* Posts by Steve Davies 3

2379 posts • joined 24 Jun 2009

Hacker chancer looking for $500,000 after offering Clinton emails for auction

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Meanwhile in DC

The GOP are partying. Their only hope of getting a Republican into the White House is for the whole Democratic party to be tarred by the Clinton brush.

They failed to get Bill impeached so nailing Hilliary is their next shot.

Taking down HC is a great way to get lots of campaign $$$$$

HC is the Democratic front runner. The GOP candidates are ..... Well Donald 'Toupee' Trump and a few others.

Over here? Well, the self destruction of the Labor Party is small fry in comparison.

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The S, Huawei’s new best Mate: Compact and premium – but not cheap

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Here come de Bling!

Add a nice sparkly jacket and the Bling Addicts will love to be seen with one of these attached to their lughole.

I wonder if Vertu produce a really blinged version?

For the rest of us? Meh (probably)

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Huge, absorbent iPad rumours recycled – and this time it's REAL. True

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Re: "...DRM infested Charging Cable monger Apple..."

Same here with the Poundland Cables.

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The only use I see is...

For a giant drawing pad where Fanbois can squiggle away with its rumoured stylus creating all sorts of pretty pictures to show their Mommies.

{see icon}

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Re: Multi tasking W10 tablet for £100 to £200 or a walled in IOS

So windows 10 isn't a data slurping, privacy ignoring POC/POS then?

Ok, so you can with a load of trickery stop it from phoning home every few minutes but the general feeling around these parts is that sales of 40ft barge poles have just shot through the roof.

Naturally, if you don't care about the snooping then carry on because I'm pretty sure that the world ain't gonna end tomorrow.

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Err.....

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Apple will hold the September event Thursday morning, US Pacific time.

The event is on Tuesday 9th September. i.e in 5 Days time.

If you are a Fanboi and really can't wait then http://www.macrumors.com/ has a countdown timer to keep you happy.

Even crApple would not be so dumb to hold such an event on the 11th September.

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128TB SSD by 2018? Toshiba promises much, delivers ... a little

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Other SSD users

might simply be wanting to run things just a whole lot quicker.

For example VM's. Frankly when I have to run a VM from a spinning rust drive, I feel that it just crawls alone like a snail.

I've bitten the bullet and relaced the spinning HDD's on my home kit with SSD's over the past two years.

HDD's are for backups only these days. I know that I'm not alone with this approach.

Some of my Photos are more then 70Mb in size on disk (.PS format). Opening them from an SSD is just... faster.

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Samsung’s consumer IoT vision – stupid, desperate, creepy

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Re: IOT

IOT == Idiots on Tap

As a source of data for slurping to the Ad Agencies

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Re: Why....just why?

You WILL buy IOT kitted out appliances.

You HAVE no choice.

The White Goods makers have built in planned breakage to everything they make.

Now it is cheaper to buy a new Washing Machine rather than change a drum bearing.

Soon IOT will be everywhere wether you like it or not.

Now if you connect it up to anything is another totally different story indeed.

Will I? Nope. Not in a gazillion month of sundays.

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Feeling sweary? Don't tell Google Docs

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But...

What would it do to:-

I've just seen a pair of Great Tits in the garden.

(they were on my Bird Feeder)

Only a dirty mind would read more into that than there really is.

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Websites aimed at kids are slurping too much info, finds report

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sites are getting smarter though

My Grandchildren are savvy enough to use false details when signing up but some of them are getting wise to the ploy. One of the mhad his regirstration deleted on one site because he'd used the name B Atman. I've seen S.U. Perman rejected as well.

But it is fun when snailmail arrives (via Mailboxes etc) addressed to one of the fake names.

A never ending game of cat and mouse.

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Sony's 4King with us now: Xperia Z5 mobe has UltraHD screen, cam

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Re: Unfortunately...

Don't worry a new load of Droid is on its way. Marshmallow cometh.

The question is, will it be nicely toasted or burn to a crisp?

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Re: Hi-Def audio

That dates you does it not? Ok, it does me as well.

mind you the sort of experimentation in Music that went on around then was fantastic.

some really original works. This one , Tommy, Journey to the Centre of the Earth, Rainbow Suite, DSOTM etc

Some were more successful than others but alt least they tried different things.

Can you hear more these days? probably now as your hearing range gets less over the years.

But most modern crap (sorry excuse for Music if you ask me) is all Bass sounds from a drum machine and little else.

Heyday TV had a prog on the early days of The Who on the other day. Drums, Bass Guitar and Lead. That was it. Still managed to make a great sound and not a computer in sight.

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Mate S: Huawei 'beats' Apple to force-touch phone launch

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Re: it's useful kit

But.,. will the Apple Drugies want to soil their new 'shiny-shiny' with something like Cocaine or MDMA?

