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Ten excellent FREE PC apps to brighten your Windows

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Re: Antivirus

I like it. It's fast, it's light on resources and it does a reasonable job of keeping a machine minty-fresh.

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Ex-EU digi supremo Steelie Neelie's net neutrality bid in tatters?

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Re: Bait and Switch

Our MEPs can't do that because they would NEVER get enough support in Parliament. Parliament's job is merely to rubber stamp the executive's decisions.

Our government can't block it via the council of ministers because Tony Blair and Gordon Brown gave away our veto in that area.

Keep peddling lies like all the other EU fanatics.

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Re: Bait and Switch

Assuming that the government did that, at least if it's our government we do have the chance to change it through voting in a different government. If the EU decides we can't undo it without the say-so of 29 other governments, and that's not going to happen.

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MYSTERY Russian satellite: ORBITAL WEAPON? Sat GOBBLER? What?

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Re: Panic!

It's not that I don't like turkey, it's just that it's really not a very good tasting animal compared to the alternatives, particularly when you have to put that amount of work in. Compare it to goose which requires no work, no buggering around with tinfoil, just bung it in the oven and start drinking.

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Re: Panic!

Fuck me, that's a lot of work for an animal that doesn't taste very good.

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Re: Panic!

You need to pluck it first. I'll leave you to judge the cruelty factor of plucking a live goose - and the risks to yourself in doing so.

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Re: Panic!

Yes, do goose instead of turkey. Roast goose is the finest roasty bird known to humankind, and is the easiest to cook. 1 - turn oven to high heat. 2 - insert goose in to oven. 3 - drink wine and ignore for 2 hours. 4 - consume, taking particular care to enjoy crunchy delicious goose skin.

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Official: European members prefer to fondle Apple iPads

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Not the first time.

I'm remember that when the iPad first came out there was lots of excitement about it, so the Parliament voted itself free iPads, one for every member (750 at a cost of about £400,000).

And only this year there was a photo tweeted from inside parliament which showed 106 empty iPad mini boxes.

Snuffle in that trough, little piggy! Oink Oink!

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Space Commanders rebel as Elite:Dangerous kills offline mode

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Re: There seems to be a lot of confusion about 'offline mode'.

You see the effects of the players in terms of changes to prices and stock of goods at starports, for example. But the markets shift with the influence of NPC 'players' too AIUI. The lists of missions/jobs available at starports are NOT, AFAIK, affected by other players, human or AI.

So you might arrive at the starport to find they will take your cargo of Boiled Greebo Pelts at 78Cr/ton, log off for dinner and return to find the price has dropped to 40Cr/ton. That's the theory. I have yet to see it operate like that in practice.

I think (this isn't gospel, I'm just a beta tester) that solo players' influences feed in to the markets just as everyone else's do, so solo players are only 'solo' in the sense that all human players are invisible to them.

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There seems to be a lot of confusion about 'offline mode'.

There's two gaming modes in Elite as it stands. The first is Open Play - which is you PLUS other human players. The second is Solo Mode - which is you WITHOUT the other players.

Both play modes inhabit the same universe, but players in Solo Mode never see those in Open Play and vice versa.

This ISN'T being removed from the game.

What FD have said is they can't offer an 'offline' solution so that you can have the whole game on your PC and play it.

So this does affect those with poor broadband connections (or no connection) but it doesn't affect those who don't want to mix with gaming bullies.

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Re: Jumpgate

You can - and will in the final release - be able to play in Solo Mode.

That means that you don't HAVE to play 'multiplayer' with idiots abounding, you can play in a world just with NPC ships.

One of the problems the griefers have had is that they turn up at a space station and bully people and then everyone just jumps in to the system in Open Play, logs out, logs back in in Solo Mode and flies in to the space station and the griefers never see them. It's a neat solution that overcomes that whole Goon bullying thing.

I bought in to the 2nd round Beta for £50, which is about the price you pay for a game these days. I'd hardly describe it as 'exorbitant'.

