* Posts by PaulR79

628 posts • joined 21 Aug 2009

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Five-a-day energy drink habit turned chap's eyes yellow, urine dark, caused anorexia

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Shocked, I am!

"even five a day can hammer the liver."

Damn.. I guess it's back to only four a day for me.

Seriously, who would ever say "only five" or "just five" a day is healthy? I used to drink 2x 330ml cans of Coke or Pepsi a day for a long, long time but I always understood that the sugar and acids in the drinks was bad for me. I have perhaps 1 - 2x 500ml bottles a week now and mostly drink a lot more water or diluted juice. I don't drink tea or coffee*.

*I know how weird that must be for so many to see.

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Virgin Media boss warns Brexit could hamstring broadband investment

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Price rises again then?

As they've increased prices a few times already this year with another due in November I can safely assume that this means yet another soon after in the new year. The 'value' in the offering is starting to get very thin on the ground for me. They can increase my broadband as much as they want. I somehow doubt that if they freeze speed increases they will also freeze price increases.

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Third of Donald Trump's debate deplorables are mindless automatons

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Coat

Typo in title

If it's about bots surely they're not deplorables but deployables?

I'm going already, let me code myself out using my well honed programming skills.

10 PRINT exit

20 GOTO 10

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Cyanogen mods self away from full Android alternative

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Mushroom

Long may their downfall continue

I was a user of CyanogenMod from the G1 but it increasingly took on a "we know best" mentality up to the millions of <currency> they received when they launched as a company. It always felt like taking advantage of a massive amount of contributions and trying to profit off them and the whole OnePlus mess left a sour taste that will never go away for me. It's a shame because at one point it was the only way I would consider rooting and installing a custom ROM.

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Hubble telescope spies massive 'cannonballs' of fire from dying star

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Boffin

Some massively advanced technology at work turning two stars into a limited use plasma gun capable of destroying entire planets in one shot. That or they're playing a stellar game with plasma balls we couldn't possibly comprehend.

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Apple guilty in iPhone ringtone patent rip-off battle with Sony, Nokia

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"That led to another trial in which Apple argued [PDF] that the telephone ring patent was invalid because it was too vague."

Good one, Apple! There I was thinking you lot had no sense of humour and you prove me wrong.

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Google GPS grab felt like a feature, was actually a bug

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@bazza "Just as acquisitive? Maybe, but then TomToms don't show ads to you whilst your driving or once you've got there."

I would really like to see proof of this. I have never seen an ad when using Google Maps for navigation or at the end of the route. If you're just making stuff up then I'd ask, why? You only make your other points less valid.

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Forget Khan and Klingons, Star Trek's greatest trick was simply surviving

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New series

From what little I've read it seems that the new series is set between the events of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country and Star Trek: The Next Generation. Given what that means I am very much looking forward to it. The potential is there for a lot of touchy engagements with the Klingons as well as other threats of the time. The 50th anniversary has really given me an appetite for more Star Trek after not caring about it much because of the alternate timeline films.

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Florida Man's prized jeep cremated by exploding Samsung Galaxy Note 7

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Mushroom

Re: In the UK it isn't on sale yet.

@DougS and others regarding the battery source.

I'm surprised that you and others are unaware of the source but it is indeed as you thought. Samsung made the majority of the batteries (around 70% I've read) and they are indeed the self-immolating ones whereas the Chinese non-Samsung manufactured batteries are fine. I had a quiet chuckle to myself about the usual "cheap Chinese import crap" and fire safety when I discovered it was Samsung at fault.

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Retired Philae lander slouches on Comet 67P

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Re: Wher Matt 21e's the Trickle Down?

@Matt 21 I can confirm this theory from my extensive testing (1 experience). I lost my disc for a PlayStation 2 game, I can't remember what it was but I looked in all the places I thought it should be with no success. I gave in and bought a used copy for not much money and found the misplaced disc within a day after having looked on and off for a month.

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Google scraps its Project Ara modular smartphone wheeze

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Re: Let's face it: most Google products are crap (but the search engine)

Swing and a miss. I have no personal or financial incentive to advocate Google but your comment was, and still is, your opinion. It isn't born out by facts and you offer nothing to back up your opinion. You are free to voice your opinion but don't be surprised when others disagree and voice their opinion in a way they choose. As I did.

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Re: Let's face it: most Google products are crap (but the search engine)

That's some quality manure you're spreading around but at the end of the day it's still just a load of shit. Much like your comment.

