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Fiat Panda Cross: 'Interesting-looking' Multipla spawn hits UK

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Re: My god it's ugly

"In over 30 years of driving I've never needed 4WD"

So because you don't need it, no one else does? Have you ever been north of Manchester during heavy snow? In just over 12 years of driving, I really have needed 4WD.

I visit my parents in the highlands of Scotland, who live in a little village off a main route. It's nowhere near as remote as some places, as it actually has around 50 houses and a tarmac road going through it, but it gets gritted and/ or ploughed in winter when the council can "fit it in." In bouts of heavy snow, when they have to keep re-doing the main routes before the minor ones, this can take days. The Top Gear team may have driven 2WD cars across Africa, but try driving one down a 3 mile road in a foot or more of snow. You won't get far.

So no, for most of the year lots of people won't need a true 4WD vehicle. But for those who live a little off the beaten track (and there are plenty of them in Scotland, Lancashire and the lakes, many of them not farmers), there are times during winter when they REALLY need 4WD. Running a Land Rover or a Range all year is too costly on fuel, so something like this could do well.

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14 antivirus apps found to have security problems

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"For PCs: Kaspersky Lab is detecting 315,000 new malicious files EVERY DAY."

You may wish to stop downloading torrents/ cracks/ porn/ "video codecs" then.

Just a thought.

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Motorist 'thought car had caught fire' as Adele track came on stereo

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I'm not sure

Whether I hate or love these articles. On the one hand, the retardation of the general driving populace in this country is funny.

On the other, the retardation of the general driving populace in this country is funny. Until one of them kills me.

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Amazon begs Feds for drone test permission slip

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Re: Ah, we thought of that, Grumpy!

And to send any nudie shots they happen to capture back to GCHQ, of course...

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Call girl injected Google exec with heroin, drank wine, left him to die – cops claim

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Re: A shame

I can understand her not staying with the dying guy, but she could have at the very least made an anonymous phone call from the docks or the town. He may still have died, but there's the chance he might not have. This, coupled with the fact that she's possibly been involved in another "john" heroin death in the past makes it a bit difficult for me to feel sympathetic towards her.

There's no information as to whether he asked her for the heroin or whether she provided and convinced the guy to take it, or even whether or not it was his first time. But involving dangerous hard drugs in your work, call girl or not, is asking for trouble.

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Reg reader fires up Pi-powered anti-cat garden sprinkler system

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Re: Roof of my convertible

"Why? Because my garden is alive.... and well, if you're scared of every kind of desease[sic] live under a glass bell and hope for the best"

It's not about being scared of every disease. It's about having to put up with SOMEONE ELSE'S pet shitting in your garden (or your car roof), and then having to clean up after it if you want to use your own garden. Or car roof. This annoyance is increased dramatically when you've chosen not to have one of your own.

Oh, and bats, hedgehogs, squirrels and dormice are not pets.

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Google de-listing of BBC article 'broke UK and Euro public interest laws' - So WHY do it?

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Well...

"but with a blog post or newspaper article, these only ever show the headline and first paragraph. The commenter can't logically have been the complainant."

Not necessarily. If you look at the actual BBC blog post in question, some of the commenters have real names displayed. The top one is Peter Dragomer. A Google search for this guy links to the blog post, shows the blog post's title, but then shows part of his comment in the snippet. He just so happens to be an ex-employee of the company in question in the post, and certainly isn't singing their praises. A prospective employer might find this interesting.

Now the fact that the result is still showing at all (and the fact the "some results may have been removed.. blah blah" comment appears at the bottom) suggests it wasn't him, but logically it COULD have been one of the commenters who requested it.

There's an interesting article about it

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We got behind the wheel of a Tesla S electric car. We didn't hate it

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Re: There are cheaper, less environmentally harmful options.

Well, I'm not convinced about restoring 1660's cars as being greener. While it's true Li-ion batteries are certainly not enviro friendly, neither is restoring an old car. There's paint, metalwork, new interiors, engine rework/ rebuilding to do, and that's before you get into the topic of lead replacement and MPG.

But with the touchscreen, you're bang on. I see enough bell ends driving around playing with their phones and sat nav screens when they're bored of looking at the road. Giving someone a 17" screen, with web access and shitloads of options sounds like a really bad idea.

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Maplin Electronics sold for £85m to Rutland Partners

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Re: How the sale went down

They're a bit hit and miss, I tend to find. When I bought a soldering iron, the guys were very friendly and directed me to one with a standard mains plug, along with some recommended solder for the task. But when I went in another time and asked for a double ended IDE cable (around 10 years ago, mind), the guy I spoke to swore blind they didn't exist, and insisted you simply couldn't connect more than one device to an IDE port.

