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IRS boss on XP migration: 'Classic fix the airplane while you're flying it attempt'

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Re: Fixing an airborne aircraft

I did once work in an environment with planned downtime, and overtime was payed as it was carried out on a weekend. The systems worked quite well.

I am now in a position where the business refuses to have any downtime (I usually get blamed for power cuts too, because I said the systems needed downtime they think I can patch when there is no electricity). So even if I did resign and someone 'competent' did take over they would be in the same position.

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Apple fanbois eat static as Beeb, Sky web stream vids go titsup on iOS

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Re: Cert issue on CDN?

It certainly does, but with my limited knowledge would this not affect all services? Is it possible the the CDN is likely tied in with iTunes?

I know for a fact the iOS will happily throw a certificate into it's store without the users knowledge (self signed exchange cert and a mixture of Win/iOS phones used by the business taught me that one), could it be that a cert somewhere along the chain has expired/been renewed and iTunes has not pushed this to the devices?

This is not an anti-apple dig, some of my users will class this as business critical (I kid you not) so I will end up getting calls. Although I would like to make the point that Apples famous tight-lippedness regarding such issues makes my life much harder when the very big bosses are demanding answers and Apple won't say anything.

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Lost your credit card PIN? No worries! Get a new one - over SMS

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If you can't remember your PIN .....

..... then what is the point of having them text it to you, as you are likely to forget your unlock code as well.

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Parent gabfest Mumsnet hit by SSL bug: My heart bleeds, grins hacker

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Re: Karma is a female canine

Hey, give them a break. I don't think you can even guess at the workload of a Mumsnet user. Spending all day on the site then breaking every traffic law known to man, just so they can be first to park their BMW X6 diagonally across the road in front of their children's school, is very stressful.

I think you will also find it is the responsibility of the nanny to monitor the childs access to the internet, that's what they get paid £1.25 an hour for.

Geez, you would think in this day and age that they would be allowed to denigrate the fathers input into childcare without having to suffer criticism or hacking.

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Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray

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Re: Yet again you all seem to miss ....

Young'un? Why Mr Habel, are you trying to seduce me? (Hint, one of my contemporaries was just inducted into the Rock n Roll hall of fame)

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Yet again you all seem to miss ....

...... the most important fact in the entire story. The 7 hour album time? The prog rock world will collectively orgasm at the thought of putting out a record that long.

What have they done? Won't someone think of the children?

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Singapore decides 'three strikes' laws are too intrusive

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Re: Too intrusive for Singapore

@theodore

We also had Bruce Willis informing us about download limits and Al Pacino discussing bandwidth (While practicing his golf drive atop a white grand piano).

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Re: Too intrusive for Singapore

Would it make it better if you had Nick Fury/Samuel L. Jackson telling you about internet filters like us lucky folks in the UK get?

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Wookiee! CHEWIE'S BACK in Star Wars Ep VII – blab Hollywood 'sources'

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Re: Star Wars partworks

That series was based on novels, comics and games too. Then Mr Lucas shat over that very rich cannon (which he previously steered and authorised) with the prequels.

The origination of Boba Fett in the comics showed him to be an utter badass (eventually). Then the prequels made him into a clone with dead daddy issues.

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Big Content goes after Kim Dotcom

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Time for some flaky ......

...... analogies.

When they attack ISP's it is like arresting the Highways Agency because a house burglar used the motorway to transport his ill gotten gains from one location to another. Going after the sites like torrent/MU is similar to arresting the staff of a motorway service station, as the above miscreant used the car park to move the goods from one car to another.

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Video games make you NASTY AND VIOLENT

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Psychologists find that .....

...... screwing with someones head causes frustration and anger. I never knew winding someone up could piss them off.

On another note, as these guys were using Half Life in the test, maybe the next study should be why the failure to get Half Life 3 out of the door at Valve causes so much anger and violence.

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Titanfall pits man against machine, Kiefer Sutherland Snakes into Metal Gear Solid V

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I am with you on that ....

..... as a veteran of the original Call of Duty games. I remember when the multiplayer function was a bonus on a good fps or a pure stand-alone such as UT where you had options to host lan games for some 1 on 1 destruction. Now it seems the solo campaigns are just extended training missions. Sometimes I just want a fps that I can play solo on, no co-op, no multiplayer and no stats screen that wants to share my uselessness with the entire social networking world.

