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UK WhatsApp duo convicted of possessing extreme porn

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I read a few days ago that anyone involved in a car accident would have their phones seized to look for evidence that it was in use. I would be incredibly surprised if they didn't also run similar scans on the phone as a catchall.

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Re: That's just plain wrong...

It makes me wonder if a good solicitor would have got these charges thrown out.

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UK.gov's e-Borders zombie still lurks under the English Channel

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Re: Just join Shengen and get over with it

There is one reason overriding all as to why we wont join shengen - money.

Fewer passports will be shifted, and a huge drop in income. Its as simple as that!

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Wait, don't ditch that IT career just yet: UK vacancies hit 5-year high

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Re: Maybe they'll start reading CVs, too ...

This really gets on my nerves. Just because their system matched c# or java they are intent on wasting 15 minutes of my time to find out 'where I am at', when all I want to know is location, key skills and salary.

C# and Java could just be listed as exposure, but because they are either incapable of reading, or too idle to they think they can waste my time.

My stock response when asked question is "its all detailed in my CV"

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Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid: Eco, economy and diesel power

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Re: If I don't need ...

I believe this model is advertised as being a tower (1800k). Whether its a caravan, boat or anything.

All I need now is 43K.

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Moneybags pour shower of gold on new mega-precise GPS system

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Re: this sounds a lot like Differential GPS..

Ahh, but to some people 4 inches is a lot!

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Ofcom anoints broadcaster: Local TV is nearly here

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Re: Bring back topless darts !

and Italian Stripping Housewives!

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Google sinks millions into plush new £1bn London HQ

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It just looks like a swingers club.

Where do I apply?

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A tweet too far: UK contempt law reform push begins

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Careful now ...

If there is to be different rules for tweets (micro publishing), then how will be know who has different rules to follow. This is dangerous as this situation shouts accreditation for the press (one set of rules for professional publishers), and another set of rules for amateur publishers. Who awards accreditation? The state?

I think we need a sense of proportion here and resist the temptation to separate the press from the rest of us - that is a much greater evil than the amateur mistakes by a few with very little reach. We need fewer laws and more discretion by the police, judges etc.

Ms Bercow, being the Speaker of the House of Commons wife, living in the House of Commons, and constantly in the press, should have known better though.

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Curiosity clears things up

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Johnny 5

Is Alive (on Mars with one eye)

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Windows 8 tablets unwrapped in Berlin: Dell goes keyless for ARM

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The problem

Windows 8. Not a PC, not yet a tablet.

Relegating the desktop to an 'app' is why I will not be going down the windows 8 route (apart from the preview in a VM). I just can't really see netbeans running on a tablet system such as 8.

Windows ME was just slow. Vista was buggy but they were still familiar. Windows 8 is just awkward for no user gain. Even Unity is better, and thats saying a lot.

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Met Office cuts off Linux users with new weather widgets

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I use windows to find out the weather. It takes no mouse clicks, and I dont even need to use the command line. I just look out of it.

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American search team fails to find women's G-spot

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Found it

Its in the wallet!

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BT fibre rollout reaches Scotland, Wales

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Great, but a bit like a drag race

My exchange is being upgraded - great, but what use is a billion gig connection with a 1gb cap. Its a bit like a drag race - full speed ahead, for a quarter mile anyway.

We need higher caps, or truly unlimited - and a clamp down on fair use policies that are just caps.

I would rather a 2mb unlimited to a 40mb capped at 1gb or even 10, 20, 50gb

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New account of Flight 447 disaster published

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or the captail who got a knobbled 777 inside the Heathrow boundries, and actually onto the airfield. He was rewarded for his skill in saving a couple of hundred onboard, and countless on the busy London streets by being turned down from jobs because of an accident on his record.

Thats the state of pilot training these days.

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ICO smacks Welsh council with record £130k fine

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FAIL

A little correction. The POWYS TAXPAYER has been fined £130,000 because of a serious breach of the law by an employee of the Powys Taxpayer.

The Taxpayer should not be peanalised, but the employee should be sacked, and fined personally.

There is no good in fining a public body.

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SeeSaw shut down

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No wonder!

No one should pay for TV they have already paid for. All the BBC's output was paid for with the TV license.

Although what really bugs me is that stuff like Father Ted (I know, not BBC and supported by adverts) was only available paid for, where this is available for free on Hulu (supported by adverts) in the USA.

