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Online bookie can't scoop £50k losses made by 5-year-old

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@mark1978

Indeed. For example, Lloyds TSB's online banking requires you to enter your password again to confirm any transaction that debits your account. It's a pest but a good safeguard against exactly this sort of thing.

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Pipex 'silence' condemned punters' emails to spam blackhole

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Re: Very sad

I agree. I've been with Pipex since the mid 90's and each time they get bought out they get progressively worse. It's getting to the stage now that I'm seriously considering moving.

It's a damn shame because, as you say, they were originally one of the very best.

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US space programme in shock metric conversion

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Huh?

Never mind six tenths of a kilometre... what's that in mega-linguine?

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Lenovo intros carbon-fibre ThinkPad Ultrabook

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Re: one problem

Totally agree. The Fn key being in the bottom left is a major issue for me.

I'm told you can swap their functionality on software, but unless you can physically swap the keys themselves too then it's still a show-stopper.

Yes, I know it doesn't sound like a compelling reason not to purchase but it is for me personally.

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Basic instinct: how we used to code

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Re: TRS-80 Model 1

Also, I don't understand why someone down-voted me for such a non-controversial and matter-of-fact post.

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Re: TRS-80 Model 1

No, it was definitely a Model II. One large 8" floppy vertically to the right of the screen.

He also had the expansion box that had a further three 8" floppies arranged vertically and then later on a HDD.

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TRS-80 Model 1

Not just for engineer dads. Mine was a doctor who was fascinated by technology and bought one.

Then, later, a Model II for running his research and patient records.

It was my introduction to computing (at the tender age of 6) and set me on the path to where I am today - a professional programmer / Software Engineer.

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Microsoft ejects DVD playback from Windows 8

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VLC

Presumably VLC will still run just fine on Windows 8 and still continue to provide support for pretty much every audio and video format out there including playing DVDs?

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Fanboys excited by ancient Google Qwerty Nexus plan

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HTC Desire Z

My current phone is an HTC Desire Z which I chose specifically because of its slide-out keyboard.

Yes, it does add enormously to the weight and bulk of the device but I like it.

(Incidentally I've not had any problems or bugginess with mine)

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Ten... two-bay Nas boxes

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Re: I went down the DIY route

Same here only running 4 x 500Gb drives I already owned and FreeNAS 8.

Worked out around £110 with the cashback when I bought mine. It really is the way to go.

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Official: Britain staggers into double-dip recession doom

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@ Dazzza (Re: It was obvious)

As Dazzza says, the media do have a habit of creating self-fulfilling prophesies. I'm in no doubt that people wouldn't have been queuing down the road to buy petrol if the media hadn't been screaming "DON'T PANIC! DON'T PANIC! Petrol is running low because people are starting to queue"

I couldn't help but detect a note of glee in the BBC "breaking news" report today that we are (finally) officially in 'Double Dip Recession' so they could start peddling their doom and gloom again.

Having said that, whilst I agree with you that we want some optimism from the media, there is a fine line between optimism and propaganda.

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Tin can communication set to return

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Fnarr

Trump edition. Snigger smirk etc. :o)

(yes, yes, I need to grow up and stop finding the name 'Trump' amusing)

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CompSci boffins tout file encryption for Google Docs

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I think it's an interesting and laudable idea, but as others have already said, it could fall foul of Google.

I think it might still have some legs with DropBox though.

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JCB builds Android blower for brickies

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Puntastic

Bravo for the puns in the article. :o)

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Cameron 'to change his mind' on the one thing he got right in Defence

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Putting the boot in

On the whole a good article, only let down by the fact that Lewis just couldn't resist grinding his axe about the Eurofighter again and getting in a few customary digs against the RAF.

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Publishing giants sue open textbook startup over layout

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What they're doing is what students have been doing for time immemorial - cribbing other peoples' stuff and trying to change it sufficiently so that you get away with it.

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Leisure Suit Larry set for second coming

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Monkey Island remakes

It's probably me, but I was a little disappointed with the Monkey Island remakes. They looked gorgeous, and the humour was still there, but I found them rather tedious after becoming accustomed to games such as Fallout3 and Skyrim, inasmuch as most of the tasks in Monkey Island felt like the dreaded 'fetch quests' that blight RPGs.

