* Posts by Tac Eht Xilef

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Docker hired private detectives to pursue woman engineer's rape, death threat trolls

Tac Eht Xilef

Re: Utterly unacceptable

"What part of our education system fails to teach basic social skills?"

The part that operates 24hrs from ages 0-5, and ~4pm to ~8am up to the age of 17?

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Apple pulled 2,204lbs of gold out of old tech gear

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Re: 44,080 pounds of lead

ROHS doesn't completely disallow lead, it just sets a maximum allowable limit (1000ppm / 0.1%, by weight). And there's a few allowable exemptions e.g. ceramic components, CRTs, high-temp solders, etc.

The closest I can find to a figure for lead in iPhones is a Greenpeace report which examined the original iPhone, stating "lead and chromium were detected in a small proportion of samples and at relatively low concentrations", and "lead was found in four of the components/materials, at concentrations ranging from 10 to 80 ppm".

Without toting up to the total recyclables, thowing in an unknown chunk for non-recyclables, and figuring out the lead %, it's hard to tell - but at first glance Apple's numbers don't look terribly out of place.

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Waleed Aly's NBN intervention is profoundly unhelpful

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"I would rather a good solid 25mb within the next 3 months (when our FTTN node goes live), rather than wait for 2020 to get the Rolls Royce solution."

And I'm in a similar, but opposite boat - inner suburbia, ADSL is 12mbps on a good day, half the local exchange area is already cutover to the NBN, my part is in the queue for rollout to commence in 3 months, and preliminary survey/remediation work has already commenced.

Well, at least that was the case in late 2013 - right before the Government changed and Abbott & Turnbull brought FTTP to a screaming halt. 2 1/2 years later, and we've seemingly been bumped off the end of the list - the NBN's website says "Not currently available. The nbn™ network rollout has not started in your area. Keep checking the website for more information".

Meanwhile, the "new, improved, FTTN / Technology Mix" NBN timetable & costing have blown out to match the original FTTP plans, and the o-side cabling around here is in such bad shape we're averaging a voice/ADSL service affecting fault every 3~4 months.

Such is the power of anecdotes - for each one, you will always find the opposite...

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Little warning: Deleting the wrong files may brick your Linux PC

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"And FYI it wasn't 'Microshite' who initiated the change, 'AppleShite' implemented EFI on Macs way before it was put on PCs."

Err, wrong. Gateway were the first to use it (on one of their media center PCs) in 2003/2004, several years before Apple even started using Intel processors.

(Yeah, yeah, Open Firmware / OpenBoot is essentially the same thing done differently. So why aren't you blaming Sun?)

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Turnbull's 'ideas boom' plan recycles existing ideas

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"... the plan offers tax breaks for startups, kinder treatment for those who go broke in pursuit of a business idea, visas to encourage entrepreneurs to come and overseas students to stay, plus a pledge to link business and academia to encourage the commercialisation of new ideas."

Which will end up becoming tax breaks for existing multinationals who open a 'sales incubator' in Oz but do their accounting elsewhere, more 457 visas & less restrictions on student visa workers, and requiring universities to fund all academic research programmes from commercial partnerships.

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Doctor Who: Even the TARDIS key can't unpick the chronolock in Face the Raven

Tac Eht Xilef

Oh, sorry, I see now that you really meant "If".

(hint: not a fan of Mary-Sue Clara...)

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Tac Eht Xilef

"Until"?

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Nest defends web CCTV Cam amid unstoppable 24/7 surveillance fears

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Re: Explainable power dip between on and off

Well, about double that. But yeah, that was my first thought too.

What's really suspicious is that, according to the ABI presser, it actually draws more power in standby than it does when recording in 720p/360p...

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Doctor Who's good/bad duality, war futility tale in The Zygon Inversion fails to fizz

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Re: Re Parachutes @ x7

There is however a subtle yet definite line between "narrative imperative"/"poetic licence" and "no, that's just forkinitwe'redone stupid".

(I haven't seen it yet, though it doesn't sound like the parachute / plane bit steps over the line - but NuWho repeatedly shits all over then rubs your face in the former by opting for the latter. At a rate of about once per episode...)

