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3496 posts • joined 22 Apr 2007

LOHAN lifts lid on revised mission summary

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Oh, yeah.

About that launch rod. If it's hollow, try wrapping some resistive wire around something and stuffing it inside the rod. Approximately five minutes before launch, you have an alarm battery, or some kind of high-capacity LiPo start dumping current into the resistive wire. This heats it up, and removes any problem you might have about freezing the aircraft to the rail.

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Re: Why two elevons?

Two elevons because then they can control the aircraft properly. Rudder-only control is iffy at best. Sure it works, for a "you might end up ploughing into the floor at the slightest hint of a gust" definition of "works". Two properly positioned elevons give you pitch and roll, which is all you need. Yaw control would be nice, but hardly necessary when you're going to be landing in a field rather than on some narrow strip.

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Moar Cameras.

Will we be having another attempt at trying to track it by telescope? Maybe some kind of auto-tracking tech following a radio beacon on the launch platform, if nobody can be bothered trying to move a scope around manually.

Also, I know you won't get a 3G signal all the way up there, but it might be worth having some kind of data feedback via mobile anyway, for when it gets low enough? Live webcam/telemetry feed from 10,000 feet and falling could be fun. Plus, it could help you locate the various parts a lot quicker than wandering around with a big antenna, signal meter and a map.

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Apple has 7.85in 'iPad Mini' in its labs

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Re: Antiquated aspect ratio?

Aspect ratio closer to that of a book?

You ever held a Galaxy Tab 7? It's an airport-size book tablet. Absolutely perfect size and aspect for a paperback, why is it so awful in a tablet?

On what planet is a paperback page closer to 4:3 than 16:9, or do all your books come with wooden pages and pop-up animals inside?

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Home Sec: Web snoop law will snare PAEDOS, TERRORISTS

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Well.

More cynical types might suggest that WW1 was actually about Iraqi oil (how things change eh?)

For more information from one of said cynical types, I recommend Robert Newman's Apocalypso Now, on audio CD or, well, Youtube. Also see Caliban to Taliban and his other various works.

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Re: I'm thinking this means...

It is not only easy, but pathetically easy to crack a certificate-based encryption mechanism, when you control the certificates.

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HTC One X Android smartphone

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Re: Profit?

Gateway basically sold shite that nobody wanted.

IBM got out of the PC market that they inadvertently created because they were basically selling under-specced shite in ugly boxes for a huge premium because of the "IBM" tag. Big surprise nobody bought them.

If nobody is making money from Android, howcomes there are still a ton of new Android phones coming out?

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Re: When contemplating the latest generation of high-end smart phones I feel myself..........

Samba isn't a protocol. Samba is the open source implementation of SMB, also known as NetBIOS, also known as "Windows File and Printer Sharing", also known as "a godawful travesty that people nonetheless have to support because it's popular".

Well this is The Register. If I can't be pedantic here, where else is there?

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Twitter slams top five spammers with legal suit

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Upvoted for an awesome display of apoplexy.

Now I'm going to bed and sleep.

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Facebook: 'Outrageous, wanton, reckless, callous, disgraceful, wilful'

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Re: "It just hurts my eyes," huh?

Human eyeballs are more attuned to green than any other wavelength of light. This means we can detect more different shades of green than any other colour.

I have to say green on black looks nicer to me than white on black, but then that's probably more contrast than colour, since amber works too.

I do like the monitors with the "white/amber/green" toggle switch.

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Apple flooded with iPad 3 wireless connection complaints

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Unfortunately...

..."smart" phones are basically games consoles with 3G chipsets, and follow a similar pattern: All locked up, and you void the warranty and potentially ban yourself from online services for modding it up.

It's the same all over. Good luck with the search. If you find any halfway decent smartphone with a manufacturer that won't bugger you sideways for using Cyanogenmod, don't forget to tell us all.

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Every single iPhone that I hold like a phone...

...exhibits the Deathgrip problem.

