* Posts by jai

2253 posts • joined 8 May 2007

Freeze, Glasshole! Stop spying on me at the ATM

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Re: WTF......

I'm sure i saw an episode of Columbo or Diagnosis Murder or some other daytime 80s police proceedural where the wrong'un of the episode did exactly that with a camera to photograph the security keypad on a door so they could break in a kill the victim.

Just because it's new technology, does not mean it is a new threat.

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Apple's October iWatch beefy, 'arched' – report

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Re: you mean about the size of the iPhone 4?

did someone cut your iPhone 4 in half or something?

that size is only 50% bigger than the iPod Nano (6th gen) that worked very well on a watch strap. if there's any truth in this rumour then i suspect we'll see a rectangular screen, so the screen will be aboutsize as the 7th gen ipod nano. if so, then it's going to curve around your wrist i guess.

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Google, Microsoft to add remote KILL switch to phones

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Re: And what's the real subtext here...?

well, that already happened with iPhones. but turns out, the miscreants weren't actually killing people's phones - they'd just phished their account ids and passwords and then activated the kill switch. which many were able to by-pass by a simple phone reset.

So as long as Microsoft and Google implement it in a secure manner, it should remain sufficiently difficult for your miscreants to do it.

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AV for Mac

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Re: Install the free Sophos AV for home users ...

+1 for Sophos. Have it on all of mine - seems to run nice and quitely in the background, routinely picks up malware in email attachements and zaps them, never hear from it the rest of the time. and it's free, but uses the same virus definitions as the paid-for windows software does

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New iOS 8 SDK: Come in, apps. Get cozy, sip wine, swap numbers

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Re: Filesystem access?

would that be the iCloud Disk that they also announced yesterday?

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YOSEMITE GLAM: Apple unveils gussied up OS X

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Re: Interested by iCloud Drive

you might want to look again, from a slide in yesterday's presentation:

- First 5GB free

- 20GB for $0.99 per month

- 200GB for $3.99 per month

- Tiers available up to 1TB

so the 200GB tier works out at half the price of the OneDrive's current plan ($100 per year).

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Re: Sync?

If you're a multiplatform user, you're not their target demographic. Also, you're post on El Reg, whom Apple ignore, so they're blissfully unaware of your objection.

For those of us who drink heartily from the Kool Aid and only use iStuff, this is a great update. I just wish the dev site was up so I could download the betas already.

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Android is a BURNING 'hellstew' of malware, cackles Apple's Cook

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Re: Not so smart; desperate housewife is desperate.

I don't seem to recall Jobs presenting snake-oil-merchant slides to diss the competition;

you should re-watch some of the old keynote speeches then, refresh your memory.

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Re: Really?

but you're not allowed to leave the walled garden...

Adam & Eve left their garden, and some would say it's been downhill for the human race ever since....

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Expulsion from Garden of Steven: Apple staffers tossed out of Fruit Loop

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and the award for managing to showhorn the pun "fruit loop" the most times into one article goes to....

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Fanbois Apple-gasm as iPhone giant finally reveals WWDC lineup

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Re: Tuesday 0900-1000 "This One Is Sealed" - Marina

More interesting is the No Comment one at the same time, but in the big room that the keynote was in. Surely that's for further details on something that will only be revealed during the Keynote itself.

Or perhaps it's Tim Cook, blatantly wearing the unannounced iWatch, standing in front of a 100" TV with an Apple logo on the case, wearing a pair of Ray-bans that you can just make out the inverted image of an iOS screen displayed on the inside of the lenses, but just spending an hour replying "No comment" to every question...

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Re: Not sure we NEED a new device

Apple may have a few years before the need a big new thing, but the tech news websites can't wait that long! If they don't have some clickbait Apple-related headlines to publish, they might loose out on advertising revenue to the entertainment websites revealing what f**ktapes-star "celebrity" has had to eat this week.

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JJ Abrams and Star Wars: I've got a bad feeling about this

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Not just one man

You speak like he makes all these film single handedly. Yes, he's directing it, what we'll see on the screen comes from his vision, but there's a HUGE number of studio executives that'll be reviewing everything he does. He hasn't got carte blanche to do what he likes here, like he probably had with the tv shows.

Not saying it won't be a train wreck, but i think there are a lot of people other than Abrams who are going to have a hand in what we get to see. If it's rubbish, they all need to be blamed. And if we're pleasantly surprised that it's enjoyable, then they all need to be congratulated.

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Re: Amongst the worst...

"An Ewok Jedi...."