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Tech-sponsored Qld police project queried by corruption probe

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Pretty sure Fiscal found fame further afield than seven schools in a pilot programme. I'd swear I got my 'Fiscal the Fraud-Fighting Ferret' bookmark at the Ekka a couple of years ago, in amongst a bunch of other ferret police-related swag.

"The commission is also sharply critical of what it sees as ineffective responses to “boiler-room” scams that operate out of the Gold Coast."

I'm sure there's a few ex-police in the area who could help them out with the intricate details there...

(For those not in the know: the Qld Fraud Squad was notorious for not so much fighting fraud as collecting it all up for itself. Ones who were 'caught' were sent to the Gold Coast - full of tourists, and home to boiler room scams, dodgy investment schemes & even dodgier betting syndicates, crooked real estate salesmen, etc - as 'punishment' until they retired.)

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Telstra claims ideas created in Hackathon as its own for 18 months

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Nothing new

The same sort of crap was in their Employee Agreements (for staff that'd been lured off the collective Enterprise Bargaining Agreement by promises of regular overtime and salary-sacrified Holden Commodores) 15 years ago.

Given their attitude then - I was told not to worry about it (then OK, you won't mind if my solicitor takes it out!), that it was a standard part of any contract (funny, it wasn't in the truly individual contracts of several managers I knew well enough to ask), that the same also applied to EBA staff (it didn't), and that it didn't really mean anything (but no, it couldn't be taken out) - I wouldn't be surprised if it was in _every_ work-like contract Telstra asks individuals to sign.

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Twitter reduces BBC hacks to tears with redundancy notice

Tac Eht Xilef

They don't so much remove the empathy glands as make the arseholes grow bigger & migrate upwards.

(Just like how embryonic development appears to recapitulate evolutionary development, the rise up the management ranks only appears to mirror the development of MBA types...)

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'I don't recognise Amazon as a bullying workplace' says Bezos

Tac Eht Xilef

Re: I guess it...

Well, not those exact words, but ... Sol Trujillo at Telstra, 2005.

Of course, what he meant was that they weren't the right kind of arseholes...

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Australia: your real comms minister is George Brandis

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"He's been unable to carry out the Prime Directive of most telecommunications ministers, the at-all-costs protection of Telstra ..."

Oh, I dunno about that - Telstra is the big winner out of Turnbull's reversal of the NBN rollout. And it's been evident for years that Telstra doesn't actually want to be in the communications business - they want to be in the 'charging people for communications' business.

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Australian Government hopes to untangle NBN migration mess

Tac Eht Xilef

Re: Why force people to move?

Because, in many cases, the copper is already rotting away?

(One of the silly things about Malcolm's version of the NBN is that it replaces the bit that isn't rotting away, and then tries to run high-speed data over the bit that is rotting away...)

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20 years ago this week, Microsoft just about killed Australian PC manufacturing

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Osborne did well at first in the government/corporate world, thanks to "buy Australian" pressures & high IBM prices. However, I suspect the typical government 90/180 day terms didn't help their cash-flow at all...

"... “Australians are not known for their preference to buy products via telephone or mail-order catalogues.”

Dell changed that, selling PCs at prices local manufacturer couldn’t match even though it was shipping them in from Malaysia. Before long, Australian buying habits changed, ..."

From memory, that preference almost smothered Dell's local ops in the cradle too. After a year or 2 of poor sales the local management convinced a very reluctant Michael Dell that they needed showrooms in Australia. They eventually opened a few - just in time to be too late for the latest round of government & big corporate purchasing.

The showrooms struggled on for a couple more years, but by then IBM & others had sewn up government & corporate sales & leasing which mostly killed that market. Local computer shops had sprung up everywhere and computers were becoming common in the big-box retailers, which meant the casual buyer could head out on a Saturday morning & come back with a new computer.

Eventually Dell did get a bit of a foothold in the gov't/corporate market, but they never approached anything like the powerhouse they were in US sales.

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YOU ARE THE DRONE in Amazon's rumoured new parcel delivery plan

Tac Eht Xilef

Never underestimate the human ability to be conned...

