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Chumps stump up $1 MEELLLION for watch that doesn't exist

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Mel Brooks

Anyone remember "The Producers"?

Just a thought.

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Microsoft boots 1,500 dodgy apps from the Windows Store

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Happy

I'm with tristram Shandy. Just got a 635 ( i.e. has 4 G).

It just works.

It does the job well. It's clear and logical to use.

It's a decent price.

I can share my PC Outlook and mobile phone calendars seemlessly again, which I've missed since Google killed the outlook sync app.

And so far all the apps I need are there and work well.

BUT, Google Earth isn't available for Winphone. (Not that I need it to be honest).

So a search for it will find dozens of spurious "apps" that are crap feeders of one knd or another. Even searching for "Google" in the Winphone app store will find lots of fake apps with icons that are straight copies of Google's. And so on.

(But yes they shouldn't have tried to make proper grown up Windows look like the little phone Windows. Just saying it makes it clear how ludicrous the idea was.)

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Boffins attempt to prove the UNIVERSE IS JUST A HOLOGRAM

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Re: Excellent

While I prefer my own theory when it comes to cutlery firu's would explain another cosmological mystery. Any rope, hosepipe or electrical lead wrapped up neatly and placed in a suitable dark place for more than two weeks will become a tangled mess that no amount of delierate human action could have achieved. Clearly mini wormholes are the only possible explanation for this.

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Re: Sock gnomes

Actually, behind the 2D surface universe lies a significant black hole which, though unobservable, channels all the teaspoons from all school staff rooms to a distant and spoon laden part of the universe.

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DNS cockup locks Virgin Media customers out of ntlworld.com email

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Families and domestic/SoHo etc

VM ntlworld emails are likely to be small users, not technically very aware and relying on the email that the ISP supplies. After all Email is Email to most ordinary users and all that matters is that they have a nice name to use.

Commetards on El reg will have multiple adresses, mail servers, disposable accounts and all that stuff. But not the gen pub.

And even many of the commentardists may still use an ISP account for family and friends email, or ordering from Amazon etc.

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6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)

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Re: Huh?!

I think you're confusing FB and Twittering a bit.

FB has always been where people post personal "news" items to other people they consider to vaugely be sort of er friends(ish), i.e. granny has got a new kitten.

Unlike Twitbook, where they post tiny details about their own sad and boring lives to anyone dumb enough to be bothered to read it.

FB is ok as long as you don't somehow expect anything significant: Sadly there are people who do think it is a source of real news. And they are often the ones who fall for clickbait links.

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Best shot: Coffee - how do you brew?

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Turkish Coffee

Always worth a cup. Boiled in one of those long handled jugs. Needs to froth up, subside and bring to boil a second time. Then drink straight away. Sweetened if you want.

Appropos of which.

A few years back I went into a local grocers' and asked for Turkish coffee. The (Greek) owner was affronted and said "Only Greek coffee here". So I bought "Greek coffee".

When I looked on the packet it said "Made in Turkey".

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Re: Going to call myself an expert here, and...

Yes,

"Traditionally people seem to go for almost black coffee beans or "rich" roasts, but in my opinion the best roasts are the lighter ones with good beans,..."

A lot of people who ask for/drink "strong" coffee confuse the strength, as in concentration of good beany stuff that has plenty of actual flavour, with the roast, as in bitter and dark but not tasting of much because all the volatile oils have been roasted off.

It's strong because it tastes strongly of burnt beans, not coffee goodness.

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Krups grinder, Prestige filter machine....

.... the one with lots of shiny, and the clock and timer that I don't use and probably no one else does either.

Beans (House blend - the named stuff costs a fortune) from Martyn's in Muswell Hill - kept in freezer until needed.

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Re: Instant vs Brewed

Bu then, the tea is usually worse.

Usually a glass of hot water with a polite query as to whether you'd like a tea bag to go with it.

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Re: Moka Pot

Ah ha!

From that very site ( thanks for the link).

"The Moka produces a rich, authentic espresso..."

So," Moka" pot as in Hoover/Biro etc.

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Moka Pot

Never heard it called that. Do you mean ( it looks like) the aluminium thing, in two halves that screw together- water in the bottom and finely ground coffee in the top? Then pop on the gas ring till the water isn't in the bottom anymore.

