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Judge: Your boss has no right to your emails held by a third party

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Ooh. Wouldn't this be sweet if it torpedoed the (latest) outsourcing fad? "We can't send the jobs to Elbonia, we'd have no oversight over their email. They could be up to anything behind our back!"

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Windows Phone 8 has a secret feature which may activate at any time

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Just had a thought...

Won't most hotspots mandate manual login so they know that the user has deliberately ticked "I have agreed to the terms and conditions" (and their arse is therefore legally covered?)

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In the loop: how Halo defined a new decade of first-person shooters

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I don't think it's fair to say Call of Duty didn't push any boundaries either; When Modern Warfare 4 came out it had the most photorealistic engine seen to date, with a Tom Clancy Russians/terrorists/nukes plot that stayed just on the right side of believability. It was also the first game I remember with a cinematic 'movie' style plot that went as far as two weave the storylines of two different groups together - I can't recall any other game where things were kept fresh by jumping the player between characters.

Unfortunately when it went massive it became something of a victim of it's own momentum; with Treyarch pumping out a COD title every other year that you could describe as not-as-good if you wanted to be very charitable, even the Infinity Ward follow ups weren't quite as good as the first Modern Warfare.

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Sock-wielding movie pirates go to prison

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Re: a porn film starring Jo Brand

Thanks for that mental image.

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El Reg seeks hoardiest reader for crap-stashtic honour

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I seem to recall

that Douglas Adam's book The meaning of Liff had a word for gubbins that becomes essential as soon as you turf it out. Can't remember what the word was though.

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Android games console jumps to Jelly Bean for penultimate test phase

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I thought that was "Games must have a free to play version." Which to my knowledge meant you can sell your game on OUYA if you have a free demo available. I think they're aiming for plenty of content with minimal outlay ASAP to better the OUYA's chances of taking off, not gearing developers toward the freemium model. At least I hope not.

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Lindsay Lohan storm over Hitler, Hurricane tweets: 'It was hackers'

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You forgot the inverted commas...

... around "tired and emotional".

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Valve taps testers for Linux Steam

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Surely they shouldn't be...

Looking for experienced Linux jockeys? At some point they'll need to see if Steam Linux can be installed by people who can just barely install Linux itself but will just stare blankly at you if you mention the terminals, sudo, man pages etc.

Unless they can't get Steam to run on Linux and are looking for help?[/joke]

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Operators turn UK bonking consortium into Google-killer

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People currently grudgingly tolerate ads online (or block them where possible) but the 'normal' state for being online usually implies you are sat somewhere comfy with a nice big screen. People using mobile browsing are going places and doing stuff, and the NFC is probably an important part of that (e.g. buying a travel ticket.) At best the ads will not be seen because the phone is hovering over a tap-to-pay, at worst people will become angry with the brands that get shoved in their face this way.

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Sony posts, pulls PlayStation Store update

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If the overhaul was done by the same team that did the current version, I'm not surprised it's crap. I wish they'd stop faffing about with the appearance and concentrate on making the underlying structure quick and responsive. I swear most days the waiting for screens to load in the store is like being on dialup.

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Craig, Connery or ... Dalton? Vote now for the ultimate James Bond

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Obvious to see

That overall we much prefer the pared-back 'violence and shagging' Bonds of Craig and Connery. Although I must admit I'm one of those that grew up in the Moore era - his appeal was that he made it look easy and effortless. You could picture him deactivating a bomb with one hand while unzipping a girl's dress with the spare fingers on the hand holding his Martini. Classic "author-insertion-fantasy-persona" stuff. I can see how he'd annoy those who were used to a 'proper' realistic Bond though.

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Google rolls out new, cheaper Chromebooks 'for everyone'

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Been wondering about that myself. Might be worth snagging one as a toy when the price crashes and trying to put a fully functional OS on it like others have suggested.

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Ay caramba, Ubuntu 12.10: Get it right on Amazon!

