* Posts by sandman

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HELP! Windows Phone update 8.1 broke my Lumia

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Well, since the 930 isn't affected...

But I still want to be counted as one of the four. In fact I have an old HTC Windows phone on the desk as well (no sim, and a cracked screen, but use it as a now free HERE Maps/Drive GPS device/music player, etc). So, am I two owners. The beautiful other half owns a 720, so that's three Win Phones in the house - that's theoretically all four of us then. Who owns these mythical 1020s?

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Facebook is MORE IMPORTANT to humanity than PORTUGAL

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"Really? But Google is the internet, surely"?

Oh, that's so last decade, do try and keep up! ;-)

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Buses? PAH. Begone with your filthy peasant-wagons

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Bunch of wheel lovers

Pah, personally I try and walk most places and regard ALL road users as dangerous vermin. (Except when in a car, or on a bike or a bus then all OTHER road users are as above, oh, and pedestrians).

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Google's first stab at control-free ROBOT car rolls off the line

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The technology doesn't matter

Look, it could be run by HAL, powered by a tiny fusion engine and have unicorn leather seats. All this is irrelevant, it looks like it was designed by a three year old with a broken crayon. Even British Leyland never managed anything quite as ugly. Ask yourself, "Would I be seen, even as a week old mouldering corpse, in the non-drivers seat in THAT?"

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Bring back big gov, right? If only the economics, STUPID, could tell us more

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Re: Great article

Agreed - some interesting and thoughtful comments as well. I particularly like the way Tim doesn't hide his ideological slant. I'm not sure such thoughtful behaviour is allowed on the Reg, can we just get back to the usual mindless insults?

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Judge spanks SCO in ancient ownership of Unix lawsuit

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Re: Just Buy The Bankrupt Company

Don't be silly, it'd deprive starving lawyers of money and us of endless entertainment. Think of it as a soap opera (albeit one with a plot copied from Groundhog Day).

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Linux 'GRINCH' vuln is AWFUL. Except, er, maybe it isn't

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Re: Me thinks

It'll be used to operate the commercial fusion powerplants ;-)

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UK air traffic bods deny they 'skimped' on IT investment after server mega-fail

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"Old" works for me

As long as I'm on a plane I sort of like the idea of a tried and tested system controlling the airspace I'm in. New is only good if it offers extra functionality that is absolutely necessary. I'm going to suggest that the actual requirements for an air traffic control system don't change much (assuming there is spare capacity within the system). I'm also going to suggest that there seem to have been very few (if any?) fatal accidents caused by air traffic control problems in the UK (I don't know how many buttock-clenching near-misses have happened).

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How much for a wrist job? A tenner normally, but for this one, over $30k

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Re: Isn't that just a blingy band for the Gold watch?

Ah, you're missing the point of conspicuous consumption. The idea should be that it only fits one specific model of blingy thingy. When a new model comes out you order a new wristband - just because you can. There used to be a shop in Burlington Gardens (still there possibly) that sold this sort of stuff. You could buy black diamond encrusted phone cases that would only fit a single model of phone and much more besides.

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This Christmas, demand the right to a silent night

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Evasion Tactics

I used to work for a company where the senior management were proud to never be off call and never take a real vacation, ever. Unfortunately they expected the entire workforce to behave the same way. My answer to the holiday problem was to take my Blackberry with me and lock it in the nice, metal, hotel safe. When asked on return why I hadn't responded to all the calls/emails/IMs/etc, I'd just say there was no phone coverage in the mountains of Crete/Sardinia/wherever. Being US based, they believed me.

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So this Saudi Prince calls and asks why he can't watch movies ...

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Re: Back to the stone age

I think you'll find that they'll be enjoying a comfortable exile in Alicante, Kensington, Manhattan and all the other nice places they own...

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UK slaps 25 per cent 'Google Tax' on tech multinationals

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Re: In the Google v. EU comments

The East India Company never really made real profits either, they were hived off by the guys in India (who got fabulously wealthy - any comparison to modern CEOs would be mendacious). The return for shareholders was created by asking the Indian rulers for donations, with menaces. When the company finally went just about bust the Govt stepped in and took it (and India) over.

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Orion: To Mars, the Moon and beyond... but first, a TEST FLIGHT through Van Allen belt

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Nah, they did the moon missions before anyone had invented health and safety. In those days radiation just gave you a healthy glow, C'mon, they even made breakfast cereals that made you glow in the dark!

(For youunglings who haven't the faintest idea what I'm talking about - see this ad... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzBxYi7IKzc ).

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Amazon DROPS next day delivery amid Cyber Monday MADNESS

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OK so far...

