* Posts by Triggerfish

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Staples comes clean: 1+ million bank cards at risk after hack

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Re: Norks

My employer used his wife's card in USA when they emigrated, not once questioned why a 6'3" bloke was listed as Mrs (female name) (last Name). Oddly a few were concerned he may not be a legally in the country though.

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Welsh council rapped for covert spying on sick leave worker

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Hmmn medical angels with stress, well I know one who had attended an accident crush damage and the poor guys face was so mashed they couldn't intubate. Another one they had a young lad in who had tried to hang himself didn't manage it but caused so much damage that he died later, they had to explain to the parents it was to late. They have never mentioned the things they have to deal with when its a really young kids but I know its hard on them.

Try having a word with some of those angels and what they deal with, frankly stress is not surprising some of their stories I think would leave me curled up in a ball crying.

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Investigating stress

There's no problem with an employer investigating why someone is off for stress, in fact I think they have a duty to do so and see if they can mitigate it if its work related and I have also seen some people take the piss working in public sector jobs tends to make it easier because they tend to be more forgiving than the private sector.

However siccing the Pinkertons on them as the first step (rather than asking them say) is a little out of order.

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How much for a wrist job? A tenner normally, but for this one, over $30k

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Gaunche? wear

Free dictionary had an interesting definition

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Gaunche

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Don't panic, US Navy has only deployed a ROBOT SHARK (but where are the lasers?)

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Shark bodies tend to vary between flexible which is very maneuverable requiem sharks like blacktips, and stiffer bodied (like tuna and marlin bodies) mackerel sharks (great white, longimanus) it alters their swimming style. So it would seem shark shape is pretty efficient and is similar to Tuna's swimming motions if its the stiffer movement shape plus being more torpedo shaped it might be more space efficient than a tuna shape.

If you see some in the water when snorkeling or diving so you can get a really good look they tend to be pretty graceful and move with real economy of motion seems a sensible shape to me.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Re: Some thoughts

OK apologies on the whining comment, this is turning into a bit of a megathread though, have you thought of doing some page were you collate suggestions or give us a vote on what would be a preferred change and what we find truly abhorrent.

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Some thoughts

So from your latest article some responses from me.

1. The site is too white - making it hard on the eyes.

Its not that the site is to white as such that makes it hard on the eyes its that you have chosen a shade of gray almost at the white end of the spectrum as your dividers it doesn't break the site up into sections properly that's what's effecting the readability.

2. Pictures and headlines in stories and the “hero pic’ at the top of the front page are too big, making for unnecessary scrolling.

Serioulsy they are try using an average office monitor and its to big on a mobile its bloody awful, also if you don't want to have an autoswitch to mobile because its to tricky/risky fine but if you are not then really you need to get the picture sizing sorted.

3, Just put it back to the way it was before

I don't know if it needs that but it would be nice you actually listened to some of the feedback and acted on it, rather than coming back and complaining that we all don't like you, either ask for the feedback and deal with it or don't and publish and be dammed, but don't start giving out the "your holding it wrong type excuses".

Also I liked the side tab that gave you most read and most commented, the new way of doing it is inelegant and messy in comparison.

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I have to agree the pictures at the front of the article are way to big.

Unless you automatically start redirecting to The Reg mobile site as well that and the top nav are going to be a real PITA on a phone.

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American bacon cured with AR-15 assault rifle

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Re: When did British bacon become shit

You need a better Butcher, the best ones I have had could pretty much tell you the name of the pig you were eating and what sort of life it had had. Used to work in Scotland and would drive past a pig farm with proper fields and tress and shelters for the pigs it all went to the local butchers shops a couple of miles away in the village, that's the sort of place that produces quality bacon.

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Re: See? THIS is why there can never be...

Hmmn I travelled through parts of Thailand with an American who preferred a McDonald over all else and wouldn't touch beef from any other places because he didn't trust the meat.

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Thin plot, great CGI effects

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Aaah right fair enough stand corrected what a shame that richness was what made the LOTR so much more immersive.

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The LOTR films, they went to a lot of effort crafting armour and adding lots of extra little almost extraneous details you don't notice (*). Watching the hobbit it seemed to have been sacrificed for cheaper CG it leaves the experience lacking somehow.

