* Posts by Mark 110

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Five technologies you shouldn't bother looking out for in 2016

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Re: Five technologies you shouldn't bother looking out for in 2016

Ta - will give it a go. Just the screen rotate to sort now.

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Telling girls I'm an IT Consultant doesn't seem to stop me getting laid. Not entirely sure its the thing thing that clinches the deal though.

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Re: Five technologies you shouldn't bother looking out for in 2016

I tried switching to Linux (Mint) again the other day but had to give up after a few hours. Some basic stuff that Windows just does was an utter ball ache. Not worth the effort.

Its not Linuxes fault its just that the software / drivers aren't available and often if they are available aren't packaged in a nice friendly way. I used to be a bit techie (Cisco networking mostly) but really can't be arsed any more - your average never been techie user is never going to be arsed unless Linux is all packaged up nice and friendly like Android.

Current issues to be fixed for me to switch:

- nice easy way of getting the auto screen rotate for my Lenovo Yoga working

- nice easy to install media server that will run in the background for streaming sound and video off the hard drive

- a Linux version of the Garmin Connect software I use very often (yes I know it might work in a Windows emulator but thats beside the point and whether it will run as a nice little background service that just does what I need it do whenever I am in the room is another matter)

- MS Office - yes I know the alternatives. Not interested. Its bad enough working out where they have hidden stuff in the Office interface sometimes without having to learn a new one. And last time I tried to do a trivial thing with a PivotTable in one of the other spreadsheet programs it just wasn't capable (this was about 10 years ago though). And yes I know I can run the Office webapps in the browser - might be a passable solution if the other stuff can be fixed.

I would like to switch. Linux seems to be a better OS. I just can't get off the ground without getting annoyed about the compromises I have to make.

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Serving up IT on a silver platter, also known as ITSM

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ITSM?

Why does this article seem to think that ITSM and 'automated provisioning / delivery' equate to the same thing. It reads like the start of one of those 'whitepapers' promoing the latest auto provisioning knick knack. Copy & paste?

Anyway, Request Fulfillment makes up about 3% of the ITIL ITSM library and the proposition that its good to automate it makes up about one paragraph in that. Automation is a recurrent theme as a 'nice to have' in lots of the ITSM lifecycle.

I really can't find anything in the article that couldn't have been explained with the words 'Its often good to automate things'. Slow news day?

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After-dinner Mint? Stylish desktop finale released as last of the 17 line

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Re: Question

OK - got Onedriive sync working. Only 2 hours pain and one thumb down. Should I start on the Auto rotate issue tonight as well . . . maybe not. I have to be up at 6am.

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Re: Question

And thought II would give it another look on the strength of this article. One of my other gripes last time was there didn't seem to be a quick way of getting Onedrive sync in place. Had a quick Google and tried this: http://xmodulo.com/sync-microsoft-onedrive-linux.html

An hour in command line hell and it doesn't work. Just throws me errors halfway through the setup process even though I am following instructions precisely. No clear instruction as to what I have done wrong.

To be honest Linux is utter bollocks. If it can't get something as simple working in a couple of clicks its an utter waste of my time. Can it be that difficult to get a piece of software to install and run?

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Question

Anyone have a clue how to make my Lenovo Yoga auto screen rotate when in tablet mode? Tried switching to Mint a while back and ran into that problem. So went back to Windows.

I might take another look but I take very little pleasure in digging through Linux forums for fixes that don't work or send me into CLI hell.

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ICO: You call that a sentence? Courts need power to hit data thieves harder

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Re: er...

1000/5000 = 20% Surely

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The Register guide to software-defined infrastructure

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Change Management

Change Management doesn't go away just because you are doing SDI. It just needs to keep up. Its always been about assessing Risk and Impact and putting the appropriate governance in place to make sure the changes are assigned off at the correct level of expertise and accountability.

In order to 'keep up' you just need processes in place to make those 20 day approval lead times come down to two days. Not easy, but not impossible, and the DevOps crowd are looking hard at how they make their rapid implementation lifecycles work with a risk averse Service Management organisation. I could tell you more but I skipped the conference I was invited to on the subject last year.

