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Lawyer reviewing terror laws and special powers: Definition of 'terrorism' is too broad

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@LucreLout

It'd be a terribly twee "revolutionary struggle" that never involved any "unofficial or unauthorized use of violence and intimidation".

Time for another remake of Red Dawn, wherein the Wolverines write strongly worded letters to the Soviets?

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Motorist 'thought car had caught fire' as Adele track came on stereo

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Re: Devil's advocate....

I have some sympathy for the fella (if he believed that his car was on fire, then his use of the hard shoulder was probably appropriate), but 2 things about your example bother me:

1) I'd turn the radio off, if it was distracting, not down to zero

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2) why would I be looking at the radio, instead of the road ahead?

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Dungeons & Dragons relaunches with 'freemium' version 5.0

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Re: "I'd have to go for Space Hulk"

I found Space Hulk to be a great way to alienate my friends: set up board (quite slow), explain rules (quite slow, will need revisiting in-game), they pick Space Marines (decent rationale: they have firearms and armour), game starts, Genestealers quickly massacre the Marines, game is put away.

By the time I knew more people inclined to such pursuits, Magic: The Gathering was the big thing, and I wasn't tragic enough to be playing that.

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British cops cuff 660 suspected paedophiles

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Re: Good work

Is your downvoter a) pro kiddie porn, or b) anti family photos?

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Child diagnosed as allergic to iPad

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Obviously, the child was holding it wrong.

Seriously, though, does anyone not have their tablet encased in some sort of protection, particularly if they're handing it over to a child?

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Running the Gauntlet: Atari's classic ... now and then

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Re: Ah, fun...

A friend and I slogged it out on the Speccy version, making it all the way to the end of Side 2 of the tape, expecting some sort of epic reward for our efforts. Being told to turn the tape over, and having nothing happen (as the first part of Side 1 isn't level data) was crushing...

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Bezos house 'on FIRE': Amazon in-app kiddy megabuck charge storm

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Re: Don't blame parents

Actually, scratch my comment further down. I've lost all sympathy with the "I gave [app store] my credit card details and then they started charging it" crowd.

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I'm generally quite sympathetic to people who get stung by their kids racking up charges like this,

but we'll have to draw a line under it sometime, surely? Hopefully, once the FTC (or whoever is heading this) gets done with all the big providers, the refund processes will stay in place and this problem will go away (and the wilfully ignorant can carry on neglecting their kids in peace).

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Samsung rebrands store as Galaxy Apps, eyes up Google Play customers

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"Galaxy Essentials" ... you have to ask yourself why they were left off the phone to begin with

If Samsung could leave all of their apps of the phone, it'd make a more pleasant experience for all concerned - particularly those with a Galaxy Ace (hasn't it been called that for quite a while, now?).

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Insecure AVG search tool shoved down users' throats, says US CERT

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Re: Democracy

If I knew where to find what I was looking for, why would I Google/Bing for it?

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Doctor Who season eight scripts leak online

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Re: Pathetic

Unless they're going door to door, searching out dedicated Whovians, and then shouting all the spoilers in their faces, this is utterly harmless. Most likely, it's just generating more buzz around the new series, which the BBC is probably very grateful for.

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Brit celebs' homes VANISH from Google's Street View

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Re: But, but, but...

People walk past my house all the time, so I've bricked up all the windows. Next week, I'm having an opaque, perspex dome installed to cover everything. You can't be too careful!

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Girl gamers sexism row: Top e-sports federation finds reverse gear

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e-sports:

for when darts is just too physically demanding.

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Spanish struggle to control spelling of 'WhatsApp'

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WTF?

If it's a brand name, and therefore a Proper Noun (or Proper Name),

surely it'd be correctly written as "WhatsApp" in any country that uses the Latin alphabet, regardless of local pronunciation conventions?

Nike and Sega have unusual spellings, by the conventions of British English, yet we've not disolved into a quivering, linguistic mess.

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PANDA chomps through Spotify's DRM

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Re: Use spotify myself

I have Deezer on my phone - music I obtain that way is effectively trapped on my phone, unless I go jumping through a number of hoops to free it. CDs play on any CD-player I choose to use, and DRM-free mp3s (legitimately obtained, or ripped from the CD*) play everywhere else.

If Tesco sold me a steak, but insisted I could only eat it in-store, with a knife and fork rented from them, I don't think I'd buy that steak**. I've never purchased anything through Deezer, and I would think twice about paying for their service if I wasn't getting it free with my sim contract.

*I'm reasonably sure that home-taping hasn't killed music

**I'm quite aware that this is a crap analogy - restaurants are a fine thing, and food only gets eaten once.

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Indie labels: 5 reasons why we're hauling YouTube before Euro antitrust watchdog

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"YouTube does not control the market for music videos"

It's easily the dominant player in that field.

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Re: Message for the labels

But, if the indie labels start working together, and build their own YouTube, then they'll cease to be independant...

