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Wanna use Bitcoin on your site? BitPay's open-source library wants to help

Keith 21

Exactly!

A month ago, 1 Bitcoin was 'worth' US$1,000.

As I type? It's at US$280.

Which makes for an horrific rate of inflation of Zimbabwean proportions...

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Time travellers outsmart the NSA

Keith 21

Re: Personally I'd of hoped

Oh come on, everyone knows the real reason that we are not knee-deep in invading aliens is due to this one man.

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MYSTERY of Guardian mobos and graphics cards which 'held Snowden files'

Keith 21

"This is the equivalent of countries asking if you plan to overthrow the government when you enter them."

Sole purpose of visit, dear boy; sole purpose of visit!

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Google Glass will SELF-DESTRUCT if flogged on eBay

Keith 21
FAIL

Do No Evil

Anyone remember the days when Google tried to claim that their company motto was Do No Evil?

And laughably, the idiots who actually believed them?

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Amazon accused of knocking off AWS customers' products

Keith 21
Facepalm

Something doesn't stack up here

They claim Amazon launched the same product 2 WEEKS after they did and tgus Amazon ripped them off.

Honey, if it only takes 2 weeks from seeing your product to spec, develop, test and release a copy, then your product ain't all that much, especially as it won't have taken you more than a couple of weeks yourself.

Sounds more like unfortunate coincidence than industrial espionage.

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25% of Groupon share value WIPED OUT after rates slashed

Keith 21

That's all well and good IF price is the ONLY factor.

Which, usually, it isn't.

Suppose Dave62 runs the best restaurant in the area with the best food ever, at the most reasonable prices.

That means nothing if people don't know about you.

You can halve your prices, won't get you any more customers if nobody knows about you.

So you advertise via a Groupin offer which naturally sells out.

Suddenly your restaurant is full for a month. Yeah, you make less than full price per table, but that is way more than you made on that same yet empty table the month before.

Wil most Grouponites return?

Probably not.

BUT for that month your place was busy, packed. And news like that travels it must have been packed for a reason. If everyone else is going, perhaps "I" ought to go.

Which I do.

And discover a bloody good restaurant which I frequent and introduce friends to.

Now you have more customers, regulars, than you did before.

Is that not worthwhile?

And as for paying lots to Groupin and people not paying £40 for a meal they got for £20 last time?

Piss easy one!

Your Groupon meal is not a normal menu option, it's a limited Groupon special. At a special price.

They notice when glancing at the menu that there are some bargains.

And the food was great, so maybe next time they are in the area...

Sure, not every Grouponite becomes a customer. Nobody is claiming they do.

However, when run properly by someone who knows what they are doing, a Groupon offe can be a very effective marketing tool.

When run properly. Therein lies the rub...

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Boffins FREEZE PHONES to crack Android on-device crypto

Keith 21
FAIL

Re: capacitor-based overwrite

And good luck fitting 2 or more of THOSE into your slim smartphone...

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Keith 21
FAIL

Re: capacitor-based overwrite

What size of capacitor do you think would be required?

Let's take a typical mobile phone.

Battery supplies 3.5V.

Phone draws (very roughly) 0.125A

If you want to keep the phone alive for 2 seconds to allow an orderly shutdown (which, for some phones, is WAY too short a time - try it!) then the size of capacitor you need is

Capacitor = (0.125 * 2) / 3.5

= 0.071F

(It's actually way more than that because after 2 seconds the capacitor would be empty, but let's go with this figure for now).

So, that's a 71mF capacitor (or a 71,000uF capacitor, given the a re usually specified in uF or pF).

You might get away with 2 x 47,000uF capacitors in parallel.

And you want to fit that inside your mobile phone?

Good luck cramming those 2 capacitors, each 3cm in diameter and 5cm in length, into your tiny phone, John!

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Apple supplier Foxconn could still take a bite out of Sharp

Keith 21
FAIL

Typical El Reg link bait title :-(

Article has nothing whatsoever to do with Apple, has no connection with Apple, yet El Reg resorts to tired cheap link-bait headline.

Whatever happened to quality journalism, interesting articles, and RELEVANT headlines?

Is this what El Reg has sunk to?

Is it too late to regain some of its former excellent spark?

