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My HOUSE used to be a PUB: How to save the UK high street

Richard 120

Impressive

I'm amazed they managed to do that with a pair of canine carcasses.

I guess it must be technical wizardry like the kind used in doctor who & cinderella (tardis & pumpkin coach respectively)

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Starship Troopers beat Aliens, Robots AND Chuck Norris to WIN in a FIGHT

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@Captain DaFt

I must have watched that movie about 20 times when I was young, repeatedly borrowing it from the video store down the road.

I thought I was the only person in the world who had watched it and thought it was fantastic.

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Dodgy payday loan ads make up 83% of cases probed by UK's FCA

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Re: I'll just leave this here...

Don't beat yourself up about it, there are worse things to get paid for.

I used to work in sales. I'm so sorry, I need to go wash my soul now...

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Don't snap SELFIES at the polls – it may screw up voting, says official

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Re: Doesn't matter anyway...

@Symon

excellent, that means I can sell my vote numerous times, TYVM

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Facebook, you fools! Forget Oculus, you could have bought TRON-type headsets

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@David W & Sir Runcible Spoon

I don't understand your logic.

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"Probably about as well as your phone does."

You could even go as far as to say

EXACTLY as well as your phone does.

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No, Minister. You CAN'T de-Kindle your eBooks!

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Re: Given the amount of practice they've had...

Ah you have a problem you see, it's built using a coding language that's already got bugs in it.

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Judge throws out lawsuit lobbed at Facebook for using kids' pics in targeted ads

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Re: Read the T&Cs of the web site

I expect he's a well paid asshole...

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Improbable: YOU gave model Lily Cole £200k for her Impossible.com whimsy-site

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Re: 'If you're a millionaire, you literally can't fail'

To be honest they'd probably spend a lot of it on drinking and partying, I know I would have.

I'm not entirely sure whether or not that's actually a better deal for the taxpayer, I don't think there's that much in it.

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Malaysia Airlines mystery: Click here for the TRUTH

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Re: It's obvious!

Surely that's Peter Mandelson

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Amazon wants me to WEAR NAPPIES?! But I'm a 40-something MAN

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But, but, but

You're not buying what they want you to buy!

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My work-from-home setup's better than the office. It's GLORIOUS

Richard 120

Re: ITs going backwards

Nope, I'm way too far down the chain to do that, it's only the people near the top who are allowed to do that sort of thing.

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ITs going backwards

Bizarrely when our office found that their old laptops couldn't easily be upgraded to Windows 7 from XP started issuing new laptops, which have slower CPU's less memory and no DVD/CD reader let alone writer in them, that might be okay if they also provided everyone with a means to transfer information.

Working within a department that deals with govt. data means we need a secure means of transferring data between systems, this has always meant CD's or DVD's which are shredded after use.

The alternative is encrypted USB memory sticks, however these are small in capacity, relatively slow and apparently non-existent as far as the IT ordering system goes.

I lucked out by virtue of getting a fairly new laptop in the right gap between upgrades which meant that it came with windows 7 installed and was actually better than the old one, including coming with a DVDRW drive.

When I say lucky it comes with the downside of a queue of people holding blank CD's...

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Hey, MoJ, we're not your Buddi: Brit firm abandons 'frustrating' crim-tagging contract

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@John Smith 19

I often have the same suspicions when these things happen, that it's all backhanders and deals made on the golf course.

More often than that it's just blind incompetence from what I can gather.

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Re: recompete

It happens so much in govt contracts I think it has to be.

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Richard 120

Yes, it's not the first time. I've seen it before, they want to pay for an off the shelf solution, but they want it to do things that the off the shelf solution doesn't do, and then they don't want to pay for development, they want that to be paid for by the solution provider (at risk), and then they still want to keep the IP.

Um, no.

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Winklevoss twins say their Bitcoins will take them to SPAAAAACE

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Re: Interesting...

Optimistic, I was thinking "If" instead of "When".

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EU delays vote on roaming, open internet after TRANSLATION fail

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Re: Wha?

What sort of tossing is that? The SFW kind or the NSFW kind?

I'm afraid I get a bit confounded by daily mail rhetoric.

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Minecraft developer kills Kickstarted Minecraft movie

Richard 120

Response

How come the response was not -

"Fuck you it's parody, and fair use"

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HARD ONES: Three new PC games that are BLOODY DIFFICULT

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Facepalm

You did that deliberately

In the taskbar the heading is truncated to

HARD ON...

