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Watchdog halts Toyota Grand Theft Auto-esque advert

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On a rare visit to the cinema

last weekend (Skyfall with the sprog) this advert was like an oasis in a sea of mobile phone and watch adverts.

Why not ban the Guiness ads - surely all that surfing is dangerous ?

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El Reg mulls commentard icon portfolio shake-up

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Please fix the forums first

before adding icons (unless you add a "please fix it" icon).

You *used* to be able to "view post in context" when reviewing your own posts. Click that link and it took you - amazingly - to see your post in the thread.

You took it away over a year ago - and looking in the user forums, I'm not the only one who misses it.

Please ?

Please ?

Please ?

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Top prosecutor warns troll-hunting cops not to choke courts

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Re: What about

very likely yes.

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Samsung turns screws on Apple, hikes A6 processor price 20%

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Schadenfreude ....

that's all

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Man, 19, cuffed after burning Remembrance poppy pic is Facebooked

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@Jemma

Whilst I might agree with you about volunteer soldiers, it's worth remembering that a great majority of soldiers in WW1 and WW2 were conscripts, who had very little choice.

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Ah, if only life were that easy ...

The problem is "friends" who can create a chain whereby the originator has no idea AND CAN HAVE NO IDEA who will actually see what they post - even if they are technically savvy, let alone the average FB user.

Clearly the Malicious Communications act (or whatever) has some sort of wording that ignores intent which means it's very possible you could be arrested[1] even though it's patently obvious you did intend offence.

[1]Bearing in mind, in the UK, arrest is a punishment in itself, involving the forcible taking of DNA and fingerprints, and possible problems when applying for US visas.

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US condom rules 'will cause nasty RED RINGS on porn stars' todgers'

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Re: Not that readily

nowadays you'd be arrested.

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Judge denies move to ban ad-skipping DVR

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Re: Not really too bothered by ads ...

Well a lot of US shows are 42 minutes long ... Although I agree with other posters about the irritating development of in-programme trailers and messages. But these are probably an inducement to buy the DVD.

I wonder if one day we'll fall through the looking glass, and every TV programme is just an advert for another TV programme ....

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Not really too bothered by ads ...

Since I never watch anything in realtime anymore. Say there's a 1 hour programme on at 9pm ... set TiVo to record it, and start watching at 9:15, fast forwarding the ads.

Yes, 15 minutes of ads to an hours programme. Says it all really.

It seems advertisers have cottoned on to this, which is why you get long shots of big logos - you can still see them at 10x speed.

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Didn't TiVo get into problems for this

back in the 90s ? ISTR they offered a subscription service which connected to a database which held details of where the ads were (presumably entered by a human). The TiVo would load the timings and use them to skip ads on recorded content.

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Medical scan record that the NHS says will cost £2k to retrieve: Detail

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Another reason (if one were needed)

to avoid proprietary formats. Or insist that the system can export to a standard. Especially given the amount of research that is going into software to scan medical images.

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Psst: Heard the one about the National Pupil Database? Thought not

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Given the current climate, this is easily stopped with two words:

"Jimmy Savile"

should torpaedo it

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UK prosecutors, cops ponder new probe into NASA hacker McKinnon

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Re: Abuse of process

We live in hope ... occasionally judges can really stick it to the man ....

Mr Rahmatullah, a Pakistani citizen, was transferred to US forces after

being detained by British forces in February 2004 in an area of Iraq under

US control. Shortly after that, the UK authorities became aware that US

forces intended to transfer him out of Iraq. That transfer took place

without the UK having been informed of it. By June 2004 UK officials knew

that Mr Rahmatullah was no longer in Iraq. He had been taken to

Afghanistan and was being held in a detention facility in Bagram Air Field

and there he has remained. On 15 June 2010 the recommendation of a

detainee review board of the US army that Mr Rahmatullah be released was

approved by a senior officer but this has not taken place.

Although the legality of Mr Rahmatullah’s detention did not need to be

determined for the purposes of this appeal, there was clear prima facie

evidence that he is detained unlawfully under the Geneva Convention. The

UK was under a duty to ensure that Mr Rahmatullah was not being held in

breach of the GC or to request his return.

