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QUIDOCALYPSE: Blighty braces for £100 MILLION cost of new £1 coin

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Round our way

Sainsburys give them away free.

I don't know if they're *supposed* to be free, but when I wanted one, the lady at customer services just pointed at a little bowl that had loads of "Nectar" tokens (with a little keyfob) and said "help yourself".

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Maybe this will incentivise operators

to stop taking ****ing coins. Maybe I am an odd minority, but because I rarely use cash, I don't have a pocketful of assorted coins available at the drop of a hat. I'm less bothered by vending machines, but parking machines are the worst.

Big up for RingGo here, who run the parking at my local station (Warwick Parkway) and let you pay by card, via a phone call. And QPark who run the parking at the new QE in Brum. They take cards too. Very helpful when you have to rush your son into A&E at no notice, and have no cash.

And don't get me started about machines that don't give change - if I ever have any time left on a ticket I always try to give it to a new arrival.

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Monkey steals iPod touch, loses interest in minutes

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"Stormi-Lee"

(see icon ->)

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FORCE gov.uk suppliers to stick to 'open data principles' – MPs

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Government and competence

Imagine awarding a contract to build a hospital to a firm who instead of using IEEE approved wiring decided to implement it's own system, with custom made cabling (different colours) and plugs and sockets, maybe with triangular pins, you can only get from one supplier.

Because not using open standards in software is just the same.

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Osbo's booze, bingo, biz and big data Budget

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Why have I suddenly remembered that R.E.M.

started life as "Bingo Hand Job" ?

Showing my age now ...

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Potholes

Here in Brum, the roads are worse than ones I drove on in Kenya. In 1993. They don't need to have a shovelful of asphalt rolled into the hole, which lasts an afternoon. They need to re-lay the roads from a depth of 2m.

If the "potholes" in my street get any deeper, I shall apply for mineral rights.

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MPs urge UK.gov to use 1950s obscenity law to stifle online stiffies

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Poes' law

Thanks for that, I particularly liked:

"Any sufficiently advanced troll is indistinguishable from a genuine kook."

(credit to Alan Morgan).

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Re: 1950s obscenity law

The problem is we'll get more pressure on ISPs. Imagine a law which makes the ISP liable if any smut gets to the Jones PC. ISPs would just block any site not verified as being in the UK.

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Beastie Boys settle with toy maker over Girls copyright dispute

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Re: So let me get this right...

time to update the quote about it will be a just world when the last lawyer is hung with the guts of the last banker ....

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Wackadoo DIYers scissor-kick beatboxer

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WTF?

demobilized ?

is a *new* word ?

Where did the phrase "demobbed" come from then ? Along with the suit ?

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Actually, there is an Arapaho word for 'pliers'

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Re: moth balls

reminds of Jack Dees suggestion that wicker basket making is to keep mentally ill patients busy. One room makes a load of wicker baskets which are then taken to the next room to be dismantled ....

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Mission creep ?

Surely someone with your experience could broaden your brief to include drawing pins, staples, and by inclusion various tapes ? Meaning you get to play with parcel tape guns and staple guns ? That's the rest of the day sorted.

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Not sure if you're STILL running Windows XP? AmIRunningXP.com to the rescue!

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Windows plus !!!!

Was that the add-on that had an option to resize the desktop somehow ? I recall installing it, and breaking one of our companies products. It was only me that had the bug. Eventually the developers had to remove my machine, and install debug on it, to discover it was the Plus feature. I would have got a bollocking, only two customers reported the same thing a few days later, and I got a pat on the head for being so thorough in testing ....

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Brawling neighbours challenge 'quiet' cul-de-sac myth

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er ....

surely "culs-de-sacs" ?

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Funny timing ..

MrsPage and I have started to think of moving, and noticed - certainly on Rightmove - that one of the selectors for a search is *not* "type of road". Meaning you can't actually search for properties only in cul-de-sacs.

Having worked in estate agency software for a few years, I don't recall it ever being suggested as a feature, so it's probably still not being captured at the point of entry.

Anyway, we *like* cul de sacs, and it's a prime requirement for our next move. The main two reasons are peace (no whizz of cars passing by) and security - people who shouldn't be here stand out a mile.

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BuzzGasm: 9 Incredible Things You Never Knew About PLIERS!

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Re: Vise grips

So not only do you call them the wrong thing, you compound the error by spelling it wrong too ?

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Calendar

Well, if "Roundabouts of Redditch" can fly off the shelves ...

Maybe El Reg/SPB is missing a trick here. I'm sure 12 glossy pics of LOHAN in various *ahem* "poses" with some cursory details of holidays in parts of the world you've never heard of, let alone care about, might prove lucrative.