Having said that, I have a lot of affection for Larry Laffer so who knows? But I can't help thinking that the Adventure Game genre has had its day and people demand more these days.

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Browsium rescues HMRC from IE6 – and multimillion-pound bill

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Impressive

Good stuff, and good to see that *someone* at HMRC had enough brains to go for this approach rather than flinging £35million of our money at Capgemini as would usually have happened.

Yes, John Smith 19 has a fair point, but this is a good start to weaning applications off IE6.

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Game chain sold

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reply to 'Tim of the Win'

Even if you own the physical media to games like 'Fallout: New Vegas' or Skyrim you still can't actually play them without activating them on Steam. All your physical media does on those is to speed up the initial installation process and give you some nice artwork in the booklet (and in Skyrim's case a nice map to go on your wall too) and something to put on your shelf.

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RIM retracts denial on consumer devices: Pulls out, spins in circle

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Daily Mash

I thought I was reading the Mash there for a moment. :o)

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Game CEO steps down

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Reading Oracle closed

I'm shopping in the Oracle today and just witnessed the GAME store closing and the staff walking out. A hand written sign on a whitwboard says the store is closed and will not be re-opening.

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Facebook: Your boss asks for your password, we'll sue him! Maybe

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If employment is conditional...

Notwithstanding the excellent advise to stay polite and professional, there is a possible legal issues of Economic Duress, Coercion of Will and possibly the Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977.

I'm not sure which, if any, apply at interview stage as they are all contract law, but you could argue that an interview is the first steps to forming a contract of Employment.

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Record-breaking laser pulse boosts fusion power hopes

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Re: Oh, the irony

There was a lovely riposte to "Nuclear Power? No thanks." made by the Atomic Energy Authority with the slogan "Stone age? No thanks. Atoms for Energy!"

A quick google images search showed up this picture of it:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/trashingdays/5606175824/

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Supermodel-fiddling tool Photoshop CS6 flinged in free beta

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GIMP

Horses for courses really. GIMP is pretty powerful but it has a pretty poor user interface and you do kind of have to bludgeon it into submission a bit, but you can get some pretty impressive results way beyond the rather dismissive "resize and crop a picture" that AC@14:38 seems to think its level is at. Users who want to do that are better off with Paint.net and I active dissuade such users from using GIMP - it's way too powerful and complicated for simple tasks like that.

The main draw (no pun intended) for me is that GIMP gives you a hell of a lot and it's free and Open Source. Photoshop may be fine for those with incredibly deep pockets or very loose morals, but quite simply I have neither so GIMP is a very credibly alternative.

Sure, Photoshop users look down their nose at GIMP users, but at least we have the smug satisfaction of knowing we have both our kidneys and a clear conscience. :o)

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6,000 sign e-petition to put Turing on £10 note

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£50

Perhaps put Turing on the £50 note as it is already pink?

(Just a lame joke - I fully support having Turing on the £10 and also believe that he was treated abominably after the war)

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Legendary artist Moebius dies

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Unhappy

:o(

The Fifth Element is one of my favourite films and owes a huge debt to Moebius who was heavily involved with it.

RIP, chap, and thank you.

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Stolen NASA laptop had Space Station control codes

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Re: Re: While its not a panacea...

Truecrypt is Open Source and multi-platform.

There really is absolutely no excuse whatsoever for not having encryption on a laptop that contains sensitive data. Preferably whole volume encryption.

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Court rejects Tesla’s latest libel spat with Top Gear

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There's a product on the market that will physically disconnect your battery if the level drops below a certain level, which is designed for cars that sit unused for long periods, so that when you go to drive them you are not left with a flat battery.

I don't understand why the Tesla cars don't have a similar safeguard system that disconnects all parasitic load when the charge reaches a certain level to specifically prevent the batteries becoming bricked.

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'The full harm to Apple cannot be calculated'

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WTF?