I always called it an Essprsso. In fact that's what was on the box/label anytme I've bought one.

Since I'm the only one in the family that uses it I use the small size, which just about balances on the hob, if I'm careful.

For everyday, really good freshly roasted beans kept in freezer (none of your supermarket c***p). A decent grinder and a filter machine.

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I’ve never paid for it in my life... we are talking Wi-Fi, right?

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Re: !not

Thought he was quoting........

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BOFH: We CAN do that with a Raspberry Pi, but think of the BODIES

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Re: Get a life, Simon.

********DO NOT FEED THE TROLLS*******

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BOFH: The Great Backup BACKDOWN

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Re: Stupid request for advice

Even USB 2 is OK, if it's backing up in the background. And you do need to check they are actually working. My USB external drive wasn't, at first. It was OK sometimes, but lost connection randomly. A firmware update later and it's doing a fine job

A second HDD with or as a backup partition is also pretty good.

But both are vulnerable to anything really catastrophic.

Cloud backup is pretty much ideal for fallback home backups if you also have either or both of the local ones. (And aren't too worried about your stuff being "out there".)

I've been managing mine with Cobian backup (free). but Cobian has recently sold his source code - so who knows what will happen next.

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NSA

Didn't Dilbert do just that a year or so back. Cue men in dark glasses.

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Re: I refuse to do backups - on principle

Outlook files - keep them *backed up* to the server.

Even a batch file can do that.

Work locally, backup remotely.

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Re: What timing!

" I was texted asking for driver cd's, DHCP config etc. "

So chivo243 has the responsibility for getting stuff working again, (even on his hols) but not the authority to make sure that the system for getting stuff working again is..... working.

Joy.

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Re: Flaming external usb drives

Or indeed mirror the seriously important and totally f*****d data file that has all the organisation's most important records.*

Whatever happened to grandfather/father/son backups that I was taught to use?

*Stuff happens. That's why we have backups.

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How do support staff read emails - or are they parsed by robots?

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Re: Over complicating the issue

You may well be right.

Certainly they don't seem to have a more elegant solution than my own quick and dirty one (Disabled the autostart from HKLM:RUN and copied the path to the startmenu startup folder FWIW). I used CCleaner to disable their start-up.

I'd sort of expect them to issue a registry patch, or tell me which registry change I should make.

More worrying, since competitor products (Dropbox/Onedrive/Googledrive etc) can manage this, I'd expect them to take the issue seriously - rather than duck out of resolving it.

But then, the other example of the mobile phone company answering the wrong question is equally worrying. Just as I wasn't the first person to raise that log-in issue so I'd lay a very large bet that I'm not the first person to consider getting a new mobiule phone and contract a week or two before the old one expires if the deal is good enough, and so want to know if we can delay transferring the number until it becomes available when the old contract expires. So they should recognise the question and know the answer.

And it's in their interest to tell me if I can ( or indeed can't) if they want my business.

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Re: Over complicating the issue

Interesting. The issue that triggered this topic still hasn't been answered correctly by the company after I've rephrased the email four times now, ( On top of the one that I quoted when I first contacted them).

All I'd wanted was to stop box sync autostarting when my wife used her log-in to the shared home computer. She doesn't use Box. We each have our own log-ins to the PC.

And while I'm waiting I have sorted out a quick and dirty solution to the problem anyway. Not brilliant. But it's a perfectly easy and viable solution.*

Possibly they seem to be stuck in the original assumption that I am asking how two users can each have their own log-ins to Box on the same PC log-in. I did make it very clear that's not what I meant..

The last email contained the words.......

", but there's no way to provision sync to just simply limit who can log-in and those who can't.....".

I'm not sure what that means, but I'm sure that it has not connection with wanting Box to not autostart for my wife when she uses the computer in her own log-in.

*Disabled the autostart from HKLM:RUN and copied the path to the startmenu startup folder FWIW

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Do support staff read emails? Or are they just parsed by a computer?

Not for the first time, today I received a support email that answered exactly the opposite question to what I'd asked. What made this unusual is that my email had been a quote from another user who had previously asked the same question in a forum (box.com) and been told by the admins to log it as a support ticket.

