* Posts by Hollerith 1

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Canadian bloke refuses to hand over phone password, gets cuffed

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Re: CAN$25,000 (US$19,900)

Canada was a Dominion until the British North America Act was patriated to canada from the UK Parliament about 20 years ago. Although I think beaver pelts (with martin and coyote and bison and bear) would make an awesome currency. if bulky.

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'Hi, I'm from Microsoft and I am GOING TO KILL YOU'

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This has been a modest winner:

I have had a couple of these, as well as similar scam calls, and I always start 'Yes, I'd be glad of your assistance, but first I'd like to talk with you about my personal Saviour, Jesus.' So far I have never been speaking to a devoted Christian, so have not offended. If they don't hang up immediately, I can go on witnessing to my personal faith for an amazing length of time. At the end, I feel cleansed and renewed, so it's all good.

(I am a non-believer, so I can sound uber-sincere with an untroubled conscience.)

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Broadband routers: SOHOpeless and vendors don't care

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Re: an unknown ganghad ...

Yes, I noted that and thought 'a fun new unknown word to use coolly on chat threads!' and I also thought of adding -had' to many other words in order to describe deliberate, dedicated, unremitting effort, e.g. ''pizzahad' or 'beerhad'.

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Sick of Chrome vs Firefox? Check out these 3 NEW browsers

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Re: SeaMonkey: it just works....

I tried SeaMonkey for a while, but there were a few user-unfriendly things that finally drove me back (reluctantly) to FF. I didn't see why they couldn't make tabbing an easier thing to do. But I am interested in Pale Moon: sounds like what I have been looking for. I can't wait to ditch FF. I dread being pestered for an update, then having to fight it to stop doing all the things I hate. I do NOT like my browser (or anything else) to 'anticipate' for me what I might want to look at. Stop it. Stop it now.

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Inside GOV.UK: 'CHAOS' and 'NIGHTMARE' as trendy Cabinet Office wrecked govt websites

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Agree--new BBC is a heart-sinker

I had a gander at the new BC site and noticed, amonst many other stupidities, that you can no longer go down to a 'Technology' or 'Science' area and see those stories, but have to sift through the jumble of news to spot the little tags that say 'science'. So more work for the uder! I already hate the section 'The Explainers' -- could this be more condenscending?

The new move to a gigantic image at the top of the page, which forces you to scroll at once to find somehing to do, is sweeping the interent. Websites that are one long, long scrolling page, with sections you jump to when you use the menu, are another seriosu pain. I guess this is good for phones and tablets? I am a user-interface person, but from the old school, where the first question one asks is: who uses this site and how can it be made best for them? The pretty layout comes after.

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Violin-fiddling boffins learn that 'F-HOLES' are secret to Stradivarius' SUPERIOR sound

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Yo-Ya Ma's cello

Yo-Yo ma has a Strad cello and, while he says it is a prvilege and honour to own it, he doesn't regularly play it, because even Strads, restored and protected, have a life-span. Modern instruments are now as good or better than Strads, but it will take a few hundred years for these makes to earn the same reputation.

Strads Amatis etc are beautiful instruments to look at. I am always sad when I see one behind glass in a museum, but I do think their playing days are fading.

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Interstellar sci-fi WORMS its way into spinning black hole science FACT

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Re: I don't understand

Image looks comfortingly like a row of airplane windows. 'Look outside, Johhny, isn't that a pretty view?'

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Nunslinger, Yosemite For Dummies and Life Inside The Fall

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Re: Oh, that Yosemite

Yes, I thought 'Tips on how to view geysers! Rare creeks not to miss! Expert trails!'

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Jaguar F-Type: A beautiful British thoroughbred

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How wide is it?

If it is 'deceptively wide' then it is a narrow car, just as house that is 'deceptively small' means a house is large.

But a gorgeous-looking car. Please, oh goddess of the lottery, please.

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Show me the money, America! It's time to learn how to pronounce 'Xiaomi'

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Coat

Xiaomi...

...the money.

yes, that's my coat.

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KUSHINIKIZA! Google Translate SAVES BABY in Irish roadside birth

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I hope they stick with 'Brigid'

It would be a very fitting memory of the land of the child's birth. And a great story for her to tell.

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Microsoft makes 'business case' for marriage equality

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Re: MS going for the niche markets!

You don't have to agree to any agenda. How does it hurt you if Microsoft makes this statement? What lobbying are they pandering to? This 'gay lobby' things is always trotted out and it's boring now.

BTW, 'bipolar' is a mental disease. The idea of describing a complicated cultural phenomenon (equal rights for gay people) as an either/or where one side as vilified is both simiplistic and vilifies the other side.

In other words, calm down. Nobody is making you say what you don't want to say. All we ask is that you say it politely.

