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Hipster chimps are SLAVES to the latest social trends

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So basically, nature is one great big Schoolground.

That is, like, totally wicked sick*

* Did I say that right?

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A dream, (for me), device.

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A dream, (for me), device.

So anyway, for a long while I have had an inkling for *nix based device. Something that can be thrown around a fair wee bit. Relatively cheap (no more than 300 quid). WIth replaceable slots so if wifi standards change, I can swap it out.

Something in the vein of a Husky Hunter or Z88. The emphasis being on the typing ability, not touch or a mouse.

So ideally:

A Z88 style format. No hinges, but a similar keyboard that is nice to type on given the size.

A simple screen that shows text, 132 or 80 column depends on the screen and readbility I guess. Not bothered about graphics as I want a shell only on that screen, BUT it can have a DVI port so I can plug it in and use X or whatever when I am in a suitable place, USB, obviously, so I can plug in a mouse in that scenario.

The ability to fit a small form Hard drive would be ok, but I could handle SD only if needed.

Ethernet port.

Am I the only one who would find such a thing ideal?

I was thinking that it may be possible to build something similar using, say, a Pi base. Could even be a kit form that you just stick you pi into. Not being into hardware hacking in any way, reckon this could be done and any pointers?

Or is there such a device already that is used in more specialist circles that already exists?

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DVLA website GOES TITSUP on day paper car tax discs retire

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Re: Hardly rocket science

The problem will be if they allow starting from when you need it, then it does away with the monthly catchments argument. Whereas the way they have it now, eg, starting midway through the month means you still pay for the whole of the month, PLUS refunds only for whole months remaining, means they are going to be gaining more money.

Even if it is only 10% of the payments they end up making, it is still 10% on millions.

I suspect it is a lot more.

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GDS...

came to mind before I even knew who built the Car Tax ^H^H^H Vehicle Excise Duty payment site. Silly me for even doubting...

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It's official: EU chiefs WILL probe Apple's Irish tax deal

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Vodafone

Forgive my ignorance on large companies and tax matters, but how does that alleged Apple/Eire deal differ from, say, Vodafone's bargain tax settlement in the UK?

Plus should the EU find Eire wanting, should the UK* be equally worried?

*By the UK I mean, basically, the UK population as a whole.

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Scrapping the Human Rights Act: What about privacy and freedom of expression?

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Re: At first they came for the Paedophiles

"That's a bizarre list of people to link by any stretch of the imagination."

That was his point. It is all very well trying to manipulate popular opinion using this subset to 'justify' removal of rights/new laws but the point being is that those laws are actually for the ENTIRE population. The majority of which do NOT fall into those categories. Despite what the DM says.

The law should be applied equally to all. Therefore the rights of the population should be enshrined.

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Inateck BP2001 Bluetooth speaker: The metalhead sysadmin's choice? Not exactly

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This is art!

"If you present me with Josh's music, it sounds like someone has passed the output of the Arecibo radio telescope through a MIDI synthesizer at high speed and overlaid it with the vocal stylings of a very angry man simultaneously gargling and being strangled."

Brilliantly prosed.

BTW, your mention of rails cars reminds me of the album by Loscil 'Sketches from New Brighton' where recordings of rail cars do feature IIRC. It is a very good album if you like various forms of esoteric electronica. Which I do.

Btw - I assume the Apple gear being Josh's? I can't see you, Mr Pott, using an iPhone or an iPad. Or are these stock images?

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Bash bug: Shellshocked yet? You will be ... when this goes WORM

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Re: When do the films come out?

I suppose it could be the title of an eBay denial of service attack?

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Re: Not as serious as openssl issue

Heartbleed could allow you to disclose system information which then allows you a direct attack vector.

This IS a direct attack vector and not just via unpatched webservers. All very well saying a patch will sort it, but there have already been reports of tools like massscan being used to exploit machines.

I would bet that more machines are compromised because of this and the highly public nature surrounding it than because of heartbleed.

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When do the films come out?

"Shell Shocked", "Heartbleed" ??!

What's next?

"Firewall of Death"

"Microshaft"

"aPColypse now"

"TellallNet"

"Bay of Pings"

I mean since the big IT players have had films about them/being made about them, I suppose it is only natural that these kind of things are next.

