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GET A ROOM, yells Facebook as it stumbles on IRC, slaps it in an app

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Re: There's still plenty of 'old' internet out there.

Oh, and for a blast from the past I recently installed MS Comic Chat... It had me in stitches because it's so ridiculous.

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Re: There's still plenty of 'old' internet out there.

I'm still using IRC after 20 or so years. It is still my favourite method of instant messaging as there's no stupid distractions like "apps" and photos. And as far as I'm aware the server admins don't care what I "like" and who I'm friends with.

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Sign off my IT project or I’ll PHONE your MUM

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Re: Toilet breaks?

Let's hope that [your favourite smartphone brand] aren't developing "smellophone" for the next [flagship product name].

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Don't wait for that big iPad, order a NEXUS 9 instead, industry little bird says

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Re: Curious

Yes, I was wondering if that was a mistake, or some new aspect ratio that's going to be all the rage for tablets. Are there any other devices with a 64:45 ratio?

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Uber, Lyft and cutting corners: The true face of the Sharing Economy

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Re: Give me Uber / Lyft

@ pdlane

"Google's self driving cars" refers to vehicles which are controlled by a computer rather than a human. What you describe is basically a car rental scheme.

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PEAK APPLE: iOS 8 SHUNNED by refusenik fanbois

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Re: After reading about the battery-killing "upgrade"...

I used to get amazing battery life out of my iPad, which I used to rave about to my friends. Ever since a 7.0.? upgrade the battery life has dropped significantly, with no noticeable increase in functionality or reliability. The iPad 3 is a perfectly "good enough" device for me, I certainly won't be shelling out for whatever the latest model is now, nor will I be installing any more OS updates.

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Take THAT, hated food! It's OVER, tedious chewing! Soylent strikes back with version 1.1

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Re: No.

I think that's due in about 8 years...

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US team claims PARIS paper plane launch crown

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Re: Cheating YANK BASTARDS

Well PARIS was made from straws and didn't look much like your traditional paper plane, so by your reckoning that record is invalid too.

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Game pirates 'donate' compute power to Bitcoin miners

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The trouble is, the people they're getting screwed by are (in my opinion) far more reprehensible than the pirates. At least the downloaders aren't actually making any money from piracy.

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Reg bloke zips through an iPHONE 6 queue from ZERO to 60 SECONDS

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Re: Portrait video?

Glad someone's mentioned it!

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Man buys iPHONE 6 and DROPS IT to SMASH on PURPOSE

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Re: What a fecking twat!

I'm guessing, given what his company does, that he'll fix it himself (or get one of his employees to do it) rather than throwing it away. If anything, he's promoting not discarding broken tech.

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Boffins say they've got Lithium batteries the wrong way around

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Re: @ Def

"The sun has used up about half of its hydrogen fuel in the last 4.6 billion years, since its birth. It still has enough hydrogen to last about another 5 billion years."

So we're only a few hundred million years away from "peak sun"? Yikes.

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Raspberry Pi B+: PHWOAR, get a load of those pins

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Re: Too bad about the video

The composite output has been integrated into the 3.5mm audio connector, so it's still there, you just need a different cable.

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Re: The B got a memory memory in a previous rev

Surely "the point" of a Raspberry Pi is to do whatever you want with it? If it works, why not?

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IT blokes: would you say that LEWD comment to a man? Then don't say it to a woman

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Re: Surprised..

I'd never even considered having an alcoholic drink at a conference or trade show - I'm at work FFS. As others have said, it's not professional and completely out of order.

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RealVNC distances itself from factories, power plants, PCs hooked up to password-less VNC

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Re: Legality ?

One could claim it was a "wrong number", and they "hung up" as soon as they realised (but not before taking a screenshot).

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iPhone 6 flip tip slips in Aussie's clip: Apple's 'reversible USB' leaks

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Re: here are the patents

I was about to decry this new connector as dodgy Chinese tat, but it seems Apple do actually have a patent on the design.