To be honest though, nowadays I just enjoy going in and looking around at the components. The same way I enjoy a trip out to B&Q, looking at all the power tools and wishing I had a reason to buy them.

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ARRRRR. Half world's techies are software PIRATES – survey

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Re: I must confess...

"I've been using Winrar beyond the eval. period"

Ha ha, I too used to happily click OK to the "WinRAR is not free" box for years. The extra step when opening zip files just became part of the procedure. That is, until I discovered the wonderful 7zip...

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Assange™ makes fresh bid for FREEDOM from Scotland Yard's 'physical encirclement'

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Re: Maybe he could get out by

It may not be legal to exit that way, but he didn't exactly get to the embassy under the most legitimate circumstances, so I doubt it'd bother him.

Air evac is a pretty good way to go, if you can stump up the cash to pay for it (including a very high amount to the pilot willing to take the risk). The plods waiting outside would be able to do bugger all about it too.

It'd be funny, if nothing else.

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Hacker claims PayPal loophole generates FREE MONEY

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Re: Or a seller can just scam you on e-bay

As an ebay seller, I can assure you there are FAR more ways for a buyer to fuck over a seller than the other way around, exploiting both ebay and Paypal to rip you off. There are plenty of honest buyers and sellers, but a smaller (yet fairly significant) number who spoil it for everyone else. And ebay and Paypal just don't want to know, in spite of all their bullshit "protection policies." Like another poster said, buying and selling on ebay is a gamble. That's why every transaction I do on there now (buying and selling) never exceeds £50. I even factor a percentage of loss-making transactions into my figures to account for money lost to scam buyers.

I'd advise you to make larger purchases on Amazon as it's safer, and if you're paying for something worth £100 or more, use a credit card to pay for it. That way, if something goes wrong and you lose the goods and the money, the credit card company has a legal obligation to reimburse you.

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'THERE'S BEEN A MURRRDER!' Plod probe Street View 'slaying'

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Ha!

Quick thinking, boys, well done.

The best I could muster when I saw one was to pull a stupid face and wave.

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MH370 'pings' dismissed as false positives

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Re: Surprise!!!

"Of course it will be - they won't carry on looking after they've found it, will they?"

See icon.

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Google's driverless car: It'll just block our roads. It's the WORST

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Re: Platooooooon - HALT!

"Anyone who starts to move when the light turns green without checking to see if the car in front has begun to move is an idiot who shouldn't be driving in the first place."

Well said. I disagreed with a fairly large portion of the article. Having lived in a busy UK city centre for several years and having to contend with dickhead taxi/ bus drivers on a daily basis, I'd love to see fewer of them on the road. Fleets of cars that drive defensively, know how to sit in their own fucking lane without swerving into mine, know how to indicate BEFORE moving, don't run red lights and simply don't take stupid risks to shave a second or two off their journey times sound like something I'd welcome on the road.

Also, if they were cheap enough to own, imagine being able to go out for a few beers and then getting your car to drive you home afterwards....

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Recommendations for NAS-based home media set-up

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Re: Recommendations for NAS-based home media set-up

I have a similar setup in my house. Synology NAS. It's a few years old but can stream HD video to a single device no problem. The new ones are obviously better, they're really easy to set up and the OS is great. You can configure the security and prevent access from outside. Also, you'd be able to stream multiple videos at once, but may hit problems if streaming multiple HD films (router limitations, spec of the NAS if it's a lower end one, WiFi signal etc.)

You didn't mention if you had any games consoles, but if you have a PS3 connected to one of the TV's this can pick up the content on a Synology NAS no problem, although it (disappointingly) won't play mkv vids. I'd assume a PS4 will do the same thing.

In addition, I have my main PC upstairs in the office (connected through WiFi), and an old HP SFF PC hooked up to the TV in the front room, wired to the router. Intel Core2 Duo, 4GB RAM, low end graphics card with HDMI out, Win7 running XBMC on startup. Not the best spec but works perfectly well as a media player/ occasional browser. You can get some really smart looking, low power, compact media PC barebones setups if you're willing to fork out. It all depends on your budget really. A PC has the added benefit of being able to store files for playback if other devices are eating up bandwidth.

As others have mentioned, there are some cheapo Linux plugin devices that can play a host of media files, as well as RPi. These would be a bit less power hungry than a PC. Also, some smart TV's will pickup NAS content.

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$180,000 buys you lunch with Tim Cook as charity auction ending

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Seriously?