That said Titanfall would have been a definite purchase if I had the option of a private match as it is a fun and frenetic game. The private match function has been rumoured to be an update later on but it could be too late, my money may have gone elsewhere by then.

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BEHOLD the HOLY GRAIL of TECH: The REVERSIBLE USB plug

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If we are still using it .....

...... after 130 years, like the 1/4" jack plug (a connector that you can twist while it's plugged in), then it will be an invention to note.

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Greenpeace reveals WORLD'S FILTHIEST CLOUDS – and the cleanest may shock you

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Re: Greenpeace

I like how they ignore the fact that current levels of CO2 are helping reforestation projects due to the stuff being plant food. I remember reading a study, that even without intervention, over the next 100 years natural reforestation will slow down and stop the encroachment of the Sahara.

And as I mentioned not long ago, their ships burn fuel oil. Do they buy a magic type that produces no pollution whatsoever? They also use technology that is made from materials sourced from high pollution mining methods. Do all of their offices run on 100% clean energy?

Why don't Greenpeace put their stats in the survey for comparison?

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BT finally admits its Home Hub router scuppers some VPN connections

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The incompetance was likely part of ....

.... all three companies involved in the switch, Be, BT Openreach and Sky. My girlfriend was moved over recently from Be to Sky on an LLU line. It seems the instruction to switch it off, move the service, switch it on was screwed up by Openreach as they dealt with it as two seperate work orders because it came from 2 different companies.

I was with Be and took the offer to jump to Sky fibre not long after the buyout. I have to say that the service and the ugly little box (you mean the discrete little white thing?) have been in situ for almost a year now with no issues. I have rebooted the device twice in that time as sometimes I didn't play fair with what I throw at it (Apart from the usual home stuff I also have a VM lab).

Heard many good things about Plusnet, but at the moment your ISP isn't the most important aspect of the connection. Many exchanges are now so oversubscribed that no matter the ISP or package, if it goes through one of them you will be lucky if you get a 512Kb connection. Two I know of are Chester and Harrogate.

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Stop fondling that slab and shag, says lover rubber-glover

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If Durex were serious about ....

.... increasing their sales they would spend some time catering to the posh wank market.

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No Notch niche: Minecraft man in rift with Oculus after Facebook gobble

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If they are wearing VR goggles ....

..... how will they be able to see their bank card to buy more candy coins or whatever the micro currency through?

Card swipe on the top of the goggles?

Seriously though, yet another person who was waiting for retail day who has now walked away.

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It's EE vs Vodafone: 'How good is my signal' study descends into network bunfight

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Personally I am now....

.... on T-mobile (sticking to 3G, its all I need for now) and have a work phone with Vodafone. Was previously on O2. They are all crap in some way. O2 was hopeless for 3G in cities, but fantastic on train lines and motorways. Vodafone never dropped a call for me but seems each mast wants to talk to your phone for an hour before giving you a data connection. T-Mobile seems in between the two but has the 'Hey, you started looking at a webpage so we will just drop the data connection' feature (H+ Full bars to 1 bar without moving).

The reason I never went Orange was due to not wanting to be charged for contracts for years after they ended, and the fact that they took a fairly functional Win 6.5 phone and turned it into a useless plastic box with a shiny panel at the front.

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Move over Microsoft: RealNetworks has a GOOGLE problem

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I thought they ....

..... had been taken around the back of the barn and put to rest for eternity. I remember the hell RealPlayer caused and as a few people have pointed out, the only way to rid yourself of it was to nuke the drive from orbit.

Especially on dial up where it would take 15 mins to even think about starting a video because all the popups were busy hosing your massive 6Kb of bandwidth.

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AT&T and Netflix get into very public spat over net neutrality

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There are plenty .......

....... of major tech companies in the US so why don't they all put some money in a pot and start a joint ISP? It pain me to say this but Amazon, Google, Cisco and Microsoft and the rest have the money, equipment and skills to destroy the incumbent suppliers, so why not take the short term hit and deliver the networks your customers and services need?