I (we) wanted to to know how to stop the software doing from something annoying.

The reply was further details about how to make the software do what we wanted it to stop doing.

A day or two before I'd emailed a mobile phone company to ask if I bought a phone from them could I delay transferring an old number to the new phone until a week or two after I'd received the phone, (i.e. when I got the PAC code after the old contract ended). The reply told me that I could transfer my number to a new phone as long as I did it within 30 days of ending the old contract and getting the PAC code. Nothing about waiting a couple of weeks after I'd bought the phone. Again just the opposite of what I'd asked. It took three attempts to get the answer.

It's as if the replies just picked out some key words and chose an answer off the shelf. Not actually reading the sentences that made up the message.

So what does happen?

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Samsung faces down TAB and smartphone MOUNTAIN HORROR

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Prices

The model still seems to be "Charge through the nose when it's new."

Which is a pretty good disinscentive to upgrading.

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AVG stung as search revenue from freebie scanners dries up

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AVG?

I'm not seeing any of these nasties.There is a rectangular advert on the page on the few occasions when I need or choose to look at the programme. But it's not intrusive.

I switched one machine to AVG after it stopped auto-updating Avast ( I couldn't work out why).

But I have no toolbars/popups/adverts and wonder where they are.

Where it is a pain is at boot time. It does delay things. Maybe I'll give Essentials a whirl.

Or one of the others suggested here.

If Avast starts annoying us I'll switch more machines, maybe even to AVG.

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'Unsolicited texts' outrage: Man fined £4k for DPA breach

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Re: Actually

No. In the case of spam the victims* aren't the ones who respond. It's all the innocent parties with clogged inboxes.

The people who reply are just feeding the pigeons.

*Exception made for actual scams, which suck victims in. But they are only a subset of Spam.

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Actually

It's the people who respond to Spam who should be prosecuted.

If they weren't so f*****g stupid the goons that (pay to) send it wouldn't make any money.

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Yorkshire cops fail to grasp principle behind BT Fon Wi-Fi network

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Re: WTF Do you lot think the police should do?

Actually, no. What you may be witnessing is some distracting behaviour and a bit of close proximity.

You may suspect you have seen a pickpocket working. But if they are any good you won't see the "dip".

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@hyphen

Maybe they just have rubbish 3G there.

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PayPal post-checkout cash slurp a FEATURE not a BUG

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Taking payment because they can

"flexibility they need to complete their transactions in a timely manner"

In these here parts that's called mugging, but maybe they should rename it;

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Home Office threw £347m in the bin on failed asylum processing IT project

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Re: It just goes on

Record keeping

They will have kept a record of who they gave the contract to on a specially designed database......

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Secondhand Point-o-Sale terminal was horrific security midden

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Basic security

Some things should be basic.

But they don't seem to be.

When managing in a special ed teaching service I routinely took the HDD out of obsolete admin PCs before I took the boxes to the recycling centre. HDDs wiped and made at least physically unrecoverable by normal means, by breaking them as much as I could, then dumped with the general landfill rubbish.

The council didn't seem to care about how we disposed of them, since there was no policy for disposal, no option to have the HDDs removed and taken for destruction by central IT.

But I have a sneaky suspicion that if I hadn't removed the HDDs and one had ended up in the public domain it was my head that would have been on the block.

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Re: @Andrew Jones

Pay with cash?

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Aloha

I've been trying to think of new password, to replace "password".

That's one I could use.

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GoTenna: How does this 'magic' work?

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Re: WTF?

Damn, just took the walkie-talkies we used to use on holiday* when the kids were little to a charity shop. I could have been at the cutting edge of physics.

/* These days they probably all have mobiles with a roaming tarif. But 5 or 10 years ago it was a great compromise when they wanted to go off in the resort hotel themselves.

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PICS: Nokia Lumia 930 – We reveal its ONE unique selling point

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Pretty typical

I'm as cloise to being a Windows fan as you'll find in these here parts (comes from having been a CP/M user before MSDoS arrived).

But,

As theOtherJT put it,

"not only have they NOT fixed half the things that were wrong with it, they seem to be obsessed with fiddling around with the bits that did work and breaking them all the time.

And that seems so typical of M'Soft in the last few years. A kind of perverse development proccess.