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'I'm sorry, your lift has had a problem and had to shut down'

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Windows Phone 8 BSOD

I have the HTC 8X in California Blue (so saddened I can't get much use from it for it is a beautiful looking handset) and when it still ran WinPho 8 I had a few incidents of it giving me a very familiar BSOD telling me "your computer has encountered a problem and cannot continue" or whatever it says.

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Universal Credit: 'One dole to rule 'em all' on verge of recovery – report

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Still a bad thing

I may finally be close to something resembling 'working' but it's still an incredibly bad thing. How they can make it so you have essentially wait 5 weeks (or is it 6?) before you receive any payment, if you qualify, is beyond me. If you are forced to do one of the many / only available jobs that are for a month or two then you are completely fucked unless you are a master at governing your own finances. Even the JSA 2 weeks is a stretch when companies are quick to smash you in the face for missing payments by a day.

The idea of UC may be sound but the implementation, planning and reasoning for it are all deplorable.

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Latest Intel, AMD chips will only run Windows 10 ... and Linux, BSD, OS X

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A question

Is this the same as "not supported but will work" or "not supported and you will probably have issues trying to get it to run"?

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'Power equipment failure' borks EE's data services across England

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A simple power failure

"Lessons will be learned from this, new procedures will be introduced to make sure that it doesn't happen again in the fu...."

"This happens at least once a year!"

"Indeed. The lessons we learned are that when it happens so little it doesn't cost us a lot in lost revenue and that those ranting about it will shut up after a week or so."

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Cooky crumbles: Apple mulls yanking profits out of Europe and into US

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Re: He can huff, he can puff, but he will pay

"Really? In that case, he should refund his earnings from that comment."

Oh ok. I misunderstood. I thought this was a place for comments, not copying and pasting articles. I've been doing it wrong all this time.

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Re: He can huff, he can puff, but he will pay

Downvoted for stealing this, word for word, from an online article as your 'comment'. No menion of the article either so you are clearly trying to play this off as your own words.

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Ice to see you! Windows 10 fix for freezing PCs finally flung at folks

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"A small fraction"

Oh how I loathe this and similar terms. A small fraction of millions is still a lot of upset people and making them seem insignificant in any way by referring to them as "a small fraction" will not do you any favours when you've royally fucked their systems. I know it won't change anything to rant.

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Dropbox: Leaked DB of 68 million account passwords is real

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I wondered when this would happen

Like others I received an email telling me that my password hadn't changed in a while and that I should change it. The first thought I had was to look for news of a leak since that seems to be the only time I ever get prompts to 'update' my password. I did change my password but this just confirms what I thought.

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WhatsApp is to hand your phone number to Facebook

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Unhappy

I'm safe

I have no friends and no life, personal or otherwise.

I'm off to cry in a corner now.

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League of lawsuits: Game developer sues cheat-toting website

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Re: Devops

Breaking even would take a long period of negative income. I don't recall the figures but they are happily pulling in millions PER WEEK and this is for a free to play game where you can now earn everything by playing. Granted, skins are not guaranteed but you can at least now obtain them without money even if it would take a huge amount of time to do so.

For those saying ban users, bots etc it isn't that easy. Why? Free to play. They can ban the accounts but the bot makers just turn around and create more accounts. Since bans are done in waves there are bound to be some that escape the ban. Scripts may not be anything new but without them being made available to every player they end up giving some an advantage over those that don't pay for scripts / don't have the knowledge to create their own scripts.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update is borking boxen everywhere

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Re: It aint just this upgrade

@AlBailey

"What's the collective name for a bunch of clowns?

A circus of clowns?"

Isn't it obvious? Microsoft.

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BBC detector vans are back to spy on your home Wi-Fi – if you can believe it

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FAIL

Worthless and idiotic

First I would like to know how they are going to know which WiFi network in an area belongs to which property. A quick glance at my WiFi connection options shows at least 3 others in the area and if I was to go outside (not likely!) more would appear. Unless the name says "56 Obvious Street" you have no idea. Am I supposed to believe they would send a 'van' to check packets on multiple WiFi access points hoping to pick up something resembling iPlayer traffic? More scaremongering intended to make sure the less knowledgeable pay up.

On a note of the license people and their stupidity I once ordered a VHS player for my brother. I purchased it from Amazon and when it got here he happily took it home and that was that or so I thought. About a week later I got a letter through the door saying that I didn't have a license for the recording equipment I had bought and demanding I pay up. Not only had they been wrong in assuming it was for me but they also didn't bother to check the premises on their database as my parents held a license at the time.

