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BuzzGasm: 9 Incredible Things You Never Knew About PLIERS!

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

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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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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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Can't see it being too well attended ..

This covers Windows 8.1 in the enterprise,

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BBC: Hey, Atos, old buddy. Here's a cheque for £285m, fill your boots

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Re: The crazy thing...

In some ways I agree. However, you have to bear in mind the accumulated "wisdom" since Adam Smith, about "division of labour", which inevitably leads to businesses using terms like "core business".

On paper, and in (expensive) management seminars it sounds brilliant. However, it ignores the interconnectedness of things.

I refer you to the story(s) passim about RBS, where it was pointed out that their biggest strategic mistake was to consider IT as something someone else could do for them. Many posters here pointed out that in reality, a modern bank is an IT house which just happens to manage money. In the same way EDF are an IT house which happen to manage energy.

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My smelly Valentine: Europe's perfumers wake to V-Day nightmare

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Re: Not the first time

and belladonna

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THOUSANDS of Tesco.com logins and passwords leaked online

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WTF?

Even worse

They *needed* warning ?????????

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Unencrypted passwords ?

who at Tescos thought that was in anyway a Good Thing ?

The "Fail" icon just isn't big enough for this one.

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Micro Men: The story of the syntax era

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A brief - and significant time

When the UK astounded the world by being trailblazers in IT education.

Being nerdy, I used to read a few US computing mags (Byte anyone) and they were printing articles about how the UK was running away with computer skills by teaching it in schools, while the US education system was woefully underprepared.

One of Thatchers less trumpted legacies.

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Object to #YearOfCode? You're a misogynist and a snob, says the BBC

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On a more general level ..

this is the result of successive governments disdain for anything practical, and the society it has shaped.

A couple of years ago, I attended a careers evening at my sons school. They had the 3 local universities give a presentation on "why you should consider University". The guy from Birmingham university tempted the kids with a girl who had left university in 2009, and by 2011 was earning £40,000 a year, in New York.

What was her subject ? Nuclear physics. Medicine ? Engineering ? Would we see a cure from cancer ? A better mousetrap ?

No, she had studied political economics, and was working for a ****ing bank.

Meanwhile, Alan Turing, Tommy Flowers et al command an impressive "Who" from kids who know the life history of every big brother contestant, or X factor finalist.

We need an icon for "I weep salt tears" :(

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Is this the same Rory Cellan-Jones

who banged out a bit of HTML and announced to the world he'd learned to "code" ?

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Parking firm pulls app after dev claims: I can SEE credit card privates

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PCI-DSS ?

hang on, if this outfit were taking card details then their payment processor should have *required* them to be PCI-DSS compliant.

Sounds like someone was asleep on the job.

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Google to banish mobe-makers using old Androids: report

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Google, Apple

not the same thing. Google just provide a free OS which any mobile manufacturer (even Apple) were/are free to use in their devices.

Apple provide the whole kit and kaboodle.

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Random car shutdowns force Toyota to recall Prius hybrids - AGAIN

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I idly wonder ...

if all the CO2 people who bought Priuses think they've saved outweighs the CO2 entailed in compying with the recall.

Can't they run an over the air update ? Seems strange a £100 phone can be updated remotely, and a £20,000 car can't ....

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My first rejected post !!!

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My first rejected post !!!

in over 15 years as an El Reg subscriber ....

Do I get a prize ?

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Nudge Unit flies into Nesta's arms: Is the hype justified?

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So ...

the end justifies the means ?

Heard that before somewhere

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London's King of Clamps shuts down numberplate camera site

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@PatientOne

Vehicles supplied to recipients of the mobility component of the higher rate of DLA* are eligible for a 100% discount on VED for their primary vehicle. So the DVLA database works there.

However, not all cars with 100% VED exemption are driven by the person claiming the benefit. Like my wife, for example. Her eyesight is too poor to drive, so I am the driver.

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BT scratches its head over MYSTERY Home Hub disconnections

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Re: pip pip pip pip...

you joke, but back in 1984, I worked on a terminal emulator for a Spectrum, and borrowed an acoustic coupler to use in my digs with an old style payphone.

It worked too. I could log into the Uni PR1MEs at the breathtaking speed of 300 baud (look it up, youngsters). Although I was never sure why, since I couldn't actually do anything productive (I'm sure there's a point to make there somewhere).

Any followers I have (!) will now know why I mentioned the plethora of RS-232 connectors and cables ....

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Virgin "Super" hub

the second I got it, I put it into modem mode, and used a real router. ISP provided routers are crippled and open to OTA "upgrades".

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'Maybe we haven't been clear enough about med records opt-out', admits NHS data boss

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I call this "The Facebook Conundrum"

(although Facebook tends to be used with other C-words).

Despite the fact I have never been near Facebook, they know an awful lot about me. First off they know I don't have a profile. They know who my friends are. And were. They know when I make new friends. They know who I work for. Who I used to work for. They know what music I like. What films I like. My age. My marital status. Number of kids I have. Simply by cross-matching all the chatter from people who have my email address in their contacts list.

No one can be anonymous in a non-trivial dataset. The only crumb of comfort, is that the politicians too dumb to understand this now, will find out the hard way.

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Premium rate phone numbers

why not make them opt in too ?

I suspect the answers to both are remarkably similar.

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Out of interest ...

what are the sanctions or remedies in the inevitable cases where someone who has dotted i's crossed t's and done everything correctly, in order and in time to opt out, finds they *haven't* been opted out ?

If, as I suspect the answer to this question is measured on a scale from "fuck all" to a generic "we know how important etc etc" with no way to (a) unring the bell, and (b) gain any recompense, then you can't help but feel "what's the point ?".

We can only hope that as time rolls on, and more people realise how irrevocable a loss of personal data is, the clamour for proportionate punishments grows.

People like Max Moseley are a good example.

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Ker-ching...Er, ZZZWIP: Square-alike mobile swipe type scores $96m

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All you need to know in one line :

The key to this is a proprietary technology – Powatag – which is not NFC and about which Wagner will not reveal any details,

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