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Microsoft compliance police to NHS: We want your money

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@ Ken Hagan

If I wasn't laughing, I'd be crying. All NHS IT projects should come with that icon.

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Re: So MS are threatening the sacred cow of British life?

You'll be thrilled to know that a large chunk of taxpayer funds has just been allocated to a new life support project - we're keeping XP going for a bit longer.

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True fact: Your CAT wees ... like a racehorse

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"wider urethra results in faster flow"

So, more fluid can fit in a big tube, than can fit in a small one? Thanks, science!

He should get out more - there's many an activity worse than changing a baby's nappy.

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'World’s dumbest' suspect collared in Facebook sting

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Re: Elephant in the room

I'm suddenly reassured by the fact that all the IT gear in my house is old, dusty, and crappy looking.

As someone else pointed out, above, our experience of burglary was also of the "force the front door, grab the nearest available, easily carried, item, and leave". In our case, they took my wife's handbag (later retreived from a bin at the end of the road) and a set of car keys (which we'd got back from the garage the same afternoon, and so had the Make, Model and Reg No. on an attached tag), but they didn't take the car. Police response didn't go beyond "yeah, probably crackheads looking for an easy fence for their next score. Get a better front door." CSI it was not.

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WORLD CUP TRAUMA? Just Streaming Stick a Roku in it

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Unless anyone can recommend an alternative

that will offer the usual catch-up services, Netflix, and XBMC (or similar, for NAS playback), I can see this making its way onto my x-mas list.

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Average chump in 'bank' phone scam is STUNG for £10,000 - study

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Nice!

I let my kids do this, too. All cold-callers read from scripts, so are virtually indistinguishable from pre-recorded auto-diallers, and thus don't get to say very much before being told to "shut up, stupid robot!" and being disconnected. Quite satisfying, really.

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Dutch firm passes the world's first e-spliff to the left hand side

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Re: So when will CRACK start up

Mashed out on e-joints, a group of 6 year olds might sit quietly on the carpet for the afternoon - must run this past the school governers...

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@ Steven R

Are you saying that a ban on WKD would be a bad thing?

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BlackBerry's Passport will be the WEIRDEST mobe of 2014

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All those keys, and none of them have numbers on.

How will we make phone calls?

No shift key, either - SHOUTY EMAILS ONLY?

Tetraplegic keyboard aside, I quite like the design - different from the competition, which must be a good thing.

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S is for SMACKDOWN: Samsung takes Galaxy Tab slab war fruit-side

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So, we can look forward to Iron Man being kicked off the Avengers

after using his arc-reactor to charge up his tablet, instead of powering his armour? That'll make for an exciting film (still better than watching Nick Furty shill for Sky Broadband, though).

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Occupy Google: Protesters attack ad giant as I/O gets underway

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I'm sure that the "I'm being evicted by your arsehole lawyer" protester

was thrilled to be sharing a stage with the "Google are building killer robots" loon.

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DISPLAY DESTRUCTION D'OH! Teardown cracks Surface Pro 3 screen

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I dropped my Nexus 7, once, without a case on it, and the back cover popped off.

I was worried, at the time, but feel pretty smug about it, now!

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Re: Planned obsolescence

At least you can take a car to an independant garage and have it serviced for a reasonable fee, rather than being restricted to taking it back to the dealer, once the warranty expires. I doubt they'll be very many unauthorised service agents capable of repairing your Surface outside of the warranty period.

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Microsoft ups OneDrive storage, slashes prices to match Google Drive

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Re: Watch the lawsuites fly...

I've never really understood the animosity toward drive letters. I've had Linux in regular use for a couple of years, now, but the Windows method still seems preferable. Can anyone enlighten me on the benefits? Documentation that I've read described the Linux method as "more robust" but I've yet to notice any benefit (after getting my file storage drive to mount automatically in Mint, I had to correct the links to it under XBMC, which was a less than slick experience).

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Re: Microsoft silently tried to shove OneDrive on my PC

Surely only a matter of time before OneDrive becomes the new IE, and the EU slap them down for anti-competitive behaviour?

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San Francisco issues SMACKDOWN on parking spot sale software

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Re: Explain please!

I'm confused, too. If it's an allocated, on the road space, that only you can park in, then offering your permit to others for the times when you're out isn't a bad idea. If it's just uncontrolled space on the highway that you happen to be parked in, then you've absolutely no business selling it on.

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Mozilla dev dangles Chromecast clone dongle

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Re: Strange description of Chromecast

Quite agree, joe. I still think the Chromecast is most likely to have more of the big services on it, though (experience of the 4oD client on Raspbmc - constantly being re-written as its feed gets cut off - bears this out). An "open" option for the more technically minded/curious is always welcome, however.

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Re: Strange description of Chromecast

Browsing Netflix's catalogue on a tablet, before flinging it to the TV must be better than navigating the catalogue on the TV, using the telly remote.

