* Posts by Arctic fox

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Oh Snap! How intelligent people make themselves stupid for Snapchat

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Well done Andrew

The best description of SlapTwat that I have read to date.

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Smelly toilets, smokers and the Kardashians. Virgin Media staff grill top brass

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Re: "Keeping up with the Kardashians"

I have noticed on a number of previous threads connected to articles where the Kardashians are mentioned that there appears to be a certain confusion between that family and the Cardassians from Deep Space 9. As a public service I offer the following clarification. A Cardassian would be deeply offended if you asked him to "walk with the Prophets" whilst a Kardashian would always be delighted if you asked them to "walk with the profits".

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Pull the plug! PowerPoint may kill my conference audience

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@GrumpenKraut "It came to my rescue that I brought my talk (outline) on paper, as I always do.....

..............Paper. Always. Works."

I hear you brother. Been there, done that, bought the T-shirt, read the book. Bringing some chalk with you in case they have something so impossibly old fashioned as a blackboard is not to be despised either.*

*Not so unlikely as you might think in the university sector where I work.

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Larry Ellison today said really nice things about rival Amazon's cloud

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@smartypants "This Larry person does seem a bit of a nob though....."

He may very well think that he is a bit of a nob (as in a cut above the rest of us mere mortals) whilst we think that he is a bit of a knob.

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Good luck squeezing saturated market, Euro mobe firms, say Orange, Telefonica

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"..............their market was based on roaming charges"

"..............their market was based on fleecing the customer."

There, FIFY.

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Delete Google Maps? Go ahead, says Google, we'll still track you

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@Fibbles "definitely something they learned from Google"

Entirely correct. I do not for one moment defend the privacy issues that curently bedevil Win 10 but when it comes to the "slurping" of personal data Google could give everyone, Redmond included, master classes.

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Seagate sued by its own staff for leaking personal info to identity thieves

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Re: Corporate fines == useless

I entirely agree that fines they can simply regard as a business cost are indeed useless. Perhaps the answer is to make the board of directors personally liable and make it a criminal offence to in any way compensate them for the fines they would have to pay.

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Speaking in Tech: Windows is coming to smart refrigerators

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@h4rm0ny Re: "I wonder what the past would think of the future."

I would agree that this world wide high speed echo-chamber we call the web with its proliferation of debate-fora is (ref your comment about FarceBook) having all sorts of unexpected socio-political effects (also some very antisocial effects i.e. the nastier type of trolling and flaming). However, I also think that retail goods go from being new and innovative to being commoditized in ever shorter periods of time with the result that manufacturers are in an increasingly desperate race to come up with the next new thing. The consequence is that the proportion of goods that are being designed as solutions in search of an application becomes ever greater (and ever more foolish!). I will of course not be buying a smart fridge regardless of which OS it is running on. :)

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Tim Cook: EU lied about Apple taxes. Watch out Ireland, this is a coup!

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@Alien8n "They'll pay a huge amount of employee related tax"

Is that a reference to the taxes that Apple hand over to the British tax authorities as a consequence of the PAYE system? If it is then it is Apple's employees who are paying their own tax, Apple is paying bugger all. In fact it is a serious comment on what BigCorp can get away with when their employees pay vastly more tax than a company as rich as Apple does.

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Ankers away! USB-C cables recalled over freakin' fried phone fears

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Re: This USB-C thing...

I think that part of the problem (only a part) is public expectations. Quite apart from examples of incompetance amongst the producers these same producers know that the average punter will be very resistant to paying much more for a USB type C cable than they pay for your common-or-garden USB 2 cables. The fact that USB C cables have to be produced to a much higher standard and will in the nature of things cost more is not something the average member of the Great Techno-Ignorant Unwashed wants to hear.

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BSODs at scale: We laugh at your puny five storeys, here's our SIX storey #fail

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Re: Embedded XP terrifying?

"Why would that be, it is supported until 2019?"

Possibly because we have another three years of this to go?

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Uber lost $7m a DAY in the first half of this year

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@Hollerithevo Indeed, I think that I have found the appropriate quote in this context.

"As Adam Smith said, capitalism leads directly to monopoly unless the government steps in to enforce a fairer playing field."

The quote is of course: “People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices”

Smith's point of course was that intervention was needed to ensure that the market actually was free. The practical reality that he understood 400 or so years ago was that maintaining a free market without government intervention was in reality (regardless of what the barking wing of the neo-liberal school of economic thinking might opine) a non sequitur.