We've been experiencing better than normal delivery times just using the standard free delivery. Two days has been the fastest, four the slowest.

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Google Chrome on Windows 'completely unusable', gripe users

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Re: How Widespread?

Yep - just had the page rendering problem start to occur on the same setup - bloody, hindering awkward, We've had to put up a help notice on our eLearning courses telling the users to resize the page if they're using Chrome on a Mac.

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Why did it take antivirus giants YEARS to drill into super-scary Regin? Symantec responds...

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Re: "Alternatively they could revamp the malware to the point where it's undetectable."

Splendid - that's what I call proper paranoia :-)

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Sacre vache! Netflix ne parle pas le Frenchy ... zat is against ze LAW

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Seen this before

I've worked in the past for an international (well, sort of) company where the first level of help on the website was in the local languages, then switched to English when they would have required to pay for a technical translator ;-)

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Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked

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Joke

Winphone

Nobody's hacked our App yet ;-)

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Our system handles £130bn and it's BUST. Want the job of fixing it? Apply to UK.gov

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Cheapskates

£500-600 a day for the contract from hell?

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GIANT sunspot returns, bigger and belchier than ever before

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We're all doomed!

It's the end of the world as we know it, but I feel fine ;-)

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The last PC replacement cycle is about to start turning

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Re: Businesses don't work like that

When you get to the stage of adding a keyboard and mouse to a tablet you might as well call it a laptop. I've also had the dubious pleasure of working in server/terminal environments and it wasn't a happy one. They do have their uses but there are times when you want your processing power - particularly graphics processing power to be local.

The primary advantage of a laptop is that you can carry a machine that you can use to both create and consume content.

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Poll: Yes, yes, texting while driving is bad but *ping* OH! Hey, GRAB THE WHEEL, will ya?

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Personal Observation - non-statistical

I had the interesting experience of watching a non-accident happen, although was very surprised about the "non" bit. The scene is a busy junction and a driver is approaching the main road while happily talking on and looking at their phone. Coming along the main road is another driver on the phone. About to cross the junction is a pedestrian texting while listening to music on their phone. Cue blaring horns, screeches of brakes, one pedestrian paralysed with fear in the middle of the road and much swearing.

I'd like to say this was a one-off, but it's more a daily occurrence around where I live...

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Call of Duty, GTA V DO NOT make YOUTH more VIOLENT

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Individual slaughter

I did find that fragging a bunch of Nazis, aliens, etc did wonders for my temper after a bad day at t'office. Sadly, as I rose higher in the food chain, individual slaughter lost its calming effect and I had to resort to strategy games. Genocide is very soothing ;-)

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Russians hear Tim Cook is gay, pull dead Steve Jobs' enormous erection

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Great title!

I'd like to accuse the Russians of a knee-jerk reaction, but I'm loath to use the word "jerk" in this context ;-)

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Watersports-friendly e-reader: Kobo's Aura H2O is literary when wet

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Endangered Species

Bloody hell, I hope not. At present, tablets simply aren't as good for reading on. The combination of long battery life, ruggedness, ease of use and lack of glare makes e-readers fit for purpose.

I'm still using my original Kindle, sadly the damn thing simply won't die, so I've got no excuse to upgrade. It's survived tropical and mountain trekking, various beaches, getting a little damp and general packing abuse without turning a metaphorical hair.

As for ease of use, my 94 year-old mother-in-law will only have hers prised out of her cold, dead hands. She doesn't want anything more complex, just something she can read. Everyone in our family owns Kindles of various models, we are serious readers :-)

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Same old iPad? NO. The new 'soft SIMs' are BIG NEWS

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Re: With the AppleSIM I have more choice!

Look, don't be silly, once you've drunk the Kool-Aid you won't want (well, or be able) to walk away.

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Ada Lovelace Day: Meet the 6 women who gave you the 'computer'

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NO!

…and NO again.

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Swiss wildlife park serves up furry residents to visitors

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Tasty

Ah - here we have a difference between wildlife experts and animal lovers. Actually you can give some animals long term contraceptives, but then you have to catch them first, which doesn't do much for their stress levels. If you leave them you'll get all the problems associated with habitat loss and overcrowding.

Culling is a good solution - as long as it's done humanely and let's face it, venison and wild boar are very tasty. Saying which, it's Woodpigeon breasts for dinner tonight :-)

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'Utter killjoy Reg hacks have NEVER BEEN LAID', writes a fan

sandman

Eugh!

I really don't wan't to even think about thinking about the sexual habits of Reg correspondents - the potential mental picture has hints of Vogon about it.

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Windows 10 feedback: 'Microsoft, please do a deal with Google to use its browser'

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Joke

Keep Scandinavian

Surely after buying Nokia, the obvious thing to do would be to buy Opera?

