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Fancy joining Reg hack on quid-a-day challenge?

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Already there...

Big electricity bill following winter, four tyres for the car, road worthiness test plus stuff it needs fixed, blah blah blah. My food budget isn't much more than that proposed by the challenge. The secret? Cook your own stuff instead of spaffing a tenner on processed ready meals...

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Parent gabfest Mumsnet hit by SSL bug: My heart bleeds, grins hacker

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called other peoples husbands "cunts".

FAIL to everybody who said that.

Men can be many things, but I'm pretty sure "cunt" is not a valid option. At least, not without some eye-watering surgery.

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Windows 8.1, which you probably haven't upgraded to yet, ALREADY OBSOLETE

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Re: Waitwhat?

I think some middle management people went out and had a party when XP reached its final end-of-life date. One of them suggested bringing to an end anything else that is annoying or difficult. Expect soon, everything to be ended. Hey, presto, no more support problems or compatibility issues!

Oh, that version of Windows we just released? We don't support that these days...

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It may be ILLEGAL to run Heartbleed health checks – IT lawyer

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I used an online scanner on some of the sites that I visit - because I don't necessarily trust them to come clean about what they were using and if it is/was vulnerable...

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France bans managers from contacting workers outside business hours

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"if you call an employee on Saturday, that employee gets paid double-time and for a minimum of 1 hour - even if the call was for 5 minutes." - the real world rarely works like that.

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Windows XP is finally DEAD, right? Er, not quite. Here's what to do if you're stuck with it

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Re: This comment is totall Bullsh--!

I'm running XP on a netbook. Never saw a need to upgrade as XP does what I want, and more specifically certain hardware does not have drivers for newer versions of Windows. I plan to keep with XP until the machine reaches the end of its life, and if situations force my hand, I'll drop a light Unix distro on it. My hardware works with XP only, so there's no specific reason to stick with MS on a replacement...

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Win XP security deadline: Biz bods MUST protect user data – ICO

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Dear ICO

What is your official position on companies hosting their data on cloud setups, especially those that fall under American jurisdiction?

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Mad Raspberry Pi boffins ripped out its BRAINS and SHRANK them for your pleasure

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Thinking in the future...

"using contemporary components and with an up-to-date specification?" - because more up to date hardware comes with a price tag somewhat above that of the Pi?

I note that the core module and the base together will cost a bit more than a regular Pi (possibly near twice as much) while offering the capabilities of a Model A with a heap of additional I/O. While this on its own is nice for people wanting to play with lots of I/O, it is also useful to break away from the association that "a Pi costs this much". In a while, when we can expect a Pi-with-bells to cost a little more than the requisite $35, they might release the Pi "Master" which will cost maybe $65 or so and contain a more up to date multi-core ARM and 1GB, etc etc. And, of course, I would expect the option of a Pi "Master Compact" to be the same sort of thing in this SO-DIMM form factor. ;-) [the hard part will, of course, be making the I/O of completely different devices match up in some sort of sane way!]

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Torvalds rails at Linux developer: 'I'm f*cking tired of your code'

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Re: @Def - So, let me get this right...

"The issue is whether the kernel should be patched to recognise this stream of garbage and cut it off, or whether systemd (which is the newcomer here) should be patched to stop creating the garbage in the first place."

The kernel needs to be fixed, otherwise you have a nice easy way a userland process can give the appearance of bringing down the machine.

[this doesn't mean systemd was not faulty - but the kernel shouldn't choke so easily]

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Intel's DIY MinnowBoard goes Max: More oomph for half the price

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Re: "enough grunt to take on tasks that would leave the Pi panting in exhaustion"

No, I'm comparing a crappy old Atom with an old ARM core clocked considerably slower and pointing out that there is more to the equation than the illusion of raw power.

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"enough grunt to take on tasks that would leave the Pi panting in exhaustion"

The amusing thing is my eeePC901. Atom, not exactly two cores but not exactly single core. Can be clocked to 1.8GHz. Can play middling bitrate 720P and HD XviD without too much struggle so long as you don't mind the fan kicking in as the temperature shoots through the roof. Higher bitrate 720P is when it starts to struggle. And 1080P is when you get a frame or two per second if you are lucky. Fluid playback at 1080P? Never managed that. [SMPlayer and VLC under WinXPSP3 with CPU speed cranked up as high as it'll go using the built-in hotkey]

The Pi, on the other hand. Running RaspBMC, clocking the ARM at 800MHz. It just does it. And doesn't even heat up, even with no heatsink or anything.

