* Posts by Tom 38

2519 posts • joined 21 Jul 2009

'Who knew in 1984 that Steve Jobs would be Big Brother?'

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Apple have already said that the biometric sensor is connected to a separate chip with it's own storage, and all the OS can do is read validation results from the chip, and request that new identifiers are added to the on-die storage. Your fingerprint is never in any memory addressable by the main processor.

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Top UK billionaires considerably richer than Chinese ones ... for now

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Re: British or not British

You are describing the difference between short scale and long scale. Short scale, a billion is a 1000 millions, in long scale a billion is a million millions.

Anyway, it's funny that you call it a "British billion", since historically long scale has been used by the French, the Spanish, the Dutch and the Portuguese (and hence, their colonies), who all call 10⁹ a "millard" (miljard/milhar/millardo) and 10¹² a billion. The British use the short scale.

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Storage rage: Like getting a nice steak and being told to only eat 80% of it

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Stop raging, the choice is yours

You can use 99% of the disk, or even 100% if you don't want to write anything else to it, but performance will be degraded. Those are the choices. The advice to only use at most 80-90% is based upon the idea that you will have tested the performance of the server at 0-10% capacity, when it is easy to find continuous sectors, and so performance at the raggedy end might be so bad that your server becomes unusable due to lack of IO. If IO isn't your concern, and mainly you just need to store lots and lots of bits, have at it. If IO is your concern, buy more/bigger disks.

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David Attenborough warns that humans have stopped evolving

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Re: Overpopulation

You can get a longer sentence for theft or destruction of property than for murder.

Bollocks.

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Should Nominet ban .uk domains that use paedo and crim-friendly words?

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Grubby little hands

rubbing grubby little gears, all churning away at a "non profit" to increase revenue. If only they would concentrate on doing their job, which is to not fuck up .uk

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Amazon DENIES launch of iPhone-killing freebie smartphone

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Re: OTT? WTF?

Did you also have to look up who Amazon are?

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Don't tell the D-G! BBC-funded study says Beeb is 'too right wing'

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Re: Baffles Me

what the hell organization appoints its own outside auditor?

Who the fuck else would appoint an external auditor, their competitors? Do you think ITV might commission an audit of the BBC? Having an audit is a self examination process

Engage brain, then post.

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Penguins, prepare to get SPACED OUT: Ubuntu 13.10's Mir has docked

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Entire article is full of FUD bullshit

no more Xorg.conf to spend long hours wrestling with.

Awesome! Except, no-one has needed an xorg.conf for five years now, unless they have peculiar needs. And if they do have peculiar needs, they will still need to register those needs in some configuration file in this new world order. Except now it is not xorg.conf, the configuration will be a different file with a different syntax.

Mir is a huge change. It enables all the various flavours of Ubuntu to run unmodified on a single graphics stack. That means the same code running across phones, tablets, desktops, TVs, cars, toasters and so on.

The same code means faster development, which is a huge win on its own,

It also means that software has to be explicitly written for Mir, a stack that runs on a single distribution of Linux, and software written for Mir will not work on any other Linux distro, nor any UNIX, BSD or Mac, all of which software written for X will do so easily. Fuck Ubuntu and it's "embrace, extend, extinguish" approach to development of FOSS.

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Panasonic whips out MONSTER fondleslab for serious S&M sessions

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Re: Pros & Cons

I cant see a CAD driver wanting this, but I could see his engineer using it to check and sign off drawings.

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The Solar System's second-largest volcano found hiding on Earth

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Re: British Isles?

Last time I checked, the Republic of Ireland (Southern Ireland) was independent of Britain, and doesn't fall under the term "British Isles".

You must have checked in the Big Retard's Book of Geography then. Geography has very little to do with politics.

The British Isles are a group of islands off the north-western coast of continental Europe that include the islands of Great Britain, Ireland and over six thousand smaller isles

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Forget Mars: Let's get someone on the Moon – NASA veteran

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Re: A leetle question

Do those who suggested cables even humorously; realise the moon orbits the Earth?

Yes Chris, yes they do.

