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Sony seeks mojo reboot with 147-inch 'honey-you-can't-afford-me' 4K home projector

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Re: why?

surely the reflected ones will have picked up some dirt from the wall ?

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Optical Express 'ruined my life' attack site wins Nominet takedown battle

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er ...

are you sure it was *laser* surgery ? I was under the impression the Russians devised the technique using conventional surgery (against a chorus of scepticism from the medical community). They used to do it on board ships they sailed around the world (for hard currency).

It was the west which refined it using lasers ... at which point it became Big Business.

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Fasthosts goes titsup after storm-induced power outage

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A timely reminder to all

to check EVERY SINGLE element of their business infrastructure.

A few years ago, the clowns that hosted our web site and database had a power failure. When I asked why this had taken our website offline for 2 hours, they replied it was because the primary and backup servers were on the same circuit. Which they thought (in writing !!!!) was a perfectly acceptable setup, and they had never had any complaints before.

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Apple fanbois warned: No, Cupertino HASN'T built a Bitcoin mining function into Macs

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plus ca change ....

back in the 80s, people used to advise that "FORMAT C:\" was the magic command, and many "lulz" ensued.

Of course everyone got wise to that.

And then people started circulating "hacks" to speed your machine up. They were suitably impressive. You had to run DEBUG, and then issue an "OUT" command. Which proceeded to call your hard card (remember them ?) low-level format routine ...

Am I alone in having no sympathy for someone who blindly follows something from the internet ? It's almost Darwinian .....

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We MUST be told: How many Bitcoins do I need to kill a melon-head?

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Interesting POV.

Of course if people did just use Bitcoins to avoid transaction fees, and for cross-border payments, then it's volatility is less of an issue. You just but whatever value of bitcoins you need for the transaction (say £50 worth) and then transact. It's immaterial whether that £50 bought 1 or 0.00001 bitcoins.

Which is exactly what the banks *don't* want.

I wonder if part of the hype surrounding bitcoins is pushed by a shadowy cabal of bankers hoping there will be a bubble-burst which will put people off digital currencies ?

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Bitcoin cred boosted by $25m cash infusion into Coinbase

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That's if you convert it to cash

I have just spent my Bitcoins to buy stuff. No conversion needed. How can UK plc prevent people buying stuff with bitcoins ? Wait till people on eBasy start using them. Remember Virgin Galactic recently accepted $200,000 worth of Bitcoins.

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Enraged by lengthy Sky broadband outage? Blame BT Openreach cable thieves

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@Bluenose

sorry to downvote you, but criminals already start off being less bright than the average bear. There are many documented cases of fibre cables being stolen because the thickie crims think they're copper.

The best way to clamp down on metal theft is to ensure scrap merchants are required to take proper ID from anyone selling scrap metal - even someone bringing in an old saucepan.

Also, given they aren't likely to smelt the copper down (although I have heard they burn the insulation off) I wonder if it's possible to mechanically mark the cables (maybe an imperceptible notch every so often) to aid detection.

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Quadrillion-dollar finance house spams Reg reader with bankers' private data

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I will bet ...

the whole problem was when a sysadmin decided he wanted to receive alerts at his personal email (gmail) account, and had a finger-fumble moment.

The real question is why on earth such a mission critical system was happy to accept an UNVERIFIED email address as the endpoint for diagnostic emails. Almost every system + dog nowadays insists on clicking on an emailed link to verify the address before using it.

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Why a plain packaging U-turn from UK.gov could cost £3bn a year

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The more this debate rumbles on ...

if cigarettes are *that* bad for you, then why aren't they illegal ? After all we're told that cannabis (for example is illegal). And nobody has ever died from cannabis[1]. Yet thousands die EACH YEAR from tobacco.

Just highlights the hypocrisy at the heart of our society. We don't make laws based on evidence and fact. We enforce someone elses morality on society.

When the smoking ban came in, I did some quick calculations based on personal observation of how much less people were smoking, and how many had given up. Those figures equate to a loss to the treasury. ISTR it worked out north of £100 million a year. I couldn't factor in the increased costs to the treasury of (a) more people claiming their pensions and (b) older people needing more expensive healthcare, but I would hazard a guess it will be at least equal to the lost £100 million, and slowly growing (as more people giving up get older).

So that's around £200 million a year the government needs to find from other sources. Hello non-smokers.

I suspect if the government had been honest and said "are you prepared to pay 5% extra VAT[2] to plug the loss of revenue from tobacco", there would have been an awful lot less people so keen.