What if their kiddy-winkies get hold of the phone later on?

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Xiaomi aims to knock Apple off its branch with move into computers

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Re: oooooooh!

plus the oblig

does it run Crysis?

Being serious for a moment.

As the marketplace for laptop/desktop devices is dropping like the Shanghai Stock Market index is this really a wise move? If the market was expanding but...

They will have to come up with something 'Completely Different' to get a sizeable market share.

Thin and Light alone won't cut it.

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ICO probes NHS clinic's data blunder that exposed HIV+ status of 800 patients

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Dean St?

Didn't Hammer Films once have its HQ there?

A bit of a horror show then?

Ok I'm gone.

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Croc country cops' mobile facial matching a festival party pop

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In Other news...

Sales of Bob Hawke, Ned Kelley, Mel Gibson, Nicolle Kidman, Kylie Minogue masks soar in Northern Austrailia.

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Apple: Hey TV people, wanna be in the same place Samsung phones are these days?

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Re: not setting the bar very high

you seem to be forgetting 'Amazon Top Gear Prime'

So we have Sky, VM, Talk(don't)-Talk, Amazon Prime, Netflix, Now-TV and probably a few others. Now Apple wants to muscle in on the act. How many PAY card slots does your TV have then?

How many £9.99 + VAT (or a lost more when it comes to Sky & VM) per month do you want to pay every month from now until doomsday?

Me? None of the above. I find that there is even less worth watching the more channels you have.

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Europe yawns at EU robo-commish Ansip's digital plans

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Microsoft backports data slurp to Windows 7 and 8 via patches

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And Server 2012 as well

These patches (according to an article on Forbes.com) also apply to Server installations as well.

I can't help wonder if a few security people should start asking MS really probing questions about what is actually sent back to the Redmond mothership. If there is the slightest risk of any identifiable data being sucked away from a sever then MS are (IMHO) gonna get into some sticky waters with the regulators.

As for bypassing the hosts file... this is just nasty.

that URL resolves to

C:\Users\numpty>nslookup settings-win.data.microsoft.com

...

Non-authoritative answer:

Name: onesettings-db5.metron.live.com.nsatc.net

Address: 191.232.139.253

Aliases: settings-win.data.microsoft.com

settings.data.glbdns2.microsoft.com

C:\Users\numpty>

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Back to school: Six of the smartest cheap 'n' cheerful laptops

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Screen size

Can El Reg please stop promoting laptops that have only 768 vertical resolution. The review almost sounds apologetic when mentioning the screen size.

What with MS Office and its darned Ribbon taking up close to 20% (if not more at times) of that space it really does increase the amount of scrolling that you are gonig to have to do.

Yes, I know these are cheap as chips laptops but if no one bought them perhaps the manufacturers would stop making them for us to buy.

768 vertical was ok 10 years ago but not now.

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Oh no, startup Massive Analytic unleashes 'artificial precognition'

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Re: Malls?

Just be prepared and you should be ok.

1) Wear a disguise so that the facial recog cameras can't ID you. go too far and you might get ID's as a terrorist though.

2) Turn any mobile device you have either Off or into Flight mode. Then the beacons can't track you and beam targetted Adverts at you.

3) Pay for everything with Cash then the Credit card computers can't know what you bought.

Otherwise,

Have a nice Day! :)

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Farewell to Borland C++: Embarcadero releases Delphi and C++ Builder 10

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Re: We miss Borland..

Well said Sir!

The company are doing an awful lot of price gouging these days. I guess less and less people are using their products. sort of ever decreasing circle really.

I stopped using their stuff when they moved to a License server. After 3 weeks, it just stopped worknig and they would'nt let me setup a new one.

moved to Lazarus and got on with development rather than spend time forever upgrading after shelling out lots and lots of dosh for the pain in doing so.

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The future of IT is – to deliver automation. Discuss

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Time to sign on then Mr Pott?

It sounds like Sysadmins are going to be extinct in a matter of months.

With everythnig migrating to 'The Cloud' then in-house/on-site admins won't be needed.

What about the SME segment? Can they afford this move?

Then who sets up the systems in the first place? Some will'o'the wisp character that only comes out when a full moon falls on a Sunday?

Still, interesteing times ahead.

That reminds me, Ian Anderson is doing some gigs around the country telling the story of Jethro Tull. (not the band but the original JT).

Perhaps all Sysadmins should make the effort to go along and see their future?

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T-Mobile US CEO calls his subscribers thieves, gripes about 'unlimited' limited tethering

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Re: So..

I'm sure that there are more than a few $500/hour lawyers who will come up with some words than will defeat your common sense argument. Remember that 'common sense' has no place in US law. It is an alien concept. It can't be written down in a law book so ergo it does not exist.

