* Posts by VinceH

1523 posts • joined 26 Nov 2009

Love-rat fanboi left bobbing for Apples in tiny Japanese bath

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Re: Let us know what you can identify

I can't remember if they covered Apples in the "Which Fruit Floats" section on Brainiac, featuring Professor Myang Li. They probably did.

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What's broken in this week's Windows 10 build? Try the Start Menu, for one

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Re: That Start menu...

"...has been variously broken (depending on what sort of account you use to log on with) in every build so far."

Well to be fair, they actually broke it for Windows 8, and they're trying to fix it in Windows 10 - what you're seeing isn't various levels of broken, but various levels of fixed that aren't quite there yet.

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FBI alert: Get these motherf'king hackers off this motherf'king plane

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I'm confuzzled

If his gear was all seized, how did he tweet a photograph of it to say so? Wouldn't they have taken his phone as well?

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Don't worry, Apple hypegasms haven't gone in the WRISTJOB ERA

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Slight volte-face

Here we have Angela Ahrendts apparently describing the approach being adopted for buying the jizz-bangle (thanks x 7 - that's an excellent name for it) as a temporary one - and is specifically quoted as saying "We love our iconic blockbuster launches that we do in stores”

And a few weeks ago, Angela Ahrendts was quoted as saying "The days of waiting in line and crossing fingers for a product are over for our customers"

All I can say, then, is "called it!"

Sherlock icon because, well, "no shit..."

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Something's missing in our universe: Boffins look into the SUPERVOID

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So there's fewer galaxies (and therefore stars) in this supervoid?

Two possible explanations spring to mind. Either some Tibetan monks have finally identified all nine billion names of God, or Mantrid is turning all matter into drones, and that's where he's started.

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Spotty dwarf Ceres BARES ALL in NASA's SHINY CLOSEUPS

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Re: Clearly, no mirrors. True.

Edward Nigma is also known as The Riddler in Batman if that helps - but it doesn't matter, because I had a strange brain fart moment when I wrote that: the symbol most associated with The Riddler is (duh) the question mark, not the exclamation mark.

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Re: Clearly, no mirrors. True.

Edward Nigma's top secret off-world base, obviously.

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Your city's not smart if it's vulnerable, says hacker

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Re: Italian Job

"Charlie's team showed how lax security was on the "smart" traffic system in Turin in 1969. It looks like nothing has improved since then..."

A more up to date documentary on the subject suggests it's even worse since then.

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DWARF PLANET Ceres beams back SUNNY north pole FROWN

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What they're not telling you is that Dawn is actually a group of three craft, all equipped with lasers and there's another craft called Dusk that's following at some distance and recording video. It recorded this footage of Dawn#1 as it went into the Asteroid belt.

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The Internet of things is great until it blows up your house

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Re: If it uses leccy then it will be connected to the IOT

Nor here, where it isn't the internet of things, but the internet of unwanted things: iOUT!

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And will also stop working when the 'as-a-service' vendor decides they no longer want to continue supporting that product.

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Re: No Codes for You

Could someone please explain to me what an iron actually is, anyway?

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Miscreants rummage in lawyers' silky drawers at will, despite warnings

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Re: Surprising

"People trained in law are terrible at security!"

Spot on. I've known quite a number of people in that category over the years, both professionally and personally, and I can't think of even one out of the lot of them who had barely more than an ounce of security know how. Not one.

I'd have liked to add "...before they knew me and I taught them a thing or two" to the end of that, but the sad truth is that it always seemed to go in one ear looking for the quickest route out the other.

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Scouts' downed Compass database won't be back 'til autumn

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Re: Huh?

"BP didn't have to bother with police vetting."

And that's how he was able to get away with scouting for boys. ;)

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WHAT did GOOGLE do SO WRONG to get a slapping from the EU?

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Don't confuse two different groups of people: Those who use Android and those who like Google. They are not necessarily the same.

For example: I am in the former group, but I couldn't be further outside the latter group.

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"I know someone who, instead of putting in company name and adding a .com to the end will fire up Google and put in company name in there, every single time."

