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Ancient telly, check. Sonos sound system, check. OMG WOAH

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Re: Weird cabling

Same here - optical cable into a £150 Denon amp and a £200 pair of Dali Zensor 1's, it's only stereo but sounds absolutely gorgeous as far as I'm concerned. I haven't heard one, obviously, but I really don't see how this little unit would compete.

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What the world really needs: A telescopic SELFIE STICK

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Re: Not actually a new idea

Agree completely. I've had one for years for my Go-Pro, and I've used it for kite surfing, snorkelling and snowboarding. Like you say it's good for directing your camera into nooks and crannies, and if I've been guilty of snapping the odd pic/video of myself (which I've been doing since long before it was called a "selfie" therefore I refuse to call it one) when I'm in a happy place with a big smile on my face then so bloody what - it cheers me up to look at those pictures during the many times when I'm in a less happy place. Miserable sods, now I can never use my camera on a stick again as people like you lot will judge me "self obsessed" or something!

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Volunteers slam plans to turn Bletchley Park into 'geeky Disneyland'

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Re: Whilst I want Bletchley to keep going

Couldn't agree more - have you been to the Science museum in London recently? It's all "interactive exhibits" and touch screens now and it seems they want to take Bletchley Park down that same path. I've been twice, and the first time I was fortunate enough to spend a good ten minutes chatting with Tony Sale which was just an amazing experience. He told me all about how when he was building the colossus replica he would get tipped off about old analogue telephone exchanges being decommissioned, and he and his mates would turn up there and climb into the skips out the back to scavenge rare GPO parts. Speaking to people like Tony was the whole appeal of the place to me, and there were plenty like me who visited the place from far and wide exactly because they'd heard it was the opposite of most museums - I initially found out about it from a great book called "Bollocks to Alton Towers" which is all about the theme of finding quirky British attractions. If it becomes sanitised, it just becomes another crappy modern museum, albeit one in the middle of bloody nowhere well off the tourist trail with a very limited audience. Welcome though the lottery funding is for much needed restoration of buildings, bringing in this consulti-twunt to make these changes sounds like a recipe for disaster and something really should be done before it's too late and he's alienated the very small pool of knowledgeable people who bring the place to life.

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NatWest 'spam' email cockup got me slapped with late payment fee, says angry Reg reader

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Re: more lessons

The bloke said:

“The fee itself was a comparatively minor annoyance, but irritating nonetheless as I normally pay off my credit card shortly after receiving the reminder from the online banking system. The real annoyance was NatWest's refusal to deal with the problem.”

So how exactly is he failing to take responsibility? He's holding his hand up to having cocked up by not paying the bill on time, he simply flagged up the problem and used his personal expertise to suggest a resolution for the benefit of similarly scatterbrained other customers. This is commonly known as "being helpful"

If I was this bloke however one thing I would check would be that they'd not flagged it as a late payment on my credit history - this sort of blemish can look bad on mortgage applications, and he'd have a reasonable justification on this occasion for asking them to remove it.

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MANIC MINERS: Ten Bitcoin generating machines

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Re: I'm not some kind of hippy or anything, and it's an interesting experiment....

I see your point - but I'd be hugely delighted not to work if society made that feasible, so the argument is flawed.

All I'm saying is that it seems rather unnecessary to design the infrastructure behind a currency to be so intrinsically labour intensive that all of this number crunching is required just to help set it's value, the quantity in circulation and to manage simple transactions. Yes of course I'm aware that any currency has all kinds of overheads around it's creation, maintenance and things like FX rate discovery, that's what traditional markets do - as it happens I work in finance myself writing systems that do EXACTLY that so you'd think I'd welcome it!

The whole thing seems rather over-engineered.

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I'm not some kind of hippy or anything, and it's an interesting experiment....

But in an age where we're supposed to be getting more efficient and less resource hungry, does the whole mining process not strike anyone else as being an utterly futile waste of electricity and processing power?