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Windows 10: One for the suits, right Microsoft? Or so one THOUGHT

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Peak operating system?

Allow me to introduce the ridiculously overused concept of "peak" to operating systems. If this one's any good we'll have a glut of pretty good operating systems. We can all think of improvements to our favourites, but most of them do more or less what you want most of the time. It's getting harder and harder to get excited about new releases and in a lot of cases many of us don't bother for a year or three. Unless some startling new tech or vital security fix comes along, why should we? Operating Systems are just there to let you do other stuff, their intrinsic value is limited.

I can see a time when the only time you pay for an OS is when you eventually buy a new computer. (Linux users - possibly not even then).

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Apple 'Genius': iPhone 6? We've had NO COMPLAINTS about our BENDY iThing

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US v UK complaints

Now, I'm NOT saying that this is a factor when sitting on your phone but…

Av Weight:

UK Male c84kg

US Male c88kg

UK Female c69kg

US Female c77kg

Sourced from Wikipedia, but references look OK.

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Indian MOM just LOVES it on Mars, tweets fave holiday snap

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Re: If I were to congratulate India for their technical achievement

If you want to meet some real bigoted morons you should try the BBC comments section on the mission. I've never seen the moderators so busy and given what they let through would make Nigel Farage blush (OK, that's a bit improbable, he doesn't look like he embarrasses easily) I hate to think what they blocked.

Oh, and congratulations India, not a bad result for a first shot at Mars (actually, hitting it is quite easy, it's just missing it that's difficult ;-)

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My TIGHT PANTS made my HUGE iPHONE go all BENDY!

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Back Pockets

Why the hell would anyone put anything valuable in a back pocket? Talk about a pickpockets dream.When I was much younger I used to irritate my friends and amuse myself by demonstrating how easy it was to nick their wallets (pre-mobile days y'know) and I'm about as light-fingered as a JCB. The bendy thing - well, meh, other phones are available if you want to stuff them in your back pocket, although I'd recommend a really cheap one so the pickpocket would just drop it in disgust (making sure it's in a case so it doesn't break when he/she does so ;-)

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MEN WANTED to satisfy town full of yearning BRAZILIAN HOTNESS

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Re: cannibalism

Plus 10 internet points for a truly obscure musical reference ;-)

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Gigantic toothless 'DRAGONS' dominated Earth's early skies

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Re: I still dont get the asteroid thingy and why its got so much traction

Um, there's no evidence for any dinosaur/pterosaur survival after the KT Boundary (handily marked by a globally distributed layer if Iridium from the meteorite). The reference in the piece to extinctions is confusing two different ones.Read the actual paper and you'll see that there are no toothless pterosaur fossils found after the late Maastrichtian (terminated by the above mentioned impact). The toothed Pterosaurs disappeared rather earlier (Turonian) in a completely different extinction that seems to have nothing to do with meteorites.

Either the planet or the rest of the universe will get us one way or another, sooner or later ;-)

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Assange™: Hey world, I'M STILL HERE, ignore that Snowden guy

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Re: Logic fail

You do wonder if he wouldn't be more comfortable in a Swedish prison. That is assuming that he's guilty of the crimes he's accused of and is actually given a custodial sentence. Even if the Swedes decide to deport him to the States and he ends up Gitmo, at least it's sunny ;-)

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Govt control? Hah! It's IMPOSSIBLE to have a successful command economy

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Re: Challenge the basic premise...

That viewpoint doesn't just apply to Socialism. I'd suggest it doesn't even apply just to politicians, there are plenty of corporate entities that try to do the same. Mandatory drug tests would be one example. I couldn't do some work for one of our US clients because they insisted on anyone who worked for them having one - even though we did try and explain that we don't do that in the UK. Or try asking a Japanese salaryman if the company dictates his entire life.

Basically anyone who aspires to a position of power has some belief that their way is the right way and should be followed - for the good of the followers, naturally.

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Re: yeah but what about the jobs...?

Another robotic task?

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Nuts to your poncey hipster coffees, I want a TESLA ELECTRO-CAFE

sandman

Re: Black coffee

Mmmm - way to go. Filter jug + four heaped scoops of finest Costa Rican and drink throughout the day (although two mugs before 10am helps with work rate).

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Brit kids match 45-year-old fogies' tech skill level by the age of 6

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Odd viewpoint

Many years ago I wrote, designed and built one of the earliest museum websites in the UK. It was designed for potential visors to the museum, Key Stage 2 kids and anyone interested in the history of the period.

Running user surveys (a bit painful in those days) produced a rather unexpected result. Something like 30% of the respondents put down their occupation as "retired". This was in the late 90's.

