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Virgin Media so, so SORRY for turning spam fire-hose on its punters

Cthonus

Re: Muppets

They only became giants by standing on the shoulders of others.. Usually without asking.

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Cthonus

Re: Exam

Personally I think the Reply-to-All button ought to be connected to the mains and the current regulated by the number of individuals on the list. Small shock for a small list. A Darwin Award for the greater faux pas.

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PUNISHMENT gluttons: The Dr Who monsters that come back for more

Cthonus

Re: The Master

Hmm. Roger Delgado exuded all the menace and charm of an East End gang lord.

John Simm (who in other roles has been fantastic) played the character as if he was in a Carry On Up The Loony Bin movie.. Sometimes less is more.

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Ten top stories from New Who

Cthonus

Re: Daleks and stairs

Quite right. The stairs issue was cleared well before this reboot.

And as for "the show’s design team got the look right" I'm with Ray Cusick - WTF are there bolts and rivets showing? This is supposed to be a high-tech mechanised society capable of building almost anything. It's not supposed to be a steam punk revival.

I have to say I'm not taken with the new cybermen either - they're just chunky lumps of metal. All the older versions had something interesting about them whether it was the semi-humanoid faces of the Tenth Planet, or the later chest-units. Okay maybe the lace-up boots weren't the best design feature but a spray-painted wetsuit better suggests futuristic metallurgy than something that looks like it fell out of a Victorian foundry.

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Hacker cracks Vodafone Germany, steals data of 2 million customers

Cthonus

Re: "Hardly possible"?

"In a statement (in Deutsch) expressing regret over the incident and promising to inform customer[s], Vodafone.de said that police have identified a[n] unnamed suspect and carried out a search."

It's not that much better in English...

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'Kim Jong-un executes nork-baring ex and pals for love polygon skin flick'

Cthonus
Mushroom

Re: Propaganda

"Ah yes, the nukes. Strapped onto missiles that can barely reach Japan."

I really don't see that "they can't hit us back" is a good enough justification for taking arms against NK.

Do you really not care if they turn those weapons on countries they can hit in mindless retaliation?

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Google cursed its own phones with wacked Wi-Fi, say Nexus users

Cthonus

Gallery crash

I've had the gallery crash on me repeatedly with only two jpegs in the directory, one of normal resolution and the other a small thumbnail.

Deleting the thumbnail stopped the crash so I'm wondering if it's the scaling routine that's the issue.

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'Hacked' estate agency Foxtons breaks glass, pulls password reset cord

Cthonus
Stop

"The recent spate of high-profile data breaches, such as this alleged attack on Foxtons, are evidence that organisations are either not taking cyber security seriously or are bewildered by the problem"

Anycompany: "How much will this extra security cost?"

IT Dept: "£xxxx"

Anycompany: "And if the worst happens what can we be sued for?"

Lawyer: "Only £xxx"

Anycompany: "Right. Operation 'Heads in the Sand postion'. All for? All against?"

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Microsoft to fund Blake's 7 return as Xbox Live exclusive

Cthonus
Thumb Down

"this handsome ex-soldier sits up, and looks at a photo of his wife Rachel. Beautiful. Deceased.”

Another tired old cliche. Why does he have to be handsome and why does she need to be beautiful?

Has no one quite realised why most American SF shows just fade away after a season or two? All lip gloss and no substance. Perfect teeth isn't a substitute for a decent plot and good actors.

Remember "Murder One" with the mesmerising Daniel Benzali? Not pin up material, so after the success of S1 they replaced him with a "more" camera-friendly version. Show cancelled...

American remake of Red Dwarf: remember what they did to the character of Lister? Show cancelled...

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Who will Dr Who chew in 50th TV do before Matt Smith bids adieu?

Cthonus

Much as I religiously sit down every Saturday to watch it I do find myself enjoying the old Pertwee/TBaker ones much more than the current reboot.

Maybe it's part nostalgia but in the absence of budget for special effects plot and characterisation played a big part in each episode. Now I feel the "plot" mainly involves the current incumbent girning to camera whilst flapping his magic wand in all directions at once. Characterisation should not be replaced by caricature.

