* Posts by NW Cynic

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How's this for irony? US Navy hit with $600m software piracy claim

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An upvote...

purely for the use of Playmobil

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It's not our fault we don't hire black people, says Facebook

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JUst a thought

But what % of applicants to FB were from the BME community?

You can only (potentially) employ those that actually apply.

That said equality and diversity requirements can be slightly bonkers.

In a former life I worked for a local authority in the North West who were criticised by race relations groups for a lack of diversity and for not reflecting the borough's population. That these groups hadn't done their research seemed to pass the critics by as the council employed approx. 10% of its staff from the BME community while the BME population of the borough was a fraction over 1.5%!!!

Still people will always be outraged by something regardless of what people/companies do, good or bad.

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Man killed in gruesome Tesla autopilot crash was saved by his car's software weeks earlier

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Lawsuit..

in 5... 4... 3... 2... 1...

Cynical? Moi?

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Lester Haines: RIP

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A retrospective...

Sleep well Lester, our loss is your deity of choice's gain.

El Reg, any chance of a retrospective of Lester's greatest hits?

Beer.. well it seems as appropriate as a way to commemorate Lester.

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Q: Is it wrong to dress as a crusader for an England match?

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Re: Taking offence

I believe the technical term for what you are saying here is b@ll@cks

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Help! Our Virgin Media TiVo boxes are stuck in a loop! Help! Our Virgin..

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Ex-Customer

The litany of VM's clusterf@*ks continues, we have had an intermittent but ongoing Broadband problem in WA3 area since January 2015... Estimated fix date is mid August this year!!

According to the engineer who came to visit the problem is with the network cluster of 12 cabinets we route off and it needs major infrastructure works to resolve. I was told by one of their drones that these sort of repairs take time... Well yes I get that Einstein but 18 months?

I suspect that they were just leaving it carry on in the hope that customers wouldnt notice but as my wife now works from home a couple of days a week a reliable internet connection is a must and their attitude was appaling.

The gist of their customer service drone's response was 'well we will get it fixed eventually but until then you can always leave...' I expect that tactic has led a lot of people to put up with it. I went straight online the next time our internet was up and moved lock stock and barrel to SKY. And yes I know they aren't perfect but slow but reliable internet is better than it dropping out and staying off for hours at a time.

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Hulk Hogan's sex tape, a Silicon Valley billionaire, and a $10m revenge plot to destroy Gawker

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Public Interest...

Another case of the 'press' (and I use the term loosely) in the form of gossip rag Gawker confusing the 'public interest' with 'interesting to the public' (and even that is debateable)

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RIP Prince: You were the soundtrack of my youth

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Re: Unexpected

Keith RIchards isn't alive, he's just chemically preserved

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Reality TV Stars

I think the use of reality tv and stars in the same phrase should be banned by law!

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Kent Police handed domestic abuse victim's data to alleged abuser – a Kent cop

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Re: Disgraceful penalty

You are a clueless numpty!!

The ICO can't do anything other than fine the plod as 'Call Me Dave' and his chums have ignored repeated requests to issue the necessary statutory instruments to allow breaches of the DPA to result in prison sentences

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Re: The shyster?

You'd be stunned at the number of solicitors with a startling ignorance of the Data Protection Act.... Actually you probably wouldnt, bunch of clueless feckwits who make my life a misery

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Larry Ellison's Brit consortium in 'advanced talks' to buy Aston Villa

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I thought Bernstein was Man City Chairman?

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Utah declares 'war on smut'

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Plasticine porm..

Careful it'll Morph into something more serious...

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Censorship FTW! China bans Paris Hilton, minor Kardashians et al

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Best advert for censorship I have ever heard

Now if they can just add Piers Morgan and Donald 'Spunk' Trump (et) to the list I'll be straight to the airport

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BOFH: If you liked it then you should've put the internet in it

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All this 'time spent on the khazi' talk reminds me of a spread sheet (poor choice of words) I used to have back in the day that calculated how much you earned while on the throne.