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Give us a break: Next Android version to be called 'KitKat'

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Re: Hershey giveaways

How do you know?

Roman cook books, probably Apicius.

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Re: How about

Nutella isn't chocolate, its hazelnut. Well, OK, mainly it is palm oil and sugar. In Italy, you can't even describe is a "chocolate cream" because it has so little chocolate in it.

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Re: I would have been very surprised if either company had objected.

I bought into all that crap as a student. Now I've grown, I eat KitKats.

Me too. But each year, hundreds of thousands of new students pop off to UK universities where a good proportion also buy into all that crap, and Google are willingly associating their brand with them. Surely having militant students saying "down with that" to your products would be a bad thing?

My uni didn't have a Nestle ban when I went there, but each year I was there there were votes to have it banned from various places, and the vending machines with Nestle stuff in them often had stickers or posters on them to shame you if you bought Nestle.

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Re: I would have been very surprised if either company had objected.

I'm astonished by Google on this. Since 1977, Nestle has been aggressively boycotted by action groups on milk powder. In the UK, the boycott is largely implemented by university students who ban Nestle products from sale in student run facilities and promote the issue amongst freshers. Google have willingly associated with this company, seemingly on a whim.

Most people won't care one iota about this, but some people vehemently will. "Key Lime Pie" offends no-one..

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'Anonymous' to Reg hack: We know SEA leaders' names

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Re: AC 'Anonymous' to Reg hack: We know SEA leaders' names

Leave your wonderful transliteration and what not to one side, the guy sitting next to me at the minute is called Abdul, and he has just confirmed that his name is real.

Here is a list of all cricketers called Abdul. I'm sure they will be glad you are correcting their chosen transliteration of their own names for them.

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'Anonymous' to Reg hack: We know SEA leaders' names

I'm guessing Mohammed, perhaps Abdul, possibly Ali?

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10,000 app devs SLEEP together in four-day code-chat-drink tech orgy camp

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Re: Oh for a steam roller..

Have you read the precis for the "Developer" track at this conference? Developers who are passionate about coding would not be attending this, it is all fluff no stuff. I'm sure it would be a great place to network, make contacts, get an internship as a "digital research assistant", but personally I'd rather be coding than spend time in "Developer 101" sessions. Here's a few gems:

"Ben currently runs European Marketing for cloud-communications startup Twilio. He will talk about the importance of seeing the world as a ‘software person’ and how we are halfway there" - Welcome to the "developer" track.

Keith is an award-winning mobile application developer. He will explain the first steps of iOS development in order to get to app store as an Apple OS developer - crikey, all that secret information - oh no, that's all on the ADC.

To Infinity And Beyond - The Story Of An Infinite Scroll with Liz Rice - wonder what Liz will talk about in the other 59 minutes of the talk.

Putting the entire slam on the "Developer" track is the description of it:

Creating a world out of ones and zeros, developers are the architects and designers of our online arenas. We will present the opportunity for coders and designers to gain skills from expert tutors in some of the world’s most renowned platforms, such as HTML5 and Javascript, as well as the chance to exercise their own talents. What is more, it will be possible to understand how anyone could learn the methods and skills needed to create these web-environments for themselves and thereby, essentially, build your own opportunities. This isn't an opportunity you can pass up.

So there you have it, this isn't an event for developers, it's an event for media/marketing types to dabble a bit in programming and "entrepreneur" their ridiculous ideas without involving actual developers.

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US gov preps sale of TOP SECRET disease research island

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Numpty, I think you've missed the joke.

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Dopey dope-growing dope smoked out by own dope dope-growing vid

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Re: "manufacturing a controlled drug".

Eating 'raw' cannabis will do very very little, you need to dissolve the cannabinoids into an oil based solution so that it can be ingested, usually by grinding to a fine powder and heating in oil.

Even if you take a massive quantity of cannabis like this, the effects aren't going to be noticeably different from having a large amount of cannabis, most effects will wear off within 2-3 hours. The idea that you can be totally tripping for days is comical.

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Nintendo is FLATLY UNHINGED: New 2DS is a handful of game

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Re: who says "Ninty"?