After that ........ mobile networks :D

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Tor Project claims 'fake' Tor Browser sat in iOS App Store for months

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All they needed to do .....

...... was tell Apple it replicated an iOS function, would have been taken down before you got the read receipt.

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Oxfam, you're full of FAIL. Leave economics to sensible bods

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Re: More from .....

'Firstly, "not paying tax" is a right given to all charities by the government and suggesting otherwise is disingenuous'

That's exactly what did by only quoting the not paying tax part, you used it out of context. I think it's nice that they get a tax break on donations, as the donor gets to help a cause they believe is worthy and stick two fingers up to the taxman at the same time.

I just don't think it is right they get to opt out of the tax club and benefit even more from those who don't have that choice. We complain that the poorest people in this country have to pay taxes to fund MP's high salaries, but it's perfectly ok for those same people to help boost a private organisations coffers by almost £150 million?

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Re: More from .....

@EssEll

Two Points: Firstly, I did not suggest in any way shape or form that the tax free status is only applied to Oxfam. Suggesting otherwise is disingenuous. Secondly (and this in a non rose tinted view) if I tell your chugger on the street 'no, I do not wish to donate', I wouldn't expect them to pick my pocket as I walked away.

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More from .....

..... Tim please.

How about Greenpeace's increasingly militant activism against companies like BP when they fuel their aging and highly polluting ships with BP fuel oil?

As for my own personal view of charities, if they employ people to lobby the government for money and law changes, they are no longer a charity but a quango and should have their charitable status removed. Begging me for money, not paying tax then begging my government for money paid in taxes by me is a slimy practice.

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EA games web server was hosting PHISHING SITE – securobod

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Re: Can't EA get anything right?

Don't forget Syndicate.

EA: 'We are making a new Syndicate game'

Me: 'Yay'

EA: 'It's going to be a half arsed version of Deus Ex'

Me: 'Twats'

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Help a hack: What's in your ultimate Windows XP migration toolkit?

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Check the hardware first ....

.... and if all the machines are the same (Could be if donated by 1 person/company) then here is my suggestion..

Take a decent laptop with Ghost installed and a USB cd-rom drive (In case the bios hates booting from a USB stick .... some older ones do). Also take an ethernet hub/switch*. If you know what kind of machines they have get as many of the drivers as you can from the vendor site**. I know there are open source versions of drive imaging software but Ghost has saved my ass a few times.

Replace the hard drives in all of the pc's. Stick the existing ones in caddies.

Install OS, all apps and updates on the pc (Resources repeated many times above)

Sysprep the machine but shutdown.

Boot with Ghost through USB and write the image to the laptop. 1 PC down 7 to go.

Run Open DHCP server on the laptop, plug the laptop and 7 pc's into the hub/switch.

Boot as XP to make sure you can get an address from laptop.

Set Ghost on the laptop to multicast and boot the pc's with Ghost.

When all pc's have booted and joined the session hit the button and image them all at once. First boot Sysprep completes, input license keys and you are away.

* I have found that some network configs hate Ghost multicast, using a hub or a switch with a clean config off of the site network can make life easier.

** Learned from having 50 of the same make, model and spec desktops to image when they had different network and sound controllers. Orders that small meant we got the overun from the big companies orders.

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Osbo's booze, bingo, biz and big data Budget

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Re: @ JurassicPark

Dear Southerners,

Apologies for the floods, but us feral Northerners have just discovered flushing toilets.

Regards

The North

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Our Moderately Sized Data analytics engine pooh-poohs Acer '30 second support' claims

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Re: Why the hatchet piece?

Two minutes is much much better than the following experience with Dell (after 2 minutes of being transferred everywhere)

Them: Welcome to Dell support, how can I assist.

Me: I have a 6 month old monitor and the lamp has died.

Them: Have you updated the bios to the latest version?

Me:It's a MONITOR.

Them: I am sorry, unless you have the latest bios we cannot continue troubleshooting your issue.

Cue 15 mins of arguing with a script before hanging up and sending a lengthy tirade to our account manager, who knew less than the script guy.

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Hidden 'Windigo' UNIX ZOMBIES are EVERYWHERE

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Re: The devil's in the detail

Us Windows users aren't gloating because the security issue is mainly to do with the meatsacks and not the OS.