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Satya Nadella, Year One: Has Microsoft's new CEO cut the mustard?

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Re: Let the horse have its head

'full rein' (nicely caught, BTW) is still not right. It is 'free rein' or 'tight rein' or 'loose rein' or other ways of allowing or disallowing comtrol to the horse. But because we are no longer a horsey culture, 'rein' is being slowly but inexorably forgotten. We Punctilious Pedants mourn...

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Your gran and her cronies are 'embracing online banking' – study

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Re: Bankers for anyone...

Perhaps he was hoping that they would realise that they are dealing with a customer with disabilities and think of a way of serving him appropriately. Ramps and induction loops are not the only sort of customer service.

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Snowden reveals LEVITATION technique of Canada’s spies

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airport wifi?

What is the point of monitoring airport wifi traffic/downloads? Is Johnny Terrorist really going to download the Top Secret Bomb Tips at the last minute, right after getting his boarding pass?

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Google Translate MEAT GRINDER turns gay into 'faggot', 'poof', 'queen'

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Better that than the other

'Bulldyke' is actually the less offensive version of 'bulldagger'. If you call yourself one or the other, you are either heavily ironic (I know a petite beauty who calls herself a BD, to general hilarity) or heavily tattooed and studded.

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Re: Unnecessary, overspecific words - 'Bulldyke'

'Bulldyke' borders on being a dangerous word. Those women who don't feel it describes them will be pissed off if called by it, while the (very tough and scary) women who really are BDs shouldn't be addressed with anything other than the most respectful terms, so as not to get a thump across the earhole or your neck stomped on.

There are words communities use that outsiders cannot use without risking censure or life and limb. The N word is an example. Similarly, the F word (fairy) is jokingly used within the community, but not by an outsider, not as a neutral term.

It would be nice, as another commentard has said, if 'slur' terms could be flagged up as such, as do dictionaries. I'd rather that than words being removed.

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'Shadow IT' gradually sapping power and budget from CIOs

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Re: @Hollerith 1 - Obstacle or Enabler?

I hired and trained my team (a small one) and I always listed and reported to the IT department once a year, asking them to help me replace a 'temporary' work-around with a better solution. I said if I screwed anything up I would fall on my sword. But IT were like 'well...it's low-level and it's working so...' I was not the only one downloading Chrome (huge IT risk there...) and I worked hard to give reasonably intelligent solutions to managers who really were going to instal crapware, solutions I paid for and had licences to and all of that. Yes, I was a security risk, yes, I didn't want to do it, but I wasn't paid to tell senior people 'there's no solution out there' when there was one. I've worked with great IT team-mates and we all had a 'can-do' attitude, but when I've run into the Dead Walking, my loyalties are with the profit-centres and not the IT dept. So far, I have moved from job to job with good references and rising levels of pay and I have never heard -- once -- that anything I left behind caused an iota of risk or damage. So far, so good.

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Re: Obstacle or Enabler?

I raise my hand as a bad Circumventer. My IT is so locked down that nothing can get done. They gave me a CMS (I'm the web person) that didn't work in the company browser, but I was forbidden to download a browser where it would work. Well...I did it anyway. They couldn't allow me to do this, that and the other, even after I had pointed out that I had done upteen security checks and it did not even cross the firewall yadda yadda, so I did it anyway, delighted a bunch of senior managers, became known as the 'go-to' guy and I can't even pretend to weep crocodile tears. Guys in their 50s with a world-view from 2003 have to catch up or be left behind. I would love to work within a safe, sensible, security environment, but since I don't have one, I have to meet business needs the best way I know how.

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Is there ANOTHER UNIVERSE headed BACKWARDS IN TIME?

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Re: Ah!

Trevor, you are now as a god to me.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: The fantastical Francesinha

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Re: I bow to the master

Who could forget? All the proof you need that There Is A God.

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I bow to the master

Coming from the land of Poutine, I thought I could look any heart-attack-inducing cuisine in the eye with pride, but recently I saw a macaroni-and-cheese-stuffed glazed doughnut from the USA and now this -- THIS -- from Portugal. Portugal wins, because the Frenchie, unlike the mac-and-cheese doughnut, looks awesomely delicious.

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How HAPPY am I on a scale of 1 to 10? Where do I click PISSED OFF?

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My knife and I...

...I forgot my little penknife and went through four different Canadian and USA airports, until finally caught on my way back to the UK. It was taken off me--a sad loss, as it was a great little knife. I am now carrying a small ceramic folding knife, as I regularly forget I have one on me as I approach airports.

