* Posts by Terry 6

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Tulsa woman bludgeons man mercilessly with laptop

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Don't you mean....

The damage caused *to* the laptop was not detailed.

After all this is El Reg.

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MELTDOWN: Samsung, Sony not-so-smart TVs go titsup for TWO days

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Sony Bravia

Mine seems to routinely lose its connection, refusing to connect to the wifi hub, which it can see, but refuses to admit it can see.

I only become aware of this on the odd occasion that I actually look at the internet through it, which is pretty rare.

I think I resolve it by restoring factory settings. I think that's what I do.I can't actually remember how I resolved it last time. There isn't anything in the instructions.

But it shouldn't need that sort of TLC.

It;s a TV, ffs.

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MP resigns as security committee chair amid 'cash-for-access' claims

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Re: The Superman defence

Yes, that's the really, really depressing thing.

It was a sting, but could equally have been a dodgy government, dodgy oligarch, HSBC, anyone.

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Leaky battery attack reveals the paths you walk in life

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Re: My answer to your question.... the majority of the technically illiterate numpties on the planet e.g. world and dog."

Yes, most of the apps offered in the Googlestore seem to grab all sorts of permissions that have no relevance to their function. Not the least being call data.

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HP's great – I prefer it on bacon rather than my printer, though

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Re: Other Broon Sausces are available

"I won't allow anything with the letters HP into my home."

Yes!

Stupidly, I bought an HP mouse, last week. In fairness it was the only one I could find that had a smoothly scrolling wheel. (I hate the clicky ones). Taken back within 24hrs.

I'd vowed I'd never buy HP again after I had one of their printers years ago.

And yes, driver installs.

With the printer it was that an update wouldn't install. Even though the existing one had been uninstalled,. Because there was a file left behind by the previous driver that couldn't be removed, not by the installer even after running through their full range of uninstall stages. Not manually. Not even by ignoring it, even though the file left behind was the same f****ing version as the "new" one being added. Nothing.

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BOFH: The Great HellDesk geek leave seek

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Re: Trust me with a credit card, oh no.

"you're not senior enough says beancounter handing over the cash.".

That is the hierarchy system of accounting.

It always irked me working for a local authority that I was on a "Casual User" car mileage allowance, while I had to travel in my own car every day.

But senior council officers, who never needed to use their cars from one month to the next had an "essential users" allowance with a fixed monthly lump sum minimum payment.

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Re: I had a company credit card too

No, the issue is that no bean counter expects to get fired for being too cautious, but they do know that if they let something through that shouldn't, however small, a bigger bean counter will be on their tail. S/he in turn knows that there are even bigger bean counters waiting for them to slip up, who know that there are............

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The Revenue achieved RECORD numbers of e-tax returns ... by NOT shifting to GOV.UK

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Hmm

"something that users have found the workarounds for"

Well there's your answer.

If you hadn't found a way around the gratuitous annoying hurdles they wouldn't have had to build new ones.

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For pity's sake, you FOOL! DON'T UPGRADE it will make it WORSE

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Read something similar the other day

Where was it, what was it about,

Oh Yes, El Reg and .gov.uk

Creating a unified web service that ignored the needs of the users ( the public in this case).

Worse symptoms, but same disease.

Putting IT cart in front of function horse.

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Inside GOV.UK: 'CHAOS' and 'NIGHTMARE' as trendy Cabinet Office wrecked govt websites

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Silver lining

"Entertainers and sports stars were unable to enter the UK."

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HELP! Windows Phone update 8.1 broke my Lumia

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I had an HTC One V

The nastiest device I've ever used.

Keyboard was horrible and inaccurate,

syncing to my PC was so unreliable I gave up.

Bluetooth was dodgy.

Battery got hot

And the f****ng sound quality on the phone wasn't great either.

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Re: At least I know it's not just me!

My 635 is with Tesco. The only carrier not on Denim in the UK now.

Hmm. They give bland excuses about gradual release, but the MS website has a list that shows every European carrier. Tesco are behind most of Europe. let alone the UK.

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I love my Lumia. I like Win 7 a lot too.

But I have to agree that sometimes they do seem to be talented in the foot shooting dept.

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AMD stops shipping chips as bloated channel begs 'Please, no more'

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Re: They would do well to raise their profile.

" currently £9 more now than what I paid a year ago..."!

Says it all.

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Hear that sound? It's the Windows XP PC bubble popping

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Re: So does this mean

Fair point, 'cept I'm not really using this as a price comparison for myself, though I would buy a box if it was cheap enough. Building one takes time and effort. And the price of parts on the retail market don't make it a great saving. Especially when I buy over-specced stuff, because I can.

But, most domestic and small biz computers are bought by Joe Public. Off the shelf.

