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Irish ISPs urged to fit child porn filters

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FAIL

High number of Blocks

Firstly, ICBS on the massive number of sites blocked. I refuse to believe that child abuse material is THAT widespread.

Secondly, if the numbers of sites blocked are so high and remain consistently high year on year then clearly blocking does absolutely nothing or we would see a decrease.

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Microsoft drops 'risky' Windows 8 preview on World

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WTF?

Hot Areas

One thing that I have been trying to puzzle out (I've been to lazy to actually try a preview yet) is whether there is any visual indication whether these "hot areas" in the corners have any kind of visual indication that they exist.

I'm normally very pro change and generally like Microsoft's stuff (I even defend Vista as in my opinion it was much better than XP and I enjoy pointing out when someone talks about a great Win7 feature, that it was actually in Vista) but using the metro UI as a replacement for the start menu just seems completely daft why not a supplement if in desktop mode? Click start button, get starts menu AND metro ui.

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HP, Dell warn of price hikes after Foxconn wage rise

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Re: Re: How big a rise?

Not unless people in Africa stop killing each other so much.

Africa by rights should be the richest place on Earth - geographically it is perfect - it has everything. But corruption is so ingrained into the various societies that it's unlikely to really ever be truly utilized. At least not in our lifetime.

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Third of Blighty stuck on snail-speed broadband

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Re: Re: Yawn

More than likely you have the same problem I do. New big area - practically a whole new town but rather than building a new exchange they just put in really long lines all the way to the city centre.

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Woman spanked for dissing ex in Facebook snapshot

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It really seems like we are reaching the stage where everyone seems to think it is their right to be able to go through life never being offended by anyone. It's so stupid and dangerous. The law should not be about preventing people's feelings being hurt. Especially when it falls short on things that are actually important like people being physically attacked.

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Top Euro beaks to probe ACTA for rights breaches

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No 3 Strikes

2 it is then

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French National Front woos internet pirates

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Pathetic Socialists

So just because they happen to agree on a point with a group they are opposed to, they changed their views? That is exactly what is wrong with politics.

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Canadians revolt over draconian internet privacy bill

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Good to see that the Canadians are giving this moron (with his stupid idea shared by so many across the western world) the contempt he deserves and have not fallen for the old "rename the bill to something no one would oppose" trick.

Still though - they were (one of) the first to have the stupid anti-cartoon porn laws so they don't pick up on everything. I'm guessing the government were sneaky with that one too.

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Social networks can't be forced to filter content, rules top EU court

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Joke

You are Doing it Wrong

They seem to have actually consulted real experts in the field to come up with this answer. I demand that they go back and come up with their proper answer in a closed room without consulting anyone or doing any research.

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21st Century Sex: the shape of things to come

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"Why they didn't choose to call it an image file instead of a pseudo-photograph is something I'm less clear on"

Because they wanted to leave in a really open ended term, which could apply to tracings, renders or even regular "realistic" drawings if argued by enough of a snake.

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Reverting to Form

That is an interesting article and raises a lot of nice points :)

For me, I see the technology as a massively positive influence in all things sexual. Without going into too much detail; without it I would not be the confident, happy and successful person I am today. Finding that I was not alone in the kind of things I like really brought me out of my shell.

What I see more and more really is humans reverting to form. You say that it takes a long time for society to adapt to change and you are right. The thing is, the very prudish society of recent times was actually very short lived. Look at how people acted in pre-Christian times - much more liberated.

Humans, both male and female are very sexual creatures and always have been. Combine that with our amazing ability for abstract thought and it's no wonder we have the wide and wonderful variety of sexual desires that we do.

The Internet and technology in general is helping people to embrace their desires again and opening up whole new possibilities and after we've been repressed for so long, it's wonderful. And the best part is, no matter how much "they" try to stop it happening, it's going on anyway - it might not happen in our lifetime but future generations should be MUCH more liberated, happy and accepting of others than ours. And Good on them :)

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Apple demands US ban on Samsung's Galaxy Nexus

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Mushroom

End Game of Patent Wars

No company releases any electronic product in the west. Unauthorized imports and clones soar.

Everyone gets access to fewer cool gizmos, companies make less money. Everyone loses.

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Google goggles with Terminator HUD 'coming soon'

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Unhappy

Glasses

I already wear prescription glasses. Will I be screwed like with 3D movies? I bet I will :(

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Has Microsoft finally killed off Windows 8 Start button?