On other surveys: I see on eBay and other selling sites that vendors beg to be scored the top mak (5 out of 5, usually) if they have delivered the correct goods on time. Anything less than 100% is market death. They also ask that if you are not perfectly satisfied, then not to report at all, but to contact them, presumably so that they can ritually apologise and appease you. I always thought that a 3 or 4 meant: order was fine, thanks. and that a 5 meant 'they were bloody brilliant, it came the next day and they threw in a freebie' or something like that. As it is, these 'ratings' are now as bollocks as any other feedback.

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'We're having panic attacks' ... Sony staff and families now threatened in emails

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Cojones...

Sony needed some testicular courage if it was going to face up to Loeb. He gets them to make themselves look mean and lean and then cashes out -- why heed anyone who is in it to make a quick killing? What does he know of about a well-run business, or how to build one?

That being said, Sony is clearly a mess, and now a disembowelled mess.

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Whitehall at war: Govt’s webocrats trash vital digital VAT site

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Re: Small business are packing up because of it!

My wife ditto -- plans to sell kniting patterns in Europe as well as around the world and thinking this will be a serious headache. A small yarn business is offering a "we'll handle your VAT payments for a fee" service and will probably clean up.

I note that the report dismissed as 'sniffy' in this article mentions that the site was tested on four people. That rings a tiny alarm-bell for me.

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Google kills CAPTCHAs: Are we human or are we spammer?

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Has anyone read a Google digitised book?

I have had the unfortunate experience, and have found that the quality is cr*p. They clearly went into their stooges' libraries (that is, academic libraries with custodians too stupid to get what what going to happen) and shoved books through scanners so fast that whole pages could be lost or distorted, and text turned into confetti or gobbedygook stays that way. I had to abandon them and never go near them any more.

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Double hammer blow to ICANN and pals' internet power grab bid

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Written in haste?

Or does nobody proofread before posting?

But this article is very cheering. Those guys give me the creeps.

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How to get ahead in IT: Swap the geek speak for the spreadsheet

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I have straddled that gap

I came into the IT world from a marketing/comms direction, and I have been the 'translator' in company meetings, explaining what the business managers wanted to the IT guys and what the IT guys were saying to the business people. Sometimes the gap was frighteningly wild. IT wanted a beautiful, logical, locked-down structure, business wanted a fluid, turn-on-a-dime, creative and more risky approach. Both were, in their own spheres, right, but to get them to a place where each got most of what they wanted and gave up the minimum took years -- years -- off my life.

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Ancient Brits 'set wealthy man's FANCY CHARIOT on FIRE' – boffins

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Re: When archeologists aren't quite sure

There was a reconstructed Iron Age village where people lived, and one day a visiting archaeologist came, saw a shallow pit just inside the entrance, and was dumbfounded that it was there -- they had assumed these depressions were of religious significance. The people recreating village life said 'oh, that's where the chickens roll when they come in out of the rain.

In short, a chicken wallow.

I have been skeptical of 'religious significance' or 'ritual object' ever since.

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Forget passwords, let's use SELFIES, says Obama's cyber tsar

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Re: 2 things

Hi boys and girls. Your task, on this first day of primary school, is to ensure security! Now we are all taking out our mobile phones and...

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Re: Cut'n'paste

I am sure El Reg's female readership is game to try to moustache route.

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Ada Lovelace Day: Meet the 6 women who gave you the 'computer'

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Re: Gender parity == hogwash.

I don't think the Government or external forces can create cultural and social change. In fact, I think they are intrinsically unable to create gender parity, because, in the words of Audre Lorde "The master's tools will never tear down the master's house." So, as a feminist (no quote marks needed), I don't seek outside help. I accept that I have to be 70% better than the average man to get a job, because I can't just be as average as they are and have a hope in hell.

So far, so good...

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Re: Tech reporting

Sarah Bee, come back!!!!!

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Re: Without women there wouldn't be computers

Hmmm... 'men tend to be better at it'. How do you know? Just because more men do it doesn't mean they are better at it. Last time I checked, 100% of drivers in Saudi Arabia were men. Because they are better at it? I think women 'leave' IT to men because men have made it a male-preferred work zone.

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'I went from a two-hour commute to a 10-min scooter ride by the sea'

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If you are straight

My partner was offered a job there, looked into how I would be able to come along, found out that it would take too many lies and trickery to be able to manage it and, given that the job was legal/compliance, made an uncomfortable ethical fit. so we didn't' go. We were also offered Turks and Caicos, gawd help us. Four houses and a salt swamp.... (although lovely people).

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10 Top Tips For PRs Considering Whether To Phone The Register

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Code for London: 020

Sadly, I foam at the mouth over this. 0207 0208, and then your number is....? So if I dialled that within the code area, I would reach you?

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Re: Number seven

I discovered that, when I picked up, the phone didn't actually connect my caller to me for about 1,5 seconds, so when I said Hello [my] Firstname Lastname, they got the last few letters of my last name, and so had to ask 'Is this Firstname Lastname?' So I modified my script to say, 'Good morning/afternoon, [my] Firstname Lastname', and I stopped getting the question. Which saved everyone aggro. The aggro started when they then asked 'How are you today?'

