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Life support turned off: NHS Direct dies silent, undignified death

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They never say which direction the costs are spiralling in, do they?

Personally I solved all this nonsense by moving in with a doctor. The only trouble is that every tiny inconvenience that I'd ignore gets treated like a symptom of something more major.

They're only headaches....

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4chan. Send everyone to 4chan and we will soon know that all symptoms can only indicate AIDS and ebola.

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BOYCOTT FIREFOX, rage gay devs as Mozilla appoints JavaScript daddy as CEO

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Re: A good cause for anger....

That is not an acronym. You can pronounce an acronym. RADAR is an acronym. LGBTQIA (whatever the hell that stands for) is (presumably) an abbreviation because good luck pronouncing it.

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Re: eich is a bigoted hater...

[citation required]

All we know is that he supported a group which wanted to keep gay marriage illegal in California.

Maybe he also supports groups try to ban all marriage. Maybe he sponsors every year's Pride to the tune of half a million dollars. Do you know?

I don't know either. So I can't call him a bigoted hater because I have insufficient evidence.

But I can call you a judgmental wankstain because you've helpfully proved it.

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Re: Clarification for Mr. Eich

> who died and made you Queen?

Careful, I think that may technically count as "hate speech".

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I just wish people would stop telling me what I should think.

I like gays; anything that gets the well-dressed good-looking guys with the personal hygiene obsession and the ability to chat out of the market can only be a good thing. Yes, that's a joke, except for the first bit. I've met many gay men, most were people I'd happily spend more time with. On the other hand, I find men being effeminate distasteful and greatly dislike the Graham Norton/Alan Carr style that I thought (and hoped) had died with Larry Grayson.

I mean, you're still men, right? Sexual preference doesn't change the tone of your voice or make you flap your hands about, does it?

So what it really comes down to is, is that opinion homophobic? Is it an all-or-nothing thing? Must you accept every aspect of every community in order not to be a bigot? Because, y'know, that is analogous to suggesting that because you support multiculturalism you must also support female circumcision or the stoning of adulterers....

We think the way we think. In Britain, you might sign a petition or mumble something non-committal at a political rally, in America they give money because it's 1 dollar, 1 vote over there. So he gave money because he had an opinion.

And the thing is, that's all we know. We don't know any of his other opinions. Maybe he thinks marriage should be restricted to a religious arrangement and all legal benefits to it should be transferred to civil unions (I'd support that myself). He might be attempting to uphold the US constitution by separating Church from State which would certainly not be anti-gay.

You don't know. I don't know. This couple in California don't know. Only Brendan Eich knows.

The rest of us, all of us, especially the bigots going on about the right to hate fairies and the gays claiming that everyone is Hitler should shut the fuck up.

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> So instead of removing the whole browser, can I just disable JavaScript?

Only if you do so in every browser.

Have fun with VBScript.

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Re: Oh, a new outrage of the week. Finally, I was getting worried.

It's pretty rare for me agree with Matt Bryant but yeah.

Perhaps this couple should read some Voltaire.

"Man holds opinion - 'burn him' squeal people who dislike that opinion". Godwin's Law has already been invoked so I'll avoid it but obviously, no future CEO can ever hold any public political opinion, meaning nobody who ever wants to get anywhere can ever hold any opinion because they'll get you historically as well and then you're just as bad as Stalin.

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Microsoft frisks yet another Android gear maker for patent dosh

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Re: @no shill dogged

Professionally, I code for MS platforms which gives me an interest in them. They pay my bills and clothe my child.

If you have a problem with that, I suggest you kill yourself.

Privately I code for the debian project because it's valuable to me and I like to be able to put something back. If you have a problem with that, I suggest you kill yourself.

Neither of these makes me blind to the realities of probability or gives me any religious obligation to "support" any side or company. Working with their products every day tells me that those products are no worse than any other software from any other company or project. Even debian, which I vastly prefer, has some glaring flaws in it.

Whereas you post as if you think that MS are some kind of dark evil vastly powerful (and yet simultaneously utterly incompetent) Sauron equivalent that wants to rape your mum. Which is a completely retarded (not to mention contradictory and hypocritical) opinion to express.

And you started throwing the word "rape" around, you fucking child.

Grow up.

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Re: Microsoft's influence within a private Dell?

> What's to say that Microsoft, in it's bid to legitimise it's non-disclosed claims against Android, offered a cash bundle for Samsung and Sony to develop Windows Phone in exchange for S & S to 'license' MS's patents at zero cost?

The fact that Sony don't make a Windows phone? Sorry, but you're reaching now.

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> How about a class action against any organisation that provides a public email service and then reads said emails?

Doomed to failure due to the ToS.

However a class action lawsuit by people who have sent mail to companies or individuals who use GMail in the (reasonable) expectation of privacy - and bear in mind, with GMail for domains there is no way the average punter knows they're sending mail to google.com instead of domain.suffix - only to have their email read by a third party would probably stand some chance of success.

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Re: Microsoft's influence within a private Dell?