Plus we are waiting for that *nix Zero Day exploit that increases M&S underwear sales by 500% before the schadenfreude kicks in (Which is why I never save any usernames/passwords on any system, Win or Linux).

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Elon Musk slams New Jersey governor over Tesla direct sales ban

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Re: Allow me to comment on another country's practices

It's not a practice limited to the US. In the UK Daewoo had the same problems in certain cities when trying to open their own dealerships.

Don't worry US cousins, corruption is rife in UK councils too, especially in regards to planning permission for building.

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Wireless charging standards war could be over 'as soon as 2015'

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Re: Please tell me this does not mean what I think it means.

I never said that it should, just that it could. And I am quite sure that you will be able to decide if you want your device to communicate or just charge.

Hopefully this alternative suggestion might meet with your approval, removing the need for a USB cable when syncing music/photos/movies on the device of your choice? It's still an early stage technology, let's see what they can do with it.

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Re: Please tell me this does not mean what I think it means.

Then you have a choice ..... breakfast or porn :)

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Re: Please tell me this does not mean what I think it means.

Actually within a hotel this could be of benefit. Walk into room, place mobile on the charge pad and it passes the hotels wireless SSID and key to the device.

Add more functionality for express checkout and other things it could be quite handy.

As a pessimist myself I agree this could open more attack vectors to devices, but just like NFC doesn't mean we should not try. On a side note it seems NFC is not welcome in Hartlepool as their taxi drivers have been told to stop taking payments by bonking.

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Noooo... WAIT. Google slaps on Chrome patches ahead of Pwn2Own hackfest

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It's all good .....

..... because it helps prove that no matter how secure you think you are on your platform of choice, there is someone out there who will prove you wrong in a few hours.

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BT caught in data gaffe drama: Whistleblower squeals over alleged email fail

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Re: BT takes the security of all products very seriously

But not customers browsing. *cough* Phorm *cough*

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UK's CASH POINTS to MISS Windows XP withdrawal date

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Yet another bit of knowledge ...

..... if I ever suffer the unfortunate event of some toerag emptying my bank account. Bank says I let them see my pin, I now have the C&P terminals do not encrypt my pin as it is entered as well as unsupported OS cash machines.

Can anyone confirm if Barclays is one of the institutions with XP cash machines? It's likely as their secured mail service has just told one of my users that IE 11 is unsupported and suggested IE6 or Firefox 1.5 until I enabled compatibility.

But the main reason for the banks not upgrading is simple, there isn't a bonus in it for anyone.

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Netflix needling you? BBC pimps up iPlayer ahead of BBC3 move

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I think the quality ....

..... must be a location issue. I am in the UK, have a fibre connection and iPlayer is still terrible. 20 seconds in and it pauses, on SD content.

The other evening while watching something is HD on Netflix I forgot it was streaming and started a Steam download. 20 seconds of crappy picture and it switched to SD with no pauses. No matter what I do with internet connected devices Netflix keeps on going. Open a webpage while iPlayer is running and I may as well use the time to put the kettle on.

And the stupid f*~@ing rules about when stuff is available does my head in. Question Time is the worst, have to wait until a repeat is shown on Sunday before it becomes available on iPlayer. Yet vapid crap is up there as soon as the live episode finishes.

Sod this I'm going home to watch UHF on Netflix while downloading and surfing .... again :D

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Satisfy my scroll: El Reg gets claws on Windows 8.1 spring update

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Windows 8 is just .....

..... becoming a lesson in someone not admitting they made a big mistake. These tweaks will never be enough especially for those of us on Win 7. And stop calling Win 8 pro ... pro. A Fisher Price interface screwing up your workflow is not professional.

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Dell charges £16 TO INSTALL FIREFOX on PCs – Mozilla is miffed

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Re: Not to worry

Dell lost it when they went to black cases. The old smoke stained creamy GX1's were awesome little workhorses. The black GX150's complete and utter crap.

But it is nice to see that they will happily charge me £16 for putting a tick on a script in order to get Firefox, saving me a massive amount of time that I can then use to catch up on the 18 months of OS updates they didn't bother with.