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"epicaricacy"

well played sir ! Please accept a pint with the award ;)

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Soldering irons next week?

that'd descend into pure porn in a few pics. Soldering stations, wave baths, vacuum desoldering tools which look like a Star Trek hypo-spray.

And we'd have to deal with USAians saying "sodder" :(

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Missed opportunity here

we could have had cladogram of pliers, with long nose, slip joint, round nose, circlip ....

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Aha! But that's clearly two words! *claims internet pendant award*

Except the poster clearly stated "term" not "word". It's quite common for other languages to have to use more than one word for a direct translation of English, in much the same way as English sometimes has to use more than one word to express a foreign word. I give you "Schadenfreude", and take your pedant award.

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UK.gov to train up 11-year-old cyberwarriors

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Sounds to me like they want to train the good stuff *out*

Best way to test *any* system - particularly for security - is to let people who haven't a ****ing clue loose on it.

Worst way to test *any* system - particularly for security - is to let people who think they know what they're talking about loose on it.

So we'll end up with a generation who've been taught the "official" way, and won't think any other way.

Or we would if this hare-brained scheme lasts more than five minutes.

Serious question. Can anyone name any UK.gov "initiatives" in the past 20 years which are still going ?

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Seven Great Moments in World Wide Web History

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Re: Surely ..

IMHO no internet - no comparethemeerkat - no ads.

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Surely ..

the UK adopting the Meerkat as it's national animal should be in there ?

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Finally! Some actual, novel tech: Apple patent to revive geriatric gear

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Drifting OT, but talking of adaptive circuits ..

it *may* have been Sinclair, but didn't someone in the early 80s talk about fabbing chips with logic gates at the junctions, so you wouldn't need to test each individual IC (which in those days had a fail rate of 80%) but instead ran some code which inspected the ICs and simply blew the links to the bad ones ? The idea being you could stack loads of wafers to save on costs somewhere.

Always sounded neat, but don't recall it being used ?

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Barclays warns freelance techies of DOUBLE DIGIT rate cut

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Cognitive dissonance ?

Is that the phrase when things don't quite square up.

News: Economy to reach 2008 peak this year.

Jobs: Jobless total falling.

Business: Banks pay bonuses.

and yet Barclays feel the need to cut rates ? Someone, somewhere is telling porkies.

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Top UK e-commerce sites fail to protect 'password' password-havers from selves

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Two factor authentication ...

Any system relying on a single password will have this vulnerability. My bank, and employer use (different) 2 factor systems, which is as secure as you can get, and still be practical.

There's a market opportunity for a universal 2-factor solution. Amazon ? Google ?

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20 Freescale staff on vanished Malaysia Airlines flight MH370

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Re: Why do we still rely on the black box?

From what I have heard, there was no communication from the crew suggesting anything untoward before the loss of contact.

Given it can take a while for an airliner to drop out of the sky, why was there no distress call from the crew ?

In this case the only hope of finding out is the black box.

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PM Cameron leaps aboard Internet of Thingies

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Re: Whatever happened to ...

... Spirit of Free Enterprise?

It sank[1].

[1]See icon ->

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As with all government initiatives ...

the end product will be an ad campaign.

So much easier than actually doing anything.

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Microsoft to push out penultimate XP patch on March Patch Tuesday

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UK .gov websites ?

ISTR a vast majority of public facing UK government websites mandated using IE6. Since it's axiomatic that the end of XP will equal the end of IE6, what's the plan then ?

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British Pregnancy Advice Service fined £200k for Anon hack, data protection breaches

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Or, alternatively

people who were going to give money to BPAS might think twice in future.

And speaking of mugging, how about the situation I have seen a few times, where a car pulls up at the top of my cul de sac, 4 young people get out, and start blitzing the doorbells to get people to sign up for a direct debit to various charities. MacMillan is definitely one. Don't ever try and give these people cash - it offends them. It has to be a *monthly* direct debit. Of which a certain %age goes to the salesman (because that's what they are). If you should cancel your direct debit before the "collection agency" has had their cut, guess how the shortfall gets paid ?

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Re: Ouch

Yes, it is a large fine. By all means let them waste more money appealing. I hope the fine stands pour encourager les autres.

If a few web admins have to have a sleepless weekend, as they ensure their sites are as secure as possible, then some good will have come from it.

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Bugger the jetpack, where's my 21st-century Psion?

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Drifting OT ... one thing I recall

from early 80s "Tomorrows World", was a handheld input device to replace a keyboard. IIRC you held it in your hand with a button for each finger and the thumb, and a combination of buttons corresponded to letters. It was *supposed* to be much faster than trying to type on a miniature keyboard.