So raw grunt is less important than what you do with that grunt. There's no question the Minnowboard will trounce a Pi, given those specs, but I suspect that in some areas the difference may be less than one might imagine.

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That's it, we're all really OLD: Google's Gmail is 10 ALREADY

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Re: The kickback is coming-

"More and more forums are rejecting gmail and other free email services as a legitimate method of sign up."

Catch 22.

I use a free disposable account on forums because I don't trust them to keep my details private. Some do, some don't, so my private email stays exactly that - private.

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Chinese patent app tries to own Wine on ARM

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Don't you have to INVENT something?

See title.

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UK cops: Keep yer golden doubloons, ad folk. Yon websites belong ta PIRATES

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No, because they might have to involve an actual legal process in order to get entire websites blocked.

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No, Minister. You CAN'T de-Kindle your eBooks!

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Weird strawman argument

"If you bought a good old fashioned dead tree book written in English, would you expect to be able to translate it into a dead tree version in French for free?" - a book, translated into another language, is not the same thing. Derivative, perhaps, but not identical.

Converting format is a technical thing. What you end up with is supposed to be the same. It's like with video - you record something on your phone and then you can make it an MKV, an MP4, an AVI, etc etc but the end result should be a copy of what was recorded. Translating an ebook is like getting some people to re-enact the video and recording that.

Or to put it a little differently - it's more like taking a book, tearing the cover off, gluing a new cover on it, then placing it on a bookshelf in a different room. The location and outside have changed. What's inside is still the same.

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ISPs CAN be ordered to police pirates by blocking sites, says ECJ

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Re: pirated content

"dont let your cherished offspring anywhere near the dvd player or it will get very expensive!"

Bugger 'em and copy it anyway.

I rip all the DVDs that I buy. For two reasons - the first, the convenience to watch the content on a tablet. The second? Necessity. Modern Macrovision plays hell with my ancient television so it is literally impossible to watch most films released since around 2004ish without ripping to XviD and getting the DVD player to play the de-Macrovisioned XviD.

Against the law? I could have sworn the law might have said something about defective merchandise...

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Little pink handjob: Sony's Xperia Z1 Compact

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"you are just making the chipset push more pixels around in the name of spurious bragging rights."

Umm... Isn't that why many people buy these devices?

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This changes everything: Microsoft slips WinXP holdouts $100 to buy new Windows 8 PCs

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I'm running XP on a netbook. Have no intention of upgrading as I do not expect that small machine with its undersized SSDs would cope very well with Win8.x and there is the question of compatibility - I'm not dumb enough to think my ancient video capture USB device (that I use as a surrogate TV) will magically work with the new system. Probably the same for various software packages.

So it occurs to me. Replacing my computer will not only be a large expenditure, it will also be a mammoth upheaval. Sort of like transitioning to a completely new setup.

In which case... Do I really need to go to Windows 8.x? I have "played" briefly in various showrooms and didn't like how it looked and felt and, fine, I don't expect supermarket staff to have much of a clue about setting these things up, but it occurs to me that I can just pick up a cheapish PC and drop some version of Linux on it.

Maybe this is why Microsoft is worried? As an XP holdout, I didn't feel the need to upgrade to every new version of Windows, and their removing XP support is not going to change the fact. Indeed, with little spare cash and a machine that works perfectly well, my options and choices - when upgrade time comes - extend far beyond Redmond.

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Google slams Play Store password window shut after sueball hits

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"checking every little detail on things like in-app purchases" - but surely the entire point of being a parent is to check as many details as you can and take responsibility for things if you don't? Any sensible parent wouldn't tell a child the PIN to a credit card, or give a child the keys to the car, or... you get the idea. There have been enough high profile stories about in-app purchases going horribly wrong that even my mother (a card carrying technophobe) has heard about it. So, it's just another thing a parent should check. Or accept responsibility for failing to check.

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Why can’t I walk past Maplin without buying stuff I don’t need?

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Re: Great headline! re: prices

@ Sarah:

We have a small supermarket in a local town. It is about the size of a Spar in the UK and is part of a national chain. The prices are about 20% higher for, well, everything that doesn't have a price printed on the box.

I think they are working on the "captive audience" concept, public transport in rural France is limited and expensive, and towns around here are not close to each other so it will cost in petrol to go any distance for a better deal. So they mark up the prices because a sufficient number of people (still) put up with it.