Also annoying when you're playing games in landscape mode and the "Network Error" popup happens.

Every. Single. iPhone.

It's not a limited problem. It's a problem that lots of people couldn't be bothered to do anything about. Apparently dropped calls is a minor issue on a device that you can play Angry Birds on.

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AT&T to allow unlocking of out-of-contract iPhones

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How generous.

AT&T are allowing you to dispose of your own property how you see fit.

They surely must be models of generosity for the rest of the world.

Joke icon neither displayed nor needed. If you don't get it, I don't care.

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550,000-strong army of Mac zombies spreads across world

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Re: Old school FTW

I was hunting around looking for Draqgon 32 viruses, just to amusingly prove you wrong. I can't find any though, and I feel like I have to print something vaguely amusing, so instead you can all have this:

"The Motorola 6809, used in the UK's "Dragon 32" personal

computer, actually had an official "SEX" instruction; the

6502 in the Apple II with which it competed did not.

British hackers thought this made perfect mythic sense; after

all, it was commonly observed, you could (on some theoretical

level) have sex with a dragon, but you can't have sex with an

apple."

Icon for comical reasons.

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Re: Actually...

Reminds me of something, that does.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vxEimC3HME

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Actually...

...depends on how you define "thousands". I did once end up cleaning a computer that had well over 100,000 running copies of the same worm, each with its own executable in c:\windows\system. "Slow" doesn't begin to describe it.

And yes, trolling troll is trollicious.

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Viacom's anti-Google copyright case rises from the dead

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Re: Think you got the wrong icon there.

Yes. Someone decides to create a Youtube account and upload a video of Tom Cruise going Tom Cruise Crazy. This is Youtube's fault how? For existing?

They have a takedown procedure, and it seems to work, by the amount of "video was taken down by a copyright complaint" links I've been directed to. Your problem is that you have a sizeable proportion of the entire planet uploading videos. Believe it or not, that's what Youtube is there for. And your solution is what? Delete Youtube?

Viacom and the rest can go fish, frankly. And that's exactly what they are doing: Fishing for money, because Google has a shitload of it. Who's next, the ISPs? For allowing people access to this magical Internet thingummybobsit that is probably being used to download pirate porn? Maybe we should just shut it all down and go back to BBS links and mailing hour. That'll show 'em.

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Munich's mayor claims €4m savings from Linux switch

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Re: If by a "certain company" you mean Microsoft...

Better late than never I guess...

Thing is, I wouldn't dislike Microsoft quite so much if they were just another company. If they didn't have the Windows monopoly any more then they might be bastards, but they would be bastards I can walk away from and buy elsewhere.

Even better is the various attempts to keep it that way, bending an already abused patent system to some truly absurd extremes because they can, and nobody appears to be doing anything about it.

Now I could take a Microsoftian approach here about the employees of Microsoft and say "tough shit, you backed the wrong horse", and I really want to, but I won't. I just want Microsoft's role as the troll under the bridge to be negated, and for Microsoft to stop blowing other people's bridges up!

Especially them free open source ones. MS really does seem to be a bit pathological there.

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"What kind of saddo gets all emotionally involved with their operating system?!"

You do, evidently.

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Re: Hmmm

This is the reg, you know.

ANyway, Linux fragmentation is a myth unless you're trying something stupid like installing OpenOffice onto OpenWRT, or trying Slackware in any shape or form.

Go get yourself a desktop distro like Mint, Ubuntu or Mandriva. Be AMAZED at all the same applications being available through the repositories. Watch your C++ code compile the same on them all. Gasp and clap your hands at LibreOffice or OpenOffice exporting PDFs from machine to machine without even a hiccup!

And then go write an angry missive to El Reg about how people who download stuff from teh intarwebs should all have a short drop and a sharp stop. Go on, I know you want to.

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Re: Open Source document manipulation

Emacs? Vim? Lyx? Tex?

