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Boffins demand: Cull bogus A-Levels, hire brainier teachers

CD001

Teaching

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But her sister is a teacher and wants to get out because she says the Gov't -required paperwork has taken over her life and sapped her love of teaching.

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Bingo! My parents were both teachers, one in secondary and the other in FE - both retired several years ago and they both complained about the amount of paperwork, the government changing the curriculum every couple of years, OFSTED inspections and all the other periphery shite that got in the way of actually teaching. OK, everyone complains about the periphery work they have to deal with (like generating reports for managers) but it just seems that in teaching it's far more excessive than most other jobs.

Not to mention the fact, of course, that with the media-fuelled, Paedo-hunter General mentality in the populace at large, any man wanting to work with children these days needs his head checking (almost literally). Mind, I tend to think that anyone who wants to work with the vile little scrotes should probably seek psychiatric help.

Yes - I did both Maths and Physics at A-Level - no I didn't do them beyond that level because they were so staggeringly dull in the second year ... 2nd year of Maths was almost entirely statistics which completely killed the subject for me.

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Adobe Flash: 20m phones flip Steve Jobs the bird

CD001

*sighs*

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If a common, agreed web video format were magically agreed on today, would anyone (apart from advertisers) give a toss about Flash tomorrow?

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Do a search on "Flash Games" and I think you'll see that yes, many people would miss Flash - it isn't just about video you know. Contrary to popular belief, the web isn't just used for lolcats and pr0n.

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I’m not a Trojan horse: Nokia’s Elop hits back at neigh sayers

CD001

Maybe

Maybe this post should be archived then we can see how good your predictive powers are in a couple of years - I've a gut feeling that you might be bang on the money :\

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PS3 jailbreak judge refuses to rescind GeoHot order

CD001

Shame on you

You really don't have to apologise for the PS1 you know - Sony weren't as blatantly evil back then and the PS1 totally redefined the console market. Before the PS1 consoles were for (predominantly) for kids - the top frigging franchises were probably Mario and Sonic FFS.

Along came the PS1 with Gran Turismo and Grand Theft Auto and it changed everything.

Despite being evil, Sony do make pretty decent clobber and just think, if Sony employed a truly great PR department, you'd never hear about how evil they really are ...

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Enough with the Apple App Store apathy

CD001

Actually...

The Ford -> Apple comparison is, in some ways, more relevant that the Apple -> Microsoft comparison.

If Ford insisted you only bought THEIR petrol, people would simply buy other cars and only rabid Ford fanbois an' goils would buy Ford cars. It's not like Apple are in a monopoly position (in the business sense), any more than Ford are, in any market not even iTunes with the likes of Amazon MP3, Spotify or even We7 kicking about now.

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CD001

I don't discriminate...

I don't discriminate ... I hate everyone

Oddly enough that's what it says on my baccy tin.

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CD001

F/OSS

A good amount of open source software is submitted to the F/OSS community by PROFESSIONAL developers/programmers in their spare time. If you can use someone else's OSS library inside your own program and cut development time/costs then it's not unlikely that you might want to submit your own libraries/code back to the OSS community and save someone else the headache of solving the problems you've already solved.

There are plenty of big companies that actually do exactly that.

F/OSS is way more than just the bedroom coder freeware of yesteryear.

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Everything Everywhere dips toe in retail waters

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Yup

"Everything Everywhere Wednesdays" doesn't exactly roll off the tongue does it?

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Three jailed for phone box thievery

CD001

Yes...

Because committing "serious criminal offences", like breaching RIPA legislation, has been such a deterrent for BT in the past ;)

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Sony tweets 'secret' key at heart of PS3 jailbreak case

CD001

Please

Please re-read the content of YOUR post and tell me if YOU ARE a fucking idiot. If you're going to bring someone else's intellectual capacity into question - you'd best make damned sure your own house is in order first. *sighs*

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Bank scorched by stupid Facebook policy

CD001

Free your hate

^ KMFDM ^

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'Tree Octopus' proves journos no smarter than 13-year-old Americans

CD001

Alternatively

Nothing you read on Internet forum postings is true - everything you read here, for instance, is a lie...

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Mozilla plans four Firefoxes in 2011

CD001
Troll

HTML Standards

Which standards would they be then? HTML 4.01 Transitional? Strict? XHTML 1.0 Transitional, XHTML1.1 Strict? HTML 5 which is not even standardised yet and is a bastardised HTML/XML mashup where tag closure is optional?

