* Posts by Steve Davies 3

2257 posts • joined 24 Jun 2009

FAIL: Windows 10 pwns itself thanks to Nvidia driver update clash

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Meanwhile, in the real world

How many average uses (not the geeks who inhabit this place) would even know about what drivers (they drive cars don't they?) are, what might cause trouble when updating and the existence of this tool.

Somehow, I'm getting the impression that MS is trying to make their system fail for the majority of its users.

A company the size of MS and with such a market presence should know and do better.

There is an old saying that Redmond seems to have forgotten.

"If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

Like a good many readers/commentators here I'm staying well away from W10 for at least 6 months in the hope that by then MS will have seen sence and made their product a bit more user firendly for the majority of users. By this I mean the average joe/joanne who wants a PC/Laptop to do stuff on.

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We put Windows 10 on a small fondleslab: STILL not ready, 3 days to go

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Re: From one mistake to another...

Here's one

http://www.novatech.co.uk/modifier.html?s=NNB-B15

When I looked, the default option was No Operating System.

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If Microsoft made laptops, it'd make this: HP Spectre x360

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Re: "a full-sized HDMI socket, a Mini DisplayPort "

Vga connectivity

So you don't think ahead and have a Mini-DP to VGA adapter in your Laptop bag then?

These seem to be standard kit with people who carry Macbooks for use at presentations.

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Fiat Chrysler recall BLUNDERING could lump carmaker with $105m fine – report

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Oh dear

Didn't Apple just hire some designer from Fiat/Chrysler for their Apple-Car development.

No change there then. The A-C is gonna be insecure and open to hacking and theft.

Hacking and making them crach I can understand

But who would want to steal a Fruity Car?

don't all laugh at once

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So what the BLINKING BONKERS has gone wrong in the eurozone?

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Re: Germany really doesn't believe the last 60 years

But do the shops in Germany still close at lunchtime on Saturday?

My supplies of Appfelkorn are dwindling so a vist might not be that far away.

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Re: HOW IT WORKS *

That (IMHO) describes the difference between the Euro Zone and outside. Can both be right or both be wrong? Only time will tell.

IMHO those inside the EZ are in a financial straightjacket because the member economies are so different.

What works for say Germany is more than likely totally the wrong thing for say Greece.

By not taking the next stage and implementing political union and thus a federal EZ these problems (IMHO) will continue.

Personally, I think that the EZ was introduced far too quickly and new members added without due diligence.

Does it deserve to fail?

Part of me says yes and part of me says no.

None of the people I used to work with in France would vote for it if they had had the chance. Two of them have moved to the UK since the introduction of the Euro because of their disaenchartment with it.

The lack of a EZ wide referendum at the start of the EZ (and the farce in Eire where they ran the referendum again until they got the right result) shows the lack of accountability of the EZ Head Honchos to the general EZ citizens very well.

Not a representative sample but just my 2p worth of opinion.

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Q. How much did Google just spend applying political pressure in the US? A. $4.6 million

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Re: Fit

So how much does Apple spend?

Or does Tim Cook do it all himself?

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Want longer battery life? Avoid the New York Times and The Grauniad

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and the same tests done with

things such as Adblock+ , Flashblock and NoScript enabled give?

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Help! Our Virgin Media TiVo boxes are stuck in a loop! Help! Our Virgin..

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Re: Why dont you...

so the DVD of [insert current reality TV show that has its final this week] is already available?

Wow. send the priate police round to his place this instant

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Red Hat bolts the stable with RHEL 6.7

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Re: Red Hat has many customers on the “stable, proven and predictable” RHEL 6.xx

Server boot times

For an non Windows server reboots are pretty rare these days. It always irks me that reviewers seem to take great store by the boot time for a server. IMHO this is one of the most useless measurements I can think of.

I guess they are just lazy or too bone idle to do a proper job of reviewing the products.

Anyway with increasing use of SSD's who gives a dam about boot times anyway.

I would be more concerned about how my workload performs than how fast it boots.

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Contactless card fraud? Easy. All you need is an off-the-shelf scanner

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Is this just making the case for

systems like Apple Pay?

or is that still vunerable when you press on the fingerprint scanner and make the transaction?

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Re: Who's laughing now???

That won't stop the down voters but I'm there with you with the Wallet. I have an anti-RFID Passport cover as well.

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Windows 10 on Mobile under the scope: Flaws, confusion, and going nowhere fast

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SatNad?

I really do prefer SatNav because it does seem like the MS Juggernaut has gove down a farm track and found itself without a place to turn around and the driver does not like reversing.