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Flame

So you spent "ages" looking on how to go back to the old way rather than just attempting to use the new way? If you were so terrified of change then why did you even upgrade?

Every time I've heard someone complaining about the ribbon, the option they were looking for is so much easier to find than it used to be in the menus (usually it's on Home). In fact there have been several of occasions when I've heard people saying how great all these new features are when actually they are old features that were previously impossible to find in the horrible menu system.

That said, I am not a fan of how 8 is looking at the moment because with no start menu, surely there'll be no search box, which is one of the best vista / 7 features IMO. If that's coming back (or being made even better) though then I'm all for it.

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Boffins uncloak G-rated teledildonic breakthrough

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Aids

Well this COULD evolve into something of an AIDS prevention device if people end up "making love" by proxy rather than directly ... I'd think it'd take the fun out of it somewhat personally but hey, some people will like it.

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Troubled Game wins reprieve on debt, mulls axing more stores

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They write on game boxes with marker pens, ruin manuals and throw away inserts.

For this they must die.

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Euro watchdog asks Google to HALT privacy tweak

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Mary Bono Mack

Jeez, just because you are a woman you don't NEED to mention family and children at every possible (however contrived) opportunity. Maybe if female politicians stopped being such stereotypes people would take them a bit more seriously.

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Demand for safety kitemark on software stepped up

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Kite Mark

The problem with the kite mark idea is that software really isn't like the kind of product you buy in a shop. There's still going to be nothing stopping a lone dev putting out their own things they've made as a hobby on the net and there's nothing stopping companies from developing their own internal systems and that is a good thing.

I'd say a developer is more similar to a builder. There are cowboys who will do a shit job for a large amount of money and there are better people who have ethics. You get people building their own walls and sheds. Some of these are awful and fall down and some are ok. You even get big building companies making huge developments with the guarantees that they will not crumble in a year.

The only viable solution I'd say if to regulate us in the same way as builders. I know they have certifications so we should have similar. MS have their partner thing for companies - that's the kind of thing I'm talking about but something platform agnostic would be even better.

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Robot rabbits take on Facebook, female orgasms

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Nabaztags and their kind are a cute and quite fun idea but the servers are always down and there are a really disappointing number of things you can do with them. Even fewer now that they've been taken over by a new company. Plus their site is all in French and just doesn't seem to work.

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Five ways Microsoft can rescue Windows Phone

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Awful Brand

The problem is that people hate Windows Phones. It doesn't matter how good they make the phone, people hate the brand for it's past.

They should have totally ditched the Windows Phone brand and called them Metro phones instead, not even including the Windows logo.

Otherwise yeah, all good points in the article, especially the comparison to XBox.

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Death of IE6 still greatly exaggerated, says browser hit squad

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Mushroom

Some companies will never update, just as some are still using mainframe systems. They will have to live with the repercussions of that decision. The decision being to become reliant on cowboy coder products that were designed only to work in IE6.

I have been a web dev long enough to know that coding for IE6 only is an intentional decision made to increase support costs and is highly unethical. Any company fool enough to employ developers bad enough to do that deserves what they get.

Or they can suck it up and deal with some change for once.

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Surprise: Neil Young still hates digital music

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Nobody Cares

Radio is incredibly popular still and the quality on that is terrible, even with technological advances. In it's heyday it was even worse. These days it is common to see "normal" people listening to music from the tinny loud speaker on their phone as they walk around. Also from what I've heard, younger people are using YouTube to listen to music.

The masses just do not care one bit about music quality, never have and never will. Enthusiasts will all ways buy good kit and vinyl or CDs even if they get a bit pricey and even if there is a free alternative.

I like what he says about piracy being the new radio though, he seems to kind of get it.

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Obama washes hands of O’Dwyer piracy extradition case

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Fud Dud

There's 2 reasons why you older techy people can't get jobs:

1 - You live miles away from the work and won't move. I had to move within the UK from North to South where there's more work, it's even more necessary in a big country like America.

2 - You failed to keep up with advances in technology in your given field because you are opposed to change and have become a fuddy duddy. This is a death sentence for any technical career.

Immigrants are quite happy to move and they are generally from countries where there has been lots of change recently. It is no wonder that companies employ them.

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No 'Xbox 720' in 2012, says MS exec

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Unhappy

Gah, I was hoping they were finally going to put the good old 360 to rest and make something new that can actually handle decent physics, graphics and larger games without lagging horribly.