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Language-mangling Germans fling open Handygate to selfie-snapping whistleblowers

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I think it's okay

as a prefix,

gateway, gatecrasher, gatehouse, gatepost, gatekeeper (I am the gatekeeper, you are the keymaster)

um, gateaux?

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Apple plans to waggle iNormous 4½-incher in fanbois' faces

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Phablet

Ha! I scoff at your request.

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Devs write 'film my shag' sex app for Google Glass

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Re: Why?

Oh, that's absolutely brilliant! That even gives them an "avenue" to accidentally "slurp" more data.

They can collect vast amounts of "DNA".

Get my patent lawyers on the phone.

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Blighty's winter storms are PUNY compared to Saturn's 200mph, 15,000 mile wide HEXACANE

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Another hexagon?

That copyright symbol, it looks to me like another hexagon and from the bottom picture it appears to be another weather formation (maelstrom/vortex?)

Even storms encompassed in storms on Saturn are mightier than the whole of Blighty's winter storms...

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Undercover BBC man exposes Amazon worker drone's daily 11-mile trek

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Re: Could be a lot worse

I concur, I've given polenta many chances, at least three, and that's three more than I wish.

I would consider it to be the Anti-bacon, but I've already given that accolade to celery.

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Pac-Man GHOST nebula is literally the coolest thing in the universe – boffins

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Is that place where that temperature was achieved still that cold?

Or did they turn the machine off?

I am pretty sure that it's currently no longer as cold as it was, there maybe some other experiment running currently which is making a specific location cold for a short while, but let's face it, they're really not going to stay colder than this place in any kind of timescale that's going to appear on a geological clock.

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Vulture 2 paintjob: Kim Jong-un battles flag-waving Brits

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Headmaster

Re: PINK!? PINK!?

Agreed, magenta is #FF00FF, that's the colour there.

Pink, I'd say is #FFCCCC.

(Not a grammar nazi, a colour nazi)

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Man+iPhone versus artificial intelligence: Anki robot racer slot cars

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Re: I want one @Richard 120

My kids are great, wonderful things they are, without them I couldn't justify the amount of money I've spent on star wars lego, or video games.

Kids are the perfect excuse for buying these things, but honestly do you actually want them to get their sticky hands all over the stuff?

Just give them the box and tell them to use their imagination.

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Re: I want one

Why on earth would you let children near this?

Sticky little things that they are.

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Apple's Steve Jobs was a SEX-crazed World War II fighter pilot, says ex

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Re: Muiderpoort

It took longer than the usual google, but I think the OP about Muiderpoort is probably referring to this -

http://www.historyplace.com/worldwar2/holocaust/h-dutch.htm

Of course I think past lives are all total garbage and are filed in my brain alongside religion, voodoo, snake oil, tarot, ghosts and honest politicians.

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Scottish leader splurged £20k appealing disclosure of EU membership legal bungle

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Re: "Sic" yourself

It used to be that journalists and writers determined the language particularly the broadsheets. Now everyone considers themselves a writer, subsequently regional dialects are considered part of the language, at least by some.

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Headmaster

Re: "Sic" yourself

Are you sure it's valid in the context that's being used here?

"and" is a conjunction, you could play hide and seek, you could even try and convict.

If you try and kick a ball then you are successfully kicking a ball, but who/what are you trying?

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Richard 120

Re: "Sic" yourself

I thought you try to do something.

If you try and do something then it's not really trying, it's achieving.

Just because the general populace use the construct doesn't mean it's grammatically correct, we're not all writers.

This is (mostly) an IT publication, logic means something.

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@ISP

"I'm sure you never use any state provided services, like roads, museums, emergency services, etc..."

Not in Scotland, no.

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Techies with Asperger's? Yes, we are a little different...

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Re: Noise pollution

The place where I found it easy to work, and calming was a data centre.

There's just the white noise of the fans and the single console where you can access everything you need to.

People would try to contact me by phone, couldn't hear it over the white noise.

The best way to get my attention was to stand by the side and wave hands in front of the screen.

The down sides are that all the consoles are in cold aisles and no natural light resulting in SAD.

Put the consoles in the warm aisles at least!

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'Stupid old white people' revenge porn ban won't work, insists selfie-peddler

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Copyright infringement?