If MS would listen to the users instead of the internal committees they might end up with something useful.

The general consensus in these parts is that we don't want a phone OS GUI runnnig on a 20+ in non touch screen ok! What's underneath might be the bees-knees but if you canna use it Capt'n you canna use it. (apologies to star trek fans)

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The French want to BAN .doc and .xls files from Le Gouvernement

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te-he

Time to renew the supply/support contract with MS then?

hoping for an even bigger discount than last time?

How many times have we heard of a government of big corp saying 'we want rid of MS-Office'?

how many times has this actually happened

answers on a pin head in 24pt type please to the relevant Gov department.

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Microsoft: Hey, you. Done patching Windows this month? WRONG

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Re: Kernel mode fonts

Perhaps is it the gazillion copies of svchost that seem to spring up out of nowhere and consume lots and lots of CPU that is to blame?

They can't all be doing the same thing?

As has been said, there is a lot of old cruft in the Windows OS that should have been consigned to the great bit bucket in the sky years ago.

Bring back the ASR-33's and acoustic couplers. No graphics nonsense with them.

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More Apple Car mutterings: Cupertino slurps more autobiz brains

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Re: Name Peel Electric car

Sorry but that name has been taken

http://www.peelengineering.com/

Wasn't the Peel P50 subject to a Clarkson rant a few years back?

I'm waiting for the AC Cobra where AC=Apple Cars. Then the lawsuits will really get up some speed.

Mines the one with the keys to my A-35 in the pocket.

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UK.gov makes total pig's ear of attempt to legalise home CD ripping

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Re: What about downloads you get with paid physical products?

You are a very naughty boy! (pun intended)

Copying it to your car, phone and laptop!

That is three strikes you know.

In some parts of the world that means a 'life' term without parole.

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Apple Watch is such a flop it's the world's top-selling wearable

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Re: Wearables, Who Gives a **** ?

And other turds would post endlessly about how smelly a turd it was.

At least it gives us something to post about eh?

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Apples Results

Won't be out until Wall St has closed for the day. At least that's what http://9to5mac.com/2015/06/29/apple-schedules-q3-2015-earnings-call-livestream-for-july-21/

says.

That means 10pm for us here in Blighty.

Regarding the Apple Watch... Not seen one in the wild yet so as far a I'm concerned it rated a 'Meh' reaction but I won't be buying one no matter how great it might be. I just hate things on my wrist.

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The US taxman thinks Microsoft owes billions. Prove it, says Microsoft

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Re: I hope this will be useful

It is worth pointing out that MS pays just about no Income Tax at all in Washington where its HQ is. All sales in the US are channeled through a company in Nevada (setup by Gate & Balmer) where the corporate taxes are close to zero.

That is the foreign shell company licensing scam being played out at home (for you USAians).

If the feds could crack down on that then the state of Washington won't be far behind. They have had several attempts at getting MS to pay its dues thwarted in recent years.

Google is much the same (well that's the impression I get from reading their financial reports)

AFAIK, Apple on the otherhand seems to be paying its dues which is a real surprise.

Apple's latest quarterly figures are due out later today. Lets see how much Tax they pay and compare it to MS. Should be interesting reading.

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The roots go deep: Kill Adobe Flash, kill it everywhere, bod says

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Yet...

I still get asked if I want to allow MS Orifice to accept incoming requests after every update.

Why would I want Powerpoint or word to accept external (off PC) operations?

Isn't that just a security hold of equal magnitude to Flash?

On the subject of Flash (shudder), can someone please bang a few heaads together at places like the Beeb and get them to stop using flash ASAP. Then it can be consigned to History

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Spyware-spewing Wi-Fi drone found on Hacking Team, Boeing's todo list

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How long before....

The drone detects your WiFi and hovers/hangs around overhead while the spooks on the other side of the world break the WPA2 or whatever encryption you are using OR some backdoor left in thet their behest and then they install their package of spyware and ar gone before you know it has happened.

Brings a new meaning to Wardriving or should I say Warflying?

What use external firewalls now eh?

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Windows 10 Edge: Standards kinda suck yet better than Chrome?

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Apple Brwosers and the App Store

You don't have to buy an iDevice you know.

There are plenty of alternatives from the Android world.

Apple do not have a monopoly on smartphones. IF they did then there might be a case for an anti-trust investigation.

On the plus side, that iDevice won't ever run flash.

Flash or a different browser? What would really be better for the user experience?

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Re: Soon?

