* Posts by DiViDeD

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In redneck heaven, internet outages are the American Way

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Re: Er, that's actually a South Dakota/Minnesota billboard

There's a (possibly apocryphal) story about that. Something along the lines of "Glasgow? That's near London, isn't it? I have a friend in London, his name's John. I guess you know each other, huh?"

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

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Re: 16 GB is pointless

Re 16Gb is plenty, I was in that camp until I developed my Cardboard addiction. Those files are HUGE. Which, added to the fact I look a dork with the thing strapped to my head, makes me all the sadder.

Still, it's still the coolest (and cheapest) VR around rught now.

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Ex-HP top aide in the clink for racking up $1m on company credit cards

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Re: Spending limit

I had one of those in the 80s & 90s when I was with a (now defunct) Merchant Bank. When the tube strike was on I used it for taxis, a chartered plane and hotel rooms for our team of 9 people in Amsterdam for weeks, and nobody even raised an eyebrow.

Before you ask, we were all based in Cardiff but working in London Mon-Fri.

It also came in handy when lunching with the currency traders (also now mostly defunct).

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Twenty years since Windows 95, and we still love our Start buttons

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Re ?NSFW

Especially since they cut the last two lines of the song in that video.

Kind of like the Photoshopping that removed the cigarette from Paul McCartney's fingers on the Abbey Road picture, but even clumsier.

What was it again? 'Makes a grown man cry, it's making Bill Gates.....' something or other.

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Fancy a mile-high EARJOB? We've had five!

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Re: @AJames

A guy I work with wears his on the train with no input apart from the noise cancelling. He says it cuts out the background noise enough for him to read in peace.

Horses for courses I suppose.

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'Unexpected item in baggage area' assigned to rubbish area

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Re: Self-scan FTW @ Rusty1

I got finished off with a self service once.

Just saying.

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Re: I must be to young - random bag check

If you want to ensure a 'random' check EVERY time you shop, take a tip from my woman.

In a very busy Sainsbury, in the days when you picked up a scanner on the way in, and scanned stuff as you put it in the trolley, she got a little irritated that there were only 2 (of 8) checkouts manned, while a dozen supervisors stood around discussing hairstyles or TV or whatever, and suggestes they could reduce the long lines by getting off their fat arses and manning the tills.

Four 'random' bag checks in a row later (and this was everything out, reche ked and left for us to pack again), we took t using Safeway down the road.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+: 4K-positive fun for ... vloggers?!

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Wow, just WOW!

I have no idea what 'contraventional charging' is, but it sounds so awesomely cool I feel an overwhelming desire to give ut a go.

Where do I sign up? And do I need to supply my own rubber boots?

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Want Edward Snowden pardoned? You're in the minority, say pollsters

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Re: Sir Runcible Loon I'd like to see a trial.

Matt, Matt.

Delighted as we all are to see you back, applying your incisive wit and cogent objectivity to the issues which so vex those of us possessed of mere mortal abilities, really!

Snowjob? Runcible Loon? Describing HopeX as a Whacktivist convention?

This is not the sort of mindless grandstanding we expect from you.

Oh hang on, THAT Matt Bryant?

As you were.

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Re: I'd like to see a trial.

Actually, a trial wouldn't help. Snowden is guilty of misappropriating and making public confidential data. As the law stands, that is what he would be tried for, and the inevitable verdict would be 'Guilty, throw away the key'

Defendants are not allowed defences in terms of Public Good, or even that the documents revealed unlawful or criminal behaviour. The only evidence the court would consider is whether or not he took the data and whether or not he made it available to unauthorised persons (that's me and thee, basically). It would be a star chamber, and at the end Snowden would be locked away for the rest of his natural.

Yes, it stinks, yes it's a legal process specifically dezigned not only to protect, but to validate and enable the guilty.

Those interested in the subject should seek out a copy of Daniel Ellsberg's excellent HopeX talk on the subject of whistleblowing.