The thing with standards is that non-standard elements have to be created before they can become part of the standard. Take the ubiquitous "title" attribute - that was originally an IE extension.

Mind this is the first rant I've ever seen where "fucking with the standards" wasn't actually aimed at IE.

Oh noes - I may have fed the troll...

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BBC apologises for Top Gear outrage

CD001

Yup

Except you'd never get the paperwork past health and safety

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CD001

To be fair

I reckon the only reason the Mexican Ambassador complained was to prove that he WASN'T asleep with the remote in front of the TV and thereby justifying his wages.

He's probably put his feet up or gone for a quick nap now, knowing that he's done a good job for the year :)

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Aussie advertisers call for more bloat in web ads

CD001

Wow

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if not watching a recording

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Wow in the age of Sky/Virgin+ and PVRs - people still do that? ;)

Although there is a setting in my TV that automatically turns the volume down whenever adverts are on to make them approximately the same volume as the programs.

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Sulky fans biggest threat to gaming, says Black Ops developer

CD001

OTOH

I just bought "Monday Night Combat" on Steam - it's an XboX port so I was somewhat wary ... but it's actually really, really good (apart from the server browser, that's iffy). Think Team Fortress 2 meets Tower Defence and you're about there.

It's an indie game, it only costs a tenner, it's great fun (and has slightly more depth than you'd imagine) - what's not to like?

Creativity isn't being stifled by "angry gamers" - it's the big companies not being prepared to take risks and just rehashing the same old formats over and over again, stifling creativity themselves that is, in part, WHY you get people bitching about the game when it isn't 100% perfect - it's not like it's a new formula or even, in most cases, new technology (various underlying engines will have been bought in or built on top of existing ones). Even Monday Night Combat runs on some version of the Unreal engine - but at least the game itself is innovative.

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Photo loss blogger to Flickr: You're f*cking kidding

CD001

True enough

... but unless I missed something Flickr has never been punted as a managed professional solution aimed at enterprise (or even business level) users. For the price they charge, you probably shouldn't expect a minimum SLA (probably not even well-trained staff unfortunately) - hell, SagePay don't even seem to have a minimum SLA and they're a card processing outfit.

To be honest, I'd be totally farked off if I was in that guy's position - I'd probably write my own system, host it with a cheap hosting outfit and run off nightly backups on a cron job. It wouldn't have quite the community aspect of Flickr but you could use something like OpenID for user authentication I suppose so people wouldn't be just signing up for your site.

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Gates: Killing the internet is easy

CD001

Thing is...

The thing is, the government in power, if dictatorial enough, could just outlaw the usage of that equipment in their country and mobile or even land-line phones. It would be possible to effectively throw the whole country back into the dark ages if you had enough power.

After all, if the punishment for using any device more modern than a typewriter was death - as in no trial, a death squad just turns up and your door and executes you - would you risk it? Even if rewards were offered to helpful members of the public for dobbing you in?

A somewhat extreme example perhaps - but history is littered with extreme examples of "ruling with an iron fist".

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CD001

Not in the UK

We're an island - there aren't THAT many pipes going offshore connecting us to the global Internet at large. Want to shut down the Internet in the UK? It's not a single point of failure but it's not that far short as the cables come ashore at only a very few locations.

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Openistas question UK.gov's £300k crime-mapping website

CD001

*sighs*

7 HTML errors - if you can't even get HTML right you shouldn't be building a web app.

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Virgin Media kills 20Mb broadband service

CD001

depends...

They're a bit sneaky - they don't actually advertise the "deals" they offer to CURRENT subscribers - give them a ring and try getting the call escalated to UK support (if you're REALLY lucky you might get straight through to UK support apparently) and find out what they can do; remember, shy bairns get nowt.

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CD001

Sort of

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So basically, at 30Gbps, you'll just use up your "fair usage limit" (oxymoron?) that much quicker than I did.

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OK, pedantic correction, 30Mbs (not Gbs - I'd love that :D ) - however the traffic management kicks in at different points depending on the service you're subscribed to. You can download more on the higher packages before it kicks in so you're probably less likely to hit traffic management issues at all on the big packages (unless you watch a lot of online HD video - and does the missus know you're visiting those sites? ;) ).

Unlike many ISPs VM (technically) have no download caps (I used to get snotty letters from BT years ago) ... you can download as much as you like BUT traffic management ensures that your download will take a LOT longer than you might expect (if it's a biggy). It caps the amount you can download in any given period of time by increasing the amount of time it takes to perform the download.

