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DAYS from end of life as we know it: Boffins tell of solar storm near-miss

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Re: " You build underground. "

Spot on, Trevor. There is no serious problem to which the answer is not "We need to get out into space as fast as we can".

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Motorist 'thought car had caught fire' as Adele track came on stereo

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Re: Devil's advocate....

You have rental cars with a manual? I've rented over a dozen cars in the last few years, and not one has had the manual in it - something that pisses me off no end. Also, sit in the car and spend time ensuring that you know how the basics work, and you'll get a knock on the window from the one of the staff asking if you know what you are doing.

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Students hack Tesla Model S, make all its doors pop open IN MOTION

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Re: Poorly Written Article @ Lost all faith

" ... many people from the 80's may recall that wierd feeing when you realise you have sat in the wrong car (Vauxhall Cavalier was mine)"

Yep - Vauxhall Chevette and Ford Fiesta here! There is no elegant way of extracting yourself from that:

"Why won't the ignition switch work?" [usually less worn than door-lock] (Rock steering wheel back and forth a few times. Peer under column.)

"Shit! Lock must be broken!" (Reach for door handle to get out.)

"Hold on. Where have those furry dice/womens' shoes/deodorant trees come from?" (Odd sense of reality fading. Vague suspicions of alternative universes become more concrete.)

"Eerrrmm - I don't remember parking this close to that wall/lamp-post/identical model of car with familiar number plate ..." (Sudden bowel-loosening realisation that you are, in actual fact, in *someone else's car*. Intimate appreciation of the meaning of the phrase "Feeling the colour draining out your face").

"Right. Don't panic. No-one knows what you've done. Pretend you have found *the thing* you were looking for. *Calmly* get out of the car." (Heart pounding loud enough to set the suspension resonating. Cold sweat forming all over.)

"Now, relock the door." (Shit! It isn't as easy.)

"No - on the button!" (Reopen door in as unsuspicious way as possible, do the combination of handle and button.)

"Now, walk back the way you came so that it is obvious you 'just wanted to get something from the car'." (Resist temptation to whistle whilst walking round corner. Wait what seems like five minutes, not looking suspicious at all.)

"Take off your jacket/jumper so no-one will recognise you as you walk back to your own car and drive off ... very ... carefully." (Try to forget the utter hideousness of it all until some bastard on El Reg reminds you of it ...)

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Banning handheld phone use by drivers had NO effect on accident rate - study

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Re: Typing texts at the wheel is incredibly dangerous @ Tom 38

"Cigarettes are fine, its rollies that are tricky, especially if you use filter tips."

I don't know if that was meant as a joke, but I used to go out on events with a friend who did that very thing whilst driving! There isn't much that makes me nervous as a passenger (hell, I navigate on rallies!), but that always made me feel uncomfortable!

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BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled

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Don't know if it has any relevance (probably not), but I watched the highlights of the German GP on the web version of iPlayer at about 11pm on Sunday night* here in Dundee. The only thing of note was that there were fewer buffering interruptions than usual.

*After I'd been to see Monty Python (almost) Live at the local cinema.

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Amazon's Spotify-for-books: THE TRUTH

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Re: Support your local library by using it @Sean

"Anyone who's ever fought their way through Kobo's system will welcome Amazon's far easier system with open arms. Kobo's site is truly, truly awful."

I'm not sure whether you mean consumer or author side there, but, as a happy owner of a Kobo Touch for a couple of years who has recently started buying from Kobo's site (I had a lot of books on my computer to catch up with), I don't find it particularly awful. It might not be quite as slick as Amazon - which is, to me, the pinnacle of ease - but it is far from the car-crash you make it out to be.

Kobo does have problems, such as the risk of them completely changing the functionality of the reader with each f/w update, but the website isn't that bad.

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Mwa-ha-ha-ha! Eccentric billionaire Musk gets his PRIVATE SPACEPORT

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Re: I read today the UK is planning a spaceport in Scotland

I'm just buying a house within 10 minutes drive from Leuchars. Can't decide whether the geeky "Whoa, I could be living near a spaceport!" or the timid "Whoa, I could be living near a spaceport!" should win out. It doesn't matter though - Mrs IP will make us move (again) if they do choose the site on the basis of noise - though I doubt there will be many places within a reasonable distance from her work that would be immune from the crackly roar of rocket engines ...

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Huge FOUR-winged dino SPREAD LEGS to KILL – scientists

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Re: Seen a wedgetail eagle lately ? @ xperroni

"I bet the eagle's day wouldn't fare any better." Looking at that thing, I suspect it would just unwrap itself from your bleeding remains, take a quick bite, push the rest of the screen out, crap on you, then fly off to its nest!

