* Posts by MrXavia

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Yay, we're all European (Irish) now on Twitter (except Americans)

MrXavia
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"An Eu based employee can't be ordered to break eu law - but a US employee at head office can be ordered to remote in and copy the data."

And then I expect the US would honour extradition treaties for one of their citizens that broke EU laws...

And I can almost say that with a straight face...

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Booking.com smacked by EU competition bods. Yeah, yeah, yeah

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Re: All very odd

I've turned up at a hotel booked through booking.com, and they are full, farming us off on another hotel!

not the most pleasant experience after a long day at a theme park with Children......

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America was founded on a dislike of taxes, so how did it get the IRS?

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Re: Council Tax

Yes, But if you can't pay, i.e. are unemployed, only students live there, generally you don't pay it, there are plenty of exceptions to the rule.. in theory that pays for all the council services, Fire/police/bins etc..

in theory road tax pays to fix the roads (yeah when do they ever do that?)

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NSA: 'Back doors are a bad idea, give us a FRONT door key'

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Re: I get it, but

You mean you Trust politicians MORE than people working at GCHQ?

They are both un-trustworthy, but surely politicians are worst, since it is their fault that people at GCHQ do what they do.... And if Theresa May & Dave had their way, nothing would be secret....

I never said I trusted them very much....

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Re: I get it, but

I agree they need scrutiny by an independent organisation, but I trust the people working in these agencies more than I trust the politicians in charge..

People working in GCHQ are after terrorists and real bad guys.. .

Politicians are after votes no matter how dumb their ideas are....

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Dev gives HBO free math tips to nail Game of Thrones pirate leakers

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Watermarking like this is a much better idea than DRM..

With this kind of system, you can allow DRM free downloads, but track down the source of any breach...

Well in theory anyway, assuming the digital watermarking is done in a way that cannot be hidden easily...

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HOT HOVERSHIP-ON-HOVERSHIP ACTION: SpaceX ready for barge boing

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Re: SpaceX is seriously cool

not really, if I remember what I read correctly, it was the fault of the military, they wanted cross range so that forced the shuttle design on NASA if they wanted the funding..

It is a shame really, the latest ideas from NASA seem to be a natural progression from Apollo...

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Microsoft's top legal eagle: US cannot ignore foreign privacy laws

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Microsoft in the right?

Ok What universe is this??

Please someone send me back to my home universe because this is mad, I am supporting Microsoft in something other than buying their ergonomic Keyboards... (seriously best keyboards you can buy IMHO)

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Daddy Dyson keeps it in the family and hoovers up son’s energy biz

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Re: The emperor's new hoover

I find the opposite, the handheld I have is great for cleaning up small messes, the upright is great for main cleaning, and when something does break, Dyson just sends replacement parts out! YES they support the customers! I know its shocking, the Dyson is repairable!!!!

I am looking forward to seeing what they come up with for a robo hoover, my LG is pretty damned good, the only robot vacuum on the market that actually vacuums rather than sweeps! (well it was when I brought it!)

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Cloudy McCloud Cloud HP just said public cloud 'makes no sense for us'

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Re: I wander stable as a cloud...

3) Cloud can be a great offsize backup location, if you only ever upload encrypted data, and keep your keys safe...

if your running a web service and need elasticity, cloud is also great, there is no more risk of spying than on any other web host in the hosting country of your choice...

So cloud has usages, many usages, but being your primary location to store things is not it...

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Your home automation things are a security nightmare

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Home automation is STILL in its infancy, products are created that are then installed by others for people who have more money than sense.. security is a low consideration it seems.. I am waiting for wifi enabled devices that I can have full control over!

Until I can buy myself WiFi enabled devices that use encryption end to end with my own server that I have full control over, I will stick to walking to the wall to turn off lights...

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Turkey PM bans Twitter, YouTube as 'tools of terrorist propaganda'

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Re: Google video ads

I wonder if Turkey would approve 100 lashes to anyone that creates auto-play video adverts..

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Council of Europe: Don't spy on your staff, you naughty employers

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Re: Just a little point.

Ban usage of work email for private communication?

Who does use their work email for private communications?

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SPY FRY: Smart meters EXPLODE in Californian power surge

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"a government-mandated rollout of smart meters is expected to commence in April 2016, "

Not in my house its not, I tried once to get one installed in the theory that it would stop the stupid bills i get when their estimates are off by £££'s or their meter reader messes up the readings!

In practice, cant get a mobile signal in my house, so no chance of a smart meter...

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Sony tells hacked gamer to pay for crooks' abuse of PlayStation account

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Re: PR own goal

Yup,

that has pretty much guaranteed I will not be buying a playstation now...

Also blocking access to legally paid for material has to be breach of trading standards?

One of the reasons I don't make any DRM laden purchases in my house..