I imagine that the Chromecast has a good chance of having more services ported to it, too, unlike your "smart" TV, which is probably not going to get anything useful that it doesn't already have (no 4oD, itvPlayer, or demand5 on my Panasonic, for example, all of which exist as Android apps, and so will more than likely get the necessary development to run on the Chromecast).

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Barack Obama was ALMOST EATEN by a ROBOT GIRAFFE

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Which "British accent"?

I do hope that it spoke with RP.

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Microsoft hopes for FONDLESLAB FRENZY as Surface Pro 3 debuts

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Re: proceeded to review their samples based on their normal laptop usage

If a laptop were being advertised as a "desktop replacement", I think reviewers would be perfectly justified in comparing it to an equivalent desktop - if it had a smaller screen and a lack of ports, these would be legitimate criticisms.

If MS are touting this Surface as a "laptop replacement", surely it's reasonable to see how it performs it that role?

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If Google remembers whom it has forgotten, has it complied with the ECJ judgment?

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Re: This whole thing is idiotic

If you got busted as a teenager for nicking booze, is it too much to ask that a) you've grown up since then and don't do that anymore, and b) we all be grown up enough to recognise that teenagers get up to all sorts of stupid shit and that we shouldn't let it define them?

If something really happended, and there was a record of that event, why would it need to be deleted? If it's slander/libel, then there are already laws to handle that.

I think I approve of the way Google is handling this one.

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Firefighters deliver trapped student from GIANT GERMAN LADYPARTS

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Looks like an accident waiting to happen.

They should plug it up with something.

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YouTube in shock indie music nuke: We all feel a little less worthy today

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Re: Oh well...

Go back to sleep, Grandad.

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BlackBerry bottoms out: Vows to wow with new Berries

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Re: Currently BB10 can run Android binaries impressively...

They really should make more of this fact. Not having the Audible app available put my other half off of getting a Blackberry, a few months back, which was a shame, as it seemed like an otherwise ideal (and well priced) handset.

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Researchers warn of preloaded spyware in Android handsets

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Re: "...€165..."

A phone for when you're out and about, and a handy pocket computer for when you're at home (or in any other suitable wifi spot). Not everyone wants to suck down data when they're out and about, and not everyone wants to fire up a laptop just to check facebook at home.

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Hate phone games that make you buy in-app gumble? Congrats, you're a niche player

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Re: Unmitigated Bullshit

At least with Duke Nukem, Doom, et al., you played the shareware episode, decided whether or not you liked it, then paid for the rest of the game.

If it'd been a case of getting the first episode for free, having the option to free up space on the screen (remove ads), then needing to pay seperately for each new gun you picked up, having to pay to unlock the subsequent levels, and having to pony up some cash every time you died (or wait 24hrs for your health to regen), I doubt it'd have been half so popular.

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There's precious few mobile games that I've actually spent money on.

Think I've chucked about £1.40 at the makers of Cut The Rope, £0.70 for Sprinkle Jr., but that's about it. In-app purchases just strike me as a rip off - if the game is good, I would buy it, but the App-Stores seem to function on quantity over quality, so I just assume that everything will be shit* and play the free versions, chucking them once I reach the point where I need to pay to progress.

*Experience shows this to generally be the case, most mobile games are either outright dire, or get very dull, very quickly. Plenty of money being made, though, so someone must be hurling their cash at this crap.

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Top 10 tech essentials for the festival season

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Solar powered lantern?

Who needs a lantern when it's sunny?

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IoT cup claims 'instant' identification of what's in it

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Re: @ Trevor_Pott (was: @jake)

This thread is excellent - first time I've ever seen anyone step in to defend the tast of Budweiser!

What's next - a detailed critique of the unique nuances and subtle aromas of Mad Dog 20/20?

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Re: This has GOT to be ...

Does this mean that jake hasn't already built one of his own? First time for everything, I suppose.

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Samsung peddles tyred Smart Bike concept

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I don't think it takes a genius to work out why I don't have a smartphone on my bike's handlebars.

I assume the Samsung devs live somewhere with perpetually clement weather, smoother-than-silk roads, and no traffic?

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DANGER MOUSE is back ... and he isn't half a GLASSHOLE

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Re: Oooh, Crumbs!

I'm slightly too young to remember Chorlton & The Wheelies, but my dad got it on DVD for my kids. Not sure I could get all that nostalgic over what appears to be a recording of someone's nightmares.

Brr.

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There's plenty of content on CBBC that manages to bridge the parent/child gap.

"Horrible Histories", Help, I've Got No Head!", "Strange Hill High" and "Shaun The Sheep" all come to mind (less so on CBeebies*). Reimagining (blech!) a series from the parents' era won't do this, it'll have the opposite effect.

Bet it'll be CGI, too.

*the updated, post-privatisation "Postman Pat" is a prime example of how jarringly wrong a reimagining can be. I would like to see the return of "Bertha", though, preferably crossed with Stephen King's "The Mangler".

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