"worldwide rights ... in 10 different countries"

"We bought Proview's worldwide rights to the iPad trademark in 10 different countries several years ago."

Wait... what? If they're confined to 10 different countries then they can't be worldwide, surely?

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Freecom Mobile Drive Sq 500GB external HDD

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WTF?

Huh?

Maybe I'm missing something here, but its USP seems to be that it's wider (and hence bigger) than it needs to be in order to achieve some strange goal of "squareness", which it admits it failed to achieve because of the word 'almost'

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Virtual Nazi-code-cracking Colossus in fundraising appeal

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@Lee Dowling

Bravo, sir! I think I may have to do likewise as I found myself nodding at everything you've written.

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New driver-snooping satnav could push down UK insurance premiums

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@sleepy_chicken

sleepy_chicken - I sincerely hope you *are* the main driver and aren't "fronting"

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Gun controlled lamp hits the spotlight

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Joke

I love lamp.

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Facebook files for IPO, seeks $5bn

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Anyone else catching the whiff of the hastily rewritten press release about this article? The author has forgotten to change "our" to "their" in one sentence.

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Darth Vader dies peacefully in hospital

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You keep saying that word...

Of course one of the greatest sword fights of modern times has to be in The Princess Bride.

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Stephen Hawking seeks geek to maintain his unique wheelchair

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Sounds to me like they should really be advertising 3 jobs for 2 or 3 people. The Personal Assistant type job would be pretty much full-time I would imagine. And the tech support would be another.

Let's face it, you're hardly going to get someone with that level of technical skill who also has the people skills to be a PA / organiser / speaker. It's not exactly a common mix.

And as for the pay? That's pretty pathetic for what they are expecting the candidate to be able to do.

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Roberts reveals radio with raunchy recording features

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Eh?

How is this raunchy?

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Facebook security hole exposes Zuckerberg's privates

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Inconceivable!

Wait... Mark Zuckerberg has private photos? That he doesn't want to share with the whole world? Inconceivable!

Surely he didn't opt out of his own "share everything by default" privacy policies?

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Printed-out dissolving bones, teeth work well in rats

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Have they worked out how to make blades shoot out from between your knuckles and later retract again?

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Google's Brin and wife plop half-million into Wikipedia's hat

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citation needed

So I guess what AC @ 19th November 2011 23:32 GMT is saying is "citation needed" :o)

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Big guns turn sights on cancer-causing genes

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Environmentally friendly???

“One major point of the design was to be as environmentally friendly as possible,” says Julian Fielden, managing director at OCF, the systems integrator for the project.

Huh? Sod that! The major point of the design should be to store terabytes (if not petabytes) of data, and then analyse that data in such a way that may bring us closer to a cure for cancer.

I'm absolutely sick and fed up to the back teeth of all this environment and carbon footprint malarky. If the system is environmentally friendly then it's a bonus, but to make that a major design goal is just crazy.

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Valve says credit card data taken

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Bad but could be worse

Salted hashed passwords are useless to the attacker unless they know the salting algorithm, and even then only for replay attacks.

Likewise, if the credit card details are properly encrypted then they are again useless to the attacker.

Having said that, I agree that changing your password and keeping an eye on your credit card statement is fair & responsible advise rather than going "la la la nothing to worry about" or denying everything, so fair play to Valve there.

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World's only twin jet-engine bike drives onto eBay

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@ Insane Reindeer

Um, the same way the front tyre manages?

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Why GNOME refugees love Xfce

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Thunar rather than later...

You should be shot for that pun.

(Thor? I wath in thodding agony)

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Manufacturers testing wider cars for swingbellies

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Car parks

The trouble is that, although cars have got wider, car parking spaces haven't. So although these fatties may benefit from the wider car they may find they can't get out of it once they park up.

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Shock movie upset - Daniel Craig still James Bond 007

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@cloudgazer

You do realise that the only connection that "Quantum of Solace" had to anything Fleming wrote was the name of a short story that had no common elements to the film apart from a chap called 'James Bond', don't you?

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Machine translation cracks 18th century occult cipher

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So..wait, what they're saying is that they ran it through Google Translate? :o)

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