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EU dangles $6bn threat over Google in endless search abuse probe

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Re: No.

"Oh, and DuckDuckGo is just a Bing powered 'shoot the Google duck' engine."

Citation needed. Really.

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"Post search results for their competitors services higher up than their own?...Not give a high ranking to results that are the most relevant / popular?"

And here-in lies the crux. Google are deciding what is more relevant. You could argue that being more popular are the ones that are higher ranked by Google when searching in Google ad infinitum ad nauseam. For example, a few years ago, Google decided that faster response times from a server would positively impact your result in the rankings. Fine. However, what happens if you are a server that is situated in a poorer country, with less of an infrastructure to support a fast response time? Theorectically, you may have information that is more relevant being dropped simply because of that result. Interestingly, do Google advocate Net Neutrality?*

It is a powerful position to be in. For any search engine. It is interesting to do comparison searches on Duckduckgo and Google. I use both, depending on what i am trying to search, but I can tell you that when searching on something more mainstream the amount of fluff and advertising you wade through on Google can be considerably more.

I am not saying which is correct or not, but I am saying that the EC investigating Google could well be valid. It isn't like there is a "golden standard" for ranking a web search.

On the other hand, there is a tendancy for people to consider Google the Guardian of the/Gateway to the interwebs and so seem to hold them to some higher moral standard than they would normally. Which in itself is laughable and shows up their lack of understanding of what is going on. Google are just the biggest online advertiser on the planet. Whatever else they try to diversify into, it is important to remember that.

*which is a can of worms in itself and isn't so straightforward as both sides would want you to believe.

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Germany strikes again over Amazon warehouse pay

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Re: retail or Logistics?

With their infrastructure, company links, I would be willing to bet a fair proportion of my savings* that they soon will say "Certainly, Sir - for tomorrow?" in response to your question.

*hah

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Bill Gates, drugs and the internet: Top 10 Larry Ellison quotes

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Re: Thought Experiment.

Au contraire - I thought that they react far too well, hence the problem?

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Thought Experiment.

Larry Ellison becomes CEO of Microsoft.

What happens next?

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Reg readers respond: Yes, it's time for Comment of the Week

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Personally I would have thought that the IVR went:

"Thank you for registering your complaint with Vulture Central. Unfortunately, all agents are currently busy and unable to take your call. Fortunately, we have an automated system that should be able to handle most complaints.

Goodbye"

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Oh God the RUBBER on my SHAFT has gone wrong and is STICKING to things

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Carry On Dabbsy

That first paragraph - how much work did that take? Do you watch re-runs of Carry On films with 'pen', sorry, 'stylus' in hand taking 'long hand' / 'short hand' to help gain the 'creative ending' you need?

It is a work of art to write something down that turns the actual Double Entendre into the part that is NOT actually rude.

Anyway, you want to see what I peel off my trackball and trackball receptacle every couple of weeks.

Not to mention the fact I try to avoid look at the keyboard, not because of my amazing typing skills, but more to not see the birth of mankind's next demise forming in the depths between the keys.

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Why Oracle CEO Larry Ellison had to go ... Except he hasn't

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Not a fan of Ellison.

At all.

However, I can see that he *is* Oracle. I suspect that the board would be scared to cut ties in such a manner because they can see the value of having him in place, especially now the transition in mainstream architecture is back to Borging into the 'cloud'*

Without the force of a personality that pervades certain companies, you can see them starting to suffer the insecurities of shareholders and make, what they consider to be, safer and more defensive decisions which I foretell will result in them in little more than IBM. Yes IBM are still a massive, global company, but it seems more like a, well, best thing I can think of is the Masons.

Google are the only heavy hitters that look completely faceless. Apple, well I can't wait to see what happens to them in 20 years...should I make it that far.

Microsoft have shown how out of touch they have become with the whole 8 fiasco (and this is actually being typed on my 8.1, ironical IBM^H^H^H^HLenovo Thinkpad) in blatantly trying to out-Apple Apple's ecosystem and missing the point, or rather the Start button.

So now, with data being the core of everything, Oracle's protection racket has started to be under threat and I suspect Larry felt it, as seen by his acquisitions in recent years.

Oracle without Larry would be Apple without SJ. What M$ is without BG. Google are different. They seem really weirdly faceless, except for Schmidt, but I cannot take him seriously.