Never heard 'Ninty' before, surely the abbreviation is 'tendo? Certainly we used to refer to 'tendo 64.

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UK gov dials 999 over Serco prison escort fraud claims

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"I am deeply saddened and appalled at the getting caught misreporting of data by a small number of employees on the contract. This is a very serious matter for the customer police and for us," said Serco boss Chris HymanInmate #33de4db33f17.

FTFY

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Three axes data-roaming fees in SEVEN countries

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Yep, I was all like "wooo!", and then quickly realized that France Telecom/Orange would evidently not be one of the co-operating operators. Get it in France, PDQ please, and I'll easily convince the rest of my family to join me on Three.

Three is magic. OK, there are on occasions times when you will get no signal at all, but they will be very very rare. More often than not, particularly if you live/travel in rural areas, your phone/tablet will have lovely 3G, and your friends on O2, Vodafone and Orange have close to nothing. I spent the bank holiday weekend in a field in Norfolk, streaming the cricket over 3G to my tablet - no-one else in our field could even send a text without walking half a mile.

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Come and get it: Feedly Pro hits general availability

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Re: Come on....

Or is pointing out the absurdity of their funding model news worthy?

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iCloud outage outrage: Look, iPhoto friends, kitty just learned to... NOOO

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Re: Fanbois vs. Troll authors - jeez, grow up

(I have 3 Windows devices, 3 Android devices, and 3 Apple devices, it just so happens)

Do you juggle them or something?

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Four ways the Guardian could have protected Snowden – by THE NSA

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Re: Not that daft

There is no evidence he had any secret or encrypted documents or that he handed over any password other than the login for his PC and PIN for his phone.

Actually we do. The QC for the government said this in court today:

Material taken from the claimant includes material the unauthorised disclosure of which would endanger national security of the UK and put lives at risk.

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Be careful Chris

This is close to material that is useful to a terrorist.

Actually not much of a joke is it :(

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Oh noes! New 'CRISIS DISASTER' at Fukushima! Oh wait, it's nothing. Again

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Hundreds of dead dolphins? NOAA says that it is an infection of morbillivirus.

However, the thing you are really missing is that "Mainstream media" do want this covered. The BBC has an "independent consultant" who is saying things like:

"The quantities of water they are dealing with are absolutely gigantic, What is the worse is the water leakage everywhere else - not just from the tanks. It is leaking out from the basements, it is leaking out from the cracks all over the place. Nobody can measure that.

Apart from him, clearly, who has measured it as "absolutely gigantic".

"It is much worse than we have been led to believe, much worse,"

"The Japanese have a problem asking for help. It is a big mistake; they badly need it." aka "Why haven't I been contracted yet".

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Apple's iTunes Radio to launch next month with abundant ads

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Re: iTunes Radio To Launch With Abundant Ads

Did you even read the article? A precis:

Cupertino plans to serve up an audio ad about once every 15 minutes and no more than one video ad per hour.

By comparison, Pandora now serves [...] eight to 12 ads per hour [...]"

Traditional commercial radio stations [...] around 13 minutes per hour

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Bradley Manning sentenced to 35 years in prison

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Re: No....

You can't say that leaking classified documents is always wrong. There have to be times when leaking classified documents is right.....for instance when containing evidence of grievous crimes. After all, many of these documents were only classified in the first place to hide the wholesale breaking of laws, the Geneva convention etc. going on, so making it impossible to reveal classified documents for any reason just gives them a simple and easy way of hiding crimes.

I expect the judge may have agreed with you, if that is what he leaked. He didn't do this, he leaked as much of everything that he could, and trusted Assange to filter out what is sensitive, like names of translators working for the military, from what is 'newsworthy', like video of civilians being massacred.

Manning's job for his country was to protect that sensitive information from being disclosed, which he really failed at.

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'BLING BLING, BLING BLING' 'Hello, yes, my iPhone is made of GOLD'

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A good number of iPhone users see themselves as classy, educated and simply better because they have chosen a material object that they perceive as better - Apple products.