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Why 2014 might just be the year of the Google Chromebook

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Re: Makes Grim reading For MS Beancounters

Maybe they'll going to need to decouple Office and Visual Studio + the runtimes from it's dependency on Windows to survive. This will be a good thing for those of us who prefer to avoid Windows but like Microsoft's dev environment.

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EE and Voda subscribers to get 2G and 3G INSIDE the Channel Tunnel

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Re: How about on UK train lines?!

"Still much of the UK's mainline train routes lack proper coverage, even a consistent ability to make calls along their length."

Yep - and many of us like it that way, no noisy people bellowing into their phones when I'm trying to have a snooze on my way into work :-)

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OMG, Andrex KILLED the PUPPY! Not quilty, exclaim bog roll boys

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Re: Online toilet paper lovers?

I bought the very cheap end of supermarket own brand recently - big mistake, actually threw most of it away in the end it was so weak. I will never express any desire to "get in touch with my inner self" again.

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Teary-eyed snappers recall the golden age of film

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Canon AE-1

Still got my Dad's one, with a bunch of lenses. It was the first ever shutter speed priority camera I think, it sets the aperture automatically. Should dig it out and see if I can still take photos with it before it becomes completely impossible to get film developed anymore......

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DEATH-PROOF your old XP netbook: 5 OSes to bring it back to life

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Re: Linux mint xfce with Mate 32 bit

"As for being cool, i would have thought that being the only penguin in the class with a machine that can do everything the others can do would be too cool to touch ......"

You have to be joking, right? Most kids are idiots, the only cool thing to have will be an iPad, or at worst an android tablet. The rest of the class will all be downloading the latest flavour of the month game off the app store, and the kid with the LINUX netbook will be the one that can't participate. Pariah status will follow. When I was a kid I was the only one in class with an IBM PC at home, everyone else had consoles. Now while I owe my working life to what I learned from that ancient XT clone (rather than spending my time playing starwing and streetfighter 2) and long term it worked out well for me, I can assure you that at the time it was in no way "cool" to have something different to what everyone else had. Kids are very much of the pack mentality, and at that age "different" is bad - not having an iPad screams "poor kid".

I'm not saying any of this is right, it's just how kids operate. Well that's how I remember it all anyway :-)

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Why Microsoft absolutely DOESN'T need its own Steve Jobs

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Re: A fine line between Vision and Arrogance

"How the fuck am I supposed to know that?"

I have RSI so I use keyboard shortcuts a lot, but I thought a lot of them were pretty common knowledge. Alt-F4 is one of the basics I thought, it's up there with alt-space or alt-tab. Everyone knows that closes a window, consistently, on most window managers - don't they?!

Let's have a poll - upvote = "I knew alt-f4 did that", downvote = "I didn't know"

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Barclays Online OFFLINE: UK bank site, mobile app go titsup for the evening

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Why would you have to leave your shopping?

This is online servicing only, right? Or is it some kind of funky NFC payment app on a phone? In which case you'd have thought they'd still be carrying a debit card?

I love the way that it's inconcievable now to be disconnected from this stuff. Not all that long ago, before ATMs, you had to plan ahead and visit a bank on Friday to get enough cash out to see you through the weekend! Technology is great but some people don't have any kind of backup plan when it goes wrong.

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The micro YOU used in school: The story of the Research Machines 380Z

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Re: Nimbuseses

"Then by the mid 90s, my secondary school which had some sort of weird BNC network of 386 Nimbuses, which ran an RM login programme to boot Windows 3.0 off a central server. Incredibly slow."

We had exactly the same - I remember the slowness, the teacher used to make us login to windows 3 in batches so as not to bring it all grinding to a halt. If I remember rightly the nimbuses didn't have hard disks and we had to save our work onto floppies This must have been a standard setup, what sort of network would it have been?

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Another DEVASTATING Chelyabinsk METEOR STRIKE: '7x as likely' as thought

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Re: More money, please

I'm with him, tongue in cheek or not. We're a selfish, destructive, self important and pointless race that deserved to have been wiped out a long time ago - the planet would be in a vastly better state if we had been. Bring on a massive asteroid - just as soon as I've finished consuming and ruining and shuffled off this mortal coil.

