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

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Very amusing.

I tend to find that I go in Maplin a lot, but leave empty handed as, if I pop in for a browse, I've enough self-control to avoid picking up armloads of crap, but if I pop in for something specific, they either haven't got it, or have it at too high a price.

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Having exhausted the entertainment potential of my work town,

I just pop in some earphones, and take a walk. It does you good to get away from your desk, rest your eyes, and take in some fresh air.

Good grief, that sounded smug - maybe I should take up jogging!

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Blimey! ANOTHER Bitcoin bleed brouhaha

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Probably a silly question, as I know next to nothing about BitCoin,

but is it possible to invalidate the stolen BitCoins? I would have thought that they carried some sort of unique ID and, being virtual, it's the unique ID that gets stolen?

I'm probably wrong, as usual.

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Your 'funny' cat pics are weighing down the web, so here's a better JPEG encoder from Mozilla

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Re: Question is, why isn't Firefox adding WebP/WebM?

You can't go around recommending Opera, anymore. Not since it became just another Chrome clone.

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Insecure hipsters with BEARD ENVY spur facial hair transplant craze

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As someone who has grown out his beard, in spite of it being somewhat patchy,

I'd just like to voice my approval of the tone of this article.

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Two in five Brits cough up for CryptoLocker ransomware's demands

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More than 1 quarter of users have no antivirus running?

Who says Linux hasn't acheived critical mass yet?

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Official FACT: Gadgets are giving YOU a wrinkly 'Tech Neck'

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They all laughed at me for wearing an ascot.

Well, who's laughing now?

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Birds Eye releases 'mashtags' social spud snacks

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Re: Mashtags....

I assume that the smiley is actually #innocentface ?

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Wii got it WRONG: How do you solve a problem like Nintendo?

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Re: Wii Component cable

I bought one of those, hoping for an improvement in the graphics. Granted, things got a little less blurry, but it still looks like arse on an HD Ready TV (just about passable on the kids 23" telly, unbrearable on the larger telly in the living room - and that's only 32"), and some of the games purchased through the online store refuse to work with it!

Our Wii is due to be replaced soon (2nd hand, knocking on a bit, and not seeing the latest releases) - tempted to get a U so that we can finish off any old Wii games, but a cheap PS3 is more appealing. Think I agree with everything in the article.

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BBC, ITV gang up on YouView with 'FreeView Connect'

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Re: Red Button

Sounds reasonable, I suppose. My current box can display freeview channels that are delivered through the ethernet port, so I can't see that it would be a big stretch to have the Red Button point to one of those channels, rather than a "regular" freeview one.

Of course, this then borks the Red Button for anyone without an internet-connected freeview box!

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Maybe the BBC et al. should work on the marketing of YouView,

rather than throwing out what appears to be a perfectly workable platform? Having seen YouView running on my inlaws' BTVision, it'd be something I'd look for when replacing my current PVR. I can't see any benefit to them developing another, identical service.

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You’re NOT fired: The story of Amstrad’s amazing CPC 464

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Re: History often comes with rose-tinted specs

I hate to agree with this, but articles like this one lead me to believe that Sugar does indeed know what he's doing (some of the time, at least).

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Gamers in a flap as Vietnamese dev pulls Flappy Bird

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I don't have any friends.

Anyone want to sponsor me to the tune of £000s a week to prove that money doesn't have to make you miserable?

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Facebook will LOSE 80% of its users by 2017 – epidemiological study

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Re: join the club...

In defence of various people's wives, letting Google find the page you want might well be a safer option than typing in what you think the URL might be - probably quite a high chance of landing on some impostor site, otherwise (pretty sure that "facebok.com" lands you somewhere unsavoury, for example).. Google's naggy little spell checker ("did you mean...?") has its uses!

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Angry anti-NSA hackers pwn Angry Birds site after GCHQ data slurp

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Angry Birds lets the NSA know my sexual preferences?

I suppose it's no secret that I like birds, but not of the avian variety.

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Volunteers slam plans to turn Bletchley Park into 'geeky Disneyland'

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Very sensible comment.

No museum is going to survive solely on middle-aged patrons. Still, sacking the tour guides is probably not the answer (I caught the piece on Radio 4, where the guide was sacked after taking his group round the computer museum - utterly heartbreaking).

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I don't think this is true.

Not all history on the beeb is in "docu-drama" format - there's plenty of person-who-knows-what-they're-talking-about-presenting-to-camera, too (Lucy Worsley's recent series comes to mind, particularly as her passion for the subject really comes through).

