* Posts by Ragarath

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Microsoft man: Internet Explorer had to go because it's garbage

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Re: Let me be the first to say... @AlbertH

So you lie to your customers, nice one.

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Google hatching YouTube Kiddie Vids – report

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Re: It's not the big friendly buttons, or time limits, or even parental controls...

Content for the new app will, allegedly, work the other way around. Everything is banned until it has been approved for YouTubeKidz or whatever they call it

So why the new app? Just put a tick box in the normal youtube to make it work like this?

At the moment I have 2 streams enabled for my child as they are very good and know their audience is young. But before their streams got big there are a few videos that are risqué in the language department.

Why is a specific app needed for this? Surely a few lines of code will do.

<is account under a certain age>

yes

<has video been tagged child safe by our safety team>

yes

<insert sweetie ads instead of normal ads>

done

<play video>

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Money from apps? It's all about Apple iOS, says survey

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Huge sample

I'm sorry, but that sample over that many countries is tiny. How is it supposed to represent anything?

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Don't touch me up there! Photoshop creator appeals for 'ethical' use

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Re: Marketing/advertising have no ethic, so asking for ethical use is useless...

well, there's a difference between giving a model the benefit on a shoot where her chin might have been a bit spotty, and taking 6 inches off her waistline.

There is? Not in my eyes!

If you want a model with no spots or a model with a certain waist size then go out and find them. Both are still a lie. Young girls and boys think they must be abnormal because they are hardly ever without spots or some other ailment they think makes them not the "normal" as these pics show.

I think models should be shot in whatever state they are in, surely it's not the model we are meant to be looking at but the product?

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Tim Cook slurped our brains, snarl fat battery bods A123

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Re: Serfdom? @DAM

So your saying that a "bribe" must be offered to the employee so that they actually stick to what they agree to?

I'm sure there's a name for something like that, mmmmm, extortion maybe? Might you be advocating more illegal acts to stop another illegal act?

Not saying the poaching thing is right, or that they have given the "secrets" away. But advocating extortion is not a free market idea.

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Android malware hijacks power button, empties wallet while you sleep

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Re: Surprise?

Thanks to Windows there are quite a few people with that mindset, however.

Also thanks to Windows, those "quite a few" probably don't have the know-how to root their phones as they made it easy to use a computer. Quite a conundrum huh?

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Game of Moans: Sky coughs to BORKED set top box BALLS-UP

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I had assumed you were a tech user. But ignoring the fact that a switch off and on again is a resolution to a lot of tech problems is just ignorance and is what I would expect from a non-tech hence I parodied you.

I did say in my post that Sky are wrong here, in their closed eco-system it should not have occurred as they control everything. This is not the same with anything that involves Software as you insinuated. I have yet to see a piece that does not have bugs that interact poorly with other software hence the first thing to try is? It is not the final resolution in a lot of cases but it is a way to get the person running again while you can figure out what is causing the problem. And that appears (now Sky have admitted the problem) to be what is happening here.

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And WTF Sky? Turn it off and on again!?! This is 2015 not 1995. Standard cop-out answer from "technical" support that knows less about tech than a Neanderthal.

Sounds to me like a standard response from a non-tech user. Yes in this case Sky is having a laugh, but you will not believe how many times (even in 2015) a turn it off and on again will solve the "problem" and stops wasting my time more than the 30 secs required to do something the person using said equipment (whatever that may be) should have done.

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Re: I am one of those victims...

They will be pleased if it is not their out of warranty box which needs repairing or replacing as they have been led to believe.

This is what I was thinking it was a faulty box. I've even replaced the HDD in case that was causing the errors, although I wanted to for a bigger storage space anyway. Sky just tell you to reset which is useless advice and a factory reset will lose all your recordings so is bad advice.

We have lost so many recordings because of this, luckily most of them were on catch up and have been noticed. I'm dreading going through the series that I have recorded but not had time to check. There might be some big gaps.

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NASA: Check out this TWIRLY SPACE DWARF – and NEVER moan about our budget

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Re: "... photos NASA later released as a GIF." @Peter 26

Did PNG's suddenly get cross browser animation capability? As far as I am aware only GIF is the low cost file format that can do this.

http://apngs.com/

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Wheeee! BT preps for FIVE HUNDRED MEGABIT broadband trial

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Really? You're going with gas and sewerage. Totally different playing fields.