You can tell that the Reg Readership on the whole is somewhat insulated from the rest of the world. 99% of the planet would look at that lot and go "fuck this, where's MS Office?"

Libreoffice on the other hand, they could probably cope with.

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Re: If by a "certain company" you mean Microsoft...

"Schizophrenia (/ˌskɪtsɵˈfrɛniə/ or /ˌskɪtsɵˈfriːniə/) is a mental disorder characterized by a breakdown of thought processes and by poor emotional responsiveness. It most commonly manifests itself as auditory hallucinations, paranoid or bizarre delusions, or disorganized speech and thinking, and it is accompanied by significant social or occupational dysfunction."

No, I think I got that dot on. I mean, they might have multiple personality disorder as well, but that wasn't what I was implying. What I was, and am implying is that the corporate entity known as Microsoft is getting ever more batshit fucking insane.

Hopefully it'll be their downfall.

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If by a "certain company" you mean Microsoft...

...then I'm afraid they haven't changed at all. If anything their attitude to FOSS has become more schizophrenic of late, but they do still seem determined to destroy it.

And they're still failing hard at that.

Still, shows you the truth behind Microsoft's bleating about TCO. "Get The Facts", indeed. And damn, they've taken the whole "Get The Facts" sub-site down. Well that could have been handy.

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Google planning to brand and sell Android tablets

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Re: Well...

Just gone and bought one this Sunday, the quad core wifi variety since my phone can act as the access point. Stuffed it in the backpack with an external battery plugged into it and did the upgrade to ICS while biking home.

Damn this thing's speedy. T'ain't crashed yet though, or had any kind of glitchy moment that's any worse than an iSomething. Even a friend who really loves to play his iThings up and tell me how his ePeen is bigger than mine (or words to that effect) seems to be grudgingly impressed. "Bloody should be good for £500" is high praise indeed!

It really, really needs to not automatically put icons for installed apps on the home screens though. I did a sync and it started downloading every single app, paid or free, that I have ever downloaded on that account, even apps that I took a look at and uninstalled ages ago. Opening the thing to see boatloads of crap all over the previously pristine home screens and the system plaintively complaining that there is "no more room on the home screen" for the incoming apps was a bit annoying. There's a big list of apps already available, why do I need shortcuts to all of them?

Relatedly, Google need to sort out a way of telling the Market "I don't want this app, and I don't want it automatically reinstalling itself!"

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Re: Google "taking the fight to Amazon"

What does "compatibility" mean?

We define an "Android compatible" device as one that can run any application written by third-party developers using the Android SDK and NDK. We use this as a filter to separate devices that can participate in the Android app ecosystem, and those that cannot. Devices that are properly compatible can seek approval to use the Android trademark. Devices that are not compatible are merely derived from the Android source code and may not use the Android trademark.

In other words, compatibility is a prerequisite to participate in the Android apps ecosystem. Anyone is welcome to use the Android source code, but if the device isn't compatible, it's not considered part of the Android ecosystem.

http://source.android.com/faqs.html#what-does-compatibility-mean

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Re: is it bullshit Friday or something?

Not so much. I don't know if any of the big top 500 HPC systems have the libraries to run Doom 3 installed, but it's still unmistakeably Linux. DItto routers, set top boxes and phones.

That said, there is a certain number of expected things either already baked in or easily available in anything calling itself a "Desktop" Linux.

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UK government says no to turbo e-bike

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Re: Actually its the riders that are the problem and not the speed or DoT

See I think the govt here should just declare that riding a bicycle on the pavement is perfectly legal but pedestrians have right of way at all times. That means get off and walk or get on the road if they're in your way.

It would be more of a match for the current reality, where putting bike lanes everywhere would be stupidly expensive and, in the case of a white line on the road, not do a whole lot for safety. Bicycles are the only genuinely free form of transport that exists in this part of the world, can go practically anywhere, and can go for miles on a few cups of water. I'd hate to see that go because some people think that anything useful has to be taxed and regulated somehow.