>"El Reg can't help but think this idea is somewhat less viable than mass delivery-by-unmanned-aerial-vehicles, as humans will surely realise that the pittance they'll get from the company won't be worth the time or fuel."

Really? I think it's more viable.

Ask yourself which is more likely:

* cargo & battery capacity, as well as self-navigation & object-avoidance technology, will advance fast enough that drones will soon be able to quickly, accurately, & reliably deliver reasonably-sized packages within metropolitan areas, OR

* some people will do anything to earn magic beans & get items on their Amazon wishlists for "free"?

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The Martian: Matt Damon sciences the sh*t out of the red planet

Tac Eht Xilef

Re: Movie adaptations

>"We had trouble nitpicking the science - Weir did his homework, with a little glitch about RTGs' dangers and something about breathing mixtures caught by a scuba diver."

Having discussed the book with a few different people from a few different science/engineering domains - who, I will say, all enjoyed it despite its several faults - the biggest complaint seemed to be 'I was happy to let the science be slightly iffy - right up until he got some fundamental of my domain wrong, and it all fell apart!".

For me it was the Arduino-level understanding of electricity / electronics displayed, which lead to some consideration of the thermodynamics issues it raised, which then started the whole thing unravelling...

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ASUS reveals 'Zensational' style-over-substance kit

Tac Eht Xilef

Looks like that ZenAiO took a little too much "inspiration" from Jony Ive's favourite fruit...

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Web tracking puts lead in your saddlebags, finds Mozilla study

Tac Eht Xilef
Facepalm

You know what's amusing?

The one site that years ago broke the camel's back & drove me to permanently install an adblocker (and later NoScript & a cookie manager) was none other than theregister.co.uk.

I got sick of waiting quite literally for 2 or 3 minutes (on an ADSL link!) for DoubleClick to wake up and serve their shit just so the page would render. Installed AdBlock, and I haven't looked back since.

Sorry guys - love your content, but that's when & why you lost me as a revenue-generating reader...

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Australia forces UberX drivers to become tax collectors

Tac Eht Xilef

Re: Here comes the drill...

^This^

Division 144 of the GST act has always stated that taxi drivers are required to be GST registered regardless of turnover, or even whether they supply other goods or services (e.g. you can't run a low-turnover business selling cat pictures with a sideline in taxi services and claim exemption under the $75k limit), and several other determinations have clarified that the same applies specifically to services that are 'similar to and essentially in competition with the taxi industry'.

i.e. Uber drivers are required to be GST registered & remit GST payments because they compete with taxis, but wedding limo drivers aren't because they don't.

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1998 asks to speak to Turnbull about local calls

Tac Eht Xilef

Oh dear...

I'm guessing that this it's all part of the Government's plan to drive people to VoIP & companies like Skype etc. - then try and hit those overseas companies for the sweet, sweet GST...

As cunning plans go it's not the brightest, but it fits right in with everything else they've mumbled & grumbled about.

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House of Cards UI central to Mozilla's plans for Firefox on tellies

Tac Eht Xilef

Let me get this straight

Firefox reckons the way forward for their OS on TVs is to let their UI designers decide how it should be structured?!

It's like they haven't listened at all to any of the complaints about their browser. Which is probably the case...

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TV networks peck at sun-bleached skeleton of Aereo, come away with $950,000

Tac Eht Xilef

Exodus 22:18 - 20 (Authorised Media Version)

18: Thou shalt not suffer a competitor to live.

19: Whosoever recordeth with non-approved DVRs shall surely be put to death.

20: He that shareth by any means, save the NTWRKS only, he shall be utterly destroyed.

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Australia mulls dumping the .com from .com.au – so you can bake URLs like chocolate.gate.au

Tac Eht Xilef

Sooo...

I take it MelbourneIT's profits are down the shitter?

Good. DIAF.

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

Tac Eht Xilef

Re: very fair and balanced

Google-sponsored "digital rights" group the Electronic Frontier Foundation...

I guess IHBT but really, I expected more from the media-sponsored "online magazine" The Register...

(Hell, I don't even agree with or like the EFF very much - and yet you've caused me to stand up just a little bit for them. Well done!)