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Abuse of process

I'm not a human rights expert, but this smacks of abuse of process. The CPS had every opportunity to prosecute in the UK. They *repeatedly* declined. Now the US has been bitchslapped by the Home Secretary (of all people !) they suddenly decide they *do* want to prosecute ?

Hopefully there's a trial judge that agrees with me.

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Phone lacking NFC pay-by-bonk tech? It can go on a SIM

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Barclaycard

Offered me an NFC sticker for my phone. It's just over 1mm thick, and I stuck it on the *inside* of the battery cover (why advertise the fact). Using it at McDonalds is a little like watching primitive tribesman worshipping a cigarette lighter ....

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GPU-powered Chrome lets you watch YouTube longer

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Speaking of Chrome ...

Has anyone else noticed this annoying "feature" which has crept in which makes tabs a little bit loose ? You click on a tab, and something makes Chrome detach it into a new browser window ? It never used to do it, and I've been using it for over 2 years.

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Prudential cops £50k ICO slap for giving customer's life savings away

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Hang on ...

are we serious expected to believe that the Prudential ran an automated process to merge accounts ? And that that process was allowed to complete with no oversight, no manual inspection of affected records. And that that process was allowed to touch live accounts ?

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Firm-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named's tax dodge profit shift? Totally legit

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Re: and go through the books with a fine tooth-comb

you don't comb *your* teeth ?

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Classic game 'Elite' returns … on Kickstarter

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Copy protection ?

Good lord ... Elite. Does anyone remember that weird viewer thing you had to put up to the TV to read the CAPTCHA-style graphic (ZX Spectrum version). All very well, until other games started using it, at which point they were easy to *coughs* remotely backup.

When the Atari version (IIRC) came out they changed tactic, and you had to enter a word from the manual. A couple of friends spent all weekend loading the game, and compiled an A4 sheet of paper with the most common words in it. You were unlucky if you needed more than 2 goes to load it ...

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Facebook login-via-email-link option BLURTED user secrets

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Re: No disrespect ...

OUCH !

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Quarter of Eastern cell towers BLOWN down BY SANDY - FCC

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Re: If they didn't have all their electricity cables above ground...

Bollocks they did. 1987 the power went of in almost all of the South East. I was living in Woolwich by the river and looked out into total and utter darkness the like of which I had never seen.

Fair point about LV cables though.

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Re: If they didn't have all their electricity cables above ground...

I agree. They should envy the lack of high voltage cables in the UK, making us invulnerable to hurricanes. That's why nobody remembers the 1987 one, because the lights stayed on.

NOT.

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Hackers deface 'sinful' French Euromillions site

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Alert

alternatively ...

it's Darwinism of some description

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Education Secretary Gove: Tim Berners-Lee 'created the INTERNET'

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The shame of it is

back in the early 80s, the UK was light years ahead of the rest of the world when it came to computing in education. Every *class* had a BBC micro by 1985. Even the US got worried by how quickly we'd started running with the ball.

Not quite sure what went wrong.

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Craig, Connery or ... Dalton? Vote now for the ultimate James Bond

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If you read the books

you get the idea that Bond is basically a thug. Urbane, witty, charming, but someone who would just as likely kill you as look at you - definitely to be avoided in a dark alley.

Of all the actors who have played Bond, only Connery and Craig (IMHO) have had that edge of danger about their presence which conveyed an air of menace. Which is why Roger Moore was so, so, so, so wrong.

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BBC Watchdog crew sink teeth into dodgy PC repair shops

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Re: And before that, it was car mechanics ...

Mother *in-law* :)

The point I was making that if you go into a shop, and ask someone who works IN THAT SHOP what they suggest, it really is not worthy of a headline if they suggest something which makes them money. Ironically the only people who can't get away with this are lawyers. However you have to pay them *before* you get the advice.

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And before that, it was car mechanics ...

the problem is not the industry needs regulation, the problem is the customers just don't have the level of knowledge to guard against shysters. Same in personal finance, or medical matters. The only reason the world of medicine is so regulated, is because dodgy doctors can leave a trail of dead people.