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Re: So does this mean

Well, that's the thing.

Looking at my slightly ageing PC, with its maxed memory (for32 bit Win 7) and an adequate CPU to do all I need, with the second HDD and DVD writers I popped in , and I would only want to replace it if the new machine was a good price for a much better spec.

Many of the boxes I see in my local store don't have such a great spec. But they also aren't cheap for what they do have. So, PC world have a HP Envy with the sort of spec I would want. In their sale they've knocked a massive £70 of their £1000 price tag. I'm just off to put the champers on ice.

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Microsoft: Even cheapo Lumias to get slimmed down Windows 10

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Re: Lumia Users

Well, yes

Not prepared to shell out on the Apple Tax, paying a supplement for Apple's costume jewellery.

But if you want a functioning smartphone that does the job well at a price that makes sense for its purpose the WinPhone is ideal.

And if you just want a device for porting spyware into flashy games, get an Android Googlephone.

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Re: Wait,,,,What?

Love my Lumia. Not an AC.

It only has the half gig RAM though.

(A 635) So only cut down Win 10 for me I guess. Pity phones ( any phones) can't have RAM upgrades.

It does seem to be an industry trick (Apple's devices used to be terrible for this, though I've heard that it's got a bit better.) that small upgrades in spec between models lead to much higher retail costs. . So that if you are looking at the cost/benefit of a device you may well end up with a lower RAM unless you expect to be doing lots of graphic and video stuff.

Which is all very well as long as your phone maker doesn't then decide to develop an OS upgrade that demands the higher level of memory, while your phone is still a pretty recent model.

While I do like Microsoft's stuff their tendency to knee jerk development does p**s me off at times.

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Google gets my data, I get search and email and that. Help help, I'm being REPRESSED!

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Re: I can top that

The first time I just put a post code and no house number into my Satnav and it said "You have reached your destination" right outside the front door of a house I had never been to before, but was where I was collecting my teenage daughter from a school friend, I thought it was really creepy.

When it did this outside the house of a her friend's grandparents in a long road in a part of the town I hadn't been to before I thought it was really really creepy

After this sort of thing had happened on numerous occasions I thought it was really really really creepy.

So I'm quite relieved that Google's location history didn't know where I was with the address I usually use for email. I have a Windows phone and I have a different address for each device I use.

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Re: Flaw

Note, I said "they are essential to most of the public.

Not all. Not essential to survival either.

But most of the general public will rely on Google to find what they want to buy, frequently, as noted in El Reg instead of entering web URLs directly, their bus route, job search, homework, and so on.

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Flaw

The argument is flawed.

Partly because Google have got themselves into the desirable position that they are essential to most of the public. SO the option to not using them is equivalent to not using the water supply coming to you home. Or indeed not having broadband. ( Either VM or BT ). (If people think Twitbook is equally indispensable that's their choice ).

And the cost of Google's services is not merely masked, but it's actually unlimited. It's not like offering my apples for their pears. It's the equivalent of giving them the key to my apple store.

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RM has been schooled: Sales fell by over £69m in fiscal 2014

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Sassoon Font

FWIW it's a replica of the handwriting font designed by Rosie Sassoon, the guru of handwriting.

Whether teachers should try to replicate handwriting on a computer is up for discussion.

But that's why it is there.

I didn't realise it had an expensive license.

There have been copies of Sassoon font all over the place for years.

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

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Functionality

For a few years I barely noticed adverts. And didn't even think about ways to block them.

But then came the age of the advert that took over the page. Stupid flashing strips, stuff that floated over the content or broke it up to the point that by the time 'd scrolled down to the next paragraph 'I'd lost concentration. They even stuck ads across the top of the content.

I don't know how the less informed members of the public manage to use the web these days. Half the stuff must be impossible to even see.

I unblock ads on certain pages, from time to time, so that they get fed.

And some need ads unblocked to allow some of their functionality, which I don't mind because the actual ads they sling aren't too bad freewarefiles.com for example.

But otherwise, I consider that they abused the privilege of putting ads in front of me, so stuff them.

BTW I notice that in Palemoon I don't have the Tools option to disable Edge, like I did in FF. I don't know why. Maybe I need to try that Latitude thing.

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Does your mate send smut vids on Facebook? 1. That's a bit weird. 2. It may be malware

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Also Email

I had an email, saying that it had a link to a message on Twitter. Which I've just started to look at, which made it more plausible. From what sounded like it could be a relation.

But, email came from a gmail acct and there was a message with a link telling me I had to update Flash to start it.

So I clicked the link...

No, just kidding! :-)

But I did go to my Flash to see if it did need an update - which of course it didn't.