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Troll the stats

I wonder if they keep a top ten list of searched for items through the lens? Might be worth seeing if "Windows XP/7" could be brought to the top of the most popular search list with a little gaming.

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Hold my feet to the fire using open gov data, pleads minister

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Re: They need to be careful here...

I have heard of them before, but what I'd like to see is a site like that being run as an official part of the government, with the appropriate funding and mandatory duties for accuracy and balance that kind of structure could impose. Not that I'm dissing the folks behind theyworkforyou, mind, I just think this sort of thing should have guaranteed funding rather than being a charity. It would allow them to 'advertise' the website detailing MP's actions when the voting bumf gets sent out too.

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They need to be careful here...

Releasing all the data could just as easily have bad consequences as good consequences. Taking the cancer survival rates for different practices as an example, people will naturally want a simple story of 'poor rate bad, good rate good' and infer that from the information released. Suppose the place with the 'bad' rate is actually a world leading cancer clinic which has a bad rating because they have a high proportion of low-probability survivors coming from all over the country? I'm all for this, but I think there will be rocky times ahead before people/the press learn how to handle the data deluge.

What I would like is a single website that lists all councillors and MPs across the UK alongside their election promises and whether those promises were kept, what they voted for against in bills etc. maintained by the Office for National Statistics.

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ZTE execs halve pay until profits return

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I've always thought

it would be nice if CxO pay could be legally capped to a maximum based on a formula which accounts for the company's average employee salary and the lowest full time pay issued. But then they'd just fudge the numbers with subsidiary companies, part time and contract workers etc. As for bonuses, they should be paid based on hard numbers and objectives being set and met, none of this how the board 'feel' a certain suit has provided 'value' to the company.

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BOFH: Uninterruptible patsy supply

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"No, I didn't read the bilge."

If only you'd gone one step further and not bothered commenting.

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Pints all round as Register Special Projects hacks hack off feet

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Re: missed the poll

I'm kind of half and half on this due to metric being pushed in school when I grew up. I prefer people's height in feet and inches, but work weight in kilos almost exclusively. In fact I struggle to remember how much stones and ounces are in any meaningful terms.

I think measurements of people mostly stick with the old imperial measurements because the numbers are easier to visualise, eg I can picture a man who is 5"6' but I struggle with 178cm. Maybe if Decimetres had been clearly labelled as one of our options when the metric conversion was on the go.

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McKinnon will not be extradited to the US, says Home Secretary

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Cover up?

That's one thing that always puzzled me about this whole affair - how it has failed to be covered up.

If I were after the culprits for hacking into several of the biggest and highest profile defence and research organisations in my country, and that turned out to be one lone guy with a home PC and some mental issues, I would sweep that under the carpet faster than you can say 'Highly embarrassing security incident.'

None of this dragging extradition out for years mince.

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Now pay attention, 007: James Bond's Q re-booted

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Re: Surely

Now I have an image of Bond with Q in a headlock while Q desperately tries to spray water to cool his ear down.

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Dishonored game review

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Glitches

While this is obviously a fantastic game and I'm probably going to buy this fairly soon, I would have snapped it up on day one already if it hadn't been for Bethesda's rep for bugs. Their 95% titles would be 99.9% titles if they would go the last mile and iron out the kinks in the engine. I gave up on Fallout: New Vegas around about the 7th time it crashed.

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Australian boffins have a ball with lightning maths

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You're all wrong...

Maths stands for Mathematical Anti-Telharsic Harfatum Septomin

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Skydiver Baumgartner in 128,000ft plunge from brink of space

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According to Wired, Baumgartner was claustrophobic as balls, that's could also be why he behaved odd. Watching him start to spin was terrifying, I think the estimated speed had just maxed out; I worried he'd lost consciousness.

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O2 network staggers across UK

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Re: Backup plan

"I never thought l'd see a resonance cascade failure, much less create one!"

I'm not sure where you get the idea that a network would need copies of a rivals kit to handle their customers ? All networks already have protocols to handle "foreign" devices for international roaming, and its high bloody time our providers sorted out some domestic roaming.