God forbid Linux without the steering of Torvalds. I am under no illusion of how control by committee would work out. I wish Beos flourished.

I could be very wrong, btw, but then that is why I comment and don't write articles. :)

*I really hate that term.

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Man buys iPHONE 6 and DROPS IT to SMASH on PURPOSE

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Douglas was right

I can't help but think of the digital watch fascination alluded to in HHGTTG.

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WRISTJOB LOVE BONANZA: justWatch sex app promises blind date hookups

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Re: Anyone remember the airline seat pairing app?

Read his entire post.

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Re: Anyone remember the airline seat pairing app?

" What was wrong about going to parties or clubs?"

They have bouncers who will search you, if you look suspicious, for your knives/pepper pray/taser etc.

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Re: What the hell was that

Summary for you:

Something about pubic hair.

Watch app leads you to horny other Watch wearer with app for frolic.

One can triple tap the watch to alert the police.

What can possibly go wrong?

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Give us a digi-Czar and more bureaucrats, begs UK tech-services biz

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Is it just me or do Tech UK come across as ...

...a bit sad and desperate?

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'Speargun' program is fantasy, says cable operator

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Re: OH RLY?

Very true.

I mean look at it: Loops in HAWAII.

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OH RLY?

'CEO Anthony Briscoe notes that to install any such device would mean cutting the cable...“It is a physical impossibility to do it without us knowing”, Briscoe says in the statement. “There isn't a technology in the world, as far as I am aware, that can splice into an undersea fibre optic cable without causing a serious outage and sending alarms back to our network operations centre that something's wrong”.'

As far as *I* am aware, most CEOs I have worked with don't know the technology what is, or is not, available. I am trying to find a mention of the undersea cable proported to have been tapped into was actually submerged at the tapping in point, but I can't. It is possible to hook into a fibreoptic cable without splicing it, certainly on dry land, and has been as far as I am aware for the last 15 year. (Story from a sysadmin who worked in telecoms back in 2000).

What *IS* interesting is this comment:

"Crucially, its fully backed-up figure-of-eight design, looping in Hawaii, means it has no single point of failure. If a ship's anchor or tsunami snapped the cable in one spot, the bits and bytes could keep flowing." - made in July here: http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/60126448/the-southern-cross-cable-guy

So, even if it was spliced, with certain alarms 'dealt with' it would be possible to not interrupt the flow. Not only that, but even if we postulate it was spliced and resulting in outage, anyone putting this in place would be certain to either cloak the splicing in something else, (power outage at landing station with backup batteries and generators failing to kick in due to coincidental faults), or have certain people in the loop, leaving the public faces of organisations with plausible deniability.

So ultimately do we all think it is possible? I do, and I suspect that I am not alone.

Do we have reason to suspect these documents are false? I think there is current reasonable proof that so far they have been more than a little accurate.

So, is the probability that Key is either lying or in a strategic position of unknowing? Pretty good.

Do we think Briscoe is FUDing the claims? Either he doesn't know his own infrastructure or it is in his best interests to spread a little doubt.

So far, looks reasonable to consider this is true.

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Infosec geniuses hack a Canon PRINTER and install DOOM

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Re: Joke flying over-head...

What was that? Another deadline?

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It's a pain in the ASCII, so what can be done to make patching easier?

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Re: Indeed

You sound bitter.

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Amazon axes hated Fire Phone price: 99 pennies but a niche? Ain't none

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Re: "Did they buy the moulds from the Blackberry Z10 production line?"

Did you watch the video on it? Personally whoever comissioned and sanctioned that background music should be fired. WIth predjuduce. Or be forced to use the Fire phone for the next 3 years.

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5.5in iPhone 6, iWatch hypegasm: What will Apple reveal - BE the rumour

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Re: I want to care...

You should have left it at "I want to care..."

It would have conveyed volumes.

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Apple Fanbois (and girls) already lining up for NEW iPHONE

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Re: 3 minute orgasm

Think of the chafing...

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Don't buy that phone! It ATTRACTS CRIMINALS, UK.gov will tell people

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Re: And meanwhile in the real world

That is a fair point.

But....

actually we need some real figures here.

Say the total who mug (and extort the PIN in the Met's recent drive) and steal a phone are X.