That defeatist enough for you?

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@Grogan

My thoughts exactly - people only started getting scared of this when they made a few films about it! The dinosaurs may have had an issue with something large hitting earth, but we've been here thousands and thousands of years and we're still here by the looks of it. So probability tells us that the chances of it happening anytime soon are remote, right?

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BBC's Clangers returns in £5m 'New Age' remake

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Why can't they write some new programmes?

I've only just got over the crappy new CGI Smurfs, now they want to have CGI clangers?

I think the day the tide was turned was when they remade the Italian Job - after that, nothing was ever sacred again.

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Island-hopping Beardy Branson: I'm dodging rain, not taxes

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Seems reasonable

http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/news/celebrity/i-live-on-my-private-island-because-it-is-private-and-an-island-says-branson-2013101480326

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Samsung touching up ROUNDED, CURVY plastic enhanced MODEL

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Re: Once upon a time......

I'm pretty careful with my phone but I put some huge scratches in the gorilla glass on my S4 within 2 weeks of owning it thanks to reassurances that it wasn't possible to scratch it - I had a case but didn't bother with a screen protector. So trust me, the unscratchable glass ain't what it's cracked up to be.

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Cisco email accidentally sent to 1000s of employees causes message list MAYHEM

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Well Cisco are the network people....

..... and they presumably use their own kit for their infrastructure. Just call it "stress testing" and voila, a happy outcome.

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Official crackdown on Apple fanboi 'shanty town' ahead of London iPhone launch

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Jesus Christ

Talk about first world problems!

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Meet the world's one-of-a-kind ENORMO barge-bowling bridge of Falkirk

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@ lauwersw Re: Impressive, but nothing on what the continentals do

Yep - I'm very well travelled on the Belgian and Dutch waterways - been on that one too :-)

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Impressive, but nothing on what the continentals do

I've been on this by small ship quite a few times - it's two massive interconnected bathtubs running one and a half kilometres up and down a hill. Basically an episode of "Last of the Summer Wine" on steroids

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronqui%C3%A8res_inclined_plane

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British spooks seize tech from Snowden journo's boyfriend at airport

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Re: But

Because the guy they arrested is the boyfriend of the Guardian journalist, not somebody directly involved. I'd imagine the journo himself will be communicating only through fairly secure means and will know his rights. However, no matter how careful Snowden and the journo are, there is a good chance that the boyfriend may have been told off the record stuff and committed it to email or instant messenger in an unencrypted form, potentially on an electronic device which doesn't even need a password. While I disagree with what the intelligence services are doing, going after this guy was an obvious move as he's probably not an IT or security specialist and so might well have something they want in an easily accessible form.

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Vodafone flashes bulging package at Brits: New 4G service to rival EE, O2

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Oh hurrah

Wait a minute. 4G you say? Is this the same Vodafone that barely gives me ANY mobile data signal, in central London and most other cities and towns I tend to visit, and when it does allow me to connect I get sub GPRS speeds never mind anything approaching even 3G?

They used to be the best network out there but they seem to have a badly overloaded data infrastructure now.

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Intel's homage to Raspberry Pi: The much pricier Minnowboard

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FAIL

This kinda reminds me of what happened with netbooks

Take a cheap, basic, well executed idea - and then bolt on more stuff and ruin it.

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Raid millions of bank accounts. New easy-to-use tool. Yours for $5,000

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Re: details please

+1 on this. If I wanted to read vague, wooly journalism on IT stories I'd go to the mainstream media, not a specific tech publication.

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Hey, O2 punters: Kiss goodbye to 4 MEELLION* Openzone hotspots

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Re: Charging? OK

Unfortunately, you're assuming that their mobile data infrastructure is up to the job of replacing a reasonable wifi connection - it's not, the coverage is poor and slow, it's been creaky ever since they got the exclusive deal on the iPhone when it first came out. I gave up and left them about a year ago.