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New Year's resolution: Don't use Instagram, it'll sell YOUR photos

Keith 21
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Good!

Perhaps this will stem the tide of those nauseating hipster-wannabe crap quality photos which are supposedly suddenly of merit because they've been filtered.

The sooner they disappear, the better!

(As for those whinging, did you seriously expect Instagram to host all your shit for free forever? Seriously? Get real...)

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Musos blast US copyright bods: 'ARTISTS MAKE LOUSY SLAVES!'

Keith 21
Angel

" I will boycott this system of exploitation and my work will be only available through underground means. "

Bleats Ms Johnston.

Thank heavens for small mercies, at least we'll be spared any more of her moronic self-righteous pathetic bilgewater - seems there is much benefit in the current system after all!

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Hacker sentenced to six years – WITH NO INTERNET

Keith 21
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Good, serves him right and the sentence seems to be a pretty good fit.

So here we have a thug who abused the internet to carry out various crimes including fraud and making bomb threats (funny how those leaping to his defence on here wilfully ignore THOSE delightful areas of his crime portfolio, I wonder why?), and rather than just throw him in jail (where he will learn how to become an even "better" criminal at taxpayer expense) his punishment is to remove access to the very thing he abused in order to commit his crimes.

Sounds like a very well thought out punishment, actually. Perfectly sensible one, fits the crime, and is most definitely proportionate.

And those rushing to whinge that his hoomin rights have been abused by cutting him off from the internet would do well to actually READ the article wherein they will find he IS allowed internet access, under supervision with prior approval. So no, it won't stop him accessing legitimate sites to further his education.

We could do with seening MORE of this sort of creative appropriate punishment handed out by the courts, quite frankly.

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Swiss railways ticked off at iOS clock knock-off

Keith 21

Something fishy here...

My clock icon on my iOS 6 iPhone looks absolutely nothing like the one claimed in the article.

Sounds like someone made up a pack of lies to get some exposure.

Another clickbait Reg article?

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BT gets postcode knickers in twist, plants Shoreditch on Mount Everest

Keith 21
FAIL

Re: Failing it's GCSE geography?

Did you deliberately misuse that apostrophe while talking about incorrect use of geography?

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Patent flame storm: Reg hack biteback in reader-pack sack attack

Keith 21
Facepalm

Didn't you get the memo, Andrew?

Of course you got a lot of flak.

This is The Register. The Hive Mind will not tolerate people saying anything good about patents. Nor copyright. Nor Apple, come to that.

You clearly need to be ReEducated, Andrew!

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Mensch pal Bozier defends Menshn security, dubs critics 'snippy geeks'

Keith 21
FAIL

Luke Bozier?

Oh, you mean this self-professed social media 'expert'?

http://www.lukebozier.com/

Seriously, look at the site. I mean, it tells you everything you need to know about him and his expertise!

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Facebook testing "announce important post" feature

Keith 21
WTF?

Re: God no

Umm, if their posts are so boring, then unfriendly them and you won't be bothered by them again!

It really is that simple.

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Berners-Lee: Net snoop law tosses human rights into the shredder

Keith 21
FAIL

Re: alternatively

"all it will do is spur 256 bit encryption and beyond, by default, everywhere, regardless of the content.

then what are you going to do?"

Already, thanks to the previous government's RIPA, all they need to do is demand you hand over all of your encryption keys then they can decrypt everything you send.

What's that? You have lost your keys or don't have them? Sorry, not good enough, off to jail with you.

Oh, and do not, under any circumstances, tell ANYONE that you have had to hand over your keys, or you will be off to jail - guess what the implication is if you issue new keys? Yup, hand them over then go off to jail for letting people know you'd handed over your previous keys which is obviously why you changed them.

They have had this power for 12 years now, you seriously think they will not continue to abuse it?!

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GiffGaff gaffe charity spaff to quell miffed riffraff

Keith 21
Angel

Re: I'm not sure what a "spaff" is

spaff - to ejaculate.

You're welcome.

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RIM's cartoon superheroes inspire caustic Tweet-storm

Keith 21
FAIL

People don't actually KNOW what they want.

"One wonders where the world would be, if we just could stop making random products and using gigantic efforts to sell those products, and instead just ask people what they wanted to have, and produce that." quoth Mr Berger.

