* Posts by NW Cynic

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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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Pint

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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Woman caught on CCTV performing drunken BJ blew right to privacy

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By the way...

VERY disappointed that no commentards has used the phrase 'taking the p155' so far, especially as its Friday!

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Re: Pregnant women + very drunk

Or rather welcome to Shirley Towers most likely...

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Another GDS cockup: Rural Payments Agency cans £154m IT system

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Hmmmmm...

Government IT system not fit for purpose.... That's never happened before has it!!

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Sir Terry remembered: Dickens' fire, Tolkien's imagination, and the wit of Wodehouse

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Pint

Bugger!

A further recommendation for 'Guards Guards' as a starting point, it was the first one I read and I have read all of Sir Pterry's books since.

A sad comment on the universe when someone who contributes to humanity passes while an oxygen thief like Piers Morgan still wanders this realm.

RIP Sir Pterry, may the Great A'Tuin guide you through eternity (but remember not to fall off the edge of the rim and always head hubwards)

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Canadian bloke refuses to hand over phone password, gets cuffed

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David Cameron?

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National Rugby League boots 'metadata' right into Australia's face

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Pint

Re: *cough*

*cough*

Soccer... Football to your average Aussie is Rugby League or ARL

That said the A-League is way behind the NRL and the ARL but growing.

As an aside the NRL Integrity Unit is a total shambles but that's another story to debate long into the night with other Rugby League fans.

Beer... well what else do you have when watching the game?

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PENGUINS are just TASTELESS, say boffins

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Re: Not only are they tasteless...

Shirley they taste like chicken?

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Meerkats helped Ofcom unlock White Space spectrum-hopping

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Simples...

I welcome our furry Insurance Comparing Overlords/

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Boy, 16, cuffed after posting selfie with body of kid he allegedly killed

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Facepalm

Just when you think people can't plumb new depths of stupid

Along comes this candidate for the Darwin Award to prove people are always striving for peak stupidity!

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: The Red Dwarf chilli chutney egg sarnie

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Re: Student fayre

Ahh Patak's, Leigh's finest foodstuff.

That reminds me, must go to the shop at the factory for some more Chutney and Pickle

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Win! The Ultimate Cash 'n' Carrion Survival Kit

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Re: Said with love...

All well and good but how the hell did you get the Delorean in there in the first place?

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Mad Frankie Maude hangs up his axe

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Hmmm.. not sure I totally agree with your claim of him championing transparency when he heads a dept that is one of the worst in central govt for responding to FOI requests.

Like most politicians he is a snake oil salesman who will support whichever voter base is funding his campaign.

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Re: Blearghh

Beat me to it...

Its seems Mad Frankie has a rather unique interpretation of the word 'brilliant'.

Brilliant is only applicable to Gideon if suffixed by ' -ly inept (other scatological descriptions can be used)'

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UK Scouts database 'flaws' raise concerns

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Re: CRB

Ian Huntley had been noticed and recorded, its just the dumb asses at a succession of Cop shops didn't bothered to a) share their concerns or b) bother to check the PNC

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DANGER: Is that 'hot babe' on Skype a sextortionist?

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Re: They failed to obey the first rule of digital imagery

What? P**s against a wall while cocking a leg?

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Lube company merger receiving second 'in-depth' probe

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Coat

Provision of lube...

Whatever happens with this merger we all know someone is going to get F****d

Mine's the one with the 'Reading for Discerning Gentlemen' in the pocket

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ISS Robonaut gets LEGLESS ... in spaaaace

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Joke

I assume they tried turning it off and on again?

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Ex-Microsoft Bug Bounty dev forced to decrypt laptop for Paris airport official

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Joke

Re: Ego tits?

Maybe her 'I do not understand' shrug when asked to logon wasn't sufficiently gallic enough?

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US Navy's LASER CANNON WARSHIP: USS Ponce sent to Gulf

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Facepalm

Re: science eh?

The headline of the article didn't give you a clue then? Just asking.

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Assange's WikiLeaks: Give generously this Xmas – for STATUE of our DEAR LEADER

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Coffee/keyboard

Re: Suggestion

Upvoted Sir, brew everywhere...

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'I don't NEED to pay' to watch football, thunders EU digi-czar

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Re: Good luck on that one.

Actually not true, all 6 nations games are protected so have to be shown free to air.

The only England rugby games on Sky are the Autumn internationals as ITV have the rights to the RU World Cup

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Apple knob refusenik Sir Jony Ive handed award - for talking BOLLOCKS

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Sorry...

must have missed the millisecond where RB was ever funny!

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Sick of the 'criminal' lies about pie? Lobby the government HERE

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Pie Barm

All this talk of pies has got me in the mood for a pie barm or a Wigan kebab

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