The power for me in software defined is once you have defined you can implement your test environments in days instead of weeks, and given correct change control and configuration manageement, over the definition, when you come to implement on production you have a greater level of assurance that Production will be a 99.999% replica of the environment you tested on.

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Rebels defeat the Empire (again) by giving BB-8 an API

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Go back to bed. Then get out the right side next time you utter c*%k!!

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'One Windows' crunch time: Microsoft tempts with glittery new devices

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Re: MS on to something with the 'One Windows' strategy?

Much more likely we will just be docking our phones to keyboards, mice and monitors. They seem to be trying to get ahead of the game in that respect. Yes there will still be a need for powerful workstations (well maybe, as those apps could run on cloudy infrastructure given powerful enough networks) but the average web, email, calendar, etc can happily run on a phone sized device.

I am frankly amazed what we can do with a phone sized device, but then I am pushing 50 hard. I didn't get to touch a computer til I played Space Invader's in the chip shop down the road.

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Honor 7 – heir apparent to the mid-range Android crown

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Re: That says it all

The camera has a s"sex mode"???

Cool!!!!

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Biggest security update in history coming up: Google patches Android hijack bug Stagefright

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Re: Am I being exceptionally slow again?

Dunno. You rooted your phone . . have to work that one out for yourself :-)

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And so it begins... Cleaning up HMRC's £10.7bn Aspire mess

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Lots of clients are like that. Maybe if they bring it back in house they will have to take responsibility. The whole point of outsourcing is you don't want to.

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Re: Sounds like a good idea

It is an idea with merit.

But then you need to have the organizational capability to set that company up, have it acquire the necessary resources, and build the necessary delivery capability and systems to run effectively and efficiently. UK Government used to have that capability in all sorts of areas not just IT. It was never as efficient or effective as a private company but at least they had control and didn't have someone skimming 20% off the top (well maybe the staff - but better staff than shareholders).

Since they outsourced (everything - from prisons, to social care, to IT to school diinners to staff catering to cleaning to . . .) they no longer have the capability. Probably the one area of government big enough to start to rebuild it is HMRC and maybe that's the plan.

The alternative would be to build a proper governance capability to manage departments and suppliers. The PAC just criticizes after the fact. They need a Department of Supplier Management or something. Central expertise in stopping the big outsource providers taking the piss. Stopping departments signing silly agreements. Ideally staffed by former employees of the big outsources who know the game and how to counter.

Much better just to bring it back in house and get the control back in my humble opinion.

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Windows 10: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE to Microsoft's long apology for Windows 8

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Upgrading tonight

Think I will upgrade tonight after work. What could possibly go wrong?!!

I shall report back in a few days :-)

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45% of UK data centres have suffered a natural disaster. Really?

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Re: leaking roof in reception

Our data centre is right below the kitchen of the staff canteen . . what could possibly go wrong?

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Version 0.1 super-stars built the universe – and they lived all the way over there, boffins point

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Question

Where did the stuff that went bang to form the Population III stars come from? What was it made of?

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A server apocalypse can come in different shapes and sizes. Be prepared

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Clustering does not eliminate need for backups and logs

"Take databases as an example. In the dim, dark past, a database might be reliant on a technology like log-shipping to offer redundancy in case of an outage.

This relies on nightly backups plus up-to-date transaction log copies for the intervening period, and ultimately will result in some data loss (for any logs that had not completed transmission prior to the outage) and some service downtime while your DBAs work to bring the system back online.

Some people might refer to this as a warm standby. At best, it’s probably tepid.

With database clustering on the other hand, the storage between the primary and secondary nodes is shared – perhaps with a SAN volume or replicated disks – so there is no requirement for backups and logs to be shipped."

Database clustering does not eliminate the need for backups. Assuming you are talking about a geo cluster then it does eliminate the need for backups in a site failure scenario. There are other scenarios.

Take the example of the admin asked to anonymise a test database and who ran the SQL script against the prod database. All data effectively destroyed and the destruction synchronously replicated to the DR site by block level storage replication.