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ANIMALS being CUT UP to make Apple Watch straps

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Re: fur is murder

I'm waiting for the 'Leather is Murder' campaign where groups of hippies in floral dresses and tie dye T shirts throw red paint over motorcycle gangs. Now THAT will be a news story!

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Boffins: The universe is DOOMED and there's nothing to be done

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Hmmm..... Just time for another bath

See title.

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BOFH: Knitting bobble hats on the steps of the guillotine

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Re: reminiscent

Reminiscent too of a well known petroleum company (can't say who, but does the phrase 'Flora margarine logo' ring a bell?).

in 1999, the establishment of a Y2K Task Force was seen as a good way to second your dead wood to the Force and then dedicate your time to making sure they didn't have a post millenial job to come back to.

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Big, ugly, heavy laptops are surprise PC sales sweet spot

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Re: Why now?

@Vector, you make a very cogent and reasonable point, but let's face it, who wants to turn a graphics setting DOWN?

Also, where do you put the illuminated case fans and rope lights?

Can't have a gaming rig without cold cathode and blue lights, you know.

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Re: Why now?

"once the gamers have their "certified" kit, they've blown their allowances and won't be buying again for a couple of years."

Speaking for myself, and most of the gamers I know, laptops, certified or no, are pretty damn useless for gaming. Also, once you have your workstation (workstation! Hah!) set up, it's time to start upgrading components, just to get a little bit of extra grunt.

Serious gamers don't have an allowance, we have disposable income. And absolute bloody tunnel vision when it comes to spending it.

2 out of 3 sons have developed the same outlook as me. I don't know whether to be proud or terribly afraid. As for Nathan, we don't talk about Nathan. Or his bloody Playstation.

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BOFH: My diary is MINE and mine alone, you petty HR gimps

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Re: CRT Monitors...

21"?

Huh! I thought I was the dogs bollocks with my 28" Trinitron monitor.

Until it took 3 of us to get it down the steps to the skip. My suggestion we put it on a coaster board, wheel it to the top of the steps, let go and hope for the best was met with rather less enthusiasm than I'd hoped.

Bog knows how they got it there in the first place. I suspect they just trucked it in and built the place around it.

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Windows 10: Buy cheap, buy twice, right? Buy FREE ... buy FOREVER

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Re: Free you say?

I very much doubt that MS has any interest in taking market share from either Apple or Linux, at least in the desktop market. Let's face it - if MS took 100% of Apple's share, it would be a drop in the ocean comared to the current MS share.

Maybe they're counting on taking a bigger slice of the mobile market, but even there people are already pretty entrenched in their existing choice. Perhaps the idea of being able to take their desktop game of Angry Birds with them on their phone might persuade people to get a phone that matches their new desktop, but I rather doubt it.

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HP insists 'we don't have a global dress code' – while deleting one from its website

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Re: Well, they do get wrinkly, but...........

Let's face it, so do those of us wot wears em!

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Let kids delete their online rants, demand campaigners

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Re: They do have a point though.

"...we didn't have them recorded for all time and for all the world to see"

You've never met my mum, have you?

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Happy 30th anniversary, Tengen! Your anti-DRM NES chip fought the law, and the law won

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Re: I've never owned a console…

Not much to add, except my entire collection of Science Fiction Monthly, evry issue plus the loathsome and thankfully short lived SF Digest.

When I attempted to recreate it some time later, I was in over 500 quid before discovering there were many issues not available at any price.

It didn't help when, some years afterwarda, my mum said I should have got binders for them rather than keeping them in A3 boxes.

Still, at least I still have my Omnis.

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Australian Government hopes to untangle NBN migration mess

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The Errant Apostrophe

Bloody predictive typing. Actually put the spurious apostrophe in Australians to save me the trouble of fucking the sentence up on my own!

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Re:we are still discussing Labor's incompetent NBN implementation.

Aa opposed to the LNP's incompetent installation, of course. It really is time Australian's realised that it simply doesn't matter what colour rosette a weasel is wearing. It's still a weasel. And in most cases, a self serving, incompetent weasel.