If you win, you don't pay costs. The loser pays. If you're certain you're going to win, you know the whole exercise is free.

This means they weren't certain. This means the patents are probably legit.

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Re: Microsoft's influence within a private Dell?

> Microsoft is not dumb enough (yet) to take anyone to court that might win and fight back

Tell me, if you think it's so obvious that these patents are simply an irrelevant shakedown, why did Samsung and Sony pay for them?

Neither are exactly best buds with MS and neither is short of either lawyers or money. And in Samsung's case, the expenditure on licensing Android is more than just significant.

I think you have to be irrationally convinced of the religious superiority of Android to convince yourself that so many companies just gave away money for absolutely nothing. I think the only reason so many cash-rich, legally tooled-up companies paid the money is because the patents are legit.

I think "denial" and "delusion" are poor things for an engineer of any description to indulge in.

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Re: Dell does build Android slabs

Probably, yes. Personally I prefer this to "don't be seen to be evil" as your employer should probably put it.

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Windows 8 BREAKS ITSELF after system restores

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Re: @ dogged

@eulampios - I do not work for Microsoft and am not paid by them.

You just shat all over the House Rules just because you're the electronic equivalent of a Jehovah's Witness.

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Re: @beep54

All this is true. The problem was the off-by-default Windows Firewall.

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Hey frumious Reg gamers: BANG-or-SNATCH? We look at Second Son and Thief

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Silly question

Does Thief has a third-person mode?

I suffer from simulation motion sickness and first-person mode literally makes me puke.

Reviews never mention it but I find it's worth asking. Skyrim was pretty playable in 3P, after all.

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The Reg's desert XP-ocalypse aversion plan revealed

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Re: Needed software

take a day off. I'm pretty sure nobody's paying you to sell linux installs and the author stated explicitly that he'll be installing win7.

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Re: A few to consider:

Even if you're using Firefox, some links and stuff will still open in IE because they just do.

So, once you get online head straight for https://adblockplus.org/en/internet-explorer in IE and install it.

You might also want the Tracking Protection Lists

- http://ie.microsoft.com/testdrive/browser/trackingprotectionlists/default.html - get EasyList

and especially

- http://www.fanboy.co.nz/ie.html

Congratulations, you have just made IE into a usable browser.

After that, if you want all-free and for-noobs and to offer some potential as to what's possible, I'd probably install Webmatrix from http://www.microsoft.com/web/ - they can learn something decent and download their own IDEs afterwards if they get the bug.

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on Win7?

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What price justice? 73 CENTS in book price-gouging case

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> So what is wrong with a "most favored nation" clause?

Everything, where it implies price fixing and effectively stealing from your customers.

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Returning a laptop to PC World ruined this bloke's credit score. Today the Supreme Court ended his 15-year nightmare

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Re: HFC

Upvoted, but...

> the FCA

The Free Clothing Association?

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MPs blast HMRC for using anti-terrorism laws against whistleblower

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@Don Jefe

Scotland is a special case for a couple of reasons

1. They keep going on about how much better off they'd be outside of the UK

2. They get a referendum this summer on leaving the UK.

This strikes me as slightly unfair. As a citizen of the nation of the UK that pays for all the others, I'd quite like my tax bill reduced and I'm pretty sick of the Scots a) getting freebies I don't get (but pay for) and b) going on about what a bastard I am.

The awful truth is that Scotland probably won't secede because if they did, they couldn't piss away my taxes anymore and it seems a trifle unfair that they get to decide this but I don't.

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Re: Vote

Oil revenues? That old chestnut again? Good luck paying for your free university places with those.

And frankly, though I'm loath to say it, some of the Welsh whiskies are nicer than most of the blended piss you bastards ship down here and 30 shillings is a sad, pale attempt at a proper bitter.

Of course, the loss of Scotland would leave England with an immediate shortage of fat ginger drunks and probably well oversupplied for heart-disease treatments in the NHS but I'm sure we can work out a trade.

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Re: Vote

Can we get a referendum in England, Wales and Northern Ireland on whether Scotland should just fuck off?

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Re: What did HMRC have to gain?

Yes.

That's exactly how it is.

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> HMRC has said that it has changed its practices since the deal was struck.

trans: They no longer ask Goldman Sachs to pay any tax at all.

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Meet Microsoft's latest Windows Server reseller – come on down, Google

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> It is such a strong hand that when Microsoft sued Barnes & Noble, they ended up giving B&N 300 millions dollars to stop their counter attack.

You picked an appropriate handle, didn't you?

B&N decided to fight the lawsuit in order to keep Nook unit prices down and angle for wealthy partner to subsidize their failing dead-tree+bricks+mortar business. Sadly, it was going nowhere and (given the toppling of Android dominoes) was likely to fail. This gave MS a chance to make a grab for the ebook market for cheap, which fortunately also failed. I wouldn't put it past them to have gone for Apple-style cartel pricing and the fact that they were beaten to it should make everyone happy, especially B&N who got exactly what they wanted.