Without daily backups and 15 min log backups this would have been even nastier than it actually was (2 days loss of business).

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HTC execs: Oh dear, did we say we'd sell lots of smartphones? Our bad

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One thing the M8 did do was address those build issues. Mines a year old and looks brand new. The case is a little scuffed as I dropped it stood on it and slipped the first week I got it. Heart stopped as I expected I had killed it but its like new.

I assume the M9 is the same.

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I agree though not sure its entirely an innovation problem. I have an M8. A few friends have one too. It does what I want it too. I am not sure what the M9 could have done to be an upgrade. Certainly there isn't a competing offering inspiring an upgrade either.

A lot of people I know upgraded last year and all are waiting til at least next year for their next upgrade (barring loss, or damage). All the HTC owners are planning to stick with HTC when the upgrade comes around.

Apple meanwhile are flying just on the back of making the phone bigger and their ecosystem lock in and brand loyalty. (I did manage to extract my girlfriend from the Apple Lockin a few weeks ago by getting her a second hand M8 off eBay for £200 - shes never been happier).

Samsung have made a leap in construction quality which is probably driving their loyal customers upgrades.

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I guess I think the M8 was just so good there's nothing to drive upgrades and the other manufacturers have caught up. Be interesting to see what the landscape looks like next spring when its upgrade time. If someone comes out with a platform I can EASILY dock and use as an office PC then that might tempt me. I can't think of another killer innovation I would switch manufacturer for.

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So, these guys turn up with AK47s and offer me protection ...

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Missing Tank

Once playing World of Warcraft our tank, a South African, went offline and didn't come back. We muddled on with a sub but it was a bit of an aborted raid. When he finally came back online a few days later it turned out that guys with guns had come and taken his gaming rig :-(

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Lonely this Xmas? Nerds, n00bs and no-hopers' guide to dating apps, Pt.1

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Re: OKCupid is good, POF is alright

Guardian Soulmates is fantastic. Have had a great time on there since I split with my ex in June. I didn't even need to go looking - they all contacted me. Scheduling became an issue for a few weeks.

Have kinda settled down with a beautiful law lecturer from there for the time being.

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Re: Pictures of one's privates

Certainly on the straight sites best to keep your meat and veg out of sight. Evan the adult ones. I am not saying before I worked that out I didn't get any success, but have had much more since.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Not an improvement

Too much white space. Seems to make it harder to scan down for stories that interest me. Early days though.

Top stories are harder to identify not easier.

It still loads as a desktop site on my mobile. Why? Every other website knows I am using a mobile and presents me with a mobile version.

I look forward to agency redesign :-)

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Virgin Media's ad fibs EXPOSED by bitter rival BT

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Re: The only good thing about BT is....

As a Virgin customer I have exactly the same problem with BT endlessly calling me trying to sell me their useless crap (yes I used to be a BT customer). I have repeatedly told them to stop calling me cos I will never buy anything off them again if there is any alternative but they continue.

I have now raised a complaint , , , which they haven't responded too :-(

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Apple patents NEVERSMASH iPHONE for fumbling fondlers

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Re: Parachute

Or an airbag?

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Chromecast video on UK, Euro TVs hertz so badly it makes us judder – but Google 'won't fix'

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There's already quite a large number of dead people on the worlds roads. Lots of people I know that I wouldn't trust to operate a stapler are allowed to drive around at 70 miles an hour (though they seem to prefer 100).

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Re: Meh.

My Chromecast doesn't serve adverts. Nor is it designed to.

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Mega GP tech services framework badge awarded

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" Spent is estimated to be between £5m and £220m"

Good estimate that!!!!

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The Big Data wrangling CIO you've probably never heard of: But his kit probably knows YOU

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Jobs???

"Shop Direct recruits talent direct from its main site - an unusal move for many in business and certainly in the retail sector. Dig through Shopdirect.com and you'll find detailed ads for devs, architects, data solutions and service operations experts written using the kind of cheeky, chatty style normally found at hip and brand-conscious companies like Virgin. Come work for us, this says, Shop Direct needs serious talent and it’s a fun place."

