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That enough, folks? Starbucks tosses £5m into UK taxman's coffers

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Hard to get excited

This is just a PR stunt, as they have already said that they will now have to close or move stores in areas that make little or no money. So they are going to close stores and claim that it's the governments fault as they had to pay tax.

"A spokeswoman said the company was now "undertaking measures to make Starbucks profitable in the UK".

She added unprofitable stores would be closed or relocated and there would be a "greater reliance on franchised and licensed stores". (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-23019514)

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Our week with Soylent: Don't chuck out your vintage food quite yet

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@Tom 35

Quite a lot of the good health food shops will make you peanut butter from just peanuts. The first time I tried it was from a shop in Wisbech (of all ungodly places)

It is possible to make your own, although you do need a good food processor and some form of oil to help bind it (unless you have a press, and then you can go 100% peanut) see http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Peanut-Butter for more info.

As for Soylent, I'm tempted :-)

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Glasgow subway's new smart tickets aren't, moan passengers

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Boo Hoo

I commute from Norwich to Ipswich and that costs £306 per month.

Now that's expensive!

And what do I get for this?

An ageing fleet, no free wifi, congestion on the tracks, sometimes I do however get a seat.

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El Reg rocket squad poised to select Ultimate Cuppa teabag

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Re: Yorkshire Gold!

Totally agree on all counts. All water should be filtered. And as for the choice of defacto tea +1 to you sir

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Ferocious fungus imperils future of British gin and tonic

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When this crisis is over will Brian Blessed do a news item declaring

"Gordons Alive!"

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Suck it Vine: Instagram adds 15-second video clips with fancy filters

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Yeah but....

can you show nipples?

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Offensive, iconoclastic internet trolls will NOT be prosecuted, says DPP

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This is not only allowed but this is positively encouraged.

In fact they are debating in parliament on whether this should be rule 1 of the twitter EULA

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Keir Starmer is in fact Spartacus!

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Chinese hackers launch PRISM scare campaign

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Re: "Widespread interest"?

No one expects the spannish inquisition........etc

I can understand the lack of interest as a free thinking libtard Brit :-)

In the UK we are not surprised by this, as we all know about Bletchly Park and the work it carried out in WWII. If it wasn't for the work of the code breakers and spy network then Norwich wouldn't still be on the map (or summink)

It's just that the whole of prism is a bit of a non story for a lot of us, and the media has tried to fuel this by negative reporting. Yes some people have their emails scanned, it has happened for a while. Yes some calls are recorded (and not just for training dolphins or porpoises) And yes some people are outraged as they seeminly had no idea that communications could be intercepted on such a high level. However a lot of people was never under any illusion that facebook, G+ and twitter are public and that sometimes keywords in communications are flagged for investigation.

apologies if you thought I was trying to use surprise, well surprise and fear, and maybe fanatical devotion to the pope as weapons against your post.

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Re: "Widespread interest"?

I am both a guardian reader and an El Reg reader and yet I don't care much about it. For every commentard that bangs on about how terrible it is that spy organisations harvest data for their spying needs there are hundreds that don't actually care that much.

Next you will be telling me that the CCTV cameras in the town centre are monitored.

And as for the conspiracy theory nutters, yeah PRISM is a smokescreen for the bilderberg / G8 / Aliens seen over moscow stories.

MEH MEH MEH!

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Hey mobile firms: About that Android thing... Did Google add a lockout clause?

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Oh, this old chestnut

Maybe Ford should be investigated because I can't have a Mercedes engine in my Focus.

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Google erases G8 venue from Earth: Microsoft doesn't

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Conspiracy theory !

Both maps are correct - Bing shows the public hologram of a twee golf course and hotel whilst Google shows the truth, if you zoom in you can clearly see the opening to the lower forth dimension.

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Microsoft lures buy-curious vixens, corduroys with a cheap fondle

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If they touted these at IT pro's then I would actually buy one.

I would not pay retail price for one though.

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Internet fraud still stings suckers

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Social Engineering Scams work best

And I can prove this - all you need to do is register on my website for more info

*credit card required

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NSA: We COULD track you by your phone ... if we WANTED to

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Well imagine that

A security agency states that it could carry out activities that could be described as spying.

Next you will be telling us that bears defecate in a woods.

The whole of Prism is such a non story.

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NSA PRISM snoop-gate: Won't someone think of the children, wails Apple

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Re: I am not a terrorist

Dear John,

Presumably you walk around with your tin foil hat on and a hoody obscuring your face. You probably have camera resistant number plates and move house every 6 months so that you don't show up on the electoral register. You may of even elected to have some form of surgery so that you can no longer be recognised?