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BYOD is NOT the Next Biggest Thing™: Bring me Ye Olde Lappetoppe

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Phil O'I 'm glad you said that.

Sadly too many of the IT guys I've worked alongside have had poor skills with people management.

The suits need to be told that there is an executive grade network access level, just for them, with easy, and convenient access to all the data. And say that they won't need to go near the oily engine, do not say that they won't be allowed to

Since they won't even know what it is they haven't got access to ( like anything to do with the server management ) and will have no idea about permissions, that will do nicely.

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Planning to upgrade your Lumia to Windows 10? NOT SO FAST

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@AC

It's not about the phone itself. I like my 635. It's about how we are treated.

The phone is reasonably new. If it won't be updated then I'm not happy.

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If...

......Microsoft don't upgrade the 635 I will never, ever buy one of their phones again. I refuse to be blackmailed into getting a new phone. Which is what it would be,

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'People ACTUALLY CONFUSE Facebook and the internet in some places'

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Re: Most tech types would get it wrong too.

Who do you point it out to?

Techies know.

Public still think, as already noted, that the internet is another word for Google.

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The email is broken etc

Of course they think FB is the net.

We all surely have had my experience of staff calling me to say that "The internet/email is broken" and found that the whole machine was blue screened/frozen/dead. It's the same thing.

And needless to say they've never asked the person on the next desk if they had the same problem.

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Beam me up, Scotty, And VAPORIZE me in the process

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Re: Hmmm

The sheer lack of logic in this is actually quite mind numbing.

It assumes the object existed in solid, 3D form, not just data. And was scanned to make a one-off transmission copy of something that has been made.

The originator, who presumably would own the rights to this widgit, and has the original design data anyway, destroys his own (unneeded) copy in a rather extravagantly complicated way. (A hammer is cheaper and a blowtorch easier).

The recipient, i.e. the person who may wish to breach the copyright, has exactly what he would have had with a conventional 3D printed or even shipped product. So for them nothing will change.

Further, if the object can be reproduced from a 3D scan of the original, it can also be reproduced by a 3D scan of the product. The sort of things about the design that would prevent them scanning a copy would prevent scanning the original.

Have I missed something? Was this written for publication on 1/4/15 and sent out in error?

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UK Scouts database 'flaws' raise concerns

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Re: CRB

Absolutely, I've never though of CRB/DBS/Whatever they will call it next as being anything but a protection for the authorities, not the kids, other than as a by product of the main purpose. Which is the usual one of the people with suits making sure that they don't get blamed for stuff that goes wrong.

All DBS/... means is that the person hasn't been caught yet.

It's a good idea to have background checks. But these are really no more than a minimum.

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Re: UK Scout Database

@Baldie

These are volunteer scout leaders. If you worry they may not be up to your standards, then volunteer yourself.

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Microsoft will give away Windows 10 FREE - for ONE year

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Re: like for like?

If there is a 32bit.

And if not will 32bit Win 7 devices be included, or just left to vista, sorry, fester?

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Re: Options...

I'm thinking of my missus' iThingy with its SIRI. It'll be sitting harmlessly charging its little batteries, when suddenly Siri will pipe up* and tell us that he/she is searching for something or other. I assume at some point or other it will phone someone at random.

*Always when the TV is on, so I guess some phrase coming out of the ether made him/her wake up.

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Tat bazaar eBay confirms: THOUSANDS of workers will be AXED

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Yesterday's idea

It was good when it was a way to sell off stuff that you didn't want to people who would give it a good home. Or find items that weren't in the shops anymore.

But now it's too much cost and hassle for the used stuff market - with better alternatives.

And too much of the new stuff is cheap ( as in nasty) knock offs or plain fakes.

A few weeks back the Beeb had some programme on in which various collectors were showing items they'd bought off Ebay, often for substantial cost, and found they were fakes.

Which was sad for them, though I for one wouldn't have trusted any of it in the first place.

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Turn your head and cough (up your details), HealthCare.Gov has sprung a leak!

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NHS then?

This does nothing to boost my confidence in the plans for the NHS' to put all our personal details on Facebook so that the Pharmaceutical and Insurance companies can "like" it.

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That dreaded syncing feeling: Will Microsoft EVER fix OneDrive?

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Belated footnote

Just noticed that pictures from my phone camera WP635 are not uploading to One Drive. It says it is. But the pictures aren't there.

And there isn't anything I can find to fix this.

(To be fair it's a computer thing - not even just Windows - that sometimes software claims to be working and it just isn't.)

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Evernote says goodbye to Hello, shuts lid on Peek

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Proffessional?

I use it for my personal use. It's brilliant for keeping notes, ideas, even web links across my assorted devices. It's a good general purpose, personal tool.

But for work?