I can only see 7 jobs on their site, none of which are particularly IT related.

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Microsoft fitness bands slapped on wrists: All YOUR HEALTH DATA are BELONG TO US

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Re: Swimming

I have a Garmin Swim for swimming - no heart rate monitor on that though. And use MapMyRide on my phone for basic cycling stuff - no heart rate monitor. Would just be nice to have one device around the £100 mark of the Garmin Swim that would do the lot.

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Swimming

None of these things seem to have swimming or cycling analytics on them. Bit of a gap if you ask me. Plenty of people swim and cycle as part of their fitness regime.

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Look, pal, it’s YOUR password so it’s YOUR fault that it's gone AWOL

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2 factor

Is there not a market for a widespread 2 factor, or just physical authentication service. I would use it.

Give me a key fob (or mobile phone app) with a number changing every minute that I can use on all participating websites. I'd pay £20 a year for the inherent security and lack of password hassle. Blizzard implemented something similar for stopping WoW hacking, but I just want one app for all my authentication.

Its got to be a viable business opportunity.

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Google: 'EVERYTHING at Google runs in a container'

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Great Info

Thanks to all intelligent commentators for lovely info.

What on earth are people doing on a pure tech thread slagging off Googles ethics. Go to a big IT ethics thread to do that you f-wits.

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BOFH: Oh DO tell us what you think. *CLICK*

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Superb. Thanks. I should distribute this to the Business Analysts. Wish the bloody projects would think about the needs of IT support 1% as much as they think about the needs of the business :(

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Gr8, it's the new M8! Ideal for that celebrity funeral selfie

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Re: Getting closer

I am intrigued. Bit late to do a detailed reply but you seem to be saying you haven;t had a HTC since a Desire but you don't like their new phones. How would you know?

On the battery front - I don't see the problem. Are you really ever that far from a plug?

On the Sense UI front - if the last version you used was on the Desire then how do you know?

Stereo speakers - horses for courses - not something I would ever use but not a reason to dislike the phone. Some people will like it (them pesky kids at the back of the bus)

Automated photo effects - instead of doing them in a paint package?? Not something I use but why not. Better than wasting time doing them in a paint package when it could be automated.

Pretty - nothing wrong with being pretty but its more than that - look and feel are what us humans live on. Look cheap and plasticy like a Samsung or sheek and metallic like a HTC or sleek and glassy like an iPhone? HTC won awards for look and build so hard to knock it so frivolously.

Updates - my HTC One just got updated to Kit Kat. I doubt they will support updates for more than a couple of years but who else does?

I am not sure why you are so down on HTC or what experience you have of recent HTC phones. Kinda feel like I am feeding a Samsung troll or something with this post. Oh well. Eat away.

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You TWITS! Facebook exec erects billboards shaming texting drivers

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Re: Mixed signals...

I think the point is that if you are driving a car you are supposed to be watching the frigging road . . .

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It's EE vs Vodafone: 'How good is my signal' study descends into network bunfight

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Better coverage in the jungle

I was amazed when I was in the middle of the jungle in India, 20 miles from anywhere of note, that I had 5 bars of signal. Mountainous area. No signs of dense population. 5 bars signal.

Yet I get on a train out of Southampton to London and its utterly pointless trying to do anything with a mobile phone til you hit Woking. Had a similar problem when I used to travel down through Oxford and Reading to Basingstoke.

Huge swathes of the highly affluent areas of one of the richest countries on earth with no mobile signal and yet I travel to one of the poorest countries on earth and there's 5 bars of signal in the most unexpected places.

(Currently using the EE network via VM in this country)

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Tony Benn, daddy of Brit IT biz ICL and pro-tech politician, dies at 88

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Re: Must be a techie...

I heard a thing on Radio 4 this morning by the BBC political editor. Apparently when he went to Benn's house to interview him the place was crammed full of old tech - 8 track tape decks, BBC micros, etc - all still working.

Apparently Benn has been recording and writing all his life and needed to keep the old tech working so he could access his old stuff.