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Re: Tour de France

This is what I'm thinking.

If you actually set the bike computer/speedo/whatever to the CORRECT WHEEL SIZE, you will find it surprisingly hard to maintain (or even achieve) 30mph on a pushbike, regardless of how light the frame or how well oiled the bearings. As someone who really has done 60+ MPH on bicycles, I can tell you that speeds like that on a bog standard diamond frame are scary. Especially going down an 80 degree incline on the side of a slagheap. Half the reason I did it, really.

And car speedos are always a bit shit. Compare what your dash says to what a GPS speedo says and be prepared to be amazed.

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Re: Pah..

3 12V alarm batteries and a 750W motor?

Okay let's assume you're going for some real porkers of alarm batteries at 10Ah each and you're wiring them in series. That's 36V * 10A = 360Wh.

So basically you get about half an hour of juice and then you're fuckered? Still, at 750W that must be a hell of a half hour.

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Re: no comment

Same way you regulate idiots putting race grade octane enhancers in their petrol: They tend to drive like idiots most of the time.

Of course if you happen to like the extra juice and the occasional sideways drive around a roundabout, t'ain't my place to complain.

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Sugar content now to be measured in Cadbury Creme Eggs

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Re: How much is that in

Or Curly Wurlies?

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Quitting your job? Here's how not to do it

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Swearing at the boss.

Not always a sackable offense.

I used to work for Tuffnells Parcels Express as a porter/sorter/general dogsbody. It was the only place I've known where I could tell the depot manager to STFU and stop being so fat and bald, and still have my job. Then I got given the Jesus nickname by an Iraqi refugee who was probably one of the best workers in the place. So he instantly got called either "Mohammed" or "Aladdin" depending on what mood I was in. The night manager was similarly rotund and hairless so ended up being called "Buddha". So I'd walk in, he'd shout "JESUS!" - I'd shout back with "ALREET BUDDHA, WHERE'S MOHAMMED?" Three gods working in one depot, no wonder we managed to work miracles every night!

Of course this doesn't compare to the depot manager shouting at me while unloading "ARE YOU SWEATING YET?"

So I raise my arm, point right at the stained and sweaty T shirt, "LICK THIS AND TELL ME."

His response? "Get this wagon done in the next ten minutes and I'll lick your fucking balls, pal."

Yeah, so tl;dr: How you treat your boss depends entirely on the type of workplace you are in.

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Be careful whose feet you step on, on your way to the top.

Because they might be connected to the arse you have to kiss on the way back down!

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ARM-Android to outship Windows-Anything by 2016

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Re: So does someone want to tell me how I'm wrong...

Bought by enthusiasts such as a friend's kid who got it home and tried to use it, gave it to me and said "can you make it work?"

I told him to take it back to the shop as unfit for purpose and make sure the next one comes with the Market. In fact there are a number of people who have expressed interest in non-iPad tablets to me and I keep telling them all the same thing: Make sure it's an official build with the marketplace, and a nice new version of Android. If it's not at least two point something, don't bother!

No, I think you'll find there are quite a lot of people who are buying cheap Android tablets because they see the iPad as being too expensive. They then go "WTF is this shit", take the tablet back and decide the iPad must be worth it. It's not because "Android is a phone OS on a tablet." That's a stupid answer. 2.x is a lovely interface on a tablet and you can buy different launchers, unlike a certain fruity tab.

It's because people buy them, can't get shit-all apps for them, and decide Android must be crap, oh hey the iPad 2 has gone down in price, let's get one.

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So does someone want to tell me how I'm wrong...

...or are they going to hit the thumbs-down because I'm telling the truth and they don't like it?

Knock off non-androids make people buy iPads. By "people" I mean normal people who want to buy something and use it, not buy something and spend all night trying to make it work properly.

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Re: In the next couple of years

In the next couple of years, a desktop machine will be that powerful it will make an 8 core fondleslab look shite.

Technology advances, not just on phones.