I agree. IE will ONLY be removed from a good many companies (and HMG) dead cold hands at the turn of the next decade (at the earliest) no matter what MS might try to do.

There are just far too many internal applications that just won't work on any other browser. This might be by design (job contimuation) or accident (even more job continuation). Who really knows.

Also, MS seems to still be having problems with its own website not working all that well with Edge.

It is almost as if Bono has deviced to go it alone and form U1.

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WHOA! Windows 10 to be sold on USB drives – what a time to be alive

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Re: Accounting

If MS follow the Apple model then the lifetime of W10 will be around 12 months.

But.... you say.... What about all those businesses that are on Windows 7 (if they are lucky that is)?

My answer is:- Do MS even care about businesses with 24/36/48/60 month upgrade cycles any longer?

As I see it, their plan is to get everyone onto the latest OS ASAP and then hit everyone with the subscriptions or else (like Adobe) tactic.

Yeah, I'm a sceptic but IMHO W10 is not far from becoming septic (like Vista)

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Microsoft attaches Xbox stream bait to Windows 10 hook

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At this point in the marketing cycle

this move sounds a bit like desperation.

Where is the 'positive vibe' for W10? {silence results}

I was in Iceland when Windows 95 was released. Even there there were Apple like queues at the stores on launch day.

Now?

We get reactions like

Meh

Later, much later

I don't care if it is free, them tiles are going nowhere near my desktop

etc

At the moment this could well be the worst release ever.

However, things could be different.

The Challenge to MS is to keep the hype going for the next 3-6 months. Only then will we be able to see if the uptake of W10 has even reached W8.1 levels.

Personally, I won't be going anywhere near W10 for at least a year. I want to see where Server 2015/Next is going before I decide if it is worth investing my time in the 'new microsoft' eco systems.

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Loan application data hacked, company responds: Meh, not our customers

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Re: In Belgium...

AFC are in danger of 'doing a Ratner' to their company.

Their actions clearly indicate that the top nobs think that their jobs are safe so to hell with a little data leak.

But to us mere mortals it is different. The 'I don't give a shit' attitude of the top bosses tells us that we shouldn't give a shit about their company and take our business elsewhere pronto.

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HSBC takes Twitter tongue-lashing over failure to offer Apple Pay

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Re: Public transport?

Do that of any Tube or Overground train and you will be comitting an offence. you are stealing their leccy.

Think I'm crazy? Well think again

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/jul/13/man-arrested-charging-iphone-london-overground-train

you have been warned.

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Brit school software biz unchains lawyers after crappy security exposed

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Asking for trouble

Getting the lawyers is probably not the smartest move for a company using a hard coded key.

Exactly my thoughts.

Get this to court and bang all the explots will become public knowledge. Ny sending in the lawyers they have an immediate 'Striesand' effect. The more people who know the less viable their biz is.

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Time for a brutal TELLY-OFF: Android TV versus Firefox OS

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Re: The thing to remember about Smart TVs...

And when Amazon change their app security. What happens then?

Will you TV maker update the App? My guess is nope.

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Re: The thing to remember about Smart TVs...

good luck with the 1 second turn on if you are tuned to an HD channel.

The time my LG (not smart) TV takes to authenticate with my PVR over HDMI seems to get longer and longer every day.

Fuck the DMCA and all that crap.

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FEMALE BLOOD-SUCKERS zero in on human prey by smelling our BREATH

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Re: ding-dong!

Skin so soft works brilliantly on the 'No Seeums' that inhabit places like Sanibel Island in Florida.

Even a few of the local stores sell it which is unusal for an Avon product which is more often sold via 'Ding dong, this is your Avon lady' sales methods.

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BT circles wagons round Openreach as Ofcom mulls forced split-up

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Re: Do it!

It's not like they can dismantle network assets and take them away.

Don't you believe it. IMHO some VC's think that everything can be done with long arms from India/China/wherever.

The only way to keep SKY/TT/VM etc quiet is to spin off OpenReach into a Not-for profit company and let those who complain own part of it (assets and pension liabilities included). Then they will have to shut up and get on with providing proper services to their customers.

But that won't happen so I'd imagine that BT/TT/VM are busy preparing a complaint to OFCOM about Sky's 'Free broadband for a year' offer. That can't be viable now can it?

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Hands off, Apple! Irish dev studio sues over alleged iWatch infringement

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But why file suit in Milan?

What's wrong with the Emerald Isle. After all almost everything is Green(backs) there.

Is Milan in danger of becoming the East Texas of the EU?

Come on El Reg, why don't you try to find these essential bits of information out. PErhaps Probendi will be more forthcoming with quotes than (nasty rotten) Apple?

