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* Posts by NW Cynic

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Hey, it's ... Gecko man, Gecko man, does almost whatever a GECKO can

NW Cynic

Re: Glass, hmm..

Have a +1 sir for that blast from the past

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Why can't a mobile be more like a cordless kettle?

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Joke

Re: "two wireless charging factions"

F**k off... Splitter

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FALL of the MACHINES: How to KILL the Google KARATE BOT, by our expert

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Nothing to see here... move along...

Now if it was a robotic shark with the obligatory frikkin lasers we might be talking

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Behold the Lumia 535 NOTkia: Microsoft wipes Nokia brand from mobes

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Re: Just one question....

Hmmm sounds like iOS to me too...

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Robot deputy blasts possibly explosive Mexican beans with CANNON in 'controlled explosion'

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Anyone else see the irony...

in the name of the heroic spokesman in the 'War on Terror'/Vegetables (delete as appropriate) having the surname Koran?

I'm sure someone (answers on a postcard) will see that as evidence of some sort of government conspiracy against immigrant veg!

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Dead pilot named in tragic Virgin Galactic spaceship crash

NW Cynic

Re: Not Necessarily the Engine

Don't you be coming around here with your knowledge and expertise... what we need is snap judgements and baseless hyperbole.

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Cray-cray Met Office spaffs £97m on VERY AVERAGE HPC box

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Re: 16TFlops for £97m???

They're getting the storage from Apple

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ROGUE SAIL BOAT blocks SPACE STATION PODULE blastoff

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Re: Hmm...

Yes... one of those ones that turns into a submersible to allow him to enter his volcanic lair unseen

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HUGE SHARK as big as a WWII SUBMARINE died out, allowing whales to exist

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Re: Just imagine

Thats why they died out... no frickin' laser beams

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Sporty in all but name: Peugeot 308 e-THP 110

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Re: Yuk

Does it come with indicators because most of the f@ck nuggets driving BMWs on the M6 during my daily commute don't seem to have them?

It can be the only reason for their inability to use them when wildly veering across 3 lanes to get where they want to be 15 seconds ahead of the pack!

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Kingston's aviation empire: From industry firsts to Airfix heroes

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Re: Can I just ask here

Their site in the UK is less than glamourous too, it just looks like a hangar on a small private airfield rather than an aircraft manufacturer, tucked away as it is next to Whitecliff Bay on the IoW.

I should also add it has survived despite several changes of ownership and near collapse on more than one occassion.

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Murdoch to Europe: Inflict MORE PAIN on Google, please

NW Cynic

Google contributing to the destruction of News International? I'd say that's clear evidence Google are living their Do No Evil' mantra to the full

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Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water

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From a personal perspective I have always found CPW far less agressive and hard sell than P4U but that isn't saying much!!

My last couple of phones have come via online channels as I am perfectly happy to wait a day or 2 to get my hands on my new kit.

Tariff wise it doesnt help that the same company (EE I'm looking at you) has such a varied price structure among its brands

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Carphone Warehouse, Dixons return from honeymoon with injured numbers

NW Cynic

Hardly surprising since their online offering is bonkers too

Mrs Cynic wanted a Asus T100 Transformer Tablet with Windows (I know, I know) so looked online for best prices.

32gb model at PC World came in cheapest (£229 online vs £249 in store) yet for some bizarre reason you could only 'reserve and collect' for collection and payment at some stores. For other stores you could only purchase online for instore collection!!

It can't be a space issue as I live roughly halfway between 2 stores and the much much larger store was the one that didn't offer 'reserve and collect'.

Mind you it didn't get any better in store, the muppets had picked the Android version when I went to collect it!!

And they wonder why their physical stores are dying on their arses!!

As an aside the T100 is actually a useful bit of kit for what my wife wants and it has expandable memory unlike a certain fruit based kit provider.

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Yes, but what are your plans if a DRAGON attacks?

NW Cynic

Re: Hmmm..

Trust me WDTK is FAR FAR from the place that most FOIs come from.

Most of them come directly to us via corporate inboxes.

In 4 years I have received about 20 FOIs from WDTK vs 400+ via the corporate inbox.

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Hollywood star Robin Williams dies of 'suspected suicide' at 63

NW Cynic

Re: Disbelief

Not much I can add to what has been said elsewhere other than to say 'Live at The met' is possibly one of the funniest comeday shows you will ever see, pure genius albeit fragile, flawed and human.