So no doubling of fees, and a cascade failure is unlikely unless the sheer volume increase overstresses the replacement network. And l Dont really track prices but are they really declining ?

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Vote NOW for the vilest Bond villain

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Re: Missing the obvious candidate

We could do a budget reshoot of the opening to Casino Royale where 007 tries to extract a wanted man from the grounds of an embassy; only instead of shooting 100 guards in Foreignistan he's knocking in a back window with a half brick in London.

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Hmmm......

While I remember the villains, I'm struggling to remember what most of them actually did/tried to do, which is making the vote tricky. Carver was pretty vile when he tried to start a war to profit, but wasn't that Blofeld's objective in You Only Live Twice? Where's Emilio Largo on the list? He held cities to ransom with nukes in Thunderball.

I think El Reg should re-run this poll after ITV have finished their seasonal 'show every Bond film we can afford over Christmas' and we've reacquainted ourselves with the baddies.

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Natwest's Get Cash app pulled, but NOTHING to do with frauds

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Bloody hell NatWest

Capping this emergency withdrawal to £100 should have worked to limit the damage. If I'd been robbed of a hundred quid like this I'd be a bit miffed, but as long as the bank sorted it out I'd probably be happy overall that I had this facility at my disposal. If however I found out that they had allowed NINE separate "emergency" withdrawals without challenging it and nine hundred of my hard-earneds were burning a hole in some chav's pocket, I would lose the plot.

Also - It's a bloody phone app FFS - why wasn't it locked down to the registered mobile number of the account holder?

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That horrendous iPhone empurplement - you're holding it wrong

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Re: except

@AC 11:24

I DO like my shinnies. They hold my kneesies up. Nothing against your shinnies though, I very much doubt I've ever seen them.

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Don't delete that email! Why you must keep biz docs for 6 YEARS

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Re: Sir

That could actually be a nice little earner for a shady cloud company... get a contract to be the exclusive data storage and backup provider for MegaCorp Incorporated, with some under the table backhanders cementing the understanding that there will be a "catastrophic data loss" if any government agents start sniffing around.

But no-one would ever do such a dishonest thing, would they?

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Assange chums must cough up £93,500 bail over embassy lurk

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And of course the curfew conditions made sure the authorities knew where he was on a daily basis. That did stop him jetting out of the country, but then the whole Embassy thing kind of blindsided everyone.

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Don't panic, but UK faces BLACKOUTS BY 2015

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Mountain out of a molehill

Take the data for our energy usage over the last ten years or so and check how often we would have had an outage if we'd only had that 4% spare generation capacity. If that number is >0 build some Thorium plants over the next three years. If that is also impossible do not decommission the old plants until we have sufficient alternative capacity, and accept the slap on the wrist from the EU.

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Feds charge US firm with smuggling illegal military tech to Russia

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"SMUGGLING ILLEGAL MILITARY TECH TO RUSSIA"

Illegally smuggling military tech to Russia surely. "Illegal military tech" implies tech banned by law like bioweapons or landmines.

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New questions raised over Kim Dotcom snooping

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Re: @auburnman (was: Uh ... kiddies.)

Try reading my post. My point was that we don't know that the re-routing shenanigans were done 'with the purpose of "paying attention"'. Again assuming this was the work of a shadowy government organisation, the objective could simply have been to piss off/distract Dotcom because his ping is important to him. Or a certain non NZ shadowy government organisation fancied testing if they could tap a foreign comms network without the knowledge or consent of Johnny foreigner. Or a rival gamer could have a friend at $TELCO who thought he could turn Dotcom's ping to crap without getting caught. Or maybe the NZ spooks really don't know the first thing about intercepting communications. But it's too early to jump to any of these conclusions.

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Re: Uh ... kiddies.

Assuming for a second that the sudden ping drop was the work of a shadowy government agency, NZ, US or otherwise, it's still a jump too far to assume the objective was snooping on his traffic. It might have been a cack-handed attempt at harassing him by hobbling his game or distracting him with fixing his connection while they had other operations ongoing.