I am worried about the next gen of consoles though. Mainly my worry is that all games will be download only ...

Also I bet that you won't be able to get achievements etc unless you have a paid live subscription.

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Polish lawmakers don Guy Fawkes masks to protest ACTA

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Headmaster

Is it like Rain on Your Wedding Day?

Sarcasm is not irony.

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BT seeks apartment dwellers to sign-up to 'superfast' FTTP trial

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At least in rural they have some excuse. The majority of suburbs are even worse (mine being one of them) because at least in the country there's the chance you'll be near enough to a business park or motorway. Suburbs just get completely forgotten.

Course the best way to do it would be to find out where the execs' families live because regardless of location you know they are gonna have the best available.

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How can family sysadmins make a safe internet playground for kids?

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Devil

Kids Aren't Innocent

One of the first things I searched for when I got the net was porn, I knew it would be there and I knew what I wanted. I am sure this is the case for everyone. I also remember people talking about stuff at junior school. Kids aren't innocent - they know all about it, they just don't say anything to their parents.

It had no adverse effects at all. In fact if anything, not being wrapped in cotton wool has made me the man I am today. Had I not had fully unfiltered net access from that age I am certain I'd have grown up to be a mindless pleb.

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Teen net addicts pee in bottles to stay glued to WoW

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More like the equivalent of a young lad playing footie with his mates, not being arsed to go all the way back home and instead taking a piss up a tree. No big deal.

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Android devs get schooled on style

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Devs Can Do UI

Yeah seems pretty sensible and all but the whole idea that the ability to program and the ability to make decent UI are mutually exclusive is a myth.

The real reason programmers aren't "good" at UI is that it is boring and our time is better used elsewhere so when we are forced to do it we resent it. There are also a lot of developers who just have no pride in their work and really don't care about users of their systems. Simply stopping and thinking "would I want to do this if I were using it" never occurs to them. See pretty much every 2011 game UI for evidence of that (I'm looking at you Bethesda and Volition).

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World's biggest music streaming service launches - for tech idiots

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Still too Expensive

You can buy albums for about that much (less if you buy second hand). So why not just buy a new album or 3 every month instead.

$5 and maybe I'll be interested. Oh and if it were available in the UK of course.

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FCC (finally) cracks down on BLARING! TV! ADS!

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Not that I watch TV any more but yeah it is still annoying here.

What is far worse though is when they repeat the same advert (or advert for an upcoming show) over and over again until you are so sick of seeing it it has the opposite effect to what they intended.

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OnLive Game System cloud gaming console

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2Mb - I wish

I'm lucky if I get 1Mb! And I know that many in the UK they get even less.

It will not work for most people and hardcore gamers won't settle for anything less than cutting edge.

Also I'd be amazed if it scales well.

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Amazon: The Microsoft of the cloud

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Competitors

There's certainly room for competitors. The only problem is though that so far they all seem a bit naff. The big names anyway.

Take Azure for example. I like MS stuff generally and Azure looked great, but it's a joke. Everything about it seems unfinished, hard to use and pointlessly limited. SQL server for example - one of MS' best products, is nobbled so much on Azure that it's like using SQL Server 2000. Not only that but it is EXPENSIVE.

Maybe if there was some decent competition Amazon wouldn't be having as much of a free ride to monopoly but as it is, they really are the only game in town.

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Taxpayers to cough more for multi-billion pound failed NHS IT project

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Breach of Contract

It's so ridiculous that the government are still signing up to contracts that totally bind them and have no constraints on the company actually delivering the goods.

In any sensible scenario it would be: "company - you have not delivered the system we paid for, we are not going to pay you".

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Facebook security hole exposes Zuckerberg's privates

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Angel

Or you could just not do things in public that you would be overly embarrassed if people you knew found out about.

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Lord British: Games consoles 'fundamentally doomed'

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Missing the Point

No one is saying that playing good games on mobile devices isn't sought after - quite the opposite in fact.

The point is that by the time you can have such cool stuff on a hand held, anything that can afford to be a bit bigger and take up more power is almost certainly likely to be even more powerful and games will ALWAYS be at the cutting edge of technology.

It's a point that these "console / pc games are doomed" people always miss.

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2016: Death of the wallet as NFC tap-cash arrives at last

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Cashless Society

Can't happen soon enough. No more scum bags asking for change or mugging you if no one ever has any usable cash on them.