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You didn't get the MeMO? Asus Pad 7 Android tab is ... not bad

NW Cynic

Re: ASUS Intel Tablet Android App compatability

I have 2 of these, albeit the previous iteration, both of which have Skype and run without any problems over WiFi, even my parents rather flaky BT connection!!

A good value tablet which I use mainly as a media player and we have the second for my daughter for much the same reason. Far easier than lugging a portable DVD player and DVDs with us when we go anywhere.

Peronally I've never had any problems other than running certain branded apps on my daughter's tablet, the House of Mouse ones are terrible for draining the battery life if you don't shut them down properly.

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Evidence during FOI disputes can be provided in SECRET

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Re: AC obviously

Not strictly true actually, the only companies directly subject to FOI are those wholly owned by a public authority/public authorities such as Manchester Airport Group or various Housing Depts that council's have hived off.

That said public authorities will often include clauses in contracts with suppliers to say the information relating to the company and their involvement in public contracts may be disclosed as part of a FOI request.

Even so you could refuse an FOI made to you as the Act doesnt apply to you, only the authority you are providing a service for.

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NW Cynic

Actually it makes sense (albeit in a FOI context).

If information is exempt from disclosure and the requestor goes to the Tribunal where it is disclosed to them as part of the process it defeats the object of the exemption(s) in the first place.

That said I can see an argument for a requester's legal representatives having access as part of the process but given that many people that go to the Tribunal represent themselves so we again find ourselves in the position of circumventing the exemptions.

Tthe commercial interests exemption is a mess anyway but that's a whole different story!

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Murdoch calls for ISPs to be liable for users' activities

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FAIL

Obvious that senility has set in...

Last time I checked he was a major shareholder in Sky which apart from being the purveyor of 000's of pointless TV channels is also an ISP...

So essentially he is legislating, or at least looking to if he spreads this manta worldwide, against himself!

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El Reg nips down IKEA's 'I've Got A Screw Loose Street'

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Re: But the demanding public need to know...

Not forgetting 3 hundred weight of tealights and a bag of treat size Daim Bars!

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Comet-chasing Rosetta spies SWEATY prey

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Coffee/keyboard

Have an upvote sir... and you owe me a new keyboard... brew everywhere!

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Rockall pod-dweller braces for stormy weather

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Joke

Re: How does he take a dump?

away from the wind at a wild guess...

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'World’s dumbest' suspect collared in Facebook sting

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Joke

Re: not password protected?

Says the Admin with some of Red Tube's finest tales for Discerning Gentlemen downloaded

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PICS ON GROUND: Cabbies PARALYZE London in Uber rebellion

NW Cynic

French taxis..

pfft, try Naples taxi drivers!

Imagine the Italian Job (the proper one not the shonky remake with that Wahlberg bloke) on speed and you are getting close.

Possible the scariest 20 minutes of my life.

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GAME ON: Top 10 tellies for a World Cup kicking

NW Cynic

Re: So much money.....

Not quite, Russia is the next one... Qatar is the one after

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Plucky Playmonaut bails out of smoking Vulture 2

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Coat

I assume the Playmonaut was listening to Drake on his iPod?

Ok, ok, I'm leaving!

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Watch Dogs: Eat, sleep, hack, repeat

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FAIL

Re: PS4 version looking pretty fine here.

Because Sony NEVER pay marketing/publishing companies to 'fluff' their goods do they?

Oh and who are this Conte Nast you speak of?

I assume you mean the multi billion pound publishing company Conde Nast who are no doubt as willing to take Sony's cash as Microsofts!!

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French teen fined for illegal drone flight

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Mushroom

Re: I read that as...

Does the loser die? If so I'm sure can come up with a comprehensive list of participants with (insert fcuk nugget of choice) top of the list!

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For your next privacy panic, look no further than vending machines

NW Cynic

Re: Masks

You forgot Piers Morgan

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Don't snap SELFIES at the polls – it may screw up voting, says official

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Like I havent got enough to think about tomorrow....

I now have to stop numpties taking selfies in the polling booth!!!

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NASA preps flying saucer ballocket flight

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Joke

Patents...

Does this not infringe on some LOHAN patent or other?

You must sue, its the responsible thing to do.