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'X Factor for tech is going to be OUTTA THIS WORLD'

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I think the Association of National Advertisers should rebrand as the American National Advertisers League.

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Boffins: Our memory film is like your girlfriend - transparent and cheap

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Re: Lets have more gratuitous sexism.

http://xkcd.com/322/

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Boffins suggest orbital dust-up to combat climate change

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"We don't know who fired the first shots..."

"....but we know it was us who blotted out the Sun."

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Euro bigwig turns heat on 'unacceptable' Apple warranties

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Not THAT would be an app I'd pay for...

Brilliant idea sir - someone needs to compile a set of consumer laws and rights into one smartphone app. You could add in a section on common corporate tactics that trample or try to get you to waive your rights and the appropriate response.

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Windows 8 early-bird users still love Windows 7 more - poll

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That's gotta hurt

"Windows 8: Less popular than our previous offering and only marginally beating our 12 year old OS." 7 might turn out to be the new XP, staying around for a decade.

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Canonical bungs kill switch onto Ubuntu's Amazon 'adware'

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Is this a new development?

I could swear the initial article said the new search 'not-ads' could be turned off. Surely this is just Canonical restating what has already been reported?

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Vandals break into congressman's office, install Linux on PCs

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Re: What is the

On the subject of pedantry, what does [sic] stand for? I know it's used when you're repeating a quote verbatim and want to point out the mistake isn't yours, but is it just shorthand for spelling is correct or is it a posh Latin term that coincidentally has the same first letters?

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Populous

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I had a cow that stubbornly refused to learn to not eat villagers no matter how often I lamped it. The one thing I remember from B&W was that if you smacked your Avatar at the right speed and angle you could sweep the legs out from under them and make them faceplant into the ground. I got plenty of practise at this due to the aforementioned follower-scoffing.

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Re: Catan!

It's all downhill from there. Cardigans and comfy slippers and early nights await...

Or maybe I'm just being bitter because I hit the 'renew' date this year.

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Facebook shares drop 10%, trip NASDAQ 'circuit breaker'

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Re: @amanfromMars 1

Yeah, where's the RANDOM CAPS and unexplained A.C.R.O.N.Y.M.S? SMARTR systems, drone wars, the illuminati etc etc.

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Analogue TV snuffs it tonight on UK mainland

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Re: Ach, there goes thirty-five years of PAL TV engeering...

I'm sure the BBC will call you up at some point for commentary on a rose tinted documentary of TV: The early years.

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Last remaining reason to order an iPhone 5 disappears

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Re: Sigh

Let's agree to downvote these articles and move on; we can stop giving them even the negative attention of complaining about them on the comments.

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Toshiba AT300 10in Android tablet review

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Dammit

USB slot & non-proprietary connectors/chargers, HDMI port and vanilla Android with no 'helpful' tweaking from the manufacturer at £300? Wish this had been out a few months back, I would probably have snagged this over the Galaxy Tab.

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Peeved bumpkins demand legally binding broadband promise from UK.gov

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Re: Move House

Give broadband to the rural communities and you'll have an effect on the city crowds as less people need to move for reasonable access to what is more or less an essential service.

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Hapless Kate topless, toothless law useless

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Re: The elephant in the room

If anyone with moderately deadly means (Rifle, bomb, maybe even a nutter with a pistol attending a big event like the Olympics) at their disposal gave a toss about killing the Royal Family, they'd be dead by now. Batman got onto the Palace balcony years ago. I think they're safe from assassination through sheer irrelevance

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OpenWave fires ten-gun patent broadsides at Apple AND Google

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Be interesting to see...

How Apple and Google go about invalidating broad patents - they'll have to be careful they don't dig up some prior art that also knackers some of their own patent portfolio. Although it would be amusing if Apple successfully invalidated one of these patents only to have Samsung turn around and use their own evidence (now with legal precedent!) against them.

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