If they're selfies and someone is publishing them then how about going for copyright infringement?

Could the victims not go for a class action suit of that nature?

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All rivers flow into the sea: Apple holds TEN PER CENT of corporate America's dosh

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Alert

Re: Have you ever tried robbing a financial institution?

er, no.

Was that some kind of confession?

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NSA is 'great at some sophisticated tasks but oddly bad at the simplest'

Richard 120

TM

It's just to avoid trademark infringement.

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Horrific moment curvy mum-of-none Mail Online spills everyone's data

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Re: Best get off that high horse....

I think that's a proxy (or poxy) server thing from what I can gather.

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Apple FINGERED our personal packages every day, claim shop staff

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Compensation

Were you aware that if your train is delayed by an hour or more you are most likely due compensation.

If your tube journey is delayed by 15 minutes or more then your journey should be gratis.

Your examples are all based on your own choice, the employees are not given the choice to leave without having their bag checked.

It's about compensation, people should be properly compensated for what they do.

What would be the problem with keeping them on the clock for the time they spend being checked?

I don't work for free, and you're not doing yourself or anybody else any favours if you do.

Work to Live, not the other way round.

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Scalpers gouge China's fanbois for Genius Bar appointments

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The profit machine

Surely the way to do it would be for Apple to charge the fee, basically become the middle man, find the price point which people are prepared to pay (I think the touts have already done this), resulting in the profit going to the megacorp, rather than the touts.

Drive the competition out of business.

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For pity's sake: DON'T MOVE to the COUNTRY if you want to live

Richard 120

Re: One thought...

Hard to crash a tractor. N'est-ce pas?

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Government IT contracts to be scrutinised by UK competition watchdog

Richard 120

Which is it?

Does consilidating save money or does splitting things up save money?

I'm sure I've read that both do (at different times), but from experience it costs money to do either.

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Bolivian president's jet grounded so officials can look for Snowden

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Stop

Re: Stop the Pigeon

I think I can untangle this.

The Lady Penelope being referred to by the honourable JayBizzle is a totally different character to the Penelope Pitstop of Wacky Races fame (and The Perils of Penelope Pitstop)

I'm assuming the association JayBizzle was making to Lady Penelope was as a result of the link to FAB-001, F.A.B. being the radio acknowldgement of the Thunderbirds pilots.

I was making a reference to the OP defining the situation as a farce, Stop the Pigeon was a farce and I was drawing a parallel to the nature of the Pigeon (being a spy messenger) and his pursuer the repeatedly foiled Dick Dastardly. I was not building on the Thunderbirds reference.

Now that that's all sorted out everyone else can all go back to their lives safe in the knowledge that there is someone who is anal enough to read the replies to his own posts, try to understand them, point out continuity errors or misunderstandings and how they were derived.

Unfortunately I have to live with myself.

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Richard 120
Black Helicopters

Stop the Pigeon

Starring Barrack Obama as Dick Dastardly

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Jiggy Pennsylvania couple busted by 25 bike cops

Richard 120

Re: Brain bleach required

That was a very similar experience to goatse.cx

Unpleasant.

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So, who ought to be the next Doctor Who? It's up to YOU...

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Facepalm

Re: It'd be nice

Oh come on, it's a joke, why the downvote?

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Speaking in Tech: Endorsing LinkedIn skills on LinkedIn implodes the web?

Richard 120

Solaris

I've been endorsed by a number of people I have worked with, for my apparent skills with Solaris.

I have worked on solaris for about 3 months about 9 years ago during a career of 17 years (and counting) it's not a skill I added to my profile myself, someone else endorsed me for it and it appeared.

Now I'm not saying I'm not good at it, but I'd have thought that the people who have endorsed me would know what I actually have worked on when I work/worked with them.

I can only speculate they're confusing Solaris with SuSE Linux.

I prefer the written endorsements, particularly when I can say mine are all unsolicited and not reciprocal.

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Gourmet chemists sniff out ultimate cheese on toast

Richard 120

I like lots of cheeses, of those I would consider putting on a cheese toastie I would probably put them in this order -

1. Cheddar (something stronger than mild)

2. Edam

3. Jarlsberg

4. Red Leicester

5. Bavarian smoked

6. Emmental

Depending on the cheese I'd put on some worcercestershire sauce and/or some pepper, and maybe some tabasco.

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