* Posts by Ironclad

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Workers rejoice! Marx’s vision will become reality, argues SAP veep

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Emphasis

"40 per cent of US workers expect to be freelancers by 2020"

Note that it's "expect to be", not "aim to be" or "would like to be".

Trying to spin people having to hold down 3 jobs to make a living as a worker's paradise is a bit rich.

Far too many mentions of 'digital' which the dailymash sums up best:

http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/news/business/nobody-knows-what-digital-supposed-to-mean-20160614109525

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The Sons of Kahn and the Witch of Wookey

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Re: And lo...

I think it is deliberate, designed to illustrate how excited some people get about trivial IOT stuff.

I think it is deliberate, designed to illustrate how excited some people get about trivial IOT stuff.

I think it is deliberate, .... oh I can't be bothered.

Anyway, thanks for the article, made me smile lots. Best use of 'uh-oh' I have read in many a year.

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Inside Electric Mountain: Britain's biggest rechargeable battery

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Viewing habits

I wonder if they still get the same kind of peaks these days with everyone's PVRs skipping the ads or people watching on-demand?

I guess there's always major sporting events and stuff like Eurovision (personally I'd need alcohol rather than tea to sit through Eurovision).

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India trumpets seventh navigation sat launch

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Wonder how much they charge...

...compared to SpaceX ?

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/04/28/spacex_gps_satellite_launch_contract/

Could SpaceX have broken the ULA monopoly only to see launches outsourced to India?

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Ireland's tech sector fears fallout of Brexit 'Yes' vote

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Corporation Tax

In the event of an exit from Europe, where trade with the EU becomes more cumbersome, the UK may well find it has to lower it's own Corporation Tax rate to continue to attract foreign companies to invest and base themselves here.

Given so much corporation tax is avoided anyway, this could prove a pragmatic way to make the UK more attractive outside the EU.

This would also be bad news for Ireland.

My suspicion is that alongside lower tax would also come lighter employment regulation (health and safety, pollution etc) and fewer rights for employees.

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What do you call an old, unpatched and easily hacked PC? An ATM

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Small potatoes

Losses at ATMs due to so called jackpotting are a very small percentage of the total:

https://www.european-atm-security.eu/card-skimming-losses-continue-rise-outside-europe/

"In 2014 EAST began to collect statistics for ATM Malware after the first incidents were reported in Western Europe. 15 incidents were reported in 2015, down from 51 in 2014. These were all ‘cash out’ or ‘jackpotting’ attacks. Related losses of €743,000 were reported, down from €1.23 million in 2014."

Compare that with the total ATM fraud of 327 million Euros.

And all ATM fraud is completely dwarfed by Card Not Present / Remote Purchase fraud:

http://www.theukcardsassociation.org.uk/plastic_fraud_figures/index.asp

Those figures are just for UK issued cards.

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State should run power firm spam database, says... competition watchdog

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Take it further to make it really useful

Instead of letting another power company spam me with offers, why don't we add a little more logic.

The database sorts through all the offers from the various companies, finds the cheapest, then bills me directly. It does this every 6 months. I only deal with Ofgem, I get the best deal, I don't have to spend days poring over my energy bills to figure out how much I use then calculate the best rate. The energy companies have to be competitive to ensure Ofgem selects their deals. We all win.

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Tech biz bosses tell El Reg a Brexit will lead to a UK Techxit

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Devaluation might be good?

Full disclosure, I'll probably vote to stay in the EU but I have to take issue with a couple of the statements in this article.

1) "Yet, with a technology staff from EU nations including France, Poland and Portugal, Hale is enthusiastic about skilled migration to the UK. He says there are far too few home-grown computer experts and he is actually angry that one of Cameron’s reform aims sought to reduce EU immigration by reducing access to benefits"

If you're talking about recruiting skilled IT staff then surely you should be paying them enough that they would not need to draw on the UK's benefits system to any great degree?

My suspicion when bosses talk about a 'lack of skilled workers' what they really mean is a lack of cheap(er) workers.

2) One of the biggest costs for an IT company is staff salaries. It typically dwarfs any expenditure on hardware or energy costs.

So a devaluation of the pound vs the euro should actually make software development cheaper in the UK if you're selling in dollars or euros.

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Google-backed British startup ‘stole our code’, says US marketing firm

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Re: "I can't see that they have got much to go on"

My first thought was also that it looks a bit incriminating.

My second thought was why on earth you'd give a prospective reseller a copy of the source code? Perhaps once a contract was in place and the reseller has proven themselves but on the first visit?