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Microsoft's kinder, gentler collaboration war: Evernote, you're first

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@Shmako "but to me they're competing on level playing fields"

A cogent point that the writer appears to have missed entirely. The whole point about Microsoft's "bad old ways" was that they were bad because the were abusing a "market dominant position" - which is why the DoJ (quite rightly) went after them. In all of these new areas of competition MS is nowhere near in any kind of dominant position (and given that there are in many areas strong established players, eg Amazon, Apple and Google, they are most unlikely to end up with power that they could abuse). They are moreover often competing on other people's platforms and are not able to leverage the dominance that their own OS gave them in the past. They are having, in increasing degree, to fight their corner in an effective market over which they have no improper control - which is after all what we as punters want to happen.

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The calm before the storm: AMD's Zen bears down on Intel CPUs

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@Michael H.F. Wilkinson "Now where is that motorcycle manual?"

"Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" old chap? Published in 1974 - I was nineteen at the time. God that makes me feel old!

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FireEye warns 'massive' ransomware campaign hits US, Japan hospitals

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"Now, if you really wanted to send a message"

I agree that the temptation is enormous. However, the take-home message is, IMO, very straight forward. We all have our opinions about which OS is the best but there is one huge problem with all these discussions about which system is the most secure and so on and so forth. Those arguments do not take into account one simple fact. The biggest vulnerability regardless of which system one chooses (Windows, MacOS or whichever flavour of Linux you prefer) is the person using it. Everything else pales in comparison with that issue. The average computer user would fuck it up regardless of which system one chose. Hmm, maybe summary execution is the only way forward!

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It is a very frustrating situation regarding the averge PC user.

It is one thing that they cannot be told regarding their own pcs/tablets/phones but when even the possibility of the sack if they eff up at work does not seem to make any difference then we really have a huge problem. When it all comes down to it the choice of OS or the security measures taken are of little use if the life-form on the other side of the keyboard simply ignores what they are told. Frankly I am at a loss to suggest any measures short of electric shock treatment that would get the average punter/employee to show a modicum of common sense.

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Ford announces plans for mass production of self-driving cars by 2021

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Re: "Traditional insurers will be left fighting for the high risk human drivers "

A very acute post. I must admit that the potential consequences for the insurance companies had not occurred to me. With essentially only "one driver" to insure for the whole fleet, insurance costs would indeed drop dramatically and the auto-manufacturers could very well afford to supply insurance as part of the deal. See icon.

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Tim Cook's answer to crashing iPhone sales: More iPhones

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Re: "India is the new China, as growth in the latter has slowed."

"Or have I missed a step, and Apple have some low-cost answer to empower the peasantry ?"

Pardon? This is Apple we are talking about! :)

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"India is the new China, as growth in the latter has slowed."

The only problem with that is that India in terms of market share is almost entirely Android as far as smartphones go.*

We saw the pc market mature and begin to "adjust" downwards about 3 years or so ago. Thereafter we saw the tablet market (iPads included) do the same. The first indications that the smartphone market was heading the same way started to crop up about a year or more ago. No one is immune - not even Cupertino. Markets mature, they saturate and refresh rates begin to slow down. I repeat a point that I have made before. Where once the tech that the average member of the domestic retail market owned and used consisted of the "dumbphone" they carried with them and the pc they had at home, there are now three pieces of tech that are competing for the punter's spons - the phone, the pad and the pc.** It is scarcely amazing that the turnover in all of these markets is slowing. No company's bottom line can defy gravity for ever - about time that the markets had a more mature attitude to such issues. The hysterical volte-face from "buy, buy, buy I tell you" to " for God's sake sell, sell, sell" is, frankly speaking, no way to run an economy.

*No, this is not a "Fandroid" speaking - these are facts. At Arctic Fox towers I run a L950XL as my primary and a L950 as my backup. Madam runs a Sony Xperia as her primary and a midrange HTC as her backup - we are an ecumenical household.

** Currently, AFAIK, the only growth in "shinies" of any kind in the retail market is in the area of "all-in-ones" and "hybrids". How long that will last is anybody's guess.

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The curious case of a wearables cynic and his enduring fat bastardry

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Re: "or indulging in onanism"

Please Mr Dabbs, stop doing that. The image of your Fitbit Charge having a total nervous breakdown as you approach your climactic moment is too much to bear. I am billing you for a new keyboard.

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Russia is planning to use airships as part of a $240bn transport project

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Sometimes one really has to wonder about the subheadings around here.

"but there's good reasons nobody else has succeeded with them"

Where in the article is there any reference to these reasons? Apart, of course, from the obligatory reference to the R101 disaster, in the 1930s. Might it not be imagined that the necessary technology has improved a touch in the last eighty-five years?

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Samsung: Hackers can't pwn our NFC payment kit. No way, nuh-uh, not true (Well, OK, maybe)

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I am going to don my early modern English grammar nazi hat

"The South Koreans doth protest too much, methinks".