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Re: Confession - OED

The OED records common usage, not proper usage. At least not any more. So I no longer turn to it for clarity. There are other sources of (correct) information. Although, of course, I pride myself on rarely needing to refer to an oracle, because I know my language.

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Remember that tale of a fired accountant who blamed Comcast? It's kinda true, says telco

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Re: About recording calls.

One final letter, and the next comes from your solicitor. I give them three calls and three letters, to demonstrate (if required) that I did all a reasonable person could do, and then I sic the law dogs on them, and you'd be surprised how fast a resolution happens. Worth every penny to the solicitor, especially as my experience is that the original trouble gets sorted out and I get some goodies for mental stress etc etc.

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OMG!! With nothing but MACHINE TOOLS, STEEL and PARTS you can make a GUN!!

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Re: Defending against the government in the US

I don't care for the term 'redneck' -- how about we try 'working class' or even 'rural working class'? Of course they like anything that makes them feel less powerless, more a force to be reckoned with, etc. In a sense, it's more dignified to own a gun and swear you will go down to defend your liberties than to shrug or acquiesce or not to care any more. I am not the type any rural working class would defend (female, lots of degrees, urban, well-off, lesbian, Canadian...) but I respect their attempt to balance odds that will never be balanced.

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Coming to a theater near you: the TETRIS MOVIE

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Re: why goes it have to be the game?

Saw The Lego Movie on a long-haul flight recently and thought it was clever and charming. But Lego figures have, y'know, faces...

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That glass of water you just drank? It was OLDER than the SUN

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On the other hand

"And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters" is one of the most beautiful and poetic lines you can find anywhere. KJV: can't beat it.

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Business is back, baby! Hasta la VISTA, Win 8... Oh, yeah, Windows 9

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Re: Autocorrect?

As well as other typos. Tich!

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'4chan may be just a sysadmin who knows his way around', claims so-called expert

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Miley

She's not wrong. All those things do hurt your brain.

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Ofcom will not probe lesbian lizard snog in new Dr Who series

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Re: "my suspension of disbelief finally broke"

I think you'll find that many gay people procreate. Sometimes they grit their teeth and do it the old-fashioned way, because they want children, sometimes they use medical intervention.

I wouldn't call a minority preference 'deviant', especially when it is so deeply embedded. That would be to suggest that all left-handed people are 'deviant'. Right-handedness is the majority 'practice', but that means nothing at all. It just is.

Showing minority 'practices' is not teaching sex-ed, it is showing the world as it is. Children who are cocooned to believe that the world is just mummies and daddies are not being helped to face the world they'll live in when they grow up.

However, I always suspect a lesbian kiss or sex scene, as it always seems there to titillate the male part of the audience than for any plot-driven reason (I am speaking more widely that Dr. W) From a rough count through memory-land, I think it's about eight women-women kisses to men-men kisses on TV. Strange bias...

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Uber, Lyft and cutting corners: The true face of the Sharing Economy

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I have to stick to black cabs

Black cabs are my only choice when I am traveling with my disabled partner. I need a taxi that will be able to load and safely transport someone in a wheelchair. The fact that this functionality comes with every back cab I've ever hailed is the one that cements my loyalty. If black cabs disappear, we will need to call the special disabled bus, which doesn't, to my knowledge, pick up from restaurants in town late at night and take you straight home.

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Who needs hackers? 'Password1' opens a third of all biz doors

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Re: Your dog is more popular than your daughter

I'd like to think it's because parents (or dads, at least) instinctively ring-fence their daughters and keep them safe by not using their names. Am I a soft romantic?

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Re: BT guilty here..

Welcome 1 is the standard password given out in my company for a specific system, with the u/n being your email. Fun thing is that users can't change their username or password. So it doesn't take a brainbox to be able to log in as anyone. Financial Services, yay!

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Premier League wants to PURGE ALL FOOTIE GIFs from social media

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Re: No fair use? Nope.

There is the right to (very restricted) quotation for journalistic or scholastic or critical purposes, but no general 'fair use', which is just as well, as 'fair use' is seen as 'I am pure of heart, so I will help myself.'

When I was in publishing, I used to have to count the lines of poetry in a poem being quoted by a contributor to meet the boundary of 'quotation used for...' rules.

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Tim Cook on pale, male Apple: 'As CEO, I'm NOT satisfied'

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Re: I'm being discriminated against! @Andy E

So you've lost out on jobs? Are you unemployed now? Have you noticed non-whites or white women being promoted ahead of you or being chosen instead of you? Have you actually suffered on the job market? No? So what queue are you at the back of?

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