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Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4: 4G Android tablet is easy to swallow

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Re: Fed up with charging my Mk1 every night

Me too. I got rather more iPad-ish battery life out of it by crippling some of the more annoying spoogeware, and going into advanced Wifi settings to switch of Wifi when asleep. Massive battery boost - 3-4 days between charges now, with moderate use (even films) at the loss of live notifications. Luckily my appointments still chime at me though...

Edited to add that the battery is not apparently failing so a replacement, as has been suggested elsewhere, will not do very much. What *did* kill it was the last OTA update, which ladled so much google crapware that the battery life went straight down the crapper. Hence the un-installing / crippling of most of it.

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Microsoft fixes all those shaky GoPro vids nobody wants to watch

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Wow!

...about sums it up.

"...working to bring Hyperlapse into a Windows app some time soon"... Almost makes apps in Windows desirable. Ech - forget I said that! It was just a momentary lapse, honest, guv.

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How long is too long to wait for a security fix?

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Re: yeah I called em rooters, sounds funny

...Not to me - you just spelled 'router' phonetically, for some reason... not sure why!

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August Patch Tuesday to bring Windows bug fixes AND FEATURES – report

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Re: My brief experience with Start8...

For a long while it was the best of the two, as ClassicShell didn't emulate all behaviours of the Win7 start menu correctly. But it's since caught up and I am gradually moving away from Start8. Which is good, 'cos you only get a few installs before you have to buy it again (using a different email account, buggeringly).

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Time to ditch Start8?

Would be nice, finally, to use the native OS functionality of my Surface Pro... but then I look at the fugly blocky mess on the right-hand side of the proposed new-fangled start menu (where the User folders should be), and realise it's a vain, vain hope hope indeed...

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Chrome browser has been DRAINING PC batteries for YEARS

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Re: Disabling it has fixed the problem, so yes, its play services...

Indeed it is. Can confirm same on my 2012 Nexus 7, 2013 (I think) Galaxy Tab 3 10", and my new Xperia Z-1 tablet. I have to go in and disable all the Play apps (which I never use, so no issue there) and G+ just for luck. Battery life quickly returns to something respectable.

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New leaked 'Windows 8 screenshot': The Start Menu strikes back

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Re: If you don't like it change it!

Not as simple as that.

Try right-dragging an icon from the start screen onto the desktop, as you can with the start menu. Oops - you can't.

Remember, many people like their fave icons on the desktop and not bloody pinned to the taskbar, which eats into the available space for running app icons!

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Man FOUND ON MOON denies lunar alien interface

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Re: "That's pure opinion, conjecture... "

I truly despair of humanity ever dragging itself fully out of the Middle Ages. It's not just the clinging to medieval superstitions, but the sheer bloody-minded and wholly deliberate disconnect from all forms of logic and the scientific process.

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The Windows 8 dilemma: Win 8 or wait for 9?

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"Power buttons are easy to find, they are on the front panel of the PC"

Normally I'd agree with you - I always use the power button.

But... Ever since Vista, the power button defaults to 'sleep', because the failed promise to boot faster than XP failed so miserably that they had to cheat. For the past seven years or so, one of the first hacks I have to do to any new laptop is go to the Power applet and restore the power button's correct behaviour. Because a well-sorted lappie should boot in ~60 secs with all add-ins (Skype, et al).

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Brit celebs' homes VANISH from Google's Street View

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Re: But, but, but...

Fascinating. Anyone noticed that doing a 'driveby' unblurs it? Should I be so minded I could film my monitor, then frame step through the results.

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Speed of light slower than we thought? Probably not

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Re: The map is not the territory

Thumbs up for the Van Vogt / Korzybski reference.

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Google's URL-hiding 'origin chip' is 'backburnered'

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Re: I just can't see a single disadvantage...

@ Mr 142,

Is that sarcasm? If so, perhaps it's a tad misplaced.

I was recently emailed by a client who was phished by an Apple ID scammer whose link *looked* as if it was to apple.com, except it was actually to a uk car dealership when examined carefully. I emailed the car dealership to let 'em know their site's hosting crapware, but the point is this feature would simply have shown the car dealership main URL, revealing the scam in all it's glory.

We have a huge problem here and most phishing redirects to a totally different domain, not a hijacked area of the genuine domain.

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Evernote taken out by DDoS attack

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Re: I so want to care

...Me too. Stopped using the bloody thing when it adopted data-stealing T&Cs.

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Ukrainian teen created in lab passes Turing Test – famous nutty prof

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Re: 30% of humans? I think that's pushing it.