One South Korean doth protest too much, whilst two or more South Koreans do protest too much.

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Render crashing PCs back to their component silicon: They deserve it

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@Putters "Artificial Bloody Mindedness was perfected years ago ..."

So true and so profound, a subset of Murpy's Law I believe?

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Perlan 2: The glider that will slip the surly bonds of Earth – and touch the edge of space

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@Unep Eurobats "The quote rang a bell but I don't think I've ever read the full poem."

Pleasure old chap. I have however to confess myself somewhat puzzled. We have both been downvoted and I do not have the first clue about why this should be the case. :)

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The poem the subheading refers to deserves being quoted.

"Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth

And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;

Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth

Of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things

You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung

High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,

I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung

My eager craft through footless halls of air. . . .

Up, up the long, delirious burning blue

I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace

Where never lark, or ever eagle flew —

And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod

The high untrespassed sanctity of space,

Put out my hand, and touched the face of God."

(The author, a pilot in the RAF, died in a training accident in on Dec 11th 1941)

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Samsung Note 7: Probably the best phone in the world. Yeah – you heard right

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@68K "missus and I are now using WhatsApp more and more to talk to each other."

Have you guys considered counselling? *

*That really was a joke, honest!

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Microsoft dangles code candy in front of iOS devs

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Re: Windows is becoming irrelevant

I think that if you had thought through the business case a little you might have realised the following. Far more people run an iPhone and/or an iPad in combination with a Windows pc at home than run them in conjunction with a Mac (this is a statement of fact - not puerile tribalist points scoring). That being the case there is possibly a market amongst retail punters who would like to have a version of their iOS app running on their Windows box. How well this would do is anybody's guess but some devs might feel that it was worth (from the purely business point of view) giving it a go if MS makes the time investment case worthwhile.

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Microsoft Azure doubles up to $800m a quarter – and is wiped out by dying phone sales

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Re: Pheonix like...

Oh dear J.J. It seems as if the anti-Redmond hatebois are so po-faced that they are not capable of recognising when someone is winding them up.

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Silently clicking on porn ads you can't even see – this could be you...

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Looking at all of this I think that we few Win Mob users.........

...............should be grateful that we cannot install Pokemon Go on our phones!

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New DNA 'hard drive' could keep files intact for millions of years

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@JeffyPoooh Re: It's all gone horribly wrong...

You owe me a new keyboard - see icon.

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Idiot brings gun-shaped iPhone to airport

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Re:"............ the waiting list for the Darwin Award"

Known from here on in as the iDie award.

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Sociology student gets a First for dissertation on Kardashians

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Re: Earth Shattering Stuff...

My immediate thought when I read the sub-heading: "Klan K not doing much to help women. Or anyone really" lead at once to my choice of icon.

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I want to learn about gamification but all I see is same-ification

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"Here’s the Buzzcocks original, complete with helpful subtitles for Donald Trump."

Spanish subtitles for Donald Trump? Well done Alistair, hilarious - see icon.

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No watershed: China hacker groups in decline before Xi-Obama deal

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@John Re: "............they are using are not being detected"

Entirely possible which is one reason why I wrote "One possible interpretation is that....". I always have reservations if hard and fast conclusions are drawn when the evidence is in fact ambiguous. My point is simply that they have not made their case if it is possible to argue, based on the same general evidence, an alternative explanation.

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"No watershed"

"That Chinese paid and patriot hacking groups were already in decline led iSight security intelligence wonks to rob the agreement of its watershed title of "cybercrime killer"."

Hmm. It must be obvious even to this think-tank that such agreements as the one in this instance between the leaders of the US and China do not happen overnight. There is usually a long process via diplomatic back-channels and at relatively low (and therefore deniable) levels. One possible interpretation is that there were "confidence building measures" undertaken to ensure that both sides could feel confident that neither leader would subjected to "surprises" and end up covered in political ooh-nasty. It would therefore be entirely logical that (looking back) signs of a reduction of such activity would occur for a significant period of time before the leaders of both nations gave their official blessing to it in the form of a signed agreement.

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Gravitational waves: A new type of astronomy

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RE:"was greater than all the energy radiated by every star in the observable universe"

"Although the energy released from both pairs of colliding black holes was greater than all the energy radiated by every star in the observable universe, it would have remained invisible if it wasn't for LIGO."

It is events on that inconvievable scale that really cause my mind to boggle. We can calculate something like that. We can now observe it even. However, imagine it? Quite impossible!