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Penguin pulls its e-books off library shelves

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Mushroom

Publishers - the new MPAA

Welcome to the club guys, pull up a chair.

Or you could maybe embrace the new technology and give up on your stranglehold rather than be obliterated?

Nah.

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Women love phone cams, for snapping pics of cute babies

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Trollface

Jeez, it must be someone's time of the month. Get back in the kitchen and cool off dear ;)

Seriously though, advertisement is crap for both genders. Look at something aimed at women - their main technique these days seems to be "make a man look stupid" * where as anything targeting a man is aimed at lager swilling bloke blokes. Either way it's patronising and irritating.

Still, not worth getting too annoyed about - just don't buy their stuff.

*Such as the Maltesers ad where the girls put their boyfriends into a compromising position - imagine the outrage from feminists if that were the other way around

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Punters hate copyright, says Steelie Neelie

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Too Right

And it's even worse for computer games.

Want to release your game but can't be bothered to finish it? Fine just put out the finished version as DLC, which can't be resold and the punters have to pay again for. In fact while we are at it, lets lock the game itself down to Steam so that can't be resold either.

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Chief rabbi: Steve Jobs' Apple lust spreads misery, despair

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Mushroom

So essentially greed didn't exist before Jobs? I seem to remember there being something in various religious scriptures about such things?

In any case, the whole "thank god for what you have" bullshit is completely counter to human nature. We strive to better ourselves and the lives of those we care about, just as any creature does. Their attitude that we should all be humble was blatantly invented to keep the peasants from getting above their station, nothing more.

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"i" is a reference to "internet"

... I don't think it is. It's just a gimmick.

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Think your CV is crap? Your interview skills are worse

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Yeah mostly agree but

"it’s a tough market that may be getting worse"

Sorry but that's bollocks. I am still constantly hounded by recruiters for decent looking programming jobs (and some that are quite clearly crap of course) because I have a fair bit of experience and a good CV. If anything our market is getting even bigger because all the proles have realised that technology exists.

If you have skills and your current job is tolerable, a perspective employer needs to sell itself to you and you can be as picky as you like.

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Why your tech CV sucks

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This!

You are TOTALLY correct.

I actually asked one of them about the whole demanding phone thing once and she told me (quite honestly) that it's a combination of them being lazy and rubbish at typing and wanting to hear your verbal communication skills.

There are those who send me a really vague "I have a really cool job on offer - give me a call" emails and those I don't even respond to. If it's that good then give me some details.

The worst was one which looked good, advertised as being in my home town but it turned out to be in a city in the same region where I had worked previously and left cause it's a shit hole (amongst other things). So don't talk to me about lies on CVs - recruiters lie worse than any applicant.

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Immigrants face £49k wage minimum to stay

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"some industries which are more profitable (banks and financials among others)"

Please tell my employer this :P

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Sonic Generations

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From the looks of the videos I have seen it suffers from the same awful jump mechanics as Sonic 4 where you have to hold down the analogue stick to control your in-air motion or you just fall straight down. Hopefully it won't be as bad as it looks but I really can't understand why they don't just make it like Sonic 1 - Knuckles.

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British Library defends flogging of orphaned artwork

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Watermark

I don't see why amateur photographers who actually care about this don't just put a ruddy great watermark over the stuff they upload and freely give out and avoid uploading high res versions. Fair enough if the mark gets shopped out then they could be annoyed but I bet it would be more hassle than it's worth for a paper to do that (especially with the level of shop skill shown by most papers).

Don't flame me please, I actually would like to know why they don't do this.

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Grand Theft Auto V trailer drives onto interweb

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Pint

Looks lame and serious - even more distant from GTA than 4 was. No doubt they'll put in even more (girl)friend crap and take out even more good features.

Also digital download only so no second hand market?

Rockstar can fuck off. They lost me with Red Dead Redemption (most over-hyped, buggy piece of crap ever) and this is just a reminder of why you now suck.

Thank heaven for Saint's Row, which I pre-ordered yesterday :)

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As iPhone 4S battery suckage spreads, fixes appear

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Trollface

Sounds to me as though there are a whole load of errors occurring for different reasons and the exceptions are just being eaten rather than being handled properly. That's what happens when you hide stuff from the users to trick them into thinking that "it just works".

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Job-seeking university bods panic over incriminating online info

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If they are ashamed of what's online then they shouldn't have been doing it in public in the first place. If you do something in public you have to assume it will get on the net and all your peers current and future will see it.

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