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Re: Don't believe it....

Not too difficult if you don't mind rooting things and have a propellor for a head.

Seriously, I know we're mostly all techie here, but the rest of the entire world is NOT. People will not root their devices. They will go "oh, it's shit, there's no apps", take it back and get an iPad.

That's your Android tablet problem right there, and it is the only problem. Just a shame Google can't be a bit more proactive about bollocking people who sell unofficial tablets as "Android."

Android based? Yep. Android? No.

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Re: Don't believe it....

See now, I have never had a problem getting droid tablet apps, with the exception of shitty devs who only code to one screen size, and that crapware is quite rare these days.

But then I am on about Android tablets, not cheap knock offs with no Android Market^WGoogle Play.

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Probably not a representative sample, but the people I know with iDevices either use them as dumbphones, or wait until the apps are on 10p offers or some kind of "free for 24 hours" thing before getting them.

In contrast I have quite a number of Android apps I paid full price for, and only a few that I got during the 10p apps offer a few months back. It's worth it to not be bombarded with "personalised" sales pitches all the time.

Annoying to have to get prepaid Mastercards because Google had a dummy-spitting moment with Maestro though.

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Linux 'internet of things' gizmo ships

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Naw.

Now if it was managed by your own private server, that'd be more interesting.

Still, at least it isn't made or sponsored by "your property is my property and you can't sell it" Braben.

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PlayStation 4 'Orbis' pegged for 2013 release

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Re: AMD?!? *yawn*

I'd much rather have that and be able to sell it and the games.

But hey, people are addicted to Shiny. Coo, lookit those awesome gold bars on that cage over there.

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Re: How to lose customers and annoy people...

Refund your money? Haha, no.

If your Xbox gets banned from XBL, the general response is "tough shit, sucks to be you."

Of course you can then sell your banned Xbox to an innocent third party and they get told "tough shit, sucks to be you."

Ain't the games industry just fucking wonderful?

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Re: Pathetic

Unfortunately the PC is just as shite and getting worse.

If it has Steam, I'm not interested. If it's by EA, Ubisoft or Valve, I'm not interested. If it demands online "activation", I'm not interested. Basically I can walk into a shop and see absolutely NO games that are worth getting now, due to them all coming with a free helping of malware.

Fuck the lot of them and buy only games that don't pull this shit. If everyone did that the devs would change their tune. They won't though, because too many people are addicted to the shiny.

And too many people will buy the PoS 4.

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With this ring, I thee frag

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For some reason...

This reminds me of the Spy+Pyro animation.

Dammit, now I'm giggling on the bus.

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Google offers Oracle slice of Android profits for patents

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Re: Florian, the voice of Microsoft

Never mind, it's all over Google with a quick search.

http://www.wired.com/wiredenterprise/2012/03/ms-patent/

All I can say to that is: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA....

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Re: Florian, the voice of Microsoft

Link please?

Could be a fun read.

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Dotcom hike will net MEEELLIONS of bucks for Verisign, ICANN

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Re: Things are not quite what you think

Indeed. Hence why I'll not buy one, thanks.

If I end up with a wildly popular web site, it'll be because it's a popular website, not because it has ".com" on the end of it. The squatters can have .com, they'll only get the fools who don't know how to type ".co.uk" into an address bar, and I'm not interested in them.

I know someone with a .co.uk address that I made the site for. He can't get the .com version because the last people he tried to get to make a site for him basically bought the domain name then did little else, letting it expire and be grabbed up by a squatter. Funny how he's struggling to make enough stuff to meet demand, and all without the .com "cachet".

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Republicans shoot down proposed ban on Facebook login boss-snoop

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Re: I would have thought the simple answer is...

Possible, even probable grounds for dismissal?

Perhaps. However, around here, unless you're working for some fly-by-night shysters, that tends to involve tribunals. You can bring witnesses to tribunals.

My witness will be a journalist from the local rag.

(and no, I don't have a Facebonk account either)

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