The trouble with THAT approach is neatly summed up by the words (falsely) attributed to Henry Ford - "If I'd asked my customers what they wanted, they'd have said a faster horse."

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Christmas solar plasma belches to hit Earth, Mars - and Mars rover in space

Keith 21
Unhappy

The lunar landings were 39-42 years ago.

That's 2 generations ago.

Yes, that counts as long ago.

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Doctor Who and the Unsatisfactory Five Hole Tape Punch

Keith 21

LDIR - get it right!

" LDIR instruction (LoaD Indirect Repeat"

Point of order, LDIR was Load INCREMENT Repeat, not INDIRECT!

The counterpart to LDDR, LoaD Decrement Repeat.

On account of LDIR being the equivalent of

do {

*DE = *HL;

DE++;

HL++;

BC--

} while (BC != 0)

and LDDR being the equivalent of

do {

*DE = *HL;

DE--;

HL--;

BC--

} while (BC != 0)

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Vegas man begs web for $1m to fix gigantic scrotum

Keith 21

Something to remember...

Definitely a situation to remember as our politicians rush to privatise and dismantle our NHS...

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Beware of Macs in enterprise, security consultants say

Keith 21
FAIL

Not convinced

So a black hat organisation which depends upon OS insecurities in order to thrive suddenly tells us MacOS X's new security features are weak and we should all avoid Macs.

Hmmm... it couldn't be that the reason they are scared of orgs going Mac is precisely because it is now a lot more secure and the black arses can't hack it.

It is in their interests to push people away from the more secure platforms!

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DIY aerial drone monitors Wi-Fi, GSM networks

Keith 21

Really? No.

Combined death toll of both atomic bombs dropped on Japan : 225,000

Dresden death toll (one city alone) : 135,000

Combined world war 2 death toll : 75,000,000

Perspective.

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iCloud Communications sues Apple for 'irreparable injury' to trademark

Keith 21
FAIL

Not a leg to stand on

Given that the icloud.com domain was already in existence for many years, owned legally by another company who legally sold it to Apple, and during all that time these clowns said and did nothing, they do not have a leg to stand on over this.

Just another 2-bit outfit desperately trying to drum up some free publicity by clinging on to Apple's announcements.

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Space shuttle Endeavour's long journey is over

Keith 21

ISS supplies...

...same way others do, via the unmanned automatic Russian supply craft, for example.

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Facebook planking game claims its first victim

Keith 21
Flame

There, fixed that for you.

"Is it good or bad that the moderators let these remarks I disagree with through? " - AC

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Google floats monthly subscriptions to Chrome OS notebooks

Keith 21
WTF?

So...

...buy a ChromeBox and run Google ChromOS, letting you run anything you want as long as it is officially sanctioned and provided by Google, runs only when you are online, connected to Google's servers, where Google see, store and control everything you do?

Really?

and the Fandroids claim that Apple is too controlling?!?!

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Vote now for the best sci-fi film never made

Keith 21
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Ta for the tip...

...I shall give those a try some time then.

I've nothing against the author, no problem with trying some of his newer work especially as you have said how much you feel he has improved.

It's just that bloody book that I don't like given all the worship and hype which surrounds it!

Mind you, he'll have to wait, I'm currently thoroughly enjoying my journey through Peter F Hamilton's excellent Evolutionary Void :-)

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Keith 21

Some excellent...

...suggestions there, it was hard to pick just one as so many would make excellent films (handled properly).

But whoever wins, please let it NOT be that overhyped bloody Neuromancer! I finally gave in and read it last year, after being frequently told it was the best SciFi story ever and aother such hype, only to find it was a mediocre story at best *shudder*

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Pope says gravity proves technology can't supplant God

Keith 21
Flame

Not really, no.

"What all of you forget to realise is that you are attacking a persons faith. For many people it is an incredibly important part of their lives. " says oliver8.

So what?

For many people, alcohol is an incredibly important pasrt of their lives.

For many people, illegal drugs are an incredibly important part of their lives.

Shall we refuse to suggest that alcoholics need treatment and that drug abusers ( mean those fucked up by heroin etc, not the occasional spliff smoker) don't need treatment and we shoudl never warn people of the problems?