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British cops cuff 660 suspected paedophiles

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Re: Police declined to explain how they "snared" the suspects

@ h4rm0ny - when I saw this on the news last night, I said to Mrs IP that, if we follow the cases, there will be a conviction rate of 10% or less. My opinion hasn't changed.

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BitTorrent not to blame for movie revenues, says economist

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Re: Hypothesis

Answering my own post - there is a tool for comparing critics' opinions with your own at http://www.wisegeek.com/which-movie-reviews-should-i-believe.htm. It is limited to well-known critics, but it is interesting - I would never have thought that Rotten Tomatoes agreed with me 70% of the time (on the films used for the assessment).

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Re: Hypothesis

Since I haven't found a professional reviewer that reliably mirrors my idea of what a good movie is*, it makes no difference to me what they say. If I like the look of a film's trailer, I'll go and see it close to its release date regardless of what reviewers say. If I'm not so sure, I'll wait until IMDB has got several reviews and then look at a selection of the best and worst comments. Over a year, I probably see about one film a month at the local cinema thanks to Orange Wednesdays (which doesn't resemble the chamber of horrors described by some here - never had a mobile go off, no laser pointers, no babies, no sticky carpets). I also like the adverts and trailers, much to Mrs IP's disgust - they provide a nice lead in to the film, and it feels like the supporting feature that used to be on before films when ah were a lad.

* There used to be a website that compared the ratings of professional reviewers with your own, but I don't know if it still exists. I'd be interested to see if there is a pro out there who thinks that "Wreck-It Ralph" is significantly better than "Citizen Kane", and "The Addams Family" beats "Psycho" into a cocked hat ...

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NASA: ALIENS and NEW EARTHS will be ours inside 20 years

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Re: here's to hoping

Beer should NOT be served cold!!!! (Well, real ale shouldn't be, anyway)

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Re: GIGO

And what difference would it make to the topic we are discussing here? (Not that I'm taking the theory seriously anyway).

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Re: Promises, promises @ Pedigree-Pete

"Anyone else remember the "paperless office"." Well, in some cases it is getting further away: http://gizmodo.com/german-government-is-using-typewriters-to-avoid-the-nsa-1605185821

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Re: Not... @Captain DaFt

Well, according to Douglas Adams, yes, we are the descendants of the B-Ark. Our ancestors were all management consultants and telephone sanitisers running from an enormous mutant space goat ... or twelve foot piranha bees ... or something.

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Get an EYEFUL OF CURRY for the sake of your brain

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Re: @moiety & @TRT Here's my fiver...

And me.

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British data cops: We need greater powers and more money

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Enforced Subject Access

Never heard of this before. What sort of employer would ask for this, and what jobs do they offer that make it worthwhile to a potential employee?

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Microsoft's Lumia 930... a real HANDFUL

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Re: Can we get rid of the AC function?

Because even a pseudonym gives people the chance to look back at previous posts, and build up an idea of the persona behind it. I've had the same nom-de-plume on here for many years now, and that carries some meaning to those who visit regularly. It wouldn't make any difference if I gave my real name, except it would make me a bit nervous about making some comments - the world we live in makes certain opinions dangerous in the eyes of employers etc.

It really isn't so much different from going down to the pub, or being a member of a club (ate least for me) - I know people who only exist in that environment, as far as I'm concerned. I don't know their full names, what they do for a living, marital status etc. It makes no difference. I'd be extremely wary of anyone that came in and said "I'm not giving you any name at all", though.

Some people have reasons for being AC, which they will often justify. Others hide behind it to try to cause trouble with no reason. Based on your published comments and those in your linked page, you seem to fall into the latter group, though your anti-Windows stance does sound like a previously banned ex-commenter - long term readers will know who I mean.

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Re: What, no whiny "Pity it runs Windows" comments?

So, why do you care, AC?

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Will GCHQ furtle this El Reg readers' poll? Team Snowden suggests: Yes

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Actually, I haven't been comfortable with the plotlines where Bond breaks the law for several years now. I am always annoyed that there isn't a scene at the end of those stories where he is disciplined and/or handed over to the police, with a lecture that being right doesn't justify illegality for an officer of the Crown.

[I know this sounds a sarcastic, but it isn't - I mean what I say.]

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El Reg nips down IKEA's 'I've Got A Screw Loose Street'

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Re: Seagate's HQ @markw:

Bastard!!!! --------->

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UK gov rushes through emergency law on data retention

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Re: Vote?

It requires a golf club to teach these asshats what democracy means.

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Re: "The consequences of not acting are grave"

Cameron is just being a spineless twat*, proven by his comment that he doesn't want to be a prime minister explaining why a terrorist attack occurred. He doesn't have the courage to say "Damn the terrorists, there is no significant risk, privacy is more important". Whilst he still isn't top of my Prime Minister Hate List (Thatcher and Blair still vie for first place on that one), he just went into the top three.