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Hacking Team hackers questioned over Hacking Team hack

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Black hat company may have employed black hats

Who'da thunk?

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Ireland loses entire airport amid new postcode chaos

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Re: Welcome to 20th err 21st Century Ireland

Australia has postcodes,but they're next to bloody useless. My postcode is 2125. My mate, who lives several k away, in a different suburb, also has the postcode 2125.

The whole of the Sydney CBD and quite a few inner suburbs are all covered by 2000.

It's like someone in Australia Post came back from holiday and said ".. and they have these things called postcodes. Not sure what they're all about, but we'll give em a go, eh?"

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How a Cali court ruling could force a complete rethink of search results

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Re: Irritating

"When I jump into the comments I expect it to be rant free and on topic"

You're new around here, aren't you?

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Google's Cardboard cutout VR headgear given away GRATIS by OnePlus ... SELLS OUT

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Re: Would like a couple

There are plenty of plans online. Well worth the effort. Or you can follow the cheap plastic knockoff route like I did.

Cardboard plus a decent bluetooth headset is a great intro to VR. Once you're set upgive VRSE or Sisters a try.

TBH once you try it, you wonder why you'd need to spend €100s on an Oculus or Gear VR. Maybe it's a gimmick and will disappear like 3d TV, but it's still a mind blowing experience and incredibly cheap to try.

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Assange™'s emotional plea for asylum in France rejected

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Re: France...

"he'll be facing a decade or two in jail if he ever stands trial"

No he won't! There is NO custodial sentence relating to sex by surprise, only a fine if the complaints are proven.

Assange is going to have a hard time avoiding jail time for skipping bail, but he doesn't risk any custodial sentence in Sweden.

Jesus, sometimes it feels like shouting down a wee and waiting for the bloody splash.

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Wikipedia jumps aboard the bogus 'freedom of panorama' bandwagon

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That man told me to stuff a ROLE up my USER ENTRY!

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Re: Login Names and Access...

Been ther, feel your pain. I did 6 months at a leading US bank, there to improve and (far more importantly) document their investment management 'systems'. I kid you not, multiple billion dollar investments with the fees calculated in Excel because their mainframe couldn't handle non standard fee structures.

It took 2 weeks to fast track a user account, so I couldn't access anything I was supposed to be working on. My manager's solution? "Try to look busy when the BUM is around, otherwise she'll reassign you"

Played a lot of Angry Birds with the sound off.

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Kamikaze Rosetta probe to ram comet it's chased for billions of miles

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Well our trajectory .. thingie .. calls for us to errr crash on it, you see. There was a jolly good reason for it at the time. Can't seem to remember what it was now though....

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THIS TIME we really are ALL DOOMED, famous doomsayer prof says

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Re: Oh for god's sake...

Actually, it's beginning to look like mass extinctions DO occur 'in the blink of an eye'. At least the evidence we'renow unearthing leans towards a series of catastrophic events, sometimes as a combined result of small changes over time, sometimes from an unprecedented and violent 'one off' event (the catastrophic draining of the north american inland sea for example).

That said, even with hindsight it'snot always (or even often!) possible to piece together preceding events to correlate with the later catastrophe.

So we might as well all pick a randome date and yell "We're DOOOOOOOMED!!!". Hell, SOME of us might be right, just by the law of averages, but it doesn't mean any one of us has much in the way of credibility.

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Assange™ celebrates third year in Ecuadorian embassy broom closet

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Re: What prison sentence would he be looking at if found guilty?

I think you'll find that there would be no custodial sentence at all if found guilty. However, he will definitely do time for jumping bail.

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Airbnb beats actual posh hotel chain with stupidly large valuation

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Remember, Remember

Does anyone else find this eerily familiar?

Amazon, with their rented servers and a warehouse full of mouldering second hand books get a market valuation bigger than Disney.

AOL (remeber them?) get a market valuation that allows them to buy into Time Warner.

15 year olds getting feted by VCs and offered millions because they have a .com.

And through it all, people who point out the lunacy of all this get told by 'older and wiser heads' "Ah, but you can't see the big picture. We're all gonna be rich!"