PS: You still get milk in pints? Over here it is about €1,10 a litre and the farmers are saying that's too little, so god knows how viable it is for your farmers. Problem is if the model is unsustainable, the low prices will cause suppliers to jack it in, which means less supply which means prices will rise. Everything needs to be reasonable and in balance. Messing up one part of the chain for a short term gain will cause problems in the long term. As you noted - a big supermarket moves in with lower prices, and the older shops in town die off...

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The catalogue was awesome

I remember the Maplin catalogues of the mid '80s with their hardcore sci-fi covers and a wealth of information inside covering things as diverse as TV tuning from all known transmitters to pin outs of all the logic chips you're likely to want to use, resistor colour codes... There were no repeats, everything was listed only once, and the information inside made it worth it's weight in gold. I spent weekends in dormitory flipping through to pages absorbing as much as I could.

I really miss the old Maplin catalogues...

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Mozilla takes Windows 8-friendly Firefox out back ... two shots heard

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Re: TWO shots?!

Double tap, to make certain it is dead...

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That NSA denial in full: As of right now, we're not pretending to be Facebook or Twitter

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WTF?

"Everyone knows the NSA can legally eavesdrop on foreigners outside US soil"

Really? Legally? I was under the impression that it is "okay" under American law....which pretty much doesn't count if you are conducting your activities in a country that isn't America. [their choosing to ignore local jurisdictions doesn't make it legal]

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Brawling neighbours challenge 'quiet' cul-de-sac myth

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Re: Clearly there is one such low life living among us

"with a crime rate >1%, unemployment >3%"

< != >

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Backdoor snoops can access files on your Samsung phone via the cell network – claim

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it's not readily apparent what it's capable of doing

How about an "erase your phone if stolen" feature? When does a useful feature become a weakness? If it can be exploited? If so, isn't this true of pretty much anything?

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Does Apple's iOS 7 make you physically SICK? Try swallowing version 7.1

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Re: Dancing keyboard

"I'm afraid I took all my UI design classes long before the current generation of touchscreen soft keyboards so none of my textbooks would address this case specifically."

I see. So you are taking a UI design principle that you know is outdated and are trying to apply it to a modern UI because it supports what may be the only on-screen keyboard UI element that behaves in this manner?

Next you'll be telling me that underlining incorrectly spelled words is a known terrible UI decision (...because somebody will have to come along later with an eraser and rub out all the underlines).

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Not quite right...

"By default iOS only keeps the most recent 50 (?) emails in any given folder so there's absolutely no need to delete anything."

Personal, private, POP3 mailbox. Sent folder held on iPad.

Currently 0 unread messages.

Open private mail, "Sent" folder. Tap "Edit", then "Mark all", then "Mark as unread".

152 unread messages.

You were saying?

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"The reason for this is that there is no way to delete all your emails en masse which in this day and age is ridiculous."

It would be nice if there was an obvious way to archive (onto a PC) all of your sent mail and delete it from the iPad. Is this hiding somewhere in iTunes?

As to the message selection, it seems strange that "Mark all" doesn't have a "Select all" option...

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Sensible keyboard

You might call it a dancing keyboard. I call it a logical keyboard. Android has no trouble in reflecting the state of Caps in the keys themselves. I find it rather disconcerting that the iOS keyboard just stays stuck looking the same.

If this might come as a shock to some, why not - gasp - make it a configurable option?

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Re: Better than Android then?

I have both. Android on the phones, iOS on the tablet. It is hard to make a direct comparison because a tablet's use is not going to be the same as a phone's use. However, with experience in both I would suggest that the above response "different" is the correct one. There are numerous things I like about iOS and numerous things that bug the hell out of me. It's the same for Android, only the things are different.

One thing that is undeniably nice is the stream of updates. The Android system is badly messed up in this respect, which is why my current phone is running 2.3.7. If Sony have made a newer version available, Orange haven't bothered to pick up on it. So I'm stuck with an oldie. Sure, it is easier for Apple given it's their OS on their hardware, but this is an end-user comparison. My iPad Mini is up to date, my phone isn't.

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20 Freescale staff on vanished Malaysia Airlines flight MH370

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Re: The Freescale connection: was this an attack on Freescale's knowedge base?

Speculation - the problem I have with the speculation is in "removing" an entire aircraft (anybody found it yet?) and potentially killing/murdering (delete as application) over two hundred other people to stall a project or keep a secret a secret.

Really, wouldn't it be better for the spooks of the world to snipe the person that is wanted silenced while they're in a hotel room. Clean, efficient, minor collateral, and it sends a pretty strong message to other people on the same team.