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All Mac owners should migrate to OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 ASAP

Tac Eht Xilef

Re: Great

What, the links at https://support.apple.com/downloads/ aren't good enough for you?

Now you have that, you can do your own search for cheese to go with your whine...

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Bigotry posted by your Facebook account? Use this, Mister UKIP MP wannabe: 'I was hacked'

Tac Eht Xilef

"I was hacked!"

No, you were pissed. Different thing altogether...

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Metadata laws pass so it's time to STOP READING LISTICLES

Tac Eht Xilef

Link to interview

"The AM interview we've linked to above ..."

Errr, no you haven't...

Here it is: http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2015/s4205850.htm

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Telstra copper at crisis point, endangers NBN, says union

Tac Eht Xilef

Re: All Telstra's fault

Upvoted - but Telstra stopped maintaining it's copper network well before that. They'd pretty much given up on it long before I left ~10 years ago, and were doing only absolutely essential maintenance e.g. repairing/replacing sections when there were no working spare pairs & they'd run out of even broken pairs to rig.

I was saying way back then that their plan was obviously to let it rot then find some way of getting paid to fix it. Looks to me like they've managed to do that quite nicely, and even get paid twice for it...

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STINKY nerds: Sick of horrifying chums with your terrible BO? Nosey Google wants to help

Tac Eht Xilef

Missed opportunity

Does it then send you targetted ads for Elon musk?

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In India, Facebook and chums boil the internet down to 38 websites

Tac Eht Xilef

Robber Barons

Andrew Carnegie, J.P. Morgan, Andrew Melon, J.D. Rockefeller, Cornelius Vanderbilt, etc were known for their philanthropy too.

Doesn't change the fact that they were the original robber-barons, after which everyone since is compared...

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THREE vans and FIVE people: that's what Telstra needs to fix one fault

Tac Eht Xilef

'Tis but a scratch!

So, only a little strike then? No, not being sarcastic; that looks fairly gentle as lightning damage goes. You often see much worse in areas prone to direct ground-strikes.

Trees - Mother Natures' MOVs.

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Furious GTA V gamers seek similar ban on violent, misogynistic title: the Holy Bible

Tac Eht Xilef

Re: It's about ethics in games journalism, right?

Hmmm... Gaming's littlest foe vs gaming's biggest dickheads. And two weeks too late to the story.

I'm gonna need more popcorn...

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Tac Eht Xilef

Re: It's about ethics in games journalism, right?

SamuraiMark, your logic is both impeccable and unassailable, and your eloquence has touched my heart and moved me to tears.

Now, when you finish your latest round of self-'congratulation' (in about 10 seconds) the tissues are in aisle 3, and I'm sure mom won't notice if you grab some clean socks too (aisle 5). Wristguards to help with the inevitable RSI can be found up the back of the store in the computer & AV section...

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Tac Eht Xilef

It's about ethics in games journalism, right?

Just when you think outraged gamers can't get much dumber, they go and surprise you.

Target & Kmart AU's book sections are pretty shit, and I can't recall ever seeing a bible in either store...

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Privacy-loving BOXING KANGAROO BIFFS DRONE out of the sky

Tac Eht Xilef

'Roos have a history of this

You forgot to mention the obligatory : http://www.snopes.com/humor/nonsense/kangaroo.asp

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Microsoft says to expect AWESOME things of Windows 10 in January

Tac Eht Xilef

Re: revolutionary - forward looking - modern

Funny thing, though - the old Active Desktop was actually a reasonably good idea that had useful potential. Arguably the most innovative thing MS had ever done, in terms of UI & general-purpose utility of the desktop.

Implementation sucked, though, and coming right at the time that IE holes were being revealed at the rate of about one a second it was a security nightmare...

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If 4G isn’t working, why stick to the same approach for 5G?

Tac Eht Xilef

"Already, 4G is showing its limitations for the business models of the modern carrier."

That quote tells you everything to need to know...

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Turnbull: Box-huggers are holding back cloud

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Boffin

Understanding Turnbull

The first thing that you've got to understand about Turnbull is that he's a c*nt.

The second thing that you've got to understand about Turnbull is that he's a self-interested c*nt.