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MOULDY DICK: France aims to snatch EXPLODING WHALE crown from U.S.

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If I was that bloke cutting up a whale..

...I'd want a hook with a pole that was about twice as long as the one they gave him.

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Virgin Media CUTS OFF weekend 'net surfers after embarrassing smut-filtering snafu

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Re: I'm not with stupid

Don't blame Tory voters for this. This came from the Mumsnutters.

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Boxing clever? Amazon Fire TV is SO CLOSE to being excellent

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Re: WiFi?

I'm sure you're right. Things like fuse boxes and electrical cables can often cause the same effect. I had a client whose wifi wouldn't reach across the hall from one room to the next, and the reason turned out to be the fuse box built in to the wall of one of the rooms.

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REVEALED: Apple fanbois are 'MENTALLY UNSTABLE' - iShop staff

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Re: Assholes with a sense of entitlement?

IIRC the only part of the country which pays more tax than it takes in welfare is Southern England. ISTM the sense of entitlement grows stronger the further north from the Watford Gap you travel.

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Russia to ban iCloud.. to PROTECT iPhone fiddlers' pics 'n' sh*t

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'right wing'?

"Seems like the USSR is on its way back only this time as a sort of right wing, homophobic, religious, command economy running a bit like a giant capitalist company that runs on gas."

Where I come from we call that 'Communism', not 'right wing'.

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Hang on, didn't the EU do exactly this?

I'm sure the EU Commission made up a law requiring all data on cloud services to be stored within the EU. It happened about 2 years ago, because I took out a Crashplan subscription to store all my data and it's based in the US, but when a friend tried to do the same thing 6 months later they couldn't offer the service because they didn't (at the time) have any EU-based data centres.

So it seems that one hoary old Communist is just following where another has already gone (Barroso was a member of the Communist party in his youth).

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Pixel mania: Apple 27-inch iMac with 5K Retina display

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Re: Att unwarranted triumphalism

Aside - I don't see the hoo-ha about all-in-ones myself. Yes, they look pretty I suppose but you still have all those trailing cables. And if something goes wrong - well, you're stuck.

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Sunset Overdrive: Exploding teddy bears, dragon fights and more in a tangerine blast

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Re: Looks fantastic

Nonsense. The games I've bought recently - Civ5, Skyrim, Elite:Dangerous (on Beta), Hearts of Iron 3 - 20 hours won't even get you started. I got 250 hours out of Tropico 4 and 2,500 hours out of Skyrim (with mods).

Certainly it's true for PC games which have been ported from console.

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Re: Looks fantastic

Twenty hours of gameplay? Is that normal for a console game?

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IT JOB OUTSOURCING: Will it ever END?

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A few

The ones I've done have involved small businesses and small networks and the replacement of an in-house server with a managed solution. After the cost of all the hardware and software and licences etc etc, it was cheaper for the employees to get their managed email and data remotely (and backed up remotely and automatically) than to run it in-house.

The upside was that it made it much easier for me to support since instead of having to remote in and fix the server every X hours, I simply told them to raise a support ticket once I'd established it wasn't an in-house problem. The downside of this was that I was actually de-skilling myself.

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Re: Perhaps sooner for IT.

I agree. It ought to be mandatory in a news article when an employers organisation bleats about a skills shortage to point out that what they really mean is "We can't get anyone to do the job for the measly salary we pay".

You'd have thought that companies - who deal with markets and supply and demand and price EVERY DAY - would have made the simple mental leap from 'We can't find anyone who will do X for price Y' to 'Let's pay more than Y'.

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RUMPY PUMPY: Bone says humans BONED Neanderthals 50,000 years B.C.

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Which begs the question

If Homo Neanderthalis and Homo Sapiens are capable of breeding and producing viable offspring who can go on to have children of their own, are they actually two separate species?