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Miscreant menaces Meetup, minuscule money mania mashed

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An alternative would have been ....

..... 'I will give you $500 for documented proof of who hired you' then hand over to the police if he agrees hopefully getting DDOS'r and his client in one.

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Apple investors fall for CEO Cook's product-presentation prank

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Re: Apple TV purchases ...

By iTunes recording the type of device the item was purchased on. C'mon, that was as hard as the first round question on Who Wants to be a Millionaire with the 50/50 and ask the audience used :/

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Battling with Blizzard's new WoW expansion and Diablo revamp

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Re: They exist because ....

@dogged you will find that, on PC especially, that there are systems in place to get to the finish line without playing on many games. I remember seeing fully completed game saves for titles such as GTA available for download.

For a fully specced level 90 toon on WoW there wouldn't be that much left to do apart from raiding or pvp, two aspects of the game I find quite boring and work like. Being able to participate is a bragging right within the game, like the first guild to achieve a new raid completion, being at the top of the league of the Arena's (knowledge is fuzzy, I don't participate).

And since the Cataclysm expansion the number of gold sellers and power levellers have totally dropped off due to the ease of doing it yourself. Myself and two friends are in a guild with just the three of us, because we can enjoy the benefits of the guild perks without the obligation to set every Tuesday and Thursday as raid nights and Sundays for PVP Arena. We enjoy playing the game for fun.

Buying a lvl 90 character would be the same as buying pre-made Lego kits and where is the fun in that?

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They exist because ....

..... some people just want to pose. They like to sit outside the AH all day in their pretty raid armour and never actually do anything. Posers will always pay to look good.

As for bypassing the first 90 levels, no need to. The game has changed the amount of work required so you can blast through from 1-85 without any real struggle (some of the rebuilt quests are more entertaining these days). The hard work is usually from the last expansion level cap to the new one.

On Diablo 3 though they will not get a penny from me again (Same with SC2). It was a very poor game and not once running through it to completion did I have one moment where I thought 'Nice'. Torchlight 2 on the other hand is miles ahead with nowhere near the same budget.

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Apple's Windows XP moment: OS X Snow Leopard left to DIE

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Re: 2007 hardware obsolete?

My gaming rig was built by myself for Win 7 in 2009. I would expect it to easily manage an OS that comes out in 2 years seeing as Win 8 ran flawlessly on it when I tried (Spare HD, MS can pry Win 7 out of my cold dead fingers).

I managed to install Fedora on my old T21 a few years ago, it doesn't run too badly and 1024x768 is great for full screen command line tinkering.

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French youth faces court for illegal drone flight

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Re: Congratulations

So now you are also the authority on what black people are allowed to refer to each other as? And also, as you were waiting so intently for it, why did you fail to answer the question?

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Re: Congratulations

AC is a bit like the feminists who campaign for equality, who want Page 3 to be removed from papers yet at the same time refuse to say a thing about diet coke adverts. Do you comment on the Pink Times and berate those who call straight people 'breeders'? Do you attend mosque and confront Imam's who refer to non-Muslims as Kuffars?

Did you even consider the sexual orientation of the OP when you called them a homophobe?

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Re: Congratulations

AC is a student union rep and I claim my £10.

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Another U.S. state set to repeal rubber duck ban

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Re: There is a chance of a major win ......

Sorry Tom 13, website exchange rates may show that, but winnings will be transferred through a bank so will end up at around 73 Cents.

TSB, the bank that likes to say 'It's my %&*@ing money now'

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There is a chance of a major win ......

..... in regards to anti-gambling legislation. If it is as it appears then simply starting a trend of gambling of a particular pastime should eventually lead to it being banned.

Why not start gambling on what TV adverts will be coming up next?

I put a fiver on it being a skincare for men advert.

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Sony's PlayStation 4 pwns Xbox in the United States

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Pfft .....

....... you're all amateurs. While the boy Kerbals on the spare gaming pc, I sit here and wonder will it be Skyrim on the main gaming pc, Forza 5 on the Xbox One, Guitar Hero 3 on the PS2, Zelda on the Wii or N64 or should I get the 3DO and Return Fire out for some destruction fun?

While you guys are having your pissing contest you are missing out on important gaming time :D

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