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Facebook app now reads your smartphone's text messages? THE TRUTH

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I think facebook design their mobile site

to encourage users onto the app - it's hideous.

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Re: "permissions model was at the insistence of the app developers"

Really? Ugh.

Maybe Android should be changed so that, if you enable Developer mode, you get fine control over permissions - that way, those who give a monkey's can get it done, and those who don't care don't have to worry about it?

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A BBC-by-subscription 'would be richer', MPs told

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Re: The quality would improve greatly....

Thanks, Martin. What about all the people who don't want to watch the same things that you do?

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Re: BBC's monopoly on FM Band.

You can have Radio 4, when you TAKE IT FROM MY COLD, DEAD, EARS!

Hmm, that doesn't really work, but you get the gist.

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Re: "Cultural Marxist grooming"

Sarcasm doesn't work on internet forums; please use the joke icon in future.

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Globe grabbin,’ sphere slammin’, orb-tossin’, pill poppin’... Speedball

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Every other sports game suffers

from not having the option to beat the crap out of the opposing team!

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Lloyds Group probes server crash behind ATM, cash card outage

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Re: "don't actually pay for a current account"

Really? I (and all the other customers) give the bank all my money, and let them do what they like with it, so long as they hold enough in reserve that I can take it back out again. Interest rates might well be in the dirt, but I'm sure that they've found some way of turning a profit from my money.

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Apple’s Mac turns 30: How Steve Jobs’ baby took its first steps

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Re: Floppy Eject

Most people I know never bother to eject their USB drive before pulling it out, and I've yet to see this cost someone their data (I've yet to see one pulled mid-write).

Still, at least this thread has taught me why Word'95 used to throw such a hissy fit when people would eject the disk whilst the document was still open!

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UK.gov to Google: Kill impostor taxmen ADs hogging top spot in YOUR search results

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Perhaps the UK government should launch a public awareness campaign

on the dangers of clicking the adverts in Google search results?

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'I don't understand why they feel like they own the word CANDY'

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Re: the app name was what now?

Nonsense - that's a perfectly cromulent word (in German).

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Walking while texting can – OUCH! – end badly, say boffins

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Old people are wont to do this,

only without the distraction of a mobile phone. But, oh, the fuss when you push one of them into the road...

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German frau reports for liver transplant clutching bottle of vodka

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Re: "alcohol is a drug"

Alcohol isn't regulated in the same way as other drugs, much like nicotine isn't either. Communication works best when both parties have the same understanding of what is being said - no doctor is going to advise their patient to avoid tobacco and alcohol by telling them to "stay off the drugs".

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Candy Crush dev stuffs EU 'candy' trademark down gob

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Re: Prior use of the term.

"Please wait 30 minutes for the rinse cycle to start, or buy exclusive Candy Dollars and load unlimited washes for the next 24 hours!"

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Re: Phew...

I'm looking forward to the slew of sequels, followed by the inevitable relaunch of the game that started it all: Kandy Krush Klassic.

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Twitter WLTM UK-based pro lobbyist with GSOH - is ready for ads

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It's a social network, so, if your social group don't use it, you won't get anything out of it.

I have accounts on both Twitter and facebook (not the sort of thing I should confess to on this forum!), but only facebook is host to my IRL (is that the correct TLA?) friends, thus facebook is a handy communication tool, whilst Twitter is a waste of time.

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Devs write 'film my shag' sex app for Google Glass

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This entire article is missing the "Joke Alert" icon.

At least, I hope it is.

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4K-ing hell! Will your shiny new Ultra HD TV actually display HD telly?

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Re: Broadcasting Linear TV Should End

You can keep your Netflix - I like my advert/license fee funded background noise!

No joke icon, as I'm serious. I tried Netflix, but didn't like it - TV should be a passive experience (never mind that I am one of the many people doomed to never have the audio/visual be in sync).

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Re: "It's worked as a marketing gimmick for years..." @ Boothy

I think TV is different. People buying digital cameras don't look past the Megapixel count, and this is probably true for phones (if they look at the camera specs at all) but, when it comes to TV, most people (in my experience) are quite happy with an HD Ready (720p) set and a DVD player hooked up over SCART.

4K looks lovely, but I can see it having the same problem that Blu-ray does - the technology that it's replacing is already good enough for most people, and so there's no motivation to replace the existing kit (unless it breaks, and even then a like-for-like replacement will be easier on the wallet).

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Amazon workers in Delaware reject trade union membership

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Re: Naive question...

This puzzled me, too, so I wrote it off as the US being utterly terrified of anything that might be considered "socialist".