BBC can fuck off for all I care. Biased news, programming that I have zero interest in and a website that insists on pushing the latest "new bit we added" in my face. The documentary bunch may be decent but I can live without that easily. I can't remember the last time I watched *any* TV let alone the BBC.

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UK.gov's hated Care.data project binned

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"However, the government and the health and care system remain absolutely committed to realising the benefits of sharing information, as an essential part of improving outcomes for patients."

I assume I'm not the only one that read "remain absolutely committed to realising the benefits" as "finding a way to get money out of this" on here.

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Forget YouTube – meet ChewTube: Strangers watching millennials eat

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Naturally

Oh Twitch, you are so wise to unveil a 'social eating' section. It is the only natural decision to reach after not allowing the 'creative' section to eat their food. I suppose you could have just tweaked the rules to allow them eat but no, let's just create another fad to go along with 'bits' and 'cheers'.

Really, I don't know how much more of this I can take. It's big in Korea? Then go watch it there. Twitch was meant to be a gaming site but now it's almost everything else. If only there was some site that did this..... like JTV. Oh wait..

Yes, I'm aware a lot of JTV content was movies and series streamed but they could easily offer an alternative to stuffing Twitch full of crap like this.

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T-Mobile Czech ad man steals, sells, 1.5 million customer records

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Sometimes a half-truth is worse than a lie

"T-Mobile Czech Republic managing director Milan Vašina says there was "no actual data leak" adding that "data are (sic) safe”. It is unclear if the company is claiming the records were for sale but remained not purchased."

I believe what the MD is saying here is that it wasn't a leak / hack and that their system is safe. Technically true, there was no leak and their system may be safe but they lost data because someone walked out the building with it.

To the (sic) comments above I would hazard a guess that use of "data" is in the context of "the data of our customers is safe" with an erroneous use of "are". Still, their English is likely to be better than a large portion of those who live in England and I'm referring to the native speaking lot before anyone accuses me of xenophobia.

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Apple quietly launches next-gen encrypted file system

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"The file system is also case-sensitive and that apparently cannot be disabled"

I know next to nothing about coding and even less about making file systems but if this is something new they are designing surely they can turn it off or alter the code to avoid the numerous issues I'm seeing people mention. I'm assuming that by "cannot be disabled" they really mean "this is our way of forcing you to buy new stuff".

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Letters prove GCHQ bends laws to spy at will. So what's the point of privacy safeguards?

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Keeping up with rules is his job

If you are overseeing something as huge as this then it is part of your JOB to keep up with the rules. If you can't / won't / don't then you are not doing your job and should be fired on the spot. I would really like to be surprised at these sorts of things but are any of us really surprised?

Government in "laws don't apply to us" shocker - not really a shocker. The shocker is that when such revelations are made the story is nowhere to be seen on the large news outlets. Has the whole country adopted an attitude of "if it doesn't affect me right now I don't care"?

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Mark Zuckerberg's Twitter and Pinterest password was 'dadada'

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Alleged "hack"

"A previously unknown prankster hacking group called Ourmine boasted about the alleged hacks, The hackers claimed that they found his password – dadada – in the LinkedIn dump."

Surely finding a password using CTRL + F and then using it does not equate to hacking.

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Microsoft's Windows Phone folly costs it another billion dollars

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FAIL

Lots of promise but that's all it ever had

The biggest issue Microsoft have (had?) is that they were treating the phone OS as they would a desktop OS. I don't mean the app compatibility thing I am referring to the glacial pace of "one update a year". When Android and Apple have obvious (to smartphone users) features like copy and paste, multitasking and others it took Microsoft way too long to implement those features. Add to that their incredibly bad and slow app approval process and you have an OS that is so far behind the curse that it was hoping to rely on apps but their approval time stopped that happening.

I said at the start with Windows Phone 7, and again with 8, that it had a lot of potential but Microsoft did not seem to be very interested in putting the resources behind it to give it the massive shove it needed. The whole "smoked by Windows Phone" fiasco was pathetic. It might boot up and do something faster than my Android phone but how often do you turn off your phone? That was also using the horrible Windows Phone 7 which couldn't be upgraded to 8. Good plan! Brand new phone OS, brand new ecosystem, trying to push it as an alternative to Android and Apple - abandoned / no upgrade path to 8 a year later.

It's got to go down as a huge fail for how often they just did not get what people wanted and kept trying to tell them what they wanted - just like Windows 8.