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It's [insert month] of 2016, and your Windows PC can still be owned by [insert document type]

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@a_yank_lurker Your reply is to arctic_haze

I am Arctic Fox

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PC market sinking even faster than first thought, thanks to Windows 10

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Re: Knew it!

I fear that the El Reg subbies are being their usual mischevious selves with that subheading. The writing was very clearly on the wall for the PC market before Win 10 was even in beta and the first signs that the tablet market was slowing down had also been spotted (we are of course now seeing the same thing in the phone market ). Indeed that is entirely unsurprising. All markets reach maturity sooner or later and that is what we are seeing now. The refresh cycle in the private retail market is probably nearer 5 years than 3 and that is no surprise. Before the advent of the smartphone and the tablet the tech that the average person owned consisted of their home pc and the dumb-phone they carried with them. The situation you have now is that three major pieces of tech purchase are competing for the customers money - hardly surprising that the profile in these markets has changed.

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Samsung: Don't install Windows 10. REALLY

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Re:"While it's a Broadcomm issue - it's ultimately the genius at Dell/Samsung "

Entirely agree. A most cogent point. I have added to your laurels, see icon.

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Re: "I think that you have forgotten that the way Sammy...."

I see that someone of very limited memory has down-voted me for stating a fact about Sammy borking Linux installs on some of their kit. Let me refer to an article published here at El Reg with the wonderful title:

"How to destroy a brand-new Samsung laptop: Boot Linux on it"

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/4/2013/01/31/ubuntu_uefi_bricking_samsung_laptops/#c_1712857

Sammy does not want you installing anything that they are not happy with. They certainly do not want you installing the latest Windows iteration on a older device of theirs when they want to sell you a shiny new one. A tactic that they use across the whole range of their devices. I have in fact a considerable respect for a good deal of their engineering. I do not, however, have any time for their "customer support" policies.

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"Perfect time to upgrade to one "

I think that you have forgotten that the way Sammy has implemented the EUFI BIOS in many of its pcs/laptops has meant that attempts to install Linux have resulted in many cases in a borked device.

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In-flight movies via BYOD? Just what I always wan... argh no we’re all going to die!

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"All they have to do is ensure the Wi-Fi is secure enough to stop Reg readers from...........

hacking in and reprogramming every video channel to loop reruns of Red Dwarf I-X."

Oh the temptation!

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Got a Fitbit? Thought you were achieving your goals? Better read this

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Re: How to get in on these scams

Do not forget to give it a fancy new name like "photoplethysmography ". A word which I think, as a lover of the language of Shakespeare and Milton, ought to be thoroughly ashamed of itself. Choice of pedantic grammar Nazi icon? What else?

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Being an IT trainer is like performing the bullet-catching trick

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Re: "Captain Haddock cosplay contest at a Geography teachers’ convention"

Pardon? What? Could you say that again, I suffer from Tintinitus.*

* I know, I should be shot for that pun, see icon.

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Queen's Speech: Ministers, release the spaceplanes!*

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@AC ".........sorry amanfrommars......"

Interestingly enough Amanfrommars writes beautiful English and is clearly of some considerable intelligence even though I usually (after having read one of his contributions) do not have a clue, in the end, what he is trying to communicate. I always read his postings when I see them in the forlorn hope that I may one day understand what he is trying to say to us (in saying that I am being serious, not taking the urine out of our compadre). Icke however, is just a nutter.

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Ooh missus, get a grip on my notifications

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@Arthur the cat Re: "On a related note of Carry-On levels of humour"

Do you remember the immortal line given to dear Kenneth Williams in the scene in that photograph?

"Infamy, infamy, they've all got it in for me".

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Super cool: Arctic data centres aren't just for Facebook

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@jabuzz Hello?

I live in a town well north of the Arctic Circle and I have tell you that you have stolen our local joke!

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French duck-crushing device sells for €40k

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@AC "the duck was already dead."

No he wasn't, he was just pining for the fjords. I know, I know, see icon.

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@JetSetJim Re:"...............a better use of duck is crispy cooked......"

Indeed, one of my and Madam Fox's favourites. One should not of course forget the option to roast the cojones off it, rip it to shreds and serve with Chinese pancakes, fine sliced vegetables and your favourite sauces. One of our favourite meals for high days and holy days.

Edit: Sorry old chap, read your post a bit too quickly. Thought you were talking about roasting whole but I now realise that we were talking about the same dish. I.e. Peking duck. We love it!

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How to evade the NSA: OpSec guide for journalists also used by terrorists

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@ Voland's right hand Re: "Cheap ancient Symbian 40 Nokia and SMS in clear text."

Indeed. Sometimes the lesson is, even for those of us who have no desire to harm anyone but just wish to protect our privacy, keep it simple where you can.

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