Telecoms, string a cable and stick in a few cabinets. Gas, very dangerous, needs pumping etc. Sewerage, again massive pumping and cleaning etc. Both of your two comparisons have huge ongoing costs.

BT has a lot of the infrastructure already there they just have not kept up and did not maintain. That is why it costs them so much now. Other players are out for that reason as well, BT already has the infrastructure so for another company to compete it has to put in massive investment.

Lot's of people offering the services yes, not the infrastructure. And what do yo mean not at price we're willing to pay? Did you miss the part where we were doing our own fibre until BT used their might? In our village we are willing to pay but each time BT comes in promising lower prices, if we did install you can guarantee those promises would be fulfilled and we would have paid out for no reason. Give us the guarantee that if we install then BT are not allowed and it would be there in a heartbeat with this "high cost".

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You're right! The other 80% of the population should wait until you've caught up with them.

BT's (Openreach's) excuse most of the time is it takes to much resource. Yet they have the resource to start a second rollout before they have even finished the old tech. Sounds like excuses to me and shafting the people that have no choice, it's up to BT if we catch up not us.

We were starting a fibre rollout because BT were ignoring us. Guess what BT did? Yup, they said they were going to install fibre when they found out.This has the effect of killing any private setup dead because the prices would be higher for us to do it and competing against BT would be daft for a small village. This was 3 years ago and they said last year it is not viable. Basically all they wanted was to scupper our plans.

So before you get on your high horse again, yes others should be made to wait. Finish something properly don't half do a job. Or a much better idea, break BT up so that there are more companies that have to compete for business.

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Welcome to Spartan, Microsoft's persuasive argument for... Chrome

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Re: But it's Google... @Tevor_Pott

Yes very true on most accounts, and they should not be the default on any service IMO.

But saying Microsoft is more insidious is a bit far they are as bad as each other. Microsoft just have more users on their OS, I bet Chrome OS needs this too. I've never tried Chrome OS so would need verification.

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Re: But it's Google...

No, you just sign in to Microsoft when you start the computer

I don't - I just log into the corporate domain, which I do trust, since it pays my salary!

Must be one of those people that just clicks OK or Next without reading that it is possible not to use a MS account to set up a PC just as it always has been.

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UKIP website TAKES A KIP, but for why?

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Re: Major update cockup? @Eponymous Cowherd @Trevor_Pott

huh?

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Re: @Hans 1 @codejunky

I mean good as in alternative not that they are right. Just because they are comments you do not agree with does not mean that they are automatically bad and that they should not be considered in a debate.

Different people think differently, heck it would be a much simpler world if we all did and agreed on the same thing. We would not even be having this conversation if we all agreed on if Europe was a good or bad thing for Britain.

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@Hans 1

Hans, your comments were good but you had to spoil it right at the end by insisting you know better and have it all right just because you studied Economics. Whoop de do. I assume you saw all the problems and solutions of the world right away then?

There are many economists that know bugger all, they guess or their "forecasts" are based on flawed models. You may have a better idea where things might go having studied the subject but it does not automatically make everyone else wrong and you right just because you have.

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Re: Major update cockup? @Eponymous Cowherd

Would you care to name these people I have "shouted down". I have derided the 'kippers because I genuinely think they are dangerous and those who follow them are fools, but as nobody here has said they support them your accusation holds no credibility.

You have just done it again, they support a party you do not agree with, you call them dangerous and fools (the same can be said about most parties to be honest and it seems you agree) but did not provide any backup to your statement as for why.

You will also note that I am extremely critical of the two major parties for creating the environment in which a party like UKIP can thrive.

I'm glad to hear it. I don't think any of them (all parties) have a solid plan at the moment.

Just beware. In the General Election you might get the Government you vote for. Just before you put that X in the box, imagine Farage standing outside of No 10. I don't know about you, but the thought scares the shit out of me.