Develop a product that turns out to have some bits the customers like and some bits they (often predictably) don't.

Then wreck the bits they like and make worse the bits they don't.

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In other words....

......Too expensive for someone who just wants a step up from the low end machines. But not good enough for someone who wants a high end machine.

Overpriced mediocrity.

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Whoah! How many Google Play apps want to read your texts?

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Developer's reasons

I NEVER install an app that wants phone access, (unless it's a phone app).

But almost all the ones I look at do require this. For no apparent reason at all.

And phone access is a big blanket permission. It's your ttotal phone history, who you spoke to and when.

So sometimes I email and ask why.

Very few reply.

One or two that did have had excuses like, "So that it doesn't interfere with your calls."

Which is pretty much just a load of bollocks.

I just assume that if an app wants access to my call it's because they are gathering this into a database.

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New leaked 'Windows 8 screenshot': The Start Menu strikes back

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Re: The ship has sailed, for me and mine

"Windows is for home users, middle aged office workers, grandparents... consumers! That's my problem with it.............I'm an IT professional.. a developer.. and more importantly, a geek. Windows is no longer aimed at me (and hasn't for a long time)."

And quite right too.

It's an OS, which means it's there for users to use. Not only the middle aged office workers, but all office workers who use a computer to get a job done. Users. The clue is in the name.

Win 8 on a non-touch device did nothing to help these. The users.

Office's ghastly Ribbon doesn't bother users too much, because most only use a small proportion of the commands. But the OS! It's the front door to the computer.

Win 8 is like nailing the front door to the ceiling, hiding the key in the kitchen and putting the letter box in the bathroom.

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@Wade

Well put. That's been one of the niggles for me.

On the other hand, MSDoS was pretty good in its time.

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BitTorrent not to blame for movie revenues, says economist

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Franchise

Reading the comments above, a thought occurs.

If lots of people are watching Tranformer Wars xiii on an illegal copy they are still just as likely to be buying the toys/McMeals etc.

And that seems to be where the money lies.

So maybe the biggest money churner is actually increased by illegal downloads etc. Which would make the share traders quite happy.

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Meaningless research

If I've read it right he was looking at the effects on share price of knowing a new release is out in the wild.

Not at the time that the investors were seeing real effects on revenues.

So it's about whether one set of investors, working in short term transactions, feel that other investors, mostly also working in short term transactions, want to buy or sell shares. ( Even "futures" are traded in real time).

None of which is based on anything more than gut feeling. Certainly not on what will actually happen to those revenues over the next few weeks.

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I've got 99 problems, but a Facebook boycott ain't one

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Re: Emails and Announcements

@080

"Closed" systems.

The clue is in the name. They are not going to be using these.

Why would they?

Would they even know what they were, or give a f*** about them if they did.

These are families, not business associates.

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I don't mind FB

I keep an eye on old colleagues people who were on the same volunteer scheme as me 30 odd years ago, and acquaintances. And it's fun to share discussions with family and friends around the world in a general sort of way.

BUT. Some people out there seem to forget or fail to comprehend that it's just a big chat room and not the source and repository of all information. Nor is it personal.

So, expecting that putting an important family announcment on FB and expecting that all the family will be aware is just ignorance and stupidity.

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Bezos house 'on FIRE': Amazon in-app kiddy megabuck charge storm

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Re: Amazon needs a good bollocking

"What is it about human nature..."

Not humans; accountants.

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Re: Don't hook it to a credit card

I suspect a lot of parents wouldn't even realise that a credit card they used for some ordinary purchase online was hooked into an account thereafter.

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Yes, most parents are focused on making sure that the kids are playing games that are age appropriate, and safe, They will not be aware that apparently respectable companies are targeting their kids with tempting/essential/sneaky* purchases to let them play the "child friendly" games.

*Sneaky. I was, myself, playing a newly installed game (Bubble Witch, I think) a few days ago on my Hudl, when it started to launch a credit card purchase window, without my consciously doing anything, which only fell over because it couldn't find a vald cc number.

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Europe's highest court: Apple CAN trademark its retail store layout

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Actually

As much as I loath most of the Apple istuff, I have to grudgingly admit that they have created an instantly recognisable (if horrible) image for their stores.

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