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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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Facepalm

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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Cameron loves net freedom – as long as no one's rioting

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Big Brother

I don't think it's the fact that they change their mind when faced with evidence that gets peoples back up as such, it's more the way they promise in the first place without checking then ones they've realised it's impossible they act as though they always knew that. If they did come out and say "sorry, I was wrong and those that I promised it to are idiots" I for one would have more respect for them.

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Anonymous threatens Mexican drug cartel

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Intentional Saint's Row Reference?

"_the_ Los Zetas"

You're right though, they gonna get burned.

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Zimbabwean claims prostitute turned into donkey

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Playmobil Reconstruction?

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Details of all internet traffic should be logged – MEP

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Childcatcher

Exactly what I was thinking.

Funny isn't it that these people always ignore the elephant in the room - that most child abuse (sexual and otherwise) is done (or at least allowed) by the parents (male AND female) so have never seriously suggested that all parents should be monitored in such an invasive way.

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Google Maps API now costs $4 per 1,000 requests

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WTF?

Why the down vote?

I'd love to know why I got down-voted for this ... I wasn't even ragging on OpenStreetMap - I actually think it's good. The point is though that SSL on it just wasn't feasible for us. If I missed something please tell me what.

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Might be different now but when I looked into Open Streetmap (and other solutions too), the main problem I came up against was the lack of SSL support. Generally it turned out that if you needed that, Google or Bing turned out cheaper anyway.

In the end we ended up going for a horribly clunky, hacked together and probably dodgy Google solution.

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Cops find hackers' phone in NOTW office

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I really don't think it's anything to do with age. In my experience, middle aged people are by far the worst when it comes to even basic spelling let alone the use of the apostrophe.

It is actually a very recent development that the majority of people are as literate as they are. The only reason we see more bad spelling and grammar these days is that communication is so easy that even the peasants can do it. Which I suppose is actually a good thing.

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Insulin pump hack delivers fatal dosage over the air

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Ah fair enough, I'm not going mad then. Ta.

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Old News

OK, am I getting de ja vu or didn't the reg already do this story earlier in the year?

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Binned PCs were stuffed with MoD and Sun staffers' privates

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Pint

I agree completely - those magnets are awesome and fun to try and pull apart once stuck :)

Also the platters themselves make nice coasters.

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Obama man: 'Global internet surveillance skyrocketing'

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Big Brother

"shift cyberspace away from being a multi-stakeholder, people-driven model, to a system dominated by centralized government control."

Which is what they have always wanted and thought they had until recently when they realised their assumptions on all things tech were completely wrong. Now they are waking up and desperately trying to claw back that thought control they've had (over traditional media) for so long.

We're talking about all governments here right, not just those in sandy countries?

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Anonymous shuts down hidden child abuse hub

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Yeah, that should go with any alleged crime really.

In this case though I'm guessing they'll just bypass all the "red tape" and do a data transfer onto the sex offenders register ;)

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Big Brother

This is exactly what I was thinking.

Of course it is certainly possible they already did this and were ignored or told "tor, onions, wtf? You guys are just winding us up". Whenever police talk about this stuff they always come across as incredibly technically inept and don't seem to realise that not everything is a "website" so I really wouldn't be surprised.

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UK gov invites bids for public sector cloud

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FFS

When will they learn?

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Netflix announces UK debut

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Childcatcher

2 Questions:

Will they air US shows shortly after they air over there and in their uncut form?

Will you have to pay TV licence?

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Smut oglers told to opt in to keep web filth flowing

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Coat

Indeed

No one likes to be cock blocked ...

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Pint

Doesn't Apply

You are clearly a good parent. The negative comments I'd say are aimed at those chavs and those who I prefer to call "cattle" (brainless fodder who gain their entire knowledge of the world and all of their opinions from the Daily Mirror / Daily Mail / Sun / BBC news).

Please have more kids and tell your equally good friends to do so as well :)

And have a pint - that's not banned to save the children (yet).

