* Posts by Pen-y-gors

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It's the hottest day of the year. So check out John Lewis' Xmas tech range!

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Food processors...

"food processors that also do the cooking for you"

Isn't that called Dominos?

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Goodbye Vulcan: Blighty's nuclear bomber retires for the last time

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Operations?

I'm not sure that the Falklands was the only time the Vulcans flew in anger - we were out in Aden in the early/mid sixties and I have vague memories of Vulcans being used around then to drop small loads of conventional weaponry on recalcitrant tribal villages up in the hills of Yemen (plus ca change...)

Very sad to see her grounded. Lived at Scampton and Waddington for 5 years in my teens, and the house shook as they took off and the engines pointed straight at us. Even had a holiday job for two summers at Scampton scrubbing them - there's a lot of wing to clean when you only have a small brush!

Could we have a Kickstarter whip-round to raise the dosh to bribe someone to keep issueing air-worthiness certificates?

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UH OH: Windows 10 will share your Wi-Fi key with your friends' friends

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Bear of little brain is confused...

I am of limited intellectual powers. Could someone please explain how this can work?

1) I am in the contact book for some one who uses Win 10, using my regular e-mail address of [email protected]

2) my laptop comes in range of my poor deluded Win10 user

3) What on earth is there that connects my laptop (called numerouno) with a user account of eljefe to the e-mail address in the contacts list on the Win10 box?

Let's hope they switch it off by default before release date. And then kill it entirely

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Tech Mahindra posts profit warning: The end for Indian outsourcing?

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Circlehealth

"10-year deal with CircleHealth which operates a network of NHS and private hospitals"

Help, Nurse, my pacemaker isn't working properly.

Have you tried switching it off and on again?

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Sky bangs on Ofcom's door – demands BT competition probe

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Without supporting Sky in any way...

('cos Murdoch is 100 times more of a shit than BT)...

Openreach do need a kick up the arse.

We were originally due to get FTTC last December. Then they moved it to March. Then to June. Then in early June they moved it to September. (Although the boss told the local AM that it would be Xmas - left hand/right hand?) At this point correspondence revealed that there was a problem in installing new cabinets, allegedly a question over whether they could install them on a trunk road(WTF?) How could they get to three weeks from live date and suddenly discover they hadn't actually installed the cabinets? We've had Openreach engineers digging up roads for months! Where on earth do Openreach get their 'project managers'?

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'Please, choose to be a good citizen and DON’T ask Siri about 9/11'

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Silly people

If they tried to use the calendar in a logical, natural way, and referred to dates as DDMM e.g. 11/9 or 11th September then they wouldn't have a problem. Don't get me started on the lunacy of displaying dates as mm/dd/yyyy. And how about using 999 as an emergency number?

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KRAKKOOM! SpaceX Falcon supply mission to ISS EXPLODES minutes after launch

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Re: 23:44

That's obviously the problem, they were using sensible units: clearly something was expecting standard US units of inches per day

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Will a datacentre be driving your car in 12 years' time?

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Let's be realistic

The 'brain' behind any car-control software MUST reside on the vehicle, preferably in triplicate, with fail-safe options by default. Same thing for aircraft or any fast-moving, life-threating objects. Connection to a datacentre is fine for the occasional software or map data update, but that's it. We won't see 5G outside London, Brum and the Northern Powerhouse until at least 2086 anyway.

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Microsoft releases free Office apps for half of all Android phones

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Free keyboard?

Does it come with a free keyboard and mouse that will attach to a phone?

Not specifically a criticism of M$, personally I find that phones are really, really rubbish for any sort of serious data entry or manipulation, even with 6-7 inch screens (or bigger) - those on-screen keyboards really suck. Okayish for typing a text or an e-mail, but a report in Word/Docs/OpenOffice? No thanks

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NatWest IT cock-up sees 600,000 transactions go 'missing'

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Re: Popcorn time!

"Same route cause..."

You think they took a wrong turning somewhere then?

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Self-inflicted

Undoubtedly a crap bank, but don't think the twitterer @Victoria Hicks can really blame Natwest for her having 3 kids - no money, yes, but 3 kids?

Or maybe they offer a wider range of sercvices than I thought.

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4 new twists that push the hacker attack on millions of US govt workers into WTF land

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Re: And the idiots in Congress responses have been...

of course they're saying stupid things. They're all being blackmailed by the Chinese and forced to say them!