I wouldn't want to have lunch with Cook if all it cost me was the lunch.

If he's paying though, I'm in.

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Quid-a-day Reg nosh posse chap fears for his waistline

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Re: I used to live with a quid a day

I wouldn't say food is 10 times the price what it was 20 years ago. It has obviously increased (with inflation etc.), but with things like beans and Mars bars, food companies here employ sneaky tricks. They put smaller amounts of food in bigger (or the same sized) packaging, thus making you think you're getting the same amount you were before, for the same or a slightly increased price.

Now you'll get 5 or 6 Mars in a multipack, and the bars will be smaller than they were a decade ago. And the cheapo tins of beans (around 30p in the larger supermarkets) often have a few grams less than Heinz etc.

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Teen girl arrested with 70-year-old man's four inch weapon inside her

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"No idea, I'm a bloke. But I imagine trying to get a spiky hair brush, can of hair spray, mirror for doing eyes, etc, up there would be a tad uncomfortable!"

And an entire pistol wouldn't be..?! Christ, I just gained a new level of respect (or fear) for the potential capabilities of my missus.

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Japan plans SEVEN satellite launches to supercharge GPS

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Re: Is this just WAAS?

Yep. And it makes you go really fast.

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Japan airport staff dash to replace passcodes after security cock-up

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"what's wrong with plain old keys?"

This is Japan we're talking about. If it doesn't operate by pressing a touchscreen, a keypad or falling out of a vending machine (sometimes AFTER pressing a touchscreen or keypad), it's simply not done.

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Whaddaya mean, NO REFUND? But I paid in Bitcoins! Oh I see...

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Re: Refunds

You are assuming there that retailers are obliged to accept returns for products bought from their "bricks and mortar" entities. They aren't, as long as the goods are not faulty. Under the Sale of Goods act, a product which is faulty or doesn't last a "reasonable length of time" can be returned for a full refund. However if you go into a shop, buy something and simply change your mind after leaving the premises, the shop is well within its rights to refuse the return.

Many shops will accept a return anyway and refund cash or store credit as a sign of good faith (Argos' "no quibble" returns etc.) as it's just good business, but there's nothing to stop them refusing returned, fully functional/ usable goods purchased with BC.

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New Reg mobile site - feedback here!

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Will it auto direct mobile users to the mobile site?

Because I actually find the desktop site easy enough to use on a mobile device (HTC OneX+, Android 4.2.2, Chrome).

With regard to the actual mobile site, I like the main header filters (Hardware etc.), but couldn't immediately see any sub header filters (Laptops, Tablets etc.), which I do use quite a lot. Although, I do like the auto formatting of the articles, so may give the mobile site a try for a few days.

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It's a done deal! Microsoft-Nokia merger to close on Friday

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"PS. Buy the wireless charging sled and a pad if you haven't got one"

Good shout. The official Nokia charging plate is £29 on Amazon at the minute, in white (or you can get the gaudy red one for four quid less)

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Gimme a high S5: Samsung Galaxy S5 puts substance over style

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Re: Feels really cheap

To me, every Galaxy has felt cheap and a bit flimsy, which is why I've never bought one. Much better to buy something made by HTC. Even if they can't quite get their marketing right and have been shedding market share over the last few years, they do make bloody good phones.

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Windows XP still has 27 per cent market share on its deathbed

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@GreyWolf Re: How many XPers?

I think the point was more that he has old, specialist software which can't easily be moved to a new machine. We have a similar situation on the odd machine at my place; old expensive software, some of it written by companies no longer in existence, not much in the way of alternatives, install media long since been lost etc.

A Linux dual boot wouldn't help in that case, and the XP install would still be prone to attack.

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Bendy or barmy: Why your next TV will be curved

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Pointless for the front room

This wouldn't be much good for many of the front rooms I've been in, as there's rarely a sofa plonked directly in front of the TV, at a decent viewing distance from the screen. Plus, you'd have the same problem of older content being played through the modern viewing tech looking weird, as SD does through HD kit now.

BUT, for a dedicated games room with PS4, this would be frigging awesome. Imagine a full on racing seat with the latest Logitech Driving Force GT, plugged into a PS4 with the next Gran Turismo, all parked in front of a curved 78" 4k screen....

Time to buy a bigger house

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I QUIT: Mozilla's anti-gay-marriage Brendan Eich leaps out of door

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Re: No, it's not.

"you better love Soccer above other sports"

There is no sport named "soccer". It's called FOOTBALL.

And also, every other point you made is wrong.