I wonder what became of it. It was a British invention.

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Why can’t I walk past Maplin without buying stuff I don’t need?

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90s ???

I discovered Maplin in the 70s. In conjunction with Electronics Today International. Drooling over pictures of the monophonic synthesiser you could build, and a pre-Sinclair computer of some description.

In those days, they were a mail-order only outfit AFAICR. And there was intense rivalry between Maplin-ers, and Tandy-ers.

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Blighty teen boffin builds nuclear reactor INSIDE CLASSROOM

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Does this signify a revival

of cold fusion stories ?

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Nokia quality decline ...

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Nokia quality decline ...

Used to be Nokia was a byword for build quality, if nothing else.

My (work provided) Lumia 620's volume up button stopped working. Seems I'm not alone

http://discussions.nokia.com/t5/Nokia-Lumia/My-Nokia-lumia-620-top-volume-button-got-faulty-I-can-t-increase/td-p/1867284/page/2

is this another symptom of a slow decline ?

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UK spies on MILLIONS of Yahoo! webcams, ogles sex vids - report

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Re: surveillance without cause --> interment without trial?

I was going to upvote you anyway, but wanted to leave a comment to counter the brainless downvote you attracted.

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I wonder if this will start to backfire on GCHQ ...

because now they're going to have to explain why they *must* have seen images suggesting sexual abuse of children (it's a statistical given) and did nothing.

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Booze and bacon sarnies: A recipe for immortality?

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Re: I like the pipe ...

Maybe a more appropriate icon would be ->

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I like the pipe ...

completes a holy trinity of bacon, booze and tobacco

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Mens sana in fibro sano: Virgin Media network-level smut filters are ON

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"Super"hub

if (like most IT pros) you put the superhub into modem-only mode, and use your own (decent) router, then you can set your own DNS entries. I tend to swap between Googles and OpenDNS.

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US Senator lobbies feds to BAN BITCOIN

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WTF?

But seriously folks ..

How can you ban a number ?

Wasn't there talk a while ago where somebody wanted to ban a prime number ? People ended up making T-Shirts with it on ?

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Amazon fuses LoveFilm, subs service, calls it Prime Instant Video

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Echoing other Prime *and* LOVEFILM subscribers ..

I've emailed Amazon CS to see what happens to my LF account. Will they "know" that I am also a Prime subscriber, and change the fee to £0.00, or will they expect me to cancel my LF account. In which case what happens to my 8 year rental history ?

Anyway, I'll also add to the view that both Lovefilm and Netflix are pretty lite on decent streaming content. Unlike their US counterparts. So clearly it's something to do with UK sensibilities.

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Facebook pays $19bn for WhatsApp. Yep. $45 for YOUR phone book

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Sigh,

Like some people commenting here, I don't use Facebook.

However, unlike some people here, I accept that doesn't keep my data away from Facebook. The second someone who has your contact details in their hotmail/google/whatever address book let's Facebook slurp it[1] you're done for. Facebook now knows you exist. As more friends join up, Facebook can work out your age, your sex, your income, your likes, your dislikes. And if someone uploads a picture with you in it, you could even be tagged.

[1]How come Facebook is allowed to ask for the password to a hotmail account ? Anyone else did that, it'd be criminal.

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Mathematicians spark debate with 13 GB proof for Erdős problem

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Jean Paul Sartre

As a thinker there was no one keener, except he knew fuck all about the Cortina.

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USB headset->PC->Bluetooth->Windows phone

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USB headset->PC->Bluetooth->Windows phone

Just come off a conference call. Usually (When *I* set them up) we use GotoMeeting, which is great. I can use a USB headset with my PC.

Today, because the call had been setup by a manager, they insisted on using our clunky conference call facility. Which is a landline. So I had to use my mobile. Rather than sit for an hour with my mobile clamped to my head (which makes muting tricky, as the mute button is next to the end call button) I had a brainwave. Why not connect my phone to my PC using bluetooth, and then use my PCs headset.

Does anyone know if this can be done. Because my phone will play music through my PC, but make calls ??

I already asked in WPCentral, and got no replies :(

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Microsoft UK seeks infrastructure guys for BYOD workshops

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Re: A bit more notice...

I almost sent a link to my boss, suggesting our company send someone, since we have made BYOD a key strategic imperative for 2014.

Then I saw the Windows 8 disclaimer, and didn't bother. Currently, Windows 8 hasn't made it into a 3 year plan yet, let alone 5 year (he says, on an XP machine due for upgrade in 2 weeks).

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