Recommended to clients for transferring confidential information - or anything that is "mission critical"?

No there are better, safer , easier methods for each or any of these tasks.

On the other hand, it's much more intuitive than OneNote, which I personally found muddled and confusing.

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Brain-train kid game settles with FTC over 'unsupported' claims

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Research

In fairness to these guys, the lamentable quality of their study isn't too far from what actually passes for educational research.

The scientific method where education is concerned tends to be;

Think of an outcome that you want.

Set up an activity that will produce this.

Publish something in a friendly journal.

Write a press release.

My favourite example is discussed here;

https://community.tes.co.uk/reading_theory_and_practice/b/weblog/archive/2014/06/01/how-secure-is-the-clackmannanshire-study.aspx

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Windows 10, day ZERO ... Will Nadella be the HERO?

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Re: MS's phone problem isn't an OS problem or an Apps problem,

But that does cut both ways. One reason for me having a Winphone is to get out from under Google. I had an Android phone. I have an Android tablet, I still use Google's mail etc.

So I have Outlook email, too.

And Bing search, too.

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Re: vicious circle but irrelevant

@AC

"You don't understand fashion and "cool" do you?"

On the contrary; I think it's pretty clear that I do..

I just want none of it.

Sadly, MS's phones are only a good device for people like me.

The people who buy expensive phones are largely the ones who aspire to cool. SO *they* aren't going to buy Winphones.

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vicious circle but irrelevant

There won't be more of these apps till there's more phones. But, the mass market is the public who have a phone as a fashion item - its use as a way to talk to people in other locations is not the most significant part. So they all want, ideally, an iPhone.

The second priority is playing stupid games - and most of these are shortlife, latest new thing games that will be forgotten by next year at the latest.

Either way, Microsoft hasn't got the flashy bling appeal of an iThingy or even a Samsung Galaxy. Even the name sounds worthy, dull and workmanlike.

Which is what the Windows phone is.

It does a good functional job. Which means that there's no point paying for a high-end phone. If you have that kind of cash to spend on a phone you probably want the fashion models.

And there's no point getting a really low-end one, because you'll be disappointed that it doesn't do what you expect, its too cut down, there are plenty really cheap Android phones with all the silly games.

The mid-range phones are worse. Neither particularly cheap, nor having the full range of facilities that make the high end ones good.

I love my WP 635. But I'm aware of its deficiencies. However the models that were just a little bit better were a lot more expensive.

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Give ALL the EU access to Netflix, says Vince Cable

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Politicians

Cable's idea might be a good one. But it sounds suspiciously like one of those grand announcements that politicians make quite often, because they sound good, irrespective of whether or not they are any good or practical, useful or even needed.

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‘Whatever happened to Vladimir Putin?’ and other crap New Year prophesies

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Re: Y2k

My big boss, in one of her few sensible decisions, had a few of our older machines hidden away to avoid the blanket cost of Y2K proofing every damn machine, whether they mattered or not.

(Local Authority orders, every machine had to be patched!)

I few years back I found one of these. It booted perfectly, ran its Windows 3.1.and worked.

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Spammers set their sights on WhatsApp – that's that ruined then

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One reason to use Watsapp is good old traction.

I can Watsapp the people I need to communicate with.

Threema? When there are 5 more people using it that I know, I could consider using it; because then there will be five.

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Whatsapp: I can't begrudge them their quid. They have to eat too.

So when it becomes due I'll pay.

I don't see why anyone would say they think it's outdated. It's an IM system that works. It allows longer messages than SMS with pictures and stuff too. Without incurring MMS costs that are outside my contract.

Except for the types that think because there's a newer system on the market everyone has to jump ship.

Why isn't there a holding-head-in-hands icon?

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Bloke in Belgium tries to trademark Je Suis Charlie slogan

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Denigor

Yes!

I notice that the BBC report this morning warned that they would be showing the image: Then didn't.

Hypocritical bastards.

As to the other point. Everyone has the right to feel offended. Even the right to sue in some circumstances, such as slander/libel/pornography etc. that are outside legal permissibility.

But that's as far as it goes.

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Re: WELL DONE

",,,,or some people even images of notable Rabbis are problematic."

That surprised me as a comment.

Haridi ( the megafanatical, black-coat wearing types) are forever showing pictures of their particular favourite "Rebbe". I've even watched their kids swapping "Rebbe cards".

I've never even heard of any complaints about images of Moses. And here is one of him used in a synagogue.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Moses_bush.jpg

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Re: Brave, or stupid?

Not as big as the target on the guy who tried to claim "Allah".

Even if well intentioned, (and not just stupidly greedy), If a Shi'ite he'd be dodging Sunni bullets and if a Sunni , Shi'ite. At the very least.

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