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Microsoft to Windows 10 consumers: You'll get updates LIKE IT or NOT

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Re: Seems reasonable

Exactly how many "IT illiterate children" are there left in the 'west'? With schools only teaching from the MS bible (chapter 1 this is Office and Exodus does not exist) where are they?

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Android Wear 5.1: A more enduring wristjob for your pleasure

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Re: [...] yelling “OK Google” at your watch to get its attention.

Can it be changed to HAL?

Oblig answer

"I'm sorry Dave I can't allow that!"

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Neil Young yanks music from streaming services: 'Worst audio in history'

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Re: my 2 cents

Ironic really given one of his most popular album titles

"After the Gold Rush".....

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Free software fans land crucial punch in Ubuntu row – but it's not over

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Ubuntu is not the only Linux Distro

If more people were to try it then perhaps Canonical might take note.

I gave up on Ubuntu around the 10.4 release. I just didn't like the general direction it was going.

I now use CentOS as my Distro of choice. Different from Ubuntu? Yeah it sure is but I really prefer the stability.

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Nokia will indeed be back 'making' phones – and it's far from a foolish move

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The next goal is...

to sell more units than Microsoft.

Then there will be a 'Doh' moment.

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The Great Barrier Relief – Inside London's heavy metal and concrete defence act

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Re: The only computers were a VAX running PDP 11

Not all VAXen can run PDP-11 Code but the 11/780, 11/750, 11/785's can certainly do that. Later VAXen had the PDP-11 capability removed. If my memory serves me well the BI-Bus VAXes were the first to have it removed.

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Download Festival face scan: You’re right to be annoyed, said UK surveillance commish

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Re: Pointless

you could say exactly the same about pretty well any of the people who make what passes for the music that is in the Top 40 these days.

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Dodgy mobe dealer jumps on VAT carousel, gets 13-year ban

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Re: Laughing all the way to the Swiss Bank.

Blue Nun?

Are we somehow back in the 1970's and all that sweet german plonk that was fashionable to drink at the local Bernie Inn on a Sat night out eating Chicken & Chips in a basket or of we pushed the boat out it was Scampi and Chips.

Yes I am old enough to remember it {shudder}

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Mathematician: SUNSPOT DROUGHT will mean mini ICE AGE from 2030

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Re: Time to begin stockpiling

so it was you who bought Queen Vic's knickers then?

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Perhaps he was confusing it with

Prestatyn

or any of the other places that seem to be home to a million static caravans along the coast.

Coat because whenever I go to N. Wales it rains just about the whole time I am there.

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Google makes new hires ONE pay offer. 'Negotiation'? What's that?

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So....

If you said to Google, 'thanks but that is far too much money', they'd also reject you?

Are there things in the overall package that could be negociated and perhaps resulting in a lower salary.

Not saying that it would ever happen but it is monday morning and the caffiene hasn't really kicked in yet.

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Attention dunderheads: Taxpayers are NOT giving businesses £93bn

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Re: The majority of UK Tax burden is not being paid by companies...

To be more correct,

They (individiuals) pay more tax than a foreign owned entity that has adopted the 'Hollywood' accounting method where even the biggest blockbuster makes no profit yet the Studio owners don't seem to be filing for Chapter 11.

Everything is relative. The likes of Amazon do make a profit otherwise how else can they stay in business? Oh yes, the slight of hand accounting and cough, cough dubious licensing.

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What do you MEAN, 'Click on the thing which looks like a Mondrian?'

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Re: re Directing taxi drivers

Or 'Where all the Pubs once were in another age' as at least 80% of them around here have closed and are now either so called Convienence Supermarkets or blocks of flats.

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Re: Anyone been tempted?

I use FastStone a lot.

However I tried the route of annotating a screenshot and sending it to product support.

They never got it. They were specifically prohibited from recieving attachments.

Ok I said, here's the page on my webserver.

"Sorry Sir. We have no internet access from these premises. Now, have you tried turning the PC off and on again?"

See Icon for my reaction at that.

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Re: £££s

If you can afford the Black Cab fare from Heathrow to Finchley then you should be able to afford more than a mere B&B.

Nice logic but a flawed example.

Black Cabs are a real rip off. £25.00 from T5 to Stockley Park with extra for the second bag. Going the other way with a local mini-cab was £11.00.

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Pirate Bay founders 'cleared of copyright crimes' in Belgium

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You must be new here

or didn't you know that Lawyers only care about the rate/hour that they can screw out of, sorry charge their clients.

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