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Big Brother

This is obviously nothing to do with parenting - it's to do with trying to redemonize sex, something christians did years ago to control the population and keep women down (and now the attitude is so ingrained into society that feminists will now quite happily fight for less freedom on this issue).

I'd love to know what these lot have over Cameron to keep making him do this stuff - it was the same when he backed down over making rape trials fair on those falsely accused.

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This Dianamania is a slur on Jobs

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I agree with the article for the most part, especially the parts about the unsung heroes. (A friend of mine made a similar comment on another paper but cited Turing as a man who was was more worthy of such praise).

Still though, the implication that world wide communication is not a big step for humanity is pretty small minded - anyone can see that such a system is very influential and far reaching. Not that it was Jobs' invention of course but this article seems to imply that just because people accredit the whole Internet to him, the Internet is unimportant.

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BBC One and bureaucracy spared in Auntie cuts

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Wouldn't go so far as voting anyone in purely on that fairly unimportant single issue but I agree with the sentiment.

The beeb is a total leach and I get the feeling that lots of people seem to think that the fee goes to other channels as well or they don't actually know which ones they watch.

The only things they air that are any good are shows from the US which they run months late and cut the gritty bits out of anyway.

Gimme a £5 / month stream of HBO and I'll gladly pay it. Till then though I'll just manage in other ways. Either way though I'll never pay the TV tax again.

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Sony: all new PS3 titles will require PSN Pass for online play

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Unhappy

Next Step

First they bring out DLC (means they don't have to finish making the game before they can sell it - plus it's a great way to charge for bug fixes). And of course DLC ain't transferable so if you sell on your game it's useless to you and the buyer has to buy it too.

Now they nobble their online play. It's Sony for now but they'll all do it.

How long before they start scamming us with "activation fees" or some other BS way to destroy the second hand market even more?

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So don't buy second hand from game then - there are plenty other second hand game retailers.

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Don't bother with that degree, say IT pros

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BS

Sorry but from my experience that's complete BS. Most self taught coders are atrocious. They usually have massive gaps in their knowledge of basic practices and theory so tend to create bizarre overly complex solutions to solve simple problems. They also tend to be much more unwilling to learn anything new unless they discover it meaning they are a nightmare to work with.

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Microsoft's Android patent ransom to 'total $444m' next year

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Meh

Disappointing move from MS - I had thought they'd gotten past that kind of evilness to an extent. Still at least they have come to an agreement rather than simply throwing their toys out of the pram and trying to get the products banned.

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Poll: Porn-watching, net-savvy kids are a myth

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Exactly my point - it did no harm to me or my mates at all. If anything it just made me totally accepting of other people's choices.

It's a really good point about the stifling too - it's so bizarre that as a society we totally shield anyone under 16 from the real world and responsibility then when they turn feral we wonder why.

Still - sounds like you have the right idea - it's nice to see that not everyone is totally illogical :)

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BS

Sorry but I don't believe that.

I know that all of my friends who had net growing up (and me for that matter) used to look at porn. And it made no difference to us at all :P But then boys always find porn, even if it's a stolen dirty mag or whatever.

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MPs: 999 HQ revamp FAIL cost £469m

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At least they cancelled it now. Had Labour still been in I bet they would have kept it going and eating cash indefinitely.

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Windows 8 fondleslabs rock up on eBay

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What I want to Know

Will we be able to format these devices and reinstall windows if required or buy a version of them without the os (hence saving a few quid) and use our (legitimately acquired) existing licences that we have from (for example) Technet?

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Microsoft unveils file-move changes in Windows 8

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Got it Already

I should have said that I already use that one and it works well much of the time but there are still occasions when it fails to make any difference.

The one I remember recently was magicdisc on win7. Neither task manager or process explorer could kill it.