Perhaps we need an 'advanced' Turing Test, judged solely by IT types. Seriously. As has been said here several times, this was a really dreadful Eliza hash without anything to show the improvements that have been made in AI in the 30-odd years since that program was being bashed into every home computer on the planet.

If it can fool > 30% of developers, I'll definitely sit up and take note.

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FIGHT! Intel disputes ARM's claims of Android superiority

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Re: ...in particular do not compare x86 vs ARM ...

THANK you, AC. I was going to post the exact same comment. Hard to benchmark like-for-like across two different machines but this is surely the meat-and-potatoes of what ARM are banging on about - native ARM vs translated ARM.

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First iOS, now Android to get fondleslab Office ahead of Windows

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Re: Because nobody owns a Windows tab!

Funny comment - but naughty. I love my Surface Pro (got it a bit reduced when the Pro 2 came out). Dumped Metro, obviously, but could really do with a touchy-feelie Office. Sadly though, it'll be the 365 rental model when it arrives. <sigh>

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AMD tops processor evolution with new mobile Kaveri chippery

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Re: Dude, you are so full of it, it is not even funny

@ Mr Hand,

Well, tbh I did say 'I don't know why' - I simply pointed out that - for whatever reason - modern AMD consumer PCs perform atrociously. I'm gladdened to hear your assessment that you believe they are hamstrung from the outset - this was a partial conclusion of mine too, as it seems AMD is seen as the 'budget' choice - so let's bung loads of shite hardware in there.

As I say, I am an AMD fan who is sad that AMD-centred systems are outperformed so readily. I'm perfectly willing to believe they are being unfairly knobbled.

PS - interesting to get so many DVs. I kind of expected them, but surprising anyhow.

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Re: Dude, you are so full of it, it is not even funny

Well, Mr Hand, your own empirical server-based evidence aside, I'm an ex-AMD fanboi who regularly chucked Intel's finest in the bin and replaced them with shiny new K5 & K6 parts. It was AMD or nothing. Simple as. But when the first Core pieces rolled out from Intel, around eight or so years back I guess, I began to notice disappointing desktop performance against the various comparable Athlons of the day. I put this down to bad chipset selection, as in cheapie laptop designs (Yes Packard-Bell, hang your head).

Over time my observations and suspicions crystallised into a definite recognition that these new Core thingies were blinding. In the many years since crappy Prescott bit the dust, I have not had a single AMD-powered desktop or laptop that can match Intel's newer chippery, in comparable situations (by price point or CPU speed). And please, remember I came to this position from one of disbelief that my favoured champion had seemingly slipped so far.

This still holds true today; when asked to come on-site to assist with sluggish desktops or laptops, I almost groan aloud when I see the now-dreaded AMD sticker on the front. I know before starting that I can get the performance so good and no better. I have no idea why this is. It is simply the experience of many hundreds of different machines over about an eight-year period.

I am, in truth, saddened by this. I like the underdog to succeed. But I do hope I'm not called out as also being 'full of it'!

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Android is a BURNING 'hellstew' of malware, cackles Apple's Cook

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Re: Tim may want to thread more carefully.

Don't be dissin' on his sewing skills. That's just mean.

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Microsoft's NEW OS now runs on HALF of ALL desktop PCs

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Re: I'm not sure they'll care!

...um, no.

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Windows XP fixes flaws for free if you turn PCs into CASH REGISTERS

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Re: Fallout 3 and Fallout New Vegas. Runs like pants on Win7...

Odd. I was enjoying both of those on my Win7 all-in-one early last year. Running at 1280x720, which is HD-enough with AA enabled. I had to drop the far-off detail level a bit and lower the grass effects slightly, but my all-in-one was no gaming beast (since fixed that). Smooth as silk, lovely audio - I became a massive Fallout fan because of the beautiful desolation of the in-game world and the glitch-free immersiveness. Put in so many weeks of play, it took the new Tomb Raider to wrench me away...

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Microsoft walks into a bar. China screams: 'Eww is that Windows 8? GET OUT OF HERE'

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Re: Wonder whatever DID happen to AManFromMars

Saw a comment from him today. He still pops up randomly (though sadly infrequently) to disgorge random pithy and incomprehensible (or just uber-encrypted?) observations for us lesser earthlings to make of what we will (or can).

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Are you senior enough to sit around a table with The Register?

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Re: 'an I've got a pretty new tarnished bronze...

...whereas mine's just been nicked. Bear that in mind - apparently you get chucked back in the pleb pool if your comment rate drops. Ah, well...

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Re: given the matronly red line Chrome gives "horney" ...