You pays your money, you takes your choice - VM aren't perfect but after the NTL merger they were the ONLY cable ISP - although BT Infinity might be returning some choice to the punters who'd prefer to be on cable ... hmmm BT or Virgin, not quite Hobson's choice but ...

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CD001

odd...

Funny, I'm currently on the 20Mbs service, I've never yet hit throttling as far as I can tell, I consistently get 1.8 - 2.4 MBs download speed from half-decent servers (that's 14.4 - 19.2 Mbs), a latency on (UK) gaming servers of 10 - 30 ms and I can only remember 2 outages (the longest lasting just over an hour) in the last 6 months.

For a consumer ISP that's pretty good.

They were in talks with Phorm a while back (when BT was trialling the technology) but it never went any further than that, I think they learned from BTs failure.

OK, they're not the cheapest in the market and yes, ringing their call centres (which I've only had to do once) is a painful experience but really, for a consumer ISP for online gaming, including downloading games through Steam for instance, they're pretty hard to beat.

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Microsoft hits autistic Xboxer with cheat evidence

CD001

Reward...

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That's a reward, isn't it - and not a punishment which you kinda might think was more deserved ?

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Maybe - maybe not. The kid was a kid; he let someone else access his account to unlock achievements that he was stuck on - a little bit like when my brother asked me to get him past level 4 on Sonic when we were kids (the difference there, of course, being that Sonic was on a Megadrive, there was none of this internetty thing and getting him past the bit he was stuck on didn't affect anything else anywhere - no shiny bonus items, no gamezor bragging rights).

So the kid in the article was a bit of an idiot; maybe he lied about things to try and stay out of trouble ... that's what kids do. With luck he's learnt his lesson but he's got a new gamer tag, presumably that's a new "account" - so he's going to have to unlock ALL of his previous achievements again. If Steam lost records of all of my achievements (including some bloody tricky ones in TF2) and related content (achievement items in TF2 for instance) - would I be happy with a £10 Steam voucher ... hmmmm.

So his punishment for giving access to his account to someone else, who then cheated the achievements in, was to loose his account and all achievements. The kids got enough problems with being autistic and having an overly-protective, gobshite of a mother - a month's XBL doesn't cost MS much, it wouldn't even appear as a blip on their marketing budget, and it'll generate goodwill amongst most people hearing about it and presumably help keep the kid locked into the XboX and XBL. Sounds like a sound investment to me.

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Court orders seizure of PS3 hacker's computers

CD001

As I said before

If you want the best gaming buy a PC - apart from MGS4 and GT5, what other "must have" PS3 exclusives are there?

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CD001

Meh

Just buy a gaming PC - granted the initial outlay is considerably higher but you get better games for it - I've clocked up almost 400 hours in Civ 5 since I bought it, about 300 hours on TF2 (according to Steam) and probably about the same on X3 games, no idea how much on Total War games - none of which are available on consoles. I suspect, from that list, only TF2 would even work on a console (from a UI standpoint as much as anything else) - but it would utterly ruin it by moving from server/client to p2p.

The only console games that have come close for me have been in the Metal Gear Solid, Gran Turismo and Final Fantasy series (I mostly game on a PC but I've owned all three generations of Playstation).

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MP: Googlepoly hurts British business

CD001

I'm sorry...

... but just NO - Multimap was shite - it was always shite. Google maps blew everything else out of the water when it came along and (perhaps most importantly) was much, much faster.

It could be argued that many improvements made by Multimap wouldn't have happened if Google Maps hadn't come along - even Bing Maps is something of a Google Maps copy (actually, Bing Maps isn't as awful as you might expect).

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> Any new online business will pretty much stand or fall based on its

> relationship with Google

Maybe - unless the business is in China perhaps where Google isn't dominant.

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> to the extent that if you don't design it to be "Google friendly" you

> may as well pack up and go home.

Not really - Search Engine robots, including Googlebot, pretty much read web pages in the same way that screen readers like Jaws do - a well designed website written/coded with the WAI in mind will, by default, be Google friendly. Any modern website should be written in this manner anyway.

Since Google are famously reticent about letting people know exactly how the PageRank algorithm actually works making a site specifically "Google friendly" is something of a nonsense the best you can do is follow best practices and standard SEO techniques and hope for the best - go too far in trying to game Google and they will remove you from their index (ask BMW).