Dredging my memory now to try and remember what the most someone earned in a visit was.

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US bus passenger cracks one off for three hours

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Coat

Loony

You can clearly see the guy's nuts...

Already leaving.

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Would you let cops give your phone a textalyzer scan after a road crash?

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Re: Don't talk to police ever

Not true, the Police's role is to investigate and gather all of the relevant evidence.

It is the prosecuting authority (the CPS in the UK) of the relevant state so it would be the DA here to decide whether or not to prosecute based on the evidence gathered.

That certain categories of crime such as DUI automatically go to prosecution is neither here nor there, the prosecution is still done by the authority not the rozzers

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Truly crap exhibition dumped on Isle of Wight

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Re: @ x 7

Yep, a couple including Parkhurst Forest right next to the 3 prisons...

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Yelp-for-people app Peeple is back – so we rated Julia, its cofounder

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Re: What? Shaddup!

Well he patently has no soul so I can only echo the 'doesn't want a soulmate guff'

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Prison butt dialler finally off-hold after 12-day anal retention marathon

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Coat

I assume he was getting a bum signal?

I know, I know... coat... leaving...

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The paperless office? Don’t talk sheet

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Re: Paperless office - about as likely as the paperless loo.

I assume you need your coat as the khazi has run out of Andrex?

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***Yoda Mode On*** In AC the stupidity is strong it is. Cannot un-stupid can I ***Yoda mode off***

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Firemen free chap's todger from four-ring chokehold

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Joke

Re: Seems unnecessary

You are Boris Johnson and I claim my £5...

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Why the Sun is setting on the Boeing 747

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In the late 80's I flew from Sydney to HK and then HK to Heathrow on the upper deck (in those days the upper deck was cattle class and as there was only 6 or 7 of us sat up there we had 2 flight crew looking after us.

The closest I will ever get to turning left as I get onto a flight!!

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999 What's your emergency: Mega millions Met call handling IT muckup?

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Re: You can't solve all your problems with air strikes.

Or a small localised fire in which no one gets hurt...

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Re: after Lockheed and Northrop Grumman won the 17-year "partnership"

Perhaps because no-one in Government can write a contract worth it's salt.

There, fixed that for you

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Brit 'naut Peake gears up for spacewalk

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Re: Spare Parts...

well played AC, well played

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Re: Spare Parts...

You can never have too many allen keys...

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Holmes

Re: According to BBC doc.

with the sleeve rolled up to hold his tabs

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Competition watchdog to rubberstamp BT gobble of EE

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Oh FFS...

Company with (insert description here) customer service bought by a customer with even more (insert description here) service...

Looks like I shall be trotting off to a new provider at the end of the month when my contract is up!

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Watch out, er, 'oven cleaners': ICO plans nuisance call crackdown in 2016

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Not strictly true Even if you have a relationship with the company you can still opt out and failure to comply with an opt out is an offence under the PECR regs but that initial call is allowed (assuming you havent checked/unchecked any boxes allowing/preventing marketing) at the point of entering the relationship with the company.

If you have told the company you dont wish to receive marketing at the outset then they can't contact you for marketing purposes.

The issue comes with what the companies define as marketing. The regs and the ICO are quite clear as it being anything which promotes something (such as the Torygraph's 'Vote for Call Me Dave' email) wherewas companies seem to see marketing as only relating to selling you something.

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After Death Star II blew: Dissecting the tech of Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens

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Re: It's not that unlikely

Victory is still a commissioned ship as I understan it and is the plum job for a naval officer hence the fact you usually see naval officers on it as well as the volunteers when you tour it.

My Uncle who was a Nuclear Submarine Commander has always said the only surface ship he would have left subs for was Victory. He had to make do with sailing a desk in Whitehall once he'd completed his time at sea!