I think we all know people like that. Amongst the people I know it's not always Google, though it is for most of them.

I witnessed a particularly good example the other day. I read out a (short) domain name to someone and he typed it in. I assumed he was typing it into the address bar - but when I looked up, he had a page of Google results on screen. It's a sad indictment of the way average users think about the internet.

"She doesn't know anything, because Google is the defacto and default search engine, hell, Google IS the internet. Therefore Google can promote ANYTHING and she will simply lap it up without querying it. This is potentially DANGEROUS."

Quite.

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Segway bought by former patent spat adversary Ninebot

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Re: I must be missing something

"Seems easy enough, the iBot was Fred Upstairs after Fred Astaire and shortened to simply Fred. The Segway came after and was called Ginger, presumably for Ginger Rogers."

It only seems easy enough if you already knew what it meant. The sentence as written is nonsense because it includes circular reasoning - it reads that they got their codenames because one of them had a particular name. You can take the second out and it becomes an explanation that the iBot's codename was Fred because it was Fred Upstairs. It's silly.

This page (because I looked it up myself when I hit that strange sentence) makes things clearer. It explains that "The iBOT's code name was "Fred" or "Fred Upstairs" for the ability of the balancing and stair-climbing wheelchair to give the user the agility of the famous dancer, Fred Astaire."

So it wasn't called Fred because it was Fred Upstairs, after all - and that then leaves us with the Segway being called Ginger because the iBot was called Fred or Fred Upstairs.

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Chrome version 42 will pour your Java coffee down the drain: Plugin blocked by default

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Re: isnt that a good thing?

>"There is a difference between software and a potato?"

No - and anyone who claims there is doesn't have the first clue about software development.

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Android gets biometric voice unlocking

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"Who's for an implanted RFID chip?"

The UK Government (and probably other governments around the world) if they think it'll be a neat alternative to an ID card and would help in the fight against the nasty paedophile terrorist pirates.

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'Granola-eating tree hugger' takes plunge, becomes IoT upstart

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Re: Buses

"As I understand it, the route works normally, taking people in both directions, until the last journey, where it terminates at the far end, presumably due to working hours, or whatever."

But that still doesn't really make sense in terms of the final point Gene made. It's an out of town shopping center - and the bus can take people there, but there's no way back by bus; it goes out of service.

Given that, I'd be surprised if there is ever anyone on that journey - even the journey before seems pointless, because passengers would presumably want to do their shopping and come back on a later bus.

I'd say the timetable should be rearranged such that the bus terminates at the other end of the journey, or perhaps somewhere more appropriate along the route so that the final service on that route is from the shopping centre back into town. Or possibly not have the last four or five miles as a non-stop express, and instead not have it pointlessly go all the way to the shopping centre, so the route can be used more practically by passengers.

However, as you say:

" the company is fined for any lost mileage"

That's the real problem. The route and timetable is designed not for reasons of practicality, and common sense can go wait on the bus stop for another service (if there is one). The route and timetable is designed to achieve a certain number of miles, in order to avoid fines. (And if you hadn't mentioned that, my guess would have been to ensure they get the full subsidy from the local authority or whoever - which may or may not amount to the same thing; a fine being a reduced subsidy.)

So it's probably the local authority that needs to be given a good beating with a clue bat.

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Fancy a wristjob from Tim Cook? TOUGH LUCK, you CAN'T HAVE ONE

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"Following Apple's admission that it, and all of its staff, really hate queueing fanbois, the watches were only available to pre-order online and were not for sale in most stores."

So, presumably, since they dislike the queues that much, this will be the only option in future for any new release/version of any iToy - and it's definitely not a cunning ploy to hide the lack of queues for this particular item.

Yeah. We'll see.

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Re: @AndyS: Extrapolation

"Laughabley inaccurate, a little like your spelling eh?"

FTFY!

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National Grid's new designer pylon is 'too white and boring' – Pylon Appreciation Society

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Re: Nice website

"Is there one specific pylon in this country that's seen as the top dog or one which you particularly like?"