It's funny, because a lot of Android users see themselves as classy, educated and simply better because they haven't bought an iPhone. What's the difference?

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Japan's unwanted IT workers dumped in 'forcing-out rooms'

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Re: They do this everywhere

I recall back from the dawn of the internet a Netscape engineer post AOL takeover who had a script at login that would tell him how much his shares were worth, and how long he had to keep working for AOL before he could cash them in.

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Legal bible Groklaw pulls plug in wake of Lavabit shutdown, NSA firestorm

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So where's your proof that prior to the NSA related leaks that you, or anyone you know, was having their email intercepted?

Well, my proof is that the security services in Britain have routinely been listening in to the worlds communications ever since world communications were invented (and largely routed through the UK). It is no coincidence that GCHQ have an outpost in Bude where a lot of the transatlantic internet (and before that, telegraph) cables come ashore. Here's a quote from a book on this topic:

Additionally, it read all cable traffic entering and leaving Britain. At first, this was arranged on a private basis. At the time, there were only three cable companies operating in Britain: C&W, which was owned by the British government so presented no problem, and the two American cable companies, the Commercial Cable Postal Telegraph Company and Western Union, who did not acquiesce so easily. The tacit threat of having their operating licenses removed was required before they agreed to cooperate with GCCS and and let it see their messages each day.

In December 1920, during a US Senate Sub-Committee hearing … one of the cable companies publicly revealed the duress under which it had been placed by the British Government. Acutely embarrassed by this unexpected disclosure, the British government hastily added a clause to the 1911 Official Secrets Act giving it the right to see copies of all cables if an emergency existed. (excerpt from The Intelligence Game by James Rusbridger)

This stuff has always gone on. With optical cables being trivial to tap and email being trivial to intercept from a tapped feed, what kind of naïf must you be to consider that the security services aren't looking at them?

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Re: "working quantum computers"

Horizon stopped being made in the 90s. Now it's just a bunch of twats who talk down to us, and repeat the same thing over and over again for indoctrination effects - tell them what you're going to tell them, tell them it, tell them what you just told them.

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The way I've always understood and explained it to people is that sending an email is like sending a postcard, everyone along the way knows who it is sent from, who it is sent to, and can look at the contents if they so choose, and a government can as easily insert themselves into an internet exchange as they can a sorting office.

This is not new, this should not be a surprise to internet users, and yet the kerfuffle when it was confirmed that the intelligence services do do this…

I still don't see how the realization that email is insecure implies the shut down of groklaw.

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British spooks seize tech from Snowden journo's boyfriend at airport

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Re: So held for about 28:50 longer than needed to copy his personal data I guess

Yeah, but he's not just a "friend" of the journo (I think you're teeheeing around the fact that - omg - he's a gay man with a bf), his boyfriend is the journo behind releasing of Five-Eyes classified material, and he is in transit from a meeting with Snowden's assistant, on his way to meet with his boyfriend, the whole trip being paid for by the newspaper that is publishing this material. He could very well have been travelling with material that is classified in the UK.

When you put it like that, they would be remiss in not taking the opportunity to examine anything he can store digital data on.

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Re: Cue the terror alert

…Reuters is reporting imminent al Qaeda attacks on European high-speed trains…

Phew, at least we'll be safe in the UK then, no chance of high speed trains here.

Oh look, it's home-o-clock.

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Fanbois taught to use Apple's new killer app: Microsoft Windows

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Re: Wow

I run FreeBSD on a box with uEFI, I didn't even know it had uEFI until I came to flash a device's firmware to the latest version, at which point it failed, because the machine has no fucking BIOS.

3 days of swearing later, I had the firmware updated, via a loaner mobo that had the required slots and still had a BIOS. I'm so glad they took away that nasty slow simple BIOS and replaced it with that nasty slow complicated uEFI.

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Microsoft warns of post-April zero day hack bonanza on Windows XP

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Re: They don't want to give away extended support

Do you know how many times you've posted on this single thread? We get it, you <3 Microsoft, you want us to read your blog (I'm sorry, Microsoft's blog).