So, no. I think hitting Freescale by removing an airplane from reality is bordering on the ludicrous.

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Re: Very sad indeed...

It probably "sounds" safer. One or two typically die in a car crash, maybe up to eight if two families head-on each other. It takes something spectacular (motorway pile up) to get higher numbers.

One plane, run by god knows who on god knows what budget, counts for hundreds at a time. And if one of the biggies should ever go down...

So, yeah, driving a car sounds better.

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Five unbelievable headlines that claim Tim Berners-Lee 'INVENTED the INTERNET'

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"naively switches between the web and the internet"

Isn't this the same thing for most users?

I bet, if I went in to work, and posted a note on the noticeboard saying I'd give a crisp fiver to the first person that can tell me what IMAP, SFTP, and https are in a sentence each, the only way I'd get an answer is if somebody bothers to Google each one.

For oldies, the "internet" is the spinny 'e'. For the more astute, it's the phoenix-rodent thing. For everybody, it's Google and Facebook[*]...

* - we're talking about people that Google the name of the company to find the company website, even though the company domain IS the name of the company! (with a .com at the end, but Firefox can work that out for itself)

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Cellular desperation in France drives not one, but two SFR offers

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Bad joke

"Price competition in France is illegal....."

You might remember another story going on, the screaming and gnashing of teeth by booksellers over Amazon and how they're raping destroying claiming a lot of their business.

Thing is, using Amazon makes sense. Not just because of the free postage, that's not it. When you look on Amazon you know that a book is either there or it isn't. You don't have to fight nutjob drivers, bad weather, poorly thought out parking...only to find not only does your bookstore not have the book you want, but the staff barely know how to look up stuff and are really indifferent when it comes to questions like "can you order this?". I actually once had somebody reply "peut-être" (maybe) and walk away before I asked anything else. Oh, and one pro-tip. Amazon gives you a 5% discount. Just like everybody else. The booksellers wailed and gnashed their teeth when the supermarkets looked like undercutting them. So the law says 5% and that's it. As a result of this, there is little reason to be "fidèle" to any particular bookstore. Nobody can offer me a better price. Not even Amazon, unless you buy third-party. Way to shoot themselves in the foot, huh?

I'm sure France's commerce laws have some logical basis in the Napoleonic code, but sometimes, you really gotta wonder...

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PM Cameron leaps aboard Internet of Thingies

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Competence

While there is a lot in this article that makes sense - collecting data for the sake of collecting data - a more pragmatic approach is to remind everybody of the government's normal degree of competence when it comes to websites and IT contracts in general. Short answer? You'd be mad to touch this, even if it looks like easy money...

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Chillax, cranky commentards: Anger can KILL YOU

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Re: Breaking news...

@ Chris: "PS: I get pissed off when" would seem to be a textbook example of what is being discussed. After all, should you really be getting that agitated because somebody is using the smart-ass word for "bear"? Just relax. Simples! In the long run, it really doesn't matter. End of. Oh, oops.

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Breaking news...

Stressy people stress themselves, stuff may break.

Duh.

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WHOA: Get a load of Asteroid DX110 JUST MISSING planet EARTH

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Meh

Meh.

Clouds held off. Nice view of the moon. Dumb lump of rock was either a no-show or it got shy and hid. Was out there for ten minutes either side of the target time. Now I'm putting the kettle on!

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German freemail firms defend AdBlock-nobbling campaign

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"The act of viewing something on a computer screen is publishing (i.e. making a copy)." - Are you sure about that? Making a copy is not logically "publishing" any more than it should be if I photocopy an article in the newspaper. A copyright infringement? Yes. Publishing? Don't be silly.

"Technical issues/limitations to one side, you should see the content as the creator intended." - I think you completely misunderstand that HTML is a MARKUP language. You provide directives as to how you want the text to appear (simple HTML says "this is a bigger heading", style sheets allow you to specify a type face and size etc) BUT THE BROWSER IS ENTIRELY FREE TO IGNORE IT UNDER THE DIRECTION OF THE USER. Ever looked in the configuration? Seen the bits about enable/disable scripting? Use preferred styling? Use my colour set?

Oh, and you can't just disclaim technical limitations aside - if creating a "copy" of your web page in any form other than that which you see in front of your eyeballs on your computer is a super-serious crime, then this means lighter browsers (Lynx, NetSurf, Opera in mobile mode, numerous older mobile browsers) are actively breaking the law by their very attempts to display your content. Please refer to my and others comments pointing out the nature of HTML vs, say, PDF.