Hmm, probably not. So what are you and all the other posters so afraid of? You have been monitored in some form since your birth. You have been registered on so many systems. Just what kind of activities are you getting up to that are making yourself and a majority of others so paranoid? Yeah I hear all the talk about erosion of privacy and all that. Maybe it's just that your life is more exciting than mine. Maybe you worry about the data that they hold. Me on the other hand am more worried that I'll forget to put the bins out tomorrow. And some how I feel that the "authorities" don't actually care about that soft of thing.

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Re: I am not a terrorist

Surely if you are not a terrorist then you have nothing to hide, except maybe a few obscure specialist site subscriptions maybe.

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Julian Assange: Google's just an arm of US government

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Re: Die Julian...

Whilst I am rather bored of this David Icke wannabe I cannot wish him death. That's a bit nasty......

But I do want him extradited so that we can all move on.

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Google launches broadband balloons, radio astronomy frets

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Pirate

I am trying my hardest to remember the hoax news article. Ah yes that's right The Pirate Bay proclaimed that they would user drones \ balloons.

Like this

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EU signs off on eCall emergency-phone-in-every-car plan

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Only a few minor issues to work through

What happens when we leave Europe and use a different nymber?

What happens when the ecall device is cloned \ hacked?

What happens if you can't get a GPS signal?

What happens if you get a flat battery?

What happens if you export a car to Japan, or some other country that drives on the left.

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Badger bloodbath brouhaha brings 'bodge' bumpkin bank burgle bluster

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Well done dickheads

National Farmers Union Mutual Insurance Society insures more than just farmers. In fact anyone can join and receive the benefits of some of the most incredibly cheap insurance that you will ever encounter.

I am against the cull of badgers and would prefer that farmers sort out their biosecurity. I am not against businesses carrying out legitimate business.

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What do you mean WHY is Sony PS4 so pricey in Oz?

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I read as far as

We gingers are supposed to be bright to make up for our hideous genetic deformity.

*that's the precise point I spat food all over my desk

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Whoever recently showed us the secret documents: Do get in touch

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Black Helicopters

Like anyone is going to fall for that old chestnut. This is obviously a cunning trap

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NSA accused of new crimes ... against slideware

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Re: Death BY Powerpoint

But they couldn't actually use a Prism as that prior art is held by Pink Floyd

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Cold, dead hands of Steve Jobs slip from iPhones: The Cult of Ive is upon us

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Bloomin 'eck

It's not like Apple murder kittens, the design is OK

the unlock screen looks like jellybean and the icons look like big shiny kids drawings of what computer icons should look like.

It's not gonna set the world on fire, but hey - no drowned kitties

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PM Cameron calls for modern, programmable computers! (We think)

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Devil

Those new programmable computers will never catch on.

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Chrome and Firefox are planet-wreckers, IE cuddles dolphins

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Bigger Picture Please

It may be less power hungry on a client PC but what is the overall cost in terms of power?

How much power does the development office use compared to the others?

How much power do the development servers use compared to the other?

How much power is used in getting the developers to work?

Do the developers take pack up? Or do they use a canteen?

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Tim Cook: Android version fragmentation is 'terrible for developers'

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Re: Android Winning

You're not wrong, have you seen the improved unlock screen.

It looks remarkably like a jellybean format. I know you can't do much with the digital format of the clock, but same font, same position. Even my Apple friends have joked they are using a Samsung Apple hybrid.

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Author Iain (M) Banks falls to cancer at 59

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Pint

A loss to the bookshelves

<-----it should be whisky

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Gourmet chemists sniff out ultimate cheese on toast

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Croque Madame uses an egg rather than pineapple

Apparently the addition of a pineapple is called Croque Hawaien

<-----knowing this makes me unhappy - damn the internet!

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Take 2 slices of bread, toast on one side until dark brown. Any bread will do, except bread with seed toppings. Bread with seed toppings have no place in my house. Grate the extra mature cheese whilst the grill is doing it's job. Next lightly toast the other side, but only lightly. Don't take your eyes off it for one moment. Grills know when you are not looking at them and will incinerate bread within seconds. Once it is lightly toasted it is permissible to spead the light side with butter. No other spread is an option, so no comments on how you prefer soya is utterly stork. Heap the cheese on the lightly toasted and buttered side, and then gently pat down with your palm. You will then be required to dash a little Worcester sauce and a tadge of chilli sauce on it. Of course these are optional if you are in your own kitchen, but in my kitchen they are not. You now need to grill them, I find the best thing to do is place that at the back of the grill pan and push it all the way back. Of course this has many issues, namely poor visibility. As you want it to toast and melt. At no point should you take your eyes off the melting glory. Once the surface of the cheese is starting to brown over remove from grill pan, remembering to burn your hands and eat it whilst it's hot. For those worrying about grease running down their chin simply man up and grow a beard.