The breakdown of X will contain those who are in your list, but the question is, how many?

Whereas you are right that the murder rate is not zero in the US in spite of the Death Penalty, (which personally I am against - I am NOT mandating for people who steal phones, NOR am I mandating 100 years no PAROLE - that was just an absurd example to get an idea across). However, what would the murder rate be, in the US, if the sentence was 10 years. Would it be more or less? What about 5 years?

I am mortified to even be considered a Daily Mailite, my point being that if I was to go out and delibrately take a phone from somebodies open handbag, and I was subsequently caught and convicted, what would my sentence be if

A. No convictions previously

B. known but no convictions.

C. 100th time.

If the sentence at A was the same as C, would the occurence of C reduce considerably?

Stealing is considered by society is set out as morally wrong. If we had NO sanctions, then we would expect the rate to go up. If you had life imprisonment for petty theft, it would go down, though as previously mentioned it is unlikely to go to zero. SO - are the current sentencing for stealing a phone optimum for the middle ground, ie putting chance theft off? Is it the same as stealing a car? The same as stealing a Million quid? (Taking the manner aside for now, ie Armed robbery) If not, there must be a list, either written or unwritten, that states that if your item stolen is less than 10K, then we will not put the same resources in if it was a Million quid, when all other factors are equal. If this is the case, then WHY is it the case?

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Re: And meanwhile in the real world

"It only works if the risk of getting caught is high. Police are so swamped they don't have the time to follow up every phone, bicycle or laptop theft."

Chicken and egg.

If the chance of getting caught was the same, but the sentence was, say, 100 years no parole (EXAMPLE FFS), then the weighing up of immediate gain vs the worst outcome would surely have an effect?

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and by sentences I don't mean:

"Oi You! NO!"

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How about sentences that deter this kind of theft, instead?

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Good luck with Project Wing, Google. This drone moonshot is NEVER going to happen

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Re: Why?

Plus the subversion of any such system by the state/military.

Imagine the term "Google target with extreme prejudice" being common in future.

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Facebook, WhatsApp wait on cold steel table as Euro Commish ponders painful probe

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I am awaiting the day for a uk.gov portal to insist on signing in with a social media account. Oh the wrath and fury will be fantastic to behold.

And rightly so.

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Epiphany hits Raspberry Pi founders, users

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Re: All together now...

That made me chuckle cof more than a few seconds. Have an upvote!

Actually, I wonder - what is generally considered the *most* fun programming language to mess around in? I know this is personal pref but there must be one that starts to shine amonst you lot.

Basic was fun in the 80s. Maybe not on the C64, though it did show you how to access features that were not wrapped in dedicated commands.

thoughts?

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"... prepares for all of the downvotes from the "I know nothing about coding but we must teach kids CODING! WON'T SOMEONE THINK OF THE CHILDREN?!!?!?!?" crew."

This is El Reg, not BBC HYS.

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Best shot: Coffee - how do you brew?

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Sounds like your coffee delivery method of choice failed that morning, then. ☺

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UK fuzz want PINCODES on ALL mobile phones

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OR even:

"Excuse me Sir, can you please pass me your phone and tell me your pin code and before you ask, Sir, yes! I am a thieving barsteward who thinks nothing of a bit of violence before breakfast. Thank you for complying. Cheerio!"

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really?

A pin code?

Most people I know have a pin on their phone these days. When a phone is stolen it is usually an opportunistic theft, so they aren't considering if they have a pin or not. In most cases, they can be gotten around in some way, so the most important factor is encryption of a device so the data, at least, is safe. I know there is an argument that if it is harder to re-use a stolen phone then it will, over time, reduce theft, but it won't really stop opportunistic theft, whether it is a wallet, laptop, watch etc etc.

If they were really bothered, they wouldn't waste resources lobbying on a daft change to default on a pin, they would insist that the mobile operators can block imei codes. But then the operators would insist that phones are not easily firmware overwritten, which will help their bottom line, probably.

So the knock on effect will be probably be a law making alteration of a phones firmware illegal, which means the criminals will just carry on being criminals and not caring, and plenty of people being criminalised with no real criminal intent.

All because, and why this kind of lobbying takes place, the Police are saying that the rise in this crime isn't that they are not doing enough, just that it is the public's fault for not setting security on their phone.