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Beardy Branson bangs birds on Boeing

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Re: Ughh... I do not like where the world is going

I await the 'you're launching it wrong' press release from CUpertino when the iCBM goes breasts vertical

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ICO fines PPI claims firm £80,000 over 1.3m spam SMS deluge

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Re: Catch-22?

SMS or email are covered by the Privacy and Electronic Comms Regs.

In essence you have to consent to receive marketing although there is a grey area that says companies can contact you to see if you still wish not to receive marketing (although this in itself is marketing but thats by the by).

Non-response is not consent so if you have opted out and then get a message saying we will assume you want our sh** if you dont reply then you aren't required to reply and any marketing you receive subsequently is illegal.

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DS5: Vive la différence ... oh, and throw away the Citroën badge

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A case in point

being the East Lancs Road between Manchester and Liverpool.

I regularly drive the stretch from Manchester City Centre/A6 at Salford to the M6 at Haydock and if you maintain a constant 45-50 rather than rattling along at 60 where the limit allows you can get all the way along without being caught by the lights.

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French Playmobil heist: El Reg denies involvement

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Re: No surprise here

Costs a small fortune these days...

Daughter is getting this for Xmas, http://www.tesco.com/direct/playmobil-5265-summer-fun-large-furnished-hotel/427-3931.prd?pageLevel=&skuId=427-3931

It will no doubt take a good couple of hours for daddy to build given its Ikea quality instructions!!

The saving grace was when I doubled my clubcard vouchers I only actually paid about £20

pint because I will need one after trying to put the @*&#!,; thing together

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Phone-fondling docs, nurses sling patient info around willy-nilly

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IE8...Luxury! I am viewing El Reg via IE6 her in my particular Trust!!

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Virgin Media whines about Sky's customer service claims, ad watchdog agrees

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Re: Why only private companies

Actually at 30 mph there is a 50/50 chance a person hit will die so it does kill half the time if you're a pedestrian!

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Music lovers move to block Phil Collins' rebirth

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Never on the face of (Deity's) green Earth were Genesis a 'rock' band.. 'Prog' almost certainly but 'Rock', never ever!

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Online pharmacy slapped with £130,000 fine for flogging customer data

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Re: So

To be fair there was bugger all they could do about Phorm as they didn't have the powers to act then in the way they can now.

I'm all for kicking my former employer when necessary but it's a bit harsh to criticise them for something they couldnt do.

Oh and as for jail sentances the possibility is there in the revised legislation, it just needs 'Call me Dave' and his bunch of cronies to sign it off. Something they and their predecessors have been consciensciously avoiding for the last few yrs.

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After Burner: Sega’s jet-fighting, puke-inducing arcade marvel

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Ahhhh G-Loc

Still the only arcade game I have ever completed.

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NASA reveals secret 1970s SPACE PANTS

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Re: Laboratory Coat

No ink stain, obligatory NASA issue pocket protector also provided.

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In redneck heaven, internet outages are the American Way

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Re: Eat steak the American way?

And we won't talk about the abomination that Americans call bacon...

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Your gadget batteries endanger planes, says Boeing

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Re: Eh?

The cynic in me feels its probably a smattering of both

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Ant-Man: Big ideas, small payoff

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Re: Oh Dear!

Phuq Witt by name... Phuq Witt by nature.

Its a STORY ffs!

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Happy NukeDay to you! 70 years in the shadow of the bomb post-Trinity

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Re: Whatever happenned to the good old says?

With politicians with a modicum of brains?

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Cupertino GIVES IN to Taylor Swift, will pay Apple Music royalties

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Who?

dan 1980, I think you'll find Messrs Daltrey and Townsend said 'the new boss is as bad as the old boss' or words to that effect long before our esteemed El Reg Hack/Columnist Andrew O

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Noshing moth menaces misled into male-on-male mating

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***awaits link to 'Won't somebody thing of the baby moths' article in the Daily Fail***

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Millions of voters are missing: It’s another #GovtDigiShambles

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5 million odd you say...

Looks like I might be in for a quiet 15+ hour day running a polling station on May 7th then!

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