That's not a million miles away from Yoda, you realise?

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MacBook Air 13-inch: If you squint hard enough, you'll see a lesser-spotted Apple Price Cut

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Re: Slightly schizophrenic review

that pesky @ and "

it's funny - i have exactly the same problem when i'm here at work using a PC keyboard.

it makes NO sense having the single quote and the double quote keys on completely opposite sides of the keyboard.

you'll notice the colon and semi-colon are on the same key. so why not quote and double-quote?!?!?

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iPhone-stroker-turned-fandroid sues Apple over iMessage text-slurpery

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Re: Frankly, there was a simple and obvious mistake made

Which was ever moving away from using an Apple device

FIFY

if she hadn't switched phones, none of this would have been a problem, and all of you lot wouldn't have had such high blood pressure over the last day while reading this article and comments :)

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@Arctic fox: Re:All right old chap I'll bite..........

they're places referenced in Dante's Inferno. i was subtly implying that it'll be a cold day in hell before Apple create an iMessage app for Android.

Although, as I discovered and 's water music pointed out - when you get to the very heart of hell, it's actually already a frozen mass of ice.

Maybe that means Dante was predicting that there will be an iMessage app on 'droid after all....

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Re: Easy Fail

yeah - admittedly i was skimming wikipedia, and it only really mentions that the 9th circle is where it gets really cold. i couldn't see if the 8th circle was much more than temperate.

seems strange. it seems that as long as you're not traitorous (and therefore end up in the 9th circle) then if you're on the road to hell already, it's probably best to go as bad as you can, at least then you'll get tollerable weather conditions while you're there. the mildly evil get burnt. Judas gets frozen. but those in between get a nice warm summers day.

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Re: I really don't see...

if she hasn't told them that she's changed to a phone that is incompatible with iMessage (i.e. deregistered her number from iMessage) then how are Apple to know?

that's like complaining that your utilities bills are still being direct debit'ed from an old bank account, causing it to go into overdraft, because you didn't inform them to switch to your new account.

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Re: Easy fix

in other news sinners have been seen ice skating upon the river Phlegethon, and snowball fights have broken out in Malebolge

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is she sure?

Could be that, now that she's left the church, none of her apple-wielding friends want to send txts to her :)

But seriously - claiming $5m seems a bit excessive? If she's expecting to recieve messages that are worth that much money to her, shouldn't she be relying on a different method of communication than txting?

And also, $5m for not researching how to switch phone beforehand - it's a lot of money to claim for what is essentially user error.

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More chance you came a cropper on a UK road than bought a Chromebook this year

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Re: Or the alternative opinion

Excellent little machines for basic email and web access

But just about EVERYthing can do basic email and web access these days. Being "just as good as everything else for doing the most basic of tasks" shouldn't be a major selling point of a device.

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Internet rejoices over Star Wars, um, clapboard pic

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once you take away fan appeal

but that would make many sequels merely average. Empire and Jedi would be just average sci-fi without the fan appeal of building on what the first film did.

Godfather 2 might be able to stand on its own.

And Aliens also would work by itself. although, it's still appealing to sci-fi fans, so if you removed that....

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Re: If it is another Episode 1 he'll be known as....

i watched Episodes 1 to 3 almost back to back a couple of weeks ago, and was suprised to find that Jar Jar and Anakin being annoying weren't half as much as i remembered them being from the first time i saw it.

Yes, they're still annoying, but i think on watching it additional times, you're able to blank them out and focus on the rest of the films. The huge space battle at the start of Ep 3, for example, is fantastic (blanking out the weird missiles that turn into droids with laser cutters...)

Anyway - i liked what he did with Star Trek, am optimistic that the new movies will be more Empire than Phantom Menace

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Apple updates OS X Mavericks, iTunes, Podcasts for iOS

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Re: Podcast app

+1 that the app can't sync what's been listened to and what hasn't.

But despite that, i like the Podcast interface and it makes it much easier to organise your podcast subscriptions.

I've abandoned the podcast maangement within iTunes on the desktop. I just use the Podcast app on the phone to manage the subscriptions and it works verywell, downloading the newest shows when they become available, or for those with a large back catalogue, keeping three (or a number of your choice) of un-listened-to episodes on the phone whenever I have wifi connection.

So yes, the integration between the two isn't great. But I'm glad they did create a seperate app as now i no longer have to ensure i sync with iTunes before i go to work each morning as the phone's already updated it content before i wake up.

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Hey, who wants a 40TB all-flash Pure box? I dunno, you got $160k?