Heh!

Yup, I've actually been sitting here wondering about that for a very long time - so I'm glad that website exists to answer my question! And I'm sooo glad two that are almost on my doorstep - the two spanning the Severn Estuary - get a mention in answer to that.

No, really. Would I lie about something as glorious and beautiful as the pylon?

Why, yes, yes I would.

In all seriousness, though, if I was a member of that society, I'm afraid I'd be a dissenting voice - because I quite like the appearance of the new ones.

But then, I also quite like wind turbines, despite other people around me thinking they're ugly.

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Videogame publishers to fans: Oi, freetard! STOP RESURRECTING our dead titles online

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"However I've become somewhat addicted to GTA Online, which I won't go into detail about how much I play except that I'm level 502... but I do realise eventually one day the GTA V Online servers will be taken offline so I'm making the most of what I have right now, and when the servers do go cold I'll still have the offline version of GTA V to play, which is still fun but sadly I'll lose a whole heap of content and idioms of the game the Online version offers."

I have GTA V - and I've completed the offline game (the main storyline game, not all of the offline content/missions, on which I think I'm at about 75% - I haven't played it once since completing the main game, though). I buy it for the offline game - the online side is a potential bonus if I ever decide to use it (before the servers are unplugged!)

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"Videogame publishers to fans: Oi, freetard! Stop resurrecting our dead titles online"

Fans to videogame publishers: Stop taking our money for stuff and then terminating the services for it.

Personally, I don't buy games that need a remote connection to work, precisely because of the risk of this happening. If I buy something, I want to use it whenever I like, and for however long into the future. If that isn't an option, NO SALE.

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Woeful groans over Game of Thrones' spill on piracy sites

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Re: Game of Torrents!

"Part of the enjoyment of series like Game of Thrones is talking about it with friend"

You can say that about any TV series - but it doesn't matter one iota to those of us who don't give a rat's arse about "the social aspect" of a series.

I have yet to see a single episode of Game of Thrones. I probably will see it, eventually, when it really is old news and everyone else is talking about the next big thing (after the next big thing after the next big thing). I couldn't give a flying frig about that.

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Cisco loses logo lawsuit against WiFi inventor boffinhaus

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Re: huh?

"methinks the wifi logo looks different..."

The WiFi logo is used to represents wireless networking capability that meets certain standards, whereas the "own logo" referred to is CSIRO's "own logo", as in the one that represents them.

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Apple Watch: We ROUNDUP the ROUNDUPS. Yes, Roundup-squared

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Please fix your spelling of cider.

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LG monitor software quietly kills UAC, dev says

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Re: >it probably writes data back into its

I know - I was just expressing my general annoyance at such software in general.

I have one item which until last year had instructions to turn off UAC because of the problem - but there's now a new version, which is designed to play nice compatible with UAC.

How does it play nice with UAC? The installer now defaults to installing it in C:\Progname\ instead of a subdirectory of C:\Program Files\

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Re: Do they mean...

"And why would either need to disable UAC?"

Because whatever the software's purpose, it probably writes data back into its folder in Program Files, or something stupid like that*.

Making the installer disable UAC is obviously SO much easier than writing the software properly in the first place (or fixing it if necessary).

* Not that anything I wrote on Windows millions of years ago does anything like that, oh no, definitely not. Ahem.

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Do androids dream of herding electric sheep?

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Re: Emergency Planning

""It doesn't bark, and it doesn't bite, it doesn't need feeding ..."

...and it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead er, your sheep are rounded up.

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Amazon listens to MORE of your private stuff

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Was it ever really on your wish list? It certainly wasn't on mine* precisely because scope had the potential for widening (not to mention the potential this thing has for abuse).

* Except possibly as a Christmas present for annoying people - but the more annoying they are, the less I'd want to spend on them.

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Popular crypto app uses single-byte XOR and nowt else, hacker says

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Re: Qnza vg!