*http://www.tms.org/pubs/journals/jom/0211/byko-0211.html

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Euro consumers have TOO MUCH choice – telco operators

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Monopoly system

I've been dealing with plenty of US users of broadband both commercial and private over the past few month, always heard the broadband was bad due to monopolies, frankly its amazing how bad it is. We had companies who expected their broadband to go down if the weather was bad, not remote companies mind you, places in shopping malls in relatively large urban areas, less than 1Mbps connections etc..

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So this Saudi Prince calls and asks why he can't watch movies ...

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Re: An IT Manager asked me to raise a formal Change Request...

I have users call because the icons have moved on their desktop and the computer has lost all the programs.

Change word to landscape and what watch chaos that causes in a large office.

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Mmmmffll-CHOMP: I won? Reg reader to have CHOC-TASTIC YEAR

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Re: Bah!

Oh I dunno I wouldn't turn down the Cadburys, but there's something to be said for Green & Blacks Mayan Gold.

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Sarong it's right: Coining it in Thailand without a visa

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Re: Frequent border crossings

Yeah the visa runs are either good fun or a real pain depending on where you go and who you go with (you can make a weekend of it with mates if you time it right) and flights to places like Nepal and Singapore can sometimes be cheap. Other times its just a slog where you try and get to a border and back in as short a time as possible due to time constraints. I had mixed opinions of them when doing them.

Depending on what border you cross it ranges from a few months to about 6.

As for getting caught I know people who have been living over there for more than twenty years now doing this (including one being deported years ago and coming back a year later), Years ago before they cleaned it up my friends had a customs guy come and pick up the passports from their flats in BKK and for a fee he would go and process them, stamp them and drop them back off to the apartment, all very dodgy but totally normal for those times.

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Assassin's Creed bugs shift setting to LSD-drenched 1960s Paris

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You missed the biggest bug

You have to install uplay.

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iBail: American Psycho actor Christian Bale rejects Steve Jobs role

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Re: only ever used to insult women.

Depends where you are in the UK south of England is pretty commonly used and is a catch all and even a friendly matey type insult, up North though its pretty much a no no, Twats more common and does the same job.

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Re: Are you saying

Well him or Torquetto Jubbli.

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mind the oranges Marlon

http://mind-the-oranges-marlon.blogspot.co.uk/

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Met Office: 2014 was FIFTEENTH WARMEST UK SUMMER on record

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Re: @Tom7

Depends in the countryside or on an island with some breezes verandas are lovely, I've virtually lived on them in more tropical climes, even the kitchen was open air. In a city though with no breezes, pollution and temperatures getting into upper 30C or so it can be unrelenting.

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Kip Thorne explains how he created the black hole for Interstellar

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Re: "...a big screen cinema..."

They have similar in Bangkok, relative pricing would put it out of my pocket here in the UK though I think.

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Russians hear Tim Cook is gay, pull dead Steve Jobs' enormous erection

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but it is like the kind of love that might develop on the battlefield or in times of trouble

You mean like Spartans or Roman legionnaires?

It's not about promoting or stopping gay people anyway, its about suppression of peoples rights to live as they choose, I'd be just as disgusted if they suppressed people for wanting to practice religion, or building Airfix modelling kits.

I am neither gay or religious and the last Airfix model I built was years ago but people should be able to live their life as long as it isn't causing harm (outraged morality is not harm).

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Re: Love and Hate

Well we have things like Manchester village area, pretty sure you wouldn't find that in Russia, and plenty of us straight people used to go clubbing round there when I was a student.

There were still the odd homophobe I remember at uni, for some reason they were often worried that they would be jumped upon and raped by the gays, but generally speaking as a country we are moving forward and see those people as a bit silly, and likewise making sure our laws are more equal. Russia seems to be working backwards.

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Re: Cheap dig

Meh I also have worn the pyjamas and done the hand wavy stuff, I thought they were funny.

Anyway there's plenty of sites who will have a proper discussion about homophobia, sometimes though you just have to take the piss out of these ludicrous attitudes about "sexual perversion" the photos worked perfectly well.

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Bona-fide SCIENCE: Which forms of unusual sex are, um, mainstream?

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Re: Define romantic location

I thought it was more typical to flash your headlights?

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Snapper's decisions: Whatever happened to REAL photography?