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Felony charges? Harsh! Alleged Anon hackers plead guilty to misdemeanours

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Excessive damages

The DoJ claimed that Operation Payback had caused $8.9m worth of damage

No doubt conjured up using the same magic calculator that works out the damage costs for copyright infringement cases.

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Stalwart hatchback gets a plug-in: Volkswagen e-Golf

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Re: Maybe not the whole car....

The heated windscreen was the only good thing about my Mondeo.

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Cor blimey: Virgin Media pipes 152Mb fibre to 100,000 East Londoners

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Re: Q from the US

Intriguingly a lot of properties that could have a cable service have preferred to stick with copper. One may well wonder why.

I am one of these oddities. The reasoning may be obscure, but I refuse to use Virgin Media because of the utterly appalling customer service I experienced with Cable & Wireless and NTL, which eventually became VM. I am happy enough trundling along with my copper ADSL knowing my connection won't be throttled, I can get through to customer service, and they won't treat me like a moron.

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African samba queen: Don't cut off pirates' net connections – cut off their FINGERS

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Seems fair...

Possibly more reasonable than some of the damages claimed by copyright litigators in the US.

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Facebook goes down, people dial 911

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Someone call the grammar police!

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Plug and PREY: Hackers reprogram USB drives to silently infect PCs

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Re: I call semi-bollocks

How hard would be to modify the OS so it pops up a notice, "The device you just inserted wants to register as mass storage, a keyboard, and a network card. Which of these functions do you want to allow?"

Could be a bit annoying when you've just plugged in a keyboard and have no other means of responding to the prompt.

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Pentagon hacker McKinnon can't visit sick dad for fear of extradition

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Re: I suppose it all comes down to...

You mean "get tae fuck"?

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Too rich for an iPhone 6? How about a gold-plated Brikk?

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I'd be impressed if they managed to crack the glass, having seen someone attempt to break it.

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Oh Sony. Have we learned NOTHING from SuperAIT?

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Re: Something cultural within Sony

I used MiniDisc in the 90s and really wished it could be used to store data. There was something "cool" about the little cartridges. Sony did eventually bring out MD Data but it was expensive and too late to the market.

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Microsoft: You know we said NO MORE XP PATCHES? Well ...

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Re: Well ...

Just an off-topic anecdote here, but I started using IE over Netscape Communicator (nee Navigator) around 1996/97 because Netscape became so bloated that when loaded into my 4MB of RAM the system ground to a halt. I already had e-mail and Usenet clients that I was happy with and I just wanted a web browser that didn't take three minutes to load.

These days I tend to use whichever browser works best for the purpose I want to use it for, which is very rarely IE. Generally I end up being forced to use it because some web app requires NTLM authentication, or because I have to view some non-standard "html" generated from a Microsoft application.

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Re: Well ...

@poopypants, I think that quote is pretty much right, that whole antitrust debacle was around Windows 98 (or maybe an update to Win95)? Internet Explorer hasn't been "tightly integrated" for quite some time, though it's somewhat easier to just not use it rather than remove it. I imagine you'd get worse results removing Safari from iOS, though I expect that's not an easy task.

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Denmark dynamited by cunning American Minecraft vandals

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Re: Accurate user count?

In fact, in Europe, they write the day of the month before the month, and in some parts of Europe they use periods instead of colons to separate hours, minutes and seconds!

(Tenuous link to a quote from "Bart vs. Australia")

Also in some parts of the world they use non-English words and bizarre character sets to communicate with each other. Quelle surprise!

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Dell charges £5 to switch on power-saving for new PCs (it takes 5 clicks)

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Re: late news

It's been there for years.

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Dimwit hackers use security camera DVRs as SUPER-SLOW Bitcoin-mining rig

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Re: Surprise!

Soon you'll be able to buy an abridged version of the Oxford English Dictionary which you can fit into a single tweet.

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Re: Correction:

I expect they'd struggle to mine even a single dogecoin on that hardware.