Oddly enough, that's 'cos it's actually spelled 'horny'... but I liked the post!

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Users folder vanished after OS X 10.9.3 update? Here's a fix

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Re: Boy, I can really rant when I've had some booze in me, eh?

Yep - but so articulately and compellingly that you got an UV from me - and I don't even use Linux! ('less I have to repair a fuxxed PC)

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Microsoft throws Kinect under a bus, slashes Xbox One to $399

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Re: M$ decided to dictate what could and could not be done with your purchase

Dude, c'mon - I do agree with some of what's being said on this thread, but you risk cheapening your argument by using pejorative terms like 'M$' - that's so dated an attack. They are a business. They have an obligation to make plenty $$. Did you think they were a charity? It's just daft continually bunging that symbol in there.

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Architect of Apple's total-silence public relations policy leaves

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Re: Your post is an ad hominem itself numbnuts...

Mildly so, perhaps. Minus words like numbnuts.

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Re: It's not as if they (or anyone else for that matter) care what you think Jasp

Wow, touchy. And the 'been around longer than you, bucko' is also old and very, very tired. Out of interest you can add around eight years to my username registration date, though of course I daresay you've still been here longer anyhow. Guess that makes you the man. Whatever. I would also add that you seem to have a genuine thirst for ad hominem. Good luck with that.

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Re: It's not as if they (or anyone else for that matter) care what you think Jasp

Stalking this guy around the Reg to rip on his articles is getting a little tired now.

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Symantec: Antivirus is 'DEAD' – no longer 'a moneymaker'

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Re: I've never seen more malware in my life...

Been there, my friend. It takes an iron grip not to lose control with people like this. Incidentally I use MSE on my main, but often chuck Avast on customer machines as it's got a boot-time scanner which will save a lot of time when (inevitably) I get called back to de-infest. I put MSE on peoples' machines whom in my opinion are least likely to get shit-tons of malware (old folk mostly who tend not to go pr*n or freebie surfing).

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Re: Is this Symantec's Gerald Ratner Moment...

Possibly, but old Gerry bounced back big time with H W Samuel's. Most punters neither know nor care about it, business resumes selling crap at astonishing markup...

Wait, what was this guy's next project again......

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Re: 'now the best advice is to avoid their rubbish.'

Well put. These days I spend almost as much time cleaning up after crashed copies of Norton as I do removing crudware infestations.

Ironically the most common problem I encounter is a frustrated customer telling me that their 'computer' is telling them it is low on resources. As you all will know, that's a classic Norton warning, and usually means fucking Norton is what has gobbled them all up. Ditch Norton for MSE or Avast and what do you know, suddenly no problem with resources!

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FCC seeks $48K fine from mobile phone-jamming driver

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Re: Manufacturers should put in software to detect when the phone is travelling faster than 10MPH

"never let the facts get in the way"... What facts? That was my point. These so-called studies also said that speaking to your spouse while driving was as bad as being drunk at the wheel. So are we mandating no talk radio in the car? Concentrating too hard on The Archers could easily cause a prang at Junction 7 on the M25, after all.

And no, I don't think my phone calls are so important that they cannot wait. I normally pull over to take calls unless on the motorway, and really - hitting a button on my ear and speaking to someone for a minute is worse than chatting to your pals on the back seat? Really?? And I *never* make a call while driving, bluetooth or not. I just spent a paragraph ranting at wankers who yak into phones propped against thair skulls while driving at 90mph, but I'm the wanker because I also point at the elephant in the room, namely poor research?

So thanks for the ad hominem attack, AC. You'll note that a) I didn't make one (referring to a group of obvious wankers as wankers ain't ad hominem) and b) I don't hide behind AC. Ever.

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Re: Manufacturers should put in software to detect when the phone is travelling faster than 10MPH

Total bollocks. I have always hated people driving with a phone pressed against their ear, and have always used a wireless earpiece, even going back to feature phones in the early '00s. This is clearly safer (and bugger the various reports that say any distraction should be banned). It's the wankers that hold the fucking thing in their hand and even text on it that have caused all these accidents and precipitated the various nanny laws coming out around the world. Now we all have to suffer as a result.

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Badges for Commentards

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Where's my vulture?

I seem to have lost my bronze badge thingy - any reason for this?

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Dell Wyse Cloud Connect: Pocket Android desktop

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Re: You're somewhat missing the point

Incidentally what's happened to me little bronze vulture? <puzzled>

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Re: You're somewhat missing the point

Not so sure he is. The thing just was plain borked, from what I read (and I was keen on it as a corporate solution until I finishing the article).