"DELIBERATELY altering that content is creating a derivative work without license and against the law." - really? In this case I trust the original content publisher (you) will be willing to indemnify me and provide full and complete technical support for any and all issues that may arise from whitelisting the entire internet so they all these lovely adverts can be seen. Please also provide appropriate legal support to permit me to request faceless third parties with whom I have no business or contract from volunteering unwanted information and/or tracking my online behaviour.

No. I didn't think so. Therefore, my policy is everything is blacklisted until it provides a good reason why it should not be so.

That said, maybe you are stretching the concept of "derivative work" a little far. To block domains and IPs known to be used for advertising is not so much a derivative work as a simply incomplete copy, much as if I tore a page from a magazine and then tore it in half and gave you have a page. I have not altered or changed what was published, I just have not given you all of it.

"Actually I'm quite right. Various states use such a defintion to enforce a variety of laws" - irrelevant. Not only is American law batshit crazy, but I don't live there. Having said that, one thing Americans are trying to get right is accessibility for disabled people. I wonder how many of your lovely adverts would work sensibly with a screen reader?

Oh, and under the laws in which I am used to, one is supposed to request permission prior to setting a cookie. In practice this is often unworkable so instead a notification is given. I note that the last time I checked (January), of the four advert networks I see most frequently, exactly ALL of them set a cookie and exactly NONE of them provided any notification of this. Accordingly, places which ignore MY laws get blacklisted. Simple.

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Re: "Merely...make money"

I'll accept this just as soon as I get a refund for ad providers that notice I am using an Android phone and push a ~400K .apk with each page I looked at. When I noticed, I'd burned through a meg and a half. So I'm paying for your crappy adverts... Thanks, but given a choice I'd block this rubbish.

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Europe: Apple. Google. Yes, you. Get in here. It's about these in-app bills

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Re: Is El Reg running out of e-ink?

Use less e-ink, it's better for the environment...

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Battle of Bletchley Park: TNMOC chief calls for review of museums' Mexican standoff

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change could be difficult?

It’s taken less than two years to degrade to the current situation. Seems to me like change is relatively easy. Compromise is what is going to be difficult.

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Muslim clerics issue fatwa banning the devout from Mars One 'suicide' mission

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"may not be able to remain alive there, and is more vulnerable to death"

Umm... Stating the same thing twice in slightly different ways?

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How NOT to evaluate hard disk reliability: Backblaze vs world+dog

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" and a high 3.8 per cent or so for the 4GB version.

GB?

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Rotten to the core: Apple’s 10 greatest FAILS

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In the interests of fairness...

...now let's have a list of the top ten good ideas that Google has jacked in because they got bored...

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CCTV warning notices NOT compliant with data protection laws – ICO

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ICO?

What? They're still around?

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Fridge vendor pegged as likely source of Target breach

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Huh?

"The company, which normally specializes in installing and servicing refrigeration systems for supermarket locations"

And this has WHAT to do with customer transactions?

Raises questions like - how many other third-party companies had potential access to the same data, and did any of them access it for reasons beyond their mandate, and how well (if at all) was such access vetted and controlled? (In reality, not the PR friendly version)

Icon for Target, the reason ought to be painfully obvious.

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Jean Michel Jarre: Je voudrais un MUSIC TAX sur VOTRE MOBE

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What am I paying for?

I'll be happy to pay this, so long as I get value for money. I'll pay this, right, so then I can download anything I like for free, right?

Funny, I think the music industry might not like that idea. They would rather sell us content then extract a levy for being able to use said content. Where's the attraction of that to the consumer?

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Elite Systems pulls ZX Spectrum games after deluge of 'unpaid royalties' complaints

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Re: Just been reminded of an old story from the 80s

"I think my favorite "what were they thinking" moment in low-rent '80s computing were the guys who were trying to sell software on vinyl LPs (rather than tapes)."

I'm right there with you. One of the BBC Micro magazines that I picked up randomly came with this square of plastic inside that had grooves baked into it, so it could play on a record player. I remember I laughed and thought "yeah, right". Several years later I found it and it was a rainy weekend so...plug this into that and...

...damn thing worked. Don't remember what the software was, a MODE 7 demo I *think*, but I was more blown away by successfully loading a program from a record player. It just seemed to unbelievably retro, even back then when "retro" was only just last year's tech!

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Pr0n-optimised Icepol Trojan's servers seized by Romanian cops

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There's a reason I have disabled Java.

(see subject)

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