* Posts by Pen-y-gors

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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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So what would the economic effect of leaving the EU be?

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Avoiding war

That is the most important thing. Yes, many aspects of the EU could be improved, particularly democratic accountability (although if a government that was rejected by two-thirds of those voting in an election is counted as 'legitimate', then who knows what democracy is these days)

But the most important political aspect of the EU is avoiding war. By binding countries together politically and economically so tightly that war between Greece and Macedonia becomes as unthinkable as war between Yorkshire and Lancashire or England and Scotland. 100 years ago some of the best of Europe's young men (not forgetting the young men of the Empire) were being maimed and killed by the million. 20 years later they were at it again. Never again. I can put up with a few dodgy economic decisions to avoid that.

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Ericsson to Apple: Cough up for licences or stop selling iPhones, iPads and Watches

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Chuckle!

Well, that brightens an otherwise miserable morning

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Building the world's biggest telescope array - with machines that don't yet exist

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Re: tennis courts?

Silly BBC. Standard units of measurements must be standard (the clue is in the name) Association football pitches can vary in size from 4500-13000 square yards (no idea what that is in those silly french republican units), but the point is there is no way that the 'football pitch' can be used as a standard unit of area. Stick to the microWales! (Or possibly the square Snowdon - 1085 x 1085 square metres)

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It's beers and bacon all round for our Quid-A-Day Nosh Posse

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Odd choice?

"we enjoyed a coffee and bacon sarnie"

Doesn't the coffee make the bread go all soft and squidgy? I prefer brown sauce.

Good work though!

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Age guessing with Microsoft is FUN! Now give us your metadata

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An interesting new defence

But Milud, Microsoft said she was 18!

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El Reg merch tentacle mulls retro LOHAN T-shirt

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Dish-washers

Please make sure any mugs are dish-washer safe. My LOHAN kickstarter mug is already very badly faded and it hasn't even blasted off yet!

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UK exam board wants kids to be able to Google answers

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Sometimes?

What would be interesting would be to have a course/module/exam on 'Finding out stuff', which specifically aims to teach and test the student's skill at using information sources, including google, bing, books, people etc.

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Is Grant Shapps being naughty on Wikipedia – or did a Lib Dem stitch him up?

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Hang on a minute

He's a politician, in particular he's a Tory politician. Someone who, by definition, cannot tell the difference between truth and falsehood.Therefore he's fair game. It's not a question of whether he's guilty or innocent, but is it plausible?

e.g. if someone tweeted that top tories eat babies for breakfast, as a way of cutting down on the child benefit bill, would we believe them? Would the BBC pick up the story? Would it matter if Theresa May actually eats 3 shredded wheat for brekkie, and saves the babies for a mid-morning snack? Truth is the first victim of the fog of politics.

[god, I'm getting too cynical. I blame the guverment]

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Intel has ambitions to turn modems into virtual servers and reinvent broadband

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Worrying...

A server connected to the internet in every home. What could possibly go wrong?

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Calamity cargo capsule DOOMED: Space station pod in fireball re-entry

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Hang on...

I thought that the problem was that they couldn't communicate with the capsule, so couldn't send it any commands. So...how does that explain "Russian engineers are trying to aim the Progress cargo pod so that any fragments of the spacecraft that don’t burn up will fall over water,"

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E-voting and the UK election: Pick a lizard, any lizard

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Re: It's not broken don't fix it

We were NOT offered PR, at least not in any meaningful sense of the term. Additional Vote is window dressing for keeping First-past-the-post, and electing a least worst candidate.

Real PR is single transferable vote in multi-member constituencies, which introduces reasonable proportonality whilst retaining a link between MPs and a constituency, albeit a larger one. It's not perfect but it's much much better than what we have now.

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Please, no e-voting!

a) it cannot be trusted - hacking or deliberate manipulation are far too easy. Physical ballot papers, where the issue of each ballot is recorded, and the ballot box is escorted by the police from the polling station to the count, and independent observers can see the votes being tallied, is much much harder to fiddle.

b) if someone can't be bothered to devote 15 mins to visit the polling station (or even 2 mins to fill in a postal ballot) should they really be entitled to have any say in the government of the country? Rights and rewsponsibilities are balanced by duties.

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Apple to devs: Watch out, don't make the Watch into a, well, a watch

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A mite unfair...

Microsoft get hammered for making IE the default browser, but allowing other browsers to be installed if you prefer.

Apple get away with completely banning alternative software.

Fine the buggers $178 billion I say!

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UK's annual PCB waste = 81 HMS Belfasts, says National Physical Lab

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Odd materials

I know the military have been cutting back for years, but did they really make HMS Belfast (and all the other ships of that class) out of PCB waste? I would have thought steel plate was more effective as armour.

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Stop the war between privacy and security – EU data watchdog

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Stating the blindingly obvious here

"Security and privacy are not mutually exclusive" - of course they aren't. But sadly privacy and the wacky and warped concept of 'security' which is spouted by our dodgy politicians and their evil minions in the 'security' services ARE completely opposed to each other. They claim (wrongly) that by granting them access to every detail of our lives then they can guarantee 'security' to their citizens, which is so patently bullshit I wonder why they keep on saying it. In case after case it's clear that they can't handle the data they have already, and that their many successes in stopping nutters before they do anything have all been down to either luck or good old-fashioned police work.