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Curiosity GOUGES AND SCORCHES Mars with drill and laser

NW Cynic

Where's the safety barriers?

Have you had a slip, trip or fall that wasn't your fault?

Then call NASA on 1-800-DONTFALLIN

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US alliance strengthens LOHAN imaging arsenal

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Pint

Last Words

To record the last words of the Hero Playmonaut before he launches himself into the unknown strapped atop a lit firework...

Playmonaut, we salute you and raise a glass in your honour.

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Teen jailed for ARMED ROBBERY says he and pals had been inspired by Grand Theft Auto

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Pint

Re: Anti-game crusaders in 5, 4, 3......

or he'd have stolen loads of crisps and chocolate to feed an attack of the post pot munchies*....

*so I've been told

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Chinese iWatchers: Apple's WRISTPUTERS ALREADY in production

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Coat

Re: Off the cuff

***cough*** iT-Shirts ***cough***

OK, leaving already...

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Stone the crows, Bouncer! BT defends TV recorder upgrade DELETION snafu

NW Cynic

Re: I'm no Murdoch fan but...

As someone who does Data Protection for a day job I've seen some pretty shonky uses of DP as an excuse but I have to say BT have taken the prize here.

I cannot possibly conceive that this information is personal data unless the owner of the box is in some of the programmes stored on the HDD. Even then it would only be the programmes they are in that would be affected and in reality how many people would that cover? Probably Jake Humphrey and Clare 'National Treasure' Balding plus one or 2 others!!

Totally baffling!

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Honeybee boffin STINGS OWN WEDDING TACKLE... for SCIENCE

NW Cynic

Did it double his manhood in size?

Is this a new El Reg Metric, the Bee Sting Pain Scale?

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USA opposes 'Schengen cloud' Eurocentric routing plan

NW Cynic

Waaaahh Waaaahh

Mom those darn Europeeeens aint playing fair and are stopping us snooping on them...

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White House blasts Samsung for tweeting Obama-Ortiz selfie

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Not News...

See title

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El Reg's Deep Outback XP upgrade almost foiled by KILLER ARACHNIDS

NW Cynic
Mushroom

Re: Don't use fly spray

Not if you light it first

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Morrisons supermarket hit by MASSIVE staff payroll data robbery

NW Cynic

That would be funny...

... were it not for the fact I've worked at places where that sort of logic prevailed!!

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ICO issues guidelines on #FOI #requests through Twitter, Facebook

NW Cynic

Except FOI responses arent always as black and white as you seem to believe.

Its entirely possible that an FOI response might contain the personal data or the requestor which would be disclosed to them (albeit under S7 of the DPA) but not to anyone else under FOI.

Your view is far too simplistic and doesnt reflect the often conflicting realities of responding to FOI requests.

And yes I do have a vested interest here as I am a FOI officer who oftens spends his days butting heads with Service Directors to get information released, mainly because they have an ingrained bias against disclosure.

FWIW although technically right in law i think allowing FOI requests via twitter is a fundamentally daft idea unless the request is very simple.

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Oscars backer Samsung can't catch a break: Host Ellen snaps stars on iOS

NW Cynic

#NotNews

See title...

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Steve Jobs statue: Ones and ohs and OH NOES – it's POINTING at us

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Modern art maybe... if a pickled (insert species Damian Hirst has pickled most recently) animal is art then that certainly is!!

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Birds Eye releases 'mashtags' social spud snacks

NW Cynic

Re: Mashtags....

You forgot #JustSaying

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This tool demands access to YOUR ENTIRE DIGITAL LIFE. Is it from GCHQ? No - it's by IKEA

NW Cynic

Re: Cheap

200 tealights, a hot dog and one of those bags of sml Daim bars?

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NW Cynic

Only if the data being collected is personal data and I would surmise that much of the data potentially collected by the app wouldnt be personal data.

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Korean credit card bosses offer to RESIGN over huge data breach

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Sounds like a job description for a politician!

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UK.gov recruiting 400 crack CompSci experts to go into teaching

NW Cynic

Re: By Gove! I think he's got it!

Its nothing to do with not liking change, its because he's a pompous, self promoting arse biscuit who thinks he's beyond reproach and doesn't listen to his advisors (proper ones, not the political apparatchiks that are SPADs)

And before anyone asks no I'm not a teacher or married/related to one.

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