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Nuclear waste spill: How a pro-organic push sparked $240m blunder

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Re: Why organic kitty litter?? Why do we have kitty litter?

If your a city dweller then don't have a cat..... maybe get a dog instead? they are a much more city friendly pet... well assuming you don't mind picking up dog poop..

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Why organic kitty litter?? Why do we have kitty litter?

Cats are outdoor creatures, keeping them inside is cruel,

My parents have a cat, it roams outside, its got into fights and its got chunks out of its ears.. does it use kitty litter? no it goes in nature like it should...

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Boris Johnson backs trade union campaign to ungag civil servants

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Re: Facts not opinions

When you take the time to think about the power ministers have with NO understanding of it, it is scary...

Just look how many dumb comments about Encryption that Cameroon has made, or the foolishness that Theresa May tried to introduce with monitoring...

These are subjects where they should get expert advice of the VERY independent kind, i.e. people who are paid no matter who is in power....

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Ding Dong, ALIENS CALLING

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Re: A baseball can do 30 megatons of damage?

Some combination of electromagnetic, electrostatic & plasma shields needed I suspect to capture/deflect the particles, plus probably a massive container full of water to absorb that gamma radiation.

Its all just extreme engineering for near light speed travel...

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It's the FALKLANDS SYNDROME! Fukushima MELTDOWN to cause '10,000 Chernobyls' in South Atlantic

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Didn't you know?

Someone in the MOD watched Dr Who and thought it was a documentary, so now the plans are for flying double decker buses why else would they sell off our harrier fleet before the F35's are even ready?

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Belgium to the rescue as UK consumers freeze after BST blunder

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Re: Not on your life!

In America you still use Feet & Inches....

About the only thing I want to keep imperial is the pint, why? because 1 Pint is bigger than 500ml

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Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge in Vulture's claws: we find looks AND brains

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was mentioned, BUT I agree, that is one of the reasons I choose a Samsung phone, the MicroSD and removable battery

Now with neither they loose the two things that kept me buying Samsung phones over the rest..

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Forum chat is like Clarkson punching you repeatedly in the face

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Re: Service? Industry?

Why would a decent hotel not have kitchen staff in 24/7 for room service????

If I went to a hotel and found I couldn't order a hot meal at 1am I'd get fed up! sure I don't expect anything fancy, but a steak and chips or a burger maybe...

Actually if I was hungry I'd ask to USE the kitchen to cook my own or just order take away..

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Bye bye, booth babes. IT security catwalk RSA nixes sexy outfits

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Re: About friggin' time.

I agree with you that the tech should sell itself, but I don't agree with a ban... Why should we have to cover up the human body? why can't they have employees wearing nothing if they want? the human body is natural no need to be ashamed because of a bit of cleavage!

I am not advocating booth babes, and unless they are in a costume for a game/movie/anime whatever product they are advertising, then I can't personally see the point in hiring models to stand around doing nothing in ugly clothes..

But if a company wants to waste money giving a model a job, why not?

think about the person out of a job because of a few prudish idiots.

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Document Foundation pledges Office 365 and Google Docs challenger

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If its open source, which it sounds like it will be, I'll just host my own server, I already have one for files, DLNA plus numerous other things.

That is why I like open source cloud products, I can run my own service behind my own firewall, and grant access to people in my family who will connect via a VPN.

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Taylor Swift snaps up EVEN MORE pr0n domain names

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Childcatcher

I've always been against these new TLD's I don't like them or see the point really...

they are just a money grab...

because all you will have instead is things like

taylorswift.donkey.porn

is taylorswift.porn any worse?

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Woman caught on CCTV performing drunken BJ blew right to privacy

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Re: Good

who cares if they were having sex? who cares if they got butt naked!

The problem is the pissing on the floor!

If she did it in the street over a drain, next to a tree, or on a patch of earth then who cares, its not hurting anyone...

But in a lift! that is filthy...

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Hello? Police? Yes, I'm a car and my idiot driver's crashed me

MrXavia
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Re: Exactly what problem does this solve?

Why can't it be retrofitted by software?

My car already has hands free calling,

it already has an on board computer...

it already knows if the airbags have been deployed...

hell it KNOWS when I am about to hit something and screams at me to break, and if I don't it applies them itself to reduce the impact speed... (when someone brakes in front of you this can be a car-saver if you are checking your mirrors before changing lanes...)

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LOHAN unleashes 'waiting for the FAA' collector mug

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Re: Gitmo

Oh I am sure there are plenty of people out there who would enjoy it....

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Flying cars will take to the skies in 2017, if government allows

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Re: Jet ski + Motorcycle

no you want this

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIzOcJwQ7WA

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Aged 18-24? Don't care about voting? Got a phone? Oh dear...

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UKIP are not that bad, sure they are full of racist bigots, but so are Conservatives and Labour..