The third thing that you've got to understand about Turnbull is that he's a very patient self-interested c*nt - he's got a long-term plan, and he knows that people have short memories, so all he's got to do is be the most acceptable man at the right time and he's in. Last time was too soon - but next time...

In short, he's the Liberal Party's smarter, more self-centred version of Kevin Rudd...

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Mozilla remembers 2013. Y'know, back when it still gobbled at the Google money-trough

Tac Eht Xilef

I'm wondering ...

WTF does a software company that ostensibly relies on volunteer contributions for product development and evangelisation spend nearly $300 million a year on?

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Wind farms make you sick claims blown away again

Tac Eht Xilef

Re: Zug Island, between Detroit and Windsor

Obviously you've never tried your suggested method of triangulating the source of sounds yourself.

Utrasound? Easy.

Audio frequencies above ~1KHz? Fairly easy.

LF sound above a few 100's of Hz? Getting difficult.

LF sound from 20Hz to a few 100's of Hz? Bloody difficult.

Subsonic/infrasonic? Fuckin' difficult (excuse my French).

It's also very difficult to triangulate repetitive signals you don't control (e.g. from rotating blades...) by TDE / TDOA (time-correlation) - you don't know which individual pulses correlate across receivers. Single-shot is much much easier, which is why infrasound triangulation works for detecting unauthorised nuclear tests, avalanches, and (I believe) large artillery emplacements.

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Australia Post goes a little bit grey with parcel forwarding service

Tac Eht Xilef

They need a slogan

How about

"Australia Post's ShopMate: cheaper than eBay's Global Shiping Program.

Just..."

@P. Lee: a lot of places ship UK->Eire->Aus; for some things at least it's cheaper than Royal Mail.

(Cut-price logistics is a dark and mysterious art - I've had stuff that's been shipped from Shenzen to Sweden then posted from Malmö to Brisbane, because apparently sometimes the cheapest way from A to B is via Q...)

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Mozilla hopes to challenge Raspbian as RPi OS of choice

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"What does FirefoxOS offer apart from being produced by an organisation that is crippled by political correctness and a desire to employ as many so-called minorities as possible?"

Crippling pointless featuritis and a bigger "f--- you" attitude than David Cameron crossed with the Sex Pistols?

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Reg hacks see the woods or the trees In the Forest of the Night

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Re: This is getting a bit samey now

Well ... that's the thing, isn't it?

At the time you cringed at wheelie bins gobbling kids and old ladies, and Zoë Wanamaker's taut bottom speaking to you in ways you had never imagined before.

Now those episodes look like classics...

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Australia puts itself back into Beta

Tac Eht Xilef

Two-step guide for improving your departmental website

1) Look at www.acma.gov.au

2) Don't copy that.

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Mozilla shutters Labs, tells nobody it's been dead for five months

Tac Eht Xilef

Every cloud etc.

On the plus side maybe it'll mean the end of the Christ-awful PDF.js, which achieves the rare feat of making Adobe's Acrobat Reader plugin seem zippy and stable.

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Apple's SNEAKY plan: COPY ANDROID. Hello iPhone 6, Watch

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Headmaster

Re: At the third stroke

>"wristwatches became popular during WWI when GIs worked out that it was much more effective to check the time (to synchronize military movements) on their wrist vs. pulling out a pocket watch."

Apart from them being favoured by British officers (and therefore not GIs) before the time of the Boer War (and therefore 20 years or more before WWI), you're absolutely correct.

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What do you mean, I have to POST a PHYSICAL CHEQUE to get my gun licence?

Tac Eht Xilef

Re: Destroyed

"One copper told me years ago the reason they had not implemented a computerized system was because paper is tangible"

Well that, and mailing in a paper cheque also gives them access to your name in it's most human form (signature), your true essence (DNA from licking the envelope or shed skin cells), and your trapped breath (the air sample inside the envelope).

Traditionally, in witchcraft, any one of those things could be used to control or harm you or your family...

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Ofcom will not probe lesbian lizard snog in new Dr Who series

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Re: Did the BBC just troll people?

"... served no purpose in the story, didn't do a whole lot in the way of character development, and was rather clumsily shoehorned into the writing with an excuse."

Welcome to StevenMoffatLand!

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