I'm not saying that Google ISN'T becoming the next Microsoft, I'm not saying that they don't abuse their (virtual) monopoly in search and I'm not saying their "do no evil" mantra is complete BS (privacy, what privacy?) - BUT credit where it's due, they do knock out some useful or innovative apps.

Google maps was (IIRC) the first AJaX-ified mapping program - you didn't have to reload the entire page to scroll the map - a winning feature by itself.

Compare Google Analytics to Webalizer which was the bog-standard tool installed before Google Analytics came along - and without Google Analytics we'd not now have Piwik.

Google Earth, Gmail, Translator and so on and so forth - most things Google do are either innovative or better than the competition in some way - that's how they got to be where they are, Google Search was a revelation when it came out; no crappy, slow-loading portal page just a search box and a logo and relevant results.

It might not be healthy for one company to "hold so much power" as you put it but remember, when they started it was just a couple of lads, in a garage, who knocked up something better than all the big boys on the web at that time could manage; there's nothing to say that the same thing can't happen to Google if they rest on their laurels.

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Forget Flash – content is king

CD001
Troll

Obvious

Please, don't feed the trolls.

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CD001

hmmm

Hmmm meta keywords? They were abandoned in about 2000 when the search engines realised everyone was gaming them? IIRC about the only Search Engine that pays ANY attention to them (and it's only a small part of how they rank their results) is Bing.

Meta descriptions are still useful (if under 150 characters) for creating the additional information that appears with a search result.

That doesn't make Flash any more useful for Search Engines or Screen Readers of course - good semantic markup is what it's all about (and "respectable" links to your site).

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Middlesbrough cabbie relieves lad of iPhone

CD001
Joke

Aaah...

... but if the youth in question had been out on the lash then the victim was also a criminal - ooooh who do you side with now?!?

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NYT casts Assange as 'arrogant' (with a little 'Peter Pan')

CD001

Ummm - what?

Do you mean that freedom of speech, religion, the press and the right to assemble for peaceful demonstrations is a bad thing or that it's not one of the best American traditions?

Does that mean you're a fascist or that you really, really like apple pie?

I'm not really sure I understand your comment so don't know whether to upvote or downvote it.

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Mozilla reaches for almost perfect 10 with latest Firefox 4 beta

CD001

Depends on your system

Weirdly, Firefox is considerably faster to load than Opera or IE8 on my home PC (i7 930 @ 4Ghz, Win7 Pro 64-bit, 6 gig RAM) and about the same speed as Chrome - whilst on my work PC (Intel Q9550 @ 2.83 Ghz, Win XP Pro 32-bit, 2 gig RAM), with the same FF build and extensions, Firefox is actually much slower to cold boot than Opera or Chrome and about on par with IE8.

Still - I generally recommend Opera for people who actually use their browser purely for browsing (rather than as a development tool) - though having said that Opera Dragonfly is great! Actually the IE Web Developer toolbar isn't too bad either.

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UK tech retailers are rubbish

CD001

OTOH

On the flipside - I found the staff in a store called Apollo 2000 actually seemed to know what the hell they were talking about. It seemed they had staff who knew about specific areas, one guy for TVs another for white goods and so on...

... it might have just been a bizarre fluke, in that one particular store on that one particular day, but it was a refreshing one.

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W3C apologizes for HTML5 brand confusion

CD001

Amen

Amen to that.

The real reason there's no validator for HTML 5 is that you could probably chuff together a load of shonky HTML 4 Transitional - drop a few things like <font> or 'type="text/javascript"' and it would validate as HTML 5.

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CD001

You couldn't

You couldn't serve XHTML Strict as XML without older versions of Internet Explorer borking (7 and down if I remember rightly) - I did try it once - and it was only really Strict that had to be served as XML.

Oh, and strict doesn't support iframes so following "industry guidelines" for 3D Secure falls over.

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The Last Airbender up for nine Razzies

CD001

Avatar

Avatar ...

FernGully with smurfs ... without Robin Williams as a deranged, experimented-upon bat.

It was pretty though.

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W3C tackles HTML5 confusion with, um, more confusion

CD001

Now?

Now - maybe not. There are some improvements in the semantics of HTML 5 though which should mean, in future, HTML 5 pages could be better processed automatically.

The <nav> list for instance semantically marks up that part of the document as being a navigational list. Probably fairly useless at the moment but it could be useful for something like the automatic generation of sitemaps or to help search engine robots get a feel for the importance of pages by the <nav> list nesting.