Just because people are too weak-willed and develop a dependancy on alcohol / heroin / religion does NOT mean it is a Good Thing and that its considerable dangers shoudl not be brought to everyone's attention.

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Steven Moffat promises 'darker' Doctor Who

Keith 21
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Questions, questions, always questions!

"(Did we learn why the Tardis is exploding?). "

No, we didn't.

They made that quite explicitly clear, that the cause of the TARDIS exploding, why it was dragged to that point in space/time, and wtf the Silence is, are all still completely unknown.

Nor do we (or the Doc) understand why Amy knew nothing of the Daleks before meeting the ones with Churchill - more mysteries to be explained at some stage, as was pointed out in that very episode.

"But the gist seemed to kill off all the previous story arcs and start over."

No, it wasn't.

It didn't reset the universe, it simply brought the universe back to how it was before everything was destroyed. So no Big Reset Switch (that was RTD's style).

There's a lot more to this overall story, I would tend to agree with those who are speculating a multi-season arc rather than just a 1 series arc (a la woeful Bad Wolf crap), and if so, Bring It On!

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Googlebooks pact rejected by federal judge

Keith 21
Pint

Do No Evil?

So can we finally to rest the myth that Google abides by "Do No Evil"?

And good on teh judge for throwing out Google's land-grab - nice to see a sensible decision by the courts!

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Hollywood eyes Blade Runner replicants

Keith 21
FAIL

Oh! Hollywood! FUCK OFF!!!

Look, Hollywood, we all know you are a bunch of talentless, clueless voids with less combined talent that a dead ant's little toenail posesses, but come on. Even with your greedy reliance upon mindnumbing-sequel after mindnumbing remake, there is still NO reason for you to fuck up Yet Another good film.

Just leave the hell alone.

Better still, just all fuck off and let some genuinely talented people with ORIGINAL ideas have a shot at making films again.

Please?

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Anon Mail commenters to stay anon

Keith 21
Flame

It;s official then...

...the High Court protects everyone's right to be anonymous nasty trolls!

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Delete all you like, but it won't free up space

Keith 21
FAIL

Wow!

Talk about stating the bleedin' obvious!

Next he'll be telling us thatwater is wet...

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Elon Musk's rocket booked by Google X-Prize moon robot

Keith 21
Stop

No. Just No.

"For a start, it'd be the first privately owned lunar rover- so it's pretty historic in its own right. "

So? There's plenty of Moon to land on without fucking up the Apollo 11 site.

" there's interest in how materials withstand 40 years on the moon- vacuum, extreme heat and cold, hard radiation, etc will have battered it."

So? There's plenty of other instrumentation on the Moon, some even older than the Apollo landers, which woudl provide the same infirmation. So, again, no need to fuck up the Apollo 11 site.

"Given that it doesn't appear to have any sensors aside from the cameras and some basic sensors to help the landing system, any inspection will be totally non-contact, so the worst you'll get it a couple of tracks. Avoid the Apollo 11 crew's tracks and there's not a problem."

No. Stay the fuck away from the Apollo 11 site.

That site represents THE most important journey in teh history of mankind to date, the first time man EVER set foot outside of his homeworld.

It shoudl be protected for all eternity(*), not trashed by tyretracks etc from some wannabe commercial fucktards who want to drive all over the site Just Because They Can.

There is NO reason for them to go anywhere NEAR the Apollo 11 site (other than, at most, a long-range peek at it from a long way off).

(*) Not valid for all values of eternity, of course, but for values of eternity relative to mankind's remaining existance at least.

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Firefox 4 goes to 11 (betas)

Keith 21
FAIL

Obviously NOT beta yet.

If they are still adding features, then it is NOT beta. It is not even Alpha. It is still in Development stage.

What the hell is it with developers these days that they slap "beta" on everything from pre-production concept to full-production-but-can't-be-arsed-to-support-it (I'm looking at YOU Google)?

*sheesh*

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'You don't even know what change management is'

Keith 21

I see where AO is getting confused...

"I know what plain old "management" is, and it has involved dealing with "change" ever since the earliest family businesses were formed thousands of years ago. So I neither know what "change management" is, nor do I care."