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Cocky Spotify drops time limits on free listening, skint music-lovers cheer

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Re: the square root of fuck all

If there's very little going in, does this not suggest that the music buying public don't really value the music all that much?

I'd imagine that there is money to be made from musical ability, but the old way (indie label -> major label -> mega-stardom) would appear to be dead.

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Someone stole your phone? Now they'll have your STARBUCKS password – the horror!

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Re: Perfect

Isn't this less about "the need to flash your pricey gadget" and more about running a customer loyalty scheme without handing out physical loyalty cards?

Game run a similar scheme (they've replaced my loyalty card with a QR code in the mobile app), and I'm quite pleased not to have to clutter up my wallet with anymore plastic. I certainly don't get any sort of validation from waving my outdated mobile at the staff.

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Apple coughs up 7 hours of profit to refund kids' $32.5m app spend spree

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@AC 10:51

I bought my kids a VTech MobiGo - sadly, compared to the games available on the family Wii, and my phone/tablet, it's only mildly diverting, and my kids aren't so easily amused that they didn't tire of it in a matter of days. I'm not making that mistake again (kid-friendly tablets aren't cheap) - when I think they're old enough for a real computer (or tablet, or whatever), I'll get them one, and make sure that they undetstand how it all works, and how not to bankrupt Daddy. In the meantime, I'm very grateful that every purchase through the Play store requires authorisation (does that inconvenience you dreadfully?), and that my kids are smart enough to understand that they are not to attempt "real money" purchases, anyway.

[Edit: I seem to have wandered into the "speaking as a parent..." trap, and thus probably invalidated my own opinion. Bugger.]

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Italian woman stunned by exploding artichoke

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Have you made any explode yet, jake?

No? You're slipping.

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Staffs Police face data protection probe over 'drink drivers named' Twitter campaign

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I'm all for the naming and shaming of miscreants

(something for which Twitter is eminently suited), but it'd be polite to at least wait until they've been convicted - naming someone as a "drink driver" when they are charged is probably libellous, not to mention likely to prejudice any trial.

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Faster, more private, easier to read: My 2014 browser wishlist

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Re: Different needs

Remember when we could read an article on browser features and just add "you should try Opera" to the comments?

Such a shame that our contribution has been reduced to "remember when Opera was still good?".

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We're not destroying the music biz: Spotify

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To be fair, home taping was a spectacular failure

at killing off the music business, so it's about time someone had another go.

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Judge upholds UK ban on HTC phones, but HTC One gets a pass – for now

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Re: "You can't ban our phones, because if we don't break the law we won't make enough money."

Whilst I don't agree with one company profiting off another's IP, I also like a vibrant, competitive market, and driving HTC out of the UK will limit consumer choice. Maybe it would be better to allow HTC to continue selling, and have them pay a fee to Nokia for each (infringing) handset sold?

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GCHQ was called in to crack password in Watkins child abuse case

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Re: @AC 23:44

Porn does normalise the treatment of women as sex objects (hey, this'll be a popular point of view). The erotic context of cherub statues seems to have passed me by, however.

@Graham I think that GTA puts its content in context (and it's BBFC certificate indicates that it's intended for an audience who can appreciate that) - I certainly wouldn't argue that child/sexual abuse is something that should never be tackled by the arts, but I'd view with suspicion anyone who enjoyed themselves in a rape simulator.

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@AC 23:44

I'm not big on banning books/drawings/holodecks, either, but could the arguement not be made that sexually graphic depicitions of minors in such media risks normallising the treatment of children as sexual objects?

Works like Lolita and Romeo & Juliet are not intended to arouse, but a holodeck simulation, wherein you could screw underagers, would appear to have no other context, and thus encourages users to regard such behaviour as acceptable.

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Best budget Android smartphone there is? Must be the Moto G

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Re: Fixed storage - my main issue

I'm wary, too. Got a Galaxy Ace for my Mum, and it was complaining about a lack of storage from the get-go. Killing off all the Samsung crud would probably leave her with a nice phone, but why should we be jumping through hoops?

I like the look of this Moto, though - a practically naked Android should mean that 8GB will be enough for my nearest and dearest, so I know where I'll be pointing them when they want new handsets.

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On the matter of shooting down Amazon delivery drones with shotguns

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What about all those rocket launchers that were mounted around London

during the Olympics? Someone's probably itching to let a couple of those off.

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Rare BLOWJOB-GIVING APES 'face extinction from interacting with HUMANS'

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You'd better not be hiding in the wardrobe when I get home.

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Humans routinely perform fellatio?

Someone ought to let my wife know.

Sorry, I'll be on my way...

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