This is the same in every General Election, you might get the Government you vote for. Do you really feel any of them standing outside No.10 is much better? We need a better way for the people to affect the Governement. It's not like we need an MP to ride up to London on a horse to represent us any more with the instant communication we have. The problem is getting a reliable efficient and trustworthy way of doing it.

Also I never said which way my vote would go (it's been different a lot of years based on the policies, not the people), I just think the name calling is a little silly, but then I guess that's politics.

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Re: Major update cockup? @Eponymous Cowherd

So your local rag is full of these people you say yet you are doing exactly the same thing here. Coming on shouting down the other man with not a shred of proof. Your just calling people names in the school playground and making up Chinese whispers..

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About 4King time: Panasonic finally reveals voice-control Firefox OS TVs

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Re: I can see this working well

How does the television you're yelling at the presenter and not at it?

Erm, is it not sensible to set up a keyword as most other things do now-a-days. Does SIRI constantly yabber back at the fanboys (sorry I had to) while they walk along?

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Want to shoot FIREBALLS from your wrists, SPIDER-MAN style?

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ShortLegs, if your allowed you can use proper HTML tags. BBCode does not work.

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Islamic script kiddies aim killer blow - at Bristol bus timetable website

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Re: The wrong website defaced with dunerunes

But we get sun down here so we don't have the hours and hours to stay cooped up inside learning code like our Northern brethren.

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Let it go, let it go ... Sales of games, video and music up for second year

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Re: But...but...but....

Don't be silly, they will spin it as the war on "Pirates" is what is causing the uptake. Not the fact that usually if someone likes something they will buy it and they probably made more stuff people actually like this year.

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Microsoft remote code exec killjoys to dump seven fixes next week

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Re: Surprise!

Because it gets headlines, and clickbait and makes people like you, that believe in sky fairies also believe that it only Microsoft products that have exploits.

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Yahoo, Bing beg 'right to be forgotten' wipers: Don't FORGET about US

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Re: As a matter of interest

Erm frank ly, wouldn't that be kind of opposite to the idea of the right to be forgotten?

Random Person: Goolge please remove this xxx.xxx

Google: Sure it is your right to be forgotton!

Random Person: Erm... Google why are my details up on this page stating what you removed? It is my right to be forgotten.

Google: Well we have to keep people updated on what we removed.

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A WHOPPING 8 million Windows Server 2003 systems still out there

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Re: Not surprising...

The interesting thing is that although XP is now EOL, at least on XP x64, 2K3 x64 patches that aren't built for XP x64 all apply just fine, including last month's critical security patches. Which makes it pretty clear that MS' EOL-ing of XP was purely to squeeze more cash out of businesses with the new short term support contracts without having to do any extra work at all.

What are you on about? I take it your car is still repaired for free 10 years after you bought it? (we like car analogies)

It is not a squeeze for cash. There are lot's of alternatives out there, spending a lot of time fixing an old OS takes resources away from developing the new. You may not like the newest, but there are still alternatives available for you to choose from. You seem to like free and there are free ones these days too.

Asking you to pay to support an old system is fine if you do want to shoehorn new things into something that was never designed to properly accommodate them.

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Glasgow boffins: We can now do it, Captain. We DO have the molecular storage power

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Re: Wow

POME (Prisoner Of Mother England) but close and it still works ;)

Prisoner of Mother, just does not sound right.

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Useless 'computer engineer' Barbie FIRED in three-way fsck row

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Re: Pink crapfest

@Meerkatjie

Thanks for that link, but what does this opinion piece have to do with what I observed in my own kin?

A bad survey done badly (and with older people with a bias already), proves nothing but neither does the opinion of the writer in denying it.

In fact reading that article where it mentions cultures, it is actually talking about different races, so there may even be biological differences. Or, are you trying to tell me that all the races evolved in the same way?

I and a friend had a pink phase when we were in our teens, how does that relate to a younger person / baby choosing one thing over the other? How do you tell what is conscious and unconscious? Can you please point me to a scientific paper on this and not a newspaper opinion piece please?

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Re: Pink crapfest

Take a walk down the girls' aisle of any toy store and you'll see that the only change is the prevalence of pink LEDs.