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STRIPPED DOWN and EXPOSED: Business kit from the good old days

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Re: Sir

Indeed. Mr Dabbs. Please acquire the key and open the safe and report back. Please.

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Altcoins will DESTROY the IT industry and spawn an infosec NIGHTMARE

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Re: Come and get them

But the current value of Bitcoins is based on their uniqueness. They were first. People are using thhem. There is nothing about them that cannot be copied. When they are copied their value will fall. Their value is actually wildly volatile currently.

It will be interesting to see if a bit/alt coin ever starts to function as a stable currency. Stability is important. You would not put your savings into a currency that might be worth 20% less when you need it, or worthless by the time you retire. Whilst the inherent built in limitations to the supply of Bitcoins, currently, are increasing their value, their is very little to stop a government (China? India? Iran? USA?) building a datacentre the size of ten football pitches, full of BTC asics, hooked up to spare nuclear plant capacity (fairly free) and just owning all of them..

I doubt this experiment will work. Governments will insist on control of the money. Interesting to see how it pans out though.

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Inside Steve Ballmer’s fondleslab rear-guard action

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Re: No, Liam, I won't be using a fondleslab as my primary computer.

Get Swiftkey - its quite difficult to make spelling mistakes with it and might up your wpm :-)

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Blighty's winter storms are PUNY compared to Saturn's 200mph, 15,000 mile wide HEXACANE

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Boffin

Why a hexagon?

Why is it hexagonal? Anyone?

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SHOCK! US House swats trolls, passes patent 'extortion' bill

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Re: what else is in the bill

Mmmmmm bacon

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Microsoft bans XXXXBOX gamers for CURSING in online combat

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Its probably the behaviour of the 40% that are under 18 they are trying to control. Once you get past 20 then aimless abuse becomes a little despairing.

Nothing wrong with demanding a little civility in my opinion. You would not expect to be allowed to wander into John Lewis and be allowed to start threatening to rape peoples mothers . . .. so why would it be OK in Microsoft's place of business?

I am an avid swearer. But I don't do it in strange company, and restrict it at work, and if someone asks me not to then I respect that. Whats the problem?

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Two minds

One mind: I hate censorship.

Two mind: But then I also hate taking verbal abuse from people that really really really wouldn't say that if they were in the same room as me (44 years old, 6.2", wider at the top than the middle) . . . I'm a peaceable guy but if I took some of the random abuse in person that I have taken online then I may have done a mischief to someone.

I guess banning profanity is an effort to tone down the abuse. It will just mean the abusers will need to become a little more imaginative with their English. In the meantime . . . while they learn some new words (beyond the 5 they were using). . the rest of us might get a bit of a break :-D

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Two minds

One mind: I hate censorship.

Two mind: But then I also hate taking verbal abuse from people that really really really wouldn't say that if they were in the same room as me (44 years old, 6.2", wider at the top than the middle) . . . I'm a peaceable guy but if I took some of the random abuse in person that I have taken online then I may have done a mischief to someone.

I guess banning profanity is an effort to ton tone down the abuse. It will just mean the abusers will need to become a little more imaginative with their English. In the meantime . . . while they learn some new words (beyond the 5 they were using). . the rest of us might get a bit of a break :-D

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Dear-ly beloved: Apple’s costly iPad Mini with Retina Display

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Has to be an opportunity for someone to clean up by catering for the droids though. I would have been tempted to buy stuff (speakers, music centres, etc) if it didn't need me to buy an iPhone/iPod first.

I look at potential purchases in shops and then the "optimised for iPhone/iPod" sticker looms so I walk away. Their loss, not mine - I do my own better (but more effort) solution instead.

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Doctor Who Episode One: Through a glass. Darkly

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I read a lot (all maybe?) of the Doctor Who novels when I was a kid and was fascinated by the Daleks being living beings that had escaped their dead world by automating themselves. It leant some sanity to their motivations for seeking new worlds to take over.

The whole transformation of them into the " we do this because we are evil" thing kind of breaks the story. If you analyse the recent Dalek story lines then the Daleks are just insane. The early stories had them as sane but malevolent. Much scarier.

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