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Aha, I see you switched on your mobile Wi-Fi. YOU FOOL!

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"allowing attacks to breach ultra-secure locations."

What I'd describe as an "ultra-secure" location will generally use 2 factor authentication such as Secure-ID, on top of your network logon credentials. If you're only capturing the 2 factor authentication once then it's only of use until the ID changes, limiting the value of any keylogged/captured credentials you do get hold of. So in real life to most genuinely secure networks this is fairly a limited threat, isn't it? If not, why not (genuinely, educate me) ?

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Vodafone revenues hit as customers in Europe hang onto their cash

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Doesn't bother me

My Voda shares are doing just nicely thanks :-) up nearly 25% in a year.

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Review: Samsung Galaxy S4

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Re: I've had mine since Friday

Just being realistic - the battery life matches the S2 it replaces. Given that it has a bigger, brighter screen and a massive CPU that's sort of progress, isn't it?

These things do loads more than old feature phones used to do, so it's unfair to compare them really.

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I've had mine since Friday

1 - the screen is SUPERB

2 - screen touch is light and responsive

3 - no noticeable lag on anything, that processor goes like stink

4 - Battery life of two days definitely achievable with light use

Very happy with it so far. And the UI layer isn't IMHO as bad as the reviewer suggests, having said that there is a lot of bundled crapware to be uninstalled or disabled.

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Librarians: Argos site is top priority to be preserved for future generations

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Argos catalogue is a great example of something that should be archived

I know retail is a bit different now, but look at this 1985 one on Flickr - many happy memories in there for many people "of a certain age"! I used to go through it as a kid mentally picking the things I'd have in a perfect world where I had loads of money.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/38301877@N05/sets/72157619206330728/

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Mobes' pay-by-bonk just isn't cool enough, sniffs Tesco bod

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Re: Why does it have to be in a phone?

Not the tattoo, but I reckon in future we might all have NFC chips embedded at birth. After all, my cat has one (it's dual purpose for recording her identity and is also used by the cat flap which will only open for her) so the technolology is there already :-)

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That's hilarious

At lunchtime literally today I wandered up to Tesco to get some lunch, realised as I went through the door that I'd forgotten my wallet and had to go all the way back to the office. I couldn't be arsed to go back again so I had some grim office canteen food instead. But if there had been an NFC chip in my mobile, which I WAS carrying, they'd have got my business!!!

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Java still vulnerable despite recent patches

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Re: Beautifully damaged!

"Then I had a support call, that required me to connect via a VPN to the network of a mining company. Their VPN solution requires one to have Java installed (and enabled in the browser), apply a registry patch to your host, then visit a particular web site they host."

Yep, the company I work for requires the same, and I'm forced to use if for overnight support as part of my job. No alternative gateway is available and I'm laughed at for requesting it. It's a Citrix product I believe and many companies use it. So I am forced to maintain Java on my home Windows and Linux machines or I can't connect to work, do I fail you IQ test then Chirgwin you condescending bell end? I'd look a lot more stupid if I couldn't work and couldn't pay my mortgage I'd imagine, not my fault I work for halfwits.

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P2P badboys The Pirate Bay kicked out of Greenland: Took under 48 hours

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Tiny?

It's the third largest country in North America. Seriously it's a MASSIVE land mass, just not very populated is all :-)

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Furious Stephen Fry blasts 'evil' Reg and 'TW*T' Orlowski

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Re: Complains about grammar in story

It's called "Muphry's law" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muphry%27s_law

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GoPro accused of using DMCA to take down product review

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Re: Maybe GoPro should

One of the main reasons they use the box form factor is so that you can use different mounts and attachment points for different perspectives. On a chest mount in particular the teardrop factor would be a bit odd and if I crashed on it it'd be a smaller thing more likely to break a rib!

I use mine for kite surfing and snowboarding and I have the choice of chest mount, helmet mount, kite mount or board mount.

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Windows Phone 8 support to end in 2014

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Re: Given

"Maybe they will take a page out of the Android book in that if you want to upgrade you have to buy new."