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Re: ... what?

The difference between usable and raw capacity is due to Pure's software deduplicating data.

so presumably, you can get 40TB of data on there, but only if you're writing 14 identical copies of 2.75TB of data ?

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Architect of Apple's total-silence public relations policy leaves

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Re: your milage may vary

Adn in the pay of Microsoft it would seem: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/05/15/windows_phone_live_an_enterprise_story/

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your milage may vary

seems John Gruber @ daringfireball had a much better relationships with her than El Reg did:

http://daringfireball.net/2014/05/katie_cotton

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Philips lobs patent sueball at Nintendo in US: Seeks to BAN Wii U

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Philips are tragically late too. Surely it would have been far better a couple of years ago, in the height of Wii-mania, when Nintendo would have been happy to pay a large settlement. Now, is it even worth the cost of the lawyers to settle and avoid the impact to what few Wii U's they might sell?

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Deflation hits Tim Cook – date with him now costs only half as much

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Re: Lunch with Tim Cook or other Tech Execs??

Other than wanting to give some money for charity

You may have answered your own question there.

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The weird and wonderful mind of H.R Giger is no more

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very sad

There's not many people that have certainly touch so many people, but he was definitely one of them.

Such a shame. He will be missed.

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Stop bullying SUPER FAT GODZILLA, urge movie stars

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Re: "It's been sixty years..."

Trying to block out the last Hollywood version, then?

aren't we all?

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Vinyl-fetish hipsters might just have a point

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Re: @M Gale

a better solution is just to wait for someone else to do all that, AND record the two hidden tracks, and upload the .ogg files to usenet or something, then download and play on your digital device

although, i doubt i'll bother. if Mr White is so concerned with retro, he won't be wanting any of my modern money and i'm all out of shillings and pence.

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$3.2bn Apple deal would make hip-hop mogul Dr Dre a BEEELLLIONAIRE

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Re: Overpriced, over-rated and over-valued...

The Bloomberg report - and the rest of the internet - places far more emphasis on the music streaming side of Beats' business

To be fair, so too did the original report on April Fools day:

http://lefsetz.com/wordpress/index.php/archives/2014/04/01/apple-buys-beats/

Have any of the other sites to report on this confirmed that they've done further research to see if there is anything more to this story than an April Fools joke?

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The ULTIMATE space geek accessory: Apollo 15's joystick up for sale

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Re: Eh?

*cough*CapricornOne*cough*noWindOnTheMoon*cough*noStarsInTheSky*cough*joystickWasAuctionedOff*cough*

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Twitter jitters: Investors turn into quitters as shares hit the sh...

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Re: Twitter

The most pointless and useless of the current versions of social networking.

This is the mistake that everyone has made (especially all those who bought the shares).

Twitter isn't really a social network. That's just a small part of it. It's really a media platform. The real value is not in letting you (the average Joe on the street) tell your friends what you're currently doing in under 140 characters. That is what Facebook is for.

The value in Twitter is to the celebrities. It's a simple way for them to broadcast messages to their fans, who are all following them, without having to pay attention to what any of those fans are doing, or asking back. And when they have something to sell, it's perfect direct marketing to the precise audience who are going to be buying it.

I actively use Twitter, reading tweets of people i'm interested in or sites who's news i want to follow. I don't tweet anything myself and only a couple of the people that i follow do i actually know in real life. and none of them really tweet anything either.

I think there is a real market for Twitter, if used for this kind of thing. and as such, it works well the way that the BBC and even El Reg make use of it. it's almost the inverse of Facebook. But unfortunatley it has been labelled a social network, so everyone assumes it's identical to Facebook.

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Star Wars Episode VII: The Ancient Fear of, er, a CHEESE-TASTIC title?

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Re: Past of future history

Days of Future Past? But why is it so bad? the plot for the film comes from the story arc in the comics that had that same title. so the title for the film seems rather apt, telling you exactly which plotline from the comic it is adapting to the film.

and considering the plot is all about the people in the future going back into the past to fix the errors made there and so save everyone from persecution in the future, it's not too bad. it's much along the lines of Back to the Future, as a grammatically convoluted title goes.

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PEAK APPLE: Mystery upstart to hurl iLord from its throne 'by 2020'

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the clue is in his title

"Venture capitalist"

So presumably he has just, or is just about to, plunged a lot of money (probably not his own) into some cloud-based startup that needs a lot of hype.

And of course, Apple have no need of VC money, so that's probably why he doesn't see any relevance to them.