Personally I smoke 3 hand rolled cigarettes a day. Not so fussed by the smoking ban, but it could have been made a bit more flexible.

[1]Please don't post a link to that moronic coroner who recorded a death due to cannabis. No doctor believes him.

[2]What ? Why do you think we've already been warned that VAT increase will never be reversed ?

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Looks like Google may ask you to PAY for YouTube music - report

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I would pay ...

if when I search for a song, I don't get 100 videos of kids in their bedrooms "interpreting" it for me.

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Apple dodges data privacy sueball: Fanbois didn't RTFM*, says judge

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Whoosh.

The judge didn't say they should have known what the privacy policy was. She said they had not demonstrated that their decision to buy an iPhone was affected by it.

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DVLA declares J14 HAD on BU14 SHT and SL14 AGS

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BO11LUX isn't on the askMID database

or it's not insured

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@katjap

this from a country that banned "WTF" in licence marks ?

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WTF is the Internet of Things and how insurers will use it against you

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Re: security by ping

*You* said security by ping not me. I didn't say I was using it as a security measure. My experience of CCTV is that it's not a deterrent, and it's never of any use to the police in getting any stolen property back - let alone catching the scrotes.

I just happen to have a CCTV camera hooked up to my server so I can play around with Zoneminder. I did toy with the idea of sending an email or SMS when the phone was out of ping range, but it was easier to issue a "service zoneminder start" command, than trawl through the sendmail or bluetooth manuals.

Yes, my Smartphone has a fixed IP - or rather my router gives it a fixed IP. And regarding any power saving mode (which it does have) that's kind of a failsafe anyway. There's no downside to the camera being activated erroneously, so it's a risk I'm managing to live with.

It irritates me when people fail to account for all factors before picking fault. As a 100% reliable presence detector, is this suitable ? No. As something cobbled together with what was lying around to illustrate how we can always find new tricks for old dogs is it of interest ? Yes.

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Re: Making 1+1=3 ?

Not really, it seemed so bleeding obvious ... just a tiny bash script which runs on a cron ...

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Making 1+1=3 ?

I would suggest that technology goes in bursts. Massive advances, then a hiatus as people start to find weird and wonderful ways of mixing it up. Case in hand, is a combination of my home server, and a WiFi router. Who would have thought that by setting up a ping to my smartphones WiFi IP address, I would have a crude - but effective - presence detector. Now, my CCTV setup is switched in automatically, if there's no response to a PING after 2 minutes.

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Boffins: Bonkless Brits fondling slabs, not each other

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"I haven't had sex in 300 years ..."

"... 310 if you include my marriage"

Woody Allen - "Sleeper"

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Wintel must welcome Androitel and Chromtel into cosy menage – Intel

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+1

when I was at Uni, in the 80s, I thought the x86 architecture was damaged in the name of backwards compatibility (remember the Extended/Expanded memory fiasco ?).

Now the 68xxxx from Motorola. THERE was a processor. Incredibly logical instruction and addressing modes.

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Lavabit founder: Feds ORDERED email providers to stay open

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Off the top of my head.

(Bearing in mind exchange of encrypted data is always vulnerable to the initial key exchange)

1) Choose a book*, obviously in digital form

2) Parse the book into a database. You need to be able to search for words and letters.

3) Encrypt your plaintext by matching words from your book, and noting the position. Obviously you will have many exemplars for common words, so your algorithm should try and use different word positions for repeated words (e.g. "The"). For words not in the book (technical, foreign) you escape and insert letter positions (again mixing them up).

4) You now have a text document which is meaningless without knowing which book was used. (And - see Sherlock Holmes - which edition).

Now you could just generate your own hash table. But then you'd have to distribute it. With the book system, you can distribute the DETAILS of the book by a separate, trusted channel. Say a face to face meeting.

However, my understanding is that the spooks are less interested in the contents of messages, as the sender and recipient relationship. In which case, posting to newsgroups would avoid the link.

*Magazine, newspaper, research paper.

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"Forced" to stay open ..

I wonder who has to pay in these circumstances ?

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GALACTIC YO-YO: Doctor Who’s trips to Earth... and beyond

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Re: How about Wales?

Wasn't there an old legend about actors from Dr. Who running away from something on an alien world (i.e. disused quarry) and bumping into the cast of "Blakes 7" running the other way ?

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Re: Budget

AIR a lot of the 3rd doctors adventures were filmed outdoors - which is very expensive compared to a studio. One of the conditions of Blackadder 2, after the lukewarm reception to "The Blackadder" (which had a *lot* of film scenes) was that it be filmed entirely in a studio.