Gatis scripts aside, Moffat's seem to be all spectical and little substance. Good for the occasional extravaganza but it's like overdosing on chocolate meringue. One bite and it substantively collapses.

On the plus side, the eye-candy has certainly improved :)

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WAR ON PORN: UK flicks switch on 'I am a pervert' web filters

Cthonus

We have a PM who refuses to follow what the majority of the public want and implement the Leveson report as it sets a bad precident over "Press Freedom".

Now he feels he can impose a web filter on everyone (opt out be damned: if it's filtering content not specifically designated as illegal it's censorship by the back door) wanting to access the internet at home whilst still condoning the right of newspapers and other sundry rags to sexualise children and stuff photos of semi-naked women between the newssheets where any kid can see.

I know it will never work: the attempts to block PirateBay just illustrates how the web routes around such blockages, but knowing it'll never work doesn't lessen the anger I feel.

Fix the economy. Fix the gutter press. Fix our army's kit shortages. Fix youth unemployment. Fix your own lobbyists.

Don't just pander to the Daily Mail readership as if it makes up the entire electorate.

Porn does not equate with Abuse/Rape any more than Muslim equates with Terrorism (though his beloved Daily Mail may argue the latter).

</rant>

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PORNAGEDDON: Sexy bloggrs stung by Tumblr smut smackdown

Cthonus
Pint

When I joined Deviant Art it was what it said on the tin :)

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BBC-featured call centre slapped with hefty fine for unwanted calls

Cthonus

My most recent run in with cold callers:

Me: "Of course I can talk. Just give me a moment for Sgt Macdonald to come back with the charge sheets and I'll happily talk to you about contravensions of the Telecoms Acts whilst he traces this call."

Them:<click>

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Penguin pays $75m to settle ebook price-fixing case

Cthonus
Holmes

Re: Who gets the cash?!

As an ex-bookseller I have soft spot for the Penguin brand and as much as I dislike being ripped off buying ebooks I'd dislike it even more if such well-known publishers went under.

They may have a retail turnover of £440m (2012 figures) but at least for last year the Grauniad was reporting their operating profit as just £22m.

I really can't blame any of the remaining UK publishers for jumping on any chance to increase their profitibility given their steady decline since the abolition of the Net Book Agreement. Better value for the consumer? Possibly. More choice for the consumer? Certainly not.

I'm not sure I'd want to be in a world where the only reading material was either self-published ebooks or mass market tra... novels like Dan Brown's latest. Sure, they have their niche in the marketplace but give me a Penguin Classic any day.

Yes - please have a level playing field when it comes to [e]book buying, but also, please don't take the golden feathers off the golden goose. Money like that just goes straight into whichever Treasury has jurisdiction and does nothing to help either the reader or the publisher.

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BT Tower is just a relic? Wrong: It relays 18,000hrs of telly daily

Cthonus
Thumb Up

Sod the Shard, I'd happily pay £24.95 for a proper tour around a real iconic building.

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Google 'will be pulled back in front of MPs' on its UK tax affairs

Cthonus
Headmaster

"they're doing no more negotiate subject to approval of the board in Ireland," he said ungrammatically, whilst balancing a copy of Fowler's Modern English Usage on his nose and whistling "My Way" backwards.

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I salute Lady THATCHER - Shoreditch's SILICON GODMOTHER

Cthonus
Black Helicopters

Ayn Rand!

Philosophy aside, her writing style is stilted and turgid.

Writing style aside, the only time I've seen her philosophy put to good effect was in Bioshock.

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Scottish SF master Iain M Banks reveals he has less than a year to live

Cthonus

Not only is he an accomplished writer but - speaking as an ex-bookseller - he also has that rare ability to woo a crowd. Too many modern authors are talented on the page but lack the charisma to carry off a reading with aplomb. Mr Banks was always a joy to listen to.

Long may he be read.