Give it up, fandroid. Are MS bastards? Yes. Are the patents legit? Yes. Why does that hurt you personally? Because you can't see that Google are just as bastardy as MS but you really should. Open your eyes. None of them are on your side.

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If were simply a protection racket, Samsung would reject the licensing agreement. They don't mind getting into lawsuits and they have more money than God.

My bet is - the patents are applicable and Google probably advise resellers not to fight the license claim. Face it, if any major reseller lost that battle, Android would be in serious trouble.

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Facebook swallows Oculus VR goggle-geeks. Did that really happen?

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Could be worse. Could be Bublé.

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Re: sounds familiar

As a confirmed misanthrope, I quite like this idea.

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HP bypasses Microsoft in device-as-a-service assault

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The Curse of HP

Bye then, Google.

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No Notch niche: Minecraft man in rift with Oculus after Facebook gobble

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Re: EOF

> I humbly propose anti-social, with "anti" in the earlier Greek meaning: in front of, in the place of, in opposition to, real-life social activity.

"In front of" would be "ante" rather than "anti".

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Re: ..a multimillionaire already ..... can afford to walk away

> They're Sociopaths, not Psychopaths

Most mental health professionals consider these two terms to be synonymous these days.

Just another example of Sherlock Holmes being wrong.

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Three's money man reveals UK mobe firms' DARK PRICING dealings

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As an o2 customer who has sufficient minutes and texts but ALWAYS runs out of the poxy 512MB data allowance three weeks into each month (and there is no way to increase that without paying for more minutes and texts), I just applied online for Three's One Plan SIM-only contract because enough is, frankly, enough.

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Middle England's allotments become metric battlefield

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Re: Things change.

Ah, the explanation-free downvote. You disagree, but you don't know why.

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Re: Things change.

Well, of course, the Irish thinking in kilometers first must be an enormous benefit, why think of all the...er... the, uh.... well, there's.... um....

No, there's fuck all benefit. It gave some bureaucrats an erection and probably got cronied off as a signwriting job for some politicians nephew and that's it. That's literally all the benefit it could ever be.

Don't even give me the odometer argument - while the Irish still drive on the left their odometers are calibrated for both miles and kilometers.

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Re: Things change.

> It wasn't pointless.

What - exactly! - did it achieve?

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Schoolkids given WORLD'S CHEAPEST TABLETS: Is it really that hard to swallow?

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Re: All the world's knowledge

> can't begin to imagine how much easier it might have been if I could look up that one bit I didn't quite understand in class on the web and read 15 different explanations, until I could finally fathom the concept.

Is there a Stackoverflow for education?

Seems to be a good idea, if not.

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Re: A few simple tests of usefulness

Given that a single set of physics textbooks for A Level can cost over £100, I suspect those basic questions have not only been asked but also answered.

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Re: All the world's knowledge

> I am a teacher myself, and despite the wave of news articles suggesting it, I am pretty sure that my job cannot be effectively outsourced to the web.

You know, I hate to burst your bubble, but....

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Nokia gobble: Microsoft can't get free of red-tape bondage 'til April

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ASP.NET is absolutely open source - they even accept commits. Which is rather more than Google do with Android.

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IE6 was 14 years ago. Get over it.

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EE...K: Why can't I uninstall carrier's sticky 'Free Games' app?

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Re: @Destroy all monsters

> And it's for that reason I try my best to boycott Nestlé products.

Me too, though it's not easy. AND they buy up all the best English sweets and make them so sweet they become essentially inedible, the fuckers. Can't even stomach a KitKat anymore.

Seriously, you look around these boards and see all the "MS/Google/Apple/Oracle are eeeeeeevil[1]" stuff but Nestlé are genuinely evil. They malnourish babies for money. Nobody else even gets close.

Not even SAP.

[1]Delete as per ridiculous fanboy allegiance

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@Destroy all monsters

>it is illegal to advertise or promote baby milk

>The mind boggles.

It's pretty straightforward and is a product of Nestlé's ongoing evil whereby they try to convince women that they should buy their "healthy" formula instead of "disgusting" breast milk which is, er, free.

Sadly these regulations do not apply in Africa where Nestlé still convince millions of mothers every year to waste their miniscule income on Nestlé products rather than use the (healthier, free) alternative.

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Ray-Ban to produce Google Glass data-goggs: Cool - or Tool?

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Re: Ooooohhhh Shiny-shiny

No, but I do. Hope I can still get them without Glasshole circuitry.

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Big Yellow loses its head... again: Symantec, we need to talk

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Which they haven't.

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Reality check: Java 8 finally catches a multi-core break

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Re: Good performance? Scalable?

> Are you an M$ shill

That's against the House Rules, be careful.

Also logically unlikely. MS have a lot invested in JIT-based technology and don't especially pimp their C++ compiler (except, bizarrely, where it's Managed C++ and therefore using JIT anyway).

The "lolz me so superior me no use M$" thing may give you an erection but it's not helping your rational thought much.

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