"V rapelcg rirelguvat hfvat qbhoyr ebg13 (sha snpg, gur jbeqf 'vex' naq 'irk' ner gur ebg13 pbzcyrzragf bs rnpu bgure"

I've always liked that "terra" and "green" rot13 to one another. Not exactly complements, but still a nice result.

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HP Stream x360: Flippable and stylish Chromebook killer

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Re: Caption 1: no stickers

I seem to be seeing a different article than you - because I see "Caption 2: No stickers" and "Photos 1 and 3: sticker."

Your point, however, is perfectly valid.

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Apple Watch: When I think about you, I digital touch myself

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The digital crown is functionally a scroll wheel. Revolutionary.

And 'force touch' is the one finger salute equivalent of the middle mouse button on RISC OS (since the 1980s), or right click in Windows (since 1995) - it's calling up a context sensitive menu. Inspired.

I suppose it possibly is relatively new to Apple, though, after all those years of only having a single mouse button.

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Re: More rank profiteering from Apple

"Why should there be such a massive difference in price for the maintenance/repair of the gold watch as opposed to the aluminium version?"

Because Apple perceive a massive difference in the disposable income of those who might buy the different versions.

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Microsoft drops Do Not Track default from Internet Explorer

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"Yahoo! dropped support for the tech from all of its websites last year, saying the standards were too murky to be useful thinking 'Ha! Thanks, Microsoft - you've given us plausible deniability!'"

Fixed that!

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Sony tells hacked gamer to pay for crooks' abuse of PlayStation account

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"I had thought about buying a Playstation 4. Now I'm glad I didn't."

Quite.

I've generally been saying that I don't like the idea of the PS4 (the need to connect it, etc) and would therefore be more likely to stick with the PS3 and the wealth of games I already have. However, that didn't mean I definitely wouldn't get a PS4 at some point.

With this, though, Sony have made that decision for me: No way will I ever buy a PS4 now.

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"Despite proof that they had accepted the cancellation they still refuse to refund the charge and gave the same ultimatum to block my account if I use the bank or small claims court to reverse the charge."

Now that's interesting. My immediate thought on reading the article was that if Sony have accepted the transaction was fraudulent, and are now blocking his account because of the chargeback, expecting him to pay it anyway, what he should do is pay it and take the matter to the small claims court to get it back.

However, if that would also result in a blocked account, then perhaps he should go to the small claims court to recover the cost of everything he's purchased from Sony that their blocking has rendered useless, including the cost of the console itself.

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Virgin Media takes its time on website crypto upgrade

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Re: And they have a ludicrous mandatory weak password policy too

"(don't think the postal address is available)"

It is - by viewing your bills.

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Starry-eyed hackers stuff Eurovision's voting app

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Re: I have to confess...

"...to quite enjoying Eurovision itself, it's fun in an odd kind of way,"

Not something I bothered with until last year, when I decided a bit of alcohol, Eurovision and a Twitter feed might be a good combo for a bit of fun.

And it was. I shall be doing the same again this year.

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Dino-boffins discover ancient, TOOTHY-CLAWED, four-eyed MONSTER LOBSTER

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Re: Weird thought

"I found myself wondering what it would taste like. Come to think of it, what would extinct species taste like? I guess we'll never know."

It would taste rotten - it's somewhere in the region of 250 million years past its 'best by' date.

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'Bar Mitzvah attack' should see off ancient and crocked RC4 algo

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What's in a name?

The article fails to mention how the attack came to be dubbed the Bar Mitzvah attack, but the linked Dark Reading article does: It's because the vulnerability is 13 years old; I don't know (and can't be arsed to look up) the meaning of the term, but I know it's a Jewish term relating to boys once they are 13 - so there's the basic reason for the name.

However, as names for such things go, it's a bit crap, really.

POODLE - sounds fluffy and cute, but it's all in caps* so it must be REALLY BAD.

BEAST - not only is it all in caps* and therefore REALLY BAD, it's a word that itself is meant to be scary.

CRIME - again, all in caps*, so REALLY BAD, and a word with negative connotations.

Then there's the Bar Mitzvah attack.