So there are some improvements in HTML 5 but probably none worth attempting in a live environment until the "standard" has been standardised.

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CD001

Really?

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HTML5 has been deliberately designed to suit the browser manufacturers more than ordinary normal users

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Think about this for a moment - under XHTML all the tags needs to be XML well-formed. This means the browser doesn't need to worry about whether that <p> tag is followed by an </p> tag. In theory then, if the code passes XHTML validation the browser doesn't need to fall back to tag-soup rendering and _should_ be able to process the page faster.

Again, in theory, if XML "well-formedness" was mandatory (and web designers were taught to write half decent code) browsers could do away with tag soup rendering all together, chop out a huge lump of code and be more efficient.

HTML 5 not only allows XML well formed tags but ALSO HTML 4 style unclosed tags - and both are valid. It's a standard in which there's no standard way of doing things. This doesn't sound like something designed to suit browser manufacturers to me - more like something designed to cater to lazy arsed web designers who can't code for toffee.

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CD001

Ye-es

And to "focus on the quality and development of HTML 5" they killed off XHTML 2 which looked a better (albeit more complex) specification if you ask me.

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Lane Fox promises sub-£100 PCs

CD001

Oh

There is a place in schools for Windows - those drab business studies rooms where the best fun to be had was locking the teacher in the supply cupboard ... not that we ever did anything like that of course!

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Yank fires up iPhone-controlled beer cannon

CD001

Actually...

There are some good micro-breweries in the US so I've been told (I have a friend who's half American by birth and now lives over there - the "wonders" at British customs kicked his American wife out of the country so he went with her) though I've only experienced Sam Adams which is perfectly drinkable.

The same can certainly be said in the UK - there are some micro-breweries making some truly great beer. I'll take your Sly Fox and Caldera Brewing and raise you Brew Dog http://www.brewdog.com/ ;)

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DUP website translated into Irish by mischievous hacktivist

CD001

welcome...

Welcome to the Internet - even posting in their own native language most commentards fail badly at grammar ;)

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Facebook boobs over breastfeeding page... again

CD001

To be fair

The word used was vulgar rather than obscene - and to be honest, I find breast feeding mildly disgusting (no idea why - I don't like spiders either - just one of those things that makes me shudder and go "eeeuuuurrggh") - I don't want to see sprogs clamped onto their mummy's leaking, distended, veiny norks.

It may be totally natural but so's taking a dump and I don't want to see pictures of that either - I would class both as vulgar. Everyone has their own, slightly odd hang-ups.

Don't see the reason for taking the page down though - my weird hang-ups are my problem and I'd simply not visit a page on breast feeding. If things can be removed for "vulgarity" Facebook should have probably banned my account months ago for my status updates when I'm having a bad day - plenty of vulgarity there ;)

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For sale: 50,000 compromised iTunes accounts

CD001

WTO

If I remember correctly, and to be fair I'm not entirely sure on this, but didn't the USA breach (and continue to breach) their WTO obligations with the way they deal with online gambling? Should we ban the States from the Internet as well?

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Disappearing filth leads to dropped charges in extreme smut case

CD001

Eh?

Why would liberals applaud the toughening of a law you've just described as "illiberal"?

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Google battles Derby cops over access to Street View data

CD001

OMFG

qui custodiet ipsos custodes

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Video games go off quicker than tomatoes

CD001

IIRC

IIRC Valve have promised to release the Steam lock-in on purchased games if they ever go titsup. Wouldn't necessarily help for things like TF2 where you can only play online and you'd lose any achievements I guess... and, of course, promising is only words - if they went into administration they'd probably not have much say in the matter.

Still - you can get stuff easily and cheaply from Steam when they've got one of their bonkers sales on. In some cases you can pick up games that you'd be hard pressed to find elsewhere, like the XCOM collection for instance.

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Default judgement FAIL: ACS:Law muffs up in court

CD001

The question

The question then becomes - if they can't even manage to follow due process - why the fuck are they allowed to practice law?

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Flame throwing Apache flees Oracle's Java group

CD001

Oracle

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See where that leaves Oracle 5 years down the line.

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Let's see - it'll leave Oracle in exactly the same position it's in now. A database giant with a shed-load of server middle-ware running on Java. The only difference will be that they'll have almost total control over Java as fear of revocation of TCKs will bring the smaller vendors into line.

Larry Ellison will declare himself Emperor of Javaland and crush these rebel scum on their small moon of Harmony... ummm, or something like that anyway.

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