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Dutch doctors replace woman's skull with 3D-printed plastic copy

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Frigging awesome

These articles make me smile. It's reassuring to know that amongst the patent trolls, scam artists and general twats who inhabit this Earth and dominate the headlines, there are teams of people like this, using technology to do great things, things which just 5 years ago were unimaginable.

A fantastic achievement all round.

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Returning a laptop to PC World ruined this bloke's credit score. Today the Supreme Court ended his 15-year nightmare

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Re: 15 years

"he did have judgement for him - and swiftly - his greed buggered it up."

See this part:

"Although a sheriff in Aberdeen ruled in Durkin's favour in March 2008"

That's TEN YEARS of hassle and legal fees later. I would hardly call that swift. He may have been greedy and held out for more for all the hassle, he may have been advised by his lawyers to hold out for more. Or maybe the initial £116k settlement wasn't enough to cover the legal fees. There's no detail on the specifics here, but the fact he had to go through this at all when he had every right to return the mis-sold laptop gets my sympathy.

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"More and more I am convinced that taking out loans for anything other than a house (which is bad enough) is asking for trouble."

Well said, sir.

A house, most people don't have a choice but to take a loan out for. A car I can kind of understand, but considering the depreciation of mine the last time I did it and the resulting negative equity, I certainly won't be doing it again. But a laptop on credit? I wouldn't even consider that, even if we were still in a time where lower spec models cost £1500.

This is how countries get into financial trouble. You have companies such as Wonga advertising on TV, encouraging people to take out short loans at 1600% APR for trivial things like a new bed or paint for the living room.

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BT snatches crown: Soars to top of complaints list

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Re: Yodel

"Can a leopard really change its spots?"

No. Not in Yodel's case anyway. I ordered something through Amazon marketplace a couple of months ago (i.e. not direct from Amazon), and the seller chose to send it with Yodel. The driver came at lunch time, and as I wasn't in, he threw the package over the side gate, in the pissing rain, where it lay in a puddle for 5 hours until I got home. To be fair, he did put a note through the door telling me he'd thrown the package over my 7 foot fence, so at least I knew where to find what was left of it.

Amazon, however, have sent all their Prime stuff to me with "local" couriers for the past few months (no major delivery companies), and I've been much happier with that service. I don't even bother with marketplace items any more.

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The Reg's desert XP-ocalypse aversion plan revealed

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Re: public access?

CCleaner, yes, but having it run on boot might be a bit resource intensive. They don't seem to be high spec PC's. I'd advise the person (or people) in charge of the place to run it once a week or so.

Also, some anti malware, either MBAM or SuperAntiSpyware in addition to the AV.

This one might not be applicable to the userbase, but CutePDF (simple PDF printer) is a useful one I always install. It's light, free, and useful for creating PDFs of receipts and useful web pages.

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Reg tries out Google's Chromecast: Yep, we even tested smut sites

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Buy an HDMI switch. My TV only has 2 ports, so I bought this one.

Worth every penny to the lazy man!

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Every little helps: Dirty MOLE BANDITS clean out Tesco ATM from BELOW

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Re: Effort!

Effort, yes, but they got a fairly decent pay day from it, especially considering the area (if indeed they are locals).

The same thing happened in Fallowfield (South Manchester) a couple of years ago. Fortunately (or unfortunately from their point of view) they chose to do it just after New Year before the thing had been refilled, and the monumental effort only got them about £6k.

I remember listening to the radio at the time, and Mike Sweeney quipped how the gang would have made more money working minimum wage jobs over the time it took to dig that tunnel.

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Osbo's booze, bingo, biz and big data Budget

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Re: @ Irongut - £200m to fix potholes

"especially when there's a lot more coming up after the flooding due to washed out foundations down here in the south."

Well, at least the recent floods have helped bridge the North/ South divide, bringing your smooth carriageways in line with our public rally tracks.

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"turning off street lights and lights on road signs"

You're right about whole sections of motorway, and even whole motorways, being in the dark. The problem isn't that it's difficult to see, though. Xenon bulbs and cats' eyes provide plenty of illumination, especially on very wide and mostly straight roads. It's more that it encourages dickhead drivers to stick their high beams on and dazzle every bugger in front of them.

Some motorways in the north west have every other light turned off. I think this is the solution. It saves half the lighting cost and still illuminates the road adequately.

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Blighty goes retro with 12-sided pound coin

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Re: You can get the fakes at clubs

"Some of the fakes are pretty good"

Indeed they are. I've only had a handful over the years which I've suspected to be forgeries, and I suspect have had more I didn't even realize were fakes. Although, apparently, the quality is getting worse. There's an article on the BBC today on how to spot a forgery.