I would rather pay for HMA than SeeSaw as there is more on Hulu than on SeeSaw.

Rip of Britain again.

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Google adds default end-to-end encryption to search

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Black Helicopters

Why eavesdrop?

Why break in when you have a back door key?

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O2 to trial VoIP over Wi-Fi

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Logging onto our mobile accounts from Voip, to make and receive calls is a great idea for those of us stuck in big metal buildings all day. Mainly it means we could pick up mobile calls when the signal is poor over wifi on smartphones without having to divert calls.

I am surprised they have not thought of it sooner.

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Royal Navy halts Highlands GPS jamming

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How on earth did Cook, Columbus etc manage without GPS? I suppose fishing has only been possible since GPS became available?

Fools - how on earth did we manage to last thousands of years.

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Smut oglers told to opt in to keep web filth flowing

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Thin end of the wedge

On BBC news this morning this was being discussed (along with all the 'wont someone think of the children'). An example was given to the adverse concequences 'If you type in Al Qaeda into wikipedia that would be blocked'.

As far as I am aware, Al Qaeda is not into porn - terrorism yes, but thats not porn - its a different problem altogether.

So is it to block other sites too, Al Qaeda today, Sinn Fein and BNP tomorrow, UKIP the weekend.

Not acceptable in a free country.

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BT trying for fibre 'monopoly', claims TalkTalk chief

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Mushroom

Ones own medicine

Interesting article, a side point that stands out is the Irish bitching about jobs being taken by other countries luring companies with low tax?

Good plan, worked a treat for Ireland in the 90's - look how well they are getting on.

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End of UK local dialling in sight as numbers run out

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I still hesitate when 01 is mentioned and think the next 7 digits are 811 8055

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New UK 'leccy meters remotely run via Voda 2G

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At what cost?

We are all being told to unplug chargers when not in use, so at what cost are these devices to run. I assume the power is drawn prior to metering - nope, didnt think so (just a wild guess).

What are they needed for anyway - we all know where our electric goes, and unless we are billed and charged daily, whats the point. For those of us on annual direct debits, just one read a year is all thats really needed (and I can do that - and enter the details into a website)

Perhaps the tin foil brigade was right, this is just another way to monitor us all!

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BBC crowdsourced mobile map: A bit quirky, but useful

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Postcode - agree

It has always bemused me why operators always want to know the postcode when you call them about a problem. The idea of a mobile phone is you can use it away from a base, so you may not have any idea what the postcode is.

I called once whilst away because I had a problem with data - and three could not help without the postcode, even though I had no idea, and no reason to know it.

Perhaps mobiles should be limited to known postcodes, perhaps Rabit was not such a bad idea!

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Educating Verity the OU way

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Well, sort of

I have just completed the pop quiz (sorry Designing applications with VB MT264) to get that degree everyone else has, but does not hold me back one jot. I expected to use MS, as one would, but instead they decided to use some hand writted 'design code' that resembled the syntax of VB - and then claimed it would be useful with proper languages like Java and C (somehow the syntax similarities ended there).

So even when MS is part of the course, they choose something else.

Easy course though, even if it is just an introduction to .net - Google can fill in the conversion to C#.

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M&S whips out carbon-neutral bra

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Really?

So they are shipped here by sail boat then?

This is M&S just jumping on a bandwagon (an overpriced one at that).

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Air NZ safety vid provokes terror in the skies

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and boarding

Its still going to go at the same time however much you push to get on.

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MySQL.com hacked via... SQL injection vuln

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President Skroob

I use the same combination on my luggage!

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Fuel foolery, merger warnings and Budgetary boons

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Supply and Demand

I dont think the problem is supply and demad at all. If there was a demand issue then people would be living in overcrowded accomodation. This is not the case generally.

The problem is that Buy to Let has mopped up property, and distorted the market. Instead of ones housing costs going to provide accomodation (and eventually buy a house) it is now doing that, and supply a pension for someone else.

There is a demand for renting because people move around a lot more, and dont want to commit, so rent - fuelling buy to let. Then the government comes along and throws petrol onto the fire to pay for the feckless and workshy - bumping up the income for buy to let landlords enabling them to go and get another mortgage, inflate the market that little more - and the cycle continues.

The finance industry were just supplying a service. What should have happened is that they felt the concequences of their folly, and yes, some should have gone bust.