You will find that most things are pink because that is what the majority of girls like. It is not people forcing them to do it (most of the time).

My daughter is pink mad but we thought she would grow up a tomboy. The first year of her life with two older brothers was all about army and lego and dinosaurs (the sterotypical boy toys though she does like them too). The strange thing, pink, she loves it and dolls and all the sterotypical girly things, though as mentioned she gives the boys as good as they get with the boy toys (note the boys play with her dolls too and we encourage it).

Basically what I am trying to say here is that the companies that make these things know that the majority tend to be this way because of our biology. Hence they try to cater towards what is going to sell the most, hence pink.

This book is obviously belittling Women. We are trying to teach our kids they can do anything but, the pink thing stands, most girls like pink and it is not people necessarily forcing them to like it.

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Go on, buy your workers a smartphone. You know it makes sense

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Standard and BYOD

I am going through the process right now. New boss keen to get everyone connected etc. BYOD suggested as most employees complain about having to have 2 devices, the problem? No one want's to use their own device for work purposes. No one wants others to have their personal number.

So at the moment we are going with a low cost smart phone issued by the company as standard or BYOD if you want a different make or model.

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Blackpool hotel 'fines' couple £100 for crap TripAdvisor review

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Re: Boohoo @AC

Not that simple, human nature is weird. There are people that post bad things just because they can.

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Microsoft: Your Linux Docker containers are now OURS to command

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Re: I don't know this world any more

Office for Linux?

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.microsoft.office.officehub&hl=en

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NASA launches new climate model at SC14

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Re: from the article ...

Yes, Adrian is right, it seems they have just taken data from various sources and parsed it. Though it confuses me why so much computer power was needed to produce the output.

I tend to think of climate modeling as being a guess at what would happen. If your just putting in real data and seeing the output placed on a grid, why the computing power?

There must be some guess work in there somewhere.

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Sealed with a kiss: Er, 80 MILLION BACTERIA

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5 Times a Day!

I wish my Wife would stump up 5 10 second long frenchies a day let alone the 9 it take for similarities.

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ESA sends back PRE-LANDING COMET CLOSE-UPS

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Clanger in that hole?

I'm sure I can see a clanger in that hole, is this how they traverse space?

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FIRST for HUMANITY: Fridge-size PROBOT headed for COMET TOUCHDOWN

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Re: Official unit?

For those of you new to these climes, TheRegister is not new at this and in fact we have standards to adhere to. Are we positing a new standard?

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/08/24/vulture_central_standards/

And for all your conversion needs:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/Design/page/reg-standards-converter.html

Enjoy!

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Forget 5G, UK.gov is making 2G fit for the 21st century!

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Re: Complete garbage about law enforcement challenges!

Further on from that, I seem to be able to roam easily while abroad. Why is it so much harder at home?

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No nudity, please, we're GAMING: Twitch asks players to cover up

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Re: Bought by a big american corporation @Dan1980

Great post especially this bit...

And d'you know what? If an adolescent (because the site is aimed at 13 and up, really) sees a bunch of people with the same interests as him/her who look normal, just as he/she does - not models from Victoria's Secret shows or Calvin Klein ads; not athletes or actors paid to be in perfect shape - and sees those people comfortable with who they are; comfortable with their interests, comfortable in their bodies, comfortable in the fact that what they're worth and how happy they are shouldn't - and needn't - depend on how they look or whether someone else approves of their (harmless) hobby, well, I don't think that'd be the worst of society's problems.

You'd never catch me doing it, as you mention, I would soon clear the room.

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On Nov 12, a human-made space lab will try to HARPOON a COMET and land on it

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Re: That's awfully bumpy terrain

It's not the terrain that worry's me, they seem to have that covered. If Rosetta is orbiting at 10km when the comet gets close to the Sun, will it also burn up along will Philiae? 10km is not that much after all with the distances being talked about.

I'm off to read up on what's going on with this part. Maybe Rosetta has some good shielding?

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Right To Be Forgotten in the US: Americans wanna be like EU-oo-oo, says watchdog

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Follow in our footsteps

That's right you USians, follow in the footsteps of us Bri...err..Europeans as always ;)

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Leaked: Mobile operators' SCARE campaign against net neutrality

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Re: There are enough arguments against "net neutrality" proposals...