Keep private data secure and we have security.

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SpaceX in MONEY RING shot, no spare juice for tail backdown this time

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Re: Elon's Tweet...

@RIBrsiq

Smartphones are pretty spooky when you stop and think about them, but for serious witchcraft / dark arts have a think about satnav! Little box that talks to you, knows where you are (to within feet), how fast you''re moving, which direction you're facing, knows how to direct you to anywhere, and even anticipates traffic jams. The developers really should get the stake and faggots treatment.

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Re: Watched the launch...

@Big John

It's when the cowled man looks like he's carrying a scythe that you really, really need to start worrying

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Chat app WhatsApp gift-wraps free yaps for Apple iPhone saps

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Why would it upset the telcos?

Okay, they won't make money on voice calls, but remind me - doesn't VOIP need an IP connection to send VO? And who are we paying money to for a data connection? Fine if you're in WiFi range, but someone is still being paid to transmit that data...

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Android mobe biz OnePlus goes to the dogs - or maybe cats

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Re: 4G coverage

actually all networks, all phones...

Try looking at a 4G coverage map of the UK for any network - vast swathes without any 4G - places which are the best part of 100 miles from the nearest 4G reception. It would be oh so nice if the networks got their act together and tried extending coverage beyond the huddled masses of the cities. It's really not fair - how are the urban yuppies going to cope when they leave their safe, warm, cosy urban pad and head off to their country cottage for the weekend?

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Huawei P8: Chinese mobes have arrived and the West should tremble

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Can't disagree

Got a OnePlus One a couple of months ago: 3GB RAM, 64GB Storage, excellent screen and camera, £279! Seriously ace bit of kit. Never mind trembling, the 'competitors' might as well go and open a vein (with a gold-plated razor blade in Apple's case)

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You! GOOGLE! HAND OVER the special SAUCE, says Senate (of France)

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Re: Looking forward to...

And a large poster by the entrance giving directions to the nearest branches of three other supermarkets.

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WORLD+DOG line up to SLAM Google after anti-trust case unveiled

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I must be missing something

If I search Google for "left-handed underpants" I get a list of results which shows websites mentioning that term. There are also adverts at various places on the page, clearly marked. At the top is a box clearly marked 'Sponsored' and 'Buy left-handed underpants at Google'.

What's the problem? Giving lists of websites for search terms is what Google does. There are adverts in a prominent position which pay for my search. How else does the Commish expect Google to earn any income?

If I search the Marks and Spencer website for "left-handed underpants" I would be quite happy if the M&S own-brand ones come at the top of the results list. If I open a copy of the free Co-op magazine and see adverts on the front page for co-op products, what is wrong with that? Why is Google to be treated any differently to other businesses? It's their website.

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Googley TENTACLES reach towards YOUR email

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That time arrived many years ago. I registered an extra domain and now have a different e-mail address for every activity (e.g. tesco@fec-off.org.uk, stalkerbook97@fec-off.org.uk) - well worth the few quid a year that a domain costs.

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Google’s plan for WORLD DOMINATION takes shape. And it begins with a patent

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Patents? Pah!

Why do you think that the great Robotic Overlords will take a blind bit of notice of your weak and feeble human patents? If they want to do something, they WILL!!!!

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Radio 4 and Dr K on programming languages: Full of Java Kool-Aid

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Algol you fools!

Without Algol, where would we be now?

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National Grid's new designer pylon is 'too white and boring' – Pylon Appreciation Society

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Re: I think we have to ask ourselves two questions

@fartinghippo

<pedant mode on>

I think you'll find that a decent pie-chart has absolutely NO intersections.

A Venn diagram, on the othe rhand...

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Re: White pylon

@Ledswinger

And don't forget, nuclear is the power that keeps on giving. Our great-great-great-grandchildren will be able to shovel a couple of kilos of nuclear waste into their hot water bottle and keep the bed warm without wasting any hot water.

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Google: Give us cash or we'll poke YouTube ads into your eyeballs

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relevant ads...

Relevance is very important. I get somewhat miffed with the ads on Spotify. I don't object to ads per se, after all they do have to get the money to pay a pittance to the artists from somewhere, but why can't they find some relevant ads? If I'm listening to a load of odd classical and celticy folk music, why would they ever think I might be interested in some total crap aimed at the tone-deaf yoof market? Surely if they offered appropriate ads I might be more inclined to click on them, and they could then charge more for the ad spot.

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Toyota Yaris Hybrid: Half-pint composite for the urban jungle

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I'm not convinced...

I think I sort of understand the idea of a hybrid - charge up the electric for pottering to and around town, but have the petrol hybriddy bit so that you don't run out of oomph after 50 miles and can actually drive to Scotland and back. It makes a certain sense, and that could justify the cost of having an 'engine' that's a lot more complicated than leccy only or petrol only.

As I said, that sort of makes sense. But an electric range of ONE MILE???? WTF are they thinking of?

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