* again.

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Re: Words that are friends ... @ Mr Wibble

Of course GESTPO - if there was, say, another "A" in there it would sound like a very nasty group in nazi Germany! Not the image the British government would want to portray, what?

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UK's emergency data slurp: IT giants panicked over 'legal uncertainty'

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Governmental figures under fire for allegedly covering up criminal activity in the 1980s, under further fire for appointing a clearly unsuitable person to head up the enquiry into said allegations - who would have guessed that there would be a "look over there - druggie-paedo-terrorists!!!" moment?

I still consider the politicians and civil "servants" in Westminster to be a bigger threat than any amount of drug dealers, paedophiles, or terrorists.

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Call girl injected Google exec with heroin, drank wine, left him to die – cops claim

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Re: A shame @Tim Roberts1

The Victorians just called - they want their attitudes back. You can go with them, too - you should be happy there.

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Brit celebs' homes VANISH from Google's Street View

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Re: Denial of Blurring Attack

I had my house blurred some years ago. The StreetView picture was taken just prior to quite a lot of work being done on the house, and it didn't look good at a time I was getting ready to sell it. It isn't restricted to any stratum in society.

(I have just spotted that the copyright date on the StreetView image is now after the work was done, so I suppose I could have the blurring removed if I could be bothered ...)

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It's a Doddle: Amazon inks train station parcel deal with Network Rail

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Re: Your Front Doorstep @ Warm Braw

The smart doorstep might have something going for it. OK, the rubbish squasher ("garbage compactor" is too American) and Lamson tubes are a bit on the silly side, but a compartment for leaving stuff seems sensible, especially for some types of building that don't have easy options for hidden storage. A quick search on the Devil's Own Search Engine* doesn't come up with anything on these lines, so maybe there is a business opportunity for someone.

* Google, of course.

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WiFi WarKitteh and DDoS Dog to stalk DEF CON 22

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Re: Cats, Dogs and internet $$geddon

"Dray" or "scurry", not "herd" (you don't want to know why I know that ...)

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If Google remembers whom it has forgotten, has it complied with the ECJ judgment?

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Re: IS THERE A SITE

Not yet.

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Re: Pointless... @Ashton Black

"... most searchers would search again on:

a) Google.com

b) Bing

c) Yahoo

d) <other search engines go here>"

As a result of this ECJ ruling, I remembered using Copernic meta-search engine in the dark pre-Google days. I wandered over to Google to see if Copernic is still available, and it is: https://www.copernic.com/en/products/agent/. Maybe this is the right to be forgotten enabling something else to be remembered.

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Finding the formula for the travelling salesman problem

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Decent Tesco

Riverside Tesco in Dundee - nice building, good selection, friendly staff, and a view onto the Tay Rail Bridge. I actually enjoy going there.

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I've always tended to avoid UPS - a company that has "Oops!" as their name doesn't inspire confidence.* Nor does the shitty brown livery.

* This may not work in certain accents.

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Today's get-rich-quick scheme: Build your own bank

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Re: A better mousetrap @ Pete 2

"Your account number is 00000001 ... Doesn't really work, does it?"

I may be in a minority (again), but I'd be really chuffed to have a bank account in the low digits!

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Internet of Things fridges? Pfft. So how does my milk carton know when it's empty?

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Re: Devil's advocate says... @ Lost in Cyberspace

"Now, forget about fridges for a sec - if every door in my house had RFID sensors, and every item was chipped up, I would save hours every week looking for stuff."

This is something that could be the breakthrough for this stuff. Forget about bunging all this stuff on the internet - just keep it within the home so that it works for the individual. I'd be quite happy for a system like this, preferably with an ability to assess the height above the floor of the last movement, so I can at last prove that it wasn't me that moved it*!

* Whatever the "it" is that can't be found.

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YouTube will nuke indie music videos in DAYS, says Google exec

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Re: Abusing their dominant position?

Good point about MBAs - something the world didn't need supplied by and to people the world could do without. Is there anything good to say about the damned things?

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Re: Whilst a big fan of independent music.....

But, based on previous form, unless your IndieTube is set up exactly right from the outset, it will get successful enough for Google or similar to notice it, buy it (because the owners get currency signs before their eyes and agree to sell), then kill it. Rinse and repeat.

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Re: Don't Be Evil @ Buck

Well, we haven't technically "met", but I sideload regularly. Admittedly, it is only AdBlock Plus which isn't allowed on the Play store (adblockplus.org/blog/adblock-plus-for-android-removed-from-google-play-store), but at the open nature of Android means I can get around Google's edict.

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How practical is an electric car in London?

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Re: Last mile...