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Lords take revenge on REVENGE PORN publishers

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Re: Totally inadequate

I used to feel much the same as you but then I looked hard at recidivism rates (the rate at which criminals reoffend). These can be as high as 70% for robbery in the UK and US. So with the existing system all you're doing is bouncing these men (they're overwhelmingly men) in to jail, where they serve their time (or more likely half of it) and are back out without any mechanism for ending reoffending. Look at Denmark for a good example - it has a prison population a tenth that of the US (when adjusted for population size) and its recidivism rate is half that of the US.

I'm not suggesting that we could import the Danish system wholesale and that it would work in the same way. Every country is different. However I think that the value of the Danish system is that it shows that spending more money on justice and particularly on rehabilitation over a longer period of time offers both financial benefits and social benefits.

After all, what is the purpose of the justice system if it isn't to rehabilitate?

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MARS NEEDS WOMEN, claims NASA pseudo 'naut: They eat less

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Re: Arrogance of humans

Contempt for humanity is the only mental illness I see on display here.

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I think it's a perfectly rational solution.

If it gets us to Mars faster, then I don't care who goes, or what colour they are. I'm also sufficiently grown up not to believe that I'm not 'represented' by the first humans on Mars just because none of them have cocks.

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It's not always about you: Why the Apple Watch is all about China

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Re: I found it interesting

Well, quite. I wonder what it was about Friday morning that so upset some of the posters.

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Antarctic ice at ALL TIME RECORD HIGH: We have more to learn, says boffin

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Re: Meanwhile, in earlier news ...

No, Fosters Ice is made in a cats home.

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NASA's MAVEN enters Mars orbit to sniff its gas

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Re: figure out how Mars went from being warm and wet to the current cold and barren dried-out

I see you're using the radfem definition of misogyny there.

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Bacon-related medical breakthrough wins Ig Nobel prize

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Re: Children of the Night...

Well, indeed. If they'd asked 250 newly-minted mums or dads about how they feel about staying up late and partying, they'd have probably got a very different result.

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WRISTJOB LOVE BONANZA: justWatch sex app promises blind date hookups

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As a hockey-mask-wearing serial killer

I welcome the opportunity to lay a complex technical trail of clues that a worn-out retired gumshoe, called back to solve one last baffling case while trying to deal with his divorce/separation/drink problem, will have to follow.

It's technology like this that really reaches out to us full-time professional murtherers.

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Sun's MASSIVE solar storm belch to light up Earth's skies

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Re: WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE!!!!!

I always know when we're going to have a cloudy evening because whenever there's a weather report which says "Shortly after 10pm look to the north and you will see a mind-boggling stellar display" that invariably means "Peer out through the drizzle and low cloud to imagine what the mind-boggling stellar displays would look like, and return to your Netta Muskett novels".

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TV techies proudly display their MIGHTY BENDERS in Berlin

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Re: Why so bendy?

If the sun's shining you can go and play outside and stop watching TV.

Kids these days.

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Blighty's mighty tech skills shortage drives best job growth in years

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Re: Unsustainable and unrealistic my a**e

It's almost impossible to obtain an equivalent job in the private sector after having worked in IT for the state, in almost any capacity. Techies in education, for example, can't get out once they're in. Salaries are shit too, since they're on the same scale as the dinner ladies and cleaners.

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What could possibly go wrong? Banks could provide ID assurance for Gov.UK – report

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Re: Meh

Oh no, queuing. What a massive 'uman rights violation that is.

Private companies aren't. You're being offered ANOTHER WAY to do something. That's like saying that Stagecoach is acting as a gatekeeper to you travelling from London to Birmingham. Well, take a taxi or go on the train or take the megabus.

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Re: Meh

A 'human rights issue' is when the government locks you up for expressing an opinion. Not being able to access the government's website using your bank login details is correctly known as a 'minor inconvenience'.

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Uber, Lyft and cutting corners: The true face of the Sharing Economy

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Re: IR35

The milk delivery companies do the same. Milkmen are all self-employed, allowing their employer to dodge stuff like sick pay and maternity leave and pensions.