El Reg has this wonderful feature where by I can click on your name and see a history of your posts. You only talk on MS topics and you are only (overwhelmingly) pro MS. You're determined and professional in your comment carpet bombing campaign. I think it is about time those nice guys at Redmond sent you a Surface Pro to "review".

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Re: Is there a basic flaw in this reasoning?

You've not understood how bugs arise on a closed codebase. These aren't new bugs MS are scaring us about, they are bugs in 12 year old piece of software (as they keep shouting) that they haven't yet discovered.

In effect, MS is saying "Watch out, this software is so full of holes, we haven't even come close to finding all the major bugs in 12 years and billions of installations. Bugs in our new versions will probably apply to the old software too, since our "new versions" are really just the old software tarted up a bit."

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Re: MS is getting desperate on Windows 8x

How much of a computer must be upgraded with new parts before it can be declared a new computer? And so on...

Pretty much anything - new mobo, new CPU, new GFX. You can stick more RAM or hard drives in without re-triggering activation.

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Re: Wait, hear that?

Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows XP share such a large code base that I'd imagine that if you have a bug that applies to a feature in Windows 7, and that same feature exists in XP, there is a strong chance the same bug exists as well in XP. In a way, you can see MS' position, but you can easily see the counter point as well - these are bugs which you have then fixed, but can no longer be arsed to merge the fix back.

In an open source project, removing support from a release with this number of active users would be shouted about on the mailing lists, with two inevitable conclusions - firstly, support would be re-enabled, probably with some new members of the security team who are interested in that release and will do release management for it, and secondly, that the project would have some navel gazing as to why so many people are still using the version from 2 releases ago.

Apple get around this issue by having a strong commercial relationship with their customers, and by regularly updating the OS for nominal fees. An OS X upgrade is less likely to leave your OS half working, as I have seen numerable times from XP->Vista and XP->7 migrations (so much so that now, if I'm asked if I can "quickly help out" and upgrade from XP to anything, I'll refuse and insist on a re-install),

Apple can do this because they don't make money from the OS, they make it from the hardware and ecosystem - someone buying a Mac is in the market for an iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, special mice, ridiculously expensive monitors and so on. MS only make their money from people upgrading or buying new machines.

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Google Glass is HIGH FASHION in September Vogue magazine

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Re: Distracted driving

And I took a taxi about 8 years ago, and the driver READ A PAPERBACK pretty much the entire time she was driving. No tip for her.

Would you have preferred a hardback?

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Apple big-screen TV rumor zombie RISES FROM THE DEAD

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Re: Well, they are predictable

Essentially it'll be yet another walled garden, perverting the idea of television as a borderless medium.

Assuming it has at least one HDMI socket on this, how would an Apple TV be walling you off from any services? If you want to suck content from Apple, I'd imagine an Apple TV would be quite useful, and if you don't want to - well don't buy one?

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'But we like 1 Direction!' Rock gods The Who fend off teen Twitter hate mob

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Re: I assume the plod are looking into this...

So, if someone threatens to rape you, then its a real threat, but if they threaten to rape your deceased mother, its just japes?

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Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid: Eco, economy and diesel power

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People like to diss Volvo because the cars look a little boxy and easily go for 200k+ miles (family record, 344k miles, after which it was sold as a taxi, still running). Much better to look cool and be scrapyard material before 100k miles.

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'Database failure ate my data' – Salesforce customer

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Phew!

Thankfully we're on eu1 here, that could have been a real clusterfuck. We pull the most important data out of salesforce every 15 minutes anyway (don't ask), but that would just mean that someone would expect us to restore it to salesforce.

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Virgin Media signs 3-year telly deal with BT Sport

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Re: Not just football

CPL is also on BT Sports too, meaning I cant watch The Mighty¹ (St Lucia) Zouks on "We <3 Cricket" Sky.

¹ They totally missed a trick there - I'm sure Disney wouldn't have sued them much.

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OWN GOAL! 100s of websites blocked after UK Premier League drops ball

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Re: Grounds for prosecution of the Premier League

Ah yes, but this would be "Not in the Public Interest", so no suey-suey.

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