That's my point, though. Surely there's a high cost to manufacturing a decent forgery? And how do you spend them in bulk? I imagine you could get away with handing over 3 or 4 at a time in the pub (or mixing them with real ones, if they were good enough), but walking into John Lewis with a big bag of 800 shiny coins to buy a new TV would look a little suspect.

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3 per cent?

That sounds like a lot. Who's got the time or the patience to manufacture all those fake pound coins? You can buy bugger all with a quid anyway. The crooks should invest their time in Bitcoin exchange hacking or something instead.

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Alibaba float could make Facebook's look like small change

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Re: What fucking idiot ...

Well you say that, but people many thought to be "idiots" bought into Facebook, and after the initial hiccups its share price skyrocketed. That's not to say it'll stay like that for any length of time (it's on its way back down now), but for a company offering pretty much nothing of value it did quite well for a time.

Alibaba, however, actually has something of value to offer.

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Scam emails tell people they have cancer to trick them into installing a money-stealing Trojan

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I had this one

Sent to one of my publicly accessible accounts a couple of days ago, along with the usual "HMRC Tax Refund", "HSBC Transaction number" and "Please your girl tonight" bollocks. Usually I just laugh at how ridiculous they are, but this one actually stopped me in my tracks. It knocked my faith in humanity down that little bit more. There are some really sick fucks out there.

I'd like to see they guy(s) who did this caught and punished, but the cynic in me doubts that will happen.

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Inside Facebook's engineering labs: Hardware heaven, HP hell – PICTURES

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Re: 50's Lathe

Hey, mistakes are easily made. I honestly thought the 3D printer was a coffee machine before I read the description.

Interesting article, though. FB has gone up a bit in my estimation, allowing a bit of hardware creativity within its ranks.

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But... you work in IT... Why aren't we RICH?

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Re: Totally agree about WTFapp

"try charge any of those "billion" users 1 cent, it will quickly drop to n very very small percent of users."

Actually you do have to pay for it after a while. It isn't much (I think I paid £2 or £3 for 3 years or something) but it's not free forever

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Re: Totally agree about WTFapp

There's a very obvious use for it, actually, and I'm surprised no one seems to have picked up on it. I use it often, as I have a good mate in Belgium, a good mate in Germany, and I live in the UK. We only get to see each other once or twice a year, and it used to be the case that sending a text to one of them cost me 20p, as texts to cross country networks are certainly not included in my contract allowance. Even mms messages sent to other UK mobiles used to cost me money (which is why I only ever sent 2 in my whole mobile-owning life. One of them to test it even worked).

Now, sending pictures, videos and messages through WTFapp is free, either through WiFi or mobile data.

And before you say "just use Skype blah blah blah", a text is much easier to get away with when sending a dirty joke you just heard throughout the working day.

Whether that use is worth £11.5bn is another matter.

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PayPal row heats up as eBay chair calls Icahn claims 'false and misleading'

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Re: Can we stop calling him an activist investor?

Indeed. The term appears implies some sort of nobility to his actions.

"That twat Icahn" will do in its place.

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Nokia to Devs: PLEASE DON'T make Nokiadroid apps look like WinPho

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Why would anyone want to?

"PLEASE DON'T make Nokiadroid apps look like WinPho"

I've developed a couple of WP8 apps (because I got paid to), and I made them look as much like their Android counterparts and NOT like WP8 apps as possible. Because, well, standard WP apps look shite.

Apparently Nokia shares this view.

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Ghostwriter: Assange™ is NARCISSISTIC and UNTRUTHFUL

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Wow

Scathing words indeed there from someone supposedly on "friendly terms." To be honest, checking bushes and pulling the car over probably weren't outside the realms of unwarranted action for him at the time. Like or loathe what he believed in and the actions the organization took, they pissed off a LOT of the wrong (or right?) type of people.

The level of extreme paranoia and narcissism displayed is certainly not a surprise, though.

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Sony enlists Michael Jackson's GHOST to flog Xperia Z2

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Shamone, motherfucker!

"Not just MJ's imperative as famously used in Beat It, Thriller, Billie Jean et cetera but indeed, a wandering Buddhist monk in Japanese"

You forgot about Bo' Selecta.

He's not dead anyway. It's all a GIANT CONSPIRACY

etc.

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Amazon fuses LoveFilm, subs service, calls it Prime Instant Video

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It's because it needs silverlight.

You'd think they would improve the website though, it's pretty crap. I know a few customers they've lost due to that alone.

However, the PS3 Lovefilm app is brilliant.

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