I have very limited sympathy for people who get ripped of in these cases. Take my Mother in Law, for example. You'd think she'd know I have a passing competence in IT - quite aside from my day job as support engineer, programmer, senior developer, manager, consultant and the number of times I have sorted her sodding email out. Yet she spunked £600 on a new machine (nothing wrong with the old) last year after a 30 second chat with a "nice man in PC World". Why ? He said machines "can wear out after a couple of years". I was told this with a slight sniff of disapproval, as if *I* should have known that. Although in hindsight, he did me a favour - I haven't been asked to fix anything since then. Not because it hasn't gone wrong - just the first time it happened, I suggested she speak to the experts rather than me ... I don't think she picked up the sarcasm, but age tends to bring a certain unwillingness to apologise.

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Hold my feet to the fire using open gov data, pleads minister

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A twist on the "Yes Minister" story

about "Open Government". The Minister tells his staff he wants to know everything that happens in his department. Obligingly the civil servants ensure he has it. Receipts for pencils. Memos about tea rosters. They drown him in information. In the end he has to give in, and asks just to have the data he needs.

"But Minister, how do we know what you need to know ?" purrs Sir Humphrey.

By drowning the press in data, (and let's think here. What is the capacity of the press to handle data ? x Gb/day ?) the government will ensure they can hide anything in plain sight ... just pump out >x Gb/day.

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Take away bad drivers' mobile phones, they still crash their cars

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Don't take their phone away - take their car.

If I could issue tickets for people using their phone when driving, I could solve the deficit in a week.

I don't know why this particular action manages to infuriate me so much. But there is something galling about seeing someone in a £40,000 car who didn't have the brains to buy a bluetooth - or get one bundled with their phone (like wot I did). Everyone knows the ban was for safetys sake - so these selfish cunts (thanks AC@13:21) are basically saying to the world "I couldn't give a toss about anyone elses safety."

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Anonymous turns on 'one man Julian Assange show' Wikileaks

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Ding !

Members of hacker collective Anonymous have stopped supporting Wikileaks after the site put up a paywall, saying that Wikileaks is more bothered about Julian Assange™ than getting information to the public.

is that the sound of a penny dropping ?

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Regulator spanks quiz line with record £800k fine

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Why aren't premium-rate numbers an "opt-in" feature ?

Funny, all the talk from government about making 18+ content on t'web opt-in, but no-one has ever had the balls to call for these phone lines to be an opt in feature.

Personally I resent having to *pay* per month to block premium numbers. But we had to when our son started trying to call the premium numbers some games companies have.

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Wanted! 4m-plus PC purchases to halt industry decline

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Are we reaching the PC event horizon ?

(with apologies to Douglas Adams).

I think it's simply market saturation. Here at Page towers, we have:

2x2008 model Dell machines with Win7+Office. One for the lad and one for the Mrs.

1x2009 model Dell server running Ubuntu - media, download, and security server.

1xHP laptop - my work machine

plus 1xWin7 phone, 1xAndroid phone.

All doing exactly what we need (and more relevantly , what we WANT). So why would we upgrade. That's the domestic market gone. Meanwhile, at work, they are going down a Citrix route, so no new desktops needed there either.

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Register SPB hacks mull chopping off feet

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FAIL

or alternatively

why not sell people 568ml when they ask for "a pint" ?

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Don't panic, but UK faces BLACKOUTS BY 2015

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If I could upvote you x1000000

I would.

James Burke is simply a god. Even if you argue with his idiosyncratic presentation of history, you have to admit that he basically forsaw "the internet" long before anyone could articulate such a beast. Watch the last part of Connections, if you need convincing.

If I had my way, both "Connections" and "The Day The Universe Changed" would be required viewing for schools, about age 12. They are incredibly powerful insights into how knowledge - and it's sharing and specialisation - really works.

There's a great rhetorical question in TDTUC episode "In The Light of Above"* where JB points out that as learning deepened, so did our distance from knowledge, to the state we are today, where NO ONE can know EVERYTHING. A point he proves with a disarming simple question:

"When was the last time you made anything - including the tools to do it with ?"

*Low bandwidth connection, so can't YouTube it, sorry

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Virgin Media's 'bye-bye to buffering' ad nuked by watchdog - AGAIN

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Re: berated

I think it's more akin to being worried by a dead sheep.

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Pirate Bay site sinks, Swedish police raid its ISP

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Re: Downloading anonymously

Unless I move in the wrong circles, I can't think of any hotel that won't need a credit card for breakages ....