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Oculus backtracks on open software promise

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You got it free? Well you know.... if you really don't want it I would be more than happy to take it off your hands. What say you?

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FAIL

"The company has referred to its new ability to prevent Oculus games from being played on others' headsets with the euphemism "platform integrity check." "

I will perform a monetary integrity check, just a moment. Nope, they failed so I will be avoiding Occulus. I was already unsure because of various other things but this has sealed the nail in the coffin for me. Farcebook, greed, and control freak issues all in one.

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Oculus Rift review-gasm round-up: The QT on VR

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1st generation?

I'm going to be very picky and say this is technically the 3rd generation in Oculus' short life. I am including both DK1 and DK2 because even if they weren't widely available or classed as consumer products they are still generations of the technology. For a 3rd generation release this is pretty poor and considering the price it should be a lot better than it is currently. I am very eager for widespread VR but at this pace it's going to be quite a while before it comes into relatively affordable territory.

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Pothole campaigner sprays Surrey street with phallic paintings

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Stupid decisions

The front street where I live was an awful mess. It had actual potholes and after years they finally got around to scheduling in a resurfacing date with leaflets asking everyone to not have their cars parked outside that day. Unfortunately they didn't plan for people who did leave their cars outside (assholes) so their solution was to simply do a few large sections and leave one section in the middle with the worst potholes, which includes the area of my house.

If they had been a bit more aggressive with fines for anyone who held up the work I bet there would have been a fully resurfaced street instead of this mess. Some people are so fucking selfish.

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Google risks everything if it doesn’t grab Android round the throat

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Re: Rubbish

@MrXavia I'd put the blame for the Nexus 7 (original) performance issues on the Tegra 3. It had massive market hype but the performance was pathetic. I have a phone and the Nexus 7 with that chip in and they both underperformed massively even when brand new.

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Re: Rubbish

You have to be kidding. I own the exact same Nexus and it struggles massively with Android 5.1.1 regularly. It has been supported with updates the whole time except now. Compared to all other brands (aside from Apple who have total control on hardware) that is a long life. My LG G2 is stuck on 5.0.2 despite being a lot more recent and having better hardware than the Nexus 7.

I would have installed a custom ROM but I have tried many times and despite having done so with all other phones I own it seems that LG have made this extremely difficult. For some reason it just will not take a custom ROM and gets stuck in a boot loop if I try.

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HTC teases yet another make-or-break comeback flagship

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HTC Galaxy One M10

Oh for crying out loud... Samsung are bad enough with their totally-not-an-iPhone-copy Galaxy handsets but this is basically a Samsung Galaxy design on the front. Why such a pronounced button / fingerprint scanner? Are you telling me it couldn't be more subtle and still work? I find that very hard to believe. I used to be a big HTC fan but this just makes me want to avoid them even more than I have been.

This isn't just a case of "mostly display, few buttons and looks similar" it looks almost identical to the Galaxy from the front. It's frustrating because from the specs it looks to finally have a good (Sony) camera part and that's always been the weakest part of HTC phones. For clarity I hate Apple, don't care about Samsung and liked HTC a lot. This is just stupid and I wouldn't be surprised if Samsung were looking at this carefully.

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UK's internet spy law: £250m in costs could balloon to £2 BILLION

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Re: 299 pages and *no* full cost estimate. I smell a PATRIOT (act) game.

"4 horsemen IE Paedos, terrorist, drug traffickers and money launderers."

I'm aware of what most of those are but I'm terrified at the prospect of anyone still using Internet Explorer.

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UK ministers, not judges, to sign off on Brit spies' surveillance

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Big Brother

I understand it finally!

"Each intrusive power must be shown to be necessary, clearly spelled out in law, limited in accordance with human rights standards and subject to demanding and visible safeguards."

Each power is needed otherwise we can't snoop and take all we want to stitch people up or cover our tracks later. It's limited in what human rights standards we pay attention to and we demand that all visible safeguards are able to be ignored as we see fit.

There we go. All loose ends tied up in a suitably "think of the children... terrorists.... someone" way.

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You own the software, Feds tell Apple: you can unlock it

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Coat

Re: This could have far reaching consequences indeed

What if they burn all your toast until you comply? Oh, you said toaster. Never mind.

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AVG defends plans to flog user data as privacy row continues

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Analogy?

Trying to explain this in simple terms to elderly people will probably be a bit difficult. I'm trying to come up with an analogy and the current one is a company selling burglar alarms that then sells non-identifiable information on alarms, number of doors and windows on a house etc to criminals / all who pay. Can anyone come up with a better one?