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Whitehall maps out Blighty's driverless future

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Minimum 360 degree video footage

You'd think the minimum data recording requirements would be 360 degree video footage (at a decent resolution) so that any incidents or accidents can be properly reviewed.

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Pentagon fastens lasers to military drones to zap missiles out of the skies

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Re: Don't drone's already have hellfire's

Don't lasers also have a finite effective range especially inside the earth's atmosphere?

A better bet may be a high flying UAV that turns into, or launches a scramjet missile using chemical boosters plus gravity to get up to speed (Mach 10+) then puts itself on a collision course.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/05/03/x51a_hyper_success_report/

Targeting, well that's just software innit.

Admittedly it might be difficult to make it look like an accident.

Hmm, money for researching lasers vs money for making things go very fast and then explode. Difficult choice indeed.

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Robots. Machine learnin', 3D-printin' AI robots: They'll take our jobs – Davos

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Re: Yeah, yeah, yeah....

Yep, spot on.

I predict a huge upswing in 'smart' appliance maintenance. Jobs fixing fridges that keep automatically ordering 13 Kg of bean sprouts every 6 minutes and 3D Printers that have been hacked and reprogrammed to only churn out replica penises.

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SpaceX makes rocket science look easy: Falcon 9 passes tests

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Re: Second-hand Rockets

That was my first thought too, why not re-launch this rocket empty or with a nominal payload to see how it performs?

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HPE's private London drinking club: Name that boozer

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Dog & Cartridge

The Hole in the Accounts

The iCarly

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'Personalised BBC' can algorithmically pander to your prejudices

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Re: Andrew what are you smoking?

Exactly.

I can't see this ever working beyond changing the muzak in a few scenes.

This will go the same way as Scratch 'n Sniff.

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Doctor Who: The Hybrid finally reveals itself in the epic Heaven Sent

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Re: 400 times harder than diamond???

That was my first thought. Why not write 'take shovel' in the sand,

Would have knocked at least a billion years off and saved us viewers a couple of rather laboured iterations through the, by now obvious, loop.

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So why exactly are IT investors so utterly clueless?

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Coffee/keyboard

Made my morning.

Superb, coffee everywhere.

P.S. I can't find the app on Google Play.

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Grow up, judge tells EFF: You’re worse than a complaining child

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Pay as you use?

In the UK you can have your electricity and/or gas supply cut off. It's very unusual but it can happen. This would seem a more essential human right than internet access.

In fact what's more likely to happen is the utility will install a pre-pay meter:

https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer/energy/energy-supply/problems-with-your-energy-supply/if-youve-been-told-your-energy-supply-will-be-disconnected/

Perhaps the same measure could be applied to proven offenders. So a bit of light browsing, shopping, filling in forms, short calls, relatively inexpensive. Downloading/uploading gigabytes of pirated material becomes prohibitively expensive?

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Storm in a teacup: Wileyfox does Android cheapie, British style

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Thumb Up

Thumbs up

Got my Storm a couple of weeks ago and am very happy with it but then I'm coming from using a 4 year old Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S (yes bangernomics can be applied to phones).

I must be a pretty light user (few texts, bit of browsing, the odd call and Book reader) so I'm getting through 9 hours at work with 70% charge left even with Wifi and notifications left on.

The screen is lovely. I'm surprised how quickly I got used to the extra size.

The camera's good but a little slow to focus.

It didn't take me long to get use to the Cyanogen OS and now I like it. The orderly alphabetical organisation of apps is a blessing for me.

For £200 I think it's a bit of a bargain.

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BOFH: We're miracle workers. But you want us to fix THAT in 10 minutes?

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Coffee/keyboard

Courier 24

..new keyboard please

Busy draining my old one of cold cappucino

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Have a Plan A, and Plan B – just don't go down with the ship

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Active-Active

Worth considering the use of an 'active-active' system where two duplicated systems are both active with delta's applied between them to keep the databases in sync,

Quite common in the payments industry.

If you lose one system at least 50% of your terminals/access points are still working and your database is fully intact and up-to-date without needing any manual intervention.

You can then manually (or automatically) swap the remaining connections to the still running site.

You will still need well documented procedures and processes but it can take some of the panic out of recovering,

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Voice, data, help desk: Meet the Syrian refugees' IT infrastructure chief

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First hand account?

I'd be very interested to hear a first hand account from somebody who's been active in one their deployments, I bet it would be put most of our day-to-day hassles in perspective.

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WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

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...but when I wear it I can't collect my thoughts, it's got to be some kind of mammary error.

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Typewriters suck. Yet we're infinitely richer for those irritating machines

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Hedonistic Adjustment

Is there an economist somewhere studying the opposite? Something like Technological Deficit, i.e. the extent to which technological advancement is now making things worse.