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INTERNET of BOOBS: Scorching French lass reveals networked bikini

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Pockets?

Does the bikini come with a waterproof pocket for the smartphone that receives the messages?

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Indie review of UK surveillance laws: As you were, GCHQ

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Yeah, but...

"Modern communications networks can be used by the unscrupulous for purposes ranging from cyber-attack, terrorism and espionage to fraud, kidnap and child sexual exploitation."

And so can the 'royal' mail - are they planning to open every letter?

And so can cars and bicycles - are they planning to track every vehicle and put CCTV inside?

And so can old-style dead-letter drops - are they planning to have a plod watching every tree and litter-bin in every park in the country?

Terrorists and kiddie-fiddlers have to eat - are they planning to track every purchase of food?

No? Then why is modern communications technology any different?

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Future Range Rovers will report pot-holes directly to councils

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Re: What a great idea

Obviously they won't do anything - government policy for years (for all shades of government, but particularly the current lot) has been to give councils a long, long list of things they MUST do (house people, care for the elderly, educate children etc) but then starve them of funds to do them, so anything that isn't totally life-threatening doesn't get done - and that usually includes road repairs.

I think the theory has been that if we cut government services and functions(except surveillance), and thus cut taxes, people can choose how to spend their money and buy services themselves from private companies. Unfortunately I don't see how I can choose to spend my money on pot-hole repair. Are we expected to go out with our own bucket of tarmac and big boot to stamp it down? Or have a whip-round down the street and pay to get Wimpey's in with a steamroller?

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Glass door to the ancient past FOUND ON MARS

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Rock-boffin?

Now that's a pretty cool job title!

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Voyager 2 'stopped' last week, and not just for maintenance

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Typical short-sighted approach

Power source will run out in 2025, after less than 50 years operation! If they'd thought ahead and bunged in an extra ounce or two of plutonium it could have gone on to the end of the century. Pah! Penny-pinchers!

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Elon Musk's $4.9 BEELLLION taxpayer windfall revealed

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Re: Comparing with a 'competitive' project

Exactly. And at least Elon Musk is actually delivering what he promises, at a much lower price than the US govt/NASA seem able to. This situation should be compared to the private finance deals that the Tories give to their chums, which usually cost several times what they would cost when done by a competent government department, and rarely (if ever) actually deliver anything useful.

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Windows 10 upgrade ADWARE forces its way on to Windows 7 and 8.1

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I'm confused

by all this talk of 'apps' - I run Windows 7 on one machine and Win 8.1 on another. Both run programs, not apps. (win 8.1 boots to desktop and has a start menu installed, so it looks very similar to win 7). I have no idea what to do with those silly coloured squares that sometimes appear under Win 8.1 - they don't seem to serve any useful purpose.

My phone and tablets use android - they run apps.

How would I run a check Windows 10 app on a windows 7 machine, which only runs programs?

I'm looking forward to getting a new laptop in a year vor so, with Win 10 installed from scratch, and hopefully without any of these silly 'apps', or Office 365.

</grumpy old sod mode>

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Naked cyclists take a hard line on 'aroused' protest participant

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Indeed, where are the police?

Sounds as if it was okay to ride naked through Canterbury on Sunday. What would happen if I do the same today, or tomorrow? Would the Peelers pull me over? And if this is okay, then why do the police keep arresting that poor bloke who is trying to walk around naked, but is spending most of his life in jail? Where's the consistency? Is it legal to be naked in public or not?

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Germany licks lips, eyes new data gulp with revised retention law

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I love loopholes

Who will be the first citizen with nothing to hide terrorist to register as pastor of the North East Westphalian Independent Jedi Free Church?

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High-flying LOHAN fan raises ale-filled tankard

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Tankards, meh!

Proper beer is drunk from a straight glass - could we have a Lohan branded one please? And of course no need to worry about sinistrals and dextrals.

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NASA sending five-metre THERMO-HAMMER to Mars

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InSight?

How did they get Insight as an Acronym of Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport - I reckon it's IEUSIGAHT

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Death-to-passwords FIDO Alliance finds a friend at DOCOMO

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Not good...

It was bad enough having muggers chop off your fingers so they could use fingerprint recognition systems, now they'll need to gouge out your eyes as well! This is getting pretty mediaeval

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Galapagos volcano's MILE-HIGH WALL of FIRE menaces SUPER-RARE iguanas

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Protecting wildlife is very important.

and usually trumps all other considerations - economic benefit etc. Can't they take out an injunction against the volcano?