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Ubuntu 12.10: More to Um Bongo Linux than Amazon ads

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Web apps on desktop/mobile ?

Sorry, I can't agree with Scott that web apps are better suited to mobiles ... my experience is the reverse. Even at home, connected to my WiFi, I find web apps clunky and slow, whereas on my permanently-connected desktop they aren't *too* bad.

Let's not start about when I'm out and about and on 3G.

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Happy birthday, Compact Disc

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time flies ...

does anyone remember Tomorrows World reporting on CDs ? Was it jam they smeared over it ?

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The Register iPhone and Android apps: Maintenance update

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Guess what

no Windows Phone version - 7 *or* 8.

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ICO: Data blunders by your cloud provider still YOUR fault

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Re: Encryption?

encryption really should go without saying. However, "data security" isn't just about controlling access to the data. It's also about ensuring the data is there when you need it. It's no comfort to you, if you have clouded your HR and payroll (for example) and then discover your provider has gone bust, not paid their bills, and your data is now so much dead electrons.

We live in interesting times. IT is finally living up to it's name of *Information* technology, and provision of resources for IT is starting to be viewed in the same way as physical infrastructure - roads, water, electricity - where companies just hook up and go.

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Hobbyist star-gazer cops amazing eyeful of Jupiter's space ball

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IT - the great leveller ?

Good to see enthusiastic amateurs still have a place in science.

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NYPD: iPhone thefts rising ten times rate of other crimes

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Re: Crimewave?

So being poor is a defence to criminal behaviour ?

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Guardian's Robin Hood plan: Steal from everyone to give to us

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Nothing new under the sun

this is just the blank cassette levy, under a different guise. Although, with advancing years, I'm starting to think they were right: home taping *did* kill music.

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Fans revolt over Amazon 'adware' in Ubuntu desktop search results

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FAIL

Another reason

Why I stuck at 10.04. Does all I want

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ASA keelhauls Ebuyer AGAIN - this time for dodgy disk ad

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It would need to be an amazing offer ...

if I were to use eBuyer again. Last year, I ordered a disk on the Wednesday before Good Friday, as I was travelling to see the 'rents and they wanted an upgrade. I splurged out the extra £ for "guaranteed" next day delivery.

Next day - nada.

Of course, this meant I didn't get drive for Easter Weekend. It was actually delivered Wednesday. Yes. A next-day-delivery that took six days.

Unfortunately for eBuyer I had contacted ParcelFarce before speaking to eBuyer. So their attempt to blame it on Parcelforce was the final straw. PF said the item in question had been put into their system as a normal delivery - and they had the audit trail from eBuyer showing it was because eBuyer had wanted it that way. Of course the upshot of this was a wasted weekend when I *did* have the disk drive.

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Governments block YouTube over that video

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re: Cake or death

A downvote ? Seriously ? Can someone explain why this delicious echo of Lord Izzard of Cheam is downvoted ?

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'How I CRASHED my bank, stole PINs with a touch-tone phone'

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Hang on ...

Surely the hardware doing all of this is going to have a thread-per-call scheduling ? So crashing one call wouldn't bring the whole system down ?

Well, if the thing was written properly to start with.

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Virgin Media STILL working on fix for SuperHub corrupt downloads glitch

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VM - experts at crippling kit

They have done the same to the TiVo. Probably because of copyright issues etc. And with the hubs, they are terrified that people will clone them and get free cable ....

I had the other new hub from VM end of last year, and sent it back after 10 minutes, when I discovered I couldn't set the IP address to be what *I* wanted. Had a right old ding-dong on the phone when customer services told me it was illegal to change an IP address. In the end they sent me the superhub so I could put it into modem-only mode, and carry on with my old router. The non-superhub didn't have a modem-only mode, just a DMZ mode, which wouldn't allow you to change the IP address.

That said, with my setup, I am blazing. Can download 1gb in 2 minutes.

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Work for beer, Neil Gaiman's wife tells musicians

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Nice to end Friday with a smile

When I had to google Amanda Palmer, and discover (according to Wiki) she is also known as "Amanda Fucking Palmer".

Life ain't so bad after all.

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Reg hack uncovers perfect antidote to internet

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Not even a hard-hat ?

Sorry, massive fail for *basic* safety.

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