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Google, Microsoft to drop child sex abuse from basic web search

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@bigtimehustler - "moral" duty

chimes with that ludicrous attempt by Harriet Harman (what was her previous occupation ? Oh, yes, a barrister) to subvert our legal system by claiming that it was OK to bash Fred Goodwin, because he was guilty "in the court of public opinion".

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Harm ?

Well, effectively, what is happening, is Google (et al) will be distorting reality, by messing with their search results.

Once you accept the principle, all else is, to quote George Bernard Shaw "arguing about the price".

Maybe Google shouldn't return searches for politicians names ? After all, there's no need to know what they got up to in the past.

Or how about searches for government misconduct. Maybe searches for British troops breaking the Geneva convention. After all we wouldn't want to help terrorists, would we ?

I can actually see this p(l)aying into Googles hands. How long before they offer a paid-for "premium" search facility ?

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Politicians seem to struggle

with the difference between the contents of a location, and the contents of a location pointed to by another location. Somehow I can't see them developing as C programmers any day soon.

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The ULTIMATE cuppa showdown: And the winner is...

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Re: Earl Grey - VOTE NOW

Ah, Earl Grey with a spoonful of set honey ... I'm in heaven

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Murdoch stands between your kids and filth with BSkyB network-level SHIELD

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@Smurfette: *Do* opt out

For those who want to protest silently, I'd say sign up for the smut filter and just continue to access the material they claim they can 'block' anyway.

The problem is (and it's intentional) if people do that, then the government will claim the fact that only 5% opted out "proves" they had public support for the measure. Which they will then use to crowbar other asinine laws into the statute books.

Despite what they say, *somebody* is watching all that porn.

It's the same with the brain dead "war on drugs". Almost daily you will read of the police busting another "cannabis farm" claiming they have public support. Well, *somebody* is buying all that dope .....

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MANUAL STIMULATION: Whack me with some proper documentation

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+ signs are valid in email addresses.

so are apostrophes, as I discovered when a "O'Connell" tried to register in a program I once inherited.

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I had to post, to salute the title ..

"Manual Stimulation", fnarr fnarr

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Bitcoin mining rig firm claims $3m revenue in just FOUR DAYS

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No, it's a good question ...

it's a little like buying machines which turn lead into gold without asking why the seller doesn't just use the machine to make his own gold.

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Hackers steal 'FULL credit card details' of 376,000 people from Irish loyalty programme firm

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WTF?

Out of interest ..

Why did a "loyalty card" scheme need credit card details ?

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Re: parent company

The parent company appears to be based in Slough www.affinioninternational.com and regulated by the FSA, wonder will there be any fallout from this?

ITYM "FCA" - FSA is no more.

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Three Men in a Tardis

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Do I get a biscuit ...

when I saw the (full) title: "Three Men in A Boat (to say nothing of the dog)" I immediately recalled "Montmorency"

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Google makes Gmail EVEN NOISIER, or should that be nosier?

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From a satisfied Google+ user ...

YouTube video

NSFW (depending where you work)

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Doctor Who nicked my plot and all I got was a mention in this lousy feature

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However ... "Logopolis"

still stands as one of the most haunting and elegaic pieces of television science fiction ever.

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Fiery bits of Euro satellite to rain down on Earth this weekend

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Time to dust off ...

my Skylab protection hat ...

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Lavabit, Silent Circle form Dark Mail Alliance to destroy email snooping

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Or ...

why not have a system which posts encrypted text to usenet, with a subject line containing your public key ? Added advantage is it's waaaay harder to link conversations together, or to know who's read the message.

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EU tsars rubbish Brit PM over attempt to delay beefed-up privacy rules

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Re: "Cameron's Conservative party have promised...

What's the saying "Fool me once ..."

ISTR a certain Cameron promising a referendum about the EU *after* an election in 2010.

When was it ?

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Blighty's laziness over IPv6 will cost us on the INTERNETS - study

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Y2K all over ...

reading the original report, and the comments here reminded me that the world ended in 2000.

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TECH WAR: Brummies say firms 'lose out' in London's Tech City

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Re: Brums not so bad ...

I rarely go into town, as it is. Main haunts being Town/Symphony hall, Rep, Alex and (very rarely NIA).

The point being these are *all* 15 minutes from where I live.

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Brums not so bad ...

Being smaller than London, there's a best of both worlds situation. I live in SW Brum, and can be on Broad Street in about 15 minutes from where I live. Yet 10 minutes the other way there's the beautiful Lickey Hills and Worcestershire countryside.