Nah. Not good enough. Alternative suggestions:

UNLUCKY 13

TEEN TERROR

* Granted, the real reason for the caps is that they're acronyms. Just pretend not to realise that...

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Get off Facebook if you value your privacy, EU commish tells court

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"After the Irish data protection commissioner refused to investigate, citing Safe Harbour rules"

He does realise, I take it, that 'Safe Harbour rules' aren't about keeping Facebook safe from investigation?

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Re: Just leaving is no good

"if they still hold all your data. The EU need to force FB et al to provide an easy method to download/migrate your data and then delete everything they hold when you leave"

IIRC, Facebook does provide an easy way to download your data.

As for deleting all your data, when you close your account it gives you a small window during which you can reactivate your account, after which your data is supposedly deleted. Whether it truly is deleted is another question - but certainly after I quit they kept enough information to be able to offer some friends of mine other friends of mine as possible connections.

I said some months back in another El Reg discussion on the subject of Facebook that I was considering setting up a new account to see if it offered any of my old data to me (friends, at the very least). It didn't - but I didn't realise until afterwards that I didn't use the same email address as before, and minor details like my date of birth will be different than what I used last time around. Facebook might not (yet?) have successfully put two and two together.

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I helped Amazon.com find an XSS hole and all I got was this lousy t-shirt

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Re: @Bill

"Either way, publishing it openly is the wrong thing to do. EoS."

Pfft.

I accidentally discovered a flaw on Amazon's site (the UK site, but it's possible the same thing applied to other sites) some years back that could result in duplicated/forked accounts with different access details. I couldn't cause it to happen again, so it might have already been fixed (just as it might be that I couldn't work out what caused it in the first place).

Therefore, since I wasn't aware if they had become aware of the problem and definitely fixed it - and because there may have been other people out there with similarly forked accounts (who, IMO, they should have notified if that was the case) I decided to contact them.

Amazon - or the Amazon twit I communicated with - really, really weren't in the slightest bit interested, and even shifted the blame onto me.

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First figures in and it doesn't look good for new internet dot-words

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Re: Is it wrong?

"And they'd have to spend lots of money on marketing, to convince customers that for financial stuff they shouldn't search Google, but go to info.bank and go from there. That's quite a lot of hurdles to jump."

One of which is that once you've drilled into people that they shouldn't search Google for financial stuff and that they should use info.bank instead, they'll start searching Google to get to info.bank in the first place.

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Fanbois: We paid $2000 for full satisfaction but now we have SPREADING STAINS

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"Complaints have been mounting in the Apple Support Communities forum for a while, but have often been dismissed as a result of improper cleaning attempts and responded to with a link to Apple's cleaning guide."

Ah, yes, I well remember when the antenna problems led to Steve Jobs dismissing the complaints as a result of improper holding attempts.

Oh, wait, it was "you're holding it wrong" - same thing, but more to the point. Apple today just have no class with their responses.

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Pi(e) Day of the Century is upon us! Time to celebrate 3/14/15 in style, surely?

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"Americans, who insist on putting the month before the day (crazy, right?) when it comes to date arrangement, celebrate the mathematical constant that frames our science and maths – 3/14."

As I tweeted this morning:

Today is Pi Day. The date corresponds with Pi, the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter* - which is now 14.315 due to inflation.

* Actually, I didn't spot until much later that I actually said "the ratio of a circle's circumference to its ratio" - D'oh!

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RIP Sir Terry Pratchett: Discworld author finally gets to meet DEATH

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That's how I first started reading his books - I was convinced by someone to give Discworld a try a long, long time ago; after initially saying they didn't sound like my cup of tea, she was adamant that I would enjoy them, and I eventually caved and read the first one. I was wrong, she was right.

I therefore came to the Discworld party quite late, but I soon caught up, and read every one of them to catch up (in the right order) then bought new ones as they were published - and all were thoroughly enjoyable.

I have yet to read The Long Earth etc, but they're in my ridiculously large pile of unread books (or on order - The Long Utopia). I think I should shift them to the top of the pile.

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