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Sticky Tahr-fy pudding: Ubuntu 14.04 slickest Linux desktop ever

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Re: Head to head

Two posts in and we're already on to a "mine's better than yours" argument. Sigh.

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Xenon: Bitmap Brothers' (mega)blast from the past

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Re: it's a megablast

It's my favourite computer game music of all time.

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Booze and bacon sarnies: A recipe for immortality?

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Re: 20g of "processed meat"

Result of a quick web search: http://culinaryarts.about.com/od/seasoningflavoring/a/nitrates.htm

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Re: 20g of "processed meat"

>Bacon is FAR more processed than simply "smoking, salting, etc.". Store-bought bacon has nitrates, which currently has a likely link to pancreatic cancer

I guess it depends which store you bought it from.

You heard it here first, bacon gives you cancer!

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Hey, IT department! Sick of vendor shaftings? Why not DO IT, yourself

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Re: alf a dozen maintenance coders

>Why aren't your maintenance coders required to update the comments when they change the functionality?

In my (albeit limited) experience, when working at a company with a small development team (often just me), the management tend to prefer immediate results over a properly documented and tested solution. When someone asks me to make a change I usually ask "do you want it done properly or do you want it done now?". No prizes for guessing which answer I get.

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Ho, ho, HOLY CR*P, ebuyer! Etailer rates staff on returns REJECTED

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Re: Equal opportunities?

This looks more likely to be the technical team.

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Re: Benefit of doubt

I don't understand why some people get so worked up about downvotes. Here, have an upvote, hope it makes you feel better.

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Sysadmin job ad: 'If you don’t mind really bad work-life balance, this is for you'

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Re: General IT

Don't forget buttons & switches!

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Netflix dares UK freetards: Watch new Breaking Bad NOW or torrent it?

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TV licence

You can declare that a licence is not required at your address (https://www.tvlicensing.co.uk/nln/), then they stop hassling you for a while.

You only need the licence if you watch "live" broadcast TV.

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Cultivated dope-smoking Welshman barred from own shed

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Re: "I'm not going to cultivate again."

Then there's the risk of not knowing what you're smoking. Some unscrupulous growers will spray the stuff with anything that bulks the product without raising suspicion, for example spray adhesive.

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Urban Farming

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Re: Urban Farming

I do what I can with what I have... I don't have a garden and there's a lot less sunshine here than in California. My "not quite a balcony" is packed with planters full of whatever I can manage to grow, which is mostly parsley and some tiny onions. Any suggestions for a place which gets about 2 hours of sun a day during the summer?

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Don't like your cell network? Legal unlocking ends TONIGHT in US

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Re: I never understood how this can be legal

What got them in trouble with Internet Explorer was abusing their monopoly position to prevent competition.

So why then is it ok to bundle Notepad and Calc without first offering the user the chance to choose an alternative?

Sorry, off-topic.

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It pays to study the habits of your email users

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Re: Proud to be a Piler

"Re-org announcements, sales announcements, product news for products I'm not involved with, customer appreciation drives, financial results"

I would have deleted all of these shortly after reading them.

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Facebook: 'Outrageous, wanton, reckless, callous, disgraceful, wilful'

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Re: "It just hurts my eyes," huh?

I expect not many people complained about the speed of intercontinental travel before the jet engine was invented, too. Repeat for many other inventions.

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Facebook: Your boss asks for your password, we'll sue him! Maybe

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Re: My responses:

Yes, it's an intelligence test: either by the employer or for the employer. If they are for real then you really don't want to be working for them.

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Charge of the Metro brigade: Did Microsoft execs plan to take a hit?

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Re: What to do, what to do?

I may be wrong here, but don't Windows licences allow you to "downgrade" to a previous version anyway?

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Linode hackers escape with $70K in daring bitcoin heist

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Re: the bitcoin merchant's fault

Captain hindsight saves the day!

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Microsoft celebrates the death of IE6

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They could have released it as "unsupported". Though I see your point, if it's integral to the OS you could end up breaking part of it.

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