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Culture Sec: You - Google. Where's the off switch for all this filth?

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Childcatcher

When you start to filter things you get all manner of anomalies.

*Won't somebody think of the people that live in Scunthorpe!

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Raspberry Pi DUMBS DOWN to target world+dog

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I don't think that this is a bad idea at all. You have to start somewhere.

The Pi recently featured on the BBC springwatch program as a board that can record metrics for bird boxes. The average user with an interest in nature may be put off if it's too complicated to set up.

By simplifying the process you open the board up to users that have little interest in programming but do have an interest in other fields. Not everyone wants to program or do some HAB.

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Amazon yoinks Dora and SpongeBob from Netflix for MEELLLIONS

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Bad News \ Good News

Oh Fudge - My kiddies aint gonna be pleased about Dora moving from netflix.

Although that's champaign time for me and Mrs Gnome

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Who should play the next Doctor? Nominations needed!

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It should me me! Purely based on ...

1. I'm ginger

2. I already wear a waistcoat and pocket watch

3. A casual interest in technology

4. My Electronic Cigarette actually looks like a sonic screwdriver since I modified it.

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Thirty-five years ago today: Space Invaders conquer the Earth

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Ahh happy happy place

I think the true testament to this game and others of this ilk is the test of time. If you walk up any seafront you will soon stumble upon a true gem like space invaders. I understand what PaulyV means though, as it does seem that a lot of arcades have replaced machines with the quid a go brigade. My advice is to go deeper into the arcades.

Strangely travelling fairs seem to have a great collection of old games, and council run leisure centres also seem to have them.

Even now, I hear Gorf calling to me.

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Fairphone hits sales target for 'PC' phone

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I have been looking at this phone with interest, although spec wise it's a bit mishmash

Android 4.2

Chipset - MTK6589 (quad-core) 1.2 Ghz

System Memory - 16GB + 1GB (RAM)

Primary Screen- 4.3 qHD (960x540 pixels)

Glass - Dragontrail Glass

Primary Camera - 8MP AF (stabilization + image sensor)

Secondary Camera - 1.3 megapixels

Battery 2000mAh (Replaceable battery)

Weight 165 g

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LOHAN team regroups for second pop at SPEARS

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When are you going to scale this up so that Lester can get a ride?

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Review: Philips Hue network enabled multicolour lightbulbs

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Re: Flick switch, light turns on

£179.95 price tag or a light switch?

Hmm I'm with you on this!

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PayPal denies stiffing bug-hunting teen on bounty

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Re: Good old Paypal - Did you know?

You are the reason EULA.......

Oh Fudge! and here was me thinking that it was their failure to authenticate on this occasion.

I guess I will be super careful from now on, just in case I make the EULA even worse for people like you.

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Good old Paypal - Did you know?

There site and service is terrible.

Did you know that you can link your bank account and make a couple of transactions? You did, I thought so.

Did you know that you can then close your bank account and continue to pay for things using Paypal? You didn't, oh well you can.

Did you know it takes a couple of days (at least) for Paypal to notice? Great system isn't it.

I had actually paid for some items, had them delivered before they even noticed.

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Sacred islet Rockall defeats Brit adventurer

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8 Meters!!!

For anyone that hasn't been to sea, and I don't mean a ferry to france....imagine if you can a terrace house made of water crashing into you on a near constant basis. Coupled with constant three directional motion.

It's akin to waterboarding whilst on a spinny office chair.

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Sacred islet Rockall repels Brit adventurer's first assault

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yes, does this mean we owe you a quid?

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Look out, fanbois! EVIL charger will inject FILTH into your iPHONE

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Re: Secure compared to Windows

But I have a double deadbolt on my windows and only a bowl protecting my apple.

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Asus boasts of Haswell fondleslab threesome to get Acer hot under collar

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Terminator

“We seek to find a perfect balance between engineering and humanity.”

"Ladies and gentlemen, this is the T101"

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Motorola shows off tattoo and swallowable password hardware

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Re: Tatoos?

Are yes, but these ones are pronounced twat-oo's

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Microsoft offers free keyboard covers for Surface RT

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For those that didn't bother to read the small print....

It also includes a free brown paper bag with 2 eye holes cut into it so you remain anonymous.

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A Bluetooth door lock that puts the kettle on? NOW we're in the future

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Proteus IV

"Bzzt Once I have let you in and put the kettle on will you let me out of this box? Bzzzt"

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NASA: Trip to Mars would exceed 'fatal cancer' radiation risk

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Re: superhero powers

Tell that to the Fantastic Four!

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Kettle 'which looks like HITLER' brews up sturm in a teacup

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I thought it looked like Eadon, that kettle clearly hates Microsoft!

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