Take the example of the all year round availability of fruit and veg. This doesn't mean life is better if that fruit and veg is rubbish; rock hard nectarines, sour pineapples and strawberries that taste like cucumber water don't suggest a measurable improvement in my well being.

It could also be argued that we have now reached the point where cars are decreasing our quality of life rather than improving it. The increased journey times, serious injuries and pollution outweigh the

leather seats and Bose surround sound systems

Looking at the IT angle I wonder what percentage of the increased performance of computers goes into improving our lives, stuff like medical research, weather prediction, safety modelling etc and how much goes into frivolous/annoying/dangerous crap like casual gaming/spam/hacking.

Have we passed the optimum point at which technology enriches our lives and we're now on the down slope to where it spoils it ?

Discuss.

I'm off to the Great British Beer Festival for some fine ales.

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Boffins: The universe is DOOMED and there's nothing to be done

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Re: Solar engineering

Thanks A Non e-mouse.

So not even lighting up Jupiter would do the trick. Hmm, back to the imaginary drawing board.

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Solar engineering

Just hypothetically if we possessed the technology to create fusion reactions to form new stars could we postpone the heat death of the universe?

Or would the energy we need to create these reactions just drain it faster?

Slightly shorter term, could the same technology create a new sun in our solar system? What size object would be needed to create a similar sized sun a similar distance from Earth? E.g. if we sacrifice Pluto as 'kindling' for our new sun would it be bigger than Sol is now?

Yeah, slow day at work.

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Beaten blokes HATE the women who frag them in online games

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Trollface

Console jockeys

It's Halo on XBox with a joypad.

They're all 'low-skilled'.

Mouse and keyboard for teh win.

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FEMALE BLOOD-SUCKERS zero in on human prey by smelling our BREATH

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Hollywood to the rescue.

Visual camouflage and heat signature suppression?

Look no further than a thick coating of cold swamp mud, as ably demonstrated by Arnie in the first Predator movie.

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Account at HSBC? BAD LUCK, no iPhone bonk-banking for you

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Solution looking for a problem that isn't there

Of all the things that hold me up in queues for groceries/coffee/sundries it's not the 2 seconds it takes someone to get their wallet/purse out and wave a card at the reader.

When I can take goods off the shelf, wave my phone at them and enter my PIN/fingerprint, walk out of the shop (without triggering alarms and an armed response unit) and have it automatically billed to my bank then we're getting somewhere.

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DEATH by VEGETABLES: Woman charged with killing boyf using carrots. And peas

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Coat

Conflict is not the answer.

All we are saying, is give peas a chance.

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Why Joe Hockey's Oz tax proposals only get five out of 10

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Re: Err... Worstall missed the plot (as usual)

Unless at some point Apple starts to make a loss. Difficult to imagine now, perhaps with that amount of cash lying around never going to happen but the same argument applies to other less financially well endowed companies.

In this case the cash in the bank may be used to offset the losses. Because the company is now making a loss the share price drops and the cash that should have been taxed starts to disappear.

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SWINGBELLIES! Take heed AGAIN: Booze shortens your life

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Pint

Glass half full

I'm not usually an optimist but isn't the flip side of this study that drinking is no worse for you than not drinking?

Mine's a pint.

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Google gets my data, I get search and email and that. Help help, I'm being REPRESSED!

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EULAs

I think the reason people cry foul so often at Google and Facebook is the hidden Ts & Cs in the EULAs

"If I swap my apples for your pears then I must value those pears more than I do the apples"

but if I swap my apples for your pears on the understanding it's a straight swap

and the next day I'm bombarded by adverts for pear recipes, pear juice sellers and three tree surgeons

knock on my door insisting they have the best price on pruning my orchard I'm more likely

to think, actually, I'll keep my apples thanks.

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Death becomes it: Grim Fandango Remastered

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Family fun

I played it and loved it. The wife played it and also enjoyed it.

Might be time to try it on the kids.

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IT JOB OUTSOURCING: Will it ever END?

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Perhaps sooner for IT.

Those same companies who have outsourced to cheaper locations are now the ones bleating about a skills shortage in the UK

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/09/05/it_engineering_skills_shortage_uk/

To some extent they are reaping the results of outsourcing. The move to offshore entry level coding tasks to cheaper locations reduces vacancies in the UK for the IT grads and others that will become the highly skilled engineers of the future.

With the tightening of visa regulations on temporary workers in the UK, perhaps the realisation will dawn that maintaining at least some development in the UK will provide skilled engineers further down the line.