Now, there is always the self-selection problem with this sort of survey, but I suspect they went onto the site because there was something they were actually interested in reading there. Perhaps many older people aren't that interested in "technology" because they don't find much of what's on offer worth the effort.

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END your Macbook SHAME: Convert it into a Microsoft SURFACE

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Tempting

Oh, I'm very tempted to send my Macbook for modding. Better still, it isn't mine, so I'd love to see the look on the faces of our IT Support team when I take it into the office. Sadly, while our head of technology would think it funny, I'm not entirely sure the support guys would, for obvious reasons :-)

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The Therapod diet: From HUMUNGO DINO to TINY BIRD in 50m years

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Re: Next Step

Background music is now compulsory for all scientific, cultural and sporting presentations and programs. Preferably in the form of awful cover versions that will ruin your favourite songs for you. If that doesn't work, advertisers will utilise the same tactic (yes John Lewis, I'm thinking of you) and background their ads with lavishly produced, yet strangely appalling, cover versions of songs you once liked. Having said that, watching a Commonwealth Games montage to a background of Motorhead's Ace of Spades was quite surreal :-)

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Party like it's not 1999: Cry FREEDOM for a better web

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Re: Yes, welcome ...

'Twas ever thus ;-) Bring back text-only browsers and force the bastards to read is what I say.

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MYSTERIOUS Siberia CRATER: ALIENS or METEOR not involved, officials insist

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I've read about these...

Siberian Death Worm

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Writing about an Australian Snowden would land Vulture South in the clink

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Democracy RIP

I really wish people would stop pretending that there is any real form of democracy in the UK and US (I can't speak for any other countries - insufficient knowledge). Both states are run by a political class - even to the extent that there are political dynasties - think Kennedy, Bush and Clinton for starters. I was under the impression that Americans once fought to be free from dynastic rule, but obviously times change.

The political class is supported and financed by a business class and semi-controlled by a media with its own selfish agenda.

If you look at the policy choices us proles are offered, the different parties give us pretty much the same choices, ranging from slightly selfish individualist capitalism to outright barkingly selfish individualist capitalism. All our problems are blamed on the poorest and most vulnerable members of society and we accept all this is the new normal (you can now make sheep noises).

What we are governed by are self-perpetuating oligarchies, intent on keeping power and enriching themselves at the expense of the rest of the population. Their greatest achievement is convincing us that there is no alternative - something enforced by all arms of the state (to return to the original article).

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Barclays Bank counter staff to become iPad-toting 'community bankers'

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Super queues

Try going into a robotised branch with your 95 year old in a wheelchair. They're perfectly compos mentis but need to deal with one of the few staff. See the 20 minute lunchtime queue for services the machines don't provide. Enjoy the sight of nurses, builders and other people you actually want on the job getting agitated. Note that there are no signs telling you what the machines can do, so the poor sod with the pad keeps a job.

When you finally get to the ONE window, the staff are on high stools so can't even see someone below them in a wheelchair and have to heave their bulk off it and stand at the end of the counter to deal with them. Then get told they've made allowances for old/disabled customers because one of the machines is lower, just like a kiddy's urinal. I'm thinking about contacting one of the disability pressure groups to have a look at this.

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Google Glass HOLED: Techno-specs' inventor jets off to Amazon

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Re: One wink shopping

Let's hope that they don't invent a watch where you shop by moving your wrist then ;-)

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German government orders local CIA station chief to pack his bags

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Normal service

Most governments spy on their friends and allies - for several reasons. Firstly, you know where your enemies stand, that's why their called enemies. Allies are a different matter, you need to know if they're going to change their policies in a manner inimical to your interests.

Secondly, information on what your allies are up to (including details of their personal lives) are very useful when it comes to negotiations with them.

Thirdly, it's easier and the consequences of discovery are generally far milder for your controllers (although their agents, if locals, may not be so lucky). It wouldn't surprise me if the vast majority of "spies" are based in "friendly" countries. As an agency chief you can then justify the numbers employed and your budget - hey, they're all busy, right?

Then of course there is all the usual spying to do, digging out commercial secrets, military technology, etc. The French and Israelis have form here - both have been caught spying in the US.

Basically, everybody does it and always have (see Venetian history, they've been credited with starting the ball rolling). The dumb thing is getting caught.

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Google went behind our backs and really HURT US, squeal upset porn kingpins

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Re: anti-sex morality groups

Ah they're not anti-sex as such, just anti any sort that's done outside the married, heterosexual, missionary position (no funny stuff) only bed. There have been total anti-sex religious movements in the past such as the Shakers, but these tend to be a little self-limiting and have a noticeably short shelf-life.

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