Right up to the moment when the bubble bursts and the naysayers get rewarded for their insight by losing their jobs.

Been there, done that. And of course, when the much anticipated profit (which would rightly have gone to the VCs cos of the risk they took) doesn't turn up, those same older and wiser heads smile sadly and say "Well, awfully sorry, but your superannuation seems to have evaporated. Never mind, at least I didn't have to sell any of my helicopters because I had YOUR money to cover it"

Ri se and Repeat. Forever.

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'Snowden risked lives' fearfest story prompts sceptical sneers

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Re: OPERATION FREEDOM HORSE: THE FIX PHASE

Oh noes!! Don't bring up the Vietnam War now we have more USain readers! I've lost count of the flame wars ovee "We didn't lose in Vietnam. Point out one major battle the VC won". Apparently scurrying away from the embassyin helicopters doesn't count as losing anything. Most merkins who speak about it seem to regard it as a noscore draw, with the merkins ahead on points when the final whistle went.

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Cops turn Download Festival into an ORWELLIAN SPY PARADISE

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Re: Typical.

I'm more than a little unsettled by the 'known crims' idea that a number of commentards have mentioned.

What is meant by 'known crims'? It's one thing if it's 'warrant out for the arrest of X in connection with Y', but something else when it's 'Got him on the criminal database when he was arrested for taking photos of the Town Hall' (seriously, happened to me. Arrested, lectured, threatened because I wouldn't hand the sdcard over then 'dearrested' and warned to mind how I go. They even tried to insist I provide a DNA sqab sample until I pointed out I'd been dearrested and they'd have to arrest me all over again to get the sample, which I would insist was taken at the station with a senior officer and solicitor present), or 'Got convicted of burglary/public order offence/looking at me in a funny way in 1974'.

Are we really going to be monitoring and refusing entry to people because of spent convictions or arrests which never led to a court case?

Just asking, as someone who used to believe that these powers would never be abused.

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DON’T add me to your social network, I have NO IDEA who you are

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Re: People you may know, or know of, or something

"They ask everyone for their email password.."

But you don't have to give it to them.

Of course, it means every time you fire it up you get the "Hey buddy, you seem to have forgotten to give us permission to trawl through your contact list" nag screen, but that's a smallprice for not alienating everyone you know when LinkdIn start sending them spam with your name on.

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DTS announces DTS:X – sparks object-based audio war with Dolby

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True enough, but DRC is no way to listen to a movie anymore than it's the thing to do with music. I want to hear a difference in volume between a gas explosion and somebody crumpling a piece of paper, you know.

More seriously, did the OP consider using a higher efficiency dialogue speaker? Despite what the advertisers would like you to think, there's absolutely no reason at all to buy a 'surround set' of speakers. I went the other path, with lower efficiency front speakers to bring the dialogue up.

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Women are fleeing from the digital sector, reckons UK.gov report

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Joke

If you'd hired a woman for the job, what can you use in place of "greybeard"?

Going purely on my experience with a senior (female) AS/400 developer we have at my current sire, "greybeard" would be fine.

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Oh Trevor!

I surely can't be the only person in IT who loves his or her job. 35 years now, man and old man and I wouldn't swap any of it, even with the loony business people and the 'super users' who just want me to 'add another zero. How hard can THAT be?'

From wheelie chair volley ball and networked X Wing vs Tie Fighter all the way down to occasionally getting some actual work done I wouldn't have missed it for the world.

Or maybe I just need to get out more. Or less. One or the other.

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Couple sues estate agent who sold them her mum's snake-infested house

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Re: Inspections dont work in the UK

Myl inspector, for an old Garden Village house in Rhiwbina, Cardiff, assured me that there was strong evidence of wall tie failure in the SOLID exterior walls!

For the uninitiated (as I was back then), wall ties are used to hold the 2 parts of a cavity wall together, apparently.

He also suggested cavity insulation. I should have told him to go ahead and try.