The fact that there are some thieving barstewards with no respect for anything or anyone isn't really focused on.

Or this could be just me. Grumpiness increases with age. Or maybe tolerance decreases with age. No idea. In a few years I will be at the same IT level as a 6 year old, apparently. Maybe that is it. Understanding just decreases with age so I should leave Government policy with people who *know* better and just let the Government govern, the Police police - after all they know what they are doing, right?

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Yes, but what are your plans if a DRAGON attacks?

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Re: Haha, amusing yes..

We should issue a PR from the 'General Public' saying on how useful and reassuring having the ability for anyone to issue a FOI request.

This can be followed by a FOI request that asks how many FOI requests where considered 'japes' vs how many were genuine.

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Take the shame: Microsofties ADMIT to playing Internet Explorer name-change game

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Re: New browser names:

Thinking of ease of use for phone support*:

"The Big E"

*otherwise known as any call involving a relative not using a mac.

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Nuts to your poncey hipster coffees, I want a TESLA ELECTRO-CAFE

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"Mostly what I want to drink is coffee. Get some light/medium roasted beans, grind and place in hot water. Drink black. Savour flavour."

Your problem here is a case of definition, I suspect.

Coffee - or rather, a coffee beverage is dependent on Ohhhh so many factors and so many ways of being made, there is no real bog standard.

An espresso is considered by many to be the ultimate way to imbibe coffee, and when it is right it is SOOO right. Unfortunately, it isn't in most cases because of the lack of understanding by those making it. Just go to a starbucks in most places and ask for an espresso. Nasty isn't it? If you have a watery espresso, then that is NOT an espresso. It should almost have a slightly syrupy texture and taste, depending on the type of roast used, very smooth. Acidity and/or bitterness should be just the merest hints of suggestions

I tend to drink Cappuccinos, espressos or a Long black/Americano. Technically Americano is water added to an espresso, whereas a long black is the espresso added to water - btw - cappuccinos are a third espresso, a third hot milk and a third Microfoamed milk Microfoam <> frothy btw. There is argument regarding a Latte and a flat white which is apparently from Australia, but could be considered a stronger latte, but a latte is simply an espresso with steamed milk added and a light layer of microfoamed milk on top where latte art is usually performed. A Cafe au lait is more your UK defined version of a coffee which is brewed in a percolator with milk added.

If your Americano is weak, then you want to specify another shot. But the flavour this will produce is not the same as other methods of brewing coffee.

I suspect that you would prefer, inferred from your post, a french press style of coffee. Using a coarser grind and same beans, you should get a slightly more rounded body, slightly less acidic or thin, than you would get with an Americano. You could certainly end up with a stronger brew that could be quite easy to drink, but the caffeine hit could be considerably higher than a double espresso content because you can easily have more coffee in there.

Little experiment for those who regularly drink cappuccinos from the usual chains. Instead of ordering a medium or large, order the smallest one they do. If you normally have a double shot, then make sure they still do that double shot. I am fairly confident that the result will be far better than your usual. The problem also seems to be too much emphasis on quantity of water/milk in relation to the espresso base, in the case of chains.

Coffee, like wine, is incredibly dependent on so many factors and the process of making it is a chemical explosion. Get it right and I promise you will never forget that experience. But it will tar you because you will require more out of any purchased drinks.

If thos of you reading this don't see what the fuss is about please don't mock those of us who do enjoy searching for the best possible method to extract all the flavours possible of this amazing bean.

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Re: Move to the US

Or abundant free WI-FI because of the ridiculously priced home broadband connections that require your firstborn to be held as hostage should you wish to leave.

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Get a decent grinder, a Rancilio pump machine and a regular posted coffee bean order from Dave coffee* and then lean how to extract a decent espresso and on demand caffeine shakes can be yours.

Or drink tea.

* name has been changed to prevent unauthorised advertising.

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Brit kids match 45-year-old fogies' tech skill level by the age of 6

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So

"The British children of today...have matched middle-aged folks' tech ability by the age of six"

Which is getting hosts of trojans installed on their PC and being able to watch netflix on their tablet.

Yep, I will certainly agree with that.

In other news, decent sysadmins still have beards.

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Edward Snowden's not a one-off: US.gov hunts new secret doc leaker

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Re: Database

You are now for asking that.

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