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Win XP security deadline: Biz bods MUST protect user data – ICO

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Re: Do you actually read the posts you're replying to?

Sometimes, Joe. Sometimes...

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Re: Yeah, and we all fell for that ridiculous panic that immediately after 31 December 1999

Ok, I'll bite. Off-topic, but the reason for the Y2K 'fail' is that around the world cohorts of system developers were dragged off current projects to revisit all extant source code and prune it religiously for problematic date handling. At Logica & CMG, for example, hundreds of man-hours were spent on this process. I personally was pulled off all current work to join in the effort to fix and re-distribute patched software to various blue-chip clients including banks & utilities.

So the reason for the anticlimactic 'fizzle', I like to think, is that a shit-ton of preventative work was successfully implemented.

Roll on the downvotes, I guess, from the unbelievers!

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Satisfy my scroll: El Reg gets claws on Windows 8.1 spring update

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Re: See - that's fine. That's a constructive, supportable criticism

Ok, try these:

1. Try right-dragging your favourite icons from the start menu (sorry - start screen) to the desktop, so the user has a small selection of what they want (IE / Chrome / FF, Word, Excel, Outlook, VS). Can't be done. Please don't suggest an elderly user 'shakes things up' and learns to dive in and out of metro each time they want to run something. They don't have many years left to learn trendy new things and these sorts of changes *scare* them.

2. An elderly user wants to read a PDF they downloaded, but finds after double-clicking and reading it in the (quite nice) Metro app, that they now seem to be lost in a world of rectangles (I deal with this one a *lot*, it is not hypothetical). Now try and guide a vulnerable old boy over the phone through changing the default app that launches PDFs back to Adobe Reader, so that after reading their downloaded printer manual they stay in familiar desktop territory.

Many, many more situations like this I deal with *every* day. I have bought several Start8 licenses, using a number of email addresses, and I donate the installs to my customers. It's to date the *only* way I can mitigate the stress amongst my user base.

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Re: It's called soap...

Hah. Good one. Problem is, I keep an alcohol gel dispenser on my desk for this purpose and use regularly before handling fondly-slabby things. It helps, yes, but only for about 30 seconds. Sadly, us meat-bags seem to have annoying things called sweat glands in our fingertips.

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I can count the people I know with a desktop PC on one thumb...

Then you're out of touch, Mr Rimmer. As a travelling contractor, I'd say at a rough count that 60% of my customers have a desktop or all-in-one as their prime computer, even if they have one or several laptops and tablets in the home. Why? Well, a lot of it seems to come down to age. Older people tend to prefer a more formal seating arrangement, with a desk, nice big screen, etc. And though laptops do feature as the main PC in a lot of homes I visit, it's not nearly as often as desktops or all-in-ones.

Sure, I'd agree that the market is moving away from desktops, but now that they offer respectable power, all-in-ones are taking up the slack for those who like a more formal office-like environment.

Don't forget that lappies really don't like being used on the mains 24/7, unless you like your li-ion crystallised, and many people know this. Having said that there's nothing wrong keeping one plugged in all the time. Just don't expect to be able to bring it on holiday with you...

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Bletchley Park board member quits amid TNMOC split-off spat

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Re: hit you in the ass...

@boltar

...precisely. Did you not get my (admittedly dumb) little dig?

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Re: hit you in the ass...

Conjoined donkey syndrome? <puzzled>

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Sysadmins and devs: Do these job descriptions make any sense?

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Utter Bollocks

...That is all

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Plusnet goes titsup for spectacular hour-long wobble

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Ahhh...

...Good ol' Pusnet

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Hey, IT department! Sick of vendor shaftings? Why not DO IT, yourself

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Re: not one mandated maintenance of code comments

They were run by incompetents then.

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

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Agree with the Orwellian (though rather obvious) comparisons being made in this thread. But what I want to know is: Who the fuck keeps DVing these perfectly reasonable expressions of disgust and outrage? I'm quite sure the culprits aren't about to provide any open support of this hideous behaviour in these forums - at least, not under their real handle - so I guess a sneaky DV for any 'subversive' comments is the only way they can safely suck up to our Lords and Masters.

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Dropbox erects sueball shield with new T&C and privacy legalese

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I'd like to see them try...

...and inforce those illegal T&Cs in the UK. Good grief. Thank Noodles we've got decent consumer / contract legislation here (if little else decent).

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Snowden journo boyf grill under anti-terror law was legal, says UK court

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Re: "So they are living in sin so to speak..."

...just...wow...I give up.

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