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Jeep Cherokee 2.2: Capable, comfortable ... but just not very Jeep

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Limited on US vehicles

My impression that the letters LTD on the back are now more than the same sort of status symbol a GLS, GTI etc used to be here.

When I lived in N.H. it was might be a bit more power, a different trim of different wheels and that was about it.

As for this not being a real Jeep, I totally agree. It is like (IMHO) that any vehicle with a Land Rover badge that is not a Defender type ain't really a Landy.

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Mass redundancy marathon nearly over at HP

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Ordering from HP

Don't you realise that their Order system is crap but for a reason.

I guess that you have managed to order something from HP without going through a reseller?

If you have indeed done this then....

Well Done. You are a winner.

Please become our head of UK Sales tomorrow.... {see Icon}

Even ordering from IBM is a bit easier than HP who just seem to be taking the Sauce when they should be the Daddies of IT kit.

now you just get in the 'Branston' (pickle)

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Honor 7 – heir apparent to the mid-range Android crown

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Re: 16 GB is pointless

Whilst I agree with your sentiment please take a little time to understand that not every phone user wants to play graphics heavy games on their phones. A bit of Solitaire or Soduku and that is it for a good number of users.

For them 16Gb is probably adequate. But as this device has a slow for a second SIM or SD card then really the problem is rather moot. Perhaps the time spent not playing Fifa '15 could be better spent moving files around?

I'm attracted because of the dual SIM capability because I tend to use my phone for mainly... a phone.

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Channel surfers and the irresistible rise of Content Delivery Networks

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Other uses for CDN's

is to deliver Adverts, tracking sites and other nasties

Just because the URL has cloudfare in it, it does not mean that it is safe to let through all the time.

Nas any CDN been hacked for Man in the middle attcks. IMHO these sites are ideal for traffic interception.

just saying,

Bef careful out there, it is a jungle

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What time is it Oxford Dictionaries? How about almost ‘beer o’clock’

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Mr Farage will not be speaking to El Reg

because you forgot to mention 'Brexit' alongside 'grexit'

Is is Beer O'clock yet? Well somewhere the sun is past the yardarm so have one on me. I'll be supping some 'Surrey Nirvana' tonight.

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Apple will reveal new iPhone on Sept 9 – this is what it may look like

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Microsoft's 'Cityman' and 'Talkman'

so the pink versions will be Citywoman and Talkwoman?

Or wil Sony put a talk to it because of their trademarks on the Walkman?

9th Sept will be interesting if MS try to put a dampener on Apple's show.

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Ins0mnia bug means malicious iOS apps WILL NEVER DIE

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Re: Does it matter?

Aren't that a load of small shops in the USA running phone unlocking services? There is at least one in any half decent sized town here in the UK?

Pay a few bucks and you have it unlocked.

Have you even search on this wonderful thing called the Internet? A search for "Verizon Omnia 6 unlocking" seems to return a lot of information. Don't know how much is relevant though? Only you can tell?

Anyway did't some legal ruling the US force the carriers into unlocking phones?

http://www.cnet.com/news/new-regulation-requires-us-carriers-to-unlock-user-phones/

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Win10 PCs still stuck on slow boat from China, warehouses empty

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But... according to Microsoft

everything in the MS World is rosy

http://blogs.windows.com/bloggingwindows/2015/08/26/windows-10-now-on-75-million-devices/

A friend of mine just had to replace his PC (psu blow up took out the CPU). One look at Windows 10 at a reseller led to him demanding Windows 7. Nope they said, We can only ship Windows 10 from now on.

He went to the internet and ordered the same Desktop with Windows 7.

His words to me when describing Windows 10 are unprintable. He's not an IT geek by any measure.

so....

Only the time will tell if the launch momentum keeps going or fizzles out.

But there is one thing we can be sure of and that is that some people will be lying about the W10 adoption. But who?

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Why is the smart home insecure? Because almost nobody cares

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Re: *I* Care. And In My Home, That's All That Matters.

That might well come to be the situation.

Now if those new fangled bits of kit are connected to anything is another matter competely.

I connected my new TV to the internet for all on 30 minutes. Just long enough to get a software update. That's it. I might connect is periodically just to do the same but in normal operations?

forget is sunshine, it ain't gonna happen this side of the second coming.

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Re: This!

wonderful statement Sir!

Add 'cloud' into the mix and 90% of the public will go glassy eyed.

Apart from a fe affictionados who really cares about the IOT? Is it more like the wrong answer to a question that hasn't been asked yet.

Anyway, on the day that the OED includes 'Beer-O-Clock' I'll raise my glass to you later.

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Verizon wants to smartify old cars

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Big Brother

Is that 50Hz Hum I hear or is this going to be 60Hz only?

Thankfully (at the moment) Verizon's tentacles don't extend over the Pond.