Eventually went with the full structural which, among other things, pointed out the rampant damp and dirt floor under the carpet tiles the other bloke had missed in his rush to warn me about the 'wall ties.'

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Google, Amazon 'n' pals fork out for AdBlock Plus 'unblock' – report

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Re: Sigh

Oh we can do way better than that in Oz!

What with news and sport reports,, What's on The Block, which corporate has decided it's worth sponsoring (at the beginning and end of EVERY ad break) and then the ads themselves, it's not unusual for Channel 9 here in Sydney to stretch a 90 minute movie to well over 3 hours.

If C9 advertise a decent movie the next thing you hear is "Is it on YIFY."

And DON'T get me started on the quarter and half screen crawler ads that pop up through most of the movie itself. Jesus! Some of them even come with their own bloody voiceovers!

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Canada passes controversial spook-powers law

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Re: royal ascent

No problem with the word choice. I myself am currently gathering a small team to attempt an ascent of Prince Charles later in the year.

We're hoping to reach the knees before he notices he's being climbed.

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Range Rover Sport: Like a cathedral on wheels, only with comfier pews

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Re: Too cossetting to be sporty

From my own, somewhat bitter memories (had a Stag AND a TR6 - glutton for punishment or what?), I think the British image of a truly sporty car involves a rainy layby, a lifted bonnet and LOTS of steam, but very little actual travel, unless the RAC came out to collect you.

Happy Days

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SUPERVOLCANIC MAGMA reservoir BUBBLING under Yellowstone Park

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Re: How many Olympic Swimming Pools?

Would that be an Imperial shitload, a metric shitload, or that strangest of beasts the American Standard shitload?

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Stuff your RFID card, just let me through the damn door!

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Re: AArgh

"moved over the reader from 7cm above, at an angle of 12 degrees to the horizontal, for precisely 0.2 second."

A h yes, the old holistic gym. Train your body AND your brain in one visit.

Only tangentially related, but one company I did time with used iris recognition for secure entry. Nothing to leave at home or lose (unless you're VERY clumsy indeed). It was just like Half Life, except for the polite electronic voice droning "Stand further back. Come forward. Stand further back....."

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FBI alert: Get these motherf'king hackers off this motherf'king plane

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So now we know where the TSA gets its intelligence

I just thought it funny that this very subject (too close integration of avionics and IFS) was discussed in detail a couple of weeks ago on Off The Hook, with the general conclusion there needed to be some fieldwork done before the airlines would take notice, and Lo and Behold, fieldwork!

Like the comment above, if these systems are really so secure, why the 4 hour interrogation? Unless of course (perish the thought!) they were built down to a price.

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Go for a spin on Record Store Day: Lifting the lid on vinyl, CD and tape

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Re:Re-mastered version (2010) of Tractor - the LP

Oh dear. Couple of years ago I transferred my original vinyl of that to digital. NOW I feel old!

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Revealed: The AMAZING technology behind Apple's $1299 Retina MacBooks – a lot of glue

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Re: if you want a super slim device

I never asked for a super slim device. When looking to buy a computing device I have never in my life rejected a phone/laptop/PC/whatever on the grounds that it does everything I want it to, but it's just too damn thick.

But now we have phones so 'super slim' they bend in your pocket, laptops so thin they have no room for a chassis and have to glue the components directly to the case AND provide zero travel keyboards that give little to no haptic feedback because hey, slim.

Just remember when your laptop drifts off in the breeze, or your U shaped mobile phone is now too fat to fit in your pocket that it wasn't me wot asked for it

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Microsoft uses Windows Update to force Windows 10 ads onto older PCs

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Re: Are you running an OEM version of Windows?

Nope. All were boxed software sent out by MS Oz after selling me a new licence over the phone. None ever reinstalled, I just had to put the disc in and type the Key when prompted. The only 'real install I did was the ill fated 64 bit upgrade.

And I'd happily run in a VM if it wasn't for my 'last possible ounce of power with everything set to 11' gaming habit.

Ah well, at least I've helped pay for some exec's helicopter.

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