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Entire internet credits snapper for taking great pic while actually dead

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Inside Adastral: BT's Belgium-sized broadband boffinry base

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Google sidelines Maps bloke, shifts him from 'A' to 'X'

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NASA probes spots temporary third Van Allen radiation belt

Cthonus
Holmes

Typo time again

" Surface of Marts"

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Amazon-bashed HMV calls in administrators, seeks buyer

Cthonus
Unhappy

squaring the (vicious) circle

Virgin & Amazon [et al] couldn't compete with the online retailers.

Play.com etc had the Channel Islands VAT loophole closed on it so it couldn't discount by 17.5%.

So we're left with the only "highstreet" presence being a supermarket bulk discounting the latest stock and with little or no back catalogue.

And Amazon/Google, doing their utmost within the legal framework to avoid UK taxes.

Depressing.

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Shiny new UK.gov stats website a 'disaster' - MPs

Cthonus
Holmes

Re: A success by any other name

I'd go as far as to suggest it's been cribbed from http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-20701514

The BBC only give the url as a link under the heading "the website".

Easy for a harried journo to miss on the way to a deadline.

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'Spend police USB stick data loss mega-fine on IT lessons for cops'

Cthonus
Holmes

Disagree

Given the media coverage of data loss (from NHS to Schools to Local Govt) over the last few years you'd have to be pretty dense for that not to have filtered through now.

These things happen, not down to lack of training (though it's easy to blame that) but because after hours of lecturing on best practises tired and busy people take the easy way out.

(I need to take this data home but if i speak to IT I'll just get bogged down in paperwork and questions)

Experience? Working with a small finance company - where everyone was lectured regularly on the importance of FSA and Data Protection regs. Didn't stop people on Friday evening from dumping stuff onto their laptops before heading out the door.

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The GPL self-destruct mechanism that is killing Linux

Cthonus
WTF?

Parsing error

"Linux itself hasn't split is the forceful, charismatic leadership of Linus Torvalds"

Surely the bigger the headline the more easy it is to spot a cut-n-paste howler?

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Medical scan record that the NHS says will cost £2k to retrieve: Detail

Cthonus
Alert

Um. There's no mention of the trust asking around to see if any other establisments still have this equipment. Surely that would be the most sensible option - or are our hospitals now little island kingdoms with communications?

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Debenhams cafes ban outré terms like 'espresso' and 'cappuccino'

Cthonus
WTF?

That just encourages me to go in and ask for a skinny ristretto*.

*yes I know that's an oxy, moron.

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Virgin Media spanked for 'we've already cabled up your house' mailshot

Cthonus
Paris Hilton

Toothless watchdogs

Is there any point to the ASA? Time and again VM (and world+dog) run ads that are found to be misleading to what result? They're told not to run the same advert again. So they run a new misleading one in its place.

If you genuinely wanted to discourage the practise you'd bite them until it hurt.

Paris 'cos she knows when to use teeth and when not to.

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Ofcom probe into telcos jacking-up charges halfway through contracts

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Thumb Down

It's hardly a "fixed contract" if one side can arbitrarily change the cost. Perhaps a change in nomenclature is called for. Shafting contract??

<looking at you, Orange>

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iPhone 5: UK pay-monthly tariffs compared

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Published rates...

Aren't they all meaningless anyway? Given the providers seem to have free rein to increase fixed-term contract prices when *they feel like it.

* inflation, retail price increase, an R in the month...

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Doctor Who to hit small screen on 1 September

Cthonus
Happy

Re: Doctor Who?

Pertwee? Yes he did albeit briefly: there was a couple of seconds clip of (I think) The Moonbase cybermen used as a Miniscope realm in Carnival of Monsters.

(unashamed Who-phile) :D

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WikiLeaks haters launch DDoS assault on Russia Today

Cthonus
Joke

Re: And typically...

We could have had them at the closing Olympics ceremony signing "Always look on the bright side of life.." whilst dressed as Russian Orthodox nuns on skates....

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Crime Map

Cthonus
FAIL

And elsewhere in the UK...

"However, the Crime Map app helps you to make sense of all the statistics by providing a quick overview of crime in your manor and elsewhere in the UK."

This would be the app entitled Crime Map ENGLAND & WALES?