At least my old TR4A won't get it even if it does come over here. There is nothing electronic on it apart from the ignition system. Points are.... Pointless really.

Before anyone asks there isn't even a Radio because that was an optional extra.

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Glaring flaw in Apple car hype-gasm: The iGiant likes to make money

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Holmes

But will they put their money where their mouth is?

A nice little wager with the money going to charity if they get proved wrong?

Talk is cheap. A Few $$$$ will concentrate their mind a bit IMHO.

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Windows 10 now on 75 million devices, says Microsoft

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Ok so 10M have installed it

But how many still have it installed?

How many have seen how bad it is and/or how much it spies on you and simply gone back to the previous version?

Now those figures would be really interesting.

cue El Reg stock phrase

We contacted Microsoft for a comment and as yet they have not responded.

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Web Summit looks at new homes ... this time with sun and decent Wi-Fi

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How about a Greek Island?

I'm sure that some of the larger ones would welcome the event with open arms. After all, they need the money.

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Blueprints revealed: Oracle crams Sparc M7 and InfiniBand into cheaper 'Sonoma' chips

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Re: What I Think Is the Big Question

well Duh! As long as it costs as little as $1 less than a z13 Mainframe then Larry will be happy.

The real question should be

"How many arms and legs is this gonna cost me."

{if we want to keep complaint with EL-Reg units of meansurment that is}

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That thing we do in the UK? Should be ILLEGAL in the US, moans ex-State monopoly BT

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Re: Openreach...

Thats eactly the opposide to what happened up my street. VM (or rather NTL) had cabled the street in the 1990's. BT put FTTC in but didn't tell anyone. My ISP told me and I signed up next day.

90% of the street are on VM. The rest of us enjoy FTTC.

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Samsung emits Galaxy S6 Edge+ 'inboxing' video

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Re: And all of that without the slightest ESD protection..

Heck, it probably has carpet

But it is probably an anti-static carpet

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Směrť Špionam! BAN Windows 10, it SPIES too much, exclaim Russians

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Big Brother

What's the problem comrade?

It is working as designed (by the NSA)

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Samsung smart fridge leaves Gmail logins open to attack

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Re: Oh, come on!

would that be the "monty Python HTTP Library" than keep on emitting SPAM

coat- with a tin of the stuff in the pocket for emergencies like when the Fridge SSL cert expires and Tesco's won't accept your order.

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Does Linux need a new file system? Ex-Google engineer thinks so

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About time there was...

A filesystem for Linux that had file versioning. I used this back in 1978 on a VAX/11780 running VMS.

I would use it if it was generally abailable. I'm sure it would appeal to more general users than this sort of Filesystem.

Just MHO though.

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The modern day YACC?

now it is

YABLFS

Do we really need this? IMHO, answers could fit on a pin-head

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The good burghers of Palo Alto are entirely insane

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Surrey and its golf courses

Whilst it might be true about houses and gold courses, a good few of them have gone bust.

It is not only in Surrey that this has happened.

Golf (and everything around it including doing biz whilst playing a round) is dropping in popularity.

It is also fiendishly expensive the S.E. blighty.

so much of what Mr W compares with Silicon Valley is true.IMHO.

I seem to remember seeing one decrepit GF that was farmland 20 years ago that has been recently sold for development of 4-5 bed houses. No affordable housing in that neck of the woods. It is the Surrey Stockbroker Belt after all. The locals can't have the plebs lowing the tone of the place now can one?

I can't help wondering if this was all planned. Build a gold cource, run it for a few years, close it down and build houses. A good way round planning restrictions then? A good few millionaires made in the process I should imagine.

As for the US, the NIMBY's don't go out protesting. Over there, they just sue everyone in sight. That will make the local councils tread very carefully. My guess is that those emply plots might have a bit of dodgy provenance on them. More than their jobsworth to rish developing them then!

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'Unexpected item in baggage area' assigned to rubbish area

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Using your own bags

This is IMHO the achillies heel of these devil devices.

You 'Verify your bags' and start scanning. Without fail duing scanning at least once it will need to have your bags verified.

As a result I put everything onto the post-scanned scales unbagged.

At the end, I pack it all into my bag.

IS this quicker than getting my bage verified again?

IMHO, yes.

Now it someone wants to rant of coin counting machines, I'll give you an upvote.

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Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell: El Reg on the hydrogen highway

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Re: What's wrong with the old fashioned way?

Don't forget that with Hydrogen fuel (and LPG, LNG) you can't go through the Chunnel. you are stuck with certain Ferries.

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Get whimsical and win a Western Digital Black 6TB hard drive

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Siri! What do you mean 'I can't allow this Dave!'

'I only wanted to look at my Spotify playlist'

"Besides, how many times do I have to tell you that my name is 'Guy'!

{you have to be of a certain age to remember 'Guy'}

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