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WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

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Karen loved doing group yoga online but really wished there was a local site instead of just an Australian one.

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Hated Care.data scheme now 'unachievable', howls UK.gov watchdog

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Ridiculous situation all round

"So far, 700,000 individuals have requested to opt out of having their data shared with third parties. However, concerns have been raised that the Health and Social Care Information Centre has been unable to implement those objections."

From what I've heard, possibly rumours and nothing more, even those who did opt-out had their data sold anyway. If true wouldn't that be a spectacularly massive breach of some laws? As soon as I heard about this ludicrous scheme I opted out. The only people I want to see my records are doctors helping me with any problems I may have.

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Wheely, wheely mad: Petrolheads fume over buggy Formula One app

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Re: F1 is pants...

F1 lost its appeal to me a long time ago. It went from an exciting sport where races could come down to the last corners regularly to a snore fest where one or 2 cars are way ahead of the rest and only a pit stop mistake or crashing would change it. I understand they wanted to make things safer after a series of high profile deaths such as Senna but it feels like they went too far in the opposite direction and took all the excitement out of it.

They had a massive amount of technology that made the cars relatively easy to win with if you had the best available and that meant driver skill had less impact on the results. That had to go even if I liked the old Williams / Renault combo but so much else has changed that cars are going around 10 seconds slower than they did previously.

I don't think anybody wants to see deaths in sport (at least no reasonable person) but the biggest death of all is the thrill of the race. Now it feels more like a tour of the courses with more and more pay barriers coming every year. I hated when Murray Walker left, I hated when it went to ITV but the ultimate thing was taking most of the races to a premium, premium service (Sky and Sky Sports subscriptions). Greed and currency signs flashing all over. All flash and no substance with pretty boy drivers.

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UK Supreme Court waves through indiscriminate police surveillance

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What?

"That fear translates into the real world as destroying records central to a court case"

Isn't that just ever so slightly illegal? Destroying evidence in any case is a crime but since they can go "it's what she wanted" that makes it ok? No. How has this not been given massive press cove... oh right, press do as they're told of course.

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Euro ministers ditch plan to ban roaming charges

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In 2013 ............. end costly roaming surcharges by the end of 2015.

<snip>

.............national representatives now argue that “a transitional period is needed to allow roaming providers to adapt to wholesale market conditions”.

2 years isn't enough of a transitional period? What a joke this has become.

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'Fry-OS 8' iPhone BLEW UP MY PANTS wails roasted Johnson

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Lawyer with morals!

"First and foremost, we have to find out how this happened and prevent it from happening ever again," he said. "That's the whole goal here. Is the product safe?"

How refreshing! A lawyer that is only interested in preventing other people from suffering burn injuries at the hands of an iPhone. I assume he won't be seeking any money for his client and only assurances that it won't happen again. Such a nice lawyer, so kind and full of goodness.

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Microsoft leaves the Rooms. How will Windows Phone OS users make to do lists?

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"Cloud-o-bile"

Oh I bet there's plenty of bile to go around in users who liked the feature. I never used it but clearly others did and Microsoft are being their usual "we know best" selves like they were with Windows 8. The difference here is they don't have much of the market to lose.

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HELP! Windows Phone update 8.1 broke my Lumia

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Microsoft and updates - they just don't get it!

In the past when Nokia was top dog you rarely ever saw a software update unless you had a high end phone and even then it was one or sometimes 2. Since Android and iOS the updates are coming out at least once per year with big additions and in the case of Android smaller releases adding a few things on the way. Unfortunately, Microsoft are stuck in their ways and their ways echo the old Nokia update methods.. You rarely see them, they're only available for certain models and if you run into problems you're screwed.

How hard is it for management to see that as the 3rd or 4th horse in the phone OS race they need to be improving a lot faster than the leaders? Almost everyone see that they're treating it like a pet project such as Apple TV yet Apple can afford to do that as it's a relatively (compared to smartphones) small market. Microsoft want to be leaders in the smartphone sector but they just don't take it seriously.

Get a grip, treat it as a massive priority at least on par with fixing Windows 8's reputation did to Windows, and get updates out FASTER. Remember those early stories of how, like Apple, Microsoft updates meant you'd get your new updates without delay? Oh that was such a good joke..It's almost as though someone has a bet going on just how badly they can screw up a division and the phone division is still just about ahead of Windows who tried their hardest with Windows 8.

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