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We need less U.S. in our WWW – Euro digital chief Steelie Neelie

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Re: Not specific enough

Indeed, because nobody else is spying on their citizens, and not the sainted, blessed EU so beloved of some Reg readers:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Data_Retention_Directive

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Trundle, trundle, FLEEEP: iPhone 6 production grinds to halt

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Ahh...

There's nothing like keeping the iPhone 6 constant and energetically advertised through little snippety stories. So well done Apple's marketing department for leaking this to Reuters.

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True fact: 1 in 4 Brits are now TERRORISTS

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Re: ISIS

Concentration camps were (IIRC) first used by the Spaniards in their colonial wars in the Caribbean.

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Microsoft refuses to nip 'Windows 9' unzip lip slip

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Re: Meh.

Having spent a while using a touchscreen win8 device, my problem is this - there aren't enough programs available in Metro to make it a viable alternative. So you spend your whole time skipping back and forth between Metro and the desktop view, and instead of pressing the large finger-sized buttons in Metro you find yourself desperately trying to tap the tiny 'normal' sized buttons on windows in the desktop.

The charm bar works fine, if you're using a touchscreen but it is an absolute pain if you're using a mouse. The same goes for app switching. I think that it Microsoft had delayed the Win8 release for 12 months to allow manufacturers to build more touch-ready devices and had put the effort in to getting more programs ready for Win8 (Mozilla have given up developing the Metro Firefox, for example) we wouldn't all be haterz.

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Apple takes blade to 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display

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Re: Apple Macbooks

4) You're paying what the market will bear, which is about 20% more than it should be due to the trendiness of the Apple brand at the moment.

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eBay bans CD sales of metal band Burzum, citing offensive material

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Re: I don't get the complaints about Mien Kampf @John Savard

Russia did fight against Hitler. But they had been in allied to him for nearly 2 years before that, and they signed a pact which allowed them to take over Moldova, half of Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and a chunk of Finland. And they went to war with Finland on the back of that pact.

Then, after the war, they kept a tight hold on all the land they'd conquered. And then they murdered lots of people, of course.

They're just as bastardy as the Nazis.

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Nuts to your poncey hipster coffees, I want a TESLA ELECTRO-CAFE

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Decent morning beverage?

"First-world problems, eh? This is what it is like to ‘support your local independent coffee house’ – stumbling from one bunch of hopeless clowns to the next in an ultimately doomed hunt for a decent morning beverage."

I don't see how the words 'decent morning beverage' and 'soya latte' belong in the same sentence, unless it's "Soya latte is the very definition of a product which is not a decent morning beverage."

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Gmail gains support for non-ASCII email addresses

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Re: More work

People aren't 'brought together' by their differences. Three thousand years of warfare ought to have made that clear.

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Re: More work

The world does have a single main language, and that language is English, in the same way that Latin was the Lingua Franca for a millenium or more. If a Chinese person wishes to speak to a Ghanaian and they don't speak each other's language, they will probably use English.

That's not to say that email shouldn't support non-ASCII email addresses. I'm not convinced of the benefit since anything that brings us closer to using a single global language (and therefore understanding each other better) must be a good thing. But I don't see why there shouldn't be the option to use forn.

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BANGKOK-BLOCKED: Thailand's dictators 'ban dictator sim Tropico 5'

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Re: Tropico 4 was fantastic

I loved playing Tropico 4. It was a real giggle, and a challenging sim too. And that music...so catchy I'd hear it in my head when I dreamed.

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Sneaker-maker Reebok cooks up performance-enhancing BACON

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Re: Sports shoe maker Reebok is getting into the bacon business

Surely not! That would be SO out of character.

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Adam Afriyie MP: Smart meters are NOT so smart

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Re: Perfectly logical

And so that energy companies can use them to cut your power when there's not enough on the grid. They are a back-door mechanism for power rationing due to a failure to build enough capacity, thanks to a truly batshit crazy obsession with CO2 emissions.

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14 antivirus apps found to have security problems

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Was this the one...

You sold 5 (or 6, or 7, or 8) years after you bought it for nearly $400 (or $450, or $500, or $350)??

Enquiring minds want to know which figures you're using today.

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