You mean that the power leads aren't locked in place somehow???? I had never considered that as even a possibility. Plug-locks must be a business opportunity for someone.

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Re: How to Improve electric cars

And remember Le Mans had hybrids in the first four places this year.

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Re: Alleviate anxiety with a hybrid perhaps @AC "600 miles per tank"

In what world do you live where 600 miles to a tank of petrol (not diesel) is a criticism??? I don't buy new cars (it's a matter of pride to keep cars going as long as I can), and the maximum range I have had out of a car was 600 miles in a 1999 diesel Citroen Xantia. The Subaru Legacy (naturally aspirated petrol) I have had for the last nine years will just about do 400 miles if I drive like a granny down the motorway. I have recently had hire cars that might have done a bit more than 600 miles, again, if driven very economically (I think the Citroen C3 Picasso was in that ball-park). However, I do like my mate's recently acquired four year-old Renault Megane Sportback 1.4 - we recently went a 300 mile trip to Norfolk and back in a day, and the range indicator suggested we could have done another 500 miles!

tl;dr - 600 miles is a good range. What was your point?

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DAMN you El Reg, CALL ME A BOFFIN, demands enraged boffin

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Re: @stanimir

On the other hand, my wife is from one of the countries that is anal about titles, and was delighted to move to the UK where she could lose the "Dr Mgr Mgr", and not even have to use the Dr if she didn't want to - something that is akin to fraud in the minds of her countryfolk. Personally, I tend towards the attitude of "If you are not a medical doctor, it is confusing to use the title. Just use your name and PhD after it if it is relevant (which in most cases outside work, it isn't)".

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Snowden's Big Brother isn't as Orwellian as you'd think

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Re: Psyx @ MAtt

Ummmm ... 5 upvotes at the time of posting. Your point is ..??

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Silent, spacious and... well, insipid: Citroën's electric C-Zero car

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Re: Another poorly-researched review?

There is a point to be made about how difficult it is to get the relevant information displayed in modern cars. I rent cars several times a year, and they don't usually have the manual with them. Trying to find simple things like how to reset the trip meter can take a quarter of an hour, and the staff at the rental agency usually don't know. Now with electronic keys, finding where the slot is can take time, too (what the hell is wrong with the standard place on the steering column?).

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Re: Thoughts @Ledswinger

"The unpleasant and pervasive noise of traffic is on the threshold of becoming an avoidable evil, and clowns who like the status quo are working hard to keep cars noisy." Now, it is interesting you mention this. Mrs IP and myself have been looking for the next Potsherd Manor, and kept running into a problem with road noise. Mrs IP wants to live where she can't hear vehicles at all - she gets quite agitated if her world is afflicted by the noises of civilisation*. I, on the other hand, get stressed if I can't hear noise, especially road noise.** I would have been overjoyed to live within earshot of the big dual carriageway hereabouts.***

*However, "civilisation" doesn't include railways, which she would have been happy to live near. She would also have been happy to live near the river or on the coast because of the noise - which to me is indistinguishable from the sound of a dual-carriageway or motorway about 100m distant ...

** I love having weekends away doing motorsporty things, since I arrange to stay at motorway hotels where I can hear the traffic - best nights' sleep I get in the year!

*** We have chosen the next house to be graced with our occupancy - as an exercise for the reader, I'll leave you to guess whose preference won ...

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DOCX disaster recovery: How I rescued my wife from XM-HELL

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@theOtherJT

I've been thinking this for a while, but never got around to implementing it. It would be good for me because I tend to mess around formatting as I go along, instead of just getting the text down as quickly as possible. This nasty little error, which I haven't experienced (yet??) has just about persuaded me to change.

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Brit lands on Rockall with survival podule, starts record attempt

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Th pull Rockall exerts on all that have seen it??

Sorry, Lester - I've seen Rockall, and it exerted no pull over me at all. Put a lighthouse on it, and I might want to go, but as it is, I just regard it as another bit of rock in the sea. This isn't to say that people who go and try to spend time on it are wrong, but I had to counter your hyperbole in case anyone thought there is some Dr Who-type villain* inexorably drawing people there after one glance.

* Silurians, probably.

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Jellybean dominates Play, still seated atop rising KitKat

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Re: Samsung...

And your point is ....????

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Queen's Speech: Computer Misuse Act to be amended, tougher sentences planned

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Re: It's about time

Yep, it's the standard RIAA-type that turns up here every time. Never gives any reason for why such draconian sentences should be applied, but simply states the party line. Just a troll to be ignored.

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Re: Computer Misuse Act needs more of an update than that

Whilst there is a lot of old-skool document processing going on, I have to say it isn't universal. I'm just int the process of buying a house, and haven't yet met my solicitor despite retaining him about eight weeks ago. Everything has been done by phone or email, which suits me down to the ground.

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