Hey h4rm0ny, this is what I was on about in my post.

This is a different implementation. You are just saying here that all data of the same service type should be treated equally. This is no different than saying all data must be treated equally, it is just a different way of doing it where everyone should treat different services each in a different but equal way.

As I said it is the implementations of the core idea that people's opinions differ over, not the idea itself.

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Re: There are enough arguments against "net neutrality" proposals...

I hope your trying to get peoples backs up with this DAM, either that or you are wilfully ignorant. Anyone that works in or around computers and the interconnected networks of the world knows what it is about.

They may have different versions how it should be implemented. But they all boil down to one core thing, all data should be treated equally. Not hard to define is it?

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A SCORCHIO fatboy SSD: Samsung SSD850 PRO 3D V-NAND

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Re: Return of the Ramdisk?

What price indeed. It as always depends on application. For most home consumer use, this is going to be fine.

If you want it for more important work then why oh why do you not have a UPS, or a battery backup cache?

I have always done a file copy not a move because of this scenario. If there is corruption you can check before removing the old files.

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SAN-free, NAS-free? Scottish PHDs lift kilt on how they'll pull storage out of the aether

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DFS?

Is this not already accomplished by something like DFS. Surely the machines in this storage need some software that properly manipulates the files and stores them where needed?

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Video of US journalist 'beheading' pulled from social media

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Re: Western morality

Stand next to your wife firing a gun until the police turn up, and you shouldn't be suprised if she gets shot as well as you.

Why should you not be surprised? If she was shot, whilst not holding said gun and not doing said firing the police that attended were either badly trained, have bad situational awareness (hence should not be doing that job) or just wanted to shoot people.

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TRIANGULAR orbits will help Rosetta to get up close with Comet 67P

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Simples

We've all played Kerbal by now, surely we can all get that darn thing into orbit.

P.S. Well done boffins.

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Who needs hackers? 'Password1' opens a third of all biz doors

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Re: Password fields need to be bigger.

Passphrases are what I advocate, the annoying thing with Active Directory is that you cannot create your own password requirements without a third party application.

I want to specify that the users must have at least five unique words separated by spaces and a mix of upper and lower case (Numbers and symbols are allowed but not required). But to allow this you need to turn off the complexity requirements. I have found that people tend to forget if they used a 0 or an o in this word (same with the other common swaps) and so just using letters makes more sense.

The same is true with a lot of online logins, they need to allow more options.

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Gov.uk's broadband boast: Superfast fibre piped to 1 million Brits

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Re: Two years late?

Sounds similar to our local roadside cabinet. We are on the local towns exchange being 3 miles outside of it. The exchange was one of the first in the country upgraded. We were scheduled to have our cabinet upgraded 2 years ago on the BT system.

Suddenly the county got a load of government funding to roll it out to rural areas, the date slipped. Now all the other areas are being upgraded but we are apparently on the commercial rollout so not included in the government funded part, what a fuck up.

And the best bit, the reason they can't do our cabinet is power. It's right next to the only rural traffic lights around our way. How many years does it take to get an agreement to feed of off them?

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Just TWO climate committee MPs contradict IPCC: The two with SCIENCE degrees

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Re: No Surprise @LionelB

As a layman, you're probably best off going with the scientific consensus. It tends to be right in the long run (e.g there is a causal link between smoking and cancer, the earth is not flat, and so on).

As a laymen, and as I stated in my original post that started all this, please show me the consensus so that I can follow it. The reason I am leaning towards the sceptics is because at the moment their "evidence" seems to my untrained eye to be more accurate and more in line with my own observations as I go about my daily life.

Even these comments show that there is not a consensus and there are a lot more people here that are more informed on the subject than I am.

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No Surprise

I'm still waiting for the people with the supposed knowledge to come to some consensus as to what is really happening.

Being a layman I am not qualified myself to speculate only to back those that seem to present what to me appears to be happening around me. At the moment I am with the sceptics.

But with all the hoo har about numbers being fudged on both sides of the debate who are we laymen supposed to believe?

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