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How to get $542m from Google: Dress as a SPACEMAN with dayglo dancers – Magic Leap

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Coat

Re: "wearable computing systems"

"shirts or jackets with gps"

So Venture Capitalists can find their arses with both hands?

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Read The Gods of War for every tired cliche you never wanted to see in a sci fi book

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Videogame plot

Sounds like he took a videogame FPS plot and turned it into a novel.

Currently reading the Hyperion novels by Dan Simmons, if you want galaxy and time spanning sci-fi there's little better.

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You are here => Earth is in 'the suburbs' of an IMMENSE HEAVEN

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Re: And we're still...

I immediately thought of:

"Space is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly hugely mindbogglingly big it is. I mean you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist’s, but that’s just peanuts to space."

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HP, Microsoft prove it again: Big Business doesn't create jobs

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Childcatcher

Good thing about SMEs..

...is they're less likely to have the resources to dodge the corporation tax they should be paying (assuming they make any profit to pay tax on).

On the subject of growth isn't it really tied to population growth inexorably driving demand.

What happens when/if as predicted population growth stalls in the middle or end of this century?

Do we finally have a society where working 3 days per week is the norm? Or just a greater divide between those with jobs and those without?

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Microsoft's Xbox TV studio OBLITERATED

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Blakes 7 remake/recast = Firefly

From IMDB:

"Five hundred years in the future, a renegade crew aboard a small spacecraft tries to survive as they travel the unknown parts of the galaxy and evade warring factions as well as authority agents out to get them."

Sound familiar?

and sadly even Joss Whedon couldn't get more than one series of that made.

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USA to insist on pre-flight mobe power probe

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How much explosive can you fit in a mobile?

vs how much explosive do you need to depressurise a plane?

Does anybody know how viable such a device would be?

And wouldn't sniffer dogs be a better bet for detecting this kind of thing?

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Boffins debunk red wine miracle antioxidant myth

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Rejoice! - beer is just as good for you

http://www.camra.org.uk/article.php?group_id=13555

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PEAK APPLE: Mystery upstart to hurl iLord from its throne 'by 2020'

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Golgafrinchams

Bah, venture capitalists.

More proof that Douglas Adams was right and our ancestral gene pool was polluted by

the contents of the Golgafrinchams B Ark.

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Why two-player games > online gaming: See your pal's shock as you bag a last-second victory

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Happy

+1 for Worms, Tekken and the Chaos Engine

Fond memories indeed. Still remember 5 of us sat round a mate's PC playing worms. First man to lose all his worms made the tea/fetched the beers and sat out the next round.

Which Tekken game had the bowling mini-game in it? Played that for hours.

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Apple to grieving sons: NO, you cannot have access to your dead mum's iPad

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Heard this interview on Moneybox

I actually heard this interview on the Radio 4 Moneybox programme.

Mr Grant said that previous versions of the OS would

allow you to reset the device when setting up as 'new device'

but the latest version doesn't (don't know the details, I'm not an

Apple user).

They weren't after their mum's content, just wanted to re-use the

device.

Moneybox got in touch with Apple who refused to budge.

However potential happy ending is that solicitor handling the

will can provide a document (for no extra charge) that

shows that the mother intended for her estate go to her sons

and this will effectively act as a court order.

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fWHoaR! Trick-cyclists crack eternal mystery of WHAT WOMEN WANT in a man

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Happy

Cage Fight

“High male fWHR has previously been associated with surviving in hand-to-hand combat, aggressiveness, self-perceived power, and CEO’s financial success,”

I say let's prove it and put all the CEOs we can find into a last-man-standing cage fight.

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Boffins tell ALIEN twin-sunned planets: You're adopted

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Re: Does anyone remember "Space 1999" ?

Weird, was just discussing this with a colleague today, remembering an episode where one of the flare clad pioneers was possessed by some alien entity that sucked power out of the moonbase.

Similarly commented on how it suffered from being made in the 70s, together with the original Tomorrow People series, where the jaunt belts were sadly overshadowed by the tank tops and massive collars.

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Hey, G20. Please knock it off with the whole tax loophole thing - we're good guys, really

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Happy

Re: CJ

Big upvote for the Reggie Perrin reference, made me

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Who’s Who: a Reg quest to find the BEST DOCTOR

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Ecclestone for me too

Grew up with John Pertwee and Tom Baker and enjoyed them both but for I'd give it to Eccleston for his successful re-potrayal.

The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances is still my favourite of all the 'new episodes'. One of the few that reminded me of the touch of fear the old programs used to conjur up.

'Are you my Mummy?'.

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