Google, on the otherhand, make a lot of noise about future technologies they've dreamed up, but haven't fully brought to market, and no one knows if anyone is really going to buy any of their products - so that's exactly the kind of company that this guy understands.

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Chinese iWatchers: Apple's WRISTPUTERS ALREADY in production

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Re: You will need

@Big_Ted

2 Bluetooth will eat the "Small" battery this thing will be able to hold in a very short time if its more than an interface for your ithingy.

really? the batteries in my bt earphones (considerably smaller and probably cheaper than the battery apple would put inside an iDevice for the wrist) last 3 days easy.

@JDK

Can you get BT earphones rather than headphones, with sensible battery life?

yes, mine last at least 3 days, could be longer but i'm in the routine of charging them on wednesdays and over the weekend. which isn't a problem as i'm already in the routing of charging my phone every night.

Also even if you're right, BT earphones would be the reason they cost £150 so he's half right.

No, bt earphones for £150 is so 2008! you could have just-f'ing-amazon'd-it to check your prices before you typed, but i've done it for you:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=bleutooth%20earphones

On just the first page, showing 16 results, there are 9 items that i would consider "earphones" and of those, only two cost over £35.

Adding up the number of people who left reviews (good or bad) comes to 635 people. Even if you take the unlikely view that I'm the only person who bought a pair and didn't leave a review, that's still quite a lot of people for a product that "nobody wants" as you put it.

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Re: You will need

you know they invented a thing called Bluetooth (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bluetooth) a few years ago, you get it in loads of things, including earphones. Best thing about it, it would have saved you having to type all those words if you'd known about it beforehand.

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Boffins pen 'Guide to better spamming'

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But...

other researchers will take the insights provided in our paper and develop tools to win the battle against spamming

did it not occur to him that perhaps spammers will take the insights provided in their paper to improve their tools and botnets and allow them to win the battle against the anti-spam systems?

Or is the assumption that spammers are too lazy to read a research paper - that would seem a little like the security-through-obscurity view

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Today's bugs have BRANDS? Be still my bleeding heart [logo]

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A new Stob article? oh joy!

This is officially my favourite Thursday of the month so far :)

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Apple's strong iPhone sales crush Wall Street moneymen's tepid expectations

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Re: Silly article

some interesting ideas on the ipad slow growth from last weekend:

http://daringfireball.net/linked/2014/04/21/gassee-ipad

http://www.mondaynote.com/2014/04/20/the-ipad-is-a-tease/

Posit: slow iPad sales are worse news for the PC market: implies phones can take the greater share of PC use cases.

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Och aye! It's the Loch Ness Monster – but only Apple fanbois can see it

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There are no 20-metre-long catfish. There are no whale sharks in Loch Ness

Maybe not, but maybe there is a 20-meter-long dinonsaur-descended Nessie?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Family-Ness

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UFO, cosmic ray or flasher? NASA rules on Curiosity curiosity

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Alien

incandescent gas

As Mars approached opposition, Lavelle of Java set the wires of the astronomical exchange palpitating with the amazing intelligence of a huge outbreak of incandescent gas upon the planet. It had occurred towards midnight of the twelfth; and the spectroscope, to which he had at once resorted, indicated a mass of flaming gas, chiefly hydrogen, moving with an enormous velocity towards this earth. This jet of fire had become invisible about a quarter past twelve. He compared it to a colossal puff of flame suddenly and violently squirted out of the planet, "as flaming gases rushed out of a gun."

A singularly appropriate phrase it proved. Yet the next day there was nothing of this in the papers except a little note in the Daily Telegraph, and the world went in ignorance of one of the gravest dangers that ever threatened the human race.

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Wookiee! CHEWIE'S BACK in Star Wars Ep VII – blab Hollywood 'sources'

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Let the Wookie win!

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Internet is a TOOL OF SATAN that destroys belief, study claims

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Stewart Lee..

..said it best when he compared having religious beliefs with having a mental illness.

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The IT Crowd tops BAFTA nominations with four nods

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Re: re: tnetennba

I can't recall the last time I had so much fun watching a tv programme...

it was probably while watching The IT Crowd :)

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But...

...Could you use it in a sentence for us?

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Re: Disappointing

Really? The Countdown epidsode was brilliant.

And the whole bomb disposal scene was hilarious!

Bomb Disposal: [referring to the bomb disposal robot] I'm just having a couple of problems with it.

Moss: What kind of operating system does it use?

Bomb Disposal: It's er... Vista.

Moss: We're going to die!

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