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Cheesy video shows ex-Gooners pronouncing 'Huawei'

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Chanting

Presumably the "sound of Emirates chanting" is the muezzin at the top of his minaret in Abu Dhabi

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Will Hay: Britain's bumbling star of the screen and skies

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Astronomy

I remember going for an interview at UCL (back in the seventies) which was held at their observatory out at Mill Hill - originally Will Hays place. Impressive selection of equipment (well, I thought so at the time - Hubble it wasn't). It must have been wonderful when it was built, out there in the countryside north of London. By the seventies it had a dual carriageway right on the doorstep, laden with massive lorries rumbling by and shaking everything up, and the sodium streetlights everywhere were a bit of a problem too. At optical wavelengths the site was pretty well useless. Pity.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Bog-standard boxty

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Re: Buttermilk

Making your own buttermilk from double cream is a) expensive b) laborious and c) time-consuming. Not good when you're just back from the pub.

An alternative that I use when making soda bread is natural yogurt, possibly diluted with a splash of water to make it runnier. The important thing is that it's slightly acidic to work with the baking soda. Easier than double cream!

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Heroic German rozzers rescue innocent lamb from sordid brothel

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Re: breaking news : european dna

Na, I always thought it was the English had all that Saxon DNA

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Rand Paul stages Senate filibuster against Patriot Act

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Encouragement?

Given that the Merkins are still happy to say that it's okay to spy on non-merkins, could we encourage them to mend their ways, at least in Europe, with some legislation that explicitly states that privacy rights etc do not apply to US citizens? So it would be perfectly legal to use a long lense to stream video from the US ambassador's bedroom, to bug the phones and hack the voicemail of visiting US actors and military etc.

What's sauce for the goose...

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Last flying Avro Vulcan, XH558, prepares for her swan song

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It's wonderful, but...

Why on earth are they grounding it? I appreciate that relying on elderly technicians isn't an option, but have they never heard of 'apprentices'? Perhaps get the elderly experts to train their successors? If they can keep the Lanc, Hurricane and Spitfire flying, which ar a lot older, why not train new technicians to keep the Vulcan flying?

The Vulcan is one of the most impressive aircraft ever built, in Britain or anywhere. Is it really 'The Spirit of Britain' to ground it without trying to train a new generation of people to maintain it?

(Actually, I rather fear that it IS the 'Spririt of Modern Britain' Pooh!)

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Airplane HACK PANIC! Hold on, it's surely a STORM in a TEACUP

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Strange

Seems a bit odd to arrest someone for doing the impossible (or at least according to the manufacturers and airlines)

What next? Nicked for using a perpetual motion machine in a public place?

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Pundits ponder perilous placement of STANDING STONES on Comet 67P

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Obviously religious

Clearly a place of worship erected by the Clangers (who have taken Philae down into their underground caverns where it is now used to store the soup)

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Welsh police force fined £160,000 after losing sensitive video interview

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Silly

It does nobody any good collecting hefty fines from public bodies. There needs to be a system where the people responsible (i.e. the bosses) are personally fined, albeit smaller amounts. That might encourage them to get their house in order.

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Ofcom: Oi, BT! Don't be greedy – feed dark fibre to your rivals

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TalkTalk?

Given TalkTalk's utterly appalling reputation for customer service, I really don't think any bandwidth should be wasted on them.

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KA-BOOM! Russian rocket EXPLODES over Siberia minutes after lift-off

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Tomorrow, tomorrow...

Skylon looks like a pretty neat idea, if rather complicated. Problem is that at the rate it's being developed, Elon Musk will be flying interstellar warp ships by the time a complete Skylon actually gets into orbit. One does wonder if Skylon is being developed by one old boy in his garden shed, who's funding it from his pension.

Please could we see some proper investment and some more entrepreneurial management? Move faster, make a few mistakes.

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So why the hell do we bail banks out?

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Re: And the Perpetrators

Yep, I can understand why we bailed the banks out.

What no-one has explained is why the top three or four levels of bank management were not left swinging from lamp-posts throughout the City as a lesson to others.

Remember Admiral Byng

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You have the right to be forgotten 41.3 per cent of the time says Google

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Re: This is not right...

Fine by me - think how much cash I'll make sueing you 50 times instead of once! Bermuda here I come...