Would be nice if your review had brought that to attention rather than blindly ignoring half the regions that make up the British Isles.

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Facebook shells out $10m for using users faces in adverts

Cthonus

Just my 2 cents

Of course if the 150 billion needs downgrading it rather devalues the stated $10 million charity gift.

$0.02 anyone?

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BT missing from Pirate Bay High Court slap-down

Cthonus
Megaphone

Did anyone see the article in The Times about the senior citizen who's been copying and distributing movies to the US Army overseas for years. Said he'd done thousands of rips.

RIAss of American = <silence>

One law it isn't.

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Dragonriders of Pern author Anne McCaffrey dies

Cthonus
Coffee/keyboard

re: Odder Habits

Worked well enough for Moorcock!

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Why your tech CV sucks

Cthonus

Just hang on a sekond...

"The average HR [...] can, however, spell and identify sloppiness."

Are you quite sure of your statistics on these points? We've all seen job adverts with salary ranging from "£40000/day" to "£250 pa" and with location down as every major city between the Kent coast and Duncansby Head.

From yesterday's deletion pile - "Coffee Demonstrator - Up to 10.00 GBP Hourly + £10 per hour" and the lovely "Business Development - £1 to £100k pa + Excellent salary" (both Jobsite).

You can't blame these on overworked typesetters!

Personally I'd welcome the opportunity to deal with an HR person with an eye for detail and the ability to think rationally but I rather fear they're just as fallable as any other profession.

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C and Unix pioneer Dennis Ritchie reported dead

Cthonus

I'ts a shame when the lives of vacuous airheads are paraded out endlessly in the broadsheets and public media that the passing of such an influential figure has gone largely unreported.

Having spent a number of years in a bookshop flogging "Kernighan & Ritchie" yearly to the new intake at the local Uni I can attest to the longevity of his works.

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Google loses battle for goggle.com

Cthonus
Joke

Surely that ought to be Csumbag?

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Bargain-basement botnet kit – yours for just €5

Cthonus
WTF?

"As such the tool might be employed by perverts hunting for child abuse images on the net."

Oh well done for casually ramping up the hysteria. You don't double as a hack for the Daily Mail do you?

It could just as easily be used to hut for signs of where Elvis is hanging out.

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Typo-squatting domains can harvest corporate emails

Cthonus

Does seem to be case of research proving the bleedin' obvious.

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'Poems are the original text messages,' says Laureate

Cthonus
Coat

Test Messaging.. Test Messaging...

Just testing.

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Rebekah Brooks quits - Murdoch accepts this time

Cthonus

Inhuman shield

re:Burbage

Actually I'd like to see Brooks go down for offences on her watch if only to remind the rest of the newspaper industry of the adage that the price of freedom is eternal vigilance. Not 60p and pair of tits on page 3.

(edited for bungling quote...)

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Vote now for the best sci-fi film never made

Cthonus
Coat

Mr

Lensman was an anime series from the mid 80's but diverged wildly from the original books.

Dorsai I believe is currently being made as a *children's* series... (http://sciencefictionworld.com/tv/science-fiction-tv/493-gordon-r-dicksons-dorsai-to-be-filmed.html).

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Doctor Who's Elisabeth Sladen dies at 63

Cthonus
Unhappy

A tear for Sarah Jane

There's not many people who can resurrect a character from 30-odd years ago AND make a successful go of it.

She follows the Brig to a better place...

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Apple spits out increment iOS version

Cthonus
Stop

dont mention bricks...

jailbreaking <> unlocking.

Unlocking is removing the carrier restrictions on a handset.

Please don't segue terminology.

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Assange ambushes Australian Prime Minister on live TV

Cthonus

Not only but also

@AC @Sarah Bee → #

Posted Wednesday 16th March 2011 14:42 GMT

And can I point out that the Martin Luther King you're no doubt referencing is not Martin Luther King, but Dr Martin Luther King Jnr ;p

So is "Julian Assange is not Mr Martin Luther King" less accurate than "Julian Assange is not Dr Martin Luther King" ?

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