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Digital cameras have opened up photography.

I love digital cameras I think they really have opened up photography. I don't agree there's a huge void between cheapo and fully pro there seems to be cameras going up for every jump up in skill or need of what you want to do.

First digital camera I got was a Canon S50 it did everything I wanted and more than I understood, it was a fine point and shoot for the other half but had loads of different manual settings to geek out on as well (and allowed me to take photos better than plain digi point and shoots), it also fitted in my pocket for traveling.

I went from one of those crappy 35mm fixed lens cost you a tenner cameras to that S50, and the combination of not having to get your images printed to see how they have come out, but rather get an idea on an LCD. The fact that you could just take shot after shot fiddle with settings see what that does etc as well made me such a better photographer with a better understanding of shutter speed, aperture etc etc and means I am now contemplating a mirrorless myself.

Having played with a hobbyist SLR about and also a full on Pro several grand job. I have to say the mid range SLR really took some good pictures, I doubt I have enough understanding of photography (or skill) to really utilise the fully pro one.

The author said the fixed in zoom lenses on cameras were a leap backward, and also that auto exposure is etc but I would argue for the point and shooter there great considering most of the people using them before would have been like me using a crappy fixed 35mm lens and a lot of photos back from boots with helpful stickers telling you why your photo has a big white patch or something. Maybe its even encouraged a few people to start taking better photos.

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Re: Many good points - however

I so agree with the Canon S compacts they are lovely I hope they are making them as tough as they used to my old one took hell of a beating, although tempted by the Sony more recently....

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So long, thanks for all the ...er, FISH BRIGHTER than boffins thought

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Re: I had zebra fish ...@Nigel11

There seems to be some evidence that a few species of fish have limited tool use, they also think they may have found play behaviour in some fish. If you have ever dived a reef that has Titan triggerfish on them they can be pretty darn sneaky in doing things like distracting divers whilst another sneaks in for attack.

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HUGE SHARK as big as a WWII SUBMARINE died out, allowing whales to exist

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Re: Perhaps whales killed them off?

You also have Livyatan melvillei, a whale that shared the waters at similar times with foot long teeth. If it was as intelligent as an Orca who have worked out how to beat Great Whites, then you have a whole new sci fy channel film.

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Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012

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Re: Why ?

I don't really think it does isn't that why it went bust so spectacularly, while at the same time still hosting some major companies?

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Right To Be Forgotten in the US: Americans wanna be like EU-oo-oo, says watchdog

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Re: Follow in our footsteps

What like a constitution? Hows that working?

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Want a customer's call records Mr Plod? No probs

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Re: AC What Regulation of Powers?

I think the point is we shouldn't need to have to disappear off into the countryside.

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Jony Ive: Flattered by rivals' designs? Nah, its 'theft'

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Re: Function, Form, Design

This is why I said some things, air brake I would argue is a sensible thing to patent.

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Re: Function, Form, Design

Yes this is what I am thinking some of these thigs that are copied seem to be a case of ergonomics and function dictating there appearance. It seems to me its a bit like Mercedes sueing Ford because they have used round wheels as well.

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Trolls have DARK TETRAD of personality defects, say trickcyclists

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Reminded me of a comment on another website.

As below.

Most carefully weighted piece of trolling I ever saw?

On a messageboard of roughly evenly balanced political affiliations.

'I see Margaret Thatcher is in hospital. Let's all keep our fingers crossed.'

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Activist investors DESTROY COMPANIES. Don't get me started on share dealings...

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Re: Activist Investors & Venture Captialists

I could never understand how above a certain level the CV that says "I totally fucked a company up" actually becomes seen as a good CV.

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Adobe spies on readers: 'EVERY page you turn, EVERY book you own' leaked back to base

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Re: Really?

Its only a faux pas to us when they are caught, whereas its seemingly the norm for companies these days to do this sort of crap.

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Revenge smut bullies who send 'grossly offensive' messages WILL be prosecuted

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Re: Unfortunately Falling at the First Hurdle

I know sometimes I have unreasonable expectations of the human race.

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Re: "mainly used against women"

How about people act a bit decent and if you do have a nuddy of an ex, don't be a twat with it.

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AT&T fires insider for slurping customers' social security numbers, driver licenses and more

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Re: Why do AT&T even have these details?

