the government's drugs advisory panel is misnomered - it does NOT exist to advise the government on drugs, it exists to AGREE with the government on drugs. David Nutt was kicked off because he made the, entirely factual, statement that "More people are killed falling off horses annually than by ecstasy". Gordie didn't like that.

You MUST remember, folks that cancer research UK DOES NOT want weed legalised and will stop at nothing to ensure it isn't.

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Apple Watch: Wait a minute! This puny wrist-puter costs 17 GRAND?!

Sarah Balfour
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Beginning to wonder…

…if it's time to discover whether I'm still allergic to Windows…

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Sarah Balfour
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Re: Bye bye upgradable laptops

"That's what I've done, maintained it for 20 years. It's had 17 new heads and 14 new handles in its time. "How can it be the same bloody broom then…?" "There's the photo - how much more proof do ya need…?!"

Roger Lloyd-Pack, RIP.

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Oi. APPLE fanboi! You with the $10k and pocket on fire! Fancy a WATCH?

Sarah Balfour
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Re: Resale Value - not a lot

Neither. Quiche Richards.

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