To me Theresa May is probably the worst one out there, she wants to return all students back to their own country after they finish studying without giving them a chance to work here...

We have some of the best universities in the world, if someone spends £50K+ to come study here they should be able to get a good job here as is the current system.

They contribute to our economy more than the EU immigrants do...

Before you get critical of a party, read its policies... Sure UKIP have a few bad ones, but on average their policies are more sensible than Tory or Labour.

Leaving the EU is probably a bad idea, but other means can be used to curb immigration, i.e. severe limitations on benefits & controls on 'work gangs'

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MrXavia
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What they need to do, is create a voting app, and have the party leaders locked in a house together for 8 weeks, each week the public vote off the one they like the least.

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Siri, you're fired: Microsoft Cortana's elbows into iOS, Android

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Anything has to be better than Google Now...

I ask it to play a song I have on my phone, it opens YouTube!

SVoice is just as Useless....

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Mattel urged to scrap Wi-Fi mic Barbie after Register investigation

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Re: In two minds about this...

This makes it temping to buy a few action men and cyborgize them for my sons......

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Vodafone: Can't make calls on our network? Use Wi-Fi

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Re: There's also ...

Three's offering is not perfect but it does work fairly well when needed, i'd prefer UMA though

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Apple Watch: Wait a minute! This puny wrist-puter costs 17 GRAND?!

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Re: Wonders what planet has 18 hour days....

Just never travel, you must return home every night to charge your iPhone, iPad and iWatch.. so either three chargers or a single charger and a bunch of cables and rotate, still knowing at least one of your devices will not be at 100% in the morning

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UK Supreme Court waves through indiscriminate police surveillance

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re:Nah, let us have a proper Monarchy. If nothing else it'd be cheaper.

Hell yes!

I think Prince William would do a way better job at ruling that any of the elected PM's we've had in a long time...

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MrXavia
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Re: As Treasonas May is fond of saying...

But who can we vote for?

Lib Dems?

UKIP?

Green?

I think any party would be better than Tory/Labour

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In assault on American values, Lockheed BLASTS PICKUP with RAYGUN

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Re: @4ecks - If we can solve the power supply issue…

I hate filtering cyclists, they try to squeeze through gaps that they can't, meaning they scratch the cars!

next time you ruin the paintwork of a car, maybe stop and give your details for the repair bill!

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Is there a cure for cancer sitting at the back of the medicine cabinet already?

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Very interesting read, and something NICE/NHS should be happy to fund research & trials in. any reduction in cancer treatment costs & increase in survival rates would save a fortune for the NHS..

Info of a charity that funds this kind of cancer research would be nice.

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The BBC wants to slap a TAX on EVERYONE in BLIGHTY

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Re: Maybe I'm I'm weird...

I think its worth it just for the kids channels, i can pretty much guarantee most of the programs will be educational as well as fun for my young kids on CBeebies and CBBC...

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Telly behemoths: Does size matter?

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Re: Fact is

I would love it! they have been experimenting with that tech... enough emitters and you have the holodeck with no glasses!

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MrXavia
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Re: They're not TVs anymore.

I can't remember the brand, but there was one I saw a while back...Might have been pioneer?

Although personally, I like having DLNA support in the TV, along with Freeview HD & Freesat HD.

iPlayer is also quite handy.. the voice control? much easier to use the remote than shout at the tv...

What I WOULD love to see is a standard slot for replacing the innards.. so buy any panel you want then plug in any 'guts' you want...

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Phabba-dabba-do: Samsung hypes up Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

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Re: Built in battery, no SD slot, no waterproofing?

Nope its the thundering sound of Samsung owners moving to other brands.. I need a new phone this year and now Samsung have just likely lost my custom, built in Battery I can deal with, no MircoSD though, that is a deal breaker for me....

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Amazon tries to patent 3D printers on trucks

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Re: Help feed a lawyer, file a patent with the USPTO

I read it as 'on a mobile device' .....

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MrXavia
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Re: How on Earth is this patentable?

I concur, there is plenty of prior art. I can already go online, choose something from a catalog, have it printed and delivered to my door...

In no way is this patent-able.. NOW there maybe something in the patent I missed when skimming that is a patent-able idea about the process.. but I could not see anything that is non obvious...

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'Utterly unusable' MS Word dumped by SciFi author Charles Stross

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Re: "Stross is a long-time Linux user...."

Try finding a good lightweight linux laptop... Or even a nice windows one with all linux drivers available....

I am a fan of Linux, yet I still run windows, not by choice, but for compatibility with hardware and programs (wine is OK, but much of what I run won't work right on it.)

If your a linux user, OSX is a good compromise.

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Wi-Fi beam-steering tech could KILL OFF fixed home networks

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Re: Fixed networks are harder to mess with....

Same here, I would rather have ethernet as an option on any fixed device I buy

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