We are all living in a parallel universe, where the recession has been papered over (with free money). Sense will return eventially, and those that stoked the fire will, should, get very badly burnt. Including those that take up all these schemes in an attempt to maintain artiicially high house prices.

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UK tech retailers are rubbish

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Warranty - great!

No, no, no. Always haggle down as far as you can, then say cheaper on the net. When they wont match say that you were thinking about the warranty, and cant get that online. The price will come down much more if you buy the warranty.

The best bit is that by law you can cancel the warranty within 60 (I think) days, and receive a full refund for it. So you get the tat for a lot less, and no warranty.

Its just a haggling toy - and if you play it too then you can beat them at their own game.

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Beeb ordered to release TV licensing contract sweeteners

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Batteries

I believe that you can legally use your one TV license in another property if that reciever is powered soley by its own internal batteries (ie it is not an installation - plugged in).

It really is that stupid!

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Regional accent read-outs coming to satnavs

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Um

"At de end of de f*****g road turn right, dene go 300 f*****g yards and the f*****g dolie is on de left ye t**t"

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Sarah Palin calls for US to stand by North Korea

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Puppet!

In a way isn't that what any politician should be. Politicians are not there to do their thing, they are there do do everybody elses thing.

An intelligent President has been tried, and look how popular he is!

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Car wrecks rise after texting bans imposed

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Damn straight

I, for one, demand that the French enforce this law.

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Why?

Perhaps people dont care about thedanger, and accept that risk when they go on the roads.

If you dont accept the risk, there is always the train!

People want to lead risky lives, its what adds excitement, and the more we ban / limit / educate (patronise) against risk, the more people want to break free from this crap.

I dont think we should do anything!

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Crowds greet A380 at Manchester Airport

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Ringway

Ha ha, "Ringway" - it tickled me

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Dubai

... and such a solvent, debt free country.

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UK ICT classes killing kids' interest in tech

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What about their phones

It may take a long time and a dvd full of api's for a ps3 game, but not for a simple hangman game for a mobile phone - in Java.

That would not be too much for a term of 10 hours.

Although it may be way beyond the teacher, as it cant be done in Word. Shame, the kids would love it and it would really energise their thirst for development with something they can really achieve.

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BT hikes call charges

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Of course

Where did the unions think that the 3% pay rise each year for the next 3 for BT staff was coming from - especially in a recession as bad as this one?

Well - I've switched this morning (and saved £40 too boot) - so not me, and if you are not happy paying for someone else's payrise - do the same.

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The Register comment guidelines 2010

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"Be first to post a comment"

I don't even dare to!

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Wales joins supercomputer club

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Will somebody PLEASE think of the sheep

As another Welshman, please.

You can knock me, and say what you like, I am strong, but please think of the sheep. There are more of them than us.

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All gov jobs to go online

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I want that job

Where can I apply for the 'cheerleading' development officer post please.

I watch Glee, so I am amply qualified for the job.

Do you supply the black mac, or do I need to bring my own?

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The 3G coverage picture that can't be published

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Great

Thats why I got my wife one - keeps her quiet, and the bills down.

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BBC grabs stock photo of own building

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Health and Safety

In addition, the tea-boy-armed-with-camera would need a 3 week course in digital photography or the unions would walk out, then he would need a press pass, full kit of dayglow gimpware and for insurance purposes the road closing, airspace temporarily halted and protective eyeware, becuase the sun is a killer.

Plus, a database would need to be created by anyone that may stray into the shot, to store their image releases, and a lawyer a week to draw ud such document.

This is the BBC, after all.

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Is your office World Cup sweepstake legal?

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Wow

Something got in before TV licensings ritual warning of the end is nigh.

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BT to retain more control over fibre networks

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WTF?

VULA

Bad me, I read it wrong, I am seeing extra V's now!

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ConLibs to outlaw kiddyprinting without permission

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... and

whats wrong with a till and a couple of pound coins.

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Exam board deletes C and PHP from CompSci A-levels

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... and in the real world

I started on BASIC (ZX Spectrum), then after a break onto ASP and VB.

Since then I have written proper code in Java, PHP and C#. It really takes a long time to undo Basic syntax, and I would never recommend starting on Basic syntax.

Anyway, I was never taught programming at school, perhaps thats how I manage so well now!

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Playboy flashes 3D centerfold

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Whatever next

Scratch and sniff?

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