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File Locks and Ending Processes

Personally I'm hoping for improvements to the way "open" files and rogue processes are handled so that as the admin I could actually force a process to end or forcefully remove a lock from a file. As it is, some naughty applications (I'm looking at you Outlook) can even stop you rebooting cause of this.

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Keep calm and carry on networking, says UK.gov

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true

Yeah but if it'd been the last I'd expect they'd have gone ahead anyway regardless of the fact it'd be a logistical nightmare.

Then blamed the technology and hackers when it didn't work.

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Tool

What's wrong with using a mass communication tool? Just because lots of people use it for trivial crap doesn't mean that's the ONLY use.

For example, during the recent Amazon EC2 outages, twitter was instantly filled with posts about users having similar problems, where as their own status page still listed everything as A-OK.

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Relieving

I was pretty disheartened when I first heard the government coming out with that crap as it sounded just like what the last lot would have said.

It's still worrying that it was their initial reaction but it's a relief that common sense seems to have prevailed.

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Insulin pump maker ignores diabetic's hack warnings

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How many digits and/or letters are there in the serial? If it's only numbers and a few digits then it would be pretty easy to try them sequentially.

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BBC explains 'All your Twitter pics are belong to us' gaffe

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Linux

If it were me

I would only be annoyed when they don't attribute it.

If a big media company uses a previously unknown photographers work it gets their stuff out there. As long as it gets attributed then they'll get more work because of it. It's why I (intend to) put out free software.

Also they can always watermark stuff and put up low res copies only.

Not accrediting them though - that's just low.

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Anonymous unsheathes new, potent attack weapon

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I Doubt It

That kind of system will almost certainly be imposed if things carry on as they are but as soon as that happens people will just put their efforts into making better darknets and it'll be back to square one.

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iPad maker to replace 1 million staff with robots

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Well yeah but it's not like they started from scratch is it...

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Film studios thrash BT in Newzbin site-block test case

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Same as music

It's the same as music. Basically no one wants to buy these things because they really aren't worth it. I wouldn't give most modern music / film shelf space, let alone pay for the privilege.

Only now that DVDs are sold for £1 or so am I thinking of buying a few classics, which I may watch again. If the studios offered an unlimited, free streaming service for a fair price (and given the lack of quality in anything new I'm talking £5 / month here) then I'd consider paying for new stuff but otherwise, no way.

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News leech loses appeal on High Court copyright case

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TV

So what about news programmes on TV, all of which have a section for going through what's in the papers? Will these now require a licence too (or do they already)?

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MS to WinXP diehards: Just under 3 more years' support

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wrong

Maybe he did not read your post, maybe he did. His point still stands though.

Clearly if you have an old computer and you stick 7 on it it will be slower than XP. But if you downgrade a new one and put XP on it, 7 will be faster (if not right away then definitely after a few weeks). Also as other people have pointed out - it's all about productivity and XP is crap compared to 7 for that.

Whenever I have to go back to XP on someone else's machine it takes twice as long to do anything (even when I remember the exact convoluted way to do it).

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Totally

Don't know about the toughbook thing but totally agree with the perception aspect - if I went to be a dev at a new place and found them all on that old junk I'd not bother with a second interview that's for sure. It shows a very bad, backward thinking mentality and resistance to change that would almost certainly be endemic throughout the whole business.

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Like what?

What missing functionality do you mean? I'm not flaming here, I'm actually interested in what you've had to get that you think should be part of the OS.

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Sony pains pre-owned game punters with PSN Pass

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Trollface

or maybe

Or maybe they could make games that weren't mindless churned out crap that can be completed in 6 hours so that their gamers actually hold onto them for more than a week?

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Universal Music passwords exposed by Anonymous hack

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Everyone

Unfortunately, I think that systems where the passwords are stored properly are actually the minority by a long way. That's certainly been the case with my own experience (inheriting existing projects).

Remember that developers who inherit stuff rarely decide their own priorities and customers only care about the issues that are impacting them NOW so "nice to haves" like having a semblance of proper security practice never get done.

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