My two year old Samsung Galaxy S2 has just received it's second major upgrade, to latest Jelly bean, built by Samsung and deployed over the air by Vodafone. Works flawlessly, and I've not had to muck about with Cyanogenmod builds or anything like that. Only problem is that it reinstalled all the damn vodafone bloatware when it did it, but that's easily removed.....

So I'm feeling pretty well supported actually given that a 2 year old handset is almost viewed as a museum piece now.....

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Attention, CIOs: Stop outsourcing or YOU will never retire

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Re: Oak ceilings and dead ends

I almost jumped out of my chair, pointed at my screen and shouted "YES, EXACTLY" when I read your post.

Next step up for me would be management. In fact I technically am management because that was the only way they could give me a pay rise, but I don't do any of it. I don't want to manage people, I have literally no interest in it, all I want is for you to pay me more to do the things I'm good at. I'm far happier coding or firefighting problems than I am managing people, I couldn't think of many things that interest me less to be honest.

Which, like you say, means that where I work it's relatively easy to get yourself promoted to management - in fact not being IT literate is actually rather helpful because if it turns out you're not capable of doing anything useful it's a no brainer to ask you to manage people instead! Ridiculous system. People interested in remaining technical should be encouraged to do so, paid commensurately and sent on whatever training courses they want within reason - these are the useful people who are contributing to the bottom line, not the smarmy hot air shifter in the smart suit.

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US national vulnerability database hacked

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It's like rain on your wedding day.

<< add list of other things that are definitely NOT ironic >>

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Bacon sarnies can kill: Official

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Re: Why is bacon "processed"?

@Russ

Yep, agree it's a complex subject, the main point I was making but didn't spell out (preferring instead to make snarky comments, sorry LOL) was that these guys for all sorts of reasons never got old enough to be troubled much by diseases like cancer. So they're probably not an ideal control group to compare us against!

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Re: Why is bacon "processed"?

"Also, cavemen survived on red meat, alongside veg and fruit."

What, you mean those guys who had an expected average life span of little more than a couple of decades?

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Texan contends iPod EXPLODED IN HER FACE

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Re: ¡pobrecita!

Whether they've hammed it up to maximise damages or not, if it did explode in her face as described then she could potentially have lost her sight. Don't know about you lot but my eyesight is worth a lot more than 75k to me!

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Look out! PEAK WIND is COMING, warns top Harvard physicist

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Mushroom

"that would seem to be the effective end for the dream of a renewables-powered future for humanity" - we REALLY need to start considering the reality that we need to either have many fewer children, another massive world war to decimate a few billion people or shift a load of us off this rock altogether.

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No mobile signal? Blame hippies and their eco-friendly walls

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Re: Yes.

"Agreed - it's not the new builds blocking radio" - I think it's largely down to the type of insulation used, and this varies depending on the application. When I dry lined and insulated my bathroom I used the foil backed foam type insulation (thickness was an issue and this stuff is more efficient for a given size) this caused the loss of the wireless signal to the garden. I would assume it's the foil backing that's doing it.

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US insurer punts 'bestiality' to wide-eyed kiddies, gasp 'mums'

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It's an improvement......

....... on the stupid gecko ads they used to run back in the early 2000's when I was working over there.

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This 320-gigapixel snap of London is size of Buckingham Palace

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Crap weather

I've seen a couple of these panoramas of London now, for example there's another one from the top of the shard. Why do they always seem to pick crappy overcast weather conditions when they take them? Is there a reason for it - for example that it takes ages to take the photo, and varying amounts of cloud and smog look less stitched together than different levels of sunniness?

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Canonical unveils fondleslab-friendly Ubuntu 'experience'

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Re: twin goats

Given the idiotic clothes they produce and the bunch of funny, inbred looking mingers the fashion industry holds up as "ideal" (that most blokes wouldn't touch with a 20 foot pole) I'm not sure they're an ideal judge of the beauty and form factor of anything?

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