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This is not right...

If a website is showing information about someone that is incorrect or libellous, then the person should approach the website and request that the actual website corrects the data. If they refuse then sue them.

Google shouldn't have to do anything. They index what is out there. Getting Google to 'forget' things is just a lazy way out - the fault is with the incorrect website, not Google (or any other index)

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Self-STOPPING cars are A Good Thing, say motor safety bods

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Inappropriate speed limits

We need a mechanism or at least a legal wording that allows for appropriate speed limits, rather than fixed ones. 20mph may well be an appropriate limit approaching a well-lighted school at 8.50am on a wednesday morning in term time. It is not appropriate at the same place at 3am on a Sunday morning, when it is dry and there is no traffic. Similarly 70 or even 80mph may well be appropriate on a straight, rural main road, with no traffic, on a clear, dry, warm day. 30mph may be appropriate in the same place during snow, poor visibility at dusk and with traffic. In both cases the present silly system says 60mph is okay.

We should do away with fixed limits, and instead have guidelines - and variable penalties for unreasonably or dangerously going outside those guidelines. Of course, that would require human beings to enforce things, rather than robot cameras, and would make it much harder to generate vast sums from inappropriate speeding fines.

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Rare monkeys stolen from French zoo – now even rarer

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Inside job? or Escape to Freedom?

Sounds like the 'thieves' had excellent knowledge of the security system - probably gained by observing it day after day after day. Bet they're on their way back to the Amazon in a stolen boat right now....which they're steering themselves.

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BONKERS apocalyptic WAR WAGONS circle Vulture South

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Roadblocks

Were your usual lunchtime haunts compensated for loss of business by the film company? Seems a bit unfair if they can have the roads shut off to help them make money, and so local businesses lose custom.

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Amazon creating 500 ‘fulfilling’ jobs in the UK

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Wage rates?

To be fair to amazon (yes, I know it's difficult), they are at least paying £8.10 an hour, which is noticeably above minimum wage, and in fact above the 'living wage' outside London (currently £7.85). <insert political point-scoring comment here e.g. SNP are campaigning for £8.70 minimum wage>

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Lies, damn lies and election polls: Why GE2015 pundits fluffed the numbers so badly

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Re: "Shy Tories"

STV isn't madness - STV with multi-member constituencies (6 or 7 MPs) gives pretty good proportionality while keeping out the more rabid nutters, and also tends to produce MPs who are more representative of the population: if a party has four candidates in a constituency they can't ALL be white middle-aged males, and the voters decide then which one they prefer, rather than the local party executive. Also keeps the link with a geographical area, and avoids the party list nastiness.

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Re: Pen y gors: "Shy Tories"

"Loads of voters have opinions that differ from yours..."

True, but they're obviously completely wrong, as any fule kno. Lots of people believe that climate change doesn't exist and that God created the world in 4004 BC, but they are wrong. Same thing with voting Tory. Opinuions are not always correct (except mine of course, most of the time)

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Re: "Shy Tories"

What makes you think I count the incompetent Stalinists in the Labour party as 'paragons of virtue'?

Bring in proper PR now - but still ban evil devil-worshipping Tories from voting - you know it's the right thing to do!

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"Shy Tories"

There is no such thing as a 'shy tory'.

What there are, are a large number of "deeply, deeply ashamed Tories". They know that what they do (i.e. vote Tory) is incredibly selfish, shameful, anti-social and just downright WRONG. But they are too frightened and ashamed to admit it. A bit like strangling kittens or enjoying a loving relationship with a goat, which many of them do as well. But it's not the sort of thing one admits to the neighbours. They're all right jack.

Time to end the secret ballot and make people admit to their disgusting and vile practices so that they can be rightfully punished.

Oh yes, and bring in proper PR.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Cuy Chactado – Deep-fried guinea pig

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Support your local farmer

If you fancy supporting small farmers of guinea pigs, to make sure that this delicious(?) nosh stays on the menu, you could try visiting KIVA - a microfinance site where you can lend small amounts to the 'working poor' around the world, including guinea-pig farmers!

There's only one bod looking for funding at the moment, why not pop over and lend him a hand (and $25).

http://www.kiva.org/lend/871676

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What to do when the users are watching Nazi dwarf smut at work?

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How things have moved on

Now that senior managers can satisfy their unusual preferences at home or via their phones, office keyboards must be a lot cleaner!

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