And the convergence of the M6/M5/M54 doesn't hinder things.

Speaking as an ex-pat Londoner, the only things I really miss are: tube trains, foreign films, and a decent Italian delicatessen.

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Swedish teen's sex video fine slashed: Unwilling co-star girlfriend furious

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Tulisa Contostavlos

I heard the video was like one of her concerts in that nobody came.

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Met Police vid: HIDE your mobes. Pavement BIKER cutpurses on the loose

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@Lusty

I bet you talk about "loopholes" too.

Currently, in our criminal justice system, it is up to the state to prove "beyond reasonable doubt" that a person is guilty of a crime. If they can't do that the person goes free. Why do you blame their lawyer for doing their job. Why not blame the CPS lawyers for NOT doing theirs.

Blaming defence lawyers for successfully defending their clients is akin to blaming a winning team for the fact the other side lost. "Why, it's Manchester Uniteds fault for scoring more goals that Fulchester City lost."

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Brit PM raps Facebook for allowing GORY beheading vids

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Out of curiousity

I wonder if more, or less people have watched these videos than would have before this news ?

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MoJ fined £140K for EMAILING privates of 1,000 inmates

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Re: Once is careless, but three times?

Oh we are so close to an Oscar quote:

"To lose one parent is unfortunate. To lose two starts to look like carelessness"

-The Importance of Being Earnest.

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Snap-happy blogger babe posts catcalling blokes' mugshots online

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Re: The only thing I got from this is that parts of Philadelphia

When "The Wire" came on, I had to double check that the flats where D'Angelo held court (with that sofa incongruously sitting outside) weren't the flats I first lived in when I moved to Birmingham.

And the streets of Baltimore are a dead ringer for a part of Manchester (Santiago Street IIRC) where my brother stayed for a year, when he was at Uni ....

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'Please, steal my phone' TV ads by T-Mobile US slammed by legal eagles

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Based on reality

Over much arguing, the only phone I will provide for my 17 year old is an old Nokia 5800. My reasoning being he is a fucking kid, and (a) never looks after anything (even stuff he's paid for) and (b) never ever listens to adult advice (such as not to wave your phone out every 5 minutes).

A couple of months ago he was walking through a local park when a couple of hooded youths stopped him, asked the time (I mean really !?) and then demanded his phone. As soon as they saw what is was they went "no man, dat's a sick phone, we don't want none of your Nokia shit man!"[1] and fucked off. To (according to the policeman who took his statement) mug someone else for their Blackberry a few minutes later.

Much to lads chagrin, policeman praised my attitude in ensuring lad didn't have a mug-magnet phone.

[1]This is what lad claimed they said. I guess people really do talk like that. Innit ?

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Price rises and power cuts by 2016? Thank the EU's energy policy

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Now watch how politics works ....

The pie is shrinking, so there needs to be rationing. I can't see any government risking domestic power cuts except as a measure of absolute last resort. Also I see a media battle between the government (who will try and persuade people that it's all the fault of the power companies) and the power companies (who will blame the government, the EU and "the market").

Bad move for the government, unless they decide to wade in with chequebook and legislation - the power companies will have dictated the contractual landscape, and made sure it's industry that goes offline first. Factories, big office complexes (and hopefully a few government departments ;) ). At which point (those of us who remember the 3 day week) you will start seeing the lay offs.

And that's the price you pay for not educating the population properly AT SCHOOL so they had enough grasp of science to debate nuclear power rationally. Still, maybe if we burn a few media studies graduates, we can keep some lights on.

I grew up in the 70s, and recall getting home from school, and lighting the candles for when my Mum got home from collecting brother from playschool. Giving thanks for a gas cooker (a preference I have never lost) and for my Dads inna te distrust of electricity (he was born in Southern Italy, where power cuts are a way of life) which meant he insisted on gas central heating. Being a real engineer, he rigged it up to run off a car battery, so it could run without mains.

No power cuts in the 80s, no power cuts in the 90s, but in the past 4 years we have had at least 3 outages of over an hour. My suspicion is lack of capacity makes it harder to route around stolen cables.

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Funny how no one understands basic economics

The less you have of something, the more it costs. It really is that simple.

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Laptops Snowden took to Hong Kong and Russia 'just a decoy'

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Re: @Schultz & @ShelLuser

for the sake of historical accuracy, the UK actually planned the Berlin airlift and played a major part in it too. QDOS to the US, but please, they weren't the only ones.

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