I had to contact a US support team for a problem and their automated menu asks you to put in your social security number, hows that related to fixing a server in the UK?

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Apple blacklists tech journo following explicit BENDY iPhone vid

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Re: If you can't say anything nice @ Anonymous Coward

Yeah I prefer to build my PCs rather than buy them from pc world.

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Re: Apple, there's really no need for you to get all bent out of shape over this.

Dunno about applause but mebbe a b-dum tish. :)

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Re: If you can't say anything nice

True, although I remember when buying a PSU a while back for a pc, after checking the reviews for my hard earned spends there was a review in custom PC of a seasonic PSU that they had sent for preview and the reviews didn't give it great ratings (not bad but there were flaws, they did tough tests), seasonic actually listened to the review (I think they actually contacted the mag as well) and came back with a redesign.

I have to say that was a big influence on who I spent my money with.

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SLOSH! Cops dethrone suspect - by tipping over portaloo with him inside

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Re: AC

Dammit I might have to agree with you (it feels wrong ;) ), there's more than a few scary areas in the UK I can think of.

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Re: Arnaut the Clueless Why

@Matt

That kick was going to the side of someone going down it looks to me, and even if not the bloke was going down, he did not not have to be forced at that point, so it becomes unreasonable force.

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In the video I don't see any. In things like the Ferguson riots, yes there was plenty.

(the photo btw was on many news sites, I just took the first link from a quick google search), would love to see the uncropped actually as I know a photo can be made to look one way or another.

I was responding to a post that has since been removed about the police know receiving ex military equipment such as APCs.

The point I was trying to make was that there could be a problem in putting an incorrect mindset in police officers, who are going into stressful situations.

Also staged or not that's still a lot of police wandering round with a few pepper ball guns and a lot m16 (possibly assault rifles) there were also many shots from the riots of police carrying them during the riots and getting a bit pointy with them on people who weren't rioting (I am quite willing to accept there was a lot of things going down in that situation which made it tough for the police and sometimes they are in a no win situation, but there were definitely imo issues with how the police handled it as well), my point is that's a lot of firepower, and a lot of things can go wrong. What happens if you take a shot at someone in a crowd with a round like that?

My point was combining with that and maybe getting distracted from the real discussion, was also a response to a post that said stressed officers may be acting aggressively out of going into situations where the first thing they are expecting is a shooting incident, and it still stands as well that you may be instilling an incorrect mindset by sending a bunch of guys into a high stress situation and possibly not giving them adequate training to know how they may react in those situations.

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Re: Why @ma1010

You're points are true, I doubt the average concealed carry owner would be a law breaker as well for the reasons you state.

I would be interested on your take on the video.

I'd also say I don't think all of the police are out of control, in fact I think what we often get is a skewed perception of the police, knowing some police officers over here in the UK, and paramedics as well there is some really crazy people out there, its not an easy job and generally the average copper is being a copper because they are doing useful things, the typical law abiding citizens doesn't get to meet these police often because well why should they? They aren't doing any wrong and so they aren't bothered by those cops. Perception gets skewed because more often its the smaller dickhead element of the police pushing there power around that makes more news and causes people to have unpleasant unjustifiable encounters.

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Re: Why

Talking about the kit they are now receiving (a lot apparently ex mil kit the DOD is giving away free (about 5 billion dollars worth apparently) I have to wonder if the militarisation of the cops is not helping things actually. There was a interesting shot from the Ferguson riots taken at daytime which showed a bunch of cops looking more like a bunch of soldiers on a patrol in downtown Basra.

http://america.aljazeera.com/content/dam/ajam/images/articles_2014/08/ferguson.jpg

I wonder if this may sometimes be instilling an incorrect mindset/ set of perceptions in the police, i.e if you are dressing for a war-zone then going into a high stress situation might you not start seeing it as a war zone?

Likewise some county's seem to be a little SWAT happy for various things (like arresting Tibetan monks for being illegal immigrants)

It might be that with the increase of potential danger they should be looking at training their officers to know themselves more and understanding how they react to situations where adrenalin is high (because when it is, then part of you is back at paleolithic human level).

It also might be that they need to cool down on making there officers acting in such a military style matter for things that don't require such a full on approach, and instill a little bit of common sense and calmness into the mix from the top down.

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