It would sem that the root of AO's confusion is believing that conventional Management deals with change - when in the majority of cases the exact opposite is true, Management will generally do all it can precisely to AVOID change of any sort.

"We've always done it this way..."

Management is focused on the Steady Course, not wishing to rock the boat (or try something outside of their limited experience).

Change Management is, as others have pointed out, specifically focussing on Change and (and here's the important part) how to make it happen in the least disruptive / most beneficial way, ensuring everyone understands what is being changed, why it is being changed, how it will directly benefit them, and what they need to do to help.

Significantly different from conventional Management as a whole.

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Photo loss blogger to Flickr: You're f*cking kidding

Keith 21
FAIL

Not a problem.

Simply re-upload the photos from his local copies, problem solved.

Sure, it'll maybe take him a day or two, but it's only some remote copies whch were lost, not the originals or masters.

After all, only a complete fuckwitted moron would place their only copy of anything important somewhere over which they have no control - is he admitting to being a complete fuckwitted moron?

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Virgin Media kills 20Mb broadband service

Keith 21

To upgrade or not to upgrade...

...that is the question.

It all depends upon whether upgrading from 20M to 30M locks you in to another 12 months, and upon when they roll out their 100M service to my area.

I didn't upgrade from 20 to 50 (the first time an upgrade has been available and I didn't take it - I must be getting old!), but i definitly want to go for their 100M when it reaches here.

So, if I can upgrade to 30 meanwhile and still upgrade to 100 when it arrives without penalty, I'll happily upgrade; otherwise, I'll make do with 20 for a while longer.

(Although I do like the free upgrade in upload speeds they gave us recently, 2M upload is much more like it!)

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Utah to honour Browning M1911 semi-automatic

Keith 21

In a nutshell!

You have summed up the entire US obsession with weapons (including guns) in a nutshell.

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Keith 21
Flame

Aww, bless!

I know I shouldn't feed the troll, but what the hell.

You want to talk abotu history?

OK, who was it who raped and pillaged andmasacred the Native Americans?

Ah yes, the good old USA!

You want to talk about subjugation and dominance on pointless wars?

Excellent idea, let's start with the US-lead illegal invasion of Iraq, shall we?

What?

Speak up, troll, you've gone quiet...

No nation has a history of which it can be fully proud, that is true.

Butsome DO have the ability to be proud of how they are seeking to improve things today.

Whereas others, dear troll, simply continue to wor5ship machines designed solely to kill & maim, whilst continuing to push their political will on other nations via illegal invasions.

you were saying, oh trolling one?

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Keith 21

How American...

...choosing to "honour" something whose primary function is to kill.

With fucked up values like that, there really is no hope...

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Rescue mission begins for Hitchhiker's Real Guide

Keith 21

Time for people to put their money where their mouths are.

If there are sufficient people interested in providing sufficient money to take over the hosting and running of the site, it survives; if there are not enough people prepared so to do then we know it was not worth maintaining anyway.

Given the number of people talking about how it shoudl be saved, I'm sure they'd raise more than enough money to make a go of it.

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Tory MP accidentally endorses... German pr0n site

Keith 21
Coffee/keyboard

I grew up in Aberlour!

So you can imagine my surprise to read my home town's name (and the whisky produced at the West end of the town) being mentioned on El Reg, and in a quote from a German smutt-site, no less!

I shall be sure to point this out to my friends who still live there :)

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Couple crash into church, curse satnav

Keith 21
Stop

I trust that...

...the idiotic driver has had his driving license permenantly revoked, on the grounds that he is clearly NOT competent enough to drive without posing a risk to himself and others.

Blindyly following SatNav instructions without checking there is a road? Utter stupidity.

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McDonalds samples NFC swipe-tech in UK

Keith 21
Dead Vulture

ask for PIN numbers every now and then - really?

does it really ask for their Personal Identification Number number every now and then?

Surely you mean it asks for their PIN every now and then...

Come on El Reg, you are techie-minded, how hard is it to avoid such nonsense? PIN number indeed. Tsk, I say!

I don't know, the youth of today... *goes off on a rambling rant*

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Man killed by own cock

Keith 21

Good.

Serves the nasty piece of shit right.

My only disappointment is that the cock didn't manage to kill more of the nasty shits involved in the evil and barbaric event.

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